US Pat. No. 10,337,874

ROUTE SELECTION BASED ON AUTOMATIC-MANUAL DRIVING PREFERENCE RATIO

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A navigation system for a vehicle equipped with an autonomous driving system, the navigation system comprising:a human-machine interface including a display and a user control; and
an electronic controller communicative coupled to the human-machine interface and configured to
calculate a plurality of travel routes from a determined starting point to a defined destination point;
determine which portions of each travel route will utilize automated driving operation and which portions will utilize manual driving operation;
define, based on an input from the user control, an automatic-manual driving preference ratio indicating a driver preference for an amount of manual driving operation relative to an amount of automatic driving operation;
automatically select a route from the plurality of travel routes that most closely matches the defined automatic-manual driving preference ratio; and
output the selected route on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,337,873

NAVIGATION APPARATUS, VEHICLE INCLUDING THE NAVIGATION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A navigation apparatus comprising:a receiver for receiving weather information for one or more areas;
a map data storage in which map data is stored;
a controller for generating one or more path sections using the weather information for the one or more areas and for determining a driving path for consuming a minimum amount of air conditioning power using the weather information and the map data for each path section; and
a display for displaying the driving path for consuming the minimum amount of air conditioning power determined by the controller,
wherein the controller is configured to calculate the air conditioning power consumed by a vehicle per hour for one or more traveling routes and to calculate the air conditioning power using a flow rate of air ejected into the vehicle, a mixing ratio of indoor air, and a target ejection temperature of the air which flows into the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,337,872

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle control system comprising:an autonomous driving controller configured to execute autonomous driving which autonomously controls at least one of speed control and steering control to allow a vehicle to travel along a route to a destination; and
a factor acquisition section configured to acquire a factor which is independent of a travel requirement for the vehicle to travel by autonomously driving along the route to the destination, wherein
the autonomous driving controller changes a plan of the autonomous driving based on the factor acquired by the factor acquisition section.

US Pat. No. 10,337,871

UTILIZING A GEO-LOCATOR SERVICE AND ZONE SERVERS TO REDUCE COMPUTER RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS FOR DETERMINING HIGH QUALITY SOLUTIONS TO ROUTING PROBLEMS

MAPANYTHING, INC., Charl...

1. A system configured to reduce server resource requirements for determining optimized solutions to routing problems, the system comprising:(a) a geo-locator service at a first server maintaining electronic data corresponding to a plurality of defined zones each corresponding to a geographic area, wherein
(i) each defined zone has a defined boundary,
(ii) a plurality of the defined zones each overlap with other of the defined zones, and
(iii) a plurality of the defined zones are each located entirely within another defined zone; and
(b) a plurality of zone servers each including road network data for one or more of the zones of the plurality of defined zones;
(c) wherein the geo-locator service is configured to
(i) electronically receive a request communicated from a requesting device, the received request comprising information for a plurality of locations involved in a routing problem,
(ii) electronically determine, based on the received information for the plurality of locations and the maintained data corresponding to the plurality of defined zones, a smallest defined zone that contains all of the locations of the plurality of locations, and
(iii) electronically return, to the requesting device in response to the received request, data comprising an indication of the determined zone and an identifier for the zone server corresponding to the determined zone; and
(d) wherein each zone server is configured to
(i) receive, from a requesting device, problem data for a routing problem comprising data for a plurality of locations involved in the routing problem,
(ii) electronically determine, a set of one or more optimized solutions to the routing problem using a plurality of calculated travel time estimates accessed from one or more computed shortest path matrices; and
(iii) return, to the requesting device, data corresponding to the determined set of one or more optimized solutions to the routing problem.

US Pat. No. 10,337,870

EVACUATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EVACUATING TRAPPED PERSONNEL

Wipro Limited, Bangalore...

1. A method of generating a dynamic route map for a person in an enclosed space, the method comprising:receiving by a RFID reader via a plurality of RFID reader antennas, Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) readings of a plurality of RFID floor tags, RSSI readings of a plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags, RSSI readings of a person identifier tag associated with the person;
sensing, by environmental sensors, environmental information;
comparing the RSSI readings of the person identifier tag with the RSSI readings of the plurality of RFID floor tags and the RSSI readings of the plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags to identify a location of the person;
comparing the RSSI readings of the plurality of RFID floor tags and the RSSI readings of the plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags and the environmental information with pre-defined baseline RSSI readings of the plurality of RFID floor tags, RSSI readings of the plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags and an environmental threshold for assessing the condition of floor of the enclosed space;
generating a dynamic floor map based on the RSSI readings of the plurality of RFID floor tags and the RSSI readings of the plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags; and
generating a dynamic route map for the person based on identified location of the person, the dynamic floor map, the condition of the floor of the enclosed space, the RSSI readings of the plurality of RFID floor tags, the RSSI readings of the plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags and the environmental information.

US Pat. No. 10,337,869

TRAIL INTERPOLATION

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

18. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium stored with code thereon for use by an apparatus, which when executed by a processor, causes the apparatus to perform:collecting a plurality of probe data from a plurality of probe points by a probing device of a navigation device moving along at least one road segment, said probe data comprising at least positional information, a speed vector and a direction of travel of the probing device and a timestamp of recording the probe data at a probe point, wherein for said probe points at a recording time of the probe data, the speed vector of the probing device corresponds to a continuous first derivative of a trajectory of the probing device and acceleration of the probing device corresponds to a second derivative of the trajectory of the probing device with the second derivative having a continuous value;
estimating a trajectory of the probing device between two consecutive probe points by determining a data set representing an estimate of an actual trajectory of the probing device on the basis of two or more consecutive probe points fulfilling a requirement of continuous values for the first and second derivatives of the trajectory of the probing device and applying a polynomial interpolation of at least degree of five on said data set;
providing a digital map comprising the at least one road segment; and
displaying the estimated trajectory of the probing device of the navigation device along with the digital map on a display of the navigation device.

US Pat. No. 10,337,868

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING MOTION FEATURE OF USER, USING ORTHOGONAL SEMISUPERVISED NON-NEGATIVE MATRIX FACTORIZATION (OSSNMF)-BASED FEATURE DATA

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

12. A non-transitory computer readable medium including instructions, which when executed by one or more processors, cause any of the one or more processors of a mobile terminal to perform a method of recognizing a user's motions using an orthogonal semi-supervised non-negative data factorization, the method comprising:measuring, using a plurality of sensors by one or more processors of the mobile terminal, sensor data;
determining, by the one or more processors, label data from the measured sensor data;
generating, by the one or more processors, a spectrogram of the measured sensor data based on a conversion of the measured sensor data from a time domain to a frequency domain;
generating, by the one or more processors, first and second motion feature data associated with the user and extracted, using an orthogonal conversion, from the measured sensor data, based on the generated spectrogram of the measured sensor data and the label data, so that the orthogonal conversion does not include performing an additional inversion of the measured sensor data, resulting in improving an accuracy of the extracting of motion features data and reducing resource requirement to perform the orthogonal conversion, thereby improving a performance of the recognizing of the user's motions;
repeatedly performing, by the one or more processors, the orthogonal conversion, associated with the measured sensor data, while the first and second motion feature data are updated every time when the orthogonal conversion is performed; and
performing the recognizing of, by the one or more processors, the user's motions based on extracted motion feature data of the user's motions and combined motion feature data of the first and second motion feature data.

US Pat. No. 10,337,867

SYMMETRICAL WAVELENGTH MULTIPLEXOR FOR FIBER OPTIC GYRO SOURCE

NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a symmetrical wavelength multiplexor (SWM) that includes a first port that receives a depolarized beam of light of a first center wavelength for a first wavelength range, wherein the SWM is an optical circulator,
a second port of the SWM receives a second center wavelength of light for a second wavelength range that is greater than the first wavelength range, and
a third port of the SWM provides a light having a substantially symmetrical wavelength to drive a fiber optic gyroscope (FOG) in accordance with the second center wavelength, wherein the depolarized beam of light of the first center wavelength travels from the first port to the second port of the SWM and light of the second center wavelength travels from the second port to the third port of the SWM, wherein the SWM mitigates spectral asymmetries between orthogonal axes of the second wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,337,866

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAGNETIC INTERFERENCE COMPENSATION OF AN EMBEDDED MAGNETOMETER

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A method for operating a mobile communications device that includes an electronic processor, a memory, and a magnetometer, the method comprising:determining, by the electronic processor, an active operational mode of at least one electrical component of the mobile communication device;
retrieving, from the memory and based on the active operational mode, at least one predetermined calibration parameter for compensating for a magnetic field distortion caused by the at least one electrical component while in the active electronic operational mode;
obtaining, from the magnetometer, a magnetic field reading; and
determining, by the electronic processor, a calibrated magnetic field value for the magnetic field reading based on the at least one predetermined calibration parameter to calibrate the magnetometer;
wherein determining an active operational mode includes determining at least one selected from the group consisting of a radio network status, a tethering status, a screen backlight brightness, a short-range wireless network status, a media player status, and a battery charger status.

US Pat. No. 10,337,865

GEODETIC SURVEYING SYSTEM

LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG, Hee...

1. A surveying system having a position determination unit for determining a target position in a defined coordinate system, and having a mobile measurement unit for definition and/or position determination of measurement points in the coordinate system, whereinthe surveying system comprises a control unit for allowing a user to control a surveying task of the surveying system in a surveying environment in order to acquire surveying task data that is related to the surveying task and comprises spatial coordinates of at least one measurement point, wherein the control unit is adapted as a hand-held rugged field device or as a part of the mobile measurement unit,
the surveying system is adapted to capture and/or receive environment data of the surveying environment, the environment data being referenced to the coordinate system and comprising point cloud data that is related to at least one point cloud of the surveying environment, and
the control unit comprises a processor unit for processing the surveying task data, a data storage unit for storing the surveying task data and the environment data, and an electronic graphical display for displaying a visualization of the surveying task data to the user,
wherein the control unit is adapted to provide a virtual walkthrough functionality in a three-dimensional representation of the surveying environment, in the course of which virtual walkthrough functionality the control unit is adapted to:
dynamically define a position of a virtual camera based on a determined position of the mobile measurement unit or of the control unit, and
dynamically visualize at least a part of the three-dimensional representation of the surveying environment in real-time on the display with a viewpoint arbitrarily chosen in the surveying environment,
wherein:
the virtual camera and the viewpoint are movable through the three-dimensional representation, the movement of the virtual camera and the viewpoint depending on a determined movement of the mobile measurement unit or of the control unit, and
the three-dimensional representation visualized with the chosen viewpoint comprises at least a representation of the surveying task data and a representation of the environment data.

US Pat. No. 10,337,863

SURVEY SYSTEM

TOPCON CORPORATION, Itab...

1. A survey system comprising:a photographing portion provided in a movable body and taking a plurality of images for photogrammetry;
a surveying portion tracking the photographing portion and continuously determining a position of the photographing portion;
a relative photographing position calculation portion calculating a relative photographing position of each image based on the plurality of images taken by the photographing portion;
a traveling path calculation portion calculating a traveling path of the movable body from a survey result obtained by the surveying portion; and
a photogrammetry analysis portion
associating
a point group of the relative photographing positions calculated by the relative photographing position calculation portion with
the traveling path calculated by the traveling path calculation portion and
generating data for photogrammetry.

US Pat. No. 10,337,861

IMAGE GENERATING DEVICE FOR GENERATING DEPTH MAP WITH PHASE DETECTION PIXEL

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An image generating device comprising:an image sensor including,
a plurality of image sensor pixels configured to generate image signals corresponding to an object, and
a plurality of phase detection pixels configured to generate first and second phase signals used to calculate a phase difference between images;
a lens driver configured to adjust a position of a lens to adjust a distance between the lens and the object;
a phase difference calculator configured to,
calculate first phase differences based on the first phase signals, the first phase signals being generated when the lens is in a first position, and
calculate second phase differences based on the second phase signals, the second phase signals being generated after the lens is moved from the first position to a second position that is different from the first position;
a phase difference predictor configured to predict values of the second phase differences based on the calculated first phase differences;
a reliability level calculator configured to calculate a first reliability level associated with the first phase differences and a second reliability level associated with the second phase differences, based on at least one of the predicted values of the second phase differences, the calculated second phase differences, and a direction of a change in a spatial frequency value when the lens moves from the first position to the second position; and
a depth map generator configured to,
generate first depth data and second depth data based on the first phase differences and the second phase differences, respectively, each of the first depth data and the second depth data being associated with a distance between the plurality of phase detection pixels and the object, and
generate a depth map based on both the first depth data and the second depth data, by applying weight values to the first depth data and the second depth data based on the first reliability level and the second reliability level, respectively, such that an error included in the first depth data or the second depth data is corrected to generate the depth map.

US Pat. No. 10,337,860

DISTANCE SENSOR INCLUDING ADJUSTABLE FOCUS IMAGING SENSOR

MAGIK EYE INC., New York...

1. A method for calculating a distance to an object, the method comprising:simultaneously activating a first projection point and a second projection point of a distance sensor to collectively project a reference pattern into a field of view;
activating a third projection point of the distance sensor to project a measurement pattern into the field of view;
capturing an image of the field of view, wherein the object, the reference pattern, and the measurement pattern are visible in the image;
calculating a distance from the distance sensor to the object based on an appearance of the measurement pattern in the image;
detecting a movement of a lens of the distance sensor based on an appearance of the reference pattern in the image; and
adjusting the distance as calculated based on the movement as detected.

US Pat. No. 10,337,859

HIGH-SENSITIVITY GAS-MAPPING 3D IMAGER AND METHOD OF OPERATION

Bridger Photonics, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:modulating an output wavelength of a laser such that a modulation amplitude, modulation frequency, and modulation phase of the laser output are known;
transmitting a portion of the laser output to a surface;
receiving a portion of the laser output scattered from the surface;
producing a laser wavelength modulation spectroscopy signal from the received scattered laser output;
using output laser parameters to create an approximate functional form or a look-up table of an absorption sensitivity coefficient (?); and
computing a gas concentration using the laser wavelength modulation spectroscopy signal with the approximate functional form or the look-up table of the absorption sensitivity coefficient (?).

US Pat. No. 10,337,858

DEVICE FOR DETECTING A SURFACE OF BULK MATERIALS

KROHNE MESSTECHNIK GMBH, ...

1. A device for detecting a surface of a bulk material, the device comprising:a transmitter unit having a radiation direction for transmitting a measuring signal,
a receiver unit for receiving a measuring signal reflected on the surface of the bulk material,
a control and evaluation unit for controlling an alignment of the radiation direction and for evaluating the received measuring signal, and
an alignment arrangement for aligning the transmitter unit,
wherein the alignment arrangement comprises at least one connecting element for connection to the transmitter unit, at least one bearing element, and at least one positioning member,
the connecting element is pivotably connected to the bearing element via the positioning member,
an alignment of the transmitter unit is changeable by the positioning member, and
the positioning member comprises a shape memory element that actively changes its shape under variations of an influencing parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,337,857

MULTI-SPECTRAL BORESIGHT ALIGNMENT METHODS AND SYSTEMS

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

11. A multi-sensor boresight alignment system comprising:a system interface component configured to receive a first image frame from a first imaging sensor and a second image frame from a second imaging sensor, the first image frame having an image contrast within a first spectral band and including a first image of a plate having a pattern of apertures arranged in a surface thereof, and the second image frame having an image contrast within a second spectral band and including a second image of the plate having the pattern of apertures; and
at least one field programmable gate array coupled to the system interface component, the field programmable gate array being configured to:
spot track the first image frame to identify a first centroid of the pattern of apertures within the first image frame,
spot track the second image frame to identify a second centroid of the pattern of apertures within the second image frame, and
correct an optical alignment between the first imaging sensor and the second imaging sensor based at least in part on a position of the first centroid within the first image frame and a position of the second centroid within the second image frame.

US Pat. No. 10,337,856

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, POSITION DETECTION METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect moire caused by overlap between a first diffraction grating including a plurality of patterns arrayed in a first direction and a second diffraction grating including a plurality of patterns arrayed in the first direction; and
a processing unit configured to obtain a relative position of the first diffraction grating and the second diffraction grating based on the moire,
wherein a pitch of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating is constant and a pitch of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating is constant,
wherein the pitch of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating and the pitch of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating are different from each other, and
wherein a width of the pattern at an end portion of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating is smaller than widths of remaining patterns of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating, or
wherein the width of the pattern at the end portion of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating is smaller than widths of remaining patterns of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating and a width of the pattern at an end portion of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating is smaller than widths of remaining patterns of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating.

US Pat. No. 10,337,855

METHOD OF IMAGING AN OBJECT FOR TRACKING AND DOCUMENTATION IN TRANSPORTATION AND STORAGE

Mettler-Toledo GmbH, Gre...

1. A system for dimensioning an object, comprisinga plurality of laser scanners, each of which comprises:
an emitter of a collimated beam of modulated laser radiation;
a dynamic beam deflector to move the collimated beam in a sweeping motion over the object; and
a radiation sensor, for receiving the radiation reflected from the object and translating the reflected radiation into an electrical signal,
a processor, adapted with software instructions to control the operation of each of the laser scanners, to receive and process the electrical signals produced by the radiation sensors, and to perform the following functions:
at discrete points in time, calculates a distance value based on a time delay or phase shift value between the radiation emitted by each of the laser scanners and received by the corresponding radiation sensor,
based on a spatial direction of each emitted and received beam, the distance value, and an intensity at each individual point in time,
assembles a three-dimensional model of surface points of the object including an intensity value associated with each surface point, and
storage means, in communication with the processor, to receive and store the three-dimensional model, such that, on demand, the three-dimensional model is used to produce two-dimensional images from any desired viewing angle that was exposed to the emitted beams from each scanner to document an appearance of the object at a time when a selected scan was taken.

US Pat. No. 10,337,854

MEASURING SYSTEM FOR MEASUREMENT ON TOOLS IN A MACHINE TOOL

BLUM-NOVOTEST GmbH, (DE)...

1. A contactlessly or tactilely measuring measuring system having a multipurpose interface socket for accommodating and for connecting a contactlessly or tactilely measuring measuring device having a light transmitter and a light receiver, for determining the position of a tool or for determining the longest cutting edge of a rotating tool in a machine tool, wherein the multipurpose interface socket has the following features:at least one mechanical stop, corresponding to a counterstop on the measuring device, for accommodating and repeatably placing the measuring device on the multipurpose interface socket;
at least one second signal transfer point on the multipurpose interface socket, which corresponds to a first signal transfer point on the measuring device; and/or
at least one second fluid transfer point on the multipurpose interface socket, which corresponds to a first fluid transfer point on the measuring device,
the at least one second signal transfer point has a first and a second contact point, each with multiple contacts, the first and second contact points being spaced apart from one another, and the multiple contacts of one contact point being situated point-symmetrically, relative to a center, with respect to the multiple contacts of the other contact point.

US Pat. No. 10,337,853

ARTICULATING MEASURING ARM WITH LASER SCANNER

HEXAGON METROLOGY, INC., ...

1. An optical position acquisition member comprising:a base plate comprising an opening configured to receive a CMM measuring probe;
a light source mounted on the plate and comprising a central axis; and
an optical sensor mounted on the plate,
wherein the central axis of the light source is within 100 millimeters of a center of the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,337,852

METHOD FOR MEASURING POSITIONS OF STRUCTURES ON A SUBSTRATE AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR DETERMINING POSITIONS OF STRUCTURES ON A SUBSTRATE

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A method for measuring positions of structures on a substrate comprising the steps of:placing the substrate in a stage of a metrology machine, wherein the substrate carries a plurality of structures;
carrying out a first measurement loop and at least one second measurement loop according to a predefined recipe, wherein the first measurement loop is started at a time where a substrate temperature is different from the temperature at the stage, and the at least one second measurement loop is started at a time after the first measurement loop and when the substrate temperature is different from the temperature at the stage;
obtaining from the first and the at least one second measurement loops at least two distorted grids representing a two-dimensional distribution of the structures measured with the predetermined recipe; and
calculating a real grid from the at least two compensated grids, wherein each compensated grid is determined from each of the at least two distorted grids, and the real grid is similar to a measured grid where the temperature of the substrate matches the temperature of the stage within a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,337,851

FAST PHASE PROCESSING OF OFF-AXIS INTERFEROGRAMS

RAMOT AT TEL-AVIV UNIVERS...

23. A system for rapidly processing off-axis interferogram images, said system comprising at least one processing unit and one or more computer-readable media storing computer executable modules executed by said at least one processing unit, said computer executable modules comprising:an input module configured to receive at least two interferogram images generated using an optical setup configured to generate said at least two of the interferogram images with association with a sample;
an image generation module configured to generate a combined interferogram image for exploiting empty spatial-frequency domain areas, and ensure separation between auto-correlation and cross-correlation spatial-frequency domain terms, of the generated combined interferogram image, by combining said at least two interferogram images by at least one of multiplexing and complex summation, said multiplexing comprising image rotation and superimposition and in said complex summation at least one of said at least two interferogram images is used in a real part of said complex summation and at least another one of said at least two interferogram images is used in an imaginary part of said complex summation;
a transformation module configured to decompose said combined interferogram image within a single spectral decomposition operation of said combined interferogram image and generate spectra data of said at least two interferogram images;
a cropper module configured to crop respective at least two portions of said spectra data, each of said at least two portions having a substantially reduced size with respect to the respective interferogram image;
an inverse transformation module configured to generate from the at least two cropped spectra data portions having the substantially reduced size respective at least two complex images having the substantially reduced size and being indicative of phase data of said at least two interferogram images; and
a phase unwrap module configured to rapidly unwrap phase image of said respective at least two complex images having the substantially reduced size and generate respective phase images therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,337,850

INTERFEROMETRIC MEASURING ARRANGEMENT

CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH, Obe...

1. A measurement arrangement for interferometrically determining a shape of an optical surface of a test object forming an optical element for microlithography, comprising:a light source configured to provide an input wave,
a diffractive optical element which is arranged in a beam path of the input wave and is configured to produce, from the input wave and by way of diffraction,
a test wave, which is directed at the test object and which has a wavefront that is adapted at least partially to a desired shape of the optical surface, and
a reference wave, which has a propagation direction that deviates from a propagation direction of the test wave,
a reflective optical element which is arranged in the beam path of the reference wave and is configured to back-reflect the reference wave, and
a capture device configured to capture an interferogram produced by superposition of the test wave after interaction with the test object and the back-reflected reference wave, in each case after a further diffraction at the diffractive optical element, in a capture plane,
wherein the diffraction and the further diffraction at the diffractive optical element are first-order or higher-order diffractions.

US Pat. No. 10,337,847

CHEMICAL ORDNANCE CONTAINMENT AND TRANSPORT BAG

1. A chemical ordnance containment and transport bag comprising:a flexible body having an end portion that opposes an opening of the flexible body;
one or more zippers bisecting the flexible body along two longitudinal sides and a lateral side and terminating at the end portion opposite the opening; and
a plurality of straps, each strap extending widthwise across the flexible body from a longitudinal portion of the zipper;
wherein, with the zipper closed and the flexible body fully extended lengthwise, the longitudinal portion of the zipper runs lengthwise along the flexible body and perpendicular to a plane on which the end portion rests;
wherein the flexible body comprises at least one layer of knitted activated carbon cloth and at least one layer of woven activated carbon cloth;
wherein the flexible body comprises:
an outer layer comprising a nonpermeable chemical resistant material;
one or more middle layers comprising woven activated carbon cloth; and
an inner laminate layer comprising a laminate of knitted activated carbon cloth and a polymeric material, wherein the polymeric material represents an innermost layer of the ordnance containment bag;
wherein the outer layer, one or more middle layers, and inner laminate are sewn together along a perimeter of the flexible body.

US Pat. No. 10,337,846

DEPRIMING DEVICE AND METHOD TO DEPRIME FIREARM CASES

1. Depriming device (1) to remove a primer (3) from a head (4) of cases (2) of cartridges for firearms, comprising:depriming means (5, 6),
means for positioning and restraining (11) at least one case on a surface plate (8), at the depriming means, and
movement means (10) to shift the depriming means (5, 6) from a raised position, in which the latter are moved away from the case (2) to be deprimed, to a lowered position, in which they come into contact with the primer (3) of the case (2) and push it thereby causing its detachment from the case itself,wherein the means for positioning and restraining the case on the surface plate (8) comprise a couple of fins (11) arranged parallel to one another on the surface plate at a distance corresponding to the diameter of the cases to be deprimed, said fins being able to be provided with means to move them closer/away to/from one another as the diameter of the case to be deprimed changes.

US Pat. No. 10,337,845

SUPPORTING DEVICE FOR DIVIDABLE PARACHUTE GRENADE

BAE SYSTEMS BOFORS AB, K...

1. A dividable parachute grenade comprising a grenade casing, a nose cone, a detonating fuse, a dividing charge, a payload, a parachute device, a grenade bottom and a supporting device, wherein the supporting device is annular and comprises pretensioned sector elements fixed to a fixing ring, the fixing ring is received in a recess on an inner side of the grenade casing, the sector elements are pretensioned with a tension ring arranged around the supporting device, the tension ring is received in recessed grooves of the sector elements, wherein, when the sector elements are extended radially, the sector elements and the tension ring are received in a second recess on the grenade casing behind the payload and, when the sector elements are compressed radially, the payload is supported during an acceleration phase of the grenade and the support device stays in the grenade casing after separation of the payload from the grenade casing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,844

LONG WEAR SNAP CAP

1. An inert ammunition cartridge for use as a training replacement for a predetermined live ammunition round, the inert ammunition cartridge comprising:a shell case comprising a head, wherein the shell case further comprises the same material and has the same profile, exterior dimensions, and interior dimensions as a shell case of the live ammunition round; and
an impact energy suppression assembly that is inserted into the shell case head, the impact energy suppression assembly comprising:
a barrel having a bottom wall with an opening configured to receive a piston push rod, at least one generally cylindrical sidewall substantially perpendicular to the bottom wall, and an open upper end, wherein the diameter of the bottom wall opening is less than the diameter of the open upper end;
a piston having a head and push rod, the push rod extending outwardly from the piston head, wherein the piston head has a diameter less than the diameter of the barrel open upper end and the push rod has a diameter less than the diameter of the bottom wall opening; and
a compression resistant device configured to receive the piston push rod, wherein the compression resistant device is connected with the piston and mounted within the barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,337,843

BROADHEAD WITH ROTATING BLADES

1. A broadhead assembly, comprising:a main body having a central axis and a mating surface for coupling to an arrow shaft;
a blade assembly rotatably coupled to the main body, the blade assembly oriented so as to rotate radially about a blade axis of rotation, the blade axis of rotation being aligned with the central axis, the blade assembly includes a cylindrical shaft and a blade, the cylindrical shaft rotating about the blade axis of rotation, the blade passes through a slot in the cylindrical shaft; and
an attachment member coupled to the main body and configured to secure the blade assembly in a closed orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,337,842

FIREWORKS AERIAL DISPLAY SHELL WITH MULTIPLE BREAKS AND A METHOD INVOLVING SAME

1. A fireworks aerial display shell comprising:first and second casings of cylindrical configuration and positioned in end-to-end relationship, each of said first and second casings presenting opposite first and second ends and defining an interior volume;
a lift charge positioned in the interior volume of the first casing at a location to cause a propelling force to be directed toward the first end of the first casing after the lift charge is ignited;
a lead fuse operatively associated with the lift charge to cause ignition of the lift charge as a result of burning of the lead fuse;
a first effects charge positioned in the interior volume of the first casing between the lift charge and the second end of the first casing for creating a first pyrotechnic display when ignited following ignition of the lift charge;
a second effects charge positioned in the interior volume of the second casing for creating a second pyrotechnic display when ignited; and
a plug positioned in the first casing opposite the first effects charge from the lift charge and extending across an inner cross section of the first casing, said plug having an opening for allowing an ignition source to pass through the plug to cause said igniting of the second effects charge following ignition of the first effects charge,
wherein a total of less than 60 grams of pyrotechnics are present in said fireworks aerial display shell.

US Pat. No. 10,337,840

WIRELESSLY CONDUCTED ELECTRONIC WEAPON

Digital Ally, Inc., Lene...

1. A wireless electroshock weapon configured to administer a shock to a subject, comprising:a wireless projectile configured to be launched toward and adhere to the subject;
a launcher body for holding by a user;
a launcher chamber for securing the wireless projectile prior to launching; and
a transmitting antenna for transmitting shock energy to the wireless projectile that has been fired,
wherein the wireless projectile includes a circuit board having a power extraction circuit for generating power from the shock energy,
wherein the wireless projectile is configured to administer the shock to the subject to whom the wireless projectile is adhered,
wherein a majority of the shock is the shock energy from the transmitting antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,337,839

FORMABLE ARMORS USING CERAMIC COMPONENTS

1. A formable armor that resists penetration by impacting projectiles, comprising:a plurality of cylindrical ceramic barrels each having a flat surface on opposing end surfaces, said cylindrical ceramic barrels faying on at least one flat surface, said plurality of cylindrical ceramic barrels fayinq on at least one flat surface disposed into at least two substantially parallel rows of cylindrical ceramic barrels;
said substantially parallel rows of cylindrical ceramic barrels affixed to a backing layer that maintains continuous contact between adjacent cylindrical barrels; and
further wherein each cylindrical ceramic barrel has a longitudinal axis and a curved side surface, said formable armor further comprising a groove present on said curved surface and parallel to said axis.

US Pat. No. 10,337,838

CAMOUFLAGE FOR GARMENT ASSEMBLY

The United States of Amer...

1. A garment assembly, comprising:a head cover being cut from a first fabric having a first repeating camouflage pattern thereon, each repeat of the first repeating camouflage pattern having a first set of intermixed colored blotches thereon, colors of the first set of intermixed colored blotches being selected from a first group of six colors comprising an Olive 527 color, a Dark Green 528 color, a Tan 525 color, a Brown 529 color, a Bark Brown 561 color and a Dark Cream 559 color, and wherein about 12.9% to and including 15% of the first set of the colored blotches consist of the Dark Green 528; and a color layer in the first set of intermixed colored blotches that are colored in the Brown 529 color has a first gradient that extends vertically across a width of a repeat of the first repeating camouflage pattern;
a coat configured to fit a human torso;
a trouser configured to fit at least a portion of human legs;
wherein the coat and the trouser are cut from a second fabric having a second repeating camouflage pattern thereon, each repeat of the second repeating camouflage pattern having a second set of intermixed colored blotches thereon, colors of the second set of intermixed colored blotches being selected from a second group of colors comprising an Olive 527 color, a Dark Green 528 color, a Light Sage 560 color, a Tan 525 color, a Brown 529 color, a Bark Brown 561 color and a Dark Cream 559 color, wherein about 12.9% to and including 15% of the second set of the colored blotches consist of the Dark Green 528 color and a color layer in the second set of intermixed colored blotches that is colored in the Brown 529 color has a first gradient that extends vertically across a width of a repeat of the second repeating camouflage pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,337,836

GUIDE FOR FIREARM

1. A guide for firearms which extends along an axis, mechanically and electrically engageable by an accessory device, wherein the guide comprises: a coupling body extending in length along the axis, comprising: two rows of teeth, placed on opposite sides of the coupling body along the axis, mechanically engageable by the accessory device; an interaction surface, located between the two rows of teeth, comprising a plurality of interaction modules, wherein each module comprises a pair of main holes and a secondary hole; an electronic group comprising: a plurality of electric contacts comprising: a plurality of main pairs of electrical contacts respectively housed in the main pairs of holes; a plurality of secondary pairs of electrical contacts, wherein each pair is housed in the respective secondary hole; an electronic board which extends in length along the axis comprising a primary system engageable by the main electrical contacts and a secondary system engageable by the secondary electrical contacts; a switch group, housed in the coupling body, operationally connected to the electrical contacts to move the electrical contacts between an inactive position where the electrical contacts are detached from the respective system and an active position in which, upon the action of the accessory device, the electrical contacts are in contact with the respective system.

US Pat. No. 10,337,834

NETWORKED BATTLE SYSTEM OR FIREARM

COLT CANADA IP HOLDING PA...

1. A networked battle system comprising:a communication network;
a first battlefield device that includes at least one accessory coupled thereto that determines a location of the first battlefield device and a display device coupled thereto, wherein the first battlefield device includes at least one microprocessor;
a distance determining device separate from the first battlefield device, the distance determining providing a distance from the distance determining device to a target and a location of the distance determining device to the communication network;
a battle management system in communication with the first battlefield device and the distance determining device through the communication network that receives the distance determining device location and the distance to the target and updates a battle plan based on information from the distance determining device to form an updated battle plan that is displayed on the display device; and
a firearm that includes at least one firearm accessory coupled thereto that determines a location of the firearm and a second display device;
wherein the battle management system provides the updated battle plan to the firearm through the communication network;
wherein the firearm includes a microprocessor that receives the updated battle plan and provides the updated battle plan to the second display device.

US Pat. No. 10,337,833

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE ACQUISITION OF HIGH-ACCURACY COORDINATE INFORMATION WITHOUT THE USE OF DIRECTED ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION

1. A method of determining coordinates of a remote location based on where a shortest line-of-sight path from an angle measurement device intersects the terrain at a remote location within view of a scope of an angle measurement device, comprising the steeps of:a) identifying a point, using a computing device to obtain azimuth and elevation (altitude) angles of the scope from the angle measurement device and perform calculations to accurately determine position of the remote location, that is substantially on the shortest line-of-sight path which starts at the scope of the angle measurement device and traverses the remote location;
b) determining whether the point from step a) is above or below the surface of the terrain at that location;
c) repeating steps a) and b) until a point from step a) has been identified for which the distance between the point and the surface of the terrain is less than a selected value.

US Pat. No. 10,337,831

SIGHT AND COMPENSATING MECHANISM THEREOF

SINTAI OPTICAL (SHENZHEN)...

1. A compensating mechanism, comprising:a base;
an adjusting unit disposed on the base;
an adjusting cap connected to the adjusting unit and configured to rotate and move the adjusting unit with respect to the base so as to form a first circumferential movement range;
a stop unit connected to the base and comprising a sliding element and a limiting element, wherein the limiting element comprises a limiting portion, the limiting portion comprises a movement region, and the adjusting cap is configured to move the sliding element along the movement region so as to form a second circumferential movement range;
wherein a sum of a first central angle corresponding to the first circumferential movement range and a second central angle corresponding to the second circumferential movement range is a fixed value;
wherein the limiting portion is an opening portion having a first end portion and a second end portion, the stop unit further comprises a limiting member having a first end and a second end, the first end is fixed to the limiting element, and the second end is configured to push against the sliding element so that the sliding element is forced against the first end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,829

BATTLEFIELD ILLUMINATION MODULE, HANDGUN WITH A BATTLEFIELD ILLUMINATION MODULE AND HOLSTER FOR A HANDGUN WITH BATTLEFIELD ILLUMINATION MODULE

1. A battlefield illumination module for mechanically linking to a handgun, the battlefield illumination module comprising:a fixing system for fixing the battlefield illumination module to the handgun,
a light source, the light source having a front surface being designed for illuminating a battlefield,
wherein the light source includes a primary light source which is designed to be moveable from a rest position such that, when the battlefield illumination module is fixed to the handgun, the front surface is substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of a barrel of the handgun to a working position such that the front surface is offset from the longitudinal axis of the barrel where the primary light source illuminates an area ahead of the barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,337,828

BALANCING DEVICE FOR FIREARMS

BENELLI ARMI, S.P.A., Pe...

1. A balancing assembly for a firearm, wherein the firearm includes at least one barrel having a muzzle and a stock, said balancing assembly comprising:at least one front support and at least one rear support respectively mountable to said firearm in a region adjacent to said muzzle and in a region about said stock; and
a plurality of weight members, said at least one front support and said at least one rear support each being configured to support one or more of said plurality of weight members, said one or more of said plurality of weight members being modular and mutually analogous,
each one of said plurality of weight members including (i) a flattened body provided with at least one hole adapted to receive a locking screw to fasten the respective one of said plurality of weight members to said at least one front support or to said at least one rear support, (ii) at least one protrusion formed on one side of said flattened body, said protrusion being adapted to alternatively engage a seat formed in said at least one front support and a seat formed in said at least one rear support, and (iii) a recess formed on an opposite side of said flattened body,
said at least one protrusion of any one of said plurality of weight members being insertable into said recess of any other one of said plurality of weight members when such weight members are attached to a same one of said at least one front support and said at least one rear support.

US Pat. No. 10,337,827

UPPER RECEIVER STRUT AND CLEANING ROD GUIDE

Present Arms, Inc., Wilb...

1. A strut tool for servicing a firearm comprising:(A) a hook portion for engaging an upper receiver assembly of said firearm; wherein said hook portion includes a takedown block engagement region;
(B) a pivoting portion for engaging the takedown pin of a lower receiver assembly of said firearm; wherein said pivoting portion includes a bore for receiving said takedown pin of said lower receiver assembly; wherein said hook portion and said pivoting portion act to reversibly hold said upper receiver and said lower receiver in a relative angular orientation with respect to one another by means of said hook portion engaging the takedown block of said upper receiver while simultaneously said pivoting portion engages said takedown pin of said lower receiver assembly;wherein said hook portion comprises:a. a hook leading surface substantially parallel to a center axis of said hook portion;
b. an entry bevel region extending to said hook leading surface and angled with respect to said hook leading surface to accommodate insertion of said hook leading surface into an interior breech or bore of said upper receiver assembly;
c. a top crown region extending from said entry bevel region;
d. a hook bevel region extending from said top crown region and angled with respect to said hook leading surface;
f. a buffer block contact region extending from said hook bevel region and extending to a buffer block contact surface of said pivoting portion;
e. a takedown block engagement region, immediately adjacent to said hook leading surface and including three internal contact surfaces:
i. a takedown block upper contact surface;
ii. a takedown block back contact surface; and
iii. a takedown block lower contact surface;wherein each of said three contact surfaces are oriented perpendicular with respect to each other; and wherein said takedown block back contact surface is oriented parallel to said center axis of said hook portion; wherein said takedown block lower contact surface extends to said hook leading surface of said pivoting portion; wherein said takedown block lower contact surface is oriented perpendicular to said entry bevel region of said pivoting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,825

FIREARM GRIP WITH ZONES OF DIFFERENT TEXTURES

12. An article comprising:a grip for a weapon, said grip having a front strap, side panels and a back strap, wherein said grip comprises zones having different textures, wherein said zones comprise a first zone, which has a first anti-slip surface texture, a second zone, which has a second anti-slip surface texture rougher than the first anti-slip surface texture, and a third zone, which has a third surface texture that is less rough than the textures of said first and second zones, and wherein said first zone comprises a plurality of more than two discrete zones on said back strap and wherein said second zone extends to areas on said back strap that are between said discrete zones.

US Pat. No. 10,337,824

AIRGUN WITH SELECTIVE BYPASS FROM HIGH PRESSURE RESERVOIR TO FIRING PRESSURE RESERVOIR

Crosman Corporation, Blo...

1. An airgun comprising:(a) a regulator selected to receive a high pressure gas from an upstream high pressure reservoir and pass a regulated pressure gas to a downstream firing pressure reservoir;
(b) a bypass line fluidly connecting the upstream high pressure reservoir and the downstream firing pressure reservoir, the bypass line bypassing the regulator between the upstream high pressure reservoir and the downstream firing pressure reservoir; and
(c) a valve selectively permitting flow of the high pressure gas from the upstream high pressure reservoir through the bypass line and to the downstream firing pressure reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,337,823

BREAK BARREL AIRGUN HAVING ACTIVE INTERLOCK

Crosman Corporation, Blo...

1. An airgun, comprising:(a) a barrel assembly;
(b) a receiver pivotally connected to the barrel assembly between a firing position and open position;
(c) a pressure generator selectively providing a volume of pressurized gas; and
(d) an active interlock moveable between (i) a retracted position allowing movement of the barrel assembly and the receiver from the firing position to the open position and (ii) an extended position upon the barrel assembly and the receiver being in the firing position preventing movement of the barrel assembly and the receiver from the firing position to the open position, wherein the active interlock is fluidly connected to the volume of pressurized gas to move the active interlock from the retracted position to the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,821

STABLE MOUNT FOR ACTUATABLE DEVICES

The United States of Amer...

1. A stable mount comprising:a center tube having a top surface;
at least three legs extending from said center tube;
a mounting plate attached to said top surface;
and a plurality of gussets fixedly coupled between said mounting plate and said at least three legs; and wherein:
said center tube, said at least three legs, said mounting plate and said plurality of gussets are made of steel and welded together such that a first resonance mode of vibration of said stable mount is greater than 30 Hz.

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. 10,337,814

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. 10,337,812

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. 10,337,809

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. 10,337,800

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. 10,337,764

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. 10,337,762

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. 10,337,758

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. 10,337,748

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. 10,337,742

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. 10,337,739

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. 10,337,733

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. 10,337,723

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. 10,337,720

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. 10,337,707

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. 10,337,705

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. 10,337,700

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. 10,337,697

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. 10,337,690

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. 10,337,686

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. 10,337,684

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. 10,337,682

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. 10,337,673

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. 10,337,671

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. 10,337,666

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. 10,337,663

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. 10,337,658

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. 10,337,656

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. 10,337,653

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. 10,337,650

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. 10,337,646

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. 10,337,638

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. 10,337,636

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. 10,337,634

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. 10,337,632

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.

US Pat. No. 10,337,631

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF OF A HYDRAULIC FLUID FLOW IN THE EVENT OF A LOSS IN PRESSURE

Altec Industries, Inc., ...

1. A system for providing a flow of a hydraulic fluid having a fluid pressure to a hydraulic tool, the system configured to prevent excessive loss of the hydraulic fluid when the fluid pressure decreases in the system, the system comprising:a first valve directing the flow through a source coupler to the hydraulic tool when the fluid pressure is above a first pressure threshold;
a second valve receiving the flow from a return coupler and directing the flow to a return when the fluid pressure is equal to or greater than the first pressure threshold; and
a third valve directing the flow from a pump to the return when the fluid pressure is below a second pressure threshold;
wherein the third valve directs the flow from the pump to the first valve when the fluid pressure is above the second pressure threshold,
wherein the third valve is disposed between the first valve and the second valve.

US Pat. No. 10,337,629

CHECK VALVE

1. A check valve comprising:a housing having an inlet connected to an outlet and including an interior guide;
a stop disposed in the housing;
a membrane disposed in the housing and being movable and bendable to control fluid flow between the inlet and the outlet, the membrane being movable into contact with the stop and comprising a disc base having a spike protruding therefrom, the spike being movably received within the interior guide of the housing;
wherein the stop comprises an elongated extension about which the disc base of the membrane may bend along a line or a curve such that the extension lies between overlapping sections of the disc base, and wherein the extension has a length in a direction normal to the direction of fluid flow between the inlet and the outlet, the length of the extension being at least half of the diameter of the undeformed membrane; and
wherein the extension includes a strip joined to a strut, the strip facing the membrane and having a thickness less than the strut.

US Pat. No. 10,337,627

COMPOSITE SANDWICH PANELS FOR OILFIELD VALVE

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. An oilfield valve having a body defining a throughbore and configured for controlling flow through the throughbore, comprising:a disc connected to the body and movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein the disc has a top surface and a bottom surface and defines a perimeter, and further wherein the disc is composed of a composite material;
wherein the composite material comprises a facesheet and a core material adjacent to the facesheet; and
wherein the facesheet comprises a matrix phase and a reinforcement phase.

US Pat. No. 10,337,626

HEATING MEDIUM CHANNEL SWITCHING DEVICE, AND AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE INCLUDING THE HEATING MEDIUM CHANNEL SWITCHING DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A heating medium channel switching device, comprising:a cylindrical valve body wherein an interior is partitioned into two channels by a partition plate disposed in a longitudinal direction and two aperture portions that form a heating medium outlet and inlet are provided in a side surface corresponding to each of the channels; and
a body having a valve chamber that houses the valve body, a plurality of inlets that communicate with the aperture portions and allow a heating medium to flow into the valve body, and a plurality of outlets that communicate with the aperture portions and allow a heating medium to flow out from the valve body,
wherein
the body has as the inlets, a first inlet into which a first heating medium flows, a second inlet into which a second heating medium flows, and a common inlet into which either one of a third heating medium or fourth heating medium flows, and has as the outlets, a common outlet out of which either one of the first heating medium or the second heating medium flows, a third outlet out of which the third heating medium flows, and a fourth outlet out of which the fourth heating medium flows, and
the valve body being configured such that one of the aperture portions of one of the channels communicates with either one of the first inlet or the second inlet while the other aperture portion of the channel communicates only with the common outlet, and one of the aperture portions of the other channel communicates only with the common inlet while the other aperture portion of the channel communicates with either one of the third outlet or the fourth outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,337,624

SPLIT GATE VALVE

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system, comprising:a valve assembly, comprising:
a valve body having a fluid passage that intersects with a valve cavity, wherein the valve cavity has four interior sides and four corner portions extending straight along an axis of the valve cavity directly from a first body side toward an opposite second body side of the valve body, and the valve body has four exterior sides extending straight along the axis directly from the first body side toward the opposite second body side of the valve body; and
a valve disposed in the valve cavity, wherein the valve is split into first and second valve sections that are biased apart from one another against opposite sides of the valve cavity, the valve comprises four sides having surfaces extending straight lengthwise along the axis and contacting the four interior sides of the valve cavity, the valve comprises four non-right-angled side portions extending straight lengthwise along the axis and facing the four corner portions of the valve cavity, and the valve comprises a valve bore extending through the first and second valve sections; and
a rolling actuator coupled to the valve, wherein the rolling actuator is configured to open or close the valve relative to the fluid passage by moving the valve along the axis and positioning the valve bore in or out of the fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,622

ECCENTRIC VALVE

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An eccentric valve comprising:a valve seat including a valve hole and a seat surface formed at an edge of the valve hole;
a valve element formed with a seal surface on an outer periphery corresponding to the seat surface;
a rotary shaft integrally provided with the valve element to rotate the valve element, and
the rotary shaft having a central axis extending in parallel to a radial direction of the valve element, the central axis of the rotary shaft being positioned eccentrically from a center of the valve hole in another radial direction of the valve hole, and the seal surface being positioned eccentrically from the central axis of the rotary shaft toward an extending direction of a central axis of the valve element,
wherein the eccentric valve further comprises:
a drive mechanism configured to generate a drive force to rotate the rotary shaft in a valve opening direction;
a drive force receiving part integrally provided with the rotary shaft and configured to receive the drive force;
a bearing placed in a position between the valve element and the drive force receiving part in a direction of the central axis of the rotary shaft to support the rotary shaft; and
a return spring configured to generate a return spring force to rotate the rotary shaft in a valve closing direction,
wherein, during non-operation of the drive mechanism, the eccentric valve generates a separating-direction urging force to cause the rotary shaft to incline about the bearing serving as a fulcrum and urge the valve element in a direction away from the valve seat, the separating-direction urging force being a force caused by the return spring force and acting in a direction perpendicular to a central axis of the bearing,
either the valve element or the valve seat is provided with a sealing member to seal between the valve element and the valve seat during non-operation of the drive mechanism,
the sealing member includes a deformable portion having a leading end that comes into contact with the valve element or the valve seat during non-operation of the drive mechanism and that is deformed when pressed by the valve element or a valve seat during operation of the drive mechanism, and
a deformation amount of the deformable portion during operation of the drive mechanism is smaller than a deformation amount of the deformable portion when plastically deformed.

US Pat. No. 10,337,621

HYDROSTATIC NON-CONTACT SEAL WITH WEIGHT REDUCTION POCKET

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A non-contact seal assembly, comprising:a plurality of seal shoes arranged about a centerline in an annular array, the seal shoes including a first seal shoe extending axially along the centerline between a first shoe end and a second shoe end;
a seal base circumscribing the annular array of the seal shoes; and
a plurality of spring elements, each of the spring elements radially between and connecting a respective one of the seal shoes with the seal base,
where the plurality of seal shoes each includes a weight reduction pocket formed in a circumferential region of the seal shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,337,620

SLIDING COMPONENT

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A sliding component comprising a pair of sliding parts that relatively slide on each other, one of the sliding parts being a stationary-side seal ring, the other of the sliding parts being a rotating-side seal ring, the seal rings each having a sliding face formed radially for sealing sealed fluid from leaking, whereinthe sliding face of at least one sliding part of the pair of sliding parts is provided with dynamic pressure generation grooves spaced in a non-communicating manner from a sealed-fluid side and a leakage side by lands of both sliding faces, and is provided with fluid introduction holes between leakage-side ends of the dynamic pressure generation grooves and the leakage side, for communicating the dynamic pressure generation grooves and the leakage side, and
each fluid introduction hole has:
a leakage-side opening open to and communicating with the leakage side in proximity to the sliding face for taking in fluid on the leakage side therethrough to the fluid introduction hole, and
a dynamic-pressure-generation-groove-side opening open to the corresponding dynamic pressure generation groove for discharging the fluid on the leakage side therethrough from the fluid introduction hole to the dynamic pressure generation groove,
wherein the dynamic-pressure-generation-groove-side opening is axially displaced from the leakage-side opening.

US Pat. No. 10,337,619

SEAL RING COMPOSITE FOR IMPROVED HYDRODYNAMIC SEAL PERFORMANCE

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A seal assembly, comprising:a stationary seal ring including a first sealing surface, the first sealing surface including first and second portions; and
a rotating mating ring including a second sealing surface;
wherein the first portion includes a first surface roughness,
the second portion includes a second surface roughness,
the second surface roughness is rougher than the first surface roughness,
the first portion is at least partially aligned with a smooth portion of the second sealing surface,
the second portion is at least partially aligned with a grooved portion of the second sealing surface,
the second portion is provided on a side of the stationary seal ring for scavenging a working fluid,
the second portion is configured to increase flow of said working fluid to the grooved portion, and
the increased flow of said working fluid is configured to provide a fluid boundary layer between the stationary seal ring and the rotating mating ring.

US Pat. No. 10,337,618

SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR A STEERING GEAR INPUT SHAFT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A seal assembly for an input shaft of a steering gear, the seal assembly comprising:a first member defining a first central passage extending along a central axis;
a second member defining a second central passage extending along the central axis, and rotatable about the central axis relative to the first member;
an outer seal disposed between the first member and the second member, and disposed in sealing engagement with the first member; and
an inner seal supported by and moveable with the second member, and operable to seal between the second member and the input shaft of the steering gear.

US Pat. No. 10,337,616

MECHANICAL SEAL ASSEMBLY

AES Engineering Ltd., Ro...

1. A mechanical seal apparatus having two axially-spaced seals, comprising:a rotary component comprising at least one rotational member for each axially-spaced seal of said two axially-spaced seals;
a stationary component comprising at least one stationary sealing member of each said axially-spaced seal of said two axially-spaced seals;
a sleeve located radially inwards between said at least one rotational member for each said axially-spaced seal of said two axially-spaced seals; and,
means for directing barrier or buffer fluid towards said sleeve between said two axially-spaced seals; and,
means for displacing the barrier or buffer fluid axially toward said two axially-spaced seals, said means for displacing the barrier or buffer fluid being located on an outer surface of said sleeve and comprising a plurality of circumferentially-spaced apart recesses, protuberances or both recesses and protuberances, wherein the recesses or protuberances are elongated, extending axially along said sleeve and extend radially by an amount that increases circumferentially from a first edge to a second edge of each of the recesses or protuberances, and wherein a circumferential extent of the recesses or protuberances is reduced at a midpoint thereof for providing a fluid cutting effect.

US Pat. No. 10,337,615

MACHINE WITH REDUCED CYLINDER FRICTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A machine having one or more cylinders, each cylinder having an inner surface configured to engage at least a portion of a circumferential surface of a piston ring of a piston, the inner surface having a plurality of recesses indented into the inner surface, each recess having a circumferential dimension, the recesses being arranged into a row that extends circumferentially around the inner surface, the recesses of the row having a circumferential spacing between an adjacent recess, and the recesses being formed in two separate regions, wherein a ratio of a dimension of each recess in a direction of travel of the piston to a dimension of a contact zone in the direction of travel of the piston is in a range of 1:5 to 3:5.

US Pat. No. 10,337,614

ROTATING PISTON FOR PUMPS

Graco Minnesota, Inc., M...

1. A piston for pumping paint by being driven by a drive mechanism of a paint spraying system to reciprocate within a cylinder of the paint spraying system along a longitudinal axis for spraying of the paint by the paint spraying system, the piston comprising:a piston head;
a piston rod connected to the piston head, the piston rod comprising:
a first end including a neck and a rod head, wherein the first end is configured to extend out of the cylinder and engage the drive mechanism; and
a second end disposed opposite the first end, wherein the piston head is connected to the second end;
a central bore extending through a portion of the piston; and
one or more side bores extending through the piston, the one or more side bores in fluid communication with the central bore, wherein the paint is forced to flow through the central bore and then out of the piston through the one or more side bores by reciprocation of the piston;
wherein the one or more side bores are shaped to redirect the paint from the central bore and expel the paint from the piston at one or more respective orientations offset from the longitudinal axis thereby imparting a moment on the piston about the longitudinal axis to cause the piston to rotate during reciprocation of the piston; and
wherein the piston head and the piston rod are joined such that the piston head and the piston rod simultaneously rotate during reciprocation of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,337,613

TRANSMISSION SHIFT TORQUE MANAGEMENT WITH FUEL ENLEANMENT

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

8. A method for controlling a vehicle comprising an automatic transmission, the method comprising:measuring, by a controller using a sensor, an operating parameter of a spark-ignition engine of the vehicle;
detecting, by the controller, a need to perform a shift of the automatic transmission based on the measured operating parameter of the engine;
in response to detecting the need to perform the shift of the automatic transmission, decreasing, by the controller, torque output of the engine by a desired amount by enleaning an air/fuel charge provided to a cylinder of the engine by decreasing an energization duration of a fuel injector of the engine that is associated with the cylinder; and
after decreasing the torque output of the engine by the desired amount, controlling, by the controller, the automatic transmission to perform the imminent shift.

US Pat. No. 10,337,612

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GEAR SHIFT ASSISTANCE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for displaying and determining a gear selection recommendation in a vehicle having a transmission operated manually, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a suitable gear for generating an engine braking force corresponding to a current deceleration setpoint value;
determining, by the controller, a duration, during which the suitable gear has to be traveled to dissipate an energy corresponding to the current deceleration setpoint value;
displaying the suitable gear as the gear selection recommendation on a display of the vehicle; and
displaying the duration during which the suitable gear has to be traveled to dissipate the energy corresponding to the current deceleration setpoint value on the display of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,337,611

VARIABLE-SPEED DRIVE DEVICE FOR POWER UNIT

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

1. A variable-speed drive device for a power unit, used for a transmission wherein speed changes are performed by intermittent rotation of a shift drum, comprising:a shift spindle for operating the transmission for speed changes;
a master arm fixedly mounted on the shift spindle for rotary movement with the shift spindle and having an opening; and
a stopper pin extending through the opening of the master arm to regulate the amount of the rotary movement of the master arm; wherein:
the master arm is provided thereon with shock absorbing devices;
at least a part of each of the shock absorbing devices protrudes into a path of rotary movement of the stopper pin in the opening of the master arm, from each of edge portions included in a defining edge of the opening of the master arm, when viewed in the axial direction of the stopper pin, said edge portions lying on extensions of the path of the rotary movement of the stopper pin;
the master arm is so formed in a plate shape that abutment of the edge portions of the opening of the master arm with the outer surface of the stopper pin regulates the rotary movement; and
each of the shock absorbing devices is provided on one (70R) of the surfaces of the master arm with respect to the axial direction of the stopper pin; and
each of the shock absorbing devices comprises a damper body of an elastic material, and a fixing pin fixedly attaching the damper body to the master arm.

US Pat. No. 10,337,610

GEAR ACTUATOR FOR DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION

HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATE...

1. A gear actuator for a dual clutch transmission, comprising:a driving motor generating power and having a driving shaft formed with a gear part;
a pair of first and second gears gear-coupled to the gear part to simultaneously rotate in different directions from each other and spaced apart from each other;
first and second guide cams respectively connected to the first and second gears to rotate;
a first power transfer unit provided at the first gear and the first guide cam to transfer or cut off the power from the driving motor to the first guide cam according to a rotating direction of the first gear;
a second power transfer unit provided at the second gear and the second guide cam to transfer or cut off the power from the driving motor to the second guide cam according to a rotating direction of the second gear;
a first finger shaft linearly moved by rotation of the first guide cam and having a first finger performing a selection operation of an odd-numbered stage; and
a second finger shaft linearly moved by rotation of the second guide cam and having a second finger performing a selection operation of an even-numbered stage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,609

CLUTCH CONTROL IN A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for controlling a clutch of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) including a variator assembly for a motor vehicle, the method comprising:determining whether a predetermined condition is met for applying a clutch critical pressure to the clutch, the clutch critical pressure being less than a line pressure, the clutch critical pressure being a pressure at which the clutch may slip upon experiencing a predetermined minimum torque disturbance level;
if the predetermined condition is met, commanding the clutch critical pressure to be applied to the clutch;
determining whether the clutch is slipping beyond a predetermined threshold; and
if the clutch is slipping beyond the predetermined threshold, commanding a clutch slip control scheme to be applied to the clutch that is configured to bring a clutch slip of the clutch under the predetermined threshold,
wherein the step of commanding the clutch slip control scheme comprises activating a slip recovery decay timer.

US Pat. No. 10,337,607

SELECTIVELY CONTROLLABLE FILTRATION SYSTEM OF A TRANSMISSION AND METHOD THEREOF

ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC...

1. A hydraulic system of an automatic transmission, comprising:a controller;
a pump adapted to be driven by a torque-generating mechanism, the pump having an inlet and an outlet, where the pump is configured to generate fluid flow and pressure throughout the system;
a fluid circuit fluidly coupled to the pump;
a pressure regulator disposed in the fluid circuit for regulating pressure therein, the pressure regulator fluidly coupled to the pump outlet;
a cooler circuit disposed in the fluid circuit and fluidly coupled to the pressure regulator;
a filter disposed in the fluid circuit downstream from the cooler circuit;
a bypass circuit disposed in the fluid circuit and fluidly coupled to the pressure regulator, the bypass circuit including a valve movable between an open position and a closed position; and
a solenoid disposed in the bypass circuit and electrically coupled to the controller, wherein the valve is selectively actuated by the solenoid between the open and closed positions;
wherein, in the open position, a first portion of fluid flowing from the pressure regulator flows through the bypass circuit and a second portion of the fluid flows through the cooler circuit and filter;
further wherein, in the closed position, the fluid flowing from the pressure regulator only flows through the cooler circuit and filter.

US Pat. No. 10,337,606

SHIFT CONTROL DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A shift control device for an automatic transmission, the shift control device comprising:an automatic shift mode for performing a shift operation by determining a shift stage or a gear ratio to be set based on a running condition;
a manual shift mode for performing a shift operation instructed by a manual operation of a driver;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory including a computer program,
wherein the at least one memory and the computer program are configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the shift control device at least to:
measure a following distance between an own vehicle and a front vehicle;
measure an accelerator opening of an engine;
judge whether the measured following distance is equal to or less than a predetermined set value if a downshift is instructed by a manual operation of the driver and the measured accelerator opening is fully closed;
determine a target shift stage based on the following distance if the following distance is equal to or less than the set value; and
downshift to the determined target shift stage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,603

LUBRICATING STRUCTURE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A lubricating structure for a hybrid vehicle, the vehicle including an engine, a first motor, and a second motor as driving force sources, the lubricating structure comprising:a planetary gear mechanism including a sun gear, a ring gear, a carrier, and pinion gears, the first motor being coupled to the sun gear, an output shaft being coupled to the ring gear, and the engine being coupled to the carrier;
a brake mechanism to selectively fix the carrier by stopping rotation of the carrier;
an oil pump that is driven by a predetermined power to generate a hydraulic pressure of oil in a state in which the rotation of the carrier is stopped by the brake mechanism;
a first oil supply mechanism to feed the oil to an axis portion of each of the pinion gears by the oil pump generating the hydraulic pressure;
a third motor; and
an electronic controller, wherein
the oil pump is an electric oil pump that is driven by the third motor to generate the hydraulic pressure,
the electronic controller is configured to control a rotation state of each of the driving force sources and a rotation state of the third motor, and
when a temperature of the oil falls below a predetermined temperature, the electronic controller is configured to prohibit driving of at least one of the first motor and the second motor in response to the temperature of the oil falling below the predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,602

MULTI-STAGE PLANETARY GEAR MECHANISM FOR A WIND TURBINE, COMPRISING A SPECIAL LUBRICANT GUIDE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A multi-stage planetary transmission for a wind turbine, comprising:a transmission housing having an oil supply channel disposed therein;
an input-side first planetary stage disposed in the transmission housing;
at least one second planetary stage disposed downstream of and connected to the first planetary stage by a spline of a sun gear shaft of the first planetary stage;
a first oil conducting channel supplied by the oil supply channel and configured to supply oil to planetary gear bearings of the first planetary stage;
a second oil conducting channel supplied by the oil supply channel and disposed so as to pass through a planet carrier of the second planetary stage at least partially in an axial direction, the second oil conducting channel configured to supply oil to planetary gear bearings of the second planetary stage; and
a third oil conducting channel supplied by the oil supply channel and configured to supply oil to the spline,
wherein, in order to supply oil to the spline, the third oil conducting channel branches off, in a radial direction, from the second oil conducting channel, wherein the second conducting channel is longer than the third oil conducting channel, in order to open into the region of the spline.

US Pat. No. 10,337,601

GEAR AND METHOD OF LUBRICATING A GEAR

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. A gear, comprising:a toothed portion comprising a plurality of teeth;
an inner wall portion defining a cavity; and
a lubricant feed aperture that extends from the inner wall portion to a surface of a tooth of the plurality of teeth, wherein the lubricant feed aperture is configured to deliver lubricant from the cavity to the surface of the tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,337,600

SCALABLE IN-SITU GEAR BOX AND POWERTRAIN LUBRICANT MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An apparatus for in-situ filtering and monitoring of a fluid, comprising:a housing which is adapted for being secured directly to a source of the fluid and defines an internal filter chamber;
a filter assembly positioned at least partially in the internal filter chamber of the housing;
a monitoring module in fluid communication with the internal filter chamber of the housing and which includes a sensor which outputs a fluid condition signal indicating a condition of the fluid in the monitoring module; and
wherein the filter assembly and the lubrication monitoring module are arranged so as to create first and second flow paths for the fluid within the housing, the first flow path directing a first portion of the fluid from the source, through the filter assembly where it is conditioned and returned to the source, and the second flow path directing a second portion of the fluid that is less than the first portion from the source to the monitoring module and returned to the source.

US Pat. No. 10,337,599

SPROCKET MODULE FOR A BICYCLE AND SPROCKET ASSEMBLY COMPRISING SUCH A MODULE

CAMPAGNOLO S.R.L., Vicen...

1. Sprocket module for a bicycle, comprising:at least two sprockets, and
at least one spacer that is an annular body having planar axial faces contacting the at least two sprockets, the annular body and the planar axial faces are configured to extend circumferentially around a freewheel body of a hub for a bicycle rear wheel, and the annular body includes a plurality of fastening holes for coupling the at least one spacer with the at least two sprockets;
wherein the at least two sprockets are fixed to each other;
at least one first sprocket of the at least two sprockets comprises an engagement portion configured to engage the freewheel body of the hub for the bicycle rear wheel; and
the at least one spacer is radially separated from the freewheel body.