US Pat. No. 10,337,820

FIREARM MUZZLE DEVICE CLAMP

1. A firearm muzzle system comprising:a muzzle device;
a clamp;
at least one screw;
the muzzle device comprising a first end, a second end, a structural body, a barrel receiving aperture and at least one gas discharge vent;
the first end and the second end being oppositely located to each other;
the structural body extending from the first end to the second end;
the barrel receiving aperture centrally traversing through the structural body from the first end to the second end;
the at least one gas discharge vent traversing into the structural body;
the at least one gas discharge vent being perpendicularly oriented to the barrel receiving aperture;
the at least one gas discharge vent being in gaseous communication with the barrel receiving aperture;
the clamp comprising at least one first receiving hole perpendicularly traversing therethrough;
the muzzle device comprising at least one second receiving hole;
the at least one second receiving hole traversing into the structural body;
the at least one second receiving hole being perpendicularly oriented to the barrel receiving aperture;
the at least one second receiving hole being adjacently located to the first end;
the clamp being removably attached to the muzzle device by the at least one screw being removably positioned into the at least one first receiving hole and the at least one second receiving hole;
the at least one first receiving hole and the at least one second receiving hole being concentrically aligned with each other in response to the at least one screw being positioned into the at least one first receiving hole and the at least one second receiving hole;
the structural body and the clamp being pressed against each other in response to the at least one screw being positioned into the at least one first receiving hole and the at least one second receiving hole;
the muzzle device comprising a front iron sight;
the front iron sight being centrally mounted on the structural body;
the front iron sight being adjacently located to the at least one gas discharge vent;
the front iron sight being adjacently located to the second end; and
a stoppage band; the stoppage band being concentrically and perimetrically positioned within the barrel receiving aperture; and the stoppage band being adjacently located to the first end and at least partially formed on the clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,337,819

REDUCTION OF FIRST SHOT NOISE IN FIREARM SOUND SUPPRESSORS

1. An apparatus for allowing a user to inject a non-flammable gas into a baffled interior space of a sound suppressor mounted to a barrel of a firearm, the apparatus comprising:a dedicated source of compressed non-flammable gas mounted with respect to the firearm; and
a selectively activatable valve communicating with the baffled interior space and connected to said source of compressed non-flammable gas, said valve being closed by default, and being openable by an action of the user, and when opened allowing the non-flammable gas to flow through said valve into the baffled interior space to displace air in the baffled interior space with the non-flammable gas, which acts to remove oxygen available for combustion inside the baffled interior space.

US Pat. No. 10,337,818

AK-47 TRIGGER ASSEMBLY

1. A modification to a trigger assembly for a firearm having a trigger with sear and a disconnector pivotally coupled to the trigger, the modification comprising:a secondary disconnector pivotally coupled to the trigger rearward of the disconnector and movable between a limiting position toward the disconnector wherein the secondary disconnector engages the disconnector and reduces forward movement thereof, and a non-limiting position away from the disconnector wherein the secondary disconnector is spaced from the disconnector and allows forward movement thereof, the secondary disconnector biased towards the limiting position; and
a selector bar movable between a front position, engaging the trigger to prevent rotation thereof, a middle position allowing the secondary disconnector to be biased into the limiting position engaging the disconnector, and a back position engaging the secondary disconnector and retaining the secondary disconnector in the non-limiting position and spaced from the disconnector.

US Pat. No. 10,337,817

FIREARM TRIGGER ASSEMBLY

Sig Sauer, Inc., Newingt...

1. A hammer for a firearm trigger mechanism, the hammer comprising:a body having a first end and a second end;
an integral cam feature on the first end of the body;
an integral sear feature adjacent to the integral cam feature;
the second end of the body defining a pivot pin hole, the pivot pin hole having a longitudinal axis;
the second end of the body defining one or more pivot pin retainer apertures adjacent to the pivot pin hole, each pivot pin retainer aperture having a longitudinal axis, wherein each longitudinal axis of the one or more pivot pin retainer apertures is substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the pivot pin hole;
a pivot pin configured to insert into the pivot pin hole; and
a pivot pin retainer configured to insert into the one or more pivot pin retainer apertures, wherein the pivot pin retainer is further configured to non-permanently retain the pivot pin in the pivot pin hole.

US Pat. No. 10,337,816

TRIGGER MECHANISM FOR A FIREARM

WHG Properties, LLC, Nor...

1. A trigger mechanism for a firearm, the trigger mechanism comprising:a hammer element moveable between at least three positions, wherein the hammer element comprises a main body, a hammer sear and a notch; and
a trigger element comprising a trigger sear, wherein the trigger element is moveable between at least a ready position and a fire position, wherein the hammer element is engaged with the trigger sear in two positions of the at least three positions such that the trigger element is retained in the ready position; wherein the hammer sear and the notch each engages a different zone of the trigger sear; and
wherein the notch projects from the main body in a direction generally parallel to an axis of rotation of the hammer element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,815

FIREARM SUPPORT

LEONARDO S.P.A., Rome (I...

1. Firearm support for a firearm comprising:a body provided with a profile on a surface of the body;
a feeler pin, for striking against the profile and for being coupled to the firearm so as to follow movement of said firearm;
a support element, rotatable around a first axis relative to the body, the support element being coupled to the firearm, allowing mutual rotation between said firearm and said support element around a second axis;
wherein the body comprises a fixed portion and a mobile portion, for being fixed in a plurality of positions relative to the fixed portion, so as to change a configuration of the profile;
wherein the fixed portion comprises a first profile and the mobile portion comprises a second profile; said first profile and second profile forming the profile against which the feeler pin strikes in a first position;
wherein the fixed portion comprises a further first profile and the mobile portion comprises a further second profile; said further first profile and said further second profile forming the profile against which the feeler pin strikes in a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,814

DEARMER POSITIONING SYSTEM

The United States of Amer...

1. A dearmer positioning system, comprising:two assemblies, each of said two assemblies adapted to circumscribe a dearmer, each of said two assemblies includes two half rings, a one-piece outer ring, and a plurality of threaded fasteners,
said two half rings joined to one another to define a full ring to include a first central opening to define a first diameter, said full ring includes a periphery defining a second diameter,
said one-piece outer ring includes a second central opening to define a third diameter, said one-piece outer ring includes a periphery to define a fourth diameter, wherein said third diameter is greater than said second diameter, and wherein said full ring slidingly fits in said second central opening of said outer ring, and
wherein said plurality of threaded fasteners threadably to engage said one-piece outer ring and accessible from said periphery of said one-piece outer ring, each of said threaded fasteners extends radially through said one-piece outer ring and into said central opening of said one-piece outer ring to engage said periphery of said full ring.

US Pat. No. 10,337,813

BULLPUP CONVERSION KIT FOR FIREARM

Manticore Arms, Inc., El...

1. A bullpup conversion kit for a firearm including an upper receiver, a barrel extending from the upper receiver, and a trigger pack with a removable trigger, said bullpup conversion kit comprising:a lower receiver extending longitudinally between a front end and a rear end;
said front end of said lower receiver including a trigger slot;
said lower receiver including a topside channel that is configured to receive at least part of the upper receiver of the firearm;
said top side channel of said lower receiver including a trigger pack pocket positioned longitudinally between said trigger slot and said rear end of said lower receiver that is configured to receive the trigger pack of the firearm;
a trigger bar assembly entirely received within said topside channel of said lower receiver, said trigger bar assembly including a trigger bar, a front trigger mount, and a trigger shoe;
said trigger bar extending between a forward end and a rearward end;
said front trigger mount disposed on said forward end of said trigger bar and configured to receive the removable trigger of the firearm;
said trigger shoe including an upper end that is configured to be pivotally coupled to the trigger pack in place of the removable trigger for movement between a forward position and a firing position; and a lower end that is coupled to said rearward end of said trigger bar
said trigger shoe including a trigger bar pin that is fixedly coupled to a lower end of said trigger shoe and said rearward end of said trigger bar including a trigger bar slot, wherein said trigger bar pin is received in said trigger bar slot when said trigger shoe is in said forward position and said firing position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,812

ACTIVE MAGAZINE DISENGAGEMENT STRUCTURE

GUAY GUAY TRADING CO., LT...

1. A magazine disengagement structure for a magazine body having a trigger device configured to move a bullet therein, comprising:an interlocking device in said magazine body, wherein said interlocking device has an interlocking portion configured to be pushed by said trigger device to rotate said interlocking device about a first axis; and
an on-off device at a top of said magazine body, wherein said on-off device has a buckle portion configured to engage with a fastening portion of said interlocking device at a higher level than said interlocking portion of said interlocking device, wherein said interlocking device is configured to rotate about said first axis to release said buckle portion from said fastening portion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,811

OVERMOLD FIREARM CHARGING HANDLE

AXTS, INC., Redmond, OR ...

1. An overmold charging handle, comprising:a shaft assembly including a first end configured to operably couple to a firearm and a second end opposite the first end;
a latch to prevent movement of the shaft assembly away from the firearm when in a closed position; and
a first material-cored handle fastened to the second end of the shaft assembly, the first material-cored handle comprising:
an exterior of a second material that is different than the first material, wherein the exterior exposes a section of a core of the first material-cored handle; and
a through hole located on the section of the core, wherein the first material-cored handle is fastened to the second end of the shaft assembly using the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,337,810

TAKEDOWN PIN FOR A RIFLE

JUGGERNAUT TACTICAL, INC....

20. A takedown pin for a rifle comprising:an elongated body having a first end portion;
the elongated body having a second end portion opposite the first end portion;
the elongated body having an intermediate portion between the first and second end portions;
the first and second end portions having cylindrical exterior surfaces of a selected diameter, such that each has a selected cross sectional area;
the intermediate portion having a cross sectional profile having an area less than the selected cross sectional area of the end portions;
the intermediate portion being circumscribed by a cylindrical profile defined by the surfaces of the end portions; and
including a spring configured to be received on a portion of the body and operable to bias the body in a first direction parallel to the length of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,337,809

MAGAZINE FOR CASED TELESCOPED AMMUNITION CARTRIDGES WITH SIDE-WALLS HAVING CARTRIDGE ORIENTATION RIBS

AAI Corporation, Hunt Va...

1. A magazine configured to store cased telescoped (CT) cartridges and deliver the CT cartridges to a firearm, comprising:two side-walls extending along a length of a loading channel;
two end-walls extending along a width of the loading channel, connecting the sidewalls; and
wherein each one of the side-walls includes a vertically extending side-wall rib that projects inwards into the loading channel, wherein the side-wall ribs are located opposite each other and positioned in alignment with a location of a circumferential groove in each CT cartridge to be loaded into the magazine, such that the side-wall ribs prevent a backwards oriented CT cartridge from being pushed from a loading position in the magazine through the loading channel into a body of the magazine.

US Pat. No. 10,337,808

CONDENSER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A condenser comprising:a core part that is formed by stacking a plurality of tubes in which a refrigerant in a refrigeration cycle flows, and that exchanges heat between the refrigerant and an external fluid flowing outside the plurality of tubes;
a header tank that is disposed at an end of the plurality of tubes in a longitudinal direction of the plurality of tubes, and that extends in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the plurality of tubes so as to be in fluid communication with the plurality of tubes;
a first modulator tank that is in fluid communication with an interior of the header tank to allow the refrigerant from the header tank to flow into the first modulator tank, and that is provided along the header tank on one side of the header tank in the longitudinal direction of the plurality of tubes; and
a second modulator tank that is in fluid communication with an interior of the first modulator tank and is provided along a lower edge of the core part in a gravity direction, wherein
the first modulator tank and the second modulator tank separate the refrigerant flowing into the modulator tanks into a gas-phase refrigerant and a liquid-phase refrigerant, and store an excess refrigerant in the refrigeration cycle,
the header tank defines a communicating space therein that is in fluid communication with the interior of the first modulator tank and an interior of the second modulator tank,
the liquid-phase refrigerant separated by at least one of the first modulator tank and the second modulator tank flows into the communicating space,
the core part has a supercooling portion that supercools the liquid-phase refrigerant by exchanging heat between the liquid-phase refrigerant and the external fluid,
the communicating space defined in the header tank and the supercooling portion of the core part are in fluid communication with each other via an introduction passage,
the introduction passage guides the liquid-phase refrigerant in the communicating space to flow into the supercooling portion,
the communicating space and the introduction passage are in fluid communication with each other via a first connection part,
the communicating space and the second modulator tank are in fluid communication with each other via a second connection part, and
the first connection part is located at a position which is lower relative to the second connection part in the gravity direction.

US Pat. No. 10,337,807

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH COOLANT CHANNEL AND PANEL

MAHLE International GmbH,...

1. A heat exchanger for cooling a media flow, the heat exchanger comprising:a plurality of tubes, at least a portion of the plurality of tubes being received at ends in a respective tube sheet, wherein the tubes between two tube sheets are received in a housing, which is connected to the tube sheets in a fluid-tight manner;
a coolant channel formed by an outwardly directed shaped region along an outer wall delimiting the housing, the coolant channel having an opening that is directed in a direction of an inner volume of the housing and via which the coolant channel is in fluid communication with the inner volume of the housing, wherein the opening is at least partially covered by a panel that is attached to an inwardly directed surface of the outer wall of the housing, which has the coolant channel; and
a gap formed between an edge delimiting the opening and the panel,
wherein an edge of the panel that extends in a direction of the main extension direction of the coolant channel tapers from a first end to a second end, such that a width of the gap between the edge of the panel and the edge of the coolant channel that delimits the opening, increases or decreases in the direction of the main extension direction of the coolant channel.

US Pat. No. 10,337,806

FIN PLATE, FRAME COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE SUCH PLATE AND HEAT EXCHANGER COMPRISING SAID FRAME

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

10. A heat exchanger comprising:a stack of heat exchange modules, wherein each module has a flow cell for a fluid that is to be cooled and a flow cell for a cooling fluid,
wherein the modules are side by side and thermally coupled together,
wherein the flow cell for the fluid that is to be cooled and/or the flow cell for the cooling fluid includes a frame, the frame including two finned plates,
wherein each finned plate comprises a base and a plurality of heat exchange fins extending from said base, said fins being distributed over at least two strips of fins, being mutually parallel, wherein two adjacent strips of fins among the strips of fins are separated in a direction perpendicular to the direction of said strips of fins by a flat strip not having any fins,
wherein each fin has two distinct ends secured to the base,
wherein the base has an opening between the respective ends of each fin, and
wherein the finned plates are nested together in such a manner that the fins of the first finned plate are inserted in facing spaces of flat strips of the second finned plate and are arranged head-to-toe relative to the adjacent fins of the second finned plate,
wherein two adjacent strips of fins are separated by a discontinuous flat strip formed by a succession of segments spaced apart by openings.

US Pat. No. 10,337,805

HEAT STORAGE DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A heat storage device comprising:a heat storage container having an inlet and an outlet for a heat medium;
a plurality of plate-like heat storage bodies stacked in the heat storage container, each of the plurality of heat storage bodies comprising a heat storage material and an envelope containing the heat storage material;
a plurality of plate-like spacers, each placed between respective pairs of the heat storage bodies in the heat storage container, each of the plurality of plate-like spacers having a plurality of contact portions that are in contact with one of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies and a plurality of non-contact portions that are spaced from the one of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies, the contact portions for the one of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies defining non-contact portions for the other of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies and the non-contact portions for the one of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies defining contact portions for the other of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies, and the contact portions and the non-contact portions being alternately formed in a specific direction; and
a plurality of flow paths for leading the heat medium from the inlet to the outlet, the flow paths being formed by a surface of the heat storage body and the respective non-contact portions and extending in a direction intersecting the specific direction, wherein
the plurality of plate-like spacers are disposed in the heat storage container without direct connection to one another, and each of the heat storage bodies is deformable relative to the non-contact portion of an adjacent one of the plurality of plate-like spacers in the heat storage container,
wherein the heat storage material changes from a first state to a second state upon heat exchange with the heat medium, the plurality of heat storage bodies expand or contract in response to the heat storage material changes from the first state to the second state, and a volume of the heat storage material increases from 10% to 20% upon changing to the second state, and
when a distance in a thickness direction of the plurality of plate-like spacers between a point of contact of the contact portion with the at least one heat storage body and a point of the non-contact portion farthest from the at least one heat storage body is defined as L and a thickness of the at least one heat storage body is defined as T, in the first state, L/T is between 0.2 and 0.4.

US Pat. No. 10,337,803

DUAL-PHASE FLUID HEATING/COOLING CIRCUIT PROVIDED WITH TEMPERATURE-SENSING FLOW CONTROL VALVES

ALENIA AERMACCHI S.p.A., ...

1. A passively-operating heating/cooling circuit designed to transfer heat from a hot body to a cold body using a two-phase fluid as the working fluid, the circuit comprising:an evaporator device adapted to receive heat from the hot body;
a condenser device adapted to transmit heat to the cold body;
a first conduit through which the working fluid, in vapour phase, flows from the evaporator device to the condenser device; and
a second conduit through which the working fluid, in liquid phase, flows from the condenser device to the evaporator device;
wherein the evaporator device comprises a first evaporator portion, which is in fluid communication with the second conduit and acts as a reservoir or compensation chamber containing the working fluid in liquid phase, a second evaporator portion, which is in fluid communication with the first conduit and contains the working fluid in vapour phase, and a porous wick arranged between the first and second evaporator portions to move the working fluid by capillarity from the first evaporator portion to the second evaporator portion through the porous wick;
at least one first passive thermal expansion valve placed upstream of the evaporator device and at least one first passive thermal expansion valve placed downstream of the evaporator device, said first passive thermal expansion valves being sensitive to the temperature of the working fluid through the evaporator device and being automatically movable without external control between a closed position, in which said first passive thermal expansion valves interrupt flow of the working fluid along the circuit when the temperature of the working fluid sensed by said first passive thermal expansion valves is lower than a first threshold value, and an open position, in which said first passive thermal expansion valves adjust the flow of the working fluid along the circuit depending on the temperature of the working fluid sensed by said first passive thermal expansion valves, when said temperature is higher than said first threshold value,
and at least one second passive thermal expansion valve placed upstream of the condenser device and at least one second passive thermal expansion valve placed downstream of the condenser device, said second passive thermal expansion valves being sensitive to the temperature of the working fluid through the condenser device and being automatically movable without external control between a closed position, in which said second passive thermal expansion valves interrupt the flow of the working fluid along the circuit when the temperature of the working fluid sensed by said second passive thermal expansion valves is higher than a second threshold value less than the first threshold value, and an open position, in which said second passive thermal expansion valves adjust the flow of the working fluid along the circuit depending on the temperature of the working fluid sensed by said second passive thermal expansion valves, when said temperature is lower than said second threshold value,
each of said first and second passive thermal expansion valves comprising:
a valve seat delimiting a fluid passage opening through which the working fluid flows, a closer controlling the flow of the working fluid through the fluid passage opening, the closer being movable relative to the valve seat between an open position and a closed position; and
a controller connected to the closer, the controller being in direct contact with the working fluid and moving the closer between said open position and said closed position depending on temperature of the working fluid contacting the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,337,802

EVAPORATION COOLING DEVICES AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF REMOVING HEAT FROM HOT SPOTS

Georgia Tech Research Cor...

1. A capillary trap-vapor pump, comprising:a heated interface surface for receiving thermal energy,
a contoured cavity adjacent the heated interface surface,
at least one flow channel, wherein the at least one flow channel is configured to flow a fluid to the heated interface surface, where the at least one flow channel opens into the contoured cavity; and
a capillary opening disposed above the heated interface surface, wherein the capillary opening is an opening of a capillary tube at a first end of the capillary tube, wherein the capillary opening forms a top boundary of the contoured cavity, wherein the heated interface surface forms a boundary of the contoured cavity, wherein side surfaces of a contoured structure forms a side boundary of the contoured cavity; and
wherein the heated interface surface causes the fluid to evaporate and form a vapor bubble within the contoured cavity, wherein the vapor is removed from within the vapor bubble using the capillary tube,
wherein the side surfaces of the contoured structure are hydrophilic, wherein a surface of the heated interface surface is hydrophilic, wherein an inside surface of the capillary tube is hydrophobic.

US Pat. No. 10,337,801

HEAT EXCHANGER FOR COOLING A FLOW OF CHARGE AIR, AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

MODINE MANUFACTURING COMP...

1. A heat exchanger for cooling a flow of charge air, comprising:a heat exchanger core having alternating coolant plates and air fins arranged in a core stacking direction and a top plate at one end of the heat exchanger core in the core stacking direction;
a housing comprising an air inlet, an air outlet, an aperture through which the coolant plates and air fins are received into the housing, a bearing surface, and a peripheral wall located peripheral to the bearing surface, the peripheral wall including a first slot on a first side of the housing and a second slot on a second side of the housing, the second side being opposite of the first side of the housing;
a gasket compressed between a first face of the top plate and the housing to provide an air seal at the aperture; and
a retaining member disposed against a second face of the top plate, the retaining member comprising a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion;
wherein the top plate is disposed on top of the bearing surface;
wherein the top plate is at least partially located within the housing and extends from the first side of the housing to the second side of the housing;
wherein the first end portion engages the first slot and the second end portion engages the second slot; and
wherein the retaining member is elastically deformed to secure the retaining member to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,800

MODULAR PLATE AND SHELL HEAT EXCHANGER

Westinghouse Electric Com...

1. A heat exchanger, comprising:an elongated pressure vessel shell having an axial dimension with a removable head at one end of the axial dimension, a primary fluid inlet, a primary fluid outlet, a secondary fluid inlet, a drain outlet and a heat transfer assembly comprising:
a primary fluid inlet conduit extending into the pressure vessel from the primary fluid inlet;
a primary fluid outlet conduit extending into the pressure vessel from the primary fluid outlet;
a plurality of pairs of heat transfer plates supported in tandem with each of the pairs of plates sealed around a periphery to define a primary fluid flow channel in between a first and second heat transfer plate of each pair, with each pair having a heat transfer plate inlet opening fluidly connected either directly or indirectly to the primary fluid inlet conduit and a heat transfer plate outlet opening fluidly connected either directly or indirectly to the primary fluid outlet conduit to form a parallel flow path with flow in the same direction as the parallel flow path through each of the other pairs of heat transfer plates in a direction orthogonal to the axial dimension of the pressure vessel shell; and
a spacer module configured to preserve room for later adding heat transfer capacity, the spacer module comprising a first support plate, a second support plate spaced from and disposed opposite the first support plate, and at least one support extending between the first and second support plates,
wherein the plurality of pairs of heat transfer plates are arranged in modules with at least one of the modules, including at least one of the pairs of heat transfer plates, connected in tandem with an adjacent module or the primary fluid inlet or the primary fluid outlet with a nondestructively removable mechanical coupling,
wherein the spacer module has substantially less heat transfer capacity than the modules of pairs of heat transfer plates, the spacer module being connected in tandem with the modules of pairs of heat transfer plates, the spacer module being at least as long in the axial dimension as the modules of the pairs of heat transfer plates and having an inlet duct passing axially therethrough, fluidly connected either directly or indirectly to the primary fluid inlet conduit and an outlet duct passing axially therethrough, fluidly connected either directly or indirectly to the primary fluid outlet conduit,
wherein the inlet duct comprises a first pipe and the outlet duct comprises a second pipe each spanning between said first support plate and said second support plate and
wherein the first pipe forms a portion of the primary fluid inlet conduit; and wherein the second pipe forms a portion of the primary fluid outlet conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,337,799

DUAL DUTY MICROCHANNEL HEAT EXCHANGER

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. A transport refrigeration system comprising:a prime mover; and
a refrigeration unit including a compressor including a first compressor stage and a second compressor stage and a heat exchanger, the heat exchanger being arranged in fluid communication with the prime mover, the heat exchanger comprising:
a first tube bank including a first group of flattened tube segments extending longitudinally in a spaced, parallel relationship, each flattened tube segment of the first group of flattened tube segments defines a plurality of flow passages;
a second tube bank including a second group of flattened tube segments and a third group of flattened tube segments extending longitudinally in a spaced, parallel relationship, each of the second group of flattened tube segments and the third group of flattened tube segments defines a plurality of flow passages, the second tube bank disposed behind the first tube bank with a leading edge of the second tube bank spaced from a trailing edge of the first tube bank, the second group of flattened tube segments is fluidly coupled to the first tube bank and is configured to receive a first fluid and the third group of flattened tube segments is configured to receive a second fluid, the third group of flattened tube segments being arranged in fluid communication with the prime mover;
wherein at least one of the first tube bank and the second tube bank further comprises a fourth group of flattened tube segments, the fourth group of flattened tube segments being configured to receive the first fluid, wherein the first fluid is provided to the fourth group of flattened tube segments from the first compression stage and has a different temperature than the first fluid provided to the second group of flattened tube segments; and
a fan configured to provide an airflow across the first tube bank and the second tube bank sequentially.

US Pat. No. 10,337,798

INJECTION LANCE SHIELD FOR METAL PRODUCTION FURNACE

1. A shield for accessing an interior of a furnace, the furnace having an aperture in its wall, the shield comprising:an outer shell, an inner shell fitted into said outer shell, and a face plate joining said outer and inner shells;
said outer shell comprising a convex external surface and a concave internal surface, said external surface and internal surface of said outer shell terminating in an external rim, said external rim being sized and shaped to fit the aperture of the furnace wall;
said inner shell comprising a convex internal surface and a concave external surface, said internal surface and external surface of said inner shell terminating in an internal rim, said internal rim sized and shaped to fit within said external rim of said outer shell;
said face plate joining said external rim to said internal rim with said convex internal surface of said inner shell and said concave internal surface of said outer shell facing each other and defining a fluid chamber for coolant flow between them, said face plate comprising an aperture for coolant entry and an aperture for coolant exit;
said outer and inner shells each having an aperture through each, the aperture in said outer shell being aligned with the aperture in said inner shell, the aperture in one of said outer shell and said inner shell having a boss around it on the internal surface of that shell and the aperture in the other of said outer shell and said inner shell having a seat around it on the internal surface of that shell, said seat receiving said boss and sealing said fluid chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,337,797

REFRACTORY DELTA COOLING SYSTEM

NUCOR CORPORATION, Charl...

1. A refractory delta, comprising:a cold-face side and a hot-face side formed from a unitary portion of refractory material;
one or more electrode apertures, wherein the one or more electrode apertures extend through the refractory delta from the cold-face side to the hot-face side, and wherein the one or more electrode apertures are configured to receive one or more electrodes;
a plurality of cooling apertures, wherein the plurality of cooling apertures extend from the cold-face side into the refractory delta; and
wherein the plurality of cooling apertures are configured to receive a cooling liquid that draws heat from the refractory delta and evaporates to allow replacement cooling liquid to further draw heat from the refractory delta.

US Pat. No. 10,337,796

DOUBLE-SEALING TYPE APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING SPRAY FREEZE ICE BALL PARTICLES AND COLLECTING METHOD THEREOF

SOOCHOW UNIVERSITY, Suzh...

1. A double-sealing type apparatus for collecting spray freeze ice ball particles, comprising:a collector,
a collecting trolley,
a vacuum pumping device,
a heating device,
a first sealing pad, and
a second sealing pad, wherein the collector is arranged on the collecting trolley and is provided with a collecting port, the collecting port corresponding to a discharging port at the bottom of a freezing tower and is configured to be aligned with the discharging port, and the discharging port and the collecting port are opened or closed by a first baffle and a second baffle, respectively;
a water inlet is further arranged at the collecting port, and the water inlet is in communication with a space which is formed by the aligning of the collecting port and the discharging port, and ice sealing is formed between the collecting port and the discharging port in case that water is injected into the water inlet; and
the vacuum pumping device is in communication with an internal space of the collector, the heating device and the first sealing pad are arranged at the collecting port, sealing between the collecting port and the discharging port is formed by the first sealing pad in case that the collecting port is aligned with the discharging port, and the second sealing pad is arranged at the bottom of the collector.

US Pat. No. 10,337,795

DRYING MACHINE FOR PASTY AND/OR GRANULAR SUBSTANCES AND SPACER FOR ROLLERS OF CONVEYOR BELTS FOR SUCH DRYING MACHINE

1. A drying machine for pasty or granular substances, which comprises a supporting frame for a plurality of superimposed parallel conveyor belts, said frame being provided with lateral openings for the passage of air, each conveyor belt being supported by a plurality of parallel spaced rollers which are pivoted to the frame, said rollers being surrounded by spacers which are adapted to define, between the rollers and each conveyor belt, each of said conveyor belts configured to convey said substances, air passage spaces configured to dry said substances, wherein each roller of each conveyor belt is surrounded by a single helical body with spaced turns that define said air passage space between the roller and each conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,337,794

FOOD DEHYDRATOR

National Presto Industrie...

1. A food dehydrator comprising:a base portion including an upper base surface defining a base central aperture, a base circumferential inner wall, and a base circumferential outer wall, the base circumferential inner wall and the base circumferential outer wall defining a base perimeter channel;
a carrying tray including a carrying tray upper surface defining a carrying tray central aperture, an interior surface, an upper channel surface having one or more apertures, and an exterior surface defining a carrying tray perimeter channel; and
a cover portion,
wherein the carrying tray is configured for liftable placement on the upper base surface of the base portion to define a dehydrating configuration such that the interior surface of the carry tray is proximate to the base circumferential inner wall of the base portion, the exterior surface of the carrying tray is proximate to the base circumferential outer wall, and the carrying tray perimeter channel and the base circumferential perimeter channel align and cooperatively define an air supply plenum, and
wherein the cover portion is configured for liftable placement on the carrying tray such that the cover portion fluidly encloses the air supply plenum in the dehydrating configuration; and
wherein the carrying tray is configured upon inversion for liftable placement on the upper base surface of the base portion to define a storage configuration, such that the interior surface of the carrying tray is proximate to the base circumferential inner wall of the base portion, the exterior surface of the carrying tray is proximate to the base circumferential outer wall, and the carrying tray perimeter channel is at least partially nested within the base perimeter channel.

US Pat. No. 10,337,792

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF ARGON BY CRYOGENIC RECTIFICATION OF AIR

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method for producing argon in a cryogenic air separation unit comprising the steps of:(a) rectifying a feed air stream in a higher pressure column and a lower pressure column of the cryogenic air separation unit to produce an oxygen product stream and a nitrogen product stream, wherein the higher pressure column and the lower pressure column each have a plurality of separation stages configured to separate nitrogen and oxygen from a descending liquid stream and an ascending vapor stream in the respective columns;
(b) rectifying an argon-oxygen-containing stream taken from the lower pressure column in an argon column configured to produce an argon-rich vapor stream and an argon-oxygen containing liquid;
(c) directing the argon rich vapor stream from the argon column to a down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser configured to achieve simultaneous heat and mass transfer in one or more boiling passages of the stripping reflux condenser, the stripping reflux condenser disposed at an intermediate location within a lower pressure column of the cryogenic air separation unit;
(d) directing the argon-oxygen containing liquid from the argon column to an intermediate location of the lower pressure column below the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser;
(e) mixing a flow of an oxygen-enriched liquid from the higher pressure column of the cryogenic air separation unit with the descending liquid in the lower pressure column in a collection trough disposed in the lower pressure column at a location immediately above the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser to form an oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream;
(f) feeding the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream to the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser;
(g) condensing the argon rich vapor stream against the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream in the argon condensing assembly to produce a argon-rich liquid stream while vaporizing a portion of the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream in the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser and stripping nitrogen from the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream, the stripped nitrogen included in the vaporized portion, wherein the stripping of nitrogen from the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream in the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser is equivalent to the stripping of nitrogen that occurs in 2 stages to 8 stages of separation in the lower pressure column;
(h) releasing the vaporized portion of the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream including the separated nitrogen from the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser into the lower pressure column at a location proximate the top of the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser;
(i) releasing the non-vaporized portion of the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream from the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser into the lower pressure column at a location proximate the bottom of the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser; and
(j) removing at least a portion of the argon-rich liquid stream from the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser in the lower pressure column;
wherein the flow of the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream within the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser is sufficient to keep surfaces of the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser wetted and prevent the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser from boiling to dryness; and
wherein argon recovery from the cryogenic air separation unit is increased by virtue of the separation of nitrogen from the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream in the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser.

US Pat. No. 10,337,791

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR THE SEPARATION BY CRYOGENIC DISTILLATION OF A MIXTURE OF METHANE, CARBON DIOXIDE AND HYDROGEN

1. A process for controlling a cryogenic separation of a feed mixture comprising carbon monoxide, hydrogen and at least 2% methane, the process comprising the steps of:i) providing the feed mixture to a cold box, wherein the feed mixture is sourced from a syngas production facility, wherein a flow rate of the feed mixture is measured;
ii) cooling the feed mixture in a heat exchanger to produce a cold feed mixture at a first temperature;
iii) introducing the cold feed mixture to a methane wash column to produce a gas enriched in hydrogen and a liquid reduced in hydrogen;
iv) withdrawing the liquid reduced in hydrogen from the methane wash column and introducing the liquid reduced in hydrogen to a flash column to produce an impure hydrogen gas at a top portion of the flash column and a bottoms liquid comprising carbon monoxide and methane, wherein the flash column comprises a bottom reboiler;
v) introducing the bottoms liquid to a distillation column to produce a carbon monoxide-rich top gas and a methane-rich bottoms liquid;
vi) removing the methane-rich bottoms liquid from a bottom section of the distillation column;
vii) introducing a first portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid to the methane wash column;
viii) vaporizing a second portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid in the heat exchanger against the feed mixture;
wherein the bottom section of the distillation column comprises a liquid distributor, a reboiler section, and a storage section, wherein the liquid distributor is configured to receive falling liquid from within the distillation column and send the falling liquid to the reboiler section, wherein the storage section is configured to receive an overflow liquid from the reboiler section, wherein the liquid distributor is disposed above the storage section and the reboiler section, wherein the reboiler section and the storage section are disposed side by side within the bottom section of the distillation column, wherein a partition wall separates the storage section from the reboiler section, wherein the methane-rich bottoms liquid removed in step vi) is removed from the storage section of the bottom section; and
ix) adjusting a flow rate of the methane-rich bottoms liquid removed from the bottom section in step vi) based on the flow rate of the feed mixture,
wherein a flow rate of the second portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid that is vaporized in the heat exchanger is adjusted higher if the measured flow rate of the feed mixture increases and is adjusted lower if the measured flow rate of the feed mixture decreases,
wherein the flow rate of the second portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid vaporized in the heat exchanger is adjusted in order to maintain the cold feed mixture at the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,790

REFRIGERATED STORAGE UNIT

MARS Company, Takasaki-s...

1. A refrigerated storage unit comprising:a refrigeration chamber comprising an internal chamber;
a cooling system for cooling air inside the internal chamber to provide cold air;
a blower system for sending the cold air through a guidance passage above a top plate provided inside the internal chamber into the internal chamber, wherein the blower system includes a first blower and a second blower,
wherein the first blower is provided in the top plate, and wherein the second blower is provided inside the internal chamber below the top plate,
wherein the first blower blows a first flow of the cold air toward a lower side of the internal chamber in a vertical direction,
wherein the first flow of the cold air is able to be varied by a second flow of air blown from the second blower in a horizontal direction;
an in-chamber temperature sensor provided in the internal chamber for detecting a temperature inside the internal chamber;
a food temperature sensor provided inside the internal chamber for detecting a temperature of a content provided inside the internal chamber; and
a controller for controlling driving of the blower system based on a result detected by at least one of the in-chamber temperature sensor and the food temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,789

REFRIGERATOR WITH REMOVABLE WATER TANK

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet that defines a storage compartment;
a door that is configured to open and close the storage compartment; and
a water tank that is detachably mounted on the door and that comprises:
a handle that is configured for a user to grasp;
a storage unit that is configured to store water, that defines an opening, that is rotatably coupled to the handle, and that comprises:
a first wall that faces an inner surface of the door based on the water tank being mounted on the door;
a second wall provided opposite to the first wall; and
a shaft coupled to the handle and located closer to the first wall than the second wall,
wherein the handle extends from the shaft toward the second wall;
a valve that is configured to selectively dispense water, that is mounted on lower portion of the storage unit, that is located below the shaft, and that is located closer to the first wall than the second wall; and
a cover that is detachably coupled to the storage unit and that is configured to cover the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,337,788

REFRIGERATOR COMPRISING VACUUM SPACE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A home appliance or a vacuum wall, comprising:an inner case;
an outer case spaced apart from the inner case by a vacuum space configured to insulate the outer case from the inner case; and
a reinforcing frame provided in the vacuum space to contact one of an outer surface of the inner case and an inner surface of the outer case,
wherein the reinforcing frame has (i) a height smaller than a width of the vacuum space formed between the inner case and the outer case, and (ii) a length along an extended direction of the reinforcing frame that is larger than the width of the vacuum space formed between the inner case and the outer case,
wherein edges of the inner case and the outer case are configured to be connected with a cover to seal the vacuum space, and
wherein the reinforcing frame is placed in the vacuum space to reinforce strength of the inner case and the outer case prior to sealing the vacuum space.

US Pat. No. 10,337,787

VACUUM INSULATION PANEL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING VACUUM INSULATION PANEL, AND REFRIGERATOR INCLUDING VACUUM INSULATION PANEL

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising a vacuum insulation panel, wherein the vacuum insulation panel comprises:a core material;
a covering material disposed outside the core material to form an accommodation space in which the core material is accommodated;
a first adsorbent disposed in the accommodation space to be activated at a temperature higher than room temperature and to remove at least one of gases and water present in the accommodation space;
a path on which an electromagnetic wave moves toward the adsorbent; and
a shielding layer disposed in the accommodation space to prevent at least one of gases and water from penetrating the accommodation space, and having a portion discontinuously disposed in a longitudinal direction of the vacuum insulation panel to be positioned outside the path.

US Pat. No. 10,337,786

VACUUM HEAT INSULATING BODY, AND HEAT INSULATING CONTAINER AND HEAT INSULATING WALL EMPLOYING SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A vacuum heat insulating body comprising:a core material having air permeability; and
an enveloping member which vacuum seals the core material,
wherein the core material is formed of at least two layers of heat insulating core materials having different heat conductivities,
at least two of the at least two layers of the heat insulating core materials are formed of materials having different change gradients in the heat conductivity as a function of temperature from each other, and
superimposed plots of the change gradients of the core materials of the at least two layers intersect.

US Pat. No. 10,337,785

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a body;
a storage compartment provided with an open front side in the body;
a door including a first door and a second door coupled with the body to open or close the open front side of the storage compartment;
a rotating bar rotatably coupled with the first door; and
a guide device provided at the body to induce the rotating bar to rotate,
wherein the guide device comprises:
a moveable member that is moved linearly according to opening or closing of the second door;
a rotating member which rotates in connection with the moveable member; and
a guide that is moved linearly in connection with the rotating member in a direction opposite to that of the moveable member to guide the rotating bar to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,337,783

CARRY BAG WITH INSULATED MEDICINE COMPARTMENT AND RELATED METHODS

1. A system comprising:a mobile wireless communications device; and
a carry bag comprising
a pouch having an opening therein,
at least one divider within the pouch defining a medical container compartment and a storage compartment,
insulation lining the medical container compartment,
a temperature sensor carried by the pouch and configured to monitor temperature within the medical container compartment,
a wireless transceiver carried by the pouch, and
a processor carried by the pouch and cooperating with the temperature sensor and the wireless transceiver to send temperature data to the mobile wireless communications device;
wherein the mobile wireless communications device is configured to
select at least one medicine from among a plurality of different medicines each having different recommended storage temperature ranges associated therewith,
determine a safe temperature range based upon the at least one medicine selected, and
generate an alert when the temperature within the medical container compartment is outside of the safe storage temperature range;
wherein the carry bag further comprises at least one pocket on an exterior surface thereof, and a changing pad coupled to the exterior surface of the carry bag that folds to cover the at least one pocket when in a closed position and unfolds to reveal the at least one pocket when in an open position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,782

LIGHTWEIGHT, PORTABLE, EXTERNAL NUCLEATION FAN GUN

Snow Realm Holdings, LLC,...

1. A method of making snow using a fan gun comprising:providing a structure for said fan gun;
using a fan mounted on said structure, that blows air through a fan barrel to generate a column of air exiting said fan barrel;
creating an atomized water mist of water nuclei in open air using an external nucleator by passing water under pressure through a nucleation nozzle;
generating an expanded flow of compressed air using an air nozzle that intersects said atomized water mist in open air, said air nozzle located sufficiently close to said nucleation nozzle and having a sufficient high pressure to break apart water particles of said atomized. water mist, and said expanded flow of compressed air being sufficiently expansive to freeze broken apart water particles of said atomized water mist, in open air, to create frozen water nuclei;
creating a fan-shaped water spray using spray nozzles located at an. opening of said fan barrel that intersect said column of air so that said fan-shaped spray and said frozen nuclei are projected by said column of air from said fan barrel and combine to create snowflakes.

US Pat. No. 10,337,781

VARIABLE SPEED DRIVE CONTROL FOR CHILLER COAST-THROUGH

Johnson Controls Technolo...

11. A control system for a chiller system comprising:a control panel, the control panel configured to:
deactivate a variable speed drive in response to sensing that an input power to the chiller system is less than a predetermined threshold;
determine that the input power is restored when the input power is greater than or equal to the predetermined threshold;
determine a motor rotation and motor rotational speed; and
in response to determining that the input power is restored and the motor is rotating in the forward direction:
set an output frequency of the variable speed drive to approximately equal the motor rotational speed; and
increase the output frequency of the variable speed drive and the motor rotational speed to approximately equal a predetermined motor rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,337,780

VARIABLE REFRIGERANT FLOW SYSTEM OPERATION IN LOW AMBIENT CONDITIONS

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:a compressor coupled to a first coil through a first valve and a second coil through a second valve, wherein the first coil and the second coil are further coupled to a third coil, the compressor being operable to compress refrigerant and pump the refrigerant out of a first compressor opening into the first and second coils and receive the refrigerant through a second compressor opening after the refrigerant has passed through the third coil;
one or more first fans operable to blow ambient air across the first coil;
one or more second fans operable to blow ambient air across the second coil;
a first expansion valve coupled to and positioned between the first coil and the third coil;
a second expansion valve coupled to and positioned between the second coil and the third coil;
one or more sensors positioned to sense a pressure of the refrigerant circulating through the system; and
a controller operable to trigger a low ambient temperature mode to:
configure the first coil as an active coil by energizing one or more of the first fans;
configure the second coil as an inactive coil by de-energizing the one or more second fans;
monitor the refrigerant pressure based on data received from the one or more sensors;
in response to determining that the refrigerant pressure is below a low threshold pressure:
operate the first expansion valve to reduce refrigerant flow into the first coil and increase refrigerant flow through the second coil and into the third coil;
determine whether the first expansion valve is closed; and
in response to determining that the first expansion valve is closed, shut off the compressor and the one or more first fans; and
in response to determining that the refrigerant pressure is above a high threshold pressure, operate the second expansion valve to reduce refrigerant flow through the second coil and increase refrigerant flow through the first coil and into the third coil.

US Pat. No. 10,337,779

GAS RECOVERY SYSTEM, COMPRESSOR SYSTEM, AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A gas recovery system that separates a mixed gas, in which a process gas compressed by a compressor and an inert gas supplied to a seal portion of the compressor are mixed together, into the process gas and the inert gas, the gas recovery system comprising:a cooling section that cools and liquefies the process gas contained in the mixed gas by cooling the mixed gas at a temperature that is higher than a condensation temperature of the inert gas and lower than a condensation temperature of the process gas;
a separating section that separates the mixed gas cooled in the cooling section into the process gas in a liquid state and the inert gas in a gas state; and
a process gas recovery line that is connected to the separating section and that circulates and gasifies the liquid-state process gas and then supplies the process gas into the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,778

ECONOMIZER COMPONENT AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEM THEREOF

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. An economizer component, comprising: a housing; an economizer chamber and an inter-stage flow path chamber, formed inside the housing by using a separator; a condenser connecting port and an evaporator connecting port, disposed on the economizer chamber; a first connecting port and a second connecting port, connected in a multi-stage compressor unit and disposed on the inter-stage flow path chamber; and the economizer chamber being in fluid connection with the inter-stage flow path chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,337,777

CONTROLLING AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

Lennox Industries, Inc., ...

1. An HVAC system comprising:a controller;
an evaporator;
a condenser:
one or more compressors;
a plurality of sensors, including at least one pressure sensor, the plurality of sensors capable of detecting a stress event, the stress event comprising operating a portion of the HVAC system with a refrigerant pressure above a predetermined pressure value for the portion of the HVAC system; and
a stress module communicatively coupled to the plurality of sensors and to the controller;
wherein the stress module is operable, in response to the controller receiving a request for an operation of the HVAC system, to:
determine whether to allow the operation based at least in part on detecting the stress event;
restrict the requested operation if the stress module determines to not allow the operation;
identify at least one stress operation to allow based in part on a measured pressure at the at least one pressure sensor exceeding the predetermined pressure value for the portion of the HVAC system, if the operation is restricted; and
allow at least one stress operation based on the identification, wherein the at least one stress operation comprises adjusting a refrigerant flow rate;
wherein:
the identification of one or more stress operations to allow by the stress module is further based on tracking a trip count comprising a number of times the measured pressure exceeds the threshold and whether the trip count exceeds a predetermined trip count; and
the at least one stress operation further comprises performing at least one safe mode operation if the trip count exceeds the predetermined trip count, wherein the at least one safe mode operation comprises at least one of:
allowing a respective compressor of the one or more compressors to operate at a low stage, wherein the respective compressor comprises a high stage and at least one low stage; or
allowing operation of one compressor of the one or more compressors and restricting operation of another compressor of the one or more compressors.

US Pat. No. 10,337,776

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM HAVING VALVES AND VALVE CONTROL ACTUATORS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A refrigeration system having an airflow supply system having a supply duct providing cooled air from a refrigeration unit to a plurality of galley carts received in one or more cart compartments, the refrigeration system comprising:a plurality of valves coupled in the airflow supply system for controlling flows of the cooled air to the plurality of galley carts in the one or more cart compartments, each valve of the plurality of valves associated with a respective galley cart;
a plurality of primary valve control actuators, each of the primary valve control actuators coupled to a respective valve and configured to reposition the respective valve during a first mode of operation; and
a backup valve control actuator coupled to at least one of the plurality of valves and configured to reposition the at least one of the plurality of valves during a second mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,337,775

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NOISE ATTENUATION FOR HVAC AND R SYSTEM

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. An apparatus for noise attenuation of an HVAC&R system, comprising:an enclosure having a first enclosure frame;
a chassis insertable inside the enclosure and supported by the first enclosure frame upon insertion of the chassis inside the enclosure, the chassis comprising:
a first chassis structure comprising opposed channels at a base of the first chassis structure;
a self-contained refrigerant loop secured to the first chassis structure, the self-contained refrigerant loop maintaining a gap from the enclosure upon insertion of the chassis inside the enclosure, the self-contained refrigerant loop comprising a compressor, a first heat exchanger, and a second heat exchanger;
a second chassis structure supporting the first chassis structure, wherein the second chassis structure comprises a plurality of structural frame segments forming a plurality of C-channels; and
at least one vibration damping device positioned partially within and partially beneath at least one channel of the opposed channels of the first chassis structure, such that the at least one vibration damping device extends through a circular aperture formed in a bottommost panel of the at least one channel of the opposed channels, wherein the at least one vibration damping device extends adjacent to a first surface of the at least one channel and extends adjacent to a second surface of the at least one channel, opposite the first surface, wherein the at least one vibration damping device is between the first chassis structure and the second chassis structure, wherein the at least one vibration damping device is a single-piece component, wherein the vibration damping device is directly supported by a third surface of a C-channel of the plurality of C-channels of the second chassis structure, wherein a fourth surface of the C-channel of the plurality of C-channels of the second chassis structure is directly supported by the first enclosure frame, wherein a web of the C-channel of the plurality of C-channels of the second chassis structure extends crosswise from a first terminal end of the fourth surface to the third surface in a first direction, wherein the second chassis structure comprises a flange extending crosswise from a second terminal end of the fourth surface of the C-channel of the plurality of C-channels in a second direction, opposite the first direction, wherein the first terminal end of the fourth surface is opposite the second terminal end of the fourth surface, and wherein the fourth surface extends from the web to the flange in a third direction, crosswise to the first direction, and wherein the enclosure is vibrationally isolated from the self-contained refrigerant loop.

US Pat. No. 10,337,774

REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE WITH AN INTERNAL EVAPORATOR

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A refrigeration appliance, comprising:at least one storage container;
an evaporator assembly having a broadside and two narrow sides;
a heat insulation layer surrounding said evaporator assembly and said at least one storage container;
at least one inner container separating said at least one storage container for refrigerated goods and said evaporator assembly from said heat insulation layer, said inner container having a wall; and
a mounting element having a base plate resting against said wall of said inner container and opposing said broad side of said evaporator assembly, and retaining webs projecting from said base plate and engaging in a form-fit manner into said two narrow sides of said evaporator assembly, said retaining webs having a lower edge with projections facing one another, and on said projections said evaporator assembly is supported, said retaining webs each having a lower edge strip and said projections are formed by bending said lower edge strip of said retaining webs.

US Pat. No. 10,337,773

COOLING SYSTEM

1. A cooling system comprising:a refrigerant compressor, and
an oil separator configured to separate a combined operating medium comprising a mixture of a refrigerant and a lubrication oil into a first operating medium and a second operating medium, wherein the second operating medium comprises between 15% by weight and 50% by weight of the refrigerant, so that the second operating medium is lubrication oil enriched compared to the first operating medium, wherein the refrigerant compressor is configured to compress at least a portion of the first operating medium,
wherein the second operating medium has a viscosity ratio of ?<1 in a first operating state of the cooling system and serves for lubricating at least one bearing site of a rotor of the refrigerant compressor,
wherein the at least one bearing site comprises at least one angular ball bearing, which comprises an inner ring, an outer ring and balls rolling therebetween, and
wherein the inner ring and/or the outer ring comprise a nitrided or carbonitrided or case-hardened raceway.

US Pat. No. 10,337,772

HYBRID SOLAR HEAT ABSORPTION COOLING SYSTEM

KOREA INSTITUTE OF ENERGY...

1. A hybrid solar heat absorption cooling system comprising:an absorption refrigerator;
a solar heat steam generator comprising a concentration solar collector configured to collect solar heat and to generate wet steam and a steam drum configured to separate the wet steam generated by the concentration solar collector into dry steam and heated water;
a daytime steam supplying unit comprising a daytime steam supplying flow path that connects the steam drum and the absorption refrigerator, the daytime steam supply unit configured to supply the dry steam generated by the solar heat steam generator during the day as a heat source for the absorption refrigerator;
a daytime hot water storage tank configured to store the heated water discharged from the absorption refrigerator during the day;
a nighttime hot water supplying flow path that connects the daytime hot water storage tank and the absorption refrigerator to guide the heated water in the daytime hot water storage tank to the absorption refrigerator during the night;
a nighttime hot water pump installed on the nighttime hot water supplying flow path and operating during the night;
a nighttime hot water storage tank configured to store the heated water discharged from the absorption refrigerator during the night;
a daytime hot water supplying flow path that connects the nighttime hot water storage tank and the solar heat steam generator to guide the hot water in the nighttime hot water storage tank to the solar heat steam generator during the day;
a daytime pressing hot water pump installed on the daytime hot water supplying flow path and operating during the day;
a temperature sensor installed in the daytime hot water storage tank; and
a bypass flow path that bypasses at least part of the heated water separated from the steam drum to the daytime hot water storage tank when the temperature detected by the temperature sensor is less than a predetermined set temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,771

CLOSED LOOP SOLAR REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

King Fahd University of P...

1. A solar refrigeration system comprising:a refrigerant storage tank, which stores a refrigerant liquid, wherein the storage tank is fluidly connected to a first conduit, a second conduit, and an inlet;
a finned evaporator, which receives and evaporates a first portion of the refrigerant liquid from the refrigerant storage tank to form a refrigerant vapor;
a mixing chamber, which receives the refrigerant vapor from the evaporator and a second portion of the refrigerant liquid from the refrigerant storage tank through the second conduit, wherein the refrigerant vapor and the second portion of the refrigerant liquid are mixed in the mixing chamber to form a mixture;
wherein the first conduit consists of a plurality of check valves and a first throttle valve, wherein the first throttle valve regulates a volume of the second portion of the refrigerant liquid flowing to the mixing chamber;
an isochoric thermal compressor comprising a condensate heat exchanger and a heating coil fluidly connected to a solar collector field, wherein the isochoric thermal compressor receives the mixture from the mixing chamber and compresses the mixture by heating the mixture to form a compressed refrigerant; and
a condenser, which is located between the isochoric thermal compressor and the refrigerant storage tank, wherein the condenser receives and condenses the compressed refrigerant to form a condensate that flows through the condensate heat exchanger to the inlet of the refrigerant storage tank;
wherein the condenser, the isochoric thermal compressor, the refrigerant storage tank, the finned evaporator, and the mixing chamber are fluidly connected to one another, and the mixing chamber and the finned evaporator are connected in parallel to the refrigerant storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,337,769

AIR CONDITIONER

FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED, ...

1. An air conditioner comprising:an outdoor unit having a compressor and a discharge pressure detector configured to detect a discharge pressure which is a pressure of refrigerant discharged from the compressor;
a plurality of indoor units each having an indoor heat exchanger, an indoor expansion valve and liquid side temperature detector configured to detect a heat exchange exit temperature which is a temperature of refrigerant flowing out from the indoor heat exchanger when the indoor heat exchanger is functioning as a condenser; and
a controller configured to calculate an average refrigerant subcooling degree based on refrigerant subcooling degrees obtained from the plurality of indoor units, and execute a refrigerant amount balance control based on the average refrigerant subcooling degree,
wherein the outdoor unit is installed to be positioned above the plurality of indoor units, and the plurality of indoor units comprises at least three indoor units having different installation heights therebetween, and
wherein the controller is configured to execute the refrigerant amount balance control to adjust degrees of opening of the indoor expansion valves so that the refrigerant subcooling degrees of the indoor units become the average refrigerant subcooling degree obtained as a midpoint between a maximum value from among all of the obtained refrigerant subcooling degrees and a minimum value from among all of the obtained refrigerant subcooling degrees, or that the heat exchange exit temperatures of the indoor units become an average heat exchange exit temperature obtained as a midpoint between a maximum value from among all of the detected heat exchange exit temperatures and a minimum value from among all of the detected heat exchange exit temperatures, when the air conditioner performs heating operation.

US Pat. No. 10,337,768

METHODS FOR CONTROLLING A COMPRESSOR WITH DOUBLE SUCTION FOR REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS

Embraco Industria de Comp...

1. A method for controlling and adjusting the refrigeration capacities of a refrigeration system equipped with a double suction compressor (10), the system comprising first and second compartments to be refrigerated (60, 70) and comprising first and second evaporators (20) positioned respectively in the first and second compartments to be refrigerated (60,70) and connected respectively to first and second suction lines (SC1,SC2) of the compressor, the double suction compressor (10) being controllable to alternate its compression capacity (CAPCOMP) between the first and second suction lines (SC1,SC2), the method comprising the steps of:(i) continuously measuring at least one of a first temperature (T1) associated with the first evaporator and a second temperature (T2) associated with the second evaporator,
(ii) acting on the compression capacity of the compressor (10), based on the temperature measured in step (i), the acting on the compressor's capacity (CAPCOMP) being performed through the intermittent operation of the compressor, thus alternating the operation of each one of the first and second suction lines (SC1, SC2),
wherein, under operation, the refrigeration system interchanges the operation of each one of the first and second suction lines (SC1, SC2) of the compressor's double suction by means of a valve (10?) located inside the compressor (10), the valve (10?) being configured to distribute a refrigerant gas through each one of the first and second suction lines (SC1, SC2),
and wherein the interchange of operation of the first and second suction lines (SC1, SC2) of the compressor (10) is performed, by means of the valve (10?), through switching of the valve's (10) operation according to the first and second duty cycles (D1DS, D2DS) respectively defining the activity of the first and second suction lines (SC1, SC2), the switching of the valve's (10?) operation being performed in a complementary manner between each one of the suction lines (SC1, SC2),
wherein the first and second evaporators (20) transport the refrigerant gas with pulsation coming from the switching of the valve's (10) operation in a way that said switching is substantially imperceptible for the heat exchange capacity of each evaporator, therefore providing simultaneous cooling of the first and second compartments.

US Pat. No. 10,337,767

ADAPTIVE CONTROL OF MULTI-COMPARTMENT TRANSPORT REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

4. A method of operating a multi-compartment transport refrigeration system, the method comprising:operating a first evaporator and first evaporator expansion device to cool a first compartment of a container to a first temperature, a first evaporator outlet coupled to a compressor inlet path;
operating a second evaporator and second evaporator expansion device to cool a second compartment of the container to a second temperature greater than the first temperature, a second evaporator outlet coupled to the compressor inlet path;controlling the first evaporator expansion device in response to a first superheat setpoint and controlling the second evaporator expansion device in response to a second superheat setpoint, the controller adjusting the second superheat setpoint in response to the second temperature and the first temperature;wherein adjusting the second superheat setpoint includes determining an adjusted second superheat setpoint equal to an original second superheat setpoint plus a difference between the second temperature and the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,766

TWO-STAGE COMPRESSION REFRIGERATION CYCLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A two-stage pressurizing refrigeration cycle, comprising:a low-stage side compressor that compresses and discharges a refrigerant in which a lubricating oil is mixed;
a high-stage side compressor that compresses and discharges the refrigerant discharged from the low-stage side compressor;
a low-stage side suction pipe connected to a refrigerant suction side of the low-stage side compressor;
a low-stage side discharge pipe that connects a refrigerant discharge side of the low-stage side compressor to a refrigerant suction side of the high-stage side compressor;
a high-stage side discharge pipe connected to the refrigerant discharge side of the high-stage side compressor;
a bypass pipe branched from the low-stage side suction pipe and connected to the low-stage side discharge pipe, the bypass pipe being configured to guide the refrigerant to the high-stage side compressor while bypassing the low-stage side compressor when the low-stage side compressor stops; and
a check valve provided in the bypass pipe, the check valve being configured to allow a flow of the refrigerant from the low-stage side suction pipe to the low-stage side discharge pipe, while blocking a flow of the refrigerant from the low-stage side discharge pipe to the low-stage side suction pipe, wherein
a suction-side guiding portion is provided in a part of the low-stage side suction pipe that leads from a bypass branch portion, at which the bypass pipe is branched, to the refrigerant suction side of the low-stage side compressor, the suction-side guiding portion being configured to guide the lubricating oil from the refrigerant suction side of the low-stage side compressor to a side of the bypass branch portion, and
the suction-side guiding portion is located at a position in a vertical direction that is equal to or higher than a position in the vertical direction of the bypass branch portion, and a part of the suction-side guiding portion on the refrigerant suction side of the low-stage side compressor is located at a higher position in the vertical direction than a part of the suction-side guiding portion on the side of the bypass branch portion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,765

SOLAR CELL MODULE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A solar cell module comprising:a rectangular plate-shaped module main body including a solar cell, first and second end surfaces parallel to each other, and third and fourth end surfaces parallel to each other;
a frame provided so as to surround the module main body and including a groove into which the module main body is inserted; and
an adhesive member disposed in the groove and bonding the module main body and the frame to each other, wherein
the frame includes:
a first frame section disposed outside the first end surface and including longitudinal end surfaces thereof;
a second frame section disposed outside the second end surface and including longitudinal end surfaces thereof;
a third frame section disposed outside the third end surface and including longitudinal end surfaces on both longitudinal ends of the third frame section, one of the longitudinal end surfaces facing to one of the longitudinal end surfaces of the first frame section, the other of the longitudinal end surfaces facing to one of the longitudinal end surfaces of the second frame section;
a fourth frame section disposed outside the fourth end surface and including longitudinal end surfaces on both longitudinal ends of the fourth frame section, one of the longitudinal end surfaces facing to the other longitudinal end surface of the first frame section, the other of the longitudinal end surfaces facing to the other longitudinal end surface of the second frame section; and
four corner portions at which adjacent two of the first, second, third, and fourth frame sections intersect with each other,
the frame comprises:
a first portion disposed above one principal surface side of the module main body;
a second portion disposed below another principal surface side of the module main body; and
a third portion connecting the first portion and the second portion and constituting the groove with the first and second portions, such that the groove is defined by the first portion, the second portion, and the third portion, and the second portion provided below the groove is formed with a hollow section,
the adhesive member is provided in at least part of a region where the groove is provided except one of the corner portions of the frame and thereby forming a space, where the adhesive member is not provided in the groove, in the one of the corner portions,
the one of the corner portions of the frame includes, at the third portion of the frame, a through hole communicating an exterior of the frame directly with the space in the groove, in such a manner that the through hole comprises a notch opened in a longitudinal end surface of a corresponding one of the frame sections, and
the one of the corner portions of the frame includes, at the first portion of the frame, a removed portion communicating an exterior of the frame directly with the space in the groove, in such a manner that the removed portion comprises a notch opened in the longitudinal end surface of the corresponding one of the frame sections, such that the through hole and the removed portion are provided adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,337,764

CONDUIT MOUNT ASSEMBLY

IronRidge, Inc., Hayward...

1. An assembly for securing a conduit to a flashing comprising:a. a cap comprising:
i. a head portion further comprising a recessed groove around the perimeter of the head portion;
ii. a base portion extends downward from the head portion, the base portion configured to secure the cap to a connector coupled to the flashing; and
b. a substantially inverted U-shaped clamp rotatably coupled to the cap, the clamp comprising:
i. an opening;
ii. a pair of edges comprising hooks, the hooks shaped to permit the clamp to slide over an upper edge of the head portion and rotatably couple to the recessed groove;
iii. a clamping bolt comprising a saddle on an end of the clamping bolt wherein the clamping bolt is coupled to the opening and wherein the saddle is positioned within the clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,337,763

WATER HEATING SYSTEM

NORITZ CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A water heating system of a combustion heating type of a forced exhaust mode, the water heating system comprising:a plurality of water heaters connected in parallel with respect to a hot water supply path, the plurality of water heaters each having an exhaust path connected to an exhaust path assembly;
a controller configured to collectively control the plurality of water heaters; and
a plurality of sensing units,
each of the plurality of sensing units being configured to be shifted from an electrically conducting state to an electrically non-conducting state when each of the plurality of sensing units senses an abnormal condition about air supply or exhaust,
the plurality of sensing units being electrically connected in series between a power supply line and a ground line,
a series circuit of the plurality of sensing units being electrically connected in series to a resistance element between the power supply line and the ground line,
the controller being configured to monitor the abnormal condition about air supply or exhaust based on a voltage on a node between the series circuit and the resistance element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,762

HEAT EXCHANGER AND HEAT SOURCE DEVICE

RINNAI CORPORATION, Nago...

1. A heat source device comprising:a burner;
an exhaust passage through which a combustion exhaust gas of the burner is discharged;
a heat medium passage through which a heat medium circulates;
a heat medium heat exchanger which is provided in communication with the heat medium passage in the exhaust passage and which heats the heat medium circulating through the heat medium passage by the combustion exhaust gas of the burner;
a hot water supply passage through which water circulates in the exhaust passage; and
a hot water supply heat exchanger which has a first heat exchanging unit, which is provided in communication with the hot water supply passage in the exhaust passage on a downstream side in relation to the heat medium heat exchanger and which heats water circulating through the hot water supply passage by the combustion exhaust gas of the burner, and a second heat exchanging unit, which is provided in communication with the heat medium passage and the hot water supply passage and which heats the water circulating through the hot water supply passage by the heat medium circulating through the heat medium passage,
wherein
the hot water supply heat exchanger has: a plurality of hollow plates having hollow portions inside respectively, and stacked in parallel with predetermined gaps provided thereamong; a first communication section in communication with the hollow portions of the plurality of hollow plates; a second communication section in communication with the hollow portions of a predetermined number of hollow plates from a topmost hollow plate among the plurality of hollow plates; and a third communication section in communication with the hollow portions of hollow plates below the predetermined number of hollow plates among the plurality of hollow plates,
the first heat exchanging unit is composed of the predetermined number of hollow plates from the topmost hollow plate, the first communication section, and the second communication section,
the second heat exchanging unit is composed of the hollow plates below the predetermined number of hollow plates, the first communication section, and the third communication section, and
a part of an outer shell of the exhaust passage is composed of a top surface, a side surface, or a bottom surface of a hollow plate constituting the first heat exchanging unit, and
the heat medium circulating through the heat medium passage flows into the second heat exchanging unit via the first heat exchanging unit, and flows out from the second heat exchanging unit via the first heat exchanging unit.

US Pat. No. 10,337,761

MICROENVIRONMENTAL COOLING SYSTEM

1. A system for cooling a person, the system comprising:a source for providing pressurized ambient air;
an evaporator having an evaporator coil comprising a multiplicity of tabular fins, the fins having a long axis and a short axis, the fins engaging a coolant line configured to receive a recirculating coolant that undergoes a phase change in the coolant line, the evaporator having a housing, the housing including an upstream plenum and a downstream plenum, the upstream plenum engaging at least part of the evaporator coil and having an inlet for engaging the pressurized ambient air from the pressurized ambient air source, the downstream plenum engaging at least another part of the evaporator coil, the downstream plenum including an outlet, the evaporator comprising a plurality of dividers to partition the fins into multiple groups through which the pressurized ambient air will pass sequentially while traversing through the evaporator and a plurality of U-shaped redirectors having curved interior walls to direct the pressurized ambient air exiting a group of fins to a next group of fins, the repeated passing of the pressurized ambient air over the groups of fins cooling pressurized ambient air having a temperature between 80 degrees F. and 110 degrees F. when entering the upstream plenum by at least 25 degrees F. during a single pass through the evaporator;
a tube for connecting the source to the inlet of the evaporator;
a personal cooling member, the personal cooling member including an inlet for receiving cooled air from the outlet of the evaporator, the personal cooling member configured to direct cooled air received from the evaporator to the wearer's face to provide surface and direct core-body cooling; and
a tube for connecting the personal cooling member to the outlet of the evaporator so as to confine the cooled air leaving the evaporator to the personal cooling member.

US Pat. No. 10,337,760

AIR DIFFUSER AND AN AIR CIRCULATION SYSTEM

Kaip Pty Limited, Kingsg...

1. A swirl air diffuser, comprising:a plurality of substantially radially extending swirl blades, the swirl blades defining at least one set of diffuser openings having a primary opening and a secondary opening, each set having:
a primary discharge element positioned upstream of the primary opening; and
a secondary discharge element positioned upstream of the secondary opening, wherein, for each set of diffuser openings:
the secondary discharge element is arranged to discharge a secondary airstream through the secondary opening of the diffuser and along at least one surface substantially in a plane of a diffuser discharge face, the surface being downstream of the secondary discharge element;
the primary discharge element is adjustable between:
a first position, whereby the primary discharge element is positioned to discharge the primary airstream through the primary opening, wherein the primary airstream is induced by the secondary discharged airstream such that the direction of the primary discharged airstream is influenced by the direction of travel of the secondary airstream; and
a second position, whereby the primary discharge element is positioned such that the secondary air stream is substantially shut off and the primary airstream is discharged in a direction that is substantially different to the discharge direction of the primary airstream when the primary discharge element is in the first position; and
wherein the secondary discharge element is fixed so as to remain in the same position when the primary discharge element is adjusted between the first and second positions, and the primary opening is wider than the secondary opening when the primary discharge element is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,759

TRANSITION MODULE FOR AN ENERGY RECOVERY VENTILATOR UNIT

Lennox Industries, Inc., ...

1. A transition module for an energy recovery ventilator unit, comprising:a first frame having:
two opposing major surfaces with first and second separated through-hole openings therein; and
a self-sealing surface on one of the major surfaces surrounding the two through-hole openings, wherein
the first through-hole opening is configured to overlap with return air openings located in a side of an energy recovery ventilator unit and in a side of an air handling unit, and
the second through-hole opening is configured to overlap with the supply air openings located in the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit and the side of the air handling unit,
wherein the self-sealing surface is part of two separated air-tight and moisture-tight sealed passageways of the return air flowing through the first through-hole opening of the frame between the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit and the side of the air handling unit, and, of the supply air flowing through the second through-hole opening of the frame between the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit and the side of the air handling unit;
further wherein the major surface that the self-sealing surface is not on, is configured as a mounting surface to attach to the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit or the side of the air handling unit and the mounting surface includes an adhesive to facilitate attachment to the target side;
and a second frame comprising: two opposing major surfaces with two separate second first and second through-hole openings therein, wherein one of the major surfaces of the second frame is configured to be contacted by the self-sealing surface such that the first and second through-hole openings and the second first and second through-hole openings are contiguous with each other and form part of the two separated air-tight and moisture-tight sealed passageways, and wherein the second frame overlaps the first frame.

US Pat. No. 10,337,758

HEAT EXCHANGER VENTILATOR

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A heat exchanger ventilator comprising:an air supply fan equipped with an air supply motor;
an air exhaust fan equipped with an air exhaust motor;
a supply air conduit along which air is sent from outdoors to indoors by the air supply fan;
an exhaust air conduit along which air is sent from indoors to outdoors by the air exhaust fan; and
a heat exchange element provided at a position where the supply air conduit and the exhaust air conduit intersect, for exchanging heat between indoor air and outdoor air when the indoor air and the outdoor air are ventilated,
wherein
in the supply air conduit, a temperature detection unit is provided at a position upstream of the heat exchange element,
in the exhaust air conduit, a humidity detection unit is provided at a position upstream of the heat exchange element,
the air supply motor and the air exhaust motor are controlled for operations and speed by a controller, and
the controller reduces, when a temperature detected by the temperature detection unit is below a first predetermined temperature, and a humidity detected by the humidity detection unit falls within a first predetermined humidity range, speed of the air supply motor and the air exhaust motor so that a predefined first A1 supply air flow rate and a predefined first A1 exhaust air flow rate are attained, and reduces, when a humidity detected by the humidity detection unit falls within a second predetermined humidity range, speed of the air supply motor and the air exhaust motor so that a predefined first A2 supply air flow rate and a predefined first A2 exhaust air flow rate are attained, where a maximum value of the first predetermined humidity rangethe first A2 supply air flow rate, the first A1 exhaust air flow rate>the first A2 exhaust air flow rate are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,337,757

IN-DUCT ACOUSTIC MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method for measuring one or more acoustic parameters comprising at least an acoustic intensity in a duct, the method comprising:arranging at least one pair of microphones in an array on a microphone support device, wherein the microphone support device is configured to fit within an inner diameter of the duct and extend across a cross-section of the duct;
disposing the microphone support device comprising the array of microphones in the duct;
generating an acoustic signal within a volume of the duct such that the acoustic signal propagates within the volume of the duct in an axial direction down the duct toward the array of microphones; and
receiving by the at least one pair of microphones in the array of microphones, the acoustic signal to measure the acoustic intensity of the acoustic signal propagating within the volume of the duct and to provide a microphone output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,337,756

AIR CONDITIONER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An air conditioner comprising:a cabinet configured to form an external surface of an outdoor unit, and including an air inlet and an air outlet;
a heat-exchanger accommodated in the cabinet to perform heat exchange;
a blowing fan configured to suction air through the air inlet, cause the suctioned air to pass through the heat-exchanger to form heat-exchanged air, and discharge the heat-exchanged air through the air outlet;
a discharge directing cover provided at an upper part of the air outlet, and configured to direct flow of the heat-exchanged air to an outlet of the discharge directing cover;
at least one blade coupled to the outlet of the discharge directing cover, and configured to adjust an amount of the flow of the heat-exchanged air;
a compressor disposed in the cabinet, and configured to compress a refrigerant;
at least one pressure sensor mounted to each of a discharge part and a suction part of the compressor, and configured to detect high pressure of a high pressure part of the refrigerant passing through the compressor and low pressure of a low pressure part of the refrigerant passing through the compressor; and
a controller configured to control the amount of the flow of heat-exchanged air by controlling an angle of the at least one blade according to the low pressure detected by the at least one pressure sensor, a compression ratio, and a current angle of the at least one blade.

US Pat. No. 10,337,755

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REHEAT DEHUMIDIFICATION WITH VARIABLE AIR VOLUME

Lennox Industries LLC, R...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for regulating humidity of an enclosed space, the system comprising:an evaporator coil;
a metering device fluidly coupled to the evaporator coil via a distribution line;
a variable-speed circulation fan for circulating air around the evaporator coil;
a temperature sensor thermally exposed to the distribution line;
at least one controller operatively coupled to the temperature sensor and to the variable-speed circulation fan;
wherein the at least one controller is configured to:
determine a latent cooling load based on a relative-humidity setpoint;
determine an optimal distributor line temperature that corresponds to the latent cooling load;
compare a measured distributor line temperature to the optimal distributor line temperature;
responsive to a determination that the measured distributor line temperature exceeds the optimal distributor line temperature, reduce a speed of the variable-speed circulation fan; and
responsive to a determination that the measured distributor line temperature falls below the optimal distributor line temperature, increase the speed of the variable-speed circulation fan.

US Pat. No. 10,337,754

DISTRIBUTION OF CALL-HOME EVENTS OVER TIME TO AMELIORATE HIGH COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTATION PEAKS IN INTELLIGENT CONTROL SYSTEM

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A system comprising:one or more sensing and control units, each comprising:
first one or more processors;
first one or more electronic memory devices;
a time-offset value stored within the electronic memory; and
first instructions stored within the first one or more electronic memory devices that, when retrieved and executed by the first one or more processors, control the sensing and control unit to establish a communications connection to a remote server at a time offset from the beginning of a call-home period by the time-offset value; and
one or more computer systems comprising:
second one or more processors;
second one or more memory devices; and
second instructions stored within the second one or more memory devices that, when retrieved and executed by the second one or more processors, cause the one or more computer systems to:
randomly or pseudorandomly generate the time-offset values during a manufacturing process for each of the one or more sensing and control units; and
cause the time-offset values to be stored in the one or more sensing and control units.

US Pat. No. 10,337,753

ADAPTIVE MODELING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MPC-BASED BUILDING ENERGY CONTROL

ABB AG, Mannheim (DE)

1. A method for controlling a temperature of a building using a building thermal model of the building in a model predictive control (MPC) system, the method comprising:measuring the temperature and a rate of change of temperature for at least one zone that is included in the building thermal model so as to determine an error from a temperature and rate of change of temperature that is predicted by the MPC system;
determining possible causes of the error and a probability of each of the possible causes of error occurring;
evaluating an impact of each of the possible causes so as to identify at least one of the possible causes which would reduce the error;
adapting the building thermal model based on the at least one identified possible cause;
controlling the temperature of the building using the adapted building thermal model in an MPC controller; and
determining a correlation between at least two of the possible causes occurring at a same time and determining a probability of the at least two of the possible causes occurring by multiplying the probabilities of each of the at least two possible causes occurring individually, wherein the probability of the at least two of the possible causes occurring is used in evaluating the impact so as to determine whether the at least two of the possible causes occurring at the same time is the most likely cause of the error.

US Pat. No. 10,337,751

LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS SOLVENT EXTRACTION ROOM VENTILATION SYSTEM AND METHODS

1. An extraction room and ventilation system, comprising:walls, a floor, a ceiling, and a door; and
a supply air system, the supply air system comprising one of: a fan, or a blower, or an HVAC system and at least one supply air register, said supply register comprised of at least one panel and at least one slot; and
an exhaust air system, the exhaust air system comprising a fan or blower and at least one exhaust air register comprised of at least one panel and at least one slot; and
wherein said supply air system and the exhaust air system are disposed on opposing sides of an extraction room: wherein the supply air system is configured to supply fresh air from an exterior space to said extraction room and said exhaust system purges said fresh air to an exterior space;
wherein said supply air system and the exhaust air system create a negative air pressure in the extraction room versus air pressure outside the room;
wherein said supply air register and exhaust air register each span the entire length and most of the height of opposing walls of said extraction room and together create a laminar type flow of air movement through the extraction room; and
wherein said supply and exhaust air registers each measure 7 feet wide by 7 feet tall or larger and said supply air register has a volumetric flow greater than 1,120 cubic feet per minute, and a discharge face velocity of at least 275 feet per minute at the supply air register; and, said exhaust air register also has a volumetric flow greater than 1,120 cubic feet per minute, and a suction face velocity of at least 346 feet per minute at the exhaust air register; wherein the ventilation system can create 100% fresh air for one-pass exhaust with a throw distance for air supply of at least 6 feet with a terminal velocity greater than 50 feet per minute.

US Pat. No. 10,337,750

SHADE APPARATUS FOR BROILER POULTRY HOUSE

Dandy Light Traps, Inc., ...

7. A shade apparatus for use in broiler poultry houses comprising:(a) a plurality of vanes positioned in vertical alignment, each vane having a first side and a second side opposed to the first side, each vane contoured upwardly wherein the first side defines a lowermost side and the second side defines an uppermost side, the first side defining a horizontal plane extending horizontally from the first side toward the second side;
(b) a first plurality of attachment members attached to the vanes proximate the first side, and a second plurality of attachment members attached to the vanes proximate the second side, wherein the vanes are connected by the first plurality of attachment members and the second plurality of attachment members; and
(c) wherein the second side of each vane extends above the horizontal plane defined by the first side of a vane positioned immediately above.

US Pat. No. 10,337,749

ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT SYSTEM

BioZone Scientific Intern...

1. A ventilation system, comprising:a ventilation hood plenum coupled to a ventilation exhaust outlet; and
an ultraviolet light system, comprising:
an ultraviolet light source coupled inside of the ventilation hood plenum;
a light power module, comprising:
a base coupled to an outside surface of a wall of the ventilation hood plenum; and
a light connector extending out of the base, the light connector further extending into the inside of the ventilation hood plenum through the wall of the ventilation hood plenum; and
a light wire positioned entirely within the ventilation hood plenum, the light wire having a first end coupled to the ultraviolet light source, and further having a second end coupled to the light connector.

US Pat. No. 10,337,748

MUFFLER FOR AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS AND AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A muffler for an air-conditioning apparatus, comprising:a muffler main body, having a tubular shape, in which a relatively small diameter inlet portion is connected to a relatively large diameter portion through an enlarged diameter portion, and the relatively large diameter portion is connected to a relatively small diameter outlet portion through a reduced diameter portion, wherein the relatively small diameter inlet portion and the relatively small diameter outlet portion are relatively small in comparison to the relatively large diameter portion, and the relatively large diameter portion is relatively large in comparison to the relatively small diameter inlet portion and the relatively small diameter outlet portion;
an inlet pipe connected to the relatively small diameter inlet portion of the muffler main body; and
an outlet pipe connected to the relatively small diameter outlet portion of the muffler main body, wherein
the inlet pipe has an inserted pipe portion disposed in the muffler main body, and the inserted pipe portion is inserted into the muffler main body from the relatively small diameter inlet portion and extends from a starting point of the enlarged diameter portion to an inside of the muffler main body,
the inserted pipe portion has an upper inserted pipe portion positioned on an inlet side of the muffler main body and a lower inserted pipe portion positioned on an outlet side of the upper inserted pipe portion,
the lower inserted pipe portion has a distal end positioned at a center of a length from an inlet to an outlet of the muffler main body, and the lower inserted pipe portion has an inner diameter that is smaller than an inner diameter of the upper inserted pipe portion,
the upper inserted pipe portion has a uniform diameter section, and the lower inserted pipe portion has a uniform diameter section, and there is a tapered section between the uniform diameter section of the upper inserted pipe portion and the uniform diameter section of the lower inserted pipe portion,
the uniform diameter section of the upper inserted pipe portion extends beyond the relatively small diameter inlet portion in the direction of the relatively small diameter outlet portion, and
a length of the upper inserted pipe portion, which includes the tapered section, is defined as L2, and a length of the lower inserted pipe portion is defined as L3, and a ratio of L2 to L3 is set to satisfy 1.5

US Pat. No. 10,337,747

SELECTABLE EFFICIENCY VERSUS COMFORT FOR MODULATING FURNACE

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A furnace controller for controlling a modulating furnace, comprising:an input device configured to:
receive a first input comprising a heat request signal from a thermostat based on a temperature setpoint;
receive a second input for an efficiency/comfort preference setting,
wherein the efficiency/comfort preference setting is distinct from the temperature setpoint, and
wherein the efficiency/comfort preference setting biases a control algorithm for controlling one or more plenum parameters of the modulating furnace, excluding the temperature setpoint; and
a controller operatively coupled to the input device, the controller is configured to control the modulating furnace in accordance with the control algorithm,
wherein the control algorithm causes an air temperature in a plenum of the modulating furnace to be dependent on the received efficiency/comfort preference setting for a given burner firing rate of the modulating furnace, and
wherein the air temperature in the plenum is distinct from the temperature setpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,337,746

HEAT PUMP

Efficient Energy GmbH, F...

1. A heat pump comprising:an evaporator for evaporating water as a working liquid to generate a working vapor, the evaporator comprising an evaporation chamber and being adapted to generate an evaporation pressure of less than 20 hPa within the evaporation chamber, so that the water will evaporate at temperatures below 18° C.;
a compressor coupled to the evaporator for compressing the working vapor, the compressor being adapted to compress the working vapor to a working pressure of more than 5 hPa above the evaporation pressure; and
a liquefier for liquefying a compressed working vapor, the liquefier being adapted to output a heat which has been acquired during the liquefaction to a heating system,
wherein the compressor comprises a plurality of dynamic-type compressors, the plurality of dynamic-type compressors comprising a first dynamic-type compressor and a last dynamic-type compressor,
wherein the dynamic-type compressors of the plurality of dynamic-type compressors are arranged one behind the other,
wherein the first dynamic-type compressor is configured to compress the working vapor to an intermediate pressure,
wherein the last dynamic-type compressor is configured to compress the working vapor to the working pressure, and
wherein one or more heat exchangers are arranged downstream from the first dynamic-type compressor or a further dynamic-type compressor of the plurality of dynamic-type compressors, and wherein the one or more heat exchangers is configured to withdraw heat from the working vapor and to heat water with the heat withdrawn.

US Pat. No. 10,337,745

CONVECTION OVEN

Alto-Shaam, Inc., Menomo...

1. A convection oven comprising:a housing having an oven cavity and an oven door for access to the oven cavity;
at least one air channel located on a first cavity wall of the oven cavity;
an air blower for sending heated air to the at least one air channel; and
a shelf assembly separating the oven cavity into an upper, intermediate, and lower cooking chamber, the shelf assembly comprising:
at least one inlet configured to receive a portion of the heated air from the at least one air channel;
a bottom plenum surface defining a bottom of the upper cooking chamber and including a plurality of upper air outlets, the upper air outlets being configured to direct a portion of the heated air received through the at least one air inlet through a first lateral pathway and upwards into the upper cooking chamber;
a top plenum surface defining a top of the intermediate cooking chamber and including a plurality of lower air outlets, the lower air outlets being configured to direct a portion of the heated air received through the at least one air inlet through the first lateral pathway and downwards into the intermediate cooking chamber;
a bottom plenum surface defining a bottom of the intermediate cooking chamber and including a plurality of upper air outlets, the upper air outlets being configured to direct a portion of the heated air received through the at least one air inlet through a second lateral pathway air conduit and upwards into the intermediate cooking chamber;
a top plenum surface defining a top of the lower cooking chamber and including a plurality of lower air outlets, the lower air outlets being configured to direct a portion of the heated air received through the at least one air inlet through the second lateral pathway and downwards into the upper cooking chamber;
wherein the first and second lateral pathways decrease in cross-section as the heated air moves away from the at least one air inlets;
wherein the first and second and second lateral pathways have a curved wall to provide decreasing cross section wherein the cross section decreases at a decreasing rate as the heated air moves away from the at least one air inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,337,744

HEAT COOKING DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heat cooking device comprising:a casing;
a heating chamber disposed inside the casing; and
an exhaust duct having an outlet provided on a rear edge side of an upper surface of the casing such that exhaust air from an inside of the casing is blown out forward, wherein
an upper outer wall surface of a rear surface plate of the casing is covered by the exhaust duct to form an exhaust passage between the casing and the exhaust duct,
a bottom portion of the exhaust passage is inclined obliquely downward in one of right and left directions of the casing,
an opening portion is provided between the rear surface plate of the casing and the exhaust duct on a lower side of the bottom portion of the exhaust passage,
a stepped part recesses towards the rear surface plate and is provided on an upper side of the rear surface plate of the casing, and
the stepped part of the casing is covered by the exhaust duct, so that an outer wall surface of the exhaust duct is located on the same plane as an outer wall surface of the rear surface plate of the casing below the stepped part, in the outer wall surface of the rear surface plate of the casing, or the outer wall surface of the exhaust duct is located in front of the outer wall surface of the rear surface plate of the casing below the stepped part, in the outer wall surface of the rear surface plate of the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,743

ASSEMBLY UNIT FOR AN INDUCTION HOB, INDUCTION HOB AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN ASSEMBLY UNIT

Electrolux Home Products ...

1. An assembly unit for an induction hob with at least one induction element, comprising:a first carrying element and a second carrying element respectively carrying a first set and a second set of devices that respectively supply a first and a second induction element, the first and second carrying elements each comprising a base area, the base area comprising sides protruding upward from the base area, a first one of the sides comprising a protrusion extending away from the base area, a second one of the sides being positioned opposite the first side and comprising a recess extending into the base area, a third one of the sides extending between an edge of the first side and an edge of the second side and comprising a protrusion and a recess,
wherein the recess and the protrusion of the third side of the first carrying element are respectively coupled to the protrusion and the recess of the third side of the second carrying element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,742

COOKING APPLIANCE

1. A cooking appliance (1) comprisinga heating device (3),
a cooking chamber (4) having a cooking chamber opening (5) and heatable by the heating device (3),
a control device (7) for controlling the heating device (3), and
a cooking chamber door (6) closing off the cooking chamber opening (5), the cooking chamber door (6) having a multi-pane construction with a first pane (8) and a second pane (9),
a detector device (10) in operative connection to the control device (7), the detector device disposed in the cooking chamber (4) or on the cooking chamber door (6), the detector device (10) being actuated by the cooking chamber door (6) when the cooking chamber door (6) is completely closed, and unblocks the control device, and
a locking device (11) between the first (8) and the second (9) pane, the locking device (11) including a locking element (12) held preloaded in an initial position (13) completely between the first (8) and the second pane (9), wherein the locking element (12) is configured to be automatically displaced to a locking position (14) in the event of a defective first pane (8) and to prevent a complete closure of the cooking chamber door (6).

US Pat. No. 10,337,741

ILLUMINATION SYSTEM OF A COOKING APPLIANCE

COPRECI, S. COOP., Aretx...

1. An illumination system of a cooking appliance having a burner and a knob associated with the burner that rotates between an OFF position and a NON-OFF position, the OFF position corresponding to the burner being off, the NON-OFF position corresponding to the burner being on, the illumination system comprising;an electric circuit associated with the knob, the electrical circuit comprising:
a first connection through which a supply voltage is fed to the electric circuit;
a second connection coupled to a reference point;
a first electrical branch that is electrically disposed between the first and second connections, the first electrical branch including activation means that is operably coupled to the knob and configured to alter a voltage drop in the first electrical branch when the knob transitions from the OFF position to the NON-OFF position;
a second electrical branch that is electrically disposed between the first and second connections, the second electrical branch including a display device and being electrically connected in parallel to the first electrical branch, the display device being configured to illuminate when an electric current having a value equal to or greater than a minimum value circulates through the display device;
a control module that is configured to monitored the voltage drop in the first electrical branch and to control an electric current circulating through the display device depending on the monitored voltage drop.

US Pat. No. 10,337,740

ANNULAR COMBUSTION CHAMBER IN A TURBINE ENGINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A device for supporting and centering a fuel injector in a turbine engine combustion chamber, comprising:means for centering a fuel injector along a centering axis, wherein the means for centering is movable in a plane that is radial to the centering axis, and
supporting means intended for being attached to a bottom of an annular chamber,
wherein the means of centering includes at least two radially external tabs, each inserted respectively in a circumferential recess of the supporting means,
wherein each of the at least two radially external tabs is associated with a corresponding circumferential abutment means, and
wherein the circumferential abutment means are configured to enable a greater angular displacement of a first one of the radially external tabs in a first circumferential recess relative to a second one of the radially external tabs in a second circumferential recess.

US Pat. No. 10,337,739

COMBUSTION BYPASS PASSIVE VALVE SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A combustor for a gas turbine, comprising:a combustor chamber;
a compressor discharge casing (CDC) enclosing the combustor chamber and defining a CDC volume therebetween for passing compressor discharge air into the combustor chamber for use in combustion; and
a plurality of passive bypass valves for selectively extracting a portion of the compressor discharge air from the CDC volume between the combustor chamber and the compressor discharge casing to adjust a temperature in the combustor,
wherein a first of the plurality of passive bypass valves is positioned between the CDC volume and a nozzle of a turbine component of the gas turbine, and wherein a second of the plurality of passive bypass valves is positioned between the CDC volume and a transition duct at a downstream end of the combustor chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,337,738

COMBUSTOR ASSEMBLY FOR A TURBINE ENGINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A rich-quench-lean combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine defining an axial direction and a circumferential direction, the combustor assembly comprising:a fuel nozzle;
a dome, the fuel nozzle attached to the dome;
a liner attached to or formed integrally with the dome, the liner and the dome together defining at least in part a combustion chamber, the liner extending between a forward end and an aft end, the liner comprising an annular forward section disposed adjacent the forward end, an annular aft section disposed adjacent the aft end and extending parallel to the annular forward section, and an annular convergence section interconnecting the annular forward section and the annular aft section, the annular convergence section disposed at an oblique angle to the annular forward section and the annular aft section, the liner comprising a plurality of quench air jets positioned between the forward end and the aft end, wherein the dome and the forward section of the liner are each free of cooling holes and are configured to prevent cooling air from entering the combustion chamber;
wherein the quench air jets comprise a plurality of primary stage air jets and a plurality of secondary stage air jets, wherein the plurality of primary stage air jets are positioned at a forward end of the convergence section, and are oriented substantially perpendicularly to the axial direction, and the plurality of secondary stage air jets are positioned at an aft end of the convergence section, and are oriented oblique relative to the axial direction such that air is injected in an upstream direction relative to a flow through the combustion chamber; and
a flow sleeve extending around the liner and the dome, the flow sleeve defining a plurality of impingement cooling holes sized and oriented to direct an airflow directly onto an outer surface of the forward section of the liner and the dome.

US Pat. No. 10,337,737

COMBUSTOR TILE

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A gas turbine engine having a combustor comprising:a liner having an inner surface;
a plurality of tile assemblies secured to the inner surface of the liner, each tile assembly of the plurality of tile assemblies having a cold layer and a hot layer that are spaced apart from one another, wherein
the cold layer includes a plurality of ports for directing cooling air towards the hot layer, the port is oriented in a direction normal to the hot layer,
the hot layer includes a top surface, a bottom surface, and plurality of cooling holes having an angle in the range of 30 degrees to 75 degrees relative to the top surface of the hot layer, the cooling holes have a leading edge and a trailing edge and an exit opening, the shape of the exit opening is circular in a top plan view,
wherein at least one of: (i) the cooling hole of the hot layer has a surface that is arcuate shaped with a consistent profile from the bottom surface to the top surface, and (ii) the trailing edge of the cooling hole has a radius that smoothly blends into the top surface of the hot layer.

US Pat. No. 10,337,736

GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMBUSTOR AND METHOD OF FORMING SAME

1. A gas turbine engine combustor, comprising outer and inner sheet metal combustor liners defining an exit duct at a downstream end, the exit duct having a large exit duct portion and a small exit duct portion together forming an annular combustor exit defining a combustion gas path therethrough, the large exit duct portion being radially inward of the small exit duct portion at the annular combustor exit and having an annular forged metal section, a first annular joint between the outer sheet metal combustor liner and the annular forged metal section including a butt weld connecting an upstream end of the annular forged metal section to the outer sheet metal combustor liner, there being no overlap of the annular forged metal section and the outer sheet metal combustor liner at the first annular joint, a second annular joint between a downstream end of the annular forged metal section and an annular sheet metal wall, the annular forged metal section having a downstream hot wall segment facing the combustion gas path and a downstream cold wall segment radially spaced away from the downstream hot wall segment to define a radial gap therebetween adapted to receive a turbine vane platform therein, the downstream cold wall segment being butt welded to the sheet metal wall to form the second annular joint, the annular sheet metal wall extending downstream from the annular forged metal section.

US Pat. No. 10,337,735

EXHAUST TUBE HOLDING MEMBER, EXHAUST STRUCTURE FOR COMBUSTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING EXHAUST STRUCTURE FOR COMBUSTION APPARATUS

NORITZ CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. An exhaust tube holding member formed into an annular shape and configured to be supported by an exhaust pipe at a location closer to the side of an outer peripheral surface of the annular shape and to hold an exhaust tube on an inner peripheral surface of the annular shape, the exhaust tube holding member comprising:an annular portion formed with a through hole penetrating from a first end through a second end;
an outward protruding portion formed into an annular shape and protruding peripherally outward from the outer peripheral surface of the annular portion; and
a flange portion disposed closer to the first end than to the outward protruding portion, extending peripherally outward from the outer peripheral surface of the annular portion, and configured to have a thickness greater than that of the outward protruding portion,
the flange portion being formed with a first annular groove surrounding the through hole,
the first annular groove including a first groove portion formed on one surface of the flange portion closer to the first end, and a second groove portion formed on the other surface of the flange portion closer to the second end,
the first groove portion and the second groove portion being formed peripherally opposite to each other in the direction of the central axis of the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,337,734

PLANT FOR DRY CONVEYING OF SLAG AND / OR HETEROGENOUS MATERIALS

MAGALDI INDUSTRIE S.R.L.,...

1. A transport system for the transport of combustion waste or other loose material, comprising:a belt conveyor for transporting the material, capable of being arranged at a material outlet opening from a combustion chamber to receive the material, and capable of transporting such material on a transport surface of said belt conveyor, and movable along a longitudinal direction of advancement;
a containment casing enclosing said belt conveyor in a sealed manner; and
a containment means for containing the material in a transport region, wherein said containment means comprises at least one pair of side boards, each extending above said transport surface at a respective side thereof and along said direction of advancement, and at least one abutment member made of a wearable material, associated with each of said side boards and capable of abutting in a sliding manner on said transport surface or on elements associated with said transport surface;
wherein the transported material is confined in said transport region, which is defined bottomwise by said movable transport surface and laterally by said containment means;
wherein said belt conveyor comprises a pair of longitudinal partitions or fins, each fixed to said transport surface and each raised therefrom on one side of said transport surface;
wherein said abutment members are each capable of abutting on one of said longitudinal partitions or fins;
wherein each of said abutment members is configured to permit forming a groove therein as a result of said longitudinal partitions or fins acting over repeated working cycles;
wherein said containment means comprises adjustment means for adjusting angular positions of said abutment members with respect to said longitudinal partitions or fins; and
wherein each of said abutment members is capable of establishing a seal confinement for powder and gas material in said transport region with the longitudinal partitions or fins on said transport surface.

US Pat. No. 10,337,733

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USING EXCESS HEAT FROM POWER PLANT FLUE GAS TO DRY BIOMASS FUEL

ZHONGYING CHANGJIANG INTE...

1. A method for drying biomass fuel using waste heat of flue gas from a power plant, the method comprising:1) stepwise recovering, by multi-stage condensation, sensible heat of flue gas; stepwise heating air using the sensible heat, to yield first-stage dry air and second-stage dry air, wherein a temperature of the first-stage dry air is higher than a temperature of the second-stage dry air; recovering latent heat of the flue gas as a heat source to exchange heat with air cooler tubes, to yield third-stage dry air, or collecting ambient cold air as the third-stage dry air, wherein a temperature of the third-stage dry air is lower than the temperature of the second-stage air;
2) convectively drying and dehydrating biomass fuel using the first-stage dry air having a temperature of between 150 and 180° C., a moisture content in the biomass fuel being reduced to between 30 and 50%;
3) further convectively drying and dehydrating the biomass fuel using the second-stage dry air having a temperature of between 80 and 100° C., the moisture content in the biomass fuel being reduced to between 25 and 30%; and
4) drying and dehydrating the biomass fuel using the third-stage dry air having a temperature of less than or equal to 25° C., the moisture content in the biomass fuel being reduced to less than 25%.

US Pat. No. 10,337,732

CONSUMABLE TIP BURNERS, SUBMERGED COMBUSTION MELTERS INCLUDING SAME, AND METHODS

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A combustion burner for submerged combustion comprising:(a) an annular liquid cooled jacket defining a central longitudinal through passage;
(b) at least one inner conduit and a substantially concentric outer conduit positioned in the through passage, each conduit comprising proximal and distal ends, all conduit distal ends extending beyond a distal end of the annular liquid cooled jacket, the conduits configured so that the outer and inner conduits are movable axially, the at least one inner conduit forming a primary passage and the outer conduit forming a secondary passage between the outer conduit and the at least one inner conduit, the at least one inner conduit and the outer conduit having positions selected from the group consisting of:
(i) the distal end of the outer conduit extends beyond the distal end of the at least one inner conduit, and
(ii) the distal end of the at least one inner conduit extends beyond the distal end of the outer conduit; and
(c) the outer conduit having an exterior surface configured along a lower portion thereof with at least two sets of axially spaced dog teeth, one set mating with adjacent dog teeth on one or more dog connectors secured in the annular liquid cooled jacket, the one or more dogs connectors configured to be operable hydraulically between a locked position and a release position, allowing the outer conduit to be repositioned axially relative to the annular liquid cooled jacket.

US Pat. No. 10,337,730

WICK OF FLAME DEVICE

Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc...

1. A wick of a flame device comprising: a single metallic meshed wick material including a first end, with the single metallic meshed wick material continuously configured to comprise:a spiral section with a shape including multiple loops, with the multiple loops curled about an imaginary axis, wherein the first end of the single metallic meshed wick material is curled about the imaginary axis to include the multiple loops, with the first end of the single metallic meshed wick material located inside of the multiple loops;
a flat folded section with a shape including a fold, a first length, and a second length, with the first length of the single metallic meshed wick material extending outward of the multiple loops away from the spiral section to the fold and along a first imaginary plane, with the second length of the single metallic meshed wick material integrally extending from the fold toward the spiral section and along a second imaginary plane, with the first and second imaginary planes extending in parallel and disposed in a spaced relationship, wherein the single metallic meshed wick material is folded to include the first length of the flat folded section extending outward away from the spiral section and along the first imaginary plane and the second length of the flat folded section extending toward the spiral section and along the second imaginary plane, and wherein the flat folded section is shaped by the single metallic meshed wick material after the spiral section; and
a wrapped section with a shape including at least one contour extending from the second length of the flat folded section, the wrapped section wrapping around and conforming with the spiral section as well as the first and second lengths and the fold of the flat folded section, and wherein the single metallic meshed wick material is wrapped to include the at least one contour having first and second portions respectively around the spiral and flat folded sections;
wherein a distance between the first and second imaginary planes is smaller than a diameter of the spiral section about the imaginary axis, and wherein the first and second length is larger than the diameter of the spiral section.

US Pat. No. 10,337,729

FUEL COMBUSTION SYSTEM WITH A PERFORATED REACTION HOLDER

CLEARSIGN COMBUSTION CORP...

1. A combustion system, comprising: a fuel and oxidant source configured to output fuel and oxidant into a combustion volume; and a perforated reaction holder disposed in the combustion volume and including fibers that define a plurality of perforations aligned to receive a mixture of the fuel and oxidant from the fuel and oxidant source and to support a combustion reaction of the fuel and oxidant within the perforations; wherein the fibers are reticulated ceramic fibers wherein the perforations are branching perforations that weave around and through the reticulated fibers that cause branching of oxidation fluid flow paths.

US Pat. No. 10,337,728

LOW NOX, HIGH EFFICIENCY, HIGH TEMPERATURE, STAGED RECIRCULATING BURNER AND RADIANT TUBE COMBUSTION SYSTEM

Selas Heat Technology Com...

1. A staged recirculating burner comprising:a combustion tube including inside and outside helical fins forming opposing spiral pathways, the opposing spiral pathways including a first spiral pathway for combustion gases and a second spiral pathway for products of combustion;
a combustion nozzle coupled to the combustion tube;
a gas tube running axially into the combustion tube, the first spiral pathway bounded between the gas tube and combustion tube; and
a staging gas nozzle coupled to the gas tube, the staging gas nozzle including radial exit holes into the combustion tube and an axial gas staging tube extending into the combustion nozzle to stage combustion, wherein the radial exit holes are configured to inject fuel into a spiral flow of preheated air flowing through the first spiral pathway and the staging gas nozzle is positioned such that the fuel mixes with the preheated air flowing through the first spiral pathway to form a fuel-air mixture that continues to travel along the first spiral pathway before moving into the combustion nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,337,727

FURNACE INDUCER CHOKE AND A GAS FURNACE EMPLOYING THE SAME

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A furnace inducer choke, comprising:a choke body having a major surface, wherein the choke body is configured to engage a furnace inducer blower;
a tab extending from the choke body at an acute angle, wherein the tab comprises a base end and an attachment end and extends in a direction parallel to the major surface, wherein the base end is connected substantially perpendicular to an edge of a perimeter of the major surface while also being substantially parallel to the major surface of the choke body; and
a mounting feature connected to the attachment end of the tab, the mounting feature being spaced away from the choke body.

US Pat. No. 10,337,726

LIQUID BIOMASS HEATING SYSTEM

Ensyn Renewables, Inc., ...

15. A dual-fuel method of heating, comprising:i) introducing a petroleum-based fuel into a dual-fuel burner followed by combusting said fuel; and
ii) combusting an unenriched renewable fuel oil, comprising:
a) introducing said renewal fuel oil into the dual-fuel burner at a ratio of 1.5:1 to 2:1, on a volume basis, relative to the introduced petroleum-based fuel;
b) atomizing the unenriched renewable fuel oil in the dual-fuel burner to form a spray cone;
c) aiming the spray cone proximate a radiant surface to at least partially vaporize the spray cone; and
d) combusting the at least partially vaporized spray cone proximate a heat sink, said heat sink in thermal communication with the radiant surface;
iii) passing a combustion flue gas through fire tubes of a firetube boiler; and
iv) providing at least one pulse of compressed gas per day to the fire tubes in the direction of flow of the combustion flue gas.

US Pat. No. 10,337,725

SUPERHEATED STEAM GENERATOR

TOKUDEN CO., LTD., Kyoto...

1. A superheated steam generator, comprising:a heating metal body in contact with steam;
an induction coil that inductively heats the heating metal body, and thereby heats the steam to generate superheated steam; and
a temperature controller that includes a processor configured to execute instructions stored in memory to perform feedback control of a temperature of the superheated steam resulting from the heating by the heating metal body such that a deviation with respect to a target temperature falls within a range of less than ±1° C., wherein
a frequency of an AC power supply connected to the induction coil is 50 Hz or 60 Hz,
a thickness of the heating metal body from a first surface of the heating metal body facing toward the induction coil to a second surface of the heating metal body in contact with the steam is 10 mm or less, and
the temperature controller calculates a superheated steam energy Q from an equation ?×V, calculates a temperature rise value ? from a setting temperature, calculates a superheated steam generation amount V from a valve opening level of a valve for setting the superheated steam generation amount V or from a supply water amount or a supply saturated steam amount, and sets proportional-integral-derivative (PID) constants using the calculated superheated steam energy Q and relationship data indicating a relationship between the superheated steam energy Q and the PID constants.

US Pat. No. 10,337,723

BAG SEARCH STICK AND METHOD OF USE

1. A bag search stick, comprising:an elongated, cylindrical body extending from a first end to a second end;
a lighting assembly configured to illuminate an inner cavity of a bag; and
a control assembly disposed within the elongated, cylindrical body, the control assembly having:
a switch and a power source, the switch configured to activate the lighting assembly and the power source configured to be recharged;
a computer;
a sensor conductively coupled to the computer, the sensor is configured to sense one or more substances within the inner cavity of the bag, and if detected, to relay the detection to the computer;
an alarm conductively coupled to the computer, the alarm is configured to activate upon detection of the one or more substances detected by the sensor; and
a transceiver conductively coupled to the computer, the transceiver is configured to emit a signal upon detection of the one or more substances;
wherein the bag search stick is configured to be used during an inspection of the bag.

US Pat. No. 10,337,722

MODULAR SHELF UNIT

Target Brands, Inc., Min...

1. A modular shelf unit comprising:a shelf frame including a front, a back and right and left sides;
a front panel rotatably coupled to the front of the shelf frame and configured to rotate about a rotational axis located proximate to a bottom edge of the front of the shelf frame, wherein the front panel includes at least one holder configured to hold sheet material and a plurality of lights located behind the at least one holder to illuminate the sheet material;
wherein when the front panel is configured into a rotatably opened position, the plurality of lights are turned off; and
wherein when the front is configured into a rotatably closed position, the plurality of lights are turned on.

US Pat. No. 10,337,721

ILLUMINATED CABLE COMBS

American Future Technolog...

1. An illuminated cable comb comprising:a body incorporating at least two openings for removably retaining a corresponding at least two cables in a fixed position relative to the body;
at least one light within the body; and
conductive material within the body capable of transmitting power to the at least one light such that the at least one light illuminates the body when power is supplied.

US Pat. No. 10,337,720

LAMP SAFE SYSTEM

1. A lamp safe system, said system comprising:an inner casing comprising a safe door, wherein said safe door is configured to attached to said inner casing wherein said inner casing further comprises a male flange;
an outer casing comprising an outer wall and an inner wall wherein said inner wall is attached to a plurality of alignment tracks wherein said plurality of alignment tracks are connected to said inner casing;
a locking system, wherein said locking system is attached to said safe door;
a plurality of lifting springs, a plurality of lifting brackets, and a plurality of clevises wherein said lifting springs can push said inner casing out of said outer casing, wherein said lifting springs can be removably connected to said outer casing by said plurality of clevises, wherein said lifting spring is removable connected to said inner casing and said lifting brackets;
a light wherein said light is attached to one or more light holders;
a lampshade
a base wherein said base is attached to said outer casing;
a lamp body; and
an armature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,719

USB CHARGER DEVICE HAVING ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS

1. A USB charger device with an additional function or ornamentation, comprising:at least one USB port for receiving a male plug of a USB wire to deliver digital data or a charging current of at least 1 Amp to an external product;
an input-wire to connect the USB charger device with an AC power source between 108V and 250V AC, either:
(a) through an external transformer for converting AC power from the AC power source into a DC current for supplying the charging current to the at least one USB port, to provide power for the additional functions, and/or for input to a DC-to-DC circuit that supplies the charging current and/or the power for the at least one additional function, or
(b) to supply the AC power to an internal AC-to-DC circuit for converting the AC power into said DC current; and
at least one decorative or functional unit built-in or added onto the USB charger device to enable the USB charger device to not only deliver said charging current or digital data, but which also enhances a value of USB charger device by providing the at least one additional function or ornamentation.

US Pat. No. 10,337,718

LIGHT EMITTING DIODE LIGHTING DEVICE AND ASSEMBLY METHOD THEREOF

HANGZHOU HPWINNER OPTO CO...

1. A light emitting diode (LED) lighting device, comprising:a base having a mounting surface;
a LED element disposed on the mounting surface of the base;
a lens component disposed on a side of the mounting surface of the base;
a gasket disposed between the base and the lens component, so that the LED element can be disposed in an area encircled by the gasket; and
a fixing element, including a first part which is disposed on a side of the lens component opposite to the base and faces a part of the lens component, and a second part extended from the first part and connected with the base, and the first part of the fixing element being configured to apply a pressure towards the base to the lens component,
wherein taking the gasket as a fulcrum, an absolute value of a force moment applied to the lens component by the first part of the fixing element on an inner side of the gasket is greater than or equal to an absolute value of a force moment applied to the lens component by the first part of the fixing element on an outer side of the gasket.

US Pat. No. 10,337,717

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND VEHICLE LAMP

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A light source unit comprising:a socket housing that comprises a heat-dissipation plate formed of a metallic material, and a resin molding part;
a substrate mounted on the socket housing; and
a light emitting element serving as a light source and mounted on the substrate, wherein the heat-dissipation plate is provided with a first heat-dissipation portion that is a single flat plate portion, and the first heat-dissipation portion has a front surface that is directly attached to the substrate,
wherein the first heat-dissipation portion has a rear surface that is in direct contact with the resin molding part,
the resin molding part is single injection molded part that includes a plurality of heat-dissipation fins and a plurality of engaging protrusions circumferentially arranged around a center axis of the resin molding part that are configured to be engaged with a predetermined member,
wherein the heat-dissipation plate extends into two fins of the plurality of heat-dissipation fins, and
the socket housing is produced by a process of integrally molding the heat-dissipation plate and the resin molding part.

US Pat. No. 10,337,716

COMBINATION LED LIGHTING AND FAN APPARATUS

1. A combination fan and light fixture comprising:a housing having the dimensions of a ceiling tile, said housing comprising a light chamber, a separate fan chamber and a vent;
a first fan positioned within the fan chamber of the housing and a second fan positioned within the fan chamber of the housing forming a fan cavity wherein the first fan rotates in a first direction and the second fan rotates in a second direction to generate a stable air flow into the fan chamber;
an LED light fixture adapted to emit light, positioned within the light chamber, wherein the light chamber includes a lens through which the light from the LED light fixture is disbursed from the light chamber; and
an air diversion mechanism positioned in the housing in proximity of the fan to direct air from the fan cavity through a vent in the vent section of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,715

LIGHTING BOX AND MONITORING METHOD THEREFOR

HKC CORPORATION LIMITED, ...

1. A lighting box, comprising:a power management module, comprising a monitoring power supply module, wherein the monitoring power supply module comprises:
a monitoring sensing module;
a door opening sensing module;
a heat dissipation device that reduces the temperature of the lighting box; and
an alarm apparatus that sends an alarm signal, wherein the door opening sensing module comprises: a door opening alignment sensor, and the door opening alignment sensor is configured to obtain a temperature value of the lighting box in a door-opened state.

US Pat. No. 10,337,713

DEVICE FOR CONNECTING A LIGHT SOURCE TO AN ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A connecting device for the electrical connection of at least one light source to an electric power supply device, wherein the connecting device comprises:a lead frame, a first connector to bridge the frame to the at least one light source which is remote from the frame, and the connecting device further comprises a second connector to crimp the frame to the electric power supply device, wherein the connecting device has a substantially planar surface and the first connector and the second connector are disposed on opposing ends of the substantially planar surface of the connecting device, and the second connector comprises a row of a plurality of electrically conductive lugs to crimp to a connecting element of the electric power supply device, separated by electrically insulating elements of the lead frame.

US Pat. No. 10,337,712

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a base;
a light source configured to emit light;
a temperature sensor configured to detect temperature changes by radiant heat of the light source; and
an adhesive layer arranged between the temperature sensor and the base,
wherein the adhesive layer has a contact region that is in contact with the base and a non-contact region that is not in contact with the base.

US Pat. No. 10,337,711

DUAL-VOLTAGE LIGHTED ARTIFICIAL TREE

Willis Electric Co., Ltd....

1. An artificial tree, comprising:a tree power transmission system for transmitting power from an external power source to the artificial tree, the tree power transmission system including a power plug, a set of primary power wires and a primary fuse,
a first tree section including a first trunk portion defining a first end having a first opening, a first plurality of branches coupled to the first trunk portion, a first set of lights distributed about the exterior of the first plurality of branches, and a first trunk electrical connector, the first trunk electrical connector in electrical connection with the tree power transmission system and the first set of lights and including a first set of electrical terminals, the first set of electrical terminals including a first electrical terminal, a second electrical terminal, a third electrical terminal and a fourth electrical terminal;
a second tree section including a second trunk portion, a second plurality of branches coupled to the second trunk portion, a second set of lights distributed about the exterior of the second plurality of branches, and a second trunk electrical connector, the second trunk electrical connector in electrical connection with the second set of lights and including a second set of electrical terminals, the second set of electrical terminals including a first electrical terminal, a second electrical terminal, a third electrical terminal and a fourth electrical terminal;
wherein the first tree section is configured to couple to the second tree section causing an electrical and a mechanical connection to be made between the first tree section and the second tree section, including between the first electrical terminal of the first trunk electrical connector and the first electrical terminal of the second trunk electrical connector, between the second electrical terminal of the first trunk electrical connector and the second electrical terminal of the second trunk electrical connector, between the third electrical terminal of the first trunk electrical connector and the third electrical terminal of the second trunk electrical connector, and between the fourth electrical terminal of the first trunk electrical connector and between the fourth electrical terminal of the second trunk electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,337,710

TREE WITH INTEGRATED LIGHTING ELEMENTS RECEIVING POWER AND CONTROL DATA OVER COMMON CONDUCTORS

Seasons 4, Inc., Toana, ...

1. An artificial tree apparatus comprising:a mount configured to engage a level floor surface;
a trunk segment configured to couple to the mount so as to be vertically erected with respect to the substantially level floor surface;
a trunk electrical distribution network of conductive wires engaging the trunk segment and including an electrical connector conductively coupled thereto, the electrical connector having a plurality of electrical contacts configured to couple to a complementary electrical connector so as to receive operating power therefrom, the trunk electrical distribution network configured to conductively provide thereon both the operating power received by the electrical connector and a plurality of lighting control signals;
a plurality of branch segments, each connected to and extending from the trunk segment;
one or more branch electrical distribution networks of conductive wires engaging the plurality of branch segments, and configured to receive, from the trunk electrical distribution system, both operating power and at least a subset of the plurality of lighting control signals, each of the one or more branch electrical distribution networks further configured to superimpose thereon both the received operating power and the received at least a subset of the plurality of the lighting control signals; and
a plurality of independently-controllable lighting elements disposed along and conductively coupled to the one or more branch electrical distribution networks, and each having a local controller configured to control illumination by providing, in response to a corresponding one of the plurality of lighting control signals provided thereto, controlled illumination of the independently controllable lighting element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,708

LENGTH ALTERATION TOOL FOR LIGHTING

COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPA...

1. An outdoor light fixture system comprising:an extendable support comprising:
a lower support;
an upper support coupled to the lower support, the upper support being movable between a raised position and a lowered position; and
a support locking assembly configured to lock the upper support with the lower support; and
a length alteration tool comprising a connection element configured to engage a corresponding portion of the upper support of the extendable support, wherein the length alteration further comprises:
a lower section; and
an upper section telescopically engaging the lower section, the upper section being axially movable between an extended position and a retracted position;
wherein the connection element is located on the upper section and is configured for engagement with the upper support of the extendable support; and
a tool biasing member, wherein the tool biasing member biases the upper section of the length alteration tool to the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,707

LUMINAIRE WITH ARTICULATED LEDS

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A luminaire, comprising:a plurality of LED modules into which are mounted at least one LED;
a common carrier in which the plurality of LED modules are mounted;
a global articulation motor;
a physical drive mechanism mechanically coupling the global articulation motor to the common carrier, the global articulation motor and the physical drive mechanism being configured to rotate the common carrier around a first pivot axis;
a plurality of independent articulators which independently articulate corresponding individual LED module around individual second pivot axes, wherein the second pivot axes are different from the first pivot axis;
wherein each LED module is individually and separately pivotably mounted to the common carrier, wherein movement of each LED module around its second pivot axis is independent of movement of a neighboring LED module around its second pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,337,706

MOUNTING SYSTEM

Life Mounts, LLC, Goleta...

1. A mounting system, comprising:an elastomeric mount portion including:
a barrel having a first bore formed therein along a longitudinal axis of the barrel and a rim at a first end of the barrel that forms a first interface surface, and
a pair of mounting arms that project outward from a second end of the barrel that collectively form an arc that defines a curved mounting surface along an interior of the arc for mounting a first object,
wherein a channel is formed in the pair of mounting arms or the barrel that passes through the elastomeric mount portion;
a fastener for securing the elastomeric mount portion to a second object, the fastener including a shaft that passes through the first bore along the longitudinal axis and projects outward from the first interface surface of the barrel; and
a strap that passes through the channel to secure the first object to the curved mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,337,705

LAMP FOR SUPPORTING A SPEAKER ASSEMBLY OR INDUCTIVE CHARGER

glori, llc, Overland Par...

1. An apparatus comprising:a table-lamp or floor-lamp comprising—
a base;
a support extending upwardly from the base for supporting at least one light or lamp socket;
a cord connected to the apparatus and having a plug for plugging in to a power source;
an electrical outlet, positioned on said base, wherein said outlet is in electrical connection with said cord; and
wherein said base has a top having an opening to a cavity defined by said base, wherein said opening to said cavity has a dimension that enables a separately assembled electronic device that is placed on said top of said base to at least substantially cover said opening to said cavity, wherein a power cord of the electronic device is plugged into said outlet and the power cord of the electronic device is tucked into said cavity beneath said electronic device to at least substantially hide the power cord of the electronic device from sight.

US Pat. No. 10,337,704

ILLUMINATION LIGHT SOURCE HAVING FASTENER FASTENING A PEDESTAL AND COVER TOGETHER WITH A MOUNTING SUBSTRATE INTERPOSED THEREBETWEEN AND LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENTS SURROUND THE COVER, THE ENTIRETY OF WHICH IS SPACED IN A HORIZONTAL DIRECTION FROM THE LIGHT EM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An illumination light source comprising:a pedestal;
a mounting substrate disposed on the pedestal;
a plurality of light-emitting elements on a main surface of the mounting substrate, the main surface extending in a horizontal direction;
a cover, having a planar upper surface and defined by an outer periphery, which covers a partial region of the main surface of the mounting substrate, the entirety of the cover being spaced in the horizontal direction from the plurality of light-emitting elements so that none of the plurality of light-emitting elements are even partially covered by the cover in a vertical direction, the vertical direction extending transverse to the horizontal direction; and
a fastener which fastens the pedestal and the cover together while the mounting substrate is interposed between the pedestal and the cover,
wherein the plurality of light-emitting elements are provided around the cover and beyond the outer periphery of the cover such that the cover does not surround, in a plane of the cover, any light emitting elements provided on the main surface of the mounting substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,337,700

BOLT LOCKING STRUCTURE FOR WATERPROOF LED LAMP

1. A locking structure for a waterproof LED lamp comprising:a first casing, being in a rectangular shape, having four first peripheral walls and multiple first protrusions and multiple first recesses which are coplanarly formed on each of the four first peripheral walls, any two adjacent of the multiple first protrusions being separated by one of the multiple first recesses, and any two adjacent of the multiple first recesses being separated by one of the multiple first protrusions;
a second casing, being in a rectangular shape corresponding to the first casing, having four second peripheral walls and multiple second protrusions and multiple second recesses which are coplanarly formed on each of the four second peripheral walls, any two adjacent of the multiple second protrusions being separated by one of the multiple second recesses, and any two adjacent of the multiple second recesses being separated by one of the multiple second protrusions; and
multiple connecting rods;
wherein each of the multiple first protrusions of the first casing is embedded into one of the multiple second recesses of the second casing, each of the multiple first recesses of the first casing is embedded by one of the multiple second protrusions of the second casing, and all of the first and second protrusions and the first and second recesses which engage with each other are coplanar; and
wherein multiple through holes are coaxially formed in each of the first and second protrusions which are adjacent, and each of the connecting rods is inserted into the multiple through holes which align with each other to fasten the first casing and the second casing together.

US Pat. No. 10,337,699

LIGHT

H4X e.U., Graz (AT)

1. A light, witha light base body; and
lighting segments which are inserted into the light base body;
wherein each of the lighting segments emits light in a directional manner and has a predefined emission characteristic;
wherein the emission characteristics of the lighting segments comprise at least two different emission characteristics;
wherein the inserted lighting segments form an array extending in a plane, the lighting segments being arranged in a fixed orientation; and
wherein, by the light, light effects are achievable in horizontal and vertical partial areas of a room in a building.

US Pat. No. 10,337,698

DEVICE FOR SHAPING LIGHT BEAMS EMITTED BY LIGHTING FIXTURES

Iguzzini Illuminazione S....

1. A device for shaping the light beam emitted by a lighting fixture comprising a plurality of punctiform light sources aligned in a way to share a common axial plane, an opaque screen adapted to be arranged in the vicinity of the punctiform light sources of said lighting fixture, said screen comprising at least one slot, facing said punctiform light sources, adapted to allow the passage of a main direct light flow, emitted by said punctiform light sources along said common axial plane, said screen being adapted to prevent a passage of any lateral light flows and secondary light flows resulting from reflection phenomena affecting, said main direct light flow.

US Pat. No. 10,337,697

INDOOR LIGHT SOURCE AND ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. An indoor light source, comprising:a light-emitting element configured to emit ultraviolet light;
a wavelength conversion member containing a phosphor that emits light having an emission spectrum including:
a first peak in a wavelength region of 440 to 460 nm;
a second peak in a wavelength region of 540 to 560 nm;
a third peak in a wavelength region of 610 to 630 nm,
wherein
a first light intensity that is the lowest in a wavelength region from ?1 to ?2 in nm is 70% or more with respect to the highest one of intensities at the first peak, the second peak, and the third peak, and
a second light intensity that is the lowest in a wavelength region from ?2 to ?3 in nm is 80% or more with respect to the highest one of the intensities, where
?1 is a wavelength of a peak top of the first peak in nm;
?2 is a wavelength of a peak top of the second peak in nm; and
?3 is a wavelength of a peak top of the third peak in nm;
a red phosphor that emits a red fluorescence;
a green phosphor that emits a green fluorescence;
a first blue phosphor that emits a blue fluorescence with a first fluorescence spectrum; and
a second blue phosphor that shows a blue fluorescence with a second fluorescence spectrum,
wherein a difference between a peak wavelength ?B1 in nm of the first fluorescence spectrum and a peak wavelength ?B2 in nm of the second fluorescence spectrum is 5 nm or less, and
a difference between a first half width in nm of the first fluorescence spectrum and a second half width in nm of the second fluorescence spectrum is 10 nm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,337,696

VEHICLE LENS ASSEMBLY AND LENS MANUFACTURING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle lens assembly, comprising:a transparent base; and
a transparent film including a first layer and a second layer, the first layer bonded directly to the transparent base, the second layer is polymethylmethacrylate-based and is more resistant to ultraviolet radiation than the first layer and the transparent base.

US Pat. No. 10,337,695

REFLECTOR FOR LIGHTING COMPONENT WITH SURFACES THAT SUBTEND LIGHT FROM A LIGHT SOURCE AND SURFACES THAT SUBTEND EXTERNAL LIGHT

JST Performance, LLC, Gi...

1. A reflector, comprising:a first region formed by top, right, bottom and left surfaces forming a rearward opening, each of the surfaces extending from the rearward opening toward a forward opening
each of the surfaces configured to subtend light emitted from a light source configured proximate the rearward opening; and
a second region formed by the top and bottom surfaces, the top and bottom surfaces extending toward the forward opening, the second region further formed by right and left surfaces extending from the right and left surfaces of the first region toward the forward opening, the right and left surfaces of the second region configured so that no light emitted by the light source is subtended by the right and left surfaces of the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,337,694

LED LAMP AND LIGHTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

PHOENIX ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. An LED lamp comprising:a reflector comprising a reflective surface having a first focal point and a second focal point, and an opening, wherein the second focal point is located at a first distance from the opening;
a plurality of LEDs;
a pillar having a center point disposed at the first focal point of the reflector, the pillar defined by a polygonal cross-sectional shape, the pillar including a plurality of lateral surfaces on which the plurality of LEDs are disposed; and
a lens disposed at a second distance from the opening that is greater than the first distance;wherein:the lens refracts rays of light from the reflector toward an irradiation surface,
a pillar radius ratio falls in a range of greater than or equal to 4.19% and less than or equal to 18.25%, the pillar radius ratio being defined as a dimensional ratio of a pillar radius to a radius of an opening of the reflector, the pillar radius being defined as a distance from a center point of the pillar to each of the plurality of lateral surfaces,
the reflective surface being adapted to reflect rays of light emitted from the plurality of LEDs, the reflector causing the rays of light reflected by the reflective surface to be irradiated from the opening, and
the following formula is satisfied:
26.54e0.0174x??1.498×D+39.583, where
D: the pillar radius ratio (%), and
x: a directive angle (°) of the lens refracting the rays of light from the reflector toward an irradiation surface.

US Pat. No. 10,337,693

APPARATUS METHOD, AND SYSTEM FOR COST-EFFECTIVE LIGHTING SYSTEM RETROFITS INCLUDING LED LUMINAIRES

Musco Corporation, Oskal...

1. A method of retrofitting an existing lighting system comprising non-lighting technology and lighting technology portions with a retrofit lighting system comprising non-lighting technology and lighting technology portions, the non-lighting technology portion of the retrofit lighting system including one or more retained devices of the non-lighting technology portion of the existing lighting system, further comprising:a. evaluating the existing lighting system to determine:
i. which non-lighting technology portions of the existing lighting system can be retained;
ii. which portions of light emitted from the existing lighting system are useful and which are not useful;
iii. which lighting technology and non-lighting technology portions of the existing lighting system contribute to glare; and
iv. characteristics of power regulating and connection means of the existing lighting system;
b. designing the lighting technology portion of the retrofit lighting system by:
i. selecting an operating condition of a retrofit light source so to produce a light level which is comparable to or exceeds a light level of the useful portion of light emitted from the existing lighting system;
ii. selecting a number and design of both light directing and light redirecting devices so to produce a cutoff and beam design which results in (i) lower glare, (ii) lower or fewer portions of light which are not useful, or both (i) and (ii), as compared to the existing lighting system; and
iii. installing the retrofit light source, light directing devices, and light redirecting devices in a retrofit luminaire;
c. designing the non-lighting technology portion of the retrofit lighting system comprising:
i. determining power requirements of the retrofit luminaire so to produce the light level which is comparable to or exceeds a light level of the useful portion of light emitted from the existing lighting system; and
ii. modifying the characteristics of power regulating and connection means of the existing lighting system to meet the power requirements of the retrofit luminaire;
d. and installing the retrofit lighting system in a manner that does not exceed a loading capacity or an allowed EPA for the one or more retained devices of the non-lighting technology portion of the existing lighting system.

US Pat. No. 10,337,692

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING LIGHT SPILL

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A luminaire, comprising:a plurality of light modules, each having a light source at a proximal end, an exit aperture at a distal end, and a light enclosure covering the light source;
a first light shield, comprising a plurality of first apertures corresponding to the plurality of light modules, each first aperture fitting around a corresponding light module, the first light shield configured to reduce light spill from the light enclosures of the plurality of light modules toward the distal ends of the plurality of light modules;
a first baffle forming sides of a plurality of first shielding compartments corresponding to the plurality of light modules;
a second light shield, comprising a plurality of second apertures corresponding to the plurality of light modules, each second aperture fitting around a corresponding light module, the second light shield coupled to a proximal end of the first baffle, the exit aperture of each light module located in a corresponding first shielding compartment, the second light shield configured to reduce light spill from the first shielding compartments toward the proximal ends of the plurality of light modules;
a plurality of output lenses corresponding to the plurality of first shielding compartments, the plurality of output lenses coupled to a distal end of the first baffle, the edges of each lens coated with a light absorbing coating; and
a second baffle forming sides of a plurality of second shielding compartments corresponding to the plurality of output lenses, a proximal end of the second baffle coupled to the plurality of output lenses.

US Pat. No. 10,337,691

INTEGRATING POINT SOURCE FOR TEXTURE PROJECTING BULB

Magic Leap, Inc., Planta...

1. A texture projecting light bulb comprising:an incandescent filament configured to produce infrared light;
an integrating sphere enclosing the incandescent filament, wherein the integrating sphere comprises a diffusely reflective interior surface, a baffle disposed at least partially within the integrating sphere, and an aperture configured to allow light to pass out of the integrating sphere; and
a light bulb enclosure surrounding the integrating sphere, the enclosure comprising one or more regions transmissive to infrared light and one or more regions opaque to infrared light, wherein the one or more transmissive regions are configured to project a structured light pattern of infrared light detectable by a computer vision system.

US Pat. No. 10,337,690

AUTOMOTIVE LED MODULE WITH HEAT SINK AND FAN

OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc., Wil...

1. A vehicle solid-state lamp module cooling system (10) comprising:a first heat sink (2) comprising a first extruded material, said first extruded material defining a first base (4) having a first exposed surface (6), said first extruded material further defining a plurality of spaced extruded heat dissipation first ribs (8) extending away from said first base (4) and said first exposed surface (6);
a second heat sink (20) comprising a second extruded material, said second extruded material defining a second base (24), said second extruded material further defining a plurality of spaced extruded heat dissipation second ribs (28) extending away from said second base (24);
a solid-state light source (12) disposed on said first exposed surface (6);
said first heat sink (2) being coupled transverse said second heat sink (20) with said first base (4) in thermal communication with said second base (24); and
a fan (40) in fluid communication with said second heat sink (20) and having a fan air outlet (42) positioned in relation to said second ribs (28) such that, when energized, said fan (40) directs air across said second heat sink (20), whereby air drawn over said second ribs (28) is at least partially directed to said first ribs (8),
whereby when said lamp module cooling system (10) is positioned proximate a headlamp cover (100) and energized, warmed air exiting a region of said first ribs (8) can be directed at said headlamp cover (100).

US Pat. No. 10,337,689

LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS AND LIGHTING MODULE

EVERLIGHT ELECTRONICS CO....

1. A light emitting apparatus, comprising: a circuit substrate, a plurality of optical sources and an optical element; wherein the optical element comprises a translucent element and an interference element;the plurality of light sources are arranged on the circuit substrate for lighting the optical element;
the optical element is arranged above the plurality of light sources; and the interference element is arranged on the translucent element, and the interference element is used to make light emitted from each of the light sources offset interference in a first polarization direction, enhance interference in a second polarization direction, and emit through the translucent element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,688

VEHICLE LAMP

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A vehicle lamp comprising:a lamp chamber defined by a lamp housing having an opening and a cover for closing the opening;
a plurality of planar light emitting bodies arranged at a gap in the lamp chamber; and
a light guide of which at least a portion is arranged on a line intersecting with the gap,
the light guide protruding from a first direction and a second direction opposite from the first direction, the first and second directions being substantially parallel with a thickness direction of the plurality of planar light emitting bodies.

US Pat. No. 10,337,687

METAL PCB ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE LAMP AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

SEJONG MATERIALS CO., LTD...

1. A manufacturing method of a metal printed circuit board (PCB) assembly comprising:preparing a material of a metal PCB;
forming and cutting a circuit pattern and a plurality of unit patterns from the material of a metal PCB to form a metal PCB;
forming a bending groove on a bottom surface of the metal PCB;
protruding each of the plurality of unit patterns forward around the bending groove of the metal PCB such that each of the unit patterns is bent to be inclined from the metal PCB; and
coupling a stepwise injection molded product with the metal PCB while the plurality of unit patterns is protruded,
wherein in forming and cutting the metal PCB, when separating the metal PCB from a metal copper clad laminate (MCCL) by cutting the material using a press tool, three outer surfaces, which surround the unit pattern of the metal PCB are cut,
wherein upon bending the plurality of unit patterns, when each of the plurality of unit patterns is pushed and pressurized from behind the metal PCB, each of the plurality of unit patterns is protruded forward while regarding the bending groove as a start point, such that each of the plurality of unit patterns is inclined forward at a predetermined angle with respect to the metal PCB, and
wherein upon coupling the injection molded product with the metal PCB, the injection molded product is coupled with a rear surface of the metal PCB, wherein the injection molded product includes a flat type base and a plurality of support portions which are protruded from the flat type base to support a lower portion of the plurality of unit patterns, such that the plurality of unit patterns maintains an inclined shape.

US Pat. No. 10,337,686

HEADLIGHT FOR A VEHICLE

VARROC LIGHTING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A headlight for a vehicle with a projector, said projector defining an optical axis, said headlight comprising:a reflector including a bowl-shaped reflective surface, which presents the shape of a concave curve in a cross-section formed by a vertical plane passing through the optical axis of the projector;
a light source positioned substantially at a source focal point of the curve;
a diaphragm positioned substantially at an image focal point of the curve to create a light-darkness boundary in front of the vehicle; and
a collimating optical element including a reflector with a focal point lying substantially in the location of the image focal point of the curve for collimation of the output light beam into the required direction wherein the diaphragm is made of a transparent material,
said diaphragm including one or more optical surfaces arranged to direct those rays that have fallen onto the diaphragm and passed through the diaphragm to the collimating element directly, or through a supplementary optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,685

FIBER OPTIC LIGHT PANEL HAVING AESTHETIC APPEARANCE IN AN UNLIT STATE

VALEO NORTH AMERICA, INC....

1. A lighting device for a vehicle, comprising:a light source for generating light;
a lighting panel having a light emitting side and a light reflecting side opposing the light emitting side, the lighting panel comprising:
an optical fiber layer comprising a plurality of optical fibers each configured to emit said light along a length of the optical fiber, the plurality of optical fibers being arranged in a predetermined form such that the optical fiber layer has a first side facing said light emitting side of the lighting panel and a second side facing said light reflecting side of the lighting panel, and
a reflecting layer provided on said second side of the optical fiber layer and configured to reflect said light toward the first side of the optical fiber layer, wherein the reflecting layer of the lighting panel is an aesthetic layer selected for aesthetic appeal and being visible from the light emitting side of the lighting panel in an unlit state, said reflecting layer comprising a diffusive reflecting film partially coated with a metal such that a portion of the diffusive reflecting film is exposed, wherein a partially coated amount of said metal provides a metallic appearance of the light emitting side of the lighting panel in the unlit state and said portion of the diffusive reflecting film provides diffuse reflection of said light when the light source is in a lighted state; and
a bundling element configured to hold ends of the plurality optical fibers in a bundle which is optically coupled to said light source.

US Pat. No. 10,337,684

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE COMPRISING A LIGHT GUIDE

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. An optical lighting module for a motor vehicle, the optical lighting module comprising:at least two parallel transverse rows of light guides;
a first rear portion including the light guides arranged along one of the at least two parallel transverse rows, each light guide comprising an output front end face for a light beam; and
a front portion which has a front face for the light beam, wherein the front face of the front portion is conformed to spread the light beam at least in a vertical direction, an output face of the front portion having transverse vertical end strips, each incurved about a transverse axis to spread the light beam vertically emitted by one of the two parallel transverse rows of light guides.

US Pat. No. 10,337,683

HEAD LAMP APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A head lamp apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a first photodiode configured for detecting a quantity of outputted white light when a blue laser beam generated from a laser-light-source module is outputted through a fluorescent substance to output the white light, and then converting a quantity of the outputted white light into a value of first electrical energy;
a second photodiode configured for detecting a quantity of noise light excluding the quantity of the white light outputted through the fluorescent substance, and then converting the quantity of the noise light into a value of second electrical energy;
a controller configured for controlling a supply of power to the laser-light-source module using the value of the first electrical energy and the value of the second electrical energy;
a housing accommodating the laser-light-source module, the fluorescent substance, and the first photodiode therein; and
a reflector reflecting the white light, outputted from the fluorescent substance to a front of the vehicle,
wherein the first photodiode is fixedly disposed at a top portion of the housing to face an inner surface of the reflector.

US Pat. No. 10,337,682

LIGHTING MEMBER, LIGHTING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING LIGHTING MEMBER

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lighting member comprising:a first base material having optical transparency;
a plurality of lighting portions having optical transparency which are provided on a first surface of the first base material;
a void portion which is provided between the plurality of lighting portions;
wherein part of a side surface of at least one of the plurality of lighting portions in contact with the void portion reflects first light entering the plurality of lighting portions, and
a plane that passes through a point, at which any one light beam of the first light is incident on the side surface, and that is orthogonal to the first surface marks a boundary between two spaces, and a space with the first light is labeled as a first space, and a space without the first light is labeled as a second space; and
a light attenuating member which decreases intensity of second light traveling, from a light emitting side of the plurality of lighting portions, toward the second space, and more strongly scatters the second light than a third light, the third light traveling, from the light emitting side of the plurality of lighting portions, towards the first space, the light attenuating member being provided at the light emitting side.

US Pat. No. 10,337,681

ELECTRONIC CANDLE

1. An electronic candle, comprising:a housing that includes an opening on a top surface;
a lens mounted at the opening of the housing;
a light emitting device disposed within the housing, wherein light emitted from the light emitting device passes through the lens and produces an image of a flame that extends above the opening of the housing; and
a flame image controller disposed within the housing and including a bracket, a first permanent magnet, and a second permanent magnet,
wherein a first end of the bracket connects to the light emitting device, and a second end of the bracket connects to the second permanent magnet,
wherein the flame image controller changes a size of the image of the flame that extends above the housing by moving the light emitting device in a horizontal direction with respect to the lens in response to a first magnetic field applied to the first permanent magnet, and
wherein the flame image controller flickers the image of the flame that extends above the housing by vibrating the light emitting device in response to a second magnetic field applied to the second permanent magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,337,680

METHOD FOR IMPROVED AERIAL LIGHTING

Musco Corporation, Oskal...

1. A method of lighting a sports field including a plane and an aerial space proximate the plane comprising:a. illuminating the plane to a first defined light level with a first plurality of aimable light sources mounted to elevating structures at spaced apart positions at or near the top of the elevating structures;
b. illuminating the aerial space to a second defined light level with a second plurality of aimable light sources mounted to said elevating structures at or near the top of the elevating structures;
c. identifying one or more factors associated with the sports field which could impact perceived glare of one or more players, said factors comprising any of:
i. trajectory of a ball or other object in flight;
ii. illumination of a ball or other object in flight; or
iii. lines-of-sight of said players; and
d. cutting off light from said first and second plurality of light sources relative one or more player positions based, at least in part, on said identified factors.

US Pat. No. 10,337,679

MODULAR BAY LUMINAIRE

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A luminaire comprising:a rail assembly including a first rail having an exterior facing first channel and a second rail having an exterior facing second channel;
a light bar assembly releasably connected to the first channel and the second channel and extending between the first rail and the second rail, wherein the light bar assembly includes a light bar and a light emitter connected to the light bar, and wherein the light bar assembly includes an end plate and a connector, the end plate having a tab for coupling the light bar to one of the first and second rails and the connector providing an electrical connection to the light bar; and
a control component assembly releasably connected to the rail assembly extending between the first rail and the second rail and operatively connected to the light bar assembly, wherein the control component assembly includes a control component housing containing at least one driver, and wherein the driver is operatively connected to the light emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,337,678

PORTABLE LIGHT SOURCE MODULE WITH SPRING ELECTRODES

Guangdong Jetfast Portabl...

1. A light source module, comprising:a fixing plate formed with a centrally-disposed aperture;
a substrate set at an inner side of the fixing plate, an illuminate element disposed on the substrate at a position corresponding to the aperture of the fixing plate, and the substrate being formed with a positive electrode connecting portion and a negative electrode connecting portion respectively coupled electrically to a positive electrode and a negative electrode of the illuminate element;
a heat dissipation plate set at an inner side of the substrate and formed with a positive electrode through hole and a negative electrode through hole respectively corresponding in position to the positive electrode connecting portion and the negative electrode connecting portion of the substrate;
a fixing base set at an inner side of the heat dissipation plate and formed with an assembling portion, the fixing base being formed with a positive electrode perforation and a negative electrode perforation respectively corresponding in position to the positive and the negative electrode through holes of the heat dissipation plate;
a positive electrode elastic element sleeved inside the assembling portion of the fixing base and formed with a positive electrode pin passing through the positive electrode perforation of the fixing base and the positive electrode through hole of the heat dissipation plate for coupling to the positive electrode connecting portion of the substrate; and
a negative electrode elastic element sleeved at an outer edge of the assembling portion of the fixing base and formed with a negative electrode pin passing through the negative electrode perforation of the fixing base and the negative electrode through hole of the heat dissipation plate for coupling to the negative electrode connecting portion of the substrate;
wherein the fixing base includes a pair of protruding members formed on a surface thereof to be diametrically spaced from one another, and the heat dissipation plate and the substrate are each formed with a pair of diametrically-opposed edge portions peripherally defining recesses retentively engaged by the protruding members of the fixing base.

US Pat. No. 10,337,677

EDGE-LIT LUMINAIRE

1. An edge-lit luminaire comprising:a frame that is defined by
a plate, having a top surface and a bottom surface;
a first edge;
a second edge;
a third edge;
a fourth edge;
wherein the plate, the first edge, the second edge, the third edge, and the fourth edge define an interior cavity;
at least three optically-transmissive panels sequentially aligned with one another and defined at least by
a left side panel;
a right side panel;
at least one central panel;
wherein each of the left side, right side, and central panels are defined by at least a left edge and a right edge, and
wherein the at least one central panel is disposed between the left side panel and the right side panel such that the left edge of the at least one central panel is disposed adjacent the right edge of the left side panel and the right edge of the at least one central panel is disposed adjacent the left edge of the right side panel;
a light source operable to deliver light into the interior cavity and disposed adjacent an interior side of at least one of the first, second, third, or fourth edges of the frame; and
means for electrically coupling the light source to an external power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,337,676

LED TUBE LAMP

Jiaxing Super Lighting El...

1. A ballast by-pass light-emitting diode (LED) tube lamp having at least a first and second external connection terminal each connected to an opposite side of the ballast by-pass LED tube lamp and capable of operating in a ballast-bypass mode, comprising:an LED module, configured to emit light in response to a lamp driving signal; and
a power supply module, electrically connected to the first and second external connection terminals for receiving an AC supply signal having frequency of 50 Hz or 60 Hz in the ballast-bypass mode and configured to provide the driving current to the LED module, wherein the power supply module comprises:
a rectifying circuit, receiving the AC supply signal from a rectifying input side;
a filtering circuit, electrically connected to the rectifying circuit;
a driving circuit, electrically connected to the filtering circuit and configured to generate the lamp driving signal to drive the LED module for emitting light;
a first circuit; and
a second circuit, electrically connected to the rectifying circuit and the first circuit and configured to form a detection path between the rectifying input side and a ground terminal, wherein
the first circuit turns on the detection path and cuts off the detection path so as to cause a detection current having pulse waveform flowing through the detection path, and
the second circuit generates a signal, for indicating whether a foreign external impedance is electrically connected to the LED tube lamp, in response to the detection current.

US Pat. No. 10,337,675

INSECT CONTROL LIGHTING DEVICE

Clean Concept LLC, Verno...

1. A lighting device comprising:a housing having a first end and a second end, said first end connected to said second end with a plurality of pillars, said first end comprising a first magnet and a connector capable of mating with a light socket, said second end having a circular aperture;
one or more light sources electrically connected to the connector;
an inner module comprising a proximal end and a distal end, said proximal end capable of being inserted through the aperture and having a second magnet capable of magnetically joining to the first magnet;
wherein said circular aperture has a first radius, the plurality of pillars is arranged circumferentially around the aperture at a second radius, and the second radius is larger than the first radius.

US Pat. No. 10,337,674

CONTROL SYSTEM IN A GAS PIPELINE NETWORK TO SATISFY PRESSURE CONSTRAINTS

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A system for controlling flow of gas in a gas pipeline network comprising:a gas pipeline network comprising one or more gas production plants each having a minimum and maximum production rate, one or more gas receipt facilities of a customer each having a demand rate, a plurality of pipeline segments, a plurality of pipeline network nodes, and a plurality of control elements,
wherein flow of gas within each of the plurality of pipeline segments is associated with a direction, the direction being associated with a positive sign or a negative sign;
one or more processors configured to:
calculate a minimum signed flow rate and a maximum signed flow rate for each pipeline segment as a function of the minimum and maximum production rates of the one or more gas production plants and the demand rates of the one or more gas receipt facilities, the minimum signed flow rate constituting a lower bound for flow in each pipeline segment and the maximum signed flow rate constituting an upper bound for flow in each pipeline segment;
linearize a nonlinear pressure drop relationship within the lower bound for the flow and the upper bound for the flow to create a linearized pressure drop model for each pipeline segment; and
calculate a network flow solution, using the linear pressure drop model, comprising flow rates for each of the plurality of pipeline segments to satisfy demand constraints and pressures for each of the plurality of network nodes to satisfy pressure constraints, wherein a lower bound pressure constraint comprises a minimum delivery pressure and an upper bound pressure constraint comprises a maximum operating pressure of the pipeline, the network flow solution being associated with control element setpoints; and
at least one controller receiving data describing the control element setpoints and controlling at least some of the plurality of control elements using the data describing the control element setpoints;
wherein the linearized pressure drop model for each pipeline segment is a slope-only model having an intercept of zero, if the sign of the minimum signed flow rate is different than the sign of the maximum signed flow rate of the pipeline segment.

US Pat. No. 10,337,673

PRESSURE VESSEL LID QUICK CLOSURE SYSTEM

1. A pressure vessel comprising:a. a lid assembly;
b. a shell assembly having an opening;
c. a first clamping ring disposed on the underside of the lid assembly;
d. a second clamping ring disposed around the opening of the shell assembly,
e. a clamping channel for receiving the first and second clamping rings, the clamping channel comprised of a first channel subassembly and a second channel subassembly, and
f. a first closure mechanism operatively connected to a first end of the first channel subassembly and a second end of the second channel assembly, and a second closure mechanism operatively connected to a first end of the second channel subassembly and a second end of the first channel assembly, each closure mechanism comprising a cam plate rotatable about a cam pivot pin affixed between the ends of the first and second channel subassemblies,wherein rotation of the first and second closure mechanisms exerts a radial tension to draw the first and second channel subassemblies in a horizontal plane toward the center of the pressure vessel and brings the first clamping ring into firm contact with the second clamping ring.

US Pat. No. 10,337,672

ACTIVE PRESSURE AND FLOW REGULATION SYSTEM

Trillium Transportation F...

1. A system for filling a vessel with gas, the system comprising:a pressure transducer for determining a discharge pressure on a discharge side of a compressor, wherein the discharge side is configured for fluid communication with the vessel;
wherein the pressure transducer is configured to provide a signal for controlling a flow rate of the gas through the compressor, during a filling period over which the compressor discharge pressure is increased, and
wherein said signal regulates, based on a comparison between the discharge pressure and a target discharge pressure of the compressor or a target pressure of the vessel, (i) a speed or a displacement of the compressor, or (ii) a hydraulic pump speed or hydraulic pump displacement of a hydraulic pump that drives a hydraulic section of the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,671

INNOVATIVE THERMAL MANAGEMENT APPROACHES OF CONFORMABLE TANKS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A product comprising a storage vessel that has a plurality of storage cells arranged in series, the plurality of cells including first and second end cells and intermediate cells between the first and second end cells, each two adjacent cells of the plurality of cells interconnected by a connecting conduit, the storage vessel defining a first port that opens into the storage vessel at the first end cell, and defining a second port that opens into the storage vessel at the second end cell, a first fill conduit connected to the storage vessel at the first port, a second fill conduit connected to the storage vessel at the second port, a three-way valve connected with the first and second fill conduits, and a supply conduit connected to the three-way valve, wherein the three-way valve is configured to provide a flow path from the supply conduit to the first fill conduit and alternatively to both the first and second fill conduits to fill the storage vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,337,670

PRESSURE VESSEL

1. A pressure vessel, comprising:a connecting element;
an inner vessel;
a support shell which surrounds the inner vessel;
wherein the connecting element comprises a neck section in a form of a sleeve and a shoulder section;
wherein the connecting element is bonded via an outer face thereof to an inner face of the inner vessel;
wherein the inner vessel is bonded to the support shell such that the inner vessel is arranged in a sandwich-like manner at least in sections between the connecting element and the support shell;
wherein the pressure vessel has at least one orifice defined by the neck section of the connecting element;
wherein at least a portion of the outer face of the connecting element facing the inner vessel has a mean roughness of 50 ?m or more;
wherein at least a portion of the outer face of the connecting element has a coating of thermoplastic polymer;
wherein the outer face of the neck section of the connecting element has at least one circumferential groove extending in a circumferential direction of the neck section; and
wherein the coating of thermoplastic polymer fully covers an entirety of the outer face of the neck section of the connecting element and fills the at least one circumferential groove.

US Pat. No. 10,337,669

SUBTERRANEAN SEALED TANK WITH VARYING WIDTH

1. An apparatus comprising a casing string having a containment section disposed between first and second end regions, the containment section comprising a uniform diameter body disposed between first and second couplers, the first and second couplers each having variable diameters, the containment section having a first width, each of the first and second end regions having a second width, the first width being greater than the second width of the respective first or second end regions, the entire casing string sealed to maintain a gas at 5,000 psi or more until a gas delivery assembly attached to the first end region releases gas stored in the casing string.

US Pat. No. 10,337,668

MOUNTING BRACKET AND METHOD OF USE

1. A mounting system comprising:a mounting bracket configured for mounting to a wall, said mounting bracket comprising a vertical portion having a front face, a rear face, a top end, and a bottom end, said top end of said vertical portion terminating into a pair of angled arms, thereby forming a Y-shaped bracket, each one of said pair of angled arms extending outwardly and upwardly at an angle away from said vertical portion and from said wall thereby creating a storage space;
a first receiver hole passing through said vertical portion in proximity with said top end and a second receiver hole passing through said vertical portion in proximity with said bottom end, said first and second receiver holes configured to receive mounting connectors for affixing said mounting bracket to said wall;
at least one hook affixed to said front face of said vertical portion, said hook connecting with a band;
a first ladder connected to said mounting bracket storage space via said pair of angled arms such that said angled arms bias said first ladder against said wall, thereby preventing said first ladder from sliding away from said vertical portion of said mounting bracket; and
a second ladder connected to said mounting bracket and mounted to said mounting bracket via said band such that said band passes over a portion of said first ladder, thereby pinning said first ladder against said wall with said second ladder and said band.

US Pat. No. 10,337,667

MODULAR MOTORIZED SLIDER SYSTEM

DYNO EQUIPMENT, INC., Ne...

1. A camera slider system comprisinga track having an upper surface, a first outer rail, a second outer rail, a first track connecter, a second track connecter, and a leg connecter, where the first track connecter includes a protrusion, where the second connecter includes a depression, where an outer surface of the first rail has an inward slope, and where an outer surface of the second rail has an inward slope;
a leg having a leg connecter, where the leg connector of the leg mates with the leg connector of the track, where the leg has a leg body and two arms, where each arm is rotatably secured to the leg body by a hinge, where the leg body has two swing arm cavities into which the swing arms may rotate;
a shuttle having a main body and a suspension arm, where the main body includes a drive wheel, and a side roller, where the drive wheel engages the upper surface of the track, where the suspension arm provides a force pulling the main body towards the suspension arm, where the suspension arm engages the outer surface of the first rail, and where the side roller engages the outer surface of the second rail.

US Pat. No. 10,337,666

FLASHLIGHT MOUNT

1. A flashlight mount comprising:a flexible mast configured to be positioned in one of a plurality of orientations;
a clamp adaptor attached to an elbow joint at one end of said flexible mast wherein a single groove is formed vertically on an inside surface of said clamp adaptor wherein said elbow joint is rotatable relative to said flexible mast and wherein said clamp adaptor is rotatable relative to said elbow joint; and
an inner ring configured to be mounted inside said clamp adaptor, said inner ring having:
a single outer groove formed vertically on an outside surface of said inner ring wherein said inner groove and said outer groove interlock; and
an opening in said inner ring having a first diameter configured to receive a device having a second diameter wherein said inner ring is rotatable with respect to said clamp adaptor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,665

STAND OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE

WISTRON CORP., New Taipe...

1. A stand, comprising:a supporting assembly comprising a holder and a support which are movable with each other, the support comprising at least one pair of sliding rails, and the at least one pair of sliding rails jointly forming a first inserting groove; and
at least one hinge assembly, comprising:
a fixing component being for assembling to an electronic device, and the electronic device comprising a display; and
an assembling component pivoted on the fixing component for being assembled to the holder or the support, the assembling component being slidably inserted into the first inserting groove so that the supporting assembly is detachably installed on the assembling component;
wherein the holder and the support are integrated together, the holder comprises a first connecting section, a second connecting section and a third connecting section, the first connecting section and the third connecting section are respectively connected to two ends of the second connecting section that are opposite to each other, the support comprises a fourth connecting section, a fifth connecting section and a sixth connecting section, the fourth connecting section and the sixth connecting section are respectively connected to two ends of the fifth connecting section that are opposite to each other, the fourth connecting section is connected to the first connecting section, the sixth connecting section is connected to the third connecting section, the number of the at least one pair of sliding rails is two, the fourth connecting section and the sixth connecting section each have the first inserting groove forming by one of the two pairs of sliding rails, the number of the at least one hinge assembly is two, and the two hinge assemblies are installed in the two first inserting grooves, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,337,664

CONNECTION OF TWO ADAPTER PARTS OF A SUPPORTING APPARATUS WHICH CAN BE CONSTRUCTED IN A MODULAR MANNER

UNIVER S.P.A., Milan (IT...

1. A connection of first and second adapter parts of a modularly-constructed supporting apparatus, the connection comprising a first adapter part, which has an end-side protrusion having a partially spherical recess, and a second adapter part, which has an end-side spherical protrusion for insertion into the partially spherical recess of the first adapter part, and a clamping ring, which bears against the spherical protrusion on a half of the spherical protrusion which is facing away from the partially spherical recess of the first adapter part, and a connecting clamp, which back-grips the protrusion of the first adapter part and the clamping ring of the second adapter part on mutually opposing sides and secures said protrusion and said clamping ring axially and radially relative to each other, wherein the protrusion of the first adapter part and the clamping ring of the second adapter part each have at least one weakening region for the deformation of the protrusion of the first adapter part and the clamping ring of the second adapter part when the first adapter part and the second adapter part are acted on by the connecting clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,337,663

TWO-DEGREE-OF-FREEDOM ROTATION CONTROL DEVICE AND APPLICATION SYSTEM

1. A two-degree-of-freedom rotation control device, comprising:a rotating body having a friction spherical surface, wherein a load mounting platform is provided on a top of the rotating body or inside the rotating body;
a fixing and supporting structure configured to hold the rotating body, to allow the rotating body to have only rotational degrees of freedom; and
driving motors, wherein each of the driving motors has a linear driving end, and the linear driving end of each of the driving motors is in direct contact with the friction spherical surface of the rotating body, to allow the linear driving end and the rotating body to form a friction transmission pair tangent to the friction spherical surface; and
wherein there are four driving motors distributed uniformly at a periphery of the rotating body at equal phase angles of 90 degrees, and gyroscopic moments of friction transmission pairs of every two opposed driving motors have opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,337,662

WATER COOLER STAND

1. A water cooler stand comprising:a support stand and a pivoting mechanism;
wherein the water cooler stand holds a water cooler at an elevated position;
wherein the water cooler stand is adapted to allow a user to dispense water without a user's hand touching the water cooler;
wherein the support stand comprises a plurality of legs, a plurality of cross braces, a top surface and a cooler cradle;
wherein the support stand elevates the water cooler to an accessible height;
wherein the plurality of legs are oriented vertically and touch the ground on a bottom side of the support stand;
wherein the plurality of cross braces are oriented horizontally and run both side-to-side and front-to-back;
wherein the plurality of cross braces couple to the plurality of legs at each end of each of the plurality of cross braces;
wherein the top surface couples to the plurality of cross braces and/or to the plurality of legs near a top side of the support stand;
wherein the plurality of legs extends higher than the top surface to provide support for two pushrods;
wherein the top surface provides a horizontal plane upon which the water cooler rests.

US Pat. No. 10,337,661

THERMAL INSULATED ICE HOLE WRAP DEVICES AND METHODS

1. An ice hole wrap configured to extend at least partially between a floor of an ice shelter and a surface of ice that supports the ice shelter, comprising:a cylindrical wall having a first circular end, and a second circular end, the cylindrical wall defining a circular opening and having a height between the first and second circular ends,
wherein the cylindrical wall is foldable between a first configuration in which the cylindrical wall has a first height between the first and second circular ends, and a second configuration in which the cylindrical wall has a second height between the first and second circular ends, the first height different than the second height; and
wherein in the first configuration the first circular end is defined by a folded region of a first foldable material.

US Pat. No. 10,337,660

COATED METAL PIPE FOR VEHICLE PIPING

SANOH INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD...

1. A coated metal pipe for vehicle piping, comprising:a metal pipe; and
a multi-layered coating film that covers an outer circumferential surface of the metal pipe, wherein
the multi-layered coating film includes a chemical conversion layer and a primer layer, the chemical conversion layer and the primer layer being provided in this order from the inside,
the primer layer contains polyamide imide and at least one kind of additive component selected from polyamide, a fluorine resin, a silane coupling agent, and an epoxy resin,
the ratio of the polyamide imide in the primer layer is 30% by mass or more, based on the mass of the primer layer, and
the ratio of the additive component in the primer layer is 30% by mass or less, based on the mass of the primer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,337,659

DEVICE FOR CURING INNER LINING OF A PIPELINE

BOLONIA Servicios E Ingen...

1. A device for curing pipeline inner linings based on a UV-cured resin compound comprising:a central polyhedral segment having a rotating housing with light emitting diodes (LEDs) (17) generating an electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths in the range 200-500 nm to cause curing of said resin compound, said LEDs (17) shielded by a transparent plastic element,
annular spacers are fixed to faces of the rotating housing;
wherein the rotating housing (1) is a monolithic solid with cross-section having a shape of a square with two rounded opposite sides having radiators (21) to remove heat from the light emitting diodes (17);
wherein the LEDs (17) are installed on two flat surfaces (14) on the rotating housing (1), the two flat surfaces (14) are coupled via a gear transmission (40) to an electric motor (39) to rotate the rotating housing,
wherein the rotating housing has an axial straight-through hole (4) to provide compressed air to cool the light emitting diodes (17), the axial straight-through hole (4) having a first end with a rear two-steps annular offset (5) and a front two-steps annular offset (6) and a second end with a front two-steps annular offset (7) and a rear two-steps annular offset (8),
wherein the rear two-steps annular offset (5) of the first end and the front two-steps annular offset (7) of the second end of the rotating housing (1) are used to mount ball bearings (9),
wherein the front two-steps annular offset (6) of the first end and the rear two-steps annular offset (8) of the second end of the rotating housing are used to mount a front annular stabilizing lid (10) and a rear annular stabilizing lid (10?), with upper inner ends of both lids being provided with annular recesses (11) in which a shield (13) made of quartz glass is permanently mounted to protect tightly both the LEDs (17) and the radiators (21) of the rotating housing (1).

US Pat. No. 10,337,658

PART INSERTABLE INTO A PIPE SECTION USING A PRESS-FIT CONNECTION

NEOPERL GMBH, Mullheim (...

1. An insertable plumbing element (1) that is insertable, into an end-located insertion opening in a plumbing pipe section, the insertable plumbing element (1) comprising:an insertion plug (2) including, at least on an outer circumference, an outer layer (3) of elastic material adapted for frictional engagement in the insertion opening,
a reinforcing sleeve (4), made of a material that is inflexible in comparison with the outer layer and which is surrounded by the outer layer (3), that reinforces the outer layer (3) transversely to a plug longitudinal axis; and
a flow restrictor or a flow rate regulator (7) at least on one end region of the reinforcing sleeve (4).

US Pat. No. 10,337,657

TUBULAR COUPLINGS AND CONNECTORS

Inspired Designs Limited,...

1. A tubular coupling comprising a first component having an axis and comprising a tubular male spigot with a headed formation on the outside thereof and a second component having an axis and comprising a socket for receiving the headed formation on the tubular male spigot in releasable manner and a flow passage communicating with the socket and collinearly with the axis of the tubular male spigot in the installed position, wherein co-operating guide surfaces are provided on the headed formation and the socket with the guide surfaces being of part spherical or part cylindrical shape centered at a common center about which the two components can be rotated relative to each other in order to bring the axes of the first and second components in alignment and the guide surfaces co-operate to hold the headed formation of the tubular male spigot axially captive relative to the socket, wherein the first and second components have the headed formation and socket shaped to enable introduction of the headed formation into the socket by way of a mouth to the socket with the tubular male spigot being configured to be moved along its own axis when it is arranged transversely at right angles to the axis of the flow passage through the socket with these axes intersecting at the common center and wherein an opening diametrically opposite the flow passage receives the tubular male spigot in the installed position thereof, and wherein a cooperating seat and seal arrangement is provided for sealing an adjacent end of the tubular male spigot to the flow passage where it communicates with the socket, with the seat and seal arrangement including a resiliently deformable seal carried either on a free end of the tubular male spigot or in a recess surrounding the flow passage in the socket such that the seal defines the seat, wherein in the installed position the seal is positioned at the longitudinally outermost free end of the spigot and extends to the seat of the socket.

US Pat. No. 10,337,656

QUICK CONNECT WITH VISUAL INDICATOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:generating an image of an engine quick connect device during engine manufacturing;
digitally measuring, via the image, an angle or a distance between a flexible indicating arm and an outer circumference of the quick connect device;
adjusting subsequent manufacturing operation in response to an indication of less than full engagement of the quick connect device based on the measured angle or distance; and
generating the image of the quick connect device and digitally measuring the angle and the distance, and indicating full engagement of the quick connect device via a visualizing machine, wherein the visualizing machine indicates full engagement when the measured angle is greater than a threshold angle, the distance is greater than a threshold distance, and the arm is visible, wherein the manufacturing is on an engine line, and wherein the visualizing machine includes a camera and a computer.

US Pat. No. 10,337,655

FLEXIBLE PIPE JOINT HAVING AN ANNULAR FLEXIBLE BOOT THERMALLY OR CHEMICALLY INSULATING AN ANNULAR ELASTOMERIC FLEXIBLE ELEMENT

OIL STATES INDUSTRIES, IN...

1. A flexible pipe joint comprising:a body;
an attachment member mechanically coupled to the body for attaching the body to a first segment of a pipeline;
an extension pipe extending from the body for attaching the body to a second segment of the pipeline, and
at least one annular elastomeric flexible element flexibly coupling the extension pipe to the body to permit articulation of the flexible pipe joint by a pivoting of the extension pipe with respect to the body;
wherein the attachment member and the extension pipe define a lumen through the flexible pipe joint for fluid from the pipeline to flow through the flexible pipe joint, and the at least one annular elastomeric flexible element encircles the lumen; and
further comprising an annular flexible boot for thermally or chemically insulating the at least one annular elastomeric flexible element from the fluid flowing through the flexible pipe joint, wherein the annular flexible boot encircles the lumen, and the annular flexible boot has a first annular end attached to the extension pipe and a second annular end mounted so that pivoting of the extension pipe with respect to the body causes a flexing of the annular flexible boot and a majority of the annular flexible boot has a shape conforming to shape of neighboring components of the flexible pipe joint,
wherein a fold in the annular flexible boot rolls along a direction when the extension pipe is pivoted, and
wherein the second end of the annular flexible boot is secured to an inner wall of the body, and the fold is disposed between the inner wall of the body and an outer wall of the at least one annular elastomeric flexible element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,654

TOROIDAL FLUID SWIVEL FOR HIGH PRESSURE APPLICATIONS

SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC....

1. A fluid swivel for allowing transfer of a fluid across a rotary interface in a swivel rotational central plane between an incoming fluid line and an outgoing product piping, the swivel comprising:an inner annular element and an outer annular element, that are located with their adjacent cylindrical surfaces in a close proximity, the inner annular element and the outer annular element defining in the swivel rotational central plane a chamber between the adjacent cylindrical surfaces of the inner and outer annular elements for receiving the fluid, wherein the inner annular element of the swivel is arranged with a connecting conduit to be connected to an end of the incoming fluid line which extends through said element to the chamber for supply of the fluid to the chamber, and wherein the outer annular element of the swivel is arranged to be connected to the outgoing product piping and is provided with a primary duct for transport of the fluid from the chamber to the product piping; and
a primary outer reinforcing annular wall arranged adjacent to and around the outer peripheral wall of the outer annular element, the primary outer reinforcing annular wall being arranged with two peripheral centering surface portions for contacting and/or registering with the outer peripheral wall of the outer annular element, the primary outer reinforcing annular wall further being arranged with at least a first central peripheral opening extending along a portion of the periphery of the outer reinforcing annular wall for allowing the primary duct to pass through there.

US Pat. No. 10,337,653

SLIP-ON COUPLING GASKET

Anvil International, LLC,...

1. A method of installing a pipe coupling to connect a first pipe element to a second pipe element, the method comprising:sliding the pipe coupling as a preassembled unit over an outermost surface of the first pipe element, the pipe coupling comprising a coupling segment and an annular gasket, the annular gasket comprising an annular body and a pair of sealing ribs extending substantially radially inward from the annular body, each sealing rib comprising a sealing ridge defining a sealing surface, the sealing surface of each sealing ridge being coannular in an undeformed state, the sealing surfaces defining a pair of radially innermost surfaces of the annular gasket;
introducing an end of the second pipe element to an end of the first pipe element to place the first pipe element and the second pipe element in end-facing relationship;
aligning the pipe coupling over the first pipe element and the second pipe element; and
securing the coupling to the first pipe element and the second pipe element; and
wherein the sealing surface of each sealing ridge defines a diameter greater than a diameter of the outermost surface of the first pipe element and a diameter of an outermost surface of the second pipe element; and
wherein sliding the pipe coupling as a preassembled unit over the outermost surface of the first pipe element comprises sliding the annular gasket over the outermost surface of the first pipe element without contacting the outermost surface of the first pipe element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,652

SEPARATION DUCT HAVING LONGITUDINAL SPACERS

SubCom, LLC, Eatontown, ...

1. A separation duct segment configured to be combined with at least one additional separation duct segment for encompassing an elongate member, the separation duct segment comprising:an elongate body having an outer surface and an inner surface, the outer surface and the inner surface being bridged at ends thereof by associated mating faces; and
a plurality of spacers extending inwardly away from the inner surface, each spacer extending longitudinally from a location adjacent a first end of the elongate body in a direction toward a second end of the elongate body, wherein a longitudinal plane associated with each of the spacers is substantially parallel with a longitudinal plane associated with the other ones of the spacers, the longitudinal plane associated with each of the spacers being a plane extending along a length of the spacer and through a top and bottom of the spacer.

US Pat. No. 10,337,651

CABLE CLIP

GETAC TECHNOLGY CORPORATI...

1. A cable clip, disposed at an electronic device and adapted to clamp a cable, the cable clip comprising:a first clamping unit having a first clamping portion and two spaced-apart anti-pulling portions;
a second clamping unit having a second clamping portion corresponding in position to the first clamping portion and two fixing portions corresponding in position to the two anti-pulling portions, with the two anti-pulling portions fixedly connected to the two fixing portions, respectively; and
a bend element connected between the first clamping unit and the second clamping unit such that the first clamping unit and the second clamping unit fit together in operation;
wherein, when the first and second clamping units are fit together in operation, the cable is clamped between the first clamping portion and the second clamping portion, and a point on the electronic device is confined between the two anti-pulling portions, thereby causing the first clamping unit and the electronic device to bear a pulling force on the cable via one of the two anti-pulling portions;
wherein the first clamping unit and the second clamping unit each have a connecting end, the bend element is connected between the two connecting ends with the first and second clamping portions positioned proximate to the two connecting ends, respectively, the two anti-pulling portions being positioned distal to the connecting end of the first clamping unit, and the two fixing portions being positioned distal to the connecting end of the second clamping unit;
wherein the second clamping unit comprises a first segment, a second segment, and a bend portion connected between the first segment and the second segment, the second segment being capable of bending about the bend portion relative to the first segment, the first segment having the second clamping portion, such that the two fixing portions flank the bend portion and are disposed at the first segment and the second segment, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,337,650

CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR TELESCOPING ASSEMBLY

MOBILE TECH, INC., Lake ...

1. A cable management system for a telescoping assembly, comprising:an outer section;
an inner section slidably mounted in the outer section for telescoping movements, the outer and the inner sections having respective proximal and distal ends, the proximal end of the inner section being received in the distal end of the outer section; and
a cable assembly routed through the outer and the inner sections, the cable assembly having a plurality of segments and being retained via cable support members arranged within the telescoping assembly such that a predetermined segment of the plurality of segments is bendable during the telescoping movements; and
wherein at least some of the cable support members comprise:
a retainer fixedly mounted to an inside surface of the outer section at a distance from a first guiding block retainably housed in the distal end of the outer section; and
a second guiding block fixedly mounted to an outside surface of the inner section proximate the proximal end of the inner section so as to travel between the first guiding block and the retainer during the telescoping movements.

US Pat. No. 10,337,649

STRAKE SYSTEM

VIV Solutions LLC, Richm...

1. A vortex-induced vibration (VIV) suppression apparatus comprising:a base member having an interior surface dimensioned to at least partly encircle an underlying tubular member and an exterior surface, wherein a hollow space is formed between the interior surface and the exterior surface;
a fin protruding outward from an exterior surface of the base member;
at least one aperture formed entirely through the interior surface and the exterior surface of the base member, such that it extends from the interior surface to the exterior surface; and
a bushing positioned within the at least one aperture mounted within the hollow space between the interior surface and the exterior surface, and wherein the aperture is dimensioned to receive a fastener mounted to an underlying tubular member.

US Pat. No. 10,337,648

FIXED CONE SLEEVE VALVE WITH FINGER EXTENSIONS ON SLEEVE GATE FOR CAVITATION SUPPRESSION

1. A fixed cone sleeve valve comprising:a valve housing having an upstream inlet and a downstream outlet:
a conically shaped valve body;
a sleeve gate having an upstream proximal end and a downstream distal end, the sleeve gate being movable relative to the conically shaped valve body between an open position in which the sleeve gate distal end is spaced from the conically shaped valve body to define a flow path for a flow of a liquid between the sleeve gate and the conically shaped valve body, and a closed position in which the sleeve gate engages the conically shaped valve body in a manner to close the flow path and prevent a flow of a liquid between the sleeve gate and the conically shaped valve body; and
an extension member extending radially outward and axially downstream from the downstream, distal end of the sleeve gate, the extension member having outer and inner surfaces with openings extending between the outer and inner surfaces, the extension member being arranged on the sleeve gate in a manner to allow communication through the openings into the flow path when the sleeve gate is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,647

OBSTRUCTION DETECTION FOR A CONTROL VALVE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method comprising:receiving a plurality of data samples associated with a particular control valve, the particular control valve including a valve stem;
each of the plurality of data samples associated with both a respective target setpoint and a respective measured position of the particular control valve stem;
each respective target setpoint and respective measured position of the plurality of data samples obtained at about a same respective time during a time period;
determining, via a processor, a first subset of the plurality of data samples that are in a control zone associated with normal operation of the particular control valve, the first subset determination based on a first distribution among the plurality of data samples for the particular control valve;
determining, via the processor, a second subset of the plurality of data samples for the particular control valve, the second subset being located in a low obstruction zone based on a second distribution among the plurality of data samples for the particular control valve, the second subset of the plurality of data samples having respective target setpoints less than their associated respective measured positions;
indicating a first alert associated with a low obstruction;
determining, via the processor, a third subset of the plurality of data samples for the particular control valve, the third subset being located in a high obstruction zone based on a third distribution among the plurality of data samples for the particular control valve, the second subset of the plurality of data samples having respective target setpoints less than their associated respective measured positions; and
indicating a second alert associated with a high obstruction.

US Pat. No. 10,337,646

LOCKOUT APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS

1. A lockout apparatus for a valve box, the lockout apparatus comprising:an anchor member comprising a scissor jack assembly having first and second bumpers secured to opposite sides of the scissor jack assembly;
a drive member comprising,
a head, and
an elongated shaft coupled to the head and operably connected to the scissor jack assembly, the elongated shaft configured to,
when the head is rotated in a first direction, cause a distance between the first and second bumpers to increase, and
when the head is rotated in a second direction, cause the distance between the first and second bumpers to decrease; and
a cover plate having a recessed portion, the recessed portion further comprising an aperture, wherein the head of the drive member is positioned within the recessed portion and the elongated shaft extends through the aperture of the recessed portion; and
a latch on a top side of the cover plate and configured to provide selective access to the head of the drive member such that when the latch is in an open position, the head of the drive member is uncovered, and when the latch is in a closed position, the head of the drive member is covered and cannot be rotated in either of the first or second directions, thereby preventing the distance between the first and second bumpers from substantially changing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,645

SEED GATE ASSEMBLY FOR AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. A planting system comprising:a seed storage tank configured to store seeds before distribution to one or more ground engaging opener assemblies of an agricultural implement;
a seed meter comprising one or more meter rollers configured to control seed distribution from the seed meter to the one or more ground engaging opener assemblies of the agricultural implement; and
a seed gate assembly disposed between the seed storage tank and the seed meter, wherein the seed gate assembly comprises:
a gate barrier configured to control seed flow from the seed storage tank into the seed meter by moving to an open position that enables seed flow from the seed storage tank into the seed meter and by moving to a closed position that blocks seed flow from the seed storage tank into the seed meter; and
a first seed agitator extending substantially perpendicularly from a surface of the gate barrier, wherein the first seed agitator is configured to extend into the seed storage tank as the gate barrier moves toward the closed position to dislodge clumped seeds in the seed storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,337,644

ADJUSTABLE VALVE GRIP

1. An adjustable valve grip for a gas cylinder valve handle, the adjustable valve grip comprising:a first portion of the adjustable valve grip;
a second portion of the adjustable valve grip;
wherein the second portion of the adjustable valve grip is a threaded screw operatively connected to the first portion of the adjustable valve grip, and passing through the first portion;
wherein the first portion of the adjustable valve grip is capable of being snap-fit over the gas cylinder valve handle, the snap fit being achieved by at least three tabs located on the bottom the first portion;
wherein the gas valve handle has a top and a bottom and an axis of rotation, the top and bottom of the gas valve handle being rotatable in a plane perpendicular to the axis of rotation; and
wherein the adjustable valve grip is tightened to the gas valve handle by rotating the second portion such that the threaded screw is tightened and the screw exerts pressure on the top of the gas valve handle and the at least three tabs exert pressure on the bottom of the gas valve handle.

US Pat. No. 10,337,643

VALVE DEVICE FOR A PRESSURIZED GAS CONTAINER

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A valve device for a pressurized gas container, havinga valve housing and functional elements which are introduced into the valve housing, one of the functional elements being an extraction valve having a valve body that is movable between an open position and a closed position,
wherein a manual actuating element is provided for moving the valve body into an at least partially open position, the manual actuating element configured to move towards the valve body in an engaging direction and away from the valve body in a disengaging direction,
and wherein the valve housing includes a stop which is structured to restrict movement of the manual actuating element in the engaging direction,
and wherein the stop is configured to permit one stroke of the valve body, which is smaller than a stroke during a regular opening of the valve body for removing gas,
wherein the manual actuating element includes:
a sleeve that has a borehole on an inner side thereof;
a pin rotationally movable in the borehole that extends into the borehole; and
a plunger provided at an upper end of the pin which contacts the valve body,
wherein the sleeve is configured to rotate relative to the pin, and the pin is coupled to the sleeve, and wherein the pin is axially movable relative to the sleeve while the manual actuating element is moving in the disengaging direction.

US Pat. No. 10,337,641

SWITCH VALVE UNIT, FLUID SWITCH AND KIT OF FLUID SWITCHES

Xiamen Lota International...

1. A switch valve unit, comprising:a valve house to define a valve cavity having an open bottom end port;
an at least partially axially deformable diaphragm member which is mounted in the valve cavity to divide the valve cavity into an upper cavity portion and a lower cavity portion, and provided with a first hole and a second hole spaced from each other for providing fluid communication between the upper cavity portion and the lower cavity portion;
a button axially movably mounted on the valve house; and
a valve rod assembly connected to the button so as to follow the movement of the button, extending through the valve house and into the upper cavity portion, and having a first position in which the first hole is sealed and a second position in which the valve rod assembly is disengaged from the first hole,
wherein the valve house at the top thereof includes a central protrusion, and a surrounding wall surrounding the central protrusion, and defined between the central protrusion and the surrounding wall is a receiving space for receiving the button, wherein the central protrusion and/or the surrounding wall comprise at least one vertical ridge and/or at least one vertical groove, and the button comprises at least one corresponding vertical ridge and/or vertical groove, and arranged between the button and the valve house is a third spring;
wherein the valve house comprises:
a first house body;
a second house body releasably mounted on the first house body and defining the valve cavity together with the first house boy;
a third house body releasably mounted on the second house body and supporting at least a portion of the valve rod assembly; and
a fourth house body configured to cover over the second house body and the third house boy, connected to the first house body, and having a step in axial backstop cooperation with the third house body, wherein the central protrusion and the surrounding wall are defined by the fourth house body.

US Pat. No. 10,337,639

APPARATUS TO BIAS A MOVEABLE TUBE TOWARDS A SEAL

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. A pneumatic actuator comprising:a diaphragm plate;
a yoke housing; and
a tube to convey pressurized fluid between the yoke housing and the diaphragm plate, wherein a first end of the tube extends through a first seal gland in the diaphragm plate to form a seal against an outer surface of the tube and a second end of the tube extends through a second seal gland in the yoke housing to form a seal against the outer surface of the tube, and wherein the first end of the tube has a first cross-sectional area that is greater than a second cross-sectional area of the second end of the tube to bias the tube toward the yoke housing during operation of the pneumatic actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,337,638

SLOW-SHIFT SPM VALVE

National Oilwell Varco, L...

1. A subplate mounted (SPM) valve comprising:a valve body having pilot port;
a piston configured to be actuated by fluid from the pilot port;
a valve chamber in fluid communication with the pilot port, the piston being slidably disposed in the valve chamber;
a first control chamber formed in the body, wherein a seal coupled to the piston divides the valve chamber from the first control chamber;
a first flow restrictor fluidicly disposed between the valve chamber and the first control chamber configured to restrict flow in at least one direction between the valve chamber and the first control chamber;
a bias element disposed in the first control chamber;
a cage coupled to the body and having a supply port, a return port, and a work port; and
a spool slidably engaged with the cage and configured to selectively restrict flow between the supply port and the return port by actuation of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,337,637

CIRCUIT CONTROLLER FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC VALVE

NINGBO HOYEA MACHINERY MA...

1. A circuit controller for use in an electromagnetic valve which comprises:a valve core, an input module, a step-down module, a voltage switching module, an output module, a current detection module, and an inrush current suppression module;
wherein said valve core is arranged for electrically connecting with a power source, wherein said circuit controller generates a turn-on current for driving the valve core in an operating state when said electromagnetic valve is turned on, and generates a holding current for maintaining the valve core in the operating state after said electromagnetic valve is turned on, wherein an amount of said turn-on current is lamer than that of said holding current;
wherein said input module is electrically connected with said step-down module and said voltage switching module respectively, wherein said step-down module is electrically connected with said voltage switching module and said input module respectively, wherein said voltage switching module is electrically connected with said input module, said step-down module, said the output module, wherein the turn-on current is provided by said voltage switching module when said electromagnetic valve is turned on, and the holding current is also provided by said voltage switching module while a voltage switching signal is received by said voltage switching module;
wherein said current detection module is electrically connected to said voltage switching module, wherein said current detection module detects an amount of current passed through said voltage switching module, and then transmits detection results to said step-down module, wherein said step-down module adjusts the amount of the current passed through said voltage switching module based on the detection results.

US Pat. No. 10,337,636

DISPLACEMENT CONTROL VALVE

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A displacement control valve inserted and fitted in a mounting hole provided in a casing of a variable displacement compressor, wherein a direction in which the displacement control valve is inserted in the mounting hole is defined as a downward direction, and a direction opposite the downward direction is defined as an upward direction, the displacement control valve comprising:a device casing,
an end member that is provided on an upper end portion of the device casing, wherein the end member is mounted at or close to an upper opening end of the mounting hole, and
a sealing lip that is constituted by a proximal portion and a lip portion connected to each other, wherein:
the proximal portion constitutes an inner side of the sealing lip and is fixedly clamped between and by the end member and the device casing, and
the lip portion constitutes an outer side of the sealing lip and abuts on an inner peripheral surface of the mounting hole, wherein the lip portion is disposed between the end member and the device casing in a manner that a lower surface of the lip portion facing downward is freely touchable to and separable from the casing of the displacement control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,337,635

SHAPE-MEMORY ALLOY VALVE DEVICE

TAKASAGO ELECTRIC, INC., ...

1. A shape-memory alloy valve device comprising:a valve member;
a shape-memory alloy wire configured to make the valve member perform an opening/closing operation;
a valve actuation control unit configured to control an opening/closing operation of the valve member by controlling energization of the shape-memory alloy wire in accordance with an input valve open signal or an input valve close signal so as to make the shape-memory alloy wire contract by raising a temperature of the shape-memory alloy wire beyond an operating environmental temperature;
a temperature measurement unit configured to measure a temperature of the shape-memory alloy wire; and
a preheating unit configured to heat the shape-memory alloy wire to a preset preheat set temperature by energizing the shape-memory alloy wire from a power circuit when a temperature of the shape-memory alloy wire which is measured by the temperature measurement unit is lower than the preheat set temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,634

CURRENT CONTROL CIRCUIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A current control circuit for an electromagnetic valve provided in an oil pressure circuit to feed back an output oil pressure, the current control circuit comprising:a PWM signal generation part configured to generate a PWM signal outputted to a driving circuit of the electromagnetic valve;
a target setting part configured to set a target current value, which is a target value of an excitation current of the electromagnetic valve and periodically varies with a predetermined dither amplitude and a dither period longer than a pulse period of the PWM signal;
a duty ratio setting part configured to set a duty ratio of the PWM signal so that an actual current of the excitation current of the electromagnetic valve follows the target current value; and
a vibration detection part configured to calculate a phase difference between the target current value and the actual current value and detecting a presence of self-excited vibration in the electromagnetic valve because of a resonance of a feedback of the output oil pressure and driving of the electromagnetic valve in the dither period when the phase difference decreases relative to an increase in the target current value or the phase difference increases relative to a decrease in the dither period.

US Pat. No. 10,337,633

RELIEF VALVE WITH DIRECTABLE OUTLET

Emerson Vulcan Holding LL...

1. A relief valve comprising:a body defining an inlet, an annular body wall, and a shoulder;
a valve closure element disposed at least partially within the body and arranged to allow selective flow through the relief valve in response to a predetermined pressure, the valve closure element comprising
a central pull rod;
a piston surrounding a first end of the central pull rod; and
a spring positioned between the piston and a spring adjustment mechanism, the spring surrounding at least a portion of the central pull rod;
an outlet housing separate from and coupled to the body and rotatable with respect to the body, the outlet housing defining an outlet that is in selective communication with the inlet, and a substantially cylindrical inner annular outlet housing wall arranged to abut the annular body wall, an annular space defined between the inner annular outlet housing wall and the annular body wall, the outlet housing abutting the shoulder; and
a lock nut engaging the body and the outlet housing, a portion of the annular body wall extending into and through a central channel extending through the lock nut, the outlet housing being maintained on the body by the shoulder and the lock nut,
wherein at least two exit holes are formed radially through the annular body wall, each of the at least two exit holes each being defined by a radius smaller than an inner radius of the outlet and being disposed in fluid communication with the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,337,632

DIAPHRAGM VALVE

1. A diaphragm valve for controlling a process fluid by means of a diaphragm, the diaphragm valve comprising:the diaphragm;
a drive housing;
a drive subassembly constructed in a first state external to the drive housing and comprising a first spring element structurally retaining the drive subassembly in a pretensioned state while in the first state, and in a second state the drive subassembly is arranged within the drive housing with the first spring element structurally maintaining the drive subassembly in a pretensioned state; and
a pretensioning subassembly constructed in a first state external to the drive housing and comprising a second spring element structurally retaining the pretensioning subassembly in a pretensioned state while in the first state, and in a second state the pretensioning subassembly is positioned between the drive subassembly and the diaphragm.