US Pat. No. 11,067,338

AIR COOLED CONDENSER (ACC) WIND MITIGATION SYSTEM


1. A wind mitigation device comprising,a deflector that includes an inlet and an outlet; and,
an axial fan disposed above the outlet of the deflector and including a shroud, the shroud of the axial fan and the outlet of the deflector being aligned along a common vertical axis;
wherein the deflector is adapted to receive an airflow at the inlet and direct the airflow through the outlet in a vertical direction toward the axial fan,
wherein the deflector inlet is aligned along an axis different from the axis of the shroud and the deflector outlet, and
wherein the deflector inlet and the deflector outlet have identical diameters.

US Pat. No. 11,067,337

GRAIN DRYER UNLOAD SYSTEM

SUKUP MANUFACTURING CO., ...


1. A grain dryer system, comprising:a grain dryer;
the grain dryer configured to dry grain;
an unload system;
the unload system operatively connected to the grain dryer;
the unload system configured to unload grain from the grain dryer;
the unload system having a metering system and a discharge system;
a motor operatively connected to the metering system and the discharge system;
a clutch operatively connected between the metering system and the discharge system;
the clutch configured to move between an engaged position and a disengaged position;
wherein when the clutch is in the engaged position, the motor operates the metering system and the discharge system;
wherein when the clutch is in the disengaged position, the motor operates the discharge system while the metering system does not operate; and
a gearbox operably connected to the clutch between the motor and the metering system;
wherein the gearbox is positioned between the clutch and the metering system.

US Pat. No. 11,067,336

LYOPHILIZATION

Terumo BCT, Inc., Lakewo...


1. A system for use in lyophilizing a material, the system comprising:a first plate with a first surface, said first surface having a plurality of alternating concave and convex segments;
a second plate with a second surface opposed to the first surface, said second surface having a plurality of alternating convex and concave segments, the second plate comprising channels for circulating a fluid; wherein each cancave segment on the first surface faces a convex segment on said second surface and each convex segment on said first surface faces a concave segment on said second surface, and
a plate moving system operable to increase and decrease a space between the first surface and the second surface.

US Pat. No. 11,067,335

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, FACILITIES, AND PROCESSES FOR LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

NEXT CARBON SOIITTIONS, L...


1. A liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility comprising:an acid gas removal unit configured to accept a raw feed natural gas and generate an acid gas stream, a flash gas stream, and a purified natural gas stream, wherein the acid gas stream is directable to a sequestration compression unit;
a dehydration unit including a solid adsorbent, the dehydration unit configured to receive the purified natural gas stream from the acid gas removal unit and provide a dry purified natural gas stream;
a heavies removal unit configured to receive the dry purified natural gas stream from the dehydration unit and produce a liquid condensate product and a vapor product;
a condensation storage tank configured to receive the liquid condensate product from the heavies removal unit and allow for venting of a first boil off gas (BOG);
a liquefaction unit configured to condense a natural gas vapor into a liquefied natural gas (LNG), the liquefaction unit comprising at least one electrically driven refrigerant compressor;
an LNG storage tank configured to receive and store the LNG from the liquefaction unit and allow for venting of a second BOG;
an LNG loading facility configured to receive the LNG from the LNG storage tank and transfer the LNG to a marine vessel comprising a marine LNG storage tank, the LNG loading facility further configured to allow for venting of a third BOG, at least one of the first BOG from the condensation storage tank or the third BOG from the LNG loading facility is directable as a feed to the sequestration compression unit; and
the sequestration compression unit configured to compress and convey at least one CO2-rich stream towards a sequestration site,
wherein the at least one CO2-rich stream is selected from the group consisting of the first BOG from the condensation storage tank, the second BOG from the LNG storage tank, the third BOG from the LNG loading facility, the vapor product from the heavies removal unit, the acid gas stream from the acid gas removal unit, the flash gas stream from the acid gas removal unit, and mixtures thereof, and
the natural gas vapor condensed by the liquefaction unit is selected from the group consisting of the first BOG from the condensation storage tank, the second BOG from the LNG storage tank, the third BOG from the LNG loading unit, the vapor product from the heavies removal unit, and mixtures thereof.

US Pat. No. 11,067,334

REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE APPARATUS AND DOMESTIC REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...


1. A refrigeration appliance apparatus, comprising:an appliance body defining a refrigeration chamber with an inner liner;
a water-dispensing unit disposed on a side wall of said inner liner, wherein said water-dispensing unit having a guide for dispensing water;
said water-dispensing unit having at least one actuating unit, wherein said actuating unit having a first operating element and a second operating element for starting the water removal through said guide;
said second operating element selected from the group consisting of a button and a knob; and
said actuating unit having at least one actuating element disposed to connect said first operating element and said second operating element to one another;
wherein said actuating element, in an installed position, is mounted on a holding unit pivotable about a pivot axis relative to the holding unit; and
wherein said pivot axis is disposed at a position along said actuating element other than between said first operating element and said second operating element.

US Pat. No. 11,067,333

REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE WITH A NOISE SENSOR

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...


1. A refrigeration appliance, comprising:an electrical component, which emits noise during operation, said electrical component having a normal operating power range and a maximum operating power within the normal operating power range;
a noise sensor for detecting a noise intensity of the noise emitted by said electrical component;
a controller for operating said electrical component in the normal operating power range, said controller being configured to change an operating power of said electrical component within the normal operating power range, to determine a a plurality of minima for the noise intensity detected by said noise sensor within the normal operating power range; and
said controller being configured to determine a noise-reduced operating power based on the minimum that corresponds to an operating power of said electrical component that lies within a tolerance range of the maximum operating power, and to operate said electrical component with the noise-reduced operating power.

US Pat. No. 11,067,332

REFRIGERATOR AND DRAWER ASSEMBLY THEREOF

HAIER SMART HOME CO., LTD...


1. A drawer assembly for a refrigerator, comprising:a drawer, arranged in a storage compartment of the refrigerator in a way of being capable of being pushed and pulled forward and rearward between a front extreme position and a rear extreme position; and
two support assemblies in left-right parallel arrangement, wherein each of the support assemblies comprises a support frame, and the support frame is fixed to an inner wall of the storage compartment, is provided on an inner side with a first slideway extending forward and rearward, and is provided on a rear portion of the inner side with an elastic tongue; and
a left sidewall and a right sidewall of the drawer are respectively mounted on the first sideway of the support frame of one of the support assemblies in a forward and rearward slidable way, and the drawer assembly is configured as: when the drawer is moved rearward to approach to the rear extreme position, a rear end of the drawer pushes rearward the elastic tongue, so that the elastic tongue generates elastic deformation, thus allowing the elastic tongue to apply a forward elastic cushioning force to the drawer, wherein
the left sidewall and the right sidewall of the drawer are respectively provided with an upper guide strip and a lower guide strip located below the upper guide strip, and the upper guide strip and the lower guide strip are both provided with a bottom edge gradually sloping downward from the rear side to the front side;
an upper slide groove and a lower slide groove are formed in the support frame, the upper slide groove extends forward and rearward, and the lower slide groove is provided with a front vertical section, a horizontal section extending rearward from a bottom end of the front vertical section, and a rear vertical section extending downward from a rear end of the horizontal section; and the support assembly further comprises:
a connecting member, wherein front and rear ends of the connecting member are respectively provided with a front guide post and a rear guide post with axes extending leftward and rightward, the front guide post extends into the lower slide groove, and the rear guide post extends into the upper slide groove; and
an elastic element, applying a rearward elastic pre-tightening force to the connecting member; and the drawer assembly is configured as:
when the drawer is in a normal open state, the front guide post is clamped in the front vertical section, and the upper guide strip and the lower guide strip are located in front of the front guide post;
in a process of moving rearward the drawer, the upper guide strip is moved rearward, and at the same time, the bottom edge of the upper guide strip presses downward the front guide post, so that the front guide post leaves away from the front vertical section to enter the horizontal section and is abutted against a front edge of the lower guide strip, thus pushing the drawer to move rearward in an accelerated way under the effect of the elastic pre-tightening force;
in a process of moving forward and opening the drawer, the lower guide strip pushes forward the front guide post, so that the front guide post is clamped in the front vertical section again, and the drawer is continuously moved forward; and
when the drawer is in an abnormal open state that the front guide post is clamped at the rear end of the horizontal section, the drawer is moved rearward, the lower guide strip is moved rearward, and at the same time, the bottom edge of the lower guide strip presses downward the front guide post, so that the front guide post enters the rear vertical section so as to allow the lower guide strip to cross the front guide post, and the front guide post is located in front of the lower guide strip again.

US Pat. No. 11,067,331

CANTILEVER SHELF AND SHELF SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

Electrolux Home Products,...


1. A refrigeration appliance comprising:a cabinet defining a storage compartment therein for storing food items in a cooled environment;
a door coupled relative to the cabinet for selectively closing an opening of the compartment;
a liner defining at least one liner wall of the compartment;
a vertical support rail coupled to the at least one liner wall;
a shelf support selectively removably mounted to the vertical support rail;
a shelf panel supported generally horizontally on the shelf support; and
a false wall extending along the at least one liner wall and disposed inward of the at least one liner wall within the compartment;
wherein the vertical support rail is disposed majoratively outward of an inward-most face of the false wall,
wherein a first portion of the vertical support rail includes an apertured wall having a plurality of vertically-spaced apertures for receiving a protrusion of the shelf support and an L-shaped mounting flange for mounting against the at least one liner wall, and a second portion of the vertical support rail includes a U-shaped shelf support; and
wherein the first and second portions of the vertical support are formed of separate elements that are secured together.

US Pat. No. 11,067,330

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING DEFROST TIME

King Abdulaziz University...


1. A device for measuring defrost time, comprising:an hour glass or dumbbell-shaped elongated compartment including a first end and a second end separated by a side wall along a longitudinal axis of the elongated compartment, thereby forming a cavity including only a first chamber and a second chamber that are fluidly connected through a narrow section located between the first and second chambers, wherein at least a portion of the elongated compartment is made of a first transparent material;
a planar permeable structure, selected from the group consisting of glass frit, a wire net, a mesh, and a permeable plastic membrane, disposed at the narrow section and configured to prevent a movement of a solidified liquid from one chamber to another when the elongated compartment is vertically oriented;
a liquid, comprising a first phase change material and a second phase change material, disposed in the cavity;
a substantially planar base to which the elongated compartment is releasably and rotatably attached, the base being configured to mount the elongated compartment to a wall, the device being substantially planar in a plane parallel to the wall; and
a graduation arranged on an outside surface of the elongated compartment suitable for measuring a liquid level in the elongated compartment,
wherein the elongated compartment is configured to be rotated about a central axis orthogonal to the base, the first and second chambers being symmetric about the central axis,
wherein the first and second chambers are symmetric to each other,
wherein the base includes at least two stopper elements on opposing sides of the first or second chambers, the at least two stopper elements protruding in a direction orthogonal to the base, and being configured to vertically center the elongated compartment, and
wherein the device is configured to determine a defrost time period for two or more temperature intervals in a cooled space.

US Pat. No. 11,067,329

MULTIPLE TEMPERATURE AUTOMATED STORAGE SYSTEM AND METHOD

Dematic Corp., Grand Rap...


1. A multiple temperature automated storage system, comprising:a rack having multiple levels of shelves defining item storage positons and an aisle at each level;
a plurality of shuttles adapted to operate in said aisles for storing items to said storage positons and retrieving items from said storage positons; and
a thermally insulated enclosure enclosing some of said levels of said rack to define a low temperature zone with the remaining levels of said rack defining a higher temperature zone;
wherein some of said shuttles are limited to operation within said thermally insulated enclosure and other of said shuttles are limited to operation outside of said thermally insulated enclosure.

US Pat. No. 11,067,328

HYBRID COOLING APPLIANCE

Dometic Sweden AB, Solna...


1. A hybrid cooling appliance, comprising:a cabinet having cooling mechanicals mounted on said cabinet, said cabinet having a compartment;
at least one door positioned on a front side of said cabinet covering an opening;
said cooling mechanicals including an evaporator on said cabinet, an absorption refrigeration system and a compressor refrigeration system, comprising a DC compressor, said absorption refrigeration system and said compressor refrigeration system both being capable of cooling the entire compartment;
a controller which operates said absorption refrigeration system and said compressor refrigeration system, said controller having AC and DC power input and electric control of a gas valve, said controller capable of operating in three modes:a first mode wherein one of said absorption refrigeration system or said compressor refrigeration system operates alone;
a second mode wherein the other of said absorption refrigeration system or said compressor refrigeration system operates alone; and,
a third mode wherein both said absorption refrigeration system and said compressor refrigeration system operate simultaneously;

wherein said evaporator comprises a compressor evaporator and an absorption evaporator;
further wherein said compressor evaporator and said absorption evaporator are one of in direct contact, in thermal communication with separate thermal transfer plates or in thermal communication with a single thermal transfer plate.

US Pat. No. 11,067,327

PORTABLE COOLER WITH ACTIVE TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Ember Technologies, Inc.,...


1. A portable cooler container with active temperature control, comprising:a double-walled vacuum insulated container body having a chamber configured to receive and hold one or more temperature sensitive products;
a lid hingedly coupleable or removably coupleable to the container body; and
a temperature control system of the container body at least partially disposed between an outer wall of the container body below the lid and an inner wall of the container body that defines at least a portion of the chamber, comprisingone or more thermoelectric elements in thermal communication with the chamber and configured to actively heat or cool said at least a portion of the chamber,
one or more batteries, and
circuitry configured to control an operation of the one or more thermoelectric elements to heat or cool at least a portion of the chamber to a predetermined temperature or temperature range, the circuitry further configured to wirelessly communicate with a cloud-based data storage system or a remote electronic device; and

an electronic display screen that displays shipping address information for the portable cooler container.

US Pat. No. 11,067,326

ICE DISPENSING ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING CLUMPING

Haier US Appliance Soluti...


1. An ice dispensing assembly for an appliance, the ice dispensing assembly comprising:a container for receiving ice, the container having a bottom defining an opening for passing ice from the container;
a rotatable drum defining a central axis and positioned below the container at the opening defined by the bottom of the container, the rotatable drum having a wall, the rotatable drum defining an inner channel extending circumferentially along an inner surface of the wall from a first arc point to a second arc point;
a motor in mechanical communication with the rotatable drum and configured to selectively cause the rotatable drum to rotate about the central axis;
an agitator bridge extending above the wall in rotational engagement with the rotatable drum; and
a rotatable blade housed within the rotatable drum below the agitator bridge, the rotatable blade being in selective rotational engagement with the rotatable drum, the rotatable blade being circumferentially bounded by the first arc point and the second arc point,
wherein the rotatable drum is movable between a crusher position and an agitator position, the crusher position comprising the rotatable blade in engagement with the rotatable drum at the first arc point while being circumferentially spaced apart from the second arc point, and the agitator position comprising the rotatable blade in engagement with the rotatable drum at the second arc point while being circumferentially spaced apart from the first arc point.

US Pat. No. 11,067,325

REFRIGERATION CYCLE OPTIMIZATION

Hitachi-Johnson Controls ...


8. One or more non-transitory computer-readable storage media storing instructions that, when executed by one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to control an air-conditioning system by performing operations comprising:predicting a capacity of a refrigeration cycle generated by an outdoor unit including a plurality of compressors and temperature of an indoor space air-conditioned by the refrigeration cycle based on historical operating data of the refrigeration cycle;
minimizing a cost using a number of the plurality of compressors and electric power consumption as independent variables subject to a temperature constraint condition for the indoor space;
determining a set of the number of compressors to be operated and the electric power consumption for the plurality of compressors in a next time chunk;
operating the plurality of compressors in the determined set in the next time chunk;
determining whether a predicted temperature of the indoor space satisfies the temperature constraint condition; and
if the predicted temperature of the indoor space does not satisfy the temperature constraint condition, executing a mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) optimization until the set of the number of the plurality of compressors to be operated and the electric power consumption satisfies the temperature constraint condition.

US Pat. No. 11,067,324

REFRIGERATOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...


1. A method for controlling a refrigerator comprising a compressor compressing a refrigerant, a first evaporator receiving the refrigerant from the compressor to generate cold air for cooling a first storage chamber, a first cooling fan for supplying the cold air into the first storage chamber, a second evaporator receiving the refrigerant from the compressor to generate cold air for cooling a second storage chamber, a second cooling fan for supplying the cold air into the second storage chamber, and a valve selectively opening one of a first refrigerant passage connected between the compressor and the first evaporator to allow the refrigerant to flow therebetween and a second refrigerant passage connected between the compressor and the second evaporator to allow the refrigerant to flow therebetween, wherein cooling of the first storage chamber and cooling of the second storage chamber alternately operate, the method comprising:sensing a temperature of the first storage chamber by a sensor;
increasing, by a controller that is configured to control the temperature of the first storage chamber between a first reference temperature and a second reference temperature greater than the first reference temperature, an output of the first cooling fan based on the sensed temperature of the first storage chamber reaching a value that is equal to or above the first reference temperature for the first storage chamber;
decreasing, by the controller, the output of the first cooling fan or stopping the first cooling fan based on the sensed temperature of the first storage chamber reaching a value that is equal to or below the second reference temperature for the first storage chamber;
increasing, by the controller, the output of the first cooling fan (i) based on a first reference time having elapsed from a time point at which the temperature of the first storage chamber reaches the value that is equal to or below the second reference temperature, or (ii) based on the sensed temperature of the first storage chamber reaching a first set temperature between the first reference temperature and the second reference temperature after the temperature of the first storage chamber reaches the value that is equal to or below the second reference temperature; and
decreasing, by the controller, the output of the first cooling fan or stopping the first cooling fan (i) based on a second reference time having elapsed from a time point at which the output of the first cooling fan is changed, or (ii) based on the sensed temperature of the first storage chamber reaching a second set temperature between the first set temperature and the first reference temperature after the output of the first cooling fan is changed.

US Pat. No. 11,067,323

REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...


1. A refrigerator comprising:a first freezing cycle in which a first refrigerant circulates, the first freezing cycle having a first compressor, a first condenser, at least one first capillary tube, and at least one first evaporator, the first freezing cycle being configured to cool a freezing compartment and a refrigerating compartment;
a freezing compartment sensor configured to sense the freezing compartment temperature;
a refrigerating compartment sensor configured to sense the refrigerating compartment temperature;
a second freezing cycle in which a second refrigerant circulates, the second freezing cycle having a second compressor, a second condenser, a second capillary tube, and a second evaporator, the second freezing cycle being configured to cool a deep freezing compartment, the second refrigerant being a mixed refrigerant having a lower evaporation temperature than the first refrigerant;
a deep freezing compartment sensor configured to sense the deep freezing compartment temperature, the deep freezing compartment temperature being lower than the freezing compartment temperature;
a freezing compartment damper provided in a freezing compartment circulation passage between the deep freezing compartment and the freezing compartment and configured to open and close the freezing compartment circulation passage; and
a refrigerating compartment damper provided in a refrigerating compartment circulation passage between the deep freezing compartment and the refrigerating compartment and configured to open and close the refrigerating compartment circulation pas sage,
a controller configured to perform one of;(i) independently operate the first freezing cycle according to the refrigerating compartment temperature and the freezing compartment temperature; and the second freezing cycle according to the deep freezing compartment temperature and close the freezing compartment damper and the refrigerating compartment damper when a simultaneous operation condition is not satisfied,
(ii) simultaneously operate the first freezing cycle and the second freezing cycle and open at least one of the freezing compartment damper or the refrigerating compartment damper when a simultaneous operation condition is satisfied.


US Pat. No. 11,067,322

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING COMPONENT MALFUNCTION USING ACCELEROMETERS

Lennox Industries Inc., ...


1. A method of minimizing components of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system from malfunctioning, the method comprising:measuring, by an accelerometer associated with at least one component of the HVAC system, vibration of the at least one component;
wirelessly receiving, by a controller from the accelerometer associated with at least one component of the HVAC system, actual vibration data reflective of the vibration of the at least one component measured at the measuring step, wherein the controller comprises at least one of a processor, a memory, and a user interface;
determining, using the controller, whether the actual vibration data received by the controller at the receiving step is greater than pre-defined acceptable baseline vibration data by more than a pre-defined acceptable amount;
responsive to a determination that the actual vibration data received by the controller at the receiving step is greater than the pre-defined acceptable baseline vibration data by more than the pre-defined acceptable amount, adding, by the controller, an operational frequency of the at least one component corresponding to the actual vibration data as a deadband frequency, wherein deadband frequency is a frequency at which the controller blocks operation of the at least one component of the HVAC system due to severe vibration;
determining whether changes have occurred in the added operational frequency as the deadband frequency, wherein the determination of whether changes have occurred in the added operational frequency as the deadband frequency comprises:determining whether the added operational frequency of the at least one component is adjacent to the deadband frequency;
responsive to a determination that the added operational frequency of the at least one component is adjacent to the deadband frequency, subsequently measuring, by the accelerometer associated with the at least one component of the HVAC system, vibration of the at least one component; 2 4812-8672-3282, v. 1 Application No.: 16/261,801
wirelessly receiving, by the controller, the actual vibration data reflective of the vibration of the at least one component measured at the subsequent measuring step;
determining, using the controller, whether the actual vibration data reflective of the vibration of the at least one component measured at the subsequent measuring step is greater than the pre-defined acceptable baseline vibration data by more than the pre-defined acceptable amount;
responsive to a determination that the actual vibration data reflective of the vibration of the at least one component measured at the subsequent measuring step is greater than pre-defined acceptable baseline vibration data by more than the pre-defined acceptable amount, adjusting, by the controller, the added operational frequency of the at least one component to the deadband frequency;
responsive to a determination that the actual vibration data reflective of the vibration of the at least one component measured at the subsequent measuring step is not greater than pre-defined acceptable baseline vibration data by more than the pre-defined acceptable amount, removing, by the controller, the added operational frequency of the at least one component as the deadband frequency; and

adjusting, by the controller, the operation of at least one component at the deadband frequency.

US Pat. No. 11,067,321

AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND REFRIGERANT-AMOUNT SETTING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...


1. An air-conditioning system comprising:a refrigerant circuit configured to circulate refrigerant;
a load-side unit configured to house a load-side heat exchanger provided in the refrigerant circuit, the load-side unit being connected with a plurality of target spaces for air-conditioning by a plurality of air supply passages for use in supply of air that passes through the load-side heat exchanger;
a refrigerant sensor configured to detect leakage of the refrigerant; and
a plurality of opening/closing dampers each provided in an associated one of the plurality of air supply passages, the plurality of opening/closing dampers being configured to operate to be opened/closed independently of each other,
the plurality of opening/closing dampers being configured to all open when the refrigerant sensor detects leakage of the refrigerant, wherein
an amount of refrigerant enclosed in the refrigerant circuit satisfies M

US Pat. No. 11,067,320

GAS RECOVERY SYSTEM FOR COMPRESSOR, COMPRESSOR SYSTEM, AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...


1. A refrigeration cycle system comprising:a compressor which compresses refrigerant process gas in a gas state;
a seal portion which is provided in each of gaps between a stator and a rotor in both the end portions of a rotary shaft, and to which a separation gas in a gas state is supplied thereby preventing lubricating oil used in a bearing from being mixed into the seal portion;
a condenser which condenses and liquefies the refrigerant process gas, which has been compressed by the compressor, in a gas state;
a valve which adiabatically expands the refrigerant process gas, which has been condensed by the condenser, in a liquid state;
an evaporator which exchanges heat between the refrigerant process gas, which has been adiabatically expanded by the valve, in a liquid state and a target to be cooled, thereby cooling the target and evaporating the refrigerant process gas in a liquid state; and
a gas recovery system for the compressor that recovers mixed gas, wherein the mixed gas is a mixture of the refrigerant process gas which is compressed by the compressor and leaked into the seal portion and the separation gas in a gas state which is supplied to the seal portion of the compressor, from the seal portion, and separates the mixed gas into the refrigerant process gas and the separation gas in a gas state,
wherein the gas recovery system comprises:
a distillation column that brings the separation gas in a liquid state into contact with the mixed gas, thereby exchanging heat between the mixed gas and the separation gas in a liquid state to cool and liquefy the refrigerant process gas contained in the mixed gas, and heat and gasify the separation gas in a liquid state;
a process gas recovery line that is connected to a lower part of the distillation column and recovers the refrigerant process gas in a liquid state discharged from the lower part of the distillation column, the refrigerant process gas recovered through the process gas recovery line being supplied to the compressor; and
a supply gas recovery line that is connected to an upper part of the distillation column and recovers the separation gas in a gas state discharged from the upper part of the distillation column, the separation gas in a gas state being recovered through the supply gas recovery line and being supplied to the seal portion,
wherein the gas recovery system further comprises:
a process gas circulation line that branches from the process gas recovery line and returns the refrigerant process gas in a liquid state, which is discharged from the distillation column, to the distillation column after being gasified;
a supply gas circulation line that branches from the supply gas recovery line and returns the separation gas in a gas state, which is discharged from the distillation column, to the distillation column after being liquefied; and
a circulation heat exchanger that exchanges heat between the refrigerant process gas in a liquid state flowing through the process gas circulation line and the separation gas in a gas state flowing through the supply gas circulation line,
the separation gas in a gas state contained in the mixed gas in the distillation column is maintained in a gas state, and with the separation gas in a liquid state is heated and gasified by the refrigerant process gas contained in the mixed gas.

US Pat. No. 11,067,319

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH MULTIPLE CONDUITS AND VALVE CONTROL SYSTEM

Johnson Controls Technolo...


1. A heat exchanger system, comprising:a heat exchanger comprising a plurality of conduits, wherein each conduit of the plurality of conduits is configured to receive refrigerant from a refrigerant flow path of the heat exchanger system, wherein a first conduit of the plurality of conduits is fluidly coupled to the refrigerant flow path via an uninterrupted connection, and wherein the heat exchanger is an indoor heat exchanger;
an expansion valve disposed along the refrigerant flow path and configured to receive the refrigerant;
a valve fluidly coupled between a second conduit of the plurality of conduits and the expansion valve relative to a direction of refrigerant flow along the refrigerant flow path, wherein the valve is configured to receive the refrigerant from the expansion valve and adjust a flow of the refrigerant to the second conduit; and
a controller configured to receive feedback indicative of a capacity parameter associated with the heat exchanger system, and wherein the controller is configured to actuate the valve based on the capacity parameter.

US Pat. No. 11,067,317

HEAT SOURCE OPTIMIZATION SYSTEM


1. A method for substantially simultaneous heating a first fluid and cooling a second fluid using a primary fluid including use of at least one of an air source and a source of fluid, the method comprising:compressing the primary fluid into a substantially heated gaseous state that flows in a first flow direction with a compressor having a motor rotatable in a first direction;
transferring heat from the primary fluid to the first fluid with a first heat exchanger via a first secondary fluid, wherein the first fluid is heated;
substantially condensing the primary fluid from the first heat exchanger with a condenser;
expanding the primary fluid to a substantially a gaseous state with an expansion device; and
transferring heat from the second fluid to the primary fluid with a second heat exchanger via a second secondary fluid, that receives the primary fluid output from the expansion device, wherein the second fluid is cooled,
wherein, while maintaining rotation of the motor in the first direction and the first flow direction of the primary fluid and using at least one processor, automatically and in real-time activating at least one controller to supply the first heat exchanger from the air source or the source of fluid and to supply the second heat exchanger from the air source or the source of fluid, to optimize an efficiency of transferring the heat from the primary fluid to the first fluid with the first heat exchanger via the first secondary fluid and from the second fluid to the primary fluid with the second heat exchanger via the second secondary fluid.

US Pat. No. 11,067,316

COOLING WITH ANTI-STOKES FLUORESCENCE

SOLCOLD


1. Apparatus for optical cooling of objects and/or object surfaces, said apparatus comprising:at least one bottom layer, said bottom layer is configured to respond in anti- Stokes fluorescence upon absorption of electromagnetic radiation; and
at least one top layer, said top layer is overlaid on said bottom layer and configured to filter said electromagnetic radiation and transmits selected spectral band of said electromagnetic radiation to said bottom layer;wherein said electromagnetic radiation is incoherent non-monochromatic radiation with wide spectral band, wherein said selected spectral band is sufficient for excitation of electrons from ground energy state to excited energy state in active component in said bottom layer.


US Pat. No. 11,067,315

TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM

Shinwa Controls Co., Ltd,...


1. A temperature control system comprising:a first refrigerator unit;
a second refrigerator unit;
a first fluid flow apparatus that allows a first fluid to flow therethrough wherein the first fluid is cooled by the first refrigerator unit;
a second fluid flow apparatus that allows a second fluid to flow therethrough wherein the second fluid is cooled by the second refrigerator unit; and
a valve unit that is configured to receive the first fluid from the first fluid flow apparatus and to receive the second fluid from the second fluid flow apparatus, and is configured to allow any of the first fluid and the second fluid to selectively flow out therefrom;
wherein:
the first refrigerator unit comprises:a high-temperature-side refrigerator having a high-temperature-side refrigeration circuit in which a high-temperature-side compressor, a high-temperature-side condenser, a high-temperature-side expansion valve and a high-temperature-side evaporator are connected such that a high-temperature-side refrigerant circulates therethrough in this order;
a medium-temperature-side refrigerator having a medium-temperature-side circuit in which a medium-temperature-side compressor, a medium-temperature-side condenser, a medium-temperature-side first expansion valve and a medium-temperature-side first evaporator are connected such that a medium-temperature-side refrigerant circulates therethrough in this order, the medium-temperature-side refrigerator having a cascade bypass circuit including: a branch channel that is branched from a part of the medium-temperature-side refrigeration circuit, which part is on the downstream side of the medium-temperature-side condenser and on the upstream side of the medium-temperature-side first expansion valve, and is connected to a part which is on the downstream side of the medium-temperature-side first evaporator and on the upstream side of the medium-temperature-side compressor, the branch channel allowing the medium-temperature-side refrigerant branched from the medium-temperature-side refrigeration circuit to flow therethrough; a medium-temperature-side second expansion valve provided on the branch channel; and a medium-temperature-side second evaporator provided on the branch channel on the downstream side of the medium-temperature-side second expansion valve; and
a low-temperature-side refrigerator having a low-temperature-side refrigeration circuit in which a low-temperature-side compressor, a low-temperature-side condenser, a low-temperature-side expansion valve and a low-temperature-side evaporator are connected such that a low-temperature-side refrigerant circulates therethrough in this order;
wherein:

the high-temperature-side evaporator of the high-temperature-side refrigerator and the medium-temperature-side condenser of the medium-temperature-side refrigerator constitute a first cascade condenser capable of heat-exchanging the high-temperature-side refrigerant with the medium-temperature-side refrigerant;
the medium-temperature-side second evaporator of the medium-temperature-side refrigerator and the low-temperature-side condenser of the low-temperature-side refrigerator constitute a second cascade condenser capable of heat-exchanging the medium-temperature-side refrigerant with the low-temperature-side refrigerant;
when cooling the first fluid, the first refrigerator unit is configured to open both the medium-temperature-side first expansion valve and the medium-temperature-side second expansion valve, so that the first fluid is cooled by the medium-temperature-side first evaporator of the medium-temperature-side refrigerator, and is then cooled by the low-temperature-side evaporator of the low-temperature-side refrigerator;
the second refrigerator unit has a second-side refrigeration circuit in which a second-side compressor, a second-side condenser, a second-side expansion valve and a second-side evaporator are connected such that a second-side refrigerant circulates therethrough in this order, the second refrigerator unit being configured to cool the second fluid by the second-side evaporator; and
a boiling point of the low-temperature-side refrigerant is lower than a boiling point of the second-side refrigerant.

US Pat. No. 11,067,314

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...


1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus in which refrigerant circulates in an order of a compressor, a first oil separator, a condenser, an expansion valve, an evaporator, and a second oil separator, the refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a first oil return path extending from the first oil separator to the compressor;
a first valve provided on the first oil return path;
a second oil return path extending from the second oil separator to the compressor;
a second valve provided on the second oil return path;
a controller configured to control a degree of opening of the first valve and a degree of opening of the second valve; and
a first detector configured to detect an oil level position of refrigeration oil of the compressor,
wherein the controller is configured toopen the second valve when an output of the first detector indicates insufficiency of the refrigeration oil of the compressor at a first point of time, and
open the first valve when the output of the first detector indicates the insufficiency of the refrigeration oil of the compressor at a second point of time subsequent to the first point of time,

wherein the refrigeration cycle apparatus further comprises:a second detector configured to detect that the oil level position of the refrigeration oil of the first oil separator is above a first position; and
a third detector configured to detect that the oil level position of the refrigeration oil of the first oil separator is below a second position lower than the first position, and

wherein the controller is configured toopen the first valve when the output of the first detector does not indicate insufficiency of the refrigeration oil of the compressor at the first point of time and when the output of the second detector indicates that the oil level position of the refrigeration oil of the first oil separator is above the first position at the first point of time, and
close the first valve when an output of the third detector indicates that the oil level position of the refrigeration oil of the first oil separator is below the second position.


US Pat. No. 11,067,313

MODULAR FLOATING PLATFORM FOR SOLAR PANEL STRAPS AND BALLAST TRAY HOLD-DOWNS FOR SOLAR PANEL STRAPS

SolarStrap Technologies, ...


1. A floating platform for solar panels, the floating platform comprising:a plurality of plates, each of the plurality of plates comprising:
a ballast chamber filled with a ballast material, the ballast chamber having a bottom surface; anda float chamber disposed over the ballast chamber;
a channel, the channel being a conduit and, having a first portion, the first portion being fluidly connected to and providing an opening in a bottom surface of the ballast chamber, passing through the ballast chamber, and having one or more openings adapted to pass water into the ballast chamber, and having a second portion, the second portion being fluidly connected to the first portion and passing through the float chamber, the second portion being fluidly connected to and providing an opening in an upper surface of the float chamber, permitting air entering from the one or more openings in the first portion in the ballast chamber to exit through the opening in the upper surface of the float chamber;
one or more connection sections for placing one or more strap assemblies to be attached to the plurality of plates, the one or more strap assemblies being provided for disposing one or more solar panels on the plurality of plates; and
a locking member on one or more side portions of the plurality of plates.


US Pat. No. 11,067,312

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM


1. A modular solar panel to heat a fluid using sunlight comprising:a first, generally planar plate having a perimeter and comprised of a heat conductive material,
a second, generally planar plate having a perimeter and comprised of a heat conductive material, the second planar plate affixed to the first generally planar plate and oriented in a plane generally parallel to a plane of the first generally planar plate,
the first and second generally planar plates being affixed together at their perimeters in a fluid tight relationship forming one channel therebetween, the one channel having an inlet for fluid to be introduced into the one channel and an outlet for discharging fluid from the one channel,
the second generally planar plate having a plurality of indentations formed therein indented toward the first, generally planar plate to control the flow of fluid passing therethrough; and
a photovoltaic cell affixed in heat conducting relationship to the first generally planar plate;
wherein the plurality of indentations extend partially into the one channel and do not contact the first plate; and
wherein the indentations comprise generally spiral coil indentations where first ends of the spiral coil indentations are substantially even with a planar surface of the second generally planar plate, where second ends the spiral indentation are displaced outwardly from the second generally planar plate, and where the first ends and the second ends are displaced from each other by a finite distance.

US Pat. No. 11,067,311

FIELD CONVERSION ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

Rheem Manufacturing Compa...


1. A liquid heating apparatus comprising:a tank adapted to hold a quantity of liquid to be heated;
first and second spaced apart electric heating elements extending into an interior of the tank and being operable to heat liquid therein;
first and second electric thermostats respectively and controllingly associated with the first and second electric heating elements;
a junction box having a terminal block with line side terminals to which electrical power supply conductors are variably connectable, and a heating apparatus side with heating side terminals; and
wiring operatively connected to the first and second electric thermostats and having portions connectable to the heating side terminals in a fixed arrangement, whereinthe wiring is connected to the first and second electric thermostats and the heating side terminals in a manner such that, without replacing either of the first and second thermostats or altering the wiring to either of the first and second thermostats or the heating side terminals, a selective portion of the electrical power supply conductors is connected to the line side terminals to provide the liquid heating apparatus with a plurality of heating element control modes, the plurality of heating element control modes including:(1) a dual independent branch circuit element control mode,
(2) a single phase simultaneous dual element control mode,
(3) a single phase non-simultaneous dual element control mode,
(4) a single phase non-simultaneous dual element control mode with four wire outlet operation,
(5) a single phase non-simultaneous dual element control mode with three wire outlet operation,
(6) a three phase simultaneous dual element control mode, and
(7) a three phase non-simultaneous dual element control mode.



US Pat. No. 11,067,310

TOPSIDE INDUCED DRAFT FAN

Edgar Glover, Jr., Mound...


1. A method comprising:providing a topside induced draft fan having a motor connected to a squirrel cage impeller, the topside induced draft fan having an inlet opening at one end and an outlet opening at an opposite end such that the inlet opening and outlet opening have parallel axes;
attaching the inlet opening to an exhaust opening of a gas heating unit when an induced draft fan of the gas heating unit is inoperable;
attaching the outlet opening to a flue to exhaust air to atmosphere; and
operating the motor using a control switch to regulate a vacuum in the gas heating unit to close a pressure switch to reignite a burner in the gas heating unit.

US Pat. No. 11,067,309

VENTILATOR UNIT


1. A ventilator unit comprising:a ventilator housing;
at least one ventilator accommodated in the ventilator housing;
a first outlet guide apparatus associated with the ventilator and arranged in the ventilator housing, wherein the first outlet guide apparatus comprises first outlet guide vanes distributed circumferentially;
a second outlet guide apparatus correlated with the first outlet guide apparatus and arranged in an axial direction of the ventilator unit downstream of the first outlet guide apparatus in a flow path of an air stream sucked in by the ventilator;
wherein the second outlet guide apparatus is arranged in an auxiliary housing, wherein the second outlet guide apparatus and the auxiliary housing form a mounting unit fastened to the ventilator housing;
wherein a vane height ratio H=hN1max/hN2max is between 0.2 and 2.5, wherein hN1max is a maximum height of the first outlet guide vanes in the ventilator housing and hN2max is a maximum height of second outlet guide vanes of the second outlet guide apparatus;
wherein, viewed in the axial direction, an attachment region where the auxiliary housing is fastened to the ventilator housing is located between the first outlet guide apparatus and the second outlet guide apparatus.

US Pat. No. 11,067,308

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RE-HEAT DEHUMIDIFICATION UTILIZING A VARIABLE SPEED COMPRESSOR SYSTEM

Lennox Industries Inc., ...


18. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for regulating humidity of an enclosed space, the HVAC system comprising:a variable-speed circulation fan for circulating air around an evaporator coil;
a condenser coil fluidly coupled to a thermostatic expansion valve;
a variable-speed compressor fluidly coupled to the condenser coil and the evaporator coil;
a controller operatively coupled to the variable-speed compressor;
a variable-speed condenser fan operatively coupled to the controller for circulating air around the condenser coil;
a first temperature sensor disposed in a return air duct, the first temperature sensor being operatively coupled to the controller;
a second temperature sensor disposed in a supply air duct, the second temperature sensor being operatively coupled to the controller, the first temperature sensor and the second temperature sensor measuring a temperature difference between the return air duct and the supply air duct;
wherein the controller is configured to:determine if the temperature difference is increasing, decreasing, or stable;
responsive to a determination that the temperature difference is increasing, decrease a speed of the variable-speed condenser fan;
responsive to a determination that the temperature difference is decreasing, increase a speed of the variable-speed condenser fan; and
responsive to a determination that the temperature difference is stable, take no action relative to a speed of the variable-speed condenser fan.


US Pat. No. 11,067,307

THERMOSTAT USER INTERFACE WITH SMART MENU STRUCTURE

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...


1. A Heating, Cooling and Ventilation (HVAC) controller for controlling an HVAC system within a building structure, the HVAC controller comprising:a housing;
a user interface accessible from an exterior of the housing;
a controller operably coupled to the user interface, the controller configured to display a HOME screen on the user interface, the HOME screen providing the user with current system operating information, the HOME screen also enabling the user to access a hierarchical menu structure for viewing and/or editing one or more settings of the HVAC controller;
the hierarchical menu structure including a plurality of menu branches each having two or more hierarchical menu levels with a leaf menu at the bottom of each branch and comprising a first group of leaf menus and a second group of leaf menus separate from the first group of leaf menus, wherein:
for the first group of leaf menus, the user must navigate “back” through at least a previous menu of the hierarchical menu structure by selecting a button on a respective leaf menu of the first group of leaf menus to return to the HOME screen;
the first group of leaf menus does not permit a direct return to the HOME screen, except to wait for a timeout period to expire which then automatically returns to the HOME screen; and
the second group of the leaf menus provides for a direct return to the HOME screen, wherein the controller is configured to display the HOME screen after the controller receives an indication that the user has selected an icon on the leaf menu, without having to wait for the timeout period.

US Pat. No. 11,067,306

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CORRECTING DETECTED TEMPERATURE FOR A CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM

Trane International Inc.,...


1. A method of measuring a temperature with an onboard sensor of a device of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the method comprising:(a) changing a power state of the device from off to on;
(b) detecting a raw temperature with the sensor after (a);
(c1) deriving a predetermined time and temperature relationship during a previous operation of the device before (a), wherein the predetermined time and temperature relationship comprises TF(1?e?t/?), wherein TF and ? are constant values, and t is time since powering on the device at (a);
(c2) determining a time offset along the predetermined time and temperature relationship for the device;
(d) calculating a temperature offset with the predetermined time and temperature relationship at the time offset; and
(e) subtracting the temperature offset from the raw temperature.

US Pat. No. 11,067,305

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HEATING AUTO-SETBACK

Lennox Industries Inc., ...


1. A method of operating a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the method comprising, by a controller comprising a central processing unit and memory:predicting, during an unoccupied time, a first predicted temperature of an enclosed space, wherein the first predicted temperature of the enclosed space corresponds to an estimated temperature of the enclosed space using historical temperature data at a return time of a user with the HVAC system off, wherein the step of predicting the first predicted temperature is repeated to update the first predicted temperature;
determining if the first predicted temperature is less than a set-point temperature based, at least in part, on the return time of the user;
responsive to a determination that the first predicted temperature is less than the set-point temperature, predicting a second predicted temperature of the enclosed space if the HVAC system is operated for a first runtime;
determining if the second predicted temperature is less than the set-point temperature based, at least in part, on the return time of the user; and
responsive to a determination that the second predicted temperature is not less than the set-point temperature, operating the HVAC system for the first runtime prior to the return time of the user, wherein an end of the first runtime coincides with the return time of the user to maintain an actual temperature of the enclosed space at or above a minimum temperature during the unoccupied time.

US Pat. No. 11,067,304

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...


1. An air-conditioning apparatus, comprising:a refrigerant circuit, through which refrigerant is caused to flow;
a refrigerant leakage detector configured to detect a leakage of the refrigerant flowing through the refrigerant circuit;
an abnormality detector configured to detect an abnormality other than the leakage of the refrigerant; and
a display controller configured to cause a display part to display both a first identifier identifying the leakage of the refrigerant detected by the refrigerant leakage detector and a second identifier identifying the abnormality detected by the abnormality detector when both the refrigerant leakage detector detects the leakage of the refrigerant and the abnormality detector detects the abnormality,
wherein
the display controller is configured to cause the display part to display the second identifier with a first display method when the abnormality detector detects the abnormality but the refrigerant leakage detector does not detect the leakage of the refrigerant, and to cause the display part to display the second identifier with a second display method when the abnormality detector detects the abnormality and the refrigerant leakage detector detects the leakage of the refrigerant,
the first display method displays the second identifier with continuous characters, and
the second display method displays the second identifier with one of: flashing characters, characters with flashing a background of a display screen in the display part, and characters in a different color than in the first display method.

US Pat. No. 11,067,303

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...


1. An air-conditioning apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit configured to circulate refrigerant between an indoor unit and an outdoor unit; and
the indoor unit including a load-side heat exchanger of the refrigerant circuit,
wherein the indoor unit includes:an air outlet provided in a housing,
an air inlet provided in the housing below the air outlet and below the load-side heat exchanger,
an air passage extending between the air inlet and the air outlet via the load-side heat exchanger,
a drain pan disposed below the load-side heat exchanger and above the air inlet,
a refrigerant detection unit disposed below the air inlet, and
a first partition plate configured to separate the air passage from a space in which the refrigerant detection unit is installed, and

wherein the space is configured to accumulate leaked refrigerant.

US Pat. No. 11,067,302

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A PACKAGED TERMINAL AIR CONDITIONER UNIT

Haier US Appliance Soluti...


1. A packaged terminal air conditioner unit comprising:a bulkhead defining an indoor portion and an outdoor portion;
a vent aperture defined in the bulkhead;
an auxiliary fan positioned proximate the vent aperture; and
a controller configured to be operably coupled to an occupancy system, the auxiliary fan, and an exhaust fan, the controller being configured for:obtaining a room occupancy status from the occupancy system;
determining a target make-up air flow rate based on the room occupancy status;
operating the auxiliary fan;
determining that the exhaust fan is operating to urge a flow of exhaust air through an exhaust duct at an exhaust flow rate; and
reducing a speed of the auxiliary fan to urge a flow of auxiliary air at an auxiliary flow rate such that a sum of the exhaust flow rate and the auxiliary flow rate is equivalent to the target make-up air flow rate, wherein the auxiliary flow rate, the target make-up air flow rate, and the exhaust flow rate are all positive flow rates and the target make-up air flow rate is greater than or equal to the exhaust flow rate.


US Pat. No. 11,067,301

BLOWER AND OUTDOOR UNIT OF AIR CONDITIONER HAVING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...


17. A blower comprising:a fan;
a motor driving the fan; and
a motor support member disposed on a flow path, through which air generated by a rotation of the fan flows, to support the motor,
wherein the motor support member has a cross-sectional shape comprising:an upstream portion having a first length and a width that continually increases over an entirety of the first length of the upstream portion from a first width, at an upstream end of the upstream portion, to a maximum width, at a downstream side of an airflow direction, and
a downstream portion having a second length and a width that continually decreases over an entirety of the second length of the downstream portion from the maximum width to a second width, at a downstream end of the downstream side of the airflow direction,

wherein the maximum width is a plane of transition between the upstream portion and the downstream portion and is perpendicular to the airflow direction,
wherein an overall length of the motor support member is based on the first length of the upstream portion that continually increases in width and the second length of the downstream portion that continually decreases in width,
wherein the second width is larger than the first width, and
wherein the downstream end of the downstream portion is a linear shape of the second width and is in a direction perpendicular to the airflow direction.

US Pat. No. 11,067,300

PACKAGED TERMINAL AIR CONDITIONER UNIT HAVING A REMOVABLE EXHAUST AIR FILTER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...


1. A packaged terminal air conditioner unit for conditioning an indoor space, the packaged terminal air conditioner unit comprising:a housing defining an indoor portion and an outdoor portion;
an outdoor heat exchanger assembly disposed in the outdoor portion and comprising an outdoor heat exchanger and an outdoor fan;
an indoor heat exchanger assembly disposed in the indoor portion and comprising an indoor heat exchanger and an indoor fan;
a compressor to circulate a refrigerant between the outdoor heat exchanger and the indoor heat exchanger; and
a filter assembly supported on the housing, the filter assembly comprisinga support bracket attached to the housing,
an exhaust air filter disposed on the support bracket in fluid communication with the indoor portion to receive air therefrom, and
a louver cap disposed over the exhaust air filter and downstream therefrom, the louver cap being selectively attached to the support bracket,

wherein the exhaust air filter is selectively fixed to the louver cap to move therewith relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,067,299

PACKAGED TERMINAL AIR CONDITIONER UNIT WITH AN INLET CONDUIT HOOKED AROUND AN OUTLET CONDUIT

Haier US Appliance Soluti...


1. A packaged terminal air conditioner unit, comprising:a compressor positionable within a casing, the compressor operable to increase a pressure of a refrigerant;
an inlet conduit coupled to the compressor at an accumulator of the compressor the inlet conduit having a pair of angled segments; and
an outlet conduit coupled to the compressor at a discharge of the compressor, the discharge of the compressor positioned at a top portion of the compressor,
wherein the outlet conduit extends upwardly along a vertical direction from the discharge of the compressor between and over the pair of angled segments of the inlet conduit, the pair of angled segments of the inlet conduit positioned above the compressor along the vertical direction,
wherein the outlet conduit has a pair of angled segments positioned above the pair of angled segments of the inlet conduit along the vertical direction,
wherein the inlet conduit is bent such that the inlet conduit is V-shaped at the pair of angled segments of the inlet conduit, and
wherein the angled segments of the pair of angled segments of the inlet conduit are positioned coplanar with each other in a first plane that is about perpendicular to the vertical direction,
wherein the outlet conduit is bent such that the outlet conduit is V-shaped at the pair of angled segments of the outlet conduit, and
wherein the angled segments of the pair of angled segments of the outlet conduit are positioned coplanar with each other in a second plane that is about perpendicular to the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 11,067,298

AIR CONDITIONER

Samsung Electronics Co., ...


1. An air conditioner comprising:a housing comprising an air discharge plate that comprises a plurality of holes and an outlet;
a heat exchanger located inside the housing;
a blower fan configured to blow air heat-exchanged with the heat exchanger toward the air discharge plate or the outlet; and
a blade configured to rotate about a rotary shaft between (i) a guide position to guide a direction of air blown from the blower fan and discharged through the outlet and (ii) a closing position to close the outlet,
wherein the blade comprises:a first blade comprising a plurality of blade holes and a size corresponding to that of the outlet, the first blade configured to rotate about the rotary shaft, and
a second blade spaced apart from the first blade and configured to guide air blown from the blower fan toward the air discharge plate when the first blade is located at the closing position, the second blade configured to rotate about the rotary shaft.


US Pat. No. 11,067,297

ECONOMIZER TARGET TEMPERATURE SHIFT DURING MECHANICAL COOLING

Lennox Industries Inc., ...


1. A method of cooling a supply of air, the method comprising:receiving, by a controller, a cooling demand;
in response to the cooling demand, adjusting, by the controller, an economizer to achieve a first free cooling target temperature as a discharge air temperature, wherein the adjusting the economizer to achieve the first free cooling target temperature is implemented responsive to outdoor air temperature being at or below the first free cooling target temperature, wherein the first free cooling target temperature is a temperature value adjusted by a user;
receiving, by the controller, an additional cooling demand;
reducing the first free cooling target temperature to achieve a second free cooling target temperature;
in response to the additional cooling demand, adjusting, by the controller, the economizer to achieve the second free cooling target temperature as the discharge air temperature, wherein the adjusting the economizer to achieve the second free cooling target temperature is implemented responsive to the outdoor air temperature being at or below the second free cooling target temperature, wherein the second free cooling target temperature is a temperature value adjusted by the user; and
simultaneously performing mechanical cooling on a supply of air received from the economizer while adjusting the economizer to achieve the second free cooling target temperature by increasing or decreasing an amount of outdoor air drawn into a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit.

US Pat. No. 11,067,296

HEAT PUMP SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A HEAT PUMP SYSTEM

SENS GEOENERGY STORAGE AB...


1. A heat pump system comprising at least one heat medium circuit in turn comprisinga compressor,
an expansion valve,
at least two primary heat exchangers arranged to transfer thermal energy between a primary-side heat medium and at least one of two different primary heat sources or sinks selected from outdoor air, a natural water body, the ground or exhaust air,
at least one secondary heat exchanger, arranged to transfer thermal energy between a secondary-side heat medium and at least one of two different secondary heat sources or sinks selected from indoors air, pool water, and tap water,
a respective temperature sensor arranged to measure the temperature of each of said primary heat sources or sinks,
a valve arranged to selectively direct the primary-side heat medium to at least one of said primary heat exchanger, and
a control unit arranged to control said valve, controlling the valve including, in a secondary-side heating operating mode, measuring the temperature of said primary heat sources or sinks, and determining to direct the primary-side heat medium to one of: a) only the primary heat exchanger that is sufficiently warm so as to be able to heat, via heat exchange, at least one heat medium in the heat pump circuit to provide heat to at least one of said secondary heat sources or sinks and that is associated with the heat source or sink with the highest temperature, or b) to several of said primary heat exchangers that are sufficiently warm so as to be able to heat, via heat exchange, at least one heat medium in the heat pump circuit to provide heat to at least one of said secondary heat sources or sinks and that are associated with the respective heat sources or sinks with the highest temperatures, and control the valve to direct the primary-side heat medium to the determined one of a) or b); and
wherein the control unit is arranged to, in the secondary-side heating operating mode, not direct the primary-side heat medium to all primary heat exchangers that are sufficiently warm so as to be able to heat, via heat exchange, at least one heat medium in the heat pump circuit to provide heat to at least one of said secondary heat sources or sinks, but only to a subset of the sufficiently warm primary heat exchangers.

US Pat. No. 11,067,295

HEAT EMITTING RADIATOR


1. A heat emitting radiator for heating a space, comprising:a fluid circuit within the radiator for retaining coolant therein, the fluid circuit further comprising at least one opening defined therein in communication with the fluid circuit, wherein the fluid circuit is a closed fluid circuit;
at least one heating element constructed and arranged for insertion into the at least one opening and projecting into the fluid circuit, whereby the at least one heating element is in direct contact with the coolant to heat the coolant; and
monitoring means for selectively activating or de-activating the heating element through a remote device, and monitoring parameters of the radiator,
wherein, upon activation of the heating element, the coolant is circulated through the fluid circuit only by convection.

US Pat. No. 11,067,294

SYSTEM TO COLLECT, STORE AND DISTRIBUTE HEAT ENERGY FOR A MULTI-UNIT BUILDING


1. A system for collecting solar energy to be stored and distributed in a multi-unit building, said multi-unit building comprising at least one first floor residential unit, a basement area located beneath the at least one first floor residential unit, and a roof capable of supporting one or more solar energy collectors, one or more sunlight concentrating mirrors, and one or more photovoltaic panels, said energy to be used for heat and electricity, said system comprisingone or more solar energy collectors,
one or more sunlight concentrating mirrors,
one or more photovoltaic panels,
a heat mass storage area, said heat mass storage area located in said basement area, and
pipes to provide movement of water between at least two of said one or more solar energy collectors, one or more sunlight concentrating mirrors, one or more photovoltaic panels, and heat mass storage area to distribute heat energy throughout said building.

US Pat. No. 11,067,293

SMOKE DIRECTOR DEVICE CONFIGURED TO EXTEND OVER A COOKING SURFACE OF A COOKING DEVICE


1. A smoke director device for use with a stove top exhaust system, the smoke director device comprising:one or more smoke director units, each smoke director unit comprising:a hollow housing having an open front wall and an open back wall, and
a reversibly retractable and extendable smoke director assembly movably mounted within said hollow housing and configured to adopt a retracted configuration in which the smoke director assembly is retracted within the hollow housing and an extended configuration in which the smoke director assembly extends frontward of the open front wall of the hollow housing; and

at least one mounting assembly connected to said one or more smoke director units for attaching said one or more smoke director units to an underside of an exhaust containing
i. structure arranged over a cooking surface of a stove;wherein the smoke director assembly comprises a fixed inner panel and a movable end panel such that said movable end panel is movable relative to the fixed inner panel between a retracted condition contained within said hollow housing when the smoke director assembly is in the retracted configuration and an extended condition extending outward and frontward of said open front wall of said hollow housing and frontward of the fixed inner panel when the smoke director assembly is in the extended configuration.


US Pat. No. 11,067,292

INTELLIGENT RANGE HOOD AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Ningbo Fotile Kitchen War...


1. An intelligent range hood, comprisinga housing;
a fan (4) having an air inlet disposed inside the housing;
a fan motor (5) disposed inside the housing and connected to the fan (4);
a smoke collecting hood (3) located below the housing;
a smoke guide plate (6) located below the smoke collecting hood (3);
a push rod mechanism for driving the smoke guide plate (6) to move up and down disposed inside the housing;
a controller; and,
a sensor (8) for detecting concentration of smoke and/or vapor inside or outside the housing;
wherein
the housing comprises an outer fan hood (2) disposed outside the fan (4) and a decorative hood (1) disposed outside the outer fan hood (2);
the fan (4) is driven by the fan motor (5);
the sensor (8) outputs an electrical signal to the controller; and,
the controller controls rotation speed of the fan motor (5) and position of the smoke guide plate (6) according to the signal received from the sensor (8).

US Pat. No. 11,067,291

COOKING APPARATUS HAVING HOOD

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. A cooking apparatus having a hood comprising:a housing including an outlet and an inlet;
a cooking chamber arranged inside the housing;
a blower fan disposed between a bottom side of the cooking chamber and the housing; and
at least one auxiliary outlet formed on the bottom side of the housing and disposed around and outside the blower fan in a radial direction of the blower fan,
wherein the at least one auxiliary outlet is arranged along a circumferential direction of the blower fan,
wherein the blower fan is configured to rotate around a rotation axis aligned vertically to the housing, and force inhaled air inhaled into the housing to be rotated in the circumferential direction of the blower fan, and
wherein the at least one auxiliary outlet is provided for some of the inhaled air inhaled into the housing to be discharged down from the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,067,290

CABINET AND SLIDE RAIL KIT THEREOF

King Slide Works Co., Ltd...


1. A cabinet, comprising:an equipment body including a first wall and a second wall, wherein one of the first wall and the second wall is provided with a first guiding path, and the first guiding path has a front end, a rear end, and a blocking feature between the front end and the rear end, the blocking feature having a first side and a second side; and
a first slide rail mechanism including a supporting rail, first and second stop portions, and a stop,
wherein the stop is configured to be operated and thus moved with respect to the supporting rail;
wherein the stop, when at a first position, is able to be blocked at the first side of the blocking feature of the first guiding path in order to prevent the supporting rail from displacement with respect to the equipment body from a first predetermined position in an opening direction,
wherein the stop, when at a second position, is unable to be blocked by the blocking feature of the first guiding path and thus allows the supporting rail to be displaced with respect to the equipment body from the first predetermined position in the opening direction,
wherein the first stop portion is blocked at the second side of the blocking feature of the first guiding path in order to prevent the supporting rail from displacement with respect to the equipment body from the first predetermined position in a retracting direction, and
wherein, when the supporting rail reaches a second predetermined position after displacement with respect to the equipment body from the first predetermined position in the opening direction, the second stop portion is blocked at the first side of the blocking feature of the first guiding path in order to prevent the supporting rail from displacement with respect to the equipment body from the second predetermined position in the opening direction.

US Pat. No. 11,067,289

COOKER

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. A cooking device, comprising:a main body having a heating room therein;
a front door, provided in front of the main body, which covers an opening of the heating room so as to be openable and closable; and
a water receiving member provided below the main body,
the front door having a water droplet restraining part provided on a lower portion of an inner surface of the front door which inner surface faces the main body, the water droplet restraining part being configured to (i) restrain a water droplet, which runs along the inner surface of the front door and then falls, from moving to a bottom surface of the front door, and (ii) cause the water droplet to fall into the water receiving member while the front door is opened, and
while the front door is closed, the water droplet restraining part protruding diagonally downwardly from the inner surface of the front door toward a rear side of the main body.

US Pat. No. 11,067,288

DUAL COIL ELECTRIC HEATING ELEMENT

BACKER EHP INC., Murfree...


1. An electric heating element, comprising:an electrically resistive inner heating element including an inner coiled heating portion and first and second cold legs extending from the inner coiled heating portion for connection to an electrical power source;
an electrically resistive outer heating element including an outer coiled heating portion positioned in a common plane with and around the inner coiled heating portion, the outer heating element including third and fourth cold legs extending from the outer coiled heating portion for connection to the electrical power source, the third and fourth cold legs positioned parallel to the first and second cold legs; and
a thermostat positioned under the common plane in proximity to the inner coiled heating portion and along one of the first and second cold legs, the thermostat is configured to selectively open and close an electrical circuit to cycle off and on the inner coiled heating portion,
wherein the thermostat includes a bimetal material configured to: (a) open the electrical circuit upon detecting a predetermined high temperature associated with heat emitted from the inner heating element and/or the outer heating element, and (b) close the electrical circuit upon detecting a predetermined low temperature associated with heat emitted from the outer heating element.

US Pat. No. 11,067,287

OVEN

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. An oven, comprising:a cooking chamber;
a first passage part arranged outside the cooking chamber and coupled to receive air discharged from an outlet of the cooking chamber;
a sensor arranged in the first passage part; and
a second passage part separated from the first passage part by a partition, and through which forcibly suctioned external air is transferred;
the partition having an inlet and an outlet configured to selectively couple the first and second passage parts, such that based on the inlet being closed, air in the cooking chamber flows into the first passage part, and then passes the sensor to be discharged through the outlet of the partition, and based on the inlet being opened, air flowing from the second passage part into the first passage part through the inlet passes the sensor to be discharged through the outlet of the partition together with the air from the cooking chamber which flows into the first passage part from the outlet of the cooking chamber.

US Pat. No. 11,067,286

TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GRILL

PQINET CO., LTD., Seoul ...


1. A temperature control system for a grill comprising:a heat source (100) for supplying heat to cook a cooking object (120);
a grill (110) for cooking the cooking object (120) based on the heat supplied from the heat source (100);
a temperature sensor (220) for detecting a temperature of the grill (110);
a smart controller (200) for receiving the detected temperature from the sensor (220) to check proper temperature according to the cooking object (120) and control an intensity of the heat source (100); and
a controller (500) communicated with the smart controller (200) wirelessly to transmit and receive information for controlling the smart controller (200) to adjust the intensity of the heat source (100),
wherein the smart controller (200) transmits a signal according to the proper temperature matching result and a cooking step to a user group (310) and the controller (500),
an indicator (210) of the smart controller (200) displays the proper temperature matching result and the cooking step,
a control window of the controller (500) displays the proper temperature matching result and the cooking step,
the user group (310) is configured by a plurality of users equipped with a signal receiver (320),
the smart controller (200), the user group (310), and the controller (500) are connected each other wirelessly through a communicator (300), and
when the temperature of the grill (110) is not the proper temperature according to the cooking object, the smart controller (200) generates a signal to the user group (310) and the controller (500) so that the user group (310) directly adjusts the temperature of the grill (110) or the controller (500) automatically controls the intensity of the heat source (100) to the proper temperature according to the cooking object (120).

US Pat. No. 11,067,285

GAS COOKING APPLIANCE

COPRECI, S. COOP., Aretx...


1. A gas cooking appliance comprising:a burner:
an ignition electrode for igniting the burner;
a gas valve for regulating gas flow to the burner from a gas conduit;
an electromagnetic shut-off valve arranged in the gas conduit, the electromagnetic shut-off valve including a closure member that is movable between a stable closed position and a stable open position, when the closure member is in the stable open position gas is permitted to flow through electromagnetic shut-off valve toward the burner, when the closure member is in the stable closed position gas is not permitted to flow through the electromagnetic shut-off valve;
a control unit configured to deliver electric current pulses to the electromagnetic shut-off valve to cause the closure member to move between the stable open and closed positions; and
a push button unit with a push button configured such that when the push button is moved from a non-depressed position to a depressed position the closure member is caused to move from the closed stable position to the open stable position and to also cause an activation of the control unit and the ignition electrode, the control unit configured to control the electromagnetic shut-off valve by use of the electric current pulses upon the push button being depressed, the push button unit forming a part of the electromagnetic shut-off valve, the electromagnetic shut-off valve including an actuating shaft having a first end and a second end, the first end being coupled to the push button and the second end being coupled to the closure member when the push button is in the depressed position, the electromagnetic valve including a spring that pushes against the actuating shaft to cause the push button to be continuously urged toward the non-depressed position.

US Pat. No. 11,067,284

PELLET FUELED GRILL WITH CLEANOUT PORT

Logan Outdoor Products, L...


1. A cooking grill comprising:a cooking chamber;
a pellet fuel combustion unit having a first end with a first end opening, and a second end with a second end opening;
an ash cleanout system comprising an access door formed in a bottom panel of the combustion unit, the access door being configured to transition from a first position in which the second end opening is entirely closed to retain ash within the pellet fuel combustion unit and a second position in which the second end opening is open to release the retained ash from the pellet fuel combustion unit to a separate removal location.

US Pat. No. 11,067,283

HEATING DEVICE

STUMP CHUNKS LLC, Hookse...


1. A heating device comprising:an elongate vessel having a barrel portion and a kettle portion connected to the barrel portion;
wherein the heating device is capable of rotation approximately 90 degrees between a first, grilling mode when oriented in a first position having the barrel bottom oriented horizontally, and second, non-grilling fire pit mode when oriented in a second position having the barrel bottom oriented substantially vertically, or vice versa; and
wherein the barrel portion comprises a grill grate mounted therein, the grill grate being connected to a motor by means of a shaft and configured to rotate within the barrel portion while the heating device is stationary and independent of the 90 degree transition from said first position to said second position.

US Pat. No. 11,067,282

CROSSFIRE TUBE, COMBUSTOR INCLUDING THE SAME, AND GAS TURBINE INCLUDING THE SAME


1. A crossfire tube for passing a flame from a combustor chamber of a first combustor to a combustor chamber of a second combustor adjacent to the first combustor, the crossfire tube comprising:a first insertion pipe configured to connect an inner liner and an outer liner of a liner of the first combustor, the inner liner defining the combustor chamber and the outer liner surrounding the inner liner;
a second insertion pipe configured to connect an inner liner and an outer liner of a liner of the second combustor;
a connection pipe disposed between the first combustor and the second combustor and connected to the first insertion pipe and the second insertion pipe at respective ends thereof so that the combustion chamber of the first combustor communicates with the combustion chamber of the second combustor via the connection pipe; and
a coupling ring disposed between the first insertion pipe and the connection pipe to connect the first insertion pipe and the connection pipe,
wherein the first insertion pipe includes an insertion flange protruding from an outer surface of a connection pipe-side end thereof in a radial direction,
the connection pipe includes a connection flange protruding from an outer surface of an insertion pipe-side end thereof in the radial direction, the connection pipe-side end and the insertion pipe-side end facing each other,
the outer liner includes an outer flange protruding from an outer surface thereof in the radial direction, in which an end of the outer flange, which is near the insertion flange, is bent outward in the radial direction of the first insertion pipe, and
the coupling ring includes a circumferential groove into which the end of the outer flange, the insertion flange, and the connection flange are fitted.

US Pat. No. 11,067,281

FUEL INJECTION ASSEMBLY FOR A TURBOMACHINE COMBUSTOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...


1. A combustor comprising:an axial direction, a radial direction, and a circumferential direction;
an end cover;
at least one fuel nozzle extending between the end cover and a combustion liner, wherein the combustion liner extends between the at least one fuel nozzle and an aft frame;
an outer sleeve spaced apart from and surrounding the combustion liner such that a cooling flow annulus is defined therebetween, wherein the combustion liner defines a combustion chamber having a first combustion zone downstream from the at least one fuel nozzle and a second combustion zone downstream from the first combustion zone;
a fuel injection assembly disposed downstream from the at least one fuel nozzle, the fuel injection assembly comprising:a fuel injector having end walls spaced apart from one another and side walls extending between the end walls, wherein the end walls and the side walls collectively define a first opening for passage of air, wherein at least one fuel injection member is disposed within the first opening and extends axially between the end walls, and wherein the fuel injector terminates in the radial direction at a radially inner surface;
a boss fixedly connected to the combustion liner such that the boss does not move with respect to the combustion liner, and the boss extending radially through the cooling flow annulus to a flange portion positioned at the outer sleeve, the boss defining a second opening that provides for fluid communication between the fuel injector and the second combustion zone, wherein the radially inner surface of the fuel injector is sealingly connected to the flange portion of the boss such that the first opening aligns with the second opening.


US Pat. No. 11,067,280

CENTERBODY INJECTOR MINI MIXER FUEL NOZZLE ASSEMBLY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...


1. A method for operating a turbine engine, the method comprising:arranging a fluid conduit through a fuel injector, the fluid conduit being defined by an inner wall and an outer wall of a centerbody, and extending in a first direction toward a downstream end within the inner wall and extending in a second direction between the inner wall and the outer wall toward an upstream end, the fluid conduit in fluid communication with a premix passage via a fluid injection port, the premix passage defined by an outer sleeve surrounding the centerbody, the outer wall of the centerbody, an end wall radially connecting the outer sleeve and the outer wall of the centerbody at an upstream end of the premix passage, and an outlet at a downstream end of the premix passage, the end wall preventing a flow of oxidizer therethrough;
flowing an oxidizer into the premix passage via a radially oriented first inlet port through the outer sleeve upstream of the fluid injection port and downstream of the end wall, and a radially oriented second inlet port through the outer sleeve downstream of the first inlet port;
flowing a first fuel to the premix passage through the fluid conduit and the fluid injection port, wherein the first fuel is provided to the premix passage axially downstream of the first inlet port; and
generating a premixed flame from a mixture of the oxidizer and the first fuel.

US Pat. No. 11,067,279

METHOD OF SELECTIVE COMBUSTOR CONTROL FOR REDUCED EMISSIONS


1. A method of operating an industrial gas turbine during a transition from a uniform combustion mode to a hot/warm combustion mode, the industrial gas turbine comprising:combustor cans arranged in an annular array, each combustor can comprising:a burner stage; and
a pilot burner arrangement, each pilot burner arrangement comprising:a premix pilot burner; and
a diffusion pilot burner;


the method comprising:
operating the industrial gas turbine in the uniform combustion mode, wherein in the uniform combustion mode each combustor can operates under the same operating conditions, wherein combustion gases exiting the combustor cans exhibit a uniform temperature;
operating the industrial gas turbine in a transfer combustion mode during the transition from the uniform combustion mode to the hot/warm combustion mode; and
operating the industrial gas turbine in the hot/warm combustion mode, wherein the hot/warm combustion mode is an asymmetric combustion mode, wherein at least one combustor can is a warm combustor can that produces warm combustion and the remaining combustor cans are hot combustor cans that produce hot combustion, wherein combustion gases exiting the hot combustor cans exhibit a higher temperature than the uniform temperature and combustion gases exiting the at least one warm combustor can exhibit a lower temperature than the uniform temperature;
the transfer combustion mode comprising:
initially increasing a rate of fuel flow to the diffusion pilot burner in the at least one warm combustor can;
stopping fuel flow to the burner stage in the at least one warm combustor can; and
subsequently decreasing the rate of fuel flow to the diffusion pilot burner in the at least one warm combustor can while maintaining a same total fuel flow to the pilot burner arrangement in the at least one warm combustor can by increasing a rate of fuel flow to the premix pilot burner in the at least one warm combustor can.

US Pat. No. 11,067,278

COOLING IN STAGED FUEL SYSTEMS

Delavan Inc., West Des M...


1. A fuel system comprising:a fuel supply system;
a plurality of fuel nozzles connected in fluid communication with the fuel supply system to supply fuel from a fuel source to be issued for combustion from the plurality of fuel nozzles; and
a cooling system;
wherein the fuel supply system comprises:a first fuel manifold connected in fluid communication with a first subset of the plurality of fuel nozzles to supply fuel from the fuel source to be issued for combustion from the first subset of the plurality of fuel nozzles; and
a second fuel manifold connected in fluid communication with a second subset of the plurality fuel nozzles to selectively supply fuel from the fuel source to be issued for combustion from the second subset of fuel nozzles of the plurality of fuel nozzles with the second subset of fuel nozzles staged on, wherein each of the fuel nozzles of the second subset includes a cooling circuit in addition to a fuel circuit for issuing fuel from the second fuel manifold for combustion, wherein the cooling circuit includes an inlet and an outlet, wherein the inlet is in fluid communication with the cooling system for circulation of coolant through the cooling circuit and back to the cooling system out the outlet of the cooling circuit for cooling the fuel circuit with the fuel circuits of the second subset of fuel nozzles staged off;

wherein each of the fuel nozzles of the first subset does not include a cooling circuit connected to the cooling system in addition to having the fuel circuit.

US Pat. No. 11,067,277

COMPONENT ASSEMBLY FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...


1. A component assembly for a gas turbine engine comprising a combustor defining a combustion chamber, the gas turbine engine defining a core air flowpath, a radial direction, and a circumferential direction, the component assembly comprising:a first wall for at least partially defining the core air flowpath at a location downstream of the combustion chamber; and
a second wall for at least partially defining the core air flowpath at a location downstream of the combustion chamber and located opposite the core air flowpath of the first wall, the first wall comprising a plurality of first fins extending towards the second wall along the radial direction and spaced along the circumferential direction and the second wall comprising a plurality of second fins extending towards the first wall along the radial direction and spaced along the circumferential direction, each of the plurality of second fins located between adjacent first fins along the circumferential direction, wherein the plurality of first fins and the plurality of second fins are positioned between the combustion chamber and a first stage of turbine rotor blades;
wherein the plurality of second fins each defines a fin tip, wherein the fin tip of each of the plurality of second fins defines a clearance with the first wall along the radial direction, and wherein the plurality of second fins of the second wall do not contact the first wall such that the clearance is greater than zero; and
wherein each fin of the plurality of first fins and the plurality of second fins defines an airfoil shape along an axial direction having a pressure side and a suction side, and wherein each fin comprises a downstream end and defines a height along the radial direction, wherein the height of each fin tapers towards the downstream end, wherein the pressure side of each first fin in the plurality of first fins faces the suction side of an adjacent second fin of the plurality of second fins in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 11,067,276

IGNITER SEAL ARRANGEMENT FOR A COMBUSTION CHAMBER

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...


1. An igniter seal arrangement for a combustion chamber, the combustion chamber comprising a combustion chamber wall, the combustion chamber wall having a first surface and a second surface, a boss projecting from the first surface of the combustion chamber wall, the boss having a platform on a remote end of the boss, the boss comprising a wall extending from the first surface of the combustion chamber wall, the platform being arranged on a remote end of the wall, the wall being arranged at and supporting a periphery of the platform, the platform having an inner surface spaced from, and facing, the first surface of the combustion chamber wall to define a chamber between the first surface of the combustion chamber wall, the inner surface of the platform and the wall, the platform having an outer surface facing away from the first surface of the combustion chamber wall, an aperture extending through the combustion chamber wall from the outer surface of the platform of the boss to the second surface of the combustion chamber wall, first and second L- shape rails extending from the platform and a sealing member having a first edge and a second edge, the first edge of the sealing member locatable between the outer surface of the platform and an opposing surface of the first L-shape rail and the second edge of the sealing member locatable between the outer surface of the platform and an opposing surface of the second L-shape rail, and the sealing member having an aperture to receive an igniter.

US Pat. No. 11,067,275

MULTIFUNCTIONAL LIGHTER CASE WITH ADJUSTING CLIP AND POKER


1. An apparatus comprising:a housing;
a cigarette lighter attached to the housing;
a poker attached to the housing so that the poker can swivel outward from the housing and swivel inward towards the housing, while attached to the housing; and
wherein the elongated poker is configured to be swiveled outwards from the housing and thereafter used to clean debris from pipes, while attached to the housing;
further comprising
a clip attached to the housing so that the clip is configured to be moved, while attached to the housing, from a first position to a second position, with respect to the housing;
wherein in the first position, the clip is at least partially within the housing, while attached to the housing; and
wherein in the second position, the clip is entirely outside of the housing, while attached to the housing;
further comprising
an actuation button attached to the housing so that the button is configured to be moved, while attached to the housing, from a third position to a fourth position, with respect to the housing; and
wherein movement of the actuation button, from the third position to the fourth position causes movement of the clip from the first position to the second position, with respect to the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,067,274

FLUE GAS EXHAUST SYSTEM, DUCT, INDUSTRIAL FURNACE, AND PLANT

TECHNIP FRANCE, Courbevo...


1. Flue gas exhaust system for an industrial furnace comprising a stack having an inlet opening for introducing flue gas into the stack and an outlet opening for exhausting flue gas, wherein the inlet opening of the stack is in fluid connection to an outlet of a heat recovery system of the industrial furnace, and wherein the fluid connection between said heat recovery system outlet and said stack inlet opening comprises a transition flue gas duct that at least partly embraces a part of the stack thereby allowing flue gas to flow around said at least partly embraced part of the stack while said flue gas flows through the transition flue gas duct.

US Pat. No. 11,067,273

PROCESS FOR PNEUMATICALLY CONVEYING A POWDERY MATERIAL

S.A. LHOIST RECHERCHE ET ...


1. Device for improving capture of polluting compounds from flue gases comprisinga furnace or combustion chamber provided for burning fuel and/or a material to be burned or heated or melted and producing flue gases, said furnace or combustion chamber being connected to a flue gas duct where flue gases generated in said furnace or combustion chamber are directed,
a powdery sorbent storage tank connected to said flue gas duct by means of a first pneumatic conveying pipeline, said first pneumatic conveying pipeline being further connected to a blower provided for pneumatically conveying said powdery sorbent from said powdery sorbent storage tank in said first pneumatic conveying pipeline to said flue gas duct, said first pneumatic conveying pipeline comprising a pipeline wall and being connected to said flue gas duct, said blower being provided to generate a flow of conveying fluid inside said first pneumatic conveying pipeline in which particles of said powdery sorbent are transported,
a powdery sorbent dosing means provided for dosing an amount of said powdery sorbent when entering from said powdery sorbent storage tank into said first pneumatic conveying pipeline, said first pneumatic conveying pipeline being connected to said powdery sorbent storage tank through said dosing means,
a controlling device for adjusting said amount of powdery sorbent in response to a first signal, characterized in that it further comprises a sonic device connected to said first pneumatic conveying pipeline and provided to generate sonic waves inside said first pneumatic conveying pipeline and/or up to said flue gas duct, said sonic device being further provided to counteract on a fluctuation step of the pressure drop in said first pneumatic conveying pipeline and/or up to said flue gas duct,
wherein the sonic device provided to generate sonic waves is an infrasound device provided to generate infrasonic waves;
wherein said infrasound device comprises a first and a second chamber, both first and second chamber being connected to each other by a tube, said first chamber comprising an exciter located inside said first chamber, provided to generate said infrasonic waves by providing infrasound pulses to a first portion of said conveying fluid which is blown inside said first chamber, said generated infrasonic waves being transported through the tube acting as a resonance pipeline to reach the second chamber; and
wherein the device further comprises a flowrate distributor pipe which is provided for deriving a second portion of said conveying fluid blown by said blower and introducing said second portion of said conveying fluid inside said second chamber while said first portion of said conveying fluid is transported through said tube from said first chamber to said second chamber.

US Pat. No. 11,067,272

TANDEM FLARE

Cimarron, Houston, TX (U...


1. A flare tip comprising:a first pipe having an upper end and a lower end, the first pipe positioned substantially vertically and having high pressure waste gas flowing therethrough and out of the upper end thereof;
a cover positioned over the upper end of the first pipe having a widest part of the cover, wherein pressure exerted by the high pressure waste gas exiting the upper end of the first pipe causes the cover to separate from the upper end of the first pipe thereby forming an orifice through which the high pressure waste gas exits the first pipe;
a second pipe having an outer diameter the same size as the widest part of the cover, an upper end and a lower end, the second pipe concentrically positioned around the first pipe and having low pressure waste gas flowing therethrough and out of the upper end thereof, the upper end of the second pipe being positioned at a lower elevation than the upper end of the first pipe allowing said low pressure waste gas to exit the upper end of the second pipe freely even when the cover is seated on the upper end of the first pipe; and
an igniter for igniting the high pressure waste gas and the low pressure waste gas.

US Pat. No. 11,067,271

POST MIX NOZZLE DESIGN


1. A method of making a cutting nozzle assembly comprising:providing a nozzle;
forming a central bore along a longitudinal axis of the nozzle;
forming a plurality of spaced fuel gas bores arranged around the central bore;
forming preheat passages arranged around both the central bore and the fuel gas bores;
providing a retaining nut dimensioned for receipt over at least a portion of the nozzle, and including a shroud extending axially outward at one end of the retaining nut, the shroud extending axially outward from discharge ends of the nozzle and the preheat passages when the retaining nut is assembled with the nozzle; and
angling an inner surface of the shroud inwardly toward the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 11,067,270

FLIP-UP LIGHT FOR A REMOTE CONTROL


1. A portable lamp for affixing with an object, comprising:an elongated base having at a first end a raised pivot pin, the base further including a lower side fixed with a double-sided adhesive tape, a detent track, and one or more magnet recesses, each magnet recess for receiving a magnet therein;
an elongated enclosure having at a first end a pivot pin receiving recess adapted for receiving the pivot pin of the elongated base pivotally therein, the enclosure including an opening on a lower side thereof, a key ring projecting away from the enclosure, two opposing side walls, each side wall further including a glow-in-the-dark luminescent material, and a resilient split detent pin adapted to engage the detent track of the base as the enclosure pivots around the pivot pin of the base, the detent track including two or more detent recesses for receiving the split detent pin therein;
a circuit board embodying a lighting circuit having a plurality of LEDs aligned with the opening of the lower side of the enclosure, a rechargeable battery, a recharging port adjacent a recharging port aperture in the enclosure, a recharging LED, and a magnetic switch disposed within the enclosure adjacent to the at least one magnet of the elongated base when the base and the enclosure are mutually aligned, the magnetic switch normally open when in proximity to the magnet;
whereby with the base affixed with the object by the double-sided adhesive tape, and with the base aligned with the enclosure, the lighting circuit maintains the LEDs in an off state, and wherein with the enclosure pivoted away from the base, the magnetic switch loses proximity with the at least one magnet and the lighting circuit illuminates the LEDs, and wherein with a power source plugged into the recharging port, the battery is recharged by the power source and the lighting circuit illuminates the recharging LED.

US Pat. No. 11,067,269

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BACKLIGHT INTEGRATION WITH ELECTRICAL CONTACT FOIL IN PIEZOELECTRIC HAPTIC KEYBOARD

Dell Products, LP, Round...


1. A backlit haptic keyboard of an information handling system, comprising:a coversheet to identify a key location of the haptic keyboard;
a support layer;
a contact foil placed between the coversheet and the support layer;
a light emitting diode (LED) controller of the information handling system operatively coupled to a first surface of the contact foil via top metallic traces printed upon a top surface of the contact foil to supply a voltage to a plurality of LEDs placed between the coversheet and the contact foil, where the LED controller is operatively coupled to each of the plurality of LEDs instructing a first of the plurality of LEDs to operate in an ON state and instructing a second of the plurality of LEDs to operate in an OFF state;
the light emitting diode emitting light through a translucent portion of the coversheet;
a piezoelectric element placed between the contact foil and support layer to receive an applied mechanical stress at the key location of the coversheet and generate an electric actuation signal;
a keyboard controller of the information handling system operatively coupled to a second surface of the contact foil to:receive an electric actuation signal from the piezoelectric element placed under the mechanical stress via bottom metallic traces printed upon a bottom surface of the contact foil; and
send an electrical haptic response control signal to the piezoelectric element to cause the piezoelectric element to generate haptic feedback at the key location.


US Pat. No. 11,067,268

APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A BATTERY POWERED NIGHTLIGHT WITHIN A LIGHTED MIRROR

ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC, Ev...


1. An apparatus to provide a source of light, comprising:a lighted mirror, the lighted mirror is configured for installation within a building;
a single electrical power circuit, the single electrical power circuit to provide a source of electrical power to the lighted mirror from the building, the single electrical power circuit is either in an ON state or an OFF state, the lighted mirror further comprising:a nightlight system, the nightlight system comprising:a battery, the battery is electrically connected to charge when the single electrical circuit is in the ON state;
a first sensor, the first sensor is configured to receive electrical power from the battery and to measure a first value for a first parameter from an area proximate to the lighted mirror;
a nightlight, the nightlight is electrically connected to receive electrical power from the battery, the nightlight has an ON state and an OFF state; and
control logic, the control logic to receive the first value and to turn the nightlight to the ON state when the first value is above a first threshold, thereby providing a source of light from the nightlight, when the single electrical power circuit is in the ON state electrical power is inhibited from the nightlight placing the nightlight in the OFF state.



US Pat. No. 11,067,267

HEAD WEARABLE DEVICES AND METHODS

Integra LifeSciences Corp...


1. A head wearable device comprising:a headpiece comprising:a headband comprising a top strap and at least two lateral straps;
an occipital basket attached to the headband;

a first housing attached to an outer surface of the top strap of the headband;
a depth adjuster attached to the first housing;wherein the depth adjuster is configured to change a distance between the occipital basket and the first housing; and
wherein a depth of the headpiece changes when the distance between the occipital basket and the first housing changes; and

a second housing attached to an outer surface of the occipital basket; and
a headband adjuster attached to the occipital basket, wherein the headband adjuster is configured to change a circumference of the headpiece.

US Pat. No. 11,067,266

HEAT DISSIPATING LED LIGHT STRUCTURE


1. An LED light that is configured to dissipate heat so as to accept a higher input current in order to increase light generation wherein the LED light comprises:a body, said body having a first end and a second end, said body having a wall, said wall having an exterior surface and an interior surface, said wall defining a shape of the body, said body having an interior volume, said interior volume of said body extending between said first end and said second end of said body;
a LED filament, said LED filament being disposed in said interior volume of said body, said LED filament extending between said first end and said second end of said body, said LED filament being centrally disposed within said interior volume; and
a fill material, said fill material being present in said interior volume of said body, said fill material extending between said first end and said second end of said body, said fill material being contiguous with said interior surface of said wall of said body and extending inward within the interior volume of said body so as to be adjacent the LED filament, said fill material occupying at least ninety percent of the interior volume of said body.

US Pat. No. 11,067,265

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM METHOD FOR MAPPING LIGHT CIRCUITS

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...


1. A method of creating a lighting map comprising:modulating, via a mobile electronic device, a characteristic of each light circuit of a plurality of light circuits in sequence, each of the light circuits connected to a corresponding lighting control module in a plurality of lighting control modules, the characteristic impacting at least one of a light intensity, light color, and color temperature of a light bulb connected to a respective light circuit, the mobile electronic device communicably coupled to the plurality of lighting control modules;
capturing, via the mobile electronic device, a plurality of images of a room contemporaneously with the modulation of the characteristic; and
identifying, on the mobile electronic device, a region of the room impacted by the modulations of the characteristic for the respective light circuit using computer visual analysis of at least one image capture by the mobile electronic device before the modulation and at least one image captured by the mobile electronic device during or after the modulation.

US Pat. No. 11,067,264

LUMINAIRE WITH ADJUSTABLE LAMP MODULES

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...


1. A lamp module for a light fixture comprising:a rotatable base having a plate and a projection extending from the plate;
a mount rotatably connected to the projection;
a light emitter connected to the mount, wherein the mount is positioned between the light emitter and the projection; and
an optic positioned over the light emitter, and
wherein rotation of the base or rotation of the mount is configured to adjust a directional output of light from the light emitter.

US Pat. No. 11,067,263

PIVOT DEVICE FOR A NAVIGATION LIGHT

FENCING SUPPLY GROUP ACQU...


1. A device for pivoting a navigation light, comprising:a mount assembly comprising an attachment for attaching the device to a structure;
a pivot assembly supported by the mount assembly, the pivot assembly being configured to pivot a navigation light to at least one of: an operating position, a service position, or a hold position; and
a brake assembly comprising a brake pin having a first end and a second end distal from the first end, the second end of the brake pin being sized and shaped to fit within an indentation of a disc of the pivot assembly to secure the pivot assembly against rotation when the second end is accommodated by the indentation,
wherein applying an upward force to the first end of the brake pin removes the second end from the indentation and allows the navigation light to be pivoted to the at least one of: the operating position, the service position, or the hold position.

US Pat. No. 11,067,262

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING FIXTURE AND MOUNT SYSTEM


1. A mounting system for securing a light fixture to a mounting base, comprising:a base stem on the light fixture, the base stem having an elongated body and a lug along a portion of the elongated body;
a neck port on the mounting base, the neck port defining an opening configured to slidingly receive the elongated body of the base stem and having a channel configured to slidingly receive the lug on the base stem;
a collar rotatingly disposed on the neck port and having a neck opening aligned with the opening on the neck port, the collar having a notch that is selectively alignable with the channel on the neck port;
wherein the lug on the elongated body of the base stem is permitted to pass through the notch on the collar and into the channel on the neck port when the notch and channel are aligned; and
wherein the lug on the elongated body of the base stem is prevented from passing through the notch on the collar and removal from the channel on the neck port when the notch and channel are not aligned.

US Pat. No. 11,067,261

SIDE MOLDED COMBINATION TYPE LINE LIGHTS AND METHOD OF INTERIOR LIGHTING CONSTRUCTION USING THE SAME

SAMWHA TECH CO., LTD


1. Line lights, comprising:a fixed frame having a C-shaped cross sectional structure formed with a closing portion, opposite side walls, and an opening portion, wherein a protruding locking portion for guiding fixation of pieces is formed on inner side of the opposite side walls, and a side mold coupling end is formed at each of the end portions of the opposite side walls;
a diffusion plate coupled with the opening portion of the fixed frame; and
a pair of side molds each having an L-shaped or T-shaped cross section,
wherein an engaging portion is formed on each of the side molds and coupled with each of the end portions of the opposite side walls of the fixed frame,
wherein each of the side mold coupling ends and the engaging portions includes protrusions formed therein, the protrusions configured to adjust an insertion depth of the side molds relative to the end portions of the opposite side walls.

US Pat. No. 11,067,260

LIGHTING SYSTEMS INCORPORATING CONNECTIONS FOR SIGNAL AND POWER TRANSMISSION

COOLEDGE LIGHTING INC., ...


1. An illumination system for illuminating an arbitrarily sized and shaped area, the system comprising:a plurality of first size-configurable light panels, each first size-configurable light panel comprising:a first substrate,
first and second power conductors disposed on the first substrate,
a plurality of first light-emitting elements disposed on the first substrate and electrically connected to the first and second power conductors,
a first connector electrically connected to the first power conductor, and
a second connector electrically connected to the second power conductor, wherein each of the first size-configurable light panels is cuttable to reduce its size in a first direction,

wherein, when the first size-configurable light panels are placed adjacent to each other, with all of the first connectors electrically coupled together, and with all of the second connectors electrically coupled together, (i) a plurality of un-cut first size-configurable light panels are configured to cover and illuminate at least a first portion of the arbitrarily sized and shaped area and (ii) one or more first size-configurable light panels, cut to reduce a size thereof in the first direction, are configured to cover and illuminate one or more second portions of the arbitrarily sized and shaped area.

US Pat. No. 11,067,259

OUTDOOR LIGHT FIXTURE

Hunter Industries, Inc., ...


1. An outdoor light fixture assembly configured to be supported by a step or cap via a mounting plate, the outdoor light fixture assembly comprising:a housing configured to be support by the mounting plate, the housing forming a receptacle having at least a first opening and a second opening, the second opening having an outer perimeter;
a contact block having at least one contact and a power wire, the contact block being sized and shaped to be disposed relative to the first opening such that the at least one contact is accessible from inside the housing and at least a portion of the power wire is disposed outside the housing, the power wire being configured to releasably and electrically connect with a source of electric power; and
a user serviceable light module being sized and shaped to transition between a connected position and a released position relative to the housing and allowing a user to disassemble the user serviceable light module and service individual components, the user serviceable light module being disposed in the receptacle and covering the second opening so as to prevent water from entering the housing through the second opening, the user serviceable light module having a cover and a circuit board supporting one or more light emitting diodes, the cover having a mating portion sized and shaped to contact the outer perimeter of the second opening, the circuit board having at least one contact pin, the one or more light emitting diodes being arranged relative to the circuit board to emit light in a direction towards the second opening of the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,067,258

CONNECTOR SYSTEM FOR LIGHTING ASSEMBLY


1. A support connector for maintaining an end of a linear LED lamp in an operative state on a support, the linear LED lamp having a body with a length between spaced first and second ends, a source of illumination comprising at least one LED emitter board on or within the body, and a first end cap assembly at the first end of the body comprising a housing having a first sidewall portion having an upper facing third surface on its outer side and extending in a direction generally parallel to the length of the body and first and second conductive electrical components disposed within the housing, the conductive electrical components each having an elongated engagement portion extending in a direction transverse to the length of the body and towards an opening defined in the first sidewall portion, the support connector comprising:a first portion including an integral mounting base configured to couple the support connector to the support;
a second portion extending from the first portion, the second portion having a reduced outer profile relative to the first portion forming a shoulder at the juncture of the first portion and the second portion, the second portion configured to be insertable through the opening in the first sidewall portion of the first end cap assembly housing as an incident of the first end cap assembly moving relative to the support connector from a position fully separated from the support connector in a path that is transverse to the length of the body into an engaged position, the shoulder preventing the first portion from being insertable through the opening;
the second portion having generally parallel first and second sides, a first retractable part associated with the first side and a second retractable part associated with the second side, the first and second retractable parts having second surfaces configured to engage corresponding first surfaces of the first end cap assembly, the first surfaces defined by an inner surface of the first sidewall portion of the first end cap assembly housing adjacent opposite ends of the opening;
the retractable parts configured so that the second surfaces can be placed into confronting relationship with the first surfaces to couple the support connector to the first end cap assembly with the second portion of the support connector residing within the first end cap assembly in the engaged position;
a first actuator operatively coupled to the first retractable part and a second actuator operatively coupled to the second retractable part, the support connector configured so that with the first end cap assembly in the engaged position the actuators can be repositioned to thereby move the first and second retractable parts towards their respective assembly positions to allow the first end cap assembly to be separated from the support connector;
the second portion further comprising third and fourth sides extending between the first and second side, and a leading end wall extending transverse to the sides, the leading end wall defining first and second openings; and
spaced third and fourth conductive electrical components at least partially disposed within the second portion, the third and fourth conductive electrical components held within the second portion in general alignment with a corresponding one of the first and second openings, at least one of the conductive electrical components adapted to provide power to the lamp;
the third and fourth conductive electrical components each configured to be electrically connected to the engagement portion of a respective one of the first and second conductive electrical components inserted through a respective one of the first and second openings as the first end cap assembly is moved relative to the support connector towards the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 11,067,257

LIGHTING DEVICE PROVIDED WITH A REFLECTOR ELEMENT

TE Connectivity Italia Di...


1. A lighting device using a plurality of electrically powered solid-state lighting sources, comprising:a printed circuit board having a main side on which the plurality of lighting sources are arranged side by side, the lighting sources are oriented so as to project an emitted light radiation in a direction perpendicular to the main side;
a first support body supporting the printed circuit board in a horizontal direction;
a second support body rigidly connected to the first support body to form a single casing, the second support body including:a seat receiving an end of the printed circuit board with the lighting sources arranged within the second support body; and
a plurality of channel-shaped portions arranged side by side and extending in a direction substantially parallel to the horizontal direction, each channel-shaped portion having a first end facing towards the first support body and a second, opposite end defined by a lens, a plurality of lenses are arranged side by side at an outer surface of the single casing, each channel-shaped portion receives, in a proximity of the first end, one of the lighting sources mounted on the printed circuit board and conveys the emitted light radiation toward one of the lenses, the lens emitting the light radiation; and

a reflector element rigidly connected by a plurality of connecting members to the second support body and arranged transversely along the first ends of the channel-shaped portions, the reflector element having a plurality of reflective surfaces arranged side by side, each of the reflective surfaces facing towards one of the channel-shaped portions and directing the emitted light radiation to one of the lenses.

US Pat. No. 11,067,256

MODULAR LIGHT EMITTING DIODE FIXTURE HAVING ENHANCED INTERCONNECT PINS BETWEEN MODULAR COMPONENTS

Lake and Wells, LLC, Car...


1. A modular light emitting diode lighting fixture comprising:a power converter to convert alternating current power to a direct current power;
a first connecting element coupled to the power converter and comprising at least one first transfer junction connecting element;
a light emitting diode lighting circuit device coupled to the power converter through the first connecting element, the light emitting diode lighting circuit device comprising:at least one light emitting diode;
at least one second transfer junction connecting element; and
a polarity circuit coupled to the at least one second transfer junction connecting element and the at least one light emitting diode and configured to maintain the voltage across the at least one light emitting diode in a first polarity regardless of the polarity of the voltage across the at least one second transfer junction connecting element,

wherein the at least one first transfer junction connecting element comprising transfer junction contact elements selected from a group comprising a pin or a pad, and the at least one second transfer junction connecting element comprising transfer junction contact elements selected from a group comprising a pin or a pad, wherein the first and second transfer contact elements are electrically coupled by contact between at least two pins and at least two pads, the pins having a substantially hemispherical head for contacting the pads.

US Pat. No. 11,067,255

ROTATIONIALLY ADJUSTABLE WALL WASH LUMINAIRE

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...


1. A wall wash luminaire comprising:a trim assembly that comprises:a trim comprising a first body extending from a first top annular edge to a first bottom annular edge, the trim further comprising a first top flange extending radially outward from the first top annular edge, the first top flange comprising a coupling feature;
a top reflector comprising a second body extending from a second top annular edge to a second bottom annular edge, the top reflector further comprising a complementary coupling feature configured to engage the coupling feature; and
a light re-direction assembly that comprises:a reflector kicker; and
a lens coupled to the reflector kicker,wherein the light re-direction assembly is coupled to the trim such that the light re-direction assembly is configured to rotate about a central axis of the trim assembly;
wherein when the reflector kicker is coupled to the trim, a reflector kicker coupling feature is disposed between the first top flange of the trim and the top reflector; and
wherein the complementary coupling feature of the top reflector comprises reflector tabs that extend out from an outer edge of a second bottom flange of the top reflector.




US Pat. No. 11,067,254

AUXILIARY LIGHT FOR MOUNTING TO A VEHICLE

Bestop Baja, LLC, San Ma...


1. An auxiliary light including:a housing defining a front opening extending in a horizontal direction and a vertical direction perpendicular to the horizontal direction, a cavity extending inwardly into the housing along a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the horizontal direction and the vertical direction, the cavity extending from the front opening to a back wall extending at least partially across the cavity, the cavity having a non-rectangular shape perpendicular to the longitudinal direction;
a circuit board mounted within the cavity against the back wall and having a circuit board perimeter corresponding to the non-rectangular shape;
a heat conductive pad positioned between the circuit board and the back wall and having a pad perimeter;
a light mounted to the circuit board, the circuit board defining a circuit for driving the light; and
a transparent cover mounted over the front opening;
wherein a first portion of the circuit board perimeter defines a circular shape and a second portion of the circuit board perimeter defines a notch extending inwardly from the first portion;
wherein the back wall defines a plug opening aligned with the notch;
wherein a first receptacle is secured to the circuit board on a first side of the notch and a second receptacle is secured to the circuit board on a second side of the notch having the notch positioned between the first receptacle and the second receptacle; and
wherein a first wire and a second wire pass through the plug opening, the first wire secured within the first receptacle and the second wire secured within the second receptacle.

US Pat. No. 11,067,253

LUMINAIRE AND LIGHTING METHOD

Signify Holding B.V., Ei...


1. A luminaire comprising:an array of lighting units, arranged as a plurality of regions, each region comprising a respective plurality of sectors; and
a reflector arrangement over the array of lighting units for directing the light from the sectors of each region of the array of lighting units to a different spread of light output directions,
wherein the reflector arrangement comprises a plurality of mutually differently oriented reflectors, each reflector of said plurality of reflectors comprises a respective flat reflector surface associated with a respective sector,
wherein each lighting unit of at least one of the regions comprises a first sub-unit with an output of polarized first light and a second sub-unit with an output of second light being different from the first light in polarization, said polarized first light either having a polarization direction parallel to said respective flat reflector surface of the reflector adjacent to its associated respective sector or having a polarization direction orthogonal to said parallel polarization direction, and
wherein the first and second sub-units are independently controllable.

US Pat. No. 11,067,252

VIEWING SYSTEM, DISPLAY DEVICE, STAGE INSTALLATION, AND POLYMERIZABLE LIQUID CRYSTAL COMPOSITION

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...


3. A viewing system for viewing an object to be irradiated, the system comprising:a light source unit; and
the object to be irradiated with light emitted from the light source unit,
wherein the object to be irradiated comprises a member, and a first circularly polarized light reflecting layer that is arranged on the member and reflects either right-handed circularly polarized light or left-handed circularly polarized light,
the light source unit is capable of emitting light to be switchable between either right-handed circularly polarized light or left-handed circularly polarized light that is reflected by the first circularly polarized light reflecting layer or natural light, and circularly polarized light having a revolution direction opposite to a revolution direction of the circularly polarized light reflected by the first circularly polarized light reflecting layer, and
color of the object to be irradiated is changed by switching light emitted from the light source unit
wherein the object to be irradiated further comprises a second circularly polarized light reflecting layer either on the first circularly polarized light reflecting layer or between the member and the first circularly polarized light reflecting layer, and
the second circularly polarized light reflecting layer reflects circularly polarized light having a revolution direction opposite to the revolution direction of the circularly polarized light that is reflected by the first circularly polarized light reflecting layer, and having a selective reflection wavelength different from a selective reflection wavelength of the circularly polarized light that is reflected by the first circularly polarized light reflecting layer.

US Pat. No. 11,067,251

ILLUMINATION DEVICE

CoeLux S.r.l., Lomazzo (...


1. An artificial illumination device for reproducing, in an indoor environment, sunlight and skylight, the artificial illumination device comprising:a broad-band artificial light source that emits light of broad visible spectrum; and
a chromatic diffuser located downstream of the broad-band artificial light source, wherein:the chromatic diffuser is configured to generate the skylight by scattering blue light, which is dominant in skylight, and to generate the sunlight by transmitting the remaining light; and
the chromatic diffuser is configured to emit the skylight and the sunlight in light cones of different angular divergence, a narrow inner cone of sunlight and a wider cone of skylight such that the skylight illuminates an outer area outside the light cone of the sunlight, which is not illuminated by the sunlight.


US Pat. No. 11,067,250

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND INTEGRATED LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...


1. A light emitting device comprising:a base comprising a conductive wiring;
a light emitting element mounted on the base, and including an active layer adapted to emit a first light;
a light reflective film located on and in direct contact with an upper surface of the light emitting element; and
an encapsulant covering the light emitting element and the light reflective film,
wherein a ratio of a maximum width (Wmax) of the encapsulant with respect to a maximum width of the light emitting element, in a side view, is 2 or more,
wherein an outer shape of a part of the encapsulant located within a range of elevation angles that is in a range of 10° to 50° from a center of a mounting region at an upper surface of the base on which the light emitting element is mounted is formed to have a curved surface,
wherein an outer shape of the encapsulant in a range of elevation angles exceeding 50° from the center of the mounting region is (i) a curved surface with a larger radius of curvature than the curved surface in the range of elevation angles of 10° to 50°, or (ii) a substantially flat surface, and
wherein a ratio (r/Wmax) of a radius of curvature (r) of the curved surface with respect to the maximum width (Wmax) of the encapsulant, in a side view, is in a range of 0.30 to 0.45.

US Pat. No. 11,067,249

OPTICAL SYSTEM

ANTARES ILUMINACION, S.A....


1. An optical system comprising:a light source;
light beams emitted by the light source;
a reflection hood;
a shielding cone arranged below the reflection hood; and
a double focus lens arranged between the light source and the shielding cone which creates an intersection of the light beams in a position below the shielding cone.

US Pat. No. 11,067,248

MULTIPLE LIGHT CONTROL LENSES FOR ASYMMETRIC LIGHT DISTRIBUTION

HL OPTICS CO., LTD., Hwa...


1. A lens comprising: a disc-shaped diffusion part in which a top surface central part thereof is lower than a top surface edge part, anda concave accommodation part that is formed on a center of a bottom surface of the diffusion part and provides a space in which a light source is accommodated therein,
wherein a plane of incidence to which a light of the light source is incident is formed on an interface between the concave accommodation part and the diffusion part,
wherein the plane of incidence comprises a plate-shaped surface in which a height of an edge part is lower than a central part thereof; and a vertical side surface extending from an edge of the plate-shaped surface to a bottom surface of the diffusion part,
wherein the vertical side surface has a minimum height and a maximum height depending on a position,
wherein a curved surface is between the minimum height and the maximum height.

US Pat. No. 11,067,247

COLLIMATOR AND A LIGHTING UNIT

Signify Holding B.V., Ei...


1. A collimator, having a focal point, for positioning over a light source to be provided at the focal point in a light source position, the collimator comprising:a Fresnel lens comprising a refractive inner lens portion and an outer toothed total internal reflection portion, the Fresnel lens having an optical axis which passes through the center of the inner lens portion and through the light source position;
a light blocking element between at least the inner lens portion of the Fresnel lens and the light source position, wherein the light blocking element is adapted such that the inner lens portion has at least one reduced image region, said reduced image region being an area of the inner lens portion where only a portion of the whole shape of the light source can be projected onto when the light source is positioned in the light source position; and
wherein the light blocking element comprises a set of radially extending fins disposed in an annular arrangement.

US Pat. No. 11,067,246

OPTICAL DEVICE FOR MODIFYING LIGHT DISTRIBUTION

LEDIL OY, Salo (FI)


1. An optical device for modifying a light distribution pattern of a light source radiating first light beams to a first geometric quarter-space and second light beams to a second geometric quarter-space, the first and second geometric quarter-spaces being defined by mutually perpendicular first and second geometric planes so that the first geometric plane constitutes a boundary between the first and second geometric quarter-spaces, the optical device comprising:a lens-section for acting as a lens for modifying a light distribution pattern of the first light beams,
a first reflector surface for reflecting a first part of the second light beams from the second geometric quarter-space to the first geometric quarter-space, and
a second reflector surface for reflecting a second part of the second light beams from the second geometric quarter-space to the first geometric quarter-space,

wherein the first and second reflector surfaces are successively in a direction perpendicular to the first geometric plane so that the first reflector surface is between the first geometric plane and the second reflector surface, and wherein the first reflector surface is farther from the second geometric plane than is the second reflector surface so that an area between the first reflector surface and the second geometric plane constitutes a propagation passage for the second part of the second light beams on a route to the second reflector surface, and wherein the optical device is a transparent piece comprising:a first cavity for the light source,
a second cavity whose surface constitutes the first reflector surface so that total internal reflection takes place when the first part of the second light beams arrive, from inside the transparent piece, at the surface of the second cavity, and
a third cavity whose surface constitutes the second reflector surface so that total internal reflection takes place when the second part of the second light beams arrive, from inside the transparent piece, at the surface of the third cavity, a wall between the first and second cavities being farther from the second geometric plane than is a wall between the second and third cavities, and a part of the wall between the second and third cavities constitutes a part of the route of the second part of the second light beams to the second reflector surface.

US Pat. No. 11,067,245

LIGHT DEVICE, ESPECIALLY A SIGNAL LAMP, FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Varroc Lighting Systems, ...


1. A light device for a motor vehicle, comprising an outer cover separating an inner chamber of the light device from the external environment of the motor vehicle, and at least one optical module situated in the chamber comprising a light source and an associated optical body of a transparent or translucent material, the optical body being designed to bind light rays emitted by the source and to enable passage of rays through the optical body and their exit from the optical body towards the cover, wherein the source is a multidirectional light source configured to emit the primary light beam of rays towards the cover, and secondary beams comprising rays that are approximately transversal with respect to the rays of the primary beam, the optical body having a front surface that is situated between the cover and source and forms a central front recess in the optical body extending over most of the front surface, wherein the optical body comprises:a rear surface that is opposite to the front surface and is, in the direction from the optical axis (x) of the optical module, which optical axis (x) passes through the source, inclined towards the cover, and
a lateral surface connecting the front surface with the rear surface,
wherein the deepest point of the front recess is situated approximately at the optical axis (x),
wherein the front surface is configured to reflect a part of rays of the primary beam towards the rear surface and to enable passage of another part of rays of the primary beam through the front surface out of the optical body in a direction towards the cover,
wherein the front surface is further configured for passage of rays that got reflected from the lateral surface or the rear surface before falling onto the front surface, through the front surface out of the optical body towards the cover,
wherein the rear surface is configured to reflect rays falling onto it directly or indirectly by means of subsequent reflection from the lateral surface to the front surface,
wherein the lateral surface is configured to reflect rays falling onto it to the front surface or the rear surface,
wherein the rear surface and the lateral surface are configured to prevent rays from passing through these surfaces.

US Pat. No. 11,067,244

VEHICLE HEADLAMP HAVING A HIGH BEAM LIGHT SOURCE AND AN INCLINED LASER DIODE

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...


4. A vehicle headlamp system comprising:a first light source configured to form at least a high-beam light distribution pattern;
a second light source including a laser diode and configured to form an additional light distribution pattern that irradiates a distance equal to or farther than that of the high-beam light distribution pattern;
a third light source configured to form at least a high-beam light distribution pattern; and
a fourth light source including a laser diode and configured to form an additional light distribution pattern that irradiates a distance equal to or farther than that of the high-beam light distribution pattern,
wherein the first light source and the second light source are disposed inside a left lamp chamber of a vehicle, and the third light source and the fourth light source are disposed inside a right lamp chamber of the vehicle,
an optical axis of the second light source is configured to be inclined by a predetermined angle in the left direction from an optical axis of the first light source, at least during a period while light is irradiated, and
an optical axis of the fourth light source is configured to be inclined by a predetermined angle in the right direction from an optical axis of the third light source, at least during a period while light is irradiated.

US Pat. No. 11,067,243

OPAQUE OUTER LENS WITH INTEGRATED LIGHT ELEMENT

GM Global Technology Oper...


1. A light-emitting assembly comprising:an outer lens having a lens exterior surface and a lens interior surface, and defining a window between the lens exterior surface and the lens interior surface; and
a light element fixed to the outer lens in the window, exposed on the lens exterior surface, and configured to direct a beam of light away from the lens exterior surface;
wherein:the light-emitting assembly is configured to define a tail lamp of a motor vehicle;
the lens exterior surface has a shape defining a 90-degree corner;
the window extends around the 90-degree corner; and
the light element fills the window, including around the 90-degree corner.


US Pat. No. 11,067,242

PHOSPHOR MODULE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...


1. A phosphor module for a laser light source, the phosphor module comprising:a heat radiator;
a phosphor layer disposed at the heat radiator and configured to absorb and emit light, a wavelength of the emitted light being different from a wavelength of the absorbed light;
a reflective layer that covers a side surface of the phosphor layer and is configured to reflect light; and
an adhesive layer disposed between the phosphor layer and the heat radiator and between the reflective layer and the heat radiator, the adhesive layer being configured to couple each of the phosphor layer and the reflective layer to the heat radiator,
wherein a thermal conductivity of the adhesive layer is greater than a thermal conductivity of each of the phosphor layer and the reflective layer,
wherein the heat radiator defines a recess having a plurality of side surfaces and a bottom surface,
wherein the phosphor layer and the reflective layer are disposed on the bottom surface of the recess, and
wherein a thickness of the phosphor layer and a thickness of the reflective layer are, respectively, less than or equal to a depth of the recess.

US Pat. No. 11,067,241

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR INTRINSICALLY SAFE LASER SOURCED ILLUMINATION

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...


1. A system comprising:illumination sources configured to produce illuminated light having a first color;
a first dichroic mirror having a first surface portion and a second surface portion, the first surface portion configured to reflect light having the first color and to reflect light having a second color, and the second surface portion configured to transmit at least a portion of the illuminated light having the first color as transmitted light and to reflect light having the second color;
a phosphor element configured to produce fluorescent light having the second color responsive to receiving the transmitted light having the first color, and to disperse a portion of the transmitted light, to produce dispersed light having the first color; and
a second dichroic mirror having a third surface portion and a fourth surface portion, the phosphor element optically coupled between the first dichroic mirror and the second dichroic mirror, the third surface portion configured to reflect the dispersed light of the first color, and the fourth surface portion configured to transmit at least a portion of the fluorescent light of the second color and to transmit light of the first color.

US Pat. No. 11,067,240

OPTICAL ARTICLE FOR ILLUMINATING BUILDING INTERIORS

S.V.V. TECHNOLOGY INNOVAT...


1. An optical article for illuminating building interiors, comprising:a reflective grid panel having a plurality of opaque reflective surfaces extending transversely with respect to said reflective grid panel;
an LED light source illuminating said reflective grid panel;
a curved diffuser disposed between said light source and said reflective grid panel;
a pair of reflective side walls flanking a space between said reflective grid panel and said curved diffuser;
wherein the sheet of a light diffusing material is approximately coextensive with the reflective grid, wherein said reflective grid panel is configured to transmit at least a first portion of light emitted by the LED light source through spaces between adjacent pair of said reflective surfaces without redirection and redirect at least a second portion of the light towards one or more directions that are not coincident with the original propagation direction.

US Pat. No. 11,067,239

LIGHTING DEVICE SIMULATING LIGHT EFFECT OF CANDLE FLAME

POWER BEAUTY INDUSTRIAL C...


1. A lighting device, comprising an immovable assembly and a movable assembly,the immovable assembly having a stationary supporting structure for holding a light source in position;
the movable assembly having a light-effect component for simulating visual effect of flame at a candle wick; and
the lighting device being characterized in that the movable assembly further comprises at least a part of a driving component accommodated by the supporting structure,
wherein the part of the driving component and the light-effect component of the movable assembly are such connected to each other that when the part of the driving component moves positively and/or is driven to move passively, at least a part of the light-effect component performs swing movement, wherein the light-effect component comprises a hollow, non-opaque, strip-shaped lampshade mounted around the light source, so as to form an internally-lit strip-shaped light source in which the lampshade is connected to a fixing member that serves to hold the part of the driving component in position, wherein when the lampshade and the fixing member are assembled together to form a unity, they are suspended to the supporting structure by means of an elastic member so that the lampshade of the light-effect component is allowed to perform the swing movement with respect to the supporting structure, wherein the movable assembly has a center of gravity that is located around or below an only suspending point, and
wherein the elastic member is of a strip-like shape in vertical direction, so that when the elastic member has an upper end thereof suspended to a lamp board of the supporting structure and has a lower end thereof hanging the fixing member, the elastic member allows the fixing member carrying the lampshade to performs 360° free movement in the movement range defined by the supporting structure that accommodates the part of the driving component.

US Pat. No. 11,067,238

FLAME SIMULATING ASSEMBLY FOR SIMULATED FIREPLACES INCLUDING A REFLECTING LIGHT SYSTEM

LIVING STYLE (B.V.I.) LIM...


1. A flame simulating assembly for providing a moving effect of flames, the assembly comprising:a light source;
an imaging wall disposed above the light source;
a rotating flicker rod having a plurality of reflective flicker elements configured and arranged to reflect the light from the light source and create fluctuating light on the imaging wall, the flicker rod being disposed in the path of the light source; and
a simulated fuel bed; and
at least one reflector element; and
a rear reflector disposed below the light source, the rear reflector has a first vertical portion and a second angled portion which is angled downward away from the first vertical portion and forward towards the at least one reflector, the rear reflector reflects light forwardly;
wherein a portion of the light from the light source intermittently passes through the plurality of flicker elements on the rotating flicker rod to illuminate the simulated fuel bed and create a glowing or burning effect thereon.

US Pat. No. 11,067,237

RESONATOR GENERATING A SIMULATED FLAME


1. A device to produce an artificial flame, comprising:(i) a liquid;
(ii) a transducer in contact with the liquid;
(iii) one or more mist outlets disposed above the liquid and configured to channel mist produced by the transducer;
(iv) a light source disposed to light the mist as the mist exits the one or more mist outletswherein the light source is a LED light source; and

(v) an artificial wick disposed within the one or more mist outlets that further comprises the LED light source.

US Pat. No. 11,067,236

ELONGATED STRUCTURE

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...


1. An elongated structure having a length axis and comprising:a pole comprising a circular wall around a hollow core that define a tubular body part extending in an axial direction along the length axis;
an H-shaped frame arranged in the hollow core and extending in the axial direction and being connected to the circular wall at at least a base section of the tubular body part, wherein the H-shaped frame comprises a cross-bar and stems connected by the cross-bar, wherein ends of said stems are in direct contact with the circular wall circumscribing the H-shaped frame thereby dividing the hollow core into at least two concave portions,
wherein at least two doors are provided in the circular wall and arranged on opposite sides of the H-shaped frame, wherein a respective concave portion of the at least two concave portions is formed by the cross bar, respective portions of the stems, and a respective of the circular wall, wherein a respective door of the at least two doors, when in an opened position, provides an access to said respective concave portion of the at least two concave portions and, when in a closed position, closes said respective concave portion of the at least two concave portions, and
wherein electronic equipment is concealable in the base section of the tubular body part and mountable to the H-shaped frame in the at least two concave portions.

US Pat. No. 11,067,235

LED DRIVER JUNCTION BOX WITH LEVELING MECHANISM

FINELITE INC., Union Cit...


1. A lighting system comprising:a) LED driver junction box with junction box portion;
b) a gantry mechanism attached to and positioned within the junction box portion, the gantry mechanism having a bracket portion that attaches to the junction box portion of the LED driver junction box and a hook plate with a tab structure that fits through a slot on the bracket portion and has a hole for receiving a threaded structure;
c) an LED light fixture with a plurality of LED arrays; and
d) a suspension cable that is a power feed for powering the plurality of LED arrays with low-voltage direct current from an LED driver, wherein the suspension cable attaches to the hook plate and the LED light fixture and wherein turning the threaded structure moves the hook plate up or down thereby moving the LED light fixture up or down.

US Pat. No. 11,067,234

LIGHTING DEVICE

Signify Holding B.V., Ei...


1. A lighting device having an axis corresponding to a general direction in which the lighting device faces, comprising:a carrier having a smooth, contiguous outer mounting surface extending around the axis and facing radially outwardly, and an inner cavity radially within the outer mounting surface; wherein the outer mounting surface has a cross sectional shape that is substantially a circle;
an arrangement of solid state lighting devices mounted on the outer mounting surface;
a driver mounted in the inner cavity;
a ring shaped optical unit which defines a light output region of the lighting device, mounted around the carrier; and
an outer housing having a reflecting inner surface for reflecting light from the arrangement of solid state lighting devices to the ring shaped optical unit;
wherein the ring shaped unit has a cross sectional shape substantially according to a circle, so that the optical unit comprises a toric lens;
wherein the arrangement of solid state lighting devices comprises one or more arrays of LEDs mounted on one or more flexible carriers, each of said carriers being directly mounted to the outer mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 11,067,233

LIGHTING ARRANGEMENT WITH BATTERY BACKUP


1. A lighting arrangement comprising:a mounting bracket having first and second bracket portions positioned about a central longitudinal axis of said mounting bracket, said mounting bracket also including at least one pair of telescoping shafts interconnecting said first and second bracket portions, said mounting bracket also including at least one spring positioned to bias said at least one pair of telescoping shafts to an extended configuration; and
a luminaire having at least one spring member selectively engageable with at least one shaft of said at least one pair of telescoping shafts to selectively interconnect said luminaire and said mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 11,067,232

MODULAR CEILING KIT

Signify Holding B.V., Ei...


1. A modular ceiling kit comprising a luminaire arrangement and a mounting frame,wherein the luminaire arrangement comprises a luminaire having a first light exit window framed by a rim,
wherein the mounting frame comprises an aperture for receiving the luminaire,
wherein the luminaire arrangement further comprises a component that is mountable in between the mounting frame and the luminaire,
wherein the component comprises a second light exit window delimited by a side wall arrangement extending away from the second light exit window, and
wherein the component is dimensioned such that when the component is positioned on the luminaire, the component extends over the rim and the sidewall arrangement creates a clearance between the first light exit window and the second light exit window.

US Pat. No. 11,067,231

ALTERNATE JUNCTION BOX AND ARRANGEMENT FOR LIGHTING APPARATUS

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


1. A lighting apparatus, comprising:a junction box, comprising:a base end having a plurality of knockouts; and
a side wall, comprising:a first end joined to the base end such that the side wall and the base end together define a cavity;
a second end that defines an opening to the cavity, the cavity being configured to at least partially contain therein a light source through the opening of the cavity; and
a side wall portion having a slot;


a frame mechanically coupled to the junction box, the frame being in the form of a tray, the frame comprising:a bottom portion, comprising:a frame opening to accommodate at least a portion of the junction box; and
a pair of bracket guides disposed proximate to the frame opening;


an L-shaped bracket to couple the junction box to the frame, the L-shaped bracket comprising:a first arm mechanically constrained by the pair of bracket guides; and
a second arm coupled to the slot of the junction box, the second arm being integrally formed with the first arm and oriented at a right angle with respect to the first arm; and

a first pair of hanger bars, connected to the frame, to mount the lighting apparatus behind one of a ceiling or a wall,
wherein the junction box is slidably repositionable with respect to the frame through the frame opening via the slot.

US Pat. No. 11,067,230

LIGHTING DEVICE

SHENZHEN XLX LIGHT SOURCE...


1. A lighting device comprising:a circuit board that is long and flexible;
light emitters mounted in a row on the circuit board; and
a cover that is long, the cover comprisinga translucent member that is made of a translucent soft material and covers the circuit board and the light emitters, and
a phosphorescent member containing a phosphorescent material that is to be excited by light emitted by the light emitters,

wherein
the cover has an elongated tubular shape,
the phosphorescent member is arranged on a second area portion of the cover other than a first area portion of the cover that is located in an emission direction of light from each of the light emitters, the emission direction being a direction in which a luminous intensity of light emitted from the first area portion is equal to or greater than a standard luminous intensity that is less than a preset maximum luminous intensity,the phosphorescent member comprises:a first sub phosphorescent portion having one end exposed to an inner space of the cover, the first sub phosphorescent portion extending toward an outer wall of the cover in a direction perpendicular to a thickness direction of the circuit board; and
a second sub phosphorescent portion continuous with another end of the first sub phosphorescent portion, a width of the second sub phosphorescent portion in the thickness direction of the circuit board gradually increasing toward the outer wall of the cover, and

a width of the first sub phosphorescent portion in a thickness direction of the circuit board is constant in a widthwise direction of the circuit board.


US Pat. No. 11,067,229

LED STRIP FOR INDIRECT LIGHT EMISSION

Signify Holding B.V., Ei...


1. A LED strip for providing indirect light emission having an upper surface and a lower surface opposite to the upper surface, the LED strip comprising a plurality of LEDs arranged on the upper surface, wherein the LED strip has an unfolded state and a folded state, the LED strip being substantially planar in the unfolded state and extending along a central longitudinal axis, the LED strip comprising a first side and a second side opposite to the first side, the first and second side being parallel to the central longitudinal axis (L) in the unfolded state, wherein the LED strip in the folded state has a plurality of first loops, each of the plurality of first loops comprising at least one opening and being provided with at least one of the plurality of LEDs, which is configured to emit light towards a reflective interior surface of the loop, whereby at least a portion of the light reflected from the reflective interior surface may exit the at least one opening of each loop of the plurality of first loops, thereby providing indirect light emission;wherein a part of the lower surface of the LED strip is for attaching the LED strip to a surface, wherein the LED strip for each loop of the plurality of first loops is provided with a first cut extending from the first side and configured to receive the second side in the folded state, such that a loop is created with the upper surface forming the reflective interior surface.

US Pat. No. 11,067,228

PLANAR ILLUMINATION DEVICE

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...


1. A planar illumination device comprising:a light guide plate having a light-emitting surface that is a main surface through which light is emitted and a light incident side surface that is a side surface intersecting with the light-emitting surface and receives the light;
an attenuation element that attenuates the light entering to the light guide plate through the light incident side surface of the light guide plate; and
a plurality of light sources that face the light incident side surface of the light guide plate and are arranged in parallel with one another at certain intervals, one of the intervals between adjacent light sources closer to the attenuation element being smaller than another of the intervals between adjacent light sources distanced from the attenuation element, wherein
the light sources are disposed at only one side facing the light incident side surface of the light guide plate,
the attenuation element is formed on an outer surface of the light guide plate, and
a reflectivity of light incident to the attenuation element is lower than a reflectivity of light incident to another part adjacent to the attenuation element.

US Pat. No. 11,067,227

AIRCRAFT WATER TANK AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...


1. An aircraft water tank, comprising:a mouthpiece provided at a center of a dome portion, the dome portion comprising an inner liner and a fiber-reinforced resin layer,
the mouthpiece comprising;
a tubular portion penetrating through an opening of the inner liner and the fiber-reinforced resin layer and to which a lid is joined; and
a skirt portion extending radially outward, between the inner liner and the fiber-reinforced resin layer, from an entire outer circumferential portion of the tubular portion and attached around the opening to the inner liner and the fiber-reinforced resin layer with an adhesive; wherein
the inner liner comprises a first curved surface portion attached to an inner circumferential surface of the skirt portion and a second curved surface portion located radially outward of the skirt portion;
the first curved surface portion is attached to the inner circumferential surface of the skirt portion with an identical adhesive as that used in attaching the fiber-reinforced resin layer to the inner liner;
reinforcing fibers are provided at a portion of the second curved surface portion in a vicinity of an outer circumferential end of the skirt portion via the adhesive expelled from between the inner circumferential surface of the skirt portion and the first curved surface portion radially outward of the skirt portion; and
the adhesive expelled and the reinforcing fibers constitute a reinforcing member for connecting an outer circumferential surface of the skirt portion and the second curved surface portion of the inner liner in a continuous manner.

US Pat. No. 11,067,226

VAPORIZATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME


1. A system for vaporizing a liquefied fuel, the system comprising:a combustion chamber and a steam turbine;
a first duct coupled to and configured to receive exhaust from the combustion chamber and a second duct coupled to and configured to receive exhaust from the steam turbine;
a heat exchanger coupled to the first duct and configured to produce steam for turning the steam turbine using heat from the exhaust that passes through the first duct;
first and second evaporators, each configured for vaporization of a liquefied fuel and comprising a tank that:has an inlet configured to couple to a liquefied fuel source and an outlet configured for gaseous fuel to exit the tank, wherein the inlet is in fluid communication with the outlet; and
is configured to hold liquefied fuel received through the inlet of the tank; and

first and second two-phase heat transfer devices, each comprising a jacket, the jacket having a first end and a second end and defining a chamber therebetween, the jacket configured to contain a working fluid;
wherein the first two-phase heat transfer device is configured:(i) to couple to the first evaporator such that the first end of the jacket is in thermal communication with liquefied fuel in the tank,
(ii) to couple to the first duct such that the second end of the jacket is in thermal communication with the exhaust that passes through the first duct, and
(iii) such that the working fluid can circulate between the first end and the second end as the working fluid transitions between a gas phase and a liquid phase; and

wherein the second two-phase heat transfer device is configured:(i) to couple to the second evaporator such that the first end of the jacket is in thermal communication with liquefied fuel in the tank,
(ii) to couple to the second duct such that the second end of the jacket is in thermal communication with the exhaust that passes through the second duct, and
(iii) such that the working fluid can circulate between the first end and the second end as the working fluid transitions between a gas phase and a liquid phase.


US Pat. No. 11,067,225

SINGLE-HAND-LEVER DOUBLE-JOINT-CONTROL ADJUSTABLE HOOP TYPE BEARING FRAME


1. A single-hand-lever double-joint-control adjustable hoop type bearing frame, which is characterized in that:the bearing frame comprises a fixed part, the fixed part comprises a fork frame, fixed supporting rods and a sliding frame, a base is arranged above the fork frame, a middle portion of a plane of the base is a conical molded surface, a side surface is provided with three shaft fixing bases, outer surfaces of the three shaft fixing bases are each in an arc shape, a shaft installing groove is arranged in the arc shape of the shaft fixing base, each of the three shaft installing grooves is internally provided with a fixed connection shaft, two ends of the three fixed connection shafts are both connected with two side lugs at a top end of the fork frame, a center bottom of the base is provided with a bowl-shaped bracket, a center of the bracket is provided with a round hole, the bracket is further provided with uniformly distributed lightening holes, the two fixed supporting rods arranged in parallel are connected with the fork frame, top ends of the two fixed supporting rods are inserted and installed at lower ends of the side lugs of the fork frame, the sliding frame is further installed at bottom ends of the two fixed supporting rods, and a first sliding parts and a second sliding part are further included;
the first sliding part is installed on the fixed supporting rod in a sleeving manner, and can be locked or slide relative to the fixed supporting rod, the first sliding part comprises an upper locking mechanism, a lower locking mechanism and a locking control device, and the locking control device controls locking or loosening of the upper locking mechanism on the fixed Supporting rod;
the upper locking mechanism comprises an upper connection frame, a locking plate, a swing bolt and an eccentric rod, the upper connection frame is provided with a guiding and positioning hole for the fixed supporting rod to pass through, the upper connection frame is installed on the fixed supporting rod in a sleeving manner through the guiding and positioning hole, a locking plate installing groove is formed in the upper connection frame, the locking plate groove communicates with the guiding and positioning hole at a position of a groove edge, the locking plate is installed in the locking plate groove, the locking plate is provided with arc-shaped surfaces to be used for clamping the fixed supporting rod, a side face of the locking plate is connected with one end of the swing bolt, the other end of the swing bolt is installed on the eccentric rod in a sleeving manner, and movement of the eccentric rod is transmitted through the locking control device;
the locking control device comprises a pulling handle and a pulling handle core, a core body base, swinging shafts and eccentric boss shafts are arranged on the pulling handle core, the swinging shafts are arranged on two sides of the core body base, a front side of the upper connection frame is provided with a corresponding core body installing groove and swinging shaft through grooves, the swinging shaft is installed in the swinging shaft through groove, the pulling handle core is installed in the core body installing groove, the pulling handle driving the core body base to rotate is installed on a front side of the core body base, the core body base is provided with four screw holes to be connected and locked to the pulling handle through screws, the core body base rotates around a shaft axis of the swinging shaft, the swinging shaft of the pulling handle core is provided with an eccentric rod groove, the eccentric rod is installed in the eccentric rod groove, an axis of the eccentric rod deviates from an axis of the swinging shaft, and eccentric rotation of the eccentric rod enables the swing bolt to do push-pull movement;
the locking control device can control locking or loosening of the lower locking mechanism on the second sliding part, the eccentric boss shafts are arranged on two sides of the swinging shaft of the pulling handle core, an axis of the eccentric boss shaft deviates from that of the swinging shaft of the pulling handle core, the eccentric boss shaft is connected with the lower locking mechanism, the eccentric boss shaft is driven by eccentric swinging of the swinging shaft, so that the locking mechanism carries out locking or loosening on the second sliding part, the lower locking mechanism comprises outer side pipes, a connection rod, an upper pulling block, a tightening rod, a tightening wedge block, a locking block and a lower connection frame, an upper end of the outer side pipe is connected with the upper connection frame, a bottom end of the outer side pipe penetrates through the sliding frame to be connected with the lower connection frame, the connection rod is installed in the outer side pipe on one side, an upper end of the connection rod is connected with the swinging eccentric boss shaft in a hinged manner, the connection rod can be driven to achieve up-down displacement due to reciprocating swinging of the eccentric boss shaft, a lower end of the connection rod is connected with the upper pulling block in a hinged manner, the upper pulling block is in threaded connection with an upper end of the tightening rod, a bottom end of the tightening rod penetrates through the sliding frame to be provided with the tightening wedge block, the connection rod can drive the tightening wedge block to move up and down, the lower connection frame is provided with a groove, the tightening wedge block is located in the groove of the lower connection frame, the locking block is placed on one side of the tightening wedge block, relative to the tightening wedge block, the locking block is located at a position, close to a middle of the lower connection frame, in the groove, one surface, making contact with the locking block, of the tightening wedge block is a bevel, one surface, making contact with the tightening wedge block, of the locking block is also a bevel, a height of the groove is equal to that of the locking block, the bevel of the tightening wedge block in the upward moving process can push the locking block to move transversely in the groove, and the locking block moves transversely so as to lock the second sliding part;
the second sliding part comprises a guiding and positioning block, a middle pipe and supporting feet, the guiding and positioning block is installed between the two outer side pipes, and has a guiding and positioning effect relative to sliding of the middle pipe, a lower surface of the guiding and positioning block is provided with the middle pipe, the middle pipe sequentially penetrates through the sliding frame and the lower connection frame to be connected with the supporting feet, a portion, penetrating through the lower connection frame, of the middle pipe is located in the groove of the lower connection frame, and can be locked or loosened by the locking block, and therefore the second sliding part is controlled to achieve a static or sliding state;
the fixed part is provided with a magnetic latch device, the magnetic latch device comprises a first sliding frame, a second sliding frame, a third sliding frame, magnetic blocks and protective covers, the first sliding frame is provided with a first positioning and guiding hole and a second positioning and guiding hole, the two fixed supporting rods are respectively located in the first positioning and guiding hole and the second positioning and guiding hole, every two of the first sliding frame, the second sliding frame and the third sliding frame are in butt joint due to attracting of the magnetic blocks, butt joint surfaces of the first sliding frame and the second sliding frame are provided with grooves, the magnetic block is installed in the groove, a bottom surface of the groove is provided with an opening for the magnetic block to be inserted and installed, a bottom surface of the magnetic block is provided with the protective cover, the protective cover is installed at a position of the opening, two opposite side surfaces of the magnetic block are respectively provided with a first sliding groove and a second sliding groove, attracting portions and clamping strip portions of the magnetic block are on both sides of the first sliding groove and the second sliding groove, an inner side wall of the groove is provided with a sliding strip corresponding to the first sliding groove, the sliding strip is arranged in the first sliding groove, the other inner side wall of the groove is provided with a guiding strip, the guiding strip comprises a guiding portion and an inwards-concaved portion, the guiding portion is located in front of the inwards-concaved portion, and the guiding portion is arranged in the second sliding groove;
the sliding frames are completely the same in structure, butt joint surfaces of the sliding frames are also provided with grooves used for installing the magnetic blocks, and an installing manner and a position of the magnetic block in the groove in the butt joint surface of each sliding frame are completely the same as those of a structure of the first sliding frame.

US Pat. No. 11,067,224

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL HOOK

DONGGUAN JIAMING METAL PR...


1. A multi-functional hook, comprising a body portion, and a positioning portion and a hook portion arranged at intervals on a back surface of the body portion, wherein the hook portion is arranged below the positioning portion; the back surface of the body portion is provided with a first mounting portion, and the first mounting portion is provided with a first rotating shaft; the positioning portion is pivoted on the first rotating shaft, an inside end of the positioning portion is provided with a limiting portion and a rotating portion, the rotating portion is arranged on one side of the hook portion, the positioning portion is arranged on one side far away from the hook portion, and the positioning portion can rotate downwardly along the rotating portion.

US Pat. No. 11,067,223

CLUTCH FOR GIMBAL SYSTEM

United States of America,...


1. A trunnion clutch system for angularly positioning a payload, said system comprising:a trunnion including an annular trunnion housing, a trunnion shaft that engages the payload, and an electromagnetic motor that turns said trunnion housing; and
a clutch including an annular clutch housing that contains a channel, a jack shaft disposed in said clutch housing that engages said trunnion, a coil of copper winding rings disposed within said channel, a plurality of helical springs disposed within an angularly distributed plurality of pockets within said clutch housing, an annular armature disposed to be separate from said coil by a gap via said springs, and an annular platform having an abrasive liner disposed adjacent said armature, wherein
energizing said coil pulls said armature away from said liner, disengaging said trunnion.

US Pat. No. 11,067,222

CAMERA MOUNT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE


1. A camera mount system, comprising:a clamp having a first side and a second side, the first and second side forming an opening therebetween, the first side and the second side forming an inner area;
a plurality of teeth extending from an inner surface of the first side;
a tension device extending between the first side and the second side within the inner area, the tension device configured to apply pressure to pull the first side and the second side together;
a stop bar secured to the first side, the stop bar is configured to prevent sliding movement of the tension device; and
a camera housing secured to the clamp, the camera housing configured to hold a camera therein;
wherein the clamp is configured to secure to a tree or post and grip to the tree or post via the plurality of teeth.

US Pat. No. 11,067,221

HAND HYGIENE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE


1. A sanitizer system and a movable support system comprising: a movable support structure; anda sanitizer device consisting of:
an elongated pole extending from a first end to a second end, the first end is tapered and configured to removably engage with the movable support structure;
a cord secured to the first end of the elongated pole, the cord is configured to removably engage with the mobile movable support structure; and
a housing secured to the second end of the elongated pole by a plate attached to a back surface of the housing and a collar attached to and extending from the plate and engaged with the elongated pole;
wherein the sanitizer device is configured to dispense a material for removing germs.

US Pat. No. 11,067,220

REMOTE ANCHORING APPARATUS

HIGHNOVATE, Kiryat Tivon...


1. A remote anchoring apparatus comprising:an anchoring element comprising:an anchoring unit at one end of the anchoring element, said anchoring unit adapted to allow the changing of direction of a flexible pulling means when under tension; and
an opening at the opposite end of the anchoring element, wherein the opening forms an entrance to a reception section formed as a hollow space in the anchoring element, and is encircled by a bottom circumference element;
wherein the anchoring unit is adapted to direct a portion of a flexible pulling means passing through the opening substantially in the middle of the opening, and
wherein the anchoring element comprises a cone with a wider end closer to a bottom end thereof and a diameter gradually getting smaller as much as getting farther from the bottom end of the anchoring element towards a top end thereof; and

a connecting element, which is formed with:an insertion section that is adapted to fit into the reception section of the anchoring element and to allow smooth insertion thereof,

wherein the insertion of the connecting element into the anchoring element is adapted to be performed remotely from a user,
wherein the connecting element is adapted to be inserted into the anchoring element at an insertion angle between zero and 35 degrees with respect to the longitudinal axis of the anchoring element,
wherein the connecting element is adapted to be securely locked to the anchoring element via at least one springy pin, and
wherein the locking is adapted to be performed remotely from the user.

US Pat. No. 11,067,219

FRAME MOUNTABLE BRACKET ASSEMBLY


1. A frame mountable bracket assembly comprising:a cantilever comprising a first element coupled to and extending perpendicularly from an upper end of a second element;
a pair of couplers coupled singly to the cantilever proximate to the upper end and a lower end of the second element wherein the pair of couplers is configured for removably coupling the cantilever to a frame;
a rotator coupled to the first element distal from the second element; and
a fastener coupled to the rotator wherein the fastener is configured for removably coupling to an object such that the rotator is positioned for selectively rotating the object;
the first element comprising an upper section and a lower section, the upper section extending perpendicularly from the upper end of the second element, a first segment of the lower section extending perpendicularly from the second element proximate to the upper end of the second element, a second segment of the lower section extending transversely from the first segment to the upper section such that the lower section is positioned for bracing the upper section, the lower section comprising a third segment coupled to and extending between the first segment and the upper section such that the third segment abuts the second element.

US Pat. No. 11,067,218

MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR ATTACHING ACCESSORY ITEMS TO A WALL

SALTO, LLC


1. A wall mounting system comprising:a force-distributing plate configured to be positioned against an outer surface of a wall;
an item positioned adjacent to the force-distributing plate so that the force-distributing plate is positioned between the item and the outer surface of the wall, the force-distributing plate creating a gap between the item and the outer surface of the wall;
a cover having a first rear face, a second rear face, and a ledge extending between the first and second rear faces, the first and second rear faces being parallel to each other and offset, the cover covering the force-distributing plate, the gap and an upper edge of the item, the first rear face of the cover contacting the item and the second rear face of the cover contacting the outer surface of the wall; and
a fastener that extends through the cover, the item, and the force-distributing plate and is configured to extend into the wall to fasten the cover, the item, and the force- distributing plate to the wall.

US Pat. No. 11,067,217

MOUNTING MEMBER FOR A SPONGE


1. A mounting system for a kitchen, comprising:a. a sponge assembly including a sponge;
b. a mounting assembly including a suction cup, said suction cup including a base opening centrally located on said suction cup;
c. a cutting assembly including a base and a shaft, said shaft extending from said base, said cutting assembly extending through said base opening and from said suction cup, said shaft having a distal end, said shaft having a cutting blade about a shaft perimeter at said distal end, said shaft including a shaft opening extending within said shaft, said shaft opening being between said cutting blade;
d. a sponge opening on said sponge created using said cutting blade; and
e. a sink assembly including a basin having basin sidewalls and a basin floor and a basin drain, said suction cup being mounted to one of said basin sidewalls, said sponge being mounted to said shaft as said sponge opening is received by said shaft to allow an efficient drainage of water from said sponge through a basin drain on said basin floor.

US Pat. No. 11,067,216

TRIPOD WITH A SEALED LEG LOCK

Really Right Stuff, LLC, ...


1. A support suitable for supporting a device thereon comprising:(a) said support including at least one elongate hollow leg member at least partially supporting an apex, said apex defining a supporting surface suitable for supporting said device thereon;
(b) said at least one elongate hollow leg member including a first leg segment and a second leg segment that are slidably movable relative to one another;
(c) a locking mechanism selectively inhibiting said slidably movable between said first and second leg segments, wherein said locking mechanism is configured to provide a substantially waterproof seal to prevent liquid from reaching the junction of said first leg segment and said second leg segment;
(d) wherein said at least one elongate hollow leg member includes a leg yoke at a terminal portion thereof;
(e) wherein said yoke further comprising at least one sleeve portion that is engaged in face-to-face abutment between an exterior surface of said at least one sleeve portion and an interior surface of said at least one elongate hollow leg member to inhibit rotation of said yoke with respect to said at least one elongate hollow leg member;
wherein said exterior surface of said at least one of said sleeve portion includes a pair of spaced apart recessed portions.

US Pat. No. 11,067,215

ADJUSTABLE SUPPORTING FRAME

SYNCMOLD ENTERPRISE CORP....


1. An adjustable supporting stand for supporting a display disposed on a working surface and having a display surface, the supporting stand comprising:a base;
an upright including a main column and an extension element and being disposed on the base;
a tilting unit being disposed on the extension element and including a connecting shaft, at least one pivoting element, and a fixing plate, wherein the connecting shaft is connected to the extension element, the at least one pivoting element is rotatably connected to the connecting shaft, and the fixing plate is connected to the at least one pivoting element, the at least one pivoting element and the fixing plate pivotally rotate about an axial line of the connecting shaft; and
a rotating unit being rotatably disposed on the fixing plate and including a rotating plate and an engaging hole, wherein the engaging hole is formed on the rotating plate, the rotating plate is rotatably engaged to the fixing plate via the engaging hole, and the rotating plate rotates about a virtual axis, wherein the display is disposed on the rotating plate so that the display is convertible between a landscape position and a portrait position;
wherein the display rotates about the axial line for adjusting a tilt angle of the display with respect to the working surface, the fixing plate includes a first surface facing the display and a second surface facing the main column and opposite to the first surface, and at least a portion of the connecting shaft is located between the second surface and the first surface of the fixing plate.

US Pat. No. 11,067,214

ENCLOSED HOSE END THREAD PROTECTOR


1. An enclosed hose end thread protector for threaded connection to a threaded male fitting of a hose, comprising in combination:a base fitting comprising a core having a distal end and a proximal end, said proximal end of said core including a threaded female fitting for connection to the threaded male fitting of the hose, said distal end including a threaded male fitting; and
an elastic body having a distal end and proximal end, said distal end comprising a thin wall with perforations enclosing said distal end of said core allowing water flowing from the hose to exit therefrom, said thin wall comprising an elongated slit that when opened, allows access to the threaded male fitting of said core for threaded connection to a female threaded fitting of another device.

US Pat. No. 11,067,213

COMPOSITE PIPE END CONNECTOR

Magma Global Limited, Po...


1. A pipe assembly comprising:a composite pipe comprising a composite material formed of at least a matrix material and a plurality of reinforcing elements embedded within the matrix material; and
a metallic pipe stub having an end region, secured to an end region of the composite pipe for supporting a connector to permit the pipe assembly to be secured to separate infrastructure,
the pipe assembly comprising a connection assembly to secure the metallic pipe stub to the composite pipe,
the composite pipe defining a load profile to engage the connection assembly to permit a connection force to be applied therebetween,
the connection assembly defining a complementary load profile to interengage with the composite pipe load profile,
the composite pipe load profile defining a wedge-shape formed from the same composite material as the composite pipe, wherein the composite pipe defines an extended region of increased wall thickness in the end region thereof and wherein the wedge-shaped load profile is integrally formed with the composite pipe,
the pipe assembly further comprising a bore sealing assembly for providing sealing within a bore of the pipe assembly at the interface between the composite pipe and the metallic pipe stub, and
the bore sealing assembly comprises a sealing sleeve structure which extends between one of the composite pipe and the metallic pipe stub and an engagement member which is interposed between the composite pipe and the metallic pipe stub.

US Pat. No. 11,067,212

KITS FOR INTERCONNECTING CYLINDRICAL TUBES

Steinmetz Solid Technolog...


1. A kit for joining cylindrical tubes to form strong orthogonal joints, comprising:a. a Steinmetz solid connector having a shape defined by the volume of intersection of the two cylindrical volumes of equal internal diameter joined orthogonally; and
b. adhesive means for securing said connector within said cylindrical tubes.

US Pat. No. 11,067,211

AIRCRAFT FLUID LINE COUPLING ASSEMBLY FOR RELEASABLY INTERCONNECTING FLUID CONVEYING MEMBERS


1. An aircraft fluid line coupling assembly, comprising:an inner tube;
an outer tube assembly having an outer tube, the inner tube extending into the outer tube, and having a first connector element of a twist-to-connect joint disposed on a front end of the outer tube;
a retention member having a second connector element of the twist-to-connect joint, the first and the second connector elements being detachably mated to releasably interconnect the retention member and the outer tube with each other, the retention member being arranged outwardly around a longitudinal portion the inner tube so as to prevent detachment of the inner tube from the outer tube when the twist-to-connect joint is in a connected position, and so as to allow detachment of the inner tube from the outer tube when the twist-to-connect joint is in an unconnected position; and
a locking mechanism configured to lock the twist-to-connect joint when it is in the connected position,
wherein the retention member comprises first and second clam shell halves, the clam shell halves being pivotally connected with each other about a pivot axis that is arranged parallel to a longitudinal axis of the inner tube,
wherein the retention member further comprises a retaining device configured to releasably retain the clam shell halves around the inner tube,
wherein the retaining device comprises grooves arranged at one of the clam shell halves and resilient elements arranged at another one of the clam shell halves, and
wherein the resilient elements engage into the grooves.

US Pat. No. 11,067,210

LOW-SPILL COUPLING ASSEMBLY

Colder Products Company, ...


1. A coupling system, the system comprising:a female coupling device and a male coupling device releasably attachable together when transitioning from a pre-coupled position, to a partially-coupled position, and to a fully-coupled position that provides a fluid flow path between a first fluid passageway of the female coupling device and a second fluid passageway of the male coupling device;
wherein the female coupling device includes: a first main body defining a maximum exterior circumferential surface of the female coupling device, a first front face defining a first circular opening of the female coupling device, and a first interior bore having a first bore diameter extending along a longitudinal axis; a first termination body connected to a rear end of the first main body opposite from the first front face; first, second, third, and fourth seals carried by the female coupling device; a sleeve that is longitudinally slideable within the first interior bore of the first main body and that is spring biased to releasably engage with the first seal seated in a first groove of the first main body along the first interior bore; a stem having a stem head retained in a fixed orientation relative to the first circular opening such that the second seal mounted to the stem head is positioned in a same axial plane as the first seal, wherein the second seal is configured to seal between the sleeve and the stem head and to disengage from the sleeve when the sleeve longitudinally slides away from the stem head, the stem head defining a stem front face that is oriented toward the first circular opening and that has a diameter greater than half the first bore diameter and less than an innermost interior diameter of the sleeve, wherein the third seal is positioned along the first interior bore at a location radially inward from the maximum exterior circumferential surface of the female coupling device and axially forward of the first and second seals, and the fourth seal is position axially rearward of the first and second seals and in contact with the first termination body; and a quick disconnect clip member having a push tab extending rearwardly from a slider plate such that the slider plate defines a front-most surface of the clip member closest to the first circular opening of the female coupling device, the front-most surface of the clip member being slidably engaged with a slot extending through the maximum exterior circumferential surface of the female coupling device; and
wherein the male coupling device includes: a second main body having a male front end configured to slide within the first interior bore of the female coupling device and engage the sleeve within the first interior bore; a valve member that is longitudinally slideable within the second main body and that is spring biased toward the male front end of the second main body so that a valve seal mounted to the valve member is releasably engageable with the second main body; and a second termination body connected to the second main body opposite from the male front end and engaged with a sixth seal; and a circumferential groove defined in an exterior of the second main body and having a radially extending wall to releasably lock with the plate of the quick disconnect clip member, wherein the second main body of the male coupling device is shaped to simultaneously engage with all three of the first, second, and third seals of the female coupling device during movement from the pre-coupled position toward the partially-coupled position, and wherein the second main body of the male coupling device sealingly engages with the first and third seals of the female coupling device when releasably attached in the fully-coupled position.

US Pat. No. 11,067,209

CONNECTION ADAPTER, IN PARTICULAR FOR AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

AVL DiTestGmbH, Graz (AT...


1. A connection adapter for producing a detachable fluid connection between a first fluid system and a second fluid system, the connection adapter comprising:a switching valve including a closing element and a valve pin;
a housing including a pressure chamber, a valve chamber and a threaded bore, the pressure chamber and the valve chamber being fluidly connected;
an actuation element configured to actuate the switching valve to selectively open and close the fluidic connection between the pressure chamber and the valve chamber, the actuation element including a rotary knob configured and arranged to screw into the threaded bore of the housing;
a ventilation path leads out of the connection adapter from the valve chamber;
a ventilation shut-off means configured to close and open the ventilation path;
a connection element fluidly connects the pressure chamber to the first fluid system;
a quick fastener socket is configured to fluidly connect to the valve chamber, and thereby connect the valve chamber to a connection element of the second fluid system; and
a locking mechanism configured to lock the quick fastener socket, and the quick fastener socket is restricted to a locked position when the ventilation shut-off means closes off the ventilation path;
wherein the ventilation shut-off means is further configured to move in an axial direction with the actuation element upon actuation of the actuation element and the actuation element abuts, upon screwing in, against a valve head of the switching valve, after the ventilation shut-off means has closed the ventilation path, and a further movement of the actuation element in a direction of the quick fastener socket shifts the closing element and the valve pin of the switching valve in the direction of the quick fastener socket and opens the fluid connection between the pressure chamber and the valve chamber.

US Pat. No. 11,067,208

FLAT FACE FEMALE HYDRAULIC COUPLING

EATON S.A.S., Ville-la-G...


1. A flat face female hydraulic coupling, comprising:a body with a continuous passage extending in an axial direction;
a valve stem coaxially arranged in the continuous passage of the body;
a valve guide coaxially arranged in the continuous passage of the body, the valve guide being sealed against a surface of the continuous passage, the valve guide comprising a central passage; and
a valve sleeve arranged slidingly in the axial direction between a first position and a second position, the valve sleeve being guided by the valve guide, the valve sleeve being sealed to the valve guide in both the first position and the second position and sealed to the valve stem in the first position, a passage being provided between the valve stem and the valve sleeve in the second position,
wherein in the first position of the valve sleeve a fluid chamber is formed by the central passage, an inner surface of the valve sleeve, and the valve stem,
wherein a part of the inner surface of the valve sleeve bordering the fluid chamber has a surface integrated normal vector perpendicular to the axial direction or equal to zero,
wherein the inner surface of the valve sleeve is stepped with a first portion having a first diameter and a second portion having a second diameter,
wherein the first portion is sealed to the valve stem, and
wherein a portion of an outer surface of the valve sleeve is sealed to the valve guide, the portion of the outer surface having a diameter equal to the first diameter.

US Pat. No. 11,067,207

END CONNECTOR FOR HIGH PRESSURE REINFORCED RUBBER HOSE

Captent Inc, Houston, TX...


1. An end connector for permanent attachment to reinforced hose having reinforcement, comprising:a stem having a coupler end and a hose receiver end; and
a ferrule attached to the stem at an attachment point adjacent the coupler end, the stem and ferrule having a cavity located therebetween, extending along a length of the end connector, configured to receive an end of a reinforced hose therein, and divided into: at least two gripping zones extending from adjacent a point where the ferrule is attached to the stem toward the hose receiver end, the at least two gripping zones including:
a first gripping zone located adjacent the attachment point where the ferrule is attached to the stem and having a first set of at least two flutes and lands formed in the stem, and a second set of at least two flutes and lands formed in the ferrule, wherein an axial distance between each of the flutes of the first set in the stem is different from an axial distance between each of the flutes of the second set in the ferrule, as taken along a longitudinal central axis of the end connector prior to swaging or crimping; and
a second gripping zone located nearer the hose receiver end than the first gripping zone and having a third set of at least two flutes and lands formed in the stem and a fourth set of at least two flutes and lands in the ferrule, wherein an axial distance between each of the flutes of the third set in the stem is different from the axial distance between each of the flutes of the first set in the stem, as taken along the central axis, prior to swaging or crimping.

US Pat. No. 11,067,206

PIPE COUPLING WITH GROOVED COUPLING AND GRIP RING

Krausz Industries Ltd., ...


1. An assembly comprising:a pipe coupling comprising a pipe housing formed with an annular groove spaced axially from a first end of said pipe housing, wherein said annular groove is formed in said pipe housing between equal-diameter cylindrical portions of said pipe housing, one of said equal-diameter cylindrical portions extending from said first end of said pipe housing to a first annular edge of said annular groove, said first annular edge being spaced axially from said first end of said pipe housing;
a grooved coupling comprising a ring member that comprises a coupling key received in said annular groove; and
a grip ring assembly positioned at a second end of said pipe housing opposite to said first end, said grip ring assembly being coupled to two clamp members arranged to be fastened and tightened towards each other by a fastener; and
wherein said second end of said pipe housing comprises an elastomeric seal member contained within an annular channel defined by an annular portion of said two clamp members, a face of said second end and an annular divider positioned between said elastomeric seal member and said grip ring assembly, and wherein said seal member does not extend past said annular divider.

US Pat. No. 11,067,205

THREADED CONNECTION FOR STEEL PIPE

Nippon Steel Corporation,...


1. A threaded connection comprising:a tubular pin located on one end of a steel pipe; and
a tubular box, the pin being inserted into the box such that the box and pin are made up,
wherein the pin includes a male thread provided on an outer periphery of the pin,
the box includes a female thread corresponding to the male thread and provided on an inner periphery of the box,
the male thread and the female thread are trapezoidal threads and tapered threads,
when the connection has been made up, at least a portion of the male thread and at least a portion of the female thread serve as a thread seal,
the male thread includes:
a male thread crest;
a male thread root;
a male thread stabbing flank located closer to a tip of the pin; and
a male thread load flank located farther from the tip of the pin,
the male thread stabbing flank includes:
a first male thread stabbing flank portion located farther from a pipe axis of the steel pipe and having a stabbing flank angle of ?10 to 15 degrees; and
a second male thread stabbing flank portion located closer to the pipe axis and having a stabbing flank angle of 20 to 60 degrees,
the second male thread stabbing flank portion has a height of 20 to 60% of that of the male thread,
the female thread includes:
a female thread crest facing the male thread root;
a female thread root facing the male thread crest;
a female thread stabbing flank facing the male thread stabbing flank; and
a female thread load flank facing the male thread load flank,
the female thread stabbing flank includes:
a first female thread stabbing flank portion located farther from the pipe axis and having a stabbing flank angle equal to the stabbing flank angle of the first male thread stabbing flank portion; and
a second female thread stabbing flank portion located closer to the pipe axis and having a stabbing flank angle equal to the stabbing flank angle of the second male thread stabbing flank portion.

US Pat. No. 11,067,204

POLYMER COMPOSITIONS

ImerTech SAS, Paris (FR)...


1. A pipe having at least one wall, the pipe having a nominal inside diameter of at least about 400 mm and a SN of at least about 4, whereinthe at least one wall comprises a functional filler and a recycled polymer;
the at least one wall comprises at least about 25% by weight of the recycled polymer, based on the total weight of the at least one wall;
the functional filler comprises an inorganic particulate and a surface treatment agent on a surface of the inorganic particulate;
the recycled polymer comprises or is a mixture of different polymer types; and
the recycled polymer is coupled to the inorganic particulate material via the surface treatment agent;
further wherein the recycled polymer comprises at least two coupled polyethylene polymers, each of which comprises HDPE;
further wherein the HDPE of the first of the at least two polyethylene polymers is different from the HDPE of the second of the at least two polyethylene polymers; and
further wherein the weight ratio of the HDPE of the first polyethylene polymer to the HDPE of the second polyethylene polymer is from about 0.5:1 to about 3:1.

US Pat. No. 11,067,203

SPIRAL-WELDED POLYMER PRODUCTS WITH A CELLULAR WALL AND THERMOPLASTIC PROFILE FOR ITS PRODUCTION


1. A spiral-welded polymer product with a cellular wall, comprising:a long hollow thermoplastic profile, tightly wound in a spiral in accordance with a size of a required product diameter, where a cross-section of the profile has a form of a closed geometric figure with a convex part having essentially a semi-ring shape, and an other part coupled to the convex part, forming the convex and the other part of an-external profile surface, respectively;
adjacent coils of the profile interconnected by welding, wherein the other part of the external profile surface is flat;
the flat external surface of the profile in a coiled state, i-s oriented inside or outside of the product;
the flat external surface forming a continuous smooth surface of the product whether oriented inside or to outside of the product; and
a width L of the flat external surface of the profile and a height H of the profile corresponding by a ratio of L:H between 1.5 and 2.

US Pat. No. 11,067,202

PUZZLE-LOCK PIPE MOUNT ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...


1. A carrier assembly, comprising:a plurality of pipes having a flange extending circumferentially from each of the pipes;
a block, having:a plurality of pipe holes defined therein, configured to receive a portion of the pipes;
a ledge formed in the pipe holes of the block; and
a slot, angular to the pipe holes;

a keeper plate, having:a planar member;
a plurality of arms defining a plurality of open channels through the planar member, wherein the open channels are configured to partially receive the pipes; and
a lock member configured to interface with a portion of the slot in the block;

wherein the keeper plate is moveable, relative to the block, between:an unlocked position, in which the lock member of the keeper plate is outside of the slot of the block, and the open channels of the keeper plate are not aligned with the pipe holes of the block, and
a locked position, rotated relative to the unlocked position, in which the lock member of the keeper plate is within the slot of the block, and the open channels of the keeper plate are aligned with the pipe holes of the block;

wherein the lock member of the keeper plate has a shelf offset from the planar member and cantilevered from a remainder of the lock member, such that the lock member forms: an L-shape, and wherein the slot of the block includes a recessed groove configured to receive the shelf of the lock member, when the keeper plate is in the locked position; and
wherein the flange of the pipes contacts the ledge of the block, such that the pipes are prevented from moving beyond the block in a first direction, and wherein the arms of the keeper plate contact the flanges of the pipes opposite the ledge, such that the pipes are prevented from moving beyond the block in a second direction, opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 11,067,201

POLE COLLAR FOR MOUNTING CABLES TO A SUPPORTING ELEMENT


1. A pole collar configured to mount cables to a tubular support, comprising:a bracket having at least one pass-through hole defined therein, and an insert or adapter having a threaded pass-through hole and configured to be engaged in the at least one pass-through hole,
wherein the insert or adapter having the threaded pass-through hole comprises a substantially rectangular base section with straight sides and arched sides shorter than the straight sides, a bush section extending from the base section,
wherein, in an assembled condition when the insert or adapter engages at least one of the pass-through holes, the base section is in abutment against an inner surface of the bracket and the bush section is at least partially inserted in the pass-through hole, and
wherein a circular groove is defined on the inner surface of the bracket around the pass-through hole, into which the base section of the insert or adapter is at least partially inserted.

US Pat. No. 11,067,200

SELF-HEALING MICROVALVE


1. A self-healing microvalve comprising:a fluid transfer path including a longitudinal axis;
a valve barrier, the valve barrier being operatively positioned along the fluid transfer path, the valve barrier being substantially normal to the longitudinal axis;
a soft hydraulic subassembly, the soft hydraulic subassembly having a fluid-impermeable subassembly membrane, the fluid-impermeable subassembly membrane comprising:a subassembly insulating portion defining an interior surface; and
a subassembly compartment defined by the subassembly insulating portion, the subassembly compartment comprising a dielectric fluid;

a rigid support having a recess, the recess housing a recess conducting surface and the soft hydraulic subassembly; and
a valve gate comprising a gate conducting surface, the valve gate being positioned in connection with the valve barrier and the soft hydraulic subassembly, wherein the gate conducting surface is separated from the recess conducting surface by the subassembly compartment, the valve gate being movable, the valve gate extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the fluid transfer path, the valve gate defining a portion of the fluid transfer path, the fluid transfer path upstream of and downstream of the valve gate being substantially aligned along the longitudinal axis,
wherein, in the absence of an electric input, the valve gate forms a seal with the valve barrier, and
wherein, when receiving an electric input, the gate conducting surface and the recess conducting surface become electrostatically attracted to each other and move toward each other such that the valve gate separates from the valve barrier, the valve gate being operatively positioned with respect to the fluid-impermeable subassembly membrane such that, when the gate conducting surface and the recess conducting surface move toward each other, the soft hydraulic subassembly is compressed in a region between the gate conducting surface and the recess conducting surface.

US Pat. No. 11,067,199

PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE LIFT INDICATOR

L6 Inc., Broken Arrow, O...


1. An apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a pressure relief valve lift indicator disposed adjacent to a portion of a pressure relief valve to determine the frequency of operational opening events of the pressure relief valve, the lift pressure relief valve lift indicator includes:a printed circuit board with a first and second protrusion disposed thereon;
an electronic loop to indicate an operation opening event of the pressure relief valve, each protrusion contacts a part of the pressure relief valve to close the electronic loop between the first and second protrusions when the pressure relief valve experiences the operational opening event, the first and second protrusion are disposed on the printed circuit board such that when the pressure relief valve experiences the operational opening event, the first and second protrusion contacts the part of the pressure relief valve at essentially the same time.


US Pat. No. 11,067,198

STEERING DRIVE DEVICE FOR PRESSING-CONTROLLED VALVE CORE


1. A steering drive device for a pressing-controlled valve core, the steering drive device being installed between a pressing-controlled lifting actuator and a valve rotation actuating seat provided in a shell of a pressing-controlled valve core, to transform the up-and-down movement into rotary motion; said steering drive device comprises: a fixed top frame, installed and positioned inside the shell at a certain height, with a vertical interval separating it from the valve rotation actuating seat, said fixed top frame being formed with a vertical through hole facing the pressing-controlled lifting actuator; a lifting drive rod, including a rod top, a rod body and a rod bottom section, wherein the rod top is configured below the pressing-controlled lifting actuator in a linked state, the rod body goes through the vertical through hole formed on the fixed top frame, capable of moving up and down in the axial direction; at least one vertical guide column, a top end of said at least one vertical guide column linked and positioned on the fixed top frame, a lower end of said at least one vertical guide column is extended downward for a preset length in a direction toward the valve rotation actuating seat; a lifting receiving seat, configured on the rod bottom section of the lifting drive rod, said lifting receiving seat formed with slide sleeve holes, the number of slide sleeve holes matching that of the vertical guide columns, so that the slide sleeve holes can be sleeved on the vertical guide columns in a state enabling sliding, said lifting receiving seat being located at a position away from the slide sleeve holes and formed with a receiving plughole and at least one transverse guide groove, wherein said receiving plughole is for the rod bottom section to plug in to form a linked relationship; at least one fork-shaped swinging member, located on a neighboring side of the lifting receiving seat, said at least one fork-shaped swinging member formed with a top end rotational support, forking and extending downward to define a receiving swing arm and a drive swing arm, wherein said top end rotational support is pivoted on the fixed top frame, so that, when being moved, the receiving swing arm and the drive swing arm will swing, with the top end rotational support as the support point; the receiving swing arm having a receiving horizontal column, plugged inside the at least one transverse guide groove formed on the lifting receiving seat, capable of relative sliding, so that, when the lifting receiving seat rises or descends, the receiving swing arm will be pulled to cause the at least one fork-shaped swinging member to swing, and meanwhile cause the drive swing arm to swing vertically, and the drive swing arm having a drive horizontal column; and steering linkages, number of which matching that of the at least one fork-shaped swinging member, said steering linkages pivoted at an eccentric position of the valve rotation actuating seat through a vertical axial pivot, said steering linkages having a transverse swing end; when being moved, said transverse swing end swings laterally, with the vertical axial pivot as the supporting point; further, the transverse swing end is provided with a transverse through hole, for the drive horizontal column of the drive swing arm to plug in, capable of relative sliding in the axial direction; the vertical cross-section of the through hole is rectangular, holding the drive horizontal column inside, with an activity range to move up and down; when the drive swing arm has a lateral displacement due to vertical swing, it pulls the steering linkages to move laterally along a circular path, and meanwhile cause the valve rotation actuating seat to have a transverse rotary motion.

US Pat. No. 11,067,197

SUBSEA SHUT-OFF DEVICE

WITTENSTEIN SE, Igershei...


1. A subsea shutoff device, in particular for use in water depths of more than 30 m for operating a valve with a gate, said subsea shutoff device comprising:a housing, which is waterproof and oil filled;
a crank mechanism arranged in the housing; and
a rotary actuator,

wherein the rotary actuator is adapted to operate the gate of the valve via the crank mechanism,
wherein the crank mechanism comprises a thrust crank mechanism with a crank, a thrust rod and a joint rod with a first and a second end, wherein the first end of the joint rod is fixed on the crank, and the second end of the joint rod is connected with the thrust rod via a joint, and the thrust rod is adapted to operate the gate of the valve,
wherein the crank comprises a first end stop and a second end stop, and a rotational movement of the crank is only possible between the first and the second end stop,
wherein the first end stop and the second end stop define a maximum angle of rotation for the crank of more than 180°,
wherein the first end stop and the second end stop define a maximum angle of rotation for the crank, and the maximum angle of rotation is less than 240° max, and
wherein the rotary actuator comprises an electric motor and a transmission.

US Pat. No. 11,067,196

INTERNAL VALVE TRANSMITTER FLANGE

ROSEMOUNT INC., Shakopee...


1. A transmitter flange, comprising:a flange body having a valve opening therein, the valve opening having a valve seat and internal threads and extending from a first face of the flange body into the flange body; and
a transmitter mounting face on the flange body configured to mount to a pressure transmitter and couple a process pressure to the pressure transmitter;
an internal valve configured to be fully retained entirely within the valve opening and the flange body, the internal valve having external threads configured to thread into the internal threads to fully retain the internal valve entirely within the valve opening;
a retaining ring configured to thread into the valve opening to further retain the internal valve within the opening;
wherein a stem of the internal valve comprises:a non-rotating stem portion having a seating surface configured to engage the valve seat, the non-rotating stem portion slidably engaged in the valve opening;
a rotating stem joint, rotatably coupled to the non-rotating stem portion, the rotating stem joint threaded for retention in the threaded valve opening; and
wherein the internal valve is configured such that the stem is pressure energized by process fluid on the valve stem when the flange is coupled to a process.


US Pat. No. 11,067,195

ACTUATOR, VALVE DEVICE, AND FLUID CONTROL APPARATUS

FUJIKIN INCORPORATED, Os...


1. An actuator comprising:a casing;
a reciprocating member provided in the casing to be reciprocatable;
a drive part provided in the casing to drive the reciprocating member;
a booster mechanism which is configured to amplify a drive force applied by the drive part to the reciprocating member; and
a moving member which is configured to move on receiving the force amplified by the booster mechanism, wherein
the booster mechanism includes a plurality of levers which are arranged in a circumferential direction of the moving member and are configured to be not deformed when the drive force is amplified,
each of the levers has an effort portion which is configured to receive the force from the reciprocating member, a fulcrum portion which is configured to come into contact with the casing to serve as a center of a revolution of the lever, and a load portion which is configured to transmit the force to the moving member,
the plurality of levers include a plurality of first levers,
the booster mechanism includes:a first boosting portion which is configured to boost the drive force applied by the drive part to the reciprocating member; and
a first transmission portion which is configured to transmit the force boosted by the first boosting portion,

the first boosting portion included the plurality of first levers arranged in a circumferential direction of the reciprocating member,
the first transmission portion includes a plurality of first transmission members provided correspondingly to the plurality of first levers,
each of the first levers has an effort portion which is configured to receive the force from the reciprocating member, a fulcrum portion which is configured to come into contact with the casing to serve as a center of a revolution of the first lever, and a load portion which is configured to transmit the force to the first transmission member; and
each of the first transmission members has a first contact portion which is configured to come into line contact with the load portion of the first lever.

US Pat. No. 11,067,194

COMBINATION VALVE

CKD CORPORATION, Komaki ...


1. A combination valve comprising:a valve seat;
a valve element;
a pilot system configured to automatically bring the valve element into or out of contact with the valve seat by use of air pressure, the pilot system including:a piston;
a first urging member configured to urge the piston in a seating direction; and
a piston rod slidably extending through the piston, the piston rod being configured to bring the valve element into contact with the valve seat when the piston rod receives an urging force of the first urging member through the piston; and

a manual system configured to hold the valve element in contact with the valve seat even while the air pressure is supplied to the pilot system,
the manual system including:a manual stem placed coaxially with the piston rod;
a handle coupled to the manual stem, the piston rod being movable in the seating direction relative to the piston when the handle is turned to move the manual stem in the seating direction while the valve element is separated from the valve seat when the air pressure supplied to the pilot system acts on the piston in a separating direction opposite to the seating direction; and
a screw part configured to move the manual stem in an axial direction according to turning of the handle.


US Pat. No. 11,067,193

ACTUATOR

SRI Energy, Inc., Staffo...


1. A valve actuator assembly comprising:an actuator housing coupled to a bonnet and a housing lid;
a cylinder positioned within the actuator housing and coupled to the bonnet;
a port to fluidly couple the cylinder to a hydraulic fluid source;
a piston positioned within the cylinder and coupled to a shelf;
a spring positioned within the actuator housing and having first and second spring ends, the first spring end coupled to a surface of the housing lid and the second spring end coupled to the shelf; and
an operating stem coupled to the piston, positioned in a channel, extending through the bonnet, and configured to couple to a valve body assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,067,192

DIAPHRAGM VALVE STRUCTURE AND THERMAL ISOLATION METHOD THEREOF

BUENO TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd...


1. A diaphragm valve structure, which satisfies the requirements for application in an corrosive operating environment and at a high temperature of 200° C., and is suitable for non-metallic diaphragm valves and metallic diaphragm valves; comprising a valve portion and an actuation gas cylinder, wherein the valve portion includes a fluororesin valve body and a fluororesin diaphragm; the actuation gas cylinder includes an upper valve body, a valve upper cover, a valve shaft, an actuation gas connection, and a coolant gas connection;the diaphragm includes a peripheral portion, an elastic strip, and a central portion;
the valve body includes an annular portion and a square portion, wherein the square portion is provided with an inlet pipe, an outlet pipe, and a valve box, wherein the valve box includes a valve seat and a flow channel; the annular portion forms an open ring structure, including a sealing face, an opening portion, an internal ring surface, and an external ring surface, wherein the internal ring surface includes a seal groove and an O-ring groove;
the upper valve body includes an external ring surface, an internal ring surface, a tightening portion, a shaft hole portion, and a diaphragm chamber; the upper valve body is installed inside the annular portion, the tightening portion is used to tighten the peripheral portion of the diaphragm into the seal groove of the annular portion;
the valve shaft includes a locking portion, a hollow shaft rod, an axis hole, and a piston portion, wherein the locking portion is used to tightly lock the central portion of the diaphragm; the hollow shaft rod passes through the shaft hole portion of the upper valve body, and is sealed by a plurality of O-rings;
the valve upper cover includes an internal holding chamber, a top portion, a center through hole, an external ring surface, and a sealing face, wherein the valve upper cover is airtight disposed on the valve body to form an gas cylinder structure, which is provided with a gas chamber; the gas chamber is separated by a piston to form an upper gas chamber and a lower gas chamber;
the diaphragm, the valve shaft, and the upper valve body are assembled to form a valve shaft set structure; the tail end of the valve shaft penetrates a center through hole of the valve upper cover, the annular portion and the valve box construct a cup-shaped structure, wherein the valve shaft set structure and the gas cylinder structure are supported by the cup-shaped structure;
heat source areas, the heat source areas includes a valve box heat source area, a flow channel heat source area, an inlet pipe heat source area, and an outlet pipe heat source area;
the square portion, the annular portion, the upper valve body, and the diaphragm form heat transfer paths; the square portion includes a square plate and a plurality of ribbed plates, the ribbed plates are connected to the lower side of the square plate and also connect with the side walls of the inlet pipe and the outlet pipe, and further connect with the side wall of the flow channel; heat transfer restriction areas include the square plate and the ribbed plates, the heat transfer restriction areas are provided with a heat transfer section thickness, the heat transfer section thickness does not exceed or equals the thickness of the inlet pipe, to the extent of being less than 3 mm; an opening in the middle of the square plate is used to contain the valve box and connect with the side wall of the flow channel; a minimum diameter area of the annular portion connects with the upper side of the square plate, the external side wall of the seal groove is the internal ring surface of the annular portion, and the internal side wall of the seal groove is the side wall of the flow channel; the bottom portion of the seal groove is the square plate, heat transfer restriction areas also include the seal groove and the minimum diameter area of the annular portion; the external ring surface is fitted with a plurality of heat dissipation ribbed plates connected to the square plate, the heat transfer restriction areas also include the heat dissipation ribbed plates;
the plurality of heat dissipation ribbed plates include a plurality of external natural cooling structures and internal cooling structures;
the natural cooling structures include the exterior surface of the square portion, the heat dissipation ribbed plates of the annular portion and a plurality of valve upper cover ribbed plates, which provide natural-convection cooling;
the internal cooling structure achieves a cooling effect by passing a coolant gas through a gas coolant flow channel, wherein the gas coolant flow channel includes one or more than one coolant gas hole in the annular portion, and the coolant gas holes afford passage to a coolant gas ring groove, the coolant gas ring groove further connects with a plurality of coolant gas guide holes on the tightening portion of the upper valve body; the coolant gas guide holes afford passage to a non-liquid contact side of the diaphragm chamber, the coolant gas further passes through the plurality of coolant gas guide holes of the hollow shaft rod that connect with the axis hole.

US Pat. No. 11,067,191

TOP COVER FOR A SOFT THROTTLING VALVE BODY, SOFT THROTTLING VALVE AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A SOFT THROTTLING VALVE


1. A top cover for a soft throttling valve body, the top cover comprisingone or more fluid conduits for transferring a pilot fluid flow for setting a degree of opening of a main valve situated in the soft throttling valve body to the soft throttling valve body, wherein
the top cover comprises a pilot arrangement arranged to throttle the pilot fluid flow, the pilot arrangement being arranged to throttle the pilot fluid flow depending on the degree of opening of the main valve, wherein the top cover comprises at least two pilot valves wherein a first pilot valve can be opened in a first step and a second pilot valve can then be opened in a second step and the top cover further comprises a manual opening arrangement for manually opening the main valve and/or the top cover being adapted to prevent a step-wise opening of the main valve in less than two opening steps.

US Pat. No. 11,067,190

LINEAR MAGNETIC VALVE ACTUATOR WITH EXTERNAL MAGNETS AND INTERNAL MAGNETIC FLUX PATH


1. A valve assembly, comprising:a valve bonnet;
a valve stem disposed in the valve bonnet;
a valve member coupled to a distal end of the valve stem, the valve member movable between a first position in which the valve assembly is closed and a second position in which the valve assembly is open;
a first internal ferromagnetic actuation member comprising an impermanent magnet coupled to the valve stem;
a second internal ferromagnetic actuation member coupled to the valve stem, wherein the first internal ferromagnetic actuation member and the second internal ferromagnetic actuation member are disposed in a spaced relationship along the valve stem; and
an external actuator slidably engaged to an exterior surface of the valve bonnet, the external actuator comprising:a first magnet magnetically coupled to the first internal ferromagnetic actuation member through a first side of the valve bonnet;
a second magnet magnetically coupled to the first internal ferromagnetic actuation member through a second side of the valve bonnet, the second side laterally opposing the first side, wherein the first magnet and the second magnet generate a magnetic flux path from the first magnet, through the first side of the valve bonnet to the first internal ferromagnetic actuation member, through the second side of the valve bonnet to the second magnet; and
a third magnet magnetically coupled to the second internal ferromagnetic actuation member through the valve bonnet;

wherein linear translation of the external actuator in a first direction causes the first magnet to apply a first force on the first internal ferromagnetic actuation member in the first direction and causes the third magnet to apply a second force on the second internal ferromagnetic actuation member in the first direction, wherein the first force and the second force are effective to linearly translate the valve stem, causing linear translation of the valve member into the first position; and
wherein linear translation of the external actuator in a second direction causes the first magnet to apply a third force on the first internal ferromagnetic actuation member in the second direction and causes the third magnet to apply a fourth force on the second internal ferromagnetic actuation member in the second direction, wherein the third force and the fourth force are effective to linearly translate the valve stem, causing linear translation of the valve member into the second position.

US Pat. No. 11,067,189

ELECTROMAGNETIC HINGED ARMATURE VALVE DEVICE

ETO Magnetic GmbH, Stock...


1. An electromagnetic hinged armature valve device, comprising armature means (14) configured for interaction with a stationary valve seat (22) and hinged such that the armature means (14) can be pivoted relative to stationary core means (16) and to coil means (12) at least partially surrounding the stationary core means (16) in a housing of the valve device,the armature means (14) being configured to close or open the valve seat in response to an energization of the coil means, wherein
a coil carrier assembly (10) carrying a winding of the coil means and surrounding the core means and a valve seat assembly (24) forming the valve seat are configured such that both are adjustable against one another for a mounting of the valve seat assembly and, in a connected or assembled state, limit and/or define a pivoting stroke of the armature means, which can be influenced and/or is influenced by the adjustment, the armature means forming at least one flat side, and wherein the coil carrier assembly (10) and the valve seat assembly (24) are welded together in the assembled state at a spacing of the coil carrier assembly (10) relative to the valve seat assembly (24) selected to define the pivoting stroke.

US Pat. No. 11,067,188

ELECTROMAGNETIC PRESSURE CONTROL VALVE

ECO Holding 1 GmbH, Mark...


1. An electromagnetic pressure control valve, comprising:an electromagnetic actuator rod configured to position a piston that is received axially movable in a receiving opening of a valve housing along a longitudinal axis of the electromagnetic pressure control valve,
wherein the piston facilitates opening and closing flow connections of the electromagnetic pressure control valve,
wherein the piston receives a pin at a piston face that is oriented away from the electromagnetic actuator rod,
wherein a relative axial movement is enabled between the pin and the piston,
wherein the pin includes a first pin face that is arranged in the valve housing and oriented away from the piston and arranged opposite to a stop,
wherein the pin is axially fixed at the stop so that axial movement of the pin along the longitudinal axis relative to the stop is eliminated in both directions of the longitudinal axis,
wherein the pin is radially supported in the piston
wherein the pin includes a second pin face that is oriented towards the electromagnetic actuator rod and that is loaded with a hydraulic pressure from a consumer connection of the electromagnetic pressure control valve,
wherein the second pin face that is oriented towards the electromagnetic actuator rod defines a hydraulic fluid volume within the piston that is flow connected with the consumer connection through a radial opening in the piston, and
wherein the pin is bonded to the stop.

US Pat. No. 11,067,187

FLUIDIC CONTROL VALVE WITH SMALL DISPLACEMENT ACTUATORS

Regents of the University...


1. A fluidic control valve configured to control a flow of fluid through a conduit comprising:a piezostack actuator;
a seal plate including a sealing face;
an orifice plate comprising a plurality of orifices; and
a suspension connected to the seal plate;
wherein:the piezostack actuator is configured to displace the seal plate along a longitudinal axis of the conduit between a closed position, in which the sealing face engages the orifice plate, seals the orifices of the orifice plate and closes the valve, and an open position, in which the seal plate is displaced from the orifice plate to open the valve; and
the suspension is configured to flex and adjust an orientation of the sealing face relative to the orifice plate during movement of the seal plate from the open position to the closed position.


US Pat. No. 11,067,186

PRESSURE REDUCING VALVE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...


1. A pressure reducing valve comprising: an end member; a housing directly attached to an external surface of the end member;a joint including a primary pressure chamber;
a cylinder chamber having a secondary pressure chamber, wherein the joint is directly attached to the end member;
a piston disposed in the cylinder chamber such that the piston reciprocates;
a valve element that is coupled to the piston and opens and closes a valve seat, the valve element being disposed at a position closer to the secondary pressure chamber than the valve seat;
a valve seat holder holding the valve seat and being movable together with the valve seat;
a valve spring that biases the valve element in a direction in which the valve element is moved away from the valve seat; and
a spring disposed in the primary pressure chamber of the joint, the spring biasing the valve seat in a direction in which the valve seat holder is moved away from the cylinder chamber toward a side opposite to the piston, wherein:
the pressure reducing valve reduces a primary pressure of a fluid in the joint to a secondary pressure, the fluid flowing from the primary pressure chamber of the joint into the secondary pressure chamber of the cylinder chamber through clearance between the valve element and the valve seat,
the valve seat is disposed in the primary pressure chamber, and the valve seat reciprocates in the same direction as a direction in which the valve element reciprocates, and
as a difference between the primary pressure and the secondary pressure increases, the valve seat moves toward the secondary pressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 11,067,185

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED VALVE STEM COUPLING ASSEMBLY FOR ISOLATING THE TORQUE LOAD FROM THE THRUST LOAD


1. A valve stem coupling assembly for isolating the torque load from the thrust load comprising:a first stem;
a second stem;
a coupler comprisinga first stem receiving channel,
a second stem receiving channel aligned with the first stem receiving channel,
a plurality of pin receiving channels oriented nonparallel the first and second stem receiving channels wherein the first stem is selectively coupled to the first stem receiving channel, the second stem is selectively coupled to the second stem receiving channel, a first securing pin selectively inserted in the first pin receiving channel so as to secure the orientation of the first stem in the first stem receiving channel and a second securing pin selectively inserted in the second receiving channel so as to secure the orientation of the second stem in the stem receiving channel wherein the first and second stem, first and second securing pin and coupler comprise the coupling assembly;

wherein the coupler is configured to couple the first stem and the second stem so as to isolate a torque load and a thrust load; and
wherein the coupler end of the first stem comprises a forked receiving portion configured to receive the first pin at a variety of positions along in the fork.

US Pat. No. 11,067,184

TRIPLE ICEMAKER VALVE WITH MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS

Robertshaw Controls Compa...


1. A triple valve, comprising:a first valve body having a first end and a second end;
a second valve body having a first end and a second end;
a third valve body having a first end and a second end; and
a central core pin that mechanically connects the first valve body, the second valve body, and the third valve body;
wherein the second valve body is disposed between the first valve body and the third valve body;
wherein the second valve body extends beyond a plane defined by the first end of the first valve body or by the first end of the third valve body;
wherein the central core pin defines a continuous interior channel that is in fluid communication with the first valve body, the second valve body, and the third valve body; and
wherein each of the first valve body, the second valve body, and the third valve body comprise:
a port at the second end;
a central bore in fluid communication with the port; and
a passage disposed exterior to the central bore, the passage being in fluid communication with the continuous interior channel and with the central bore.

US Pat. No. 11,067,183

MULTIPLE PORT DISTRIBUTION MANIFOLD


1. A multiport distribution manifold for use both underwater SCUBA and terrestrial SCBA; said multiport distribution manifold comprising: a manifold, a selector knob with a post, a rotatable hollow shaft, a bushing, a retaining washer, a retaining clip and wave spring assembly; said manifold having an exterior with a planar face, a central bore with a cylindrical shape, and a plurality of manifold ports; at least one of the plurality of manifold ports extend from said manifold exterior planar face to said manifold central bore, and said at least one of the plurality of manifold ports has an elongated slotted shape at an intersecting surface of said manifold central bore and said at least one of the plurality of manifold ports; and another of said plurality of manifold ports extend from said manifold exterior planar face to said manifold central bore; said manifold central bore houses said rotatable hollow shaft with an end opening port and a single side opening port, said rotatable hollow shaft communicates with a selector knob by which said rotatable hollow shaft may be rotated by the selector knob to align said single side opening port with one of said plurality of manifold ports; said wave spring assembly having a retaining clip, which communicates with a retaining washer, which communicates with a wave spring, which communicates with said selector knob having the post that communicates with circular indent cavities within said bushing; said rotatable hollow shaft having a slot, said selector knob having a set screw that allows said selector knob to rotate said rotatable hollow shaft, wherein said selector knob may slide upward or downward upon said hollow shaft; said wave spring assembly which communicates said selector knob downward, wherein said detent assembly inhibits rotational movement of said rotatable hollow shaft when said post within said selector knob is positioned within one of said circular indent cavities in said bushing; said bushing has multiple pass through ports that align with said plurality of manifold ports, and said rotatable hollow shaft and said selector knob is housed in said bushing; wherein a gas or liquid media may flow from one of said plurality of manifold ports into said side opening port of said rotatable hollow shaft, through said selector knob, and through the end opening port of the rotatable hollow shaft; and to prevent a gas or liquid media to flow, said rotatable hollow shaft rotates to a position in which the side opening port of the rotatable hollow shaft faces a portion of the manifold where no ports exist.

US Pat. No. 11,067,182

VALVE FOR CONTROLLED SHUTTLE OF LIQUID INTO MICROTITER PLATES AND MIXING

Elemental Scientific, Inc...


1. A method comprising:receiving a sample fluid in a valve assembly, the sample fluid sourced from a sample probe in fluid communication with the valve assembly;
connecting a sample loop to the sample fluid via the valve assembly in a first configuration for charging the sample loop with the sample fluid;
eluting the sample fluid from the sample loop to the valve assembly;
connecting the eluted sample fluid to a pressurized gas via the valve assembly in a second configuration for segmenting the eluted sample fluid with at least one bubble of the pressurized gas to produce a segmented eluted sample fluid; and
supplying the segmented eluted sample fluid into a sampling container.

US Pat. No. 11,067,181

VALVE DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...


1. A valve device comprising:a valve having a ball surface having a convex spherical shape protruding outward in a radial direction with a center corresponding to a rotation axis, and a first opening opened in the ball surface to allow fluid to pass through; and
a seat having an annular shape and opposing to be in sliding contact with the ball surface, the seat being pressed against the ball surface, the seat having a second opening being able to communicate with the first opening, wherein the valve is made to move both-way in a rotational direction to perform at least open and close operation,
a clearance is defined by the seat and the valve to make an area in which the seat and the valve are in sliding contact at a valve open time when the first opening and the second opening overlap with each other to be smaller than an area in which the seat and the valve are in sliding contact at a valve closed time when the ball surface and the second opening overlap with each other,
the seat is in sliding contact with the valve at the valve open time,
the ball surface has first and second ridge parts protruding outward in the radial direction, and the first and second ridge parts are separated along a direction along the rotation axis and extend in a circumferential direction around the rotation axis, and
the clearance is defined by the first and second ridge parts and a seal surface of the seat in sliding contact with the ball surface at the valve closed time.

US Pat. No. 11,067,180

VALVE DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...


1. A valve device comprising:a housing that houses a valve;
a shaft that penetrates the housing, and rotates integrally with the valve;
a seal member that seals a portion between the housing and the shaft; and
a labyrinth that attenuates kinetic energy of fluid going toward the seal member in the housing, wherein
the labyrinth includes:a tubular portion protruding from an opening edge of a shaft reception opening for the shaft in the housing toward a valve chamber that houses the valve, the tubular portion surrounding an outer circumference of the shaft with a clearance; and
a peripheral wall defined on the valve, the peripheral wall being radially opposed to at least one of an outer circumferential face or an inner circumferential face of the tubular portion across a clearance,

at least a part of the labyrinth is formed of the outer circumference face of the tubular portion and the peripheral wall,
a cylindrical space is formed between the inner circumference face of the tubular portion and an outer circumference face of the shaft, and
a width of a portion of the labyrinth defined by the outer circumference face of the tubular portion and the peripheral wall in the radial direction is smaller than a width of the cylindrical space in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 11,067,179

DOUBLE POSITIVE ISOLATION BALL VALVE

CAMERON INTERNATIONAL COR...


1. A valve assembly, comprising:a valve body comprising a cavity;
one or more seats disposed within the cavity, wherein the one or more seats comprise one or more seating surfaces;
a ball body disposed within the valve body and configured to engage the one or more seats to form a seal, wherein the ball body comprises a valve stem extending along a first central axis of the cavity, and each seat of the one or more seats is angled relative to the first central axis of the cavity; and
a single actuator coupled to the valve stem, wherein the single actuator is configured to move the ball body in a first axial direction along the first central axis of the cavity to wedge the ball body against the one or more seats to form the seal, wherein the single actuator is configured to move the ball body in a second axial direction along the first central axis to unseat the ball body from the one or more seats, wherein the single actuator is configured to rotate the ball body about the first central axis between an open position and a closed position when the ball body is unseated from the one or more seats, and wherein the single actuator is configured to move in the first axial direction and the second axial direction without rotating the ball body about the first central axis.

US Pat. No. 11,067,178

MULTI-TAPER PLUG VALVE

Quarter Tum Pressure Cont...


1. A high pressure plug valve comprising:a valve body having an annular inner surface facing towards a central axis, the inner surface of the valve body having a first taper relative to the central axis; and
an annular body saver insert having an annular outer surface facing away from the central axis, the outer surface of the body saver insert having a second taper relative to the central axis, the outer surface of the annular body saver insert adapted to interface with the annular inner surface of the valve body with a tapered interference fit;
wherein the body saver insert includes a main portion and a t-shaped projection extending from the main portion in a direction away from the central axis; and
wherein the t-shaped projection includes a bridge connected on a radially inner end to the main portion of the body saver insert and connected on a radially outer end to a circumferential seal disposed circumferentially around the central axis, an outer surface of the circumferential seal defining at least part of the outer surface of the body saver insert; and
wherein, when viewed in cross section along a plane through the central axis, the bridge has a first width measured in a direction parallel to the central axis and the circumferential seal has a second width measured in a direction parallel to the central axis, the second width of the circumferential seal being greater than the first width of the bridge.

US Pat. No. 11,067,177

SPRUNG GATE VALVES MOVABLE BY AN ACTUATOR

Dayco IP Holdings, LLC, ...


1. A sprung gate for a valve comprising:a first endless elastic band having an inner perimeter defining an open space; a second endless elastic band having an inner perimeter defining an open space; a first gate member, an inner gate member, and a second gate member each defining an opening therethrough in an open position portion thereof;
wherein the open space of each of the first and second endless elastic bands and the opening in each of the first gate member, the inner gate member, and the second gate member are aligned to form a passage through the sprung gate;
wherein the first endless elastic band is sandwiched between the first gate member and the inner gate member and the second endless elastic band is sandwiched between the second gate member and the inner gate member at an orientation in which each of the first and second endless elastic bands functions as a spring acting parallel to a direction of flow through the passage;
wherein the first endless elastic band, the second endless elastic band, the first gate member, the inner gate member, and the second gate member are configured to collectively move linearly together within a valve.

US Pat. No. 11,067,176

CRANK PIN CONFIGURATION FOR BUTTERFLY VALVE

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...


1. A torque transfer arrangement for a butterfly valve comprising:a crank having a tubular portion with an outer radial surface and an inner radial surface defining a cylindrical bore about a first axis, the tubular portion having two openings connecting the outer surface with the inner surface;
a shaft sized and configured to fit within the cylindrical bore and aligned with the first axis, and having a hole formed therethrough that is substantially perpendicular to the first axis;
a tapered pin sized and configured to engage within the two openings and the hole; and
wherein there is a reduced diameter portion on a tapered pin outer surface intermediate first and second portions, said reduced diameter portion received within said hole.

US Pat. No. 11,067,175

GASKET-MOUNTING STRUCTURE

NIPPON PILLAR PACKING CO....


1. A structure allowing a gasket to be mounted on a fluid device, comprising:the gasket including a ring with a first annular slope at a first axial end; and
the fluid device including an inner sleeve with a second annular slope and an outer sleeve radially outside the inner sleeve, wherein
an outer periphery of the ring includes an annular contact face that contacts the outer sleeve and an annular non-contact face radially separated from the outer sleeve,
the first annular slope contacts an outer periphery of the second annular slope
within a range in an axial direction of the ring in which the first annular slope contacts the second annular slope, the non-contact face extends from the first axial end of the ring toward a second axial end of the ring, and
an axial width of the non-contact face is configured such that, within the range, radially inward pressure of the outer sleeve against the ring is reduced and radially inward pressure of the ring is prevented from deforming the inner sleeve.

US Pat. No. 11,067,174

METHOD FOR PROCESSING A CYLINDER

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...


1. A method for processing an inner wall of a cylinder of an internal combustion engine, comprising the acts of:providing a cylinder, which extends along a cylinder axis;
processing an inner wall of the cylinder in such a manner that at least one first structural region and one second structural region are formed along the cylinder axis;
forming a plurality of parallel groove structure, which run perpendicularly to the cylinder axis, in the first structural region; and
forming a plurality of helical groove structures in the second structural region, the plurality of helical groove structures being parallel to one another and oblique to the plurality of parallel groove structures, whereina geometry of the first structural region differs in design from a geometry of the second structural region, and
the processing act that creates the first and second structural regions is completed before any thermal coating is performed.


US Pat. No. 11,067,173

PISTON ASSEMBLY AND FLUID PRESSURE DEVICE

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...


1. A piston assembly, comprising:a piston body displaceable in an axial direction inside a sliding hole; and
a piston rod protruding from the piston body in the axial direction, wherein:
the piston body includes a piston-side engaging portion;
the piston rod includes a rod-side engaging portion engaging with the piston-side engaging portion;
one of the piston-side engaging portion and the rod-side engaging portion is inserted into the other from a side to engage with each other to regulate relative axial displacement between the piston body and the piston rod;
the piston body includes a disk-shaped wall portion and the piston-side engaging portion which protrudes in the axial direction of the piston body from the disk-shaped wall portion;
the piston-side engaging portion includes an engaging groove which has a U shape, a C shape, or a semicircular arc shape and an inner protrusion which protrudes inward and is disposed adjacent to the engaging groove, the engaging groove being formed between the disk-shaped wall portion and the inner protrusion;
the rod-side engaging portion includes an engaging protrusion having an annular shape and an annular groove which is disposed adjacent to the engaging protrusion and extends in a circumferential direction of the piston rod;
the inner protrusion of the piston-side engaging portion is fitted in the annular groove of the rod-side engaging portion; and
the engaging protrusion of the rod-side engaging portion is fitted in the engaging groove of the piston-side engaging portion,
wherein:
a damper mechanism configured to relieve impact occurring when the piston body reaches at least one of stroke ends;
the damper mechanism is supported by the piston body so as not to transmit impact load to the piston body when the piston body reaches the stroke end;
the damper mechanism includes a circumference-side damper disposed around an outer circumferential part of the piston rod;
the piston rod is provided with a stopper receiving groove extending in a circumferential direction in the outer circumferential part;
a stopper member divided into a plurality of elements in the circumferential direction is fitted in the stopper receiving groove; and
the circumference-side damper covers the stopper member, and thus the stopper member supports the circumference-side damper and is prevented from coining off the stopper receiving groove.

US Pat. No. 11,067,172

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Jateo Ltd., Fuji (JP)


1. A control device for a continuously variable transmission that performs transmission control of the continuously variable transmission so that an actual transmission control value becomes a target transmission control value, the control device for a continuously variable transmission comprising:a processor constitutinga lead compensation unit configured to perform lead compensation of the target transmission control value according to at least one of an input side rotation speed of the continuously variable transmission, an input torque to a driven side rotation element of the continuously variable transmission, a transmission ratio of the continuously variable transmission, and a rate of change of the transmission ratio;
a delay compensation unit configured to perform delay compensation of the target transmission control value according to at least one of the input side rotation speed of the continuously variable transmission, the input torque to the driven side rotation element of the continuously variable transmission, the transmission ratio of the continuously variable transmission, and a rate of change of the transmission ratio; and
a setting unit configured to set a post-compensation target transmission control value for which the lead compensation and the delay compensation are performed as the target transmission control value.


US Pat. No. 11,067,171

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Jatco Ltd., Fuji (JP)


1. A control device for a continuously variable transmission that performs feedback control so that an actual transmission control value becomes a target transmission control value, the control device for a continuously variable transmission comprising:a phase lead compensation unit configured to perform phase lead compensation of the feedback control;
a phase delay compensation unit configured to perform phase delay compensation of the feedback control;
a first peak value frequency determination unit configured to change a peak value frequency of the phase lead compensation according to a transmission ratio of the continuously variable transmission; and
a second peak value frequency determination unit configured to change a peak value frequency of the phase delay compensation based on the peak value frequency of the lead compensation.

US Pat. No. 11,067,170

HYDROSTATIC TRANSMISSION ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM

Project Phoenix, LLC, Me...


1. A hydraulic system comprising:a hydraulic motor;
a hydraulic pump connected to the hydraulic motor, the hydraulic pump to provide hydraulic fluid to operate the hydraulic motor, the hydraulic pump including,a first fluid driver with a first variable torque motor and a first gear having a plurality of first gear teeth, and
a second fluid driver with a second variable torque motor and a second gear having a plurality of second gear teeth; and

a controller that establishes a torque of the hydraulic pump to exclusively adjust at least one of a flow or a pressure in the hydraulic system,
wherein the controller includes a plurality of operational modes including at least one of a flow mode, a pressure mode, or a balanced mode.

US Pat. No. 11,067,169

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION TURBINE SHAFT WITH AN AIR BLEED FOR A ROTATING CLUTCH

GM Global Technology Oper...


1. An automatic transmission assembly for connecting to a power-source and transmitting a power-source torque therefrom, the automatic transmission assembly comprising:a torque converter operatively connected to the power-source, and configured to receive and transfer the power-source torque relative to a transmission central axis;
a turbine shaft arranged along the transmission central axis and configured to receive the power-source torque from the torque converter;
a torque transfer system configured to receive the power-source torque from the turbine shaft and select an input-to-output speed-ratio of the automatic transmission assembly, wherein the torque transfer system includes a gear-train and a hydraulic pressure operated torque-transmitting device; and
an output member operatively connected to the torque transfer system and configured to receive the power-source torque therefrom and output the power-source torque to drive a load;
wherein the turbine shaft defines:a first passage configured to supply hydraulic pressure to the torque-transmitting device;
a second passage configured to vent to atmosphere; and
a third passage fluidly connecting the first passage to the second passage and thereby configured to bleed air from the torque-transmitting device.


US Pat. No. 11,067,168

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A power transmission apparatus for a vehicle, the power transmission apparatus comprising:a first input shaft selectively connectable to an engine output shaft fixedly connected to an engine;
a second input shaft formed as a hollow shaft, mounted coaxial with and external to the first input shaft without rotational interference therebetween, and selectively connectable to the engine output shaft;
a third input shaft formed as a hollow shaft, mounted coaxial with and external to the second input shaft, and selectively connectable to the engine output shaft;
a torque mediating shaft formed as a hollow shaft and mounted coaxial with and external to the first input shaft without rotational interference therebetween;
first and second intermediate shafts mounted in parallel with the first input shaft;
an idle shaft mounted in parallel with the second intermediate shaft;
a first shifting section including five gear sets engaged to the first and third input shafts, the first and second intermediate shafts, the torque mediating shaft and the idle shaft, wherein the first shifting section is configured of selectively receiving a torque from the first and third input shafts, of shifting the received torque, and of outputting the shifted torque;
a second shifting section including a planetary gear set having a first rotation element fixedly connected to the torque mediating shaft, wherein the second shifting section is configured of selectively receiving torques from the first shifting section and the second input shaft and outputting shifted torque through one gear set; and
an output shaft mounted coaxial with and selectively connectable to the first intermediate shaft and outputting a torque from the first and second shifting sections.

US Pat. No. 11,067,167

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR LOCK-UP CLUTCH

Jatco Ltd., Fuji (JP)


1. A control device for a lock-up clutch comprising:a control unit configured to control an engagement state of the lock-up clutch of a torque converter provided between an engine and an automatic transmission, and to perform a slip lock-up control by performing a feedback control of an engagement hydraulic pressure of the lock-up clutch to be a first slip amount during coasting;
an abnormality determination unit configured to determine an abnormality when a state occurs with a slip amount of the lock-up clutch being equal to or greater than a second slip amount that is greater than the first slip amount;
a release control unit configured to release the lock-up clutch when the abnormality is determined by the abnormality determination unit; and
a prohibition unit configured to allow the control unit to raise the engagement hydraulic pressure of the lock-up clutch by a prescribed pressure, and to prohibit determination by the abnormality determination unit, when a transmission ratio of the automatic transmission is downshifted in response to a driver's downshifting operation of the automatic transmission during coasting while the slip lock-up control is performed.

US Pat. No. 11,067,166

HYDRAULIC CONTROL UNIT OF VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A hydraulic control unit of a drive system of a vehicle including an automatic transmission having a plurality of hydraulic actuators, and an oil pump device configured to pressurize a working fluid for controlling the hydraulic actuators, comprising:a first electromagnetic valve for generating a first hydraulic pressure to operate a first hydraulic actuator of the plurality of hydraulic actuators;
a second electromagnetic valve for generating a second hydraulic pressure to operate a second hydraulic actuator of the plurality of hydraulic actuators;
a first oil passage connected to the first electromagnetic valve so that a source pressure for the first hydraulic pressure is applied to the first electromagnetic valve;
a second oil passage connected to the second electromagnetic valve so that a source pressure for the second hydraulic pressure is applied to the second electromagnetic valve;
a third oil passage connected to the oil pump device and the second oil passage such that a pressure of the working fluid delivered from the oil pump device and flowing through the third oil passage is regulated to a predetermined value;
a manual valve which is operated to connect and disconnect the first oil passage, the third oil passage and a drain oil passage to and from each other, in response to an operation of a manually operated shifting device by an operator of the vehicle, such that the first oil passage is connected to the third oil passage when the shifting device is placed in a first operating position, while the first oil passage is connected to the drain oil passage when the shifting device is placed in a second operating position;
an accumulator connected to the first oil passage; and
a check valve provided in the second oil passage, to prevent a flow of the working fluid in a direction from the second electromagnetic valve toward the third oil passage.

US Pat. No. 11,067,165

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...


1. A vehicle control device configured to control operation of a vehicle comprising a transmission,the transmission comprising:an input shaft configured to receive power of an engine;
a direct gear configured to directly couple the input shaft to an output shaft without using a counter shaft; and
a normal gear configured to transmit the power of the engine to the output shaft via the counter shaft, the normal gear comprising an overdrive gear having a gear ratio lower than that of the direct gear,

the vehicle control device comprising an electronic control unit configured to:determine a next travel segment ahead of the vehicle in a travel direction, the next travel segment being a travel segment with a road slope different from that of a current travel segment where the vehicle is currently traveling; and
select a next gear stage, which is a gear stage of the transmission in the next travel segment, based on: a travel resistance of the vehicle in the next travel segment estimated based on the road slope of the next travel segment; a speed of the vehicle; and a fuel consumption contour map of the engine provided in the vehicle,

wherein in the selecting of the next gear stage, the electronic control unit is configured to select the next gear stage referring to different fuel consumption contour maps in a case where the gear stage of the transmission is the direct gear and in a case where the gear stage of the transmission is the normal gear.

US Pat. No. 11,067,164

ELECTRONIC GEAR SHIFTER ASSEMBLY FOR A DUAL-MODE FLYING AND DRIVING VEHICLE

Terrafugia, Inc., Woburn...


1. An electronic gear shifter assembly for a dual-mode flying and driving vehicle, the electronic gear shifter assembly comprising:a lever moveable betweena first shifting path comprising a plurality of drive-related operating positions including at least a park position, a reverse position, a neutral position and a drive position; and
a second shifting path comprising a plurality of flying-related operating positions including at least a fly position, an up position and a down position; and

at least one sensor configured to electronically sense a user-selectable one of the plurality of operating positions of the lever and generate a signal uniquely corresponding to the user-selectable one of the plurality of operating positions,
wherein the lever is only moveable between the first shift path and the second shift path when the lever is in the park position or the fly position.

US Pat. No. 11,067,163

EPICYCIC GEARTRAIN, A GEARBOX, AND AIRCRAFT, AND A METHOD

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...


1. An epicyclic geartrain comprising a sun gear and an outer annulus gear, the epicyclic geartrain being provided with a plurality of planet gears that are carried by a common planet carrier, the planet carrier comprising a support and a plurality of pins carried by the support, each pin having a fastening segment extending in a direction away from the support to a distal end, each planet gear being arranged around a respective one of the fastening segments and presenting a degree of freedom to move in rotation about an extension axis along which the fastening segment extends, wherein the epicyclic geartrain includes a retaining link that is carried by the pins and that connects the pins together, each planet gear being arranged in a zone lying between the support and the retaining link, each pin presenting a restricted degree of freedom to move relative to the retaining link, the retaining link including a respective centering stud for each pin, each pin and an associated centering stud being engaged at least in part axially one in the other along the extension axis of the pin, the centering stud penetrating into a cavity in the associated pin or the pin penetrating into a cavity in the associated centering stud, a pin and the associated centering stud being spaced apart at rest by radial clearance perpendicular to the extension axis of the pin.