US Pat. No. 10,247,310

SELF-RETAINING, EASILY REMOVABLE PNEUMATIC SEAL

Pawling Engineered Produc...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,309

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

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,308

HERMETIC SEAL DEVICE

Koyo Sealing Techno Co., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,307

INTERLOCKING COMPOSITE SEALS

Bal Seal Engineering, Inc...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,306

COMBINED OIL CONTROL RING

Kabushiki Kaisha Riken, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,305

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,304

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION FOR USE IN VEHICLES

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,303

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

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,302

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,301

SERVO CONTROL SYSTEM WITH POSITION COMPENSATION FUNCTION FOR DRIVEN MEMBER

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,300

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A method of controlling an automatic transmission mounted on a vehicle having an automatic engine stop mechanism for automatically stopping an engine when a given automatic stop condition is satisfied, and automatically starting the engine when a given restart condition is satisfied in a state where the engine is automatically stopped, the automatic transmission including:a controller including a processor;
a piston having a first surface and a second surface opposite from each other in an axial direction of the piston, and movable in the axial direction;
a plurality of friction plates disposed on a first surface side of the piston;
an engaging hydraulic pressure chamber for applying hydraulic pressure to the second surface of the piston and directing the piston to an engaging position to push the plurality of friction plates to be engaged with each other in an engaged state;
a disengaging hydraulic pressure chamber for applying hydraulic pressure to the first surface of the piston and directing the piston to a disengaging position to cause the plurality of friction plates to be in a disengaged state;
a hydraulic pressure control valve operatively coupled to the processor and having an output port of hydraulic pressure, and for supplying and discharging hydraulic pressure to and from the engaging hydraulic pressure chamber and the disengaging hydraulic pressure chamber;
a first oil path communicating the output port of the hydraulic pressure control valve with the engaging hydraulic pressure chamber;
a second oil path communicating the output port with the disengaging hydraulic pressure chamber;
a pressure reducing valve disposed in the second oil path and for preventing hydraulic pressure of the disengaging hydraulic pressure chamber from exceeding a given set pressure;
a hydraulic pressure supply device for supplying hydraulic pressure to an input port of the hydraulic pressure control valve when the engine is in an automatic stop state; and
a mechanical oil pump using the engine as a drive source and for supplying hydraulic pressure to the input port while the engine is driving, the second surface having a larger area for receiving hydraulic pressure than an area of the first surface for receiving hydraulic pressure,
the method comprising adjusting a set pressure of the pressure reducing valve to be lower when the engine is in the automatic stop state than while the engine is driving.

US Pat. No. 10,247,299

SHIFT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A shift device comprising:a shift body that includes an elongated main body, a grip portion for being gripped by an occupant of a vehicle being assembled at one end portion of the main body in a longitudinal direction thereof, and the main body having a rotation support portion thereat so as to be rotatable with the rotation support portion being a center of rotation of the main body such that the shift body is configured to move between shift positions, and;
an operation section that is provided at the grip portion and that is configured to be operated;
an engagement body that is assembled at the main body at an outer side of the main body; and
a restricting body with which the engagement body engages to restrict movement of the shift body, and that permits movement of the shift body by engagement with the engagement body being released by operation of the operation section,
wherein an assembly portion is integrally provided at an outer side portion of the main body so as to protrude toward an outer side of the main body, and the engagement body is supported at the assembly portion,
wherein the engagement body includes an extended portion that extends from the engagement body in a vehicle width direction, and
wherein the restricting body is disposed at at least one side of the shift body in the vehicle width direction, and an engaged portion, with which the extended portion is to be engaged, is formed at the restricting body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,298

RESILIENT BEARING PIN AND GEAR ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING RESILIENT BEARING PINS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A bearing pin assembly comprising:a bearing pin comprising a substantially rigid pin body;
a resilient section disposed about said substantially rigid pin body, said resilient section configured to facilitate bending of said bearing pin during operational loading of said bearing pin;
at least one spring element disposed within said resilient section; and
wherein said resilient section comprises a first material having a first material stiffness and said at least one spring element comprises a second material having a second material stiffness, wherein the second material stiffness is less than the first material stiffness.

US Pat. No. 10,247,297

APPARATUS FOR A GEARBOX WITH MULTIPLE SCAVENGE PORTS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A gearbox comprising:a gearbox housing having a top portion, first and second portions, and a bottom portion opposite the top portion, said gearbox housing is oriented such that said bottom portion is located in a position to which a fluid drains under the influence of gravity during normal operation, said first and second portions oriented at a right angle relative to said bottom portion;
at least one gear disposed within said gearbox housing, said at least one gear having a first axial position; and
a plurality of scavenge ports defined by said gearbox housing, said plurality of scavenge ports aligned axially with said at least one gear at the first axial position, wherein at least one scavenge port of said plurality of scavenge ports is located within said gearbox housing at one of said first and second portions.

US Pat. No. 10,247,296

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED GEARBOX WITH INTEGRAL HEAT EXCHANGER

General Electric Company,...

1. A gearbox comprising:a housing comprising a plurality of walls defining an internal chamber;
a plurality of gears positioned within the internal chamber; and
an additively manufactured heat exchanger formed within the internal chamber on at least one of the plurality of walls, the heat exchanger comprising a plurality of heat exchange passageways separated from each other for receiving at least two heat exchange fluids.

US Pat. No. 10,247,295

TRANSFER CASE OIL PUMP ASSEMBLY

1. A transfer case assembly, comprising:a housing including a first tab extending from a perimeter of the housing;
a cover including a second tab extending from a perimeter of the cover;
a gear set including a first gear and a second gear, the first gear including a first set of gear teeth and the second gear including a first set of gear engagement recesses, the first set of gear teeth configured to engage with the first set of gear engagement recesses;
a spacing member positioned between the first tab and the second tab; and
a ring at least partially encircling the housing, the ring including an anti-rotation member and a securing tab;
wherein the first and second gears are selectively engageable and the first tab, the spacing member, and the second tab are enclosed by the anti-rotation member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,294

DRIVE UNIT WITH AN ELECTROMOTIVE POWER UNIT AND A TRANSMISSION

1. A drive unit comprising:an electromotive drive including a rotor shaft defining an axis;
a transmission including:
a first planetary gear set supported for rotation about the axis and having a first input element coupled to the rotor shaft and a first output element operably coupled to the first input element such that a rotational speed of the first output element is slower than the first input element when the first planetary gear set is rotating,
a second planetary gear set supported for rotation about the axis and having a second input element coupled to the first output element and a second output element operably coupled to the second input element such that a rotational speed of the second output element is slower than the second input element when the second planetary gear set is rotating, and
an output shaft supported for rotation about the axis and operably coupled to the second output element; and
a seal disposed between the first input element and the output shaft and having a first portion engaging with the first input element and a second portion engaging with one of the first output element and the second input element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,293

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EVALUATING AND PREDICTING SPROCKET TOOTH WEAR

Andritz Inc., Glens Fall...

1. A method for determining sprocket tooth wear comprising:ascertaining an original distance between a first tooth face and a second tooth face of a sprocket tooth;
ascertaining an original width between a first base side and a second base side of the sprocket tooth,
wherein the sprocket tooth comprises:
the first tooth face extending from a sprocket core and terminating in a top of the sprocket tooth,
the second tooth face extending from the sprocket core and terminating in the top of the sprocket tooth, wherein the first tooth face is distally disposed from the second tooth face, wherein the original distance separates the first tooth face from the second tooth face, and wherein the original width separates a first gauge side from a second gauge side distally disposed from the first gauge side;
placing a sprocket gauge on the sprocket tooth,
wherein the sprocket gauge comprises:
a bottom,
a first gauge face extending from the bottom of the sprocket gauge, and
a second gauge face extending from the bottom of the sprocket gauge distally disposed from the first gauge face, and wherein the original distance between the first tooth face and the second tooth face separates the first gauge face from the second gauge face,
wherein the bottom of the sprocket gauge is disposed upon the top of the sprocket tooth and the first gauge face is disposed adjacently on the first tooth; and
comparing the original distance defined by the sprocket gauge with an actual distance between the first tooth face and the second tooth face.

US Pat. No. 10,247,292

VEHICLE STARTING CLUTCH-DAMPER ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A multi-speed clutch-damper assembly for selectively connecting an output of a power-source to an input of a multi-speed transmission, the multi-speed clutch-damper assembly comprising:a planetary gear-set encased in a housing and configured to provide two selectable speed ratios and a damper between the output of the power-source and the input of the multi-speed transmission, the planetary gear-set having:
a first gear member;
a second gear member configured to be connected to the input of the multi-speed transmission; and
a third gear member configured to be selectively fixed to the housing;
an elastic element operatively connected to the second gear member and configured to generate torsional vibration damping between the output of the power-source and the input of the multi-speed transmission;
a first clutch configured to selectively connect the output from the power-source to the first gear member for transmitting torque of the power-source to the multi-speed transmission; and
a second clutch configured as one of a mechanical diode and a one-way clutch to selectively fix the third gear member to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,291

BICYCLE SPROCKET AND BICYCLE SPROCKET ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:a sprocket body including a radially outer periphery provided about a rotational center axis of the bicycle sprocket; and
a plurality of chain-driving teeth provided on the radially outer periphery to engage with a bicycle chain, the plurality of chain-driving teeth comprising:
a first tooth having a first maximum chain-engaging width defined in an axial direction parallel to the rotational center axis; and
a second tooth having a second maximum chain-engaging width defined in the axial direction, the first maximum chain-engaging width being larger than an inner link space defined between an opposed pair of inner link plates of the bicycle chain and smaller than an outer link space defined between an opposed pair of outer link plates of the bicycle chain, the second maximum chain-engaging width being smaller than the inner link space,
the first tooth having a first width defined in the axial direction, the first width being defined at a reference position radially outward spaced apart from a center point of a reference line by 1.5 mm, the reference line being defined to connect centers of neighboring pins of the bicycle chain engaged with the plurality of chain-driving teeth when viewed from the axial direction,
the first width being 70% or more of the first maximum chain-engaging width, and
the first maximum chain-engaging width extending radially outward of the second maximum chain-engaging width.

US Pat. No. 10,247,290

BICYCLE REAR SPROCKET

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear sprocket comprising:a sprocket body;
a plurality of sprocket teeth extending radially outwardly from the sprocket body;
a shifting facilitation recess to facilitate a shifting operation in which a bicycle chain is shifted between the bicycle rear sprocket and a smaller rear sprocket adjacent to the bicycle rear sprocket without another sprocket between the bicycle rear sprocket and the smaller rear sprocket; and
an upshifting facilitation projection provided in the shifting facilitation recess to support the bicycle chain in an upshifting operation in which the bicycle chain is shifted from the bicycle rear sprocket to the smaller rear sprocket.

US Pat. No. 10,247,289

COMPONENT WITH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL TEETH AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COMPONENT

WEBO WERKZEUGBAU OBESCHWA...

1. A method for manufacturing a compound, rotationally symmetrical component with internal and external teeth consisting of a blank having the internal teeth and a toothed body having the external teeth that interlock with the internal teeth, wherein the blank and the toothed body are cup-shaped and nested coaxially in a first method step under form-fitting, mutual support and positively interconnected in a second method step with at least one forming tool resting against an inner or outer periphery, comprising deforming a circumferential surface of the blank continuously in an axial direction and in a radial direction with a roll forming process such that the circumferential surface of the blank is deformed in a form-fitting manner into tooth grooves of toothing of the toothed body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,288

CIRCULAR WAVE DRIVE

OHIO STATE INNOVATION FOU...

1. A circular wave drive, comprising:a substantially enclosed housing having a chamber therein,
wherein the periphery of the chamber is defined by a circular wall,
wherein the circular wall includes an inner diameter, and
wherein the circular wall includes a friction element;
a ring-shaped wheel residing in the chamber,
wherein the ring-shaped wheel includes both an external friction element and an internal friction element,
wherein the ring-shaped wheel includes a hollow central portion including an inner wall having an inner diameter, the inner wall including the internal friction element,
wherein the ring-shaped wheel includes an outer diameter, and
wherein the ring-shaped wheel outer diameter is less than the inner diameter of the circular wall;
a wave generator having a wheel-driving portion that is oriented within the hollow central portion of the ring-shaped wheel,
wherein the wave generator includes an eccentrically mounted input shaft extending from the wheel-driving portion and through the housing; and
an output element having a wheel-driven portion that is oriented within the hollow central portion of the ring-shaped wheel opposite the wheel-driving portion of the wave generator,
wherein the output element includes an input shaft that extends from the wheel-driven portion and through the housing in an opposite direction of the input shaft of the wave generator, and
wherein a peripheral face of the wheel-driven portion includes a friction element being in contact with the internal friction element of the ring-shaped wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,247,287

GEAR, MOTOR-GEAR UNIT, VEHICLE AND GENERATOR WITH A GEAR AND FORCE TRANSMITTING ELEMENT

TQ-Systems GmbH, Seefeld...

1. A gear having an input shaft and an output shaft, the gear comprising the following elements:an outer wheel with an inner toothing;
an inner wheel with an external toothing, the inner wheel being positioned concentrically in relation to the outer wheel;
a traction means extending between the outer wheel and the inner wheel, the traction means comprising a flexible spline element, the flexible spline element comprising a multitude of pins that stand proud of at least one axial surface of the spline element and that are coaxially arranged with the spline element; and
a revolving transmitter which lifts the pins of the traction means from the external toothing of the inner wheel and pushes the pins of the traction means onto the inner toothing of the outer wheel,
the transmitter comprising a first transmitter element and a second transmitter element provided on a rotatable transmitter carrier,
wherein the first transmitter element and the second transmitter element are rotatable on the transmitter carrier and wherein each transmitter element is provided eccentrically from a rotation axis of the transmitter carrier, the first transmitter element comprising a first disk, the first disk being supported on the transmitter carrier by a first ball bearing, the second transmitter element comprising a second disk, and the second disk being supported on the transmitter carrier by a second ball bearing, wherein the second disk is provided in an axial plane that is different from an axial plane of the first disk, wherein the first disk and the second disks are provided as circular disks with circular peripheries, and wherein the first disk and the second disk overlap in a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,286

BALL SCREW DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A ball screw device comprising:a screw shaft having an outer periphery in which a first helical groove is formed;
a nut disposed on the outer periphery of the screw shaft and having an inner periphery in which a second helical groove is formed;
a ball train including a plurality of main balls disposed between the first helical groove and the second helical groove; and
a plurality of spacer members that are formed of coil springs or balls having a smaller diameter than the main balls, and are disposed in the ball train;
wherein the nut moves from a first axial side to a second axial side while an axial force is applied to the nut by rotation of the screw shaft; and
wherein the plurality of spacer members are more densely arranged on the first axial side than on the second axial side in the ball train.

US Pat. No. 10,247,285

LOCKING AND UNLOCKING MECHANISM FOR RAM AIR TURBINE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A locking mechanism comprising a linkage assembly comprising:a first link and a second link joined at a pivot point;
a linkage assembly spring to bias the linkage assembly into a first, locked, position, the linkage assembly spring is coaxial with a rotational axis of the first link;
a cam assembly having a cam with a cam surface in engagement with the linkage assembly;
a cam biasing member arranged to bias the cam surface to press against the linkage assembly sufficiently to overcome the linkage assembly spring and to force the linkage assembly into a second, unlocked position; and
a solenoid assembly arranged to directly engage the cam in the locked position in which the cam is prevented from forcing the linkage assembly into the unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,284

SINGLE-CAVITY TOROIDAL CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A single-cavity toroidal continuously variable transmission, comprising:a toroidal transmission mechanism, comprising a shaft, an input-side disc, an output-side disc, the input-side disc and the output-side disc being supported by the shaft opposite to each other, and a power roller clamped between the input-side disc and the output-side disc;
a pressing mechanism that applies pressing force to at least one of the input-side disc and the output-side disc such that the input-side disc and the output-side disc approach each other along the shaft direction;
an input-side bearing that supports a thrust load applied from the input-side disc by the pressing mechanism via the input-side disc and/or the output-side disc and the power roller; and
an output-side bearing that supports a thrust load applied from the output-side disc by the pressing mechanism via the output-side disc and/or the input-side disc and the power roller,
wherein the input-side bearing and the output-side bearing are arranged coaxially, and
a pitch circle diameter (PCD) of the input-side bearing supporting the input-side disc having relatively small torque is larger than a pitch circle diameter (PCD) of the output-side bearing supporting the output-side disc having relatively large torque.

US Pat. No. 10,247,283

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD

PUNCH POWERGLIDE STRASBOU...

1. An automatic transmission for a thermal-electric hybrid vehicle, comprising:an input shaft (AE) driven by the heat engine;
an output gear, ring gear or pinion (RCPS);
a stationary element (ES);
an electric motor (ME) in which a stator (ST) is connected to the stationary element (ES);
at least first, second and third selective torque transmission devices (C13; C23 or C234; C12-E2) capable of being engaged or activated selectively in order to establish, on the one hand, at least one gear ratio for driving the engine under the action of the electric motor (ME) operating as a motor, on the other hand, two gear ratios for driving the vehicle under the action of the heat engine in continuously variable speed mode and, lastly, at least three gear ratios for driving the vehicle under the action of the heat engine; and
one Ravigneaux double planetary gear set, including the following constituent operating elements: the first and second sun gears (S1 and S2), the first and second ring gears (R1 and R2) and the first and second set of planet gears (PS1 and PS2) mounted on a common planet-carrier (SC), these elements being arranged in two stages of planetary gear sets (ET1 and ET2) connected together by one or more long gears (PL) engaging with each of the said stages (ET1 and ET2), it being possible for the first stage (ET1) to be connected selectively to the input shaft (AE) by means of the first and second torque transmission devices (C13 and C23 or C234) and the second stage (ET2) being, on the one hand, permanently connected to the rotor (RO) of the electric motor (ME) and, on the other, selectively connected to the stationary element (ES) by means of the third torque transmission device (C12-E2).

US Pat. No. 10,247,282

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, the planetary gear train comprising:an input shaft configured to receive a torque from an engine;
an output shaft configured to output a torque;
a first planetary gear set including first, second, and third rotation elements;
a second planetary gear set including fourth, fifth, and sixth rotation elements;
a third planetary gear set including seventh, eighth, and ninth rotation elements;
a fourth planetary gear set including tenth, eleventh, and twelfth rotation elements;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the second rotation element and the sixth rotation element, and fixedly connected to the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the eighth rotation element and fixedly connected to the output shaft;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the third rotation element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the fourth rotation element and the seventh rotation element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the fifth rotation element;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the twelfth rotation element;
a seventh shaft fixedly connected to the first rotation element and selectively connected to a transmission housing; and
an eighth shaft fixedly connected to the ninth rotation element and selectively connected to the transmission housing,
wherein the third shaft is selectively connected to the fourth shaft, the third shaft is selectively connected to the fifth shaft, the third shaft is selectively connected to the eighth shaft, and the sixth shaft is selectively connected to the second shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,247,281

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft configured to receive an engine torque;
an output shaft configured to output a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having a first, a second, and a third rotational elements;
a second planetary gear set having a fourth, a fifth, and a sixth rotational elements;
a third planetary gear set having a seventh, an eighth, and a ninth rotational elements;
a fourth planetary gear set having a tenth, an eleventh, and a twelfth rotational elements;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the first rotational element and the fourth rotational element;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the second rotational element and the twelfth rotational element;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the third rotational element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the fifth rotational element and connected to the input shaft;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the sixth rotational element and the seventh rotational element, and selectively connected to the second shaft;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the eighth rotational element;
a seventh shaft fixedly connected to the ninth rotational element and the tenth rotational element, and selectively connected to the fourth shaft and the fifth shaft respectively; and
an eighth shaft fixedly connected to the eleventh rotational element, selectively connected to the sixth shaft, and connected to the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,247,280

FOUR PLANETARY-GEARSET STEP-RATIO AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:four planetary-gearsets each having gear-elements including a sun, a carrier, and a ring, wherein the first planetary-gearset sun is fixedly coupled to a ground and the first planetary-gearset carrier is fixedly coupled to the second planetary-gearset ring;
a first shift-element selectively coupling the second planetary-gearset carrier to the ground;
a second shift-element selectively coupling the first planetary-gearset ring to a first one of the third planetary-gearset gear-elements;
an input fixedly coupled to the second planetary-gearset sun and to a first one of the fourth planetary-gearset gear-elements; and
an output fixedly coupled to a second one of the third planetary-gearset gear-elements.

US Pat. No. 10,247,279

INTEGRATED ROLLER-GEARBOX FOR SPINNER WRENCH

DRILLFORM TECHNICAL SERVI...

1. A roller gearbox assembly comprising a gearbox disposed within a roller in a spinner wrench, the gearbox having a sun and planet epicyclical gear-reduction to rotate the roller to spin a drill pipe or other tubular, the gearbox comprising:a sun-gear rotationally driven by a drive motor;
at least one planet-gear in meshing arrangement with the sun-gear, the at least one planet-gear housed within a rotationally grounded planet carrier; and
an annulus gear, disposed within the roller, in meshing arrangement with the at least one planet-gear and configured to be in rotational communication with the roller;
wherein, when driven by the drive motor, the sun gear rotates the at least one planet-gear to rotate the annulus gear, which in turn rotates the roller to spin the drill pipe or other tubular.

US Pat. No. 10,247,278

HYBRID ORBITLESS GEARBOX

Orbitless Drives Inc, Va...

13. A method comprising:providing a reference member, a first and second carrier, a first and second central member, one or more offset members, and one or more coupling members;
providing the first and second central members and all offset and coupling members with an engaging means;
providing the reference member with a central axis and a first and second carrier axis;
providing each carrier with a rotation axis and a number of offset axes equal to the number of offset members;
providing each offset member with a first and second member axis;
locating all axes whereby they are all parallel;
spacing the first and second carrier axes apart by a carrier distance;
spacing all associated first and second member axes apart by the carrier distance;
spacing each offset axis and the associated rotation axis apart by an offset distance;
arranging all offset axes circumferentially around the associated rotation axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling the first central member and the central axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling the second central member and the central axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling the first rotation axis and first carrier axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling the second rotation axis and second carrier axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling each first member axis and a different first offset axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling each second member axis and a different second offset axis;
and simultaneously engaging the coupling members with the second central member and all offset members.

US Pat. No. 10,247,277

CABLE GRIPPER SYSTEM

RODDIE, Inc., Columbia F...

1. An compact, integrated, mechanical means for gripping and releasing a cable, the means comprising:two opposing gripper members, each member having a concave inner cable gripping surface, said cable gripping surfaces together defining an axial channel for receiving a cable;
mechanical means for timing the closure of said gripper members about a cable surface such that each said cable member applies substantially the same pressure on said cable at substantially the same time, and
mechanical means for pivoting said timing means to close said gripper members about said cable.

US Pat. No. 10,247,276

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A ROTATION DAMPER FUNCTIONING ACCORDING TO THE GYROSCOPIC PRINCIPLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for controlling a rotation damper operating according to the gyroscopic principle for a motor vehicle, wherein the rotation damper comprises:a flywheel driven by a drive, rotating about a rotation axis with an angular velocity ??, which is cardanically mounted via a first bearing element and a second bearing element, wherein the flywheel is rotatably mounted at a rotation angle ? on the first bearing element,and the first bearing element is rotatably mounted at the second bearing element about a first axis oriented orthogonally to the rotation axis of the flywheel at a first rotation angle ?, and the second bearing element is rotatably mounted about a second axis oriented orthogonally to the first axis at a second rotation angle ?, wherein the first bearing element is operationally connected to a shaft drive and the second bearing element is connected to a wheel carrier, so that an inward and outward movement of the wheel carrier causes a rotation of the second bearing element at the second rotation angle ?, wherein a torque M? acting on the second bearing element is used as a control variable and an adjustable torque M? that is set via the shaft motor is used as a manipulated variable, wherein the control of the manipulated variable M? is carried out as a function of the first rotation angle ? and of the angular velocity ?? of the first bearing element about the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,247,275

CRANKSHAFT-BALANCING ASSEMBLY AND A POWERTRAIN

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A crankshaft-balancing assembly comprising:a crankshaft rotatable about a longitudinal axis, wherein the crankshaft includes a first end and a second end spaced from each other along the longitudinal axis, wherein the crankshaft includes a middle portion disposed between the first and second ends of the crankshaft;
a drive member secured to the crankshaft between the first and second ends of the crankshaft;
a first shaft rotatable about a first pivot axis, wherein the first shaft is rotatable in response to rotation of the crankshaft, wherein the first shaft includes a first end and a second end spaced from each other along the first pivot axis;
a weight member that extends from the first shaft and is disposed between the first and second ends of the first shaft, and the weight member is positioned along the first shaft to balance the crankshaft during rotation of the crankshaft and the first shaft;
a drive member disposed between the first and second ends of the first shaft, and the drive member surrounds the first shaft and surrounds a first portion of the weight member;
wherein a second portion of the weight member extends along the first shaft between the drive member of the first shaft and the second end of the first shaft;
wherein the first and second portions of the weight member and the middle portion of the crankshaft overlap each other in a spaced apart relationship; and
wherein the drive member of the first shaft defines a void that opposes the first portion of the weight member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,274

CENTRIFUGAL FORCE PENDULUM

1. A centrifugal pendulum, comprising:an axis of rotation;
a pendulum flange including:
a first pendulum flange part; and
a second pendulum flange part; and
a first pendulum body including:
a first body part:
axially disposed between the first and second pendulum flange parts; and
coupled to the pendulum flange; and
a second body part:
overlapping a radially outermost portion of the first pendulum flange part in a radial direction; and
connected to the first body part, wherein:
the first body part extends further, in a circumferential direction, than the second body part; or
in a rest position of the centrifugal pendulum, an entirety of the second body part is radially outward of the first pendulum flange part.

US Pat. No. 10,247,273

COMPOSITE OVER WRAP

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A composite wrap for damping vibration in an elongated quill shaft having a cylindrical body, the composite wrap comprising:interior layering including a release coating for disposition about the cylindrical body;
exterior layering configured to define an exterior composite wrap shape; and
sequential cured-in-place, vibration damping, fibrous epoxy layers radially interposed between the interior layering and the exterior layering to dampen vibrations of and/or to adjust a resonance frequency of the cylindrical body, wherein the fibrous epoxy layer positioned adjacent the exterior layering includes overwrap portions proximate a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end of the composite wrap.

US Pat. No. 10,247,272

HYDRAULIC DAMPER HAVING SELF-ADJUSTING WEAR BAND

BEIJINGWEST INDUSTRIES CO...

1. A hydraulic damper assembly comprising:a housing extending about and along an axis and defining an interior wall and a chamber for holding a fluid;
a piston assembly disposed in said chamber and axially moveable therein;
said piston assembly including a core;
a wear band disposed about said core and having an inside surface and an outside surface; and
said inside surface of said wear band defining at least one groove in fluid communication with said chamber for allowing the fluid to bias said wear band toward said interior wall of said housing during the passage of the fluid through said at least one groove during the movement of said piston assembly;
wherein said wear band defines at least one gap extending between first and second ends of said wear band and defining a pair of edges in spaced relationship with one another, and wherein said at least one groove is spaced from said at least one gap.

US Pat. No. 10,247,270

MOTION CONVERSION MECHANISM AND ELECTRIC BRAKE ACTUATOR USING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A motion conversion mechanism comprising:a cylindrical body;
a shaft body disposed coaxially with the cylindrical body, and the shaft body being inside the cylindrical body; and
a plurality of planetary rollers, each of the planetary rollers being disposed between the shaft body and the cylindrical body, being configured to revolve around the shaft body, and being configured to rotate on a planetary roller's own axis, and the plurality of the planetary rollers includes a plurality of first planetary rollers and a plurality of second planetary rollers,
wherein:
the shaft body has a shaft body external screw and shaft body gear teeth in an outer periphery of the shaft body;
the plurality of the first planetary rollers has a first planetary roller external screw which meshes with the shaft body external screw of the shaft body, and a first planetary roller gear teeth which meshes with the shaft body gear teeth of the shaft body, in an outer periphery of the plurality of the first planetary rollers;
the plurality of the second planetary rollers has a second planetary roller external screw which meshes with the shaft body external screw of the shaft body, and a second planetary roller gear teeth which meshes with the shaft body gear teeth of the shaft body, in an outer periphery of the plurality of the second planetary rollers;
the cylindrical body has an internal screw provided in a screw region that is an intermediate region in an axial direction of the cylindrical body, and meshes with the first planetary roller external screw and the second planetary roller external screw, and a first cylindrical body gear teeth and a second cylindrical body gear teeth, each of which is provided in each of a first gear region and a second gear region, which are two regions sandwiching the screw region between the two regions in the axial direction;
the first planetary roller external screw provided in each of the first planetary rollers meshes with the internal screw provided in the screw region of the cylindrical body, and the first planetary roller gear teeth provided in each of the first planetary rollers mesh with the first cylindrical body gear teeth provided in the first gear region of the cylindrical body without meshing with the second gear teeth provided in the second cylindrical body gear region of the cylindrical body; and
the second planetary roller external screw provided in each of the second planetary rollers meshes with the internal screw provided in the screw region of the cylindrical body, and the second planetary roller gear teeth provided in each of the second planetary rollers mesh with the second cylindrical body gear teeth provided in the second gear region of the cylindrical body without meshing with the first cylindrical body gear teeth provided in the first gear region of the cylindrical body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,269

PISTON MANUFACTURING DEVICE, PISTON MANUFACTURING METHOD, PISTON AND DISC BRAKE

Hitachi Automotive System...

5. A piston formed in a bottomed cylindrical shape, and comprising a bottom section to which a brake pressure is applied, and an edge of an opening provided at one end side in an axial direction in the bottomed cylindrical shape,wherein a portion of the edge in a central axis direction of the piston is a thick section protruding toward the central axis of the piston, and
the thick section is folded toward the bottom section, and a cross section of the folded area is inclined to be disposed closer to the bottom section as it goes toward the central axis of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,247,268

BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A brake device comprising:left and right parking brake mechanisms configured to independently apply braking forces to left and right wheels of a vehicle, respectively, and hold the vehicle stationary; and
a control device configured to control these parking brake mechanisms,
the control device including a parking brake actuation determiner configured to adjust respective timings at which the left and right parking brake mechanisms are actuated so as to reduce an uncomfortable feeling caused to an occupant of the vehicle,
wherein the parking brake actuation determiner includes
a set time observer configured to input a parking brake actuation command into one of the left and right parking brake mechanisms, and determine whether a predetermined set time has elapsed, and
an actuation command suspending section configured to input a parking brake actuation command into the other of the left and right parking brake mechanisms based on the set time observer determining that the set time has elapsed.

US Pat. No. 10,247,267

ELECTRICALLY ACTUATED FRICTION BRAKE

VE VIENNA ENGINEERING FOR...

1. An electrically actuated friction brake comprising:a brake pad that exerts a pad pressing force during brake action;
an actuation device actuating the brake pad;
an electric actuator driving the actuation device;
a first transmission element connected to the brake pad and comprising a coupling element;
said actuation device being configured to rotate the first transmission element about a rotation angle during the brake action, whereby the pad pressing force results from the first transmission element receiving an input torque that depends on the rotation angle of the first transmission element;
a second transmission element having an elevation curve and being rotated by the electric actuator;
a follower element arranged on the coupling element and being configured to follow the elevation curve under action of the electric actuator when the electric actuator rotates the second transmission element; and
a lever having a first end rotatably coupled to the coupling element and a second end coupled to the first transmission element,
wherein the second transmission element provides the input torque for the first transmission element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,266

BRAKE MOUNTING BRACKET APPARATUS

BWI (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.,...

1. A brake mounting bracket apparatus for a vehicle, said brake mounting bracket apparatus comprising:a rear body and a front body disposed in spaced and substantially parallel relationship with one another each for holding a brake pad of the vehicle,
said rear body including an inboard tie bar extending between a pair of margins,
said rear body further including a pair of legs, wherein each of said legs extends between a lower portion and and a terminal end, and wherein said lower portion of one of said legs is located at one of said margins, and wherein said lower portion of the other of said legs is located at the other of said margins,
said front body including an outboard tie bar extending between a pair of boundaries,
said front body further including a pair of arms, wherein each of said arms extends between a bottom portion and a distal end, and wherein said bottom portion of one of said arms is located adjacent to one of said boundaries of said outboard tie bar, and wherein said bottom portion of the other of said arms is located adjacent to the other of said boundaries of said outboard tie bar,
a pair of bridges each extending in an axial direction between said terminal end of one of said legs and said distal end of one of said arms and extending axially past said distal end of said one of said arms for connecting said front and rear bodies to one another,
a pair of webs each extending outwardly from one of said bridges for providing stiffness to said bridges and for damping vibrations in said mounting bracket apparatus,
wherein said pair of webs each defines an uppermost region at said distal end of one of said arms and an outermost peak spaced outwardly from said uppermost region,
wherein said pair of webs each further defines a pair of sidewalls that extend in spaced and substantially parallel relationship with one another and said pair of arms and said pair of legs,
wherein said pair of webs each has a top face between said bridge, said outermost peak, and said sidewalls, and wherein said pair of webs each defines a recess extending therein between said sidewalls and concaved toward said top face for receiving masses of material to provide for frequency tuning of the vibration damping capabilities of the mounting bracket apparatus,
wherein said recesses each are in part defined between a corresponding one of said arms and corresponding sidewalls of the corresponding one of said webs in said axial direction,
wherein a portion of each of said pair of webs extends away from the corresponding one of said bridges beyond an outer surface of a corresponding distal end of one of said arms to a corresponding outermost peak, thereby forming an outermost portion of each of said pair of webs at the corresponding outermost peak which is axially adjacent an outer surface of a corresponding terminal end of one of said legs.

US Pat. No. 10,247,265

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL COUPLING AND/OR UNCOUPLING OF AUTOMOTIVE ALTERNATOR

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automov...

1. An intelligent system for a selective electromechanical coupling and/or uncoupling of automotive alternator, of the type to be applied to a vehicle equipped with an internal combustion engine, said engine having a crankshaft, protruding beyond an engine block, and wherein a pulley for mechanical drive is coupled, in rotation, of an alternator and other automotive devices, said alternator comprising:a rotor and a stator, said rotor having a shaft protruding beyond a housing;
an electromagnetic clutch coupled to the alternator rotor shaft and fixed in relation to the alternator housing, said clutch externally supporting a pulley which is coupled, in rotation, by a belt, in the crankshaft pulley;
a voltage regulator which controls the alternator output voltage, said voltage regulator receiving command signals by a connector, through a data line coming from an ECU; and
a voltage output, electrically coupled to vehicle electrical loads and to a battery, said battery being connected to a battery state-of-charge sensor, and wherein said sensor sends indicative signals of the battery state-of-charge to the ECU, via a data line,
wherein the ECU commands the alternator coupling and/or uncoupling depending on the battery state-of-charge, the alternator coupling and/or uncoupling is ECU commanded for performing two successive and different actions, the first action being the mechanical coupling and/or uncoupling and the other action being the electrical coupling and/or uncoupling.

US Pat. No. 10,247,264

SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A selectable one-way clutch comprising:a fixed plate;
a rotatable plate facing the fixed plate;
an engaging mechanism configured to engage the fixed plate and the rotatable plate with each other;
a switching plate arranged between the fixed plate and the rotatable plate, the switching plate being configured to switch a status of engagement of the fixed plate and the rotatable plate between an engaged state and a disengaged state by rotating around a central axis of the rotatable plate by a predetermined angle, the engaged state being a state where the fixed plate and the rotatable plate are engaged with each other by the engaging mechanism, the disengaged state being a state where the fixed plate and the rotatable plate are not engaged with each other by the engaging mechanism, lubricating oil being interposed between any adjacent two of the fixed plate, the switching plate and the rotatable plate;
an arm member coupled to the switching plate, the arm member protruding outward in a radial direction of the switching plate; and
an actuator including an operating shaft member, the operating shaft member protruding from the actuator, the operating shaft member being configured to move the arm member to between an engaged position and a disengaged position by moving the arm member along a circumferential direction of the switching plate, the engaged position being a position in which the engaged state is established, the disengaged position being a position in which the disengaged state is established,
the arm member including an operating portion that receives force in an axis direction of the operating shaft member from the operating shaft member,
the operating shaft member including a first contact portion and a second contact portion, the first contact portion and the second contact portion facing each other via the operating portion such that the second contact portion, the operating portion and the first contact portion being located in this order from a side of the actuator in the axis direction of the operating shaft member, the first contact portion and the second contact portion being used to cause force in the axis direction of the operating shaft member to act on the operating portion by contacting the operating portion, the operating shaft member including an elastic member configured to apply urging force to the operating portion via the second contact portion, the urging force being a force to move the arm member from the engaged position toward the disengaged position,
the selectable one-way clutch configured such that a first distance is larger than a second distance,
the first distance being a distance from a rotation center of the switching plate to a contact point of the operating portion and the first contact portion at the time when the first contact portion and the operating portion contact each other by moving the operating shaft portion with the actuator to move the first contact portion toward the operating portion, and
the second distance being a distance from the rotation center of the switching plate to a contact point of the operating portion and the second contact portion at the time when the operating portion and the second contact portion contact each other by moving the arm member from the disengaged position toward the engaged position without moving the operating shaft member with the actuator, the second distance is larger than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,247,263

SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A selectable one-way clutch comprising:a pocket plate;
a notch plate so disposed as to face the pocket plate, the notch plate rotating coaxially with the pocket plate;
a selector plate in a disk shape, the selector plate disposed between the pocket plate and the notch plate, the selector plate configured to rotate coaxially with the pocket plate and the notch plate at a predetermined angle so as to carry out switching between an engagement state to transmit torque between the pocket plate and the notch plate, and a non-engagement state to transmit no torque between the pocket plate and the notch plate;
an arm coupled to the selector plate so as to project toward an outer circumference of the selector plate; and
an actuator including an operating shaft, the operating shaft configured to move the arm along a circumferential direction of the selector plate so as to move the arm to an engagement position at which the pocket plate and the notch plate come into an engagement state, and to a non-engagement position at which the pocket plate and the notch plate come into a non-engagement state, the operating shaft including a slope portion inclined relative to a direction of a tangential line to the outer circumference of the selector plate, the slope portion configured to move the selector plate to a position farther apart from the notch plate in a case where the arm is located at the non-engagement position than a position from the notch plate in the case where the arm is located at the engagement position
wherein the slope portion is arranged at a connecting portion that comes into contact with the arm when the plunger is brought to project in the projecting direction, and
wherein when the pocket plate and the notch plate come into the non-engagement state from the engagement state, the arm comes into contact with the slope portion and the arm is moved along the slope of the slope portion in the direction in which the selector plate becomes apart from the notch plate.

US Pat. No. 10,247,262

VARIABLE AND CENTRIFUGAL FLYWHEEL AND CENTRIFUGAL CLUTCH

Douglas P. Arduini, San ...

1. A device comprising:a turbine shaft that is connected to a turbine, while in operation, the turbine shaft being driven by the turbine to rotate at a same angular velocity as the turbine;
a flywheel having an arm;
a weight attached to the arm;
the flywheel being always pivotally attached to the turbine shaft, such that
the arm spins with the turbine shaft,
the arm having a range of motion, as the turbine shaft spins, the arm swings outward, increasing a displacement between the weight and the shaft, therein increasing a moment of inertia of a combination of the arm, weight, and turbine shaft; wherein when the arm of the flywheel is maximally extended, the turbine is connected to the turbine shaft;
a mechanical bias biasing the arm to swing inwards, towards the shaft, therein biasing the arm to swing in a direction that reduces the moment of inertia of the combination of the arm, weight, and turbine shaft; the arm moving in response to changes in rotational velocity of the turbine shaft changing the moment of inertia throughout the range of motion of the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,247,261

CLUTCH ACTUATION USING DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. An actuator device for a selectable clutch having a plurality of mode positions for controlling relative rotation between two components connected by the selectable clutch, the actuator device comprising:a piston housing having an exterior surface, a piston housing longitudinal bore extending longitudinally there through, a first fluid passage extending inwardly from the exterior surface and intersecting the piston housing longitudinal bore proximate a first bore end, and a second fluid passage extending inwardly from the exterior surface and intersecting the piston housing longitudinal bore proximate a second bore end; and
a piston having a piston body disposed within the piston housing longitudinal bore for longitudinal motion therein,
wherein a first pressure force acting on the piston body toward the second bore end is equal to a first pressure supplied at the first fluid passage multiplied by a cross-sectional area of a first side of the piston body,
wherein a second pressure force acting on the piston body toward the first bore end is equal to a second pressure supplied at the second fluid passage multiplied by a cross-sectional area of a second side of the piston body,
wherein the piston housing includes a longitudinal slot extending inwardly from the exterior surface and intersecting the piston housing longitudinal bore, and
wherein the actuator device comprises a cam actuator bar mounted to the piston body and extending through the longitudinal slot so that the cam actuator bar can be operatively connected to an actuator cam of the selectable clutch to move the selectable clutch between the plurality of mode positions as the piston moves longitudinally within the piston housing longitudinal bore.

US Pat. No. 10,247,260

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS

Kabushiki Kaisha F.C.C., ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising: a clutch housing that rotates with the rotation of an input member, a plurality of driving clutch plates are attached to the clutch housing; a clutch member includes a plurality of driven clutch plates formed alternately between the driving clutch plates of the clutch housing, the clutch member is connected to an output member;a pressure member is attached to the clutch member, the pressure member brings the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates into a pressure contact or to a release pressure-contact force, axial movement occurs relative to the clutch member;
a biasing mechanism biases the pressure member in a direction so that the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates come into pressure contact;
a pressure-contact assist cam increases the pressure-contact force between the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates when rotational force input into the input member is transmitted to the output member and the pressure member and the clutch member rotate relative to each other; and
a back torque limiter cam releases the pressure-contact force between the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates when rotation of the output member exceeds the rotational speed of the input member and the pressure member and the clutch member rotate relative to each other;
the power transmitting apparatus transmitting or cutting off rotational force input into the input member to the output member by bringing the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates into pressure contact or releasing the pressure-contact force;
a receiving portion for the biasing mechanism on a side of the pressure member includes at least one receiving member separate from the pressure member;
a first cam surface and a second cam surface, for direct contact with or release from one another, constituting one of the pressure-contact assist cam and the back torque limiter cam, are, respectively, formed on the at least one receiving member and the clutch member; and
a third cam surface and a fourth cam surface, for direct contact with or release from one another, constituting the other of the pressure-contact assist cam and the back torque limiter cam, are, respectively, formed on the pressure member and the clutch member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,259

DEVICE FOR ACTUATING A CLUTCH-CONTROLLED TRANSFER CASE HAVING A TWO-STAGE INTERMEDIATE GEARING AND CLUTCH-CONTROLLED TRANSFER CASE THAT HAS A TWO-STAGE INTERMEDIATE GEARING AND THAT IS EQUIPPED WITH SAID DEVICE

1. A device for actuating a clutch-controlled transfer case, comprising:a rotatably driven selector shaft for being driven by a drive,
a clutch cam disk rotatable about a clutch cam disk axis by means of the selector shaft and having a gate along an outer perimeter thereof, and
at least one scissor lever having an end guided in the gate of the clutch cam disk,
the gate having at least one curved path having a continuously increasing radial distance from the clutch cam disk axis, along which the end of the at least one scissor lever guided therein experiences a continuously increasing or decreasing change in deflection with respect to the clutch cam disk axis during a rotation of the clutch cam disk with increasing angle of rotation, and
the clutch cam disk defining an opening about the clutch cam disc axis, and the clutch cam disk defining a pair of stops extending radially into the opening,
the selector shaft rotatably positioned in the opening about and along the clutch cam disk axis, the selector shaft being partially in radial alignment with the pair of stops such that the selector shaft can be rotated with respect to the clutch cam disk between the pair of stops by an angle-of-rotation range such that, by means of rotation of the selector shaft within the angle-of-rotation range situated between the pair of stops, shifting back and forth between shifting stages of the transfer case occurs, and, by means of rotation of the selector shaft beyond the angle-of-rotation range, the end of the at least one scissor lever experiences a deflection for actuating the clutch while a selected shifting stage is maintained.

US Pat. No. 10,247,258

FRICTION CLUTCH DEVICE

1. A friction clutch for a drive train of a motor vehicle driven by an internal combustion engine, said friction clutch comprising:a shaft rotatable about a clutch axis of rotation, a housing, a first clutch plate, a second clutch plate that is movable axially relative to the first clutch plate to actuate the friction clutch, and a clutch actuating device;
wherein the clutch actuating device includes a lever that is pivotally carried on the first clutch plate, and a bar that is connected on one end to the lever and on an opposite end is connected with a first articulated connection to the second clutch plate; and,
wherein the lever and the bar are located radially at an outer edge of the first clutch plate and the second clutch plate.

US Pat. No. 10,247,257

SYNCHRONIZER AND METHOD FOR SHIFTING A GEAR

HOERBIGER ANTRIEBSTECHNIK...

1. A synchronizer (10) for a gear transmission, comprising a synchronizer body (12) arranged on a transmission shaft, a first and a second synchronizer ring (32, 34, 36, 38) which are proximate to a first and a second transmission gear (28, 30) and during a shifting operation can synchronize rotational speeds of the synchronizer body (12) and the adjacent transmission gear (28, 30), a sliding sleeve (26) which is non-rotatably arranged on the synchronizer body (12) and can be shifted from a neutral position in opposite directions into a first and a second shifting position in order to non-rotatably couple the first and the second transmission gear (28, 30) with the synchronizer body (12), and at least one thrust piece (18) which is shiftably arranged on the synchronizer body (12) and during a shifting operating can exert an axial compressive force on the synchronizer ring (32, 34, 36, 38) corresponding to the transmission gear (28, 30) for pre-synchronization, wherein an elastic actuating element (20) is provided, which is active between the sliding sleeve (26) and the thrust piece (18), characterized in that a detent recess (50) for the neutral position as well as a release contour (54) are provided on the sliding sleeve (26), wherein the detent recess has a center, wherein the release contour (54) can cooperate with the actuating element (20) such that when the sliding sleeve (26) is shifted for being engaged with one of the transmission gears (28, 30), the thrust piece (18) is urged away from the corresponding synchronizer ring (32, 34, 36, 38), and wherein the release contour (54) has an axial length which is not more than twice the idle stroke of the sliding sleeve (26) between the neutral position and the position in which the corresponding synchronizer ring (32, 34, 36, 38) presses against an adjacent friction surface.

US Pat. No. 10,247,256

CLUTCH ASSEMBLY FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A clutch comprising:a clutch housing connected to first friction disks;
a clutch hub having an annulus connected to second friction disks and defining oil holes each having an entrance on an inner surface of the annulus; and
air passageways extending through the annulus and having an entrance radially inboard and offset of the entrances of the holes.

US Pat. No. 10,247,255

HUB UNIT HAVING A BRAKE DISC

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A hub unit having two brake discs, the hub unit comprising:a hub body, wherein an internal space is formed in the hub body and the two brake discs are fixed in the internal space;
a fixed shaft disposed and fixed along a rotation center shaft of the hub body;
a pair of brake shoes that face each other and that are coupled to the fixed shaft, wherein two brake pads are carried on the pair of brake shoes and come in contact with the two brake discs; and
a braking force applier for supplying a braking force to the pair of brake shoes, wherein the two brake pads and the two brake discs are in contact with each other,
wherein the braking force applier includes i) a piston member disposed to push the pair of brake shoes such that the two brake pads contact the two brake discs, and ii) an elastic member disposed to supply elastic force in a direction in which the two brake pads are separated from the two brake discs,
wherein each of the two brake pads is disposed at an external side of a respective one of the two brake shoes,
wherein each of the two brake discs is disposed at an inner side of the hub body corresponding to a respective one of the two brake pads,
wherein the elastic member is disposed in or on the fixed shaft and supplies the elastic force to an external side of the pair of brake shoes to push the pair of brake shoes toward each other, and
wherein the piston member is disposed between the pair of brake shoes and pushes the pair of brake shoes away from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,247,254

FRICTION CLUTCH WITH INTERMEDIATE ELEMENT

12. A friction clutch assembly comprising:a first connecting element at a first side of the friction clutch assembly;
a second connecting element at a second side of the friction clutch assembly;
an intermediate element
fixed for rotation with one of the first connecting element and the second connecting element in an engaged state, and
freely rotatable relative to the one of the first connecting element and the second connecting element in a disengaged state such that the intermediate element is fixed for rotation with the other of the first connecting element and the second connecting element in the disengaged state; and
an actuator element configured to move the intermediate element from the engaged state to the disengaged state.

US Pat. No. 10,247,253

COMPONENT GROUP WITH A FRICTIONAL DEVICE

1. A component group with a friction device integrated in a planetary roller spindle drive (PWG), the component group comprising:first and second components that are rotatable relative to one another and are integrated in the PWG; and
a coil spring disposed between the components such that a first section of the spring is in contact with the first component and a second section of the spring is in contact with the second component, the coil spring being configured to provide a first rotational resistance in response to relative rotation of the components in a first direction and a second, larger rotational resistance in response to relative rotation of the components in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,252

DOG CLUTCH FOR A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

1. A dog clutch for a vehicle transmission, the clutch comprising:a driving member configured to rotate about an axis and including a cavity extending radially from the axis;
a driving tooth slidably movable within the radially extending cavity;
a driven member coaxially surrounding the driving member and including a radially inward extending driven tooth;
an actuator coaxially positioned within the driving member and movable along the axis to selectively engage the driving tooth with the driven tooth; and
a biasing member radially inwardly biasing the driving tooth into contact with the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,247,251

COUPLING DEVICE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A coupling device (K), comprising:a first positive-locking clutch (K0);
a second positive-locking clutch (K1);
an axially fixed first shaft (W1);
an axially fixed second shaft (W2);
a connecting shaft (WV);
an actuator (AK);
the first shaft (W1), the second shaft (W2), and the connecting shaft (WV) arranged coaxially to each other such that:
by closing the first clutch (K0), a torque-proof connection between the first shaft (W1) and the connecting shaft (WV) is established;
by closing the second clutch (K1), a torque-proof connection between the connecting shaft (WV) and the second shaft (W2) is established;
the actuator (AK) configured to, through axial displacement of the connecting shaft (WV), shift both the first clutch (K0) and the second clutch (K1) between an engaged state and a disengaged state, wherein:
in a first axial position of the connecting shaft (WV), the first clutch (K0) is in an engaged state and the second clutch (K1) is in a disengaged state;
in a second axial position of the connecting shaft (WV), both the first clutch (K0) and the second clutch (K1) are in a disengaged state; and
in a third axial position of the connecting shaft (WV), the first clutch (K0) is in a disengaged state and the second clutch (K1) is in an engaged state,
in a fourth axial position of the connecting shaft (WV), both the first clutch (K0) and the second clutch (K1) are in an engaged state;
wherein through the axial displacement of the connecting shaft (WV), the following sequences of the axial positions of the connecting shaft (WV) are achieved:
(a) fourth axial position, first axial position, second axial position, third axial position, or
(b) first axial position, second axial position, third axial position, fourth axial position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,250

FIXED TYPE CONSTANT VELOCITY UNIVERSAL JOINT

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A fixed type constant velocity universal joint, comprising:an outer joint member comprising a cup section having a plurality of track grooves formed in a radially inner surface thereof;
an inner joint member having a plurality of track grooves formed in a radially outer surface thereof;
a plurality of torque transmitting balls, which are interposed between the plurality of track grooves of the outer joint member and the plurality of track grooves of the inner joint member, and are configured to transmit torque therebetween; and
a cage, which is interposed between the radially inner surface of the outer joint member and the radially outer surface of the inner joint member, the cage comprising pockets configured to retain the plurality of torque transmitting balls therein,
the outer joint member further comprising a cutout portion that is formed at least at each corner portion on an opening side of the cup section, which is defined between a radially inner opening end portion of each of the plurality of track grooves and a radially inner spherical surface portion formed between the plurality of track grooves, the cutout portion being configured to prevent the cage from interfering with the outer joint member when the cage is incorporated into the outer joint member, and
in a forging state of the outer joint member, the cutout portions and the plurality of track grooves of the outer joint member are cold-forging ironing finished using a single ironing punch.

US Pat. No. 10,247,249

CLAMPING DEVICE FOR A SHAFT-HUB CONNECTION

1. A clamping device for an axially engageable shaft-hub connection in a torque-transferring device in a drive train of a vehicle, said clamping device comprising:an axial spline connection between an externally toothed shaft and an internally toothed hub for an axial plug connection of the externally toothed shaft and the internally toothed hub;
a toothed ring for circumferentially clamping the externally toothed shaft and the internally toothed hub when they form the axial spline connection,
wherein the toothed ring includes an annular body having teeth with intervening recesses formed on one of a radially inner circumferential edge and a radially outer circumferential edge, and includes a plurality of fastening tongues carried by the annular body and extending circumferentially relative to the annular body from one of the radially inner circumferential edge and the radially outer circumferential edge of the annular body,
wherein the fastening tongues have a curvature in the axial direction of the toothed ring and have a second end connected to the annular body of the toothed ring and a first end spaced circumferentially from the second end and spaced axially from the annular body, the first end adapted to be connected to one of the toothed components that form the axial spline connection,
wherein the fastening tongues have elasticity and have a curvature relative to an axial direction of the annular body of the toothed ring, so that when the first ends of the fastening tongues are attached to one of the toothed components that form the axial spline connection, the one toothed component to which the fastening tongue first ends are attached and the annular body of the toothed ring lie in different axial planes,
wherein the fastening tongues have both circumferential and axial elasticity relative to the annular body of the toothed ring to allow both axial and circumferential relative movement between the hub and the shaft of the axial spline connection;
wherein the teeth of the toothed ring mesh with one of teeth of the internally toothed hub and teeth of the externally toothed shaft; and
wherein by rotating the toothed ring against a circumferential force exerted by the fastening tongues a circumferential clamping force is produced on the shaft-hub connection when the axial spline connection is in a connected state, which circumferential clamping force is introduced into the shaft-hub axial spline connection through connection of the teeth of the toothed ring with one of the externally toothed shaft and the internally toothed hub and connection of the fastening tongues with the other of the externally toothed shaft and the internally toothed hub to eliminate tooth contact noises that develop as a result of play in the shaft-hub connection of the axial spline connection.

US Pat. No. 10,247,248

DRIVE SHAFT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

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

1. A drive shaft that connects and transmits torque between respective constant velocity joints, comprising:a shaft member made of metal and configured to be attached on one end side thereof to one of the constant velocity joints, and including a serrated part on which serrations are formed on another end side thereof;
a tubular member made from a carbon fiber composite material and formed with a fitting part fitted externally over the serrated part; and
an exterior sleeve configured to cover the fitting part by being disposed to extend over outer circumferential surfaces of the shaft member and the tubular member;
wherein an adhesive and a film provided with a bonding assistance region are configured to be interposed between an outer circumferential surface of the tubular member and an inner circumferential surface of the exterior sleeve, and
wherein the bonding assistance region comprises a suction pad structure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,247

SPLINE CONNECTION STRUCTURE AND SPLINE SHAFT

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A spline connection structure in which a shaft portion having teeth formed at equal intervals on an outer circumferential surface, a tooth of the teeth with a first tooth surface crowned and a second tooth surface uncrowned on both sides of the tooth in a circumferential direction of the shaft portion, and a cylindrical portion having grooves into which the teeth of the shaft portion are fitted formed on an inner circumferential surface are connected,wherein, of a first tooth and a second tooth adjacent to each other of the teeth, the first tooth surface of the first tooth and the second tooth surface of the second tooth which faces each other are bent while maintaining a constant distance therebetween in a tooth width direction when viewed from a diameter direction of the shaft portion,
wherein the first tooth surface of the first tooth is bent with a constant radius of curvature when viewed from the diameter direction of the shaft portion, and
wherein the first tooth is configured such that a torque acting thereon increases from a first end of the first tooth toward a second end of the first tooth in the tooth width direction, and a position of a center of curvature of the first tooth surface of the first is set to be located closer to the first end of the tooth than to a central position of the tooth in the tooth width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,246

TOOL COUPLER WITH THREADED CONNECTION FOR TOP DRIVE

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A drive unit of a top drive system comprising:a drive stem having a torque gear profile and a load coupling, wherein the load coupling is a threaded coupling;
a torque sleeve movable between a first position and a second position, and having a sleeve gear profile that engages the torque gear profile when the torque sleeve is in the second position, wherein the drive stem extends through the torque sleeve;
a tool adapter having a complementary load coupling to the load coupling of the drive stem, and a stem gear profile that is complementary to the sleeve gear profile; and
at least one coupling between the drive unit and the tool adapter selected from a group consisting of: threaded couplings, hydraulic couplings, pneumatic couplings, electronic couplings, fiber optic couplings, bi-directional torque couplings, axial load couplings, power couplings, data couplings, and signal couplings.

US Pat. No. 10,247,245

BEVEL FACESPLINE WITH LINE CONTACT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicular shaft assembly, comprising:a hub having a hub face defining an annular array of hub-teeth disposed about a hub axis; and
a universal joint having a joint face engaged with the hub face, the joint face defining an annular array of joint-teeth about a joint axis, each joint-tooth having beveled side surfaces and inclining away from the hub face as a distance from the hub axis increases, wherein each joint-tooth includes a length and an upper surface extending along the length, and the joint face defines a root surface between each joint-tooth, and wherein the upper surfaces define a first angle with the joint axis and the root surfaces define a second angle with the joint axis that differs from the first angle.

US Pat. No. 10,247,244

BEARING ASSEMBLY

1. A bearing assembly comprising:a housing having a flange at a first axial side and a bearing attachment section at a second axial side;
a rolling-element bearing including an inner ring, an outer ring, a plurality of rolling elements between the inner ring and the outer ring, a first seal disk extending from the inner ring to the outer ring on a first side of the rolling elements and a second seal disk extending from the inner ring to the outer ring on a second side of the rolling elements, the outer ring being pivotably mounted in the attachment section of the housing, and the inner ring being configured to be mounted on a shaft;
a seal assembly axial spaced from the first seal disk and being configured to form a first seal between the flange and the shaft at the first axial side of the housing;
an end cover axially spaced from the second seal disk;
an O-ring compressed between the second axial side of the housing and the end cover to form a second seal between the housing and the cover; and
at least one seal barrier between the seal assembly and the first seal disk and/or between the cover and the second seal disk.

US Pat. No. 10,247,243

ROLLING BEARING DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A rolling bearing device comprising:a bearing portion that has an inner ring, an outer ring, and a plurality of rolling elements interposed between the inner ring and the outer ring; and
an oil supply unit provided adjacent, in an axial direction, to an annular space between the inner ring and the outer ring to supply lubricating oil to the annular space, wherein:
the oil supply unit includes an oil chamber that accommodates lubricating oil, a nozzle that discharges lubricating oil in the oil chamber, a pump body that applies a discharge force for causing lubricating oil in the oil chamber to fly from the nozzle toward the annular space, and a detection portion that detects gathering of oil at a discharge port of the nozzle; and
the detection portion includes a pair of electrodes disposed with the discharge port of the nozzle interposed therebetween, and a measurement portion that measures a capacitance of the pair of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,247,242

BEARING HOUSING STRUCTURE

DANFOSS MOBILE ELECTRIFIC...

1. A bearing housing structure comprising:a support section configured to support a bearing;
a reception interface configured to receive lubrication grease from an external source;
grease channels configured to conduct the lubrication grease from the reception interface to a first room and to a second room, the first and second rooms being limited to mutually opposite sides of the bearing in an axial direction of the bearing when the support section is supporting the bearing;
exit conduits configured to allow the lubrication grease to exit the first and second rooms; and
an enclosed grease reservoir defined entirely within the bearing housing structure and configured to receive, from one or more of the exit conduits, the lubrication grease exiting the first and second rooms via the one or more of the exit conduits, the grease reservoir being configured to store the lubrication grease received from the one or more of the exit conduits in at least two different positions of the bearing housing structure such that the axial direction of the bearing is selectively one of horizontal, vertical, and slanted.

US Pat. No. 10,247,241

ROLLING BEARING

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A rolling bearing comprising:a pair of bearing rings arranged so as to face each other in a radial direction;
a plurality of rolling elements interposed between the pair of bearing rings; and
a cage including a pair of annular portions and a plurality of cage bars connecting the pair of annular portions to each other, the cage having pockets for housing the rolling elements, each of the pockets being formed between the pair of annular portions and between the cage bars adjacent to each other in a circumferential direction, wherein:
the cage includes a first split member coupled with a second split member at respective distal end faces of the first split member and the second split member, the split members being halves of the cage split in an axial direction of the rolling bearing,
the first split member has an engagement portion that protrudes in the axial direction towards the second split member in each of the plurality of cage bars,
the second split member has an engagement groove that extends along the axial direction in each of the plurality of cage bars, and the engagement groove being configured to receive the engagement portion,
the engagement groove has an insertion port through which the engagement portion is configured to be inserted in the axial direction,
the insertion port is formed at an end of the engagement groove that is proximal to the first split member relative to the second split member, and
at least one circumferential face of the engagement groove includes a first inclined surface that increases a circumferential width of the insertion port toward the first split member, the first inclined surface extending from the distal end face of the first split member into the engagement groove in the circumferential direction,
the engagement portion includes a body portion and an engagement protrusion on a distal end of the engagement portion relative to the first split member,
the engagement portion of the first split member is configured to be connected to the cage bars of the second split member by a side opposite to the second split member in the axial direction, the engagement groove being open on a radial inner side, and
a recess extends into the first split member from the distal end face of the first split member, the recess being adjacent to and above an outer radial side of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,240

ANGULAR CONTACT BALL BEARING CAGE

1. An angular contact ball bearing cage comprising a plurality of pockets,wherein at least one sectional plane extends through a first pocket,
wherein the sectional plane is located such that an axis of rotation of the angular contact ball bearing cage lies in the sectional plane,
wherein the axis of rotation is an axis about which the angular contact ball bearing cage is configured to rotate in operation,
wherein a geometric centerpoint of the first pocket lies in the sectional plane,
wherein an intersection of the sectional plane and a side of the first pocket includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion is not linear and does not lie on the surface of a cone, the second portion is located radially upwardly relative to the first portion and lies on an imaginary hollow cylinder having a non-circular base, and
wherein an opening into which the first pocket opens is in a radially outer region of the angular contact ball bearing cage and has the shape of a slot, wherein the slot has a maximum extension in a circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,239

TILTING-PAD BEARING AND TURBO COMPRESSOR

IHI ROTATING MACHINERY EN...

1. A tilting-pad bearing comprising:a plurality of tilting pads arranged annularly around a rotary shaft so as to form a first gap therebetween;
a housing accommodating and supporting the plurality of tilting pads from outside in a radial direction of the rotary shaft and including a lubricating oil-supplying hole provided at a position facing the first gap formed between each of the plurality of the tilting pads; and
a pair of side plates disposed so that the tilting pads are interposed between the side plates in an axial direction of the rotary shaft,
wherein each tilting pad is provided with an internal flow passageway through which lubricating oil flows,
the internal flow passageway includes:
a first inflow opening which opens toward a leading side of the tilting pad in a rotation direction of the rotary shaft,
a second inflow opening which opens toward a trailing side of the tilting pad in the rotation direction of the rotary shaft, and
a discharge opening which opens in the axial direction of the rotary shaft,
the internal flow passageway has no openings on a first surface of the tilting pad facing the rotary shaft,
the first inflow opening and the second inflow opening are provided on second surfaces of the tilting pad, which face in the circumferential direction and are different from the first surface of the tilting pad facing the rotary shaft and from a third surface of the tilting pad facing the housing, and
the discharge opening is provided on an axial surface of the tilting pad, which faces in the axial direction and is different from the first surface of the tilting pad facing the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,247,238

SLIDING TRACK ASSEMBLY

19. A sliding track assembly, comprising:a first structure having a first end located opposite a second end, said first structure having a compartment, said compartment having a first opening, said first opening is located on at least one of said ends of said first structure, said compartment having an inner wall surface;
a second structure having a first end located opposite a second end, said second structure having an outer wall surface;
a first opposing pair of convex rails are connected to said inner wall surface of said compartment of said first structure;
a second opposing pair of convex rails are connected to said inner wall surface of said compartment of said first structure;
a first opposing pair of rail guide recesses are located on said outer wall surface of said second structure;
a second opposing pair of rail guide recesses are located on said outer wall surface of said second structure;
said first opening of said first structure receives an end of said second structure, said second structure slidably traverses at least a portion of a length of said first structure when said first opposing pair of convex rails of said first structure are aligned with said first opposing pair of rail guide recesses of said second structure and when said second opposing pair of convex rails of said first structure are aligned with said second opposing pair of rail guide recesses of said second structure, at least a portion of said second structure is retained within said compartment of said first structure when said second structure slidably traverses said at least a portion of said length of said first structure; and,
said outer wall surface of said second structure does not contact said inner wall surface of said first structure when said second structure is installed within said first structure except for a first contact area located at a first convex rail of said first opposing pair of convex rails and at a first rail guide recess of said first opposing pair of rail guide recesses and for a second contact area located at a second convex rail of said second opposing pair of convex rails and at a second rail guide recess of said second opposing pair of rail guide recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,247,237

ROLLING BEARING AND MOTOR HAVING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A rolling bearing comprising:an inner rim fixed to a rotating shaft;
an outer rim spaced apart from the inner rim;
a rolling member disposed between the inner rim and the outer rim; and
an elastic mesh defining a plurality of through-holes and surrounding an outer circumferential surface of the outer rim,
wherein the elastic mesh comprises a metal wire mesh comprising at least one metal wire that is irregularly tangled and that defines at least a portion of the plurality of through-holes, and
wherein the plurality of through-holes comprises a first through-hole that is open in a radial direction of the elastic mesh, a second through-hole that is open in an axial direction of the elastic mesh, and a third through-hole that is open in an oblique direction between the radial direction and the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,236

BEARING RING

12. A rolling-element bearing assembly comprising:a support element, and
a bearing ring mounted on the support element,
the bearing ring comprising:
a substantially axial mounting surface in contact with the support element,
a running surface configured to support a rolling element, the running surface having a first edge and a second edge axially spaced from the first edge, and
a first edge surface extending from the first edge of the running surface to the axial mounting surface and a second edge surface extending from the second edge of the running surface to the axial mounting surface, the first edge surface and the second edge surface axially delimiting the bearing ring,
wherein the running surface has an axial width greater than an axial width of the mounting surface,
wherein the first edge surface is spaced from the support element by a gap, and
wherein, starting from a junction of the support element and the mounting surface and extending axially from the junction of the support element and the mounting surface, a radial width of the gap increases and then decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,247,235

METHOD FOR ADJUSTING THE PRELOAD IN A BEARING ASSEMBLY AND BEARING ASSEMBLY

1. A method for setting a preload in a bearing assembly, wherein the bearing assembly comprises at least one rolling-element bearing with at least one bearing inner ring and at least one bearing outer ring, and wherein the at least one bearing inner ring and the at least one bearing outer ring are provided with an electrical insulation so that they are electrically isolated with respect to their respective attachments, the method comprising:a) increasing the preload in the bearing assembly starting from a first initial value, or decreasing the preload in the bearing assembly starting from a second initial value, and measuring the electrical resistance between the bearing inner ring and the bearing outer ring; and
b) terminating the changing of the preload in the bearing assembly in response to a target value for the electrical resistance being reached.

US Pat. No. 10,247,234

BEARING

1. A spherical roller bearing having a specific pitch circle diameter (PCD), the spherical roller bearing comprising:an outer ring providing at least one inner raceway,
an inner ring providing a first and a second outer raceway,
a plurality of roller elements arranged in a first and second roller row disposed between the at least one inner raceway and the respective first and second outer raceway, each roller element comprising an axially inner end, and
a cage for one of guiding and retaining the roller elements in the first and second roller row, the cage having a plurality of cage pockets, wherein one of the roller elements is disposed within each cage pocket, and wherein
each respective cage pocket further provides a cage pocket bottom that faces the axially inner end of the roller element in the respective cage pocket, wherein the cage pocket bottom is configured to be located entirely inwardly from the specific pitch circle diameter (PCD) such that a radially inner end of the cage pocket bottom contacts the axially inner end of the roller element only at a location radially inwardly from the specific pitch circle diameter (PCD), the cage pocket bottom being angled such that the cage pocket bottom abuts the axially inner end of the roller element at an angle such that there is not flush contact therebetween,
the cage is held in position by the axially inner ends, wherein the cage pocket bottom has the radially inner end and a radially outer end, the radially outer end contacting the axially inner end of the roller element and the radially inner end being spaced from the axially inner end of the roller element such that the cage pocket bottom is angled relative to the axially inner end of the roller element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,233

TANDEM BALL BEARING WITH LABYRINTH OIL PATH AND METHOD THEREOF

1. A tandem ball bearing, comprising:an axis of rotation;
an outer race;
an inner race located radially inwardly of the outer race;
a cage radially disposed between the inner and outer races and including a first surface, the first surface:
facing at least partially in a first axial direction, parallel to the axis of rotation; and,
bounding a portion of the cage in the first axial direction;
a first roller ball disposed in the cage and radially disposed between the inner and outer races;
a second roller ball disposed in the cage radially outwardly of the first roller ball; and,
a channel:
bounded by the inner race and the cage; and,
including an opening facing in the first axial direction and bounded by the inner race and the first surface of the cage, wherein a first line, parallel to the axis of rotation, passes through in sequence: the cage; the channel; the inner race; and the first roller ball.

US Pat. No. 10,247,232

ROLLING-ELEMENT BEARING CAGE OR ROLLING-ELEMENT BEARING CAGE SEGMENT

1. A rolling-element bearing cage or cage segment configured to guide at least one rolling element comprising:a first circumferential ring connected to a second circumferential ring by a plurality of axially extending bridges;
wherein a first bridge of the plurality of bridges includes a first axial portion, a second axial portion, a third axial portion, a fourth axial portion, and a fifth axial portion, wherein the first axial portion connects to the first circumferential ring and the fifth axial portion connects to the second circumferential ring, the third axial portion being connected to the first axial portion by the second axial portion, the third axial portion being connected to the fifth axial portion by the fourth axial portion, the first axial portion having a radially outermost surface that is flush with a radial outer surface of the first circumferential ring, the fifth axial portion having a radially outermost surface that is flush with an outer surface of the second circumferential ring, the third axial portion having a radially outermost surface located axially inside of the radially outermost surface of the first axial portion and the radially outermost surface of the fifth axial portion,
wherein the first axial portion has a cross-section perpendicular to the axial direction having a cross sectional area and having a peripheral length greater than a peripheral length of a smallest rectangle bounding the cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,247,231

THRUST BEARING ASSEMBLY

DOOSAN SKODA POWER S.R.O....

1. A thrust bearing assembly comprising:a casing,
a supporting ring positioned within said casing,
a leverage mechanism housed within said casing,
tilting pads for contacting a rotor,
supporting discs connecting said leverage mechanism with said tilting pads via openings in said casing,
wherein the leverage mechanism comprises a plurality of first levering plates and an equal number of second levering plates, the first and second levering plates forming an endless overlapping arrangement within said casing, each first levering plate touching two second levering plates at contact surfaces and vice versa, wherein the first and second levering plates are preferably substantially arcuate-shaped, and
wherein at least the first levering plates or at least the second levering plates are tiltingly positioned on supporting pins, whereas the at least first levering plates or the at least second levering plates comprise a recess, having a conical, cylindrical or spherical shape, with a ball-shaped protrusion within the recess, and the supporting pins, on which the at least first levering plates or the at least second levering plates are tiltingly positioned, comprise a ball-shaped socket fitting the ball-shaped protrusion of the at least first levering plates or the at least second levering plates.

US Pat. No. 10,247,230

HINGE MECHANISMS

FLATZEN, INC., Pasadena,...

1. A hinge mechanism comprising:a central cylinder having an elongate length defining a hinge axis, the central cylinder including:
a first rotate channel transverse to the hinge axis, the first rotate channel including a first end and a second end;
a locking channel extending from the first end of the first rotate channel in an axial direction, the locking channel including a tapered portion that tapers in the axial direction away from the first rotate channel from a first width to a second width that is less than the first width;
a collar configured to be disposed about the central cylinder;
a collar pin configured to extend inwardly from the collar and into the first rotate channel or the locking channel of the central cylinder;
wherein the collar pin cooperates with the first rotate channel to limit an axial range of movement between the collar and the central cylinder in an axial direction;
wherein the collar has a rotational range of motion about the hinge axis relative to the central cylinder when the collar pin is positioned within the first rotate channel of the central cylinder;
wherein the hinge mechanism further comprises a first configuration and a second configuration;
the first configuration defined by the collar rotated to a position relative to the central cylinder where the collar pin is proximal to the first end of the first rotate channel;
the second configuration defined by the collar rotated to a position relative to the central cylinder where the collar pin is proximal the second end of the first rotate channel; and wherein, when the collar pin is rotationally aligned with the locking channel, the central cylinder is moveable in the axial direction relative to the collar to transition the hinge mechanism into a locking configuration where at least a portion of the collar pin is positioned within the locking channel of the central cylinder; and
wherein, when at least a portion of the collar pin is positioned within the locking channel, the rotational range of motion of the collar about the hinge axis relative to the central cylinder is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,247,229

BALL JOINT AND METHOD OF FASTENING A SEALING BELLOWS TO A BALL JOINT

1. A ball joint, comprising:a joint housing,
a ball stud pivotally received in the joint housing, and
a sealing bellows which, with respect to a joint axis, comprises a first axial end of the bellows resting against the ball stud and a second axial end of the bellows fastened to the joint housing,
wherein the joint housing for fastening the sealing bellows comprises a seat of the bellows forming both a radial stop face as well as an axial stop face for the second axial end of the sealing bellows,
wherein a closed retaining ring is provided as a separate element formed as a plastically deformed sheet metal ring, which is spaced from the joint housing,
wherein said retaining ring is bent only in an outward direction away from the joint housing at a rounded tapered ring end such that the tapered ring end has no sharp-edged ends and is rounded at a region of contact between the retaining ring and the sealing bellows,
wherein the entire length of the retaining ring until said rounded tapered ring end, as seen in the axial direction, defines a linearly tapered conical surface with a diameter that decreases along the entire length of the retaining ring until said rounded tapered ring end from the second end of the bellows towards the first end of the bellows,
wherein the second end of the sealing bellows, in a mounted condition, fills an annular space of triangular cross-section defined by the tapered conical surface and the respective radial and axial stop faces of the seat at a triangle-shaped section of the sealing bellows,
wherein the tapered conical surface is arranged to engage an outer flat side of the triangle-shaped section of the sealing bellows, opposite the radial and axial stop faces, and to urge the second end of the sealing bellows in a radial inward direction and in an axial direction against the seat of the bellows for direct contact with the radial stop face and the axial stop face,
the radial stop face being conical, and the linearly tapered conical surface of the retaining ring extending at an angle with respect to the opposite conical radial stop face with an angle which is less than 90 degrees, and
wherein the retaining ring is separated from and free from contact with the radial stop face and the axial stop face by said sealing bellows.

US Pat. No. 10,247,228

BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY HAVING FRICTION COATED COMPONENTS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING A BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY HAVING DEFINED GAPS

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

1. A ball joint assembly comprising:a housing having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the housing at least partially defining a cavity;
a ball stud including a head portion positioned within the cavity and a shaft connected to the head portion, the shaft extending through an opening at the second end of the housing;
a ball race positioned within the cavity at the first end of the housing, the ball race having an inner surface, wherein a portion of the ball race extends past the opening at the second end of the housing;
an interface defined between the inner surface of the ball race and an outer surface of the head portion; and
a solid friction coating positioned within the interface, the solid friction coating coupled to at least one of the inner surface of the ball race and the outer surface of the head portion, wherein the solid friction coating has a hardness of 170 N/mm2 to 230 N/mm2; wherein a central axis of the housing is defined between the first end of the housing and the second end of the housing, the central axis extending through a centerline of the ball joint, an angle A2 between an inner surface of the housing and the central axis is between 8 degrees and 15 degrees, an angle B2 between a lower portion of the ball race and the central axis is between 8 degrees and 15 degrees, and a first gap defines a difference in angle between B2 and A2.

US Pat. No. 10,247,227

COMPONENT FOR ABSORBING AND/OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL FORCES AND/OR MOMENTS, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME AND USE THEREOF

MT Aerospace AG, Augsbur...

1. A method for producing a component for the transmission and absorption of mechanical forces and moments, wherein the component comprises at least one dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??) with a hollow-profiled section (14) and at least one hollow-profiled component element (16) consisting of fibre-reinforced plastic, said method comprising:(a) inserting one end (20) of the at least one hollow-profiled component element (16) partly into the hollow-profiled section (14) of the dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??) such that the one end (20) is received by the hollow-profiled section (14) of the dimensionally stable component element (12);
(b) after step (a), introducing an inflatable element into the hollow-profiled component element (16); and
(c) after step (b), pressing an outer circumference (26) of the hollow-profiled component element (16) in a form-fitting manner onto/against an inner circumference (24) of the dimensionally stable component element (12) in the area of its hollow-profiled section (14) by inflating the inflatable element
wherein at least one of the hollow-profiled component element (16) and the dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??) comprises one or more raised portions (32, 32?), which extend radially inwards toward the longitudinal axes of the dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??) and the hollow-profiled component element (16), depressions (38, 38?), which extend radially outwards from the longitudinal axes of the dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??) and the hollow-profiled component element (16), recesses, or holes, so that the hollow-profiled component element (16) is received in a form-fitting manner in the hollow-profiled section (14) of the dimensionally stable component element (12, 12?, 12?, 12??, 12??).

US Pat. No. 10,247,226

CRANKSHAFT FOR RECIPROCATING ENGINE

1. A crankshaft to be mounted in a reciprocating engine, the crankshaft including journals serving as a central axis of rotation, crank pins decentered from the journals, and crank arms connecting the journals and the crank pins, the crank pins being on a first end of a pair of the crank arms, the journals being on a second end of the crank arms opposite to the first end of the crank arms, wherein:at least one of the crank arms has a counterweight integrated therewith on the second end of the at least one crank arm;
at least one of the crank arms in a selected pair of crank arms having one of the crank pins, one of the counterweights and a recess in a crank pin-facing surface, the recess extending entirely between the one crank pin and the one counterweight so as to not overlap with the one crank pin; and
the at least one crank arm includes a first rib formed only along part of a first side portion of the recess along a first periphery of the one crank arm.

US Pat. No. 10,247,225

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A FUNCTIONAL SHAFT

Neumayer Tekfor Engineeri...

1. A device for producing a functional shaft, comprising:at least two retaining elements, each of the at least two retaining elements being
configured to hold a respective one of at least two functional elements at a respective predetermined angular position, and
located axially one after the other at a predetermined axial distance relative to each other; and
a force measuring unit,
wherein
each of the at least two functional elements has a pocket configured to receive a shaft, and
the force measuring unit is configured to independently measure forces applied to the at least two retaining elements and the respective ones of the at least two functional elements held on the at least two retaining elements during axial insertion of a shaft into the pockets of the at least two functional elements, each of the applied forces being useable to determine a value of a torque which the inserted shaft and the respective functional element is capable of withstanding without relative motion between the inserted shaft and the respective functional element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,224

REFRIGERATOR AND REFRIGERATOR DOOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet;
a storage compartment that is located in the cabinet and that defines an interior area; and
a door configured to cover the interior area of the storage compartment,
wherein the door includes,
a door panel that includes metal and that defines a first surface of the door and a second surface of the door;
a bending portion that is bent from the door panel toward a first side of the door panel;
a cap panel that includes metal, that defines a third surface of the door and a fourth surface of the door, that is coupled to the door panel and a first surface of the bending portion, and that includes a recess; and
a fixing member that is configured to press a second surface of the bending portion and that is coupled to the cap panel,
wherein the bending portion is configured to be pressed between the cap panel and the fixing member,
wherein the fixing member includes a penetrating hole, a portion of the cap panel being exposed to an internal area of the door panel through the penetrating hole, and
wherein the portion of the cap panel exposed through the penetrating hole is coupled to a blowing agent provided in the door panel.

US Pat. No. 10,247,223

MULTI-GLIDE LOCKING SNAP HOOK FASTENER

Travel Caddy, Inc., Elk ...

1. A fastener, comprising:a body comprising a curved hook and a base, the base comprising a longitudinal bore and a multipart channel extending radially into the longitudinal bore the base having a first end and a second end;
the multipart channel comprising:
a first channel segment spaced apart from the first end of the base and extending linearly along or across a first part of the base and toward the second end of the base;
a second channel segment extending laterally or both laterally and longitudinally along or across a second part of the base, the second channel segment contiguous and communicating with the first channel segment, and the second channel segment offset at a first angle from the first channel segment; and
a third channel segment extending linearly along or across a third part of the base and extending further toward the second end of the base than the first channel segment, the third channel segment contiguous and communicating with the second channel segment, and the third channel segment offset at a second, obtuse angle from the second channel segment;anda gate arranged within the longitudinal bore, the gate comprising an elongated shaft and a grip extending from the elongated shaft and into the multipart channel, the gate moveable both longitudinally and rotatably within the longitudinal bore.

US Pat. No. 10,247,222

FASTENER SYSTEM WITH FASTENER EXTENSION AND DRIVING TOOL

INTER-JOIN PTY LTD., Abb...

1. A fastener, comprising:a shank having a first attachment means to a first workpiece;
a head having a second attachment means to a second workpiece; and
a cylindrical shoulder between said shank and said head, said cylindrical shoulder being larger than said shank so as to form a stop surface, said stop surface setting a depth of insertion of said shank, said head being larger than said cylindrical shoulder,
wherein a distance between said head and said depth of insertion is constant,
wherein the second attachment means comprises at least one attachment member formed on said head, said at least one attachment member extending in a direction from said head opposite to said shank,
wherein said head having a peripheral portion and a central portion and being comprised of a drive formation, said at least one attachment member being laterally spaced from said drive formation, and
wherein the second attachment means further comprises at least another attachment member, said at least one attachment member and said at least another attachment member being equidistantly spaced around said peripheral portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,221

HOUSING OF ACTIVE ELEMENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

COOLER MASTER CO., LTD., ...

1. A housing of an active component, for receiving an active source therein, comprising:a main portion, having an axial direction and a side wall surrounding the axial direction of the main portion, wherein the active source is disposed on the main portion; and
at least two retaining portions, the at least two retaining portions and the main portion made of materials having different Young's modulus respectively, the at least two retaining portions radially connected to the side wall of the main portion;
wherein each one of the at least two retaining portions has a contacting surface adjacent to the main portion, the contacting surface is jointed contiguously to an outer surface of the side wall of the main portion, each one of the at least two retaining portions has a first connecting hole, the first connecting hole is formed through the retaining portion to the contacting surface, and a screw passes through the first connecting hole to radially and fixedly screw to a second connecting hole formed on the side wall of the main portion, so that the retaining portion is screwed fixedly to the side wall of the main portion by the screw.

US Pat. No. 10,247,220

MOUNTING SCREW

1. A mounting screw, comprising:a head part;
a shank part; and
a tip part, the shank part being between the head part and the tip part, the tip part having a tapered shape tapering from an end of the shank part to a tip of the screw, and comprising a tip part thread, said tip part thread extending to a distal end of the tip and being only formed on the tapered shape,
wherein:
the shank part comprises a shank part thread,
a profile of each of the tip part thread and the shank part thread is defined with a leading edge facing the tip and a trailing edge facing the head part, an angle of the leading edge being defined as an angle of the leading edge to the normal of an axial direction of the screw, an angle of the trailing edge being defined as an angle of the trailing edge to the normal of the axial direction of the screw,
in the profile of the shank part thread, the angle of the leading edge is in a range of 25°-50°, the angle of the trailing edge is in a range of 10°-35° and the angle of the leading edge is larger than the angle of the trailing edge, thereby the profile of the shank part thread being asymmetrical,
the angle of the leading edge of the shank part thread is smaller than the angle of the leading edge of the tip part thread, and
a pitch of the shank part thread is larger than a pitch of the tip part thread, and a thread root of the tip part thread being frustoconical in its shape.

US Pat. No. 10,247,219

SCREW-TYPE FASTENER

THE HILLMAN GROUP, INC., ...

1. A screw, comprising:a head end, a shank and a tapered end,
the head end including a tool engaging part, the head end located at one end of the shank and the tapered end located at an opposite end of the shank,
wherein multiple threads are formed along the screw including:
a high thread that begins on the tapered end, extends onto the shank and terminates short of the head end, the high thread having a peripheral edge, at least a portion of the peripheral edge beginning on the tapered end and extending at least partly along the shank includes a series of notches formed therein, and
a low thread that begins on the tapered end, extends onto the shank and terminates short of a termination point of the high thread, the low thread having a peripheral edge that defines a low thread major diameter on the shank that is less than a high thread major diameter defined on the shank by the peripheral edge of the high thread, wherein a pitch of the low thread matches a pitch of the high thread.

US Pat. No. 10,247,218

BRUSHING RETENTION OF THREADED FASTENER

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A fastener assembly comprising:a first component defining a rotor blade having a back face and a first mating face opposing the back face, and an opening including an inner circumferential surface extending from the back face to the first mating face;
a second component defining a rotor hub having a front face and a second mating face opposing the front face, the rotor blade and the rotor hub arranged such that the first mating face is closest to the second mating face;
a bushing installed through the opening of the rotor blade, an outer circumferential surface of the bushing having a direct frictional engagement with the inner circumferential surface of the opening in the rotor blade to retain the bushing thereat;
a threaded fastener extending through the bushing and through the rotor hub, the threaded fastener transmitting a tensile load into the bushing; and
a nut secured to the threaded fastener at the rotor hub to retain the rotor hub at the rotor blade and which induces the load into the threaded fastener,
wherein the frictional engagement between the bushing and the rotor blade resists the tensile load applied to the threaded fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,247,217

DISCONNECT HOUSING FOR USE IN AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

BILSING AUTOMATION NORTH ...

1. A disconnect housing assembly for selectively receiving a tooling boom, comprising:a housing comprising a housing body defining a longitudinally extending channel therein having an open end for receiving a tooling boom;
a cover configured to be attached to the housing on a longitudinally extending side of the housing body;
a presence sensor for sensing the presence of the tooling boom, the presence sensor disposed and mounted at a location within the channel;
a clamp member transversely extending through the cover, received by the channel and engageable with the tooling boom, the clamp member being moveably mounted to the cover and the housing;
a biasing assembly having a predetermined force threshold operatively connected to the clamp member; and
a load sensor assembly operatively connected to the biasing assembly;
wherein the biasing assembly is configured for selective actuation that moves the clamp member within the channel toward an interior of housing body by a predetermined amount for engaging the tooling boom and to activate the presence sensor when the tooling boom is positioned within the channel at a location corresponding to the location of the presence sensor within the channel to send a presence signal indicating a presence condition of the tooling boom and wherein, upon application of the threshold force, the biasing assembly collapses so as to cause engagement of the tooling boom and to activate the bad sensor assembly to send a signal indicating that the clamp member is engaged with the tooling boom.

US Pat. No. 10,247,216

FASTENERLESS ANTI-PEEL ADHESIVE JOINT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A fastenerless anti-peel adhesive joint, comprising:a first part having a first surface and forming a first anti-peel feature extending internally from the first surface into the first part, the first anti-peel feature including a first anti-peel surface substantially perpendicular to the first surface;
a second part having a second surface and forming a second anti-peel feature extending internally from the second surface into the second part, the second anti-peel feature including a second anti-peel surface substantially perpendicular to the second surface; and
an adhesive disposed between the first and second surfaces and within the first and second anti-peel features, the adhesive connecting the first part to the second part via adhesive bonds at the first and second surfaces and at the first and second anti-peel surfaces;
wherein the first and second anti-peel features are configured to load the adhesive bonds at the first and second anti-peel surfaces in shear stress when the fastenerless anti-peel adhesive joint is subjected to a peel force that is normal to the first and second surfaces such that the shear strength of the adhesive bonds at the first and second anti-peel surfaces prevents the first and second parts from being peeled apart.

US Pat. No. 10,247,215

ASSEMBLY JOINER

1. An apparatus comprising:a bracket comprising a first bracket plate and a second bracket plate, wherein the first bracket plate is physically connected to the second bracket plate along a corner bend and disposed at a specified interior angle to the second bracket plate;
a first planar support formed by bending to the first bracket plate inward along a first support outer bend at a substantially right angle to the first bracket plate, wherein the first planar support is disposed toward an interior of the bracket;
a first inner bracket plate that is bent inward at a first support inner bend from the first planar support, extends from the first support inner bend and is disposed parallel to the first bracket plate over the height of the first bracket plate;
a first inner planar support formed by bending the first bracket plate outward at a first support base bend of the first inner bracket plate, the first inner planar support receiving a load from first planar support and the first inner bracket plate;
a second planar support formed by bending to the second bracket plate inward along a second support outer bend at substantially right angle to the second bracket plate, wherein the second planar support is disposed toward an interior of the bracket;
a second inner bracket plate that is bent inward at a second support inner bend from the second planar support, extends from the second support inner bend and is disposed parallel to the second bracket plate over the height of the second bracket plate;
a second inner planar support formed by bending the second bracket plate outward at a second support base bend of the second inner bracket plate, the second inner planar support receiving a load from second planar support and the second inner bracket plate;
a restraining hook in physical communication with the second bracket plate and comprising a first hook plate physically connected and substantially perpendicular to the second bracket plate and a second hook plate physically connected with the first hook plate and disposed substantially parallel to the second bracket plate, wherein the restraining hook, the first bracket plate, the first planar support, the first inner bracket plate, and the first inner planar support receiving a first panel disposed parallel the first bracket plate between the first bracket plate and the first hook plate, and the bracket, the restraining hook, the second bracket plate, the second planar support, the second inner bracket plate, and the second inner planar support receiving a second panel disposed parallel the second bracket plate between the second bracket plate and the second hook plate, wherein an end of the first panel abuts the second bracket plate and an end of the second panel abuts the first hook plate.

US Pat. No. 10,247,214

DISSIMILAR MATERIAL JOINING STRUCTURE AND PRODUCING METHOD OF DISSIMILAR MATERIAL JOINED BODY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A dissimilar material joining structure comprising:a resin member having a plate shape, the resin member including a hole extending through the resin member;
a metallic member having a plate shape, the metallic member including a portion that faces the hole and an outer circumference of the hole; and
a metallic rivet including: a shaft disposed within the hole, the shaft having an axial direction extending in a plate thickness direction of the resin member; and a head integral with a first end in the axial direction of the shaft, the head disposed outside the hole,
wherein
the rivet is configured such that a brim portion of the head is in contact with a surface of the resin member, a second end in the axial direction of the shaft is joined to the metallic member via a weld, and the brim portion holds the resin member between the brim portion and the metallic member,
the shaft includes: a pillar extending from a center of the head; an enlarged diameter portion that is continuous with the pillar and having a diameter greater than a diameter of the pillar; and a punching portion joined to the metallic member via the weld,
the hole includes: a small-diameter hole portion that is adjacent to an outer circumference of the pillar, the small-diameter hole portion having an inner diameter equal to the diameter of the enlarged diameter portion; and a large-diameter hole portion that is adjacent to an outer circumference of the punching portion, the large-diameter hole portion having an inner diameter greater than the diameter of the enlarged diameter portion,
and
an entire outer circumference of the shaft is separated from an entire inner circumferential surface of the hole by a radially-extending gap.

US Pat. No. 10,247,213

ADJUSTABLE FASTENING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PREFABRICATED SUBASSEMBLY FROM AT LEAST ONE ADJUSTABLE FASTENING DEVICE AND A COMPONENT

1. A method for producing a prefabricated subassembly, comprising at least one first component made of a flat material from a metal or a plastic, and an adjustable fastening device comprising a sleeve nut having an aperture with a first internal thread and a through-bore following the first internal thread along a longitudinal axis (LA) of the adjustable fastening device, and comprising a drum screw with an external thread and a tensioning screw lead-through, and a rivet collar portion of the sleeve nut has a wall thickness which is reduced compared to an adjoining sleeve wall of the sleeve nut resulting in a stepped configuration-transition between an outer surface of the sleeve nut and the rivet collar portion at a free face-side end peripheral region of the sleeve nut, wherein the sleeve nut and the drum screw are made of steel comprising the steps of:providing at least one joining opening in the at least one first component,
pre-mounting the adjustable fastening device by screwing the drum screw completely into the sleeve nut to form a pre-mounted adjustable fastening device,
feeding the pre-mounted adjustable fastening device to the at least one joining opening, and non-rotatably and captively fastening the sleeve nut of the pre-mounted adjustable fastening device with the at least one first component in the at least one joining opening by a press-in operation, by at least one clinch rivet or by at least one wobble rivet wherein the sleeve nut has on a free peripheral region, which forms an opening of the aperture of the rivet collar portion enclosing the opening of the aperture and the rivet collar portion runs concentric to the longitudinal axis (LA).

US Pat. No. 10,247,212

DEVICE FOR MOUNTING AN OBJECT

1. A device for mounting an object, comprising:a base member, said base member comprising first body and an extension projecting therefrom;
a second resilient body; a connection mechanism for mating said extension of said base member and said second resilient body, said connection mechanism comprising; a sleeve formed on said second resilient body having a plurality of bosses extending therefrom, and a plurality of recesses in said extension of said base member, at least one of said plurality of bosses nesting in one of said plurality of recesses in said extension of said first body, said connection mechanism further comprising a connector, said connector being configured to bind said at least one of said plurality of bosses of said resilient body to said one of said plurality of recesses in said extension; an arm; and a hinge for attaching said arm to said first body said arm including a surface configured for mounting the object.

US Pat. No. 10,247,211

SPINE OR WHEEL OF INTERCONNECTED UNITS

1. A device comprising:a plurality of hollow units, each unit comprising a circumferential wall having a first end region and a second end region, wherein the first end region is narrower than the second end region and the plurality of units are in an interconnected arrangement, such that
the first end region of a first unit of the plurality of units is received within the second end region of a second unit of the plurality of units, and
a flexible elongate member extends longitudinally through the interconnected units, whereby
the circumferential walls of the interconnected first and second units abut each other and the interconnected units are secured together; and
the plurality of units is formed in a ring such that the first end region of each unit of the plurality of units is received within the second end region of an adjacent second unit of the plurality of units; wherein
the device is suitable for use as a wheel further comprising a central hub and a plurality of spokes which are connected to the central hub, said plurality of spokes extending radially from the central hub to the plurality of units and being attached to the plurality of units, and wherein at least one of the plurality of units is moveable in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,247,210

HYDRAULIC LOCK FOR THRUST VECTOR ACTUATOR

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A hydraulic lock for a thrust vector actuator having a movable shaft, comprising:a lock cylinder having a first end and a second end, the lock cylinder including at least one slot and at least one bore, the at least one slot defined through a perimeter of the lock cylinder adjacent to the second end, the at least one bore defined through a portion of the lock cylinder at the second end to extend towards the first end;
at least one biasing member coupled to the at least one bore;
at least one pawl having a first pawl end and a second pawl end, the first pawl end releasably coupled to a groove defined in the shaft of the thrust vector actuator, the second pawl end coupled to the at least one slot, the at least one pawl movable relative to the at least one slot between a first, locked position in which the first pawl end is coupled to the groove to inhibit movement of the shaft, and a second, unlocked position in which the first pawl end is released from the groove; and
a cover coupled to the at least one biasing member,
wherein a movement of the lock cylinder towards the cover moves the at least one pawl from the first, locked position to the second, unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,209

CONTROL DEVICE FOR ZERO-LEAK DIRECTIONAL CONTROL VALVES

WALVOIL S.P.A., Reggio E...

1. A hydraulic system to activate the hydraulic actuators (3; 3a, 3b) of an operating machine; the hydraulic system (1) comprises:a first high-pressure oil delivery (4);
an oil drain (8);
a first slide valve (9; 9a), which comprises a first spool (12; 12a) axially sliding and suited to control a first hydraulic actuator (3; 3a);
a second low-pressure oil delivery (6);
an activation valve (15); and
a first bidirectional valve (21; 21a) having a first passage opening (22; 22a) that can be hydraulically connected, by means of the first slide valve (9; 9a) to the first delivery (4) and a second passage opening (23; 23a) hydraulically connected to the first actuator (3; 3a); wherein the first bidirectional valve (21; 21a) has an inlet opening (24; 24a) that can be connected, by means of the activation valve (15), to the second delivery (6) and an outlet opening (25; 25a) that can be connected, by means of the first spool (12; 12a) to the drain (8).

US Pat. No. 10,247,208

SPEED CONTROLLER

YUGEN KAISHA HAMA INTERNA...

1. A speed controller comprising:a first flow path and a second flow path configured to allow a first port and a second port each included in a main body portion to be in communication with each other so as to flow pressure fluid,
the first flow path including a first check valve permitting only flow from the first port to the second port,
the second flow path including a first needle valve for adjusting a flow rate of the flowing pressure fluid,
the second flow path being configured to include an opening hole that opens at a center position of the first check valve in a radial direction as a part of the flow path,
the first needle valve adjusting the flow rate by allowing a tip portion of a needle shaft to abut on, to be close to, or to proceed into the opening hole so as to change an opening area of the opening hole, the needle shaft being fixed on a piston reciprocately-movably disposed in a cylinder chamber included in the main body portion and also protruding outside the cylinder chamber; and further
a third flow path configured to allow the first port and the cylinder chamber to be in communication with each other so as to flow the pressure fluid,
the third flow path including a second check valve permitting only flow from the first port to the cylinder chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,247,207

INDUSTRIAL VEHICLE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. An industrial vehicle comprising:an engine;
a hydraulic pump driven by the engine;
an oil tank, which stores hydraulic oil to be pumped by the hydraulic pump;
a hydraulic actuating device actuated by hydraulic pressure;
a first circuit, which includes a control valve and switches supply and discharge of the hydraulic oil by using the control valve, thereby driving the hydraulic actuating device;
a first oil passage, which connects the first circuit to the hydraulic pump;
a second circuit, which controls a pressure in the first circuit;
a first detecting means, which is used to obtain an engine speed;
a second detecting means, which is used to obtain a discharge pressure of the hydraulic pump; and
a control device, wherein
the second circuit includes
a second oil passage, which connects the hydraulic pump to the oil tank without the first circuit in between,
a pressure compensating valve, which is located on the second oil passage,
a third oil passage, which connects the control valve to the oil tank,
a relief pressure valve, which is located on the third oil passage,
a fourth oil passage, which is connected to a back pressure chamber of tithe relief pressure valve,
an electromagnetic valve, which is located on the fourth oil passage, and
a fifth oil passage, which is connected to the third oil passage between the control valve and the relief pressure valve, wherein the fifth oil passage introduces a pressure of the third oil passage into the pressure compensating valve,
the control device actuates the electromagnetic valve to open the fourth oil passage when determining that an engine stall is likely to occur based on information of the engine speed obtained from a detection result of the first detecting means and information of the discharge pressure of the hydraulic pump obtained from a detection result of the second detecting means, and
the electromagnetic valve opens the fourth oil passage to actuate the pressure compensating valve such that the hydraulic pump is connected to the oil tank.

US Pat. No. 10,247,206

FLUID CIRCUIT

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A fluid circuit for a cylinder device that drives a load, comprising:a pressure fluid source that supplies a pressure fluid;
a direction switching valve that switches a supply destination to which the pressure fluid is supplied from the pressure fluid source;
a cylinder device having first and second chambers partitioned by a piston, the cylinder device in which the pressure fluid is supplied to the first chamber or the second chamber in accordance with a switching state of the direction switching valve;
a first accumulator configured to accumulate part of the pressure fluid from the second chamber when the pressure fluid is supplied to the first chamber;
a pressure booster configured to boost pressure of part of the pressure fluid from the second chamber when the pressure fluid is supplied to the first chamber;
a second accumulator that accumulates the pressure fluid whose pressure is boosted by the pressure booster; and
a control valve configured to control distribution of flow rates of the pressure fluids to be supplied from the second chamber to the first accumulator and the pressure booster.

US Pat. No. 10,247,205

ACCUMULATOR RACKS

Dana Italia SPA, Arco (I...

1. A method of charging a hydro-pneumatic energy storage system, the energy storage system comprising a first hydro-pneumatic accumulator comprising a first hollow vessel and, disposed within the first hollow vessel, a first compressible volume containing a first amount of gas, and the system comprising a second hydro-pneumatic accumulator comprising a second hollow vessel and, disposed within the second hollow vessel, a second compressible volume containing a second amount of gas, the method comprising the steps of:pre-pressurizing the gas contained in the first volume to a first hydrostatic pre-charge pressure and pre-pressurizing the gas contained in the second volume to a second hydrostatic pre-charge pressure, the second pre-charge pressure being higher than the first pre-charge pressure;
pressurizing the gas in the first volume by discharging a non-compressible hydraulic fluid into the first vessel while keeping a quantity of non-compressible hydraulic fluid contained in the second vessel constant to keep the pressure of the gas contained in the second volume at the second pre-charge pressure; and,
when the pressure of the gas in the first volume reaches the second pre-charge pressure, pressurizing the gas in the second volume by discharging a non-compressible hydraulic fluid into the second vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,247,204

HYDRAULIC CONTROL APPARATUS AND HYDRAULIC CONTROL METHOD

YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A hydraulic control apparatus comprising:a branch path that branches from a main passage that connects an oil pump that operates with rotation of an engine and equipment to which oil is supplied by the oil pump;
an accumulator connected to the branch path;
a control solenoid;
a reference pressure chamber and a control pressure chamber; and
a balance valve unit including a balance valve body and an opening compression spring that biases the balance valve body toward an opening side, wherein
a check valve for preventing backflow is provided in an oil inlet path of the branch path, through which oil flows into the accumulator, the balance valve unit is provided in an oil discharge path of the branch path, through which oil is discharged from the accumulator, and the control solenoid is operated to introduce a high-pressure oil into the control pressure chamber such that opening of the balance valve body is suppressed by a hydraulic pressure of the high-pressure oil.

US Pat. No. 10,247,203

NOISE REDUCTION STRUCTURE AND SUPERCHARGING DEVICE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A noise reduction structure for reducing noise on an air discharge side of a compressor of a supercharger, comprising:a compressor discharge-side pipe portion forming at least part of a compressor discharge-side pipe, the compressor discharge-side pipe comprising a compressor outlet pipe disposed downstream from a tongue section of a scroll of the compressor and a pipe connecting the compressor outlet pipe to an air cooler;
a first porous plate having a plurality of through holes and extending circumferentially along an inner circumferential surface of the compressor discharge-side pipe portion so that an air layer is formed between the first porous plate and the inner circumferential surface:
a partition dividing an interior of the compressor discharge-side pipe portion in a radial direction or in a circumferential direction of the compressor discharge-side pipe portion so as to form a plurality of flow paths in the compressor discharge-side pipe portion; and
a second porous plate having a plurality of through holes, the second porous plate being provided in each of the plurality of flow paths and extending along the partition so that an air layer is formed between the second porous plate and the partition.

US Pat. No. 10,247,202

CENTRIFUGAL PUMP

1. A centrifugal pump (1) comprising:at least one centrifugal pump stage (2);
a first housing part (3) having a suction connection (5) that includes a suction inlet through which fluid to be delivered enters the centrifugal pump;
a second housing part (6) having a pressure connection (7) that includes a pressure outlet through which the fluid to be delivered exits the centrifugal pump,
at least one intermediate housing part (10) which delimits a channel (11) leading to a pressure side of the at least one centrifugal pump stage (2), the channel being an annular flow channel that is radially arranged between the at least one centrifugal pump stage and the at least one intermediate housing part and through which the fluid to be delivered flows; and
a third housing part (20),
wherein the second housing part (6) and the at least one intermediate housing part (10) are arranged between the first housing part (3) and the third housing part (20), and
wherein the at least one intermediate housing part (10) and the second housing part (6) are each displaceable and configured to be arranged in at least two different positions with respect to the first housing part (3) and the third housing part (20).

US Pat. No. 10,247,201

BLOWER APPARATUS

NIDEC CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A blower apparatus comprising:an air blowing portion arranged to rotate about a central axis extending in a vertical direction;
a motor portion arranged to rotate the air blowing portion; and
a housing arranged to house the air blowing portion and the motor portion; wherein
the housing includes:
an air inlet arranged above the air blowing portion, and arranged to pass through a portion of the housing in an axial direction; and
an air outlet arranged to face in a radial direction at at least one circumferential position radially outside of the air blowing portion;
the air blowing portion includes:
a plurality of flat plates arranged in the axial direction with an axial gap defined between adjacent ones of the flat plates; and
one or a plurality of spacers each of which is arranged in a region in the axial gap between axially adjacent ones of the flat plates, the region covering a portion of a radial extent of the axial gap;
the motor portion includes:
a stationary portion including an armature; and
a rotating portion including a magnet arranged radially outside of the armature, and a hub arranged to hold the magnet; and
the hub includes:
a top plate portion arranged to cover an upper side of the armature;
a magnet holding portion arranged to extend downward from the top plate portion to assume a cylindrical shape, and arranged to hold the magnet with an inner circumferential surface thereof; and
a flat plate holding portion arranged to extend radially on a radially outer side of the magnet holding portion, and hold at least one of the flat plates.

US Pat. No. 10,247,200

COOLING OR HEATING FLUID CIRCULATION SYSTEM OF A CANTILEVERED CENTRIFUGAL PUMP

TIANJIN CRDT FLUID CONTRO...

1. A cooling or heating fluid circulation system of a cantilevered centrifugal pump, comprising a pump shaft (7), wherein one end of the pump shaft is connected with a vane wheel (10), a shaft sleeve (11) sleeved on the periphery of the pump shaft (7), a left sealing gland (51) and a right sealing gland (52), which are sleeved on the periphery of the shaft sleeve (11), wherein the left sealing gland and the right sealing gland are connected in sequence from one end of the vane wheel (10) along the axial direction of the shaft sleeve (11); gaps formed between the left sealing gland (51) and the said shaft sleeve (11) and between the right sealing gland (52) and the said shaft sleeve (11) respectively, where the gap between the left sealing gland (51) and the shaft sleeve (11) houses an inside rotating sealing ring (12) fixed with the shaft sleeve (11) and an inside stationary sealing ring (13) fixed with the left sealing gland (51), an outside rotating sealing ring (17) fixed with the shaft sleeve (11) and an outside stationary sealing ring (18) fixed with the right sealing gland (52) disposed in the gap between the right sealing gland (52) and the shaft sleeve (11) and away from the left sealing gland (51); wherein, a flow-restricted ring (16) is disposed between the inner peripheral surface of the right sealing gland (52) and the shaft sleeve (11); wherein a heat exchange fluid circulation channel, which is formed in at least one of the gap between the right sealing gland (52) and the shaft sleeve (11), the shaft sleeve (11) and the pump shaft (7), is connected with an external heat exchanger (8) via an external channel (9); and wherein the heat exchange fluid therein is capable of rotating simultaneously with rotating parts of the cantilevered centrifugal pump and flowing along the axial direction of rotating parts.

US Pat. No. 10,247,199

MULTI-VOLUTE SIROCCO FAN

KOREA INSTITUTE OF INDUST...

1. A multi-volute sirocco fan, comprising:a driving motor;
a fan connected to a rotation shaft of the driving motor to be rotated therewith, and having a plurality of vanes arranged and installed in a cylindrical shape along a circumferential direction thereof; and
at least two stacked volutes in a center of which the fan is arranged and installed and which guide a fluid while a cross-sectional area thereof formed by upper and lower surfaces, side surfaces thereof and an outer circumferential surface of the fan is linearly increased; and wherein
a plurality of diameter reduction protruding portions of which diameters are reduced and which protrude are provided at an upper surface central introduction port of a lower one of the volutes, and a plurality of diameter reduction grooves of which diameters are reduced and which protrude and then are bent to form grooves therein are provided at a lower surface central introduction port of an upper one of the volutes, and when the upper and lower volutes are coupled, ends of the diameter reduction protruding portions are fitted and coupled to the diameter reduction grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,247,198

COMPRESSOR HOUSING

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

1. A compressor housing of a compressor that uses an impeller provided in an intake air flow path of an internal combustion engine of a vehicle more to a downstream side than a blow-by gas recirculation part in which blow-by gas of the internal combustion engine recirculates, to pressurize intake air flowing through the intake air flow path, the compressor housing comprising:an impeller chamber that houses the impeller to be rotatable, and an intake air duct that extends along an axis line of the impeller and introduces intake air to the impeller chamber, and
a breather duct that extends in the radial direction of the impeller and introduces blow-by gas into the intake air duct,
wherein the intake air duct includes an inner-wall face that connects with an intake air inlet formed in the impeller chamber,
wherein a step part that is arc shaped along a circumferential direction of the impeller and has a distance along the radial direction of the impeller from the axis line that is farther at a downstream side than at an upstream side thereof is formed in the inner-wall face more to an upstream side along the axis line than the intake air inlet,
wherein a blow-by gas inlet connecting an inner circumferential face of the breather duct and the inner-wall face is provided vertically above the intake air inlet in a state where the compressor housing is mounted on the vehicle, and
wherein the blow-by gas inlet is provided in the intake air flow path more to a downstream side than the step part.

US Pat. No. 10,247,197

FAN ROTOR WITH COOLING HOLES

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A disc to allow cooling air to flow to a motor and bearings in a fan rotor with a pilot to connect to a rotating shaft, a hub and a plurality of blades, the disc comprising:a flat circular portion configured to connect to the pilot at an inner edge and to the hub at an outer edge;
a plurality of bearing cooling holes of a first smaller diameter located around the inner edge of the disc; and
a plurality of motor cooling holes of a second larger diameter located around the outer edge of the disc;
wherein the plurality of bearing cooling holes and the plurality of motor cooling holes control cooling air flow through the bearings and the motor, respectively, and placement of the plurality of bearing cooling holes around the inner edge of the disc encourages less cooling air flow to the bearings and placement of the plurality of motor cooling holes around the outer edge of the disc encourages greater cooling air flow through the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,196

BLADE MODULE AND FAN USING THE SAME

ACER INCORPORATED, New T...

9. A fan, comprising:a blade module comprising:
a rotating shaft; and
a plurality of blades each connecting to the rotating shaft and comprising:
a blade body having a first edge and a second edge, wherein the first edge and the second edge are arranged in an axial direction of the rotating shaft; and
a first airflow guiding portion connecting to the blade body at a local portion of the first edge, wherein the first airflow guiding portion has an enclosed first opening and the enclosed first opening has a second airflow guiding portion connected to an opening edge of the enclosed first opening; and
a casing surrounding a portion of the blade module and separated from each first airflow guiding portion by a distance.

US Pat. No. 10,247,195

IMPELLER FOR A CENTRIFUGAL HEADBOX FEED PUMP

SULZER MANAGEMENT AG, Wi...

1. An impeller of a centrifugal headbox feed pump, the impeller comprising:a shroud with a front face and a circumference;
a plurality of long working vanes on the front face; and
a plurality of shorter intermediate working vanes on the front face between the long working vanes, the shorter intermediate working vanes having a leading edge and a foot part thereof, wherein the shorter intermediate working vanes have a leading edge with an angle of inclination, a foot length (Lfs) and an edge length (Les), the long working vanes having a leading edge with an angle of inclination, the angles of inclination of the leading edges of the long and shorter working vanes having a difference of 20 to 45 degrees, the foot length (Lfs) of the shorter intermediate working vane being between 1.2* Les and 3.0* Les and at least one of a plurality of openings for gas discharge arranged through the shroud within a circumference formed by the foot parts of the leading edges of the shorter intermediate working vanes and of a plurality of balancing openings arranged through the shroud within a circumference formed by the foot parts of the leading edges of the long working vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,247,194

REDUCED EMISSION GAS SEAL

John Crane UK Ltd., Slou...

1. A tandem, non-contacting dry gas mechanical seal system for a compressor operating on a process gas in a process cavity at a process cavity pressure and configured to inhibit the emission of the process gas between a stationary compressor housing and a rotating compressor shaft, the mechanical seal system comprising:a first stage seal including a first rotating ring operably coupled to the compressor shaft, and a first stationary ring operably biased towards the first rotating ring by a first biasing mechanism operably coupled to the compressor housing, the first rotating ring defining grooves that pressurize gas passing between interfacing portions of the first rotating ring and the first stationary ring to partially counteract a biasing force of the first biasing mechanism;
a second stage seal including a second rotating ring operably coupled to the compressor shaft, and a second stationary ring operably biased towards the second rotating ring by a second biasing mechanism operably coupled to the compressor housing; and
a dense barrier gas supply subsystem that during normal operation directs a supply of dense barrier gas from an inlet through the interfacing portions of the first rotating ring and first stationary ring at a pressure below the process cavity pressure, the grooves of the first stage seal pressurize the dense barrier gas to a pressure above the process cavity pressure to promote an upstream flow of the dense barrier gas from an inner diameter of the first stage seal to an outer diameter of the first stage seal and into the process cavity to inhibit the emission of the process gas.

US Pat. No. 10,247,193

RESERVOIR EGRESS FLUID COUPLER

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a compressor section and a drive shaft that drives the compressor section;
a bearing support positioned fore of the compressor section along a primary flowpath, the bearing support supporting the drive shaft, and wherein the bearing support internally comprises:
a fluid reservoir having a reservoir tube extending therefrom;
a fluid pump having a fluid pump tube extending therefrom;
a fluid coupler adapted for repeatable coupling and decoupling of a free end of the reservoir tube to a free end of the fluid pump tube wherein the fluid coupler comprises a cylindrical body defining an axis and having a flange located on a first axial end of the cylindrical body; and
wherein an end portion of at least one of the fluid pump tube and the reservoir tube is disposed within the fluid coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,247,192

SEALING ASSEMBLY FOR TURBOMACHINE

SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES...

1. A turbine engine, comprising:an air compression stage which comprises at least one movable compressor wheel,
an air inlet duct which is coupled to said air compression stage,
a first sealing device, which is arranged between a front portion of the movable compressor wheel and the air inlet duct, comprising at least one seal,
a channel for conveying the air compressed by the movable wheel,
a second sealing device, which is arranged between a rear portion of the movable compressor wheel and the conveying channel and is configured to receive an airflow coming from the conveying channel,
wherein the second sealing device is configured to allow some of the air passing therethrough to be bled, the bleed air being conveyed to the at least one seal of the first sealing device so as to keep the at least one seal of the first sealing device under pressure,
wherein the second sealing device comprises a front seal and a rear seal, the air being bled between the front seal and the rear seal of the second sealing device,
wherein the rear seal of the second sealing device is configured such that the flow rate of bleed air is sufficient to keep the at least one seal of the first sealing device under pressure, and
wherein the front seal of the second sealing device is configured so as to reduce the flow rate of air passing therethrough as much as possible so as to avoid disturbing the flow of air in a rear part of the movable compressor wheel onto which said front seal of the second sealing device opens.

US Pat. No. 10,247,191

COMBINED LED LIGHT AND FAN APPARATUS

WLC Enterprises, Inc., S...

1. The combination fan and light fixture comprising:a housing having the dimensions of a ceiling tile, said housing comprising a lighting chamber and a separate fan chamber;
a fan positioned within the housing in the fan chamber; said fan supported by a fan support wherein said fan is configured to propel air into a fan chamber;
an LED light fixture positioned within the lighting chamber, wherein the fan operates to direct air from the fan chamber to the lighting chamber such that a portion of the air is propelled about the LED lighting fixture to dissipate heat from the LED light fixture;
a diffuser in the fan chamber to direct air from the fan chamber to the lighting chamber; a bracket affixed to the housing; and
a lens supported by a bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,247,190

ACTUATION METHOD AND EFFICIENCY

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

12. A method of operating an actuator comprising:providing a multistage centrifugal pump that includes at least first and second centrifugal pump stages where an inlet of the second centrifugal pump stage receives flow from an outlet of the first centrifugal pump stage; and
directing flow at a first pressure from the second centrifugal pump stage of the multistage centrifugal pump to a first control valve for optimally operating an associated first actuator associated with the first control valve;
returning any additional first pressure flow from the second centrifugal pump stage that is directed to the first control valve and not used by the first control valve via a first return line to the inlet of the second centrifugal pump stage;
directing flow at a second pressure from the first centrifugal pump stage of the multistage centrifugal pump to a second control valve for optimally operating an associated second actuator with the second control valve; and
returning any additional second pressure flow from the first centrifugal pump stage that is directed to the second control valve and not used by the second control valve via a second return line to the inlet of the first centrifugal pump stage.

US Pat. No. 10,247,189

SCROLL COMPRESSOR WITH OLDHAM RING HAVING A PLURALITY OF KEYS COUPLED TO AN ORBITING SCROLL AND A FIXED SCROLL

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A scroll compressor, comprising:a fixed scroll comprising a fixed wrap, and a plurality of first key recesses;
an orbiting scroll comprising an orbiting wrap engaged with the fixed wrap of the fixed scroll to define compression chambers, and a plurality of second key recesses, wherein the orbiting scroll that performs an orbiting motion with respect to the fixed scroll;
a drive comprising a rotational shaft in which a portion of the rotational shaft is inserted into the orbiting wrap; and
an Oldham ring comprising a plurality of first keys and a plurality of second keys provided on one surface of the Oldham ring and coupled to the fixed scroll and the orbiting scroll, respectively, by being inserted into a plurality of first key recesses, into which the plurality of first keys is inserted, formed in the fixed scroll, and a plurality of second key recesses, into which the plurality of second keys is inserted, formed in the orbiting scroll, wherein each of the plurality of first key recesses comprises:
a first portion formed at an inner circumferential surface of the side wall and extended in an axial direction of the fixed scroll; and
a second portion formed at an upper surface of the orbiting scroll support and extended in a radial direction of the fixed scroll, wherein a length of the first portion in the radial direction is less than an orbiting radius of the orbiting scroll, wherein a lower portion of each of the plurality of first keys remains inserted in the second portion of the corresponding first key recess during the orbiting motion of the orbiting scroll, and wherein an outer portion of each of the plurality of first keys is inserted into or separated in a radial direction from the first portion of the corresponding first key recess during the orbiting motion of the orbiting scroll,
wherein the plurality of second key recesses and the plurality second keys are provided at a position where the plurality of second keys are maintained in an inserted state into the plurality of second key recesses so as not to protrude from the plurality of second key recesses for at least one time duration within a time period that spans from a start of a discharge cycle of the scroll compressor to an end of the discharge cycle of the scroll compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,188

SCROLL COMPRESSOR

Hitachi-Johnson Controls ...

1. A scroll compressor comprising:a fixed scroll including an end plate and a spiral wrap standing on the end plate:
an orbiting scroll including an end plate and a spiral wrap standing on the end plate and having a compression chamber formed between the fixed scroll and the orbiting scroll, the compression chamber having a refrigerant to be compressed therein;
a suction section configured to introduce the refrigerant from an outside to an inside of the compressor;
a discharge section configured to discharge the refrigerant from the inside to the outside of the compressor; and
an electric motor configured to orbit the orbiting scroll,
wherein at least one scroll of the fixed scroll and the orbiting scroll includes a sliding surface which is formed outside a wrap with a depression section depressed with respect to the sliding surface and a flange section elevated with respect to the depression section, and
wherein the flange section is a remaining region in a protruding region disposed outside a referential perfect circle, the remaining region being other than a region continuing to an end of an involute curve of a scroll formed with the flange section, the referential perfect circle having a radius set to a distance between the center of the scroll formed with the flange section and the end of the involute curve.

US Pat. No. 10,247,187

VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT VANE PUMP WITH THERMO-COMPENSATION

STACKPOLE INTERNATIONAL E...

1. A variable displacement vane pump for dispensing lubricant to a system, comprising:a housing;
an inlet for inputting lubricant from a source into the housing;
an outlet for delivering pressurized lubricant to the system from the housing;
a control slide displaceable within the housing between a first slide position for maximum displacement and a second slide position for reduced displacement to adjust displacement of the pump through the outlet;
a resilient structure biasing the control slide towards the first slide position;
a rotor with at least one vane mounted in the housing and configured for rotation within and relative to the control slide, the at least one vane configured for engagement with an inside surface of the control slide during rotation thereof;
a first control chamber between the housing and the control slide and a second control chamber between the housing and the control slide, each for receiving pressurized lubricant for urging the control slide towards the second slide position to reduce displacement;
a thermally adjustable control valve comprising a thermostat, the thermostat configured to move the thermally adjustable control valve between a first valve position and a second valve position based on a temperature of the lubricant, the thermally adjustable control valve being in the first valve position for a temperature that is below a predetermined temperature and in the second valve position for a temperature that is at or above the predetermined temperature;
a first port connected to the first control chamber and a second port connected to the second control chamber, the first and second ports configured for selective fluid communication to form a control pressure channel extending between the first control chamber and the second control chamber;
a third port associated with the valve configured for selective fluid communication with the second port based on the position of the valve to form a vent channel between the second control chamber and the thermally adjustable control valve; and
a vent port provided in the housing and configured for selective fluid communication with the second control chamber based on a position of the control slide;
wherein, in its first valve position, the thermally adjustable control valve is configured to control pressure in the second control chamber via fluid communication of the first port and the second port for delivery of pressurized lubricant from the first control chamber through the control pressure channel into the second control chamber, thereby pressurizing the second control chamber to urge the control slide towards it second slide position to reduce displacement of the pump;
wherein, in its second valve position, the thermally adjustable control valve is configured to control pressure in the second control chamber via venting pressurized lubricant from the second control chamber via the vent channel by communicating the second port to the third port, and
wherein, with the control slide moved to its second slide position to reduce displacement of the pump, the vent port is opened and the second control chamber vents pressurized lubricant to the vent port.

US Pat. No. 10,247,186

VARIABLE LUBRICANT VANE PUMP

PIERBURG PUMP TECHNOLOGY ...

1. A variable lubricant vane pump for providing a pressurized lubricant for an internal combustion engine, the variable lubricant vane pump comprising:a pump housing;
a pump chamber arranged in the pump housing, the pump chamber comprising a plurality of pump compartments which are configured to rotate from a charge zone to a discharge zone, the pressurized lubricant being discharged from the plurality of pump compartments into an outlet cavity;
a control ring configured to be shiftable and to envelope the pump chamber;
a pump rotor comprising a static rotor axis and vanes which are configured to be radially slidable and to rotate in the control ring, the control ring being shiftable with respect to the rotor axis between a high pumping volume position and a low pumping volume position;
a pressure control chamber comprising a pressure control chamber plunger, the pressure control chamber being configured to directly push, via the pressure control chamber plunger, the control ring into a high pumping volume direction, the pressure control chamber being loaded with lubricant from the outlet cavity;
a control valve configured to connect or to disconnect the pressure control chamber to a lubricant tank;
a pilot chamber comprising a pilot chamber plunger, the pilot chamber being configured to directly push, via the pilot chamber plunger, the control ring into a low pumping volume direction against the pressure control chamber;
a pilot chamber channel permanently connecting the outlet cavity with the pilot chamber; and
a control chamber channel permanently and directly connecting the outlet cavity with the pressure control chamber, a smallest flow cross-section of the control chamber channel being >1/10 and <1/1 of a smallest flow cross-section of the pilot chamber channel,
wherein,
the control chamber channel is provided as a groove in the control ring, or
the pump housing comprises a wall, and the control chamber channel is provided as a groove in the wall of the pump housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,185

FLUID PUMP

DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LI...

1. A fluid pump comprising:a housing;
an outlet which discharges fluid from said housing;
an inlet plate disposed within said housing, said inlet plate having an inlet which introduces fluid to said housing;
an outlet plate disposed within said housing, said outlet plate having an outlet plate outlet passage;
an electric motor disposed within said housing between said outlet plate and said outlet, said electric motor having a shaft which rotates about an axis;
a pumping arrangement rotationally coupled to said shaft such that rotation of said pumping arrangement by said shaft causes fluid to be pumped from said inlet to said outlet plate outlet passage and through said outlet;
a diverter plate disposed between said outlet plate outlet passage and said electric motor, said diverter plate having a diverter passage which provides fluid communication from said outlet plate outlet passage, past said electric motor, to said outlet, said diverter plate also having an imperforate wall which is axially aligned with said outlet plate outlet passage such that said imperforate wall laterally directs fluid from said outlet plate outlet passage to said diverter passage;
wherein said diverter plate includes a laterally extending diverter channel which provides fluid communication from said outlet plate outlet passage to said diverter passage;
wherein a portion of said diverter channel that is axially aligned with said diverter passage is closed in the axial direction to a volume defined between said outlet plate and said diverter plate while a portion of said diverter channel that is not axially aligned with said diverter passage is open in the axial direction to said volume between said outlet plate and said diverter plate; and
wherein said diverter plate includes an outer peripheral surface surrounding said axis and extending axially such that said diverter channel extends to said outer peripheral surface.

US Pat. No. 10,247,184

PUMP SYSTEM

FORUM US, INC., Houston,...

1. A plunger assembly, comprising:a crosshead;
a plunger;
a sleeve at least partially surrounding the plunger and an end of the crosshead, wherein the sleeve forms a fluid seal between the plunger and the crosshead; and
a plurality of rods, wherein the crosshead is movable along the rods.

US Pat. No. 10,247,183

HORIZONTAL PISTON COMPRESSOR

Howden Thomassen Compress...

1. A horizontal piston compressor for compressing a gas, comprising:a frame having a cylinder oriented along a horizontal axis;
a piston reciprocably received in the cylinder, the piston having:
an inner chamber sized to store a volume of gas at a first pressure; and
first and second end walls, that together with the cylinder, form at least one compression chamber in which the gas is compressed;
a valve and orifice disposed in at least a portion of the first end wall, the valve and orifice configured to admit gas from the at least one compression chamber to the inner chamber during a compression stroke of said piston, wherein the orifice extends through a body portion of the valve, the body portion has a plurality of flow paths through which gas can pass from the orifice to a valve seat area, and when a gas pressure in the at least one compression chamber rises above a cracking pressure of the valve, gas in the at least one compression chamber is admitted, through the orifice and the valve seat area of the valve, into the inner chamber of the piston, increasing a pressure of the volume of gas above the first pressure; and
a gas bearing for supporting the piston relative to the frame, the gas bearing comprising an outflow opening for admitting gas from the inner chamber to a space between the piston and the cylinder when the pressure of the volume of gas rises above a predetermined pressure, the position of the at least one outflow opening and the pressure of the gas being such that the gas admitting to the space exerts an upward pressure on the piston rod unit while, together, the outflow opening and the valve and orifice maintain a pressure ratio between the inner chamber and the space between the piston and the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,247,182

WELL STIMULATION PUMP CONTROL AND METHOD

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A pumping system for use in a well stimulation application, comprising:a pump having an inlet and at least one pumping element, each pumping element including a piston reciprocally disposed in a bore, an inlet check valve in fluid communication with the inlet and an outlet check valve associated with a variable volume defined in a bore;
a pressure sensor disposed to measure a fluid pressure at a location between the inlet check valve and the inlet of the pump;
a drive mechanism for driving a reciprocal motion of the piston;
a speed sensor disposed to measure a speed of the pump at the drive mechanism; and
a controller associated with the pump and disposed to receive signals indicative of the fluid pressure and the speed of the pump;
wherein the controller is programmed to:
determine an operating point of the pump based on the fluid pressure and the speed of the pump;
compare the operating point of the pump with a cavitation map that is predefined;
determine whether cavitation is present in the at least one pumping element based on a result of the comparison between the operating point and the cavitation map; and
when cavitation is present, at times, adjust an operation of the drive mechanism to reduce a speed of the pump, and
provide an indication of a desired slurry composition.

US Pat. No. 10,247,181

HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL PUMP

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A high-pressure fuel pump comprising:a pressurizing chamber which is formed in a pump body;
an outlet valve device which is disposed on an outlet passage side of the pressurizing chamber;
a relief valve device which is disposed in a relief passage fluidly connecting an outlet passage to the pressurizing chamber, while bypassing the outlet valve device, wherein
the relief valve device includes a relief valve, a relief valve seat, and a relief spring configured to pull the relief valve toward the relief valve seat,
the relief valve device in the relief passage is fixed so as to close an aperture connecting to the pressurizing chamber, and
the relief spring is disposed outside of the pressurizing chamber, wherein
the pump body defines a cavity into which the relief valve is inserted, the cavity having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end that is opposite to the first longitudinal end,
the second longitudinal end is located at an outermost surface of the pump body, and
the relief valve opens along a direction that is away from the second longitudinal end of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,247,180

PUMP HAVING A CAP RETAINING A DIAPHRAGM IN A RECEPTACLE

DOSATRON INTERNATIONAL, ...

1. A diaphragm pump (M) of the type comprising a body (1, 1a) which comprises:a suction connection (2) and a connection (3) for discharge of the fluid to be pumped, a suction valve (4) and a discharge valve (5) which are associated respectively with the suction and discharge connections;
a control chamber (6) in which a diaphragm (M) is disposed, and a working chamber (10) which is situated on the side of the diaphragm opposite the control chamber;
a control pipe (8) which can connect the control chamber (6) to a control connection (9) of the body, this control pipe making it possible to apply alternately partial vacuum and pressure on the diaphragm;
a receptacle which is open towards the exterior at one end, and is closed at its other end by a base (13, 13a) comprising a suction orifice (14, 14a) and a discharge orifice (15, 15a),
the diaphragm (M) being situated adjacent the base, or against the base, and being retained by a cap (16, 16a) which is engaged in the receptacle, this cap having, at its end which faces towards the diaphragm, a recess which constitutes the control chamber (6),
wherein the receptacle (11) is oriented transversely, to the control pipe (8), the recess which constitutes the control chamber (6) is connected to a passage (7, 7a) which opens onto the lateral surface of the cap, in order to establish communication with the control pipe (8), and the cap (16, 16a) is retained in place in the receptacle by a ring (17), which is connected to the body of the pump, and comprising a means (18) for retention of the cap; and
a valve device which comprises a plate (25) in which the suction valve (4) and the discharge valve (5) are fitted, with the plate supporting the diaphragm (M), and being retained against the base (13) of the receptacle by the cap (16).

US Pat. No. 10,247,179

GAS COMPRESSION DEVICE

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Hyogo ...

1. A gas compression system comprisinga compressor for compressing gas supplied from a gas source through an inlet conduit; and
a recovery section for recovering gas leaked from the compressor,
wherein the recovery section comprises:
an auxiliary compressor for compressing the gas leaked from the compressor, and
a recovery tank for recovering the leaked gas pressurized by the auxiliary compressor,
wherein the system is configured to be able to feed, into the inlet conduit, the leaked gas recovered by the recovery tank,
wherein the gas compression system further comprises an on-off valve between the connection of the inlet conduit to the recovery tank and the gas source, and
wherein the on-off valve in the inlet conduit is configured to be closed when the leaked gas from the recovery tank is fed to the inlet conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,178

VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT AXIAL PISTON PUMP WITH FLUID CONTROLLED SWASH PLATE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A variable displacement axial piston pump comprising:a pump housing;
a cylinder block defining a plurality of cylinder bores, the cylinder block defining a central axis about which the plurality of cylinder bores are arranged, wherein the cylinder block is supported for rotation relative to the pump housing about the central axis;
a plurality of pistons, each of the plurality of pistons being received in a respective one of the plurality of cylinder bores;
a swash plate pivotally supported relative to the cylinder block, the swash plate providing a piston-supporting surface along which the plurality of pistons slide during operation of the pump; and
a port block defining first and second pumping ports arranged in fluid communication with the plurality of cylinder bores such that, during operation of the pump when the swash plate piston-supporting surface defines an angle other than 90 degrees with respect to the central axis, one of the first and second pumping ports is configured to supply fluid to the plurality of cylinder bores for pumping by the plurality of pistons as the cylinder block rotates, and the other of the first and second pumping ports is configured to receive fluid pumped from the plurality of cylinder bores by the plurality of pistons as the cylinder block rotates,
wherein the swash plate partially defines at least one variable volume control chamber, and wherein the swash plate is operable to tilt with respect to the port block in response to a fluid pressure change in the at least one control chamber, and
wherein the swash plate is arranged between the port block and the cylinder block and the at least one control chamber is defined jointly by the swash plate and the port block.

US Pat. No. 10,247,177

POSITIVE DISPLACEMENT MACHINES AND METHODS OF INCREASING LOAD-CARRYING CAPACITIES THEREOF

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A positive displacement machine comprising:a cylinder block adapted to be rotated about an axis of the positive displacement machine;
a plurality of cylindrical bores defined in the cylinder block and surrounding the axis, each of the cylindrical bores having a bore wall and a port;
a plurality of pistons reciprocably disposed within the cylindrical bores, each of the pistons defining a piston-cylinder lubrication interface with the bore wall of a corresponding one of the cylindrical bores and defining a displacement chamber within the cylindrical bore adjacent the port thereof;
a working fluid located within the displacement chambers and within the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces to provide a load-bearing function between the pistons and the bore walls of the cylinder bores;
a circumferencially continuous radial step in a surface of each of the cylindrical bores between the piston-cylinder lubrication interface and the displacement chamber thereof that defines an end of the piston-cylinder lubrication interface, wherein distal ends of the pistons are located within the displacement chambers of the cylinder bores, do not pass the radial steps of the cylindrical bores, and do not enter the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces as the pistons reciprocate within the cylindrical bores during operation of the positive displacement machine; and
a plurality of circumferential grooves located within the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces, at least one of the grooves being located on the bore wall of each of the cylindrical bores, the grooves having an opening facing the pistons and in fluidic communication with the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces so as to contain a portion of the working fluid, wherein the grooves promote hydrostatic balancing of pressure of the working fluid within the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces and increase a load-carrying capacity of the working fluid within the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces during operation of the positive displacement machine.

US Pat. No. 10,247,176

DEVICE FOR CHOKING A FLUID FLOW AND CORRESPONDING PISTON PUMP FOR DELIVERING FLUIDS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for choking a fluid flow, comprising:a pot-like base body including a base having a first passage opening;
a spring element;
a closing body guided axially moveably in the pot-like base body against a spring force of the spring element and having a second passage opening configured to form a static choke point with a predefined fixed opening cross section;
a delay device configured to delay a closing movement of the closing body in a targeted fashion,
wherein the closing body in combination with the spring element and the first passage opening forms a dynamic choke point with a dynamic opening cross section that is variably adjustable depending on a pressure difference, and
wherein the delay device has a friction element with a lip which is arranged between the closing body and an inner wall of the pot-like base body and creates a direction-dependent friction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,175

WAX-MOTOR WITH HIGH CYCLE LIFE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A thermally responsive actuator comprising:a housing having a bore extending along an axis and opening at a first end of the housing;
a piston slidable along the axis and having a shaft extendable through the opening of the housing with movement of the piston;
a thermal expansion material positioned within the bore in contact with the piston;
a seal assembly attached to the first end of the housing to cover the opening and surround a portion of the shaft to allow the shaft to slide through the seal assembly into contact with the thermal expansion material while preventing escape of the thermal expansion material;
wherein the seal assembly includes an elastomeric seal surrounding a portion of the shaft and contacting the portion of the shaft over a contact region, the elastomeric seal having mold flash regions displaced from a center of the contact region; and
wherein the elastomeric seal in a relaxed state is a toroid providing a bore extending along the axis, the bore having a constant circular cross-section when the elastomeric seal is in a relaxed state and wherein the mold flash regions are displaced outside of the bore.

US Pat. No. 10,247,174

SOLAR THERMAL POWER GENERATION SYSTEM AND SOLAR THERMAL POWER GENERATION METHOD

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power ...

1. A solar thermal power generation system comprising:a solar heat collection system that uses water/steam as a heat medium, the solar heat collection system being configured to generate superheated steam from water by collecting solar heat;
a main power generation system that uses the heat medium in common with the solar heat collection system, the main power generation system being configured to perform power generation by using part of the superheated steam generated by the solar heat collection system;
a solar heat storage/release system that uses a heat storage medium different from the heat medium of the solar heat collection system, the solar heat storage/release system being configured to store heat in the heat storage medium by heat exchange with the rest of the superheated steam generated by the solar heat collection system and to release the heat stored in the heat storage medium; and
a secondary power generation system that uses the heat medium in common with the solar heat collection system, the secondary power generation system being configured to perform power generation by using the heat medium changed into saturated steam by heat storage or heat release of the heat storage medium in the solar heat storage/release system, wherein:
the main power generation system includes:
a steam turbine into which part of the heat medium from the solar heat collection system is introduced, the heat medium being superheated steam; and
a main generator driven by the steam turbine,
the solar heat storage/release system includes:
a heat storage heater for exchanging heat between the rest of the heat medium from the solar heat collection system and the heat storage medium to store heat in the heat storage medium and to change the heat medium from superheated steam into saturated steam;
a low-temperature tank for containing the heat storage medium to be supplied to the heat storage heater; and
a high-temperature tank for containing the heat storage medium after storing heat in the heat storage heater, and
the secondary power generation system includes:
a saturated steam turbine;
a secondary generator driven by the saturated steam turbine;
a first pipe connected to the solar heat collection system and to an inlet of the heat storage heater, the first pipe being configured to introduce the rest of the heat medium from the solar heat collection system into the heat storage heater, the heat medium being superheated steam; and
a second pipe connected to an outlet of the heat storage heater and to an inlet of the saturated steam turbine, the second pipe being configured to introduce the heat medium from the first pipe through the heat storage heater into the saturated steam turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,247,173

ELASTIC MOTOR-SPRING ACTUATOR

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS,...

1. An actuator, comprising:a fixed member;
a free member operatively engaged with said fixed member so that said free member is moveable with respect to said fixed member;
an elastic element operatively associated with said free member and said fixed member, said elastic element comprising a thin, sheet-like member having a trapezoidal configuration so that said elastic element has a variable compliance; and
means for moving said free member with respect to said fixed member, said actuator being operable to store energy in said elastic element without a change in an overall length of said actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,247,172

SELF ORIENTING HANGING WINDMILL

1. A free hanging balanced windmill comprising:an airframe having a windward and leeward end
a wind turbine comprising a turbine rotor with blades rotatably mounted on the leeward end of the airframe;
a generator with a stator supported by the airframe and a generator rotor operatively connected to the turbine rotor;
a single supporting hanger strut attached to a center of gravity of the airframe with the wind turbine and generator mounted thereon, said hanger strut supporting the airframe such that the airframe may tip with respect to the hanger strut and in a neutral position the airframe is perpendicular to the hanger strut and parallel to the ground; and,
a stop means comprising a first part on the windward end and a second part on the leeward end of the airframe adapted to prevent tipping of the airframe on the hanger strut such that the blades of the turbine rotor do not strike the hanger strut, said first and second parts of the stop means comprising a lanyard, a finger or a tab positioned between the hanger strut and the windward end and leeward end of the airframe and configured to prevent tipping of the airframe beyond a preset amount.

US Pat. No. 10,247,171

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COORDINATING WAKE AND NOISE CONTROL SYSTEMS OF A WIND FARM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for simultaneously coordinating a wake control system and a noise control system of a wind farm having a plurality of wind turbines, the method comprising:determining, via a farm controller, one or more wake control set points for the wake control system;
determining, via the farm controller, one or more noise control set points for the noise control system;
selecting, via the farm controller, between the wake control set points and the noise control set points for each of the plurality of wind turbines using either the wake control set points or the noise control set points as a constraint relative to the other;
sending, via the farm controller, the selected control set points to local controllers of the plurality of wind turbines; and
modifying, via the local controllers, existing set points of the plurality of wind turbines of the wind farm with the selected control set points and operating the plurality of wind turbines at the selected control set points, wherein the wake control set points, the noise control set points and the selected control set points comprise of at least one of a tip speed ratio, a pitch angle, a yaw angle, a rotor speed, an electrical power or a generator speed.

US Pat. No. 10,247,170

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DYNAMIC SYSTEM

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A control system for a dynamic system, said control system comprising:at least one measurement sensor coupled to the dynamic system;
at least one regulation device configured to regulate operation of the dynamic system as a function of at least one dynamic system characteristic; and
at least one computing device coupled to said at least one measurement sensor and said at least one regulation device, said at least one computing device configured to:
receive at least one measurement signal from said at least one measurement sensor, wherein the at least one measurement signal includes measurement data;
classify, using the measurement data, a wind shear profile of the dynamic system from which to infer the at least one dynamic system characteristic;
infer the at least one dynamic system characteristic based, at least in part, on the wind shear profile;
generate at least one regulation device command signal based, at least in part, on the inferred at least one dynamic system characteristic;
wherein the dynamic system is a wind turbine;
wherein said at least one computing device is further configured to classify the wind shear profile using a random forests algorithm on the measurement data;
wherein the at least one regulation device command signal is utilized to change the pitch of one or more rotor blades of the wind turbine to enhance a wind turbine torque;
wherein the said at least one computing device is further configured to:
classify the wind shear profile and to determine whether the measurement data is consistent with a wind shear power law profile;
determine that the measurement data is not consistent with the wind shear power law profile, wherein the at least one computing device uses a fitted quadratic model to infer a wind shear characteristic as the at least one dynamic system characteristic; and
wherein the fitted quadratic model is given by:
V(h)=V(HH)[a(h?HH)2+b(h?HH)+1],
where V=wind velocity, HH=lower height, h=upper height, a=first quadratic fit coefficient, and b=second quadratic fit coefficient.

US Pat. No. 10,247,169

MEANS FOR ALLEVIATING STRAIN ON A WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A rotor blade for a wind turbine, the rotor blade comprising:a main body defining a pressure side and a suction side of the rotor blade, the main body having a main body trailing edge section, a leading edge section, and a span; and
an aerodynamic device, the aerodynamic device having an attachment section for attaching the aerodynamic device to the main body trailing edge section along a portion of the span, an aerodynamic section for influencing the aerodynamic properties of the rotor blade, and a buckling section to control a configuration of the aerodynamic section with regard to the main body;
wherein the aerodynamic device has a device trailing edge that extends past the main body trailing edge section within the portion of the span in a direction distal to the leading edge section of the main body;
wherein the aerodynamic device is configured such that the aerodynamic device:
deforms elastically for a force component below an elasticity limit acting in flapwise direction on the buckling section, and
deforms abruptly if a force component of a size that is within a predetermined range from of a stability limit of the buckling section acts in flapwise direction on the buckling section,
wherein the configuration of the aerodynamic section with regard to the main body is changed if the buckling section deforms abruptly, and load on the rotor blade is alleviated due to the change of the configuration of the aerodynamic section.

US Pat. No. 10,247,168

ROTATIONAL MECHANICAL TRANSFORMER APPARATUS AND METHODS

1. A rotational mechanical transformer arranged for transfer and transformation of velocity, force, angular momentum, torque, energy/work, energy density, and pressure associated with at least one rotating device containing at least one working fluid comprising:at least one actuator including at least one cylinder arranged to contain the at least one working fluid;
at least one externally supported shaft and at least one drive shaft, having parallel axes orthogonally displaced by a predetermined displacement, and each respectively connected to at least one connecting arm and at least one additional connecting arm;
wherein, the at least one cylinder includes at least one actuator rod and at least one blind end each respectively connected with at least one revolving eccenter axle and the at least one drive shaft, and arranged to allow for angular displacements of the at least one actuator with respect to the parallel axis;
wherein, the at least one revolving eccenter axle have been rotationally connected to the at least one connecting arm and at least one revolving eccenter bar, while the at least one revolving eccenter bar have been rotationally connected to the
at least one additional connecting arm via at least one additional revolving axle; and
wherein, the predetermined displacement has been arranged to be substantially equal to an effective length of the at least one revolving eccenter bar.

US Pat. No. 10,247,167

INDEPENDENT POWER GENERATING METHOD USING WATER PRESSURE AND VAPOR, AND GENERATING DEVICE THEREOF

1. An independent power generating device using water pressure and vapor, comprising:a water tank disposed at a predetermined height to have potential energy;
a first water wheel disposed at an exhaust side of the water tank to vertically face the water tank and to rotate by head drop of water, an electric generator being coupled to a rotating shaft thereof;
a heating boiler disposed to communicate with a lower portion of the first water wheel to generate vapor by heating inlet water;
a vapor wheel disposed to rotate by high-pressure vapor ejected by communicating with a vapor exhausting end of the heating boiler an electric generator being coupled to a rotating shaft thereof;
a condensing tank mounted at an upper side of the vapor wheel to have a first side communicating with the vapor wheel with a connection pipe so as to condense vapor and to allow condensate water to flow toward an another side to exhaust it; and
a second water wheel disposed to downwardly communicate with an exhaust side of the condensing tank to rotate by head drop of the condensate, the electric generator being coupled to a rotating shaft, to downwardly communicate with the water tank,
wherein a check valve is installed in the connection pipe to facilitate introduction of the vapor that comes up after the vapor wheel is rotated into the condensing tank and to prevent the vapor introduced into the condensing tank from flowing backward, and
wherein a lower portion of a second side of the condensing tank communicates with an upper portion of the second water wheel with the connection pipe and a control valve is coupled to the connection pipe to downwardly supply water at a predetermined supply rate.

US Pat. No. 10,247,166

DEVICE FOR REVERSING A BLADE OF A RUNNER UNIT

GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A device for reversing a blade of a runner unit, the device comprising:an annular lever fixed to a trunnion portion of the blade and rotatably mounted on the runner unit;
a main servomotor comprising a piston adapted to reciprocate along a shaft of the runner unit and coupled to said annular lever such to cause a first rotation of the blade until said piston reaches a dead zone position;
an auxiliary servomotor arranged to cause a further rotation of the blade;
wherein said auxiliary servomotor comprises a reciprocating linear rack configured to cooperate with a toothed sector provided on said annular lever when said piston is at or in proximity of said dead zone position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,165

HANDHELD ENGINE-DRIVEN WORKING MACHINE

YAMABIKO CORPORATION, Oh...

1. A handheld engine-driven working machine comprising:an internal combustion engine with a throttle valve;
a centrifugal clutch coupled to the internal combustion engine and operating at a rotational speed equal to or greater than a clutch-in rotational speed;
a throttle adjusting device for adjusting an opening degree of the throttle valve of the internal combustion engine; and
a control device provided in the internal combustion engine;
wherein at the rotational speed higher than the clutch-in rotational speed the control device is configured to detect a rotational speed and an amount of change in the rotational speed at at least once in each rotation of the internal combustion engine, and determines that the throttle valve is partially opened when the amount of change in the rotational speed is greater than a predetermined value which is defined to change according to a change in the rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,247,164

IGNITION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An ignition apparatus comprising:an ignition plug having a center electrode and a ground electrode to produce a discharge therebetween upon being supplied with electric power;
a boost transformer having a primary coil and a secondary coil magnetically coupled with each other, the boost transformer being configured to supply the ignition plug with the electric power that is generated in the secondary coil by electromagnetic induction upon supply of AC power to the primary coil;
an ignition power source configured to supply the primary coil of the boost transformer with the AC power; and
a measurement unit configured to measure at least one of discharge voltage and discharge current of the ignition plug,
wherein
the ignition power source includes a controller that has a discharge state determining unit configured to determine a discharge state of the ignition plug based on the at least one of the discharge voltage and the discharge current measured by the measurement unit when a discharge is produced between the center and ground electrodes of the ignition plug to ignite an air-fuel mixture in a combustion chamber, and a current controlling unit configured to control electric current supplied to the primary coil of the boost transformer, and
the controller is configured so that when a discharge path formed between the center and ground electrodes of the ignition plug is determined by the discharge state determining unit as being in an over-extended state, the current controlling unit reduces the electric current supplied to the primary coil of the boost transformer.

US Pat. No. 10,247,163

IGNITION DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA C...

1. An ignition device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:an ignition plug that is placed with a tip exposed on an end in an axial direction of a combustion chamber formed in a cylinder of the internal combustion engine, and that comprises a central electrode and a grounding electrode that are provided opposing each other at the tip; and
a magnetic field former that forms a magnetic field in a direction in which a magnetic field vector substantially vertically passes through an approximate two-dimensional plane including a spark discharge path formed, by a gas flow ejected to the end in the axial direction of the combustion chamber, between the central electrode and the grounding electrode and extending in an approximate U shape in a direction orthogonal to the opposing direction of the central electrode and the grounding electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,247,162

STARTER FOR A COMBINED HEAT AND POWER UNIT

1. A combined heat and power unit comprising a generator which is connectable to the grid and a starter system for start up of the combined heat and power unit,wherein the starter system comprises:
a variable frequency drive, VFD, operable to receive power from the grid, to reduce the frequency of the power, and to provide the reduced-frequency power to the generator to start the generator; and
a bypass relay configured to bypass the VFD, allowing direct connection between the grid and the generator after the generator has started,
and wherein the variable frequency drive is configured to operate temporarily during start up of the combined heat and power unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,161

MOTOR GENERATOR, ENGINE STARTING DEVICE, AND ENGINE START CONTROL METHOD

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A motor generator, which is always connected to an engine via a belt, and is configured to carry out start control of the engine and power generation control,the motor generator having a two-output power transmission mechanism comprising:
a belt driving mechanism, which is configured to drive the engine through the belt and a pulley, such that the motor generator is always connected to an engine via the belt; and
a gear driving mechanism, which comprises a pinion gear to be coupled to a ring gear on the engine side in accordance with an external instruction, and is configured to drive the engine by the pinion gear being coupled to the ring gear,
wherein the pulley and the pinion gear rotate based on a rotation of a rotation shaft of the motor generator by a rotation of a rotor of the motor generator.

US Pat. No. 10,247,160

ENGINE STARTING SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An engine starting system comprising:a starting device for transmitting a rotational force thereof to a crankshaft of an engine to drive the crankshaft, the starting device including a first starter constantly connected to the crankshaft and a second starter connected to the crankshaft by a disengageable coupling; and
a control device for controlling an operation of the starting device in response to a start request of the engine; wherein
the engine starting system includes a rotation determination section capable of discriminating a rotation direction of the crankshaft;
when a period where the crankshaft rotates in a reverse direction while the engine is stopping is referred to as a reverse rotation period;
the control device sets the reverse rotation period as a cranking prohibition period for prohibiting the starting device from driving the crankshaft;
if the start request is generated during the reverse rotation period, the starting device is operated to drive the crankshaft based on an information from the rotation determination section when it is detected that the crankshaft has shifted from reverse rotation to forward rotation by driving the crankshaft by either one of the first starter and the second starter, or both the first starter and the second starter;
the first starter is an alternator that varies a rotational speed according to a power source frequency; and
the control device is an inverter that includes a switching element for varying a frequency to be applied to the alternator according to an on/off operation of the switching element, and a control circuit for controlling an on/off operation of the switching element while managing a drive timing of the second starter.

US Pat. No. 10,247,159

RECOIL STARTER AND ENGINE

Mitsubishi Heavy Industri...

1. A recoil starter comprising:a pull rope reel around which a pull rope is wound, the pull rope reel rotating by pulling out the pull rope;
a ratchet wheel which is configured to rotate with the rotation of the pull rope reel and has a protruding part protruding toward a radially outer side of a rotation axis;
a pulley rotatable coaxially with the ratchet wheel;
a ratchet pawl which is supported on the pulley on the radially outer side of the ratchet wheel, is capable of swinging between an engaged position where the ratchet pawl engages with the protruding part and a disengaged position where the ratchet pawl does not engage with the protruding part, and is always urged toward the engaged position; and
an outer wall which is provided on the pulley, has a support surface which supports a base end portion of the ratchet pawl from a side opposite to the tip portion of the ratchet pawl across a swinging axis of the ratchet pawl when the ratchet pawl is in the engagement position, and has a foreign matter discharge portion through which the internal space of the pulley on which the ratchet pawl is disposed communicates with the external space of the pulley,
wherein an opening portion on the internal space side of the foreign matter discharge portion is formed in at least the support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,247,158

FUEL INJECTION VALVE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A fuel injection valve including a valve seat and a valve body that cooperate with each other to open and close a fuel passage, a movable element that has the valve body provided at one end thereof and has a fuel passage formed therein, a valve seat member having the valve seat formed thereon, an upstream-side communication hole that is located upstream of a flow of fuel and connects an inside and an outside of the movable element, and a downstream-side communication hole that is located downstream of the flow of fuel and connects the inside and outside of the movable element, in which a guide section for the valve body, where the valve seat member and the valve body are in sliding contact with each other, is provided downstream of the downstream-side communication hole, wherein:a fuel passage configured to connect, in a center axis direction, an upstream side and a downstream side of the guide section is provided at a same angular position in a circumferential direction of the movable element as the downstream-side communication hole;
an area ratio ((S1+S2)/S3), wherein S1 is a sectional area of the upstream-side communication hole, S2 is a sectional area of the downstream-side communication hole and S3 is a sectional area of a fuel passage provided in the fuel passage of the movable element at a position upstream of the upstream-side communication hole, is smaller than 4.0; and
the downstream-side communication hole is positioned in the vicinity of the valve body;
an area ratio (S1/S2) between the sectional area S1 and the sectional area S2 is larger than 0.5 and smaller than 1.6;
the movable element comprises a movable iron core and a rod portion;
the upstream-side communication hole is arranged at a position where an upper end of the upstream-side communication hole is not spaced apart from a lower end of the movable iron core by a distance equal to or larger than an inner diameter of the rod portion; and
the downstream-side communication hole is arranged at a position where a lower end of the downstream-side communication hole is not spaced apart from the valve body by a distance equal to or larger than the inner diameter of the rod portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,157

DIAMOND LIKE CARBON (DLC) COATING FOR ETHANOL-BLENDED FUEL INJECTOR APPLICATIONS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle component comprising:a surface of the component that is configured to contact a fuel comprising ethanol; and
a layer of non-hydrogenated diamond-like carbon (NH-DLC) material disposed on the surface, the layer having a thickness of from greater than or equal to about 100 nm to less than or equal to about 100 ?m,
wherein the NH-DLC material has a carbon content of greater than or equal to about 90 atomic % (at. %), a carbon-carbon sp3 hybrid bond content of from greater than or equal to about 60% to less than or equal to about 100%, and a carbon-carbon sp2 hybrid bond content of from greater than or equal to about 0 to less than or equal to about 40%, and wherein the NH-DLC material is substantially free of hydrogen atoms, and
wherein the layer of NH-DLC material is configured to contact the fuel comprising ethanol.

US Pat. No. 10,247,156

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:a fuel injector arranged at a top surface of a cylinder; a spark plug configured to ignite an air-fuel mixture in a combustion chamber; a piston having a cavity in its top surface;
a swirl control device configured to control a strength of a swirl flow formed in said combustion chamber; and
a control system configured to control said fuel injector, said spark plug, and said swirl control device,
wherein
said fuel injector is positioned in said cavity when viewed in an axial direction of said cylinder;
said cavity includes a side wall surface, the side wall surface being spaced apart from said fuel injector by different distances in a circumferential direction;
said control system being configured to perform ignition assist control, the ignition assist control including successively performing an injection of a main fuel from said fuel injector and an injection of an ignition assist fuel, controlling injection amounts and injection timings of said main fuel and said ignition assist fuel and an ignition timing of said spark plug so as to make an air-fuel mixture formed by the injection of said ignition assist fuel burn by flame propagation and make a remaining fuel burn by pre-mix compression self-ignition using heat generated by said combustion by flame propagation; and
said control system is configured to control said swirl control device during said ignition assist control so that when an engine load is relatively high, compared to when the engine load is relatively low, the fuel sprayed from said fuel injector heads toward first parts of said side wall surface of said cavity which are relatively closer to said fuel injector than other parts of said side wall surface of said cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,247,155

FUEL INJECTOR AND FUEL SYSTEM FOR COMBUSTION ENGINE

Solar Turbines Incorporat...

1. A fuel injector for a combustion engine comprising:an injector body including an injector head having a nozzle structured to fluidly connect with a combustor in the combustion engine, a premixer coupled to the nozzle, and a pilot assembly;
the premixer including therein a plurality of flow channels structured to receive inflowing air, a first set of fueling orifices defining a first fuel delivers pattern, and a second set of fueling orifices defining a second fuel delivery pattern, the first set of fueling orifices differing from the second set of fueling orifices in at least one of a total flow area or a pattern of distribution within the premixer;
the first set of fueling orifices and the second set of fueling orifices each being in fluid communication with the flow channels, and each structured to fluidly connect with at least one of a plurality of different fuel supplies, such that the premixer provides a main flow containing a mixture of air and one of a plurality of different fuels, for delivery to the combustor; and
the pilot assembly including therein a plurality of fuel inlets each structured to fluidly connect with a different one of the plurality of different fuel supplies, an injection outlet fluidly connected with each of the plurality of fuel inlets, and an air inlet fluidly connected with the injection outlet, such that the pilot assembly provides a pilot flow containing a mixture of air and one of the plurality of different fuels, for delivery to the combustor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,154

FUEL PUMP

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A fuel pump for conveying fuel, comprising a conveying unit including a cylinder, a plunger received in the cylinder, a pump spring received in the cylinder, an inner sleeve connected to the plunger, an outer sleeve in contact with the pump spring and in contact with a roller of a cam mechanism, and a locking bolt configured to detachably connect the inner and outer sleeves, wherein the locking bolt is biased by a locking spring located above the locking bolt, wherein the plunger moves in the cylinder at a delivery stroke, a level of which is variable by the cam mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,247,153

HEATING DEVICE FOR A FLUID LINE

1. A heating device for a fluid line, the heating device comprising:a housing having:
a hollow first connecting member formed on a first axial end of the housing, the first connecting member configured to connect to a pipe or hose of a fluid line for fluid flow;
a hollow second connecting member formed on an opposite second axial end of the housing, the second connecting member configured to connect to another pipe or hose of the fluid line for fluid flow;
a hollow central heating member arranged between and separating the a first connecting member from the second connecting member, the central heating member bridging between and fluidically connecting the first connecting member to the second connecting member;
a tubular heat-conductive pipe segment arranged within an interior of the hollow first connecting member, the heat-conductive pipe segment having a first axial end arranged at an axially outer end of the hollow first connecting member and an opposite second axial end arranged within the interior of the hollow first connecting member, proximate to the hollow central heating member;
a U-shaped projection monolithically formed on the opposite second axial end of the tubular heat-conductive pipe segment and in an interior of the hollow central heating member, the U-shaped projection projecting outwardly away from the tubular heat-conductive pipe segment and away from the first connecting member and into an interior of the hollow central heating member, the U-shaped projection terminating before reaching the hollow second connecting member, the U-shaped projection having:
a heat introduction surface formed by a flat base of the U-shaped projection in the interior of the hollow central heating member;
two lateral flanks, each formed on opposite edges of the flat base of the U-shaped projection, the lateral flanks forming respective legs of the U-shaped projection, the two lateral flanks each terminating at an end edge arranged outwardly away from the flat base, the end edges and the lateral flanks spaced away from each other such that the flat base of the U-shaped projection together with the two lateral flanks form an open “U” shape of the U-shaped projection;
wherein the lateral flanks comprise locking edges formed as indentations on the end edges of the lateral flanks;
an electrical heating device arranged on and contacting the heat introduction surface of the U-shaped projection, including:
an electrical heating element arranged within the hollow central heating member;
two electrical plug connection devices, each having a contact part on a first end contacting the electrical heating element and a second end forming an electrical terminal;
a U-shaped fastening element arranged in the hollow central heating member of the housing and arranged on the U-shaped projection and covering the electrical heating device, such that the electrical heating device is arranged between the U-shaped fastening element and the U-shaped projection;
wherein the U-shaped fastening element has a plurality of inwardly projecting locking noses which lock onto the locking edges of the U-shaped projection, fastening the U-shaped projection onto the U-shaped fastening element;
wherein the electrical terminals extend through openings in the U-shaped fastening element towards an exterior of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,152

MULTI-LAYER PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND INJECTION DEVICE AND FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM PROVIDED WITH THE MULTI-LAYER PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

6. An injection device, comprising:a container provided with an injection hole; and
a multi-layer piezoelectric element comprising
a stacked body in which piezoelectric layers and internal electrode layers are laminated;
a conductor layer disposed on a side face of the stacked body;
a conductive joining material layer disposed on a surface of the conductor layer; and
an external electrode joined to the conductor layer via the conductive joining material layer,
the conductive joining material layer comprising solder and a conductive adhesive, the solder constituting an end of the conductive joining material layer which confronts an end of the external electrode to be connected to an external circuit,
wherein the conductive adhesive constitutes a remaining part of the conductive joining material layer except the end of the conductive joining material layer, and
a void is provided in the boundary between the solder and the conductive adhesive constituting the conductive joining material layer,
a fluid stored in the container being injected through the injection hole by driving the multi-layer piezoelectric element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,151

FUEL-TANK-EQUIPPED WORKING MACHINE

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

1. A fuel-tank-equipped working machine in which an engine is housed in an inside of an outer case, fuel is supplied to the engine from a fuel tank, and a working unit is driven by the engine, comprising:a tank opening that is formed by the outer case, and allows a part of the fuel tank to be exposed to an outside of the outer case;
a mounting concave portion provided by the fuel tank, said mounting concave portion being formed into a concave shape so as to be recessed toward an inside of the fuel tank, continuing to a peripheral wall of the fuel tank, and extending along the tank opening; and
a cushion portion that is formed to be capable of being received in the mounting concave portion, said cushion portion having an outer peripheral wall flush with the peripheral wall of the fuel tank in a state where the cushion portion is received in the mounting concave portion, and having a fitting groove capable of being fitted to a rim of the tank opening in the outer case.

US Pat. No. 10,247,150

OUTBOARD MOTOR POWERHEAD SECTION AND FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. An outboard motor internal combustion engine comprising:a cylinder block including a plurality of vertically stacked cylinders that are divided into first and second cylinder banks arranged in a V-shape;
first and second cylinder heads coupled to the first and second cylinder banks, respectively, near a first end of the engine, the first and second cylinder heads defining a plurality of intake passages, each intake passage in the plurality of intake passages corresponding to a respective cylinder in the plurality of cylinders;
first and second air intake manifolds including a plurality of air intake runners that extend from a second, opposite end of the engine, around first and second sides of the cylinder block, and are respectively connected to the intake passages in the first and second cylinder heads;
first and second vertically extending fuel rails respectively located between the first cylinder head and the first air intake manifold and between the second cylinder head and the second air intake manifold, wherein the first and second fuel rails are integral with either the first and second cylinder heads, respectively, or the first and second air intake manifolds, respectively;
a plurality of fuel injectors coupled to the first and second fuel rails and vertically spaced from one another with respect to each fuel rail such that each fuel injector in the plurality of fuel injectors is associated with a respective cylinder, each fuel injector having a nozzle end that injects fuel into a respective intake passage corresponding to the respective cylinder, wherein the fuel injectors are top-feed fuel injectors; and
a plurality of feeder tubes, each feeder tube in the plurality of feeder tubes corresponding to a respective fuel injector, wherein the feeder tubes couple the fuel injectors to the first and second fuel rails, respectively;
wherein fuel flows from respective bottom ends of the first and second fuel rails to respective top ends of the first and second fuel rails, and wherein each of the first and second fuel rails has a diameter that decreases from the bottom end of the fuel rail to the top end of the fuel rail.

US Pat. No. 10,247,149

CONDENSATION CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An internal combustion engine assembly, comprising:an air intake system;
a turbocharger device in fluid communication with the air intake system;
a throttle body creating a pressure gradient when the internal combustion engine assembly is in an on-state;
an electronic control unit in communication with the air intake system, the turbocharger device, and one or more sensors in the engine assembly, wherein the one or more sensors in the engine assembly include:
a manifold absolute pressure sensor operatively coupled to an intake manifold such that the manifold absolute pressure sensor is capable of monitoring an intake manifold pressure,
a manifold air temperature sensor operatively coupled to the intake manifold such that the manifold air temperature sensor is capable of monitoring an intake manifold temperature,
a manifold airflow sensor operatively coupled to an air cleaner or clean air duct such that the manifold airflow sensor is capable of monitoring mass airflow into the turbocharger device, and
a throttle inlet air pressure sensor cooperating with the throttle body such that the throttle inlet air pressure sensor is capable of monitoring temperature and pressure of air at an inlet of the throttle body;
a charge air cooler system in downstream fluid communication with the turbocharger device and in upstream fluid communication with the air intake system; and
at least one valve in communication with the electronic control unit and selectively positionable between a first position and one or more second positions to adjust velocity of air from the turbocharger device flowing through the charge air cooler system to manage condensation buildup in the charge air cooler system,
wherein the electronic control unit positions the at least one valve in the one or more second positions to adjust the velocity of air flowing through the charge air cooler system when ambient air temperature detected by the mass airflow sensor is below zero degrees Celsius and air temperature from the throttle air inlet pressure sensor is detected below thirty-five degrees Celsius.

US Pat. No. 10,247,148

SUPPLEMENTARY AIR ASSEMBLY FOR AN ENGINE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:a crankcase including a crankshaft;
at least one cylinder coupled to the crankcase and defining an internal combustion chamber;
an air intake system comprising an air inlet and an intake port of the at least one cylinder;
a throttle body assembly having a throttle valve coupled to the air inlet and including a throttle plate;
a supplementary air inlet fluidly coupled to the intake port, and configured to receive a flow of air from the air intake system from a location downstream of the throttle plate of the at least one cylinder, and the flow of air is directed into the intake port of the at least one cylinder for combustion within the combustion chamber and the flow of air is controlled and modulated by the position of the throttle plate;
wherein the throttle body having a plurality of apertures extending through a wall of the throttle body, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of apertures are positioned downstream from the throttle plate when the throttle plate is in the fully closed position, and wherein a portion of the apertures are configured to receive air when the throttle plate is in a first position and each of the apertures receives air when the throttle plate is in a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,147

AIR FILTER DEVICE, PARTICULARLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An air filter device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a filter housing including:
a circumferential housing wall surrounding an opening into the housing, the circumferential housing wall forming a radially outwardly projecting flange;
a support bead secured onto the flange and circumferentially surrounding the opening, the support bead having:
a head portion secured onto the flange; and
a stalk portion that protrudes outwardly from the head and flange, the stalk having a narrow width relative to the flange;
a filter element of a filter medium, the filter element received into the opening of the filter housing, the filter element including:
an inflow face at a first axial end of the filter element, for raw air to enter the filter element;
an outflow face an opposing axial end of the filter element, for filtered air to exit the filter element;
wherein axial, is used herein, is a direction from the inflow face to the outflow face;
wherein radial, as used herein, is a direction traverse to the axial direction;
a frame part circumferentially surrounding the filter element, the frame part fixedly secured onto the filter medium, the frame part including:
a sealing arrangement arranged on first axial side of the frame part, having:
a first limb projecting axially outwardly from the first axial side of the frame part and continuously circumferentially closing about the filter medium;
a second limb projecting axially outwardly from the first axial side of the frame part, and spaced radially outwardly away from the first limb and continuously circumferentially closing about the first limb;
a continuous U-shaped recess arranged on the first axial side of the frame part, the U-shaped recess arranged between, formed and delimited by the first and second limbs, forming a continuous circumferential seal receiving space surrounding the filter medium; and
a continuous circumferentially closed sealing element of a pliable elastic material arranged in the U-shaped recess of the circumferential seal receiving space, contacting and bearing against the filter housing; and
a holding interface arranged on an opposite second axial side of the frame part, opposite the sealing arrangement, having:
a first leg projecting axially outwardly from the second axial side of the frame part, projecting axially outwardly away from the continuous U-shaped recess, the first leg continuously circumferentially surrounding the filter medium;
a second leg projecting axially outwardly from the second axial side of the frame part, projecting axially outwardly away from the continuous U-shaped recess, the second leg spaced radially outwardly from the first leg and continuously circumferentially surrounding the first leg; and
a circumferential receiving groove having a U-shaped cross section, the circumferential receiving groove opening axially outwardly at the first axial end of the filter element, the circumferential receiving groove configured to receive and engage with an air channel component;
wherein the stalk of the support bead the filter housing protrudes into the U-shaped recess of the sealing arrangement, pressing into the elastic material of the sealing element, compressing the sealing element in the U-shaped recess.

US Pat. No. 10,247,146

SOLENOID VALVE DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A SOLENOID VALVE

FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, Kob...

1. A solenoid valve device, comprising:a solenoid valve that is provided on a fluid channel with a fluid passing therethrough and adjusts a flow rate of the fluid;
a determination unit that determines a target degree of valve opening of the solenoid valve:
a setting unit that sets a driving signal for driving the solenoid valve in such a manner that a degree of valve opening of the solenoid valve is the target degree of valve opening; and
a correction setting unit that sets a differential pressure correction signal for driving the solenoid valve in accordance with a differential pressure on the fluid channel between a front and a back of the solenoid valve,
wherein the correction setting unit sets the differential pressure correction signal in such a manner that electric current slightly greater than quick opening electric current needed to open the solenoid valve flows in the solenoid valve.

US Pat. No. 10,247,145

VALVE SHAFT POSITION SENSING TYPE EGR VALVE

KORENS CO., LTD., Yangsa...

1. A EGR valve comprising:a valve shaft vertically disposed and rotating about a vertical rotational axis;
a cylindrical cam integrally fitted around an upper portion of the valve shaft and having a spiral groove on an outer side and a polyhedron at an upper end;
a fixed bearing fixed to a side of the cylindrical camp with an end slidably inserted in the spiral groove;
a rotary gear having the polyhedron inserted on the rotational axis therein and rotated by a rotary motor;
an elevating block disposed at an upper end of the valve shaft passing through the cylindrical cam and pushed upward by the valve shaft when the valve shaft is moved up;
a pressing spring applying downward elasticity to the elevating block;
a magnet plate fixed to a side of the elevating block;
a hall sensor sensing up-down movement of the magnet plate; and
a housing keeping the valve shaft, the cylindrical camp, the rotary gear, and the elevating block therein.

US Pat. No. 10,247,144

ENGINE EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION COOLING SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED LATENT HEAT STORAGE DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method comprising:operating an internal combustion engine producing, as a byproduct, exhaust gases;
segregating the flow of exhaust gases into a first, relatively hot flow and a second, relatively cold flow;
directing the second flow to an intake of the internal combustion engine for combustion with fresh intake air and fuel;
storing heat energy from the first flow in a latent heat storage device; and
releasing heat energy from the latent heat storage device to a catalyst, in order to reduce cold start emissions during a subsequent operation of the internal combustion engine after a period of shutoff.

US Pat. No. 10,247,143

EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An exhaust gas recirculation apparatus, comprising:a throttle body that is configured to be disposed in an intake system of an engine, and comprises a throttle valve and a valve shaft that supports the throttle valve, the throttle valve comprising a first end and a second end;
an intake manifold that is configured to be disposed in the intake system of the engine, and distribute intake air to each intake port in the engine;
an adapter member that is configured to be disposed between the throttle body and the intake manifold, and that comprises a through channel capable of guiding the intake air to the intake manifold from the throttle body, the adapter member comprising
an inlet port to which an exhaust gas supply path is coupled,
a discharge port that is configured to discharge exhaust gas received at the inlet port into the through channel, and
a coupling channel that couples the inlet port and the discharge port; and
wherein the first end of the throttle valve is movable away from the adapter member when opening the throttle valve, and the second end of the throttle valve is movable towards the adapter member when opening the throttle valve, and
wherein a first opening of the discharge port is wider than a second opening of the discharge port when the discharge port is divided into the first opening and the second opening at an imaginary plane, serving as a boundary, the first opening being disposed towards the first end, the second opening being disposed towards the second end, the imaginary plane including a center line of the valve shaft and extending along an extending-through direction of the through channel.

US Pat. No. 10,247,142

TECHNIQUES FOR TRACKING EXHAUST GAS CONSTITUENTS THROUGH A LOW PRESSURE EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION SYSTEM OF A TURBOCHARGED GASOLINE ENGINE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for a vehicle including a gasoline engine, a turbocharger comprising a wastegate valve, and a low pressure exhaust gas recirculation (LPEGR) system, the LPEGR system comprising an EGR cooler and an EGR valve downstream from the EGR cooler, the LPEGR system being configured to recirculate exhaust gas produced by the engine from an exhaust system of the engine to an induction system of the engine, the control system comprising:a throttle valve disposed in the induction system between a compressor of the turbocharger and an intake port of a cylinder of the engine and configured to control airflow into the engine;
a fuel injector configured to inject gasoline into the cylinder;
a spark plug configured to generate a spark to ignite a mixture of gas and the gasoline within the cylinder;
an exhaust gas concentration sensor upstream from an EGR pickup of the LPEGR system and configured to measure an air/fuel ratio of the exhaust gas; and
a controller configured to:
receive a measured air/fuel ratio of the exhaust gas from the exhaust gas concentration sensor;
determine an air/fuel ratio of the exhaust gas at the EGR pickup point;
determine an air/fuel ratio of the exhaust gas at an inlet of the EGR cooler;
determine an air/fuel ratio of the exhaust gas at an outlet of the EGR cooler;
determine a first exhaust gas fraction and a first fuel fraction at an EGR port upstream from the compressor in the induction system where the exhaust gas mixes with air;
determine a set of second exhaust gas fractions and second fuel fractions at a set of respective points in the induction system downstream from the EGR port; and
control at least one of the wastegate valve, the throttle valve, the fuel injector, and the spark plug based on the set of second exhaust gas fractions and second fuel fractions to prevent misfires of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,247,141

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A FLOW RATE THROUGH A VALVE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A method for determining a flow rate (Q) through an on-off valve (1), an on state and an off state of the valve being controlled by means of a pulse width modulated control signal (C) generated by a processing unit in communication with the on-off valve, the control signal (C) operating in accordance with a control cycle (D) and updating at a rate defined by a plurality of update periods (c) occurring over a course of the control cycle (D) said update period (c) being a divisor of said control cycle (D), said method comprising:carrying out, at the processing unit and at a frequency defined by a determination period (d), a determination of a position (?) of the valve (1), and a calculation of an estimated flow rate (Q) based on the determined position (?) of the valve (1),
wherein the determination period (d) is shorter than or equal to the update period (c) of the control signal (C), and the determination period is synchronized with the control signal (C),
said processing unit operating to refresh the estimated flow rate (Q) through said on-off valve (1) at each determination period (d).

US Pat. No. 10,247,140

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING ENGINE WATER INJECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:during a first condition, responsive to an engine dilution demand, port injecting water towards a closed intake valve; and
during a second condition, responsive to engine knock, port injecting water away from an open intake valve, wherein a larger portion of the injected water remains in liquid form following the injecting during the second condition relative to the first condition.

US Pat. No. 10,247,139

TWO-PULSE GAS GENERATOR AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A gas generator comprising:a pressure vessel;
an outer propellant in the pressure vessel, the outer propellant having a tubular shape;
an inner propellant inside the outer propellant, the inner propellant having a columnar shape;
a barrier membrane configured to isolate the outer propellant and the inner propellant from each other;
a first igniter configured to ignite the inner propellant; and
a second igniter configured to ignite the outer propellant,
wherein the inner propellant has a forward end surface facing a combustion space in the pressure vessel and a side surface,
wherein the side surface of the inner propellant is isolated from the combustion space,
wherein the barrier membrane comprises a first barrier membrane covering a forward end surface of the outer propellant, and a second barrier membrane connected to the first barrier membrane via a vulnerable portion and covering an inner surface of the outer propellant,
wherein the vulnerable portion faces the combustion space, faces the forward end surface of the outer propellant, and is positioned adjacent to a forward end of the outer propellant,
wherein the first igniter is positioned at a forward end of the pressure vessel,
wherein the second igniter is positioned at a rearward end of the pressure vessel and adjacent to a rearward end of the outer propellant for leading ignition gas to the inner surface of the outer propellant,
wherein the second barrier membrane covers the forward end surface of the outer propellant in addition to the inner surface of the outer propellant, and
wherein an end portion of the first barrier membrane and an end portion of the second barrier membrane are bonded to each other over an entire periphery.

US Pat. No. 10,247,138

ELECTRIC TRACK LOCK

Woodward, Inc., Fort Col...

1. A track lock assembly comprising:a pawl assembly comprising:
a cam arm extending from a pawl axis and having a pawl cam; and
a pawl arm extending from the pawl axis to a distal end configured to engage a slot in a slider assembly and contact a slot end of the slot, wherein the pawl assembly is configured to rotate about the pawl axis from a pawl locked position in which the distal end of the pawl arm is engaged in the slot and is positioned to contact the slot end upon movement of the slider assembly, and the pawl cam is disengaged from a slider cam extending from the slider assembly, to a pawl unlocked position in which the distal end of the pawl arm is rotated away from the slot to a position that does not interfere with movement of the slider assembly and the pawl cam is rotated toward contact with the slider cam extending from the slider assembly; and
a position lock assembly comprising a first lock arm extending from a lock axis and an actuator configured to urge rotation of the first lock arm between a lock locked position and a lock unlocked position, the first lock arm configured to engage and retain the cam arm in the pawl locked position when the first lock arm is in the lock locked position and disengage the cam arm in the lock unlocked position such that the pawl assembly is able to rotate to the pawl unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,137

THRUST REVERSER SYSTEM WITH TRANSLATING-ROTATING HINGE ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A thrust reverser system for a gas turbine engine having a nacelle surrounding a bypass duct, the thrust reverser system comprising:a transcowl having a stowed position, a deployed position, and an open position, the transcowl being adapted to translate from the stowed position to the deployed position in an aft direction of the gas turbine engine to define a circumferential opening within the nacelle; and
a hinge assembly coupling the transcowl to a fixed structure that does not translate when the transcowl is translated in the aft direction, the hinge assembly comprising first and second members coupled to each other, the first member being connected to the transcowl for translation therewith in the aft direction of the gas turbine engine, the second member being connected to the fixed structure, the second member defining a channel in which a portion of the first member is slidably received, the first and second members being configured to enable the portion of the first member to translate within the channel in the aft direction of the gas turbine engine corresponding to a translational movement of the transcowl relative to the nacelle between the stowed and deployed positions of the transcowl, the first and second members being further configured to enable the portion of the first member to rotate within the channel corresponding to a pivotal movement of the transcowl relative to the nacelle between the stowed and open positions of the transcowl; and
wherein the portion of the first member is a hook portion that is slidably received in the channel for translational and rotational movement therein.

US Pat. No. 10,247,136

THRUST REVERSER SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine defining an axial centerline, the gas turbine engine comprising:a core in flow communication with a fan; and
a nacelle assembly enclosing the fan and at least a portion of the core to define a bypass passage with the core, the nacelle assembly comprising a thrust reverser system, and the thrust reverser system comprising
a frame member;
a forward ring movable along the axial centerline relative to the frame member between a first position and a second position;
a cascade segment slidably attached to the frame member and rotatably attached to the forward ring such that when the forward ring is in the first position the cascade segment is positioned outside the bypass passage and when the forward ring is in the second position the cascade segment is positioned at least partially within the bypass passage; and
wherein the gas turbine engine further defines a radial direction, wherein the frame member defines a fixed radius along the radial direction from the axial centerline, wherein the forward ring defines a fixed radius along the radial direction from the axial centerline, and wherein the fixed radius of the forward ring is greater than the fixed radius of the frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,135

SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR CRANKSHAFT

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. An engine, comprising:a cylinder block of an internal combustion engine;
a crankshaft that is rotatably supported on the cylinder block and has an end portion protruding from the cylinder block;
a sprocket that is attached on the end portion protruding from the cylinder block and is connected to a cam shaft;
a pulley that is attached on the end portion on an opposite side from the sprocket with respect to the cylinder block and is connectable to an auxiliary apparatus;
an end bearing that rotatably supports the end portion relative to the cylinder block and is provided on the end portion between the sprocket and the pulley;
a chain case that is attached to the cylinder block to cover the end portion of the crankshaft to which the sprocket is attached; and
an oil seal that is disposed at a pulley side of the chain case,
wherein the end bearing is directly attached to the chain case at a cylinder block side of the chain case,
wherein the pulley side of the chain case is an outer side of the chain case and the cylinder block side of the chain case is an inner side of the chain case, and
wherein the end bearing is a ball bearing, and an outer ring of the ball bearing is directly attached to the chain case, and an inner ring of the ball bearing is in direct contact with the crank shaft.