US Pat. No. 11,029,080

USE OF RIGID OR PERMEABLE CONDUITS FOR ACHIEVING FASTER VACUUM EVACUATION TIME IN VACUUM INSULATED STRUCTURES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An appliance comprising:an outer wrapper including a plurality of walls defining an external surface;
an inner liner;
a trim breaker sealing the outer wrapper to the inner liner to define an insulation space;
a vacuum port disposed on the external surface of the outer wrapper;
an insulative material disposed between the outer wrapper and the inner liner; and
an elongate channel integrally formed with the outer wrapper and including an elongate filter media disposed along at least a portion of a length of the elongate channel and forming a portion of a wall of the elongate channel, and
wherein the elongate channel is in fluid communication with the vacuum port such that air can be drawn from the insulation space past the elongate filter media, into the elongate channel, and through the vacuum port.

US Pat. No. 11,029,079

REFRIGERATOR AND HOME APPLIANCE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a main body; and
a door configured to open and close a front side of the main body, wherein the door includes:
a door body including an upper door cap,
a door panel detachably coupleable to the door body, and including an upper trim having an upper trim protrusion in which an upper trim hole is formed, and
a fixing member detachably coupleable to the upper door cap, and including a base portion and a protrusion protruding from the base portion,
wherein, when the door panel is coupled to the door body with the fixing member coupled to the upper door cap, the upper trim protrusion is accommodated in the upper door cap, the base portion of the fixing member covers at least a portion of an upper surface of the upper door cap, and the protrusion of the fixing member protrudes downward from the base portion and is inserted into the upper trim hole to prevent the upper trim protrusion from being separated from the upper door cap.

US Pat. No. 11,029,078

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet that defines a storage compartment;
a first door configured to open and close a first side of the storage compartment;
a second door configured to open and close a second side of the storage compartment;
a door opening module comprising a motor that is configured to open the first and second doors and that is configured to rotate in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction; and
a controller configured to control rotation of the motor,
wherein the door opening module further comprises:
a first rack configured to move toward the first door to open the first door based on rotation of the motor,
a second rack configured to move toward the second door to open the second door based on rotation of the motor,
a power transfer device configured to selectively transfer a driving force from the motor to at least one of the first rack or the second rack, the power transfer device comprising a central gear configured to be rotated based on driving of the motor, and a cam configured to rotate about a rotation center of the central gear, and
a switch configured to be turned on and off based on rotation of the cam,
wherein the controller is further configured to:
recognize a rack position of each of the first rack and the second rack based on a state of the switch, and
based on the rack position of each of the first rack and the second rack, control the motor to rotate in the first direction and then rotate in the second direction such that the first and the second doors are sequentially opened,
wherein the cam has a first side shape and a second side shape that are different from each other with respect to a reference position at which the cam contacts the switch, and
wherein the switch is configure to:
based on the cam rotating from the reference position to a position corresponding to 180° with respect to the reference position in a clockwise direction, change ON-OFF states of the switch according to a first sequence that is defined by the first side shape of the cam, and
based on the cam rotating from the reference position to the position corresponding to 180° in a counterclockwise direction, change the ON-OFF states of the switch according to a second sequence that is defined by the second side shape of the cam, the second sequence being different from the first sequence.

US Pat. No. 11,029,077

METHOD FOR RAPID ENCAPSULATION OF A CORNER GAP DEFINED WITHIN A CORNER OF A DOOR PANEL FOR AN APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An insulated door panel for an appliance, the insulated door panel comprising:a structural outer panel having a singular metallic sheet that includes folded side edges that extend from a front panel, wherein a corner seam is defined between each set of adjacent side edges;
interior blocks that are fixedly attached to an interior surface of the structural outer panel, wherein each interior block is directly attached to adjacent side edges of the folded side edges and positioned to at least partially form an adhesive cavity with the structural outer panel and within spaces defined by each corner seam;
a solid sealing member defined within each adhesive cavity, wherein the solid sealing member is a cured adhesive; and
a back panel attached at least to the folded side edges of the structural outer panel, wherein an insulating cavity is defined between the back panel, the structural outer panel, and the interior blocks.

US Pat. No. 11,029,076

PASSIVE AIR CONDITIONER DRAIN LINE CHLORINATOR

1. A passive air conditioner drain line chlorinator that is connected to the outlet of a pan of an air conditioner and the drain line of the air conditioner, the drain line chlorinator comprises:a sloped housing that defines an inlet drain line connector and an outlet drain line connector, the sloped housing slopes downward from the inlet drain line connector to the outlet drain line connector, the sloped housing defines a central aperture that is at a position that is between the inlet drain line connector and the outlet drain line connector of the sloped housing, the inlet drain line connector of the sloped housing attaches to a drain line that leaves the air conditioner and the outlet drain line connector of the sloped housing attaches to a downward drain line of the air conditioner;
a sloped cartridge that has an inlet and an outlet, the sloped cartridge defines at least two compartments, a first compartment of the sloped cartridge has an inlet central through-hole that is the inlet of the sloped cartridge, a second compartment is adjacent and downward from the first compartment, a first staggered through-hole is defined between the first compartment and the second compartment, a second staggered through-hole is defined on a downward wall of the second compartment and is an outlet of the sloped cartridge, the sloped cartridge is inserted within the central aperture of the sloped housing so that the sloped cartridge is flush with the slope of the sloped housing;
at least two algae or mold eliminating tablets are inserted within the compartments of the sloped cartridge; and
a cover that pivotally connects to the sloped housing so that the central aperture of the sloped housing is covered when the cover is made to rest on the sloped housing.

US Pat. No. 11,029,075

DOOR FOR HOME APPLIANCE AND HOME APPLIANCE HAVING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet defining a storage chamber therein; and
a door connected to the cabinet and configured to open and close the storage chamber,
wherein the door comprises:
an outer door frame having an opening defined therethrough, and
a panel assembly configured to cover the opening of the outer door frame, the panel assembly comprising:
a front panel that defines a front surface of the door,
an insulating panel provided behind the front panel, and
a spacer arranged between the front panel and the insulating panel,
wherein the outer door frame of the door comprises:
a first frame connected to the front panel of the panel assembly, and
a second frame connected to the first frame,
wherein the panel assembly and the outer door frame together define an insulation space in which an insulating material is provided,
wherein the first frame of the outer door frame comprises:
a first part comprising a recessed part that is recessed toward the spacer, the recessed part having (i) a first surface that defines a recessed space exposed to an outside of the outer door frame and (ii) a second surface that is opposite the first surface and is in contact with the insulating material provided in the insulation space,
a second part that extends from the first part in a direction away from the spacer and defines a portion of an appearance of the door,
a frame connector that is bent from the second part in a direction away from the front panel and defines another portion of the appearance of the door, and
at least one heat transfer unit that extends from the second surface toward the spacer of the panel assembly along a rear surface of a first portion of the front panel,
wherein the second frame comprises:
a first end connected to the panel assembly,
a second end connected to the frame connector of the first frame,
a connecting portion that connects the first end and the second end, the connecting portion defining a gasket receiving portion that receives a gasket,
wherein the insulation space comprises a first space, a second space, and a third space that are in communication with one another,
wherein the insulating material is provided (i) in the first space between the second end of the second frame and the gasket receiving portion, (ii) in the second space between the second part of the first frame and the gasket receiving portion, and (iii) in the third space between the connection portion and the at least one heat transfer unit, and
wherein a portion of the insulation material in the third space is in contact with the first end of the second frame and the at least one heat transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 11,029,074

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising: a cabinet; a storage compartment that is provided in the cabinet and that defines a space configured to receive a storage item; a door configured to open and close the space defined by the storage compartment; a first cold air supply duct and a second cold air supply duct provided respectively on left and right sides of the storage compartment, the first cold air supply duct and the second cold air supply duct being configured to supply different amounts of cold air; and a storage unit configured to be pushed into or pulled from the storage compartment in a front-and-rear direction along with the door, the storage unit including a first storage unit provided on the left side, and a second storage unit provided on the right side; a temperature sensor that is configured to measure a temperature inside of the storage compartment; and a controller configured to, based on measurement of the temperature sensor, maintain the first storage unit and the second storage unit at different temperatures, wherein the first cold air supply duct and the second cold air supply duct are connected to a duct unit, and configured to receive cold air from the duct unit; and wherein the duct unit is provided with a first damper and a second damper, which selectively open or close the first cold air supply duct and the second cold air supply duct respectively.

US Pat. No. 11,029,073

COLD-STORAGE HEAT EXCHANGER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A cold storage heat exchanger comprising:a plurality of refrigerant tubes having therein refrigerant passages, and arranged to provide a clearance therebetween;
a cold storage container that is bonded to a refrigerant tube and defines therein a compartment receiving a cold storage material; and
a cooling air passage in which air flows as a wind to cool a space to be cooled in a cold storage time of the cold storage material and in a cold release time of the cold storage material, the cooling air passage being provided to contact a surface of the refrigerant tube on a side opposite to the cold storage container bonded to the refrigerant tube, wherein
an outer surface of the cold storage container, onto which the refrigerant tube is bonded, is provided with a plurality of protrusion portions or a plurality of recess portions,
the plurality of protrusion portions include a bonded portion bonded to the refrigerant tube,
the bonded portion continuously extends from a position facing a windward edge portion of the refrigerant tube to a position facing a leeward edge portion of the refrigerant tube, and
at least one part of the bonded portion is oblique to a longitudinal direction of the refrigerant tube.

US Pat. No. 11,029,072

COOLING DEVICE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a freezing cycle including:
a compressor;
a first condenser and a second condenser independent from each other and connected to each other through a dew condensation preventing pipe, the second condenser being positioned at a downstream side of the first condenser in a refrigerant channel;
a cooling evaporator;
a first pressure reducing tube disposed along the refrigerant channel and connected to the cooling evaporator;
a bypass branched between the second condenser and the first pressure reducing tube and joined between the first pressure reducing tube and the cooling evaporator,
an ice-making evaporator disposed in the bypass;
an ice-making tray;
a second pressure reducing tube disposed at an upstream side of the ice-making evaporator in the bypass;
a temperature sensor provided in the ice-making tray; and
a switching valve disposed at a branch point of the bypass, the switching valve being configured to switch a flow of refrigerant along the refrigerant channel to maintain a temperature detected by the temperature sensor between an upper limit temperature and a lower limit temperature by:
connecting the second condenser and the bypass when the temperature detected by the temperature sensor is greater than or equal to the upper limit temperature value during which the ice-making evaporator is not to be operated, and
connecting the second condenser and the first pressure reducing tube when the temperature detected by the temperature sensor is less than or equal to the lower limit temperature value during which the ice-making evaporator is to be operated.

US Pat. No. 11,029,071

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a body;
a storage compartment provided inside of the body having an opening;
an evaporator provided in a rear side of the storage compartment to generate cool air;
a defrost heater provided in a lower side of the evaporator;
a first air duct provided with the evaporator mounted thereto and, the first air duct having a flow path in front of the evaporator and a first plurality of air discharging ports located in front of the flow path, the first plurality of air discharging ports configured to guide the cool air generated by the evaporator to the storage compartment;
a second air duct disposed above the first air duct, the second air duct having a second plurality of air discharging ports configured to guide the cool air to the storage compartment; and
a cool pack disposed to an upper surface of an inside of the storage compartment, the cool pack being provided outside of the first air duct and the second air duct,
wherein the cool pack is configured to store cold storage energy from the cool air discharged from the second plurality of air discharging ports and perform heat exchange with air heated by the defrost heater while the defrost heater is being operated.

US Pat. No. 11,029,070

ICE MAKER AND REFRIGERATOR INCLUDING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. An ice maker comprising:an ice tray configured to receive water;
a cool air guide located vertically below the ice tray and configured to supply cool air to the ice tray, the cool air guide comprising:
a body located below a lower portion of the ice tray,
a cool air inlet located at a side of the body and configured to receive cool air, and
an opening portion that is defined at an upper side of the body facing the lower portion of the ice tray;
an ejector that is configured to rotate with respect to the ice tray, that is configured to cause rotation of ice pieces with respect to the ice tray, and that is configured to discharge the ice pieces from the ice tray; and
a motor configured to drive the ejector to rotate relative to the ice tray,
wherein the lower portion of the ice tray includes:
a plurality of first guide ribs that are located above a lower end of a side surface of the ice tray, that face the opening portion, and that extend in a first direction, the plurality of first guide ribs being configured to exchange heat with cool air that is supplied from the cool air inlet in a second direction transverse to the first direction, and
a plurality of second guide ribs that extend below the lower end of the side surface of the ice tray, that protrude downward relative to the plurality of first guide ribs toward the opening portion, and that extend in the second direction,
wherein the ice tray defines, at the lower portion of the ice tray, a first area that includes a first portion of the plurality of first guide ribs, and a second area that includes a second portion of the plurality of first guide ribs and the plurality of second guide ribs,
wherein a number of the second guide ribs in the first area of the ice tray is less than a number of the second guide ribs in the second area of the ice tray,
wherein the first area of the ice tray is arranged next to the second area and located closer to the cool air inlet than the second area, and
wherein the cool air guide is configured to supply cool air received from the cool air inlet to the plurality of first guide ribs and the second guide ribs through the opening portion.

US Pat. No. 11,029,069

ICE MAKING APPARATUS FOR USE IN A REFRIGERATOR

ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI, ...

1. An ice making apparatus comprising a casing accommodating ice trays, an ice receptacle disposed below the ice trays, a retainer for rotatably supporting the ice trays, the retainer including a plurality of bearings for receiving a plurality of driven gears, and one or more than one knob for respectively twisting the ice trays simultaneously or singly, wherein the ice making apparatus has a single twist mode and a simultaneous twist mode,wherein in the single twist mode where each ice tray is twisted independently from remaining ice trays, the retainer is coupled to a first exchangeable cover which has a plurality of bearings, each bearing corresponding to a bearing of the retainer and holding a plurality of knobs, one knob for singly twisting a corresponding ice tray, each ice tray has a head and each knob has a hub which directly and detachably engages with the head of the corresponding ice tray,
wherein in the simultaneous twist mode where all ice trays are twisted simultaneously, the retainer is coupled to a second exchangeable cover which has a gear assembly and only one bearing holding only one knob for simultaneously twisting all ice trays via the gear assembly which couples the ice trays with the only one knob of the second exchangeable cover, the gear assembly has a driving gear coupled to the plurality of driven gears, the driving gear has a head which directly and detachably engages with the hub of the only one knob and each driven gear has a hub which directly and detachably engage with the head of the corresponding ice tray
wherein the first exchangeable cover and the second exchangeable cover are interchangeable such that the ice making apparatus is convertible between the single twist mode and the simultaneous twist mode by the retainer selectively coupling to the first exchangeable cover and the second exchangeable cover, respectively.

US Pat. No. 11,029,068

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESSURE CONTROL IN A CO2 REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

Hill Phoenix, Inc., Cony...

1. A system for controlling pressure in a CO2 refrigeration system having a receiving tank, a compressor and a gas cooler/condenser, the system for controlling pressure comprising:a gas bypass valve fluidly connected with an outlet of the receiving tank and arranged in series with the compressor;
a parallel compressor fluidly connected with the outlet of the receiving tank and arranged in parallel with both the gas bypass valve and the compressor, the parallel compressor receiving the CO2 refrigerant at a first pressure higher than a second pressure at which the CO2 refrigerant is received by the compressor; and
a controller configured to:
receive an indication of a CO2 refrigerant flow rate through the gas bypass valve wherein the indication of the CO2 refrigerant flow rate is one of a position of the gas bypass valve, a volume flow rate of the CO2 refrigerant through the gas bypass valve, or a mass flow rate of the CO2 refrigerant through the gas bypass valve;
compare the indication of the CO2 refrigerant flow rate with a threshold value indicating a threshold flow rate through the gas bypass valve;
control a pressure of the CO2 refrigerant within the receiving tank using only the gas bypass valve in response to the indication of the CO2 refrigerant flow rate not exceeding the threshold value, wherein controlling the pressure within the receiving tank using only the gas bypass valve comprises operating the gas bypass valve to reach an intermediate position between fully open and fully closed to adjust the pressure within the receiving tank to achieve a pressure setpoint or a pressure range; and
activate the parallel compressor in response to the indication of the CO2 refrigerant flow rate exceeding the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 11,029,067

REFRIGERATION APPARATUS WITH DEFROST DURING HEATING OPERATION

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A refrigeration apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit including a compressor, an outdoor heat exchanger, an expansion mechanism, and an indoor heat exchanger connected to each other, the refrigerant circuit being capable of executing at least a heating operation by circulating a refrigerant through the refrigerant circuit; and
a controller configured to start a defrosting operation for melting frost formed on the outdoor heat exchanger when a first defrosting start condition is satisfied in a case where a predetermined premise situation is not established and start the defrosting operation when a second defrosting start condition stricter than the first defrosting start condition is satisfied in a case where the predetermined premise situation is established, wherein
the predetermined premise situation is satisfied in at least any of the following cases:
a case where an elapsed time from a last stop of the compressor is equal to or longer than a predetermined elapsed time at a start of the heating operation;
a case where a time of day at the start of the heating operation satisfies a predetermined time of day condition;
a case where a temperature of the outdoor heat exchanger or a refrigerant pipe connected to the outdoor heat exchanger is equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature at the start of the heating operation;
a case where a difference between a set temperature and an indoor temperature is equal to or larger than a predetermined value at the start of the heating operation; and
a case where a state of the refrigerant in the refrigerant circuit satisfies a predetermined refrigerant state or the difference between the set temperature and the indoor temperature is equal to or larger than a predetermined value after an elapse of a predetermined period from the start of the heating operation.

US Pat. No. 11,029,066

VALVE AND CAPILLARY TUBE SYSTEM FOR REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS

Hill Phoenix, Inc., Cony...

1. A refrigeration system, comprising:an evaporator;
a condenser;
a compressor configured to circulate a refrigerant between the evaporator and the condenser, wherein a charge of the refrigerant in the refrigeration system differs from a critical charge of the refrigerant;
a capillary tube having a length less than three and a half meters and positioned downstream from the condenser and configured to receive any of the refrigerant exiting from the condenser, the capillary tube being configured to cause a fixed decrease in a measurable thermodynamic property of the refrigerant as a result of a physical geometry of the capillary tube;
an expansion valve positioned in series with the capillary tube and configured to receive the refrigerant from the capillary tube and provide the refrigerant to the evaporator, wherein the expansion valve is adjustable to control a flow rate of the refrigerant through the capillary tube, wherein the expansion valve is adjustable to cause a variable decrease in the measurable thermodynamic property of the refrigerant to accommodate varying refrigeration loads, and wherein any refrigerant exiting from the condenser passes through the capillary tube before being supplied to the expansion valve;
a bypass line arranged in parallel with the expansion valve and configured to operate as a bleeder system to allow a portion of the refrigerant to bypass the expansion valve while requiring a remaining amount of the refrigerant to pass through the expansion valve;
a sensor positioned downstream of the capillary tube and configured to measure a temperature of the refrigerant and generate a signal corresponding to the measured temperature of the refrigerant; and
a controller in communication with the sensor and configured to:
determine an amount of superheat in the refrigerant at an outlet of the evaporator based on the measured temperature;
compare the amount of superheat to a superheat setpoint; and
drive the amount of superheat to the superheat setpoint by adjusting an overall decrease in the measurable thermodynamic property of the of the refrigerant by modulating the expansion valve, the overall decrease in the measurable thermodynamic property of the refrigerant being a sum of the fixed decrease in the measurable thermodynamic property of the refrigerant caused by the capillary tube and the variable decrease in the measurable thermodynamic property of the refrigerant caused by the expansion valve.

US Pat. No. 11,029,065

MULTI-STAGE OIL BATCH BOILING SYSTEM

Carrier Corporation, Pal...

20. A method for using a vapor compression system (20), the vapor compression system comprising:a compressor (24) having a suction port (26) and a discharge port (28);
a refrigerant flowpath (33) from the discharge port and returning to the suction port;
a first heat exchanger (30) along the refrigerant flowpath;
a second heat exchanger (50) along the refrigerant flowpath; and
a vaporizer system (22; 300),wherein:the vaporizer system comprises:
a first vaporizer (68A; 368A) comprising:
a vessel (86; 386) having an inlet (84), a vapor outlet (124), and a liquid outlet (130); and
a gas bypass flowpath branch (160A) in heat transfer relation with an interior of the first vaporizer vessel; and
a second vaporizer (68B; 368B) comprising:
a vessel (86; 386) having an inlet (84), a vapor outlet (124), and a liquid outlet (130); and
a gas bypass flowpath branch (160B) in heat transfer relation with an interior of the second vaporizer vessel,the method comprising:running the compressor (24) to drive a refrigerant flow (500) along the refrigerant flowpath (33), the refrigerant flow containing a lubricant;
diverting a flow (530) of the refrigerant and lubricant to the vaporizer system to alternatingly deliver the refrigerant and lubricant to the first vaporizer through the inlet (84) of the first vaporizer and the second vaporizer through the inlet (84) of the second vaporizer;
passing refrigerant (560) through a conduit (150) of the first vaporizer to transfer heat to refrigerant and lubricant in the first vaporizer; and
passing refrigerant (560) through a conduit (150) of the second vaporizer to transfer heat to refrigerant and lubricant in the second vaporizer.

US Pat. No. 11,029,064

SOLAR ADSORPTION HEAT PUMP AND EVACUATED TUBE ADSORPTION HEAT PUMP AND DESALINATION SYSTEM

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A system comprising:a manifold; and
a plurality of evacuated tube adsorption heat pump and desalination (ETAHP&D) modules, each ETAHP&D module comprising:
a tube configured to receive energy from an energy source;
an adsorbent located within the tube;
an adsorbent bed cage located within the tube and defining a storage volume containing the adsorbent;
a threshold configured to stabilize the adsorbent bed cage;
a condenser/evaporator positioned within the interior of the tube and spaced apart from the adsorbent bed cage;
an insulation at least partially surrounding the condenser/evaporator;
a removable cap fastened to the tube;
a selective absorber configured to absorb solar energy at the adsorbent bed;
a connector operable to fasten the tube to the manifold; and
a heat exchanger positioned adjacent to the condenser/evaporator and configured to enhance heat transfer between the condenser/evaporator and an external cooling or heating load.

US Pat. No. 11,029,063

COMPRESSOR SYSTEM HAVING A REFRIGERATED DRYER

INGERSOLL-RAND INDUSTRIAL...

1. An apparatus comprising:a compressor structured to compress a working fluid to produce a flow of compressed gas;
a main discharge conduit from the compressor which is structured to convey the flow of compressed gas;
a splitter at the main discharge conduit structured to receive the flow of compressed gas, the splitter coupled with an offtake passage and a main passage, the offtake passage structured to flow an offtake flow of compressed gas which includes a portion of the flow of compressed gas flowing into the splitter, the main passage structured to flow a main flow of compressed gas which includes the remainder of the flow of compressed gas that is not flowed to the offtake passage;
a refrigerated dryer having a refrigeration fluid circulating between an evaporator and a condenser, the evaporator structured to flow relatively cool refrigeration fluid, the evaporator in thermal communication with and useful to remove moisture from the main flow of compressed gas, the condenser structured to receive relatively warm refrigeration fluid from a refrigerant compressor after it has flowed from the evaporator, wherein the condenser includes a conduit having an internal passage for the conveyance of the refrigeration fluid and an array of external cooling fins in thermal communication with the conduit that conveys the refrigeration fluid such that the external cooling fins assist in cooling the relatively warm refrigeration fluid received from the refrigerant compressor;
a fan structured to provide motive force to a cooling fluid across the external cooling fins of the condenser; and
a plurality of air jet nozzles having an outlet oriented to discharge the offtake flow to the external cooling fins to aid in removal of foreign debris that reduces the heat transfer effectiveness of the external cooling fins;
wherein the compressor and offtake passage are sized to provide the offtake flow of compressed gas at an offtake pressure and an offtake flow rate; and
wherein the offtake pressure and the offtake flow rate of the offtake flow of compressed gas causes the offtake flow discharged from the plurality of air jet nozzles to be at a higher momentum flow than the momentum flow from the fan during operation.

US Pat. No. 11,029,062

GEOTHERMAL HEAT MINING SYSTEM

Strabo Engineering, LLC, ...

1. A geothermal heat mining system, comprising:a single primary borehole in a geothermal reservoir;
a primary fluid loop comprising a cold working fluid line leading into the primary borehole and a hot working fluid line coming out of the primary borehole;
a secondary fluid loop located down the primary borehole, wherein the secondary fluid loop is in thermal contact with the geothermal reservoir, wherein the secondary fluid loop is adapted to circulate a fluid isolated from the primary fluid loop, and wherein the secondary fluid loop flows within a lateral secondary borehole formed in the geothermal reservoir extending out from the primary borehole; and
a downhole heat mining device to control a rate of heat transfer from the secondary fluid loop to the primary fluid loop by selectively controlling fluid flow through the primary fluid loop, the secondary fluid loop, or both, wherein the downhole heat mining device comprises
a heat exchanger having the primary fluid loop connected to a cold side and the secondary fluid loop connected to a hot side and wherein the heat mining device further comprises a pump in the secondary fluid loop to control the fluid flow through the secondary fluid loop; and
a lateral drilling head oriented outward from the heat mining device to drill the secondary borehole transverse to the primary borehole.

US Pat. No. 11,029,061

ECONOMIZER PERIMETER GAP SEALING

1. A method for sealing an economizer perimeter gap, the method comprising:locating the economizer perimeter gap between an economizer frame and surfaces inside a Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC) system cabinet behind or under an economizer hood; and
applying a sealing material over or into the economizer perimeter gap between the economizer frame and surfaces inside the HVAC system cabinet behind or under the economizer hood to improve energy efficiency.

US Pat. No. 11,029,060

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning apparatus comprising:a main body having an air passage formed therein; and
a heat-exchange unit disposed in the air passage,
the heat-exchange unit including
a first heat exchanger and a second heat exchanger provided adjacent to each other, and
a partition plate disposed in such a state that a first region of the partition plate is located inside a space between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger and a second region of the partition plate is located outside the space between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger,
a first drain pan and a second drain pan that configured to hold the partition plate in place by attaching respectively to a front face and a back face opposite to the front face of the partition plate,
in a first disposition state, the main body being disposed in such an orientation that an air flow generated in the air passage passes through the heat-exchange unit in a direction intersecting the direction of gravity,
in the first disposition state, the heat-exchange unit being disposed in such an orientation that the first heat exchanger is provided adjacent to, and above, the second heat exchanger and that the second region of the partition plate is located on a downstream side of the first region of the partition plate in a direction of the air flow generated in the air passage,
the second region of the partition plate being provided with an opening extending through the front face and the back face of the partition plate configured as an inlet of a drain path communicating with the outside of the main body, and
in the first disposition state, the heat-exchange unit is disposed in such an orientation that the first drain pan is located below the inlet to form a part of the drain path.

US Pat. No. 11,029,059

PASSIVE COOLING SYSTEM WITH AMBIENT FLUID COLLECTION

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An apparatus, comprising:a plurality of side panels configured to at least partially bound an interior space;
a plurality of horizontally-extending vanes disposed within the interior space, wherein the plurality of horizontally-extending vanes is configured to route, via one or more vane ramps, fluids received into the interior space from a free-fall path into one or more vane gutters, and wherein:
the plurality of horizontally-extending vanes are arranged into a plurality of rows that are vertically-arranged and horizontally-offset, the plurality of rows comprising:
an upper row of horizontally-extending vanes comprising one or more perforated vanes, wherein at least one of the one or more perforated vanes is configured to communicate a portion of fluids received on to a perforated surface of the at least one of the perforated vanes through the at least one of the perforated vanes and direct another portion of the fluids to at least one vane gutter of the at least one of the perforated vanes; and
a lower row of horizontally-extending vanes that is below the upper row, wherein the lower row of horizontally-extending vanes comprises one or more non-perforated vanes, and wherein at least one of the non-perforated vanes is configured to direct the portion of fluids communicated through the at least one of the perforated vanes to at least one vane gutter of the at least one of the non-perforated vanes;
wherein the plurality of horizontally-extending vanes form, based at least in part on the horizontally-offset rows, an indirect pathway that is vertically oriented through the interior space between a bottom end of the interior space and a top end of the interior space; and
a panel gutter coupled to at least one of the plurality of side panels, wherein the panel gutter is configured to receive fluids from the respective vane gutters of the horizontally-extending vanes, such that at least some fluids received into the interior space and directed to the respective vane gutters of the horizontally-extending vanes are further directed to the panel gutter via the respective vane gutters.

US Pat. No. 11,029,058

AIR CONDITIONER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air conditioner comprising:a casing having
an air inlet,
an air outlet having a first side and a second side extending along the first side, the second side being located closer to the air inlet than the first side,
a first flow path wall connected to the first side of the air outlet, and
a second flow path wall connected to the second side of the air outlet; and
a wind direction changing device disposed between the first flow path wall and the second flow path wall of the casing,
the wind direction changing device having
a shaft extending in a direction along the second side, and
a deflector connected to the shaft and configured to rotate about the shaft,
the deflector extending from the shaft toward the first flow path wall, and
the deflector having a first end which faces the first flow path wall and extends linearly along the first flow path wall, and a radially outer periphery of the first end as seen in a cross-sectional view has a first arc shape,
the deflector comprises
an up-down deflector configured to distribute airflow from the air outlet in an up-down direction; and
a left-right deflector disposed on the up-down deflector and configured to distribute airflow from the air outlet in a left-right direction,
the first end and the up-down deflector are disposed on opposite sides of the deflector, and
a center of the shaft coincides with a center of curvature of the first arc shape, and points along the radially outer periphery of the first arc shape as seen in the cross-sectional view are equidistant from the center of the shaft,
the air inlet and the air outlet being disposed in a lower portion of the casing.

US Pat. No. 11,029,057

ECONOMIZER CONTROLLER CALIBRATION

1. An economizer controller calibration method, the method comprising:monitoring or measuring an economizer actuator voltage (x) and measuring at least one airflow characteristic and calculating a corresponding damper position Outdoor Air Fraction (OAF) (y) of an economizer controller of an economizer of a Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC) system;
obtaining a set of x-versus-y data for at least two damper positions selected from the group consisting of: a closed damper position, at least one intermediate damper position, and a fully open damper position;
determining a functional relationship between the economizer actuator voltage (x) and the corresponding damper position OAF (y) by calculating at least two coefficients of the functional relationship using the set of x-versus-y data;
calculating a target economizer actuator voltage (xt) as a function of a required OAFr (yr) using the functional relationship; and
positioning the damper using the target economizer actuator voltage (xt).

US Pat. No. 11,029,056

AUTOMATIC SWITCHOVER THERMOSTAT SYSTEM BASED ON APPARENT TEMPERATURE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AND AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING THE APPARENT TEMPERATURE OF A CONDITIONED SPACE

FRONTIERTECH INTERNATIONA...

1. A climate control system configured to control a heating unit and a cooling unit, the climate control system comprising:a temperature sensor configured to measure a current dry bulb temperature;
a humidity sensor configured to measure a current relative humidity;
a processor; and
a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium operably coupled to the processor, the non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having software instructions stored therein, which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
determine a current apparent temperature based on at least the current dry bulb temperature measured by the temperature sensor and the current relative humidity measured by the humidity sensor;
receive a user-selected desired apparent temperature;
activate the heating unit in a heating mode when the current apparent temperature is below a lower apparent temperature threshold below the user-selected desired apparent temperature, wherein the lower apparent temperature threshold is a constant based on the user-selected desired apparent temperature;
activate the cooling unit in a cooling mode when the current apparent temperature is above an upper apparent temperature threshold above the user-selected desired apparent temperature, wherein the upper apparent temperature threshold is a constant based on the user-selected desired apparent temperature; and
not activate either the cooling unit or the heating unit when the current apparent temperature is in a dead band between the lower apparent temperature threshold and the upper apparent temperature threshold,
wherein the software instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to automatically switch between the heating mode and the cooling mode,
wherein each of the user-selected desired apparent temperature, the lower apparent temperature threshold, and the upper apparent temperature threshold is based on a combination of a respective dry bulb temperature and a corresponding relative humidity.

US Pat. No. 11,029,055

FAN COIL THERMOSTAT WITH FAN RAMPING

Honeywell International I...

1. A method of operating a fan coil system comprising a fan coil and a fan adapted to blow air across the fan coil, the fan having a plurality of fan speeds within a fan throttle range, the method comprising:obtaining a current temperature value from a temperature sensor;
determining a fan speed control signal that is based at least in part on a temperature difference between the current temperature value and a temperature set point and on a measure related to how long the temperature difference has persisted;
operating the fan at a first fan speed when the fan speed control signal is below a first threshold;
operating the fan at a second fan speed above the first fan speed when the fan speed control signal is above the first threshold but below a second threshold; and
operating the fan at a third fan speed above the second fan speed when the fan speed control signal is above the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 11,029,054

EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH EXTERNAL MANIPULATION TERMINAL

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A equipment management system, comprising:an equipment apparatus installed in a construction and configured to operate in accordance with details of manipulation;
an equipment manipulation terminal including an equipment communication unit and an input unit and configured to manipulate the equipment apparatus; and
an external manipulation terminal including an external communication unit configured to communicate with the equipment manipulation terminal, the external manipulation terminal being configured to manipulate the equipment apparatus indirectly,
wherein when the equipment apparatus is manipulated by the external manipulation terminal,
the external manipulation terminal is configured to transmit details of manipulation to the equipment manipulation terminal, and
the equipment manipulation terminal is configured to manipulate the equipment apparatus in accordance with the details of manipulation received from the external manipulation terminal,
wherein the equipment management system is configured to provide a manipulation restriction for each manipulation item,
wherein each of the external manipulation terminal and the equipment manipulation terminal holds information on whether manipulation is permitted for each manipulation item, and
wherein the equipment management system is configured to make the information held in the external manipulation terminal on whether manipulation is permitted for each manipulation item and the information held in the equipment manipulation terminal on whether manipulation is permitted for each manipulation item identical.

US Pat. No. 11,029,053

BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM WITH LIVE MEMORY MANAGEMENT

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A method for reducing memory usage of a memory device of a building management system of a building, the method comprising:receiving, by the building management system, a request for a property of a data model stored in the memory device, wherein the data model comprises a plurality of relationships, wherein each relationship links one of a plurality of properties to serialized building data stored within the memory device; and
generating, by the building management system, de-serialized data for the requested property in response to receiving the request by retrieving serialized data from the memory device based on the plurality of relationships of the data model and de-serializing the retrieved serialized data.

US Pat. No. 11,029,052

OPERATION DEVICE AND METHOD TO CONTROL AN AIR CONDITIONER BASED ON WEATHER CHANGE PATTERNS

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. An operation control device comprising:a memory to store a plurality of weather change patterns as a pattern of how weather changes, and store a plurality of control plans as a plan for controlling an operation of an air conditioning equipment in accordance with the plurality of weather change patterns, respectively; and
processing circuitry to
determine, at a time point midway through a time zone where the operation of the air conditioning equipment is controlled along one control plan among the plurality of control plans stored in the memory, whether a weather change pattern corresponding to the one control plan deviates from an actual weather change pattern, based on weather data indicating a time-series weather observation result of up to the time point; if deviates, select a weather change pattern that is different from the weather change pattern corresponding to the one control plan, from among the plurality of weather change patterns stored in the memory, in accordance with the weather data; and during a rest of the time zone, control the operation of the air conditioning equipment along a control plan corresponding to the different weather change pattern, among the plurality of control plans; and
to formulate the plurality of control plans in accordance with a target value of power consumption of the air conditioning equipment in the time zone, and store the plurality of control plans to the memory,
wherein the processing circuitry, when selecting the different weather change pattern, specifies, from among the plurality of control plans, a control plan according to which a prediction value of power consumption of the air conditioning equipment during the rest of the time zone exceeds a difference between the target value and an actual value of power consumption of the air conditioning equipment of up to the time point, and excludes a weather change pattern corresponding to the specified control plan from candidates.

US Pat. No. 11,029,051

SINGLE MODULE OPTIMIZING CONTROLLER CAPABLE OF OPERATING ONE OF A PLURALITY OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF HVACR SYSTEMS

AERIS ENVIRONMENTAL LTD

1. A method for reducing the energy usage of a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) system having an optimizing controller capable of operating the HVACR system and at least one evaporator coil, the optimizing controller including:a communications section for communicating with at least one remote controller terminal; and
a control section operatively associated with the HVACR system for selectively activating or deactivating the at least one evaporator coil based on one or more settings received from the at least one remote controller terminal via the communications section;
wherein the method comprises providing a coil treatment to the at least one evaporator coil, such that the use of the controller in conjunction with the coil treatment reduces the energy usage of the HVACR system by over 15%;
wherein the coil treatment comprises:
i) a first enzymic cleaning step comprising contacting the coil with an enzymic cleaning solution to provide a cleaned coil; and
ii) a second step comprising coating the cleaned coil with a biostatic polymeric coating;
wherein the enzymic cleaning solution comprises one or more of a protease, amylase, cellulase or lipase.

US Pat. No. 11,029,050

INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A USER TERMINAL AND AN AIR CONDITIONER USING SOCIAL COMMUNICATION MEDIA APPLICATIONS

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. An air-conditioning terminal comprising a processor and memory, wherein the processor and memory are configured to:facilitation communication, via a social communication media module, wherein a user is registered as a first registered user in the social communication media module, wherein the air-conditioning interactive terminal is configured such that the user realizes interactive communication between the first registered user and a second registered user corresponding to one or more air conditioners based on the social communication media module, wherein the second registered user is correspondingly registered by the air conditioners in the social communication media module;
wherein the interactive communication between the first registered user and the second registered user is provided directly from the first registered user to the second registered via the social communication media module;
wherein the air-conditioning interactive terminal is configured such that the first registered user requests to interactively communicate with the second registered user based on the social communication media module;
wherein content interactively communicable between the first registered user and the second registered user is defined by the type of interactive communication between the first registered user and the second registered user;
wherein when the first registered user is in a type of ordinary interactive communication with the second registered user, the content interactively communicable between the first registered user and the second registered user comprises:
device nameplate information and/or operation state information of a queried air conditioner and first query result information returned correspondingly; and/or
an air-conditioning end control instruction and air-conditioning end control result information returned correspondingly;
wherein when the first registered user is in a type of special interactive communication with the second registered user, the content interactively communicable between the first registered user and the second registered user comprises:
a maintenance schedule for a queried air conditioner and second query result information returned correspondingly; and/or
an air-conditioning host control instruction and air-conditioning host control result information returned correspondingly; and/or
an air-conditioning end control instruction and air-conditioning end control result information returned correspondingly; and/or
maintenance state information of the air-conditioner.

US Pat. No. 11,029,049

COLLABORATIVE ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Rensselaer Polytechnic In...

1. A collaborative energy management system for a multi-zone space, comprising:at least one computing device in communication with an HVAC system and including computer readable program instructions that comprise:
an adaptive learning system that collects environment data from a plurality of environment sensors located throughout the multi-zone space and generates a correlation model that correlates historical environment data with HVAC settings;
an optimization system that utilizes the correlation model and a consensus algorithm, the consensus algorithm incorporating a usage reporting system and energy usage goals, the optimization system configured to periodically generate new HVAC settings for application by the HVAC system for the multi-zone space, and the usage reporting system generating an individualized pricing signal for each of a plurality of occupants based on inputted preferences received from each of the plurality of occupants within the multi-zone space,
wherein the usage reporting system generates the individualized pricing signal for each of the plurality of occupants by utilizing a discomfort cost incurred to the set of co-occupants due to the inputted preference of a selected occupant and an incremental energy cost to the multi-zone space to accommodate the inputted preference of the occupant;
wherein the discomfort cost is calculated by summing the values of a set of discomfort functions, each function corresponding to an occupant in the set of co-occupants, wherein each discomfort function is a relationship between the corresponding occupant's level of discomfort and an ambient temperature, and wherein each of the discomfort function values used in the discomfort cost results from the inputted preference of the corresponding selected occupant;
wherein the individualized pricing signal generated for each occupant is transmitted to that occupant.

US Pat. No. 11,029,048

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONFIGURING AND COMMUNICATING WITH HVAC DEVICES

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. An actuator comprising:a motor configured to operatively couple to a fluid control valve of an HVAC system;
a processing circuit comprising a processor and memory, wherein the processing circuit is configured to operate the motor according to a control program stored in the memory, wherein the memory is configured to store a plurality of configuration parameters usable by the control program to operate the actuator; and
a wireless transceiver configured to facilitate near field communication (NFC) between the actuator and an external device;
wherein the wireless transceiver is configured to use power drawn from an NFC signal to wirelessly transmit data regarding operation of the actuator to the external device via NFC;
wherein the data wirelessly transmitted from the actuator to the external device using the power drawn from the NFC signal includes at least one of the plurality of configuration parameters.

US Pat. No. 11,029,047

EVAPORATING ASSEMBLY AND HUMIDIFIER

BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOF...

1. An evaporating assembly, comprising:a fixing shaft; and
at least two evaporating bodies, each of the evaporating bodies is provided with a mounting hole and at least one group of limiting portions, wherein
each of the evaporating bodies is detachably mounted on to the fixing shaft via the mounting hole, and the limiting portions on every two of the evaporating bodies that are adjacent to each other are abuttingly mated so that a first gap is formed between every two of the adjacent evaporating bodies,
the mounting hole is a polygonal through hole,
the fixing shaft is a prism with a sectional shape corresponding to a shape of the polygonal through hole,
the limiting portions include at least one group of abutting ribs,
each group of the abutting ribs is arranged uniformly along a circumference concentric to the mounting hole, and
a number of sides of the polygonal through hole corresponds to a number of abutting ribs in one group of the abutting ribs.

US Pat. No. 11,029,046

LOW-COST INDOOR TEMPERATURE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A method of cooling an indoor region, the method comprising:acquiring a collection of materials to build an indoor cooling system, wherein the collection of materials includes aluminum beverage cans, a first flexible hose having opposed open ends, and a fan;
forming a hole in the ground beneath the indoor region;
cutting tops and bottoms away from the aluminum beverage cans;
coupling the aluminum beverage cans together in series to form first and second elongated airflow passages having opposed open ends, wherein air forced into one open end flows through an airflow passage and exits at the opposed open end;
coupling a first flexible hose to a first open end of the first elongated airflow passage and to a first open end of the second elongated airflow passage, wherein air forced into the second open end of the first elongated airflow passage flows through the first elongated airflow passage, the first flexible hose, and the second elongated airflow passage, and exits at the second open end of the second elongated airflow passage;
adjusting the first flexible hose so that the first elongated airflow passage is about parallel to the second elongated airflow passage and the first flexible hose forms a U-shape between the first and second elongated airflow passages to create an overall U-shaped airflow passage with both second open ends forming an inlet and an outlet to the overall U-shaped airflow passage that are arranged in about the same directional orientation;
inserting the overall U-shaped airflow passage into the hole so that the inlet and outlet are elevated out of the hole and into the indoor region; and
operating the fan to force air at a first temperature through the inlet while the overall U-shaped airflow passage is in the hole, wherein the air is cooled geothermally as it travels through the overall U-shaped airflow passage and exits the outlet at a second temperature that is lower than the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 11,029,045

HEAT-PUMP DRIVEN DESICCANT REGENERATION

Alliance for Sustainable ...

1. A method comprising:removing a moisture from a first air stream using a desiccant to absorb the moisture;
operating a heat pump comprising a refrigerant stream circulating through an evaporator, a compressor, a valve, and a condenser;
routing the desiccant that is diluted with the moisture through the condenser to heat the desiccant and evaporate the moisture;
collecting the evaporated moisture using a second air stream also routed through the condenser; and
depositing the evaporated moisture in the evaporator by routing the second air stream through the evaporator.

US Pat. No. 11,029,044

HIGH VOLUME AIR STREAM WATER RECOVERY SYSTEM

UNITED STATES of AMERICA ...

1. A water recovery apparatus comprised of: a component for generating a moving air stream with sufficient speed, pressure, and volume to transmit heat and water vapor; a waste heat component for heating said moving air stream; a a heat conduit 12 coupled to a detachable drying chamber 14 having an open surface and containing a quantity of waste material having a recoverable water content, said waste material selected from the group consisting of waste, waste water, brine, sludge or other waste materials having recoverable water content, wherein said waste material forms a heating interface with said moving air stream; said drying chamber being coupled to an evaporation chamber 16 for utilizing aid waste heat to efficiently extract water from said waste material without losing heat to the environment, a cooling interface to reduce the temperature of said moving air stream as said moving air stream moves across said cooling interface; and a condensate collection area wherein said apparatus can recover water using less than 40 watt-hours of energy per gallon.

US Pat. No. 11,029,043

COMPACT FAN AND AIR CONDITIONER ASSEMBLY

1. A split fan and air conditioner assembly, comprising:a compressor unit; and
a ceiling fan unit being separate from said compressor unit and being configured to be mounted in a stationary manner below a ceiling of a room, said ceiling fan unit including an evaporator core communicating with said compressor unit in an air conditioning circuit for producing a quantity of cold air, and said ceiling fan unit having a hub being an air distribution chamber and fan blades configured to rotate about said hub;
said ceiling fan unit including a lower enclosure covering said hub and a resilient barrier with bristles preventing cool air from escaping from said hub;
said fan blades having channels receiving said quantity of cold air and said fan blades having vents communicating with said channels for distributing said quantity of cold into the environment as said fan blades rotate.

US Pat. No. 11,029,042

INDOOR UNIT FOR HEAT PUMP USE APPARATUS AND HEAT PUMP USE APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An indoor unit for a heat pump use apparatus, the indoor unit being a part of the heat pump use apparatus comprising a refrigerant circuit configured to circulate refrigerant, a heat medium circuit configured to allow a heat medium to flow through the heat medium circuit, and a heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between the refrigerant and the heat medium, the indoor unit being connectable to an outdoor unit accommodating the refrigerant circuit and the heat exchanger, the indoor unit accommodating a part of the heat medium circuit,the indoor unit comprising:
a pressure protection device connected to the heat medium circuit;
an on-off device provided to be interposed between the heat medium circuit and the pressure protection device; and
a controller configured to control the on-off device,
the controller being configured to open and close the on-off device on a basis of information acquired from the outdoor unit.

US Pat. No. 11,029,041

ON-DEMAND HOT WATER REPURPOSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A valve comprising:a first input port adapted to receive a first flow of fluid;
a second input port adapted to receive a second flow of fluid;
an outlet port adapted to allow an output of fluid;
a valve member adapted to move between a first position and a second position, said valve member in said first position adapted to allow said first input port to be in fluid communication with said outlet port, said valve member in said second position adapted to allow only said second input port to be in fluid communication with said outlet port;
and a thermal actuator positioned to detect a temperature of only said first flow of fluid such that said valve member is adapted to be in said first position or said second position based on said temperature of only said first flow of fluid; wherein said valve member is adapted to be in said first position when said temperature of said first flow of fluid is below a predetermined threshold; and wherein said valve member is adapted to switch to said second position when said temperature of said first flow of fluid reaches said predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 11,029,040

HEATING SYSTEM INCLUDING A REFRIGERANT BOILER

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. A heating system comprising:a refrigerant boiler including a heat source for heating a refrigerant from a liquid state to a vapor state, a boiler outlet and a boiler inlet, a first section and a second section arranged in counterflow manner with respect to flue gas flow from the boiler:
a heat exchanger in fluid communication with the refrigerant boiler, the heat exchanger including an upper manifold having a heat exchanger inlet coupled to the boiler outlet, a lower manifold having a heat exchanger outlet coupled to the boiler inlet and a plurality of tubes connecting the upper manifold and the lower manifold, wherein refrigerant passes from the upper manifold to the lower manifold via gravity;
a liquid-vapor separator positioned between the first section and the second section, a vapor portion of the liquid-vapor separator being coupled to an inlet of the heat exchanger, a liquid portion of the liquid-vapor separator being coupled to an inlet of the first section;
a fan moving air over the heat exchanger to define supply air for a space to be heated;
a first valve downstream of the boiler and upstream of the heat exchanger controlling flow of vapor refrigerant to the heat exchanger inlet;
a second valve downstream of the heat exchanger and upstream of the boiler controlling flow of liquid refrigerant to the boiler inlet;
and a controller for selectively opening and closing the first valve and second valve to control flow of refrigerant between the boiler and heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 11,029,039

HEATING AND HOT WATER SUPPLYING DEVICE

NORITZ CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A heating and hot water supplying device comprising:a combustion means;
a heat exchanger;
a circulation passage which connects the heat exchanger with an external heating terminal;
a circulation pump which is provided in the circulation passage;
a bypass passage which branches from the circulation passage and bypasses the heating terminal;
a heat exchanger for hot water supply which is provided in the bypass passage;
a water supply passage which supplies tap water to the heat exchanger for hot water supply;
a hot water supply passage which supplies hot water heated by the heat exchanger for hot water supply at a preset hot water supply temperature;
a control unit which controls operations comprising a heating operation and a hot water supplying operation;
an operation terminal which is connected with the control unit to be able to communicate with the control unit and performs various operations; and
an external air temperature sensor which detects an external air temperature,
wherein a distribution valve is provided in a branching portion of the bypass passage, the distribution valve is able to adjust a distribution ratio so that each of the heating operation, the hot water supplying operation, and a simultaneous heating and hot water supplying operation is possible, and a prohibit switch which prohibits the simultaneous heating and hot water supplying operation is provided at the operation terminal, and
wherein when the external air temperature detected by the external air temperature sensor is equal to or higher than a predetermined reference temperature, an operation of the prohibit switch is invalidated.

US Pat. No. 11,029,038

MAGNETIC APPLIANCE SHELF AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

1. A kit for a support structure for releasable attachment to an appliance, the kit comprising:a. a support structure consisting of a single piece of a rigid material, the support structure consisting of a planar support surface, a first lip disposed along one edge of the support surface and a second lip disposed along an edge of the support surface opposite the first lip, wherein the first lip and the second lip extend in opposite directions and in different planes relative to the support surface; and
b. at least one magnet disposed on the support surface and engageable with a complementary surface of the appliance,
wherein at least one of the first lip or the second lip extends outwardly from the support surface in a direction generally perpendicular to the complementary surface.

US Pat. No. 11,029,037

RUBBER FOOT FOR A HEATABLE METAL DEVICE

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A rubber foot for a heatable or heated metal device, the rubber foot comprising:a shaft forming an upper part of said rubber foot, the shaft including a cylindrical body and being provided for inserting into a hole in a bottom of the metal device along a symmetry axis of said cylindrical body,
a head forming a lower part of said rubber foot, the head being provided for a position below the hole in the bottom of the metal device when the shaft is inserted in said hole, the head having a diameter bigger than a diameter of the shaft, and
at least one wing enclosing at least partially the cylindrical body of the shaft, the at least one wing formed by at least one ring enclosing the cylindrical body of the shaft or the at least one wing formed by at least one ring enclosing the cylindrical body of the shaft and subdivided by at least one recess,
wherein the rubber foot, with the shaft, the head and the at least one wing, is formed as a single-piece part,
wherein an upper side of the head from which the shaft extends is concave and includes an inner curvature and an outer curvature, and
wherein the inner curvature has a smaller radius of curvature than the outer curvature.

US Pat. No. 11,029,036

INTERLOCKING DOOR FRAME ASSEMBLY FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A door assembly for providing selective access to a chamber of an appliance, the door assembly comprising:a first frame member defining an alignment recess, the alignment recess defined at least in part by a front locating surface and a side locating surface;
a second frame member defining a locking protrusion having a front seating face and a side seating face, wherein the front seating face and the side seating face are separated by a face angle measured within a horizontal plane, the face angle being between about 60 and 120 degrees, the locking protrusion configured for receipt within the alignment recess; and
a mechanical fastener engaging the second frame member to urge the front seating face and the side seating face of the second frame member into engagement with the front locating surface and the side locating surface, respectively, of the first frame member.

US Pat. No. 11,029,035

OVEN

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. An oven comprising:a cabinet that defines a cooking space and that defines an opening at a front of the cabinet;
a door configured to rotate relative to the cabinet to open and close at least a portion of the opening at the front of the cabinet; and
a rotary hinge that is located at the front of the cabinet and that allows the door to rotate relative to the cabinet in a plurality of rotation directions,
wherein the door includes:
a door case,
a handle located at a front of the door case,
a first link configured to move in a first direction relative to the cabinet,
a second link configured to, based on movement of the first link in the first direction, move in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction, and
an operation unit that is located at the handle, that is configured to cause the first link to move relative to the cabinet, and that is configured to pass through the door case to press the first link, and
wherein the door is configured to rotate in a first rotation direction among the plurality of rotation directions based on movement of the first link relative to the cabinet.

US Pat. No. 11,029,034

LOCKING MECHANISM AND COOKING MACHINE

PANASONIC APPLIANCES MICR...

1. A locking mechanism for a control panel of a cooking machine to control a door-opening button of the cooking machine, the door-opening button being provided with a door-opening member for opening a door of the cooking machine, wherein the locking mechanism comprises:a locked state and an unlocked state, wherein the locking mechanism is selectively switchable between the locked state, in which the door cannot be opened even if the door-opening button is pressed in the locked state, and the unlocked state, in which the door can be opened if the door-opening button is pressed in the unlocked state;
a position-limiting member; and
an eject pin which comprises a paddle and a guide, wherein the paddle is engaged or disengaged with the guide when the eject pin is pressed, and wherein the position-limiting member is movable in a direction orthogonal to a movement direction of the door-opening member by movement of the eject pin.

US Pat. No. 11,029,033

COOKER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A cooker comprising:an oven having a cooking chamber;
a cooktop assembly located over the oven and configured to heat a container configured to accommodate food therein, the cooktop assembly comprising
first and second frames coupled to each other, the first frame being formed from a first sheet and having an upper portion, the second frame being formed from a second sheet and having an upper portion, and
a top plate seated on the upper portions of the first and second frames,
wherein the first frame includes a front surface and side surfaces of the cooktop assembly and the second frame includes a rear surface of the cooktop assembly and a flange, and
wherein an end of at least one of the side surfaces of the first frame and the flange of the second frame are welded together to form a support for the top plate.

US Pat. No. 11,029,032

STOVE

Dometic Sweden AB, Solna...

1. A stove, comprising:an appliance housing configured to be positioned within an opening in a cabinet arrangement;
a pan having a plurality of burners;
a front facing control panel, having a plurality of valve controls adjacent to said front facing control panel;
an end cap disposed near at least one end of the control panel, said end cap having an opening;
wherein in one configuration, said opening can receive an edge of a countertop and in a second configuration, said opening may be closed with a plate for a flush fit of said edge of said countertop or the cabinet arrangement;
a first arm and a second arm extending from a rear surface of said plate; and,
at least one connector to retain said plate in said second configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,029,031

TAPERED PANEL RAIL

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A heat shield panel for use in a gas turbine engine combustor, comprising:a hot side;
a cold side spaced from the hot side; and
a rail disposed about a periphery of the cold side, the rail including a first rail member having a first length extending along the panel, a first height extending from the cold side, and a first thickness that varies along the first length,
wherein the first rail member extends in a first direction along the first length and wherein the first thickness varies continuously in a second direction, orthogonal to the first direction, along the first length, from a nominal thickness, located proximate a first end of the heat shield panel, to a maximum thickness, greater than the nominal thickness, located intermediate the first end and a second end of the heat shield panel, and from the maximum thickness, located intermediate the first end and the second end, to the nominal thickness located proximate the second end of the heat shield panel.

US Pat. No. 11,029,030

DUCTING ARRANGEMENT WITH INJECTOR ASSEMBLIES CONFIGURED TO FORM A SHIELDING FLOW OF AIR INJECTED INTO A COMBUSTION STAGE IN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

1. An injector assembly disposed in a combustion stage of a combustion turbine engine, the combustion stage fluidly coupled to receive a cross-flow of combustion products, the injector assembly comprising:a reactant-guiding structure comprising an inner wall and an outer wall, the reactant-guiding structure arranged to convey a flow of fuel/air mixture to admix with the cross-flow of combustion products; and
a passageway defined between the inner wall and the outer wall, the passageway comprising an inlet side and an outlet side, the inner wall circumferentially wrapping around the outer wall at the inlet side, the passageway configured to inject a flow of air arranged to condition interaction of the flow of fuel/air mixture with the cross-flow of combustion products.

US Pat. No. 11,029,029

FUEL INJECTOR HEAT EXCHANGER ASSEMBLY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A fuel injector assembly, the fuel injector assembly comprising:a body defining an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein the body comprises:
a plurality of walls in concentric arrangement, wherein the plurality of walls defines a plurality of passages, wherein the plurality of passages comprises a first passage surrounded by a second passage, and further wherein the plurality of walls defines a third passage surrounding the second passage, wherein each passage is fluidly segregated from one another by the plurality of walls;
a first conduit wall defined through the body from the outer surface and extending radially through the third passage to the second passage, wherein the first conduit wall defines a first conduit in fluid communication with the second passage, and wherein the first conduit wall fluidly segregates the first conduit from the third passage, wherein the first conduit is configured to admit a flow of fluid from outside the fuel injector into the second passage; and
a second conduit wall defined through the body from the outer surface and extending radially through the third passage, wherein the second conduit wall defines a second conduit in fluid communication with the second passage, and wherein the second conduit wall fluidly segregates the second conduit from the third passage.

US Pat. No. 11,029,028

GAS TURBINE ANNULAR COMBUSTOR ARRANGEMENT

1. A combustor arrangement, the combustor arrangement being annular and being arranged about an axis, the axis defining an axial direction, comprising:an annular combustion chamber;
an annular housing that houses a plurality of burners and the annular combustion chamber;
the plurality of burners arranged circumferentially about the axis inside the annular housing;
an annular space being defined between the annular housing, the plurality of burners and the annular combustion chamber, the annular space arranged to guide a compressed fluid;
a plurality of stiffening plates, each arranged within the annular housing, wherein two adjacent ones of the plurality of burners are separated by one of the stiffening plates;
a combustor separating wall arrangement separating the annular space from the annular combustion chamber and providing openings for the plurality of burners;
further plates extending into the annular space;
wherein the stiffening plates are arranged angled to, and connected to the combustor separating wall arrangement and two boundary walls of the annular housing, and the further plates,
wherein the combustor separating wall arrangement comprises:
the openings which each hold a tip region of a respective burner of the plurality of burners;
a heat shield with cooling holes, the cooling holes arranged for guiding the compressed fluid into the combustion chamber;
an impingement plate parallel to the heat shield and defining a cooling cavity between the heat shield and the impingement plate, the impingement plate comprising further holes for impingement cooling of the heat shield, wherein the further holes are arranged to be supplied with the compressed fluid from the annular space,
further comprising burner rings each being located inside one of the openings of the combustor separating wall arrangement, each of the burner rings having a through-hole into which the tip region of the respective burner is mounted,
wherein the stiffening plates and the impingement plate are connected fixedly to another; and
wherein the impingement plate is slidably locked to each of the burner rings and to the heat shield.

US Pat. No. 11,029,027

DILUTION/EFFUSION HOLE PATTERN FOR THICK COMBUSTOR PANELS

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A combustor panel, comprising:a dilution hole;
a plurality of film cooling holes, wherein each of the film cooling holes in the plurality of film cooling holes comprise an inlet and an outlet, wherein the outlet is defined by a major axis and a minor axis, wherein the major axis is longer than the minor axis;
a first group of the plurality of film cooling holes arranged circumferentially about the dilution hole, the first group of the plurality extending to encircle an upstream side and a downstream side of the dilution hole, wherein the major axis of each of the outlets of the film cooling holes of the first group are oriented radially toward a center of the dilution hole; and
a second group of the plurality of film cooling holes arranged radially, with respect to the center of the dilution hole, outward of the first group and relatively circumferentially between the first group,
wherein each of the first group of the plurality of film cooling holes and the second group of the plurality of film cooling holes comprise more than one film cooling hole,
wherein each of the outlets of the film cooling holes of the first group have a first outlet angle, defined in a plane perpendicular to the centerline of the dilution hole, between the major axis of the outlet and a radius extending from the centerline of the dilution hole to the point of intersection of the major axis and the minor axis of the outlet, wherein the first outlet angle is not more than 25° away from the radius extending from the centerline of the dilution hole,
wherein each of the outlets of the second group of the plurality of film cooling holes are arranged in an arcuate segment extending about the center of the dilution hole and downstream thereof,
wherein each of the outlets of the film cooling holes of the second group having a second outlet angle, defined in a plane perpendicular to the centerline of the dilution hole, between the major axis of the outlet and a tangent, at the point of intersection of the major axis and the minor axis of the outlet, to the radius extending from the centerline of the dilution hole to the point of intersection of the major axis and the minor axis of the outlet, wherein the second outlet angle is not more than 25° away from the tangent.

US Pat. No. 11,029,026

FLARE TIP ASSEMBLY

1. A flare tip assembly comprising:an elongated nozzle having a distal end and a proximal end, the proximal end adapted to be coupled to a flare stack, the distal end providing a seat for a tip, the tip comprising multiple orifices; and
a rod extending along a longitudinal axis of and within the nozzle, the rod having a first end and a second end, the first end is coupled to the tip and the second end is coupled to a spring, the spring biases the tip against the seat;
wherein as a fuel gas mixture flows into the proximal end of the nozzle and through the orifices, and as pressure and flow rate of the fuel gas mixture increase, the tip begins to lift to form an annular orifice between the tip and the seat in order to accommodate the pressure and flow rate increases.

US Pat. No. 11,029,025

COMBUSTIBLE WASTE INJECTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

Taiheiyo Cement Corporati...

1. A combustible waste injection device which can be attached to a cement kiln burner device having at least one air flow channel in an inner side of a powdered-solid-fuel flow channel, the combustible waste injection device comprising:a combustible waste flow channel which is arranged in an inner side of the air flow channel in an innermost shell, is installed in parallel to an axial direction of the cement kiln burner device and is provided for feeding a combustible waste flow,
wherein the combustible waste flow channel has an inclined surface formed near the injection port, the inclined surface having a rising slope toward the injection port in such a manner that a combustible waste flow channel width in a vertical direction is narrowed toward the injection port with a combustible waste flow channel width in a horizontal direction being maintained.

US Pat. No. 11,029,024

PYROLYSIS RETORT METHODS AND APPARATUS

1. A pyrolysis apparatus comprising an outer retort structure constructed at least partially of a sheet of a high thermal conductivity metal directly affixed, at a first side of the sheet of the high thermal conductivity metal, to a framework of a high temperature strength metal, the framework of high temperature strength metal having openings there through; and wherein the first side of the sheet of the high thermal conductivity metal is exposed through the openings, wherein the sheet of the high thermal conductivity metal is explosively welded to the framework of the high temperature strength metal.

US Pat. No. 11,029,023

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING FLAME EFFECT

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A system, comprising:a fuel source having a first fuel tank configured to store a first fuel having a first chemical composition and a second fuel tank configured to store a second fuel having a second chemical composition different than the first chemical composition;
a nested nozzle assembly, comprising:
an outer nozzle defining an outer flow path; and
an inner nozzle having a wall defining an inner flow path, wherein at least a portion of the inner nozzle is nested within at least an additional portion of the outer nozzle such that the outer flow path of the outer nozzle is defined by an outer surface of the wall of the inner nozzle;
a burner configured to ignite the first fuel, the second fuel, or both to generate a flame effect downstream from the nested nozzle assembly with respect to a flow of the first fuel, the second fuel, or both;
at least one actuator operatable to fluidly couple the first fuel tank with the nested nozzle assembly, the second fuel tank with the nested nozzle assembly, or both;
an automation controller configured to control operation of the at least one actuator; and
at least one input device configured to provide data to the automation controller indicative of one or more environmental factors affecting an aesthetic of the flame effect, wherein the automation controller is configured to control operation of the at least one actuator based on the data.

US Pat. No. 11,029,022

TORCHES, TORCH ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS FOR IGNITING FUEL

John Michael Berard, Ral...

1. A torch assembly for igniting a target fuel, the torch assembly comprising:a torch including:
an elongate wand having a handle end and an opposing forward end; and
a torch head located on the forward end of the wand, the torch head having a central axis and including:
an outer surface;
a combustion chamber; and
a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart jet channels fluidly connecting the combustion chamber to the outer surface;
wherein the torch head is configured such that, when a pressurized flow of a gaseous torch fuel is supplied to the combustion chamber and ignited, a flame is generated in the combustion chamber and is forced outwardly from the combustion chamber through each of the jet channels as a respective flame jet, and each jet channel directs its respective flame jet forwardly and radially outwardly from the outer surface at an acute angle to the central axis.

US Pat. No. 11,029,021

METHOD FOR OPERATING A STEAM GENERATION SYSTEM

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for operating a steam generation system having at least one boiler, the method comprising:conducting a fuel analysis of a solid fuel and anticipating at least one operation characteristic of the steam generation system at the time when a specific partial quantity of solid fuel is combusted in the furnace of the boiler of the steam generation system; and
determining at least one adapted setpoint of at least one operation parameter of the steam generation system to counteract and/or remedy changes of the at least one anticipated operation characteristic caused by the fuel composition of the specific solid fuel partial quantity,
wherein the at least one operation parameter for which an adapted setpoint is determined comprises one or more of:
the boiler exit temperature of the flue gas dependent on an expected sulfuric acid dew point in the flue gas,
the duration and/or frequency of operation of sootblowers and/or water blowers,
at least one of an overall air-to-fuel ratio in the furnace, a local air-to-fuel ratio in the furnace, thermal load distribution between different burner levels, and/or burner tilt angles, and
a mass flow (m1, m2) ratio at which fuel from two different partial amounts of fuel are provided to the furnace of the boiler.

US Pat. No. 11,029,020

OXY-COMBUSTION PROCESS WITH MODULAR BOILER DESIGN

Washington University, S...

1. A modular boiler system for implementing fuel combustion, the system comprising:an oxygen stream configured to provide oxygen to a plurality of boilers;
a fuel stream configured to provide fuel to the plurality of boilers;
a recycled flue gas stream configured to provide recycled flue gas to a first boiler of the plurality of boilers;
the first boiler of the plurality of boilers configured to receive oxygen from the oxygen stream, fuel from the fuel stream, and recycled flue gas from the recycled flue gas stream; wherein the first boiler of the plurality of boilers is further configured to output a stream to a power generation cycle and an intra-system flue gas stream;
a flue gas separator configured to separate the intra-system flue gas stream into a first flue gas stream and a second flue gas stream; wherein the flue gas separator is further configured to transfer the first flue gas stream to a second boiler of the plurality of boilers and to transfer the second flue gas stream to a gas cleaning systems, wherein the second boiler of the plurality of boilers is downstream from the first boiler of the plurality of boilers, and wherein each boiler of the plurality of boilers is separately connected to the gas cleaning system; and
the second boiler of the plurality of boilers configured to receive oxygen from the oxygen stream, fuel from the fuel stream, and the first flue gas stream from the flue gas separator.

US Pat. No. 11,029,019

CEILING FAN LIGHT AND FAN CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

CHIEN LUEN INDUSTRIES CO....

1. A system for controlling a ceiling fan light, comprising:a ceiling fan with a light;
a remote control for controlling light to the ceiling fan;
a wall switch having an on and an off state, wherein the wall switch control will operate the ceiling fan light with or without the remote control, wherein with the wall switch in an on position, and the light is off, then toggling for switching the wall switch off and on will turn on the light, and wherein toggling includes up to approximately 10 seconds between turning the switch off and back on.

US Pat. No. 11,029,018

DIFFUSER VENT RETROFITTED INTEGRATED LIGHTING

Cardinal IP Holding, LLC,...

1. An integrated lighting system, comprising:a casing configured to detachably couple from a conventional air vent, the air vent including at least one louver, the casing containing lighting system components including:
a motion sensor configured to detect a presence of a person;
a light source; and
a processor configured to:
receive, from the motion sensor, an indication in response to the motion sensor detecting the presence of the person, and
send, to the light source, an activation signal to activate the light source in response to receiving the indication;wherein the casing includes at least one coupling mechanism for retrofit detachably coupling the casing as a self-contained unit to a portion of the conventional air vent.

US Pat. No. 11,029,017

STORAGE COMPARTMENT

RYAN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY,...

1. A storage compartment comprises:a first half shell;
a second half shell;
a separation panel;
a hinging mechanism;
a clamping mechanism;
a mirror;
a lighting assembly;
the lighting assembly comprises a light source, a power source, and a switch;
the first half shell and the second half shell each comprise a first-lengthwise edge, a structural body, and a second-lengthwise edge;
the first-lengthwise edge being positioned opposite the second-lengthwise edge across the structural body;
the first-lengthwise edge of the first half shell being hingedly connected to the first-lengthwise edge of the second half shell with the hinging mechanism;
the second-lengthwise edge of the first half shell being detachably attached along the second-lengthwise edge of the second half shell with the clamping mechanism;
the separation panel being mounted into the structural body of the first half shell adjacent a top edge of the first half shell;
the mirror being mounted onto a receiving surface of the separation panel;
the lighting assembly being mounted onto the receiving surface adjacent the mirror;
the power source being electrically connected to the light source through the switch;
the light source, the power source, and the switch being externally mounted onto the receiving surface adjacent the mirror;
a compartment opening;
a cover panel;
the compartment opening traversing through a receiving surface of the separation panel;
the compartment opening being positioned adjacent the mirror; and
the cover panel being hingedly connected along a lateral edge of the compartment opening.

US Pat. No. 11,029,016

LIGHTED DISPLAY SYSTEM WITH INTERCHANGEABLE COVER ELEMENT FOR A HAT

Holicap, Inc., Deerfield...

1. A light assembly for a hat, the light assembly having a changeable display element that is illuminated by the light assembly, comprising:a back plate configured to be mounted inside the hat, the back plate having:
a first side and a second side;
a plurality of conductive prongs extending from the first side;
a driver circuit board disposed on the second side that is electrically connected to at least two of the plurality of prongs;
a front housing having:
a back wall;
a sidewall extending forward from the back wall, the sidewall defining a front window and front edge at a forward perimeter of the side wall;
the sidewall and the back wall defining an interior space;
a plurality of prong receptacles formed in the interior space, each one of the prong receptacles defining a channel through the back wall that is configured to receive a corresponding one of the plurality of conductive prongs and having a conductive contact configured to make electrical contact with a received conductive prong passing into the channel;
a light circuit board disposed in the interior space adjacent the back wall and having a light emitting element disposed thereon, wherein the light emitting element is electrically connected to at least two of the prong receptacles; and
a cover retention feature at the front edge of the side wall configured to retain a cover over the window.

US Pat. No. 11,029,015

SUBMERSIBLE LIGHT FIXTURE WITH MULTILAYER STACK FOR PRESSURE TRANSFER

SEESCAN, INC., San Diego...

1. A submersible light for high pressure underwater use, comprising:an at least partially cylindrical housing shaped and sized for withstanding ambient exterior pressure at a depth of approximately 500 feet or more;
a transparent pressure bearing window positioned at a forward end of the housing having a thickness for bearing substantially all of the ambient exterior pressure at the depth of approximately 500 feet or more;
a pressure bearing window supporting structure, including a multilayered stack of substantially flat spacers of a high compressive strength material, for bearing substantially all of the loading applied to the transparent pressure bearing window at the depth of approximately 500 feet or more, mounted in the housing behind the transparent pressure bearing window;
a water-tight seal between the transparent pressure bearing window and the housing;
a circuit element configured and positioned within the housing behind the window supporting structure to bear substantially all of the pressure applied to the transparent pressure bearing window by ambient water on an exterior side of the window; and
at least one solid state light source comprising a plurality of LEDs mounted on the circuit element behind the transparent bearing window;
wherein the multilayer stack includes a window support spacer and an LED spacer positioned between the transparent pressure bearing window and the circuit element.

US Pat. No. 11,029,014

ILLUMINATOR WITH A RADIATOR

CHANGZHOU KAISEN PHOTOELE...

1. An illuminator comprising:an upper shell comprising:
an inlet portion comprising two opposite edges and at least one entrance locating between the edges;
a first connective portion extending downward from one edge of the inlet portion so that an angle is formed in-between the first connective portion and the inlet portion;
a second connective portion extending downward from another edge of the inlet portion so that an angle is formed in-between the second connective portion and the inlet portion;
a first outlet portion extending downward and inward from a lower edge of the first connective portion so that an angle is formed in-between the first outlet portion and the first connective portion, the first outlet portion comprising a row of vents facing downward;
a second outlet portion extending downward and inward from a lower edge of the second connective portion so that an angle is formed in-between the second outlet portion and the second connective portion;
a lower shell connected to the upper shell to form a tubular structure, made of thermally conductive metal, and comprising:
a substrate formed with an upper face and a lower face; and
primary radiator fins extending from the upper face of the substrate;
an LED array connected to the lower face of the substrate and comprising light-emitting diodes; and
at least one fan inserted in the tubular structure, connected to the inlet portion, and aligned with the at least one entrance,
wherein the wind is propelled into the upper shell through the at least one entrance of the inlet portion and out of the upper shell via the vents of the first outlet portion when the at least one fan is actuated,
wherein the upper shell comprises two extensive portions each of which extends from a corresponding one of the first and second outlet portions,
wherein the lower shell comprises two wings extending from two opposite sides of the substrate and connected to the extensive portions.

US Pat. No. 11,029,013

COMBINED LAMP AND ILLUMINATION SYSTEM

Opple Lighting Co., Ltd.,...

1. An assembled lamp, comprising:a first lamp and a second lamp sequentially connected,
wherein each of the first lamp and the second lamp includes a plurality of side walls, a first conductive terminal is arranged on at least one of the plurality of side walls, a row hole corresponding to the first conductive terminal is disposed on other side wall of the plurality of side walls, and a second conductive terminal is arranged in the row hole;
wherein each of the first lamp and the second a power supply bus, a light source device and a processor which are connected with the power supply bus, and a communication bus connected with the processor are arranged inside the lamp, and each of the power supply bus and the communication bus is connected with the first conductive terminal and the second conductive terminal of the lamp;
wherein the first conductive terminal of the first lamp is inserted into the row hole of the second lamp and connected with the second conductive terminal in the row hole so as to implement electrical connection and communication connection between the two adjacent lamps;
wherein the power supply bus of the first lamp receives an external voltage signal, supplies power to the processor and the light source device inside, and transmits the external voltage signal to the power supply bus of the second lamp via the conductive terminal in inserted connection with the first lamp; and the communication bus of the first lamp receives a control signal from an external main controller, and transmits the control signal onto the communication bus of the second lamp via the conductive terminal in inserted connection with the first lamp.

US Pat. No. 11,029,012

CONNECTION DEVICE FOR A LUMINAIRE

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUST...

1. A connection device for a luminaire, comprising:a housing that is intended for installation in a mounting space in a wall of a premises, said device comprising a connection socket for a luminaire and a connection zone for connection to an electrical network, wherein the housing forms an interior volume inside which members for supplying the luminaire with electrical power, members for connection between the connection socket for the luminaire and the connection zone for connection to the electrical network and a system for control and communication with a unit external to the connection device are incorporated,
wherein the system for control and communication comprises a radiofrequency communication antenna, wherein the device includes a front face that is rigidly connected to the housing and configured to protrude out of the mounting space, and wherein the antenna is installed in a zone of the device that is located in a volume delimited by the front face and protrudes out of the mounting space.

US Pat. No. 11,029,011

LAMP SOCKET CONNECTOR, LIGHTING DEVICE AND LIGHTING SYSTEM

Opple Lighting Co., Ltd.,...

1. A lamp socket connector, comprising: a docking portion, wherein the docking portion comprises:a docking port for docking a light source module;
a docking channel extending from the docking port;
at least two socket terminals in the docking channel;
a baseplate in the docking channel and a plurality of partition boards on the baseplate; and
mounting cavities formed between adjacent partition boards,
wherein the at least two socket terminals are mounted into the mounting cavities.

US Pat. No. 11,029,010

SENSOR LIGHT AND A SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING FALSE TRIGGERING OF A SENSOR

ZHEJIANG SHENGHUI LIGHTIN...

1. A sensor light, comprising:a sensor module configured to measure incoming infrared light radiated to the sensor module, and generate a trigger signal when the measured infrared light meets a preset condition;
a light emitting module configured to emit light;
a power drive circuit connected to the sensor module and the light emitting module, and configured to receive the trigger signal from the sensor module, and control the light emitting module to emit light in response to the trigger signal received from the sensor module;
a Fresnel lens configured to cover the sensor module and concentrate the incoming infrared light for the sensor module, wherein the light emitting module is located outside the Fresnel lens; and
a shielding component disposed between the sensor module and the light emitting module, and configured to shield the sensor module from radiation of infrared light generated by the light emitting module;
wherein:
the shielding component originates at a same or lower horizontal level than the sensor module, and surrounds a side of the sensor module, a horizontal level referring to a level of a plane perpendicular to an axis direction of the sensor light;
a highest horizontal level of the shielding component is greater than a highest horizontal level of the light emitting module; and
the shielding component includes a first layer covered by the Fresnel lens and a second layer that surrounds a side of the Fresnel lens.

US Pat. No. 11,029,009

DOWNLIGHT APPARATUS

XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. L...

1. A downlight apparatus, comprising:a plurality of light source circuit components;
a circuit base board, for mounting said plurality of light source circuit components, said plurality of light source circuit components electrically connected; and
an electrical connector module, provided with a standard interface structure and an input terminal structure, said input terminal structure provided with an insulation housing and a metal conductor, said metal conductor positioned through said insulation housing, and said metal conductor electrically connected to said circuit base board, said standard interface structure provided with a standard interface and connected to an external interface of a corresponding external conductor through a pluggable method, when said external interface connected with said standard interface, an external wire electrically connected to said metal conductor, and an external current provided to said plurality of light source circuit components, and said standard interface structure and said input terminal structure clamping said circuit base board from two sides of said circuit base board.

US Pat. No. 11,029,008

LIGHTING FIXTURE INCLUDING A COLOR CHANGING COMPONENT

IDEAL Industries Lighting...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:a housing;
a first light source mounted in the housing;
a second light source mounted in the housing; and
a diffuser mounted in the housing such that light emitted from the first light source is provided through the diffuser towards an area of interest, wherein the diffuser is configured such that a color of the diffuser is based on one or more characteristics of the light emitted from the first light source.

US Pat. No. 11,029,007

MULTIFUNCTIONAL FLASHLIGHT SUPPORT

1. A multifunctional flashlight support, characterized in that it comprises a base (1), a connecting rod assembly and an optical component (2), wherein, the base (1) is connected with the optical component (2) through the connecting rod assembly, a flashlight is installed in a detachable way on the base (1), and the optical component (2) abuts against the light outlet of the flashlight to serve for changing the light direction of the flashlight; the connecting rod assembly is connected in a rotatable way with the optical component (2) and the base (1) separately.

US Pat. No. 11,029,006

HOLDERS FOR A LIGHT SOURCE

L.J. Star, Incorporated, ...

1. A holder (10) for a light source (20) comprising:a first arm (100) having a first arm first end (110) and a first arm second end (120) opposite the first arm first end, said first arm first end comprising a first clip (130);
a second arm (200) having a second arm first end (210) and a second arm second end (220) opposite the second arm first end, said second arm first end comprising a second clip (230);
a pivot member (300) having a pivot member central axis (310); andwherein said first arm second end is connected to the pivot member at a first location, said second arm second end is connected to the pivot member at a second location, said first arm and said second arm are configured to pivot around the pivot member central axis, and said pivot member is configured to frictionally engage with the light source;wherein the pivot member comprises a first pivot member section (320) connected to the first arm second end at the first location, and a second pivot member section (330) connected to the second arm second end at the second location; andwherein the first pivot member section is a first cylinder having a first minor inside diameter (321A), a first major inside diameter (321B) and a first outside diameter (322), and the first location at which the first arm second end is connected to the first pivot member section is located on the first outside diameter of the first cylinder.

US Pat. No. 11,029,005

LIGHTING FIXTURE ASSEMBLED AND DISASSEMBLED QUICKLY

Dong Guan Jia Sheng Light...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:a top plate, a crossbeam, a lamp body, and a connecting member;
wherein:
the crossbeam is mounted on the top plate and includes a support portion and two fixed portions;
the support portion is arranged between the two fixed portions and has two abutting sections;
each of the two abutting sections extends upward from the support portion;
the connecting member is mounted on the lamp body and is detachably connected with the crossbeam, such that the lamp body is attached to the crossbeam by the connecting member;
the connecting member includes two locking portions;
each of the two locking portions has a middle formed with a clamping section;
the clamping section is bent inward;
each of the two locking portions is formed with a retaining section located under the clamping section;
the retaining section is bent outward;
when the connecting member is pushed toward the crossbeam, the support portion of the crossbeam passes the clamping section of the connecting member, and each of the two abutting sections is locked into and retained by the respective retaining section of the connecting member.

US Pat. No. 11,029,004

NO WRAP STRAP FOR DECORATIVE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

1. A method for holding light bulbs, the method comprising:providing a plurality of no wrap straps including a first strap and a second strap, each strap of the plurality of no wrap straps having a plurality of pairs of hanging hooks extending from a main body, each strap of the plurality of no wrap straps further having a securing element integrally attached to and extending from the main body with a plurality of securing balls arranged along a securing string;
securing the first strap along a circumference of a fixed structure by inserting the securing string in a recession between one of the plurality of pairs of hanging hooks such that two adjacent balls of the plurality of securing balls are outside the recession but next to the one of the plurality of pairs;
securing the second strap along the circumference of the fixed structure similar to the securing of the first strap, the second strap being spaced from the first strap along a length of the fixed structure;
arranging one or more string sections of a light string between the first strap and the second strap, each of the one or more string sections extending straight along the length of the fixed structure between the first strap and the second strap in a no wrap configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,029,003

DECORATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR USING LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND VEHICLE

Toshiba Hokuto Electronic...

1. A vehicle comprising:a light emitter for a vehicle, the light emitter including a light emitting device having light transmittivity and flexibility, a plurality of light emitting elements, each of the light emitting elements emitting light from a first surface thereof and a second surface thereof, and a reflection member positioned in a portion of the light emitter separated from the light emitting device by a predetermined distance,
wherein a distance between the light emitting device and the reflection member is 0 cm to 60 cm.

US Pat. No. 11,029,002

TOOLESS OPTIC COUPLINGS FOR LUMINAIRES

IDEAL INDUSTRIES LIGHTING...

1. A retention ring for coupling an optic to a luminaire comprising: radial alignment assemblies extending outward from a base, and a protrusion extending from a surface of the radial alignment assemblies for engaging a coupling assembly of the optic; and at least one radial locking assembly offset from the radial alignment assemblies, the radial locking assembly comprising a flange extending radially outward from a circumference of the retention ring and a vertical protrusion extending from the flange for passing into an aperture of the optic coupling assembly and locking rotation of the optic relative to the radial alignment assemblies.

US Pat. No. 11,029,001

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR CHANGING LIGHTING FIXTURE DIMENSIONS

RAB Lighting Inc., North...

1. An expandable high-bay lighting fixture mountable to a ceiling, comprising:an array of lighting elements configured to emit light;
a driver electrically coupled to the array of lighting elements and configured to receive power from a building's power source and supply power to the array of lighting elements to illuminate the array of lighting elements;
a high-bay driver housing including a mounting surface and housing the driver, the mounting surface configured to mount to a ceiling of the building and permit an electrical connection between the driver and the building's power source; and
a lower high-bay housing connected to the driver housing, the lower housing including a top surface and a cavity configured to receive the driver housing,
wherein the driver housing is selectively positionable in relation to the lower housing between a retracted position defined by the driver housing being received within the cavity and the driver housing's mounting surface being flush with or below the top surface of the lower housing, and an extended position defined by the mounting surface of the driver housing being extended above the top surface of the lower housing.

US Pat. No. 11,029,000

HORTICULTURAL LUMINAIRE HAVING ENDCAP WITH RECEIVING SOCKETS

Fluence Bioengineering, I...

1. A horticultural luminaire (100) for illuminating a portion of a crop having a vertical height that is measurable along an axis that is substantially vertical to ground level, the horticultural luminaire comprising:a solid-state light source (2) disposed on a substrate (4) and located within a lightsource housing (6);
a lightguide (40) having a first longitudinal edge (42) and a second longitudinal edge (48) positioned opposite the first longitudinal edge;
the lightguide having a longitudinal axis (L) extending along its length dimension, the lightguide further having a width (W) in a lateral direction along a width axis (X) perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (L);
the lightguide defining at least one emission face (44;46) extending between the first and second longitudinal edges (42, 48);
the lightguide being optically coupled to the light source at the first longitudinal edge (42), the lightguide receiving light emitted from the light source and transmitting that light therethrough to the at least one emission face (44; 46); and
at least one endcap (214) having a longitudinal extent along a height axis (H) generally transverse the longitudinal axis (L) of the lightguide and transverse to the width (W) axis (X) of the lightguide, the at least one endcap defining a lightguide-receiving socket (220) and, longitudinally adjacent thereto along the endcap height axis (H), further defining a lightsource housing-receiving socket (218);
the at least one endcap (214) being directly and immovably coupled at the lightguide-receiving socket (220) to the lightguide, and the at least one endcap (214) further being coupled at the lightsource housing-receiving socket (218) to the housing (6) of the light source (2), whereby the at least one endcap resists a separation of the lightguide away from the housing of the light source.

US Pat. No. 11,028,999

PERIMETER LUMINAIRE

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A luminaire comprising:a housing for containing a control component;
a cover connected to the housing having an outer wall, a mounting section, and a chamber including a set of heat fins in thermal communication with the mounting section;
a divider removably positioned between the housing and the cover and including a first conductor opening; and
a light assembly connected to the mounting section and operatively connected to the control component.

US Pat. No. 11,028,998

MULTI-COLOR HUNTING SPOTLIGHT

ALLPREDATORCALLS.COM, INC...

1. A multi-color spotlight, comprising:a housing;
a lens having convex forward surface and a focal point;
a plurality of light-emitting devices positioned in a single vertical geometric plane that passes through the lens focal point and through each of the plurality of light-emitting devices; and
a battery;
wherein each light-emitting device is selectively positionable to a center position beneath the lens;
wherein only the light-emitting device positioned at the center position beneath the lens is illuminated.

US Pat. No. 11,028,997

SEMI-CYLINDRICAL ILLUMINATOR

LUMINIT LLC, Torrance, C...

1. An illumination system comprising:(a) a cylindrical member comprising a top end, a middle, a bottom end, an inner surface, and an outer surface wherein the top end of the cylindrical member comprises a cone-shaped depression with a tip of the cone extending into an interior portion of the cylindrical member;
(b) a diffuser comprising a surface relief pattern on the cylindrical member or comprising a separate diffuser attachment that is adhered to the outer surface of the cylindrical member; and
(c) a semicircular member comprising an inner surface and an outer surface wherein the inner surface of the semicircular member encircles a portion of the outer surface of the cylindrical member and wherein the outer surface of the semicircular member comprises an upper angular surface and a lower angular surface that meet at an equatorial ridge.

US Pat. No. 11,028,996

LIGHT EMITTING UNIT, DISPLAY, AND LIGHTING APPARATUS

Sony Corporation

1. A light emitting unit comprising:a light source;
an optical part including a light incident surface, the light incident surface facing the light source;
a wavelength conversion member comprising a sealed tubular container containing a wavelength conversion material comprising quantum dots, the sealed tubular container being provided between the light source and the light incident surface; and
a holding member holding the wavelength conversion member at a position between the light source and the light incident surface of the optical part such that there is an empty space between the light source and the sealed tubular container,
wherein the holding member includes a first lock section and a second lock section, the first lock section being provided nearer to the light source than the optical part, the second lock section being provided nearer to the optical part than the light source, and the wavelength conversion member is fixed between the first lock section and the second lock section, a thickness of the first lock section is equal to a distance between a light emission surface of the light source and the wavelength conversion member,
wherein the holding member includes an eaves section that holds the optical part, the eaves section being disposed on an outer side of the second lock section,
wherein the holding member comprises a top face section and a bottom face section, the top face section including the first lock section, second lock section, and the eaves section, and the bottom face section including another first lock section, another second lock section, and another eaves section, and
wherein the optical part is interposed between the eaves section and the another eaves section.

US Pat. No. 11,028,995

GLAZING WITH DETACHABLE LIGHT DEVICE

PILKINGTON BRASIL LTDA., ...

1. A glazing comprising a sheet of glazing material having a first major surface and a second opposing major surface, there being a first anchoring support mounted on the sheet of glazing material, the first anchoring support being configured to engage with an electrical connector that is part of an electrically actuated device,the electrically actuated device comprising:
a circuit board; and
a first electrical connector, a second electrical connector, and at least one (a first) electrically actuated component in electrical communication with the first electrical connector and the second electrical connector, the entire first electrical connector being directly affixed on a first face of the circuit board and not supported by a second face of the circuit board opposite the first face,
the first and second electrical connectors being connectable with an electrical power supply having first and second terminals such that upon electrically connecting the first electrical connector to the first terminal of the power supply and the second electrical connector to the second terminal of the power supply, the electrical device has electrical power supplied thereto and the electrically actuated component is in an energized state, the electrically actuated component having an unenergized state when no electrical power is supplied thereto;
wherein when the first electrical connector is directly engaged with the first anchoring support,
the electrical device is releasably fixed to the sheet of glazing material such that upon bringing the first terminal of the power supply into electrical communication with the first electrical connector via the first anchoring support, and bringing the second terminal of the power supply into electrical communication with the second electrical connector, the first electrically actuated component switches from the unenergized state to the energized state; and
wherein the first anchoring support is disengageable from the first electrical connector by pulling the first electrical connector away from the first anchoring support.

US Pat. No. 11,028,994

ILLUMINATION MODULE, ILLUMINATION DEVICE, VEHICLE AND DRIVING METHOD OF ILLUMINATION DEVICE

AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION,...

1. An illumination module, comprising:a light emitting unit emitting an illumination light; and
a first liquid crystal lens arranged corresponding to the light emitting unit, wherein the first liquid crystal lens receives the illumination light and is configured to converge, diverge or deflect the illumination light; and
a second liquid crystal lens disposed between the light emitting unit and the first liquid crystal lens, wherein the second liquid crystal lens receives the illumination light from the light emitting unit, and the first liquid crystal lens receives the illumination light from the second liquid crystal lens,
wherein the second liquid crystal lens is configured to modulate a distribution of the illumination light received by the first liquid crystal lens, and
wherein a distance d between the first liquid crystal lens and the second liquid crystal
lens satisfies the following relationship wherein f1 is a focal length of the first liquid crystal lens, is the image distance of the second liquid crystal lens, l? is half of the imaging length of the second liquid crystal lens, and ? is half of the angle of the beam of the illumination light.

US Pat. No. 11,028,993

MOTOR VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED MATRIX BEAM UNIFORMITY GENERATION

Valeo North America, Inc....

1. A lamp assembly system of a vehicle comprising:a housing that is configured to incorporate together the system's constituent elements;
a cover lens;
a number of light sources that generate an array or matrix of pixel images, wherein said system addresses a problem of overlapping beam sections of the array or matrix pixel images in at least one overlap area;
a number of light diffusers which diffuse light that reaches the at least one overlap area to reduce a light intensity thereof, wherein said number of diffusers is operable in either an on or off state,
where the at least one diffuser changes a direction of the light in an on state and the at least one diffuser is transparent in the off state;
a controller that is configured to manage output of said light sources and that is also configured to control each respective diffuser,where said controller is configured to energize each respective diffuser to reduce light intensity of a related overlap projection area, where said controller is configured to not energize an associated respective diffuser when a non-illuminate condition is met, wherein said non-illuminate condition is determined by a transition that occurs along a number of sharp edges between an illuminated area and a non-illuminated area of said array or matrix of associated pixel images;wherein said controller is configured to deactivate said diffusers associated with at least one of said light sources when the associated said light source is in an “on” state and defines an edge of an unlit tunnel.

US Pat. No. 11,028,992

OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR A PIXELIZED LIGHT BEAM

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A motor vehicle light including a luminous device comprising:a pixelized light source comprising a plurality of individual light source units each forming a corresponding individual pixel in a pixelized light beam;
an optical system that is arranged to project the pixelized light beam emitted by the pixelized light source such that the individual pixels are maintained, the optical system comprising:
a first mirror arranged to collect and reflect rays of the pixelized light beam emitted by the pixelized light source,
a second mirror arranged to reflect the rays reflected by the first mirror, and
a third mirror arranged to reflect the rays reflected by the second mirror so as to correct field aberrations.

US Pat. No. 11,028,991

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE AND VEHICLE LAMP

1. A vehicle lighting device comprising:a socket;
a substrate that is provided on one end portion side of the socket;
a frame portion that is provided on the substrate;
at least one light-emitting element that is provided in a region on an inner side of the frame portion on the substrate;
a sealing portion that is provided on an inner side of the frame portion and covers the light-emitting element; and
an optical element that is provided on the sealing portion,
an arithmetic-average roughness value of a first surface on the sealing portion side in the optical element being greater than an arithmetic-average roughness value of a second surface of the optical element on a side opposite to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 11,028,990

SINGLE-PIECE OPTICAL MOTOR-VEHICLE PART COMPRISING A STRUCTURAL MODIFICATION

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. Single-piece optical vehicle part comprising:a plurality of optical waveguides each having an entrance dioptric and an exit dioptric interface;
at least one junction located along an optical path of one of said optical waveguides between two adjacent entrance dioptric interfaces and/or between two adjacent exit dioptric interfaces; and
the single-piece optical part, wherein the junction between two adjacent entrance dioptric interfaces and/or between two adjacent exit dioptric interfaces has at least one structural modification to a surface of the single-piece optical part allowing light to be absorbed and/or scattered.

US Pat. No. 11,028,989

VEHICLE HEADLIGHT DEVICE HAVING AN EJECTABLE AND REPLACEABLE LIGHTBULB ASSEMBLY

1. An ejectable headlight device for replacement of one or more lightbulb assemblies from the front of a vehicle, wherein the lightbulb assembly has one or more lightbulb pins, a replaceable electromagnetic radiation source and a replaceable lens; the device comprises:a) one or more ejectors;
b) a base that houses the one or more ejectors, said base having one or more guides for receiving the one or more lightbulb pins;
c) a release arm, at the base, that engages the one or more lightbulb pins;
d) a pivot point, at the base; wherein when the release arm is engaged, the release arm pivots about the pivot point; and
e) a pull attached to the release arm, wherein the pull engages the release arm; and
wherein when the release arm secures the one or more lightbulb pins to the base, the lightbulb assembly is in the locked position, and when the pull engages the release arm which allows the release arm to pivot about the pivot point and disengage the one or more lightbulb pins, the lightbulb assembly is in the unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 11,028,988

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND LIGHTING DEVICE

PANASONIC SEMICONDUCTOR S...

1. A light source device, comprising:a semiconductor light-emitting device which emits excitation light that is coherent; and
a wavelength conversion element which is spaced from the semiconductor light-emitting device, generates fluorescence by converting a wavelength of the excitation light emitted from the semiconductor light-emitting device, and generates scattered light by scattering the excitation light,
wherein the wavelength conversion element includes a support member, and a wavelength converter disposed on the support member,
the wavelength converter includes a first wavelength converter, and a second wavelength converter which is disposed around the first wavelength converter to surround the first wavelength converter in a top view of a surface of the support member on which the wavelength converter is disposed,
the first wavelength converter has a first surface, a second surface and a lateral surface, the second surface faces the support member, the first surface is opposite to the second surface, and the lateral surface connects the first surface to the second surface,
the wavelength conversion element includes a reflective member which covers part of at least part of the lateral surface, and
the second wavelength converter is in direct contact with part of the lateral surface.

US Pat. No. 11,028,987

DOUBLE-ROW MATRIX ILLUMINATION MODULE AND AUXILIARY ILLUMINATION METHOD THEREOF

HASCO Vision Technology C...

1. A double-row matrix illumination module, comprising:a light source, a primary optical system, and a secondary projection system;
wherein the light source includes an LED circuit board and a heat sink that are secured to each other;
wherein the primary optical system includes primary optical elements, a primary optical element mounting bracket, a primary optical element press plate, and an LED circuit board; wherein the primary optical elements are mounted on the primary optical element mounting bracket; wherein the primary optical elements comprise primary optical element A and primary optical element B; wherein the primary optical element A and the primary optical element B each comprise a row of light-incident ends, wherein each light-incident end corresponds to an LED;
wherein the secondary projection system includes a lens and a lens holder that are connected to each other by a lens collar; and the lens holder is fixedly connected to the optical element mounting bracket;
wherein the primary optical element mounting bracket comprises two rows of holes for receiving the light-incident ends of the primary optical element A and the primary optical element B,
wherein the lens holder is provided with at least one thread stud secured to the primary optical element mounting bracket; wherein the heat sink is provided with at least one through hole at the at least one thread stud; wherein the double-row matrix illumination module further comprises at least one dimming dot structure that enables the double-row matrix illumination module to adjust light vertically and horizontally.

US Pat. No. 11,028,986

SELF-POWER-GENERATING WATER OUTFLOW DEVICE WITH A LIGHT

Xiamen Lota International...

1. A self-power-generating water outflow device with a light, comprising:a water outflow terminal, comprising:
a light emitting diode (LED) light source,
a driving circuit for driving the LED light source,
a first positive electrode electrically connected to the driving circuit, and
a first negative electrode electrically connected to the driving circuit, and
a connector detachably connected to the water outflow terminal, wherein:
the connector comprises a connection housing and a self-power-generating component,
the self-power-generating component is disposed in the connection housing,
the connection housing comprises one or more second positive electrodes and one or more second negative electrodes electrically connected to the self-power-generating component, and
when the connector is connected to the water outflow terminal, the first positive electrode is in contact with the one or more second positive electrodes and the first negative electrode is in contact with the one or more second negative electrodes.

US Pat. No. 11,028,985

SURFACE MOUNTABLE SPOTLIGHT HOUSING

GLOBE ELECTRIC COMPANY IN...

1. A surface mountable spotlight comprising:a light directing housing having a rear Mounting wall,
a light emitting source in said light directing housing for emitting light out of said housing,
said rear mounting wall having a contour configuration adapted to conceal a mounting opening formed in a support sheet material behind which is located an electrical connection to a power source,
an electrical connector in a rear, surface of said rear mounting wall,
retention means secured to said rear surface of said rear mounting wall adapted for removable attachment of said rear mounting wall against an outer surface of said support sheet material, and
a junction box adapted for connection to said power source and having an electrical cable to connect to said electrical connector to supply power to said light emitting source.

US Pat. No. 11,028,984

LIGHTED REINFORCED LANDSCAPE STRUCTURE

1. A landscape assembly comprising:a plurality of curbing sections, each curbing section including:
a front surface and a rear surface forming an interior cavity;
a plurality of supports positioned within the interior cavity and providing vertical and radial support to the front and rear surfaces;
a channel integral with the rear surface and extending along an entire length of the curbing section;
a first end wall connected to a first terminating end of the front and rear surfaces;
a second end wall connected to a second terminating end of the front and rear surfaces, the first and second end walls enclosing the interior cavity;
a plurality of spikes extending substantially downward from the curbing section; and
each of the plurality of curbing sections having a set of interlocking engagement features comprising: a first interlocking engagement feature and a second interlocking engagement feature disposed on the first and second end walls, respectively, said set of interlocking engagement features being configured to interlock one of the plurality of curbing sections with an immediately adjacent curbing section.

US Pat. No. 11,028,983

DOWNLIGHT APPARATUS

XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. L...

1. A downlight apparatus, comprising:a light source plate mounted with a first set of LED chips and a second set of LED chips, the color temperature of the first set of LED chips being different from the second set of LED chips;
a driver box with a top driver box and a bottom driver box for containing a driver plate mounted with a driver circuit for receiving a color temperature setting to adjust a light ratio between the first set of LED chips and the second set of LED chips, the top driver box comprising a thin hole and a sliding groove;
a switch button with a switch socket, wherein the switch button has a button top with only grooves on a surface of a button plate for a user to operate;
a switch unit mounted on the driver plate with a lever protruding upwardly inserting into the switch socket, the switch button being disposed on a top side of the top driver box and the switch unit being disposed on a bottom side of the top driver box, the switch button being capable of sliding along the sliding groove limiting by the thin hole,
wherein a position of the switch button with respect to the sliding groove causes the driver circuit to generate a corresponding driving ratio to the first set of LED chips and the second set of LED chips, wherein the driver circuit comprises a PWM controller for adjusting a first duty ratio of the first LED chips and a second duty ratio of the second LED chips to change a mixed color temperature of the first set of LED chips and the second set of LED chips, wherein summation of the first duty ratio and the second duty ratio is 100%, wherein when the first set of LED chips are turned on, the second set of LED chips are turned off, wherein the driver circuit comprises a wireless circuit, an external command from an external device is sent to the wireless circuit to disable a function of the switch unit, wherein when the switch unit is disabled, a position change of the switch button does not change the corresponding driving ratio of the first set of LED chips and the second set of LED chips.

US Pat. No. 11,028,982

ADJUSTABLE LIGHTING ASSEMBLY WITH HANGAR BARS

DMF, Inc., Carson, CA (U...

1. A recessed lighting installation assembly, comprising:a junction box having a cavity to contain a lighting system together with electrical wires that provide a connection to a building mains voltage from an electrical system of a building for connecting to the lighting system, wherein:
the junction box is required by at least one applicable building or safety code to contain and allow access to the connection to the building mains voltage;
the building mains voltage is one of 120 V AC or 277 V AC; and
the cavity of the junction box has a size in compliance with the at least one applicable building or safety code; and
a plurality of telescoping hangar bars coupled to the junction box to hold the junction box in a wall or a ceiling in the building, each telescoping hangar bar of the plurality of telescoping hangar bars being extendible and/or retractable to vary a length of each telescoping hangar bar,
wherein:
a position of the junction box is adjustable along at least a portion of the length of each telescoping hangar bar; and
the recessed lighting installation assembly does not include a can, separate from the junction box, to contain the lighting system.

US Pat. No. 11,028,981

AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTING DEVICE AND LIGHTING SYSTEM

Lumileds LLC, San Jose, ...

1. A lighting device for an automotive application, the lighting device comprising:a plurality of lighting elements, each lighting element of the lighting elements comprising at least one or more light emitting diodes, the lighting elements arranged in a row to form a luminous band and divided into groups including a first group and a second group, each group of the groups including two or more lighting elements of the lighting elements electrically connected in series on separate, directly adjacent boards, a first lighting element of a group directly electrically connected by more than one electrical wire to a second lighting element of the group, the lighting elements of each of the groups electrically connected in series by a ground wire; and
a first connector for connecting the lighting device to a single lighting driver by first, second, and third pins, the first pin electrically connected to only the first group by a first wire, the second pin electrically connected to only the second group by a second wire, and the third pin electrically connected to both the first and second groups by the ground wire.

US Pat. No. 11,028,979

LIGHTING SOURCE USING SOLID STATE EMITTER AND PHOSPHOR MATERIALS

Rensselaer Polytechnic In...

1. A light-emitting apparatus comprising:a base;
a first semiconductor radiation emitting diode disposed on the base, and having a top surface, a side wall, and a width smaller than that of the base; and
a phosphor structure comprising a first portion with a first phosphor material therein and a second portion with a second phosphor material therein, the first portion and the second portion being separated from each other,
wherein the first portion has a first end proximal the first semiconductor radiation emitting diode and a second end distal the first semiconductor radiation emitting diode, the proximal end having a width smaller than a width of the distal end, and the second portion is centrally located at the distal end as measured along the width of the distal end, and
wherein the first semiconductor radiation emitting diode is configured to emit a primary light which is converted into a forward transferred down-converted radiation light and a back transferred down-converted radiation light by both of the first portion and the second portion.

US Pat. No. 11,028,978

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE AND ILLUMINATION DEVICE

Opple Lighting Co., Ltd.,...

1. A light source module, comprising a first light emitting body, a second light emitting body, and a third light emitting body; wherein:the first light emitting body is configured to emit light rays having a first wave peak with a wavelength in a range of 435-465 nm and a second wave peak with a wavelength in a range of 620-650 nm, wherein a spectral intensity of the first wave peak is 70-90% of a spectral intensity of the second wave peak, and a first condition is conformed in an International Commission on Illumination (CIE) 1931 color coordinate system that an abscissa X is in a range of 0.389-0.419, and an ordinate Y is in a range of 0.371-0.401;
the second light emitting body is configured to emit light rays having a first wave peak with a wavelength in a range of 435-465 nm, a second wave peak with a wavelength in a range of 525-555 nm, and a third wave peak with a wavelength in a range of 620-650 nm, wherein a spectral intensity of the second wave peak is 25-45% of a spectral intensity of the first wave peak, and a spectral intensity of the third wave peak is 20-40% of the spectral intensity of the first wave peak, and a second condition is conformed in the CIE 1931 color coordinate system that an abscissa X is in a range of 0.280-0.310, and an ordinate Y is in a range of 0.284-0.314;
the third light emitting body is configured to emit light rays having a first wave peak with a wavelength in a range of 435-465 nm, a second wave peak with a wavelength in a range of 525-555 nm, and a third wave peak with a wavelength in a range of 620-650 nm, wherein a spectral intensity of the second wave peak is 45-65% of a spectral intensity of the first wave peak, and a spectral intensity of the third wave peak is 40-60% of the spectral intensity of the first wave peak, and a third condition is conformed in the CIE 1931 color coordinate system that an abscissa X is in a range of 0.331-0.361, and an ordinate Y is in a range of 0.331-0.361; and
the first light emitting body, the second light emitting body, and the third light emitting body are configured such that color discrimination recognized by an eye is improved.

US Pat. No. 11,028,977

LIGHT EMITTING MODULE

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

1. A light emitting module comprising a light mixing chamber comprising:a base having a reflective inner surface,
at least one partly light transmissive side wall extending from the base towards an at least partly light transmissive, semi-reflective light exit window arranged opposite to the base, and
a carrier for carrying at least one light emitting diode and being positioned at a distance (D1) from a nearest portion of the at least one partly light transmissive side wall, wherein
the at least one light emitting diode is arranged to emit source light in a main direction different from 90 degrees with respect to the semi-reflective light exit window and in the main direction away from the nearest portion of the at least one partly light transmissive side wall for enabling subsequent mixing of the source light within the mixing chamber to generate mixed light, and
wherein the semi-reflective light exit window and the at least one partly light transmissive side wall are arranged for coupling out source light and mixed light as emitted light,
wherein the mixing chamber has an inner mixing chamber width (W1) in the direction along the base between the nearest portion of the at least one partly light transmissive side wall and an opposite portion of the at least one partly light transmissive side wall being positioned opposite to the nearest portion of the at least one partly light transmissive side wall, and an inner mixing chamber height (H1) spacing the base and the semi-reflective light exit window, wherein a ratio of the inner mixing chamber width (W1) to the inner mixing chamber height (H1) is in the range of 4:1 to 15:1,
wherein the semi-reflective light exit window has a reflectivity in the range from 30 to 80% for source light and mixed light, and
wherein the distance (D1) from said carrier to the nearest portion of the at least one partly light transmissive side wall is in the range from 5 to 30% of the inner mixing chamber width (W1).

US Pat. No. 11,028,976

ILLUMINATING WITH A MULTIZONE MIXING CUP

EcoSense Lighting, Inc., ...

1. A method of blending multiple light channels to produce a preselected illumination spectrum, the method comprising:providing a common housing with an open top and openings at the bottom, each bottom opening placed over an LED illumination source;
placing a domed lumo converting appliance (DLCA) over the each bottom opening and over each LED illumination source;
altering the illumination produced by a first LED illumination source by passing it through a first domed lumo converting appliance (DLCA) associated with the common housing to produce a blue channel preselected spectral output;
altering the illumination produced by a second LED illumination source by passing it through a second DLCA associated with the common housing to produce a red channel preselected spectral output;
altering the illumination produced by a third LED illumination source by passing it through a third DLCA associated with the common housing to produce a yellow/green channel preselected spectral output;
altering the illumination produced by a fourth LED illumination source by passing it through a fourth DLCA associated with the common housing to produce a cyan channel preselected spectral output;
blending the blue, red, yellow/green, and cyan spectral outputs as they exit the common housing;
wherein the first, second, and third LED illumination sources are blue LEDs and the fourth LED illumination is cyan LEDs; wherein the blue LEDs have a substantially 440-475 nms output and the cyan LEDs have a substantially 490-515 nms output; and,
wherein each DLCA provides at least one of Phosphors A-F.

US Pat. No. 11,028,975

LIGHTING FIXTURE WITH 2D ARRAY OF CLOSELY-PACKED LED COMPONENTS

The Light Source, Inc., ...

1. A lighting fixture, comprising:a fixture housing;
an LED array located within said fixture housing, and comprising:
(i) an LED mounting substrate;
(ii) a plurality of LED components of various colors carried on said mounting substrate and arranged in multiple color groups, each color group comprising multiple LED components, and wherein said LED components are arranged along first and second directions orthogonal to one another such that no two like colors reside adjacent one another along both of the first and second directions, and wherein each LED component is spaced-apart from an adjacent LED component a distance no greater than 1.0 mm;
(iii) at least one LED circuit configured for electrically connecting with a power supply for powering said LED components; and
an optical component located at an output end of said fixture housing.

US Pat. No. 11,028,974

LED TUBE WITH BUILT-IN DRIVING POWER MODULE

Xiamen PVTECH Co., Ltd., ...

1. An LED tube with built-in driving power module, wherein each of two ends of the LED tube comprises:a conductive component electrically connected to mains supply and comprising a conductive pin assembly and a sleeve member for disposing the conductive pin assembly;
a driving power module being formed by a plurality of circuit boards disposed in the sleeve member and being in series connection; each of the circuit boards comprising a functional operation unit;
wherein the sleeve member has a receiving space for receiving the circuit boards in series connection;
wherein each of the circuit boards comprises at least connection port formed on a top surface of the circuit board and at least one electrical connection member formed on a bottom surface of the circuit board; and
wherein the circuit boards are in an stacking arrangement and are in series connection via the connection ports being connected with the electrical connection members.

US Pat. No. 11,028,973

LED TUBE LAMP

Jiaxing Super Lighting El...

1. A power supply module configured to provide, based on an external driving signal, a driving current for driving an LED tube lamp, comprising:a detection path circuit, configured to establish a detection path which is capable of affecting an electrical signal on a power line of the power supply module when the detection path is turned on; and
a driving circuit, electrically connected to the detection path circuit, and configured to produce the driving current based on the external driving signal,
wherein when the driving circuit is activated by receiving the external driving signal, the driving circuit enters into a first mode to detect whether a foreign external impedance is electrically connected to the LED tube lamp,
wherein when the foreign external impedance is detected, the driving circuit remains in the first mode, and when the foreign external impedance is not detected, the driving circuit enters into a second mode to produce the driving current, and
wherein the driving circuit is further configured to obtain a dimming message from the electrical signal and adjust the magnitude of the driving current according to the dimming message when in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 11,028,972

LED-BASED LIGHT WITH CANTED OUTER WALLS

iLumisys, Inc., Troy, MI...

1. An LED-based light, comprising:an elongate tubular housing having longitudinal axis and a vertical axis orthogonal to the longitudinal axis,
wherein the housing defines an outer periphery of the LED-based light and a cavity,
wherein the housing comprises a base, a first canted outer wall, and a second canted outer wall, and
wherein a surface of each of the base, the first canted outer wall, and the second canted outer wall defines a substantially identical arced profile in cross-section orthogonal to the longitudinal axis;
a LED circuit board positioned within the cavity;
a plurality of LEDs positioned on the LED circuit board;
end caps positioned at opposite ends of the housing, wherein each end cap comprises:
an open end configured to receive a respective end of the housing,
a closed end comprising a first surface and a second surface encircling the first surface, wherein each of the first surface and the second surface are tapered longitudinally towards the open end, and
a bi-pin connector protruding from the closed end,
wherein each end cap defines a first corner, a second corner, and a third corner, and wherein for each end cap, a tapering of the first surface and the second surface is greatest in a region proximate to the first corner.

US Pat. No. 11,028,971

LED FILAMENT AND LAMP, AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS OF LED FILAMENT

1. An LED filament comprising:a PCB substrate and a plurality of LED chips, wherein the PCB substrate is a glass fiber substrate, a connecting circuit is provided on the PCB substrate, a positive pin and a negative pin are provided at two ends of the connecting circuit, respectively, and each of the LED chips is electrically connected to the connecting circuit;
a fluorescent glue layer is provided outside the PCB substrate and the LED chips, and the positive pin and the negative pin are exposed from the fluorescent glue layer; and
the PCB substrate further comprises electrode arms and a connecting arm, first ends of two electrode arms are connected by the connecting arm, and the other ends of the two electrode arms are provided with the positive pin and the negative pin, respectively.

US Pat. No. 11,028,970

LED FILAMENT LIGHT BULB HAVING ORGANOSILICON-MODIFIED POLYIMIDE RESIN COMPOSITION FILAMENT BASE LAYER

ZHEJIANG SUPER LIGHTING E...

1. An light bulb, comprising:a lamp housing with inner surface and outer surface opposite to the inner surface of the lamp housing, the lamp housing includes a layer of luminescent material, which is formed on the inner surface or the outer surface of the lamp housing or integrated in a material of the lamp housing;
a bulb base connected to the lamp housing;
a stem connected to the bulb base and located in the lamp housing; and
a single LED filament, disposed in the light housing, the single LED filament comprising:
a plurality of LED filament units, wherein each of the plurality of LED filament units includes a single LED chip with an upper surface and a lower surface opposite to the upper surface, and
a light conversion layer comprising a top layer and a base layer, wherein the base layer comprises an upper surface and a lower surface opposite to the upper surface of the base layer, the top layer with an upper surface and a lower surface opposite to the upper surface of the top layer is disposed on at least two sides of each of the single LED chips, the lower surface of each of the single LED chips is close to the upper surface of the base layer, the upper surface of the top layer is away from each of the single LED chips;
wherein H is between a and 10 C/2 tan 0.5?, where H represents the distance from the upper surface of each of the single LED chips to the upper surface of the top layer, a represents the maximum value in both 0.5 C/2 tan 0.5? and W1/2 tan 0.5?, C represents the length of each of the plurality of LED filament units in the longitudinal direction of the single LED filament, ? represents the illumination angle of each of the single LED chips in the longitudinal direction of the single LED filament, W1 represents the width of the upper surface of the base layer or the width of the lower surface of the top layer in the short axial direction of the single LED filament; ? represents the illumination angle of each of the single LED chips in the short axial direction of the single LED filament; and
wherein the base layer is formed from organosilicon-modified polyimide resin composition comprising an organosilicon-modified polyimide and a thermal curing agent, wherein the organosilicon-modified polyimide comprises a repeating unit represented by the following general formula (I):

wherein Ar1 is a tetra-valent organic group having a benzene ring or an alicyclic hydrocarbon structure, Ar2 is a di-valent organic group having a monocyclic alicyclic hydrocarbon structure, R is each independently methyl or phenyl, n is 1-5, and
wherein the organosilicon-modified polyimide has a number average molecular weight of 5000-100000, and
wherein the thermal curing agent is selected from the group consisting of epoxy resin, isocyanate and bisoxazoline compounds.

US Pat. No. 11,028,969

STRUCTURAL INTERFACE HARDWARE FOR CRYOGENIC TANKS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An attachment system for providing a component mounting location, the attachment system comprising:a structure comprising a first side, a second side, opposite the first side, and a hole extending from the first side to the second side;
a bracket comprising an interface surface, configured to interface with the first side of the structure, and a through hole open at the interface surface;
a shear stud configured to interface with the second side of the structure, the shear stud comprising:
a projection extending along a central axis of the shear stud and shaped to pass through the hole of the structure and engage the through hole of the bracket; and
a seal region surrounding the projection of the shear stud and positioned to interface with the second side of the structure to form a seal with the second side of the structure; and
a fastener comprising a head and a shaft, the shaft being shaped to pass through the through hole in the bracket and engage the shear stud to secure the shear stud relative to the bracket thereby reducing shear at the fastener.

US Pat. No. 11,028,968

METHOD FOR RECOVERING ENERGY FROM DRY ICE AT INFRA-ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE

CRYO PUR, Palaiseau (FR)...

1. A method of recovering energy produced by a phase changing of dry ice, said method being implemented by a device (1) comprising:an enclosure (2) containing the dry ice at an infra-atmospheric pressure;
a primary energy recovery circuit (3), in which a primary heat transfer fluid circulates, passing through the enclosure (2);
the method comprising the following steps:
passage of the heat transfer fluid into the primary circuit (3) causing the heating and the phase changing of the dry ice into gaseous CO2 and the cooling of the heat transfer fluid;
extraction of the gaseous CO2 contained in the enclosure (2);
a substantially continuous lowering of the pressure of the enclosure (2) to the infra-atmospheric pressure; and
conveyance of the gaseous CO2 extracted from the enclosure (2) into a heat exchanger (9) in which the gaseous CO2 transfers heat to a secondary heat transfer fluid circulating in a secondary circuit (14).

US Pat. No. 11,028,967

HANDHELD GIMBAL CONTROL METHOD AND HANDHELD GIMBAL

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A method of controlling a handheld gimbal comprising:obtaining an input instruction;
based on the input instruction, selecting one follow mode from a plurality of follow modes for following movement of an input device or a handheld member of the handheld gimbal, the plurality of follow modes having different following speeds; and
controlling movement of the handheld gimbal using the selected follow mode to follow the movement of the input device or the handheld member,
wherein in a follow mode having a largest following speed among the plurality of follow modes, a roll axis arm of the handheld gimbal maintains a horizontal attitude.

US Pat. No. 11,028,966

METROLOGY GRADE LIGHT WEIGHT TRIPOD

BRUNSON INSTRUMENT COMPAN...

1. A tripod comprising:a base;
a plurality of legs connected to said base;
a first stop feature associated with a first leg of said plurality of legs, said first stop feature being configured to inhibit said first leg from rotating beyond an open pivotal position; and
a leg spreader associated with said first leg, said leg spreader being configured to urge said first leg towards the open pivotal position.

US Pat. No. 11,028,965

PORTABLE STABLE TRIPOD FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT

Savage Universal Corporat...

1. A tripod comprising a longitudinally extending central column, the central column having a central axis, a first end and a second end, a central plate rigidly and immovably secured to the second end of the central column and having a surface extending outwardly from, and transversely to, the axis of the central column; and further comprising:three yokes longitudinally movably secured to the central column;
three legs, each pivotally secured to one of the longitudinally movable yokes, being longitudinally, telescopically extendable outwardly from the yoke on the central column;
a longitudinal lock on each leg to lock each leg separately at a plurality of longitudinal positions;
three struts, each strut having two ends, and being pivotally secured at one end to the central plate; and
three collars, each collar surrounding and being longitudinally slidably movable along one of the legs, the second end of each strut being pivotally movably secured to one of the collars;
whereby the tripod is capable of stably supporting photographic equipment on the central column when the legs are resting on a level surface or at longitudinally different horizontal levels or on uneven surfaces.

US Pat. No. 11,028,964

TELESCOPE TRIPOD HOLDER FOR CHEST

1. A device for holding a tripod that comprises a tripod base with a bolt, a center teat and three legs, the device comprising:a chest,
a first support and a second support spaced apart within the chest,
wherein the first support is a planar board comprising a first hole and a second hole, the first support mounted at a 10-degree angle from a side of the chest, the first hole configured to receive the tripod base bolt, and the second hole configured to receive the tripod base center teat,
wherein the second support is a planar board with first, second, and third contact portions configured to hold the three legs of the tripod respectively.

US Pat. No. 11,028,963

VERTICALLY ADJUSTABLE PEDESTAL FOR BOAT ACCESSORY

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A vertically adjustable pedestal for a boat accessory, the pedestal comprising:a hollow outer column;
an inner column positioned within the outer column, wherein the inner and outer columns are slidable with respect to one another in a longitudinal direction of the pedestal;
a first plate captured between the inner and outer columns at a first location, wherein the first plate is laterally adjustable with respect to the inner and outer columns to create a frictional force between the inner and outer columns that prevents lateral movement therebetween, wherein a surface of the first plate has a first groove therein extending in the longitudinal direction, and wherein a surface of one of the inner and outer columns that faces the surface of the first plate has a second groove therein extending in the longitudinal direction, the first and second grooves facing one another;
a first rod extending in the longitudinal direction and captured within the first and second grooves, wherein the first rod is made of a material with a lower coefficient of friction than a material of which the inner and outer columns are made; and
a second plate captured between the inner and outer columns at a second location that is different from the first location, wherein the second plate is made of a material with a lower coefficient of friction than the material of which the inner and outer columns are made and has at least one integral protrusion formed on a surface thereof, the at least one integral protrusion extending in the longitudinal direction, and wherein a surface of one of the inner and outer columns that faces the surface of the second plate has at least a third groove therein extending in the longitudinal direction that faces and receives the at least one integral protrusion;
wherein the surface of the first plate has a fourth groove therein extending in the longitudinal direction, wherein the surface of the one of the inner and outer columns that faces the surface of the first plate has a fifth groove therein extending in the longitudinal direction, the fourth and fifth grooves facing one another, and wherein the pedestal comprises a second rod extending in the longitudinal direction and captured within the fourth and fifth grooves, the second rod being made of the material of the first rod and being spaced apart from the first rod;
wherein the pedestal comprises a fastener contacting the first plate, the fastener being configured such that rotation thereof moves the first plate laterally to cause the inner column to wedge against the second plate and thereby adjust the frictional force between the inner and outer columns;
wherein the first plate is made of a material that is stiffer than the material of which the second plate is made; and
wherein one of the inner and outer columns is configured to be connected to a supporting surface of a boat, and the other of the inner and outer columns is configured to be connected to the boat accessory.

US Pat. No. 11,028,962

COLLAPSING JACK STAND

1. A collapsible jack stand for lifting vehicles and equipment, the jack stand comprising:(a) a base;
(b) an adjustable height saddle for receiving therein an axel of a piece of equipment that is to be raised upon the jack stand;
(c) an upright tube forming aligned holes and having an upper end for supporting the saddle and a lower end secured to the base via an upright tube bolt,
said upright tube bolt maintaining said upright tube in a vertical orientation only so long as said upright tube is secured to said base by said upright tube bolt;
(d) a height adjusting bolt that passes through the aligned holes formed in the upright tube;
(e) a telescoping lower tube extending from the adjustable height saddle, wherein the height of the saddle can be adjusted by the height adjusting bolt that passes through aligned holes formed in the upright tube and also in the telescoping lower tube; and
(f) a brace tube for supporting the upright tube on the base, the brace tube having an upper first end and a lower second end, wherein:
(1) the upper first end of the brace tube pivotally attaches by an upper brace bolt to an upper brace bracket provided on a rear side of the upright tube;
(2) the lower second end of the brace tube pivotally attaches by a lower brace bolt to a lower brace bracket provided on the rear end of the base; and
(3) the jack stand may be collapsed by removing the upright tube bolt from the aligned hole in the upright tube.

US Pat. No. 11,028,961

TIGHTENING STRUCTURE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STAND

Remarkable Company, Taic...

1. A tightening structure of a musical instrument stand, comprising:a movable member, having a first connecting portion for connecting a first arm of the musical instrument stand; the movable member being provided with a cylindrical shaft extending outwardly therefrom;
an immovable member, having a second connecting portion for connecting a second arm of the musical instrument stand; one side of the immovable member having a recess formed therein, a bottom of the recess forming a semi-circular arc with a radius of curvature corresponding to that of the shaft, the cylindrical shaft being inserted into the recess and abutting against the bottom of the recess; the immovable member being provided with a first screw hole passing through a top portion of the recess, the first screw hole being perpendicular to an axial direction of the cylindrical shaft;
a first threaded fastening bolt, screwed in the first screw hole, one end of the first fastening bolt being inserted into the recess and having a flared exterior end portion, another end of the first fastening bolt being connected with a handle;
wherein when the handle is rotated, the flared end portion of the first fastening bolt is drawn against the shaft, thereby holding the movable member stationary.

US Pat. No. 11,028,960

HOLDING GEAR

SACS GMBH, Empfingen (DE...

1. A holding gear for temporarily fixing a plate-shaped object, in particular a tablet computer, comprising a first holder, which has a coupling arrangement for connection to a supporting gear and which has a first receiving section for positively receiving a first narrow side of the plate-shaped object at least in two spatial directions, and comprising a second holder, which has a second receiving section for positively receiving a second narrow side of the plate-shaped object at least in two spatial directions, and which comprises a flexible traction belt which is connected to the first holder and to the second holder and which is designed for a transmission of a traction force between the first holder and the second holder for fixing the plate-shaped object,wherein the first holder is associated with a winding apparatus having a winding shaft which is rotatably mounted on the first holder and looped around by an end region of the traction belt and which is designed for winding up and unwinding the traction belt, and
wherein the winding shaft is associated with a prestressed spring arrangement supported on the first holder for providing a traction force on the traction belt dependent on a distance of the second holder from the first holder, and/or wherein a winding axis of the winding shaft is aligned parallel to the extension axis of the first receiving section.

US Pat. No. 11,028,959

COATED CLOSED-CELL FOAM TUBE INSULATIONS AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

1. A composite tubing configured for use as an insulation product, wherein said composite tubing consists of two layers:(a) a foam insulation layer, wherein the foam insulation layer is an elastomeric foam insulation layer having a closed-cell structure comprising a combination of polyvinylchloride and acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (PVC/NBR) and configured to fit directly over the surface of a round pipe; and
(b) a coating layer bonded to and seamlessly covering an outer surface of the foam insulation layer, wherein the coating layer comprises a thermoplastic elastomer comprising ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) and is bonded to the outer surface of the foam insulation layer in the absence of an adhesive, wherein the composite tubing is configured to fit a round pipe.

US Pat. No. 11,028,958

AUTOMATED PIG LAUNCHING SYSTEM

WeldFit Corporation, Hou...

1. An apparatus for launching one or more pigs into a process flow, the apparatus comprising:a housing defining a chamber with a longitudinal axis and having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet receiving the one or more pigs into the chamber, the outlet in communication with the process flow and passing the one or more pigs out of the chamber to the process flow, a portion of the chamber in communication with the process flow;
a guide disposed in the chamber and guiding the one or more pigs in the chamber, at least a portion of the guide movable along the longitudinal axis of the chamber; and
an actuator comprising a motor rotating a screw operatively coupled to the portion of the guide, the actuator being configured to mechanically feed the one or more pigs guided by the guide along the longitudinal axis toward the outlet.

US Pat. No. 11,028,957

METHOD OF INSTALLING LINER ASSEMBLY FOR PIPELINE REPAIR OR REINFORCEMENT, AND LINER ASSEMBLY AND STEAM GENERATOR FOR SAME

Nu Flow Technologies 2000...

1. A method of installing a liner assembly for pipeline repair or reinforcement, the method comprising:pulling a prepared liner assembly into position in the pipeline, the liner assembly including an outer tubular liner and an inner inflatable bladder positioned longitudinally within the tubular liner, the inner inflatable bladder being cinched onto a pressure relief valve, the tubular liner being wetted with a curable compound;
introducing fluid into the inflatable bladder so that the inflatable bladder expands to bring the tubular liner into firm contact with an interior surface of the pipeline;
flowing the fluid continuously through the bladder and discharging the fluid through the pressure relief valve into the pipeline, while maintaining the liner assembly in an inflated condition for a time period sufficient for the tubular liner to cure; and
deflating the inflatable bladder and retrieving at least a portion of the liner assembly from the pipeline.

US Pat. No. 11,028,956

LINER FOR LATERAL PIPE LINE

1. A liner configured for trenchless installation in a pipe having a service lateral, the liner comprising:a main pipe liner portion comprising a bottom and an opposing top comprising a front top and an opposing back top; and
a service lateral liner portion attached to said main pipe liner portion, said service lateral liner portion comprising opposing lateral sides and a front and opposing back;
wherein a first contiguous piece, a second contiguous piece, and a third contiguous piece form said main pipe liner portion and said attached service lateral liner portion when assembled together;
wherein said first contiguous piece comprises said opposing lateral sides and said bottom;
wherein said second contiguous piece comprises said front and said front top and an amount of material is removed at the joint between said front and said front top to form a cutout in said second contiguous piece; and
wherein said third contiguous piece comprises said back and said back top.

US Pat. No. 11,028,955

MEANS AND METHOD FOR LINING A PIPE

LMK Technologies, LLC, O...

1. A repair assembly for repairing a main pipe and a lateral pipe, comprising:a launcher device;
a bladder assembly having a main bladder tube at least partially surrounding the launcher device and a lateral bladder tube extending from a main bladder tube opening;
a liner assembly comprising a main liner member at least partially surrounding the main bladder tube and a lateral liner tube extending from a main liner member opening to form a liner juncture; and
a gasket positioned at the liner juncture, wherein the gasket is frangibly connected to the liner assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,028,954

ACCUMULATOR HAVING A DIAPHRAGM OR BLADDER WITH A METALLIZED BARRIER FILM

Freudenberg-NOK General P...

1. A diaphragm for an accumulator, comprising:a thermoplastic film formed in a defined shape, wherein the thermoplastic film has a thickness of between 4 and 8 mils;
a metallic layer disposed on both sides of the thermoplastic film to form a metallic coated film; and
inner and outer rubber layers adhered on opposite sides of the metallic coated film.

US Pat. No. 11,028,953

ADAPTER FOR CONNECTING FLUID LINES AND FLUID LINE SYSTEM FORMED THEREWITH

1. An adapter for connecting fluid lines serving for guiding a flowing fluid, the adapter comprising:a first connecting tubular nozzle having a free nozzle end adapted to connect with a first fluid line, wherein the first connecting nozzle has at the free nozzle end a first flow opening and a second flow opening;
a second connecting tubular nozzle having a free nozzle end adapted to connect with a second fluid line;
a third connecting tubular nozzle having a free nozzle end adapted to connect with a third fluid line;
a first flow channel extending through the adapter from a flow opening at the free nozzle end of the second connecting nozzle to the first flow opening of the first connecting nozzle;
a second flow channel extending through the adapter from a flow opening at the free nozzle end of the third connecting nozzle to the second flow opening of the first connecting nozzle, wherein the second flow channel is separated from the first flow channel; and
a projection disposed at the free nozzle end of the first connecting nozzle on the separator between the first flow opening and the second flow opening and extending outwardly from the free nozzle end of the first connecting nozzle.

US Pat. No. 11,028,952

PNEUMATIC AND/OR HYDRAULIC FASTENING DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR OF THE MULTIPLE-CONNECTION TYPE

1. A fixed block of a pneumatic and/or hydraulic fastening device, said fixed block being adapted to be fixed to a main operating machine and, to be alternatively coupled to and released from, a mobile block, said fixed block comprising first mechanical coupling means adapted to be switched between a first position and a second position, wherein the switching of said first mechanical coupling means of said fixed block from said first position to said second position and, from said second position to said first position, translates into the progressive engagement of second engaging and coupling means of said mobile block and in the mechanical coupling of said fixed block and said mobile block and respectively in the disengaging of said second engaging and coupling means of said mobile block and therefore in the mechanical release of said fixed block and said mobile block, wherein said fixed block comprises a cover that can be switched between a first position and a second position; characterized in that said first mechanical coupling means and said cover are shaped in such a manner that, with said cover and said first coupling means in said second position, the switching of said first mechanical coupling means from said second position to said first position translates into the automatic switching of said cover from said second position to said first position.

US Pat. No. 11,028,951

PIPE END FITTING WITH IMPROVED VENTING

Trinity Bay Equipment Hol...

1. A pipe assembly, comprising:an outer body having an outer surface, an inner surface defining a first bore, and an end surface extending between the inner and outer surfaces;
an inner body having an inner surface defining a second bore and an outer surface, wherein a first portion of the inner body outer surface is secured to the outer body inner surface;
a passage formed in the outer body extending from the end surface to the outer surface of the outer body, wherein the passage includes a first portion extending from the end surface and parallel to the first bore, and a second portion extending from the outer surface of the outer body to the first portion of the passage;
a pipe having an end disposed around and secured to a second portion of the inner body outer surface; and
a jacket disposed around the pipe and having an end secured to the outer body outer surface;
wherein the first and second portions of the passage are in fluid communication with each other and with a space extending between the jacket and the pipe.

US Pat. No. 11,028,950

PIPE COUPLING

CRANE LIMITED, Hertfords...

1. A pipe connector or coupling for providing a coupling to a pipe, the pipe coupling comprising:at least one gripper ring which receives a pipe therewithin, wherein the at least one gripper ring comprises a gripper which includes a plurality of blade elements which are displaceable between a first, pipe-receiving configuration in which the pipe is receivable within the at least one gripper ring and a second, inwardly-displaced inserted configuration in which the blade elements are inserted into an external wall of the pipe; and
a clamp for applying a radially-inward compressive load on the at least one gripper ring to displace the blade elements thereof from the pipe-receiving configuration to the inserted configuration;
wherein the blade elements each have a main body section by which the blade element is supported, and an internal blade edge section which includes at least one blade edge which is inserted into the external wall of the pipe, with at least the internal blade edge sections being formed of sheet material; and wherein:
(I) the blade elements each have an external edge section by which the blade element is displaced inwardly during operation of the clamp;
(II) the internal blade edge section has a predetermined angle in relation to the longitudinal axis of the pipe coupling, such that the internal blade edge sections are inserted into the external wall of the pipe at a predetermined angle thereto;
(Ill) the blade elements together define an annulus;
(IV) the blade elements are located at spaced circumferential locations about the at least one gripper ring, the blade elements having a space therebetween of at least half the width of the blade elements;
(V) the blade elements together define an inner opening which has a diameter greater than an outer diameter of the external wall of the pipe prior to application of the clamp, and the diameter of the inner opening allows the pipe to be at least 3% out of round from a nominal outer diameter of the pipe;
(VI) the blade elements are inserted to a depth (d) into the external wall of the pipe, with the insertion depth (d) being less than 10% of the thickness of the external wall of the pipe;
(VII) the blade elements are formed of sheet material;
(VIII) the gripper is formed from a single sheet, with adjacent ones of the blade elements being interconnected by webs;
(IX) the blade elements are separate elements which are not interconnected; and/or
(X) the blade elements each comprise at least one insertion depth guide which is disposed in relation to the at least one blade edge, such that, on insertion of the at least one blade edge to a required extent into the external wall of the pipe, the at least one insertion depth guide abuts the external wall of the pipe.

US Pat. No. 11,028,949

FITTINGS, COMPONENTS, AND ASSOCIATED TOOLS

3SC Global, LLC, Kilgore...

1. A fitting for use in coupling pipe or tubing, comprising:a unitary body, said unitary body comprising a length, a distal end, a proximal end, an outer surface, and a lumen;
wherein said outer surface extends around said length of said unitary body between said proximal end and said distal end;
wherein said lumen extends within said unitary body in a distal direction from said proximal end of said unitary body, said lumen generally defining a cylindrical void within said unitary body, wherein a portion of said lumen comprises threads configured to receive a threaded female sub end of a pipe or tube;
wherein said unitary body further comprises at least one aperture, said at least one aperture having an aperture wall that extends from an opening at said outer surface of said unitary body and ends at a location within said unitary body, so as to form an aperture depth and enclose said at least one aperture within said unitary body;
wherein said outer surface includes at least one lower topographical portion, said at least one lower topographical portion located adjacent to said aperture wall so as to define an aperture wall thickness at said opening;
wherein said at least one aperture is configured to receive a tool for rotating said fitting around an axis that extends from said proximal end to said distal end so as to permit the tightening and loosening of said fitting to a threaded female sub end of a pipe or tube;
wherein said at least one aperture comprises eight apertures, each having its own opening at said outer surface of said unitary body; and
wherein said at least one lower topographical portion comprises sixteen lower topographical portions that form a ridge that extends circumferentially around said unitary body, wherein said ridge contacts each of said aperture openings.

US Pat. No. 11,028,948

TUBULAR COUPLING

CERTUS ENERGY SOLUTIONS, ...

1. A tubular connection, comprising:an inner body comprising a bore, external threads defining external thread surfaces, a torque nose, and a radially-facing sealing surface; and
an outer body comprising a bore in communication with the bore of the inner body, internal threads defining internal thread surfaces and being configured to engage the external threads of the inner body, a torque-stop surface that engages the torque nose, and a radially-facing sealing surface that forms a seal with the radially-facing sealing surface of the inner body,
wherein the external threads define a first radius between two of the external thread surfaces, the internal threads define a second radius between two of the internal thread surfaces, the external threads where the first radius is defined being configured to engage the internal threads where the second radius is defined, the first and second radii being mismatched.

US Pat. No. 11,028,947

COUPLING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY PACK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of communicating fluid to and from a cold plate of an electric vehicle, comprising:securing an attachment member of a coupling to a cold plate extension that is affixed to the cold plate of a battery pack within the electric vehicle;
communicating fluid into the cold plate extension from a fluid outlet extending from the attachment member;
communicating fluid from the cold plate extension to a fluid inlet extending from the attachment member; and
redirecting the fluid within the attachment member.

US Pat. No. 11,028,946

FLUID PERMEABLE HOSE CARCASS

Hose Master, LLC, Clevel...

1. A method of manufacturing a hose assembly comprising the steps of:passing a single metal strip through a die to form a plurality of channels on the metal strip;
winding said strip on a mandrel to create a plurality of convolutions, each convolution of the plurality of convolutions having first and second ends;
fastening adjacent convolutions together at an interlocked joint to form a continuous carcass, wherein a first end of a convolution of the plurality of convolutions interlocks with a second end of an adjacent convolution to form an interlocked joint;
surrounding said continuous carcass with a sealing sheath;
surrounding said sealing sheath with at least one braided layer; and
surrounding said at least one braided layer with an external sheath.

US Pat. No. 11,028,945

ADJUSTABLE FITTING ASSEMBLY

Anvil International, LLC,...

1. A method for adjusting a length of a fitting assembly comprising;providing the fitting assembly, the fitting assembly comprising a tubular brace member and a fitting, the tubular brace member comprising a cylindrical sidewall defining a cylindrical hollow interior, the fitting defining a first jaw, a second jaw, a slot defined between the first jaw and second jaw, a lip proximate to the second jaw and distal to the first jaw, a bore, wherein the bore does not extend into the second jaw, and a hole;
inserting a portion of the cylindrical sidewall of the tubular brace member into the slot;
abutting a peripheral edge of the tubular brace member against an end wall of the slot and against a lip wall of the lip;
inserting a first fastener through the hole and engaging the cylindrical sidewall with the first fastener to couple the fitting to the tubular brace member;
engaging a tail end of a second fastener with the bore, the second fastener selectively repositionable relative to the fitting between a first orientation and a second orientation; and
repositioning the second fastener relative to the fitting to reposition the second fastener between the first orientation and the second orientation.

US Pat. No. 11,028,944

DUCT SUPPORT

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. A support for a component of a rotorcraft, the support comprising:a stabilizing mechanism configured to transfer a weight of the component to an airframe of the rotorcraft, wherein the component of the rotorcraft undergoes thermal expansion, wherein the stabilizing mechanism includes:
a first stabilizing member attached to the component of the rotorcraft;
a second stabilizing member attached to the rotorcraft, wherein a portion of the second stabilizing member extends above the airframe of the rotorcraft; and
a coupling mechanism located in the portion of the second stabilizing member that extends above the airframe of the rotorcraft, the coupling mechanism including a barrel with a hollow inside portion and a rod that extends through the inside portion of the barrel along a first axis, wherein a portion of the first stabilizing member extends past the coupling mechanism, wherein the coupling mechanism is configured to rotatably couple the first stabilizing member to the second stabilizing member and-allow the first stabilizing member to simultaneously slide back and forth and to rotate relative to the second stabilizing member about the first axis.

US Pat. No. 11,028,943

CONTROL BUTTERFLY VALVE

1. A control butterfly valve, comprising:a valve body having a fluid passage through which a fluid flows;
a valve disc controlling an opening and closing of the fluid passage of the valve body; and
a diffuser including:
a passing hole 10% to 30% smaller in cross-sectional area than the fluid passage and configured to allow the fluid, which passes through the valve disc, to pass therethrough; and
a passing part configured to allow the fluid, which passes through the valve disc at a low speed, to pass therethrough, wherein the passing part is formed in a lower part of the diffuser to face a first lower part of the valve disc, wherein the passing part has a plurality of holes smaller in size than the passing hole and through which the fluid passes, wherein eddy producing parts are formed, in the same direction as one another, in first upper part and a second lower part of the valve disc to create an eddy of the fluid, and wherein an inclined cutoff part is formed in second upper part of the valve disc.

US Pat. No. 11,028,942

FLUID CONTROL VALVE

Jimmy One Limited

1. A fluid control valve having an inlet, for operative connection to a supply of pressurised fluid, and an outlet and defining a fluid flow path therebetween; andi) a first valve body comprising the outlet and a first valve provided in the fluid flow path and being adjustable under the control of a first valve actuator between a first, or closed, position in which flow of fluid through the first valve is prevented and a second, or open, position in which flow of fluid through the first valve is permitted; and
ii) a second valve body comprising the inlet and a second valve and second valve seat associated with the inlet or intermediate the inlet and the first valve;
wherein the first valve body is demountable to the second valve body; and wherein:
the second valve comprises a second valve actuator adapted such that the first valve actuator bears against the second valve actuator in each of said first and second positions to urge the second valve into an open configuration allowing flow of fluid;
the fluid control valve is arranged such that the first valve actuator is adjustable to a third position in which the first valve actuator is spaced from the second valve actuator by a separation sufficient to allow fluid pressure at the inlet to cause the second valve to close, preventing flow of fluid through the fluid control valve; wherein
the first valve includes a valve seat and a valve head including a valve gear to which is mounted a washer for adjustment of a separation between the washer and the valve seat as the first valve head is rotated between the first and second positions; and wherein the washer or a washer mounting bears against the second valve actuator as the valve head is adjusted between the first and second positions to cause the second valve to open and becomes spaced from the second valve actuator in the third position.

US Pat. No. 11,028,941

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING SOLENOID VALVE HEALTH

GENERAL EQUIPMENT AND MAN...

1. A switchbox, comprising:a state manager configured to change an activation state of a solenoid valve between a first state and a second state in response to an initiation signal of a solenoid valve test, the solenoid valve operatively coupled to the switchbox;
a position detector configured to determine, based on position data obtained at the switchbox from an integrated position sensor of the solenoid valve, whether a core of the solenoid valve has moved by at least a threshold change in position within a predetermined time period following the change of the activation state of the solenoid valve from the first state to the second state; and
a notification generator configured to generate a notification in response to the position detector determining that the core did not move by at least the threshold change in position within the predetermined time period, the notification to indicate that the solenoid valve failed the solenoid valve test;
wherein the state manager is configured to change the activation state of the solenoid valve from the second state back to the first state in response to the position detector determining that the core moved by at least the threshold change in position within the predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 11,028,940

UNDERGROUND VALVE MONITORING DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATION

CONSOLIDATED EDISON COMPA...

1. A system for monitoring an underground valve, the valve having an actuator operable to open and close the valve, the actuator being disposed in a riser shaft that is enclosed by a cover the system comprising:a first housing having a recess, the recess being sized to fit at least partially over and removably positioned directly above the actuator;
a second housing removably coupled to the first housing on an opposite side from the recess, the second housing having a hollow interior disposed to have an open end enclosed by the first housing, the second housing further having a handle feature opposite the open end, wherein the first housing and second housing are sized to fit within the riser shaft beneath the cover; and
a sensor disposed in the hollow interior, the sensor generating a first signal in operation in response to a movement of the second housing relative to the actuator when the first housing and second housing are removed from the riser shaft.

US Pat. No. 11,028,939

RISING STEM VALVE

1. A rising stem valve, comprising:a hollow valve body having a pair of ports defining a flow path through the valve body, a flange base through which one of the ports extends, and a valve bonnet opposite the flange base;
a plunger/seal assembly extendable within the valve body to a first position in which the port in the flange base is sealed and to a second position for unsealing the port in the flange base, the plunger/seal assembly including a valve stem;
a locking mechanism for securing the plunger/seal assembly in the first position, the locking mechanism including at least one cam lever attached to the valve body and a corresponding groove in the valve stem
the valve stem has a plunger at one end thereof for engaging the flange base to seal the port in the flange base when the plunger/seal assembly is extended to said first position;
an opposite end of the valve stem extends through a hub in the valve bonnet and has a handle fixed thereto at a location spaced from the valve bonnet and exterior of the valve body;
the groove is a circumferential groove on the valve stem at a location exterior of the valve body and between the handle and hub of the valve bonnet; and
the at least one cam lever is secured to the hub of the valve bonnet with a cam lever pin about which the cam lever is able to be pivoted to lock the plunger/seal assembly in the first position and to unlock the plunger/seal assembly from the first position.

US Pat. No. 11,028,938

VALVE ACTUATING SYSTEM

1. A valve actuating system comprising a drive device and an auxiliary device, the drive device having an axial extension and an actuator with an axial output side provided for coupling to a valve and with an opposing axial rear side, wherein the actuator has an attachment interface on its axial rear side for the attachment of the auxiliary device interacting with the actuator, wherein the attachment interface has a support surface, onto which the auxiliary device can be tensioned by means of an axial locking device, wherein the axial locking device has a main body and a collar with a locking edge, with which at least one locking element is in contact on the side facing the actuator in order to tension the auxiliary device on the support surface and wherein the collar is formed by a retaining ring secured on the main body,wherein the retaining ring consists of harder material than the material of the main body.

US Pat. No. 11,028,937

VALVE WITH SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY WIRE

1. A valve, comprising:a housing,
a fluid port arranged in the housing,
a plunger configured to seal the fluid port in a first position and to unseal the fluid port in a second position and to displace along a displacement direction from the first position towards the second position,
a resilient member configured to exert a bias force on the plunger, wherein the resilient member comprises a leaf spring shaped to exert the bias force having a reversed force profile, and
at least one shape memory alloy actuator extending along the displacement direction for at least 50% of a length of the at least one shape memory alloy actuator, the shape memory alloy actuator configured to exert an actuation force on the plunger to displace the plunger from the first position towards the second position.

US Pat. No. 11,028,936

THERMOSTATIC VALVE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A thermostatic valve for an internal combustion engine, comprising a housing (10) with a plurality of coolant connections (12, 14) for connection to a coolant circuit of the internal combustion engine, furthermore comprising a valve element (16) which is mounted movably in the housing (10), wherein, by means of a movement of the valve element (16), at least two coolant connections (12, 14) of the housing (10) are either connectable to one another or separable from one another, furthermore comprising an expansion element (24) which is arranged in order, during the operation of the internal combustion engine, to enter into thermal contact with coolant circulating in the coolant circuit, wherein, in the event of a heat-induced expansion, the expansion element (24) moves the valve element (16) in the housing (10) in order to connect the at least two coolant connections (12, 14), wherein a controllable heating device (32, 34) is provided by means of which the expansion element (24) can be heated in order to move the valve element (16), wherein the valve element (16) is movable in the housing (10) between a closed position separating the connection between the at least two coolant connections (12, 14) and a completely open position, wherein, as the valve element (16) moves over a first adjustment path from the closed position to an intermediate position that is between the closed position and the completely open position, the valve element (16) opens up and maintains a constant flow cross section between the at least two coolant connections (12, 14), wherein, as the valve element (16) moves from the intermediate position to the completely open position, the valve element (16) further opens up a flow cross section between the at least two coolant connections (12, 14), said flow cross section increasing until the valve element (16) is in the completely open position.

US Pat. No. 11,028,935

VALVE AND ELECTRIC ACTUATOR HOUSING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve, comprising:a valve housing;
a valve element movably arranged in the valve housing;
at least one electric actuator fixed to the valve housing and configured to actuate the valve element;
an electronics unit configured to electronically control the valve;
an electronics unit housing in which the electronics unit is arranged, the electronics unit housing having a housing pedestal configured to fasten the electronics unit housing to the valve housing, the housing pedestal having a housing aperture via which the at least one electric actuator is electrically connected to the electronics unit and which is arranged opposite the at least one electric actuator; and
a seal which has a ring shape and which bears outwardly against the housing pedestal and bears inwardly against the actuator,
wherein the housing aperture has a first step defining a first inner periphery and a second step defining a second inner periphery that is coaxial with and smaller than the first inner periphery, the first and second steps adjoined via a substantially planar abutment surface,
wherein play in a longitudinal direction of the valve is provided between the housing aperture and at least one component, provided within the housing aperture, of the at least one electric actuator, and
wherein, throughout the entire provided play, the seal in its entirety has a plurality of longitudinal positions relative to the housing aperture, the seal at each position configured to surround the second inner periphery while bearing against the abutment surface.

US Pat. No. 11,028,934

PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS

NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION, ...

1. A pressure control apparatus comprising:a body having:
a flow channel through which a fluid passes,
a columnar spool hole connected to the flow channel, wherein a large opening portion is provided at one end side of the spool hole in an axial direction, and
an opening portion penetrating a wall portion which demarcates the spool hole;
a spool valve that is disposed displaceably along the axial direction in the spool hole and opens and closes the flow channel;
a plate-shaped retainer disposed at one end side of the spool valve and another end side of the large opening portion in the axial direction in the spool hole; and
an elastic member that is disposed between the spool valve in the spool hole and the retainer, presses the spool valve toward another end side in the axial direction, and presses the retainer toward the one end side in the axial direction;
wherein the retainer has a wide portion that functions as a spring seat with which one end portion of the elastic member in the axial direction comes into contact and at least one narrow portion that extends from the wide portion in a first orthogonal direction orthogonal to the axial direction and has a width narrower than a width of the wide portion, and
wherein the opening portion has a first opening portion that has an opening width in a second orthogonal direction orthogonal to the axial direction being wider than the width of the wide portion and allows the retainer to pass through, and a second opening portion that is connected to the first opening portion at one end side in the axial direction, the second opening portion has an opening width in the second orthogonal direction being narrower than the width of the wide portion, and inhibits the retainer from passing through.

US Pat. No. 11,028,933

VALVE SEAL ASSEMBLY

Emerson Vulcan Holding LL...

1. An arrangement for providing a seal for a valve, the arrangement comprising:a seat having an anchor portion, a connection portion extending radially from the anchor portion, and first and second sealing elements extending from opposing sides of the connection portion;
first and second cavities respectively defined by the first and second sealing elements and the connection portion;
first and second energizers respectively arranged on opposing sides of the connection portion within the respective first and second cavities, and respectively positioned between the anchor portion of the seat and the first and second sealing elements, respectively;
first and second retainers distinct from the seat and respectively positioned within the first and second cavities between the anchor portion of the seat and the respective first or second sealing element;
a first protrusion defined by the first sealing element and extending radially therefrom; and
a second protrusion defined by the second sealing element and extending radially therefrom, wherein the first and second energizers define respective first and second engagement axes and a crown portion of each of the first and second protrusions is positioned axially outward of the respective first or second engagement axis,
wherein the first and second retainers are held in the first and second cavities, respectively, by contact with the first and second energizers and the seat, respectively, within the first and second cavities on opposing sides of the connection portion.

US Pat. No. 11,028,932

PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE

FMC Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A pressure relief valve comprising:a valve body which includes a main bore having an inlet end and an outlet end, an inlet bore which is connected to the main bore at a first location, an outlet bore which extends through a side of the valve body, and a valve bore which connects the inlet bore with the outlet bore; and
a valve member which is positioned in the valve bore, the valve member being movable between a closed position in which a fluid in the inlet bore is prevented from flowing into the outlet bore and an open position in which the fluid in the inlet bore is permitted to flow into the outlet bore;
wherein the valve member is movable from the closed position to the open position in response to an overpressure event in the main bore;
the valve body further comprising a return bore which connects the inlet bore with the main bore, the return bore being connected to the main bore at a second location which is spaced apart from the first location.

US Pat. No. 11,028,931

FLOW CONTROL VALVE AND HYDRONIC SYSTEM

CGC GROUP OF COMPANIES IN...

1. A flow control valve, comprising:a main body,
an inlet defined in the main body, the inlet being connectable to a supply of a fluid;
a first outlet orifice defined in the main body, the first outlet orifice being modulatable between:
a closed mode of the first outlet orifice in which the first outlet orifice is substantially sealed from the inlet, and
an open mode of the first outlet orifice in which the first outlet orifice is fluidly connected to the inlet;
a second outlet orifice defined in the main body, the second outlet orifice being distinct from the first outlet orifice and being modulatable between:
a closed mode of the second outlet orifice in which the second outlet orifice is substantially sealed from the inlet, and
an open mode of the second outlet orifice in which the second outlet orifice is fluidly connected to the inlet; and
a port body disposed in the main body and being pivotable relative to the main body about a pivot axis, the port body having a first port and a second port defined in the port body, the second port being distinct from the first port, the first port and the second port being fluidly connected to the inlet of the main body, the port body being pivotable relative to the main body about the pivot axis between a first position and a second position, the first port selectively fluidly connecting the first outlet orifice to the inlet, the first port being substantially out of alignment with the first outlet orifice when the port body is in the first position and thereby defining the closed mode of the first outlet orifice, the second port selectively fluidly connecting the second outlet orifice to the inlet, the second port being substantially out of alignment with the second outlet orifice when the port body is in the first position and thereby defining the closed mode of the second outlet orifice,the first port and the second port being disposed, sized, and shaped relative to each other in the port body such that the port body is pivotable about the pivot axis:within a first range of positions of the port body about the pivot axis to modulate the first outlet orifice between the closed mode and the open mode of the first outlet orifice while the second outlet orifice is in the closed mode of the second outlet orifice; and
within a second range of positions of the port body about the pivot axis to modulate the second outlet orifice between the closed mode and the open mode of the second outlet orifice while the first outlet orifice is in the closed mode of the first outlet orifice.

US Pat. No. 11,028,930

SINGLE CONTROL MIXER VALVE STRUCTURE FOR TAPS AND FITTINGS

1. A single control mixer valve structure for taps and fittings comprising a fixed disk (2) provided with an outlet port (3) and two ports, respectively, one for the hot water and the other for the cold water that come from two inlet openings, formed in a base (4) in which said fixed disk (2) is mounted; a mobile disk (5) mounted in a mobile-disk holder (1) being slidable on said fixed disk (2); said mobile-disk holder (1) and said mobile disk (5) defining a mixing opening (8), which is adapted to connect said inlet openings with an outlet opening (7), formed in said base (4), in a position corresponding to said outlet hole (3) on said fixed disk (2), from which the mixed water flows out; sliding of said mobile disk (5) on said fixed disk (2) causing partial opening or complete closing of one or both of said ports of the fixed disk (2), thus adjusting the amount of hot and cold water that passes from the inlet openings to the outlet opening (7) for the mixed water; said mixer valve structure being characterised in that said mobile-disk holder (1) has, on the side facing said fixed disk (2), a body (10) that is provided with a plurality of cavities (11); said body (10) being configured so as to extend into said mixing opening (8) of said mobile disk (5) to reduce the useful area of passage of said mixing opening (8); said cavities (11) being defined by separation walls (12, 13) of said body (10), said separation walls extending into said mixing opening (8) of said mobile disk (5), said body (10) comprising three cavities (11), including a central cavity of said three cavities (11) being defined by a central separation wall (13) arranged completely perimetrically around said central cavity, and two peripheral cavities of said three cavities (11) being defined by peripheral separation walls (12) arranged respectively completely perimetrically around said two peripheral cavities, said peripheral separation walls (12) each having a height greater than a height of said central separation wall (13).

US Pat. No. 11,028,929

VALVE WITH PRESSURE DIFFERENTIAL SEATING

OIL STATES ENERGY SERVICE...

1. A valve comprising:a valve body comprising a cavity and an interior bore with a central longitudinal axis;
a flow barrier disposed within said cavity and operable to move between an open position in which the interior bore of the valve body is unobstructed and a closed position in which the flow barrier obstructs the interior bore;
a seat comprising a first radial surface at a first axial location adjacent to said flow barrier, a second radial surface that is at a second axial location and larger than the first radial surface, and a third radial surface at a third axial location between the first axial location and the second axial location;
a seat bushing comprising a first radial surface;
said seat bushing and seat disposed such that the first radial surface of the seat bushing does not directly contact the seat, such that a chamber is formed between the third radial surface of the seat and the first radial surface of the seat bushing.

US Pat. No. 11,028,928

INTERFLOW LIMITING VALVE ASSEMBLY

Roller Bearing Company of...

1. A sleeve for a valve assembly, the sleeve comprising:an annular body having an inside surface extending from a first axial end to a second axial end of the sleeve, the inside surface defining an interior area, the inside surface having a first cylindrical section extending from the first axial end and a second cylindrical section located between the first cylindrical section and the second axial end, a conical interior seating surface extending between the first cylindrical section and the second cylindrical section, the conical interior seating surface being metallic;
a groove extending circumferentially around and radially outward in the first cylindrical section, the groove extending axially away from the conical interior seating surface towards the first axial end;
at least one first port extending radially through the first cylindrical section of the inside surface proximate the groove, the at least one first port being spaced apart from the groove by a lip formed by the first cylindrical section, the lip extending a predetermined axial distance between the groove and the at least one first port, and the lip extending circumferentially around the first cylindrical section and extending radially inward from the first cylindrical section; and
wherein the groove extends radially outward from the inside surface 0.02 inches to 0.03 inches, to provide space for forming the conical interior seating surface.

US Pat. No. 11,028,927

WIDE DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE RANGE AIR RIDING CARBON SEAL

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A carbon seal assembly comprising:a stator fixable to a static component;
a rotor fixable to a rotating component rotatable relative to the static component;
a carbon ring disposed between the stator and the rotor;
a spring configured to move the carbon ring fore and aft between the stator and the rotor;
a diaphragm operatively attached to the stator and to a combination of the spring and the carbon ring;
a casing in which at least one of the spring and the carbon ring is at least partially disposed, wherein the diaphragm is attached to the casing; and
a limit stop extending from the stator toward the rotor, the limit stop being configured to engage with the casing to limit movement of the carbon ring in a direction towards the stator and to allow high pressure air between the diaphragm and the stator;
wherein the limit stop is unidirectional extending in a single direction and is positioned axially between the stator and the casing; and
wherein the spring is disposed in the casing in a direction facing the rotor, and the limit stop is disposed on an opposite side of the casing facing the stator.

US Pat. No. 11,028,926

MECHANICAL SEAL ARRANGEMENT WITH MINIMAL LEAKAGE

1. Mechanical seal arrangement, comprising:a mechanical seal with a rotating slide ring and a stationary slide ring,
wherein one of the two slide rings has a first sliding surface,
wherein the other of the two slide rings has a second sliding surface with a circumferentially closed sealing edge, which projects from in a direction towards the first sliding surface by a height (H),
wherein the sealing edge has a width which is in an area between 10 to 500 ?m,
wherein at least one pre-stressing element pre-stresses the slide rings against each other,
wherein the second sliding surface and the sealing edge at the second sliding surface have a diamond coating, or wherein the second sliding surface and the sealing edge at the second sliding surface have a cubic boron nitride coating, wherein a width of the sealing edge is smaller than a width of the first sliding surface, and contacts only a portion of the first sliding surface, and
wherein between the first sliding surface and the second sliding surface a OH ion donor and/or a H+ ion donor is present.

US Pat. No. 11,028,925

SEAL RING

KABUSHIKI KAISHA RIKEN, ...

1. A seal ring comprising: an inner circumferential surface; an outer circumferential surface facing the inner circumferential surface; side surfaces orthogonal to the inner circumferential surface and the outer circumferential surface; and a plurality of pockets provided, spaced apart from one another in one of the side surfaces, whereinthe plurality of pockets each have a symmetrical shape in a circumferential direction of the seal ring and are entirely opened on a side of the inner circumferential surface and closed on a side of the outer circumferential surface,
the plurality of pockets each including circumferential end portions that are provided in end portions in the circumferential direction and are R-surfaces each having a convex shape connected to the side surface, a bottom portion provided in a central region in the circumferential direction, and inclined portions each extending between each of the circumferential end portions and the bottom portion,
the inclined portions each include at least one ridge portion, a first inclined portion extending between the bottom portion and the ridge portion and being a flat surface forming a first angle of 60° or less with respect to the side surface, and a second inclined portion extending between the circumferential end portion and the ridge portion and being a flat surface forming a second angle smaller than the first angle with respect to the side surface,
wherein the bottom portion is a flat surface.

US Pat. No. 11,028,924

GASKET AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

NOK CORPORATION

1. A gasket comprising:a base member;
one gasket body that is provided on one side surface of the base member in a thickness direction; and
an opposite gasket body that is provided on an opposite side surface of the base member the thickness direction,
wherein the one gasket body includes a projection protruding toward the opposite side surface in the thickness direction,
wherein the base member includes a deformed portion protruding toward the opposite side surface in the thickness direction by covering the projection, the one gasket body overlapping the deformed portion and extending laterally outward and beyond the deformed portion, and
wherein the opposite gasket body is formed as a film-shaped rubber layer deposited on a front surface of the deformed portion.

US Pat. No. 11,028,923

HIGH VIBRATION PNEUMATIC PISTON ASSEMBLY MADE FROM ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A piston assembly comprising:a piston including a first cap disposed on a first end of the piston and a second cap disposed on a second end of the piston;
a piston cross-member in between the first cap and the second cap, wherein the piston cross-member comprises a hollowed out portion defining a webbing that is a sheet of solid material extending across a portion of the piston cross-member, wherein the webbing does not form a hole or holes passing through the piston cross-member, wherein a thickness of the webbing is less than a thickness of other portions of the piston cross-member so as to provide weight reduction;
a cover formed with the piston cross-member, wherein the cover extends between the first cap and second cap, wherein the cover is hollow and is in a shape of a hollow tube that extends an entire length of the cover, and further wherein the piston, piston cross-member, and cover form a single piece of additively manufactured material; and
a crank mechanism including a shaft and a crank, wherein the piston cross-member is attached to the crank mechanism, and wherein a rotational axis of the shaft is disposed externally of the cover.

US Pat. No. 11,028,922

PARKING LOCK FOR A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

1. A parking lock for a vehicle transmission comprising a ratchet wheel (1) and a ratchet (2),wherein
the ratchet wheel (1) and the ratchet (2) consist of plastic, the ratchet (2) having a first ratchet tooth (6) and a further ratchet tooth (7), and the ratchet wheel (1) having a first tooth receiver (12) and a further tooth receiver (13), the first ratchet tooth (6) being hookable into the first tooth receiver (12) and the further ratchet tooth (7) being hookable into the further tooth receiver (13), wherein the ratchet (2) has reinforcing ribs (8).

US Pat. No. 11,028,921

ARRANGEMENT STRUCTURE OF GEAR POSITION DETECTING SENSOR

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An arrangement structure comprising a multi-position transmission and a gear position detecting sensor configured to detect a gear position of the multi-position transmission, which gear position is shifted according to a turn motion of a shift drum,wherein an end portion of the shift drum is fitted with a first end portion of an elongated shaft configured to be rotated coaxially with the shift drum,
the arrangement structure comprising:
a first sensor which is fitted to a second end portion of the elongated shaft and which is configured to detect a turn position of the elongated shaft; and
a second sensor which is located outside in a radial direction of the elongated shaft between the first end portion and the second end portion of the elongated shaft, and which is configured to detect that the elongated shaft is located at a specified turn position,
wherein:
the first sensor and the second sensor are fitted from the outside of a transmission case of the multi-position transmission and are exposed to the outside of the transmission case,
the transmission case has two rotary member receiving portions formed on its surface side, each of the two rotary member receiving portions having peripheral edge portions formed vertically and configured to receive a rotary member rotated in conjunction with an engine to input a driving force to the multi-position transmission,
and the second sensor is arranged in a receiving depressed portion opened to a lower side of the transmission case at a position between the two rotary member receiving portions.

US Pat. No. 11,028,920

PISTON FOR ELECTROMAGNETICALLY ACTUATE ABLE HYDRAULIC VALVE AND HYDRAULIC SYSTEM WITH THE ELECTROMAGNETICALLY ACTUATE ABLE HYDRAULIC VALVE AND A SIGNAL ELEMENT

ECO Holding 1 GmbH, Mark...

1. An electromagnetically actuatable hydraulic valve, comprising:a piston arranged in a housing; and
a damping system including a first hollow damping element that is axially movable in the piston and a spring element that is axially supported at the piston and at the first hollow damping element,
wherein the piston is configured cylindrical and axially movable along a central opening that extends along a longitudinal axis of the housing of the electromagnetically actuatable hydraulic valve,
wherein plural connections of the housing are opened or closed according to a position of the piston wherein the plural connections are flow connected with the central opening,
wherein the piston is axially movable by a force generated directly at the piston by a hydraulic signal pressure from a signal element,
wherein the damping system reduces oscillations of the force generated directly at the piston by the hydraulic signal pressure from the signal element when the piston is at the position,
wherein an entirety of the damping system including an entirety of the first hollow damping element and an entirety of the spring element is received in a receiving cavity configured in the piston,
wherein the entirety of the damping system always moves together with the piston when the piston moves,
wherein the first hollow damping element seals against the signal pressure along an axial travel range of the first hollow damping element in the piston, and
wherein the first hollow damping element partially envelops the spring element.

US Pat. No. 11,028,919

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SHIFTING OF A VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for controlling shifting of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a transmission configured to transmit power generated by a motor to a vehicle wheel; and
a controller configured to control an operation of the transmission, wherein the controller is configured to enter a LURCH control mode when sensing shifting of a shift lever between a D range and an R range during driving to maintain a clutch torque in the transmission, to decrease a vehicle speed by controlling a motor speed, and to shift a gear of the vehicle by changing a motor torque when the vehicle speed reaches a threshold speed.

US Pat. No. 11,028,918

PLANET GEAR CARRIER FOR AN EPICYCLIC GEAR TRAIN AND SERIES OF EPICYCLIC GEAR TRAINS

1. A planet gear carrier for an epicyclic gear train, the planet gear carrier comprising:a plurality of planet gears, each having a bearing pin;
a pinion with an axial section;
a carrier base with a plurality of first axial receptacles each spaced from each other and each for receiving one of the bearing pins of the plurality of planet gears;
a plurality of second receptacles in the carrier base, each of said receptacles being arranged at a present range between adjacent first receptacles;
a cover ring having a plurality of integral connecting pins, each connecting pin having a spacer section and a pin section, each of the second receptacles receiving a pin section in order to achieve a connection between the carrier base and the cover ring; and
a depression with a predetermined depth in the carrier base for receiving the axial section of the pinion, wherein a radial opening is present between the depression and at least one of the axial receptacles and constitutes a spatial connection between the depression and the at least one axial receptacle.

US Pat. No. 11,028,917

WORK EQUIPMENT TRANSMISSION WITH GEAR BAFFLE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

1. A work equipment transmission comprising:a gear having a face and an outer periphery and rotatable about a gear axis;
a gearbox housing containing the gear within an internal cavity that defines a sump retaining a volume of lubricant, the gearbox housing defined by:
a first housing body having a first baffle-retaining surface and an outlet opening disposed about the gear axis; and
a second housing body mountable to the first housing body and having a second baffle-retaining surface; and
a baffle having:
a shroud wall defining a peripheral lip;
an annular collar having an annular collar lip, the annular collar having an opening concentric with the annular collar lip;
an end wall extending radially and uniting the shroud wall and the annular collar; and
wherein the baffle is disposed within the gearbox housing to separate the gear from the volume of lubricant in the sump, the end wall extending proximate the face of the gear and the shroud wall extending at least partially around the outer periphery of the gear; and
wherein the baffle is mounted to the gearbox housing with the opening disposed about the gear axis by a clamping force between the first housing body and the second housing body and engagement of the peripheral lip with the first baffle-retaining surface of the first housing body and engagement of the collar lip with the second baffle-retaining surface of the second housing body.

US Pat. No. 11,028,916

BICYCLE SPROCKET

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:a base body including a rotational center axis, a first surface and a second surface that is disposed on an opposite side of the first surface in an axial direction with respect to the rotational center axis;
at least one first sprocket tooth extending radially outwardly from the base body in a radial direction with respect to the rotational center axis; and
at least one shifting initiation tooth extending radially outwardly from the base body in the radial direction, the at least one shifting initiation tooth being different from the at least one first sprocket tooth,
the at least one first sprocket tooth including a drive surface, a non-drive surface and a tooth tip portion,
the at least one first sprocket tooth further including a boundary between the drive surface and the tooth tip portion being defined by a drive surface side tooth tip end portion, and a boundary between the non-drive surface and the tooth tip portion being defined by a non-drive surface side tooth tip end portion,
the tooth tip portion connecting the drive surface side tooth tip end portion and the non-drive surface side tooth tip end portion,
the non-drive surface extending circumferentially with respect to the rotational center axis from the non-drive surface side tooth tip end portion at least partially toward the first surface,
the tooth tip portion extending circumferentially with respect to the rotational center axis in a first direction between the drive surface side tooth tip end portion and the non-drive surface side tooth tip end portion, and
the non-drive surface extending circumferentially with respect to the rotational center axis from the non-drive surface side tooth tip end portion in a second direction that is inclined with respect to the first direction in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 11,028,915

FLAT STRAIN WAVE GEARING

Harmonic Drive Systems In...

1. A flat strain wave gearing comprising:a first rigid internal gear;
a second rigid internal gear;
a cylindrical flexible external gear capable of meshing with the first and second rigid internal gears;
a wave generator that flexes the flexible external gear into a non-circular shape to partially mesh with the first and second rigid internal gears and that moves meshing positions therebetween in a circumferential direction; and
a restraining mechanism that limits movement of the flexible external gear in an axial direction,
wherein the restraining mechanism has:
annular first and second restraining members for limiting the movement of the flexible external gear in the axial direction;
an annular first recess where the first restraining member is accommodated in a floating state in which it is movable in the axial direction and in a radial direction by a predetermined amount and is movable in a circumferential direction; and
an annular second recess where the second restraining member is accommodated in the floating state; and
wherein the first restraining member faces a first external-gear end face on one side of the flexible external gear in the axial direction, and the second restraining member faces a second external-gear end face on the other side of the flexible external gear;
wherein the first recess is formed in a section of the first rigid internal gear other than internal-tooth forming portion thereof; and
the second recess is formed in a section of the second rigid internal gear other than internal-tooth forming portion thereof.

US Pat. No. 11,028,914

VEHICLE DIFFERENTIAL DEVICE

JTEKT Corporation, Osaka...

1. A vehicle differential device configured to distribute drive force of a vehicle to a first output shaft and a second output shaft, the vehicle differential device comprising:a first inner helical gear configured to rotate integrally with the first output shaft and having outer peripheral helical teeth on an outer peripheral surface of the first inner helical gear;
a first outer helical gear disposed on an outer periphery of the first inner helical gear and having inner peripheral helical teeth on an inner peripheral surface of the first outer helical gear, the inner peripheral helical teeth of the first outer helical gear configured to mesh with the outer peripheral helical teeth of the first inner helical gear;
a second inner helical gear configured to rotate integrally with the second output shaft and having outer peripheral helical teeth on an outer peripheral surface of the second inner helical gear;
a second outer helical gear disposed on an outer periphery of the second inner helical gear and having inner peripheral helical teeth on an inner peripheral surface of the second outer helical gear, the inner peripheral helical teeth of the second outer helical gear configured to mesh with the outer peripheral helical teeth of the second inner helical gear;
a housing configured to accommodate the first outer helical gear and the second outer helical gear;
a friction member disposed between the first outer helical gear and the second outer helical gear; and
a plurality of pinion gear sets held in the housing, each of the pinion gear sets including
a first pinion gear configured to mesh with the first outer helical gear, and
a plurality of second pinion gears configured to mesh with the second outer helical gear, the first pinion gear integrally including
an axially one end side gear portion configured to mesh with the first outer helical gear, and
an axially other end side gear portion configured to mesh with the second pinion gears, the second pinion gears being configured to mesh with the second outer helical gear at positions separated from each other in a circumferential direction of the second outer helical gear, and the axially other end side gear portion of the first pinion gear being configured to mesh with the second pinion gears at positions radially outward of the second outer helical gear.

US Pat. No. 11,028,913

TWO CHANNEL TRANSMISSION

1. A high-stability two channel transmission apparatus, comprising:a bevel gear differential disposed inside a case;
a first shaft affixed to a first sun gear of said bevel gear differential, the first shaft extending out of the case via a first opening in the case;
a second shaft affixed, at a proximal end of said second shaft, to a second sun gear of said bevel gear differential;
a gear R2 affixed at a distal end of said second shaft;
a third shaft fitted, at a proximal end thereof, with two gears R3 and R1, wherein said gear R3 meshingly engages directly with a carrier gear R4 of said bevel gear differential and said gear R1 meshingly engages with gear R2, wherein said gear R3 implements a gear ratio which adapts a speed range of the high-stability two channel transmission apparatus for an input or output application, wherein the two gears R3 and R1 are disposed inside the case, and wherein the case comprises a support structure supporting the second shaft therein;
wherein a distal end of said third shaft is configured to couple with the input or output application of said high-stability two channel transmission apparatus.

US Pat. No. 11,028,912

DRIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR MOTORIZED ADJUSTMENT OF AN ACTUATING ELEMENT ROTATABLY MOUNTED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR LATCH HOUSING

Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus...

1. A drive arrangement for motorized adjustment of an actuating element, rotatably mounted inside a motor vehicle door latch housing, the drive arrangement comprising:a motor,
a spindle drive connected to the motor, said drive comprising a spindle and a spindle nut mounted thereon, with the spindle being coaxially driven by a driven shaft of the motor and in which the spindle nut acts on the actuating element, and
at least one coupling element interposed between the actuating element and the spindle nut for rotating the actuating element,
wherein the spindle nut and the coupling element are integrally formed as a single-piece part unit.

US Pat. No. 11,028,911

ACTUATOR AND APPLICATIONS OF SAME

ZHEJIANG JIECANG LINEAR M...

1. An actuator for converting a rotating motion into a linear reciprocating motion, comprising:(a) a motor having a front end and an output worm shaft extending from the front end;
(b) a transmission mechanism operatively coupled to the output worm shaft of the motor for converting a rotating motion of the motor into a linear reciprocating motion, wherein the transmission mechanism is devoid of a coil spring; and
(c) a housing and mounting means for mounting the motor in the housing, wherein the mounting means is devoid of a foam plastic block,
wherein the transmission mechanism comprises:
a bracket mounted onto the front end of the motor, having a base, and a fixing pin extending from the base along a direction perpendicularly to the worm shaft of the motor;
a worm wheel having a first side, an opposite, second side, and a polygon-shaped recess defined in the second side, the worm wheel attached onto the base through the fixing pin on the first side, and meshing with the worm shaft of the motor;
a connector having a first end portion and a second end portion extending oppositely from the first end portion, the first end portion formed in a polygon shape substantially complemental to that of the polygon-shaped recess such that the first end portion is tightly received in the polygon-shaped recess; and
a cushion member placed between walls of the polygon-shaped recess of the worm wheel and the first end portion of the connector.

US Pat. No. 11,028,910

SPIRAL CAM GEARBOX MECHANISM

MOTUS LABS, LLC, Dallas,...

11. A cam-actuated torque block assembly comprising:a torque block having an interface surface;
a pivot lever for actuating the torque block; and
a cam follower rotatably coupled to the pivot lever, wherein the cam follower follows a three-dimensional circuit of movement.

US Pat. No. 11,028,909

SIMPLIFIED GEARBOX MECHANISM

MOTUS LABS, LLC, Dallas,...

1. A gearbox mechanism comprising:a cam element having at least two pathways formed within one or more planes of the cam element, said planes being perpendicular to a central axis about which the cam element rotates
an output element having an output interface surface coaxially aligned with the cam element;
one or more gear block assemblies, each gear block assembly comprising:
a gear block having at least one gear block interface surface;
a torque lever pivotally coupled to the gear block;
at least one cam follower coupled to the gear block; and
at least one cam follower coupled to the torque lever;
wherein the one or more gear block assemblies operate in a cyclical pattern that enables each gear block interface surface to engage and interact with the output interface surface during a portion of the cyclical pattern.

US Pat. No. 11,028,908

TENSIONER AND RELIEF VALVE UNIT

TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO., O...

1. A tensioner comprising:a tensioner body having a cylindrical plunger bore with an open end;
a cylindrical plunger slidably inserted in the cylindrical plunger bore;
a biasing means that is accommodated inside an oil pressure chamber formed inside the cylindrical plunger such as to freely expand and contract, and that biases the cylindrical plunger outward;
a check valve unit that stops reverse flow of oil flowing into the oil pressure chamber; and
a relief valve unit that releases oil when pressure inside the oil pressure chamber reaches or exceeds a predetermined high pressure,
the check valve unit being disposed as a valve element of the relief valve unit,
the relief valve unit including a relief sleeve in which the check valve unit is slidably inserted, a relief valve seat that opens and closes as the check valve unit slides, and a unit pressing spring that presses the check valve unit toward the relief valve seat, and
the check valve unit including an oil passage for allowing oil to flow from an outer side to an inner side of the check valve unit,
wherein the oil passage includes an oil passage groove formed radially in an end face of the check valve unit on the unit pressing spring side.

US Pat. No. 11,028,907

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A power transmission apparatus for an electric vehicle including a motor as a power source, the power transmission apparatus comprising:a compound planetary gear set formed as a combination of first and second planetary gear sets sharing a sun gear and a plurality of first pinion gears;
a first brake selectively connecting a first ring gear of the first planetary gear set to a transmission housing; and
a second brake selectively connecting the shared sun gear of the first and second planetary gear sets to the transmission housing,
wherein a second ring gear of the second planetary gear set is fixedly connected to a rotor of the motor and configured to continuously receive a torque of the motor, and
wherein the power transmission apparatus outputs a shifted torque through a planet carrier rotatably supporting the plurality of first pinion gears and a plurality of second pinion gears of the first planetary gear set.

US Pat. No. 11,028,906

VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle drive system comprising:a rotating electric machine;
an output drivingly coupled to a wheel;
a differential gear device provided in a power transmission path between the rotating electric machine and the output, the differential gear device including at least a first rotating element drivingly coupled to the rotating electric machine, a second rotating element drivingly coupled to the output, and a third rotating element that is selectively fixed by a one-way clutch to a non-rotating member and that is selectively fixed by a friction brake to the non-rotating member; and
a clutch that selectively couples together two of the first rotating element, the second rotating element, and the third rotating element, wherein
a reaction force torque that acts on the third rotating element when the rotating electric machine outputs a positive torque in a forward powering direction is defined as a first reaction force torque,
a reaction force torque that acts on the third rotating element when the rotating electric machine outputs a negative torque opposite in direction to the positive torque is defined as a second reaction force torque,
the one-way clutch is structured to be switchable at least between a one-way restriction state in which rotation of the third rotating element in one direction is restricted and a rotation restriction state in which rotation of the third rotating element in both directions is restricted, and
in the one-way restriction state, the one-way clutch restricts rotation of the third rotating element in a rotation direction caused by the first reaction force torque while allowing rotation of the third rotating element in a rotation direction caused by the second reaction force torque.

US Pat. No. 11,028,905

COUPLED PLANETARY GEARBOX

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A transmission, including:an input shaft configured to operationally connect to a low pressure section of a gas turbine engine; an output shaft configured to drive an engine aircraft accessory; a gear system connected between the input shaft and the output shaft, the gear system including: a first epicyclical gear set that includes a first ring gear coupled to the input shaft, a first sun gear, a first planetary gear set, and a first planetary carrier connected to the first planetary gear set; and a second epicyclical gear set that includes a second ring gear, a second sun gear, a second planetary gear set, and a second planetary carrier connected to the second planetary gear set,
wherein: the input shaft is coupled to the first ring gear and the second planetary carrier; and the first planetary carrier is coupled to the second ring gear; and a plurality of clutches that engage the first epicyclical gear set and the second epicyclical gear set, the plurality of clutches being adapted for shifting the transmission to generate a plurality of respectively overlapping transmission speeds;
wherein the plurality of clutches comprises one or more of:
a first clutch configured for being shifted between: a closed state, to rotationally couple the output shaft with the second sun gear; and an opened state to rotationally decouple the output shaft from the second sun gear;
a second clutch configured for being shifted between: a closed state to rotationally couple the output shaft with the second ring gear and the first planetary carrier; and an opened state to rotationally decouple the output shaft from the second ring gear and the first planetary carrier;
a third clutch configured for being shifted between: a closed state to rotationally brake the first sun gear; and an opened state to rotationally release from braking the first sun gear; and
a fourth clutch configured for being shifted between: a closed state to rotationally brake the second ring gear and the first planetary carrier; and an opened state to rotationally release from braking the second ring gear and the first planetary carrier;
wherein the plurality of transmission speeds includes one or more of:
a first transmission speed, wherein: the first clutch is in the closed state; the second clutch is in the opened state; the third clutch is in the opened state; and the fourth clutch is in the closed state;
a second transmission speed, wherein: the first clutch is in the closed state; the second clutch is in the opened state; the third clutch is in the closed state; and the fourth clutch is in the opened state;
a third transmission speed, wherein: the first clutch is in the closed state; the second clutch is in the closed state; the third clutch is in the opened state; and the fourth clutch is in the opened state; and
a fourth transmission speed, wherein: the first clutch is in the opened state; the second clutch is in the closed state; the third clutch is in the closed state; and the fourth clutch is in the opened state; and
wherein:
the first transmission speed and the second transmission speed overlap by a first overlapping speed range;
the second transmission speed and the third transmission speed overlap by a second overlapping speed range that is broader than three times the first overlapping speed range; and
the third transmission speed and the fourth transmission speed overlap by a third overlapping speed range that is broader than five times the first overlapping speed range.