US Pat. No. 11,066,986

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE


1. An internal combustion engine comprising:a housing;
a main rotor with an external cylindrical surface with blades in a form of gear ledges;
additional rotors with an external cylindrical surface with recesses corresponding to a size of the blades on the main rotor;
a spark plug for igniting a combustible mixture being supplied via an intake valve; and
an outlet for discharging exhaust gases;wherein circumference values of the main rotor and each of the additional rotors do not match and are multiples of a length L1, between nearest points of tangency of a center of a surface of each of the gear ledges with the housing;
wherein a number of the blades in a form of the gear ledges N corresponds to a formula L2/L1=N, where L2 is a circumference of the main rotor; and
wherein a through hole is made in each of the recesses of said each of the additional rotors;wherein the through hole connects a working cavity with an environment; and
wherein said each of the recesses of said each of the additional rotors is closed during each of the blades passing the intake valve.



US Pat. No. 11,066,985

ROTARY ROLLER MOTOR (RRM)


1. A rotary combustion motor comprising:an engine block having an interior surface defining a cavity, an air intake port permitting air into the cavity, and an exhaust port releasing gas out of the cavity;
a rotor passing through the cavity, the rotor comprisinga rotary shaft;
an offset circular lobe attached to the rotary shaft and housed within the interior cavity;
an outer rotor contacting the interior surface of the engine block; and
bearings between the outer rotor and the offset circular lobe;
a combustion chamber having an inlet for fuel, a first opening to the cavity, and a second opening to the cavity, the first and second openings separated by a compression/power barrier urged against and maintaining contact with the outer rotor;

a non-reversing compression barrier for selectively permitting air to pass through the first opening from the cavity to the combustion chamber;
a compression hold barrier for selectively permitting combusted gases to pass through the second opening from the combustion chamber to the cavity; and
an exhaust/intake barrier between the intake port and the exhaust port urged against the outer rotor,
wherein the engine block interior surface, outer rotor, compression/power barrier and exhaust/intake barrier define a fluid pathway from the intake port through the first opening, the combustion chamber, the second opening, and the exhaust port, the fluid pathway being selectively blocked by the outer rotor rolling along the interior surface.

US Pat. No. 11,066,984

ENGINE

Yanmar Power Technology C...


1. An engine comprising:an intake manifold configured to supply air into a cylinder;
an exhaust manifold configured to emit exhaust gas from a cylinder;
a turbocharger configured to compress air with exhaust gas from the exhaust manifold;
an exhaust bypass channel connecting an outlet of the exhaust manifold and an exhaust outlet of the turbocharger, the exhaust bypass channel having an exhaust bypass valve in the exhaust bypass channel, and an intake bypass channel connecting an inlet of the intake manifold and an inlet of the turbocharger, the intake bypass channel having an intake bypass valve in the intake bypass channel, wherein the engine has at least one of the exhaust bypass channel and the intake bypass channel;
the intake bypass channel including at least one of the intake bypass channel provided with an intake bypass valve,
an intake pressure sensor configured to detect a pressure of the intake manifold; and
a control device configured to perform feedback control by outputting an instruction value of a valve opening degree of at least one of the exhaust bypass valve and the intake bypass valve such that a pressure detected by the intake pressure sensor approaches a set target pressure of the intake manifold, wherein
the control device is configured to perform feedback control on one of the exhaust bypass valve and the intake bypass valve, and
if an instruction value indicating an upper limit or a lower limit of the valve opening degree is continuously output for a predetermined time or more with respect to the exhaust bypass valve or the intake bypass valve as a target of the feedback control, the control device is capable of determining that an abnormality occurs in one of the exhaust bypass valve and the intake bypass valve.

US Pat. No. 11,066,983

LUBRICATING DEVICE FOR BEARING, AND EXHAUST TURBOSUPERCHARGER


17. An exhaust turbine turbocharger, comprising:a turbine;
a compressor;
a rotary shaft which coaxially connects the turbine and the compressor to each other;
a bearing structure which includes a plurality of journal bearings rotatably supporting the rotary shaft; and
an oil passage that supplies a lubricating oil to the plurality of journal bearings provided in a housing having a hollow shape, the plurality of journal bearings rotatably supporting the rotary shaft disposed inside the housing at at least two locations in an axial direction of the rotary shaft, the oil passage including:a plurality of outer peripheral portion lubricating oil supply passages through which a lubricating oil is supplied to outer peripheral surfaces of the plurality of journal bearings;
an intermediate portion lubricating oil supply passage through which the lubricating oil is supplied to a space portion between the plurality of journal bearings; and
a guide portion which guides the lubricating oil, which is supplied from the intermediate portion lubricating oil supply passage to the space portion, to inner peripheral surfaces of the plurality of journal bearings,
wherein the lubricating oil is supplied to the outer peripheral surfaces and the inner peripheral surfaces of the plurality of journal bearings without flowing inside the plurality of journal bearings,
wherein each of the plurality of journal bearings is accommodated in an accommodating portion defined by an inner peripheral surface of the housing, and is rotatable inside the accommodating portion about a rotating shaft of the rotary shaft,
wherein an inner peripheral surface of each of the plurality of journal bearings rotatably supports the rotary shaft,
wherein said each of the plurality of journal bearings defines no oil flow passage extending inside said each of the plurality of journal bearings between an outer peripheral surface and the inner peripheral surface of said each of the plurality of journal bearings,

wherein the guide portion is provided on an outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft,
the plurality of journal bearings includes a first journal bearing and a second journal bearing,
wherein the first journal bearing has a first side surface portion and a second side surface portion both of which extend in a radial direction of the rotary shaft, the second side surface portion is positioned nearer to the intermediate portion lubricating oil supply passage than the first side surface portion, and a first notch, which is tapered along a direction toward the first side surface portion, is formed on an inner peripheral surface side of at least the second side surface portion,
wherein the second journal bearing has a third side surface portion and a fourth side surface portion both of which extend in the radial direction, the third side surface portion is positioned nearer to the intermediate portion lubricating oil supply passage than the fourth side surface portion, and a second notch, which is tapered along a direction toward the fourth side surface portion, is formed on an inner peripheral surface side of at least the third side surface portion,
wherein the guide portion includes a first guide portion and a second guide portion being put the intermediate portion lubricating oil supply passage therebetween, and
wherein an end portion of the first guide portion on a first journal bearing side is positioned at which the end portion overlaps only with the first notch in the axial direction, and an end portion of the second guide portion on a second journal bearing side is positioned at which the end portion overlaps only with the second notch in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 11,066,982

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR AND TURBOCHARGER

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...


1. A centrifugal compressor comprising:an impeller; and
a casing housing the impeller and internally forming an air flow passage to guide air to the impeller,
wherein the casing includes
at least one recirculation channel for recirculating a part of the air flowing through the air flow passage from a downstream side of a leading edge of a blade of the impeller to an upstream side of the leading edge,
wherein the at least one recirculation channel includes:
a first inlet slit connected to the air flow passage on the downstream side of the leading edge in an air flow direction of the air flow passage;
a second inlet slit connected to the air flow passage on a downstream side of the first inlet slit in the air flow direction of the air flow passage;
a first vane disposed on the downstream side of the first inlet slit or in the first inlet slit in the at least one recirculation channel; and
a second vane disposed on a downstream side of the second inlet slit or in the second inlet slit in the at least one recirculation channel, and
wherein ?1>?2 is satisfied, where ?1 is an angle between a chordwise direction of the first vane and a circumferential direction with respect to a rotational shaft of the impeller at a position of a leading edge of the first vane, and ?2 is an angle between a chordwise direction of the second vane and the circumferential direction with respect to the rotational shaft of the impeller at a position of a leading edge of the second vane.

US Pat. No. 11,066,981

AIR DISTRIBUTOR AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THIS AIR DISTRIBUTOR

NOVARES FRANCE, Clamart ...


1. An air distributor having an outer enclosure delimiting an interior volume, an air inlet opening into this interior volume, and several air outlets intended to conduct air from the interior volume to cylinders of an engine, wherein the air distributor comprises a heat exchanger arranged in the interior volume, the heat exchanger comprising a stack of plates made of plastic material, wherein adjacent plates of the stack of plates are arranged so as to delimit a set of intermediate spaces, the set of intermediate spaces comprising closed intermediate spaces that are fluidically connected together to allow a circulation of fluid through the stack of plates, and open intermediate spaces that are configured to allow an air passage through the stack of plates from the air inlet to the air outlets of the distributor, wherein plates of the stack of plates have an edge secured to the outer enclosure of the distributor and the edge of the plates is continuously bonded to the outer enclosure of the distributor.

US Pat. No. 11,066,980

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A VARIABLE VOLUME PRE-CHAMBER IGNITER

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. A method, comprising:adjusting an internal volume of a pre-chamber igniter based on at least engine load by adjusting a position of a cap of the pre-chamber igniter, the pre-chamber igniter including a plurality of orifices fluidically coupling the internal volume to a main combustion chamber of a cylinder of an engine,
wherein adjusting the internal volume of the pre-chamber igniter based on at least the engine load comprises:increasing the internal volume of the pre-chamber igniter as the engine load decreases; and
decreasing the internal volume of the pre-chamber igniter as the engine load increases.


US Pat. No. 11,066,979

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH FUEL INJECTION DIRECTION AND IGNITION DIRECTION INTERSECTING IN A COMBUSTION CHAMBER OF A CYLINDER

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...


1. A combustion cylinder of an internal combustion engine, comprising:a combustion chamber wall that surrounds a combustion chamber;
a combustion chamber cover that closes off the combustion chamber on an upper side;
first and second inlet valves for letting in a fluid, the first and second inlet valves being arranged on an inlet side in the combustion chamber cover and communicating directly with the combustion chamber;
first and second outlet valves for letting out a fluid, the first and second outlet valves being arranged on an outlet side in the combustion chamber cover and communicating directly with the combustion chamber;
a prechamber spark plug being arranged on a straight line extending from the inlet side of the combustion chamber cover to the outlet side of the combustion chamber cover, the line passing between the first and second inlet valves and between the first and second outlet valves in the combustion chamber cover, the prechamber spark plug communicating directly with the combustion chamber at a position closer to the inlet side than to the outlet side;
an injector that injects combustion fluid directly into the combustion chamber along an injection direction, the injector being arranged on the straight line and at a position between the prechamber spark plug and the outlet side, wherein the injection direction of the injector has a point of intersection in the combustion chamber with an ignition direction of the prechamber spark plug; and
an auxiliary spark plug on the straight line and at a position between the injector and the outlet side, wherein:
the injector is at least partly between the first and second outlet valves,
the injector is at least partly between the first and second outlet valves,
the injector is closer to the prechamber spark plug than to the auxiliary spark plug, and
the auxiliary spark plug is operable during selected engine operating conditions.

US Pat. No. 11,066,978

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION WITH A PRE-CHAMBER

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. A method, comprising:flowing gases from a pre-chamber to a cylinder of an engine prior to fueling the cylinder during a combustion cycle;
adjusting a composition of the gases by adjusting at least one of an air injection amount to the pre-chamber and a fuel injection amount to the pre-chamber; and
igniting an air-fuel mixture in the cylinder via a pre-chamber ignition event, the air-fuel mixture in the cylinder including the gas from the pre-chamber.

US Pat. No. 11,066,977

IGNITOR FOR NATURAL GAS ENGINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...


1. An engine ignition apparatus for a natural gas engine, comprising:a housing including:a drive piston;
a floating piston;
a controllable hydraulic fluid chamber located between the drive piston and the floating piston; and
an ignition chamber acted on by the floating piston, the ignition chamber having an outlet formed by a plurality of orifices, the outlet being in direct communication with a combustion chamber of the engine.


US Pat. No. 11,066,976

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CATALYST TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. A vehicle method, comprising:during an engine shut-down condition,selectively operating one or more exhaust catalyst heating devices based on a combination including a vehicle drive history and vehicle positional information,
wherein the selectively operating includes selectively operating based on a predicted duration of vehicle parking, the duration predicted based on the combination of the vehicle drive history and the vehicle positional information;
wherein the selectively operating further includes operating the one or more exhaust catalyst heating devices when the predicted duration of vehicle parking is lower than a threshold duration, and maintaining the one or more exhaust catalyst heating devices disabled when the predicted duration of vehicle parking is higher than the threshold duration.


US Pat. No. 11,066,975

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DIAGNOSIS OF A PARTICLE FILTER ARRANGED IN THE EXHAUST GAS SYSTEM OF A PETROL-OPERATED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Vitesco Technologies GmbH...


1. A method for determining a presence of a correct particle filter in an exhaust gas tract of a petrol-operated internal combustion engine, the method comprising:determining with a control unit a measured differential pressure curve from a first pressure curve measured in the exhaust gas tract using a first pressure sensor arranged upstream of an installation position of a particle filter, and a second pressure curve measured in the exhaust gas tract using a second pressure sensor arranged downstream of the installation position;
determining with the control unit a first result curve with a first low-pass filtration of the measured differential pressure curve;
determining with the control unit a second result curve with a second low-pass filtration of the first result curve;
determining with the control unit a first differential result curve by forming a difference between the first result curve and the second result curve;
determining with the control unit a first amount result curve by forming an amount of the first differential result curve;
determining with the control unit an expected differential pressure curve;
determining with the control unit a third result curve with a first low-pass filtration of the expected differential pressure curve;
determining with the control unit a fourth result curve with a second-low-pass filtration of the third result curve;
determining with the control unit a second differential result curve by forming a difference between the third result curve and the fourth result curve;
determining with the control unit a second amount result curve by forming an amount of the second differential result curve;
integrating the first amount result curve into a first sum result and the second amount result curve into a second sum result when a first threshold value is exceeded by at least one of the third result curve, the fourth result curve, and the second amount result curve;
evaluating with the control unit the first sum result and the second sum result to determine the presence of the correct particle filter.

US Pat. No. 11,066,974

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WASTE HEAT UTILIZATION SYSTEM


1. A high-efficiency and energy-saving internal combustion engine waste heat utilization technology, wherein a circulation system is installed on an internal combustion engine; the circulation system comprises a cooling medium, a cooling medium storage tank, a cooling medium delivery pipe, a circulation pump, a high-pressure pipeline, energy storage tanks, steam turbines and a radiator, wherein the energy storage tanks comprise a first energy storage tank and a second energy storage tank, and the steam turbines comprise a one-stage steam turbine and a two-stage steam turbine;the cooling medium is a substance with a low boiling point under normal pressure; the cooling medium is vinegar, methylene chloride, tert-butyl bromoacetate or methanol; the cooling medium storage tank is connected with a circulation pump through the cooling medium delivery pipe; the circulation pump is connected to a circulation liquid inlet of the internal combustion engine through a connecting pipe; a closed interlayer is arranged on an outer wall of an exhaust pipe of the internal combustion engine; a circulation liquid outlet of the internal combustion engine is connected to one end of the interlayer of the exhaust pipe, and the other end of the interlayer of the exhaust pipe is connected with the first energy storage tank through the high-pressure pipeline; the first energy storage tank is connected with the one-stage steam turbine; output ends of the one-stage steam turbine outputs kinetic energy converted from doing work of high-pressure and high-temperature gas; the one-stage steam turbine is connected with the second energy storage tank, the high-pressure and high-temperature gas after doing work in the one-stage steam turbine enters into the second energy storage tank from the one-stage steam turbine; the second energy storage tank is connected with the two-stage steam turbine; and a gas-liquid mixture after doing work in the two-stage steam turbine enters the radiator, and is completely liquefied to enter the cooling medium storage tank for a next cycle.

US Pat. No. 11,066,973

HEATING SYSTEM FOR A TANK HEADER OF AFTERTREATMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF HEATING A TANK HEADER

Cummins Emission Solution...


1. A system comprising:a tank header configured to couple to a reductant tank;
a heater positioned proximate to the tank header and configured to heat at least a portion of the tank header; and
a controller configured to execute a process comprising:accessing a parameter indicative of reductant flow through the tank header;
using a thermal model to estimate a temperature of the tank header using the parameter indicative of reductant flow through the tank header;
comparing the estimated temperature to a threshold temperature; and
in response to determining that the estimated temperature is below the threshold temperature, activating the heater to heat the at least the portion of the tank header.


US Pat. No. 11,066,972

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING A PARTICLE FILTER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE USING A PARTICLE SENSOR CONNECTED DOWNSTREAM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...


1. A method for diagnosing a particle filter of a motor vehicle using a particle sensor which is connected downstream of the particle filter and that has a ceramic sensor element, the method comprising:regenerating (10) the ceramic sensor element by thermal heating the ceramic sensor element to a specific temperature and for a specific time after the start of the motor vehicle,
diagnosing the particle filter to obtain a first diagnosis result (30), and
performing reduced regeneration (40) of the ceramic sensor element after the first diagnosis result (30) to obtain a confirmed diagnosis result for the particle filter.

US Pat. No. 11,066,971

TRANSPORTABLE GENSET EMISSIONS REDUCTION SYSTEM


1. A transportable genset emissions reduction system comprising:a connector to temporarily couple to an exhaust pipe of a genset producing exhaust gas;
at least two public-road compatible exhaust treatment containers for purifying said exhaust gas from said genset;
at least two exhaust treatment systems contained within said respective at least two exhaust treatment containers and configured to purify said exhaust gas from said genset;
a first of said at least two exhaust treatment containers comprising an inlet and a second of said at least two exhaust treatment containers comprising an outlet, the inlet connected to an input of a first of the at least two exhaust treatment systems, the outlet connected to an output of a second of the at least two exhaust treatment systems;
at least two public-road compatible chassis configured to mount said at least two exhaust treatment containers respectively for transportation on public roads in a transport mode;
said at least two exhaust treatment containers mounted on said respective chassis and connected by at least one interconnecting duct;
an inlet duct configured to convey said exhaust gas from said connector to said inlet of said first exhaust treatment container;
a crane configured to support said connector and said inlet duct, the crane configured to position the connector in relation to said exhaust pipe of said genset;
the at least two exhaust treatment systems configured to treat said exhaust gas in an operating mode to reduce selected pollutants from said exhaust gas.

US Pat. No. 11,066,970

TUBE-PIN ASSEMBLY FOR HEAT EXCHANGER OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A tube-pin assembly for a heat exchanger of a vehicle, comprising:a housing having an inlet into which exhaust gas flows;
a plurality of tubes arranged inside the housing to provide a passage through which the exhaust gas flows; and
cooling pins provided between the tubes to provide a coolant passage through which coolant flows,
wherein a foamed metal made of a porous material is provided inside at least one of the plurality of tubes, and
wherein the plurality of tubes comprises:
a first tube having the foamed metal provided therein; and
a second tube comprising a tube region contacting the coolant and a cooling pin region of a bent structure provided in the tube region.

US Pat. No. 11,066,969

POSITIVE CRANKCASE VENTILATION SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...


1. A positive crankcase ventilation system comprising:a positive crankcase ventilation valve;
a coupling part that couples the positive crankcase ventilation valve and an internal combustion engine; and
a plate member that is attached to the coupling part on an opposite side of the coupling part from a side of the coupling part where the coupling part and the internal combustion engine contact each other, a portion of the plate member being bent in a direction toward a base of a hose insertion port provided on the positive crankcase ventilation valve, and another portion of the plate member being bent in a direction toward a side wall of an attachment portion of the positive crankcase ventilation valve provided on the coupling part.

US Pat. No. 11,066,968

COOLING APPARATUSES FOR MARINE ENGINES HAVING A CRANKCASE AND AN INTAKE PLENUM

Brunswick Corporation, M...


1. A marine engine comprising a crankcase having an interior containing lubricant, an intake plenum for conveying intake air for combustion in the marine engine, and a cooling apparatus located between the crankcase and the intake plenum, the cooling apparatus being configured to cool both the lubricant in the crankcase and the intake air in the intake plenum, wherein the cooling apparatus covers an opening in the crankcase such that removal of the cooling apparatus from the crankcase exposes the interior of the crankcase.

US Pat. No. 11,066,967

CONTROLLABLE LUBRICATING OIL DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

NIDEC GPM GMBH, Auengrun...


1. An adjustable lubrication oil conveying system for a combustion engine comprising:a screw pump for conveying lubrication oil with at least one screw rotatably accommodated in a screw chamber; wherein
the screw pump is arranged such that a suction side of the screw chamber is connected with an intake path from an oil sump of the combustion engine, and a pressure side of the screw chamber is connected with a feed path to moving parts of the combustion engine;
wherein
the screw pump is driven by the combustion engine; and
towards the suction side of the screw chamber an adjustable throttle valve is provided by means of which a flow cross-section of the intake path is gradually limitable between an opened position and a closed position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,966

DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING CAMSHAFT PHASE


1. A camshaft phaser, comprising:a stator;
a rotor provided in the stator;
a first guard cap fixed to a first axial end of the stator and a second guard cap fixed to a second axial end of the stator, the first and second guard caps configured to limit axial movement of the rotor with respect to the stator;
a belt pulley fixed to at least one of the stator, the first guard cap, or the second guard cap such that the belt pulley is arranged on a periphery of the stator and the first and second guard caps; and
an annular seal assembly arranged radially between the stator and the belt pulley, the annular seal assembly including a first seal and a second seal respectively defining first and second axial ends of the annular seal assembly, the annular seal assembly configured to prevent leakage of hydraulic fluid to the belt pulley
wherein the first seal extends axially beyond the first guard cap and the second seal extends axially beyond the second guard cap.

US Pat. No. 11,066,965

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HYDRAULIC LASH ADJUSTER OIL FLOW

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. A system, comprising:an engine including a cylinder bank having a plurality of deactivatable inner cylinders and a plurality of outer cylinders;
a cylinder head capping the cylinder bank;
a first linear oil supply passage formed in the cylinder head and arranged parallel to a crankshaft of the engine;
a plurality of deactivatable hydraulic lash adjusters (HLAs) arranged along a linear flow path of the first linear oil supply passage and configured to receive engine oil directly from the first linear oil supply passage so as to control deactivation of the plurality of deactivatable inner cylinders; and
a plurality of non-deactivatable HLAs arranged along the linear flow path.

US Pat. No. 11,066,964

ACTUATION ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF OPERATION THEREOF

Camcon Auto Limited, Cam...


1. A linkage for coupling between an actuator and a valve stem in an engine valve actuation assembly, the linkage comprising:a rocker having (a) a rigid body portion, the body portion including a pivot axis about which the body portion is rotatable, and (b) a link mount configured to be coupled to a valve link arm,
wherein the rocker is configured such that the link mount is able to move from a rest position relative to the body portion,
wherein the link mount is coupled to the body portion by a resilient coupling which urges the link mount towards the rest position when the link mount is displaced from the rest position,
wherein the rocker is configured such that the link mount moves from the rest position when a torque is exerted on the body portion by a pull cam so as to rotate the body portion in a closing direction about the pivot axis while a torque is exerted on the link mount by the valve link arm in an opposite opening direction, and
wherein the rocker is configured such that the link mount remains in the rest position when a torque is exerted on the body portion by a push cam so as to rotate the body portion in the opening direction while a torque is exerted on the link mount by the valve link arm in the closing direction.

US Pat. No. 11,066,963

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...


1. An internal combustion engine comprising:a cylinder head;
a port in the cylinder head;
a valve in the cylinder head to open/close the port;
a cam shaft rotatably supported on the cylinder head;
a cam provided on the cam shaft;
a compression coil spring supported on the cylinder head;
a rocker arm including a first arm and a second arm, the first arm including a supported portion pivotally supported on the cylinder head and an abutting portion that abuts on the valve, the second arm including a contact portion that contacts with the cam and a spring force receiver that receives a force of the compression coil spring, the second arm being pivotally supported on the first arm;
a connector that removably connects the first arm and the second arm;
a shaft located on an inner side of the compression coil spring and that extends along a winding axis of the compression coil spring;
a valve spring retainer secured to the valve; and
a valve spring defining a second compression coil spring and that includes a first spring end portion supported on the cylinder head and a second spring end portion supported on the valve spring retainer; wherein
a winding diameter of the compression coil spring is smaller than a winding diameter of the valve spring;
the valve spring includes a non-constant pitch section in which a pitch of the valve spring is not constant and a constant pitch section in which the pitch of the valve spring is constant, the non-constant pitch section extends from the first spring end portion toward the second spring end portion, and the constant pitch section extends from the non-constant pitch section toward the second spring end portion; and
when the first arm and the second arm are connected by the connector and the valve is closed, a portion of the compression coil spring is located on a side of the non- constant pitch section relative to the constant pitch section, and another portion of the compression coil spring is located on a side of the constant pitch section relative to the non-constant pitch section.

US Pat. No. 11,066,962

ENGINE VALVE ACTUATION SYSTEM AND LIFTER ARM ASSEMBLY HAVING LIFTER ARM OIL SPRAY PORT FOR CAM-ROLLER LUBRICATION

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...


1. An engine valve actuation system comprising:a rotatable camshaft including a cam lobe; and
a lifter arm assembly including:a lifter arm having a roller end and a pin end, the roller end in contact with the cam lobe via a roller, and the pin end defining a pin bore configured to receive a pin extending through the pin bore via a bushing so as to journal the lifter arm upon the pin as rotation of the cam lobe lifts the roller end;
an incoming oil passage extending radially through the pin to the pin bore; and
an outgoing oil passage extending radially through the lifter arm from the pin bore so as to form an oil spray port at an outer surface of the pin end, the oil spray port defining an oil spray path oriented towards at least one of the roller or the cam lobe;

wherein at least one of the lifter arm or the bushing includes an oil feed groove formed between an inner surface of the pin end and an outer surface of the bushing so as to fluidly connect the incoming oil passage to the outgoing oil passage.

US Pat. No. 11,066,961

EXHAUST HEAT RECOVERY SYSTEM

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe (...


1. An exhaust heat recovery system comprising:an evaporator;
an expander;
a condenser;
a pump;
a circulation flow path that circulates a working medium between the evaporator, the expander, the condenser, and the pump;
a cooling medium pipe that is connected to the circulation flow path and allows a portion of the working medium sent out from the pump to flow in the condenser;
a bypass pipe that communicates between the evaporator and the condenser by bypassing the expander and sends the working medium flowed out of the evaporator to the condenser;
a first valve that opens and closes the bypass pipe;
a second valve that switches between a state in which the working medium is allowed to flow in the cooling medium pipe and a state in which the working medium is not allowed to flow therein; and a controller configured to perform a switching control of the second valve; wherein
the controller is configured to control the second valve to switch to the state in which the working medium is allowed to flow in the cooling medium pipe when a condition under which both a temperature of the working medium flowing in the condenser becomes higher than or equal to a predetermined temperature and the first valve is opened is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 11,066,960

DOUBLE-REHEAT POWER GENERATOR WITH AN ULTRA HIGH PRESSURE CYLINDER AND A HIGH-INTERMEDIATE PRESSURE CYLINDER EACH HAVING ADDITIONAL HEAT RECOVERY TURBINE STAGES


1. A double-reheat power generator with an ultra high pressure cylinder and a high-intermediate pressure (HP-IP) cylinder each having additional heat recovery turbine stages, comprising:a boiler water wall and an economizer;
a boiler superheater system;
the ultra high pressure cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages;
a boiler primary reheater system;
the HP-IP cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages;
a boiler secondary reheater system;
an intermediate-low pressure (IP-LP) cylinder;
an air preheater;
an air preheater drainage pump;
a condenser;
a condensate pump;
an ultra-low temperature economizer;
a deaerator;
an electric feedwater pump;
a fourth high pressure heater;
a third high pressure heater;
a second high pressure heater; and
a first high pressure heater;
wherein the ultra high pressure cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages comprises all-pressure-stage impellers, nozzles, steam distribution mechanisms of the ultra high pressure cylinder; a steam exhaust hood of the ultra high pressure cylinder becomes a large extraction steam opening; five short-blade pressure stages are newly added after the steam exhaust hood; and divided steam continues to expand and exert effect in the newly-added pressure stages, and then is output, with a low degree of superheat and a low value of enthalpy, from a new second extraction, a new third extraction and a new fourth extraction, respectively;
steam exhaust of the ultra high pressure cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages, as a first extraction, supplies steam to the first high pressure heater; the new second extraction of the ultra high pressure cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages supplies steam to the second high pressure heater; the new third extraction of the ultra high pressure cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages supplies steam to the third high pressure heater; and the new fourth extraction of the ultra high pressure cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages supplies steam to the fourth high pressure heater;
a new fifth extraction of the HP-IP cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages supplies steam to the deaerator; and a new sixth extraction of the HP-IP cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages supplies steam to the air preheater;
the air preheater drainage pump is configured to pump drainage water of the air preheater to the deaerator;
an inlet steam pressure of the ultra high pressure cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages is 40 MPa; and an exhaust steam pressure of the ultra high pressure cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages is 15 MPa;
an inlet steam pressure of the HP-IP cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages is 14 MPa; and an exhaust steam pressure of the HP-IP cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages is 3.78 MPa;
an inlet steam pressure of the IP-LP cylinder is 3.5 MPa; and an exhaust steam pressure of the IP-LP cylinder is 3.5 kPa;
a pressure of the new fifth extraction of the HP-IP cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages is 1.22 MPa; and a temperature of the new fifth extraction of the HP-IP cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages is 255° C.;
a pressure of the new sixth extraction of the HP-IP cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages is 0.3 MPa; and a temperature of the new sixth extraction of the HP-IP cylinder having additional heat recovery turbine stages is 133.5° C.; and there is a slight humidity; and
the air preheater is able to increase an inlet air temperature of an air-heater by 80K to 100 K; and condensate water side outlet design temperature of the ultra-low temperature economizer is 150° C.

US Pat. No. 11,066,959

GEARED TURBOFAN GAS TURBINE ENGINE MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...


1. A gas turbine engine for an aircraft comprising:an engine core comprising a turbine, a compressor, a core shaft connecting the turbine to the compressor, and a core casing surrounding the engine core,
a fan located upstream of the engine core, the fan comprising a plurality of fan blades and a fan casing surrounding the fan,
a gearbox that receives an input from the core shaft and outputs drive to the fan so as to drive the fan at a lower rotational speed than the core shaft, the gearbox being located between the fan and the engine core,
a single plane support structure connecting the core casing and the fan casing, the single plane support structure comprising an inner ring, an outer ring and a plurality of circumferentially spaced radially extending struts connecting the inner ring and the outer ring, the inner ring comprising a torque box,
a gearbox and fan support structure connected to the torque box,
and a front mount and a rear mount, the front and rear mounts being configured to connect the gas turbine engine to the aircraft,
wherein the front mount is coupled to the torque box and the rear mount is coupled to the core casing,
wherein the torque box comprises an outer wall having an upstream end and a downstream end, the outer wall being connected to the struts, an inner wall having an upstream end and a downstream end, an upstream wall and a downstream wall, the upstream wall connecting the upstream ends of the inner wall and the outer wall and the downstream wall connecting the downstream ends of the inner wall and the outer wall,
wherein the upstream wall and the downstream wall are parallel to each other, and
wherein the front mount is directly coupled to the downstream wall of the torque box.

US Pat. No. 11,066,958

CRUSHABLE SPACER AND BOLTED JOINT FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...


1. A bolted joint apparatus, comprising:a first component including a first row of first bolt holes extending therethrough;
a second component including a second row of second bolt holes extending therethrough, wherein the second bolt holes are aligned coaxially with the first bolt holes, a plurality of fasteners, each of the fasteners disposed through aligned pairs of the first and second bolt holes to couple together the first and second components, each of the fasteners including a shank; and
crushable spacers disposed around respective ones of the shanks of the fasteners, the crushable spacers clamped in compression between the fasteners and one of the components, wherein each of the crushable spacers has a tubular body including a central portion interconnecting first and second enlarged ends, the tubular body being defined by a peripheral wall that incorporates at least one weakening feature, the at least one weakening feature including a plurality of circular holes extending through the peripheral wall and a semicircular annular bulge located near a center of the peripheral wall.

US Pat. No. 11,066,957

AXIAL-FLOW FLUID MACHINE AND TIP CLEARANCE MEASURING METHOD THEREFOR

MITSUBISHI POWER, LTD., ...


11. A tip clearance measuring method of measuring a tip clearance between a rotor blade and a stationary member present on a radially outer side of the rotor blade in an axial-flow fluid machine includinga rotor having a plurality of the rotor blades disposed at an interval in a circumferential direction with respect to a rotor axis, and rotating around the rotor axis,
a stator blade row having a plurality of stator blades disposed at an interval in the circumferential direction at a position shifted from the plurality of rotor blades in an axial direction in which the rotor axis extends,
a cylindrical retainer ring that holds the stator blade row from the radially outer side with respect to the rotor axis, and
a cylindrical casing that supports the retainer ring from the radially outer side, in which the retainer ring and the casing have engaging portions which engage with each other, in which the engaging portion of one member out of the retainer ring and the casing has a projecting portion projecting to the other member side in a radial direction with respect to the rotor axis and extending in the circumferential direction, and in which the engaging portion of the other member has a pair of wall plate portions projecting to the one member side in the radial direction, extending in the circumferential direction, facing each other in the axial direction, and forming a groove therebetween so that the projecting portion enters the groove, the method comprising:
an operating state reproducing step of pushing the retainer ring from a plurality of push positions different from each other in the circumferential direction, to a low-pressure side opposite to a high-pressure side on which a fluid flowing in the axial direction has higher pressure due to rotation of the rotor, out of sides facing each other in the axial direction; and
a measuring step of measuring the tip clearance between the rotor blade and the stationary member while the operating state reproducing step is performed.

US Pat. No. 11,066,956

ON-OFF VALVE AND STEAM TURBINE

MITSUBISHI POWER, LTD., ...


1. An on-off valve comprising:a valve box which includes an inlet flow path of steam, and an outlet flow path which communicates with the inlet flow path through a communication hole on a downstream side in a flow direction of the steam;
a valve body which is configured to open or close the communication hole; and
a valve support portion which penetrates the valve box such that a portion of the valve support portion is disposed in the outlet flow path, is supported by the valve box on the outlet flow path side from the communication hole, and supports the valve body so as to be capable of operating the valve body in an opening direction of the communication hole,
wherein in an inner surface of the valve box forming the outlet flow path, an uneven portion is provided on an inner surface around the valve support portion,
wherein the outlet flow path extends in a direction intersecting the opening direction of the communication hole toward a downstream side, and
wherein a minimum wall thickness of the valve box on a side, which is positioned on a downstream side from the communication hole and is opposite to a side to which the outlet flow path extends across the valve support portion, is smaller than a minimum wall thickness of the valve box on an upstream side from the communication hole.

US Pat. No. 11,066,955

FLUID-COOLED SEAL ARRANGEMENT FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

Raytheon Technologies Cor...


1. A compartment for a gas turbine engine having an engine axis, the component comprising:a rotationally fixed compartment housing defined about said engine axis;
a rotational component defined at least partially around said axis, said rotational component defines at least one passage directed toward a flange angled at a flange angle with respect to the engine axis;
a seal land that extends from said rotationally fixed compartment housing, said flange extends an axial distance greater than an axial distance of said seal land to direct a flow of oil from the passage axially past said seal land and into contact with a surface of said rotationally fixed compartment housing and thence onto a backside of said seal land; and
a carbon element supported by said rotational component, said carbon element rides upon said seal land.

US Pat. No. 11,066,954

GEARED GAS TURBINE ENGINE WITH OIL DEAERATOR AND AIR REMOVAL

Raytheon Technologies Cor...


1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a fan drive turbine for driving a gear reduction, said gear reduction for driving a fan rotor; and
a lubrication system for supplying oil to said gear reduction, the lubrication system including a lubricant pump supplying an air/oil mixture to an inlet of a deaerator, said deaerator including a separator for:separating oil and air,
delivering separated air to an air outlet, and
delivering separated oil back into an oil tank,

wherein said separated oil is first delivered into a pipe outwardly of the oil tank, and then into a location beneath a minimum oil level in the oil tank,
wherein air within the oil tank moves outwardly through an air exit into the deaerator, the air exit from the oil tank to pass around a deflector to remove oil that may still be mixed with the air, and the deflector extends outward from said deaerator into the oil tank;
an inlet velocity of the air/oil mixture to the deaerator is less than or equal to 14 feet/second; and
wherein a bypass duct is defined outwardly of said fan rotor by a housing, and said fan rotor delivering air into said bypass duct and into a compressor section, a bypass ratio is defined as the volume of air delivered into the bypass duct divided by the volume of air delivered to the compressor section, said bypass ratio is greater than 10.0, a gear ratio defined by said gear reduction being greater than 2.3, said fan rotor carrying fan blades, and a fan pressure ratio is defined as a pressure ratio across one of the said fan blades alone, with said fan pressure ratio being less than or equal to 1.45.

US Pat. No. 11,066,953

MULTI-PLY HEAT SHIELD ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRAL BAND CLAMP FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

Raytheon Technologies Cor...


1. A heat shield assembly for a gas turbine engine comprising:a first heat shield ply assembly defined about an axis;
a second heat shield ply assembly defined about the axis, the second heat shield ply assembly receivable at least partially over the first heat shield assembly; and
a band clamp to circumferentially retain the first heat shield ply assembly and the second heat shield ply assembly, wherein the band clamp includes a spring to permit circumferential movement of the heat shield assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,066,952

GREEN REPAIR OF OXIDATION AND CORROSION RESISTANT COATINGS

Raytheon Technologies Cor...


1. A method for repairing an oxidation and corrosion resistant coating, comprising:applying a first coat of a chromate-free repair material to a damaged portion of the oxidation and corrosion resistant coating, wherein the chromate-free repair material comprises, in weight percent, about 43% aluminum powder, about 47% water, and about 10% metal silicates, wherein the damaged portion of the oxidation and corrosion resistant coating exposes a portion of a metallic substrate, and wherein the chromate-free repair material is applied directly to the portion of the metallic substrate;
heat curing the chromate-free repair material; and
burnishing the chromate-free repair material, wherein the chromate-free repair material is different from a coating material applied to the metallic substrate to form the oxidation and corrosion resistant coating, and wherein the coating material used to form the oxidation and corrosion resistant coating is at least one of:
a first material comprised of, by weight percent, about 37% to 46% water, about 14% to 18% phosphoric acid and reaction products with aluminum hydroxide and chromium oxide (CrO3), and about 40% to 45% uncoated aluminum powder;
a second material, different from the first material, and comprised of, by weight percent, about 30% to 50% aluminum powder, about 10% to 20% phosphoric acid, about 5% or less chromium (VI) trioxide, and about 1% or less chromium hydroxide; or
a third material, different from the first material and the second material, and comprised of, by weight percent, about 40% to 50% aluminum, about 10% to 20% phosphoric acid and reaction products of aluminum hydroxide and chromium oxide (CrO3), and about 40% to 50% water.

US Pat. No. 11,066,951

WEAR LINER FOR FIXED STATOR VANES

Raytheon Technologies Cor...


1. An assembly comprising:a vane foot comprising a forward end, an aft end, and a recess on at least one of the forward end and the aft end; and
a wear liner for the vane foot, the wear liner comprises a sheet of material comprising a first hook and a second hook connected by a base;
wherein the first hook comprises a first engaging end and the second hook comprises a second engaging end;
the first engaging end defines a first terminus of the sheet of material and the second engaging end defines a second terminus of the sheet of material, and the first terminus is opposite the second terminus;
the sheet of material comprises an outer surface adapted to lie against the vane foot, the first engaging end of the first hook configured to press against, and seal to the vane foot;
the first hook is configured to receive the vane foot;
the first engaging end comprises a first curve and extends into the recess, and the first engaging end terminates at the recess.

US Pat. No. 11,066,950

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING A CONDITION OF AN ENGINE FROM VOLCANIC ASH FOUND IN LUBRICATING FLUID


1. A method for diagnosing a condition of an air-breathing aircraft engine, the method comprising:obtaining a sample of lubricating fluid from the engine;
filtering the sample to obtain a plurality of particles from the lubricating fluid;
obtaining chemical composition data for the plurality of particles;
determining a quantity of volcanic ash in the lubricating fluid by considering each one of the particles as composed partially of volcanic ash and partially of at least one other material and analyzing the chemical composition data, the volcanic ash having associated thereto a predetermined chemical composition; and
diagnosing a condition of the engine based on the quantity of volcanic ash found in the lubricating fluid
wherein determining the quantity of volcanic ash in the lubricating fluid comprises determining the quantity of volcanic ash per particle, and summing the quantity of volcanic ash per particle to obtain the quantity of volcanic ash in the lubricating fluid; and
wherein determining the quantity of volcanic ash per particle comprises, for each one of the particles:determining a first percentage of a surface area covered by a first material corresponding to the predetermined chemical composition for volcanic ash and at least one second percentage of the surface area covered by the at least one other material; and
estimating a mass of the volcanic ash per particle based at least on the first percentage and the second percentage.


US Pat. No. 11,066,949

GUIDE VANE RING ELEMENT FOR A TURBOMACHINE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...


1. A guide vane ring element for a turbomachine, comprising:a vane ring element defining at least one drilled hole therein;
the at least one drilled hole being configured for the at least partial uptake of a flange of a rotatable guide vane, wherein an edge of the at least one drilled hole on the vane ring element side is designed convexly in a first circumferential portion along the edge,
wherein the convexly designed first circumferential portion has an edge that is curved towards the rotatable guide vane,
wherein the first circumferential portion is configured and arranged to reduce any leakage between the vane element and the rotatable guide vane, and the rotatable guide vane is partially shaped such that it corresponds to a shape of the first circumferential portion,
wherein a radius of the convexly designed first circumferential portion is at least 1% and/or at most 50% of a radius and/or a radial depth of the drilled hole,
wherein the radius varies along the edge in the first circumferential portion, and
wherein the radius increases along the edge in a first subregion of the first circumferential portion and decreases in an adjoining, shorter, second subregion of the first circumferential portion.

US Pat. No. 11,066,948

ROTARY MACHINE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...


1. A rotary machine comprising:a rotary shaft configured to rotate in a rotation direction around an axis;
a plurality of rotor blades extending outward from the rotary shaft in a radial direction of the rotary shaft and are provided with gaps therebetween in a peripheral direction of the rotary shaft;
a casing surrounding the rotor blades radially outside the rotor blades, and in which a recessed portion as a cavity accommodates tips of the rotor blades;
a sealing portion extending from one of a bottom surface of the recessed portion and the tip of the rotor blade, and having a clearance with the other;
a jet flow passage through which a fluid is jetted rearward relative to the rotation direction as travelling from one side to another side in a direction of the axis;
a valve which is capable of switching a flow condition of the jet flow passage with turning the valve to an opening state and a closing state;
a vibration detection unit configured to detect vibration of the rotary shaft; and
a control device configured to switch the valve to the opening state when the vibration of the rotary shaft is detected by the vibration detection unit and to maintain the valve in the closing state when the vibration of the rotary shaft is not detected,
wherein a plurality of the jet flow passages and a plurality of the valves are provided while being equally spaced from each other in the peripheral direction with respect to the axis,
and wherein the control device determines the number of the valves to be switched to the opening state in response to an intensity of vibration of the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 11,066,947

TURBINE SHROUD ASSEMBLY WITH SEALED PIN MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...


19. A method comprisingproviding a seal segment, a carrier, and a mounting assembly, the carrier including an outer wall that extends circumferentially at least partway about the axis, a first support arm that extends radially inward from the outer wall, and a second support arm that extends radially inward from the outer wall and spaced axially apart from the first support arm to define a cavity that receives a portion of the seal segment, and the mount system including a pin and a cover plate,
locating the seal segment in the cavity formed in the carrier so that a first opening formed in the first support arm, a second opening formed in the seal segment, and a third opening formed in the second support arm align,
inserting the pin axially through the first opening formed in the first support arm, the second opening formed in the seal segment, and the third opening formed in the second support arm to interlock the seal segment with the carrier,
coupling the cover plate to the first support arm to close the first opening and block gases from passing into the cavity through the first opening and to block the pin from escaping through the first opening.

US Pat. No. 11,066,946

AXIAL TURBOMACHINERY

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...


1. An axial turbomachinery comprising:a blade that is disposed in a flow channel through which a main flow of a fluid flows and has a shroud at a distal end thereof; and
a structural body that is provided via a gap on a distal side of the blade and is configured to rotate relative to the blade,
wherein the structural body has a contraction flow member that protrudes toward the shroud to form a minute gap between the contraction flow member and the shroud,
wherein the blade has an upstream inclined surface on an end surface of the shroud facing the upstream side, the upstream inclined surface being inclined from an upstream side to a downstream side toward a radially outer side,
wherein the structural body is provided with an upstream inclined inner wall surface that is disposed on the upstream side of the shroud and is inclined from the upstream side toward the downstream side toward a radially outer side, at a position facing the shroud in a direction in which the main flow flows,
wherein an inclination angle of the upstream inclined surface with respect to a central axis of relative rotation between the blade and the structural body is larger than an inclination angle of the upstream inclined inner wall surface with respect to the central axis, and
wherein an end position of the upstream inclined surface on the radially inner side is located radially outside an end position of the upstream inclined inner wall surface on the radially inner side,
wherein the upstream inclined surface has a curved concave surface that forms a concave shape toward the downstream side.

US Pat. No. 11,066,945

FLUID COLLECTION GUTTER FOR A GEARED TURBINE ENGINE

Raytheon Technologies Cor...


1. A turbine engine system, comprising:a gear train with an axial centerline; and
a gutter at least partially circumscribing the gear train; the gutter including an inner surface and a channel;
the channel axially aligned with one or more fluid passages in the gear train along the axial centerline, and the channel configured to receive fluid directed radially out of the gear train through the one or more fluid passages;
the channel extending radially into the gutter from the inner surface; and the channel extending circumferentially to a channel outlet;
wherein the inner surface has a surface radius measured from the axial centerline, and the channel has a radially extending channel height that is equal to or less than eight percent of the surface radius; and
wherein the channel has an axially extending channel width that is equal to or less than fifteen percent of the surface radius.

US Pat. No. 11,066,944

COMPRESSOR SHROUD WITH SHROUD SEGMENTS


1. A shroud for a compressor stator, comprising shroud segments circumferentially distributed around an axis of the shroud, at least one of the shroud segments and an adjacent one of the shroud segments each extending from a first lateral edge to a second lateral edge, the at least one of the shroud segments and the adjacent one of the shroud segments each having an inner face oriented toward the axis and an opposed outer face oriented away from the axis, at least one opening extending from the inner face to the outer face for receiving at least one vane of the compressor, a tab protruding circumferentially from the second lateral edge and away from the first lateral edge, and a slot extending circumferentially from the first lateral edge toward the second lateral edge, the at least one of the shroud segments secured to the adjacent one of the shroud segments via the tab of the at least one of the shroud segments matingly received within a slot of the adjacent one of the shroud segments, the tab of the at least one of the shroud segments includes a first tab portion and a second tab portion, a circumferential length of the first tab portion greater than that of the second tab portion, the at least one opening of the adjacent one of the shroud segments includes a plurality of openings, the first tab portion circumferentially overlapping at least one of the plurality of the openings.

US Pat. No. 11,066,943

INTERMEDIATE CASING FOR A COMPRESSOR IN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE AND A GAS TURBINE ENGINE


1. An intermediate-casing structure for a compressor in a gas turbine engine, comprising: at least one static blade row for deflecting at least one airflow entering the intermediate-casing structure, a plurality of rings, on which the at least one static blade row is radially arranged,at least one first component of the intermediate-casing structure formed from composite material or including composite material,
at least one second component of the intermediate-casing structure formed from metal or including metal, and
the plurality of rings including an outer ring, a middle ring and an inner ring arranged concentrically around a principal rotational axis of the gas turbine engine, wherein the at least one static blade row includes outer blades and inner blades extending radially between the outer, middle and inner rings.

US Pat. No. 11,066,942

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING TURBINE ASSEMBLY FLOW CHARACTERISTICS

Rolls-Royce plc


1. A method of providing a turbine vane assembly, the method comprising:forming a plurality of non-machined turbine vanes, the forming step including fabricating a plurality of turbine vanes comprising ceramic matrix composite material,
determining a size of each of the plurality of non-machined turbine vanes,
machining the plurality of non-machined turbine vanes to remove an amount of material based on the size of each of the plurality of non-machined turbine vanes from a trailing edge of each of the plurality of turbine vanes,
determining a size of each of the plurality of machined turbine vanes,
selecting a predetermined number of machined turbine vanes from the plurality of machined turbine vanes based on the size of each of the plurality of machined turbine vanes,
arranging the predetermined number of machined turbine vanes around an axis to provide a turbine vane assembly having a throat area within a predetermined tolerance of a desired throat area,
wherein the selecting step includes identifying a first number of machined turbine vanes from the plurality of machined turbine vanes and a second number of machined turbine vanes from the plurality of machined turbine vanes, determining a first throat area of a first turbine vane assembly comprised of the first number of machined turbine vanes in a set arrangement, determining a second throat area of a second turbine vane assembly comprised of the second number of machined turbine vanes in a set arrangement, comparing the first throat area to the second throat area, selecting one of the first number of machined turbine vanes and the second number of machined turbine vanes to be the predetermined number of machined turbine vanes based on the comparison between the first throat area and the second throat area, and
wherein the second number of machined turbine vanes includes at least one machined turbine vane included in the first number of machined turbine vanes.

US Pat. No. 11,066,941

TRANSITION DUCT SUPPORT AND METHOD TO PROVIDE A TUNED LEVEL OF SUPPORT STIFFNESS


1. A transition duct support apparatus comprising:a centrally-disposed section circumferentially extending along an exit frame in a transition duct from a combustor to a turbine;
a single continuous stiffener connected to the centrally-disposed section and disposed radially inwardly relative to the centrally-disposed section in a direction toward the exit frame, the single continuous stiffener circumferentially extending between mutually opposed corners of the exit frame of the transition duct, the single continuous stiffener arranged to provide support to an outer edge of the exit frame in the transition duct; and
a brace connected to the centrally-disposed section and disposed radially outwardly relative to the single continuous stiffener in a direction outward the exit frame, the support apparatus effective to provide a respective tuned level of stiffness support with respect to one or more axes of the exit frame in the transition duct,
wherein the brace is configured to circumferentially extend at an incline with respect to the single continuous stiffener towards the mutually opposed corners of the exit frame of the transition duct to support respective end portions of the single continuous stiffener, and
wherein the centrally-disposed section connects the brace to the single continuous stiffener to form an integral structure being a plate, the plate having a flat surface extending along a radial plane along a radial direction of the exit frame, wherein the centrally-disposed section, the brace, and the single continuous stiffener are disposed entirely on the radial plane.

US Pat. No. 11,066,940

TURBINE ENGINE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A TAPPET ON A SEALING RING

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...


1. A turbine engine assembly comprising:a rotor disk extending around an axis A, and
a sealing flange centered on the axis A, the flange including a radially external portion that can come into contact with a face axially opposite the rotor disk in order to provide the tightness and a radially internal portion including a groove open axially towards the rotor disk and including a ring which is received in the groove of the flange and which is received in said groove of the flange,
wherein the ring includes at least one protruding tappet that is received in a notch formed in the flange.

US Pat. No. 11,066,939

COMPOSITE BLADE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING COMPOSITE BLADE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...


1. A composite blade formed by laying up composite layers in which reinforced fibers are impregnated with resin, the composite blade having a blade root and an airfoil extending from the blade root in a longitudinal direction, the composite blade comprising:a first laminate as a laminate of the composite layers, the first laminate extending along the longitudinal direction in the airfoil and extending along a first inclination direction inclined toward a direction intersecting the longitudinal direction in the blade root;
a second laminate as a laminate of the composite layers, the second laminate extending along the longitudinal direction and contacting the first laminate in the airfoil, the second laminate extending along a second inclination direction inclined toward a direction opposite to the first inclination direction in the blade root and being separated from the first laminate; and
a third laminate as a laminate of the composite layers, the third laminate being provided between the first laminate and the second laminate in the blade root,
wherein, in the first laminate, reinforced fibers in the composite layer continuously extend from the airfoil to the blade root, extend along a plane parallel to the longitudinal direction at the airfoil, and extend along a plane parallel to the first inclination direction at the blade root,
in the second laminate, reinforced fibers in the composite layer continuously extend from the airfoil to the blade root, extend along a plane parallel to the longitudinal direction at the airfoil, and extend along a plane parallel to the second inclination direction at the blade root, and
in the third laminate, reinforced fibers in the composite layer continuously extend from the first laminate side to the second laminate side, extend along a plane parallel to the first inclination direction on the first laminate side, and extend along a plane parallel to the second inclination direction on the second laminate side.

US Pat. No. 11,066,938

ROTARY MACHINE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...


1. A rotary machine comprising:a rotatable shaft configured to rotate around an axial line;
a plurality of rotor blades arranged in a peripheral direction on an outer peripheral side of the rotatable shaft, each of the plurality of rotor blades having: (i) a blade root attached to the rotatable shaft; (ii) a platform on an outer side of the blade root in a radial direction; and (iii) a blade main body extending to an outer side of a rotor blade stage from the platform in the radial direction; and
damper pins, each of the damper pins being on an inner side of an adjacent pair of the platforms in the radial direction,
wherein:
each of the platforms has a flat surface extending in an axial line direction;
for each adjacent pair of the platforms, a damper abutting surface of a first of the adjacent pair of the platforms extends toward a damper abutting surface of a second of the adjacent pair of the platforms as approaching the outer side of the rotor blade stage in the radial direction while opposing each other in the peripheral direction;
a damper accommodation space, which is defined by surfaces including the damper abutting surfaces, is defined between each adjacent pair of the platforms;
each of the damper pins defines a regular polygonal prism extending in the axial line direction and includes a damper pin main body in which an angle defined by two side surfaces corresponds to an angle defined by the damper abutting surfaces between the adjacent pair of the platforms; and
the damper pins are respectively accommodated in the damper accommodation spaces such that each of the damper pins is rotatable 360° around a center thereof; and each of the damper pins further includes a curved surface-forming portion that is provided across vertexes of both ends of at least one of the two side surfaces in a sectional view orthogonal to the axial line, and defines an outer peripheral curved surface that has an arc shape.

US Pat. No. 11,066,937

CUTTING BLADE TIPS

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...


1. An integrally bladed rotor, comprising:a plurality of blades integrally formed with a hub as a single component, each of the plurality of blades having a blade body extending from the hub to an opposed blade tip surface along a longitudinal axis, wherein the blade body defines a pressure side and a suction side, and wherein the blade body includes a cutting edge defined between the blade tip surface of the blade body and the pressure side of the blade body, wherein the cutting edge is configured to abrade a seal section of an engine case.

US Pat. No. 11,066,936

TURBINE BLADED DISC BRAZED SEALING PLATE WITH FLOW METERING AND AXIAL RETENTION FEATURES

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...


1. A sealing plate, comprising:an aft tang comprising an aft tang aft surface, a forward surface, and a metering hole through the aft tang from the forward surface to the aft tang aft surface;
an axial tang comprising an axial tang outer radial surface and an axial tang inner radial surface, the axial tang integral to the aft tang; and
an interior corner between the forward surface and the axial tang inner radial surface;
wherein the axial tang outer radial surface is brazed to a blade inner radial surface of a cooled turbine blade, the cooled turbine blade comprising a plurality of radial cooling passages extending radially outward from the blade inner radial surface;
wherein the sealing plate seals each of the plurality of radial cooling passages except for a forward-most radial cooling passage of the plurality of radial cooling passages; and
wherein when the cooled turbine blade is attached to a turbine disc, an aft end of a blade-to-disc gap is sealed by the aft tang.

US Pat. No. 11,066,935

ROTOR BLADE AIRFOIL

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...


1. A rotor blade for a turbomachine, the rotor blade comprising:a platform;
an airfoil extending radially from a root proximate the platform to a tip, the airfoil comprising:a leading edge;
a trailing edge;
a pressure side surface extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge;
a suction side surface disposed opposite the pressure side surface and extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge;
wherein the leading edge, the trailing edge, the pressure side surface, and the suction side surface collectively define a first profile at the tip and a second profile radially inward from the tip;
wherein the first profile includes a suction side overhang, a pressure side overhang, and a pressure side underhang relative to the second profile.


US Pat. No. 11,066,934

TURBINE ROTOR BLADE AIRFOIL PROFILE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...


1. A turbine rotor blade comprising an airfoil having an airfoil shape, the airfoil shape having a nominal profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z set forth in Table I, wherein the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z are non-dimensional values from 0% to 100% convertible to dimensional distances expressed in a unit of distance by multiplying the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z by a height of the airfoil in the unit of distance; and wherein X and Y values, when connected by smooth continuing arcs, define airfoil profile sections at each Z value, the airfoil profile sections at Z values being joined smoothly with one another to form a complete airfoil shape.

US Pat. No. 11,066,933

ROTOR SHAFT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A ROTOR SHAFT


1. A rotor shaft for a turbine rotor of a turbine or a steam turbine, comprising:a shaft base member comprising a first material and at least one ring which is applied to the shaft base member and which comprises a second material, wherein the second material comprises at least one of an identical strength, a higher strength, and a higher corrosion resistance than the first material,
wherein at least one blade groove is formed in the at least one ring and wherein the at least one ring is connected to the shaft base member by narrow-gap welding in a materially integral manner,
wherein the at least one ring comprises a composition of 0.10-0.30% by weight C, 1.0-6.0% by weight Cr, 3.0-6.0% by weight Ni,
wherein the at least one ring is connected to the shaft base member via at least one weld seam which is produced by the narrow-gap welding,
wherein the at least one weld seam comprises axially external outer portions comprising a first welding material and a central portion which is located between the axially external outer portions and which comprises a second welding material, and
wherein the first welding material comprises a higher corrosion resistance than the second welding material.

US Pat. No. 11,066,932

ACTUATING CYLINDER FOR A HYDROSTATIC AXIAL PISTON MACHINE AND HYDROSTATIC AXIAL PISTON MACHINE WITH AN ACTUATING CYLINDER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...


6. An axial piston machine comprising:a housing;
a swash plate located within the housing; and
an actuating cylinder comprising:an actuating cylinder bore defined in the housing; and
an actuating piston coupled to the swash plate and movably guided in the actuating cylinder bore, the actuating piston defining an actuating pressure chamber, the actuating piston having a hydraulic stop for the actuating piston at which the actuating pressure chamber is connected via at least one channel to an interior of the housing, the hydraulic stop including a stop bore defined in the housing and which forms, together with the actuating cylinder bore, an edge via which the at least one channel is opened, wherein the stop bore extends from the interior of the housing to an outside of the axial piston machine.


US Pat. No. 11,066,931

RETAINER DEVICE FOR A ROCK ANCHOR, ROCK ANCHOR SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED INSTALLATION METHOD

JUSAND NOMINEES PTY LTD, ...


1. A retainer device for retaining or holding an anchor rod of a self-drilling rock anchor in a hole drilled above horizontal, the device comprising:a body portion configured to be mounted on an external periphery of the anchor rod, the body portion including or defining a channel for receiving the anchor rod; and
at least one arm or tab that projects outwards from the body portion in a direction transverse to a longitudinal extent of the anchor rod,
wherein the body portion is, in use, configured for sliding translational movement relative to the anchor rod along a longitudinal extent thereof into engagement with an abutment on the external periphery of the anchor rod, and wherein the at least one arm or tab is configured to deform resiliently and/or plastically to engage and bear against the inner surface of the hole when the retainer device mounted on the anchor rod is driven into the hole.

US Pat. No. 11,066,930

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING DOWNHOLE FLUID PROPERTIES USING CO-LOCATED MULTI-MODAL SENSORS

BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPE...


1. A downhole fluid analysis device, comprising:a piezoelectric helm resonator comprising:a strain bar comprising a first side, a second side opposite the first side, a first end, and a second end opposite the first end;
a pair of electrodes, wherein a first electrode of the pair of electrodes is positioned on the first side and a second electrode of the pair of electrodes is positioned on the second side; and
a pair of tines, wherein a first tine of the pair of tines is coupled to the first end and a second tine of the pair of tines is coupled to the second end, the pair of tines each having an arc, wherein strain across a transverse face of the strain bar generates a resonance response from the pair of tines;

an optical sensor co-located with respect to the piezoelectric helm resonator; and
a spectroscopy sensor co-located with respect to the piezoelectric helm resonator.

US Pat. No. 11,066,929

IDENTIFYING OIL AND GAS RESERVOIRS WITH OXYGEN ISOTOPES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...


1. A method comprising:receiving a plurality of carbonate samples from a wellbore formed in a geologic formation;
determining an oxygen isotope ratio and carbon isotope ratio present within each of the plurality of carbonate samples;
determining a mineral composition of each of the plurality of carbonate samples;
mixing a solution comprising a red dye, potassium ferricyanaide, water, and hydrochloric acid;
placing thin slabs made from each of the plurality of carbonate samples in the solution at 25° C. for 1-2 minutes;
identifying one or more minerals within each of the thin slabs based on a degree of color change that occurs while each of the plurality of the thin slabs is in the solution;
creating a plot showing the determined oxygen isotope ratios versus a depth from where within the wellbore each of the plurality of carbonate samples was obtained;
identifying, based on the plot, one or more negative oxygen isotope shifts;
determining natural carbonate cement levels within one or more of the plurality of carbonate samples that correspond to the one or more negative oxygen isotope shifts identified in the plot; and
determining one or more production sweet spots based on the identified negative oxygen isotope shifts and the determined natural carbonate cement levels.

US Pat. No. 11,066,928

DOWNHOLE DATA TRANSMISSION AND SURFACE SYNCHRONIZATION

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...


9. A telemetry method for transmitting data from a downhole location to a surface location, the method comprising:(a) acquiring downhole measurements while drilling a subterranean well;
(b) causing a downhole processor to process the downhole measurements using a frame building algorithm to compute a digital data stream for transmission to the surface;
(c) detecting a downhole event that requires a change to the digital data stream;
(d) causing the downhole processor to process the downhole event detected in (c) in combination with a predefined event database to modify the frame building algorithm;
(e) causing the downhole processor to process the downhole measurements using the frame building algorithm modified in (d) to compute a modified digital data stream;
(f) adding synchronization markers to the modified data stream computed in (e) to obtain a synchronized data stream, the synchronization markers identifying the downhole event detected in (c);
(g) transmitting the synchronized data stream to the surface location using a downhole telemetry tool;
(h) receiving the synchronized data stream at the surface location and processing the received synchronized data stream with a decoder to obtain a decoded data stream;
(i) causing a surface processor to process the synchronization markers to identify the downhole event detected in (c);
(j) causing the surface processor to process the event detected in (c) in combination with the predefined event database to modify the frame building algorithm; and
(k) causing the surface processor to process the decoded data stream using the frame building algorithm modified in (j) to obtain the downhole measurements.

US Pat. No. 11,066,927

WIRED DRILL PIPE CONNECTOR AND SENSOR SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...


1. A wired drill string assembly, comprising:a plurality of drill pipes extending from a surface into a wellbore, the plurality of drill pipes comprising a wired transmission line; and
a downhole tool comprising:a body having a first connector and a second connector, the first connector being connected to one of the plurality of drill pipes;
one or more electrical components comprising a sensor coupled to the body and a signal transmitter configured to transmit a signal representing a measurement taken by the sensor; and
a first transmission line extending along the body and electrically connected to a transmission wire of the wired transmission line of the plurality of drill pipes and with the one or more electrical components, wherein the first transmission line is electrically connected to the transmission wire with a physical electrical contact.


US Pat. No. 11,066,926

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DOWNHOLE LOGGING WITH ENHANCED SENSITIVITY AND AZIMUTHAL RESOLUTION

BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPE...


1. A downhole logging tool, comprising:a radiation generation source operable to emit radiation into a formation surrounding the tool;
a radiation detector fixed relative to the radiation generation source and operable to detect backscattered radiation from the formation surrounding the tool; and
a sleeve positioned radially around the radiation detector to shield the radiation detector from a first portion of the backscattered radiation, the sleeve comprising a plurality of layers rotatable with respect to each other, each layer having one or more layer apertures that form at least one aperture in the sleeve when aligned, the at least one aperture exposing the radiation detector to a second portion of the backscattered radiation, the second portion of the backscattered radiation emanating from an inspected region of the formation facing the at least one aperture, wherein a signal detected at the radiation detector corresponds to the inspected region of the formation, and wherein the position of the at least one aperture is changeable with respect to the formation to distinctly inspect different regions of the formation.

US Pat. No. 11,066,925

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING FLUID FLOW CHARACTERISTICS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...


1. A measuring device, the device comprising:a thermal insulating body having an exterior surface;
a thermal conductivity detector (TCD) recessed into the exterior surface of the thermal insulating body, comprising:a thermally conductive pane sealed within an opening of the thermal insulating body such that no space exists between a circumference of the thermally conductive pane and the thermal insulating body, and oriented parallel to the exterior surface, said thermally conductive pane having a sensor face recessed below the exterior surface providing a cavity between the sensor face and the exterior surface, and
a single-component sensing element that converts electricity to heat and senses temperature, the single-component sensing element directly contacting the thermally conductive pane and embedded in and directly contacting the thermal insulating body.


US Pat. No. 11,066,924

TVD CORRECTED GEOSTEER

MOTIVE DRILLING TECHNOLOG...


1. A method for determining depths of wells, the method comprising:determining a first projected location of a bottom hole assembly (BHA) at a first depth of a first survey station of a well being drilled, wherein the first projected location of the BHA is determined responsive to a plurality of sensor readings;
determining a second projected location of the BHA at the first depth using a minimum curvature method;
calculating a first difference between the first projected location of the BHA and the second projected location of the BHA;
determining a third projected location of the BHA at a second depth of a second survey station of the well, wherein the third projected location of the BHA is determined responsive to a plurality of sensor readings;
determining a fourth projected location of the BHA at the second depth using a minimum curvature method;
calculating a second difference between the third projected location of the BHA and the fourth projected location of the BHA;
accumulating the first and second differences, wherein each of the first and second differences correspond to each of a plurality of survey stations associated with the well;
correcting, without delay during drilling of the well, a first gamma log for the well based on the first and second differences, the first gamma log comprising a plurality of gamma radiation readings;
generating a true vertical depth (TVD)-corrected gamma log from the accumulated first and second differences; and
based on the TVD-corrected gamma log, controlling drilling of the well including modifying a drilling parameter used for drilling of the well.

US Pat. No. 11,066,923

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING OUTPUT OF A DOWNHOLE INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNIT

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...


1. A method for generating an output of a downhole inertial measurement unit (IMU) comprising:generating a trajectory between a plurality of survey points of a planned well data as a function of time, the planned well data comprising a plurality of three-dimensional coordinates corresponding to the survey points of an underground planned well, the trajectory comprising a plurality of trajectory coordinates between consecutive ones of the survey points, the trajectory coordinates being generated based on the three-dimensional coordinates corresponding to the survey points;
generating sensor data for each of the trajectory coordinates as a function of time based on the trajectory coordinates and geodetic reference parameters, the generated sensor data comprising: generated accelerometer output comprising simulated acceleration measurements; generated gyroscopic output comprising simulated orientation measurements; and generated magnetometer output comprising simulated magnetic field measurements; and
outputting the generated accelerometer output; the generated gyroscopic output; and the generated magnetometer output as a function of time as a generated output of the downhole IMU.

US Pat. No. 11,066,922

MOUNTING ELECTRONICS AND MONITORING STRAIN OF ELECTRONICS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...


1. A system for mounting electronics to a downhole tool, comprising:a chassis, the chassis having a mounting surface;
an electronics assembly including a printed circuit board coupled to the chassis;
a low modulus spacer coupled to the chassis between the mounting surface of the chassis and the electronics assembly;
an aperture passing through the electronics assembly and the low modulus spacer and into the chassis, wherein the aperture includes:a chassis diameter at the chassis; and
an electronics assembly diameter at the printed circuit board and the low modulus spacer, at least a portion of the electronics assembly diameter being greater than the chassis diameter; and

a fastener passing through the aperture to couple the low modulus spacer between the electronics assembly and the chassis, the fastener being secured to the chassis at the electronics diameter, the fastener coupling the electronics assembly and the low modulus spacer to the chassis, the fastener including a head, a head diameter of the head being greater than the electronics assembly diameter.

US Pat. No. 11,066,921

FLUID FLOW CONDITION SENSING PROBE

Halliburton Energy Servic...


15. A method of artificially lifting fluid in a wellbore, comprising:mechanically coupling a top of a probe to a bottom of an artificial lift assembly, wherein the probe comprises a plurality of sensors and at least one centralizer mechanically coupled to the probe and wherein the probe is at least 10 feet long and less than 1000 feet long;
running the probe and the artificial lift assembly into the wellbore;
operating the artificial lift assembly to lift fluid to a wellhead of the wellbore, where operation of the artificial lift assembly is controlled by a controller located at a surface proximate to the wellhead;
determining fluid flow parameter values of the fluid flowing in the wellbore upstream of the artificial lift assembly; and
transmitting fluid flow parameter values by the sensors to the controller, wherein the controller controls the operation of the artificial lift assembly at least in part based on the fluid flow parameter values.

US Pat. No. 11,066,920

GUIDED WAVE ATTENUATION WELL LOGGING EXCITATION OPTIMIZER BASED ON WAVEFORM MODELING

BAKER HUGHES HOLDINGS LLC...


1. A method of inspecting an installed oilfield infrastructure component, the method comprising:estimating an optimal value for each of a plurality of excitation parameters for an acoustic excitation source to produce a guided wave of mixed multiple modes in the component by modeling a plurality of simulated guided waves generated from a plurality of parameter values for each of the plurality of excitation parameters, wherein each simulated guided wave of the plurality corresponds to a combination of parameter values including at least one parameter value of the plurality for each of the plurality of excitation parameters, comprising:calculating a guided wave dispersion relation in a frequency domain for simulated guided waves of the plurality corresponding to a plurality of frequency values;
modeling each of the plurality of simulated guided waves, wherein the modeling comprises generating a time domain waveform for each of a plurality of wave modes in dependence upon the acoustic excitation source;
generating at least one excitation map by calculating an excitation score for each time domain waveform determined in dependence upon the application of waveform criteria; and
selecting the optimal value for each of the plurality of excitation parameters corresponding to an optimal simulated guided wave determined in dependence upon the at least one excitation map;
generating a guided wave in the component using the optimal value for each of the plurality of excitation parameters.


US Pat. No. 11,066,919

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING WEAR ON SUCKER ROD GUIDES


5. A method of comparing diameters of sucker rods, sucker rod guides and couplings with a data base/table when pulling sucker rods during a workover of an oil well, said workover having an operator and including a derrick with pulleys to lift sucker rods, said method including the following steps:encircling said sucker rods with a rod scanner, said sucker rods being pulled through a hole in said rod scanner;
cleaning said sucker rods during said pulling in a lower cleaning section of said scanner by wiping said sucker rods with a flexible wiper;
mounting sensor heads in an upper instrument housing of said rod scanner so that signals from said sensor heads will be reflected by said sucker rod being pulled;
comparing said signals as reflected in a computer storing said data base/table to determine if said sucker rod being pulled is within acceptable diameter tolerances; and
warning said operator if said sucker rod being pulled is out of said acceptable diameter tolerances.

US Pat. No. 11,066,918

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR USE WITH A POSITIVE DISPLACEMENT MOTOR

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...


1. A method for determining a rotational frequency of a positive displacement motor positioned in a downhole portion of a drill string, the method comprising:providing at least one measurement device for measuring a property of a part of the drill string;
providing a processor for processing a signal output by the at least one measurement device, the signal including measurements of the property;
operating the positive displacement motor while the part of the drill string is in a non-driven state;
receiving the signal at the processor;
determining, using the processor, a frequency spectrum of the measurements of the property in the signal; and
determining the rotational frequency of the positive displacement motor by identifying a peak in the frequency spectrum of the measurements of the property from the signal and based upon a comparison of one or more widths of peaks in the frequency spectrum compared to a pre-determined peak width.

US Pat. No. 11,066,916

NOZZLE AND INJECTION DEVICE FOR USE IN UNDERGROUND COAL GASIFICATION PROCESS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING INJECTION DEVICE

ZHONGWEI (SHANGHAI) ENERG...


14. An operating method of a well completion system for an underground coal gasification process in an underground coal seam, comprising:inserting a well casing from a ground surface to the underground coal seam;
inserting a coiled tubing through the well casing by a wellhead control device, the coiled tubing having a nozzle releasably coupled to a distal end and a proximal end configured to be coupled to an oxidant source;
positioning the nozzle proximal to the underground coal seam with the wellhead control device;
applying a pressurized source of a coolant to a coolant pathway defined between an inner surface of the well casing and the coiled tubing to extend a seal of a ring support surrounding a distal end of the nozzle for engagement of the seal with the inner surface of the well casing;
circulating the coolant through a non-sealed spiral pathway disposed between an outer casing of the nozzle and a coaxial center tube of the nozzle, the non-sealed spiral pathway having an inlet defined through an annular protrusion at a proximal end of the outer casing and an outlet distal to the ring support to project the coolant from an injection end face at the distal end of the nozzle;
applying a pressurized source of an oxidant to the coiled tubing to inject the oxidant into the underground coal seam via one or more oxidant injection holes in the injection end face of the nozzle, the coiled tubing and the center tube, and oxidant injection holes defining an oxidant pathway; and
igniting the oxidant to provide a high temperature combustion zone and a gasification zone in the coal seam.

US Pat. No. 11,066,915

METHODS FOR DETECTION AND MITIGATION OF WELL SCREEN OUT

BJ Energy Solutions, LLC,...


1. A method of detecting and mitigating well screen out at a fracturing well site during hydrocarbon production, the method comprising:operating a fracturing pump to supply fluid at a discharge rate to a wellhead at the fracturing well site;
measuring fluid pressure of the fluid supplied to the wellhead;
operating a blender positioned to deliver a flow rate of a blend of proppant and fluid to the fracturing pump;
determining a fluid pressure increase rate of the fluid supplied to the wellhead;
comparing the fluid pressure increase rate to a preselected increase rate, the preselected increase rate indicative of a potential well screen out; and
incrementally decreasing a discharge rate of the fracturing pump for the supplied fluid to the wellhead and a flow rate of the blender when the fluid pressure increase rate of the wellhead exceeds the preselected increase rate and the fluid pressure is within a preselected percentage of a maximum wellhead pressure of the wellhead until the fluid pressure of the fluid supplied to the wellhead stabilizes.

US Pat. No. 11,066,914

FOAM FROM LOW COST PETROLEUM SULFONATE SURFACTANTS FOR FRACTURING ALONG WITH WETTABILITY ALTERATION

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...


1. A method for hydraulic fracturing of a hydrocarbon-bearing formation, the method comprising the steps of:preparing a nanosurfactant composition, the nanosurfactant composition formed by the steps of:combining a sulfonate surfactant, an oil, and fresh water to form a first mixture;
combining a zwitterionic co-surfactant and the fresh water to form a second mixture;
combining the first mixture and the second mixture to form a third mixture; and
combining the third mixture and saline water to form the nanosurfactant composition, the saline water comprising divalent cations, the nanosurfactant composition comprising a nanoassembly,
wherein the nanoassembly has a hydrophobic interior and a hydrophilic exterior, the hydrophobic interior comprising the sulfonate surfactant, a hydrophobic portion of the zwitterionic co-surfactant, and the oil, the hydrophilic exterior comprising a hydrophilic portion of the zwitterionic co-surfactant,
wherein the hydrophilic portion of the zwitterionic co-surfactant stabilizes the nanoassembly by interacting with the divalent cations present in the saline water,
wherein the oil facilitates containment of the sulfonate surfactant in the hydrophobic interior of the nanoassembly,
wherein the quantity of the sulfonate surfactant in the nanosurfactant composition ranges between 0.1 wt % and 0.25 wt %,
wherein the quantity of the oil in the nanosurfactant composition ranges between 0.002 wt % and 0.02 wt %;

introducing the nanosurfactant composition and a gaseous component into the hydrocarbon-bearing formation such that a nanosurfactant-based foam is generated, wherein the nanosurfactant-based foam generates a fracture in the hydrocarbon-bearing formation; and
introducing a proppant into the fracture to prevent the fracture from closing.

US Pat. No. 11,066,913

FLEXIBLE FRACTURING LINE WITH REMOVABLE LINER

Cameron International Cor...


1. A method comprising:moving a flexible polymeric liner through a bore of a fracturing line to a position in which the flexible polymeric liner extends along an inner wall of a flexible pipe body of the fracturing line, wherein the flexible pipe body extends between a first rigid end connector and a second rigid end connector of the fracturing line; and
securing the flexible polymeric liner in the bore of the fracturing line, wherein securing the flexible polymeric liner in the bore of the fracturing line includes attaching the flexible polymeric liner to an opposing surface of at least one of the first rigid end connector or the second rigid end connector of the fracturing line while the flexible polymeric liner remains unattached to the flexible pipe body.

US Pat. No. 11,066,912

TORSIONAL COUPLING FOR ELECTRIC HYDRAULIC FRACTURING FLUID PUMPS

U.S. Well Services, LLC, ...


1. A system for hydraulically fracturing an underground formation in an oil or gas well, the system comprising:a pump for pumping hydraulic fracturing fluid into a wellbore at high pressure so that the fluid passes from the wellbore into the formation and fractures the formation, the pump having a pump shaft that turns to activate the pump;
an electric motor with a motor shaft to drive the pump via the pump shaft;
a variable frequency drive monitoring operation of the electric motor; and
a torsional coupling connecting the electric motor to the pump shaft, the torsional coupling comprising:a motor component coupled to the motor shaft of the electric motor; and
a pump component coupled to the pump shaft of the pump;
the motor component engaged with the pump component to transmit power from the electric motor to the pump when the motor shaft and the motor component rotate, the motor component contacting the pump component so that the pump component and the pump shaft rotate, thereby driving the pump;

wherein the pump component includes pump coupling claws extending outwardly away from the pump shaft and the motor component includes motor coupling claws extending outwardly away from the motor shaft; and
wherein at least one of the pump component or the motor component further comprises elastomeric inserts positioned between the pump coupling claws or the motor coupling claws to provide a buffer therebetween and to absorb movement and vibration in the torsional coupling.

US Pat. No. 11,066,911

OPERATING HYDROCARBON WELLS USING MODELING OF IMMISCIBLE TWO PHASE FLOW IN A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...


1. A method of injecting fluid into different layers of a hydrocarbon reservoir, comprising:for each of a first layer of the hydrocarbon reservoir and a second layer of the hydrocarbon reservoir:partitioning a length of a sample of formation rock of the hydrocarbon reservoir into a given number of length increments;
determining, for a selected time increment, fluid saturations of the length increments based on fluid injected into the length of the sample comprising:for each length increment of the length increments:determining a volume of fluid injected into the length increment of the sample during the selected time increment;
determining fractional flow of fluid produced from the length increment of the sample by the fluid injected into the length increment of the sample during the selected time increment; and
determining a fluid saturation for the length increment attributable to the fractional flow of fluid produced and the fluid injected that is saturated into the length increment of the sample during the selected time increment;

determining, based on the fluid saturations of the length increments of the sample during the selected time increment, whether the volume of the fluid injected is saturated into the length of the sample during the selected time increment; and
in response to determining that the volume of the fluid injected is saturated into the length of the sample during the selected time increment:determining, based on the fluid saturations determined, a flood front saturation profile for the layer of the hydrocarbon reservoir;
determining a fluid injection rate for the layer that corresponds to the flood front saturation profile for the hydrocarbon reservoir; and



in response to determining the fluid injection rate for the first layer and the fluid injection rate for the second layer:operating an injection well to inject fluid into the first layer of the reservoir at the fluid injection rate determined for the first layer; and
operating an injection well to inject fluid into the second layer of the reservoir at the fluid injection rate determined for the second layer.


US Pat. No. 11,066,910

ALKALINE WATER FLOODING PROCESSES FOR ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY IN CARBONATES

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...


1. A method for extracting hydrocarbons from a carbonate reservoir in a subterranean formation, the method comprising:injecting an aqueous conditioning slug into the carbonate reservoir, the aqueous conditioning slug comprising a primary reducing agent;
following the step of injecting the aqueous conditioning slug into the carbonate reservoir, injecting an aqueous main slug comprising an alkalinity agent and a secondary reducing agent into the carbonate reservoir such that interfacial tension and wettability of a rock surface of the carbonate reservoir are altered towards water-wet, wherein the main slug has a concentration of the secondary reducing agent that is greater than 5,000 parts per million (ppm) total dissolved solids (TDS) up to 7,000 ppm TDS;
following the step of injecting the aqueous main slug into the carbonate reservoir, injecting an aqueous buffering slug comprising a tertiary reducing agent into the carbonate reservoir such that altered interfacial tension and wettability are maintained; and
following the step of injecting the aqueous buffering slug, injecting a displacing fluid to drive the hydrocarbons in the carbonate reservoir toward an extraction well.

US Pat. No. 11,066,909

MECHANICAL ISOLATION PLUGS FOR INFLOW CONTROL DEVICES

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...


1. A wellbore flow control system, comprising:a base pipe defining an interior passageway and having at least one radial opening defined therein;
a flow control housing secured to the base pipe and defining a flow path extending to the radial opening in the base pipe;
a piston disposed in the flow path, the piston responsive to the application of an activation pressure from the interior passageway of the base pipe to move in a first direction from an initial position;
a plunger disposed in the flow path, the plunger responsive the application of activation pressure to move in a second direction opposite the first direction to engage the flow control housing and thereby close the flow path;
a first biasing member operably coupled to the plunger to urge the plunger in the first direction to disengage the flow control housing in response to relief of the activation pressure; and
a latch operably coupled to the piston to move in the first direction in response to the application of the activation pressure, the latch operably coupled to the plunger to maintain the plunger disengaged from the flow control housing in response to relief of the activation pressure.

US Pat. No. 11,066,908

PRESSURE ACTIVATED SELECTIVE PERFORATING SWITCH SUPPORT

Hunting Titan, Inc., Pam...


1. A switch for use downhole comprising:an outer cylindrical housing having a common axis and a thru bore;an inner cylindrical housing located within the thru bore of the outer cylindrical housing having an outer surface and a thru bore where the outer surface is electrically insulated from the thru bore;
a cylindrical electrically conductive receptacle having a thru bore and located within the thru bore of the inner cylindrical housing;
an electrically conductive piston with a first end having a conical cavity, a distal end, and a radial groove about the distal end;
an electrically insulating piston sleeve surrounding the circumference of the first end of the piston;
an electrically conductive firing pin having a first cylindrical segment, a second cylindrical segment, and a third cylindrical segment, wherein the first cylindrical segment is slideably engaged with the inner thru bore of the receptacle, the second cylindrical segment is slideably engaged with the thru bore of the inner cylindrical housing, the third cylindrical segment having a conical distal end located adjacent to the conical bore of the piston;
an electrically insulating bushing with a base end, a cylindrical sleeve, a distal end, and an inner bore, wherein the inner bore is slideably engaged with the distal end of the piston;
a retainer ring in the circumferential groove of the distal end of the piston;
wherein the circumferential groove of the distal end of the piston extends beyond the distal end of the bushing; and
wherein the base end of the bushing is proximate to the piston sleeve.


US Pat. No. 11,066,907

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

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...


1. A computer implemented method of forming a model of determined layer completion rates of component fluids of perforated well intervals in a well in a subsurface reservoir, from measured total well production, with a coupled well reservoir model during reservoir simulation of well production at a time step during life of the subsurface reservoir, the coupled well reservoir model being organized into a reservoir grid subdivided into a plurality of reservoir cells at the perforated well intervals, the perforated well intervals in the reservoir being located at a plurality of formation layers, the formation layers being Nz in number and having unknown well potentials and fluid completion rates for component fluids at the time step, and the formation layers comprising vertical fluid flow layers having vertical fluid flow therefrom and flow barrier layers with no vertical fluid flow therefrom, the formation layers further having a permeability, thickness and a layer potential, the coupled well reservoir model further having a plurality of well cells at locations of the well in formation layers of the reservoir, the computer implemented method determining layer completion rates for the component fluids from the formation layers of the well and well production rates of the component fluids from the well, the computer implemented method comprising the steps of:(a) forming a full computation matrix reservoir model of reservoir data of cells of the model, including the reservoir data for the reservoir cells at the perforated well intervals, the reservoir data including the permeability, thickness and a potential for the formation layers;
(b)(i) identifying one or more sets of vertical fluid flow layers having vertical fluid flow there between and being located between two flow barrier layers in the reservoir model; and
(ii) forming a reduced well model system matrix comprising, for each of the one or more sets of vertical fluid flow layers identified, assembling, in the matrix, the data of the vertical fluid flow layers of the set of vertical fluid flow layers to generate a corresponding single vertical flow layer that is representative of the set of vertical fluid flow layers;

(c) determining a bottomhole pressure for the well;
(d) forming a coupled reservoir well model comprising the full computation matrix reservoir model and the reduced well model system matrix, wherein the well is modeled as a bottomhole, pressure specified well having the determined bottomhole pressure, wherein the coupled reservoir well model is in the form of a matrix:




wherein ARR is an (Nz×Nz) tridiagonal matrix of the reservoir data, ARW is an (Nz×1) vector of the productivity indexes of the formation layers adjacent the perforated well intervals; AWR is an (1×Nz) vector of the productivity indexes from the well to the formation layers of the reservoir; AWW is a (1×1) scalar of the productivity index of the well; ?R is a vector of unknown reservoir potentials for the cells around the well; ?W is a vector of unknown well potentials in the wellbore of the well; bR is a matrix of reservoir data constants for the reservoir cells around the well; and bw is a matrix of the well data constants for the well;(e) solving the coupled reservoir well model for the fluid flows in the reservoir cells of the formation layers and the productivities and potentials of the reservoir cells at the time step for each of the formation layers;
(f) solving the coupled reservoir well model for the productivity indexes of the well cells at the perforated well intervals of the reservoir at the time step;
(g) determining layer completion rates for the component fluids of the vertical fluid flow layers and the flow barrier layers of the well based on the determined productivity indexes of the reservoir and well cells at the perforated well intervals of the reservoir at the time step;
(h) determining total well production rate for the well from the determined layer completion rates for the component fluids of the vertical fluid flow layers and the flow barrier layers of the well at the time step ; and
(i) forming a record of the determined layer completion rates for the component fluids of the vertical fluid flow layers and the flow barrier layers of the well and the determined total well production rate for the well at the time step.


US Pat. No. 11,066,906

SUBMERSIBLE VEHICLE WITH OPTICAL FIBER

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...


1. A submersible vehicle comprising:a housing;
an optical fiber coupled with the housing and communicatively coupled with a data acquisition system; and
a propulsion system coupled with the housing, the propulsion system configured to propel the submersible vehicle in a fluid at a velocity, wherein the propulsion system includes at least one of propellers or a pump-jet system;
wherein the optical fiber is configured to be released at a release rate equal to or greater than the velocity of the submersible vehicle,
wherein the optical fiber is configured to transmit, in real-time, measured parameters to the data acquisition system, and
wherein the submersible vehicle is buoyant so as to not sink or contact objects to be inspected.

US Pat. No. 11,066,905

OILFIELD RESERVOIR SATURATION AND PERMEABILITY MODELING

Schlumberger Technology C...


1. A method for modeling saturation in a reservoir, comprising:obtaining capillary pressure data representing capillary pressure in the reservoir;
obtaining permeability data representing permeability in the reservoir;
determining a number of pore throats represented by the capillary pressure data;
creating a number of hyperbolic tangents based on the capillary pressure data, wherein the number of hyperbolic tangents that are created is equal to the number of pore throats;
combining the hyperbolic tangents to create a model capillary pressure curve to fit the capillary pressure data and to define hyperbolic tangent parameters;
combining at least one of the hyperbolic tangent parameters with the permeability data to define a saturation height function;
modeling a saturation in the reservoir using the saturation height function; and
displaying the saturation model based on the saturation height function,
wherein identifying the number of pore throats that are represented in the model comprises:determining a first derivative of the model capillary pressure curve; and
determining a number of local minima in the model capillary pressure curve,
wherein the number of pore throats represented by the capillary pressure data corresponds to the number of local minima.


US Pat. No. 11,066,904

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND DEVICE FOR POWERING ELECTRONICS DURING COMPLETION AND PRODUCTION OF A WELL

Halliburton Energy Servic...


7. A method of powering electronics located in completion equipment in a wellbore intersecting a subterranean earth formation, comprising:powering an electronic device located in completion equipment in the wellbore using only a non-rechargeable battery permanently installed in the completion equipment;
opening a closed flow path in communication with a turbine generator permanently installed in the completion equipment;
powering the electronic device using only non-rechargeable battery only until the first time a power condition is satisfied; and
allowing the turbine generator to power the electronic device after the first time the power condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 11,066,903

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR WELL INTERVENTION

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...


1. A method comprising:conveying a powered downhole tool string within a wellbore, wherein the down hole tool string comprises a first actuator and a second actuator; operating the first actuator to impart a substantially non-vibrating force to a down hole feature located within the wellbore; operating the second actuator to impart a vibrating force to the downhole feature, and operating a controller to control one or both of the first and second actuators of the downhole tool string to impart movements to the downhole feature in first and second directions, wherein the movements are of different distances to achieve a net repositioning of the down hole feature in the first or second direction.

US Pat. No. 11,066,902

POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR A DRILLING RIG

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...


1. A method, comprising:monitoring, by a device, data relating to respective loads on a plurality of power sources,wherein the plurality of power sources are associated with a drilling rig engaged in a drilling process;

determining, by the device, a stage of the drilling process based on the respective loads on the plurality of power sources,wherein the stage of the drilling process is associated with a total power output to be directed from the plurality of power sources to the drilling rig;

determining, by the device and based on the stage of the drilling process that is determined, respective load shares for the plurality of power sources; and
managing, by the device, load sharing among the plurality of power sources according to the respective load shares that are determined.

US Pat. No. 11,066,901

STORED-ENERGY PRESSURE ACTIVATED COMPLETION AND TESTING TOOLS AND METHODS OF USE

INTERRA ENERGY SERVICES L...


1. A hydraulic fracturing apparatus for pressure testing a liner or casing of a hydrocarbon well and establishing communication between the casing and a formation after the pressure test, the apparatus comprising:a tubular body configured to be fluidly connected in-line with a production casing having an upstream and a downstream;
a fluid compartment for receiving a compressible fluid within the tubular body;
a movable inner piston within the tubular body operable to slide along the inside of the tubular body from a first piston position to a second piston position when exposed to hydraulic pressure, wherein in operation the compressible fluid is compressed and stores energy in response to the movement of the inner piston toward the second position;
a movable inner sleeve within the inner piston that is operable to slide along the inside of the tubular body from a first sleeve position to a second sleeve position when exposed to stored energy from the inner piston;
a first locking mechanism operable to lock the inner piston to the inner sleeve such that when the inner piston moves from the second piston position back to the first piston position, the inner sleeve moves from the first sleeve position toward the second sleeve position; and
at least one flow-port in the tubular body that is blocked when the movable inner sleeve is in the first sleeve position and opened when the movable inner sleeve slides towards the second sleeve position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,900

REMOVABLE CORE WIPER PLUG

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...


6. A method for removing the core of a wiper plug, the method comprising:introducing the wiper plug comprising:a molded body,
a wiper,
a cavity through the interior of the molded body,
a support disposed in the cavity, and
a removable core disposed in the cavity;

removing the core of the wiper plug without drilling through the wiper plug, wherein the removing comprises rupturing an uphole rupturable covering of the wiper plug and compressing a honeycomb material; and
leaving the remainder of the wiper plug in the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 11,066,898

RESIN PLUG FOR WELLBORE ABANDONMENT

NAUTONNIER HOLDING CORP.,...


1. A method for placing a seal in a wellbore, the method comprising: placing a liquid resin in the wellbore, the liquid resin including an amount of a heavier liquid resin and an amount of a light weight liquid resin, the heavier liquid resin configured to have a faster setting rate than the light weight liquid resin and after placing, the heavier liquid resin residing in the wellbore below the light weight liquid resin; and the seal being formed by the heavier liquid resin setting first followed by setting of the light weight liquid resin thereafter, wherein a void formed during setting of the heavier liquid resin from a liquid to a solid is filled by a portion of the light weight liquid resin flowing to fill the void before the light weight liquid resin sets.

US Pat. No. 11,066,897

WELL PACKERS

Halliburton Energy Servic...


1. A packer for wells, comprising:a body having a tubular shape;
a sealing element having an upward end and a downward end and disposed around the body;
a first prop upward of the sealing element;
a second prop downward of the sealing element, wherein the first prop is configured to wedge under the upward end of the sealing element and the second prop is configured to wedge under the downward end of the sealing element to push the sealing element outward at both the upward end and the downward end, wherein the second prop is movable relative to the body to slide upward and wedge under the downward end of the sealing element; and
a lower cover sleeve slidably disposed around the second prop and including a lower pushing face configured to push the sealing element upward to wedge the first prop under the upward end of the sealing element.

US Pat. No. 11,066,896

EXPANDABLE BACKUP RING

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...


1. A backup ring assembly, including:a backup ring, comprising:a plurality of rigid segments that are circumferentially arranged around a longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axis defining an axial direction; and
a plurality of resilient segments that are circumferentially arranged around the longitudinal axis and are each alternately disposed with respect to each rigid segment, wherein the rigid segments and the resilient segments together circumscribing the longitudinal axis, and wherein each rigid segment has a radially inner surface that faces the longitudinal axis, a radially outer surface that faces away from the longitudinal axis, a first axially facing surface, and a second axially facing surface that faces away from the first axially facing surface, wherein the radially inner surfaces at least partially define an axial through hole that extends along the longitudinal axis;
wherein each of the resilient segments resiliently connects a pair of adjacent rigid segments, and wherein each resilient segment extends circumferentially between the corresponding pair of adjacent rigid segments to resiliently expand circumferentially when the rigid segments are moved radially outwardly to expand the backup ring, thereby circumferentially urging together adjacent rigid segments with the resilient segments; and

a plurality of rigid support segments that are circumferentially arranged around the longitudinal axis and are each axially aligned with a corresponding resilient segment of the backup ring such that each of the rigid support segments at least partially overlaps the corresponding resilient segment in a stacked relationship in the axial direction and wherein each of the rigid support segments has a circumferential end that is radially and circumferentially fixed to a corresponding rigid segment such that when the rigid segments are moved radially outwardly to expand the backup ring each of the rigid support segments moves radially outwardly with the corresponding rigid segment.

US Pat. No. 11,066,895

PLUG, RETAINING MEMBER, AND METHOD FOR WELL COMPLETION USING PLUG

KUREHA CORPORATION, Toky...


1. A plug configured to plug a wellbore, the plug comprising:a tubular member having a hollow shape;
an elastic member having an annular shape attached to an outer circumferential surface of the tubular member, the annular elastic member being deformable by an exerted pressure; and
a retaining member having an annular shape attached, adjacent to the elastic member, onto the outer circumferential surface of the tubular member, downstream of where the pressure is exerted on the elastic member, wherein
the retaining member includes:
an annular inner portion which comes in contact with the outer circumferential surface of the tubular member, and
an annular outer portion being movably attached to the annular inner portion and disposed between the annular inner portion and the elastic member,
the annular outer portion including a face facing the elastic member, and wherein
an inner circumferential edge of the annular inner portion that comes in contact with the tubular member protrudes toward the elastic member,
an outer circumferential edge of the annular outer portion of the retaining member protudes toward the elastic member, and
a side of the elastic member that is in contact with the retaining member enters into a concave portion between the inner circumferential edge of the annular inner portion and the outer circumferential edge of the annular outer portion.

US Pat. No. 11,066,894

SPRING LOADED INNER DIAMETER OPENING BALL SEAT

BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPE...


9. A method of operating a frac system, comprising:receiving a ball at a seat tooth disposed at a fluid passage of a ball seat, the ball seat having a radial through passage formed therein, the seat tooth having an associated pin disposed within the radial through passage, the pin having an end in contact with an inner surface of a sleeve; and
moving the ball seat within the sleeve to a location at which a pin adjusting element of the sleeve moves the pin through the radial through passage to adjust the seat tooth to release the ball.

US Pat. No. 11,066,893

DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS FOR HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

BJ Energy Solutions, LLC,...


1. A system for delivering a fracturing fluid at a well site, the system comprising:an input; and
a manifold assembly connected to and positioned to receive a fluid mixture from the input, the manifold assembly including a plurality of manifold modules, one or more of the manifold modules including:a plurality of flow line segments, and
at least one connector having an extendable tubular member, an end face, and at least one seal disposed on an end of the extendable tubular member, the at least one connector connecting at least one flow line segment of the plurality of flow line segments to an adjacent connector assembly, the at least one seal maintaining a fluid tight connection when the extendable tubular member is one of partially extended or completely extended, the at least one connector comprising:a connector body; and
gear elements connected to the connector body and the extendable tubular member, at least one of the gear elements being positioned to be rotated and cause the extendable tubular member to extend from the connector body toward the adjacent connector assembly.



US Pat. No. 11,066,892

BLOWOUT PREVENTER

Kinetic Pressure Control ...


1. A blowout preventer comprising:a main housing containing a through bore;
a first chamber transverse to the through bore;
a second chamber transverse to the through bore, diametrically opposed to the first chamber;
a first shearing device located in the first chamber, the first shearing device having an elongated planar body linked to a first piston;
a second shearing device located in the second chamber, the second shearing device having an elongated planar body linked to a second piston;
the first chamber and second chamber each comprising an arresting mechanism having an energy absorption mechanism configured with a resiliently deformable material; and
a first charge and a second charge, each charge configured for activation to propel each respective shearing device along its respective chamber and across the through bore into the opposing chamber, such that the planar bodies of the first and second shearing devices are adjacent each other to inhibit fluid flow through the through bore.

US Pat. No. 11,066,891

RAM BLOCK INNER SEAL ASSEMBLY AND SEAL THEREFORE

Nexus Energy Technologies...


1. A ram block inner seal assembly, for use with a blowout preventer (BOP) having a single pair of opposing ram blocks to facilitate sealing of a wellbore, the ram block inner seal assembly comprising:a core member (20) having a top face (20t), a bottom face (20b), a front face (20f), a rear face (20r), two side faces (20s), and a single, solid connector portion (24) connecting said top face (20t) and bottom face (20b); and
a peripheral member (30) that surrounds substantially all of the front face (20f), the rear face (20r) and the two side faces (20s);
wherein the peripheral member (30) is comprised of a suitable material to provide the ram block inner seal assembly (10) with sufficient wellbore sealing characteristics to enable sealing of the BOP against typical wellbore pressures when said ram block inner seal assembly (10) is used with said BOP;
wherein a single pair of core members (20) can be placed within said single pair of opposing ram blocks; and
wherein, when said BOP is actuated, said single pair of core members (20) cooperate to enable said sealing of the BOP.

US Pat. No. 11,066,890

TUBING HANGER ASSEMBLY WITH A TUBING HEAD ADAPTER RECEIVABLE ONTO A TUBING HEAD IN ANY ROTATIONAL ORIENTATION

INNOVEX DOWNHOLE SOLUTION...


1. An apparatus, comprising:a tubing head adapter defining through-openings, wherein the tubing head adapter is configured to be received onto a tubing head in any rotational orientation so as to align the through-openings with through-openings in a tubing hanger received in the tubing head; and
a connector received at least partially around the tubing head adapter, wherein the connector is configured to be connected to the tubing head so as to secure the tubing head adapter to the tubing head;
wherein the through-openings in the tubing head adapter comprise a first through-opening for receiving an injection line through the tubing head adapter, a second through-opening for receiving a communications line through the tubing head adapter, and a third through-opening for fluid communication with a production tubing through the tubing head adapter, the third through-opening being positioned between the first and second through-openings;
wherein the tubing head adapter being receivable onto the tubing head in any rotational orientation is configured to permit the first, second, and third through-openings to be aligned with the respective injection line, communications line, and production tubing extending through the through-openings in the tubing hanger; and
wherein the first and second through-openings extend at a non-zero angle to the third through-opening.

US Pat. No. 11,066,889

SUBSEA ASSEMBLY

SIEMENS ENERGY AS, Oslo ...


1. A subsea assembly comprising:a housing having a flange interface for interfacing with a flange of a process fluid carrying component,
wherein the housing is configured such that boltheads or nuts exerting a fastening force on the subsea assembly when mounted to the process fluid carrying component are spaced from the flange interface so that dimensions of the housing of the subsea assembly at the flange interface are not affected by a space required for a bolthead or nut fastening tool, and wherein the housing comprises a conical housing portion that tapers inward toward the flange interface,
wherein the housing comprises through holes for accepting bolts for fastening the subsea assembly to the flange of the process fluid carrying component, and
wherein the through holes pass through an exterior surface of the conical housing portion.

US Pat. No. 11,066,888

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING WELL OPERATIONS

Paradigm Technology Servi...


1. A method for performing operations in a well, comprising:sensing a condition at, adjacent, or within a wellhead arrangement located at an opening of the well when a tool is located at, adjacent to, or within the wellhead arrangement; and
performing a safety procedure in response to the sensed condition to improve the safety of the well operations,
wherein performing the safety procedure comprises:transmitting a signal from a controller to the tool via a line attached to the tool to thereby communicate with the tool; and
controlling the operation of the tool in response to the signal received by the tool via the line.


US Pat. No. 11,066,887

WELL CELLAR EXCAVATING DEVICE AND METHOD

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...


1. A system for excavating around a wellbore, the system comprising:a selectively rotatable excavating unit comprising,an annular body having a cutting surface selectively disposed in cutting engagement with ground that circumscribes the wellbore,
inserts disposed on the cutting surface,
a bin removably disposed in a recess of the body,
a slot formed in the body that extends from the cutting surface to the recess, and
a receptacle in the bin that selectively receives cuttings formed by contacting ground around the wellbore with the inserts; and

a motor rotatingly engaged with the excavating unit, so that when the motor is in an operating mode the excavating unit is rotating and excavating the cuttings from the ground.

US Pat. No. 11,066,886

SETTING TOOLS AND ASSEMBLIES FOR SETTING A DOWNHOLE ISOLATION DEVICE SUCH AS A FRAC PLUG

Repeat Precision, LLC, H...


1. A downhole setting tool for setting a frac plug, the downhole setting tool comprising:a mandrel having an upper end and a lower end, the mandrel comprising a chamber for housing pressurized gas that is generated and fills the chamber, and a gas port in fluid communication with the chamber;
a barrel piston having a central bore configured for housing the mandrel, a lower end of the barrel piston being couplable to a sleeve for setting the frac plug;
an expansion region defined between the mandrel and the barrel piston and being in fluid communication with the gas port so as to receive the pressurized gas, the expansion region being further defined by seals provided in between the mandrel and the barrel piston, thereby enabling the pressurized gas to exert force on the mandrel and the barrel piston to cause a stroke of the barrel piston over the mandrel as the expansion region expands axially;
an annulus defined between an upper part of the mandrel and a corresponding upper part of the barrel piston;
a gas bleed port configured and positioned to be isolated from the expansion region before generation of the pressurized gas and becoming in fluid communication with the expansion region after the stroke to allow pressurized gas to exit therethrough; and
a liquid escape conduit positioned upward from the gas bleed port and configured to provide fluid communication between an upper region of the annulus and an external location to enable liquid to escape the upper region of the annulus during the stroke and volume reduction of the upper region of the annulus.

US Pat. No. 11,066,885

FLUID LOCK PIN APPARATUS


1. A fluid-actuated lock pin apparatus for securing wellhead devices within a wellhead assembly, the apparatus comprising:a movable lock pin;
at least one radial cylindrical passage in the wellhead assembly configured to accept the movable lock pin, the at least one radial cylindrical passage comprising:at least one interior retainer configured to limit the distance the movable lock pin protrudes into a wellbore,
at least one exterior retainer configured to prevent the lock pin from externally exiting the at least one radial cylindrical passage, and
a fluid cavity, disposed between the at least one interior retainer and the at least one exterior retainer, configured to receive and retain a pressurized fluid that directly engages the movable lock pin;

a fluid in direct contact with the movable lock pin and a pressure control device;
a pressure means for pressurizing the fluid;
the pressure control device configured to retain the fluid in direct contact with the movable lock pin and at a pressure to maintain the lock pin in an engaged position; and
at least one internal pin retractor configured to disengage the lock pin from the wellbore upon release of pressure,

whereby the apparatus is configured to apply hydraulic pressure directly to the movable lock pin whereby the movable lock pin is displaced inside the radial passage in the wellhead assembly and extended into the wellbore to engage and hold fixedly in place an internal wellhead device, until the pressure is released.

US Pat. No. 11,066,884

DOWNHOLE TOOL

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...


1. A downhole initiator tool for use in actuating a downhole tool or system, comprising:a mandrel;
an initiator assembly; and
an anchor assembly mounted on the mandrel and comprising a radially extendable anchor member for engaging an outer bore structure,
wherein the anchor assembly and the mandrel are axially moveable relative to each other in a first axial direction to sequentially extend the anchor member and activate the initiator assembly;
wherein the anchor assembly and the mandrel are axially moveable relative to each other in the first axial direction in a first relative movement action to cause the anchor member to be extended, and wherein the anchor assembly and the mandrel are axially moveable relative to each other in the same first axial direction in a second relative movement action to cause activation of the initiator assembly;
wherein the anchor member is retracted or permitted to be retracted during the second relative movement action.

US Pat. No. 11,066,883

HYDRAULIC DISCONNECT TOOL

Thru Tubing Solutions, In...


1. A hydraulic disconnect tool, the hydraulic disconnect tool comprising:a lug retaining sleeve, the lug retaining sleeve having an upper portion, a base portion and a lower portion;
at least one primary prong for engaging at least one primary prong receiver disposed in a latch housing;
at least one secondary prong for selectively engaging at least one secondary prong receiver disposed in the latch housing when the at least one primary prong fails to properly engage the at least one primary prong receiver; and
a prop slidably disposed inside of the at least one primary prong in the radial direction, the at least one primary prong extends from a first lug disposed in a first radial directed opening disposed in the lower portion of the lug retaining sleeve and the at least one secondary prong extends from a second lug disposed in a second radial directed opening disposed in the lower portion of the lug retaining sleeve.

US Pat. No. 11,066,882

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EARLY KICK DETECTION AND LOSS OF DRILLING MUD IN OILWELL DRILLING OPERATIONS


1. Apparatus for early detection of drilling mud gains or losses that is positioned in a return wellbore of oilwell drilling operations, comprising at least one flow chamber having a central pipe, the central pipe having a central axis, an inlet port, an outlet port, and a flow tube, the flow tube being in fluid communication with the central pipe through the inlet port and outlet port, the inlet port and the outlet port being formed in the central pipe, the flow chamber further including a sensing device for determining the flow chamber flow rate.

US Pat. No. 11,066,880

APPARATUS FOR CLEANING BOREHOLES WITHIN SUBSTRATES

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...


1. A method for drilling and cleaning a borehole in a substrate, the method comprising: mounting a drill bit having a slotted drive shank (SDS) connection formed thereon to a roto-hammer type power tool so the drill bit is operatively connected to an SDS connection of a chuck of the roto-hammer type power tool and the chuck can rotate the drill bit while enabling the drill bit to move axially along a longitudinal axis of the drill bit; driving the borehole within the substrate by actuating the roto-hammer type power tool to rotate the drill bit; removing the drill bit from the roto-hammer type power tool after completing the drilling of the borehole; mounting a cleaning brush assembly to the roto-hammer type power tool so an SDS connection formed on the cleaning brush assembly is operatively connected to the SDS connection of the chuck of the roto-hammer type power tool and the chuck can rotate the cleaning brush assembly while enabling the cleaning brush assembly to move axially along a longitudinal axis of the bit member; inserting a free end of the cleaning brush assembly into the borehole, the free end of the cleaning brush assembly having one or more cleaning brushes disposed thereon; and actuating the roto-hammer type power tool to rotate the cleaning brush assembly to clean the drilled borehole.

US Pat. No. 11,066,879

USED AUTOMOBILE TIRES AS LOSS CIRCULATION MATERIAL

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...


1. A method comprising:positioning a drill string into a wellbore, the drill string comprising a drill bit at a downhole end of the drill string;
flowing a mixture of wellbore carrier fluid and between five parts per billion to fifty parts per billion of tire chips into the drill string in the wellbore being drilled at a first pressure, wherein the tire chips are compressed by the first pressure and wherein the mixture of tire chips and wellbore fluid flows through the drill string and exits the drill bit; and
flowing the mixture at a second pressure, less than the first pressure, wherein the tire chips expand in response to the second pressure, wherein tire chips at least partially seals loss circulation zones in a formation in which the wellbore is being drilled after the tire chips have expanded.

US Pat. No. 11,066,878

DOWNHOLE TUBULAR DISCONNECT ASSEMBLIES


10. A tubular disconnect assembly for disconnecting a downhole tubular, comprising:a housing comprising:a first set of socket surfaces;
a second set of socket surfaces; and
a groove disposed between the first set of socket surfaces and the second set of socket surfaces of the housing;

a sub disposed in the housing, the sub comprising:a first set of socket surfaces;
a second set of socket surfaces; and

a window disposed between the first set of socket surfaces and the second set of socket surfaces of the sub; and
a locking lug extended through the window into the groove.

US Pat. No. 11,066,877

DIRECTIONAL DRILL SECURING DEVICE AND METHOD

TT Technologies, Inc., A...


9. A method of operating a directional drill, comprising:positioning a drill carriage and a rotating spindle coupled to the drill carriage along a drilling axis;
selecting an optional desired number of stake implements including auger flights from a plurality of stake implements located on both a first lateral side of the drill carriage and a second lateral side of the drill carriage wherein the first lateral side of the drill carriage includes a larger number of stake implements than the second lateral side; and
staking down the directional drill using the selected number of stake implements, wherein at least two stake implements are angled towards each other, wherein the at least two angled stake implements are configured to converge beneath the drill stem axis at a distance between auger flights of about 0.5 and 1.0 times a flight diameter.

US Pat. No. 11,066,876

ROTATING/NON-ROTATING CASING CLEANING TOOL

Halliburton Energy Servic...


1. A cleaning tool, comprising:a body;
a first centralizer, wherein the first centralizer is disposed at a first end of the body;
a second centralizer, wherein the second centralizer is disposed at a second end of the body;
at least one subsystem, wherein the at least one subsystem is disposed on the body, and
wherein the at least one subsystem comprises a plurality of slots, wherein a first slot includes a removable component, wherein a second slot is empty, wherein each slot extends lengthwise along the body and is angled relative to a central bore of the body.

US Pat. No. 11,066,875

EARTH-BORING TOOLS HAVING POCKETS TRAILING ROTATIONALLY LEADING FACES OF BLADES AND HAVING CUTTING ELEMENTS DISPOSED THEREIN AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes Holdings LLC...


18. A method of forming an earth-boring tool, comprising:forming a body of an earth-boring tool including a plurality of blades and having at least one pocket in at least one blade of the plurality of blades, the at least one pocket extending into the at least one blade from a rotationally leading face of the at least one blade within a shoulder region of the at least one blade;
securing a first plurality of cutting elements along rotationally leading faces of the plurality of blades; and
securing a second plurality of cutting elements to extend from and through a back surface of the at least one pocket,
wherein securing a first plurality of cutting elements and a second plurality of cutting elements further comprises locating at least one cutting element of the second plurality of cutting elements and at least one cutting element of the first plurality of cutting elements such that a rotational pathway of the at least one cutting element of the second plurality of cutting elements defined by a full rotation of the earth-boring tool at least partially overlaps with another rotational pathway of the at least one cutting element of the first plurality of cutting elements.

US Pat. No. 11,066,874

APPARATUS FOR BRACING A FENCE GATE AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

True Latch LLC, Oklahoma...


1. An apparatus for bracing a fence gate during installation of the fence gate, comprising:at least one support member mounted to the fence gate;
a first brace bar having a first end, a second end and a brace portion extending therebetween wherein a portion of the first brace bar is connectable to the fence gate;
a second brace bar having a first end and second end wherein the first end of the second brace bar is connected to the first end of the first brace bar and the second end of the second brace bar is connectable to the fence gate; and
an adjustment member positioned in the first brace bar wherein the adjustment member telescopingly extends and retracts from the first brace bar such that the adjustment member is slidable in the first brace bar so as to obtain proper swing, level and height of the fence gate wherein one end of the adjustment member is connectable to the fence gate.

US Pat. No. 11,066,873

SLAT ANGLE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR WINDOW BLIND

CHING FENG HOME FASHIONS ...


1. A slat angle adjustment mechanism adapted for use with a Venetian blind, comprising:a body shell having an accommodation chamber, a first through hole, a second through hole and a stop portion, the first through hole being in communication with the accommodation chamber, the second through hole penetrating a body of the body shell and being in communication with the accommodation chamber, thus achieving communication between the first through hole and the second through hole, the stop portion extending radially and inward from an enclosing wall of the accommodation chamber and positioned proximate to the first through hole, the stop portion having at least one rib, which extends toward the first through hole; and
a transmission unit received in the accommodation chamber of the body shell and comprising a transmission gear set and an retractable member connected to the transmission gear set, the transmission gear set having a gear and a screw meshing with the gear, the gear having a position-limiting hole, the position-limiting hole corresponding in position to the second through hole of the body shell, with the retractable member connected to an extendible segment of the screw and undergoing reciprocating motion along the extendible segment of the screw, the retractable member having a ring hanger and a limiting portion, the limiting portion being formed by sinking a body of the retractable member inward and radially;
wherein pulling the ring hanger of the retractable member causes the retractable member to move from an initial first position of the extendible segment of the screw to a second position of the extendible segment of the screw and thus allows the at least one rib of the stop portion of the body shell to be confined to the limiting portion of the retractable member, and pushing the ring hanger of the retractable member causes the retractable member to move from the second position of the extendible segment of the screw to the first position of the extendible segment of the screw and thus allows the at least one rib of the stop portion of the body shell to be stopped at the ring hanger of the retractable member.

US Pat. No. 11,066,872

SECURITY FOCUSED SYSTEM FOR SMART WINDOWS

KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, I...


1. A security system with smart windows, comprising:a plurality of smart windows in communication with each other to form a system having at least one processor;
the plurality of smart windows each integrating therein one or more sensors into a frame of at least one electrochromic window; and
the at least one processor configured to sense a security event, responsive to information from the plurality of smart windows, wherein the at least one processor is configured to increase and decrease transmissivity responsive to input received from the at least one sensor.

US Pat. No. 11,066,871

RETRACTABLE SAFETY GATE

Demby Development Co., Lt...


1. A retractable safety gate comprising:a mesh fabric having a first side and a second side;
a retracting mechanism connected with the first side of the mesh fabric and including:a bottom bracket having an assembling portion, and the assembling portion of the bottom bracket having:a mounting recess formed in the assembling portion of the bottom bracket;
a recess wall defined around the mounting recess of the assembling portion of the bottom bracket; and
an engaging protrusion formed on the recess wall of the assembling portion of the bottom bracket;

a fastening bracket having an assembling portion, and the assembling portion of the fastening bracket having:a mounting recess formed in the assembling portion of the fastening bracket;
a recess wall defined around the mounting recess of the assembling portion of the fastening bracket; and
an engaging protrusion formed on the recess wall of the assembling portion of the fastening bracket;

a connecting rod disposed between and securely connected to the bottom bracket and the fastening bracket to fix a relative position of the bottom bracket and the fastening bracket, and the connecting rod having:a lower end mounted in the mounting recess of the assembling portion of the bottom bracket;
an upper end mounted in the mounting recess of the assembling portion of the fastening bracket; and
two engaging recesses formed in the lower end of the connecting rod and the upper end of the connecting rod respectively and engaging with the engaging protrusions of the assembling portions of the bottom bracket and the fastening bracket respectively;

a first mounting tube disposed between the bottom bracket and the fastening bracket and having:a lower end rotatably mounted in the bottom bracket; and
an upper end rotatably mounted in the fastening bracket;


wherein the first side of the mesh fabric is connected to and is wound around the first mounting tube;a locking assembly mounted on the upper end of the first mounting tube and selectively engaging with the fastening bracket, wherein the locking assembly disengages from the fastening bracket when adjusting an expanded length of the mesh fabric, and the expanded length of the mesh fabric is fixed when the locking assembly engages with the fastening bracket; and
an energy storage assembly mounted in the first mounting tube and including:a central tube having a lower end securely connected to the bottom bracket;
a transmission element rotatably mounted around the central tube and securely connected with the first mounting tube; and
a resilient element having two ends, and the ends of the resilient element connected to the central tube and the transmission member respectively, wherein a resilient restoring force is formed when the resilient element is deformed, and the resilient restoring force drives the first mounting tube to rotate to wind the mesh fabric around the first mounting tube; and


a fastening mechanism connected with the second side of the mesh fabric.

US Pat. No. 11,066,870

BARRIER HAVING UPSIDE DOWN JOINT

Regalo International, LLC...


1. A barrier comprising:a) a first barrier portion;
b) a second barrier portion;
c) a junction apparatus engaging the first and second barrier portions to each other, the junction apparatus comprising:i) a first upper connector engaged to the first barrier portion;
ii) a second upper connector engaged to the second barrier portion;
iii) the first and second upper connectors being pivotally engaged to each other;
iv) a first lower connector engaged to the first barrier portion;
v) a second lower connector engaged to the second barrier portion;
vi) the first and second lower connectors being pivotally engaged to each other;
vii) a junction support member between the first and second upper connectors and the first and second lower connectors, the junction support member having an upper end and a lower end, the upper end of the junction support member being spaced from and adjacent to the first and second upper connectors;
viii) a bridge connector axially receiving the junction support member, the bridge connector extending from the junction support member to the first and second upper connectors;

d) wherein the bridge connector comprises first and second end portions and a radially extending face between the end portions, one end portion comprising a threaded bridge portion, wherein the second connector comprises an opening, and wherein the first connector comprises a first connector threaded portion, the threaded bridge portion being insertable through the opening of the second connector and into turnable engagement with the first connector threaded portion, the radially extending face and the first upper connector pinching the second upper connector therebetween to fix the first and second upper connectors to each other to minimize pivotal movement between the first and second upper connectors;
e) wherein the lower end of the junction support member is seatable in and unseatable from one of the first and second lower connectors, the upper end of the junction support member being disengaged from each of the first and second upper connectors at all times such that, when the bridge connector is disengaged from the first upper connector, the junction support member can be disengaged from the barrier;
f) wherein the upper end of the junction support member is spaced from and adjacent to the second upper connector when the threaded bridge portion is engaged with the first connector threaded portion; and
g) wherein the bridge connector is slideable such that the first and second end portions in their entirety are configured to be located intermediate the upper and lower ends of the junction support member when the threaded bridge portion is disengaged from the first connector threaded portion.

US Pat. No. 11,066,869

CONNECTING DEVICE

GUANGDONG KIN LONG HARDWA...


1. A connecting device for securing a glass panel of a curtain wall comprising a clamping mechanism, a transverse arm mechanism, a main arm member, and a connecting mechanism that are sequentially connected,wherein the clamping mechanism comprises a clamping block and a fixing member,
the transverse arm mechanism comprises a mounting base, a positioning member, and a fastening member,
the fixing member connects the clamping block and the mounting base,
the positioning member is connected to one end of the mounting base away from the clamping mechanism,
the fastening member connects the positioning member and the mounting base,
the main arm member extends through the mounting base,
the connecting mechanism is provided with a connecting rod connected to the main arm member.

US Pat. No. 11,066,868

DOUBLE EGRESS DOOR FRAME

The Dunbarton Group, Inc....


1. In a double egress door frame that includes a header having a length, a width, a back width direction, a front width direction, a left end, and a right end, the header connected at its left end to a left door jamb for supporting a left door by left door hinges, and the header connected at its right end to a right door jamb for supporting a right door by right door hinges, the header comprising:a. a central web with an underside and a top side;
b. a separate left door stop attached to a left header portion of the underside of the central web and offset in the back width direction; and
c. a separate right door stop attached to a right header portion of the underside of the central web and offset in the front width direction,

wherein the separate left door stop engages the left door when the left door is in a closed position, and the separate right door stop engages the right door when the right door is in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,867

DOOR CONTROL DEVICE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...


1. A door control device in a vehicle comprising seats and doors, the door control device comprising:a door driver configured to at least drive opening of the doors;
a seating position detector configured to detect seating position information indicating a position of a seat of the seats on which an occupant is seated during the vehicle stopping at a getting-off place; and
a door controller configured to:determine, after the occupant gets off the vehicle at the getting-off place, a first door of the doors to be opened for the occupant to get in the vehicle at a getting-in place, whereinthe first door to be opened at the getting-in place is determined on a basis of the seating position information indicating the position of the seat on which the occupant is seated during the vehicle stopping at the getting-off place; and

cause the door driver to drive opening of the determined first door at the getting-in place.


US Pat. No. 11,066,866

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MOTOR FOR SPEED REGULATOR POWER WINDOW

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A method for controlling a motor for a speed regulator power window, comprising:detecting, by a controller, an external environmental state of a vehicle when a power is applied to electronic devices of the vehicle;
comparing, by the controller, the detected external environmental state of the vehicle with a configured reference condition; and
adjusting, by the controller, an output of the motor for the power window to be a maximum output in response to determining that the external environmental state of the vehicle coincides with the configured reference condition,
wherein the external environmental state of the vehicle is detected using a rain sensor and an ambient temperature sensor,
wherein the window is operated at a normal speed, a high speed, or a low speed set by a user in response to determining that the external environmental state of the vehicle does not coincide with the configured reference condition, and
wherein:
the normal speed is a reference speed set during vehicle shipping, and if the normal speed is set, the output of the motor for the power window is adjusted by a reference output set during the vehicle shipping;
the high speed is an increased speed that is greater than the normal speed, and if the high speed is set, the output of the motor for the power window is adjusted to be greater than that set for the normal speed in initial, middle, and last operation sections of the window, and the operation of the window is adjusted so that lengths of the initial and last operation sections are shorter than those set for the normal speed; and
the low speed is a decreased speed that is less than the normal speed, and if the low speed is set, the output of the motor for the power window is adjusted to be less than that set for the normal speed in the initial, middle, and last operation sections of the window, and the operation of the window is adjusted so that the lengths of the initial and last operation sections are longer than those set for the normal speed;
wherein the external environmental state of the vehicle is determined to not coincide with the configured reference condition when an ambient temperature detected by the ambient temperature sensor is a temperature between a maximum set temperature and a minimum set temperature and rain or snow is not detected by the rain sensor.

US Pat. No. 11,066,865

AUTOMATED SLIDING WINDOW MECHANISM WITH AIR PRESSURE SENSOR

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...


1. An automated sliding window mechanism comprising:a motor retrofittably mounted to a surface of a first component of a sliding window and configured to open and dose the sliding window;
a controller that controls the motor, and;
at least two air pressure sensors in communication with a processor,
wherein at least one of the air pressure sensors is an external sensor;
wherein at least one of the air pressure sensors is an internal sensor;
wherein, if the window is currently open and based on signals from the air pressure sensors, the processor determines whether a draft is currently flowing through the window;
wherein, if the window is currently dosed and based on signals from the air pressure sensors, the processor determines whether a draft would flow through the window if opened;
wherein the processor sends a signal to the controller to either open or close the window depending on whether a user has elected to have a draft flow through the window;
wherein the external sensor is retrofittably attached to an outside surface of the sliding window; and wherein the internal sensor is retrofittably attached to an interior surface of the sliding window.

US Pat. No. 11,066,864

LOCKING AND MOVING SYSTEM FOR AN AIRCRAFT ELECTRIC DOOR

Latecoeye, Toulouse (FR)...


1. An aircraft electric door for a pressurized airframe comprising:a locking system for locking a safety catch;
a moving system for opening and closing the door;
an electric motor controlled by a door computer and adapted to actuate the locking system and the moving system;
wherein the moving system includes:a vertical threaded rod connected to the door;
a helical guideway linked to the door and including a ball nut connected to the vertical threaded rod;

wherein the door is pivotally supported by a hinge, the hinge including an upper hinge plate with an upper fitting, a middle hinge plate and lower hinge plate;
wherein the vertical threaded rod is rotatable by the electric motor;
wherein the moving system is supported by the upper hinge plate, the middle hinge plate, and the lower hinge plate;
wherein a guideway sleeve is located on the middle hinge plate, the guideway sleeve including a vertical camway engageable with a first guiding roller mounted on the vertical threaded rod, wherein the first guiding roller engages the vertical camway to prevent the door from rotating and enabling the electric motor to actuate the locking system and the upper hinge plate includes a horizontal camway engageable with a second guiding roller (635, 636) located on the vertical threaded rod, wherein the second guiding roller engages the horizontal camway to enable the electric motor to move the door between open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 11,066,863

DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING THE ELEVATION OF A PIECE

A. RAYMOND ET CIE, Greno...


1. An adjustment device for adjusting an elevation of a piece, the device comprising:a body intended to be secured to a support, the body having an interior surface defining a central cylindrical bore having a first opening and a second opening, the body further including at least two bosses respectively disposed on longitudinal arms of a handle, the longitudinal arms extending from the second opening; and
a pin having an external thread, a first end for bearing the piece, a second end, and at least two longitudinal slots on its second end to define at least two flexible legs, each flexible leg of the at least two flexible legs having a free end comprising a shoulder; and
the pin and the body being connected to each other via their respective threads, the pin being inserted into the body to expose the at least two flexible legs outside the body through the second opening and to abut the shoulder of each of the at least two flexible legs against a peripheral edge of the second opening of the body to prevent the pin from unscrewing from the body, and the pin being able, when rotated, to move in a longitudinal direction to adjust the elevation of the first end of the pin, wherein the at least two bosses are configured to bend the at least two flexible legs of the pin when the at least two flexible legs are aligned with the at least two bosses, and to be positioned in the at least two longitudinal slots when the at least two bosses are aligned with the at least two longitudinal slots, during rotational movement of the pin so as to index an elevational position of the piece.

US Pat. No. 11,066,862

ELECTRONIC HINGE

Component Hardware Group,...


1. An electronic hinge comprisinga support bracket having a pair of oppositely disposed abutments;
a wire transfer bracket disposed longitudinally between said abutments of said support bracket for pivoting about a longitudinal axis thereof between a closed position thereof and an open position thereof relative to said support bracket, said transfer bracket having a pair of oppositely disposed ears;
a support pin fixedly mounted in one of said abutments of said support bracket;
a first bushing fixedly mounted in one of said ears of said transfer bracket and rotatably mounted on said support pin;
a hollow wire transfer pin fixedly mounted in another of said abutments of said support bracket and having a collar at one end thereof;
a second bushing fixedly mounted in another of said ears of said transfer bracket and rotatably mounted on said transfer pin; and
a wire transfer hub rotatably mounted on said collar of said wire transfer pin and having an opening in a side thereof for passage of an electrical cable therethrough.

US Pat. No. 11,066,861

NOTEBOOK COMPUTER

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...


1. A notebook computer, comprising:a tablet computer comprising a tablet computer body, a first hinge cover, and a first hinge, wherein the first hinge cover is a first cylindrical cover coupled to the tablet computer body via the first hinge, wherein the first hinge comprises a first end and a second end, wherein the first hinge first end is connected to the first hinge cover, wherein the first hinge second end is connected to the tablet computer body, wherein the first hinge cover rotates relative to the tablet computer body around a central axis of the first hinge, and wherein the first hinge central axis passes through the first hinge first end and the first hinge second end; and
a keyboard dock comprising a keyboard dock body, a second hinge cover, and a second hinge, wherein the second hinge cover is a second cylindrical cover coupled to the keyboard dock body via the second hinge, wherein the second hinge comprises a second hinge first end and a second hinge second end, wherein the second hinge first end is connected to the second hinge cover, wherein the second hinge second end is connected to the keyboard dock body, wherein the second hinge cover rotates relative to the keyboard dock body around a central axis of the second hinge, wherein the second hinge central axis passes through the second hinge first end and the second hinge second end, wherein the tablet computer and the keyboard dock are connected using the first hinge cover and the second hinge cover, and wherein the first cylindrical cover of the first hinge cover outside the tablet computer body is connected in a detachable manner to and in direct surface contact with the second cylindrical cover of the second hinge cover outside the keyboard dock body.

US Pat. No. 11,066,860

HINGED ASSEMBLY WITH FAIL-SAFE HINGE PIN

Rohr, Inc., Chula Vista,...


1. A pin assembly with an axial centerline, comprising:an outer pin extending axially along the axial centerline between an outer pin first end and an outer pin second end;
an inner pin extending axially along the axial centerline within a bore of the outer pin;
a first collar circumscribing the outer pin, the first collar connected to the outer pin and the inner pin at the outer pin first end;
a second collar circumscribing the outer pin, the second collar connected to the outer pin and the inner pin at the outer pin second end; and
a first fastener connecting the first collar to the outer pin and the inner pin;
wherein the first fastener projects from a sidewall of the first collar, through a sidewall of the outer pin and into the inner pin.

US Pat. No. 11,066,859

ENHANCED COMPOSITE LIVE HINGE

Lockheed Martin Corporati...


1. A method of making a hinged component, comprising the steps of:sandwiching a layer of tensile fabric between a first layer of elastomer and a second layer of elastomer, thereby forming a layered structure;
locating the layered structure in a component forming tool;
introducing polymer-based material into the forming tool such that a first portion of polymer-based material overlaps one end of the layered structure and a second portion of polymer-based material overlaps an opposite end of the layered structure; and
forming the portions of polymer-based material to a desired shape using the forming tool so that the layered structure forms a live hinge between the first and second portions of polymer-based material;
wherein the first and second layers of elastomer are arranged in the forming tool so that the polymer-based material is prevented from infiltrating the tensile fabric.

US Pat. No. 11,066,858

LATCH LOCKING MECHANISM

AI Incorporated, Toronto...


1. A latch mechanism comprising:a main body comprising a first enclosure and a second enclosure, wherein the first enclosure and second enclosure are separated by a separating wall including a slot along the length of the separating wall;
a latch comprising:a latch body positioned within and slidingly coupled with the first enclosure of the main body;
a latch lock fixed to the latch body and positioned within the first enclosure of the main body when the latch is in an open position and at least partially external to the main body through a first opening of the main body when the latch is in a closed position; and
a handle fixed to the latch body and at least partially external to the main body through a second opening of the main body; and

a latch locking mechanism comprising:a stopper positioned within and slidingly coupled with the second enclosure of the main body;
a limit bar fixed to a face of the latch body facing towards the separating wall and capable of fitting through the slot in the separating wall;
a spring holder fixed to the face of the latch body facing towards the separating wall and incapable of fitting through the slot in the separating wall; and
a spring positioned on the spring holder and contacting the face of the latch body facing towards the separating wall on a first end of the spring and contacting the separating wall on a second end of the spring, wherein the spring is incapable of fitting through the slot in the separating wall.


US Pat. No. 11,066,857

MOTOR VEHICLE HANDLE


1. A motor vehicle actuation device, including a carrier housing that can be attached to a motor vehicle, a functional element, which is supported on the carrier housing such that it can rotate about a rotational axis and be moved between a standby position and an operating position, a drive device disposed on the carrier housing, and a control element in a drive connection with the drive device, which is designed to move the functional element from the standby position into the operating position when the drive device is activated, wherein the control element is moved from a home position into a final actuation position via an initial actuation position when the drive device is activated, wherein the control element forces the functional element from the standby position into the operating position when it moves from the home position into the initial actuation position, and wherein the control element retains the functional element in the operating position when it moves from the initial actuation position into the final actuation position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,856

SEALED TAILGATE HANDLE ASSEMBLY

Tyco Electronics Brasil L...


1. A sealed tailgate handle assembly comprising:a housing, sidewalls and end walls extending from a bottom wall of the housing to an upper surface of the housing;
a circuit board positioned in the housing;
a switch positioned in the housing, the switch configured to complete an electrical circuit path on the circuit board;
resin material encompassing the circuit board, the resin material configured to seal a connection between the circuit board and the switch;
an inner cover movable between an initial position and a second position;
a resilient member extending between the inner cover and the resin material;
an outer cover having a deformable upper wall;
terminal receiving projections extending from a respective end wall of the end walls of the housing, the terminal receiving projections have terminal receiving openings which extend through the terminal receiving projections and through the respective end wall of the housing to allow terminals to be position therein;
wherein upon an application of a force to the upper wall, the inner cover is moved from an initial position to the second position, causing the inner cover to engage the switch, causing the switch to complete an electrical circuit path on the circuit board to release a tailgate.

US Pat. No. 11,066,855

GLOVE COMPARTMENT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...


1. A glove compartment arranged in an instrument panel located in a passenger compartment, the glove compartment comprising:a compartment body fixed to the instrument panel, wherein the compartment body includes an opening through which an inside of the compartment body and the passenger compartment are in communication;
a side panel attached in a removable manner to at least one of the instrument panel or the compartment body, wherein the side panel forms a side surface of the instrument panel or a side surface of the compartment body;
a glove door arranged on the compartment body and movable between a closed position that closes the opening and an open position that opens the opening to the passenger compartment;
a latch mechanism configured to be shifted between a closed state in which the glove door is held on the compartment body at the closed position and an open state in which the glove door is not held on the compartment body;
an operation unit operated to shift the latch mechanism from the closed state to the open state; and
a lock mechanism configured to be shifted between an unlock position that allows operation of the latch mechanism with the operation unit and a lock position that restricts operation of the latch mechanism with the operation unit, wherein the latch mechanism includesan engaged portion formed near the side panel inside the compartment body, and
an engaging member arranged on the glove door,

wherein the engaging member is engaged with the engaged portion in the closed state and disengaged from the engaged portion in the open state,
wherein the compartment body includes an operation restriction body that restricts operation of the engaging member from the side surface of the instrument panel or the side surface of the compartment body so that the engaging member is not disengaged from the engaged portion.

US Pat. No. 11,066,854

ACTUATED MECHANISM FOR ACTIVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY LATCH WITH MESHED GEARS

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., New...


1. A latch travel mechanism (99) for a closure panel (6) of a vehicle (4), the mechanism comprising:a mounting plate (115) for mounting a latch (100), the latch for retaining the closure panel in a closed position, the latch having a ratchet for retaining a striker mounted on the closure panel in order to latch the closure panel in the closed position, the ratchet held in position by a pawl when the ratchet is retaining the striker;
a support plate (117) coupled to the mounting plate by a pair of linkages (118), the support plate for connecting to a body (5) of the vehicle, the pair of linkages including a pair of arms (302) and a pair of meshed gears (300) coupled to one another; and
an actuation mechanism (101) for mounting on at least one of the support plate or the body for extending the pair of linkages in order to move the mounting plate relative to the support plate from a home position to an extended position;
wherein the mounting plate is moved from the home position to the extended position during operation of the actuation mechanism.

US Pat. No. 11,066,853

ELECTRIC DOOR LOCK MECHANISM AND METHOD TO OVERRIDE

INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC, Tr...


1. A lock mechanism for a vehicle latch, the lock mechanism comprising:a release cable actuated by a handle available to a user;
a cable end fitting disposed at an end of the release cable;
a cable link defining an opening for receiving the release cable, the cable link retaining the cable end fitting in the opening, wherein tensioning of the release cable translates the cable link from a first position to a second position by overcoming a spring force applied to the cable link, the spring force biasing the cable link to the first position;
a pawl release link selectively coupled to the cable link, the pawl release link and the cable link switchable between a coupled condition and a decoupled condition, the coupled condition resulting in corresponding translation of the cable link and the pawl release link, the decoupled condition resulting in independent translation of the cable link and the pawl release link when the release cable is actuated by the handle;
a release clutch pivotably coupled to the cable link and moveable between an unlocked position and a locked position, when in the unlocked position, the release clutch is disposed in contact with the pawl release link so as to couple the cable link and the pawl release link, corresponding to the coupled condition of the pawl release link and the cable link, and when in the locked position, the release clutch decouples the cable link and the pawl release link, corresponding to the decoupled condition of the pawl release link and the cable link; an electrically driven gear operative with the release clutch to electrically reset the release clutch to the locked position upon detection of a vehicle speed in excess of a threshold speed;
a cam rotatable about a cam axis between a first cam angular position and a second cam angular position, when in the first cam angular position, the cam biases the release clutch to the unlocked position, and when in the second cam angular position, the cam biases the release clutch to the locked position; and
a pawl rotatable about a pawl axis between a first pawl angular position and a second pawl angular position, the pawl having a first contact surface and a second contact surface, the first contact surface is contacted by the cable link as the cable link moves from the first position to the second position so as to rotate the pawl, the second contact surface being engageable with a catch feature of the cam to retain the cam in the second cam angular position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,852

VEHICLE DOOR HANDLE DEVICE

ALPHA CORPORATION, Yokoh...


1. A vehicle door handle device comprising:a handle base that is fixed to a door panel back surface of a vehicle;
an operating handle that is linked to the handle base from a door front surface side to be rotatable around a rotation center;
a stopper protrusion that is provided in any one of the operating handle and the handle base; and
an engaged portion that is provided in the other one of the operating handle and the handle base,
wherein along with sliding of the operating handle to a rotation center side, the stopper protrusion and the engaged portion are elastically engaged with each other so that movement of the operating handle to a rotation distal end side is restricted,
wherein a hinge protrusion protrudes from an end portion of the operating handle on the rotation center side,
wherein the handle base includes a hinge restriction portion,
wherein the hinge restriction portion includes a top wall restricting movement of the hinge protrusion in a door panel direction and an abutting wall of the hinge protrusion,
wherein the hinge protrusion abuts into the hinge restriction portion in an internally contact manner,
wherein in a state that the hinge protrusion abuts against the hinge restriction portion, an inner center of the hinge restriction portion fits to the rotation center of the operating handle,
wherein a gap that keeps a non-contact state of the stopper protrusion and the engaged portion during a translational movement of the operating handle to outside of a door is provided between the stopper protrusion and the engaged portion, and
wherein when an operating force for opening the door is applied to the operating handle and a moving force to the outside of the door is applied to the rotation center of the operating handle, the gap absorbs the movement force.

US Pat. No. 11,066,851

APPARATUS FOR REMOVING A SECURITY TAG FROM AN ARTICLE

SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, ...


1. A detaching device for releasing a tack body from a tag housing, the detaching device comprising:a housing;
a handle pivotally mounted to the housing and configured to pivot about a handle axis;
a detacher movement mechanism configured to move a detacher portion from a first non-release position to a second release position, wherein the detacher movement mechanism converts rotational movement of the handle about the handle axis to rotational movement of the detacher portion about a first axis, wherein when the detacher portion moves to the second release position, the detacher portion is configured to be received by a receiving portion of the tag housing and release a locking mechanism inside the tag housing thus releasing the tack body from the tag housing.

US Pat. No. 11,066,850

ACCESS HANDLE FOR SLIDING DOORS

Amesbury Group, Inc, Ame...


1. A lock actuator assembly comprising:an escutcheon defining a longitudinal axis;
a rotatable drive disk rotatably coupled to the escutcheon about a rotational axis;
a slide arm slidingly coupled to the escutcheon and operably coupled to the drive disk, wherein movement of the slide arm along the longitudinal axis rotates the drive disk about the rotational axis; and
an electronic actuator coupled to the escutcheon, wherein the electronic actuator comprises a support plate fixed to the escutcheon and a motor supported on the support plate, the slide arm disposed between the support plate and the escutcheon in a direction along the rotational axis, wherein the motor of the electronic actuator is configured to drive the slide arm along the longitudinal axis, and wherein the drive disk is adapted to couple to a lock mechanism so as to shift the lock mechanism between a locked position and an unlocked position when the drive disk rotates about the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 11,066,849

ADJUSTABLE DECORATIVE LOCKSET ROSE ASSEMBLY

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...


1. A rose assembly, comprising:a rose plate having a front plate comprising a first side, a second side, and a first opening, the first opening extending between the first side and the second side;
a rose base having a base plate comprising an outer face, an inner face, and a second opening, the second opening extending between the inner face and the outer face; and
an indexing system comprising at least one male member and at least one female member, the at least one male member being positioned on one of the rose plate and the rose base and the at least one female member positioned on the other of the rose plate and the rose base;
wherein the indexing system is configured to facilitate selective secure placement of the rose plate to the rose base at one of a plurality of assembly orientations that provide the rose assembly with an asymmetrical configuration, wherein the rose plate covers a first portion of the rose base when in a first of the plurality of assembly orientations, and covers a second portion of the rose base that differs from the first portion when in a second of the plurality of assembly orientations; and
wherein, for the plurality of assembly orientations, the first opening is generally aligned, and in communication, with the second opening.

US Pat. No. 11,066,848

PUSH TO LOCK AND UNLOCK DOOR LOCK

Spectrum Brands, Inc., M...


1. A method of operating a door lock comprising the steps of:rotating one of a knob and a lever on one of an interior side or an exterior side of a door so as to retract a latch of the door;
pivoting the door to close the door, thereby aligning the latch with an opening in a strike mounted in a door frame;
releasing the one of the knob and the lever, thereby extending the latch into the opening of the strike in the door frame;
depressing a push-button lock mechanism a first time, thereby activating the door lock and preventing rotation of the one of the knob and the lever from both the interior side and the exterior side of the door; and
depressing the push-button lock mechanism a second time, thereby deactivating the door lock and allowing rotation of the one of the knob and the lever on both the interior side and exterior side of the door to retract the latch from the opening of the strike in the door frame;
wherein neither rotation of the one of the knob and the lever on the interior side of the door nor rotation of the one of the knob and the lever on the exterior side of the door actuates the lock mechanism and does not deactivate the door lock.

US Pat. No. 11,066,846

FENCE SYSTEM

Aluminm Architectural Sol...


1. A fence system, comprising:A) a plurality of panel assemblies that interconnect to one another, whereby first and second interlocking structures extend along planes of each said panel assembly to mount onto an adjacent said panel assembly, wherein said first interlocking structure comprises an intermediate wall and said second interlocking structure comprises a fastening wall that hides a fastener passing through said intermediate wall when said plurality of panel assemblies is interconnected to one another, each of said panel assemblies comprises a panel having first and second ends, said first interlocking structure further comprises a panel end wall and a first interconnecting wall, said first interlocking structure extends from said first end, whereby said panel end wall perpendicularly extends from said first end, said intermediate wall perpendicularly extends from said panel end wall, said first interconnecting wall perpendicularly extends from said intermediate wall, said second interlocking structure further comprises first and second extension walls, and a second interconnecting wall, said second interconnecting wall perpendicularly extends from said second end, said second extension wall perpendicularly extends from said panel at a predetermined distance from said second end, said fastening wall perpendicularly extends from said second extension wall beyond said second end, said first extension wall perpendicularly extends from said fastening wall towards said panel, said first interlocking structure is geometric U-shaped, and said second interlocking structure is geometric G-shaped; and
B) at least two posts.

US Pat. No. 11,066,845

RAZOR WIRE BARRIER FOR ACCESS POINT SECURITY


1. A portable razor wire barrier for access point security, comprising:a frame including a floor panel having a perimeter with a plurality of sides defining corresponding sides of the frame, a plurality of perimeter posts extending upwardly from the floor panel and spaced along the perimeter thereof, at least one cross post extending between two or more perimeter posts of the plurality of perimeter posts of each side of the frame, and a plurality of walls upwardly extending from the perimeter of the floor panel, along each side thereof and defining an enclosed interior area of the barrier, wherein each of the plurality of walls comprises a planar section of razor wire coupled to the plurality of perimeter posts and to the at least one cross post, and wherein the floor panel comprises a wire fencing section extending between the plurality of walls;
a plurality of helical cons of razor wire within the interior area for preventing intrusion across the barrier, wherein the plurality of coils of razor wire are stacked atop one another and in direct contact with the floor panel of the frame; and
a pair of component receptacles extending beneath and coupled to the floor panel, wherein each component receptacle is a hollow member extending entirely between a pair of opposing walls of the plurality of walls, and wherein the pair of component receptacles extends parallel to one another to receive a fork of a forklift for moving the barrier.

US Pat. No. 11,066,844

TEMPORARY SHELTER AND MOBILE CART

EDAR (Everyone Deserves a...


1. A mobile shelter capable of converting between a first cart position and a second shelter position, the mobile shelter comprising:a chassis coupled to a plurality of wheels, wherein the chassis has a proximal end, a distal end, and two sides;
a base coupled to the chassis;
two frames, each respectively hingeably connected to the proximal or distal end of the chassis such that the frames are movable between the first cart position and the second shelter position, wherein in the second shelter position the frames are substantially parallel to the chassis and coplanar with the chassis;
wherein the mobile shelter is configured to be movable when the mobile shelter is in the first cart position;
a support coupled to each of the two frames, wherein the supports are positioned between the respective frame and a ground surface and configured to space the respective frame apart from the ground surface when the mobile shelter is in the second shelter position, wherein the supports comprise storage compartments; and
two primary supports that extend substantially vertically from a first side of the chassis, are positioned between the two frames, extend substantially horizontally across a width of the chassis, and extend substantially vertically to a second side of the chassis when the mobile shelter is in the second shelter position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,843

CANOPY ASSEMBLY

Radio Flyer Inc., Chicag...


1. A canopy assembly for a ride-on vehicle, comprising:a top panel having a first side and a second side, a first edge, a second edge opposing the first edge, a third edge, and a forth edge opposing the third edge;
a first support secured to the second side of the top panel adjacent the first edge of the top panel to create a first cavity between the first support and the top panel;
a second support secured to the second side of the top panel adjacent the second edge of the top panel to create a second cavity between the second support and the top panel;
a third support secured to the second side of the top panel adjacent the third edge of the top panel to create a third cavity between the third support and the top panel;
a fourth support secured to the second side of the top panel adjacent the fourth edge of the top panel to create a fourth cavity between the fourth support and the top panel;
a first longitudinal spring retained within the first cavity;
a second longitudinal spring retained within the second cavity, wherein the first and second longitudinal springs have a concave cross section with an apex of the first and second longitudinal springs being positioned adjacent the second side of the top panel, and wherein the first and second longitudinal springs can transition between a coiled orientation and a rigid extended orientation;
a first rigid member retained within the third cavity;
a second rigid member retained within the fourth cavity;
a skirt extending distally from a perimeter of the top panel about the first, second, third and fourth edges; and,
a plurality of connectors secured to the top panel of the canopy assembly, the connectors adapted to operably receive a canopy pole.

US Pat. No. 11,066,842

UNIVERSAL AWNING ANCHOR


1. A universal awning anchor comprises:a head;
a first elongated bar;
a second elongated bar;
a length-adjustable fastener;
an anchor;
the head comprises a first post and a bed;
the bed being terminally fixed with the first post;
the length-adjustable fastener laterally traversing across the bed;
the length-adjustable fastener being mounted with the bed;
the length-adjustable fastener being positioned opposite the first post;
the first elongated bar being positioned adjacent the first post, opposite the bed;
the first post being removably coupled with a first rim of the first elongated bar;
the second elongated bar being positioned adjacent the first elongated bar, opposite the first post;
the first elongated bar being telescopically engage with the second elongated bar;
the anchor being positioned adjacent the second elongated bar, opposite the first elongated bar;
the anchor being integrated with the second elongated bar;
the bed comprises a base, a first lateral wall and a second lateral wall;
the length-adjustable fastener comprises a first strap, a second strap, and a buckle;
the first lateral wall being terminally fixed across the base;
the second lateral wall being fixed across the base, positioned opposite the first lateral wall;
the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall being oriented away from the first post;
the base being oriented perpendicular with the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall;
a fixed end of the first strap being connected across the first lateral wall;
a fixed end of the second strap being connected across the second lateral wall; and
a free end of the first strap being removably coupled with a free end of the second strap with the buckle.

US Pat. No. 11,066,840

MODULAR AUDITORIUM

Tait Towers Manufacturing...


17. A lifting fixture securable to a forklift machine adapted for lifting/manipulating corresponding tier sections for assembly/disassembly of a modular auditorium comprising:a plurality of tubes parallel to one another and connected to a first fixture portion and a second fixture portion;
wherein the plurality of tubes adapted to be selectively secured to the lifting machine, the first fixture portion and the second fixture portion including a plurality of lifting interfaces adapted to interface with corresponding lifting interfaces of the corresponding tier sections;
wherein the second fixture portion including a plurality of beams connected to the plurality of tubes;
wherein the plurality of beams and the plurality of tubes define an L-shape;
wherein each tube of the plurality of tubes adapted to receive a corresponding fork of the forklift machine;
wherein each tube of the plurality of tubes including a fork tine retention feature;
wherein each lifting interface of the lifting interfaces of the corresponding tier sections correspond to a chair interface of the corresponding tier section;
wherein the second fixture portion is selectively separable from the plurality of tubes;
wherein the first fixture portion including a first cross member having an open end, a plurality of stiffeners positioned in the open end of the first cross member between each lifting interface of the plurality of lifting interfaces;
wherein the second fixture portion includes a second cross member having an open end, a plurality of stiffeners positioned in the open end of the second cross member between each lifting interface of the plurality of lifting interfaces.

US Pat. No. 11,066,839

MODULAR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONCRETE CRACK REPAIR

AquaBond LLC, Long Beach...


1. A system for repairing a crack in a concrete installation, the system comprising:a stitch including a first end segment, a center portion configured to span across the crack, a second end segment, and a tensioning assembly configured to vary a distance between the first end segment and the second end segment; and
an anchor plate coupled to the stitch, the anchor plate includingan anchor bore configured to receive a concrete anchor,
a first bore extending parallel to the anchor bore,
a second bore extending transverse to the anchor bore, and
a groove extending transverse to the first bore and the second bore,

wherein the first bore intersects the groove, and
wherein the second bore intersects the anchor bore.

US Pat. No. 11,066,838

WORK PLATFORM MOVER SYSTEM

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...


1. A system to align a work platform relative to a stationary target object, the system comprising:a drive vehicle configured to attach to the work platform at a pivot point and to lift a section of the work platform above a support surface and to move the drive vehicle along the support surface while the section is lifted;
first and second sensors that are spaced apart on the work platform;
a rotation sensor;
a processing circuit configured to:receive signals from first and second sensors, the signals indicating a first distance between the first sensor and the target object and a second distance between the second sensor and the target object;
calculate based on the signals a target object angle between the work platform and the target object;
calculate based on rotational sensor signals a drive vehicle angle between a forward movement direction of the drive vehicle and a longitudinal centerline of the work platform; and
calculate the target object angle and the drive vehicle angle while the work platform moves with the drive vehicle towards the target object and based on the target object angle and the drive vehicle angle complete a rotational aspect of a motion path of the work platform prior to reaching a zero offset distance between the work platform and the target object.


US Pat. No. 11,066,837

FLOOR PANEL FOR FORMING A FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...


1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering,wherein the floor panel comprises a substrate based on a synthetic material formed as one or more base layers;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular, either oblong or square, and comprises a first pair of opposite edges and a second pair of opposite edges;
wherein both the first pair of opposite edges and the second pair of opposite edges each comprise coupling parts which allow mutually coupling a plurality of such floor panels to each other;
wherein said coupling parts, on both the first pair of opposite edges and the second pair of opposite edges, form a first locking system which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking in the plane of the floor panels and perpendicular to the respective edges, and said coupling parts, on the first pair of opposite edges and the second pair of opposite edges also form a second locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking transverse to the plane of the floor panels;
wherein the coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges substantially are formed of the material of the floor panel itself and in said substrate;
wherein the coupling parts of the first pair of opposite edges are configured such that two of such panels can be coupled to each other at the first pair of opposite edges by means of a turning movement, and such that the coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges include a tongue and a groove as well as locking parts which, in the coupled condition, prevent the shifting apart of the tongue and groove; and
wherein, on the first pair of opposite edges, the groove is bordered by a lower lip and an upper lip, of which the lower lip extends laterally to beyond the distal end of the upper lip;
wherein the locking parts of the first pair of opposite edges have a locking distance (A) which is greater than 0.6 times the value of the overall thickness (T) of the floor panel, the locking distance (A) being formed by the horizontal distance between a vertical closing plane (S) of two coupled floor panels and a vertical plane (VS) through the middle of the zone over which the locking surfaces of the locking parts, in coupled condition, make contact with each other, as measured in horizontal direction, and the closing plane (S) being defined as a vertical plane through the most distal end of the upper lip;
wherein on the first pair of opposite edges said upper side of the tongue is provided with a contact surface intended for contacting said lower side of said upper lip over a certain contact zone, said contact zone viewed in a cross section of the tongue extending between a distal end point and a proximal end point, wherein a first horizontal distance is defined by a horizontal distance measured between said distal end point and said proximal end point; and wherein said contact surface at the upper side of the tongue is horizontal or is inclined downwards in a distal direction of the tongue.

US Pat. No. 11,066,836

FLOORBOARDS COMPRISING A DECORATIVE EDGE PART IN A RESILIENT SURFACE LAYER

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...


1. A set of essentially identical floorboards each comprising a front face and a rear face extending in the horizontal plane, a core, and a surface layer comprising a plastic material, a mechanical locking system is arranged at least at two opposite edges for connecting a floorboard with an adjacent floorboard in a horizontal and a vertical direction,said mechanical locking system being configured for connecting the floorboard with the adjacent floorboard by vertical folding, the vertical folding being where a long side edge of a first floorboard is arranged at an upper part of a second long side edge of a second floorboard, and when the first floorboard is angled down a short side edge is folded down into a connection with a side edge of an adjacent, third floorboard,
wherein the mechanical locking system comprises a tongue on one of said opposite edges, wherein the tongue is configured to cooperate with a tongue groove for connecting the floorboards in the vertical direction
wherein the mechanical locking system comprises a locking groove, at one of said opposite edges, cooperating with a locking element, at the other of said opposite edges, for connecting said floorboard with said adjacent floorboard in the horizontal direction, and
wherein one of said opposite edges is provided with a horizontally extending protrusion at an upper edge, and wherein said protrusion is configured to overlap a surface groove at an upper edge of the other of said opposite edges, such that two connected and adjacent floorboards have upper overlapping edges,
wherein the tongue is provided at the same edge as the surface groove and the surface groove is spaced in a vertical direction from the tongue.

US Pat. No. 11,066,835

BUILDING PANEL WITH A MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...


17. A set of panels provided with a mechanical locking system comprising:a displaceable tongue, which is arranged in a displacement groove at a first edge of a first panel, and which is integrally formed and unitary such that all outer boundaries of the displaceable tongue consist of outer surfaces of the displaceable tongue, and
a tongue groove at a second edge of an adjacent second panel, the displaceable tongue being configured to cooperate with the tongue groove for locking of the first and second edges in a vertical direction,
wherein the displacement groove comprises a displacement groove opening and the tongue groove comprises a tongue groove opening,
wherein at least a part of the displaceable tongue is configured to be pushed into the displacement groove during assembling of the first and second panels and spring back to a position in which an outer part of the displaceable tongue cooperate with the first tongue groove for the locking in the vertical direction,
wherein an upper surface of the displaceable tongue is configured to be displaced along an upper wall of the displacement groove during assembling of the first and second panels,
wherein a lower surface of the displaceable tongue is configured to be displaced along a lower wall of the displacement groove during assembling of the first and second panels,
wherein the displacement groove opening and the tongue groove opening are horizontally open and the vertical height of the displacement groove opening is greater than a vertical height of the tongue groove opening,
wherein an outer part of the displaceable tongue is provided with a recess which extends along essentially the whole longitudinal length of the displaceable tongue, and
wherein the recess comprises a first recess surface and a second recess surface, which are arranged at an obtuse angle to each other.

US Pat. No. 11,066,834

CLADDING

GOLDEN HOMES HOLDINGS LIM...


1. An external cladding system for a wall of a building which includes:(a) at least one panel of sheet material;
(b) a series of vertically and horizontally oriented panel mounting extrusions, the respective vertically and horizontally oriented panel mounting extrusions being spaced apart at sufficient distances to underlap with a portion of the at least one panel of sheet material and to surround at least two edges of a panel via at least receiving portions on said vertically and horizontally oriented panel mounting extrusions;
wherein said vertically and horizontally oriented panel mounting extrusions are configured to be affixed to a building frame via cavity battens;
(c) a plurality of spaced apart apertures passing through a topmost horizontal panel mounting extrusion and a bottom most horizontal panel mounting extrusion on the wall, the apertures extending along a longitudinal axis of an internal horizontal portion of said topmost and bottom most panel mounting extrusions;
wherein the at least one panel is configured to be held in place on said panel mounting extrusions, via a combination of:
(d) capping extrusions, which include attachment portions that engage with the receiving portion in the panel mounting extrusions, wherein the capping extrusion also includes a cover section, which overlaps with a portion of, and surrounds, at least two edges of the at least one panel;
(e) resilient sealing strips, which are located between the at least one panel and the capping extrusions; and
(f) one or more spacer elements located on the horizontally oriented panel mounting extrusions which support the bottom edge of the at least one panel, the bottom edge of the at least one panel resting on said spacer element(s);
such that the combination enables the panel to expand or contract, and move with respect to the capping extrusion without any contact therewith.

US Pat. No. 11,066,833

MODULAR WALL COVERING SYSTEM

RAYVA International LLC, ...


1. A modular wall overlay system for installation on a support surface comprising:a frame has a front face, an opposing rear face and side faces; and
a cover securely retained on the frame by a tensioning system whereby the cover is retained under tension on the frame by the tensioning system, the cover extending across the front face and wrapping along an exterior of the entire side faces to the rear face;
wherein the cover comprises a main portion and discrete edge pocket sections that are not continuous to one another so as to form an open corner and the tensioning system comprises a single cable that is routed though the edge pocket sections and extends along four sides of the frame, the tensioning system being adjustable and being located internal to the frame along the four sides of the frame.

US Pat. No. 11,066,832

INTERNAL COMPOSITION OF A BRACKET MEMBER FOR INSULATION

Advanced Architectural Pr...


1. A wall structure comprising:an inner wall having an outer surface;
an outer cladding having an inner surface;
a plurality of bracket assemblies, at least one of the bracket assemblies comprising:an elongated bracket member having a cross-sectional configuration defining a body wall having an inner end and an outer end, with a first end wall extending from the inner end of the body wall and a second end wall extending from the outer end;
a first end wall support member attached to the first end wall and a second end wall support member attached the second end wall;
wherein the bracket member further comprises a plurality of fibers within a resin matrix;

a non-combustible board having an outer surface and an inner surface;
wherein the at least one bracket assembly is positioned so that an outer surface of the first end wall overlies the outer surface of the inner wall, and an outer surface of the second end wall overlies the inner surface of the non-combustible board, with the outer surface of the non-combustible board overlying the inner surface of the outer cladding, so as to sandwich the non-combustible board between the bracket assembly and the outer cladding;
wherein a first fastener extends through the first end wall support member the bracket member and into the inner wall, the first fastener extending through at least one fiber fabric embedded within the first wall; and
wherein a second fastener extends through the outer cladding, through the bracket member and through the second end wall support member, the second fastener extending through at least one fiber fabric embedded within the second end wall.

US Pat. No. 11,066,831

SNOW RAKE


1. A rake for removing snow from roofs, comprising:an upstanding and rectangular-shaped first rake member having an outer end, an inner end, an upper end, a lower end, an inner side and an outer side;
an upstanding first support plate positioned at said inner side of said first rake member at said inner end of said first rake member and being secured to said first rake member;
an upstanding first support member positioned at said inner side of said first rake member at said outer end of said first rake member and being secured to said first rake member;
said inner end of said first rake member having a first opening formed therein between said upper and lower ends of said first rake member;
said first support plate having an opening formed therein which registers with said first opening in said first rake member;
an upstanding and rectangular-shaped second rake member having an outer end, an inner end, an upper end, a lower end, an inner side and an outer side;
an upstanding second support plate positioned at said inner side of said second rake member at said inner end of said second rake member and being secured to said second rake member;
an upstanding second support member positioned at said inner side of said second rake member at said outer end of said second rake member and being secured to said second rake member;
said inner end of said second rake member having a first opening formed therein between said upper and lower ends of said second rake member;
said first opening in said inner end of said first rake member registering with said first opening in said inner end of said second rake member;
said second support plate having an opening formed therein which registers with said first opening in said second rake member;
a horizontally disposed first upper hinge member, having inner and outer ends, positioned at said outer side of said first rake member at said inner end of said first rake member and being secured to said first rake member and said first support plate;
said inner end of said first upper hinge member having a plurality of vertically spaced-apart hollow hinge barrels secured thereto which are positioned outwardly of said first rake member;
a horizontally disposed second upper hinge member, having inner and outer ends, positioned at said outer side of said second rake member at said inner end of said second rake member and being secured to said second rake member and said second support plate;
said inner end of said second upper hinge member having a plurality of vertically spaced-apart hollow hinge barrels secured thereto which are positioned outwardly of said second rake member;
said hinge barrels of said first upper hinge member and said hinge barrels of said second upper hinge member being configured to mesh with one another to form a hinge outwardly of said outer side of said first rake member;
a horizontally disposed first lower hinge member, having inner and outer ends, positioned at said outer side of said first rake member at said inner end of said first rake member and being secured to said first rake member and said first support plate;
said inner end of said first lower hinge member having a plurality of vertically spaced-apart hollow hinge barrels secured thereto which are positioned outwardly of said first rake member;
a horizontally disposed second lower hinge member, having inner and outer ends, positioned at said outer side of said second rake member at said inner end of said second rake member and being secured to said second rake member and said second support plate;
said inner end of said second lower hinge member having a plurality of vertically spaced-apart hollow hinge barrels secured thereto which are positioned outwardly of said second rake member;
said hinge barrels of said first lower hinge member and said hinge barrels of said second lower hinge member being configured to mesh with one another to form a hinge outwardly of said outer side of said second rake member;
an elongated connector, having inner and outer ends, positioned in said first openings of said first and second rake members;
said outer end of said connector being positioned outwardly of said outer side of said first and second rake members;
said outer end of said connector having a vertically disposed hinge pin opening formed therein;
said connector having an internally threaded portion formed in said inner end thereof;
a hinge pin extending through said hinge barrels of said first and second upper hinge members, through said hinge pin opening in said connector, and through said hinge barrels of said first and second lower hinge members to hingedly connect said first and second rake members to said connector;
an extension pole, having upper and lower ends;
said upper end of said extension pole being selectively secured to said internally threaded portion of said connector;
a clamp selectively longitudinally movably mounted on said extension pole;
said clamp being configured to be clamped onto said extension pole whereby said clamp may be selectively positioned against movement with respect to said extension pole;
an elongated and rigid first support arm having an inner end and an outer end;
said outer end of said first support arm being hingedly secured to said first rake member and said first support member at said outer end of said first rake member;
said inner end of said first support arm being pivotally secured to said clamp;
an elongated and rigid second support arm having an inner end and an outer end;
said outer end of said second support arm being hingedly secured to said second rake member and said second support member at said outer end of said second rake member;
said inner end of said second support arm being hingedly secured to said clamp;
the selective longitudinal adjustment of said inner ends of said first and second support arms with respect to said extension pole by way of said clamp permitting said first and second rake members to be selectively movable between a first position and a second position and selectively maintained in said first and second position;
said first and second rake members, when in said first position, being substantially parallel to one another in an end-to-end manner; and
said first and second rake members, when in said second position, being angularly disposed, in an operative snow removable position, with respect to one another.

US Pat. No. 11,066,830

DECK FRAMING SYSTEM

Fortress Iron, LP, Garla...


1. A deck framing system, comprising:a perimeter support member comprising a joist support wall and a web wall extending perpendicularly from the joist support wall; and
a plurality of joist support brackets each comprising at least one attachment wing configured to be attached to the web wall of the perimeter support member and a joist support portion, the joist support portion comprising a pair of opposed lateral walls and a bracket web wall, the bracket web wall configured to be disposed spaced apart from the web wall of the perimeter support member, each of the pair of opposed lateral walls configured to be attached to a corresponding lateral wall of a joist supported by the joist support wall.

US Pat. No. 11,066,829

CURTAIN WALL AND WALL ELEMENT THEREBY APPLIED AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH A WALL ELEMENT

Stephanie Catharina R. Cl...


1. A curtain wall constructed from prefabricated connecting wall elements mounted in rows next to and above one another, with the wall elements comprising a frame of assembled profiles on the inside of the curtain wall and of one or more infill elements on the outside of the curtain wall attached against the outside of the frame,wherein the frame contains mullions and transoms in the form of profiles which along the perimeter of the frame have female coupling parts and male coupling parts which are such that adjacent mullions and adjacent transoms in an assembled condition in the curtain wall telescopically engage with their coupling parts to form composite basic profiles,
wherein between two rows of connecting wall elements a horizontal seal is applied, which extends continuously in a horizontal direction over several wall elements along the length of an underlying row,
wherein the horizontal seal is a profile with a part with which the horizontal seal rests on a wall element of the underlying row and an upstanding edge,
wherein the upstanding edge extends into a female coupling part of the lower transom of a wall element of an overlying row,
wherein the upstanding edge is clamped between a surface of a male coupling part of an upper transom of the wall element of the underlying row and the female coupling part of the lower transom of the wall element of the overlying row.

US Pat. No. 11,066,828

MOLD DESIGN AND PROCESS FOR CONSTRUCTING AN INSULATED PRECAST CONCRETE WALL SYSTEM

Excel Realty Investors 10...


1. A wall structure comprising:a concrete base beam located in an essentially horizontal plane;
a concrete top beam, located in an essentially horizontal plane;
two or more concrete vertical support members integrally joined to the base beam and the top beam and meeting said beams at an essentially right angle;
wherein said two or more vertical support members define a left wall boundary and a right wall boundary, and wherein said top beam and said base beam define a top wall boundary and a bottom wall boundary, respectively;
an exterior wall shell extending from said left wall boundary to said right wall boundary, and extending from said top wall boundary to said bottom wall boundary, and continuous with said base beam, said top beam, and said support members;
H-shaped insulation encompassing and attached to said vertical support members with attachment strips attached to said H-shaped insulation running along its length and having one or more fasteners joining the attachment strip to the vertical support member, wherein said fastener passes though said H-shaped insulation, and
rigid insulation attached to the exterior wall shell and positioned between said vertical support members.

US Pat. No. 11,066,827

PRECISION DRY-STACK MASONRY UNIT

Daysh Developments, Inc.,...


1. A masonry wall comprising:a first row of a plurality of masonry blocks disposed in an upright orientation, each block having:two spaced-apart face shells, each shell having a connector edge and a free edge vertically opposite the connector edge, and
at least one connector joining the face shells, the connector having a top surface, a bottom surface, a right surface and a left surface, the bottom surface of said connector coplanar with the connector edge of the face shells, the top surface of the connector and the face shells forming a horizontal channel, and each of the right and left surfaces of the at least one connector and the face shells forming a vertical channel,

a second row of the masonry blocks disposed on top of the first row in an upside-down orientation such that the horizontal and vertical channels of the blocks of the first and second rows meet to form a hollow grid,
grout disposed in the grid bonding the masonry blocks together to form a wall.

US Pat. No. 11,066,826

INSULATABLE, INSULATIVE FRAMEWORK APPARATUS AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME


1. A frame having a length and a width, the frame including a framework comprising:a first elongated structural member, a second elongated structural member, and a third elongated structural member disposed between the first and second elongated structural members,
a first web member connecting the first and third structural members, and
a second web member connecting the second and third structural members,
the first web member being positioned apart from the second web member such that a shortest distance between the first web member and second web member is greater than or equal 5 times a thickness of the third structural member to make no direct path for conductive heat flow between the first elongated structural member and the second elongated structural member,
the first, second and third elongated structural members each having a length perpendicular to a normal direction of the frame and being spaced apart in a direction parallel to a thickness of the frame along the normal direction.

US Pat. No. 11,066,825

QUONSET BUILDING WITH INTERNAL TOWER SUPPORT

Meridian Manufacturing, I...


1. A quonset style building, comprising:an arched structure forming a curved roof with a central apex, opposite lateral sides, and having opposite ends defining a longitudinal axis;
a first pair of rafters extending longitudinally on opposite sides of the apex;
a second pair of rafters extending longitudinally and spaced laterally outwardly from the first pair of rafters;
end walls at each end of the arched structure;
a vertical support tower extending longitudinally and centrally within the arched structure, and having girts extending upwardly from the floor and being connected to the first pair of rafters on opposite sides of the apex;
braces extending upwardly and outwardly between the girts and the second pair of rafters, wherein each of the braces includes a purlin and a knee brace; and
storage areas on each side of the tower.

US Pat. No. 11,066,824

GROUND ANCHOR BRACKET WITH SIMULATED SLAB SUPPORT FOR CONCRETE WALL BRACES


1. A bracing assembly for bracing a wall with an earth anchor, the bracing assembly comprising:a wall brace having an elongated tubular member, an upper shoe pivotally coupled at an upper end of the elongated tubular member for engaging the wall, and a lower shoe pivotally coupled at a lower end of the elongated tubular member; and
a ground anchor bracket comprising:a base sleeve having a tubular wall surrounding a hollow interior that is configured to receive a stem of the earth anchor, the tubular wall having a aperture configured to receive a fastener that temporarily engages the stem;
a platform fixed at an upper portion of the base sleeve, the platform having an upper surface that is planar and interfaces with a bottom surface of the lower shoe of the wall brace; and
a retention member coupled with the platform, the retention member protruding upward from the upper surface of the platform and through the opening in the lower shoe of the wall brace to retain the lower shoe at the platform,

wherein the base sleeve is disposed at an angle relative to the upper surface of the platform, the upper surface of the platform is configured, the upper surface of the platform is configured to stimulate a slab floor surface when the ground anchor bracket is temporarily engaged to the earth anchor.

US Pat. No. 11,066,823

WATERLESS URINAL AND WATERLESS URINAL CARTRIDGE THEREFOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...


1. A waterless urinal cartridge configured for insertion into a waterless urinal, the waterless urinal cartridge comprising:a housing havinga waste reservoir disposed within the housing and being configured to hold a predetermined volume of wastewater, and
a drainage aperture configured so that an amount of wastewater exceeding the predetermined volume of wastewater flows through the drainage aperture to exit the housing, and

a cover coupled to the housing and being configured to form part of a surface contour of a fluid bowl of the waterless urinal, the cover includinga sealing fluid reservoir having walls that are separate and distinct from the housing that define the waste reservoir and the drainage aperture, the walls of the sealing fluid reservoir form a containment perimeter with an open bottom so as to contain a sealing fluid floating on top of the predetermined volume of wastewater, and
a plurality of fluid passages for directing wastewater from the fluid bowl to the sealing fluid reservoir, the sealing fluid reservoir being in communication with an internal cavity of the housing,

wherein the waste reservoir includes at least one fluid flow control feature configured to restrain wastewater movement within the waste reservoir in response to a change in vehicle dynamics.

US Pat. No. 11,066,822

TOILET ELECTROMAGNETIC DISTRIBUTOR

SHANGHAI KOHLER ELECTRONI...


12. A toilet, comprising:a nozzle; and
an electromagnetic distributor comprising:
a housing;
a water channel disposed within the housing and comprising an inlet, which is disposed at a first end of the housing, and an outlet, which extends toward a second end of the housing;
a water discharge assembly disposed at the second end of the housing;
a water discharge chamber disposed within the water discharge assembly, wherein an outlet of the water channel is in fluid communication with the water discharge chamber, and at least two water outlets disposed on a face of the water discharge assembly furthest away from the housing; and
a solenoid valve assembly disposed inside the housing and comprising at least two electromagnetic switches, each associated with one of the at least two water outlets, wherein each electromagnetic switch independently controls opening/closing of the associated water outlet, wherein the electromagnetic distributor is disposed inside the nozzle, an outer wall of the housing couples to an inner wall of the nozzle, the first end of the housing faces an upstream direction of the nozzle, and the second end of the housing faces a downstream direction of the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 11,066,821

TOILET BOWL CHEMICAL AGENT DISPENSER


1. A device for delivery of a chemical agent into a toilet bowl from a top portion of an overflow tube during a refill phase of a flush cycle of a toilet, said device comprising:an upper portion comprising a receptacle configured to receive and retain a solid chemical agent;
a lower portion configured to fit into a top portion of the overflow tube and comprising a passage configured to receive liquid from the receptacle and direct the liquid into the overflow tube; and
a bypass opening in a wall of the receptacle, said bypass opening positioned such that liquid entering the receptacle can flow into the overflow tube without passing through the passage when the passage is blocked; and
wherein the upper portion comprises a taper so that a top end of the upper portion is wider than a bottom end of the upper portion and the upper end of the upper portion is configured to be wider than a diameter of the overflow tube.

US Pat. No. 11,066,820

UNIVERSAL NON-CONVEX PRESS TYPE DRAIN


1. A universal non-convex press type drain, comprising:a drainpipe, which is a step shape with internal shrinkage and having an upper stop section and a lower stop section on a inner edge of a pipe;
a pressing drain arranged inside the drainpipe and supported and positioned by the lower stop section, the pressing drain has a stopper for stopping and draining water, the rise and fall of the stopper can be controlled by pressing; and
a moveable strainer corresponding to a size of a top of the drainpipe arranged inside the drainpipe, the moveable strainer has a compression spring arranged between the upper stop section and a bottom of the moveable strainer and has a pressing block below the moveable strainer; when the moveable strainer is not pressed, the compression spring makes a top edge of the moveable strainer aligned to a top edge of the drainpipe, and makes a bottom edge of the pressing block against atop edge of the stopper which is on drain mode;
whereby normally the moveable strainer is aligned to the top edge of the drainpipe, when the moveable strainer is under pressure, the pressing block pushes the stopper to actuate the drain mode or stop mode, after the pressure is released, the return of the compression spring makes the moveable strainer aligned to the top edge of the drainpipe again.

US Pat. No. 11,066,819

DRAIN STOPPER WITH REMOVABLE DEBRIS TRAP


1. A drain stopper assembly with a removable debris trap, comprising:a drain stopper assembly comprises a central portion extending between a stem and a removable cap;
a removable debris trap slidingly engaged with the central portion, the removable debris trap retained between the stem and the removable cap, the removable debris trap comprised of a plurality of bristles radially extending from a plurality of apertures positioned throughout an outer surface of the removable debris trap to trap debris entering a drain outlet;
wherein the removable cap is threadingly engaged with the central portion, and wherein removal of the cap permits removal of the removable debris trap;
wherein the stem comprises an adjustment mechanism permitting a raised position and a lowered positioned, whereby in the raised position the cap is positioned at a spaced distance from the drain outlet to permit wastewater to drain into the drainpipe, and in the lowered position the cap forms a hermetic seal with a drain outlet to prevent wastewater from draining into a drainpipe;
wherein the adjustment mechanism permits the spaced distance between the cap and the drain outlet to be incrementally adjusted.

US Pat. No. 11,066,818

FLEXIBLE DRAINAGE TRAP

COFLEX S.A. DE C.V., Nue...


1. A drainage trap assembly, comprising:a trap having a first end portion, a second end portion, and a trap portion between the first end portion and the second end portion, the trap being operable to retain a pool of water in the trap portion, and the first end portion of the trap being operable to couple to a discharge of a plumbing fixture;
a discharge portion including:a flexible hose having a substantially smooth inner surface and a plurality of reinforcement rings extending radially and outwardly,
a connector operable to couple the flexible hose to the second end portion of the trap, wherein the connector comprises one or more circumferential slots that couple to the flexible hose through a friction fit, and wherein the connector couples to the second end portion through a compression union with threads, and
a drainage connector operable to connect the flexible hose to a drainage pipe, the drainage connector including a first portion proximal to the flexible hose and a second portion distal to the flexible hose, the second portion having a substantially smooth outer surface with an outer diameter less than an outer diameter of the reinforcement rings.


US Pat. No. 11,066,817

INTEGRALLY ASSEMBLED SINK

YUJIE SANITARY WARE CO., ...


1. An integrally assembled sink, comprising:a first frame made of a first material and a second sink body made of a second material, wherein the first frame surrounds the second sink body, the second sink body being a container with a base and a top opening, and an edge of an upper opening of the first frame is aligned with an inside wall of the second sink body;
a plurality of opposed pairs of bumps are arranged horizontally on an inside wall of the first frame, and a plurality of pairs of fixation components are configured between the first frame and the second sink body, wherein each pair of fixation components corresponds to a respective one of the plurality of opposed pairs of bumps; each pair of fixation components comprises a pair of opposed hooks for hanging on each corresponding pair of bumps, and further comprises a support member, which is fixed to the pair of opposed hooks for supporting the second sink body;
each hook comprises a vertical portion and a first bent portion, and the first bent portion, and the first bent portion is at an angle of 90 degrees to the vertical portion;
each bump has a horizontal top surface and a vertical side surface, wherein the first bent portion hangs on the top surface;
each hook further comprises a second bent portion for fixing to the respective support member, and the second bent portion is at an angle of 90 degrees to the vertical portion and bends in the same direction with the first bent portion.

US Pat. No. 11,066,816

FAUCET EXTENDER

Munchkin, Inc., Van Nuys...


14. A faucet extender to divert a fluid comprising:a main body disposed along an elongated axis having:a first side and a second side;
sidewalls attached parallel to the elongated axis between the first and second side defining a trough;
an open edge disposed on the first side; and

a faucet holder comprising:a first end and a second end disposed along a central axis;
a flow-through opening disposed on the first end; and
a faucet receiving opening disposed on the second end,

wherein an attachment mechanism is configured to have a keyed surface on a first attachment portion that mates with a locking surface on a second attachment portion that limits the boundary of rotation between the main body and faucet holder between a vertical position and a horizontal position such that the fluid travels towards the open edge and is diverted by the trough of the main body in all positions.

US Pat. No. 11,066,815

OUTLET BOX

Accor Technology, Inc., ...


1. A utility box for being mounting at least in part within a wall having an interior wall space defined between first and second spaced-apart, upright wall studs, with a section of support pipe positioned within the wall space and extending between the first and second wall studs, with a first end portion of the support pipe attached to the first wall stud and a second end portion of the support pipe attached to the second wall stud, the box comprising:a housing including a top wall, a bottom wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a back wall and a front opening providing access into an interior of the housing defined by the top, bottom, first side, second side and back walls, the top and bottom walls being spaced apart and the first and second side walls being spaced apart, the back wall extending between the first and second side walls, the first and second side walls each having a rearward portion adjacent to the back wall; and
an elongated recess having a back wall recess portion in the back wall extending between the first and second side walls, the recess having a laterally open first end recess portion in the rearward portion of the first side wall and a laterally open second recess end portion in the rearward portion of the second side wall, the back wall recess portion, the first end recess portion and the second end recess portions together defining a channel having a rearwardly open channel opening extending the full width of the back wall and rearward portions of the first and second side walls, the channel opening being oriented to permit the box to be moved rearwardly into the wall space, and sized so that as moved rearwardly the support pipe is received through the channel opening and moved at least partially into the channel with the first and second end portions of the support pipe extending laterally beyond the first and second side walls, and when the support pipe is within the channel at least a portion of the weight of the box is supported by the support pipe.

US Pat. No. 11,066,814

TWO-LAYER VANITY OR SINK UNIT


1. A two-layer vanity unit comprising:a cabinet;
an upper vanity unit disposed on a top of the cabinet and exposed to an outside;
a lower vanity unit disposed inside the cabinet so that it is selectively put into the cabinet when not in use and withdrawn from the cabinet when in use;
drain pipes connected to the upper and lower vanity units; and
cold and hot water pipes connected to the upper vanity unit;
wherein control is performed to adjust one or more of a water supply and a water cutoff for the upper or lower vanity unit and an amount and temperature of the available water according to an operation mode of a lever of a faucet provided on the upper or lower vanity unit, which is any one of a water cutoff mode, a use mode, and a water discharge direction switching mode, thereby controlling a type of supply of available water;
wherein, when the lever of the faucet of the upper or lower vanity unit is operated to select the water cutoff mode, water supply to both the upper and lower vanity units are all cut off;
wherein, when the lever of the faucet of the upper or lower vanity unit is operated to select the use mode, available water is usable only in the upper vanity unit and water supply to the lower vanity unit is cut off; and
wherein, when the lever of the faucet of the upper or lower vanity unit is operated to select the water discharge direction switching mode, use of available water in the upper vanity unit is prohibited, water is supplied to the lower vanity unit, and available water is usable only in the lower vanity unit.

US Pat. No. 11,066,813

WATER MANAGEMENT, METERING, LEAK DETECTION, WATER ANALYTICS AND REMOTE SHUTOFF SYSTEM

SAYA LIFE, INC., Los Ang...


1. An integrated water management system, effective for metering water usage, detecting and stopping a water leak, and reusing grey water, the system comprising:a. a water meter (103) inline to a main water valve (101), wherein the water meter (103) is configured to provide water usage data to a collector unit (107);
b. an irrigation controller (125) coupled to the collector unit, wherein said irrigation database (125) is configured to store weather data, city requirements for water use, and soil moisture levels from different regions as water consumption data and provide the water consumption data to the collector unit (107);
c. a grey water management controller (127) wirelessly coupled to the collector unit, wherein said grey water management, database (127) is configured to store grey water redirection data to be provided to the collector unit (107);
d. a system controller (136) comprising a memory (134) and a system processor (109) wirelessly coupled to the collector unit (107), wherein the memory stores instructions that, when executed by the system processor (109), causes the system processor (109) to perform operations comprising:i. generating a user signature based on the water usage data, the user signature characterizing the water usage of a user, wherein the system processor (109) detects a leak based on the user signature;
ii. generating a water consumption plan based on the water consumption data to water a region having a lower than threshold water level; and
iii. generating a grey water route plan based on the grey water redirection data to redirect grey water to zones that have a lower than threshold moisture levels;

e. a remote database (111) wirelessly coupled to the system processor (109) for storing the user signature, the water consumption plan, and the grey water route plan;
f. a valve actuator (105) operatively coupled to the main water valve (101), wherein the valve actuator (105) is configured to adjust the main water valve (101) based on one or more of the user signature, the water consumption plan, and the grey water route plan, wherein the valve actuator (105) is wirelessly coupled to the system processor (109); and
g. a user electronic device (113) configured to access the system controller, wherein communication between the user electronic device (113) and the system processor (109) is accomplished via a telecommunication, network,wherein when the leak is detected, the system processor (109) notifies the user electronic device (113), wherein the user indicates to the system processor (109) via the user electronic device (113) whether or not to dose the main water valve, wherein the user may optionally shat off a, source of the leak manually or permit the system processor (109) to remotely shut off the main water valve via the valve actuator thereby stopping the leak,
wherein when the region having lower than threshold water level is detected, the system processor (109) notifies the user of the region, via the user electronic device (113) to adjust the main water valve, via the valve actuator, to direct increased water flow to the region,
wherein when zones having lower than, threshold moisture levels are detected, the system processor notifies the user of the zones via the user electronic device (113) to adjust the main water valve, via the valve actuator, to decrease incoming water and increase grey water, thereby reusing the grey water, reducing a demand for fresh dean water and reducing waste water.


US Pat. No. 11,066,812

BUCKET LIP STABILIZER STRUCTURE

Hensley Industries, Inc.,...


1. An adapter for securing a wear member to a bucket lip, the adapter comprising:a proximal end comprising:a first leg arranged to fit along a top surface of a bucket lip, the first leg having an inner surface disposed to face the top surface of the bucket lip and having a rear end surface, the first leg having a longitudinally extending slot formed therein, the slot having a rearward facing opening, the slot being sized and arranged to extend over a forward stabilizer portion extending along the top surface; and
a second leg arranged to fit along a bottom surface of the bucket lip, the second leg having an inner surface disposed to face the bottom surface of the bucket lip; and

a distal end comprising a nose adapted to secure to the wear member, the distal end comprising a rear-facing curved surface shaped to abut against a forward facing curved surface of the forward stabilizer portion, the rear-facing curved surface defining a portion of a cavity that intersects with the slot of the first leg and that transitions into the inner surface of the second leg.

US Pat. No. 11,066,811

CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY, MOBILE INFORMATION TERMINAL FOR ACQUIRING OPERATION DATA FROM CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY, CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY INFORMATION COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED ON MOBILE INFORMATION TERMINALS

KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACH...


1. A construction machine capable of collecting operation data and transmitting the operation data to a server via long distance communication means, comprising:a first vehicle-side communication unit having a function of transmitting the operation data to the server via the long distance communication means;
a second vehicle-side communication unit having a function of communicating with a mobile information terminal via short distance communication means for conducting communication in a distance shorter than a distance in the long distance communication means;
a vehicle-side storage unit having a region for storing the operation data; and
a vehicle-side control unit which determines whether the long distance communication means is available or not, when determining that the long distance communication means is available, controls the first vehicle-side communication unit so as to transmit the operation data via the long distance communication means, and when determining that the long distance communication means is not available, causes the vehicle-side storage unit to store the operation data, and further determines whether a transmission start command is received from the mobile information terminal or not, and when determining that the transmission start command is received, controls the second vehicle-side communication unit so as to transmit the operation data stored in the vehicle-side storage unit via the short distance communication means, wherein
the vehicle-side control unit determines whether transmission of the operation data stored in the vehicle-side storage unit to the server normally ends or not, and when determining that the transmission normally ends, deletes the operation data stored in the vehicle-side storage unit from the vehicle-side storage unit.

US Pat. No. 11,066,810

WORK VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR WORK VEHICLE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...


1. A work vehicle comprising:a vehicle body;
a work implement attached to the vehicle body;
an operating device configured to operate the work implement;
a controller configured to drive the work implement at a driving speed corresponding to an operation amount of the operating device; and
an input device configured to be operated by an operator to execute an automatic drive control,
the controller being further configured to execute the automatic drive control in response to an input from the input device while the operating device is being operated, the automatic drive control being a control to automatically drive the work implement as far as a predetermined position at a driving speed set in response to an operation amount of the operating device.

US Pat. No. 11,066,809

MOTOR GRADER SADDLE POSITIONING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF


1. A draft frame positioning system of a motor grader having a main frame defining a longitudinal axis and a centerline defined longitudinally along a length of the motor grader, comprising:an adjustable draft frame configured to be moved to one of a plurality of positions;
a moldboard coupled to the draft frame, the moldboard being movable based on the position of the draft frame wherein the draft frame is adjustable relative to the main frame including being movable laterally with respect to the longitudinal axis;
a saddle assembly coupled between the draft frame and the main frame, the saddle assembly comprising a first saddle arm, a second saddle arm, and a saddle top member coupled between the first and second saddle arms, wherein the first saddle arm is pivotally coupled to the saddle top member at a first pivot connection having a pivot axis generally aligned parallel to the longitudinal axis and the second saddle arm is pivotally coupled to the saddle top member at a second pivot connection having a pivot axis generally aligned parallel to the longitudinal axis; and
a saddle positioning cylinder configured to move between an extended position and a retracted position, the saddle positioning cylinder being coupled to the main frame and to the saddle assembly;
wherein, a movement of the saddle positioning cylinder induces lateral movement with respect to a longitudinal axis of one or both of the first saddle arm and the second saddle arm to move the draft frame to any of its plurality of positions including lateral movement of the draft frame with respect to the longitudinal axis, wherein the lateral movement is substantially perpendicular to the centerline of the motor grader, wherein the saddle positioning cylinder is coupled at a first end to the first or second saddle arm of the saddle assembly and at a second end to the main frame.

US Pat. No. 11,066,808

WORK MACHINE

HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACH...


1. A work machine comprising:a machine body;
a front work implement provided to the machine body;
an actuator configured to drive the front work implement;
a posture sensor configured to detect a posture of the front work implement;
a hydraulic pump configured to deliver a hydraulic operating oil that drives the actuator;
a control valve configured to control a flow of the hydraulic operating oil supplied from the hydraulic pump to the actuator;
an operation lever device configured to generate hydraulic signals to be output to the control valve according to operations;
a pilot pump configured to supply a hydraulic operating oil to the operation lever device;
a pilot line configured to connect the operation lever device to the control valve;
a solenoid proportional valve provided to the pilot line, the solenoid proportional valve reducing a pressure of one of the hydraulic signals generated by the operation lever device; and
a front implement control section configured to limit operation of the front work implement by controlling the solenoid proportional valve on a basis of a detection signal of the posture sensor, whereinthe pilot line is equipped with a selector valve configured to switch paths of the hydraulic signal,
the pilot line includes an operation signal line connecting a signal output valve of the operation lever device to the selector valve, a signal input line connecting the selector valve to a hydraulic driving section of the control valve, and a pressure reducing line having two ends which are both connected to the selector valve,
the solenoid proportional valve is provided in the pressure reducing line to reduce the pressure of the hydraulic signal flowing through the pressure reducing line, and

the selector valve is configured to be switchable between a first position and a second position, wherein the first position interrupts connection of the operation signal line and the pressure reducing line and connects the operation signal line to the signal input line, and wherein the second position connects the operation signal line to the signal input line via the pressure reducing line.

US Pat. No. 11,066,807

DIPPER DOOR AND DIPPER DOOR TRIP ASSEMBLY

JOY GLOBAL SURFACE MINING...


1. A dipper door trip assembly comprising:a latch bar having an opening sized to receive a latch lever bar, and an insert disposed at least partially within the opening, the insert having a bearing surface sized and shaped to engage a surface of the latch lever bar, wherein the insert includes a pin and a roller that rotates about the pin, wherein the bearing surface is on the roller.