US Pat. No. 10,139,018

PRE-DUCT DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MAKING AIR DUCTS

UNIQUE FARBICATING INC, ...

10. A thermoformed full pre-duct device comprising:a first portion of a hollow duct including a first wall defining an interior passage configured to allow passage of a gas and a connector extending from the first wall;
a second portion of the hollow duct including a second wall; and
a cut-out between the first and second portions of the device, wherein the pre-duct device is bendable at the cut-out to mechanically join the first portion and the second portion to form the hollow duct, such that the second wall of the second portion is disposed within the interior passage of the first portion and the connector engages an outer surface of the second wall.

US Pat. No. 10,139,017

SUSPENDED PIPE ASSEMBLY

Lindsay Corporation, Oma...

1. A suspended pipe assembly comprising:a pipe section configured to be suspended from a section of an elevated pipe, the suspended pipe section having opposed first and second ends; and
a plurality of suspenders configured to support the suspended pipe section below the elevated pipe, each suspender comprising a link connected between the suspended pipe section and the elevated pipe, the link being configured to move only in a substantially vertically extending plane extending substantially parallel to the elevated pipe so that the suspended pipe section is configured to translate along the substantially vertically extending plane as the suspended pipe section expands and contracts.

US Pat. No. 10,139,016

GARDEN HOSE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. A garden hose support assembly configured for supporting a garden hose above a ground surface, said garden hose support assembly comprising:a hold configured to be attached to a support, said hold forming a receiving space for receiving a hose, said hold including a first arm, a second arm and a middle arm extending between and being attached to said first and said second arms, said first and second arms being angularly positionable relative to said middle arm, said first and second arms being releasably securable in a selected angular position relative to said middle arm;
a plurality of rollers, each of said first, second and middle arms having one of said rollers positioned thereon, said rollers being rotatable with respect to said hold;
a mount being attached to a distal end of said first arm relative to said middle arm, said mount being configured to engage a vertically oriented surface such that said hold extends laterally away from the vertically oriented surface; and
wherein said roller on said middle arm engages said roller on said first arm when an angle between said middle arm and said first arm is less than 75°, said roller on said middle arm engaging said roller on said second arm when an angle between said middle arm and said second arm is less than 75°, wherein engaged ones of said rollers rotate together.

US Pat. No. 10,139,015

HOLDER WITH LINER FOR A ROD

1. An apparatus for engaging a single rod, the apparatus comprising:a single frame configured to be secured to a surface;
two arms extending from the single frame at a predetermined fixed distance away from each other, each of the two arms including:
a base; and
a pair of opposing legs curved into the base;
wherein each of the pair of opposing legs has a free terminal edge located at a higher elevation than the single frame;
wherein the base and the pair of opposing legs define a connecting surface and a U-shaped channel, the connecting surface is connected to the single frame, the U-shaped channel defines an opening between the pair of opposing legs, and the opening is arranged substantially perpendicularly to the single frame; and
wherein a portion of the free terminal edge of each of the pair of opposing legs extends over a portion of the opening to define a lip, and the portions of the free terminal edges of the pair of opposing legs extend towards one another; and
two liners, each of the two liners fitted into a corresponding one of the two arms, each of the two liners including:
a base; and
a pair of curved members;
wherein the pair of curved members has a first terminal end and a second terminal end;
wherein the base and the pair of curved members define a U-shaped profile, an outside surface, and a pair of flanges extending from the first terminal end to the second terminal end;
wherein the outside surface and the pair of flanges define a groove, and the outside surface is configured to frictionally engage entirely onto the U-shaped channel of the corresponding one of the two arms; and
wherein the base and the pair of curved members define an inside surface profile with a shape of a circular major arc;
wherein the single frame is arranged entirely between the connecting surfaces of the two arms;
wherein the two arms extend substantially perpendicularly from the single frame such that the U-shaped channels of the two arms are aligned along a single axis;
wherein when each of the two liners is installed in the U-shaped channel of the corresponding one of the two arms, the lips of the free terminal edges of the pair of opposing legs of the corresponding one of the two arms extend over the first and second terminal ends of the respective liner such that the respective liner does not extend upwardly past the lips of the free terminal edges of the pair of opposing legs of the corresponding one of the two arms; and
wherein the two liners fitted within the two arms are configured to engage the single rod.

US Pat. No. 10,139,014

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE FILLING OF A PIPE AS IT IS BEING LAID IN A STRETCH OF WATER, AND ASSOCIATED ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

TECHNIP FRANCE, (FR)

1. A device configured for controlling the filling of a fluid transport pipe being laid in a stretch of water, comprising:An upstream section defining a water introduction inlet;
A process fluid injector configured for injecting a process fluid into the water introduced into the upstream section;
An intermediate section mounted downstream of the process fluid injector configured for receiving the water containing process fluid;
A downstream section configured for conveying water to the fluid transport pipe being laid in the stretch of water;
A liquid volume compensation reservoir, having a variable receiving volume of water discharged from the fluid transport pipe,
A connector to which the intermediate section, the downstream section and the liquid volume compensation reservoir are connected, an inlet cross-section of the liquid volume compensation reservoir being greater than 40 times an internal cross-section of the intermediate section, taken at the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,139,013

MARINE REEL LAY METHOD PIPELINE INSTALLATION SYSTEM AND METHODS

ITREC B.V., Schiedam (NL...

1. A marine reel lay method pipeline installation system for laying on the seabed a pipeline and/ or installing a subsea riser including one or more accessories, wherein the system comprises:one or more pipeline storage reels for storage of a pipeline to be laid;
a pipeline launch tower, which is adapted to launch the pipeline in a firing line along said tower;
a pipeline guide which is provided at an elevated position, which pipeline guide is adapted to guide the pipeline from a storage reel over the pipeline guide into the firing line;
one or more tensioners, each tensioner comprising a tensioner frame and multiple tracks supported by said tensioner frame, the one or more tensioners being operable between an active pipelaying mode, wherein the firing line extends through the tensioner frame and between the tracks, so that the tracks are positioned to engage the pipeline and to support the pipeline in the firing line, and a retracted mode wherein a clear envelope is created about the firing line;
a hang off device arranged in the lower part of the firing line, adapted to clamp and support the weight of the launched pipeline in the firing line;
an abandonment and recovery (A&R) system comprising at least one A&R cable and associated A&R winch, and an A&R sheave arrangement with one or more sheaves provided at an upper position in the firing line, said one or more sheaves being supported by the pipeline launch tower, adapted to raise, lower and support the weight of the launched pipeline in the firing line; and
an auxiliary trolley which is movable along a vertical trolley rail and which is adapted to engage on an accessory in the firing line in the retracted mode of the one or more tensioners,
wherein the trolley rail comprises a retractable trolley rail part supported by the tower via an associated mobile rail support assembly, which is adapted to allow for displacement of the retractable trolley rail part together with the auxiliary trolley when arranged on said retractable trolley rail part with respect to the tower between an active position, wherein the auxiliary trolley is positioned to engage on an accessory in the firing line, and a retracted and non-operable position wherein a clear envelope about the firing line is created.

US Pat. No. 10,139,012

INTEGRATED HEATER AND MAGNETIC SEPARATOR

HandyLab, Inc., Franklin...

1. A method of extracting nucleic acids using a rack and an integrated separator and heater, the integrated separator and heater comprising a plurality of heater units aligned collinearly along a horizontal first axis, the integrated separator and heater further comprising one or more magnets disposed on a first side of the plurality of heater units and aligned along a second axis parallel to the first axis, the method comprising:inserting a plurality of holders in the rack, each holder comprising a single process tube of a plurality of process tubes;
inserting the rack into the integrated separator and heater such that at least a portion of rack is removably received on a second side of the plurality of heater units opposite the one or more magnets on the first side, wherein a portion of each process tube of the plurality of process tubes is received in a single heater unit of the plurality of heater units when the rack is inserted into the integrated separator and heater;
moving all of the one or more magnets backwards and forwards together in a vertical direction perpendicular to the second axis while maintaining proximity to an exterior side of each of the process tubes received in the integrated separator and heater;
during at least a portion of the motion, moving magnetic particles contained in the process tubes; and
independently controlling each heater unit of the plurality of heater units to apply heat to the plurality of process tubes received in the integrated separator and heater.

US Pat. No. 10,139,011

SELF-HEAT-DISSIPATION PRESSURE-REDUCING VALVE

China University of Minin...

1. A self-heat-dissipation pressure-reducing valve, comprising an air guide hood (6) and a self-heat-dissipation pressure-reducing valve main body, wherein the self-heat-dissipation pressure-reducing valve main body comprises a heat-dissipation valve core (1), an upper valve deck (2), a guiding valve deck (3), a valve body (4), a heat-dissipation valve seat (5), an inlet flange (7), and a turbine-type heat dissipation device (8);the heat-dissipation valve core (1) comprises a valve core (12) and valve core heat-dissipation fins (13), a head portion of the valve core (12) being of a projecting tapered shape, external threads being provided on a middle section near a tail of the valve core (12), and the valve core heat-dissipation fins (13) being fitted on the tail of the valve core (12) and fixed by means of tin soldering;
the valve body (4) is of a hollow three-way structure, the hollow heat-dissipation valve seat (5) being provided below the valve body (4), and the guiding valve deck (3), in which a stepped orifice is opened at a center of the guiding valve deck (3), being provided above the valve body (4); the upper valve deck (2) is mounted at an opening on an upper portion of the guiding valve deck (3) by bolts, and the vale core (12) is inserted into the valve body (4) via a threaded through hole on the upper valve deck (2) and is fastened to the upper valve deck (2) by the external threads; the turbine-type heat dissipation device (8) is fitted on an inlet pipeline at a side of the valve body (4); and the inlet flange (7) is fitted on the turbine-type heat dissipation device (8);
the heat-dissipation valve seat (5) comprises a valve seat pocket (14), a valve seat shell (15), heat pipes (16), and valve seat heat-dissipation fins (17), wherein a connection mechanism linked to the valve body (4) is provided on a top of the valve seat shell (15), where four notches are opened on the connection mechanism; the valve seat pocket (14) is disposed inside the valve seat shell (15), a shoulder on a top of the valve seat pocket (14) works in conjunction with a lower end of the valve body (4) and a stepped orifice matching the valve seat pocket (14) being opened on a bottom of the valve seat shell (15); the valve seat heat-dissipation fins (17) are disposed around an outer side of the valve seat shell (15); multi-threaded grooves are opened on an outer wall of the valve seat pocket, the heat pipes (16) are wound around the multi-threaded grooves and then fixed on the outer wall of the valve seat pocket, a gap between the valve seat pocket (14) and the valve seat shell (15) is filled with tin, and tail ends of the heat pipes (16) are fixed on the valve seat heat-dissipation fins (17) through the four notches on the valve seat shell (15) respectively;
the tapered head portion of the valve core (12) works in conjunction with the shoulder on the top of the valve seat pocket (14) to form a pressure-reducing orifice;
the turbine-type heat dissipation device (8) comprises a fan shell (18) and a turbine (19), the fan shell (18) being of a hollow cylindrical structure with external threads on both sides, fan blades being arranged on an outer side of the fan shell (18), a holder being supplied inside the fan shell (18), and the turbine (19) being disposed on the holder; and a conical roller bearing (10) is fitted in the inlet pipeline of the valve body (4) by means of the external threads on one side of the fan shell (18) and a bearing inner ring retainer (9) and a bearing outer ring retainer (11), while a conical roller bearing (10) is fitted in the inlet flange (7) by means of the external threads on the other side of the fan shell and a bearing inner ring retainer (9).

US Pat. No. 10,139,010

FLUID TRANSFER DEVICE BASED ON PNEUMATIC SUCKING AND EXPELLING

Chuan Jiing Enterprise Co...

1. A fluid transfer device comprising a high-pressure pipe and a control unit, wherein the high-pressure pipe comprises a Venturi tube made with an inlet at an end and an outlet at another end, and connected to a container via a negative-pressure pipe and a positive-pressure pipe, wherein the inlet is connected to a pressurized air source, and wherein the control unit comprises:a joint connected to the outlet and made with a space;
a switch movable relative to the joint between a closing position and an opening position, with the switch comprising:
a plunger extending in the space and comprising:
a channel axially made therein and in communication with the space; and
at least one vent in a periphery of the plunger and in communication with the channel, wherein the at least one vent is completely in the joint and the outlet is closed when the switch is in the closing position, and wherein the at least one vent is in communication with an exterior of the joint and the outlet is opened when the switch is in the opening position;
an enlarged section formed at an end of the plunger and located out of the joint; and
a confining unit for keeping the switch on the joint when the switch is in the opening position, wherein the confining unit comprises a shoulder on a wall of the space and a stop connected to the plunger, and wherein the shoulder abuts against the stop when the switch is in the opening position; and
a lock unit comprising:
a locking element formed on the enlarged section;
at least one locking portion formed on the joint and adapted for receiving the locking element, wherein the at least one locking portion provides an arcuate path for rotation of the locking element about an axis of the joint, and wherein the at least one locking portion comprises an axial stop for abutting against and keeping the locking element therein; and
at least one unlocking portion formed on the joint, connected to the at least one locking portion and adapted for receiving the locking element, wherein the at least one unlocking portion provides a rectilinear path for translation of the locking element along the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,139,009

ELECTROMAGNETIC VALVE

Hamanakodenso Co., Ltd., ...

1. An electromagnetic valve comprising:a housing having
an outflow valve port for oil corresponding to operation fluid, the outflow valve port opposing an inflow valve port in an axial direction,
an outlet port defined on a lateral side of the housing, and
a valve chamber located between the inflow valve port and the outflow valve port, and communicated with the inflow valve port, the outflow valve port, and the outlet port;
a ball valve disposed in the valve chamber to selectively open or close the inflow valve port or the outflow valve port;
a ball guide disposed in the valve chamber to hold the ball valve coaxially with the inflow valve port and the outflow valve port, the ball guide having a communication port communicated with the inflow valve port and the outflow valve port;
a shaft that displaces the ball valve;
an electromagnetism solenoid part that drives the shaft;
a seat component having a cylindrical portion disposed inside of the housing and having a predetermined depth in the axial direction, the inflow valve port located adjacent to a first axial end of the cylindrical portion, the inflow valve port is defined in a bottom of the seat component having a diameter less than an inner diameter of the cylindrical portion; and
a seal member having an annular shape and coupled with an outer circumference part of the housing at a position corresponding to an outer side of the cylindrical portion of the seat component, wherein
the ball valve seats on the bottom of the seat component so as to close the inflow valve port,
the cylindrical portion has a constant inner diameter between the first axial end adjacent to the inflow valve port and a second axial end adjacent to a flange part, and
the diameter of the inflow valve port is less than the constant inner diameter of the cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,008

SOLENOID SPOOL VALVE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A solenoid spool valve comprising:a spool valve including a valve housing and a spool, the valve housing having a space in a tubular shape, the spool being supported in the space and being slidable in an axial direction, the spool valve configured to generate an output hydraulic pressure according to a position of the spool in the axial direction;
a spring biasing the spool to one side in the axial direction; and
a linear solenoid configured to drive the spool against a biasing force of the spring, wherein
the spool valve has a feedback chamber configured to apply an axial force to the spool in response to the output hydraulic pressure,
the valve housing has at least one input port, at least one output port, and at least one drain port,
the at least one input port is configured to receive a hydraulic pressure,
the at least one output port is configured to produce an output hydraulic pressure according to the position of the spool,
the at least one drain port is configured to exhaust oil to an outside,
the spool valve has at least one supply path to cause oil to flow from the at least one input port to the at least one output port,
the spool valve has at least one exhaust path to cause oil to flow from the at least one output port to the at least one drain port, wherein
the at least one output port includes a first output port and a second output port,
the at least one drain port includes a first drain port and a second drain port,
the at least one supply path includes a first supply path and a second supply path,
the first supply path is configured to communicate the at least one input port with the first output port,
the second supply path is configured to communicate the at least one input port with the second output port,
the at least one exhaust paths includes a first exhaust path and a second exhaust path,
the first exhaust path is configured to communicate the first output port with the first drain port,
the second exhaust path is configured to communicate the second output port with the second drain port,
the spool includes a first input land, a second input land, a first drain land, and a second drain land,
the first input land is configured to open and close the first supply path to control a communication of the first supply path,
the second input land is configured to open and close the second supply path to control a communication of the second supply path,
the first drain land is configured to open and close the first exhaust path to control a communication of the first exhaust path, and
the second drain land is configured to open and close the second exhaust path to control a communication of the second exhaust path.

US Pat. No. 10,139,007

MATERIAL SPREADER APPARATUS FOR A HELICOPTER

1. A material spreading apparatus for suspension beneath a helicopter having a cockpit and an electrical system, comprising:a container, having upper and lower ends, for containing flowable material therein;
said container having a circular discharge opening at its said lower end through which the material may flow;
a rotatable material spreader carried by said container for spreading the material which flows through said circular opening at said lower end of said container;
means carried by said container for operating said rotatable material spreader;
a vertically disposed valve assembly movably positioned in said discharge opening in said container;
said valve assembly being selectively movable between an upper position and a lower position and intermediate positions between said upper and lower positions;
said valve assembly closing said discharge opening when in its said lower position;
said discharge opening being open when said valve assembly is in said upper position;
a vertically disposed electrically operated actuator including a body portion having an actuator rod which is movably mounted therein between extended, partially extended and retracted positions;
said actuator rod being operatively secured to said valve assembly whereby said valve assembly is in its said upper position when said actuator rod is in its said retracted position and whereby said valve assembly is in its said lower position when said actuator rod is in its said extended position and whereby said valve assembly is in one of said intermediate positions when said actuator rod is partially extended; and
said electrically operated actuator being controlled by the pilot of the helicopter from within the cockpit of the helicopter whereby the pilot of the helicopter may open and close said valve from within the cockpit and may position said valve in partially open positions to selectively vary the flow rate of the material from said discharge opening in said container.

US Pat. No. 10,139,006

SOLENOID VALVE DEVICE

NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION, ...

1. A solenoid valve device comprising:a solenoid unit comprising:
a rod pin movable in an axial direction;
a cylindrical core comprising a magnetic material, and arranged around the rod pin to guide the rod pin;
a bobbin comprising resin, and arranged to cover a side surface of the cylindrical core;
a coil wound around the bobbin; and
a case comprising a bottom and being cylindrical, having an opening portion at one axial end thereof, and arranged to accommodate the rod pin, the cylindrical core, the bobbin, and the coil; and
a nozzle unit defined separately from the solenoid unit, and comprising:
a nozzle comprising resin, a pin receiving portion in which the rod pin is inserted at one end thereof, and a port opening portion at another end thereof;
a first port and a second port each of which is defined in the nozzle;
a valve body arranged in the nozzle, and structured to be driven by the rod pin to open or close a communication between the first and second ports; and
a first metal member fixed to an end portion of the nozzle on a side on which the rod pin is received; and
a second metal member defined by a ring-shaped plate fixed to an end portion of the case on a side on which the opening portion is defined;
wherein the solenoid unit comprises a positioning contact portion;
the case comprises a fixing portion arranged to fix the first metal member between the positioning contact portion and the fixing portion;
wherein the first metal member is a ring-shaped plate fixed to a circumference of the pin receiving portion;
wherein the fixing portion is arranged to fix the first and second metal members between the positioning contact portion and the fixing portion with the first and second metal members placed one upon the other;
wherein at least one of the first and second metal members comprises a plurality of holes defined therein, the resin of the nozzle or the resin of the bobbin is arranged in each of the holes, so that the first metal member and the nozzle, or the second metal member and the bobbin, are fixed to each other;
wherein each of the first and second metal members comprises the plurality of holes defined therein, the plurality of holes comprising a first hole and a second hole;
the resin of the nozzle or the resin of the bobbin is arranged in the first hole to penetrate through the corresponding metal member to fix the first metal member and the nozzle, or the second metal member and the bobbin, to each other; and
in the second hole of one of the first and second metal members, a projecting portion of the resin penetrating through the first hole of another one of the first and second metal members placed upon the one of the first and second metal members is arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,139,005

PRESSURE RELIEF DEVICE INTEGRITY SENSOR

1. A pressure relief device integrity sensor, comprising:a sensor element configured to sense a condition of a pre-activation reactive region of a rupturable pressure relief device configured to activate by rupturing in response to a predetermined pressure, the sensor element configured to transmit a signal indicative of a normal condition;
wherein the sensor element comprises a conductive element exhibiting a first resistance;
wherein the conductive element is configured to deform in response to a compromise in the integrity of the pre-activation reactive region, and wherein the deformation of the conductive element causes the conductive element to exhibit a second resistance; and
wherein a change in or interruption of the signal indicates a compromise in the integrity of the pre-activation reactive region before activation of the pressure relief device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,004

SOLENOID VALVE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A solenoid valve for controlling flow rate of working fluid, comprising:a housing having a valve passage through which working fluid flows;
a valve body provided inside the housing in a movable manner, the valve body being configured to switch between an open state and a closed state of the valve passage;
a coil part configured to generate magnetic force when electric current flows therethrough;
a yoke surrounding the coil part;
a stator core provided on an inner side of the coil part, the stator core being configured to be excited by magnetic force of the coil part;
a shaft provided to be movable along an axial direction thereof with the valve body;
a plunger fixed to the shaft, the plunger being configured to be movable in the axial direction by an attraction force acting between the plunger and the stator core;
a fluid passage provided on an outer side of the coil part, through which the working fluid passes;
an introduction passage communicating with the fluid passage, the introduction passage being configured to guide the working fluid inside the housing to the fluid passage;
a discharge passage communicating with the fluid passage, the discharge passage being configured to discharge the working fluid passed through the fluid passage outside the yoke; and
an inlet formed on an end of the yoke on a side in contact with the housing, the inlet being configured to guide working fluid from the introduction passage to the fluid passage, wherein
the valve passage is in the closed state when no electric current is passed through the coil part,
the introduction passage guides the working fluid flowing into or out from the housing, to the fluid passage, when the valve passage is in the open state as the electric current is passed through the coil,
the fluid passage has
a first fluid passage formed between an outer circumference of the coil part and an inner circumference of the yoke, and
a second fluid passage that allows the inlet to communicate with the first fluid passage, and
the discharge passage is formed on a bottom portion of the yoke on a side opposite to the end of the yoke on the side in contact with the housing, across the coil part.

US Pat. No. 10,139,002

GASKET EQUIPPED WITH BEAD WITH DIFFERENT HARDNESS

ISHIKAWA GASKET CO., LTD....

1. A gasket comprising:at least one metal plate formed of a martensitic stainless steel plate and adapted to be clamped between two members fastened by fastening devices,
a cylinder bore provided in the at least one metal member,
a seal bead protruding outwardly from a flat surface of the at least one metal plate, and annularly surrounding the cylinder bore, the seal bead having a top portion and two side portions arranged at two sides of the top portion, and
insertion holes for the fastening devices to pass through, provided around the cylinder bore,
wherein the seal bead has a high hardness portion having a hardness higher than that in a portion of the at least one metal plate other than the high hardness portion, the high hardness portion having a thickness gradually reduced toward a boundary between the high hardness portion and the portion other than the high hardness portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,001

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A continuously variable transmission, comprising:a continuous gear-change unit to increase and decrease a speed of a rotational output of a driving source used for causing an automobile to travel, the continuous gear-change unit capable of continuously changing a gear ratio;
a gearshift lever that is capable of selecting by a driver a first position from a neutral position and a second position from the neutral position through the first position in a manual mode in an upshift direction or a downshift direction;
a timer that measures a duration time during which the gearshift lever is at the second position; and
a gear-change controlling unit that calculates a gear ratio by adding a predetermined gear ratio of the manual mode to a gear ratio corresponding to the duration time during which the gearshift lever is at the second position when detecting that the gearshift lever is moved to the second position from the neutral position through the first position toward the upshift direction or the downshift direction in case of selecting the manual mode,
wherein, in a case of a first gear-change operation, which is operated by moving the gearshift lever to the first position from the neutral position, the gear-change controlling unit performs gearshift from a present gear ratio to a next predetermined gear ratio of the manual mode, and
wherein, in a case of a second gear-change operation, which is detected that the gearshift lever has moved from the neutral position to the second position through the first position, the gear-change controlling unit performs gearshift from the present gear ratio to an intermediate gear ratio that is added to the gear ratio corresponding to the duration time during which the gearshift is at the second position to a next predetermined gear ratio after the next predetermined gear ratio of the manual mode.

US Pat. No. 10,139,000

HYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A BELT-DRIVEN CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hydraulic control system for a belt-driven continuously variable transmission,in which the belt-driven continuously variable transmission comprises a pair of pulleys, a belt running between the pulleys, and a hydraulic chamber formed on each pulley that increases a thrust force in a direction to narrow a belt groove of the respective pulley in accordance with an increase in a hydraulic pressure applied to the respective hydraulic chamber,
wherein the pair of pulleys includes a first pulley and a second pulley and the hydraulic chamber includes a first hydraulic chamber and a second hydraulic chamber, and wherein the first hydraulic chamber is formed on the first pulley and the second hydraulic chamber is formed on the second pulley,
in which pressure in the first hydraulic chamber is increased by delivering oil to the second hydraulic chamber, and pressure in the first hydraulic chamber is lowered by discharging the oil from the second hydraulic chamber,
in which a feeding valve that is opened to deliver the oil to the first hydraulic chamber and a discharging valve that is opened to discharge the oil from the first hydraulic chamber are individually connected to the first hydraulic chamber, and
in which the hydraulic control system is configured to execute a feedback control of the feeding valve and the discharging valve to adjust pressure in the first hydraulic chamber to a target level based on a pressure difference between a target pressure and an actual pressure in the first hydraulic chamber,
wherein the hydraulic control system is configured to carry out a control to:
reduce a feed control amount of the feeding valve connected to the first hydraulic chamber to be smaller than an upshift control amount calculated based on the pressure difference except when the pressure in the first hydraulic chamber is increased by delivering the oil to the second hydraulic chamber; and
reduce a discharge control amount of the discharging valve connected to the first hydraulic chamber to be smaller than a downshift control amount calculated based on the pressure difference except when the pressure in the first hydraulic chamber is lowered by discharging the oil from the second hydraulic chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,138,999

SHIFT RANGE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A shift range control apparatus for switching over a shift range by controlling a shift range switchover device, which includes a motor, a detent plate and a detent spring, whereinthe motor has a motor shaft for outputting torque to rotationally drive the detent plate for a switchover of the shift range,
the detent plate includes a detent shaft, which is connected to the motor shaft to receive the torque from the motor, a plate part, which is formed to extend from the detent shaft in a radially outward direction in a plate shape, and plural recessed parts formed at an outer peripheral part of the plate part, and
the detent spring includes a roller, which is pushed to the outer peripheral part of the plate part, the roller restricts the detent plate from rotation and fixes the range position, when fitted in the recessed part,
the shift range control apparatus comprising:
a current detection part for detecting a current value, which corresponds to a driving current supplied to drive the motor;
a current increase check part for checking whether the current value detected by the current detection part increased to a predetermined value;
a motor rotation stop part for stopping rotation of the motor when the current increase check part determines that the current value has increased; and
a reverse driving part for rotationally driving the motor by reversing a rotation direction of the motor after the motor is stopped from rotation by the rotation stop part.

US Pat. No. 10,138,998

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control device for a vehicle including a variable compression ratio mechanism arranged to vary an engine compression ratio of an internal combustion engine, and a torque converter which includes a lock-up mechanism, and which is disposed between the internal combustion engine and a transmission, the control device comprising:a controller configured to switch the engine compression ratio from a high compression ratio to a low compression ratio, and to switch the lock-up mechanism from a lock-up OFF state to a lock-up ON state,
wherein, when the controller is switching the engine compression ratio from the high compression ratio to the low compression ratio, the controller starts switching the lock-up mechanism to the lock-up ON state when a current engine compression ratio is equal to or smaller than a permissible compression ratio which is between the high compression ratio and the low compression ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,138,997

VEHICLE SHIFT SYSTEM

THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY ...

1. A vehicle shift system, comprising:a portion of a vehicle interior defining a cavity;
a shift pedal within the cavity, the shift pedal comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end couples to the portion of the vehicle interior and the second end freely rotates within the cavity, the shift pedal changes position by rotating about the first end between a rest position and a shift position, wherein the shift pedal is substantially level with a surface surrounding the cavity in the rest position;
a biasing element coupled to the shift pedal that biases the shift pedal from the shift position to the rest position; and
a controller configured to control a transmission to change from a first transmission setting to a second transmission setting in response to rotation of the shift pedal to the shift position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,996

GEARSHIFT LEVER AND GEARSHIFT PEDAL

Fritz Max Klein, Moers (...

1. A gearshift lever (21) for a single-track or multi-track motor vehicle, comprising:a lever arm (22), and
at least one gearshift pedal (23),
characterized in that
the gearshift pedal (23) is fastened so as to be rotatable around an axial direction to the lever arm (22), wherein said gearshift pedal (23) is only capable of rotation in a first rotary direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,994

GEARBOX OF GEAR MOTOR ASSEMBLY

JOHNSON ELECTRIC S.A., M...

1. A gearbox comprising:a housing defining a chamber and an opening in communication with the chamber;
a stationary shaft having one end mounted to a bottom of the chamber and the other end extending through the opening;
a worm wheel rotatably mounted to the stationary shaft, and disposed in the chamber;
an output gear coaxially connected to the worm wheel for rotation with the worm wheel, the output gear protruding out of the opening;
a cover mounted to the opening;
wherein the cover is formed from a single type of material and includes an annular cover plate having an inner bore, an inner flange extending from an edge of the inner bore towards the bottom of the chamber, and an outer flange extending from an outer circumferential edge of the cover plate into the housing for positioning the cover; and
the worm wheel includes a cylindrical boss on a side adjacent the output gear, the cylindrical boss of the worm wheel extends into the inner bore of the annular cover plate and directly contacts the inner flange, and the worm wheel and the cylindrical boss are monolithically formed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,993

GEAR MOTOR

1. A gear unit motor, comprising:a gear unit;
an electric motor which drives the gear unit, wherein:
the electric motor includes a rotor shaft which is situated so as to allow a rotation about a rotor shaft axis,
the gear unit includes a first housing part and a second housing part,
the second housing part includes a square flange,
the first housing part includes a round flange facing the motor and a square flange facing the second housing part,
the round flange and the square flange of the first housing part are connected by an interposed connection section of the first housing part,
the connection section of the first housing part includes individual projections in one surface section;
an individual fastening element screwed into a threaded bore introduced into the square flange of the second housing part and pressing a motor housing onto the first housing part, so that the fastening element presses against the second housing part, wherein:
the fastening element is provided in a recess that extends in uninterrupted fashion from the round flange of the first housing part to the square flange of the first housing part, and
the fastening element is situated in a peripheral angle region, covered by one of the individual projections, in the same circumferential position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,992

DAMPER PULLEY ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A damper pulley assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a crank shaft of an engine of the vehicle;
a hub coupled to the crank shaft to be rotated;
a pulley coupled to an exterior surface of the hub and configured to rotate integrally with the hub; and
an oil seal disposed between the hub and an interior of a cylinder block to prevent engine oil from being leaked in the cylinder block,
wherein the hub has an abrasion prevention component formed on an exterior circumference surface on which the oil seal is disposed, and the abrasion prevention component prevents a separation of the oil seal.

US Pat. No. 10,138,991

BICYCLE SPROCKET

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:a sprocket body including a radially outer periphery provided about a rotational center axis of the bicycle sprocket;
a shifting facilitation area to facilitate a shifting operation of the bicycle chain, the shifting facilitation area having a shifting facilitation recess; and
a plurality of chain-driving teeth provided on the radially outer periphery to engage with a bicycle chain, the plurality of chain-driving teeth comprising:
a reference tooth provided in the shifting facilitation area, the reference tooth having a reference radial length defined radially outward from a root circle of the bicycle sprocket, the reference tooth including a reference downstream tooth bottom, a reference upstream tooth bottom, a reference downstream circumferential surface extending from the reference downstream tooth bottom and facing in a driving rotational direction in which the bicycle sprocket is rotated about the rotational center axis during pedaling, and a reference upstream circumferential surface extending from the reference upstream tooth bottom and facing in a reversing rotational direction opposite to the driving rotational direction; and
a first tooth provided in the shifting facilitation area, the first tooth having a first radial length defined radially outward from the root circle of the bicycle sprocket, the first radial length being larger than the reference radial length, the first tooth being adjacent to the reference tooth in a circumferential direction defined about the rotational center axis without another tooth between the first tooth and the reference tooth, the first tooth being provided on a downstream side of the reference tooth in the driving rotational direction, the shifting facilitation recess extending at least from the reference tooth to the first tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,138,990

ROCK SHAFT AND STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A rack shaft, comprising:a rack tooth portion including a plurality of rack teeth, the rack tooth portion being formed by plastic deformation of a shaft member;
a non-rack tooth portion having no rack tooth and being at an end of the rack tooth portion, wherein a closest one of the plurality of rack teeth to the non-rack tooth portion is an ineffective rack tooth that is configured to not mesh with a pinion, and remaining ones of the plurality of rack teeth form an effective rack tooth row that is configured to mesh with a pinion; and
a padding portion that extends in an axial direction of the rack shaft from an end of the non-rack tooth portion toward the ineffective rack tooth and that extends beyond the ineffective rack tooth in the axial direction, wherein
the ineffective rack tooth includes portions extending from opposite sides of the padding portion in opposite directions that are transverse to the axial direction, and
the padding portion is formed to extend to a side face of a first effective rack tooth, the first effective rack tooth being a first one of the effective rack tooth row that is adjacent to the ineffective rack tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,138,989

STEERING SYSTEM WITH LOW-BULK MECHANICAL DIFFERENTIAL

NEXTER SYSTEMS, Roanne (...

1. A differential steering system comprising:an input shaft comprising at an end a first bevel gear secured to the input shaft, and
wherein the input shaft also comprises:
an epicyclic gear train comprising:
a second sun gear secured to the input shaft,
at least three planet gears cooperating with the second sun gear and secured together by a planet carrier on which they are pivotably mounted, and
a ring gear cooperating with the at least three planet gears,
a third bevel gear freely rotatable about the input shaft,
located between the second sun gear and the first bevel gear,
the differential steering system also comprising:
 a first output shaft comprising:
a fourth bevel gear secured to the first output shaft and cooperating with the third bevel gear rotatably mounted about the input shaft, and
at an end a fifth bevel gear incorporated into the differential means and secured to the first output shaft,
 a second output shaft comprising:
at an end a sixth bevel gear secured to the second output shaft and incorporated into the differential means, and
a seventh bevel gear freely rotatable about the second output shaft, the seventh bevel gear cooperating with the first bevel gear secured to the input shaft, the seventh bevel gear being secured to a planet carrier cage of the differential means,
 the planet carrier cage of the differential means comprises at least one eighth bevel gear mounted secured to an axis perpendicular to the output shafts and cooperating simultaneously with the fifth and sixth bevel gears, the planet carrier cage of the differential means being mounted freely rotatable about the first output shaft and second output shaft,
wherein the ring gear is secured to the third bevel gear freely rotatable about the input shaft, rotation of the third gear modulating the relative speeds of rotation of the first and second output shafts which are also driven in rotation by the differential means.

US Pat. No. 10,138,988

HYDROKINETIC TORQUE COUPLING DEVICE HAVING TURBINE-PISTON LOCKUP CLUTCH, AND RELATED METHODS

Valeo Embrayages, Amiens...

1. A hydrokinetic torque coupling device for coupling a driving shaft and a driven shaft together, comprising:an impeller comprising an impeller shell;
a casing comprising a casing shell connected to the impeller shell, the casing having a first engagement surface;
an axially displaceable turbine-piston coaxially aligned with and hydrodynamically drivable by the impeller, the turbine-piston comprising a turbine-piston shell and a drive component having a second engagement surface;
a damper assembly comprising an input part drivingly interconnected to the turbine-piston and an output part operatively connectable to an output hub; and
a clutch plate non-rotatably connected to and axially displaceable relative to the casing, the clutch plate having opposite clutch plate engagement surfaces interposed between and axially movable relative to at least one of the first and second engagement surfaces,
wherein the turbine-piston is axially displaceable relative to the casing to move the second engagement surface axially towards and away from the first engagement surface for positioning the hydrokinetic torque coupling device into and out of a lockup mode in which the first and second engagement surfaces and the clutch plate engagement surfaces frictionally interlock with one another so that the casing is mechanically locked to and non-rotatable relative to the input part of the damper assembly,
wherein the input part of the damper assembly is non-rotatably and axially movably connected to the drive component.

US Pat. No. 10,138,987

SPEED REDUCER AND SERVER USING SAME

TRICORE CORPORATION, Tai...

1. A speed reducer driven by a motor output shaft, comprising:a first planetary gear set including a first sun gear mounted on said motor output shaft, a first planet gear carrier, and at least one first planet gear pivotally coupled to said first planet gear carrier and meshed with said first sun gear;
an internal gear surrounding said first planetary gear set and meshed with said first planet gear; and
an output gear mounted at said internal gear and driven by said first planet gear carrier,
wherein said speed reducer further includes a second planetary gear set; said second planetary gear set includes a second sun gear mounted at said first planet gear carrier in a coaxial relationship with said motor output shaft, a second planet gear carrier, and at least one second planet gear pivotally coupled at said second planet gear carrier; said second planet gear simultaneously meshes with said second sun gear and said internal gear.

US Pat. No. 10,138,986

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A continuously variable transmission comprising:an input shaft configured to receive a driving force input from a drive source;
first and second output shafts parallel to the input shaft;
a continuously variable transmission device comprising:
a first pulley mounted to the first output shaft;
a second pulley mounted to the second output shaft; and
an endless belt looped around the first pulley and the second pulley;
a first transmission path configured to reduce an input from the input shaft and transmit the driving force to the continuously variable transmission device;
a second transmission path configured to increase an input from the input shaft and transmit the driving force to the continuously variable transmission device;
a final output mechanism configured to output the driving force from the first output shaft or the second output shaft;
a first friction clutch coaxial with the input shaft and configured to switch between establishing and interrupting power transmission from the input shaft to the first transmission path;
a second friction clutch coaxial with the input shaft and configured to switch between establishing and interrupting power transmission from the input shaft to the second transmission path;
a third friction clutch coaxial with the second output shaft and configured to switch between establishing and interrupting power transmission from the second pulley to the final output mechanism; and
a fourth friction clutch coaxial with the first output shaft and configured to switch between establishing and interrupting power transmission from the first pulley to the final output mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,138,985

DEFLECTOR FOR BALL SCREW MECHANISM AND BALL SCREW MECHANISM

Kuroda Precision Industri...

1. A deflector for a ball screw mechanism having a ball rolling passage defined by a thread groove formed on an outer circumferential surface of a screw shaft and a thread groove formed on an inner circumferential surface of a nut, the deflector being configured to be fitted into the nut to guide a plurality of balls from the ball rolling passage to a ball return passage formed in the nut, the deflector comprising:a deflector main body having an inner circumferential surface integrally formed with a ridge having a substantially semicircular cross section and extending in a circumferential direction such that the ridge projects into the thread groove of the screw shaft when the deflector main body is fitted to the nut, a tongue extending toward the ball rolling passage for scooping up the balls from the ball rolling passage where the tongue is formed by an end of the ridge on a side of a main body side ball guide groove, and where the main body side ball guide groove defines a part of a ball guide passage for guiding the balls scooped up by the tongue to the ball return passage, the deflector main body being configured to be fixedly secured to a prescribed position of the nut by engaging with a part of the nut, and
a component piece having a component piece side ball guide groove defining a remaining part of the ball guide passage to define the ball guide passage jointly with the main body side ball guide groove, the component piece being configured to be fitted to a prescribed position of the deflector main body by engaging with a part of the deflector main body,
wherein the deflector main body and the component piece are configured to be joined in an axial direction of the nut,
wherein the deflector is configured to be received in a receiving hole opening out at an outer circumferential surface of the nut from radially outside of the nut, and
wherein the deflector is provided with a pair of mutually parallel side surfaces facing in the axial direction of the nut, and one of the side surfaces is defined solely by the deflector main body while the other side surface is jointly defined by the deflector main body and the component piece as a flush surface such that the component piece is held immobile in the axial direction of the nut by being interposed between the nut and the deflector main body in the receiving hole.

US Pat. No. 10,138,984

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF VEHICLE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle comprising:an input shaft for receiving torque of an engine;
an output shaft for outputting torque;
a first planetary gear set including first, second and third rotation elements;
a second planetary gear set including fourth, fifth and sixth rotation elements;
a third planetary gear set including seventh, eighth and ninth rotation elements;
a fourth planetary gear set including tenth, eleventh and twelfth rotation elements;
a first shaft connecting the first rotation element to the tenth rotation element;
a second shaft connected to the second rotation element and directly connected to the input shaft;
a third shaft connecting the third rotation element to the fourth rotation element;
a fourth shaft connected to the fifth rotation element;
a fifth shaft connecting the sixth rotation element to the seventh rotation element and selectively connected to the input shaft or the third shaft;
a sixth shaft connecting the eighth rotation element to the twelfth rotation element;
a seventh shaft connected to the ninth rotation element; and
an eighth shaft connected to the eleventh rotation element, selectively connected to the fourth shaft and directly connected to the output shaft,
wherein the first shaft and the seventh shaft are selectively connected to a transmission housing,
wherein each of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gear sets is a single pinion planetary gear set, and
wherein the first, second, third and fourth planetary gear sets are disposed in a sequence of the third, second, first and fourth planetary gear sets from an engine side.

US Pat. No. 10,138,983

TRANSMISSION

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A constant mesh gearbox providing a plurality of forward speed ratios, said gearbox comprising a casing defining a plurality of parallel shaft axes having shafts rotatable thereon, and between which gear wheel pairs associated with each speed ratio are arranged to transmit torque, said casing defining a support plane substantially orthogonal to said axes and containing a support bearing for a shaft on each of said axes, said gearbox providing four or more forward speed ratios, the gear wheel pairs associated with odd forward speed ratios being provided on one side of said support plane, and the gear wheel pairs associated with even forward speed ratios being provided on the other side of said support plane, the arrangement of speed ratios being at least partially symmetrical about the support plane and wherein on the one side of said support plane the gear wheels of an input shaft decrease progressively in diameter toward said support plane, and on the other side of said support plane the gear wheels of an input shaft increase progressively in diameter away from said support plane,said gearbox including two reverse speed ratios, the gear wheel pairs associated with one of said reverse speed ratios being provided on the one side of said support plane, and the gear wheel pairs associated with the other of said reverse speed ratios being provided on the other side of said support plane.

US Pat. No. 10,138,982

AUTONOMOUS HYDRAULIC EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION APPARATUS

1. An autonomous hydraulic expansion and contraction apparatus comprising:a fixing unit (200) having a fixing support member formed at an end of a lower part thereof;
a cylinder unit (300) mounted to an upper part of the fixing unit (200), the cylinder unit (300) being provided therein with a receiving space (310) for storing oil;
a support unit (400), one side of which is inserted and mounted into the receiving space (310) in the cylinder unit (300) and the other side of which is located outside the cylinder unit (300), an expansion and contraction fixing member (410) being mounted to an end of the other side of the support unit (400), the support unit (400) being configured to move upward or downward in response to movement of the oil stored in the receiving space (310);
a piston unit (500) comprising a barrier type sealing part mounted to an end of the support unit (400), which is inserted into the receiving space (310), the barrier type sealing part being configured to move in response to movement of the support unit (400);
a valve unit (600) disposed at an outer surface of the cylinder unit (300), the valve unit (600) being provided at upper and lower parts thereof with upper and lower connection members (610, 620), which communicate with the cylinder unit (300), a vertical connection member (630) being mounted to ends of the upper and lower connection members (610, 620), a valve (640) having a value mounting hole (642) for allowing or interrupting communication between the lower connection member (620) and the vertical connection member (630) in response to manipulation of a lever (650) being mounted in a connection portion of the connection members (620, 630); and
oil supply parts (670) mounted to the ends of the upper and lower connection members (610, 620) for supplying oil into the cylinder unit (300), wherein
the upper and lower connection members (610, 620) are coupled to the cylinder unit (300) through cylinder coupling holes (330), each of the cylinder coupling holes (330) having an inclined guide surface (332) and an inclined support surface (334) for allowing the smooth movement of oil and preventing concentration of a load during the movement of the oil, the inclined guide surface (332) and the inclined support surface (334) having different angles of inclination.

US Pat. No. 10,138,981

POWER-TRANSMITTING FRICTION BELT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd., ...

1. A power transmission belt, comprising:a frictional power transmission surface,
a fibrous member covering the frictional power transmission surface, the fibrous member comprising water absorptive fibers as first fibers, and second fibers, and
an inorganic powder existing in at least a surface of the fibrous member,
wherein the second fibers comprise stretchable fibers that are stretchable in at least an axial direction of the fibers,
wherein the fibrous member comprises composite yarns containing the stretchable fibers, and
wherein the composite yarns are polyester composite bulky-textured yarns of conjugated polytrimethylene terephthalate and polyethylene terephthalate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,980

STACKED FLYWHEEL ROTOR

Amber Kinetics, Inc., Un...

1. A flywheel rotor comprising:a first sub-rotor and a second sub-rotor, each of the first and second sub-rotors being respectively rotationally symmetric around a respective center axis and disk shaped, the respective center axes being coaxial, wherein each of the first and second sub-rotors has a respective first journal and a respective second journal extending outward along the respective center axis;
a first joining plate and a second joining plate contacting each other, wherein the first joining plate contacts the respective first journal of the first sub-rotor and the second joining plate contacts the respective first journal of the second sub-rotor;
one or more fasteners connecting the first joining plate to the second joining plate, wherein the one or more fasteners create a rigid connection between the first and second joining plates; and
an alignment pin contacting a pre-drilled hole in the first joining plate and contacting a pre-drilled hole in the second joining plate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,979

BALANCER DEVICE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A balancer device comprising: a drive unit to which a rotational force is transmitted from a crankshaft, a drive balancer shaft having a drive balancer weight rotated integrally with the drive unit, a balancer drive gear arranged on a same side as the drive unit with reference to a position of the drive balancer weight in an axial direction of the drive balancer shaft, and rotated integrally with the drive balancer shaft, a balancer driven gear structured to engage with the balancer drive gear, a driven balancer shaft rotated integrally with the balancer driven gear and having a driven balancer weight provided on a same side as the drive balancer weight in an axial direction of the driven balancer shaft, a drive mechanism having a gear on the side opposite to the driven balancer weight in the axial direction of the driven balancer shaft, wherein the rotational force is transmitted to the drive mechanism from one of the balancer shafts, and an oil pump including an oil pump drive shaft driven through the drive mechanism, wherein a rotational center of the oil pump drive shaft is located between a second virtual line and a third virtual line, the second virtual line passing through a rotational center of the drive balancer shaft and being perpendicular to a first virtual line connecting the rotational center of the drive balancer shaft and a rotational center of the driven balancer shaft, and the third virtual line passing through the rotational center of the driven balancer shaft and being perpendicular to the first virtual line, when the drive balancer shaft, the driven balancer shaft, and the oil pump drive shaft are viewed in a plane perpendicular to rotational axes of the drive balancer shaft, the driven balancer shaft, and the oil pump drive shaft, and wherein an axial length of the driven balancer shaft is shorter than an axial length of the drive balancer shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,138,978

VEHICLE DAMPER DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle damper device disposed on a power transmission path between an engine and a power transmission device, comprising:a first plate coupled to a crankshaft of the engine;
a second plate coupled via an elastic body to the first plate;
an inertia body coupled to the second plate;
a support member coupled to the crankshaft along with the first plate;
a bearing inserted between the support member and the inertia body;
a third plate coupled to the inertia body;
a fourth plate coupled to an input shaft of the power transmission device; and
a torque limiter mechanism disposed between the third plate and the fourth plate,
the torque limiter mechanism being disposed at a position on a radially inner side than the elastic body and not axially overlapping with the elastic body,
the elastic body being a coil spring disposed in an outer circumferential portion of the first or second plate, and
the elastic body being an arc-shaped arc spring.

US Pat. No. 10,138,977

SHOCK ABSORBER

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A shock absorber, comprising:a shock absorber body having
a cylinder,
a reservoir,
a damping passage configured to discharge a liquid from the cylinder to the reservoir, and
a pressure control solenoid valve provided in the damping passage, the pressure control solenoid valve including a valve body and a solenoid;
a pressure sensor configured to detect a pressure upstream of the pressure control solenoid valve; and
a controller configured to control the pressure control solenoid valve by feeding back a detected pressure detected by the pressure sensor, wherein
the controller comprises a differential path configured to
perform derivative compensation on one of the detected pressure, and a difference value between a target pressure and the detected pressure by multiplying one of the detected pressure and the difference value by a negative gain, and
obtain a resulting value of the multiplication and applying the resulting values as an electric current instruction to be applied to the solenoid valve, and
the valve body receives
a first force that is proportional to the pressure upstream of the pressure control solenoid valve, and
a second force generated by the solenoid through which a current, based on the electric current instruction, passes, thereby controlling a flow rate of the liquid discharged in the damping passage.

US Pat. No. 10,138,976

VALVE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A valve, comprising:a valve disc that partitions a chamber into one chamber and another chamber; and
annular-plate shaped leaf valves including first leaf valves laminated on one chamber side of the valve disc, and second leaf valves laminated on an other chamber side of the valve disc, wherein the valve disc includes:
a first annular boss formed at the one chamber side to support the first leaf valves, and a second annular boss formed at the other chamber side to support the second leaf valves;
a first seat for the first leaf valves formed on an outer peripheral side of the first annular boss on the one chamber side, and a second seat for the second leaf valves formed on an outer peripheral side of the second annular boss on the other chamber side;
an auxiliary seat formed on an outer peripheral side of the second seat on the other chamber side;
a first opening surrounded by the first seat, and a second opening surrounded by the second seat;
one passage that allows the one chamber to communicate with the second opening at the other chamber side; and
another passage that allows the other chamber to communicate with the first opening at the one chamber side,
at least one of the first and second seats being disposed to project past, in a direction parallel to an axial direction, a corresponding one of the first and second annular bosses,
an outer peripheral end of the first seat on the one chamber side being more radially outward than an outer peripheral end of the second seat on the other chamber side,
the auxiliary seat having a height equal to or greater than a height of the second seat on the other chamber side, and being disposed at a position farther radially outward than a position of an outer edge of the second leaf valve,
the first seat and the auxiliary seat being formed at positions overlapping with each other in a side view of the valve disc,
a length, in a direction parallel to the axial direction, from a surface of the first annular boss to a surface of the second annular boss being shorter than a length, in the direction parallel to the axial direction, from a surface of the first seat to a surface of the auxiliary seat.

US Pat. No. 10,138,975

PRESSURE BUFFER DEVICE AND FLOW PATH FORMING MEMBER

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

1. A pressure buffer device, comprising:a cylinder that stores fluid;
a flow path forming portion that forms a flow path through which the fluid flows in accordance with relative movement of a rod with respect to the cylinder in an axial direction of the cylinder; and
an opening-closing portion that opens and closes the flow path of the flow path forming portion, wherein
the flow path forming portion includes:
a first protruded portion that is formed annularly to be protruded in the axial direction, to which the opening-closing portion is contacted; and
a second protruded portion that is protruded in the axial direction toward a side opposite to the first protruded portion, that has an end, a linear portion and a tilt portion,
the end of the second protruded portion is located at a radially outer side of the first protruded portion,
the linear portion is formed in a straight line shape along the axial direction, and
the tilt portion is tilted with respect to the axial direction and extends from an end of the linear portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,974

FREQUENCY HOPPING FOR SMART AIR SPRINGS

STEMCO PRODUCTS, INC., C...

1. An air spring height sensor comprising:a transmitter unit for transmitting a height measuring signal,
a receiver unit for sensing a height signal,
a carrier frequency switching unit, and
an evaluation unit,
wherein the transmitter unit is switchable between a first carrier frequency and a second carrier frequency of the height measuring signal,
wherein the evaluation unit comprises a frequency filter being switchable between the first carrier frequency and the second carrier frequency,
wherein the carrier frequency switching unit is adapted for switching the frequency filter at the receiver unit from the first carrier frequency to the second carrier frequency at a predetermined first point of time (t1) and for switching a carrier frequency of the transmitter unit from the first carrier frequency to the second carrier frequency at a predetermined second point of time (t2),
wherein the first point of time is prior to the second point of time,
wherein the evaluation unit is adapted for detecting, after the first point of time but prior to the second point of time, whether the first carrier frequency or the second carrier frequency is sufficiently free of interferences for subsequent evaluation of the height measuring signal, and
wherein the first carrier frequency or the second carrier frequency is sufficiently free of interferences when a signal to noise ratio of the sensed height signal meets or exceeds a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,138,973

FLUID DAMPER DEVICE AND APPARATUS WITH DAMPER

NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION,...

1. A fluid damper device comprising:a case in a tube shape;
a rotor comprising a turning shaft structured to section a damper chamber between an inner peripheral face of the case and the turning shaft, and a valve body which is held by a valve body support part of the turning shaft; and
fluid which is filled in the damper chamber;
wherein the valve body comprises:
a base part provided with a circumferential face in a circular arc-shaped cross section which faces an inner side in a radial direction of the turning shaft; and
a protruded part which is protruded from the base part toward an outer side in the radial direction of the turning shaft and toward one side around an axial line of the turning shaft;
wherein the valve body support part comprises:
a first protruded part which is protruded to an outer side in the radial direction of the turning shaft toward the protruded part;
a second protruded part which is protruded to an outer side in the radial direction of the turning shaft at a position adjacent to the first protruded part on the other side around the axial line of the turning shaft; and
a base part support part which is opened toward an outer side in the radial direction of the turning shaft between the second protruded part and the first protruded part and in which the base part is fitted in a turnable state around an axial line parallel to the axial line of the turning shaft; and
wherein an end part on an outer side in the radial direction of the first protruded part is provided with an inclined face which is inclined with respect to an inner side portion of the protruded part facing an inner side in the radial direction of the turning shaft in a direction so that a space between the inner side portion and the inclined face is increased from the other side to the one side in a state that the valve body is most inclined to the one side with the base part as a center,
wherein an angle between an imaginary straight line, which is directed from a center of the turning shaft to a contact position of an end on the other side of the inclined face with the inner side portion, and the inclined face is set to be not more than 60°,
wherein the end part of the first protruded part is provided with a receiving face which receives the inner side portion on its surface between a position where an end on the other side of the inclined face is contacted with the inner side portion and the base part support part in the state that the valve body is most inclined to the one side with the base part as a center, and
when the turning shaft is turned in a closing direction in the state that the valve body is most inclined to the one side with the base part as a center, a fluid pressure in which the fluid is directed toward the outer side in the radial direction by the inclined face is applied to the protruded part of the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,138,972

AIR SPRING AND CARRIAGE FOR VEHICLE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. An air spring, comprising:a first supporting member;
a second supporting member arranged to be spaced away from the first supporting member in a main load direction;
a third supporting member arranged to be spaced away from the second supporting member in the main load direction, the second supporting member arranged between the first supporting member and the third supporting member;
an elastically deformable diaphragm connected to the second supporting member and the third supporting member to form a closed space; and
an adjusting member connected to the first supporting member and the second supporting member in a plane crossing the main load direction, the adjusting member having anisotropy in elastic property in the plane, the adjusting member being a directional stopper extending along a first direction in the plane, the adjusting member including a plurality of first elastic bodies that are stacked in the first direction, and the adjusting member not extending in a second direction in the plane, the second direction being perpendicular to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,970

COIL SPRING

MITSUBISHI STEEL MFG. CO....

1. A coil spring comprising:end turn sections that are formed on both ends of the coil spring;
an effective section that is formed between the end turn sections that functions as a spring when a load in a coil axis direction has been applied; and
rising sections that are formed between the effective section and the end turn sections,
wherein:
the rising sections are formed in such a way that, when ?1 represents a pitch angle of the rising sections and ?2 represents a pitch angle of the effective section, pitch angle ?1>pitch angle ?2 holds true in at least one of the rising sections, and
a diameter of a wire rod forming the coil spring is 25 mm to 90 mm,
wherein the rising sections are configured such that when the effective section is compressed such that the coils of the effective section effectively contact each other, gaps exist between the end turn sections and the rising sections,
wherein each end turn section comprises a tapered section having a dimension in a direction orthogonal to a winding direction of the wire rod that becomes smaller toward termini of the tapered sections, and
wherein the tapered sections are made equal to or greater than 0.5 turns and equal to or less than 0.6 turns.

US Pat. No. 10,138,968

SIGNAL TRANSDUCER DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

ITT Italia S.r.l., Barge...

1. A signal transduction device comprising:a support element;
an electrically insulated electric circuit connected with the support element;
a piezoceramic sensor connected with the support element, the piezoceramic sensor configured to transmit a signal to the electric circuit; and
an integral protective coating provided on the piezoceramic sensor and having properties of mechanical strength and temperature resistance, the integral protective coating comprising:
a main body comprising an electrically insulating material, and
an element comprising a thermally insulating material, the element connected with the main body and being in contact with the support element at a region substantially perimetrally surrounding the piezoceramic sensor, the element configured to direct a predetermined portion of an external compression force acting on the signal transduction device onto the region of the support element substantially perimetrally surrounding the piezoceramic sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,967

BRAKING SYSTEM

SAF-HOLLAND GmbH, Bessen...

1. A braking system, comprising:a first brake shoe;
a wedge unit;
wherein the first brake shoe comprises a sheetlike, curved first linking element;
wherein the wedge unit comprises a screw element which is arranged on the wedge unit and rotatable relative to the wedge unit about an axis of rotation;
wherein the first brake shoe further comprises a force transmitting portion which transmits a braking force applied by the wedge unit to the first brake shoe; and
a sheetlike, curved second linking element, wherein the first and second linking elements support a sheetlike, curved support element configured to support a brake pad of the first brake shoe thereon;
wherein the first linking element and the second linking element each comprise a securing portion which secures the screw element against being twisted about the axis of rotation relative to the brake shoe;
wherein the securing portions are configured and oriented plane symmetrical to a plane situated between the first linking element and the second linking element; and
wherein the wedge unit is configured to engage the first brake shoe positioned on a first side of the wedge unit and a second brake shoe positioned on a second side of the wedge unit located opposite the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,138,966

VEHICLE BRAKE APPARATUS

NISSIN KOGYO CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle brake apparatus, including:an electric actuator; and
a drum brake which is attached to a wheel so as to be driven by power exhibited by the electric actuator,
wherein the electric actuator includes a casing incorporating a power converting mechanism, and an electric motor overlapping with and attached to the casing, and
wherein, in a state of being mounted on a vehicle, only the casing of the electric actuator is attached to an external surface of a backing plate of the drum brake through the casing so that the electric actuator is disposed and fixed further rearwards than an axle of the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,138,965

DISK BRAKE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A disk brake comprising:a motor configured to activate a rotation-linear motion conversion mechanism contained in a caliper to displace a piston; and
a housing attached to the caliper and containing the motor therein, the housing also including an opening portion closed by a cover member,
wherein a distal end of a connector terminal is disposed in the housing, the connector terminal having a flat plate surface and including the distal end that extends from the motor toward the opening portion,
wherein a wiring that connects this connector terminal and the motor is provided,
wherein a joining terminal joined to the connector terminal is provided at one end of the wiring, and
wherein this joining terminal includes
a fixation portion to which the one end of the wiring is fixed,
a contact surface portion that extends from this fixation portion and that faces the flat plate surface of the connector terminal,
a biasing portion that extends from a side of the contact surface portion to a back surface of the flat plate surface of the connector terminal, the biasing portion being configured to bias the contact surface portion toward this flat surface portion so as to bring the contact surface portion into close contact with the flat plate surface of the connector terminal,
a protruding portion provided at a position of the contact surface portion that is separated from this biasing portion, the protruding portion being disposed in such a manner that an end of the opening portion side of the connector terminal and an end of the opening portion side of the contact surface portion are in alignment with each other when the protruding portion is in abutment with the connector terminal, and
a welded portion formed so as to extend over the end of the opening portion side of the connector terminal and the end of the opening portion side of the contact surface portion,
wherein the protruding portion is disposed at a distal end side of the connector terminal with respect to the biasing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,964

ELECTROMECHANICAL BRAKE DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An electromechanical brake device, comprising:a piston installed in a caliper housing so as to be movable forward and backward in an axial direction, the piston moving forward in the axial direction so as to press a friction pad for clamping a disc at a time of performing a braking operation, and the piston moving backward in the axial direction at a time of releasing the braking operation;
an actuator including a motor that provides rotational force for moving the piston;
a power converting mechanism that converts the rotational force transmitted from the actuator into translational force, and transmits the translational force to the piston so as to allow the piston to move forward and backward in the axial direction;
a reaction force generating mechanism installed between the piston and one side of the caliper housing, the reaction force generating mechanism generating reaction force applied against straight moving force of the piston, which moves backward in the axial direction, in a direction in which the braking operation is released, and applying the reaction force to the piston;
a guide member which is fixedly installed integrally in the caliper housing so as to restrict rotation of a nut member and guide forward and backward axial movement of the nut member;
a sensor which detects a motor operating state; and
a controller which estimates a motor torque constant that represents a correlation between motor electric current and motor rotational torque, based on motor operating state information detected by the sensor when an operation of the motor is controlled so as to allow the piston to move backward in the axial direction,
wherein the reaction force generating mechanism is configured by installing an elastic member between the piston and one side of the caliper housing, the elastic member being compressed by the piston that moves backward in the axial direction, and
wherein the elastic member is a spring installed between the piston and the guide member fixed to the caliper housing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,963

SOLID-TYPE BRAKE DISC AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A solid-type brake disc comprising:a hat part including a circular main body mounted on a rotation shaft of a wheel, and a plurality of protrusions protruding in a circumferential direction from an outside surface of the main body; and
a friction part including a ring body having a through-opening formed in a center thereof for receiving the hat part in the through-opening, and recessed portions protruding from a periphery of the through-opening toward the respective protrusions, the recessed portions being connected to the respective protrusions to enclose the protrusions,
wherein a ratio of a length that each protrusion protrudes from the outside surface of the main body in a radial direction to a length from an end portion of each recessed portion to an outer periphery of the ring body ranges from 0.18 to 0.28.

US Pat. No. 10,138,961

DISC BRAKE COMPRISING A VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE WITH AN ADDITIONAL MASS, AND KIT WITH SUCH A DISC BRAKE

Lucas Automotive gmbH, K...

1. A disc brake for a vehicle comprising:at least one vibration-damping device with at least one additional mass arranged on a brake caliper or on a brake carrier,
wherein the at least one additional mass is embodied as a separate component and the at least one vibration-damping device further comprises a locating bolt fastened to the brake caliper or to the brake carrier by means of which the at least one additional mass is configured to be fixed to the brake caliper or to the brake carrier,
wherein the locating bolt is elongate and has on a lateral surface a groove structure aligned in a longitudinal direction and/or transverse to the longitudinal direction,
wherein the at least one additional mass is configured to be fixed by pressing to the locating bolt such that the groove structure engages in a surface of the at least one additional mass,
wherein an annular groove is embodied in the locating bolt at an end facing away from the brake caliper or the brake carrier in which a circlip engages around the locating bolt such that the circlip prevents the at least one additional mass from detaching from the locating bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,138,960

ELECTRIC BRAKING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. An electric braking device for vehicle comprising:an electric motor disposed on a wheel side of a vehicle;
a caliper disposed on the wheel side;
a pressing member disposed on the caliper and pressing a friction member against a rotating member rotating integrally with the wheel;
a power transmission member rotatably supported on the caliper and rotationally driven with the electric motor to drive the pressing member;
a ratchet wheel fixed to the power transmission member;
a pawl member which is disposed to be able to move along an axis in a first linear direction with reference to the caliper and can be interlocked with the ratchet wheel;
a guide member serving as a part of the caliper or fixed to the caliper and guiding movement of the pawl member in the first linear direction;
a solenoid having a fixed member fixed to the caliper and a movable member disposed to be able to move along the axis in the first linear direction with reference to the fixed member and engaged with the pawl member being independent of the movable member, the solenoid causing the movable member to press the pawl member in an on state in an interlocking direction in which the pawl member in the first linear direction comes close to the ratchet wheel; and
an elastic member always pressing the pawl member in a release direction opposing the interlocking direction in the first linear direction, wherein
an engagement portion between the pawl member and the movable member includes at least one protrusion and at least one recess which can be interlocked with each other, and
a gap in which the pawl member and the movable member are fitted to each other is larger than a gap between the pawl member and the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,959

HYDRAULIC DAMPER

1. An hydraulic damper, comprising a rotor, a stator and a drive shaft for driving the rotor, the rotor and the stator mutually forming a working chamber in which liquid medium is accommodated, wherein, at a radial edge of the stator and along a direction of movement of the liquid medium, the stator is provided with an outlet, a nozzle, an exhaust channel, an ejector channel and an inlet;the outlet, the exhaust channel and the inlet communicate with the working chamber respectively;
the ejector channel is provided outside of the exhaust channel and is in communication with the outlet, the exhaust channel and the inlet respectively;
the nozzle is arranged at a junction where the outlet is connected with the exhaust channel and the ejector channel;
the nozzle extends along a lead-out direction of the outlet to the junction where the exhaust channel is connected with the ejector channel, and a channel width of the nozzle at tip of the nozzle is smaller than that of the outlet and that of the ejector channel respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,138,957

CLUTCH CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A clutch control method for a vehicle, comprising steps of:calculating an estimated clutch torque by substituting a plurality of parameters, which represent physical properties of a clutch, and a sensed stroke of a clutch actuator into a predetermined characteristic function, which represents characteristics of a clutch transmission torque to a clutch actuator stroke, by a controller;
updating the plurality of parameters as new values by a prediction error method based on a torque error, which is a difference between a reference clutch torque referring to a current transmission torque of the clutch and the estimated clutch torque calculated in the step of calculating the estimated clutch torque, by the controller;
calculating a desired stroke by substituting a desired clutch torque and the updated parameters into a predetermined characteristic inverse function, which represents a clutch actuator stroke to a clutch transmission torque, by the controller; and
driving the clutch actuator based on the calculated desired stroke to control the clutch by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,138,956

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DAMPER BYPASS CLUTCH TO PROVIDE FRICTION DAMPING IN A CONNECTION BETWEEN AN ENGINE AND A TRANSMISSION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system comprising:an engine speed module configured to determine a speed of an engine;
a damper control module configured to:
fully engage a damper bypass clutch of a damper assembly to fully bypass a damper of the damper assembly when the engine is starting and the engine speed is less than a first speed; and
partially engage the damper bypass clutch to partially bypass the damper when the engine speed is greater than or equal to the first speed, wherein:
the engine is connected to a transmission through the damper when the damper bypass clutch is at least partially disengaged; and
the damper bypass clutch connects the engine and the transmission to one another independent of the damper when the damper bypass clutch is fully engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,138,955

DEPRESSIBLE PINS CLUTCH PACK ASSEMBLY WITH SEPARATOR SPRING

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A clutch assembly comprising:a clutch pack stacked along an axis;
a housing radially surrounding the clutch pack;
a one-way clutch axially aligned with the housing and having an end plate engaging the clutch pack;
a separator spring disposed radially inward from the housing, and between the clutch pack and the one-way clutch; and
a pin between the housing and the one-way clutch for inhibiting radial movement of the separator spring, wherein the pin extends into both the housing and the end plate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,954

ROTATION TRANSMISSION DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A rotation transmission device comprising:a tubular housing having two open ends;
an input shaft having one end thereof received in the housing;
an output shaft arranged coaxially with the input shaft, and having one end of the output shaft received in the housing;
an inner ring provided at a portion of the input shaft received in the housing;
an outer ring provided at a portion of the output shaft received in the housing, the outer ring surrounding the inner ring;
engaging elements mounted between an inner periphery of the outer ring and an outer periphery of the inner ring;
an engaging element retainer supported so as to be movable between an engaged position where the engaging elements are engaged between the outer ring and the inner ring by the engaging element retainer, and a disengaged position where the engaging elements are disengaged from the outer ring and the inner ring by the engaging element retainer;
a driving source for moving the engaging element retainer, the driving source comprising an electromagnet mounted at an end portion of the housing on a side of the input shaft;
a first bearing mounted between the electromagnet and the input shaft;
a second bearing mounted between an end portion of the housing on a side of the output shaft and the output shaft;
a third bearing mounted between the inner ring and the outer ring; and
a fourth bearing arranged in such a manner as to prevent inclination of axes of the input shaft and the output shaft relative to each other, the fourth bearing being mounted between an inner periphery of the housing and an outer periphery of an end portion of the outer ring located closest to the input shaft;
wherein the housing is supported by a first shaft connected to the input shaft and by a second shaft connected to the output shaft, without being fixed to any portion of a vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,138,953

ELECTROSTATIC CLUTCH AND TRANSMISSIONS

SRI International, Menlo...

1. A method, comprising:coupling an input stage to an output stage by utilizing an electrolaminate clutch comprising a first portion and a second portion, wherein at least one portion of the electrolaminate clutch is flexible and comprises a substrate, a conductive layer disposed on the substrate, and a dielectric layer disposed on the conductive layer with the dielectric layer facing the other portion of the electrolaminate clutch, wherein the two portions are electrostatically clamped together when a voltage is applied between the two portions, wherein when the two portions are clamped, an input rotation is imparted to rotate the output stage, and when the voltage is not applied, the input rotation is not imparted to the output stage.

US Pat. No. 10,138,952

COUPLING FOR AN AWD VEHICLE

BorgWarner Sweden AB, La...

1. A coupling for an all-wheel-drive vehicle, comprisinga disc package with alternating discs, which are connected for rotation with, but are axially movable in relation to an ingoing and an outgoing axle, respectively, of the coupling, and
a hydraulic piston for pressing the disc package together under the action of hydraulic pressure, hereby altering the coupling from a disconnect mode to a connect mode, in which the ingoing axle is connected to the outgoing axle,
a coupling slack adjuster for mechanically establishing a rest position for the hydraulic piston in a disconnect mode, in which a predetermined slack in the disc package is established, irrespective of the wear of the discs,
a primary slack adjuster sleeve, which by press fit connection to a member in the coupling and by working relationship with the piston is able to establish a new rest position for the piston during its return stroke from a connect mode to a disconnect mode, governed by a too long stroke of the piston during its working stroke and under the action of a spring with a lower force than the force of the press fit,
wherein the member is a press ring connected to the piston, and wherein the movement of the sleeve together with the press ring from a disconnect mode to a connect mode of the coupling being limited by contact with a secondary slack adjuster sleeve attached to a housing of the coupling,
wherein the primary slack adjuster sleeve and the secondary adjuster sleeve are so shaped that the primary sleeve is axially guided by the secondary sleeve and wherein a return spring or disconnect spring is arranged between the two sleeves.

US Pat. No. 10,138,951

DUAL CLUTCH

1. A dual clutch for coupling an input shaft on an engine side with a first output shaft on a transmission side and/or a second output shaft on the transmission side, comprising:a first clutch, which has a first pressure plate that is axially movable relative to a first counterplate for coupling a first clutch disk that is connected to the first output shaft, the first counterplate including a first radially outward facing surface connected to a clutch cover, the clutch cover being a separate member from the first counterplate;
a second clutch, which has a second pressure plate that is axially movable relative to a second counterplate for coupling a second clutch disk that is connected to the second output shaft, the second counterplate including a second radially outward facing surface connected to the clutch cover; and,
a dual mass flywheel situated in a direction of flux of force between the input shaft and the first counterplate, the dual mass flywheel having:
an input flange non-rotatably connected to the input shaft, the input flange having an extension;
an output flange non-rotatably connected to the first counterplate; and,
a bow spring engaged with the input flange and the output flange and running in the circumferential direction to transmit torque, the bow spring arranged radially outward of the extension of the input flange;
a radial gap arranged:
radially outward of the first output shaft; and,
radially inward of the extension of the input flange, the output flange, and the first counterplate, wherein:
the input flange is arranged to receive the flux of force at a point at which the input flange is bolted to a flexible disk non-rotatably connected to the input shaft, the point on the input flange being radially outward from the bow spring; and,
the flux of force is introducible from the input shaft into the dual mass flywheel via the point at which the input flange is bolted to the flexible disk which is radially outside of the bow spring, the flux of force is dispersible from the dual mass flywheel to the first counterplate radially inside of the bow spring, and the flux of force is dispersible from the first counterplate to the clutch cover, and from the clutch cover to the second counterplate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,950

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A driving force transmission device, comprising:a first rotary member to which a driving force generated by a driving source of a vehicle is applied;
a second rotary member configured to rotate relative to the first rotary member about the same rotation axis as that of the first rotary member;
a clutch unit including a first clutch plate that rotates with the first rotary member, and a second clutch plate that rotates with the second rotary member;
an accommodating member that accommodates a part of the first and second rotary members; and
a lubricant feed member, wherein
the driving force transmission device transmits the driving force from the first rotary member to the second rotary member by frictional engagement between the first and second clutch plates with lubricant therebetween,
the accommodating member has an accommodating chamber that accommodates the clutch unit and a reservoir chamber that stores the lubricant, and
the lubricant feed member is non-rotationally coupled to, and axially movable with, one of the first and second rotary members, to feed the lubricant in the accommodating chamber to the reservoir chamber,
wherein the reservoir chamber has an opening on the accommodating chamber side, and the accommodating chamber is separated from the reservoir chamber by a lid member that closes at least a part of the opening of the reservoir chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,138,949

FRICTION ENGAGEMENT ELEMENT

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

1. A wet friction engagement element comprising:a drum having a cylindrical drum portion;
a hub having a cylindrical hub portion;
an annular friction plate fitted in an inner periphery of the drum portion and having a friction material bonded to its surface; and
an annular separator plate fitted on an outer periphery of the hub portion and capable of frictionally engaging with the friction plate, wherein
the drum portion has splines on which a plurality of external teeth formed in the friction plate are fitted, and a plurality of through holes formed in grooves of the splines,
the friction plate has a plurality of oil grooves formed at intervals in a circumferential direction of the friction plate and extending in a radial direction of the friction plate, and
each of the plurality of oil grooves is located next to its adjacent one of the external teeth in the radial direction as viewed in an axial direction of the friction plate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,948

DISK FOR A FRICTION CLUTCH

1. A disc for a friction clutch comprising:an annular plate with friction faces on both sides,
at least one spring; and
at least one seat the at least one spring configured to space an adjacent disc in the friction clutch via contacting at least one further seat of the adjacent disc and the at least one seat configured to space the adjacent disc in the friction clutch via contacting at least one further spring of the adjacent disc, wherein the at least one spring and the at least one seat are formed of a same piece of material as the annular plate, the at least one spring having a connection to the annular plate and extending radially away from the connection and circumferentially with respect to the connection, the at least one seat extending axially away from the annular plate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,947

RADIALLY APPLIED DOG CLUTCH WITH BI-DIRECTIONAL RATCHETING FOR A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

1. A dog clutch for a vehicle transmission, the clutch comprising:a driving member configured to rotate about an axis and including a cavity extending radially from the axis;
a driving tooth slidably movable within the radially extending cavity;
a driven member coaxially surrounding the driving member and including a radially inward extending driven tooth axially aligned with the driving tooth;
an actuator shaft coaxially positioned within the driving member and movable along the axis;
a retainer on the actuator shaft;
a bullet actuator coaxially mounted on the actuator shaft; and
a biasing member coaxially mounted on the actuator shaft and positioned between the bullet actuator and the retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,138,946

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLYING A TENSILE LOAD TO A COMPONENT, HAVING A MECHANICAL FUSE

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A system for applying a tensile load to a component, the system including a failsafe structure, a principal part of which is configured to act in compression during application of said load to the component, but which includes a mechanical fuse configured to act in tension during application of said load to the component, the mechanical fuse being configured to fracture upon the application of a predetermined tensile force thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,138,945

FLEXIBLE COUPLING

CROMPTON TECHNOLOGY GROUP...

1. A flexible coupling comprising:a flexible torque disc comprising a plurality of mount points;
a first coupling member mounted to a first subset of said mount points; and
one or more second coupling members each mounted to a second subset of said mount points;
wherein said first coupling member comprises one or more flanges substantially parallel with said torque disc;
wherein said one or more second coupling members each has a groove engaging with said one or more flanges so as to limit the displacement of said first coupling member with respect to said second coupling member; and
wherein the or each second coupling member has a captive nut removably held therein for removable attachment to a rotatable member;
wherein the or each second coupling member further comprises a second groove and a retaining clip removably mounted in said second groove and which holds said captive nut in place.

US Pat. No. 10,138,944

ELECTRIC PHASER COUPLING METHOD

BorgWarner, Inc., Auburn...

13. A method of compensating for mechanical tolerances within a coupling for joining a first rotatable shaft (54) having a longitudinal primary axis and a second rotatable shaft (24) having a longitudinal secondary axis comprising:forming a first rotatable member (22, 122, 222) having a plurality of external load-bearing surfaces (32, 132, 232) extending between a first end (56) and a second end (58);
positioning a second rotatable member (26, 126, 226) defining a cylindrical hub sheathing the first rotatable member (22, 122, 222), the second rotatable member (26, 126, 226) having an interior surface (28) radially spaced outwardly from the load-bearing surfaces (32, 132, 232) of the first rotatable member (22, 122, 222), an interstitial space defined between the plurality of load-bearing surfaces (32, 132, 232) and the interior surface (28) providing radial clearances (34, 36, 134, 136, 234) between the first rotatable member (22, 122, 222) and the second rotatable member (26, 126, 226) to accommodate axial misalignment and build up of manufacturing and assembly tolerances; and
assembling a plurality of springs (42, 142, 242) extending within the interstitial space defined between the first rotatable member (22, 122, 222) and the second rotatable member (26, 126, 226), each of the plurality of springs (42, 142, 242) directly contacting the plurality of external load-bearing surfaces (32, 132, 232) and the interior surface (28) for transferring rotational torque between the first rotatable member (22, 122, 222) and the second rotatable member (26, 126, 226).

US Pat. No. 10,138,943

DRIVETRAIN COMPONENT CONNECTING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a first drivetrain component defining a splined orifice; and
a second drivetrain component having a shaft that includes splines configured to clearance-fit the splined orifice upon engagement up to a first length and interference-fit the splined orifice upon engagement beyond the first length, the shaft defining a first ring groove that divides the splines of the shaft into a first splined section that extends inward from a first end of the shaft to the first ring groove and a second splined section that extends inward from the first ring groove to a termination point short of a second end of the shaft, wherein an engagement at substantially the first length counteracts loads perpendicular to an axis of the shaft preventing disengagement of the first and second drivetrain components.

US Pat. No. 10,138,942

PASSIVE FAULT-TOLERANT SHAFT SEAL CONFIGURATION

Aurora Flight Sciences Co...

1. A shaft system having a cavity and an inboard support, the shaft system comprising:a retaining ring;
a shaft seal system positioned within the cavity defined by said shaft system, the shaft seal system being positioned between said inboard support and said retaining ring,
wherein the shaft seal system comprises a first ball bearing, a second ball bearing, a primary shaft seal, and a secondary shaft seal,
wherein the secondary shaft seal is inboard with respect to said primary shaft seal,
wherein said shaft seal system defines a leak chamber between said primary shaft seal and a secondary shaft seal,
wherein the leak chamber includes one or more sensors to monitor a parameter of the shaft seal system, and
wherein said shaft seal system includes a plurality of O-rings between an outer surface of said shaft seal system and said shaft system.

US Pat. No. 10,138,941

BEARING RING

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A bearing ring for a rolling-element bearing including an axially extending outer surface;two radially extending side surfaces;
an inner surface comprising a rolling-element contact surface configured to at least partially contact a rolling element; and
at least two recesses, each recess formed extending inward from in the inner surface at a location proximate and inward from the respective radially extending side surface of the two radially extending side surfaces and configured to work together with a lifting tool, each recess of the at least two recesses comprising a pair of generally radially extending, generally parallel, and opposing facing surfaces,
wherein at least one of the at least two recesses is formed between a first radially extending side surface of the two radially extending side surfaces and the rolling-element contact surface,
wherein at least a second of the at least two recesses is formed between a second radially extending side surface of the two radially extending side surfaces and the rolling-element contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,138,940

ROLLER BEARING CAGE FOR USE IN A GEARBOX

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A roller bearing cage comprising:a cylindrical body comprising a side wall defining a plurality of pocket holes positioned circumferentially about said cylindrical body, wherein each pocket hole comprises:
a pair of side portions;
a pair of end portions meeting with said pair of side portions at a corner portion, wherein said corner portion is contoured with a compound radius;
wherein said corner portion comprises a first radial section and a second radial section, said first radial section having a first radius and said second radial section having a second radius greater than the first radius; and
wherein said corner portion further comprises a third radial section having a third radius greater than the second radius, said third radial section extending from said second radial section and towards said each end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,939

TAPER ROLLER BEARING

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A taper roller bearing comprising:an inner ring that includes a small flange that is positioned on a first side in an axial direction and that protrudes to an outer side in a radial direction, and a large flange that is positioned on a second side in the axial direction and that protrudes to the outer side in the radial direction;
an outer ring that is positioned on the outer side in the radial direction of the inner ring;
a plurality of taper rollers that are positioned between the inner ring and the outer ring; and
an annular cage that holds the plurality of taper rollers at an interval in the circumferential direction,
wherein:
the cage includes a small-diameter annular portion that is disposed on one side of the cage, a large-diameter annular portion that is disposed on an opposite side of the cage, and a plurality of column portions that link the small-diameter annular portion and the large-diameter annular portion with each other,
an inner circumferential surface of the small-diameter annular portion includes a first inner circumferential surface portion and a second inner circumferential surface portion having a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of the first inner circumferential surface portion, the first inner circumferential surface portion and the second inner circumferential surface portion being continuous with each other via an annular surface such that the annular surface is disposed at an inner side of an end surface of the inner ring toward the axial direction, and
an outer circumferential surface of the small flange includes a first outer circumferential surface portion opposing to the first inner circumferential surface portion with a first fine clearance, and a second outer circumferential surface portion having a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of the first outer circumferential surface portion and opposing to the second inner circumferential surface portion with a second fine clearance.

US Pat. No. 10,138,938

PASSIVE MAGNETIC BEARING ELEMENTS AND CONFIGURATIONS UTILIZING ALTERNATIVE POLARIZATION AND AMPERIAN CURRENT DIRECTION

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a permanent magnet first block having six faces (face 1, face 2, face 3, face 4, face 5 and face 6), wherein said face 1 is parallel with said face 2 and wherein each of said face 3, said face 4, said face 5 and said face 6 are perpendicular with said face 1 and said face 2, wherein said first block has a B-field magnetization polarization direction that is perpendicular to said face 5 and said face 6, wherein said first block has Amperian currents characterized as flowing on the surfaces of, and making a complete loop around said block on said face 1 and said face 3 and said face 2, and said face 4, wherein said first block is not in direct contact with any other permanent magnet block or magnetic material; and
a ferromagnetic first shield in direct contact with the entirety of only said face 2 and in only partial contact with said face 3 and said face 4 and said face 5 and said face 6, wherein said first shield has a first trough on a first side of said first shield, wherein said first trough is configured such that all of said face 2 is fit into said first trough and only a portion of said face 3 and said face 4 and said face 5 and said face 6 are fit into said first trough and are in direct contact with said first shield, wherein only the entirety of said face 1 is not in direct contact with said first shield.

US Pat. No. 10,138,937

INTERMEDIATE BEARING FOR A DRIVE SHAFT TRAIN

Spicer Gelenkwellenbau Gm...

1. An intermediate bearing for a drive shaft train of a motor vehicle, said intermediate bearing comprising:an elastic bearing body, which has a bore,
a supporting ring, which is arranged in the bore and has a receiving space for receiving a rolling bearing, wherein the receiving space defines a longitudinal axis, and
two sealing discs, which are axially spaced apart from one another and each have a central opening for receiving a drive component, wherein the supporting ring is arranged between the two sealing discs,whereinthe two sealing discs each have one groove, which extends concentrically with respect to the longitudinal axis, wherein the supporting ring engages into the two grooves of the two sealing discs that are double-walled, at least in some sections, in the region of the two grooves, wherein by means of the two sealing discs a labyrinth seal for sealing the receiving space is formed in the region of the two grooves and the supporting ring engaging into the two grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,138,936

AGRICULTURAL ROLLING BASKET BEARING ASSEMBLY

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method of accommodating flexing of a rotating element of an agricultural implement, comprising the steps of:providing the rotating element including a rolling basket coupled to a bearing hanger carried by the agricultural implement, the rolling basket including components which are required to flex during field operation;
providing a bearing with an opening therethrough;
providing a resilient spindle carried by a fastener coupled to the bearing hanger, the resilient spindle including a resilient shoulder positioned between the bearing holder and the bearing;
positioning the bearing via the opening therein on the resilient spindle, a side of the bearing being positioned next to the resilient shoulder;
providing a gap between the bearing and at least one component positioned on the resilient spindle to permit movement of the bearing on the resilient spindle;
accommodating flexing of the components of the rolling basket in field operation by tilting and dynamically misaligning the bearing, one side of the bearing contacting the resilient shoulder during dynamic misalignment; and
preventing excessive dynamic misalignment of the bearing during field operation by flexing the resilient spindle to prevent excessive wear of the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,935

AGRICULTURAL ROLLING BASKET BEARING ASSEMBLY

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An assembly configured to rotationally couple a rotating element to a bearing hanger of an agricultural implement, the assembly comprising:the rotating element of the agricultural implement and the bearing hanger thereof, the rotating element including components which are required to flex during field operation;
a bearing with an opening formed therethrough;
a resilient spindle carried by a fastener, the fastener coupled to the bearing hanger, the resilient spindle positioned over the fastener and including a resilient shoulder positioned between the bearing hanger and the bearing,
wherein the bearing is positioned via the opening therein on the resilient spindle, and one side of the bearing is positioned next to the resilient shoulder,
wherein a gap is provided between the bearing and at least one component positioned on the resilient spindle such that movement of the bearing on the resilient spindle results in a shift of the gap from the one side of the bearing to an opposite side of the bearing,
wherein during field operations, the bearing is configured to dynamically misalign and tilt due to the resilient shoulder and the gap to accommodate flexing of the components of the rotating element, wherein the one side of the bearing contacts the resilient shoulder at least during dynamic misalignment, and
wherein during field operations, the resilient shaft is configured to flex to accommodate flexing of the components of the rotating element to prevent excessive dynamic misalignment of the bearing and excessive wear thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,934

THRUST BEARING

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A thrust bearing which is disposed to face a thrust collar provided in a rotation shaft, comprising:a top foil which is disposed to face the thrust collar;
a back foil which is disposed to face a surface opposite to a surface facing the thrust collar in the top foil and supports the top foil; and
an annular plate-shaped base plate which is disposed at the side opposite to the top foil in the back foil and supports the back foil;
wherein the back foil includes a plurality of back foil pieces which are arranged in a circumferential direction of the base plate,
wherein the top foil includes a plurality of top foil pieces which are disposed on the back foil pieces,
wherein an inner peripheral recessed portion is formed at a portion which supports an inner peripheral side end of the back foil piece in a surface supporting the back foil of the base plate, and
wherein the back foil piece at one side in at least a circumferential direction is divided into a plurality of divided pieces in a radial direction and comprises:
an innermost peripheral divided piece among the divided pieces that is not disposed inside the inner peripheral recessed portion, and
a divided piece among the divided pieces that is disposed at outer peripheral side than the innermost peripheral divided piece and is not supported by the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,933

DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING THE BEARING PLAY OF COMPONENTS THAT ARE MOUNTED SUCH THAT THEY CAN ROTATE COAXIALLY IN RELATION TO ONE ANOTHER, AND ASSEMBLY OF COMPONENTS THAT ARE MOUNTED SUCH THAT THEY CAN ROTATE COAXIALLY IN RELATION TO ONE ANOTHER

HGW Horst Weidner GmbH, ...

7. An arrangement comprising:(a) an axle;
(b) a hub body of a bicycle rotatably mounted on the axle by a first roller bearing and a second roller bearing disposed in the hub body at an axial distance from one another, the bicycle comprising a fork or a frame, the axle being clamped in the fork or the frame; and
(c) a bearing play adjustment apparatus disposed between one of the first and second roller bearings and a shank of the fork or the frame, the bearing play adjustment apparatus exerting an axial pressure on one of the first and second roller bearings;
wherein the bearing play adjustment apparatus comprises an axially movable first ring and an axially movable second ring disposed next to one another coaxially on the axle;
wherein the first ring has an inner face surface extending in a first plane and comprising a first contour projecting out of the first plane of the first inner face and the second ring has a second inner face surface facing the first inner face surface and extending in a second plane, the second inner face surface comprising a second contour projecting out of the second plane of the second inner face surface;
wherein the first contour comprises an incline and the second contour slides on the incline;
wherein the first ring has a first outer face surface and the second ring has a second outer face surface, the first outer face surface standing in interaction with the fork or the frame of the bicycle and the second outer face of the second ring standing in interaction with the first roller bearing;
wherein each of the first and the second rings is movable axially and lockable in a selected axial position; and
wherein the first ring stands in interaction with the fork or the frame of the bicycle with the first outer face surface, by way of an end cap disposed on the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,932

AIR FOIL THRUST BEARING

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An air foil thrust bearing comprising:a base plate; and
a plurality of foils attached to the base plate,wherein each of the foils comprises a top foil section and a bump foil section, and wherein the top foil section extends as a continuous piece in a circumferential direction to form the bump foil.

US Pat. No. 10,138,931

SYNTHETIC RESIN-MADE SLIDING BEARING

OILES CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A combination mechanism of a synthetic resin-made sliding bearing and a shaft,said synthetic resin-made sliding bearing comprising:
a synthetic resin-made upper casing including an annular upper plate portion having a first inner peripheral surface, a cylindrical first suspended portion formed integrally on a lower surface of the upper plate portion, and a cylindrical engaging suspended portion formed integrally on the lower surface of the upper plate portion so as to form an annular upper outer groove by an inner peripheral surface thereof in cooperation with an outer peripheral surface of the first suspended portion;
a synthetic resin-made lower casing including an annular lower plate portion having a second inner peripheral surface, a cylindrical portion formed integrally on a lower surface of the lower plate portion and having a third inner peripheral surface, a cylindrical first projecting portion formed integrally on an upper surface of the lower plate portion, and a cylindrical engaging protruding portion formed integrally on the upper surface of the lower plate portion so as to form an annular lower outer groove by an inner peripheral surface thereof in cooperation with an outer peripheral surface of the first projecting portion; and
a synthetic resin-made thrust sliding bearing piece disposed in a space between said upper casing and said lower casing such that an upper surface thereof is brought into slidable contact with the lower surface of the upper plate portion of said upper casing fitted over said lower casing, while a lower surface thereof is brought into slidable contact with the upper surface of said lower plate portion,
said shaft being inserted in circular holes defined by the first to the third inner peripheral surfaces,
the first suspended portion being disposed in the lower outer groove with a radial first clearance and a radial second clearance between an inner peripheral surface thereof and an outer peripheral surface thereof, on the one hand, and the outer peripheral surface of the first projecting portion and the inner peripheral surface of the engaging protruding portion, on the other hand, respectively,
the engaging suspended portion is disposed radially outwardly of the engaging protruding portion with a radial third clearance between the inner peripheral surface thereof and an outer peripheral surface of the engaging protruding portion, and
an outer peripheral side passage formed by the first suspended portion, the first projecting portion, the engaging suspended portion, and the engaging protruding portion allows a radially outer peripheral portion of the space to communicate with an outside,
a radial minimum width of each of the first to third clearances being equal to or greater than a radially relatively displaceable amount of said lower casing with respect to said upper casing which is regulated by the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,138,930

NATURAL GAS HYDRATE TANK CONTAINER LOADING SYSTEM ENABLING AUTOMATED CONNECTION OF ELECTRIC POWER LINE AND BOIL-OFF GAS PIPE

KOREA INSTITUTE OF OCEAN ...

1. A natural gas hydrate tank container loading system enabling automated connection of an electric power line and a boil-off gas pipe, the natural gas hydrate tank container loading system comprising:a plurality of natural gas hydrate tank containers which are stacked in a vertical direction;
for each natural gas hydrate tank container, a respective refrigerator one side of the natural gas hydrate tank container for maintaining phase equilibrium of natural gas hydrate stored in the natural gas hydrate tank container;
an electric power supply unit over an uppermost container among the plurality of the gas hydrate tank containers for supplying electric power for operating the respective refrigerators;
for each natural gas hydrate tank container, a respective electric power line at one side of the natural gas hydrate tank container, the respective electric power line including a connecting structure formed to be engaged at both ends for supplying electric power produced by the electric power supply unit to the respective refrigerators; and
for each natural gas hydrate tank container, a respective boil-off gas pipe at one side of the natural gas hydrate tank container, the boil-off gas pipe including a connecting structure formed to be engaged at both ends for supplying boil-off gas generated from the respective natural gas hydrate tank container to the electric power supply unit,
wherein,
each respective power line includes a first end located at a lower portion of the natural hydrate gas tank container and a second end located at an upper portion of the natural hydrate gas tank container, the first end including a socket structure to be aligned with and face the second end of the power line of a lower hydrate gas tank container, the first end also including a presser foot that extends toward the lower natural hydrate gas tank container, the second end including a sloping water-proof hinge plug with electrodes that are receivable in the socket of an upper natural hydrate gas tank container, the sloping water-proof hinge plug being in an open state in an inclined position with the electrodes extending toward the first end of the upper hydrate gas tank container or in a closed state in a reclined position, the sloping water-proof hinge plug being biased to the closed state and reclined position by a spring, the presser foot of the power line of the natural hydrate gas tank container configured to engage the sloping water-proof hinge plug of the lower hydrate gas tank container and causing the plug to incline and be in the open state and to automatically couple with the socket structure when the natural hydrate gas tank container and lower hydrate gas tank container are stacked in the vertical direction with the natural hydrate gas tank container of the respective power line.

US Pat. No. 10,138,929

ASSEMBLY STRUCTURE OF ROLLER

1. An assembly structure of a roller which includes: a shaft having a ring mounting unit and bearing units connected to both end portions of the ring mounting unit; a ring unit fit onto the shaft in the form that an inner circumferential surface of the ring unit comes into contact with the outer circumferential surface of the ring mounting unit; and a fixing unit for restraining separation of the ring unit from the ring mounting unit,wherein when the shaft and the ring unit are combined with each other, the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the outer circumferential surface of the ring unit coincide with each other,
the center of the ring mounting unit of the shaft and the center of the inner circumferential surface of the ring unit coincide with each other,
the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the ring mounting unit are spaced apart from each other,
the diameter of the bearing units is smaller than the diameter of the ring mounting unit, and
a distance between the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the ring mounting unit is equal to or smaller than the distance between the diameter of the ring mounting unit and the diameter of the bearing units,
wherein the fixing unit is arranged inside the ring unit and is also arranged not to protrude to the side of the ring unit.

US Pat. No. 10,138,928

PIVOTALLY SUPPORTING STRUCTURE AND CUP HOLDER COMPRISING PIVOTALLY SUPPORTING STRUCTURE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A pivotally supporting structure for pivotally supporting a turning member in a base member, comprising:a pair of projecting shafts projected coaxially with each other in shaft wall members on right and left of one member of the turning member or the base member;
bearing holes closely facing the shaft wall members and provided in a bearing wall member on right and left of another member of the turning member or the base member to receive the projecting shafts; and
projecting portions projected on tip faces of the projecting shafts,
wherein the turning member and the base member collide with each other so as to restrict a turning range between the turning member and the base member, and
predetermined flexibility is provided in one or both of the shaft wall member and the bearing wall member so that when an external force beyond a limit of the turning range acts between the turning member and the base member, one or both of the shaft wall member and the bearing wall member having flexibility deforms, to disengage the projecting shaft out of the bearing hole, thereby engaging the projecting portion with the bearing hole.

US Pat. No. 10,138,927

BALL JOINT CONNECTOR

1. A ball joint connector for connecting an elongated element to a ball pin (2), comprising;a socket (10) having a cylindrical cavity (12) defining a central axis for receiving a ball of the ball pin with an opening (14) at one end and a dome-shaped end wall (11) at an opposite end with the dome-shaped end wall defining a central opening, the socket being adapted to be connectable to the elongated element; and
a clip (30) disposed at least partially within the cavity and dimensioned to encompass, when the ball is received in the cavity, more than an upper hemisphere of the ball which is opposite to a lower hemisphere on which a pin of the ball pin is coaxially carried, said clip having a central apex portion and two opposite end portions extending from the central apex portion with the clip being moveable between a locking position, in which the clip extends with the two opposite end portions into the lower hemisphere of the ball to be in abutment with surface portions in the lower hemisphere to hold the ball secured in the cavity and a retracted assembly position in which the opposite end portions of the clip allow the ball to pass for an insertion to and removal from the cavity, wherein the central apex portion is accessible through the central opening of the dome-shaped end wall of the socket to retract the clip along the central axis into the retracted assembly position,
wherein the clip (30) is arranged to extend, in the locking position, in abutment with a surface of the ball received in the cavity on opposing sides of the ball on each side over a portion of the upper hemisphere and with the opposite end portion of the clip over an adjoining surface portion of the lower hemisphere of the ball, and the clip (30) is received in grooves (41) formed in an inner wall of the cavity extending in a symmetrical manner on opposite side regions of the cavity from a first end of the groove close to the opening of the cavity to a second end of the groove in the dome-shaped end wall; and
wherein a depth of each groove is increasing starting from the first end of the groove to form a flaring groove bottom (42) with the opposite end portions engaging the flaring groove bottom to support the opposite end portions in the locking position to keep the ball in the cavity, wherein the increasing depth of the groove is arranged such that the opposite end portions of the clip are free to be moved radially outwardly into a region (44) of increased depth of the groove to move to the retracted assembly position to allow the ball to pass by the opposite end portions of the clip.

US Pat. No. 10,138,926

TELESCOPING TORQUE TUBE ASSEMBLY

Moog Inc., Elma, NY (US)...

1. A torque tube assembly comprising:a torque tube including an end region;
an end fitting telescopically coupled to the end region of the torque tube, the torque tube and the end fitting having a longitudinal adjustment axis along which the end fitting is adjustable between an extended position and a retracted position;
a resiliently deflectable locking tab on the torque tube, the locking tab having an abutment edge;
wherein the end fitting includes a locking slot arranged for receiving the locking tab when the end fitting is in the extended position, the locking slot having a limit edge facing the abutment edge of the locking tab for engaging the abutment edge of the locking tab when the locking tab is in an undeflected state to prevent axially directed adjustment of the end fitting relative to the torque tube from the extended position toward the retracted position;
wherein the locking tab is deflectable by a user such that the abutment edge of the locking tab is not faced by the limit edge of the locking slot, thereby permitting axially directed adjustment of the end fitting relative to the torque tube from the extended position to the retracted position; and
wherein the torque tube includes a torque tube spline and the end fitting includes an end fitting spline meshing with the torque tube spline when the end fitting is in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,925

FRP DRIVE SHAFT

FUJIKURA RUBBER LTD., To...

1. An FRP drive shaft comprising an end joint joined to at least one end of an FRP cylinder via an outer collar,wherein said end joint includes a serrated portion on an outer periphery thereof,
wherein said outer collar includes a small-diameter collar portion and a large-diameter collar portion which is greater in diameter than said small-diameter collar portion,
wherein said serrated portion is press-fitted into an inner periphery of said FRP cylinder and fixed to an inner periphery of said small-diameter collar portion,
wherein a gap between an inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion and an outer periphery of said FRP cylinder is filled with an adhesive for fixing said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder to each other, and
wherein said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion includes a constant-diameter portion which is formed on a first area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion and an adhesive-accumulating tapered portion which is formed on a second area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion, said first area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion being closer to said small-diameter collar portion than said second area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion,
wherein a distance between said constant-diameter portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder is substantially constant,
wherein said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion is configured to progressively increase a radial distance between said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder in a direction away from said small-diameter collar portion, and
wherein said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion is open, along an axial direction, at a position where a distance between said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder is a maximum.

US Pat. No. 10,138,924

FITTING MEMBER AND REPLACEMENT UNIT FOR LONG MEMBER

HI-LEX CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A fitting member for fitting a long member therein, the fitting member comprising:an insertion portion including a space through which the long member is insertable;
a movement restriction portion configured to restrict movement that the long member comes out of the insertion portion, the movement restriction portion being capable of being scraped with a tool; and
a guide portion configured to guide the tool to the movement restriction portion when the movement restriction portion is scraped with the tool, wherein
the restriction of the movement of the long member is released after the movement restriction portion is scraped with the tool,
the insertion portion, the movement restriction portion, and the guide portion are formed as one continuous slit, and
the one continuous slit extends in a direction perpendicular to an axis of the long member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,923

SELF LOCKING SAFETY SPRING CLIP

Ferplast S.p.A., (IT)

1. A self locking safety spring clip, comprising:at least a main body provided with an opening designed to receive retaining means, wherein the main body houses:
a first locking element equipped at an end with a hook-shaped part or hook and rotatable about a first pin integral with the main body, the first locking element, comprising a first tooth on a side of the first locking element opposite the hook, and
a second locking element opposite the first locking element, rotatable about a second pin integral with the main body, the second element having a mechanical profile, comprising a second tooth operable with the first tooth of the first element, both the first tooth and the second tooth arranged outside the opening of the main body to move the first locking element from an open position to a closed position and vice versa,
wherein the second locking element being equipped with an element designed to magnetically attract the retaining means thus facilitating coupling and simultaneously locking to the hook-shaped part or hook.

US Pat. No. 10,138,922

FASTENER CLIP ASSEMBLY WITH PINCH-REMOVABLE CAP

TERMAX LLC, Lake Zurich,...

1. A fastener clip assembly comprising:a cap configured to be secured to a chassis through a chassis slot, wherein the cap comprises one or more wings configured to collapse upon inserting the cap into the chassis slot and to expand upon full insertion, wherein the cap is configured to be secured to the chassis slot at least upon the wings expanding into the chassis slot;
a pin configured to be secured to a body panel, wherein the pin is configured to be secured to the cap;
wherein the cap comprises one or more releases, wherein the releases are accessible from a side of the cap configured to receive the pin, wherein the releases are configured, upon release, to collapse the one or more wings, wherein the cap is configured to be extracted from the chassis based at least upon releasing the releases.

US Pat. No. 10,138,921

CONNECTING ELEMENT, USE AND METHOD

1. A connecting element for connecting at least two workpieces to one another, havinga shank,
a connecting element head at one end of the shank, said head projecting radially beyond the outside of the shank,
a rotary driving formation on the connecting element head, and
a front shank end, wherein
at least one pair of closed annular projections is arranged on the shank in a holding portion of the shank which starts from the underside of the connecting element head, wherein
at least one annular projection is not arranged fully in a plane extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the shank, and
the spacing between the two annular projections of the pair differs along the circumference,
wherein the front end of the shank is of blunt design.

US Pat. No. 10,138,920

EXTENDABLE INTERLOCKING STRUCTURES AND METHODS

1. An extendable structure comprising:a first chain of interlocking components comprising a first interlocking component of the first chain;
a second chain of interlocking components comprising a first interlocking component of the second chain configured to mate to the bottom surface of the first interlocking component of the first chain;
a third chain of interlocking components comprising a first interlocking component of the third chain configured to mate to bottom surfaces of the first interlocking component of the second chain; and
a cap which is directly joined to each of the following the first interlocking component of the first chain, the first interlocking component of the second chain, and the first interlocking component of the third chain.

US Pat. No. 10,138,919

WATERPROOF NAIL AND SCREW WITH ENLARGED HEAD AND PROTECTIVE GASKET

1. A fastener system for attaching sheet metal to a roofing structure, the fastener system comprising:a fastener including a head portion having a top surface, a bottom surface and a body portion extending downwardly from the bottom surface of said head portion, the head portion being at least 2 to 3 times larger than the head portion of a standard sized roofing nail;
a gasket member surrounding the body portion and engaged with the bottom surface of the head portion, the gasket member being the same size as the bottom surface of the head portion and having a top and a bottom surface; and
a sealant covering at least a portion of the bottom surface of the gasket member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,918

FASTENING DEVICE

Jangpyoung Construction C...

1. A fastening device configured to couple a first object with a second object, comprising:a first coupling member shaped substantially like a bolt having a bolt head and a shaft, wherein the shaft of the first coupling member is inserted into a first through hole in the first object and a second through hole in the second object, wherein the shaft of the first coupling member has a first screw thread formed along an outer circumferential surface;
a second coupling member having a head portion and a cylindrical body portion, the cylindrical body portion having a first hanging jaw, wherein the first coupling member is coupled with second coupling member with the bolt head of the first coupling member opposed to the head portion of the second coupling member, wherein the second coupling member includes a coupling hole passing through the second coupling member and the cylindrical body portion has a second screw thread formed along an internal circumferential surface of the coupling hole, wherein the first screw thread is coupled with the coupling hole;
a rotating member having a first end and a second end, the first end of the rotating member having a second hanging jaw, wherein the first end is arranged nearest to the second coupling member and the second end is arranged nearest to the first coupling member, wherein the rotating member has a cylindrical hollow shape so that the shaft of the first coupling member passes through the rotating member; and
an expanding member having a cylindrical hollow shape and a first end seated on the first hanging jaw of the cylindrical body portion of the second coupling member and a second end seated on the second hanging jaw of the first end of the rotating member, wherein the expanding member is configured to expand outward, without being bent inward, as the expanding member is compressed by a compaction of the fastening device as a result of a movement of the rotating member toward the second coupling member to couple the first object and the second object between the head portion of the second coupling member and the expanding member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,917

CONNECTOR SYSTEM FOR RAPID ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY OF PANELS AND OTHER MEMBERS

1. A male connector attachable to a first component for mechanically attaching the first component to a second component on which a converging female profile with inwardly diverging side walls is formed, the male connector being insertable into the converging female profile,the male connector comprising:
a body having an outer face and an inner face, and a mounting member, the body being attachable to the first component by the mounting member when joined to the first component, with the inner face abutting the first component;
the body having opposite sides extending between the outer face and the inner face, the sides of the body being inclined between the outer and inner faces so that the outer face is larger than the inner face, the opposite sides of the body converging toward a forward end of the body so that the forward end of the body is narrower than a rear end of the body, wherein the opposite sides are engagable with the side walls of the converging female profile having a converging footprint in the second component to mechanically attach the first component to the second component,
wherein the forward end of the body between the opposite sides is inclined from the outer face toward the inner face and wherein the body has a thickness between the outer face and the inner face that is greater at the forward end than at the rearward end.

US Pat. No. 10,138,916

DOSING SYSTEM, DOSING METHOD AND PRODUCTION METHOD

VERMES MICRODISPENSING GM...

1. A dosing system for a shear-thinning or thixotropic liquid to viscous dosing material, comprising a nozzle with a closure channel, within which a closure element is controlled during operation by means of a control unit alternately in an ejection direction or a retraction direction, wherein the closure channel is configured in at least one cross-section perpendicular to the ejection direction or the retraction direction relative to the cross-section of the closure element in the same plane to give an aperture gap between the outer surface of the closure element and the inner surface of the closure channel, which aperture gap is shaped or dimensioned to form an outlet channel, at least in places, for the dosing material, wherein the control unit is programmed to generate control signals for different movements of the closure element in at least two movement modes, wherein the control unit is programmed to deliberately oscillate the closure element in the ejection direction and the retraction direction during operation in at least one of the movement modes in order to reduce a viscosity of the dosing material in at least a region of the aperture gap, wherein, in a first movement mode, the closure element is controlled during operation by means of the control unit in the ejection direction and the retraction direction, wherein the first movement mode comprises a first motion pattern with up-and-down movements of the closure element, whose stroke or frequency or sequence is configured to overcome forces inside the dosing material in order to reduce the viscosity of the dosing material, wherein, in a second movement mode, the closure element is controlled during operation by means of the control unit in the ejection direction, wherein the second movement mode comprises a second motion pattern with ejection movements of the closure element, whose stroke or frequency or sequence is configured for ejecting the dosing material drop-wise or as a jet through an outlet opening of the nozzle, and wherein movements of the first motion pattern are shorter in stroke and higher in frequency than the ejection movements of the second motion pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,138,915

METHOD OF CONTROLLING VELOCITY OF A HYDRAULIC ACTUATOR IN OVER-CENTER LINKAGE SYSTEMS

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. An electro-hydraulic actuation system comprising:an unbalanced hydraulic actuator capable of motion in retraction and extension directions during movement of a load, the actuator including a first fluid chamber having a first cross-sectional area and a second fluid chamber having a second cross-sectional area, the second cross-sectional area being greater than the first cross-sectional area, the actuator operable in at least one of an actuator second quadrant or an actuator third quadrant;
a regeneration valve in fluid communication with the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber, the regeneration valve operable to selectively couple the first fluid chamber to the second fluid chamber;
a dump valve in fluid communication with the second fluid chamber and a fluid reservoir, the dump valve operable to selectively couple the second fluid chamber to the reservoir;
a pump for providing a flow of fluid to the first and second fluid chambers, a displacement of the pump controlling a velocity of the actuator during motion in the retraction and extension directions;
an electric motor for driving the pump, the motor operable in at least one of a first quadrant or a fourth quadrant of operation;
a controller for controlling a state of the regeneration valve and the dump valve; and
at least one feedback device for sensing a system condition and for providing a respective feedback signal indicative of the sensed system condition to the controller, the controller being responsive to the respective feedback signal for determining an occurrence of an over-center load condition and for controlling a state of the regeneration valve and the dump valve in response to the occurrence of the over-center load condition in an attempt to maintain the velocity of the actuator, wherein the over-center load condition comprises the hydraulic cylinder undergoing a transition between i) an overrunning load to a resistive load or ii) a resistive load to an overrunning load.

US Pat. No. 10,138,914

SENSOR ATTACHMENT TOOL

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A sensor fixture configured to attach a sensor to an outer circumferential surface of a cylinder tube, the sensor fixture comprising:a rail-shaped sensor holder including a sensor insertion groove configured to house and hold the sensor so as to enable position adjustment of the sensor;
a band portion including end portions couplable to the sensor holder, the band portion being configured to be attached to the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube along a circumferential direction thereof; and
a fastening mechanism disposed at a circumferential position different from the sensor holder on the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube, the fastening mechanism being configured to fasten the band portion,
wherein the fastening mechanism includes:
a female screw portion provided on the band portion;
a fastening screw configured to be screwed into the female screw portion; and
an abutment plate provided inside the band portion at a position corresponding to the female screw portion and configured to be placed in abutment with the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube and pressed by the fastening screw.

US Pat. No. 10,138,913

PRESSURE CARTRIDGE

Element Six Limited, Cou...

1. A cartridge assembly comprising a housing having a single chamber for containing hydraulic fluid, an intensifier element capable of reciprocating in the chamber and displacing the hydraulic fluid responsive to a drive means acting on the intensifier element, and a piston capable of reciprocating in the chamber and being displaceable responsive to a change in pressure of the hydraulic fluid; the cartridge assembly configured so that when the pressure in the fluid increases responsive to a first force being applied by the drive means on the intensifier, the hydraulic fluid will exert a second force on the piston, the second force being greater than the first force; a mass of the hydraulic fluid being conserved within the chamber, the drive means comprising a servomotor coupled to a threaded beam having a longitudinal axis, a position of the threaded beam relative to the housing being fixed, the servomotor and the beam arranged such that rotation of the beam about its longitudinal axis can be selectively driven by the servomotor, the intensifier element being driveably coupled to the threaded beam by means of a cooperatively threaded mechanism, such that rotation of the beam will result in a longitudinal force being applied to the intensifier element via the threaded mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,138,911

DEVICE FOR EXTRACORPOREAL BLOOD TREATMENT

DEBIOTECH S.A., Lausanne...

1. A linear actuator comprising:a rotary electric motor,
a piston, and
an interposed device between the electric motor and the piston for transforming a rotation movement of the rotary electric motor into a linear displacement of the piston, the interposed device including,
a peripheral ramp arranged inside the piston,
a bearing configured to cooperate with the peripheral ramp,
a guide allowing the piston to guide the linear displacement,
wherein the peripheral ramp includes,
(i) a threshold located at a summit of the peripheral ramp, and
(ii) a passage configured to release the bearing from the peripheral ramp,
wherein the peripheral ramp is configured such that the piston transits from a first position in which the bearing is in the passage, to a second position in which the bearing is located on the threshold, and back to the first position, by a unidirectional rotation of the rotary electric motor, and
wherein the peripheral ramp forms a structure that is arranged on an inner surface of the piston, a circular side wall of the piston not having any openings that engage with the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,910

HYDRAULIC PUMP ASSEMBLY

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A hydraulic pump assembly comprising:a main pump housing;
a first hydraulic porting member comprising a first face and a second face on opposite sides of the first hydraulic porting member, wherein the first face is engaged to the main pump housing to form a sump;
a second hydraulic porting member comprising;
a third face and a fourth face on opposite sides of the second hydraulic porting member;
an auxiliary pump inlet passage and an auxiliary pump outlet passage;
first and second inlet ports in fluid communication with the auxiliary pump inlet passage;
first and second outlet ports in fluid communication with the auxiliary pump outlet passage;
a first plug sealing one of the first and second inlet ports, and a second plug sealing one of the first and second outlet ports;
a charge pump rotatably disposed on the second face; and
an auxiliary pump housing engaged to the fourth face to form an auxiliary pump chamber and an auxiliary pump located in the auxiliary pump chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,138,909

MULTI-CYLINDER ASSEMBLY

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER, ...

1. A multi-cylinder assembly comprising:a cylinder assembly defining a bore;
a piston-rod assembly slidably disposed in the bore of the cylinder assembly, the piston-rod assembly including:
a piston rod having a piston head, a first rod extending outwardly from the piston head, a second rod extending outwardly from the piston head in a direction opposite the first rod, and a rod extension extending outwardly from the first rod;
a piston-rod sleeve disposed about the rod extension of the piston rod, the piston-rod sleeve including a head portion and a rod portion; and
a retainer engaged to the rod extension, wherein the retainer prohibits axial movement of the piston-rod sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,138,908

MINIATURE HIGH PRESSURE PUMP AND ELECTRICAL HYDRAULIC ACTUATION SYSTEM

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. An apparatus for pumping fluid, comprising:a pair of rotatable intermeshed gears, each gear including a shaft, each gear being located along the corresponding shaft;
a pair of bearing blocks, each bearing block including a pair of journal bearings, each journal of a bearing block supporting a corresponding shaft of said gear pair, said gear pair being located between said bearing blocks;
a casing defining an interior cavity that contains said gears and said bearing blocks, said casing having a pair of opposing end faces;
a pair of cover plates, each said cover plate having a face (R1, R6) being opposite of a face (R2, R5) of a corresponding bearing block; and
a pair of face seals, each said face seal having an outer periphery located between one said cover plate and a corresponding end face and an inner periphery located between said same cover plate and a corresponding bearing block, the area between the inner periphery and the outer periphery being divided into first and second lateral regions (A, C) each being laterally adjacent and outboard of the gear pair and two end regions (B, D) each being outboard of a single corresponding gear of said pair;
wherein rotation of said gear pair in a first direction provides higher pressure fluid to the first lateral region and lower pressure fluid to the second lateral region, and rotation of said gear pair in a second direction opposite of said first direction provides higher pressure fluid to the second lateral region and lower pressure fluid to the first lateral region;
wherein one said bearing block includes opposing faces, one said face being opposite of said gears and the other said face being opposite of one said cover plate, each said journal bearing of said one block includes a bore with a central axis, said one block including a lateral plane that intersects each central axis, said one block has a width between the opposing faces, said one block including a fluid flow duct located in the plane across the width providing fluid communication between the opposing faces;
wherein said fluid flow duct has a first angular width, said one face opposite of said gears includes a peripheral channel centered in the plane having a second angular width greater than the first angular width, the peripheral channel providing fluid communication from said one face opposite of said gears to the fluid flow duct.

US Pat. No. 10,138,907

ROTARY ENERGY RECOVERY DEVICE

Energy Recovery, Inc., S...

1. A system comprising:a rotor disposed in a rotary energy recovery device and comprising:
a plurality of blades circumferentially spaced apart and each blade of the plurality of blades having a respective longitudinal length extending from a first longitudinal end to a second longitudinal end and a respective radial width extending from the first longitudinal end to the second longitudinal end, wherein each blade of the plurality of blades comprises a first wall having a first face and a second face that is substantially opposite the first face in a circumferential direction relative to the respective longitudinal length, wherein the first face has a curved surface extending the respective longitudinal length from the first longitudinal end to the second longitudinal end and the second face has a substantially flat surface extending the respective longitudinal length and the respective radial width from the first longitudinal end to the second longitudinal end;
a plurality of channels that extend from a first end of the rotor to a second end of the rotor wherein at least one channel of the plurality of channels has a first radial cross-sectional area and a second radial cross-sectional area having a total area different from a total area of the first radial cross-sectional area relative to a longitudinal axis of the at least one channel of the plurality of channels, and wherein the at least one channel of the plurality of channels forms a low pressure region that creates torque to rotate the rotor using axial fluid flow through the rotor, wherein the at least one channel is disposed between the first face of a first blade of the plurality of blades and the second face of a second blade of the plurality of blades that is adjacent the first blade;
a housing in which the rotor rotates; and
first and second end covers in the housing comprising interior faces arranged in a sealing relationship with first and second rotor end faces.

US Pat. No. 10,138,906

JET PUMP, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF JET PUMP, AND FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE HAVING JET PUMP

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A jet pump comprising a resin body that is made of resin and forms a pressurizing passage, a nozzle passage and a diffuser passage, while stored fuel, which is stored in a fuel tank, is pumped by the jet pump through the diffuser passage by discharging pressurized fuel, which is supplied to the pressurizing passage, into the diffuser passage through the nozzle passage, wherein:at least a part of the resin body is integrally molded to form the pressurizing passage and the nozzle passage in the resin body;
the nozzle passage includes:
a communication passage section that is communicated with a downstream end of the pressurizing passage; and
a flow restricting passage section that is communicated with a downstream end of the communication passage section and reduces a flow rate of the pressurized fuel in comparison to a flow rate of the pressurized fuel which flows through the communication passage section;
a common width direction, along which a passage width of the communication passage section and a passage width of the pressurizing passage are defined, is perpendicular to a direction along which a longitudinal axis of the flow restricting passage section extends;
a first passage wall surface and a second passage wall surface, which define the communication passage section therebetween, are opposed to each other in the common width direction;
the flow restricting passage section opens in the first passage wall surface; and
the second passage wall surface is concavely curved relative to the first passage wall surface toward the flow restricting passage section, so that the passage width of the communication passage section is progressively reduced toward the flow restricting passage section to a passage width that is equal to or smaller than the passage width of the pressurizing passage.

US Pat. No. 10,138,905

WASHER PUMP APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH IMPROVED WATER-PROOF STRUCTURE

DY AUTO Corporation, Asa...

1. A washer pump apparatus for a vehicle, the washer pump apparatus having an improved waterproof structure and comprising:a pump housing comprising a top surface, a washer liquid inlet, a washer liquid outlet, a closed lower portion, an impeller, and a motor configured to rotate the impeller;
a terminal cap coupled to an upper portion of the pump housing and forming a waterproof structure, the terminal cap having a top surface and a structure for connection to a waterproof connector; and
an air vent for communication of an outer space of the terminal cap with an inner space,
wherein a membrane member comprising multiple pores that block water molecules and allow passage of air molecules therethrough is placed in the air vent,
the air vent is on the top surface of the terminal cap,
a roof structure is formed above the air vent, the roof structure being formed integrally with the terminal cap,
the washer pump apparatus further comprises a noise filter on the top surface of the pump housing, the noise filter removing noise caused by an electrical current supplied to the motor,
the terminal cap accommodates the noise filter, and
a waterproof O-ring is between the pump housing and the terminal cap.

US Pat. No. 10,138,904

INLET PARTICLE SEPARATOR SYSTEM WITH HIGH CURVATURE HUB

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. An inlet particle separator system for a vehicle engine having an axis of symmetry about which components that comprise the vehicle engine rotate, the inlet particle separator system comprising:a hub section having a hub outer surface that diverges, relative to the axis of symmetry, to a hub apex;
a shroud section having a shroud inner surface that surrounds, and is spaced apart from, at least a portion of the hub section to define a main flow passageway between the hub outer surface and the shroud inner surface, the main flow passageway having an air inlet and a cross sectional flow area; and
a splitter disposed downstream of the air inlet and extending into the main flow passageway to divide the main flow passageway into a scavenge flow path and an engine flow path,
wherein:
the hub section and the shroud section are configured such that the cross sectional flow area of the main flow passageway decreases downstream of the air inlet to define a throat section,
the hub section, where the throat section is defined, protrudes in an upstream direction toward the air inlet to define a forward protruding section, and
the throat section is disposed upstream of the hub apex.

US Pat. No. 10,138,903

MULTI-BLADE FAN

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A multi-blade fan comprising:a support body rotatable about a rotary shaft; and
a plurality of blades secured to the support body such that an inter-blade pitch angle relative to the rotary shaft assumes a prescribed arrangement, the blades extending along an axial direction of the rotary shaft,
the plurality of blades being disposed such that, with respect to amplitude values of periodic functions at individual orders when the prescribed arrangement is expanded in a periodic Fourier series, a maximum amplitude value is less than 200% of a second-largest amplitude value,
the amplitude values being determined such that a first amplitude value having a certain order and belonging to amplitude values having an order except one is equal to or greater than a second amplitude value having a higher order than the order of the first amplitude value, the second amplitude value is equal to or greater than a third amplitude value having a higher order than the order of the second amplitude value, the third amplitude value is equal to or greater than a fourth amplitude value having a higher order than the order of the third amplitude value, and the fourth amplitude value is equal to or greater than a fifth amplitude value having a higher order than the order of the fourth amplitude value, with each (n+1)-order amplitude value being equal to or greater than each (n+2)-order amplitude value, wherein n represents an integer of 1 through 15.

US Pat. No. 10,138,902

FAN INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE COVER ELEMENT

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A fan for generating a gas flow for an air-conditioning system, comprising:a housing including a pressure chamber and a suction chamber, the pressure chamber and the suction chamber being open to each other via a connecting opening;
an impeller having a rotation axis and including an axial suction side arranged at the connecting opening and a radial pressure side arranged in the pressure chamber;
an inlet disposed in the housing for supplying the gas flow to the suction chamber, the inlet defining a flow cross-section radially delimited by an edge surrounding the inlet in a peripheral direction of the rotation axis;
an outlet disposed in the housing for discharging the gas flow from the pressure chamber;
a fan cut-off disposed on the housing between the pressure chamber and the outlet;
at least one cover element disposed in the inlet and axially spaced from the connecting opening, the at least one cover element extending radially inwards of the edge and transversely to a gas flow direction;
a support grid arranged in the inlet, wherein the support grid mounts the at least one cover element on a side opposite of the connecting opening;
wherein the at least one cover element is arranged locally in the flow cross-section radially offset from the rotation axis and covers part of the flow cross-section of the inlet; and
wherein the at least one cover element includes at least two cover elements arranged locally in the inlet and mounted on the support grid, wherein the at least two cover elements are disposed radially offset from the rotation axis and spaced apart from one another in the peripheral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,901

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING A FAN ARRAY WITH QUICK CONNECT AND MODULAR CONTROL

1. A fan array comprising:a frame including a plurality of frame members, the frame members joined to define a plurality of chambers;
a plurality of fan units, each fan unit configured to be positioned in one of the plurality of chambers, each fan unit having one motor;
a plurality of local motor controllers joined to corresponding motors, the local motor controllers configured to control operation of the corresponding fan units; and
a master controller configured to communicate with the local motor controllers, the master controller configured to provide the local motor controllers with target operating parameters for the corresponding fan units, wherein the local motor controllers calculate a target speed for the corresponding fan units based on the target operating parameters provided by the master controller.

US Pat. No. 10,138,900

GAS TURBINE COMPRISING A COMPRESSOR CASING WITH AN INLET OPENING FOR TEMPERING THE COMPRESSOR CASING AND USE OF THE GAS TURBINE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A gas turbine comprising at least one rotor assembly; andat least one compressor casing;whereinthe at least one compressor casing comprises at least one inner compressor casing chamber adapted for arranging the at least one rotor assembly and at least one outer compressor casing chamber adapted for tempering the at least one compressor casing;
the at least one inner compressor casing chamber and the at least one outer compressor casing chamber are separated from each other by a separating casing wall;
the at least one outer compressor casing chamber comprises at least one boundary casing wall;
the at least one boundary casing wall and the separating casing wall are oppositely spaced from each other such that the at least one outer compressor casing chamber is formed;
the at least one boundary casing wall comprises at least one inlet opening configured to inject a jet comprising inlet tempering gas into the at least one outer compressor casing chamber for tempering the at least one compressor casing such that a tangential material temperature variation of the at least one compressor casing is reduced in comparison to a non tempered compressor casing,
wherein the at least one inlet opening is configured to inject the jet along a trajectory comprising a circumferential component, and wherein a circumferential location of the at least one inlet opening and the trajectory are selected so the jet hits and cools a top of the separating casing wall, and
wherein the trajectory is selected to be tangential to the separating casing wall.

US Pat. No. 10,138,899

ELECTRIC PROPULSION ASSEMBLY FOR AN AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS SAS, Blagnac (FR)...

1. An electric propulsion assembly for an aircraft comprising:a nacelle comprising a nacelle cowl delimiting an internal volume to place an electric propulsion unit of the aircraft comprising a fan, an electric motor assembly connected to the electric propulsion unit to supply an electrical energy to the propulsion unit and a control system comprising a power electronics system, a space delimited between the motor assembly and the nacelle cowl defining a duct through which an air stream generated by the fan flows to supply the aircraft with a thrust;
the power electronics system comprises at least one heat exchanger to transfer a heat energy from the power electronics system to a working fluid to cool the power electronics system; and
said at least one exchanger is positioned to at least partially project inwardly from the nacelle cowl into the space delimited between the motor assembly and the nacelle cowl so that the working fluid consists of the air stream generated by the fan.

US Pat. No. 10,138,898

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR AND TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A centrifugal compressor that compresses a fluid utilizing a centrifugal force, comprising:a housing having a shroud thereinside;
a wheel rotatably provided in the housing;
a diffuser formed outside in a radial direction of an outlet side of the wheel in the housing;
a scroll that is formed on an outlet side of the diffuser in the housing, and communicates with the diffuser; and
a concave part in a boundary between a shroud-side wall surface of the diffuser and a wall surface of the scroll, the concave part including an inner surface depressed radially inward in a radial direction of the wheel and integrally formed with the shroud-side wall surface of the diffuser on a first side of the inner surface and with the wall surface of the scroll on a second side of the inner surface,
wherein a depression amount of the concave part is set to be 0.5 to 5.0 times of an opening width of the concave part.

US Pat. No. 10,138,897

BLADE AND BLADE DIHEDRAL ANGLE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A compressor blade, defined at each point of its surface by a sweep angle and a dihedral angle, comprising:a root,
a tip, a distance between the root and the tip, measured along a radial axis (R), perpendicular to an axis of rotation of the compressor, is referred to as a radial height (h),
a zone, between the root and the tip, of which a first portion has a strictly positive leading edge dihedral angle, and a second portion has a strictly negative leading edge dihedral angle,
the zone of maximum dihedral angle being, along said radial axis, between 0.25 of the radial height (h) to 0.7 of the radial height (h),
wherein the dihedral angle is strictly negative, and less than ?15°, at the tip of the blade, and wherein a difference between a maximum dihedral angle and a minimum dihedral angle is between 20° and 23°.

US Pat. No. 10,138,896

RECESSED MOTOR CEILING FAN

LAMPS PLUS, INC., Chatsw...

1. A ceiling fan assembly comprising:(A) a hub;
(B) a plurality of blades secured to said hub;
(C) a motor disposed a predetermined distance from said hub in a space between a ceiling and a roof of an enclosure where said fan is to be used;
(D) a hollow drive shaft connected between said motor and said hub for rotating said blades when said motor is activated;
(E) a stationary tube disposed internally of said hollow drive shaft extending from said motor and having a distal end positioned adjacent but not connected to said hub;
(F) a substrate having a plurality of LEDs mounted thereon coupled to said distal end of said tube and electrical wires extending through said tube to provide electrical energy to said LEDs from a source thereof; and
(G) a bar adapted to be secured between spaced apart beams disposed within said space as a part of the enclosure and a bracket secured to said motor and said bar for supporting said motor within said space above the ceiling of said enclosure in which said fan is to be utilized wherein said motor is disposed above said ceiling and said drive shaft and said hub are disposed below said ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,138,894

UMBRELLA WITH FAN

1. A fan, comprising:a housing adaptably mounted to an umbrella pole comprising:
an upper section having a plurality of vents;
a lower section; and,
a counterweight located within each of said upper and lower sections;
wherein said motor is supported within said upper housing;
wherein said upper section and said lower section are capable of being securely fastened together; and,
wherein a spindle extends outward from said lower section;
a motor supported within said housing, said motor driving a drive pulley;
said spindle extending out of said housing, capable of rotating motion relative to said umbrella pole;
an impeller, driven by said drive pulley with said motor, said impeller mounted to said spindle;
a pull cord adaptably and operably connected to a switch in electrical communication between a power source and said motor; and,
a compression sleeve comprising:
a sleeve body comprising:
a conductor channel configured to be a longitudinally oriented void along a portion of an interior of said sleeve body to permit passage of electrical conductors;
a first wire aperture located subjacent to said spindle;
a second wire aperture located superjacent to said spindle;
a wire box covering said first wire aperture; and,
a pull cord box secured to an outer face of said wire box;
wherein said pull cord is secured within said pull cord box;
a first compression ring and a first compression nut at a first end of said sleeve body; and,
a second compression ring and a second compression nut at a second end of said sleeve body;
wherein said sleeve body has an external threaded portion at said first and second ends permitting said fan to be secured to said umbrella pole passing through a cavity of said sleeve body and secured in place by said first and second compression ring and compression nuts being threadingly secured about said umbrella pole; and,
wherein said impeller is configured to rotate around said compression sleeve as said sleeve is fixed relative to said umbrella pole;
wherein said housing is removably attached to said compression sleeve; and,
wherein when said pull cord is activated, said motor drives said drive pulley thereby rotating said impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,138,893

SINGLE SUCTION CENTRIFUGAL BLOWER

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A single suction type centrifugal fan comprising:a casing including a scroll;
an impeller built in the casing; and
a motor fixed to the casing,
wherein the casing includes a side plate having a suction port, and a motor fixing side plate to which the motor is fixed so as to directly support the motor, the side plate and the motor fixing side plate being arranged in parallel,
wherein the impeller comprises:
a main plate fixed to a rotation shaft of the motor;
a plurality of blades fixed to the main plate; and
an auxiliary ring fixed to the plurality of blades,
wherein each of the plurality of blades being arranged parallel to the rotation shaft,
wherein a rectifying plate surrounding the rotation shaft in close proximity to the rotation shaft is provided between the motor fixing side plate and the main plate along a line parallel to the rotation shaft,
wherein the rectifying plate is formed of an inclined surface of which an area in a cross section orthogonal to the rotation shaft decreases toward the impeller,
wherein an entire body of the impeller is disposed at a side plate side of the rectifying plate,
wherein a first rectifying plate diameter at one side of the rectifying plate closer to the impeller is smaller than an impeller diameter of the impeller, and
wherein the motor fixing side plate is a flat plate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,892

ROTOR AND ROTOR SHAFT FOR MOLTEN METAL

Molten Metal Equipment In...

1. A rotor shaft having a first end that is received in a coupling and a second end connected to a rotor having a rotor cavity, the second end having at least one outwardly-extending projection that is received and retained in the rotor cavity in order to connect the second end to the rotor; wherein the rotor shaft has an annular outer surface and the at least one outwardly-extending projection extends outward at least ½? from the annular outer surface; the rotor further having a top surface with a rotor opening through which the second end of the rotor shaft passes into the rotor cavity, the rotor opening having at least one elongated section through which the at least one outwardly-extending projection passes, wherein the rotor cavity has a diameter and the rotor opening has a width, the width of the rotor opening being less than the diameter of the rotor cavity, and the rotor cavity including at least one abutment against which the at least one outwardly-extending projection is positioned when the second end of the rotor shaft is in the rotor cavity and the rotor and rotor shaft are rotated relative one another.

US Pat. No. 10,138,891

DOUBLE SUCTION PUMP WITH AGITATORS

Pemberton Patents LLC, G...

1. A submersible pump apparatus, comprising:a. a three-dimensional frame;
b. a pump housing having a discharge outlet and opposing inlet openings on opposite sides of the pump housing, wherein the pump housing is mounted within the frame;
c. an impeller mounted on a driveshaft and within the pump housing, wherein the impeller has outwardly extending blades for movement of a flowable material toward the discharge outlet, wherein the driveshaft is mounted within the frame and extends through the opposing inlet openings of the pump housing, and wherein the driveshaft is connected to a motor configured for rotating the driveshaft; and
d. an agitator attached to the driveshaft and configured to macerate the flowable material, wherein the agitator is positioned outside an exterior surface of the pump housing and is spaced from and exterior to an entrance to at least one of the inlet openings.

US Pat. No. 10,138,889

OIL-FREE SCREW COMPRESSOR

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe-s...

1. An oil-free screw compressor, comprising:a pair of male and female screw rotors intermeshing with each other in a rotor chamber of a casing,
bearings that support one of the screw rotors through a rotor shaft, and
shaft seal devices disposed in a shaft seal space of the casing formed between the rotor chamber and the bearings to seal the rotor shaft,
wherein
at least one of the shaft seal devices includes:
an oil seal;
a packing case disposed on a rotor chamber side opposite to the oil seal; and
a seal ring sealing a gas, and
an end of the packing case is a fit concave end and an end of the oil seal on the rotor chamber side is a fit convex end so that the end of the packing case and the end of the oil seal are fitted and fixed by interference fit to form a seal ring accommodation space, which accommodates the seal ring.

US Pat. No. 10,138,888

PLASTIC ROTOR FOR A VACUUM PUMP

Joma-Polytec GmbH, Bodel...

1. A rotor (10) for a vane cell pump with a base body (12) that is made of plastic and that rotates about an axis of rotation (14) during operation, wherein the base body (12) comprises a guiding section (16) for slidably receiving a pump vane and wherein the base body (12) is flanked in the direction of the axis of rotation (14) by a first bearing surface (24) and a second bearing surface (26), wherein the second bearing surface (26) comprises bearing sections (50) that are at a distance from one another and that lie on a circular path that is arranged concentrically to the axis of rotation (14), wherein the second bearing surface (26) comprises two circular arc sections (54) that are radially opposite each other, wherein each of the two circular arc sections (54) comprises one of the bearing sections (50) radially at an outside of the circular arc section (54), and wherein the second bearing surface (26) comprises between the circular arc sections (54) at least one bar section (60, 62), each bar section (60, 62) comprising another one of the bearing sections (50) at a free end of the bar section (60, 62).

US Pat. No. 10,138,887

SCROLL COMPRESSOR

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A scroll compressor, comprising:a fixed scroll;
a movable scroll provided on a lower end of the fixed scroll and engaged with the fixed scroll;
a crank shaft coupled to a back surface side of the movable scroll; and
a housing disposed under the movable scroll and rotatably supporting the crank shaft,
the movable scroll being movable due to rotations of the crank shaft while being pushed toward the fixed scroll due to a high pressure acting on the back surface side of the movable scroll,
an outer peripheral portion of a top surface of the housing having an accommodation portion formed therein, the accommodation portion being recessed and accommodating an Oldham coupling preventing rotations of the movable scroll around an axis thereof,
the housing having, in the top surface of the housing that is closer to an inner periphery of the housing than the accommodation portion,
an inner seal ring groove with an inner seal ring fitted therein, and
an outer seal ring groove with an outer seal ring fitted therein,
the inner and out seal rings having different outer diameters,
a space on the back surface side of the movable scroll defined by the inner seal ring and the outer seal ring serving as a back pressure chamber into which a high-pressure fluid is introduced to push the movable scroll against the fixed scroll,
an intermediate portion of the top surface of the housing connecting the inner seal ring groove and the outer seal ring groove being higher than an inner portion of the top surface of the housing that is closer to the inner periphery of the housing relative to the inner seal ring groove and an outer portion of the top surface that is closer to an outer periphery of the housing relative to the outer seal ring groove, and
the intermediate, portion of the top surface of the housing connecting the inner seal ring groove and the outer seal ring groove serving as a tilt limiting surface arranged and configured to contact the movable scroll when the movable scroll is tilted.

US Pat. No. 10,138,886

MICROFLUIDIC PUMP

1. A microfluidic pump, comprising;a generally cylindrical chamber;
transfer ports comprising an inlet port and an outlet port circumferentially positioned on the cylindrical chamber;
a magnet member fixedly attached outside the cylindrical chamber to generate a magnetic field within the cylindrical chamber;
a magnetic piston positioned within and in sliding communication with an inner wall of the cylindrical chamber;
a magnetic fluid contained within the cylindrical chamber that, in the presence of the magnetic field, self assembles to form a seal plug connecting the magnetic piston with the magnet member, wherein the seal plug separates the inlet port from the outlet port, wherein the seal plug rotates the magnetic piston along the inner wall of the cylindrical chamber for suctioning a working fluid through the inlet port and discharging the working fluid through the outlet port during one sweep of the magnetic piston from the inlet port to the outlet port; and
a valve member positioned at the outlet port configured to prevent backflow of the working fluid towards the inlet port after the magnetic piston rotates past the outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,138,885

EQUAL-WALLED GEROTOR PUMP FOR WELLBORE APPLICATIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

11. A method for pumping and compressing a fluid, the method comprising:flowing a fluid through a region between an inner surface of an outer rotor and an outer surface of an inner rotor positioned in the outer rotor,
wherein the inner rotor comprises an outer surface defining a plurality of teeth, the inner rotor configured to rotate about a first longitudinal gerotor pump axis,
wherein the inner surface of the outer rotor is configured to engage with the plurality of teeth and wherein the outer rotor is configured to rotate about a second longitudinal gerotor pump axis,
wherein the inner rotor and the outer rotor are positioned within a pump housing, wherein an outer surface of the outer rotor defines a plurality of gaps between the pump housing and the outer rotor,
wherein the fluid in the region is compressed in response to the inner rotor and the outer rotor rotating relative to each other about the first longitudinal gerotor pump axis and the second longitudinal gerotor pump axis, respectively; and
spraying, by a plurality of nozzles, a cooling fluid from the plurality of gaps to the region in which the fluid is being compressed through a wall between the outer surface of the outer rotor and the inner surface of the outer rotor, wherein the cooling fluid reduces a temperature increase resulting from compressing the fluid in the region.

US Pat. No. 10,138,884

NICKEL CORROSION BARRIER UNDER CHROME FOR SUCKER ROD PUMPS

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

12. A method of processing a rod pump, comprising:depositing a nickel layer on a barrel or a plunger of the rod pump;
depositing a chrome layer on the nickel layer; and
performing an activation operation prior to depositing the nickel layer.

US Pat. No. 10,138,883

AIR PUMP INCLUDING AIR RESERVOIR INCLUDING OUTLET PORT ADAPTED TO BE OPENED/CLOSED AUTOMATICALLY

1. An air pump comprising:a pumping system including a cylinder;
an air reservoir connected to the cylinder and including an inlet port for receiving air generated by the pumping system and an outlet port;
a discharge passage connected to the outlet port and extending axially, wherein the discharge passage includes a first section and a second section wider than the first section;
a valve being movable in the discharge passage between a first position and a second position, wherein the valve, disposed in the first position, includes a first seal end disposed in the first section and abutting a periphery thereof and includes a second seal end disposed in the second section and abutting a periphery thereof, wherein the valve, disposed in the second position, includes the first seal end disengaging from the first section and not abutting the periphery thereof and includes the second seal end disposed in the second section and abutting the periphery thereof, wherein the first seal end has a first cross-sectional area and the second seal end has a second cross-sectional area which is greater than the first cross-sectional area; and
a pusher movably retained in the air reservoir and being movable between a first position spaced from the valve and a second position abutting the valve, wherein the valve is disposed in the second position when the pusher is disposed in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,882

CONTROLLING A PUMP

Villicus, Inc., Norman, ...

1. A pump system configured to maintain a desired level of fluid in a tank by pumping fluid from the tank to compensate for fluid being added to the tank, the pump system comprising:a multiple stage pump having an inlet that is fluidly connected to an outlet of the tank;
a motor operably rotating the stages to pressurize the fluid in the pump, moving the pressurized fluid toward an outlet of the pump;
a motor controller operably indexing a transformation function that is stored in computer memory relating an instantaneous fluid flow rate to a corresponding preferred motor speed that optimizes the pump's performance, selectively varying the speed of the motor;
a flow control device fluidly connected to the pump outlet, so that substantially all of the pressurized fluid flows through the flow control device, and operably indexing a flow profile stored in computer memory relating the instantaneous fluid flow rate to a deviation from the desired level of fluid in the storage tank, selectively varying the instantaneous fluid flow rate of the pressurized fluid flowing from the pump outlet; and
a controller executing flow control logic adjusting the motor controller independently of adjusting the flow control device in response to a call from the flow profile for changing the instantaneous fluid flow rate that fluid is pumped out of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,138,881

FLUID PUMP WITH PULSE REDUCTION

Piranha Plastics, LLC, S...

1. A system comprising:a pump comprising:
a pump head including one or more recesses configured to receive one or more corresponding roller elements; and
a pump body including an input port, and output port, a first fluid channel, and a second fluid channel, wherein the first fluid channel is defined in part by first rigid walls of the pump body and the second fluid channel is defined in part by second rigid walls of the pump body, wherein the first and second fluid channels form concentric arcs such that the first fluid channel substantially encircles the second fluid channel, and wherein the respective rigid walls of the first and second fluid channels being substantially in the same plane of the pump body; and
a semi-rigid membrane positioned on at least a portion of the pump body to enclose the first rigid walls to form the first fluid channel and to enclose the second rigid walls to form the second fluid channel, and wherein the input port is formed by an aperture in the pump body perpendicular to a path of the first fluid channel and the output port is formed by an aperture in the pump body perpendicular to a path of the second fluid channel;
wherein the pump head is rotatably coupled to the pump body such that the one or more roller elements interface with the semi-rigid membrane such that during rotation the roller elements compress the semi-rigid membrane to push fluid trapped within the first fluid channel, the fluid bounded within a region formed by the first rigid walls of the pump body and the semi-rigid membrane, in the direction of rotation and wherein fluid pushed through the first fluid channel passes to the second fluid channel, and wherein fluid in the second fluid channel passes to the output port.

US Pat. No. 10,138,880

PERISTALTIC PUMP FOR INDUCTOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle inductor assembly comprising:an inductor within a housing mounted to a transmission case including a mount fixture;
a coolant channel disposed below the inductor having an inlet and outlet;
a vertically oriented first peristaltic pump located adjacent a first side of the housing and including a first channel in fluid communication with the inlet;
a vertically oriented second peristaltic pump located adjacent a second side of the housing and including a second channel in fluid communication with the outlet; and
a controller programmed to direct operation of the first peristaltic pump and the second peristaltic pump to adjust a flow rate of coolant through the channels,
wherein the mount fixture defines one of the first channel or the second channel therein, wherein the first channel or the second channel includes a wall with actionable particles, and wherein the mount fixture is arranged with one of the vertically oriented peristaltic pumps including an emitter such that activation of the emitter imparts a force upon the actionable particles to move the wall and adjust a cross-sectional area of the first channel or the second channel to influence a flow rate of coolant therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,138,879

HOUSING AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A cylindrical housing comprising:a bearing-member mounting portion which is provided at at least one position on an inner circumferential surface of the housing and on which a bearing member is mounted;
mounting legs provided at at least two vertical positions on an outer circumferential surface of the housing; and
chucking portions to be chucked by a chuck mechanism of a machining apparatus during machining, the chucking portions being provided on the outer circumferential surface of the housing at at least three positions in the circumferential direction, the at least three positions corresponding to a position where the bearing-member mounting portion is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,138,878

AIR COMPRESSOR

1. In an air compressor including a main frame for mounting a motor, and a cylinder fitted with a piston body, the motor capable of driving the piston body to conduct reciprocating motion to produce in the cylinder compressed air which can enter an air storage container via a plurality of exit holes defined at a top wall of the cylinder; wherein the improvements comprises: the top wall of the cylinder is provided with the plurality of exit holes having air blocking walls which isolate the exit holes from each other at a certain extent, and the exit holes are regulated by a control mechanism to be opened or closed, the control mechanism including a resilient sheet having a root and a plurality of branches extending from the root and corresponding to the exit holes, whereby when the compressed air produced in the cylinder pushes the branches of the resilient sheet up to open the exit holes, the instantaneous high-pressure air that flows through the exit holes can be restrained by the air blocking walls to prevent the air from interfering with movements of the branches of the resilient sheet, so that the piston body can conduct reciprocating motion more smoothly and thus the performance of the air compressor can be increased.

US Pat. No. 10,138,877

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTENSIFYING SLURRY PRESSURE

Vector Technologies LLC, ...

1. A pressure intensifier system comprising:a housing comprising a piston therein, said piston defining a first volume and a second volume within the housing;
a high pressure pump;
a low pressure manifold coupled to a drain line and a slurry tank the drain line is connected to a drain;
a plurality of valves selectively coupling the high pressure pump to the first volume or the second volume and selectively coupling the first volume to the low pressure manifold, said plurality of valves comprising a first state coupling the high pressure pump to the first volume and coupling the second volume to the low pressure manifold so that a first portion of fluid in the second volume is in communication with the slurry tank and a second portion of the fluid is in communication with the drain, said plurality of valves comprising a second state coupling the high pressure pump to the second volume and coupling the first volume to the low pressure manifold so that a first portion of fluid in the first volume is in communication with the slurry tank and a second portion of the fluid in first volume is in communication with the drain.

US Pat. No. 10,138,876

ACTUATOR AND ACTUATOR SET

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An actuator comprising:one or more first actuator fibers that are connected to a first plate and a second plate via first connection members;
one or more second actuator fibers that are connected to the first plate and the second plate via second connection members;
a locking unit that is provided at a fixed distance from the first plate; and
a controller configured to control temperature of the one or more first actuator fibers and temperature of the one or more second actuator fibers,
wherein each of the one or more first actuator fibers and the one or more second actuator fibers is wound spirally and stretches or contracts when temperature thereof is changed, and
wherein the controller is configured to lock the second plate to the locking unit by controlling a difference in temperature between the one or more first actuator fibers and the one or more second actuator fibers such that the second plate is positioned at a first angle that engages with the locking unit in response to a locking command and to unlock the second plate from the locking unit by controlling the difference in temperature between the one or more first actuator fibers and the one or more second actuator fibers such that the second plate is positioned at a second angle that disengages from the locking unit in response to an unlocking command.

US Pat. No. 10,138,875

GRAVITY FIELD ENERGY STORAGE AND RECOVERY SYSTEM

1. An energy storage device comprising:a first shaft with an input end and an output end configured to input rotational kinetic energy to be stored;
a main shaft with an input end and an output end;
a transmission operably connected to the output end of the first shaft and to the input end of the main shaft such that the transmission can change the rotation ratio between the first shaft and the main shaft;
a storage unit comprising an object to be displaced vertically such that potential energy of the object due to gravity can be increased;
a second shaft with an input end and an output end, the input end operably connected to the output end of main shaft;
a pulley wheel rigidly connected to the main shaft such that rotation of the main shaft will rotate the pulley wheel;
a cable, operably connected to the pulley wheel and the object such that the rotation of the pulley corresponds to the vertical motion of the object;
wherein the potential energy of the object is increased by one of (1) the input end of the first shaft operably connected to the power take-off shaft of a diesel tractor such that the diesel tractor can rotate the first shaft and (2) a heavy-lift helicopter operably connected to the object such that the heavy lift helicopter can lift and reset the object.

US Pat. No. 10,138,874

SYSTEM FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES

R.E.M. S.P.A. REVOLUTION ...

1. A system for energy production from renewable sources comprising a support structure comprising:a first pole and a second pole which are positioned vertically;
a first wind generator of vertical axis positioned on said first pole and a second wind generator of vertical axis positioned on said second pole;
said first pole and said second pole each comprising a connection element positioned at their summit;
said connection element comprising a lower portion to be fixed to said first pole and to said second pole;
said connection element comprising an intermediate portion and an upper portion;
a first seat for a first cable being positioned between said lower portion and said intermediate portion;
a second seat for a second cable being positioned between said intermediate portion and said upper portion;
said first cable and said second cable being substantially perpendicular;
the ends of said first cable and of said second cable being fixed to the ground by a first post and a second post fixed into the ground;
said first pole and said second pole being each anchored by a hinge to a third post fixed into the ground;
each of said first and second wind generators having a longitudinal through hole to enable mounting on said first pole and on said second pole;
each of said first and second wind generators comprising a lower first locking ring and an upper second locking ring, and a first bearing associated with said first ring and a second bearing associated with said second ring to enable said first and second wind generators to rotate,
each of said lower first locking ring and said upper second locking ring having an adjustable fixing for enabling mounting of said wind generators vertically to said first and second pole.

US Pat. No. 10,138,873

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WIND TURBINE NACELLE-POSITION RECALIBRATION AND WIND DIRECTION ESTIMATION

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A computer-implemented method for recalibrating nacelle-positions of a plurality of wind turbines in a land-based wind park, said method implemented by a nacelle calibration computing device including a processor and a memory device coupled to the processor and a computer program tangibly embodied in a non-transitory computer readable medium, said method comprising:identifying, using the nacelle calibration computing device, at least two associated wind turbines having similar physical orientations included within the land-based wind park, wherein each associated wind turbine includes location information;
determining, using the computer program of the nacelle calibration computing device, a plurality of predicted wake features for all wind turbines in the land-based wind park at multiple timepoints based at least partially on the location information of each associated wind turbine, wherein the predicted wake features are determined by identifying a generic wind speed as a baseline speed, and projecting a complete 360 degree of rotation of wind based on the baseline speed;
retrieving, using the nacelle calibration computing device, a plurality of historical performance data related to the associated wind turbines in the land-based wind park;
determining, using the nacelle calibration computing device, a plurality of current wake features for the associated wind turbines based in the land-based wind park at least partially on the plurality of historical performance data;
identifying, using the nacelle calibration computing device, a variance between the predicted wake features and the current wake features;
determining, using the nacelle calibration computing device, a recalibration factor for calibrating a nacelle-position of the at least one of the associated wind turbines in the land-based wind park based on the identified variance;
applying, using the nacelle calibration computing device, the recalibration factor to only the nacelle-position of at least one of the associated wind turbines in the land-based wind park to yield an adjusted nacelle-position;
controlling, using the nacelle calibration computing device, the at least one of the associated wind turbines in the land-based wind park based on the adjusted nacelle-position to minimize the identified variance between the predicted wake features and the current wake features; and
applying, using the nacelle calibration computing device, wind direction-dependent control scheme, wherein the control scheme orients the at least one of the associated wind turbines in alignment with the wind direction determined in real-time based on the adjusted nacelle position in order to generate optimal power.

US Pat. No. 10,138,872

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING GROUND BRUSH LIFTING

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for detecting lifting of a ground brush of a generator of an electrical power system connected to a power grid, the method comprising:monitoring, via at least one sensor, a voltage signal of a rotor shaft of the generator;
determining whether a lift component of the voltage signal of the rotor shaft is present by observing a predetermined frequency band of the voltage signal and analyzing a frequency spectrum within the predetermined frequency band,
wherein the lift component is present when an amplitude of a frequency component of the frequency spectrum is above a predetermined threshold, the lift component being present only when the ground brush is lifted, the predetermined frequency band corresponding to a frequency band of a switching circuit of a power converter of the electrical power system.

US Pat. No. 10,138,871

AIRFLOW GENERATION DEVICE AND WIND POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An airflow generation device, comprising:a main body having a base formed of a dielectric, a first electrode and a second electrode, the first electrode and the second electrode being provided inside the base, the main body being disposed on a rotary body;
a rotation speed detecting unit for detecting a rotation speed of the rotary body; and
a voltage application unit for generating an airflow by applying a voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode based on the rotation speed detected in the rotation speed detecting unit,
wherein the voltage application unit and the rotation speed detecting unit are disposed inside the rotary body.

US Pat. No. 10,138,870

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF PROVIDING FLUID FLOW FOR A ROTOR

Ramot at Tel-Aviv Univers...

1. A rotor, comprising:a plurality of blades; and
a plurality of fluid routing devices, each mechanically connected to one of said plurality of blades and comprises:
a continuous channel with an inlet having a tip, and facing the opposite direction of rotation of said plurality of blades and an outlet, said continuous channel conducts fluid passing via said inlet and said inlet being placed in a lateral edge of said one of said plurality of blades, and
a flow directing element mechanically connected to said outlet so as to direct said conducted fluid into a duct inside said one of said plurality of blades to adjust a fluid flow in or on said blade;
wherein the inlet of each one of the plurality of fluid routing devices having an adjustable portion that shifts its tip in direction of the plane of said one of said plurality of blades when fluid flows via said inlet tip so that a phase shift is formed in an angle, a, between a leading segment of said one of said plurality of blades and said inlet tip, said phase shift increases a stagnation pressure as compared to that prevailing at the leading segment of said lateral edge.

US Pat. No. 10,138,869

MICRO WIND CELL

Ajey Bahekar, Maharashtr...

1. A micro wind cell for generation of power, the micro wind cell comprising:a rotor comprising a plurality of rotor blades and a rotor through hole formed at the center of the rotor, wherein the rotor through hole is configured to receive a rotor pin, and wherein each rotor blade protrudes from a central block from an offset point away from the center of the central block and is exposed to wind force for enabling rotation of the rotor in order to generate power;
a circular cylindrical structure at the upper side and the lower side of the rotor running between the rotor blades to enable reinforcement in the plurality of blades;
an upper support and a lower support, wherein each of the upper support and the lower support further comprises a horizontal plate configured with a center through hole and a plurality of assembly through holes wherein the upper support and the lower support further comprises a vertical plate attached to the horizontal plate forming an L-shaped channel and wherein each assembly through hole is configured for the insertion of a spacer rod adapted to stabilize the wind cell and further level the height of the wind cell; and
a generator mount fastened to the upper support in order to mount a power generator adapted to generate the power based upon rotation of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,868

ROTOR BLADE TRAILING EDGE

Wobben Properties GmbH, ...

1. A method comprising:forming a rotor blade for a wind power installation, the rotor blade having radial positions with respect to an aerodynamic rotor when the rotor blade is attached to the aerodynamic rotor, the rotor blade having a local blade profile that is dependent on the radial positions with respect to the aerodynamic rotor and a trailing edge, the trailing edge including a jagged profile having a plurality of spikes, each spike having a spike height and a spike width, wherein at least one of the spike heights and spike widths are calculated as a function of at least one of a radial position of the respective spike and a local blade profile of a radial position of the respective spike, wherein calculating the spike height of a particular radial position is calculated from an associated coherence length scale ?p3, taking into account a constant factor c2, using the following formula, where H is spike height:
H=c2·?p3.

US Pat. No. 10,138,867

METHODS FOR ASSEMBLING ROTOR BLADES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for assembling a rotor blade, the method comprising:receiving a first portion of a rotor blade at an erection site, wherein the first portion is a root portion or a tip portion;
receiving a second portion of the rotor blade at the erection site;
aligning the first portion and the second portion at the erection site, the first portion and the second portion supported on a fixture system, the fixture system comprising a first cradle assembly supporting the first portion and a second cradle assembly supporting the second portion;
welding a spar cap of the first portion and a spar cap of the second portion together at the erection site, the spar cap of the first portion and the spar cap of the second portion each comprising a thermoplastic resin; and
connecting a blade segment of the first portion and a blade segment of the second portion together at the erection site, wherein at least one of the blade segment of the first portion or the blade segment of the second portion comprises a thermoset resin and a localized portion of a thermoplastic resin.

US Pat. No. 10,138,866

FLUID POWER GENERATION METHOD AND FLUID POWER GENERATION DEVICE

RIAMWIND Co., Ltd., Fuku...

1. A fluid power generation method employed in a fluid power generation device configured to perform electric power generation using a fluid action, wherein the fluid power generation device comprises a plurality of power generation mechanisms,wherein each of the power generation mechanisms comprises:
a casing configured to allow a fluid to pass through an interior thereof; and
a power generation unit arranged within the casing, and configured to generate electric power using the fluid action,
wherein the casing is configured to have a structure for generating vortexes in the vicinity of a fluid outlet,
wherein the plurality of casings are arranged so as to define a space between each adjacent pair thereof,
and wherein the fluid power generation method comprises:
generating, by means of each casing, the vortexes in the vicinity of the fluid outlet; and
controlling the vortex so as to provide an interaction effect between the vortexes thus generated in the vicinity of the fluid outlets of the plurality of casings arranged with the spaces as intervals between them.

US Pat. No. 10,138,865

METHOD FOR MOVING WIND TURBINE COMPONENTS AND TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR MOVING WIND TURBINE COMPONENTS

1. A method of removing a wind turbine component from a wind turbine having a tower with a door for closing off an opening through the tower, the method comprising:providing a transport system comprising a track having a first end and a second end, one or more support frames configured to support the track and a carriage configured to be movably coupled to the track;
assembling the transport system, including positioning the first end inside the tower and positioning the second end outside of the tower such that the track extends through the opening in the tower;
raising the wind turbine component off a section of a platform located within the tower and above the door;
moving at least a part of the section of the platform to allow the wind turbine component to pass the platform;
lowering the wind turbine component onto the carriage;
moving the carriage along the track from inside the tower to outside the tower such that the wind turbine component is completely positioned outside the tower; and
removing the wind turbine component from the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,138,864

WATER TURBINE WITH VARIABLE BUOYANCY

1. A floatable turbine comprising:a rotatable set of turbine blades operable to rotate about a common axis and communicatively coupled to an electrical generation system arranged to generate electricity as the turbine blades rotate;
a buoyancy control system arranged to controllably impart positive buoyancy to the floatable turbine;
a guidance means for guiding the floatable turbine along the common axis as it moves; and
one or more air jets, wherein air released from the one or more air jets will increase or decrease a rate of ascent of the turbine;
wherein the floatable turbine is suitable for submersion in water, and the turbine blades being arranged to rotate as the floatable turbine moves through the water.

US Pat. No. 10,138,863

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROTATING PART OF A HYDRAULIC MACHINE, ROTATING PART MANUFACTURED ACCORDING TO THIS METHOD, HYDRAULIC MACHINE AND ENERGY CONVERSION INSTALLATION

GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES...

3. A rotating part configured for a hydraulic machine of an installation for converting hydraulic energy into mechanical or electrical energy, the rotating part being configured for rotation about an axis of rotation when a flow of water passes through the rotating part, and comprising:blades distributed about an axis of rotation and extending from a leading edge to a trailing edge, wherein each blade of the rotating part includes:
a first part defining the leading edge; and
a second part formed by an extension which is attached to an attachment region of the first part and which defines the trailing edge of the blade,
wherein the extension has a cross section in the shape of a symmetric point,
wherein the extension is made of a material whose elastic limit is above that of steel, whose crack propagation tendency is lower than that of steel or whose modulus of elasticity is lower than that of steel, and
wherein each blade has an asymmetric cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,138,862

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IGNITION COIL CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:iteratively estimating an ignition coil temperature;
updating the iteratively estimated ignition coil temperature based on each and every one of heat transfer from an engine to an ignition coil, internal resistive heating of the ignition coil, and heat transfer from ambient to the ignition coil; and
charging the ignition coil for a dwell time determined based on the updated iteratively estimated ignition coil temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,138,861

IGNITION DEVICE

SOKEN, INC., Nishio (JP)...

1. An ignition device for an internal combustion engine, the ignition device comprising:an ignition coil having a primary coil and a secondary coil;
a spark plug connected to the secondary coil, energization and de-energization of the primary coil generating electromagnetic induction, the electromagnetic induction supplying energy to the spark plug to thereby generate spark discharge;
a first circuit operative to energize and de-energize the primary coil to cause the spark plug to start the spark discharge;
a second circuit operative to energize the primary coil from a negative side of the primary coil in a first direction to thereby maintain energization of the second coil in a second direction during the spark discharge started by the operation of the first circuit, the maintained energization continuously supplying energy to the spark plug, thus performing a continuation of the spark discharge,
the first direction being opposite to a direction of energization of the primary coil carried out by the first circuit,
the second direction being the same as a direction of energization of the second coil, the energization of the second coil having been started based on the operation of the first circuit;
a control section that controls the operation of the first circuit and an operation of the second circuit; and
a humidity detection unit that detects humidity of intake air taken into the internal combustion engine,
the control section being configured to control the first circuit to advance start timing of the spark discharge generated by the first circuit in accordance with an increase in the humidity of the intake air.

US Pat. No. 10,138,860

FIRING FRACTION TRANSITION CONTROL

Tula Technology, Inc., S...

1. A method of controlling the transition of an engine between different effective firing fractions, the method comprising:while the engine is operating at a first effective firing fraction using a first value for an operating parameter that affects working chamber air charge, determining a target value for the operating parameter that is different than the first value, and a target effective firing fraction selected to deliver a requested engine output;
transitioning from the first firing effective fraction to the target effective firing fraction;
during the transition, determining a feed forward adjusted effective firing fraction that at least partially compensates for engine dynamics that occur during the change from the initial value for the operating parameter to the target value for the operating parameter, wherein the feed forward adjusted effective firing fraction changes over the course of the transition;
during the transition, determining an effective firing fraction correction factor indicative of a difference between an actual engine output and the requested engine output, wherein the effective firing fraction correction factor potentially varies over the course of the transition;
determining a commanded effective firing fraction during the transition that combines the effective firing fraction correction factor with the feed forward adjusted effective firing fraction; and
directing dynamic firing level modulation operation of the engine utilizing the commanded effective firing fraction during the transition, whereby the commanded effective firing fraction changes over the course of the transition.

US Pat. No. 10,138,859

HEATER AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREFOR

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A control system for a heater of a vehicle for preheating vehicle components via fluid in a heat exchanger, the control system comprising a control unit configured, prior to starting of an engine of the vehicle:to receive a wake signal to commence heating;
to determine, prior to commencing heating of the fluid, a parameter value indicative of a flow capability of the fluid in dependence on data received from one or more sensors;
to select, prior to commencing heating of the fluid, a heating sequence from at least two heating profile sequences in dependence on the determined parameter value indicative of the flow capability of the fluid, the at least two heating profile sequences comprising a first heating profile sequence for use when the parameter value indicates that the flow capability of the fluid is above a predetermined threshold value and a second heating profile sequence for use when the parameter value indicates that the flow capability of the fluid is below a predetermined threshold value; and
to initiate the selected heating profile sequence of the heater to commence heating of the fluid,
wherein the control system is configured so that, in the second heating profile sequence the heater is operated such that heat is transferred to the fluid at a lower average rate for at least an initial period than when the heater is operated according to the first heating profile sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,138,858

ENGINE CONTROL METHOD AND VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An engine control method, comprising:determining an intention of a driver for acceleration during vehicle traveling;
stopping fuel supply to an engine when a determination is made that the driver does not have the intention for acceleration;
detecting a speed of the vehicle during inertial traveling, with fuel supply to the engine kept stopped;
permitting restart of the engine when a determination is made that the driver has the intention for acceleration after stopping the fuel supply to the engine;
prohibiting the restart of the engine until an engine rotational speed drops to or below a predetermined engine rotational speed threshold, even when the restart of the engine is permitted;
restarting the engine after the engine rotational speed drops to or below the predetermined engine rotational speed threshold; and
changing the predetermined engine rotational speed threshold depending on the detected vehicle speed,
wherein the predetermined engine rotational speed threshold increases with increase in the detected vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,857

ENGINE STARTER SYSTEM

MITSUBA CORPORATION, Gun...

1. An engine starter system for starting an engine using an SR motor, whereinthe SR motor includes a stator, which has a plurality of poles and coils wound around each of the poles, and a rotor, which is disposed in such a way as to share an axis with the stator;
the rotor is connected to a crank shaft of the engine and rotates in sync with the crank shaft;
the rotor and the crank shaft are connected together in such a way that when a piston of the engine is at a top dead center or slightly beyond the top dead center, a predetermined pole faces a predetermined location of the rotor,
the coils are phase coils of multiple phases through which currents of different phases are supplied; and
when the engine is stopped, electricity is supplied to only one phase of the phase coils so that the predetermined salient pole is stopped facing the predetermined pole, thereby letting the piston stop at a top dead center or slightly beyond the top dead center.

US Pat. No. 10,138,856

ALIGNMENT ELEMENT FOR AN INJECTOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An alignment element for an injector, comprising:a collar extending in an axial direction of the alignment element;
a base area radially adjoining the collar;
an edge area radially adjoining the base area;
a central through opening delimited by the collar;
at least one first slot oriented in a radial direction and extending radially outwardly from the through opening, wherein the slot has a continuous design in the axial direction; and
a tongue adjoining the edge area and protruding into the at least one first slot,
wherein the tongue is bent from the edge area toward the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,855

DUCTED FUEL INJECTION WITH IGNITION ASSIST

1. A fuel injection system, comprising:a fuel injector comprising a first plurality of openings, wherein a fuel is injected through the openings into a combustion chamber of an engine;
a plurality of ducts located in the combustion chamber, each duct formed from a hollow tube, wherein each duct is aligned with a respective opening in the openings such that the fuel exiting the openings of the fuel injector is injected through the hollow tubes and into the combustion chamber, wherein passage of the fuel through the hollow tubes causes charge-gas present in the combustion chamber to be drawn into the hollow tubes, thereby mixing the injected fuel with the charge-gas; and
an ignition assist component located at a discharge end of a duct in the ducts, wherein the ignition assist component is configured to ignite the fuel exiting the duct.

US Pat. No. 10,138,853

WATER DISCHARGE SYSTEM AND METHOD

Cummins Filtration IP, In...

11. A method of discharging separated water from a fuel filtration system comprising:separating, through a filter media of the fuel filtration system, water from a fuel-water mixture;
draining, through a drain of a fuel filter housing of the fuel filtration system, the separated water to a fuel-water valve;
discharging, through the fuel-water valve and via a conduit connecting the fuel filtration system to an after-treatment device in fluid communication with the fuel filtration system, the separated water to the after-treatment device;
discharging, through the fuel-water valve and via the conduit, fuel to the after-treatment device; and
discharging, through an air valve and via the conduit, air to the after-treatment device.

US Pat. No. 10,138,852

AIR FILTER ELEMENT

1. A filter element comprising:a filter body of a filter medium, the filter body having a longitudinal axis and a concentric shape relative to the longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axis defining an axial direction,
the filter body having a first axial end face and an opposing second axial end face;
a first open or closed end disk arranged at and secured onto the first end face;
a second end disk arranged at the second end face;
a support tube arranged concentric to the longitudinal axis and extending between the first and second end disks;
wherein at respective one of the first and second end disks includes
one or several support knobs of an elastic material, the one or several support knobs arranged in a circular arrangement on a respective one of the first or second end disks, projecting axially outwardly from the respective end disk,
wherein the one or several support knobs are configured and adapted for directly engaging and bending against a sloped or a truncated conical surface of a housing into which the filter element is installable;
wherein the one or several support knobs are configured to deflect or fold in a first radial direction inwardly or outwardly towards a first radial side of the one or several support knobs, the deflection or folding of the one or several support knobs generating an axial force onto the respective end disk, the axial force applying a compressive force to the filter element to axially and radially clamp and hold the filter element in position in the housing;
wherein the respective end disk having the one or several support knobs, further has a relief groove or depression formed into the respective end disk at the first radial side of the one or several support knobs, the relief groove or depression facilitating deflection or folding of the one or several support knobs in the first radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,851

AUTOMOBILE AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM

Gale C. Banks, III, Azus...

1. An automobile air filtration system, comprising:an air filter assembly, comprising:
filter media having a first end and a second end; and
a base member coupled to the second end of the filter media, the base member comprising a locating member having a first width; and
an air intake housing configured to house the air filter assembly, the air intake housing comprising:
at least one sidewall defining an interior chamber;
an inlet opening defined in the at least one sidewall;
an outlet opening defined in the at least one sidewall;
an outlet passageway defined by a portion of the at least one sidewall, the outlet passageway extending to the outlet opening along an outlet axis; and
a slip region defined in the portion of the at least one sidewall defining the outlet passageway, the slip region having a second width greater than the first width of the locating member of the air filter assembly,
wherein, when the air filter assembly is received in the interior chamber of the air intake housing, the locating member of the air filter assembly is movably received in the slip region of the air intake housing along the outlet axis.

US Pat. No. 10,138,850

INTEGRATED FUEL AND COOLING CIRCUIT FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERIN...

1. A cooling system for an internal combustion engine, the cooling system comprising:an engine block at least partially defining a combustion chamber and a cooling passage, the cooling passage extending through the engine block;
a compression device received in the engine block to partially define the combustion chamber, the compression device being movable within and relative to the engine block;
a cooling circuit in fluid communication with the cooling passage;
a first pump in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and configured to circulate a fuel through the cooling circuit and the cooling passage; and
a fuel delivery device in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and configured to deliver the fuel to the combustion chamber, wherein the fuel delivery device is fluidly coupled to the cooling circuit at a location downstream of the cooling passage and upstream of the first pump.

US Pat. No. 10,138,849

EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd...

1. A method of controlling an internal combustion diesel engine, wherein the internal combustion engine comprises a suction line which is connected to the engine to supply suctioned air, an exhaust line which is connected to the engine to collect exhaust gas from the engine, a post-processing unit which is disposed in the exhaust line to reduce hazardous substances contained in the exhaust gas, a circulation line which fluidly connects the suction line with downstream of the post-processing unit, which guides a first part of the exhaust gas to the suction line, a bypass line which branches off from an upstream side of the circulation line, and merges with a downstream side of the circulation line, and an ammonia oxidation catalyst device located on the bypass line, comprising:supplying suctioned air in the suction line;
collecting exhaust gas from the engine in the exhaust line;
supplying the first part of the exhaust gas from downstream of the post-processing unit into the circulation line;
guiding a second part of the exhaust gas to the suction line with the bypass line; and
guiding the exhaust gas to the suction line through an ammonia oxidation catalyst device on the bypass line.

US Pat. No. 10,138,848

CANISTER

FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO., LT...

1. A canister comprising:a first chamber that houses an adsorbent;
a second chamber that houses an adsorbent;
an adsorber having a honeycomb shape that adsorbs evaporated fuel;
a third chamber that houses the adsorber; and
an auxiliary chamber that is located in a flow path that reaches to the third chamber from the second chamber and is partitioned from the second chamber by a communicating wall and from the third chamber by a partition wall;
wherein the canister comprises:
an outer passage, provided in the third chamber, that passes over an outer surface of the adsorber; and
a flow passage that sequentially passes through the outer passage and the adsorber as a flow passage for the evaporated fuel to pass through the third chamber; and
wherein the outer passage comprises a narrowing portion in which a flow passage area is gradually reduced from upstream toward downstream of a flow of the evaporated fuel.

US Pat. No. 10,138,847

EVAPORATED FUEL PROCESSING DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. An evaporated fuel processing device comprising:an evaporated fuel passage connecting a fuel tank and a canister;
a purge passage connecting the canister and an intake passage of an internal combustion engine;
a first purge control valve disposed in the purge passage, and arranged to open and close the purge passage;
a tank open passage connecting a position on an upstream side of the first purge control valve in the purge passage, and the tank; and
a second purge control valve disposed in the tank open passage, and arranged to open and close the tank open passage, the device configured such that when the fuel tank reaches a negative pressure, with a blocking valve being closed, the second purge control valve is opened to introduce an atmospheric pressure through the canister to the fuel tank.

US Pat. No. 10,138,846

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS SYSTEM AND FUEL SYSTEM HAVING A SINGLE DELTA PRESSURE SENSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:differentiating degradation between each of a sealed fuel tank, an evaporative emissions system, and a fuel tank isolation valve (FTIV) based on a differential pressure measured by a delta pressure sensor coupled across the FTIV, the FTIV positioned between the sealed fuel tank and the evaporative emissions system.

US Pat. No. 10,138,845

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMBUSTING VOLATILE VAPORS

ProAct Services Corporati...

1. A remediation system for combusting volatile vapors, the system comprising:an internal combustion engine comprising a rotatable crankshaft;
a carburetor operably coupled to the engine, the carburetor having a first intake valve receiving base fuel from a primary fuel source, a second intake valve receiving external air from an external air source, and a third intake valve receiving volatile vapors from a vapor source, the carburetor configured to combine the base fuel, external air, and volatile vapors fuel to form a combustion mixture and discharge the mixture to the engine;
an electromagnetic braking device operably coupled to the crankshaft of the engine, the braking device changeable in state between an activated state and a deactivated state, the braking device configured to apply an adjustable braking load on the engine crankshaft when in the activated state for increasing combustion of volatile vapors from the vapor source; and
a programmable controller operably coupled to the braking device, the controller configured to:
receive real-time engine operating data measured during operation of the engine by a plurality of sensors communicably coupled to the controller;
compare the real-time engine operating data against baseline engine operating parameters pre-programmed into the controller; and
automatically activate the braking device to apply the braking load to the engine based on the real-time engine operating data meeting the baseline engine operating parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,138,843

DRAG LINK ASSEMBLY FOR A THRUST REVERSER

ROHR, INC., Chula Vista,...

1. A thrust reverser operable within a flowpath defined in-part by a surface carried by a fixed structure, the thrust reverser comprising:a translating sleeve constructed and arranged to move between first and second positions with respect to the surface;
a blocker door pivotally engaged to the translating sleeve for pivotal movement between a first state and a second state; and
a drag link assembly including a base joint, a mid joint, a distal joint, a base link extending between the base and mid joints, and a drag link extending between the mid and distal joints, and wherein the base joint operably connects the base link to the fixed structure, the mid joint operably connects the base link to the drag link, and the distal joint operably connects the drag link to the blocker door, wherein the base joint and the mid joint are disposed beneath the surface when the blocker door is in the first state, wherein the mid joint is spaced outward from the surface when the blocker door is in the second state, and wherein the base, mid, and distal joints are pivotal joints.

US Pat. No. 10,138,841

CAM COVER ASSEMBLY CAP PLUG FOR FLEXIBLE USE OF CYLINDER HEAD ACCESSORY DRIVE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cam cover assembly cap plug comprising:a body having a front, a back, an arched top, and an underside;
a pair of spaced apart arms extending from said back of said body, said arms being connected by a reinforcing bridge; and
a fastener extending from each of said arms,
wherein at least one of said front and said back includes a recessed area.

US Pat. No. 10,138,840

PTWA COATING ON PISTONS AND/OR CYLINDER HEADS AND/OR CYLINDER BORES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:using a masking template, selectively masking a surface portion of a combustion chamber roof of a cylinder head of an internal combustion engine cylinder to obtain a masked portion and an exposed portion that includes a bridge surface; and
applying a plasma transferred wire arc (PTWA) material to the exposed portion to obtain a selective PTWA coating; and
roughening the cylinder head to about a 60 ?m peak-to-valley depth.

US Pat. No. 10,138,839

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system for an internal combustion engine comprising:an in-passage fuel injection valve configured to inject fuel into an intake passage of the internal combustion engine;
an in-cylinder fuel injection valve configured to inject fuel into a cylinder of said internal combustion engine;
an EGR device that has an EGR passage connecting between an exhaust passage and the intake passage of said internal combustion engine, and an EGR valve for opening and closing the EGR passage; and
a controller configured to carry out at least one of first control and second control, in cases where said internal combustion engine is in a predetermined operating state in which said EGR valve is caused to be fully closed when a rotation speed of said internal combustion engine is equal to or less than a predetermined rotation speed and when a load of said internal combustion engine is equal to or less than a predetermined load, said first control being that an amount of fuel to be injected from said in-passage fuel injection valve is made smaller, and an amount of fuel to be injected from said in-cylinder fuel injection valve is made larger, in the case where there is an abnormality in which said EGR valve is not fully closed, than in the case where there is no said abnormality, and said second control being that a pressure of fuel to be injected from said in-cylinder fuel injection valve is made higher, in the case where there is an abnormality in which said EGR valve is not fully closed, than in the case where there is no said abnormality.

US Pat. No. 10,138,838

ENGINE TORQUE ESTIMATION SYSTEM, AND ENGINE TORQUE ESTIMATION METHOD

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An engine torque estimation system comprising:an engine torque estimation device including a memory
and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to derive an estimated value of an engine torque; and
an engine control device coupled to the engine torque estimation device and an engine,
wherein the engine torque estimation device is configured to:
acquire a measured value of a crank angle that is a rotation angle of a crank shaft of the engine,
derive, based on the measured value of the crank angle, a calculated value of a crank angle speed,
derive the estimated value of the engine torque, based on a non-linear Kalman filter using a first estimation error that is a difference between the calculated value of the crank angle speed and an estimated value of the crank angle speed, and
output the estimated value of the engine torque to the engine control device,
wherein the engine control device is configured to control the engine based on a difference between the estimated value of the engine torque and a requested driving torque.

US Pat. No. 10,138,837

AIR FUEL RATIO CONTROL FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE THAT CAN BE OPERATED WITH FUELS AT DIFFERENT PROPERTIES

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control system for an internal combustion engine which uses fuel having a possibility that a property may change every time being charged, the control system for the internal combustion engine comprising:a controller, comprising at least one processor, configured to:
perform air-fuel ratio feedback control for determining a fuel injection amount so that an air-fuel ratio approaches a target air-fuel ratio, in which a first correction value is determined depending on a difference between a detected air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture com busted in the internal combustion engine and the target air-fuel ratio, and the fuel injection amount is determined using the first correction value and a second correction value; and
when an absolute value of the first correction value in the air-fuel ratio feedback control becomes larger than a predetermined threshold value after fuel is charged, perform fuel property learning control for correcting the second correction value so that the absolute value of the first correction value becomes not more than the predetermined threshold value; and
a storage storing a fuel property learning correction value range as such a range of the second correction value that allows an air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture to be included in an air-fuel ratio range in which combustion can be continued in the internal combustion engine;
wherein the controller is further configured to:
interrupt the air-fuel ratio feedback control and the fuel property learning control after the fuel property learning control is started; and
when the air-fuel ratio feedback control and the fuel property learning control are interrupted, perform setting such that the second correction value, which is to be used when the air-fuel ratio feedback control and the fuel property learning control are restarted, is within the fuel property learning correction value range stored in the storage.

US Pat. No. 10,138,835

VEHICLE HAVING A POWERTRAIN CONTROL UNIT THAT REDUCES EXHAUST STREAM NOX PURSUANT TO DUTY CYCLE INFORMATION

1. A vehicle comprising:a diesel engine;
an aftertreatment system comprising a particulate filter, the aftertreatment system coupled to the engine and configured to reduce an amount of one or more pollutants in an exhaust stream from the engine; and
a powertrain control unit configured to control the engine, the powertrain control unit comprising a processor and a computer readable non-transitory storage medium having embodied thereon a program executable by the processor to perform a method comprising:
receiving duty cycle information;
receiving a demand for output to be provided by the engine;
identifying a first operating condition that is expected to fulfill the demand, the first operating condition having a first expected emissions profile in the exhaust stream from the aftertreatment system coupled to the engine during operation according to the first operating condition, the first emissions profile including:
a first amount of NOx, and
a first amount of a second pollutant;
using the duty cycle information to identify a second operating condition that is expected to fulfill the demand, the second operating condition having a second emissions profile in the exhaust stream from the aftertreatment system coupled to the engine during operation according to the second operating condition, the second emissions profile including:
a reduced amount of NOx that is less than the first amount of NOx, and
a second amount of the second pollutant; and
controlling the engine to fulfill the demand according to the second operating condition.

US Pat. No. 10,138,834

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE QUANTITY OF PARTICULATE ACCUMULATED IN THE PARTICULATE FILTER OF A DIESEL ENGINE

Fiat Group Automobiles S....

1. A diesel engine system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a particulate filter interposed in an exhaust line of an engine, and an electronic control unit controlling fuel injectors which are associated with cylinders of the engine, said electronic control unit being programmed for activating, when an estimated amount of particulate accumulated in said particulate filter exceeds a threshold value, a control mode of the injectors in which a regeneration of the particulate filter is obtained through an increase of a temperature of exhaust gases fed to the particulate filter which is sufficient to burn the particulate within the particulate filter,
wherein the electronic control unit is configured for applying a statistical model, which estimates an amount per time unit of particulate accumulated within the particulate filter, on the basis of operating conditions of the engine and of the vehicle, and
wherein said system comprises a sensor configured to detect an exit temperature of the exhaust gases at an exit from the particulate filter and in that said electronic control unit is configured to correct said estimated amount of the accumulation of particulate after each particulate filter regeneration, on a basis of a comparison between an actual variation of said exit temperature detected by said sensor during regeneration and a reference variation of an exit temperature stored in said electronic control unit and previously detected empirically during a regeneration with said particulate filter being empty such that the particulate filter is without particulate accumulated therewithin, wherein said correction of said estimated amount of the accumulation of particulate after each particulate filter regeneration is based on a direct comparison of said exit temperature detected and said exit temperature stored.

US Pat. No. 10,138,833

DIESEL ENGINE COLD STARTING SYSTEM AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A diesel engine starting method, comprising:responsive to an engine start request, adjusting a supercharger having multiple drive ratios to a highest drive ratio, cranking an engine, and injecting fuel to the engine during cranking, where injecting fuel during engine cranking includes injecting an amount of fuel into engine cylinders during an engine cycle that provides for a greater percentage of the injected fuel participating in a first phase of two phase diesel fuel combustion than a percentage of the injected fuel participating in a second phase of the two phase diesel fuel combustion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,832

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ENGINE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An engine control apparatus, comprising:an engine;
an accelerator pedal position sensor configured to measure a position of an accelerator pedal in response to an operation of the accelerator pedal;
a memory configured to store a map data;
a vehicle controller configured to calculate a driver demand torque based on the position of the accelerator pedal, to determine a current engine torque based on the map data, to verify whether the driver demand torque is equal to or greater than the current engine torque when the position of the accelerator pedal is deviated from a reference position while the engine is operated in a part load mode and to determine a transition of an engine mode of the engine to a full load mode; and
an engine controller configured to transition the engine mode to the full load mode from the part load mode in response to a control signal from the vehicle controller,
wherein the engine controller detects a throttle valve opening using a sensor and provides the detected throttle valve opening to the vehicle controller, and
wherein the vehicle controller determines whether the engine is operated in the part load mode based on the detected throttle valve opening.

US Pat. No. 10,138,831

CONTROLLER AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A controller for an internal combustion engine that is provided with an intake path and an exhaust path, a throttle valve for opening and closing the intake path, an EGR path for recirculating exhaust gas from the exhaust path to an intake manifold which is a part of the intake path at the downstream side of the throttle valve, and an EGR valve for opening and closing the EGR path, the controller for the internal combustion engine comprising:a driving condition detector that detects an inner-manifold oxygen concentration which is an oxygen concentration of gas in the intake manifold, an intake air flow rate which is a flow rate of intake air taken into in the intake path, and an opening degree of the EGR valve;
an oxygen concentration detecting EGR rate calculator that calculates an oxygen concentration detecting EGR rate, which is a ratio of a recirculation exhaust gas which is the exhaust gas recirculated into the intake manifold, to the intake air, based on the inner-manifold oxygen concentration;
an opening area learning value calculator that calculates an oxygen concentration detecting recirculation flow rate which is a flow rate of the recirculation exhaust gas based on the oxygen concentration detecting EGR rate and the intake air flow rate, calculates an oxygen concentration detecting opening area which is an opening area of the EGR valve which realizes the oxygen concentration detecting recirculation flow rate, and calculates a learning value of the opening area of the EGR valve based on the oxygen concentration detecting opening area; and
a recirculation exhaust gas calculator for control that calculates a learned opening area of the EGR valve corresponding to the present opening degree of the EGR valve using the learning value of the opening area, and calculates a flow rate of the recirculation exhaust gas for control used for controlling the internal combustion engine based on the learned opening area.