US Pat. No. 10,168,087

REFRIGERANT CHARGE MANAGEMENT IN AN INTEGRATED HEAT PUMP

UT-Battelle, LLC, Oak Ri...

7. A heat pump comprising:a compressor operable to compress a refrigerant;
a water heat exchanger operable to receive the refrigerant from the compressor for heating a supply of water;
an indoor line including an indoor expansion valve to receive the refrigerant in liquid form from the water heat exchanger and an indoor heat exchanger to receive the refrigerant in liquid form from the indoor expansion valve and output the refrigerant in gas form to the compressor;
an outdoor line including an outdoor expansion valve to receive the refrigerant in liquid form from the water heat exchanger and an outdoor heat exchanger to receive the refrigerant in liquid form from the outdoor expansion valve and output the refrigerant in gas form to the compressor;
a reversing valve and a charge adjustment valve in fluid communication with the indoor line and the outdoor line;
wherein the reversing valve is operable to selectively couple the indoor line or the outdoor line to the compressor as an active line, the other of the indoor line or the outdoor line being an idle line; and
wherein the charge adjustment valve is operable to selectively couple the idle line to the active line to manage the refrigerant in the active line, the charge adjustment valve being coupled along an auxiliary line between an output of the outdoor heat exchanger and an input of the compressor when the outdoor line is the idle line, the charge adjustment valve being coupled along the auxiliary line between an output of the indoor heat exchanger and the input of the compressor when the indoor line is the idle line, such that the refrigerant in gas form from the idle line is provided through the auxiliary line to the input of the compressor in response to a level of refrigerant moving through the active line being below a threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,168,086

TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH PROGRAMMABLE ORIT VALVE

1. A temperature control system employing a two-phase refrigerant and a compressor/condenser loop having an input and output for circulating the two-phase refrigerant at a controllable temperature to and from a load evaporator having input and output terminals and a known thermal capacity, the temperature control system including a subsidiary flow circuit for enhancing the performance of the system, comprising:a subsidiary heat exchanger coupled between the flow from the output of the compressor/condenser loop to the load evaporator input, said subsidiary heat exchanger having a first flow path including an input receiving flow from the compressor/condenser loop and an output therefrom coupled to the evaporator input, the subsidiary heat exchanger also including a second flow path in parallel thermal exchange relation along the length of the first flow path, and an output from the subsidiary heat exchanger coupled to the compressor input,
the system further includes an open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve disposed in the first flow path between the subsidiary heat exchanger and the input to the load evaporator, a fluid sensing device at the exit from the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve for sensing flow through the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve, a capacitor for collecting condensed fluid upstream of the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve,
the system further includes a pressure valve between the load and the compressor, where the pressure valve is in parallel with a solenoid, and the pressure valve opens at a pressure greater than a pressure drop across the solenoid at a maximum flow through the solenoid;
wherein the two-phase refrigerant condenses within the load until the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve simultaneously allows the two-phase refrigerant flow through the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve and regulates a temperature of the two-phase refrigerant in the two-phase refrigerant's two phase state ahead of the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve, and wherein a flow through the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve occurs only after a pressure and temperature upstream of the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve reaches a final temperature and pressure; and
wherein the system is configured to operate in a ramp-up mode where the load evaporator is ramped up in temperature, a regulation during processing mode where the system operates as a transfer direct of saturated fluids system with control of temperature being provided by the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve, and a ramp-down mode where the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve is adjusted to provide a lower temperature of the two-phase refrigerant,
wherein the fluid sensing device prevents a valve from opening when the system is operating in the regulation during processing mode, wherein the valve, when opened, allows a flow from the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve to the compressor,
wherein the system is further configured to operate in a stand-by mode,
wherein, during operation in the ramp-up mode, the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve is configured to open linearly between a first pressure of the two-phase refrigerant at a first temperature and a second pressure of the two-phase refrigerant at a second temperature so as to allow liquid refrigerant to enter the capacitor based on the linear opening of the open-on-rise-of-inlet-temperature valve.

US Pat. No. 10,168,085

CONDENSER HAVING A REFRIGERANT RESERVOIR ASSEMBLY CONTAINING A DESICCANT BAG

MAHLE International GmbH,...

1. A condenser having a receiver for use in an air conditioning system, comprising:a plurality of refrigerant tubes;
a header in hydraulic communication with said plurality of refrigerant tubes, wherein said header includes a header partition separating said header into a first header chamber and a second header chamber; and
a receiver housing hydraulically connected to said header, wherein said receiver housing includes a refrigerant conduit extending vertically along the receiver housing having a receiver partition separating said receiver housing into a first receiver chamber and a second receiver chamber, a first port for directing refrigerant from said first header chamber to said first receiver chamber, a second port for directing refrigerant from said second receiver chamber to said second header chamber, and a desiccant bag contained within said first chamber of said receiver, wherein the refrigerant conduit is disposed closer to the second port than to a wall of the receiver housing opposite the second port,
wherein said desiccant bag includes a spine extending along an axis in the direction of said refrigerant conduit, thereby dividing said desiccant bag into two desiccant compartments, wherein the second port is located on a first radial side of the spine and the refrigerant conduit is disposed on a second radial side of the spine opposite the first radial side, wherein the desiccant bag surrounds the refrigerant conduit, with the spine surrounding a first partial circumference of the refrigerant conduit proximate the second port and each of the two desiccant compartments surrounding a respective further partial circumference of the refrigerant conduit adjacent to the first partial circumference and remote from the second port, the refrigerant conduit extending along the spine and beyond the spine, above and below the spine;
wherein said spine is configured to cooperate with said two desiccant compartments to maintain said refrigerant conduit in a predetermined position within said receiver housing.

US Pat. No. 10,168,084

REFRIGERANT EVAPORATOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A refrigerant evaporator for performing heat exchange between fluid to be cooled flowing through an outside and refrigerant, comprising:a first evaporating portion and a second evaporating portion arranged in series to a flow direction of the fluid to be cooled, wherein
the first evaporating portion and the second evaporating portion each respectively including:
a core part for heat exchange formed by stacking a plurality of tubes in which a refrigerant flows; and
a pair of tank parts which are connected with both ends of the plurality of tubes, and perform collecting and distribution of the refrigerant flowing through the plurality of tubes, and wherein
the core part in the first evaporating portion has a first core part configured by a group of some tubes among the plurality of tubes of the first evaporating portion core part, and a second core part configured by a group of remaining tubes of the first evaporating portion core part, and wherein
the core part in the second evaporating portion has a third core part configured by a group of tubes of the second evaporating portion core part opposing at least a part of the first core part in flow direction of the fluid to be cooled, and a fourth core part configured by a group of remaining tubes of the second evaporating portion core part opposing at least a part of the second core part in a flow direction of the fluid to be cooled, and wherein
one tank part among the pair of tank parts in the first evaporating portion is configured to include a first collecting part which collects the refrigerant from the first core part, and a second collecting part which collects the refrigerant from the second core part, and wherein
one tank part among the pair of tank parts in the second evaporating portion is configured to include a first distribution part which distributes the refrigerant to the third core part, and a second distribution part which distributes the refrigerant to the fourth core part, and wherein
the first evaporating portion and the second evaporating portion are connected through a refrigerant inter change part having a first communicating portion which leads the refrigerant in the first collecting part to the second distribution part and a second communicating portion which leads the refrigerant in the second collecting part to the first distribution part, and wherein
the first distribution part is connected with the second communicating portion and is disposed with a refrigerant inlet which makes the refrigerant from the second collecting part flow into the first distribution part, and wherein
the second collecting part is connected with the second communicating portion and is disposed with a refrigerant outlet which makes the refrigerant in the second collecting part flow out to the first distribution part, and wherein
the refrigerant outlet and the refrigerant inlet are formed in different numbers, and wherein
the refrigerant inlet is disposed as a plurality of inlets, and wherein
all of the refrigerant inlets are arranged on one side to a center line in a stacking direction of the tubes in the first distribution part, and further comprising:
a flow amount adjustor disposed on the other side to the center line in the first distribution part, which adjusts a refrigerant amount flowing through the inside of the first distribution part.

US Pat. No. 10,168,083

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM AND HEAT EXCHANGER THEREOF

Hangzhou Sanhua Research ...

1. A refrigeration system, comprising a compressor, a micro-channel condenser, a micro-channel evaporator and at least one throttling device which are connected by pipelines, each of the micro-channel condenser and the micro-channel evaporator comprising an inlet manifold and an outlet manifold, a first plurality of flat tubes being connected between the inlet manifold and the outlet manifold of the micro-channel condenser and in communication with the inlet manifold and the outlet manifold of the micro-channel condenser, and a second plurality of flat tubes being connected between the inlet manifold and the outlet manifold of the micro-channel evaporator and in communication with the inlet manifold and the outlet manifold of the micro-channel evaporator; andthe throttling device is arranged at the pipeline between the micro-channel condenser and the micro-channel evaporator, the inlet manifold of the micro-channel evaporator is provided with at least one first baffle, the number of the at least one first baffle is n and n is greater than or equal to one, and the inlet manifold of the micro-channel evaporator is divided by the n baffle into at least two manifold sections arranged in order, the number of the manifold sections of the micro-channel evaporator is (n+1), and the adjacent manifold sections of the inlet manifold of the micro-channel evaporator are isolated from each other by the at least one first baffle; each of the manifold sections of the inlet manifold of the micro-channel evaporator is in communication with a specific number of the at least one first flat tubes and is provided with at least one connecting port configured to be in communication with the respective pipeline, and each of the manifold sections of the inlet manifold of the micro-channel evaporator is not provided with a distribution pipe configured to distribute flow rate into the flat tubes in communication with the manifold sections of the inlet manifold of the micro-channel evaporator,
a ratio of a length L1 of the manifold section of the micro-channel condenser in communication with the manifold section in the middle portion of the inlet manifold of the micro-channel evaporator by the branch pipeline, to the number n1 of the flat tubes in communication with the manifold section in the middle portion of the micro-channel evaporator is L1/n1, a ratio of a length L2 of the manifold section of the micro-channel condenser in communication with the manifold section deviating from the middle portion of the inlet manifold of the micro-channel evaporator, to the number n2 of the flat tubes in communication with the manifold section deviating from the middle portion of the inlet manifold of the micro-channel evaporator, is L2/n2, and the ratio of L1/n1 is greater than or equal to the ratio L2/n2.

US Pat. No. 10,168,082

TANDEM COMPRESSOR SLIDE RAIL

LENNOX INDUSTRIES INC., ...

1. An HVAC system comprising:a slide rail mounted to the HVAC system with a first plurality of attachments, the slide rail comprising two raised portions on lateral edges of the slide rail;
a plurality of compressors fluidly coupled to at least one other component within the HVAC system; and
a slide plate, the slide plate comprising a second plurality of attachments to the plurality of compressors and comprising a slidable attachment to the slide rail, the slide plate comprising two flanges on lateral edges of the slide plate, the two flanges configured to fit outside of the two raised portions, the slide plate further comprising a locking attachment operable to lock the slide plate in position with respect to the slide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,168,081

ADSORPTION HEAT PUMP SYSTEM AND COOLING GENERATION METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA C...

8. A cooling generation method, using: (i) an evaporator that evaporates an adsorbate; (ii) a plurality of first adsorption devices that adsorb the adsorbate of the evaporator, the plurality of first adsorption devices having a parallel connection that connects the plurality of first adsorption devices in parallel; (ii) a condenser connected to the plurality of first adsorption devices via the parallel connection; and (iii) a second adsorption device that adsorbs the adsorbate adsorbed by the first adsorption device, the cooling generation method comprising:adsorbing the adsorbate of the evaporator by the first adsorption device and cooling the evaporator, and
adsorbing the evaporated adsorbate of the first adsorption device by the second adsorption device through the condenser and cooling the first adsorption device, wherein:
the first adsorption device and the second adsorption device each contain a different type of adsorbent, and
the adsorbent of the second adsorption device desorbs the adsorbate with heat at a higher regeneration temperature than the adsorbent of the first adsorption device, and
when an adsorption capacity of the second adsorption device is greater than an overall adsorption capacity of the plurality of first adsorption devices, the plurality of first adsorption devices are configured to adsorb the desorbed adsorbate alternatively or in sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,168,080

EUTECTIC MIXTURES OF IONIC LIQUIDS IN ABSORPTION CHILLERS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An absorption chiller comprising a mixture of a refrigerant and an absorbent, and the absorbent is a eutectic mixture of two ionic liquids selected from the group consisting of:1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate and 1-ethylpyridinium acetate,
1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate and 1-butylpyridinium acetate,
1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethylphosphate and 1-butylpyridinium dimethylphosphate,
1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethylphosphate,
1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethylphosphate and 1-ethylpyridinium dimethylphosphate,
1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide and 1-ethylpyridinium bromide,
1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide and 1-butylpyridinium bromide,
1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide and 1-ethylpyridinium bromide,
tetramethylammonium chloride and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride,
tetraethylammonium chloride and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride,
1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, and
hexamethylguanidinium acetate and hexamethylguanidinium dicyanamide;
wherein the concentration ratio of the two ionic liquids in the eutectic mixture is the concentration ratio at the eutectic point of the eutectic mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,168,079

REFRIGERATION CYCLE DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A refrigeration cycle device comprising:a compressor compressing and discharging a refrigerant;
an exterior heat exchanger that exchanges heat between outside air and the refrigerant discharged from the compressor;
a heat dissipation heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between a first temperature-adjustment subject and the refrigerant discharged from the compressor;
an auxiliary heat exchanger that exchanges heat between the refrigerant and a second temperature-adjustment subject;
an intermediate decompressor;
a refrigerant flow-path switch that switches between refrigerant flow paths in each path which the refrigerant circulates in a cycle, wherein the refrigerant flow-path switch is capable of switching at least between a first refrigerant flow path and a second refrigerant flow path, the refrigerant flow-path switch includes a valve that is located downstream of the heat dissipation heat exchanger and upstream of the exterior heat exchanger, and the valve is configured to switch between a refrigerant passage through which the refrigerant flows into the auxiliary heat exchanger and a refrigerant passage that bypasses the auxiliary heat exchanger; and
a branch portion that is located downstream of the exterior heat exchanger and upstream of the compressor, wherein
in a heating mode for heating the first temperature-adjustment subject, the heat dissipation heat exchanger dissipates heat from the refrigerant, and allows the refrigerant to flow out toward the inlet side of the exterior heat exchanger,
in the first refrigerant flow path,
(i) the refrigerant discharged from the compressor flows into the heat dissipation heat exchanger,
(ii) the auxiliary heat exchanger is located downstream of the heat dissipation heat exchanger and upstream of the exterior heat exchanger in a refrigerant flow,
in the second refrigerant flow path,
(i) the refrigerant discharged from the compressor flows directly into the heat dissipation heat exchanger,
(ii) the exterior heat exchanger is located downstream of the heat dissipation heat exchanger and upstream of the auxiliary heat exchanger in the refrigerant flow,
the intermediate decompressor decompresses the refrigerant flowing into the auxiliary heat exchanger when the first refrigerant flow path is switched by the refrigerant flow-path switch,
a flow direction of the refrigerant in the auxiliary heat exchanger, when the first refrigerant flow path is switched by the refrigerant flow-path switch in the heating mode, is the same as that of the refrigerant in the auxiliary heat exchanger when the second refrigerant flow path is switched by the refrigerant flow-path switch in a cooling mode for cooling the first temperature-adjustment subject,
a refrigerant passage located downstream of the exterior heat exchanger is branched at the branch portion into
a branch passage through which the refrigerant flows into the auxiliary heat exchanger and
a refrigerant passage that bypasses the auxiliary heat exchanger, and the refrigerant flow-path switch includes an opening-closing valve that is located in the branch passage.

US Pat. No. 10,168,078

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

MAYEKAWA MFG. CO., LTD., ...

1. A refrigeration system including a refrigeration cycle, comprising:a circulation path in which a refrigerant flows; and
at least one compressor for compressing the refrigerant, a heat exchanger for cooling the refrigerant compressed by the at least one compressor, a cold heat recovering exchanger, at least one expansion turbine for expanding the refrigerant cooled by the heat exchanger to generate cold heat, and a cooling part for cooling an object to be cooled by the cold heat provided on the circulation path in order,
wherein at least either the at least one compressor or the at least one expansion turbine comprises a plurality of compressors or expansion turbines which are arranged in parallel with one another with respect to the circulation path,
wherein the cold heat recovering exchanger, the at least one expansion turbine, and the cooling part are housed together in at least one cold box insulated from the outside,
wherein the at least one compressor and the heat exchanger for cooling the refrigerant compressed by the at least one compressor are housed together in at least one compressor unit other than the at least one cold box, and
wherein the at least one compressor unit is placed at a position farther from the object to be cooled than the at least one cold box.

US Pat. No. 10,168,076

SUPPORTING STRUCTURE FOR SOLAR PANELS

1. A support structure for solar panels, comprising at least two concentric tracks or rails having a circular geometry which are fixed to a supporting surface through foundation piles and a plurality of pylons, which are connected to related frames containing a plurality of solar panels and which are connected together by means of perpendicular trusses which form a braced frame with said pylons, said pylons being bound to said tracks or rails and moving on said tracks or rails through drive wheels which rest on said tracks or rails and which are linked to said pylons through support means, so that said pylons and said trusses rotates around a central bearing or node, an electronic control unit, controlling said support structure, said solar panels being thus free to spatially rotate according to an azimuthal direction (RA) around said central bearing or node through said drive wheels and being free to spatially rotate according to a zenithal direction (RZ) around a hinge axis or pin, which is placed centrally and longitudinally on each frame containing said solar panels, wherein said solar panels which are installed on a frame of a respective pylon are rotated in the opposite direction with respect to the solar panels which are installed on the frames of the adjacent pylons of the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,168,075

CRITICAL DIMENSION SHRINK THROUGH SELECTIVE METAL GROWTH ON METAL HARDMASK SIDEWALLS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A self-aligned via structure, comprising:an inter-level dielectric (ILD) layer arranged on a metal wiring layer;
a trench arranged within the ILD layer;
a via arranged substantially perpendicular to the trench and extending through an area of the trench, the via further extending into a portion of the metal wiring layer; and
a metal capping layer lining sidewalls of the via at the area where the via extends through the trench.

US Pat. No. 10,168,074

TURN DOWN RATIO (TDR) DAMPER

DAESUNG CELTIC ENERSYS CO...

1. A turn down ratio (TDR) damper which controls an amount of gas and air flowing in the TDR damper and delivers the controlled gas and air to a turbo fan, the TDR damper comprising:air passages comprising a first air passage and a second air passage, the first air passage and the second air passage separately formed so that the air moves through each path;
gas passages comprising a first gas passage and a second gas passage, the first gas passage and the second gas passage separately formed so that the gas moves through each path; and
opening and closing means for opening and closing the second air passage and the second gas passage at the same time,
wherein the air passages and the gas passages are separately formed and reached outlets connected to the turbo fan so that the air and gas are allowed to be delivered to the turbo fan through a separate path,
wherein when air flows in from the rear of the TDR damper and gas flows in from the lower part of the TDR damper so as to discharge the air and gas through the outlets disposed on the front of the TDR damper, the first air passage and the second air passage comprise straight-lined pipes and the first gas passage and the second gas passage comprise curved pipes, the first air passages and the gas passages connected to the outlets in the same direction,
wherein the second gas passage comprises a via hole formed on one side of the curved part and the opening and closing means comprises: a gas opening and closing part, which opens and closes the second gas passage; and an air opening and closing part, which opens and closes the second air passage,
wherein the opening and closing means closes the second gas passage and the second air passage by the opening and closing moving in a direction of the outlets so that the gas opening and closing part is inserted into the via hole so as to close the second gas passage and simultaneously, the air opening and closing part close the entry of the second air passage, and when the opening and closing means are to open the second gas passage and the second air passage, the opening and closing means move in an opposite direction of the outlets so that the gas opening and closing part opens the second gas passage and simultaneously, air opening and closing part opens the entry of the second air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,168,073

WATER HEATER DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Carina Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method for controlling a plurality of water heaters to vary a loading profile of a load on a power grid to affect a load dependent property of power on said power grid comprising:a water heater control server receiving remaining volume capacity information and reserve volume capacity information from a plurality of water heaters connected to said power grid at separate customer locations;
generating historical usage pattern information for each water heater of said plurality of water heaters based on said remaining volume capacity information and said reserve volume capacity information, said reserve volume capacity information relating to a capability to deliver a reserve volume of hot water on immediate demand;
generating predicted usage pattern information based on said historical usage pattern information;
receiving present load demand information relating to a present load demand and desired load demand information by said water heater control server based on a power grid monitoring system monitoring said power grid, and a relationship between a load on said power grid and said load dependent property of said power;
said water heater control server communicating a control strategy to each said water heater of said plurality of water heaters, said control strategy comprising a temperature limit over time for each said water heater of said plurality of water heaters, said temperature limit over time based on said remaining volume capacity information, said reserve capacity information, said present load demand information, said predicted load demand information and said predicted usage pattern information; said control strategy allowing recovery when said remaining volume capacity is less than said reserve volume capacity.

US Pat. No. 10,168,072

PORTABLE AND CONTAINERIZED MULTI-STAGE WASTE-TO-ENERGY RECOVERY APPARATUS FOR USE IN A VARIETY OF SETTINGS

1. A containerized waste-to-energy conversion apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a plurality of combustion compartments configured to heat water via a hot effluent gas generated by multi-stage combustion of a solid waste, the plurality of combustion compartments including a primary gasification chamber and a secondary oxidation chamber, the secondary oxidation chamber having a main exhaust stack;
a breech/control chamber remove-ably interposed between the primary gasification chamber and the secondary oxidation chamber, the breech/control chamber having an elongated air duct configured to control gas flow from the primary gasification chamber to the secondary oxidation chamber;
a water storage tank configured to store hot water; and
a heat recovery module having a heat exchanger through which water flows to be heated by hot gas from the secondary oxidation chamber such that when a capacity of the water storage tank is reached, hot gas is redirected from a heat recovery stack of the heat recovery module to the main exhaust stack.

US Pat. No. 10,168,071

LIGHTWEIGHT EQUIPMENT PAD

1. A lightweight equipment pad comprising:a closed-cell polyurethane foam core;
an ultra violet (UV) stable polyurea coating;
the closed-cell polyurethane foam core comprising a top surface, a plurality of lateral surfaces, a bottom surface and a fillet top edge;
the UV stable polyurea coating comprising a top coating and a lateral coating;
the top coating being superimposed onto the top surface;
the lateral coating being superimposed onto the plurality of lateral surfaces;
the UV stable polyurea coating being not superimposed onto the bottom surface;
the top surface being concentrically positioned to the bottom surface;
the top surface and the bottom surface being oppositely positioned of each other along the plurality of lateral surfaces;
the bottom surface and each of the plurality of lateral surfaces being oriented at an acute angle so as to form the closed-cell polyurethane foam core into a trapezoidal shape;
the acute angle being about 88 degrees;
the fillet top edge being perimetrically positioned in between the top surface and the plurality of lateral surfaces;
the closed-cell polyurethane foam core being dyed with a color similar to a color of the UV stable polyurea coating so as to render the bottom surface being visually blended with the top coating and the lateral coating;
the top coating being a non-skid textured surface;
the non-skid textured surface comprising a pattern;
the pattern being consisting of a plurality of rectangles; and
the plurality of rectangles being in a concentric arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,168,070

HVAC BOOT AND GRILLE ASSEMBLY

Havaco Technologies Incor...

1. A boot and grille assembly for an HVAC system which can be installed through wallboard, or the like, said assembly comprising:a) a boot having a radially extending flange and at least one vane adjustably secured inside said boot;
b) a quick-connect fastener extending through said flange, said quick-connect fastener readily engaging a back side of the wallboard and securing said boot to the wallboard;
c) a decorative grille adapted for securing to said boot; and
d) a securement knob threaded into the boot for attaching said decorative grille to said boot, said securement knob having a hollow core;whereby an operating rod can be inserted through said hollow core to adjust said at least one vane.

US Pat. No. 10,168,069

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning apparatus comprising:a compressor configured to compress a refrigerant;
a flow switching device configured to switch a flow passage of the refrigerant discharged from the compressor between a flow passage used for a cooling operation and a flow passage used for a heating operation;
a heat source side heat exchanger serving as a condenser in the cooling operation and as an evaporator in the heating operation;
an expansion device configured to expand and decompress the refrigerant;
a use side heat exchanger serving as an evaporator in the cooling operation and as a condenser in the heating operation; and
an internal heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between the refrigerant flowing through a plurality of heat transfer pipes,
wherein the compressor, the heat source side heat exchanger, the expansion device, and the use side heat exchanger are sequentially connected to one another through a plurality of refrigerant pipes, and constitute a refrigeration cycle,
wherein the flow switching device is connected to a discharge port of the compressor, a suction port of the compressor, the heat source side heat exchanger, and the use side heat exchanger, and
the flow switching device is configured to
connect the discharge port with the heat source side heat exchanger and connect the suction port with the use side heat exchanger in the cooling operation, and
connect the discharge port with the use side heat exchanger and connect the suction port with the heat source side heat exchanger in the heating operation,
wherein the refrigeration cycle includes
a first flow passage guiding the refrigerant flowing between the one of the heat source side heat exchanger and the use side heat exchanger serving as the evaporator and the compressor,
a second flow passage guiding the refrigerant flowing between the heat source side heat exchanger and the expansion device, and
a third flow passage guiding the refrigerant flowing between the expansion device and the use side heat exchanger, wherein the first flow passage, the second flow passage, and the third flow passage are serially connected, and
wherein the internal heat exchanger includes
a first heat transfer pipe in which the first flow passage is formed,
a second heat transfer pipe in which the second flow passage is formed, and
a third heat transfer pipe in which the third flow passage is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,168,068

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning apparatus, comprising:a refrigeration cycle for circulating refrigerant therethrough, in which a compressor, a first heat exchanger, a first passage of a subcooling heat exchanger for exchanging heat between high-temperature refrigerant and low-temperature refrigerant to subcool the high-temperature refrigerant, a first expansion device, a second heat exchanger, and an accumulator are connected to each other by refrigerant pipes, the air-conditioning apparatus being capable of a cooling operation to be performed by causing the first heat exchanger to function as a condenser and the second heat exchanger to function as an evaporator and a heating operation to be performed by causing the first heat exchanger to function as an evaporator and the second heat exchanger to function as a condenser,
the compressor including an injection port for introducing the refrigerant from outside into a compression chamber of the compressor,
the accumulator being arranged on a suction side of the compressor;
a first bypass pipe branched from one of the refrigerant pipes between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger and connected to an inlet-side passage of the accumulator through a second expansion device, a second passage of the subcooling heat exchanger for exchanging heat between the refrigerant flowing through the second passage of the subcooling heat exchanger and the refrigerant flowing through the first passage of the subcooling heat exchanger, and a first opening and closing device;
a second bypass pipe branched from the first bypass pipe between the subcooling heat exchanger and the first opening and closing device and connected to the injection port of the compressor through a second opening and closing device;
a third bypass pipe connecting the one of the refrigerant pipes between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger and an other of the refrigerant pipes between an inlet side of the compressor and an outlet side of the accumulator, or connecting the one of the refrigerant pipes between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger and the injection port of the compressor;
a third expansion device arranged on the third bypass pipe;
a liquid separator that extracts a part of a liquid refrigerant from the refrigerant flowing between the subcooling heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger, the second expansion device and the third expansion device being connected to a pipe connected to a liquid refrigerant extraction port of the liquid separator, and
a controller for controlling the second expansion device and the third expansion device,
the controller being configured to:
control the third expansion device during the cooling operation, to thereby control a temperature of the refrigerant to be discharged from the compressor; and
control the second expansion device during the heating operation, to thereby control a degree of discharge superheat to be computed based on the temperature of the refrigerant to be discharged from the compressor and a pressure of the refrigerant to be discharged from the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,168,067

DETECTING AND HANDLING A BLOCKED CONDITION IN THE COIL

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A controller for a heating, ventilating, and cooling (HVAC) system, comprising:an interface configured to receive feedback data from a fan of the HVAC system;
a memory operable to store a fan model and a plurality of thresholds; and
a processor communicatively coupled to the memory and the interface, the processor operable to:
determine a virtual sensor measurement based at least in part upon the feedback data from the fan and the fan model, the virtual sensor measurement indicating the static pressure across a coil of the HVAC system;
determine that the virtual sensor measurement is greater than at least one of a group consisting of a frost threshold and a fouling threshold;
in response to determining that the virtual sensor measurement is greater than at least one of a group consisting of the frost threshold and the fouling threshold, determine a blocked condition on the coil;
determine that the virtual sensor measurement is greater than the frost threshold;
determine that an outdoor temperature is less than a freezing threshold;
determine that the HVAC system is running a heating mode;
in response to determining that the virtual sensor measurement is greater than the frost threshold and that the outdoor temperature is less than the freezing threshold and that the HVAC system is running in a heating mode, determine that the blocked condition on the coil is a frosted coil; and
in response to determining that the blocked condition on the coil is the frosted coil, instruct the HVAC system to initiate a defrost cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,168,066

AIR CONDITIONER WITH OUTDOOR FAN CONTROL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCTION PRESSURE AND SUCTION SUPERHEATING DEGREE OF A COMPRESSOR

FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED, ...

1. An air conditioner comprisingan indoor unit and an outdoor unit that are coupled by a liquid pipe and a gas pipe,
the outdoor unit having a compressor, a flow passage switching unit, an outdoor heat exchanger, an outdoor expansion valve, an outdoor fan, a suction pressure detector, a suction temperature detector, and an outdoor unit controller,
the suction pressure detector detecting suction pressure that is pressure of a refrigerant suctioned into the compressor,
the suction temperature detector detecting a suction temperature that is a temperature of the refrigerant suctioned into the compressor, and
the outdoor unit controller controlling the outdoor fan in accordance with the detected suction pressure when the outdoor heat exchanger functions as an evaporator, wherein
the outdoor unit controller calculates a suction superheating degree that is a superheating degree of the refrigerant suctioned into the compressor by using the detected suction pressure and the detected suction temperature,
when the suction superheating degree is equal to or less than a predetermined threshold superheating degree, the outdoor unit controller controls the outdoor fan such that the suction pressure becomes equal to or more than a first threshold pressure and lower than a second threshold pressure, the first threshold pressure being higher by a predetermined value than an evaporation pressure corresponding to a predetermined frosting temperature of the outdoor heat exchanger, the second threshold pressure being higher than the first threshold pressure, and
the outdoor unit controller controls the outdoor fan such that the suction superheating degree becomes equal to or less than the threshold superheating degree when the suction superheating degree is higher than the threshold superheating degree and the suction pressure is lower than the second threshold pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,168,065

DIAGNOSING AND TROUBLESHOOTING A HEATING, VENTILATION, AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A system for troubleshooting a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, comprising:a control unit communicatively coupled to a first plurality of HVAC units and a first interactive display; the control unit operable to:
connect to a Wi-Fi network, the Wi-Fi network generated by a wireless access point connected to an Internet;
detect and connect to a control server over the Internet using the Wi-Fi network; and
detect a local user device over the Wi-Fi network, the local user device operable to control the plurality HVAC units by communicating with the control unit over the Wi-Fi network;
a mobile troubleshooting device, the mobile troubleshooting device operable to communicate with the control unit over an HVAC network using a Wi-Fi direct protocol, wherein the HVAC network is separate from the Wi-Fi network and the mobile troubleshooting device accesses the HVAC network without accessing the Wi-Fi network;
a remote troubleshooting device, the remote troubleshooting device operable to communicate with the control unit over a control connection established between the control server and the control unit, wherein at least one of the mobile troubleshooting device and the remote troubleshooting device are operable to diagnose an operational issue in the control unit; and
wherein in response to a failure in the wireless access point, the remote troubleshooting device is operable to communicate with the control unit through the mobile troubleshooting device, the mobile troubleshooting device acting as a bridge between the control unit and the remote troubleshooting device.

US Pat. No. 10,168,064

ULTRASONIC HUMIDIFIER

1. An ultrasonic humidifier comprising:a base chamber having a first floater;
a water reservoir coupled to the base chamber having a second floater; and
a top water tank disposed on top of the water reservoir;
wherein the second floater is positioned at an upper portion of the water reservoir coupled to the top water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,168,062

COLD WIND TABLE CABINET

DONG GUAN SONG WEI ELECTR...

1. A cold wind table cabinet, comprising a main body having a table top, a refrigeration device is configured in said main body below said table top, said refrigeration device comprising a housing, and a blower and refrigeration box installed inside said housing, a housing air inlet and housing air outlet being respectively opened on said housing, said blower having a blower air inlet and blower air outlet, a refrigeration air inlet and refrigeration air outlet being respectively opened on said refrigeration box, refrigeration components being installed inside said refrigeration box, said refrigeration air inlet being in communication with said housing air inlet, said refrigeration inlet facing and being in communication with said blower air outlet, and said refrigeration air outlet facing and being in communication with said housing air outlet; wherein said refrigeration components comprises a refrigeration sheet, and first and second cooling sheets, said refrigeration sheet has a cooling face and heating face, said first cooling sheet is in contact with said heating face, said second cooling sheet is in contact with said cooling face, and said first cooling sheet is exposed outside of said refrigeration box; wherein a mounting hole for the installment of said refrigeration components is opened on said refrigeration box, said refrigeration components are installed inside said refrigeration box correspondingly to said mounting hole; a heat insulation cotton, positioning piece, engagement sheet and sealing ring are installed in sequence between said first and second cooling sheets, said heat insulation cotton is installed on a side face of said first cooling sheet facing said refrigeration sheet, a first through hole is opened on said heat insulation cotton, a second through hole is facing exactly said first through hole and is opened on said positioning piece, said refrigeration sheet is positioned inside said first, second through holes; a first peripheral positioning groove is indented on a side face of said positioning piece facing said engagement sheet, said first peripheral positioning groove is configured around a periphery of said second through hole, said engagement sheet is a frame structure matching with said first peripheral positioning groove, said engagement sheet is engaged with said first peripheral positioning groove, a second peripheral positioning groove is indented on a side face of said engagement sheet facing said second cooling sheet, said sealing ring is embedded in said second peripheral positioning groove, said second cooling sheet is locked to said positioning piece, and said engagement sheet, sealing ring are sandwiched and positioned between said second cooling sheet and positioning piece.

US Pat. No. 10,168,061

CONDITIONING SYSTEM OF THE FREE COOLING TYPE FOR ENVIRONMENTS, METHOD OF OPERATION OF A SAID CONDITIONING SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR CARRYING OUT SUCH METHOD

EMERSON NETWORK POWER S.R...

1. A method of operation of a conditioning system, such conditioning system, of a free cooling type for environments and particularly for computing centers, comprising:a conditioning unit of the free cooling type provided with evaporative cooling means using water,
first fans for the exit to an outside environment of a stream of warm air, which is heated by the passage through said conditioning unit or in output from an environment to be air-conditioned,
second fans for introducing cool, conditioned air that originates from said conditioning unit,
one or more tanks that are interconnected to said conditioning unit,
a switch configured to detect a presence of a flow of water in input to said one or more tanks, the switch selected from the group consisting of a level switch and a flow switch, which are interconnected with an electronic unit for the control and management of the conditioning system,wherein said method comprises the following steps:detecting a temperature at a point of delivery, to the environment to be air-conditioned, of said conditioning unit and comparing said detected temperature with a set setpoint temperature,
based on the detected outside temperature, on a detected outside humidity, on the setpoint temperature for the air at the point of delivery into the environment to be air-conditioned, on the cost of electricity and on the cost of the water used by said conditioning unit, determining an optimum operating mode for said system from a plurality of operating modes,
if the optimum operating mode of the conditioning system does not require the consumption of water, then a cooling power is regulated by adjusting a speed of said first fans, said conditioning unit operating without the addition of water,
if the optimum mode requires the consumption of water, then detecting the presence of a flow of water in input to said one or more tanks,
if the presence of a flow of water in input to said one or more tanks is detected, then the operating mode is optimized with respect to the cost of the water and the cost of the electricity,
if the presence of a flow of water in input to said one or more tanks is not detected, then check if the demand for cooling with respect to a set emergency setpoint temperature is met without water,
if it is found that a demand for cooling with respect to a set emergency setpoint temperature is not met without water, then the cooling power is regulated by adjusting the speed of said first fans, with the aid of the evaporative cooling means of the conditioning unit, i.e., with the addition of water,
if it is found that the demand for cooling with respect to a set emergency setpoint temperature is met without water, then the cooling power is regulated by adjusting the speed of said first fans with said conditioning unit operating without the addition of water.

US Pat. No. 10,168,060

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning apparatus, comprising:a compressor for compressing and discharging a refrigerant;
a heat source apparatus-side heat exchanger for exchanging heat between the refrigerant and a heat medium that enters the heat source apparatus-side heat exchanger;
a use-side heat exchanger for exchanging heat between the refrigerant and a surrounding medium of use;
a bypass pipe for bypassing the refrigerant that is to enter the heat source apparatus-side heat exchanger, the bypass pipe having a first end and a second end, the first end of the bypass pipe being connected to an inlet side of the heat source apparatus-side heat exchanger, the second end of the bypass pipe being connected to an outlet side of the heat source apparatus-side heat exchanger;
a bypass flow control valve arranged on the bypass pipe and connected in parallel to the heat source apparatus-side heat exchanger, the bypass flow control valve being configured to, by adjusting the flow of the refrigerant through the bypass pipe, adjust a flow of the refrigerant that is to enter the heat source apparatus-side heat exchanger; and
a controller configured to regulate a Cv value of the bypass flow control valve in response to an evaporating temperature or a condensing temperature in the air-conditioning apparatus such that the Cv value of the bypass flow control valve is equal to or less than an upper limit value of the Cv value of the bypass flow control valve, the Cv value of the bypass flow control valve corresponding to an opening degree of the bypass flow control valve, the upper limit of the Cv value of the bypass flow control valve corresponding to a state that a heat exchange amount in the heat source apparatus-side heat exchanger is zero,
wherein the heat source apparatus-side heat exchanger includes a first passage through which the refrigerant flows, a second passage through which the heat medium flows, and a refrigerant inflow opening through which the refrigerant enters the heat source apparatus-side heat exchanger,
wherein the first passage allows the refrigerant to flow upward,
wherein the bypass flow control valve is arranged above the refrigerant inflow opening, and
wherein the controller is configured to increase the upper limit value of the Cv value of the bypass flow control valve in response to an increased operation capacity of the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,168,059

FILTERING MEDIUM AND AIR PURIFIER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A filtering medium comprising:a nonwoven fabric; and
a first electrode provided on a surface of the nonwoven fabric,
wherein the first electrode has an input terminal of power,
wherein the nonwoven fabric includes a first fiber layer and a second fiber layer denser than the first fiber layer, and
wherein the nonwoven fabric further includes a third fiber layer that contains fibers having a fiber diameter smaller than a fiber diameter of fibers forming the second fiber layer, and is sandwiched between the first fiber layer and the second fiber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,168,058

DEHUMIDIFIER WITH SECONDARY EVAPORATOR AND CONDENSER COILS

Therma-Stor LLC, Madison...

1. A dehumidification system, comprising:a primary metering device;
a secondary metering device;
a secondary evaporator operable to:
receive a flow of refrigerant from the primary metering device; and
receive an inlet airflow and output a first airflow, the first airflow comprising cooler air than the inlet airflow, the first airflow generated by transferring heat from the inlet airflow to the flow of refrigerant as the inlet airflow passes through the secondary evaporator;
a primary evaporator operable to:
receive the flow of refrigerant from the secondary metering device; and
receive the first airflow and output a second airflow, the second airflow comprising cooler air than the first airflow, the second airflow generated by transferring heat from the first airflow to the flow of refrigerant as the first airflow passes through the primary evaporator;
a secondary condenser operable to:
receive the flow of refrigerant from the secondary evaporator; and
receive the second airflow and output a third airflow, the third airflow comprising warmer and less humid air than the second airflow, the third airflow generated by transferring heat from the flow of refrigerant to the third airflow as the second airflow passes through the secondary condenser;
a sub-cooling coil operable to:
receive the flow of refrigerant from the primary condenser;
output the flow of refrigerant to the primary metering device; and
receive the third airflow and output a fourth airflow, the fourth airflow comprising warmer and less humid air than the third airflow, the fourth airflow generated by transferring heat from the flow of refrigerant to the fourth airflow as the third airflow passes through the sub-cooling coil;
a primary condenser operable to:
receive the flow of refrigerant from the compressor; and
receive the fourth airflow and output a dehumidified airflow, the dehumidified airflow comprising warmer and less humid air than the fourth airflow, the dehumidified airflow generated by transferring heat from the flow of refrigerant to the dehumidified airflow as the fourth airflow passes through the primary condenser;
a compressor operable to receive the flow of refrigerant from the primary evaporator and provide the flow of refrigerant to the primary condenser, the flow of refrigerant provided to the primary condenser comprising a higher pressure than the flow of refrigerant received at the compressor; and
a fan operable to generate the inlet, first, second, third, fourth, and dehumidified airflows.

US Pat. No. 10,168,057

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MOISTURE

COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC A...

1. A method for controlling moisture content of a gaseous flow comprising:providing a pair of desiccant contact structures each desiccant contact structure having a process side adapted to pass through a process gaseous stream for altering moisture content of the gaseous stream, and a regeneration side adapted to pass through a regeneration gaseous stream for altering moisture content of a desiccant in said contact structure, wherein
the process side of a first desiccant contact structure is fluidly connected to the regeneration side of a second desiccant contact structure with a first closed recirculation loop, or
the regeneration side of the first desiccant contract structure is provided with a second closed recirculation loop,
said gaseous flow being provided to the process side of the second desiccant contact structure to thereby control its moisture content.

US Pat. No. 10,168,056

DESICCANT AIR CONDITIONING METHODS AND SYSTEMS USING EVAPORATIVE CHILLER

7AC Technologies, Inc., ...

1. An air conditioning method, comprising the steps of:dehumidifying an air stream to be provided to a building space by exposing the air stream to a liquid desiccant in a conditioner;
diverting a portion of the air stream dehumidified in the conditioner to an air treatment unit acting as an evaporative chiller that causes the portion of the dehumidified air stream to absorb water from a water source and thereby cool a heat transfer fluid, and providing the heat transfer fluid cooled in the air treatment unit to the conditioner to cool the air stream to be provided to the building space; and
regenerating the liquid desiccant used in the conditioner.

US Pat. No. 10,168,055

HOUSEHOLD DEVICE HAVING A DOOR AND ELECTRICAL CONTACTS IN THE REGION OF A DOOR GUIDE

1. A household appliance, comprising:a housing having a receiving space for food and a storage space disposed below the receiving space;
a door for closing an opening of the receiving space of the housing, said door being configured for insertion into the storage place when the door is opened, said door including at least one electrical consumer, a first electrical contact coupled to the electrical consumer, and a housing-side second electrical contact electrically coupled to the first electrical contact for supply of electrical energy to the consumer as a function of an operating position of the door;
a guide apparatus configured to guide the door into the storage space, said guide apparatus having a housing-side horizontal guide slot arranged laterally in relation to the door in a side wall of the storage space, said second electrical contact being arranged adjacent to the guide slot in the side wall of the storage space the guide apparatus has a door-side guide path formed on a narrow edge side of the door in facing relation to the side wall of the storage space;
a housing-side hinge having a hinge rocker arranged rotatably on the housing, said hinge rocker having arranged thereon at least one guide element to engage in the guide path on the door so as to guide a lowering movement of the door; and
a decoupling element arranged on the hinge rocker and configured to automatically decouple a coupled state of the first electrical contact to the second electrical contact when the door is lowered into the storage space and the hinge rocker is pivoted along a pivot path.

US Pat. No. 10,168,054

CONTROL DEVICE FOR GAS OVENS

ACTEK S.R.L., Cassago Br...

1. A control device for a gas oven, comprising:a valve body including a main element having a substantially parallelepiped shape with a rectangular section, an inlet opening for combustible gas, and an outlet opening for the combustible gas;
a gas passage conduit for the combustible gas, positioned internally of the valve body for placing the inlet opening in fluid communication with the outlet opening; and
a selector device coupled to the valve body, the selector device including two shutters for at least partly interfering in the gas passage conduit to define a reduction or interruption of a fluid passage section in the gas passage conduit;
the valve body including internally two sliding channels, each of the two sliding channels receiving a respective one of the two shutters and being in communication with the gas passage conduit, the selector device being coupled to each of the two sliding channels;
each of the two sliding channels comprising a tubular projection extending from a respective lateral surface of the main element;
the selector device comprising two valves, each of the two valves comprising a solenoid group having a substantially cylindrical shape and fitted around a respective one of the tubular projections;
each of the two valves further comprising a closing element positioned internally of the solenoid group and extending along a longitudinal direction of the respective one of the tubular projections for closing an inlet to a respective one of the two sliding channels;
each of the two valves further comprising an elastic member for biasing the respective one of the two shutters, the elastic member arranged internally of the respective one of the tubular projections and interposed between a respective one of the closing elements and the respective one of the two shutters.

US Pat. No. 10,168,053

COMBUSTION APPARATUS FOR BOTH FIREWOOD AND PELLET FUEL

1. A combustion apparatus for both firewood and pellet fuel comprising:a combustion chamber in which wood fuel including firewood or a pellet is stacked;
an air supply unit provided with an air supply pipe, a nozzle connected to the air supply pipe, and a gap-maintaining member connected to the nozzle, said nozzle configured to spray air directly toward one of right and left sides of the wood fuel in a side direction thereof; and
an operating unit comprising weights configured to use the potential enemy of the weights to change a position of the nozzle according to a position of a region of the wood fuel in which combustion is performed in order to force the gap-maintaining member to come into contact with one side of the wood fuel and to continuously maintain a constant gap between the nozzle and the wood fuel during combustion.

US Pat. No. 10,168,052

COMBUSTOR BULKHEAD HEAT SHIELD

United Technologies Corpo...

11. A heat shield for a combustor comprising:a ring shaped body including a central opening defining a radially inner edge of the ring shaped body, the ring shaped body comprising a ceramic material,
a plurality of through holes distributed circumferentially about the ring shaped body;
an interference fit shaped portion on at least one of said radially inner edge and a radially outward edge of the heat shield; and
wherein said interference fit shaped portion is a rounded bulb shape and wherein said rounded bulb shape has a diameter larger than a thickness of said ring shaped body along an axis defined by the ring shaped body.

US Pat. No. 10,168,051

COMBUSTOR ASSEMBLY FOR A TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine, the combustor assembly comprising:an annular dome including an enclosed surface defining a slot;
a liner at least partially defining a combustion chamber and extending between an aft end and a forward end, the forward end of the liner received within the slot of the annular dome; and
a mounting assembly including a pin extending through the slot and an opening in the forward end of the liner, the mounting assembly further including a metal grommet positioned in the opening in the forward end of the liner around the pin to protect the liner;
wherein the mounting assembly further includes a bushing, wherein the bushing is positioned around the pin within the slot, and wherein the grommet is positioned around the bushing and configured to slide along the bushing;
wherein the liner is comprised of a ceramic matrix composite material, and wherein the annular dome is comprised of a metal material;
wherein the grommet includes an inner collar positioned adjacent to an inner surface of the liner, an outer collar positioned adjacent to an outer surface of the liner, and a body between the inner collar and the outer collar, and wherein at least one of the inner collar or the outer collar is attached to the body by swaging.

US Pat. No. 10,168,050

AFTERBURNER AND AIRCRAFT ENGINE

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. An afterburner configured to supply fuel for burning in a gas mixture of combustion gas and air, the combustion gas being discharged from a core flow path of an aircraft engine and the air being discharged from a fan flow path of the aircraft engine, the afterburner configured to increase thrust of the aircraft engine, the afterburner comprising:a rear duct provided at an outlet of an engine case of the aircraft engine;
a cylindrical liner positioned within the rear duct and configured to receive the combustion gas and air;
a fuel injector configured to inject the fuel in the form of liquid in the cylindrical liner;
an igniter positioned downstream of the fuel injector and configured to ignite the gas mixture containing the fuel in the cylindrical liner;
a flame holder positioned downstream of the fuel injector and configured to hold flame, the flame holder including:
an annulus flame holding member which is provided on an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical liner in contact therewith and configured to propagate flame in a circumferential direction; and
a plurality of radial flame holding members which are oriented radially inside the annulus flame holding member and configured to propagate flame in a radial direction;
and
a guide ring which is provided inside the annulus flame holding member, wherein an annular guide flow path is formed between an outer circumferential surface of the guide ring and an inner circumferential surface of the annulus flame holding member, the guide ring being configured to guide the gas mixture containing the fuel in a downstream direction.

US Pat. No. 10,168,049

METHOD FOR PREVENTING EXPLOSION OF EXHAUST GAS IN DECOMPRESSION PROCESSING APPARATUS

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A method for preventing explosion of an exhaust gas in an exhaust path at an outlet side of a vacuum pump included in a decompression processing apparatus, the method comprising:supplying a mixed gas of a combustible gas containing either substituted or unsubstituted methane and a combustion supporting gas containing a halogen element to a chamber of the decompression processing apparatus thereby performing a decompression processing on a processing target substrate at a reduced pressure while evacuating the chamber with the vacuum pump;
measuring a concentration of the combustible gas in the exhaust path to determine a flow rate of the inert as supplied to the exhaust path or to the vacuum pump; and
supplying an inert gas to the exhaust path or to the vacuum pump at the determined flow rate such that a concentration of the combustible gas in the exhaust gas is maintained at a value lower than a predetermined limit.

US Pat. No. 10,168,048

DUAL FUEL BURNER PRESSURE SWITCH SHUT OFF MECHANISM

GHP Group, Inc., Niles, ...

1. In a dual fuel fire burner assembly to which at least two kinds of gaseous fuel can be supplied, the dual fuel fire burner assembly adapted to receive at least two sources of fuel, each source of fuel providing a distinctive fuel having a source pressure that differs from the source pressure of the other source of fuel, with a fuel selector operable to place the burner assembly in condition for use of a selected fuel, the two sources of fuel being controlled through a main controller valve, the burner assembly comprising:a pressure detector which detects pressure of the fuel source and provides a fuel pressure indication of the fuel pressure, the pressure detector coupled to an electrical pressure switch;
a tine associated with the fuel selector which provides a tine indication of the fuel selected, the tine coupled to an electrical selector switch;
a parallel electrical circuit comprising the pressure switch and the selector switch, the pressure switch adapted to open or close a first branch of the parallel circuit based upon the fuel pressure indication and the selector switch adapted to open or close a second branch of the parallel electrical circuit based upon the tine indication, wherein the two switches close the main controller valve to shut off fuel supply if the fuel pressure indication does not match the tine indication.

US Pat. No. 10,168,047

WATER HEATING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM HAVING A SCALE DETECTING FUNCTION

NORITZ CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A water heating apparatus, comprising:a burner; and
a heat exchanger for heating water with use of heat from the burner, the heat exchanger including a plurality of fins and a tube:
a thermistor for measuring a surface temperature of the heat exchanger;
a storage for storing information about the water heating apparatus; and
a processor,
the information including a numerical value representing how many times the surface temperature measured by the thermistor exceeds at least one of a plurality of threshold values,
the processor being configured such that while the burner provides combustion when the surface temperature measured by the thermistor exceeds at least one of the plurality of threshold values for a continuous period of time the processor adds a predetermined value to the numerical value in the storage, when the numerical value in the storage attains a value equal to or greater than a defined value the processor detects occurrence of clogging with scale in the tube and the processor causes an output unit to output a result of a detection by the processor,
wherein the plurality of threshold values include a first threshold value and a second threshold value larger than the first threshold value;
the predetermined value includes a first value to be added when the surface temperature measured is equal to or greater than the first threshold value, and a second value to be added when the surface temperature measured is equal to or greater than the second threshold value; and
the second value is larger than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,168,046

NON-METALLIC HUMIDIFICATION COMPONENT

CareFusion 207, Inc., Sa...

1. An apparatus comprising:a humidification component configured for retaining a water volume, said humidification component having a base portion comprising a non-metallic material transmissive to electromagnetic radiation, and a reflective surface within a portion of said humidification component; and
a base unit comprising a heating element, the heating element configured to transmit electromagnetic radiation to the humidification component using received electrical energy, and a transmissive sensor and a reflective sensor external to the humidification component;
wherein the humidification component is coupled to the base unit such that (i) the heating element transmits electromagnetic radiation from the base unit, through the non-metallic material of the base portion, and directly to the water volume, and (ii) said reflective surface directs transmitted electromagnetic radiation to the water volume, wherein the water volume is heated by absorbing the electromagnetic radiation, and
wherein said transmissive sensor detects the amount of electromagnetic radiation directed through said humidification component, and said reflective sensor detects the amount of electromagnetic radiation, directed by said reflective surface, within said humidification component.

US Pat. No. 10,168,045

CANDLE POT

1. A pot comprising:a base and a peripheral wall defining a recess together wherein at least one lower portion of a combustible body is configured to be arranged to form a candle, wherein the base comprises a network of elements extending in a relief pattern from the bottom face of said base, said network configured to limit the thermal heating of said pot during the combustion of the body; wherein the network comprises elements angularly equidistributed according to a two-by-two alternation between two types of different geometries.

US Pat. No. 10,168,044

SMOKE DETECTOR, EMERGENCY LIGHT AND ALTERNATE LIGHT SOURCE SYSTEM

Marcia Lawson, Houston, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a smoke detector for generating an emergency signal,
at least one LED light,
a battery,
an audible alarm,
a switch for manual on/off intervention, and
a control circuit connected to the mains electricity, the battery, the at least one LED light, the smoke detector, the audible alarm, and the switch,
wherein the components are contained in a single package, and the control circuit is configured to use the battery when the mains electricity isn't available, sound the audible alarm and pulsate the at least one LED light when an emergency signal is received, and light the at least one LED when mains electricity is not available and an emergency signal is not received.

US Pat. No. 10,168,043

LIGHT-EMITTING ACCESSORY HAVING A LIGHT GUIDE BODY WITH AN INCLINED PORTION

HAYASHI TELEMPU CO., LTD,...

1. A light-emitting accessory comprising:a light source;
a light guide body that guides a light radiated from the light source;
a case body that holds the light source and the light guide body and has an attachment to an outside thereof; and
a cover body formed by a light permeable material and being attached to the case body to cover the light source and the light guide body,
wherein the light guide body has a back surface facing the light source, a front surface opposite to the back surface and an inclined portion formed on the front surface, in the vicinity of a center of the light guide body, the inclined portion being inclined with respect to a direction of thickness of the light guide body,
wherein the light source is disposed in a position in alignment with the inclined portion and the light guide body is configured such that light from the light source exits from the front surface, and
wherein a light transmissive picture sheet is arranged between the cover body and the light guide body.

US Pat. No. 10,168,042

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ILLUMINATING DECORATIVE AND GRAPHIC ELEMENTS ON A CONTAINER

1. A combination bag and lighting system, comprising:the bag having:
a bottom surface;
two opposing sides;
a back side;
a front side;
a visual element secured to the front side;
a first hinge attached to the front side and the bottom surface; and
a second hinge attached to the back side and the bottom surface;
wherein the first hinge and the second hinge allows pivot movement of the front side and the back side relative to the bottom surface;
wherein the two opposing sides, the back side and the front side form an inner cavity; and
wherein the bag is foldable;
the lighting system carried within the inner cavity of the bag, the lighting system having:
a light source configured to create beams of light that pass through the front side and illuminates the visual element.

US Pat. No. 10,168,041

LIGHT FIXTURE

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A lighting device comprising: a light source; a plurality of heat pipes thermally connected to the light source; heat exchangers thermally connected to the heat pipes; and a support frame that comprises: elongate members that connect to edges or corners of the heat exchangers, and a cross-supporting member connecting the elongate members and comprising a planar portion that covers portions of the heat pipes that correspond to the light source, wherein a structure formed of the support frame, the heat pipes, and the heat exchangers supports the light source, wherein the cross-supporting member comprises connectors which are adapted to correspond to and engage with the inward facing profile of the elongate members.

US Pat. No. 10,168,039

ILLUMINATED BADGE FOR A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle badge, comprising:a housing having a viewable portion coupled to a peripheral portion;
a first light source illuminating indicia;
a second light source illuminating a background region; and
a third light source configured to emit light at a reflective member extending from a peripheral portion of the housing towards the first light source and configured to redirect light emitted from the third light source outwardly through the peripheral portion.

US Pat. No. 10,168,036

BAR-TYPED TRACK LED LAMP

Self Elecronics Co., Ltd....

1. A bar-typed track LED lamp comprising:a track,
a bar-typed LED lamp movably mounted on the track,
a connector disposed between the track and the bar-typed LED lamp, the connector having a rotatable end fixed onto the bar-typed LED lamp and a movable end fixed to the track, and
two balance mechanisms connected to the bar-typed LED lamp and arranged on opposite sides of the connector along a longitudinal direction of the track, a distance between one of the two balance mechanisms and the connector being not equal to that between the other balance mechanism and the connector,
each of the two balance mechanisms comprising a housing disposed on the bar-typed LED lamp, a prop received in the housing and protruding from the housing, and at least one elastic member arranged between the prop and the bar-typed LED lamp, the prop pressing against the track while the elastic member is under compression,
wherein when the two balance mechanisms are not disposed equidistantly from the connector, two ends of the bar-typed LED lamp are subject to different forces of gravity, a counterforce provided by the two balance mechanisms respectively varies with the different forces of gravity so that the bar-typed LED lamp maintains equilibrium.

US Pat. No. 10,168,035

LIGHTING FIXTURE

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A lighting fixture having a generally planar light output window, comprising:an outer housing;
an inner housing which is rotatably received within the outer housing about a first axis perpendicular to the light output window, wherein an output face of the lighting fixture is defined by a surface of the inner housing, a surface of the outer housing and the light output window;
a plurality of light source carriers mounted to the inner housing, wherein each light source carrier is mounted for rotation about a second axis parallel to the light output window;
light sources carried by the light source carriers for directing a light output to the light output window; and
a rotary adjustment arrangement comprising a first adjustment element for controlling rotation of the inner housing with respect to the outer housing and a second adjustment element for controlling rotation of the light source carriers with respect to the inner housing, and
wherein the outer housing comprises a gear wheel with inner teeth, which at least partially surrounds the inner housing, and the first adjustment element comprises a cog which engages with the gear wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,168,034

DOWNLIGHT

ZUMTOBEL LIGHTING GMBH, ...

1. A downlight (100) having a mounting frame (50) that is to be mounted in a region of a ceiling mounting hole, as well as a light fixture (10) that is to be attached to the mounting frame (50), having a luminaire head (30) located thereon, wherein the light fixture (10) has a main surface (11) with an opening through which the luminaire head is retained by the main surface and two wings (20) angling downward from the main surface and disposed on opposite sides of the main surface (11), and wherein the wings (20) of the light fixture (10) are flexible, and designed to be snapped into the mounting frame (50); and further wherein the wings (20) of the light fixture (10) each comprise snap-in means on their ends opposite the main surface (11) for snapping into the mounting frame (50) and the snap-in means comprise outwardly directed locking lugs (22), and the mounting frame (50) has locking recesses (60) that are complementary to the locking lugs (22) and the locking lugs (22) each have a hole (23) or cut-out, which enables releasing of the respective snap-in connection with a tool (80).

US Pat. No. 10,168,033

DOWNLIGHT

ZUMTOBEL LIGHTING GMBH, ...

1. A downlight (100) comprising an annular mounting frame (50) that is to be installed through a ceiling mounting hole, and a light fixture (10) that is to be attached to the mounting frame (50) having a luminaire head (30) located thereon, wherein a circumferential ridge (52) on the annular mounting frame (50) extends upward in the ceiling mounting hole when the frame is installed, and wherein the mounting frame (50) and the light fixture (10) are designed such that the attachment occurs by twisting the light fixture (10) in relation to the mounting frame (50), and the downlight further comprises:a locking element on the mounting frame, the locking element including a locking spring (20) mounted on a top surface of the circumferential ridge of the mounting frame and a locking projection (25) connected to the locking spring (20) and disposed angularly on a longitudinal side to the locking spring (20) and inside of an inner surface of the circumferential ridge (52) of the annular mounting frame;
a release hole (58) through the circumferential ridge (52) of the annular mounting frame (5) located underneath the locking spring (20) to provide access from below the mounting frame to push the locking spring upward; and
a delimiting element (15) on an outer circumferential surface of the light fixture (10) that engages the locking projection (25) to secure the light fixture (10) against rotating in the unlocking direction when the light fixture (10) is twisted fully into an installed position but can be released by pushing the spring (20) upward using a tool through the release hole (58) to push the locking spring (20) and locking projection (25) upward from below the mounting frame (50).

US Pat. No. 10,168,032

EXTERIOR LAMP MOUNTING ADAPTOR

1. A mounting adaptor for an electric light fixture to be mounted on a surface, the mounting adaptor comprising:a base and a joining member each having an interfacing face, one of the base and the joining member comprising on its interfacing face a groove, the other one of the base and the joining member comprising on its interfacing face a lip adapted to cooperate with the groove thereby providing a capability to assemble releasably the joining member with the base;
the base comprising a mounting element adapted to mount the base to the surface;
the joining member comprising a joint element adapted to mount the electric light fixture to the joining member; and
a locking mechanism adapted to lock the base and the joining member in a mounted position relatively to each other, wherein the locking mechanism comprises a resilient member moving from an unlocked position to a locked position during an assembly of the joining member with the base.

US Pat. No. 10,168,031

LIGHTING ARRANGEMENT

1. A lighting arrangement comprising:a mounting ring extending along a central longitudinal axis and having a plurality of mounting apertures and a circular wall, said circular wall having an inwardly-facing surface encircling said central longitudinal axis and defining a cavity, said circular wall also having an outwardly-facing surface opposite said inwardly-facing surface with a thickness defined between said inwardly-facing surface and said outwardly-facing surface, said circular wall extending a height along said axis between a downwardly-facing surface and an upwardly-facing surface;
a luminaire having a housing assembly and a light emitter, said housing assembly at least partially enclosing said light emitter, said housing assembly at least partially received in said cavity;
a plurality of locking arms projecting from a first of said circular wall and said luminaire radially in a first direction relative to said central longitudinal axis, each of said plurality of locking arms including a vertical portion extending along said central longitudinal axis and a circumferential portion extending about said central longitudinal axis, each of said circumferential portions extending from a first end at an intersection with one of said vertical portions to a respective second end distal relative to said first end, and each of said circumferential portions having an upper face and a lower face;
a plurality of posts each extending away from a second of said circular wall and said luminaire radially in a second direction relative to said central longitudinal axis opposite to said first direction;
a plurality of protuberances and at least one planar surface portion between said plurality of protuberances projecting upward along said central longitudinal axis from at least one of said upper faces; and
wherein said mounting ring and said luminaire are interconnected by moving at least one of said plurality posts past at least one of said plurality of distal ends along said central longitudinal axis and rotating said mounting ring and said luminaire relative to one another in a first angular direction about said central longitudinal axis and successively sliding said at least one of said plurality posts across a first of said plurality of protuberances, said at least one planar surface portion, and a second of said plurality of protuberances.

US Pat. No. 10,168,030

LED LAMP WITH FUSIBLE METAL HEAT MANAGEMENT ELEMENTS

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A heat sink assembly comprising:an LED mount portion having an external side surface; and
a fusible metal layer deposited on at least a portion of the external side surface, wherein the fusible metal layer conforms to at least a portion of the external side surface of the LED mount portion, and wherein the fusible metal layer comprises a fusible alloy comprising two or more metals of indium (In), bismuth (Bi), lead (Pb), tin (Sn), cadmium (Cd), zinc (Zn), and thallium (Tl).

US Pat. No. 10,168,029

REPLACEABLE CEILING FITTING MOUNTED QUICKLY

Dong Guan Bright Yinhuey ...

1. A ceiling fitting comprising:a base;
a mounting bracket mounted on the base;
a lampshade mounted on the base;
a lighting assembly located between the base and the lampshade; and
two fasteners locked onto the base and the mounting bracket and detachably locked onto the lampshade;
wherein:
the base has a peripheral wall provided with two fixing holes;
the mounting bracket is provided with two mounting holes formed on two opposite ends thereof;
the lampshade has an inner wall provided with two locking members;
each of the two locking members is provided with a mounting slot which has a first end provided with a guiding portion and a second end provided with a restriction portion which has a locking groove;
each of the two fasteners includes a threaded rod and a nut;
the threaded rod of each of the two fasteners is screwed into one of the two mounting holes of the mounting bracket and one of the two fixing holes of the base to affix the mounting bracket to the base;
the nut of each of the two fasteners protrudes outward from the peripheral wall of the base;
when the lampshade is mounted on the base, the nut of each of the two fasteners aligns with the mounting slot of one of the two locking members;
the nut of each of the two fasteners is slidable in the guiding portion and the restriction portion of the mounting slot of one of the two locking members;
when the lampshade is rotated relative to the base, the nut of each of the two fasteners is introduced into the mounting slot of one of the two locking members; and
the nut of each of the two fasteners is inserted through the guiding portion into the restriction portion of one of the two locking members and is locked in the locking groove of the restriction portion.

US Pat. No. 10,168,028

LAMP

DONGGUAN JIA SHENG LIGHTI...

1. A lamp, comprising:a main body comprising a heat sink and a lamp holder located on a bottom of the heat sink, wherein the bottom of the heat sink extends outwardly to form a flange, the lamp holder has a trumpet shaped structure, a bottom of the lamp holder has a shape as an ellipse having a minor axis along a longitudinal direction and a major axis along a transverse direction;
a lighting assembly mounted to the bottom of the lamp holder;
a lampshade assembly comprising a cover body covering the lamp holder and a spring located in the cover body, wherein a first end of the cover body resists a top of the flange, a first end of the spring resists a bottom of the flange, a second end of the spring resists a second end of the cover body; and
a reflector cover, wherein a top end of the reflector cover comprises a sleeving portion extending radically and an embedded portion axially extending upward from an inner edge of the sleeving portion, an inner diameter of the embedded portion is less than the major axis of the bottom of the lamp holder, and is greater than the minor axis;
when assembled, the cover body is moved upwardly relative to the main body to compress the spring, the reflector cover is inclined toward the main body for a predetermined angle and is moved to sleeve on the lamp holder, until the bottom of the lamp holder is embedded into the sleeving portion of the reflector cover, and then the reflector cover is rotated to a right position, when the cover body is released and subjected to a reversed thrust of the spring, then the cover body moves downwardly to resist the reflector cover, thereby securing the top end of the reflector cover; and
wherein, at the predetermined angle, a projection of the inner diameter of the embedded portion is greater than the major axis of the bottom of the lamp holder so that the reflector cover can be sleeved on the bottom of the lamp holder.

US Pat. No. 10,168,027

STRUCTURE OF A LIGHTING DISPLAY DEVICE

1. An improved structure of a lighting display device, comprising:a frame body including a base at a bottom thereof, a stand connecting the base with a lower end thereof, an upper fixing element connecting with an upper end of the stand along an axis perpendicular to a center of the base and having a positioning plate, the positioning plate having an engaging section fixed at a center thereof and a lower fixing element fixed on the base, defining a lower engaging space therein with a positioning annulus arranged on an inner surface thereof;
a projection device disposed within the lower engaging space;
a transparent bottle engaging the positioning annulus;
an assembling element mounted on the transparent bottle, having a depression surface arranged atop and an upper engaging space therein, the depression surface having a positioning hole at a center thereof to engage the engaging section of the positioning plate for a stronger engagement therebetween; and
a spring disposed inside the upper engaging space, abutting between the depression surface and the transparent bottle for the transparent bottle to be positioned along the axis perpendicular to the base and for the depression surface to fixedly engage the positioning plate;
whereby the transparent bottle would produce attractive visual effects by the projection device, and the spring allows the transparent bottle together with the assembling element to be easily engaged and disengaged from the upper and lower fixing elements.

US Pat. No. 10,168,026

UNDER CABINET LIGHT FIXTURES

Cooper Technologies Compa...

1. An end cap for a light fixture, the end cap comprising:a body comprising at least one wall and at least one coupling feature, wherein the at least one wall comprises an inner surface and an outer surface, and wherein the at least one coupling feature is configured to couple the body to another component of the light fixture;
a first knockout disposed in the at least one wall, wherein the first knockout is configured to be removed to generate a first aperture in the at least one wall, wherein the first aperture, which results after the first knockout is removed, would be configured to receive a first electrical enclosure;
a platform disposed on and extending away from the inner surface of the at least one wall adjacent to the first knockout, wherein the platform is configured to receive a clamping assembly, wherein the clamping assembly is configured to secure the first electrical enclosure within the first aperture, which results after the first knockout is removed, wherein the first electrical enclosure comprises a sleeve through which a cable is disposed after the first knockout is removed and the first electrical enclosure is secured by the clamping assembly adjacent to the first aperture; and
a second aperture disposed in the at least one wall, wherein the second aperture is configured to receive a second electrical enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,168,025

ROTATING BEACON

1. A rotating beacon including:a heat conducting mounting base having a ventilated lower chamber, said lower chamber including cooling fins integrally formed with said mounting base;
a substantially cylindrical transparent housing secured to said mounting base and forming a substantially closed upper chamber;
a reflector assembly including a reflector of substantially part parabolic shape mounted on a carrier in said upper chamber, said reflector describing a solid or rotation substantially conforming to an inner cylindrical surface of said housing and said carrier comprising an annular body mounting said reflector and supported for rotation on said mounting base about an axis passing substantially through the focal point of said reflector, said carrier including a peripheral ring gear portion adapted to be gear driven by a motor assembly; and
a light emitting diode (LED) assembly thermally coupled to an integrally formed portion of said mounting base which extends through said annular body and locates said diode assembly to emit light substantially at said focal point.

US Pat. No. 10,168,024

LIGHTING PANEL ADAPTED FOR IMPROVED UNIFORMITY OF LIGHT OUTPUT

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A lighting panel, comprising:a light output area, having a width across which a light output is to be generated;
a reflector structure, having a reflective surface facing at least in part in the direction of the light output area; and
one or more rows of solid state lighting elements, having a light-emitting top surface, arranged beneath the reflector structure, the row or rows extending perpendicularly to the width of the light output area;
wherein the solid state lighting elements together comprise at least two subsets of lighting elements, the subsets including:
a first subset creating a first light intensity profile across the width of the light output area, and
a second subset creating a second light intensity profile across the width of the light output area,
wherein the combined intensity profiles create a third light intensity profile across the width of the light output area of greater uniformity than either the first or second intensity profiles, and
wherein the first subset of solid state lighting elements are adapted to generate beam profiles against the surface of the reflector corresponding to virtual light source positions of a first perpendicular displacement relative to the light output area, and
the second subset of solid state lighting elements are adapted to generate beam profiles against the surface of the reflector structure corresponding to virtual light source positions of a second perpendicular displacement relative to the light output area.

US Pat. No. 10,168,023

REFLECTOR BASED ILLUMINATION SYSTEM

NLS Lighting, LLC, Ranch...

1. A reflector based illumination system for use with a housing in communication with a power source and having at least one opening for illuminating an exterior surface, the system comprising:a mounting insert having at least one primary reflective surface recessed from the opening of the housing when the mounting insert is inserted within the housing;
at least one circuit board releasably secured to the mounting insert and operable to be placed in communication with the power source;
at least one auxiliary reflector coupled to the mounting insert either directly or indirectly, the at least one auxiliary reflector having a first edge proximate the primary reflective surface of the mounting insert, a second opposing free standing distal edge, and a pair of detached free standing opposing side edges spaced apart from the housing with the edges defining a non-planar bendable region, the at least one auxiliary reflector further having an auxiliary reflective surface within the non-planar bendable region; and
at least one light source in communication with the at least one circuit board and recessed from the opening within the housing, the at least one light source positioned within the housing to emit a quantity of incident light toward the auxiliary reflective surface of the at least one auxiliary reflector, a quantity of incident light toward the primary reflective surface, and a quantity of unobstructed light through the opening of the housing, with all three quantities cooperating to illuminate the exterior surface when the light source is placed in communication with the power source through the circuit board and energized to generate light.

US Pat. No. 10,168,022

ATTACHMENT FOR ILLUMINATION DEVICE

Keyence Corporation, Osa...

1. An attachment for an illumination device detachably attached to a ring-shaped illumination device, the ring-shaped illumination device including: a main case that includes a first opening section which is a substantially circular opening formed on an upper surface, a second opening section which is a substantially circular opening formed on a lower surface and which has a first center axis common to the first opening section, and a first hollow section which includes the first center axis and is connected to the first opening section and the second opening section; a plurality of light-emitting elements that is annularly arranged in the main case so as to surround the first hollow section; and a light emitting opening section that is an opening having a substantially annular shape whose center is located on the first center axis and having a width in a vertical direction of the main case, the light emitting opening section guiding light emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements downward of the first center axis from the first hollow section, the attachment for the illumination device comprising:a dome member that includes a small-diameter opening section which has an substantially annular shape and has an opening diameter smaller than a diameter of the first opening section of the ring-shaped illumination device, a large-diameter opening section which has a substantially annular shape, has a second center axis common to the small-diameter opening section, and has an opening diameter larger than the opening diameter of the small-diameter opening section, and a side-surface section which has a contour shape widening from the small-diameter opening section to the large-diameter opening section along the second center axis and has a second hollow section inside, and at least a part of which transmits light from outside while diffusing the light to the second hollow section, the small-diameter opening section being inserted into the first hollow section of the ring-shaped illumination device from the second opening section to the first opening section of the ring shaped illumination device in a state where the second center axis common to the small-diameter opening section and the large-diameter opening section substantially matches the first center axis of the ring-shaped illumination device when the attachment for the illumination device is fitted to the ring-shaped illumination device; and
a first shielding member that includes a first inner peripheral end section which is connected to the small-diameter opening section of the dome member after the dome member is fitted to the ring-shaped illumination device, extends over an entire periphery from the first inner peripheral end section in a direction perpendicular to the center axis of the small-diameter opening section, covers a space formed between an annular end section of the small-diameter opening section of the dome member and an annular end section of the first opening section of the ring-shaped illumination device, and is connected to the ring-shaped illumination device,
wherein the annular end section of the large-diameter opening section of the dome member engages with the ring-shaped illumination device so as to cover a space formed between the annular end section of the large-diameter opening section of the dome member and the annular end section of the second opening section of the ring-shaped illumination device when the dome member is fitted to the ring-shaped illumination device.

US Pat. No. 10,168,021

LIGHT GUIDING DEVICE

1. A rearview device for a motor vehicle having a rearview reflection surface, an illuminant and a light guiding device wherein the light guiding device, light source and rearview reflection surface are arranged together in such a way that the light guiding device deflects the light emitted by the light source to a side of the rearview reflection surface facing away from the driver of the vehicle and transmitted through a portion of the reflection surface toward the driver to illuminate an indicator device of a driver assistance system or a blind spot monitor; andwherein one region of the rearview reflection surface comprises a non-reflecting or partially reflecting part, especially a pictogram, which is backlit by the light source and the light guiding device, the light guiding device comprising:
a. a light incoupling side for incoupling light from a light source;
b. a reflection side having a reflection layer; and
c. a light outcoupling side, which is disposed generally opposite the reflection side,wherein the reflection layer has at least one of a step-like or wave-like surface contour disposed onto at least a portion of the reflection side, and a clearance between the reflection side and the light outcoupling side generally decreases as the distance from the light incoupling side increases and the reflection side having the reflection layer is configured so that light arriving from the light incoupling side is deflected to the light outcoupling side, andthe reflection layer includes a paint that is imprinted on the step-like or wave-like surface contour.

US Pat. No. 10,168,020

COMPLEX LIGHTING FOR VEHICLE

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A complex lighting for a vehicle, comprising:a first lighting unit configured to include a first light source module, and a first reflection module having an inlet portion of an incidence light of the first light source module, a light transfer path through which the incidence light transfers and an outlet portion of the incidence light; and
a second lighting unit configured to be disposed adjacently to the first lighting unit, and to receive the light of the outlet portion of the first lighting unit and then control the amount of light emission,
wherein a bottom inside of the first reflection module includes a curvature area,
wherein the first lighting unit includes a space where an interior of a side portion extending from the bottom is embodied as a light transfer path, and
wherein the side portion include a first side portion and a second side portion, wherein an inner surface of the first side portion extends from the bottom of the first reflection module and an inner surface of the second side portion extends from the bottom of the first reflection module.

US Pat. No. 10,168,019

ILLUMINATION UNIT, PROJECTION DISPLAY UNIT, AND DIRECT-VIEW DISPLAY UNIT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

20. A projection display comprising:an illumination optical section;
a spatial modulating section configured to modulate light from the illumination optical section based on an input image signal to generate image light; and
a projection optical section configured to project the image light generated by the spatial modulating section,
wherein,
the illumination optical section includes (a) at least one light source configured to emit light from a light emission region thereof, the light emission region including at least one dot-shaped or non-dot-shaped light-emitting spots and (b) an optical member configured to allow light incident from the at least one light source to pass therethrough and exit therefrom,
the optical member includes an integrator including at least one fly-eye lens and is configured to uniformize a luminance distribution of light in a predetermined illumination region illuminated with light incident from the at least one light source,
the at least one fly-eye lens on which light from the at least one light source is incident includes a plurality of cells being arranged along a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to each other as the arrangement directions,
the at least one light source and the at least one fly-eye lens are arranged such that a luminance distribution shape of light incident on the at least one fly-eye lens also has an anisotropic shape caused by an anisotropic shape of a far field pattern (FFP), and
a major-axis direction of the luminance distribution shape is different from both the first and second arrangement directions of the cells of the at least one fly-eye lens.

US Pat. No. 10,168,018

VEHICLE LIGHT FIXTURE HAVING INTERNAL HEATSINK FOR LED LAMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle headlight comprising:a headlight housing including an external lens and an outer wall that define a headlight interior;
a lighting element including a light-emitting diode lamp; and
an internal heatsink having a rear portion extending from the rear of the lighting element and a flange portion that extends from a side of the lighting element, wherein the lamp is in thermal communication with the internal heatsink, and wherein the lighting element is disposed within the headlight interior and coupled to an element receptacle defined by the outer wall, and wherein the flange portion of the internal heatsink is in thermal communication with the external lens.

US Pat. No. 10,168,017

VEHICLE COMBINATION LAMP

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A vehicle combination lamp comprising a plurality of lamp units and a lamp chamber configured to accommodate the lamp units therein, whereinthe plurality of lamp units includes at least a first lamp unit having an end portion and a second lamp unit disposed at or near the end portion of the first lamp unit,
the first lamp unit includes a bar-shaped light guide member, and a light source including a first light emitting element that has white light emission color and a second light emitting element that has different light emission color from the first light emitting element, the light source being disposed at or near the end portion of the light guide member,
the light guide member of the first lamp unit includes a light incident surface opposed to the light source, a light reflection portion formed in part of an outer peripheral surface thereof and extending along an extending direction of the light guide member, and a light emission reflection portion opposite to the light reflection portion,
the light source of the first lamp unit includes a substrate on which the first and second light emitting elements are mounted so that the first and second light emitting elements having different light emission colors are opposed to the light incident surface,
the first lamp unit is configured to emit white light when the first light emitting element is turned on to emit white light and the white light is guided through the light guide member and output through the light emission reflection portion as well as to emit different color light when the second light emitting element is turned on to emit different color light from the white light and the different color light is guided through the light guide member and output through the light emission reflection portion, so that the white light and the different color light impart different lamp functions to the first lamp unit,
a light distribution pattern formed by the white light from the first lamp unit has a maximum luminous intensity near a position where a horizontal reference line H intersects with a vertical reference line V wherein a range of 150 cd in luminous intensity for irradiation expands vertically more upward than downward with respect to the horizontal reference line H and laterally wider than about 24°,
the second lamp unit includes a second light guide member including a light incident surface, and a second light source including a light emitting element that has white light emission color, the second light source being disposed to be opposed to the light incident surface of the second light guide member, and
a light distribution pattern formed by the white light from the second lamp unit has a maximum luminous intensity lower than the maximum luminous intensity formed by the white light from the first lamp unit and located in a horizontally shifted position with respect to the light distribution pattern of the first lamp unit.

US Pat. No. 10,168,016

TRANSPARENT VEHICLE LAMP

T.Y.C. BROTHER INDUSTRIAL...

1. A transparent vehicle lamp comprising:at least one lens having a main body portion, an optical axis extending through said main body portion in a front-rear direction, and a first light input portion that is connected to one of two opposite sides of said main body portion, and that is spaced apart from the optical axis, said main body portion having a reflecting surface that intersects with the optical axis, a coupling surface that is connected to a periphery of said reflecting surface, and a light output surface that is spaced apart from said reflecting surface and said coupling surface along the optical axis such that the image of a scenery toward which said coupling surface faces is formed on said light output surface, said first light input portion having a first light input surface; and
a first light emitting member facing said first light input surface, a first light beam emitted from said first light emitting member firstly propagating toward the optical axis through said first light input surface, and being then reflected by said reflecting surface toward said light output surface.

US Pat. No. 10,168,015

LEDS MOUNTED ON CURVED LEAD FRAME

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A light emitting structure, comprising:a plurality of bare light emitting diode (LED) dies, the LED dies having at least one bottom metal pad, the LED dies having a top surface that emits light;
a metal lead frame strip, the bottom metal pad of each of the LED dies being thermally affixed to a first surface of the lead frame strip, electrodes of the LED dies being electrically connected to the lead frame strip so that the LED dies are electrically interconnected;
lenses formed overlying the LED dies, the lenses being formed of a lens material, where the lens material encapsulates the LED dies and a portion of the lead frame strip; and
a support for the metal lead frame strip;
wherein the lead frame strip is bent while supported by the support such that top surfaces of at least some of the LED dies are in different planes,
wherein the support comprises a rigid pre-molded support defining a first slot (48) for receiving one end of the lead frame strip and defining a second slot (48) for receiving an opposite end of the lead frame strip,
wherein the support includes metal leads (54, 56) for connection to a power supply, and wherein the metal leads are electrically coupled to the first slot and the second slot,
wherein the support further comprises areas (50, 52) between the first slot and second slot that support the lead frame strip and define a curvature of the lead frame strip,
wherein the support supplies a continuous force to the lead frame strip to maintain a curvature of the lead frame strip,
wherein the rigid pre-molded support defines indentations and mesas between the indentations, and
wherein bottom portions of the lens material are inserted into the indentations to secure the LED dies in position.

US Pat. No. 10,168,014

HEAD LAMP APPARATUS

HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., ...

1. A head lamp apparatus comprising:a light source unit comprising first and second light sources;
a lens separated from the light source unit;
a first optic rod having a first light receiving surface, and configured to emit light received from the first light source toward the lens through a first light emitting surface; and
a second optic rod having a second light receiving surface, and configured to emit light received from the second light source toward the lens through a second light emitting surface,
wherein at least one of the first and second light emitting surfaces is positioned on a Petzval surface of the lens,
wherein at least one of the first and second light emitting surfaces is inclined in a direction away from the Petzval surface.

US Pat. No. 10,168,013

LIGHT MODULE OF LASER HEADLAMP WITH LIGHT CIRCULATION EFFECT

Tan De Tech Co., Ltd., D...

1. A light module of a laser headlamp, comprising at least a laser emitter, a light circulating device, a liquid crystal panel, and a projection lens in sequence, whereinthe laser emitter produces laser rays with a wavelength in a predetermined range;
the light circulating device includes a first polarizer, a first reflector, a wavelength converting layer, a second reflector, and a second polarizer in sequence from an end proximal to the laser emitter to an end proximal to the liquid crystal panel, wherein
the first reflector lets the laser rays with a first polarization pass;
the first reflector reflects the laser rays from the first polarizer to the wavelength converting layer, and reflect the laser rays from the wavelength converting layer to the first polarizer;
the wavelength converting layer converts the laser rays into white laser rays;
the second reflector reflects the white laser rays from the wavelength converting layer to the second polarizer, and reflect the white laser rays from the second polarizer to the wavelength converting layer; and
the second reflector lets the white laser rays with a second polarization pass;
the liquid crystal panel lets the white laser rays from the light circulating device pass, and generates projection rays with a predetermined image; and
the projection lens projects the projection rays with the predetermined image onto a target.

US Pat. No. 10,168,012

MODULAR VAPOR-TIGHT LIGHT FIXTURE

MAXLITE, Inc., West Cald...

1. A modular vapor-tight light fixture comprising:a first vapor-tight light module having:
a first channel housing;
a first lens secured to said first channel housing;
a first plurality of solid state light generating elements arranged between said first lens and said first channel housing;
a first end cap secured to a first end of said first channel housing; and,
a second end cap secured to a second end of said first channel housing,
wherein, said first channel housing including first and second rails which define respectively first and second mounting channels;
a second vapor-tight light module having:
a second channel housing;
a second lens secured to said second channel housing;
a second plurality of solid state light generating elements arranged between said second lens and said second channel housing;
a third end cap secured to a first end of said second channel housing; and,
a fourth end cap secured to a second end of said second channel housing,
wherein, said second channel housing including third and fourth rails which define respectively third and fourth mounting channels; and,
a coupling for connecting said first and second vapor-tight light modules, said coupling having first, second, third, and fourth mounting strip portions configured such that, with said first end cap of said first vapor-tight light module being adjacent to said third end cap of said second vapor-tight light module, said first and second mounting strip portions are simultaneously received respectively in said first and second mounting channels with said third and fourth mounting strip portions being simultaneously received respectively in said third and fourth mounting channels,
wherein said coupling having a generally inverted U-shape with first and second sides, said first and third mounting strip portions extending inwardly from said first side, said second and fourth mounting strip portions extending inwardly from said second side,
wherein said coupling includes at least one releasable lock selectively adjustable between a first state where a compressive force is applied so as to draw said first and second sides closer, and a second state where said compressive force is not applied, and,
wherein said at least one releasable lock includes a locking bar and a handle fixed to said locking bar, a slit being formed in said second side of said coupling with said locking bar extending therethrough, said handle being pivotally mounted to said second side to displace said locking bar such that said locking bar is extendable through said slit.

US Pat. No. 10,168,011

ULTRATHIN LAMP

Zhongshan POSO Lighting C...

1. An ultrathin lamp, comprising a mounting base, a light source plate embedded at the bottom of the mounting base, a lens provided below the light source plate and a diffusion cover provided below the lens;wherein the bottom of the mounting base has a recess in which the light source plate, the lens and the diffusion cover are embedded; a support table including a bottom plate and a curved portion projecting on the bottom plate is provided around the recess; ratio of width of the support table to thickness of the thickest portion of the support table is 5.5 to 10; the curved portion includes a base portion having a circular fillet and an arc portion extending over the base portion; and the ratio of the thickness of the support table to the sum of the thickness of the bottom plate and the base portion of the support table is 1 to 3.

US Pat. No. 10,168,010

GROUND INSERT GARDEN LAMP

Dong Guan Jia Sheng Light...

1. A ground insert lamp comprising:a fixed seat, a stake, a lamp body and a plurality of fasteners, wherein:
the fixed seat is affixed to a ground by the stake or affixed to a wall by the plurality of fasteners;
the fixed seat includes a pedal and a connector integrally formed on the pedal;
the connector has a periphery provided with a breach extending longitudinally;
the lamp body is removably mounted on the connector;
the pedal has a periphery provided with an opening extending inwardly and connected to the breach of the connector;
the pedal has an upper face provided with a plurality of ribs;
the pedal is provided with a slot corresponding to the stake and a plurality of fastening holes corresponding to the plurality of fasteners;
the stake includes an insert and a restriction member mounted on an upper end of the insert;
the insert includes a plurality of upright plates arranged in a radiating manner;
each of the plurality of upright plates has a bottom having a tapered shape, with a vertical distance between an outer edge of the bottom of each of the plurality of upright plates and a central axis of the insert increasing gradually from bottom to top;
the insert has a conic pointed bottom;
the stake further includes a connecting portion located between the insert and the restriction member;
the restriction member of the stake has a sheet shape;
the restriction member of the stake is inserted through the slot of the pedal and extends through the pedal from bottom to top; and
each of the plurality of upright plates has a top resting on the bottom of the pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,168,009

LED LAMPS WITH IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIGHT

Soraa, Inc., Fremont, CA...

1. An illumination system comprising:at least one LED device configured in a housing structure, wherein said at least one LED device comprises an n-type region, a light-emitting active region, and a p-type region, said at least one LED device configured to emit LED light having a peak emission wavelength of about 405 nm, said at least one LED device having an external quantum efficiency greater than 45% measured at an ambient temperature of 25° C. and at a current density of 40 A/cm2;
a wavelength conversion material optically coupled to said at least one LED device and configured to emit converted light;
a power source electrically coupled to said at least one LED device; and
wherein said illumination system emits emitted light comprising a combination of said LED light and said converted light, said emitted light has a spectral power distribution (SPD) having a correlated color temperature (CCT) and an International Commission on Illumination (CIE) whiteness, said CIE whiteness being at least equal to a reference CIE whiteness of a blackbody radiator with the same CCT, and wherein said SPD has a first power from 380 nm to 800 nm and a second power from 390 nm to about 430 nm, wherein said second power is at least 4% of said first power.

US Pat. No. 10,168,008

COLOR POINT VARIABLE LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A color point variable light emitting apparatus comprising:a member comprising a wavelength converting element and a non-wavelength converting element, the wavelength converting element is arranged to convert light of a first wavelength into light of a second wavelength and emit the light of the second wavelength, and the non-wavelength converting element is arranged to redirect light of the first wavelength;
a light source having a controllable optical element, the light source is arranged to, with light of a first wavelength, illuminate both a portion of the wavelength converting element and a portion of the non-wavelength converting element; and
a controller arranged to control the controllable optical element,
wherein the controllable optical element is arranged to change the spatial extension of the portion of the wavelength converting element and of the portion of the non-wavelength converting element illuminated by the light source by varying the angular distribution of light of the first wavelength illuminating both a portion of the wavelength converting element and a portion of the non-wavelength converting element.

US Pat. No. 10,168,007

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND ILLUMINATING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a first light-emitting element having a light emission peak wavelength of at least 430 nm and at most 470 nm;
a second light-emitting element having a light emission peak wavelength of at least 600 nm and at most 640 nm;
a first phosphor which, when excited by light emitted by the first light-emitting element, emits light having a light emission peak wavelength of at least 500 nm and at most 580 nm; and
a second phosphor which, when excited by light emitted by the first light-emitting element, emits light having a light emission peak wavelength of at least 640 nm and at most 670 nm,
wherein the light-emitting device emits white light through mixing of light emitted by each of the first light-emitting element, the second light-emitting element, the first phosphor, and the second phosphor,
wherein the white light has a color temperature of at least 2,000 K and at most 3,500 K, and a color deviation Duv smaller than ?10 and larger than ?25, and
wherein a colorfulness is larger than 44 and smaller than 50, in which the colorfulness indicates an appearance of red color when a color sample of a special color rendering index R9 is irradiated with the white light.

US Pat. No. 10,168,006

BACKLIGHT MODULE

Au Optronics Corporation,...

1. A backlight module, comprising:a light source suitable for emitting a first light and have an optical axis; and
an optical film group comprising an optical wavelength conversion film adapted to receive the first light and to convert the first light into a second light with different wavelength, the optical wavelength conversion film comprising a first portion and second portions, wherein the first portion of the optical wavelength conversion film is located in the optical axis of the light source, the second portions of the optical wavelength conversion films are respectively located in two sides of the optical axis of the light source, a quantity of the first light received per unit area of the first portion of the optical wavelength conversion film is greater than a quantity of the first light received per unit area of the second portions of the optical wavelength conversion film, and an optical wavelength conversion efficiency of the first portion of the optical wavelength conversion film with respect to the first light is smaller than an optical wavelength conversion efficiency of the second portions of the optical wavelength conversion film with respect to the first light.

US Pat. No. 10,168,005

LED ILLUMINATION DEVICE WITH ARBITRARY BENDING AND FIXING CONNECTOR MODULE

HUNAN YUEGANG MOOKRAY IND...

1. An LED illuminating device with an arbitrary bending and fixing connector module, comprising:a frame member module;
a housing of a lamp, a cover, and a piece-like internal and external cavity wall module;
a housing supporting and molding member module;
a decorative fastening member module;
a screw-in lens and decorative lighting module, in which a lens and a decorative lighting can be replaced arbitrarily;
a plug-in integrated light source module;
a plug-in three-dimensional circuit connector module, configured to be bent and fixed arbitrarily;
a plug-in power supply module;
wherein
the frame member module includes a first cylindrical plastic metal composite part and a snap-in connecting part;
wherein an outer layer of the first cylindrical plastic metal composite part is plastic;
wherein a core of the first cylindrical plastic metal composite part includes a metal strip;
each side surface of the first cylindrical plastic metal composite part includes a first concave snap-in groove structure; wherein the first cylindrical plastic metal composite part has a first end and a second end; wherein the first and second ends each include a second concave snap-in groove structure;
wherein the snap-in connecting part is configured to be a structure to snap in one of the first concave snap-in groove structure and the second concave snap-in groove structure;
wherein the housing of the lamp, is flexible metal piece-like, plastic piece-like, fabric film, paper, or a piece-like module with any combination;
wherein the cover is flexible metal piece-like, plastic piece-like, fabric film, paper, or a piece-like module with any combination;
wherein the piece-like internal and external cavity wall is flexible metal piece-like, plastic piece-like, fabric film, paper, or a piece-like module with any combination;
wherein a piece-like module material is inserted into one of the first concave snap-in groove structure_and the second concave snap-in groove structure in the frame member module to form an internal or external housing of the lamp, or form a closed or unclosed cavity inside the lamp, so as to form the housing of the lamp, the cover, and the piece-like internal and external cavity wall module;
wherein a surface of the piece-like module material is carved, coated, sprayed, or printed with a design;
the housing supporting and molding member module includes a supporting and molding member;
wherein the supporting and molding member has a multilayer piece-like structure;
wherein the number of layers in the multiplayer piece-like structure is N;
wherein N is an odd number equal to or greater than 3;
wherein the multilayer piece-like structure is arranged from top to bottom in an order of one plastic layer and one metal layer in an alternate manner;
wherein the multilayer piece-like structure has an uppermost layer and a lowermost layer
wherein the uppermost layer and the lowermost layer of the multilayer piece-like structure are plastic layers;
wherein a mechanical strength of the supporting and molding member is configured in such a way that the supporting and molding member can be bent or tailored arbitrarily by manpower to form a supporting member of the housing of the lamp, the cover, or a flexible film material of the lamp;
wherein the decorative fastening member module includes a second cylindrical plastic metal composite part, an H-shaped snap-in connecting part, and an L-shaped or U-shaped fastening sealing strip with a snap joint;
wherein the second cylindrical plastic metal composite part has one or more side surfaces and each side surface of the second cylindrical plastic metal composite part is provided with a concave snap-in groove structure;
wherein the H-shaped snap-in connecting part is configured to be a structure snapping in the concave snap-in groove structure of the second cylindrical plastic metal composite part;
a middle portion of each H-shaped snap-in connecting part is provided with a via hole;
the L-shaped or U-shaped fastening sealing strip with the snap joint is configured to snap in an external side surface of the second cylindrical plastic metal composite part;
the screw-in lens and decorative lighting module includes a screw-in secondary light distribution lens;
an internal side of an outer wall of the secondary light distribution lens is fixed to the plug-in integrated light source module in a screw-in manner;
the plug-in three-dimensional circuit connector module includes a connector;
the connector includes a plurality of connecting units;
each connecting unit is provided with a connecting point;
each connecting unit can be bent and fixed arbitrarily;
the plurality of connecting units are connected to each other through the connecting point;
the plug-in integrated light source module comprises at least one lamp bead body, an LED chip and a circuit, and a plug-in component;
a lower part of the lamp bead body is designed as a heat dissipation structure;
an upper part of the lamp bead body is packaged with the LED chip and the circuit;
the plug-in integrated light source module has an integrated whole packaging structure;
wherein the decorative fastening member is fixed in the frame member module;
the plug-in integrated light source module is plugged into the plug-in three-dimensional circuit connector module through the plug-in component and the plug-in three-dimensional circuit connector module is connected to the plug-in power supply module; and
wherein the frame member module and housing surround the light plug-in intergrated source module.

US Pat. No. 10,168,004

LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, LIGHT EMITTING UNIT, DISPLAY APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT

Sony Semiconductor Soluti...

1. A light emitting apparatus, comprising:a mounting substrate; and
a plurality of light emitting elements arranged on the mounting substrate, the plurality of light emitting elements comprising at least a first light emitting element having a first biased light emission intensity distribution and a second light emitting element having a second biased light emission intensity distribution,
wherein the first light emitting element, the second light emitting element, and at least one additional light emitting element of the plurality of light emitting elements are arranged on a same line and are configured to emit light of a same color,
wherein the second biased light emission intensity distribution is biased in a direction different from the first light emission intensity distribution and/or the first and second light emitting elements are oriented in different directions,
the first light emitting element comprising:
a first semiconductor layer comprising a first conductive layer, a first active layer, and a second conductive layer, wherein the first conductive layer, the first active layer, and the second conductive layer are laminated;
a first electrode layer electrically connected to the first conductive layer; and
a second electrode layer electrically connected to the second conductive layer,
wherein the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer are each offset from a center of the first light emitting element,
the second light emitting element comprising:
a second semiconductor layer comprising a third conductive layer, a second active layer, and a fourth conductive layer, wherein the third conductive layer, the second active layer, and the fourth conductive layer are laminated;
a third electrode layer electrically connected to the third conductive layer; and
a fourth electrode layer electrically connected to the fourth conductive layer,
wherein the third electrode layer and the fourth electrode layer are each offset from a center of the second light emitting element.

US Pat. No. 10,168,003

VALVE SYSTEM FOR AN LNG TANK

WARTSILA FINLAND OY, Vaa...

1. A valve system for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel tank, which valve system comprises two pressure relief safety valves, in which an outlet line from the LNG fuel tank is divided into two safety valve branches each comprising at least one of said two pressure relief safety valves, wherein the valve system further comprises interconnected shutoff valves for shutting off one of the safety valve branches at a time so that at least one of said two pressure relief safety valves is in operation at all times, that the safety valve branches connect to a common outlet line and one of the shutoff valves is located at a branching point of the outlet line for the LNG fuel tank and one of the shutoff valves is located at a connecting point to the common outlet line; and the shutoff valves are diverter valves with a T-bore.

US Pat. No. 10,168,002

BREATHER LAYER FOR EXHAUSTING PERMEATE FROM PRESSURE VESSELS

Quantum Fuel Systems LLC,...

1. A process for producing a pressure vessel, comprising:providing a liner;
wrapping an inner composite structure about the liner;
providing an inner polymeric layer about the inner composite structure;
wrapping a porous layer about the inner polymeric layer;
providing an outer polymeric layer about, the porous layer and.
wrapping a composite shell about the outer polymeric layer;
wherein each of the porous layer, the inner polymeric layer, the outer polymeric layer, and the composite shell are formed of a single set of continuous wrapped fibers forming overlapping helical patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,168,001

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR WASTE COLD RECOVERY IN A GAS-FUELED SEA-GOING VESSEL

WARTSILA FINLAND OY, Vaa...

1. A fuel storage and distribution system for a gas-fueled sea-going vessel, comprising:a gas tank for storing gas fuel, a portion of which is in liquefied form,
a tank room that constitutes a gastight space enclosing tank connections to and from the tank room and valves associated with the connections,
a part of a refrigeration or air conditioning circuit reaching into said tank room, and
a first local heat transfer circuit in the tank room, which first local heat transfer circuit is configured to receive heat from said part of the refrigeration or air conditioning circuit in said tank room, wherein
in that the fuel storage and distribution system further comprises
in its first local heat transfer circuit a first local heat transfer re-boiler and a first local heat transfer condenser, and wherein part of the refrigeration or air conditioning circuit constitutes a hot element within said first local heat transfer re-boiler, and arranged to transfer such received heat to liquefied gas fuel handled in the first local heat transfer re-boiler and the first local heat transfer condenser in said fuel storage and distribution system,
a pipe leading gas fuel through a cold element within said first local heat transfer condenser and
a part of an engine cooling circuit reaching into said tank room;
a second local heat transfer circuit in the tank room, which second local heat transfer circuit comprises a second local heat transfer re-boiler and a second local heat transfer condenser, wherein part of the engine cooling circuit constitutes a hot element within said second local heat transfer re-boiler, and which second local heat transfer circuit is receiving heat from said part of the engine cooling circuit in said tank room and transferring such received heat to liquefied gas fuel handled in the second local heat transfer re-boiler and the second local heat transfer condenser in said fuel storage and distribution system,
a pipe leading gas fuel through a cold element within said second local heat transfer condenser.

US Pat. No. 10,168,000

NITROGEN PUMPING FROM A TANK TRUCK

Air Liquide Large Industr...

1. A method of pumping a liquid with a vehicle tank truck, comprising; a diesel engine, an automatic transmission device, and a triplex pump, wherein power is transferred from the diesel engine through the automatic transmission device to the triplex pump, wherein the triplex pump has a fluid provided to an inlet, an fluid outlet pressure and a fluid outlet flow rate, the diesel engine has a rotational speed, and the automatic transmission device has multiple gear ratios capable of varying the rotational speed of the triplex pump with respect to the rotational speed of the diesel engine, the method comprising:determining a delta P by comparing the fluid outlet pressure of the triplex pump to a predetermined pressure,
determining a delta F by comparing the fluid outlet flow rate of the triplex pump to a predetermined flow rate,
adjusting the rotational speed of the diesel engine to reduce the delta P and delta F, wherein the rotational speed of the diesel engine is held constant once either the delta P or the Delta F is zero, and
increasing the gear ratio of the automatic transmission device if the rotational speed of the diesel engine reaches a predetermined maximum, and
decreasing the gear ratio of the automatic transmission device if the rotational speed of the diesel engine reaches a predetermined minimum.

US Pat. No. 10,167,999

GAS FILLING METHOD

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

1. A gas filling method performed in a predetermined gas filling system for connecting a supply source of compressed gas to a tank mounted on a mobile object via a piping, the piping including a downstream piping, and the downstream piping including a first check valve and a second check valve, the method comprising:filling the tank with the gas from the supply source;
an initial-filling initiation step of opening a flow control valve provided in the piping to start initial filling to achieve a first target pressure at a predetermined detection point downstream of the flow control valve, the downstream piping located downstream of the flow control valve;
a pressure-variation acquisition step of obtaining a pressure variation per unit time or per unit mass at the predetermined detection point;
an initial-pressure detection step of obtaining a pressure at the detection point at a time specified using the pressure variation, and taking that pressure as the initial pressure in the tank;
a main-filling initiation step of starting main filling using the initial pressure;
when the first target pressure is achieved, opening the first check valve to pressurize the predetermined detection point to a second target pressure; and
when the second target pressure is achieved, completing the main filling by opening the second check valve.

US Pat. No. 10,167,998

MECHANIZED AREA CONTROLLER

Frederick Energy Products...

1. A traffic control system, the system comprising:a first magnetic field generator, for generating a first zone magnetic field defining a first zone, mounted over an aisle, the first magnetic field generator being adapted to generate a plurality of magnetic field pulses, wherein each of the magnetic field pulses are separated by a period of time;
a first magnetic field detector affixed to a vehicle and configured to detect a strength of each of the plurality of magnetic field pulses and to generate a vehicle response signal indicative of the strength of each of the plurality of magnetic field pulses; and
a controller configured to receive the vehicle response signal, the controller further configured to determine a speed of the vehicle based on the period of time and the strength of each of the plurality of magnetic field pulses indicated by the vehicle response signal and to generate a control signal for the vehicle based on the speed of the vehicle determined by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,167,997

GAIN PLATE

1. A gain plate made of reinforced plastic for attaching to a pole and a cross arm comprising:a pole channel comprising:
a front plate having a first end and a second end and a front surface extending along at least a portion the front plate;
two side plates extending from the front plate between the first end and second end and in a direction away from a direction the front surface faces;
a first end plate having a first edge attached to the first end of the front plate and each of the side plates, and having a second edge having a first radius;
a second end plate having a first edge attached to the second end of the front plate and each of the side plates, and having a second edge having a second radius, wherein the front plate, the two side plates and the first and second end plates form a rear-facing cavity;
a plurality of cross members disposed in the rear-facing cavity, at least some of the plurality of cross members being radiused; and
a cross arm channel disposed perpendicularly to the pole channel, the cross arm channel configured to received therein a cross arm.

US Pat. No. 10,167,996

ATTACHMENT BRACKET WITH ADJUSTMENT MECHANISMS AND PIVOT

Tesla, Inc., Palo Alto, ...

1. An adjustable bracket comprising:a body of quadrilateral shape that defines an attachment plane for a device, the body comprising:
a first adjustment mechanism located adjacent a first corner of the quadrilateral shape, the first adjustment mechanism comprising a first passage transverse to the attachment plane, a second passage parallel to the attachment plane and leading to the first passage, and a first moveable member extending in the first passage;
a second adjustment mechanism located adjacent a second corner of the quadrilateral shape, the second adjustment mechanism comprising a third passage transverse to the attachment plane, a fourth passage parallel to the attachment plane and leading from a third corner of the quadrilateral shape to the third passage, and a second moveable member extending in the third passage; and
a pivot located adjacent a fourth corner of the quadrilateral shape, wherein each of the first and second adjustment mechanisms is configured for adjusting the adjustable bracket relative to the pivot.

US Pat. No. 10,167,995

PORTABLE ITEM HOLDER HAVING AN ELONGATE VOID EXTENDING BETWEEN TWO OPENINGS FOR RECEIVING THE ITEM

1. An item holder, mountable by suction on a generally smooth mounting surface, comprising:a deformable body including:
a convex outer surface that is substantially free of protrusions;
a concave inner surface opposite the convex outer surface, the concave inner surface forming a concavity; and
an edge extending around the convex outer surface and the concave inner surface of the body, wherein:
the deformable body is shaped to form in the body an elongate void extending through the deformable body in a direction that is generally parallel to the mounting surface, and adjacent a suction portion of the body required to create mounting suction, during use of the holder;
the elongate void formed by the deformable body terminates at opposing openings including first opening opposite a second opening;
the deformable body is deformable from an undeformed shape to an actuated shape to mount the holder on the mounting surface by positioning the inner surface of the body adjacent the, mounting surface when the body is in the undeformed shape thereby forming a cavity between the suction portion of the body and the mounting surface and deforming the body to the actuated shape thereby sealing the body against the mounting surface and forcing fluid out of the cavity to create a suction between the body and the mounting surface thereby securing the body to the mounting surface; and
the body defines a suction portion needed for creating the suction between the body and the mounting surface; and
a link component extending into the first opening, through the elongate void, and out of the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,167,994

INSTRUMENT AND SPEAKER LIFT STAND

Randall May International...

1. A lift mechanism for a tube, the lift mechanism comprising:an adjustable travel stop having opposing surfaces defining lateral ends of the travel stop, the travel stop configured to be repositioned along a length of said tube such that the opposing surfaces are interior to the tube;
an extension mechanism configured to extend from said tube and pushing against said adjustable travel stop so as to thereby provide mechanical lift assistance,
wherein an extension limit of said lift mechanism is set by a position of said adjustable travel stop within said tube.

US Pat. No. 10,167,993

COMPENSATED MOTION BASE

Oceaneering International...

1. A compensated motion base, comprising:a. an upper deck frame comprising a predetermined outer perimeter;
b. a platform; and
c. a set of compensated actuators disposed intermediate the upper deck frame and the platform and arranged in a predetermined pattern, each compensated actuator of the set of compensated actuators comprising:
i. a base, comprising:
1. a first attachment point configured to be connected to the platform at a first predetermined location with respect to the upper deck frame;
2. a second attachment point configured to be connected to the platform at a second predetermined location with respect to the upper deck frame proximate the outer perimeter;
ii. an electric actuator pivotally connected to the base at a base coupler, the base coupler comprising a first base joint, and pivotally connected to the deck at a first joint; and
iii. a fluid actuator pivotally connected to the base at a second base joint and to the deck frame at a second joint pivotally connected to the first joint.

US Pat. No. 10,167,992

DOME CAMERA MECHANISM

Avigilon Corporation, Va...

1. A gimbal pan assembly for locking an optical module of a dome camera in a pan direction, the gimbal pan assembly comprising:a yoke configured to mount the optical module, the yoke including a disk;
a gimbal base configured to:
mount the yoke; and
allow the yoke to pan rotate; and
a cam latch mounted on the gimbal base and configured to push against the disk to create friction to lock the yoke from pan rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,167,991

LOCKABLE DISPLAY SUPPORT

Shanghai ThinkWise Indust...

1. A lockable display support, comprising a base, a cantilever and a suspension assembly for positioning the display; wherein the base is placed or locked on a fixture; the cantilever comprises an upper cover, a lower cover, an upper shaft seat and a lower shaft seat which are hinged into a four-link mechanism; wherein, the cantilever further comprises a lockable pneumatic rod placed between the upper cover and the lower cover, and hinged between diagonal shaft points of the four-link mechanism, and a linear control end of the lockable pneumatic rod is arranged on the suspension assembly;wherein the suspension assembly comprises an L-shaped arm, a connector, a keyboard support and an upper positioning shaft the upper positioning shaft is locked at the bending of the L-shaped arm and is downwardly movably inserted in the upper shaft seat the connector is positioned on the upper end of the L-shaped arm for hanging the display by a shaft the keyboard support is positioned at the lower end of the L-shaped arm by a shaft; and the linear control end of the lockable pneumatic rod is disposed on the keyboard support.

US Pat. No. 10,167,990

CAMERA MOUNTING SYSTEM

TOMTOM INTERNATIONAL B.V....

1. A camera, comprising:a substantially cylindrical camera body defining a longitudinal axis;
a lens barrel arranged on the longitudinal axis; and
a mounting system rotatably connected to the camera body, wherein the mounting system comprises:
a base portion for mounting the camera to another object, the base portion extending along a side wall of the camera body; and
at least one ring member engaging around a circumference of the camera body, such that the mounting system is rotatable around the camera body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,989

MULTIDIRECTIONALLY DEFLECTABLE MOUNTING APPARATUS AND METHOD

NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS ...

1. A mounting system, comprising:a first multidirectionally deflectable engine mounting apparatus; and
a second multidirectionally deflectable engine mounting apparatus;
wherein each of the first and second multidirectionally deflectable engine mounting apparatuses includes
a base having a base surface and an undersurface, the base surface substantially located in a lateral plane,
an elongate shaft having a proximal shaft end and a distal shaft end, the proximal and distal shaft ends being longitudinally spaced from one another, the shaft having a laterally oriented shaft flange encircling the proximal shaft end, the shaft flange having a proximal shaft flange surface and a distal shaft flange surface, the proximal and distal shaft flange surfaces each being laterally extending,
a resilient washer located directly between the base surface and the proximal shaft flange surface, and
a contoured top plate including a distally raised center portion and a laterally oriented outer plate rim concentric to the center portion, the center portion having a plate aperture surrounding the shaft, the plate rim being connected directly to the base surface, and the shaft flange and the resilient washer both being located entirely proximal to the center portion and lateral to the plate rim, such that the shaft flange and the resilient washer are covered by the top plate and attached to the base surface thereby,
wherein the resilient washer is configured to be compressed under deflection pressure applied laterally to the shaft, compression of the resilient washer being configured to cause a biasing force equal and opposite to the deflection pressure to re-center the shaft when the deflection pressure is removed;
wherein the second multidirectionally deflectable engine mounting apparatus is oriented in mirrored longitudinal opposition to the first multidirectionally deflectable engine mounting apparatus such that the undersurface of the base of the first multidirectionally deflectable engine mounting apparatus is in direct contact with the undersurface of the base of the second multidirectionally deflectable engine mounting apparatus, and the proximal shaft ends of the first and second multidirectionally deflectable engine mounting apparatuses are located adjacent one another, with both the proximal shaft ends of the first and second multidirectionally deflectable engine mounting apparatuses being concurrently longitudinally interposed between the distal shaft ends of the first and second multidirectionally deflectable engine mounting apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 10,167,987

PIPELINE PIG LAUNCH APPARATUS

ROTO-LAUNCH INC., Grande...

1. A pig launching apparatus comprising:a frame including a first guide rail with a first pig supporting surface and a second guide rail with a second pig supporting surface, the first guide rail extending substantially parallel to, and spaced apart from, the second guide rail, the first guide rail and the second guide rail configured to support a pig on the first and second pig supporting surfaces;
a drop tube at an end of the frame into which the pig is positioned for dropping into a pipeline;
a drive system including a pushing finger protruding into the frame, the drive system configured to move through a cycle from a starting position through a forward stroke to move the pushing finger toward the drop tube and a rearward stroke to pull the pushing finger back to the starting position, the forward stroke moving the pushing finger to push the pig axially along the first and second pig supporting surfaces;
an extension of the first guide rail in the drop tube, the extension being moveable between (i) a support position for supporting the pig in a substantially vertical position in the drop tube and (ii) a release position wherein it can release the pig to drop out of the drop tube; and
a lock mechanism for the extension, the lock mechanism configured to alternately lock the extension in the support position and release the extension for movement to the release position, the lock mechanism configured to release the extension when the drive system moves through the rearward stroke.

US Pat. No. 10,167,986

CABLE PULLER AND METHOD

TT Technologies, Inc., A...

1. A cable puller, comprising:an extending and contracting beam, including a stationary portion and a moving portion;
a soil reaction plate coupled to the stationary portion;
a pulley attached at a distal end of the moving portion;
one cyclic cable gripping device on the cable puller, the one cyclic cable gripping device attached to the stationary portion, the one cyclic cable gripping device configured to pull a cable through a length of pipe by gripping the cable on a beam extension,
a splitter attached to the stationary portion before the cable gripper, wherein the splitter includes a replaceable, stationary blade that is held in place with one or more spring loaded balls that correspond to a detent.

US Pat. No. 10,167,985

PRESSURE BUFFER DEVICE

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

1. A pressure buffer device, comprising:a pipe-shaped member that stores fluid;
a partitioning member that partitions a space in the pipe-shaped member into a first space and a second space as being movable in an axial direction of the pipe-shaped member;
a fluid reservoir portion that stores fluid in accordance with movement of the partitioning member as being arranged at an outer side of the pipe-shaped member in a radial direction of the pipe-shaped member;
a communication path that provides communication between the first space and the second space as being arranged at an outer side of the fluid reservoir portion in the radial direction of the pipe-shaped member;
a first outer member having a pipe shape arranged at the outer side of the pipe-shaped member in the radial direction of the pipe-shaped member;
a second outer member having a pipe shape arranged at an outer side of the first outer member in the radial direction of the pipe-shaped member; and
a plurality of ribs that connect the first outer member and the second outer member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,984

PIPE CONNECTOR AND PIPE-CONNECTED EMBEDDED BOX INCLUDING SAME

1. A pipe connector comprising:a connector body having a tubular shape and including a first fluid channel extending in a first fluid channel axial line of the connector body and a second fluid channel extending in a second fluid channel axial line of the connector body, wherein the first fluid channel axial line and the second fluid channel axial line are displaced from each other so as not to cross each other, and the first fluid channel and the second fluid channel are in fluid communication with each other and do not cross each other; and
an insert object having a tubular shape and received in an inner space of the connector body, the insert object defining a first connection fluid channel and a second connection fluid channel serially connected, in angular relation, to each other, and the insert object including a first opening at a proximal end of the a first connection fluid channel, and a second opening at a distal end of the second connection fluid channel,
wherein the first opening of the insert object is connected to and open through a side wall of the first fluid channel of the connector body in fluid communication thereto,
wherein the second opening of the insert object is open along the second fluid channel axial line and connected to the second fluid channel of the connector body in fluid communication thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,167,983

QUICK CONNECT WITH VISUAL INDICATOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A quick connect device, comprising:a second portion with a first extendable arm protruding radially outward over a protrusion of an third portion, and a second extendable arm above the first extendable arm that is pushed radially outward by the protrusion only when an annular recess of the second portion is fully engaged with the protrusion, and where one of the extendable arms is perpendicular to a central axis of the quick connect device; and
a separate, axially aligned first portion having a window exposing and enabling the second extendable arm of the second portion to be extended and rotate in a plane about a central axis when fully engaged with the third portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,982

STACKED DUCT ASSEMBLIES

Fluor Technologies Corpor...

1. A duct assembly for flowing fluids, the assembly comprising:a first duct positioned above the ground, wherein the first duct is configured to flow a first fluid, wherein the first duct comprises a first fluid conduit;
a second duct positioned above the ground, wherein the second duct is configured to flow a second fluid, wherein the first duct and the second duct isolate the first fluid and the second fluid from each other, wherein the second duct comprises a second fluid conduit;
a stand supporting the first duct and the second duct above the ground, wherein the stand has an upper end positioned below the first duct and the second duct, wherein the first duct is seated on the upper end of the stand and the second duct is positioned above the first duct; and
a plurality of laterally spaced struts vertically disposed between the first fluid conduit and the second fluid conduit, wherein each strut is oriented parallel to a the first longitudinal axis of the first duct.

US Pat. No. 10,167,981

EXTENSION-TYPE CABLE TIE FRAME FOR POWER CABLE

CYBER POWER SYSTEMS, INC....

1. An extension-type frame for power cable tie, the extension-type frame comprising:a first cable frame (10) having a first plane surface (11) and a first wall (15), wherein the first plane surface (11) and the first wall (15) have a plurality of first protruding rings (12), and each of the first protruding rings (12) forms a first cable tie hole (13);
a second cable frame (20) having a second plane surface (21) and a second wall (25), wherein the second plane surface (21) and the second wall (25) have a plurality of second cable tie holes (22);
wherein a plurality of edges (24) of the second cable frame (20) respectively inserted into a plurality of rail spaces (14) of the first cable frame (10), the first and second cable frames (10, 20) can slide each other, the first protruding rings (12) of the first plane surface (11) are located above the second cable tie holes (22) of the second plane surface (21), thereby preventing interference between the second cable tie holes (22) of the second plane surface (21) and the first cable tie holes (13) of the first plane surface (11),
wherein the first protruding rings (12) of the first wall (15) are located at outside of the second cable tie holes (22) of the second wall (25), thereby preventing interference between the second cable tie holes (22) of the second wall (25) and the first cable tie holes (13) of the first wall (15), so that the second plane surface (21) and the second wall (25) can adjust an available quantity of the second cable tie holes (22), and
wherein a first platform (18) extends from a bottom end of the first wall (15), a second platform (28) extends from a bottom end of the second wall (25), a plurality of power cables (71, 72) can be supported and contained by the first and second platforms (18, 28); the first platform (18) has an elongated hole (19), the second platform (28) has a through hole (29), and a screw bolt or a dowel pin (P) can be disposed on the elongated hole (19) and the through hole (29), thereby limiting of the slide scope of the second cable frame (20), and thereby preventing escape of the second cable frame (20) from the first cable frame (10).

US Pat. No. 10,167,980

TRAY BRACKET FOR MOUNTING ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

EMITTER ENERGY, INC., Ra...

1. A mounting bracket for an LED driver comprising:a base plate having substantially planar bottom surface, and having mounting feet on each side,
with a plurality of mounting screw apertures on the base plate;
a plurality of mounting screw apertures on an extension plates;
the center portion of the mounting bracket between an integral wiring compartments is opened allowing exposure to a surrounding ambient air;
one or more integral wiring compartments on each side of the mounting bracket;
one or more lid covers, for securely protecting wiring placed in the integral wiring compartments, and including one or more tapered holes;
a plurality of conduit knockouts on the sides, front, back and bottom of the mounting bracket;
said mounting feet are on each end of the mounting bracket with integral holes for securement of the mounting bracket to a luminaire or other mounting surface,
and an opening for receiving an LED driver case.

US Pat. No. 10,167,979

THROTTLING DEVICE

Mueller International, LL...

1. An air removal assembly comprising:an air valve mountable on a fluid system; and
a throttling device in fluid communication with the air valve, the throttle device further in fluid communication with the fluid system through the air valve when the air valve is mounted on the fluid system, the throttling device including:
a body having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface defining a body cavity, the inner surface and the outer surface defining a plurality of body orifices in fluid communication through the body cavity;
a throttle movably positioned within the body cavity proximate to a first orifice of the plurality of body orifices, the throttle movable to a closed position closing the first orifice and to an open position opening a fluid pathway between the first orifice and the body cavity; and
a biasing element biasing the throttle to a partially-open position between the closed position and the open position; wherein the partially-open position is when the biasing element is at rest.

US Pat. No. 10,167,978

DISPLACEMENT CONTROL VALVE

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A displacement control valve comprising a valve housing, a valve element fitted in a guide passage of the valve housing, for opening and closing a control passage, and a solenoid for driving the valve element to open and close the valve element, whereinthe control passage comprises at least a discharge-side port as a discharge-side passage or a suction-side port as a suction-side passage provided in the valve housing,
the guide passage is provided between the discharge-side port and the suction-side port,
the valve element comprises a first valve section on one side and a second valve section on the other side, for opening and closing the discharge-side port and the suction-side port,
a tapered portion is provided at one of an outer peripheral surface of the valve element facing the guide passage and a guide surface of the guide passage, and a spiral groove is provided in the other,
the tapered portion is set so that a gap between the outer peripheral surface of the valve element and the guide surface of the guide passage is larger toward a low-pressure side than on a high-pressure side, and
the tapered portion and the spiral groove are provided so that a starting point of the tapered portion is located within a region of the spiral groove in an entire range between a starting point and an ending point of a stroke of the valve element.

US Pat. No. 10,167,977

FLEXIBLE STEM BELLOW ASSEMBLY

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system comprising:a bellows assembly configured to mount between a movable valve structure and a stationary valve structure of a valve assembly, wherein the bellows assembly comprises:
a bellows, wherein the movable valve structure or the stationary valve structure comprises a first sealing surface configured to move along a first opposing surface of the bellows during movement of the movable valve structure relative to the stationary valve structure; and
a spacer, wherein the bellows is configured to compress until a gap is closed relative to the spacer, the bellows assembly is configured to bear a load through the bellows before the gap is closed, and the bellows assembly is configured to bear the load through the bellows and the spacer after the gap is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,167,976

REGULATING VALVE

Azbil Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A regulating valve comprising:a valve stem for driving a valve member disposed in a valve box; and
a gland portion slidably holding the valve stem,
wherein the gland portion comprises:
a lid portion having a through-hole communicating with an inside of the valve box, the valve stem being inserted into the through-hole,
a spacer provided between an inner wall of the through-hole and the valve stem, one yarn packing as a main packing, the yarn packing being disposed above a surface of the spacer, the surface being opposite to the valve box,
at least two adapter packings disposed above the surface of the spacer with the yarn packing in a slide direction of the valve stem, the adapter packings being made of a material having a smaller thermal expansion coefficient and a higher hardness than the yarn packing,
a packing follower disposed on one of the adapter packings opposite to the valve box,
a disc spring disposed on the packing follower, and
a packing flange disposed above the disc spring and the packing follower, the packing flange being fixed to the lid portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,975

COUPLING SYSTEM FOR AN EXPANDABLE FLUID DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

Norgren GmbH, Alpen (DE)...

1. A coupling system for a fluid module (100) of an expandable fluid distribution system, comprising:a first coupling side (104) of the fluid module (100) including:
a female coupling part comprising an aperture (105) and a shoulder (108);
a male coupling part comprising a coupling tab (106) extending from the first coupling side (104);
a second coupling side (204) of the fluid module (100) including:
a female coupling part comprising a slot (206) sized and shaped to receive at least a portion of the coupling tab (106) of an adjoining fluid module and engage the portion of the coupling tab (106) when the coupling tab is rotated relative to the slot; and
a male coupling part comprising a fluid stem (205) and an engagement rim (208) sized and shaped to engage the shoulder (108) of an adjoining fluid module.

US Pat. No. 10,167,974

CHECK VALVES

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND, Cha...

1. A check valve comprising:a valve housing defining a valve opening;
a pair of mounting posts arranged on opposed sides of the valve opening;
a hinge pin mounted between the mounting posts;
a pair of flapper elements pivotably mounted to the hinge pin for rotation relative to the housing between an open position in which they permit fluid flow through the valve opening and a closed position in which they prevent fluid flow through the valve opening; and
a stop mounted between the mounting posts above the hinge pin and extending across the valve opening such that the flapper elements will move into contact with the stop in their open positions; wherein
the stop is a coil spring.

US Pat. No. 10,167,973

MULTI-STAGE POPPET VALVE

KOREA AEROSPACE RESEARCH ...

1. A multi-stage poppet valve comprising:a flow pipe in which a channel through which a fluid flows is formed;
a fixing part extended inwardly from an inner peripheral surface of the channel of the flow pipe, and having a first channel formed therein, the first channel being hollowed in a vertical direction and having the fluid flowing therethrough;
a main valve part disposed on the fixing part, having a second channel formed at a center of an inner portion thereof, and vertically moved by force acting in the vertical direction to open and close the first channel, the second channel having the fluid flowing therethrough; and
an auxiliary valve part vertically moved in the second channel by force acting in the vertical direction to open and close the second channel, thereby controlling a flow rate of the fluid passing through the second channel,
wherein the first channel and the second channel are selectively opened and closed depending on magnitudes of force acting on the main valve part and the auxiliary valve part,
wherein the main valve part includes a first protrusion protruding from an upper inner surface of the second channel toward a center of the flow pipe, a second protrusion protruding from a lower inner surface of the second channel toward the center of the flow pipe and formed below the first protrusion, and a flow space formed between the first protrusion and the second protrusion, and
the auxiliary valve part is vertically moved in the flow space and a vertical movement distance of the auxiliary valve part is limited by the first protrusion and the second protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,972

VALVE FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE LIQUID

TATA STEEL NEDERLAND TECH...

1. A valve for high temperature liquid comprising:a valve body,
a valve seat,
input and output connections,
a valve closure member provided with a passageway,
a valve cover member, and
a valve spindle connected to the valve closure member,
wherein the parts of the valve that come into contact with the liquid are provided with a coating of a material or are made of a material that is resistant against the high temperature liquid,
wherein the valve closure member is made of graphite and the valve body is made of HIP BN, wherein the valve cover member is made of HIP BN.

US Pat. No. 10,167,971

ASPIRATED RELIEF VALVE FOR A TURBOCHARGING SYSTEM

Dayco IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. An engine system comprising:an air induction system;
a turbocharger receiving air from the air induction system, wherein the turbocharger is in fluid communication with a throttle and an intake manifold of an engine to send compressed air thereto;
an evacuator having a motive cone, a discharge cone, and a suction port, wherein a motive outlet end of the motive cone faces a discharge inlet of the discharge cone to define a Venturi gap in fluid communication with the suction port;
a relief valve having a housing enclosing a piston, the housing defining an inlet and an outlet in selective fluid communication with one another controlled by the movement of the piston and a valve element connected to the piston, wherein the piston divides the housing into a pressurized chamber in fluid communication with the suction port of the evacuator and a bypass portion opposite the pressurized chamber, the bypass portion being in fluid communication with the inlet and the outlet of the relief valve, and wherein the inlet of the relief valve is in fluid communication with the compressed air from the turbocharger upstream of the throttle and the outlet of the relief valve is in fluid communication with the air induction system or atmosphere; and
a storage tank of high pressure air in fluid communication with the evacuator for high pressure air to flow through the evacuator from the motive cone to the discharge cone, thereby creating vacuum acting on the pressurized chamber of the relief valve to move the piston between the closed position and the open position;
wherein the discharge cone of the evacuator is in fluid communication with atmosphere or the air induction system upstream of the turbocharger.

US Pat. No. 10,167,970

SAFE VALVE FOR HIGH PRESSURE REGULATOR

MOTONIC CORPORATION, Seo...

1. A valve for a pressure regulator, the valve comprising: a guide body coupled to a valve port prepared at a body of the pressure regulator; a valve body coupled to an upper end part of the guide body to open the valve port when overpressure occurs in a state that the valve port is closed; a lower spring installed inside the guide body for providing elastic force to the valve body; a discharging pipe coupled to a lower part of the guide body for discharging fuel upon an opening operation of the valve body; and a separation preventing pin for preventing the discharging pipe from being completely separated from the guide body, wherein the valve is configured to relieve the overpressure by discharging the fuel when the overpressure occurs inside the pressure regulator, is configured to be separated from the body of the regulator to discharge the fuel inside the pressure regulator, and wherein the separation preventing pin is installed and penetrates through one side of the guide body, an inner end of the separation preventing pin protrudes into a moving space disposed between an annular rib disposed at an upper end part of the discharging pipe and a central part of the discharging pipe, and a movable distance of the discharging pipe from the guide body is limited within a height of the moving space.

US Pat. No. 10,167,969

PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE FOR RAILROAD TANK CARS

Engineered Controls Inter...

1. A relief valve comprising:a flange mount;
a bonnet engaged with the flange mount;
an adjusting screw engaged with the bonnet;
a spring assembly engaged with the adjusting screw;
a seat engaged with the spring assembly, the seat being urged by the spring assembly to engage with the flange mount in a closed position;
a stem extending into the spring assembly and extending through the adjusting screw, the stem comprising a shoulder, the shoulder being disposed along the stem external to the bonnet;
a pin housing engaged with the bonnet; and
at least one pin disposed in the pin housing and configured to engage the shoulder when the stem is in an open position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,968

CHECK VALVE

1. A check valve comprising:a dome-shaped body forming a cavity and which defines an entrance opening;
a wall extending from the body at an end opposite to the entrance opening, the wall comprising elongated wall portions joined together by end portions, a passageway between the wall portions and extending from the cavity to a slit at an end of the wall, wherein interior surfaces of the wall portions abut against each other in an at rest condition, and wherein the interior surfaces of the wall portions are separated from each other in a flow permitting condition such that the passageway and slit are opened, the body and wall being formed of a flexible and resilient material; and
at least one rare-earth magnet attached to each wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,967

AIRBOX DRAIN VALVE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A drain valve, comprising:a support portion having a first end and a second end, the first end having a width that is narrower than a width of the second end;
a connecting portion extending from the support portion proximate the first end, the connecting portion comprising a tip disposed at a proximal end of the connecting portion, the tip being configured to engage a drain defined by a portion of a panel; and
a contoured flap extending from a hinge disposed proximate the first end from a flat lateral surface of the support portion, the contoured flap having a profile corresponding to profile of the portion of the panel and having a durometer value that:
allows the contoured flap to pivot on the hinge to allow flow from the drain; and
in response to a negative pressure within the drain, allows the contoured flap to prevent flow through the drain.

US Pat. No. 10,167,966

VENTILATING VALVE FOR A SEWER PIPE

Capricorn S.A., Swiebodz...

1. A ventilating valve comprisinga tubular body (1) having an inside, a bottom end and a top end, the bottom end configured as a fastening piece (2) for mounting on a sewer pipe and the top end configured as a ventilating valve head (3), wherein the ventilating valve head comprises:
ribs (6) extending upwards from the fastening piece (2),
concentric rings (5.1-5.4) arranged spaced apart and one above the other on the ribs (6), wherein inlet openings (4) for the inlet of air into the sewer pipe are defined between the ribs (6) and the concentric rings (5.1-5.4), the concentric rings including an upper concentric ring (5.4),
an essentially flat disk-shaped annular membrane (9) having a radially inner edge, a radially outer edge, a bottom side (9.1) and a top side (9.2),
a radially inner circumferential valve seat ring (7) for the annular membrane (9),
a radially outer circumferential valve seat ring (8) for the annular membrane (9), wherein said radially inner and radially outer circumferential valve seat rings (7, 8) define between them a vent opening through which the tubular body inside communicates with the ambient environment, wherein the annular membrane (9) is flat on the bottom side (9.1) and tapers on the top side, in each case, from the edges towards the center of the ring,
a lid (10) arranged in a sealing manner on the upper concentric ring (5.4),
a sieve (11) connected to the radially inner circumferential valve seat ring (8) and
guide pins (12) connected to said sieve (11) and projecting above the radially inner circumferential valve seat ring (7),
wherein said ventilating valve head is configured such that:
(a) when a pressure in the inside of the tubular body is equal to atmospheric pressure, the disk-shaped annular membrane (9) rests on the radially inner and radially outer circumferential valve seat rings (7, 8) sealing the vent opening defined between the radially inner and radially outer circumferential valve seat rings (7, 8), and
(b) when a pressure in the inside of the tubular body is below atmospheric pressure, the disk-shaped annular membrane (9) is raised by the atmospheric pressure, the radially inner edge of the disk-shaped annular membrane (9) guided by contact with said guide pins (12), to allow communication between the outside atmosphere and the inside of the tubular body (1).

US Pat. No. 10,167,965

NON RETURN VALVE FOR USE IN WATER LINE

Jain Irrigation Systems L...

1. A non-return valve, comprising:a housing;
a guiding element mounted in the housing, wherein the guiding element has a frame structure with guide rails;
a floating element mounted in the guiding element, having a transitional motion with respect to the guiding element, wherein the floating element has a hemispherical structure on an external side and a hollow structure on an internal side;
a support plate positioned below the floating element; and
a plurality of sealing elements mounted in the housing;
wherein the guiding element enables the transitional motion to the floating element seated on at least one of the plurality of sealing elements, so as to move from a first position to a second position within the guiding element and thereupon to return to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,964

PRECISION CERAMICS CONTROL BALANCE VALVE

Hain Yo Enterprises Co., ...

1. A control balance valve comprising:a valve housing;
a rotary base mounted in the valve housing;
a slide mounted in the valve housing and located under the rotary base;
a valve lever pivotally mounted in the rotary base and having an upper end protruding from the valve housing and a second end provided with a drive portion connected with the slide;
a movable valve plate mounted in the valve housing and located under the slide;
a fixed valve plate mounted in the valve housing and located under the movable valve plate;
a valve seat mounted on a lower end of the valve housing to stop the fixed valve plate, the movable valve plate, the slide and the rotary base;
a temperature limiting device mounted in the valve seat;
a pedestal connected with the valve seat; and
a balance unit mounted in the pedestal;
wherein:
the slide is connected with the movable valve plate, and the valve lever drives the slide which drives the movable valve plate to translate or to translate and rotate, to change a relative position between the movable valve plate and the fixed valve plate, so as to turn on/off water of a faucet, to change a water flow rate, or to change a proportion of a mixture of cold and hot water;
the movable valve plate is provided with a first cold water hole and a first hot water hole;
the first cold water hole is provided with a first extension to enlarge an extent of the first cold water hole;
the first hot water hole is provided with a second extension to enlarge an extent of the first hot water hole;
the fixed valve plate has a center provided with a second cold water hole and a second hot water hole;
the second cold water hole is provided with a third extension;
the second hot water hole is provided with a fourth extension;
the fixed valve plate is provided with a first cold water channel and a first hot water channel;
the fixed valve plate is provided with a first temperature regulating hole located between the first cold water channel and the first hot water channel;
the valve seat includes an upper seat and a lower seat combined together;
the upper seat has an interior provided with a receiving space for mounting the temperature limiting device;
the upper seat of the valve seat has a top face provided with a third cold water hole, a third hot water hole, a second cold water channel, a second hot water channel and a second temperature regulating hole;
the upper seat of the valve seat supports the fixed valve plate, the movable valve plate, the slide and the rotary base, and the fixed valve plate is secured on the top face of upper seat;
the lower seat of the valve seat is provided with a cold water inlet hole, a hot water inlet hole, at least one cold water outlet hole and a mixed water outlet hole;
the cold water inlet hole is connected with a cold water source, and the hot water inlet hole is connected with a hot water source;
the cold water inlet hole and the hot water inlet hole are connected to the cold water source and the hot water source by the balance unit;
the third cold water hole, the third hot water hole, the second cold water channel, the second hot water channel and the second temperature regulating hole of the upper seat respectively align with the second cold water hole, the fourth extension, the first cold water channel, the first hot water channel and the first temperature regulating hole of the fixed valve plate;
the first cold water hole and the first extension of the movable valve plate misalign with the first cold water channel and the first temperature regulating hole of the fixed valve plate, while the first hot water hole and the second extension of the movable valve plate misalign with the second hot water hole of the fixed valve plate under a normal state of the valve lever which is not operated, so that the cold water and the hot water are stopped by the movable valve plate and cannot flow outward from the faucet through the control balance valve;
the temperature limiting device includes a water dividing member, a cap, a support sleeve, a temperature detector, a water stop sleeve and a spring;
the water dividing member is mounted between the upper seat and the lower seat of the valve seat;
the water dividing member is provided with a fourth cold water hole connected between the third cold water hole and the cold water inlet hole, a fourth hot water hole connected between the third hot water hole and the hot water inlet hole, a third cold water channel connected between the second cold water channel and the at least one cold water outlet hole, a temperature control chamber connected between the second hot water channel and the mixed water outlet hole, a third temperature regulating hole aligning with the second temperature regulating hole of the upper seat, and a cold water passage connected between the third temperature regulating hole and the temperature control chamber;
the cap is mounted in the temperature control chamber of the water dividing member;
the cap has a periphery provided with a plurality of hot water passages;
the support sleeve is mounted in the mixed water outlet hole of the lower seat and has an interior provided with a plurality of claws and a plurality of water outlet channels arranged between the claws;
the temperature detector is mounted in the support sleeve and supported by the claws;
the temperature detector has an opening provided with a push rod and a chemical substance;
the chemical substance is filled between the temperature detector and the push rod;
the chemical substance has a thermal expansion and contraction feature due to a temperature change of an ambient environment;
when the chemical substance is heated and expanded, the push rod is pushed outward from the opening of the temperature detector by the chemical substance, and when the chemical substance is cooled and contracted, the push rod is retracted into the opening of the temperature detector;
the water stop sleeve is mounted on the temperature detector and includes a tubular body, a cover located in the tubular body, and a bottom edge connecting the tubular body and the cover;
the bottom edge is provided with a plurality of water passages;
the push rod of the temperature detector extends into the cover;
the spring is biased between the cap and the water stop sleeve;
when the push rod is retracted at a normal state, the spring presses the water stop sleeve away from the cap to space the tubular body of the water stop sleeve from the hot water passages of the cap, thereby preventing the tubular body of the water stop sleeve from blocking the hot water passages of the cap;
the water stop sleeve is lifted by the temperature detector, to prevent the tubular body of the water stop sleeve from blocking the cold water passage of the water dividing member, so that the cold water passage of the water dividing member is connected to the water outlet channels of the support sleeve constantly;
the pedestal protrudes outward from a bottom face of the lower seat;
the pedestal is provided with a receiving chamber connected to the cold water inlet hole and the hot water inlet hole;
the balance unit is mounted in the receiving chamber of the pedestal and includes two casings juxtaposed to each other, a fixed tube mounted between the two casings, and a movable core movably mounted in the fixed tube;
each of the two casings is provided with a mounting recess;
each of the two casings is provided with a water delivery hole connected to the mounting recess;
the water delivery holes of the two casings align with the cold water inlet hole and the hot water inlet hole respectively;
the fixed tube is secured in the mounting recess of each of the two casings and has a peripheral wall provided with two first breaches;
the movable core has an interior provided with two compartments and a baffle between the two compartments;
the movable core has a peripheral wall provided with two second breaches connected to the two compartments respectively; and
the movable core is movable in the fixed tube by variation of a water pressure of the cold and hot water, to change a relative position between the two second breaches of the movable core and the two first breaches of the fixed tube.

US Pat. No. 10,167,963

PRECISION CERAMICS CONTROL VALVE

Hain Yo Enterprises Co., ...

1. A control valve comprising:a valve housing;
a rotary base mounted in the valve housing;
a slide mounted in the valve housing and located under the rotary base;
a valve lever pivotally mounted in the rotary base and having an upper end protruding from the valve housing and a second end provided with a drive portion connected with the slide;
a movable valve plate mounted in the valve housing and located under the slide;
a fixed valve plate mounted in the valve housing and located under the movable valve plate;
a valve seat mounted on a lower end of the valve housing to stop the fixed valve plate, the movable valve plate, the slide and the rotary base; and
a temperature limiting device mounted in the valve seat;
wherein:
the slide is connected with the movable valve plate, and the valve lever drives the slide which drives the movable valve plate to translate or to translate and rotate, to change a relative position between the movable valve plate and the fixed valve plate, so as to turn on/off water of a faucet, to change a water flow rate, or to change a proportion of a mixture of cold and hot water;
the movable valve plate is provided with a first cold water hole and a first hot water hole;
the first cold water hole is provided with a first extension to enlarge an extent of the first cold water hole;
the first hot water hole is provided with a second extension to enlarge an extent of the first hot water hole;
the fixed valve plate has a center provided with a second cold water hole and a second hot water hole;
the second cold water hole is provided with a third extension;
the second hot water hole is provided with a fourth extension;
the fixed valve plate is provided with a first cold water channel and a first hot water channel;
the fixed valve plate is provided with a first temperature regulating hole located between the first cold water channel and the first hot water channel;
the valve seat includes an upper seat and a lower seat combined together;
the upper seat has an interior provided with a receiving space for mounting the temperature limiting device;
the upper seat of the valve seat has a top face provided with a third cold water hole, a third hot water hole, a second cold water channel, a second hot water channel and a second temperature regulating hole;
the upper seat of the valve seat supports the fixed valve plate, the movable valve plate, the slide and the rotary base, and the fixed valve plate is secured on the top face of upper seat;
the lower seat of the valve seat is provided with a cold water inlet hole, a hot water inlet hole, at least one cold water outlet hole and a mixed water outlet hole;
the cold water inlet hole is connected with a cold water source, and the hot water inlet hole is connected with a hot water source;
the third cold water hole, the third hot water hole, the second cold water channel, the second hot water channel and the second temperature regulating hole of the upper seat respectively align with the second cold water hole, the fourth extension, the first cold water channel, the first hot water channel and the first temperature regulating hole of the fixed valve plate;
the first cold water hole and the first extension of the movable valve plate misalign with the first cold water channel and the first temperature regulating hole of the fixed valve plate, while the first hot water hole and the second extension of the movable valve plate misalign with the second hot water hole of the fixed valve plate under a normal state of the valve lever which is not operated, so that the cold water and the hot water are stopped by the movable valve plate and cannot flow outward from the faucet through the control valve;
the temperature limiting device includes a water dividing member, a cap, a support sleeve, a temperature detector, a water stop sleeve and a spring;
the water dividing member is mounted between the upper seat and the lower seat of the valve seat;
the water dividing member is provided with a fourth cold water hole connected between the third cold water hole and the cold water inlet hole, a fourth hot water hole connected between the third hot water hole and the hot water inlet hole, a third cold water channel connected between the second cold water channel and the at least one cold water outlet hole, a temperature control chamber connected between the second hot water channel and the mixed water outlet hole, a third temperature regulating hole aligning with the second temperature regulating hole of the upper seat, and a cold water passage connected between the third temperature regulating hole and the temperature control chamber;
the cap is mounted in the temperature control chamber of the water dividing member;
the cap has a periphery provided with a plurality of hot water passages;
the support sleeve is mounted in the mixed water outlet hole of the lower seat and has an interior provided with a plurality of claws and a plurality of water outlet channels arranged between the claws;
the temperature detector is mounted in the support sleeve and supported by the claws;
the temperature detector has an opening provided with a push rod and a chemical substance;
the chemical substance is filled between the temperature detector and the push rod;
the chemical substance has a thermal expansion and contraction feature due to a temperature change of an ambient environment;
when the chemical substance is heated and expanded, the push rod is pushed outward from the opening of the temperature detector by the chemical substance, and when the chemical substance is cooled and contracted, the push rod is retracted into the opening of the temperature detector;
the water stop sleeve is mounted on the temperature detector and includes a tubular body, a cover located in the tubular body, and a bottom edge connecting the tubular body and the cover;
the bottom edge is provided with a plurality of water passages;
the push rod of the temperature detector extends into the cover;
the spring is biased between the cap and the water stop sleeve;
when the push rod is retracted at a normal state, the spring presses the water stop sleeve away from the cap to space the tubular body of the water stop sleeve from the hot water passages of the cap, thereby preventing the tubular body of the water stop sleeve from blocking the hot water passages of the cap; and
the water stop sleeve is lifted by the temperature detector, to prevent the tubular body of the water stop sleeve from blocking the cold water passage of the water dividing member, so that the cold water passage of the water dividing member is connected to the water outlet channels of the support sleeve constantly.

US Pat. No. 10,167,962

ELECTROMAGNETIC VALVE

CKD CORPORATION, Komaki-...

1. An electromagnetic valve comprising:a valve casing, which has a valve hole;
a spool valve, which is accommodated in the valve hole in a reciprocally movable manner;
a supply port, a first output port, a second output port, and a discharge port, which each communicate with the valve hole;
a first pressure introduction hole, which communicates with the first output port;
a second pressure introduction hole, which communicates with the second output port;
a first pressure sensor, which is fitted in the first pressure introduction hole and is configured to detect a pressure of a fluid output from the first output port;
a second pressure sensor, which is fitted in the second pressure introduction hole and is configured to detect a pressure of a fluid output from the second output port;
a first sealing member, which is arranged between the first pressure sensor and an inner wall surface of the first pressure introduction hole;
a second sealing member, which is arranged between the second pressure sensor and an inner wall surface of the second pressure introduction hole;
a first substrate, on which the first pressure sensor is mounted;
a second substrate, on which the second pressure sensor is mounted; and
a housing, which accommodates the first substrate and the second substrate, has the first pressure introduction hole and the second pressure introduction hole, and is attached to the valve casing,
wherein the first substrate and the second substrate are arranged to be opposed to each other in a state of being upright in a direction perpendicular to a movement direction of the spool valve.

US Pat. No. 10,167,961

PORT GATE SUPPORTS FOR A GATE VALVE

Emerson Vulcan Holding LL...

1. A gate valve comprising:a first body half defining a first process fluid aperture;
a second body half defining a second process fluid aperture aligned with the first process fluid aperture;
a gate movable relative to the first body half and the second body half; and
a first port gate support arranged on the first body half and extending into the first process fluid aperture, the first port gate support defining a generally frustoconical profile that extends into the first process fluid aperture and is configured to be in contact with a process fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,960

FLUID CONTROL VALVE

CKD CORPORATION, Komaki ...

1. A fluid control valve, comprising:a drive section;
a valve body provided with a first port, a second port, and a valve seat; and
a valve element which is columnar shaped and coupled with the drive section,
wherein the valve element includes an annular sealing protrusion annularly protruding from an end face located on a side facing the valve seat, the sealing protrusion being provided at a leading end with an annular sealing portion capable of being pressed against the valve seat for sealing, and at least the annular sealing protrusion is made of fluororesin,
wherein a diameter of the end face is 1.3 times or more than a diameter of the annular sealing portion when the annular sealing portion is out of contact with the valve seat,
wherein the valve element includes a thin part having a diameter smaller than a diameter of the annular sealing portion,
wherein the valve element includes a protrusion protruding from the end face toward the valve seat and in a position radially more inside than the annular sealing protrusion, and
wherein the protrusion has a basal end connected with the end face, the basal end having a diameter equal to or more than the diameter of the thin part of the valve element.

US Pat. No. 10,167,959

RELIEF VALVES AND METHODS FOR INSTALLING THE SAME

SCEPTER US HOLDING COMPAN...

1. A relief valve comprising:a valve body defining a flow path that extends between a first port and a second port, the valve body comprising a valve seat disposed between the first port and the second port, a shoulder disposed along an outer contour of the valve body between the first port and the second port, and a sloped region disposed along the outer contour of the valve body between the shoulder and the second port, wherein the valve seat forms a discontinuity in the flow path, and wherein the outer contour tapers inward at the sloped region;
a valve member disposed between the valve seat and the second port of the valve body, wherein the valve member moves along an actuation axis;
a bias member disposed between the valve member and the second port of the valve body, wherein the bias member generates a force that urges the valve member to seal with the valve seat of the valve body;
a clamping fastener in threaded engagement with the valve body; and
a gasket disposed between the clamping fastener and the valve body, wherein the gasket comprises a fastener sleeve interfacing with the clamping fastener and a valve body sleeve interfacing with the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,958

VACUUM PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS

CKD CORPORATION, Komaki ...

1. A vacuum pressure control apparatus configured to be placed on a pipe connecting a vacuum chamber and a vacuum pump, the vacuum pressure control apparatus including:an annular elastic seal member formed with a valve seat;
a doubly eccentric butterfly valve element configured to come into contact or separate from the valve seat and rotate in a first direction from a first valve closed position to change vacuum pressure in the vacuum chamber, the butterfly valve element including a first contact surface configured to contact the elastic seal member in a second valve closed position different from the first valve closed position, and a portion of the first contact surface configured to contact the elastic seal member only when the butterfly valve element is in the second valve closed position; and
a control unit configured to rotate the butterfly valve element in a second direction opposite to the first direction so that the butterfly valve element is moved to the second valve closed position, wherein:
in response to the elastic seal member changing in shape due to contact with the butterfly valve element over a time period after the butterfly valve element is initially disposed in the first valve closed position, the control unit is configured to rotate and move the butterfly valve element by a determined amount from the first valve closed position to the second valve closed position to provide a seal between the portion of the first contact surface of the butterfly valve element and the elastic seal member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,957

2 PLY W-SEAL USING DISSIMILAR MATERIALS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A metal gasket bellows seal comprising:a first ply comprised of a first material having a first yield strength; and
a second ply positioned adjacent to the first ply and comprised of a second material having a second yield strength that is different than the first yield strength,
wherein:
the metal gasket bellows seal has a first end, a second end and a serpentine shape,
the first ply and the second ply define a first dimple proximate to the first end and a second dimple proximate to the second end, and
the second material has a second yield strength that is less than the first yield strength.

US Pat. No. 10,167,956

PURGEABLE LABYRINTH AXLE/HUB SEAL

21. A purgeable labyrinth axle/hub seal, comprising:a first annular member having
a ring with a first edge and a second edge;
a flange disk attached to the first edge of the ring with the ring extending latterly from the flange disk;
a pair of mounting members, each mounting member having a cross bar for being disposed transverse to a longitudinal axis of the axle and a pair of legs extending in a first direction at respective opposing ends of the cross bar, each leg having a lateral flange that defines an opening,
whereby the mounting members mount on opposing sides of the axle with the flanges aligned with a respective one of the flanges of the opposing mounting member and for receiving a respective fastener through the aligned openings in the flanges to rigidly secure the mounting members to the axle; and
at least one of the mounting members attached to the first annular member;a second annular member havinga ring with a first edge and a second edge;
a flange disk attached to an outer surface of the ring intermediate the first edge and the second edge with the flange disk extending laterally therefrom; and
a second ring attached to an outer edge of the flange disk and a second flange disk attached to an outer surface of the second ring intermediate opposing edges thereof and extending therefrom to a distal edge, the second flange disk defining a plurality of spaced-apart openings for receiving fasteners therethrough for attaching the second annular member to a wheel hub attached to the axle with the respective second edges of the first annular member and the second annular member in facing relation;
a lubricant gallery defined thereby between the first annular member and the second annular member;
a fitting for communicating a lubricant into the lubricant gallery; and
a resilient pad disposed between the first and second annular members, the resilient pad defining a first channel that receives the ring of the first annular member and defines a gap between respective walls thereof and the ring for a labyrinth path, and an opposing second channel that receives the ring of the second annular member,
whereupon lubricant communicates through the labyrinth path outwardly of the seal member during rotation of the second annular member relative to the first annular member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,955

ROTARY SEAL APPARATUS, COVER AND METHOD

1. A rotary seal apparatus for a rotating drum comprising:a mounting ring;
seal flaps attached to the mounting ring;
wear pads attached to the seal flaps having a wear side and an exposed side;
eye nuts extending upwards from the seal flaps and from the wear pads;
a first tensioner extending through the eye nuts;
a cover that is disposed over the seal flaps and the exposed side of the wear pads and encapsulates the seal flaps and the exposed side of the wear pads, the cover wraps 360degrees around the seal flaps to cover them in their entirety around the drum, the cover has belt loop guides disposed on the cover's outer surface; and
a second tensioner that extends through the belt loop guides to hold the cover in place against the seal flaps all around the drum, the cover is flexible so the cover can bend and includes a panel formed of multiple layers, the multiple layers of the panel comprise an outside layer which provides a vapor barrier for the cover, a middle layer and an inside layer in contact with the seal flaps which provide vapor barriers and thermal insulators for the outside layer, the outside layer and the middle layer and the inside layer attached together along their length along their edges, the panel being at least .156 inches thick, the panel disposed over the seal flaps, the cover includes a sealing lip which extends perpendicularly down from the panel and covers a full thickness of the outer exposed side of the wear pads and contacts the drum, the sealing lip permanently attached to the panel, the belt loop guides permanently attached to and extending up from the panel, the panel has a clamping side which is attached to the mounting ring with clamping plates, slices are cut into the clamping side to allow an outside diameter of the panel to expand under the clamping plates which in turn allows an inside diameter of the panel and a sealing edge of the strip to relax onto a sealing surface of the rotating drum, the cover containing a vacuum or withstanding positive pressure of 10 inches of water column.

US Pat. No. 10,167,954

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR STABILIZING A PISTON RING IN A CROSSHEAD ENGINE

1. A device for stabilizing a piston ring, comprising:a piston (1) of a crosshead piston engine, the piston having a top, a skirt depending from the top and a piston ring groove (5) formed in the skirt, the piston having a high piston crown wherein said piston ring groove (5) is positioned in an area near a bottom of the piston skirt;
a piston ring (6) received with radial and axial clearance in the piston ring groove (5) of the piston (1),
wherein the piston ring (6) is adapted to be put into contact, by its radially outer circumferential surface, with the bearing surface of a cylinder bush (9) receiving the piston (1) and is subjected on its inner circumferential surface to a gas pressure present at the top of the piston ring (6), and the underside of the piston ring (6) contacts the opposed, lower support face of the associated piston ring groove (5), and from there in a nonloaded state, a gap opening radially outward in height is formed between the underside of the piston ring (6) and the opposed, lower support face of the piston ring groove (5), wherein the piston (1) has a property of warping by a rise in the temperature from the cold ambient state up to operating temperature, so that a radially outer region of the lower support face of the piston ring groove (5) is shifted upward relative to a radially inner region and whereby the cross sections of the piston ring (6) and of the piston ring groove (5) are configured correspondingly such that even in a warped state of the piston as long as no gas pressure is present said gap opens outward in the radial direction; and also the piston ring (6) is acted upon on its radially inner circumferential surface by the gas pressure at its top.

US Pat. No. 10,167,953

VEHICULAR PARKING LOCK DEVICE

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

1. A vehicular parking lock device in which an automatic transmission that comprises a starting mechanism and a plurality of hydraulic engagement devices and changes a speed of a driving force from a drive source and outputs the driving force includes a hydraulic actuator that can restrain rotation of a parking gear connected to a wheel and a hydraulic circuit that controls operation of the hydraulic actuator, whereinthe hydraulic circuit comprises:
a first solenoid valve that supplies a line pressure to one end of the hydraulic actuator in order to drive the hydraulic actuator to a parking lock release position;
an accumulator in which a pressure is stored by the line pressure;
a second solenoid valve that supplies the line pressure to the other end of the hydraulic actuator in order to drive the hydraulic actuator to a parking lock operation position; and
a third solenoid valve that supplies a hydraulic pressure from the accumulator to said other end of the hydraulic actuator in order to drive the hydraulic actuator to the parking lock operation position, wherein
the first solenoid valve or the second solenoid valve also functions as a solenoid valve that supplies the hydraulic pressure to the starting mechanism or a solenoid valve that supplies the hydraulic pressure to any one of the plurality of hydraulic engagement devices.

US Pat. No. 10,167,952

CLUTCH TORQUE CONTROL METHOD FOR DCT VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A clutch torque control method for a dual clutch transmission (DCT) vehicle comprising:a shift initiation determining step of determining whether power-on downshift in which a driver steps on an accelerator pedal to change a current shift stage to a lower shift stage is initiated; and
a torque correcting step of correcting basic control torque according to torque-stroke (TS) curve characteristics for controlling a disengagement-side clutch within a real shift range in which a number of rotations of an engine is changed with observer torque calculated by a torque observer when the power-on downshift is initiated, and converting the corrected basic control torque into control torque of the disengagement-side clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,167,951

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A HYDRAULIC DRIVE SYSTEM

1. A method of adjusting a hydraulic drive system, the method comprising:operating a drive system having a control device that is operatively connected to a cable and a hydraulic pump, wherein movement of the control device is configured to cause movement of the cable and movement of the cable is configured to cause an adjustment in an output of the hydraulic pump;
determining, during the operating, a forward park position of the control device and a forward park value associated with the forward park position;
determining, during the operating, a reverse park position of the control device and a reverse park value associated with the reverse park position;
determining, during the operating, an initial forward position of the control device and an initial forward value associated with the initial forward position;
determining, during the operating, an initial reverse position of the control device and an initial reverse value associated with the initial reverse position;
using the forward park position value, the reverse park position value, the initial forward position value, and the initial reverse position value to calculate a forward buffer value and a reverse buffer value; and
using the forward buffer value and the reverse buffer value to determine an adjustment amount for the drive system.

US Pat. No. 10,167,950

VEHICLE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle comprising:a driving source;
a drive wheel;
a fluid transmission device provided in a power transmission path between the driving source and the drive wheel;
an oil pump configured to operate with rotation of the driving source;
a lockup clutch configured to selectively directly couple input and output sides of the fluid transmission device;
the lockup clutch configured such that:
i) working fluid is supplied to an engaging-side hydraulic chamber and a releasing-side hydraulic chamber of the lockup clutch by using a hydraulic pressure of the working fluid that is discharged from the oil pump as a source pressure,
ii) the working fluid is supplied to the releasing-side hydraulic chamber when the lockup clutch is released, and
iii) the working fluid is supplied to the engaging-side hydraulic chamber when engagement of the lockup clutch is initiated; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
(a) initiate engagement of the lockup clutch after ensuring that a working fluid amount that is supplied to the releasing-side hydraulic chamber has reached a predetermined value or larger, and
(b) determine the predetermined value on the basis of a hydraulic pressure of the working fluid flowing through a fluid passage that communicates with the oil pump.

US Pat. No. 10,167,949

CONTROL DEVICE OF VEHICLE POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device of a vehicle power transmission device for the vehicle power transmission device includinga line pressure regulating device regulating a hydraulic pressure of a hydraulic fluid discharged from an oil pump to a predetermined line pressure while changing an opening area of a discharge flow passage, and
an automatic transmission having a predetermined gear position established by engagement of a hydraulic friction engagement element by using the line pressure as a source pressure, the control device comprising:
a processor configured to:
determine whether a slip has occurred in the hydraulic friction engagement element establishing the predetermined gear position at a time of establishment of the predetermined gear position;
when it is determined that the slip has occurred, determine whether an input torque at a time of occurrence of the slip is equal to or greater than an abnormality determination value defined in advance based on a torque transmittable at a minimum line pressure by the hydraulic friction engagement element establishing the predetermined gear position; and
when the input torque is equal to or greater than the abnormality determination value, make an abnormality determination indicative of a possibility of an abnormality causing an output hydraulic pressure of the line pressure regulating device to be the minimum line pressure while the opening area of the discharge flow passage is maximized, wherein
the abnormality determination value is defined in accordance with a rotation speed of the oil pump such that the abnormality determination value becomes larger when the rotation speed is high as compared to when the rotation speed is low.

US Pat. No. 10,167,948

HYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A hydraulic control system for a transmission of a motor vehicle, the hydraulic control system comprising:a pressure regulation subsystem in fluid communication with a pump for providing pressurized hydraulic fluid;
a manual valve assembly in direct fluid communication with the pressure regulation subsystem, wherein the manual valve assembly is moveable by an operator of the motor vehicle between at least a park position, a neutral position, a drive position, and a reverse position;
a default disable valve assembly in direct fluid communication with the manual valve assembly;
a solenoid in direct fluid communication with the default disable valve assembly; and
a default select valve assembly in direct fluid communication with the default disable valve assembly,
wherein the manual valve assembly is in direct fluid communication with the default disable valve assembly which is in direct fluid communication with the solenoid and the default select valve assembly, wherein the solenoid enables the default disable valve assembly to enable three default modes of operation and the default select valve assembly selects between two of the three default modes of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,167,947

CONTROL DEVICE OF VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device of a vehicle including a multi-speed transmission having a plurality of gear positions different in gear ratio selectively established by controlling engagement and release of predetermined engagement devices out of a plurality of engagement devices, the control device comprising:a shift control portion configured to provide a delay control of delaying a time point of starting provision of a release-side torque phase control reducing a torque capacity of a release-side engagement device by a preset delay time with respect to a time point of starting provision of a torque phase control generating a torque capacity of an engagement-side engagement device during a torque phase in a drive upshift; and
a delay time setting portion configured to preset the delay time such that the delay time is shortened when a shared torque of the release-side engagement device before start of the torque phase in the drive upshift is high, as compared to when the shared torque is low.

US Pat. No. 10,167,946

ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION RANGE SELECTION SYSTEM INCLUDING A BEZEL WITH LOCATING FEATURES

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a console trim plate;
a shifter bezel coupled to the console trim plate;
a shifter coupled to the shifter bezel, wherein the shifter includes a shifter body and a shifter handle movably coupled to the shifter body;
a plurality of shock absorbers interconnecting the shifter bezel and the shifter in order to align the console trim plate with the shifter bezel; and
wherein each of the shock absorbers includes a first disc, a second disc and a bar interconnecting the first disc and the second disc.

US Pat. No. 10,167,945

DIFFERENTIAL GEAR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A differential gear configured to be mounted on a vehicle, the differential gear comprising:a differential housing;
a ring gear accommodated in the differential housing;
a drive pinion shaft accommodated in the differential housing and having a pinion gear meshing with the ring gear; and
rolling bearings accommodated in the differential housing and supporting the drive pinion shaft such that the drive pinion shaft is rotatable, wherein
the differential housing includes:
a differential mechanism chamber in which to accommodate the ring gear, and
a pinion shaft chamber in which to accommodate the rolling bearings;
a feed oil passage configured to supply lubricant scooped up by the ring gear to the pinion shaft chamber, and a return oil passage configured to discharge the lubricant in the pinion shaft chamber to the differential mechanism chamber are provided inside the differential housing;
when the vehicle moves forward, the ring gear rotates in a direction such that a portion of the ring gear that meshes with the pinion gear moves downward with respect to the pinion gear;
an inlet of the feed oil passage is located such that the inlet does not overlap with a contour of the ring gear when viewed in an axial direction of the drive pinion shaft, at a position that is above the drive pinion shaft and offset from the ring gear in an axial direction of the ring gear; and
a restraining member extends inward from an outer wall of the differential housing and overlaps the ring gear when viewed in the axial direction of the ring gear, the restraining member being configured to suppress an inflow of the lubricant scooped up by the ring gear and directly flowing to the inlet of the feed oil passage, the restraining member being positioned on a raceway on which the lubricant flows directly to the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,167,944

AXLE ASSEMBLY HAVING A LUBRICANT RESERVOIR

ArvinMeritor Technology, ...

1. An axle assembly comprising:an axle housing having a center portion that receives a differential and an arm portion that extends from the center portion and receives an axle shaft; and
a dam that is disposed in the axle housing and that cooperates with the arm portion to define a reservoir that retains lubricant in the arm portion, wherein the dam has a dam panel that extends from the arm portion and a brace panel that extends from the dam panel to the center portion, wherein lubricant flows from the reservoir to the center portion by flowing through an orifice in the dam panel and around the brace panel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,943

POWER TRANSMITTING COMPONENT HAVING AN OIL SPOUT FOR GUIDING LUBRICATION

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A power transmitting device comprising:a housing;
a shaft supported for rotation in the housing, the shaft having an outer circumferential surface;
a friction clutch received in the housing having a clutch hub, a clutch basket, a plurality of first clutch plates, and a plurality of second clutch plates, the clutch hub having a hub portion, which is non-rotatably coupled to the shaft, a first plate mount and an annular lubricant chamber having opposite radial sides defined by the hub portion and the first plate mount, the clutch basket having a second plate mount that is disposed concentrically about first plate mount, the first clutch plates being axially slidably but non-rotatably coupled to the first plate mount, the second clutch plates being axially slidably but non-rotatably coupled to the second plate mount, the second clutch plates being interleaved with the first clutch plates;
a sleeve that is received about the outer circumferential surface of the shaft and non-rotatably coupled to the housing;
a lubricant passage having a passage outlet that is in fluid communication with the lubricant chamber, at least a portion of the lubricant passage being disposed radially between the outer circumferential surface of the shaft and the lubricant chamber; and
an oil spout fixedly coupled to the sleeve, the oil spout being received in the lubricant chamber and extending along a longitudinal axis of the shaft such that the oil spout is disposed about the lubricant passage and a portion of the hub portion, the oil spout diverging radially outwardly from the hub portion with increasing distance from the passage outlet of the lubricant passage in a direction toward an outlet of the oil spout.

US Pat. No. 10,167,942

SPEED REDUCING EQUIPMENT WITH TORQUE SPLITTER, AND CASING THEREOF

1. A speed reducer with torque splitting comprising:a casing comprising three overlapping metallic casing parts having holes: first, second and third metallic casing parts, each presenting vertical walls provided with ribs;
roller bearings disposed in the holes of the casing parts; and
rotatable shafts contained within the casing, each rotatable shaft having a shaft center line being the axis of rotation of the shaft;
the speed reducer attached to a foundation surface;
wherein one of the rotatable shafts is an inlet pinion shaft with two dentates, each dentate has a helix direction different from one another;
wherein the closing between the first and second casing parts forms an inclined planar surface with regard to the foundation surface;
wherein the closing between the second and third casing parts is formed by three planar surfaces, two of which are parallel with the foundation surface, and the other of which is orthogonal with the foundation surface; and
wherein each shaft center line lies on one of:
the inclined planar surface between the first and second casing parts; and
the two planar surfaces between the second and third casing parts parallel with the foundation surface.

US Pat. No. 10,167,941

DAMPER COVER AND ATTACHMENT INTERFACE FOR A CRANKSHAFT DAMPER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A crankshaft damper cover, comprising:a rigid, annular ring including a plurality of tabs arranged around a circumference of a planar portion of the annular ring, the annular ring adapted to couple to an inner circumferential surface of an inner shell of a crankshaft damper; and
an inset molded around the annular ring and shaped to fit within a cavity formed by the inner shell, where the inset is a damping material.

US Pat. No. 10,167,939

DOG CLUTCH AND DIFFERENTIAL GEAR

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A dog clutch comprising:a first rotational member;
a second rotational member placed rotatable relative to the first rotational member around a common rotation axis;
a clutch member configured to transmit a torque between the first rotational member and the second rotational member; and
a pressing mechanism configured to press and move the clutch member in a direction of the rotation axis, wherein
the clutch member includes a meshing portion meshing with the second rotational member due to a movement in the direction of the rotation axis, an engageable portion circumferentially engaging with an engaged portion provided in the first rotational member, and a cam surface configured to generate a cam thrust in the direction of the rotation axis by a relative rotation with respect to the first rotational member;
when the clutch member moves in a direction to mesh with the second rotational member, a depth of meshing with the second rotational member is deepened by the cam thrust, and then the engageable portion engages with the engaged portion, so that the clutch member receives a torque from the first rotational member; and
the cam surface is a recessed portion that abuts with a projection on a bottom portion of the first rotational member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,938

COMPACT PLANETARY DIFFERENTIAL

1. A compact planetary differential, comprising:a drive input ring gear having external teeth;
a planet gear carrier having first and second axial sides connected rotationally fixed to the drive input ring gear;
first planet gears located on the first axial side of the planet gear carrier, and second planet gears located on the second axial side of the planet gear carrier, the first and second planet gears being arranged in intermeshing pairs, and the planet gear carrier including interface openings through which the respective intermeshing pairs of the first and second planet gears contact one another;
first and second pin plates located respectively on the first and second axial sides of the planet gear carrier, the first and second pin plates including aligned openings at a position for each of the first planet gears and each of the second planet gears;
pinion shafts extend through the aligned openings in the first and second pin plates and pinion shaft openings in the planet gear carrier, a single one of the first or second planet gears being rotatably supported on each respective one of the pinion shafts;
a first sun gear located on the first axial side of the planet gear carrier that engages the first planet gears; and
a second sun gear being located on the second axial side of the planet gear carrier that engages the second planet gears.

US Pat. No. 10,167,937

MODULAR HYDROSTATIC TRANSMISSION

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A center section/motor sub-assembly for use in a hydrostatic transmission, the sub-assembly comprising:a center section having a pump running face for interfacing with a pump, and a motor running face for interfacing with a motor; and
a motor including a motor housing and an internal rotor set, wherein the motor housing is secured to the center section adjacent to the motor running face in a manner that permits rotation of the rotor set; and
a bearing supported by the motor housing;
wherein:
the center section forms an end cover for the motor housing to which the motor housing is secured, the end cover including the motor running face adjacent to the internal rotor set, and the motor running face having motor kidney ports that open into the motor housing;
the center section forms a porting manifold for communicating hydraulic fluid to the motor;
the porting manifold comprising at least two internal passages between pump kidney ports on the pump running face and motor kidney ports on the motor running face, and the motor kidney ports are raised in elevation relative to the pump kidney ports; and
the internal passages run parallel to each other as they rise in elevation between the pump kidney ports and the motor; and
wherein the center section forming the end cover and the porting manifold is a unitary member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,936

CVT TRANSMISSION

1. A continuously variable transmission (CVT transmission) comprising:a start-up element,
a variator, and
a direct-shift stage for switching between a first operating range and a second operating range,
wherein a maximum transmission ratio of the second operating range corresponds with a minimum transmission ratio of the first operating range, and
wherein a closing valve is operatively connected to a variator fluid system so that the variator fluid system is closed fluid-tight by the closing valve when the direct-shift stage is in operation, with the variator uncoupled, for propulsion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,935

AUTOMATIC TORQUE REGULATING SYSTEM WITH ENLARGING FUNCTION

1. An automatic torque regulating system comprising:a base, a force output shaft, a plurality of positioning rods, a plurality of spring abutments, a plurality of compression springs, a first disk, a second disk, a plurality of driving shafts, a plurality of driven shafts, a plurality of driving gears, a plurality of driven gears, a hollow bushing, a plurality of cams, a plurality of swing arms, a plurality of first tension springs, a plurality of second tension springs, a plurality of swinging members, a force input shaft, a driven sleeve, a driving sleeve, and a main drive gear;
wherein:
the base includes a transverse plate and an upright plate;
the upright plate has a center provided with a shaft hole, and the force output shaft extends through the shaft hole of the base;
the upright plate has a surface provided with a plurality of screw holes, and the positioning rods are locked into the screw holes of the base;
the force output shaft is pivotally connected with the shaft hole of the base;
the force output shaft is provided with a conic face;
the force output shaft has a first end provided with a force output portion extending through the shaft hole of the base and a second end provided with a connecting portion;
each of the positioning rods has a first end provided with a first thread screwed into one of the screw holes of the base and a second end provided with a second thread locked onto the first disk;
each of the spring abutments is mounted on one of the positioning rods and rests on the first disk;
each of the compression springs is mounted on one of the positioning rods and is biased between one of the spring abutments and one of the positioning rods to push the first disk forward;
the first disk is provided with a plurality of through holes aligning with the screw holes of the base, and the positioning rods extend through the through holes of the first disk;
the first disk has a center provided with a first shaft hole for mounting the hollow bushing;
the first disk is provided with a plurality of first pivot holes pivotally connected with the driving shafts;
the first disk is provided with a plurality of arcuate openings allowing passage of the driven shafts;
the second disk has a center provided with a second shaft hole for mounting the hollow bushing;
the second disk is provided with a plurality of second pivot holes pivotally connected with the driving shafts;
the second disk is provided with a plurality of arcuate slots allowing passage of the driven shafts;
each of the driving gears is mounted on one of the driving shafts;
each of the driven gears is locked on one of the driven shafts and meshes with one of the driving gears respectively;
the hollow bushing is sandwiched between the first disk and the second disk;
the hollow bushing has a front end pivotally connected with the force input shaft and a rear end pivotally connected with the connecting portion of the force output shaft;
each of the cams is locked onto one of the driven shafts and press the conic face of the force output shaft;
each of the cams has a side provided with a mounting seat;
each of the swing arms is pivotally connected with the mounting seat of one of the cams;
the first tension springs are biased between the swing arms to force the cams to press the conic face of the force output shaft, so that the conic face of the force output shaft is sandwiched between the cams by an elastic force of the first tension springs;
each of the second tension springs is mounted between one of the driving shafts and one of the driven shafts, so that each of the driven gears is forced to mesh with one of the driving gears constantly by an elastic force of each of the second tension springs;
each of the swinging members is mounted between the first disk and the second disk;
each of the swinging members has a first side provided with a first pivot hole allowing passage of one of the driving shafts and a second side provided with a second pivot hole allowing passage of one of the driven shafts;
the driven sleeve is secured on the force input shaft and is provided with two first abutting faces and two first guiding ramps;
the driving sleeve is pivotally mounted on the force input shaft and is juxtaposed to the driven sleeve;
the driving sleeve is provided with two second abutting faces aligning with the first abutting faces of the driven sleeve and two second guiding ramps aligning with the first guiding ramps of the driven sleeve; and
the main drive gear is mounted on the force input shaft and meshes with the driving gears.

US Pat. No. 10,167,934

PLANET FOR A PLANETARY ROLLING-CONTACT SCREW

1. A method for producing a planet comprising:preparing a planet blank that has a thicker middle section along a planet axis and thinner end sections located at both axial ends of the middle section,
forming a transition section tapering from the middle section in a direction toward the end section between the middle section and the end section,
rolling a first engagement profile and a second engagement profile in a lateral surface of the middle section and the end sections,
wherein a lateral surface of the transition section of the planet blank is shaped with a shaping force in free material flow to form an intermediate section of the planet located between tooth tips of two first edge teeth and respective second adjacent edge teeth of the end sections adjacent to the first edge teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,167,933

ACTUATOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. An actuator system for a spatial light modulator, the actuator system comprising:a first actuator comprising a first torsion bar;
a second actuator comprising a second torsion bar;
a frame coupled to the first torsion bar of the first actuator and the second torsion bar of the second actuator, the frame having a portion connectable to a plate of a spatial light modulator, the frame configured to enable the portion to move in a linear direction in response to movements of the first torsion bar of the first actuator and the second torsion bar of the second actuator; and
wherein the movement of the portion results in an adjustment of a position of the plate in the spatial light modulator connected to the portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,932

LOADING CAM DEVICE AND FRICTION ROLLER-TYPE SPEED REDUCER

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A loading cam device comprising:a circular plate-shaped cam plate including one axial side surface which is a first cam surface having concaves and convexes in a circumferential direction;
a disc including one axial side surface which faces the first cam surface and is a second cam surface having concaves and convexes in a circumferential direction;
a circular ring-shaped retainer provided between the first cam surface and the second cam surface; and
a plurality of balls provided to contact the first and second cam surfaces at each rolling surface thereof while being rollably held in the retainer,
wherein projections protruding towards the cam plate and the disc are provided on both axial side surfaces of the retainer at a plurality of positions at which phases of the projections in the circumferential direction are offset from pockets for holding the respective balls, and one axial surfaces of the cam plate and the disc are formed with concave portions at portions facing the respective projections, the concave portions having an axial depth deepest at a center portion thereof in the circumferential direction and becoming shallower towards both end portions thereof in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,931

WORK VEHICLE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a traveling device;
a traveling vehicle body that is self-propelled by the traveling device;
an engine mounted on the traveling vehicle body;
a belt type stepless speed changing mechanism having an input rotary body, an output rotary body, and a drive belt wound around and between the input rotary body and the output rotary body, the belt type stepless speed changing mechanism being configured to steplessly speed-change power from the engine and to transmit the speed-changed power toward the traveling device;
a rotation detecting section for detecting a rotational speed of the engine;
a vehicle speed detecting section for detecting a vehicle speed of the traveling vehicle body; and
an informing section, wherein if the vehicle speed detected by the vehicle speed detecting section is a predetermined speed and if the engine rotational speed detected by the rotation detecting section deviates from a preset permissible range, the informing section is configured to effect an alarm informing for alarming wear of the drive belt.

US Pat. No. 10,167,930

TWO-SPEED TRANSMISSION HAVING TWO CLUTCHES

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A two-speed transmission having two clutches, comprising:an electric motor, comprising a spindle;
a middle shaft;
a first clutch and a second clutch coaxially furnished on the middle shaft;
a first gear assembly coupled to the first clutch through a first shaft portion of the middle shaft to generate a first gear ratio; and
a second gear assembly coupled to the second clutch through a second shaft portion of the middle shaft to generate a second gear ratio that is different from the first gear ratio;
wherein, when the first clutch is activated to connect with the first shaft portion, the second clutch separates from the second shaft portion, so that the electric motor outputs a first torque corresponding to the first gear ratio through the first gear assembly;
when the second clutch is activated to connect with the second shaft portion, the first clutch separates from the first shaft portion, so that the electric motor outputs a second torque corresponding to the second gear ratio through the second gear assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,167,929

SPEED REDUCER AND ACTUATOR

NIDEC-SHIMPO (ZHE JIANG) ...

1. A speed reducer for converting rotational motion about a rotation axis extending between an input side and an output side, at a first rotation speed into rotational motion at a second rotation speed being lower than the first rotation speed, the speed reducer comprising:a fixed part;
a sun gear that rotates relative to the fixed part about the rotation axis at the first rotation speed;
a plurality of planetary gears that are disposed around the sun gear to engage with the sun gear;
an output part that includes an internal gear having an annular shape and engaging with the plurality of planetary gears and rotates relative to the fixed part at the second rotation speed;
a first bearing that is interposed between the fixed part and the output part at a position closer to the input side with respect to the plurality of planetary gears; and
a second bearing that is interposed between the fixed part and the output part at a position closer to the output side with respect to the plurality of planetary gears, wherein
a radial size of the second bearing is smaller than a radial size of the first bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,167,928

INSPECTABLE SYNTHETIC TENSILE MEMBER ASSEMBLY

Bright Technologies, L.L....

1. A method for providing and inspecting a durable yet inspectable tensile member assembly including synthetic fibers as a primary tension-carrying element, comprising:a. providing a core of synthetic fibers, said core having an end;
b. attaching a termination to said end of said core, said termination including an anchor with a length of said fibers secured thereto and an anchor exit where said fibers exit said anchor;
c. wherein said anchor includes an internal passage and said length of said fibers lie within said internal passage, with said fibers being locked into a solidified potting compound, with said anchor completely surrounding said length of said fibers;
d. providing a jacket surrounding said core and extending along said core to a jacket end, with said jacket lying outside said anchor and said jacket end lying proximate said anchor exit, thereby leaving a gap between said jacket end and said anchor exit;
e. said core of synthetic fibers being accessible within said gap, said gap thereby comprising an inspection region;
f. providing a cover configured to selectably cover said inspection region, said cover configured to attach to said anchor and to overlap said jacket so as to cover said inspection region, with said cover covering a first portion of said jacket, with a second portion of said jacket extending outside of said cover; and
g. moving said cover to permit inspection of said core within said inspection region;
h. wherein said anchor includes a distal anchor portion and a neck anchor portion that is removable from said distal anchor portion;
i. wherein a length of said core of synthetic fibers lies within said neck anchor portion; and
j. moving said neck anchor portion to permit inspection of said length of said core within said neck anchor portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,927

COMPRESSION WIRE JOINTS

1. A device for electrically joining a plurality of electrically conductive wires comprising:a. a first elongated tube-like structure having a first wire port along its length, the first wire port having a first interior size that is sized and positioned to receive a first electrically conductive wire;
b. a second elongated tube-like structure having a second wire port along its length, the second wire port having a second interior size that is sized and positioned to receive a second electrically conductive wire;
c. a third elongated tube-like structure having a third wire port along its length, the third wire port having a third interior size that is sized and positioned to receive a third electrically conductive wire; and
d. an interior space in fluid communication with each of the first, second, and third wire ports, the interior space having an interior size that is smaller than each of the first, second, and third interior sizes;
wherein each of the first, second, and third elongated tube-like structures has a lobed-shaped outer perimeter, and wherein a portion of the lobed-shaped outer perimeter includes a flat surface, each of the flat surfaces extending in different, and non-parallel, directions.

US Pat. No. 10,167,926

SELF-ADHESIVE BALANCING WEIGHT FOR A VEHICLE WHEEL

1. A self-adhesive balancing weight for balancing a wheel of a vehicle, the weight comprising:a bottom surface configured to be attached to a rim of the wheel, and a top surface opposing the bottom surface,
two first sides opposing each other, and extending between the top surface and the bottom surface,
two second sides opposing each other, and extending between the first sides and between the top surface and the bottom surface,
wherein
the first sides are longer than the second sides,
the balancing weight is an arch segment having said bottom surface extending between the second sides, said bottom surface being convex,
wherein the second sides forming an angle of less than 90° with respect the bottom surface, and an angle of more than 90° with respect the top surface, and
wherein the second sides are convex-shaped from one first side to the other first side.

US Pat. No. 10,167,925

STUB SHAFT FOR CONNECTION WITH A FLYWHEEL ROTOR

Amber Kinetics, Inc., Fr...

1. An energy storage system comprising:a flywheel rotor comprising:
a rotationally symmetric mass made of a single piece of steel, the rotationally symmetric mass having an outer diameter between 48 and 72 inches;
two journals, each centered on a center axis of the mass and extending from opposite sides of the mass, each journal having a height parallel to the center axis of no more than two inches; and
two stub shafts that are physically separate components than the mass, each stub shaft being substantially rotationally symmetric and being physically connected to one of the journals.

US Pat. No. 10,167,924

CRANKSHAFT HAVING BALANCE WEIGHT

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A crankshaft having a balance weight, the crankshaft comprising:a crank pin eccentric to a rotation axis of the crankshaft;
a connecting rod connecting the crank pin and a piston; and
the balance weight disposed to be opposite to the crank pin in the crankshaft,
wherein the balance weight has a radius which is a distance between the rotation axis of the crankshaft and an exterior circumferential surface of the balance weight,
wherein the radius of the balance weight is formed differently depending on a rotation direction of the balance weight,
wherein a Bottom Dead Center (BDC) line is formed to pass through the rotation axis of the crankshaft and a central axis of the crank pin,
wherein, in the exterior circumferential surface of the balance weight, first ranges respectively set in a rotation direction of the balance weight and in a rotation direction opposite to the rotation direction of the balance weight based on the BDC line are formed to have a first radius from the rotation axis,
second ranges respectively set in the rotation direction of the balance weight and in the rotation direction opposite to the rotation direction of the balance weight in the first ranges are formed to have a second radius from the rotation axis, and
the first radius being shorter than the second radius.

US Pat. No. 10,167,923

HYDRAULIC POWERTRAIN MOUNT WITH DUAL LOW FREQUENCY INERTIA TRACKS AND DECOUPLING MEMBRANE WITH SYNCHRONOUS SWITCHING MECHANIZATION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A powertrain mount for a vehicle comprising:a housing;
first and second compliant members coupled to and cooperating with the housing;
a port extending through the housing;
an inertia track assembly disposed within the housing forming a first fluid chamber with the first compliant member and forming a second fluid chamber with the second compliant member, the inertia track assembly having at least first and second channels of different lengths extending through the inertia track assembly for conducting fluid between the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber, wherein the inertia track assembly forms an air chamber having a first end and a second end in communication with the port;
a decoupler disposed in and cooperating with the first end of the air chamber; and
a switching apparatus operatively connected to the housing and selectively positionable relative to the inertia track assembly, the switching apparatus including an actuator with a plunger synchronously positionable to open and close the second channel and air chamber of the inertia track assembly, wherein the plunger further comprises a first portion positionable relative to the second channel, a second portion positionable relative to the air chamber and a projection extending from the second portion of the plunger that is disposed within and adjustable relative to an opening in the air chamber, wherein the first portion and second portion are synchronously positionable between a first position and a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,922

MULTISTRUCTURAL SHOCK ABSORBING SYSTEM FOR ANATOMICAL CUSHIONING

Kevin McDonnell, Miami, ...

1. A shock absorbing system for impact energy dissipation comprising:a surface,
a least one unitary cell having a plurality of compressible cylinders extending substantially perpendicular to the surface each compressible cylinder containing a first working fluid, and
a reservoir connected to each of the plurality of compressible cylinders through an associated one of a plurality of fluid conduits, said first working fluid transferred by at least one compressible member through the associated one of the plurality of fluid conduits to the reservoir responsive to compression of the at least one compressible member induced by an impact force; wherein each unitary cell is removably affixed to the surface of a foot bed, a helmet shell, a pad, a wall or a liner; wherein plurality of compressible cylinders and reservoir are enclosed within an envelope; wherein the envelope forms a cavity surrounding the compressible cylinders and the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,167,921

HYDRAULIC DAMPER WITH A HYDRO-MECHANICAL COMPRESSION STOP ASSEMBLY

BEIJINGWEST INDUSTRIES CO...

1. A hydraulic damper for a vehicle comprising:a tube extending along an axis and filled with a working liquid;
a piston assembly disposed slidably inside said tube for generating a damping force and dividing said tube into a rebound chamber and a compression chamber;
a piston rod connected to said piston assembly and extending outside said tube;
a fluid compensation chamber located outside of said tube;
a base valve assembly located at an end of said compression chamber for controlling the flow of said working fluid between said compression chamber and said compensation chamber;
a hydro-mechanical compression stop assembly for generating an additional damping force at the end of a compression stroke of said piston assembly, said hydro-mechanical compression stop assembly comprising:
a covering member overlying said base valve assembly in said compression chamber and defining at least one main flow channel fluidly connecting said compression chamber and said base valve assembly,
said covering member further defining at least one auxiliary flow channel spaced from said main flow channel and fluidly connecting said compression chamber and said base valve assembly,
a closing member overlying said main flow channel for selectively closing said main flow channel based on the axial position of said piston rod,
a telescopic arrangement attached to said piston assembly and comprising a pair of sleeves in telescoping relationship with one another, wherein one of said sleeves is an engaging sleeve having a base coupled with said closing member, and
a first spring compressed between said piston assembly and said base to bias said closing member in an extended position,
wherein said base of said engaging sleeve defines at least one channel; said closing member includes a closing shield moveably connected to said base of said engaging sleeve and overlying said at least one main flow channel, and a second spring that extends between and is connected to said closing shield and said base and biases said closing shield in an extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,920

ADJUSTABLE DAMPING CURVE SHOCK ABSORBER

Viking Performance, Inc.,...

1. An adjustment control for adjusting a damping curve of a shock absorber, said adjustment control comprising:an aperture seat coupled to a base of said shock absorber, said aperture seat defining a flow tube and said base having a bore;
a plug body including a plug, said plug slidably engaging said flow tube;
a spring in mechanical communication with said plug body, said spring urging said plug into said flow tube;
a plug nut including a non-circular region and a first threaded portion, said plug nut being in mechanical communication with said spring;
an adjustment nut shaft stud including a second threaded portion to engage said first threaded portion;
an adjustment nut coupled to said base, said adjustment nut defining a non-circular cavity to receive at least a portion of said adjustment nut shaft stud and at least a portion of said non-circular region of said plug nut such that said plug nut cannot rotate relative to said non-circular cavity of said adjustment nut; and
an adjustment knob, wherein rotation of said adjustment knob both clockwise and counter-clockwise causes rotation of said adjustment nut shaft stud relative to said adjustment nut while said adjustment nut remains stationary, and wherein both clockwise and counter-clockwise rotation of said second threaded portion of said adjustment nut shaft stud causes axial movement of said plug nut while said adjustment nut shaft stud remains axially stationary with respect to said flow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,167,918

VALVE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A valve comprising:a valve disc that partitions one chamber and another chamber; and
annular-plate shaped leaf valves laminated on each of the one chamber side and the other chamber side of the valve disc, wherein
the valve disc includes:
an annular boss formed in each of the one chamber side and the other chamber side to support the leaf valves;
a seat formed on an outer peripheral side of the boss on each of the one chamber side and the other chamber side, the leaf valves being seated on the seats and liftable from the seats;
an opening on each of the one chamber side and the other chamber side, each opening surrounded by a corresponding one of the seats;
one passage that allows the one chamber to communicate with the opening at the other chamber side; and
another passage that allows the other chamber to communicate with the opening at the one chamber side,
wherein at least one of the seats on the one chamber side and the other chamber side is disposed to project with respect to the bosses, an outer peripheral end of the seat on the other chamber side is disposed on an outer peripheral side with respect to an outer peripheral end of the leaf valve, the leaf valve being seated on the seat on the other chamber side,
wherein the outer peripheral end of the seat on the other chamber side is disposed at a position identical to an outer peripheral end of the seat on the one chamber side in a radial direction of the valve disc, alternatively, the outer peripheral end of the seat on the other chamber side being disposed on an outer peripheral side with respect to the outer peripheral end of the seat on the one chamber side, and
wherein the seat on the one chamber side includes a plurality of branches and a plurality of arc-shaped arc portions, the branches extending from the boss on the one chamber side to an outer peripheral side, the arc portion coupling outer peripheral ends of the adjacent branches.

US Pat. No. 10,167,917

VIBRATION CONTROL

BAE Systems PLC, London ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a machine;
a plate; and
at least one of: a cable, a bundle of cables, a pipe for carrying a fluid to or from the machine, and a conduit;
wherein the machine is on a first side of the plate and at least part of the cable, bundle, pipe or conduit is on a second, opposite, side of the plate; and
wherein the plate is susceptible to vibrations arising from operation of the machine;
the apparatus further comprising:
an active vibration suppressor mounted on the cable, the bundle of cables, the pipe, or the conduit;
a controller configured to control the active vibration suppressor to reduce vibrations of the plate; and
a plurality of sensors mounted on the plate, the sensors being arranged to sense vibrations of the plate and to generate a signal indicative of those vibrations.

US Pat. No. 10,167,916

BRAKE PAD WEAR SENSOR

TRW Automotive U.S. LLC, ...

1. A brake pad wear sensing system for measuring brake pad wear for a vehicle disc brake system, the brake pad wear measuring system comprising:a brake pad wear sensor comprising an RF communication circuit for transmitting an RF signal including brake pad wear data; and
a vehicle-based receiver comprising an RF communication circuit for receiving the brake pad wear data in the RF signal transmitted by the wear sensor, wherein the vehicle-based receiver is operatively connected to a vehicle-based main controller, the vehicle-based receiver transmitting the brake pad wear data to the main controller wherein the wear sensor comprises an RFID circuit and the vehicle-based receiver comprises an RFID controller, and the wear sensor comprises a low frequency (LF) receiver, wherein the RFID controller transmits an LF interrogation signal to the RFID circuit, and the RFID circuit transmits an RF signal to the RFID controller in response to the LF receiver receiving the interrogation signal, the RF signal comprising the brake pad wear data.

US Pat. No. 10,167,915

ACTIVE BRAKE COOLING DUCTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle brake cooling system, comprising:a first brake cooling duct extending from a first air intake at a front portion of the vehicle to a first outlet adjacent a first wheel of the vehicle, the first outlet having a first diverter to direct airflow received from the first air intake toward a first brake assembly of the first wheel as the first wheel moves during operation of the vehicle; and
a brake cooling manager to determine a position of the first diverter responsive to a position of the first brake assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,167,914

ELECTROMECHANICAL BRAKE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An electromechanical brake which includes a pair of friction pads installed to press a disc at a time of performing a braking operation, a piston which is installed in a caliper housing so as to be movable forward and backward, and moves forward to press one of the pair of friction pads at the time of performing the braking operation, and a drive unit which provides power for moving the piston, the drive unit comprising:a nut member which is coupled to the piston installed in the caliper housing and moves in an axial direction to allow the piston to move forward and backward;
a spindle which is thread-coupled to the nut member and rotates to move the nut member in the axial direction;
an electric motor which provides power for rotating the spindle;
a friction member which is rotatably installed in the caliper housing and rotates together with the spindle by frictional force when the spindle comes into contact with the friction member and causes friction; and
an elastic member which is installed between the caliper housing and the friction member, stores elastic energy by being deformed when the friction member rotates during the braking operation, and provides elastic restoring force as backward torque to the spindle through the friction member when the braking operation is released,
wherein a support portion having a shape enlarged in a radical direction protrudes from the spindle, the friction member is formed in a ring shape such that a portion of the spindle in a rear of the support portion is coupled to pass through an interior of the friction member, and the support portion of the spindle presses the friction member so as to generate the friction force, and
wherein the elastic member is a torsion spring installed between the caliper housing and the friction member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,913

HIGH PERFORMANCE CARBON FIBER

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A carbon/carbon brake disk comprising a carbon fiber having undergone a fiber crystal orientation (CO) improvement process and having a coefficient of friction in response to a rejected takeoff condition greater than a carbon fiber that has not undergone the fiber crystal orientation (CO) improvement process, wherein the fiber crystal orientation (CO) improvement process comprises at least one of air gap spinning or wet jet spinning, wherein the fiber CO improvement process further comprises melt spinning.

US Pat. No. 10,167,912

PLATE ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING FLOATING WEAR LININGS FOR MULTI-DISK BRAKE SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING VIBRATION IN A MULTI-DISK BRAKE SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

9. A multi-disk brake system comprising:a plurality of adjacent stator-rotor pairs comprising a plurality of friction disks;
a pressure plate at a first end of the plurality of adjacent stator-rotor pairs and adjacent a front rotor thereof;
an end plate at a second end of the plurality of adjacent stator-rotor pairs and adjacent an aft rotor thereof; and
a floating plate wear liner mounted against at least one of the pressure plate or the end plate by a pair of internally-mounted wheel bearings, wherein the pair of internally-mounted wheel bearings are at a radially outer portion and a radially inner portion of the pressure plate and the floating plate wear liner.

US Pat. No. 10,167,911

ELECTRIC PARKING BRAKE

1. An electric parking brake adapted for use with a brake disk, the brake disk having a rotating axis, and opposite first and second side surfaces that are perpendicular to the rotating axis, said electric parking brake comprising:a main body unit including first and second side seats that are adapted to be located respectively at two sides of the brake disk, and that are adapted to be adjacent respectively to the first and second side surfaces, and a pair of elongate guiding members that are spaced apart from each other, and that are connected between said first and second side seats, said first side seat having a first recess that is adapted to be disposed in proximity to the first side surface, said second side seat having a second recess that is adapted to be disposed in proximity to the second side surface, said first and second recesses cooperating to form an accommodating space between said first and second side seats, said guiding members extending parallel to the rotating axis and through said accommodating space;
a lining unit including a first positioning member that is movable in said first recess along a central axis which is parallel to the rotating axis, a first lining that is secured on said first positioning member, a second positioning member that is movable in said second recess along the central axis, and a second lining that is secured on said second positioning member, said first and second linings being adapted to be adjacent respectively to the first and second side surfaces;
a braking unit including a first braking member that is movable in said first recess along the central axis, a second braking member that is movable in said second recess along the central axis, and a connecting member that has opposite side edges, and a pair of hollow sliding portions disposed respectively on said side edges, and respectively and movably sleeved on said guiding members; and
an actuating unit including a support that is fixedly connected to said connecting member, an actuator that is mounted on said support, and a driving shaft that extends along the central axis, and that is rotated by said actuator to move said first braking member relative to said main body unit, said driving shaft having a threaded portion that threadedly engages said first braking member such that, through operation of said actuator, said first lining is driven by said first braking member to move toward the first side surface in a direction to thereby move said second braking member toward the second side surface in an opposite direction, so that said first and second linings are moved toward each other to clamp the brake disk therebetween wherein said second braking member and said connecting member of said braking unit are formed as one piece;
wherein said second side seat of said main body unit further has a counterbore having a wide section that is communicated with said second recess, and a narrow section that is narrower than said wide section;
wherein said second said second braking member of said braking unit has a protruding rod; and
wherein said second braking member is movable in said counterbore along the central axis, said protruding rod being disposed fittingly and movable in said narrow section of said counterbore along the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,167,910

METHOD FOR OPERATING A TRANSMISSION DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND CORRESPONDING TRANSMISSION DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a drive device for a motor vehicle, comprising:detecting an actuation of a manual transmission of a transmission device while an automatic clutch is in an at least partially opened state;
closing the automatic clutch of the transmission device of the motor vehicle on detection of the actuation before an engagement or disengagement of a driving gear at the manual transmission so that the engagement or disengagement of the driving gear is prevented; and
opening the automatic clutch a predetermined time after detecting the actuation of the manual transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,167,908

CLUTCH ACTUATOR STRUCTURE

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

1. A clutch actuator structure, comprising:a clutch actuator which controls oil pressure for engaging and disengaging a hydraulic clutch mechanism which transmits a rotational driving force of an engine,
a crankcase cover which covers a side of a crankcase of an engine,
an oil sump which reserves oil, the oil sump being formed in an inner surface of the crankcase cover, the inner surface facing the crankcase,
wherein said clutch actuator is disposed in said oil sump, and
wherein said crankcase cover further comprises
a control oil passage formed within said crankcase cover and extending from said actuator to a pressurization chamber of said hydraulic clutch mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,167,907

HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVE APPARATUS

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A hybrid vehicle drive apparatus, comprising:a prime mover having an output shaft rotatable around an axis line;
a transmission having an input shaft rotatable around the axis line;
an electric motor having a rotor of substantially cylindrical shape provided between the prime mover and the transmission to be rotatable around the axis line, and a stator arranged around the rotor;
a first clutch of multi-plate wet type arranged radially inward of the rotor and configured to connect and disconnect a first power transmission path between the output shaft of the prime mover and the electric motor;
a second clutch of multi-plate wet type arranged radially inward of the rotor and side by side with the first clutch in an axial direction of the axis line, and configured to connect and disconnect a second power transmission path between the electric motor and the input shaft of the transmission; and
a cover member having a first sidewall member and a second sidewall member each extending radially and a connection member of substantially cylindrical shape configured to connect the first sidewall member and the second sidewall member, the cover member being rotatably provided around the axial line to integrally rotate with the electric motor, the cover member forming a clutch chamber enclosing the first clutch and the second clutch by means of the first sidewall member, the second sidewall member and the connection member, the cover member being formed with an oil discharge port connecting the clutch chamber and a drain oil chamber sideward of the clutch chamber, wherein
the cover member has a first cover member and a second cover member axially disassemblable at the connection member, and each of the first cover member and the second cover member has a fitting member fitted in the axial direction to be integrally rotatable with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,167,906

CLUTCH ASSEMBLY HAVING A HYDRAULICALLY ACTUATE PISTON AND LATCHING DEVICE

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1. A clutch assembly for a transmission, comprising:a first clutch member extending along a central axis;
a second clutch member co-axially spaced from the first clutch member, wherein the second clutch member is axially slidable in a first axial direction to engage the first clutch member and in a second axial direction to disengage from the first clutch member;
a spring biasing the second clutch member in one of the first axial direction and the second axial direction;
a piston selectively actuatable to move the second clutch member in the other of the first axial direction and the second axial direction, thereby overcoming a biasing force of the spring; and
a latching device to selectively lock the piston in at least one of a first position when the second clutch member is in the first axial direction and in a second position when the second clutch member is in the second axial direction, wherein the latching device includes a selectively retractable locking pin and the piston has an external surface defining a slot to receive the locking pin, thereby locking the piston in the first position or the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,905

WET DUAL MULTI-PLATE CLUTCH WITH LEVERS OUTSIDE THE WET CHAMBER

1. A multi-plate dual clutch for coupling an engine of a motor vehicle to a drive shaft of a transmission for the motor vehicle and to an auxiliary output shaft of an auxiliary power take-off of the motor vehicle, said multi-plate dual clutch comprising:a drive clutch for coupling the motor vehicle engine with a drive shaft of the multi-plate dual clutch;
an auxiliary power take-off clutch for coupling the motor vehicle engine with an auxiliary output shaft of the multi-plate dual clutch;
wherein the drive clutch and the auxiliary power take-off clutch can each be actuated separately from one another by means of a respective separate lever mechanism;
wherein the multi-plate dual clutch includes a fluid-tight wet chamber housing in which the drive clutch and the auxiliary power take-off clutch are received; and
wherein the respective lever mechanisms for the drive clutch and the auxiliary power take-off clutch are located outside the wet chamber housing.

US Pat. No. 10,167,904

ADJUSTMENT DEVICE FOR A FRICTION CLUTCH

1. An adjustment device for a friction clutch, comprising:a rotational driving device;
an adjustment spindle with an axial direction, connected to the driving device in a torsionally fixed fashion;
a spindle nut movable in the axial direction by rotation of the adjustment spindle;
an adjusting unit that adjusts a distance between an engagement device and a pressure plate, which is adjusted due to a simultaneous axial motion of the spindle nut, and
the axial direction of the adjustment spindle is on a line which points from a central axis of the friction clutch towards an exterior circumference of the friction clutch.