US Pat. No. 10,215,498

AIR GUIDE-INTEGRATED EVAPORATION COOLER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

KYUNGDONG NAVIEN CO., LTD...

1. An air guide-integrated evaporation cooler comprising:a plurality of barrier plates; and
gap units including a plurality of bars positioned between the plurality of barrier plates, disposed to be spaced apart from each other at a center portion thereof, and configured to form heat exchangers, and guides disposed at edges of the plurality of barrier plates and configured to determine a direction of a fluid flow,
wherein a counterflow is formed in two adjacent gap units of the gap units with one barrier plate of the plurality of barrier plates interposed therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,215,497

HEAT EXCHANGER AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR HEAT EXCHANGER

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

1. A heat exchanger that allows at least a first fluid and a second fluid circulating therein to exchange heat therebetween, the heat exchanger comprising a stacking block having therein a first flow path for the first fluid and a second flow path for the second fluid, wherein the stacking block comprises: a first plate having a first plate first surface and a first plate second surface, a second plate having a second plate first surface and a second plate second surface, the first plate stacked on the second plate; the first plate formed with a plurality of first through holes having mutually identical shapes; the second plate formed with a plurality of second through holes having mutually identical shapes, the mutually identical shapes of the second through holes being identical to the mutually identical shapes of the first through holes; a first seal plate stacked on the first plate first surface; and a second seal plate stacked on the second plate second surface, wherein the first plate first surface faces away from the second plate and the second plate second surface faces away from the first plate, wherein in the first plate, the first through holes are mutually aligned and equally spaced in a first direction, wherein in the second plate, the second through holes are mutually aligned and equally spaced in the first direction, wherein each of the first through holes has regions overlapping with the second through holes on both sides of the first through hole in the first direction, and the first flow path is formed by the first through holes and the second through holes being alternately connected in the first direction in the regions where first and second holes overlap; wherein each of the first through holes consists of a first through hole one end part formed in the first plate second surface, a first through hole other end part formed in the first plate first surface, and a first through hole intermediate part which is a portion between the first through hole one end part and the first through hole other end part of the first through hole, wherein the first through hole other end part has a diameter smaller than the diameter of the first through hole one end part, wherein the first through hole intermediate part is formed so that the diameter thereof is not less than the diameter of the first through hole other end part and not more than the diameter of the first through hole one end part; wherein each of the second through holes consists of a second through hole one end part formed in the second plate first surface, a second through hole other end part formed in the second plate second surface, and a second through hole intermediate part which is a portion between the second through hole one end part and the second through hole other end part of the second through hole; wherein the second through hole other end part has a diameter smaller than the diameter of the second through hole one end part, and wherein the second through hole intermediate part is formed so that the diameter thereof is not less than the diameter of the second through hole other end part and not more than the diameter of the second through hole one end part.

US Pat. No. 10,215,496

MULTI-FLOW HEAT EXCHANGER FOR EXCHANGING HEAT BETWEEN COOL FLUID AND HOT FLUID

Bosal Emission Control Sy...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a cool heat exchanging conduit adapted for guiding a cool fluid, the cool heat exchanging conduit having a cool fluid inlet and a cool fluid outlet;
a hot heat exchanging conduit adapted for guiding a hot fluid, the hot heat exchanging conduit having a hot fluid inlet and a hot fluid outlet;
a heat exchanging element arranged between the cool heat exchanging conduit and the hot heat exchanging conduit for heat exchange between the cool fluid and the hot fluid;
at least one additional heat exchanging conduit for guiding an additional fluid, the at least one additional heat exchanging conduit having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, wherein the at least one additional heat exchanging conduit is arranged adjacent at least one heat exchanging conduit from the group consisting of the cool heat exchanging conduit and the hot heat exchanging conduit, and on a same side of the heat exchanging element as said at least one heat exchanging conduit from the group consisting of the cool heat exchanging conduit and the hot heat exchanging conduit, and wherein the at least one additional heat exchanging conduit is separated from the at least one heat exchanging conduit from the group consisting of the cool heat exchanging conduit and the hot heat exchanging conduit by a separator comprising two separating elements arranged at a distance to each other and forming a cavity between the two separating elements, the separator limiting a fluid flow into or within the cavity the at least one additional heat exchanging conduit and the at least one heat exchanging conduit from the group consisting of the cool heat exchanging conduit and the hot heat exchanging conduit, and arranged on the same side of the heat exchanging element.

US Pat. No. 10,215,495

METALLURGICAL APPARATUS

PYROTEK, INC., Aurora, O...

1. A metallurgical apparatus comprising:a vessel for holding a body of liquid metal, and
a circulating apparatus for circulating the body of liquid metal within the vessel,
wherein the vessel has a peripheral wall and a base, and
wherein the circulating apparatus comprises:
a launder that provides a flow channel, and
a pumping device for pumping liquid metal through the launder,
wherein the launder has an inlet end connected to a first opening in the peripheral wall and an outlet end connected to a second opening in the peripheral wall, each of the inlet end and outlet end being selectively opened and closed by moveable dams adjustable between an open configuration in which the flow of liquid metal between the vessel and the launder is permitted, and a closed configuration in which the flow of liquid metal between the vessel and the launder is prevented, and
wherein the pumping device is configured to pump liquid metal through the launder so that liquid metal flows out of the vessel through the first opening and into the vessel through the second opening, thereby causing the body of liquid metal within the vessel to circulate.

US Pat. No. 10,215,494

METHOD OF OPERATING ELECTRIC ARC FURNACE

DAIDO STEEL CO., LTD., A...

1. A method of operating an electric arc furnace, wherein the electric arc furnace comprises:(a) a furnace shell that includes a charging opening, a cylindrical circumferential wall portion and a furnace bottom portion, and a tapping hole and/or a slag door,
(b) a furnace roof that has a plurality of electrodes provided so as to face downwards, and
(c) a rotating apparatus that rotates the furnace shell around a vertical axis relative to the electrodes,
in which a metal material charged into the furnace shell is melted by heat of arcs formed between the electrodes and the metal material, wherein the method comprises:
charging the metal material into the furnace shell via the charging opening, and thereafter,
rotating the furnace shell relative to the electrodes during melting of the metal material, and
stopping the rotation when any one of the plurality of electrodes reaches a holding position that is previously set relative to the tapping hole or the slag door, and holding the furnace shell at the holding position,
in the case where the holding position is set relative to the tapping hole, the holding position is set in such a position that an extension line of a line connecting a rotational center of the furnace shell to any one of the plurality of electrodes is positioned in a range within ±50° in a rotation direction of the furnace shell, centered at a line connecting the rotational center of the furnace shell to a center of the tapping hole, and
in the case where the holding position is set relative to the slag door, the holding position is set in such a position that the extension line of the line connecting the rotational center of the furnace shell to any one of the plurality of electrodes one electrode is positioned in a range of an angle of less than 60° from an end of the slag door in the rotation direction of the furnace shell.

US Pat. No. 10,215,493

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR DRYING ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Revive Electronics, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a low-pressure chamber comprising an interior configured for placement of an electronic device in the interior and removal of the electronic device from the interior;
an evacuation pump connected to the low-pressure chamber;
a heater connected to the low-pressure chamber; and
at least one control system connected to the evacuation pump and the heater, wherein the at least one control system controls removal of moisture from the electronic device by controlling the evacuation pump to decrease pressure within the low-pressure chamber, and controlling operation of the heater to provide heat to the electronic device, wherein the at least one control system is further configured for determining whether to stop or continue removing the moisture from the electronic device based on data associated with at least one of the electronic device or the low-pressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,215,492

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SALTS WITH A REDUCED WATER OF CRYSTALLISATION CONTENT

Andritz Technology and As...

1. A method for drying moist salts containing water of crystallisation, comprising:drying the moist salts with a hot drying gas having a moisture content and temperature in a convective dryer whereby water is evaporated from the moist salts as the moist salts are dried and said evaporated water increases the moisture content of the drying gas in the dryer; and
maintaining the absolute moisture content of the drying gas in the dryer above a predefined moisture content value, using only water evaporated from said moist salts, wherein
the moisture content in the drying gas in the dryer is maintained above said predefined moisture content value, in dependence on sensing the water evaporation rate from said moist salts and the temperature of the drying gas.

US Pat. No. 10,215,491

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH BULKY ITEM DETECTION

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method for controlling an operation of a laundry treating appliance comprising a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber, the method comprising:imaging the laundry within the treating chamber, via at least one imaging device located within the treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment in accordance with a treating cycle of operation, to generate multiple images of a laundry load within the treating chamber; and
determining, by a controller, a size of the laundry load from the multiple images by processing image data with computer software stored on the controller to define a determined size.

US Pat. No. 10,215,490

KICK STAND SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An accessory stand system for use with a blender stand and blender pitcher comprising:one or more posts detachably attached and extended from the blender stand;
one or more pegs pivotally and detachably attached along a length of the one or more
posts and one or more sides of the blender pitcher.

US Pat. No. 10,215,489

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE LOW-TEMPERATURE SEPARATION OF AIR AT VARIABLE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A method for variably obtaining a pressurized-gas by means of low-temperature separation of air in a distillation column system comprising a high-pressure column and a low-pressure column, said method comprising:compressing the entire feed air in a main air compressor to a first pressure, which is at least 4 bar higher than an operating pressure of the high-pressure column,
cooling a first partial stream of the feed air compressed in the main air compressor to a first intermediate temperature in a main heat exchanger, and work expanding the first partial stream in a first air turbine to form an expanded first partial stream,
introducing at least a first part of the expanded first partial stream into the distillation column system,
further compressing a second partial stream of the feed air compressed in the main air compressor to a second pressure, which is higher than the first pressure, in a first booster air compressor driven by the first turbine, cooling the second partial stream in the main heat exchanger, and subsequently expanding the second partial stream and introducing the expanded second partial stream into the distillation column system,
removing a first product stream in liquid form from the distillation column system and increasing the pressure of the first product stream to a first product pressure,
evaporating or pseudo-evaporating and warming the first product stream in the main heat exchanger,
obtaining warmed first product stream as a first pressurized-gas product,
compressing a first process stream, containing at least 78 mol % of nitrogen, in a multi-stage compressor from an inlet pressure to a final pressure,
wherein the multi-stage compressor is a nitrogen product compressor and
wherein the first process stream is a first gaseous nitrogen stream from the low-pressure column,
said method further comprising
in said first operating mode, obtaining a first amount of said first pressurized-gas product,
in said second operating mode, obtaining a second amount of said first pressurized-gas product, which is smaller than the first amount first pressurized-gas product,
in the first operating mode, obtaining a second process stream which is a first gaseous stream from the high-pressure column and contains at least 78 mol % of nitrogen, and wherein no amount or a first amount of the second process stream is mixed with the first process stream downstream of a first stage of the multi-stage compressor and, with the first process stream, is compressed in the multi-stage compressor, and
in the second operating mode, a second amount of the second process stream is compressed in the multi-stage compressor, wherein said second amount of the second process stream is greater than the amount of the second process stream compressed in the multi-stage compressor in said first operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,215,488

TREATMENT OF NITROGEN-RICH NATURAL GAS STREAMS

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A process for recovering helium and natural gas liquid (NGL) from pressurized natural gas comprising methane, C2+ hydrocarbons, helium and at least 70% nitrogen, said process comprising:pre-treating said pressurized nitrogen-rich natural gas to remove one or more impurities incompatible with the process and produce pre-treated natural gas;
cooling said pre-treated natural gas to produce cooled pre-treated natural gas;
separating said cooled pre-treated natural gas by distillation in an NGL recovery column system comprising one or more distillation columns, to produce NGL and C2+ hydrocarbon-depleted natural gas comprising helium and methane; and
separating said C2+ hydrocarbon-depleted natural gas by distillation in a helium recovery column system to produce helium-enriched overhead vapor and nitrogen-enriched bottoms liquid comprising methane.

US Pat. No. 10,215,487

METHOD OF CONTROL OF THE NATURAL GAS LIQUEFACTION PROCESS

SAKHALIN ENERGY INVESTMEN...

1. A method for control of a natural gas liquefaction process, wherein the process comprises (a) feeding a natural gas into a main heat exchanger through an inlet in the main heat exchanger; (b) feeding mixed refrigerant from a mixed refrigerant circuit into the main heat exchanger to cause the natural gas to undergo heat exchange with the mixed refrigerant so as to cool and liquefy the natural gas in the main heat exchanger; and (c) removing the liquefied natural gas through an outlet of the main heat exchanger, the method comprising the steps of:(i) collecting data by measuring over a period of time a mixed refrigerant composition, a liquid natural gas (LNG) flow rate, power of a mixed refrigerant compressor driver, temperatures (Tcp) of the gas entering the inlet of the main heat exchanger and temperatures (Trd) of the liquefied natural gas exiting the outlet of the main heat exchanger;
(ii) calculating a Carnot factor over a period of time based on the LNG flow rate, the power of the mixed refrigerant compressor driver and a minimal specific work that would be needed to liquefy the natural gas in an ideal cooling cycle as a function of Tcp and Trd for the data collected in step (i);
(iii) determining a relationship of a composition of the mixed refrigerant fed into the main heat exchanger to the temperature (Tcp) of gas entering the inlet of the main heat exchanger based on samples of the data with a highest value of the Carnot factor;
(iv) calculating optimal concentration values of components of the mixed refrigerant fed into the main heat exchanger for the temperature (Tcp) based on the relationship determined in step (iii);
(v) calculating target amounts of the components of the mixed refrigerant in the mixed refrigerant circuit needed to obtain the optimal concentration values calculated in step (iv) using an equation of state and comparing the calculated target amounts with current amounts of components of the mixed refrigerant in the mixed refrigerant circuit to estimate a difference between the calculated target amounts and the current amounts; and
(vi) adjusting the current amounts of the mixed refrigerant in the mixed refrigerant circuit using the difference estimated in step (v) to conform to the calculated target amounts.

US Pat. No. 10,215,486

LIQUEFIED GAS PRODUCTION FACILITY

JGC CORPORATION, Kanagaw...

1. A liquefied gas production facility comprising:a plurality of liquefied gas producers which produce liquefied gas by removing an unnecessary substance and liquefying feed gas containing methane as a main component,
wherein the plurality of liquefied gas producers comprise a first liquefied gas producer, a second liquefied gas producer, and a third liquefied gas producer,
wherein the first and second liquefied gas producers are adjacent to each other, the second and third liquefied gas producers are adjacent to each other, and the second gas producer is arranged between the first and third gas producers,
wherein each of the liquefied gas producers is rectangular and comprises:
a heat exchanger that cools the feed gas by causing the feed gas to exchange heat with a refrigerant;
a compressor that compresses the refrigerant that is evaporated as a result of the heat exchange with the feed gas,
an air fin cooler unit that cools the compressed refrigerant, the air fin cooler unit being rectangular and comprising a plurality of air fin coolers that are arranged along at least one straight line; and
an expander that cools the cooled refrigerant through adiabatic expansion,
wherein, in the each of the liquefied gas producers, each of the heat exchanger, the compressor, and the expander is arranged at a side of the air fin cooler unit in a longitudinal direction of the air fin cooler unit,
wherein the first and second liquefied gas producers are shifted from each other in a longitudinal direction of the first liquefied gas producer,
wherein a first ratio X/L of a distance (X) to a length (L) is equal to or greater than 0.2, the distance (X) being a longitudinally shifted distance of the second liquefied gas
producer and the length (L) being a longitudinal length of the first liquefied gas producer,
wherein the plurality of air fin coolers in the second liquefied gas producer comprise a propane subcooler that is disposed at the opposite side of the direction in which the second liquefied gas producer is shifted,
wherein the second and third liquefied gas producers are shifted from each other in the longitudinal direction of the first liquefied gas producer,
wherein a second ratio X/L of a distance (X) to a length (L) is equal to or greater than 0.2, the distance (X) being a longitudinally shifted distance of the third liquefied gas producer and the length (L) being a longitudinal length of the second liquefied gas producer, and
wherein the second and third liquefied gas producers are arranged in a lateral direction of the first liquefied gas producer.

US Pat. No. 10,215,485

METHOD OF TREATING A HYDROCARBON STREAM COMPRISING METHANE, AND AN APPARATUS THEREFOR

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. Method of treating a hydrocarbon stream comprising methane, the method comprising:cooling at least a part of the hydrocarbon stream and a main refrigerant stream by indirect heat exchanging against a pre-cooling refrigerant, to provide a pre-cooled hydrocarbon stream and a pre-cooled main refrigerant stream;
passing the pre-cooled hydrocarbon stream to a first inlet of an extraction column;
discharging an effluent stream, in the form of a methane-enriched hydrocarbon stream, from the extraction column via a vapour outlet arranged gravitationally higher relative to the first inlet into the extraction column, and a liquid methane-depleted hydrocarbon stream from the extraction column via a liquid outlet arranged gravitationally lower relative to the first inlet into the extraction column;
passing the effluent stream to a further heat exchanger;
passing at least a part of the pre-cooled main refrigerant stream to the further heat exchanger; and
cooling both the effluent stream and the at least part of the pre-cooled main refrigerant stream in the further heat exchanger thereby providing a cooled methane-enriched hydrocarbon stream and at least one cooled main refrigerant stream;wherein said passing of the effluent stream to the further heat exchanger and said passing of the pre-cooled hydrocarbon stream to the first inlet of the extraction column comprises indirectly heat exchanging the effluent stream against the pre-cooled hydrocarbon stream,wherein said indirectly heat exchanging of the effluent stream against the pre-cooled hydrocarbon stream comprises passing the pre-cooled hydrocarbon stream from a first inlet into an extraction column heat exchanger, through the extraction column heat exchanger in indirect heat exchanging interaction with the effluent stream, to a first outlet from the extraction column heat exchanger, and passing the effluent stream from a second inlet into the extraction column heat exchanger, through the extraction column heat exchanger in indirect heat exchanging interaction with the pre-cooled hydrocarbon stream, to a second outlet from the extraction column heat exchanger, further comprising extracting heat from at least one of:
the pre-cooled hydrocarbon stream between the first inlet into the extraction column heat exchanger and the first inlet of the extraction column;
the effluent stream between the vapour outlet from the extraction column and the second outlet from the extraction column heat exchanger;
vapour and/or liquid within the extraction column in an area being gravitationally minimally as high as the first inlet into the extraction column and maximally as high as the vapour outlet from the extraction column;by heat exchanging against an auxiliary refrigerant stream.

US Pat. No. 10,215,484

CASCADING ICE LUGE

1. An apparatus for rapid chilling and dispensing of beverages comprising,freezing trays, said freezing trays configured for freezing water into ice blocks, said trays further configured to form a preformed lane on each of the ice blocks,
a plurality of shelves, each of said shelves having a front end and having a rear end, each of said shelves having a pair of front mounting blocks and having a pair of rear mounting blocks, said front and rear mounting blocks having threaded holes for joining the shelves, said front mounting blocks being angled to provide for progressively increasing the pitch of each higher shelf when said shelves are joined, said shelves comprised of an upper shelf, a lowest shelf, and an intermediate shelf, said lowest shelf having a retaining member,
threaded bolts, said threaded bolts being configured to be received by said threaded holes, whereby the rear end of the shelves may be joined to the front end of adjacent shelves,
a support bracket configured to support the upper shelf, said support bracket further configured to rest on a supporting surface such as a table or floor, said support brackets further having threaded portions which engage said threaded holes of said mounting blocks,
a retaining member, said retaining member affixed to the lowest shelf and positioned wherein the ice blocks can be securely positioned on said shelves whereby the beverage applied to a lane of the ice block on the upper shelf will cascade into a lane of each successive lower ice block without loss of beverage.

US Pat. No. 10,215,482

REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:a main body having a storage chamber;
a door opening or closing the storage chamber; and
a dispenser provided at the door,
wherein the dispenser comprises:
a dispenser housing having:
a top surface;
a bottom surface; and
a recessed surface that is defined between the top surface and the bottom surface, and is recessed backward into the door to define a container accommodation space;
an ice chute forwardly protruding from the recessed surface and downwardly extending from the top surface to be disposed in the container accommodation space, the ice chute having:
a front surface;
both side surface defined at both side edges of the front surface, the side surfaces being spaced apart from both side edges of the dispenser housing; and
a bottom surface having an ice discharge hole; and
a control panel unit mounted on the front surface of the ice chute and comprising a display part and a dispensing mode selection part.

US Pat. No. 10,215,481

REFRIGERATION DEVICE

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A refrigeration device which comprises a refrigerant circuit including an evaporator, and which performs low-temperature treatment operation for treating a cargo in an interior of the device under a predetermined low-temperature condition,the refrigeration device comprising:
a blow-out temperature detector that detects a blow-out temperature of air which is cooled in the evaporator and blown out into the interior;
a cargo temperature detector that detects a temperature of the cargo;
a memory; and
a central processing unit that runs control programs stored in the memory, and performs cooling control of the interior on the basis of the temperature detected by the blow-out temperature detector and the temperature detected by the cargo temperature detector so that the temperature of the cargo satisfies the low-temperature condition in the low-temperature treatment operation, wherein
the memory stores a first set temperature as a control target value for the blow-out temperature in the low-temperature treatment operation and a cargo target temperature as a target value for the temperature of the cargo in the low-temperature treatment operation,
the central processing unit measures a treatment time elapsed for low-temperature treatment of the cargo in the low-temperature treatment operation,
the central processing unit controls the refrigerant circuit so that the blow-out temperature approaches the first set temperature upon starting the low-temperature treatment operation, and
the central processing unit starts measuring the treatment time when the temperature of the cargo is lower than the cargo target temperature upon starting the low-temperature treatment operation.

US Pat. No. 10,215,480

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A REFRIGERATING UNIT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

12. An apparatus comprising:a freezing cavity;
a refrigeration circuit in thermal communication with the freezing cavity configured to maintain the freezing cavity at least at a first set temperature subject to a first temperature oscillation range, and at a second set temperature subject to a second temperature oscillation range; and
a user interface allowing a user to set a controlling routine to reduce freezer burn of a food product loaded into the freezing cavity;
wherein, when the controlling routine is not set, the refrigeration circuit maintains the freezing cavity at the first set temperature subject to the first temperature oscillation range;
wherein, when the controlling routine is set, the refrigeration circuit maintains the freezing cavity at the second set temperature subject to the second temperature oscillation range until the user disengages the controlling routine via the user interface; and
wherein, the second set temperature is colder than the first set temperature and the second temperature oscillation range is smaller than the first temperature oscillation range.

US Pat. No. 10,215,479

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACCESSING REFRIGERATED ITEMS

1. An apparatus for refrigerating comprisinga cabinet shell including a first compartment and a second compartment, each of said first and second compartments including a respective opening for receiving items to be refrigerated, the first compartment comprising an interior wall, the interior wall comprising
a rear interior wall portion;
a first side interior wall portion; and,
a second side interior wall portion;
a French-style door set, the French-style door set comprising
first and second French-style doors pivotally mounted to the cabinet shell about the opening of the first compartment,
wherein the first French-style door comprises an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein the second French-style door comprises an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein the first French-style door is configured to rotate about a first door hinge so as to be opened in a clockwise direction and wherein the first French-style door comprises a first door shelf, the first door shelf comprising a back wall, wherein the back wall further comprises a proximal portion and a distal portion, wherein the proximal portion of the back wall is configured to contour to at least 3 percent of the perimeter of a rotatable shelf, wherein the first door shelf further comprises a floor;
wherein the second French-style door is configured to rotate about a second door hinge so as to be opened in a counterclockwise direction, wherein the second French-style door further comprises a second door shelf, wherein the second door shelf comprises a back wall, wherein the back wall of the second door shelf comprises a proximal portion and a distal portion, wherein the proximal portion of the back wall of the second door shelf is configured to contour to at least 3 percent of the perimeter of the rotatable shelf, wherein the first French-style door is configured to abut the second French-style door and wherein the first French-style door and the second French-style door are collectively characterized as a French-style door set;
at least one rotatable shelf assembly disposed within the first compartment of the apparatus, the at least one rotatable shelf assembly comprising
the rotatable shelf, wherein the rotatable shelf is disc-shaped, the rotatable shelf comprising
a circumference portion;
an annular-shaped lip coupled to the circumference portion;
an upper surface;
a lower surface; and,
a bearing assembly comprising
at least three bearing holders;
at least three bearings wherein the at least three bearings are each operably coupled to one of the at least three bearing holders;
a support bracket comprising
an upper surface;
a lower surface;
an outer surface; and,
a support bracket flange configured to physically couple with the interior wall of the apparatus, the support bracket flange being further configured to orient the upper surface of the support bracket in a substantially horizontal direction within the apparatus, the support bracket being detachably coupled with the at least three bearings.

US Pat. No. 10,215,476

REFRIGERATION DEVICE WITH REINFORCED HOUSING

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A refrigeration device, comprising:a housing having an inner liner and a lower housing plate, a beam with a bottom wall connected to said lower housing plate and a front wall connected to said inner liner;
a thermal insulation material formed by foaming between said lower housing plate and said inner liner; and
a reinforcing member affixed on said beam for enhancing a strength of said bottom wall, said reinforcing member being disposed between said bottom wall and said inner liner; and
said reinforcing member and said front wall being disposed to form a cavity therebetween, and having the thermal insulation material filled in said cavity between said reinforcing member and said front wall.

US Pat. No. 10,215,475

UNIVERSAL FIXING SYSTEM FOR A RANGE OF MODULAR REFRIGERATOR COMPONENTS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A modular component fixing system for an appliance, the modular component fixing system comprising:a refrigerating appliance having an outer wrapper and an inner liner defining an insulating cavity therebetween;
a plurality of modular attachment slots defined within the inner liner, each of the plurality of modular attachment slots having an upturned flange that defines an angular recess, and wherein each of the plurality of modular attachment slots includes at least one downwardly angled channel in communication with the angular recess; and
a plurality of modular components, wherein each of the plurality of modular components includes an abutment surface and a supporting flange extending from the abutment surface at a predetermined angle, the predetermined angle of the supporting flange being substantially similar to a recess angle defined by the angular recess, wherein each modular component is configured to be removably engaged with any one of the plurality of modular attachment slots by inserting the supporting flange into a corresponding angular recess of the plurality of modular attachment slots such that the abutment surface is substantially flush with an interior surface of the inner liner, wherein at least one modular component of the plurality of modular components is a drawer glide, wherein the drawer glide is adapted to receive a drawer that is operable within the drawer glide between extended and retracted positions.

US Pat. No. 10,215,474

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:an inner casing that is located within a main refrigerator body and that includes:
a storage compartment, and
a mounting recess that is a recessed portion on a surface of the inner casing; and
an in-refrigerator part that is configured to be coupled to the inner casing and that includes:
a temporary fixing protrusion that protrudes from a portion of the in-refrigerator part and that includes two segments that are configured to (i) be inserted into the mounting recess, (ii) be coupled to an inner portion of the mounting recess, and (iii) be fixed to the mounting recess,
wherein the mounting recess is formed by recessing at least a part of the inner casing toward an exterior area of a food storage compartment, and
wherein the inner casing defines both a shape and a depth of the mounting recess.

US Pat. No. 10,215,473

REFRIGERATOR

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A refrigerator, comprising a door, said door including:a side of said door;
a user interface electrical module;
a first receiving space receiving said user interface electrical module;
a second receiving space being open towards said side of said door and having at least one boundary wall;
a handle member detachably received in said second receiving space, said handle member closing said first receiving space, said handle member having longitudinal sides opposite one another and longitudinal end sides opposite one another and extending between said longitudinal sides;
said user interface electrical module being accessible through said second receiving space upon removing said handle member; and
a sealing member having a sealing portion sealing said longitudinal sides and said longitudinal end sides to said at least one boundary wall of said second receiving space.

US Pat. No. 10,215,472

REFRIGERATOR HAVING SLIDABLY INSERTABLE HEAT DISSIPATION DUCT

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a main body having a storage compartment; and
a door configured to open or close the storage compartment,
wherein the door includes:
a door cap coupled to at least one of an upper portion and a lower portion of the door;
a display provided at a front surface of the door;
a heat dissipation cover arranged behind the display to form a heat dissipation flow path through which heat generated in the display is dissipated; and
a heat dissipation duct slidably insertable into the door through the at least one of the upper portion and the lower portion of the door, to be seated between a coupling portion of the heat dissipation cover and an insertion portion of the door cap,
wherein the coupling portion and the insertion portion extend lengthwise along the heat dissipation duct to accommodate the heat dissipation duct.

US Pat. No. 10,215,471

STRUCTURAL STANCHION FOR A CABINET OF AN APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An appliance comprising:a cabinet having first and second sidewalls and an interior mullion extending therebetween, wherein the first and second sidewalls and the interior mullion define a plurality of interior compartments;
first and second stanchions that define vertical structural members of the first and second sidewalls, respectively, wherein the first stanchion includes a first medial flange that extends partially into the interior mullion, wherein the first medial flange defines a first hinge attachment point, and wherein a distal end of the first medial flange is positioned proximate a first hinge, and wherein the first medial flange is integrally formed with the first stanchion and is free of direct contact with the second stanchion; and
an exterior cabinet member that extends over at least a portion of the first stanchion and at least a portion of the second stanchion, wherein an outward portion of the exterior cabinet member includes a contact surface, wherein a heat loop is at least partially disposed in an interstitial space defined by a folded portion of the exterior cabinet member, the heat loop being in thermal communication with the contact surface, and wherein the first and second stanchions and the folded portion of the exterior cabinet member cooperatively define a plurality of slots wherein each of the plurality of slots define insulation injection ports through which insulation is injected into at least a portion of the interstitial space, wherein the slots of the folded portion are aligned with the slots of the first and second stanchions.

US Pat. No. 10,215,468

BLOCK ICE SHAVER

Snowie LLC, Salt Lake Ci...

1. An ice shaving machine, comprising:a cabinet;
a mechanical drive mechanism having a control mechanism for activating and deactivating said mechanical drive mechanism;
a blade assembly mechanically connected to said mechanical drive mechanism, wherein said blade assembly comprises:
a blade configured to rotate relative to a block of ice when said mechanical drive mechanism is activated, wherein said blade comprises a plurality of openings and a plurality of cutting surfaces adjacent to said openings for allowing ice shavings to pass therethrough, wherein said cutting surfaces protrude out from a surface of said blade, and
a blade holder comprising a plurality of arms that each comprise a pass through portion and a blade attachment portion, the blade holder further configured to detachably retain said blade and couple said blade to said mechanical drive mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,215,467

LAYERING OF LOW THERMAL CONDUCTIVE MATERIAL ON METAL TRAY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An ice tray comprising:a twistable ice forming plate that is thermally conductive and comprises a top surface, an underside and a plurality of ice forming ice wells therein wherein the plurality of ice wells have a bottom surface and at least one wall extending upwardly from the bottom surface and wherein each wall has an interior ice well facing surface; and
an insulating layer applied over a portion of the twistable ice forming plate and extending along a portion of the at least one wall of the plurality of ice wells and terminating along a surface of the at least one wall such that the bottom surface of the plurality of ice wells are free of insulating layer thereby forming a partially conductive and partially insulated ice tray.

US Pat. No. 10,215,466

STEP FLOW CHILLER CONTROL DEVICE AND METHODS THEREFOR

1. A control device for controlling an absorption chiller comprising:one or more inputs that receive a plurality of load values from a component of the absorption chiller;
one or more processors that:
receive the plurality of load values from the one or more inputs;
generate an average load value from a subset of the plurality of load values; and
compare the average load value to one of the plurality of load values, the one of the plurality of load values not in the subset; and
one or more outputs that transmit one or more control signals to a variable frequency drive of the absorption chiller;
wherein the one or more control signals increase or decrease speed at the variable frequency drive based on the difference between the average load value and the one of the plurality of load values.

US Pat. No. 10,215,465

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LOW LOAD COMPRESSOR OPERATIONS

Heatcraft Refrigeration P...

1. A low load operating system for a refrigeration system having a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve, and an evaporator, comprising:a hot gas bypass line, wherein the hot gas bypass line extends from a discharge side of the compressor to a suction side of the compressor;
a desuperheat line, wherein the desuperheat line bypasses the evaporator via extension from upstream of the expansion valve to the suction side of the compressor;
a controller, wherein the controller is operationally configured to determine existence of a low load condition and as a result of the low load condition opens a valve in the hot gas bypass line and in the desuperheat line to induce the flow of a refrigerant therethrough, whereby frequent compressor stops and starts are avoided and proper superheat conditions are maintained on the compressor; and
an oil return line communicatively coupled to the system via the controller and functionally disposed downstream the hot gas bypass line and downstream of an oil separator and upstream of the condenser and further coupled upstream the evaporator and downstream a receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,215,464

HEAT PUMP SYSTEM HAVING A MAXIMUM PERCENT DEMAND RE-CALCULATION ALGORITHM CONTROLLER

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A method of operating a heat pump (HP) system, the method comprising:operating, by a controller, the HP system based on a first maximum heating % demand;
determining, by the controller, whether an operating parameter signal indicates that a current heating % demand exceeds the first maximum heating % demand;
responsive to a determination that the operating parameter signal indicates that the current heating % demand exceeds the first maximum heating % demand, setting the first maximum heating % demand to a second maximum heating % demand and operating the HP system based on the second maximum heating % demand;
wherein the controller sets the first maximum heating % demand as follows:
first maximum heating % demand/% indoor airflow rate=A+{B×((ODT_ref+C)/(ODT+D))?N}, wherein:
first maximum heating % demand is an initial maximum limit heating % demand of the HP system, ODT ref is a reference outdoor temperature in degrees Fahrenheit adjusted for a given HP system, ODT is the outdoor temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, % indoor airflow rate=indoor airflow rate/indoor airflow rate @100% heating demand, where indoor airflow rate is airflow output of an indoor system, and where A, B, C, D, and N are real numbers; and
wherein the controller sets the second maximum heating % demand as follows:
second maximum heating % demand/% indoor airflow rate=A+{B×((ODT_ref+C)/(ODT+D))?N}, wherein:
second maximum heating % demand is the maximum heating % demand after recalculation of the first maximum heating % demand of the HP system, ODT_ref is a reference outdoor temperature in degrees Fahrenheit adjusted for a given HP system, ODT is the outdoor temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, % indoor airflow rate=indoor airflow rate/indoor airflow rate @100% heating demand, where indoor airflow rate is airflow output of the indoor system, and where A, B, C, D, and N are real numbers.

US Pat. No. 10,215,463

MONITORING SYSTEM WITH CONTROL OF REFRIGERATION CONTAINER AND REFRIGERATION CONTAINER CONNECTION SOCKET BOX

KUKDONG ELECOM CO., LTD.,...

1. A system for controlling and monitoring a plurality of refrigerated containers, comprising:one or more connection plugs, each of which is connected to a plug-in port of a control panel of each of the plurality of refrigerated containers, and configured to receive information regarding a state of each of the plurality of refrigerated containers from the plug-in port and transmit a control signal of each of the plurality of the refrigerated containers to the plug-in port;
one or more connection socket boxes, each of which is connected to the one or more connection plugs through a connection cable, and configured to receive the information regarding the state of each of the plurality of refrigerated containers and transmit the control signal of the refrigerated container to each of the one or more connection plugs; and
a management server connected to the one or more connection socket boxes through a communication cable, the management server being configured to receive the information regarding the state of each of the plurality of refrigerated containers and monitor the received state information, and generate the control signal of each of the plurality of refrigerated containers for transmission to the one or more connection socket boxes,
wherein the connection plug comprises: an information transmission module connected to the plug-in port and configured to receive the information regarding the state of each of the plurality of refrigerated containers and transmit the control signal of each of the plurality of the refrigerated containers to the plug-in port; and a power transmission module connected to the plug-in port and configured to receive a current driving power of each of the plurality of the refrigerated containers,
wherein the connection cable comprises a communication line and a power line which are in parallel connected to the information transmission module and the power transmission module independently, and
wherein the connection socket box further comprises the wattmeter connected to the power line of the connection cable and configured to measure the amount of power consumed of the plurality of the refrigerated containers.

US Pat. No. 10,215,462

DEVICE FOR SEPARATING OIL FROM A REFRIGERANT FLUID

SNAP-ON CLIMATE SOLUTIONS...

1. A device for separation of oil particles by a coolant for air conditioning systems, said device comprising:a hollow container body defined by a top wall and a bottom wall;
an inlet arranged to let enter said hollow container body a coolant with oil particles, said coolant being mainly in liquid phase and having a temperature T1;
an outlet located at said top wall and arranged to cause regenerated coolant in vapor phase to exit from said hollow container body;
a heating unit, in said hollow container body, arranged to heat said coolant at a temperature T2>>T1, in such a way that said coolant evaporates when it comes in contact with said heating unit and said oil particles can fall towards said bottom wall;
a first oil barrier located between said heating unit and said outlet and arranged to prevent said oil particles to splash towards said outlet, said first oil barrier arranged at a distance L from said top wall;said device characterized in that it also comprises a second oil barrier located in said hollow container body at said outlet, said second oil barrier comprising holes having a diameter of a predetermined value D, configured to prevent that oil particles having diameter larger than said predetermined value D pass through said outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,215,461

ACCUMULATOR

FUJIKOKI CORPORATION, Se...

1. An accumulator comprising:a tank having an inflow port and an outflow port therein, the tank being configured to store a liquid inside including liquid-phase refrigerant and oil accumulated in the tank; and
a double-pipe structured outflow pipe arranged in the tank, the double-pipe structured outflow pipe including an inner pipe joined to the outflow port and an outer pipe disposed radially outside of the inner pipe, the outer pipe having a length extended in axial direction inside the tank so that the outer pipe is at least partially submerge in the liquid stored in the tank, wherein
a cloth-like member or a foam material is externally attached around the outer pipe along an entirety of the length of the outer pipe, the cloth-like member or the form material having an inner surface facing the outer pipe and an outer surface, opposite to the inner surface, being exposed to and in contact with the liquid-phase refrigerant stored in the tank, wherein the cloth-like member or the foam material functions to slow down vaporization of the liquid-phase refrigerant stored in the tank and prevent the liquid-phase refrigerant in the tank from explosively evaporating.

US Pat. No. 10,215,460

VARIABLE EXPANSION DEVICE WITH THERMAL CHOKING FOR A REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION, B...

1. A system for regulating a cooling capacity of a refrigeration system, comprising:a suction line heat exchanger comprising:
a first conduit and a second conduit disposed next to each other and in thermal contact with each other along at least a portion of their lengths; and
a refrigerant fluid flowing through the first and second conduits; and
at least one heating device thermally coupled to each of the first and second conduits and located at one or more points along the suction line heat exchanger where the first and second conduits are abutting each other and in thermal contact, wherein the at least one heating device is configured to apply heat to each of the first and second conduits, and wherein the heat applied to at least one of the first and second conduits is sufficient to vaporize a portion of the refrigerant fluid to regulate a flow rate of the refrigerant fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,215,458

EVAPORATOR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. A falling film evaporator for a heating ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system comprising:a housing:
a plurality of evaporator tubes disposed at least partially in the housing through which a volume of thermal energy transfer medium is flowed; and
a distribution system disposed in the housing to distribute a flow of liquid refrigerant over the plurality of evaporator tubes, the distribution system including:
a distribution vessel having a plurality of drip openings to flow the liquid refrigerant onto the plurality of evaporator tubes;
a feed pipe to flow refrigerant into the distribution vessel;
a separator disposed upstream of the distribution system to separate vapor refrigerant from liquid refrigerant, thereby outputting a flow of liquid refrigerant to the distribution vessel via the feed pipe, the feed pipe connecting the separator to the distribution vessel;
a suction port in the separator configured to output a flow of vapor refrigerant from the separator; and
one or more pressure regulators in the distribution system, thereby regulating the flow of refrigerant, the one or more pressure regulators including:
a flow regulator at the suction port to regulate the flow of vapor refrigerant through the suction port; and
a sensor operably disposed at the distribution vessel and operably connected to the pressure regulator to detect a liquid refrigerant level in the distribution vessel;
wherein the liquid refrigerant level exceeding a threshold results in stoppage of flow of vapor refrigerant through the suction port.

US Pat. No. 10,215,457

HEAT EXCHANGER FOR COOLING A HEATING TUBE AND METHOD THEREOF

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A method of cooling a heating tube of an evaporator, comprising:heating the evaporator and vaporizing material located inside the heating tube;
coating a substrate with the vaporized material; and
after coating the substrate, turning off the heating and cooling down the heating tube by an injection of an aerosol into at least two cooling pipes, the at least two cooling pipes in thermal contact with the heating tube.

US Pat. No. 10,215,455

HEAT TRANSMISSION METHOD AND HIGH-TEMPERATURE HEAT PUMP DEVICE

CENTRAL GLASS COMPANY, LI...

1. A heat transmission method using a high-temperature heat pump system accommodating a heat transmission composition, the heat transmission method including the step of gasifying the heat transmission composition, the step of compressing the heat transmission composition, the step of condensing the heat transmission composition, and the step of decreasing the pressure of the heat transmission composition, the steps are performed sequentially;wherein the heat transmission composition contains cis-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene at a mass ratio of 95.0% by mass or more and 99.9% by mass or less, and contains trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene or 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene at a mass ratio of 0.1% by mass or more and 5.0% by mass or less; and the heat transmission composition has a condensation temperature of 70° C. or higher, and
a temperature of the heat transmission composition at the end of the step of compressing the heat transmission composition is lower than a critical temperature of cis-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene, or a pressure of the heat transmission composition at the end of the step of compressing the heat transmission composition is lower than a critical pressure of cis-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene.

US Pat. No. 10,215,453

MOTORCYCLE AIR CONDITIONING AND COOLING DEVICE

Bruce Hammond, Aurora, C...

1. A motorcycle air conditioning device configured to provide cooled air to a rider, comprising:the motorcycle air conditioning device configured to couple to a motorcycle, the motorcycle air conditioning device including
a heat dissipation assembly including
a hot water pump,
hot water piping coupled to the hot water pump,
a hot water block coupled to the hot water piping,
a heat sink disposed adjacent to the hot water block, and
a radiator coupled to the hot water piping;
a cooling assembly including
a turbo fan assembly,
a water coil disposed in a turbo fan housing for a turbo fan in the turbo fan assembly, wherein the water coil comprises copper tubing wrapped in a helix configuration throughout a length of a turbo fan housing,
cool water piping coupled with the water coil,
a cool water pump coupled to the cool water piping,
a cool water block coupled to the cool water piping, wherein the cool water block is a copper-based cool water block, and
a thermoelectric device coupled to the cool water block, where the thermoelectric device is configured to transfer heat from the cool water block to the hot water block;
a housing assembly comprising the turbo fan housing and configured to provide an enclosure to the heat dissipation assembly and the cooling assembly, where the housing assembly is configured to be coupled to a motorcycle and provide cooled air to a rider, wherein the turbo fan housing comprises directional blades disposed on the end of the turbo fan housing proximate to a cooled air exhaust, wherein the directional blades are configured to be adjusted to alter an air flow direction; and
a controller configured to adjust a temperature of the cooled air and an airflow through the turbo fan assembly, based at least in part on a desired cooling temperature setting.

US Pat. No. 10,215,452

AIR CONDITIONER

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. An air conditioning system comprising:a refrigerant circulating path network connecting, with refrigerant lines, a compressor; a heat-source side heat exchanger for evaporating and gasifying or condensing and liquefying a heat-source side refrigerant; expansion valves for controlling a flow rate of the refrigerant; refrigerant pipes in intermediate heat exchangers for exchanging heat between the heat-source side refrigerant and a use-side heat medium; and a four-way valve, a plurality of two-way valves or a plurality of three-way valves for switching a circulation path of the refrigerant, for circulating the heat-source side refrigerant; and
a heat medium circulating path network connecting, with heat-medium lines, pumps for pressurizing and sending the heat medium; use-side heat exchangers for exchanging heat between the heat medium with air in interior spaces to be air conditioned; and heat-medium pipes in the intermediate heat exchangers, for circulating the heat medium,
wherein
temperatures in the interior spaces to be air conditioned are controlled by exchanging heat, through the use-side heat exchangers, between the air in the interior spaces to be air-conditioned and the heat medium heated or cooled by the heat-source side refrigerant in the intermediate heat exchangers,
the air conditioning system further comprising:
integrated heat-medium flow-path switching devices connectedly interposed between the intermediate heat exchangers and the use-side heat exchangers, each integrated heat-medium flow-path switching device including thereinside:
a heat-medium flow-path switching valve having holes formed in its sidewall and having a longitudinal inner partition, a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the longitudinal inner partition extending from the first end to the second end,
wherein the heat-medium flow-path switching valve is revolved to select either of the heated heat medium or the cooled heat medium for it to flow between the intermediate heat exchangers and the use-side heat exchangers, whereby air conditioning is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,215,451

COMPRESSOR AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE DEVICE USING SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A compressor which uses a refrigerant containing 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene as a working fluid, and uses a polyol ester oil as a compressor lubricating oil, comprisinga fixed scroll and a revolving scroll each having a spiral lap rising from an end plate;
a compression chamber which is formed by meshing the fixed scroll and the revolving scroll;
a discharge hole which is provided at a center position of the end plate of the fixed scroll, and is open to a discharge chamber;
a bypass hole which is provided in the end plate of the fixed scroll, and communicates with the compression chamber and the discharge chamber at a timing different from a timing at which the compression chamber communicates with the discharge hole; and
a check valve which is provided in the bypass hole, and allows a flow from a compression chamber side to a discharge chamber side,
wherein the working fluid is selected from the group consisting of
a mixed working fluid comprising 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene and difluoromethane, the difluoromethane being at least 30% by weight to at most 60% by weight in the mixed working fluid,
a mixed working fluid comprising 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene and tetrafluoroethane, the tetrafluoroethane being at least 30% by weight to at most 60% by weight in the mixed working fluid, and
a mixed working fluid comprising 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene, difluoromethane, and tetrafluoroethane, a combination of the difluoromethane and the tetrafluoroethane being at least 30% by weight to at most 60% by weight in the mixed working fluid,
wherein the polyol ester oil is a mixed lubricating oil which is a mixture of an oil additive and a base oil, a viscosity of the oil additive is adjusted to be equivalent to a viscosity of the base oil, and the oil additive is a mixture of:
a terpene type or a terpenoid type additive and a lubricating oil, an amount of the terpene type or the terpenoid type additive is equal to or greater than 1% and less than 50% of the mixed lubricating oil, and the lubricating oil has a higher viscosity than the viscosity of the base oil, or
the terpene type or the terpenoid type additive and the lubricating oil, the amount of the terpene type or the terpenoid type additive is equal to or greater than 1% and less than 50% of the mixed lubricating oil, the lubricating oil has a super-high viscosity, and an amount of the lubricating oil is equal to or greater than the amount of the terpene type or the terpenoid type additive.

US Pat. No. 10,215,450

HEATING, VENTILATION AND/OR AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT COMPRISING A DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE TEMPERATURE OF A BATTERY, AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING SAME

VALEO SYSTEMES THERMIQUES...

1. Heating, ventilation and/or air-conditioning equipment comprising a temperature control device for controlling a temperature of a battery of a motor vehicle, the heating, ventilation and/or air-conditioning equipment comprising at least a compressor, a condenser, a first expansion member, a thermal conditioning exchanger for exchanging heat between a refrigerating fluid and a heat-transfer fluid, and switching means, with the temperature control device comprising at least one bypass branch connecting an outlet of the compressor to an inlet of the thermal conditioning exchanger while bypassing the condenser and the first expansion member, wherein the switching means comprises at least a first control valve arranged at the outlet of the compressor and a second control valve, and the first and second control valves are arranged upstream of the first expansion member in a direction of circulation of the refrigerating fluid, and wherein the first control valve and the second control valve are disposed successively in the bypass branch, and wherein the first control valve and the second control valve are multi-way valves,and wherein the thermal conditioning exchanger has a single flow path for refrigerant fluid within the thermal conditioning exchanger and is configured to be used in a cooling mode of the battery using a cooling branch which connects an outlet of the condenser and the first expansion member upstream of the thermal conditioning exchanger and in a heating mode of the battery using the bypass branch without requiring an additional heating device.

US Pat. No. 10,215,449

CATALYTIC HEATING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HEATING A BEVERAGE OR FOOD

1. A catalytic heating system for heating a beverage or food, comprising:a container for containing the beverage or food;
a catalytic combustion assembly for heating the container, comprising:
a chamber plate having a top side and a bottom side, with the top side of the chamber plate integral with the bottom of the container;
an elongate sidewall enclosure integral with and contained within the chamber plate, with the elongate sidewall enclosure forming an enclosed catalytic combustion chamber; with the elongate sidewall enclosure having a fuel gas inlet and an exhaust outlet within corresponding ends of the elongate sidewall enclosure; with the fuel gas inlet and exhaust outlet extending through the bottom side of the chamber plate; and with the elongate sidewall enclosure thereby providing flow-through paths for a fuel gas to enter the enclosed catalytic combustion chamber through the fuel gas inlet and for an exhaust to exit the enclosed catalytic combustion chamber through the exhaust outlet;
a catalytic reaction media disposed within the enclosed catalytic combustion chamber;
a combustion starting element disposed within the enclosed catalytic combustion chamber;
a fuel supply assembly mounted on a fuel supply platform, with the fuel supply assembly having a fuel and air mixing injector fluidly connected to the fuel gas inlet;
a fuel canister sealably connected to the fuel supply platform and fluidly connected to the fuel supply assembly, with the fuel canister for containing the fuel gas; and
a shell containing the container and catalytic combustion assembly, thereby forming the catalytic heating system for heating the beverage or food;
whereby the fuel and air mixing injector within the catalytic combustion assembly can entrain the fuel gas with air and inject a fuel gas and entrained air mixture into the enclosed catalytic combustion chamber where the combustion starting element can ignite the fuel gas and entrained air mixture, and the catalytic reaction media can maintain a catalytic combustion process within the enclosed catalytic combustion chamber, and with the heat energy generated within the catalytic reaction media transferred by thermal conduction to the chamber plate integral with the bottom of the container for containing the beverage or food.

US Pat. No. 10,215,448

HEAT RECEIVER TUBE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE HEAT RECEIVER TUBE, SOLAR COLLECTOR WITH THE HEAT RECEIVER TUBE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRICITY BY USING THE SOLAR COLLECTOR

Siemens Concentrated Sola...

1. A heat receiver tube for absorbing solar energy and for transferring absorbed solar energy to a heat transfer fluid which can be located inside of at least one core tube of the heat receiver tube, wherein the at least one core tube comprises a core tube surface with at least one solar energy absorptive coating for absorbing solar radiation;the at least one core tube is enveloped by at least one enveloping tube;
the enveloping tube comprises at least one enveloping tube wall which is at least partly transparent for the solar radiation;
the enveloping tube wall comprises at least one inner enveloping tube surface;
the at least one core tube and the enveloping tube are coaxially arranged to each other such that an inner heat receiver tube space is formed which is bordered by the core tube surface and the at least one inner enveloping tube surface; and
the heat receiver tube comprises at least one pressure adapting device for adapting a space pressure of the inner heat receiver tube space compensating to an environmental pressure of an environment of the heat receiver tube.

US Pat. No. 10,215,447

SPECTRALLY SELECTIVE SEMICONDUCTOR DIELECTRIC PHOTONIC SOLAR THERMAL ABSORBER

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF T...

10. The absorber of claim 9, wherein the in-band electromagnetic radiation comprises wavelengths of the solar spectrum and the out-of-band electromagnetic radiation includes infrared wavelengths.

US Pat. No. 10,215,446

INDUCED FLOW SOLAR THERMAL COLLECTOR AND METHOD

1. A method for heating a fluid, comprising:allowing sunlight to pass through into an interior of a housing for a collector to a heat transfer core disposed within the interior of the housing, thereby to heat the heat transfer core;
transporting heat from the heat transfer core to an exterior of the housing by a heat transfer fluid entering the housing through an inlet and exiting through an outlet;
positioning a heat absorbing component adjacent to the heat transfer core, and at least partially absorbing heat losses from the heat transfer core by said heat absorbing component;
wherein said heat absorbing component defines a plurality of distinct and separate paths through a porous medium for the flow of the heat transfer fluid as it traverses the collector between the inlet and the outlet across the length of the heat absorbing component; and
preheating the heat transfer fluid using heat captured by the heat absorbing component.

US Pat. No. 10,215,445

THERMOSIPHON SYSTEM FOR HOT WATER HEATER

1. The combination of a water heater and an internal thermosiphon, comprising:a tank with sidewalls defining an internal space of height H between a bottom portion and a top portion, the tank adapted to be filled with water;
a cold water inlet in the top portion; a hot water outlet in the top portion;
a thermosiphon comprising a multi-tubular structure disposed along a longitudinal axis internal to said tank, said thermosiphon having (a) a cold water tube extending between an upstream end and a downstream end of the cold water tube, the upstream end fluidly connected to said cold water inlet in said top portion, and the downstream end open and adapted for discharge of water therefrom within said tank, and (b) a hot water tube, said hot water tube spaced outwardly from and situated longitudinally along at least a portion of said cold water tube, said hot water tube extending between a hot water inlet end having a hot water inlet, and a hot water output end which is open and adapted for discharge of water therefrom, said hot water tube further comprising an inlet cap substantially sealed to an outer surface of said cold water tube at a location adjacent to the cold water inlet, wherein said multi-tubular structure comprises a pair of concentric tubes nested about said longitudinal axis, wherein said cold water tube provides a centrally located cold water passageway, and wherein said hot water tube is spaced outwardly from said cold water tube and provides an annular hot water passageway between said cold water tube and said hot water tube.

US Pat. No. 10,215,444

HEAT EXCHANGER HAVING STACKED COIL SECTIONS

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A vapor compression system, comprising:a first circuit comprising a first compressor configured to circulate a refrigerant through a first condenser of the first circuit;
a second circuit comprising a second compressor configured to circulate the refrigerant through a second condenser of the second circuit;
an evaporator common to the first circuit and the second circuit, wherein the evaporator is configured to place the refrigerant in a heat exchange relationship with a process fluid; and
at least one air moving device configured to force air across the first condenser and the second condenser; and
wherein the first condenser comprises a plurality of first coils and the second condenser comprises a plurality of second coils, each first coil of the plurality of first coils of the first condenser is positioned next to and substantially parallel to a corresponding second coil of the plurality of second coils of the second condenser, and each first coil of the plurality of first coils of the first condenser is thermally separate from the corresponding second coil of the plurality of second coils of the second condenser.

US Pat. No. 10,215,443

AIR CONCENTRATOR/DIFFUSER PET ACCESSORY

1. A concentrator and/or diffuser, comprising:a platform having a bottom surface and a top surface;
a front wall connected to the platform at an intersection region of the front wall and the platform;
wherein the platform defines one or more through passages from the bottom surface to the top surface for permitting air discharged from a floor ventilation system opening to pass from the bottom surface to the top surface;
wherein the platform includes strengthening joists on the bottom surface;
wherein ribs couple with the bottom surface and are located to direct air flowing from the floor ventilation system opening toward the bottom surface to openings defined by the front wall; and
wherein feet are attached to the ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,215,442

VENTILATION SYSTEM AND METHOD INCLUDING A DIVERTER DUCT FOR FLUIDLY DECOUPLING FANS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A diverter duct for a ventilation system, wherein the ventilation system is operable in a first operating condition, the diverter duct comprising:a main body defining an inner surface, a first portion including an inlet, a second portion located downstream of the first portion, a third portion including an outlet, and an opening located between the first portion and the third portion;
a first contoured section formed in the first portion, the inner surface at the first contoured section having a center of a cross sectional area of a first, constant radius measured from a selected point offset from an outermost surface of the diverter duct curving to the opening such that an upper surface and a lower surface of the first contoured section form a section of a toroid;
the second portion having a contoured section with a second radius measured between the center of the first portion and a selected point offset from an outermost surface of the diverter duct aligned with an axis of symmetry of the diverter duct extending through and opposite the opening, forming a section of a toroid, and configured to direct air received from the inlet towards the opening at the first operating condition; and
an air deflector fixedly attached to and projecting around a portion of a cross section of a perimeter of the inner surface of the main body at a location downstream of the first portion, and having an edge extending from the inner surface coinciding with a continuation line of the upper surface of the first contoured section, the air deflector positioned at an angle with respect to the axis of symmetry of the diverter duct to deflect a portion of the air received from the inlet of the main body towards the opening at the first operating condition such that the air received through the inlet is substantially unable to exit the diverter duct through the outlet at the first operating condition.

US Pat. No. 10,215,441

INTEGRATED LIGHT AND HEAT ARRANGEMENT OF LOW PROFILE LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE FIXTURE

1. A system comprising:at least one solid-state luminaire, the luminaire integrating lighting and heating functions, the luminaire having a light source, the light source having a light-emitting side and a back side, the back side emitting heat when said luminaire is emitting light, the back side of the light source being directly mounted onto, and directing heat into a heat-conductive substrate configured to operate as a passive heat exchanger; and
the heat-conductive substrate is configured to introduce the heat into a body, the body existing in a proximate ambient environment, the body comprising one of air or a luminaire component, and thermally condition the body using the heat; wherein an insulating layer is mounted on a back surface of the heat-conductive substrate such that the heat-conductive substrate directs the heat in substantially a same direction as the light generated by the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,215,439

ROTATABLE AIR FLOW GUIDES FOR COOLING INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM COMPONENTS

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system, comprising:first processing resources in a first thermal region of the information handling system;
second processing resources in a second thermal region of the information handling system; and
a non-transitory computer readable medium, including processor-executable program instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
determining a loading profile of an information handling system, wherein the loading profile indicates power consumption information for each of a plurality of thermal regions of the information handling system;
configuring one or more thermal fans in accordance with a fan configuration associated with the loading profile, wherein the fan configuration:
defines a fan speed and airflow direction for one or more thermal fans; and
determines, in accordance with the fan speed and airflow direction of the one or more thermal fans, a rotational state of each of one or more rotatable airflow guides, wherein the rotational state influences thermal fan airflow provided to one or more of the thermal regions;
wherein each of the one or more rotatable airflow guides includes a first rotatable airflow guide positioned between a first thermal fan aligned with the first thermal region and a second thermal fan, aligned with the second thermal region and wherein a first fan configuration produces a pressure differential across the first rotatable airflow guide that forces the first rotatable airflow guide to an open rotational angle, increasing airflow to the first thermal region;
wherein the first fan configuration is associated with a first loading profile indicating power consumption in the first thermal region exceeding power consumption in the second thermal region; and
wherein the first fan configuration includes:
the first thermal fan configured to operate in a negative direction, pulling air from the first thermal region towards the first thermal fan; and
the second thermal fan configured to operate in a positive direction, pushing air from the second thermal fan towards the second thermal region.

US Pat. No. 10,215,438

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DETERMINING A LIMIT FAULT IN AN HVAC UNIT

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. An HVAC system comprising:an HVAC unit configured to interrupt power when a temperature sensed by a temperature sensitive limit switch exceeds a predetermined temperature and to restore power based on a temperature sensed by the temperature sensitive limit switch; and
a system controller in electrical communication with the HVAC unit, the system controller is configured to determine a temperature limit switch fault based upon an interruption duration of time and a cycle duration of time, wherein the cycle duration of time is indicative of an amount of time between consecutive interruptions of power;
wherein the system controller is further configured to generate an alert signal if it is determined that the interruption duration of time of consecutive interruptions of power does not exceed an interruption limit and the cycle duration of time is less than or equal to a first cycle limit;
wherein the system controller is further configured to generate the alert signal if it is determined that the interruption duration of time exceeds the interruption limit and the cycle duration of time is less than or equal to a second cycle limit;
wherein the first cycle limit is less than the second cycle limit.

US Pat. No. 10,215,437

BATTERY-OPERATED WIRELESS ZONE CONTROLLERS HAVING MULTIPLE STATES OF POWER-RELATED OPERATION

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A zone controller, comprising:a sensor for sensing pressure within a duct; and
a controller configured to:
operate the zone controller in a first state and a second state; and
alternate the zone controller between the first state and the second state over a period of time, the second state being configured such that the zone controller is configured to:
monitor the pressure within the duct via measurements from the sensor; and
communicate a pressure measurement for the pressure within the duct, as measured by the sensor, from the zone controller to a central controller located remote from the zone controller.

US Pat. No. 10,215,436

FULL SPECTRUM UNIVERSAL CONTROLLER

1. A method for proportional control of a thermostatically controlled residential air conditioning system, comprising:providing a master control unit comprising a central microprocessor operatively coupled with a fixed task control portion and a modular control portion,
said fixed task portion including a temperature measurement circuit operatively coupled with an indoor temperature sensor;
said modular control portion being operatively coupled with a first variable speed drive control module for control of a compressor of said residential air conditioning system,
wherein said master control unit is configured for proportional-type loop control of a system capacity by manipulating a speed of said compressor with said first variable speed drive control module, said system capacity providing a process variable and said speed of said compressor providing a manipulated variable of said proportional-type loop control;
a set of computer-readable instructions stored in non-volatile memory for access by said central microprocessor, said computer-readable instructions including:
obtaining a desired time vs. indoor temperature set point schedule;
using said proportional-type loop control of said system capacity to dynamically reduce an OFF period of a duty cycle of said compressor, said OFF period being targeted at zero; and
controlling said indoor temperature sensor in a closed loop to a controlled time vs. indoor temperature schedule.

US Pat. No. 10,215,435

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CROWD-SOURCED ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM CONTROL AND MAINTENANCE

CROWDCOMFORT, INC., Bost...

1. A non-transitory computer-implemented system for providing automated management and control of an environmental system associated with one or more spaces of a building, the system comprising:one or more mobile devices for user input and interaction related to user comfort within the one or more spaces of the building, each of the mobile devices is associated with an individual user occupying a given space of the building: and
a crowd-sourcing transaction platform comprising one or more servers configured to communicate and exchange data with the one or more mobile devices over a network, the one or more servers comprising a hardware processor coupled to non-transitory, computer-readable memory containing instructions executable by the processor to cause the one or more servers to:
receive user comfort data from one or more of the mobile devices, the user comfort data received from each of the one or more mobile devices comprises a comfort report including an individual user's rating of their perceived comfort within a given space of the building, the rating comprises an indication of a desired increase in air temperature, a decrease in air temperature, or no change to the air temperature within the given space;
aggregate and assign a weight value to each comfort report received and corresponding to a single given space of the building; and
generate a net weighting value dictating adjustment of air temperature, if any, within a zone of the building associated with the single given space, wherein generation of the net weighting value is based, at least in part, on application of a pro rata weighting rule to all of the weighted comfort reports for the single given space of the building.

US Pat. No. 10,215,434

ADAPTIVE TRIGGER SEQUENCING FOR SITE CONTROL AUTOMATION

THINK AUTOMATIC, LLC, Re...

1. A machine-teaching environmental control method comprising:a first hub obtaining first, second, and third output configurations that all correspond to a first trigger and that are respectively associated with first, second, and third scalar scores;
presenting said first output configuration in response to a first sequential instance of said first trigger and to said scalar scores indicating that said first output configuration is ranked before said second output configuration;
presenting said second output configuration in response to a second sequential instance of said first trigger and to said scalar scores indicating that said second output configuration is ranked before said third output configuration;
presenting said third output configuration in response to a third sequential instance of said first trigger after said first and second output configuration are presented; and
presenting a modified sequence of said first, second, and third output configurations in response to a first change in said second scalar score resulting from a magnitude of a time interval between said second and third sequential instances of said first trigger either by increasing said second scalar score as a conditional response to a determination that said first magnitude of said time interval between said second and third sequential instances of said first trigger is smaller than a minimum threshold or by decreasing said second scalar score as a conditional response to a determination that said first magnitude of said time interval between said second and third sequential instances of said first trigger is larger than a maximum threshold, said maximum threshold being greater than said minimum threshold, wherein said presentation sequence is manifested in a plurality of physical control devices, wherein said plurality of physical control devices include first and second physical control devices at a first facility and operably coupled with said first hub, and wherein said presenting said modified sequence of said first, second, and third output configurations in response to said first change in said second scalar score resulting from said magnitude of said time interval between said second and third sequential instances of said first trigger comprises:
adjusting second scalar score partly based on said magnitude of said time interval between successive timestamps respectively signifying said second and third sequential instances of said first trigger and partly based on one of said timestamps falling within a particular time-of-day, said particular time-of-day being morning in combination with the remaining elements and features of the claimed invention.

US Pat. No. 10,215,433

HUMIDIFICATION AND AIR CLEANING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A humidification and air cleaning apparatus comprising:an air clean module to receive external air to filter the entered external air;
an air wash module disposed on the air clean module to humidify the filtered air;
a dust sensor disposed on at least one of the air clean module or the air wash module to detect a dust concentration of external air; and
a lighting module disposed on at least one of the air clean module or the air wash module to emit light as a color classified according to a dust concentration detected by the dust sensor,
wherein the lighting module comprises:
a printed circuit board,
a first light emitting member disposed at one side surface of the printed circuit board and a second light emitting member disposed at the other side surface of the printed circuit board, and
a diffusion member having one end facing the first light emitting member and the other end facing the second light emitting member.

US Pat. No. 10,215,432

CONTROL DEVICE WITH CURRENT PROTECTED SOLID STATE RELAYS

ECOBEE INC., Toronto (CA...

1. A control device for controlling one or more electrical subsystems in accordance with a control program, comprising:a housing;
a memory storing an operating program;
at least one environmental sensor within the housing to determine the temperature within the housing;
at least one solid state relay operable, when activated, to connect at least one electrical subsystem to a supply of power and further operable, when deactivated, to disconnect the at least one electrical subsystem from the supply of power;
at least one current measuring device to determine the amount of current flowing from the supply of power to the at least one electrical subsystem when the at least one solid state relay is activated; and
a processor operable to execute the operating program to: determine the amount of bulk heating produced by the determined amount of current and an associated predetermined electrical resistance; sum the determined amount of bulk heating with the amount of bulk heating produced in the housing by other components to obtain a determined sum of the bulk heating in the housing; compensate the determined temperature value by an amount corresponding to the determined sum of the bulk heating in the housing to obtain a compensated determined temperature value; and to activate and deactivate the at least one solid state relay to activate and deactivate the at least one electrical subsystem as needed to maintain the compensated determined temperature value within a preselected range of desired temperature values;
wherein the control device comprises at least two solid state relays, each of said at least two solid state relays controlling current flow from the supply of power to a respective electrical subsystem and having a predetermined respective electrical resistance, the at least one current measuring device determining the total amount of current flowing from the supply of power to each respective electrical subsystem through the respective solid state relays, the processor further operating to determine the portion of the determined total amount of current flowing through each of the at least two solid state relays and to determine the amount of bulk heating produced by the determined proportion of the total current and the respective predetermined electrical resistance to obtain the determined amount of bulk heating.

US Pat. No. 10,215,431

COMPACT AIR HANDLER WITH MULTIPLE FANS

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. An air handler comprising:a first enclosure having a first interior volume;
a plurality of air distribution modules affixed to the first enclosure; and
a controller in operable communication with at least one of the plurality of air distribution modules; wherein each of the plurality of air distribution modules comprises:
a second enclosure having a second interior volume, an upstream end, and a downstream end, the second enclosure configured to be coupled to a conduit, wherein the conduit is to be downstream of the downstream end of the second enclosure; and
a fan disposed within the second enclosure at the upstream end of the second enclosure, wherein the controller is operative to cause the fan to move air through the second enclosure, wherein the fan disposed within the second enclosure is positioned within the first interior volume of the first enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,215,430

ELECTRONIC VAPOR AND ANALYSIS WITH HVAC INTEGRATION

Lunatech, LLC, Encino, C...

1. An apparatus comprising:an intake, configured to receive air from an airstream of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system;
a pump coupled to the intake, configured for drawing the air into the apparatus via the intake;
a sensor, coupled to the pump, configured for detecting one or more constituents in the drawn air;
a network access device configured for establishing a communication session with a computing device;
a processor, configured for,
generating measurement data based on the detected one or more constituents,
transmitting the measurement data via the network access device to the computing device,
receiving a determination of one or more vaporizable materials to vaporize based on the measurement data from computing device;
a vaporizer component, coupled to the processor, configured for vaporizing the one or more vaporizable materials to create a vapor, wherein the vaporizer component comprises,
a first container for storing a first vaporizable material;
a second container for storing a second vaporizable material; and
a mixing chamber coupled to the first container for receiving the first vaporizable material, the second container for receiving the second vaporizable material, configured for producing a mixed vaporizable material based on the first vaporizable material and the second vaporizable material; and
a vapor output, coupled to the vaporizer component, configured for expelling the vapor into the airstream of the HVAC system.

US Pat. No. 10,215,429

LOCALIZED AIR SENSING AND TREATMENT

Lunatech, LLC, Encino, C...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of vapor devices, each vapor device disposed at a location, wherein each of the plurality of vapor device comprises a vaporizer component, a sensor component, a location component, and a communication component, wherein the vaporizer component is configured to vaporize one or more vaporizable materials, the sensor component is configured to generate sensor data representative of one or more constituents in air in proximity to the vapor device, and the location component is configured to determine a location of the vapor device, and the communication component is configured for transmitting sensor data and the location and for receiving an instruction to vaporize the one or more vaporizable materials; and
a computing device, in communication with the plurality of vapor devices, configured for,
receiving the sensor data and the locations from each of the plurality of vapor devices,
determining one or more vaporizable materials to be vaporized by each of the plurality of vapor devices based on the sensor data and the locations, and
transmitting an instruction to each of the plurality of vapor devices to vaporize the determined one or more vaporizable materials.

US Pat. No. 10,215,428

WASHSTAND FURNITURE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. Washstand comprising:a wash device including a wash bowl, a water supply assembly that supplies water to the wash bowl, and a drainage assembly that drains the water supplied to the wash bowl;
an inner cabinet provided under the wash bowl, the inner cabinet having a space;
an outer cabinet that covers an outside of the inner cabinet;
a dryer that discharges air heated by a heater into the space defined in the inner cabinet;
a first module provided in the space defined in the inner cabinet, an interior of the first module being dried using the air discharged from the dryer; and
a second module provided in the space defined in the inner cabinet, an interior of the second module being dried using air discharged from the first module,
wherein an external connection channel is defined between the inner cabinet and the outer cabinet to guide the air discharged from the first module to the second module.

US Pat. No. 10,215,427

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. An air conditioning system, which comprises an outdoor subsystem, an indoor subsystem and a power module for driving a cooling medium, wherein the outdoor subsystem is configured with a plurality of parallel branches and said branches comprise a branch inlet and a branch outlet, wherein the cooling medium flows into the indoor subsystem through the power module and the outdoor subsystem, performs heat exchange with the indoor air in an indoor unit of the indoor subsystem, and subsequently returns to an outdoor unit of the outdoor subsystem through the power module for heat exchange, thereby forming a circulation of the cooling medium, wherein:each branch is configured with an outdoor unit and a first control valve, the air conditioning system further comprises a controller, a first pressure sensor for measuring a pressure at the branch inlet and a second pressure sensor for measuring the pressure at the branch outlet, the controller comprises a first pressure difference determination module that communicates with the first pressure sensor and the second pressure sensor, and a first control module that communicates with the first pressure difference determination module and the first control valve, wherein the first pressure difference determination module receives the pressure at the branch inlet and the pressure at the branch outlet from the first pressure sensor and the second pressure sensor, and determines the pressure difference between the outlet and the inlet of the branches.

US Pat. No. 10,215,426

OUTDOOR FAN MOTOR DRIVING DEVICE AND AIR CONDITIONER INCLUDING AN OUTDOOR FAN MOTOR DRIVING DEVICE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An outdoor fan motor drive, comprising:an inverter to convert DC power into AC power according to a switching operation and to output the converted AC power to an outdoor fan motor;
an output current detector to detect phase currents flowing in the outdoor fan motor; and
a controller to control the inverter based on the detected phase currents, wherein when the outdoor fan motor is rotated by external wind, in a state in which all of lower arm switching elements, among upper arm switching elements and lower arm switching elements of the inverter, are turned on before the outdoor fan motor is driven, with the result that levels of the phase currents flowing in the outdoor fan motor are between a first level and a second level, the controller controls the outdoor fan motor such that a rotational speed of the outdoor fan motor is increased while the outdoor fan motor is rotated in a first direction and then rotated in a second direction opposite to the first direction during a speed increase period of the outdoor fan motor after an alignment period during which a rotor of the outdoor fan motor is aligned when the outdoor fan motor is driven.

US Pat. No. 10,215,425

GAS FIRED MODULAR BLOWER CONTROL AND ASSOCIATED METHODOLOGY

RHEEM MANUFACTURING COMPA...

1. A heat pump system comprising:a reversible refrigerant circuit heat pump operable in heating and cooling modes to selectively heat or cool air being delivered to a conditioned space;
a fuel-fired modular blower selectively operable to generate combustion heat; and
a control system associated with said heat pump and said modular blower and having a heat pump thermostat electrically connected to a modular blower control,
said heat pump thermostat being operative to transmit to said modular blower control both a first signal and a second signal, (1) the first signal indicative of heating operation of said heat pump, and (2) the second signal indicative of a need for alternative heat during a heating demand cycle, and
said modular blower control being operative, in response to receipt of both of said first and second signals, to cause said fuel-fired modular blower to generate combustion heat in place of refrigerant-based air heating of said heat pump.

US Pat. No. 10,215,424

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR REMOTELY MONITORING AND/OR CONTROLLING A PLUMBING SYSTEM

Advanced Conservation Tec...

1. A remotely located controller component for a structural on demand hot water system (HWS), said HWS comprising a hot water source, a hot water delivery line, a hot water return line, one or more sensors, and a hot water circulation pump; comprising:a controller component remotely located from said HWS for coordinating water and energy use comprising: a microprocessor having a memory component, at least one input connector component for receiving sensor signals, and at least one output connector component for sending control signals,
at least one sensor comprising a temperature sensor, said temperature sensor detecting water temperature at said hot water delivery line or said hot water return line over a temperature gradient time period; said remotely located controller component being structured to receive temperature-dependant data from said temperature sensor; detect a change in hot water line temperature (?T) at said sensor over a temperature gradient time period; and export a control signal to one or more HWS components;
wherein said controller component receives signals from, and/or sends signals to, said one or more HWS components wirelessly.

US Pat. No. 10,215,423

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POSITIONING HEATING ELEMENTS

PROGRESS PROFILES S.P.A.,...

1. A floor underlayment comprising:a base layer having a top side and a bottom side;
a pad layer attached to the bottom side;
a plurality of protrusions extending to a first height above the top side, each protrusion comprising:
a top surface at the first height, the top surface substantially parallel to the base layer;
an inner wall sloping from the top surface to the top side of the base layer, the inner wall sloped in a first direction; and
an outer wall extending from the top surface to the top side of the base layer, at least a portion of the outer wall sloped in the first direction, the outer wall contacting the base layer underneath the top surface,
wherein the sloped inner wall and the outer wall are curved in a horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,215,422

APPLIANCE HOOD MOUNTING SYSTEM

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An appliance comprising:an appliance hood extending between a front and a back, the appliance hood including a mounting plate defining
a rear aperture pair at the back, each rear aperture having a width extending in a lateral direction and a length extending in a transverse direction, and
a forward aperture pair at the front, each forward aperture having a width extending in the lateral direction and a length extending in the transverse direction;
a rear bracket pair, each rear bracket being slidably disposed through a corresponding rear aperture, each rear bracket comprising
a rear cabinet tab disposed above the mounting plate in a vertical direction, and
a rear appliance tab disposed below the mounting plate and orthogonal to the rear cabinet tab, the rear appliance tab having a width extending in the lateral direction, the width of the rear appliance tab being greater than the width of the rear cabinet tab; and
a forward bracket pair, each forward bracket being slidably disposed through a corresponding forward aperture, each forward bracket comprising
a forward cabinet tab disposed above the mounting plate in the vertical direction, the forward cabinet tab having a length extending in the transverse direction, the length of the forward cabinet tab being less than the width of the corresponding forward aperture, and
a forward appliance tab disposed below the mounting plate and orthogonal to the forward cabinet tab,
wherein each forward appliance tab includes a length extending in the transverse direction, the length of the forward appliance tab being greater than the length of the corresponding forward aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,215,421

OVEN EXHAUST HOOD METHODS, DEVICES, AND SYSTEMS

OY HALTON GROUP LTD., He...

1. A method of controlling exhaust flow, comprising:receiving at a digital controller at least one signal pertaining to a state of an oven, the at least one signal including an amount of time left on a timer indicating remaining time until shutoff of the oven;
increasing by the digital controller an exhaust flow at a first time responsively to the at least one signal indicating remaining time until shutoff of the oven; and
decreasing by the digital controller the exhaust flow at a later time responsively to at least another signal indicating that a door of the oven has been closed.

US Pat. No. 10,215,420

OVEN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

12. An air distribution assembly for an oven appliance, the oven appliance comprising a housing defining a cooking chamber and an opening for accessing the cooking chamber, the air distribution assembly comprising:an air distribution manifold mounted to the housing at the opening of the housing, the air distribution manifold defining a manifold inlet, a manifold outlet, and a manifold opening that corresponds with the opening of the housing, the air distribution manifold comprising two side manifolds that extend vertically about and at least partially define the opening; and
an air handler positioned within the air distribution manifold, the air handler being configured for drawing air in the manifold inlet and urging air out the manifold outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,215,417

SEQUENTIAL COMBUSTOR ARRANGEMENT WITH A MIXER

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLA...

1. A sequential combustor arrangement, comprising:a first burner;
a first combustion chamber;
a mixer for admixing a dilution gas to hot gases leaving the first combustion chamber during operation;
a second burner; and
a second combustion chamber arranged sequentially in a fluid flow direction, wherein the mixer is adapted to guide the hot gases in a hot gas flow path extending between the first combustion chamber and the second burner, the mixer including:
a duct having an inlet at an upstream end adapted for connection to the first combustion chamber and an outlet at a downstream end adapted for connection to the second burner;
at least one group of injection tubes extending inwards from a side wall of the mixer into the hot gas flow path for admixing the dilution gas to cool the hot gases leaving the first combustion chamber wherein the at least one group of injection tubes are arranged circumferentially distributed along the side wall of the mixer;
a duct wall at least partly encloses the side wall delimiting a connecting duct for feeding the dilution gas to the at least one group of injection tubes; and
a flow guide arranged in the connecting duct and/or the at least one group of injection tubes for guiding the dilution gas into the at least one group of injection tubes, wherein the flow guide includes a deflector disposed in the connecting duct above an inlet of an injection tube of the at least one group of injection tubes, and
an onset of the deflector is arranged above an inlet of the injection tube and shifted in a flow direction of the dilution gas by a first displacement (w1) relative to an upstream end of a cross section of the injection tube wherein a ratio of the first displacement (w1) to a diameter (D) of the injection tube is in a range of 0.2 to 0.6 and/or that a downstream end of the deflector is arranged shifted in the flow direction of the dilution gas by a second displacement (w2) relative to a downstream end of the cross section of the injection tube wherein a ratio of the second displacement (w2) to the diameter (D) of the injection tube is in a range of 0.1 to 0.45.

US Pat. No. 10,215,416

BURNER OF A GAS TURBINE WITH A LOBED SHAPE VORTEX GENERATOR

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLA...

1. A burner of a gas turbine comprising:a duct;
a vortex generator extending in the duct and comprising a leading edge and a trailing edge, wherein the trailing edge has a first lobed shape; and
an additional wall that extends across a surface between the leading edge and the trailing edge of the vortex generator,
wherein the first lobed shape is defined by a second lobed shape.

US Pat. No. 10,215,415

PREMIX FUEL NOZZLE ASSEMBLY CARTRIDGE

General Electric Company,...

1. A fuel nozzle assembly, comprising:a centerbody;
a cartridge that extends axially through the centerbody, the cartridge defining a purge air passage within the centerbody, the cartridge having a tip portion defined by a tip body, the tip body defining a throat portion and a mouth portion defined downstream from the throat portion, the throat portion having a cylindrical portion with a closed upstream end thereby defining the throat portion as a cup-shape, and the throat portion and the mouth portion defining a continuous radially inward facing surface, the mouth portion diverging radially outward from an intersection with the throat portion with respect to a centerline that extends through the tip body forming the mouth portion as a bell-shaped opening at a downstream end of the centerbody, the tip body further defining a plurality of injection ports circumferentially spaced around the throat portion through the cylindrical portion, wherein the injection ports provide for fluid communication between the purge air passage and the throat portion, and wherein the injection ports are oriented with respect to a centerline that extends through the tip body such that the injector ports impart angular swirl to a compressed air flowing from the purge air passage into the throat portion, said compressed air exiting the tip body through the bell-shaped opening; and
a premix pilot nozzle disposed at a downstream end of the centerbody and that extends axially through the centerbody, wherein the premix pilot nozzle comprises a plurality of circumferentially spaced premix tubes disposed radially outward of the tip body with respect to the centerline, each premix tube having an inlet defined along an upstream wall, an outlet defined along an exit face of the premix pilot nozzle and a premix passage defined therebetween, each premix tube further comprising a fuel port in fluid communication with a premix fuel circuit defined within the centerbody, wherein the inlets are in fluid communication with a premix air passage defined within the centerbody, and wherein the outlet of each premix tube is angled with respect to the centerline to impart angular swirl about the centerline to a fuel/air mixture flowing from the premix passages of the corresponding premix tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,215,414

SYSTEM AND METHOD HAVING FUEL NOZZLE

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine system, comprising:a fuel nozzle, comprising:
a first body comprising:
a central passage extending from a mixing region to a central outlet at a first downstream end portion of the first body, wherein the central passage is defined by a first annular wall, and wherein the first annular wall radially diverges relative to a central axis of the central passage in a downstream direction toward the first downstream end portion;
an annular pilot fuel outlet extending axially from an upstream end portion of the first body into the mixing region, wherein the annular pilot fuel outlet is oriented parallel to the central axis and surrounds a central pilot fuel passage configured to deliver air and fuel into the mixing region;
an oxidant outlet in the mixing region; and
an outer passage comprising a first passage extending in the downstream direction toward the first downstream end portion and a second passage extending in an upstream direction from the first downstream end portion into the mixing region, wherein the second passage radially diverges relative to the central axis in the upstream direction such that a first radial dimension of the second passage adjacent to the first downstream end portion is smaller than a second radial dimension of the second passage adjacent to the mixing region, and wherein the fuel nozzle is configured to flow a fluid through the first passage, the second passage, the oxidant outlet, and into the mixing region.

US Pat. No. 10,215,413

BUNDLED TUBE FUEL NOZZLE WITH VIBRATION DAMPING

General Electric Company,...

1. A bundled tube fuel nozzle, comprising:a forward plate, an intermediate plate, and an outer sleeve, wherein the forward plate, the intermediate plate and the outer sleeve define a fuel plenum therebetween;
an aft plate axially spaced from the intermediate plate, wherein the intermediate plate, the aft plate, and the outer sleeve define a cooling air plenum therebetween; and
a plurality of tubes that extends through the forward plate, the fuel plenum, the intermediate plate, the cooling air plenum and the aft plate, wherein each tube of the plurality of tubes extends through a respective tube opening of a plurality of tube openings defined by the aft plate and wherein a radial gap is defined between an outer surface of each tube and an inner surface of the respective tube opening;
wherein the plurality of tubes comprises at least one tube that is radially loaded against the inner surface of the respective tube opening, the at least one tube comprises a tip portion, and the tip portion of the at least one tube has an oval cross sectional shape.

US Pat. No. 10,215,412

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOAD CONTROL WITH DIFFUSION COMBUSTION IN A STOICHIOMETRIC EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION GAS TURBINE SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:an oxidant compressor configured to produce a compressed stream of an oxidant;
a turbine combustor receiving the compressed stream of the oxidant from the oxidant compressor and comprising a first diffusion fuel nozzle and a second diffusion fuel nozzle, wherein the first diffusion fuel nozzle is configured to inject separate streams of a first portion of the oxidant, a first diluent, and a first fuel at first flow rates into the turbine combustor to produce a first diffusion flame at a first substantially stoichiometric ratio, and wherein the second diffusion fuel nozzle is configured to inject separate streams of a second portion of the oxidant, a second diluent, and a second fuel at second flow rates into the turbine combustor to produce a second diffusion flame at a second substantially stoichiometric ratio;
a turbine driven by combustion products from the first and second diffusion flames in the turbine combustor;
an exhaust gas compressor, wherein the exhaust gas compressor is configured to compress and route only an exhaust gas from the turbine to the turbine combustor along an exhaust recirculation path, and wherein at least a portion of the exhaust gas is directed to the first diffusion fuel nozzle as the first diluent and to the second diffusion fuel nozzle as the second diluent;
wherein a first ratio of the first flow rates of the first fuel and the first portion of the oxidant through the first diffusion fuel nozzle is different from a second ratio of the second flow rates of the second fuel and the second portion of the oxidant through the second diffusion fuel nozzle, and wherein the first ratio of the first flow rates of the first fuel and the first portion of the oxidant through the first diffusion fuel nozzle produce the first diffusion flame at the first substantially stoichiometric ratio and the second ratio of the second flow rates of the second fuel and the second portion of the oxidant through the second diffusion fuel nozzle produce the second diffusion flame at the second substantially stoichiometric ratio;
wherein the first diffusion fuel nozzle comprises a first passage, a second passage, a third passage, and a fourth passage configured to inject separate streams of the first portion of the oxidant, the first diluent, and the first fuel into the turbine combustor to produce the first diffusion flame at the stoichiometric ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,215,411

COMBUSTOR PANELS HAVING RECESSED RAIL

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

8. A gas turbine engine comprising:a combustor including a combustor shell, the combustor shell having an interior surface and defining a combustion chamber having an axial length;
a first panel mounted to the interior surface of the combustor shell at a first position, the first panel comprising:
a first end;
a first rail proximate the first end;
a first combustion chamber surface extending axially within the combustion chamber from the first rail to an axially opposite end of the first panel, the first combustion chamber surface being parallel with the interior surface of the combustor shell, the first rail extending from the first combustion chamber surface toward the interior surface of the combustor shell; and
a first extension of the first combustion chamber surface extending axially from the first rail to the first end of the first panel;
a second panel mounted to the interior surface of the combustor shell at a second position and axially adjacent to the first panel, the second panel comprising:
a second end;
a second rail proximate the second end;
a second combustion chamber surface extending from the second rail to an axially opposite end of the second panel, the second rail extending from the second combustion chamber surface toward the interior surface of the combustor shell; and
a second extension of the second combustion chamber surface extending axially from the second rail to the second end of the second panel,
wherein the first end of the first panel and the second end of the second panel are proximal to each other and define a circumferentially extending gap therebetween,
wherein the first rail, the second rail, the first extension, and the second extension collectively define an impingement cooling volume at the circumferentially extending gap, and
wherein the combustor shell includes at least one impingement aperture proximate the circumferentially extending gap, the at least one impingement aperture being configured to provide impingement cooling air to the impingement cooling volume.

US Pat. No. 10,215,410

TURBINE ENGINE COMBUSTOR HEAT SHIELD WITH MULTI-ANGLED COOLING APERTURES

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A combustor for a turbine engine, the combustor comprising:a combustor wall including a shell and a heat shield attached to the shell;
the heat shield defining a plurality of effusion apertures that includes a first effusion aperture and a second effusion aperture;
wherein the first effusion aperture extends along a centerline that is offset from a surface of the heat shield by a first angle, the first angle being greater than 0° and less than 90°, and the second effusion aperture extends along a centerline that is offset from the surface by a second angle, the second angle being greater than 0° and less than 90°, wherein the second angle is different than the first angle;
wherein the first effusion aperture is one of a plurality of first effusion apertures defined in the heat shield, and a density of the plurality of first effusion apertures in a first region of the heat shield is greater than a density of the plurality of first effusion apertures in a second region of the heat shield, wherein the density of the plurality of first effusion apertures in the second region of the heat shield is greater than zero; and
wherein the second effusion aperture is one of a plurality of second effusion apertures defined in the heat shield, and a density of the plurality of second effusion apertures in the second region of the heat shield is greater than a density of the plurality of second effusion apertures in the first region of the heat shield, wherein the density of the plurality of second effusion apertures in the first region of the heat shield is greater than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,215,409

VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR A GAS LIGHTER

1. A valve assembly system for a gas lighter comprising:a gas lighter body formed with a well open at a top end and providing a passage to a fuel reservoir at a bottom end;
a valve regulating assembly disposed in the well of the gas lighter body, the valve regulating assembly comprising a valve body including a filter, a jet with a globe seal and a spring, the jet being guided by a washer and having a nozzle for flow of fuel; the filter, the jet with the globe seal, the spring and the washer all being disposed internally of and enclosed within the valve body;
an o-ring positioned around the periphery of a portion of the valve body and above a bearing arranged at the well; and
a pressing cover disposed in a peripheral recess atop the well and arranged above the bearing, adapted to press directly or indirectly the o-ring downward,
wherein by a vertical compression of the o-ring due to a downward force exerted from the pressing cover on the o-ring toward the bearing of the well,
wherein the valve regulating assembly is free-floating within the well such that compression of the o-ring provides an effect of stabilizing the valve regulating assembly within the well and creates a seal between the valve regulating assembly and the lighter body, and
wherein the pressing cover is permanently fixed to the lighter body by gluing or ultrasonic welding.

US Pat. No. 10,215,408

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIFFUSE COMBUSTION OF PREMIX

Fives North American Comb...

1. A method comprising:directing fuel-oxidant premix into a reaction zone through a first total premix inlet flow area;
causing the premix to combust and form a stable flame projecting into a process chamber through an outlet from the reaction zone; and
blowing off the flame at a time when the process chamber has a temperature at or above an auto-ignition temperature of the fuel, and thereby initiating diffuse combustion in the process chamber, by directing the premix into the reaction zone through a second total premix inlet flow area greater than the first total premix inlet flow area.

US Pat. No. 10,215,407

EXHAUST GAS TREATMENT APPARATUS

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. An exhaust gas treatment apparatus for treating a processing gas by combustion treatment to make the processing gas harmless, the exhaust gas treatment apparatus comprising:a cylindrical combustion chamber configured to combust a processing gas; and
a fuel nozzle, an oxidizing gas nozzle and a processing gas nozzle provided on the combustion chamber and configured to blow a fuel, an oxidizing gas and the processing gas, respectively, in a tangential direction to an inner circumferential surface of the combustion chamber;
wherein the fuel nozzle, the oxidizing gas nozzle and the processing gas nozzle are positioned in the same plane perpendicular to an axis of the combustion chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,215,406

FLUE GAS COMBUSTION APPARATUS

1. A flue gas combustion apparatus receiving flue gas from a burning unit and ambient air, comprising:a reactor body having a first end portion, an opposite second end position, and an intermediate portion therebetween, said refractory body further comprising a first spiral passageway for conducting the flue gas, said first spiral passageway having an entrance at said first portion and an exit at said second portion, said first spiral passageway extending through said intermediate portion of said reactor body between said first and second portions of said reactor body;
said reactor body further comprising a second spiral passageway for conducting ambient air, said second spiral passageway having an entrance at said second portion and an exit at said first portion;
said reactor body further comprising a shaft, said shaft lying within said first spiral passageway, said exit of said second spiral passageway feeding said shaft; and
at least one aperture communicating said shaft with said first spiral passageway, to pass air for combustion of the flue gas therein.

US Pat. No. 10,215,405

COOKING DEVICE AND BURNER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A burner comprising:a burner body having a nozzle to supply a gas;
a burner head provided above the burner body and having a mixed gas chamber in which air and the gas injected from the nozzle are introduced;
a burner cap provided on the burner head;
a flame remaining chamber provided at the burner head and separate from the mixed gas chamber; and
a flame detection unit provided at the flame remaining chamber,
wherein the burner head comprises an outer wall which has a flame hole, an inner wall which is located inside the outer wall, and a chamber forming wall spanning the outer wall and the inner wall to form the flame remaining chamber,
wherein the flame detection unit is located between the outer wall and the inner wall,
wherein the outer wall is extends above a bottom wall of the flame remaining chamber,
wherein the burner body comprises:
a gas supply chamber through which the gas injected from the nozzle flows,
a sensor accommodation part that is separate from the gas supply chamber,
an air supply opening through which the air is introduced into the gas supply chamber, and
a barrier member extending upward from an edge of the air supply opening and configured to prevent foreign substances from cooking activities from being introduced into the gas supply chamber,
wherein the barrier member comprises:
a first barrier member which extends upward from a first portion of the edge of the air supply opening adjacent to the sensor accommodation part, and
a second barrier which extends upward from a second portion of the air supply opening toward an top surface of the burner body and concentric to the first barrier member,
wherein a height of first barrier member is higher than a height of the second barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,215,404

DUAL VENTURI FOR COMBUSTOR

KYUNGDONG NAVIEN CO., LTD...

1. A dual venturi for a combustor, comprising:a housing;
an air supply unit within the housing, the air supply unit comprising a first air supply unit and a second air supply unit separated from the first air supply unit by a first partition, the first partition formed with an opening/closing hole;
a gas supply unit formed on one side of the housing, the gas supply unit comprising a first gas supply unit and a second gas supply unit separated from the first air supply unit by a second partition, the first gas supply unit connected to the first air supply unit, the second gas supply unit connected to the second air supply unit through the opening/closing hole;
a damper rotatably disposed in the second air supply unit and configured to allow or block air flowing through the second air supply unit, the damper having a hollow cylindrical portion disposed within the second air supply unit, two or more first protrusions and first recesses which are relatively recessed with respect to the first protrusions alternatively disposed in the hollow cylindrical portion;
a moving body disposed in the hollow cylindrical portion, the moving body having second protrusions and second recesses that are respectively corresponding to the first protrusions and the first recesses and configured to, according to rotation of the damper, move in a first direction by contact of ends of the second protrusions with ends of the first protrusions and move in a second direction by ends of the second protrusions being disposed in the first recesses within the hollow cylindrical portion;
a valve connected to the moving body, the valve configured to allow flow of gas through the second gas supply unit into the second air supply unit by opening the opening/closing hole while simultaneously moving as the moving body moves in the first direction or block flow of gas flowing through the second gas supply unit into the second air supply unit by closing the opening/closing hole while simultaneously moving as the moving body moves in the second direction; and
a first spring disposed within the hollow cylindrical portion and connected to the moving body, and configured to provide a return force to the moving body in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,215,403

GAS PREMIX BURNER AND GAS WATER HEATER

A. O. Smith Corporation, ...

1. A gas premix burner that can be matched and connected with a premix chamber disposed upstream of a combustion direction of the gas premix burner, such that gas and air can be burned by the gas premix burner after being mixed in the gas premix chamber, the gas premix burner comprising:a burner substrate, a main combustion hole provided on the burner substrate; and
an auxiliary combustion hole disposed downstream from the main combustion hole along the combustion direction on the burner substrate, the auxiliary combustion hole oriented toward the main combustion hole or a main flame formed by the main combustion hole;
wherein an auxiliary flame of the auxiliary combustion hole intersects a main flame of the main combustion hole.

US Pat. No. 10,215,402

GAS-ASSISTED LIGUID FUEL OXYGEN REACTOR

KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF P...

1. A gas-assisted liquid fuel oxygen reactor system, comprising:a CO2-assisted atomizer having an inlet adapted to receive a liquid fuel and an outlet adapted to spray atomized fuel and CO2;
an evaporation zone having an inlet adapted to receive the atomized liquid fuel and CO2 and having an outer wall that is formed of a thermally conductive material such that the evaporation zone is adapted to heat the atomized fuel and CO2 into a vaporized form;
a reaction zone co-axially aligned with and in flow communication with the evaporation zone, wherein the reaction zone is adapted to receive a flow of the vaporized fuel and CO2 from the evaporation zone;
an ion transport membrane that is coaxially aligned with the evaporation zone and defines the reaction zone;
an air vessel defined by structure that is disposed about the ion transport membrane and defines a first space between an outer surface of the ion transport membrane and an inner surface of the air vessel structure, wherein the air vessel structure is formed of a thermally conductive material and the air vessel is for receiving an air stream that flows in a counter direction relative to a flow of the vaporized fuel and CO2 in the reaction zone;
a heating vessel defined by a structure that is disposed about the air vessel structure and defines a second space between an outer surface of the air vessel structure and an inner surface of the heating vessel structure, wherein the heating vessel is for receiving a heated air and gaseous fuel stream such that heat is transferred from the air and gaseous fuel stream to the first space;
wherein the ion transport membrane is adapted to provide O2 permeating from the air stream and transfer the O2 into the reaction zone resulting in an O2-depleted air stream in the first space of the air vessel structure, and wherein the reaction zone is adapted to combust the vaporized fuel and CO2 in the presence of O2 to produce heat and create exhaust gases that are recirculated in the system.

US Pat. No. 10,215,401

PULSE COMBUSTION HEAT EXCHANGER SYSTEM AND METHOD

ThermoChem Recovery Inter...

1. A pulse combustion heat exchanger (1000) that is configured to accept oxidant (1A1) and fuel (1A2) and output a cooled combustion stream (1A5), including:(a) an oxidant inlet section (100) that is configured to accept oxidant (1A1);
(b) a fuel inlet section (200) that is configured to accept fuel (1A2);
(c) a mixing section (300) including one or more aerovalves (A, A?, A?) that are configured to accept and mix oxidant (1A1) from the oxidant inlet section (100) with fuel (1A2) from the fuel inlet section (200) to create an oxidant and fuel mixture (1A3);
(d) a combustion section (400) configured to receive and combust the oxidant and fuel mixture (1A3) from the mixing section (300) to produce a pulsating combustion stream (1A4);
(e) a heat transfer section (500) configured to receive the combustion stream (1A4) from the combustion section (400), the heat transfer section (500) including one or more resonance conduits (502, 502A, 502B, 502C, 502D, 502E) that are configured to transfer heat from the combustion stream (1A4) to an energy sink (V108), wherein combustion of the oxidant and fuel mixture (1A3) may continue to take place within the heat transfer section (500);
(f) a first transition section (450) positioned between the combustion section (400) and the heat transfer section (500), the first transition section (450) comprising a first coolant path configured to receive a first coolant (451);
(g) a second transition section (650) connected to the heat transfer section (500) and configured to receive the combustion stream (1A4) from the heat transfer section (500) and output a cooled combustion stream (1A5), the second transition section (650) comprising a second coolant path configured to receive a second coolant (651); and
(h) a decoupler section (600) connected to the second transition section (650) and configured to accept the cooled combustion stream (1A5) from the second transition section (650) and output the cooled combustion stream (1A5) via a combustion stream outlet (606).

US Pat. No. 10,215,400

METHOD AND PLANT FOR REDOX CHEMICAL LOOPING COMBUSTION OF A SOLID HYDROCARBON FEEDSTOCK

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A method for combustion of a solid hydrocarbon feed by oxidation-reduction in a chemical loop wherein a redox active mass circulates in particle form, comprising:feeding the solid hydrocarbon feed in particle form into a conveying zone operating under fluidized bed conditions and opening into a combustion reactor,
injecting into the conveying zone a first fluidization gas so as to create a dilute phase of the fluidized bed, while controlling the rate of flow of the first fluidization gas in such a way that the superficial velocity of the gas in the conveying zone is higher than the terminal velocity of the solid hydrocarbon feed particles and the terminal velocity of solid particles present in the combustion reactor, and while controlling the temperature of the first gas in such a way that the temperature in the dilute phase of the conveying zone is less than or equal to 500° C.,
carrying out combustion of the solid hydrocarbon feed from the conveying zone through contact with the redox active mass within the fluidized-bed combustion reactor,
extracting from the combustion reactor a mixture comprising particles of the redox active mass and bottom ash through an extraction line arranged in the bottom of the combustion reactor,
feeding the mixture with a controlled flow rate into a separation zone comprising a lower part of said conveying zone, arranged below an upper part of the conveying zone into which the solid hydrocarbon feed is fed,
injecting a second fluidization gas into the separation zone, the injection being performed by controlling the flow rate of the second fluidization gas:
so as to separate by elutriation the redox active mass particles and the bottom ash agglomerated within the mixture, said the particles of the redox active mass being then conveyed to the combustion reactor and the bottom ash agglomerated within the mixture falling under the effect of gravity to the bottom of the separation zone where it is discharged, and
so that the velocity of the gas from the mixture of first fluidization gas and second fluidization gas in the upper part of the conveying zone is higher than the terminal velocity of the solid hydrocarbon feed particles and the terminal velocity of the solid particles present in said combustion reactor,and said injection is performed by controlling also the temperature of the second fluidization gas in such a way that the temperature of the conveying zone is less than or equal to 500° C.

US Pat. No. 10,215,399

SMALL SUPERCRITICAL ONCE-THRU STEAM GENERATOR

6. A supercritical once-through steam generator, comprising:a radiant section comprising a cylindrical horizontal housing having a burner end and an exhaust end opposite the burner end, a burner located at the burner end, at least one furnace coil running in a serpentine path between the burner end and the exhaust end circumferentially and evenly spaced along an internal circumference of the horizontal housing, and an outlet port at the exhaust end that leads to a convection flue, wherein a perimeter of the outlet port is formed by an arc and a chord; and
a convection section comprising a vertical housing that is located above the convection flue;
wherein the once-through steam generator is devoid of a steam separator;
wherein the convection section includes a superheater in fluid communication with the at least one furnace coil and an economizer above the superheater, the economizer being in fluid communication with the at least one furnace coil;
wherein the economizer is tapered, with a greater surface area adjacent the superheater; and
wherein flue gas generated by the burner travels horizontally through the radiant section and travels vertically through the vertical housing.

US Pat. No. 10,215,398

SOLID FUEL BURNING-FURNACE HAVING A VERTICALLY MOUNTED CYLINDRICAL COMBUSTION CHAMBER

1. An apparatus for burning solid fuel comprising a cylindrical furnace having a vertical axis in which combusting fuel and gases are rotated to centrifugally move entrained particulates and denser gases to the perimeter of the cylindrical furnace and incorporating at least one extraction duct for removing at least a portion of said entrained particulates, said extraction duct intersecting said cylindrical furnace at a location in the upper half of said cylindrical furnace, such that a portion of said gas exits the cylindrical furnace as extracted gas through at least one of said extraction ducts and a portion of said gas moves through the cylindrical furnace exiting out the top of said cylindrical furnace, in which at least some of said extracted gas is used to heat and/or at least partially dry at least some incoming fuel.

US Pat. No. 10,215,397

FLASHLIGHT STUN GUN DEVICE

JAGUAR IMPORTS, LLC, Orl...

1. A flashlight stun gun device comprising:a cylindrical housing having a top end and a bottom end;
a power source within the cylindrical housing;
discharge circuitry within the housing and coupled to the power source, the discharge circuitry having a first lead and a second lead;
a light emitting source secured to the top end of the cylindrical housing and coupled to the power source;
a collar secured to the top end and around the light emitting source and having sidewalls extending away from the top end of the cylindrical housing and light emitting source to define a top edge of the collar;
first and second electrodes embedded in a first portion of the top edge of the collar and having a first gap therebetween to generate an electric arc across; and
third and fourth electrodes embedded in a second portion of the top edge of the collar opposing the first pair of electrodes and having a second gap therebetween to generate an electric arc across;
wherein the first electrode is coupled to the first lead of the discharge circuitry, the second electrode and the third electrode are coupled together by a wire, and the fourth electrode is coupled to the second lead and is insulated from the first electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,215,396

ILLUMINATED BOTTLE SLEEVE AND MATING BOTTLE

Amphipod, Inc., Seattle,...

1. A sleeve for a bottle, comprising:a base layer of a first flexible material forming the sleeve, the sleeve having an interior surface and an exterior surface, whereby the sleeve is attachable to the bottle such that the interior surface faces toward the bottle;
a reflective layer attached to the base layer and covering at least a portion of the interior surface;
a light source carried on the sleeve, the light source being directed toward the bottle when the sleeve is attached around the bottle; and
one or more holes formed in the base layer, whereby light emitted from the light source and reflected by the bottle is allowed to pass through the one or more holes when the sleeve is attached around the bottle;
wherein the bottle further comprises opposing first and second sidewalls and third and fourth sidewalls, the third and fourth sidewalls being positioned between the first and second sidewalls, and further wherein the light source is positioned adjacent the third sidewall when the sleeve is attached to the bottle, having a depth D from the third sidewall to the fourth sidewall which is less than a width W from the first sidewall to the second sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,215,395

LUMINAIRES

1. An LED luminaire comprising: an main body portion adapted, in use, to house an LED light panel; a mount for securing, in use, the luminaire to a surface; a driver unit; and a hinge adapted to hingedly connect the main body portion to the mount, wherein the hinge comprises a, hollow interior volume for accommodating the driver unit, and wherein the driver unit comprises a water-resistant housing.

US Pat. No. 10,215,394

SUBMERSIBLE LIGHT FIXTURE WITH MULTILAYER STACK FOR PRESSURE TRANSFER

1. An underwater light, comprising:a structural housing for withstanding deep underwater pressures of at least 1500 pounds per square inch (PSI);
a transparent pressure bearing window, having outward and inward facing sides, positioned at a forward end of the housing;
a window retainer assembly;
a multi-layer stack positioned behind the transparent pressure bearing window, the multilayer stack including:
a light engine printed circuit board (PCB) populated with a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs); and
an LED spacer including apertures for allowing light emitted from the LEDs to pass through to the transparent pressure bearing window, wherein the LED spacer is positioned between the transparent pressure bearing window and the printed circuit board so as to bear substantially all of the pressure applied to the transparent window by water on an exterior side of the window when the housing and transparent pressure bearing window are subjected to deep underwater pressures;
a light head body subassembly positioned at or near a rearward facing side of the housing; and
a retainer subassembly positioned to clamp the multi-layer stack between the housing and the transparent pressure bearing window;
wherein the transparent pressure bearing window, retainer subassembly, and PCB are positioned so that substantially all of the loading from ambient water applied to the outward facing side of the transparent pressure bearing window at depth is carried through the inward facing side of the transparent pressure bearing window through the multi-layer stack and to the rearward end of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,215,393

LIGHTING DEVICE WITH SMOOTH OUTER APPEARANCE

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A lighting device comprising:at least one light source;
a heat sink component having a bottom and a side wall extending from the bottom, and a protrusion adjacent the bottom and extending opposite the sidewall, wherein the at least one light source thermally contacts the protrusion of the heat sink component;
a cover opposite to the protrusion, thereby defining an air chamber between the cover, the side wall, and the bottom, the cover having a rim at its outer periphery; and
a slit formed between the rim of the cover and an upper periphery of the side wall of the heat sink component;
wherein the heat sink component comprises an opening, and the opening comprises at least one hole in the bottom of the heat sink component that is disposed between the protrusion and the side wall of the heat sink component,
wherein the air chamber forms a channel between the slit and the opening of the heat sink component to allow a flow of air between the slit and the opening of the heat sink component.

US Pat. No. 10,215,392

LED SYSTEM AND HOUSING FOR USE WITH HALOGEN LIGHT FIXTURES

Golight, Inc., Culbertso...

1. A light assembly for mounting to a base unit comprising:a heat sink having a front, a back, a base and a top, with a plurality of cooling fins extending across at least the base, back, and top of the heat sink, and air channels formed between the cooling fins;
a plurality of LEDs arranged on the front of the heat sink;
a projection lens arranged over the plurality of LEDs, a first side of the projection lens being substantially flat and facing the plurality of LEDs, a second side of the projection lens having a plurality of protrusions; and
a protective lens arranged over the projection lens;
wherein the ends of the air channels open towards and terminate adjacent to the protective lens;
wherein ambient air enters each air channel when the light assembly is in use and travels around the heat sink before exiting, thereby transferring heat away from the cooling fins.

US Pat. No. 10,215,391

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DOWNLIGHTING AND WALL-WASHING LIGHTING EFFECTS

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A lighting fixture located in close proximity to a vertical surface, the lighting fixture comprising:a plurality of lighting units each comprising a plurality of light sources configured to emit a light beam having an adjustable orientation, wherein a first subset of the plurality of lighting units are configured to emit a light beam oriented toward an upper portion of the vertical surface, a second subset of the plurality of lighting units are configured to emit a light beam oriented toward an intermediate portion of the vertical surface, a third subset of the plurality of lighting units are configured to emit a light beam oriented toward a lower portion of the vertical surface, and a fourth subset of the plurality of lighting units are configured to emit a light beam oriented toward a horizontal surface; and
a controller operably connected to said plurality of lighting units, wherein said controller is configured to control the intensity of light emitted from said plurality of light sources, and wherein said controller is further configured to control the orientation of each of said plurality of light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,215,390

PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICES

MAG INSTRUMENT, INC., On...

1. A flashlight, comprising:a battery power source;
a light source;
a circuit powered by the battery power source which causes the light source to emit light in an on state;
a switch which causes the circuit to alternate between the on state and an off state in which the light source does not emit light when the switch is actuated by a user;
a controller for causing light emitted from the light source to emit at two or more modes other than the off state; and
an automatic dimmer residing within the flashlight which causes light emitted from the light source to dim without any activation of the switch after a first preselected amount of time.

US Pat. No. 10,215,388

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE AND PROJECTOR

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. A light source module, comprising:a light emitting diode element, having a first electrode, a second electrode and a substrate, wherein the substrate has a top surface, and the top surface of the substrate is a light emitting surface;
a pin connector, disposed on the light emitting diode element and having two connection pins, wherein each of the connection pins has a first connection end and a second connection end, and the two first connection ends are disposed on and contact to the first electrode and the second electrode respectively; and
two power cords, respectively connected to the first electrode and the second electrode through the two connection pins, wherein each of the power cords comprises a joint and a wire connected to each other, each of the joints and the corresponding second connection end are mutually plugged along a first axial direction, each of the wires extends out from the corresponding joint along a second axial direction,
wherein the first electrode has a first flat surface, the second electrode has a second flat surface, each of the first connection ends has a third flat surface, the top surface of the substrate is parallel with the first flat surface, the second flat surface and the third flat surfaces, the first flat surface partially overlaps and contacts one of the third flat surfaces, and the second flat surface partially overlaps and contacts the other one of the third flat surfaces, wherein the third flat surfaces partially overlap and contact the top surface of the substrate at the first flat surface of the first electrode and the second flat surface of the second electrode,
wherein the pin connector has a base, the base is disposed on the substrate, and along a direction parallel to the second axial direction, a width of the substrate of the light emitting diode element is less than a width of the base of the pin connector.

US Pat. No. 10,215,387

ACOUSTIC-CONTROL LIGHT FIXTURE AND METHOD FOR MAKING AND USING

Heilux, LLC, Eden Prairi...

1. An apparatus comprising:a light system that includes one or more lighting sheets including a first lighting sheet, wherein the first lighting sheet includes a first plurality of LEDs arranged on a grid of intersecting rows and columns of electrical conductors on an insulating substrate, wherein the first plurality of LEDs emit light having a first color spectrum, wherein the first lighting sheet includes a plurality of holes through the insulating substrate of the first lighting sheet, wherein each one of the plurality of holes through the insulating substrate of the first lighting sheet is positioned between an adjacent pair of rows of electrical conductors and between an adjacent pair of columns of electrical conductors of the first lighting sheet; and
an acoustic tile, wherein the first lighting sheet is mounted to the acoustic tile.

US Pat. No. 10,215,386

DIRECTIONAL LIGHT MOUNTING SYSTEM

1. A light directing apparatus comprising:a light attached to a light mounting fixture member;
a ball stud member including a ball member having a round head on a first end and a threaded shaft on a second end, the threaded shaft mounted to the light mounting fixture;
a magnetic housing member magnetically coupling the ball member and the magnetic housing by a magnetic force of the magnetic housing, the magnetic housing having a concave mount surface to accommodate the round head of the ball stud therein allowing the ball member to move freely within the concave opening such that the light mounting fixture is rotatable in a 360 degree range around the ball member and movable 180 degrees in a latitudinal and a longitudinal direction; and
a moveable arm member affixed to the magnetic housing member,
wherein the threaded shaft of the ball stud member is configurable to lie parallel to each surface of a body of an automobile if the movable arm member is horizontal and the light directing apparatus is configured to direct light parallel to the each surface of the body of the automobile.

US Pat. No. 10,215,384

EXTENSION MODULE WITH HOUSING FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

The Pennsylvania Globe Ga...

1. An extension module for an elongate structure, the extension module comprising:a longitudinal body portion having first coupling formed on a first end thereof and a second coupling formed on a second end thereof;
a first seating surface extending from the longitudinal body and located between the first end and the second end, the first seating surface being configured to abut a first portion of the elongate structure;
a second seating surface extending from the longitudinal body and located between the first end and the second end, the second seating surface being configured to abut a second portion of the elongate structure; and
at least one mounting member extending radially outward from the longitudinal body.

US Pat. No. 10,215,383

MODULAR SYSTEM

TTP Holdings, LLC, Dalla...

1. A modular system comprising:a pod casing including a protrusion arranged on an attachment face of the pod casing;
at least one detent provided on the protrusion;
at least one removable pod accessory including an aperture configured to receive the protrusion, wherein the at least one removable pod accessory is interchangeable;
at least one locking arm provided on the at least one removable pod accessory; and
a plurality of magnets arranged in the pod casing and on the at least one removable pod accessory, the plurality of magnets configured to self-align and secure the pod casing with the at least one removable pod accessory, wherein the modular system operates without being attached to a plurality of pod accessories.

US Pat. No. 10,215,381

SWITCHGEAR CABINET LUMINAIRE COMPRISING ILLUMINANTS ON THE BASIS OF LIGHT EMITTING DIODES AND CONNECTION ELEMENT FOR CONNECTING SAID SWITCH GEAR CABINET LUMINAIRES

SEIFERT MTM SYSTEMS (MALT...

2. A connection element for coupling switchgear cabinet luminaires, the switchgear cabinet luminaires comprising illuminants on the basis of light-emitting diodes (31), consisting of an elongated luminaire housing having a housing main body (1) and a translucent cover (32) as well as electrical connection elements and means for fixing provided on the luminaire housing, characterized in that the housing main body (1) is formed in the manner of a trough, and several spaced recesses or set-back portions (2) are provided for the releasable accommodation of a pivot bearing support (3) on its bottom side and/or in the side wall region, the pivot bearing support (3) comprises two side surfaces (4) which are connected via a web (5), wherein the side surfaces (4) each comprise a receptacle (6) for a pivot shaft (7) or a respective pivot shaft stub, arms (8) are further formed which originate from the web (5), which arms are oriented towards the bottom side or the side wall region of the housing main body (1) and each converge at their free end into a detent lug or a latching hook (9) for engagement in the respective recesses or set-back portions (2), the side surfaces (4) of the pivot bearing support (3) comprise a yieldingly resilient stop edge (10) which can be brought into contact with the bottom side of the housing main body (1), wherein, in the region facing away from the stop edge (10), several latches (12) for locking the pivot angle are provided in the manner of a circular arc in the side surfaces, which latches originate radially from the receptacle (6) for the pivot shaft (7) or the pivot shaft stub (12),characterized in that the connection element consists of a hollow body (40) which is open on both sides, wherein the opposite open sides of the hollow body (40) have a cross-sectional surface which is complementary to the cross-sectional shape of the luminaire housing, such that the respective ends of the luminaire housing can be inserted into the hollow body (40) and can be locked there, wherein electrical connectors (X) are arranged in the interior of the hollow body, which connectors correspond to connectors (W; Z) in the luminaire housing, further comprising a pivotably movable pawl (Y) with a limit stop (Y1) and a blocking web (Y2), wherein the blocking web (Y2) prevents an insertion of a live switchgear cabinet luminaire until a further switchgear cabinet luminaire to be coupled is inserted into the opposite open side of the hollow body (40).

US Pat. No. 10,215,380

COUPLERS FOR LIGHT FIXTURES

Axis Lighting Inc., (CA)...

1. A kit for joining together at least a pair of light fixture segments at a joint interface therebetween to form a light fixture assembly, comprising at least a pair of complementary coupling units including at least one drive coupling unit and at least one follower coupler unit, each drive coupling unit configured to be located in an operative position in one of said light fixture segments to form a locking joint with the follower coupling unit at the joint interface defined by complementary abutment surfaces on said light fixture segments, the drive coupling unit being configured to be adjustably located in the operative position, the drive coupling unit further comprising a movable structure mounted thereon, the movable structure configured to engage the follower coupling unit to displace the follower coupling unit along a designated travel path defined by a contact surface on the movable structure toward a limit position of the movable structure, wherein the forming of the locking joint at the joint interface occurs in advance of the movable structure reaching the limit position.

US Pat. No. 10,215,379

LIGHTING SYSTEM

Dietmar Dix, Essen (DE) ...

1. A lighting system comprising:at least one lighting unit comprising
a light segment which is configured for receiving at least one lamp or comprises at least one lamp, and
at least two connecting elements that at least in sections are electrically conductive and are mechanically and electrically connected to ends of the light segment; and
at least one connector, which has at least one element circumferentially surrounding a connector middle axis and at least one electrical conductor mechanically connected to or formed by the circumferential element;
wherein respectively one of the connecting elements of the lighting unit is mechanically connected to the circumferential element of the connector and thereby the at least one lighting unit is mechanically and electrically connected to the connector,
wherein with the connector the lighting unit is arrangeable in various positions around the connector middle axis and in every position the lighting unit is mechanically and electrically connected to the connector,
wherein several lighting units are mechanically and electrically connected to a common connector, and
wherein angles in which the respective several lighting units are fitted to the common connector are largely freely selectable over a continuous angular range of at least 330° or over several continuous angular ranges of in total at least 330° around the connector middle axis.

US Pat. No. 10,215,378

LIGHT FIXTURE

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

1. A mounting assembly for securing a light fixture to a static structure, the mounting assembly comprising:a hollow bar having opposite bar ends and extending therebetween, each of the opposite bar ends being secured with respect to a main body portion of the light fixture, the hollow bar comprising exterior anti-rotational surface features including parallel flutes and grooves along a gripping region between the opposite bar ends and spaced from the main body portion of the light fixture; and
a gripper attachable to the static structure and comprising first and second bar-engagement portions removably attached to each other, each of the bar-engagement portions having a semi-cylindrical bar-engaging surface with anti-rotational features including parallel flutes and grooves inter-engaged with and complementary to the exterior anti-rotational surface features along the gripping region of the hollow bar, the second bar-engagement portion being configured for attachment to the first bar-engagement portion to fully encircle and interlock with the gripping region of the hollow bar, the gripper being spaced from the opposite ends of the bar and the main body portion of the light fixture.

US Pat. No. 10,215,377

LIGHT ASSEMBLY AND A METHOD OF SECURING THE LIGHT ASSEMBLY INTO AN OPENING IN A THIN WALL

KLIK SYSTEMS LTD PTY, Ea...

1. A light assembly including a light having a body with a ramp and a threaded opening,the body having one end and another end having an outwardly extending flange, an elongated light central axis, and an outer surface having the ramp closer to the elongated light central axis at the one end of the light, and the ramp being further away from the elongated light central axis near the other end, and
a lock piece having an end, the lock piece being positioned on the body for movement along the ramp away from the one end, so that the lock piece end moves further away from the elongated central axis as the lock piece moves along the ramp away from the one end, and
the light assembly further including a like threaded stem having an elongated axis and received in the threaded opening in the light, the stem being connected to the lock piece so that, as the threaded stem rotates about its elongated axis in the threaded opening, moving away from the light one end, the stem moves the lock piece away from the one end.

US Pat. No. 10,215,376

LIGHT FIXTURE HAVING FIXED ANGULAR POSITION AND LAMP MODULE FOR LIGHT FIXTURES

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A light fixture comprising:a housing;
a first bracket positioned in the housing having a first mating feature and a second mating feature, the first bracket including a wall, a bottom member extending from the wall in a first direction having the first mating feature, and a top member extending from the wall in a second direction having the second mating feature;
a second bracket positioned in the housing having a third mating feature and a fourth mating feature, the second bracket connected to the first bracket by direct coupling between the fourth mating feature and the first mating feature in an overlapping manner;
a first light emitter connected to the first bracket, light emitted from the first light emitter at a first angle substantially orthogonal to the wall is prevented from leaving the housing at the first angle, the light emitted at the first angle strikes the second bracket; and
a second light emitter connected to the second bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,215,375

VISOR FOR A LIGHTING FIXTURE

Appleton Grp LLC, Rosemo...

1. A combination of a visor (100) and a lighting fixture (102), comprising:a visor (100) having:
a central panel (104); and
a pair of side panels (106) extending from the operative ends of said central panel (104); and
a lighting fixture (102) having a front cover (114) and a plurality of fins extending from a periphery of the lighting fixture;
the visor (100) further including at least one connecting portion (108) extending from each of said central panel (104) and said pair of side panels (106), said connecting portions (108) configured to facilitate mounting of said visor (100) on said lighting fixture (102), said connecting portions (108) having a hemmed formation (110) configured at a free operative end thereof;
at least one clip (112) configured to be fitted into said hemmed formation (110) and to operatively engage the plurality of fins on the lighting fixture to facilitate the fastening of said visor (100) on said lighting fixture (102);
wherein central panel (104) is inclined at a pre-determined angle with respect to the front cover (114) of said lighting fixture (102).

US Pat. No. 10,215,374

ANGLE-ADJUSTABLE LAMP

NINGBO YAMAO OPTOELECTRON...

1. An angle-adjustable lamp, comprising: a fixing socket, a fixing ring, a rotating ring and a lamp body, wherein,a middle part of the fixing socket is provided with a round lamp hole, an annular sheet-like protrusion is arranged on a rim of the lamp hole in the fixing socket, and a short edge of the protrusion faces towards a center of the lamp hole;
the rotating ring is arranged to be a circle, a cross-section shape of the rotating ring presents an “L” shape, and a vertical edge of the rotating ring faces towards the center of the rotating ring, the rotating ring is embedded inside the protrusion, and an outer wall of another vertical edge of the rotating ring attaches to an inner wall of a long edge of the protrusion, and a bottom surface of the rotating ring abuts against a top surface of a short edge of the protrusion;
the fixing ring is arranged to be an circular, a cross-section shape of the fixing ring presents a “J” shape, the fixing ring is sleeved reversely on a top of a long edge of the protrusion, and a bottom surface of a short edge of the fixing ring is arranged oppositely to a top surface of a vertical edge of the long edge of the rotating ring attached to the protrusion;
a wall of the lamp body is provided with two protruded blocks symmetrically, and both protruded blocks are movably connected to a vertical edge of the rotating ring which is not attached to the long edge of the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,215,373

LIGHTING APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A lighting apparatus, comprising:a fixture having a fastening hole, the fastening hole including a first portion and a second portion connected to each other, and the second portion having a width smaller than a diameter of the first portion;
a light source module having a fastening pin detachably fastened to the fastening hole; and
an electrode terminal on the fixture and connected to the light source module,
wherein the light source module is slidably moveable along a surface of the fixture to simultaneously affix to the fixture and electrically connect with the electrode terminal, as the fastening pin moves within the fastening hole from the first portion to the second portion,
wherein the light source module includes a plurality of light emitting devices on a substrate, and an optical element having the fastening pin fastened to the substrate, and
wherein the substrate includes electrode pads at opposite ends thereof, the electrode pads overlapping and being electrically connected to the electrode terminal only when the fastening pin is in the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,215,372

CATENARY EQUIPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION METHOD THEREOF

SEHONG Co., Ltd., Yongin...

1. Catenary equipment comprising:a pillar unit which comprises a first pillar member and a second pillar member to be arranged at regular intervals in an inner space of a building;
a horizontal wire which is horizontally arranged in between the first pillar member and the second pillar member;
a horizontal-wire holder unit which comprises a first horizontal wire holder installed on the first pillar member, and a second horizontal wire holder installed on the second pillar member;
a horizontal-vibration absorbing member which is arranged in between the horizontal wire and the first horizontal wire holder and prevents vibrations of the pillar unit from being transmitted to the horizontal wire;
a holding wire which holds the horizontal wire to prevent deflection of the horizontal wire;
a ceiling holder which is installed at a ceiling of the building and holds a first end of the holding wire;
a connection bracket which connects a second end of the holding wire and the horizontal wire; and
an earthquake-proof lighting equipment assembly which is installed on the horizontal wire and couples with a lighting module for emitting light at one side thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,215,371

OUTDOOR LIGHTING FIXTURE

Cooper Technologies Compa...

1. A lighting fixture, comprising:an enclosure comprising a cabinet having an attachment face and a cover, wherein the attachment face is disposed at a distal end of the cabinet, and wherein the cover is hingedly coupled to a bottom of the cabinet;
a heatsink coupled to the attachment face, the heatsink comprising a substantially planar mounting tray; and
a light source mounted to a bottom side of the substantially planar mounting tray,
wherein the heatsink comprises a bottom edge that extends below a bottom edge of the attachment face of the cabinet of the enclosure to create a lateral space, wherein the lateral space allows water that collects on the heatsink to drain therethrough,
wherein the lateral space allows air to pass therethrough, and the lateral space is disposed between the heatsink and the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,215,370

DURABLE ELECTROLUMINESCENT SIGNAGE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Electro-LuminX Lighting C...

1. An electroluminescent lighting system comprising:a sealed mounting channel sized to receive therein an electroluminescent lamp;
an electroluminescent lamp positioned in the mounting channel, and wherein the electroluminescent lamp comprises a lighted side that is itself adjacent a display side of the mounting channel;
the mounting channel having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end has a sealing cap connected to the end of the channel and sealing the first end of the mounting channel;
the second end of the mounting channel having an electrical connector insert that extends into the inside of the mounting channel and is electrically connected to and powers the electroluminescent lamp, and wherein the electrical connector is sealed to the second end of the mounting channel.

US Pat. No. 10,215,369

LIGHTING APPARATUS

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A lighting apparatus, comprising:a light source unit comprising:
a light source portion configured to mount a light source thereon, and
a light distribution angle adjusting means coupled to the light source portion and configured to change an irradiation range of the light source, the light distribution angle adjusting means comprising:
a reflector provided with a spiral guide portion in a peripheral surface thereof, configured to being able to be rotated, configured to move a movable element, and configured to reflect a light emitted from the light source,
a movable body comprising an engaging portion configured to slidably engage the guide portion and a control portion configured to limit a direction of a movement of the movable body to a rotation axis direction of the reflector,
a support configured to support a movement of the movable body in the rotation axis direction of the reflector, and
an optical component secured to the movable body and configured to change a light path of the light emitted from the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,215,368

ENERGY EFFICIENT COMMUNICATION AND DISPLAY DEVICE

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. An adaptive backlight module, comprising:a light source;
a polarizer;
at least one enhancement film disposed between the light source and the polarizer; and
a diffuser disposed between the light source and the enhancement film comprising:
a first electrode disposed on a first surface of a first substrate;
a second electrode disposed on a first surface of a second substrate; and
a liquid crystal layer disposed between and adjacent the first electrode and the second electrode, and wherein the enhancement film is disposed directly on a second surface of the first substrate, wherein the second surface is opposite the first surface and the polarizer is adjacent the enhancement film.

US Pat. No. 10,215,367

APPARATUS FOR WAVELENGTH CONVERSION

CHRISTIE DIGITAL SYSTEMS ...

1. An apparatus for wavelength conversion, the apparatus comprising:a wavelength converter comprising a wavelength conversion material;
a first reflector, a second reflector, a third reflector, and a first lens;
the first reflector configured to reflect a plurality of input light beams onto the second reflector, the first reflector having a curvature configured to increase a convergence of the input light beams reflected from the first reflector;
the second reflector configured to reflect the input light beams onto the third reflector;
the first lens disposed between the wavelength converter and the third reflector, the first lens disposed proximate to the wavelength converter;
the third reflector configured to reflect the input light beams through the first lens and onto the wavelength conversion material, the input light beams configured to excite the wavelength conversion material to emit an emitted light being wavelength-shifted relative to the input light beams;
the first lens configured to receive at least a portion of the emitted light, to reduce a divergence of the portion of the emitted light, and to at least partially transmit the portion of the emitted light to form an output light propagating towards the third reflector; and
the third reflector further configured to at least partially transmit the output light;
wherein a first input light beam of the plurality of input light beams is laterally spaced away from an optical axis of the output light by a first distance, and a second input light beam of the plurality of input light beams is laterally spaced away from the optical axis by a second distance different from the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,215,366

OPTICAL MEMBER AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

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

1. A display device comprising:a backlight unit; and
a display panel on the backlight unit,
wherein the backlight unit comprises:
a bottom cover;
a light guide plate on the bottom cover;
a reflective sheet under the light guide plate;
a printed circuit board disposed at one lateral side of the light guide plate;
a plurality of light emitting diodes mounted on the printed circuit board; and
two or more optical sheets including a wavelength conversion sheet;
wherein the wavelength conversion sheet comprises:
a lower substrate;
an upper substrate on the lower substrate;
a wavelength conversion layer between the lower substrate and the upper substrate;
a lower anti-reflective layer under the wavelength conversion layer;
an upper anti-reflective layer on the wavelength conversion layer;
a lower impact absorbing layer under the lower substrate; and
an upper impact absorbing layer on the upper substrate,
wherein the lower substrate is disposed under the wavelength conversion layer,
wherein the lower substrate is transparent,
wherein the lower substrate includes polyethyleneterephthalate (PET),
wherein the upper substrate is disposed on the wavelength conversion layer,
wherein the upper substrate includes polyethyleneterephthalate (PET),
wherein the lower anti-reflective layer has a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the lower substrate,
wherein the upper anti-reflective layer has a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the upper substrate, and
wherein the wavelength conversion layer is sandwiched between the lower substrate and the upper substrate,
wherein the wavelength conversion layer comprises:
a host layer; and
a plurality of wavelength conversion particles in the host,
wherein the host layer is disposed between the lower substrate and the upper substrate,
wherein the lower impact absorbing layer is disposed under the wavelength conversion layer,
wherein the upper impact absorbing layer is disposed on the wavelength conversion layer,
wherein the lower anti-reflective layers extend from one end of the lower substrate to the other end of the lower substrate, and
wherein the upper anti-reflective layers extend from one end of the upper substrate to the other end of the upper substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,215,365

LIGHTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A lighting device, comprising:a circuit substrate including a light emitting diode (LED) disposed on a first surface of the circuit substrate;
a heat sink including a seating portion in which a second surface of the circuit substrate is seated;
a cover connected to the heat sink such that the circuit substrate is disposed between the cover and the heat sink, a part of at least one of the heat sink and the cover is separable such that the part forms a separate portion for coupling;
a shape control portion provided below the seating portion and, the shape control portion being configured to control a shape of the seating portion by securing heat radiation performance around the seating portion, the shape control portion including:
a first cooling path provided with a cross section that is extended laterally parallel to a width of the seating portion, the first cooling path being disposed at the heat sink around the seating portion; and
a second cooling path configured to fluidly communicate with a middle of the first cooling path and an outside of the heat sink, the second cooling path being defined between the outside of the heat sink and the first cooling path to supply coolant to an inside of the first cooling path during co-extrusion of the heat sink and the cover, the second cooling path being disposed at a lower portion of the first cooling path such that the first cooling path and the second cooling path form a T-shape cross section; and
at least one heat radiating hole formed in the heat sink at a portion other than a portion in which the first cooling path and the second cooling path of the shape control portion are formed,
wherein the separate portion is disposed at the heat sink in such a manner that the heat sink is separated with respect to the first cooling path and the second cooling path, thereby forming two separate pieces of the heat sink connected to opposite ends of the cover, respectively,
wherein while the two separate pieces of the separate portion are connected, the at least one heat radiating hole is formed independent of a fluid communication of the first cooling path and the second cooling path of the shape control portion.

US Pat. No. 10,215,364

HYBRID OPTICAL INTEGRATOR ASSEMBLY AND OPTICAL SYSTEM COMPRISING IT

Guangzhou Haoyang Electro...

1. An optical system comprising:a light source assembly having a light source, a hybrid optical integrator assembly and an object assembly located in a same primary optical axis direction, a concentrated beam being emitted by said light source assembly, becoming uniform via the hybrid optical integrator assembly, and then being shot after entering into the object assembly;
wherein the hybrid optical integrator assembly comprises an optical integrator and a scattering element disposed on any cross section of the optical integrator and adapted to perform a scattering process to a light beam passing through, wherein said optical integrator comprises a hollow light-guiding pipe having sides each provided with a first through opening, wherein said scattering element comprises a scattering flat glass sheet, wherein said hollow light-guiding pipe is sheathed in a fixing frame having second through openings aligned with respective said first through openings in said hollow light-guiding pipe; wherein said scattering flat glass sheet is inserted through said first and second through openings and scarfing with the hollow light-guiding pipe;
wherein said light source assembly comprises a reflector adapted as a light concentrating system, the light concentrating system adapted for performing a concentrating process to the light emitted by the light source, and an input end of said optical integrator is located adjacent to a concentrated focus of the light of said light source assembly whereby a light beam having highly concentrated light density and a certain divergence angle is formed at an input port of said hybrid optical integrator assembly;
a connecting frame attached to the fixing frame;
wherein said optical integrator is in connection with a mobile driving mechanism via the connecting frame; and
wherein said hybrid optical integrator assembly is adapted to be moved into and out of a light path between said light concentrating system and said object assembly by said mobile driving mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,215,363

OPTICAL ELEMENT

NALUX CO., LTD., Osaka-S...

1. An optical element comprising a light receiving surface which covers a light source arranged on a plane and an exit surface which covers the light receiving surface, the optical element being configured such that lights from the light source passes through the light receiving surface and the exit surface and goes to the outside for illumination,wherein when the central axis of the optical element is designated as an optical axis, the point of intersection of the optical axis with the plane is designated as a point P0, and in a cross section of the optical element, the cross section containing the optical axis and being perpendicular to the plane, an angle which a line connecting the point P0 and a point on the light receiving surface forms with the optical axis is designated as ?r, an angle which a normal to the exit surface at a point Q on the exit surface forms with the optical axis is designated as ?, a distance from the optical axis to the point Q is designated as r, the maximum value of distance from the optical axis to a point on the exit surface is designated as rmax, and a value of ?r and a value ? are designated as positive when measured clockwise with respect to the optical axis, the exit surface is configured such that ? has plural local minimum values and plural local maximum values as a function of r in the range of
0.5rmax?r,
and the plural local minimum values and the plural local maximum values are positive in an area of the exit surface through which a ray that is emitted from the point P0 and travels at a positive angle of ?r passes, and the shape of the exit surface is symmetric with respect to the optical axis, and
wherein the exit surface is configured such that a relationship
?r/rmax?0.05
is satisfied when the maximum distance of a point on the exit surface is designated as rmax, and a difference between two values of r which correspond to a local maximum value and a local minimum value which are adjacent to each other among the plural local maximum values and the plural local minimum values is designated as ?r.

US Pat. No. 10,215,362

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS WITH LENS ARRAY

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:two or more light sources, wherein each of the two or more light sources is placed at a position to emit light in the same direction; and
an array lens having two or more lenses, wherein each lens of the array lens corresponds to a corresponding one of said two or more light sources,
wherein in order to condense a light emitted from each of said lenses into one position, in a first lens of the array lens, an optical axis of a corresponding light source of the first lens shifts from an optical axis of said first lens in an offset direction that is perpendicular to the optical axis of the corresponding light source of the first lens,
wherein said first lens is formed such that a length from the optical axis of said first lens to one end of the first lens in said offset direction is longer than a length from the optical axis of said first lens to another end of said first lens in a direction which is opposite to said offset direction,
wherein the optical axis of the corresponding light source of the first lens and the optical axis of the first lens are offset and parallel to each other,
wherein a distance between the optical axis of the corresponding light source of the first lens and a center line of the array lens, is the same as a distance between an optical axis of a corresponding light source of a second lens neighboring the center line of the array lens and disposed at an opposite direction of the offset direction, and
wherein the first lens and the second lens are disposed on opposite sides from the center line of the array lens.

US Pat. No. 10,215,361

SHADE FOR A HEADLAMP

1. A removable shade for removable attachment to a headlamp assembly having a headlamp attached to a head strap, the head-strap having first and second segments located on either side of the headlamp, said shade movable between a closed and open position, said shade comprising:a) first and second, flexible, translucent panels each having a main body portion and a collar portion, said first and second panels laying in contacting, covering relation to each other when said shade is in the closed position unattached to a headlamp assembly, said first and second panels interconnected to each other along an edge and first and second unconnected, free edges of said first and second panels defining an opening leading to an interior of said shade located between said first and second panels, said interior adapted to removably receive via said opening a headlamp of a headlamp assembly;
b) first and second elongated slits formed in spaced, parallel relation to said first and second free edges of said first and second panels, respectively, said first and second slits formed between said main body portion and said collar portion of each of said first and second panels and thereby forming first and second collar tabs at said first panel, and third and fourth collar tabs at said second panel, respectively, said first and third collar tabs located adjacent one another and said second and fourth collar tabs located adjacent one another, wherein, upon moving the shade to the open position, said first and second segments of the head-strap are adapted to removably pass through first and second gaps formed at said adjacent first and third collar tabs, and at said adjacent second and fourth collar tabs, respectively, to attach said headlamp to said shade.

US Pat. No. 10,215,360

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE AND METHOD

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A structure to illuminate a gap between two vehicle lamps located adjacent to each other, comprising:a first lamp including,
an outer lens including an outer lens folded part,
an inner lens located inward of the outer lens and including an inner lens folded part folding inward from an outer lateral end of the inner lens; and
a second lamp including an end located adjacent the outer lens folded part to form the gap between the outer lens folded part and the second lamp, wherein
the first lamp includes a first light source, a second light source, and a light guide body located inward relative to the inner lens folded part, the light guide body having a longitudinal axis extending between a first distal end and a second distal end, the first light source is located adjacent the second distal end of the light guide body, and the second light source is located intermediate the first distal end and the second distal end of the light guide body, the light guide body configured to direct light from the first light source along the longitudinal axis of the light guide body, the light guide body including a first part having lens cuts configured as a total reflection surface, and a light emitting surface located on an inner lens side of the first part facing the inner lens, and the lens cuts are configured to reflect light from the first light source and second light source towards the light emitting surface within the light guide body, such that light emitted from the light emitting surface illuminates at least a portion of the outer lens folded part and the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,215,359

INDICATOR OPTIC FOR VEHICLE LIGHTING MODULE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An optic device for a vehicle indicator light comprising a body configured to transmit light, the device comprising:a receiving surface configured to receive an input emission from a light source in an emission direction;
a first internal reflective surface extending at an acute angle from the light receiving surface and configured to direct the input emission substantially perpendicular to the emission direction;
an intermediate surface extending from the first internal reflective surface, the intermediate surface configured to receive the input emission from the receiving surface and the first internal reflective surface, and direct the input emission along a primary path through the body;
a light extraction surface extending substantially parallel to the receiving surface and configured to emit the input emission outward from the body along the primary path;
a second internal reflective surface extending from the light extraction surface; and
a light steering surface extending from the intermediate surface and extending substantially parallel to the light extraction surface, wherein the light steering surface is configured to reflect stray light through the body beyond the primary light extraction surface and toward a light trap formed between a distal end portion of each of the second internal reflective surface and the light steering surface relative to the light receiving surface, wherein the light trap is configured to capture the stray light.

US Pat. No. 10,215,358

LOW BEAM SHIELD FOR HEADLAMPS

SL Corporation, Daegu (K...

1. A low beam shield for headlamps installed in a headlamp of a vehicle and forms a low beam pattern irradiated ahead of the vehicle, the low beam shield comprising:a back plate that forms a horizontal plane;
a first front plate that extends from a first side of a front end of the back plate and forms a first cut-off edge;
a second front plate that extends from a second side of the front end of the back plate and forms a second cut-off edge,
wherein an upper surface of the first front plate having the first cut-off edge has a different slope from an upper surface of the second front plate having the second cut-off edge; and
a third front plate that extends from a central portion of the front end of the back plate to connect the first front plate and the second front plate and forms a third cut-off edge that connects the first cut-off edge and the second cut-off edge,
wherein an upper surface of the third front plate is configured to connect the upper surface of the first front plate and the upper surface of the second front plate having a plurality of slopes, and
wherein the upper surface of the third front plate is coupled to the upper surface of the first front plate and the upper surface of the second front plate has a plurality of slopes to form a twisted quadrilateral.

US Pat. No. 10,215,357

VEHICULAR LAMP

Koito Manufacturing Co., ...

1. A vehicular lamp comprising:a first light emitting element configured to be lit in a first lighting mode;
a second light emitting element configured to be lit in a second lighting mode; and
a reflector configured to reflect and control light emitted from the first and second light emitting elements,
wherein the reflector includes a first reflective surface and a second reflective surface, and
the light emitted from the first light emitting element is incident on the first reflective surface and not on the second reflective surface, and the light emitted from the second light emitting element is incident on the first and second reflective surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,215,356

LIGHTING UNIT FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A lighting unit for a vehicle comprising:a reflection module including a bottom portion and a first side portion extending upward from one side of the bottom portion; and
a light-emitting module for emitting light to an inside of the reflection module,
wherein the bottom portion includes a first region, a second region having a first inflection point, and a third region having a second inflection point,
wherein the first region, the second region, and the third region are disposed in a sequence from the light-emitting module to an end portion of the bottom portion,
wherein surfaces of the first region, the second region, and the third region are curved,
wherein the first side portion and the bottom portion are formed of a reflective material,
wherein the reflection module further includes a second reflective layer disposed on the second region of the bottom portion,
wherein the first region and the third region of the bottom portion are exposed,
wherein a center of a curvature of the bottom portion is disposed above the first inflection point at a region adjacent to the first inflection point, and
wherein a center of the curvature of the bottom portion is disposed below the second inflection point at a region adjacent to the second inflection point.

US Pat. No. 10,215,355

AUTOMOTIVE LAMP

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. An automotive lamp comprising:a light source;
a light emitting member that receives light from the light source and emits light; and
a support member that supports the light emitting member, wherein the support member includes a translucent light emitting member accommodating unit,
the light emitting member accommodating unit includes a recess in which the light emitting member is accommodated,
a light incidence surface and side surfaces of the light emitting member are in contact with the light emitting member accommodating unit in a state in which the light emitting member is accommodated in the recess, and
on a surface of the light emitting member accommodating unit that is in contact with a side surface of the light emitting member is provided a rough surface area having a surface roughness greater than that of a light incidence surface of the light emitting member accommodating unit, and
the side surface of the light emitting member is a surface connecting the light incidence surface of the light emitting member and a light emission surface which faces away from the light incidence surface and from which light generated inside the light emitting member is emitted, and
the side surface of the light emitting member has a rough surface area having a surface roughness greater than that of the light incidence surface of the light emitting member.

US Pat. No. 10,215,354

SOLAR SHADING PANEL FOR NORTH AND SOUTH SIDES

1. A solar shading panel for north and south sides configured for installation in a building, comprising:a frame; and
an opaque panel having a plurality of spacing perforates, the opaque panel being attached to a plurality of hollow cylinders configured to provide natural light and an external view when installed, wherein an upper portion of each of the plurality of hollow cylinders is configured to protect against direct light partially or throughout the year, and a lower portion of each of the plurality of hollow cylinders is configured to receive and reflect natural light into the building.

US Pat. No. 10,215,353

ELECTRIC LIGHTING DEVICES USING AIR FLOW TO GENERATE A FLICKERING FLAME EFFECT

Luminara Worldwide, LLC, ...

1. An electric light configured to generate a flickering flame effect, comprising:a housing having an aperture in an upper surface of the housing;
a flame element that extends through the aperture, wherein the flame element has a first and second end, and is supported within the housing, such that the flame element moves with respect to the housing;
a fan disposed within the housing;
a reservoir configured to receive a scent cartridge;
an air conduit disposed within the housing with respect to the fan that directs air against the flame element, wherein the air conduit comprises a Bernoulli tube,
wherein the air conduit comprises a first opening at which air can enter the air conduit and a second opening at which air can exit the air conduit,
wherein the first opening of the air conduit is positioned near the scent cartridge, and wherein a lower surface of the housing comprises an opening sized and dimensioned such that the scent cartridge can be inserted into the reservoir; and
a fan controller coupled to the fan and configured to operate the fan according to a stored pattern, wherein the fan is operated at full speed when initially powered on, and then operated at a reduced speed for a predefined time period;
wherein a first end of the flame element is disposed outside of the housing, and wherein the second end of the flame element comprises a sail; and
wherein a diameter of the sail is equal to a diameter of the second opening of the air conduit nearest the sail.

US Pat. No. 10,215,352

WOOD WICK IMITATION CANDLE

MerchSource, LLC, Irvine...

1. An imitation candle comprising:(a) a housing that simulates a candle, where the housing has a top surface;
(b) an imitation wood or wood-like wick extending outwardly from the top of the housing;
(c) a lighting element positioned on the top surface of the housing underneath the wick, where some parts of the lighting element are partially covered by the wick while other parts of the lighting element are fully exposed and can be directly viewed from outside the housing; and
(d) a power source for the lighting element in the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,215,351

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN INTERMEDIATE DEVICE STRUCTURE

1. A network of intermediate device systems, wherein each intermediate device system coupled to a pole structure electrically connected to a power source, comprising:a plurality of electronic devices;
a bidirectional communication module and an auxiliary devices sensing an environmental parameter of an area surrounding the intermediate device system; and
a control unit communicatively coupled to a processor, wherein the processor receives and processes information from the auxiliary device and at least one of a remote device, and decides on prioritized operational instruction in response to processing the information, wherein:
the prioritized operational instruction operates the auxiliary device and the remote device and combinations thereof having the highest priority based on the environmental parameter of the area surrounding the intermediate device system, programmatic parameters and remote instructions.

US Pat. No. 10,215,350

LUMINAIRE, ESPECIALLY FOR ROAD LIGHTING

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A luminaire for illuminating a road, the luminaire having a side-to-side direction corresponding to a width direction of the road, and an end-to-end direction corresponding to a length direction of the road, the luminaire comprising:a light source;
a reflector arrangement having opposite sides and opposite ends, the reflector arrangement defining a light entrance window to which light is supplied from the light source and a light exit window; and
an optical plate over the light exit window, the optical plate comprising an array of elongate prisms, each of the elongate prisms extending along the side-to-side direction and having an upper facet, a normal direction of the upper facet being slanted by a prism angle with respect to a vertical direction of the optical plate,
wherein, along the end-to-end direction, the prism angle of the elongate prisms increases from a central section of the optical plate to an intermediate section of the optical plate and then decreases from the intermediate section to an outer edge of the optical plate, and
wherein the upper facet of the elongate prisms faces the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,215,349

MAGNETIC ROW MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR LUMINAIRES

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A magnetic row mounting system comprising:a magnet holding bracket that is configured to be removably coupled to an end plate of a luminaire, the magnet holding bracket comprising:
a body that has a first surface and a second surface, the first surface being opposite to the second surface; and
a magnet housing cavity that is formed in the body and configured to house a magnet therein.

US Pat. No. 10,215,348

LIGHTING DEVICE WITH OVERLAPPING OF ATTACHMENT FACES OF BASE MEMBER

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A lighting device comprising:a base member including a first attachment face and a second attachment face with a step therebetween, and a connecting face extending between the first attachment face and the second attachment face;
a first board fixed on the first attachment face;
a second board fixed on the second attachment face;
a first light-emitting element mounted on the first board; and
a second light-emitting element mounted on the second board,
wherein the first attachment face is disposed in front of the second attachment face,
wherein the first attachment face and the second attachment face overlap each other with an overlap area therebetween,
wherein the second light-emitting element is disposed in an area of the second attachment face other than the overlap area,
wherein the base member includes a reflector fixed on the connecting face, and
wherein the reflector is disposed in the overlap area and inclines toward the second light-emitting element relative to the second attachment face.

US Pat. No. 10,215,347

LIGHTING ASSEMBLY WITH LIGHT FIXTURE MOUNTED IN ELECTRICAL BOX

ABL IP Holding LLC, Atla...

1. A lighting assembly for recessed mounting on a panel, the lighting assembly comprising a light fixture comprising:a) a light engine;
b) a fixture body housing the light engine and comprising a first end, a second end opposite the first end, an interior wall extending at least partially between the first end and the second end, and an exterior wall extending at least partially between the first end and the second end, wherein, in an installed configuration, the first end is disposed within a junction box with a power connection from the light engine extending beyond the fixture body for connection to wiring of the junction box, wherein at least a portion of the interior wall of the fixture body comprises a baffle section for controlling light output from the light fixture; and
c) at least one retaining clip extending from the exterior wall of the fixture body for retaining the fixture body (i) within the junction box and (ii) against a surface of the panel, wherein:
the junction box is mounted such that at least a portion of the junction box is immediately adjacent to the panel;
the at least one retaining clip retains the fixture body within the junction box by engaging an internal surface of the junction box; and
the internal surface is approximately parallel to the panel.

US Pat. No. 10,215,346

MODULAR HIGHBAY LUMINAIRE

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

17. A method of assembling a luminaire comprising:selecting a first rail and a second rail, wherein the first rail includes a male connector and a female connector;
connecting a first light bar assembly to the first rail and the second rail;
connecting a second light bar assembly to the first rail and the second rail;
connecting a control component assembly to the first rail and the second rail, wherein the first and second rails, the first and second light bar assemblies, and the control component assembly form a first luminaire section;
positioning a driver in either the first rail or the second rail; and
adjusting the position of the driver based on the position of the first light bar assembly, the second light bar assembly, and the control component assembly to balance the first luminaire section.

US Pat. No. 10,215,344

LIGHT EMITTING PANEL ASSEMBLIES AND LIGHT GUIDES THEREFOR

Fluxwerx Illumination Inc...

1. A light emitting panel assembly comprising:a first light source;
a second light source;
a light guide comprising a first transition area in optical communication with the first light source, a second transition area in optical communication with the second light source, and an emission area;
each of the first and second transition areas comprising a first major side and a second major side, wherein at least one of the first major side and the second major side comprises a plurality of vertically extending flutes, wherein the flutes extend at least a portion of the height of the transition area; and
the emission area in optical communication with each of the first and second transition areas at a common end of the emission area, the emission area comprising light extraction elements;
wherein each of the first and second transition areas comprises a non-straight path between a respective one of the first and second light source and an interface of the transition area and the emission area, the non-straight path comprising a curved portion integrally formed and continuous with the rest of the transition area, whereby the curved portion is dimensioned such that substantially all light from the light source internally reflects off at least one of the major sides of the transition area before entering the emission area;
wherein the first transition area and the second transition area are positioned in mirrored configuration to, together with the emission area, form a “Y-shaped” cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,215,343

LED LIGHTING DEVICE HAVING AN IMPROVED LED HOLDER

LEDVANCE GMBH, Garching ...

1. A lighting device comprising a translucent bulb, a base having at least two electrical contacts, and a light engine arranged inside the bulb, the light engine comprising one or more LED filaments attached to a holder, the holder having a first holding structure that is electrically conductive and a second holding structure that is electrically conductive, wherein each LED filament is connected with a first end to the first holding structure and with a second end to the second holding structure, wherein the first holding structure is connected to a first electrical contact of the base and the second holding structure is connected to a second electrical contact of the base, characterized in that the first holding structure and the second holding structure each comprise an essentially longitudinal connection section and an attachment section essentially perpendicular to the connection section, wherein for at least one of the first holding structure and the second holding structure, the connection section is connected to the respective attachment section by a radial section.

US Pat. No. 10,215,341

FACILITATING THE TRANSITION BETWEEN FLOODING AND HYDROTESTING WITH THE USE OF AN INTELLIGENT PIG

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. Method of remotely facilitating the transition between flooding and hydrotesting a subsea pipeline initiated from the launch end of the pipeline without the involvement of an external source at the surface, or a UV, at a pig receiving end of the pipeline, the pipeline having a launch end and an opposing pig receiving end, the method comprising:fluidly coupling a fluid flow conduit of an automated, self-powered, self-controlled subsea valve actuation system to the subsea pipeline at the pig receiving end thereof;
allowing fluid to exit the pipeline to the sea through the fluid flow conduit during flooding of the pipeline;
allowing at least one intelligent pig to pass through the pipeline to the pig receiving end thereof during flooding of the pipeline, said at least one such intelligent pig evaluating the condition of the interior of the pipeline as it passes therethrough and emitting one or more signals relating to the condition of the interior of the pipeline;
based at least partially upon the one or more signals emitted by at least one of the intelligent pigs and without the involvement of an external source at the surface, or a UV, at the pig receiving end of the pipeline, a control unit of the subsea valve actuation system determining whether flooding is complete and/or the pipeline is ready for hydrotesting; and
if the control unit determines flooding is complete and/or the pipeline is ready for hydrotesting, the control unit autonomously causing at least one flow isolation valve fluidly coupled to the fluid flow conduit to close without the involvement of an external source at the surface, or a UV, at the pig receiving end of the pipeline, disallowing fluid from exiting the pipeline at the pig receiving end thereof to fluidly isolate the pipeline for hydrotesting.

US Pat. No. 10,215,340

PRESSURIZED FLUID CYLINDER COMPRISING AN ELECTRONIC DATA-DISPLAY DEVICE

1. A pressurized fluid cylinder provided with a valve accommodating a first withdrawing circuit comprising a first, upstream end communicating with a storage volume of a pressurized fluid cylinder and a second, downstream end configured to connect a consumer of the withdrawn gas, the first withdrawing circuit comprising:a member for regulating the flow rate and/or the pressure of the withdrawn fluid between the upstream end and the downstream end, the valve comprising a member for manually controlling the regulating member, a control member being mounted so as to move relative to the body of the valve and cooperating with the regulating member to control the flow rate and/or pressure of fluid allowed to circulate from the upstream end to the downstream end depending on the position of the control member with respect to the body, the valve comprising an electronic device configured to indicate data relating to the fluid content in a cylinder connected to the valve, the electronic device acquiring, storing and processing data and at least one data display connected to the member for acquiring, storing and processing data, the valve comprising a sensor for sensing the position of the member for manually controlling the regulating member, the position sensor acquiring, storing and processing data in order to transmit to a latter a signal indicative of the fluid flow rate and/or pressure set by the regulating member, wherein after the cylinder has been filled and before first withdrawal of fluid, the electronic device acquiring, storing and processing data is configured to cause a fixed information item relating to a given fixed fluid content in the cylinder to be displayed on the display until the position sensor transmits a signal indicative of a non-zero flow rate and/or pressure of fluid withdrawn for a given time and/or until the position sensor transmits a signal indicative of a given quantity of fluid withdrawn, said information item relating to a given fixed fluid content in the cylinder comprising one of the elements selected from the group consisting of: an alphanumeric symbol, a pictorial symbol, a fixed pressure value, a fixed fluid quantity value, the term “full” or “plein”, and the symbol “100%”, and wherein the electronic device acquiring, storing and processing data is configured to determine the quantity of fluid withdrawn on receiving a signal from the sensor for sensing the position of the control member that is indicative of the selection of a non-zero withdrawn fluid flow rate and/or pressure and to cause the removal or modification of the display on the display of the information item relating to a given fixed fluid content in the cylinder when this remaining quantity or remaining pressure determined is equal to a value of between 75% and 99% of the quantity of the fluid contained in the cylinder after it has been filled and/or to cause the removal or modification of the display on the display of the information item relating to a given fixed fluid content in the cylinder in response to the reception of said signal from the sensor for sensing the position of the control member that is indicative of the selection of a non-zero withdrawn fluid flow rate and/or pressure for a time of between 0.1 second and 30 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,215,339

MOBILE DEVICE FOR DISCHARGING LIQUID CONTAINERS

VALTRIS AO BELGIUM NV, T...

1. A method for discharging liquid containers, comprising the steps of:providing a mobile device comprising:
a closeable compartment provided with:
at least one closable opening which allows said container to be placed in the compartment, and
an unloading installation provided in the inner space of the device, coupleable with the container, suitable for removing the liquid from the container; wherein the unloading installation comprises a pump configured to extract liquid from the container via top unloading and to move it outside of the mobile device, and a column comprising activated carbon as an absorbent material provided for removing vapors which are released as a result of the discharging of the liquid and wherein the column comprising activated carbon an absorbent material is connectable to the container in a manner such that top liquid vapors are captured by the activated carbon,
providing a liquid-filled container in the compartment of the device,
coupling the container to the unloading installation and arranging the pump in the container along the top opening of the container,
extracting liquid from the container and moving it outside of the device, and
continuously removing liquid vapors by absorbing the liquid vapors in the absorbable material until discharging of the liquid in the liquid container is complete, and
hoisting the container with a crane installed in the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,215,338

HYDROGEN RELEASE SYSTEM

HYDREXIA PTY LTD., Queen...

1. A system for discharging hydrogen from one or more hydrogen storage vessels, the one or more hydrogen storage vessels containing solid hydrogen storage material, the system including:a hydrogen supply line for connecting to a hydrogen demand;
an energy delivery system to provide heat to the solid hydrogen storage material in at least one of the one or more hydrogen storage vessels to desorb the hydrogen from the solid hydrogen storage material;
a process control system; wherein the process control system monitors a desorption process from the one or more hydrogen storage vessels; wherein the process control system regulates delivery of energy from the energy delivery system to the one or more hydrogen storage vessels;
one or more supply connection conduits for connecting the hydrogen supply line to the one or more hydrogen storage vessels;
wherein each of the one or more supply connection conduits connected to the one or more hydrogen storage vessels has a backflow prevention device to prevent or limit hydrogen in the hydrogen supply line from flowing back into that hydrogen storage vessel when the solid hydrogen storage material is no longer desorbing hydrogen at a pressure of the supply line;
wherein the energy delivery system is deactivated and no longer provides the heat to the one or more hydrogen storage vessels when the solid hydrogen storage material is no longer desorbing the hydrogen at the pressure of the supply line;
wherein the system comprises an auxiliary hydrogen supply system to supply the hydrogen to the one or more hydrogen storage vessels once the energy delivery system has been deactivated;
wherein the auxiliary hydrogen supply system is an auxiliary hydrogen conduit from the hydrogen supply line to at least the hydrogen storage vessel that has been deactivated; and
wherein the auxiliary hydrogen conduit has a pressure control valve to supply the hydrogen to the deactivated hydrogen storage vessel at pressure lower than the pressure in the supply line.

US Pat. No. 10,215,337

PRESSURE VESSEL AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF SUCH A VESSEL

ELKAMET KUNSTSTOFFTECHNIK...

1. A method for producing a pressure vessel, the method comprising:(i) winding a hollow body with a continuous filament, to obtain a filament winding upon the hollow body, as a wound body;
(ii) impregnating the filament winding with a polymerizable mixture while the wound body is inside a mold that surrounds the wound body; and
(iii) polymerizing the polymerizable mixture so as to form a thermoplastic matrix that embeds the filament winding, wherein the thermoplastic matrix comprises polyamide 6, polyamide 12, a copolymer comprising polyamide 6 and polyamide 12, polybutylene terephthalate, thermoplastic polyurethane, or a mixture of two or more of any of these,
wherein the continuous filament comprises a spacer.

US Pat. No. 10,215,336

COMPOSITE PRESSURE VESSEL AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION

SPENCER COMPOSITES CORPOR...

1. A pressure vessel comprising:a pipe comprising a proximal end, a distal end, a proximal tapered pipe section at the proximal end, a distal tapered pipe section at the distal end, a cylindrical pipe section between the proximal tapered pipe section and the distal tapered pipe section, an outer surface, and a bore that extends through the pipe from the proximal end to the distal end, and the bore having a first diameter in the cylindrical pipe section, and a proximal end diameter of the bore at the proximal end is smaller than the first diameter, and a distal end diameter of the bore at the distal end is smaller than the first diameter; and the outer surface of the pipe comprises a two-axis wound filamentous composite;
a plug in the bore at the proximal end and the distal end, each plug comprising a cylindrical plug section, the cylindrical plug section being innermost in the bore and being contiguous with a cylindrical wall section, the cylindrical wall section being a section of the wall surrounding the bore in the cylindrical pipe section, and a tapered plug section being contiguous with the wall surrounding the bore in the proximal or distal tapered pipe section, the tapered plug section comprising an inward taper and the tapered plug section terminating in a surface located at or near the proximal or distal end of the pipe;
wherein:
the cylindrical plug section comprises a circumferential groove in which is disposed a seal;
a compression cap at each of the proximal end and the distal end of the pipe, each compression cap comprising a tapered cap section, an inner surface of the tapered cap section being contiguous with an area of the outer surface of the proximal or distal tapered pipe section;
wherein at least one of the plugs comprises a threaded port for fluid ingress and egress.

US Pat. No. 10,215,335

SELF-RETAINING OIL NOZZLE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An oil nozzle assembly comprising:a nozzle body comprising:
a main portion;
a tip portion connected to the main portion;
a lip extending outwards from the tip portion, wherein the lip includes an outer width; and
a nozzle insert comprising:
a sleeve;
an endwall connected to the sleeve;
an orifice disposed in the endwall, wherein the orifice is fluidly connected to the tip portion of the nozzle body;
a retention element extending inward from the sleeve, wherein a portion of the retention element includes an inner width that is less than the outer width of the lip, and further wherein the nozzle insert is disposed onto the tip portion of the nozzle body; and
a plurality of compliant features extending in an axial direction from the sleeve in a direction opposite from the endwall, wherein each of the plurality of compliant features comprises a first portion and a second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,215,334

LUBRICATING OIL MONITORING AND MAINTENANCE CAP WITH OIL LEVEL MONITORING SYSTEM

1. A cap assembly, comprising:a cap, the cap is for closing an open end of a reservoir and includes an outer side, an inner side, a port that extends through the cap from the outer side to the inner side, and a sensor juxtaposed to the inner side;
the port is closed by a plug removably coupled to the port, the plug includes an inner end adjacent to the inner side of the cap, an outer end adjacent to the outer side of the cap, a wireless transmitter carried by the outer end, and a conductor structure, the conductor structure operatively couples the sensor to the wireless transmitter; and
the wireless transmitter is for transmitting a wireless signal, when the sensor issues a signal to the wireless transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,215,333

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING AND BROADCASTING EVENTS

Solocam Forever Ltd., Ai...

1. A holding assembly for a portable digital device for supporting and interacting with an image capturing device via wired or unwired communication network, said assembly comprising:a) an elongated, longitudinally extending support arm including a distal coupling joint member at its distal end, said distal coupling joint member configured to removably receive the image capturing device;
b) a sound capturing device coupled to the proximal end of said support arm;
c) a control unit provided with a user interface, which enables controlling the settings of the image capturing device and/or of said sound capturing device and/or of a broadcasting using a dedicated application; and
d) a handle coupled to said proximal end of said elongated support arm in a handle-expanded configuration with said handle in a generally perpendicular orientation relative to the longitudinal extension of said support arm, said elongated support arm configured to hold the generally perpendicularly oriented handle at one end of said support arm distal from the image capturing device at the other end of said support arm, in the handle-expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,215,332

APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING DISPLAY PANEL

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

11. An apparatus for supporting a display panel, the apparatus comprising:first and second supports configured to support the display panel, the first and second supports being rotatable about a rotation axis;
a first frame coupled to a side of the first support and configured to be rotated with the first support; and
a second frame coupled to a side of the second support and configured to be rotated with the second support,
wherein the first support comprises:
a first supporting pin having ends coupled to the first frame, an axis of the first supporting pin being parallel to the rotation axis;
a first supporting plate between the first supporting pin and the rotation axis and pivotably coupled to the first supporting pin; and
a second supporting plate coupled to the first supporting pin and positioned at an opposite side of the first supporting pin with respect to the first supporting plate,
wherein the second support comprises:
a second supporting pin having ends coupled to the second frame, an axis of the second supporting pin being parallel to the rotation axis;
a third supporting plate between the second supporting pin and the rotation axis and pivotably coupled to the second supporting pin; and
a fourth supporting plate coupled to the second supporting pin and positioned at an opposite side of the second supporting pin with respect to the third supporting plate, and
wherein, when the second supporting plate is rotated, the first supporting pin is configured to move with respect to the first frame, and
wherein a first distance between the rotation axis and a first end of the first supporting plate nearest the rotation axis in a first state in which an angle between upper surfaces of the first and third supporting plates is 180° is less than a second distance between the rotation axis and the first end of the first supporting plate in a second state in which the angle between the upper surfaces of the first and third supporting plates is less than 180°.

US Pat. No. 10,215,331

PORTABLE LIGHT HAVING A DEPLOYABLE POLE AND LATCH ARRANGEMENT THEREFOR

Streamlight, Inc., Eagle...

1. A portable light comprising:a base including a source of electrical power;
a deployable pole pivotably supported on said base;
a light source supported on said deployable pole;
an electrical switch connecting said light source to the source of electrical power for selectively energizing said light source to produce light;
a latch assembly configured to retain said deployable pole in a deployed position and to release said deployable pole from the deployed position at which it is retained thereby;
said latch assembly including a latch plate biased to move toward said deployable pole to engage said deployable pole when the deployable pole is in the deployed position, said latch plate being movable to disengage said deployable pole whereby the deployable pole is released to be moved from the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,215,330

MULTI-POSITIONAL MOUNT FOR PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES WITH A MAGNETIC INTERFACE

Nite Ize, Inc., Boulder,...

1. A stand assembly for holding a handheld electronic device in a multitude of positions, comprising:a first section comprised of a first end shaped to engage one of a flat surface, a plug, and an irregular surface via clamping, and a second end with a generally curved shape and constructed of a first magnetic material;
a second section having a front surface, the front surface having an indentation, said indentation receiving said curved end of said first section and encompassing a portion, but less than the whole diameter, of said curved surface of said first section, said second section having a second magnetic material configured to securely attach to the first section through magnetic interaction of the curved surface of the first section with the indentation on the front surface of the second section, wherein the second magnetic material of the second section that holds said first and said second sections together has a ring shape surrounding, in a radial fashion, at least a portion of the curved surface when the first and second sections are together, the second magnetic material having the ring shape opposite the curved surface of the first section and protruding from the front surface of the second section.

US Pat. No. 10,215,327

MOUNTING CHASSIS FOR GENSET WITH REDUCED CLEARANCE

Cummins Power Generation ...

1. A genset chassis for mounting a genset including an engine and generator thereon, comprising:a pair of inner beams positioned parallel to each other and spaced apart by a distance, each inner beam including an outer sidewall distal from a longitudinal axis of the genset chassis; and
a plurality of outer beams, each outer beam coupled to the outer sidewall of a corresponding inner beam so that an engine mounting surface of each inner beam is inset toward the longitudinal axis of the genset chassis relative to a corresponding outer beam, and each outer beam vertically offset from a corresponding inner beam such that at least a portion of each the plurality of outer beams is higher than the pair of inner beams,
wherein the plurality of outer beams is structured to be positioned on a plurality of mounting members positioned on a surface so that a first distance between the pair of inner beams and the surface is less than a second distance between the plurality of outer beams and the surface, and
wherein the inner beams are structured to mount a portion of the genset thereon such that a portion of the genset is lower than a portion of the plurality of outer beams.

US Pat. No. 10,215,326

SUPPORT ELEMENT, CORRESPONDING CRYOGENIC FLUID CIRCUIT AND CORRESPONDING METHOD

1. A support element for a cryogenic fluid circuit comprising a plurality of orifices provided for the passage of a respective plurality of pipes for transferring cryogenic fluid, said plurality of orifices comprising first and second sets of orifices, said support element comprising at least one thermal path formed between two adjacent ones of the plurality of orifices, the at least one thermal path comprising a first thermal path, the first set of orifices being surrounded by the first thermal path and the second set of orifices, the orifices of the first and second sets of orifices being situated in one and the same plane or in parallel planes, the orifices of the first and second sets of orifices being formed in first and second plates of material, respectively, the first and second plates of material in which the first and the second set of orifices are respectively formed being parallel and situated in one and the same plane or in separate parallel planes, the first thermal path comprising a blind duct formed between the two adjacent ones of the plurality of orifices, the blind duct being delimited by first and second spaced-apart walls, the first wall having associated first and second ends and extending between its associated first and second ends in a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the plane or planes of the orifices, the second wall having associated first and second ends and extending between its associated first and second ends in a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the plane or planes of the orifices, each of the first ends of the walls being connected to an associated one of the two adjacent ones of the plurality of orifices, each of the second ends of the walls being connected together via an end wall, the first thermal path being situated between the first set of orifices and the second set of orifices, such that the first thermal path is thermally and mechanically connected to all of the orifices of the first set of orifices, on one side of the first thermal path, and all of the orifices of the second set of orifices, on another side of the first thermal path.

US Pat. No. 10,215,325

HEAT INSULATION MATERIAL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HEAT INSULATION MATERIAL

NICHIAS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A thermal insulation material produced by hot-pressing a plurality of prepregs in a state in which the plurality of prepregs are stacked, each of the plurality of prepregs comprising heat-resistant paper impregnated with a thermosetting resin,the thermal insulation material comprising 32 to 64 mass % of a fibrous material and 36 to 68 mass % of the thermosetting resin and having a density of 800 to 1650 kg/m3,
wherein the heat-resistant paper is paper made of glass fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,215,323

TOOL FOR WORKING ON THE WALL OF A PIPE AND RELATED METHOD

ENGIE, Courbevoie (FR)

1. An intervention method for acting on a wall of a fluid pipeline using a tool, the method comprising:moving the tool inside the pipeline until a pipe segment of the tool is positioned facing a zone of the wall of the pipeline;
creating sealing upstream and downstream from the zone using first and second seals of the tool so as to seal off an outer portion of a segment of the pipeline around the zone; and
acting on the zone of the wall;
wherein the sealing by the first and second seals occurs in two portions of the pipeline so as to define a sealing lock between the two portions of the pipeline;
wherein moving the tool inside the pipeline comprises, using a propulsion system, making use of movement of the fluid in order to move the tool; and
wherein the propulsion system comprises at least one adjustable flap installed in the pipe segment.

US Pat. No. 10,215,322

REMOVABLE OIL PIPELINE BRANCH PLUG

TALLGRASS MLP OPERATIONS,...

1. A pipeline plug comprising:a seal assembly comprising a pressure engaging surface and a slip engaging surface; and
a slip assembly coupled to the seal assembly, wherein the slip assembly comprises an outer surface that is movable from a retracted position to an expanded position, wherein the seal assembly is movable with respect to the slip assembly between an engaged position and a disengaged position, wherein the outer surface is in the retracted position when the seal assembly is in the disengaged position, wherein the slip engaging surface moves the outer surface to the expanded position when the seal assembly moves from the disengaged position to the engaged position, wherein a force exerted on the pressure engaging surface causes the slip engaging surface to exert a force on the slip assembly that opposes movement of the outer surface from the expanded position to the retracted position, and wherein when a force is exerted on the pressure engaging surface the seal assembly is movable from the engaged position to the disengaged position and the outer surface is movable from the expanded position to the retracted position, wherein at least a portion of the seal assembly rotates in a first direction as it moves from the disengaged position to the engaged position, wherein at least a portion of the seal assembly rotates in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction as it moves from the engaged position to the disengaged position, wherein one of the seal assembly and the slip assembly comprises a first set of threads and a second set of threads, wherein the other of the seal assembly and the slip assembly comprises a third set of threads, wherein the first set of threads engages the third set of threads, and wherein the second set of threads is threaded in an opposite direction as the first set of threads and the third set of threads.

US Pat. No. 10,215,321

SUBSEA FLOWLINE PRESSURE SURGE RELIEF SYSTEM

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A process for preventing overpressurization of piping for transporting fluid produced from a pressure source to a receiving facility wherein the fluid is directed from the pressure source through the piping to a high integrity pressure protection system comprising a pressure sensor, a valve and a control system for detecting a pressure surge in the piping greater than a high integrity pressure protection system activation pressure and for closing the valve over a valve closure time period having a start of a closure to shut off flow in the piping in response to the pressure surge, the process comprising:providing a relief device in the piping in fluid communication with the high integrity pressure protection system wherein the relief device is configured such that, in the event that the fluid passing through the high integrity pressure protection system during the valve closure time period has a property exceeding a relief device activation property, the relief device is activated thereby allowing the fluid passing through the high integrity pressure protection system during the valve closure time period to flow to a fluid containment volume in fluid communication with the high integrity pressure protection system;
wherein the fluid containment volume has sufficient volume such that upon the start of the closure of the valve in response to the pressure surge, a portion of the fluid passing through the high integrity pressure protection system during the valve closure time period is absorbed by the fluid containment volume thereby lessening pressure increase in the piping;
wherein the property is pressure and a relief device activation pressure is at or above a high integrity pressure protection system shut-in pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,215,320

INSTABILITY SUPPRESSION DEVICE FOR PRESSURE CONTROL VALVES

InDyne Inc., Reston, VA ...

1. A system comprising:a pressure vessel configured for containing a working fluid;
a pressure control valve configured for pressure dependent flow of the working fluid from the pressure vessel;
a fluid conduit coupling the pressure vessel and the pressure control valve; and
an instability suppression device in fluid communication with the fluid conduit between the pressure vessel and the pressure control valve, the instability suppression device providing a compliant interface with the working fluid, wherein the placement of the instability suppression device relative to the pressure control valve and the inertance of the working fluid between the instability suppression device and the pressure control valve are given by the equation
for a total system gain, G>?1, wherein:fA is the natural frequency of the instability suppression device in Hz,
fV is the natural frequency of the pressure control valve in Hz
ILV is the Inertance for flow between the instability suppression device and the pressure control valve,
IAL is the Inertance of the instability suppression device inlet flow between the compliant interface and the fluid conduit connecting the pressure vessel and the flow control valve,
Gv is the flow gain of the pressure control valve, and
?v is valve mode natural frequency of oscillation in radians / second.

US Pat. No. 10,215,319

QUICK COUPLING FOR FLUID UNDER PRESSURE

ALFA GOMMA S.P.A., Vimer...

1. A quick coupling for fluid under pressure, comprising:a hollow valve body,
an obturator stem slidable along an axis of the valve body in contrast and by the action of an elastic element configured and arranged to automatically arrange said obturator stem in a closing position of said valve body, and a hydraulic seal between the valve body and
a cylindrical terminal of the obturator stem, wherein said hydraulic seal comprises at least one hollow plain bearing reducing friction having an internal cylindrical surface mateable with the terminal of the obturator stem, and a plurality of second elastic elements independent from one another configured and arranged to strain the bearing at a radial compression force for the uniform hydraulic seal against the terminal, said second elastic elements being distributed at least mainly along the extension of the bearing in the direction of said axis,
wherein said bearing has through holes through its wall thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,215,318

BREECH LOCK COUPLING

Gates Corporation, Denve...

1. A breech lock coupling comprising:a stem (100) receivable in a hose;
a ferrule (200) configured to receive the stem and hose;
a connector (300);
the ferrule comprising a plurality of ferrule lugs (205) on an inner surface, each ferrule lug separated from an adjacent ferrule lug by a ferrule lug gap (208);
the connector comprising a plurality of connector lugs (302, 303) on an outer surface, each connector lug separated from an adjacent connector lug by a connector lug gap (306);
each ferrule lug gap arranged to receive a connector lug and each connector lug gap arranged to receive a ferrule lug upon engagement of the ferrule with the connector;
each connector lug axially alignable with a ferrule lug upon rotation (R) of the connector within the ferrule;
the connector engages a stem end (104); and
a fastener (209) for fixing a connector position relative to the ferrule.

US Pat. No. 10,215,317

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED GAS DISTRIBUTION MANIFOLD

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. An apparatus for use with a semiconductor processing chamber, the apparatus comprising:a manifold constructed by additive manufacturing and including:
a mixing chamber, and
portions of a plurality of flow paths, each flow path including:
a first fluid flow component interface including a first fluid flow component interface inlet and a first fluid flow component interface outlet,
a first tubular passage fluidically connecting the first mixing chamber with the first fluid flow component interface outlet of that flow path, and
a second tubular passage fluidically connected to the first fluid flow component interface inlet of that flow path, wherein:
the first fluid flow component interface, the first tubular passage, and the second tubular passage of each flow path are a unitary body,
one or more of the first tubular passage and the second tubular passage for at least one of the flow paths follows a respective pathway and has an exterior surface that includes a first runway,
the pathway is a three-dimensional path, and
for each runway:
 that first runway includes a surface defined by a respective first profile that is swept along the respective pathway,
 the respective first profile is in a plane perpendicular to the respective pathway, and
 the respective first profile is substantially linear.

US Pat. No. 10,215,316

FITTING SECUREMENT RING FOR THREADED CONNECTOR

SDB IP Holdings, LLC, Ov...

1. A plumbing connector comprising:a fitting having a first end and a second end and having external threads on at least the first end;
a tube having a first end and a second end, the first end of the tube inserted into the first end of the fitting;
an annular gasket coaxial with and surrounding an outer diameter of the tube and adjacent the first end of the fitting;
a compression ring coaxial with and surrounding the outer diameter of the tube and adjacent the gasket, the compression ring having an inner edge and an outer edge; and
a lock ring coaxial with and surrounding the outer diameter of the tube and adjacent the compression ring, the lock ring having an inner edge and an outer edge;
a nut coaxial with and surrounding an outer diameter of the tube and having internal threads adapted to engage the external threads of the fitting, the nut adapted to contain the gasket, compression ring, and lock ring upon threading of the nut onto the fitting via the internal threads of the nut and the external threads of the fitting,
wherein, upon threading of the nut onto the fitting via the internal threads of the nut and the external threads of the fitting and tightening of the nut, the gasket is compressed, the inner edge of the lock ring bitingly engages the outer diameter of the tube, the gasket forms a seal with at least the first end of the fitting, the outer diameter of the tube, and the outer edge of the lock ring, and contact between the compression ring and the lock ring deforms the lock ring pushing the inner edge of the lock ring into a biting engagement with the outer diameter of the tube and the outer edge of the lock ring into a sealing engagement with the gasket, and the compression ring is spaced apart from the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,215,315

TUBE COMPRESSION FITTING AND FLARED FITTING USED WITH CONNECTION BODY AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A compression and flared tube fitting assembly, comprising:a thick-walled tube defining a central axis and including an exterior, an interior passageway, and a radially outwardly flared end portion; and
a generally cylindrical sleeve in engagement with the thick-walled tube, the sleeve including a side proximal the flared end portion of the thick-walled tube, a side distal the flared end portion of the thick-walled tube, an interior and an exterior, the interior of the sleeve including an interior surface;
wherein the side proximal the flared end portion of the thick-walled tube includes an inner annular concavity and a sharp annular biting portion radially engaging and radially deforming the thick-walled tube to form a bulbous portion protruding into the annular concavity and engaging an axially extending annular surface of the sleeve thereat;
wherein the annular concavity of the sleeve engages the thick-walled tube after compression and deformation thereof;
wherein the annular concavity of the sleeve includes a radially extending annular surface substantially transverse to the interior surface and forming the sharp annular biting portion therewith;
wherein the annular concavity of the sleeve includes an axially extending annular surface extending from the radially extending surface to an annular edge, the sleeve further includes an annular end face portion adjacent to and extending radially outward from the annular edge, the annular end face portion adjacent the annular edge being free of engagement with the thick-walled tube after engagement of the bulbous portion with the axially extending annular surface; and
wherein the sleeve includes a second sharp annular biting portion radially engaging and radially deforming said thick-walled tube axially distal of the first sharp annular biting portion, and wherein the second sharp annular biting portion engages and bites into and through the exterior of the thick-walled tube without substantially narrowing the interior passageway of the thick-walled tube.

US Pat. No. 10,215,314

TUBULAR THREADED CONNECTION

VALLOUREC OIL AND GAS FRA...

1. A threaded tubular connection, comprising:a first tube, the first tube including a pin member extending from an end of a main body of the first tube to a terminal end of the first tube, the pin member including two radially offset sections of external threads, the two radially offset sections of external threads including a first thread section, a first non-threaded portion, a second non-threaded portion that is radially offset from the first non-threaded portion, and a second thread section, the first and second non-threaded portions being separate and distinct from the first and second thread sections, the first non-threaded portion being separated from the second non-threaded portion by a first abutment surface, the first thread section being located between the terminal end of the first tube and the first non-threaded portion and the second thread section being located between the second non-threaded portion and the end of the main body of the first tube; and
a second tube, the second tube including a box member extending from an end of a main body of the second tube to a terminal end of the second tube, the box member including two radially offset sections of internal threads, the two radially offset sections of internal threads including a third thread section, a third non-threaded portion, a fourth non-threaded portion that is radially offset from the third non-threaded portion, and a fourth thread section, the third and fourth non-threaded portions being separate and distinct from the third and fourth thread sections, the third non-threaded portion being separated from the fourth non-threaded portion by a second abutment surface, the third thread section being located between the terminal end of the second tube and the third non-threaded portion and the fourth thread section being located between the fourth non-threaded portion and the end of the main body of the second tube,
wherein the pin member includes a pin critical cross-section PCCS located at a thread engaged root of the second thread section that is closest to the end of the main body of the first tube, the box member includes a box critical cross-section BCCS located at a thread engaged root of the fourth thread section that is closest to the end of the main body of the second tube, the box member includes a box intermediate critical cross-section BICCS located at a thread engaged root of the third thread section that is closest to the second abutment of the second tube, and the pin member includes a pin intermediate critical cross-section PICCS located at a thread engaged root of the first thread section that is closest to the first abutment of the first tube,
wherein the pin includes a first central seal surface located entirely on the first non-threaded portion between the first thread section and the first abutment surface and the box includes a second central seal surface located entirely on the fourth non-threaded portion between the fourth thread section and the second abutment surface,
wherein, in a made-up state, the first central seal surface engages the second central seal surface in a radial direction so as to form a fluid tight seal that extends in an axial direction of the threaded tubular connection and is separate and distinct from the first and second abutment surfaces, and, in the made-up state, the threaded tubular connection includes first and second radial clearance portions that are axially located on opposite sides of the fluid tight seal to isolate the fluid tight seal from the first through fourth thread sections of the tubular connection, wherein the first and second radial clearance portions are radial clearances between facing surfaces of the first non-threaded portion and the fourth non-threaded portion and are separate and distinct from the first through fourth thread sections,
wherein the first and second tubes satisfy the following relationships:
PCCS is within approximately ±5% of BCCS, and
each of PCCS and BCCS is within approximately ±5% (BICCS+PICCS), and
wherein, in the made-up state, the fluid tight seal formed between the first and second central seal surfaces is the sole fluid tight seal of the threaded tubular connection.

US Pat. No. 10,215,313

FLEXIBLE CONDUIT ASSEMBLY FOR THE FLOW OF FLUIDS AND A PROCEDURE FOR SHAPING THE FLEXIBLE CONDUIT FOR THE FLOW OF FLUIDS

6. A method of shaping a flexible fluid flow conduit (11) in which a connecting device (20) that has a primary form (21) with a primary pocket insert (22) and a second pocket insert (24) is used, the method comprising:the primary form (21) of the connecting device (20) is placed in the primary pocket insert (22), which reproduces the course of the flexible conduit (11), the primary layer 13 of the connector (12);
the flexible conduit (11) is placed in the first layer (13) of the connector (12) in the primary pocket insert (22) of the primary form (21) of the connecting device;
the second layer (14) of the connector (12) is placed in the first layer (13) of the connector (12) and the flexible conduit (11) which are placed in the primary pocket insert (22) in the shape of the connecting device (20);
the connecting device (20) is closed off by a second shape (23) so that the second pocket insert (24) with the second shape (23) of the connecting device (20) fits in the second layer (14) placed in the flexible conduit (11);
the first layer (13) of the connector (12) is permanently attached to the second layer (14) of the connector (12).

US Pat. No. 10,215,312

HEMP-WINDING COMPOSITE PIPE

ZHEJIANG XINZHOU BAMBOO-B...

1. A composite pipe comprising: a lining layer, a reinforcement layer winding on the lining layer, and an external protective layer in that order from the inside to the outside in a radial direction; wherein the reinforcement layer is a hemp bast layer comprising continuously connected hemp basts.

US Pat. No. 10,215,311

FORM-IN-PLACE ANTI-CRUSH RING

ABC GROUP INC., Toronto,...

1. An anti-crush ring for insertion into hollow articles for localized reinforcement, the anti-crush ring comprising:a wall structure forming a generally annular shape; and
at least one expansion hoop incorporated into the wall structure, the at least one expansion hoop being configured as an open ring-like structure joined to the wall structure at a first transition and a second transition, the first and second transitions being separated by a gap,
wherein upon insertion of the anti-crush ring into the hollow article, the at least one expansion hoop is configured to be compressed and deformed to urge the anti-crush ring against an inner surface of the hollow article, and
wherein upon compression, a gap-filling portion of the at least one expansion hoop engages the inner surface of the hollow article, the gap-filling portion being locked in position at each end by a respective wedge formed proximal the first and second transitions.

US Pat. No. 10,215,310

STACKABLE ROUTING CLIP

IMAGE INDUSTRIES INC., H...

1. A stackable routing clip that is to be secured to machinery by a weld tool comprising:a body having a first side, a second side, a first end, and a second end, the body having an upper face and a lower face that each extend between the first side and the second side, the body including a weld projection formed in the body that extends from the lower face of the body formed inside of the first side and the second side, the weld projection defining an indentation disposed along the upper face; and
a first wing section and a second wing section each having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a routing port, the routing port comprising an inner surface that includes angled surfaces that assist with receiving an insertion of at least one cable tie, the first wing section extending from the first end of the body toward the upper face to form an obtuse angle at the top surface of the first wing section and the upper face at the first end of the body, and the second wing section extending from the second end of the body toward the upper face to form the obtuse angle at the top surface of the second wing section and the upper face at the second end of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,215,308

PIPE SECURING APPARATUS

HAP TECHNOLOGIES CO., El...

1. A Pipe securing device comprising:a first flat surface having a front having a length, a back, a first side, a second side, a top, and a bottom;
a perpendicularly extended ridge extending from the first or second side of the first flat surface wherein the perpendicularly extended ridge is at a right angle with respect to the first flat surface;
a first curved clamp located at the bottom of the first flat surface;
a second generally flat surface secured at a right angle to the opposing side of the perpendicularly extended ridge as the first flat surface;
wherein the first curved clamp of the first flat surface is capable of securing a pipe;
a first opening on the second generally flat surface wherein the first opening of the second generally flat surface receives a second clamp and wherein the second clamp secures a second pipe; and
wherein the second clamp is capable of rotating three hundred and sixty degrees and is capable of receiving and securing the second pipe at any angle with respect to the first pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,215,307

PIPE SECURING APPARATUS

HAP TECHNOLOGIES CO., El...

1. A pipe securing apparatus comprising:a generally rectangular brace having a front having a length, a back, a first side, a second side, a top, and a bottom wherein the back of the generally rectangular brace is secured to a wall;
a rectangular panel extending from the first or second side of the generally rectangular brace wherein the rectangular panel is at a right angle with respect to the generally rectangular brace;
an extended support unit secured at a right angle to the opposing side of the rectangular panel as the generally rectangular brace wherein the extended support unit has a length less than the length of the generally rectangular brace and wherein the extended support unit has a generally rectangular front portion and a generally curved bottom end;
wherein the front of the extended support unit is parallel to the front of the generally rectangular brace;
wherein the generally curved bottom end of the extended support unit is arraigned to partially secure a pipe;
a movable locking bar secured to the extended support unit wherein the movable locking bar moves from a first position to a second position and wherein the movable locking bar secures the pipe within the extended support unit in the second position and allows the pipe to be removed from the extended support unit in the first position; and
a sensor attached to the generally rectangular brace wherein the sensor detects leaks or pressure, temperature or humidity changes which occur around the pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,215,306

VALVE CAGE FOR RECEIVING A VALVE MEMBER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A CONTROL VALVE WITH A VALVE CAGE AND A VALVE MEMBER

SAMSON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT...

1. A sleeve shaped valve cage for receiving a valve member, the valve cage being adapted to guide the valve member relative to the valve cage in a displacement direction between a closed position in which the valve member prevents a stream of processing fluid through the control valve and an open position in which the valve cage together with the valve member releases an opening area for a stream of processing fluid and further adapted to provide different reducing characteristics based on the control position of the valve member, the valve cage comprising:a throttle section configured to provide pressure-reduced flow rates of the processing fluid, the throttle section having multiple throttle conduits extending from an inside of the valve cage to an outside of the valve cage, wherein the throttle conduits are exclusively comprised within the throttle section;
a high capacity flow section adjacent to the throttle section in the displacement direction, the high capacity flow section configured to provide increased flow rates of the processing fluid; and
at least one equalization channel formed in the valve cage and extending from the inside to the outside of the valve cage, the at least one equalization channel leading from the high capacity flow section to the throttle section such that, before the valve member releases all throttle conduits, the equalization channel is released, wherein the at least one equalization channel extends between at least two adjacent throttle conduits of the multiple throttle conduits as the at least one equalization channel leads from the high capacity flow section to the throttle section.

US Pat. No. 10,215,305

ENTERAL FEEDING PUMP CERTIFICATION

KPR U.S., LLC, Mansfield...

1. A method of performing a certification on an enteral feeding pump based on at least one operating parameter of the pump, the method comprising:communicating certification information between the pump and a certification application remote from the pump;
verifying that the at least one operating parameter is within a specified operating metric indicating that the at least one operating parameter is functioning properly, wherein verifying that the at least one operating parameter is within a specified operating metric is performed during delivery of the nutritional liquid to a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,215,304

THREE-WAY CONTROL VALVE

Regents of the University...

1. A valve comprising:a housing assembly defining:
a first bore,
a second bore defining a central axis,
an inlet fluidly open to the first bore,
first and second intermediate ports each fluidly open to the first and second bores,
first and second outlets each fluidly open to the second bore,
first and second outlet ports fluidly open to the second bore and fluidly connected to the first outlet,
a third outlet port fluidly open to the second bore and fluidly connected to the second outlet,
wherein the first intermediate port is offset from each of the first, second and third outlet ports in a direction of the central axis,
and further wherein the second intermediate port is offset from the each of the first, second and third outlet ports in the direction of the central axis;
a first spool body slidaby disposed within the first bore for selectively establishing:
an open fluid path between the inlet and the first intermediate port,
an open fluid path between the inlet and the second intermediate port;
a second spool body slidably disposed within the second bore for selectively establishing:
an open fluid path between the first intermediate port and the first outlet,
an open fluid path between the first intermediate port and the second outlet,
an open fluid path between the second intermediate port and the first outlet,
an open fluid path between the second intermediate port and the second outlet; and
an actuator mechanism linked to the first and second spool bodies;
wherein the actuator mechanism operates to repeatedly switch the valve between:
a first condition in which the inlet is fluidly connected to the first outlet,
a second condition in which the inlet is fluidly connected to the second outlet.