US Pat. No. 10,113,433

GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENTS WITH LATERAL AND FORWARD SWEEP FILM COOLING HOLES

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. An engine component, comprising:a body having an internal surface and an external surface, the internal surface at least partially defining an internal cooling circuit; and
a plurality of cooling holes formed in the body and extending between the internal cooling circuit and the external surface of the body, the plurality of cooling holes including a first cooling hole with forward diffusion and lateral diffusion,
wherein the first cooling hole includes an inlet at the internal cooling circuit, a metering section extending from the inlet, a first exit portion extending from the metering section, a second exit portion extending from the first exit portion, and an outlet defined on the external surface and fluidly coupled to the second exit portion, wherein the metering section is an oval-shaped cylinder,
wherein the first exit portion extends at a first angle relative to the metering section and the second exit portion extends at a second angle relative to the metering section, the second angle being greater than the first angle to provide the forward diffusion,
wherein the outlet is a multi-lobe shape formed by a first oval, a second oval, and a third oval, each oval having a first end and a second end, wherein the first ends of the first oval, the second oval, and the third oval at least partially overlap, and wherein the second ends of the first oval, the second oval, and the third ovals are splayed relative to one another to provide the lateral diffusion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,431

FLUIDFOIL

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A fluidfoil comprising:a leading edge; and
a leading edge zone behind the leading edge and extending spanwise over a full span of the fluidfoil,
wherein:
the leading edge zone comprises one or more deflected regions, which locally reduce an angle of attack of the fluidfoil, each of the one or more deflected regions being an upwardly-oriented ramp for fluid passing the leading edge on a suction surface of the fluidfoil, and
each of the one or more deflected regions comprises a depression in the leading edge zone and tapers in a chordwise direction to a point from a maximum spanwise width at the leading edge, through the leading edge zone, to no spanwise width at an interface of the leading edge zone with a main body of the fluidfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,113,430

GROUP OF BLADE ROWS

1. A blade row group arrangeable in a main flow path of a fluid-flow machine, comprising:a quantity (N) of adjacent member blade rows arranged relative to one another in both a meridional direction (m) and a circumferential direction (u), with the quantity (N) of the member blade rows being greater than or equal to 2 and (i) designating a running index with values between 1 and the quantity (N), the quantity (N) of adjacent member blade rows including a front member blade row with front blades (i) each having a leading edge and a trailing edge and a rear member blade row with rear blades (i+1) each having a leading edge and a trailing edge,
where the blade row group has two main flow path boundaries (HB),
a plurality of meridional flow line sections through the blade row group on m-u planes, where in each meridional flow line section, a chord (Se(i)) of one of the front blades and a chord (Se(i+1)) of one of the rear blades are defined as tangents lying on respective profiles on a pressure side of the one of the front blades and a pressure side of the one of the rear blades,
where a profile depth (I(i)) of the one of the front blades and a profile depth (I(i+1)) of the one of the rear blades are provided in a direction of the respective chord,
where values of the profile depths (I(i)) and (I(i+1)) on a mean meridional flow line are identified as (I(i)SLM) and (I(i+1)SLM),
where a standardized profile depth (In(i)) of the one of the front blades and a standardized profile depth (In(i+1)) of the one of the rear blades are defined as In(i)=I(i)/I(i)SLM and In(i+1)=I(i+1)/I(i+1)SLM,
where a profile depth ratio (PTV) of the one of the front blades and the one of the rear blades is defined as: PTV=I(i)/I(i+1),
where a value of the profile depth ratio (PTV) on the mean meridional flow line is identified as PTVSLM, and a relative profile depth ratio (PTVr) is defined as: PTVr=PTV/PTVSLM,
where an additive profile depth (Iadd) of the one of the front blades and the one of the rear blades is defined as: Iadd=I(i)+I(i+1),
where a value of the additive profile depth (Iadd) on the mean meridional flow line is identified as IaddSLM,
where a standardized additive profile depth (Iaddn) is defined as Iaddn=Iadd/IaddSLM,
where a stagger angle (lambda(i)) of the one of the front blades and a stagger angle (lambda(i+1)) of the one of the rear blades are defined as angles of inclination of the respective chords relative to the meridional direction (m),
where a mean stagger angle (lambdam) is defined as a mean value of the stagger angle (lambda(i)) of the one of the front blades and the stagger angle (lambda(i+1)) of the one of the rear blades, in accordance with: lambdam=(lambda(i)+lambda(i+1))/2,
where at each position on a trailing edge of the one of the front blades (i) an auxiliary coordinate system having a first, a second and a third coordinate direction (s, q, or) is provided, with the first coordinate direction (s) facing downstream at the mean stagger angle (lamdam) relative to the meridional direction (m), the second coordinate direction (q), perpendicular to the first coordinate direction (s), facing away from the pressure side of the one of the front blades (i), and the third coordinate direction (or) being perpendicular to the first coordinate direction (s) and to the second coordinate direction (q),
where an effective profile depth (Ieff) is measured as a distance between the leading edge of the one of the front blades (i) and the trailing edge of the one of the rear blades (i+1) parallel to the first coordinate direction (s),
where a value of the effective profile depth (Ieff) on the mean meridional flow line is identified as IeffSLM,
where a standardized effective profile depth (Ieff) of the one of the front blades and rear blades is defined in accordance with: Ieffn=Ieff/IeffSLM, and
where, in an area between the mean meridional flow line (SLM) and one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB), at least one standardized profile depth (In) chosen from a first group including the standardized profile depth (In(i)) of the one of the front blades, and the standardized profile depth (In(i+1)) of the one of the rear blades and the standardized additive profile depth (Iaddn) increases at least locally in a direction of the one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB);
wherein the standardized effective profile depth (Ieffn) in the area between the mean meridional flow line (SLM) and the one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB) is constant within a tolerance between +2% and ?2% of a value on the standardized effective profile depth on the mean meridional flow line (IeffnSLM).

US Pat. No. 10,113,429

LIQUID-CAPTURING SHAFT

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A liquid-capturing shaft, the shaft being hollow, arranged for rotation about a longitudinal axis of the shaft, comprising:a wall defining an innermost surface and an outermost surface of the shaft and through which are formed a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart inlet openings; and
each inlet opening having a respective capture surface which extends from the outermost surface of the shaft and through the innermost surface of the shaft, such that the capture surface extends through the wall along a plane that extends obliquely with respect to the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,113,428

FLOW ROTOR, IN PARTICULAR TURBINE WHEEL

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A radial flow exhaust gas turbocharger turbine wheel (1) having a turbine wheel hub (2, 3) and turbine wheel blades (7), the turbine wheel hub (2, 3) having a wheel hub axis,wherein said turbine wheel is adapted for receiving a radially directed flow of exhaust gas and converting exhaust energy into rotational energy for driving a compressor wheel,
wherein the turbine wheel hub includes a turbine wheel hub core (2) and a turbine wheel hub outer part (3) which radially surrounds the turbine wheel hub core (2)
the turbine wheel hub core (2) being coaxial with said wheel hub axis, having a bell-shaped cross-section having a base and a peak,
and
the turbine wheel outer part (3) shaped for redirecting radially directed inflow to axial outflow the turbine wheel blades (7) extending outward from the hub outer part (3) and axially located between said base and said peak,
wherein the turbine wheel hub core (2) is made of a nickel-based alloy and the turbine wheel hub outer part (3) and turbine blades (7) are made of titanium aluminide or ceramic.

US Pat. No. 10,113,427

VANE HEAT ENGINE

1. A vane motor comprising:a housing comprising a fixed outer wall having:
an entrance face;
a ledge face;
an expansion face;
a return face;
an exit face; and
an annular face;
a rotor;
an expansion chamber wall, said expansion chamber wall having an axial length wherein said expansion chamber wall is flexible along the axial length, said expansion chamber wall being fixed in position relative to said entrance face and variable in position relative to said return face.

US Pat. No. 10,113,426

STATOR FOR AN ECCENTRIC SCREW PUMP

1. A stator for an eccentric screw pump, the stator comprises:a stator body, the stator body comprising:
an accommodation hole configured for accommodating a rotor;
a tubular elastomer body reinforced at least in sections with a thread inlay and having an axial first end and an axial second end opposite the axial first end;
a first end piece; and
a second end piece,
wherein:
the tubular elastomer body forms an outer surface of the stator body;
the first axial end is secured to the first end piece; and
the second axial end is secured to the second end piece.

US Pat. No. 10,113,425

UNDERGROUND MINING SYSTEM FOR REDUCED COSTS, IMPROVED EFFICIENCIES, HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY AND A SAFER WORKING ENVIRONMENT THROUGH PENETRATED BLOCK EXTRACTION

Underground Extraction Te...

1. An underground mining method including the steps of forming:forming one or more sets of underground gate roads, each set of gate roads including at least two headings; and
forming underground dead-end plunge cuts extending from the sets of gate roads, each plunge cut formed with an unmanned continuous miner coupled to a flexible conveyor system and being greater than 30 meters in length with a roof that need not be supported;
sealing each dead-end plunge cut to form a ventilation barrier whilst still permitting entry of the continuous miner coupled to a flexible conveyor system; and
supplying inert gas to a cutting face of each plunge cut.

US Pat. No. 10,113,424

MILLING TOOL HOLDER

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A tool holder configured to be coupled to a tool mounting block of a milling drum comprising:a cylindrical body defining a first end configured to be received within the tool mounting block of the milling drum and the cylindrical body defining a second end, the second end configured to receive a cutting bit;
a flange located between the first end and the second end with respect to an axial direction;
a first bore with a first opening defined by the second end, the first bore extending along the axial direction towards the first end;
a frustoconical portion located between the flange and the first end with respect to the axial direction;
an elliptical portion located between the flange and the first end with respect to the axial direction; and
a recessed region in a wall of the cylindrical body located between the frustoconical portion and the elliptical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,423

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING A FLUID SYSTEM OF A MINING MACHINE

Joy Global Surface Mining...

1. A method of monitoring a lubricant system of a mining machine, the mining machine having an upper zone and a lower zone, the method comprising:initiating an upper lubricant cycle having an upper lubricant cycle time period, the upper lubricant cycle corresponding to the upper zone;
initiating a lower lubricant cycle having a lower lubricant cycle time period, the lower lubricant cycle corresponding to the lower zone;
sensing, at a predetermined time period after initiation of the upper and lower lubricant cycles, a upper pressure level of the lubricant in the upper zone and a lower pressure level of the lubricant in the lower zone;
determining when the upper pressure level is below an upper threshold for the entire duration of the upper lubricant cycle time period;
determining when the lower pressure level is below a lower threshold for the entire duration of the lower lubricant cycle time period; and
outputting an alert in response to at least one selected from a group consisting of:
the upper pressure level being below the upper threshold for the entire duration of the upper lubricant cycle time period, and
the lower pressure level being below the lower threshold for the entire duration of the lower lubricant cycle time period.

US Pat. No. 10,113,422

DETERMINING SPOTTING FLUID PROPERTIES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method, comprising:positioning a member of a test apparatus into a prepared mudcake sample at a specified depth of the mudcake sample, the mudcake sample associated with a drilling fluid and comprising a specified thickness;
pressurizing a spotting fluid in a feeder tank with a pressurized gas stored in a gas tank in fluid communication with the feeder tank;
circulating a pressurized flow of the spotting fluid from the feeder tank to a test cell of the test apparatus to contact the prepared mudcake sample in the test cell of the test apparatus;
soaking the prepared mudcake sample in the spotting fluid for a specified time duration;
subsequent to the specified time duration, detecting, with the test apparatus, a force exerted on the member relative to a displacement distance of the member from the specified depth in the mudcake sample during removal of the member from the mudcake sample;
recording, with the test apparatus, the detected force relative to the displacement distance; and
determining, with the test apparatus, one or more properties associated with the mudcake sample based on the recorded force relative to the displacement distance.

US Pat. No. 10,113,421

THREE-DIMENSIONAL FRACTURE ABUNDANCE EVALUATION OF SUBSURFACE FORMATIONS

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. A method of evaluating fracture abundance in a subsurface formation, the method comprising, using one or more hardware-based processors:defining a fracture network within a plurality of cells of a three-dimensional model of the subsurface formation using a plurality of geometric primitives;
determining an area of the plurality of geometric primitives within at least a subset of the plurality of cells by summing areas of individual geometric primitives within each of the subset of cells, wherein determining the area of the plurality of geometric primitives within the subset of the plurality of cells further includes:
organizing the plurality of geometric primitives within a spatially-organized data structure; and
accessing the spatially-organized data structure when summing areas of individual geometric primitives within each of the subset of cells to determine which of the plurality of geometric primitives are at least partially within each of the subset of cells; and
determining a fracture abundance parameter for the fracture network from the determined area of the plurality of geometric primitives.

US Pat. No. 10,113,420

ROTARY PULSERS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

GEO TREND CORPORATION, H...

1. A rotary pulser for a downhole telemetry system configured to be positioned in a drill string within a wellbore, the rotary pulser configured to generate pressure pulses in a drilling fluid, the rotary pulser comprising:a housing,
a stator disposed within the housing,
a rotor disposed adjacent to the stator within the housing, and
an electrohydraulic drive disposed within the housing for rotating the rotor relative to the stator, the electrohydraulic drive comprising:
a pump with a regulator mechanism,
an actuation mechanism,
an electric motor, and
a control unit,
wherein, based on a parameter or condition associated with the rotary pulser, the regulator mechanism adjusts a parameter of the pump to control rotation of the rotor; and
wherein the actuation mechanism comprises a cylinder block, a valve disposed within the cylinder block, pistons and a cam, the cam defines ramp profiles including rolling surfaces along which piston heads of the pistons move, and the ramp profiles of the cam impart varying degrees of forces on the piston heads as the pistons move along the rolling surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,113,419

ELECTROMAGNETIC TELEMETRY USING A TRANSCEIVER IN AN ADJACENT WELLBORE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system comprising:a downhole transceiver coupled to a well tool that is positionable in a wellbore for transmitting an electromagnetic signal with encoded data;
a first electrode positionable in an adjacent wellbore for receiving the electromagnetic signal and generating a first voltage in response to the electromagnetic signal;
a second electrode positionable in the adjacent wellbore or at a surface of the adjacent wellbore for receiving the electromagnetic signal and generating a second voltage in response to the electromagnetic signal;
a surface transceiver for coupled to a fiber optic cable and configured to determine a decoded version of the encoded data based on a voltage difference between the first electrode and the second electrode;
and
a material coupled to the fiber optic cable and the first electrode for changing a strain on the fiber optic cable in response to the voltage difference between the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein the material and the first electrode form at least a portion of an electrical circuit that is positionable in the adjacent wellbore and electrically passive, and wherein the electrical circuit has an input impedance that is greater than 1 mega ohm.

US Pat. No. 10,113,418

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SPECTRUM ESTIMATION FOR MEASURE WHILE DRILLING TELEMETRY IN A WELL SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for configuring transmission signals in a measuring while drilling (MWD) wellbore tool, comprising:receiving at an earth surface, from a transmission of the MWD wellbore tool, a signal from the MWD wellbore tool in a wellbore, wherein the signal comprises a telemetry portion, comprising physical properties of the wellbore measured in the wellbore, and a noise portion;
reproducing the telemetry portion based at least partially on the signal;
subtracting the telemetry portion from the signal;
estimating, based at least partially on the subtraction, the noise portion of the signal; and
altering a transmission configuration of the downhole tool, for further transmitting the signal to the earth surface, based at least partially on the estimated noise portion of the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,113,417

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR EVALUATING SYSTEMS USED IN ELECTROMAGNETIC TELEMETRY TRANSMISSIONS

Evolution Engineering Inc...

1. A system for testing connectivity of an EM telemetry receiver to one or more ground conductors, the system comprising:a ground conductor in electrical contact with the ground;
a signal receiver electrically connected to the ground conductor by a link;
a test signal generator configured to generate an electrical test signal and to supply it to the ground conductor by way of the link;
a switch operable to selectively couple the link to the test signal generator or to the signal receiver; and
a meter configured to measure a current flowing from the test signal generator to the linkwherein the electrical test signal comprises a pure tone and the pure tone has a frequency of above 20 Hz.

US Pat. No. 10,113,416

MODELLING TOOL

1. A communication and data processing system for use between one or more employers and one or more system users and one or more system suppliers of the communication and data processing system, at least comprising:a) one or more downhole transmitters configured for providing LWD and/or MWD data,
b) the downhole transmitters communicating via a communication line with one or more computers upstream of the communication line through a data protocol for the transfer of MD and/or MWD data,
c) LWD and/or MWD data being stored locally at the one or more upstream computers,
d) data being transferred locally from the drilling installation to a central hub, the transfer being accomplished by wire or wirelessly via radio transceivers located on the installation and in communication with the central hub,
e) the central hub comprising a WITSML server
f) one or more mathematical models on the WITSML server for calculating an output function Hi(T), where Hi(T) denotes a function for increasing plant time efficiency and T denotes the true time spent in a project, wherein calculating Hi(T) at least includes using the following manipulated parameters:
g) TN: estimated time for completing the project,
T: actual time for completing the project,
Z: selected portion of total project value,
and at least one parameter obtained from the one or more downhole transmitters,
h) wherein, further, an application is implemented on the central hub, the application being configured for receiving parameters from the downhole transmitters comprising LWD and/or MWD data and other parameters relevant for the project, and the application being in direct communication with the mathematical model, or the application comprising the mathematical model,
i) one or more first computers having direct access to the hub and the WITSML server, operated by said one or more system suppliers,
j) one or more second presentation computers in communication with the one or more first computers, the second presentation computers at least receiving output functions Hi(T) from the one or more first computers and the output functions Hi(T) being selectively associated with individual second computers, and
k) wherein one or more system users are associated with the second computers.

US Pat. No. 10,113,415

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR DETERMINING TRUE VERTICAL DEPTH (TVD) WITHIN A WELL

Arthur H. Kozak, Edmonto...

1. A method of determining true vertical depth (“TVD”), within a well penetrating a ground surface, the method comprising:positioning a tubing string downhole such that a pressure sensor, located within an interior of the tubing string, is located at a base downhole position within the well at a base of a fluid column extended from a ground surface to the pressure sensor within the tubing string;
measuring, with the pressure sensor, or a plurality of pressure sensors that include the pressure sensor, a plurality of pressures exerted by the fluid column, in which the pressure is measured by the pressure sensor, or the plurality of pressure sensors, while fluid in the fluid column is stationary;
measuring a temperature of fluid in the fluid column at each of a series of positions to generate a series of temperature measurements, each associated with a respective position, of the series of positions, along the fluid column, in which the series of temperature measurements are taken while fluid in the fluid column is stationary;
generating a density profile of fluid along the fluid column based on the series of temperature measurements; and
determining the TVD of the base downhole position using the density profile of fluid along the fluid column to correct for density changes of fluid along the fluid column, and using the plurality of pressures measured by the pressure sensor or the plurality of pressure sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,113,414

MULTIPLE MAGNETIC SENSOR RANGING METHOD AND SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for determining a geometric relationship of a second well with respect to a first well, comprising the steps of:producing a first output from a first 3-axis magnetometer positioned in the second well, the first output responsive to a magnetic field produced by a magnetic field source positioned in the first well;
producing a second output from a second 3-axis magnetometer positioned in the second well, the second output responsive to the magnetic field produced by the magnetic field source, wherein a location of the first 3-axis magnetometer and a location of the second 3-axis magnetometer relative to the magnetic field source are unknown;
calculating the location for each of the first and second magnetometers in the second well with respect to the magnetic field source in the first well; wherein the location of the first magnetometer and the location of the second magnetometer are determined from a plurality of magnetic field components measured by each said magnetometer;
transmitting the locations of the first and second 3-axis magnetometers to surface;
determining the geometric relationship of the second well with respect to the first well; and
reinitiating drilling operations based on the geometric relationship between the first and second wells.

US Pat. No. 10,113,413

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING WELLBORE POSITION

Nabors Drilling Technolog...

1. A method for determining true vertical depth along a wellbore, the method comprising:determining wellbore inclination, azimuth, and drillstring length at a plurality of static survey points, the determining wellbore inclination further comprising determining wellbore inclination from linear acceleration values determined by one or more sensors for measuring linear and gravitational acceleration;
determining inclination at a plurality of positions between two static survey points using continuous inclination measurements obtained while drilling the wellbore;
determining an interpolated azimuth value along a minimum curvature of a wellbore path at each of the plurality of positions using the azimuth values determined at the static survey points before and after each of the plurality of positions;
determining the drillstring length at each of the plurality of positions; and
using the inclination, azimuth, and measured depth values measured at the static survey points, together with continuous inclination values, corresponding interpolated azimuth values, and measured drillstring length at each of the plurality of positions between static survey points to model the wellbore path and determine a variation in true vertical depth along at least a portion of the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,113,412

AXIALLY-SUPPORTED DOWNHOLE PROBES

Evolution Engineering Inc...

1. A downhole assembly comprising:a drill string section having a bore extending longitudinally through the drill string section;
a downhole probe located in the bore of the section;
the probe supported in the bore by first and second spiders each spider comprising a rim, a hub and one or more arms extending between the hub and the rim, the hub formed to provide a bore passing through the hub, the first and second spiders spaced apart longitudinally within the bore, and the rim of at least one of the first and second spiders abutting a landing step in a wall of the bore;
wherein:
at least one of the first and second spiders is axially fixed to the drill string section and to the probe,
the first spider is coupled to an uphole end of the probe, the second spider is coupled to a downhole end of the probe, at least one of the first and second spiders is coupled non-rotationally to the probe and to the drill string section and the probe extends through the bores of the hubs of the first and second spiders such that first and second ends of the probe respectively project past the hubs of the first and second spiders.

US Pat. No. 10,113,411

BOREHOLE IMAGE GAP FILLING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprising:acquiring a borehole image corresponding to a sidewall surface of a borehole that penetrates a subterranean formation, wherein the subterranean formation comprises structural elements and a varying geophysical characteristic, wherein the borehole image is based on measurement of the geophysical characteristic around circumferential portions of the sidewall surface of the borehole, and wherein the borehole image comprises:
structure corresponding to the structural elements;
texture corresponding to the varying geophysical characteristic; and
coverage gaps in which the structure and texture are missing; wherein the coverage gaps correspond to circumferential portions of the sidewall surface of the borehole for which no measurement of the geophysical characteristic was obtained,
extracting trends from the borehole image, wherein the trends correspond to low pass information of the image and representing the structure;
reconstructing the missing structure within the gaps based on the extracted trends;
simulating the missing texture within the gaps based on the borehole image and the reconstructed structure; and
constructing a fullbore image based on the borehole image, the reconstructed structure within the gaps, and the simulated texture within the gaps.

US Pat. No. 10,113,410

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WIRELESSLY MONITORING WELL INTEGRITY

ONESUBSEA IP UK LIMITED, ...

1. A subsea mineral extraction system, comprising:a subsea wellhead assembly configured to couple to a well;
a first electronic sensor module configured to be disposed in cement in a first annulus of the subsea wellhead assembly, wherein the first electronic sensor module comprises:
a first sensor configured to measure or detect a parameter related to an integrity of the well;
control circuitry configured to generate sensor feedback based on the parameter measured or detected by the first sensor; and
a first transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit the sensor feedback;
a first controller comprising a first receiver configured to wirelessly receive the sensor feedback from the first transmitter of the first electronic sensor module, and wherein the first controller is disposed on an outer annular surface of an outermost string of a plurality of strings of the subsea wellhead assembly; and
a second controller configured to receive the sensor feedback from the first controller and to provide one or more user-perceivable indications based on the sensor feedback, wherein the second controller comprises a processor, a memory, and a model stored on the memory and executable by the processor, wherein the processor is configured to execute the model to predict or estimate the integrity of the well based at least in part on the sensor feedback.

US Pat. No. 10,113,409

BORE MEASURING TOOL

16. A method for measuring a well bore wall comprising:providing a casing in line within a tool string;
displacing an engagement body within a central passage of said casing from a first position to a second position to compress and radially extend a plurality of longitudinally extending biasing elements connected thereto;
recording at least one measurement of the well bore wall with a sensor located on each of said radially extended biasing elements; and
wherein said central passage has a first portion proximate to a first end of said casing and a second portion at a middle thereof, wherein said second portion of said central passage is larger than said first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,408

INTEGRATED DRILLING CONTROL SYSTEM

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A method of performing controlled pressure drilling of a borehole in a formation with a drilling system according to a drilling plan, the method comprising:configuring, with a computerized control system, a setup of at least the drilling plan, the formation, and the drilling system;
performing the controlled pressure drilling of the borehole in the formation with the drilling system according to the drilling plan by: integrating the setup of the computerized control system with the drilling system, acquiring current data of at least the drilling system, and functioning the drilling system with the computerized control system using the acquired data in an operating mode for operational interaction with the drilling system;
switching, at the computerized control system, from the operating mode to a simulating mode in response to an event anticipated in the drilling operation according to the drilling plan for simulated interaction with the drilling system while continuing the controlled pressure drilling with the drilling system;
simulating the functioning of the drilling system with the computerized control system for a future time period using simulated data in the simulating mode; and
using a result from the simulated interaction in the operational interaction with the drilling system.

US Pat. No. 10,113,407

ELECTROCHEMICAL PRODUCTION OF METAL HYDROXIDE USING METAL SILICATES

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. An apparatus for forming metal hydroxide, comprising:a first container that has a top, said first container containing insoluble particles;
a second container that is larger than said first container wherein said first container is located inside of said second container, wherein said first container is a porous container that includes porous container walls that extend entirely around said first container except for said top and wherein said porous container walls are made of a grate having a porosity such that water molecules and ions can pass through said grate but insoluble particles can not pass through said grate and said insoluble particles will be retained within said first container;
a hydroxyl-producing cathode located inside said second container outside of said first container;
hydroxyl ions produced by said hydroxyl-producing cathode;
an acid-producing anode located inside said first container;
acid produced by said acid-producing anode;
a direct current electricity source connected to said hydroxyl-producing cathode and said acid-producing anode;
direct current electricity produced by said direct current electricity source in a direct current electricity path between said hydroxyl-producing cathode and said acid-producing anode;
a metal silicate mass located inside said first container, wherein said metal silicate mass is a metal silicate mass that has been ground, powdered, fractured, or drilled;
metal silicate contained in said metal silicate mass that is contacted by said acid produced by said acid-producing anode, or by said hydroxyl ions produced by said hydroxyl-producing cathode, or by both said acid produced by said acid-producing anode and by said hydroxyl ions produced by said hydroxyl-producing cathode, wherein said metal silicate constitutes pieces or particles composed partly or entirely of metal silicate;
a water solution located inside said first container and said second container, said water solution having an ion concentration, wherein said ion concentration is sufficient to allow said direct current electricity to pass in said direct current electricity path between said acid-producing anode and said hydroxyl-producing cathode; and
wherein said first container that is a porous container with porous container walls is located inside of said second container with said porous container walls inside of said second container, said porous container containing said water solution and containing said acid-producing anode, said metal silicate mass, and said metal silicate wherein said porous container walls are immersed in said water solution inside said first container and said second container, wherein said hydroxyl-producing cathode is located in said second container outside of said first container that is a porous container;
wherein said acid-producing anode and said hydroxyl-producing cathode are at least partially submerged in said water solution;
wherein said direct current electricity is applied across said acid-producing anode and said hydroxyl-producing cathode, said direct current electricity being of sufficient current and voltage to generate said hydroxyl ions at said hydroxyl-producing cathode and generate said acid at said acid-producing anode, said acid or said hydroxyl ions being of sufficient concentration to convert at least some of said metal silicate into metal ions and silicate ions;
wherein said silicate ions react with said acid produced by said acid-producing anode and form silica or silicic acid; and
wherein said metal ions react with said hydroxyl ions produced by said hydroxyl-producing cathode to form the metal hydroxide.

US Pat. No. 10,113,406

PULSED HYDRAULIC FRACTURING WITH NANOSILICA CARRIER FLUID

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of fracturing a reservoir, the method comprising:providing a pad fluid to the reservoir via a wellbore in a well to create fractures in the reservoir;
providing a fracturing fluid to the fractures via the wellbore;
providing a nanosilica carrier fluid to the fractures via the wellbore, wherein the nanosilica carrier fluid comprises nanosilica particles, and providing the nanosilica carrier fluid to the fractures comprises pulsing quantities of the nanosilica carrier fluid into a continuous flow of the fracturing fluid or alternately pulsing quantities of the nanosilica carrier fluid and the fracturing fluid, and an elapsed time between pulsing the quantities of the nanosilica carrier fluid is between 2 seconds and 10 minutes;
activating the nanosilica particles with an activator to yield a nanosilica gel; and
shutting in the wellbore at a wellbore pressure, thereby allowing the nanosilica gel to form proppant pillars in the fractures.

US Pat. No. 10,113,404

IGNITING UNDERGROUND ENERGY SOURCES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An underground gasification system comprising:a recovery system;
a supply line; and
a downhole ignition device operable to ignite an underground energy source, wherein the downhole ignition device is connected to the supply line and the supply line is connected to the recovery system, wherein the downhole ignition device comprises a piezoelectric igniter system, wherein the piezoelectric igniter system comprises a motor, a lance, a shaft, a cam, and a piezoelectric igniter, wherein the lance is a hollow tube, wherein the shaft is disposed within the lance.

US Pat. No. 10,113,403

HEATER AND METHOD OF OPERATING

DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

7. A method of operating a heating system, said heating system comprising a plurality of heaters, each of said plurality of heaters comprising 1) a housing, 2) a plurality of fuel cell stack assemblies each having a plurality of fuel cells which convert chemical energy from a fuel into heat and electricity through a chemical reaction with an oxidizing agent, and 3) a conductor electrically connecting said plurality fuel cell stack assemblies to an electronic controller, said method comprises:a) using said electronic controller and said conductor of one of said plurality of heaters to monitor and control electric current produced by said plurality fuel cell stack assemblies of said one of said plurality of heaters; and
b) using said electronic controller and said conductor of another one of said plurality of heaters to monitor and control electric current produced by said plurality fuel cell stack assemblies of said another one of said plurality of heaters;
wherein step a is performed independently of step b;
wherein said plurality fuel cell stack assemblies are located within said heater housing such that each fuel cell stack assembly of the plurality of fuel cell stack assemblies is spaced axially apart from adjacent fuel cell stack assemblies within said heater housing, and said conductor electrically connects said plurality of fuel cell stack assemblies to said electronic controller, said method further comprising:
c) using said electronic controller and said conductor of said one of said plurality of heaters to monitor and control electric current produced by said plurality of fuel cell stack assemblies of said one of said plurality of heaters; and
d) using said electronic controller and said conductor of said another one of said plurality of heaters to monitor and control electric current produced by said plurality of fuel cell stack assemblies of said another one of said plurality of heaters;
wherein step c is performed independently of step d;
wherein the method further comprises the step of operating said plurality of fuel cell stack assemblies of a given one of said plurality of heaters in series.

US Pat. No. 10,113,402

FORMATION FRACTURING USING HEAT TREATMENT

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method for treating a geologic formation, comprising:positioning, in a wellbore, a downhole heating device that is coupled to a downhole conveyance that extends from a terranean surface to a subterranean zone that comprises a geologic formation;
generating, with the downhole heating device, an amount of heat power at a specified temperature between 400° C. and 600° C. and a specified time duration between 30 minutes and an hour to transfer to a portion of the geologic formation in the wellbore;
reducing a static Young's modulus of the geologic formation by about 10 percent based on the generated amount of heat power at the specified temperature; and
generating one or more fractures in the geologic formation based on the generated amount of heat power at the specified temperature and specified duration.

US Pat. No. 10,113,401

APPARATUS AND METHOD EMPLOYING PERFORATING GUN FOR SAME LOCATION MULTIPLE RESERVOIR PENETRATIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of sequentially performing a plurality of perforations at a predetermined downhole interval of a wellbore in a tight reservoir rock formation in order to produce successively deeper penetrations into the rock, the method comprising:a. securing a latch coupling to a stationary length of casing at a predetermined fixed position above and proximate to the interval to be perforated;
b. providing a perforating gun comprised of a plurality of sections where each section contains a plurality of shaped charges positioned in a predetermined array, where the array is the same for each section, and the arrays are axially and radially aligned with each other;
c. securing the perforating gun to the downhole end of a supporting member;
d. securing to the supporting member a plurality of latching tools that correspond in number to the plurality of sections comprising the perforating gun, the latching tools being spaced apart axially on the supporting member of a distance that corresponds to the axial distance between the shaped charge arrays in the sections comprising the perforating gun;
e. lowering the first section of the plurality of sections comprising the perforating gun into position adjacent the predetermined interval to be perforated;
f. releasably engaging with the latch coupling a first latching tool of the plurality of latching tools that is closest to the perforating gun;
g. firing a first series of charges from the first section of the gun to penetrate the reservoir rock along the predetermined interval with a first series of openings;
h. releasing the first latching tool to disengage the tool from the latch coupling and lowering the gun to engage the adjacent latching tool with the latch coupling to position a second section of the plurality of sections of the perforating gun adjacent the first series of penetrations;
i. firing a subsequent series of charges from the second section of the gun into the formation at the same locations as the first series to provide openings penetrating deeper into the formation than the first series of openings, and
j. repeating steps (h) and (i) until all of the charges in the sections comprising the perforating gun have been fired.

US Pat. No. 10,113,400

SEQUENTIAL FULLY IMPLICIT WELL MODEL WITH TRIDIAGONAL MATRIX STRUCTURE FOR RESERVOIR SIMULATION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A computer implemented method of forming a model of determined well completion rates of component fluids of a subsurface reservoir from measured total well production by reservoir simulation of well production, at a time step during life of the subsurface reservoir, from a plurality of vertical wells in the subsurface reservoir with a coupled well reservoir simulator model, the reservoir simulator model having formation layers having unknown formation pressures and completion rates at the time step, the formation layers comprising vertical fluid flow layers having vertical fluid flow therefrom and flow barrier layers with no vertical fluid flow therefrom, the coupled well reservoir simulator model being organized into a plurality of cells including a plurality of well cells at locations of the vertical wells in formation layers of the reservoir, and a plurality of reservoir cells adjacent the well cells and the reservoir cells of the formation layers having unknown formation pressures, transmissibilities and completion rates at the time step, the method comprising the computer implemented steps of:forming a reduced system model of the plurality of vertical wells consisting of:
interval well cells between flow barrier layers of the reservoir assembled by combining vertically disposed well cells of the vertical flow formation layers having vertical fluid communication therebetween and being located between flow barrier layers in the coupled reservoir model; and
reservoir cells adjacent the interval well cells;
solving the reduced system model for bottom hole pressures of the plurality of wells;
solving by reservoir simulation the coupled well reservoir model of well cells and reservoir cells for layer completion rates of component fluids of the well cells of each of the formation layers of the coupled well reservoir model at the time step, based on a steady state volume balance relationship of the layer completion rates, formation pressures and transmissibilities, and treating the plurality of wells as having the determined bottom hole pressure;
determining a simulator total well production rate for the plurality of wells from the layer completion rates of the component fluids of the formation layers of the coupled reservoir model of the well at the time step;
comparing the simulator total well production rate for the plurality of wells with the measured total well production at the time step to determine if simulator convergence is achieved; and, if so,
forming a record of the layer completion rates of the component fluids for the layers at the well cells and of the determined total well production rate for the plurality of wells at the time step; and
if the results of the step of comparing indicate convergence is not achieved, iterating to the step of solving by reservoir simulation the coupled well reservoir model, determining a simulator total well production rate for the plurality of wells from the well completion rates of the component fluids, and comparing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,399

DOWNHOLE TURBINE ASSEMBLY

NOVATEK IP, LLC, Provo, ...

1. A downhole turbine assembly, comprising:a drill pipe capable of passing a fluid flow there through;
a turbine disposed within a sidewall of the drill pipe, the turbine including a plurality of blades having flat surfaces, at least one blade of the turbine including polycrystalline diamond;
a course capable of diverting a portion of the fluid flow to the turbine; and
an outlet capable of discharging the diverted portion of the fluid flow from within the drill pipe to an exterior of the drill pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,113,398

FUEL CELL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DOWNHOLE POWER SYSTEMS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for generating electricity in a drill string disposed within a wellbore, wherein the drill string comprises a turbine, a generator, and a fuel cell system, the method comprising:(i) generating electricity using the fuel cell system, wherein the fuel cell system generates electricity by producing an electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen within a fuel cell stack, wherein the fuel cell stack comprises: a first electrode; a second electrode; a proton exchange membrane located between the first electrode and the second electrode; and at least one water storage medium located between the proton exchange membrane and the second electrode;
(ii) retaining water produced by the electrochemical reaction within the fuel cell stack;
(iii) stopping the electrochemical reaction within the fuel cell stack;
(iv) circulating drilling mud through the wellbore;
(v) generating electricity using the generator, the turbine, and the circulating drilling mud; and
(vi) generating hydrogen and oxygen within the fuel cell stack by using the electricity generated in process (v) to electrolyze the water produced in process (i) and retained in process (ii).

US Pat. No. 10,113,397

PROPULSION GENERATOR AND METHOD

Coil Solutions, Inc., Ca...

1. A propulsion generator for use in a downhole tool to urge movement of a string of pipe within a well bore, said string of pipe comprising a bottom end portion, comprising:an outer tubular housing mountable to said bottom end portion of said string of pipe, said outer tubular housing including:
a plurality of fly wheel housings, wherein each fly wheel housing defines a fluid flow path through each fly wheel housing to permit a fluid to flow through a downhole tool, wherein the fluid flow path includes at least one of a chamber and a tubular configured to provide a laminar flow to the fluid therethrough;
at least one fly wheel positioned within said each fly wheel housing, said at least one fly wheel comprising a center of mass;
a plurality of fins operatively connected to said at least one fly wheel and positioned within said fluid flow path and configured to receive energy from the fluid flowing through said flow path whereby said at least one fly wheel is rotated, said plurality of fins being rotatable as said at least one fly wheel rotates; and
a mounting for said at least one fly wheel which constrains a center of rotation of said at least one fly wheel, whereby said center of mass of said at least one fly wheel is offset from the center of rotation, which results in vibrations being created during rotation of said at least one fly wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,113,394

MULTI-STAGE FLOW DEVICE

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

1. A multi-stage flow sub, comprisinga housing having a first axial bore;
a sleeve within the first axial bore of the housing, the sleeve defining a second axial bore, the sleeve further including:
a ball seat;
a first flow passage extending radially through a body of the sleeve, the first flow passage proximate to and uphole of the ball seat; and
a second flow passage extending radially through the body of the sleeve, the second flow passage being axially offset from the first flow passage;
a first burst disc in fluid communication with the first flow passage, the first burst disc obstructing radial fluid flow through the first flow passage; and
a second burst disc in fluid communication with the second flow passage, the second burst disc obstructing radial fluid flow through the second flow passage, the second burst disc further having a burst pressure higher than a burst pressure of the first burst disc.

US Pat. No. 10,113,393

SYSTEMS AND APPARATUSES FOR SEPARATING WELLBORE FLUIDS AND SOLIDS DURING PRODUCTION

Heal Systems LP, Calgary...

1. A process for producing reservoir fluids from a reservoir disposed within a subterranean formation, comprising:producing gas-depleted reservoir fluid from the reservoir via a production string disposed within a producing wellbore, wherein the producing comprises, via a flow diverter:
receiving reservoir fluid flow from a downhole wellbore space,
conducting the received reservoir fluid flow uphole,
discharging the received reservoir fluid flow into an uphole wellbore space such that, while the discharged reservoir fluid flow is disposed within the uphole wellbore space, gaseous material is separated from the discharged reservoir fluid flow in response to at least buoyancy forces, such that a gas-depleted reservoir fluid flow is obtained,
receiving and conducting the gas-depleted reservoir fluid flow, and
discharging the conducted gas-depleted reservoir fluid flow,
wherein:
the flow diverter comprises an insert-receiving part and a flow diverter-effecting insert,
the insert-receiving part comprises a passageway, and
the flow diverter-effecting insert is disposed within the passageway and releasably coupled to the insert-receiving part via a coupler disposed within the production string;
conducting the discharged gas-depleted reservoir fluid to a pump;
pressurizing the gas-depleted reservoir fluid with the pump such that the gas-depleted reservoir fluid is conducted to the surface;
uncoupling the flow diverter-effecting insert from the coupler;
displacing the flow-diverter-effecting insert, relative to the insert-receiving part, such that the coupler becomes disposed for coupling to a plug; and
after the displacing, deploying a plug downhole, and coupling the plug to the coupler such that a flow of material uphole of the plug is prevented, or substantially prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,113,392

TUBING PRESSURE INSENSITIVE SURFACE CONTROLLED SUBSURFACE SAFETY VALVE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A hydraulic control system for controlling operation of a downhole valve comprising:a rod piston disposed within a housing,
wherein the rod piston and the housing form a first piston chamber, a second piston chamber and a third piston chamber, wherein a first piston chamber volume of the first piston chamber and a third piston chamber volume vary inversely as the rod piston is moved from one position to another in the housing;
a high tubing pressure branch, wherein the high tubing pressure branch delivers pressure to the first piston chamber, wherein the first piston chamber is between a first seal on a first distal end of the rod piston and a wall of the housing;
a single control line directed into the second piston chamber and a first storage chamber branch, wherein the single control line delivers a surface pressure to the second piston chamber, wherein the second piston chamber is between the first seal and a second seal on a first side of a middle portion of the rod piston, wherein the first storage chamber branch fluidically couples a first compartment of a storage chamber and the second piston chamber to maintain the first compartment and the second piston chamber at a first pressure;
a second storage chamber branch, wherein the second storage chamber branch fluidically couples a second compartment of the storage chamber and the third piston chamber, wherein a second pressure of the second compartment of the storage chamber is directed to the third piston chamber through the second storage chamber branch, wherein a compressible fluid maintains the second compartment of the storage chamber and the third piston chamber at a same pressure, and wherein the first compartment and the second compartment comprise a compressible fluid or a compressible gas; and
a flow tube coupled to the rod piston and a flapper,
wherein the flow tube moves between a first position and a second position in response to movement of the rod piston, and
wherein movement of the flow tube between the first position and the second position is operable to at least one of open the flapper and close the flapper.

US Pat. No. 10,113,391

RETRIEVABLE BACK PRESSURE VALVE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

1. A retrievable back pressure valve for use with a horizontal well completion operations during drilling out plug procedures comprising:a tool with a first end, a second end and a passageway there through wherein said tool is adapted to be removably positioned in a drill string profile nipple in said horizontal well;
at least one flapper valve positioned in said tool said passageway adapted to allow fluid to flow downhole of said horizontal well through said tool said passageway and prevent said fluid from traveling up said horizontal well through said tool said passageway; and
a releasable positioning mechanism attached to said tool for positioning said tool in said drill string profile nipple and adapted to release said tool from said drill string profile nipple when a ball is dropped down said horizontal well and enters said tool.

US Pat. No. 10,113,390

VALVE FOR GRAVEL PACKING A WELLBORE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A downhole tool, comprising:a housing comprising a screen; and
a valve system positioned within the housing, the valve system comprising a first valve and a flow control device, wherein the valve system has a first position where the first valve allows a flow within the housing, a second position where the first valve directs at least a portion of the flow through the flow control device, and a third position stopping flow through the flow control device; and
wherein the valve system further comprises an intermediate tubular member positioned between the housing and a base pipe, wherein the intermediate tubular member has a first opening formed radially-therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,113,389

CRACK-RESISTANT CEMENT COMPOSITION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of cementing in a subterranean formation comprising:introducing a cement composition into the subterranean formation, wherein the cement composition comprises:
(A) cement;
(B) water; and
(C) an additive comprising zirconium dioxide, wherein at least 60% of the zirconium dioxide is in a metastable tetragonal phase during the step of introducing, and wherein some or all of the zirconium dioxide that is in the metastable tetragonal phase transforms to a stable monoclinic phase after a stress is applied to the cement composition;
allowing or causing to allow the cement composition to set;
allowing or causing to allow the stress to induce a crack in the set cement composition; wherein the stress further induces at least a portion of the zirconium dioxide that is in the metastable tetragonal phase to transform to the stable monoclinic phase; wherein this transformation reduces the size of at least one dimension of the crack.

US Pat. No. 10,113,388

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING WELLBORE ISOLATION

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. An actuatable wellbore isolation assembly comprising:a housing generally defining an axial flowbore and comprising a mandrel portion, a first end portion, and a second end portion, the mandrel portion being movable relative to the second end portion so that the housing has a variable length;
a radially expandable isolating member positioned circumferentially about a portion of the housing;
a sliding sleeve circumferentially positioned about a portion of the mandrel of the housing, the sliding sleeve being configured to be movable between:
a first position in which the sliding sleeve retains the expandable isolating member in a narrower non-expanded conformation; and
a second position in which the sliding sleeve does not retain the expandable isolating member in the narrower non-expanded conformation;
an actuator assemblage configured to move the sliding sleeve from the first position to the second position; and
a locking mechanism engaged to retain the sliding sleeve in the first position and disengageable to allow movement of the sliding sleeve between the first position and the second position,
wherein movement of the mandrel portion relative to the second end portion disengages the locking mechanism to thereby allow the actuator assemblage to move the sliding sleeve from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,387

TESTABLE ISOLATION PACKER

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for testing an isolation packer in a wellbore casing, comprising:(a) running at least one testable isolation packer system into the wellbore casing on a completion string, the testable isolation packer system comprising:
upper and lower packer elements;
a bypass system, comprising (i) a lower element port in fluid communication with an annulus space between the upper and lower packer elements, (ii) a release port for releasing fluid to a space downhole of the lower packer element, and (iii) a channel for directing fluid from the lower element port to the release port, wherein when the bypass system is in by-pass mode, fluid trapped between the upper and lower packer elements enters the lower element port, travels through the channel, and exits at the release port downhole of the lower packer element;
a testing subassembly comprising a flow path extending from inside of the completion string to the annulus space between the upper and lower packers elements, the flow path controlled by an external moveable element positioned circumferentially around an inner mandrel, the external movable element comprising (i) an outer port in fluid communication with the annulus space between the upper and lower packer elements and (ii) a sealing element, wherein the moveable element is movable with respect to the inner mandrel, wherein the inner mandrel comprises an inner port that is in fluid communication with the inside of the completion string, wherein movement of the external movable element moves the outer port and the sealing element uphole or downhole relative to the inner port;
wherein when the testing subassembly is in a non-test mode, the outer port is positioned on a first side of the inner port and the flow path is closed via the sealing element, and
wherein when the testing subassembly is in a test mode, movement of the external movable element causes the outer port and the sealing element to move past the inner port, opening the flow path;
(b) starting to set the upper packer element between the wellbore casing and the completion string;
(c) starting to set the lower packer element between the wellbore casing and the completion string;
(d) allowing bypass of fluid from the annulus space between the upper packer element and the lower packer element to a location downhole of the lower packer element through the bypass system; and
(e) causing the movable element to travel and (i) close the bypass system and (ii) open the testing subassembly.

US Pat. No. 10,113,386

APPARATUS FOR USE IN WELL ABANDONMENT

BiSN Tec Ltd., Lymm (GB)...

1. A plugging system for plugging wells, and in particular oil and gas wells, said plugging system comprising a plug body formed from an outer metal tube and an inner metal tube, wherein the tubes are concentric;reinforcement means, attached to an inner surface of the outer tube and attached to an outer surface of the inner tube, thereby connecting the inner and outer tubes and thereby providing cross-sectional structural strength to the plug body; and
wherein an upper end of the plug body has a central heater receiving void located along the axis of the plug, wherein the void is defined by an inner surface of the inner tube; and a lower end of the plug body having a base extending across the entire plug body and to which both the inner and outer tubes are connected.

US Pat. No. 10,113,385

PRODUCTION SYSTEM AND TENSION HANGER

Cameron International Cor...

11. A well production system for producing fluids from a well, the system comprising:a wellhead component;
a hanger system comprising:
a hanger body comprising an inner bore extending therethrough along an axis;
an inner mandrel comprising an exterior surface comprising a slot, the slot comprising an axially oriented portion that terminates and the slot continues into either an azimuthally oriented portion or a helically oriented portion extending from the axially oriented portion, the inner mandrel being passable from the hanger body inner bore; and
wherein the inner mandrel is movable into a landed position by axial and rotational movement of the inner mandrel relative to the hanger body, the axial and rotational movement being guided by the slot; and
a production tubing string attachable to the inner mandrel and extendable into the well.

US Pat. No. 10,113,384

MULTI-METAL SEAL SYSTEM

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system, comprising:a first tubular;
a second tubular, wherein the first and second tubulars are configured to be disposed one inside another about an axis;
a multi-metal seal system configured to seal an annular space between a first surface of the first tubular and a second surface of the second tubular, wherein the multimetal seal system comprises:
a first metal seal portion with a first angled surface and a second angled surface;
a second metal seal portion with a third angled surface; and
a third metal seal portion with a fourth angled surface;
wherein the first angled surface selectively engages the third angled surface at a first angled interface and the second angled surface selectively engages the fourth angled surface at a second angled interface, and wherein the first and second angled interfaces are configured to drive the first metal seal portion only in a first radial direction relative to the axis and seal radially against the first surface, drive the second metal seal portion only in a second radial direction relative to the axis and seal radially against the second surface, and drive the third metal seal portion only in the second radial direction relative to the axis and seal radially against the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,382

ENHANCED HYDROCARBON WELL BLOWOUT PROTECTION

1. An apparatus to protect from accidental blow out from a hydrocarbon well, the apparatus comprising:a sealable pipe adaptor mounted directly on a hydrocarbon well head, the sealable pipe adaptor including:
a central branch used for a drilling operation, the central branch having a first valve that is normally open and controllable during the drilling operation, the first valve containing a first sensor that is a shut-off sensor that shuts the first valve when a gush of oil or gas flow above a first preset safety threshold is detected,
a first side branch, having a second valve that is controllable during the drilling operation and during a production mode, the second valve having a second sensor that opens the second valve when detecting a rogue hydrocarbon flow so that the rogue hydrocarbon flow is directed through the first side branch the first side branch being connected to storage, and
a second side branch connected to a production pipe, the second side branch having a third valve controllable from a production collection terminal, the third valve being normally closed during the drilling operation and being normally open during the production mode, the third valve containing a third sensor that is a shut-off sensor that shuts the third valve when a gush of oil or gas flow that is above a second preset safety threshold is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,113,381

DOWNHOLE AMPLIFICATION TOOL

Coil Tubing Technology, I...

1. An amplification device, comprising:a knocker bit having a hammer surface proximate its lower end;
a bottom sub having an anvil surface proximate its upper end;
an outer amplification spring;
an inner amplification spring, wherein the inner amplification spring is smaller in diameter than the outer amplification spring and wherein the inner amplification spring is disposed, at least partially, within the outer amplification spring; and
wherein the outer amplification spring and the inner amplification spring extend at least partially between the hammer surface and the anvil surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,380

PUMPING SYSTEM DEPLOYMENT USING CABLE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for deploying a pumping system, comprising:moving a coiled tubing injector head into position over a wellhead positioned above a wellbore of a well;
routing an electrical cable through the coiled tubing injector head and through a tree assembly positioned above the wellhead;
coupling the electrical cable to an electric submersible pumping system beneath the coiled tubing injector head; and
using the coiled tubing injector head to deploy the electrical cable and to thus lower the electric submersible pumping system downhole into the wellbore beneath the wellhead without coiled tubing; and
wherein moving comprises coupling the coiled tubing injector head to an adjustable system located adjacent the wellhead, wherein the adjustable system is configured to selectively lift or lower the coiled tubing injector head and the tree assembly relative to the wellhead.

US Pat. No. 10,113,379

METHOD OF ASSEMBLY OF A STRING OF ELEMENTS FOR DEEPWATER DRILLING AND ULTRADEEP OBSTRUCTION ELEMENT AND CORRESPONDING USE OF THE SAME IN SAID DRILLING STRING

DRILLMEC S.P.A., Gariga ...

1. A method of assembly of a string of drilling elements for deep water drilling, wherein a depth of a body of water is at least 550 meters;each drilling element including at least one axial through hole, through which drilling mud can flow in at least a first direction, and two connection portions for connecting the drilling element in series in said string;
the method comprising the following steps:
a) assembling a lower portion of the string as a bottom hole assembly;
b) providing at least one first drilling element;
c) assembling said at least one first drilling element with another one of said at least one first drilling element to begin the assembly of first drilling elements to create a first section of the string directed towards a bottom or bed of the body of water, where a blowout preventer is located;
d) repeating said steps b)-c) to create the first section of the string until said lower portion is in proximity of the blowout preventer or until said lower portion is in proximity of the bottom or bed, and the string having a length of at least 550 meters;
e) beginning the assembly of second drilling elements while a drilling apparatus is carrying out a drilling cycle, for creating at least a second section of the string used in conjunction with the first section of the string during the drilling cycle;
f) repeating said step e) until the second section of the string has reached an extension length at least equal to a desired drilling depth of a drilling well;
g) assembling at least one third drilling element, the at least one third drilling element comprising at least one obstruction element for preventing a backflow from being generated against the first direction of drilling mud in said string;
wherein said step g) of assembling at least one third drilling element is carried out after said step a) of assembling a lower portion of the string and before said step b) of providing at least one first drilling element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,378

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PRESSURE WHEN DRILLING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A pressure management device of a drilling system comprising:a housing;
a primary bearing package coupled to the housing such that the primary bearing package is not removable from the housing and configured to rotate with respect to the housing;
a secondary bearing package uphole from the primary bearing package, the secondary bearing package configured to rotate with respect to the housing and be installed without removing the primary bearing package, the secondary bearing package including an engagement assembly extending into the primary bearing package; and
a sealing package configured to automatically seal between a drill pipe and the secondary bearing package in response to an insertion of the drill pipe through the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,377

DRIVE SYSTEMS FOR USE WITH LONG LATERAL COMPLETION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

12. A method for preventing rotational movement of a drive mechanism in a rig carrier during operation thereof, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining the rig carrier comprising a mast assembly and a Y-base comprising a support plate, wherein the mast assembly is pivotally mounted to the rig carrier on an upper end of a first rail of the Y-base, wherein the mast assembly comprises a first guide rail and a second guide rail, wherein the mast assembly is movable between a lowered position and a raised position, wherein the mast assembly is supported by the support plate in the raised position, wherein a plurality of crown sheaves are mounted to a top of the mast assembly, wherein the mast assembly further comprises a top drive and a pipe arm comprising a clamp, and wherein the clamp is operable to transfer at least one tubular member from the pipe arm to the top drive;
securing the drive mechanism to a top drive fixture within the mast assembly, wherein the drive mechanism comprises a drive shaft that is on a lower end of the drive mechanism and that is configured to extend toward the rig carrier, and comprises a swivel part on an opposite, upper end of the drive mechanism, wherein the top drive fixture comprises a first guide frame configured to engage the first guide rail at a first location above the drive mechanism, a second guide frame configured to engage the second guide rail at a second location above the drive mechanism, at least one extension that holds the drive mechanism below the first location and the second location, and a first flange that attaches the at least one extension to the first guide frame continuously along a length of the at least one extension from a top connection point at a base of a traveling block frame and above a top-most end of the swivel part to a bottom connection point below the swivel part;
moving the top drive fixture by using a plurality of traveling sheaves mounted within the traveling block frame and operably connected to the top drive fixture with the plurality of crown sheaves to move the top drive fixture;
engaging the at least one extension of the traveling block frame with the first guide frame;
engaging the drive mechanism secured to the top drive fixture; and
operating the drive mechanism to provide a rotational force to the tubular member, wherein contact between the drive mechanism, the first guide frame, the second guide frame, the first guide rail, the second guide rail, or combinations thereof prevents rotation of the drive mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,113,376

CONVEYOR APPARATUS

Stimline AS, Kristiansan...

1. A conveyor apparatus to enable feeding of a continuous elongate device down through the conveyor apparatus to enable insertion of tools through a wellhead and a well below or up through the conveyor apparatus by pulling action enabling retrieval of the tool from the wellhead and the well below, the conveyor apparatus comprising:an apparatus frame;
a pair oppositely located, co-operatively movable, segmented continuous belts installed in the apparatus frame, each belt comprising a plurality of interconnected device gripper shoe carriers carried and movable via a pair of continuous belt drive chains running over respective pairs of chain drive sprockets;
wherein each carrier has a front side and a rear side;
wherein the rear side of the carrier has at least one roller configured to roll about a shaft attached to the carrier against an elongate counter-force member associated with the frame and extending between said drive sprockets;
wherein a device gripper shoe is located at the front side of each carrier; and
wherein the shaft of the at least one roller is resiliently supported transversely of said shaft's longitudinal axis via a plurality of resilient members at spaced apart locations along a length of said shaft, said resilient members being fitted in ears that are arranged at the rear side of the carrier, said resilient members encircling said shaft and providing movability of said shaft relative to said ears.

US Pat. No. 10,113,375

THREAD COMPENSATION APPARATUS

Nabors Drilling Technolog...

37. A method of threading tubulars, comprising:coupling a thread compensation apparatus having a drive connection interface with an outer portion and an inner rotating portion to a drive apparatus having an outer body and a rotating drive shaft, wherein the inner rotating portion is coupled to the rotating drive shaft;
coupling a tubular gripping apparatus to the thread compensation apparatus;
inserting an extending tubular into the tubular gripping apparatus, wherein the tubular gripping apparatus grips the extending tubular;
retracting an actuator of the thread compensation apparatus so as to cause the thread compensation apparatus to be in a first retracted position;
repositioning the drive apparatus in order to position the extending tubular such that an end of the extending tubular is proximal an exposed end of a top tubular of a string of tubulars;
rotating the drive shaft of the drive apparatus which imparts rotation to the inner rotating portion of the drive connection interface which thereby imparts rotation to a sleeve and the lower shaft, wherein the lower shaft further imparts rotation to the tubular gripping apparatus and the extending tubular;
threading the extending tubular to the top tubular, wherein the actuator is caused to extend to displace the lower shaft relative to the sleeve to compensate for threading displacement as the extending tubular is threaded to the top tubular; and
displacing the drive apparatus such that the weight of the string of tubulars is supported by the drive apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,113,374

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR HANDLING DRILL STRING COMPONENTS IN A DRILL RIG AND DRILL RIG

12. A method for handling drill string components in respect of a drill rig, the method comprising:gripping with a gripper, a first drill string component, to be threaded on to or off from a second drill string component being part of a drill string which is partly drilled into a rock formation,
maneuvering a handling unit which is movably connected to a support, and which includes said gripper, between a drill string position, in which a gripped first drill string component is positioned for threading on to and off from said second drill string component and a loading position, wherein the first drill string component can be brought into or taken out from said gripper,
bringing an auxiliary engagement unit included in the handling unit to engage said second drill string component in the drill string position,
guiding said gripped first drill string component through said auxiliary engagement unit and aligning the gripped first drill string component to be essentially in line with a longitudinal axis direction defined by said second drill string component, and
allowing said gripper and thereby said gripped first drill string component said alignment through allowing variation of angle of said gripped first drill string component in respect of said support in order to allow alignment of the first drill string component in the drill string position,
wherein said auxiliary engagement unit engages portions of the second drill string component, said portions being positioned at a longitudinal axial distance from each other, and
wherein play or flex or yieldingness between parts of a divided support arm being positioned between said support and said gripper.

US Pat. No. 10,113,372

CENTRALIZER

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

14. A centralizer, comprising:a body having a bore therethrough;
a first collar coupled to the body;
a second collar coupled to the body; and
a plurality of bow springs coupled to the first collar and the second collar, wherein a cross-section of the bow springs includes an arcuate outer surface and a flat inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,371

DOWNHOLE CONTROL LINE CONNECTOR

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A connector of a wellbore completion, the connector comprising:a housing having a conduit chamber defined therein between a body and a shroud;
a matable connector at least partially disposed within the housing and providing a mating face that faces with respect to the housing so as to angularly engage and mate with an opposing matable connector, the matable connector including one or more communication media disposed within the conduit chamber and extending to the mating face; and
one or more tubular conduits extending helically from the mating face into the conduit chamber and wrapping helically around the body.

US Pat. No. 10,113,370

FLUID FLOW CONTROL DEVICE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A downhole fluid flow control apparatus comprising:a substantially tubular housing having an inner diameter and an outer diameter;
the inner diameter having a profile defined by one or more contour lines; and
a plurality of circular orifices defined on the tubular housing, wherein a first contour line of the one or more contour lines is operable to direct a fluid into the plurality of circular orifices and a second contour line of the one or more contour lines is operable to direct a fluid away from the plurality of circular orifices.

US Pat. No. 10,113,369

CUTTING ASSEMBLY FOR A BORING DEVICE

Barbco, Inc., East Canto...

16. A method comprising steps of:providing a cutting assembly comprising a first cutting head and a second cutting head; wherein the second cutting head is spaced a distance rearwardly behind the first cutting head;
providing a pilot tube within an underground pilot hole having a pilot hole diameter; wherein the borehole follows the pilot hole and has a borehole diameter larger than the pilot hole diameter; and
engaging the cutting assembly and the pilot tube in end-to-end relationship;
engaging the pilot tube with a front end of a shaft of the cutting assembly;
placing a bore of the pilot tube in fluid communication with a bore of the shaft;
moving pressurized air through the bore of the pilot tube into the bore of the shaft;
rotating and moving forward the cutting assembly and a casing extending rearwardly from the cutting assembly to cut an underground borehole;
moving the pressurized air from the bore of the shaft through a first air passage formed in the first cutting head and through a second air passage formed in the second cutting head; and subsequently moving the pressurized air into a bore defined in the casing to discharge cuttings created by the first and second cutting heads out of the casing; and
wherein the step of moving pressurized air through the bore of the shaft further comprises creating backpressure in the bore of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,368

CUTTING ELEMENTS, EARTH-BORING TOOLS INCORPORATING SUCH CUTTING ELEMENTS, AND METHODS OF FORMING SUCH CUTTING ELEMENTS

Baker Hughes Incorporated...

1. A cutting element, comprising:a substrate;
a thermally stable polycrystalline table comprising interbonded grains of a superhard material and interstitial spaces among the interbonded grains of the superhard material, the thermally stable polycrystalline table being at least substantially devoid of catalyst material used to form intergranular bonds among the interbonded grains of the superhard material;
a substrate portion interposed between the thermally stable polycrystalline table and the substrate; and
a metal material attaching the substrate to the substrate portion, the metal material extending from proximate the substrate, through the substrate portion, and partially into the thermally stable polycrystalline table, the metal material exhibiting a melting temperature of less than 1320° C.

US Pat. No. 10,113,367

SLIDE REAMER AND STABILIZER TOOL

Dynomax Drilling Tools In...

1. A method of reaming a wellbore, comprising:moving a downhole tool on a drill string axially through a wellbore without rotation of the drill string, wherein the downhole tool comprises an elongate main body having:
(a) a longitudinal axis;
(b) an outer surface and a central bore; and
(c) a plurality of channels formed into said outer surface, said channels dividing the main body into a plurality of blade sections corresponding in number to the number of channels;
wherein each of at least two of the blade sections has one or more cartridge pockets formed into the outer surface thereof, each cartridge pocket being configured to receive a tool cartridge housing a tool insert such that the tool insert is confined to rotate by a side wall about a rotational axis transverse to, and offset from, the longitudinal axis of the main body, wherein the downhole tool forms a slide reamer and at least one of the tool inserts is a reamer insert having a plurality of cutting elements,
the reamer insert rotating as the downhole tool moves axially through the wellbore drilling fluid is circulated through the elongate main body.

US Pat. No. 10,113,366

INTERGLAND GREASE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A roller cone drill bit comprising:a bit body having at least one support arm extending therefrom;
a cone assembly containing bearings or retaining balls and rotatably mounted on a journal extending from each support arm;
at least two seals disposed in grooves formed in the cone assembly and each preventing debris and well fluids from entering an annular gap formed radially between the cone assembly and the journal;
a lubricant chamber disposed in each support arm and fluidly coupled to at least one seal;
a floating bead defining an exterior section and an interior section of a bore and in sealing engagement with the bore such that the exterior section and interior section of the bore are not in fluid communication; and
an intergland grease disposed at least in an annular gap between the seals, wherein the intergland grease comprises a base grease and a lubricating intergland grease additive, but comprises no extreme pressure additive, and wherein the interior section of the bore is included as part of the lubricant chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,113,365

DRILL BIT FOR MILLING COMPOSITE PLUGS

HIJET BIT LLC, Norman, O...

1. A roller cone drill bit comprising:a body having a central axis, around which it is to be rotated, and a coupling for connecting the body to a drill string or coiled tubing; and
at least a first and a second roller cone, each of which is mounted for rotation about a bearing axis extending from the body at an angle oblique to the central axis and has a heel portion and an inner portion between the heal portion and central axis, each of the first and second roller cones having surface on which is disposed a plurality of cutting elements, the plurality of cutting elements arranged on a surface in a plurality of rows comprising at least a first row and a second row that are each concentric with the bearing axis, with one of the first and second rows located closer to the central axis than the other;
wherein the first row on the first roller cone is comprised of groups of one more milled steel teeth alternating with groups of one or more cemented metal carbide inserts, wherein each of cemented carbide inserts has a cutting depth that is equal to or greater than each of the plurality of milled steel teeth in the first row.

US Pat. No. 10,113,364

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ISOLATING AND SWITCHING LOWER VOLTAGE PULSES FROM HIGH VOLTAGE PULSES IN ELECTROCRUSHING AND ELECTROHYDRAULIC DRILLS

SDG LLC, Minden, NV (US)...

1. A method of providing a high voltage pulse to an electrocrushing or electrohydraulic drill bit, the method comprising:providing a transformer comprising a core comprising a saturating high relative permeability magnetic material;
the transformer delivering a high voltage pulse to an electrocrushing or electrohydraulic drill bit to initiate arc formation in a substrate being drilled;
isolating lower voltage electrical components from the high voltage pulse;
saturating the transformer core, thereby lowering its relative permeability; and
the lower voltage components delivering a lower voltage high current pulse through the transformer and to the electrocrushing or electrohydraulic drill bit for powering the arc in the substrate and saturating the transformer core.

US Pat. No. 10,113,363

SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS FOR CONTROL OF A DIRECTIONAL DRILLING OPERATION

APS Technology, Inc., Wa...

18. A method for controlling a direction of a drill bit coupled to a drill string, the method comprising the steps of:causing the drill bit to drill a borehole into the earthen formation along a predetermined drilling direction;
guiding the drill bit with a rotary steerable motor system according to one or more steering parameters toward the predetermined drilling direction during formation of the borehole in response to any determined deviations between an actual drilling direction and the predetermined drilling direction; and
correcting the steering parameters based on one or more operational parameters of the rotary steerable system, wherein the one or more operational parameter is a differential pressure of a pump in the rotary steerable motor system.

US Pat. No. 10,113,362

OFFSET SHAFT BEARING ASSEMBLY

TURBO DRILL INDUSTRIES, I...

1. An offset shaft bearing assembly for a downhole tool comprising:an outer housing, the outer housing having a housing centerline;
a drive shaft, the drive shaft extending through the outer housing, the drive shaft being generally tubular and having a shaft centerline; and
two or more radiused conical bearings positioned to couple the drive shaft to the outer housing, each radiused conical bearing having:
an outer surface, the outer surface being generally cylindrical, the outer surface coupled to the outer housing and aligned with the housing centerline;
an inner surface, the inner surface being generally cylindrical, the inner surface coupled to the drive shaft and aligned with the shaft centerline;
a first bearing surface, the first bearing surface coupled to the outer surface of the bearing; and
a second bearing surface, the second bearing surface coupled to the inner surface of the bearing, the bearing surfaces radiused such that the bearing surfaces remain in contact despite angular misalignment between the outer surface and the inner surface;
wherein at least one radiused conical bearing is offset from the housing centerline in a direction perpendicular to the housing centerline such that the shaft centerline is at an angle to the housing centerline.

US Pat. No. 10,113,361

SAFETY MECHANICAL BARRIER AND SYSTEM FOR ABOVE-GROUND POOL LADDERS

POLYGROUP MACAU LIMITED (...

14. The safety mechanical barrier of claim 1, wherein the at least one attachment mechanism is adapted for releasably attaching the safety mechanical barrier to the first vertical rail of the pool ladder.

US Pat. No. 10,113,360

ROLL-UP WALL TENSIONING

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A flexible, roll-up wall, comprising:a roller drum having a selectively engageable one-way bearing;
one or more power supplies;
a motor coupled to the drum by a transmission and electrically coupled to at least one of the one or more power supplies;
a flexible, sound-attenuating sheet having a base fabric and a polymer coating surrounding the base fabric, the sheet coupled to the roller drum at a first end of the sheet;
an electromagnet and at least one of a corresponding permanent magnet or ferromagnet;
one or more conductive threads woven into the base fabric extending from the first end of the flexible sheet to a second end of the flexible sheet, at least one of the one or more conductive threads electrically coupled to the electromagnet and at least one of the one or more power supplies;
a force meter; and
a potentiometer electrically coupled between the at least one power source coupled to the electromagnet and the electromagnet, wherein the potentiometer varies the current delivered to the electromagnet based on a force measured by the force meter.

US Pat. No. 10,113,358

WINDOW BLINDS WITH EXTENDABLE EDGES

Ristal, Inc., Tempe, AZ ...

1. A window shade comprising:a top rail;
a shade body extending down from the top rail and comprised of a plurality of collapsible tubular cells stacked to form a vertical shade, each of the tubular cells having at least one open distal end;
an insert comprised of a second plurality of collapsible cells and separable from the shade body, the second plurality of collapsible cells freestanding at one end and comprising connections at a distal end between adjacent cells of the second plurality of collapsible cells, each of the second plurality of collapsible cells configured to extend into a respective one of the plurality of collapsible tubular cells, wherein the insert extends a distance beyond the distal end of the shade body to increase an effective width of the window shade, and wherein the second plurality of collapsible cells is configured to be moved independently of and in unison relative to the shade body to vary the distance.

US Pat. No. 10,113,357

DOOR ASSEMBLY

THERMA-TRU CORPORATION, ...

1. A door assembly, comprising:a door frame including a first side section, a second side section, and a sill section;
a door pivotably connected to the door frame by a hinge such that the door is pivotable between an open position and a closed position, the door including a first edge surface and a second edge surface, wherein the second edge surface faces the sill section;
wherein the door further comprises a first rounded corner between the first edge surface and the second edge surface and the door frame further comprises a second rounded corner between the first side section and the sill section;
wherein a door seal is attached to the door along the first edge surface, the rounded corner, and the second edge surface and a frame seal is attached to the door frame along the first side section, the rounded corner, and the sill section;
wherein the door seal includes a first flat surface facing the door, and a first convex curved surface facing away from the door, the first convex curved surface including a first substantially flat and sloped surface, and a first rounded surface joined with the first sloped surface at an apex of the first convex curved surface, and the frame seal includes a second flat surface facing the door frame, and a second convex curved surface facing away from the door frame, the second convex curved surface including a second substantially flat and sloped surface, and a second rounded surface joined with the second sloped surface at an apex of the first convex curved surface, connecting the second flat surface to the second sloped surface; and
wherein, the first sloped surface engages the second sloped surface when the door is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,356

INSERTS FOR HOLLOW STRUCTURAL MEMBERS

Arconic Inc., Pittsburgh...

1. A structure for a building envelope dividing an exterior environment from an interior environment, comprising:a composite member having a pair of metal extrusions having a first thermal conductivity, the pair of extrusions connected by a thermal break formed from a material having a lower thermal conductivity than the metal extrusions, a first of the pair of extrusions being an exterior extrusion and a second of the pair being an interior extrusion, the composite member having a portion with an open, C-shaped cross-sectional shape, the hollow of the C-shaped cross-sectional shape communicating with a space exterior to the composite member, the hollow supporting heat transfer by convection between the pair of metal extrusions;
a monolithic insert formed independently of the composite member having stable free-standing dimensions, the insert inserting into the hollow and extending at least partially across the hollow, the insert being made from a material with a thermal conductivity less than the thermal conductivity of the metal extrusions and having a cross-sectional shape which at least partially subdivides the hollow into a plurality of sub-areas, the insert having an open U-shaped cross-sectional shape with a first wall extending at least partially across the open C-shape, the first wall defining the bottom of the U-shape and joining to a first side wall at one end and to a second side wall at another end, the first side wall and the second sidewall defining the side walls of the U-shape, the insert reducing the Nusselt number of the composite member relative to the Nusselt number of the composite member without the insert present in the hollow.

US Pat. No. 10,113,354

MULTIPLE-PANE INSULATING GLAZING UNIT ASSEMBLY, GAS FILLING, AND PRESSING MACHINE

Cardinal IG Company, Ede...

1. A system for producing multiple-pane insulating glazing units, the system comprising: a conveyor and a machine that assembles two or more glazing panes and one or more glazing spacers into a multiple-pane insulating glazing unit, the conveyor comprising a longitudinally extending conveyor line configured to transport the two or more glazing panes to the machine, the machine comprising a plurality of laterally spaced-apart processing stations, each processing station being movable transversely, along a transverse axis, relative to the longitudinally extending conveyor line to provide one of the plurality of laterally spaced-apart processing stations that is aligned with the longitudinally extending conveyor line while at least one other of the plurality of laterally spaced-apart processing stations is out of alignment with the longitudinally extending conveyor line, said at least one other of the plurality of laterally spaced-apart processing stations when out of alignment with the longitudinally extending conveyor line being operable to process the two or more glazing panes and one or more glazing spacers therein to fabricate the multiple-pane insulating glazing unit, wherein each of the plurality of laterally spaced apart processing stations comprises a processing zone located between two platens, wherein each processing zone is configured to receive the two or more glazing panes and one or more glazing spacers.

US Pat. No. 10,113,353

HIGH SPEED DOOR

ASSA ABLOY ENTRANCE SYSTE...

1. A high-speed door for closing or opening an opening formed in a wall, the door comprising:a bearing structure to which is attached a flexible curtain and a drive system enabling the curtain to be moved from a closed position into an open position in which the curtain is concertina-folded into a top of the opening, wherein the bearing structure comprises two cross-sectional U-shaped vertical uprights each comprising a web and two flanges extending perpendicularly from opposite ends of the web between which the curtain is folded, each U-shaped vertical upright being formed of a plurality of one-piece upright section pieces, wherein at least one one-piece section piece incorporates at least one cavity oriented in a longitudinal direction of the section piece;
a lintel comprising a plurality of lintel section pieces each incorporating at least one cavity oriented longitudinally, said lintel enclosing a shaft used to operate the flexible curtain; and
an attachment arrangement disposed on at least one of the upright section pieces and configured for fastening a secondary piece thereto, the attachment arrangement comprising:
a respective male attachment portion disposed on each of the flanges on one side of the at least one upright section piece opposite from the web and extending perpendicularly relative to the web along a longitudinal axis of the flange; and
two female attachment portions, each disposed on the web at an opposite side of the at least one upright section piece and each arranged collinear with the longitudinal axis of the respective flange;
wherein the male attachment portions are configured to engage a corresponding female attachment portion of the secondary piece and wherein the female attachment portions are configured to engage a corresponding male attachment portion of the secondary piece, and wherein the secondary piece comprises at least one of a second one-piece upright section piece or a finishing section piece.

US Pat. No. 10,113,352

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DOCKING STATION

Rite-Hite Holding Corpora...

1. A dock control system comprising:a camera for mounting on a docking station, the camera configured to obtain at least one image of a vehicle restraint system of the docking station;
a graphical user interface configured to display the at least one image of the vehicle restraint system to an operator of the docking station to verify if a vehicle has been restrained; and
a controller configured to:
automatically activate the camera once the vehicle restraint system is engaged with a vehicle;
receive the at least one image of the vehicle restraint system from the camera; and
transmit the at least one image of the vehicle restraint system to the graphical user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,351

INTELLIGENT VEHICLE ACCESS POINT OPENING SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:detecting a presence of an object in a vicinity of a cover of an access point of a vehicle and inside the vehicle;
receiving a command to open the cover;
activating a mechanism to open the cover responsive to receiving the command;
determining whether the object is likely to fall after the cover has been at least partially opened by:
measuring a relative distance between the object and a sensor on the cover as the cover is being opened; and
determining, based on the relative distance, whether the object is stationary and whether the object is non-stationary and moving toward the cover as the cover is being opened; and
pausing opening of the cover responsive to a determination that the object is likely to fall based on determining that the object is non-stationary and the object is moving toward the cover as the cover was being opened.

US Pat. No. 10,113,349

LOW-NOISE CARRIER ARRANGEMENT

1. A draw-in arrangement (10) comprising a carrier element (31) which is movable back and forth between a fixed park position and an end position, an acceleration and deceleration device (20) with an energy store (81) for drawing the carrier element (31) toward the park position and a pneumatic cylinder-piston unit (61) for decelerating the movement of the carrier element (31) and a carrier (90) which includes a holding recess (95) for accommodating the carrier element (31) and is provided with a stop (91, 92) facing toward the end position and with a carrier surface area (96), and the carrier element (31) has an engagement projection (36) which includes a push surface area (37) which faces away from the park position and which is contactable with the stop (91, 92), whereinthe carrier (90) is provided with a contact layer (97) surrounding at least the carrier surface area (96),
the engagement projection (36) is provided with a carrier element-side delimiting wall layer (51) surrounding the push surface area (37),
both, the wall layer (51) and the contact layer (97), have at least a thickness of 1.5 millimeters, and
both, the wall layer (51) and the contact layer (97), have a mean elasticity modulus at room temperature of between 700 Newton/mm2 and 1600 Newton/mm2.

US Pat. No. 10,113,348

MAGNETIC LEVITATING DOOR

1. A door assembly with a door disposable in front of a door opening and traversable between an open position and closed position, the door assembly comprising:the door being slidable to the open and closed positions, the door defining a length;
two brackets attached to the door, the two brackets being positioned equidistantly on opposed sides of a vertical plane which intersects a center of gravity of the door;
a first magnet attached to each of the first and second brackets, the first magnet having a length less than the length of the door;
a track disposed adjacent to the door opening, the track defining a length about two times the length of the door, the first and second brackets being slidably mounted to the track, the track having opposed inwardly directed fingers;
a second magnet attached to the track, the second magnet having a length greater than a length of the door, the first and second magnets vertically aligned to each other and disposed vertically above stabilizing rollers;
the stabilizing rollers attached to the first and second brackets and disposed within the track, the stabilizing rollers having upper and lower ridges which collectively form grooves that receive the inwardly directed fingers in the grooves for maintaining a vertical position of the door and a vertical gap between the first and second magnets as the door is traversed between the open and closed positions, wherein each stabilizing roller extends horizontally and an axis of rotation of each stabilizing roller extends vertically through the first magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,113,347

DOOR GUIDE SYSTEM WITH MODULAR THRESHOLD TRACK

ASSA ABLOY ENTRANCE SYSTE...

1. A sliding door comprising:a door panel;
a floor guide;
a pin guide assembly connected with a bottom of the door panel;
a guide shoe connected with the pin guide assembly; and
a lock-stop connected with the floor guide;
wherein the guide shoe includes a concave mating surface, wherein the floor guide includes a rail having a convex mating surface shaped to correspond with the mating surface of the guide shoe, wherein the mating surfaces of the guide shoe and floor guide are in sliding contact with one another, wherein the guide shoe further comprises two beveled surfaces on opposing terminal ends of the guide shoe arranged along a direction of travel of the guide shoe along the rail; and wherein at least one of the beveled surfaces of the guide shoe engages with an engagement surface of the lock-stop to prevent the guide shoe from disengaging from the floor guide, such that when the at least one beveled surface is engaged with the engagement surface at least a portion of the beveled surface is between the engagement surface and the floor guide.

US Pat. No. 10,113,346

HINGE, IN PARTICULAR FOR A PIECE OF FURNITURE

JULIUS BLUM GMBH, Hoechs...

1. A hinge comprising:an inner hinge portion to be fixed to a furniture body or to a furniture door pivotably mounted to the furniture body,
an outer hinge portion to be fixed to an outer door, the inner hinge portion and the outer hinge portion collectively having a lower receiving member, an upper receiving member, and a central receiving member, and
a connecting device slideable in an inserting direction into the lower receiving member, the central receiving member, and the upper receiving member so as to pivotably connect the inner hinge portion to the outer hinge portion,
wherein the inner hinge portion has a main body to be fixed to the furniture body or to the furniture door pivotably mounted to the furniture body, and the lower receiving member is slidable in a sliding direction relative to the upper receiving member mounted to the main body, the sliding direction being transverse to the inserting direction of the connecting device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,345

COVER OF INSPECTION CHAMBER

ROMBA DRYWALL CZ S.R.O., ...

1. A cover system for an inspection chamber, the system comprising:a door comprising a magnetically conductive material;
a fixture that comprises at least one of an “L” shaped and a “U” shaped object, the at least one of the “L” shaped object and the “U” shaped object each comprising a front arm; and
a magnet that is coupled to and disposed on the front arm,
wherein the fixture is configured to couple to a wall at an opening in the wall,
wherein a perimeter of the door is at least partially defined by a welt, which extends from a portion of the door by a distance that is substantially equal to a sum of a height of the front arm and the magnet, and
wherein the magnet on the front arm is configured to magnetically couple to, and to selectively decouple from, the door in a plurality of different locations disposed within the perimeter defined by the welt.

US Pat. No. 10,113,344

STAY

Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd....

1. A stay comprising:a first member;
a second member connected to the first member so as to be capable of rotating around a rotation axis in two opposing directions relatively;
a disk joined to the first member through a friction plate; and
a cam base capable of rotating around the rotation axis in an integrated manner with the second member, and capable of moving in a direction of the rotation axis through relative rotation of the second member with respect to the first member;
one of the second member and the cam base further comprising a convex part protruding to the other of the second member and the cam base; and
the other of the second member and the cam base further comprising a concave part which fits with the convex part;
wherein, when the second member rotates relative to the first member in one direction, the convex part fits with the concave part deeper, the cam base moves away from the disk in the direction of the rotation axis, and the second member and the cam base rotate relative to the first member and the disk; and
when the second member rotates relatively to the first member in the other direction, an inclined surface of the convex part and an inclined surface of the concave part come into contact, the cam base moves towards the disk in the direction of the rotation axis, and the second member, the cam base and the disk rotate relative to the first member with resistance force.

US Pat. No. 10,113,343

THERMALLY ISOLATED HIGH INTENSITY LIGHT SOURCE

Surna Inc., Boulder, CO ...

1. A high intensity discharge light source comprising:a bulb having:
a first end;
a second end;
a central region extending between said first end and said second end in a longitudinal direction; and
an outer surface extending between said first end and said second end;
a thermally insulative and optically transparent sleeve having an inner surface, said sleeve longitudinally aligned with and separated from said bulb outer surface by an insulating distance;
a first spacer positioned adjacent to said bulb first end and between said bulb outer surface and said sleeve inner surface;
a second spacer positioned adjacent to said bulb second end and between said bulb outer surface and said sleeve inner surface; wherein:
said first spacer and said second spacer provides said insulating distance between said bulb outer surface and said sleeve inner surface, thereby forming an insulative volume around said bulb; and
during use said bulb and surrounding insulative volume reach an elevated steady state operating temperature to maintain or enhance a spectral performance parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,113,340

TELL-TALE INDICATOR FOR LOCATING A SECONDARY HOOD LATCH RELEASE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An apparatus for aiding an operator having a finger in locating and operating a secondary hood latch release of a secondary hood latch in a gap between a vehicle body and an openable hood having an outer surface, the apparatus comprising:an indicator located directly above the secondary hood latch release and on the outer surface of the openable hood, and configured to display a location of the secondary hood latch release such that the secondary hood latch release is readily locatable and operable by the operator to open the hood:
wherein the secondary hood latch release is operable by reaching into the gap between the body and the openable hood with the finger and applying an operating force in an operating direction to the secondary hood latch release.

US Pat. No. 10,113,339

FUEL DOOR ACTUATOR

Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus...

1. An actuator for a fuel tank cap in a vehicle comprising:a latch for locking the fuel tank cap;
an electric drive to enable an automatic opening and closing cycle of the fuel tank cap;
a control plate rotatable by the electric drive and having a control contour;
a torque plate having a torque contour that interacts with the control contour by direct contact for transmitting a force and motion to the torque plate, wherein the transmission of force and motion depends on a rotation position of the control plate; and
a mating plate having a mating contour that interacts with the control contour by direct contact, whereby the torque plate transmits the force and motion from the control plate to the mating plate,
wherein the control plate, the torque plate and the mating plate are arranged along a longitudinal axis of rotation of the electric drive or the fuel tank cap.

US Pat. No. 10,113,338

MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR LOCK STATUS SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of monitoring door lock status of a motor vehicle, comprising:monitoring, by controller, the door lock status of multiple doors of said motor vehicle; and
indicating, by indicator carried on a driver's door of said motor vehicle, the door lock status of said multiple doors of said motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,337

LOCKSET

SINOX CO., LTD, New Taip...

1. A lockset, comprising:a first body, including:
a lock body disposed in the first body, wherein the lock body includes a combination lock;
a first upper face having a lock hole; and
a first side face having a positioning hole, wherein there is a first angle between the first upper face and the first side face; and
a second body, including:
a second upper face, wherein the first upper face and the second upper face both face the same direction, wherein a rotatable buckle having a rotating unit and a lock unit is disposed on the second upper face, wherein one end of the rotating unit is pivotally connected with the second upper face and the side of the other end of the rotating unit facing the second upper face is connected with the lock unit; and
a second side face facing the first side face, wherein a positioning unit is disposed in a position on the second side face corresponding to the positioning hole, wherein there is a second angle between the second upper face and the second side face;
when the first side face is in a lock position adjacent to the second side face, the positioning unit inserts into the positioning hole, and the rotatable unit is rotated to insert the lock unit into the lock hole, wherein the lock body restricts the lock unit from leaving the lock hole.

US Pat. No. 10,113,336

ORIFICE FLOWMETER SECURITY DEVICE

Daniel Measurement and Co...

1. A security device for use with an orifice flowmeter and a locking device, the security device comprising: a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a closed end, an open end, a front surface, and a back surface forming a cavity, and a first protrusion disposed in the cavity on an interior side of one of the top surface or the bottom surface, the first protrusion further disposed between the front surface and the flowmeter when the security device is secured to the flowmeter; wherein the cavity is exposed at the open end and the back surface, which comprises a cutout forming an upper back surface portion and a lower back surface portion, the upper back surface portion and the lower back surface portion configured to slidingly and releasably engage a gap formed between a nut and a body of the flowmeter when the security device is secured to the flowmeter; wherein the top surface includes a through bore that is coaxial with a through bore of the bottom surface proximate the open end; wherein the top surface through bore and the bottom surface through bore are configured to allow a rod to pass therethrough thereby preventing removal of the security device from the flowmeter; wherein the first protrusion comprises a pair of side walls extending from the closed end of the housing and a channel disposed between the pair of side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,113,334

ELECTRIC STRIKE LOCK

1. An electric strike lock, comprising:a strike body engaged with a cover plate;
a latch having a latch bolt and a deadlatch, said latch engaging a spring and being rotatably disposed inside the strike body together with said spring;
a keeper having a screw hole and a stop block displaceably disposed within the keeper, the stop block being connected to a solenoid which has a movable rod passing through the keeper and engaging the stop block, the stop block being displaced by the solenoid to move between a first position aligned with the deadlatch to block rotation of the latch and a second position unaligned with the deadlatch to allow rotation of the latch; and
an adjusting section including an elliptical adjusting hole formed through the cover plate in correspondence to the screw hole of the keeper, and an elliptical adjusting piece shaped in correspondence to the elliptical adjusting hole, said elliptical adjusting piece having an eccentrically-positioned through hole and an adjusting screw passing therethrough and to threadedly engage the screw hole of the keeper, a major axis of said elliptical adjusting hole extending in correspondence with an operating axis of the solenoid;
the elliptical adjusting piece being inserted into the elliptical adjusting hole in one of two orientations to locate the eccentrically-positioned through hole in a selected one of two locations for correspondingly locating the keeper relative to the solenoid and therewith disposing the stop block initially in either the first position or the second position and thereby set the electric strike lock as being fail-safe or fail-secure.

US Pat. No. 10,113,333

BOLT TO PIN WITH INTERCHANGEABLE COMBINATION

1. A bolt lock consisting of:a housing having:
a base end;
a shaft crossing through the housing, the shaft has a pin on an edge of the shaft, the pin including sections with ridges and sections without ridges;
a top end;
a plurality of cuts located on the top end;
a plurality of dividing walls inside the housing, the main shaft crossed through the dividing walls;
an external roller placed on each one of the cuts, the external rollers are separated by the dividing walls, the external rollers including an internal face and an external face having a plurality of segments separated by slots;
an internal roller placed inside each one of the external rollers, each one of the internal rollers having an internal face, an external face having a faceted edge, a borehole including a groove, the main shaft crossing through each one of the external rollers and the internal rollers;
a support placed on an extension of the base end of the housing, the support has a pivoting movement with a locking device located outside the housing;
a strap located at each one of the slots, the straps are fixed into a strap base anchored to the housing;
wherein when the edge pin of the main shaft coincides with groove of the internal roller, the main shaft slips and unlocks the bolt lock; and
wherein when the edge pin of the main shaft does not coincide with groove of the internal roller, the bolt lock is locked.

US Pat. No. 10,113,332

METHOD FOR INSTALLING DOOR LOCKS

PUNCH POINT TOOLS, L.L.C....

1. A method of installing a latch or bolt plate on a door frame having a door attached to the frame with an extendable and retractable deadbolt with a deadbolt cross sectional shape, comprising the steps of:(a) providing a marking apparatus, the marking apparatus including a marking apparatus shape;
(b) placing the marking apparatus on the latch or deadbolt and aligning the marking apparatus shape with the latch or deadbolt cross sectional shape;
(c) while the marking apparatus is on the latch or deadbolt, closing the door in the door frame;
(d) while the door is closed, causing the latch or deadbolt to extend causing the marking apparatus to be transposed from attachment to the latch or deadbolt to attachment to the door frame;
(e) opening the door and exposing the marking apparatus now attached to the door frame at a location;
(f) using the location of the transposed marking apparatus on the door frame to install a plate on the door frame for receiving the latch or dead bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,113,331

VEHICLE PANEL HANDLE FOR OPENING A PANEL OF AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

VALEO S.P.A., Santena (I...

1. A vehicle panel handle for opening a panel of an automotive vehicle comprising:a handle lever configured to rotate around a first rotation axis between a resting position wherein the panel is closed and an opening position wherein the panel is open, the first rotation axis being perpendicular to a pivotal plane of the handle lever;
a latch lever configured to rotate around a second rotation axis and to cooperate with the handle lever for opening the panel when the handle lever rotates around the first rotation axis for reaching the opening position, the second rotation axis intersecting the pivotal plane of the handle lever and defines a first vector from the second rotation axis to the first rotation axis;
a counter weight configured for preventing the unwilling rotation of the handle lever, the counter weight is configured to rotate around a third rotation axis between an unblocking position wherein the latch lever is not prevented from rotating, and a blocking position wherein the latch lever is preventing from rotating, the counterweight comprising an elongated body having one end defining the third rotation axis and an opposed end having a weight portion, wherein the weight portion is located between the first rotation axis and the second rotation axis, the third rotation axis intersecting the pivotal plane of the handle lever and defines a second vector from the second rotation axis to the third rotation axis; and
an extension of the handle lever disposed between the second rotation axis and the third rotation axis along a longitudinal direction that is substantially orthogonal to the second vector, wherein the extension of the handle lever is configured to cooperate with a recess or protrusion of the latch lever to rotate the latch lever,
wherein the second rotation axis is disposed between the first rotation axis and the third rotation axis such that the first vector and the second vector form an obtuse angle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,330

EXPANDABLE MAT-BASED SUN SHELTER

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Fais...

1. A collapsible sun shelter, comprising:a single transverse arch support, and
rollable flat mat,
wherein the rollable flat mat is configured to expand to include a canopy section having a spiral-like pattern,
wherein the rollable flat mat comprises a floor area portion, an upwardly deployable area portion, at least two mat anchor points and at least two arch support openings,
wherein the upwardly deployable area portion is defined by an outer perimeter passing through at least one layer of the rollable flat mat such that the upwardly deployable area portion remains connected with the floor area portion when the upwardly deployable area portion is extended upwardly in a deployed configuration,
wherein the upwardly deployable area portion of the canopy section comprises at least one point of contact and/or point of attachment with the single transverse arch support.

US Pat. No. 10,113,329

EAVE STRUCTURE AND TENT FRAME HAVING SAME

Campvalley (Xiamen) Co., ...

1. An eave structure of a tent frame, wherein the tent frame comprises a supporting pole, a first upper pole, and a second upper pole, the eave structure comprising:a sleeve member configured to be disposed at a first connector of the tent frame;
an eave pole slidably coupled with the sleeve member;
a connecting pole having a first end portion pivotally connected with a first end portion of the eave pole and a second end portion pivotally connected with a sliding connector; and
the sliding connector slidably coupled with the first upper pole and movable along the first upper pole,
wherein:
the first connector is fixedly coupled with an upper end portion of the supporting pole,
a first end portion of the first upper pole is pivotally connected with a hub of the tent frame,
a second end portion of the first upper pole is pivotally connected with a first end portion of the second upper pole, and
a second end portion of the second upper pole is pivotally connected with the first connector.

US Pat. No. 10,113,328

CANOPY ASSEMBLY FOR PROVIDING PRIVACY

1. A canopy assembly structured to provide privacy adjacent to a vehicle, said canopy assembly comprising:a support assembly,
a screen connected to at least a portion of said support assembly,
an attachment assembly comprising at least one attachment structure connected to a portion of said support assembly, said at least one attachment structures disposed and structured to support said screen in an operative orientation,
at least two openings disposed on said screen each extending substantially along a height of said screen,
said screen and said support assembly collectively disposable into an expanded orientation and a collapsed orientation,
each of said at least two openings configured and dimensioned to allow passage therethorugh of an individual, when in said expanded orientation,
said operative orientation comprising said screen disposed in said expanded orientation and in depending relation from said support assembly, adjacent an interior of a vehicle door, concurrent to one of said at least two openings disposed in direct communication with a vehicle interior, and
said expanded orientation further comprising a privacy enclosure at least partially defined by said screen having a closed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,113,327

SECTION OF CONCRETE

LAFARGE, Paris (FR)

1. A section of concrete adapted to form a mast of a windmill, said section of concrete defining an internal volume, said section of concrete having an outer face and an internal face opposite the outer face, said internal face arranged facing the internal volume, said section of concrete comprising:a first portion arranged to exert a bearing force on a lower adjacent part of the windmill, said first portion comprising a first flange extending in the internal volume substantially transversely from the internal face of the section of concrete,
a second portion arranged to form a bearing support for an upper adjacent part of the windmill, said second portion comprising a second flange extending in the internal volume substantially transversely from the internal face of the section of concrete,
a prestressing device arranged to apply a stress between the first portion of the section of concrete and the second portion of the section of concrete, said prestressing device comprising at least one part extending outside the section of concrete and within the internal volume, said part located between the first flange of the first portion of the section of concrete and the second flange of the second portion of the section of concrete,
a first attaching device arranged to be connected to the first flange and arranged to be used to attach the section of concrete on the lower adjacent part of the windmill, and/or
a second attaching device arranged to be connected to the second flange and arranged to be used to attach the section of concrete to the upper adjacent part of the windmill.

US Pat. No. 10,113,325

GENERATOR ENCLOSURE SYSTEM

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A generator enclosure system comprising:a base supporting a generator;
a first support element connected to the base and including a front and a back, wherein the front includes a locking bolt;
a second support element connected to the base;
a front panel removably connected to the first support element by a locking mechanism including a lever, wherein the locking mechanism is configured to interact with the locking bolt to lock the front panel to the first support element;
a back panel configured to attach to the first support element, the second support element, or the first support element and the second support element;
a first side panel removably connected to a connecting element of the front panel on a first side of the generator enclosure system; anda second side panel removably connected to a connecting element of the front panel on a second side of the generator enclosure system, wherein the first support element and the second support element define a first chamber, a second chamber, and a third chamber, the third chamber being for ventilation within the generator enclosure system.

US Pat. No. 10,113,323

CONCRETE FORMING STAKE APPARATUS

Stego Industries, LLC, S...

1. A concrete forming stake apparatus, comprising:a base member having a planar side and a stake mounting port disposed opposite the planar side;
a stake attachment unit including:
a tubular portion that engages with the stake mounting port, and
a joint connected to the tubular portion;
a stake that attaches to the joint; and
an adhesive layer disposed against the planar side of the base member, the adhesive being configured to secure the apparatus to a surface without penetrating fasteners.

US Pat. No. 10,113,320

RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR ELEVATED FLOORING TILES

United Construction Produ...

1. An elevated flooring surface assembly, comprising:a plurality of support apparatuses spacedly disposed upon a fixed surface;
a plurality of flooring units disposed over upper surfaces of the support apparatuses to create an elevated flooring surface, wherein each flooring unit includes:
a support plate including:
a base having a top surface, a bottom surface opposite to the top surface, a plurality of corner portions, a plurality of outer edge segments disposed between adjacent corner portions, and an outer periphery formed by the plurality of outer edge segments and the plurality of corner portions, wherein the top surface resides in a first reference plane; and
at least a first attachment member interconnected to the base adjacent a first of the outer edge segments, wherein the first attachment member is disposed outside of the outer periphery of the base, wherein the first attachment member includes a top surface and a bottom surface opposite to the top surface, and wherein the top surface of the first attachment member is disposed between the first reference plane and the bottom surface of the first attachment member; and
a building surface component positioned over the support plate, wherein the building surface component includes a top surface, a bottom surface opposite to the top surface, a plurality of corner portions, and a plurality of outer edge segments disposed between adjacent corner portions, wherein the bottom surface of the building surface component is disposed over the top surface of the base of the support plate; and
a plurality of restraint apparatuses, wherein each restraint apparatus includes a base having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite to the top surface, wherein each restraint apparatus includes a spacer member extending upwardly away from the top surface of the restraining apparatus base, wherein the base of each restraint member is disposed over the top surfaces of the first attachment members of at least first and second of the flooring units and secured to the upper surface of at least one of the support apparatuses, and wherein the spacer of each of restraint member spaces the first and second flooring units from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,113,319

MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM FOR PANELS AND METHOD OF INSTALLING SAME

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A set comprising a first panel and second panel, wherein the first and second panel are mechanically connectable to each other along at least one pair of adjacent edges, said panels each being provided with a tongue and groove formed in one piece with the panels, wherein the tongue and groove are configured to cooperate for mechanically locking together said adjacent edges at right angles to the principal plane of the panels, thereby forming a mechanical connection between the panels, said panels being provided with a first locking element at one first edge formed in one piece with the panel and a locking groove at an opposite second edge, the locking groove being open towards a rear side or a front side of the panel,each panel being provided with a second locking element, formed of a separate material and connected to the locking groove,
the first and second locking elements are configured to cooperate for locking the panels to each other in a direction parallel to the principal plane and at right angles to the joint edges,
the second locking element has a groove portion located in the locking groove and a projecting portion located outside the locking groove,
the second locking element is flexible and resilient such that the panels, are configured to be mechanically joined by displacement of the panels towards each other, wherein the projecting portion is configured to pivot towards the groove portion when the panels are displaced until said adjacent edges of the panels are brought into engagement with each other at the joint plane, and the second locking element at said second edge is displaced towards its initial position against the first locking element at the first edge.

US Pat. No. 10,113,318

FLOOR PANEL FOR FORMING AND ENHANCED JOINT

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel having a thickness and a centerline, the thickness defined between an uppermost and a lowermost surface of the floor panel, the centerline located at a middle of the thickness of the floor panel, the floor panel which, at least at two opposite edges is provided with profiled edge regions, which, comprise coupling parts substantially comprising a tongue and a groove, the groove being bordered in an upward direction by an upper lip and in a downward direction by a first portion of a lower lip, the lower lip having a second portion projecting distally from said first portion of the lower lip, wherein said coupling parts in coupled condition of two of such floor panels effect a locking in vertical direction, and wherein the profiled edge regions further comprise locking parts, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effect a locking in a horizontal direction, wherein at least one of the aforementioned locking parts is provided at the tongue,wherein said groove is bordered by said lower lip, as well as by the upper lip, and that the lower lip distally extends beyond the upper lip, and
a length of the second portion of the lower lip that distally extends beyond the upper lip, measured in horizontal direction, is smaller than the thickness of the floor panel, and
wherein said coupling parts and locking parts are arranged such that they allow that two floor panels are laterally interconnected or coupled by coupling by turning the floor panels into each other along their edges, and
wherein a space is defined in front of the tongue, and extends from an innermost area of the groove at least to a tip of the tongue, the space being completely situated above the center line of the floor panel;
wherein the space continues to a contact surface between the tongue and the groove, and the space over its entire extension is located completely above the center line.

US Pat. No. 10,113,317

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HANGING ARCHITECTURAL PANELS WITH CONCEALED ATTACHMENT POINTS

Gordon Sales, Inc., Boss...

9. A panel anchoring system comprising:a) a latching assembly comprising:
i) a base bracket, the base bracket comprising first and second projecting walls; and
ii) a resilient beam movably coupled to the base bracket so as to allow the resilient beam to deflect, wherein the resilient beam is a sinusoidal-shaped wire spring comprising a first leg and a second leg, wherein the first leg of the sinusoidal-shaped wire spring is movably coupled to a first elongated hole in the first projecting wall, and wherein the second leg of the sinusoidal-shaped wire spring is movably coupled to a first elongated hole in the second projecting wall; and
b) a panel comprising a keyed flange, the keyed flange comprising:
i) first and second locking slots configured for releasable attachment to the first and second legs of the sinusoidal-shaped wire spring; and
ii) first and second ramps, with the first ramp being positioned adjacent to the first locking slot, and with the second ramp being positioned adjacent to a second locking slot.

US Pat. No. 10,113,316

POST MOUNT CABLE RAIL INSTALLATION SYSTEM

Vinylast, Inc., Lakewood...

1. A post mount system, comprising:a mounting pipe, wherein the mounting pipe comprises a first plurality of holes, each hole of the first plurality of holes including a plurality of threads to secure a hardware item that attaches to an end of a cable rail;
a support pipe for fitting over the mounting pipe, wherein the support pipe comprises a first end, a second end, and a second plurality of holes that are aligned with the first plurality of holes of the mounting pipe;
a post for fitting snugly over the support pipe;
the hardware item, wherein the hardware item includes a threaded portion, wherein the threaded portion is for attaching the hardware item to the mounting pipe by engaging the plurality of threads of a first hole of the first plurality of holes, and wherein the hardware item comprises an anchor for the cable rail; and
the cable rail, wherein the cable rail comprises a cable that is sized for passing substantially unhindered through the second plurality of holes of the support pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,113,315

DEBRIS EXCLUSION DEVICE FOR RAIN GUTTERS

1. A gutter protection device that allows for removal and installation of multiple filter types, the device comprising:a. a frame, the frame including;
i. an upper filter capture channel; and
ii. a lower filter capture channel;
iii. a collection channel that separates the upper filter capture channel and the lower filter capture channel;
iv. a multiplicity of drain holes within the collection channel;
b. a stiffening rib formed within the collection channel to cause water to be emptied into the center of a gutter;
c. a plurality of drain penetrations within an upper face of the stiffening rib, the plurality of drain penetrations facing the upper filter capture channel;
d. a filter;
i. the filter retained within the device by the upper filter capture channel and the lower filter capture channel of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,113,314

LIQUID RELEASE AGENT AND ASSOCIATED METHODS OF APPLICATION

TAMKO Building Products, ...

1. An asphalt shingle comprising:a substrate sheet having a top surface and a bottom surface, the substrate sheet being coated with asphalt on at least one of the top surface or the bottom surface;
a first dispersed solid release layer on the bottom surface resulting from the dispersion and evaporation of a first liquid release layer, wherein said first liquid release layer is applied to the bottom surface;
a second dispersed solid release layer on the bottom surface resulting from the dispersion and evaporation of a second liquid release layer applied to said bottom surface, wherein the first dispersed release area only partially covers the bottom surface at the time the second dispersed release layer is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,113,313

SHEATHING RETENTION CAPSULE

1. A method of coupling a tension member to an anchor to form a post-tensioning tendon comprising:a) providing a tension member comprising a strand and a sheath, the sheath positioned about the strand;
b) providing an anchor, the anchor including:
a sheathing retention capsule having a tapered inner surface defining a forcing surface; and
one or more holding wedges, at least one of the one or more holding wedges having an inner wall and a tapered outer surface, the tapered outer surface abutting the forcing surface;
c) removing a portion of the sheath from a first end of the tension member;
d) inserting the first end of the tension member into the anchor,
e) inserting the sheath into the one or more holding wedges,
f) forming a press-fit between the sheath and the inner wall of the one or more holding wedges; and
g) coupling the strand to the anchor,
wherein step f) comprises applying a tensile force to the sheath and tightening the press-fit between the generally cylindrical sheath and the one or more holding wedges.

US Pat. No. 10,113,312

PANEL FIXING ASSEMBLY

AUTEX INDUSTRIES LIMITED,...

1. A connector for connecting a panel member to an overhead support structure or cross support member, the connector including an elongate planar body with a first planar surface and second planar surface separated by a thickness dimension, having side edges and end edges whereby the side edges define a longitudinal direction parallel with the side edges' length and the end edges define a transverse direction, the side and end edges being in a horizontal plane, the elongate planar body includes a first end portion and a second end portion separated by a middle portion, the first end portion comprises an enlarged partially rounded shape, wherein the first end portion is a fixing portion and the second end portion is a locating portion, the fixing portion includes fixing means to removably affix the connector to a panel capping member or overhead support structure, wherein the fixing portion includes a first camming body extending outwardly at a right angle to the longitudinal direction in a vertical direction from the first planar surface and the camming body includes a base portion extending in the same direction as the first camming body from the end portion, leading to a platform portion being spaced from the first planar surface of the elongate planar body forming at least one recessed gap for the locating of camming surfaces, and the fixing portion also includes a further fixing means to affix the connector to the overhead support structure or panel capping member, the further fixing means including a second camming body extending outwardly at a right angle to the longitudinal direction in a vertical direction opposite from the direction the first camming body extends from the second planar surface and the second camming body includes a base portion extending in a direction opposite to the first camming body from the end portion, leading to a platform portion being spaced from the second planar surface of the elongate planar body forming at least one recessed gap for the locating of the camming surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,113,311

WALL ASSEMBLY

2. A double sided retaining wall or freestanding wall, comprisinga trellis panel having front and back sides, lateral ends and a top end;
a support for maintaining the trellis panel in an upright orientation;
a plurality of first facing blocks stacked into a first facing wall on one of the front and back sides of the trellis panel;
a plurality of second facing blocks stacked into a second facing wall on the other of the front and back sides of the trellis panel; and
a plurality of connectors, a rear surface of each of the first and second facing blocks being connected to the trellis panel in the stacked condition by a spaced apart pair of the connectors for maintaining the first and second facing walls upright;
each connector extending either between one stacked first facing block and the one of the front and back sides of the trellis panel to connect the first facing wall only to the trellis panel, or between one stacked second facing block and the other one of the front and back sides of the trellis panel to connect the second facing wall only to the trellis panel and for allowing shifting of the stacked first and second facing blocks within the first and second facing walls; and
wherein:
the first and second facing blocks are different in at least one of size, shape and orientation, and
the first and second facing blocks have a rear surface and a retaining recess in the rear surface for engagement by one of the connectors and at least one of a location and orientation of the retaining recesses in the stacked first facing blocks of the first facing wall differs from that of the retaining recesses in the stacked second facing blocks of the second facing wall.

US Pat. No. 10,113,310

COATING MATERIAL FOR ACHIEVING SOUND-DAMPENING AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

Blue Angel Paint and Coat...

1. A sound-dampening coating material comprising:a base coat material having an applied thickness in the range of from about 25 to about 30 mil, the base coat material having the following formula:
20 to 40 percent by weight of a rubber emulsion; about 10 to about 20 percent by weight of a carbonate filler; about 3 to about 10 percent by weight of a fire retardant; about 3 to about 10 percent by weight of an opacity filler; and
about 10 to about 64 percent by weight of other components for affecting characteristics of the base coat material;
a top coat material applied over the base coat material to a thickness in the range of from about 7 to about 10 mil, the top coat material having the following formula:
about 40 to about 80 percent by weight of a rubber emulsion; about 10 to about 20 percent by weight of a carbonate filler; about 3 to about 10 percent by weight of a fire retardant; about 3 to about 10 percent by weight of a opacity filler; and
about 0 to about 44 percent by weight of other components for affecting characteristics of the top coat material.

US Pat. No. 10,113,309

FLOOD VENT BARRIER SYSTEMS

Smart Vent Products, Inc....

1. A vent barrier system comprising:an insert comprising side faces extending between a first end and a second end of the insert, wherein the insert is dimensioned to be inserted within a flood vent duct through a first opening such that the side faces contact sidewalls of the duct and provide an insulative seal between the first opening and a second opening of the duct when inserted therein;
a cover having a first side and a second side configured to be attached to the first face of the insert, wherein the cover is dimensioned to be selectively securable to the duct at the first opening, wherein the cover is manipulatable to selectively remove the insert from the duct; and
a door positioned at the second opening of the duct;
wherein the insert is dimensioned to extend within the duct and prevent the door positioned at the second opening of the duct from opening in a first direction when inserted therein, wherein the insert is dimensioned such that a second face is located adjacent to the door when inserted within the duct to prevent the door from moving from a closed position to an open position, wherein the door is configured to open in a second direction when the insert is inserted therein.

US Pat. No. 10,113,308

EXPANSION JOINTS

Underwood Companies Holdi...

1. An expansion joint applied to a layer applied to a substrate, the joint having a first strip extending on one side of the joint and a second strip extending on the other side of the joint, an upper surface plate of the first strip being adapted to extend across the joint, and being disposed to move across the joint, the strips being mutually aligned for relative movement while maintaining the upper surface of the first strip in a predetermined plane relative to the second strip;wherein the first and second strips comprise mutually aligned male and female cooperating parts, the male part comprising a male strip, the female part carrying the upper surface plate and comprises a channel extending along the first strip and the joint includes one or more seals between the strips and a seal receiving formations adapted to retain said one or more seal, said formation comprising tapered edge rebates of opposite corners of a free edge of the male strip and holding a matching seal strip scaling the first and second strips.

US Pat. No. 10,113,307

ROLLING BLOCK RESTRAINT CONNECTOR

1. A rolling block restraint connector for forming a moment resisting connection at a joint intersection between a continuous column and at least a first continuous beam that intersects the continuous column, the connector comprising:a first restraint assembly including (i) a first beam_pressure block, (ii) a first column pressure block, and (iii) a first tubular shaft that passes through tubular channels of the first beam_pressure block and the first column pressure block;
a second restraint assembly including (i) a second beam_pressure block, (ii) a second column pressure block, and (iii) a second tubular shaft that passes through tubular channels of the second beam_pressure block and the second column pressure block, wherein the second restraint assembly is configured to be located diagonally across the joint intersection from the first restraint assembly;
a first linkage that couples the first restraint assembly with the second restraint assembly, wherein the first linkage passes through a first end of the first tubular shaft and a first end of the second tubular shaft, wherein the first linkage is configured to be located on an exterior of the first continuous beam relative to the joint intersection; and
a second linkage that couples the first restraint assembly with the second restraint assembly, wherein the second linkage passes through a second end of the first tubular shaft and a second end of the second tubular shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,305

LOAD BEARING INTERLOCKING STRUCTURAL BLOCKS AND TENSIONING SYSTEM

JUST BIOFIBER STRUCTURAL ...

1. A structural panel assembled of structural blocks with a tensioning system for contributing to lateral load bearing attributes of the panel, comprising:a plurality of structural blocks, each structural block having opposed pin and aperture surfaces, opposed side surfaces and opposed end surfaces;
a plurality of load-bearing structural strut members embedded within each structural block, a pin end of each strut member extending from a pin surface of the structural block, wherein one or more of the embedded strut members comprises a lengthwise cavity therethrough;
a plurality of apertures extending within the structural block from the aperture surface opposite the pin surface of the structural block each of the apertures adapted for engaging with an extending pin end of a structural strut member of an adjacent structural block which then places an end of a structural strut member of the structural block adjacent to an end of a structural strut member of the adjacent structural block, each strut member extending a distance from a block's one surface and being positioned retracted by a like distance from the same blocks' opposite surface, the space from the retracted strut end to the block's surface being the aperture;
the stacked structural blocks causing the structural struts to also be stacked end-to-end through the panel formed by the stacked blocks, forming:
structural columns of structural strut members aligned to form compression load-bearing internal columns inside the panel;
conduits from one edge at a pin side of an outer block of the panel to the opposite edge of the panel at the aperture side of an aligned outer block of the panel to receive and accommodate tensioning means, the conduits comprised of lengthwise cavities within a column of stacked structural struts within the panel; and
tensioning means positioned within the lengthwise conduits formed of the cavities of one or more embedded end-to-end adjacent strut members, wherein the cavities in the embedded strut members of end-to-end adjacent structural blocks align to form the conduit for receiving the tensioning means, the tensioning means within the assembled panel under tension;
the structural struts aligned within each block in parallel pairs, one strut of each pair parallel to and nearer to one side of the block and the other strut of the same pair parallel to and nearer to the opposite side of the block;
the apertures and protruding pin ends on the aperture surface and the pin surface, respectively, arrayed to easily align blocks to be stacked, the pins and apertures providing block self-alignment guides for assembly of blocks to form the panel; and
the blocks within the panel further comprising a connecting web situated and embedded in the body of the structural blocks in between two strut members of a pair of strut members, the web being perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the block and attached to both strut members of the pair of strut members.

US Pat. No. 10,113,304

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AGENT-BASED CONTROL OF SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE

EMNET, LLC, South Bend, ...

1. A control system to control fluid flow through a sewer system having a plurality of supplying assets, said control system comprising:a first supplying agent associated with a first supplying asset of said plurality of sewer supplying assets, wherein said first supplying agent assigns a first virtual cost to any fluid flow incoming to said first supplying asset, wherein said first virtual cost is based on a state of said first supplying asset;
a second supplying agent associated with a second supplying asset of said plurality of sewer supplying assets, wherein said second supplying agent assigns a second virtual cost to any fluid flow incoming to said second supplying asset, wherein said second virtual cost is based on a state of said second supplying asset;
a control agent associated with a control asset, wherein said control asset is adapted to direct said fluid flow from said control asset to said first supplying asset and/or said second supplying asset;
a computer network configured to accept said first virtual cost from said first supplying agent and said second virtual cost from said second supplying agent and to provide said first virtual cost and said second virtual cost to said control agent; and
wherein said control agent directs flow from the said control asset to said first supplying asset and/or said second supplying asset by minimizing a cost based on the said first virtual cost, said second virtual cost and a forecasted time delay of fluid flow from said control asset to one or both of said first supplying asset and said second supplying asset.

US Pat. No. 10,113,303

COVER ASSEMBLY FOR A FLOOR DRAIN

Drain Dome LLC, Roanoke,...

1. A cover assembly for a drain comprising:a saucer-shaped cover body having a first side for facing toward a drain opening in a surface having a drain pipe and a second side for facing away from the drain opening, the saucer-shaped cover body defining a plurality of flow passages extending between said first side and said second side so as to allow a liquid to pass through the cover body to the drain opening, at least a portion of the second side of the saucer-shaped cover body having a corrugated configuration formed by adjacent grooves and ridges, said grooves and ridges cooperating to facilitate reduction in blockage of said flow passages by debris on said second side of said saucer-shaped cover body; and
an anchor having a stem and deformable insert structure having a width diameter greater than the internal diameter of said drain pipe, said stem being removably attachable to said saucer-shaped cover body so as to depend from said first side thereof, and said insert structure including a pair of split fork loops at a distal end thereof sized to deform inwardly when inserted into the drain pipe and cause the insert structure to exert pressure on and frictionally engage the internal wall of the drain pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,113,302

TOOL RETENTION SYSTEM HAVING POCKETED WEDGE

Catepillar Inc., Deerfie...

1. A wedge for a tool retention system, comprising:a body having a tip end and an opposing base end that is wider than the tip end;
a channel formed in the body and extending from the base end to the tip end;
an elongated pocket formed in the body at the tip end that is open to the channel; and
a ramp located in the body and extending between the channel and an end of the elongated pocket, the ramp being inclined relative to an axis of the channel, wherein the ramp is located at the tip end of the body and protrudes inward from a channel inner surface toward the elongated pocket, and wherein the ramp is a first ramp; and the wedge further includes a second ramp located at a point between the base end of the body and the first ramp, the second ramp protruding outward from a curved surface of the channel toward the elongated pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,113,301

ARRANGEMENT FOR THE REMOVABLE COUPLING OF A TOOL WITH A MANOEUVRABLE ARM OF A WORKING MACHINE

BROKK AKTIEBOLAG, Skelle...

1. An arrangement for removing coupling of a tool with a working machine, the arrangement comprising:a first part that is supported by the tool and that comprises a first and a second indentations in essentially U-shaped located opposite to and at a distance from each other,
a second part that is supported by a maneuverable arm that is a component of the working machine and that comprises a first shaft and a second shaft that are introduced into the first and second indentations, respectively in the coupled condition of the arrangement,
a lever with which the first and the second shafts are coupled in such a manner that they are allowed to move towards and away from each other, and
a locking mechanism located between the first and the second shafts for the displacement thereof towards and away from each other, and for introduction of the first and the second shafts into the respective indentations,
wherein the first shaft is coupled with a rigid first arm section that is a component of the maneuverable arm, the second shaft is united at a joint with a second arm section of the maneuverable arm that is mobile relative to the first arm section, the lever comprises at least one pair of knee lever joints, each knee lever joint comprising a first lever and a second lever, the first lever and the corresponding second lever are coupled at their opposing ends with the first shaft and the second shaft respectively,
a central intermediate region of the first and the second shafts form bearing points that are jointed with the first and second arm sections of the maneuverable arm, while external elements of the first and the second shafts are located in the first and the second indentations, respectively in the coupled condition of the arrangement, and
the locking mechanism comprises one or several control and actuator means that can be activated through remote control and that operate between the first lever and the corresponding second lever for the displacement of the first and the second shafts from each other to have a tension-based interaction with the bottom of the respective indentations.

US Pat. No. 10,113,300

WORK VEHICLE AND RIPPER DEVICE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A ripper device attached to a work vehicle, comprising:a first cylinder including a tube and a rod, the first cylinder being disposed to extend and retract in a forward and backward direction in a plan view of the ripper device;
a single shank disposed in alignment with the first cylinder in the forward and backward direction in the plan view such that, in the plan view, the first cylinder and the shank are disposed on a same line extending in the forward and backward direction; and
an arm supporting the shank, the arm overlapping the tube of the first cylinder in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,113,298

REAR ATTACHMENT

1. A rear attachment device to connect an implement attachment to a rear of a vehicle comprised of a first plate assembly, a second plate assembly and an arm assembly;a front of the vehicle is adapted to temporarily connect to the implement attachment with full functionality of the implement attachment;
the implement attachment is any commercial attachment that is adapted to be full functioning when attached to a hydraulic power at a front of the vehicle;
the first plate assembly is affixed to a predetermined first surface at a rear of a vehicle;
the second plate assembly is affixed to a predetermined second surface at the rear of a vehicle;
the arm assembly on a first lower edge articulably attaches with a hinge to a lower edge of the first plate assembly;
the arm assembly on a second lower edge articulably attaches with a hinge to a lower edge of the second plate assembly;
a first hydraulic actuator is articulably affixed at a first end to an upper edge of the first plate assembly and on a second end is articulably affixed to a first upper edge of the arm assembly;
a second hydraulic actuator is articulably affixed at a first end to an upper edge of the second plate assembly and on a second end is articulably affixed to a second upper edge of the arm assembly;
a bracket on the arm assembly is adapted to removably connect to the implement attachment by maneuvering a hook on the implement attachment over a top edge of the arm assembly bracket and lifting the implement attachment without connecting a hydraulic power to the implement attachment;
the hook held over the arm assembly bracket supports a weight of the implement attachment;
when the first hydraulic actuator and the second hydraulic actuators are selectively simultaneously retracted, the relative angle between the arm assembly and the first and second plate assemblies decreases sufficiently to use or carry the implement attachment;
the arm assembly includes a lock to selectively secure the attachment to the bracket on the arm assembly;
wherein the implement attachment is located behind the vehicle when it is affixed to the rear attachment device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,297

BACK GUARD ATTACHABLE TO A BUCKET, METHOD OF FORMING THE BACK GUARD, AND BUCKET ASSEMBLY INCLUDING THE BACK GUARD

R2 MANUFACTURING LLC, Po...

1. A back guard attachable to a bucket, the back guard comprising:a left support attachable to a left side of the bucket;
a right support attachable to a right side of the bucket;
a back support connectable to the left support and the right support, the back support extending upwardly from a rear side of the bucket, in a state where the back guard is attached to the bucket; and
an adjustment mechanism that permits the back support to accommodate different buckets having different widths,
wherein the left support includes a left side post and a first left bar that extends from the left side post laterally toward the right side of the bucket, in the state where the back guard is attached to the bucket,
wherein the right support includes a right side post and a first right bar that extends from the right side post laterally toward the left side of the bucket, in the state where the back guard is attached to the bucket,
wherein the back support includes a first bar and a support plate fixed to the first bar, the support plate and the first bar extending between the left side post and the right side post, in the state where the back guard is attached to the bucket, and
wherein the adjustment mechanism includes the first left bar and the first bar that are slideably arranged from a left side of the back support, and the first right bar and the first bar that are slideably arranged from a right side of the back support, in the state where the back guard is attached to the bucket, to allow the back support to accommodate buckets having different widths,
wherein the back support is:
laterally displaceable relative to the left and right side posts, and
anchored to at least one of the first left or right bar, in the state where the back guard is attached to the bucket to prevent the back support from laterally displacing relative to the left and right supports during use.

US Pat. No. 10,113,296

DRAGLINE BUCKET RIGGING SYSTEM

Bright Technologies, L.L....

1. A dragline bucket assembly, comprising:(a) a bucket having a first lateral side and a second lateral side;
(b) a spreader bar having a first end and a second end;
(c) a first lower tensile member connecting said first lateral side of said bucket to said first end of said spreader bar;
(d) a second lower tensile member connecting said second lateral side of said bucket to said second end of said spreader bar;
(e) a yoke;
(f) a first upper tensile member connecting said first end of said spreader bar to said yoke;
(g) a second upper tensile member connecting said second end of said spreader bar to said yoke;
(h) wherein said first upper tensile member includes,
(i) a flexible stranded core, having a first end, a second end, and a stranded core outer diameter,
(ii) an armor layer, having a first end, a second end, an inner armor layer diameter, an outer armor layer diameter, and an armor layer cross sectional area,
(iii) wherein said armor layer inner diameter is substantially greater than said stranded core outer diameter,
(iv) wherein said armor layer cross sectional area is at least 25% of an area of a circle having a diameter equal to said outer armor layer diameter,
(v) a first anchor connected to said first end of said stranded core by a first potted region,
(vi) a second anchor connected to said second end of said stranded core by a second potted region,
(vii) wherein said first end of said armor layer is connected to said first anchor by a first armor layer connection that is separate from said first potted region, and
(viii) wherein said second end of said armor layer is connected to said second anchor by a second armor layer connection that is separate from said second potted region.

US Pat. No. 10,113,295

WORK MACHINE FOR DRAGLINE BUCKET OPERATION

Liebherr-Werk Nenzing Gmb...

1. A work machine for dragline bucket operation, comprising a dragline bucket taken up by a hoist rope, wherein the bucket is retractable by at least one dragline for carrying out a dragging movement and a dragline guide comprising a plurality of pulleys and roller bodies for guiding the dragline is arranged at the work machine,wherein the dragline guide is linearly movable in a horizontal direction, transverse to a dragline pulling direction,
wherein an electronic controller is provided for controlling one or more drive elements, with the electronic controller taking account of a deflection angle of the dragline on a dragline winch; and
wherein a roller head of the dragline guide comprising the plurality of pulleys and roller bodies is pivotable about a pivot angle of 360° relative to a tubular receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,113,294

MODULAR DESIGN FOR A DIPPER DOOR AND IMPROVED LATCH LEVER BAR

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A latch lever bar for use with a latching mechanism of a dipper door that includes a latch bar that includes a yoke, the latch lever bar comprising:an interface portion that includes a straight surface that is configured to contact the yoke of a latch bar; and
a pivot connecting portion that is configured to pivotally connect the latch lever bar to the door, wherein the pivot connecting portion defines a pivot point that is collinear with the straight surface of the interface portion;
the latch lever bar comprises a body that defines an X and a Y direction, and a X-Z plane; wherein the latch lever bar comprises a top protrusion that extends from the body a distance measured in the Y direction;
the body of the latch lever bar defines a bottommost edge adjacent the yoke interface portion along the X direction and a recess with an apex that extends from the bottommost edge along the X direction, the body further comprising a bottom protrusion that extends from the body a distance measured in the negative Y direction such that the bottom surface of the bottom protrusion is flush with the bottommost edge in a plane parallel to the X-Z plane containing the bottommost edge, defining a distance between the apex of the recess and the bottommost edge measured in the Y direction;
the distance between the apex of the recess and the bottommost edge is less than the distance that the top protrusion extends from the body of the latch lever bar;
the bottom protrusion includes a plateau and the top protrusion includes a right sloping surface that is configured to be a stop surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,293

BUCKET FOR CABLE SHOVEL

ESCO Group LLC, Portland...

1. A cable shovel bucket comprising a shell and a door collectively defining a cavity for gathering material during operation of the cable shovel, the shell including a front wall, an opposite back wall and sidewalls extending between the front wall and the back wall, the back wall having an exterior surface that faces the cable shovel when the bucket is in a dumping position, the door being pivotally secured to the shell for gravity activated movement between an open position and a closed position about a pivot axis extending through the cavity between the exterior surface of the back wall of the shell and the front wall and including a restraint to selectively hold the door in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,292

QUICK COUPLER CONTROL DEVICE FOR WORKING MACHINE

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. A quick coupler control device for a working machine comprising:a quick coupler that allows a work tool to be removably installed on a working arm of the working machine;
a lock cylinder attached to the quick coupler and having a lock-side chamber that is pressurized when the work tool installed on the quick coupler is actuated in a lock direction in which the work tool is fixed and an unlock-side chamber that is pressurized when the work tool is actuated in an unlock direction in which the work tool is unfixed;
a solenoid-operated first direction control valve having an unexcited position where a working fluid fed under pressure from a fluid pressure source is guided to a lock-side chamber of the lock cylinder and an excited position where the working fluid fed under pressure from the fluid pressure source is guided to an unlock-side chamber of the lock cylinder and where a return fluid discharged from the lock-side chamber is discharged to a low pressure side of the fluid pressure source;
a pilot-operated first check valve that sets a forward direction, in which a working fluid is fed under pressure from the first direction control valve to the lock-side chamber of the lock cylinder, a check function of the pilot-operated first check valve being cancelled by a working fluid fed under pressure to the unlock-side chamber of the lock cylinder;
a pilot-operated second check valve that sets a forward direction, in which a working fluid is fed under pressure to the unlock-side chamber of the lock cylinder, a check function of the pilot-operated second check valve being cancelled by a working fluid fed under pressure to the lock-side chamber of the lock cylinder;
a solenoid-operated second direction control valve having an unexcited position where a return fluid flowing out from the unlock-side chamber of the lock cylinder via the second check valve is discharged to the low pressure side of the fluid pressure source and where a working fluid fed via the first direction control valve is blocked and an excited position where a working fluid fed via the first direction control valve is guided to the unlock-side chamber of the lock cylinder;
a tool cylinder that pivots the work tool that is removably installed on the working arm of the working machine via the quick coupler;
a mode selector switch that switches between a lock mode where the lock cylinder is actuated in the lock direction and an unlock mode where the lock cylinder is actuated in the unlock direction;
a first sensor that detects whether a state of operation where the tool cylinder is actuated in a predetermined direction is established or whether a state of no operation where the tool cylinder is not actuated in the predetermined direction is established;
a second sensor that detects whether a loaded state where load is applied to the tool cylinder is established and a unloaded state where load is not applied to the tool cylinder is established; and
a controller having a function to control the first direction control valve and the second direction control valve to the unexcited position when the mode selector switch is in the lock mode and to control the first direction control valve and the second direction control valve to the excited position when the mode selector switch is in the unlock mode and the first sensor and the second sensor detect the operation state and the loaded state, respectively, and otherwise to control the first direction control valve and the second direction control valve to the excited position and the unexcited position, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,113,291

SUMP SYSTEM WITH OVERFLOW PROTECTION

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A method of protecting a sump system from overflow during intense rainfall events, wherein the sump system includes a drain line having a discharge orifice leading into a sump pit and hydraulically coupled to a water drainage system to transfer water from the water drainage system into the sump pit, and a water removal system arranged to remove water from the sump pit, the method including:installing a flow restrictor along the drain line, wherein the flow restrictor is sized and arranged to restrict the total maximum flow capacity of the drain line into the sump pit to match the maximum capacity output flow rate of the water removal system, and wherein the flow restrictor does not completely shut off or prevent flow of water through the drain line and thereby does not form a dead head of water within the drain line.

US Pat. No. 10,113,290

METHOD OF INSTALLING A FOUNDATION IN THE SEA BED AND SUCH FOUNDATION

1. A sea bed foundation for an offshore facility, said sea bed foundation having a circumferential side wall substantially defining a cylinder, which cylinder is closed in one end and provided with an opening in the opposite end, thereby defining a primary chamber, said sea bed foundation is hollow, downwardly open and where said side wall defines a skirt, said primary chamber being connected to a primary pump, and wherein said sea bed foundation further comprises one or more secondary chambers, said secondary chambers being separate from the primary chamber, and being downwardly open, but otherwise closed by the sea bed foundation, where said one or more secondary chambers are connected to one or more secondary pumps wherein said primary pump is a suction pump and said secondary pump is a pressure pump, and where an over-pressure created by the one or more secondary pumps increases a resistance against penetration adjacent the one or more secondary chambers, allowing a rest of the foundation to penetrate a bottom at a normal resistance, thereby rectifying an orientation of the foundation.

US Pat. No. 10,113,289

FORMS AND SUBSURFACE STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS THAT REDIRECT SOIL FORCES

V-Forms, LLC, Cedar Park...

1. A form for constructing at least a portion of a structural foundation, the form comprising:one or more wall forming portions configured to shape a foundation material to form one or more respective walls of at least one subsurface structural element of the at least a portion of the structural foundation; and
one or more termination forming portions configured to shape the foundation material to form a corresponding termination portion of the at least one subsurface structural element such that the termination portion is adjacent to a bottom portion of at least one of the one or more respective walls, wherein the termination portion and the at least one wall meet at a non-zero angle greater than or less than 90 degrees,
wherein the termination portion is a lower most portion of the structural foundation; and
wherein the form is configured to shape, based at least in part on the one or more wall forming portions, the foundation material to form the at least one subsurface structural element such that:
the at least one subsurface structural element extends from a surface-level base of the structural foundation to a subsurface level; and
the at least one subsurface structural element is configured to redirect soil forces to vertically displace the structural foundation.

US Pat. No. 10,113,288

CONCRETING FACILITY AND CORRESPONDING CONCRETING METHOD

SOLETANCHE FREYSSINET, R...

1. A method of concreting an excavation, the method comprising:placing a concreting column in the excavation for concreting, wherein the concreting column extends between an open top end and a bottom end thereof;
at least partially filing the concrete column with a fluid other than concrete; and
performing a first concreting cycle, wherein the first concreting cycle comprises a priming step comprising:
inserting concrete into the concreting column via the open top end to expel the fluid other than concrete from the concreting column;
filing the concreting column with concrete; and
retaining a volume of concrete a distance from the open top end such that a height of an empty space, defined between the volume of concrete and one of the open top end and the bottom end of the concreting column, remains less than a predetermined limit value, wherein retaining the volume of concrete comprises at least partially constricting a flow section inside the concreting column and/or to the outside of the concreting column.

US Pat. No. 10,113,287

TWO-WIRE CONTROLLING AND MONITORING SYSTEM FOR IN PARTICULAR IRRIGATION OF LOCALIZED AREAS OF SOIL

2. A two-wire controlling and monitoring system for irrigation of localized areas of soil and comprising:a water pipeline configured for providing water to said localized areas of soil;
a plurality of controllable irrigation valves, each positioned at a specific area of said localized areas of soil, each connected to said water pipeline for providing watering or non-watering of said specific area of said localized areas of soil and each having a pair of valve control inputs;
a plurality of field sensors, positioned at specific areas of said localized areas of soil, and configured for providing specific irrigation parameters, each of said field sensors having a pair of sensor outputs;
a plurality of localized irrigation control units, each comprising at least one of (a) a sensor decoder having a pair of sensor inputs connected to said pair of sensor outputs of a specific field sensor of said plurality of field sensors and configured for providing power to said plurality of field sensors and recording said specific irrigation parameters from said plurality of field sensors and (b) a line decoder having a pair of valve control outputs connected to said pair of valve control inputs of a specific controllable irrigation valve of said plurality of controllable irrigation valves for providing valve control signals to said first plurality of controllable irrigation valves, said sensor decoder and said line decoder further each having a pair of control and power supply inputs;
a controller and power supply unit having a first set of schedules of instructions according to a first communications protocol and a second set of schedules of instructions according to a second communications protocol, said controller and power supply unit having a pair of control and power outputs supplying power by applying, respectively, in accordance with each of said first communications protocol and said second communications protocol, a first alternating DC voltage signal defining a voltage maximum having a first pulse width and defining a voltage minimum having a second pulse width to one of said pair of control and power outputs, simultaneously applying a second alternating DC voltage signal similarly shaped, but of inverted polarity as compared to said first alternating DC voltage signal to another of said pair of control and power outputs and applying an alternating DC current defining a current maximum having a third pulse width and defining a current minimum having a fourth pulse width to said pair of control and power outputs, wherein the first pulse width and second pulse width of the first communications protocol are different from the first pulse width and second pulse width of the second communications protocol;
a two-wire cable interconnecting said controller and power supply unit and said plurality of localized irrigation control units and connecting said pair of control and power outputs of said controller and power supply unit to said control and power inputs of said plurality of localized irrigation control units and providing said power from said controller and power supply unit to each of said plurality of localized irrigation control units;
said controller and power supply unit being configured for transmitting a type declaration to said plurality of localized irrigation control units through said two-wire cable using said first communications protocol, said type declaration providing communication under said second communications protocol;
said controller and power supply unit being configured for transmitting said second set of schedules of instructions to said plurality of localized irrigation control units through said two-wire cable using said second communications protocol; and
said controller and power supply unit being configured for transmitting said first set of schedules of instructions to said plurality of localized irrigation control units through said two-wire cable using said first communications protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,113,286

FLOOD VENT

SMART VENT PRODUCTS, INC....

1. A flood vent, comprising:a frame forming a fluid passageway through an opening in a structure;
a door pivotally mounted to the frame in the fluid passageway for allowing a fluid to flow through the fluid passageway, the door comprising an outer perimeter defined by a top edge, a bottom edge, and two side edges; and
one or more pieces of foam insulation extending at least substantially along an entire length of an inner perimeter of the frame, the one or more pieces of foam insulation being positioned on the inner perimeter of the frame in a location that is exterior to the door;
wherein the one or more pieces of foam insulation comprise a first piece of foam insulation positioned on a top interior edge of the frame, a second piece of foam insulation positioned on a bottom interior edge of the frame, a third piece of foam insulation positioned on a first side interior edge of the frame, and a fourth piece of foam insulation positioned on a second side interior edge of the frame, and
wherein the second piece of foam insulation positioned on the bottom interior edge of the frame includes one or more angled portions that are substantially parallel to one or more angled portions of the bottom edge of the door, wherein the angled portions of the second piece of foam insulation are dimensioned to prevent the door from contacting the second piece of foam insulation when the door is pivoted between an open position and a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,285

REVETMENT SYSTEM

Shoretec, LLC, Baton Rou...

1. A multi-layer revelment system adapted to be placed on top of a ground surface to inhibit its erosion, comprising:a cellular confinement layer comprising a matrix of rigid wall cells that are open across the height of the cells, wherein the height of the cells is about 1 to 12 inches,
an articulated block layer adapted to be placed on top of the cellular confinement layer on the opposite side of the cellular confinement layer than the ground surface, and
a permeable geosynthetic layer that is adapted to be placed on the ground surface and under the cellular confinement layer;
and wherein none of the layers are fixed to an adjacent layer.

US Pat. No. 10,113,284

BLADE FOR REMOVING SNOW

GILETTA S.P.A., Revello ...

1. A blade for removing snow from a road surface, the blade comprising:a shield defining a shield cavity oriented to deflect the snow;
at least one cutting edge coupled to a bottom part of said shield and adjacent to the road surface when in use, the at least one cutting edge including two walls defining an edge cavity within the at least one cutting edge, the two walls facing one another and being substantially parallel to one another; and
at least one fluid circuit comprising at least one nozzle, said at least one nozzle spreading a de-icing liquid and being positioned within the edge cavity or at least partially defined by the two walls of the edge cavity,
wherein the at least one nozzle is carried by said cutting edge to spread said de-icing liquid on the snow in an area selected from the group consisting of in front of and beneath said at least one cutting edge,
wherein said at least one cutting edge compresses snow mixed with said de-icing liquid during passage of said blade over said road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,283

SNOW DISCHARGE DIVERTER APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An apparatus for snow removal diversion, comprising:a snow discharge diverter configured to change a flow of discharged snow from a snow removal vehicle connected thereto, said snow discharge diverter selectably movable between at least a snow discharging diverter position and a snow pushing diverter position, the snow discharging diverter position arranged to direct the flow of discharged snow to at least one side of a path of the snow removal vehicle, the snow pushing diverter position arranged to cause the flow of discharged snow to cumulate in a leading front side of the snow discharge diverter in a snow pushing position relative to the path of the snow removal vehicle;
a location detector antenna mounted on the snow removal vehicle at an offset distance from the snow discharge diverter;
a location detector operatively coupled to the location detector antenna to read an antenna location of the location detector antenna;
a predefined areas memory storing a list of a plurality of predefined areas for avoiding discharging snow, said list comprising a starting point location and an ending point location of each of the areas; and
a controller operatively coupled to the location detector, the predefined areas memory, and the snow discharge diverter and configured to control a position of the snow discharge diverter among the snow discharging diverter position and the snow pushing diverter position based on the antenna location and the list of the plurality of predefined areas for avoiding discharging snow, wherein the controller is constructed and arranged to:
(a) receive a first signal from the location detector, said first signal comprising updated location data of the location detector antenna;
(b) receive a second signal from the memory, said second signal comprising the location data of the plurality of predefined areas;
(c) calculate an activation distance from the location detector antenna to the start of each of the plurality of predefined areas said calculation using the antenna location and using a current snow removal vehicle speed and using the starting point location and the ending point location of the predefined areas;
(d) transmit an activation signal to the snow discharge diverter to cause the snow discharge diverter to change to the snow pushing diverter position when the antenna location is within the activation distance of any one of the predefined areas;
(e) calculate a deactivation distance from the antenna location to the ending point location of each of the plurality of predefined areas said calculation based on at least the antenna location, the current snow removal vehicle speed, and the ending point location of the predefined areas; and
(f) transmit a deactivation signal to the snow discharge diverter to cause the snow discharge diverter to change to the snow discharging diverter position when the antenna location is within the deactivation distance of the ending point location of any one of the areas;
wherein the apparatus further comprises a snow removal auger; and wherein the diverter comprises a snow discharge chute operatively coupled to the snow removal auger.

US Pat. No. 10,113,282

CUTTING EDGE ATTACHMENT FOR SNOW PLOW

Nordic Auto Plow LLC, We...

1. A snow plow blade attachment and mounting for use with an existing plow blade mold board with a set of holes, comprising:a traditional cutting blade with a hole pattern and with a bottom part having a lower edge for engaging a ground;
a reinforcing plate with the hole pattern;
and a rounded cutting edge snow blade attachment having a first upper vertical flat thin section of a thickness with pre-drilled holes that match the hole pattern to receive the reinforcing plate on one side and the traditional cutting blade on the other side to secure the blade attachment to the traditional cutting blade, further including integral and adjacent to the first upper vertical flat thin section a second lower thin section of the first thickness separated from the first upper vertical flat thin section by a horizontal bend of approximately 30 to 45 degrees from the vertical and wherein the second lower thin section includes a primary curved section forming a rounded portion that protrudes forward of the first upper vertical flat thin section and bends downward to pass below the lower edge of the bottom part of the traditional cutting blade in a secondary flat and horizontal section.

US Pat. No. 10,113,281

SNOWTHROWER IMPELLER ASSEMBLY WITH RIGID CUTTING IMPLEMENT

1. An impeller assembly for a snowthrower, comprising:a driven shaft configured to rotate about an axis;
a flexible impeller extending horizontally across substantially a complete width of the impeller assembly along the axis and configured to rotate about the axis, wherein the flexible impeller extends radially from the driven shaft to an impeller radial distance; and
a rigid cutting implement extending radially from the driven shaft to a cutting implement radial distance less than the impeller radial distance, wherein the rigid cutting implement is spaced apart from and does not contact the flexible impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,113,280

AUTONOMOUS ROBOT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Michael Todd Letsky, Boc...

1. An autonomous robot apparatus comprising:a chassis;
a plurality of wheels mounted to the chassis;
a drive system mounted to the chassis and operably coupled to the plurality of wheels;
a control module operably coupled to the drive system;
a precipitation sensing module comprising an accumulation cavity, wherein a floor of the accumulation cavity comprises at least one drainage aperture, an accumulation level sensor configured to generate and transmit, to the control module, a first signal upon a predetermined initial accumulation level of precipitation being detected, and wherein the predetermined initial accumulation level is an adjustable parameter that can be modified by an end user, wherein the accumulation level sensor comprises a plurality of sensors mounted on a wall of the accumulation cavity;
the control module configured to activate the autonomous robot apparatus to perform a first instance of a work routine upon receipt of the first signal;
the precipitation sensing module further configured to generate and transmit, to the control module, a second signal upon a predetermined secondary accumulation level of the precipitation being detected, the predetermined secondary accumulation level of the precipitation being a greater accumulation of the precipitation than the predetermined initial accumulation level of the precipitation;
the control module further configured to cause the autonomous robot apparatus to perform a second instance of the work routine, after completion of the first instance of the work routine, upon receipt of the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,113,279

BARRIER SYSTEMS WITH PROGRAMMABLE LIGHT ASSEMBLY

Off The Wall Products, LL...

1. A method for using barrier systems, the method comprising:positioning a plurality of barrier systems at a location, each barrier system comprising:
a barrier having an interior surface and an opposing exterior surface, the interior surface bounding a chamber that is adapted to receive a ballast; and
a light assembly secured to the barrier, the light assembly comprising a housing having a lens that at least partially bounds a compartment, a light emitting device at least partially disposed within the compartment, and programmable circuity in electrical communication with the light emitting device;
communicating wirelessly with the programmable circuity of each barrier system through a control device after the barrier systems are positioned at the location so that data is transferred between the control device and the programmable circuity of each barrier system,
wherein the programmable circuity of each light assembly transfers data to the control device, the data comprising a temperature reading at each light assembly or an operational condition of each light assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,113,278

MODULE FOR DEICING A CABLE SHEATH AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

American Bridge Maintenan...

1. A module for placement inside a sheath having a longitudinal axis and for vibrating the sheath comprising a body having:a) a mass;
b) a vibrator attached to the mass;
c) a base supporting the mass and vibrator and adapted to contact an inner wall of the sheath; and
d) wherein the body has a tether attached thereto adapted for towing the body along the longitudinal axis of the sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,113,277

DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC RE-STRIPING OF HORIZONTAL ROAD MARKINGS

1. A device for automatic re-striping of horizontal road markings and which can be attached to a vehicle, the device comprising:a marker unit with a linear actuator which is configured to position paint guns secured to a movable carriage over previous marking lines to be restriped, the linear actuator comprising a linear displacement transducer configured to determine coordinates of the paint guns;
an electronic control unit (14) electrically connected to the linear actuator (7), wherein the electronic control unit (14) comprises:
an electronic gyroscope (19) configured to determine an angular speed of the vehicle on curved road sections,
an electronic computation module configured to process signals received from said gyroscope and to generate signal values to be sent to a monitoring and control module,
said monitoring and control module being configured to process signals received from said linear displacement transducer, said monitoring and control module comprising drivers configured to control said linear actuator and drivers configured to control a position of solenoid valves, said solenoid valves being configured to enable and disable the paint guns, and
a near-sighting system comprising a laser scanner mounted in front of the marker unit and electrically connected to the electronic computation module, wherein the laser scanner emits a modulated beam and is configured to automatically identify coordinates of marking lines close to the paint guns, wherein the electronic computation module receives the coordinates of marking lines from the laser scanner, the electronic computation module being configured to automatically calculate a displacement between coordinates of the paint guns and coordinates of marking lines close to the paint guns, and based on said displacement, automatically send signal values to the monitoring and control module, said signal values controlling the position of said linear actuator and the position of said solenoid valves such that the paint guns automatically become positioned over corresponding marking lines,
wherein the electronic control unit is further configured to calculate and automatically offset, based on the angular speed of the vehicle, for an additional deviation of the paint guns from the coordinates of any of the marking lines when the vehicle moves on curved road sections.

US Pat. No. 10,113,276

COLD IN-PLACE RECYCLING MACHINE WITH SURGE TANK

Roadtec, Inc., Chattanoo...

1. A CIR-modified milling machine comprising:(a) a milling drum that is adapted to mill material from a roadway;
(b) a milling drum housing that contains the milling drum;
(c) an additive spray assembly that is located within the milling drum housing and adapted to dispense an asphalt additive therein;
(d) an additive flow system:
(i) which includes an inlet pipe that is adapted to be operatively connected to an external supply line;
(ii) comprising a surge tank for asphalt additive that is in fluid communication with the additive spray assembly;
(iii) comprising an additive pump for pumping asphalt additive from the surge tank to the additive spray assembly;
wherein the additive flow system includes piping and associated valves that permit operation of the additive flow system in a first mode in which the additive pump is adapted to draw asphalt additive from an external supply into the surge tank by means of the external supply line, and to pump the asphalt additive out of the surge tank to the additive spray assembly, and alternatively in a second mode in which the additive pump is adapted to draw asphalt additive from an external supply by means of the external supply line and to pump the asphalt additive out to the additive spray assembly while bypassing the surge tank.

US Pat. No. 10,113,273

INTERLOCKING HEATED PATIO STONES AND SYSTEM

1. A heated patio stone system comprising:a first patio stone interconnected to a second patio stone, wherein each patio stone comprises:
a load-supporting thermally-conductive upper layer;
an insulating lower layer;
an electrical heating cable positioned between the load-supporting thermally-conductive upper layer and the insulating lower layer;
an interconnection having a receptacle interconnected to the electrical heating cable positioned within said each patio stone; and
a bridging connector comprising:
an expandable and retractable articulated section containing an electrical wire connected to the electrical heating cable of each of the first patio stone and the second patio stone to electrically connect the first patio stone to the second patio stone:
a first basin on a first side of the expandable and retractable articulated section, closed by a first cap having a first electrical plug, the first electrical plug electrically connected to the electrical wire; and,
a second basin on a second side of the expandable and retractable articulated section, closed by a second cap having a second electrical plug, the second electrical plug electrically connected to the electrical wire;
wherein:
a length of the electrical wire from the first basin to the second basin is similar to a length of the bridging connector when the articulated section is in a fully expended state;
at least a portion of the electrical wire is contained in between the first basin and the second basin of the bridging connector when the expandable and retractable articulated section is in a fully retracted state; and,
the expandable and retractable articulated section of the bridging connector allows for limited movement of the first patio stone relative to the second patio stone.

US Pat. No. 10,113,272

FISHPLATE COMPRISING A PROTECTIVE STRIP

1. A lateral fishplate (21, 22) for isolating a railway rail (1), including a buried rail, wherein an upper face of said fishplate comprises a protective strip (26), formed of a wire mesh (32) and of a sheet (31) glued to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,113,271

DECORATION AND ADORNMENT METHODS FOR THERMOFORMED PULP

VARDEN PROCESS PTY LTD, ...

1. A method of forming a molded and printed product from pulp material including the steps of:a) forming a wet pulp pre-form from the pulp material;
b) applying a dry or cured printing decoration ink membrane bespoke coating to said wet pulp pre-form using an intermediate transfer surface, being separate and distinct from said pre-form, to form a printed pre-form;
c) transferring the printed pre-form to a mold; and
d) molding or re-molding said printed pre-form to form said molded and printed product.

US Pat. No. 10,113,268

INSTALLATION FOR DRYING A DAMP NON-WOVEN WEB

ANDRITZ PERFOJET SAS, Mo...

1. An installation for drying a non-woven web which comprises:a fan (6) with a delivery and an intake,
a heating oven (3) having an inlet and an outlet,
an inlet conduit (C1) which has a branch and which connects the delivery of the fan (6) with the inlet of the oven (3) and sends delivered air to the inlet of the oven,
a heat source (4) arranged in such a way that the air delivered in the inlet conduit (C1} is heated,
an outlet conduit (C2) which connects the outlet of the oven (3) with the intake of the fan (6),
a branch conduit (C3), in the branch of the inlet conduit (C1) upstream of the heat source (4), connecting the inlet conduit (C1) with an inlet of a drying device (10, 11),
a means of transport (2) which displaces a web in the drying device (10, 11) and in the oven (3), the drying device (10, 11) being upstream of the oven (3) in a direction of displacement of the web,
a conduit (C4) for extracting the air from the drying device (10, 11),
wherein the drying device comprises a diffusion chamber (10) having an outlet fitting (21) in which there is mounted a perforated sheet (24) which is mounted in a movable drawer (22) which has a handle (23) outside of the fitting (21),wherein downstream of the perforated sheet (24) is mounted in the outlet fitting (21) or in a channel which is clamped to the fitting (21) a honeycombed bundle (28), the dimension of whose cells is greater than that of the perforations of the perforated sheet (24).

US Pat. No. 10,113,267

TENSIONING APPARATUS FOR SYNTHETIC SLING MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD

SlingMax, Inc., Aston, P...

1. A sling manufacturing apparatus for constructing a synthetic sling having a cover and a core with the core constructed of synthetic yarns, the apparatus comprising:a frame defining a longitudinal frame axis;
a yarn feeder assembly associated with the frame;
a drive roller connected to the frame, the drive roller being drivable to draw yarn from the yarn feeder assembly;
a tailstock movably mounted to the frame, the tailstock movable relative to the frame parallel to the longitudinal frame axis;
an idler roller movably mounted to the tailstock, the idler roller movable relative to the tailstock parallel to the longitudinal frame axis; and
an idler actuator comprised of a hydraulic actuator having a first cylinder, a first shaft, a second cylinder and a second shaft, the first shaft connected to a first end of the idler roller and the second shaft connected to a second end of the idler roller, the idler actuator secured to the tailstock and the idler roller, the idler actuator configured to move the idler roller from a loading position spaced at a first distance from the tailstock to a tensioned position spaced at a second distance from the tailstock, the first distance being greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,113,265

LAUNDRY SOCK/GARMENT SNARE

Laundry Loops, Inc., Boz...

1. A laundry snare for laundering a plurality of items, the laundry snare comprising:two elongated cord strands having:
a first end wherein the two cord strands are connected together; and
a second end wherein the two cord strands are connected together;
a plurality of loading regions located between the first and second ends formed by a plurality of stoppers positioned along a length of the two cord strands and securing the two cord strands together; and
a plurality of releasable cordlock fasteners placed between two of the plurality of stoppers and configured to be selectively located and secured between the two of the plurality of stoppers;
wherein the releasable cordlock fasteners are threaded through the two cord strands.

US Pat. No. 10,113,264

DEVICE ADAPTED TO MAINTAIN FORM AND ASSIST IN DRYING OF A GLOVE

1. A device for substantially maintaining the full form of a glove while facilitating drying of the glove, said device comprising a hand-shaped form having:a palm portion comprising a substantially planar flange having a first side and a second side; and
a plurality of finger flanges comprising: an index finger flange, a middle finger flange, a ring finger flange, and a pinky finger flange; each of said finger flanges configured to extend from said first end of said substantially planar flange of said palm portion;
a first peripheral flange configured to extend away from and be in continuous proximity to, a periphery formed by said first side of said palm portion and said plurality of finger flanges;
a second peripheral flange configured to extend away from and be in continuous proximity to, a periphery formed by said second side of said palm portion and said plurality of finger flanges;
a first transverse flange for each of said finger flanges, each configured to extend away from a first side thereof, and to be substantially centered on the finger flange;
a second transverse flange for each of said finger flanges, each configure to extend away from a first side thereof, and to be substantially centered on the finger flange; and
a thumb portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,263

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH IMAGING CONTROL

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance for treating laundry according to an automatic treating cycle of operation, comprising:a laundry treating chamber receiving laundry for treatment;
at least one component operable to implement at least part of the automatic treating cycle of operation;
an imaging device mounted to the laundry treating appliance and having a sensor operably coupled with at least a portion of the laundry treating chamber during execution of the automatic treating cycle of operation and outputting data representative of at least a portion of the laundry in the laundry treating chamber;
an indicator configured to output a signal; and
a controller receiving the data and operably coupled to the indicator, the controller comprising analysis software that is configured to determine a motion condition of the laundry based on the data and the controller configured to determine a condition of concern of the laundry based on the data and to activate the indicator to emit a signal based on the determined condition to notify a user of the determined condition of concern.

US Pat. No. 10,113,262

DRYER APPLIANCES AND METHODS FOR DIAGNOSING RESTRICTIONS IN DRYER APPLIANCES

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for diagnosing a restriction in a dryer appliance, the method comprising:obtaining a plurality of temperature readings at a controller of the dryer appliance during each operation of the dryer appliance by intermittently measuring a temperature of inlet air to the dryer appliance from a temperature sensor mounted within a cabinet of the dryer appliance;
obtaining a heater status for a heater of the dryer appliance at the controller during each measurement of the temperature;
estimating an effective opening size equal to or smaller in relation to an actual opening size of an outlet assembly in the dryer appliance at the controller during each operation of the dryer appliance based on the temperature and heater status for each of the plurality of temperature readings, the estimating comprising
calculating a heater contribution rate for temperature and a decay rate for temperature for the plurality of temperature readings at the controller utilizing the temperature and heater status for each of the plurality of temperature readings, and
utilizing at least one of the heater contribution rate for temperature and the decay rate for temperature to estimate the effective opening size; and
transmitting a restriction signal from the controller when the effective opening size is less than a predetermined minimum size threshold,
wherein the effective opening size is correlated to the at least one of the heater contribution rate for temperature or the decay rate for temperature,
wherein the heater contribution rate for temperature includes a rate of temperature increase at an active status of the heater, and
wherein the decay rate for temperature includes a rate of temperature decrease at an inactive status of the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,113,261

FABRIC TREATING APPARATUS

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A fabric treating apparatus comprising:a casing that comprises:
a treating chamber that is configured to receive clothes; and
a machinery room that is located below the treating chamber;
a base that is located at a bottom of the machinery room;
a heat pump module that is configured to condition air supplied to the treating chamber;
at least one supporter (a) that includes a shelf (i) that is supported by legs that are fixed to the base and (ii) that supports the heat pump module and that defines a space (i) between the base and the heat pump module and (ii) below the shelf and (b) that includes a first supporter fixing tab that includes a surface that faces the base and that is located at a lower part of at least one of the legs;
a steam generating module that is located in the space and that is configured to generate steam and supply steam to the treating chamber; and
a controller that is configured to control at least one of the heat pump module or the steam generating module, the controller being located in the space and below the steam generating module,
wherein the base includes a first supporter fixing part that includes a first supporter fastening hole that is configured to receive the first supporter fixing tab.

US Pat. No. 10,113,260

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance configured to implement a cycle of operation to treat a load of laundry, comprising:a basket defining a treating chamber and rotatable about an axis of rotation;
a motor having a rotor and a stator;
a shifter within an interior diameter of the stator and having an energizable clutch coil at least partially enveloped in a magnetically permeable housing and a magnetically permeable slidable drive mechanism radially spaced from the housing and configured to selectively couple the basket with the rotor; and
a concentric magnetically permeable ring located on the rotor, radially spaced and axially aligned with a portion of the magnetically permeable housing, and radially aligned and axially spaced from the slidable drive mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,113,259

FLANGE STRUCTURE AT BOTTOM OF INNER TUB OF WASHING MACHINE AND A WASHING MACHINE

QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MAC...

1. A flange structure for use at a bottom of an inner tub of a washing machine, comprisinga shaft joint portion located at a center of the flange,
an annular mounting portion configured to be fixedly connected with the bottom of the inner tub of the washing machine and located at an outer periphery of the shaft joint portion,
a plurality of connecting portions provided between the mounting portion and the shaft joint portion, each connecting portion including a main rib extending from the mounting portion to the shaft joint portion, and
a plurality of transverse ribs arranged on both sides of the main rib in an extending direction of the main rib respectively in turn,
wherein the connecting portions descend from the main rib towards both sides in an extending direction of the transverse ribs,
a V-shaped recess is formed between two adjacent connecting portions, and a V-shaped recess bottom end is a breach of the flange formed by a distance between the transverse ribs of the two main ribs for water flow,
and wherein a filter portion is formed in a region between the mounting portion and the shaft joint portion by the plurality of connecting portions.

US Pat. No. 10,113,258

LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A laundry treatment apparatus comprising:a housing;
a tub that is located inside the housing and that is configured to receive water;
a drum that is configured to rotate, that is located inside the tub, and that is configured to receive laundry; and
three or more tub support units that are each configured to connect the tub and the housing and that includes:
a first support member that is located at the housing;
a second support member that is located at the tub; and
a connector that is configured to connect the first support member and the second support member,
wherein the first support member of at least one of the three or more tub support units includes a first bracket that is detachably coupled to the housing and that is located adjacent to a first side of the tub, and
wherein the first support member of one or more remaining of the three or more tub support units includes a second bracket that is integrated with the housing and that is located adjacent to a second side of the tub that is opposite the first side of the tub.

US Pat. No. 10,113,257

MULTI-NEEDLE BAR MODULE FOR SEWING MACHINES

NINGBO SUPREME ELECTRONIC...

1. A multi-needle bar module for sewing machines, comprising a mounting plate adapted to a front end of a sewing machine head, characterized in that the mounting plate is equipped in a sliding manner, via a bracket, with a needle bar mounting frame on which at least two needle bars are distributed at intervals, the needle bars being in axial sliding fit with the needle bar mounting frame;the mounting plate is provided with a U-shaped first horizontal guideway and a U-shaped second horizontal guideway disposed at intervals and spaced apart, and a needle bar driving block with a neck is disposed between the first horizontal guideway and the second horizontal guideway; the needle bars are provided with guide members that can be clamped into the first horizontal guideway and the second horizontal guideway; the needle bar mounting frame clamps, by sliding horizontally, the guide of any one of the needle bars individually into the neck;
wherein the U-shaped first horizontal guideway and the U-shaped second horizontal guideway are positioned in a same plane such that sectional areas of the first horizontal guideway and the second horizontal guideway along the same plane are respectively in a U-shape, two free ends of two parallel arms of the U-shaped first horizontal guideway point to and are aligned with two free ends of two parallel arms of the U-shaped second horizontal guideway, respectively; a cuboid-shaped opening between the two parallel arms of the U-shaped first horizontal guideway and a cuboid-shaped opening between the two parallel arms of the second horizontal guideway oppose and are aligned with each other, the needle bar driving block with the neck is vertical to the same plane of the U-shaped first and second horizontal guideways; and
the two free ends of the two parallel arms of the U-shaped first horizontal guideway are not connected with the two free ends of the two parallel arms of the U-shaped second horizontal guideway.

US Pat. No. 10,113,256

EMBROIDERY CONVERSION DEVICE FOR EMBROIDERY SEWING MACHINE, EMBROIDERY CONVERSION METHOD FOR EMBROIDERY SEWING MACHINE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING EMBROIDERY CONVERSION PROGRAM FOR EMBROIDERY SEWING MACHINE

Janome Sewing Machine Co....

1. An embroidery conversion device for an embroidery sewing machine having embroidery monotone color display data and embroidery data for each of embroidery areas, and capable of performing conversion for forming embroidery in a given embroidery color by selecting embroidery areas that are displayed to specify a color for the areas, and by having the color specification for the embroidery areas and embroidery data for the selected embroidery areas be recorded, the device comprising:a base-color setting unit that sets a base color used in monotone embroidery in which embroidery is formed in shades of one color entirely over the embroidery areas;
a gradation-data generating unit that generates gradation data expressing shading for monotone embroidery, based on an embroidery color specified for each of the embroidery areas;
a gradation shade-number setting unit that allows a user to set a number of shades in gradation for monotone embroidery to be used in execution of monotone embroidery, within a limit determined based on a multicolor embroidery pattern to which a plurality of color threads are assigned;
a gradation-data converting unit that converts the gradation data generated by the gradation-data generating unit into working gradation data of the number of shades in gradation set by the gradation shade-number setting unit, and to set the working gradation data as the embroidery monotone color display data;
a recording unit that collectively records the embroidery monotone color display data specified for each of the embroidery areas and embroidery stitch data; and
a control unit that controls the embroidery sewing machine to perform an embroidery operation of a monotone color image with gradation as an entire image converted from a multicolor image, based on the embroidery monotone color display data.

US Pat. No. 10,113,255

NON-WOVENS WITH HIGH INTERFACIAL PORE SIZE AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

1. A container of wipes comprising:a housing; and
a plurality of wipes at least partially overlapping one another and contained at least partially within the housing;
wherein a surface of each of the plurality of wipes includes a continuous raised portion and a plurality of discrete recessed portions;
the continuous raised portion of a first wipe being configured to prevent its continuous raised portion from nesting within the plurality of recessed portions of an adjacent second wipe; andwherein an average pore-size of the interface between the first and second wipes is greater than 180 microns in radius.

US Pat. No. 10,113,254

DISPERSIBLE MOIST WIPE

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A dispersible moist wipe comprising a nonwoven tissue web having regenerated fibers in an amount of about 10 to about 30 percent by weight and natural fibers in an amount of about 70 to about 90 percent by weight, wherein the regenerated fibers and the natural fibers are hydroentangled using an energy within a range between about 0.12 kw-hr/kg and about 0.9 kw-hr/kg such that the web has a geometric mean tensile strength of at least 150 grams per inch and a slosh-box break-up time of less than 155 minutes, the nonwoven tissue web being free of a binder and having a formation value of at least 12, wherein the nonwoven tissue web has at least one ribbon-like structure extending along the nonwoven tissue web, and at least one hole in the nonwoven tissue web positioned adjacent the at least one ribbon-like structure, the at least one ribbon-like structure defining an area of higher entanglement of the regenerated fibers and the natural fibers than in other areas of the nonwoven tissue web.

US Pat. No. 10,113,253

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FABRICATING SUSCEPTOR COIL ASSEMBLIES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for fabricating a susceptor coil assembly, the apparatus comprising:a tensioning section;
a feeding section configured for feeding a conductor wire toward the tensioning section, the tensioning section being configured for maintaining a desired tension of the conductor wire; and
a coiling section configured for winding a susceptor wire around an outer surface of the conductor wire so as to fabricate a susceptor coil assembly as the conductor wire moves from the feeding section toward the tensioning section, the coiling section comprising a winder head comprising:
a first wire inlet configured for receiving the conductor wire from the feeding section; and
a second wire inlet that extends radially from the first wire inlet and is configured for radially receiving the susceptor wire as the coiling section winds the susceptor wire and for receiving the conductor wire as the conductor wire moves toward the tensioning section.

US Pat. No. 10,113,252

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING AND CONTROLLING YARN TEXTURE

COLUMBIA INSURANCE COMPAN...

1. A yarn system for controlling and improving the consistency of a texture of yarn, the yarn system comprising:a texturing apparatus configured for imparting a desired texture in the yarn, wherein the texturing apparatus comprises:
a stuffer box defining an internal chamber having an inlet end and an outlet end through which the yarn passes,
a climate chamber positioned downstream of the stuffer box, wherein the climate chamber sets the desired texture in the yarn, and
a source of compressed gas in fluid communication with the internal chamber of the stuffer box, wherein the compressed gas is configured to move the yarn from the inlet end toward the outlet end of the internal chamber of the stuffer box;
a plurality of rollers for moving the yarn through the yarn system, wherein at least one roller of the plurality of rollers is coupled to and driven by at least one roller motor, wherein the plurality of rollers comprise:
at least one delivery roller driven by a delivery motor and configured to deliver the yarn to the inlet end of the internal chamber of the stuffer box, and
at least one overfeed roller driven by an overfeed motor configured to deliver the yarn to the at least one delivery roller;
a plurality of sensors, each sensor of the plurality of sensors configured to sense an operating parameter of the yarn system, the plurality of sensors comprising:
at least one transport air pressure sensor configured to sense the pressure of the compressed gas supplied by the source of compressed gas in fluid communication with the internal chamber, wherein the at least one transport air pressure sensor is coupled to a processor,
at least one vacuum fan positioned downstream of the climate chamber and configured to cool the yarn after the yarn exits the climate chamber, and
at least one yarn temperature sensor configured to sense the temperature of the yarn after the yarn is cooled by the at least one vacuum fan, wherein the at least one yarn temperature sensor is coupled to the processor,
wherein the processor is configured to stop operation of the yarn system when the at least one transport air pressure sensor senses a pressure outside of a transport air pressure tolerance for a first amount of time; and
a plurality of additional sensors coupled to the processor and configured to sense additional operating parameters of the yarn system, wherein the processor is configured to stop operation of the yarn system when an additional sensor of the plurality of additional sensors senses an operating parameter outside of a tolerance for the additional sensor for a second amount of time,
wherein the at least one overfeed motor delivers the yarn to the at least one delivery roller, and wherein the at least one delivery roller delivers the yarn to the inlet end of the internal chamber of the stuffer box.

US Pat. No. 10,113,251

SLIVER GUIDE FOR A DRAWING FRAME, AND A DRAWING FRAME WITH THE SILVER GUIDE

Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH, ...

1. A sliver guide for guiding a multiple number of fiber slivers in an entrance area of a draw frame, comprising:a first guide section disposed to guide a first group of fiber slivers;
a second guide section disposed to separately guide a second group of fiber slivers;
in a side view of the sliver guide, the first guide section and the second guide section spaced apart from each other in one or both of a vertical direction or a transport direction of the fiber slivers through the sliver guide;
a third guide section spaced apart from the first guide section and the second guide section in the side view in one or both of the vertical direction or the transport direction of the fiber slivers through the sliver guide;
first lateral guide elements configured with at least one of the guide sections, wherein a lateral distance between the first lateral guide elements is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,113,250

MODIFICATION OF CONTINUOUS CARBON FIBERS DURING MANUFACTURING FOR COMPOSITES HAVING ENHANCED MOLDABILITY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of manufacturing a continuous carbon fiber for use in composites having enhanced moldability, the method comprising:introducing a continuous precursor fiber comprising a polymer material into a heated environment; and
directing laser energy towards a plurality of discrete target regions of the continuous precursor fiber while in the heated environment to create a continuous carbon fiber having a plurality of discrete weak regions corresponding to the plurality of discrete target regions.

US Pat. No. 10,113,248

GROUP III NITRIDE CRYSTAL SUBSTRATE, EPILAYER-CONTAINING GROUP III NITRIDE CRYSTAL SUBSTRATE, SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A wafer comprising a semiconductor device structure including a group III nitride crystal substrate and at least one semiconductor layer provided by epitaxial growth on a main surface of said crystal substrate, wherein,a plane spacing of arbitrary specific parallel crystal lattice planes of said crystal substrate being obtained from X-ray diffraction measurement performed with variation of X-ray penetration depth from a main surface of said crystal substrate while X-ray diffraction conditions of said specific parallel crystal lattice planes of said crystal substrate are satisfied,
a uniform distortion at a surface layer of said crystal substrate represented by a value of |d1?d2|/d2 is equal to or lower than 1.7×10?3 where d1 indicates a plane spacing at said X-ray penetration depth of 0.3 ?m and d2 indicates a plane spacing at said X-ray penetration depth of 5 ?m, and wherein
a plane orientation of said main surface has an inclination angle equal to or greater than ?10° and equal to or smaller than 10° in a [0001] direction with respect to any of {10-10}, {11-20} and {21-30} planes of crystal substrate,
wherein said semiconductor layer includes a light emitting layer emitting light having a peak wavelength equal to or more than 500 nm and equal to or less than 550 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,113,247

SEMICONDUCTOR SINGLE CRYSTAL PULLING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REMELTING SEMICONDUCTOR SINGLE CRYSTAL USING THIS

SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., L...

1. A method for remelting a semiconductor single crystal which is a method for immersing a lower end portion of the semiconductor single crystal in a melt and remelting the same by using a single crystal pulling apparatus, the single crystal pulling apparatus comprising a heater for performing heating and thermal insulation to a crucible containing a melt and a wire for growing a semiconductor single crystal while pulling the same from the melt,wherein the semiconductor single crystal pulling apparatus comprises:
a remelting detection apparatus which detects that remelting of a lower end portion of the semiconductor single crystal is completed from a change in weight of the semiconductor single crystal when the lower end portion of the semiconductor single crystal is immersed in the melt so as to be remolten by using the wire; and
a lowermost end detection apparatus which detects a lowermost end of the semiconductor single crystal from a position where no current flows between the semiconductor single crystal and the melt when the semiconductor single crystal is taken up with the use of the wire while applying a voltage between the semiconductor single crystal and the melt by applying a voltage between the crucible and the wire,
the method comprising:
a crystal immersion step of immersing the lower end portion of the semiconductor single crystal in the melt and remelting the lower end portion by lowering the wire of the single crystal pulling apparatus;
a remelting detection step of detecting that melting of the lower end portion of the semiconductor single crystal immersed in the melt is completed from a change in weight of the semiconductor single crystal by using the remelting detection apparatus;
a lowermost end detection step of taking up the semiconductor single crystal with the use of the wire while applying a voltage between the semiconductor single crystal and the melt, and detecting a lowermost end of the semiconductor single crystal from a position where no current flows between the semiconductor single crystal and the melt by using the lowermost end detection apparatus; and
a determination step of determining whether the crystal immersion step is to be restarted or whether the remelting is to be terminated after end of the lowermost end detection step.

US Pat. No. 10,113,246

SUBSTRATE HOLDER, PLATING APPARATUS, AND PLATING METHOD

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A substrate holder comprising:inner contacts to be brought into contact with a periphery of a substrate for passing an electric current to the substrate;
outer contacts each having elasticity, the outer contacts having contact surfaces, respectively, to be brought into contact with a feeding terminal coupled to a power source, the outer contacts being coupled to the inner contacts, respectively; and
a conductive block arranged in back of the contact surfaces having a first position not in contact with the outer contacts,
wherein the outer contacts are deformable until the outer contacts are brought into contact with the conductive block in a second position when the contact surfaces are pressed against the feeding terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,113,245

ELECTROPLATING CONTACT RING WITH RADIALLY OFFSET CONTACT FINGERS

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An electroprocessing apparatus comprising:a head;
a rotor in the head;
an annular contact ring attachable onto the rotor;
a frame including a vessel, with the head movable to position the annular contact ring in the vessel and out of the vessel;
a plurality of first contact fingers aligned on the annular contact ring, with each of the first contact fingers having a first length;
a plurality of second contact fingers aligned on the annular contact ring, with each of the second contact fingers having a second length less than the first length;
wherein each of the plurality of first and second contact fingers are aligned on a radius of the annular contact ring and extend radially inwardly from the annular contact ring; and
wherein the plurality of first and second contact fingers are arranged in a plurality of clusters disposed substantially around an entire diameter of the annular contact ring, with each cluster including one first contact finger and one second contact finger.

US Pat. No. 10,113,244

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR UNIFORMLY METALLIZATION ON SUBSTRATE

ACM Research (Shanghai) I...

1. An apparatus for substrate metallization from electrolyte comprising:an immersion bath containing metal salt electrolyte;
at least one set of electrodes connecting to at least one power supply;
a substrate holder holding at least one substrate to expose a conductive side of the substrate to face one set of electrode, the substrate holder being electricity conducting;
at least one sonic device coupled with a reflection plate for forming an ultra or mega sonic standing wave area in the immersion bath;
a first oscillating actuator oscillating the substrate holder along its axis for making the substrate holder pass through the entire ultra or mega sonic standing wave area with different sonic power intensity, so as to result in an uniformed sonic energy dose distribution across the substrate held by the substrate holder in an accumulated time; and
an adjusting mechanism for adjusting one of the reflection plate and the sonic device to be parallel to the other, wherein the adjusting mechanism includes an actuator for oscillating the reflection plate or the sonic device along the propagating direction of the ultra or mega sonic standing wave, wherein the oscillation amplitude is equal to N time of half wave length of the ultra or mega sonic standing wave, and N is an integer number from 1 to 10.

US Pat. No. 10,113,243

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF CASING OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE

HTC Corporation, Taoyuan...

1. A manufacturing method of a casing of an electronic device, comprising:forming a shell by an injection molding technology, and the shell comprising a button portion; and
electroplating a sensing assembly on an inner surface of the shell, the sensing assembly comprising a first conductive line and two first contacts, wherein the first conductive line forms a strain sensing pattern on the button portion, and the two first contacts connect to two ends of the first conductive line, respectively; and
forming a protective layer on the inner surface of the shell, and the protective layer covers the first conductive line and exposes the two first contacts.

US Pat. No. 10,113,242

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING METAL CLUSTERS; FUNCTIONALIZED SURFACES; AND DROPLETS INCLUDING SOLVATED METAL IONS

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A method for producing metal cluster ions, the method comprising:applying voltage and heat to a metal salt at atmospheric pressure to thereby ionize the metal salt and produce metal cluster ions; and
directing the metal cluster ions to a target.

US Pat. No. 10,113,241

CONTROL BOARD FOR CONTROLLING CHANNEL SEQUENCING OF POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE DC VOLTAGE AND CURRENT

1. A system for controlling sequencing of positive and negative DC voltage and current to release hydrogen gas from water consisting of:a power cable for delivery of power;
one or more stainless steel plate or groups of stainless steel plates consisting of a center hole, to accommodate the power cable for delivery power to the stainless steel plate, surrounded by a continuous flat surface where the flat surface has four equal straight sides forming a square;
a controller board consisting of:
a processing circuit;
a memory device coupled to the processing circuit, the memory device programmed by the processing circuit to deliver one or more sequences to the one or more stainless steel plates or groups of stainless steel plates, the one or more sequences defining the order in which power is delivered to the one or more devices or groups of devices;
a first plurality of two position terminal blocks connected to pairs of positive drive outputs of a first group of transistors for providing a power connection to the one or more devices or groups of devices;
a second plurality of two position terminal blocks connected to pairs of negative drive outputs of a second group of transistors for providing a ground connection to the one or more devices or groups of devices;
a manual run/program switch assembly, in communication with the processing circuit, operable between a run position and a program position, wherein the run position causes the controller board to follow a pre-programmed sequence and wherein the program position allows for the programming of a new sequence;
a display, connected to the processing circuit, for displaying the current sequence;
a first plurality of visual indicators connected to the negative drive outputs for identifying which negative output channels is currently activated;
a second plurality of visual indicators connected to the positive drive outputs for identifying which positive output channel is currently activated;
a first plurality of electric dip switches in communication with the processing circuit for programming which of the positive drive outputs to turn On at each step in the sequence, the number of the first plurality of electric dip switches corresponds to the total number of positive drive outputs;
a second plurality electric dip switches in communication with the processing circuit for programming which of the negative drive outputs to turn On at each step in the sequence, the number of the second plurality of electric switches corresponds to the total number of negative drive outputs;
a save button, an up button, a down button and a select button in communication with the processing circuit for programming and saving and the sequences of the positive drive outputs and the negative drive outputs as defined by the first plurality of electronic dip switches and the second plurality of electronic dip switches; and
wherein the one or more stainless steel plates or groups of stainless steel plates are submerged in the water.

US Pat. No. 10,113,240

CATHODIC PROTECTION SYSTEM MONITORING

Stratocom Solutions Corpo...

1. A method for testing a cathodic protection system for a metallic structure that has associated therewith a first set of locations, each location of the first set of locations including a testing module, electrically connected to the metallic structure, and an associated reference electrode, the method comprising, for each location of the first set of locations:periodically, at a first frequency, interrupting power provided at each location of the first set of locations to cause power provided to the metallic structure to switch on and off a plurality of times over a testing time period;
measuring, by each testing module, DC voltage differentials between the metallic structure and its associated reference electrode when the power provided to the metallic structure is on and when the power provided to the metallic structure is off, at a plurality of times during a plurality of interruption cycles, wherein measuring DC voltage differentials between the metallic structure and its associated reference electrode when the power provided to the metallic structure is off is asynchronous to interrupting power to the metallic structure, and wherein initiation of each of the interruption cycles is independent of interrupting power provided at each location of the first set of locations;
storing in a digital storage medium at each testing module, digital values associated with the measured DC voltage differentials during the interruption cycles; and
providing at least selected digital values to a remotely located device upon request by the remotely located device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,238

GOLD PLATE COATED STAINLESS MATERIAL AND METHOD OF PRODUCING GOLD PLATE COATED STAINLESS MATERIAL

TOYO KOHAN CO., LTD., To...

1. A gold plate coated stainless material comprising:a stainless steel sheet coated with a gold plated layer which is deposited directly on a passivation film present on a surface of the stainless steel sheet, wherein
the passivation film has a surface composition having a Cr/O value comprised within a range from 0.05 to 0.2 and a Cr/Fe value comprised within a range from 0.5 to 0.8, the Cr/O value and the Cr/Fe value obtained by Auger electron spectroscopy analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,113,237

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ROTATING MACHINE, PLATING METHOD OF ROTATING MACHINE, AND ROTATING MACHINE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A manufacturing method of a rotating machine comprising:a casing forming process of forming a casing of the rotating machine that has multiple openings and suctions and discharges a fluid;
a surface activating process of supplying a pretreatment liquid into the casing through the openings, then discharging the pretreatment liquid from the casing through the openings, and activating an inner surface of the casing after the casing forming process;
a preheating process of supplying a preheating liquid into the casing through the openings, then discharging the preheating liquid from the casing through the openings, and preheating the casing after the surface activating process;
a plating process of performing supply and discharge of a plating liquid into and from the casing through the openings to circulate the plating liquid and plating the inner surface of the casing after the preheating process; and
an assembling process of providing a rotating body that is rotatable relative to the casing such that the rotating body is covered from an outer circumference side by the casing plated in the plating process,
wherein, in the surface activating process, the preheating process, and the plating process, each of the pretreatment liquid, the preheating liquid, and the plating liquid corresponding to each process is supplied into the inner surface of the casing in a range above a liquid level of each of the pretreatment liquid, the preheating liquid, and the plating liquid corresponding to each process in the casing by a treatment liquid auxiliary supply device separately from each of the pretreatment liquid, the preheating liquid, and the plating liquid corresponding to each process which is supplied from the openings of the casing, and
the treatment liquid auxiliary supply device is vertically moved according to a vertical change of the liquid level of each of the pretreatment liquid, the preheating liquid, and the plating liquid corresponding to each process in the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,236

BATCH CURING CHAMBER WITH GAS DISTRIBUTION AND INDIVIDUAL PUMPING

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A batch substrate processing chamber, comprising:multiple sub-processing regions that are each configured to receive a substrate from an atmospheric robot and to perform a curing process on the substrate received from the atmospheric robot;
a loading opening formed in a wall of the batch processing chamber;
a first door disposed over the loading opening; and
a cover plate disposed over the loading opening comprising multiple slotted openings, wherein
the first door is disposed over all of the multiple slotted openings,
the first door is configured to seal the loading opening with a sealing surface that encompasses the multiple slotted openings,
each of the slotted openings are configured to allow at least one atmospheric robot to extend an arm from a position outside of the batch processing chamber to one of the multiple sub-processing regions, and
each of the multiple slotted openings are configured to reduce the free area of the loading opening when the loading opening is open.

US Pat. No. 10,113,235

SOURCE GAS SUPPLY UNIT, FILM FORMING APPARATUS AND SOURCE GAS SUPPLY METHOD

Tokyo Electron Limited, ...

1. A source gas supply method to a film forming unit for forming a film on a substrate, comprising:generating a source gas containing vaporized raw material by supplying a carrier gas to a raw material tank accommodating a solid or liquid raw material at a plurality of carrier gas flow rate set values using a first flow path;
switching a destination of the source gas to the first flow path so that the source gas bypasses the film forming unit to discharge the source gas;
measuring flow rates of the source gas at the carrier gas flow rate set values, respectively while the source gas bypasses the film forming unit using the first flow path;
storing in a storage unit a vaporization flow rate table maintaining correspondence between the carrier gas flow rate set values and vaporization flow rates which are flow rates of the vaporized raw material contained in the source gas and obtained from the difference between the measured flow rates of the source gas and the carrier gas flow rate set values;
calculating a corresponding carrier gas flow rate set value corresponding to a specified vaporization flow rate set value required by a user for forming the film on the substrate by using the vaporization flow rate table; and
generating a corresponding source gas by supplying a corresponding carrier gas to the raw material tank at the calculated corresponding carrier gas flow rate set value while supplying the generated corresponding source gas to the film forming unit using a second flow path, wherein the first flow path and the second flow path are different, and wherein the corresponding source gas flows to the film forming unit using the second flow path when forming the film on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,234

UV ASSISTED SILYLATION FOR POROUS LOW-K FILM SEALING

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method for forming a sealing layer, comprising:delivering UV energy to a substrate disposed in a process chamber, wherein a porous low-k dielectric film is disposed on the substrate;
forming an intermediate sealing layer, wherein forming the intermediate sealing layer sequentially comprises:
flowing a first precursor compound into the process chamber while delivering UV energy to the porous low-k dielectric film disposed on the substrate, wherein the first precursor compound comprises acetoxytrimethylsilane or dimethylaminotrimethylsilane;
stopping the flow of the first precursor compound;
flowing a second precursor compound into the process chamber while delivering UV energy to the porous low-k dielectric film disposed on the substrate, wherein the second precursor compound comprises diacetoxydimethylsilane or bis(dimethylamino)dimethylsilane; and
exposing the substrate to UV energy after flowing the second precursor compound to cure the intermediate sealing layer; and
repeating the forming of the intermediate sealing layer to form additional intermediate sealing layers.