US Pat. No. 10,247,477

PANEL FOR FERROUS OR NON-FERROUS METAL MAKING FURNACE

1. A plate cooler stave for use in a furnace having a shell wall, comprising:a top portion housing a cooling fluid circulating tube including at least one cooling fluid inlet and at least one cooling fluid outlet for a flow of cooling fluid to and from the plate cooler stave from outside the furnace; and
a main body, wherein the main body includes the top portion and wherein the main body is disposed at an angle relative to the top portion so that the main body is insertable into the furnace through an opening defined by the shell wall, wherein upon installation, at least a part of the top portion is disposed in the opening;
wherein the main body defines a plurality of ribs and a plurality of channels, wherein a front face of the main body defines a first opening into each of the channels; and
wherein the plate cooler stave further comprises a plurality of bricks wherein at least one of the plurality of bricks is insertable into one of the plurality of channels via its first opening to a position, upon rotation of said at least one of the plurality of bricks, partially disposed in the one channel such that one or more portions of said at least one of the plurality of bricks at least partially engage one or more surfaces of the one channel and/or of a first rib of the plurality of ribs whereby said at least one of the plurality of bricks is locked against removal from the one channel through its first opening via linear movement without first being rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,247,476

FOOD WASTE DRYER UTILIZING WASTE HEAT

INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERA...

1. An improved food waste dryer utilizing waste heat, which is a food waste dryer to dry the food waste including a main frame (10), a dryer drum (20) with an access door (23) positioned in the main frame (10), and an agitator (40) positioned in the dryer drum (20),the improved food waste dryer comprising:
a waste heat supply unit (50) to supply waste heat released by a waste incineration plant,
a heating jacket positioned (30) on the outer surface of the dryer drum (20) to heat the dryer drum (20), with a hot-air inlet (33) to receive the waste heat from the waste heat supply unit (50) and a hot-air outlet (35) to discharge the waste heat inside the dryer drum (20), and
a condensation system (60) positioned in the main frame (10), to remove moisture included in the interior air of the dryer drum (20) to increase the drying efficiency of the food waste dryer using waste heat,
wherein the condensation system (60) further comprises:
a plurality of condensers (61) connected to one another, to allow the movement of the interior air of the dryer drum (20),
a fan (63) positioned between the condensers (61), to transfer the interior air, and
a cooling system (65) to supply a coolant to the condensers (61) to collect the moisture from the interior air, so that the coolant of a different temperature is supplied to each of the condensers to remove the moisture of the interior air and to change the temperature of the interior air,
wherein the condensers (61) include: a first to fourth condensers (611, 612, 613, 614) which are different from one another in size such that the condensation area and the moisture condensation amount of each condenser are different, the coolant supplied from the cooling system (65) passes through the first, second, third and fourth condensers (611, 612, 613, 614) in order and then returns to the cooling system (65), the first condenser (611) is formed to be the largest in size, the second condenser (612) to be relatively smaller than the first condenser (611), and the fourth condenser (614) to be relatively smaller than the second largest (612) and the third condenser (613) to be the smallest,
wherein the inside temperature of the dryer drum (20) heated by the waste heat is kept at 60° C.˜70° C. and the temperature of the coolant supplied from the cooling system (65) to the first condenser (611) is 25° C.˜30° C., and the temperature of the coolant released from the third condenser (613) through the second condenser (612) is kept at 60° C., so that the interior air of the fourth condenser (614) is preheated by the coolant supplied to the fourth condenser (614), and
wherein the condensation system (60) further comprises: a condensate water purification tank (70) to purify condensate water generated from the condensers (61), the condense water purification tank (70) further includes:
a condensate water tank (71) to collect the condensate water, the condensate water collected in the condensate water tank (71) which is added with zeolite and activated carbon to purify any contamination of the condensate water, and
a deodorant tower (73) such that the condensate steam generated from the condensate water is purified to be discharged.

US Pat. No. 10,247,475

NAIL LAMP

Revlon Consumer Products ...

19. A nail lamp comprising:a support;
a light source; and
a controller,
wherein the light source is disposed on the support, is configured to produce light to cure a light-curable nail product, and is positioned to direct the light onto a nail on an appendage of a user when the appendage is in a space adjacent the support,
wherein the light source is pulsable between a first intensity and a second intensity,
wherein the second intensity is different from the first intensity and may be zero intensity; and
wherein the controller controls pulsing of the light source between the first intensity and the second intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,247,474

MICROWAVE DRYING OF CERAMIC HONEYCOMB LOGS USING A CUSTOMIZABLE COVER

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method of drying an extruded honeycomb log having a shape and an axial length (“L1”) extending axially along a long axis of the log and extending between opposing ends, the method comprising:microwave drying the log by passing the log, with a cover disposed on or adjacent the log and along the axial length of the log (“covered portion”), through a microwave drying station to cause the shape of the covered portion of the log to change, wherein the cover has an axial length shorter than the axial length of the log, wherein the cover does not extend axially to at least one of the opposing ends, such that a portion of an outer surface of the log, extending from the at least one of the opposing ends partially along the axial length toward the other of the opposing ends, remains uncovered.

US Pat. No. 10,247,473

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING A SUBSTRATE TO REMOVE MOISTURE AND/OR RESIDUE

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. An apparatus for processing a substrate, comprising:a non-vacuum enclosure;
at least one opening in the non-vacuum enclosure to insert a substrate into or remove a substrate from the non-vacuum enclosure;
a movable substrate carrier, including a plurality of substrate holders, disposed within the non-vacuum enclosure to support a plurality of substrates in a vertically spaced-apart relation and to linearly move the plurality of substrates when disposed on the plurality of substrate holders;
a heater to heat an interior of the non-vacuum enclosure;
a gas supply to supply a gas to the interior of the non-vacuum enclosure; and
a vent to exhaust the gas from the interior of the non-vacuum enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,472

SUPPORT FOR A PACKING COLUMN

LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A support for a packing column, said support comprising: a supporting profile having:a web section running in the vertical direction which has a first lower end and a second upper end, the web section having a greater vertical extent than horizontal extent,
a foot section of a first width, the foot section adjoining the first lower end of the web section,
a head section, which adjoins the second upper end of the web section, the head section having an upper side of a second width, and the head section having an underside of a third width,wherein the head section has a trapezoidal cross section, and wherein the second width is less than the third width.

US Pat. No. 10,247,471

ARGON CONDENSATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method of condensing argon reflux within an air separation unit having an argon column, a lower pressure column and a higher pressure column, said method comprising the steps of:extracting a crude argon feed stream from the lower pressure column;
distilling the crude argon feed stream in the argon column to produce an argon-rich vapor column overhead;
directing at least a portion of the argon-rich vapor column overhead to a plurality of once-through heat exchangers;
condensing the argon-rich vapor streams within condensation passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers such that argon-rich vapor streams composed of argon-rich vapor column overhead are condensed within condensation passages of the once-through heat exchangers to produce an argon-rich liquid product stream and argon-rich liquid reflux stream
returning the argon-rich liquid reflux stream to the argon column as reflux;
partially vaporizing a stream of crude liquid oxygen column bottoms from the higher pressure column to form a partially vaporized crude oxygen feed stream;
separating the partially vaporized crude oxygen feed stream in a phase separator into at least one crude oxygen vapor stream and at least one crude liquid oxygen stream;
introducing the at least one crude liquid oxygen stream into vaporization passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers to partially vaporize the crude liquid oxygen streams through indirect heat exchange with the argon-rich vapor streams to produce partially vaporized crude oxygen streams;
directing the at least one crude oxygen vapor stream from the phase separator and the partially vaporized crude oxygen streams from the vaporization passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers into the lower pressure column;
sensing flow rates of the crude liquid oxygen column bottoms stream taken from the higher pressure column;
controlling the flow rates of the crude liquid oxygen bottoms stream taken from the higher pressure column in response to the sensed flow rates and the level of the crude liquid oxygen bottoms in the higher pressure column; and
controlling a feed stream flow rate of the crude argon feed stream in response to an air flow rate into the air separation unit and by controlling the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux by:
(i) decreasing the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux stream when the feed stream flow rate is above a feed stream set point to thereby cause the argon-rich liquid reflux to back up into the condensation passages of the once-through heat exchanger causing an increase in pressure of the argon-rich vapor stream and within the argon column; and
(ii) increasing the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux stream when the feed stream flow rate is below a feed stream set point to thereby cause a decrease in the pressure of the argon-rich vapor stream and within the argon column.

US Pat. No. 10,247,470

REFRIGERATOR WITH REMOVABLE DISPLAY

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a body having a storage compartment;
a door that opens or closes the storage compartment;
a display case having a first recess formed in a front side of the door to a first depth, a second recess formed in the front side of the door to a second depth greater than the first depth, and a rotation support portion provided to be adjacent to a border between the first recess and the second recess; and
a display unit having a first portion corresponding to the second recess and a second portion corresponding to the first recess, and provided to be completely separable from the display case,
wherein the display unit is provided to be rotatable on the rotation support portion by a lever so that the first portion is inserted into the second recess and the second portion is protruded from the first recess.

US Pat. No. 10,247,469

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet with a first storage compartment;
an inner door rotatably installed to the cabinet, the inner door having a second storage compartment;
an outer door configured to open or close the second storage compartment; and
a drawer installed in the second storage compartment, the drawer being configured to move forward and rearward,
wherein the drawer includes a basket part configured to receive food and a frame unit configured to allow the basket part to be separably seated on the frame unit,
wherein the frame unit includes:
a coupling member coupled to the inner door; and
a support member movably coupled to the coupling member, the support member being configured to support the basket part seated on the support member,
wherein the support member includes:
two first members configured to extend in a front-and-rear direction; and
two second members configured to connect the two first members to each other,
wherein the coupling member includes:
a horizontal piece that is configured to extend from the inner door in a horizontal direction, and coupled to a side surface of the inner door; and
a vertical piece that is configured to extend perpendicular to the horizontal piece, the vertical piece being coupled to a bottom surface of one of the two first members,
wherein the first members and the second members are respectively connected to each other and define a hollow rectangle,
wherein the frame unit is configured to transfer the weight of the basket part into the inner door,
wherein the basket part is above the coupling member, and
wherein a bottom of the basket part is lower than a top of the support member, and wherein the support member includes a central hollow region, and wherein the basket part is provided with a protrusion configured to be inserted into and coupled to the hollow region.

US Pat. No. 10,247,468

VACUUM INSULATION BODY

1. A vacuum insulation body comprising a vacuum-tight casing which surrounds an evacuated region, wherein a core material is arranged in the evacuated region,characterized in
that the casing includes an opening for filling the casing with the core material, which is covered by a vacuum-tight cover film, wherein the casing is folded inwards in the edge region protruding towards the opening, so that the opening is reduced in size, and subsequently again is folded outwards, wherein the region folded to the outside and a region of the cover film are vacuum-tightly connected with each other all around.

US Pat. No. 10,247,467

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet disposed at a storage compartment;
a door hinged to the cabinet and configured to open and close at least a portion of the storage compartment, the door including an outer door defining a front appearance of the door, a door dike defining a rear appearance of the door, and an inner space located between the outer door and the door dike, the inner space being configured to be filled with a filler for insulation;
a loop-shaped moving frame that is coupled to a lower part of a basket, and that is configured to move vertically with respect to the door dike, the moving frame including a supporter configured to extend from the door dike to the inner space and an extending frame that is configured to extend perpendicular to the loop-shaped moving frame, wherein the supporter includes a supporter frame that is coupled to the extending frame; and
a rail embedded in the inner space configured to support the supporter;
a cut-shaped rail mount unit formed at the door dike and configured to be coupled to the rail at the inner space of the door;
a rail coupling opening formed at the door dike and defining a rail coupling space that is located inside the door dike, one end of the rail being disposed at the rail coupling space and the supporter being inserted into the rail coupling space from outside of the door dike through the rail coupling opening to be coupled to the rail; and
a coupling cover configured to cover the rail coupling opening and the rail coupling space from outside of the door dike after the supporter is coupled to the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,247,466

FREEZING AND REFRIGERATING DEVICE AND DEFROSTING CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

QINDAO HAIER JOINT STOCK ...

1. A defrosting control method of a freezing and refrigerating device, the freezing and refrigerating device comprising a box body and a door body pivotably connected to the box body, wherein inside the box body are defined:at least one storage compartment for storing articles;
an air supply path configured to supply cooling air flow to the at least one storage compartment an air return path configured to allow the air flow from the at least one storage compartment to pass;
a cooling chamber which comprises an air feeding opening part allowing air inside the cooling chamber to flow to the air supply path and an air return opening part allowing air from the air return path to enter, and contains an evaporator for cooling the air entering the cooling chamber from the air return opening part, a blower for driving the air inside the cooling chamber to flow towards the air feeding opening part, and a defrosting heater provided on the evaporator; and
a defrosting air return path located behind the cooling chamber and communicating with the air feeding opening part and the air return opening part of the cooling chamber; wherein
the air supply path and the defrosting air return path are provided with an air supply door and a defrosting air return door respectively to selectively connect or block the air supply path and the defrosting air return path;
the method comprising:
step A: receiving a defrosting signal instructing the evaporator located inside the cooling chamber of the freezing and refrigerating device to perform defrosting;
step B: starting the defrosting heater located on the evaporator;
step C: closing the air supply door located in the air supply path of the freezing and refrigerating device to block the air supply path; and
step D: opening the defrosting air return door located in the defrosting air return path of the freezing and refrigerating device to connect the defrosting air return path, such that hot air generated by the defrosting heater when performing heating and defrosting sequentially passes the air feeding opening part of the cooling chamber, the defrosting air return path, and the air return opening part of the cooling chamber, and returns to the evaporator, and circulating defrosting is performed to the evaporator using the hot air.

US Pat. No. 10,247,465

COOLING DEVICE COMPRISING A THAWING COMPARTMENT AND THE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI, ...

1. A cooling device comprising:a body;
a thawing compartment that is disposed in the body, wherein frozen foods are placed in the thawing compartment;
a heater that heats the thawing compartment;
a sensor that measures humidity of ambient air of the thawing compartment; and
a controller that is disposed on the body, wherein the controller is configured to calculate a humidity level change rate (dH/dt) in the thawing compartment with data received from the sensor, wherein the controller is configured to enable a thawing process to be started if the humidity level change rate (dH/dt) is above a humidity level decrease rate limit value (V1) determined by a manufacturer or wherein the controller is configured to enable the thawing process to be ended if the humidity level change rate (dH/dt) is between a humidity level increase rate lower limit value (Vbot) determined by the manufacturer and a humidity level increase rate upper limit value (Vtop) determined by the manufacturer.

US Pat. No. 10,247,464

SEALED SYSTEM FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A scaled system for an appliance, comprising:a compressor comprising a shell and a lubrication oil disposed with the shell;
a condenser in fluid communication with the compressor such that compressed refrigerant from the compressor flows to the condenser during operation of the compressor;
a condenser fan configured for selectively urging a flow of air across the condenser; and
a heat exchanger positioned adjacent the condenser fan, the heat exchanger being in fluid communication with the compressor such that lubrication oil from the compressor flows to the heat exchanger during operation of the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,463

SOLAR-POWERED REFRIGERATING COOLER

1. A refrigerated apparatus comprising:a refrigeration system, one or more USB ports, a cutting board, a bottle opener, an extendable handle, and a power system;
wherein the refrigerated apparatus is an insulated container;
wherein the refrigerated apparatus comprises an interior space;
wherein the interior forms a temperature controlled space;
wherein the interior space is formed in the refrigeration system;
wherein the refrigeration system cools the interior space of the refrigerated apparatus;
wherein the refrigeration system is solar-powered;
wherein the one or more ports, the cutting board, the bottle opener, the extendable handle, and a power system are mounted on the refrigeration system;
wherein the refrigeration system comprises a housing, one or more hinges, a plurality of wheels, and a refrigeration device;
wherein the housing, the one or more hinges, the plurality of wheels and the refrigeration device are mounted on the housing;
wherein the housing is a hollow rectangular block structure;
wherein the housing contains the interior space;
wherein the housing is further defined with a superior face, an inferior face, an anterior face, a posterior face, a left face, and a right face;
wherein each of the one or more hinges is a pivot around which the superior face rotates;
wherein each of the plurality of wheels attach to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,462

ICE-MAKING DEVICE FOR REFRIGERATOR AND REFRIGERATOR INCLUDING THE SAME

Dongbu Daewoo Electronics...

6. A refrigerator comprising:a storage room;
an ice-making device configured to receive water and to produce ice from the water;
an ice-making device evaporator disposed in the ice-making device and configured to supply a refrigerant to the ice-making device for freezing the water into ice; and
a refrigerator room evaporator configured to produce cold air for circulation in the storage room,
wherein the ice-making device further comprises:
an ice tray configured to receive water, wherein the water freezes into ice in the ice tray;
a cooling pipe configured to conduct a refrigerant flow and disposed proximate to the ice tray;
an ice storage part configured to store ice produced in the ice tray;
an ice-making device evaporator configured to cool the ice storage part; and
a fan configured to circulate air in the ice storage part,
wherein the ice-making device evaporator is separate from a refrigerator room evaporator configured to generate cool air for circulation in a refrigerator storage room,
wherein the ice-making device comprises a discharge path for discharging water condensation in the ice storage part and the ice-making device evaporator, and
wherein the discharge path is provided in a bottom portion of the ice-making device and between the fan and the ice storage part.

US Pat. No. 10,247,461

HYBRID POWERED COOLING UNIT

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT COR...

1. An air conditioning system of a building, the air conditioning system comprising:a first power source comprising an electric motor;
a second power source comprising a natural gas powered internal combustion engine;
an electronic controller; and
a compressor disposed between the electric motor and the internal combustion engine selectively operated by the electric motor and the natural gas powered internal combustion engine responsive to an output of the electronic controller provided responsive to a preprogrammed selection criterion including one or more of time of day and relative cost of operating the compressor with the electric motor as compared to operating the compressor with the internal combustion engine,
the air conditioning system having an operating mode in which an electric motor clutch providing selective engagement of an output shaft of the electric motor with the compressor is disengaged and the compressor is operated by the natural gas powered internal combustion engine through an output shaft directly connecting the natural gas powered internal combustion engine to a combustion engine clutch and a second shaft directly connecting the combustion engine clutch to the compressor,
the electronic controller being configured to provide a signal to both the electric motor clutch and the combustion engine clutch to engage so the compressor is powered by both the internal combustion engine and the electric motor responsive to a cooling load of the air conditioning system requiring more power to be provided to drive operation of the compressor than could be provided by either the internal combustion engine or the electric motor alone.

US Pat. No. 10,247,460

ACCOMMODATING CSSH FOR TANDEM COMPRESSOR TRANSITIONS

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, comprising:a plurality of sensors;
a tandem compressor comprising a first compressor and a second compressor;
a controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of sensors and the tandem compressor, the controller configured to:
calculate a compressor sump superheat (CSSH) value for at least one of the first compressor and the second compressor using data received from at least one of the plurality of sensors, the CSSH value of the first compressor determined from a sump temperature associated with the first compressor and a suction pressure associated with the tandem compressor;
operate threshold logic that compares the CSSH value of the first compressor to a CSSH threshold range and turns off the tandem compressor if the compressor sump superheat value of the tandem compressor is outside of the CSSH threshold range;
determine a temperature demand of a structure associated with the HVAC system based on data received from at least one of the plurality of sensors;
determine that the HVAC system requires a change of state to meet the temperature demand;
disable the threshold logic for a pre-determined period of time in response to determining that the HVAC system requires the change of state; and
perform the change of state independently of the threshold logic, wherein performing the change of state comprises one or more of: turning the first compressor on or off, turning the second compressor on or off, and changing a speed of an indoor blower.

US Pat. No. 10,247,459

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit including a compressor, a condenser, a pressure reducing device, and an evaporator;
a first fan configured to blow air to the condenser;
a second fan configured to blow air to the evaporator;
an outdoor air temperature detecting unit configured to detect an outdoor air temperature; and
a controller configured to control at least one of a frequency of the compressor, an opening degree of the pressure reducing device, a rotation speed of the first fan, and a rotation speed of the second fan, such that the refrigerant sucked into the compressor has a suction superheat degree, which is a degree of superheat of the refrigerant sucked into the compressor, the suction superheat degree being lower than or equal to a difference between the outdoor air temperature detected by the outdoor air temperature detecting unit and a saturated gas temperature of the refrigerant,
wherein the refrigerant circuit is configured for use with a refrigerant mixture inclusive of 30 wt % to 70 wt % ethylene-based hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant.

US Pat. No. 10,247,458

CHILLED WATER SYSTEM EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. A method for improving efficiency of a chilled water system having a chiller unit, circulation pumps, a heat absorption unit and a heat rejection unit, the method comprising:adjusting a temperature of at least one of a chilled water supply to the heat absorption unit and a condenser water supply from the heat rejection unit;
measuring an efficiency of the chiller unit and at least one of the circulation pumps, the heat absorption unit and the heat rejection unit;
further adjusting the temperature of at least one of the chilled water supply to the heat absorption unit and the condenser water supply from the heat rejection unit if the measuring the efficiency indicates an improved efficiency; and
further adjusting the temperature of the at least one of the chilled water supply to the heat absorption unit and the condenser water supply from the heat rejection unit if the measuring the efficiency indicates a worsened efficiency;
wherein measuring the efficiency includes measuring the efficiency over a response period comprising determining a linear representation of the efficiency over the response period and determining the actual efficiency over the response period and integrating the linear representation of the efficiency over the response period and integrating the actual efficiency over the response period.

US Pat. No. 10,247,457

NON-CONDENSABLE GAS PURGE SYSTEM FOR REFRIGERATION CIRCUIT

DAIKIN APPLIED AMERICAS I...

1. A non-condensable gas purge system for a refrigeration circuit including a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve, and an evaporator connected to form a loop, the refrigeration circuit containing a low pressure refrigerant, the purge system comprisinga purge tank, an interior of the purge tank defining a liquid condensing chamber, the purge tank having a tank inlet for receiving the low pressure refrigerant from the condenser, a tank outlet for returning the low pressure refrigerant from the liquid condensing chamber to the evaporator, and a purge outlet for purging non-condensable gas from the liquid condensing chamber to an ambient atmosphere;
a purge heat exchanger coil disposed inside the liquid condensing chamber of the purge tank, an upper end of the purge heat exchanger coil configured and arranged to be fluidly connected to a coil liquid supply line of the refrigeration circuit through an upper portion of the purge tank such that the low pressure refrigerant contained in the loop passes through the purge heat exchanger coil without using a dedicated purge system compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,456

INTEGRATED RECEIVER AND SUCTION LINE HEAT EXCHANGER FOR REFRIGERANT SYSTEMS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

6. A receiver for a refrigeration system comprising:an enclosure with an inlet for liquid refrigerant at and through a first end and an outlet for the liquid refrigerant at and through a second end, the first and second ends each having a concave shape that extends outward from an interior of the enclosure toward their respective inlet and outlet; and
a heat exchanger with an exchanger inlet and an exchanger outlet for at least refrigerant vapor to transfer heat from the liquid refrigerant to the refrigerant vapor, the exchanger inlet being formed on the concave shape of the second end, the exchanger outlet being formed on the concave shape of the first end;
wherein the heat exchanger is surrounded by the enclosure, and
wherein the heat exchanger includes:
a tube for passage of at least the refrigerant vapor, the tube having a cross-section that is wider than a cross-section of the inlet and a cross-section of the outlet of the enclosure; and
stack baffles with planar surfaces so that the liquid refrigerant flows on and across the planar surfaces, from one baffle to a next baffle, in alternating opposite directions, each stack baffle having no more than three holes for receiving the tube;
wherein the tube includes a plurality of straight portions joined by bend portions, each straight portion extending through the holes in every stack baffle within the enclosure;
wherein there is only the tube between the planar surfaces of adjacent baffles.

US Pat. No. 10,247,455

CONDENSER RECEIVER DRIER REFRIGERANT FILTER

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A filter unit for a receiver drier having a flow of a refrigerant passing therethrough, the receiver drier having a longitudinal axis and a housing including a filter chamber for receiving the filter unit, the filter chamber defined by an inner circumferential surface of the housing, wherein the filter unit comprises:a main body defining a first filter compartment therein, a first surface of the first filter compartment defined by a first screen element fluidly coupling an interior of the first filter compartment with an exterior thereof and configured to filter debris carried by the refrigerant, a second surface of the first filter compartment defined by a first baffle wall, and a third surface of the first filter compartment defined by a first partitioning wall, wherein the first partitioning wall includes a first opening formed therein fluidly coupling the interior of the first filter compartment to the exterior thereof, wherein the first screen element extends from a first end of the first baffle wall to a portion of the first partitioning wall disposed between the first opening and a first end of the first partitioning wall, and wherein the refrigerant enters and exits the first filter compartment while flowing in a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the receiver drier.

US Pat. No. 10,247,454

REFRIGERATING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigerating apparatus comprising:a refrigeration circuit including
a heat source circuit, wherein the heat source circuit has
a two-stage compressor, which includes a lower-side compressor and a higher-side compressor,
a gas cooler, and
an intermediate cooler, and
a cooling unit including a first flow control valve and an evaporator, which are connected in series to each other,
a branched pipe, which is branched from a position between the gas cooler and the intermediate cooler to allow the refrigerant to flow into the intermediate cooler;
a flow control valve for intermediate cooling provided in the branched pipe;
a connection circuit connecting a discharge side of the lower-side compressor and a suction side of the higher-side compressor to the intermediate cooler;
a second flow control valve that depressurizes the refrigerant flowing out of the intermediate cooler in the refrigeration circuit and supplies the refrigerant to a liquid pipe in a gas-liquid two-phase state; and
an expansion tank connected to a suction side of the lower-side compressor in the refrigeration circuit via a tank electromagnetic valve and configured to suppress an increase in pressure in the refrigeration circuit during a non-operation period, wherein
the refrigeration circuit is configured to connect the heat source circuit and the cooling unit via the liquid pipe, which supplies a refrigerant from the heat source circuit to the cooling unit, and a gas pipe, which supplies the refrigerant from the cooling unit to the heat source circuit,
the liquid pipe extends between the intermediate cooler and the cooling unit and is the only pipe that supplies the refrigerant from the intermediate cooler to the cooling unit,
the second flow control valve regulates the refrigerant in the liquid pipe, and
the refrigeration circuit is configured for a CO2 refrigerant to circulate therein.

US Pat. No. 10,247,453

COMPRESSOR MODULE

Mitsubishi Heavy Industri...

1. A compressor module, comprising:a first floor member;
a gas cooler mounted on the first floor member;
a compressor skid disposed on a side of the gas cooler opposite to where the first floor member is located, the compressor skid being connected to the gas cooler;
a second floor member disposed on a side of the compressor skid opposite to where the first floor member is located;
a first line mounted on the second floor member through which a gas supplied to the compressor skid flows;
a second line mounted on the second floor member through which a gas supplied from the gas cooler flows; and
a valve disposed on the second floor member for changing a flow rate of a gas in the first line and/or the second line;
a drain separator fixed to the first floor member and connected to the gas cooler on a downstream side;
supports coupled to the first floor member and the second floor member: and
three leg portions connected to the compressor skid and fixed to the first floor member that support the compressor skid, the leg portions providing a gap to dispose the gas cooler between the first floor member and the compressor skid, wherein
the compressor skid comprises
a compressor that raises pressure of a gas and sends the gas to the gas cooler,
a driver that drives the compressor, and
a base plate on which the compressor and the driver are mounted;
each of the leg portions comprises
a damper fixed to the base plate, and
a coupling fixed to the damper and fixed to the first floor member, and wherein
the first floor member is the bottom layer member of the compressor module.

US Pat. No. 10,247,452

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SUPPORTING A PERSON

12. A method of supporting a person, the method comprising:using a thermally conductive seat to support buttocks of the person;
using the thermally conductive seat to receive a first set of heat from the person;
using the first set of heat received from the person to warm a set of dough when the set of dough is placed inside a container, wherein the thermally conductive seat overlaps the container; and
using a thermal switch to thermally disconnect the container from the thermally conductive seat based on at least one of a temperature of the container and a temperature of the thermally conductive seat, wherein the thermally conductive seat overlaps the container.

US Pat. No. 10,247,451

CRYOGENIC REGENERATOR AND CRYOGENIC REFRIGERATOR

ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY, Han...

1. A cryogenic regenerator, comprising:a regenerator tube;
a partitioning tube coaxially arranged inside of the regenerator tube to leave a buffer cavity predetermined radial separation between an inner wall circumferential surface of the regenerator tube and an outer wall circumferential surface of the partitioning tube, the predetermined radial separation constituting a buffer cavity, and the partitioning-tube's tube wall being perforated by a plurality of uniformly distributed through-holes;
regenerator packing provided inside, as a component distinct from, the partitioning tube; and
a plurality of rib rings arranged inside the regenerator tube and wrapped peripherally onto the outer wall circumferential surface of the partitioning tube;
wherein the rib rings, along an outer circumferential surface thereof, are separated from the inner circumferential surface of the regenerator tube by a predetermined gap.

US Pat. No. 10,247,450

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONVERTING THERMAL ENERGY

ECOP TECHNOLOGIES GMBH, ...

1. A device for converting thermal energy with a low temperature into thermal energy with a higher temperature and vice versa using mechanical energy, comprisinga rotor rotatably arranged around a rotational axis for a working medium passing through a closed cycle process,
wherein the rotor comprises
a compressor unit with multiple compression channels, in which flows of the working medium may be guided radially to the outside with respect to the rotational axis for a pressure increase, and
an expansion unit with multiple expansion channels, in which flows of the working medium may be guided radially to the inside with respect to the rotational axis for a pressure decrease,
wherein the rotor further has heat exchangers for exchanging heat between the working medium and a heat exchange medium, and having an impeller which can be rotated relatively to the rotor, provided in a heat pump operating state for maintaining the flows of the working medium around the rotational axis of the rotor and/or in a generator operating state for using a flow energy of the working medium,
wherein the impeller is arranged between supply channels, which supply the flow of the working medium in the heat pump operating state, and at least one discharge channel of the rotor, which discharges the flow of the working medium in the heat pump operating state,
wherein the supply channels have outlet sections which run parallel to the rotational axis and extend up to a point directly upstream of an inlet opening of the impeller such that individual flows of the working medium from the supply channels are guided into the impeller parallel to the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,247,449

VARIABLE-CAPACITY COMPRESSOR, TWO-STAGE COMPRESSION SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Gree Electric Appliances,...

1. A variable-capacity two-stage compression system, comprising:a variable-capacity compressor, comprising a low pressure cylinder comprising at least two cylinders connected in parallel and a high pressure cylinder in serial connection with the low pressure cylinder; and
a control mechanism configured to control at least one of the at least two cylinders connected in parallel to operate in full-load or no-load operation, wherein the control mechanism comprises a first solenoid valve and a second solenoid valve, in the case where the system needs to operate in two-cylinder mode, the first solenoid valve is opened and the second solenoid valve is closed, so that the first cylinder of the compressor operates in no-load and the compression system enters the two-cylinder operation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,247,448

METHOD OF PRODUCING REFRIGERATION WITH R1233ZD

DAIKIN APPLIED AMERICAS I...

1. A method of producing refrigeration comprising:compressing a refrigerant composition including R1233zd in a hermetic centrifugal compressor preventing contaminants from entering the hermetic compressor even if operated in a negative pressure condition, with the hermetic compressor having a magnetic bearing and containing no lubricating oil, within a chiller system,
the hermetic centrifugal compressor having a baseline cooling capacity when operated at a rotation speed with R134a being compressed,
the hermetic centrifugal compressor having lower cooling capacity when operated at the rotation speed with the refrigerant composition including R1233zd being compressed, and
the hermetic centrifugal compressor being rotated faster than the rotation speed so that an actual cooling capacity is higher than the lower cooling compressing of the refrigerant composition including R1233zd in the hermetic centrifugal compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,447

SOLAR OVEN POSITIONING

1. A method for allowing an operator inside a building structure to cook using a solar oven, comprising:providing a positioning system attached to the solar oven, the position system being attached to the building structure;
using the positioning system to transport the solar oven from a first location accessible to the operator, allowing the operator to place food for cooking into the solar oven while the operator remains inside the building structure, to a second location along the track outside and away from the building structure where at the second location the solar oven can collect solar radiation and use heat from the solar radiation to cook the food placed in the solar oven by the operator, the second location being out of direct physical reach of the operator when the operator is within the building structure;
using the positioning system to transport the solar oven back to the first location where the food cooked using solar radiation can be removed by the operator from the solar oven; and,
wherein the operator controls movement of the solar oven away from the building structure while the operator remains inside the building structure and the position system remains attached to the building structure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,446

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MODULATING WATER HEATER

Lochinvar, LLC, Lebanon,...

1. A method of controlling a modulating water heater, comprising:(a) monitoring an exhaust gas outlet temperature from the heater; and
(b) maintaining a heat output of the heater at or above a minimum level sufficient to maintain the exhaust gas outlet temperature above an exhaust gas outlet temperature setpoint, wherein the exhaust gas includes water vapor and the exhaust gas outlet temperature setpoint is above a condensation temperature of the water vapor in the exhaust gas.

US Pat. No. 10,247,445

HEATER BUNDLE FOR ADAPTIVE CONTROL

WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTU...

1. A heater system comprising:a heater bundle comprising:
a plurality of heater assemblies, each heater assembly comprising a plurality of heater units, each heater unit defining at least one independently controlled heating zone; and
a plurality of power conductors electrically connected to each of the at least one independently controlled heating zone in each of the heater units;
means for detecting temperature within each of the independently controlled heating zones; and
a power supply device including a controller configured to modulate power to each of the independently controlled heating zones of the heater units through the power conductors based on detected temperature within each of the independently controlled heating zones to provide a desired wattage along a length of each of the heater assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,247,444

FURNACE AND METHOD FOR HEATING AIR

MODINE MANUFACTURING COMP...

1. A method of heating air using hot gases, comprising:directing the hot gases through a primary heat exchanger, receiving the hot gases from the primary heat exchanger into a collection/discharge box, and directing the hot gases from the collection/discharge box through a secondary heat exchanger;
receiving a flow of air into a furnace enclosure housing the primary heat exchanger, collection/discharge box, and secondary heat exchanger;
diverting a portion of the air through a bypass channel to bypass at least a portion of the primary heat exchanger and the secondary heat exchanger;
passing the diverted air over the collection/discharge box to receive heat from the hot gasses within the collection/discharge box;
passing the un-diverted air over the primary and the secondary heat exchanger to receive heat from the hot gases flowing through said heat exchangers;
recombining the heated diverted air and the heated un-diverted air;
removing the recombined air from the furnace enclosure; and
passing the diverted air over at least a portion of the primary heat exchanger after recombining the diverted air and the un-diverted air.

US Pat. No. 10,247,442

AIR FILTER DIMENSION ADAPTER

1. An air filter adapter, comprising:an elongate channel member, having a base portion and a pair of upstanding legs extending from the base portion; and
a dimensional spacing element, configured to be positioned between the upstanding legs and a frame edge of an air filter element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,441

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS WITH LEAK DETECTION AND ASSOCIATED AIR FLOW CONTROL

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a refrigeration cycle through which refrigerant is circulated;
an indoor unit accommodating at least a load-side heat exchanger of the refrigeration cycle, the indoor unit being placed indoors; and
a controller configured to control the indoor unit, wherein
the indoor unit includes an air-blowing fan, an air inlet through which indoor air is sucked in, an air outlet through which the air sucked in from the air inlet is blown indoors, and airflow direction louvers configured to adjust direction of air blown out of the air outlet and configured to open and close the air outlet,
the controller is configured to actuate all louvers of the indoor unit into a closed state, the air flow direction louvers in the closed state of the louvers are provided offset in an upstream position or a downstream position of an open end of the air outlet with respect to an airflow direction through the air outlet,
an air passage that extends around all louvers of the indoor unit to permit exhaust of refrigerant while all louvers are in the closed state, and
the controller is configured to activate the air-blowing fan in response to detecting a leakage of the refrigerant to exhaust the refrigerant through the air passage that extends around all louvers of the indoor unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,440

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL OF EXPANSION VALVE TO MAINTAIN DESIRED DEGREE OF SUBCOOLING

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning apparatus comprising:a refrigeration cycle circuit in which a compressor, a first heat exchanger, an expansion device, and a second heat exchanger are connected sequentially to circulate a refrigerant therethrough;
a third heat exchanger configured to cause the refrigerant flowing through a refrigerant pipe between the first heat exchanger and the expansion device to exchange heat with the refrigerant flowing through a refrigerant pipe between the expansion device and the second heat exchanger;
a detector configured to detect at least one of a temperature and a pressure of the refrigerant flowing through one of the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger that serves as a condenser;
a first temperature sensor, being provided on a refrigerant pipe between the expansion device and the third heat exchanger, configured to detect a temperature of the refrigerant flowing from the first heat exchanger to the expansion device and then into the expansion device; and
a control unit configured to, at a time of a cooling operation in which the second heat exchanger serves as an evaporator, control an opening degree of the expansion device based on results of detection by the detector and the first temperature sensor, and configured to control the opening degree of the expansion device such that a difference between a condensing temperature and a detection temperature of the first temperature sensor is within a temperature range that is a control target range of a degree of subcooling, the condensing temperature being a condensing temperature of the refrigerant flowing through the condenser, and obtained from a detection value of the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,247,439

CONTROL MECHANISM FOR AN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

1. A control mechanism for controlling an air conditioning system, the air conditioning system including a solar power module for converting sunlight into electrical energy, an air conditioner outdoor unit electrically connected to and powered by the solar power module, a storage device containing a first liquid for performing heat exchange with the air conditioner outdoor unit via a first conduit loop, a temperature sensor for detecting a temperature of the first liquid in the storage device, and a fan for distributing conditioned air that exchanges heat with the storage device via a second liquid through a second conduit loop, said control mechanism comprising:an optical sensor that is configured to be disposed close to the solar power module for detecting a luminance and a temperature of the sunlight received by the solar power module; and
an energy controller that is electrically connected to said optical sensor, that is configured to be electrically connected to the solar power module, the air conditioner outdoor unit and the temperature sensor, and that is capable of controlling an operation state of the air conditioner outdoor unit to switch between an active state and an inactive state based on
the luminance and the temperature of the sunlight detected by said optical sensor,
an operation state of the fan,
a current operation state of the air conditioner outdoor unit,
a flow speed of the second liquid in the second conduit loop,
a first temperature of the second liquid at a portion of the second conduit loop where the second liquid flows out of the storage device,
a second temperature of the second liquid at a portion of the second conduit loop where the second liquid flows into the storage device, and
a relation among the temperature of the first liquid sensed by the temperature sensor and a first threshold temperature, a second threshold temperature and a third threshold temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,247,438

COGNITIVE CLIMATE CONTROL BASED ON INDIVIDUAL THERMAL-COMFORT-RELATED DATA

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of controlling climate settings for a space, the method comprising:ascertaining, by a cognitive control, thermal-comfort-related data for multiple individuals within the space, the ascertaining comprising obtaining a preferred ambient temperature for each individual of the multiple individuals, the thermal-comfort-related data comprising the preferred ambient temperature(s) for the multiple individuals;
determining and applying space-based climate settings for a climate system of the space using, at least in part, the thermal-comfort-related data of the multiple individuals within the space, wherein determining the space-based climate settings comprises determining the climate settings that meet a majority of the preferred ambient temperature(s) for the multiple individuals within the space;
based on applying the space-based climate settings, identifying, by the cognitive control, a local climate adjustment to be made for an individual of the multiple individuals based, at least in part, on thermal-comfort-related data ascertained for the individual; and
based on identifying the local climate adjustment, automatically controlling one or more climate adjusting devices of a plurality of climate adjustive devices of the space, the one or more climate adjusting devices being associated with a location of the individual within the space, and the one or more climate adjusting devices being controlled to enhance local climate of the individual within the space.

US Pat. No. 10,247,437

AREA ABNORMALITY DETECTING SYSTEM AND AREA ABNORMALITY DETECTING METHOD

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. An area abnormality detecting system, comprising:a detecting server, logically segmenting a space into a plurality of blocks with a same size, wherein the space comprises multiple areas, and each of the areas is respectively constituted by the blocks with different numbers, wherein the detecting server comprises a storage unit having a plane figure, an area comparison table, a sensor comparison table and an apparatus comparison table, the plane figure records spatial data of the space, the detecting server segments the space logically into the plurality of blocks according to the plane figure, wherein the area comparison table records the relationship between each of the areas and each of the blocks;
a plurality of sensors, respectively sensing indoor environment of each of the areas and transmitting sensing data back to the detecting server; and
a plurality of apparatuses, corresponding to each of the areas respectively, controlled by the detecting server for operation and recording apparatus parameters during the operation;
wherein the detecting server confirms an abnormal area and an occurring time of an abnormality when the abnormality is determined to occur based on the sensing data transmitted by a specific sensor of the plurality of sensors, and the detecting server obtains the apparatus parameters of specific apparatuses of the plurality of apparatuses corresponding to the abnormal area that are recorded at the occurring time, and determines an occurring reason for the abnormality based on the apparatus parameters of the specific apparatuses, wherein the abnormal area is a serving area where the specific sensor and the specific apparatuses take charge of, wherein the sensor comparison table records the relationship between the sensors and their serving area, and the apparatus comparison table records the relationship between the apparatuses and their serving area.

US Pat. No. 10,247,436

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING OPERATIONS OF A HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM

SolarCity Corporation, S...

1. A method of controlling a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at a site having an energy generation (EG) system, the method comprising:obtaining one or more operation parameter values for the HVAC system;
obtaining a net load at the site during a time period, the net load indicating a difference between a gross electric load at the site and an output of the EG system at the site, wherein the EG system includes a photovoltaic system;
obtaining a temperature of the site during the time period;
comparing, with a processor, the net load to a threshold load value;
comparing, with the processor, the temperature to at least one of a lower threshold temperature or an upper threshold temperature of the one or more operation parameter values;
determining one or more new operation parameter values for the HVAC system based, at least in part, on the comparison of the net load to the threshold load value and the comparison of the temperature to the lower threshold temperature or the upper threshold temperature; and
controlling the HVAC system based on the determined one or more new operation parameter values.

US Pat. No. 10,247,435

REAL-TIME CONTROL OF HIGHLY VARIABLE THERMAL LOADS

International Business Ma...

1. A method for real-time control of thermal loads in a data center, the method comprising:collecting, in real-time, power consumption data associated with an electronic equipment connected to an electrical grid and located in a predetermined area of the data center, wherein the power consumption data comprises machine type and model of the electronic equipment;
collecting, in real-time and from a plurality of sensors, a total amperage drawn by the electronic equipment;
converting the power consumption data and the total amperage drawn to heat measuring units;
combining the power consumption data and the total amperage drawn in heat measuring units to obtain heat generation data for the predetermined area in association with the electronic equipment;
storing, in a database, the heat generation data associated with the electronic equipment;
transmitting the heat generation data from the database to a data analysis system in communication with a tunable temperature controller, wherein the heat generation data provides a real-time input of an amount of heat generated in the predetermined area in association with the electronic equipment;
receiving, by the data analysis system, the heat generation data, wherein the data analysis system analyzes the heat generation data to determine whether the amount of heat generated in the predetermined area in association with the electronic equipment exceeds current settings of the tunable temperature controller; and
in response to the amount of heat generated in the predetermined area exceeding the current settings of the tunable temperature controller, updating the current settings of the tunable temperature controller to provide an amount of cooling that compensates for the amount of heat generated in the predetermined area in association with the electronic equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,247,434

HVAC SYSTEM AND AN HVAC CONTROLLER CONFIGURED TO OPERATE THE HVAC SYSTEM BASED ON AIR POLLUTANT DATA AND USER COMFORT

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system operable to condition an enclosed space, the HVAC system comprising:a circulation fan;
one or more humidity sensors, the humidity sensors operable to sense humidity data associated with the enclosed space; and
a controller operable to:
receive air quality data associated with at least one air pollutant, the air quality data received from a source external to the HVAC system or from one or more air quality sensors operable to sense air quality data associated with the enclosed space;
receive the humidity data from the one or more humidity sensors;
determine, based on the air quality data, that a threshold associated with the air pollutant has been exceeded;
determine, based on the humidity data, that a threshold associated with humidity has not been exceeded; and
operate the circulation fan in response to determining that the threshold associated with the air pollutant has been exceeded and the threshold associated with humidity has not been exceeded, the circulation fan operated for filtration purposes while not servicing any conditioning demand.

US Pat. No. 10,247,433

APPARATUS FOR BOTH HUMIDIFICATION AND AIR CLEANING

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A humidification and air cleaning apparatus comprising:a water tank configured to store water, the water tank comprising a bottom wall and a side wall extending upward from the bottom wall;
a watering housing that is rotatable and disposed in the water tank to spray water stored in the water tank, the watering housing comprising a bottom surface that is opened, a lower end that is spaced apart from the bottom surface by a suction gap, and a nozzle, the watering housing configured such that during rotation, the stored water is suctioned from the water tank to an inside of the watering housing and upwardly pumped, and the pumped water is sprayed through the nozzle;
a watering housing cover closing an upper side of the watering housing and forming an upper surface of the watering housing;
a watering motor rotating the watering housing; and
a watering blade formed to outwardly protrude from an outer surface of the watering housing,
wherein the nozzle is disposed on a side wall of the watering housing,
wherein the watering blade is disposed in the side wall of the watering housing and extends in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,432

SYSTEM FOR HUMIDIFYING GAS STREAMS

Elemental Scientific, Inc...

1. A system, comprising:a first gas source;
a first reservoir of liquid;
a first selectively permeable tube fluidically coupled with the first gas source, the first selectively permeable tube being at least partially submerged within the first reservoir of liquid;
a first gas flow controller fluidically coupled with the first gas source and the first selectively permeable tube, the first gas flow controller being configured to control a flow rate of a first gas stream from the first gas source prior to passage of the first gas stream through a submerged portion of the first selectively permeable tube;
a first nebulizer fluidically coupled with the first selectively permeable tube, the first nebulizer being configured to receive and nebulize the first gas stream from the first gas source after the first gas stream flows through a submerged portion of the first selectively permeable tube;
a first heating element thermally coupled with or forming a portion of the first reservoir, the first heating element being configured to heat the first reservoir of liquid to a first controlled temperature; and
a first temperature controller configured to control a temperature of the first reservoir of liquid to the first controlled temperature;
a second gas source, the second gas source comprising a gas with a different chemical composition than the first gas source;
a second reservoir of liquid;
a second selectively permeable tube fluidically coupled with the second gas source, the second selectively permeable tube being at least partially submerged within the second reservoir of liquid;
a second heating element thermally coupled with or forming a portion of the second reservoir, the second heating element being configured to heat the second reservoir of liquid to a second controlled temperature; and
a second temperature controller configured to control a temperature of the second reservoir of liquid to the second controlled temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,247,431

FAN COIL APPARATUS INCLUDING A HUMIDIFICATION UNIT AND A HUMIDIFICATION UNIT

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A fan coil apparatus comprising:(a) an air flow path extending from a heating zone to a fan coil air outlet and including a humidification section;
(b) a humidification unit comprising a humidification unit water droplet outlet and an air permeable water retaining member, wherein the air permeable water retaining member and the humidification unit water droplet outlet are provided in the humidification section and the air permeable water retaining member is positioned downstream from the humidification unit water droplet outlet;
(c) a water filter upstream of the humidification unit; and,
(d) a treatment applicator providing a disinfecting agent directly upstream from the air permeable water retaining member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,430

HVAC UNIT WITH HOT GAS REHEAT

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A heating, ventilating, or air conditioning system, comprising:a first refrigerant loop configured to circulate a first portion of refrigerant in a first operating mode and in a second operating mode;
a first condenser of the first refrigerant loop configured to receive and to condense the first portion of the refrigerant in the first operating mode and the second operating mode;
a second refrigerant loop configured to circulate a second portion of the refrigerant in the first operating mode but not in the second operating mode;
a second condenser of the second refrigerant loop configured to receive and to condense the second portion of the refrigerant in the first operating mode but not in the second operating mode;
a third refrigerant loop configured to circulate the second portion of the refrigerant in the second operating mode but not in the first operating mode; and
a reheat heat exchanger of the third refrigerant loop configured to transfer heat from the second portion of the refrigerant to a conditioned space to condense the second portion of the refrigerant in the second operating mode but not in the first operating mode; and
wherein the first portion of the refrigerant exiting the first condenser is configured to combine with the second portion of the refrigerant exiting the reheat heat exchanger in the second operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,247,429

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF A VENT DOOR OF A PACKAGED TERMINAL AIR CONDITIONER UNIT

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A packaged terminal air conditioner unit, comprising:a bulkhead defining an indoor portion and an outdoor portion;
a vent aperture defined in the bulkhead;
an auxiliary fan positioned proximate the vent aperture and being configured for urging a flow of make-up air from the outdoor portion through the vent aperture to the indoor portion;
a vent door positioned proximate the vent aperture, the vent door being pivotable between an open position for allowing the flow of make-up air through the vent aperture and a closed position for blocking the flow of make-up air through the vent aperture;
a switch assembly operably coupled to the vent door for detecting whether the vent door is in the open position or the closed position; and
a controller operably coupled to the auxiliary fan and the switch assembly, the controller being configured for stopping the operation of the auxiliary fan when the switch assembly detects that the vent door is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,428

DISC-TYPE AIR ECOSYSTEM BOX AND CLIMATIC ECOLOGIZED AIR-CONDITIONING METHOD THEREFOR

JIANGSU FENGSHEN AIR COND...

1. A disc-type air ecosystem box characterized by comprising a housing, characterized in that the housing is provided to accommodate a power module, a health processing module, a summer load module, a winter comfort module, a safety module, and an air supply module;the health processing module, the summer load module, the winter comfort module, and the safety module are located on the periphery of the power module, the air supply module is located behind the power module;
the power module comprises a flange of an air inlet, placed on the housing; the power module comprises a casing placed behind the flange of the air inlet; and the casing is provided to accommodate an unhoused fan driven by a frequency conversion motor; a plate-type pre-filter is placed in front of the unhoused fan; the casing defines a first air dissipator, a second air dissipator, a third air dissipator, and a fourth air dissipator;
the housing comprises a first connecting air vent, a second connecting air vent, a third connecting air vent, and a fourth connecting air vent; the first air dissipator is located between the first connecting air vent and the fourth connecting air vent, and a first through vent is disposed between the first connecting air vent and the fourth connecting air vent; the second air dissipator is located between the first connecting air vent and the second connecting air vent, and a second through vent is disposed between the first connecting air vent and the second connecting air vent; the third air dissipator is located between the second connecting air vent and the third connecting air vent, and a third through vent is disposed between the second connecting air vent and the third connecting air vent; the fourth air dissipator is located between the fourth connecting air vent and the third connecting air vent, and a fourth through vent is disposed between the fourth connecting air vent and the third connecting air vent;
the first connecting air vent, the fourth connecting air vent, and the first through vent belong to the health processing module; the health processing module further comprises an ultraviolet sterilizing device and a middle-effect electrostatic filter;
the first connecting air vent, the second connecting air vent, and the second through vent belong to the summer load module; the summer load module further comprises a surface cooling coil and a thermotube reheat coil;
the second connecting air vent, the third connecting air vent, and the third through vent belong to the safety module; the safety module defines further comprises PM2.5 filtering and detecting device;
the fourth connecting air vent, the third connecting air vent, and the fourth through vent belong to the winter comfort module; the winter comfort module further comprises a heating coil and a humidifier.

US Pat. No. 10,247,427

MULTI-TEMPERATURE OUTPUT FLUID HEATING SYSTEM

Intellihot, Inc., Galesb...

1. A method of adjusting the target temperature of a fluid heating system, said method comprising:(a) obtaining a log of at least one event over a period of time;
(b) calculating a parameter of said at least one event over said period of time from said log;
(c) comparing said parameter to a pre-determined threshold, wherein if said parameter exceeds said pre-determined threshold, a difference between the parameter and said pre-determined threshold is calculated; and
(d) applying said difference to the target temperature of the fluid heating system.

US Pat. No. 10,247,426

BOILER CONTROL COMPRISING ANALOG UP/DOWN TIMER CIRCUIT FOR GENERATING VARIABLE THRESHOLD SIGNAL

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor circuit configured to detect activation of at least one circulator arranged to circulate liquid from a boiler through at least one circulation loop and back to the boiler;
an analog up/down timer circuit having an input coupled to an output of the sensor circuit and configured to generate a variable threshold signal that varies as a function of an activation time of said at least one circulator;
a burner control circuit configured to receive the variable threshold signal from the analog up/down timer circuit and to generate an ignition control signal based at least in part on comparison of a temperature sensor signal of the boiler with the variable threshold signal; and
an ignition driver configured to receive the ignition control signal from the burner control circuit and to generate an ignition signal for a burner configured to burn fuel to heat the liquid in the boiler based at least in part on the ignition control signal;
wherein a control signal generated by the sensor circuit varies as a function of an activation state of said at least one circulator; and
wherein the analog up/down timer circuit in generating the variable threshold signal is controllably switched between charge and discharge modes of operation responsive to the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,425

INDOOR PIZZA OVEN APPLIANCE

Haier US Applicance Solut...

1. An oven appliance, comprising:a housing defining a cooking chamber;
an upper heating element positioned within the housing at a top portion of the cooking chamber;
a reflector positioned within the housing above the upper heating element;
a baking stone positioned within the housing at a bottom portion of the cooking chamber;
a lower heating element positioned within the housing below the baking stone;
an air distribution manifold mounted to the housing, the air distribution manifold defining an entrance proximate the cooking chamber of the housing;
a catalytic smoke reducer positioned above the reflector at the entrance of the air distribution manifold; and
an air handler operable to draw air from above the reflector through the catalytic smoke reducer and the entrance of the air distribution manifold,
wherein the reflector defines a plurality of holes for directing air within the cooking chamber of the housing through the reflector, and
wherein the holes of the plurality of holes are distributed on the reflector such that more of the holes of the plurality of holes are positioned at a rear half of the reflector than a front half of the reflector, the rear half of the reflector positioned at a rear portion of the cooking clamber, the front half of the reflector positioned at a front portion of the cooking chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,247,424

OVEN APPLIANCE WITH A DOOR HINGE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An oven appliance defining a lateral direction and a transverse direction, the lateral and transverse directions being perpendicular to each other, the oven appliance comprising:a cabinet defining a cooking chamber and an opening for accessing the cooking chamber of the cabinet, the cabinet extending between a first side portion and a second side portion along the lateral direction;
a heating element positioned at the cooking chamber of the cabinet;
a first slide assembly mounted to the cabinet at the first side portion of the cabinet;
a second slide assembly mounted to the cabinet at the second side portion of the cabinet;
a door positioned adjacent the opening of the cabinet, the first and second slide assemblies coupling the door to the cabinet such that the door is movable along the transverse direction relative to the cabinet, the door defining an opening that extends along the transverse direction within the door;
a hinge assembly coupling the door to at least one of the first and second slide assemblies such that the door is pivotable between a vertical position and a peak position, the hinge assembly comprising a hinge arm extending from within the door through the opening of the door along the transverse direction, the hinge arm mounted to one of the first and second slide assemblies, the hinge arm having a plurality of rounded edges at the opening of the door; and
a gasket mounted to the door at the opening of the door, the gasket extending around the hinge arm, the gasket contacting the hinge arm at the entire perimeter of the hinge arm when the door is in the vertical position and in the peak position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,423

ECONOMICAL AND VERSATILE SYSTEM FOR FIXING A HOB IN A WORKTOP

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A cooking hob retention system, comprising:a support element including a first surface and a pocket disposed along the first surface and defining a strip having a first opening and a second opening on vertically opposite sides thereof;
a fastening member including an engagement end and a free end resiliently compressible toward the engagement end about a central fold disposed between the engagement end and the free end, the engagement end coupled with the support element by a deformable portion opposite the central fold received within the first opening and a protruding element extending toward the deformable portion and received within the second opening, the free end including a body defining an acute angle with respect to the engagement end, a tab extending from the body generally parallel to the engagement end, and a first countering element extending from the body beyond the tab to an end thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,247,422

COMBUSTION SYSTEM

1. A combustion system, said combustion system comprising:a biomass burner that includes:
i. a firebox,
ii. a firebase at, or forming, a bottom of the firebox,
iii. a primary combustion zone for pyrolyzing and combusting the biomass fuel, the pyrolyzing and combusting of the biomass fuel producing gases and particulate matter,
iv. a first air supply having a first air pathway connected into the firebox to thereby supply primary air into the firebox,
v. a secondary combustion zone for combusting the gases and the particulate matter produced from the pyrolysis and combustion of the biomass fuel,
vi. an exhaust flue with an upper part that extends out of a top of the firebox and a lower portion that extends into the firebox to a location above a first portion of the firebase and adjacent a region of said secondary combustion zone,
wherein the firebase includes a charcoal/reduction layer support region, the charcoal/reduction layer support region supporting a charcoal/reduction layer which forms below the primary combustion zone, in the region of the secondary combustion zone, and between the primary combustion zone and the secondary combustion zone,
the secondary combustion zone being at least partially surrounded by the primary combustion zone,
wherein an opening of the lower portion of the exhaust flue is located above the first portion of the firebase, the first portion of the firebase including a first part of the charcoal/reduction layer support region included in the region of said secondary combustion zone in which the charcoal/reduction layer is formed,
wherein the gases and the particulate matter produced from the pyrolysis and combustion of the biomass fuel in the primary combustion zone pass over, or through, said charcoal/reduction layer and over said charcoal/reduction layer support region including the first portion of the firebase, prior to entering the secondary combustion zone and the opening of the exhaust flue; and
a second air supply comprised of at least one aperture, each aperture having an inlet directly exposed to atmosphere, each aperture extending through the first portion of the firebase and having an outlet located below a lower surface of the charcoal/reduction layer in the region of the secondary combustion zone to thereby introduce a secondary air drawn from outside the firebox, through the at least one aperture, and discharged into the firebox at the first portion of the firebase below and through the charcoal/reduction layer in the region of the secondary combustion zone,
wherein the secondary air, being discharged through the at least one aperture below a lower surface of the charcoal/reduction layer in the region of the secondary combustion zone, is heated by passing through the charcoal/reduction layer and the secondary combustion zone, as the secondary air is being introduced into the firebox, above 600° C. and maintained above 600° C. at a temperature sufficient to combust the combustible gases and the particulate matter in the secondary combustion zone.

US Pat. No. 10,247,421

TOOL AND METHOD FOR DECOUPLING CROSS-FIRE TUBE ASSEMBLIES IN GAS TURBINE ENGINES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A tool for decoupling a telescoping tube from a first liner positioned in a first chamber of a first component, the tool comprising:a rod comprising a first portion comprising a non-circular cross-section and a threaded second portion, wherein the rod is configured for partial positioning in a telescoping tube passage defined by the telescoping tube such that the second portion of the rod is positioned in a second chamber and the first portion of the rod is at least partially in the second chamber;
a plug coupled to the rod, the plug configured for engaging a first side surface of a first tube segment of the telescoping tube;
a base defining a base passage extending therethrough, the base passage comprising a first portion comprising a non-circular cross-section, wherein the first portion of the rod is at least partially positioned in the first portion of the base passage, the base further comprising an elastomeric pad including an arcuate surface configured to engage an arcuate wall defining the second chamber; and
a handle threadingly coupled to the rod, wherein rotating the handle in a first direction moves the handle along the rod to decouple the telescoping tube from the first liner.

US Pat. No. 10,247,420

AXIALLY STAGED MIXER WITH DILUTION AIR INJECTION

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLA...

1. A method for operating an axially staged mixer arrangement with dilution air or dilution gas injection in connection with a combustion arrangement of a gas turbine engine or turbo machinery, having at least one combustion chamber, and at least one mixer arrangement for admixing air or gas portions to hot gas flow leaving the combustion chamber, the method comprising:guiding, via the at least one mixer arrangement, combustion gases in a hot gas flow path extending downstream of the combustion chamber; and
admixing, via a plurality of injectors pointing inwards from side walls of the at least one mixer arrangement, air portions to cool at least the hot gas flow leaving the combustion chamber, wherein spacing between two adjacent injector locations of the plurality of injectors inside of the at least one mixer arrangement in the hot gas flow, where there is no node of an acoustic wave between the injection locations, corresponds to a distance equal to (2n+1)/2) times a convective wave length, where n is an integer >=0.

US Pat. No. 10,247,419

COMBUSTOR LINER PANEL WITH A MULTIPLE OF HEAT TRANSFER RIBS FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMBUSTOR

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A liner panel for a combustor of a gas turbine engine, the liner panel comprising:a multiple of heat transfer ribs that extend from a cold side of the liner panel, each of the multiple of heat transfer ribs comprising a respective multiple of cooling holes that extend therethrough, each cooling hole of the respective multiple of cooling holes for each of the multiple of heat transfer ribs define a direction vector directed at an angle to penetrate a hot side and the cold side, the direction vector of each cooling hole aligned with the respective heat transfer rib, and wherein the multiple of heat transfer ribs avoids cold side structures.

US Pat. No. 10,247,418

FLAME IGNITION AND CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A flame ignition and control system, comprising:a gas burner (1) connected to a gas source (11) via a flame control system (12) and to a safety valve (13), which is controlled by a flame sensor comprising a thermocouple (2), said safety valve (13) having an open state, in which said gas source (11) supplies gas to said gas burner (1), and a closed state, in which gas flow is obstructed; and
an igniter device (3) comprising an ignition electrode (31) and a power supply (32) therefor, said power supply (32) sending current pulses to said ignition electrode (31) to generate a spark at nozzles (111) of said gas burner (1),
said thermocouple (2) comprising a first conductor element (21) and a second conductor element (22), wherein said first (21) and second (22) conductor elements are in electrically conductive contact at one detection end providing a hot junction, said hot junction being obtained by joining a terminal of said first conductor element (21) and a corresponding terminal of said second conductor element (22) to generate a potential difference at free ends of said first and said second conductor element (21, 22) that provide a cold junction, said cold junction being a function of a temperature detected at the detection end,
wherein the free ends of each of said first and said second conductor elements (21, 22) are connected to a corresponding transmission conductor (23, 24) of two transmission conductors for transmitting a first electric signal generated by said potential difference, said first electric signal being received by an inductor coil (25) that causes the safety valve (13) to switch from the open state to the closed state and vice versa,
further comprising a second coil (4) that is connected in series with one of the two transmission conductors (23, 24), a magnetic signal generated by said second coil (4) being detected by a second sensor (41), which converts said magnetic signal into a second electric signal that controls operation of said igniter device (3) and of said flame control system (12),
wherein at least operation of said igniter device (3) is controlled according to current strength of said second electric signal,
wherein operation of the flame control system (12) is controlled according to current strength of said second electric signal for automatically increasing or decreasing flame intensity, thereby controlling flame temperature, and
wherein said second sensor comprises one or more second sensors (41), at least one of said one or more second sensors being a Hall effect magnetic sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,417

FLAME DETECTING SYSTEM

Azbil Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A flame detecting system comprising:a flame sensor configured to have a pair of electrodes and detect light generated from a flame;
an applied voltage generating device configured to periodically generate a pulsed voltage and apply the pulsed voltage across the pair of electrodes of the flame sensor as drive pulses;
a current detecting device configured to detect current flowing through the flame sensor;
a storage device for storing, as known sensitivity parameters owned by the flame sensor, at least a reference received light quantity Q0 of the flame sensor, a reference pulse width T0 of the drive pulses applied across the pair of electrodes of the flame sensor, a probability P0 of a regular discharge generated between the pair of electrodes, and a probability PN of a discharge other than the regular discharge, a received light quantity of the flame sensor being the reference received light quantity Q0, a pulse width of the drive pulses applied to the flame sensor being the reference pulse width T0;
a number-of-discharges counting portion configured to count a number n of discharges determined to have occurred across the pair of electrodes of the flame sensor based on the current detected by the current detecting device when the drive pulses generated by the applied voltage generating device are applied across the pair of electrodes of the flame sensor; and
a received light quantity calculating portion configured to calculate a received light quantity Q per unit time received by the flame sensor based on the known sensitivity parameters stored in the storage device, a pulse width T and a number N of pulses of the drive pulses applied across the pair of electrodes of the flame sensor by the applied voltage generating device, and the number n of discharges counted by the number-of-discharges counting portion when the drive pulses are applied across the pair of electrodes of the flame sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,416

METHOD FOR OPERATING A GAS BURNER

Honeywell Technologies Sa...

1. A method for operating a gas burner, wherein during burner-on phases a defined gas/air mixture having a defined mixing ratio of gas and air is provided to a burner chamber of the gas burner for combusting the defined gas/air mixture within the burner chamber;said defined gas/air mixture is provided by a mixing device mixing an air flow provided by an air duct with a gas flow provided by a gas duct;
said air flow flowing through the air duct is provided by fan in such a way that a fan speed of the fan depends on a desired burner load of the gas burner, wherein a fan speed range of the fan defines a modulation range of the gas burner;
said defined mixing ratio of gas and air of the defined gas/air mixture is controlled over the modulation range of the gas burner by a pneumatic controller on basis of a pressure difference between a gas pressure of the gas flow in a gas pipe and a reference pressure, wherein either an air pressure of the air flow in the air duct or an ambient pressure is used as the reference pressure, and wherein the pressure difference between the gas pressure of the gas flow in the gas pipe and the reference pressure is determined and controlled pneumatically;
during burner on phases a combustion quality is monitored on basis of a signal provided by a combustion quality sensor;
the signal provided by the combustion quality sensor is used to detect tolerances of the pneumatic controller and/or a potentially changing behaviour of the pneumatic controller by checking if the combustion quality is inside or outside a defined combustion quality range;
the modulation range of the gas burner is defined by an upper fan speed and a lower fan speed, and that the modulation range is divided into a first subrange defined by the upper fan speed and an intermediate fan speed and into a second subrange defined by the intermediate fan speed and the lower fan speed;
wherein the gas burner is controlled such that for a heat demand requiring a fan speed within the first subrange of the modulation range, the defined mixing ratio of gas and air of the defined gas/air mixture is kept constant over the first subrange of the modulation range and the fan speed is changed to a desired fan speed within the first subrange of the modulation range; and
for a heat demand requiring a fan speed within the second subrange of the modulation range, the combustion quality is checked at the intermediate fan speed or at a fan speed depending on the intermediate fan speed, and:
when the combustion quality at said fan speed is inside a defined combustion quality range, the defined mixing ratio of gas and air of the defined gas/air mixture is kept constant, and the fan speed is changed to the desired fan speed within the second subrange of the modulation range of the gas burner; and
when the combustion quality at said fan speed is outside the defined combustion quality range, the defined mixing ratio of gas and air of the defined gas/air mixture is changed by adjusting a setting of the gas throttle positioned within the gas duct so that influences of tolerances of the pneumatic controller and/or of a potentially changing behaviour of the pneumatic controller become compensated to broaden the second subrange of the modulation range, and the fan speed is changed to the desired fan speed within the second subrange of the modulation range of the gas burner.

US Pat. No. 10,247,415

COMBUSTION CONTROLLING DEVICE AND COMBUSTION SYSTEM

Azbil Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A combustion controlling device that controls the operation of N number of burners, N being an integer of 2 or more, the combustion controlling device comprising:a determining portion that determines combustion states of the N number of burners on the basis of a first shutoff condition for stopping the operation of the N number of burners at the time of an initial startup to ignite a desired burner from a state in which none of the burners is ignited, and a second shutoff condition for stopping the operation of the N number of burners in a normal operating state after the desired burner has been normally ignited by the initial startup;
an instruction portion that generates an instruction for stopping the operation of the N number of burners on the basis of the determination result of the determining portion;
an operation mode setting portion that sets any one of an initial startup mode for igniting the burners after performing prepurge and a normal operation mode for controlling the operation of the N number of burners in the normal operating state as an operation mode; and
a shutoff condition selection unit that selects the first shutoff condition when the initial startup mode is set by the operation mode setting portion, and selects the second shutoff condition when the normal operation mode is set by the operation mode setting portion, wherein
the determining portion determines whether or not the combustion states of the N number of burners satisfy one of the first shutoff condition and the second shutoff condition selected by the shutoff condition selection unit,
the instruction portion generates the instruction for stopping all the operation of the N number of burners when it is determined by the determining portion that the combustion states of the N number of burners satisfy the selected one of the first shutoff condition and the second shutoff condition, and allows the operation of the N number of burners to be continued when it is determined by the determining portion that the combustion states of the N number of burners do not satisfy the selected one of the first shutoff condition and the second shutoff condition.

US Pat. No. 10,247,414

COAL-FIRED BOILER EXHAUST GAS TREATMENT APPARATUS AND COAL-FIRED BOILER EXHAUST GAS TREATMENT METHOD

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A coal-fired boiler exhaust gas treatment apparatus comprising:(a) a denitration device including a denitration catalyst to remove nitrogen oxide in an, exhaust gas,
(b) a dust collector configured to remove ash dust in the exhaust gas,
(c) a heavy-metal component removal device configured to remove a heavy-metal component in the exhaust gas,
the heavy-metal component removal device comprising;
an absorption tower including a heavy-metal absorption unit configured to spray an acidic absorption liquid having a pH of 1 to 3 for absorbing heavy metal to the ex-haunt gas, a storage unit configured to store a heavy-metal absorption liquid ab-sorbing the heavy metal in the heavy-metal absorption unit, and a circulation unit configured to supply the heavy-metal absorption liquid of the storage unit to the heavy-metal absorption unit; an extraction unit configured to extract the heavy-metal absorption liquid from the absorption tower; a neutralization unit configured to supply a pH adjuster to the heavy-metal absorption liquid extracted by the extraction unit and neutralize the same so that the pH of the heavy-metal ab-sorption liquid in the neutralization unit is 5 to 7; and a solid-liquid separation unit configured to separate a solid component and a liquid component from the heavy-metal absorption liquid neutralized in the neutralization unit,
(d) a desulfurization device configured to remove sulfur oxide in the exhaust gas by an absorption liquid and a denitration device, a dust collector, a heavy-metal component removal device and a desulfurization device are sequentially disposed from an upstream side to a downstream side of exhaust gas flow.

US Pat. No. 10,247,413

SAFETY DEVICE FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Biomass Controls, LLC, P...

1. A catalytic converter package, comprising:a tube defining an interior, one end of the tube defining a tube opening having an inside diameter;
an inwardly-oriented lip attached along at least a portion of a circumference proximate the other end of the tube, the lip defining a lip opening into the interior of the tube, the lip opening having an inside diameter less than the inside diameter of the tube opening; and
a catalyst configured to promote combustion of at least some exhaust from a bio-fuel fire, releasably disposed within the interior of, and unbound to, the tube, and configured, as disposed in the interior of the tube, to have an outside diameter larger than the inside diameter of the lip opening, and less than the inside diameter of the tube opening, such that the catalyst is releasable out the tube opening without altering the outside diameter of the catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,247,412

AUTOMATIC ASH DISCHARGE DEVICE FOR A BURNER

SUNCUE COMPANY LTD., Tai...

1. An automatic ash discharge device for a burner having:a furnace base having
a top side;
a bottom side;
an inner surface;
an outer surface;
a combustion chamber formed in the furnace base between the bottom side and the top side of the furnace base and used as an ash collection space;
a mounting opening formed through the top side of the furnace base and communicating with the combustion chamber;
a discharge mouth formed through the bottom side of the furnace base, communicating with the combustion chamber, and having two sides;
two guiding faces formed aslant on the inner surface of the furnace base between the mounting opening and the discharge mouth beside the two sides of the discharge mouth; and
multiple inlet holes formed through the outer surface of the furnace base and the guiding faces at spaced intervals;
a duct set connected to the furnace base and having
two casings securely mounted on the outer surface of the furnace base, respectively corresponding to the two guiding faces of the furnace base, and communicating with the combustion chamber via the inlet holes;
a blower communicating with the casings to enable external air to transmit into the combustion chamber of the furnace base via the casings and the inlet holes at the guiding faces; and
a connecting pipe connected to the casings and the blower and having
two ends respectively connected to the casings; and
a middle;
wherein the blower is mounted on the middle of the connecting pipe and communicates with the casings via the ends of the connecting pipe;
a discharge set connected to the furnace base below the duct set and having
a receiving tank securely connected to the bottom side of the furnace base under the discharge mouth, and communicating with the combustion chamber of the furnace base via the discharge mouth; and
a discharge shaft rotatably mounted in the receiving tank.

US Pat. No. 10,247,411

INTEGRATED BURNER ASSEMBLY

1. An integrated burner system for use in a classified area comprising:a burner housing having a burner assembly, an air inlet end and a combustion end,
a flame arrestor fluidly connected to the air inlet end for forming a first non-classified chamber in the burner housing between the burner assembly and the flame arrestor;
a second non-classified chamber extending from the first non-classified chamber;
a discontinuous barrier extending between the first and second non-classified chambers;
a control system located in the classified area external to the burner housing;
a valve train in the classified area external to the burner housing for supplying fuel to the burner for combustion thereat;
mechanically protected wiring extending between the control system and the second non-classified chamber of the burner housing;
mechanically protected wiring extending between the valve train and the second non-classified area of the burner housing; and
open electrical connections, formed within the second non-classified chamber, between the burner assembly, the mechanically protected wiring from the control system and the mechanically protected wiring of the valve train area.

US Pat. No. 10,247,410

GAS BURNER

SABAF S.P.A., Ospitalett...

1. An atmospheric gas burner comprising:a cup of the burner accommodating at least one injector for fuel gas,
a head of the burner coupled to said cup and comprising at least one distribution chamber for a first circumferential flame spreader,
at least one first mixing chamber for mixing primary air and fuel gas to set up a fuel mixture, said at least one first mixing chamber being fluidically connected to said cup and to said at least one injector,
at least one transferring duct configured to transfer the fuel mixture from said at least one first mixing chamber into said at least one distribution chamber,
at least one inflow duct through which the primary air is drawn from the outer environment into said cup of the burner, and
at least one separating element disposed at an opening between said at least one transferring duct of the fuel mixture and said at least one inflow duct of the primary air and providing a partition between said at least one transferring duct of the fuel mixture and said at least one inflow duct of the primary air, wherein said at least one separating element is tightly and permanently constrained to said head or to said cup of the burner to produce a tight seal, wherein the tight seal of said at least one separating element to said head or to said cup prevents fluidic communication through the partition between said at least one transferring duct and said at least one inflow duct,
wherein said head or said cup includes protruding retaining walls continuously circumscribing the opening and said at least one separating element includes a plate disposed within the retaining walls.

US Pat. No. 10,247,409

REMOTE PREHEAT AND PAD STEAM GENERATION

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, ...

1. A method of generating steam for use in a well to produce oil, said method comprising:a) heating a boiler feedwater located at a central processing facility (CPF) to produce heated boiler feedwater (HBFW);
b) transporting said HBFW to a well pad via hot water lines, wherein said HBFW has a subcool of 5-30° C.;
c) feeding said HBFW into a well pad boiler located at said well pad;
d) converting said HBFW to steam in said well pad boiler; and
e) injecting said steam into a well located at said well pad to produce oil.

US Pat. No. 10,247,408

HUMID AIR TURBINE POWER, WATER EXTRACTION, AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE

University of Florida Res...

1. A combined heat and power (CHP) system, comprising:a turbine system comprising a high pressure compressor, a high pressure turbine, a combustor and a recuperator;
a turbocharger system comprising a low pressure compressor and a low pressure turbine; and
a refrigeration system comprising a hot gas heat exchanger and a cold gas heat exchanger, wherein the refrigeration system receives combustion products from the turbine system and compressed air from the turbocharger system;
wherein the refrigeration system cools the combustion products and the compressed air to generate a cooled combustion product mixture that is provided to the turbine system; and
wherein the refrigeration system further generates steam that is provided to the turbine system.

US Pat. No. 10,247,407

WIRELESSLY-CHARGED SELF-LIT LAMP FINIAL

1. A light producing finial system to be placed on a lamp, the finial system comprising: a support plate attached onto a harp of the lamp and an ornamental finial placed over and supported by the support plate; a wirelessly rechargeable electrical energy unit as a part of the ornamental finial, wherein the rechargeable electrical energy unit is wirelessly charged by at least one inductive charging pad provided with the support plate; a light generating component, as a part of the ornamental finial, wherein the light generating component is supported on the support plate and uses the wirelessly rechargeable electrical energy unit to generate light.

US Pat. No. 10,247,406

LIGHTING FIXTURE HAVING AN INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

ExteNet Systems, Inc., L...

1. A lighting fixture, comprising:a pole having a first section and a second section, wherein the second section of the pole comprises a radio frequency (RF) transparent material;
a light housing coupled to the first section of the pole;
a light source in the light housing;
an antenna assembly in the second section of the pole, wherein the antenna assembly is configured to wirelessly communicate with a user equipment device (UE); and
a communications backhaul interface coupled to the antenna assembly,
wherein the pole further includes a third section and wherein the second section is between the first section and third section.

US Pat. No. 10,247,405

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT, PROJECTOR, AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A LIGHT SOURCE UNIT

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A light source unit comprising:a device holder including a semiconductor light emitting device;
a holder case including an opening where the device holder is disposed; and
a dustproof member including a frame-shaped dustproof portion disposed in a gap between an outer periphery of the device holder and a wall surface of the opening,
wherein the frame-shaped dustproof portion includes (i) a packing portion including an inner peripheral rib which contacts an outer peripheral surface of the device holder, and an outer peripheral rib which contacts the wall surface, and (ii) a support frame connected to the packing portion, the support frame being harder than the packing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,404

PIN LIGHT ASSEMBLY

Waterway Plastics, Oxnar...

1. A pin light assembly for installation into a substrate having an aesthetic side and a wiring side comprising:a cylindrical elastomeric grommet with an outer diameter nearly the same as the diameter of a hole in said substrate said elastomeric grommet further comprising:
a front end with an elastomeric grommet flange, said elastomeric grommet flange having a diameter slightly larger than said hole;
a second end having a chamfer for easy installation into said hole;
a first longitudinal opening proximate said flange;
a second longitudinal opening proximate said chamfer;
wherein said cylindrical elastomeric grommet is pre-installed in said hole;
an LED light for placement inside of said second longitudinal opening;
a cylindrical pin, said cylindrical pin further comprising:
a top portion;
a bottom portion;
said top portion having a pin flange with a diameter larger than said elastomeric grommet flange wherein said pin flange rests atop said elastomeric grommet flange when installed wherein said pin flange also functions as a light lens from said top portion when said LED light is installed and actuated wherein the light lens may have various esthetic perimeter shapes outside the diameter of the pin flange; and
said bottom portion terminating in a securing member that affixes said pin inside of said first longitudinal opening in said elastomeric grommet wherein compression from said pin against said elastomeric grommet within said hole retains said elastomeric grommet and said lens in said substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,247,403

HEAT SINK AND LIGHTING APPARATUS

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

1. A heat radiation apparatus comprising:a heat transfer module for transferring heat generated in light source modules; and
a housing including a heat radiation module for radiating heat delivered from the light source modules and the heat transfer module, wherein the heat radiation module includes:
a first heat radiation portion having a bar shape; and
a second heat radiation portion connected to the first heat radiation portion and having a bar shape,
wherein the housing includes an upper plate, and a first side plate and a second side plate extending downward from both ends of the upper plate,
wherein a plurality of second heat radiation portion is included,
wherein the second heat radiation portion is arranged in a direction different from an arrangement direction of the first heat radiation portion,
wherein the first heat radiation portion includes a first surface disposed in contact with an inner wall surface of the upper plate of the housing,
wherein the second heat radiation portion includes a first surface disposed in contact with the inner wall surface of the upper plate of the housing,
wherein the first surface of the second heat radiation portion is arranged in a same planar direction as the first surface of the first heat radiation portion, and
wherein the first heat radiation portion further includes a second surface disposed in contact with an inner wall surface of the first side plate of the housing, wherein the second head heat radiation portion further includes a second surface disposed in contact with an inner wall surface of the first side plate of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,402

LAMP DEVICE

1. A lamp device comprising a base, a circuit board, a lamp seat installed in said base and electrically connected with said circuit board, at least one USB interface, and a lamp shade hooding said lamp seat thereinside, wherein said USB interface includes a cartridge disposed in said base and a USB socket module disposed inside said cartridge, andwherein said USB socket module is separated from said circuit board and electrically connected with said circuit board through cables, and
wherein said USB socket module includes at least one of Type-C USB sockets, Micro USB sockets, and Mini USB sockets, and
wherein a wall of said cartridge, which is corresponding to a socket of said USB socket module, has at least one opening, and
wherein an interface of an external USB data line is passed through said opening and inserted into said socket of said USB socket module, said base includes a baseplate, a plurality of studs installed on said baseplate, and a support platform connected with tops of said studs, and wherein said lamp seat is installed on said support platform, and there are one or more said USB interfaces, and wherein said baseplate and/or at least one said stud has an installing hole for installing said cartridge, and wherein after said cartridge is installed in said installation hole, said opening is faced outward.

US Pat. No. 10,247,401

LIGHTING DEVICE

FEELUX CO., LTD., Gyeong...

1. A lighting device comprising:an illumination part; and
a power connection part adapted to supply external power to the illumination part and to prevent an electrical short circuit, the power connection part including at least two power connectors which are separated from each other and into which the external power is transferred and an insulator provided between the at least two power connectors and coupled with the at least two power connectors;
wherein the illumination part includes a circuit board and the circuit board is provided directly on the at least two power connectors; and,
a diffusion member is directly connected with the at least two power connectors.

US Pat. No. 10,247,400

SAFETY LIGHT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ROAD-SIDE EMERGENCY

1. A portable light comprising:an LED floodlight;
a battery case having a top half and a bottom half, the LED floodlight mounted to the battery case top half by a two dimensional hinge allowing relative motion of the LED floodlight to the battery case in both bearing and azimuth;
a battery disposed within the battery case;
wiring providing an operative electrical connection between the battery and the LED floodlight;
a power switch having two positions, in a first position the electrical current flow from battery to LED floodlight is allowed and in a second position the electrical current is disconnected;
whereby the bottom half of the battery case is used as a base;
an LED strip comprising a plurality of colored LEDs, the LED strip mounted to a rear side of the battery case;
a LED power switch having an operative electrical connection to the wiring and to the LED strip;
a mode selection switch controlling the LED strip, the mode selection switch also having an operative electrical connection to the LED strip.

US Pat. No. 10,247,399

SELF-CONTAINED JUNCTION BOX

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A lighting structure, comprising:a junction box having a cavity, wherein the junction box includes a wall having a notch formed therethrough; and
a mounting plate having an inner section and a perimeter section, wherein the junction box is attached to the mounting plate, the mounting plate having a wire opening therethrough for routing an electrical wire from the junction box to a light source, wherein the perimeter section of the mounting plate is outside the junction box, wherein the mounting plate includes an elevated wireway section providing a wireway for routing the electrical wire between the cavity of the junction box and the perimeter section, wherein a first portion of the elevated wireway section is in the cavity of the junction box, wherein a second portion of the elevated wireway section is external to the cavity of the junction box, and wherein the elevated wireway section extends through the notch and under the wall of the junction box.

US Pat. No. 10,247,398

LUMINAIRE ASSEMBLY AND TILTING MECHANISM FOR THE LUMINAIRE ASSEMBLY

GE Lighting Solutions, LL...

1. A luminaire assembly comprising:a first housing configured to be coupled with an exterior surface with a first rotating connection, the first housing configured to pivot relative to the exterior surface around a first axis defined by the first rotating connection; and
a second housing coupled with the first housing by a second rotating connection, the second housing configured to pivot relative to the first housing around a second axis defined by the second rotation connection, wherein one or more of the first housing or the second housing is configured to hold one or more light generating devices of the luminaire assembly;
wherein the second housing is configured to hold one or more light generating devices; and
wherein a slanted interface body is disposed between the first housing and the second housing, said slanted interface body comprising opposite surfaces that separately engage slanted surfaces of the first housing and the second housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,397

ROTATABLE RETROFIT TRIM LIGHTING DEVICE

Feit Electric Company, In...

1. A retrofit trim lighting device comprising:a bracket comprising a planar portion, two attachment portions positioned at opposing ends of the planar portion and normal to the planar portion, and an opening positioned centrally on the planar portion and between the two flanged portions;
a pair of torsion springs each secured directly to a corresponding one of the two attachment portions of the bracket and configured to mount the retrofit trim lighting device within a recessed housing;
a retrofit housing comprising at least one light engine; and
an engagement element secured to the retrofit housing through the opening of the bracket such that, when so secured, the retrofit housing and the bracket are rotatable relative to one another about a rotation axis that intersects a surface defined by the planar portion of the bracket through a center of the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,247,396

ROTATABLE OPTICAL ASSEMBLIES FOR HIGH MAST LUMINAIRE

GE Lighting Solutions, LL...

1. A lighting system, comprising:a mounting portion;
an optical assembly attached to the mounting portion via a rotatable platform;
a stop disposed inside the mounting portion, the stop being configured to permit a rotation of the optical assembly and to limit the rotation to an angle greater than 360 degrees, wherein the stop rotates about a pivot screw and the rotation of the stop is limited by edges of the stop contacting a fixed pillar; and
wherein the rotatable platform includes a tab configured to engage the stop, the tab protruding from a side of the rotatable platform, wherein the tab is rotatable around a rotation axis to engage the stop; and
wherein the lighting system is configured to allow adjustment to the rotation from outside the lighting system.

US Pat. No. 10,247,395

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

EPISTAR CORPORATION, Hsi...

1. A light-emitting apparatus comprising:a lamp housing defining a geometric center axis in a top view;
a first light-emitting device comprising a first substrate with a first front surface, a first rear surface opposite to the first front surface, and a first side surface extending between a longer edge of the first front surface and a longer edge of the first rear surface, and a first light-emitting diode chip disposed on the first front surface; and
a second light-emitting device comprising a second substrate with a second front surface, a second rear surface opposite to the second front surface, and a second side surface extending between a longer edge of the second front surface and a longer edge of the second rear surface, and a second light-emitting diode chip disposed on the second front surface;
wherein the first side surface and the second side surface are arranged to point toward the geometric center axis, and
wherein the front surface and the rear surface are not arranged to point toward the geometric center axis.

US Pat. No. 10,247,394

HOUSING FOR SECURING A RECESSED FIXTURE

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. Housing for securing a recessed fixture in a support comprising a hole, the housing comprising:a side wall configured to be at least partly inserted through the hole,
at least one spring attached to the side wall,wherein the spring is configured for resting, winding around on a portion of the side wall when loaded, and for extending outwardly from the side wall when released so as to secure the housing in the support, the housing further comprising a retention member for keeping the spring loaded as long as a length of the side wall that has been inserted through the hole is smaller than a determined length, and for releasing the spring when the length of the side wall that has been inserted through the hole reaches the determined length;and wherein the side wall is formed by a rim of essentially cylindrical shape, said retention member being formed by at least one sliding element configured for being slid along the surface of the side wall parallel to the side wall main axis as the housing is being inserted through the hole;
wherein each sliding element is formed by a clip comprising a leg configured for leaning on a surface of the support as the housing is inserted through the hole; and
wherein the side wall comprises a plurality of side wall sections separated by gaps, a gap being defined by the respective edges of two adjacent side wall sections, each clip being configured for sliding on two adjacent side wall sections.

US Pat. No. 10,247,393

REMOVABLE LED MODULE WITH TILTING ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

ABL IP Holding LLC, Atla...

1. A lighting unit, comprising:a light engine comprising a light source and a heat sink, the heat sink attached to and in thermal communication with the light source, the heat sink comprising first and second arms defining an open channel between the first and second arms;
a module frame shaped and sized to slide within the open channel of the heat sink, the module frame having first and second sides and defining a first pair of curved grooves in the first side of the module frame and a second pair of curved grooves in the second side of the module frame; and
at least four protrusions, two of the protrusions extending from the first arm of the heat sink and respectively engaging the first pair of curved grooves, and two of the removable protrusions extending from the second arm of the heat sink and respectively engaging the second pair of curved grooves,
wherein the light engine is tiltable with respect to the module frame by sliding the protrusions within the pairs of grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,247,392

LUMINOUS SYSTEM

CHUN KUANG OPTICS CORP., ...

1. A luminous system used for projecting a light ray to a plane, the luminous system comprising:a luminous component for generating the light ray;
an angle-adjusting device arranged between the plane and the luminous component and located on the route of the light ray, the angle-adjusting device comprising a first lens element, the first lens element comprising a light-emitting portion and a light-incident portion connected to the light-emitting portion, the light-incident portion comprising a recess opposite to the light-emitting portion; and
a reflection baffle disposed under the recess and surrounding the luminous component;
wherein an outer diameter of the light-emitting portion is larger than an outer diameter of the light-incident portion, and the outer diameter of the light-incident portion decreases along a direction away from the light-emitting portion,
wherein the light-incident portion further comprises a plurality of light-guiding areas surrounding the recess in a concentrical manner for total-internal-reflecting light transmitting thereon to adjust a transmitting direction of the light ray, thus the light ray generated from the luminous component is transmitted toward a direction of the light-emitting portion; and
wherein the angle-adjusting device further comprises a carrier; the first lens element is disposed on the carrier; the carrier comprises a plurality of fixing arms, a ring-shaped engaging component and a plurality of screws; the fixing arms comprise a plurality of supporting portions; the ring-shaped engaging component and the supporting portions are screwed through the screws to collectively fix the first lens element by nipping an outer edge of the light-emitting portion; the outer edge of the light-emitting portion is arranged on the supporting portions and is clamped by the ring-shaped engaging component and the supporting portions.

US Pat. No. 10,247,391

STAKE FOR HOLDING A DECORATIVE LIGHT

Adams Mfg. Corp., Porter...

1. A stake for holding a decorative light comprising:a stake portion having a proximate end and a distal end suitable for being inserted into a ground surface;
a head attached to the proximate end of the stake portion, the head having an open center and a top portion, the top portion having an outer surface and an inner surface;
a bulb gripper pivotably attached to the inner surface of the top portion, such that the bulb gripper can be moved from a position which is co-linear with a centerline through the stake portion to a position which is substantially perpendicular to the centerline through the stake portion;
a first tab on the bulb gripper and a second tab on the head, the first tab and the second tab sized and positioned so that when the bulb gripper is in a position which is substantially perpendicular to the centerline through the stake portion, the tabs will engage one another locking the bulb gripper in place.

US Pat. No. 10,247,390

COMPACT TILTABLE AND ROTATABLE RECESSED LIGHTING FIXTURE

DMF INC., Carson, CA (US...

1. A luminaire, comprising:a housing that completely encloses a light source module, the light source module including at least a power supply, wherein the housing including the enclosed light source module are installed within a cavity of a junction box; and
a heat sink that accommodates a light source, wherein the heat sink is tiltable with respect to the housing while remaining fastened to the housing but without being fastened to the junction box, such that the heat sink is attached to the junction box via the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,389

LIGHT FIXTURE ASSEMBLY WITH PIVOTING REFLECTOR ASSEMBLY AND LENS ASSEMBLY

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A light fixture assembly comprising:a housing having an interior surface;
a light emitter positioned in said housing;
a control component configured to adjust current to the light emitter positioned in said housing;
a first reflector pivotally coupled to said housing, said control component being substantially enclosed between said housing and said first reflector when said first reflector is in a first, closed position and being exposed when said first reflector is in a second, open position spaced from at least a portion of said interior surface; and
a lens releasably coupled to said housing and independently moveable of said first reflector, said first reflector being substantially enclosed between said lens and said housing when said lens is in a first, closed position and substantially exposed when said lens is in a second, open position,
wherein said first reflector and said lens are moveable from said first, closed position to said second, open position without removal of the light emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,247,388

PORTABLE LIGHT

Walter R. Tucker Enterpri...

1. A portable light comprisinga front cover having an LED light and having bumpers at least at the corners thereof;
a back housing;
a combination ratchet handle and stand connected to said front cover having bumpers at the corners thereof and adapted to allow the portable light to stand by itself and further adapted to rotate 180 degrees to carry the portable light; and
a protective housing for said LED light comprising an annular housing having a recess area which decreases in diameter from the top of said annular housing to the inside bottom of said annular housing and a lens.

US Pat. No. 10,247,387

ILLUMINATION DEVICE SYSTEM

Olympus Corporation, Tok...

1. An illumination device system comprising:an illumination device support base including an accessory shoe; and
an illumination device including an engaging portion configured to engage with the accessory shoe, a main body portion to which the engaging portion is fixed, a swing portion capable of swinging around a turning axis in relation to the main body portion, a light emitting portion provided in the swing portion, a cable extending from the main body portion, and a diffuser,
wherein the diffuser is turnable relative to the main body portion around the turning axis, one end of a range of the turning is an advanced position where the diffuser is positioned in front of the light emitting portion, another end of the range of the turning is a withdrawn position where the diffuser is withdrawn from the front of the light emitting portion, and
the diffuser is provided with a first locking portion configured to engage with the illumination device support base and stop the turning of the diffuser in a case that the diffuser is at the advanced position, and a second locking portion configured to engage with the cable and stop the turning of the diffuser in a case that the diffuser is at the withdrawn position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,386

SYSTEM FOR VISUAL SIGNALLING

OBSTA, Sevres (FR)

1. A light-signaling system (1) comprising three lighting modules, in which:each lighting module (28) comprises two projectors (6) being fixed together;
each projector (6) of the lighting module comprising:
an elongated cylindrical lens (7), the cylindrical shape of which is defined by a horizontal generatrix direction (10); and
a linear light source (16) parallel to the horizontal generatrix direction (10), extending over all or part of a length of the cylindrical lens in order to emit a luminous flux (31) in a direction of the cylindrical lens;
the cylindrical lens being capable of generating a main flat light beam (26, 27) by concentrating the luminous flux within a predefined elevation (S) angular sector (3) around the horizontal generatrix direction in the direction of the space located on an opposite side of the cylindrical lens (7) with respect to the light source (16), and being capable of projecting the main flat light beam (26, 27) within a predefined elementary azimuthal angular sector around a vertical direction, the predefined elementary azimuthal angular sector (45) being greater than or equal to 60°;
each lighting module (28) being configured to illuminate within an azimuthal angular sector (450) smaller than or equal to the sum of the two elementary azimuthal angular sector(s) (45) of each of the two projector(s);
a bisectrix (432) of the azimuthal angular sector (450) of each lighting module defining a main direction of the lighting module (28), the lighting modules (281, 282, 283) being arranged such that the main directions (431, 432) of two adjacent lighting modules form between them an angle of 120°, such that the light-signaling system (1) is capable of emitting light around the light-signaling system (1) in all azimuthal directions (?), in which
a first lighting module of the lighting modules (28) and a second lighting module of the lighting modules (28), are defined as secondary modules (43) and a third lighting module of the lighting modules (28), is defined as a main module (44), each of the secondary modules is connected by a power supply cable (35) to the main module, the main module itself being connected to a main power supply cable (41) that is capable of being connected to an electrical power supply in order to supply the projectors (6) of each lighting module (43, 44) with power,
in which each lighting module (28) comprises a housing fixing the two projectors (6) together, in which the housing is horizontally substantially triangular in shape, a first side of the triangle (38) and a second side of the triangle (38) each being defined respectively by the respective generatrix direction of one of the two projectors (6) fixed to the housing and a third side being capable of being fixed to a support,
in which the third side of one of the housings forms an angle of 60° with the third side of the other housings.

US Pat. No. 10,247,385

LIGHTING DEVICE, LENS AND METHOD, HAVING A MIXING STRUCTURE WITH A VARIABLE BLURRING STRENGTH

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A lighting device for issuing a light beam in a main direction along an optical axis, the lighting device comprising:a light source;
a positive, refractive lens provided on the optical axis, the lens being movable with respect to the light source along the optical axis; and
a mixing structure provided on the optical axis and having a blurring strength FWHM, with FWHM being in a range of 3° to 15°, the blurring strength of the mixing structure gradually and continuously increases with an increase in distance R in a radial direction from the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,247,384

LED LIGHTING ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Designs for Vision, Inc.,...

1. A lighting assembly comprising:a lens assembly comprising:
at least one projection lens,
a housing comprising:
a lighting element comprising:
a printed circuit board;
a Light Emitting Diode (LED) positioned on the printed circuit board;
an aperture plate comprising:
a first groove positioned along a diameter of the aperture plate; and
a second groove, substantially perpendicular to the first groove, positioned along a diameter of the aperture place; and
a first passthrough positioned at an intersection of the first groove and the second groove, said first passthrough sized to allow a center portion of the LED to be viewed therethrough;
an aperture comprising:
a first leg; and
a second leg substantially perpendicular to the first leg, and
an aperture passthrough positioned at an intersection of the first leg and the second leg, said aperture passthrough sized to allow a center section of the LED to be viewed therethrough, said aperture configured to be positioned within the first groove and the second groove of the aperture plate;
a dome lens, proximate to the LED, wherein a position of the LED is one of: at a focal length of the dome lens and within a focal length of the dome lens;
a retainer configured to:
contact the dome lens soley along a curved surface of the dome lens to retain the dome lens proximate to the LED; and
an attachment section configured to:
attach the lens assembly to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,383

VEHICLE LAMP WITH ARTICULATED MULTI-PIECE HEAT SINK

OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc., Wil...

1. A motor vehicle lamp (100), comprising:a lamp housing (110) defining an interior compartment (116) and an exterior region (102);
a solid-state light source (120) disposed on a first heat sink (150) in thermal communication therewith, the first heat sink (150) being disposed within the interior compartment (116);
a second heat sink (170) having an heat-transferring exterior section (178) disposed in the exterior region (102) of the lamp housing (110) and further having a heat-transferring receiver section (176) disposed at least partially within the interior compartment (116); and
the first heat sink (150) being in thermal communication with the second heat sink (170) and coupled in displaceable relationship to the second heat sink (170), whereby a position of said solid-state light source (120) is adjustable relative the lamp housing (110); wherein
the first heat sink (150) is coupled in pivotable relationship to the second heat sink (170).

US Pat. No. 10,247,382

LIGHTING DEVICE WITH A LUMINESCENT MATERIAL

OSRAM GMBH, Munich (DE)

1. A lighting device comprising:an electromagnetic radiation source for irradiating a conversion element arranged in the lighting device with an excitation radiation,
the conversion element having a first element side and a second element side, wherein the first element side delimits a first radiation space and the second element side delimits a second radiation space,
at least one optical unit at least for part of the radiation emanating from the first element side arranged in the first radiation space,
at least one optical unit at least for part of the radiation emanating from the second element side is arranged in the second radiation space, and
at least a first shutter arranged in a beam path of radiation; wherein the first shutter is pivotable about a pivoting axis arranged in a plane parallel to the conversion element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,381

AUTOMOTIVE LAMP

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. An automotive lamp comprising:a light source;
a light emitting member that receives light from the light source and emits light; and
a support member that supports the light emitting member, wherein the support member includes a translucent light emitting member accommodating unit,
the light emitting member accommodating unit includes a recess in which the light emitting member is accommodated,
a light incidence surface and side surfaces of the light emitting member are in contact with the light emitting member accommodating unit in a state in which the light emitting member is accommodated in the recess, and
on a surface of the light emitting member accommodating unit that is in contact with a side surface of the light emitting member is provided a rough surface area having a surface roughness greater than that of a light incidence surface of the light emitting member accommodating unit, and
the side surface of the light emitting member is a surface connecting the light incidence surface of the light emitting member and a light emission surface which faces away from the light incidence surface and from which light generated inside the light emitting member is emitted, and
the side surface of the light emitting member has a rough surface area having a surface roughness greater than that of the light incidence surface of the light emitting member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,380

LUMINAIRE

OSRAM GMBH, Munich (DE)

1. A luminaire comprising:at least one first light source, the light from which is substantially emittable to a reflector and is deflectable by the latter to an optical intermediate plane as a result of which a first light function is realized;
a second light source, the light from which is guidable via an optical waveguide to the optical intermediate plane as a result of which a second light function is realized;
a further light source, the light from which is guidable via a drum lens to the optical intermediate plane as a result of which a third light function is realized; and
a collimation lens connected with the drum lens via at least one web provided between the collimation lens and the drum lens.

US Pat. No. 10,247,378

METAL PCB, HEADLIGHT MODULE HAVING METAL PCB APPLIED THERETO, AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING HEADLIGHT MODULE

ECOCAB.CO., LTD, Ulsan (...

5. A headlight module, comprising:a back plate having a body extended in a specific length in accordance with a headlight housing; and
a metal PCB connected to the back plate and having a plurality of LED chips mounted thereon through patterns integrated with the metal PCB, the metal PCB being coupled with the back plate through a coupler, wherein the patterns are formed on a base made of metal and chip mounting parts having the LED chips mounted thereon are disposed to be bent,
wherein a coupling part of the back plate coupled to the headlight housing is provided at a bottom of the body and a plurality of consecutive support surfaces is provided on the back plate,
wherein a plurality of board mounting parts having identical or different slopes are integrated and protruded from respective tops of the plurality of consecutive support surfaces, and
wherein the coupler includes a latching hook and a fixing hook, each having an inclined surface thereon, and each of the latching hook and the fixing hook is coupled to a support jaw protruding from one side of the metal PCB.

US Pat. No. 10,247,377

HEADLIGHT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A headlamp for a motor vehicle, comprisinga first semiconductor light source for emitting a primary radiation having a first wavelength;
a second semiconductor light source for generating a second radiation having a second wavelength that is substantially the same as the first wavelength;
an optical coupling device for coupling a first radiation and the second radiation, the optical coupling device includes a first and a second coupling surface;
a converter element arranged in an optical path between the first semiconductor light source and the first coupling surface, the converter element configured to convert the primary radiation into a first radiation; and
an optical filter element arranged between the converter element and the first coupling surface, the optical filter element being adjusted to the first wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,247,376

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE AND VEHICLE HEADLAMP USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A light source module, comprising:a circuit board;
first and second light emitting modules disposed on the circuit board; and
a partition wall that divides the first and second light emitting modules,
wherein each of the first and second light emitting modules includes a blue light emitting diode (LED) light source and a phosphor disposed on the blue LED light source and the phosphor is configured to be activated by the blue LED light source to emit first light,
wherein the first light emitting module includes a phosphor film disposed on an exterior of the first light emitting module, and the phosphor film is configured to emit a second light,
wherein the first light and the second light have different wavelengths,
wherein a dominant wavelength of the first light is equal to or greater than about 540 nm and equal to or less than about 560 nm, and
wherein a dominant wavelength of the second light is equal to or greater than about 585 nm and equal to or less than about 595 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,247,375

ELECTRIC FIREPLACE HAVING SIMULATED DYNAMIC WALL

DONG GUAN SONG WEI ELECTR...

1. An electric fireplace having a simulated dynamic wall, comprising a housing and a simulated charcoal, the housing having a combustion room therein, the simulated charcoal being placed inside the combustion room and located at a bottom of the combustion room, characterized by: an inner wall of the housing being provided with simulated wall tiles; a top of the combustion room being provided with a ceiling lamp, light emitted from the ceiling lamp being projected on the simulated wall tiles; a connecting wire of the ceiling lamp being connected to a main control board, the main control board being provided with a low-voltage DC stabilized power supply circuit for providing a DC power source, a main control unit for implementing light change control, a driver or drive IC for performing light adjustment according to the main control unit, a light-emitting load, and a light signal feedback comparator capable of forming a signal feedback; a first branch of the low-voltage DC stabilized power circuit directly supplying power to the light-emitting load, a second branch of the low-voltage DC stabilized power circuit being connected with the main control unit, the driver or drive IC and the light-emitting load in sequence so that a control signal that can be dynamically changed is transmitted to the ceiling lamp, the light signal feedback comparator being connected in series between the light-emitting load and the main control unit to form a feedback control loop; wherein, during operation, a gradation signal output from the main control unit is transmitted to an input control pin of the driver or drive IC to connect or disconnect the driver or drive IC, the ceiling lamp is controlled to be switched on or off, or the light slowly fades between lighting and extinguishing, a light change signal is fed back to the main control unit so that the main control unit intelligently adjusts a conversion speed of the gradation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,374

ELECTRICALLY ILLUMINATED FLAME SIMULATOR

STERNO HOME INC., Vancou...

1. A flameless candle having an electrically powered flame simulator, the flameless candle comprising:a substantially cylindrical body having permanent exterior surfaces comprising an upper portion having a rim on an upper surface that circumscribes a recess, a lower portion with a lower surface, and at least one chamber within the cylindrical body below the recess, wherein the substantially cylindrical body is self-supporting on the lower surface;
a flame simulator comprising at least one light source, wherein the at least one light source is located within the at least one chamber and in an upper region of the candle;
a circuit electrically connected to the flame simulator configured to illuminate the flame simulator;
a power source housed in the at least one chamber and configured to provide power to the circuit; and
a protruding component extending upwardly from the recess, wherein light emanating from the at least one light source projects onto the protruding component.

US Pat. No. 10,247,373

LUMINAIRE MOUNTING SYSTEM

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A system for mounting a luminaire to a structure, the system comprising:a bracket sized for mounting to the structure adjacent a junction box, the bracket comprising two holes, each of the two holes comprising a deformable insert and a mounting fastener retained by the deformable insert when the bracket is separated from the structure and from the luminaire, the mounting fasteners operative to mount the bracket to the structure;
a hanger operative to hang the luminaire from the bracket after the bracket is mounted to the structure; and
one or more luminaire fasteners operative to fasten the luminaire to the bracket once the luminaire is hung from the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,247,372

LED TROFFER LENS ASSEMBLY MOUNT

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A troffer light fixture, comprising:a LED assembly comprising at least one LED operable to emit light when energized through an electrical path;
a housing; and
a lens assembly comprising a lens covering the at least one LED and a first end cap and a second end cap, the lens having a first end connected to the first end cap and a second end connected to the second end cap, wherein the first end cap comprises a first wall that that closes the first end of the lens, the first wall comprising a first side and a second side opposite the first side, and a first slot formed in the first side of the first wall for receiving the first end, and the second end cap comprises a second wall that closes the second end of the lens, the second wall comprising a third side and a fourth side opposite the third side, and a second slot formed in the third side of the second wall for receiving the second end, and wherein the second side of the first wall and the third side of the second wall comprise a first one of a resilient first engagement member and second engagement member and the housing comprises a second one of the resilient first engagement member and the second engagement member where the resilient first engagement member engages the second engagement member such that the resilient first engagement member is deformed into engagement with the second engagement member such that the first end cap and the second end cap are releasably connected to the housing such that the lens and the first end cap and the second end cap are releasably mounted to the housing as a unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,371

DEVICE, METHOD, AND A KIT FOR RETROFITTING A TRIMMED RECESSED LIGHT FIXTURE FOR INSTALLATION OF A TRIMLESS RECESSED LIGHT FIXTURE

JUNA CONSTRUCTION, INC., ...

1. A device for retrofitting an existing trimmed recessed lighting fixture for installation of a trimless recessed light fixture, comprising:a collar section configured to be received within an opening of a housing of the existing trimmed recessed lighting fixture installed above a ceiling, the collar section including a proximal section configured to be fitted within the opening of the housing;
a surface element being secured the collar section, the surface element being configured to lie flush against the ceiling and to be joined integrally to the ceiling; and
a baffle being releasably lockable to the collar section;
a connecting member that is configured to frictionally engage substantially an inner perimeter of the baffle in its entirety and to also frictionally engage substantially an inner perimeter of an opening of the surface element in its entirety such that the baffle is secured to the surface element;
wherein the collar section has a shape corresponding to the shape of the opening of the housing and the opening of the surface element such that when the collar section is fitted within both openings, the surface element is secured relative to the housing; and
wherein the surface element includes at least one hole configured to receive a fastener to secure element the surface to the ceiling; and wherein the surface element is configured to be coated with a compound such that it becomes integral with the ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,247,370

OMNI-DIRECTIONAL AIRPORT-TAXIWAY LIGHT

1. An omni-directional airport taxiway light device comprising:a housing with a lower casing, with an upper casing configured to be mounted to the lower casing, and with an outer lens being mounted to an opening of the upper casing, wherein the upper casing provides a substantially flat upper surface and wherein a first sealing element is disposed between the lower casing and the upper casing and a second sealing element is disposed between the upper casing and the outer lens to form an inner space of the airport taxiway light device that is sealed from a medium surrounding the airport taxiway light device;
a light emitting diode positioned in the housing below the outer lens and configured to emit light in a direction towards the outer lens;
a carrier supporting the light emitting diode, the carrier being positioned in the housing;
an inner lens located in the housing between the light emitting diode and the outer lens;
wherein the carrier is a flat carrier and is mounted to the upper casing and
wherein the light emitting diode is mounted to the flat carrier,
wherein at least one of an inner surface of the inner lens and an inner surface of the outer lens contains an optical structure configured to redirect at least 80 percent of the light, emitted by the light emitting diode, to within an angular range of 0° to 10° with respect to a plane that is defined by the substantially flat upper surface of the upper casing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,369

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL RECHARGEABLE LIGHTING APPARATUS

1. A portable lighting apparatus comprising:an elongated housing having a radially-central cavity extending longitudinally along the elongated housing and a receptacle;
one or more light emitting diodes (LEDs) affixed to a surface of the elongated housing and operable to emit light;
one or more rods operable to extend coaxially from the radially-central cavity;
one or more hooks coupled to distal ends of the respective one or more rods;
a first battery operable to power the one or more LEDs and second battery operable to power the at least one LED mounted on the surface of the rotatable member; and
a foldable lighting apparatus configured to be removably coupled to the receptacle; comprising a base member, a rotatable member coupled to the base member via a hinge, and at least one of the LEDs mounted on a surface of the rotatable member,
wherein the receptacle includes one or more first power terminals, wherein the foldable lighting apparatus further includes one or more second power terminals that are electrically coupled with the one or more first power terminals when the foldable lighting apparatus is coupled to the receptacle, and wherein the second battery is adapted to receive power when the foldable lighting apparatus is coupled to the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,247,368

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A lighting device for a vehicle, comprising:a light source device;
a main lens;
a reflective fluorescent body configured to reflect and convert wavelengths of incident beams;
a heat radiating member configured to dissipate heat from the reflective fluorescent body; and
a prism arranged between the main lens and the reflective fluorescent body, the prism configured to:
reflect beams emitted from the light source device to be incident on the reflective fluorescent body; and
transmit, through the prism and to the main lens, beams reflected from the reflective fluorescent body,
wherein the prism comprises:
a first surface facing the reflective fluorescent body;
a second surface through which beams are incident; and
a third surface forming an acute angle with the first surface, and
wherein the prism is configured such that the beams incident through the second surface of the prism form angles of incidence, with respect to the third surface of the prism, that are greater than a critical angle of the prism,
wherein the reflective fluorescent body comprises:
a reflecting part configured to reflect beams; and
a wavelength conversion layer configured to convert wavelengths of the beams,
wherein the wavelength conversion layer is disposed to face the first surface of the prism and is configured to convert the wavelengths of the beams reflected on the third surface of the prism, and
wherein the reflecting part is disposed at a rear of the wavelength conversion layer.

US Pat. No. 10,247,367

LIGHTING SYSTEM

Cooper Technologies Compa...

1. A lighting system comprising:a lightguide comprising:
a first face;
a second face that is opposite the first face; and
an edge that extends between the first face and the second face,
wherein the first face and the second face extend along a reference plane that is disposed midway between the first face and the second face and that extends through the edge;
a row of light emitting diodes that are separated from the edge by an air gap, that extend along the edge, and that are configured to emit light; and
a plurality of reflective surfaces that extend along the row of light emitting diodes and are oriented to guide the emitted light across the air gap to couple the guided light into the lightguide via the edge,
wherein the first face and the edge form a first corner,
wherein the second face and the edge form a second corner,
wherein the plurality of reflective surfaces comprises:
a first reflective surface of a first reflective sheet that extends between the row of light emitting diodes and the first corner; and
a second reflective surface of a second reflective sheet that extends between the row of light emitting diodes and the second corner,
wherein the first reflective surface and the second reflective surface extend substantially parallel to one another,
wherein the first reflective sheet is bent adjacent the first corner, and
wherein the second reflective sheet is bent adjacent the second corner.

US Pat. No. 10,247,366

LASER PACKAGE HAVING MULTIPLE EMITTERS CONFIGURED ON A SUPPORT MEMBER

Soraa Laser Diode, Inc., ...

1. A lighting system comprising:an apparatus comprising a white lighting device, a multi-colored lighting device, a flat panel device, a beam projector device, or a display device;
1 to N laser diode devices configured to provide light for the apparatus, wherein N ranges from 2 to 50, at least one of the 1 to N laser diode devices comprises gallium and nitrogen, and each of the 1 to N laser diode devices is configured to emit a laser beam characterized by a wavelength ranging from 390 nm to 485 nm;
a free space with a non-guided characteristic capable of transmitting the laser beam from each of the 1 to N laser diode devices;
an optical device configured to receive the laser beam from each of the 1 to N laser diode devices and to provide an output beam characterized by a selected wavelength range, a selected spectral width, a selected power, and a selected spatial configuration;
an output power characterizing the output beam, the output power being at least 0.5 W;
a phosphor material optically coupled to the output beam;
a support member configured to transport thermal energy from the 1 to N laser diode devices to a heat sink;
a free space optics included in the optical device and configured to create one or more free space optical beams;
a thermal path from the 1 to N laser diode devices to the heat sink characterized by a thermal impedance; and
whereupon the output beam is characterized by an optical output power degradation of less than 20% in 500 hours when the 1 to N laser diode devices are operated at the output power and with a substantially constant input current at a base temperature of about 25 degrees Celsius.

US Pat. No. 10,247,365

LED FILAMENT AND LED FILAMENT LIGHT CONTAINING THE SAME

Shandong Prosperous Star ...

1. An LED filament, comprising:a plurality of light-emitting chips (61), a metal electrical terminal (62) and a fluorescent glue (63), wherein the LED filament further comprises an insulating substrate (64) and an electrically and magnetically conductive connector (65); the plurality of light-emitting chips (61) are connected in series, and encapsulated and fixed on a surface of the insulating substrate (64) by the fluorescent glue (63), one face of the electrically and magnetically conductive connector (65) is bonded the other surface of the insulating substrate (64); the metal electrical terminal (62) is electrically connected to a light-emitting chip (61) at one end of the insulating substrate (64), and the electrically and magnetically conductive connector (65) is electrically connected to the light-emitting chip (61) at the other end of the insulating substrate (64).

US Pat. No. 10,247,364

METHOD FOR INSTALLING LED LIGHT BAR INTO LIGHT BULB AND DEVICE

XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. L...

1. A method for installing a light bar module into a light bulb, comprising:placing an expansion structure into the light bar module;
placing the light bar module into a bulb shell, wherein said light bar module having a plurality of LED light bars, unexpanded and disposed between the plurality of LED light bars, each LED light bar having a certain bending property;
expanding the expansion structure to make the plurality of LED light bars bent toward the bulb shell;
reducing said expansion structure;
separating said expansion structure from said light bar module; and
mounting other elements of the light bulb.

US Pat. No. 10,247,363

SMART PACKAGE

Entegris, Inc., Billeric...

1. A fluid supply package, comprising a fluid storage and dispensing vessel, and a fluid dispensing assembly coupled to the vessel and configured to enable discharge of fluid from the vessel under dispensing conditions, wherein the fluid supply package comprises an informational augmentation device thereon, the fluid supply package further comprising a storage medium wherein the storage medium comprises a physical adsorbent material which comprises an adsorbent selected from the group consisting of carbon adsorbent, zeolite, molecular sieve adsorbent, metal organic framework (MOF), aerogel, alumina, silica, aluminosilicate, porous metal oxide, and combinations of two or more of the foregoing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,362

VALVE FOR A PRESSURIZED FLUID CYLINDER AND CORRESPONDING CYLINDER

1. A valve for a pressurized fluid cylinder, comprising a body provided with an end configured to be mounted in the orifice of a pressurized fluid cylinder, the body of the valve accommodating a first withdrawing circuit comprising a first, upstream end configured to communicate with the storage volume of the pressurized fluid cylinder and a second, downstream end intended to be connected to a consumer of the withdrawn gas, the first withdrawing circuit comprising a member for regulating the flow rate and/or the pressure of the withdrawn fluid between the upstream end and the downstream end, the valve comprising a member for manually controlling the regulating member, the control member being mounted so as to be able to move relative to the body of the valve and cooperating with the regulating member to control the flow rate and/or pressure of fluid allowed to circulate from the upstream end to the downstream end depending on the position of the control member with respect to the body, the valve comprising an electronic device for indicating data relating to the fluid content in the pressurized fluid cylinder connected to the valve, the electronic indicating device comprising a member for acquiring, storing and processing data and at least one data display connected to the member for acquiring, storing and processing data, the valve having a sensor for sensing the position of the member for manually controlling the regulating member, the position sensor being connected to the member for acquiring, storing and processing data in order to transmit to the latter a signal indicative of the fluid flow rate and/or pressure set by the regulating member, the member for acquiring, storing and processing data being configured to cause an information item relating to the mode of use of the valve to be displayed on the display in response to the reception of this set flow rate and/or pressure signal, the valve having a pressure sensor configured to measure the pressure within the storage volume of the pressurized fluid cylinder connected to the valve, the pressure sensor being connected to the member for acquiring, storing and processing data in order to transmit to the latter a signal indicative of the measured fluid pressure, wherein the member for acquiring, storing and processing data is configured to receive both the signal of pressure measured by the pressure sensor and the flow rate and/or pressure signal supplied by the position sensor and to calculate, in response, a value of the quantity of remaining fluid and/or withdrawn fluid from these two signals, the member for acquiring, storing and processing data being configured to:calculate an actual value of the quantity of remaining fluid and/or withdrawn fluid on the basis of the pressure measurement by the pressure sensor,
calculate a theoretical value of the quantity of remaining fluid and/or withdrawn fluid on the basis of the regulation set by the regulating member and measured by the position of the control member,
compare said actual value based on the measurement by the pressure sensor with the theoretical value set by the regulating member, and
generate a warning signal if these theoretical and actual values diverge to an extent greater than a given safety threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,247,361

INACTIVE GAS INTRODUCING FACILITY AND INACTIVE GAS INTRODUCING METHOD

Daifuku Co., Ltd., Osaka...

1. An inactive gas introducing facility comprising:a storage rack including a storage section for storing a container for storing a substrate, the storage rack being installed in a storage space which is closed off from exterior space;
an introducing portion configured to act on the container which is capable of discharging gas inside the container into the storage space through a gas discharge opening when stored in the storage section, and configured to introduce inactive gas into an interior of the container through a gas feed opening of the container;
an introducing controller for controlling supply of the inactive gas to the container by controlling an operation of the introducing portion based on a supply pattern defined by a predetermined parameter;
an inspection door open-and-close detector for detecting whether an inspection door for allowing a worker to go in, and out of, the storage space is in an open state or a closed state;
a manually-operated stop nullifying command portion for issuing a stop nullifying command,
wherein the introducing controller is configured:
to stop the supply of the inactive gas to the container by stopping supply control of inactive gas based on an immediately preceding supply pattern which is the supply pattern that was being performed before the open state of the inspection door was detected, if the open state of the inspection door is detected by the inspection door open-and-close detector while in a normal stop state in which the stop nullifying command is not issued from the stop nullifying command portion, and
to continue with the supply of the inactive gas based on the immediately preceding supply pattern and to prohibit any changes, through manual operation, to the parameter that defines the immediately preceding supply pattern if the open state of the inspection door is detected by the inspection door open-and-close detector while in a stop nullifying state in which the stop nullifying command is issued from the stop nullifying command portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,360

METHOD FOR FILLING HYDROGEN STORAGE ALLOY

THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LT...

1. A method for filling a hydrogen storage alloy, comprising:when the hydrogen storage alloy that has been made as a resin composite material by mixing hydrogen storage alloy particles or powder having an average particle diameter of 1 to 1000 ?m with a resin, viscosity of the resin at 25° C. being 500 to 10,000 mPa·s, the resin being a gel-like resin having a 1/4 consistency of 10 to 200 at 25° C., and a mixing amount of the resin being 1 to 50% by weight relative to the amount of the hydrogen storage alloy and carbon fiber, the mixing ratio of the carbon fiber being controlled to 0.1 to 5.0% by weight relative to the amount of the hydrogen storage alloy, is filled into a tank,
disposing a funnel in an opening of the tank;
disposing a scraping rod extending downward from a central part of the funnel;
filling the hydrogen storage alloy, which has been made as the resin composite material, into the tank through the funnel with scraping of the resin composite material by the scraping rod; and
during the filling the hydrogen storage alloy into the tank, vibrating the tank at a predetermined frequency of 30 to 70 Hz through movement at least in a vertical direction for 0.5 to 30 minutes, vibration amount for the movement in the vertical direction being 0.1 to 2.0 mm, to adjust a filling ratio of the hydrogen storage alloy in the tank to 40 to 55%.

US Pat. No. 10,247,359

LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION/DISTRIBUTION AND VAPORIZATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Electric Energy Express C...

1. A liquefied natural gas transportation/distribution and vaporization management system, comprising:a transportation/distribution platform;
at least one gas transportation/distribution section, which is arranged on at least one side of the transportation/distribution platform that is close to a railway adapted to allow at least one liquefied natural gas transportation train to unload liquefied natural gas through an infeed pipeline;
at least one vaporization treatment section, which is arranged on the transportation/distribution platform and is connected to the gas transportation/distribution section to receive the liquefied natural gas, the vaporization treatment section comprising at least one solid oxide fuel cell module and at least one heat exchange tank, the at least one solid oxide fuel cell module including a first byproduct outlet for a byproduct of thermal energy, a second byproduct outlet of water, a fuel inlet, and an electrical power output terminal, the first and second byproduct outlets being fluidly coupled to the heat exchange tank, at least one hot water tank being arranged and connected between the second byproduct outlet and the heat exchange tank, the hot water tank including at least one electrical heater arranged therein, the heat exchange tank having at least one exchange pipeline therein, the exchange pipeline having an end connected to and receiving the liquefied natural gas from the gas transportation/distribution section for heat exchange with the byproduct of thermal energy and water generated in a power generation operation of the at least one solid oxide fuel cell module so as to generate vaporized liquefied natural gas, an out-feed pipeline being formed at an opposite end of the exchange pipeline to output the vaporized liquefied natural gas, a portion of the vaporized liquefied natural gas outputted from the out-feed pipeline being fed back to the fuel inlet of the at least one solid oxide fuel cell module; and
at least one central management section, which is arranged on the transportation/distribution platform and is connected to and receive electrical power from the electrical power output terminal of the at least one solid oxide fuel cell module of the vaporization treatment section and is connected to and controls transportation/distribution, vaporization of the liquefied natural gas and management, monitoring, and control of temporary storage of vaporized natural of the gas transportation/distribution section, the vaporization treatment section, and a temporary gas storage section, wherein the electrical heater of the hot water tank is connected to the central management section to be controlled and activated by the central management section to generate hot water in the hot water tank for supplying to the heat exchange tank, the heat exchange tank including a water sprayer arranged therein, the water sprayer spraying the hot water from the hot water tank onto a surface of the exchange pipeline of the heat exchange tank.

US Pat. No. 10,247,358

METHOD AND STATION FOR FILLING GAS TANKS

1. A method of filling a tank with pressurized hydrogen via a filling station comprising at least one buffer container and a fluid circuit connected to said at least one buffer container, the circuit of the filling station comprising a first end connected to at least one source of gaseous hydrogen for carrying out the filling of the at least one buffer container with gas originating from the source, the circuit comprising a second end equipped with a transfer pipe intended to be removably connected to the tank to be filled with hydrogen originating from the at least one buffer container, the method comprising the steps of:cooling the hydrogen supplied to the tank by transfer of negative calories between a cold source and the hydrogen;
purifying the hydrogen supplied by the source in a purification component before it is transferred to the at least one buffer container;
transferring negative calories from said cold source to the hydrogen before and/or during the purification step, wherein the purification step uses at least one purification component selected from the group consisting of a pressure swing adsorption separation device and a temperature swing adsorption separation device; and
allowing pressurized hydrogen to flow from at least one of the at least one buffer container to the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,247,357

AUTOMATIC AIR BACKUP SYSTEM

1. A system for maintaining overpressure within a logging unit, the system comprising:a frame;
a plurality of air tanks mounted within the frame;
a valve assembly, the valve assembly comprising:
an external port operatively connected to the atmosphere external to the logging unit through a first reset valve comprising a pressure sensor, the pressure sensor operating to open and close the first reset valve;
a backup port operatively connected to the plurality of air tanks through a second reset valve; and
an output port operatively connected to the external port, the backup port, and the ambient atmosphere within the logging unit,
wherein the external port and the backup port are operatively connected to the output port through a shuttle valve, wherein the first reset valve is open and the second reset valve is closed while the system receives air from the external port at a selected pressure, and wherein the first reset valve is closed and the second reset valve is open when the system does not receive air from the external port at the selected pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,356

CONFIGURABLE SAFETY INPUT

Rockwell Automation Techn...

1. A safety relay device, comprising:a memory that stores executable components;
a processor, operatively coupled to the memory, that executes the executable components, the executable components comprising:
a configuration interface component configured to receive configuration data identifying a safety input, of a set of safety inputs supported by the safety relay device, and specifying an input current level; and
an input current configuration component configured to, in response to receipt of the configuration data, configure a monitoring circuit associated with the safety input to operate in accordance with the input current level.

US Pat. No. 10,247,355

TELESCOPIC POLE MOUNTING SYSTEM

1. A telescopic pole mounting system, comprising:an adjustable spacer, a first end of the spacer coupled to a bracket;
a clamp that partially encircles a vertical pole, ends of the clamp attached to the bracket;
a cup attached to the spacer, movement of the cup causing one of expansion and contraction of the spacer; and
a telescopic pole that:
attaches to the cup, and raises and lowers the coupled clamp, spacer, and cup when the clamp is in loosened state,
turns the cup in a first direction to expand the spacer and push the bracket away from the vertical pole, thus tightening the clamp about the vertical pole, and
turns the cup in a second direction to contract the spacer, thus loosening the clamp about the pole.

US Pat. No. 10,247,354

CORNER SHIELD

1. A corner shield for placement on a substantially horizontal surface, the corner shield comprising:a body comprising:
an inner support comprising two sections connected together at an inner support corner with a corner angle of about 90 degrees, the support having an outer surface and a bottom:
an outer support comprising two sections connected together at an outer support corner with the corner angle, the support having an inner surface and a bottom, the outer support having end sections that are rounded;
a slot having a top and a bottom, the slot being between the inner surface of the outer support and the outer surface of the inner support, the inner surface of the outer support being angled inwardly from the bottom to the top by a slope angle of about 2 degrees from the perpendicular relative to the surface, the slot having a height and two sections connected together at a slot corner with the corner angle, where in the slot is V-shaped with the top of the slot wider than the bottom of the slot;
a flange extending from the bottom of the outer support outwardly for preventing the corner shield from tipping over;
at least one weight at the bottom of the outer support; and
an elongated cardboard protector shaped for fitting into the slot, the protector being longer than the slot height, the protector having two sections connected together at a corner with the corner angle.

US Pat. No. 10,247,353

TRIPOD

SHIN TAI SPURT WATER OF T...

1. A tripod comprising:an outer tube, an intermediate tube, an inner tube, at least two positioning members, a connecting joint, a knob, a clamping device and a leg set, wherein:
the outer tube, the intermediate tube and the inner tube are sequentially and slidably sleeved onto each other, a first of the at least two positioning members is engaged between the outer tube and the intermediate tube, and a second of the at least two positioning members is engaged between the intermediate tube and the inner tube;
the inner tube is provided with a first engaging disk having a through aperture;
the connecting joint is provided with a locking rod and a second engaging disk having a bolt, the bolt passing through the through aperture of the first engaging disk such that the connecting joint is pivoted onto the first engaging disk of the inner tube;
the knob further includes a threaded aperture configured for engaging with the bolt extending from the first engaging disk, such that the connecting joint can be clamped and fixed onto the first engaging disk by the second engaging disk and the knob;
the clamping device comprises a back member, a side member and a slidable member, the back member and the side member are respectively provided with a first locking aperture and a second locking aperture configured for engaging with the locking rod of the connecting joint; and
the leg set is secured below the outer tube and includes a plurality of supporting legs, each supporting leg comprising a first surface and a second surface, and the second surface is provided with a recess with a pivoting grounding nail.

US Pat. No. 10,247,352

ROTATABLE CONNECTION WITH A ROTATIONAL ANGLE LIMITATION

1. A rotatable connection for a stand apparatus for arrangement in an operating room, comprising:an adjustable stop mechanism, which is arranged between a first connection component and a second connection component mounted rotatably about a rotational axis relative to the first connection component and which is configured to define different rotational angles or rotation ranges of the first and second connection components relative to each other,
wherein the adjustable stop mechanism comprises:
a stop ring having at least one stop and which is mounted to the first connection component in an anti-rotational manner;
an anti-rotation device, which is arranged at the second connection component in an anti-rotational manner;
a stop device with a counter stop, which is rotatably mounted relative to the stop ring; and
a rotary block, which is mounted relative to the stop ring and relative to the stop device in a rotation-blocking manner,
wherein the stop device is positioned at the anti-rotation device in different rotational angle positions in an anti-rotational manner and defines a respective rotation range by means of the counter stop together with the rotary block and the stop ring by means of relative rotation of the first connection component and the second connection component to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,247,351

ORIENTABLE SUPPORT HEAD FOR VIDEO-PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUSES

VITEC IMAGING SOLUTIONS S...

1. An orientable support head for video-photographic equipment, comprisinga first articulation element and a second articulation element which are each provided with an attachment for attachment to a support element and to the video-photographic equipment, respectively, and which can be mutually moved to orientate the video-photographic equipment, said first articulation element comprising a member which is internally hollow and which defines a receiving cavity for said second articulation element, a locking device which is mounted on said member and which can be actuated to thrust said second articulation element along a locking axis between a release configuration, wherein said second articulation element is free to slide in said receiving cavity, and a locking configuration, wherein said second articulation element is urged against an abutment surface of said member and is locked in a desired orientation position in said receiving cavity, wherein said locking device further comprises a first guide element and a second guide element which are positioned in said member and a pushing element which is interposed between said first guide element and said second guide element along said locking axis and which can be moved in translation with respect to those guide elements along an axis of translation which is transverse to said locking axis, said first guide element being operatively interposed between said pushing element and said second articulation element, wherein there is provided at least one rolling member which is interposed between said pushing element and said first guide element and/or said second guide element, and in that said pushing element is provided, on a base surface which is directed towards said first guide element or said second guide element, with at least one groove which cooperates with another groove defined in said first guide element or said second guide element to form a pair of guides for slidably receiving said at least one rolling member, wherein the base portion of at least one groove of said at least one pair of guides is inclined with respect to said locking axis in such a manner that, following said translation movement of said pushing element, there is generated a movement of said second articulation element along said locking axis, and in that a friction device is provided on said head, the friction device being arranged to friction the movement of said second articulation element in said receiving cavity, said friction device being able to be actuated independently of said locking device.

US Pat. No. 10,247,350

SEALED CONTAINER, THERMAL INSULATOR, AND GAS ADSORPTION DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A thermal insulator comprising at least a core material and a gas adsorption device capable of adsorbing a gas, as well as an outer covering material having a gas barrier property and covering the core material and the gas adsorption device,wherein a pressure of an inside of the outer covering material is reduced,
the gas adsorption device comprises:
a layer of copper ion-exchanged ZSM-5 type zeolite,
a layer of moisture adsorption material, and
a structure in which the copper ion-exchanged ZSM-5 type zeolite and moisture adsorption material are held, comprising a primary material having a lower gas barrier property than the outer covering material does,
the layer of moisture adsorption material is disposed between the copper ion-exchanged ZSM-5 type zeolite and the primary material, and
the gas to be adsorbed by the gas adsorption device passes through the structure comprising the primary material and then through the layer of moisture adsorption material before reaching the layer of copper ion-exchanged ZSM-5 type zeolite.

US Pat. No. 10,247,349

PREVENTING PROGRESSION OF CORROSION IN STEEL PIPE STRUCTURE

Nitto Chemical Co., Ltd.,...

1. A method for preventing progression of corrosion in a steel pipe structure, comprising:injecting two or more types of liquids, while mixing the two or more types of liquids, into a steel pipe that constitutes the steel pipe structure, from an opening at one of both ends of the steel pipe, wherein a tube is attached to an end of a nozzle for mixing the two or more types of liquids, and the mixed two or more types of liquids are injected into the steel pipe from the tube; and
filling an inside of the steel pipe with resin foam product by foam expansion and hardening of the two types of liquids.

US Pat. No. 10,247,348

LINING DEVICE FOR LINING A SEWER BRANCH PIPE

1. A lining device for lining a sewer branch pipe, branching off from a main sewer, with a lining tube, the lining device comprising:a holding chamber for holding the lining tube, wherein the holding chamber has a cylindrical geometry with an axis of rotation and a cylindrical holding-chamber outer circumferential surface, and the cylindrical holding-chamber outer circumferential surface has a straight holding-chamber bearing line which is parallel to the axis of rotation;
at least one first reduction piece which is attached to a first axial end side of the holding chamber and has a frustoconical geometry with a reduction-piece outer circumferential surface in the form of an oblique truncated cone, wherein a level line of the oblique truncated cone is located on the reduction-piece outer circumferential surface and forms a straight first reduction-piece bearing line which is aligned with the holding-chamber bearing line;
a deflection piece which is attached to an axial side, away from the holding chamber, of the first reduction piece and which is provided, at an end away from the first reduction piece, with a blow-out connection piece for fastening one end of the lining tube to, wherein the connection between the first reduction piece and the deflection piece is configured such that a position of the blow-out connection piece is settable and adaptable to the position of a junction of the sewer branch pipe leading into the main sewer; and
a pressure application means for applying a blow-out pressure to the device configured in a pressure-tight manner and formed by the holding chamber, the at least first reduction piece and the deflection piece, in order to blow a lining tube, present in the holding chamber and fastened to the blow-out connection piece, out of the blow-out connection piece, wherein a second reduction piece is provided, which is attached to a second axial end side, away from the first reduction piece, of the holding chamber and likewise has a frustoconical geometry with a reduction-piece outer circumferential surface in the form of an oblique truncated cone, wherein a level line of this oblique truncated cone is located on the reduction-piece outer circumferential surface and forms a straight second reduction-piece bearing line which is aligned with the holding-chamber bearing line, the second reduction piece being connected, on a side away from the holding chamber, to a stabilizing element which forms a continuation of the second reduction-piece bearing line, the stabilizing element being hollow, the stabilizing element holding at least a part of an elongate lighting element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,347

MULTI-LAYERED GAS-FILLED BLADDER FOR ACCOMMODATING CHANGES IN FLUID CHARACTERISTICS WITHIN A FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEM

AMTROL LICENSING INC., W...

1. An absorber for use in a fluid delivery system, comprising:a) a housing defining an interior chamber;
b) a connector extending from the housing in fluid communication with the interior chamber for connecting the housing to the fluid delivery system, wherein fluid from the fluid delivery system flows into and out of the housing via the connector; and
c) at least one gas-filled bladder disposed within the interior chamber of the housing to accommodate changes in fluid characteristics within the fluid delivery system, the at least one gas-filled bladder having a multi-layered flexible polymeric shell enclosing the at least one gas-filled bladder.

US Pat. No. 10,247,346

HIGH PRESSURE PIPE AND FITTING RESTRAINT SYSTEM

Gulfstream Services, Inc....

1. A restraint system for use in securing temporary flowlines that each include multiple pipe sections, each pair of sections connected together with fittings, the system comprising:a) multiple assemblies of endless loop slings connected end-to-end, each sling of each said assembly having a pair of sling end portions that are secured to a sling end of one or more other endless slings;
b) disconnectable fittings that join one assembly of multiple endless slings to another assembly of multiple endless slings;
c) wherein each disconnectable fitting is a structural metallic coupler;
d) each assembly of endless loop slings connecting at multiple spaced apart knots to the flowline, each knot encircling the flowline three hundred sixty degrees (360°);
e) wherein each said knot is positioned in between a pair of said sling end portions; and
f) wherein each said knot is formed by a said sling that is connected end-to-end with at least one other said sling of a said assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,345

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HEATING SUBSEA PIPELINE

ICPTECH PTY LTD, (AU)

1. An apparatus for heating a portion of a subsea pipeline, said apparatus comprising:at least one electrical conductor;
a deployment mechanism configured to operatively support a length of said electrical conductor in a looped manner, the deployment mechanism configured to deploy the looped conductor circumferentially about at least a portion of the pipeline thereby forming a circuit;
an actuation assembly configured to operatively position the deployment mechanism relative to the pipeline and to actuate the deployment mechanism for subsequent deployment, the actuation assembly configured to displace said deployment mechanism in at least two planes in Euclidean space to allow desired positioning of the deployment mechanism relative to the pipeline;
an electrical power supply operatively connected to the conductor, said supply configured to operatively induce an alternating magnetic field within the circuit to generate heat in the portion of the pipeline through induction heating; and
a controller for controlling said power supply and configured to automatically determine and maintain a resonant frequency in the circuit by dynamically adjusting a capacitive reactance to match an inductive reactance of the circuit during heating of the pipeline.

US Pat. No. 10,247,344

FLUID PASSAGE STRUCTURE

Sugino Machine Limited, ...

1. A fluid passage structure comprising:a casing having a first flow passage disposed therein, the first flow passage including a flow passage crossing portion;
the casing further having a second flow passage disposed therein, the second flow passage intersecting the flow passage crossing portion of the first flow passage; and
a pressing device configured to apply a pressing force to the casing while holding the casing, the pressing force being applied in a direction orthogonal to an axis of the first flow passage and to an axis of the second flow passage,
wherein the flow passage crossing portion comprises;
a pair of arc-shape recessed portions which are formed to have a pair of arc-shape lines as a part of a cross sectional contour of the flow passage crossing portion in a viewpoint along the axis of the first flow passage, the pair of arc-shaped lines being arranged in line symmetrical positions with respect to the axis of the second flow passage; and
an inside projecting portion which is formed between the pair of arc-shape recessed portions and projects toward an inside of the first flow passage, wherein the pressing device is disposed at a position along the axis of the second flow passage, the position being offset from the axis of the first flow passage, and wherein the pressing device presses an area including crossing points at which a peripheral wall surface of the flow passage crossing portion of the first flow passage and a peripheral wall surface of the second flow passage intersect with each other on a plane including the axis of the first flow passage and the axis of the second flow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,247,343

FLUID COUPLING

Oschmann GBR, Schondorf ...

1. A fluid coupling for connecting two fluid hoses, the fluid coupling comprising:a socket, and
a plug,
wherein the plug has a neck, which is adapted to be inserted into the socket, the neck comprising an annular groove for engaging a locking element in the socket,
wherein the locking element comprises a push-button, adapted to be actuated in a radial direction from an exterior of the socket,
wherein two flexible fork arms protrude from the push-button and are adapted to engage a hub of the socket, the two flexible fork arms having free ends that are arc-shaped and directed inwardly,
wherein diagonal ramp surfaces on two opposing inner faces are defined on the flexible fork arms and being adapted to engage around the neck in an area of the annular groove around a lower part of a circumference of the neck in a locked state of the socket with the plug,
wherein the diagonal ramp surfaces of the fork arms diverge in an axial direction toward the plug,
wherein the free ends of the two fork arms abut against a diagonal expanding surface of the hub and comprise barbs on their exterior, which, in the locked state and with the push-button not having been actuated, come into contact with latching steps of the hub,
wherein the latching steps comprise opposing end abutment surfaces, against which the barbs of the fork arms are propped in the locked state,
further comprising a return spring propped against an interior surface of the push button, the return spring, in the locked state, pushing the push-button outwardly to cause the barbs of the two fork arms against the latching steps and the free ends of the two flexible fork arms to engage the neck of the plug, and
wherein the annular groove is delimited by two opposing and diverging diagonal surfaces,
further comprising:
a first valve stem disposed to slide axially in a cavity of the plug;
a second valve stem disposed to slide axially in a cavity of the socket, each of the first and second valve stems having a calotte bearing molded thereon; and
a first compressed spring disposed in the plug and a second compressed spring disposed in the socket, each of the first and the second compressed spring being propped against a respective calotte bearing of the calotte bearing, the first and the second compressed spring, in a disengaged state of socket and plug, pushing a spherical exterior of the respective calotte bearing against a respective annular seal in the plug and in the socket,
wherein in an engaged state of the plug and the socket, opposing ends of the two valve stems are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,247,342

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES, FLUID SYSTEMS INCLUDING CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES, AND PROCEDURES FOR MAKING FLUID CONNECTIONS

Pall Corporation, Port W...

1. A connector assembly for making fluid connections comprising:(a) a first hollow connector body, the first hollow connector body comprising a first resilient deformable seal having a central aperture and a lip surrounding the central aperture; a first locking mechanism integrally formed with the first hollow connector body, the first locking mechanism comprising at least one lug including a slot, and at least one ramp; a first hollow connector first body end and a first hollow connector second body end;
(b) a second hollow connector body, the second hollow connector body comprising a second resilient deformable seal having a central aperture and a lip surrounding the central aperture; a second locking mechanism integrally formed with the second hollow connector body, the second locking mechanism comprising at least one lug including a slot, and at least one ramp; a second hollow connector first body end and a second hollow connector second body end;
(i) wherein the first hollow connector body and the second hollow connector body contact each other in a first position, and when subsequently twisted together, the first resilient deformable seal seals against the first hollow connector body, and the second resilient deformable seal seals against the second hollow connector body, in a second position, the second position comprising an actuation position;
the connector assembly further comprising a removable anti-actuation assembly comprising at least one peel strip, interposed between the first hollow connector first body end and the second hollow connector first body end, wherein, when the first hollow connector body and the second hollow connector body contact each other in the first position,
the anti-actuation assembly, when present, prevents forming the actuation position of the connector assembly, and when removed, allows forming the actuation position of the connector assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,341

QUICK CONNECT FITTING

1. A quick connect fitting comprising:a coupling assembly having
a coupling unit having
a main body having
a longitudinal direction;
a first end; and
a second end being longitudinally opposite the first end of the main body;
a containing hole longitudinally defined inside the main body and having a bottom;
a seal being annular and abutting against the first end of the main body;
a socket connected to the coupling unit and having
a surrounding wall having
a longitudinal direction;
a first end;
a second end being longitudinally opposite the first end of the surrounding wall; and
a peripheral surface;
a chamber formed inside the surrounding wall;
multiple elongated holes being adjacent to the first end of the surrounding wall, arranged at equiangular intervals, defined through the surrounding wall, and communicating with the chamber, and each of the multiple elongated holes extending toward the second end of the surrounding wall;
multiple retaining holes disposed between the second end of the surrounding wall and the multiple elongated holes, arranged at equiangular intervals, defined through the surrounding wall, and communicating with the chamber; and
an inserting hole longitudinally defined through an end of the socket distal from the coupling unit and communicating with the chamber;
a selection assembly mounted inside the socket and having
a selection valve movably mounted in the chamber and having at least one vent;
a receiving unit having
a receiving section having
a surface;
a longitudinal direction;
a first end facing to the inserting hole; and
a second end longitudinally opposite the first end of the receiving section;
a receiving hole longitudinally defined in the receiving section and communicating with the at least one vent;
multiple first through holes being adjacent to the first end of the receiving section, arranged at equiangular intervals, and respectively aligned with the multiple elongated holes, and each one of the multiple first through holes defined in the surface of the receiving section and communicating with the receiving hole;
multiple second through holes arranged at equiangular intervals, and respectively aligned with the multiple elongated holes, and each one of the multiple second through holes defined in the surface of the receiving section and communicating with the receiving hole;
a restoring elastic unit elongating along the longitudinal direction of the main body, mounted in the containing hole and having
two opposite ends disposed in the longitudinal direction of the main body;
one of the two opposite ends of the restoring elastic unit abutting against the bottom of the containing hole; and
the other end of the restoring elastic unit abutting against the selection valve; and
an abutting elastic unit elongating along the longitudinal direction of the surrounding wall and having
two opposite ends disposed in the longitudinal direction of the surrounding wall;
one of the two opposite ends of the abutting elastic unit abutting against a spacer;
a blocking component mounted inside the receiving unit, elongating along the longitudinal direction of the receiving section, and abutted by the end of the abutting elastic unit that is opposite the bottom of the containing hole;
multiple blocking balls respectively contained in the multiple elongated holes and abutted by the blocking component;
multiple locking balls respectively contained in the multiple retaining holes and abutted by the surface of the receiving section of the receiving unit;
an operating assembly assembled on the socket and having
a first operating sleeve mounted around the socket and blocked by the multiple locking balls;
a first compression spring mounted on the socket, mounted around the socket, and having
two opposite ends;
one of the two opposite ends of the first compression spring abutting against the coupling unit socket; and
the other end of the first compression spring abutting against the first operating sleeve;
a second operating sleeve mounted around the socket and blocked by the multiple blocking balls; and
a second compression spring being in a compressed status, encircling the socket, and having
two opposite ends;
one of the two opposite ends of the second compression spring abutting against the first operating sleeve;
the other end of the second compression spring abutting against the second operating sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,247,340

LOCKING QUICK CONNECT ASSEMBLY

MINIATURE PRECISION COMPO...

1. A redundant locking quick connect assembly for removably coupling a first tube and a second tube comprising:a quick connect housing including a male retention segment for engagement with the first tube and a female segment extending axially from said male retention segment and having a proximal end adjacent said male retention segment and a distal end opposite said proximal end, said female segment including an exterior surface and an interior surface opposite said exterior surface and presenting a central bore for receiving the second tube, and said female segment including a twist lock window;
a redundant latch component positionable between an unlocked position and a locked position with said redundant latch component being in sliding engagement said female segment, said redundant latch component including a peg extending axially with respect to said female segment; and
a twist lock retainer disposed radially outwardly of and surrounding at least a portion of said female segment and a portion of said redundant latch component, said twist lock retainer including a twist lock arm extending annularly with respect to said female segment and rotatably movable between a first position outside of said twist lock window and a second position with at least a portion of said twist lock arm extending through said twist lock window for holding the second tube within said central bore of said female segment,
wherein said peg is axially misaligned with said twist lock arm with said redundant latch component in said unlocked position to allow said twist lock arm to move radially outwardly from said twist lock window, and wherein said peg is axially and circumferentially aligned with said twist lock arm with said redundant latch component in said locked position to prevent said twist lock arm from moving radially outwardly from said twist lock window, and
wherein said female segment defines a first redundant latch window proximate to said distal end of said female segment, and wherein said redundant latch component includes a redundant latch arm having an inwardly ramped end extending radially inwardly and extending through said first redundant latch window for holding the second tube within said central bore of said female segment with said redundant latch component in said locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,339

ELECTRICAL AND HYDRAULIC COUPLING DEVICE FOR A SCREEN-WASH SUPPLY AND/OR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

1. An electrical and hydraulic coupling device comprising:at least one tube manufactured with at least one material;
a heating element; and
at least one first electrically conductive cable,
wherein the tube is a single component comprising:
a wall made of the at least one material which delimits at least two liquid circulation ducts and comprises at least one recess that opens towards an outside face of the tube and in which all or part of said cable is housed,
a first straight line that overlaps a cross section width of each of the at least two liquid circulation ducts, and
a second straight line that overlaps a cross section width of the wall, passes through the recess, splits the heating element, and is perpendicular to the first straight line, and
the heating element is completely surrounded by the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,247,338

DOCKSIDE SHIP-TO-SHIP TRANSFER OF LNG

Excelerate Energy Limited...

1. A method for quick release of a conduit comprising:measuring a distance between a sending location (10) and a receiving location (14) using a first transponder (80) on the sending location (10) and a second transponder (80) on the receiving location (14), wherein the sending location (10) and the receiving location (14) are coupled to a conduit (52), wherein the conduit (52) comprises an emergency release coupling (ERC) (500);
sending a radio signal to the ERC (500) when the measured distance deviates from at least one preset parameter; and
pneumatically actuating the ERC (500) upon receipt of the radio signal, wherein actuating the ERC (500) decouples the conduit (52).

US Pat. No. 10,247,337

HOSE END CONSTRUCTION AND FITTING

ContiTech USA, Inc., Fai...

1. An assembly comprising:a large bore hose comprising at least a first bead ring disposed proximate a distal end of the large bore hose, wherein the first bead ring is encapsulated within a layer of the large bore hose; and,
a tapered fitting defining an axial centerline and distal end of the assembly, the tapered fitting defining a first outer diameter relative the axial centerline and a second outer diameter relative the axial centerline, wherein the first outer diameter is greater than the second outer diameter, wherein the second outer diameter is disposed nearer the distal end than the first outer diameter, and wherein the tapered fitting defines a hollow channel therethrough disposed around the axial centerline;wherein the first bead ring is disposed adjacent the second outer diameter of the tapered fitting and remote from the first outer diameter of the tapered fitting, wherein the large bore hose is sealingly secured upon the tapered fitting by interference fit, and wherein the first bead ring is disposed in a plane perpendicular to the axial centerline of the assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,336

CONDUIT GRIPPING DEVICE HAVING RETAINING STRUCTURE FOR CONDUIT FITTING

Swagelok Company, Solon,...

1. A fitting for conduits, comprising: a first fitting component and a second fitting component, at least one conduit gripping device,said at least one conduit gripping device being retained with one of said first fitting component and said second fitting component as a subassembly prior to assembly with the other of said first fitting component and said second fitting component,
said at least one conduit gripping device releasing from said one of said first fitting component and said second fitting component after said subassembly has been at least partially pulled up with said other of said first fitting component and said second fitting component, such that said one of said first fitting component and said second fitting component can disengage axially from said at least one conduit gripping device without interference therewith;
wherein said conduit gripping device comprises a first retaining portion and said one of said first fitting component and said second fitting component comprises a second retaining portion, said first retaining portion and said second retaining portion cooperating to retain said conduit gripping device with said one of said first fitting component and said second fitting component;
wherein the first retaining portion comprises a radial extension and the second retaining portion comprises a recess in an interior surface of the one of the first fitting component and the second fitting component, with a radially outermost portion of the radial extension being received in the recess to retain the conduit gripping device with the one of the first fitting component and the second fitting component as a discontinuous cartridge;
wherein the conduit gripping device comprises a ferrule, the radial extension extending from an outboard portion of the ferrule;
wherein the ferrule includes a ferrule recess axially inboard of the radial extension, wherein when the first fitting component has been at least partially pulled up with the second fitting component, the radial extension is bent axially inboard such that at least a portion of the radial extension is received in the ferrule recess; and
wherein the ferrule comprises a first ferrule, the conduit gripping device further comprising a second ferrule axially disposed between the first ferrule and a drive surface of the one of the first fitting component and the second fitting component.

US Pat. No. 10,247,335

ELASTOMERIC EXPANSION JOINT PRE-FAILURE SENSOR AND METHOD

THE METRAFLEX COMPANY, C...

1. An expansion joint comprising:a fluid conductive hollow elastomeric body having coupling elements in the form of flanges at each open end configured to connect with flanges at open ends of pipes of a pipe system,
the hollow elastomeric body being comprised of a material comprising an elastomer,
at least one stretchable sensor located on an exterior surface of the material of the hollow elastomeric body,
the sensor having two spaced apart electrodes and an intervening element, the element configured to provide a varying electrical characteristic when the sensor is stretched or contracts and an electrical potential is applied to the electrodes, and
an analysis circuit connected to the electrodes, the analysis circuit configured to receive the varying electrical characteristic and to emit a signal corresponding to a level of the electrical characteristic received by the analysis circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,334

METHODS AND ASSEMBLIES FOR WELDING A GASKET TO A PIPE SECTION

Advanced Drainage Systems...

1. A gasket for providing a seal between a bell portion of a first corrugated pipe section and a spigot portion of a second corrugated pipe section, the gasket comprising:a seating portion extending radially and dimensioned to fit within an annular recess in the spigot portion;
a sealing portion including a first shoulder portion axially extending from one side of the seating portion and a second shoulder portion extending from the other side of the seating portion, the first and second shoulder portions being configured to engage the spigot portion on axially opposite sides; and
a first bonding portion extending from the first shoulder portion and a second bonding portion extending from the second shoulder portion, wherein the first bonding portion and the second bonding portion extend radially opposite the seating portion prior to installation and are configured to bond the gasket to the spigot portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,333

SELF OPENING CLAMP

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A clamp positionable between an open position and a closed position, the clamp comprising:a first half shell having an opening;
a second half shell having an extension with a stopper for maintaining the open position, wherein the opening is configured to receive the extension in the closed position; and
a fastener mechanism configured to move the first half shell and the second half shell into the closed position such that the stopper is forced through the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,247,332

PIPE COUPLING HAVING ARCUATE SNAP COUPLERS WITH CYLINDRICAL BASE BODY

1. A coupler for coupling together the end portions of two pipes wherein the end portions of the two pipes have radial pipe flanges extending therefrom, comprising:a single piece cylindrical base body having a length and a receiving opening therethrough to receive and surround the end portions of the pipes to be coupled and bridging over a gap between the pipes to be coupled;
at least one arcuate coupling member, each of the at least one arcuate coupling members having opposite sides, opposite end portions with opposite end flanges extending inwardly from the opposite end portions, and a length between said opposite end flanges greater than the length of the cylindrical base body, said at least one arcuate coupling member connectable to the cylindrical base body in a coupling position wherein when the end portions of the pipes to be coupled are received in the receiving opening of the cylindrical base body, the opposite end flanges of the arcuate coupling member prevent the passage of the radial pipe flanges to thereby secure the end portions of the pipes to be connected in the single piece cylindrical base body in a connected position;
a holding mechanism for holding the at least one arcuate coupling member its coupling position;
at least one set of truncated flanges extending from the cylindrical base body, each of said truncated flanges of a set of truncated flanges having an opening extending therethrough with said openings through the truncated flanges of each set being aligned;
a connector on a side of the at least one arcuate coupling member;
a fastener shaft adapted to extend between aligned openings through a said set of truncated flanges and to extend through the connector to pivotally connect the at least one arcuate coupling member to the cylindrical base body whereby the arcuate coupling member can rotate between an uncoupling position and the coupling position; and
wherein the holding mechanism includes a connector on the opposite side of the at least one arcuate coupling member cooperable with a holding member attached to the cylindrical base body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,331

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL ELECTRICAL SERVICE AND DEVICE SUPPORTING ASSEMBLY

CIRTCELE ELECTRIC INC., ...

1. An assembly for supporting a main service entrance device and at least one secondary service entrance device above a surface of a ground, the assembly comprising:(a) two or more metal posts parallel to each other and configured to be installed partially underground in an upright position;
(b) a plurality of metal bars, each removably coupled to at least two of the posts and located above the surface of the ground after the metal posts are installed;
(c) a first enclosure removably coupled to at least one of the metal bars and configured to contain the service entrance devices;
(d) at least one second enclosure removably coupled to the at least one or at least another one of the metal bars and configured to contain the at least one secondary service entrance device; and;
(e) at least one enclosure-connecting conduit removably coupled to the first enclosure and the at least one second enclosure and configured to allow a wiring between the main service entrance device and the at least one secondary service entrance device to pass through; and;
(f) a main electric conduit affixed to one of the metal bars and coupled to the first enclosure and configured to be partially installed underground and accommodate an underground transmission line extending from the first enclosure to underground.

US Pat. No. 10,247,330

ADJUSTABLE PIPE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. An adjustable pipe strap apparatus for use in supporting and stabilizing pipes and other tubular members comprising:a. a flexible strap having a first end and a second end;
b. a bracket member adapted to connect to each of said first end and said second end of said strap;
c. a base plate member adapted to secure each of said bracket members to a surface, wherein said base plate member comprises a plurality of bolts that extend in a relatively upward direction from said surface, and wherein said bracket members are adapted to attachably connect to said bolts; and
d. a plurality of pipe chocks disposed between said first end and said second end of said strap, wherein:
i. said pipe chocks support a section of a pipe;
ii. said pipe chocks comprise a centralizer that attachably connects to and is disposed between said pipe chocks to stabilize said pipe; and
iii. said pipe chocks comprise a vibration regulator that attachably connects said pipe chocks to each of said bracket members to further eliminate movement of said apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,247,329

CABLE FASTENER WITH HOOK STRUCTURE FOR SUPPORTING A CABLE

1. A cable support for securing at least one cable along a surface, said cable support comprising:an elongated central shaft portion having a forward end, an opposite rearward end, and an elongate through opening defined longitudinally along a length thereof, said rearward end being inwardly tapered in relation to the forward end to define a pair of shoulders on opposite sides of the central shaft portion at an interface between the forward and rearward ends, said forward end further defining a stop sized and shaped to contact and abut the surface; and
first and second hook structures extending from opposite sides of said central shaft portion rearward end, turning and extending toward said central shaft portion forward end, an inward protrusion formed on an interior side of each hook structure with each respective protrusion terminating proximate the respective shoulders to define an interior rearward of said protrusion and shoulder between respective said hook structures and said central shaft portion and a rearward offset between each said first and second hook structure and said stop, each said rearward offset being sized to allow receipt of at least one cable;
whereby when said stop is contacting and abutting the surface, at least one cable may be received within each of said rearward offsets between a corresponding hook structure and the surface and inserted between said corresponding hook structure and said central shaft portion, thereby securing the cable along the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,247,328

GUIDE SYSTEM FOR SUPPLY LINES AND ROBOT HAVING A GUIDE SYSTEM

IGUS GMBH, Cologne (DE)

1. A guide system for supply lines for a handling device, comprising:a guide base,
a deflecting element guided along a linear travel path by the guide base, and
a chain-like, hose-like or belt-like strand, in or on which the supply lines are arrangeable,
wherein the strand is guided around the deflecting element such that the strand forms a reversing bend and two branches adjoining the reversing bend, each branch having a free end and a connecting point located on the free end,
wherein a first connecting point of the connecting points is stationary relative to the guide base and a second connecting point of the connecting points moves relative to the guide base, and
wherein the deflecting element is movable from a retracted position into an extended position, by a tensile force acting on the branch having the second connecting point and against a restoring force,
wherein the restoring force is provided by a restoring device located on or in the guide base,
wherein the restoring device comprises at least one elastic cord or elastic belt that is guided around a deflecting device coupled to the guide base adjacent to the retracted position of the deflecting element,
wherein the at least one elastic cord or elastic belt comprises a first section connected to the deflecting element, and a second section connected to the guide base,
wherein the guide base comprises a guide rail and the deflecting element is located on a slide that is guided by the guide rail along the travel path,
wherein the deflecting device further comprises a roller arranged such that the at least one elastic cord or elastic belt is guided around the roller,
wherein the deflecting device is located at an end of the guide rail in a direction of the travel path, the deflecting device comprising a housing configured to provide a stop which limits travel of the slide along the travel path,
wherein the guide rail has a longitudinal length in a longitudinal direction of the guide rail corresponding to a direction of the travel path,
wherein the housing is arranged outside the longitudinal length of the guide rail at an end face of the guide rail, and
wherein the housing has an opening facing the end face of the guide rail, through which the at least one elastic cord or elastic belt extends towards the guide rail in the longitudinal direction of the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,247,327

BOILER FILL VALVE WITH FAST-FILL AND NON-OSCILATTING DIAL FEATURES

Watts Regulator Co., Nor...

1. A pressure regulator assembly comprising:a regulator valve;
a spring guide;
a spring extending between the spring guide and regulator valve for setting operation of the regulator valve;
a sleeve coupled to the spring guide;
a spring cage coupled to the sleeve;
an adjustment stem coupled to the sleeve;
a dial assembly coupled to the spring cage; and
an adjustment cap coupled to the adjustment stem,
wherein:
when the adjustment cap is depressed, interaction between the spring cage, spring guide and sleeve causes the spring guide to selectively rotate between a normal mode and a fast-fill mode;
in the normal mode, adjustment of the cap determines an output pressure; and
in the fast-fill mode, the spring is further compressed by movement of the spring guide to a predetermined setting to provide a predetermined output pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,326

LINEAR VALVE DRIVE AND VALVE

1. A linear valve drive for connection to a valve body which has a valve seat, comprising a drive housing, a valve closure element, an entrainment element, a piezoelectric actuator having a free end facing away from the valve closure element, which piezoelectric actuator is arranged within said drive housing, and an adjusting device comprising a pulling sleeve coupled to a holding element at one end and the entrainment element at another end, wherein the holding element presses against a bearing part at the free end of the piezoelectric actuator, which adjusting device is configured such that a length of an idle stroke of said linear valve drive is adjustable by actuation of the adjusting device to change axial positioning of the pulling sleeve relative to the piezoelectric actuator, said valve closure element being displaceable in an axial direction between an open position and a closed position by means of said piezoelectric actuator and an interposed actuating device, said piezoelectric actuator being supported on said actuating device via its side directed towards said valve closure element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,325

CONDENSATE DRAIN

GEA Aseptomag AG, Kirchb...

1. A condensate drain, comprising:a thermodynamic actuator;
a closing arrangement for switching a fluid connection between a first connector and a second connector of the condensate drain in a thermodynamically controlled manner under the action of the thermodynamic actuator; and
an adjusting device connected with the closing arrangement, wherein:
the closing arrangement is set up for switching the fluid connection under action of the adjusting device,
the adjusting device is designed as a shifting device for effectuating a straight-line movement, and
the adjusting device is arranged to exert a force directly onto the thermodynamic actuator to interrupt the fluid connection in a permanently closed position,
wherein a larger passage surface is released through switching by the adjusting device than through switching by the thermodynamic actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,247,324

THERMOSTATIC FLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLO...

1. A flow control device for a fluid comprising:a housing comprising at least one sidewall and defining a longitudinal axis, the housing including an elongated thermostatic beam extending generally parallel to the longitudinal axis, the at least one sidewall being fixed to the thermostatic beam, a first interior area within the housing, the housing having an open top end and an open bottom end, the bottom end disposed opposite the top end; the first interior area being disposed between the open top end and the open bottom end; and
a center plug member comprising a second interior area therein and at least one wall, the center plug having a shape corresponding to a shape of the housing and dimensioned so that the center plug member fits within the first interior area of the housing; the at least one wall defining an opening therethrough to allow the fluid to pass between the first interior area of the housing and the second interior area of the center plug member, and
the flow control device being operable within a pipe to allow the fluid to flow between the first interior area of the housing and through the opening in the at least one wall of the center plug depending on a temperature of the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,247,323

SHUT-OFF VALVE HOUSING AND SHUT-OFF VALVE

GEBERIT INTERNATIONAL AG,...

1. A shutoff valve housing for installation in a sanitary device comprisinga water duct, which is arranged in the shutoff valve housing and has an inlet and an outlet,
wherein the shutoff valve housing comprises a housing element, made of plastic, and at least one connector element, made of metal, the at least one connector element being in connection with the housing element, wherein the water duct extends through the housing element and through the connector element,
wherein the connector element is configured as an insert part and the housing element as an injection molded part,
wherein the housing element is molded onto the connector element such that a one-piece shutoff valve housing is provided,
wherein the connector element comprises at least two, with respect to the water duct, opposite flats, which flats are part of the connector element and are made of metal, and
wherein the housing element comprises in the region of the flats corresponding recesses through which the flats are accessible.

US Pat. No. 10,247,322

METAL REINFORCED SEAL PLATE FOR PILOT ACTUATED SPOOL VALVE

Hunting Energy Services, ...

1. A seal for a pilot-actuated spool valve comprising:a metal disk having a generally planar upper surface, a generally planar lower surface, a central axial opening extending from the upper surface to the lower surface and a stepped outer surface having a first portion with a first outside diameter and a second portion having a second outside diameter greater than the first outside diameter;
a metal ring having a generally planar upper surface, a generally planar lower surface, a central axial opening extending from the upper surface to the lower surface and having a first portion with a first inside diameter substantially equal to the first outside diameter of the metal disk and a second portion having a second inside diameter greater than the first inside diameter, the ring having first outer portion having a first thickness, a second, inner portion having a second thickness less than the first thickness and a third portion intermediate the first portion and the second portion having a third thickness less than the second thickness such that when the metal disk and metal ring are pressed together with an interference fit between the first portion of the metal disk and the first portion of the metal ring an annular cavity is formed between the metal disk and the metal ring open to the lower surface; and
an engineering thermoplastic insert in the cavity having a surface substantially flush with the lower surface of the metal disk and metal ring.

US Pat. No. 10,247,321

VALVE ARRANGEMENT

LB BENTLEY LIMITED, Shro...

1. A valve arrangement comprising a rotatable part rotatable relative to a stationary part, wherein one of the rotatable part and the stationary part includes an abutment surface engageable with a stop associated with the other of the rotatable part and the stationary part, wherein the stop comprises a stop pin of hollow, substantially cylindrical form, wherein the stop pin is provided with a region of reduced wall thickness, defining a shear line at which shearing of the stop pin will preferentially occur, the region of reduced wall thickness being located such that, in use, in the event of shearing of the stop pin at the shear line, no remaining part of the stop pin attached to the said other of the rotatable part and the stationary part is able to engage the said one of the rotatable part and the stationary part including the abutment surface, the stationary part comprising a valve housing, and the region of reduced wall thickness being located beneath a surface of the valve housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,320

PRESSURE REGULATING VALVE

FISHER JEON GAS EQUIPMENT...

1. A pressure regulating valve, comprising:a valve body,
a valve rod having a first end and a second end,
a valve seat connected to the second end of the valve rod,
an actuator coupled to the valve body, the first end of the valve rod being connected to the actuator, the actuator being configured to move the valve seat in the valve body via the valve rod to control fluid flow through the valve body,
a regulating rod have a third end and a fourth end, the third end disposed outside of the actuator and the fourth end disposed within the actuator,
a guide sleeved on the valve rod and arranged between the valve body and the actuator,
a communicating passage being arranged in the guide between a cavity of the valve body and a cavity of the actuator,
wherein a pressure tapping tube is further arranged in the cavity of the valve body, one end of the pressure tapping tube in fluid communication with the communicating passage and the other end of the pressure tapping tube is suspended,
wherein the actuator comprises:
a diaphragm cap assembly comprising a first diaphragm cap and a second diaphragm cap coupled to the first diaphragm cap, the second diaphragm cap connected to the valve body,
a diaphragm assembly comprising a diaphragm captured between the first diaphragm cap and the second diaphragm cap, and
a spring arranged in the first diaphragm cap and configured to apply a spring force on the diaphragm, and
wherein the guide has a flange that is captured between and in contact with the second diaphragm cap and the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,319

PUMP HEAD

BETO ENGINEERING AND MARK...

1. A pump head for connecting an air supply source and an air valve, comprising:a casing unit including a main body configured for connecting the air supply source, and an abutment wall connected to said main body, said main body defining a casing chamber that has an installation section, said abutment wall having a valve-entering hole configured for allowing the air valve to enter said installation section;
a tightening member disposed in said installation section proximally to said valve-entering hole and having a retaining hole configured for allowing the air valve to pass therethrough; and
a control unit including a control valve, a resilient member and a control lever, said control valve being movably disposed in said installation section, said resilient member urging said control valve to move toward said abutment wall and to pressingly clamp said tightening member between said control valve and said abutment wall, said control lever being pivotally connected to said main body and operable to move said control valve against said resilient member and away from said abutment wall.

US Pat. No. 10,247,318

STACKED DISK CHECK VALVE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A fluid apparatus comprising:a housing defining a fluid flow passageway between an inlet and an outlet, the housing having a first valve seat and a second valve seat positioned in the fluid flow passageway, the first valve seat being spaced from the second valve seat; and
a flow control member positioned in the fluid flow passageway, the flow control member including a first disk and a second disk coupled to a pylon of the flow control member, the first disk to engage the first valve seat and the second disk to engage the second valve seat, the first disk includes a first inner edge and a first peripheral edge, the first inner edge being fixed to the pylon, the first peripheral edge to deflect relative to the first valve seat to allow or prevent fluid flow through the fluid flow passageway, the pylon and the first inner edge remain stationary when the first peripheral edge moves relative to the first valve seat, the flow control member being adjustable relative to the housing to adjust cracking pressures of the respective first and second disks.

US Pat. No. 10,247,317

ROTARY VALVE WITH AN ISOLATING DISTRIBUTION BODY

1. A rotary valve, comprising:a housing having an inner chamber;
a plurality of passages including a first inlet, a first outlet, a second inlet, and a second outlet on the housing;
a valve body rotatably positioned in the housing, the valve body including a first isolated fluid pathway and a second isolated fluid pathway that, dependent upon a rotational position of the valve body, both
(a) provides a first direct connection between a first adjacent pair of passages of the plurality of passages, and a second direct connection between a second adjacent pair of passages of the plurality of passages, and
(b) permits flow via an opening formed in a radially outer wall of the valve body between:
(1) one of the passages of the plurality of passages that are not aligned with the direct connections created by the first isolated fluid pathway and the second isolated fluid pathway, and
(2) the inner chamber,
wherein the opening is circumferentially positioned between (i) ends of the first isolated fluid pathway, or (ii) ends of the second isolated fluid pathway; and
at least one actuator that controls the position of the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,316

CONTROL CARTRIDGE HAVING HIGH VOLUMETRIC FLOW AND A VARIABLE MIXED WATER OUTLET

CERAMTEC GMBH, Plochinge...

1. A control cartridge for single-lever mixing taps, comprisinga housing having a cylindrical housing wall and a base having a borehole for an inlet for cold water, a borehole for an inlet for hot water and a mixed water outlet, the base being sealed off from the housing wall,
a ceramic lower base disk provided on the base, the ceramic lower base disk having a borehole for the inlet for hot water provided above the inlet for hot water, a borehole for the inlet for cold water provided above the inlet for cold water, and a borehole for the mixed water outlet provided above the mixed water outlet,
a rotatable and displaceable ceramic control disk which rests on the base disk and has a bottom surface and a control edge on its outer circumferential surface, the outer circumferential surface of the control disk corresponding to an outer edge of the control disk, the control disk being rotatable and displaceable between a closed position in which the bottom surface of the control disk covers the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for hot water and the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for cold water and an open position in which water from the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for hot water and/or the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for cold water passes between the housing and the outer circumferential surface of the control disk, whereby water from the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for hot water and/or the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for cold water is diverted in the housing to the borehole in the base disk for the mixed water outlet, and
a ceramic upper bearing disk which is sealed off from the housing or the housing wall and rests on the control disk.

US Pat. No. 10,247,315

SPOOL FOR HYDRAULIC VALVE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

12. A hydraulic system comprising:a pump;
a tank; and
a hydraulic valve in fluid communication with the pump and the tank, the hydraulic valve comprising:
a valve body defining at least one bore, a first flow passage configured to communicate with the pump via at least one pump port, and a second flow passage configured to communicate with the tank via at least one tank port;
at least one spool slidably disposed within the at least one bore of the valve body, and configured to selectively communicate with first flow passage and the second flow passage, the at least one spool comprising:
a cylindrical body having a first end, a second end disposed opposite the first end along a longitudinal direction, and an annular wall defined by an internal surface of the cylindrical body and an external surface of the cylindrical body; and
at least one biasing member disposed within the valve body, and coupled to the first end of the cylindrical body of the at least one spool,
the annular wall defining a plurality of holes therethrough along a radial direction, the radial direction being perpendicular to the longitudinal direction,
the internal surface defining a first chamber, a second chamber, and a slot chamber within the cylindrical body, the second chamber being in fluid communication with the plurality of holes via the first chamber, the slot chamber being located between the second chamber and the second end of the cylindrical body and being blocked from fluid communication with the second chamber by a plug disposed within the cylindrical body,
the annular wall defining a slot therethrough, the slot extending from the second end of the cylindrical body toward the first end of the cylindrical body along the longitudinal direction, the slot being open at the second end of the cylindrical body along the longitudinal direction, an entirety of the slot being disposed between the plug and the second end of the cylindrical body along the longitudinal direction, the slot being in direct fluid communication with the slot chamber along the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,314

PLUG VALVE AND METHODS

Tech Energy Products, L.L...

1. A method, comprising:engaging a valve body and an insert in a manner that permits relative movement between the insert and the valve body in one, or both, of first and second opposing axial directions;
substantially aligning first and second fluid passages of the insert with third and fourth fluid passages of the valve body, respectively, the valve body defining a cavity from which the third and fourth fluid passages extend, and the insert extending within the cavity; and
preventing, or at least reducing, relative movement between the insert and a plug in both of the first and second opposing axial directions, the plug defining a fifth fluid passage and extending within the cavity of the valve body so that the fifth fluid passage is substantially alignable with the first and second fluid passages of the insert;
wherein preventing, or at least reducing, relative movement between the insert and the plug in both of the first and second opposing axial directions comprises interlocking an annular tongue extending along one of the plug and the insert with an annular groove formed in the other of the plug and the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,247,313

SPRAY GUN AND ADJUSTMENT VALVE THEREOF

1. A spray gun, comprising:a spray gun main body, having an air intake passage, a first air outlet passage, a second air outlet passage, and a mounting hole defined therein, the mounting hole being in communication with the air intake passage, the first air outlet passage and the second air outlet passage; and
an adjustment valve, mounted to the spray gun main body and located in the mounting hole, the adjustment valve including a first operating member and a second operating member, the first operating member being coupled to a cylinder that is movable relative to the spray gun main body for adjusting an outflow passing through the air intake passage and the first air outlet passage, the second operating member being movably mounted on the first operating member and having an engaging end disposed in correspondence with a valve hole in the second air outlet passage for adjusting an outflow passing through the second air outlet passage, the adjustment valve further including a valve seat, the valve seat having a pivot trough defined therein, and the cylinder being pivotally connected to the pivot trough of the valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,247,312

FLUID TRANSFER DEVICE

EMD Millipore Corporation...

1. A fluid transfer device comprising:a body;
an elongate passage having an interior wall and extending through the body and having a proximal end and a distal end;
a longitudinally displaceable plunger disposed in and extending along the passage, the plunger having a proximal end and a distal end and having a first position displaced toward the distal end of the passage and a second position displaced toward the proximal end of the passage;
at least one static diaphragm seal mounted on the proximal end of the plunger to form a fluid tight seal between the plunger and the passage, said static diaphragm seal remaining intact during movement of said plunger from said first position to said second position and back to said first position;
a gland seal; and
a fluid transfer opening positioned between the proximal end of the plunger and the distal end of the plunger;
wherein the body comprises a first section and a second section, wherein rotation of the first section relative to the second section causes longitudinal displacement of the plunger, and wherein the longitudinal displacement of the plunger towards its first position opens the passage to form a substantially aseptic fluid pathway from an upstream component to a downstream component through the fluid transfer opening and a channel in the interior of the plunger; and
wherein the gland seal is arranged along a length of the plunger, a first portion of the gland seal being retained within a groove on a surface of the first section of the body and a second portion of the gland seal being retained within a groove on the plunger, and wherein the gland seal stretches to accommodate the displacement of and maintain a seal about the plunger.

US Pat. No. 10,247,311

VARIABLE HEIGHT BACKUP ASSEMBLY FOR ARTICULATING BOOTS

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A seal assembly for sealing a gap between two components of a joint assembly, the seal assembly comprising:a diaphragm seal component; and
a backup assembly comprising an elastomer, a spring element embedded within the elastomer, and first and second rings that are located adjacent to the elastomer on opposite sides of the spring element;
wherein the backup assembly supports the diagraph seal assembly against pressures applied to the diaphragm seal component; and
wherein the elastomer with the embedded spring is positioned to extend into a gap between the first and second rings such that the spring element and elastomer expand and compress to accommodate different spacings at the gap between the first and second rings.

US Pat. No. 10,247,310

SELF-RETAINING, EASILY REMOVABLE PNEUMATIC SEAL

Pawling Engineered Produc...

1. A sealable structure, with a self-retaining inflatable seal configured and constructed for repetitive cycles of inflation and deflation and periodic removal and replacement for servicing, which comprisesa first sealable member formed with an outer surface and a seal-receiving groove open at said outer surface,
said groove having a predetermined depth from said outer surface and a predetermined width and having substantially parallel side walls,
a second sealable member having a sealing surface positionable in opposed, closely spaced relation to the outer surface of said first sealable member, and
a self-retaining, fluid-inflatable seal removably received in said groove, said seal having bottom and top walls and spaced apart side walls connecting said bottom and top walls,
said side walls extending upward with outer surfaces thereof in parallel relation to the side walls of said groove,
said seal, when unpressurized, having a width between outer surfaces of its side walls, which is about 80% to about 90% of the width of said groove,
said seal, when unpressurized, having a height no greater than the depth of said groove,
said seal having a bottom structure comprising said bottom wall and lateral extensions at each side of said bottom wall,
said lateral extensions having an overall width greater than the width of said groove and being deflected upward and inward upon insertion of said seal into said groove,
said bottom structure securing said seal in said groove by frictionally gripping its opposed side walls whether said seal is inflated or deflated.

US Pat. No. 10,247,309

MECHANICAL SEAL DEVICE FOR USE IN WATER ENVIRONMENT AND SEALING RING THEREOF

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A mechanical seal device for use in a water environment, comprising:a stationary sealing ring made of SiC; and
a rotating sealing ring made of SiC and arranged opposite to the stationary sealing ring, the mechanical seal device bringing opposite sliding surfaces of the stationary sealing ring and the rotating sealing ring into close contact with each other to seal a sealed fluid such as ultrapure water or pure water that has a high specific resistance value,
wherein at least one of the sealing rings including the sliding surfaces is configured by a sintered compact of a material including SiC as a base material compounded with an Al additive, and a specific resistance value of the sealing ring configured by the sintered compact including the sliding surface is equal to or lower than 100 ?·cm, wherein the sealing ring including SiC is configured so that a ratio of the area of a 4H-polytype crystal structure included in the sliding surface is 25% or more relative thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,247,308

HERMETIC SEAL DEVICE

Koyo Sealing Techno Co., ...

1. A sealing device which partitions an annular space formed between a rotary shaft and a housing surrounding the rotary shaft, into a low-pressure space and a high-pressure space whose pressure is higher than that of the low-pressure space, in an axial direction, the sealing device comprising:an annular seal portion formed of an elastic material and being in constant and direct sliding contact with an outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft, wherein
on an inner peripheral surface of the seal portion, a main lip is formed so as to be in constant and direct sliding contact with the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft, and an inclined surface is formed so as to extend from the main lip toward the low-pressure space side and gradually enlarge in diameter toward the low-pressure space side, and
on the inclined surface, a plurality of annular projections are formed along the axial direction so as to be in constant and direct sliding contact with the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft in a state where the main lip is in constant and direct sliding contact with the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft,
the plurality of annular projections include a first annular projection provided at the main lip side, and a second annular projection provided at the low-pressure space side with respect to the first annular projection,
the projection dimension of the second annular projection is larger than that of the first annular projection such that contact pressures of the first and second annular projections with respect to the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft become uniform, and
a distal end of the first annular projection and a distal end of the second annular projection are formed along a tangent line passing through a distal end of the main lip and the distal end of the second annular projection when the main lip and each annular projection are in a free state and when the main lip and each annular projection are in constant and direct sliding contact with the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,247,307

INTERLOCKING COMPOSITE SEALS

Bal Seal Engineering, Inc...

1. A method of making a seal assembly having shrink resistant support, said method comprising:providing a seal ring comprising a holding bore defined at least in part by an outside flange and an inside flange having a seal lip with an inside diameter;
placing a first backing ring made from a high tensile strength material adjacent the seal ring and in contact with the seal ring, said first backing ring having a base section having a first thickness and an inside flange projecting in a same direction as the seal lip and in contact with at least part of the inside flange of the seal ring;
placing a second backing ring comprising a base section having a second thickness and an inside flange projecting in the same direction as the seal lip in contact with both the first backing ring and the seal ring so that the second backing ring, which is made from a high tensile strength material, contacts and supports the first backing ring at the base section and the inside flange of the first backing ring; and
wherein the second thickness is at least three times thicker than the first thickness to provide shrink resistance support for the seal ring.

US Pat. No. 10,247,306

COMBINED OIL CONTROL RING

Kabushiki Kaisha Riken, ...

1. A combined oil control ring comprising a pair of upper and lower side rails, and an axially corrugated spacer expander having upper and lower portions; said upper and lower portions of said spacer expander having tabs pushing inner peripheral surfaces of said side rails, projections supporting said side rails, and intermediate portions between said tabs and said projections; each intermediate portion opposing said side rail having a bottom which is center-raised when viewed along a substantially circumferential direction and a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,305

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. An automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising: an input section to which power generated by a drive source is input; an output section configured to output a drive force; and a gear shifting mechanism configured to change a gear ratio between the input section and the output section, the power being input to the input section without intervention of a hydrodynamic power transmission device, the gear shifting mechanism including a predetermined frictional engagement element for achieving a starting gear ratio of the vehicle, and the predetermined frictional engagement element including: a plurality of friction plates arranged with clearances therebetween; a piston movable between a releasing position where the friction plates are brought into a released state, and an engaging position where the friction plates are brought into an engaged state by pressing the friction plates; and a first spring and a second spring configured to directly contact and urge the piston toward the engaging position, then the second spring separating from the piston prior to the first spring engaging the friction plates.

US Pat. No. 10,247,304

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION FOR USE IN VEHICLES

JATCO LTD, Fuji-shi (JP)...

1. A control device for a continuously variable transmission of a vehicle, the continuously variable transmission including a primary pulley connected to an output shaft side of a power plant, a secondary pulley connected to a driving wheel side, an oil pump arranged to be driven by the power plant, and to supply a hydraulic fluid to the pulleys, and a circular belt member wound around the pulleys, the control device comprising:a transmission control unit configured to
control a hydraulic pressure of the hydraulic fluid supplied to the pulleys in accordance with a traveling state of the vehicle, and thereby to control a transmission gear ratio of the continuously variable transmission;
control a line pressure which is a base pressure of the hydraulic pressure; and
judge whether a state of a road surface on which the vehicle travels is a smooth road or a rough road,
when the road is judged to be rough, perform a rough road corresponding control to increase the hydraulic pressure to a value larger than the hydraulic pressure when the road is judged to be smooth, and
when a line-pressure-up control condition is satisfied at the rough road judgment, increase the line pressure to be greater than the line pressure when the line-pressure-up control condition is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,247,303

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING VEHICLE SPEED AND CONTROLLING A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle having a continuously variable transmission (CVT) including a variator assembly comprising:monitoring an operational state of the vehicle with a control system having at least one controller, an accelerometer and one or more sensors in communication with the at least one controller;
determining a vehicle acceleration rate with the accelerometer;
determining when the vehicle encounters an event causing a change in the operational state of the vehicle with the accelerometer and the one or more sensors;
computing an adjusted vehicle speed, based, at least in part, on the vehicle acceleration rate in response to the event causing the change in the operational state of the vehicle, wherein the step of computing the adjusted vehicle speed further comprises:
detecting a grade acceleration signal with the accelerometer,
determining an adjusted vehicle acceleration rate by computing a difference between the vehicle acceleration rate and the grade acceleration signal, and
computing the adjusted vehicle speed during the change in the operational state of the vehicle by numerically integrating the adjusted vehicle acceleration;
generating a variator speed ratio based upon the adjusted vehicle speed; and
transmitting the variator speed ratio in response to the change in the operational state of the vehicle to the variator assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,302

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A control method comprising:determining a base control signal for controlling a hydraulic pressure supplied to a friction element through an actuator by a transmission control unit;
determining a basic compensation value based on a dynamic characteristic coefficient of the friction element and the actuator by the transmission control unit;
determining a compensation value based on a shift type by the transmission control unit; and
outputting a corrected control signal that corrects the base control signal by using the basic compensation value and the compensation value depending on the shift type by the transmission control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,301

SERVO CONTROL SYSTEM WITH POSITION COMPENSATION FUNCTION FOR DRIVEN MEMBER

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A servo control system, comprising:a servo motor;
a table configured to be driven by the servo motor;
a coupling mechanism coupled with the servo motor and the table, the coupling mechanism configured to use the servo motor as a power source to generate a table drive torque acting on the table at a coupling part of the table and the coupling mechanism; and
a motor control part configured to control the servo motor, wherein
the motor control part comprises
a position command generating part configured to generate a position command value of the table,
a force estimating part configured to estimate the table drive torque acting on the table at the coupling part,
a compensating part configured to compensate the position command value generated by the position command generating part based on the table drive torque estimated by the force estimating part,
a control signal output part configured to output a control signal to the servo motor based on a position command value compensated by the compensating part,
a disturbance torque estimating part configured to estimate a total disturbance torque occurring due to a disturbance acting on the servo motor, the coupling mechanism, and the table,
an acceleration/deceleration torque calculating part configured to
calculate angular acceleration of the servo motor based on an angular position of the servo motor or a detected value of a rotational speed of the servo motor, and
calculate an acceleration/deceleration torque required for acceleration or deceleration of the table based on the calculated angular acceleration, and
a disturbance torque calculating part configured to calculate a disturbance torque occurring due to a disturbance acting on the servo motor and the coupling mechanism based on the detected value of the rotational speed of the servo motor,
wherein
the force estimating part is configured to estimate the table drive torque by subtracting the disturbance torque calculated by the disturbance torque calculating part from a sum of
the total disturbance torque estimated by the disturbance torque estimating part, and
the acceleration/deceleration torque calculated by the acceleration/deceleration torque calculating part.