US Pat. No. 10,215,304

THREE-WAY CONTROL VALVE

Regents of the University...

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

US Pat. No. 10,215,303

ADJUSTABLE TRAVEL STOP FOR A PISTON ACTUATOR

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. A piston actuator, comprising:a transfer assembly; and
an actuator assembly connected to the transfer assembly, the actuator assembly comprising:
a cylinder assembly comprising a cylinder having a side wall and an end wall, the cylinder assembly defining a cavity;
a piston assembly disposed within the cavity of the cylinder assembly; and
a screw guide assembly secured to the end wall of the cylinder assembly; wherein
the screw guide assembly is adjustable to limit a travel of the piston assembly; and
the screw guide assembly comprises:
a screw guide inserted through an aperture in the end wall of the cylinder and secured to the cylinder, the screw guide comprising a threaded bore extending longitudinally through the screw guide, a threaded external surface, and a flange positioned within the cylinder and engaging the end wall of the cylinder;
an O-ring positioned between the flange of the screw guide and the cylinder to provide a fluid tight seal between the screw guide and the cylinder;
a nut threaded onto the threaded external surface of the screw guide to secure the screw guide to the cylinder;
a travel stop comprising a solid cylindrical rod having a threaded external surface, the travel stop threaded into the threaded bore of the screw guide; and
a jam nut threaded onto the threaded external surface of the travel stop to secure the travel stop and prevent movement of the travel stop once a location of the travel stop has been set.

US Pat. No. 10,215,302

REGULATING OPERATION OF A DRIVE ASSEMBLY FOR MANUAL OVERIDE OF AN ACTUATOR

Natural Gas Solutions Nor...

1. An actuator, comprising:an output shaft;
a drive assembly coupled with the output shaft, the drive assembly comprising a motor and a brake;
an override device coupled with the output shaft, the override device comprising a gear assembly and a switch actuator; and
a housing forming an enclosure about at least the gear assembly and the switch actuator,
wherein the switch actuator is configured to modify an external input to the drive assembly in response to relocation of the gear assembly relative to the output shaft between a first position and a second position so as to connect the motor and the brake to the external input at the first position, to disconnect both the motor and the brake from the external input at the second position, and to disconnect the motor from the external input and apply the external input to the brake during transition between the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,215,301

ROTARY ACTUATION MECHANISM

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A rotary valve assembly comprising:a valve element rotatably mountable within a flow passage for rotary motion between an open position in which it permits flow through the flow passage and a closed position in which it blocks flow through the flow passage;
a valve housing comprising a duct portion receiving said valve element and an actuation portion receiving an actuation mechanism; and
said actuation mechanism including:
an electric drive motor coupled to a threaded drive spindle;
a threaded drive nut received on said drive spindle for movement along said drive spindle;
a rack gear coupled to said drive nut; and
a pinion gear drivingly engaged with said rack gear and drivingly couplable to said rotary element;
wherein said actuation portion comprises an overhanging portion that laterally overhangs over a side of said duct portion, said drive motor being at least partially arranged in said overhanging portion, wherein the drive spindle is arranged parallel to a longitudinal direction of the flow passage
an anti-rotation element operatively cooperating with said drive nut to prevent said drive nut rotating on said drive spindle; and
the anti-rotation element comprises a shaft extending parallel to said drive spindle, said drive nut comprising a collar which is slidably received on said shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,215,299

FLUID CONTROL VALVE HAVING YOKE-SUPPORTED CORE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A fluid control valve comprising:a plate-shaped stationary yoke in which a passage hole for a fluid is provided and which has a valve seat around the passage hole;
a magnetic valve disc capable of controlling a flow rate of the fluid flowing through the passage hole by coming into contact with and separating from the valve seat; and
an electromagnetic coil that is attached to the stationary yoke, with a coil axis of the electromagnetic coil extending in a direction that is different from a moving direction of the valve disc, so as to generate a magnetic field in the stationary yoke and cause the valve disc to be attracted to the valve seat,
wherein both end portions of a core installed inside the electromagnetic coil are supported by a pair of support portions that are integrally formed on the stationary yoke.

US Pat. No. 10,215,298

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE RELEASE OF GAS FROM A PRESSURISED CONTAINER

KIDDE GRAVINER LIMITED, ...

1. A device for controlling the release of gas from a pressurised container, the device comprising:a plug comprising a passage therethrough;
a diaphragm within said passage, wherein said diaphragm is configured to initially prevent flow of gas through said passage, and is rupturable or displaceable to allow gas to flow through said passage once said diaphragm is ruptured or displaced;
a screw located within said plug and comprising a lance configured to move towards said diaphragm upon rotation of said screw, wherein said lance is configured to rupture or displace said diaphragm so as to allow flow of gas through said passage and out of said plug, once said screw is rotated a predetermined amount;
wherein said plug, screw and diaphragm are removeable or replaceable as a single unit;
wherein said passage and said screw are coaxial with a longitudinal axis of said plug.

US Pat. No. 10,215,297

CONTROL REGULATOR DIAPHRAGM ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRATED PRESSURE RELIEF

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. A diaphragm for a control regulator, the diaphragm comprising:an upper layer comprising an elastomer;
a middle layer comprising a fabric; and
a lower layer comprising an elastomer,
wherein the diaphragm includes a locally weakened area that forms a pressure relief mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,215,296

PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE TUNING FEATURE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. In a hydraulic tensioner for an endless loop power transmission member including a pressure relief valve (10) to prevent over-tensioning of the endless loop power transmission member, the improvement of the pressure relief valve (10) comprising:a housing (12) defining a fluid passage (14) and a valve seat (16);
a reciprocal check valve member (18) positioned within the fluid passage (14) for movement toward and away from the valve seat (16);
a spring (20) normally biasing the reciprocal check valve member (18) toward the valve seat (16); and
a spring retainer (22) assembled within the fluid passage (14) of the housing (12) to a variable depth in response to a feedback control system (44) for automatically adjusting a biasing force of the assembled spring (20) to compensate for tolerances effecting a relief pressure value of an assembled pressure relief valve (10) and allowing control of the relief pressure value to be within a predetermined range with respect to a predetermined target relief pressure value for driving the reciprocal check valve member (18) away from the valve seat (16).

US Pat. No. 10,215,295

VALVE FOR A RECIPROCATING COMPRESSOR

Nuovo Pignone Tecnologie ...

1. A valve for a reciprocating compressor comprising:a valve body comprising a seat and a guard and defining a valve plane, the seat and the guard developing substantially parallel to the valve plane;
a shutter element placed between the seat and the guard and developing substantially parallel to the valve plane, the shutter element configured to move between a closed position in which the passage of fluid is prevented and an open position in which the passage of fluid is allowed; and
a hydraulic apparatus to move the shutter element at least between the open and the closed position, the hydraulic apparatus comprising a hydraulic circuit having at least a portion integrated in the valve body such that a first portion of the hydraulic circuit is integrated in the seat and a second portion of the hydraulic circuit is integrated in the guard.

US Pat. No. 10,215,294

THREE-WAY VALVE STRUCTURE

VALVULAS ARCO, S.L., Foi...

1. An improved three-way valve structure comprising a main valve body (1) equipped with an inlet channel (2) and two outlet channels (3, 4) having a quarter turn interior obturator element (5) housed in an interior of the main valve body (1) and manually actuated by a quarter turn of an exterior valve key (27), the cited inlet channel (2) being capable of communicating internally with the outlet channels (3, 4), wherein the outlet channels (3, 4) referred to are arranged perpendicular to each other, both outlet channels (3, 4) being in the same plane perpendicular to the cited inlet channel (2), while the obturator element (5) has a spherical shape; said structure being characterized in that the main valve body (1) ends in a flat face (21) in an upper part thereof, on a surface of which are four indentations (22) distributed crosswise at 90° to each other, on which a positioning washer (23) of the valve key (27) is supported, said positioning washer (23) having a flat shape and four valve operating positions, said positions being established by the connection made between the inlet channel (2) and the outlet channels (3, 4), further comprising at least two diametrically opposing projections (24) and being capable of fitting in the indentations (22) with a flexible joining (25), a shape of a central hole (26) of the positioning washer (23) matching an exterior key seat shape of a rod (15) of the obturator element (5); wherein the valve key (27) adopts, in an interior part thereof, a shape of a cavity (28) which matches, in a housing thereof, the key seat shape of the rod (15) of the obturator element (5); wherein the rod (15) and the cavity (28) constitute a cotter which unifies the movement of both valve key (27) and obturator element (5) joined by way of the positioning washer (23), said positioning washer (23) being fitted around the outer surface of the cavity (28) inside the valve key (27); and wherein the positioning washer (23) and the at least two diametrically opposing projections (24) form a single piece.

US Pat. No. 10,215,293

THREE-WAY VALVE FOR FLOW RATE CONTROL AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL DEVICE USING SAME

SHINWA CONTROLS CO., LTD....

1. A three-way valve for flow rate control, comprising:a valve main body including a valve seat, the valve seat having a columnar space and having a first valve port, which allows inflow of a first fluid and has a rectangular cross section, and a second valve port, which allows inflow of a second fluid and has a rectangular cross section;
a valve body being provided in a freely rotatable manner in the valve seat of the valve main body so as to simultaneously switch the first valve port from an closed state to an opened state and switch the second valve port from an opened state to a closed state, the valve body being formed into a half-cylindrical shape having a predetermined central angle and being formed into a curved-surface shape at each of both end surfaces of the valve body in a circumferential direction; and
drive means configured to drive the valve body to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,215,292

SPOOL VALVE WITH SPECIAL METERING CONFIGURATION FOR HYDRAULIC VALVE MAIN CONTROL SPEED

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A spool component for use in a spool valve assembly, the spool component comprising:a cylindrical body including a first diameter portion and a second diameter portion, the first diameter portion having a diameter that is larger than a diameter of the second diameter portion; and
a metering notch that is cut into the first diameter portion and extends toward the second diameter portion,
the metering notch comprising a first angle cut and a second angle cut, wherein the first angle cut and the second angle cut are sloped at different depth angles toward the first diameter portion, wherein respective magnitudes of the different depth angles are each constant and greater than zero degrees, wherein the metering notch has a consistent lateral width through an axial length of the first angle cut and through a respective axial length of the second angle cut, and wherein the metering notch further comprises a laterally arcuate transition line between the first angle cut and the second angle cut.

US Pat. No. 10,215,291

REGULATING DEVICE

Honeywell International I...

1. A gas regulating device, comprisinga housing defining a gas inlet chamber having a gas inlet pressure and a gas outlet chamber having a gas outlet pressure, the housing further having a flow restriction seat that defines a flow path between the gas inlet chamber and the gas outlet chamber that extends along a flow axis;
a flow restriction valve movable relative to the flow restriction seat to adjust a flow between the gas inlet chamber and the gas outlet chamber in the flow path, wherein the flow restriction valve is movable along the flow axis of the flow path;
a servo valve including:
a valve body attached to a membrane, wherein the membrane defines at least part of the servo chamber in which the servo pressure is present and the membrane positioned between a first membrane support plate and a second membrane support plate;
a servo chamber in which a servo pressure is present, wherein the servo chamber is fluidly coupled to the gas inlet chamber through a fixed orifice and to the gas outlet chamber through an adjustable orifice; and
a stepper motor for adjusting the adjustable orifice between the servo chamber and the gas outlet chamber, which is configured to cause a change of the servo pressure present in the servo chamber, which is configured to move the flow restriction valve relative to the flow restriction seat along the flow axis to thereby adjust the flow between the gas inlet chamber and the gas outlet chamber of the housing,
wherein the fixed orifice is provided by an opening in the flow restriction valve, and the adjustable orifice is defined by the valve body of the servo valve and by the first membrane support plate.

US Pat. No. 10,215,290

PLUG WITH ATTACHABLE UPPER TRUNNION

Cameron International Cor...

1. A plug adapted for use in a plug valve body and comprising a main plug body and an upper trunnion,the main plug body defining a passageway therethrough, said main plug body including at its upper end a first dovetail, said main plug body including at its upper end two opposing sidewalls that form a channel and the upper trunnion including at its lower end a flange, said flange defining a perimeter and a bottom surface, said perimeter of said flange defining a first sidewall and a second sidewall;
wherein when the plug is in an assembled state, one of said first sidewall and said second sidewall of the flange faces an opposing sidewall of the channel; and
the upper trunnion including at its lower end a second dovetail complementary in shape to the first dovetail;
said flange defining a plate oriented normal to a longitudinal axis of said upper trunnion and extending outwardly from said lower end of said upper trunnion, said flange received in said channel wherein said first flange sidewall is adjacent a first sidewall of said channel and said second flange sidewall is adjacent a second sidewall of said channel;
wherein when the plug is in an assembled state the first and second dovetails overlap and contact one another.

US Pat. No. 10,215,289

HIGH TEMPERATURE SHAFT SEAL FOR BLEED VALVE WITH ROLLER BEARINGS

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A seal assembly for a creating a seal between a shaft and a valve housing of a bleed valve that impedes contaminants from reaching bearings, the seal assembly comprising:a valve housing;
a shaft;
a first seal piece comprising an L-shaped cross-section, the first seal piece circumferentially surrounding the shaft and disposed between the shaft and the valve housing; and
a second seal piece comprising an S-shaped cross-section, the second seal piece in contact with and disposed axially adjacent to the first seal piece relative to the shaft, wherein the second seal piece axially biases the first seal piece relative to the shaft against the valve housing.

US Pat. No. 10,215,288

CONCEALED THREE PORT FLUSHOMETER SYSTEM

SLOAN VALVE COMPANY, Fra...

1. A flushometer system comprising:a valve body having an inlet, an outlet, and an actuation opening;
a valve seat assembly disposed in the valve body between the inlet and the outlet;
a sleeve adjustably engageable with the valve body, the sleeve movable relative to the valve body to be engaged and disengaged from the valve seat assembly;
a piston valve assembly disposable within the sleeve and configured to engage the valve seat assembly to close the flushometer system;
an actuation module engageable with the sleeve and having a relief valve, the actuation module secured at the actuation opening with a locking mechanism; and
a flow control extending from the piston assembly, the flow control comprising a snubber portion, a flush profile portion, and a plug portion.

US Pat. No. 10,215,287

SEAL ASSEMBLY WITH DEFLECTABLE SEALING MEMBER

1. A seal assembly for sealing about a shaft rotatable about a central axis, the shaft having an outer surface, the seal assembly comprising:a generally annular seal disposable about the shaft and having a first axial end exposable to a relatively higher pressure fluid, an opposing second axial end exposable to a relatively lower pressure fluid, an outer circumferential surface exposable to the higher pressure fluid and an inner circumferential sealing surface, the inner circumferential sealing surface extending circumferentially about the shaft so as to define a generally annular clearance space between the shaft outer surface and the seal inner circumferential sealing surface, the clearance space providing a flow path between the seal first and second axial ends, the seal having a radial thickness defined between the seal inner circumferential sealing surface and the outer circumferential surface, the seal radial thickness being selectively sized such that a differential of at least a predetermined magnitude between a greater fluid pressure on the seal outer circumferential surface and a lesser fluid pressure on the seal inner circumferential sealing surface deflects at least the seal second axial end radially inwardly to reduce the volume of the clearance space.

US Pat. No. 10,215,286

DYNAMIC SEAL

1. A dynamic seal having a contact surface comprising: a fabric, wherein a fatty acid ester is incorporated into the fabric and wherein the fabric is impregnated with a lubricating oil.

US Pat. No. 10,215,285

SHAFT SEAL

GV ENGINEERING GMBH, Hei...

1. A shaft seal, comprising:an annular base body whereof one lateral surface forms a circumferential sealing surface and whereof the other, opposing, lateral surface has at least two circumferential sealing lips extending radially therefrom, between which an outwardly open outer cavity is delimited; and
a pressure-medium inlet in an outer wall of the annular base body and a pressure-medium outlet, which leads into the outer cavity and is in fluid connection with the pressure-medium inlet,
wherein the annular base body has an inner cavity which is separated from the outer cavity in pressure-tight manner,
wherein at least one lubricant channel extends from the inner cavity into at least one of the at least two circumferential sealing lips, which leads to a sliding surface of the at least one of the at least two circumferential sealing lips, and
wherein, present in the inner cavity, there is a spongy foam material which fills at least part of the inner cavity and covers an entry opening of the at least one lubricant channel.

US Pat. No. 10,215,284

FLOWLINE DIVERTOR SEAL WITH SPRING-ENERGIZED SEALING LIPS

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A seal for installation within an assembly including a housing having a generally annular bore which extends along a central longitudinal assembly axis, and a generally cylindrical element disposed coaxially in the bore and radially spaced-apart therefrom to define a gap therebetween, the assembly having a gland defined between the element and the bore, the gland having a first end wall and a second end wall spaced-apart axially from the first end wall, and the gland having a peripheral sidewall extending axially between the first and the second end wall and radially circumferentially about the assembly axis, the peripheral sidewall having fluid passageway opening thereinto for providing a source of fluid pressure, the seal comprising:a generally annular body formed of an elastomeric polymeric material, the body extending around a central longitudinal seal axis and configured to be receivable within the gland coaxially with the assembly axis intermediate the bore and the element, the body having a radial first end face disposable opposite the gland first end wall, and a radial second end face spaced-apart axially from the first end face and disposable opposite the gland second end wall, and the body having an inner diameter face extending axially intermediate the first and the second end face and disposable opposite the element, and an outer diameter face spaced-apart radially from the inner diameter face and extending axially intermediate the first and second end face and being disposable opposite the bore, the inner diameter face having a first lip portion extending radially therefrom towards the element, and a second lip portion axially spaced-apart from the first lip portion and extending radially from the inner diameter face towards the element, the first and the second seal lip being energizable responsive to fluid pressure received from the fluid passageway to sealingly engage the sidewall of the gland;
a generally annular first coiled spring anti-extrusion member extending around the longitudinal seal axis, the first anti-extrusion spring member being embedded into the body outer diameter face adjacent the body first end face;
a generally annular second coiled spring anti-extrusion member extending around the longitudinal seal axis, the second anti-extrusion spring member being embedded into the body outer diameter face adjacent the second end face;
a generally annular first energizing coiled spring member extending around the longitudinal seal axis, the first energizing spring member being embedded into the body first lip portion, and the body first lip portion being energized by the first energizing spring member to engage the gland sidewall; and
a generally annular second energizing coiled spring member extending around the longitudinal seal axis, the second energizing spring member being embedded into the body second lip portion, and the body second lip portion being energized by the second energizing spring member to engage the gland sidewall in the absence of said fluid pressure,
whereby with the seal being under pressure in the assembly, the first and the second anti-extrusion spring member seal the gap on opposite ends of the seal to prevent the seal body from being extruded into the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,215,283

SEALING DEVICE

NOK Corporation, (JP)

1. A sealing arrangement comprising:an inner circumferential side member and an outer circumferential side member that move relative to each other and face each other, the inner circumferential side member including a seal fitting groove that faces the outer circumferential side member, the seal fitting groove having an open side edge chamfered portion; and
a sealing device that is provided in the fitting groove of the inner circumferential side member and slidably closely contacting an opposing surface of the outer circumferential side member, the sealing device being configured to suppress leaking of a sealing target from a high pressure side to a low pressure side between the inner circumferential side member and the outer circumferential side member;
wherein the sealing device comprises:
a combination of an inner seal ring disposed on an inner circumferential side of an opposing surface of the outer circumferential side member, an outer seal ring held in a holding groove provided in an outer circumferential surface of the inner seal ring and slidably contacting the opposing surface of the outer circumferential side member, and a back ring disposed on an inner circumferential side of the inner seal ring;
the inner seal ring being formed from a material having higher rigidity than the outer seal ring and including a cut portion at one location on a circumference of the inner seal ring;
the outer seal ring being formed from a material having lower friction and lower rigidity than the inner seal ring and being formed endless circumferentially;
the back ring being formed from a material having higher elasticity than the outer seal ring and the inner seal ring and having elasticity to press the outer seal ring against the opposing surface of the outer circumferential side member via the inner seal ring; and
the outer seal ring being configured to satisfy a relationship:
T>A
where T is a radial thickness dimension of the outer seal ring, G is a protrusion gap dimension in the sealing device, R is a radial width dimension of the open side edge chamfered portion of the seal fitting groove provided in the outer circumferential surface of the inner circumferential side member, and A is a sum of the protrusion gap dimension G and the radial width dimension R of the open side edge chamfered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,215,282

UNIDIRECTIONAL LABYRINTH SEAL SYSTEM

1. A unidirectional annular labyrinth seal, comprising:a) an outer labyrinth seal portion and an inner labyrinth seal portion, each having an outer surface, an annular outer wall, and an annular inner wall, each of the outer surface, the annular outer wall, and the annular inner wall together defining an interior of the respective outer labyrinth seal portion or of the inner labyrinth seal portion;
b) each said interior having one or more annular middle walls, wherein the annular outer wall, the annular inner wall, and the one or more annular middle wall are all axially projecting walls;
c) said outer labyrinth seal portion and said inner labyrinth seal portion each having a central opening;
d) said outer labyrinth seal portion and said inner labyrinth seal portion engaging each other so that said annular outer walls, said annular inner walls, and said one or more annular middle walls cooperate to form a labyrinth in said unidirectional annular labyrinth seal; and
e) an annular interior seal mounted to both one of the one or more annular middle walls and the annular inner wall of said inner labyrinth seal portion, wherein said annular interior seal has a base and a fin projecting in a radially outward direction, said direction being away from a shaft to which the outer labyrinth seal is mounted and the inner and outer labyrinth seal portions surround, said fin forming a V-shape with said base, and said fin contacting a radially extending wall of said outer labyrinth seal portion, to allow air to flow from said outer surface of said inner labyrinth seal portion through said labyrinth to said outer surface of said outer labyrinth seal portion and to prevent air from flowing from said outer surface of said outer labyrinth seal portion through said labyrinth to said outer surface of said inner labyrinth seal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,215,281

SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR SEALING RELATIVELY MOVABLE COMPONENTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A seal assembly for sealing a gap between a first component and a second component, wherein the second component is movable relative to the first component, the seal assembly comprising:a rub strip comprising:
a seal strip engagement surface having a convex shape; and
a first component engagement surface, opposite the seal strip engagement surface and having a concave shape, wherein the first component engagement surface is resiliently flexible; and
a seal strip comprising:
a rub strip engagement surface having a convex shape;
a second component engagement surface, opposite the rub strip engagement surface and having a concave shape, wherein the second component engagement surface is resiliently flexible;
wherein the seal strip engagement surface is harder than the rub strip engagement surface.

US Pat. No. 10,215,280

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM OF AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WITH MULTIPLE VALVE DEVICES

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A hydraulic system for an automatic transmission, comprising:a valve housing;
a plurality of valves, one of the plurality of valves being a parking brake valve with a plurality of valve seat pockets formed proximate the valve housing;
a hydraulically actuated parking brake unit, an actuating pressure of the parking brake unit being a function of a supply pressure applicable through the valve housing, a valve slide longitudinally adjustable in the valve housing between a first axial position and a second axial position such that the valve seat pockets of the plurality of valve seat pockets are selectively brought into operative connection with each other, the valve slide spring-loaded by a spring towards the first axial position that corresponds to a first operating state of the parking brake valve, the actuating pressure of the parking brake unit applied at the parking brake unit such that the parking brake unit is engaged when the parking brake valve is at the first operating state of the parking brake valve, the valve slide adjustable with a pressure signal at a control surface of the valve slide towards the second axial position of the valve slide that corresponds to a second operating state of the parking brake valve, the actuating pressure of the parking brake unit applied at the parking brake unit such that the parking brake unit is disengaged when the parking brake valve is at the second operating state of the parking brake valve,
wherein the actuating pressure of the parking brake unit is also applicable at a first additional control surface of the valve slide such that a total actuating force applied to the valve slide acts towards the second axial position,
wherein the valve slide is also adjustable with an additional pressure signal at a second additional control surface of the valve slide towards the first axial position of the valve slide,
wherein the control surface of the valve slide, the first and second additional control surface of the valve slide and the spring of the parking brake valve are matched to one another such that the total actuating force applied to the valve slide displaces the valve slide to the first axial position when the actuating pressure of the parking brake unit, the pressure signal at the control surface of the valve slide and the additional pressure signal at the second additional control surface of the valve slide are applied.

US Pat. No. 10,215,279

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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

1. An automatic transmission, comprising:a case housing a speed change mechanism;
a hydraulic control device disposed forward of the case in an on-vehicle state;
a first axis disposed rearward of the hydraulic control device in the on-vehicle state, and provided with a primary pulley of a belt type continuously variable transmission device;
a second axis disposed rearward of the first axis and provided with a secondary pulley of the belt type continuously variable transmission device and a parking gear;
a control shaft that rotates based on an operation of a shift operation section;
a manual valve used for setting a range of the hydraulic control device based on an axial position of the manual valve and disposed forward of the speed change mechanism in the on-vehicle state;
a parking mechanism including a parking rod for switching a locking pawl between a meshable state in which the locking pawl is allowed to be meshed with the parking gear and a release state;
a detent lever fixed to the control shaft, having a first end connected to the parking rod, and including a detent recess with which a detent mechanism is engaged; and
a swing mechanism including a fulcrum shaft serving as a swing center, a first extension extending from the fulcrum shaft in one direction, and a second extension extending from the fulcrum shaft in another direction, wherein
the control shaft and the parking rod are disposed between the first axis and the second axis in a front-rear direction,
the first extension is connected to a second end of the detent lever, the second extension is connected to the manual valve, and the axial position of the manual valve changes in accordance with a rotation angle of the control shaft, and
the fulcrum shaft of the swing mechanism is provided on a third axis that is parallel to and separate from a fourth axis of the control shaft, and the fulcrum shaft is between the control shaft and the hydraulic control device.

US Pat. No. 10,215,278

SHIFT SYSTEM FOR A MARINE DRIVE

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A marine drive comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a propulsor driven into rotation by the internal combustion engine so as to effect a thrust;
a transmission that shifts amongst a forward gear wherein the thrust is a forward thrust, a reverse gear wherein the thrust is a reverse thrust, and a neutral state wherein the thrust is a zero thrust;
a shift rod rotatable about its own axis to shift the transmission amongst the forward gear, the reverse gear, and the neutral state;
an actuator that actuates rotation of the shift rod, the actuator having:
an actuator motor that rotates an output shaft;
a gear shaft that effectuates rotation of the shift rod;
wherein the output shaft is connected to a gear shaft through a first gearset such that the rotation of the output shaft causes the rotation of the gear shaft; and
wherein the gear shaft is connected to the shift rod through a planetary gearset such that the rotation of the gear shaft causes the rotation of the shift rod.

US Pat. No. 10,215,277

CONTROLLER FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

JATCO Ltd, Fuji-shi (JP)...

1. A controller for a continuously variable transmission having a primary pulley to which an output torque from an engine is inputted, a secondary pulley, and a belt wrapped around across both the primary pulley and the secondary pulley, the controller being configured to control a pulley pressure of the primary pulley and a pulley pressure of the secondary pulley for achieving a desired transmission ratio, the controller comprising:a secondary pulley pressure control unit configured to carry out target secondary pulley pressure stabilization control, in which a first target secondary pulley pressure is calculated based on the output torque from the engine, an offset value is calculated by adding a predetermined offset to the first target secondary pulley pressure, the first target secondary pulley pressure is outputted as a target secondary pulley pressure in a current control cycle when a target secondary pulley pressure in a previous control cycle is less than or equal to the first target secondary pulley pressure, the offset value is outputted as the target secondary pulley pressure in the current control cycle when the target secondary pulley pressure in the previous control cycle is greater than or equal to the offset value, and otherwise, the target secondary pulley pressure in the previous control cycle is outputted as the target secondary pulley pressure in the current control cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,215,276

SERIES PARALLEL HYDRAULIC HYBRID ARCHITECTURE

Dana Italia SPA, Arco (I...

1. A dual motor hydraulic hybrid transmission, comprising:a power source;
a hydraulic circuit comprising:
a hydraulic pump drivingly engaged or selectively drivingly engaged with the power source;
a first hydraulic displacement unit in fluid communication with the hydraulic pump; and
a second hydraulic displacement unit in fluid communication with the hydraulic pump;
a hydraulic accumulator assembly comprising a high pressure accumulator and a low pressure accumulator, the hydraulic accumulator assembly in fluid communication with the hydraulic circuit;
one or more control valves; and
an output shaft;
wherein the first hydraulic displacement unit is drivingly engaged or selectively drivingly engaged with the output shaft, and wherein the second hydraulic displacement unit is drivingly engaged or selectively drivingly engaged with the output shaft; and
wherein the control valves are configured to selectively:
fluidly connect the hydraulic pump to the first hydraulic displacement unit while fluidly disconnecting the hydraulic pump from the second hydraulic displacement unit; and, simultaneously,
fluidly connect the hydraulic accumulator assembly to the second hydraulic displacement unit while fluidly disconnecting the hydraulic accumulator assembly from first hydraulic displacement unit;
wherein the control valves are additionally configured to selectively:
fluidly connect the hydraulic pump to the second hydraulic displacement unit while fluidly disconnecting the hydraulic pump from the first hydraulic displacement unit; and simultaneously,
fluidly connect the hydraulic accumulator assembly to the first hydraulic displacement unit while fluidly disconnecting the hydraulic accumulator assembly from second hydraulic displacement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,215,275

HYDRAULIC CIRCUIT INCLUDING A HYDRAULIC MACHINE DRAIN PROVIDED WITH A FLOW-CONTROL MEANS AND FLUID-TREATMENT FUNCTIONS

TECHNOBOOST, Paris (FR)

1. A hydraulic circuit having at least one hydraulic power machine connected to a low-pressure circuit and to a high-pressure circuit transmitting hydraulic power, the at least one hydraulic machine having a casing and being equipped with a drain which allows an internal leakage in said casing to flow to a low pressure accumulator or a reservoir at atmospheric pressure, said hydraulic circuit comprising an intake pipe connecting the low pressure circuit to the casing of said at least one hydraulic machine and an outlet pipe forming the drain receiving the flow of the intake pipe to conduct the flow to the low pressure accumulator or the reservoir at atmospheric pressure, the drain comprising a heat exchanger and a filter which define fluid processing elements for the entire hydraulic circuit, the hydraulic circuit further comprising a flow control means in the intake and outlet pipes, the low pressure circuit comprising said low pressure accumulator, said flow control means comprising a motorized pump arranged along the outlet pipe which discharges into the low pressure accumulator.

US Pat. No. 10,215,274

VEHICLE INCLUDING TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a shift lever configured to receive a shift command; and
a transmission apparatus configured to perform shifting based on the shift command received by the shift lever,
wherein the shift lever comprises:
an automatic shift lever configured to move linearly to receive an automatic shift command;
a manual shift lever configured to rotate on the automatic shift lever as an axis of rotation to receive a manual shift command; and
a connection portion that connects the automatic shift lever to the manual shift lever, and the connection portion is rotatably coupled with the automatic shift lever and the manual shift lever.

US Pat. No. 10,215,273

METHOD FOR INSTALLATION OF A BUSHING INTO THE SHIFT CABLE END OF AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WITHOUT THE USE OF A COMPRESSION TOOL

1. A method for installing a bushing into a bore, said bore having an inner annular ridge, said bushing having a sleeve carrying a tapered leading and trailing shoulder, said leading shoulder having a contraction means to allow for the uniform and radial contraction of the leading shoulder of the bushing without deforming or distorting the leading shoulder of the bushing, said method comprising:inserting the leading shoulder of the bushing into a tool having a cylindrical member with a first side and a second side, a non-yieldable, cylindrical opening within the first side of the cylindrical member and an elongated member extending perpendicularly from the second side of the cylindrical member, thereby causing the leading shoulder of the bushing to radially and uniformly contract to a diameter less than the diameter of the inner annular ridge;
inserting said tool into one end of the bore and passing the leading shoulder of the bushing beyond on the inner annular ridge;
pulling said tool from the opposite end of the bore, thereby releasing the leading shoulder of the bushing to uniformly and radially expand to its original form and integrity and engage the bore and inner annular ridge.

US Pat. No. 10,215,272

VALVE MECHANISM

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

1. A valve mechanism including a communicating passage that allows a first lubrication loop that supplies a lubricating fluid to a first lubricating part and a second lubrication loop that supplies the lubricating fluid to a second lubricating part to be in communication with each other, the valve mechanism comprising:a housing main body in which a main flow passage guiding some of the lubricating fluid to the communicating passage is formed;
a branch part provided at the housing main body and configured to branch the lubricating fluid into three directions for a first outflow port, a second outflow port, and a third outflow port;
a check valve provided in the communicating passage close to the first outflow port of the housing main body and configured to stop a flow of the lubricating fluid from the first outflow port to the main flow passage; and
a choke part provided at the check valve and configured to adjust a flow rate of the lubricating fluid flowing out from the first outflow port.

US Pat. No. 10,215,271

PLANETARY GEAR

1. A planetary gear, comprising:at least two sun wheels arranged coaxially one behind the other; and
a hydrodynamic axial bearing arranged between and in axially pressurized contact with both the sun wheels, wherein a first sun wheel of the sun wheels has a first recess in an end face that extends in a circumferential direction radially further than an end face of a second sun wheel of the sun wheels so that radial outer regions of the first recess may be seen when looking from an axial direction from the second sun wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,215,269

INTERNAL VENTING SYSTEM FOR INDUSTRIAL MACHINES

Joy Global Surface Mining...

1. A mining shovel comprising:a first transmission unit at a first location on the mining shovel, the first transmission unit including a first motor housing;
a second transmission unit at a second location on the mining shovel, the second transmission unit including a second motor housing; and
a venting system including a blower and a manifold extending from the blower, the manifold coupled to both the first transmission unit and the second transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,215,268

ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY WITH AN INTEGRATED SENSOR AND A BIASING MEMBER

Dana Automotive Systems G...

1. A sensing system for an actuator, comprising:a magnet holding plate including an annular aperture defining a radially inner surface, a radially outer surface, a raised portion along the inner surface, a biasing member positioned along the inner surface in the raised portion, and a flange positioned on the outer surface and extending perpendicular to the aperture;
a non-magnetic pressure plate having a radially outer surface and an aperture in the center thereof;
a sensor target attached to the flange of the magnet holding plate; and
a sensor assembly including a sensor and a sensor housing positioned radially outward from the pressure plate and magnet holding plate,
wherein the outer surface of the pressure plate is positioned underneath the raised portion of the magnet holding plate, axially between the raised portion and the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,215,267

VALVE CLOSING DEVICE AND VALVE ACTUATING ASSEMBLY

1. A valve closing device (8), comprising:a driven shaft (9),
an input shaft (10) coupled to the driven shaft (9) by which the driven shaft (9) is drivable during operation,
an emergency drive (11) that transfers the driven shaft (9) from a position of use into an end position, the emergency drive (11) comprises at least one constant force spring motor (28, 39, 40),
the at least one constant force spring motor (28, 39, 40) comprises at least one band-shaped spring element (13) that is coiled in a spiral in a relaxed state,
a further roller (14), the at least one band-shaped spring element (13) is wrapped on the further roller (14) for tensioning the at least one constant force spring motor (28, 39, 40),
a superposition gear arrangement (16) by which the emergency drive (11) is coupled with the driven shaft and by which the input shaft (10) is coupled with the driven shaft (9), the superposition gear arrangement (16) comprises:
a planetary gear that includes coaxially arranged first and second sun wheels (44, 45),
the first sun wheel (44) is connected to the input shaft,
the second sun wheel (45) is connected to the driven shaft, and
a planetary gear block (43) that couples the sun gears (44, 45) together.

US Pat. No. 10,215,266

GEARED CONTINUOULSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

1. A transmission, comprising:a first shaft, extending along a first shaft longitudinal axis, the first shaft being supported by a first bearing and rotatable about the first shaft longitudinal axis;
a first sun gear, fixed to and rotatable with the first shaft;
a first ring gear, aligned with and rotatable about the first shaft, and including inner teeth that surround and are spaced radially from the first sun gear;
a first planetary carrier, aligned with and rotatable about the first shaft;
a first pinion gear, supported by the first planetary carrier and positioned between, and concurrently engaged with, the first sun gear and the inner teeth of the first ring gear;
a second shaft, extending along a second shaft longitudinal axis, and supported by a second bearing and rotatable about the second shaft longitudinal axis;
a second sun gear, fixed to and rotatable with the second shaft;
a second ring gear, aligned with and rotatable about the second shaft, the second ring gear including inner teeth that surround and are spaced radially from the second sun gear;
a second planetary carrier, aligned with and rotatable about the shaft;
a second pinion gear, supported by the second planetary carrier, and positioned between and concurrently engaged with the second sun gear and the inner teeth of the second ring gear;
a first interface shaft and gear assembly, supported by and rotatable within first interface shaft bearings, coupled to and rotatable by the first ring gear, and coupled to the second ring rear in a configuration wherein a rotation of the first interface shaft and gear assembly rotates the second ring gear;
a hydraulic pump, mechanically coupled to and driven by the first interface shaft and gear assembly, and configured to output a hydraulic fluid at a volume flow rate corresponding a rotational speed of the first interface shaft and gear assembly;
a hydraulic motor, configured to receive through a hydraulic conduit the hydraulic fluid output of the hydraulic pump, and to rotate at a rate proportional to the volume flow rate; and
a second interface shaft and gear assembly, supported by and rotatable within second interface shaft bearings, and coupled to the hydraulic motor and to the first planetary carrier and to the second planetary carrier, and configured to transfer a rotation of the hydraulic motor to a rotation of the first planetary carrier and to a rotation of the second planetary carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,215,265

ELECTRIC LINEAR MOTION ACTUATOR AND ELECTRIC BRAKE SYSTEM

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric linear motion actuator comprising:a housing;
a cylindrical linear motion member having a center axis, and slidably incorporated in the housing;
a rotary shaft provided on the center axis of the cylindrical linear motion member, and configured to be rotated by an electric motor; and
a rotational motion converting mechanism provided between the rotary shaft and the cylindrical linear motion member, and configured to convert a rotational motion of the rotary shaft to a linear motion of the cylindrical linear motion member,
wherein the cylindrical linear motion member comprises:
a cylindrical member slidably fitted in the housing, and having an open distal end formed with an opening and located on a side of an open end of the housing; and
a pressing member coupled to a distal end portion of the cylindrical member which includes the open distal end of the cylindrical member so as to close the opening of the cylindrical member at the open distal end thereof, the pressing member comprising a disk portion and a cylindrical portion extending from an outer peripheral portion of one axial side of the disk portion, the cylindrical portion having an axial end, the cylindrical portion further having an outer diameter surface including a large-diameter cylindrical surface portion, a medium-diameter cylindrical surface portion having a diameter smaller than a diameter of the large-diameter cylindrical surface portion such that a radially-extending step is formed between the large-diameter cylindrical surface portion and the medium-diameter cylindrical surface portion, the medium-diameter cylindrical surface portion being located axially closer to the axial end of the cylindrical portion than is the large-diameter cylindrical surface portion, and a small-diameter cylindrical surface portion having a diameter smaller than a diameter of the medium-diameter cylindrical surface portion and located axially closer to the axial end of the cylindrical portion than is the medium-diameter cylindrical surface portion, the small-diameter cylindrical surface portion being press-fitted and fixed to an inner diameter surface of the distal end portion of the cylindrical member,
wherein the actuator further comprises a boot sealing a space between a distal end portion of the housing and a distal end portion of the cylindrical linear motion member,
wherein a boot groove is formed of (i) a groove front wall defined by the step between the large-diameter cylindrical surface portion and the medium-diameter cylindrical surface portion, (ii) a groove bottom wall defined by the medium-diameter cylindrical surface portion, and (iii) a groove rear wall defined by an axial face of the distal end portion of the cylindrical member protruding radially outward beyond the medium-diameter cylindrical surface portion, the boot having a small-diameter end attached to the medium diameter cylindrical surface portion within the boot groove, and
wherein a portion of the pressing member coupled to the cylindrical member is located inside of the boot.

US Pat. No. 10,215,264

LINEAR ACTUATOR SYSTEM WITH CIRCUMFERENTIALLY AND AXIALLY ADJUSTABLE END STOP ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A linear actuator system comprising:a screw member elongated along a longitudinal axis, said screw member comprising a threaded portion and an end portion;
a nut member coaxially received over said screw member, such that said screw member extends through a bore of said nut member, and in threaded engagement with said threaded portion of said screw member;
a ring member received over said end portion of said screw member, such that said screw member extends through a bore of said ring member;
a flange member connected to said end portion of said screw member; and
a threaded member in threaded engagement with said flange member, said threaded member comprising a distal end protruding toward said ring member.

US Pat. No. 10,215,263

AIR SPRING ACTUATED SLIDER FOR SEMI-TRAILER

REYCO GRANNING, LLC, Mt....

1. An air spring actuated slider pin release system for a semi-trailer slider having a pair of main members extending along a longitudinal axis of the slider, and at least one cross member separating the main members in spaced, parallel relationship to each other, comprising:an actuator shaft oriented to extend in a generally parallel relationship to at least one of the main members, being connected to said slider for axial rotation, and having a transverse lever arm secured to each end of said shaft for common rotation;
each said lever arm having an end connected to a retractable, biased lock pin so that rotation of said shaft and said lever arms causes retraction of said associated lock pin relative to the main member;
said actuator shaft having a normally projecting air spring bracket; and
an air spring disposed between one of the main members and said air spring bracket so that inflation of said air spring acts on said air spring bracket, axially rotating said shaft and said lever arms for retracting said lock pins.

US Pat. No. 10,215,262

TENSION ROLLER DEVICE

1. A tension roller device comprising:a support shaft,
a securing plate that is fitted on the support shaft,
an eccentric hub that is mobile in rotation relative to the, and
a spring arranged axially between the eccentric hub and the securing plate, the support shaft having a stop surface against which the securing plate is axially supported, and which is delimited radially on the outer side by a circular outer edge, wherein
at least one opening is formed in the securing plate, in order to delimit a tongue for radial centering of the spring, the opening being positioned radially on the outer side relative to the outer edge of the stop surface of the support shaft, wherein
the securing plate comprises a radially outer portion that is axially opposite of the spring, and a radially inner portion is axially supported against the stop surface of the support shaft, and wherein the opening is at least partly formed, and wherein
the securing plate additionally comprises a connection portion that extends axially between the inner and outer radial portions, the centering tongue being formed on the connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,215,261

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft configured for receiving an engine torque;
an output shaft configured for outputting a shifted torque of the engine;
a first planetary gear set including a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element:
a second planetary gear set including a fourth rotation element, a fifth rotation element, and a sixth rotation element;
a third planetary gear set including a seventh rotation element, an eighth rotation element, and a ninth rotation element;
a fourth planetary gear set including a tenth rotation element, an eleventh rotation element, and a twelfth rotation element; and
six control elements for selectively interconnecting the rotation elements and a transmission housing,
wherein the input shaft is continuously connected to the third rotation element and selectively connected to the seventh rotation element,
the output shaft is continuously connected to the second rotation element and the eleventh rotation element,
the fourth rotation element is continuously connected to the transmission housing, and
the sixth rotation element is continuously connected to the tenth rotation element,
wherein the eighth rotation element is selectively connected to the sixth rotation element;
wherein the eighth rotation element is selectively connected to the transmission housing;
wherein the ninth rotation element is selectively connected to the fifth rotation element;
wherein the twelfth rotation element is selectively connected to the first rotation element; and
wherein the twelfth rotation element is selectively connected to the transmission housing.

US Pat. No. 10,215,260

INTEGRATIVE TRANSMISSION CHAIN OF HYBRID-DRIVE WIND TURBINE AND A GEARBOX USED BY THE TRANSMISSION CHAIN

CRRC QISHUYAN INSTITUTE C...

1. A gearbox is provided for a transmission chain of hybrid-drive wind turbine, comprising a front housing body, a rear housing body, a main shaft and a planet carrier, characterized in that:the planet carrier is fixedly disposed between the front housing body and the rear housing body, and the main shaft is rotatably disposed on the front housing body and the planet carrier;
the gearbox further comprises:
an inner ring gear fixedly disposed on the main shaft;N planet gear shafts that are axially rotatably disposed on the planet carrier and the rear housing body, each of the planet gear shafts is provided with a first stage planet gear and a second stage planet gear, wherein N?3;intermediate gears correspondingly disposed between each first stage planet gear and the inner ring gear; and
an output shaft whose upwind end is axially rotatably disposed on the planet carrier and whose downwind end protrudes outside the rear housing body;
a sun gear disposed on the output shaft;
wherein N intermediate gears and N first stage planet gears are disposed in the planet carrier, the sun gear, and N second stage planet gears are disposed in a cavity formed by the planet carrier and the rear housing body;
wherein the inner ring gear, the intermediate gear and the first stage planet gear form a first stage fixed shaft transmission pair, and the second stage planet gear and the sun gear form a second stage fixed shaft transmission pair.

US Pat. No. 10,215,259

PLANETARY REDUCTION GEAR DEVICE

HARMONIC DRIVE SYSTEMS IN...

1. A planetary reduction gear device comprising:a sun gear;
an internal gear;
at least first and second planetary gears meshed with the sun gear and the internal gear at different locations in a direction of an axis line; and
a carrier assembly for supportinq the first and second planetary gears, wherein
the carrier assembly has a first planetary carrier for supportinq the first planetary gear and a second planetary carrier for supporting the second planetary gear; and
the first and second planetary carriers are fixed coaxially with each other in the direction of the axis line so as to rotate integrally, wherein
a plurality of the first planetary gears and a plurality of the second planetary gears are provided;
the first planetary gears are arranged at prescribed angular intervals in a circumferential direction on a first location in the direction of the axis line between the sun gear and the internal gear;
the second planetary gears are arranged at prescribed angular intervals in a circumferential direction on a second location in the direction of the axis line between the sun gear and the internal gear, the second location being different from the first location in the direction of the axis line;
the first planetary carrier supports a plurality of first planetary shafts on both sides of the first planetary gears, the first planetary shafts supporting the first planetary gears in a rotatable state; and
the second planetary carrier supports a plurality of second planetary shafts on both sides of the second planetary gears, the second planetary shafts supporting the second planetary gears in a rotatable state.

US Pat. No. 10,215,258

DRAWSTRING TIGHTENER

1. A cord tensioning device comprising:a rotatable body having
a front side,
a back side,
a left edge,
a right edge,
a top edge, and
a bottom edge;
at least two apertures disposed through said body configured to securely receive a cord; wherein one of said at least two apertures is further disposed through one of said edges of the body, and entirely within the body; and
at least one recessed slot disposed in said rotatable body wherein said at least one recessed slot extends from any of said edges, said recessed slot configured to restrain rotation of the rotatable body about a tightened cord.

US Pat. No. 10,215,257

SHORT RUBBER REINFORCEMENT FIBER, RUBBER COMPOSITION CONTAINING SAID SHORT FIBER, AND POWER TRANSMISSION BELT

ASAHI KASEI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. Staple fibers, which are the product of cutting an adhesive-treated synthetic multifilament yarn, and are used by dispersing in a rubber composition; wherein, the ratio of the number of non-adhesive-treated single filaments is 0% to 50%, and oblateness of a cross-section of the synthetic multifilament yarn is 2.0 to 4.0.

US Pat. No. 10,215,256

V-RIBBED BELT

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd., ...

1. A V-ribbed belt having an inside and an outside, the V-ribbed belt comprising:an extension layer that forms a back surface of the V-ribbed belt,
a compression layer provided on one surface of the extension layer and having plural ribs extending parallel to each other along a longitudinal direction of the V-ribbed belt, and
a load carrying cord embedded between the extension layer and the compression layer along the longitudinal direction of the V-ribbed belt,
the load cord having an outer peripheral portion with a rib side and an opposite side spaced from each other in a direction between the inside and outside of the V-ribbed belt,
wherein a distance from the outer peripheral portion of the load carrying cord on the rib side to a tip portion of the rib is from 2.0 to 2.6 mm, and a distance from the outer peripheral portion of the load carrying cord on the rib side to a bottom portion of the rib is from 0.3 to 1.2 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,215,255

DAMPER DEVICE

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

1. A damper device comprising:an input element to which torque from an engine is transmitted;
an output element;
a first intermediate element;
a second intermediate element;
a first elastic body that transmits torque between the input element and the first intermediate element;
a second elastic body that transmits torque between the first intermediate element and the output element;
a third elastic body that transmits torque between the input element and the second intermediate element;
a fourth elastic body that transmits torque between the second intermediate element and the output element; and
a fifth elastic body that transmits torque between the first intermediate element and the second intermediate element.

US Pat. No. 10,215,254

HYDRAULIC BEARING AND MOTOR VEHICLE COMPRISING A HYDRAULIC BEARING OF THIS TYPE

ContiTech Vibration Contr...

1. A hydraulic mount comprising:a load-bearing spring;
a working chamber at least partially surrounded by the load-bearing spring, wherein the working chamber is filled with a hydraulic fluid;
a first equalization chamber;
a first throttle duct formed between the working chamber and the first equalization chamber, wherein the first throttle duct serves for exchange of hydraulic fluid;
a control diaphragm which is designed for the variation of a working chamber volume of the working chamber;
an actuator for the deflection of the control diaphragm; and,
a controllable valve for shutting off or throttling a throughflow of hydraulic fluid through the first throttle duct, wherein the controllable valve is controllable by way of the actuator;wherein the controllable valve is formed by the control diaphragm and the partition; and,wherein the hydraulic mount further comprises a second equalization chamber, and a second throttle duct formed between the working chamber and the second equalization chamber, wherein the second throttle duct serves for exchange of hydraulic fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,215,253

NOZZLE PLATE OF ENGINE MOUNT

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A nozzle plate of an engine mount, which is mounted in the engine mount in which a hydraulic liquid is encapsulated, and divides an interior of the engine mount into an upper liquid chamber and a lower liquid chamber, the nozzle plate comprising:a lower nozzle plate which has a lower stepped portion formed to be spaced apart from a flow path groove toward a center of the lower nozzle plate, a seating portion formed to be spaced apart from the lower stepped portion toward the center of the lower nozzle plate, and a protrusion portion protruding from the seating portion,
an upper nozzle plate which has a ring shape formed with an opening hole at a center of the upper nozzle plate, has an upper stepped portion, and is coupled to the lower nozzle plate from an upper side of the lower nozzle plate to cover an upper side of the flow path groove and form a flow path,
a membrane which has an outer rim portion engaged between the upper stepped portion and the lower stepped portion, a central portion seated on the seating portion, and a fastening hole into which the protrusion portion is fitted when the central portion is seated on the seating portion, and
a stopper which is coupled to the protrusion portion and prevents the membrane from being withdrawn,
wherein a flow of the hydraulic liquid is allowed through a gap formed between the stopper and the membrane and a gap formed between the membrane and the seating portion when pressure of the hydraulic liquid applied to the membrane is lower than a predetermined pressure, and a flow of the hydraulic liquid is blocked as the membrane comes into close contact with the stopper or the seating portion when the pressure of the hydraulic liquid is higher than the predetermined pressure, and
wherein a slit is additionally formed at an edge of the fastening hole so that the membrane is elastically deformed in accordance with the pressure of the hydraulic liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,215,252

HYDRAULIC BODY MOUNT

VIBRACOUSTIC NORTH AMERIC...

1. A hydraulic body mount assembly, the assembly comprising:an inner shaft;
a plate secured to the inner shaft;
a main rubber element formed about at least a portion of the inner shaft, plate, and a mounting bracket;
an upper bellows formed about a fluid track, the upper bellows configured to engage the inner shaft;
a lower bellows configured to engage the inner shaft and the fluid track;
an outer can including a lower bushing and a rate plate, wherein the lower bushing and the rate plate is configured to receive the inner shaft, mounting bracket, upper bellows, fluid track, and lower bellows; and
a retainer bracket that secures a crash washer to the lower bushing via the inner shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,215,251

INTERFERENCE ARRANGEMENT FOR SPRING

Barnes Group Inc., Brist...

1. A spring system that includes a compressible material used to affect the operation of the spring system between fully extended and fully retracted positions, said spring system comprising:a housing body having a front portion with a front end, a rear portion with a rear end, and an internal cavity;
a rod that is at least partially positioned in said internal cavity and at least partially extending outwardly from said front end of said housing body, said rod movable between said fully extended and fully retracted positions, said rod having a front end and a back end;
a first compressible sleeve formed of a compressible and/or deformable material configured to affect movement of said rod within said internal cavity when said first compressible sleeve is exposed to a compression force, said first compression sleeve configured to move relative to said rod along only a portion of a longitudinal length of said rod as said rod moves from said fully extended position to said fully retracted position and from said fully retracted position to said fully extended position such that said compressible sleeve moves to different positions along said longitudinal length of said rod;
a first stop, said first stop a) connected to said rod and spaced from said front end and said back end of said rod, or b) fixed in position in said internal cavity of said housing body; said first compressible sleeve positioned between i) said first stop and said back end of said rod, or ii) said first stop and said front end of said housing; said first compressible sleeve having a width such that said first compressible sleeve does not simultaneously contact I) said first stop and said back end of said rod, or II) said first stop and said front end of said housing such that at least one end of said first compressible sleeve is caused to disengage from any structure in said housing body when said rod moves from said fully extended position to said fully retracted position and from said fully retracted position to said fully extended position; said first stop configured to limit movement of said first compressible sleeve as said rod moves between said fully extended and fully retracted positions, said first compression sleeve movably positioned on said rod so as to engage and to disengage from said first stop as said rod moves between said fully extended to said fully retracted position and said fully retracted position; and,
a compression structure configured to cause said first compressible sleeve to compress and/or deform when said rod moves between said fully extended and fully retracted positions, said compression structure positioned on a portion of said rod, on an inner surface of said internal cavity, or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,215,250

SHOCK ABSORBER

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A damping force adjustable shock absorber configured to be mounted between two relatively movable members, the damping force adjustable shock absorber comprising:a cylinder sealingly containing hydraulic fluid;
a piston disposed in the cylinder;
a piston rod coupled to the piston and extending out of the cylinder;
a damping force adjustment mechanism disposed in a housing, the housing protruding in a direction away from a side of the cylinder, the housing having an outer surface that is exposed outside of the cylinder; and
a cover at least partially covering the outer surface of the housing,
wherein the damping force adjustment mechanism includes a damping force generation unit, and a solenoid that is provided in a spaced-apart side spaced apart from the cylinder and that is configured to control the damping force generation unit,
wherein the cover is directly or indirectly fastened to the cylinder,
wherein a space is provided between an inner surface of the cover and the housing over the entire inner surface of the cover,
wherein the cover is fastened to the cylinder so as to be rotationally deformable around a supporting point of the cover relative to the housing,
wherein the space between the inner surface of the cover and the outer surface of the housing is wider in the spaced-apart side away from the cylinder than in a cylinder side close to the cylinder,
wherein the damping force generation unit is disposed on the cylinder side, and the solenoid is disposed on the spaced-apart side from the cylinder, and
wherein the cover is out of contact with the solenoid when the cover is in contact with the housing by rotational deformation of the cover about the supporting point.

US Pat. No. 10,215,249

VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A vibration damping device, comprising:an outer cylinder member formed by winding a flat plate member into a cylindrical shape;
an inner mounting member positioned at an inner circumferential side of the outer cylinder member, connected to the outer cylinder member via an elastic member, and configured to be connected to either one of a vibration generating portion and a vibration receiving portion; and
a rod portion configured to connect the outer cylinder member to an other one of the vibration generating portion and the vibration receiving portion, wherein:
the outer cylinder member has a meeting portion, where end surfaces of the flat plate member, on both sides in a circumferential direction of the outer cylinder member, face each other,
a joint portion, where joining was performed, is formed on at least a part of the meeting portion;
the rod portion is joined to an outer circumferential surface of the outer cylinder member so as to not overlap the meeting portion, and
the meeting portion is located within an angular range in a circumferential direction of the outer cylinder member, displaced by 35° to 65° along the circumferential direction of the outer cylinder member, from a position where the outer cylinder member and a central axis of the rod portion intersect each other.

US Pat. No. 10,215,248

SUPPORT FOR A DRIVER'S CAB OF A VEHICLE

ContiTech Vibration Contr...

1. A bearing arrangement for a driver's cab of a vehicle, the bearing arrangement comprising a cone bearing which, centrally, has a bearing sleeve which is fixable to the driver's cab and which extends through an opening of a cab support and which is of hollow form;wherein the bearing sleeve is, at the outside, by way of an elastic damping element connected thereto, connected to a concentrically arranged support element;
wherein the support element is fixable to the cab support at a cab side by way of connecting elements, and wherein the support element comprises an abutment element which is arranged on an end, averted from the driver's cab, of the bearing sleeve and which serves for limiting a movement of the damping element in an axial direction (A);
wherein an installation element is arranged on a side, facing toward the abutment element, of the cab support, which installation element is, by way of the connecting elements, fastened to the cab support concentrically with respect to the bearing sleeve;
wherein the bearing arrangement is, in a mounted state, arranged between the driver's cab and a cab support of the vehicle; and,
wherein the bearing sleeve comprises, at the abutment element side, an external thread, and the abutment element comprises a corresponding internal thread for interacting with said external thread.

US Pat. No. 10,215,247

BICYCLE BRAKE PAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BICYCLE BRAKE PAD

SHIMANO INC., Osaka (JP)...

58. A bicycle brake pad, comprising:a friction member including a Cu—Ti intermetallic compound including at least Cu and Ti; and
a first support member including Al, wherein the friction member and the first support member are, at least partially, chemically and directly coupled to each other and form a Cu—Al intermetallic compound composed of Cu derived from the friction member and Al derived from the first support member.

US Pat. No. 10,215,246

INTEGRATED TORQUE LIMITER/NO-BACK DEVICE

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. An integrated torque limiter/no-back device for use in an actuator with an input shaft driven by a power drive unit, an output and gear reduction for transmitting rotary motion from the input shaft to the output, the device comprising:an input ramp;
an output ramp coupled to the gear reduction;
a combined ramp disposed between the input ramp and the output ramp, wherein the combined ramp comprises a unitary body having a first face and a second face opposite the first face;
a first plurality of balls between the input ramp and the combined ramp that engage the first face of the unitary body, each ball of the first plurality of balls simultaneously contacting the input ramp and the combined ramp, wherein the input ramp, the combined ramp, and the first plurality of balls are configured to transfer torque between the input ramp and the combined ramp;
a second plurality of balls between the combined ramp and the output ramp that engage the second face of the unitary body, each ball of the second plurality of balls simultaneously contacting the combined ramp and the output ramp, wherein the combined ramp, the output ramp, and the second plurality of balls are configured to transfer torque between the combined ramp and the output ramp;
a pin extending from the input ramp to the combined ramp and coupled to the input shaft; and
a brake adjacent to the output ramp;
wherein the combined ramp, the output ramp, and the second plurality of balls therebetween are configured to operate as a torque limiter by causing the combined ramp and the output ramp to separate and the output ramp to engage the brake when the torque from the input shaft exceeds a torque threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,215,245

FLOATING ROTOR DISC WITH COMPRESSIBLE RETENTION RING FASTENER

PERFORMANCE FRICTION CORP...

1. A floating disc brake assembly, comprising:a disc brake rotor comprising an inner circumferential aperture having a plurality of rotor tabs spaced about the aperture;
a mounting assembly comprising a cylindrical axial body having axially opposed first and second ends, a rotor mounting flange extending radially at or near the first end of the axial body, a plurality of mounting assembly tabs having retention ring flanges, the plurality of mounting assembly tabs spaced about the rotor mounting flange and forming slots interspersed therebetween, the slots structured and arranged for receiving the rotor tabs; and
a retention ring for securing the rotor tabs between the mounting assembly tabs and the rotor mounting flange, the retention ring including a continuous spiral ring having substantially flat or planar axial faces and an inner wave spring portion, the retention ring structured and arranged to fit within the retention ring flanges of the plurality of mounting assembly tabs.

US Pat. No. 10,215,244

ELLIPTICALLY INTERFACING GEAR ASSISTED BRAKING SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A brake module comprising:a brake for selectively controlling a braking action;
an annular brake rotor that mates with the brake, the annular brake rotor including a gear face with a reaction gear;
an input shaft with an input gear surrounding a shaft, with the shaft extending through the annular brake rotor so that the input gear opposes the reaction gear; and
an annular wobble plate trapped between the annular brake rotor and the input shaft, with a first face having face teeth that partially mesh with the input gear, and with a second face having wobble teeth that partially mesh with the reaction gear;
wherein rotation of the input shaft causes the annular brake rotor and wobble plate to rotate; and
wherein a braking action by the brake slows the annular brake rotor relative to the input shaft, thereby inducing a nutation of the annular wobble plate relative to the annular brake rotor and the input shaft to dissipate rotational energy.

US Pat. No. 10,215,243

BRAKE SYSTEM AND APPARATUS

Syscend, Inc., Irvine, C...

1. An apparatus comprising:a slider assembly having a brake pad and a slide portion, the slide portion having an integrated coupling mechanism that is directly connected to an end of a front brake cable which actuates a front brake of a vehicle, the vehicle having a steering mechanism and the front brake on a front portion of the vehicle;
a guide in direct physical contact with the slider assembly; and
a brake arm coupled to the guide;
wherein the slider assembly, the guide, and the brake arm are components of a rear brake on a rear portion of the vehicle and the brake pad of the slider assembly is pressed against a rotating braking surface and a friction force of the brake pad against the rotating brake surface causes the slide portion to move which actuates the front brake actuator and the rear brake to slow the rotation of a rear wheel of the vehicle and the slide portion of the slider assembly moves within a channel in the guide.

US Pat. No. 10,215,242

ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTIVE BRAKE

RINGSPANN GmbH, Bad Homb...

1. An electromagnetic active brake, comprising:a brake body;
a brake device with at least two opposite brake shoes, which in a power-off state of the active brake are distanced from a part to be braked, wherein in order to initiate a braking process one of the brake shoes is movable via a brake lever in a direction towards the other brake shoe, that is mounted fixed in position relative to the brake body;
an electromagnet arranged in the brake body, with an armature thereof being in an indirect operative connection with the brake lever via a spring compressor, compression spring and abutment;
the armature of the electromagnet is connected rigidly to the spring compressor;the spring compressor is guided in the brake body, and upon energizing the electromagnet, the spring compressor is movable by the armature in an axial direction of the armature and compresses the compression spring against the abutment, until the armature reaches an end stop position defined by an armature endplate; andthe abutment is in operative connection with the brake lever such that in an energized state of the electromagnet the compression spring being compressed by the spring compressor forces the abutment against the brake lever thereby transmitting the spring force of the compression spring to the brake lever to exert a braking force.

US Pat. No. 10,215,241

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN AUTOMATIC START/STOP SYSTEM IN A VEHICLE UTILIZING A FLUID LAUNCH CLUTCH

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A stop-start system for a vehicle having an engine, a transmission and a launch device including a disconnect clutch, comprising:a controller configured to,
responsive to the engine being alternately stopped and restarted during a rolling auto stop event, control the disconnect clutch to selectively couple the engine and transmission, and
responsive to the engine being stopped when a brake pressure is above a pressure threshold and a vehicle speed is above a first speed threshold that is based on the vehicle speed associated with vehicle idle conditions but below a second speed threshold that is based on the vehicle speed associated with a rolling stop threshold limit, disengage the disconnect clutch to decouple the engine and transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,215,240

METHOD FOR REDUCING LOW-FREQUENCY VIBRATIONS IN THE DRIVE TRAIN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A method for reducing occasionally occurring vibrations of a unit controlled automatically by an actuator based on a target torque assigned to a clutch torque that is to be transmitted, comprising from an input signal which is representative of a vibration-marked torque on the basis of a known transfer behavior of an actual present torque, continuously ascertaining vibration components of known form with unknown prefactors, determining a phase-correct correction torque from the vibration components of known form with unknown prefactors, and correcting the target torque using the phase-correct correction torque, wherein the input signal is based on an estimation model, and the method further comprises determining the prefactors based on a recursive method of smallest square errors.

US Pat. No. 10,215,239

CLUTCH OPERATING DEVICE

EXEDY Corporation, Osaka...

1. A clutch operating device for operating a clutch device, comprising:a drive part including a guide part, the drive part being configured to generate a driving force, the guide part having a substantially flat guide surface; and
a speed reduction mechanism being a toggle mechanism being configured to amplify the driving force of the drive part,
the speed reduction mechanism including
a first link member being configured to receive the driving force of the drive part, the first link member having first and second ends,
a second link member being rotatably coupled to the first end of the first link member about a first rotational axis extending through the first and second link members, the second link member being rotatably arranged with respect to the guide part, and the second link member contacting the clutch device, and
a roller member being rotatably fixed to the second end of the first link member, the roller member being disposed to roll on the guide part,
a rotational axis of the roller member being substantially parallel to the first rotational axis about which the first link member is rotatably coupled to the second link member, a line intersecting the first rotational axis and the roller member rotational axis is not parallel to the guide surface.

US Pat. No. 10,215,238

WEDGE CLUTCH WITH OPPOSING THRUST FORCES

1. A wedge clutch, comprising: a first hub; a second hub; an outer ring located radially outward of the first and second hubs; a first wedge plate radially disposed between the first hub and the outer ring; a second wedge plate radially disposed between the second hub and the outer ring; and, a displacement element axially disposed between the first and second hubs and arranged to: for a connect mode, in which the first and second hubs are non-rotatably connected to the outer ring, block axial displacement of the first and second hubs with respect to each other; and, for a disconnect mode, axially displace the first and second hubs with respect to each other to enable rotation between the outer ring and the first and second hubs.

US Pat. No. 10,215,237

MULTIPLE-PIECE BACKING PLATE HAVING PARTS MADE OF DIFFERENT MATERIALS

1. A friction clutch assembly for an automatic transmission comprising, in combination,a plurality of first clutch plates coupled to a first transmission member;
a plurality of second clutch plates interleaved with the plurality of first clutch plates and coupled to a second transmission member;
a multiple-piece backing plate comprising:
a cap part disposed adjacent to the pluralities of first and second clutch plates, the cap part being formed of a first metallic material; and
a main body backing plate attached to the cap part, the main body backing plate being formed of a second material, the second material being different than the first material,
wherein the friction clutch assembly is configured to be moved between an engaged position and a disengaged position, and wherein in the engaged position, the first and second transmission members are coupled together by compressing the pluralities of first and second clutch plates directly against the cap part, an end clutch plate of one of the first and second pluralities of clutch plates being compressed against and directly into contact with the cap part when the friction clutch assembly is in the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,215,236

PROGRESSIVITY DEVICE FOR CLUTCH FRICTION DISK, AND FRICTION DISK COMPRISING SUCH DEVICE

Valeo Embrayages, Amiens...

1. A progressivity device for a clutch friction disk, comprising:a progressivity web (1) including an external rim (1a) and having a central rotation axis (X);
a series of blades (2) attached to one of axially opposite faces of the progressivity web (1);
a first friction lining (G1) fastened to the blades (2); and
a second friction lining (G2) fastened to another of the axially opposite faces of the progressivity web (1);
each of the blades (2) having at least two deformable pleats (20a, 20b) delimiting a support region (20) between the at least two deformable pleats (20a, 20b), the support region (20) of each of the blades (2) being planar in an uncompressed condition of the at least two deformable pleats (20a, 20b) and configured to support the first friction lining (G1);
the support region (20) has a stiffness element comprising at least one tab (200) projecting axially below the support region (20) toward the progressivity web (1) and spaced from the at least two deformable pleats (20a, 20b) so as to be disposed between the at least two deformable pleats (20a, 20b), one end of the at least one tab (200) configured to come into abutment against the progressivity web (1) upon deformation of the deformable pleats (20a, 20b) for limiting a bending of the support region (20).

US Pat. No. 10,215,235

BEARING UNIT AND SEPARATOR

12. A bearing unit configured to support a first component for rotary movement with respect to a second component, the bearing unit comprising:a first bearing having an inner ring and an outer ring, the outer ring of the first bearing having a first axial side and having a radially outwardly facing annular groove;
a second bearing having an inner ring and an outer ring, the outer ring of the second bearing having a first axial side configured to face the first axial side of the first bearing in the bearing unit and the outer ring of the second bearing having a radially outwardly facing annular groove; and
a plastic annular separator having a first projection extending into the annular groove of the outer ring of the first bearing and a second projection extending into the annular groove of the outer ring of the second bearing and connecting the first bearing to the second bearing in an interference fit manner, the separator having a first annular surface facing the first axial side of the outer ring of the first bearing and a second annular surface facing the first axial side of the outer ring of the second bearing and a central hole and at least two openings radially spaced from the central hole and extending from the first annular surface to the second annular surface and a metal spacer in each of the at least two openings, each of the at least two spacers being in contact with the outer ring of the first bearing and the outer ring of the second bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,215,234

ROLLING BEARING CAGE OR ROLLING BEARING CAGE SEGMENT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROLLING BEARING CAGE OR ROLLING BEARING CAGE SEGMENT

10. A method comprising:providing a body of aluminum alloy AA6082 and/or aluminum alloy AA7020; and
forming the body into a rolling-element bearing cage comprising a first side ring, a second side ring and a plurality of bridges connecting the first side ring to the second side ring or forming the body into a rolling-element bearing cage segment comprising a first side ring segment, a second side ring segment and at least one bridge connecting the first side ring segment to the second side ring segment.

US Pat. No. 10,215,233

TAPER ROLLER BEARING

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A taper roller bearing comprising:an inner ring that includes a small flange that is positioned on a first side in an axial direction and that protrudes to an outer side in a radial direction, and a large flange that is positioned on a second side in the axial direction and that protrudes to the outer side in the radial direction;
an outer ring that is positioned on the outer side in the radial direction of the inner ring;
a plurality of taper rollers that are positioned between the inner ring and the outer ring; and
an annular cage that holds the plurality of taper rollers at an interval in the circumferential direction,
wherein:
the cage includes a small-diameter annular portion that is positioned on one side of the cage, a large-diameter annular portion that is positioned on an opposite side of the cage and on the outer side in the radial direction of the large flange, and a plurality of column portions that link the small-diameter annular portion and the large-diameter annular portion with each other, and
a labyrinth structure, which suppresses a flow of lubricating oil from inside the taper roller bearing to outside the taper roller bearing, is provided between the large flange and the large-diameter annular portion, the labyrinth structure including an annular enlarged space portion that is disposed axially between a flange surface of the large flange and a radially inward surface of the large-diameter annular portion.

US Pat. No. 10,215,232

BEARING WITH NON-UNIFORM CAGE CLEARANCE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A bearing, comprising:an inner ring, comprising:
a first inner ring surface radially opposite a second inner ring surface; and
a forward shoulder and an aft shoulder extending radially from the first inner ring surface, wherein the forward shoulder and the aft shoulder are configured to engage a bearing element at opposite axially outer surfaces, and wherein the forward shoulder, the aft shoulder, and the first inner ring surface comprise an out of round shape having a peak and a valley relative to a radial centerpoint of the bearing; and
a bearing cage having a first bearing cage surface radially opposite a second bearing cage surface, wherein the second bearing cage surface is configured to engage the forward shoulder and the aft shoulder of the inner ring.

US Pat. No. 10,215,231

BEARING STRUCTURE WITH CLOSE FIT

Asia Vital Components Co....

1. A bearing structure, comprising:a fan frame having a base;
a shaft sleeve inserted into the base and having a receiving space;
a bearing set disposed in the receiving space;
an outer ring set having a first outer ring and a second outer ring, wherein the first outer ring is sleeved around the shaft sleeve in which the bearing set is disposed correspondingly, wherein the second outer ring is disposed on the inner side of the base and disposed between the shaft sleeve and the base; and
wherein the shaft sleeve has a first end a second end, wherein the second end is inserted into and combined with the base of the fan frame in a detachable way, wherein the second outer ring is disposed near the second end of the shaft sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,215,230

PRESSURIZED GAS BEARINGS FOR ROTATING MACHINERY

Radiant Physics Inc., Ro...

1. An externally-pressured gas bearing system configured to provide at least lateral positioning of a rotating shaft of a machine using an externally-pressurized gas, the system comprising:a bearing comprising:
an outer housing that defines an outer housing gas inlet port that is configured to receive the gas from a gas supply;
an inner housing that defines an inner housing gas inlet port that is configured to receive the gas from the outer housing gas inlet port;
a frame that defines:
an annular plenum located between the inner housing and the frame, the plenum configured to receive the gas from the inner housing gas inlet port and to circumferentially distribute the gas around the frame;
a plurality of gas supply frame holes configured to receive the gas from the plenum;
a plurality of frame gas exhaust orifices configured to route the gas away from the bearing; and
a plurality of damping cavities configured to:
receive the gas from the plurality of liner damping apertures;
provide the gas to the plurality of frame gas exhaust orifices; and
damp vibration of the shaft; and
a liner that defines:
a plurality of feedholes configured to receive the gas from the plurality of gas supply frame holes, circumferentially distribute the gas within a clearance defined between the liner and the shaft;
a plurality of liner damping apertures configured to receive the gas from the clearance and provide the gas to the plurality of damping cavities; and
a plurality of liner gas exhaust orifices configured to route the gas away from the plurality of damping cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,215,229

MECHANISM FOR MAINTAINING A CLEARANCE GAP

EtaGen, Inc., Menlo Park...

1. A piston assembly comprising:a piston;
at least one ring element proximate to the piston, the at least one ring element capable of spatial change relative to the piston, wherein the ring element is configured to cause a pressure difference between a first section of a cylinder and a second section of the cylinder during at least a portion of a compression cycle, the cylinder having an axis along which the piston assembly translates, wherein the first section is a compression section and wherein the first section and the second section are defined by a location of the ring element in the cylinder; and
a plurality of surface bearing segments proximate to the piston and arranged in the second section of the cylinder, wherein each respective surface bearing segment of the plurality of surface bearing segments is configured to move independently from other surface bearing segments in a direction substantially orthogonal to the translation of the piston, wherein:
the plurality of surface bearing segments comprise a flow restriction;
the plurality of surface bearing segments are configured to maintain a clearance gap between the plurality of surface bearing segments and the second section the cylinder,
the clearance gap is maintained based at least in part on an outward preload force and an inward force acting on each of the plurality of surface bearing segments, wherein the inward force is generated by a pressure in the clearance gap caused by a flow of gas from a non-atmospheric pressurized gas source external of the cylinder through the flow restriction and into the clearance gap, and
the clearance gap is comprised substantially of the gas.

US Pat. No. 10,215,228

COMPOUND LINEAR GUIDE HAVING A FASTENING MEANS

WEISS GMBH, Buchen (DE)

1. A transfer system for the transport of objects, comprising:a guide rail that has a light metal base body and at least one guide element connected to the light metal base body and having a guide surface;
a slide for the reception of at least one object; and
a bearing that comprises at least one roller element bearing that cooperates with the guide element and that linearly displaceably supports the slide at the guide rail,
with the guide rail having at least one magnetic fixing means that allows temporary fastening of the guide rail by magnetic clamping.

US Pat. No. 10,215,227

CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING THE BEARING PRELOAD OF A WIND TURBINE AND WIND TURBINE COMPRISING SUCH CONTROL SYSTEM

WINDFIN B.V., Leimuiden ...

1. A method of controlling a preload of a wind turbine bearing, said method comprising:detecting a temperature of an outer ring of the wind turbine bearing;
detecting a temperature of an inner ring of the wind turbine bearing;
calculating a temperature difference between the detected temperature of the outer ring of the wind turbine bearing and the detected temperature of the inner ring of the wind turbine bearing;
estimating the preload on the wind turbine bearing as a function of the detected temperature of the outer ring of the wind turbine bearing and the detected temperature of the inner ring of the wind turbine bearing;
comparing the estimated preload with a predetermined acceptance range; and
correcting the preload on the wind turbine bearing when the preload is outside the predetermined acceptance range by controlling, via a first heat exchanger, the temperature of the outer ring of the wind turbine bearing and, via a second heat exchanger, the temperature of the inner ring of the wind turbine bearing as a function of the calculated temperature difference between the detected temperature of the outer ring of the wind turbine bearing and the detected temperature of the inner ring of the wind turbine bearing to keep the preload on the wind turbine bearing within the predetermined acceptance range.

US Pat. No. 10,215,226

HYDRAULIC PUMP

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A hydraulic pump having a rotary shaft rotatably supported with respect to a casing, the hydraulic pump comprising:a bearing part provided to one end side and the other end side of the rotary shaft; and
a first annular member provided around the rotary shaft on at least one side of the one end side and the other end side of the rotary shaft,
wherein the bearing part on the one side has:
a support part which rotatably supports the rotary shaft, and
a preload applying member which applies a preload in the axial direction to the support part,
the first annular member is interposed between the bearing part of the one side and a receiving part of the rotary shaft in the axial direction, and
an inner diameter of the first annular member is larger than a diameter of the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,215,224

AIR FOIL BEARING ASSEMBLY

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An air foil bearing assembly, comprising:a bearing housing having a hollow into which a rotary shaft is fitted and having a slot formed in an axial direction on an inner circumference surface of the hollow;
a bump foil having a bending end engaged to the slot formed at one end portion, rolled in a circumferential direction inside the hollow, and having a free end of another end portion located on the bending end;
a top foil having a bending end engaged to the slot formed at one end portion, rolled in the second circumferential direction inside the bump foil, and having the free end of another end portion located on the bending end; and
a stopper provided on each of both sides of the top foil in the circumferential direction and preventing the bump foil from protruding radially outwards from the hollow.

US Pat. No. 10,215,223

NON-CONTACT BEARING

1. A non-contact bearing, wherein in a suspended state, the non-contact bearing is disposed with a predetermined spacing to a first guide surface, and the non-contact bearing comprises:a bearing body, comprising a second guide surface, wherein the second guide surface is opposite to the first guide surface; and
a micro electro mechanical layer, disposed on the second guide surface, and comprising at least one micro sensor and/or at least one micro actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,215,222

UNIVERSAL JOINT WITH SIMPLIFIED STRUCTURE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. A universal joint comprising:a first band,
a second band,
a third band, the three bands being cylindrical bands coaxial with one another with respect to a common axis, the first band and the second band being separated by a first slot, and the second band and the third band being separated by a second slot,
two connection points, which are diametrically opposed, assuring the connection of the first band and of the second band,
two other connection points, which are diametrically opposed, assuring the connection of the second band and of the third band, the two connection points between the first band and the second band being offset by substantially 90° in rotation about the common axis with respect to the two connection points between the second band and the third band.

US Pat. No. 10,215,221

MINIMIZING OIL LEAKAGE FROM ROCKING JOURNAL BEARINGS

ACHATES POWER, INC., San...

1. A rocking journal bearing, comprising:a bearing sleeve including a generally cylindrical bearing surface with a plurality of axially-spaced, eccentrically-disposed surface segments separated by circumferential oil grooves in the bearing surface for transporting oil in a circumferential direction of the bearing surface;
a plurality of circumferentially-spaced, axial oil grooves in the bearing surface that run across the surface segments and intersect the circumferential oil grooves;
said circumferential and axial oil grooves forming a network of oil grooves for transporting oil to the bearing surface;
a wristpin including a plurality of axially-spaced, eccentrically-disposed journal segments engaged for rocking oscillation with corresponding surface segments; and,
an oil-receiving space in the wristpin with oil outlet passages acting through the journal segments for delivering oil to the bearing surface; in which,
there are no oil outlet passages in the wristpin that are aligned with the circumferential oil grooves in the bearing surface; and,
at a load transfer point of the rocking journal during said rocking oscillation, no oil is provided from the oil receiving space to said network of oil grooves;
at a first maximum loading point of the rocking journal during said rocking oscillation, at least one oil outlet passage in a first journal segment of the plurality of journal segments is aligned with a first axial oil groove so as to provide oil from the oil receiving space to said network of oil grooves; and
at a second maximum loading point of the rocking journal during said rocking oscillation, at least one oil outlet passage in a second journal segment of said plurality of journal segments is aligned with a second axial oil groove so as to provide oil from the oil receiving space to said network of oil grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,215,220

BOWDEN CABLE WITH COMBINED SPLITTER AND COMPENSATOR

Magna Seating Inc, Auror...

1. A cable assembly for use with an input cable and at least two output cables, the input cable having an input wire surrounded by an input conduit, each of the at least two output cables having an output wire surrounded by an output conduit, the cable assembly comprising:a hollow housing having a longitudinal axis, the hollow housing having:
a first end disposed along the longitudinal axis defining a first aperture for receiving the input wire of the input cable;
a second end disposed along the longitudinal axis defining a second aperture for receiving the at least two output cables;
a conduit cap within the housing for fixing the output conduits to one another, the conduit cap configured for movement along the longitudinal axis and defining two or more wire apertures for receiving the at least two output wires;
a slider within the housing for connecting the input wire to the at least two output wires, the slider configured for movement within the housing and along the longitudinal axis;
a compression spring within the housing and disposed along the longitudinal axis, the compression spring configured to bias the conduit cap away from the first end of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,215,219

MULTI-FUNCTION TOOL AND HANDLE HOOK

1. A multi-function tool and handle hook adapted for attachment to and hanging of any of a plurality of tools and alternatively releasable receipt and engagement for hanging of a bail or wire handle on a bucket or other tool, comprising:a hook member having a proximal end and a distal end and adapted for hooking engagement adjacent the distal end on a support structure;
at least one tightening member adapted for engaging and firmly holding any one of the plurality of tools;
a multi-function attachment member fixed to the proximal end of said hook member, said attachment member adapted for engaging with said at least one tightening member, said attachment member and said at least one tightening member adapted for releasable attachment to any of a plurality of differently-configured tools said attachment member and tightening member comprising a channel comprising a plurality of parallel channel walls adapted for receiving and retaining one of a plurality of differently-configured tools in said attachment member, wherein a first wall of the channel is integral with the attachment member, wherein a second wall of the channel comprises said tightening member, and wherein the plurality of channel walls of said attachment member and said at least one tightening member further comprise opposing hooks adapted for releasable receipt and secure engagement of the bail or wire handle for hanging of a tool by the bail or wire handle.

US Pat. No. 10,215,217

LOCKING FASTENER WITH DEFLECTABLE LOCK

Enduralock, LLC, Overlan...

1. A locking mechanism for a fastener, said locking mechanism comprising:a lock nut;
a lock member releasably coupled to said lock nut for rotation therewith, said lock member comprising an annular body comprising a radially-extending detent member; and
a lock washer comprising an axially-extending wall about a periphery of said lock washer, said axially-extending wall defining an inner cavity for receiving a portion of said annular body of said lock member therein and comprising a plurality of radially-extending notches defined therein and configured to receive said radially-extending detent member, wherein said locking mechanism is positionable in an unlocked configuration in which said lock member and said lock nut are rotatable relative to said lock washer when said annular body is positioned within the inner cavity of said lock washer.

US Pat. No. 10,215,216

METHOD OF INSTALLING A SPARK CONTAINMENT CAP

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A method of forming a sealed cavity around an end of a fastener protruding from a structure, the method comprising: (i) installing a cap having a cap body terminating at a rim which surrounds an opening of a cavity over the end of the fastener so that the end of the fastener is enclosed within the cavity; (ii) heating the cap to increase a temperature within the cavity; (iii) providing a bead of uncured sealing material around the rim of the cap body to seal a volume of gas within the cavity; and (iv) curing the bead of sealing material during a cure period, wherein step (ii) is carried out before step (iii), and step (iii) is carried out when the temperature within the cavity is equal to or higher than an ambient temperature, whereby the cap is bonded to the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,215,215

TOLERANCE ABSORBER SLEEVE AND ASSEMBLY

1. A tolerance absorber sleeve for fastening a first component to a second component within a predetermined tolerance range (D), wherein said sleeve is made of a metallic material and comprises a wall and a first axial end portion and a second axial end portion, wherein said sleeve is adapted to be arranged in a hole of said first component and abutting said second component at the second axial end portion, wherein said wall of said sleeve comprises at least one weakening zone adapted to plastically deform upon axial compression of the sleeve, such that said wall of said sleeve forms a first radially outward projection on a first side of said hole of said first component, and a second radially outward projection on a second side of said hole of said first component, whereby said tolerance absorber sleeve is adapted to hold said first component by said first and second projections within the predetermined tolerance range (D) from said second component, wherein said weakening zone extends along a circumference of said sleeve, and wherein said weakening zone comprises at least one perforation, wherein the weakening zone comprises a first and a second weakening region, wherein said first and second weakening regions are arranged at different locations along an axial extension of said tolerance absorber sleeve, wherein the weakening zone has a first axial deformation resistance in the first weakening region, and a second axial deformation resistance in the second weakening region, wherein said first axial deformation resistance is higher than or equal to the second axial deformation resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,215,214

MULTI-ENGAGEMENT PUSH CLIP ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A push clip assembly, comprising:a clip tower including a window; and
a retention clip carried on said clip tower, said retention clip including (a) a first set of retaining ribs projecting in a first direction and a second set of retaining ribs projecting in a second direction (b) a first fastening tab and a second fastening tab engaged in said window and (c) a first leg and a second leg wherein said first set of retaining ribs are carried on a first outboard face of said first leg and said second set of retaining ribs are carried on a second outboard face of said second leg.

US Pat. No. 10,215,213

QUICK-DISCONNECT FASTENING SYSTEM

LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. COR...

1. A fastener assembly comprising:a cylindrical shank with a plurality of annular grooves formed along a length of the shank;
a plurality of elongated ribs that extend perpendicular to the grooves along the length; and
a fastener disc with a central opening with a diameter less than a cylindrical shank diameter wherein an inner edge of the central opening includes a contact surface;
wherein the fastener disc is retained on the cylindrical shank in a locked position when the contact surface engages one of the plurality of grooves with a friction fit; and
wherein the fastener disc is rotated to a release position so that the elongated rib contacts the inner edge thereby releasing the contact surface from the grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,215,212

ADAPTOR FOR CONNECTING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A CAMERA TO AN OPTICAL DEVICE

Carson Optical, Inc., Ro...

1. An adaptor device for coupling an electronic device comprising at least a first camera with an optical axis, to an optical device having a first optical axis and at least one cylindrical end without mating geometry, wherein the adaptor device comprises:a main body alignable with the optical axis of at least the first camera of the electronic device, and having at least one top surface and a bottom surface, wherein at least the first top surface includes at least one opening having a center,
a holder for coupling and aligning the electronic device to the adapter device, and having at least one or the combination thereof, a mating geometry that is alignable and coupleable with at least the first opening of the main body, and at least one surface that is contiguous to at least a section of the bottom surface of the main body such that the holder may be joined with the main body so as to form a single part,
a plurality of flexible protrusions including at least a first and a second flexible protrusion, wherein the protrusions are positioned about the center of the main body, and extend in a direction both away from at least the first top surface of the main body and away from the center of the main body, and at least the first protrusion is at least partially non-contiguous to at least the second protrusion,
wherein the plurality of protrusions are the primary connection means between the adaptor device and the optical device and whereby the flexible nature and positioning of the plurality of protrusions allows for the formation of a self-centering and fitted connection when placed on the cylindrical end of the optical device despite the lack of mating geometry on the cylindrical end, wherein the device is alignable with the first optical axis of a plurality of optical devices, corresponding to the range of external diameters of the cylindrical end of the optical device.

US Pat. No. 10,215,211

DRIVABLE SCREW NAIL

FUJITOMI CORPORATION, Os...

1. An impact-driven threaded nail comprising:a threaded portion with a lead angle of about 45°, the threaded portion being defined along an outer circumference of a nail shank that includes a first end defined as a pointed tip; and
a head having a larger diameter than the nail shank, the head being integrally provided at a second end of the nail shank, wherein
a tapered portion of the head on a back-surface side in continuation with the nail shank is defined in a pyramidal shape having a regular hexagonal cross-section with a diameter decreasing gradually toward the nail shank,
an internal angle (?) of the tapered portion of the head is in a range of about 60° to about 80°, and
the threaded nail is configured to be impact-driven and rotate into a mounting member when impacted.

US Pat. No. 10,215,209

ALUMINUM CABINET

Refine Scientific Co., Lt...

1. An aluminum cabinet comprising:at least two side plates made from aluminum alloy;
at least two outer main plates made from aluminum alloy; and
at least one inner partition made from aluminum alloy;
wherein an upper edge, a lower edge and a middle part of an inner surface of the side plate are disposed with a plurality of positioning members; the positioning member includes a screw portion used for threading and fixing the positioning member on the side plate, a mounting segment extended from the screw portion, and a stopping portion connected to an outer end of the mounting segment;
wherein the outer main plates are set between an upper end and a lower end of the two side plates respectively; the outer main plate includes an assembly block set with at least one assembly hole, a receiving portion disposed on each of two sides thereof for receiving the assembly block, a penetrating hole corresponding to the assembly hole, and an assembly member mounted into the assembly hole of the assembly block; one end of the assembly block corresponding to the side plate is disposed with at least one detent hole and the detent hole is communicating with the assembly hole; each of the two sides of the outer main plate is covered by a protective board; the protective board being set with an insertion hole corresponding to the detent hole of the assembly block; wherein the assembly member is disposed with a detent slot, a mounting slot and a mounting groove; the detent slot corresponding to the detent hole and used for connection to the mounting segment of the positioning member is mounted on one end of the assembly member; the mounting slot is located at a lateral side of the detent slot, communicating with the detent slot and connected to the stopping portion of the positioning member; the mounting groove is formed on an outer surface of the assembly member;
wherein the inner partition is arranged between the two side plates; the inner partition includes a fixing block disposed with a fixing hole and a fixing slot, a connection portion set on each of two sides of the inner partition for mounting the fixing block, an open hole corresponding to both the fixing hole and the fixing slot and arranged at a bottom surface thereof, a fixing member mounted in the fixing hole of the fixing block and arranged with a fixing groove, and a fixing pin mounted in the fixing member; the fixing hole is formed on a bottom surface of the fixing block while the fixing slot is arranged at one end of the fixing block corresponding to the side plate and communicating with the fixing hole; the fixing groove is corresponding to the fixing slot;
wherein the fixing pin includes an insertion slot, a receiving slot and a receiving groove; the insertion slot is corresponding to the fixing groove and used for connection to the mounting segment of the positioning member; the receiving slot is located at a lateral side of the insertion slot, communicating with the insertion slot, and used for connection to the stopping portion of the positioning member; the receiving groove is set on an outer surface of the fixing pin and corresponding to the fixing hole.

US Pat. No. 10,215,208

FASTENER FOR SECURING TOGETHER TWO PANELS

1. A fastener for securing a first panel to a second panel, wherein the first panel and the second panel each include an aperture and the apertures are aligned for receiving the fastener, the fastener comprising:a stud including a shaft, a head at a first end of the shaft and distal to a second end of the shaft, wherein the shaft and second end of the shaft are insertable through the apertures in the first and second panels;
a handle that is pivotally connected to the head of the stud;
a spring disposed along the shaft between the head of the stud and the second end of the shaft;
a grommet having a flange portion and cylindrical body connected to the flange and the cylindrical body surrounds at least a portion of the spring and at least a portion of the shaft;
a retainer ring on the shaft between the head of the stud and the second end of the shaft;
a spacer between the handle and spring, and the spacer is in contact with the handle and spring; and,
wherein the spring has a top end in contact with the spacer and a bottom end in contact with the retainer ring when in an unlocked position and in contact with an interior surface of the cylindrical body of the grommet, when in a locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,215,207

SUPPORT MEMBER

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A support member for supporting a conductive member and for installation in an automatic transmission, the support member comprising:a main body portion made of a resin; and
a plate that is made of a metal and is to be fixed to a body of the automatic transmission via a bolt,
wherein the main body portion has an attachment portion to which the plate is attached, the attachment portion being defined at least by a first side wall and a second side wall that opposes the first side wall, and wherein a guide groove is provided on an inner surface of the first side wall that faces the second side wall, and wherein the second side wall has an elastic lock portion that projects within the attachment portion and has elasticity capable of restricting removal of the plate from the attachment portion,
the plate has a rising piece and a flat plate-shaped plate main body that is provided with an insertion hole through which the bolt can be inserted, wherein an outer surface of the rising piece faces the inner surface of the first side wall in a state where the plate is supported by the attachment portion, and
the elastic lock portion has a locking surface that, in the state where the plate is supported by the attachment portion, opposes a side edge portion of the plate main body across a gap, and restricts removal of the plate from the attachment portion while also allowing movement of the plate main body in the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,215,205

ANTI-VIBRATION FASTENING MEMBER AND VEHICLE ACTUATOR FASTENING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An anti-vibration fastening member comprising:a first fastening portion formed of an elastic material and comprising a shaft coupled to a shaft coupling hole disposed at an actuator; and
a second fastening portion integrated with the first fastening portion and comprising holding protrusions introduced into a mounting groove disposed at a counterpart on which the actuator is mounted and then held by rotation,
wherein the first fastening portion further comprises a spiral protrusion formed on an outer surface of the shaft to be fastened to a spiral groove firmed on an inner surface of the shaft coupling hole.

US Pat. No. 10,215,204

CLAMPING BAND

Suncall Corporation, Kyo...

1. A clamping band, which stays wound around a fastening target by an engagement of first and second latch claws, which are respectively provided in a first region on one side in a longitudinal direction and a second region on the other side in the longitudinal direction of the clamping band, in a state that the first region is wound around an outer circumference of the fastening target to overlap the second region from radially outside, comprising:the first and second regions comprising first and second latch claw openings, respectively;
an end part on one side in the longitudinal direction of the first latch claw opening includes a first latch claw center portion positioned in a center in a width direction to form a free end of the first latch claw, and a pair of side portions positioned on respective sides in the width direction of the first latch claw center portion and positioned more toward one side in the longitudinal direction than the first latch claw center portion is;
an end part on the other side in the longitudinal direction of the second latch claw opening includes a second latch claw center portion positioned in the center in the width direction to form a free end of the second latch claw, and a pair of side portions positioned on respective sides in the width direction of the second latch claw center portion and positioned more toward the other side in the longitudinal direction than the second latch claw center portion is;
a first tool engagement claw opening for forming a first tool engagement claw provided on the other side in the longitudinal direction of the first latch claw opening, and a second tool engagement claw opening for forming a second tool engagement claw provided on one side in the longitudinal direction of the second engagement claw opening;
an end part on one side in the longitudinal direction of the first tool engagement claw opening includes a first tool engagement claw center portion positioned in the center in the width direction to form a free end of the first tool engagement claw, and a pair of side portions positioned on respective sides in the width direction of the first tool engagement claw center portion and positioned more toward one side in the longitudinal direction than the first tool engagement claw center portion is; and
an end part on the other side in the longitudinal direction of the second tool engagement claw opening includes a second tool engagement claw center portion positioned in a center in a width direction to form a free end of the second tool engagement claw, and a pair of side portions positioned on respective sides in the width direction of the second tool engagement claw center portion and positioned more toward the other side in the longitudinal direction than the second tool engagement claw center portion is.

US Pat. No. 10,215,203

ELECTROMAGNETIC POWERTRAIN SYSTEM

Nemesys Engineering, LLC,...

1. A brake system of a vehicle, the brake system comprising:an axle;
a first magnetic element disposed at least partially around the axle; and
a brake member arranged at least partially around the first magnetic element and operable through a brake input device of the vehicle, the brake member including a second magnetic element and movable between a first position and a second position as the brake input device is operated, wherein, in the first position, the brake member is positioned adjacent to the first magnetic element to generate a braking effect on the axle, and wherein, in the second position, the brake member is spaced away from the first magnetic element to reduce the braking effect on the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,215,202

FLUID-OPERATED APPARATUS, METHOD, AND CIRCUIT

16. A method to activate an on-demand function in a circuit during normal operation thereof, the circuit comprising a 3-way control valve configured to control the delivery of fluid under pressure to an instrument, the method comprising:tapping an output of the 3-way control valve to a fluid-operated bistable circuit (FOBC) configured to transition from a standby mode to an actuating mode by a drop of input fluid pressure lasting shorter than a first time interval, and to return to the standby mode if the drop lasts longer than the first time interval, and;
coupling the FOBC to a function-activating valve or switch for actuation thereof when the FOBC is in the actuating mode, wherein the function-activating valve or switch is configured to activate the on-demand function.

US Pat. No. 10,215,201

COLUMN TYPE HYDRAULIC TAPPET

HANGZHOU XZB TECH CO., LT...

1. A column type hydraulic tappet, comprising:a housing, wherein the housing comprises an external circumferential groove disposed on an outer diameter for passing a hydraulic medium, and an inner circumferential groove disposed on an inner diameter for passing the hydraulic medium, and wherein one or more oil holes are disposed between the external circumferential groove and the inner circumferential groove of the housing;
a plunger correspondingly installed in the housing, wherein the plunger comprises a sealed hemisphere head portion, a shaft portion, and a body portion, wherein an indent neck portion is formed between the sealed hemisphere head portion and the shaft portion of the plunger, and wherein a wall thickness of the indent neck portion is 105%-120% of a wall thickness of other portions of the plunger; and
a high-pressure chamber for the hydraulic medium thrilled between a sealed base of the plunger and a bottom of the housing, wherein the high-pressure chamber is sealed by a check valve opening towards the high-pressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,215,200

ELECTROHYDRAULIC CONTROL VALVE

Danfoss Power Solutions A...

1. An electrohydraulic control valve comprising a control valve element that is displaceable in a first direction by a pressure in a first pressure chamber and in a second direction by a pressure in a second pressure chamber, the first pressure chamber and the second pressure chamber are connected between a high pressure port (PP) and a low pressure port (PT) via a first magnetic valve and a second magnetic valve, respectively, wherein each of said magnetic valves is a three-way valve and comprises a first valve seat and a second valve seat, a space between said first valve seat and said second valve seat being connected to one of said pressure chambers and a first valve element positioned outside said space cooperates with said first valve seat and a second valve element positioned outside said space cooperates with said second valve seat, wherein said second valve element is movable by said first valve element, and wherein said first valve element and said second valve element are movable away from each other under an influence of a pressure in said space.

US Pat. No. 10,215,199

TRAVEL AND WORK FUNCTIONS INTEGRATED INTO A HYDRAULIC HYBRID SYSTEM

Dana Italia SPA, Arco (I...

1. A series hydraulic hybrid system for a vehicle, comprising:a hydraulic circuit comprising a first hydraulic displacement unit in fluid communication with a second hydraulic displacement unit, the first hydraulic displacement unit drivingly engaged or selectively drivingly engaged with a power source, and the second hydraulic displacement unit drivingly engaged or selectively drivingly engaged with a vehicle output;
a hydraulic working assembly comprising a hydraulic implement and a hydraulic working pump in fluid communication with the hydraulic implement, the hydraulic working pump drivingly engaged or selectively drivingly engaged with the power source; and
a hydraulic accumulator assembly comprising a high pressure hydraulic accumulator and a low pressure hydraulic accumulator, the hydraulic accumulator assembly selectively fluidly connected to the hydraulic circuit and the hydraulic accumulator assembly selectively fluidly connected to the hydraulic working assembly;
at least one high pressure accumulator valve for selectively fluidly connecting the high pressure accumulator to the hydraulic circuit;
at least one low pressure accumulator valve for selectively fluidly connecting the low pressure accumulator to the hydraulic circuit; and
an electronic control unit configured to control the at least one high pressure accumulator valve and the at least one low pressure accumulator valve through electromagnetic signals such that hydraulic fluid may be displaced from the high pressure accumulator to the low pressure accumulator through the second hydraulic displacement unit, thereby driving the second hydraulic displacement unit and the vehicle output drivingly engaged with the second hydraulic displacement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,215,198

HYDRAULIC DRIVE SYSTEM FOR CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A hydraulic drive system for a construction machine, comprising:a prime mover;
a first hydraulic pump of a variable displacement type driven by the prime mover;
a second hydraulic pump of the variable displacement type driven by the prime mover;
a plurality of actuators driven by a hydraulic fluid delivered by the first and second hydraulic pumps;
a plurality of flow control valves that control flow rates of the hydraulic fluid supplied from the first and second hydraulic pumps to the actuators;
a plurality of pressure compensating valves each of which controls a differential pressure across a corresponding one of the flow control valves;
a first pump control unit that controls a delivery flow rate of the first hydraulic pump, the first pump control unit including a first torque control section that controls a displacement of the first hydraulic pump in such a manner that an absorption torque of the first hydraulic pump does not exceed a first maximum torque when at least one of a delivery pressure of the first hydraulic pump and the displacement of the first hydraulic pump increases and the absorption torque of the first hydraulic pump increases; and
a second pump control unit that controls a delivery flow rate of the second hydraulic pump, the second pump control unit including
a second torque control section that controls a displacement of the second hydraulic pump in such a manner that an absorption torque of the second hydraulic pump does not exceed a second maximum torque when at least one of a delivery pressure of the second hydraulic pump and the displacement of the second hydraulic pump increases and the absorption torque of the second hydraulic pump increases, and
a load sensing control section that controls the displacement of the second hydraulic pump in such a manner that the delivery pressure of the second hydraulic pump becomes higher by a target differential pressure than a maximum load pressure of the actuators driven by the hydraulic fluid delivered by the second hydraulic pump when the absorption torque of the second hydraulic pump is lower than the second maximum torque, wherein:
the first torque control section includes
a first torque control actuator that is supplied with the delivery pressure of the first hydraulic pump and controls the displacement of the first hydraulic pump so as to decrease the displacement of the first hydraulic pump and thereby decrease the absorption torque of the first hydraulic pump when the delivery pressure of the first hydraulic pump rises, and
first biasing means that sets the first maximum torque;
the second torque control section includes
a second torque control actuator that is supplied with the delivery pressure of the second hydraulic pump and controls the displacement of the second hydraulic pump so as to decrease the displacement of the second hydraulic pump and thereby decrease the absorption torque of the second hydraulic pump when the delivery pressure of the second hydraulic pump rises, and
second biasing means that sets the second maximum torque;
the load sensing control section includes
a control valve that changes load sensing drive pressure in such a manner that the load sensing drive pressure decreases as a differential pressure between the delivery pressure of the second hydraulic pump and the maximum load pressure decreases below the target differential pressure, and
a load sensing control actuator that controls the displacement of the second hydraulic pump so as to increase the displacement of the second hydraulic pump and thereby increase the delivery flow rate of the second hydraulic pump as the load sensing drive pressure decreases; and
the first pump control unit further includes
a torque feedback circuit that is supplied with the delivery pressure of the second hydraulic pump and the load sensing drive pressure, modifies the delivery pressure of the second hydraulic pump based on the delivery pressure of the second hydraulic pump and the load sensing drive pressure to achieve a characteristic simulating the absorption torque of the second hydraulic pump in both of when the second hydraulic pump undergoes a limitation by the control by the second torque control section and operates at the second maximum torque and when the second hydraulic pump does not undergo the limitation by the control by the second torque control section and the load sensing control section controls the displacement of the second hydraulic pump, and outputs the modified pressure, and
a third torque control actuator that is supplied with an output pressure of the torque feedback circuit and controls the displacement of the first hydraulic pump so as to decrease the displacement of the first hydraulic pump and thereby decrease the first maximum torque as the output pressure of the torque feedback circuit increases.

US Pat. No. 10,215,197

METHOD, DEVICE, AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING HYDRAULIC PUMP OF CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

DOOSAN INFRACORE CO., LTD...

1. A system for controlling a hydraulic pump of a construction machine, the system comprising:an engine;
an engine control unit configured to control the engine;
a hydraulic pump operated by power supplied from the engine;
at least one actuator driven by a hydraulic pressure discharged from the hydraulic pump; and
a hydraulic pump control device configured to control a swash plate angle of the hydraulic pump by using a torque of the hydraulic pump and engine limit torque information received from the engine control unit,
wherein the engine control unit controls the engine by using the engine limit torque information and current engine torque information of the engine,
wherein the hydraulic pump control device controls a maximum control value of the swash plate angle of the hydraulic pump by using the torque of the hydraulic pump and the engine limit torque information received from the engine control unit,
wherein the hydraulic pump control device additionally corrects the maximum control value of the swash plate angle of the hydraulic pump according to a difference value between the engine limit torque information and the torque of the hydraulic pump.

US Pat. No. 10,215,196

EJECTOR USING SWIRL FLOW

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An ejector using a swirl flow in a vapor compression refrigeration system comprising a condenser and an evaporator, the ejector comprising:an ejector body including:
a main inlet into which a main flow in high pressure flows, a nozzle section in fluid communication with the main inlet,
a mixing portion in fluid communication with the nozzle section, a diffuser in fluid communication with the mixing portion, and
a discharge portion in fluid communication with the diffuser, wherein the main inlet is in fluid communication with the condenser, and
a suction pipe inserted in a center of the ejector body, the suction pipe including:
a through-hole into which a suction flow in low pressure flows,
a leading end portion, an outer surface of which forms a plurality of inclined passages with the nozzle section of the ejector body, the plurality of inclined passages allowing the main flow to be moved to the mixing portion so as to form a swirl flow, wherein the through-hole is in fluid communication with the evaporator,
a leading inclined portion which is provided at a leading end of the suction pipe, and
a middle inclined portion which is spaced apart from the leading inclined portion,
wherein the middle inclined portion has a slope corresponding to a first slope portion of the nozzle section and the leading inclined portion has a slope corresponding to a second slope portion of the nozzle section,
wherein the main flow entering through the main inlet of the ejector body and the suction flow entering through the through-hole of the suction pipe are swirled and mixed in the mixing portion of the ejector body, and then are discharged outside through the diffuser and the discharge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,215,195

VIBRATION ISOLATION SYSTEM FOR A FAN MOTOR

Fanimation, Inc., Zionsv...

1. A hub assembly for a fan, comprising:a motor assembly including a motor and a motor housing surrounding the motor, the motor being configured to rotate the motor housing during operation;
a hub supported on the motor housing by a plurality of fasteners; and
a plurality of resilient members at least partially interposed between the hub and the motor housing, each resilient member of the plurality of resilient members surrounding a portion of a corresponding fastener of the plurality of fasteners, the plurality of resilient members being in contact with the motor housing and the hub and configured to elastically deform between the motor housing and the hub so as to dampen vibrations and movement therebetween, wherein:
each of the plurality of fasteners includes a head portion and a shaft portion;
the hub includes a first side facing said motor housing and a second side facing away from said motor housing; and
the hub assembly further comprises a plurality of resilient spacers that are separate from the plurality of resilient members, each resilient spacer being interposed between the head portion of a respective fastener and the second side of the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,215,194

MISTUNED FAN

1. A mistuned fan for a gas turbine engine, the fan comprising fan blades circumferentially distributed around and extending a total span length from a central hub, the fan blades including successively alternating first and second fan blades each having airfoil with a pressure side and a suction side disposed on opposed sides of a median chord line, the pressure side and suction side extending on opposed sides of the airfoils between a leading edge and a trailing edge, the first and second fan blades respectively having different first and second airfoil thickness distributions, the first airfoil thickness distribution including a first baseline thickness and a first frequency modifier on the pressure side, the first frequency modifier defining an airfoil thickness differential relative to the first baseline thickness and being located at a first span distance away from the central hub, and the second airfoil thickness distribution including a second baseline thickness and a second frequency modifier on the pressure side, the second frequency modifier defining an airfoil thickness differential relative to the second baseline thickness and being located at a second span distance away from the central hub, the second span distance being different from the first span distance, both the first span distance and the second span distance being between 60% and 100% of the total span length of the first and second fan blades, the first and second frequency modifiers generating different natural vibration frequencies for each of the first and second fan blades, wherein a thickness of the airfoil of the first fan blade at the first span distance is less than the thickness of the second fan blade at the first span distance, and a thickness of the airfoil of the second fan blade at the second span distance is less than the thickness of the first fan blade at the second span distance, and the first span distance corresponds to a span-wise location of high strain energy and the second span distance corresponds to a span-wise location of low strain energy.

US Pat. No. 10,215,193

VALVE ASSEMBLY

Meggitt Aerospace Ltd., ...

1. A valve assembly comprising:a housing comprising:
a base at a proximal end of the housing, the base extending circumferentially about a longitudinal axis;
a first wall coupled with the base and extending to a distal end of the housing so that the first wall attaches with a surface of a solid body at the distal end of the housing, the first wall extending circumferentially about the longitudinal axis, the first wall comprising a plurality of first apertures extending therethrough; and
a second wall coupled with the base and extending to the distal end of the housing so that the second wall attaches with the surface of the solid body, the second wall extending circumferentially about the longitudinal axis and at least partially surrounding the first wall, the second wall comprising a plurality of second apertures extending therethrough, wherein the housing defines a continuous structure and the first and second walls join together at the solid body of the housing;
an elongated guide extending from a proximal portion located between the base of the housing and the distal end of the housing to a distal portion coupled to the distal end of the housing, the elongated guide extending along the longitudinal axis and having an internal chamber extending along the axis to a proximal opening at the proximal portion; and
a valve comprising:
an elongated stem extending from a distal end to a proximal end, the stem extending through the proximal opening of the guide and at least partially through the internal chamber of the guide, the distal end having an outwardly tapered section that limits proximal movement of the valve by mechanically communicating with an inwardly tapered section of the internal chamber of the guide; and
a valve head coupled with and extending radially outward from the proximal end of the stem that limits distal movement of the valve by mechanically communicating with the base, wherein the valve is moveable proximally and distally along the longitudinal axis between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the open position the valve head is spaced apart from the base and in the closed position the valve head abuts the base; and
a spring surrounding the guide and extending from the distal portion of the guide to a proximal portion of the valve, wherein the spring biases the valve to the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,215,192

STATOR VANE SYSTEM USABLE WITHIN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

1. A stator assembly for a gas turbine engine comprising a first end and an outer endwall coupled to a second end opposite the first end;a first radially outer tie bar coupled to each outer endwall of a portion of the stator vanes;
at least one inner alignment pin circumferentially extending between adjacent inner end-walls to couple adjacent inner endwalls together;
at least one forward inner seal ring attached to the inner endwall; and
at least one deformable seal coupled to at least one radially inner surface of the forward inner seal ring,
wherein the at least one deformable seal includes an upstream facing contact surface and a radially inward facing contact surface,
wherein the upstream facing contact surface adapted to accommodate contact with an up-stream rotor disk by forces resulting from gas loading of the stator vanes and pressure applied on the forward inner seal ring,
wherein the at least one deformable seal comprises a honeycomb shaped seal,
wherein the at least one deformable seal is formed on both the upstream facing contact surface and the radially inward facing contact surface of the forward inner seal ring, and
wherein the forward inner seal ring is attached to the inner endwall by a bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,215,191

VACUUM PUMP CONTROL DEVICE AND VACUUM PUMP

Edwards Japan Limited, Y...

1. A vacuum pump control device for controlling a vacuum pump main body, the vacuum pump control device comprising:a housing in which a control circuit for controlling the vacuum pump main body is disposed;
a regenerative resistor casing contacting or formed together with the housing, wherein the regenerative resistor casing defines a hollow portion into which is inserted a regenerative resistor consuming regenerative energy, and wherein the regenerative resistor casing is configured to accumulate heat generated by the regenerative resistor to reduce temperature increase of the regenerative resistor when the regenerative resistor generates heat;
a regenerative resistor fixture that fixes the regenerative resistor within the hollow portion; and
a cooling mechanism for cooling the regenerative resistor casing, wherein the regenerative resistor is sized to contact the regenerative resistor casing when the regenerative energy is consumed by the regenerative resistor, and
heat generated by the regenerative resistor is transferred from the regenerative resistor through the regenerative resistor casing to the cooling mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,215,190

REFRIGERANT COMPRESSING PROCESS WITH COOLED MOTOR

1. A system, comprising:a compressor having a plurality of stages, the compressor being configured to compress a refrigerant in a first stage and a second stage of the plurality of stages and discharge the compressed refrigerant from the first and/or the second stage of the plurality of stages;
a motor coupled to the compressor to drive the compressor; and
a cold box positioned downstream from the first stage, the cold box configured to condense the compressed refrigerant discharged by the first stage and output the compressed refrigerant to the second stage;
wherein the system is configured to cool, via the cold box, portions of the compressed refrigerant discharged from the second stage, to separate, via a separator coupled to the second stage, at least a vapor portion from the compressed refrigerant discharged by the second stage, and to output from the separator, the vapor portion as a gaseous coolant to cool the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,215,189

COMPRESSOR BLADE FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. An article of manufacture having a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z set forth in a scalable table, the scalable table selected from the group of tables consisting of TABLE 1, wherein the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances by multiplying the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z by a number, and wherein X and Y are coordinates which, when connected by continuing arcs, define airfoil profile sections at each Z height, the airfoil profile sections at each Z height being joined with one another to form a complete airfoil shape.

US Pat. No. 10,215,188

BLOWER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A blower comprising:a motor;
a fan having a plurality of blades arranged around a rotary shaft of the motor, and a main shroud transferring rotational driving force generated by the motor to the blades while connecting the blades, the fan drawing air from one side in an axial direction so that the air is blown radially outward from the fan;
a scroll casing having a spiral scroll chamber formed around the fan while accommodating the fan; and
a motor casing accommodating the motor, and arranged to face the main shroud, wherein
the main shroud includes a fan rib, disposed at a surface facing the motor casing and protruding toward the motor casing while being annularly formed along a circumferential direction of the fan;
the motor casing includes a motor rib, disposed at a surface facing the main shroud and protruding toward the main shroud while being annularly formed along a circumferential direction of the fan;
the motor rib includes a notch portion, through which an inner peripheral space and an outer peripheral space of the motor rib communicate with each other, at a portion approaching a high-pressure region in the spiral scroll chamber;
the motor rib includes an inner peripheral rib, an outer peripheral rib and an annular chamber formed therebetween; and
the notch portion includes at least an inner peripheral notch portion provided in the inner peripheral rib and an outer peripheral notch portion provided in the outer peripheral rib.

US Pat. No. 10,215,187

EXPANDABLE IMPELLER PUMP

TC1 LLC, St. Paul, MN (U...

1. A catheter pump comprising:an expandable sleeve defining a fluid flow path and comprising a mesh and an elastic coating applied over the mesh, wherein the mesh includes voids disposed in a cylindrical body and the elastic coating covers the voids to form a fluid flow pipe, said fluid flow path disposed between inlets and outlets of the pump, the expandable sleeve configured to collapse from a deployed configuration to a stored configuration;
an impeller comprising a hub and a plurality of impeller blades supported thereby, the plurality of impeller blades arranged in at least two blade rows arranged axially along the hub to enable collapse of the plurality of impeller blades from the deployed configuration to the stored configuration, the impeller positioned within at least a portion of the expandable sleeve and configured to induce a fluid flow along the fluid flow path when in the deployed configuration, wherein each blade row of the at least two blade rows comprises a plurality of blades; and
a plurality of vanes disposed in the fluid flow path and configured to remove swirl velocity of the fluid flow when the expandable sleeve and the plurality of impeller blades are in the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,215,186

ROTARY MACHINE PROVIDING THERMAL EXPANSION COMPENSATION, AND METHOD FOR FABRICATION THEREOF

ROTARY MACHINE PROVIDING ...

1. A temperature-compensating arrangement for a machine that utilizes a compressible fluid, comprising:an aluminum alloy housing; and
at least one inner component located within the housing and configured to be rotatable, the at least one inner component being comprised of an austenitic stainless steel alloy;
wherein the alloys selected for the housing and the at least one inner component have coefficients of thermal expansion that minimize undesired clearance and bearing load conditions during operation of the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,215,185

PUMP FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF A FLUID WITH VARYING VISCOSITY

SULZER MANAGEMENT AG, Wi...

1. A pump for conveying a fluid with varying viscosity, comprising:a housing having an inlet and an outlet configured to convey the fluid;
an impeller configured to convey the fluid from the inlet to the outlet, the impeller being arranged on a rotatable shaft; and
a balance drum configured to relieve axial thrust, the balance drum comprising a rotor rotationally fixedly connected to the shaft, the rotor having a high pressure side and a low pressure side, a stator configured to be stationary with respect to the housing, and a relief passage extending between the rotors and the stator from the high pressure side up to the low pressure side of the rotor;
a return passage connecting the low pressure side of the rotor to the inlet;
an intermediate passage opening into the relief passage between the high pressure side and the low pressure side of the rotor; and
a blocking member configured to influence the flow through the intermediate passage.

US Pat. No. 10,215,184

CONTROLLING A WET GAS COMPRESSION SYSTEM

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of controlling a pressure ratio for a compressing system, comprising:introducing a quantity of liquid into an input stream to create a multiphase input stream;
compressing the multiphase input stream with a centrifugal compressor to create a discharge stream;
measuring a parameter of the discharge stream, wherein the discharge parameter corresponds to a pressure ratio for the centrifugal compressor; and
altering the pressure ratio by changing the quantity of liquid introduced into the input stream based on the parameter, wherein
when the parameter exceeds a first predetermined point, increasing the pressure ratio of the centrifugal compressor by increasing the quantity of liquid introduced, and
when the parameter exceeds a second predetermined point, decreasing the pressure ratio by decreasing the quantity of liquid introduced.

US Pat. No. 10,215,183

METHOD FOR PRESSURE AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL OF A FLUID IN A SERIES OF CRYOGENIC COMPRESSORS

LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A method for pressure and temperature control of a fluid in a series of cryogenic compressors, said method comprising:detecting an actual speed for each compressor,
detecting an actual inlet pressure and an actual inlet temperature at the entry of the most upstream, first compressor of the series,
specifying a desired inlet pressure for said first compressor of the series,
determining a speed index for each compressor from a maximum speed of the respective compressor and the actual speed of the respective compressor,
determining a proportional value from the deviation of the actual inlet pressure from the desired inlet pressure,
determining a priority value, wherein the priority value is determined from the proportional value, if the proportional value is smaller than the smallest speed index of all compressors of the series, and wherein the priority value is determined from the smallest speed index among all compressors of the series, if the proportional value is greater than the minimum speed index among all compressors of the series,
determining a desired inlet temperature for the first compressor of the series and a desired speed for each compressor, with the aid of the priority value,
adjusting the actual inlet temperature of said first compressor to the determined desired inlet temperature, and
adjusting the actual speed for each compressor to the determined desired speed for each compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,215,182

PLASTIC FAN SHROUD AND CONE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

CTB, INC., Milford, IN (...

1. A fan housing assembly for ventilating a structure, the structure being defined in part by an exterior wall, the fan housing comprising:a shroud having a front sidewall configured to be mounted to the exterior wall of the structure and an orifice wall extending from the front sidewall in a direction away from the exterior wall, the front sidewall defining a passage through the orifice wall; and
a conical diffuser extending from the shroud, wherein said conical diffuser includes:
a plurality of diffuser members configured to be interconnected, wherein each diffuser member of the plurality of diffuser members includes at least four edges and a surface extending between the at least four edges, wherein a first edge of the at least four edges includes a plurality of slots formed through the diffuser member and wherein a second edge of the at least four edges includes a plurality of tabs each tab of the plurality of tabs is (i) separated from another tab by a space and (ii) extending from the second edge in generally the same plane as the surface and, wherein the first edge is opposite the second edge, wherein at least one tab has a first length greater than a second length of at least one slot,
wherein at least a first diffuser member of the plurality of diffuser members is connected to at least a second diffuser member of the plurality of diffuser members via at least a first tab of the plurality of tabs of the first diffuser member positioned through at least a first slot of the plurality of slots of the second diffuser member, wherein the first diffuser member is connected to the second diffuser member when in a first relative orientation and moved to a second relative orientation to form the diffuser configured to be coupled to the shroud;
each diffuser member having a third edge extending between the first and second edges, and a fourth edge extending between the first and second edges, the third edge of each diffuser member having a first radius and the fourth edge of each diffuser member having a second radius, wherein the first radius is different from the second radius such that the plurality of diffuser members interconnected forms a cone;
wherein the each diffuser member of the plurality of diffuser members is substantially flat across the surface and extends between the first edge that includes the plurality of slots and the second edge that includes the plurality of tabs at least prior to being interconnected with another of the diffuser members.

US Pat. No. 10,215,181

VOLUTE CENTRIFUGAL FAN WITH PERMANENT-MAGNET BRUSH-LESS MOTOR SYSTEM

Zhe Jiang Yilida Ventilat...

1. A volute centrifugal fan with a permanent-magnet brush-less motor system, comprising a volute, an outer rotor motor installed in the volute through a bracket and an impeller externally sleeved on the outer rotor motor; the impeller is positioned in the volute; the impeller is connected with the outer rotor motor; the volute consists of a volute board and side boards on two sides of the volute board; each one of the side boards on both sides is formed with an air inlet; the volute is formed with an air outlet on one side, characterized in that, the volute board has an opening positioned above a horizontal plane defined by a center of the air outlet; a bridge arch-type radiator is positioned matched with the opening; radiating fins of the bridge arch-type radiator are sunk into an air duct formed between the volute and the impeller via the opening; the bridge arch-type radiator is in contact with a surface of the volute board; the bridge arch-type radiator is installed with a driver matched with the outer rotor motor; the opening is internally provided with fixed ribs which are distributed uniformly, and positioning holes are formed among the fixed ribs; the volute and the impeller forming the air duct there-between; the bridge arch-type radiator includes a plurality of radiating rib groups disposed at a lower surface thereof; the radiating rib groups pass through the positioning holes and are positioned in the air duct; the radiating rib groups consist of a plurality of uniformly distributed radiating ribs; an arc radius of each one of the radiating ribs is greater than an arc radius of a part of the volute board where the driver is installed, after the volute is molded; radiating air channels are formed among the radiating ribs; and the radiating air channels and the air outlet are consistent in an air outflow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,215,180

MOTOR WITH BACKING RING DIECAST IN ROTOR CAN

Nidec Motor Corporation, ...

1. An electric motor comprising:a stator;
a rotor rotatable relative to the stator about an axis; and
a bearing rotatably supporting the rotor,
said rotor including a backing ring, a diecast rotor can, and a plurality of arcuately arranged magnets,
said rotor can including a non-machined sidewall and a radially extending base plate, said sidewall being diecast integrally as part of the rotor can and projecting axially from the base plate, said rotor can defining a bearing pocket in which the bearing is at least partially received,
said sidewall extending about the axis to define an interior can space, said bearing pocket being at least in part outside the interior can space,
said rotor can being diecast in an overlying relationship with at least part of the backing ring, with the sidewall and backing ring being securely interengaged so as to restrict relative shifting therebetween,
said backing ring including a pair of axially spaced apart end faces, each of which extends outwardly relative to the axis, and a pair of radially spaced apart, oppositely directed inner and outer faces, the plurality of arcuately arranged magnets being fixed adjacent one of the inner and outer faces, the other of said inner and outer faces being devoid of machining and abuttingly engaging the sidewall of the rotor can, said backing ring being concentric with said bearing pocket, said backing ring and said rotor can comprising dissimilar materials,
said sidewall including a pair of axially spaced apart non-machined, diecast shoulder portions,
said shoulder portions abutting respective ones of the end faces to thereby axially capture the backing ring therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,215,179

ASH-COLLECTING AND EXHAUST DEVICE FOR GRAIN DRYER

Suncue Company Ltd., Tai...

1. An ash-collecting and exhaust device for a grain dryer having:a body being a hollow barrel and having
two ends;
an air inlet formed on one of the two ends of the body;
an air outlet formed on the other one of the two ends of the body;
an inlet shield formed on the body at the air inlet of the body and having a front side and a rear side;
a guiding sheath securely connected to the inlet shield and having a front side connected to the rear side of the inlet shield and a rear side; and
an internal surface of the guiding sheath being divergent from the front side to the rear side of the guiding sheath;
an exhaust housing securely connected to the guiding sheath between the guiding sheath and the air outlet of the body and having an external surface; and
a holding mount formed in the body at a connecting position between the inlet shield and the guiding sheath;
a fan unit rotatably mounted in the body near the air inlet to enable external air to flow into the body via the air inlet and flow out of the body via the air outlet, and having an external surface being obliquely divergent from the air inlet to the air outlet to form an oblique passage between the internal surface of the guiding sheath of the body and the external surface of the fan unit;
a rotating shaft rotatably mounted in the body, connected to the holding mount between the inlet shield, the guiding sheath, and the exhaust hosing;
a fan mounted around the rotating shaft in the guiding sheath and having an external surface obliquely divergent from the inlet shield to the exhaust housing; and
a rectifier seat mounted around the rotating shaft between the fan and the rotating shaft in the exhaust housing, and having
an external surface being annular; and
multiple guiding vanes formed on and protruding from the external surface of the rectifier seat at spaced intervals; and
a driving unit securely mounted on the body, connected to the fan unit to enable the fan unit to rotate relative to the body to guide the external air flowing into the body.

US Pat. No. 10,215,178

BEARING AND SHAFT ASSEMBLY FOR JET ASSEMBLIES

Luraco, Inc., Arlington,...

1. A combination jet assembly and mounting housing member apparatus of a magnetic coupling-type pump used for dispensing a fluid to an environment in manicure and pedicure industries, said combination jet assembly and mounting housing member apparatus comprising:a jet assembly comprising a bearing assembly, a shaft assembly, a magnetic impeller, and a jet assembly housing,
wherein said bearing assembly comprises an outer bearing member and an inner bearing member,
wherein said outer bearing member is dimensioned and configured such that a first end of said outer bearing member is rotated above a top surface of a base of a shaft protection member during operational use,
wherein said inner bearing member is manufactured of a rubber material that is able to absorb vibration during operational use, and
wherein said inner bearing member is dimensioned and configured such that said inner bearing member is rotated around a shaft member,
wherein said shaft assembly comprises said shaft member and said shaft protection member,
wherein said shaft protection member comprises a base that comprises a top surface, a bottom surface, and a base diameter, wherein said base of said shaft protection member is positioned between said bearing assembly and a base of said jet assembly housing, and wherein said shaft protection member is manufactured of a hard material,
wherein said shaft member extends through an inner surface of said jet assembly housing,
wherein said magnetic impeller defines a cavity, is positioned within an impeller-receiving chamber of said jet assembly housing, and is dimensioned and configured to rotate within said impeller-receiving chamber during operational use,
wherein said jet assembly housing comprises said inner surface, an outer surface, said base, a front cover, said impeller-receiving chamber, at least one inlet aperture, and at least one outlet aperture,
wherein said base of said jet assembly housing comprises an inner surface and an outer surface,
wherein said front cover comprises an inner surface and an outer surface,
wherein said impeller-receiving chamber is defined by said base and said front cover of said jet assembly housing when said base and said front cover of said jet assembly housing are secured to one another, and
wherein said impeller-receiving chamber is dimensioned and configured to receive said magnetic impeller and to allow said magnetic impeller to rotate within said impeller-receiving chamber during operational use; and
a mounting housing member comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, and a shoulder dimensioned and configured to mount to a wall of a basin in the manicure and pedicure spa industries,
wherein said jet assembly is magnetically coupled to said top surface of said mounting housing member while a motor assembly is secured to said bottom surface of said mounting housing member.

US Pat. No. 10,215,177

FLUID PUMP FOR DISPENSING A FLUID TO A SETTING OR WORK ENVIRONMENT

Luraco, Inc., Arlington,...

1. A magnetic coupling-type fluid pump for dispensing a fluid to a setting or work environment in manicure and pedicure industries, said fluid pump comprising:a motor assembly comprising a motor, a motor shaft, and a magnetic plate mounted to said motor shaft;
a jet assembly comprising a bearing assembly, a shaft assembly, a jet assembly housing, and a magnetic impeller,
wherein said magnetic plate and said magnetic impeller rotate on a same axis during operation,
wherein said magnetic impeller comprises an impeller housing and a magnetic plate dimensioned and configured to receive said bearing assembly,
wherein said impeller housing comprises an upper surface, a lower surface, a side surface, an outer diameter, and at least one arm member,
wherein said magnetic plate of said magnetic impeller is fully enclosed within said impeller housing,
wherein said magnetic impeller defines a cavity dimensioned and configured for receiving said bearing assembly,
wherein said jet assembly housing comprises an inner surface, an outer surface, a base, a top cover, an impeller-receiving chamber, at least one inlet aperture, and at least one outlet aperture,
wherein said impeller-receiving chamber is defined by said base and said top cover when said base and said top cover are secured to one another,
wherein impeller-receiving chamber is dimensioned and configured to receive said magnetic impeller, to allow said magnetic impeller to rotate within said impeller-receiving chamber during operation, and to perform as a pressure chamber without any fluid guiding channel on said base of said jet assembly housing in propelling a stream of the fluid through each of said at least one outlet aperture to the setting or work environment in the manicure and pedicure industries,
wherein said bearing assembly comprises at least one bearing member,
wherein said shaft assembly comprises a shaft member, and
wherein said shaft member extends through said inner surface of said jet assembly housing; and
a mounting housing member comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, and a shoulder dimensioned and configured to mount to a wall of a basin in the manicure and pedicure industries,
wherein said jet assembly is magnetically coupled to said top surface of said mounting housing member while said motor assembly is secured to said bottom surface of said mounting housing member.

US Pat. No. 10,215,176

OPTIMIZED FIBER LOADING OF RUBBER USEFUL IN PDM STATORS

Basintek, LLC, Houston, ...

1. A stator for use in a positive displacement motor, the stator comprising:a rubber compound formed into a generally cylindrical rubber stator tube having interior helical pathways therein, the helical pathways extending in a longitudinal direction along the stator tube, the helical pathways providing stator lobes formed in the stator tube in a transverse direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction;
the rubber compound including a fiber reinforcement, the fiber reinforcement including a plurality of elongated fibers, the fiber reinforcement having anisotropy in the stator tube, wherein elongated fibers in the fiber reinforcement create a grain direction, the grain direction generally with the grain in the longitudinal direction of the stator tube and across the grain in the transverse direction, in which the rubber compound has a first value for 25% tensile Modulus across the grain and second value for 25% tensile Modulus is with the grain, wherein the first value is at least 10% lower than the second value; and
the fiber reinforcement including a fiber loading of greater than 2.5 phr of elongated fibers, the elongated fibers having a Modulus of greater than 60 GPa, and the rubber compound having a 25% tensile Modulus of greater than 400 psi across the grain and a 50% tensile Modulus of greater than 700 psi across the grain.

US Pat. No. 10,215,175

COMPRESSOR HIGH-SIDE AXIAL SEAL AND SEAL ASSEMBLY RETAINER

Emerson Climate Technolog...

17. A compressor comprising:a non-orbiting scroll including a first spiral wrap;
an orbiting scroll including an end plate having a second spiral wrap ending from a first side of said end plate and an annular hub extending from a second side of said end plate, said first and second spiral wraps cooperating to compress working fluid from a suction pressure to a discharge pressure;
a drive shaft having a crankpin received in said hub and driving said orbiting scroll in an orbital path relative to said non-orbiting scroll;
a bearing housing rotatably supporting said drive shaft and defining a biasing chamber containing working fluid biasing said orbiting scroll toward said non-orbiting scroll in an axial direction; and
a first annular seal engaging a diametrical surface of said hub and engaging said bearing housing, thereby defining said biasing chamber,
wherein said diametrical surface of said hub is an outer diametrical surface.

US Pat. No. 10,215,174

CO-ROTATING COMPRESSOR WITH MULTIPLE COMPRESSION MECHANISMS

Emerson Climate Technolog...

13. A compressor comprising:a shell;
a first compression mechanism disposed within the shell and including a first compression member that is rotatable relative to the shell about a first rotational axis and a second compression member that is rotatable relative to the shell about a second rotational axis that is parallel to and offset from the first rotational axis;
a first bearing housing fixed relative to the shell and rotatably supporting a first hub of the first compression member;
a second bearing housing fixed relative to the shell and rotatably supporting a second hub of the second compression member;
a first motor assembly disposed between the first and second bearing housings and including a first rotor attached to the first compression member;
a second compression mechanism disposed within the shell and including a third compression member that is rotatable relative to the shell about a third rotational axis and a fourth compression member that is rotatable relative to the shell about a fourth rotational axis that is parallel to and offset from the third rotational axis, the fourth compression member including a fourth hub that is rotatably supported by the second bearing housing;
a third bearing housing fixed relative to the shell and rotatably supporting a third hub of the third compression member; and
a second motor assembly disposed between the second and third bearing housings and including a second rotor attached to the third compression member.

US Pat. No. 10,215,173

ELECTRIC GEAR PUMP WITH SPECIFIC PROPORTIONS FOR THE FLUID PASSAGES

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

1. A pump, comprising:an internal rotor having an external lob;
an external rotor disposed outside the internal rotor and having an internal lob formed to be engaged with the external lob; and
an inlet port and an outlet port that are separated from each other using an inner circumference surface and an outer circumference surface acting as a boundary in the radial direction,
wherein an inner diameter of the inlet port based on the inner circumference surface is less than a diameter of a dedendum circle of the internal rotor,
wherein an outer diameter of the inlet port based on the outer circumference surface is greater than a diameter of a dedendum circle of the external rotor,
wherein an inner diameter of the outlet port is the same as the diameter of the dedendum circle of the internal rotor,
wherein an outer diameter of the outlet port is the same as the diameter of the dedendum circle of the external rotor,
wherein the inner diameter of the inlet port is less than the inner diameter of the outlet port, and
wherein the outer diameter of the inlet port is greater than the outer diameter of the outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,215,172

AUTOFRETTAGE OF THERMALLY CLAD COMPONENTS

Weir Group IP Limited, G...

1. A method of generating compressive residual stresses through a thickness of a metal component, the method comprising the steps:receiving a metal base component, which in use is subjected to cyclic applied pressure;
applying by thermal deposition cladding to one or more surfaces of the base component, wherein the cladding comprises one or more layers of metal or metal alloy; and
applying autofrettage to the clad component thereby generating compressive residual stresses through the one or more layers of metal or metal alloy and at least part way through the base component.

US Pat. No. 10,215,171

APPARATUS FOR FEEDING GAS MIXTURES AT THE INTAKE OF A HIGH PRESSURE COMPRESSOR

NARDI COMPRESSORI S.R.L.,...

1. An apparatus for feeding gas mixtures at the intake of a high pressure compressor, the apparatus comprising:a tubular mixing pipe which presents a first end configured to be connected with the intake of a sucking manifold of a high pressure compressor;
a first gas intake device placed along said mixing pipe and configured to inject inside said mixing pipe the gas which is received from a pressurized Helium source;
a second gas intake device placed along said mixing pipe, downstream from said first gas intake device and configured to inject inside said mixing pipe the gas which is received from a pressurized Oxygen source;
a first and a second Oxygen-measurement sensor placed along said mixing pipe, downstream respectively from said first and said second gas intake devices, each configured to measure/determine a percentage of Oxygen of the gas mixture;
a first servo-controlled throttling valve interposed between said first gas intake device and said pressurized Helium source and configured to adjust/control the gas flow directed towards said first gas intake device;
a second servo-controlled throttling valve interposed between said second gas intake device and said pressurized Oxygen source and configured to adjust/control the gas flow directed towards said second gas intake device;
an electronic control unit configured to drive said first and second throttling valve on a basis of the Oxygen percentages of said gas mixture measured/determined by said Oxygen-measurement sensors, wherein percentages of Oxygen, Nitrogen and Helium of said gas mixture coming out of said mixing pipe are maintained substantially equal to prefixed target percentages of Oxygen, Nitrogen and Helium,
wherein a first auxiliary pressure regulator and a second auxiliary pressure regulator are both electrically connected with said electronic control unit which is configured to manage the operation thereof, the first auxiliary pressure regulator being interposed between said first servo-controlled throttling valve and a high pressure manual regulator of said pressurized Helium source, said first auxiliary pressure regulator being configured to vary the pressure of said Helium entering into said first servo-controlled throttling valve, and the second auxiliary pressure regulator being interposed between said second servo-controlled throttling valve and a high pressure manual regulator of said pressurized Oxygen source, said second auxiliary pressure regulator being configured to vary the pressure of said Oxygen entering into said second servo-controlled throttling valve.

US Pat. No. 10,215,170

PUMP-REGULATOR COMBINATION WITH POWER LIMITATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A pump-regulator combination for use with a tank and at least one actuator, comprisinga first pump that has an adjustable displacement volume, and that is configured to pump pressure fluid from a tank to a work connection point;
a control valve configured to control at least one of a pressure and a delivery flow at the work connection point by adjusting the adjustable displacement volume of the first pump;
a second pump that has a constant displacement volume, that is configured to be jointly driven with the first pump, and that is further configured to pump the pressure fluid from the tank to a first control point;
a first orifice that is connected to the first control point and that is configured to connect to the tank to enable the pressure fluid from the second pump to return to the tank; and
a pilot valve including an adjustable second orifice, the second orifice connected to a load pressure connection point via a second control point, the load pressure connection point configured to connect to a highest load pressure of at least one actuator, and the second orifice further configured to connect to the tank to enable the pressure fluid to pass from the load pressure connection point to the tank;
wherein:
a pressure at the first control point acts on the pilot valve in a closing direction of the second orifice; and
a pressure at the second control point acts on the control valve as an adjustment.

US Pat. No. 10,215,168

MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS FABRICATED WITH ROLL TO ROLL PROCESSING

Encite LLC, Burlington, ...

13. A method of manufacturing a microelectromechanical system in a roll to roll processing line, the method comprising:unrolling from a first roll, a first sheet of a flexible material having a metal coating on one surface of the sheet;
patterning the first sheet to remove the metal coating from a first portion of the surface of the first sheet, while leaving a first metallic region on a second portion of the surface of the sheet;
producing at a first patterning station a body element from the first portion of the first sheet and an element that is releasable from the body, and once released is moveable relative to the body from the second portion of the first sheet of material;
unrolling from a second roll, a second sheet of a flexible material;
laminating at a laminating station the first sheet to the second sheet, with the first and second sheets adhering together in the first regions but the second sheet not adhering to the first metallic region on the first sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,215,167

CONNECTING ROD WITH MODIFIED END

Howden Thomassen Compress...

1. A connecting rod, comprising:a body portion; a big end defining a first coupling bore positioned at a first end of the body portion, the big end including a proximal side adjacent the body portion and a distal side spaced apart from the body portion;
a small end defining a second coupling bore positioned at a second end of the body portion, the small end including a proximal side adjacent the body portion and a distal side spaced apart from the body portion;
a first opening formed in the body portion adjacent one of the proximal side of the small end and the proximal side of the big end; and
a relief dimple formed in the body portion adjacent the first opening.

US Pat. No. 10,215,166

MEDICAL AIR COMPRESSOR

10. A compressor comprising:a rotatable shaft;
a first piston rod extending through the compressor in one direction substantially perpendicular to said rotatable shaft and connecting a first pair of pistons at opposite ends of said first piston rod, said first piston rod moving back and forth relative to said rotatable shaft;
a second piston rod extending through the compressor in another direction substantially perpendicular to said rotatable shaft and connecting a second pair of pistons at opposite ends of said second piston rod, said second piston rod moving back and forth relative to said rotatable shaft;
a circular eccentric;
a circular ring connected to said circular eccentric via a bearing;
a first drive pin engaging said circular ring at a first fixed position and engaging said first piston rod; and
a second drive pin engaging said circular ring at a second fixed position and engaging said second piston rod;
such that, when rotational motion of the shaft rotates either said piston rods and pistons or said circular eccentric, said drive pins and said piston rods move back and forth relative to said rotatable shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,215,165

THERMAL-OPERATED PUMP

International Truck Intel...

1. A fluid pump comprising:a pump body comprising a bore having an outlet port;
a plunger which is movable within the bore toward and away from the outlet port and which cooperates with a wall of the bore to define a variable volume space inward of the outlet port;
an element which occupies the variable volume space and whose volume increases with increasing difference between the element's actual temperature and an initial temperature;
the pump body further comprising an inlet port and an inlet passage coming from the inlet port to intercept the bore at a location which is traversed by the plunger during movement of the plunger within the bore;
and a device in thermal energy transfer relationship with the element, via the pump body, for causing the element to increasingly expand in volume with increasing difference between the element's actual temperature and an initial temperature, and to increase the volume of the variable volume space by forcing the plunger to move along the bore toward the outlet port, wherein the plunger is beyond the location at which the inlet passage intercepts the bore relative to the outlet port for allowing fluid flow from the inlet port through the inlet passage into a portion of the bore between the plunger and the outlet port, then traverses the location at which the inlet passage intercepts the bore for disallowing fluid flow from the inlet passage into the bore, and then moves toward the outlet port to a portion of the bore between the outlet port and the location at which the inlet passage intercepts the bore while continuing to disallow fluid flow from the inlet passage into the bore, thereby forcing fluid, which occupies a portion of the bore between the outlet port and the plunger, toward the outlet port;
wherein the pump body comprises a thermally conductive metal, the device in thermal energy transfer relationship with the element via the pump body comprises an electric heater mounted on the pump body for delivering thermal energy to the element via the pump body, the element comprises material whose volume elastically increases as its actual temperature increases from the initial temperature, and the pump body is disposed in an ambient environment, which is effective to cause thermal energy transfer from the element through the pump body to the ambient environment, thereby decreasing the volume of the element upon the electric heater ceasing to deliver thermal energy to the element via the pump body after having delivered thermal energy to the element via the pump body to increase the volume of the element.

US Pat. No. 10,215,164

FABRIC-BASED PIEZOELECTRIC ENERGY HARVESTING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A device for harvesting energy from fabric comprising:a piece of fabric;
one or more piezoelectric harvesters coupled with the piece of fabric, the piezoelectric harvesters capable of producing electric energy in response to the movement of the piece of fabric, wherein the one or more piezoelectric harvesters include:
a first electrode including a first set of projections,
a second electrode including a second set of projections interleaved with the first set of projections, and
a piezoelectric material positioned between the interleaved portions of the first set of projections and the second set of projections, wherein the piezoelectric material is in communication with the first set of projections and the second set of projections; and
one or more energy storage mediums coupled to the one or more piezoelectric harvesters, the energy storage mediums capable of storing the energy produced by the one or more piezoelectric harvesters.

US Pat. No. 10,215,163

LIGHTNING CURRENT TRANSFER SYSTEM WITH SPARK GAP AND WIND TURBINE USING THE LIGHTNING CURRENT TRANSFER SYSTEM

1. A lightning current transfer system adapted for usage in a wind turbine having a hub rotatably supported relative to a nacelle and a pitchable blade connected with the hub, said system comprising:a blade band adapted to be mounted to a root of the blade; and
a lightning ring adapted to be mounted to the nacelle;
wherein the lightning ring and the blade band are positioned relative to each other to form a spark gap there between when the blade band is mounted to the root of the blade and the lightning ring is mounted to the nacelle.

US Pat. No. 10,215,162

FORECASTING OUTPUT POWER OF WIND TURBINE IN WIND FARM

Utopus Insights, Inc., V...

1. A method for forecasting an output power of a plurality of wind turbines in a wind farm, the method comprising:categorizing a first plurality of wind turbines in a wind farm that are densely packed in a first group, each of the first plurality of wind turbines being within a density threshold distance of at least one of the first plurality of wind turbines;
categorizing a second plurality of wind turbines in the wind farm that are sparsely packed in a second group, each of the second plurality of wind turbines being at least outside the density threshold distance of the plurality of wind turbines in the wind farm;
a high resolution wind turbine density dependent weather forecasting model providing a high resolution weather forecast, the high resolution wind turbine density dependent weather forecasting model generating the high resolution weather forecast using real-time environmental data collected from first meteorological sensors at first grid points in a first geographic area of the first plurality of wind turbines, each of the first meteorological sensors being within a dense grid point threshold distance to adjacent meteorological sensors of the first meteorological sensors;
a low resolution wind turbine density dependent weather forecasting model providing a low resolution weather forecast, the low resolution wind turbine density dependent weather forecasting model generating the low resolution weather forecast using real-time environmental data collected from second meteorological sensors at second grid points in a second geographic area of the second plurality of wind turbines, each of the second meteorological sensors being outside of the dense grid point threshold distance to adjacent meteorological sensors of the second meteorological sensors;
collecting real-time environmental data from at least one sensor in the wind farm, wherein the at least one sensor comprises a meteorological sensor at a wind tower in the wind farm; and
for each of the plurality of wind turbines in the wind farm:
generating a corrected data set based on the real-time environmental data, wherein the corrected data set includes a measure of wind direction at a hub-height of each of the wind turbines in the wind farm that is calculated without the use of a wind direction sensor disposed at the respective wind turbine;
correcting, for each of the wind turbines categorized as the first plurality of wind turbines in the wind farm, the high resolution wind turbine density dependent weather forecasting model by using the corrected data set to produce a corrected weather forecasting model;
correcting, for each of the wind turbines categorized as the second plurality of wind turbines in the wind farm, the low resolution wind turbine density dependent weather forecasting model by using the corrected data set to produce the corrected weather forecasting model;
obtaining a forecast value of wind information at each of the plurality of wind turbines in the wind farm based on the corrected weather forecasting model; and
forecasting output power of each of the plurality of the wind turbines based on the forecast value and a power forecasting model.

US Pat. No. 10,215,161

METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION, ASSEMBLY, AND LAUNCH OF A FLOATING WIND TURBINE PLATFORM

University of Maine Syste...

1. A method of constructing and assembling a floating wind turbine platform comprising:constructing pre-stressed concrete sections of a floating wind turbine platform base in an on-shore assembly area;
assembling the floating wind turbine platform base sections to form the base at a first assembly location in the on-shore assembly area;
moving the base to a second assembly location in the on-shore assembly area;
constructing pre-stressed concrete sections of floating wind turbine platform columns at the second assembly location;
assembling the column sections to form a center column and a plurality of outer columns on the base to define a hull at the second assembly location in the on-shore assembly area;
moving the hull to a third assembly location in the on-shore assembly area;
mounting secondary structures on and within the hull at the third location;moving the hull to a fourth assembly location in the the on-shore assembly area;constructing a wind turbine tower on the center column at the fourth assembly location;
mounting a wind turbine on the wind turbine tower at the fourth assembly location, thus defining the floating wind turbine platform;
moving the floating wind turbine platform to a launch platform in a fifth assembly location; and
launching the floating wind turbine platform into a body of water;
wherein the base is assembled on a platform configured to move on a system of rails;
wherein the rails extend between the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth assembly locations;
wherein the fifth assembly location includes a dock having two finger piers extending therefrom into the body of water; and
wherein the finger piers include a system of rails thereon, the method further including moving the floating wind turbine platform on the rails in the fifth assembly location onto the rails of the finger piers such that a portion of the base is supported on the finger piers above a surface of the body water and a portion of the base is supported on the dock.

US Pat. No. 10,215,160

GENERATING ENERGY USING AIRFLOW FROM A MOVING ELEVATOR CABIN

International Business Ma...

1. A method for controlling energy generation by an airflow originating from a moving elevator cabin in an elevator shaft, the method comprising:preventing an airflow in the elevator shaft from above the elevator cabin to an area in the shaft below the elevator cabin, wherein wing pressure pads are positioned outside the elevator cabin extending to walls of the elevator shaft that prevent the airflow;
generating electrical energy from the airflow in the elevator shaft caused by the moving elevator cabin, wherein the elevator shaft is pressure-tight, and wherein the elevator shaft comprises, at an end of the elevator shaft, an air conduit in which a first power generator stage comprising a propeller-driven electrical power generator is positioned; and
intercepting a floor selection for the cabin and disabling the power generators if a floor difference from a current position of the elevator cabin to a target position of the elevator cabin is below a predefined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,215,159

METHOD OF STARTING A WIND TURBINE

GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method of starting up a wind turbine from a standstill substantially until generator connection, the wind turbine having a rotor with a plurality of blades, a pitch system for rotating each of the blades along their respective longitudinal axes and a generator operationally connected with the rotor,wherein in standstill a rotor speed of the wind turbine is zero, the blades are substantially in a feathered position and the generator is not generating electrical power, the method comprising:
measuring a wind speed representative for the wind turbine and measuring the rotor speed of the wind turbine,
with the rotor speed equal to zero when starting up the wind turbine, rotating the blades with the pitch system at a constant positive pitch rate until the rotor starts to rotate,
and when the rotor starts to rotate and rotor speed is not equal to zero,
determining a tip speed ratio for the wind turbine, and
determining a pitch angle of the blades as a function of the tip speed ratio and, with the pitch system, changing the pitch angle of the blades to the determined pitch angle.

US Pat. No. 10,215,158

FOLDING BLADE WIND TURBINE

NATURAL POWER CONCEPTS, I...

1. A wind turbine, comprising:a support having an axis of rotation;
a generator;
a plurality of blades rotatably mounted on the support about the axis of rotation, the blades being moveable between a retracted position generally parallel with the axis of rotation and a fully deployed position generally perpendicular with the axis of rotation;
the blades being connected to the generator such that rotation of the blades in a direction induced by wind causes the generator to produce electricity, and the provision of electricity to the generator rotates the blades;
a controller connected to the generator and configured to deliver a flow of current to the generator that is sufficient to move the blades from the retracted position toward the fully deployed position and insufficient to move the blades all the way to the fully deployed position;
wherein the flow of current induces rotation of the blades in the direction induced by wind, which creates a centrifugal force that moves the blades from the retracted position toward the fully deployed position;
wherein, as the blades move from the retracted position, the blades have increasing exposure to ambient wind to receive additional rotational force from ambient wind, and the additional rotational force being sufficient to, either alone or in combination with the flow of current, move the blades into the fully deployed position;
the turbine being adapted to execute first and second retraction protocols, the first retraction protocol being a slowing of the rotation of the blades and the second retraction protocol being rotating the blades in an opposite direction to that induced by ambient wind;
said controller is configured to execute the first or second retraction protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,215,157

METHODS FOR CONTROLLING WIND TURBINE WITH THRUST CONTROL TWIST COMPENSATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for operation of a wind turbine having rotor blades attached to a hub, wherein a controller compensates for torsionally induced blade twist, the method comprising:operating the wind turbine according to a rated power output curve and programmed maximum thrust value;
periodically or continuously detecting for induced torsional twist in the rotor blades;
upon determination of torsional twist being induced in the rotor blades, adjusting the programmed maximum thrust value to compensate for the torsional twist; and
the controller controlling pitch of the rotor blades as a function of the adjusted programmed maximum thrust value so that power output of the wind turbine is not limited or increased by the induced twist on the rotor blades.

US Pat. No. 10,215,156

AUTONOMOUS YAW CONTROL FOR A WIND TURBINE

General Electric Company,...

9. A distributed control system for autonomous yaw control of a wind turbine, the system comprising:a wind sensor configured to measure one or more wind conditions near the wind turbine;
a wind turbine distributed control system comprising a main turbine controller and a plurality of distributed inputs and outputs (I/O) modules, the plurality of distributed I/O modules comprising at least one yaw distributed I/O module communicatively coupled with the main turbine controller and the wind sensor, the main turbine controller configured to monitor for availability of the plurality of distributed I/O modules, wherein all of the plurality of distributed I/O modules must become available before the main turbine controller will come online, wherein the distributed control module is configured to perform one or more operations, the one or more operations comprising:
receiving the one or more wind conditions from the wind sensor,
receiving an offline signal from the main turbine controller indicating that the main turbine controller is offline due to failure of all of the plurality of distributed I/O modules to become available;
after receiving the offline signal from the main turbine controller indicating that the main turbine controller is offline due to failure of all of the plurality of districted I/O modules to become available, determining a control signal for a yaw drive mechanism of the wind turbine, the yaw drive mechanism configured to modify an orientation of a nacelle of the wind turbine, and
controlling the yaw drive mechanism based on the control signal for as long as the main turbine controller remains offline.

US Pat. No. 10,215,155

WIND TURBINE BLADE MANUFACTURE

1. A method of making a root end of a wind turbine blade, the root end having a root end surface that connects to a wind turbine hub via a pitch bearing when the blade is installed on a wind turbine, and the method comprising:(a) providing a plurality of bores in the root end of the blade, each bore extending axially into the blade and having an opening defined at the root end surface;
(b) providing a plurality of plugs, each plug having a substantially solid first end portion;
(c) inserting the plugs into the respective bores each to a depth whereby the first end portions of the respective plugs extend inside the bores and form a seal against an internal surface of the bore and a sacrificial portion of the first end portion of each plug protrudes from the opening of the respective bore at the root end surface; and
(d) machining the root end surface to form a substantially flat root end surface for interfacing with the pitch bearing, wherein the step of machining the root end surface comprises removing the protruding sacrificial portions of the protruding plugs leaving the remaining first end portions of the respective plugs substantially flush with the root end surface.

US Pat. No. 10,215,154

ECCENTRICALLY PILOTED HYDRAULIC COMMUTATOR

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A hydraulic motor comprising:a rotor that is connected to a shaft that rotates about a first axis;
a stator having a central axis that is a second axis different from the first axis, wherein the rotor and the stator define a plurality of motor pockets for receiving a flow of hydraulic fluid, and the rotor is configured to rotate relative to the stator based on a pressure differential between the motor pockets; and
a commutator having porting configured to control the flow of hydraulic fluid into the motor pockets;
wherein the rotor is configured to rotate about the first axis by rotation of the shaft and the stator is configured to rotate about the second axis in response to the pressure differential, and the stator is configured to orbit within an outer housing ring in response to the pressure differential such that the second axis orbits about the first axis; and
wherein the shaft extends through the commutator through a shaft space that is eccentrically positioned through the commutator such that the commutator is eccentrically piloted about the first axis and the second axis by rotation of the shaft so that the commutator both rotates and orbits to control the flow of hydraulic fluid into the motor pockets.

US Pat. No. 10,215,153

BUOYANCY MILL A MACHINE THAT PRODUCES CLEAN USEFUL MECHANICAL ENERGY USING BUOYANCY AS A PROPELLANT

1. A buoyancy mill comprising;two separate sections, one above ground and the other underground,
the above ground section is further comprised of;
a command center that controls the operation of the buoyancy mill,
a return chute that receives and transports floats,
a water pool, this water pool contains;
carriages on a cable loop that capture the floats and transport them,
a support structure on the rim of the water pool that supports a double wheel system, this wheel system is composed of two different wheel sizes, the face of the circumference of all the wheels contains a half circular groove to accommodate the circular shape of belt or the cable loop,
at the bottom floor center of the water pool is;
a float entrance with a set of small wheels that support the cable loop system, and
two openings,
the underground section is comprised of buoyancy converter that is comprised of the following components;
four conduits that connect with the above ground section, the four conduits are divided into two groups of two conduits each, one of the groups connects with the return chute and the other group connects with the float entrance, the conduits connected to the float entrance have a gate at their bottom to retain water above,
the floats are stored in a passive condition in the buoyancy converter, these passive floats are converted into buoyantly-infused floats, which are then released into the aboveground section and into the water pool, in the water pool, the buoyantly moving floats are captured by carriages attached to the cable loop, this action causes the cable loop to move and commence converting buoyant energy into useful mechanical energy.

US Pat. No. 10,215,152

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESSURIZING A FLUID TO POWER A LOAD

AOE ACCUMULATED OCEAN ENE...

1. A system to pressurize a fluid to power a load, comprising:a load, the load being a pump for pumping liquids, and the pump having a liquid inlet and a liquid outlet;
a high pressure gas reservoir supplying high pressure gas to the load;
a low pressure gas reservoir receiving low pressure gas discharged from the load to supplement the low pressure gas in the low pressure gas reservoir;
a gas charging subsystem supplying the low pressure gas to the low pressure gas reservoir, the gas charging subsystem comprising a plurality of series-connected pressurizing units operable to initially pressurize a gas to a low pressure, the gas charging subsystem deactivating when the low pressure gas reservoir is at a predetermined pressure threshold; and
an operating pressurization system drawing the low pressure gas from the low pressure gas reservoir and supplying the high pressure gas to the high pressure gas reservoir, and the operating pressurization system comprising a plurality of parallel-connected pressurizing units;
wherein the high pressure reservoir is nested within the low pressure reservoir, and the low pressure reservoir protects walls of the high pressure reservoir against the ambient pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,215,151

AERATING SYSTEM FOR HYDRAULIC TURBINE

GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An aerating system for the runner of the hydraulic turbine, the runner comprising a plurality of blades, such that inter-blade canals are configured between each pair of blades for the admission of air in the water flow circulating through the hydraulic turbine, wherein the aerating system comprises at least one hydrofoil located in the inter-blade canal of the runner and contacting the pair of blades configuring the inter-blade canal where the hydrofoil is located, such that the hydrofoil has a non-axis symmetrical profile, and such that at least one of the blades in contact with the hydrofoil comprises an aerating canal delivering air to the hydrofoil.

US Pat. No. 10,215,150

WATER FLOW POWER GENERATOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A water flow power generator comprising:a nacelle;
a vane wheel that is disposed so as to be rotatable relative to the nacelle, and that rotates while causing a plurality of vanes to capture a water flow;
a power generator that is disposed inside the nacelle, and that outputs electric energy by converting rotational energy transmitted from the vane wheel into the electric energy; and
a vane wheel rotation stopping mechanism having a rotation stopping member that is disposed on can outside periphery surface of the nacelle, the rotation stopping member including a rod that enters inside of a rotational trajectory of the vane wheel from outside of the rotational trajectory of the vane wheel,
wherein the rod of the rotation stopping member which is slidable and extends in a longitudinal direction thereof to inside the rotational trajectory of the vane wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,215,149

PLASMA HEADER GASKET AND SYSTEM

1. A plasma header gasket for a diesel engine, comprising:a laminated substrate comprising dielectric layers, the substrate having an aperture, wherein the aperture corresponds to a piston cylinder in an engine block for the diesel engine;
a plurality of pairs of conductors associated with the substrate, wherein each of the plurality of pairs of conductors comprises electrically conductive circuit traces disposed between the dielectric layers;
a plurality of plasma igniters, each electrically connected to one of the plurality of pairs of conductors, each of the plurality of plasma igniters comprising a pair of exposed electrodes defining an electrode gap extending from an edge of the aperture into the piston cylinder; and
a microprocessor control unit electrically connected to the plurality of pairs of conductors, wherein the microprocessor control unit is programmed to spark the plurality of plasma igniters in time with a piston in the piston cylinder and programmed to spark the plurality of plasma igniters sequentially around the edge of the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,215,148

NO-START DIAGNOSTICS FOR POWERTRAIN WITH ENABLED STARTER

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for diagnosing a no-start condition in a powertrain of a vehicle with a fuel delivery system and an electronic controller, the powertrain having an engine fueled by the fuel delivery system and a starter system operable for starting the engine, wherein the starter system includes a battery, a solenoid relay, a starter solenoid, and a starter motor, the powertrain being characterized by an absence of a current sensor configured to measure a maximum cranking current (IMAX), the method comprising:transmitting, via the electronic controller of the vehicle in response to receiving an engine start request, an enable signal to the solenoid relay to thereby activate the starter solenoid and engage the starter motor with the engine;
recording, via the electronic controller of the vehicle, a set of starter data over a calibrated sampling duration in response to a no-start event when the solenoid relay is in an enabled state, the set of starter data including a cranking voltage and a speed of the engine;
deriving, via the electronic controller, a resistance ratio (R) using an open-circuit voltage (VOC) of the battery and a minimum cranking voltage (VMIN) of the battery, wherein

identifying one of a plurality of different fault modes of the starter system via the electronic controller using the set of starter data and the resistance ratio (R); and
executing a control action corresponding to the identified fault mode, wherein the control action includes disabling the starter system.

US Pat. No. 10,215,146

DIRECT CURRENT POWER PLANT

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A method for producing DC power for an electric grid comprising:starting an engine using power supplied by a relatively small power supply supplemented by a capacitor bank;
providing output from the engine to a generator;
producing alternating current (AC) power by the generator;
converting the AC power to direct current (DC) power; and
providing the DC power to the electric grid including:
measuring grid voltage and grid frequency by a first digital phase locked loop when the grid voltage and the grid frequency are within pre-selected tolerances;
continuously measuring phase error by a second digital phase locked loop;
referencing the measured grid voltage to the second digital phase locked loop; and
declaring phase lock when the phase error is less than a pre-selected value and when the measured grid voltage is within a pre-selected range.

US Pat. No. 10,215,145

DUAL CONTROLLER AREA NETWORK (CAN) STARTER

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

1. A dual controller area network (CAN) system for starting a vehicle, comprising:a transmission control unit (TCU);
an engine control unit (ECU); and
a dual CAN bus network comprising a first CAN (CAN1) bus and a second CAN (CAN2) bus,
wherein the TCU is in communication with the ECU via the dual CAN bus network,
wherein the ECU controls actuation of a starter motor in a first mode or a second mode based on one or more signals from the CAN1 bus and one or more signals from the CAN2 bus sent by the TCU, and
wherein actuation of the starter motor places an engine of the vehicle in a starting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,215,144

FUEL SYSTEM WITH SWITCHABLE PRESSURE REGULATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fuel system for an internal combustion engine comprising:a fuel tank;
a first fuel pump in communication with the fuel tank to draw fuel therefrom;
a second fuel pump in communication with the first fuel pump to receive fuel therefrom, the second pump being operable to supply fuel at a pressure greater than that received from the first fuel pump to a first fuel injection system;
a first fuel injector of the first fuel injection system operably coupled to receive fuel supplied from the fuel tank by the first and second fuel pump;
a second fuel injector of a second fuel injection system operably coupled to receive fuel from the fuel tank by the first fuel pump and not the second fuel pump;
a supply line shared by the second fuel pump and the second fuel injector;
a first regulator operable to regulate fuel pressure from the first fuel pump to the supply line at a first value;
a second regulator operable to regulate fuel pressure from the first fuel pump to the supply line at a second value that is higher than the first value; and
a controller programmed to operate the fuel system in a first mode in which the first regulator is enabled to set a fuel pressure in the supply line to the first value, the second regulator is disabled, and the second fuel injector is disabled,
wherein the controller is programmed to operate the fuel system in a second mode in which the second fuel injector is enabled and the second regulator is enabled to set a fuel pressure in the supply line to the second value.

US Pat. No. 10,215,143

PRESSURE-LIMITING VALVE FOR A FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM AND FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A pressure-limiting valve for a fuel injection system comprising:a housing having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet,
a sealing seat and a sealing body configured to move between a closed position in contact with the sealing seat blocking a fluid flow from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet, and additional positions that permit such fluid flow,
a spring exerting a spring force against the sealing body in the direction of the sealing seat, and
a holding device configured to maintain the sealing body in one of the additional positions against the spring force when the sealing body is moved at least a specified distance away from the sealing seat, the holding device comprising resiliently deflectable levers engaging in a groove of the sealing body to hold the sealing body in the one of the additional positions for a specific time interval and then releases the sealing body,
wherein the specified distance is predetermined as a function of a maximum admissible pressure for the fuel injection system.

US Pat. No. 10,215,142

INJECTOR AND CONTACT ELEMENT FOR THE SAME

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. An injector for an internal combustion engine, the injector comprising:an injector housing,
a piezo-actuator control unit having a first set of terminals,
a connecting plug on a head of the injector housing, the connecting plug having a second set of terminals, and
an electrical connection between the control unit and the connecting plug within the injector housing, the electrical connection comprising a contact element with conductor tracks integrated into an insulating body,
wherein the conductor tracks are connected to the terminals of the control unit and of the connecting plug,
wherein in a first end of the insulating body abuts the control unit or the connecting plug and a second end is spaced from the connecting plug or the control unit, and
wherein the contact element includes an elastic device by means of which the insulating body is braced against the component it abuts.

US Pat. No. 10,215,141

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR VAPOR DETECTION WITHIN FUEL SUPPLY MODULE

WELLS VEHICLE ELECTRONICS...

9. A fuel supply module for a motor comprising:a housing having an interior reservoir and having an inlet adapted to permit inflow of a fuel and an outlet to permit of the fuel;
a first fuel pump positioned within the housing and in fluid communication with the inlet, the first fuel pump adapted to draw the fuel from the inlet and deposit the fuel within the internal reservoir of the housing;
a second fuel pump positioned within the housing, the second fuel pump adapted to pump the fuel from within the internal reservoir of the housing to the outlet;
a pressure sensor adapted to sense both the pressure within the internal reservoir and the pressure of the fuel exiting the second fuel pump;
a controller adapted to receive signals from the pressure sensor regarding the pressure within the internal reservoir and the pressure of the fuel exiting the second fuel pump and energizing the first fuel pump, the second fuel pump or both the first fuel pump and the second fuel pump to maintain desired pressures within the internal reservoir and of the fuel exiting the second fuel pump.

US Pat. No. 10,215,140

FUEL CONTROL VALVE ASSEMBLY

Turn and Bank Holdings, L...

1. A fuel, mixture control assembly comprising:a shaft;
a stop bracket adapted to be secured adjacent one end of the shaft;
a spring arranged over a portion of the shaft;
a spring retainer adapted to retain a first end of the spring opposite the stop bracket;
a retainer assembly comprising a C-ring washer adapted to engage at least one notch in the shaft and a C-washer retainer sized to seat the C-washer; and
a bearing assembly arranged substantially between the spring retainer and the retainer assembly, wherein the bearing assembly comprises a thrust-bearing comprising a bearing race and a plurality of balls.

US Pat. No. 10,215,139

STRADDLED VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A straddled vehicle comprising:a V-type engine;
a fuel tank arranged at a position upward of the V-type engine;
a seat arranged at a position further rearward than the fuel tank;
an air cleaner case arranged laterally to the V-type engine so as to overlap with at least part of the V-type engine in a vehicle side view, the air cleaner case storing a filter element;
a pair of side cowls arranged at positions rightward and leftward of at least part of a vehicle component located at a position forward of the V-type engine ; and
a footboard arranged at a position further downward than the air cleaner case,
wherein at least part of one side cowl of the pair of side cowls is arranged at a position further forward than the air cleaner case,
the at least part of the one side cowl overlaps with the air cleaner case in a vehicle front view,
at least part of the air cleaner case is located at a position further upward than a lower end of the seat in the vehicle side view,
the air cleaner case is arranged at a position further forward than a front end of the seat and further downward than the fuel tank,
a side end of the air cleaner case is located at a position further outward than a side end of the fuel tank in a vehicle width direction,
at least part of the air cleaner case overlaps with the footboard in a vehicle plan view,
the filter element divides a space in the air cleaner case into a first space positioned at a position further downstream than the filter element and a second space that is positioned at a position further upstream than the filter element and is smaller than the first space,
the air cleaner case has a communicating portion that makes the second space and a third space inward of the one side cowl communicate with each other, and
the second space, at least part of the third space, and an internal space of the communicating portion constitute a dirty side chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,215,138

PROTECTIVE CAP FOR A POSITIVE CRANKCASE VENTILATION PORT AND A METHOD TO MANUFACTURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An intake system, comprising:a shell of an intake manifold;
an inner positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) duct extending inwardly from the shell; and
an outer PCV duct extending outwardly from the shell, wherein the inner duct has a protective cap; and the cap has at least one opening having a centerline that is one of: substantially perpendicular to and forms an obtuse angle with a centerline of the inner PCV duct.

US Pat. No. 10,215,137

SUPPLEMENTARY AIR ASSEMBLY FOR AN ENGINE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:a crankcase including a crankshaft;
at least one cylinder coupled to the crankcase and defining an internal combustion chamber;
an air intake system comprising an air inlet and an intake port of the at least one cylinder;
a throttle body assembly having a throttle valve coupled to the air inlet and including a throttle plate;
a supplementary air inlet fluidly coupled to the intake port, and configured to receive a flow of air from the air intake system from a location downstream of the throttle plate of the at least one cylinder, and the flow of air is directed into the intake port of the at least one cylinder for combustion within the combustion chamber and the flow of air is controlled and modulated by the position of the throttle plate;
wherein the throttle body having a plurality of apertures extending through a wall of the throttle body, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of apertures are positioned downstream from the throttle plate when the throttle plate is in the fully closed position, and wherein a portion of the apertures are configured to receive air when the throttle plate is in a first position and each of the apertures receives air when the throttle plate is in a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,215,136

ADJUSTABLE, LOW LOSS VALVE FOR PROVIDING HIGH PRESSURE LOOP EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

17. A valve configured to control the flow of fluid in a passageway, the valve comprisinga first end that faces a flow of fluid within the passageway;
a second end opposed to the first end;
a valve longitudinal axis that extends through both the first end and the second end;
a valve outer surface that is configured to conform to the shape and dimensions of the passageway; and
a valve inner surface that has a curvilinear profile when viewed in longitudinal cross section;
wherein the entire valve is constructed and arranged to move longitudinally in the passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,215,134

ENGINE ARRANGEMENTS WITH EGR SYSTEMS

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

8. A system comprising:an internal combustion engine including;
six cylinders;
a first turbocharger having a first compressor connected to a first turbine; and
a second turbocharger having a second compressor connected to a second turbine;
wherein first and second cylinders are adjacent one another and connected to the first turbine to deliver an exhaust gas flow through a first common exhaust passage;
wherein third and fourth cylinders are adjacent one another and connected to an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler to deliver an exhaust gas recirculation flow directly through a common EGR passage;
wherein the EGR cooler is connected to an intake of the engine; and
wherein fifth and sixth cylinders are adjacent one another and connected to the second turbine to deliver an exhaust gas flow through a second common exhaust passage.

US Pat. No. 10,215,133

CANISTER

MAHLE FILTER SYSTEMS JAPA...

4. A canister, comprising:(a) a cylindrically shaped case whose inside is charged with adsorption material;
(b) a charge port and a purge port both located at a first axial end portion of the case;
(c) a drain port located at a second axial end portion of the case, the second axial end portion being opposite to the first axial end portion in a longitudinal direction of the case; and
(d) an annularly shaped flange provided at the first axial end portion of the case and structured to partition an outer peripheral section of one axial end of an adsorption material chamber defined in the case, the flange having
(i) a first cylindrical portion configured to protrude from an inner periphery of the flange toward the second axial end portion and concentric with the case to define a specified space corresponding to a center section of the case and communicating with the purge port;
(ii) a second cylindrical portion configured to extend from the inner periphery of the flange toward the first axial end portion and concentric with the case to define an annular diffusion chamber communicating with the charge port in cooperation with the case; and
(iii) a plurality of orifices formed in the flange and arranged to communicate the adsorption material chamber with the annular diffusion chamber through the plurality of orifices;
(e) at least one partition wall installed in the adsorption material chamber and positioned proximate to a top end of the first cylindrical portion, the top end being a downstream end of the first cylindrical portion, and wherein a clearance exists between the at least one partition wall and the downstream end of the first cylindrical portion; and
(f) an orifice formed at a center section of the at least one partition wall, the orifice being positioned so as to coincide with a center line that is an axis of a body of the case,
wherein the orifice of the at least one partition wall is formed into a substantially annular shape.

US Pat. No. 10,215,132

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A FUEL VAPOR CANISTER HEATING ELEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:during a first condition, including an engine-off condition, activating a fuel vapor canister heating element;
directing atmospheric air through a fuel vapor canister and into an engine intake; and
indicating degradation of the fuel vapor canister heating element based on an output of an engine intake air temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,215,131

HAND-GUIDED POWER TOOL WITH AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

1. A hand-guided power tool comprising:an internal combustion engine comprising a carburetor, the carburetor comprising a carburetor housing in which an intake passage section is formed, wherein the carburetor further comprises a pivotably supported choke element arranged in the intake passage section and operatively connected with a choke actuating lever;
a starter device comprising an operating position, an off position, and at least one start position;
the starter device comprising an actuating element configured to be actuated by an operator;
the starter device further comprising a coupling element connecting by an operative connection the actuating element with the choke actuating lever, wherein the actuating element, when adjusting the starter device from the operating position into the at least one start position, moves the choke element into at least one start position of the choke element correlated with the at least one start position of the starter device;
the operative connection between the actuating element and the choke actuating lever comprising a relative movement device which, in at least one position of the choke element, enables a relative movement of the actuating element relative to the choke actuating lever;
wherein the relative movement device comprises a holding device comprising a guide contour stationarily secured on the carburetor housing;
wherein the guide contour, in the at least one start position of the choke element, holds the actuating element in the at least one start position of the starter device and prevents the actuating element from moving relative to the choke actuating lever from the at least one start position of the starter device into the operating position of the starter device.

US Pat. No. 10,215,130

CHOKE OVERRIDE FOR AN ENGINE

1. A choke system for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a carburetor with a choke valve and a throttle valve;
an automatic choke mechanism coupled to the choke valve and configured to automatically operate the choke valve; and
an override linkage configured to couple a manually operated control to the choke valve;
wherein the override linkage is operable to manually override the automatic choke mechanism to move the choke valve in a closing direction;
wherein the override linkage is not operable to manually override the automatic choke mechanism to move the choke valve in an opening direction;
wherein the override linkage comprises:
a first link configured to be coupled to the manually operated control;
an intermediate bracket coupled to the first link, the intermediate bracket having a single contact surface;
a pivotable lever arm having a first end and a second end; and
a second link coupled between the second end of the lever arm and the choke valve;
wherein the intermediate bracket is rotatable about an axis by the first link between a first position and a second position;
wherein rotation of the intermediate bracket from the first position to the second position causes the single contact surface to abut the first end of the lever arm to rotate the lever arm to move the second end of the lever arm and the second link, thereby moving the choke valve in the closing direction; and
wherein rotation of the intermediate bracket from the second position to the first position causes the single contact surface to move out of abutment with the first end of the lever arm so that the automatic choke mechanism is allowed to operate the choke valve.

US Pat. No. 10,215,129

PORT EDGE SHAPE WITH CONTINUOUS CURVATURE FOR IMPROVED RING-PORT INTERACTION AND FLOW AREA

ACHATES POWER, INC., San...

1. A method for constructing a cylinder for an opposed-piston engine, the cylinder comprising:a bore surface;
a sidewall; and
a port comprising at least one array of circumferentially spaced port openings near an end of the cylinder, each port opening extending from the bore, through the sidewall, and having a port opening edge shape, each port opening edge shape comprising:
a top edge oriented toward a center portion of the cylinder;
a bottom edge oriented toward an end of the cylinder;
a first and second side edge connecting the top edge and the bottom edge; and
an apex located along the top edge, the apex comprising a minimum radius of curvature equal to or greater than a minimum radius for the port opening edge shape,
the method comprising:
defining engine performance thresholds;
optimizing a port opening edge shape for the cylinder, so that in use the opposed-piston engine including the cylinder has an optimal fluid flow through the port openings and minimized undesirable piston ring motion, using an algorithm executed on a computing device,
wherein the port opening edge shape is defined by a spline bound by:
a predefined maximum port opening height;
a predefined port opening full width;
a minimum radius of curvature for any point along the spline; and
curvature continuity along the spline;
modeling, using a computer and/or prototype engine, fluid flow through a port having the port opening edge shape;
obtaining performance parameter values from the modeling;
evaluating the performance parameter values from the modeled port; and
adjusting the spline if the performance parameter values from the modeling do not meet the engine performance thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,215,128

ROUGH CAST CYLINDER LINER

MAHLE International GmbH,...

1. A cast cylinder liner for an internal combustion engine, having an outer surface with a plurality of spines disposed thereon in an irregular pattern, the spines having an aggregate cross-sectional surface area measured at 0.2 mm from a ground cylindrical surface that is between 50-90% of the total ground cylindrical surface area, and an aggregate cross-sectional surface area measured at 0.4 mm from the ground cylindrical surface that is between 20-45% of the total ground cylindrical surface area, wherein the spines vary in cross-section and distances from one another, wherein a distance between at least two of the spines is 0.9 mm and a distance between at least two other of the spines is 1.52 mm and distances between any of the spines and a nearest spine is between 0.9 mm and 1.52 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,215,127

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING FUEL SYSTEMS

Agility Fuel Systems LLC,...

1. A gaseous fuel management system comprising:a plurality of different fuel gauges or sensors;
an electronic control unit (ECU) in communication with each of the plurality of fuel gauges or sensors, wherein the electronic control unit is configured to adapt and compensate for different intrinsic characteristics or configurations of the plurality of gauges or sensors, by selecting an appropriate fuel level compensation scheme from a plurality of different fuel level compensation schemes when setting up a selected fuel gauge selected from the plurality of different fuel gauges, that enables a compensated fuel level to be displayed on the selected fuel gauge during or after a fill event.

US Pat. No. 10,215,126

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for controlling an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine comprising:an injector which is provided in an upper portion of a combustion chamber and is configured to inject fuel directly into a cylinder;
a spark plug which is configured to ignite an air-fuel mixture inside a cylinder using a discharge spark that is generated at an electrode portion, and which is provided at a position that is at the upper portion of the combustion chamber and is on a downstream side relative to the injector in a flow direction of a tumble flow that is formed inside the combustion chamber, and is provided so that a position of the electrode portion is above a contour surface of a fuel spray that is injected toward the spark plug from the injector; and
an exhaust gas purification catalyst which is configured to purify exhaust gas from the combustion chamber;
the control device which is configured to control at least fuel injection by the injector and a discharge at the electrode portion by the spark plug,
wherein the control device is further configured to:
control the injector so as to perform an intake stroke injection and an expansion stroke injection that activate the exhaust gas purification catalyst and also control the spark plug so as to generate a discharge spark at the electrode portion over a predetermined period, the predetermined period is on a retard side of compression top dead center and includes a period in which the expansion stroke injection is performed; and
control the injector so as to perform, in addition to the intake stroke injection and the expansion stroke injection, an additional injection at a timing that is on a retard side relative to compression top dead center and is on an advance side relative to an occurrence timing of the discharge spark at the electrode portion when it is determined that a growth rate of an initial flame which arises from a discharge spark and which is caused to grow while engulfing a fuel spray produced by the expansion stroke injection in the predetermined period is less than a first determination value.

US Pat. No. 10,215,125

PROCESS OF CONTROLLING OPERATION IN A MULTI-CYLINDER ENGINE

1. A process for controlling operation of a multi-cylinder engine during at least one of a start of operation condition and low-load condition, the multi-cylinder engine including a first cylinder, a second cylinder, a third cylinder, and a fourth cylinder, the process comprising:skipping a supply of fuel in a first set of cylinders of the multi-cylinder engine for a first pre-defined number of multiple working cycles, the first pre-defined number of multiple working cycles including at least two consecutive working cycles of the multi-cylinder engine, the first set of cylinders including the first cylinder during the first pre-defined number of working cycles;
supplying a fuel-air mixture to a second set of cylinders of the multi-cylinder engine for the first pre-defined number of multiple working cycles, the second set of cylinders including the second cylinder, the third cylinder, and the fourth cylinder during the first pre-defined number of working cycles;
executing combustion of the fuel-air mixture supplied to the second set of cylinders for the first pre-defined number of multiple working cycles;
effecting control of the multi-cylinder engine during a second pre-defined number of working cycles, the second pre-defined number of working cycles occurring immediately after the first pre-defined number of working cycles, the second pre-defined number of working cycles including at least two consecutive working cycles of the multi-cylinder engine;
defining, during the second pre-defined number of working cycles, the first set of cylinders as including the second cylinder;
defining, during the second pre-defined number of working cycles, the second set of cylinders as including the first cylinder, the third cylinder, and the fourth cylinder; and
controlling the multi-cylinder engine to skip the supply of fuel to the first set of cylinders and supply the fuel-air mixture to the second set of cylinders during the second pre-defined number of working cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,215,124

FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel injection control device that is a control device controlling an injection of fuel by a fuel injector, the fuel injection control device comprising:a setting part configured to set a request injection quantity of an injection quantity requested of the fuel injector;
a dividing part configured to divide the request injection quantity set by the setting part into a specified injection quantity and an adjusting injection quantity other than the specified injection quantity;
an injection performing part configured to perform a dividing injection of an adjusting injection and a partial lift injection by the fuel injector, the adjusting injection injecting the adjusting injection quantity of fuel, the partial lift injection finishing a lift of a valve body of the fuel injector in a partial lift state before the valve body reaching a full lift position and injecting the specified injection quantity of fuel, the partial lift injection being performed, irrespective of the request injection quantity, for learning an injection characteristic of the fuel injector, the adjusting injection quantity being adjustable for making up the request injection quantity so that a total sum of the adjusting injection quantity and the specified injection quantity becomes the request injection quantity; and
a learning part configured to learn an injection characteristic of the fuel injector at the time of the partial lift injection.

US Pat. No. 10,215,123

ENGINE CONTROLLING APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. An engine controlling apparatus configured to perform feedback control of a fuel injection amount according to a detection signal from a first sensor that detects an actual air-fuel ratio, the engine controlling apparatus comprising:a processor: and
a memory that stores a program that causes the processor to
select, as a selector, one of a plurality of injection modes according to an operating condition of an engine, injection rates of a plurality of injectors or the number of injections performed in one stroke of the engine being different among the injection modes, where a change in the injection mode may cause deviation in the correspondence relationship between the detected value from the first sensor and the actual air-fuel ratio;
set, as a setter, a mode correction amount that reflects output characteristic of the first sensor corresponding to the injection mode, the setter setting the mode correction amount according to a timing of starting fuel injection of a first injector during a respective injection mode so that when the injection mode changes between the plurality of injection modes, the mode correction amount shifts to a richer side as the start timing of the first injector is more retarded from one injection mode to another injection mode thereby taking into consideration the deviation caused by the change in injection mode, and
perform, as a controller, the feedback control using both the detection signal and the mode correction amount such that the fuel injection amount is controlled based on a difference between the actual air-fuel ratio and a target air-fuel ratio,
wherein the actual air-fuel ratio is calculated based on the detection signal, and the target air-fuel ratio is calculated by correcting a reference value, corresponding to a LAPS median C, based on a second detected signal from a second sensor and the mode correction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,215,122

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING ALTITUDE CORRECTION COEFFICIENT

CHERY AUTOMOBILE CO., LTD...

1. A method for acquiring an altitude correction coefficient, comprising:acquiring an initial value of an altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter when a preset event for an engine has occurred, the preset event includes one of a power-off event, a power-on event, and an unexpected power-down event;
evaluating whether a vehicle satisfies a preset self-learning enabling condition, in accordance with an engine rotation speed, a vehicle speed, and status information of designated devices, wherein the preset self-learning enabling condition is a condition of the vehicle in terms of the engine rotation speed, the vehicle speed, and the status information of designated devices;
enabling the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter when the vehicle satisfies the preset self-learning enabling condition;
determining an input of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter at least in accordance with operating states of a manifold pressure sensor and a stepping motor; and
obtaining a current altitude correction coefficient by self-learning the altitude correction coefficient applying the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter in accordance with the initial value of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter and the input of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter;
wherein, when the power-off event has occurred, acquiring the initial value of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter includes: evaluating whether the manifold pressure sensor encounters a fault after a first preset delay, when an engine ignition switch is off and the engine rotation speed is lower than a minimum recognizable rotation speed; setting the initial value of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter to a value of the manifold pressure sensor, when the manifold pressure sensor encounters no fault; and setting the initial value of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter to a previous output of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter, when the manifold pressure sensor encounters a fault;
wherein, when the power-on event has occurred, acquiring the initial value of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter includes: evaluating whether the manifold pressure sensor encounters a fault after a first preset delay, when an engine ignition switch is off and the engine rotation speed is lower than a minimum recognizable rotation speed; setting the initial value of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter to a value of the manifold pressure sensor, when the manifold pressure sensor encounters no fault; and setting the initial value of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter to a previous output of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter, when the manifold pressure sensor encounters a fault;
wherein, when the unexpected power-down event has occurred, acquiring the initial value of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter includes: evaluating whether the manifold pressure sensor encounters a fault when the engine is restored after the unexpected power-down event; setting the initial value of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter to a value of the manifold pressure sensor, when the manifold pressure sensor encounters no fault and rotation speed of the engine is zero; setting the initial value of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter to one standard atmospheric pressure, when the manifold pressure sensor encounters no fault and the rotation speed of the engine is not zero; and setting the initial value of the altitude correction coefficient self-learning filter to one standard atmospheric pressure, when the manifold pressure sensor encounters a fault.

US Pat. No. 10,215,121

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HEATING LAMBDA SENSOR OF MILD HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for heating a lambda detector of a mild hybrid electric vehicle, the method comprising:determining whether a measured value of the lambda detector is equal to or greater than a first reference value or is equal to or less than a second reference value when an overrun condition of an engine is satisfied;
determining a first difference value between the measured value of the lambda detector and the first reference value and a second difference value between the measured value and the second reference value when the measured value of the lambda detector is equal to or greater than the first reference value or is equal to or less than the second reference value;
determining a heating temperature and a heating time according to the first difference value and the second difference value; and
heating the lambda detector according to the determined heating temperature and the determined heating time when a coasting condition is satisfied.