US Pat. No. 11,112,268

ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR PERFORMING STEP COUNTING WITH FALSE-POSITIVE REJECTION

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....


1. A method, comprising:receiving multi-axis accelerometer data and gyroscope data representing a potential step taken by a user of an electronic device;
determining whether the potential step represented by the multi-axis accelerometer data and the gyroscope data is a false positive bycalculating statistical data from the multi-axis accelerometer data and the gyroscope data; and
applying a decision tree to the statistical data to determine whether the potential step is a false positive; and
if the potential step is not a false positive, performing a step detection process to determine from the multi-axis accelerometer data whether the potential step is a countable step and, if so, incrementing a step counter;

wherein performing the step detection process comprises:determining a magnitude of the multi-axis accelerometer data to produce first intermediate data;
filtering the first intermediate data using a bandpass filter to produce second intermediate data;
detecting peaks within the second intermediate data to produce third intermediate data;
performing an elaboration on the third intermediate data to produce fourth intermediate data;
performing a debouncing operation on the fourth intermediate data to determine whether the potential step is a countable step; and
incrementing the step counter if the potential step is a countable step;
wherein performance of the debouncing operation step includes counting a number of steps registered, and if the number of steps registered is equal to or exceeds a minimum count threshold number, then the potential step is a countable step, such that the step counter is equal to a total number of countable steps, excluding potential steps falling below the minimum count threshold number.


US Pat. No. 11,112,267

DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SPEED OF A VEHICLE USING A POSITIONAL INFORMATION DEVICE

INTELLECTUAL VENTURES II ...


1. A method for execution by a computing system comprising one or more processors, the method comprising:determining, by the computing system, based on location information and speed information for a plurality of devices, that an average speed of one or more of the plurality of devices within a region is below a threshold speed associated with the region; and
transmitting, from the computing system to a device in a vehicle, information related to congestion in the region, wherein the information related to congestion in the region causes the device in the vehicle to present a route that avoids the congestion in the region.

US Pat. No. 11,112,266

METHOD FOR MOTION-SYNCHRONIZED AR OR VR ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...


1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:determining a route of a vehicle from a starting point to a destination;
presenting a simulated audio or visual (A/V) experience to a passenger of the vehicle;
sensing ride information via a vehicle sensor directly coupled to the vehicle, the ride information corresponding to a motion of the vehicle as the vehicle travels along the route;
obtaining a trip criterion relevant to the route;
presenting a plurality of simulated event occurrences within the simulated A/V experience, wherein the simulated event occurrences are based on the ride information and the trip criterion;
adapting the simulated A/V experience based upon the ride information and the trip criterion, wherein the simulated A/V experience comprises an augmented reality (AR) story-telling narrative; and
receiving a passenger input selecting a quantity of simulated event occurrences, wherein a level of immersiveness of the simulated A/V experience is configured to be adjusted based on the selected quantity of simulated event occurrences.

US Pat. No. 11,112,265

DYNAMIC LOCALIZED MEDIA SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ChariTrek, Inc., Deer Pa...


1. A computer system comprising processing circuitry configured to provide user localized media experiences based on a user's data in a non-linear fashion, the dynamically providing user localized media experiences comprising:determining a proximity of the user to a first physical location, the designated physical location associated with a first collection of localized media experiences, each localized media experience in the first collection associated with media experience data configured for presentation to the user, and the first physical location being one of a plurality of non-ordered physical locations that are each associated with a corresponding collection of localized media experiences that is different from the first collection;
identifying media experience data associated with a first localized media experience in the first collection that was previously accessed by the user;
processing the media experience data associated with the first localized media experience to compile localized media experience data associated with a second localized media experience that is different than the media experience data associated with the first localized media experience, the second localized media experience selected from the first collection of localized media experiences based on the processing of the media experience data associated with the first localized media experience;
while the user is proximate to the first physical location, providing the media experience data associated with the second localized media experience to the user;
detecting the user has moved away from the first physical location into proximity to a second physical location selected by the user from among the plurality of non-ordered physical locations;
responsive to detecting the user is proximate to the second physical location, providing, to the user, media experience data associated with a third localized media experience that is selected from the collection of localized media experiences associated with the second physical location.

US Pat. No. 11,112,264

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RENDERING AN OVERPASS OBJECT USING MAP AND LINK DATA

BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TEC...


1. A system, comprising:a storage device including a set of instructions for displaying a rendered overpass on a 2D digital map; and
at least one processor in communication with the storage device, wherein when executing the set of instructions, the at least one processor is configured to cause the system to:obtain tile information associated with a region of interest (ROI) from a database;
extract, from the tile information, one or more links along a center line of an overpass in the ROI;
determine at least one intersection of the one or more links;
perform a topology analysis on the one or more links and the at least one intersection to generate a link chain of the one or more links;
determine a sequence of fusion based on the link chain;
construct a model of the overpass by fusing one or more sub-models according to the sequence of fusion, wherein the one or more sub-models correspond to a link type of the one or more links that have a same group-ID, the one or more sub-models comprise a flat board model and at least one side wall model, and to construct the flat board model and the at least one side wall model corresponding to the one or more links, the at least one processor is configured to cause the system to:for each of the one or more links,thicken the link in a width direction perpendicular to a main axis of the link to construct the flat board model;
extend, according to a first preset parameter, the flat board model in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the flat board model; and
construct the at least one side wall model on at least one side of the flat board model; and


render the model of the overpass.


US Pat. No. 11,112,263

INVENTORY QUANTITY PREDICTION FOR GEOSPATIAL ADS WITH TRIGGER PARAMETERS

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...


1. A method for providing an impression metric for locations associated with at least one organization on a map display, the method comprising:randomly selecting, by one or more processors, a set of geographic locations within one or more geographic regions within a geographic area;
for each geographic location in the set of the geographic locations, determining, by the one or more processors, a number of users displaying map data while meeting impression eligibility requirements for the geographic location based at least in part on location data determined by global positioning system (GPS) sensors in the users' client devices;
generating, by the one or more processors, a statistical model of impression data based on the number of users displaying map data while meeting the impression eligibility requirements for each geographic location in the set to estimate a number of users who will be displaying map data while meeting the impression eligibility requirements for one or more dispersed geographic locations within a predetermined time interval;
obtaining, at the one or more processors, a request for impression data for displaying map content indicative of one or more locations associated with an organization over a particular time interval;
applying, by the one or more processors, data associated with the request including the one or more organization locations to the statistical model to estimate an impression metric for the one or more organization locations during the particular time interval, the impression metric indicative of a number of users who will be displaying map data while meeting the impression eligibility requirements for the one or more organization locations;
providing, by the one or more processors, an indicator of the impression metric for display to a user within the organization; and
updating, by the one or more processors, the statistical model based on an additional determination of the number of users displaying map data while meeting the impression eligibility requirements for each geographic location to train the statistical model for subsequent use.

US Pat. No. 11,112,262

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PLANNING A PATH OF A VEHICLE


1. A method of planning a path of a vehicle, the method comprising:defining or obtaining an outer boundary of a work area or a field;
obtaining an implement path plan of an implement associated with a first vehicle, the implement path plan comprising a series of recorded position points along a recorded guidance path of the implement and a set of plant rows defined with reference to the recorded guidance path in the work area or the field;
determining a present position and present heading of a second vehicle in the work area or the field;
determining candidate passes of the second vehicle in alignment with the defined plant rows to provide area coverage of the work area or field within the defined boundary based on an implement width or swath of the second vehicle and row spacing of the second vehicle, wherein the defined plant rows are associated with one or more candidate passes and consistent with a planned guidance path to avoid damage to the plant rows;
from the present position and heading, displaying the determined candidate passes to minimize overlap of adjacent candidate passes of the second vehicle and to minimize total number of passes within the work area or field;
supporting selection of one of the displayed or presented candidate passes as the planned guidance path of the second vehicle consistent with the provision of area coverage of the work area or field;
providing, via an electronic display or an audio output device in conjunction with the selection by a vehicle operator, an efficiency indicator for the candidate passes based on estimated yield of a minimized unharvested zone within the field or work area, where the selection can be made verbally by the vehicle operator; and
wherein the efficiency indicator is audibly or verbally presented in order of sequence of ascending or descending score or numerical rank to support a spoken or verbal operator command as the selection of one of the displayed or presented candidate passes as the planned guidance path of the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,112,261

NAVIGATION METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Brown University, Provid...


1. A system for guiding a visually impaired user, the system comprising:an image acquisition device comprising multiple cameras mounted on a wearable head unit, the image acquisition device configured to capture image data;
a plurality of path data stored in a database, the path data identifying traversable paths to and from selectable locations, wherein the path data is derived from previously captured images of the locations and the identified traversable paths include a map containing graph nodes representing defined locations, captured images, and annotations;
an inertial odometry sensor for identifying motion based on inertial measurements and providing inertial data pertaining to a location and a trajectory of a user being tracked;
a visual odometry processor for performing feature detection on the image data to obtain a plurality of features from the image data, wherein feature detection includes identifying curves, edges, and evaluating metadata of the image data;
an analysis processor for comparing the plurality of features from the image data and the plurality of stored path data to determine a user's location;
a map processor for automatically selecting the traversable path from the stored path data corresponding to the user's location and a user-selected destination location;
a navigation processor for guiding the user along the traversable path to the user-selected destination;
a haptic device configured to receive input from the navigation unit and render haptic gestures as non-audible guidance to the user on the traversable path to the destination; and
an audio interface configured to receive spoken input from the user and produce audio feedback to the user.

US Pat. No. 11,112,260

GEOSPATIAL NAVIGATION METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING SELECTIVE VOICE GUIDANCE TO A USER OF A MOBILE NAVIGATION DEVICE

Verizon Patent and Licens...


1. A method comprising:defining, by a geospatial navigation system, geography of a domain of navigational proficiency of a user of a mobile navigation device;
receiving, by the geospatial navigation system from the user, user input representative of a request to provide navigational guidance from a first location to a second location, the first location located within the geography of the domain of navigational proficiency of the user and the second location located outside the geography of the domain of navigational proficiency of the user; and
providing, by the geospatial navigation system to the user, the requested navigational guidance from the first location to the second location, the navigational guidance including:first voice guidance provided from the first location to a boundary point of the domain of navigational proficiency of the user, the first voice guidance provided, without automatically pausing competing audio being presented to the user, at a diminished guidance level and at a first volume level,
second voice guidance provided from the boundary point of the domain of navigational proficiency of the user to the second location, the second voice guidance provided, while automatically pausing the competing audio being presented to the user, at a comprehensive guidance level and at a second volume level higher than the first volume level, and
non-audible textual guidance provided from the first location to the second location at the comprehensive guidance level such that comprehensive instructions are available to the user even when the voice guidance is provided at the diminished guidance level.


US Pat. No. 11,112,259

LOCALIZATION DETERMINATION FOR VEHICLE OPERATION

Nissan North America, Inc...


1. A method of traversing a vehicle transportation network, the method comprising:determining vehicle operational information of a vehicle, including sensing a position of the vehicle in a global coordinate system, wherein the vehicle is an autonomous vehicle or a semi-autonomous vehicle;
determining a metric location estimate of the vehicle using the vehicle operational information, including determining the metric location estimate using the sensed position as input to a non-linear loss function with a Kalman filter to mitigate effects of un-modeled sensor error, wherein the metric location estimate is an output of the Kalman filter;
determining operational environment information of a portion of the vehicle transportation network, the operational environment information including sensor data of a portion of the vehicle transportation network that is observable to the vehicle;
determining a topological location estimate of the vehicle within the vehicle transportation network using the metric location estimate and the operational environment information, wherein the topological location estimate includes a lane membership of the vehicle within the vehicle transportation network; and
traversing, by the vehicle, the vehicle transportation network using the topological location estimate of the vehicle as input to perform a vehicle operation.

US Pat. No. 11,112,258

ENVIRONMENT BASED NAVIGATION

International Business Ma...


1. A method for environment based navigation, the method comprising:collecting, by a computing device, environment map data, wherein the environment map data includes one or more environmental zones;
receiving, by the computing device, one or more user environment preferences from a user that are based on the user's preferred senses, wherein the user environment preferences include a user's preferred environmental zones and non-preferred environmental zones; and
receiving, by the computing device, a destination from the user via a user interface associated with the computing device; and
determining and displaying a ranked list of routes to the destination based on the user environment preferences, wherein the ranked list is ordered based on a number of the user's preferred environmental zones such that a route comprising a highest number of the user's preferred environmental zones is displayed first and routes with more of the user's preferred environmental zones are displayed higher than routes with less of the user's preferred environmental zones.

US Pat. No. 11,112,257

NAVIGATION WITH SUN GLARE INFORMATION

Microsoft Technology Lice...


1. A computer implemented method, comprising:determining a starting location and an ending location;
determining a first time range during which travel will occur from the starting location to the ending location;
determining a first sun position during at least a portion of the first time range;
generating a basic glare index from the first sun position and a predetermined relationship between sun positions and corresponding glare indices;
determining whether sun glare is likely while traveling from the starting location to the ending location based on the basic glare index;
responsive to determining that sun glare is likely:generating a predicted glare index by modifying the basic glare index in accordance with environmental adjustments, the environmental adjustments accounting for both: (1) near obstructions of the sun at the first sun position that are caused by, or within, a vehicle traveling from the starting location to the ending location and (2) far obstructions of the sun at the first sun position that are external to the vehicle; and
determining a first travel route to minimize a first cost function along the first travel route from the starting location to the ending location, the first cost function being based on the predicted glare index; and

responsive to determining that sun glare is not likely:determining a second travel route to minimize a second cost function along the second travel route from the starting location to the ending location, the second cost function excluding sun glare.


US Pat. No. 11,112,256

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION INDICATIVE OF A RECOMMENDED NAVIGABLE STRETCH

TOMTOM TRAFFIC B.V., Ams...


1. A method of operating a navigation device in communication with a server, the navigation device comprising digital map data including data representative of a plurality of navigable segments of a navigable network, each navigable segment having attribute data representative of one or more attributes associated therewith, and the navigation device being further arranged to be able to determine a route through the navigable network using the attribute data associated with the navigable segments, the method comprising:receiving, from the server, data indicative of modified attribute data for the or each navigable segment of a recommended navigable stretch, wherein the modified attribute data is determined so as to make the segment more favourable when a route is determined through the navigable network using the attribute data associated with the navigable segments;
using the received modified attribute data in determining a route through the navigable network, said route including at least one navigable segment of the recommended navigable stretch; and
using the existing unmodified attribute data for the at least one navigable segment of the recommended navigable stretch in determining a property of the determined route.

US Pat. No. 11,112,255

NETWORK COMPUTER SYSTEM TO ARRANGE POOLED TRANSPORT SERVICES

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...


1. A network computer system comprising:a network communication interface to communicate, over one or more networks, with computing devices of requesters and transport providers of a pooled transport service;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the network computer system to:receive, over the one or more networks, a first service request from a computing device of a first requester, the first service request indicating a first destination and a current location of the first requester;
receive, over the one or more networks, a second service request from a computing device of a second requester, the second service request indicating a second destination and a current location of the second requester;
based at least in part on a proximity between the current locations of the first and second requesters, match the first service request and the second service request by:selecting a pickup location for the first and second requesters;
transmitting, over the one or more networks, rendezvous information to the computing devices of the first and second requesters to enable the first and second requesters to travel to the pickup location;
determining an estimated time interval for each of the first requester and the second requester to arrive at the pickup location;
selecting a transport provider to service both the first service request and the second service request, based at least in part on the pickup location, a current location of the transport provider, and the estimated time interval for each of the first requester and the second requester; and
transmitting, over the one or more networks, a transport invitation to a computing device of the transport provider to enable the transport provider to rendezvous with the first and second requesters at the pickup location and transport the first and second requesters to the first destination and the second destination respectively.



US Pat. No. 11,112,254

NAVIGATION SYSTEM ACQUISITION AND USE OF CELLULAR COVERAGE MAP DATA

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...


1. A device, comprising:one or more processors;
a memory storing instructions that, when executed on or across the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to implement a vehicle navigation system configured to:determine a signal strength map based at least in part on signal strength data for a plurality of areas;
select a route to a destination from a plurality of routes to the destination based at least in part on respective signal strength data for respective areas of the plurality of areas; and
send an indication of the selected route to a display.


US Pat. No. 11,112,253

NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND MAPPING SYSTEM USING PERSONAL CONTACTS

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...


1. A system comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory storing a set of instructions that, when executed by the at least one hardware processor, cause the at least one hardware processor to perform operations comprising:receiving personal contacts information of a plurality of personal contacts from a personal contacts database, the personal contacts information comprising a plurality of contact identifiers, corresponding location information for each one of the plurality of contact identifiers, and corresponding contact information for each one of the plurality of contact identifiers, the contact information comprising data configured to be used to communicate with the corresponding personal contact;
receiving, from a computing device of a user, a request for route guidance information for navigating from an origin location to a destination location;
generating route guidance information based on the request, the route guidance information comprising at least one of the plurality of personal contacts, the at least one of the plurality of contacts being selected based on at least one rating for suitability for route guidance associated with the at least one of the plurality of contacts, the at least one rating having been input by a user or users of a navigation apparatus and stored in association with the at least one of the plurality of contacts; and
causing the generated route guidance information to be displayed on the computing device of the user.


US Pat. No. 11,112,252

SENSOR FUSION FOR ACCURATE LOCALIZATION

HITACHI LTD., Tokyo (JP)...


1. A method for an autonomous vehicle having a plurality of sensors, the method comprising:for a failure occurring in at least one of the plurality of sensors:obtaining first sensor data points from working ones of the plurality of sensors;
obtaining second sensor data points from a historical database;
conducting a prediction of missing sensor data points based on an error correction process applied in comparing the first sensor data points and the second sensor data points;
weighing the missing sensor data points and the first sensor data points; and
applying the weighted missing sensor points and the first sensor data points to localization for autonomous vehicle functions of the autonomous vehicle.


US Pat. No. 11,112,251

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR GENERATING CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN MAP VERSIONS

HERE GLOBAL B.V., Eindho...


1. An apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and computer program code configured to, with the processor, cause the apparatus to at least:provide an indication of a route request between an origin and a destination;
receive a list of road link identifiers in response to the route request;
identify a first road link identifier in the list of road link identifiers;
in response to the first road link identifier corresponding to a road link identifier of a network of road link identifiers, add the first road link identifier to a route;
in response to the first road link identifier not corresponding to a road link identifier of the network of road link identifiers:apply an XOR function to the first road link identifier and a subsequent road link identifier in the list of road link identifiers;
in response to the XOR function applied to the first road link identifier and the subsequent identifier corresponding with a road link identifier of the network of road link identifiers, add the road link identifier of the network of road link identifiers to the route;

in response to the road link identifiers in the list of road link identifiers corresponding to road link identifiers of the network of road link identifiers directly or through the application of the XOR function, establish the route within a network of road links represented by the network of road link identifiers.

US Pat. No. 11,112,250

SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC INSTANTIATION OF A GENERICALLY DESCRIBED LOCATION-BASED TRAVELING EXPERIENCE TO SPECIFIC MAP COORDINATES AND REAL-TIME CONDITIONS

Monsarrat, Inc., Cambrid...


1. A method for providing a location based travel experience (LBTE) that maps user experience locations to real world locations, comprising:defining one or more location elements, each of which refers to an experience location not having a predefined position on a real world map;
generating a graph of the location elements, where nodes represent locations, and parent nodes define routes in-between locations and also define location properties to be inherited by child nodes;
the location elements further including one or more of:map descriptors that refer to map metadata, including metadata about organizations and locations on the real world map;
real-time descriptors, including at least whether locations are open or closed, or behavior of other users;
experiential descriptors, including whether line-of-sight between locations should be kept or avoided, a mode of transportation users are expected to employ or whether the route needs to be entirely completed within a set time; and
nesting and inheritance, such that larger LBTE may be assembled from contained smaller LBTEs; and

laying out a route by one or more of:physically moving from one location to next location in the real world map and selecting points on the real world map for each stop in the LBTE route; or
operating a flow based layout model where each node in sequence is automatically placed relative to an initial location, via a graph drawing algorithm that identifies possible location placements relative to element constraints based on a best-fit layout.


US Pat. No. 11,112,249

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FOUR-DIMENSIONAL ROUTING AROUND CONCAVE POLYGON AVOIDANCES

Rockwell Collins, Inc., ...


1. A navigation system, comprising:a navigation database maintaining four-dimensional data corresponding to a plurality of cells into which the four-dimensional data is divided, each cell representing a three-dimensional space from a start time to an end time;
and
a route generator configured to:
receive an avoidance corresponding to the four-dimensional data;
generate a concave polygon representing the avoidance at the start time, the concave polygon including a plurality of edges, by assigning a vector to each edge from a first vertex of the edge to a second vertex of the edge;
identify a displacement vector corresponding to movement of the avoidance;
identify, based on the displacement vector, at least one leading edge and at least one trailing edge of the concave polygon at the start time;
shift each leading edge from the start time to the end time using the displacement vector;
identify each gap between vertices of the plurality of edges of the at least one trailing edge and the shifted at least one leading edge;
add an added edge to the plurality of edges of the concave polygon to connect vertices across each identified gap;
determine, for each edge of the plurality of edges of the concave polygon, if the edge includes an internal edge;
remove each internal edge from the concave polygon;
compare the concave polygon to the plurality of cells;
identify one or more cells in which the concave polygon is located;
and
output a navigation alert based on the identified one or more cells.

US Pat. No. 11,112,248

SECONDARY SENSE LOOP WITH FORCE FEEDBACK CAPABILITY

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...


1. A secondary loop comprising:a secondary element of at least one mechanical resonator of a MEMS gyroscope;
an analog front end circuitry configured to receive an analog detection signal from the secondary element and to provide an analog secondary input signal;
a digital secondary loop circuitry; and
an analog back end circuitry, wherein said digital secondary loop circuitry comprises:
a signal path receiving at its input the analog secondary input signal representing a detection motion of the mechanical resonator and providing at its output an output signal indicating an angular velocity of said MEMS gyroscope is subject to, the signal path comprising an analog-to-digital converter configured to digitize the analog secondary input signal into a digitized secondary signal and a digital low pass infinite impulse response filter; and
a digital force feedback circuitry configured to produce a force feedback signal for stabilizing operation of the secondary loop, wherein a response function of the digital secondary loop circuitry is adjusted by the force feedback signal so that the derivative of the phase response of the digital secondary loop circuitry at frequencies around a resonance frequency of the at least one mechanical resonator is reduced, said digital force feedback circuitry comprising:
the analog-to-digital converter common with the signal path;
the digital low pass infinite impulse response filter common with the signal path, the digital low pass infinite impulse response filter being configured to receive at its input the digitized secondary signal, to cause a ?90-degree phase shift to the digitized secondary signal at the resonance frequency, and to provide in its output a phase shifted digitized secondary signal; and
a digital-to-analog converter configured to convert the phase shifted digitized secondary signal into an analog force feedback signal to be fed back towards the secondary element of the MEMS gyroscope by the analog back end circuitry, the analog force feedback signal causing a damping force against movements of the secondary element.

US Pat. No. 11,112,247

ANGULAR VELOCITY SENSOR, SENSOR ELEMENT, AND MULTI-AXIS ANGULAR VELOCITY SENSOR

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...


1. An angular velocity sensor comprising:a piezoelectric body comprisinga pair of frames facing each other in a y-axis direction in an orthogonal coordinate system xyz,
a pair of drive arms which are respectively laid bridging the pair of frames and face each other in an x-axis direction, and
a pair of first detection arms extending from the pair of frames in the y-axis direction at positions which are between the pair of drive arms in the x-axis direction;

a drive circuit which applies voltages of mutually reverse phases to the pair of drive arms so that the pair of drive arms bend to mutually reverse sides in the x-axis direction and vibrate; and
a detection circuit which detects signals generated due to bending deformations of the pair of first detection arms in a z-axis direction or the x-axis direction,
wherein the pair of frames bend in the y-axis direction by the pair of driving arms bending in the x-axis direction.

US Pat. No. 11,112,246

TORSIONAL OSCILLATOR MICRO ELECTRO MECHANICAL SYSTEMS ACCELEROMETER

United States Government ...


1. A sensor comprising:a mounting structure;
a reference mass configured to move within a reference mass plane;
at least one resonant mechanical structure connected to the mounting structure and the reference mass, the resonant mechanical structure comprising a body and an aperture, wherein the aperture is surrounded and defined by the body, and wherein the body comprises:a first mass portion and a second mass portion that are configured to rotationally oscillate about an oscillation axis; and
a center of mass located on the oscillation axis; and

wherein a movement of the reference mass within the reference mass plane varies a moment of inertia of the body while the center of mass of the body remains located on the oscillation axis.

US Pat. No. 11,112,245

ACOUSTO-OPTIC GYROSCOPES

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSIT...


1. A device comprising:a substrate;
a lithium-niobate wafer or a lithium-niobate wafer on an insulator layer disposed on the substrate;
a drive resonator oriented in a first direction in a drive-sense plane of the lithium-niobate wafer;
a sense resonator oriented in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction in the drive-sense plane of the lithium-niobate wafer; and
a plurality of pillars disposed at the intersection of the drive and sense resonators in the drive-sense plane of the lithium-niobate wafer;
wherein the drive and sense resonators are rotated at an angle in the drive-sense plane with respect to the direction of a cut of the lithium-niobate wafer so that the drive and sense resonators have matching resonant frequencies.

US Pat. No. 11,112,244

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A SIMPLE AND RELIABLE INERTIA MEASUREMENT UNIT (IMU)

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...


1. An inertia measure unit (IMU) comprising:a main circuit board;
a first weight block, wherein:a first surface of the first weight block contacts the main circuit board, and
the first weight block comprises:a recess formed on a second surface of the first weight block opposite to the first surface, and
an opening formed on a side surface of the first weight block;


a second weight block coupled to the first weight block on the second surface to cover the recess, wherein the first weight block and the second weight block jointly form an inner chamber, and the opening is in communication with the inner chamber;
a circuit board disposed in the inner chamber; and
a signal line coupled to an edge of the circuit board and extending out of the opening, wherein the signal line bends over an outer surface of the first weight block or the second weight block to connect to the main circuit board.

US Pat. No. 11,112,243

ELECTRONIC COMPASS

Rohm Co., Ltd., Kyoto (J...


1. An electronic compass comprising:a magnetic sensor configured to sense predetermined two axis components out of three axis components of geomagnetism at a site to generate two-axis magnetic sensing data corresponding to magnitudes of the respective two axis components;
an acceleration sensor configured to sense three axis components of acceleration applied to the acceleration sensor to generate three-axis acceleration sensing data corresponding to magnitudes of the respective three-axis components; and
an azimuth angle detector configuredto calculate virtual magnetic sensing data corresponding to, out of the three axis components of the geomagnetism, a remaining unsensed one axis component based on the two-axis magnetic sensing data, the three-axis acceleration sensing data, and a magnitude and a magnetic dip of the geomagnetism, and
to determine, using the virtual magnetic sensing data, ground-horizontal components of the geomagnetism, thereby to sense an azimuth angle,

wherein the azimuth angle detector is configured to calculate, as one processing step, a ground-vertical component of the geomagnetism based on the magnitude and the magnetic dip of the geomagnetism,
wherein the azimuth angle detector is configured to calculate, as one processing step, an inclination angle relative to a ground surface based on the three-axis acceleration sensing data to derive a rotation matrix, and
wherein the azimuth angle detector is configured to calculate the virtual magnetic sensing data (hz?), based on the two-axis magnetic sensing data (hx? and hy?), the inclination angle (p and r), and the magnitude (|M|) and the magnetic dip (?) of the geomagnetism, by using formula (X) below:





US Pat. No. 11,112,242

LIGHT RECEIVER

LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG, Hee...


1. A light receiver for determining a position or orientation relative to a reference light in form of a free light beam or light fan, the light receiver comprising:an elongated rod-shaped light receptor with two ends;
a light coupler;
a light guide; and
a light detection means,
wherein the light coupler and the light guide are configured to receive and conduct at least part of the reference light impinging on the light receptor towards both ends such that impinging reference light is detectable at both ends by the light detection means,
wherein the light detection means is configured for separate light detection operations of reference light arriving at each of both ends of the light receptor and to generate electric signals responsive to reference light separately detected at each end,
wherein the light receiver further comprises a signal processor to process the electric signals and to determine the relative position or orientation of the reference light by a comparative evaluation of the electric signals of both ends,
wherein the light guide serves as a light propagation path of defined length for light coupled into the light guide by the light coupler, and
wherein the signal processor determines the position or orientation of the reference light based on light propagation speed of the reference light propagating in the light guide.

US Pat. No. 11,112,241

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FAULT-PROOF COLLECTION OF IMAGERY FOR UNDERWATER SURVEY

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHI...


1. An apparatus for image collection, comprising:an underwater vehicle, comprisinga central motor comprising a rotating member;
a set of arms coupled to the rotating member and extending away from the central motor; and
one or more cameras attached to a distal end of at least one arm of the set of arms, wherein the underwater vehicle is configured to travel over a predetermined region and collect a set of images of the predetermined region,
wherein the set of arms form an elongated bar, wherein the central motor is integrated into the elongated bar.


US Pat. No. 11,112,240

TOOLS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR LOCATING HIDDEN STUDS AND IDENTIFYING ANGLES ON A FINISHED WALL

Collin D. Bernsen, Calab...


1. A tool to locate a hidden stud within a wall, the tool comprising:an elongated housing having a generally planar contact surface and a viewing surface;
at least one magnet secured to the housing such that a magnetic field associated with the at least one magnet extends outward from the contact surface;
a first level secured to the housing such that the first level is viewable from the viewing surface, the first level configured to provide an indication when the first level is substantially horizontally oriented such that when a longitudinal edge of the housing is in a substantially horizontal orientation, the first level provides a visual indication that the longitudinal edge of the housing is in the substantially horizontal orientation;
a second level oriented such that when the longitudinal edge of the housing is positioned in a substantially vertical orientation, the second level provides a visual indication that the longitudinal edge of the housing is in the substantially vertical orientation;
a third level oriented such that, when the longitudinal edge of the housing is positioned at about a forty-five degree angle from the substantially horizontal orientation, the third level provides a visual indication that the longitudinal edge of the housing is positioned at the forty-five degree angle; and
a fourth level oriented such that, when the longitudinal edge of the housing is positioned at about a three hundred fifteen degree angle from the substantially horizontal orientation, the fourth level provides a visual indication that the longitudinal edge of the housing is positioned at the three hundred fifteen degree angle;
wherein the magnetic field associated with the at least one magnet is sufficiently strong to cause a magnetic attraction between the tool and a metallic element in a vertical wall to maintain the tool on the vertical wall without external support.

US Pat. No. 11,112,239

METHOD FOR TIRE SHOULDER TREAD WEAR EVALUATION

HUNTER ENGINEERING COMPAN...


1. A computer-implemented method for operating a tire tread depth measurement system to identify worn tread shoulder regions on a tire having a lateral tread surface extending circumferentially about an axis between a pair of radially projected sidewall surfaces, comprising:acquiring a plurality of measurements representative of tread depth within a region of interest extending both laterally and circumferentially over at least a portion of said tire tread surface, said region of interest including at least a portion of a shoulder region and a portion of a sidewall surface adjacent to said shoulder region;
evaluating said plurality of measurements to identify a lateral location of a circumferential transition between said tread surface and said sidewall surface;
designating a shoulder region within said tread surface adjacent to said identified circumferential transition, said shoulder region having a width extending laterally into said tire tread surface from said identified transition and extending circumferentially about said axis;
locating, within said designated shoulder region, tread features having a generally lateral orientation;
aggregating depth measurements for each of said located tread features within said designated shoulder region to establish an aggregate notch depth estimate within said designated shoulder region;
comparing said aggregate notch depth estimate with a threshold to identify excessive tread wear within said designated shoulder region; and
responsive to an identification of excessive tread wear within said designated shoulder region, generating an output visually representing said excessive tread wear to an operator.

US Pat. No. 11,112,238

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SCANNING OBJECT

QUALITY VISION INTERNATIO...


1. A method comprising:(a) scanning surfaces of a three-dimensional object with a first sensor to acquire first data points representative of surfaces that have been scanned with the first sensor, and adding the first data points to a three-dimensional coordinate point cloud;
(b) scanning surfaces of the three-dimensional object with a second sensor to acquire second data points representative of surfaces that have been scanned with the second sensor, and adding the second data points to the three-dimensional coordinate point cloud;
(c) wherein the first sensor has a lower accuracy and a faster data point acquisition rate than the second sensor, and the second data points are assigned a higher weighting than a weighting assigned to the first data points; and
(d) basing the three-dimensional coordinate point cloud on weighted first and second data points.

US Pat. No. 11,112,237

USING MAP INFORMATION TO SMOOTH OBJECTS GENERATED FROM SENSOR DATA

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...


1. A method for generating a smoothed representation of an object detected by a perception system of a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, a set of data points from the perception system, the data points of the set of data points corresponding to the object detected during a sweep of a laser of a laser sensor;
retrieving, by the one or more processors, map information identifying shapes and locations of lanes as well as locations of center points for the lanes;
selecting, by the one or more processors, a representative point from the center points based on the set of data points;
determining, by the one or more processors, a first position for the smoothed representation of the object based on the location of the representative point;
determining, by the one or more processors, a second position for the smoothed representation of the object based on the set of data points;
using, by the one or more processors, the first position and the second position in order to determine a third position for the smoothed representation of the object based on a distance between the first position and the second position;
generating, by the one or more processors, the smoothed representation of the object using the third position; and
displaying, by the one or more processors, the smoothed representation of the object on a display of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,112,236

OPTICAL DISPLACEMENT METER

KEYENCE CORPORATION, Osa...


1. An optical displacement meter of a light sectioning method which measures a profile of an X-Z cross section of a measuring object conveyed in a Y direction based on a principle of triangulation, the optical displacement meter comprising:a light projecting section that scans slit light or spot light having a width in an X direction to irradiate the measuring object;
an image sensor that receives reflected light from the measuring object, the image sensor having a plurality of pixels two-dimensionally arranged in a U direction corresponding to the X direction and a V direction corresponding to a Z direction, and outputting a light receiving amount of the reflected light by the plurality of pixels;
a detecting unit that detects, as a peak position, a position of a pixel in the V direction that is a peak of the light receiving amount for each of a plurality of pixel rows arranged in the U direction;
a measuring unit that acquires, from each position of the plurality of pixel rows in the U direction and the peak position in the V direction, a plurality of profiles of the X-Z cross section at different positions in the Y direction, and measures a three-dimensional shape of the measuring object based on the acquired plurality of profiles; and
a determining unit that determines, based on whether a profile exists in a blind spot region in which it is impossible to measure a height which occurs in a Y-Z cross section corresponding to an angle formed between a light projecting axis of the light projecting section and a light receiving axis of the image sensor based on the principle of triangulation, a part of the three-dimensional shape generated by the measuring unit as an erroneous detection value.

US Pat. No. 11,112,235

HANDLING OBSTRUCTIONS AND TRANSMISSION ELEMENT CONTAMINATION FOR SELF-MIXING PARTICULATE MATTER SENSORS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...


1. A portable electronic device that senses particulate matter, comprising:at least one optically transparent material;
at least one optical element;
a self-mixing interferometry sensor configured to emit a beam of coherent light from an optical resonant cavity through the at least one optically transparent material via the at least one optical element to illuminate an object, receive a reflection or a backscatter of the beam of coherent light into the optical resonant cavity, and produce a self-mixing signal resulting from self-mixing of the beam of coherent light within the optical resonant cavity; and
a processor configured to:operate in an absolute distance mode by:determining an absolute distance to the object using the self-mixing signal; and
upon determining that the absolute distance corresponds to an area inside of a sensing volume associated with the beam of coherent light, switching to a particulate matter concentration determination mode; and

operate in the particulate matter concentration determination mode by:determining a particle velocity using the self-mixing signal; and
determining a particulate matter concentration using the particle velocity and a particle count.



US Pat. No. 11,112,234

MULTI-PROBE GAUGE FOR SLAB CHARACTERIZATION

APPLEJACK 199 L.P., Milp...


1. An apparatus for inspecting a slab of material, the slab of material including a passivation layer, the apparatus comprising:a first frequency-domain optical-coherence tomography (OCT) probe and a second OCT probe, each configured to:irradiate the slab of material at a respective location; and
detect radiation reflected from the slab of material;

a centralized actuation mechanism connected to the first OCT probe and the second OCT probe and configured to actuate one or more elements in each of the first OCT probe and the second OCT probe at a same time during irradiation of the slab of material to cause a synchronized detection of the radiation from the slab of material by the first OCT probe and the second OCT probe;
a spectral-analysis module configured to analyze an interference pattern of the radiation detected by the first OCT probe and the second OCT probe, respectively to determine a thickness of the slab of material at the location; and
a thin-film gauge configured to determine a thickness of the passivation layer of the slab of material at the location; such that the determined thickness of the slab of material at the location may be adjusted based on the thickness of the passivation layer.

US Pat. No. 11,112,233

SELF-MIXING PARTICULATE MATTER SENSORS USING VCSELS WITH EXTRINSIC PHOTODIODES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...


1. An apparatus comprising:a dual-emitting light source disposed on a first chip and configured to generate a first light beam and a second light beam, the first light beam being configured to illuminate a particulate matter (PM); and
a light detector extrinsic to the first chip and configured to measure the second light beam and variations of the second light beam and to generate a self-mixing signal, wherein:
the dual-emitting light source comprises a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL),
the light detector comprises a photodiode (PD) positioned on a second chip that includes a VCSEL structure and surrounds the VCSEL on the first chip,
the variations of the second light beam are caused by a back-scattered light resulting from back-scattering of the first light beam from the PM,
the light detector is coupled to the dual-emitting light source,
a direction of the second light beam is opposite to the direction of the first light beam, and
the second light beam is directed from the dual-emitting light source to the light detector through an optically transparent layer that is electrically and thermally conductive and is attached to the light detector.

US Pat. No. 11,112,232

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MIRROR TUNNEL IMAGING DEVICE AND FOR PROVIDING PSEUDOBESSEL BEAMS IN A MINIATURIZED OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR IMAGING

The General Hospital Corp...


1. An apparatus for illuminating a sample in an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system, comprising:a first optical waveguide which emits light at a distal end thereof;
a second optical waveguide which receives the light from the distal end of the first optical waveguide and emits the light toward a lens,the emitted light comprising a first beam and at least a second beam,the first beam being transmitted toward the lens without being internally reflected within the second optical waveguide, and
the second beam being internally reflected within the second optical waveguide before being transmitted toward the lens; and


the lens being configured to direct the first beam and the second beam toward the sample,the first beam forming a first beam waist at a first distance from the lens, and
the second beam forming a second beam waist at a second distance from the lens different from the first distance.


US Pat. No. 11,112,231

INTEGRATED REFLECTOMETER OR ELLIPSOMETER

Applied Materials, Inc., ...


1. A reflectometer or ellipsometer integrated with a processing tool, comprising:a source module configured to generate a broadband input beam;
an illumination fiber arranged to receive the broadband input beam and configured to provide an optical path for the broadband input beam;
a first mirror arranged to receive the broadband input beam from the illumination fiber, the first mirror configured to collimate the broadband input beam and direct the broadband input beam toward an aperture plate;
the aperture plate having at least two apertures, one of the at least two apertures arranged to define a measurement beam from the broadband input beam, and one of the at least two apertures arranged to define a reference beam from the broadband input beam;
a prism mirror arranged within an optical path of the reference beam and outside an optical path of the measurement beam, the prism mirror configured to direct the reference beam toward a third mirror;
a second mirror arranged to receive the measurement beam and focus the measurement beam through a window and onto a surface of a sample, the window forming part of a chamber of the processing tool and the sample disposed within the chamber;
a lens arranged between the second mirror and the window, the lens configured to compensate for aberration introduced by the window on the measurement beam, wherein the second mirror focuses the measurement beam onto the surface of the sample at an angle so that at least a portion of the measurement beam is reflected from the surface of the sample as a reflected beam, and the reflected beam passes through different portions of the window and the lens than the measurement beam, and wherein the second mirror is arranged to receive the reflected beam, and the second mirror is configured to collimate the reflected beam and direct the reflected beam toward the prism mirror, the prism mirror arranged within an optical path of the reflected beam and configured to direct the reflected beam toward the third mirror;
the third mirror arranged to receive the reference beam and the reflected beam and focus the reference beam and the reflected beam onto a collection fiber;
the collection fiber arranged to receive the reference beam and the reflected beam and provide optical paths for the reference beam and the reflected beam; and
a detection module arranged to receive the reference beam and the reflected beam from the collection fiber, the detection module configured to provide spectral analysis of the reference beam and the reflected beam.

US Pat. No. 11,112,230

ANGLE SENSOR USING EDDY CURRENTS

Allegro Microsystems, LLC...


1. A sensor, comprising:a main coil to direct a magnetic field at a rotatable target for inducing eddy currents in the target;
differential pick-up coils for detecting a reflected field from the target wherein each of the pick up coils is configured such that an asymmetric reflected field from the target seen by the pick-up coils corresponds to conductive properties of a surface of the target in relation to the main coil and the pick-up coils; and
a processing module to process the reflected magnetic field from the pick-up coils for determining an angular position of the target,
wherein the target comprises a cylinder and an end of the cylinder is cut at an angle corresponding to the asymmetric reflected field from the target.

US Pat. No. 11,112,229

MAGNETIC TYPE AZIMUTH/POSITION MEASUREMENT DEVICE

ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD., ...


1. A magnetic type azimuth/position measurement device, comprising:a plurality of coils driven by circuitry, the circuitry and coils configured to selectively generate a uniform magnetic field and an inclined magnetic field in a three-dimensional space;
a uniaxial magnetic field sensor configured to measure a strength of a magnetic field formed by the plurality of coils driven by circuitry; and
arithmetic operation circuitry configured to receive signals representative of the strength of the magnetic field from the uniaxial magnetic field sensor and calculate a position and an azimuth of the uniaxial magnetic field sensor in the three-dimensional space.

US Pat. No. 11,112,228

RUNOUT DETECTION DEVICE

CITIC DICATAL CO., LTD, ...


1. Runout detection device, comprising: four feet, a base plate, a left spring, a left guide sleeve, a left screw, a left guide post, a support column, a right spring, a right guide sleeve, a right screw, a right guide post, a lateral formwork, a sliding sleeve, a lateral dial gauge, a lower dial gauge, a left vertical plate, an upper screw, a fixing block, an upper spring, a probe, a lateral screw, a head nail, lateral vertical plates, a bottom plate, an L-shaped plate and a lower spring,the four feet are fixed at four corners below the base plate; the left guide sleeve is fixed above the base plate; upper part of the left guide post is tapered, and lower part thereof is cylindrical and is matched with inner hole of the left guide sleeve; the left screw is fixed to upper end of the left guide sleeve, and top end of the left screw is matched with a slot in the left guide post; the left spring is installed in the left guide sleeve and provided under the left guide post; the support post is fixed above the base plate, and the right guide sleeve is fixed above the base plate; upper part of the right guide post is tapered, and lower part thereof is cylindrical and is matched with inner hole of the right guide sleeve; the right screw is fixed to upper end of the right guide sleeve, and top end of the right screw is matched with a slot in the right guide post; the right spring installed in the right guide sleeve and provided under the right guide post; the lateral formwork is fixed to right side of the base plate, parallel to the side of the work piece; the lateral formwork is provided with a sliding groove in the measured surface of the side of the measured work piece; the sliding sleeve is matched with the sliding groove in the lateral formwork; the lateral dial gauge is fixed to the sliding sleeve;
a lower end measuring device comprises: the lower dial gauge is fixed to left side of the left vertical plate; the fixing block is fixed above the bottom plate and provided on right side of the left vertical plate; two lateral vertical plates are fixed above the bottom plate and respectively provided on front and rear sides of the fixing block; the L-shaped plate is installed between the two lateral vertical plates through pins; the lower spring is installed between the fixing block and the L-shaped plate and provided above the L-shaped plate; the upper screw is installed in upper part of the fixing block, and top end thereof is in contact with top end of left side of the L-shaped plate; top end of the probe is a ball and lower end thereof is a stepped cylinder, and the cylinder of the lower end of the probe is matched with a hole in right side of the fixing block; the upper spring is provided below the probe to ensure that the ball at top end of the probe is configured to be always lifted; the lateral screw is installed in right side of the fixing block, and top end thereof is matched with a slot in the probe; and the head nail is fixed to the L-shaped plate, and a ball at top end of the head nail is always in contact with the lower end of the probe.

US Pat. No. 11,112,227

TAPE MEASURE ATTACHMENT SYSTEM


1. A tape measure attachment system, comprising:a. a tape measure assembly including a tape measure having a measuring blade thereon, said tape measure further including a magnet hole at a front side of said tape measure above of said measuring blade;
b. a finger guard assembly having an attachment left side and an attachment right side being adjacent to each other;
c. an assembly including an overhang extending from said finger guard assembly, said overhang further including an overhang left side and an overhang right side being adjacent to each other, said overhang left side more specifically extending from said attachment left side and said overhang right side extending from said attachment right side;
d. a holding member adapted to attach said attachment left side along with said overhang left side extending therefrom to said attachment right side along with said overhang right side extending therefrom, said holding member allows said attachment left side and attachment right side to swivel and rotate outwardly away from each another;
e. a central slit assembly having a blade central slit, said blade central slit further defined by an attachment left side opening and an attachment right side opening coming together, said blade central slit being semicircular on a bottom side and partially straight edged on a top side, said blade central slit to receive said tape measure blade therethrough; and
f. a pivot assembly having a pivot point extending downwardly underneath said holding member therefrom.

US Pat. No. 11,112,226

BOWFISHING ARROW WITH A QUICK-RELEASE ARROWHEAD


1. An arrow comprising:an arrow shaft including a toggle slot having a first portion extending in a first direction and a second portion extending from an end of the first portion in a second direction different from the first direction;
an arrowhead body including a front end and a hack end, wherein the arrow shaft is attached to the hack end of the arrowhead body;
a plurality of barbs pivotably connected to the arrowhead body;
an arrow tip including a penetrating point and a base, wherein the front end of the arrowhead body is located closer to the base than to the penetrating point;
a toggle piston attached to the arrow tip, wherein the toggle piston is linearly moveable within the arrow shaft and the arrowhead body; and
a toggle attached to the toggle piston and extending through the toggle slot of the arrow shaft, wherein the toggle may be selectively positioned within one of the first portion and the second portion of the toggle slot;
wherein, when the toggle is positioned within the first portion of the toggle slot, the base of the arrow tip is located relative to the arrowhead body such that it restricts a pivoting movement of the plurality of barbs towards the penetrating point to a first degree of movement;
wherein, when the toggle is positioned within the second portion of the toggle slot, the base of the arrow tip is located further from the arrowhead body than when the toggle is positioned within the toggle slot first position such that it restricts the pivoting movement of the plurality of barbs towards the penetrating point to a second degree of movement that is greater than the first degree of movement.

US Pat. No. 11,112,225

MULTI-PIECE POLYMER AMMUNITION CARTRIDGE

TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS...


1. A polymeric ammunition cartridge having a 2 piece case comprising:an primer insert comprising a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, a primer flash hole aperture positioned in the primer recess to extend through the bottom surface, and a groove positioned around the primer flash hole aperture in the primer recess;
a polymeric middle body comprising a polymeric body extending from a body coupling over at least a portion of the primer insert, wherein the polymeric body is molded over the cylindrical coupling element and into the primer flash hole aperture and into the groove to form a primer flash hole; and
a polymer nose comprising
a generally cylindrical neck having a projectile aperture at a first end;
a shoulder comprising a shoulder top connected to the generally cylindrical neck opposite a shoulder bottom;
a nose junction positioned around the shoulder bottom,
wherein the nose junction comprisesa nose groove positioned around the shoulder bottom and
a skirt connected circumferentially about the nose groove to extend away from the nose groove, wherein an angle formed between the nose groove and the skirt is between 40 and 140 degrees and the nose groove and the skirt are adapted to flushly mate to the inside of the body coupling and form a half lap junction.


US Pat. No. 11,112,224

MULTI-PIECE POLYMER AMMUNITION CARTRIDGE

TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS...


1. A polymeric ammunition cartridge having a 2 piece case comprising:an primer insert comprising a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, a primer flash hole aperture positioned in the primer recess to extend through the bottom surface, and a groove positioned around the primer flash hole aperture in the primer recess;
a polymeric middle body comprising a polymeric middle body extending from a body coupling over at least a portion of the primer insert, wherein the polymeric middle body is molded over the cylindrical coupling element and into the primer flash hole aperture and into the groove to form a primer flash hole; and
a polymer nose comprisinga generally cylindrical neck having a projectile aperture at a first end;
a shoulder comprising a shoulder top connected to the generally cylindrical neck opposite a shoulder bottom;
a side wall extending from the shoulder;
a nose junction adjacent to the shoulder on the side wall, wherein the nose junction is a half lap junction that comprises a groove positioned around the side wall and a skirt connected circumferentially about the groove to extend away from the groove and terminates at a point, wherein the nose junction and the skirt are adapted to flushly mate to the body coupling to form a polymeric ammunition cartridge.


US Pat. No. 11,112,223

BORE CLEANING DEVICE OPERABLE TO CLEAN A BORE OF A FIREARM

Midwest Outdoor Holdings,...


1. An apparatus comprising a bore cleaning device operable to clean a bore of a firearm, the apparatus comprising:a cylindrical cleaning pad including:a periphery portion including a radial outer surface of the cylindrical cleaning pad,
a center portion including a remainder of the cylindrical cleaning pad contained radially within the periphery portion,
a plurality of parallel compression expansion cuts disposed in the center portion and extending from a first flat end of the cylindrical cleaning pad to a center of the cylindrical cleaning pad;

a propellant located in a bore-rearward position of the cylindrical cleaning pad providing a force to push the cylindrical cleaning pad down the bore of the firearm; and
a payload located in a bore-forward position of the cylindrical cleaning pad; and

wherein the cylindrical cleaning pad further includes a perpendicular compression expansion cut perpendicular to the parallel compression expansion cuts.

US Pat. No. 11,112,222

PROPELLANT WITH PATTERN-CONTROLLED BURN RATE

SPECTRE MATERIALS SCIENCE...


1. A propellant, comprising a flexible sheet defining a first surface, a first edge, and a second edge, the flexible sheet being burnable or explosive, the flexible sheet having an ignitable material deposited thereon, the imitable material being deposited in a pattern, the pattern defining at least one covered sheet portion upon which ignitable material has been deposited and at least one uncovered sheet portion upon which ignitable material is not present, the covered and uncovered sheet portions being predetermined to provide a changing ignition rate.

US Pat. No. 11,112,221

OIL WELL PERFORATORS

QinetiQ Limited, Hampshi...


1. A reactive oil and gas well shaped charge perforator liner comprising:a reactive composition of at least two metals wherein the liner is a compacted particulate composition comprising a spherical metal particulate and a non-spherical metal particulate,
wherein the at least two metals are selected such that they produce, upon activation of the shaped charge liner, an electron compound,
wherein the non-spherical metal particulate is selected from Ce, Fe, Co, Li, Mg, Mo, Ni, Nb, Pb, Pd, Ta, Ti, Zn, or Zr,
wherein the non-spherical particulate has an average longest dimension of less than 300 microns, wherein the average longest dimension of the non-spherical metal particulate is at least twice the diameter of the spherical particulate, wherein the non-spherical particle has an aspect ratio of from 50:1 to 200:1,
wherein the liner further comprises at least one further metal particulate, which is substantially inert with the at least two metals and the further metal is present in an amount greater than 10% w/w of the liner,
and wherein the at least two metals and at least one further metal are uniformly dispersed to form an admixture.

US Pat. No. 11,112,220

DART GAME APPARATUS

Kabushiki Kaisha SEGA Gam...


1. A dart game apparatus that provides a dart game in which one player successively throws n number of (n=3 or 4) darts at a dart board, the apparatus comprising:light sources that are disposed around the dart board and emit lights along a board face of the dart board, wherein the dart board has a board thickness in a board thickness direction, and wherein the board thickness direction is perpendicular to the board face;
a plurality of photo-sensors that are disposed around the dart board at approximately the same height from the dart board in the board thickness direction, and detect brightness of lights emitted from the light sources;
a processor that calculates a hit position of a dart on the dart board based on the brightness of the lights detected by the plurality of photo-sensors; and
a retro-reflector disposed around the dart board, wherein the retro-reflector includes two reflectors, wherein the reflectors are parallel to each other, wherein the reflectors are spaced apart from each other in the board thickness direction, and wherein the reflectors extend in a circumferential direction of the dart board, and
wherein a number of photo-sensors is n×2,
wherein the photo-sensors detect the brightness of the lights along a plurality of optical axes which pass from the dart board at different heights in the board thickness direction, and the processor calculates the inclination of the dart with respect to the dart board based on the brightness of the lights along the plurality of optical axes respectively, and calculates the hit position of the dart based on the calculated inclination, and
wherein in the case where a new dart hits the dart board successively from a previous dart, and a photo-sensor detects a plurality of the brightnesses of lights based on the previous dart and the new dart in one optical axis, the processor specifies a brightness of a current light of the previous dart after the new dart hits the dart board from the plurality of the brightnesses of lights, based on a past brightness of the previous dart before the new dart hits the dart board, and calculates an inclination of the new dart based on a brightness of light other than the specified brightness of the current light of the previous dart.

US Pat. No. 11,112,219

MULTI-CURVE STEEL BODY ARMOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

TK ARMOR SYSTEMS, L.L.C.,...


1. An armor plate, comprising a convex first surface, a concave opposing second surface, a first end, an opposing second end, a long dimension, and a transverse short dimension, wherein the plate further comprises:a first bend about a longitudinal axis symmetrically disposed along said long dimension having a first radius of curvature;
a second bend about a first transverse axis parallel to the short dimension having a second radius of curvature; and
a third bend about a second transverse axis, which is parallel to the short dimension and spaced apart from the first transverse axis along the long dimension, having a third radius of curvature.

US Pat. No. 11,112,218

MODULAR ARMOR


1. A modular armor apparatus comprising:a support plate defining a plurality of first locking features; and
a plurality of replaceable armor modules coupled to the support plate;
whereineach armor module of the plurality of armor modules comprises a back side and a front side opposite the back side;
each armor module of the plurality of armor modules comprises a second locking feature;
the second locking feature of each armor module is configured to be reversibly interlocked with a respective first locking feature of the plurality of first locking features of the support plate;
the plurality of first locking features comprises a plurality of receptacles defined in the support plate;
the second locking feature of each armor module comprises a stud extending from the back side; and
the stud of each armor module is reversibly retained within a respective receptacle of the plurality of receptacles of the support plate.


US Pat. No. 11,112,217

WEAPON MOUNTABLE ILLUMINATION DEVICE

IN-EXTREMIS DESIGN AND DE...


1. A weapon mountable illumination device comprising:a cuff form comprising a gap between a first end, and a second end;
a first open side- and a second open side along a longitudinal axis, and a pathway along the longitudinal axis extending between the first open side and the second open side;
four lighting elements configured to shine forward, wherein the lighting elements have an angular offset of 90-degrees from each other;
wherein the four lighting elements are characterized as non-direction; and
the cuff form comprising an internal perimeter, wherein the internal perimeter of the cuff form is configured to interconnect with a forward aspect of a firearm.

US Pat. No. 11,112,216

MOBILE PHONE HOLDER FOR GUNS


1. A mobile phone holder for guns, comprising:a horizontal support unit with a locking component for locking onto a guide rail mounted on a gun;
a vertical support unit being arranged on the horizontal support unit and located on an opposite side of the horizontal support unit from where the locking component is located;
a position adjustment unit disposed on the vertical support unit at a vertically adjustable position, the position adjustment unit having a first adjustment component and a second adjustment component, the first adjustment component being used to lock the position adjustment unit in place after being moved along the vertical support unit; and
a clamping unit for clamping a mobile phone, the clamping unit being installed on the position adjustment unit and rotatable; the second adjustment component being used to lock the clamping unit in place after rotation so that the mobile phone can record or assist firing of the gun;
wherein the vertical support unit comprises two oppositely positioned vertical walls, each of the vertical walls has a plurality of positioning teeth, the position adjustment unit comprises a housing and a back plate, the first adjustment component comprises a first clamping block protruding out of the housing, a second clamping block provided with the housing and a flip piece pivotally connected to an extension post of the housing and contacting the second clamping block, the flip piece controls movement of the second clamping block, the first clamping block and the second clamping block can be clamped respectively on one of the vertical walls, and an inner wall of the second clamping block has convex teeth matched with the positioning teeth.

US Pat. No. 11,112,215

HOLOGRAPHIC GUNSIGHT WITH LOW PROFILE COLLIMATOR

Optiflow, LLC, Ann Arbor...


1. A holographic weapon sight, comprising: a housing having a viewing end and an opposed target end, a viewing path being defined from the viewing end to the target end; a light source operable to project a light beam along a light path, the projected light beam having a longitudinal axis, a transverse axis and a vertical axis, the projected light beam diverging in a fast axis direction and a slow axis direction; a first optical clement and a second optical element disposed in the light path of the light beam, the first optical element illuminating the second optical element, the first optical element collimating the light beam in the fast axis direction or the slow axis direction and the second optical element collimating the light beam in the slow axis direction or the Past axis direction, respectively, such that the second optical element provides a light beam collimated in the fast axis direction and the slow axis direction; a first diffractive optical element (DOE), the second optical element illuminating the first DOE with the collimated light beam, the collimated light beam from the second optical element having a first width along the transverse axis and a first height along the vertical axis, the first width of the collimated light beam from the second optical element being at least 200% the first height of the collimated light beam; a mirror disposed in the path of the collimated light beam, the first DOE reflecting the incident collimated light beam towards the mirror such that the reflected collimated light beam has a second width along a transverse axis of the reflected collimated light beam and a second height along a vertical axis of the reflected collimated light beam, the second width of the reflected collimated light beam being in a range of 75% to 125% of the second height; a second DOE disposed in the path of the reflected collimated light beam, the second DOE further reflecting the collimated light beam; a non-diffractive element (NDE) disposed in the path of the collimated light beam reflected by the second DOE, the NDE reflecting at least part of the incident light beam toward a user such that the user views a target along the viewing path through the NDE from the viewing end.

US Pat. No. 11,112,214

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ALTERNATING SIGHT ADAPTORS PLATES AND ASSOCIATED ACCESSORIES

Agency Arms, LLC, Ventur...


1. A sight adaptor plate assembly, comprising:an adaptor plate comprisinga stud extending from the adaptor plate,
an anchor extending from the adaptor plate, and
a seat in a top surface of the adaptor plate;

an iron sight comprising a leg configured to mate with the seat; and
a reflector sight configured to be attached to the adaptor plate,
wherein the leg is configured to be sandwiched within the seat between the reflector sight and the adaptor plate when the reflector sight is attached to the adaptor plate.

US Pat. No. 11,112,213

LAUNCH SPEED MULTIPLIER

United States of America ...


1. An adapter assembly for use in a compressed air-actuated launcher in which the launcher includes a cylindrical launch tube with an inside diameter and having a closed end and an open end with the launcher capable of accelerating a launch vehicle from rest to launch, said adapter assembly comprising:an adapter cage having a first ring positioned coaxially to the launch tube of the launcher and to be in contact with a pusher plate of the launcher within a volume of the launch tube, a second ring coaxially facing said first ring and in contact with a muzzle cap of the launcher and said second ring having an inner diameter and an outer diameter equal to an inner diameter and an outer diameter of said first ring, said adapter cage including a plurality of rails with each of said rails having a first end and a second end affixed between said first ring and said second ring and encircling a center axis of the launch tube with said rails further having a multitude of apertures radially positioned at a midpoint of said rails and with said apertures distributed longitudinally along a length of said rails;
an axle in each aperture and a wheel affixed to each said axle, each of said wheels having an integrated bearing
with each said wheel capable of being positioned between an outer radius of the launch vehicle and the inside diameter of the launch tube, said plurality of wheels including a first wheel affixed at the first end of each said rail and a second wheel affixed to the second end of each said rail; and
a linkage rod corresponding to each rail with each said linkage rod positioned parallel to each said rail and having a length exceeding a distance between said first wheel affixed at the first end of each said rail and said second wheel affixed to the second end of each said rail and said linkage rods affixed to said plurality of wheels associated with one rail wherein each of said linkage rods is capable of synchronizing a rotational motion of said plurality of wheels.

US Pat. No. 11,112,212

SECURE STORAGE SYSTEMS AND METHODS


1. A secure storage system comprising:a shell having a closed configuration in which the shell defines an interior space generally inaccessible from outside the shell, and an open configuration in which the interior space is accessible, the shell comprising:a first shell member;
a second shell member;
a joint that movably couples the first shell member to the second shell member to enable the shell to move between the closed configuration and the open configuration;
a locking mechanism within the interior space, the locking mechanism having a locked position in which the locking mechanism restricts motion of the shell to the open configuration, and an unlocked position in which the locking mechanism permits motion of the shell to the open configuration;
a control system comprising at least one setting; and
a user interface within the interior space for modifying a setting of the control system;

wherein the control system comprises at least one from the list of: an authentication selection setting, a credentials setting, and a notification parameters setting.

US Pat. No. 11,112,211

DUAL COMPARTMENT GUN HOLSTER


1. A dual compartment gun holster, comprising:a front wall and a rear wall connect or join with end walls;
a central wall positioned between the front wall and the rear wall to form a first compartment and a second compartment;
the first compartment defining a first interior and a first opening;
the second compartment defining a second interior and a second opening;
a flap configured to cover the first opening and the second opening, and the flap having an extending piece that is affixed to the second interior;
the extending piece comprising a holding member to hold a gun; and,
the flap is integral with or attached to the extending piece;
the extending piece extends from and retracts into the second interior of the second compartment.

US Pat. No. 11,112,210

MOLDABLE HAND GRIPS FOR FIREARMS

GGC HOLDINGS, LLC, Powde...


1. An apparatus, comprising:a firearm hand grip holder configured to couple to a moldable firearm hand grip and at least partially submerge the moldable firearm hand grip in a heated water bath, the firearm hand grip holder comprising:a body that is configured to couple to the moldable firearm hand grip, the body comprising a trigger-shaped recess; and
a user handle extending from the body.


US Pat. No. 11,112,209

FIREARM WITH COMBINATION EXTENSIBLE SHOULDER STOCK AND RECEIVER TUBE

22 Evolution LLC, Columb...


1. A receiver tube and adjustable stock, comprising:a firearm having a receiver;
the receiver tube extending rearwardly from the receiver and including a series of recessed locations formed along a length extending surface thereof, each of said recessed locations further including an ascending surface extending to an outer surface of the tube, said ascending surface for each recessed location further including an acute angle relative to a horizontal axis extending through said tube;
the stock having a forward opening communicating with an open interior so that the stock is slidably mounted over the receiver tube to support axial movement of the stock relative to the tube; and
the stock including an inwardly biased lug supported at a first side of the stock in engagement with a first selected on of the series of recessed locations, an outwardly biased portion supported on a second side of the stock and being interconnected with said lug such that, upon inward depressing of said outwardly biased portion, said lug is caused to be outwardly displaced to unseat from the first selected recessed location, permitting the stock to be displaced relative to the receiver tube across consecutive recessed locations.

US Pat. No. 11,112,208

INTELLIGENT MULTIPURPOSE FLEXIBLE RIFLE GRIP


1. A handguard grip assembly for a rifle (100) having a barrel (114) with a barrel axis (114a), and a handguard (110) extending at least partly around the barrel, the assembly comprising:a connector (10) adapted to be fixed to the rifle handguard;
a grip (12) having a grip axis (12x) and being adapted to be held by a user of the rifle; and
a flexible joint (14) connected between the connector and the grip for allowing the grip to pivot to any angle with respect to the barrel axis as long as the grip is being held;
the flexible joint being an elongated elastomer member having an upper end non-rotatable fixed to the connector and a lower end non-rotatably fixed to the grip.

US Pat. No. 11,112,207

AIRGUN WITH SELECTIVE BYPASS FROM HIGH PRESSURE RESERVOIR TO FIRING PRESSURE RESERVOIR

Crosman Corporation, Blo...


1. An airgun comprising:(a) a high pressure reservoir;
(b) a firing pressure reservoir fluidly connected to a breech through actuation of a firing valve;
(c) a regulator intermediate the high pressure reservoir and the firing pressure reservoir, the regulator configured to receive a high pressure gas from the high pressure reservoir and provide a regulated firing pressure in the breech when the firing valve is opened;
(d) a bypass line connecting the high pressure reservoir to the firing pressure reservoir and providing an unregulated firing pressure in the breech when the firing valve is opened; and
(e) a bypass valve selectively permitting flow from the high pressure reservoir through one of the regulator and the bypass line.

US Pat. No. 11,112,206

ARCHERY RELEASE

H.I.T. Outdoors, LLC, Cl...


10. An archery release comprising:a handle body including an arm;
a pawl joined with the arm, the pawl including a pawl edge adjacent a curvilinear engagement surface and a paddle distal from the pawl edge, the pawl selectively rotatable about a pivot axis;
a hood joined with the arm via a first axle;
a sear including a bowstring notch and a sear edge, the sear edge adapted to slidably engage the curvilinear engagement surface, the sear joined with the hood; and
an adjuster element configured to engage the paddle and set the pawl edge at a fixed angle relative to a reference plane extending through the pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 11,112,205

PROJECTILE LAUNCHING DEVICE WITH SELF-TIMING AND WITHOUT CAM LEAN

ARCHERY INNOVATORS, LLC, ...


1. A projectile launching device comprising:a first 3-track cam and a second 3-track cam capable of being coupled by a bowstring, said first and second 3-track cams have a cable payout track, a middle bowstring track, and a cable take-up track, an outer perimeter of said cable take-up track is greater in length than an outer perimeter of said cable payout track, a first and second cable, each cable having a first end and a second end, and a first and second cable pulley, said cable payout tracks on a first side of said bowstring track, said cable take-up tracks on a second side of said bowstring track, said first 3-track cam and said second 3-track cam are mirror images of each other, a first end of said first cable anchored to said first cam, a segment of said first cable wraps said first cable payout track, a mid-section of said first cable partially wrap said first cable pulley, a segment of said first cable engages said first cable take-up track, and the second end of said first cable is anchored to said first cam; a first end of said second cable anchored to said second cam, a segment of said second cable wraps said second cable payout track, a mid-section of said second cable partially wrap said second cable pulley, a segment of said second cable engages said second cable take-up track, and the second end of said second cable is anchored to said second cam.

US Pat. No. 11,112,204

FIREARM SIMULATORS


1. A firearm simulator comprising:a processor;
a memory module communicatively coupled to the processor;
a trigger unit communicatively coupled to the processor, wherein the trigger unit outputs a trigger output signal;
an optoelectronic output device communicatively coupled to the processor, wherein the optoelectronic output device outputs light when activated;
an optoelectronic sensor communicatively coupled to the processor, wherein the optoelectronic sensor outputs an optoelectronic sensor output signal in response to sensed light; and
machine readable instructions stored in the memory module that cause the firearm simulator to perform at least the following, when executed by the processor:determine whether a trigger break event has occurred based on the trigger output signal;
activate the optoelectronic output device when the trigger break event has occurred;
determine an ambient light value based on the optoelectronic sensor output signal when the optoelectronic output device is in a deactivated state;
when the optoelectronic output device is activated such that the optoelectronic output device outputs light that is reflected off of a surface and sensed at the optoelectronic sensor as reflected light, determine a reflected light value based on the optoelectronic sensor output signal that is output in response to sensing the reflected light; and
determine that a target hit event has occurred based on the reflected light value and the ambient light value.


US Pat. No. 11,112,203

FORCE DAMPING SHOOTING REST SYSTEM AND METHOD

GUAJILLA HUNTING PRODUCTS...


4. A system for damping recoil of a gun when shooting, comprising:a carriage for retaining the gun;
a windage device connected to the carriage, providing up and down and side to side movement of the carriage with respect to the windage device;
a guide rail connected to the carriage, the guide rail extending longitudinally along the carriage; and
a guide block slidably connected to the guide rail; and
a gas spring connected to the guide block and the carriage.

US Pat. No. 11,112,202

FIREARM SECUREMENT SYSTEM

JKAP INDUSTRIES, LLC, Co...


1. A portable firearm securement system, comprising:a first body for securing a firearm and preventing access to a trigger of the firearm;
a second body securing the firearm and preventing access to a trigger of the firearm without contacting an optic sight of the firearm;
a first pin secured to the first body and extending toward the second body;
a second pin secured to the first body and extending thru an orifice in the second body;

a third pin secured to the first body and extending toward the second body;a securement orifice in the second pin proximate to a distal end of the second pin for securing the second body in place on the second pin;

wherein the first and second bodies form a firearm securement cavity between the first and second bodies;wherein the first pin is configured to be placed downrange of a downrange facing surface of a magazine well of the firearm;
wherein the second pin is configured to be placed aft of the magazine well and inside of the trigger guard;
wherein the third pin is configured to be placed in close proximity to an aft surface of a handle of the firearm; and
wherein the first pin, second pin and third pin alone prevent the firearm from being removed from the portable firearm securement system when the firearm is positioned between the first body and second body and a padlock extends through the securement orifice.

US Pat. No. 11,112,201

PORTED BARREL SYSTEM FOR FIREARMS


22. A method for porting gas from a firearm comprising:providing a firearm including a barrel including an axially extending barrel bore which defines a projectile pathway, and a muzzle device coupled to the barrel and in fluid communication with the barrel bore;
firing the firearm;
radially discharging combustion gas from the barrel bore through an array of gas portholes in the barrel in;
receiving the gas in an annular gas collection plenum defined by the muzzle device and formed by a recessed annular gas collection channel in the barrel, the gas collection plenum extending 360 degrees around a circumference of the muzzle device; and
discharging the gas from the gas collection plenum through at least one gas discharge port formed in an outer shroud surrounding the muzzle device.

US Pat. No. 11,112,200

SUPPRESSOR

Earth Outdoor Tactical L....


1. An apparatus for reducing an audible report of a firearm, the apparatus being coupleable with a barrel of the firearm, the apparatus comprising:a tubular housing having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end configured for discharging a projectile fired by the firearm and the second end configured to receive the barrel of the firearm;
a first disk shaped body disposed within the tubular housing in a first position and having a first through hole defining a first inner surface and at least one aperture extending through the first disk shaped body from a first face of the first disk shaped body to a second face of the first disk shaped body, the first face of the first disk shaped body opposite the second face of the first disk shaped body, wherein at least a portion of the first inner surface is threaded and configured to mate with a first threaded portion of the firearm barrel; and
a second disk shaped body having a first face and a second face opposite the first face, disposed within the tubular housing in a second position and having a second through hole defining a second inner surface, at least a portion of the second inner surface being threaded and configured to mate with a second threaded portion of the firearm barrel to sealingly engage with the second threaded portion of the firearm barrel at each of the first face and the second face of the second disk shaped body,
wherein the first position and the second position are spaced apart by a first longitudinal distance, the first longitudinal distance defining an expansion chamber within the tubular housing, and wherein the first position is nearer the first end than the second position;
a third disk shaped body disposed within the tubular housing in a third position and having a third through hole defining a third inner surface, the third position being between the first position and the second position; and
a fourth disk shaped body disposed within the tubular housing at the first end of the tubular housing consisting of a single fourth through hole fitting defining a fourth inner surface.

US Pat. No. 11,112,199

SLIDE ACTION RIFLE WITH A BOLT CARRIER LOCKING MECHANISM EXTERNAL TO THE RECEIVER


1. A slide action conversion assembly for converting a gas operated rifle to a manually operated firearm comprising:a tube support adapter plate (10) comprising a central barrel bore (10B), a rod bore (10C) and a plurality of rear pins (10A) configured to be received by semi-circular cuts of a barrel nut of the rifle;
a U-shaped hand guard support structure (17) secured to a forward face of the tube support adapter plate (10);
a tube supporting lug (11) received by the rod bore (10C), the tube supporting lug (11) comprising one or more annular insertion cuts (11A) and a rod bore guide (11B);
a structural supporting guide tube (70) comprising a fore end (70B) and a rear end (70C), the rear end (70C) received by an outer surface of the tube supporting lug (11), the guide tube (70) further comprising a slot cut (70A) extending from the fore end (70B) longitudinally along the guide tube and terminating at an intermediate portion thereof, the rear end (70C) comprising one or more locking protrusions (70D) each received by a respective annular insertion cut (11A) of the tube supporting lug (11);
a rod actuator (80) comprising a fore end (80A), a rear end (80B) and one or more cylindrical rings (80C) arranged on intermediate portions thereof, the rod actuator further comprising a transverse through hole (80D) positioned adjacent the fore end (80A), the rod actuator (80) slidably received within the guide tube (70);
a rod driver (31) comprising a clamp bore (31E), a lateral exterior projection (31A) and a transverse hole (31F), the clamp bore (31E) receiving the fore end (80A) of the rod actuator (80) such that transverse hole (31F) and through hole (80D) are aligned, the rod driver (31) further comprising a clamp screw (31D) received by the transverse hole (31F) and the aligned through hole (80D) for securing the rod driver (31) to the rod actuator (80), the lateral exterior projection (31A) projecting outwardly through the slot cutout (70A) in an assembled configuration;
a support block (65) comprising a barrel bore clamp (65A) and a tube support undercut (65C), the barrel bore clamp (65A) configured to securely affix to an exterior surface of a barrel of the firearm, the tube support undercut (65C) receiving the fore end (70B) of the structural support tube (70);
a stationary hand guard (94) comprising a rear connecting surface (94C) receiving the hand guard support structure (17), a front connecting surface receiving the support block (65), two channels (94A) oriented longitudinally on opposing exterior surfaces thereof and a through cut window (94B) positioned on a side thereof;
an external sliding handguard (95) configured to slide on the outer surface of the stationary hand guard (94), the sliding handguard (95) comprising a pair of laterally oriented guides (95A) each received by a corresponding channel (94A) of the stationary hand guard (94), the external sliding handguard (95) further comprising a through cut window (95B) on a same side as the through cut window (94B) of the stationary hand guard (94) so as to be in alignment when the sliding handguard (95) is positioned in a forward position on the stationary handguard (94);
a locking lever arm (96) comprising a lug (96F) on one end, a release push button (96E) at an opposing end, and a pivot pin hole (96A) positioned at an intermediate portion thereof, the locking lever arm (96) pivotally secured to the external sliding handguard by a pivot pin (96C) extending through the pivot pin hole (96A), the lug (96F) inwardly biased by a lever arm spring (96D) and configured to extend through both through cut windows (95A and 95B) when in alignment thereby placing the sliding handguard (95) in a locked configuration;
the lateral exterior projection (31A) of the rod driver (31) further comprising an upper bore (31B) and the locking lever arm (96) further comprising a lower bore (96B) for receiving a connector post (97) configured to secure the locking lever arm (96) to the rod driver (31); and
a bolt carrier gas key replacement (13A) comprising a blind hole (13F) at a forward end thereof, the blind hole (13F) fixedly receiving the rear end (80B) of the rod actuator (80) in a manner that prevents decoupling during manual operation of a converted firearm.

US Pat. No. 11,112,198

EXTRACTION PRESS ASSEMBLY FOR USE WITH BORED STRUCTURES

Raytheon Company, Waltha...


1. An extraction press assembly for facilitating removal of an object from a bore of a structure, the extraction press assembly comprising:a coupling mount configured to couple to a structure having a bore;
a base plate axially spaced from the coupling mount;
a support structure having axial extensions operable to couple the coupling mount to the base plate; and
a press supported between the coupling mount and the base plate, the press configured to expand and contract axially to exert a pressing force on an extraction pole within the bore; and
wherein the press is pivotally secured to the base plate, such that the press is rotatable between a first position that axially aligns the press interface with the axis of the bore to facilitate extracting of an object from the bore, and a second position that positions the press interface out of axial alignment with the axis of the bore to facilitate access to the bore.

US Pat. No. 11,112,197

PIVOT PIN


9. A pivot pin assembly for installation into a receiver of a firearm, the pivot pin assembly comprising:a pivot pin;
a detent; and
a detent spring,
wherein the pivot pin comprises:a proximal end;
a distal end;
a cylindrical surface extending between the proximal end and the distal end;
a groove extending along at least a portion of a length of the cylindrical surface, the groove comprising a first recess and a second recess; and
a hole extending through the pivot pin, wherein the hole is located between the groove and the proximal end,

wherein at least one selected from the group of the first recess and the second recess comprises a through hole; and
wherein at least part of the through hole is smaller in diameter than the detent.

US Pat. No. 11,112,196

DUAL WAY MAGAZINE LOADER

VISTA OUTDOOR OPERATIONS ...


1. A magazine loader for loading cartridges into a magazine, the magazine loader comprising;a body having a pair of opposing forward and rearward wall portions and a pair of lateral wall portions, the body defining a body interior, a bottom opening conformingly sized to receive an end of the rifle magazine therein, and a throat sized to allow passage of individual cartridges downwardly into the body interior;
an arm pivotally coupled to the body and defining a trough adapted and dimensioned to receive a plurality of cartridges therein, the arm being rotatable between a first and second orientation, wherein the trough is disposed in communication with the throat and the body interior when the arm is in the first orientation;
a cap comprising a plurality of side walls defining a cap interior, wherein one of the cap and the body having a pair of slide guides and the other of the cap and the body having a pair of spring members to allow movement of the cap in an upward and downward direction with respect to the body, the spring members configured to bias the cap in the upward direction spaced apart from the body, the cap defining a channel to allow slidable movement of the cap with respect to the arm in the upward and downward directions when the arm is in the first position; and the cap further comprising a plunger extending into the cap interior for pushing a cartridge in the downward direction into the rifle magazine; and
a latch member to hold the magazine in position relative to the body.

US Pat. No. 11,112,195

AMMUNITION BOX AND AMMUNITION MAGAZINE INTENDED TO RECEIVE SUCH A BOX

NEXTER SYSTEMS, Roanne (...


1. An ammunition box that is configured to equip a magazine of a gun turret, the ammunition box being substantially parallelepipedic and comprising two end walls that are parallel to one another and two side walls that are parallel to one another and perpendicular to the end walls, the ammunition box comprising a pivoting handle formed by two arms that are articulated on the side walls and are connected by a grip allowing extraction and transportation of the ammunition box, wherein the handle comprises a protuberance provided at at least one of the arms and in a vicinity of a pivot pin of the handle on the walls, the protuberance being an overthickness of the handle in a direction parallel to the pivot pin, so that the protuberance is able to engage with at least one guide groove provided on a magazine of a turret.

US Pat. No. 11,112,194

FIREARM LOCK


1. A magazine lock assembly for a firearm, the magazine lock assembly comprising:a magazine catch comprising a unitary component having a first end with a protrusion for engaging a magazine and a second end with threads;
a spacer comprising a cavity; and
a lock member comprising a shaft, a head, and a hole extending through the head, wherein:
the shaft of the lock member is at least partially disposed within the cavity of the spacer;
in a permanently installed configuration, the magazine lock assembly permanently fixes the magazine to the firearm;
the lock member and the magazine catch are attached to one another by rotating the head of the lock member;
the shaft of the lock member comprises a necked down region such that the shaft is configured to shear apart at the necked down region;
in the permanently installed configuration, the head and a portion of the shaft separate from the magazine lock assembly at the necked down region; and
the hole through the head comprises a diameter smaller than a diameter of a hollow portion of the lock member and the hole extends through a full length of the lock member.

US Pat. No. 11,112,193

MAGAZINE HAVING SPACER WITH DETENT FASTENER


1. An ammunition magazine, said magazine comprising:a tube surrounding a central space and having first and second ends oppositely disposed, a first opening being positioned at said first end of said tube providing access to said central space;
a butt plate attached to said first end of said tube and overlying said first opening;
a spacer surrounding said tube proximate to said first end thereof, said spacer engaging said butt plate;
a floor plate positioned within said tube and engaging said spacer;
a fastener acting between said butt plate and said floor plate, said fastener attaching said butt plate to said floor plate and capturing said spacer therebetween.

US Pat. No. 11,112,192

AMMUNITION CONVERTIBLE FIREARM

Ares Defense Systems Inc....


1. A firearm, comprising:a main body having a central bore extending between a front-end face at a front-end portion of the main body and a rear end face at a rear-end portion of the main body, wherein the central bore defines a centerline longitudinal axis of the main body;
a barrel attached to the main body at the front-end portion thereof, wherein the barrel includes a chamber portion at a proximate end portion thereof and wherein the chamber portion is positioned within the central bore adjacent to an ammunition feed port of the main body;
a breech bolt structure slidably disposed with the central bore of the main body, wherein a front-end portion of the breech bolt structure and the chamber portion of the barrel are jointly configured for matingly engaging each other within the central bore;
a buffer assembly attached to the main body at the rear-end portion thereof, wherein the buffer assembly includes a spring and a buffer slidably disposed within the central bore of the main body and wherein at least one of the buffer and the spring forcibly biases the breech bolt structure into contact with the chamber portion of the barrel;
an anti-rotation structure mounted on the main body, wherein the anti-rotation structure includes at least one edge portion that engages a mating alignment feature of the breech bolt structure and a mating alignment feature of the chamber portion of the barrel to define and maintain a rotational position of the breech bolt structure and the barrel relative to the central bore of the main body and at least one of:wherein the anti-rotation structure has a proximate end portion adjacent to the rear-end portion of the main body and a distal end portion of the front-end portion of the main body and wherein the distal end portion of the anti-rotation structure is engageable by the buffer for limiting forward travel of the buffer when the barrel is detached from the main body; and
wherein the anti-rotation structure has a proximate end portion adjacent to the rear-end portion of the main body and a distal end portion of the front-end portion of the main body and wherein the at least one edge portion of the anti-rotation structure includes a contoured portion therein within which at least a portion of the hammer of the trigger group resides when the hammer is in a cartridge firing position; and

wherein the firearm further comprises at least one of:a trigger group assembly comprising a trigger group body attached to the main body and a trigger group mounted thereon, wherein the trigger group body includes a magazine well structure defining a magazine well space overlying at least a portion of the ammunition feed port of the main body, wherein the magazine well structure is adapted for having an ammunition magazine located within the magazine well space thereof for enabling ammunition carried by the ammunition magazine to be operably supplied from the ammunition magazine through the ammunition feed port of the main body into the chamber portion of the barrel;

an auto-sear mounted entirely on the main body, wherein a first portion of the auto-sear engages a mating structure of the trigger group for enabling each instance of automatic firing function and wherein the the buffer engages a second portion of the auto-sear for initiating each instance of said automatic firing function after the first portion of the auto-sear engages the mating structure of the trigger group; and
a magazine adapter having an exterior surface structure engaged with a mating interior surface structure of the magazine well space and having an interior surface structure engageable with an exterior surface structure of the ammunition magazine for enabling the ammunition magazine to be retained and positioned within the magazine well space to provide for said operable supply of ammunition.

US Pat. No. 11,112,191

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH TURBULATING INSERTS

MODINE MANUFACTURING COMP...


1. A method of making a heat exchanger, comprising:forming a turbulating insert;
removing a portion of the turbulating insert to create an aperture within the remaining turbulating insert;
placing the remaining turbulating insert into a stamped first plate;
placing the removed portion of the turbulating insert into the aperture of the remaining turbulating insert; and
joining a stamped second plate to the stamped first plate to enclose the turbulating insert within a fluid volume created between the stamped first plate and the stamped second plate.

US Pat. No. 11,112,190

PASSIVE THERMAL DIODE FOR PIPELINES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...


1. A method of operating a passive thermal diode (PTD) disposed on a pipeline, comprising:inhibiting, via the PTD, heat transfer from the pipeline to environment in response to an external temperature being below a threshold temperature; and
promoting, via the PTD, heat transfer from the environment to the pipeline in response to the external temperature being above the threshold temperature, wherein promoting the heat transfer comprises placing a heat-transfer material layer in contact with the pipeline via thermal expansion of a control material in the PTD, and wherein the heat transfer from the environment to the pipeline comprises heat transfer from the environment through the heat-transfer material layer to the pipeline.

US Pat. No. 11,112,189

COLD PLATE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF COLD PLATE

Fujikura Ltd., Tokyo (JP...


1. A cold plate comprising:a base plate;
a plurality of fins that have a plate shape and that are aligned in parallel with one another on the base plate in a parallel direction; and
a cover that covers the plurality of fins and that forms an internal space between the base plate and the cover, wherein
the plurality of fins consists of a first group of fins and two second groups of fins,
each of the fins in the first group has a first width,
each of the fins in the two second groups has a second width that is wider than the first width in the parallel direction,
the fins in the first group are disposed on the base plate with a first fixed gap therebetween in a continuous adjacent grouping in the parallel direction,
the fins in each of the two second groups are disposed on the base plate with a second fixed gap therebetween in a continuous adjacent grouping in the parallel direction,
the entirety of the first group of fins is disposed on the base plate between the two second groups of fins such that the entirety of each second group of fins is respectively disposed at outermost ends of the base plate within the internal space in the parallel direction, and
no fins are disposed outside of the second groups of fins in the parallel direction.

US Pat. No. 11,112,188

PROCESS COOLING ROD

SANI-TECH WEST, INC., Ca...


1. A device comprising a fluid process cooling rod for cooling liquid in a process vessel, comprising:a process vessel adapted for holding liquid, the process vessel having an upper wall;
a cooling rod including:i. an elongated polymer outer jacket extending along an axis defining a closed distal end and an open proximal end, an inner cavity defined within the outer jacket;
ii. a manifold attached to the proximal end of the outer jacket, the manifold having two connectors providing fluid communication with the inner cavity, a first connector being offset from the centerline and a second connector being located along a centerline through the manifold and aligned with the outer jacket axis; and
iii. an elongated polymer flow diverter positioned within the inner cavity, the flow diverter extending from the manifold to a point short of the closed distal end such that a distal space is formed in the inner cavity between the flow diverter and the closed distal end, the flow diverter having a central inner bore extending the length of the flow diverter and in fluid communication with the second connector fluidly connecting the second connector and the distal space, the flow diverter also having an outer surface defined by at least one helical flute extending the length of the flow diverter and having an outer diameter approximately equal to an inner diameter of the outer jacket so as to be in contact therewith, the at least one helical flute defining at least one helical groove spaced inward from the inner diameter of the outer jacket that forms at least one helical flow passage between the flow diverter and the outer jacket fluidly connecting the first connector and the distal space, wherein at least the outer jacket and the flow diverter are injection molded of a transparent polymer having a heat transfer coefficient of at least 0.50 W/mK @23 C,

wherein the cooling rod mounts through a hole formed in the upper wall of the process vessel such that the closed distal end of the outer jacket extends downward toward a bottom of a main portion of the process vessel so as to be submerged in liquid within the process vessel, and wherein the cooling rod is configured such that fluid flowing into the second connector passes distally through the inner bore to the distal space, and returns proximally from the distal space through the at least one helical flow passage to the first connector, and fluid flowing into the first connector passes distally through the at least one helical flow passage to the distal space, and returns proximally from the distal space through the inner bore to the second connector, the fluid flowing through the cooling rod therefore cooling liquid within the process vessel.

US Pat. No. 11,112,187

NATURAL GAS LIQUID FRACTIONATION PLANT WASTE HEAT CONVERSION TO SIMULTANEOUS POWER AND COOLING CAPACITIES USING MODIFIED GOSWAMI SYSTEM

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...


1. A system comprising:a waste heat recovery heat exchanger configured to heat a buffer fluid stream with heat from a heat source in a natural gas liquid fractionation plant; and
a modified Goswami cycle energy conversion system including:an energy conversion system heat exchanger configured to heat a working fluid with heat from the heated buffer fluid stream;
a separator configured to separate the heated working fluid into a vapor stream of the working fluid and a liquid stream of the working fluid;
a turbine and a generator, wherein the turbine and generator are configured to generate power by expansion of a first portion of the vapor stream of the working fluid; and
a cooling element configured to cool a process fluid stream from the natural gas liquid fractionation plant with heat from a condensed second portion of the vapor stream of the working fluid.


US Pat. No. 11,112,186

HEAT PIPE HEATSINK WITH INTERNAL STRUCTURAL SUPPORT PLATE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...


1. A heatsink comprising:a heat transport member having a heat receiving portion thermally connected to a heating element; and a plurality of second heat radiating fins connected to a heat radiating portion of the heat transport member, wherein
the heat transport member has an integral internal space that communicates from the heat receiving portion to the heat radiating portion and that is filled with a working fluid, and
a heat receiving portion inner surface area increasing portion formed by provision of a plurality of plate-like fins in an erected manner on an inner surface of the heat transport member, and a supporting member having a first flat plate portion that is in surface contact with the plurality of plate-like fins, a second flat plate portion facing the first flat plate portion, and a third flat plate portion connecting the first flat plate portion and the second flat plate portion are provided in an internal space of the heat receiving portion,
wherein a wick structure extended from the heat receiving portion to the heat radiating portion is housed in the internal space of the heat transport member, and the wick structure is housed in a portion different from the portion of the heat receiving portion inner surface area increasing portion, and the supporting member is not the wick structure.

US Pat. No. 11,112,185

PROFILED JOINT FOR HEAT EXCHANGER

HS MARSTON AEROSPACE LIMI...


1. A joint configuration for a fluid channel of a heat exchanger, comprising a joint between first and second channel portions where fluid flow is to change direction, whereinthe first channel portion is configured to direct fluid flow in a first direction and comprises a first edge at an angle divergent from the first direction, the first edge having a first edge face; and
the second channel portion is configured to direct fluid flow in a second direction which is at an angle of less than 180° relative to the first direction, the second channel portion comprising a second edge at an angle divergent from the second direction, the second edge having a second edge face;
wherein the first edge face and the second edge face each have a depth between a respective top of the edge face and a respective bottom of the edge face and a length extending from one end of the respective edge face to the other;
wherein the joint is a first joint between the first edge face of the first channel portion and the second edge face of the second channel portion;
wherein at least one of the first edge face and the second edge face is concave in shape along the length of the edge face, so as to provide a gap between the first and second edge faces of the first and second channel portions; and
wherein the gap between the first and second edge faces narrows towards the ends of the edge faces.

US Pat. No. 11,112,184

EVAPORATOR AND FUEL CELL ARRANGEMENT

DIEHL AEROSPACE GMBH, Ue...


1. An evaporator comprising an evaporator body surrounded by an evaporator housing having an inlet for supply of liquid into the evaporator housing and an outlet for discharge of vapour generated, wherein the evaporator body is structurally separate from the evaporator housing,wherein the evaporator body comprises a multitude of solid closed plates arranged flat, one solid closed plate on top of another solid closed plate,
wherein there is a liquid distributor for distributing the liquid between the multitude of solid closed plates, wherein the liquid distributor is arranged between the inlet and the evaporator body,
wherein each of the solid closed plates comprises, on a first surface, a liquid distributor structure with distributor conduits, an evaporator area and a gas collection structure,
wherein the liquid distributor structure comprises a distributor feed which branches into at least two first distributor conduits; and
wherein at least some of the solid closed plates have heating channels on a face opposite the first surface of the solid closed plate, said heating channels having fluid connection via a further inlet and a further outlet provided in the evaporator housing.

US Pat. No. 11,112,183

HEAT EXCHANGER CHANNELS

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...


1. A heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchanger body having a first end and a second end opposed to the first end along a flow axis;
a plurality of flow channels defined in the heat exchanger body extending axially with respect to the flow axis, wherein a first set of the flow channels forms a first flow circuit, wherein a second set of the flow channels forms a second flow circuit that is in fluid isolation from the first flow circuit,
wherein each flow channel is fluidly isolated from the other flow channels, wherein each flow channel of the first flow circuit includes a respective inlet on the first end of the heat exchanger body and a respective outlet on the second end of the heat exchanger body, and wherein each flow channel of the second flow circuit includes a respective inlet on one of the first and second ends of the heat exchanger body and a respective outlet on the other of the first and second ends of the heat exchanger body, and
wherein the flow channels all conform to a curvilinear profile, wherein the curvilinear profile includes a sinusoidal wave pattern extending axially relative to the flow axis, wherein the curvilinear profile is a common curvilinear profile for the flow channels and includes the sinusoidal wave pattern with waves of a first amplitude and wavelength configuration extending in a first direction normal to the flow axis, and waves of a second amplitude and wavelength configuration extending in a second direction normal to the flow axis, wherein the first direction and second direction are different from one another, and wherein the first wavelength and the second wavelength are different from one another.

US Pat. No. 11,112,182

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH ADJUSTABLE GUIDING ELEMENTS BETWEEN TUBES


1. A heat exchanger, for heat exchange between a first fluid and a second fluid, having at least a first row of tubular elements and a second row of tubular elements, each for passage of the first fluid, wherein a flow channel for the second fluid is formed between the first and the second row of tubular elements, with a collection vessel at the one ends of the tubular elements and with a distribution vessel at the other ends of the tubular elements, wherein guiding elements for guiding the second fluid along the flow channel extend between the outer sides of adjacent tubular elements of the first and second row of tubular elements, the guiding elements each comprising a plate part the wall thickness of which is less than the maximum cross-sectional dimension of the tubular elements connected thereto, wherein at least one adjustment device is provided for adjusting the relative position of two guiding elements about a pivot axis extending essentially in direction of the longitudinal axes of the tubular elements, wherein the flow channel comprises an input end and an output end, and main extension directions of at least two adjacent flow channels enclose an angle (?) between each other, the angle (?) deviating from 0°, wherein a main extension direction of a flow channel is the direction from the input end to the output end of the flow channel.

US Pat. No. 11,112,181

BODY COOLING SYSTEM

FRIA, LLC, Avenel, NJ (U...


1. A body cooling system configured to be worn as a device by an individual, the body cooling system comprising:a housing including a top portion, side portions, and a bottom portion, wherein the top portion and the bottom portion each include at least one opening and wherein the housing includes an ornamental design;
a mesh layer including a hydrophobic coating; and
an absorbent layer at least partially surrounded by the mesh layer,
wherein the housing is configured to retain the mesh layer and the absorbent layer,
wherein the hydrophobic coating of the mesh layer is on a side of the mesh layer facing the absorbent layer, and
wherein the at least one opening in the bottom portion of the housing includes at least a portion of at least one of: the mesh layer and the absorbent layer.

US Pat. No. 11,112,180

MODULAR AIR COOLED CONDENSER APPARATUS AND METHOD

SPG Dry Cooling USA LLC, ...


1. A mechanical draft modular air cooled condenser comprising:a succession of a first condenser bundle panel, a second condenser bundle panel, a third condenser bundle panel, and a fourth condenser bundle panel;
a first condenser pair including:the first condenser bundle panel having a first top end and a first bottom end;
a first condensate header connected to the first bottom end, the first condenser bundle panel including a first set of parallel tubes connected perpendicularly to the first condensate header;
the second condenser bundle panel consecutive to the first condenser bundle panel, the second condenser bundle panel having a second top end and a second bottom end; and
a second condensate header connected to the second bottom end, the second condenser bundle panel including a second set of parallel tubes connected perpendicularly to the second condensate header, the first bottom end of the first condenser bundle panel and the second bottom end of the second condenser bundle panel converging toward each other, the first condensate header and the second condensate header separated by a first distance, the first condensate header parallel to the second condensate header;

a second condenser pair including:the third condenser bundle panel consecutive to the second condenser bundle panel, the third condenser bundle panel having a third top end and a third bottom end;
a third condensate header connected to the third bottom end, the third condenser bundle panel including a third set of parallel tubes connected perpendicularly to the third condensate header, the third condensate header and the first condensate header separated by a second distance, the second distance greater than the first distance, the third condensate header parallel to second condensate header;
the fourth condenser bundle panel consecutive to the third condenser bundle panel, the fourth condenser bundle panel having a fourth top end and a fourth bottom end; and
a fourth condensate header connected to the fourth bottom end, the fourth condenser bundle panel including a fourth set of parallel tubes connected perpendicularly to the fourth condensate header, the third bottom end of the third condenser bundle panel and the fourth bottom end of the fourth condenser bundle panel converging toward each other, the fourth condensate header and the third condensate header separated by the first distance, the fourth condensate header and the second condensate header separated by the second distance, the fourth condensate header parallel to third condensate header;

a fan positioned to create a draft to flow over the first condenser bundle panel, over the second condenser bundle panel, over the third condenser bundle panel, and over the fourth condenser bundle panel; and
a support frame that supports the first, second, third, and fourth condenser bundle panels.

US Pat. No. 11,112,179

STEELMAKING AND IRONMAKING SCRAP SEGREGATION AND PACKAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

AMERIFAB, INC., Indianap...


1. A method of charging a pre-packaged charge in a metallurgical or refining furnace, comprising:providing a consumable metal container having a plurality of openings defined in a side and in a bottom of the container, wherein the metal container is formed of interconnected wire free of additional support structure and including a plurality of attachment members coupled to the interconnected wire;
forming a pre-packaged charge by loading scrap material that includes desirable and undesirable materials into the consumable metal container, wherein the undesirable materials include dirt, debris, and other contaminants;
removing the undesirable materials including dirt, debris and other contaminants from the pre-packaged charge during the forming step by allowing the dirt, debris, and other contaminants to drop through the plurality of openings;
releasably coupling the plurality of attachment members of the consumable metal container to a lifting device;
de-coupling the pre-packaged charge from the lifting device; and
charging the scrap material and the consumable metal container in the furnace to melt both the scrap material and the consumable metal container.

US Pat. No. 11,112,177

TREATMENT INSTALLATION AND METHOD FOR TREATING WORKPIECES


1. A treatment installation for treating workpieces, in the form of coated vehicle bodies, wherein the treatment installation includes a treatment chamber and a conveying device arranged to supply the workpieces to the treatment chamber, remove the workpieces from the treatment chamber, and/or convey the workpieces through the treatment chamber in a conveying direction,wherein the treatment installation includes at least one circulating air module, wherein each circulating air module includes the following:
a gas supply for supplying gas to the treatment chamber; and
a gas removal arrangement for removing gas from the treatment chamber; and
a distributor device for distributing a circulating air gas stream that is to be supplied to the treatment chamber over a plurality of inlet openings of the gas supply,
wherein the distributor device is separated from the treatment chamber by a dividing wall, wherein all the inlet openings are made in the dividing wall.

US Pat. No. 11,112,176

FREEZE VACUUM DRYING APPARATUS AND FREEZE VACUUM DRYING METHOD

ULVAC, INC., Chigasaki (...


1. A freeze vacuum drying apparatus, comprising:a sprayer spraying a raw material liquid into a vacuum chamber;
a pipe having a non-linear shape, including a first opening end and a second opening end, trapping frozen particles formed by self-freezing of liquid droplets via the first opening end, and the liquid droplets being formed by spraying the raw material liquid into the vacuum chamber;
a heater sublimating and drying the frozen particles in the pipe by heating, the frozen particles moving in the pipe from the first opening end toward the second opening end by kinetic energy produced during spraying; and
a collector collecting dried particles formed by sublimation drying of the frozen particles in the pipe and released from the second opening end of the pipe,
the pipe having a turning axis in a direction from the sprayer toward the collector and turning spirally between the sprayer and the collector.

US Pat. No. 11,112,175

PHASE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATURAL GAS LIQUID RECOVERY PLANTS

Fluor Technologies Corpor...


1. A method for operating a natural gas liquid plant in ethane recovery, the method comprising:separating a chilled feed gas into a vapor stream and a liquid stream;
separating the vapor stream into a vapor portion and a liquid portion,
splitting the vapor portion into a first portion and a second portion;
expanding, by an expander, the first portion to produce a refrigeration stream;
cooling, in a first heat exchanger, and letting down a pressure of, in a valve, the second portion to produce a reflux stream;
feeding the refrigeration stream and the reflux stream to an absorber;
producing, by the absorber, an absorber overhead stream and an absorber bottom stream;
heating, in a second heat exchanger, the absorber overhead stream;
cooling the absorber bottom stream in the second heat exchanger to produce a cooled ethane rich bottom stream;
feeding the cooled ethane rich bottom stream from the absorber to a stripper;
fractionating, by the stripper, the cooled ethane rich bottom stream into a natural gas liquid stream and a stripper overhead stream;
combining the liquid stream and the liquid portion to form a second liquid stream; and feeding the second liquid stream to the stripper; and
heating the second liquid stream in the first heat exchanger before feeding the second liquid stream to the stripper.

US Pat. No. 11,112,174

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

NEXT CARBON SOLUTIONS, LL...


1. A liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility comprising:an acid gas removal unit configured to accept raw feed natural gas and to 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 heavies removal unit configured to receive a dry purified natural gas stream from a dehydration unit and to 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 to allow for the venting of boil off gas (BOG);
a liquefaction unit that condenses natural gas vapor into liquefied natural gas;
a gas turbine;
an on-site hydrogen generation unit that provides hydrogen to the gas turbine, wherein the hydrogen generation unit is a steam reformer;
at least one capture unit that generates a CO2-rich stream from products of the steam reformer;
the sequestration compression unit configured to compress and convey at least one CO2-rich stream from a capture unit, towards a sequestration site, thereby reducing the overall emissions from the LNG facility;
an LNG storage tank configured to receive and store LNG from the liquefaction unit, and to allow for the venting of BOG; and
an LNG loading facility configured to receive LNG from the LNG storage tank and to transfer LNG to a marine vessel comprising a marine LNG storage tank, the LNG loading facility further configured to allow for the venting of BOG,
wherein BOG from at least one of the condensation storage tank, the LNG storage tank, and the LNG loading facility is directable as feed to the steam reformer; and
wherein a fuel to the gas turbine contains at least about 90% hydrogen by volume.

US Pat. No. 11,112,173

CONFIGURATIONS AND METHODS FOR SMALL SCALE LNG PRODUCTION

Fluor Technologies Corpor...


1. A method of generating LNG from a natural gas feed comprising:passing a first refrigerant stream through a first heat exchanger pass of a plurality of heat exchanger passes in a cold box, wherein the first refrigerant stream is at a first pressure;
splitting the first refrigerant stream into a second refrigerant stream and a third refrigerant stream by passing the first refrigerant stream through a splitter downstream of the cold box;
expanding the second refrigerant stream to a second pressure in a first expander;
after expanding the second refrigerant stream, passing the second refrigerant stream through a second heat exchanger pass of the plurality of heat exchanger passes at the second pressure;
expanding the third refrigerant stream to a third pressure in a second expander;
after expanding the third refrigerant stream, passing the third refrigerant stream through a third heat exchanger pass of the plurality of heat exchanger passes at the third pressure, wherein the second pressure and the third pressure are both below the first pressure;
after passing the third refrigerant stream through the third heat exchanger pass, compressing, by a first compressor and then by a second compressor, the third refrigerant stream to a fourth pressure equal to or above the second pressure;
after compressing the third refrigerant stream, cooling the third refrigerant stream;
after cooling the third refrigerant stream, combining the second refrigerant stream and the third refrigerant stream downstream of the cold box to form a recycle stream;
compressing the recycle stream in a two-stage compressor to form the first refrigerant stream;
passing a natural gas feed stream through at least a fourth heat exchanger pass of the plurality of heat exchanger passes; and
liquefying at least a portion of the natural gas stream in the cold box using a refrigeration content provided by at least one of the second refrigerant stream and the third refrigerant stream to form an LNG stream,
wherein the first expander is disposed downstream from the splitter,
wherein the first expander is coupled to the first compressor, wherein the second expander is coupled to the second compressor.

US Pat. No. 11,112,172

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING COLD LIQUID TO REMOVE SOLIDIFIABLE GAS COMPONENTS FROM PROCESS GAS STREAMS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...


1. A system for removing a solidifiable gas component from a process gas stream by direct contact with a cold liquid, the system comprising:a cold liquid supply containing cold liquid having a cold liquid temperature, wherein the cold liquid is a liquid at the contacting temperature and pressure and wherein the cold liquid is a liquid at a temperature of 20° C. and a pressure of 1 atmosphere;
a process gas source containing process gas containing gases that include a solidifiable gas component having a freezing point and at least one other gas component having a freezing point that is lower than the freezing point of the solidifiable gas component;
a contacting assembly adapted to receive a cold liquid stream containing the cold liquid from the cold liquid supply, a process gas stream containing process gas from the process gas source, and to directly contact the cold liquid with the process gas to produce a liquid-solid slurry and a treated gas stream, wherein the slurry contains the cold liquid and solids formed from the solidifiable gas component, wherein the treated gas stream contains the at least one other gas component, and wherein the contacting occurs in a counter current manner in two or more equilibrium stages in a contacting assembly where the contacting in at least one of the two or more equilibrium stages occurs at a contacting temperature of less than ?100° C. and a contacting pressure of less than 100 psia and where the contacting in at least one other of the two or more equilibrium stages occurs at a contacting temperature of less than ?80° C. and a contacting pressure of less than 100 psia; and
a separation assembly adapted to remove the solids from the slurry to produce a removed stream containing the solidifiable gas component that was removed from the process gas stream, wherein the removing step is performed mechanically and removal occurs between at least one set of adjacent stages.

US Pat. No. 11,112,171

REFRIGERATOR HAVING A TRANSPARENT DOOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...


1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet defining a storage space;
a door configured to open and close the storage space;
an out plate defining an outer appearance of a front surface of the door and having a plate opening;
a door liner defining an outer appearance of a rear surface of the door and having a liner opening;
a transparent display assembly (i) which is disposed between the door liner and the out plate to cover the plate opening and the liner opening, (ii) through which the storage space is visible, and (iii) which is configured to output a screen;
a PCB that is disposed inside the door and that is connected to the transparent display assembly;
a control unit provided at the cabinet to control an operation of the transparent display assembly;
a plurality of flat cables that are configured to connect the transparent display assembly to the PCB and that are configured to be disposed along a circumference of the transparent display assembly; and
at least one connection cable that is configured to connect the PCB to the control unit and that is provided in a wire shape to pass through the door,
wherein a number of the at least one connection cable is less than a number of the plurality of flat cables to allow the at least one connection cable to pass through a hinge shaft of the door.

US Pat. No. 11,112,170

REFRIGERATOR

Samsung Electronics Co., ...


1. A refrigerator comprising:a housing including a storage chamber, the storage chamber including at least one side wall and a rear wall;
a door configured to open and close the storage chamber and including:an inside facing the storage chamber,
a throat portion protruding outward from the inside of the door, and
a storage pocket mounted to the throat portion on the inside of the door;

a hinge rotatably coupling the door to the housing;
a driver including at least one motor for automatically opening and closing the door;
a camera casing disposed on a side of the throat portion; and
a camera disposed inside the camera casing and facing in a direction opposite to the side of the throat portion, wherein the side is adjacent to the hinge such that an optical axis of the camera is directed to the at least one side wall of the storage chamber when the door is in a closed position, the camera configured to photograph the storage chamber when the door is opened to a predetermined angle greater than 90 degrees by the driver.

US Pat. No. 11,112,169

SMART HOME CONTROLLER REFRIGERATOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...


1. A smart home controller refrigerator, comprising:one or more storage spaces to refrigerate or freeze contents;
one or more doors that open or close the storage spaces; and
a control interface provided on the one or more doors and having a controller configured to control a home appliance provided external to the refrigerator, the controller includinga control protocol communication unit configured to receive control information from an external server or a portable device to control the home appliance;
a storage unit that stores the control information;
an operation protocol communication unit that generates an operation signal based on the control information;
a signal transmitting unit that transmits the operation signal to the home appliance, and
wherein the operation protocol communication unit is configured to communicate based an operation protocol including any one or more of Infrared communication, Zigbee communication, Bluetooth, or UWB (Ultra WideBand),
wherein the signal transmitting unit that transmits the operation signal corresponding to the operation protocol to the home appliance is arranged on the door,
wherein the control interface is configured to receive inputs to control an operation of the refrigerator,
wherein the signal transmitting unit includes an infrared light emitter and an infrared light receiver configured to sense a touch on the control interface,
wherein the infrared light emitter transmits an infrared signal for controlling the home appliance according to the operating protocol,
wherein two or more infrared light emitters are arranged in the control interface, and
wherein at least two of the infrared light emitters are positioned to emit the infrared signal in a different direction from each other.


US Pat. No. 11,112,168

INVENTORY INDICATION MECHANISM UTILIZING VISUAL INDICIA

Whirlpool Corporation, B...


1. A refrigerating appliance comprising:a cabinet that defines a continuous interior cavity that extends from a base of the cabinet to a top portion of the cabinet;
a temperature sensing network that monitors a temperature stratification of the continuous interior cavity, wherein the temperature stratification includes a plurality of temperature levels that correspond to respective vertical and lateral locations of the continuous interior cavity;
a controller that is configured to receive an input related to an item to be stored, wherein the controller is further configured to compare the input with the temperature stratification corresponding to the respective vertical and lateral locations of the continuous interior cavity, and wherein the controller is further configured to identify a primary storage location of the item to be stored based upon a comparison of the input and the plurality of temperature levels of the temperature stratification;
a plurality of vents that are selectively operable to provide cool air to specific locations within the continuous interior cavity, wherein the plurality of temperature levels of the temperature stratification are selectively adjustable based upon the input and an availability of the primary storage location, wherein the vertical and lateral locations of the temperature stratification are selectively adjustable using the plurality of vents to adjust a size of the primary storage location within the continuous interior cavity;
a plurality of shelves, wherein vertical dividers extend between vertically adjacent shelves of the plurality of shelves to define the temperature stratification in a lateral direction with respect to each shelf of the plurality of shelves; and
a visual indicia disposed within the continuous interior cavity and coupled to the controller, wherein the visual indicia identifies the primary storage location of the item to be stored.

US Pat. No. 11,112,167

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. A refrigerator comprising:a storage chamber;
a drawer configured to be inserted to or withdrawn from the storage chamber;
a cover configured to cover an upper part of the drawer;
a cover fixing protrusion protruded from the cover and configured to limit movement of the cover;
a cover support groove provided on the storage chamber and corresponding to the cover fixing protrusion so that the cover is seated and supported therein and does not move together with the drawer when the drawer moves in the front-rear direction, the cover support groove having an open upper side to allow the cover to move in an up-down direction; and
a rail device configured to guide the drawer to move in a front-rear direction with respect to the cover and to allow the cover to be moved upward with respect to the drawer at an inside of the storage chamber when the drawer is withdrawn from the storage chamber,
wherein the rail device comprises:a first roller provided in a front of the cover;
a second roller provided in a rear of the drawer;
a first rail provided on opposite outer side surfaces of the drawer in the front-rear direction to support movement of the first roller; and
a second rail provided on opposite inner side surfaces of the cover in the front-rear direction to support movement of the second roller, and

wherein the cover is spaced apart from an upper side of the drawer in an upward direction when the drawer is withdrawn.

US Pat. No. 11,112,166

DOOR RACK HAVING A BOTTOM LATCHED ON A BASIC BODY, AND DOMESTIC REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE HAVING A DOOR RACK

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...


1. A door rack for a household refrigeration appliance, the door rack comprising:a basic body configured for receiving items to be stored, a rear wall, and a forwardly oriented upper bow directed away from said rear wall of said basic body;
a plate that is separate from said basic body and forms a bottom of the door rack; and
a latching device configured for latching said plate on said basic body;
said upper bow and said plate forming a reach-through region therebetween in an end position of said plate wherein said plate is latched on said basic body;
said rear wall being formed with a receiving groove into which a rear edge of said plate extends in the end position of said plate latched on said basic body, said receiving groove has an upper boundary wall;
said latching device having latching elements formed as integral parts on said boundary wall of said receiving groove.

US Pat. No. 11,112,165

REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE DOOR-SEALING ARRANGEMENT


15. A throat assembly for a refrigeration appliance comprising:a member having at least one elongate component, the elongate component having a lateral width and a longitudinal extent, the elongate component including an elongate panel having a front face with a planar region, the planar region of the front face separated, in a direction perpendicular to the planar region, from a rear face of the panel by a panel thickness, and
an elongate magnet arrangement in contact with or attached to the rear face of the panel and extending in the direction of the longitudinal extent of the elongate component, the elongate magnet arrangement having two laterally spaced-apart magnet elements, wherein the poles of the magnet elements are arranged so that the magnets experience a repulsion force therebetween.

US Pat. No. 11,112,164

REFRIGERATOR

Samsung Electronics Co., ...


1. A refrigerator comprising:a main body including a plurality of storage chambers;
a display provided in the main body of the refrigerator; and
at least one processor configured to:control the display to display a refrigerator map including a plurality of different images when a predetermined condition is satisfied, wherein each of the plurality of different images corresponds to a different one of the plurality of storage chambers and each of the plurality of images includes function information corresponding to the different one of the plurality of storage chambers, and
in response to a touch input selecting the one of the plurality of different images:control the display to display the selected one of the plurality of different images which is enlarged, and
display at least one setting icon to control the function information of the one of the plurality of storage chambers corresponding to the selected one of the plurality of different images.



US Pat. No. 11,112,163

ICE-MAKING COMPARTMENT FOR AN APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...


1. A refrigerator, comprising:a cabinet;
a refrigeration system including an evaporator; and
an ice-making compartment within the cabinet, the ice-making compartment comprising:a housing defining an inlet aperture on an upper portion of the housing and an outlet aperture, wherein the housing has a stepped top wall;
an ice storage bin positioned in a lower portion of the housing;
an ice tray positioned above the ice storage bin, wherein a space between the stepped top wall and the ice tray decreases with each step from a first end of the ice tray to a second opposing end of the ice tray;
an inlet duct in fluid communication with the inlet aperture and configured to direct air into the housing from the evaporator, wherein the inlet duct includes a first branch having a plurality of first branch channels to direct air to a plurality of first branch locations on a first surface of the ice tray and a second branch to direct air to a second surface of the ice tray; and
an outlet duct in fluid communication with the outlet aperture and configured to direct air from the housing to the evaporator.


US Pat. No. 11,112,162

COLD ROOM COMBINATION VENT AND LIGHT

Kason Industries, Inc., ...


1. A combination cold room light and vent comprising:a housing;
a heat sink casing coupled to said housing, the combination of said housing and said heat sink casing defining a heat chamber;
an air control valve coupled to said housing, said air control valve being in thermal communication with said heat chamber, wherein said air control valve is a first pressure air control intake valve, and further comprising a second pressure air control intake valve, wherein said first pressure air control valve is activated at a lower air pressure than said second pressure air control intake valve, and
an LED module light source thermally coupled to said heat sink casing to transfer heat through conduction to said heat sink casing to heat said heat chamber to warm said air control valve,
whereby heat generated by the LED module light source warms the heat sink casing, thereby warming the heat chamber so as to warm the air control valve.

US Pat. No. 11,112,161

ICE MACHINE


1. An ice machine comprising:a cabinet defining a compartment and having a cabinet door coupled thereto through a hinge assembly;
a frame removably positioned within the cabinet and laterally offset relative to a lateral centerline of the compartment,
a hopper that is supported by the frame, the hopper including an ice dispensing interface;
a housing having a top and a bottom and affixed to the cabinet door to be moved from inside the compartment when the cabinet door is opened, said housing defining an ice harvesting chamber, wherein the bottom of the housing includes a surface that is separated from the top by a first distance at a first location at said surface and by a second distance at a second location at said surface, the first distance being different from the second distance;
a chute coupled with the housing and in communication with the ice dispensing interface;
a container hanging assembly operably coupled with the chute;
an attachment rod; and
a drain defined in the bottom of the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,112,160

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...


1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet having a storage space and an evaporation compartment therein;
a door coupled to a front side of the cabinet and configured to open and close at least a portion of the storage space;
an ice making compartment mounted in the storage space or on a rear side of the door, the ice making compartment comprising a case that defines an ice making chamber therein;
an ice tray disposed in the ice making compartment;
a bracket that extends upward from an upper end of a rear side of the ice tray, that is spaced apart from a rear surface of the ice making chamber, and that defines a cold air descent channel between the rear surface of the ice making chamber and the bracket;
an ice bin disposed below the ice tray;
a dispenser disposed on the front side of the door to dispense ices;
a discharge duct disposed in the door and having an inlet end communicating with the ice making compartment and an outlet end communicating with the dispenser;
a supply duct disposed inside of a side wall of the case and configured to supply cold air to the ice making chamber;
an exhaust duct disposed in the side wall of the case and configured to discharge cold air in the ice making chamber;
an ice making duct disposed in an upper portion of the ice making chamber above the ice tray, the ice making duct being configured to communicate with the supply duct and to discharge cold air rearward from the upper portion of the ice making chamber;
a thermoelectric module having a first side surface in contact with a bottom of the ice tray;
a heat dissipating member that is in contact with a second side surface of the thermoelectric module; and
a cold air guide disposed at the bottom of the ice tray, the cold air guide having:a space that accommodates the thermoelectric module and the heat dissipating member,
a cold air inlet configured to communicate with a lower end of the cold air descent channel, and
a cold air outlet configured to communicate with the exhaust duct,

wherein the ice making duct is configured to discharge (i) a first portion of cold air to the cold air descent channel to cool the heat dissipating member and (ii) a second portion of cold air toward the front surface of the bracket.

US Pat. No. 11,112,159

REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...


1. A refrigerator comprising:an icemaker configured to make ice;
a dispenser provided at a refrigerator door; and
a water tank and a pump provided below the water tank, the water tank having an inlet through which water is replenished in the water tank, a first outlet configured to supply water via a first water path from the water tank to the dispenser, and a second outlet configured to supply water via a second water path from the water tank to the pump, wherein the pump is configured to pump water from the water tank to the icemaker, wherein the icemaker is provided above the water tank and the water tank is provided above the dispenser, and wherein the second outlet of the water tank is separately provided from the first outlet of the water tank, thereby the entire first water path from the water tank to the dispenser is separated from the entire second water path from the water tank to the icemaker.

US Pat. No. 11,112,158

REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE WITH WATER SUPPLY

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...


12. A refrigeration appliance or domestic refrigeration appliance, comprising:a storage chamber to be cooled to below 0° C.; and a water supply feeding into said storage chamber, said water supply being formed by a resiliently expandable pipeline, at least inside said storage chamber, said resiliently expandable pipeline having a length, and a sleeve surrounding at least a part of said length of said resiliently expandable pipeline, said resiliently expandable pipeline having a resiliency limit, and said sleeve being dimensioned for inhibiting an expansion of said resiliently expandable pipeline beyond said resiliency limit, said sleeve and said resiliently expandable pipeline being formed in one piece, said sleeve and said resiliently expandable pipeline being extruded.

US Pat. No. 11,112,157

SUCTION CONDUIT FLOW CONTROL FOR LUBRICANT MANAGEMENT

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...


1. A compressor system, comprising:first and second compressors, and a flow control device fluidly connected;
the first and second compressors being arranged in parallel,
the first compressor being one of a variable speed compressor or a fixed speed compressor and including a first lubricant sump and the second compressor being one of a variable speed compressor or a fixed speed compressor and including a second lubricant sump;
a lubricant transfer conduit fluidly connected to the first lubricant sump and the second lubricant sump; and
the flow control device includinga fluid inlet and two fluid outlets,
a first of the two fluid outlets being fluidly connected to the first compressor and a second of the two fluid outlets being fluidly connected to the second compressor,
the second of the two fluid outlets having a nozzle disposed within a flow passage of the flow control device such that a space is maintained between an outer surface of the nozzle and an inner surface of the flow passage, the nozzle extending at an angle relative to the second of the two fluid outlets, a radius of the second of the two fluid outlets being greater than a radius of the nozzle,
wherein the nozzle including a nozzle inlet, the nozzle inlet being disposed at a first distance from the fluid inlet along a longitudinal axis of the fluid inlet,
the first of the two fluid outlets including an edge that is relatively closest to the fluid inlet along the longitudinal axis of the fluid inlet, the edge being disposed at a second distance from the fluid inlet along the longitudinal axis of the fluid inlet, and the first distance being greater than the second distance.


US Pat. No. 11,112,155

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.,...


36. A thermal management method, comprising:transporting a refrigerant liquid along a refrigerant fluid flow path from a refrigerant receiver to a first evaporator to extract heat from a first heat load contacting the first evaporator;
separating by a liquid separator, refrigerant vapor and refrigerant liquid from the refrigerant fluid exiting the first evaporator;
pumping a first portion of refrigerant liquid exiting from the liquid separator, and which first portion of refrigerant liquid is received at an inlet of a pump to a second evaporator to extract heat from a second heat load contacting the second evaporator;
transporting a second portion of the refrigerant fluid exiting from the liquid separator to a third evaporator; and
discharging at an exhaust line, the refrigerant vapor from the third evaporator and from a vapor-side outlet of the liquid separator so that the discharged refrigerant vapor is not returned to the refrigerant fluid flow path.

US Pat. No. 11,112,154

AIR CONDITIONER

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...


1. An air conditioner comprising a refrigerant circuit including an outdoor unit and an indoor unit that are connected together and a controller that controls operation of the refrigerant circuit, and a non-azeotropic refrigerant mixture containing a hydrofluorocarbon having a property of undergoing a disproportionation reaction being sealed in the refrigerant circuit;wherein the controller executes pump down operation in which substantially all of the non-azeotropic refrigerant mixture that is unevenly distributed throughout the refrigerant circuit is collected into a portion of the refrigerant circuit within the outdoor unit,
after the completion of the pump down operation, executes compositional ratio determination in which a compositional ratio of the non-azeotropic refrigerant mixture is determined based on a pressure and temperature of the non-azeotropic refrigerant mixture collected into the outdoor unit by the pump down operation, and
generates an alert when the compositional ratio of the non-azeotropic refrigerant mixture determined by the compositional ratio determination is outside an acceptable proportion range of the hydrofluorocarbon having the property of undergoing a disproportionation reaction.

US Pat. No. 11,112,153

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HOSE COUPLING


1. An apparatus comprising:an evacuation hose that is configured to evacuate content of a refrigeration system;
a system attachment portion that is configured for attachment to the refrigeration system;
a first connector that is configured for attachment to the refrigeration system, the first connector including a first face, wherein the first face defines an outlet of a first fluid passageway, wherein the first face further includes a longitudinally extending indentation that circumscribes the outlet of the first fluid passageway;
a second connector including a second face, wherein the second face defines an outlet of a second fluid passageway, wherein the second face includes a protrusion extending therefrom, wherein the protrusion comprises a first portion and a second portion, wherein the outlet of the second fluid passageway is recessed with respect to an end of the protrusion, wherein the first portion of the protrusion is positionable within the indentation of the first connector, wherein positioning the first portion of the protrusion within the indentation aligns the outlet of the first fluid passageway and the outlet of the second fluid passageway, and wherein one of the first connector or the second connector is coupled to the evacuation hose and wherein the other of the first connector or the second connector includes the system attachment portion; and
a seal positionable on the second portion of the protrusion of the second connector,
wherein the seal is positioned on the second portion of the protrusion of the second connector to circumscribe the second portion of the protrusion and to be in sealing engagement with the first connector and the second connector when the first portion of the protrusion is at a preferred position in the indentation.

US Pat. No. 11,112,152

SYSTEM DESIGN FOR NOISE REDUCTION OF SOLENOID VALVE

Lennox Industries Inc., ...


1. A bypass line within a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system comprising:a fluid line connected to a high pressure side of a compressor and a low pressure side of the compressor of the HVAC system;
a valve within the fluid line disposed between the high pressure side and the low pressure side;
an orifice disposed within the fluid line and arranged upstream from the valve in a refrigerant flow direction, wherein the orifice comprises a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of the fluid line, wherein a first end of the orifice is directly connected to the high pressure side of the compressor and a second end of the orifice is directly connected to the valve;
wherein, when the valve is open, refrigerant flows through the fluid line from the high pressure side to the low pressure side via the orifice and the valve, wherein the refrigerant contacts the orifice prior to contacting the valve;
wherein flow of refrigerant from a high pressure side of the orifice is initially slowed upon contact with the orifice; and
wherein the flow of refrigerant from a high pressure side of the valve is subsequently slowed upon contact with the valve.

US Pat. No. 11,112,151

HEAT SOURCE UNIT FOR REFRIGERATION APPARATUS INCLUDING A HEAT-SOURCE-SIDE HEAT EXCHANGER HAVING A HEAT EXCHANGE REGION OF VARIABLE SIZE

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...


1. A heat source unit forming, together with a utilization-side unit, a refrigeration apparatus including a refrigerant circuit performing a refrigeration cycle, the heat source unit housing at least a compressor and a heat-source-side heat exchanger, each of which is provided for the refrigerant circuit, whereinthe heat source unit is configured to perform a cooling action in which the heat-source-side heat exchanger functions as a condenser to cool a target in the utilization-side unit and a heating action in which the heat-source-side heat exchanger functions as an evaporator to heat a target in the utilization-side unit,
the heat-source-side heat exchanger is connected to a heat source water circuit in which heat source water circulates so that a refrigerant circulating in the refrigerant circuit exchanges heat with the heat source water, the heat-source-side heat exchanger having a heat exchange region, of a variable size, in which the refrigerant flows and exchanges heat with the heat source water,
the heat source unit comprises a controller which adjusts the size of the heat exchange region of the heat-source-side heat exchanger based on a differential temperature index value indicating a difference between a temperature of the refrigerant in the utilization-side unit and a temperature of the heat source water in the heat source water circuit,
the heat-source-side heat exchanger includes a first heat exchange section and a second heat exchange section respectively including refrigerant channels connected to the refrigerant circuit and heat source water channels connected to the heat source water circuit,
the first heat exchange section is configured to exchange heat between the refrigerant flowing through the refrigerant channel and the heat source water flowing through the heat source water channel, and the second heat exchange section is configured to exchange heat between the refrigerant flowing through the refrigerant channel and the heat source water flowing through the heat source water channel,
the refrigerant channel of the first heat exchange section and the refrigerant channel of the second heat exchange section are connected to each other in parallel,
the heat source water channel of the first heat exchange section and the heat source water channel of the second heat exchange section are connected to each other in parallel,
the heat-source-side heat exchanger includesa liquid valve connected to one end of the refrigerant channel of the second heat exchange section,
a gas valve connected to the other end of the refrigerant channel of the second heat exchange section, and
a water valve connected to one end of the heat source water channel of the second heat exchange section, and

the controller is configured toopen the liquid valve, the gas valve, and the water valve to cause the refrigerant and the heat source water to flow through both of the first heat exchange section and the second heat exchange section,
open the liquid valve and close the gas valve and the water valve to cause the second heat exchange section to rest in the cooling action, and
open the gas valve and close the liquid valve and the water valve to cause the second heat exchange section to rest in the heating action.


US Pat. No. 11,112,150

HEAT EXCHANGER AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...


1. A heat exchanger comprising:a fin having a first through hole and a second through hole disposed below the first through hole, and including a first end portion and a second end portion in a horizontal direction;
a first heat transfer tube inserted into the first through hole, a cross-section of the first heat transfer tube parallel to the fin having a flat shape such that a cross-section in a major axis direction is larger than that in a minor axis direction; and
a second heat transfer tube inserted into the second through hole, a cross-section of the second heat transfer tube parallel to the fin having a flat shape such that a cross-section in the major axis direction is larger than that in the minor axis direction,
wherein,
when a virtual straight line passing through an end portion in the major axis direction of the first heat transfer tube on a first end portion side and an end portion in the major axis direction of the second heat transfer tube on the first end portion side is a first virtual straight line,
a virtual straight line passing through an end portion in the major axis direction of the first heat transfer tube on a second end portion side and an end portion in the major axis direction of the second heat transfer tube on the second end portion side is a second virtual straight line,
a region between the first end portion and the first virtual straight line on a surface of the fin is a first drainage region,
a region between the second end portion and the second virtual straight line on the surface of the fin is a second drainage region, and
a region on the surface of the fin enclosed by the first heat transfer tube, the second heat transfer tube, the first virtual straight line and the second virtual straight line is a water introducing region,
a first groove inclined to descend toward the first drainage region and a second groove disposed closer to the second drainage region than the first groove and inclined to descend toward the second drainage region are formed in the water introducing region,
wherein,
when one of angles formed on the surface of the fin between a line perpendicular to an arrangement direction of the first heat transfer tube and the second heat transfer tube, and the first groove, is a first angle of inclination, the first angle of inclination being an acute angle, and
one of angles formed on the surface of the fin between the line perpendicular to the arrangement direction of the first heat transfer tube and the second heat transfer tube, and the second groove, is a second angle of inclination, the second angle of inclination being an acute angle,
the heat exchanger is configured to receive air from the first end portion, and
the second angle of inclination is larger than the first angle of inclination.

US Pat. No. 11,112,149

HEAT EXCHANGER AND AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...


1. A heat exchanger comprising:a plate-shaped fin being elongate in a longitudinal direction thereof;
a plurality of heat transfer tubes passing through the plate-shaped fin; and
a distributor configured to distribute refrigerant to two of the heat transfer tubes,
the distributor includingan inflow portion being linear and connected to a first heat transfer tube of the heat transfer tubes,
a turn-back portion continuous with the inflow portion,
a first outflow portion being linear, continuous with the turn-back portion and running in parallel to the inflow portion,
a second outflow portion being linear, continuous with the first outflow portion and branching from the first outflow portion, and
a connection pipe continuous with the second outflow portion and including a plurality of bent portions,
the second outflow portion being connected via the connection pipe to a second heat transfer tube of the heat transfer tubes, the second heat transfer tube being not adjacent to the first heat transfer tube,

wherein, in the distributor,
a virtual straight line connecting axial centers at two ends of the second outflow portion is orthogonal to a virtual straight line connecting axial centers at two ends of the first outflow portion, and
in a side view of the turn-back portion, wherein the side view means that the distributor is viewed in a flow direction of the inflow portion and the first outflow portion:
the virtual straight line connecting the axial centers at the two ends of the second outflow portion and a virtual straight line connecting axial centers at two ends of the turn-back portion form an angle ?.

US Pat. No. 11,112,148

VAPOR COMPRESSION SYSTEM WITH REFRIGERANT-LUBRICATED COMPRESSOR

Carrier Corporation, Pal...


1. A vapor compression system (20; 400; 420) comprising:a compressor (22) having a suction port (40) and a discharge port (42);
a heat rejection heat exchanger (58) coupled to the discharge port to receive compressed refrigerant;
a heat absorption heat exchanger (88);
a first lubricant flowpath (120, 126) from the heat rejection heat exchanger to the compressor;
a second lubricant flowpath (121, 126) from the heat absorption heat exchanger to the compressor;
at least one lubricant pump (190);
a controller (900); and
one or more valves (186, 187) controlled by the controller to selectively switch lubricant flow between the first lubricant flowpath and the second lubricant flowpath;

wherein:the controller (900) is configured to control the one or more valves (186, 187) to control lubricant flow along the first lubricant flowpath and the second lubricant flowpath based on a sensed fluctuation.

US Pat. No. 11,112,147

COOLING SYSTEM WITH CONTROLLED BIPHASE MIXING OF REFRIGERANT

M.D, Mechanical Devices L...


1. A method for cooling with a refrigerant based cooling system, the method comprising:circulating a refrigerant in a main flow path of a refrigeration cycle including an accumulator, compressor, condenser and an evaporator;
separating a liquid refrigerant from a vaporized refrigerant;
directing the liquid refrigerant to the condenser via the main flow path; and
diverting at least a portion of the vaporized refrigerant to a bypass flow path, wherein the bypass flow path is diverted from a location along the main flow path that is downstream the compressor and upstream the condenser;
dynamically controlling rate of flow through the bypass flow path; and
combining refrigerant in a gaseous phase flowing through the bypass flow path with liquid only refrigerant flowing through the main flow path downstream the condenser and upstream from the evaporator.

US Pat. No. 11,112,146

HEAT PUMP AND CASCADED CALORIC REGENERATOR ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...


1. A heat pump system, comprisinga hot side heat exchanger;
a cold side heat exchanger;
a pump operable to flow a working fluid between the hot and cold side heat exchangers; and
a caloric heat pump comprisinga regenerator housing extending along an axial direction between a first end portion of the regenerator housing and a second end portion of the regenerator housing, the regenerator housing defining a chamber that extends longitudinally along the axial direction between the first and second end portions of the regenerator housing,
a plurality of stages positioned within the regenerator housing, the plurality of stages being arranged sequentially along the axial direction from the first end portion to the second end portion, each stage of the plurality of stages comprising a caloric material having a caloric temperature peak, the plurality of stages being arranged so that the caloric temperature peaks of the plurality of stages increase along the axial direction according to a predetermined, consistent, non-linear curve, and
a field generator positioned adjacent to the plurality of stages to subject the plurality of stages to a variable field generated by the field generator,

wherein the predetermined, consistent, non-linear curve defines a curvature ratio between ?0.5 and 0.5 defined from the first end portion to the second end portion.

US Pat. No. 11,112,145

ARTIFICIAL PLATELETS FOR TREATING CATASTROPHIC BLEEDING

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...


1. A composition comprising a sterically stabilized liposome shell encapsulating an inorganic polyphosphate nanoparticle core, wherein:(a) the sterically stabilized liposome shell comprises polyethylene glycol covalently conjugated to a glycerophospholipid; and
(b) the inorganic polyphosphate nanoparticle core is prepared by:precipitating inorganic polyphosphate under aqueous conditions at physiological pH and salt conditions to form nanoparticles, wherein the inorganic polyphosphate has






the structure wherein n is at least 100 and the physiological salt is calcium chloride, thereby producing an inorganic polyphosphate nanoparticle core consisting of calcium, phosphate and oxygen.


US Pat. No. 11,112,144

CURVED SURFACE ABSORBER TYPE SOLAR FLUID HEATER


1. A curved surface absorber type solar fluid heater for heating fluid, comprising:a base insulation having a vapour barrier covered by reflective foil;
a glazing, the glazing having at least two radially spaced transparent hemispherical curved surfaces, closed at bottom periphery, defining an exterior surface, an interior surface, and a first chamber therebetween, the glazing being supported with a support grill, the glazing being supported on the insulation base through a peripheral insulation ring;
a collector disposed within the interior surface of the glazing, the collector having at least two radially spaced hemispherical curved surfaces, closed at bottom periphery, defining a second chamber therebetween, the collector positioned on the base insulation along the peripheral insulation ring, the collector configured to receive a fluid to be heated therein, the collector having an air vent configured on a highest position thereof, the collector having a drain plug configured on a lowest position thereof, and wherein a whole hemispherical surface of the second chamber is utilized for heating of fluid;
a hot fluid tank, the hot fluid tank having a hemispherical configuration, the hot fluid tank positioned within an enclosure formed between the collector and the base insulation, the hot fluid tank having a hot fluid tank inlet pipe connected to a top end thereof and in fluid communication with the second chamber, the hot fluid tank having an opposed pair of recirculation connectors connected thereto; and
a locking arrangement facilitating locking of the collector and the glazing on the base insulation, the locking arrangement including a plurality of strips, a plurality of screws, a bottom locking plate, a top locking plate, and a locking clip.

US Pat. No. 11,112,143

FAN FILTER UNIT, STERILIZATION APPARATUS AND CLEAN ROOM

Hitachi Industrial Equipm...


10. A clean room having an air blowing path equipped with an air blower and a sterilization apparatus, and a working chamber to which air is blown via the sterilization apparatus connected to the air blowing path, the clean room comprising:a freely openable and closable opening and closing unit; and
a second air blowing path connected to a sterilizing gas insertion unit, passing through the opening and closing unit opened from the air blower without passing through the sterilization apparatus and connected to the working chamber;
wherein the sterilization apparatus has a fan filter unit configured to supply clean air to the working chamber, and a sterilizing gas charging unit on a suction side of air of the fan filter unit;
wherein the fan filter unit includes:
a fan unit section including the air blower and a pressurization chamber;
a dust removal filter provided on a downstream side of the fan unit section;
a passage bypassing the dust removal filter; and
an opening and closing mechanism of the passage,
wherein by opening the opening and closing mechanism, an air flow not passing through the dust removal filter can be supplied to a secondary side of the fan filter unit,
wherein an opening equipped with the opening and closing mechanism to discharge the air flow is provided on a side surface of the pressurization chamber of the fan filter unit, and
wherein the passage connects the opening and the working chamber.

US Pat. No. 11,112,142

COVER ASSEMBLY FOR AN OPENING IN A BULKHEAD OF AN AIR CONDITIONER UNIT

Haier US Appliance Soluti...


1. An air conditioner unit defining a vertical direction, the air conditioner unit comprising:a bulkhead defining an indoor portion and an outdoor portion, the bulkhead having a wall defining an opening and having an indoor surface facing the indoor portion and an outdoor surface facing the outdoor portion, the wall defining a bulkhead bead projecting outward from the outdoor surface and extending at least partially around the opening, the bulkhead bead being formed by a first angled surface and a second angled surface meeting at a ridge; and
a cover assembly for covering the opening, the cover assembly comprising:a cover; and
a gasket disposed between the cover and the outdoor surface of the wall and in sealing engagement with the bulkhead bead, the gasket having a sealing portion defining a gasket bead projecting outward therefrom and extending at least partially around the sealing portion such that the gasket bead is in sealing engagement with the cover, and wherein the gasket bead is formed by a first angled surface and a second angled surface that together define a depression, and wherein the bulkhead bead extends into and substantially fills the depression such that the first and second angled surfaces of the bulkhead bead engage the first and second angled surfaces of the gasket bead, respectively.


US Pat. No. 11,112,141

RAIN HOOD WITH AIR FLOW SENSOR

AIR DISTRIBUTION TECHNOLO...


1. An air handling unit, comprising:a rain hood configured to receive an air flow passing between the air handling unit and an external environment surrounding the rain hood; and
a sensor disposed within the rain hood and configured to monitor a flow rate of the air flow, wherein the sensor is disposed in a location of the rain hood, the location being closer to an air output opening of the rain hood than an air input opening of the rain hood.

US Pat. No. 11,112,140

AIR CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...


1. An air conditioning apparatus comprising:an outdoor unit including a compressor and an outdoor heat exchanger;
at least one indoor unit including an expansion valve and an indoor heat exchanger; and
a main circuit configured to circulate refrigerant through the compressor, the outdoor heat exchanger, the expansion valve, and the indoor heat exchanger, wherein
the main circuit includes a first flow path between the outdoor heat exchanger and the expansion valve,
the air conditioning apparatus further comprising a supercooling heat exchanger configured to supercool the refrigerant flowing in the first flow path, wherein
as a flow path between the indoor heat exchanger and the compressor, the main circuit includes a second flow path that does not extend through the supercooling heat exchanger, and a third flow path that extends through the supercooling heat exchanger,
the air conditioning apparatus further comprising:
a flow path switching valve configured to switch, to one of the second flow path and the third flow path, the flow path between the indoor heat exchanger and the compressor;
a bypass circuit that is branched from the first flow path, that extends through the supercooling heat exchanger, and that is joined to the main circuit;
a bypass regulating valve provided in the bypass circuit; and
a controller configured to control the flow path switching valve and the bypass regulating valve, wherein
in a cooling operation,when a parameter correlated with a flow rate of the refrigerant in the main circuit indicates that the flow rate of the refrigerant is more than a reference value, the controller is configured to control the flow path switching valve to switch, to the second flow path, the flow path between the indoor heat exchanger and the compressor, and open the bypass regulating valve, and
when the parameter indicates that the flow rate of the refrigerant is less than the reference value, the controller is configured to control the flow path switching valve to switch, to the third flow path, the flow path between the indoor heat exchanger and the compressor, and close the bypass regulating valve.


US Pat. No. 11,112,139

HVAC CONTROLLER WITH A ZONE COMMISSIONING MODE

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...


1. A Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) controller configured to control a zoned HVAC system that includes a plurality of wireless devices divided into a plurality of zones within a building supported by the zoned HVAC system, 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:operate in an operational mode in which the controller provides operational instructions to the zoned HVAC system;
operate in a commissioning mode in which the controller is configured to enroll the plurality of wireless devices into a particular zone of the plurality of zones;
while in the commissioning mode, accept a first input from a user via the user interface that designates a first zone of the plurality of zones and causes each of two or more first wireless devices that are subsequently placed in an enrollment mode by the user to be enrolled in the first zone and accept a second input from the user via the user interface that designates a second zone of the plurality of zones and causes each of two or more second wireless devices that are subsequently placed in an enrollment mode by the user to be enrolled in the second zone;
while in the commissioning mode with the first zone designated, identify to the user a location of a first one of the two or more first wireless devices that are enrolled in the first zone by sending a command to the first one of the two or more first wireless devices that causes the first one of the two or more first wireless devices to output an audible and/or visual indicator configured to be perceived by the user; and
control the zoned HVAC system using the enrolled wireless devices.


US Pat. No. 11,112,138

AIR-CONDITIONING CONTROL METHOD AND AIR-CONDITIONING CONTROL DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...


1. An air-conditioning control method comprising:periodically acquiring, by a processor and from a first sensor device at a predetermined communication frequency, a first sensor value transmitted by the first sensor device at the predetermined communication frequency, the first sensor device being provided at a different position than a second sensor device within a same space, the first sensor device including a memory that stores the measured first sensor value before transmitting to the processor;
periodically acquiring, by the processor and from the second sensor device at a predetermined measuring frequency, a second sensor value that is measured the predetermined measuring frequency, wherein the second predetermined measuring frequency is higher than the predetermined communication frequency;
determining, by the processor, whether or not the first sensor value is acquired from the first sensor device;
in response to determining that the first sensor value is acquired, performing machine learning of a prediction model by the processor based on a correlation between the first sensor value and the second sensor value;
determining, by the processor, whether or not the second sensor value is acquired;
in response to determining that the second sensor value is acquired, generating a first sensor predicted value from the second sensor value by the processor using the prediction model in a period in which the second sensor value is acquired and the first sensor value is not acquired;
determining, by the processor, an operation of an air-conditioning apparatus based on the first sensor predicted value; and
controlling, by the processor, the air-conditioning apparatus based on the determined operation,
wherein the air-conditioning control method further comprises changing the first predetermined communication frequency by using the first sensor predicted value and the first sensor value, and
the processor periodically acquires, from the first sensor device at the changed predetermined communication frequency, the first sensor value transmitted by the first sensor device at the changed predetermined communication frequency,
wherein the first sensor device measures the first sensor value at the predetermined measuring frequency, and stores in the memory of the first sensor device, such that a plurality of first sensor values are stored in the memory of the first sensor device before transmitting to the processor at the predetermined communication frequency,
in each of the periodically acquiring at the predetermined communication frequency, the processor acquires, from the first sensor device, a number of first sensor values among the plurality of first sensor values stored in the memory of the first sensor device, wherein the number of the first sensor values acquired includes at least two first sensor values,
the processor changes a number of first sensor values to acquire in a subsequent acquiring of the periodically acquiring of the first sensor value, by using the first sensor predicted value and a number of first sensor values acquired in a current acquiring, and
in the subsequent acquiring of the periodically acquiring at the predetermined communication frequency, the processor acquires, from the first sensor device, the changed number of first sensor values transmitted by the first sensor device.

US Pat. No. 11,112,137

HVAC PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEM

Centrica Hive Limited, W...


1. A method of monitoring the performance of an environmental control system arranged to control at least one environmental characteristic in an environment, the method comprising:periodically recording sensor data relating to an environmental characteristic from at least one environmental sensor in a sensor log;
identifying an activation period during which an environmental control system is expected to be activated to control the environmental characteristic;
in response to identifying the activation period, generating a data set of sensor data measured during the activation period relating to the environmental characteristic based on the sensor log and recording the data set of sensor data;
in response to identifying a start of the activation period:adding previously recorded sensor data for a predetermined duration prior to the start of the activation period from the log to the data set for analysis;
adding further sensor data received during the activation period to the data set;
after detection of an end of the activation period, continuing to store sensor data received from the environmental sensor to the data set; and
terminating recording of sensor data to the data set a predetermined duration after the end of the activation period;

receiving control data indicating a target value configured at the environmental control system for the environmental characteristic;
analysing the data set in dependence on the target value to determine whether the sensor data within the data set is consistent with an expected response of the environmental characteristic during the activation period; and
detecting an underperformance condition in response to determining that the sensor data within the data set is not consistent with the expected response.

US Pat. No. 11,112,135

MAINTENANCE PROCEDURE UPDATING IN HVAC SYSTEM SERVICE LOG

Johnson Controls Technolo...


1. A tangible, non-transitory, machine-readable medium, comprising instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to:receive sensor data comprising active operating data related to a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system;
determine an active operating condition based on the active operating data related to the HVAC system;
retrieve a service log including a maintenance procedure corresponding to the active operating condition of the HVAC system, wherein the maintenance procedure comprises instructions for completing a service of the HVAC system;
receive a user input comprising an update to the maintenance procedure; and
modify the service log based on receipt of the user input, wherein the service log includes the active operating data, the active operating condition, and the update to the maintenance procedure received with the user input.

US Pat. No. 11,112,134

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR DEHUMIDIFYING AND COOLING AIR

FLO ENERGY SOLUTIONS INC....


1. An air conditioning system for dehumidifying and cooling air, and circulating said air through an interior space defined by a structure, the system comprising:a housing defining a chamber, the housing further defining an outside air inlet for receiving outside air into said chamber, a return air inlet for receiving return air from said interior space into said chamber, and an outlet for delivering air from the chamber to said interior space;
a cooling and dehumidifying coil located in the chamber;
said housing defining a first airflow path therein communicating between said outside air inlet over said coil and to said outlet for delivering outside air from said outside air inlet over said coil to said interior space, said system further defining a second airflow path between said return air inlet over said coil and to said outlet for delivering return air from said interior space over said coil to said interior space;
said housing further defining a third airflow path between said return air inlet and said outlet for delivering return air through said chamber to said interior space without passing over said coil;
a sensor located in said interior space for measuring a humidity level in said interior space;
an outside air damper sequentially moveable between an open position permitting outside air to flow through said first airflow path and a closed position where the outside air inlet is closed;
a return air damper sequentially moveable between an open position permitting return air to flow through said second airflow path, and a closed position where the return air is prevented from flowing through said second airflow path and over said coil;
a bypass air damper sequentially moveable between a closed position permitting return air to flow to said second airflow path, and an open position where the return air flows through the third airflow path and toward said return air damper; and
a controller configured to independently control the opening and closing of the outside air damper, the return air damper and the bypass air damper to independently position each of the outside air damper, the return air damper, and the bypass air damper at a selected number of intermediate positions between the open and closed positions in response to data received from said sensor.

US Pat. No. 11,112,133

HUMIDITY MONITORING AND ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM

La Crosse Technology Ltd....


1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computing device, data from one or more sensor systems;
calculating, by the computing device, user-requested data based on a user input received by the computing device and the data from the one or more sensor systems;
outputting, by the computing device and to a display of the computing device, a graphical indication of the user-requested data;
comparing, by the computing device, an estimated environment parameter associated with an access opening to stored user-configured data;
determining, by the computing device and based on the comparing, a recommendation for the access opening;
outputting, by the computing device and to the display of the computing device, the recommendation for the access opening based on the comparing; and
transmitting, by the computing device, a control instruction to a control system of the access opening.

US Pat. No. 11,112,132

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING WATER IN A BUILDING

Bao Tran, Saratoga, CA (...


1. A system to characterize water in a building, comprising:a microcontroller;
a water sensor coupled to the microcontroller to handle a lightweight blockchain, and when idled the microcontroller mines a cryptocurrency;
a water valve coupled to the microcontroller; and
an encryption module executed by the microcontroller to secure water data; and
a transceiver to communicate secured water data over a network to a remote processor, wherein the microcontroller makes air characteristic entries on a blockchain with Proof of Work Collaborative (POW-C) with a wallet ledger where result of the transactions are coupled to a wallet address, wherein the controller applies elliptic curve digital signature, and wherein the controller communicates with a security miner that oversees the network prior to one or more full nodes distributing workload to the other miners.

US Pat. No. 11,112,131

HEAT SOURCE UNIT WITH CORRUGATED BOTTOM PLATE

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...


1. A heat source unit comprising:a corrugated plate forming a bottom frame in which ridges and furrows extend across a front and rear direction or across a right and left direction; and
mounting feet comprising:supports that are in direct contact with and that support, from below, the furrows at supported ends of the bottom frame on sides that the ridges and the furrows can be seen; and
walls disposed on outer sides of the supported ends and that extend from the supports in an upward direction from a level of the furrows toward the ridges, wherein

water drainage passages that drain water sticking to tops of the ridges at the supported ends to the supports are disposed above the supports, and
the water drainage passages include clearances formed, in the direction that the ridges and furrows extend, between outermost edges of the ridges at the supported ends and the walls.

US Pat. No. 11,112,130

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...


1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit through which refrigerant circulates;
a control box in which equipment for controlling the refrigeration cycle apparatus is accommodated; and
a refrigerator for cooling a heat emitting body exposed from an opening of the control box, the heat emitting body being the equipment accommodated in the control box,
the refrigerator including
a cooling body having a heating-body contact surface in contact with the heat emitting body through the opening of the control box, and
a refrigerant pipe through which a part or all of the refrigerant circulating through the refrigerant circuit passes to cool the cooling body, the refrigerant pipe being in contact with a pipe contact surface of the cooling body, the pipe contact surface being different from the heating-body contact surface,
the cooling body is a plate having a rectangular cuboid shape and condensation channels, the condensation channels having two parallel opposing sidewalls and a recessed surface formed between the two parallel opposing sidewalls at which the cooling body and the heat emitting body are not in contact with each other, the recessed surface being formed in the heating-body contact surface and spaced from the control box, and
the cooling body including an inclined endwall configured to catch and drain condensation from the parallel opposing sidewalls, the inclined endwall extending obliquely to the two parallel opposing sidewalls, wherein
the parallel opposing sidewalls and the inclined endwall form a generally U-shaped structure.

US Pat. No. 11,112,129

HVAC UNIT CENTERING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Johnson Controls Technolo...


1. A rooftop unit, comprising:a base rail having an interior perimeter; and
a centering system configured to center a position of the rooftop unit on a roof curb, wherein the centering system comprises a plurality of centering wedges coupled to the interior perimeter of the base rail of the rooftop unit, wherein each centering wedge of the plurality of centering wedges comprises an angled surface configured to slide along the roof curb to center the position of the rooftop unit on the roof curb during installation of the rooftop unit.

US Pat. No. 11,112,128

WIRELESS WALL THERMOSTAT


1. A thermostat assembly, comprising:a thermostat, comprising an interface, an internal circuit board, two contact buttons, two pivotal connectors, and a front plate configured to have a top portion and a bottom portion facing a user when the thermostat is installed, wherein the top portion is adjacent an upper edge of the interface, and the bottom portion is adjacent a lower edge of the interface, and
a push-contact mechanical system comprising a trigger plate having two trigger sockets and two trigger tabs, wherein the trigger sockets and trigger tabs take the shape of a cross with a central axis traversing the center of the cross;wherein each trigger socket is positioned to receive a pivot connector, allowing the thermostat to rotate along the central axis of the trigger plate;
wherein the front plate and trigger plate are configured to rotate in a first direction when a force is applied to the top portion, and are further configured to rotate in a second direction when a force is applied to the bottom portion;
wherein when the front plate and trigger plate rotate in the first direction, a first one of said contact buttons and a first one of said trigger tabs make contact to cause the thermostat to adjust the temperature setting to a higher value; and
wherein when the front plate and trigger plate rotate in the second direction, a second one of said contact buttons and a second one of said trigger tabs make contact to cause the thermostat to adjust the temperature setting to a lower value.


US Pat. No. 11,112,127

GAS SEPARATOR

Spiro Enterprises B.V., ...


1. A separator device for separating gas from a liquid flow, including:a housing having an inlet and an outlet for connecting to the liquid flow, a flow path extending from the inlet to the outlet for allowing liquid to flow through the housing;
a valve arranged for allowing gas to escape from the housing;
a float arranged for operating the valve;
a nozzle in communication with the liquid flow for spraying a part of the liquid of the liquid flow into the housing; and
a venturi in the liquid flow path for reducing a pressure inside the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,112,126

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SAVING HEAT ENERGY AND WATER IN A SANITARY FACILITY


1. A method for saving heat energy and water in a sanitary facility comprising a hot water source (1), at least one supply point (4), and at least one pipe (3), wherein the at least one pipe (3) has an inner cross-section area less than 60 square millimeters (mm2), said method comprising:detecting a requirement for hot water at the at least one supply point (4); and
instantaneously transferring a flow of hot water from the hot water source (1) to the at least one supply point (4) through the at least one pipe (3) using a motorized pump (2) controlled according to the requirement for hot water at the at least one supply point (4),
wherein the hot water is under pressure upstream from the at least one pipe (3) by the motorized pump controlled by a detection means in order to quickly deliver a flow of hot water required by a user at a desired temperature at the at least one supply point (4).

US Pat. No. 11,112,125

OVEN RACK ASSEMBLIES WITH RELEASE MECHANISMS AND CATCHES

SSW Advanced Technologies...


1. An oven rack assembly adapted for use within an oven cavity having oven cavity side liners, said oven rack assembly comprising:an oven rack extendable between a retracted position within said oven cavity, and an extended position where said oven rack has moved forwardly relative to said oven cavity;
a slide system comprising a pair of opposing slide devices coupled to said oven rack for providing the capability of said oven rack to move between said retracted position and said extended position; and
retention/release means mounted to said slide devices and comprising means manually operable by a user for selectively maintaining said oven rack assembly in a stationary position within said oven cavity, and for selectively releasing said oven rack assembly so that the entirety of said oven rack assembly can be completely removed from said oven cavity; and
said retention/release means comprises at least one retention/release device having a retainer tab operably coupled with a retention spring, the retention spring being rotatably mounted about a vertical axle to selectively rotate, thereby moving the retainer tab laterally, the retention/release device further having a lever operably coupled with the retainer tab to move the retainer tab laterally inwardly to release said oven rack assembly, the retention/release device functioning in response to said user exerting and releasing external forces on said lever so as to selectively release said oven rack assembly and permit removal of said oven rack assembly completely from said oven cavity.

US Pat. No. 11,112,124

HINGED COOKTOP GRATE ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...


1. A cooking appliance comprising:a cooktop;
at least one cooking element mounted to the cooktop; and
a grate including a surface portion for supporting a cooking vessel, wherein the grate is mounted to the cooktop and is configured to be separated from the cooktop only by substantially vertical lifting only when pivoted to any of at least two angles within a range of angles.

US Pat. No. 11,112,123

FOOD COOKING OVEN

WHIRLPOOL EMEA S.P.A., P...


1. An operable door for a cooking appliance, the operable door comprising:inner and outer panels;
first and second bodies that include respective first and second brackets for retaining an edge of the inner panel against the first and second bodies;
a profile selectively movable between a first position that retains the inner panel against the first and second bodies, and a second position that permits selective and slidable removal of the inner panel from the first and second bodies, wherein the profile in at least the first position extends preponderantly along a side of the inner panel and along a direction that is transverse to a preponderant longitudinal extension of the first and second bodies; and
a connector of a push-push type having a latched position and an unlatched position, wherein the connector is configured to retain the profile to the first and second bodies when the connector is in the latched position and wherein the profile is movable to the second position when the connector is in the unlatched position, and wherein either the profile or the first body includes a first protrusion and the other includes a first groove in which the first protrusion is inserted and along which the first protrusion can slide.

US Pat. No. 11,112,122

SYSTEM COMPRISING A SELF-CLEANING OVEN, AND METHOD FOR CLEANING A SELF-CLEANING OVEN

Fri-Jado B.V., Oud Gaste...


1. A system comprising a self-cleaning rotisserie oven, the self-cleaning rotisserie oven comprising:a casing,
an oven cavity within the casing for receiving a food product,
a heater for heating the food product, and
a self-cleaning device, the self-cleaning device comprising:
a spraying device for spraying a cleaning fluid in the oven cavity, wherein the spraying device comprises a first spray arm, and a second spray arm, and the first spray arm and the second spray arm are mounted for rotation to opposing inner walls of the oven cavity, and wherein the spraying device comprises a three-way valve assembly for directing cleaning fluid alternately to the first spray arm and the second spray arm,
a first outlet in a lower part of the oven cavity for discharging cleaning fluid,
the system further comprising:
a cleaning fluid supply for supplying the cleaning fluid to the spraying device, and
a discharge in communication with the oven cavity configured for disposing of waste fluid.

US Pat. No. 11,112,121

COOKING ENGAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC COOKTOP MONITORING

Haier US Appliance Soluti...


1. A method of automatic monitoring of a cooktop surface of a cooktop appliance, the method comprising:obtaining, by one or more processors, image data of the cooktop surface;
providing, by the one or more processors, a first user interface for display on an image monitor of an interactive assembly associated with the cooktop appliance, the first user interface displaying the image data of the cooktop surface;
determining, by the one or more processors, that a cookware item is present on the cooktop surface based on the image data;
responsive to determining the cookware item is present on the cooktop surface, providing, by the one or more processors, a second user interface for display on the image monitor of the interactive assembly, the second user interface displaying an enlarged image of the cookware item;
determining, by the one or more processors, occurrence of an event associated with the cookware item based, at least in part, on the image data;
responsive to determining occurrence of the event, initiating, by the one or more processors, a corrective action associated with resolving the event; and
providing, by the one or more processors, a third user interface for display on the image monitor of the interactive assembly, the third user interface displaying the event, the third user interface further displaying a visual notification indicative of the corrective action.

US Pat. No. 11,112,120

ARTIFICIAL LOG ASSEMBLY

Warming Trends, LLC, Eng...


1. An artificial log assembly comprising:an artificial log having an outer wall that is substantially cylindrical and elongated along an axis, the artificial log having a cavity inside the outer wall;
a fuel supply in the cavity, the fuel supply having a plurality of fuel outlets closer to the axis than to the outer wall, the fuel outlets being spaced from each other along the axis; and
slits through the outer wall to the cavity, at least some of the slits being spaced from each other along the axis and spaced from each other circumferentially about the axis;
the fuel supply includes a pipe elongated along the axis and a plurality of jets extending transversely from the pipe, the jets each having one of the fuel outlets;
the artificial log includes a bottom having an elongated opening receiving the fuel supply;
the artificial log being a non-flammable material.

US Pat. No. 11,112,119

COMBUSTOR ASSEMBLY FOR A TURBO MACHINE

General Electric Company,...


1. A turbo machine, the turbo machine defining a radial direction, the turbo machine comprising:an annular liner assembly defining a reverse flow combustion chamber therewithin, the liner assembly comprising a first piece and a second piece, the first piece defining an inner diameter (ID) combustor inlet portion, an outer diameter (OD) combustor outlet portion, and an outer diameter (OD) turbine shroud portion, wherein the first piece defines a substantially solid volume between the ID combustor inlet portion and the OD combustor outlet portion, the annular liner assembly further comprising a dome assembly and a deflector wall of the dome assembly, the deflector wall positioned at an inlet of the dome assembly of the annular liner assembly, the deflector wall extending along the radial direction between the first piece and the second piece, and the deflector wall aligned along the radial direction with at least a portion of a first turbine blade.

US Pat. No. 11,112,118

GAS TURBINE LOWER HEATING VALUE METHODS AND SYSTEMS

General Electric Company,...


1. A control system for a gas turbine system, comprising:a controller comprising a processor, wherein the processor is configured to:
receive a plurality of signals comprising a temperature signal, a pressure signal, a speed signal and a mass flow signal from sensors disposed in the gas turbine system;
execute a heating value model to derive a Lower Heating Value (LHV) for a gas turbine fuel combusted by the gas turbine system, using the plurality of signals as input to the heating value model;
control operations of the gas turbine system based on the LHV derived via the heating value model, wherein the heating value model comprises at least one LHV dynamic equation configured to use as input at least a plurality of enthalpy values, a fuel-to-air ratio and a value for sensed mass air flow into a combustor, wherein the LHV dynamic equation comprises LHV=(HFL*(WAR36+FAR+1.0)?H3/FAR)?C, wherein HFL comprises a first enthalpy of the gas turbine fuel having a range of between 30 to 60 Wobbe numbers, FAR comprises the fuel-to-air ratio, H3 comprises a second enthalpy, C comprises a constant, and WAR36 comprises the value for sensed mass air flow into the combustor and sensed via the mass flow signal.

US Pat. No. 11,112,117

FUEL NOZZLE COOLING STRUCTURE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...


12. A combustor assembly for a heat engine, the combustor assembly defining an axial centerline extended along a longitudinal direction and a radial direction extended from the axial centerline, the combustor assembly comprising:one or more liners extended along the longitudinal direction;
a deflector wall extended along the radial direction from the axial centerline, wherein the one or more liners and the deflector wall together define a combustion chamber therewithin; and
a fuel nozzle defining a fuel nozzle centerline extended through the deflector wall and a nozzle radial direction extended from the fuel nozzle centerline,
wherein the fuel nozzle comprises:a first wall extended along the nozzle radial direction, wherein the first wall defines a first cooling passage and a second cooling passage, each of the first cooling passage and the second cooling passage extending through the first wall such that a first outlet opening of the first cooling passage and a second outlet opening of the second cooling passage are each defined at an aft surface of the first wall, the first wall defining an aft heat shield of the fuel nozzle;
a second wall extended along the nozzle radial direction, the second wall being forward of the first wall and coupled to the first wall via a conical portion of the fuel nozzle at radially inward ends of the first wall and the second wall, respectively; and
a cooling cavity defined between the first wall, the second wall, and the conical portion of the fuel nozzle, and having a gap formed between the first wall and the second wall extending radially outward from the conical portion of the fuel nozzle,
wherein the first cooling passage extends in a first direction that forms a first acute angle relative to the fuel nozzle centerline,
wherein the second cooling passage extends in a second direction that forms a second acute angle relative to the fuel nozzle centerline that is different from the first acute angle,
wherein the first and second directions form an angle of 90 degrees or less therebetween,
wherein a plane perpendicular to the nozzle centerline is defined by the aft surface of the first wall, and
wherein the first outlet opening and the second outlet opening are positioned in the plane.


US Pat. No. 11,112,116

GAS TURBINE COMBUSTOR AND GAS TURBINE

Mitsubishi Power, Ltd., ...


1. A gas turbine combustor that receives compressed air discharged from a compressor, mixes the compressed air with a fuel, burns a mixture of the compressed air and the fuel to generate a combustion gas, and supplies the generated combustion gas to a turbine, the gas turbine combustor comprising:an inner cylinder configured to form a combustion chamber therein;
an outer cylinder configured to cover the inner cylinder and form a cylindrical outer circumferential flow path between the outer cylinder and the inner cylinder to allow the compressed air to flow; and
a burner that is mounted on an end of the outer cylinder, the end being positioned on an opposite side to a side where the turbine is located, and that faces the combustion chamber, whereinthe burner includes a plurality of fuel nozzles configured to inject the fuel, and a cavity configured to distribute the fuel to the fuel nozzles,
the cavity is demarcated by a groove formed in a structural material of the burner to create a level difference at an opening, and a cover fitted into the level difference to close the groove,
the cover is formed by a web and a flange and joined by welding to the structural material in such a manner as to have an L-shaped or U-shaped cross-section, the web facing a bottom surface of the groove and covering the opening in the groove, the flange extending in a depth direction of the groove from an edge of the web and fitted into the level difference,
when viewed in a cross-section orthogonal to the groove, a cover-side inner surface that is an inner surface of the flange is flush with a groove-side inner surface that is an inner surface of the groove, the cover-side inner surface and the groove-side inner surface together forming a lateral surface of the cavity, and

a boundary between the cover-side inner surface and the groove-side inner surface is spaced away from a first corner of the cavity that is sandwiched between the cover-side inner surface and an inner surface of the web, the inner surface of the web forming a ceiling surface of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 11,112,115

CONTOURED DILUTION PASSAGES FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMBUSTOR

Raytheon Technologies Cor...


1. A wall assembly for use in a combustor of a gas turbine engine, the wall assembly comprising:a support shell;
a liner panel; and
a converging annular grommet mounted between and connecting the support shell and the liner panel, wherein the converging annular grommet defines a converging contoured inner wall that is at least one of convex or funnel shaped, the converging contoured inner wall extending from a first grommet end of the converging annular grommet to a second grommet end of the converging annular grommet opposite the first grommet end, the second grommet end mounted against a cold side of the liner panel opposite a hot side of the liner panel;
wherein the converging contoured inner wall continuously converges from the first grommet end to the second grommet end, where the first grommet end has a first inner periphery and the second grommet end has a second inner periphery, the second inner periphery defining a second cross-sectional area which is smaller than that of a first cross-sectional area defined by the first inner periphery;
wherein the converging contoured inner wall defines a contoured converging dilution passage extending through the liner panel and the support shell about an axis (D);
wherein a first point (W) on the first inner periphery, a second point (X) on the second inner periphery and a third point (Y) define a triangle;
wherein a first line defined between the second point (X) and the third point (Y) is parallel to the axis (D) of the contoured converging dilution passage;
wherein the triangle is defined by the first line, a second line and third line, wherein the second line is defined between the first point and the third point, and the third line is defined between the first point and the second point; and
wherein the converging contoured inner wall forms a convergent nozzle.

US Pat. No. 11,112,114

COMBUSTOR PANELS FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINES

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...


1. A combustor panel of a gas turbine engine comprising:a hot side configured to be exposed to combustion within the gas turbine engine;
a cold side opposite the hot side of the combustor panel, the cold side configured to receive cooling flow thereon, wherein the cold side defines a reference planar surface; and
a peak-valley gridded pattern formed on the cold side, the peak-valley gridded pattern comprising a plurality of recessed cells arranged in a grid pattern, with each recessed cell having angled sidewalls with peaks disposed distally to the angled sidewalls and opposite the hot side and a respective effusion hole located at a bottom of the angled sidewalls and the plurality of recessed cells are recessed relative to the reference planar surface and the peaks contact the reference planar surface or are recessed relative to the reference planar surface, and
wherein the angled sidewalls of at least one cell of the plurality of recessed cells have linear slopes.

US Pat. No. 11,112,113

AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS FOR DIRECTED IMPINGEMENT PUNCHED PLATES

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...


1. A gas turbine engine component assembly, comprising:a first component having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface; and
a second component having a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface of the second component, and an impingement slot extending from the second surface of the second component to the first surface of the second component, the second surface of the first component and the first surface of the second component defining a cooling channel therebetween in fluid communication with the impingement slot, wherein the impingement slot is in fluid communication with the second surface of the first component,
wherein the impingement slot includes an inlet and a slot tab configured to direct airflow into the cooling channel at least partially in a lateral direction parallel to the second surface of the first component such that a cross flow is generated in the cooling channel,
wherein the impingement slot and the slot tab are triangular in shape,
wherein the slot tab is a portion of the second component that has been punched out of the second component and bent away from the second component into the cooling channel to a non-perpendicular angle between the first surface of the second component and an inner surface of the slot tab by a punch manufacturing process, a size of the inlet being dependent upon a shape of the slot tab and a length of the slot tab, the slot tab being bent away from the second component at a fold line, and
wherein the slot tab is curved around a longitudinal axis of the slot tab, the longitudinal axis extending perpendicularly from the fold line to a corner of the slot tab.

US Pat. No. 11,112,112

FLAME PRODUCING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH A FLAME PRODUCING ASSEMBLY

SOCIETE BIC, Clichy (FR)...


1. A flame producing assembly comprising:a body housing a piezoelectric ignition device operable to produce an electric charge;
an extended wand extending longitudinally from the body and electrically coupled to the piezoelectric ignition device; and
a helical spring extending longitudinally within the extended wand;
wherein the helical spring includes a first end portion and a second end portion, the second end portion being a diffuser.

US Pat. No. 11,112,111

CEMENT KILN BURNER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

Taiheiyo Cement Corporati...


1. A cement kiln burner device including a plurality of flow channels partitioned by a plurality of concentric cylindrical members, the cement kiln burner device comprising:a powdered-solid-fuel flow channel including means for swirling a powdered-solid-fuel flow;
a first air flow channel placed outside the powdered-solid-fuel flow channel to be adjacent to the powdered-solid-fuel flow channel, the first air flow channel including means for swirling an air flow;
a second air flow channel placed outside the first air flow channel to be adjacent to the first air flow channel, the second air flow channel including means for straightly forwarding an air flow;
a third air flow channel placed inside the powdered-solid-fuel flow channel to be adjacent to the powdered-solid-fuel flow channel, the third air flow channel including means for swirling an air flow; and
a combustible-solid-waste flow channel placed inside the third air flow channel, wherein
of the first air flow channel, the second air flow channel, and the third air flow channel, only the second air flow channel includes an opening portion forming a port for injecting an air flow, and a closed portion covered for preventing an air flow from passing therethrough, and
the opening portion and the closed portion are alternately arranged in a circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 11,112,110

RADIANT BURNER

Edwards Limited


1. A radiant burner for treating an effluent gas stream from a manufacturing processing tool, comprising:a plurality of treatment chambers, wherein each treatment chamber includes an effluent stream inlet for supplying a respective portion of said effluent gas stream to each treatment chamber for treatment therewithin; and
an end structure at least partially defining an end treatment chamber of the plurality of treatment chambers, said end structure comprising a wall which is foraminous through which treatment materials pass for introduction into said end treatment chamber, said foraminous wall at least partially defining said end treatment chamber; and
a pilot aperture separated from the end treatment chamber by the end structure.

US Pat. No. 11,112,109

PLASMA HEATING APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD

Aureon Energy Ltd., Oro-...


1. A plasma heating apparatus comprising:a boiler vessel for holding water to be heated,
a cathode housed in the vessel, the cathode defining a watertight cathode chamber isolated from the water in the vessel, and,
an anode housed in the cathode chamber, the anode comprising
an internal passage for receiving a gas from outside of the vessel when the passage is connected to a gas supply,
wherein the anodeis connectable to a power source for receiving power for generating a plasma in the cathode chamber and,
includes a bulbous hollow anode head where the interior of the anode head is in communication with the passage for receiving the gas, and

wherein the plasma comprises one or more double layers.

US Pat. No. 11,112,108

SUPERHEATED STEAM BOILER AND METHOD FOR OPERATION THEREOF

SUSPENDED VORTEX INNOVATI...


1. A superheated steam boiler, comprising:an inner tank system, the inner tank system including a first wet tank and a second dry tank separated from one another by an isolation member;
an outer sleeve at least partially surrounding the inner tank system, wherein one or more wet tank fluid openings proximate a lower surface of the first wet tank allow the first wet tank to be in fluid communication with the outer sleeve, and further wherein one or more dry tank steam openings in the second dry tank allow the second dry tank to be in steam communication with the outer sleeve;
a burner system located primarily within the inner tank system, the burner system including:a combustion/expansion chamber having one or more spherical surfaces located in and fluidly isolated from the first wet tank;
a distribution chamber located in and fluidly isolated from the second dry tank;
a plurality of heat tubes extending through the isolation member between the combustion/expansion chamber and the distribution chamber; and
an exhaust tube extending from the distribution chamber and out of the inner tank system to exit the superheated steam boiler.


US Pat. No. 11,112,107

DISPLAY APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. A display apparatus comprising:a display panel;
a case in which the display panel is accommodated, the case having a rear surface including a circular recessed portion;
an annular total reflection mirror disposed in the circular recessed portion;
an annular half mirror disposed in the circular recessed portion on an outer side of the annular total reflection mirror;
an annular light source disposed in the circular recessed portion between the annular total reflection mirror and the annular half mirror;
a pattern forming member disposed in the circular recessed portion on an outer side of the annular half mirror, the pattern forming member being inclined at an acute angle with respect to the annular half mirror being formed of a transparent material, and including a pattern provided on at least one surface thereof; and
a pattern light source configured to supply light to the pattern forming member so that the pattern is reflected on the annular total reflection mirror,
wherein when the annular light source and the pattern light source are turned on, the pattern of the pattern forming member is reflected between the annular total reflection mirror and the annular half mirror.

US Pat. No. 11,112,106

CORDLESS LAMP

Shenzhen Zhongfuneng Elec...


1. A cordless lamp comprising:a bottom housing comprising an open upper end, which the open upper end of the bottom housing is provided with a clamping groove extending between an inner wall and an outer wall of the bottom housing around a periphery thereof and a snap ring that is arranged on the inner wall of the bottom housing;
a cover housing comprising an open lower end and interlocked with the bottom housing, wherein the cover housing is provided with a first locking protrusion extending from an inner wall of the cover housing to compliment location of the snap ring of the bottom housing and a second locking protrusion extending from a periphery of the cover housing, wherein the first locking protrusion is snap-fitted with the snap ring making the open upper end of the bottom housing abutting against the open lower end of the cover housing to form a first waterproof structure, and wherein the second locking protrusion is inserted into and fitted with the clamping groove, and an adhesive is filled between the second locking protrusion and the clamping groove to form a second waterproof structure; and
a light-emitting module arranged between the bottom housing and the cover housing; the light-emitting module comprising a reflecting cup arranged in the cover housing and provided with a matching hole and a circuit board arranged on the bottom housing and comprising a light-emitting element that is arranged on the circuit board and fitted with the matching hole.

US Pat. No. 11,112,105

LIGHTING DEVICES INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, SYSTEMS INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE LIGHTING DEVICE, AND RELATED METHODS


1. A lighting system, comprising:a plurality of housings;
a plurality of chip-on-board light-emitting devices, each of the plurality comprising:a substrate comprising metal;
a light-emitting area;

at least one lens element positioned adjacent to each of the plurality of housings;
a reflector element positioned between one or more of the plurality of chip-on-board light-emitting devices and the at least one lens element;
a voltage converter configured to operate one or more of the plurality of chip-on-board light-emitting devices;
wherein:each of the plurality of chip-on-board light-emitting devices is positioned at least partially within one of the plurality of housings;
each of the plurality of housings comprises metal;
the voltage converter is configured to provide a power output of at least 50 watts;
the plurality of chip-on-board light-emitting devices are sealed from the ambient environment.


US Pat. No. 11,112,104

RELATING TO LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE MODULES

SCHREDER, Brussels (BE)


1. A lens module designed to be mounted over a plurality of light-emitting diodes and electrical connections mounted on a first side of a printed circuit board, said electrical connections being electrically connected for supplying power to the plurality of light-emitting diodes; said lens module comprising:a secondary lens array mountable over the plurality of light-emitting diodes on the printed circuit board, the secondary lens array molded as a single component comprising a body portion integrally formed with at least one secondary lens element and integrally formed with a cover portion for the electrical connections; and
a lens holder mounted over the secondary lens array, the lens holder comprising a frame comprising one or more apertures, said frame being configured for accommodating the at least one secondary lens element in said one or more apertures, and said frame being configured for accommodating the cover portion, and said frame being configured to compress at least a portion of the secondary lens array to form at least one gasket at a periphery of the lens holder.

US Pat. No. 11,112,103

IN MOLD ELECTRONIC PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD ENCAPSULATION AND ASSEMBLY

Covestro LLC, Pittsburgh...


1. An assembly comprising:a heat sink consisting of a thermally conductive thermoplastic polymer composition;
a first electrical/electronic component;
a second electrical/electronic component different from the first electrical/electronic component; and
a polyurethane,
wherein the heat sink partially or fully surrounds the first electrical/electronic component,
wherein the polyurethane encapsulates the second electrical/electronic components to form the assembly,
wherein the first electrical/electronic component is insert molded into the heat sink, and
wherein the polyurethane is bonded to the heat sink.

US Pat. No. 11,112,102

LIGHTING FIXTURE

Qisda Corporation, Taoyu...


1. A lighting fixture comprising:a support frame;
a light head pivotally connected to the support frame;
a light source disposed on the light head;
a gravity sensor disposed on the light head and configured to sense a rotation angle of the light head, the rotation angle being an angle included between a light emitting direction of the light source and a gravity direction;
an object sensor disposed on one of the support frame and the light head to determine whether an object is located in front of the lighting fixture; and
a controller electrically connected to the light source, the object sensor, and the gravity sensor, the controller selectively adjusting a light emitting parameter of the light source according to the rotation angle, wherein the object sensor outputs a sensing signal to the controller when the object sensor determines that the object is located in front of the lighting fixture, the light emitting parameter comprises an output power, the controller determines whether the rotation angle is larger than a predetermined angle, when the controller receives the sensing signal and determines that the rotation angle is larger than the predetermined angle, the controller reduces the output power, and when the controller does not receive the sensing signal, the controller maintains the output power.

US Pat. No. 11,112,101

LIGHTING FIXTURE SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTABLY MOUNTING LIGHTING DEVICES

Group Dekko, Inc., Fort ...


1. A lighting fixture system, comprising:a plurality of lighting devices comprising a first lighting device having an end and a second lighting device having an end; and
an adjustable mounting assembly configured to mount the plurality of lighting devices to a support structure, the adjustable mounting assembly comprising:a plurality of lighting-device end caps comprising a first lighting-device end cap connected to the end of the first lighting device and a second lighting-device end cap connected to the end of the second lighting device; and
a link comprising at least one support attachment feature configured to connect to the support structure and a plurality of end-cap attachment features, the plurality of end-cap attachment features comprising a first end-cap attachment feature configured to movably mount the first lighting-device end cap and a second end-cap attachment feature configured to movably mount the second lighting-device end cap.


US Pat. No. 11,112,100

ATTACHMENT DEVICE FOR AIRCRAFT LANDING GUIDANCE FLASHING LIGHT AND AIRCRAFT LANDING GUIDANCE FLASHING DEVICE

HotaluX, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...


1. An attachment device for an aircraft landing guidance flashing light, comprising:a pair of attachment arms;
a light emitting portion fixing plate;
a leg; and
an angle checking unit comprising an angle display portion and a needle,
wherein the light emitting portion fixing plate detachably fixes the aircraft landing guidance flashing light,
wherein the light emitting portion fixing plate is supported by a first attachment arm of the pair of attachment arms and by a second attachment arm of the pair of attachment arms such that an angle of the aircraft landing guidance flashing light is at a predetermined angle in a state where the aircraft landing guidance flashing light is fixed to the light emitting portion fixing plate,
wherein the attachment device further comprises an angle adjusting unit that adjusts the angle of the aircraft landing guidance flashing light by adjusting an angle of the light emitting portion fixing plate with respect to the pair of attachment arms, the angle adjusting unit comprising:a rotation shaft disposed on the pair of attachment arms;
a movable shaft; and
a hole for the movable shaft,

wherein the attachment device further comprises a rotation shaft fixing unit that fixes the rotation shaft,
wherein the hole is an arc-shaped hole centered on the rotation shaft,
wherein the movable shaft is movable within the hole centering on the rotation shaft,
wherein at least one of the movable shaft and the hole is disposed on the pair of attachment arms and the other is disposed on the light emitting portion fixing plate,
wherein the attachment device is disposed on an installation surface through the leg,
wherein the angle checking unit displays the angle of the light emitting portion fixing plate with respect to the pair of attachment arms,
wherein the angle display portion is disposed at an upper end of the light emitting portion fixing plate on a first attachment arm side of the light emitting portion fixing plate, and
wherein the needle is disposed on an upper end of the first attachment arm on a light emitting portion fixing plate side of the first attachment arm so as to face a center of the angle display portion.

US Pat. No. 11,112,099

PORTABLE LIGHTING APPARATUS

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...


1. A portable lighting apparatus, comprising:a guide pipe;
a pole supported on the guide pipe in a manner movable in a vertical direction parallel to a central axis of the guide pipe;
at least one light emitter at an upper end of the pole;
a collar surrounding the guide pipe;
a plurality of legs pivotally connected to the collar;
a first member at an upper end of the guide pipe, the first member includinga battery container having an opening to receive a battery,
a first base surrounding the guide pipe, and
a first handle coupled to the first base;

a second member above the first member and surrounding the pole, the second member includinga second base surrounding the pole, and
a second handle coupled to the second base;

at least one third member connecting the first member and the second member; and
a battery mount located at the first member inside the battery container.

US Pat. No. 11,112,097

MAGNETIC LIGHT PANEL SYSTEM


1. A magnetic light panel system comprising:a light panel having a first magnet, wherein the light panel is adapted to illuminate when connected to a power source, and wherein the light panel can be cut and adjusted to different sizes;
a handle having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface, and a second magnet embodied within the handle such that a most outer edge of the magnet is flush with the bottom surface or above the bottom surface;
wherein the first magnet and the second magnet are adapted to be attracted to each other; and
wherein the light panel and the handle are adapted to be magnetically associated with each other from opposite sides of a vehicle windshield, while the light panel and the bottom surface of the handle are simultaneously sliding along the windshield.

US Pat. No. 11,112,096

STAND LIGHT

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...


1. A portable light comprising:an elongate body having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a longitudinal axis extending through the first and second ends;
a plurality of extension poles slidably received in the elongate body and being coaxial with the elongate body, the plurality of extension poles being movable out of the first end of the elongate body between an extended position and a retracted position;
a light head pivotably coupled to an end of one of the plurality of extension poles;
a head assembly housing fixed to the first end of the elongate body, the head assembly housing including an opening to receive the light head when the plurality of extension poles is in the retracted position, the head assembly housing also includes a stationary handle to facilitate carrying the portable light, the stationary handle defining a grip axis that is perpendicular to and offset from the longitudinal axis of the elongate body;
a collar positioned around a portion of the elongate body, the collar being movable along the elongate body in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis between a first position and a second position;
a movable handle coupled to the collar for movement with the collar between the first position and the second position, the movable handle defining a grip axis that is parallel to and offset from the longitudinal axis of the elongate body; and
a plurality of legs pivotably coupled to the collar, the plurality of legs being collapsed against the elongate body when the movable handle and the collar are in the first position and being expanded apart from the elongate body when the movable handle and the collar are in the second position,
wherein each leg includes a first end hingedly coupled to the collar and a second end opposite the first end, and wherein the second end is pivoted away from the elongate body when the collar and the movable handle are moved to the second position,
wherein each leg is pivotally coupled to the second end of the elongate body by a leg link,
wherein each leg link includes a pair of parallel members connected together by an offset portion, wherein the pair of parallel members define a longitudinal axis of the leg link, and wherein the offset portion extends perpendicularly from the longitudinal axis of the leg link.

US Pat. No. 11,112,095

LAMP UNIT AND VEHICLE DOOR EQUIPPED WITH LAMP UNIT

TS TECH CO., LTD., Asaka...


1. A lamp unit, comprising:a holder member configured to be attached to an attachment object;
a base board provided with a light-emitting element on a main surface thereof;
a retaining member that engages the holder member to sandwich the base board between the retaining member and the holder member such that the base board is retained at a prescribed position on the holder member; and
a cover member that is at least partially light-transmissive and is attached to the holder member such that the cover member cooperates with the holder member to define a housing chamber for housing the base board and the retaining member,
wherein the holder member has a housing recess for housing the base board and the retaining member,
an inner surface of the holder member is provided with at least one engagement portion for locking the retaining member,
the retaining member has a plate-like shape and is provided with an outer frame formed along an edge portion of the base board and a light passing hole that extends through the retaining member at a position corresponding to the light-emitting element inside the outer frame, and
the retaining member is provided with first projections respectively projecting from at least two portions of an outer peripheral surface of the outer frame that face away from each other such that each first projection projects toward a wall surface defining the housing recess.

US Pat. No. 11,112,094

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...


1. A method of manufacturing a light-emitting device, the method comprising:providing a second base with a plurality of light-emitting element, the second base having an upper surface on which a pattern of second metal films is formed, the plurality of light-emitting elements being provided on the pattern of second metal films;
cutting the second base to singulate the second base into a plurality of connection boards on each of which respective one of the plurality of light-emitting elements is mounted;
providing a support board including a first base, the first base being flexible, the first base including a pattern of first metal films;
placing the plurality of connection boards on the support board; and
forming, for each of the plurality of connection boards, a conductive member so as to be in contact with the pattern of second metal films on the connection board and with the pattern of first metal films.

US Pat. No. 11,112,093

LED LIGHTING FIXTURE ASSEMBLY

Feit Electric Company, In...


1. A method of installing a lighting fixture comprising the steps of:providing an LED lighting fixture comprising: (1) at least one socket having a first opening and (2) at least one LED recessed at least in part within said first opening;
sliding a light shade onto said at least one socket of said lighting fixture; and
operatively mounting a cover onto said at least one socket wherein mounting said cover secures said light shade to said at least one socket,
wherein:said cover comprises at least an enclosing portion,
the enclosing portion is configured to enclose the first opening, and
the enclosing portion comprises a set of nodules surrounding a central portion of said enclosing portion.


US Pat. No. 11,112,092

STREET LAMP DEVICE

Opple Lighting Co., Ltd.,...


1. A streetlight device, comprising:a power source portion comprising a driving power source, a power source base provided with a receiving space for receiving the driving power source, and a power source upper cover for closing the power source base;
a lighting portion connected at one end of the power source upper cover, and
a locking assembly is further disposed between the power source upper cover and the power source base,
wherein at least one side between the power source upper cover and the power source base is connected through a hinge assembly,
wherein the power source upper cover is provided with a power source mounting assembly,
wherein the power source mounting assembly comprises a power source supporting plate and a supporting plate fixing mechanism, the driving power source is mounted onto the power source supporting plate, and the power source supporting plate is mounted onto the power source upper cover through the supporting plate fixing mechanism,
wherein the driving power source is mounted onto the power source upper cover through the power source mounting assembly, and
wherein the locking assembly is used for realizing locking while the power source upper cover closes the power source base.

US Pat. No. 11,112,091

LIGHTING FIXTURE

Opple Lighting Co., Ltd.,...


1. A lighting fixture, comprising:a housing assembly, comprising:a housing, at least comprising a lower end face and a sidewall extending vertically from the lower end face, to provide a mounting space; the lower end face being provided with an avoidance section perforating the lower end face in an axial direction and communicating with the mounting space;
a light-emitting cover, a reflector and a light source assembly, which are superposed in the mounting space in an order from bottom to top; the light-emitting cover being fixedly connected with the housing; and the light-emitting cover abutting against the lower end face and at least partially closing the avoidance section; and
a bottom case assembly, comprising a bottom case, the bottom case being located above the light source assembly, assembled with the housing, and fixedly connected with the housing to be compressed together tightly and collectively accommodate the reflector and the light source assembly as well as the light-emitting cover,
wherein the housing is provided with a plurality of double snaps at intervals on a back surface of the lower end face of the housing at positions close to a periphery of the avoidance section;
wherein upright posts are provided on the back surface of the light-emitting cover at positions corresponding to the plurality of double snaps, the upright posts being perpendicular to the back surface and protruding outwardly; and
wherein snap sections perforating and parallel to the back surface are provided in the back surface of the bottom case at positions corresponding to the plurality of double snaps in the housing.


US Pat. No. 11,112,090

HEAD-MOUNTED LED LIGHT WITH INTEGRATED, ADJUSTABLE IRIS


1. A head-mountable light with an adjustable spot size, comprising:a housing having a front opening, a rear portion, and an interior;
a power cord having a first end connectable to a source of electrical power, and a second end that extends through the rear portion of the housing and into the interior of the housing;
a light-emitting diode (LED) positioned within the interior of the housing and connected to the power cord to emit light along an optical axis out the front opening of the housing;
a plurality of beam-forming optical elements coupled to the front opening of the housing on the optical axis, the beam-forming optical elements being operative to form a spot of light from the LED having a spot size at a working distance from the housing;
an adjustable iris disposed in the interior of the housing between the LED and the beam forming optical elements, the adjustable iris including a variable-sized aperture centered on the optical axis;
wherein light from the LED strikes the adjustable iris directly with no optical elements disposed between the LED and the adjustable iris; and
a manually operated control accessible on the exterior of the housing enabling a user to adjust the iris and vary the size of the aperture and the spot size of the light at the working distance.