US Pat. No. 10,690,464

CARTRIDGE WITH COMBINED EFFECTS PROJECTILE

Vista Outdoor Operations ...

1. A handgun cartridge comprising a cartridge casing with a mouth and an interior, propellant in the interior of the cartridge casing, and a bullet secured in the mouth of the cartridge casing, the cartridge and bullet have a central axis, the bullet having an overall length and a maximum diameter, the ratio of the overall length to the maximum diameter is equal to or less than about 2:1, the bullet comprising:a jacket member comprising a rearward wall having a generally circular shape and a circumferential wall extending forwardly from the rearward wall, the circumferential wall having a forward margin;
a rearward core member disposed inside the jacket member, the rearward core member having a cylindrical exterior surface engaging an inside surface of the circumferential wall, a forward facing surface, and a rearward facing surface, the rearward facing surface of the rearward core member being seated against a forward facing surface of the rearward wall of the jacket member;
a forward core member disposed inside the jacket member forward of and non-unitary with the rearward core member, the forward core member having a rear face, wherein the forward facing surface of the rearward core member and the rear face of the forward core member meet at a juncture;
the forward core member comprising a plurality of core segments extending axially forwardly from the rear face of the forward core member, the plurality of segments arranged circularly around the central bullet axis and defining a bullet tip with an axially extending recess at said tip, adjacent pairs of the forward core segments having segment faces engaged with each other defining a separation juncture, wherein the core segments are configured to be separable from one another at said separation junctures and are separable from the rearward core member at the juncture between the forward facing surface of the rearward core member and the rear face of the forward core member and dispersible radially outwardly in an array when the bullet strikes a target.

US Pat. No. 10,690,463

EXTENDED RANGE BULLET

Vista Outdoor Operations ...

1. A cartridge with an expanding bullet comprising:a casing with a rearward primer, propellant, and the bullet, the bullet comprising:
a bullet body including a metal jacket extending from a tail portion to a nose portion and surrounding an interior solid core formed of a malleable material, the metal jacket tapered at the nose portion in a forward direction to an annular forward edge, the annular forward edge defining an opening in the metal jacket to an interior cavity extending from the opening in a rearward direction to a forward facing interior surface of the interior solid core;
a polymer tip mounted in the interior cavity and having an exterior surface substantially flush with an exterior surface of the metal jacket, the tip having a main portion forward of the opening and a tip retention portion configured as a stem at least partially filling the interior cavity, the main portion extending from a rearward portion to a forward tip portion and defining a continuous exterior surface therebetween, the tip retention portion having an aft face confronting the interior solid core, the tip retention portion having an axially extending central cavity extending through the tip retention portion and into the main portion for facilitating an at least partial separation of the main portion from the tip retention portion on impact that exposes the axially extending central cavity after impact, wherein the exposed axially extending central cavity provides a means for initiating a radial expansion of the bullet.

US Pat. No. 10,690,462

SECONDARY MALFUNCTION TRAINING ROUND

1. A secondary malfunction training round, comprising:a cartridge case having a front end opposed to a rear end, the rear end including a tail portion;
a bullet disposed within the front end;
a rim formed at the tail portion;
a primer disposed in the rim, wherein the rim tapers from a groove towards the primer.

US Pat. No. 10,690,461

ARCHERY BROADHEAD AIR FLOW INTERRUPTER

1. An archery broadhead air flow interrupter comprising,a broadhead, comprising,
a ferrule point,
a plurality of cutting blades,
an air flow interrupter, comprising,
a point,
a body portion formed as conical taper extending from the point to a base,
a skirt portion formed at an edge of the base,
a central opening formed in the base,
the central opening configured to fit over the ferrule point, and,
the body portion covering the ferrule point without covering the cutting blades of the broadhead.

US Pat. No. 10,690,460

ARROW DEVICE WITH DUAL DESTRUCTIVE FUNCTION

Yuefeng Tian, Tangshan (...

17. An arrow device, comprising:an arrow body comprising a hollow tube that includes an inertial body therein;
an arrowhead of a hollow structure including a plurality of holes communicating the hollow structure of the arrowhead with the outside, the hollow structure of the arrowhead being equipped with explosives or ammunition therein;
an isolation mechanism provided between the arrowhead and the hollow tube of the arrow body; and
a firing mechanism for firing the explosives or the ammunition provided on the isolation mechanism or a front end of the inertial body.

US Pat. No. 10,690,459

DETONATION-WAVE-SHAPING FUZE BOOSTER

The United States of Amer...

1. A fuze booster, comprising:a first explosive charge having a cavity extending there through, said first explosive charge includes an annular portion encircling a first axial portion of said cavity and a semi-annular portion partially encircling a second axial portion of said cavity, wherein said annular portion abuts said semi-annular portion;
an explosively-inert material abutting said semi-annular portion, abutting said annular portion, and partially encircling said second axial portion of said cavity; and
a second explosive charge abutting said explosively-inert material, abutting said semi-annular portion, and partially encircling said second axial portion of said cavity, wherein said second axial portion of said cavity is completely encircled by a combination of said semi-annular portion, said explosively-inert material, and said second explosive charge.

US Pat. No. 10,690,458

MACHINE FOR LAUNCHING AT LEAST ONE TARGET

LAPORTE HOLDING (SAS), B...

17. A method for launching at least one target comprising the use of a machine for launching targets according to claim 1 and in comprising:supplying the launch arm with at least one target, the step of supplying the launch arm comprising:
providing at least one target onto the launch plate from a magazine;
operating a first rotation of the launch arm from the supply position;
during the first rotation:
contacting the contact portion of the pin and the fourth portion of the contour of the target;
moving the target under the effect of the pin in a first direction in order to position the second portion of the contour of the target against the mobile stop;
sliding the target, under the combined effect of the thrust exerted by the contact portion and the mobile stop on the target, in a second direction in order to position the third portion of the contour of the target against the guide element;
stopping the first rotation in the armed position of the launch arm, the armed position of the launch arm being reached after the sliding of the target, the target being, in said armed position, in simultaneous contact with the contact portion, a inner surface of the guide element, a distal end of the mobile stop and the ejection portion;
operating a second rotation of the launch arm, configured to produce an ejection of the target.

US Pat. No. 10,690,457

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OVEREXPOSING IMAGES CAPTURED BY DRONES

AI Incorporated, Toronto...

1. A method for overexposing images captured by a drone comprising:providing a drone protection device within an environment, comprising:
a housing;
a camera disposed within the housing;
a movable high power light source;
a motor coupled to the high power light source; and
a processor for detecting flying drones in captured images of the environment;
capturing, with the camera, an image of the environment;
detecting, with the processor, a drone in the captured image;
activating, with the processor, a light beam of the high power light source when a drone is detected in the captured image; and
actuating, with the processor, the motor to direct a light beam of the high power light source towards the drone such that images captured by the drone are overexposed.

US Pat. No. 10,690,456

ENERGY BEAM INTERCEPTOR

1. An energy beam interceptor comprising:a missile;
an energy beam generator with a minimum power output of approximately 500 W, wherein the energy beam generator is mounted on the missile;
a high density power supply constructed and arranged to power the energy beam generator, wherein the high density power supply is mounted on the missile;
an energy beam targeting apparatus constructed and arranged to direct emissions from the energy beam generator, wherein the energy beam targeting apparatus is mounted on the missile; and
an energy beam targeting controller constructed and arranged to target emissions from the energy beam generator with the energy beam targeting apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,690,455

ELECTRODE FOR A CONDUCTED ELECTRICAL WEAPON

Axon Enterprise, Inc., S...

1. An electrode for a conducted electrical weapon (“CEW”), the electrode comprising:a front wall;
a body defining a cavity, wherein a forward portion of the body is coupled to the front wall; and
a filament winding disposed within the cavity, wherein the filament winding comprises a plurality of successive layers including an inner filament layer and an outer filament layer, and wherein in response to the electrode being deployed from the CEW the inner filament layer of the filament winding exits the body before the outer filament layer of the filament winding.

US Pat. No. 10,690,454

PORTABLE ACTIVE PROTECTION SYSTEM

1. An array of interception devices for protecting assets from incoming missiles, which interception devices are man-portable for positioning to protect a perimeter, the interception devices configured to track the locations of a plurality of assets as said assets move and to intercept an incoming missile threatening any one of said plurality of assets, the plurality of interception devices comprising a detection unit, a plurality of reaction units and a control unit, the detection unit configured to detect incoming threats, said plurality of reaction units configured to intercept said incoming threats, and said control unit configured to select a best located one of said reaction units to react to a given incoming threat.

US Pat. No. 10,690,453

SENSORIALLY ATTRACTIVE PUNCTURE-RESISTANT PANEL

1. A sensorially attractive ballistic panel that is configured to be folded to form a stuffed animal and unfolded to form a pillow, the panel comprising a ballistic layer sandwiched between at least two sensorially attractive layers, said at least two sensorially attractive layers forming a sleeve, the ballistic layer configured to be inserted into the sleeve and removably attached to at least one sensorially attractive layer, the sleeve (1) formed in a decorative shape and/or (2) adorned with a decorative feature.

US Pat. No. 10,690,452

BALLISTIC PROTECTION WITH MULTI-LAYERED STRUCTURE INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF RIGID ELEMENTS

F.LLI CITTERIO SPA, Monz...

1. A ballistic protection comprising:a plurality of separate rigid elements, cooperating and not joined with one another, each of the rigid elements comprising a plurality of layers of high molecular weight polymers;
wherein at least a part of the plurality of layers of high molecular weight polymers of at least one of the rigid elements comprises laminates of high molecular weight polyethylene tapes or strips in a form of unidirectional leaves;
wherein at least a part of the plurality of layers of high molecular weight polymers of at least one of the rigid elements comprises resin-impregnated fibrous laminates comprising high molecular weight polyethylene fibers;
wherein a weight per unit of surface area of a first rigid element with respect to a direction of an incident bullet is greater than the weight per unit of surface area of the rigid element or rigid elements that follow the first rigid element;
wherein a value of a specific bending modulus of the first rigid element with respect to the direction of the incident bullet is smaller than the specific bending modulus of the rigid element or rigid elements that follow the first rigid element; and
wherein each element of the plurality of rigid elements is individually pressed at a pressure between 1 Bar and 300 Bar and at a temperature in the range of 50° C. to 200° C.

US Pat. No. 10,690,451

TRANSPARENT PROJECTILE-PROOF PANES, DEVICES AND METHODS

1. A projectile-proof, visually transparent panel consisting of one single piece of glass or ceramic subpanel having edges and a front and a back surface and one single piece of plastic subpanel having edges and a front and a back surface, wherein the back surface of the glass or ceramic subpanel is positioned against the front surface of the plastic subpanel, wherein the subpanels are not bonded together, wherein the glass subpanel consists of low iron glass, borosilicate glass, water white glass, diamond glass, chemically strengthen glass, single crystal sapphire (?-Al2O3), polycrystalline Al2O3, zinc sulfide, hard coated zinc sulfide or spinel.

US Pat. No. 10,690,450

BOMB DISPOSAL SUIT WITH BACK PROTECTOR

Med-Eng, LLC, Jacksonvil...

1. A bomb disposal suit comprising:a jacket;
trousers; and
a back protector connected between the jacket and the trousers;
the back protector including a body of impact resistant material;
the body of impact resistant material having a plenum with an intake opening to receive forced air and with outlet openings to direct forced air out of the plenum; and
the back protector including a fan that forces air into the intake opening,
wherein the body of impact resistant material comprises a first layer and a second layer that are bonded to each other to form between them an array of resiliently compressible elements that define between them the plenum, and wherein the fan has an outlet that is connected in fluid communication with the plenum, and the outlet opening comprises a number of outlet openings in one of the first and second layers that is presented toward the wearer's back.

US Pat. No. 10,690,449

KINEMATIC RAIL MOUNT FOR MOUNTING A DEVICE ON A FIREARM RAIL

Steiner eOptics, Inc., W...

1. A rail mount for mounting a device on a rail, the mount comprising:a frame having a length along a first direction, a width along a second direction, and a height along a third direction;
a clamp operatively connected to the frame to be slidable with respect to the frame along the second direction to clamp the mount to the rail;
an adjustment cam operatively connected to the frame to be rotatable around a first axis extending along the third direction; and
a lever cam operatively connected to the adjustment cam to be rotatable around a second axis extending along the third direction,
wherein the lever cam is configured to translate a rotary force applied thereto into a linear force applied to the clamp along the second direction, and
wherein the adjustment cam is configured to shift the second axis closer to or further from the frame along the second direction when the adjustment cam is rotated around the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,690,448

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VARIABLE TIME PULSE SAMPLING

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A method of variable time sampling, by a unit cell, of optical pulses incident on one or more photo-detecting elements, the method comprising:the unit cell detecting whether an amplitude of an optical pulse signal, received from and corresponding to an optical pulse incident on one or more of the photo-detecting elements, exceeds a sampling threshold; and
while the optical pulse signal amplitude remains above the sampling threshold, iteratively sampling the optical pulse signal at a sampling rate that varies based on changes in the optical pulse signal amplitude.

US Pat. No. 10,690,447

SIGHT

Swarovski-Optik KG., (AT...

1. A rifle sight comprising:a tube and an optical reversing system inside said tube, the optical reversing system comprising an internal tube with lenses arranged therein for reproducing and erecting a first intermediate image into a second intermediate image;
a zoom adjustment means providing for a variable magnification being manually adjustable;
a reticule in the form of a crosshair;
a ballistics computer for computing data relevant in terms of ballistics;
a variable aiming point electronically adjustable by the ballistics computer;
a range finder to transmit a target range to the ballistics computer;
a display for the indication of a numerical value of the target range in the image plane of the reticule together with the reticule, the variable aiming point and an image of the remote object; and
a sensor for capturing the magnification adjusted by the zoom adjustment means,
wherein the adjustment of said variable aiming point effected by the ballistics computer depends on the target range and on the adjusted magnification,
wherein said optical reversing system is mechanically adjustable in its relative position inside said tube by a first adjusting element comprising a spindle,
wherein a second adjusting element is provided for entering data into the ballistics computer,
said second adjusting element being arranged coaxial with respect to an axis of rotation of the spindle,
wherein the second adjusting element is capable of being rotated and tilted.

US Pat. No. 10,690,446

INSTRUMENTED TRAINING MORTAR SYSTEM

Cubic Corporation, San D...

1. A weapon training system comprising:an indirect firing weapon including a barrel;
a round that is insertable into the barrel;
a charge containing a first magnet and a second magnet and configured to removably attach to the round;
an electronic device configured to determine that a simulated firing of the indirect firing weapon is to be performed based on an output signal; and
a magnetic sensor system that is insertable into or integrated with the round, the magnetic sensor system comprising:
a plurality of rigidly connected magnetic sensors; and
a microcontroller communicatively coupled to the plurality of magnetic sensors, wherein the microcontroller is configured to perform operations comprising:
receiving a proximity signal indicating a proximity of the first magnet or the second magnet to the plurality of magnetic sensors;
determining, based on the proximity signal, that the charge is removably attached to the round;
generating the output signal indicating that the charge is removably attached to the round; and
wirelessly transmitting the output signal to the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,690,445

MULTIPLE KNOB TURRET

Sheltered Wings, Inc., B...

1. A sighting device with a turret comprising: a movable optical element; a screw engaged with the movable optical element such that rotation of the screw causes movement of the movable optical element; an outer knob operably connected to the screw such that rotation of the outer knob causes rotation of the screw; and a top knob movable between a raised position and a lower position and engaged with the movable optical element such that rotation of the top knob causes rotation of the screw; wherein when the top knob is in the raised position, the top knob can rotate and when the top knob is in the lower position, the top knob cannot rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,690,444

ADJUSTABLE LEVER FOR MAGNIFICATION SELECTOR RING, RIFLESCOPE INCORPORATING SAME AND RELATED METHODS

1. A magnification ring for a riflescope, the magnification ring comprising:a collar attachable to a main tube of a riflescope, the main tube defining an optical axis;
a rotatable ring disposed at least partially about the collar, the rotatable ring being rotatable about the optical axis, the rotatable ring being selectively positionable relative to the collar at a plurality of positions and releasably fixable to the collar at one of the plurality of positions, the rotatable ring having a protrusion extending radially from an outer surface of the rotatable ring;
wherein the collar includes a plurality of set points circumferentially disposed about a radially exterior surface of the collar, and wherein a fastener is coupled with the rotatable ring, the fastener being selectively and releasable engageable with the collar at least one of the plurality of set points.

US Pat. No. 10,690,443

ROCKET MOTOR WITH COMBUSTION PRODUCT DEFLECTOR

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A rocket motor comprising:a fuel element;
a converge-diverge nozzle through which combustion products from the burning of the fuel element pass; and
a flow deflector along a centerline of an expansion region of the nozzle;
wherein the flow deflector deflects away from the centerline combustion products from the burning of the fuel;
wherein the flow deflector is attached to an inner wall of a diverge portion of the nozzle via struts, with the diverge portion defining the expansion region; and
wherein an upstream end of the flow deflector is in the diverge portion of the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,690,441

MODULAR BUTTSTOCK INTERFACE CAP

CENTRE FIREARMS CO., INC....

1. A modular buttstock interface cap for use with a weapon, the modular buttstock interface cap comprising:a sub-frame;
a body entirely surrounding the sub-frame; and
a rail attached to the body, wherein
a portion of the sub-frame is configured to fit over a portion of the weapon.

US Pat. No. 10,690,440

STOCK FOR A FIREARM

Savage Arms, Inc., Westf...

1. A rifle comprising:a barreled action comprising a receiver with a forward end, a rearward end, and a barrel attached to the forward end;
a stock positioned under the barreled action, the stock comprising a shoulder portion connecting to a handle portion connecting to a forestock portion;
an elongate support positioned in the stock below the barreled action, the elongate support comprising a base portion having an upwardly facing surface and three rails projecting upwardly from the base portion, the three rails comprising two side rails, each side rail having opposing and parallel side wall surfaces, each side rail having an upper end with a beveled end surface facing inwardly and engaging the receiver, the three rails further comprising a central rail having a lesser height than the two side rails and having an upwardly facing surface engaging the receiver, wherein the receiver is seated on the three rails;
wherein the central shorter rail and each of the two side rails define a pair of channels, a bottom of each channel being defined by the upward facing surface of the base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,690,439

EMBEDDED CORD SELF-DEFENSE SYSTEM WITH GARMENT ASSEMBLY

1. A self-defense garment assembly, comprising:a sleeved outer garment for covering at least an upper body of a wearer having a garment interior surface and having a neck opening and a garment front portion and a garment back portion interconnected at garment sides and at the top of said garment on either side of said neck opening defining a first garment shoulder portion and a second garment shoulder portion, a substantially full length first sleeve having a first sleeve connected end and a first sleeve free end and a substantially full length second sleeve having a second sleeve connected end and a second sleeve free end;
a cord retaining guide means extending substantially from said first sleeve free end longitudinally along and connected to a first sleeve, along the garment back portion along said first shoulder portion and said second shoulder portion and longitudinally along and connected to said second sleeve substantially to said second sleeve free end;
and a pull cord having a cord first end and a cord second end which is slidably retained within said cord retaining guide means and extends from at least said first sleeve free end and along said cord retaining guide means substantially to said second sleeve free end;
wherein said cord additionally comprises a first gripping loop formed at said cord first end;
such that said gripping loop is able to be gripped by a wearer and at least a segment of said cord is able to be pulled out of said garment and used to fight a combat opponent.

US Pat. No. 10,690,438

TOY GUN WITH SLIDE STOPPING MECHANISM

1. A toy gun comprising:a gun body (1);
a slide (2), disposed on the gun body (1), and reciprocating against the gun body (1);
a slide stopper (3), pivotedly connected to the gun body (1), and arranged correspondingly to the slide (2);
a return spring (4), elastically supporting between the gun body (1) and the slide stopper (3);
a retainer (5), pivotedly connected to the gun body (1), an end of the retainer (5) engaging with the slide stopper (3), and another end thereof connecting with a first magnetic member (51); and
a rotary bullet supplier (6), received in the gun body (1), rotating relative to the retainer (5), and connecting with a second magnetic member (61);
wherein when the first magnetic member (51) attracts or repels the second magnetic member (61), the slide stopper (3) is driven to separate from the retainer (5) to make the return spring (4) push the slide stopper (3) to return toward the slide (2) until the slide stopper (3) engages with the slide (2).

US Pat. No. 10,690,437

ACCESSORIZED BOW ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

18. A manufacturing method comprising:manufacturing an archery bow so that the archery bow is configured to be coupled to a projectile support device, wherein the project support device comprises:
a projectile holder configured to hold a portion of an archery projectile; and
first and second engagers that are spaced apart from each other,
wherein the manufacturing of the archery bow comprises configuring the archery bow to comprises a section, wherein the section comprises:
a limb support configured to support a limb; and
a first portion configured to face at least partially in a forward direction when the archery bow is aimed at a target;
wherein the section integrally defines a second portion configured to face at least partially in a rearward direction, wherein the second portion at least partially defines first and second slots that are spaced apart from each other,
wherein the archery bow is configured so that, when the projectile support device is coupled to the archery bow:
the first slot at least partially receives the first engager; and
the second slot at least partially receives the second engager.

US Pat. No. 10,690,436

CROSSBOW WITH INTEGRAL COCKING AND A MOVING LATCH ASSEMBLY

ARCHERY INNOVATORS, LLC, ...

10. A crossbow having an integral electric gearbox motor cocking device, comprising:an output shaft of said motor gearbox is coupled with a main drive gear, said main drive gear engages at least one carriage shaft drive gear, said at least one carriage shaft drive gear is fixed to at least one carriage shaft, an end of said at least one carriage shaft is rotatably retained in a crank housing; and
a switch is selectable to a first position or a second position, said motor gearbox powers said main drive gear in a first direction or a second direction, said first direction for moving a string latch housing to a front of the crossbow, said second direction moves said string latch housing and a string to a ready-to-fire position.

US Pat. No. 10,690,435

BULLPUP CROSSBOW

MCP IP, LLC, Sparta, WI ...

1. A crossbow comprising:a stock;
a bow portion attached to the stock, the bow portion comprising at least one limb and a string;
a latch configured to retain said string in a drawn condition;
a trigger arranged to release said latch;
a handgrip in proximity to the trigger;
a butt located rearward of the latch, the butt spaced apart from the handgrip; and
an extension member positioned above said stock, the extension member comprising a cheek rest and a picatinny rail, a height of the cheek rest above the stock being less than a height of the picatinny rail above the stock, the cheek rest shaped differently from the picatinny rail, the extension member and the stock defining a cavity, the latch positioned in the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,690,434

FIREARM SUPPORT AND RELATED METHOD OF USE

Leapers, Inc., Livonia, ...

1. A support pod configured to support a weapon in a firing position, the support pod comprising:a base configured to engage the weapon when the weapon is oriented to shoot a projectile from the weapon at a target;
a support extending downward from the base, the support including an exterior and an interior;
a guide element extending into the interior of the support;
a leg telescopingly joined with the support, the leg including a longitudinal axis and a guide portion, the guide portion defining a plurality of recesses;
wherein the plurality of recesses are transverse to the longitudinal axis of the leg and are downwardly inclined relative to the longitudinal axis,
wherein the guide element is movably disposed in at least one of the plurality of recesses such that the guide element is configured to move at least one of into and out from each recess,
wherein the leg is operable in a locked mode and an adjustment mode,
wherein in the locked mode, the guide element is in a first one of the plurality of recesses,
wherein in the adjustment mode, the guide element is removed from the plurality of recesses,
wherein in the adjustment mode, the leg is movable relative to the support such that an overall length of the support pod is adjustable,
whereby a user is able to adjust the overall length and thereby orient the weapon to fire the weapon at a target.

US Pat. No. 10,690,433

ENERGY CAPTURE AND CONTROL DEVICE

OSS Suppressors LLC, Mil...

1. An energy capture and control device, comprising:a) a central chamber oriented along a central axis within an outer shell, said central chamber having an inlet configured to receive a bullet from a firearm muzzle, and a central chamber outlet along the central axis; and
b) an off axis chamber oriented within the outer shell in fluid communication with the central chamber and a fluid outlet to allow fluid to escape from the off axis chamber separate from the central chamber, and wherein the fluid outlet is oriented at a forward end of the outer shell.

US Pat. No. 10,690,432

SOUND SUPPRESSING GUN BARREL

1. A sound suppressing gun barrel comprising:(a) a bullet channel having breachward and muzzleward ends;
(b) at least a first “U” shaped channel positioned radially outwardly from the bullet channel, said channel having a web portion having circumferential and oppositely circumferential ends, said channel further having first and second gas conveying arm portions respectively extending muzzlewardly from the circumferential and oppositely circumferential ends of the web portion; and
(c) an inlet port opening the at least first “U” shaped channel at a muzzleward end of the first gas conveying arm portion, the inlet port communicating with the bullet channel.

US Pat. No. 10,690,431

MONOLITHIC NOISE SUPPRESSION DEVICE WITH PURPOSELY INDUCED POROSITY FOR FIREARM

CENTRE FIREARMS CO., INC....

1. A noise suppression device for use with a firearm, the noise suppression device comprising:a body including an outermost external surface of the noise suppression device, an internal portion, a first end, and a second end; and
a core seamlessly connected to the internal portion of the body, wherein
the noise suppression device includes no joints, no seams, or any formerly separate pieces within the body or the core, and
a porosity of a first portion of the body that is adjacent to the first end is different from a porosity of a second portion of the body that is adjacent to the second end, wherein
the porosity is a fraction of a volume of pores per volume of mass in a material of the noise suppression device.

US Pat. No. 10,690,430

DYNAMIC VARIABLE FORCE TRIGGER MECHANISM FOR FIREARMS

1. An open loop magnetically variable trigger mechanism for a firearm, the trigger mechanism comprising:a housing;
a trigger member pivotably coupled to the housing about a first pivot axis, the trigger member defining a vertical central axis which passes through the first pivot axis;
the trigger member having a vertically elongated body comprising an upper working portion configured to engage a firing mechanism of the firearm, and a lower trigger portion configured for actuation by a user;
the trigger member movable via pulling the lower trigger portion between an upright unactuated position and an angled actuated position for discharging the firearm;
a permanent magnet arranged proximate to the upper working portion of the trigger member to generate a static magnetic field in the trigger member, the static magnetic field creating a primary resistance force opposing movement of the trigger member when pulled by the user;
the permanent magnet selectively movable in position relative to the housing and the upper working portion of the trigger member; and
an adjustable control air gap formed between the permanent magnet and the upper working portion of the trigger member, the control air gap openable and closeable via moving the permanent magnet away from or towards the upper working portion of the trigger member respectively;
wherein the static magnetic field is user changeable via varying position of the permanent magnet relative to the upper working portion to adjust a trigger pull force of the trigger mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,690,429

LONG GUN STOCK WITH SLIDING TRIGGER ENCLOSURE

1. A sliding trigger enclosure system for a long gun, said system comprising:a frame having a plurality of sides, a back end, and a front end that is configured to be secured to a receiver of a long gun, the receiver having a trigger assembly; and
a hollow shoulder stock that is slidingly engaged to the frame, said shoulder stock having a back end, a front end, and a pair of side surfaces that extend outward from the front end,
wherein the shoulder stock is configured to be selectively positioned at both a FIRE position where the trigger assembly on the receiver of the long gun is accessible, and a SAFE position where the pair of side surfaces are in a parallel orientation to the trigger assembly on the receiver of the long gun to prevent access to the trigger assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,690,428

FIREARM RECEIVER TIGHTENING SYSTEM

MOA Dynamics LLC, Cornwa...

1. A method of assembling a lower receiver and an upper receiver of a firearm, the method comprising the steps of:on one side of the lower receiver,
providing a threaded fastener having a proximal end and a distal end;
inserting the threaded fastener into a ratchet handle along a longitudinal axis at the proximal end of the threaded fastener;
mounting a ratchet gear into the ratchet handle at the opposite side of the threaded fastener, wherein the threaded fastener passes through an aperture of the ratchet handle and threads into the ratchet gear;
positioning a locking plate at the lower receiver, wherein the ratchet handle is attached to the locking plate through the ratchet gear for locking the ratchet handle in a locked position; and
on opposite side of the lower receiver,
inserting a pivot pin through an aperture of the locking plate from the opposite side of the lower receiver, wherein a threaded rod of the ratchet gear is threaded into a threaded cavity of the pivot pin.

US Pat. No. 10,690,427

ANTI-SPRING FATIGUE FIREARM MAGAZINE

1. An anti-spring fatigue firearm magazine comprises:a magazine body;
a lower magazine sleeve;
a follower;
a magazine spring;
a floorplate;
a fastening mechanism;
the magazine body comprises a top magazine end, a bottom magazine end, a first lateral magazine side and a second lateral magazine side;
the lower magazine sleeve comprises a top sleeve end, a bottom sleeve end, a first lateral sleeve side and a second lateral sleeve side;
the magazine body longitudinally extending between the top magazine end and the bottom magazine end;
the magazine body laterally extending between the first lateral magazine side and the second lateral magazine side;
the lower magazine sleeve longitudinally extending between the top sleeve end and the bottom sleeve end;
the lower magazine sleeve laterally extending between the first lateral sleeve side and the second lateral sleeve side;
the magazine spring comprises a top spring end and a bottom spring end;
the floorplate being removably positioned adjacent to the bottom magazine sleeve end;
the lower magazine sleeve being slidably positioned over the bottom magazine end of the magazine body,
wherein the bottom magazine end of the magazine body traverses into the lower magazine sleeve, and
wherein the lower magazine sleeve is selectably positionable relative to the magazine body between a compressed configuration and an extended configuration;
the magazine spring being positioned within the magazine body and the lower magazine sleeve;
the bottom spring end being positioned adjacent to the floorplate;
the follower being positioned adjacent to the top spring end opposite the bottom spring end along the magazine spring;
the lower magazine sleeve being removably engaged into the compressed position through the fastening mechanism;
the magazine body comprises an internal rib;
the internal rib internally traversing along the magazine body between the top magazine end and the bottom magazine end;
the magazine spring further comprises a plurality of lateral indents; and
the plurality of lateral indents of the magazine spring being aligned with the internal rib of the magazine body, wherein the internal rib is configured to align the magazine spring within the magazine body.

US Pat. No. 10,690,426

MAGAZINE RELEASE BUTTON ASSEMBLY

Battlearms IP, LLC, Hend...

1. A magazine release button assembly for a firearm, comprising:a button member, wherein said button member includes a projection extending from an end of said button member, wherein said projection comprises a dovetail projection, wherein a secondary aperture is formed at least partially through said button member, and wherein said secondary aperture comprises a spring biased ball; and
a finger pad member, wherein said finger pad member includes a recess, wherein said recess comprises a dovetail recess, wherein said dovetail recess is mateable with said dovetail projection of said button member, wherein said finger pad member includes a ball detent cavity, wherein said finger pad member is secured to said end of said button member via interaction of said dovetail projection and said dovetail recess, wherein said finger pad member is further secured to said end of said button member via at least partial interaction of said spring biased ball and said ball detent cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,690,425

FIREARM WITH LOCKED BREECH ROTATING BOLT PISTOL

1. A firearm comprising:an upper receiver including an internal wall defining a bore and an ejection port communicating with the bore;
a bolt carrier assembly including a bolt carrier and a bolt, the bolt carrier assembly being movable within the bore of the upper receiver between rearward-most and forward-most positions, the bolt being supported on the bolt carrier for axial and rotatable movement in relation to the bolt carrier, the bolt defining a longitudinal slot and an ejector pocket positioned transversely of the longitudinal slot and communicating with the longitudinal slot, the bolt having a forward end including one or more first locking lugs;
one or more second locking lugs supported on the upper receiver adjacent a forward end of the receiver, wherein the bolt is rotatable in relation to the bolt carrier from an unlocked position to a locked position in which the one or more first locking lugs are interlocked with the one or more second locking lugs; and
an ejector fixedly supported within the bore of the upper receiver, the ejector having an angled forward face that is positioned to eject spent casings towards the ejection port of the upper receiver, the ejector being received within the ejector pocket of the bolt when the bolt is in the locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,690,424

HYPERVELOCITY CANNON

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.,...

1. A modified projectile comprising:a projectile disposed about an axis; and
a container and a liquid propellant in the container, the container being detachably attached to the projectile by a mechanical connector such that the container is detachable from, and reattachable to, the projectile without destruction of the container and projectile, the mechanical connector including a connector portion having circumferentially-spaced lugs that project radially inwardly and a mating connector portion having circumferentially-spaced flanges that project radially outwardly, the circumferentially-spaced flanges fitting through circumferential spaces between the circumferentially-spaced lugs to a position beyond the circumferentially-spaced lugs and then being rotatable to interlock and secure the projectile and container together.

US Pat. No. 10,690,423

METHOD FOR A HEAT TRANSFER SYSTEM AND HEAT TRANSFER SYSTEM

1. A control method comprising:providing a heat transfer system comprising a supply conduit, at least one load circuit and a heat transfer device arranged in a flow direction between the supply conduit and the at least one load circuit;
setting a desired supply flow in the supply conduit on the basis of:
a desired entry-side load temperature;
an actual entry-side load temperature which is detected in the load circuit; and
a load flow in the load circuit, wherein one of heat is transferred from the supply conduit to the load circuit and the load circuit is cooled via the supply conduit, the load circuit comprising at least one of a cooling circuit and a heating circuit for at least one of cooling and heating one of an object and a building, the at least one of the cooling circuit and the heating circuit defining one of a closed circuit and a closed conduit for fluid flow in the one of the closed circuit and the closed conduit, wherein one of a valve opening degree and a speed of a pump is determined in a next step based on the desired supply flow.

US Pat. No. 10,690,422

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. Avionics control assembly, comprising:an engine control device having an avionics housing defining an exterior and an interior, with at least one connector extending from the exterior of the avionics housing and at least one sensor located within the interior; and
a heat exchanger having a heat exchanger housing defining a fluid pathway including at least one fluid passageway leading from an inlet port of the heat exchanger to an outlet port of the heat exchanger, the heat exchanger housing have a first side and a second side, opposite the first side where the heat exchanger housing includes at least one aperture extending through the heat exchanger housing from the first side to the second side and where the aperture is fluidly separate from the fluid pathway, where the heat exchanger is operably coupled to the exterior of the avionics housing with the at least one connector located within the aperture and heat from liquid flowing through the fluid pathway is transferred via at least one of conduction or convection to the avionics housing.

US Pat. No. 10,690,421

HEAT EXCHANGER AND METHOD OF COOLING A FLOW OF HEATED AIR

MODINE MANUFACTURING COMP...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a plurality of stacked plate pairs having air flow passages arranged between adjacent ones of the plurality of stacked plate pairs, the air flow passages extending between a set of first longitudinal edges of the plurality of stacked plate pairs and an opposing set of second longitudinal edges of the plurality of stacked plate pairs to define an air flow direction through the heat exchanger perpendicular to the first and second longitudinal edges;
an inlet and outlet region for cooling fluid, each of the plurality of stacked plate pairs having an inlet for cooling fluid and an outlet for cooling fluid arranged within the inlet and outlet region and aligned with the air flow direction;
a plurality of corrugated internal fins, each being located within one of the plurality of stacked plate pairs;
a first plurality of flow barriers and a second plurality of flow barriers, each of the first plurality of flow barriers and each of the second plurality of flow barriers being constructed by beads of each of the plurality of stacked plate pairs, the first plurality of flow barriers being arranged between the inlet and outlet region for cooling fluid and the plurality of corrugated internal fins; and
a plurality of cooling fluid flow paths, each of the plurality of cooling fluid flow paths extending through one of the plurality of stacked plate pairs between the inlet for cooling fluid and the outlet for cooling fluid and each including a first portion extending between one of the plurality of corrugated internal fins and one of the set of first longitudinal edges, a second portion extending between the one of the plurality of corrugated internal fins and one of the set of second longitudinal edges, and a third portion extending through the one of the plurality of corrugated internal fins to provide fluid communication between the first portion and the second portion, wherein a cooling fluid flow direction along the third portion is at least partially defined as being counter to the air flow direction,
wherein each one of the plurality of cooling fluid flow paths further includes a fourth portion arranged between the one of the plurality of corrugated internal fins and one of a plurality of lateral edges of the plurality of stacked plate pairs the one of the plurality of lateral edges being perpendicular to at least the one of the set of first longitudinal edges and the one of the set of second longitudinal edges, the fourth portion extending between the first portion and the second portion, such that cooling fluid flows from the first portion through either the third portion or the fourth portion to the second portion, and such that at a least a portion of the second portion is at a lower temperature than a portion of the third portion, and
wherein the second plurality of flow barriers at least partially bounds the fourth portions of the plurality of cooling fluid flow paths.

US Pat. No. 10,690,419

HEAT EXCHANGER

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A heat exchanger, comprising:a peripheral wall having a polygonal tube shape; and
partition walls that divide an inside of the peripheral wall into first cells and second cells, the first cells and the second cells extending in an axial direction of the peripheral wall, wherein
ends of each of the first cells in the axial direction are sealed and adjacent ones of the first cells are in communication with one another so that the first cells constitute a first passage having a U-shaped cross section perpendicular to the axial direction, the first passage comprising an inflow port and an outflow port that are open in the same surface of the peripheral wall,
each of the second cells constitutes a corresponding second passage, the second passages each comprising an inflow port and an outflow port provided respectively at ends of each of the second cells in the axial direction, and
heat is exchanged between a first fluid flowing through the first passage and a second fluid flowing through the second passages.

US Pat. No. 10,690,418

HEAT EXCHANGER FOR AT LEAST PARTIAL ARRANGEMENT IN A SERVICE LIQUID TANK AND HEAT-EXCHANGER BODY FOR SUCH A HEAT EXCHANGER

1. Heat exchanger for arrangement inside a service-liquid tank for a motor-vehicle service-liquid tank, comprising:a heat-exchanger liquid reservoir for receiving a supply of liquid;
an electric heating device, which is constructed and arranged in order to transfer heat into the heat-exchanger liquid reservoir; and
a heat-exchanger line, which at least originates from the heat-exchanger liquid reservoir and which is constructed for the transfer of heat from the liquid flowing in the heat-exchanger line to a region outside the heat-exchanger line,
wherein the heat-exchanger line, as a circulation line, empties into the heat-exchanger liquid reservoir;
wherein the heat exchanger comprises at least two components which, when joined together, form between themselves at least one section of the heat-exchanger line;
wherein the heat exchanger has a filter carrier, designed as an integral part of the heat exchanger, wherein in or on the filter carrier a filter material is arranged, or can be arranged, outside the heat-exchanger line;
wherein the filter carrier has a wall which encloses a volume; and
wherein a section of the heat-exchanger line is formed and extends in the enclosing wall of the filter carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,690,417

OVEN TEMPERATURE MONITORING SYSTEM

Advanced Temperature Moni...

1. A system of monitoring the temperature of a curing oven to ensure the proper temperature and duration are present to adequately cure a coated item therein, the system comprising:a box with a body and a top, each substantially formed from polytetrafluoroethylene, the box carrying an electronic control device in communication with an antennae, the electronic control device communicatively attached to at least one receptacle sized and shaped to receive at least one thermocouple therein, the antennae configured to transmit signals communicated from the at least one thermocouple outside of the box when the top is engaged with the body, positioning the electronic control device and the antennae completely within the box,
wherein the electronic control device receives thermal information about the coated item, and
wherein the antennae transmits the thermal information to a computing device located outside of the curing oven.

US Pat. No. 10,690,416

HEAT TREATMENT DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A heat treatment device comprising:a heat treatment chamber which accommodates an object to be treated;
a cooling gas supply unit which supplies a cooling gas into the heat treatment chamber;
a cooling gas circulation unit which includes an impeller which is provided in the heat treatment chamber, a rotary shaft which passes through a wall portion of the heat treatment chamber and is connected to the impeller, and a motor which is provided outside the heat treatment chamber and is configured to rotate the rotary shaft, and circulates the cooling gas in the heat treatment chamber, the motor having a housing which accommodates a rotor and a stator of the motor, and a gas introduction part and a gas exhaust part which are provided at the housing of the motor; and
a gas purge unit which supplies an inert gas to the gas introduction part and gas-purges, with the inert gas, at least an inside of the housing of the motor,
wherein the cooling gas supply unit supplies a hydrogen gas into the heat treatment chamber as the cooling gas.

US Pat. No. 10,690,415

SPLIT ROOF FOR A METALLURGICAL FURNACE

Systems Spray-Cooled, Inc...

1. A split spray-cooled roof for a metallurgical furnace, the split spray-cooled roof comprising:a first hollow metal roof section;
a second hollow metal roof section mating with the first hollow metal roof section to bound at least a portion of a central opening of the roof; and
wherein the first and second hollow roof sections are attached together along a prescription split line passing through the central opening, the prescription split line comprising:
a first split line; and
a second split line, wherein the first split line is not aligned with the second split line, and wherein the first and second split line are not radially aligned with a center.

US Pat. No. 10,690,414

MULTI-PLANE HEATER FOR SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE SUPPORT

LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION,...

1. A multi-plane heater of a semiconductor substrate support for supporting a semiconductor substrate in a plasma processing chamber, the multi-plane heater comprising:a first resistance heating element;
a second resistance heating element; and
a body of dielectric material containing the first resistance heating element and the second resistance heating element,
wherein
the first resistance heating element is vertically offset from and electrically connected in series with the second resistance heating element such that the first resistance heating element and the second resistance heating element form an individually addressable thermal control element and such that the first resistance heat element and the second resistance heat element are capable of being powered as a unitary structure without powering another resistance heat element of the multi-plane heater.

US Pat. No. 10,690,413

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR DRYING ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Revive Electronics, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus for drying hearing aid devices, the apparatus comprising:a low-pressure chamber comprising an interior configured for placement of a hearing aid device in the interior and removal of the hearing aid device from the interior, wherein an interior surface of the low-pressure chamber is coated with metalized coating, and wherein ultraviolet (UV) light reflected off of the interior surface of the low-pressure chamber illuminates the hearing aid device at least one of before, during, or after a drying operation for the hearing aid device;
an evacuation pump connected to the low-pressure chamber;
a heater connected to the low-pressure chamber, wherein the heater, comprising a conductive surface in physical contact with the hearing aid device, conductively heats the hearing aid device;
a component for maintaining the hearing aid device in physical contact with the conductive surface during the drying operation for the hearing aid device, wherein the component pushes the hearing aid device against the conductive surface when the apparatus is in a closed position; and
at least one control system connected to the evacuation pump and to the heater, the at least one control system controlling removal of moisture from the hearing aid device by controlling the evacuation pump to decrease pressure within the low-pressure chamber, and controlling operation of the heater to conductively heat the hearing aid device.

US Pat. No. 10,690,412

FLUIDIZED BED SYSTEM

Nous, LLC, Florence, AL ...

1. A fluidized bed system comprising:an enclosure having an inner chamber;
a fluidized bed positioned in the inner chamber and configured to process particles and remove particulate;
a dust collection system positioned in the inner chamber above the fluidized bed in a fluidizing chamber, the dust collection system comprising a dust collector positioned above a dust hopper, the dust hopper positioned at a disengaging height and configured to receive particulate separated from the particles and transported to the dust collector via a particulate clearance space between the dust hopper and a wall of the fluidizing chamber; and
a fan included in a plenum, the plenum included in the inner chamber and comprising a suction duct, and a pressure duct configured to provide a laminar flow of air to the fluidized bed.

US Pat. No. 10,690,411

PAINT DRYING OVEN

TRINITY INDUSTRIAL CORPOR...

1. A paint drying oven comprising:a drying chamber into which a painted workpiece is to be supplied;
a circulation channel connected to the drying chamber to circularly supply air heated by a burner;
a flame holding cylinder that is provided in the circulation channel and surrounds a flame of the burner;
a casing that is provided in the circulation channel, surrounds the flame holding cylinder from outside, and projects further than the flame holding cylinder toward a front end side, opposite to a burner side, of the flame holding cylinder;
a first temperature air inlet port provided on the casing to introduce first temperature air from outside into the casing;
an exhaust port provided on a front end part of the casing to exhaust second temperature air heated by the burner and the first temperature air to the circulation channel, the second temperature air having a higher temperature than the first temperature air; and
a mixing mechanism that is provided in the casing and mixes the second temperature air and the first temperature air before the second temperature air and the first temperature air are exhausted from the exhaust port, the mixing mechanism including a space in a vertical cylinder part extending vertically downward with respect to a horizontal cylinder part, wherein
the flame holding cylinder extends along a horizontal direction,
the casing includes:
the horizontal cylinder part extending in an axial direction of the flame holding cylinder; and
the vertical cylinder part extending in a vertical direction, a front end part of the horizontal cylinder part and an upper end part of the vertical cylinder part being connected to each other,
the horizontal cylinder part receives the flame holding cylinder inside the horizontal cylinder part and includes the first temperature air inlet port,
the vertical cylinder part includes the exhaust port at a part projecting lower than the horizontal cylinder part and causes the second temperature air and the first temperature air flowing from the horizontal cylinder part to flow downward, and
the mixing mechanism is configured with the vertical cylinder part.

US Pat. No. 10,690,410

FREEZE-DRYING SYSTEM AND FREEZE-DRYING METHOD

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

1. A freeze-drying system in which freeze-drying is performed by sublimating moisture frozen by cooling an object, and collecting the sublimated moisture with a cold trap, the freeze-drying system comprising:a cooling device including an air cycle which generates cold and in which air is used as a first refrigerant;
a first heat exchange unit for cooling a second refrigerant by heat exchange between the first refrigerant and the second refrigerant;
a second heat exchange unit for cooling a third refrigerant by heat exchange between the second refrigerant and the third refrigerant;
a freeze-drying chamber accommodating a heat exchange unit which causes heat exchange between the third refrigerant and the object;
an air supply line for extracting a portion of the air from the air cycle and supplying the freeze-drying chamber with the portion of the air; and
a controller which controls a cooling capacity of the cooling device, wherein
the controller adjusts a temperature in the freeze-drying chamber to a predetermined target temperature by controlling an amount of the cold generated in the cooling device.

US Pat. No. 10,690,409

METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY DRYING BULK GOODS, IN PARTICULAR WOOD FIBERS AND/OR WOOD CHIPS

Douglas Technical Limited...

1. Method for continuously drying bulk goods in a dryer, which is supplied with bulk goods and through which a vapor gas mixture passes in a drying circuit, the method comprising:indirectly heating the vapor gas mixture via at least one heat exchanger by a burner exhaust gas, wherein the drying vapors are guided and heated up in the at least one heat exchanger;
branching off upstream, downstream and/or within the at least one heat exchanger at least a partial flow of the drying vapors to be conducted into the burner wherein the partial flow to the burner is driven by at least one regulable partial vapor fan, which is regulated via the pollution level of the burner exhaust gases and which regulable partial vapor fan increases the flow volume and flow rate of the partial flow of the drying vapors to the burner, if the moisture content in the drying vapors rises; and
supplying cooling air in the burner via an inner nozzle ring and an outer nozzle ring provided in the ceiling of the combustion chamber;
wherein the inner nozzle ring and the outer nozzle ring are controlled separately from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,690,408

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR VARIABLY OBTAINING ARGON BY MEANS OF LOW-TEMPERATURE SEPARATION

LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

19. A method of variably obtaining argon by cryogenic fractionation, comprising:compressing feed air in a main compressor to form compressed feed air,
cooling all of the compressed feed air in a main heat exchanger to form cooled and compressed feed air,
introducing all of the cooled and compressed feed air into a dual distillation column system consisting of a high-pressure column and a low-pressure column,
introducing an argon-enriched stream from the low-pressure column into a crude argon column, said crude argon column having a top condenser,
withdrawing a crude argon fraction in gaseous form from the top of the crude argon column or from the top condenser thereof,
introducing the crude argon fraction in gaseous form into a pure argon column, said pure argon column having a top condenser,
withdrawing a liquid pure argon product stream from the bottom of the pure argon column,
wherein
in a first mode of operation, a first volume of pure argon product is removed as end product, and
in a second mode of operation, a second volume of pure argon product is removed as a volume of end product smaller than the first volume of pure argon product, and
in the second mode of operation
a gaseous argon return stream is withdrawn at one or more of the following points:
the crude argon column,
the top condenser of the crude argon column,
the pure argon column,
the top condenser of the pure argon column,
wherein the argon content of the gaseous argon return stream is at least twice as high as that of the argon-enriched stream from the low-pressure column,
the gaseous argon return stream is warmed in the main heat exchanger and
at least a portion of the gaseous argon return stream is warmed without mixing with another stream in a separate passage of the main heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,690,407

NATURAL GAS LIQUID FRACTIONATION PLANT WASTE HEAT CONVERSION TO SIMULTANEOUS POWER AND POTABLE WATER USING ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE AND MODIFIED MULTI-EFFECT-DISTILLATION SYSTEMS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system, comprising:a first heating fluid circuit thermally coupled to a first plurality of heat sources of a natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation plant, the first plurality of heat sources comprising:
a first portion of sub-units of the NGL fractionation plant that comprises an ethane system;
a second plurality of sub-units of the NGL fractionation plant that comprises a propane system;
a third portion of sub-units of the NGL fractionation plant that comprises a butane system;
a fourth portion of sub-units of the NGL fractionation plant that comprises a pentane system;
a fifth portion of sub-units of the NGL fractionation plant that comprises a natural gasoline system; and
a sixth portion of sub-units of the NGL fractionation plant that comprises a solvent regeneration system;
a second heating fluid circuit thermally coupled to at least one second heat source of the NGL fractionation plant;
a power generation system that comprises an organic Rankine cycle (ORC), the ORC comprising (i) a working fluid that is thermally coupled to the first heating fluid circuit in an evaporator of the ORC to heat the working fluid, and (ii) a first expander configured to generate electrical power from the heated working fluid;
a multi-effect-distillation (MED) system that comprises one or more trains thermally coupled to the second heating fluid circuit and configured to produce potable water using at least a portion of heat from the second heating fluid circuit; and
a flow control system that comprises a first set of control valves to selectively thermally couple a heating fluid of the first heating fluid circuit to at least a portion of the first plurality of heat sources of the NGL fractionation plant, the flow control system further comprising a second set of control valves to selectively thermally couple a heating fluid of the second heating fluid circuit to the at least one second heat source of the NGL fractionation plant.

US Pat. No. 10,690,406

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR LOW-TEMPERATURE COOLING/LIQUEFACTION

1. A method for low-temperature cooling/liquefaction of a working fluid using a refrigerator/liquefier comprising a working circuit provided with a compression station and with a cold box, comprising the step of using the refrigerator/liquefier, subjecting the working gas in the working circuit to a cycle comprising in series:a compression of the working fluid in the compression station, the compression station comprising one or several compression stages each using one or several compressors mounted on bearings, the working gas arriving at an inlet of the compression station at ambient temperature;
a cooling and an expansion of the working fluid in the cold box; a reheating of the working fluid so that the working fluid can be returned to the compression station, wherein the refrigerator/liquefier comprises a barrier gas injection device adapted to inject a barrier gas, that is distinct from the working fluid, into at least one bearing of the one or several compression stages to form a gaseous barrier guiding leaks of the working fluid originating from the working circuit towards a zone for recycling and returning the leaks to the working circuit; and returning at least part of the leaks to the working circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,690,405

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FREEZING A LIQUID

Messer Industries USA, In...

1. A method for freezing a liquid in a freezer storage hag comprising the steps of:feeding a liquid coolant to a heat exchanger thereby forming a gaseous coolant;
feeding the gaseous coolant to a manifold;
feeding the gaseous coolant from the manifold to at least one cooling duct present in the freezer storage bag;
circulating the gaseous coolant through the at least one cooling duct thereby imparting freezing to the liquid in the freezer storage bag; and
recovering the gaseous coolant from the at least one cooling duct;
wherein the at least one cooling duct is kept in a determined position when the storage bag is full by at least one spacer or strap.

US Pat. No. 10,690,404

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a main body having a storeroom;
a door pivotally connected to the main body; and
a display device installed on the door,
wherein the display device comprises:
a display to display images,
a display case with a display mounter for the display to be mounted therein and a fixing member fastener formed on a top of the display case,
a display device case fixedly connected to the door and including a fixing member combiner corresponding to the fixing member fastener, and
a fixing member fixedly connected to the fixing member combiner by passing through the fixing member fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,690,403

ENCLOSURE ILLUMINATION

Electrolux Home Products,...

1. An assembly comprising:an enclosure including an enclosure interior configured to retain articles therein;
an electrically conductive means by which the enclosure can be electrically connected to a source of electrical power for providing electrical energy to the enclosure for application to an operation that relies on electric energy for its performance and takes place at the enclosure interior;
a light source, the position of which is adjustable so as to illuminate any selected one of a plurality of locations within the enclosure interior; and
an electrically conductive line electrically configured to be connected at the enclosure to the source of electrical power and connected to the light source for providing electrical energy to the light source, wherein:
the enclosure interior is delimited by one or more enclosure interior surfaces,
the light source is removably located at one of the one or more enclosure interior surfaces at a base station for the light source, the light source including an attachment feature whereby the light source is both removably attachable at the one of the one or more enclosure interior surfaces at the base station and removably attachable at the one or more enclosure interior surfaces away from the base station at positions enabling the light source to illuminate any selected one of the plurality of locations within the enclosure interior, and
the electrically conductive line is of a length sufficient to permit the light source to be removably attachable at the one or more enclosure interior surfaces away from the base station at positions enabling the light source to illuminate any selected one of the plurality of locations within the enclosure interior.

US Pat. No. 10,690,402

SHELF ASSEMBLY

Electrolux Home Products,...

1. A shelf assembly comprising:a stationary hinge body;
a rotating hinge body rotatably coupled to the stationary hinge body; and
a shelf fixed to the rotating hinge body that is rotatable with the rotating hinge body relative to the stationary hinge body about a rotational axis, the shelf being rotatable between a first position and a second position,
wherein the shelf comprises a glass panel having an upper surface and a lower surface, the upper surface comprising a plurality of edge portions, and
wherein at least one of the plurality of edge portions of the upper surface is exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,690,401

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet having a storage space;
doors mounted on the cabinet and configured to open and close the storage space;
a plurality of drawers vertically arranged in the storage space;
a lifting drawer disposed under the plurality of drawers;
rail assemblies that are disposed at both sides of the lifting drawer and that allow the lifting drawer to slide into and out of the storage space; and
lifting assemblies that are rotatably coupled to the rail assemblies and the lifting drawer and that are configured to rotate the lifting drawer upward and downward based on the rail assemblies being drawn out from the storage space,
wherein each of the lifting assemblies includes:
a mounting plate fixed to one of the rail assemblies,
a supporting member coupled to one of a left side and a right side of the lifting drawer,
a first link that is located at a front portion of the lifting drawer, the first link having a first end rotatably connected to the mounting plate and a second end rotatably connected to the supporting member,
a second link that is located at a rear portion of the lifting drawer, that extends in parallel to the first link, and that is disposed rearward of the first link, the second link having a first end rotatably connected to the mounting plate and a second end rotatably connected to the supporting member, and
an elastic member that is configured to be stretched and provide elastic force to the second link based on rotation of the second link, the elastic member having a first end connected to the supporting member and a second end connected to the second link,
wherein the first link and the second link have a same length and extend between the mounting plate and the supporting member,
wherein the first link and the second link are configured to rotate in a first direction to raise the lifting drawer relative to a bottom surface of the cabinet, and
wherein the first link is configured to, based on the lifting drawer being raised to a highest position, rotate in a second direction opposite to the first direction to tilt the lifting drawer with respect to the bottom surface of the cabinet, extension lines of the first link and the second link intersecting each other based on the lifting drawer being tilted with respect to the bottom surface of the cabinet.

US Pat. No. 10,690,400

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE COMPRISING SHELF ARRANGEMENT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A household appliance comprising:a shelf comprising a frame physically associated with walls of an internal box by shelf rails;
the frame comprising side, front and rear portions;
at least one accessory physically associated with the shelf;
accessory rails proximate the shelf, the accessory rails defining at least one track for displacement of the at least one accessory;
wherein the frame comprises a plurality of receiving structures;
wherein the accessory rails include fitting projections which cooperate directly with the plurality of receiving structures of the frame so the accessory rails are removably fitted with the receiving structures, the receiving structures defining an opening contour and including at least one latching hole that receives a quick-fitting latch;
at least two side accessory rails that engage the receiving structures arranged adjacent to the side portions of the frame;
wherein each of the receiving structures includes at least one bulkhead extending transversely from the opening contour, the at least one bulkhead being able to seat a main accessory rail wall of the at least two side accessory rails, respectively;
at least one central accessory rail that engages with at least one central receiving structure arranged adjacent the front and rear portions of the frame, wherein each of the at least two side accessory rails and the at least one central accessory rail are comprised of, respectively, at least one upper flange and at least one lower flange joined together by the main accessory rail wall, wherein the at least one track is arranged in a space adjacent to the at least one upper flange, the at least one lower flange, and the main accessory rail wall; and
wherein the at least two side accessory rails comprise respective main portions of fitting projections extending transversely from the main accessory rail walls and the at least one central accessory rail comprises respective main portions of engaging projections extending longitudinally from the front and rear ends of the at least one upper flange.

US Pat. No. 10,690,399

REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

14. A refrigerator, comprising:a cabinet to define a storage space;
a door to open and close the storage space;
a dispenser provided in the door to dispense hot water;
a hot water tank through which water flows to heat water introduced into the door;
a heater provided in the door to heat the hot water tank;
a water inflow passage through which water is supplied to the hot water tank;
a water discharge passage to guide hot water discharged from the hot water tank to the dispenser;
a first flow rate sensor provided in the water inflow passage to measure a flow rate of water flowing through the water inflow passage;
a water inflow valve provided in the water inflow passage to adjust a flow of water in the water inflow passage;
a water discharge valve provided in the water discharge passage;
an input provided to input a temperature of the hot water to be dispensed and a hot water dispensing command; and
a controller to control the water inflow valve and the water discharge valve, wherein the controller turns off the water inflow valve and the water discharge valve in a hot water dispensing standby state and turns on the water inflow valve and the water discharge valve in a hot water dispensing process, and wherein the controller determines whether preheating is necessary when a hot water dispensing command is input through the input and operates the heater to preheat the water within the hot water tank in a state in which the water inflow valve and the water discharge valve are closed when the controller determines that the preheating is necessary.

US Pat. No. 10,690,398

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics, Inc., Se...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a refrigerating compartment; and
a water tank disposed in the refrigerating compartment, the water tank being formed of a stainless material,
wherein the water tank comprises:
a tank body manufactured by welding a contact end of a plate formed of a stainless material, which is wound in a cylindrical shape, the tank body having body flanges on both sides thereof;
a plurality of tank caps comprising a cap flange coupled to contact the body flange, thereby covering both opened sides of the tank body, and each of which has a hemispherical shape and is formed of a stainless material;
a water inlet tube welded and coupled after passing through one tank cap of the plurality of tank caps; and
a water outlet tube welded and coupled to the tank body after passing through the tank body,
wherein the tank body is horizontally disposed with respect to a bottom surface of the refrigerating compartment so that the water outlet tube is disposed in an upper portion of the tank body.

US Pat. No. 10,690,397

REFRIGERATOR

Electrolux Home Products,...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:a cabinet having a chilled cavity, a freezer cavity positioned adjacent to and insulated from the chilled cavity, cabinet insulation surrounding the chilled cavity and the freezer cavity, and a chilled door and a freezer door by which the chilled cavity and freezer cavity are opened and closed, respectively, the chilled cavity comprising a reservoir configured to store liquid provided thereto from an external liquid source to be chilled in the chilled cavity; and
a drinkable liquid dispensing system comprising dispenser tubing and a liquid dispenser, the dispenser tubing being configured to transport the chilled liquid from the reservoir to the liquid dispenser, the dispenser tubing comprising:
an insulated portion positioned between the chilled cavity and the cabinet insulation surrounding the chilled cavity,
an ambient portion disposed outside of the cabinet insulation, and
a door portion positioned within the freezer door,
the insulated portion extending from a dispenser tubing hole formed in the chilled cavity to a cabinet insulation hole disposed in the cabinet insulation surrounding the chilled cavity, the cabinet insulation hole being positioned at a downstream location from the dispenser tubing hole with respect to a flow path of liquid being routed through the dispenser tubing, the cabinet insulation hole being vertically aligned with the chilled cavity such that the cabinet insulation hole is located between a width of the chilled cavity, and the ambient portion extending vertically downwards from the cabinet insulation hole.

US Pat. No. 10,690,396

LEVELING FOOT STRUCTURE AND HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE

1. A leveling foot structure configured to be used in a household appliance, the leveling foot structure comprises:a base, a through-hole being arranged at a side wall of the base;
a first fastener; and
a position-limiting block, the position-limiting block being movably connected to the base by the first fastener and the first fastener partially passing through the through-hole to connect to the position-limiting block;
wherein the position-limiting block is rotatable around an axis of the first fastener and is movable along an axial direction of the first fastener; and
after rotation of the position-limiting block, the position-limiting block at least partially protrudes from a bottom surface of the base;
wherein a spring is provided between the first fastener and the base for rotating the position-limiting block and/or restoring the protruding position-limiting block.

US Pat. No. 10,690,395

VACUUM INSULATION BODY

LIEBHERR-HAUSGERATE LIENZ...

1. A vacuum insulation body comprising at least one vacuum-tight covering that surrounds at least one evacuated region, wherein one or more core materials are arranged in the evacuated region,characterized in that
the vacuum-tight covering has at least one evacuation opening that is provided with at least one valve having a valve disk that opens the evacuation opening in the opened state and that releases the evacuation opening in the closed state, with means for a vacuum-tight sealing of the evacuation opening being arranged outside the sealing region of the valve disk.

US Pat. No. 10,690,394

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a body;
a storage compartment provided in the body and having a front side;
a first door and a second door coupled to the body to open or close the front side of the storage compartment;
a rotating bar coupled to the first door and rotatable between a parallel position in which the rotating bar is approximately parallel to a width of the first door and a perpendicular position in which the rotating bar is approximately perpendicular to the width of the first door; and
a guide assembly provided at the body to guide the rotating bar, wherein the guide assembly comprises:
a moveable member configured to move in a first direction as the second door is being opened, and to move in a second direction as the second door is being closed, the first direction being opposite to the second direction, and
a guide configured to move the rotating bar to the perpendicular position as the moveable member moves in the first direction while the first door is closed, and to move the rotating bar to the parallel position as the moveable member moves in the second direction while the first door is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,690,393

REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD FOR OPENING A REFRIGERATOR DOOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet defining a storage compartment;
a door connected to the cabinet and configured to open and close the storage compartment;
a detection device disposed within the door and configured to detect a presence of a user within a predetermined detection range; and
a projector disposed within the door, the projector including a light emitting unit configured to emit light to thereby project an optical pattern within the predetermined detection range on a ground surface,
wherein at least a portion of the optical pattern on the ground surface is positioned vertically underneath the door and rearward of a front surface of the door,
wherein the door includes a bottom surface that crosses the front surface of the door,
wherein the projector is configured to emit the light through the bottom surface of the door toward the ground surface, and
wherein the detection device is configured to emit a detection light that passes through the bottom surface of the door toward the ground surface.

US Pat. No. 10,690,392

CLOSURE MECHANISM FOR PORTABLE COOLERS

1. An apparatus comprising:a box portion having an exterior surface and an interior surface;
the interior surface of the box portion defining a storage receptacle;
a lid operable between an open position and a closed position;
a first accessory mounting rail on the exterior surface of the box portion; and
a closure mechanism for locking and unlocking the lid;
wherein the closure mechanism comprises a catch operable to selectively engage the first accessory mounting rail;
wherein the first accessory mounting rail comprises a first channel, wherein the catch is operable to selectively engage the first channel;
wherein the first accessory mounting rail further comprises a second channel, wherein the catch is operable to selectively engage the second channel; and
further comprising a mounting assembly for attaching an accessory to the first accessory mounting rail, said mounting assembly comprising a clamp operable to selectively engage the first channel and the second channel of the first accessory mounting rail.

US Pat. No. 10,690,391

APPLIANCE USING HEATED GLASS PANELS

WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION, B...

10. A refrigeration appliance comprising:a refrigeration appliance cabinet having an outer shell defining a cabinet exterior and an inner liner defining a cabinet interior and a door providing access to the cabinet interior;
a defrost heater which provides heat during a defrost cycle, wherein the defrost heater includes a plurality of heated glass panels disposed between the inner liner and the outer shell;
wherein a first heated glass panel is disposed in an opening formed in the door that provides access to the interior of the cabinet and another heated glass panel is disposed between the cabinet exterior and the inner liner; and wherein:
the first heated glass panel comprises a sheet of glass that includes a transparent, electrically conductive coating applied to a surface of the first heated glass panel;
the another heated glass panel is disposed between the inner liner and insulation disposed between the outer shell and the inner liner and is spaced from the insulation thereby forming an air interface between the insulation and the another glass panel disposed between the cabinet exterior and the inner liner; and
the transparent, electrically conductive coating directs heat back into the interior of the cabinet when an electric current is applied to the transparent, electrically conductive coating;
an insulation layer, wherein the insulation layer is a separate element from each of the inner liner and the outer shell;
wherein the transparent, electrically conductive coating directs heat back into the interior of the cabinet when an electric current is supplied to the transparent, electrically conductive coating.

US Pat. No. 10,690,390

REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet;
a refrigerator compartment disposed at the cabinet;
a convertible compartment disposed at the cabinet, and the convertible compartment to be capable of being set at a refrigerator temperature or a freezer temperature;
an evaporator disposed in the convertible compartment; and
a grill pan assembly disposed inside of the convertible compartment;
wherein the grill pan assembly includes:
an insulating structure having a convertible compartment channel and a refrigerator compartment channel, the convertible compartment channel at a first side of the insulating structure to supply cold air to the convertible compartment, and the refrigerator compartment channel at a second side of the insulating structure to supply cold air to the refrigerator compartment;
a convertible compartment fan at the convertible compartment channel, and the convertible compartment fan to provide cold air from the evaporator to the convertible compartment channel; and
a refrigerator compartment fan at the refrigerator compartment channel, and the refrigerator compartment fan to provide cold air from the evaporator to the refrigerator compartment channel,
wherein the insulating structure includes at least one air guide opening from the convertible compartment channel to the refrigerator compartment channel, the at least one air guide opening to allow some air to flow into the refrigerator compartment channel when the convertible compartment fan is to operate, and to block some air from flowing backward from the refrigerator compartment to a space of the evaporator,
wherein the at least one air guide opening includes:
a negative pressure compensation hole to reduce negative pressure when the refrigerator compartment fan is to rotate; and
an anti-backflow portion that is open to the refrigerator compartment channel at a side of the convertible compartment channel, and the anti-backflow portion to allow some air from the convertible compartment fan to flow toward the refrigerator compartment and block air from flowing backward from the refrigerator compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,690,389

CO2 REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

TOROMONT INDUSTRIES LTD, ...

1. A CO2 refrigeration system for an ice-playing surface, comprising:a compression stage in which CO2 refrigerant is compressed and an evaporation stage in which heat is absorbed from the ice-playing surface;
a plurality of CO2 compressors in the compression stage for compressing the CO2 refrigerant subcritically and transcritically;
a gas cooling stage includes at least a plurality of heat-reclaim units reclaiming heat from the CO2 refrigerant compressed in the compression stage;
a pressure-regulating device downstream of the gas cooling stage, the pressure-regulating device operable to control a pressure of the CO2 refrigerant in the gas cooling stage as a function of a heat demand of the plurality of heat-reclaim units; and
a reservoir downstream of the pressure-regulating device for receiving the CO2 refrigerant in a liquid state,
a controller operating the pressure-regulating device to control the pressure of the CO2 refrigerant in the gas cooling stage as a function of the heat demand of the plurality of heat-reclaim units, the controller, via its operating of the pressure-regulating device, causing the pressure of the CO2 refrigerant to reach a transcritical level as a function of a heat demand of the plurality of heat-reclaim units.

US Pat. No. 10,690,388

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INCREASING RATE OF ICE PRODUCTION IN AN AUTOMATIC ICE MAKER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet defining an interior volume and at least one door for providing selective access to the interior volume; and
an automatic ice maker disposed within the interior volume and configured to harvest a plurality of ice cubes, the automatic ice maker comprising:
a frame;
a motor; and
an ice tray comprising:
a first end operably and rotationally engaged with the motor;
a second end engaged to the frame; and
a plurality of ice wells defined by a plurality of weirs including a first set of weirs positioned proximate the first end and a second set of weirs positioned proximate the second end and interior weirs positioned therebetween, each weir of the plurality of weirs including an upwardly extending projection that extends above the plurality of ice wells, and wherein each weir of the first and second sets of weirs and the interior weirs comprise a passage at least partially bifurcating each weir into a first weir portion and a second weir portion, wherein each passage defined by the first and second sets of weirs includes a cross-sectional area that is greater than a cross-sectional area of each passage defined by the interior weirs.

US Pat. No. 10,690,387

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOVERY AND RECYCLING COOLANT GAS AT ELEVATED PRESSURE

1. A system for recovering and recycling helium coolant from liquid helium-using instruments through a gas intake module adapted to be connected to a gas source which gas source includes the liquid helium-using instruments, the intake module being configured to provide gas to the system at ambient temperature and at an elevated pressure slightly below the critical pressure of the helium gas, and using a cryocooler, the system comprising:a thermally isolated container;
at least one interior tank in the container having at least one neck extending therefrom, the tank and neck having a common interior volume which constitutes a single interior tank volume;
at least one refrigeration coldhead having at least upper and lower cylindrical cold finger stages of different cross section arranged in a step pattern, wherein the upper stage has a larger diameter than the lower stage;
said arrangement of upper and lower cold finger stages located inside the neck and extending within the interior tank volume;
wherein the cold finger stages are arranged inside the neck, such that the stages define an inner space with one or more helium gas temperature stratification regions comprised between the cold finger stages and the tank's neck, and wherein said temperature stratification regions extend at least along the length of the cold finger;
a gas compressor configured to provide compressed gas to the refrigeration coldhead for the operation of the cryocooler;
at least one gas pressure control mechanism configured to control an intake pressure of the gas flowing from the gas intake module to the interior of the tank and to adjust the intake pressure to a positive and constant value of gas pressure slightly below the critical pressure of the helium gas inside the interior tank; and
at least one control device, said at least one gas pressure control mechanism and said at least one control device being configured to control pressure within the interior tank to achieve maximum liquefaction performance by maintaining pressure inside the interior tank of the gas being liquefied at a constant value slightly below the critical pressure of the helium gas, until the volume of the interior tank is completely filled with liquid helium at a temperature and pressure slightly below the values corresponding to the critical point of helium;
said at least one gas pressure control mechanism and said at least one control device being configured, when the interior tank is full of liquid, to allow the gas flowing that is necessary to increase the liquid helium density, from that corresponding to the temperature and pressure slightly below the critical point of helium, to that corresponding to the atmospheric pressure boiling point of helium;
said at least one gas pressure control mechanism and said at least one control device being configured to return the pressure of the interior tank to atmospheric pressure, while maintaining the interior tank completely filled with liquid helium at any moment during the return of the pressure from slightly below the critical pressure to atmospheric pressure;
at least a liquid extraction port for transferring the liquid helium from the interior tank to the liquid helium-using instruments;
said at least one gas pressure control mechanism and said at least one control device being configured to allow liquid helium transfer through said liquid extraction port to the liquid-helium using instruments.

US Pat. No. 10,690,386

CONTROLLING METERING DEVICES

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. An air conditioner comprising:a thermal expansion valve configured to automatically adjust an amount of refrigerant allowed to pass through the valve, wherein the thermal expansion valve comprises:
a bulb containing a fluid, wherein a temperature of the bulb at least partially controls the amount of refrigerant allowed to pass through the thermal expansion valve;
a diaphragm, wherein the diaphragm is fluidly coupled with the bulb and operable to respond to the temperature of the bulb to at least partially control the amount of refrigerant allowed to pass through the thermal expansion valve; and
a control system coupled to the thermal expansion valve, the control system comprising:
one or more heat transfer elements coupled to the bulb and configured to increase and decrease the temperature of the bulb; and
a controller coupled to the one or more heat transfer elements, wherein the controller is configured to deliver a signal controlling heat transfer by one or more of the heat transfer elements;
wherein the control system is configured to:
alter the automatic adjustment of the thermal expansion valve by delivering the signal controlling heat transfer by one or more of the heat transfer elements in response to determining a pressure in a portion of the air conditioner exceeds a predetermined maximum pressure;
monitor a responsiveness of the thermal expansion valve to the delivered signal;
determine that the responsiveness of the thermal expansion valve is outside a predetermined tolerance range;
deliver an additional signal to at least one of the heat transfer elements in respose to determining that the responsiveness of the thermal expansive valve is outside the predetermined tolerance range; and
further after the amount of refrigerant allowed to pass through the thermal expansion valve in conjunction with delivering the additional signal; and
wherein the controller is configured to alter the ordinary operation of the thermal expansion valve to reduce an effect of conditions of the air conditioner that increase sensitivity of the thermal expansion valve due to the pressure exceeding the predetermined maximum pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,690,385

ROTARY COMPRESSOR AND REFRIGERATING CYCLE DEVICE HAVING BEARINGS CONTAINING ANNULAR GROOVE/ELASTIC PORTION ARRANGEMENT

TOSHIBA CARRIER CORPORATI...

1. A rotary compressor, comprising:a rotary shaft;
an electric motor portion connected with one end of the rotary shaft;
a compression mechanism portion connected with the other end of the rotary shaft and including a cylinder which has a cylinder chamber formed inside the cylinder and a main bearing and a sub-bearing to support the rotary shaft rotatably, the main bearing being positioned at a side of the cylinder chamber which is directed to the electric motor portion, the sub-bearing being positioned at a side of the cylinder chamber which is opposite to the electric motor portion; and
a hermetic case which houses the rotary shaft, the electric motor portion and the compression mechanism portion, wherein
the diameters of portions of the rotary shaft supported by the main bearing and the sub-bearing are formed to be the same substantially, the contact length of the main bearing and the rotary shaft along an axial direction of the rotary shaft is set to be larger than the contact length of the sub-bearing and the rotary shaft along the axial direction of the rotary shaft, an annular groove is formed at an end portion of the main bearing on a side facing the cylinder chamber, an elastic portion which contacts the rotary shaft is formed at an inner peripheral side of the annular groove of the main bearing, another annular groove is formed at an end portion of the sub-bearing on a side facing the cylinder chamber, and an elastic portion which contacts the rotary shaft is formed at an inner peripheral side of the annular groove of the sub-bearing, and wherein
the depth of the annular groove of the main bearing is formed to be larger than the depth of the annular groove of the sub-bearing, an outer peripheral surface of the elastic portion of the main bearing is formed in a straight shape so that thicknesses of a base portion and a tip portion of the elastic portion are the same substantially, and an outer peripheral surface of the elastic portion of the sub-bearing is formed in a tapered shape so that a thicknesses of a base portion of the elastic portion is larger than a thicknesses of a tip portion of the elastic portion.

US Pat. No. 10,690,384

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TEMPERATURE OF A MEDIUM

1. A device for controlling the temperature of a fluid, said device comprising:a. a closed first heat transfer fluid circuit in which a first heat transfer fluid circulates, the first heat transfer fluid being selected to circulate without phase transitions in the first heat transfer fluid circuit;
b. a closed second heat transfer fluid circuit in which a second, gaseous heat transfer fluid circulates, wherein the second, gaseous heat transfer fluid is selected such that it flows through the second heat transfer fluid circuit without phase transitions;
c. a first heat exchanger arranged in the first heat transfer fluid circuit wherein the first heat transfer fluid is brought into heat exchange in the first heat exchanger with an ambient medium;
d. a second heat exchanger arranged in the first heat transfer fluid circuit, wherein the first heat transfer fluid is brought into heat exchange in the second heat exchanger with a fluid whose temperature is to be controlled;
e. a first conveying means arranged in the first heat transfer fluid circuit for moving the first heat transfer fluid in the first heat transfer fluid circuit;
f. a compressor arranged in the second heat transfer fluid circuit for compressing the second, gaseous heat transfer fluid;
g. a third heat exchanger that is disposed downstream of the compressor and in contact with the second heat transfer fluid circuit as seen in the flow direction of the second heat transfer fluid and wherein the third heat exchanger exchanges heat with the first heat transfer fluid in the first heat transfer fluid circuit;
h. a means for cooling down or expanding the first heat transfer fluid in the first heat transfer fluid circuit; and
i. wherein the device further comprises a fourth heat exchanger provided in the device, wherein the fourth heat exchanger is integrated in the second heat transfer fluid circuit and is arranged upstream of the compressor, and wherein the fourth heat exchanger is in a heat exchange connection with the first heat transfer fluid routed in the first heat transfer fluid circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,690,383

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM WITH VAPOR INJECTION COMPRESSOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING...

1. A method for controlling an air conditioning system, wherein the air conditioning system comprises:a vapor injection compressor comprising a casing, a liquid accumulator and a compressing mechanism provided in the casing, wherein the casing is provided with a gaseous refrigerant discharge port, a gaseous refrigerant supplement port, a first gaseous refrigerant suction port and a second gaseous refrigerant suction port, the liquid accumulator is provided with a gaseous refrigerant return port, the gaseous refrigerant return port is communicated with the first gaseous refrigerant suction port, the first gaseous refrigerant suction port and the second gaseous refrigerant suction port are communicated with gaseous refrigerant suction channels of two air cylinders of the compressing mechanism respectively, and pressure in a sliding vane chamber of one air cylinder of the compressing mechanism corresponding to the second gaseous refrigerant suction port is equal to a discharge pressure at the gaseous refrigerant discharge port;
a first direction switching assembly comprising a first pipe port, a second pipe port and a third pipe port, wherein the first pipe port is connected with the second gaseous refrigerant suction port, the second pipe port is connected with the gaseous refrigerant discharge port and the third pipe port is connected with the liquid accumulator, and the first pipe port is communicated with one of the second pipe port and the third pipe port;
a second direction switching assembly comprising a first valve port, a second valve port, a third valve port and a fourth valve port, wherein the first valve port is communicated with one of the second valve port and the third valve port, the fourth valve port is communicated with the other of the second valve port and the third valve port, and the first valve port and the fourth valve port are connected with the gaseous refrigerant discharge port and the gaseous refrigerant return port respectively;
a first heat exchanger having a first end connected with the second valve port and a second end;
a second heat exchanger having a first end connected with the third valve port and a second end; and
a flash evaporator having a gaseous refrigerant outlet, a first port and a second port, wherein the gaseous refrigerant outlet is connected with the gaseous refrigerant supplement port, the first port is connected with the second end of the first heat exchanger, the second port is connected with the second end of the second heat exchanger, a first throttle is connected in series between the first port and the first heat exchanger, a second throttle is connected in series between the second port and the second heat exchanger, and a control valve is connected in series between the gaseous refrigerant outlet and the gaseous refrigerant supplement port,
the method comprising:
detecting an operation mode of the air conditioning system, an indoor temperature T1, an outdoor temperature T4, and a user-set temperature TS;
detecting whether the outdoor temperature T4 is larger than a first set temperature T2 when the air conditioning system operates in a refrigerating mode, controlling the first direction switching assembly to communicate the first pipe port with the third pipe port if the outdoor temperature T4 is larger than the first set temperature T2, controlling the first direction switching assembly to communicate the first pipe port with the third pipe port if the outdoor temperature T4 is less than or equal to the first set temperature T2 and it is detected that a first difference value T1?TS between the indoor temperature T1 and the user-set temperature TS is larger than or equal to a second set temperature T3, and controlling the first direction switching assembly to communicate the first pipe port with the second pipe port if the outdoor temperature T4 is less than or equal to the first set temperature T2 and it is detected that the first difference value T1?TS is less than the second set temperature T3; and
detecting whether the outdoor temperature T4 is larger than a third set temperature T5 when the air conditioning system operates in a heating mode, controlling the first direction switching assembly to communicate the first pipe port with the third pipe port if the outdoor temperature T4 is less than or equal to the third set temperature T5, controlling the first direction switching assembly to communicate the first pipe port with the third pipe port if the outdoor temperature T4 is larger than the third set temperature T5 and it is detected that a second difference value TS?T1 between the user-set temperature TS and the indoor temperature T1 is larger than or equal to a fourth set temperature T6, and controlling the first direction switching assembly to communicate the first pipe port with the second pipe port if the outdoor temperature T4 is larger than the third set temperature T5 and it is detected that the second difference value TS?T1 is less than the fourth set temperature T6.

US Pat. No. 10,690,382

HIGH-PRESSURE AND HIGH-TEMPERATURE CLOSED GEOTHERMAL EXCHANGER FOR A MAGMATIC OR METAMORPHIC FORMATION

BRGM, (FR)

1. A closed geothermal exchanger for a magmatic or metamorphic formation, comprisinga shell containing a heat-transfer fluid with which it is directly in contact, the shell having a surface end and a borehole end, and
a containment device that, at least in part, caps and extends over an upper part of the shell including the shell surface end, the containment device including a harness comprising aramid straps,
wherein the shell is flexible so that it can be in direct contact, under the effect of the pressure of the heat-transfer fluid with a wall of a borehole containing the exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,690,381

SOLAR TRACKING DEVICE

Elemental Engineering AG,...

1. A solar tracking device comprising:a primary optical sensor;
at least two auxiliary optical sensors; and
a housing, having an upper surface with a central hole below which the primary sensor is disposed and light wells, disposed laterally around the central hole, in which each of the respective auxiliary sensors are disposed,
wherein each light well comprises:
a bottom surface on which the associated auxiliary sensor is disposed,
an aperture in the upper surface, and
sidewalls connecting the upper surface and the bottom surface,
wherein one of the sidewalls is a light-reflective surface disposed parallel to a tangent of or being perpendicular to a radial connection to the central hole, all other sidewalls being light-absorbing.

US Pat. No. 10,690,380

SOLAR WATER-HEATING SYSTEM AND PANEL THEREOF

MAGEN ECO ENERGY A.C.S LT...

1. A solar water-heating panel comprising a plurality of risers configured for utilizing solar radiation impinging thereon to heat a fluid therein, and each comprising a riser wall defining a fluid path for flow therethrough of the fluid, the panel further comprising one or more headers for facilitating delivery of said fluid between said panel and an external source of the fluid, said risers being parallely-arranged and free of direct attachment to one another, each comprising two longitudinal fins formed opposite one another and each projecting sidewardly therefrom towards an adjacent riser, each of said fins comprising a distal-most contacting surface contacting a distal-most surface of a fin of the adjacent riser, wherein said fins are formed such that said distal-most contacting surfaces are substantially planar and are disposed, in lateral cross-section, perpendicularly to a radius of their respective riser.

US Pat. No. 10,690,379

HEAT EXCHANGER

KYUNGDONG NAVIEN CO., LT...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchange portion (200) in which heating medium flow paths through which a heating medium flows in a space between a plurality of plates and combustion gas flow paths through which a combustion gas combusted in a burner (100) flows are alternately formed to be adjacent to each other,
wherein the heat exchange portion (200) is configured with a sensible heat portion (200A) configured to surround an outer side of a combustion chamber (C), configured with an area at one side of each one of the plates, and configured to heat the heating medium using sensible heat of the combustion gas generated by the combustion in the burner (100); and a latent heat portion (200B) configured with an area at the other side of each one of the plates and configured to heat the heating medium using latent heat of water vapor contained in the combustion gas which underwent heat exchange in the sensible heat portion (200A), and
a connecting flow path of the heating medium is formed between the sensible heat portion (200A) and the latent heat portion (200B), each one of the plates has an upright structure such that the sensible heat portion (200A) is disposed at a top part of each one of the plates and the latent heat portion (200B) is disposed at a bottom part thereof, and the burner (100) is assembled by being inserted into a space of the combustion chamber (C) in a horizontal direction at a front surface thereof,
wherein:
through-holes (H1) and (H5) provided at one side of the latent heat portion (200B) and through-holes (H2) and (H6) provided at the other side are diagonally formed at the latent heat portion (200B), and
through-holes (H3) and (H7) provided at one side of the sensible heat portion (200A) and through-holes (H4) and (H8) provided at the other side are diagonally formed at the sensible heat portion (200A).

US Pat. No. 10,690,378

FURNACE CABINET WITH THREE BAFFLES

Trane International Inc.,...

1. A furnace, comprising:a furnace cabinet;
a primary heat exchanger comprising a tubular member that is configured to receive a flow of combustion flue gases therethrough;
a blower configured to produce a flow of air through the furnace cabinet, outside of the tubular member;
a first baffle carried by a first wall of the furnace cabinet;
a second baffle carried by a second wall of the furnace cabinet, wherein the second baffle is located opposite the first baffle, and wherein the second wall is located opposite the first wall; and
a third baffle carried by a third wall of the furnace cabinet, wherein the third baffle comprises a bent plate extending from the third wall of the furnace cabinet, and wherein the third baffle begins protruding toward a center of the furnace cabinet from a location substantially equal to a most downstream portion of each of the first baffle and the second baffle with respect to a direction of the flow of air through the furnace cabinet, and
wherein the first baffle, the second baffle, and the third baffle are configured to direct the flow of air toward the primary heat exchanger as the flow of air passes the primary heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,690,377

CYCLONIC INLET AIR FILTER AND FLUID HEATING SYSTEMS AND COMBUSTION BURNERS HAVING THE SAME

FULTON GROUP N.A., INC., ...

1. A combustible gas supply system for a fluid heating system, comprising:a cyclonic air filter;
a blower having a blower inlet and a blower outlet;
a combustible gas inlet;
wherein the cyclonic air filter, the blower, and the combustible gas inlet are in fluid communication, wherein the gas supply system is connected directly to a burner inlet of a mesh burner, and wherein the pressure drop across the gas supply system is substantially constant over a predetermined operating time;
wherein the mesh burner is in fluid communication with the burner inlet, which provides hot combustion gas for use by a heat exchanger in fluid communication with the burner; and
wherein the mesh burner comprises a fine porous mesh substrate on which combustion is sustained.

US Pat. No. 10,690,376

INDOOR UNIT OF AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An indoor unit of an air-conditioning apparatus comprising:an air purifying filter including
a filter body for air purification,
a pair of bearing units each including a bearing having a C-shape, and
a pair of protrusions extending outward from the filter body; and
an air filter for dust collection including
a pair of shaft units coupled with the bearing having the C-shape, and
a pair of supports,
the pair of supports each including
a first wall portion having an L-shape and extending in a direction away from the air filter, and
a second wall portion having a rectangular shape and being connected to the first wall portion,
the pair of protrusions being placed into the respective supports from a direction of the respective shaft units.

US Pat. No. 10,690,375

EXHAUST VENTILATOR

1. A ventilator, comprising:(a) an elongate hollow body having a convexly-curved and smoothly-faired exterior surface and having a pair of opposite ends, the elongate hollow body defining a base plane, and the base plane and the elongate hollow body together defining an interior space;
(b) the elongate hollow body having a throat portion located centrally between the opposite ends of the elongate hollow body, the throat portion having a width, and the throat portion having a pair of opposite ends defining a length of the throat portion, and the throat portion including a portion of the interior space, the portion of the interior space included in the throat portion of the elongate hollow body having a throat cross-sectional area, between the opposite ends of the throat portion, with the shape and the throat cross-sectional area of the portion of the interior space in the throat portion being constant along all of the length of the throat portion, and with the base plane partially defining the portion of the interior space included in the throat portion, and the elongate hollow body being configured to be mounted on a generally flat surface with the base plane coincident with the generally flat surface and an exhaust opening being located within the throat portion;
(c) the elongate hollow body having a pair of respective open mouths, each of the open mouths defining a respective opening having an internal cross-sectional area that is greater than the throat cross-sectional area, each of the open mouths having a laterally central portion, and a minor length of the elongate hollow body being defined by the distance between the respective laterally central portions of the open mouths, the minor length being at least 4o% greater than the width of the throat portion;
(d) the elongate hollow body having a respective intermediate portion extending from each open mouth toward the throat portion, each intermediate portion being inwardly tapered and being interconnected with and merging smoothly with a respective one of the opposite ends of the throat portion, and the throat portion, a respective one of the intermediate portions, and a respective one of the open mouths together defining an exhaust flow path, extending from the portion of the interior space included within the throat portion, and thence through the respective one of the intermediate portions and outwardly through the open mouth; and
(e) wherein the elongate hollow body has a pair of laterally opposite side walls and a top portion interconnecting the side walls, the side walls extending longitudinally outwardly away from the throat portion and beyond the laterally central portions of the open mouths and defining an overall length of the elongate hollow body, the overall length of the elongate hollow body being at least 20% longer than the minor length.

US Pat. No. 10,690,374

AIR COOLED FARADAY SHIELD AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A chamber, comprising:a Faraday shield positioned above a substrate support of the chamber;
a dielectric window disposed over the Faraday shield, the dielectric window having a center opening; and
a hub having an internal plenum for passing a flow of fluid received from an input conduit and removing the flow of fluid from an output conduit, the hub having sidewalls and a center cavity inside of the sidewalls for an optical probe, the internal plenum is disposed in the sidewalls, the hub having an interface surface that is in physical contact with a back side of the Faraday shield, the physical contact provides for a thermal couple to the Faraday shield at a center region around said center opening, and wherein an outer surface of the sidewalls of the hub are disposed within the center opening of the dielectric window.

US Pat. No. 10,690,373

TOTAL HEAT EXCHANGE DEVICE AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME

Panasonic Ecology Systems...

1. A total heat exchange device, comprising:an exhaust fan which directs air from an indoor exhaust port to an outdoor discharge port through an exhaust air path;
an intake fan which directs air from an outdoor suction port to an indoor intake port through an intake air path; and
a heat exchange element configured for exchanging heat between the air passing through the exhaust air path and the air passing through the intake air path,
wherein the total heat exchange device further comprises:
a temperature detector for detecting an outdoor temperature, and
a controller which is configured to perform a heat exchange mode in which heat is exchanged between the air passing through the exhaust air path and the air passing through the intake air path, in accordance with the outdoor temperature detected by the temperature detector, and the controller is also configured to perform a defrosting mode in which frost on the heat exchange element is thawed, in accordance with the outdoor temperature detected by the temperature detector,
wherein the defrosting mode comprises a strong defrosting mode in which an internal circulation operation and a heat exchange operation are performed, wherein the lower the outdoor temperature is, the less the time of the heat exchange operation in the strong defrosting mode is, and
wherein in the internal circulation operation, the air sucked from the indoor exhaust port is discharged out of the heat exchange element through the exhaust air path in the heat exchange element, and then the air is further discharged from the indoor intake port after being discharged from the heat exchanger element through the intake air path in the heat exchange element, the outdoor discharge port and the outdoor suction port are kept closed such that the indoor air is isolated from the outdoor air, and the indoor exhaust port and the indoor intake port are kept opened such that a cycle loop is created to communicate the indoor air and air paths in the heat exchange element; during the internal circulation operation, the controller is configured to close the outdoor suction port, close the outdoor discharge port, switch a damper having an open state in which the intake air path and the exhaust air path are communicated with each other and a closed state in which the intake air path and the exhaust air path are isolated from each other into the open state, open the indoor intake port, open the indoor exhaust port, communicate the intake air path with the exhaust air path on an outdoor side of the heat exchange element, and drive the intake fan for the intake air path and the exhaust fan for the exhaust air path to operate; and
wherein in the heat exchange operation, the air is directed from the indoor exhaust port through the exhaust air path to the outdoor discharge port, while the air is directed from the outdoor suction port through the intake air path to the indoor intake port, and the heat exchange is performed between the air passing through the exhaust air path and the air passing through the intake air path;
the defrosting mode further comprises a freeze prevention mode in which a stop operation and the heat exchange operation are performed, and wherein,
in the stop operation, the fans are stopped, the indoor exhaust port and the outdoor suction port are closed so that air suction from the indoor exhaust port and the outdoor suction port is stopped, and the indoor intake port and the outdoor discharge port are closed so that air discharging from the indoor intake port and the outdoor discharge port is stopped,
the heat exchange operation is performed with a minimum air flow rate for a predetermined time, after the stop operation has been performed for a predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,690,372

INTERACTIVE OCCUPANT-TRACKING FAN FOR INDOOR COMFORT AND ENERGY CONSERVATION

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. An occupant-tracking fan apparatus, comprising:(a) at least one source of forced air comprising a fan and a directional nozzle with an intake and an output, wherein air from the fan is emitted from the nozzle towards a target;
(b) a movable support configured for powered multi-axis positioning of the each forced air source, the moveable support comprising:
(i) an anchor bracket with a fan bracket motor;
(ii) a fan bracket axially coupled to the anchor bracket and to the fan bracket motor said fan bracket configured to rotate about a vertical axis with actuation of the fan bracket motor; and
(iii) a nozzle motor axially coupled to the fan bracket and to the directional nozzle is configured to rotate the nozzle about a horizontal axis upon actuation;
(c) a planar base sized to be incorporated in a suspended ceiling grid, said moveable support mounted to the planar base, wherein said moveable support and at least one source of forced air are positioned above room occupants; and
(d) a controller with one or more sensors configured for controlling each motor of the moveable support to direct forced air toward a target detected by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,690,371

METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING CONSTANT AIR VOLUME BY MULTI-MOTOR DRIVING SYSTEM

ZHONGSHAN BROAD-OCEAN MOT...

1. A method, comprising:1) providing a fan system comprising at least two brushless DC (BLDC) motors and a plurality of wind wheels, the at least two brushless DC (BLDC) motors being closed-loop speed-control motors and adapting to drive corresponding wind wheels, and disposing the at least two brushless DC (BLDC) motors and the plurality of wind wheels in one air duct;
2) providing a data processor, and storing a constant air volume control function Q=F (n, C) in the data processor, wherein Q indicates an air volume, n indicates a rotational speed of the at least two BLDC motors, and C indicates an operating parameter of the at least two BLDC motors;
3) transmitting, by the data processor, identical speed signal commands to the at least two BLDC motors, and allowing the at least two BLDC motors to operate at equal or approximately equal rotational speeds; and
4) feedbacking, by the at least two BLDC motors, motor operating parameters to the data processor, calculating, by the data processor, a motor speed n for outputting and maintaining a constant air volume, and transmitting, by the data processor, the motor speed to the at least two BLDC motors.

US Pat. No. 10,690,370

INDOOR EQUIPMENT AND AIR CONDITIONER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An indoor equipment of an air conditioner, comprising:an indoor heat exchanger;
a plurality of indoor equipment fans, including a first indoor equipment fan and a second indoor equipment fan, wherein the first indoor equipment fan includes a first fan motor and the second indoor equipment fan includes a second fan motor, and wherein the first indoor equipment fan and the second indoor equipment fan send air with which heat has been exchanged by the indoor heat exchanger to an air-conditioning target space in a room;
a plurality of power converters, including a first inverter and a second inverter, for individually driving the first fan motor and the second fan motor, respectively, wherein the first inverter is configured to drive the first motor to change numbers of rotations of the first motor to adjust volumes of air sent from the first equipment fan, and the second inverter is configured to drive the second motor to change numbers of rotations of the second motor to adjust volumes of air sent from the second equipment fan, wherein each of the first inverter and the second inverter includes upper-arm switching elements and lower-arm switching elements; and
a controller configured to control each of the first fan motor and the second fan motor and to generate an individual driving signal given to each of the first inverter and the second inverter, wherein
the controller comprises:
a first control-arithmetic circuitry configured to control the first fan motor;
a second control-arithmetic circuitry configured to control the second fan motor;
a speed-command-value generation circuitry configured to generate a first speed command value for the first fan motor and a second speed command value for the second fan motor; and
a carrier-signal generation circuitry configured to generate a carrier signal for generating a first driving signal to drive the switching elements of the first inverter and a carrier signal for generating a driving signal to drive the switching elements of the second inverter,
each of the first control-arithmetic circuitry and the second control-arithmetic circuitry includes a rotor-rotational-position and execution-speed arithmetic circuitry, a speed control circuitry, and a driving-signal generation circuitry, and
when at least one of the first fan motor and the second fan motor is in a driving state and at least one of the fan motors other than the fan motor in the driving state is in a free-run state caused by interference of airflows in the air-conditioning target space, the controller drives at least one of switching elements of the first inverter and the second inverter connected to the fan motor in the free-run state to apply a braking force to the fan motor in the free-run state and thereafter starts the fan motor.

US Pat. No. 10,690,369

AUTOMATED PRESENCE DETECTION AND PRESENCE-RELATED CONTROL WITHIN AN INTELLIGENT CONTROLLER

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A controller comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memory devices comprising instruction that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
operating according to a control schedule;
detecting events that indicate occupancy;
storing a record of the events that indicate occupancy in the one or more memory devices;
causing the controller to enter an auto-away state where the controller temporarily enters a more energy-efficient mode, wherein a determination that the controller should enter the auto-away state is based at least in part on:
a length of a current time interval during which no events that indicate occupancy were detected; and
the stored record of the events that indicated occupancy during previous time intervals;
detecting a pattern of instances where the controller enters the auto-away state over a plurality of days; and
adjusting the control schedule based at least in part on the pattern of instances where the controller enters the auto-away state.

US Pat. No. 10,690,368

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a memory configured to store first information and second information, the first information including a permission time with respect to each of a plurality of operation states of the information processing apparatus in an activation state, the permission time being a time allowed for switching a substitute apparatus from a standby state to the activation state, the substitute apparatus taking over processing of the information processing apparatus upon transitioning to the activation state, the second information being provided in the substitute apparatus and including an activation time required for activating each of a plurality of modules which operate when the substitute apparatus is in the activation state; and
a processor coupled to the memory and the processor configured to:
determine a current operation state of the information processing apparatus in the activation state;
identify one permission time corresponding to the current operation state from among the first information;
determine stop modules among the plurality of modules such that a total time for activating the stop modules is equal to or less than the one permission time based on the second information, the stop modules being modules to be stopped; and
instruct the substitute apparatus in the standby state to stop the stop modules.

US Pat. No. 10,690,367

ZONE CONTROL PANEL

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A zone control panel for controlling a zoned HVAC system that includes two or more zones, an HVAC unit for delivering conditioned air to the two or more zones, two or more zone dampers for controlling delivery of conditioned air to the two or more zones, and a thermostat in each of the two or more zones, the zone control panel comprising:a first bank of wiring terminals adjacent a first side of the zone control panel;
a second bank of wiring terminals adjacent a second side of the zone control panel opposite the first side, where the second bank of wiring terminals are spaced from the first bank of wiring terminals with an intervening region between the first bank of wiring terminals and the second bank of wiring terminals;
the first bank of wiring terminals and the second bank of wiring terminals providing connection points for a plurality of wires, wherein the plurality of wires include wires from:
a first thermostat in a first one of the two or more zones;
a first zone damper for the first one of the two or more zones;
a second thermostat in a second one of the two or more zones;
a second zone damper for the second one of the two or more zones; and
the HVAC unit;
a user interface that includes a plurality of HVAC status lights disposed in the intervening region, wherein the plurality of HVAC status lights include:
a first zone status light for indicating an operational status of the first zone damper;
a second zone status light for indicating an operational status of the second zone damper;
a heating status light for indicating an operational status of a heating component of the HVAC unit;
a cooling status light for indicating an operational status of a cooling component of the HVAC unit; and
a fan status light for indicating an operational status of a fan of the HVAC unit;
a controller operatively coupled to the first bank of wiring terminals, the second bank of wiring terminals, and the user interface, the controller configured to receive calls from the first thermostat in the first one of the two or more zones, and calls from the second thermostat in the second one of the two or more zones, and in response, provide control signals to the HVAC unit and to the first zone damper and the second zone damper.

US Pat. No. 10,690,366

HEAT EXCHANGER BLOCKAGE DETECTION

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A system comprising:at least one heat exchanger;
a ram fan driven by a motor, wherein a motor control circuit is configured to provide power to the motor to drive the ram fan, wherein the ram fan is configured to provide a ram flow through the at least one heat exchanger from a ram air inlet; and
a controller configured to determine a blockage level of the at least one heat exchanger based on a determined surge margin of the ram fan, wherein the controller is further configured to determine the determined surge margin based on the power to the motor, a corrected speed of the fan, and pre-determined data for the ram fan that is indicative of varying levels of contamination, wherein the corrected speed of the fan is determined using a speed of the ram fan and a temperature of the ram flow at an inlet to the ram fan.

US Pat. No. 10,690,365

HVAC CONTROLLER WITH CHECKOUT UTILITY

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A zone control panel for controlling a zoned HVAC system that includes two or more zones, an HVAC unit for delivering conditioned air to the two or more zones, two or more zone dampers for controlling delivery of conditioned air to the two or more zones, and a thermostat in each of the two or more zones, the zone control panel comprising:a first set of two or more wiring terminals, each of the first set of two or more wiring terminals providing a connection point for a corresponding wire from a first thermostat in a first one of the two or more zones;
a second set of two or more wiring terminals, separate from the first set of two or more wiring terminals, each of the second set of two or more wiring terminals providing a connection point for a corresponding wire from a second thermostat in a second one of the two or more zones;
an output for providing control signals to the HVAC unit and to each of the two or more zone dampers;
a user interface that includes a display;
a controller operatively coupled to the first set of two or more wiring terminals, the second set of two or more wiring terminals, the output, and the user interface, wherein the controller is configured to:
receive calls from the first thermostat;
receive calls from the second thermostat, and
in response to the calls from the first thermostat and the calls from the second thermostat, provide control signals to the HVAC unit and to the two or more zone dampers; and
operate in a checkout mode in which the controller displays one or more checkout menu screens on the display of the user interface that facilitate a user in activating the HVAC unit and each of the two or more zone dampers via the user interface of the zone control panel.

US Pat. No. 10,690,364

PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS TO DETERMINE OPTIMAL STRUCTURE CONTROL

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for facility management by a processor, comprising:performing operations to collect and track environmentally-related data of the facility over time;
applying predictive analytics to the environmentally-related data to generate decisions that are dynamically applied to environmental settings of the facility, the predictive analytics considering as input, to generate the decisions, an instant or future energy cost for the at least a portion of the facility including determining at least an electricity, gas, and water cost pricing at certain times of a day is within a certain tier of pricing such that the decisions applied to the environmental settings of the facility are given priority during the certain times of the day according to the certain tier of pricing; wherein the decisions applied to the environmental settings of the facility given priority include at least precooling or preheating the facility during the times of the day when the certain tier of pricing is in effect;
using weather forecast information to generate the decisions that are dynamically applied to the environmental settings of the facility according to the predictive analytics such that the weather forecast information is implemented to permit the facility to obtain a colder or warmer temperature during a preceding day prior to the certain times of the day of a following day than would otherwise be permitted, based on the weather forecast information of a future time period; such that wherein energy is conserved by ceasing to heat or cool the facility which would otherwise be heated or cooled during the preceding day prior to the certain times of the day of the following day according to the weather forecast information of the future time period; and
configuring a calendar system for dynamically tracking occupancy of at least the portion of the facility, wherein the occupancy over time compared to an automatically detected real-time occupancy is considered as at least a portion of the environmentally-related data to generate the decisions; and wherein historical events known to generate a certain first number of actual occupants relative to a second number of invited occupants, the historical events and certain second number of invited occupants thereof specified previously within the calendar system, are used to effect at least the portion of the decisions notwithstanding the environmental settings are adjusted in real-time according to the automatically detected real-time occupancy comprising a total number of instant occupants.

US Pat. No. 10,690,363

MINIMIZATION OF FAN POWER IN AIR DISTRIBUTION OR EXTRACTION

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A control system for air movement, the control system comprising:an air-handling unit (AHU) comprising an AHU fan, the AHU configured to distribute or draw air;
a terminal unit connected with the AHU by a duct for receiving or providing the air from or to the AHU, wherein the terminal unit is one of a plurality of terminal units, and wherein the duct comprises a trunk portion and a plurality of branch portions, one branch portion of the branch portions for each of the terminal units;
a venturi air valve in the duct or terminal unit; and
a controller configured to set a set point of the AHU fan based on a pressure loss coefficient of the duct, a flow rate of the air in the duct for the terminal unit, and a minimum operating pressure of the venturi air valve, wherein the controller is configured to determine a branch pressure for each of the branch portions, an air path to and including the branch with the venturi valve having a highest air path pressure, and set the set point based on the highest air path pressure,
wherein the AHU fan operates based on the set point.

US Pat. No. 10,690,362

ECONOMIZER HAVING DAMPER MODULATION

Honeywell International, ...

1. A method for modulating a damper of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, comprising:connecting an outside air duct to a mixed air box;
connecting a return air duct to the mixed air box;
connecting a discharge air duct to the mixed air box;
measuring a temperature of outside air moving through the outside air duct;
measuring a temperature of discharge air moving from the mixed air box through the discharge air duct;
comparing the temperature of the discharge air with the temperature of the outside air; and
controlling movement of the outside air through the outside air duct to the mixed air box according to the temperature of the outside air if the temperature of the discharge air is lower than the temperature of the outside air.

US Pat. No. 10,690,361

VENTILATED LOCKER

1. An improved ventilated locker comprising:a pair of sidewalls, each sidewall formed at least partially of water-resistant polymer material;
a back wall connecting the sidewalls, the back wall formed at least partially of water-resistant polymer material;
a plurality of compartments defined between the sidewalls, including at least an upper compartment and a lower compartment;
a plenum disposed adjacent the back wall, the plenum configured for connection to an existing HVAC system to apply negative pressure to at least the plurality of compartments of the locker;
an upper ventilation grille carried by the back wall in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of compartments and with the plenum;
a lower ventilation grille carried by the back wall in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of compartments and with the plenum; and
at least one circulation fan disposed in one of the plurality of compartments to circulate air from the ventilation grilles through the plurality of compartments.

US Pat. No. 10,690,360

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTI-SENSE CONTROL ALGORITHM FOR ATOMIZERS IN REFRIGERATORS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method for actuating a humidifier to provide humidification to an interior of a refrigeration compartment, said method including:establishing a desired humidity level for the interior of the refrigeration compartment;
measuring a temperature in the interior of said refrigeration compartment;
determining at least one of:
a) a length of time since the last defrost operation in said refrigeration compartment;
b) a length of time since a door to said refrigeration compartment was last opened; and
c) a compressor time by performing at least one of:
determining a length of time a compressor has been operating, wherein said compressor operates to provide refrigeration for the interior of said refrigeration compartment; and
determining a length of time since said compressor ended operation;
calculating an estimated humidity level for the interior of said refrigeration compartment based, at least in part, on said temperature in the interior of said refrigeration compartment and at least one of said length of time since the last defrost operation, the length of time since the door to said refrigeration compartment was last opened and said compressor time; and
actuating said humidifier when said estimated humidity level is less than said predetermined desired humidity level.

US Pat. No. 10,690,359

PORTABLE PERSONAL AIR-TREATMENT SYSTEM

1. An air-treatment system comprising:an air-intake chamber and an air-exhaust chamber isolated and distinct from one another, and an air-treatment chamber interposed between said air-intake chamber and said air-exhaust chamber,
said air-intake chamber comprising an air-intake port adapted for passage of ambient exterior intake air, a fan having a fan intake adjacent said air-intake port and having a fan exhaust, plenum structure having a plenum opening adjacent said fan exhaust said plenum structure terminating in least one upper-housing cover inlet aperture adapted for passage of said intake air exhausted from said fan exhaust,
said air-treatment chamber comprising a lower housing having at least one lower-housing inlet aperture corresponding to and in alignment with said at least one upper-housing cover inlet aperture adapted for placing said air-treatment chamber in closed fluid-flow communication with said air-intake chamber, a removable canister assembly comprising at least one heat-conductible, fillable, sealable canister adapted for containing a heat-exchange substance, disposed to permit air flow therearound, and a lower-housing outlet aperture adapted for placing said air-treatment chamber in alignment with said exhaust-air chamber;
said air-exhaust chamber comprising an exhaust-air port adapted for placing said air-exhaust chamber in fluid-flow communication with the environment exteriorly of said air-exhaust chamber and a conduit extending from said exhaust-air port through said lower-housing outlet aperture adapted for placing said air-treatment chamber and said air-exhaust chamber in closed fluid communication with one another;
wherein said air enters said air-treatment chamber through said lower-housing intake aperture and said air exits said air-treatment chamber through said lower-housing outlet aperture; and
wherein said fan urges said ambient intake air on a closed pathway into and through said plenum structure and through said at least one upper housing cover inlet aperture and said lower housing cover inlet aperture creating pressurized said air that circulates about said at least one heat-conductible, fillable, sealable canister thereby maximizing heat exchange therebetween wherein resulting pressurization urges treated said air outwardly of said air-exhaust chamber though said lower housing outlet aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,690,358

AIR CONDITIONING WITH RECOVERY WHEEL, PASSIVE DEHUMIDIFICATION WHEEL, COOLING COIL, AND SECONDARY DIRECT-EXPANSION CIRCUIT

SEMCO LLC, Columbia, MO ...

1. A system for controlling temperature and humidity within a space in a building, the system comprising:a recovery wheel;
a desiccant-based dehumidification wheel;
a primary cooling coil; and
a secondary direct-expansion refrigeration circuit comprising a secondary circuit compressor, a secondary circuit evaporator coil, and a secondary circuit condenser coil;
wherein:
the system forms a supply airstream that passes outdoor air first through the recovery wheel, then through the primary cooling coil, then through the secondary circuit evaporator coil, then through the desiccant-based dehumidification wheel, and then to the space; and
the system forms an exhaust airstream that passes return air from the space first through the secondary circuit condenser coil, then through the desiccant-based dehumidification wheel, and then through the recovery wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,690,357

AIR-COOLED CONDENSER HAIL PROTECTION SYSTEM

HAIL PROTECTION, INC, Bo...

1. A system for protecting air cooled condenser from hail damage to elongate steam distribution ducts, duct support rings, and finned tubes components of the condenser, the condenser having a surrounding wind wall with side and end portions, the system comprising support posts mounted on the duct support rings of the condenser, the support posts extending above the ducts and extending in a line along the ducts, a longitudinal support beam carried by the support posts in said line above each of the ducts, a protective mesh screen draped over and supported by a support beam over each of the ducts in covering relation to condenser distribution ducts and finned tube components, screen anchors secured to the wind wall side portions, means interconnecting protective mesh screen and screen anchors for tensioning the screen across the support beams and above condenser components so that hailstones falling toward the condenser have momentum decayed by the protective screen.

US Pat. No. 10,690,356

ENHANCED CONVECTION, DIFFERENTIAL TEMPERATURE MANAGED, HYDRONIC HEATING APPLIANCE

1. An enhanced convection, differential temperature (Delta-T) managed, integrated free-standing hydronic heating appliance device consisting of:a three-pass, high-mass, cast-iron boiler with capacity increments heat source comprising an output directly coupled to:
a single vertical supply riser comprising a lower portion and an upper portion;
said heat source output being directly coupled to a lower end of said lower portion of said single vertical supply riser;
an upper end of said lower portion of said single vertical supply riser coupled to a lower circulator isolation valve;
said lower circulator isolation valve coupled to:
an input of a single, variable speed, stand-alone high pass volute Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM) Delta-T system circulator having no check-valve;
an upper circulator isolation valve coupled to an output of said single, variable speed, stand-alone high pass delta-t system circulator;
a lower end of said upper portion of said single vertical supply riser coupled to said upper circulator isolation valve;
an upper end of said upper portion of said single vertical supply riser coupled to:
a compact steel hydronic supply header feeding at least one electronically controlled full port ball zone valve governing flow to at least one hydronic zone;
wherein said compact steel hydronic supply header comprises:
zone valve close grouping on said header, enhancing status lamp visibility, each said zone valve wired directly to a corresponding zone thermostat thereby negating use of a zone valve control (ZVC);
said supply header comprising an air eliminator before said zone valves;
a water service tee between said air eliminator and an expansion tank;
wherein a supply manifold centerline to a centerline of said high mass heat source output vertical distance is about 40 inches; and
a top of a circulator flange to said supply manifold centerline vertical distance is about 25 inches;
whereby near-boiler piping packaging to zone valving provides hydronic distribution efficiency, including convective fail-safe operation;
said high-mass heat source further comprising an input directly coupled to a single vertical return riser;
said single vertical return riser comprising a lower portion and an upper portion;
said heat source output being directly coupled to a lower end of said lower portion of said single vertical return riser;
an upper end of said lower portion of said single vertical return riser being coupled to a boiler isolator full port ball valve;
said boiler isolator full port ball valve being coupled to a purge valve;
said purge valve coupled to a pipe union;
said pipe union coupled to a lower end of said upper portion of said single vertical return riser;
a compact hydronic return header receiving a return flow from said at least one hydronic zone;
said compact hydronic return header coupled to an upper end of said upper portion of said single vertical return riser;
said compact hydronic return header comprising one full ball valve per zone;
wherein a return manifold centerline to a centerline of said high mass heat source input vertical distance is about 66 inches;
wherein said device includes no internal flow check valves;
wherein components are integrated into simplified, compact, assemblies;
whereby head pressure is reduced and flow increased and
whereby said high-mass Delta-T combination lowers system operating temperature, further reducing “stand-by” losses and increasing thermal efficiency.

US Pat. No. 10,690,355

OVENS AND INSULATION PRODUCTS FOR OVENS

SAINT-GOBAIN ISOVER, Cou...

1. A device configured to operate at high temperature, the device comprising:a least one insulating product formed of at least two layers, including a first layer, placed towards a heating zone and/or a heating element(s) to be insulated, formed of mineral wool(s) and/or fibre(s) and having a density of less than 120 kg/m3, and a second layer, further away from said heating zone and/or said heating element than the first layer, the second layer being chosen from insulators formed of aerogel(s) or of amorphous silica or vacuum insulators or any other superinsulator, the second layer having a thermal conductivity of less than 22 mW/m.K at the temperature of 10° C.

US Pat. No. 10,690,354

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING SYSTEM

1. A restaurant exhaust gas purifying system for filtering an exhaust gas of a cooking process, comprising:an exhaust vent; and
an exhaust gas purifier coupled to the exhaust vent and including:
a housing having an inlet connected to the exhaust vent and an outlet;
a hot box connected to and housed within the housing;
a heating device connected to the housing and configured for heating the hot box;
a rotating filter rotatably mounted to and housed within the housing and having a rotational cycle in which at least a portion of the rotating filter passes through the hot box;
a drive connected to the housing and operably coupled to the rotating filter for rotating the rotating filter; and
a stationary filter positioned in the hot box, wherein said hot box includes a first chamber configured for heating and self-cleaning said portion of said rotating filter, and a second chamber positioned above the first chamber that houses said stationary filter and is configured for heating said stationary filter.

US Pat. No. 10,690,353

VENTILATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A ventilation system comprising:a cooking device;
a ventilation device installed at an upper part of the cooking device, and configured to discharge hazardous air generated during cooking; and
a sensor portion configured to measure levels of fine dust and gas density contained in the hazardous air,
wherein the cooking device further includes an air induction device configured to direct the hazardous air to a rear side of the cooking device according to the measurement levels of fine dust and gas density measured by the sensor portion so that the hazardous air is transmitted to the ventilation device,
wherein the air induction device comprises an air outlet configured to discharge air and a blade configured to open or close the air outlet, and
wherein a direction of movement of the air discharged through the air outlet is controlled according to an angle of the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,690,352

HEATING APPLIANCE

Spectrum Brands, Inc., M...

1. A heating appliance for cooking a food product comprising:a housing having a compartment, a door for selectively accessing the compartment, and a support for the food product within the compartment, wherein the compartment is sized to receive the food product;
a heating element disposed within the compartment for cooking the food product, the heating element of a type to predominantly deliver radiation energy; and
a control unit for operating the heating element to cook the food product, the control unit including a microprocessor operatively connected to memory with programming for a plurality of cooking processes, the control unit configured to operate the heating element in the plurality of cooking processes including a first cooking process that controls the heating element at a maximum rated power of the heating element throughout a preheat mode and a second cooking process that controls a no preheat mode of a non-preheated appliance within which the heating element is powered at an outset of the second cooking process to the predominantly deliver radiation energy at a fraction of the maximum rated power of the heating element to the food product at a start of a first set cooking time, the fraction of die maximum rated power of the heating element being matched with the food product to be cooked and to start cooking the food product immediately by the predominantly deliver radiation energy.

US Pat. No. 10,690,351

HOME COOKING APPLIANCE HAVING A PEDESTAL BURNER

BSH Home Appliances Corpo...

1. A home cooking appliance comprising:an upward facing cooktop surface;
a venturi tube;
a gas pedestal burner on the cooktop surface,
wherein the gas pedestal burner includes:
a burner portion having a sidewall and a lower surface facing the cooktop surface, wherein the sidewall includes a plurality of burner ports; and
a base portion under the burner portion, the base portion elevating the burner portion in a vertical direction above the cooktop surface, the base portion comprising a sidewall enclosing the venturi tube,
wherein the sidewall of the base portion defines a lower mounting surface disposed on the cooktop surface and supporting the gas pedestal burner on the cooktop surface, and
wherein an area of a footprint of the lower mounting surface of the base portion is less than an area of a footprint of the lower surface of the burner portion.

US Pat. No. 10,690,350

COMBUSTOR WITH AXIALLY STAGED FUEL INJECTION

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A combustor, comprising:a center fuel nozzle;
a plurality of nozzle segments annularly arranged about the center fuel nozzle, wherein each nozzle segment of the plurality of nozzle segments comprises:
a forward plate, an aft plate axially spaced from the forward plate, a fuel plenum partially defined between the forward plate and the aft plate, and a plurality of tubes extending through the forward plate, the fuel plenum and the aft plate; and
a panel fuel injector disposed radially between the center fuel nozzle and the plurality of tubes and extending axially downstream from the aft plate, the panel fuel injector including an outer wall having an arcuate shape, an inner wall having an arcuate shape, a plurality of outlets defined along at least one of the outer wall and the inner wall, and a plurality of premix channels defined between the outer wall and the inner wall;
wherein each channel of the plurality of premix channels comprises a straight portion in fluid communication with a fuel supply and a compressed air supply; and a curved portion fluidly coupling the straight portion to a respective outlet of the plurality of outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,690,348

TURBINE ENGINE COMBUSTOR HEAT SHIELD WITH ONE OR MORE COOLING ELEMENTS

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A combustor wall for a turbine engine, the combustor wall comprising:a shell comprising a shell surface; and
a heat shield attached to the shell, the heat shield including a rail and a cooling element connected directly to the rail in a cavity, the cavity extending in a vertical direction between the shell surface and the heat shield, and the cavity fluidly coupling a plurality of apertures in the shell with a plurality of apertures in the heat shield;
wherein the rail has a vertical height and a distal rail end that contacts the shell, and the rail extends in the vertical direction to the distal rail end;
wherein the cooling element has a vertical height that is less than the vertical height of the rail;
wherein the cooling element has a distal end surface that faces and is parallel with the shell surface;
wherein the cooling element extends laterally out from the rail to a distal end;
wherein the cooling element has a length that is between two and three times greater than a width of one of the apertures in the shell; and
wherein the length and the width are measured in a direction that is perpendicular to the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,690,347

CMC COMBUSTOR DEFLECTOR

General Electric Company,...

8. A method of assembling the combustor dome assembly of claim 1, the method comprising:assembling the combustor dome with the combustor;
inserting the seal plate from the forward side of the combustor dome assembly;
attaching the seal plate to the combustor dome;
inserting the CMC deflector from the aft side of the combustor dome assembly, the CMC deflector having the one or more bayonets;
inserting the fuel-air mixer from a forward side of the combustor dome assembly, the fuel-air mixer defining the groove for receipt of the one or more bayonets;
rotating the fuel-air mixer to engage the one or more bayonets; and
attaching the fuel-air mixer to the seal plate.

US Pat. No. 10,690,346

WASHER FOR COMBUSTOR ASSEMBLY

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A combustor for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a combustor shell having a shell opening therethrough;
a combustor panel having a stud attached thereto, the stud extending through the shell opening, the stud including a standoff to define an intermediate passage between the combustor shell and the combustor panel;
a retainer attached to the stud; and
a washer surrounding the stud and positioned between the retainer and the combustor shell, the washer at least partially defining a cooling flow passage configured to direct a cooling airflow through the shell opening to impinge the cooling flow on at least one of the stud or the standoff;
wherein the washer includes a plurality of washer arms extending radially inwardly from a circular outer perimeter of the washer, the cooling flow passage defined between adjacent washer arms of the plurality of washer arms.

US Pat. No. 10,690,344

BOILER SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME

Cleaver-Brooks, Inc., Mi...

1. A boiler system comprising:a furnace including a burner, at which flue gas is generated as a result of combustion;
an exhaust passage by which at least a first portion of the flue gas can exit the furnace;
an air passage configured to receive ambient air;
a flue gas recirculation (FGR) passage configured to allow for at least a second portion of the flue gas to be mixed with the ambient air so as to produce combustion air;
a flue gas valve that is positioned along the FGR passage and having a flue gas valve setting adjustable by way of a flue gas valve actuator, wherein the flue gas valve setting controls an amount of flue gas passing from the exhaust passage into the FGR passage to form the second portion of flue gas;
a NOX and O2 sensing and control module comprising at least one processing device;
the NOX and O2 sensing and control module further comprising a O2/NOX transmitter which partially serves to sense O2 and NOX levels within the exhaust passage and provide sensor signals indicative of these sensed levels;
an additional valve having an additional valve setting adjustable by way of an additional valve actuator, wherein the additional valve setting controls a flow of the combustion air to the burner;
the at least one processing device coupled to the flue gas valve actuator, and the additional valve actuator;
a portable NOX analyzer configured to take readings within the exhaust passage within close proximity to the O2/NOX transmitter and provide signals indicative of these readings; and
a fuel sensor;
wherein the at least one processing device is configured to generate a plurality of control signals that are provided to the flue gas valve actuator and additional valve actuator to adjust the flue gas valve setting and the additional valve setting, the control signals being based at least indirectly upon a plurality of the sensor signals received from the O2/NOX transmitter;
wherein the at least one processing device additionally is configured to generate a plurality of correction factors by way of a calibration process and to utilize one or more of the correction factors in determining one or more of the control signals;
wherein the at least one processing device of the NOX and O2 sensing and control module is configured to generate the correction factors based at least in part upon NOX dry data provided by the portable NOX analyzer and fuel data provided by the fuel sensor, and additionally based upon NOX wet data provided by the O2/NOX transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,690,343

UNIVERSAL CHIMNEY PIPE COVER

Top Hat Chimney Systems, ...

1. A system for covering a heated end pipe of a chimney protruding from a roof, the system comprising:a planar base mounted on at least two base supports on top of the roof, the planar base having a protruding section with an opening to allow the chimney end pipe to extend through, the chimney end pipe being exposed in use to hot and corrosive gasses passing through the chimney, the chimney being part of a heating system of a building structure;
a clamping collar being releasably affixed around a cylindrical channel, and on top of and spaced apart from the protruding section of the planar base to cover the protruding section of the planar base, wherein a diameter of a bottom portion of the clamping collar is greater than a diameter of a top portion of the protruding section of the planar base;
the cylindrical channel having a first end, a second end, an outside surface and a lumen, the first end of the channel extending through the releasably affixed collar and extending through the opening of the protruding section of the planar base to the roof, the first end of the channel being pivotally secured to the at least two base supports above the roof by at least two geometrically identical brackets extending perpendicular from the at least two base supports, and an edge of the first end of the channel being above the roof;
a plurality of supporting members radially extending from the outside surface of the second end of the channel through the lumen of the second end of the channel to an outside surface of the chimney end pipe, the plurality of supporting members configured to contact the outside surface of the chimney end pipe and hold the second end of the channel in coaxial alignment with the chimney end pipe, the supporting members being manually adjustable from the outside surface of the channel, wherein adjusting at least one of the supporting members from the outside surface of the channel allows the second end of the channel to maintain coaxial alignment with a plurality of different chimney end pipe having different dimensions; and
a channel cover having a crown top removably secured within the lumen of the cylindrical channel at the second end of the cylindrical channel.

US Pat. No. 10,690,342

APPARATUS FOR SPRAYING COOLING WATER, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MINERAL FIBER

Billion Sung Hoon Zorh, ...

1. A mineral fiber manufacturing apparatus comprising:a furnace comprising an inlet via which raw materials for manufacturing mineral fibers are inserted and an outlet via which molten metal comprising the inserted raw materials in a melted form is discharged;
a mineral fiber manufacturer configured to manufacture the molten metal discharged via the outlet of the furnace, into mineral fibers; and
a collector configured to collect the mineral fibers discharged from the mineral fiber manufacturer,
wherein the mineral fiber manufacturer comprises a plurality of spinners disposed to be adjacent to one another along a travel path of the molten metal,
wherein a slope is provided on a top surface of each of the plurality of spinners and downwardly slanted from a center of a corresponding spinner toward an outer periphery of the spinner at an angle of 25 degrees to 35 degrees,
wherein a plurality of cooling water spray holes are arranged on the slope at equal intervals from the center of the spinner, so that a cooling water is obliquely sprayed from the plurality of cooling water spray holes toward the molten metal,
wherein a plurality of synthetic resin spray holes are provided at an outer side of each of the plurality of spinners, and mineral fibers manufactured by the mineral fiber manufacturer are attachable due to synthetic resin sprayed via the plurality of synthetic resin spray holes,
wherein a plurality of air spray holes are provided at an outer side of each of the plurality of spinners, the molten metal is fiberized by the air sprayed via the plurality of air spray holes and the travel path of the molten metal is guided, and
wherein the plurality of synthetic resin spray holes surrounds the outer side of each of the plurality of spinners such that the plurality of air spray holes are provided between each of the plurality of spinners and the plurality of synthetic resin spray holes corresponding to each of the plurality of spinners, and the synthetic resin and the cooling water are respectively sprayed by the plurality of synthetic resin spray holes and the plurality of air spray holes.

US Pat. No. 10,690,341

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED WASTE GAS ABATEMENT

ALZETA CORPORATION, Sant...

1. A system for combustive abatement of waste gases comprising:a) a waste gas inlet;
b) an inlet manifold configured to receive the waste gas inlet, the inlet manifold comprising:
a first plenum chamber having a first exterior wall and a first permeable interior wall,
a first plenum inlet configured to supply a first gas through the first plenum chamber to the first permeable interior wall, and
at least one aperture through the first plenum chamber, the at least one aperture being coupled to the waste gas inlet and extending through the first exterior wall and the first permeable interior wall of the first plenum chamber;
c) a thermal reaction chamber coupled to the inlet manifold and configured to receive (i) a waste gas from the waste gas inlet through the at least one aperture and (ii) the first gas through the first permeable interior wall, the thermal reaction chamber comprising:
a central chamber,
a second plenum chamber at least partially surrounding the central chamber having a second plenum inlet configured to receive a supply of a second gas,
a second permeable interior wall between the central chamber and the second plenum chamber, and
a second exterior wall at least partially defining the second plenum chamber; and
d) a controller configured to maintain a flow of the first gas, the second gas, or both the first and second gas, and control combustion at the surface of at least a portion of the first permeable interior wall and at least a portion of the second permeable interior wall,
wherein
i. at least a portion of the surface of the first permeable interior wall comprises a burner surface configured for permeation of a mixture comprising combustible gas and at least a portion of the surface of the second permeable interior wall is configured for permeation of a mixture comprising non-combustible gas; or
ii. at least a portion of the surface of the second permeable interior wall comprises a burner surface configured for permeation of a mixture comprising a combustible gas and at least a portion of the surface of the first permeable interior wall is configured for permeation of a mixture comprising non-combustible gas.

US Pat. No. 10,690,340

FLAMELESS COOKING APPLIANCE

PRECISION COMBUSTION, INC...

1. A flameless cooking appliance comprising:(a) a combustion chamber comprising a catalytic burner positioned as the top horizontal wall of the chamber, and further comprising one or more contiguous walls enclosing a volume of space within which flameless combustion occurs;
(b) a fuel inlet means for feeding a fuel into the combustion chamber;
(c) an oxidant first inlet means for feeding an oxidant into the chamber;
(d) an ignition means for lighting off a combustion catalyst, the ignition means positioned within the chamber; and
(e) wherein the catalytic burner comprises three components disposed in a sandwich configuration:
(i) the combustion catalyst defining a bottom face and a top face along a vertical axis and comprising a metal substrate configured with a plurality of channels of ultra-short channel length having one or more noble metals deposited thereon, the combustion catalyst positioned interior to the chamber in a direction downstream of the fuel inlet means and oxidant first inlet means such that the fuel inlet means and oxidant first inlet means are configured to deliver fuel and oxidant to the bottom face of the combustion catalyst and combustion gases exit the top face of the combustion catalyst;
(ii) a thermally-conductive metal heat spreader comprising a plurality of metal sheets bent and folded into a structure of alternating ridges and furrows forming corrugated fins having multiple flat contact surfaces configured for thermal conductive heat transfer; and
(iii) a heat conductive surface comprising an interior face positioned interior to the chamber and an exterior face positioned exterior to the chamber; and
further wherein the heat spreader is disposed inside the area between the combustion catalyst and heat conductive surface, wherein the heat spreader is in conductive contact with and is sandwiched in between the combustion catalyst and the heat conductive surface, and the heat spreader multiple flat contact surfaces comprises a plurality of solid-to-solid thermally conductive contact surfaces overlaid across the top face of the combustion catalyst and also overlaid across the interior face of the heat conductive surface; the heat spreader further providing a plurality of channels for exhausting combustion gases from the combustion chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,690,339

BURNER FOR A FURNACE AND A METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A burner comprising:a fuel line having an outlet;
a pre-mixer having a first end, a second end, and a wall extending between the first end and the second end, the pre-mixer being in communication with a source of combustion air and fuel from the fuel line;
a tile having a first side, a second side, and a tile wall extending away from the first side of the tile;
a metal header having an inlet in communication with said second end; and
a first plurality of outlets located inwardly of said tile wall and a second plurality of outlets located outwardly of said first plurality of outlets wherein said first plurality of outlets are in communication with said header.

US Pat. No. 10,690,338

METALLIC WICK

Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc...

1. A lamp device comprising:a metallic wick consisting of at least one mesh member made of metal, with the at least one mesh member having first and second ends disposed opposite to each other, first and second surfaces respectively extended from the first end to the second end thereof and arranged opposite to each other, a plurality of meshes penetrating the first and second surfaces between the first and second ends thereof, and a transport channel communicating with the plurality of meshes and extending from the first end to the second end thereof;
a fuel tank providing a space adapted to store fuel and having an open end adapted to provide an entrance for fuel; and
a cap connected to the open end of the fuel tank and includes a bottom portion, a through hole extending through the bottom portion and communicating with the space of the fuel tank, an annular wall portion extending around the bottom portion, and an abutted portion extending away from the bottom portion; and
a supporting assembly mounted on the cap, wherein the supporting assembly has a fixing member connected to the bottom portion of the cap and having a through bore communicated with the through hole of the cap, wherein the through hole of the cap and the open end of the fuel tank are interconnected to each other;
wherein the metallic wick is inserted through the cap and contacts with fuel, with fuel to be drawn from the second end to the first end of the at least one mesh member via the transport channel by capillary action to reach a flame produced at the first end of the at least one mesh member, with the abutted portion abutting an outer periphery of the metallic wick to retain the metallic wick, and with the first end inserting through the through bore.

US Pat. No. 10,690,337

ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEM

McMaster University, Ham...

1. An exhaust heat recovery system, comprising:a fluid coolant flow path;
a plurality of heat recovery modules positionable in a flow path of exhaust gases,
each heat recovery module having a heat exchanger,
the heat exchanger having a heat exchanger hot side, and a heat exchanger cold side,
the heat exchanger hot side having spaced apart fins extending axially from a base, and
the heat exchanger cold side including a fluid coolant track extending between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, the fluid coolant track positioned in the fluid coolant flow path,
wherein each of the heat recovery modules is oriented in opposition to another of the heat recovery modules such that the fins of each of the heat recovery modules extend axially towards another of the heat recovery modules, and a plurality of the fins of each of the heat recovery modules aligns with spaces between the fins of another of the heat recovery modules.

US Pat. No. 10,690,336

ILLUMINATION FAN CONNECTABLE WITH AT LEAST ONE ILLUMINATION FAN FOR A COMPUTER

1. An illumination fan connectable with at least one illumination fan for a computer, comprising:a body, provided with a fan in center of the body, an illumination area on at least two sides of the fan at top of the body, a power socket and a first connector on one side of the body, and a second connector on another side of the body, wherein the power socket is electrically connected with the first connector, the second connector, the fan and the illumination area, such that when the power socket on the one side of the body is supplied with power, the fan and the illumination area of the body are respectively driven into rotation and illumination, and when the first connector of the body is connected with a second connector of a body of another illumination fan, a fan and an illumination area of the body of another illumination fan are respectively driven into rotation and illumination.

US Pat. No. 10,690,335

LED LAMP

Self Electronics Co., Ltd...

1. An LED lamp, including,a strip housing having an inner cavity for accommodating a lamp body, at least at one end forming an opening for loading the lamp body, a trepanning, and an overflow hole;
a sealing end cover for sealing the opening, the sealing end cover having a screw hole; and
a sealing member for fitting into the opening, and the sealing member and an inner space of the opening have a same cross section,
wherein
the sealing member and the sealing end cover are spaced apart to form a sealing cavity for injecting sealant,
when the sealing cavity is full of the sealant, the sealant overflows through the overflow hole.

US Pat. No. 10,690,334

OPERATORY LIGHTS AND REPLACEMENT BULBS FOR OPERATORY LIGHTS

CAO Group, LLC, South Jo...

1. An operatory light comprising:a parabolic reflector with a socket located at a vertex;
a reflector lens covering the parabolic reflector, said lens and reflector defining an interior volume;
a light source attachable to the socket of the parabolic reflector, said light source further comprising:
a base having an interface with which to connect to the socket;
a plurality of legs extending from the base;
a cover plate having a plurality of apertures matching the plurality of legs and a central aperture;
a heat sink defining an internal well, and having a plurality of postholes matching the plurality of legs and plurality of apertures and a central hollow on a side of the heat sink opposite the internal well;
an LED module further comprising at least one LED chip, connection circuitry and a module lens;
control circuitry for the LED module, positioned in the internal well of the heat sink; and
a cap, covering the internal well and the control circuitry;
wherein the plurality of legs is anchored in the plurality of postholes in the heat sink, passing through the plurality of apertures of the cover plate and the LED module is mounted in the hollow such that the module lens passes through the control plate and the LED module is then between the heat sink and the base, facing the base such that light emitted from the LED module passes through the windows and reflects off the reflector before passing through the reflector lens.

US Pat. No. 10,690,333

HEAT DISSIPATING FRAME STRUCTURE AND FABRICATING METHOD THEREOF

MENTOR TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A heat dissipating frame structure comprising:a metal plate assembly, a part of which is contacting with a heating element; and
a plastic composition combined with said metal plate assembly to through said metal plate assembly receive the heat generated from said heating element;
wherein said metal plate assembly includes a first metal plate partially contacting with said heating element and a second metal plate connecting with said heating element,
said first metal plate defines a long side direction along its length and a short side direction along its width and being folded as to include a part contacting with said heating element, a surrounding portion and a first electrode portion,
said surrounding portion:
configured from a fold of the first metal plate along the short side direction,
forms a complete circle viewing from the short direction, and
includes two terminal ends that are overlapped relative to each other, said two terminal ends being fixed to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,690,332

LIGHTING FIXTURE AND POWER CHAMBER THEREOF

HUIZHOU HANXING OPTOELECT...

1. A lighting fixture, comprising:a bracket comprising:
a chamber body configured for receiving at least one power module and defining at least one opening; and
at least one cover configured for respectively sealing the at least one opening in the chamber body; and
at least one light source module assembled on an inner side of the bracket;
wherein the chamber body comprises at least one first fixing plate defining at least one sliding groove sunken inwards from a surface of the first fixing plate; the at least one sliding groove at least penetrates through a first side wall of the first fixing plate; a size of a groove opening is smaller than that of a groove bottom of each sliding groove; the first side wall of the first fixing plate is close to one of the at least one opening;
wherein each power module comprises at least two fasteners and two flat plates each of which defines at least one first through hole configured for mounting one of at least two fasteners; the two flat plates extend outwards from the power module;
wherein each fastener comprises a post and a cap connected at an end of the post, an outer diameter of the post is less than or equal to that of the groove opening of the sliding groove; a size of the cap is larger than the size of the groove opening and is smaller than the size of the groove bottom of the sliding groove, so that the cap can be received in the sliding groove; the at least one power module and the chamber body are connected together through the at least two fasteners which are inserted into the at least one sliding groove from the first side wall; the first fixing plate and the second fixing plates are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,690,331

LUMINAIRE CIRCUIT BOARD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A LUMINAIRE CIRCUIT BOARD

Teknoware OY, Lahti (FI)...

1. A luminaire circuit board comprising:a first set of light source components fastened onto a circuit board and coupled to a circuit for producing illumination,
a second set of light source components, which have a colour temperature that is substantially the same as a colour temperature of the light source components of the first set such that the colour temperatures of the first and second sets of light source components are within 3 MacAdam steps;
wherein the light source components of said second set of light source components are fastened onto the circuit board and electrically isolated from said circuit, and wherein the light source components of said second set of light source components are detachable for use to replace a failed light source component of the first set.

US Pat. No. 10,690,330

MODULAR FAN

Dongguan Thinkcool Electr...

1. A modular fan, comprising a casing and a heat dissipating module, wherein the casing comprises an outer frame, a first accommodating chamber and a second accommodating chamber, and the first accommodating chamber and the second accommodating chamber are disposed at both ends of the casing respectively, and the outer frame, the first accommodating chamber and the second accommodating chamber are integrally formed; the heat dissipating module comprises a first fan and a second fan, and the first fan is accommodated in the first accommodating chamber, and the second fan is accommodated in the second accommodating chamber; and the outer frame has a plurality of fixed portions disposed around a periphery of the outer frame;wherein the casing further comprises a base, and the base comprises a first base, a second base, a first wire groove, a second wire groove, a first fixed rod, a second fixed rod, and a third fixed rod, and the first base and the second base are disposed at the center of the first accommodating chamber and the center of the second accommodating chamber respectively;
the first wire groove has an end communicating with the outer frame and an opposite end communicating with the first base;
the second wire groove has an end communicating with the first base and an opposite end communicating with the second base;
the first fixed rod has an end coupled to the first base and an opposite end coupled to the LED lamp groove;
the second fixed rod and the third fixed rod have an end coupled to the second base and an opposite end coupled to the LED lamp groove;
wherein the outer frame further comprises a wiring buckle disposed at the end of the first wire groove in communication with the outer frame.

US Pat. No. 10,690,329

POWER SUPPLY BOX DEVICE

MODULEX INC., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A power supply box device to be mounted to a wiring duct from below comprising:a power supply box including a box body having an opening that opens upward, and a lid member for closing the opening; and
a plug having an operation lever protruding in a radial direction from a plug body and extending downward, and being supported by the lid member so as to be capable of being rotated forward and backward,
wherein the box body includes: a housing for housing a power supply; and a lever cover supported by the housing so as to be capable of ascending and descending between an upper locked position and a lower unlocked position, and
wherein the lever cover allows the rotation of the operation lever when disposed in the unlocked position, and, for the operation lever disposed in a predefined position, covers the operation lever by ascending from the unlocked position to the locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,690,328

ADJUSTABLE SUPPORTING FRAME AND ADJUSTABLE LIGHTING DEVICE INCLUDING SAME

SHENZHEN GOALSUN OPTOELEC...

1. An adjustable supporting frame, comprising:a fixing element comprising a first rotating base;
a first adjusting member comprising a first rotating portion and a second rotating base coupled to the first rotating portion, the first rotating portion being rotatably coupled to the first rotating base by at least one rotary connecting member; and
at least one second adjusting member each comprising a second rotating portion and a third rotating base coupled to the second rotating portion, the second rotating portion being rotatably coupled to the second rotating base, the third rotating base being configured to couple to a product.

US Pat. No. 10,690,327

FOLDING LIGHT TOWER

The Will-Burt Company, O...

1. A folding tower system for raising a light source, comprising:a stationary base having a first end and a second end;
a lower lift arm having a first end and a second end, the first end of the lower lift arm being connected to the base;
an actuator attached to the base and the lower lift arm;
an upper lift arm having a first end and a second end, the first end being adapted to mount the light source thereon; and,
a 4-bar linkage mechanism connecting the second end of the lower lift arm to the second end of the upper lift arm in rotational relation to one another,
wherein the folding tower system further comprises one or more support struts rotationally connected to the base and the upper lift arm, wherein the one or more support struts comprises a first support strut and a second support strut disposed on opposite sides of the folding tower system, wherein the first support strut has a first ball joint rotationally connected to one side of the base and a second ball joint rotationally connected to one side of the upper lift arm on the 4-bar linkage mechanism and the second support strut has a first ball joint rotationally connected to an opposite side of the base and a second ball joint rotationally connected to an opposite side of the upper lift arm on the 4-bar linkage mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,690,326

TRACKED GRID LIGHT WITH TWO AXES OF INTELLIGENT LOCOMOTION

ABL IP HOLDING LLC, Cony...

1. A self-propelled light unit comprising:a carrier configured for movable displacement on a support structure;
a first conveyor assembly operable to move the carrier on the support structure along a first axis of movement;
a second conveyor assembly operable to move the carrier on the support structure along a second axis of movement transverse to the first axis of movement;
a light source configured for attachment to the carrier in an operable mode to provide illumination to an area in proximity to the carrier; and
at least one power contact configured to maintain electrical contact between the carrier and the support structure,
the first conveyor assembly comprising a first conveyor linearly arranged along a first conveyor path, and a second conveyor linearly arranged along a second conveyor path, the first conveyor path and the second conveyor path extending parallel to one another and to the first axis of movement;
the second conveyor assembly comprising a third conveyor linearly arranged along a third conveyor path, and a fourth conveyor linearly arranged along a fourth conveyor path, the third conveyor path and the fourth conveyor path extending parallel to one another and to the second axis of movement;
each of the first conveyor, second conveyor, third conveyor and fourth conveyor comprising a gear assembly configured for operable engagement with a rack that extends along the support structure;
each gear assembly comprising a plurality of gears extending in parallel and configured for operable engagement with the support structure;
the first gear assembly and second gear assembly each comprising a plurality of gears having a gear path parallel to the first axis of movement; and
the third gear assembly and fourth gear assembly each comprising a plurality of gears having a gear path parallel to the second axis of movement, wherein
the carrier comprises four sides;
each side extends alongside of only one of the plurality of gears having a gear path parallel to one of the first axis of movement and the second axis of movement; and
each side extends alongside of only two of the plurality of gears having a gear path parallel to the other of the first axis of movement and the second axis of movement.

US Pat. No. 10,690,325

MEDICAL HEADLAMP OPTICAL ARRANGEMENT PERMITTING VARIABLE BEAM WIDTH

RIVERPOINT MEDICAL, LLC, ...

1. A medical headlamp having a front surface from which a lamp light beam is emitted, comprising:(a) a high efficiency light source assembly including a high efficiency light source producing a first light beam and a dome lens substantially placed immediately in front of said high efficiency light source;
(b) an annular light block, defining an annulus and placed about said dome lens so that said lens protrudes through said annulus to block a peripheral portion of said first light beam, thereby creating a second light beam extending from said light block, said second light beam having a crisper boundary than said first light beam;
(c) an optical assembly positioned to receive light from said high efficiency light source and produce said lamp light beam emitted from said front surface of said medical headlamp;
(d) a housing supporting said light source and said optical assembly and an electrical conductor connected to said light source, for supplying electricity to said light source; and
(e) wherein said optical assembly includes an adjustable iris assembly in front of said annular light block and including a user accessible actuator, moveable over a range of motion, and an iris that is adjustable by said actuator, either to be retracted, thus leaving unaffected said second light beam from said light block, or to be tightened to block a portion of said second light beam from said annular light block, thus producing a thinner lamp light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,690,324

APPARATUS FOR MOUNTING A LUMINAIRE ON A SUPPORT

CURRENT LIGHTING SOLUTION...

1. A luminaire assembly comprising a luminaire mounted on a support, wherein the support is one of a cable and a wire, the luminaire assembly comprising:a mechanism configured for mounting the luminaire on the cable or wire, wherein the mechanism includes:
a plate adapted to couple with an end of the luminaire, the plate including a port configured for passage of electrical wiring or electrical cabling,
the plate itself including a support member adapted to receive or mate with the cable or wire, wherein the support member includes a substantially hook-shaped portion defining a channel region to receive or mate with the cable or wire; and
a tensioning member adapted to couple with the support member to secure the cable or wire in the channel region of the support member, the tensioning member configured to generate a force upon the cable or wire to inhibit sliding of the substantially hook-shaped portion on the cable or wire;
wherein the luminaire is an elongated luminaire and wherein the mechanism is used at two ends of the elongated luminaire to mount the elongated luminaire on the cable or wire.

US Pat. No. 10,690,323

TARGET-ORIENTED LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND OPTICAL MODULE

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

1. A target-oriented light-emitting device comprising;a light-emitting unit that emits light;
a light-focusing unit that focuses the light emitted from the light-emitting unit;
a first light adjuster on which the light focused by the light-focusing unit is incident, wherein the first light adjuster moves in a three-dimensional space by moving in three axial directions to adjust an emission direction of the light; and
a second light adjuster disposed between the light-focusing unit and the first light adjuster so as to control a focal position of the light that is incident on the first light adjuster.

US Pat. No. 10,690,322

LAMP ASSEMBLY WITH IMPROVED ASSEMBLY CONVENIENCE AND WATERPROOF PERFORMANCE

VISION X ASIA CO., LTD., ...

1. A lamp assembly comprising:a housing disposed in a horizontal direction, the housing including: a bottom portion formed in a longitudinal direction of the housing, side wall portions protruding upwardly from the bottom portion, the bottom portion and the side wall portions forming a light source mount portion, a flange portion connected to an upper end portion of the side wall portions and forming a first insertion portion having a ?-shape opened towards the light source mounting portion, and a second insertion portion formed in a bottom surface of the ?-shape of the first insertion portion;
a light source disposed inside the light source mount portion;
a lampshade disposed inside the light source mount portion;
a packing fitted in the second insertion portion;
a translucent panel covering the light source mount portion and having a longitudinal edge, the longitudinal edge being inserted into the ?-shape of the first insertion portion and disposed on the packing fitted in the second insertion portion; and
a press bar being inserted between an upper surface of the ?-shape of the first insertion portion and the translucent panel and pressing the translucent panel and the packing so as to provide a watertight sealing,
wherein the housing further includes a first stop protrusion protruding downwards from the upper surface of the ?-shape of the first insertion portion of the flange portion, and
the press bar includes a first hook protrusion formed on an upper surface of the press bar and configured to be engaged with the first stop protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,690,321

OPTICAL ARRANGEMENT AND LAMP

OSRAM GmbH, Munich (DE)

1. An optical arrangement, comprising:a carrier plate, on which at least one light source is arranged;
at least one optical element for directing radiation from the at least one light source;
at least one sleeve, which is connected to the light source and is intended to hold the optical element; wherein the at least one sleeve comprises, on an end side, a shoulder with a support surface and with a bearing surface, on which surfaces the optical element bears; wherein the at least one sleeve is widened radially with an increased diameter on the end side, facing toward the carrier plate, as a result of which the bearing surface and the support surface for the light source are formed;
wherein at least one of the at least one sleeve is configured in such a way that the light source and the optical element are respectively arranged therein at least in sections, or the optical element can be positioned exactly with respect to the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,690,320

TRANSFORMING GRAPHICAL EXPRESSIONS TO INDICATE BUTTON FUNCTION

Toshiba Global Commerce S...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a button configured to perform first and second functions that are different, the button comprises a pattern formed by portions of an optically transmissive substrate exposed by openings in an opaque material disposed over the optically transmissive substrate, the pattern comprising a first portion corresponding to a first one or more of the openings in the opaque material and a second portion corresponding to a second one or more of the openings in the opaque material, the first portion and the second portion are non-overlapping on the optically transmissive substrate, the first portion including an optical filter material different than the opaque material; and
at least one visible light source configured to selectively emit light of a first color and light of a second color, wherein, when emitting light of the first color, the first portion is illuminated and generates, at least in part, a first visual indication of the first function, and when emitting light of the second color, the second portion is illuminated and the optical filter material blocks the light of the second color, thereby preventing the first portion from being illuminated, and when emitting light of the second color the second portion generates a second visual indication of the second function.

US Pat. No. 10,690,319

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a first semiconductor laser element;
a second semiconductor laser element; and
a light exit surface which emits light from the first semiconductor laser element and the second semiconductor laser element, wherein
the first semiconductor laser element is disposed at a position farther than the second semiconductor laser element as seen from a flat surface including a point on a surface of the light exit surface and perpendicular to a light extraction direction.

US Pat. No. 10,690,318

LED APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A light emitting diode (LED) apparatus comprising:an LED layer comprising a plurality of LEDs corresponding to a plurality of sub-pixels;
a phosphor layer which is stacked on top of the LED layer and comprises a phosphor corresponding to at least a part of the plurality of sub-pixels; and
a filter layer which is stacked on top of the phosphor layer and comprises a plurality of color filters corresponding to the plurality of sub-pixels,
wherein each of the plurality of color filters comprises a plurality of absorption films which are spaced from one another at predetermined intervals to absorb external light and disposed between each of the plurality of color filters corresponding to each of the plurality of sub-pixels, and
wherein the plurality of color filters are divided by a black matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,690,317

ILLUMINATION DEVICE FOR OPTIMIZING POLARIZATION IN AN ILLUMINATION PUPIL

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. An illumination apparatus configured to illuminate a target surface with light from a light source, the apparatus comprising:a first array of mirror elements disposed between the light source and the target surface, wherein each of said mirror elements of the first array is steerable;
a first optical system between the first array of mirror elements and the target surface, the optical system configured to receive light from the first array of mirror elements;
a first plurality of polarization elements disposed in an illumination path between the light source and the optical system, wherein each of polarization elements from said first plurality of polarization elements is configured to change a polarization state of the light upon interaction therewith;
and
a second plurality of polarization elements disposed in the illumination path between the first plurality of polarization elements and the target surface;
wherein said first plurality of polarization elements includes a polarization member positioned at a side of the first array of mirrors that faces the light source such that light incident onto the first array of mirror elements from the light source traverses the polarization member, to set polarization of the light incident onto the first array of mirror elements and to make polarization of the light reflected from the first array of mirror elements controllably changeable.

US Pat. No. 10,690,316

LED LIGHTING ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Designs for Vision, Inc.,...

16. A lighting assembly comprising:a housing comprising:
a lighting element, positioned within the housing, comprising:
a substrate comprising:
a printed circuit board containing electronic components thereon; and
a Light Emitting Diode (LED) electrically connected to the printed circuit board;
a lens formed in a shape of a dome, said dome lens, when viewed in a cross-sectional view, comprising:
a substantially flat bottom surface; and
a curved surface extending between free ends of said substantially flat bottom surface;
a retainer in contact with the substrate, said retainer comprising:
a base comprising:
a passthrough substantially centered in said base; and
a plurality of prongs extending from said base, said prongs being curvilinear shaped to maintain contact to said curved surface of said dome lens;anda lens assembly comprising:
at least one lens; and
a connector configured to:
attach the lens assembly to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,690,315

LUMINAIRE UTILIZING GASKET VENT

Ideal Industries Lighting...

1. A device for venting a luminaire compartment, comprising:a luminaire compartment disposed between a housing and an optical member;
one or more luminaire gaskets comprising an adhesive disposed between the housing and the optical member for attaching the optical member to the housing and for maintaining a weather-proof seal about the luminaire compartment; and
one or more venting tubes traversing at least one of the one or more luminaire gaskets;
wherein the one or more venting tubes extend into the luminaire compartment such that the one or more venting tubes equalize one or more environmental parameters of the luminaire compartment with one or more environmental parameters of the ambient environment.

US Pat. No. 10,690,314

LIGHTING SYSTEMS OF TAILGATES WITH PLASTIC GLAZING

SABIC Global Technologies...

1. A plastic glazing of a tailgate of a vehicle, the plastic glazing comprising:a first translucent component;
a second translucent component molded onto the first translucent component, wherein the second translucent component comprises a color; and
a third translucent component molded onto the first translucent component, wherein at least a portion of the third translucent component forms a lens of a second molded light assembly,
wherein the plastic glazing is of one-piece molded plastic construction,
wherein a portion of one or more of the first translucent component and the second translucent component forms a lens of a first molded light assembly, and
wherein the portion of the third translucent component forming the lens of the second molded light assembly is configured to operate with the second molded light assembly to produce a white light having a CIE (x,y) chromaticity value within a color space defined by a blue boundary corresponding to x=0.31, a yellow boundary corresponding to x=0.50, a first green boundary corresponding to y=0.15+0.64x, a purple boundary corresponding to v=0.05+0.75x, a second green boundary corresponding to y=0.44, and a red boundary corresponding to y=0.38.

US Pat. No. 10,690,313

AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTING UNIT

Automotive Lighting Itali...

1. An automotive lighting unit, comprising:a substantially basin-shaped, rear body;
a front half-shell placed in front of the mouth of the rear body; and
at least one lighting assembly that emits light on command, and is located inside the rear body so as to be able to backlight a corresponding transparent or semi-transparent portion of the front half-shell;
wherein the lighting assembly comprises:
a plurality of light-guide bodies made of photoconductive material, each of the plurality of light-guide bodies is placed inside the rear body and is structured to channel, by total internal reflection and towards a corresponding transparent or semi-transparent portion of the front half-shell, the light that enters in the respective plurality of light-guide bodies through a light-incoupling end of the respective plurality of light-guide bodies;
an active light deflector device which is placed inside the rear body, facing the light-incoupling end of the plurality of light-guide bodies; and
an electrically-powered light source which is placed inside the rear body and emits, on command, a collimated light beam towards the active light deflector device; and
wherein the active light deflector device is adapted to reflect/divert said collimated light beam directly upon the light-incoupling ends of the plurality of light-guide bodies in a scanning manner so that the collimated light beam can enter into the plurality of light-guide bodies and then travel inside the plurality of light-guide bodies by total internal reflection.

US Pat. No. 10,690,312

LIGHT EMITTING DIODE SIGNAL LIGHT

TRI LITE, INC., Chicago,...

15. An LED signal light comprising:a base;
a printed circuit board on the base, the printed circuit board including
a substrate layer, and
a metal layer disposed adjacent to the substrate layer and including
a first pad, and
a second pad spaced apart from the first pad in a radial direction to thermally isolate the second pad from the first pad;
an LED light source electrically coupled to the second pad and configured to emit light along an axial light emission axis;
electronic control circuitry electrically coupled to the first pad and configured to supply electrical energy to the LED light source; and
a light guide on the base, the light guide including
a plurality of fins, and
a concave surface configured to reflect the light emitted from the LED light source along at least one substantially radial light emission axis.

US Pat. No. 10,690,311

HEADLIGHT DEVICE

Maxell, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A vehicle headlight device attached to a part of a vehicle and configured to apply illumination light to a road surface on which the vehicle runs, the vehicle headlight device comprising:a light source device configured to generate the illumination light;
an optical unit disposed on a light axis of the light source device and configured to project the illumination light from the light source device so as to form a desired light distribution; and
a polarization direction conversion device disposed in a part of a light path between the light source device and the optical unit and being able to control the illumination light from the light source device with inclusion of conversion of a polarization direction thereof for each irradiation region in accordance with a state of a position irradiated with the illumination light on the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,690,310

REFLECTOR FOR VEHICLE LAMPS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A reflector device for vehicle lamps, the reflector device comprising:a light source unit for emitting light;
a variable reflector having therein a reaction fluid that reacts to magnetism and a non -reaction fluid that does not react to the magnetism,
wherein the variable reflector further includes a first portion located in a movement path of the light emitted from the light source unit and a second portion located to deviate from the movement path of the light, and
wherein the first portion located in the movement path of the light is configured to reflect incident light such that the light of the light source unit exits to an outside of the reflector device; and
an electromagnet unit mounted at the variable reflector for selectively generating the magnetism to control a fluid flow of the reaction fluid such that the reaction fluid or the non -reaction fluid is selectively disposed in the movement path of the light, whereby the light of the light source unit is reflected by one of the reaction fluid and the non-reaction fluid or is transmitted through another of the reaction fluid and the non-reaction fluid and then reflected by the variable reflector to adjust an exit direction of the light,
wherein the variable reflector includes:
a bent reflection unit located in the movement path of the light for reflecting the light; and
a reception unit formed to fluidically-communicate with the bent reflection the reception unit extending to deviate from the movement path of the light,
wherein the electromagnet unit is disposed at an outside of the second portion located to deviate from the movement path of the light,
wherein the bent reflection unit includes:
a reflection panel extending from the reception unit and formed to be bent such that the light of the light source unit is reflected by the reflection panel and exits to an outside of the reflector device;
a transparent panel extending from the reception unit, spaced from the reflection panel toward the light source unit without contact to the reflection panel, and formed to be bent for transmitting the light of the light source unit; and
lens connecting an end of the transparent pantli ancLpin end of the reflection panel for defining an internal space, and
wherein the internal space defined by the transparent panel, the reflection panel and the lens and the reception unit forms a closed space in which the reaction fluid and the non-reaction fluid are disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,690,309

OPTICAL MODULE FOR LIGHTING OVERHEAD LIGHTS

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. An optical module for a motor vehicle comprising:at least one light source capable of emitting an initial light beam;
a primary optical device capable of receiving said initial light beam and comprising a cutoff slot arranged to transform said initial light beam into a secondary light beam oriented in a longitudinal direction, and the secondary light beam exhibiting a predetermined bottom cutoff extending overall transversely; and
a lens arranged to project a final light beam exhibiting a top cutoff formed by an inverted image of the secondary light beam with the bottom cutoff,
wherein the primary optical means comprises a light deflector arranged to deflect a part of the light rays of the initial light beam below the bottom cutoff of the secondary beam toward the lens, and
wherein the lens is shaped to completely invert the secondary light beam such that the final light beam is vertically symmetrical to the secondary light beam across a horizontal focal plane of the lens.

US Pat. No. 10,690,308

AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTING DEVICE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. An automotive lighting device, comprising:a low beam light source to emit a low beam and emit a signlight beam,
a diaphragm element with a front edge, the diaphragm element being arranged to receive and reflect at least part of the low beam and the signlight beam,
a main optical element with a first zone and a second zone, the first zone to receive a part of the low beam that has not been reflected and project a low beam pattern, and the second zone to receive a part of the signlight beam that has not been reflected and project a signlight pattern,
wherein at least part of the second zone of the main optical element is treated to provide light diffusion; and
the second zone is immediately adjacent to and below the first zone.

US Pat. No. 10,690,307

OPTICAL PART COMPRISING A BLOCK WITH A DIOPTRIC INTERFACE FORMING A FOLDER FOR TWO BEAMS

VALEO VISION, Angers (FR...

1. Optical part comprising a block formed from a single first transparent or translucent material, this block comprising:a first collimator and a second collimator facing each of which are intended to be positioned a first light source and a second light source, respectively, so that light beams of these sources, first and second beams, respectively, enter into the block through an entrance dioptric interface of these collimators, the collimators being arranged so that these sources may be positioned in the same plane,
an intermediate exit dioptric interface toward which the first collimator guides the first beam so that this first beam exits from the block through this intermediate dioptric interface,
a cutoff dioptric interface that forms a folder with respect to this first beam and that has a cutoff edge, the first collimator and the intermediate dioptric interface being arranged so as to make the first beam converge, outside of the block, on this cutoff edge,
the second collimator and the optical part being arranged so as to make the second beam converge inside the block on the same cutoff edge, the folder also forming a folder with respect to this second beam,
the first and second beams then propagating toward an exit of the optical part.

US Pat. No. 10,690,306

LUMINAIRE

H4X e.U., Graz (AT)

1. A luminaire comprising:a housing extending in a longitudinal direction, the housing comprising a first side wall, a second side wall opposite the first side wall and a cover wall connecting the first and second side wall;
a lamp device comprising a support plate and at least one luminous element, the lamp device being arranged on a first surface of the support plate;
a transparent cover including
a main portion that extends between the first side wall and the second side wall and that is fastened to the first side wall and the second side wall,
a first side portion extending transversely to the main portion of the cover and along the first side wall,
a second side portion extending transversely to the main portion of the cover and along the second side wall,
a holder formed by a first latching portion formed in the first side portion and by a second latching portion formed in the second side portion, a first edge region of the support plate being held by the first latching portion and a second edge region being held by the second latching portion, whereby the support plate of the lamp device is coupled to the side walls such that the support plate, together with the first side wall, the second side wall and the cover wall, defines an enclosed receiving space;
an electrical connection device electrically connected to the lamp device and arranged in the enclosed receiving space.

US Pat. No. 10,690,305

EDGE LIT FIXTURE

IDEAL INDUSTRIES LIGHTING...

1. A light fixture, comprising:a light engine, comprising:
a mount plate;
an elongated compartment on said mount plate;
at least one elongated lens, said lens attachable to said mount plate and a sidewall of said compartment such that said mount plate, said compartment, and said lens define an optical cavity, said sidewall comprising a first surface defining an interior surface of said compartment and a second surface defining an interior surface of said optical cavity, at least a portion of said second surface exposed within said optical cavity;
a light strip comprising at least one light source on said mount plate such that said at least one light source is positioned to emit at least some light into said optical cavity and through said lens,
wherein said second surface of said compartment sidewall is positioned such that it is exposed to light emitted from said at least one light source when said at least one light source is emitting.

US Pat. No. 10,690,304

STAND LIGHT

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A stand light comprising:a telescoping body including a main center shaft, an extension pole extendable out of the main center shaft, and a sleeve movably supported on the main center shaft;
a head assembly supported by the extension pole, the head assembly including a light source; and
a plurality of legs pivotally coupled to the body, the plurality of legs movable with the sleeve from a collapsed position to an extended position, in which distal ends of the plurality of legs are moved away from the body;
wherein a first of the plurality of legs includes a main portion and an aperture extending through the main portion to form a side portion, wherein a second of the plurality of legs includes a main portion and an aperture extending through the main portion to form a side portion, and wherein when the plurality of legs is in the collapsed position, the side portion of the first of the plurality of legs and the side portion of the second of the plurality of legs come together to form a handle configured to be grasped by a user.

US Pat. No. 10,690,303

LIGHTING DEVICES AND METHODS

BEZEL STUDIO, San Anselm...

1. A lighting device comprising:a base; a light element positioned on an upper surface of the base wherein the light element emits light;
a first hollow member having a first hollow member first end, a first hollow member second end and a cavity within the first hollow member wherein the first hollow member first end engages the upper surface of the base;
a pair of biconvex lenses positioned within the cavity of the first hollow member;
a third biconvex lens;
a reflector opposite the base wherein the reflector reflects light from the cavity of the first hollow member to a location exterior to the first hollow member; and
a power source.

US Pat. No. 10,690,302

FLEXIBLE AND CUTTABLE LED SHEET

1. A flexible, foldable and cuttable 3D light emitting element (LEE) array sheet comprising:an X-Y axis upper sheet forming a planar mesh network of positive conductors powering a plurality of imbedded LEE's;
each LEE having a series connected current limiting resistor;
a Z axis connection of vias from the X-Y axis upper sheet to a lower ribbon network forms a low impedance 3D mesh network to the plurality of imbedded LEE's; and
wherein the LEE 3D array sheet can be cut in an X, a Y and a diagonal direction while still maintaining illumination of the remaining LEE'S at a relatively constant illumination level as perceived by a human eye.

US Pat. No. 10,690,301

LIGHTING FIXTURE

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A lighting fixture, comprising:a housing portion;
a modular lighting component mechanically coupled to the housing portion at a sidewall of the housing portion, the modular lighting component comprising a lighting assembly and a heat sink portion, the lighting assembly comprising a plurality of LED devices and a plurality of lenses, each lens secured relative to one of the plurality of LED devices;
wherein the modular lighting component is selectively removable from the housing portion to configure the lighting fixture for a plurality of different lighting applications, and
wherein the housing portion comprises a plurality of cooling fins, at least one cooling fin of the plurality of cooling fins extending outwardly from the sidewall of the housing portion such that the at least one cooling fin is positioned between the housing portion and the modular lighting component.

US Pat. No. 10,690,300

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL FLEXIBLE LED FLASHLIGHT

Schumacher Electric Corpo...

1. A flexible flashlight comprising:a housing having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the housing defines a hollow cavity to house a battery;
a light-end assembly having a flexible light component and a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs),
wherein the light-end assembly is coupled to the distal end of the housing,
wherein the flexible light component has a proximal end and a distal end, the plurality of LEDs being distributed along the flexible light component between its proximal end and its distal end, and
wherein the flexible light component includes a flexible housing configured to fully enclose the plurality of LEDs and a flexible, semi-rigid structure configured to maintain the flexible housing in a desired shape; and
a user interface positioned on an external surface of the housing, the user interface being configured to control a function of the flexible flashlight.

US Pat. No. 10,690,299

METHOD FOR DRIVING LED TUBE LAMP

Jiaxing Super Lighting El...

1. A method for driving a light-emitting diode (LED) tube lamp, comprising:providing a rectifying circuit for receiving an AC supply signal from a rectifying input side, wherein the AC supply signal has frequency of 50 Hz or 60 Hz when the LED tube lamp operates in a ballast-bypass mode;
providing a filtering circuit electrically connected to the rectifying circuit;
providing a driving circuit electrically connected to the filtering circuit and configured to generate a lamp driving signal to drive an LED module for emitting light;
providing a circuit configured for forming a detection path between the rectifying input side and a ground terminal;
causing a detection current with pulse waveform to flow through the detection path by turning on and cutting off the detection path; and
generating a signal for indicating whether a foreign external impedance is electrically connected to the LED tube lamp in response to the detection current.

US Pat. No. 10,690,298

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING AN LED-BASED TRACK LIGHTING SYSTEM

LEDVANCE LLC, Wilmington...

1. An LED-based lighting system, comprising:a driver module;
a track electrically connected to the driver module, wherein the track comprises at least one electronic conductor disposed along a length of the track; and
at least one track adapter removably connected to the track, wherein the at least one track adapter comprises a locking mechanism configured to engage removably with the track at a position along the track,
wherein each of the track adapters is configured to be removably engaged with at least one light engine module.

US Pat. No. 10,690,297

TUBULAR LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

1. A tubular light, comprising:an elongate light source having a length axis and a light output optical axis perpendicular to the length axis;
a tubular housing around the light source; and
an optical beam shaping arrangement within the housing around an inner surface of at least an angular portion of the tubular housing for beam shaping of the light output from the elongate light source in a plane perpendicular to the length axis,
wherein the optical beam shaping arrangement has an effective focal distance, in the plane perpendicular to the length axis, which varies in dependence on the angular position around the optical beam shaping arrangement, such that the effective focal distance is longer for light in the light output optical axis direction than for light output laterally to the sides of the light output optical axis, and
wherein the optical beam shaping arrangement further provides a beam in a general direction of the light output optical axis with a narrower beam width than the beam width of the elongate light source, combined with a beam in an opposite general direction.

US Pat. No. 10,690,296

LED-BASED LIGHT WITH CANTED OUTER WALLS

iLumisys, Inc., Troy, MI...

1. An LED-based light comprising:an elongate tubular housing having longitudinal axis and a vertical axis orthogonal to the longitudinal axis,
wherein the housing defines an outer periphery of the LED-based light and a cavity,
wherein the housing comprises a base, a first canted outer wall, and a second canted outer wall, and
wherein a surface of each of the base, the first canted outer wall, and the second canted outer wall defines a substantially identical arced profile in cross-section orthogonal to the longitudinal axis;
an LED circuit board positioned within the cavity;
a plurality of LEDs positioned on the LED circuit board;
end caps positioned at opposite ends of the housing, wherein each end cap comprises a respective bi-pin connector protruding from the end cap, the bi-pin connectors being compatible with a fluorescent light fixture; and
a support enclosed by the housing, the support comprising a planar portion and two sidewalls extending from opposing ends of the planar portion, each sidewall being contoured to and aligned flush against a respective curved interior portion of the housing, and the LED circuit board being positioned on the planar portion.

US Pat. No. 10,690,295

APPARATUS WITH COMPUTER INTERFACE MODULE FOR USE IN VEHICLES

Global Navigation Science...

1. A device comprising:a mounting base mechanically coupled to an interior surface of a vehicle subject to a regulatory authority and permanently coupled to a wire of the, wherein the wire of the vehicle was installed to provide power to the device or was previously coupled to and provided power to a component of the vehicle that has subsequently been removed from the vehicle;
a lamp unit detachably coupled to the mounting base, wherein the lamp unit comprises a lamp configured to adjust an emitted light from a first color to a second color; and
a computer interface module detachably coupled to the mounting base and configured to couple to an external computing device, wherein the computer interface module is configured to receive the power from a first wire or a second wire of the vehicle and transfer the power to the external computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,690,294

SOLID STATE LAMP USING LIGHT EMITTING STRIPS

Quarkstar LLC, Las Vegas...

1. A solid state lamp comprising:a connector configured to connect the solid state lamp to a socket, the connector defining an axis; and
a bulb portion extending along the axis and attached to the connector, the bulb portion comprising:
a flexible elongate substrate extending from a first end to a second end opposite the first end, the substrate supporting a plurality of spaced-apart light emitting diode (LED) dies encapsulated on the substrate by an encapsulant comprising a phosphor and a binder,
wherein the LED dies are unpackaged LED dies operatively connected without wire bonds.

US Pat. No. 10,690,293

LED LIGHT BULB WITH TWO SETS OF FILAMENTS

1. An LED light bulb comprising:a light transmissive envelope, having a bulbous main chamber;
a base, connected with the light transmissive envelope by a neck of the light transmissive envelope;
a stem press located in the light transmissive envelope;
an upper LED filaments and a lower LED filament both housed in the light transmissive envelope;
a pair of lead wires,
a rectifier disposed within the base, having a circuit board in electrical communication with the pair of lead wires, and
two sets of support wires attached to the stem press at a first end and to the upper LED filaments and the lower LED filament at a second end, the two sets of support wires comprising an upper set of support wires configured to hold the upper LED filament in position, and a lower set of support wires configured to hold the lower LED filament in position;
wherein the upper LED filaments and the lower LED filament respectively defines a sinuous curve along an arc meandering substantially horizontally in the light transmissive envelope;
wherein the upper LED filament defines a higher sinuous curve oscillating in the range from H3+A3 to H3?A3 on y-axis, where H3 represents the average height of the upper LED filament in the LED light bulb and A3 the amplitude of the upper sinuous curve the upper LED filament defines;
wherein the lower LED filament defines a lower sinuous curve oscillating in the range from H4+A3 to H4?A3 on y-axis, where H4 represents the average height of the lower LED filament in the LED light bulb and A3 the amplitude of the lower sinuous curve the lower LED filament defines.

US Pat. No. 10,690,292

LED LIGHT BULB

XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. L...

1. A light bulb, comprising:a driving module including a driving circuitry;
at least two flexible filaments, each of the flexible filaments has an LED chip and is capable of emitting light with a different light characteristic from each other, each of the flexible filaments is spiral along a transverse axis of the light bulb, and is independently electrically connected to the driving circuitry, wherein the flexible filaments are interspersedly spiral along the transverse axis of the bulb housing; and
a bulb housing enclosing the filaments.

US Pat. No. 10,690,291

LED BULB

1. A LED bulb, which at least comprises:a lamp-seat capable of connecting an external power supply;
a lampshade fixed and set above the lamp-seat, and
a circuit board mounted in the lamp-seat and the lampshade;
wherein the bottom end of the circuit board is electrically connected to the lamp-seat, and the top end of the circuit board defines a first portion, wherein the outer surface of the first portion is set with a plurality of LEDs in array for forming an upper-emitting light-source module;
wherein the circuit board has a second portion with a width which gradually downwardly widens on both sides of the first portion, and the width refers to the distance between the left side and the right side of the circuit board; wherein the outer surface of the second portion is set with a plurality of LEDs in array for forming an oblique-upper emitting light-source module;
wherein the circuit board is connected to a third portion at the bottom end of the second portion, and the third portion has a width which gradually narrows downwardly to maintain a set height between the bottom end of the third portion and the bottom end of the circuit board;
wherein the outer surface of the third portion is set with a plurality of LEDs in array for forming an oblique-lower emitting light-source module;
wherein the circuit board defines a casketing-room with an opening facing downward, and further defines that the front and rear directions of the casketing-room are in a through arrangement, which the casketing-room has an open bottom end and a closed top end to provide for mounting a heat-conducting unit; wherein the heat-conducting unit is set with a heat-conducting pad symmetrically along the wall surface of the casketing-room; and a heat-conducting aluminum-extruding-piece is filled and full in the range of the heat-conducting pad;
wherein the lamp-seat defines an accommodating-room with an opening facing upward, and a connector capable of connecting an external power supply is arranged at the bottom of the lamp-seat; wherein a driving circuit is installed on the inner side of the accommodating-room, and the driving circuit controls the input current from the connector to the circuit board; wherein a heat dissipation unit is further set between the lamp-seat and the heat-conducting unit; wherein the heat dissipation unit is formed by face-to-face combining two heat-sinking pieces for defining a base portion capable of inserting the accommodating-room, a first region capable of abutting the surface of the circuit board, and further set a second region that can abut the front and rear sides and the bottom end of the heat-conducting unit;
wherein the heat dissipation unit is further set with a ring protruding-flange capable of abutting the top end of the lamp-seat; and is set with a plurality of heat-exchanging blocks which is symmetrically protruded from the front and rear sides over the lamp-seat; wherein the bottom end of the lampshade is one-body fixed over the lamp-seat through the ring protruding-flange of the heat dissipation unit integrally, and the lampshade also has a plurality of notches provided for the heat-exchanging blocks to protrude and expose.

US Pat. No. 10,690,290

PARTICLE FOCUSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of increasing inter-particle spacing between particles in a focused stream of particles contained within a fluid comprising:providing a microfluidic device formed in a substrate and comprising at least one inlet channel operatively coupled to a fluid containing a source of particles suspended therein, a focusing microchannel disposed in the substrate and connected to the at least one inlet, an expansion region disposed in the substrate downstream of the focusing microchannel, a contraction region disposed in the substrate downstream of the expansion region; and a pressure/flow source configured to drive the fluid containing the source of particles through the focusing microchannel;
focusing the particles in the fluid in the focusing microchannel to form a substantially axially aligned particle stream at one focusing position having an inter-particle spacing (db);
flowing the substantially axially aligned particle stream focused at the one focusing position past the expansion region, whereby the inter-particle spacing decreases in the expansion region to below a threshold value to initiate a viscous repulsive interaction between adjacent particles, wherein the viscous repulsive interaction increases the inter-particle spacing of adjacent particles in the expansion region; and
flowing the particles past the contraction region, whereby the inter-particle spacing increases in the contraction region, wherein the inter-particle spacing is increased to a value (da) such that da >db.

US Pat. No. 10,690,289

MODULAR GAS CONTROL ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY FOR CYLINDERS

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Sa...

1. A manifold attachment assembly for a cylinder including:a knuckle having an upper surface of the knuckle, a lower surface of the knuckle configured to be attached to the cylinder, a plurality of first gas passages of the knuckle extending through the knuckle from the upper surface of the knuckle to the lower surface of the knuckle, and at least one second gas passage of the knuckle extending through the knuckle from a side of the knuckle to the lower surface of the knuckle;
a manifold block configured to be attached to the knuckle, the manifold block having an upper surface of the manifold block, a lower surface of the manifold block configured to abut the upper surface of the knuckle, a plurality of valve seats in the upper surface of the manifold block, a plurality of first gas passages of the manifold block each in communication with one of the plurality of valve seats and opening to the lower surface of the manifold block to be in fluid communication with one of the plurality of first gas passages of the knuckle, and a plurality of second gas passages of the manifold block each in communication with one of the plurality of valve seats and opening to a side of the manifold block; and
a plurality of valves each secured to the manifold block in a respective one of the plurality of valve seats, each of the plurality of valves being movable between an open position allowing flow between a respective one of the plurality of first gas passages of the manifold block and a respective one of the plurality of second gas passages of the manifold block, and a closed position blocking flow between the respective one of the plurality of first gas passages of the manifold block and the respective one of the plurality of second gas passages of the manifold block.

US Pat. No. 10,690,288

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A CONFORMABLE PRESSURE VESSEL

OTHER LAB, LLC, San Fran...

1. A pressure vessel for storing pressurized fluid, the pressure vessel comprising:an elongated polymer liner having a liner body that defines:
a liner cavity;
a plurality of flexible connector portions that include a central corrugated length that provides for flexibility of the respective connector portions and rigid elongated non-corrugated ends on opposing sides of the central corrugated length, the connector portions having a first maximum diameter defined by the rigid elongated non-corrugated ends and corrugation ridges of the corrugated length;
a plurality of elongated rigid tubing portions between the respective flexible connector portions, the elongated tubing portions having a second minimum diameter that is larger than the first maximum diameter of the flexible connector portions;
a plurality of taper portions coupling adjoining the rigid elongated non-corrugated ends of the flexible connector portions and rigid tubing portions configured to that provide a gradual taper transition between a smaller diameter of the rigid elongated non-corrugated ends of the connector portion and a larger diameter of the tubing portion; and
a first and second end;
a rigid resinated braid that contiguously covers the flexible connector portions, the rigid tubing portions, and the taper portions; and
a first and second end-coupling respectively coupled at the first and second end configured to provide for pressurized fluid entering and leaving the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,690,287

FRAMEWORK FOR INSTALLATION OF COUPLING COMPONENTS

Xiaoming Chen, Richmond ...

1. A framework for installation of a coupling component, comprising:a top mounting rail defined on a top position of the framework and a bottom mounting rail defined on a bottom position of the framework used for installation of the coupling component, wherein the top mounting rail and the bottom mounting rail extend along a length direction of the framework;
a locking device positioned at an end portion of the framework;
one or more mounting holes positioned on a side surface of the framework and used for installation of the coupling component; and
one or more screw holes positioned at four corners of the side surface of the framework to mount different accessories;
wherein a cross-section of the framework comprises a substantially rectangular profile, an inner frame of the framework is provided with a cavity passing through along the length direction thereof, and the one or more mounting holes pass through the cavity, and
wherein the locking device is configured to lock the coupling component to the framework; wherein the locking device is provided with a clamping groove, configured to receive and clamp a Picatinny rail or a trapezoid rail provided on the coupling component, in order to lock the coupling component to the framework.

US Pat. No. 10,690,286

BACK PLATE ASSEMBLIES FOR HOME HARDWARE

LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. COR...

1. A wedge-lock back plate assembly for home hardware comprising:a base defining a first mount aperture, an opening, and a pair of forks each disposed on one side of the opening, and adapted to mount to a support surface;
an attachment including a transition portion and a connector with first and second intersecting members defining an engagement groove; and
a rod to secure within each of the pair of forks and arranged with the opening to position within the engagement groove when the connector extends through the opening such that a portion of a force applied to the attachment is transferred to the rod, whereby the rod is secured within each of the pair of forks before the attachment connector is inserted into the base opening; and
wherein the connector defines a T-shape with a pair of lateral ends.