US Pat. No. 10,458,560

PILOT CHECK VALVE

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A pilot check valve comprising:a flow passage body including a first port and a second port;
a movable body which is at least partly disposed slidably in the flow passage body and configured to move in an axial direction thereof under action of a pilot pressure;
a packing mounted on the movable body and configured to be displaced between a valve closed position and a valve open position integrally with the movable body, the packing including an inclined lip which is elastically deformable radially, the lip being configured to make sliding contact with an inner circumferential surface of the flow passage body;
a detector configured to detect whether or not the movable body is placed at a position that causes the packing to be positioned at the valve closed position; and
a packing support member configured to be fixed to the movable body so as to be displaced integrally with the movable body in the axial direction, to surround the packing, and to prevent the lip from being deformed radially outwardly by a predetermined amount or more,
wherein, in the valve closed position, the packing allows a working fluid to flow from the first port toward the second port, and blocks flow of the working fluid from the second port toward the first port, and in the valve open position, the packing allows the first port and the second port to communicate with each other,
and wherein, when the packing is at the valve closed position, the lip is able to be pressed and elastically deformed in a radially inward direction by the working fluid supplied from the second port, and separated away from the inner circumferential surface of the flow passage body, whereby the lip allows the working fluid to flow from the first port toward the second port.

US Pat. No. 10,458,559

DOUBLE FLAPPER VALVE FOR A VARIABLE CAM TIMING SYSTEM

BorgWarner, inc., Auburn...

1. An inlet check valve for controlling fluid from a supply into a variable cam timing phaser comprising:a double flapper check valve assembly with an open position and a closed position, the double flapper check valve comprising:
a housing having a body forming at least two stoppers;
a flapper valve comprising at least two flexible flaps received within the housing and aligned with the at least two stoppers; and
a valve seat received within the housing, the valve seat defining openings aligned with the at least two flexible flaps, axially opposite the two stoppers;
wherein when fluid flows through the openings of the valve seat, the fluid pushes the at least two flaps away from the valve seat and towards the at least two stoppers, permitting the flow of fluid into the variable cam timing phaser; and
wherein when fluid flows from the body onto the at least two flaps, the fluid pushes the at least two flaps towards the valve seat, sealing the openings of the valve seat and preventing fluid from entering the supply.

US Pat. No. 10,458,558

VALVE, CONTAINER FOR RECEIVING AND/OR MIXING FLUIDS, USE OF A CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING AND/OR MIXING FLUIDS

KAO GERMANY GMBH, Darmst...

1. A valve for a bowl and/or a bottle that receives and/or mixes fluids, the valve comprising:a vent for injecting a fluid, wherein the vent comprises an inlet connected to a discharge opening via a discharge channel;
a flexible diaphragm for covering the discharge opening of the vent, wherein a top surface of the flexible diaphragm and a bottom surface of the flexible diaphragm define a plane of the flexible diaphragm;
a holding collar, for receiving a measuring cylinder, is provided on a perimeter of the flexible diaphragm and extends outwardly from the plane of the flexible diaphragm; and
a fastening means for loss-proof receiving the flexible diaphragm between the fastening means and the vent, wherein the fastening means is releasably connected to the vent,
wherein
the vent comprises a support collar supporting the holding collar,
the holding collar comprises a sealing rim protruding mainly radially outwards,
the sealing rim is arranged between the fastening means and the support collar, and
the sealing rim, in its entirety, is provided outside the plane of the flexible diaphragm.

US Pat. No. 10,458,557

HYDRAULIC ACTUATOR FORCE FIGHT MITIGATION MECHANISM

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

7. A rotorcraft, comprising:a flight control device;
a multi-stage hydraulic actuator operably connected to the flight control device;
a control valve assembly having first and second control valves in fluid communication with the multi-stage hydraulic actuator through independent fluid conduits, each of the first and second control valves comprising:
a valve body defining a translation axis;
a spool disposed within the valve body and movable along the translation axis; and
a flange connected to the spool and having an aperture disposed externally of the valve body, wherein the flange is fixed relative to the spool to removably fix the spool to a spool of a redundant control valve that is independently connected to the multi-stage hydraulic actuator,
wherein the valve body of the first control valve is fixed relative to the valve body of the second control valve, wherein the flange of the first control valve overlaps the flange of the second control valve between the valve body of the first control valve and the valve body of the second control valve;
a tandem pin seated in at least one of the aperture of the flange of the first control valve and the aperture of the flange of the second control valve, wherein the tandem pin has an engaged position wherein the flange of the first control valve and the flange of the second control valve are fixed relative to one another and a disengaged position where the flanges are movable relative to one another; and
a solenoid or linear motor carried by the flange of the first control valve, the solenoid or linear motor electromagnetically coupled to the tandem pin to displace the tandem pin between engaged and disengaged positions.

US Pat. No. 10,458,556

VALVE DEVICE

1. A valve device, comprising:a valve housing having a piston bore, first and second consumer connections, a pressure connection and a tank connection;
a main piston axially displacable in said piston bore of said valve housing selectively connecting each of said first and second consumer connections to said pressure connection and said tank connection;
first and second magnet actuators coupled to said main piston displacing said main piston from a central position in a first axial direction connecting said first consumer connection to said pressure connection and connecting said second consumer connection to said tank connection and in a second axial direction opposite the first direction connecting said second consumer connection to said pressure connection and said first consumer connection to said tank connection;
a first pilot control compartment at and applying pressure to a first piston rear side of said main piston and being connected in fluid communication to said pressure connection;
a second pilot control compartment at and applying pressure to a second piston rear side of said main piston and being connected in fluid communication to said pressure connection; and
first and second pilot control pistons in said first and second pilot control compartments, respectively, and selectively enabling and blocking fluid communication between the respective first and second control compartments and said tank connection, said main piston following movement of the respective pilot control piston upon energizing of the respective magnet actuator due to a force applied to said main piston and activating a fluid communication connection between the respective pilot control compartment and said tank connection such that oil flows from the respective pilot control compartment to said tank connection, each of said first and second pilot control pistons being hollow forming a passage providing a permanent fluid communication connection between said pressure connection and the respective pilot control compartment on the respective piston rear side of said main piston.

US Pat. No. 10,458,555

CONTROL VALVE WITH HIGH PERFORMANCE VALVE CAGE

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. A control valve, comprising:a body having an inlet and an outlet;
a valve seat positioned in a passageway of the body between the inlet and the outlet;
a valve plug positioned within the body and movable between an opened position and a closed position to modulate a fluid flow at the outlet; and
a cage disposed within the body adjacent the valve seat and proximate the valve plug, the cage comprising:
a circumferential wall having an outer surface and an inner surface aligned along a longitudinal axis of the cage, a first end, and a second end opposite the first end; wherein
the outer surface defines an outer flow length, the outer flow length defined by a longitudinal distance between a centerline of a first outlet formed in the outer surface, closest to the first end of the cage, and a centerline of a second outlet formed in the outer surface, closest to the second end of the cage; and
the inner surface defines an inner flow length that is less than the outer flow length, the inner flow length defined by a longitudinal distance between a centerline of a first inlet formed in the inner surface, closest to the first end of the cage, and a second inlet formed in the inner surface, closest to the second end of the cage.

US Pat. No. 10,458,554

ADJUSTMENT VALVE WITH ENERGY RECOVERY

LOCLAIN S.R.L., Imola (I...

1. A control valve (1) comprising: a valve body (2) which has an inlet opening (3) and an outlet opening (4) for a fluid; recovery means (5) configured to transfer the kinetic and/or potential energy extracted from said fluid out of said valve body (2); a obturator (6) placed within said valve body (2) between said inlet and outlet openings (3, 4), said obturator (6) being configured to direct the fluid towards the recovery means (5) and to assume a closing configuration of the valve (1); wherein said recovery means (5) comprise a rotating element (7) placed within said valve body (2) downstream of the obturator (6) and configured to be put into rotation by said fluid; the inlet opening (3) defining a first fluid flow direction, the outlet opening (4) defining a second fluid flow direction, the first fluid flow direction being (a) in the same direction as, and (b) parallel to, the second fluid flow direction; wherein said obturator (6) comprises at least a first plate (10) and a second plate (11) placed transversally with respect to the axis of rotation (A) of the rotating element (7); said first plate (10) and second plate (11) each having at least one passage opening (12); said first plate (10) and said second plate (11) being mobile with respect to each other to pass reversibly from a closing configuration wherein said passage openings (12) are completely disaligned with respect to each other to prevent the passage of the fluid to at least an opening configuration wherein said passage openings (12) are at least partially overlapping to permit the passage of the fluid, each of said first and second plates (10, 11) having a central portion, the first plate central portion being unconstrained with respect to the second plate central portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,553

CONTROL PLATE FOR A HIGH CONDUCTIVE VALVE

VistadelTek, LLC, Yorba ...

1. A control plate for a high-conductance valve comprising:a control plate body formed as a basically circular disk having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, the control plate configured to be moved within a valve by an actuator;
at least one opening defined in the control plate body and extending through the control plate body from the first side to the second side; and
at least one pillar, each respective pillar of the at least one pillar being received in a respective opening of the at least one opening to move with the control plate body, each respective pillar having a hole that forms a fluid passageway for fluid to pass from the first side through to the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,458,552

VALVE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR VALVE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A valve comprising:a valve seat that has a first recessed portion, a second recessed portion, a partition that separates the first recessed portion and the second recessed portion and a hole which is provided on an inside of the first recessed portion and is configured as a flow path of a liquid;
a valve body configured to open/close the flow path due to relative movement with respect to the valve seat;
an opening member that has a first surface which is fixed to the valve seat, a second surface configured to separate away and abut the valve body, a third surface which intersects the first surface and the second surface, and an opening which penetrates the first surface and the second surface; and
a fixing member that fixes the first surface to the valve seat,
wherein the valve seat includes a projecting portion that projects from the partition into the first recessed portion and the first surface is fixed to the projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,551

SEALING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A SEALING ASSEMBLY

SKF Economos Deutschland ...

1. A sealing assembly comprising:an elastic seal lip having a movable part, the seal lip being configured to be attached to a first part of a machine and to be in contact with a second part of the machine, at least one acceleration sensor fixed to the movable part of the seal lip, and
a data processing device for processing data obtained from the acceleration sensor,
wherein the data processing device is configured to:
a) determine an angle of the seal lip in relation to the direction of gravity at a first time;
b) determine an angle of the seal lip in relation to the direction of gravity at a subsequent time;
c) determine a difference between the angle of the seal lip in relation to gravity at the subsequent time and the angle of the seal lip in relation to gravity at the first time; and
d) if the difference is less than a predetermined value, repeat steps a through d and if the difference exceeds a predetermined value, produce a signal indicative of a worn seal or a signal indicative of higher-than normal stiction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,550

REDUCTION IN THE LEAKAGE FLOW RATE OF A BRUSH SEAL BY FLEXIBLE GEOMETRIC OBSTRUCTION

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A brush seal system, for application as an air/oil seal of a shaft bearing of a turbomachine, with an axis of rotation, the seal comprising:a layer of carbon bristles, held between a first ring, disposed upstream of a flow of air that passes through the seal, and a second rear ring, disposed downstream of the flow of air,
a surface of the layer of bristles, which is turned towards the first ring, including a non-metal flexible element that stops a portion of flow of air that flows through the seal in a direction substantially parallel to the axis of rotation,
wherein a thickness of the flexible element is low enough to bend with the layer of bristles during operation of the turbomachine,
wherein the thickness of the flexible element is between 0.05 mm and 0.5 mm, and
wherein the flexible element leaves free an end portion of the layer of bristles having a length, measured in a direction of extension of the bristles of the layer, between 0.1 mm and 2 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,458,549

SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR SEALING A SPACE BETWEEN A HOUSING AND A COMPONENT AGAINST ENTRY OF A LIQUID MEDIUM

1. A seal assembly for sealing a space between a housing and a component against a liquid medium, comprising:a first seal element fixedly connectable to the housing, the first seal element including a first body structure located on the housing, a first seal lip is disposed on the first body structure, the first seal lip is movable at least in a radial direction, the first seal lip being disposed at a first angle with respect to the radial direction such that one elongated side of the first seal lip faces the component;
a second seal element fixedly connectable to the housing, the second seal element including a second body structure located on the housing, a second seal lip is disposed on the second body structure, the second seal lip is movable at least in the radial direction, the second seal lip being disposed at a second angle with respect to the radial direction;
a support element is disposed between and in contact with the first support body and the second support body, the support element overlying a portion of the one elongated side of the first seal lip, the support element having an axially extending section that overlies a portion of the second support structure without contacting the second seal lip, wherein the support element and the first seal element and the second seal element are configured such that a pressure exerted on the first seal lip by the liquid medium is transmittable in the radial direction to the first support element and such that a second pressure exerted on the second seal lip by the liquid medium is transmittable in the radial direction to the second support element, the first and second seal lips being free of any spring pressing the first and second seal lips against the component;
the component or the support element and the housing defining a bore positioned axially over the support element or the component, respectively, the bore being axially spaced from each of the first and second seal lips;
a third seal element fixedly connectable to the housing, the third seal element including a third body structure located on the housing, a third seal lip is disposed on the third body structure, the third seal lip is movable at least in the radial direction, the third seal lip being disposed at a third angle with respect to the radial direction, the third body structure being adjacent to and abutting the second body structure;
the second seal lip and the third seal lip face in axially opposite direction from each other; and
an axial extension of the third body structure or the second body structure is different than an axial extension of the first body structure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,548

PISTON RING AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

NIPPON ITF, INC., Kyoto ...

1. A piston ring, comprising:a ring-shaped substrate; and
an amorphous carbon film, coated on a surface of the ring-shaped substrate,
wherein the amorphous carbon film is formed using a CVD method, and
increasing regions in which an sp2/sp3 ratio that is a ratio of sp2 bonding to spa bonding continuously increases and decreasing regions in which the sp2/sp3 ratio continuously decreases are alternately formed from the substrate surface toward a film surface, and the sp2/sp3 ratio continuously changes on borders between the increasing regions and the decreasing regions so that soft films having a low sp2/sp3 ratio and hard films having a high sp2/sp3 ratio are formed in an alternately layered manner; and
the decreasing regions are configured to be equal in number to or one region fewer than the increasing regions.

US Pat. No. 10,458,547

PARKING DEVICE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

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

1. A parking device comprising:a parking gear attached to a rotary shaft of a transmission;
a detent lever that turns about a supporting shaft;
a parking pawl that is engaged with and disengaged from the parking gear in accordance with a turn of the detent lever;
a hydraulic actuator that has a moving member that moves in a first direction and that locks and unlocks the rotary shaft by turning the detent lever in a first rotational direction about the supporting shaft to a first rotational position with the moving member moved to a first position in the first direction on one side in the first direction and at a zero stroke by an urging force of an urging member and turning the detent lever in a second rotational direction, which is opposite to the first rotational direction, about the supporting shaft to a second rotational position with the moving member moved to a second position in the first direction on the other side in the first direction and at a full stroke by a hydraulic pressure; and
a movement restriction unit that has a movement restriction member that moves in a second direction, which is orthogonal to the first direction, and that restricts movement of the moving member when the moving member and the movement restriction member abut against each other by restricting movement of the movement restriction member, wherein
the detent lever is provided with a recessed portion that opens in an outer periphery of the detent lever,
an engagement portion that engages with the recessed portion of the detent lever is provided at one end portion of the moving member, and
when the recessed portion and the engagement portion are engaged with each other, the engagement portion turns the detent lever from the second rotational position to the first rotational position when the moving member is moved from the second position to the first position, and the engagement portion turns the detent lever from the first rotational position to the second rotational position when the moving member is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,546

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD OF CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A continuously variable transmission, comprising:a variator comprising:
a primary pulley that has a primary oil chamber,
a secondary pulley that has a secondary oil chamber, and
a belt looped over the primary pulley and the secondary pulley,
wherein secondary pressure is supplied to the secondary oil chamber;
an oil pump provided in an oil passage that provides communication between the primary oil chamber and the secondary oil chamber; and
a controller,
wherein the oil pump is configured to control an inflow and an outflow of oil of the primary oil chamber,
wherein the oil pump is formed by a gear pump,
wherein the continuously variable transmission controls the oil pump in such a manner that a target speed ratio of the variator is achieved,
wherein the controller is configured to perform correction control of controlling the oil pump in such a manner that generation of forward reverse rotation of the oil pump is suppressed in a case where a pressure difference between the primary oil chamber and the secondary oil chamber is within a preliminarily set unstable region,
wherein the unstable region is a region where a magnitude of the pressure difference between the primary oil chamber and the secondary oil chamber is smaller than a predetermined pressure difference, and
wherein the predetermined pressure difference is a value for regulating a pressure difference with which the forward reverse rotation of the oil pump is generated by a variation of the secondary pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,545

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A continuously variable transmission, comprising:a primary pulley hydraulic chamber;
a secondary pulley hydraulic chamber;
a first oil passage connected to the secondary pulley hydraulic chamber;
a second oil passage that is connected to the primary pulley hydraulic chamber, and that branches from the first oil passage;
an electric oil pump provided on the second oil passage so as to allow oil to flow into and flow out from the primary pulley hydraulic chamber; and
an oil discharge mechanism configured to discharge oil outside the second oil passage,
wherein electric oil pump is configured to supply the oil to the primary pulley hydraulic chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,458,544

HYDRAULIC SLIP CONTROL METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR A DRIVELINE INCLUDING A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

TRANSMISSION CVTCORP INC....

1. A method to control the slippage of a driveline including a prime mover having an output, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) having an input connected to the output of the prime mover and an output, a controllable slippage level hydraulic slip arrangement having an input connected to the output of the CVT and an output, the hydraulic slip arrangement including a planetary gear assembly provided with one input and first and second outputs; the input defining the input of the hydraulic slip arrangement; the first output defining the output of the hydraulic slip arrangement; the second output being connected to a hydraulic pump provided with a controllable release valve, the method including the steps of:determining a usable torque of the prime mover; and
controlling the slippage level of the hydraulic slip arrangement to allow the usable torque to pass through the hydraulic slip arrangement but to slip should a requested torque be greater than the usable torque by controlling the release valve to allow the hydraulic pump to rotate should the requested torque be greater than the usable torque.

US Pat. No. 10,458,543

POWER SPLIT TRANSMISSION AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH POWER SPLIT TRANSMISSION

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A power-split transmission device for a vehicle, the transmission device connecting a drive engine, arranged on an input side, to a drive output, arranged on an output side, and the transmission device comprising:a hydrostatic unit for continuous adjustment of a transmission ratio;
at least one range clutch for coupling the transmission device to the drive output;
the transmission device being designed to be operated with a first and a second deceleration logic, the first and the second deceleration logic having a deceleration dynamic which corresponds to a gradient of transmission ratio change, the second deceleration logic having a higher gradient of transmission ratio change than a gradient of transmission ratio change of the first deceleration logic, and such that the second deceleration logic being designed so as to immediately disengage the at least one range clutch, when the at least one range clutch is engaged, in order to reduce the transmission ratio of the hydrostatic unit with a maximum gradient of transmission ratio change;
the transmission device being configured to monitor various vehicle parameters while the vehicle is operated with the first deceleration logic;
the transmission device further being configured to detect that at least one set limit value has been exceeded while the vehicle is operated with the first deceleration logic;
the at least one range clutch being configured to immediately disengage upon activation of the second deceleration logic;
the hydrostatic unit being configured to maximally reduce the transmission ratio with a maximum dynamic; and
the at least one range clutch being configured to engage and the first deceleration logic being configured to activate as soon as either an actual reciprocal transmission ratio reaches a first limit value, or a rotational speed difference reaches a second limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,458,542

BRAKE TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERFACE PIN ASSEMBLY

ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, ...

1. A shifter system assembly for a steering column, the shifter system assembly comprising:a shifter mechanism that receives a shift lever, the shifter mechanism selectively movable between a “Park” position and an out of “Park” position;
a brake transmission shift interface (BTSI) assembly comprising:
a BTSI pin assembly comprising:
a blocking pin;
a solenoid pin that is separate and distinct from the blocking pin; and
a coupler that couples the blocking pin and the solenoid pin wherein the coupler includes a coupler body having an outer diameter greater than corresponding diameters of the blocking pin and the solenoid pin; and
a solenoid coil, wherein the BTSI pin assembly moves between an extended position and a retracted position, wherein (i) in the extended position, the blocking pin inhibits movement of the shifter mechanism out of the “Park” position and (ii) in the retracted position, the blocking pin allows movement of the shifter mechanism to the out of “Park” position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,541

MANUAL TRANSMISSION SHIFTLOCK INTERVENTION

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for a manual transmission system of a vehicle comprising a torque generating system, the manual transmission system further comprising a shiftlock system, the control system comprising:a shaft speed sensor configured to measure an output shaft speed indicative of a rotational speed of an output shaft of the torque generating system, wherein the output shaft is coupled to a flywheel;
wheel speed sensors configured to measure wheel speeds indicative of rotational speeds of four wheels of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
determine a maximum measured wheel speed of the measured wheel speeds;
estimate a speed of an input shaft of the manual transmission system based on the measured output shaft speed, the maximum measured wheel speed, and a set of known parameters of components of the vehicle connected between the flywheel and the wheels; and
when the estimated input shaft speed of the manual transmission system is greater than a threshold speed for a threshold period, command the shiftlock system to restrict the engagement of a set of gear ratios of the manual transmission system.

US Pat. No. 10,458,540

TORQUE CONVERTERS AND METHODS AND DEVICES FOR REBUILDING TORQUE CONVERTERS

Sonnax Transmission Compa...

1. A kit for repairing an original equipment (“OE”) torque converter, the OE torque converter including a backing ring and a cover, the cover including a spline ring that engages an OE clutch plate of a lock-up clutch assembly, the kit comprising:a splined backing ring for replacing the OE backing ring, the splined backing ring including:
an outer surface configured and dimensioned to be fixed to the cover; and
a spline ring configured to engage a clutch plate of a modified lock-up clutch assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,458,539

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control device equipped with a shift sensor, which is to send a plurality of signals according to a shift position of a number of shift positions being a manipulated position of a vehicle shift lever, the vehicle control device comprising:a drive control unit including a plurality of control circuits relevant to a control of a driving force of a vehicle and to determine the shift position according to an output signal of the shift sensor, wherein
the drive control unit includes:
a retracting traveling control unit to perform a retracting traveling control, when a malfunction occurs in one control circuit among the plurality of control circuits, to control the driving force of the vehicle with an other control circuit other than the control circuit in which the malfunction occurs; and
a determination control unit
to perform a reduction determination during the retracting traveling control to determine the shift position according to the output signal of the shift sensor with the other control circuit and
to reduce the number of shift positions, which is to be determined, compared with a normal state,
the drive control unit includes three control circuits as the plurality of control circuits and is connected with the shift sensor,
one control circuit among the three control circuits is a control circuit for malfunction-state determination,
the drive control unit is
to cause two control circuits, which are other than the control circuit for malfunction-state determination, among the three control circuits to receive all signal corresponding to each shift position of the shift sensor and
to cause the control circuit for malfunction-state determination to receive a signal, and
a number of the signal received with the control circuit for malfunction-state determination is less than a number of the all signal received with the two control circuits.

US Pat. No. 10,458,538

CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A control apparatus for an automatic transmission including a torque converter with a lock-up clutch capable of connecting an output shaft of an engine and an input shaft of the automatic transmission, comprising:a vehicle speed detection unit configured to detect a vehicle speed of a vehicle;
a brake detection unit configured to detect presence/absence of a brake operation;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a deceleration of the vehicle based on a change in the vehicle speed in a set time in a case in which the brake operation is detected;
a state determination unit configured to determine, based on an operation signal from an ABS device, whether the ABS device of the vehicle is in a normally operating state or in a fail state in which the ABS device does not normally operate;
a setting unit configured to set a reference deceleration according to the state of the ABS device;
a release determination unit configured to determine based on the deceleration and the reference deceleration whether to change an engaging state of an engaging mechanism that constitutes a set gear range of the automatic transmission to a release state when the brake operation is detected; and
a control unit configured to control the engaging mechanism based on determination of the release determination unit,
wherein if the deceleration is larger than the reference deceleration according to the fail state of the ABS device, the release determination unit determines to change the engaging state of the engaging mechanism to the release state, and
if the deceleration is not more than the reference deceleration according to the fail state, or if a reference deceleration according to the normal state of the ABS device is set, the release determination unit determines to hold the engaging state of the engaging mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,458,537

SHIFT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A shift device, comprising:a shift body having one end side that is movably operable in a first direction and in a second direction, a shift position of the shift body being changed by the shift body being moved at least one of in the first direction and in the second direction;
a moving body that is movable by the shift body being moved in the second direction; and
a single detection section that is disposed at another end side of the shift body, that is actuated by the shift body when the shift body is moved in the first direction such that the shift position of the shift body is detected, and that is actuated by the moving body when the shift body is moved in the second direction such that the shift position of the shift body is detected,
wherein a first communicating portion and the shift body are monolithic, and a second communicating portion and the moving body are monolithic,
the first communicating portion is communicated with the single detection section, and the second communicating portion is communicated with the single detection section,
a rotating portion and the shift body are monolithic,
a moving portion and the moving body are monolithic, the moving portion being communicated with the rotating portion,
when the shift body is moved in the first direction, the first communicating portion is moved in the first direction, and the single detection section is actuated by the first communicating portion such that the shift position of the shift body in the first direction is detected, and
when the shift body is moved in the second direction, the second communicating portion is moved in the second direction by the moving portion communicated with the rotating portion of the shift body being moved in the second direction, and the single detection section is actuated by the second communicating portion such that the shift position of the shift body in the second direction is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,458,536

GEARSHIFT ASSEMBLY FOR A TRANSMISSION OF A VEHICLE

1. A gearshift assembly for a transmission of a vehicle comprising:a shift lever mounted in a base for pivotal movement in a select direction between a shifting gate for automatic mode and a shifting gate for manual mode and for pivotal movement in a shift direction, perpendicular to said select direction in each of the shifting gates;
a return mechanism arranged to mechanically act on said shift lever, with said return mechanism comprising,
a push member,
an electric motor mechanically acting on said shift lever through said push member for returning said shift lever from said shifting gate for manual mode to said shifting gate for automatic mode,
a driven member connected to said push member with said driven member being driven by said electric motor by a connection which allows movement of said push member relative to said driven member in a direction of force transmission to said shift lever,
a spring acting between said push member and said driven member, which said spring is loaded in case said return mechanism is activated to return said shift lever and an external counter-force is acting on said shift lever preventing a return movement in which case a force of the electric motor is converted to preload said spring,
a blocking element which can be actuated to move out of a blocking position in which said blocking element blocks movement of said shift lever from said shifting gate for automatic mode to said shifting gate for manual mode, and
a wheel coupled to and drivable by said electric motor with said wheel having a helical cam surface for pushing the push member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,535

OIL TRANSFER UNIT FOR TRANSFERRING OIL BETWEEN A STATIONARY PART AND A ROTATING PART

GE Avio S.r.l., Rivalta ...

1. An oil transfer unit comprising:a stationary part comprising an oil mouth;
a rotating part having an inner chamber and an outer cylindrical surface extending along an axis;
a floating part, which has a cylindrical surface fitted onto the outer cylindrical surface with a radial gap, so as to define a non-contact configuration, is coupled to the stationary part in an angularly fixed position about the axis and with a defined freedom of movement;
an annular groove defined by the rotating part and the floating part and permanently communicating with the oil mouth and with the inner chamber; the radial gap defining, in use, an oil film sealing each side of the groove;
wherein the floating part comprises a support body and an annular pad, which are distinct from each other; the cylindrical surface being defined by the pad; the unit comprising an angular retaining constraint retaining the pad in an angularly fixed position with respect to the body; at least one element being breakable or plastically deformable to release the angular retaining constraint when the torque transferred, in use, to the body exceeds a defined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,458,534

GEARBOX SYSTEM WITH ADD-ON COOLING FIN PANELS

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A gearbox system, comprising:a gearbox having a housing, wherein the housing includes a surface;
an add-on cooling fin panel in thermal engagement with the surface, wherein the cooling fin panel includes a plurality of cooling fins; and
an attachment feature constructed to affix the cooling fin panel to the gearbox,
wherein the cooling fin panel is constructed to transfer heat from the surface to the cooling fin panel by conduction; and
wherein the cooling fin panel is configured to transfer heat by convection to an environment in which the gearbox is located,
wherein the cooling fins have a pitch-to-height ratio in the range of 0.05 to 0.6.

US Pat. No. 10,458,533

COOLING SYSTEM FOR POWER TRANSMISSION UNIT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A cooling system for a power transmission unit, comprising:an oil pump that pumps up oil in an oil pan and that discharges the oil therefrom;
an oil cooler that cools the oil delivered from the oil pump;
a first oil pipe for delivering the oil from the oil pump to the oil cooler;
a second oil pipe for delivering the oil cooled by the oil cooler to a heat generating element; and
a housing chamber including a high-temperature section where the heat generating element is arranged, and a low-temperature section where a temperature is lower than that in the high-temperature section;
wherein the second oil pipe is arranged in the housing chamber while passing through the low-temperature section,
wherein an opening is formed on the second oil pipe in such a manner as to open toward the heat generating element, and
wherein the first oil pipe is arranged in the housing chamber while passing through the high-temperature section.

US Pat. No. 10,458,532

INTERNAL RING GEAR, DRIVING ASSEMBLY AND APPLICATION DEVICE

JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNAT...

1. An internal ring gear comprising:a housing; and
at least two internal ring gears integrally arranged at an inner surface of the housing, wherein the outer surface of the housing is smooth, and a diameter of the outer surface of the housing is consistent; the housing and the internal ring gears being a one piece monolithic integral unit made of powder metal material.

US Pat. No. 10,458,531

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, the planetary gear train comprising:a first planetary gear set having first, second, and third rotational elements;
a second planetary gear set having fourth, fifth, and sixth rotational elements;
a third planetary gear set having seventh, eighth, and ninth rotational elements;
a fourth planetary gear set having tenth, eleventh, and twelfth rotational elements;
a first externally-engaged gear set having thirteenth and fourteenth rotational elements;
a second externally-engaged gear set having fifteenth and sixteenth rotational elements;
an input shaft disposed coaxial with the first, second, and third planetary gear sets; and
an output shaft disposed in parallel with the input shaft and coaxial with the fourth planetary gear set,
wherein the second rotational element is fixedly connected with the input shaft,
the fourth rotational element and the seventh rotational element are connected with the tenth rotational element through the second externally-engaged gear set,
the sixth rotational element is connected with the eleventh rotational element through the first externally-engaged gear set, and
the eleventh rotational element being fixedly connected with the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,458,530

HYBRID BALLSCREW SEAL

GOODRICH ACTUATION SYSTEM...

1. A seal assembly for a ballscrew comprising:a seal body, the seal body comprising:
a helical body portion having a central axis (A) and extending through substantially a single helical turn about said central axis (A) from a first end to a second end axially spaced from the first end;
a connecting portion extending generally parallel to the central axis (A) and connecting the first and second ends of the helical body portion;
a channel formed in a radially outer surface of the seal body, the channel extending continuously around the helical body portion and the connecting portion;
an arcuate scraper seal portion extending inwardly from a radially inner surface of the connecting portion for sealing engagement within a helical groove of said ballscrew; and
a helical sealing portion extending from a radially inner surface of the helical body portion, and extending circumferentially around the helical body portion from the first end to the second end for engaging a radially outer helical ridge of said ballscrew, the scraper seal portion and helical sealing portion forming a continuous seal around the inner diameter of the seal body; and
an energising member disposed within the channel for radially inwardly pre-loading said scraper seal portion and said helical seal portion;
wherein the helical sealing portion comprises a lip seal with at least one deformable beam section extending radially inwardly of the seal body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,529

LINEAR MOTION MECHANISM, VALVE DEVICE, AND STEAM TURBINE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A linear motion mechanism, comprising:a drive portion;
a screw shaft which is rotationally driven about an axis by the drive portion and in which a first spiral screw groove is formed on an outer peripheral surface;
a nut in which a second spiral screw groove facing the first screw groove is formed on an inner peripheral surface, into which the screw shaft is inserted, and which moves forward or backward relative to the screw shaft in an axial direction, in which an axis of the screw shaft extends, according to a rotation of the screw shaft;
a plurality of load balls which are disposed in a transfer path formed by the first screw groove and the second screw groove and advance while rolling on the transfer path;
a plurality of retainer frames which are disposed between the plurality of load balls and advances on the transfer path along with the load balls; and
a lubricant supply portion which supplies a lubricant to a path surface of the transfer path,
wherein the retainer frame includes
a retainer main body portion in which recessed surfaces, on which outer peripheral ends are in contact with the adjacent load balls, are formed on both sides in an advancement direction and which is formed to be smaller than the load ball when viewed in the advancement direction, and
a lubricant contact portion which protrudes from the outer peripheral end of the recessed surface of the retainer main body portion toward the path surface side of the transfer path and is formed to come into contact with the lubricant which is supplied to the path surface of the transfer path, and
wherein the lubricant contact portion is formed such that a cross-sectional shape orthogonal to the advancement direction partially protrudes toward the path surface of the transfer path more than the load ball.

US Pat. No. 10,458,528

SYSTEM FOR OVERTURNING TANKS OF KNEADING MACHINES

1. A system for use in overturning tanks of kneading machines,said system comprising:
a supporting structure; and
an overturning unit mobile along said structure between a lowered position, in which it receives the tank to be overturned, and a raised position, in which it overturns said tank;
wherein said unit comprises:
a body for engaging said tank, which is mobile between an inoperative position and an operative position;
an elastic member, which can be activated into a loaded condition;
a rocker member pre-arranged for co-operating with a fixed surface during displacement of said unit from said raised position to said lowered position to bring said elastic member into said loaded condition and to move said body into said inoperative position;
said elastic member configured to move from said loaded condition to cause movement of said rocker member to move said body into said operative position to engage the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,458,527

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

SEJIN-IGB CO., LTD., (KR...

1. A power transmission device comprising:a pin gear having a plurality of power transmission pins that are rotationally moved by a corresponding tooth shape formed on an outer gear;
a motor arranged in a direction substantially perpendicular to a rotation axis of the pin gear, and generating power to rotate the pin gear; and
a motion transfer unit connected to the pin gear and the motor between the pin gear and the motor, and transferring a rotational motion of the motor to a rotational motion of the pin gear;
wherein the motion transfer unit comprises:
a unit housing; and
a built-in deceleration module provided in the unit housing, and decelerating a rotation force of the motor and transferring a decelerated rotational force to the pin gear, wherein the built-in deceleration module comprises:
a first drive gear inserted in a first opening formed in the unit housing in a direction substantially perpendicular to the rotation axis of the pin gear, and rotated by the motor; and
a first driven gear inserted in a second opening communicating with the first opening and formed in a direction crossing the first opening, and decelerating a rotation force of the first drive gear by being engaged with the first drive gear,
wherein the first drive gear is a drive bevel gear and the first driven gear is a driven bevel gear,
wherein the built-in deceleration module further comprises a second drive gear that is connected to the driven bevel gear in an area of the second opening
wherein the built-in deceleration module further comprises:
a drive gear pressing and insertion structure connected to the second drive gear forming one body, and comprising a shaft pressing and insertion portion having a shaft pressing and insertion hole in which a non-circular shaft formed at one end portion of the second drive gear is pressed and inserted, and a plurality of pin insertion holes in which a plurality of connection pins formed on the driven bevel gear are inserted; and
a drive gear coupling portion coupling the second drive gear and the drive gear pressing and insertion structure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,526

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSIONS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Fallbrook Intellectual Pr...

1. A stator for a continuously variable transmission (CVT) having a plurality of tiltable planet assemblies, each tiltable planet assembly including a planet and a planet axle, wherein tilting the planet axle changes a transmission ratio of the CVT, the stator comprising:a plurality of offset guide slots for receiving an end of a planet axle formed with a curved profile and a diameter, each offset guide slot comprising:
first and second surfaces for contact with the end of the planet axle, the first and second surfaces separated by a first width to form a desired clearance width based on the diameter of the planet axle; and
a protuberance on one of a leading surface or a trailing surface, the protuberance forming a second width at a radially outward opening, the second width being less than the first width.

US Pat. No. 10,458,525

SEALED BELT TENSIONING DEVICE

Dayco IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A belt tensioner comprising:a spring case;
an arm pivotally coupled to the spring case, the arm having an engagement surface and being configured to pivot relative to the spring case about a pivot axis;
a biasing mechanism operatively coupled to the arm to bias the arm relative to the spring case;
a bushing positioned between the arm and the spring case;
a cap enclosing the biasing mechanism within the spring case or a deflected arm plate seated on the arm; and
a seal assembly comprising a primary seal positioned between the spring case and the arm and a secondary seal positioned between the cap or the deflected arm plate and the arm;
wherein the seal assembly is coaxial with the pivot axis and configured to accommodate relative axial movement between the base and the arm and relative radial movement between the base and the arm while still maintaining a seal at both the primary seal and the secondary seal, thereby blocking contaminants from reaching the bushing;
wherein the primary seal and the secondary seal operate in tandem such that as one of the primary seal or the secondary seal expands, the other is compressed, the primary seal and the secondary seal both expand or compress in the same manner.

US Pat. No. 10,458,524

DRIVE TRAIN AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE TRAIN

8. A method for operating a drive train with a drive shaft, a drive machine, and a differential gear unit with three drives and outputs, one output being connected to the drive shaft, a first drive being connected to the drive machine, and a second drive being connected to an electrical differential drive, the electrical differential drive being configured to be connected to an electrical system via a frequency converter, the method comprising:operating the drive machine at a burst-proof operating point with a base speed when the second drive of the differential gear unit is at rest; and
when the frequency converter fails and the drive machine is being operated below the base speed, braking the second drive by a deceleration apparatus that acts on the second drive.

US Pat. No. 10,458,523

AUTOMATIC GEAR-SHIFTING DEVICE

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A gear-shifting device comprising:a first motor having a first rotational stator, the first stator turning both clockwise and counterclockwise, creating a wobbling action;
a compound planetary transmission, comprising a transmission ring attached to a first ring gear, the compound planetary transmission receiving rotary power from the first stator;
a second motor having a second rotational stator, the second stator turning both clockwise and counter-clockwise;
a shift assembly, comprising a drum, a cap, and a pinion gear, wherein the pinion gear receives rotary power from the second stator, the drum locking with the pinion gear such that the drum rotates as the pinion gear rotates;
the transmission ring further attached to the drum, such that the transmission ring moves laterally as the drum rotates; and
the first ring gear alternately locking and unlocking with the cap as the drum rotates, the wobbling action enabling the locking.

US Pat. No. 10,458,522

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLES

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft for receiving an engine torque;
an output shaft for outputting a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set as a single pinion planetary gear set including a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element;
a second planetary gear set as a single pinion planetary gear set including a fourth rotation element, a fifth rotation element, and a sixth rotation element;
a third planetary gear set as a single pinion planetary gear set including a seventh rotation element, an eighth rotation element, and a ninth rotation element;
a fourth planetary gear set as a single pinion planetary gear set including a tenth rotation element, an eleventh rotation element, and a twelfth rotation element;
a first connecting member fixedly connected with the first rotation element and directly connected with a transmission housing;
a second connecting member fixedly connected with the second rotation element and the seventh rotation element;
a third connecting member fixedly connected with the third rotation element and the sixth rotation element, selectively connectable with the transmission housing, and selectively connectable with the input shaft;
a fourth connecting member fixedly connected with the fourth rotation element and fixedly connected with the input shaft;
a fifth connecting member fixedly connected with the fifth rotation element and selectively connectable with the transmission housing;
a sixth connecting member fixedly connected with the eighth rotation element and the twelfth rotation element, and selectively connectable with the input shaft, and selectively connectable with the transmission housing;
a seventh connecting member fixedly connected with the ninth rotation element and the eleventh rotation element, and directly connected with the output shaft;
an eighth connecting member fixedly connected with the tenth rotation element, and selectively connectable with the input shaft;
a first clutch selectively connecting the input shaft and the third connecting member;
a second clutch selectively connecting the input shaft and the sixth connecting member;
a third clutch selectively connecting the input shaft and the eighth connecting member;
a first brake selectively connecting the third connecting member and the transmission housing;
a second brake selectively connecting the fifth connecting member and the transmission housing; and
a third brake selectively connecting the sixth connecting member and the transmission housing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,520

DIRECTION CONTROLLED GEARBOX FOR APPLIANCE

SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC,...

1. A drive system for use in a piece of an appliance, comprising:a drive shaft; and
a first rotary coupling and a second rotary coupling, wherein when said drive shaft is rotated in a first direction, said first rotary coupling and said second rotary coupling rotate about an axis of said drive shaft at a same speed and when said drive shaft is rotated in a second opposite direction, said first rotary coupling and said second rotary coupling rotate about said axis of said drive shaft at different speeds.

US Pat. No. 10,458,519

GEARED MOTOR, AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING A GEARED MOTOR

1. A geared motor comprising:a direct current motor having a motor shaft;
an independent planetary gear unit with a first sun wheel, the planetary gear unit having at least one planetary gear unit stage;
a ring gear having teeth;
first planetary gears engaged with the teeth of the ring gear;
a gear unit casing having an inner circumferential region;
a gear unit output shaft;
a first pinion cage;
a second pinion cage with a secondary sun wheel;
secondary planetary gears secured to the second pinion cage;
a plate positioned within the inner circumferential region independent of the direct current motor, the plate having a sun wheel thrust surface for retaining the first sun wheel in place within the gear casing, the plate having a region for axially retaining the secondary sun wheel, the first and secondary planetary gears and the first and second pinion cages in the gear unit casing, the plate provided with a shaft passage to form a preassembled planetary gear unit; and the first sun wheel having a central shaft receptacle which is formed with a positive fit contour acting in the rotation direction and coupled in a rotationally fixed manner with the motor shaft via a corresponding positive fit contour.

US Pat. No. 10,458,518

PLANETARY GEAR ASSEMBLY

GOODRICH ACTUATION SYSTEM...

1. An actuator for use in an aircraft and comprising a planetary gear assembly, the planetary gear assembly comprising:a first planetary gear stage comprising a first sun gear, a plurality of first planet gears and a first stage output ring gear; and
a second planetary gear stage comprising a second sun gear, a plurality of second planet gears and one or more second stage output ring gears;
wherein said first stage output ring gear and said second sun gear are the same component, and said first planetary gear stage is located within said second planetary gear stage;
wherein said first planetary gear stage has a first axial length and said second planetary gear stage has a second axial length, and said first axial length is shorter than said second axial length;
wherein said first planetary gear stage is located radially and axially within said second planetary gear stage;
wherein a volume is defined radially within said second planetary gear stage, and said first planetary gear stage is located within said volume; and
wherein one or more sensors or other electronic equipment are located within said volume.

US Pat. No. 10,458,517

INTERNAL LUBE TANK LUBE LEVEL CONTROL SYSTEM

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A mechanical device lubrication level control system, comprising:a differential axle housing, with a sump cavity having an axle gear set disposed therein, capable of containing a lubricant therein;
a lubricant director comprising a lube tank capable of containing the lubricant therein, wherein the lubricant director is disposed at the bottom of the differential axle housing, wherein the lube tank is disposed within the differential axle housing and wherein the lube tank is separate from the sump cavity; and
a reversible pump disposed within the lube tank that is in hydraulic communication with the sump cavity, by way of a pump tube that is connected to the reversible pump, which in turn is in hydraulic communication with a pick-up/return tube.

US Pat. No. 10,458,516

CLAMPING DEVICE FOR A CABLE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A subsea clamping device of a clamping unit for at least one cable, comprising:a clamping member embodied as a cylindrical tube or as a clamp sleeve and comprising at least one receptacle for the at least one cable, wherein the cylindrical tube or the clamp sleeve defines a longitudinal axis and comprises at least one monolithic section that extends a full length of the cylindrical tube or the clamp sleeve, and wherein a cross section of the at least one receptacle is adjustable,
at least one adjustment element that takes effect on the clamping member so that the cross section of the at least one receptacle is adjusted,
wherein the at least one adjustment element is embodied as a preloadable element,
plural preload arrangements disposed one after another along the at least one monolithic section and configured to transfer a spring force from the at least one adjustment element to the cylindrical tube or the clamp sleeve,
wherein the at least one monolithic section comprises at least three monolithic sections arranged in circumferential direction of the clamping member one after the other, and/or
wherein each section of the at least one monolithic section spans about 120° of a circumference of the clamping member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,515

FRICTIONAL POWER TRANSMISSION BELT AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd., ...

1. A method for producing a frictional power transmission belt, the method comprising:winding a first unvulcanized sheet around an inner mold, the inner mold having a flexible jacket provided around an outer periphery thereof, the first unvulcanized sheet having a rubber composition and corresponding to an extensible layer of the frictional power transmission belt;
helically winding a tension member on the first unvulcanized sheet;
winding a second unvulcanized sheet around the first unvulcanized sheet having the tension member wound thereon, the second unvulcanized sheet corresponding to a compressive rubber layer of the frictional power transmission belt;
forming a fiber/resin mixture layer comprising a resin component and heat-resistant fibers, the heat-resistant fibers having a softening point or a melting point higher than a vulcanization temperature for vulcanizing the first and second unvulcanized sheets;
winding the fiber/resin mixture layer around the second unvulcanized sheet to create a wound laminate sheet, wherein some of the heat-resistant fibers are embedded in the fiber/resin mixture layer so as to extend out from the fiber/resin mixture layer to make contact with the compressive rubber layer; and
vulcanizing the first and second unvulcanized sheets to respectively create first and second vulcanized sheets by pressing the wound laminate sheet against an outer mold at the vulcanization temperature,
wherein the fiber/resin mixture layer has a first surface in contact with the second unvulcanized sheet, and a second surface opposite the first surface, wherein a portion of one or more of the heat-resistant fibers of the fiber/resin mixture layer extend out from the second surface of the fiber/resin mixture layer.

US Pat. No. 10,458,514

FEED CONVEYOR BELT AND COUPLER

1. A belt and coupler arrangement for a feederhouse feed conveyor of an agricultural harvester, the arrangement comprising:an elongate belt having an elongate web with a first end and a second end, wherein the first end and the second end are thicker than the elongate web; and
a coupler comprising:
a first elongate recess to receive and enclose the first end, wherein the first elongate recess has a first elongate gap defined by first and second lips that are opposed;
a second elongate recess to receive and enclose the second end, wherein the second elongate recess has a second elongate gap defined by third and fourth lips that are opposed, the second elongate gap being separate from the first elongate gap;
a first plate having the first and third lips;
a second plate having the second and fourth lips;
a first pin positioned in the first elongate gap for maintaining the first end of the elongate belt in the first elongate gap; and
a second pin positioned in the second elongate gap for maintaining the second end of the elongate belt in the second elongate gap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,513

DAMPER DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A damper device comprising:a rotating member that is rotatable about a rotational center, the rotating member comprising
a base portion that is plate-like, and
a support portion that is attached to the base portion and extends in an axial direction of the rotational center; and
a plurality of weight members disposed partially overlapping each other in the axial direction, the weight members being provided with tracks in respective overlapped parts of the weight members, the tracks guiding the support portion to be swingable with respect to the rotating member, wherein
the support portion is shared in the tracks provided in the weight members.

US Pat. No. 10,458,512

TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A torsional vibration damper comprising:a rotary disc in which a plurality of chambers each individually having a predetermined length in a circumferential direction and that are formed circumferentially at predetermined intervals;
a plurality of masses held in each chamber of the plurality of chambers while being allowed to be oscillated by pulsation of torque applied to the rotary disc; and
a retainer that retains the masses in each chamber of the plurality of chambers while maintaining intervals between the masses, and that is allowed to be rotated relative to the rotary disc by an oscillating motion of each of the masses,
wherein each of the masses comprises a trunk and a pair of diametrically-larger flange plates formed on both sides of the trunk,
an outer diameter of the trunk is smaller than an opening width of each of the chambers of the plurality of chambers, and a diameter of each of the flange plates is larger than the opening width of at least one of the chambers of the plurality of chambers,
an insertion hole that allows at least one of the pair of flange plates of the masses there through is formed between each set of adjoining chambers of the plurality of chambers,
an opening width of each of the chambers of the plurality of chambers at a portion joined to the insertion hole is larger than the outer diameter of the trunk of each of the masses, and
the retainer comprises a restricting portion that restricts an oscillating range of each mass of the masses in each of the chambers of the plurality of chambers toward the insertion hole, and
an opening diameter of each of the insertion holes is larger than the outer diameter of at least one of the flange plates of the masses,
wherein the retainer comprises a ring portion that extends in a circular manner radially within an inner side of each of the chambers of the plurality of chambers, and a plurality of holder portions individually formed of a pair of stopper portions protruding radially outwardly from the ring portion to hold each of the masses,
each of the chambers of the plurality of chambers respectively includes a raceway surface formed on a radially outer side of an inner circumferential face to which each mass of the masses is pushed centrifugally,
wherein each raceway surface is curved inwardly so that a curvature radius of each raceway surface is shorter than that of a bottom between each pair of the stopper portions of each holder portion of the plurality of holder portions, and
the bottom serves as the restricting portion that restricts the oscillating range of each mass of the masses in each chamber of the plurality of chambers, each mass of the masses is clamped by the bottom and each raceway surface of the rotary disc so as to prevent further approach of each mass of the masses toward an outer end of each chamber of the plurality of chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,458,511

ANTI-VIBRATION DEVICE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. An anti-vibration device comprising:a tubular first attachment member configured to be connected to one of a vibration generating portion and a vibration receiving portion;
a second attachment member configured to be connected to another one of the vibration generating portion and the vibration receiving portion;
an elastic body connecting the first attachment member and the second attachment member to each other; and
a separating member separating a liquid-filled liquid chamber inside the first attachment member into a main liquid chamber on one side in an axial direction and a secondary liquid chamber on another side in the axial direction, at least a portion of the main liquid chamber being enclosed by the elastic body, and at least a portion of the secondary liquid chamber being enclosed by a diaphragm, wherein:
a tapered surface decreasing in diameter towards the another side in the axial direction is formed on an end on the another side in the axial direction of an outermost circumferential surface of the separating member,
a bend portion bent to follow the tapered surface is formed on an end on the another side in the axial direction of the first attachment member, and
an end on an outer circumferential side of the diaphragm is sandwiched between the tapered surface and the bend portion,
wherein:
the separating member includes an engaged portion formed on the tapered surface of the separating member, and
the diaphragm includes an engaging portion, which engages with the engaged portion, formed on the end on the outer circumferential side of the diaphragm, and
wherein the engaged portion is located between an outer circumferential end of the tapered surface and an inner circumferential end of the tapered surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,510

PNEUMATICALLY TUNED VEHICLE POWERTRAIN MOUNTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for securing a powertrain component to a body structure of a vehicle, comprising:first and second mounts each having a base and a first elastomeric barrier secured to and extending from the base defining an air filled chamber, each base having a first channel extending therethrough and coupling the air filled chamber to a connector port; and
a connector configured to be secured to the connector port of each base coupling the air filled chambers, the connector also configured to, in cooperation with the first channel extending through each base, provide an associated air volume that reduces stiffness of the first elastomeric barrier at an excitation frequency corresponding to a specified engine speed.

US Pat. No. 10,458,509

DAMPING VALVE AND SHOCK ABSORBER

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A damping valve, comprising:a valve element member including a pressure control valve element and an open/close valve element, the pressure control valve element being seated on and liftable from a pressure control valve seat to open and close a flow passage, the open/close valve element being seated on and liftable from an open/close valve seat to open and close a downstream side of the flow passage with respect to a part opened and closed by the pressure control valve element;
an elastic member interposed between a spring receiver and the valve element member, the elastic member being configured to bias the valve element member in a direction in which the pressure control valve element separates from the pressure control valve seat and in which the open/close valve element approaches the open/close valve seat; and
a solenoid configured to be capable of driving the valve element member against a biasing force by the elastic member in a direction in which the pressure control valve element approaches the pressure control valve seat, wherein
in a state in which the elastic member has a natural length and an elastic biasing force is not acting on the valve element member, a clearance is formed between the open/close valve element and the open/close valve seat in the biasing direction of the elastic member, and
the valve element member is elastically biased only by the elastic member in the direction in which the open/close valve element approaches the open/close valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,458,508

FRONT FORK SHOCK-ABSORBING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Liow Ko Co., Ltd., Chang...

1. A front fork shock-absorbing device comprising:a front fork having a crown portion and two legs extending from the crown portion, an inner tube unit and an outer tube unit located in each of the two legs, the inner tube unit partially and retractably located in the outer tube unit, a resilient member located between the inner tube unit and the outer tube unit, a first space defined in one of the two legs of the front fork, and a second space defined in the other one of the two legs of the front fork;
a shock-absorbing unit located in the first space and including a driving unit and a spring rate adjustment device, the driving unit connected to an operation end of the spring rate adjustment device, the driving unit including a single receiving end to receive command signals to contact the operation end;
a DC power unit located in the second space and electrically connected to the driving unit, and
a remote-control device having a signal output end which outputs the command signals to the single receiving end of the driving unit to adjust the spring rate adjustment device.

US Pat. No. 10,458,507

FRONT FORK

KYB MOTORCYCLE SUSPENSION...

1. A front fork comprising:a fork main body having an annular outer tube and an annular inner tube that is inserted into the outer tube such that the inner tube can freely move in an axial direction of the inner tube;
a damper cartridge having:
a cylinder which is provided in the fork main body and in which a fluid chamber filled with hydraulic fluid is formed;
a piston rod that freely moves in the axial direction through the inside of the cylinder;
a piston that is mounted on the piston rod and partitions the inside of the cylinder into an extension-side chamber and a contraction-side chamber; and
a rod guide which is mounted on an end of the cylinder and guides the piston rod, the rod guide including a fluid filling port through which the hydraulic fluid passes between an outside of the cylinder and the fluid chamber; and
a closing member that is provided on the rod guide and maintains the fluid filling port in a closed position while the front fork is in operation so that the hydraulic fluid is not allowed to pass the fluid filling port.

US Pat. No. 10,458,506

SOLENOID VALVE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A solenoid valve comprising:a valve seat provided in a main flow passage;
a main valve body seated on or unseated from the valve seat to open or close the main flow passage, the main valve body being biased to an opening direction by virtue of a pressure from the main flow passage upstream of the valve seat;
a pilot passage that branches from the main flow passage;
an orifice provided in the pilot passage;
a communication passage that branches off from the pilot passage at a position downstream from the orifice;
a back-pressure chamber connected to the pilot passage via the communication passage, the back-pressure chamber being configured to bias the main valve body to a closing direction by virtue of an internal pressure;
a pilot valve disposed in the pilot passage downstream from the communication passage, the pilot valve being configured to control an internal pressure of the back-pressure chamber;
a solenoid configured to control a valve opening pressure of the pilot valve; and
a second orifice provided in the pilot passage and between the communication passage and the pilot valve, the second orifice being so configured as to prevent an instantaneous pressure rise in the pilot passage, generated due to a delay in an opening response of the pilot valve, from inducing an instantaneous pressure rise in the back-pressure chamber, wherein
the internal pressure of the back-pressure chamber is controlled according to a valve opening pressure of the pilot valve
the pilot passage is formed to be branched from the main flow passage on an upstream side of the valve seat,
the communication passage is provided upstream of the second orifice, and
the pilot valve includes a pilot valve seat that has an opening formed thereon, a diameter of the opening being larger than that of the second orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,458,505

CYLINDER ROD

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A cylinder rod of a hydraulic cylinder, comprising:a body portion having a bar shape; and
a head portion arranged at a longitudinal end of the body portion;
the body portion having a coating formed on an outer peripheral surface thereof,
the coating including, in terms of area ratio in cross section, not less than 56.1% and not more than 84.4% of a chromium carbide phase, with the remainder consisting of a nickel-based alloy phase and an oxide phase, and
the nickel-based alloy phase is comprised of a nickel-based alloy selected from the group consisting of:
(a) a nickel-based alloy that contains not less than 26% by mass and not more than 30% by mass of molybdenum and not less than 2% by mass and not more than 8% by mass of iron, with a remainder consisting of nickel and unavoidable impurities;
(b) a nickel-based alloy that contains not less than 13% by mass and not more than 20% by mass of molybdenum, not less than 13% by mass and not more than 18% by mass of chromium, not less than 2% by mass and not more than 8% by mass of iron, and not less than 2% by mass and not more than 5% by mass of tungsten, with a remainder consisting of nickel and unavoidable impurities;
(c) a nickel-based alloy that contains not less than 20% by mass and not more than 23% by mass of chromium and not less than 8% by mass and not more than 10% by mass of molybdenum, with a remainder consisting of nickel and unavoidable impurities; and
(d) a nickel-based alloy that contains not less than 20% by mass and not more than 23% by mass of chromium and not less than 8% by mass and not more than 10% by mass of molybdenum, and further contains not less than 3% by mass and not more than 4.5% by mass in total of at least one of niobium and tantalum, and not more than 5% by mass of iron, with a remainder consisting of nickel and unavoidable impurities.

US Pat. No. 10,458,504

SHOCK-ABSORBING DEVICE

SAES GETTERS S.P.A., Lai...

1. A shock-absorbing device comprising:a first holding element and a plurality of slender metallic structures having a first end and a second end, wherein the slender metallic structures are respectively fixed at their first ends to said first holding element, wherein the slender metallic structures are fixed at different points of said holding element, wherein:
a second holding element and wherein second ends of said slender metallic structures opposite to their first ends are fixed to said second holding element, said slender metallic structures being respectively fixed at different points of said second holding element,
said slender metallic structures respectively having a slenderness ratio equal to or higher than 10, wherein:
the mutual distance between the slender metallic structures of at least one pair of slender metallic structures is equal to or lower than 0.75 times their length L, said distance being measured with respect to their first ends,
at least 90% of the planes perpendicular to adjacent slender structures are parallel to each other or form an angle equal to or lower than 20°,
the slender metallic structures are flat laminar or sheet elements or straight filiform or wire elements,
at least 90% of the slender metallic structures are made of shape memory metal,
said length L is between 3 mm and 30 cm,
the ratio between the area occupied by the slender metallic structures and the overall surface area of the holding element to which the slender metallic structures are fixed is equal to or higher than 10?4, and
the slender metallic structures are arranged so as to absorb energy of impacts acting in a direction perpendicular to planes that are in turn perpendicular to the slender structures.

US Pat. No. 10,458,503

MOVABLE ELEMENT AND A DAMPING SYSTEM

SECO-E.P.B., Bouxwiller ...

14. A damping system comprising:a housing having an internal wall; and
at least one movable axial element, the movable element including an absorbent mass positioned in the housing of the damping system, the absorbent mass including at least two adapted portions arranged in a first area on a periphery of the absorbent mass and at least two adapted portions arranged in a second area on the periphery of the absorbent mass; and
elastic elements arranged in the at least two adapted portions in the first and second areas and bearing against the internal wall of the housing, each of the elastic elements in a same area having optimum damping properties in different variation ranges of at least one parameter, at least two elastic elements being arranged in the first area located on a first side of the absorbent mass and at least two elastic elements on a second side of the absorbent mass, a space between two of the elastic elements in the same area being not more than three times a cross-sectional dimension or diameter of one elastic element of the two elastic elements, wherein at least one of the elastic elements has different properties from another one of elastic elements in the same area, the elastic elements with different properties being arranged in each of the at least two adapted portions in each of the first and second areas such that the elastic elements are arranged symmetrically on the absorbent mass as a function of their respective properties.

US Pat. No. 10,458,502

RELATING TO ELECTROMECHANICAL ACTUATORS

BAE SYSTEMS plc, London ...

1. A vibration damping apparatus comprising:a cuboidal support frame; and
an actuator including
a proof-mass coupled to the cuboidal support frame for movement in six degrees of freedom, wherein at least one of the six degrees of freedom is a translational degree of freedom;
six permanent magnet pole pairs attached to a surface of the proof-mass or to a surface of the cuboidal support frame; and
six coils each positioned opposite a corresponding one of the six permanent magnet pole pairs, each coil being associated with one of the magnet pole pairs such that a current flowing through the respective coil in the presence of a magnetic field of the respective pole pair induces a force that acts on the proof-mass.

US Pat. No. 10,458,501

DESIGNS AND MANUFACTURING METHODS FOR LIGHTWEIGHT HYPERDAMPING MATERIALS PROVIDING LARGE ATTENUATION OF BROADBAND-FREQUENCY STRUCTURE-BORNE SOUND

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A wave attenuation device, comprising:an elastic material including a plurality of structural members, the plurality of structural members separated by at least two voids formed in the elastic material,
the elastic material under a stress constraint in which each structural member from the plurality of structural members is subjected to an inwardly directed load that places that structural member near a buckling condition.

US Pat. No. 10,458,499

MULTI-CALIPER BRAKE ASSEMBLY PER ROTOR

Akebono Brake Industry Co...

1. A brake system comprising:a. a rotor; and
b. two or more brake assemblies in communication with the rotor, the two or more brake assemblies each including:
i. a caliper;
ii. a piston assembly located within the caliper; and
iii. a motor gear unit in communication with the caliper and configured to move the piston assembly to create a braking force;
wherein one or both of the piston assemblies are moved during a service brake apply or release;
wherein one or both of the piston assemblies are moved during a parking brake apply or release; and
wherein a controller powers a first and a second of the two or more brake assemblies and the controller powers both the first and the second of the two or more brake assemblies until brake pads of the two or more brake assemblies contact a rotor and then the controller alternates power between the first and the second of the two or more brake assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,458,498

LOCKING DEVICE OF AN ELECTROMAGNETICALLY-OPERATED BRAKE CALIPER, BRAKE CALIPER COMPRISING SAID CALIPER, METHOD FOR OPERATING SAID CALIPER

Freni Brembo S.p.A, Curn...

1. A locking device of an electromechanically-operated brake caliper for a disc brake, comprising:a ratchet comprising a rotating element having at least one first cam and one first follower pushed elastically against said rotating element, said one first follower configured to act in conjunction with said at least one first cam to allow the rotation of the rotating element in a first direction of rotation and to prevent the rotation of the rotating element in a second direction of rotation opposite to said first direction of rotation;
a selector element sliding between a first selector element position and a second selector element position, said selector element being adapted to operate said first follower so that, in said first selector element position, said selector element keeps said first follower in a disengaged position away from the rotating element to prevent the application of a parking braking action, and so that, in said second selector element position, the selector element keeps said first follower in an engaged position in contact with said rotating element to allow the application of a parking braking action,
said selector element having a second cam and said first follower having a first follower opening and second follower, said second cam being configured to act in conjunction with said second follower to operate said first follower between said engaged position and said disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,497

HYBRID ELECTRIC AND HYDRAULIC BRAKE SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A braking system, comprising:a brake stack having a force plate coupled to a heatsink;
a first electromechanical actuator having a first hydraulic chamber in fluid communication with a first piston configured for contact with the force plate;
a second electromechanical actuator having a second hydraulic chamber in fluid communication with a second piston configured for contact with the force plate;
a third electromechanical actuator having a third hydraulic chamber in fluid communication with a third piston configured for contact with the force plate;
a first conduit extending between, and in fluid communication with, the first hydraulic chamber and the second hydraulic chamber, wherein the first hydraulic chamber is in fluid communication with the second hydraulic chamber through the first conduit;
a first valve disposed within the first conduit and configured to equalize hydraulic pressure between the first hydraulic chamber and the second hydraulic chamber when the first valve is in a first open position;
a second conduit extending between, and in fluid communication with, the second hydraulic chamber and the third hydraulic chamber, wherein the second hydraulic chamber is in fluid communication with the third hydraulic chamber through the second conduit;
a second valve disposed within the second conduit and configured to equalize hydraulic pressure between the second hydraulic chamber and the third hydraulic chamber when the second valve is in a second open position,
wherein the first electromechanical actuator and the second electromechanical actuator actuate independently in response to the first valve being in a first valve closed position and the second valve being in a second valve closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,496

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR VEHICLE BRAKE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A braking apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a wheel suspension attached to the vehicle, a wheel hub attached to the wheel suspension, and a brake disk rotatably attached to the wheel suspension;
an air flow gap between a radial end side of the brake disk and an inner side of a wheel rim of a vehicle wheel;
a protective cover partially covering the brake disk and fastened to the wheel suspension, the protective cover has an air flow opening feeding cooling air to the brake disk, the air flow opening spaced from the air flow gap; and
an airflow control mechanism opening and closing the air flow opening and, reducing and increasing a size of the air flow gap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,495

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A BRAKE DISC, SUPPORT BELL FOR A BRAKE DISC AND BRAKE DISC

1. A method for manufacturing a composite brake disc, comprising:shaping a support bell through deep-drawing of a metal sheet, the support bell being shaped as a cup having a coupling portion, a tubular side wall, and a bottom wall coupled to the tubular side wall, wherein the bottom wall and the tubular side wall are formed by pushing a circular portion of the metal sheet in a drawing direction relative to an outer portion of the metal sheet, thereby forming the bottom wall, the tubular side wall, and the coupling portion, the bottom wall being formed as having a crowned shape, the coupling portion formed from the outer portion and configured to connect the support bell to a brake band;
modifying the bottom wall to reduce a crowning in the crowned shape to result in the bottom wall having a flat shape by:
forming at least one of: a groove or a cavity in a surface of the bottom wall through a mechanical chip removal machining process, wherein a thickness of the bottom wall is locally reduced by a depth of the groove or the cavity, the depth of the groove or the cavity being less than one third of the thickness of the bottom wall; and
pushing the bottom wall having the groove or the cavity on the surface relative to the outer portion of the metal sheet in a retro-forming direction to flatten the bottom wall and reduce the crowning, wherein the retro-forming direction is a direction opposite to the drawing direction; and
connecting the brake band to the coupling portion of the support bell.

US Pat. No. 10,458,494

BUSHING FOR BRAKE CALIPER GUIDE ROD FASTENERS

Kelsey-Hayes Company, Li...

1. A vehicle disc brake assembly comprising:an anchor bracket configured to be secured to a vehicle, the anchor bracket having a pair of spaced apart non-threaded bores formed therein, the pair of spaced apart non-threaded bores each defining an axial centerline of the respective bore, the axial centerlines of the pair of spaced apart non-threaded bores being spaced apart by a first distance; and
a brake caliper configured to be slidably supported relative to the anchor bracket by a pair of spaced apart guide rod members, the pair of spaced apart guide rod members each defining an axial centerline, the axial centerlines of the pair of spaced apart guide rod members being spaced apart by a second distance which is different from the first distance;
wherein each guide rod member includes a guide rod and a fastener, the guide rod configured to be disposed in each of the spaced apart non-threaded bores of the anchor bracket, the fastener configured to be disposed in a bore of a lug of the brake caliper and having a threaded portion configured to extend through the bore of the lug of the brake caliper and be threadably secured to the guide rod to thereby slidably support the brake caliper relative to the anchor bracket; and
in which there is a first axial clearance between the lug and the guide rod and a second axial clearance between the lug and the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,458,493

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

FUJITSU TEN Limited, Kob...

1. A control device comprising:a storage configured to store information of a hysteresis area of an actuator, the hysteresis area being a performance region of the actuator within which a driving amount of the actuator is maintained at a predetermined target driving amount of the actuator and a driving current supplied to the actuator is changed; and
a processor configured to:
select a control mode from a plurality of control modes based on a state of an apparatus within which the actuator is disposed;
determine a value of the driving current based on a target current value such that the driving amount of the actuator corresponds to the predetermined target driving amount;
supply the determined driving current according to the target current value to the actuator based on the control mode while maintaining the driving amount of the actuator at the predetermined target driving amount; and
upon determining that the driving amount of the actuator equals the predetermined target driving amount based on a detected driving amount detected by a sensor, determine the target current value based on the selected control mode and the driving amount of the actuator performing within the hysteresis area associated with the predetermined target driving amount.

US Pat. No. 10,458,492

POWER TRANSFER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD OF POWER TRANSFER DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power transfer device for a vehicle, the power transfer device comprising:a friction clutch configured to adjust a transmission torque to be transmitted from an input rotary member to an output rotary member;
a motor;
a worm speed-reduction gear mechanism including a worm that is provided on a shaft of the motor and a worm wheel that meshes with the worm;
a conversion mechanism configured to generate a pressing force in the friction clutch by converting a rotary motion of the worm wheel into a linear motion; and
an electronic control unit configured to control a rotation angle of the motor, the electronic control unit being configured to repeatedly execute rapid increase control and gradual reduction control when the friction clutch is to be maintained in a fully engaged state such that the input rotary member and the output rotary member rotate integrally,
the rapid increase control being a control mode in which the rotation angle of the motor is increased to a first rotation angle at a first speed gradient, the first rotation angle being larger than a required rotation angle that is required to maintain the friction clutch in the fully engaged state,
the gradual reduction control being a control mode in which the rotation angle of the motor having been increased by the rapid increase control is reduced to a second rotation angle at a second speed gradient, the second rotation angle being larger than or equal to the required rotation angle and smaller than the first rotation angle, the second speed gradient being smaller than the first speed gradient.

US Pat. No. 10,458,491

CLUTCH SYSTEM

1. A clutch system comprising:a fixed housing;
a friction clutch for transmitting torque between a torque-introducing element and a torque-discharging element and comprising a pressure plate;
a ramp system for axially moving the pressure plate, comprising:
an input ramp; and,
an output ramp rotatable relative to the input ramp to change an axial extent of the ramp system;
a pilot clutch for initiating rotation of the input ramp relative to the output ramp in response to a speed differential between the torque-introducing element and the torque-discharging element; and,
an actuation element arranged radially on the inside relative to the friction clutch and at least partially covered by the friction clutch when viewed in a radial direction, wherein the actuation element comprises a coil housing connected for conjoint rotation to the fixed housing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,490

CYCLE LOCK SYSTEM AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A lock system for a cycle comprising:a clutch system of the cycle including a forward lock system including at least one strut engageable with a stop and configured to alternatively prevent or allow operation of the cycle in a forward direction;
a shaft extending through the clutch system;
an actuator configured to move the forward lock system along the shaft between a lock position and a free position; and
a controller configured to shift the actuator, via a signal from a processor, between the lock position and the free position;
wherein the cycle is configured to be locked in a default state against operation in the forward direction by the clutch system.

US Pat. No. 10,458,489

SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A selectable one-way clutch comprising:a pocket plate having multiple accommodating recessed portions in one surface of an annular plate portion of the pocket plate;
an annular notch plate configured to be relatively rotatable with respect to the pocket plate, the notch plate being provided with multiple engagement recessed portions on a surface thereof opposite to the surface of the pocket plate in which the accommodating recessed portions are provided;
plate-like engagement pieces accommodated in the accommodating recessed portions; and
an annular cover plate being fixed to the pocket plate in a state in which the cover plate faces the surface of the pocket plate provided with the accommodating recessed portions of the pocket plate, the cover plate having multiple through-holes through which one end portions of the engagement pieces project toward an engagement recessed portion side,
the one end portions of the engagement pieces including engagement surfaces configured to be engaged with the engagement recessed portions, and projecting portions configured to project in a length direction of the engagement pieces from the engagement surfaces so as to come into contact with one surface of the cover plate,
the engagement pieces being configured such that in a state in which the projecting portions are in contact with the one surface of the cover plate, the engagement surfaces come into an erect state in which the engagement surfaces project toward the notch plate side from the other surface of the cover plate,
at least one of the pocket plate and the notch plate being configured to move in a rotation axis direction of the notch plate,
and
by changing a distance in the axial direction between the pocket plate and the notch plate, the selectable one-way clutch being configured to carry out switching between an out-of-engagement state in which the engagement pieces in the erect state are out of engagement with the engagement recessed portions and a one-way clutch state in which the engagement pieces in the erect state come into engagement with the engagement recessed portions.

US Pat. No. 10,458,488

ONE-WAY CLUTCH

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A one-way clutch comprising:an inner ring;
an outer ring;
a plurality of rollers provided between the inner ring and the outer ring;
an annular cage that holds the rollers; and
springs each bias a corresponding one of the rollers toward a first side in a circumferential direction of the one-way clutch, wherein
the inner ring has a first rib portion located at a terminal end of the inner ring on a first side in an axial direction and protruding outward in a radial direction,
the outer ring has a second rib portion located on the first side in the axial direction and protruding inward in the radial direction, the second rib portion being on the first side in the axial direction with respect to the first rib portion,
the cage has a pair of annular portions, one of the annular portions provided on the first side and the other provided on a second side in the axial direction with respect to the rollers, and a plurality of cage bars coupling the annular portions together,
the annular portion on the first side in the axial direction has an abutting contact surface that comes into abutting contact with the first rib portion in the axial direction, and
the first rib portion has an annular surface that is perpendicular to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,487

COOLING SYSTEM FOR CLUTCH MECHANISM

VALEO EMBRAYAGES, Amiens...

1. A clutch mechanism designed to be installed between an engine and a motor vehicle transmission, the clutch mechanism comprising:at least one clutch rotating around an axis O;
a control system of the at least one clutch comprising:
a case; and
at least one annular piston arranged to be displaced axially relative to the case in order to engage or disengage the at least one clutch by way of at least one transmission bearing;
a clutch support arranged to support the at least one clutch radially by way of a support bearing, wherein the clutch support is situated in a position axially intermediate between the control system and an output hub of the clutch mechanism:
at least one cooling duct arranged to make a cooling fluid circulate toward the at least one clutch, wherein the at least one cooling duct comprises an axially extending part and at least one radially extending part;
wherein the axially extending part of each cooling duct is situated radially between a transmission shaft and an interior face of the clutch support, and at least one radially extending part of each cooling duct is situated axially between the support bearing and the output hub.

US Pat. No. 10,458,486

CLUTCH MECHANISM AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING SUCH MECHANISM ON TRANSMISSION DRIVETRAIN

Valeo Embrayages, Amiens...

1. A clutch mechanism intended to be installed between an engine and a transmission of a motor vehicle, the clutch mechanism comprising:a subassembly comprising:
a clutch;
a clutch support (500) configured to support the clutch radially by a rolling bearing (113); and
an output hub;
a clutch control system (300) comprising a housing (307) and an annular piston configured to move axially with respect to the housing (307) in order to engage or disengage the clutch, the clutch support (500) being arranged in an axially intermediate position between the control system (300) and the output hub;
an axial locking system for axial locking of the clutch control system with respect to the clutch, the axial locking system comprising:
a first axial locking element (304, 402) configured to implement at least an axial retention between the control system (300) and the transmission (400);
a second axial locking element (600) configured to provide an axial retention between the clutch and a shaft (A1, A2) of the transmission, the second axial locking element (600) axially engaging both the shaft (A1, A2) of the transmission (400) and the output hub of the clutch; and
a rotational coupling device (303, 503) for non-rotatably coupling of the clutch support (500) with respect to the control system (300), the rotational coupling device (303, 503) being different from the axial locking system;
the rotational coupling device (303, 503) comprising first splines (303) arranged on the clutch control system (300) and second splines (503) arranged on the clutch support (500), the first splines non-rotatably engaging the second splines.

US Pat. No. 10,458,485

SELF-SYNCHRONIZING CLUTCH

Warner Electric Technolog...

1. A clutch, comprising:a first inner race configured for rotation about a first rotational axis and defining a first plurality of teeth;
a first outer race disposed radially outwardly of the first inner race and defining a second plurality of teeth and a first plurality of cam surfaces;
a second inner race coupled to the first inner race for rotation therewith and configured for rotation about the first rotational axis, the second inner race defining a third plurality of teeth;
a second outer race disposed radially outwardly of the second inner race and defining a fourth plurality of teeth and a second plurality of cam surfaces;
a first pawl disposed between the first and second inner races and supported on the first inner race, the first pawl configured for rotation about a second rotational axis parallel to the first rotational axis;
a shift ring disposed radially outwardly of the first pawl and configured for rotation relative to the first and second outer races, the shift ring defining a plurality of pawl engagement surfaces on a radially inner perimeter and defining a third plurality of cam surfaces; and,
a plurality of pins, each of the plurality of pins configured for engagement with corresponding ones of the first, second and third pluralities of cam surfaces
wherein rotation of the first and second inner races in a first direction about the first rotational axis at a rotational speed greater than a rotational speed of the first and second outer races causes the first pawl to engage one of the plurality of pawl engagement surfaces in the shift ring thereby causing relative movement between the shift ring and the first and second outer races and moving the plurality of pins in a radially inward direction along the first, second, and third pluralities of cam surfaces to locate the pins between corresponding teeth from the first and second pluralities of teeth and between corresponding teeth from the third and fourth pluralities of teeth to couple the first and second inner races and the first and second outer races for rotation and rotation of the first and second outer races in the first direction at a rotational speed greater than the rotational speed of the first and second inner races causes relative movement between the shift ring and the first and second outer races thereby moving the plurality of pins in a radially outward direction along the first, second, and third pluralities of cam surfaces and away from the corresponding teeth to uncouple the first and second inner races and the first and second outer races and disengage the shift ring from the first pawl and allow the first and second outer races to overrun the first and second inner races.

US Pat. No. 10,458,484

DUAL CLUTCH

C-STONE TECHNOLOGIES CO.,...

1. A dual clutch outputting rotational power of an input shaft to a first output shaft or a second output shaft, the dual clutch comprising:a cylindrical transmission housing having a space therein;
a first clutch disposed at a radial outer side within the transmission housing and adapted to selectively transmit the rotational power of the input shaft to the first output shaft; and
a second clutch disposed at the radial inner side of the first clutch within the transmission housing and adapted to selectively transmit the rotational power of the input shaft to the second output shaft,
wherein the dual clutch further includes a first piston selectively actuating the first clutch,
the first piston is adapted to continuously transmit the rotational power of the input shaft transmitted to the first clutch to the second clutch, and
wherein the rotational power of the input shaft is transmitted by only one of the first clutch and the second clutch at a time.

US Pat. No. 10,458,483

CLUTCH PLATE ASSEMBLY WITH FRICTION MATERIAL FLAP

1. A clutch plate assembly comprising:a central axis;
a clutch plate comprising a first friction surface and a radially outer depressed portion;
a friction material ring bonded to the first friction surface and extending radially outside of the first friction surface such that an outer portion of the friction material ring is axially aligned with the clutch plate radially outer depressed portion, wherein a gap is defined between the radially outer depressed portion and the friction material ring; and
a resilient element disposed in the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,482

SURFACE ROUGHENING OF POWDER METAL PARTS

Keystone Powdered Metal C...

1. A powder metal part having at least one rough surface thereon, wherein the rough surface has an Ra which is within the range of 10 to 100, as measured with a profilometer having a chisel tip, and wherein the rough surface has surface characteristics which are indicative of electrical discharge machining, wherein the rough surface has a surface texture which is axially oriented only in the z direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,481

TORQUE-REDUCING SLEEVE FOR A HYDRANT STEM

Mueller International, LL...

1. A hydrant system comprising:a hydrant body defining an internal cavity and a central axis, the hydrant body comprising a first constraining portion and a second constraining portion, the hydrant installed and configured to be installed at a bury depth of at least 8 feet 6 inches;
an upper stem positioned at least partly within the internal cavity, an axis of the upper stem substantially fixed about the central axis at the first constraining portion;
a lower stem positioned at least partly within the internal cavity, an axis of the lower stem substantially fixed about the central axis at the second constraining portion; and
a stem coupling securing the upper stem to the lower stem, the stem coupling comprising a coupling body defining a main bore extending from a first end of the stem coupling to a second end of the stem coupling, the main bore sized to receive the upper stem and the lower stem, the coupling body defining a plurality of break-away features, the coupling body comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion defining an upper portion length from a center of the plurality of break-away features to the first end of the stem coupling and the lower portion defining a lower portion length from the center of the plurality of break-away features to the second end of the stem coupling, the coupling body defining an internal shoulder proximate to an intersection of the upper portion and the lower portion, the internal shoulder defining a shoulder bore defining a shoulder bore diameter, the shoulder bore diameter being less than an outer diameter of an end of the lower stem that is proximate to the stem coupling, the hydrant defining an upper free length from the center of the plurality of break-away features of the stem coupling to the first constraining portion and defining a lower free length from the center of the plurality of break-away features to the second constraining portion, the upper portion length equal to at least 12 percent of the upper free length of the hydrant but no greater than the upper free length of the hydrant and the lower portion length equal to at least 10 percent of the lower free length of the hydrant but no greater than the lower free length of the hydrant, both the upper stem and the lower stem unsupported between the first constraining portion and the second constraining portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,480

CONSTANT VELOCITY JOINT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A constant velocity joint comprising:a bottomed cylindrical outer joint member having an opening at one side in an axial direction and having a concave spherical inner circumferential surface provided with a plurality of outer ball grooves;
an inner joint member located inside the outer joint member and having a convex spherical outer circumferential surface provided with a plurality of inner ball grooves;
a plurality of balls that roll in the plurality of outer ball grooves and the plurality of inner ball grooves; and
a cage located between the inner circumferential surface of the outer joint member and the outer circumferential surface of the inner joint member to accommodate the plurality of balls, wherein
each of the plurality of outer ball grooves includes a first ball groove and a second ball groove, the first ball groove allowing a corresponding one of the plurality of balls to roll therein when the constant velocity joint operates, the second ball groove located closer to the opening than the first ball groove and having a ball groove radius larger than a ball groove radius of the first ball groove,
the second ball groove has a curved line and a connecting line in an axial cross section passing through a bottom of a corresponding one of the plurality of outer ball grooves, the curved line connected to a groove bottom end of the first ball groove and curved radially outward in a concave manner, the groove bottom end being an end of a bottom of the first ball groove located closer to the opening than to a bottom of the outer joint member, the connecting line connecting the curved line and the opening, and
the curved line is curved with a center of curvature that is located closer to the opening than the groove bottom end of the first ball groove and that is located radially inside the outer joint member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,479

HIGH-SPEED SNAP RING AND SNAP RING RETENTION METHOD

1. A method of assembling a shaft assembly, the shaft assembly including a shaft defining a longitudinal axis and including a groove in an outer circumferential surface, the method comprising:positioning a hub relative to the shaft;
positioning a retaining ring in the groove of the shaft and adjacent to the hub; and
securing a retaining member to the retaining ring,
wherein securing the retaining member to the retaining ring includes advancing a portion of the retaining member towards the hub and deforming the portion relative to the retaining ring as a result of contact with the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,458,478

HUB UNIT BEARING AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING HUB UNIT BEARING

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A hub unit bearing comprising:a hub spindle corresponding to an inner ring member, the hub spindle having an inner ring raceway surface have a taper convex shape and a back face rib;
an inner ring that is fitted onto and fixed to the hub spindle, the inner ring including a back face rib and a front face rib;
an outer ring member that is disposed around the hub spindle and the inner ring;
a plurality of tapered rollers that are rollably provided between outer circumferential surfaces of the hub spindle and the inner ring and an inner circumferential surface of the outer ring member;
a cage that retains the plurality of tapered rollers at an outboard side end at approximately regular intervals in a circumferential direction; and
a sealing device that blocks an opening of an end of a bearing internal space at the outboard side end, wherein:
the cage includes a large-diameter-side annular part, a small-diameter-side annular part that is disposed concentrically with the large-diameter-side annular part, a plurality of pillar parts that connect the large-diameter-side annular part and the small-diameter-side annular part in an axial direction and are provided at approximately regular intervals in a circumferential direction, and pockets that are formed between the pillar parts adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction and rollably retain the tapered rollers, wherein an outer circumferential surface of the pillar parts is disposed on an outside pitch circle of the row of the tapered rollers in a radial direction, and the large-diameter-side annular part of the cage extends toward the outboard side end in the axial direction;
the sealing device includes an annular metal insert that is fixed to an inner circumferential surface of the outer ring member and a seal member provided on an outboard side end face of the metal insert;
the metal insert includes a cylindrical part that is mounted on the inner circumferential surface of the outer ring member and a flange part that radially extends inward from one end of the cylindrical part;
an engaging projection is provided on an outboard side end face of the large-diameter-side annular part of the cage, and an engaging groove engaged with the engaging projection is provided on an inboard side end face of the flange part of the metal insert;
the engaging groove includes a bottom wall part, an inner tubular part that extends from an inner end of the bottom wall part in a radial direction, and an outer tubular part that extends from an outer end of the bottom wall part in the radial direction;
a tip of the inner tubular part supports an inside in the radial direction from the centers of large-diameter-side end faces of the tapered rollers; and
the inner tubular part and the outer tubular part of the engaging groove are each inclined to extend from each other in a radial direction toward the inside in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,477

SEAL FOR ROLLING BEARING AND ROLLING BEARING

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

2. The annular seal of claim 1, wherein the peripheral groove is formed at the inner peripheral portion of the seal portion and opens radially toward the inner ring.

US Pat. No. 10,458,476

ROLLING ELEMENT BEARING

1. A rolling element bearing comprising:a first ring element and a second ring element;
a plurality of rolling elements arranged in a space disposed between the first ring element and the second ring element such that the first ring element and the second ring element can rotate relative to each other around a rotational axle;
a sealing ring for sealing off a circumferential opening of the space between the first ring element and the second ring element, wherein the sealing ring is connected to the first ring element and further arranged to rotate relative to the second ring element of the rolling element bearing; and
a power generating mean assembly that provides element integral with the sealing ring, wherein the power generating element includes at least one electro-magnetic pick-up element arranged to generate electrical power when the rolling element bearing rotates,
wherein the power generating assembly being located completely within the circumferential opening of the space and oriented facing an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,475

OIL MIST CONCENTRATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, OIL MIST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND OIL MIST MANAGEMENT METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An oil mist concentration management apparatus comprising:a state quantity acquisition unit configured to acquire a state quantity regarding a running state of a machine provided in each of a plurality of areas;
a concentration acquisition unit configured to acquire a concentration of oil mist measured in each of the plurality of areas;
an identifying unit configured to identify whether distribution of the oil mist in the plurality of areas is normal or abnormal on an area-by-area basis, based on the state quantity of the machine in each of the plurality of areas and the concentration of the oil mist in each of the plurality of areas; and
a notification processing unit configured to notify a user of an abnormal area which has been identified as abnormal by the identifying unit,
wherein
the identifying unit uses, as the state quantity regarding the running state of the machine, a flow rate of coolant used at time of operating the machine,
the identifying unit includes
a concentration rank determination unit configured to determine a relative concentration rank regarding the concentration of the oil mist among the plurality of areas, based on the concentration of the oil mist in each of the plurality of areas,
a state quantity rank determination unit configured to determine a relative state quantity rank regarding the state quantity among the plurality of areas, based on the state quantity of the machine in each of the plurality of areas,
a rank comparison unit configured to compare the concentration rank and the state quantity rank to thereby extract an area having a match or a mismatch between the concentration rank and the state quantity rank, and determine that the area having the mismatch is the abnormal area.

US Pat. No. 10,458,474

BEARING ASSEMBLY FOR STEERING COLUMN

Koyo Bearings North Ameri...

1. A steering column assembly, comprising:a steering column shaft;
an outer tube disposed around the steering column shaft; and
a radial support bearing assembly disposed between the outer tube and the steering column shaft, comprising:
a first annular groove defined in an outer surface of the shaft;
at least one inner ring defining an inner raceway, the at least one inner ring being disposed in the first annular groove;
an outer raceway; and
a plurality of roller elements disposed both between and in rolling contact with the inner raceway and the outer raceway,
wherein the at least one inner ring is in direct contact with the shaft and has a circular cross-section as taken in a plane parallel to a longitudinal center axis of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,458,473

CAGE SEGMENT OF A ROLLING BEARING

1. A cage segment of a rolling bearing, the cage segment comprising:two side plates and two connecting pieces that are connected rigidly to each other,
the connecting pieces being adapted to extend parallel to an axis of rotation of a rolling body of the rolling bearing,
the side plates and the connecting pieces form a pocket that is adapted to hold a rolling body,
the two side plates extend on both sides of the pocket in a direction that is adapted to be a circumferential direction of the rolling bearing with a free protruding length RL>½ WKD so far that the side plates form, together with one of the two connecting pieces, a half pocket on each end for holding a directly adjacent rolling body, and WKD is adapted to correspond to a diameter of the rolling body inserted into the half pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,458,472

FORCE SENSING SLIDING BEARING

University of Connecticut...

1. A sliding bearing system, comprising:a metal base plate;
one or more strain gauge pressure transducers, wherein each of the one or more strain gauge pressure transducers includes a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein a bottom surface of the metal base plate includes one or more diaphragms, and wherein the one or more strain gauge pressure transducers are attached to the metal base plate such that a given strain gauge pressure transducer of the one or more strain gauge pressure transducers is positioned over a top surface or a bottom surface of a given diaphragm of the one or more diaphragms; and
a first sliding surface coupled to the metal base plate and further coupled to the one or more diaphragms, wherein the first sliding surface comprises a non-rigid material that is configured to under pressure loading to thereby deform the one or more diaphragms where the deformation of the one or more diaphragms are measured by the strain gauge pressure transducers.

US Pat. No. 10,458,471

SLIDING MEMBER

DAIDO METAL COMPANY LTD.,...

1. A sliding member for a thrust bearing, comprising:a back metal layer; and
a sliding layer on the back metal layer,
wherein the sliding member has a partially annular shape,
wherein the sliding layer comprises at least one synthetic resin and fibrous particles dispersed in the at least one synthetic resin at a volume ratio of 10 to 35% of a volume of the sliding layer, and the fibrous particles have an average particle size of 5 to 25 ?m,
wherein fibrous particles having a major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m among the fibrous particles are included at a volume ratio of not less than 10% in relation to a volume of total fibrous particles, in a cross section of the sliding layer, and the cross section is parallel to a central axis of the sliding member and is perpendicular to a sliding surface of the sliding layer, and
wherein, when a sliding surface side area is defined as an area from the sliding surface toward an interface between the sliding surface and the back metal layer in the cross section, the sliding surface side area having a thickness of 25% of a sliding layer thickness; an interface side area is defined as an area from the interface toward the sliding surface, the interface side area having a thickness of 25% of the sliding layer thickness; and an intermediate area is defined as an area between the sliding surface side area and the interface side area,
(i) in the sliding surface side area, the fibrous particles having the major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m have a dispersion index of 1.1 to 6,
(ii) in the intermediate area, the fibrous particles having the major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m have the dispersion index of 0.1 to less than 1, and
(iii) in the interface side area, the fibrous particles having the major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m have the dispersion index of 1.1 to 6,
where the dispersion index is defined as an average of ratios X1/Y1 of the fibrous particles, X1 being a length of a fibrous particle parallel to the sliding surface in the cross section, and Y1 being a length of the fibrous particle perpendicular to the sliding surface in a circumferential cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,458,470

COMPACT BEARING ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING SUPERHARD BEARING SURFACES, BEARING APPARATUSES, AND METHODS OF USE

US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION,...

14. A power generation unit, comprising:a shaft;
a housing defining a recess;
a bearing apparatus including:
a first bearing assembly connected to or integrally formed with the shaft, the first bearing assembly including:
a first support structure substantially centered about an axis and including a top surface;
a first substrate;
wherein the first support structure defines a recess positioned about the axis that includes at least a portion of the first substrate secured therein, the recess extending inwardly from the top surface;
a first superhard body substantially centered about the axis and bonded to the first substrate at an interface therebetween, the first superhard body protruding above the top surface of the support structure, the first superhard body defining a convex radial-bearing surface and a top surface that intersects the axis, at least a portion of the first superhard body exhibiting a thickness of about 0.25 inches to about 0.50 inches; and
a second bearing assembly including:
a second support structure that is distinct from the housing and at least partially disposed in the recess of the housing;
a second superhard body secured to the second support structure, the second superhard body including an opening defined by a concave radial-bearing surface, the concave radial bearing surface sized and configured to engage the convex radial-bearing surface of the first superhard body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,469

BEARING UNIT

1. A large sized bearing unit, comprising,a rolling bearing having a first ring element and a second ring element and a plurality of rolling elements interposed radially in-between the first and the second ring elements such that the first and the second ring elements can rotate relative each other in relation to a rotational axle, wherein
the first ring element provides at least two separate ring elements that are located adjacently in a row along the rotational axle,
at least one ring-formed support element that is at least partly embedding the at least two separate ring elements and includes a seat surface onto which the at least two separate ring elements are located, wherein
the at least one ring-formed support element further provides two axially opposite side surfaces extending radially from the seat surface to thereby partly enclose the at least two separate ring elements, wherein
at least one of the axially opposite side surfaces is located on a separate ring-formed element of the at least one ring-formed support element, the separate ring-formed element providing an L-shape as seen in an axial cross section that coincides with the rotational axis, and wherein
the side surfaces are in pressurized contact with corresponding axially outer side surfaces of the at least two separate ring elements in order to press them together to thereby set a specific preload or clearance to the rolling bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,468

CAM FOLLOWER FOR HIGH AXIAL LOAD APPLICATIONS

Roller Bearing Company of...

1. A roller assembly for a cam follower or a yoke roller, the roller assembly comprising:an outer ring having an interior area, the interior area being defined by an inner surface extending between a first axial end and a second axial end of the outer ring, the inner surface having a radially inward facing bearing surface extending between a first radially inwardly extending flange and a second radially inwardly extending flange, the first radially inwardly extending flange has a first axially inward facing abutment surface and the second radially inwardly extending flange has a second axially inward facing abutment surface;
a one piece shaft extending into the interior area, the shaft extending continuously between a third axial end and a fourth axial end of the shaft, the shaft having a head flange extending radially outward from the shaft proximate the third axial end, the head flange having a third axially inward facing abutment surface, and the shaft having an exterior bearing surface, extending between the third axially inward facing abutment surface and a circumferential retainer receiving surface, the circumferential retainer receiving surface being located between the third axial end and the fourth axial end;
a first row of a plurality of first rollers positioned in the interior area between and in rolling engagement with the exterior bearing surface and the radially inward facing bearing surface;
a second row of a plurality of second rollers positioned in the interior area between and in rolling engagement with the exterior bearing surface and the radially inward facing bearing surface;
a spacer ring disposed around and engaging the exterior bearing surface, the spacer ring being positioned between the first row of the plurality of first rollers and the second row of the plurality of second rollers;
a retainer ring secured to the retainer receiving surface, the retainer ring having a fourth axially inward facing abutment surface;
the outer ring being axially retained on the first row of the plurality of first rollers and the second row of the plurality of second rollers by and between the first axially inward facing abutment surface and the second axially inward facing abutment surface; and
the first row of the plurality of first rollers, the spacer and the second row of the plurality of second rollers being axially retained on the shaft by and between the third axially inward facing abutment surface and the fourth axially inward facing abutment surface such that the roller assembly withstands an axial load of up to 100 percent of an applied radial load.

US Pat. No. 10,458,467

CROSS ROLLER BEARING

NIPPON THOMPSON CO., LTD....

1. A cross roller bearing comprising:an outer ring having a first raceway surface having a V-shaped cross section and formed on a first inner circumferential surface thereof;
an inner ring having a second raceway surface having a V-shaped cross section and formed on a second outer circumferential surface thereof in such a manner as to face the first raceway surface of the outer ring, the inner ring being disposed concentrically with and rotatably in relation to the outer ring; and
a plurality of rollers disposed in a mutually orthogonal manner in a load-carrying race formed between the first raceway surface and the second raceway surface and a plurality of separators disposed between the rollers, the rollers and the separators being inserted into the load-carrying race through an insertion hole formed in the outer ring,
wherein the outer ring has a first mounting portion which is located axially away from the first raceway surface and to which a first mating member is mounted, and the inner ring has a second mounting portion which is located axially away from the second raceway surface and to which a second mating member is mounted,
wherein the first mounting portion of the outer ring extends axially toward a first side from a first track portion of the outer ring having the first raceway surface and is formed greater in radial wall thickness than the first track portion, and the second mounting portion of the inner ring extends axially, from a second track portion of the inner ring having the second raceway surface, toward a second side opposite the first side,
wherein the second mounting portion of the inner ring is greater in radial wall thickness than the second track portion of the inner ring having the second raceway surface formed thereon, and
a first outer circumferential surface of the outer ring and a second inner circumferential surface of the inner ring are flat, wherein the first mounting portion of the outer ring does not extend radially beyond the second inner circumferential surface of the inner ring, and the second mounting portion of the inner ring does not extend radially beyond the first outer circumferential surface of the outer ring.

US Pat. No. 10,458,466

NON SYMMETRICAL BI-DIRECTIONAL THRUST BEARING WITH TWO ACTIVE FACES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A bearing device for supporting a shaft of a gas turbine engine, the bearing device comprisinga bearing housing element,
a first support disk which is mounted to the bearing housing element,
first tilting pads, which are tiltably arranged one after another along a circumferential direction and secured to the first support disk in a manner that prevents movement of the first tilting pads in an axial direction,
a second support disk which is mounted to the bearing housing element spaced apart from the first support disk along the axial direction,
second tilting pads, which are tiltably arranged one after another along the circumferential direction and secured to the second support disk in a manner that prevents movement of the second tilting pads in the axial direction,
wherein the first tilting pads are arranged with respect to a first thrust collar mounted to the shaft such that a first axial thrust is transferrable from the first thrust collar to the first tilting pads, and
wherein the second tilting pads are arranged with respect to a second thrust collar mounted to the shaft such that a second axial thrust which is orientated in opposite direction with respect to the first axial thrust is transferrable from the second thrust collar to the second tilting pads,
wherein a first number of the first tilting pads is greater than the half of a second number of the second tilting pads but smaller than the second number of the second tilting pads,
wherein the first tilting pads define a first axial thrust capacity and the second tilting pads define a second axial thrust capacity that is different than the first axial thrust capacity,
wherein the first tilting pads are unequally distributed onto a first support surface of the first support disk along the circumferential direction, and
wherein the second tilting pads are equally distributed onto a second support surface of the second support disk along the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,465

CAM FOLLOWER ROLLER DEVICE

1. A cam follower roller device comprising:a tappet extending along a longitudinal axis and including a cylindrical tappet body defining a bore,
a rolling assembly arranged within the bore, and having:
a support body including a base and two longitudinal flanges that are diametrically opposed and that extend longitudinally from the base in the bore of the cylindrical tappet body,
a pin centered on a transverse axis and including two opposite ends, each adapted to be supported by the two longitudinal flanges of the support body, and
a roller rotatably mounted on the pin around the transverse axis, wherein
each of the two longitudinal flanges of the support body is provided with an outwardly protruding portion that extends transversally from each of the two longitudinal flanges towards the cylindrical tappet body, and wherein
the cylindrical tappet body provides a support diametrically opposed and having each a transverse surface that cooperates with the outwardly protruding portion of the support body to longitudinally block the support body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,464

ROLLER STRUCTURE

FIVETECH TECHNOLOGY INC.,...

1. A roller structure, comprising:an elongated axial portion disposed coaxially in an axial through-hole centrally provided in a cylindrical roller, the cylindrical roller rotatable about the elongated axial portion, wherein an end of a cylindrical bush is fixed to an end of the elongated axial portion, and another opposite end of the cylindrical bush having an engaging portion coupled to a load, wherein the cylindrical bush having an annular first stop portion positioned proximate to one axial end of the cylindrical roller; and
a second stop portion disposed at an opposite end of the elongated axial portion and positioned proximate to an opposite axial end of the cylindrical roller such that the cylindrical roller rotates between the second stop portion and the annular first stop portion;
wherein a receiving chamber having an inner diameter greater than an inner diameter of the axial through-hole is disposed on the opposite axial end of the cylindrical roller to receive the entire second stop portion and fix movably around an outer circumferential edge of the second stop portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,463

ROTARY JOINT, FRAMEWORK CONSTRUCTION KIT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROTARY JOINT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A rotary joint comprising:a socket rod having a socket rod flange with an at least partly spheroid concave bearing surface at a first end;
a housing nut encircling the socket rod and having a threaded wrenching head; and
a ball rod integrally formed to have an at least partly spheroid convex bearing surface with threaded side walls formed around the convex bearing surface,
wherein a diameter of the threaded side walls of the ball rod corresponds to a diameter of the threaded wrenching head of the housing nut.

US Pat. No. 10,458,462

STEERING COLUMN ENGINEERED TAPE

ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, ...

1. A steering column assembly for a motor vehicle, the steering column assembly comprising:a box rocker having a rocker body including a box rocker inner surface that defines a box rocker bore, the box rocker configured to be fixed relative to the motor vehicle in an assembled position;
a column jacket configured to be slidably received into the box rocker bore, the column jacket having a column jacket outer diameter including an outer surface that opposes the box rocker inner surface the column jacket being translatable within the box rocker bore between first and second positions; and
a first section of tape disposed between the box rocker inner surface and the column jacket outer surface wherein the first section of tape mitigates wear between the column jacket and the box rocker during translation of the column jacket within the box rocker bore.

US Pat. No. 10,458,460

SPRING-LOADED SAFETY LATCH RELEASE FOR POWER LINE HOOK

1. A spring-loaded safety latch release for a power line hook comprising,a hook body including a hook shaft extending from a hook base, a hook shank extending in an opposite direction from the hook base, the hook shank extending in a curvilinear manner and terminating in a hook end, the curvilinear hook shank defining a hook opening and the hook end and hook base together defining between them a hook throat that is configured in a manner such that through which a support rigging structure may pass into and out from the hook opening;
a safety latch pivotally connected to the hook base and movable toward and away from the hook end for opening and closing access to the hook throat, wherein the safety latch is spring-biased toward the hook end in a manner closing access to the hook throat;
a release pin attached at a first end to the safety latch and at a second end to an engagement ring, wherein the hook body has an aperture formed therein, extending within the hook body in a linear manner from a first opening formed in an outside surface of the hook shank to a second opening formed in an inside surface of the hook base adjacent the hook throat, and wherein the release pin is slidably as well as rotatably received within the aperture, the first end extending outside the opening in the surface of the hook base and the second end extending outside the opening in the surface of the hook shank, and wherein the outside surface of the hook shank adjacent the opening formed for receipt of the release pin forms an attachment surface, and wherein the attachment surface is planar and of a certain width, both configured for receipt of the attachment surface within a groove formed at an end of a standard hotstick; and
wherein in its assembled operable condition the safety latch and the release pin jointly and cooperatively move upon an application of force to either of them.

US Pat. No. 10,458,459

PRECISION HOLDING AND LOCATING PIN

MITEE-BITE PRODUCTS LLC, ...

1. An expansion pin, comprising:a cylindrical body having a sidewall and an interior cavity extending from a top end towards a bottom end of the cylindrical body,
an internal thread defined in the interior cavity below the tapered surface portion;
a plurality of slots defined in a top end of the cylindrical body and radially emanating from the interior cavity through the sidewall, the plurality of slots defining a plurality of gripping fingers around a circumference of the sidewall;
the bottom end dimensioned to be received in an opening in a work holding surface;
a tapered surface portion converging inwardly along an interior face of the plurality of gripping fingers; and
a bolt having a frusto-conical head that converges inwardly from a top end of the bolt and terminates at a shank of the bolt, the shank having a plurality of external threads, wherein the frusto-conical head urges the plurality of griping fingers radially outwardly when the bolt is threadingly tightened to draw the frusto-conical head within the tapered surface portion of the cylindrical body, the shank having a length such that the plurality of external threads extend beyond the bottom end of the cylindrical body with the frusto-conical head positioned in abutment within the tapered surface portion of the cylindrical body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,458

FASTENING ARRANGEMENT WITH AN AXIALLY AFFIXED COMPOUND-SQUEEZING DISK

Hilti Aktienbesellschaft,...

1. A fastening arrangement comprising:a screw having a shank with a front end to be inserted into a hole drilled into a substrate, and having at least one thread arranged on the shank; and
a squeezing unit having a compound reservoir containing a compound for filling a gap existing between the shank and the wall of the drilled hole, a squeezing disk, the front end of the shank movable toward the squeezing disk in order to squeeze the compound out of the reservoir, and a holding element for fastening the squeezing disk in the drilled hole, the squeezing disk being arranged on one side of the holding element and a stop element adapted to come to rest against the opening of the drilled hole being arranged on another side of the holding element wherein at least certain sections of the holding element are configured with a helical shape.

US Pat. No. 10,458,457

FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT, A COMPONENT ASSEMBLY CONSISTING OF A FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT AND A SHEET METAL PART AND ALSO A METHOD FOR THE ATTACHMENT OF THE FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT TO A SHEET METAL PART

1. A component assembly comprising a sheet metal part (14) having an opening (54) in combination with a functional element (10?; 10?) having a functional portion (16; 17; 17?), a generally tubular rivet portion and a ring-like sheet metal contact surface (22; 22?; 22?; 22?, 22??, 22??), wherein ribs which extend axially at the rivet portion extend at least from a region adjacent the contact surface up to at least shortly before the free end of the rivet portion; wherein each rib is rounded in cross section and spaced apart by cylindrical regions of the rivet section, are provided at the rivet portion (20), for co-movement of the sheet metal part (14) and the functional element during formation of a rivet joint between the functional element and the sheet metal part by beading over at least an end region of the rivet portion to form a rivet bead, wherein any pieces of sheet metal protruding beyond the rivet joint are avoided and wherein the ring-like sheet metal contact surface (22; 22?; 22?; 22?, 22??, 22??) contacts the sheet metal part (14) on one side thereof, the rivet portion (20) extends through the opening (54) in the sheet metal part, a marginal region of the opening of the sheet metal part (14) at a side of the sheet metal part opposite the said one side is folded back on itself to form a U-shaped rim, and a portion (58?) of the marginal region of the opening of the sheet metal part, which is folded back, is completely covered by a beaded over region of the rivet portion (20) which forms a U-shaped recess enclosing the U-shaped rim.

US Pat. No. 10,458,456

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING A FITTED CAP FOR APPLYING A SHAPED SEALANT SHROUD TO A PORTION OF A FASTENER

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A system for applying a shaped sealant shroud to a portion of a fastener, the system comprising:a fitted cap, comprising a wall and positionable over the portion of the fastener such that a uniform gap is formed between the wall and the portion of the fastener, wherein the fitted cap further comprises:
an inlet opening, fully penetrating the wall, such that the inlet opening is configured to be communicatively coupled with the uniform gap; and
a vent, fully penetrating the wall, such that the vent is configured to be communicatively coupled with the uniform gap, wherein the inlet opening and the vent are spaced apart from each other along the wall; and
a cap-manipulation tool, comprising a shaft, wherein:
the shaft has a longitudinal central axis and comprises a through, circumferentially closed, channel, configured to receive sealant and to communicate the sealant therethrough; and
the cap-manipulation tool is configured to couple to the fitted cap such that:
the through, circumferentially closed, channel of the shaft is capable of communicating the sealant through the inlet opening of the fitted cap into the uniform gap;
the vent is oriented to purge gas from the uniform gap as the sealant is communicated through the through, circumferentially closed, channel into the uniform gap; and
the fitted cap is rotatable together with the shaft about the longitudinal central axis of the shaft to distribute the sealant in the uniform gap to form the shaped sealant shroud around the portion of the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,458,455

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING A FITTED CAP FOR APPLYING A SHAPED SEALANT SHROUD TO A PORTION OF A FASTENER

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A system for making a fitted cap, the fitted cap configured to apply a shaped sealant shroud to a portion of a fastener, the system comprising:a support plate, comprising:
a first side;
a second side, opposite the first side; and
a first plurality of through-openings, penetrating the support plate from the first side through to the second side;
a fastener template, dimensionally identical to the portion of the fastener and extending from the first side of the support plate such that the first plurality of through-openings is arranged about the fastener template;
a precursor cap, comprising a first surface, geometrically complementary to the fastener template, and a second surface, opposite the first surface and parallel to the first surface;
first means for heating a first polymer sheet to a specified temperature; and
second means for applying suction to the first polymer sheet, positioned a predetermined distance from the first side of the support plate and heated to the specified temperature by the first means, through the first plurality of through-openings from the second side of the support plate to vacuum-form the first polymer sheet over the precursor cap, wherein the second means is configured to apply the suction such that:
after vacuum-forming the first polymer sheet over the precursor cap, at least a portion of the first polymer sheet forms the fitted cap and
a first inner surface of the fitted cap is geometrically complementary to the second surface of the precursor cap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,454

STRUCTURAL ASSEMBLY HAVING INJECTION-BONDED JOINT AND METHOD OF FORMING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming an injection-bonded joint, comprising the steps of:providing a first part having opposing inner and outer surfaces, and a second part having opposing inner and outer surfaces, a second part upper edge and a second part lower edge;
disposing a respective one of the inner and outer surfaces of the second part parallel or concentric to a corresponding respective one of the inner and outer surfaces of the first part;
forming a chamber wall within a bondline region between mating opposing inner and outer surfaces of the first part and the second part, the chamber wall dividing a bondline length of the bondline region and defining at least one adhesive chamber;
forming a bondline dam along each of the second part upper edge and the second part lower edge in a manner such that the chamber wall, the bondline dams, and the mating surfaces collectively enclose the adhesive chamber having a chamber upper edge and a chamber lower edge;
injecting a structural adhesive into each adhesive chamber through an injection port formed in the second part;
discharging excess structural adhesive from each adhesive chamber through a bleed hole located between the first and second parts and formed within the bondline dam of the adhesive chamber along the second part upper edge; and
collecting the excess structural adhesive in an adhesive reservoir fluidly coupled to each bleed hole, each adhesive reservoir being formed as one of a vertical column comprising a longitudinally-extending channel attached to the respective inner or outer surface of the first part, and a shelf attached to the corresponding respective inner or outer surface of the second part and projecting therefrom, adjacent the second part upper edge.

US Pat. No. 10,458,453

DOWEL BAR ASSEMBLY AND MECHANICAL CONNECTOR

Construction Materials, I...

1. A connecting device for a dowel bar and frame wherein the frame includes a U-shaped portion over the dowel bar and the frame has a horizontal cross-member, the connecting device comprising:a housing member;
the housing member having a cavity;
wherein the cavity is capable of receiving the dowel bar;
the connecting device further comprising a receiving member,
wherein the receiving member is capable of securing a first portion of the frame;
whereby the dowel bar and the frame are held in place;
a lip;
the lip on an outer edge of the connecting device;
the lip having an outer edge;
a second portion of the frame makes contact with the outer edge and the dowel bar;
the receiving member is located on a front of the device;
wherein the front faces away from a longitudinal axis of the dowel bar;
the outer edge on an opposite side of the receiving member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,452

TENSION ROD AND PIVOTABLE END CAPS FOR USE THEREWITH

24. A tension rod comprising:a first rod having one end defining a first end of the tension rod;
a second rod having one end defining a second end of the tension rod, wherein the second rod has a diameter greater than the first rod to allow the second rod to at least partially receive the first rod;
a first plug that is coupled to the first end of tension rod;
a second plug that is coupled to the second end of the tension rod;
a first end cap rotatably coupled to the first plug and a second end cap rotatably coupled to the second plug, each of the first end cap and the second end cap comprising:
a main mount that is configured to be rotatably coupled to one of the first plug and the second plug; and
a cam mechanism including a knuckle that is pivotally coupled to the main mount so as to pivot between a first position and a second position, the knuckle having an outer surface that is configured to selectively contact a support surface against which the tension rod is mounted and the cam mechanism is configured such that when a downward force is applied to the tension rod, the cam mechanism is engaged and the knuckle pivots to the second position, whereby the end cap applies a force to the tension rod resulting in the tension rod being placed under tension.

US Pat. No. 10,458,451

DISPLAY CLIP AND OBJECT MOUNTING SYSTEM

1. A display clip for mounting an object having a mounting aperture to a surface having an outwardly extending edge, said display clip comprising:an edge engaging section having an elongated base and a hook, said base having a front surface, a back surface and one or more positioning apertures disposed therethrough between a first end and a second end of said base, said hook attached to or integral with said first end of said base and configured to extend outwardly from said back surface of said base to define an edge engaging gap that is sized and configured to receive the outwardly extending edge of the surface therein; and
an object engaging section having an engaging member and an engaging cap, said engaging member having an outwardly projecting member and a back panel, said outwardly projecting member having a proximal end attached to or integral with said back panel and a distal end extending outward from said back panel so as to dispose said distal end in spaced apart relation to a front surface of said back panel, said outwardly projecting member being sized and configured to pass through said one or more positioning apertures and the mounting aperture of the object, said engaging cap structured and arranged to removably engage said outwardly engaging member so as to place said display clip in a locked position, said object engaging section configured to support the object on the surface when said hook is placed on the outwardly extending edge of the surface, said display clip is in said locked position with said outwardly extending member through the mounting aperture of the object and the object positioned between said front surface of said base and said engaging cap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,450

OPTICAL PROBE WITH CRASH PROTECTION AND PROBE CLIPS

Hexagon Metrology, Inc., ...

1. A probe head for a coordinate measuring machine, the probe head comprising:a mount;
a probe platform configured to support at least one probe, the probe platform movably suspended from the mount;
a housing movably suspended from the mount and at least partially surrounding the probe platform, or a probe suspended from the probe platform; and
a sensor operably coupled between the mount and the probe platform such that displacement of the probe platform relative to the mount is transmitted to the sensor,
the mount, the sensor, and the probe platform configured so that contact between: A) the probe platform or a probe coupled to the probe platform, and B) an object causes a change in an electrical property of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,449

COMPRESSION ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR HEADRAIL

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. An apparatus for installing a headrail of a window covering comprising:one or more end cap assemblies attached to one or more ends of the headrail of the window covering;
one or more rotational members to, upon rotation, extend one or more pistons of the one or more end cap assemblies, extending the overall length of the headrail and end cap assemblies, creating a compression fit between the headrail and two sides of a window casing;
one or more nesting spacers residing within the one or more end cap assemblies allowing adjustment of headrail length;
the one or more end cap assemblies further comprising one or more spacer alignment structures providing a channel aligning the one or more nesting spacers;
a first alignment indicator on one or more of the end cap assemblies indicating the headrail is under a low compression state requiring adding one or more nesting spacers;
a second alignment indicator on one or more of the end cap assemblies indicating the headrail is within a medium compression range not requiring addition or removal of the nesting spacers; and
a third alignment indicator on one or more of the end cap assemblies indicating the headrail is under a high compression state requiring removal of one or more nesting spacers.

US Pat. No. 10,458,448

SURFACE AFFIX-ABLE DEVICE INCORPORATING MECHANICALLY ACTUATED DRY ADHESIVE

THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER ...

1. A surface affixable device incorporating mechanically actuated dry adhesive, the device comprising:a body;
a plurality of tiles affixed to the body, each of the plurality of tiles including an array of dry adhesive material elements disposed on front faces thereof, a first of the plurality of tiles being movably affixed to the body;
an actuator constructed and arranged to displace the first of the plurality of tiles in a first direction relative to a second of the plurality of tiles; and
a biasing element that, upon displacement of the first of the plurality of tiles in the first direction, applies a bias to the first of the plurality of tiles in a second direction, the second direction being opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,447

SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING THE FLUID CIRCULATION IN A FLUID-BODY

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A system for improving fluid circulation in a fluid-body, said system comprising,at least one dividing-element disposed within said fluid-body, wherein, said dividing-elements divides said fluid-body into at least two segments such that said segments are connected to and in fluid communication with each other, characterized in that, at least one of said dividing-element has at least one asymmetrical structure configured on at least one extremity thereof,
wherein said asymmetrical structure comprising:
a leading tapered side wall connected to a first operative horizontal surface parallel to said dividing-element;
a first curved surface forming an extension of said first operative horizontal surface;
a second curved surface forming an extension of said first curved surface and connected to said second operative horizontal surface parallel to said dividing-element;
a trailing tapered side wall is an extension of said second operative horizontal surface and said trailing tapered side walls is connected to said dividing element and wherein the leading tapered side wall and the trailing tapered side wall produces asymmetry on both sides of said dividing element.

US Pat. No. 10,458,446

MATERIAL FLOW AMPLIFIER

Vortex Pipe Systems LLC, ...

1. A material flow amplifier, comprising:an amplifier body having a flow expander, a vortex chamber and, a flow mixer all in fluid communication with each other for forming a fluid flow path therethrough, wherein the vortex chamber extends from the flow expander and wherein the flow mixer extends from the vortex chamber wherein the flow expander, the vortex chamber and the flow mixer are all concentric with each other and wherein a centerline axis of the vortex chamber is curved;
at least one helix vane within the vortex chamber extending at least intermittently from a helix vane first end proximate the flow expander to a helix vane second end proximate the flow mixer, wherein at least a portion of an outer edge portion of the at least one helix vane is attached to an interior surface of the amplifier body within the vortex chamber; and
a centralizer tube within the amplifier body extending at least a portion of the length of the vortex chamber, wherein at least a portion of an inner edge portion of the at least one helix vane is attached to an exterior surface of the centralizer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,458,445

DEVICE FOR RELIEVING PRESSURE IN HYDRAULICS LINES

1. A device for relieving pressure in hydraulic lines of attachments having hydraulically actuatable actuators and working implements, the device comprising:a control block with a first line coupler connectable to a hydraulic line to be relieved of pressure therein;
an openable non-return valve in said control block operable as a pressure relief valve, said non-return valve having a movable closing body;
a pressure accumulator in said control block and having a relief volume in an accumulator housing configured to hold fluid from said first line coupler when said non-return valve is open to provide fluid communication between said first line coupler and said relief volume, said pressure accumulator having an axially movable accumulator piston in said accumulator housing, said closing body and said accumulator piston being independently movable; and
a manually movable actuating member coupled to said non-return valve and movable in said accumulator housing to open said non-return valve.

US Pat. No. 10,458,444

OPTIMIZED METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POSITION AND CROSSOVER PRESSURE IN A DOUBLE ACTING ACTUATOR

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. A method of digitally controlling a double-acting pneumatic actuator, the method comprising:monitoring a crossover pressure over two pneumatic chambers of the double-acting pneumatic actuator;
determining that the monitored crossover pressure is outside of a predefined deadband range corresponding to values extending above and below a crossover pressure set point;
in response to determining that the monitored crossover pressure is outside of the deadband range, determining a difference between the monitored crossover pressure and the crossover pressure set point to generate a crossover pressure error;
executing a control action to drive the monitored crossover pressure to the crossover pressure set point, using the crossover pressure error;
in response to determining that the monitored crossover pressure has reached the set point, setting the crossover pressure error to zero; and
maintaining the crossover pressure error at zero while the monitored crossover pressure is within the deadband range.

US Pat. No. 10,458,443

ACTUATOR HAVING AN INTERNAL CONDUCTIVE PATH

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An actuator comprising:a piston including a piston shaft;
a housing, wherein the piston is configured to reciprocate within a chamber of the housing;
a gland electrically coupled to the housing and surrounding the piston shaft;
a conductor that at least partially encircles the piston shaft, the conductor electrically coupled to the piston and the gland to electrically couple the piston to the housing via the gland as the piston reciprocates within the chamber, wherein the conductor comprises a plurality of spring fingers arranged in a ring around the piston shaft; and
a retainer coupled to the gland and surrounding the piston shaft, the retainer configured to retain the conductor in electrical contact with the gland.

US Pat. No. 10,458,442

BLOW DOWN ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY

AERO CONTROLEX GROUP INC....

1. An actuator assembly, comprising:a drive assembly comprising a drive arm assembly configured to extend and retract in order to actuate a controlled member;
the drive arm assembly comprises an actuation member;
the drive arm assembly further comprises a release member; and
a source of pressurized gas;
wherein during a normal mode of operation, the actuation member and the release member are engaged with a securing mechanism to move in unison to extend the controlled member;
wherein during an emergency mode of operation, pressurized gas from the source of pressurized gas automatically decouples the actuation member from the release member to move separately in order for the actuation member to extend the controlled member; and
wherein the securing mechanism is configured to lock the actuation member in a fully extended position during the emergency mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,441

ROTARY PISTON ACTUATOR ANTI-ROTATION CONFIGURATIONS

Woodward, Inc., Fort Col...

9. A method of assembling a rotary actuator, the method comprising:receiving a first assembly comprising:
a housing comprising a radial recess formed in an external peripheral surface of the housing and an interior surface that defines an arcuate chamber, the arcuate chamber comprising a cavity, a fluid port in fluid communication with the cavity, and an open end, the housing comprising a mounting lug that projects radially outward from a cylindrical exterior portion of the housing at a mounting end of the housing, the mounting lug providing a mounting point for removably affixing the rotary actuator to an external mounting surface;
a rotor assembly rotatably journaled in the housing and comprising a rotary output shaft and a rotor arm extending radially outward from the rotary output shaft through the radial recess; and
an arcuate-shaped piston disposed in the housing for reciprocal movement in the arcuate chamber through the open end, wherein a seal, the cavity, and the piston define a pressure chamber, and a portion of the piston connects to the rotor arm;
receiving a support ring comprising a second mounting lug that projects radially outward from a cylindrical exterior portion of the support ring;
positioning the support ring about a cylindrical exterior portion of the housing at a supporting end of the housing axially opposed to the mounting end;
energizing the rotor assembly;
urging rotation of the rotary output shaft;
urging rotation of the rotor arm; and
urging motion of a member to be actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,458,440

FLAPPER AND ARMATURE/FLAPPER ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A SERVOVALVE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A servovalve comprising a flapper, said flapper comprising:an elongated cylindrical component that extends along a longitudinal axis (114L) from a first end (217) to a second end (218), the elongated cylindrical component having a length (L1) extending between said first end (217) and said second end (218), the elongated cylinder component being formed of a first segment (215) comprising a first material and a second segment (216) comprising a second material,
wherein said first segment (215) and said second segment (216) extend longitudinally along at least a part (L2) of said length (L1),
wherein the first material has a first coefficient of thermal expansion and the second material has a second coefficient of thermal expansion, and
wherein the first and second coefficients of thermal expansion are different than each other;
further comprising a supply nozzle (15S) and a return nozzle (15R) and wherein said flapper (114) is positioned within said servovalve so that said first material (215) of the flapper faces said supply nozzle (15S) and said second material (216) of the flapper (114) faces said return nozzle (15R).

US Pat. No. 10,458,439

METERING FLUID TO FLUID ACTUATORS

Schlumberger Technology C...

4. A method comprising:directing a fluid from a fluid source into a first portion of a chamber until a piston moves from a first end of the chamber to a second end of the chamber to:
introduce a volume of fluid into the first portion of the chamber; and
discharge the fluid from the second portion of the chamber; and
directing the fluid from the fluid source into the second portion of the chamber until the piston moves from the second end of the chamber to the first end of the chamber to:
introduce the fluid into the second portion of the chamber; and
discharge the volume of fluid out of the first portion of the chamber into a hydraulic actuator to actuate the hydraulic actuator by an incremental distance, wherein the hydraulic actuator is a first hydraulic cylinder connected to a second hydraulic cylinder, wherein a third hydraulic cylinder is connected to the second hydraulic cylinder, and wherein the method further comprises:
alternatingly directing the fluid from the fluid source into one of the first and second portions of the chamber to repeatedly actuate the first and third hydraulic cylinders until the second hydraulic cylinder is aligned with a mast or a substructure of a drill rig utilized in oilfield operations to permit connection between the second hydraulic cylinder and the mast or the substructure;
connecting the second hydraulic cylinder with the mast or the substructure; and
operating the second hydraulic cylinder to raise the mast or the substructure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,438

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A centrifugal compressor, comprising:a rotational shaft;
a main casing surrounding at least a part of the rotational shaft, the main casing having an inlet and an outlet separated from each other in an axial direction of the rotational shaft and an annular space surrounding a section of the rotational shaft at a side of the inlet and communicating with the inlet, wherein a fluid to be compressed before compression flows in the annular space;
at least one impeller disposed in a fixed state to the rotational shaft inside the main casing;
a flow guide member disposed inside the annular space and extending along the axial direction of the rotational shaft, the flow guide member having a flow guide element extending along a radial direction of the rotational shaft and having a predetermined blade width in the axial direction of the rotational shaft;
a plurality of injection holes disposed along the flow guide member and separated from one another along the axial direction of the rotational shaft; and
a flow path which extends inside the annular space and through which a cleaning fluid to be supplied to the plurality of injection holes is capable of flowing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,437

AIR BLOWER

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An air blower, comprising:a casing having an intake port and a discharge port;
an air-blowing fan disposed inside the casing to take in air through the intake port and discharge air from the discharge port; and
a filter filtering the air taken in through the intake port, wherein
an insect trapper trapping an insect is disposed in a ventilation path between the intake port and the filter
the casing comprises:
a first casing holding the air-blowing fan; and
a second casing attached to the first casing in a detachable manner, and
the insect trapper is held in the second casing in a replaceable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,458,436

FAN ROTOR WITH FLOW INDUCED RESONANCE CONTROL

1. A fan for a gas turbine, the fan comprising fan blades circumferentially distributed around and extending a full span length from a central hub, the fan blades including alternating first and second fan blades, the first fan blades having a baseline profile and the second fan blades having a modified profile being the same as the baseline profile but for a leading edge cutback, the leading edge cutback extending from a first span position to a second span position, wherein the first span position is located radially outwardly of a span location corresponding to a maximum deflection point for a natural vibration mode of a fan blade having a baseline profile and wherein the second span position is located radially inwardly of the maximum deflection point, wherein the first span position is located at a distance away from the hub not exceeding 90% of the total span length, and the second span position is located at a distance away from the hub exceeding 50% of the total span length.

US Pat. No. 10,458,435

VIBRATION DAMPER STRUCTURE AND FAN THEREOF

ASIA VITAL COMPONENTS CO....

1. A vibration damper structure applied to a fan having at least one bearing, the vibration damper structure comprising:a support body having an upper end supporting the bearing and a lower end formed with a stepped section and a restriction section formed on an outer circumference of the stepped section;
a fixing seat having a tubular section and a fixing section disposed on an outer circumference of the tubular section, the tubular section having a protrusion end corresponding to the outer circumference of the stepped section and defining an axial cushion gap with the restriction section and a receiving space having a bottom section, where the stepped section is fitted in the protrusion end; and
an elastic member disposed in the receiving space of the tubular section and positioned between the support body and the fixing seat, the elastic member having a first support end in contact with the lower end of the support body and a second support end in contact with the bottom section of the receiving space.

US Pat. No. 10,458,434

ROTOR STAGE FOR A TURBOMACHINE, ROTOR DRUM, AND ROTOR

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A rotor stage for a turbomachine comprising:a plurality of rotor blades;
a rotor main body having an upstream rotor arm and a downstream rotor arm and a balancing assembly for balancing the rotor stage, and having a rotor disk between the upstream rotor arm and the downstream rotor arm;
wherein the downstream rotor arm has the balancing assembly, the balancing assembly being configured between an axial end region of the downstream rotor arm and the rotor disk, wherein the upstream rotor arm includes a spin-off hole.

US Pat. No. 10,458,433

CO-MOLDED METALLIC FAN CASE CONTAINMENT RING

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method of fabricating a fan case for a gas turbine engine, the method comprising:providing a metallic ring including an outer surface and an inner surface;
wrapping a first composite material about the outer surface of the metallic ring;
inserting the metallic ring wrapped in the first composite material at an axial position within a cylinder formed from a second composite material that is different than the first composite material;
forming a first subassembly by curing the first composite material and the second material about the metallic ring within a tool, wherein the tool applies heat and pressure to the first composite material, the second composite material and the metallic ring; and
removing the first subassembly from the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,458,432

TURBOCHARGER COMPRESSOR ASSEMBLY WITH VANED DIVIDER

Garrett Transportation I ...

1. A compressor assembly of a turbocharger, the compressor assembly comprising:a compressor housing that comprises a compressor wheel space and a diffuser section that extends from the compressor wheel space to at least one volute;
a dual-faced compressor wheel disposed at least in part in the compressor wheel space wherein the dual-faced compressor wheel comprises a first compressor wheel face and a second compressor wheel face oriented back-to-back; and
a diffuser section divider disposed at least in part in the diffuser section wherein the diffuser section divider comprises a first side that defines a first diffuser that comprises a first set of vanes associated with the first compressor wheel face and a second side that defines a second diffuser that comprises a second set of vanes associated with the second compressor wheel face, wherein each of the vanes of the first set of vanes comprises a leading edge lean angle that exceeds a leading edge lean angle of each of the vanes of the second set of vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,458,431

VOLUTES FOR ENGINE MOUNTED BOOST STAGES

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A volute for a jet engine mounted boost pump comprising:a circumferentially extending volute defining a plurality of cross sections defined in a housing, wherein the cross sections are defined by a set of dimensions set out in at least one of TABLES 1-3, wherein Alpha is an angular measure circumferentially around the volute starting from a point where a diffuser section is tangent to a main volute section, h is a radial channel span distance in the volute, h_0 is a radial span in an exit bend of the volute, rbase is a radius from an axis of rotation of an impeller that rotates within the pump housing to a radially inward extreme of the volute, b is a volute thickness measured in a direction parallel to the axis, R is an inner radius of the exit bend of the volute measured from a point C having Cartesian coordinates O1_X, O2_Y, and O3_Z, and Beta is an angle angular measure circumferentially around the point C of radius R measured starting from an angle 10° from being parallel to alpha equals 0°.

US Pat. No. 10,458,430

CENTRIFUGAL-COMPRESSOR CASING AND CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A centrifugal-compressor casing comprising:a casing body configured to rotatably support a rotation shaft and an impeller fixed to the rotation shaft around an axis of the rotation shaft, the casing body in which an intake volute which has a ring shape centered on the axis and through which a fluid is caused to flow in a direction of the axis and is introduced into a flow channel of the impeller, and a discharge volute which has a ring shape centered on the axis and through which the fluid is discharged from the flow channel of the impeller are formed;
a plurality of intake nozzles which communicate with the intake volute and are able to cause the fluid to flow into the intake volute from the outside of the casing body and are provided at intervals in a circumferential direction around the rotation shaft; and
an outer casing which covers the casing body,
wherein the plurality of intake nozzles include a main intake nozzle that is provided in the outer casing at one part in the circumferential direction around the rotation shaft and an auxiliary intake nozzle that is provided in the outer casing apart from the main intake nozzle in the circumferential direction around the rotation shaft, and
wherein the centrifugal-compressor casing further includes a bypass line which connects the main intake nozzle and the auxiliary intake nozzle and through which the fluid is able to flow.

US Pat. No. 10,458,429

IMPELLER SHROUD WITH SLIDABLE COUPLING FOR CLEARANCE CONTROL IN A CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR

ROLLS-ROYCE CORPORATION, ...

1. A compressor shroud assembly in a turbine engine, the compressor shroud assembly comprising:a static compressor casing;
an actuator mounted to said casing; and
an impeller shroud for encasing a rotatable centrifugal compressor, said impeller shroud coupled at a forward end to said casing by a slidable coupling that maintains an air boundary during the full range of axial movement of said impeller shroud, said impeller shroud mounted proximate an aft end to said actuator, said impeller shroud moving relative to the rotatable centrifugal compressor in an axial direction while maintaining a radial alignment when said actuator is actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,458,428

FAN BLADES AND MANUFACTURE METHODS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A airfoil member (100) comprising:a substrate (120) along at least a portion of an airfoil (102) of the airfoil member;
a sheath (122) having a channel (144) receiving a portion (160) of the substrate and wherein the sheath forms a leading edge (110) of the airfoil; and
a plurality of separate spacers (320; 380; 400) formed as separate pieces between the sheath and the substrate and having a plurality of gaps between the spacers.

US Pat. No. 10,458,427

COMPRESSOR AEROFOIL

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A compressor aerofoil comprising:a suction surface wall comprising a suction surface and a pressure surface wall comprising a pressure surface, the suction surface wall and the pressure surface wall meet at a leading edge and a trailing edge and define a tip comprising a tip surface, the compressor aerofoil comprises a maximum thickness Tmax,
a mean camber line defined as passing through the leading edge and the trailing edge, and
a winglet at the tip and which extends from the suction surface, the winglet comprises an overhang W that comprises a perpendicular extent from the suction surface in a range 0.1Tmax to 1.99Tmax,
the winglet comprises a maximum overhang Wmax that occurs within 50% of a length of the mean camber line from the leading edge,
wherein the winglet comprises a leading portion and a trailing portion, and
wherein the trailing portion comprises a step back from the suction surface towards the pressure surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,426

AIRCRAFT FAN WITH LOW PART-SPAN SOLIDITY

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of operating a fan of the type including a disk disposed inside an annular casing, the disk rotatable about an axial centerline and carrying a row of fan blades, wherein each of the fan blades includes an airfoil having spaced-apart pressure and suction sides extending radially in span from a root to a tip, and extending axially in chord between spaced-apart leading and trailing edges, the row including no more than 21 and no less than 13 of the fan blades, wherein each of the fan blades has a solidity defined by a ratio of the airfoil chord to a circumferential pitch of the fan blades, measured at 90% of a radial distance from the axial centerline, to the tip, of no greater than about 1.2 and no less than about 1.0, the method comprising:powering the fan to propel an aircraft in level cruise flight, such that a relative Mach number at the tips of the fan blades is greater than 1.0, and such that a ratio of the solidity measured at 90% of the radial distance from the axial centerline to the tip, to the relative Mach number at the same radial location, is less than about 0.90.

US Pat. No. 10,458,425

CONICAL LOAD SPREADER FOR COMPOSITE BOLTED JOINT

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine fan blade platform comprising:a forward portion, an aft portion and a transition portion therebetween;
a mounting feature for securing the fan blade platform to a disk;
a platform air flow surface on an opposite side of the fan blade platform from the mounting feature;
the mounting feature having an increased section thickness in the transition portion;
one or more platform mounting holes extending through the increased section thickness in the transition portion;
one or more conical countersinks centered about one or more centerlines of the one or more platform mounting holes respectively extending into the transition portion;
a clamping means including a conical load spreader with a center bolt hole disposed in each of the one or more conical countersinks for securing the transition portion of the fan blade platform to the disk, the conical load spreader defining a counterbore extending into a top of the conical load spreader and a shoulder at a bottom of the counterbore;
a bolt having a bolthead disposed entirely within the counterbore; and
a filler disposed in the counterbore between the bolthead and a counterbore surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,424

CENTRIFUGAL FAN

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A centrifugal fan comprising:an impeller having a plurality of pins extending in an axial direction;
a rotor yoke formed with a plurality of through-holes through which the pins penetrate, the rotor yoke being joined to the impeller as the pins penetrate through the through-holes; and
a circuit board arranged in a state having a gap with respect to the rotor yoke,
wherein
an end of each of the pins protrudes from the rotor yoke to a side of the circuit board,
the plurality of pins are arranged with uneven pitch in a circumferential direction of the impeller, and
an outer edge of the circuit board extends outside of the pins in a radial direction of the centrifugal fan.

US Pat. No. 10,458,423

IMPELLER AND FAN INCLUDING THE IMPELLER

Minebea Mitsumi Inc., Na...

1. An impeller comprising:a hub having a ring shape; and
a plurality of blades that are provided on an outer periphery of the hub,
wherein a blade of the plurality of blades has a trailing edge formed such that an inner side of a radial width of the blade is curved in a direction opposite to a rotation direction, in a plan view as viewed in a direction of a rotation axis,
wherein in the plan view as viewed in the direction of the rotation axis, the blade has a leading edge that is curved in the rotation direction, and
wherein in the plan view as viewed in the direction of the rotation axis, the leading edge is formed such that an outer end of the leading edge is located closer to a side in the rotation direction than a straight line connecting the rotation center and a hub-side end of the leading edge.

US Pat. No. 10,458,422

TURBINE ENGINE PROVIDED WITH A LUBRICATION UNIT

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A turbine engine including two rotary shafts and a lubrication unit comprising at least one pump which comprises a casing inside of which a rotor is mounted and driven by one of said rotary shafts, the pump casing being rotated by the other of said rotary shafts such that the actuation of the pump depends on the difference between rotational speeds of the rotary shafts, wherein the rotary shafts are a drive shaft and a fan shaft, respectively, the fan shaft being driven by the drive shaft by an annular reduction gear which is lubricated by the lubrication unit, the pump axially passing through the reduction gear and the fan shaft, and wherein the casing of the pump is coupled by splines to the fan shaft and the rotor of the pump is coupled by splines or knucklebones to the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,458,421

COOLING FAN ILLUMINATED WITH ADDRESSABLE LEDS

1. A cooling fan for use in a host electronic device having a fan controller, the cooling fan comprising:a frame having a central cavity;
an impeller positioned within the central cavity and driven by an electric motor; and
a plurality of LEDs positioned around a periphery of the central cavity for illuminating the impeller, the LEDs individually-addressable by a fan controller, the fan controller driving time-variable individually-addressable illumination of each of the LEDs based on a digital signal generated by a host electronic device central processing unit and transmitted to the fan controller to control fan illumination.

US Pat. No. 10,458,420

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOTOR-DRIVEN COMPRESSOR CONFIGURED TO BE INSTALLED IN VEHICLE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

2. A motor-driven compressor configured to be installed in a vehicle, comprising:an electric motor driven with supply of electric power from a battery; and
a control section that controls drive of the electric motor, wherein
the control section has an upper limit value of an increase rate of a number of revolutions per unit time of the electric motor and an upper limit value of a decrease rate of the number of revolutions per unit time of the electric motor,
the control section sets a target number of revolutions and controls the electric motor to be driven such that the number of revolutions of the electric motor becomes equal to the target number of revolutions,
if the control section sets the target number of revolutions to a number of revolutions of the electric motor requested by another control section, the control section changes the number of revolutions of the electric motor at an increase rate lower than or equal to the upper limit value of the increase rate or a decrease rate lower than or equal to the upper limit value of the decrease rate, and
if the control section sets the target number of revolutions to a number-of-revolution limit value determined based on a voltage of the battery, the control section is able to decrease the number of revolutions of the electric motor at a decrease rate that exceeds the upper limit value of the decrease rate.

US Pat. No. 10,458,419

TRANSMISSION DEVICE OF FAN

AIR COOL INDUSTRIAL CO., ...

1. A transmission device of a fan, the fan comprising a motor for swinging the fan back and forth and a connecting rod for swinging the fan back and forth, the motor being connected with a spindle through at least one gear, the spindle being fixedly connected to a central axis of the transmission device, the connecting rod being connected to an eccentric position of the transmission device, enabling the fan to be swung back and forth in a swing direction by the motor, the transmission device comprising:a first casing, having a first annular surface corresponding to an axial direction of the spindle, the first annular surface of the first casing being provided with a plurality of spaced and raised press portions and an engaging recess formed between every adjacent two of the press portions;
a second casing, pivotally connected to the first casing, the second casing having a second annular surface corresponding to the first annular surface of the first casing, the second annular surface being formed with at least one accommodation hole corresponding to the engaging recess;
at least one elastic member, disposed in the accommodation hole of the second casing; and
at least one press member, disposed in the accommodation hole of the second casing;
wherein when the fan is swung back and forth, the press member is biased by the elastic member so that one end of the press member is exposed out of the accommodation hole to engage with the engaging recess of the first casing, wherein the press member can be disengaged from the engaging recess of the first casing by an applied force from the adjacent two press portions, the applied force is at least equal to a force exerted by a user to change the angle of the fan in the swing direction, wherein the first casing is provided with a first axial hole corresponding to the spindle, the spindle is pivotally connected to the first axial hole, the second casing is provided with a second axial hole corresponding to the spindle, and the spindle is fixed to the second axial hole.

US Pat. No. 10,458,418

CEILING FAN

PANASONIC ECOLOGY SYSTEMS...

1. A ceiling fan comprising:a body having a plurality of blades which are rotatable about a center of rotation, and an upper mounting pipe portion which extends upward along the center of rotation as a center axis thereof;
a suspender configured to be fixed to a ceiling;
a first pipe which is suspended from the suspender along the center of rotation of the plurality of blades as a center axis thereof, and suspends the body by the upper mounting pipe portion; and
a second pipe which is accommodated in an inside of a lower portion of the first pipe and into which an upper portion of the upper mounting pipe portion is inserted, wherein
the first pipe, the second pipe and the upper mounting pipe portion are connected to each other by a connecting bolt and a nut, the connecting bolt penetrating an overlapping part where the first pipe, the second pipe and the upper mounting pipe portion overlap with each other in the direction intersecting with the center axis, the nut being threadedly engaged with the connecting bolt,
the second pipe has a hollow projecting portion having a cylindrical shape or a partial cylindrical shape which projects from an outer peripheral surface of the second pipe in the direction intersecting with the center axis,
a recessed portion which is brought into contact with or is arranged close to an outer peripheral surface of the hollow projecting portion of the second pipe is provided on an edge of a lower opening of the first pipe,
a protruding portion which is brought into contact with or is arranged close to an inner peripheral surface of the hollow projecting portion of the second pipe is provided on an outer peripheral surface of the upper mounting pipe portion, and
at least the relative movement among the first pipe, the second pipe, and the upper mounting pipe portion in the rotating direction of the plurality of blades is restricted by the hollow projecting portion of the second pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,458,417

CENTRIFUGAL FAN WITH AXIAL-FLOW WIND

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. A centrifugal fan with axial-flow wind, comprising:a centrifugal fan wheel having:
a rotating core structure comprising a fan hub, an axle and a bottom plate, the axle being mounted on an internal side of the fan hub and installed in an axial direction of the fan hub, the bottom plate being extended in a radial direction of the fan hub; and
a plurality of centrifugal vanes arranged around the fan hub, each of the centrifugal vanes comprising a root portion installed on the bottom plate and a distal end extending from the root portion outwardly away from the axle and beyond an external periphery of the bottom plate;
a cover shell over an exterior of the centrifugal fan wheel, an internal side of the cover shell having a circular wind guide surface disposed around the rotating core structure and over the centrifugal vanes, and a wind inlet formed at a top of the cover shell; and
a fixed base provided for installing the centrifugal fan wheel and being coupled to the cover shell, a gap formed between a bottom of the cover shell and an external periphery of the fixed base defining a wind outlet,
wherein
the distal end is exposed to the wind outlet so that air is fed in the axial direction from the wind inlet and exited from the axial direction and along an external periphery of the centrifugal fan wheel,
the fan hub is connected to the bottom plate along a substantially circular connection line by a plurality of legs, the fan hub and the bottom plate comprise corresponding sidewalls that define a plurality of broken holes, the broken holes of the plurality of broken holes are separated from one another by the plurality of legs, and the broken holes of the plurality of broken holes are arranged around the fan hub along the substantially circular connection line, and
the distal end is twisted toward a forward direction of the centrifugal fan wheel so as to guide wind from a centrifugal direction to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,416

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A PUMP

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

11. A non-transitory computer program product including a computer program executing on a processing device to monitor a pump, said program comprising:software code portions for receiving at least one signal representing an operational parameter of the pump;
software code portions for estimating an estimated output quantity data value of the pump based on a signal of the operational parameter;
software code portions for receiving the estimated output quantity data value from a control module;
software code portions for processing the received estimated output quantity data value by the support vector machine based module to provide a processed estimated output quantity data value based on a combined H-Q-SVM model via the support vector machine based module;
software code portions for supplying the processed received estimated output quantity data value instead of the estimated output quantity data value of the control module for subtraction;
software code portions for receiving the processed estimated output quantity data value from the support vector machine based module;
software code portions for receiving a measured output quantity data value of the pump provided by a sensor;
software code portions for providing a difference data value by subtracting the processed estimated output quantity data value from the received measured output quantity data value;
software code portions for comparing the difference data value with a predetermined threshold value and providing a corresponding comparison result;
software code portions for outputting an error status signal of the pump based on a result of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,458,415

THREADED CONNECTION FOR TANDEM MOTORS OF ELECTRICAL SUBMERSIBLE PUMP

Baker Hughes, a GE Compan...

1. An electrical submersible pump assembly, comprising:a plurality of modules including a pump, at least one motor, and a pressure equalizer coupled to the motor for reducing a pressure differential between lubricant in the motor and hydrostatic pressure of well fluid;
a drive shaft subassembly extending from the at least one motor into the pump along a longitudinal axis of the pump assembly;
a threaded connection between first and seconds ones of the modules, comprising:
a first adapter mounted to the first one of the modules and having threads;
a second adapter mounted to the second one of the modules, the second adapter having a tubular body, a neck of smaller diameter than the body extending from the body, an external shoulder at a base of the neck, a rim on the neck, and an external groove between the external shoulder and the rim;
a collar rotatably carried and axially movable on the neck, the collar being in threaded engagement with the threads of the first adapter, the collar having an internal groove axially spaced and separated from a portion of the collar having threads; and
a shoulder ring carried partly in the external groove and partly in the internal groove to retain the collar on the neck, the shoulder ring being split and biased into one of the internal or external grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,458,414

AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRIC LIQUID PUMP

PIERBURG PUMP TECHNOLOGY ...

1. An automotive electric liquid pump comprising:a separation can comprising a radial inside which comprises a first static bearing ring;
a pump rotor;
a motor rotor configured to rotate in the separation can, the motor rotor comprising a radial outside which comprises a cylindrical rotor bearing ring, the first static bearing ring of the separation can being configured to correspond to the cylindrical rotor bearing ring of the motor rotor;
a first radial slide bearing defined by the cylindrical rotor bearing ring and the first static bearing ring;
motor coils configured to drive the motor rotor, the motor coils being arranged on a radial outside of the separation can; and
a separate rotor shaft configured to support the motor rotor, the separate rotor shaft being at least one of disposed radially inside the motor rotor and disposed along the axial length of the motor rotor,
wherein,
the first static bearing ring of the separation can and the cylindrical rotor bearing ring of the motor rotor are each arranged to at least partially overlap axially with the motor coils.

US Pat. No. 10,458,413

PUMPING APPARATUS

NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION,...

1. A pumping apparatus, comprising: an impeller; a rotor, installed with the impeller and having a driving magnet; a stator, formed in a tubular shape and disposed on an outer circumference side of the rotor, and having a driving coil; a pump chamber, disposed with the impeller and the rotor, and allowing a fluid to pass through; a partition wall member, disposed between the stator and the pump chamber, and preventing the fluid in the pump chamber from flowing into a position where the stator is disposed; a circuit board, disposed outside the pump chamber, and secured on the partition wall member; and a resin sealing member made by a resin, covering the stator and the circuit board, andthe stator comprising: an insulation member; a stator core, having a plurality of salient poles, wherein the driving coil is wound on the plurality of salient poles through the insulation member; and a plurality of terminal pins, electrically connected to an end portion of the driving coil, and disposed in parallel to an axial direction of the stator formed in the tubular shape,
wherein the stator has a first side and a second side opposite to the first side, one direction of the axial direction is set as a first direction and an opposite direction of the first direction is set as a second direction, the first side of the stator that faces the first direction is set as a first direction side and the second side of the stator that faces the second direction is set as a second direction side,
the circuit board is secured on a portion of the partition wall member on the first direction side and disposed closer to the first direction side than the stator core and the insulation member,
a portion of the terminal pin on the first direction side is secured to the circuit board,
a portion of the terminal pin on the second direction side is secured to the insulation member,
a first contact surface facing the first direction side is formed on the insulation member,
a second contact surface is formed on the partition wall member, the second contact surface faces the second direction side, and the first contact surface is in contact with the second contact surface to restrict a movement of the stator in the first direction,
wherein a third contact surface facing the second direction side is formed on the insulation member,
a fourth contact surface is formed on the partition wall member, the fourth contact surface faces the first direction side, and the third contact surface is in contact with the fourth contact surface to restrict a movement of the stator in the second direction,
the stator core comprises an outer circumference ring formed in a ring shape and a plurality of the salient poles protruding from the outer circumference ring to an inner side of a radial direction of the stator,
the third contact surface is formed on an axial covering portion, and the axial covering portion covers a part of the outer circumference ring in a circumferential direction of the stator from the second direction side,
the partition wall member comprises a cylindrical portion disposed between the rotor and the stator, a bottom for sealing an end of the cylindrical portion in the first direction, and a flange portion expended from an end of the cylindrical portion in the second direction to an outer side of the stator in the radial direction,
wherein the first contact surface is formed on the axial covering portion, and
the second contact surface and the fourth contact surface are formed on the flange portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,412

HERMETIC COMPRESSOR HAVING A THERMAL ACTIVATED VALVE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

9. A hermetic compressor, comprising:a casing having a hermetic inner space;
an orbiting scroll provided in the inner space of the casing and performing an orbiting motion;
a non-orbiting scroll engaged with the orbiting scroll to form compression chambers;
a high/low pressure dividing plate that divides the inner space of the casing into a high pressure portion and a low pressure portion; and
an overheat preventing unit coupled to a surface of the high/low pressure dividing plate at the high pressure portion, the overheat preventing unit having a communication hole formed through the high/low pressure dividing plate to communicate the high pressure portion and the low pressure portion with each other, wherein the communication hole is selectively opened and closed according to a temperature variation of the high pressure portion, wherein the overheat preventing unit includes:
a body coupled to the high/low pressure dividing plate, the body provided with the communication hole;
a valve stopper coupled to the body and forming a valve space therebetween; and
a valve accommodated in the valve space to open and close the communication hole, wherein the body includes:
a mounting portion having the valve mounted thereon;
a side wall extending from an edge of the mounting portion into an annular shape to form the valve space together with an upper surface of the mounting portion and to which the valve stopper is coupled;
a coupling portion that protrudes from a valve accommodating portion and coupled to the high/low pressure dividing plate in an insertion manner, wherein the communication hole is formed through the coupling portion, wherein the valve stopper is formed with a first gas hole communicating with the high-pressure portion so that a first side of the valve is in contact with a refrigerant of the high-pressure portion, and wherein the mounting portion is formed with a second gas hole communicating with the high-pressure portion so that a second side of the valve contacts the refrigerant of the high-pressure portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,411

COMPRESSOR DEVICE AND A COOLER THEREBY USED

ATLAS COPCO AIRPOWER, NAA...

1. A compressor device for compressing gas in two or more stages, wherein the compressor device comprises:at least two compressor elements connected in series; and
at least two coolers for cooling the compressed gas,
wherein each cooler is provided with a primary section through which the compressed gas to be cooled is guided and a secondary section that is in heat-exchanging contact with the primary section and through which coolant is guided,
wherein at least two of the coolers are split coolers whose secondary section is split into at least two separate stages to cool the gas that is guided through the primary section in successive stages, respectively at least a hot stage for a first cooling of the compressed gas that flows into the primary section of the coolers and a cold stage for the further cooling of the compressed gas,
wherein the stages of the secondary sections of the coolers are connected together in one or more separate cooling circuits such that the compressed gas between the compressor elements is cooled, with a minimum coolant flow rate through the cooling circuits, to keep the temperature of the compressed gas at the outlet of each cooler below a maximum permissible value and thereby having a predetermined temperature increase of the coolant in at least one of the cooling circuits,
wherein at least two of the cold stages of the secondary sections of the coolers are connected together in series in a cooling circuit through which a coolant is guided,
wherein the coolant in the cooling circuit is first guided through the cold stages and then through the hot stages.

US Pat. No. 10,458,410

LOW-BACKPRESSURE ROTARY COMPRESSOR

GUANGDONG MEIZHI COMPRESS...

1. A low-backpressure rotary compressor, comprising:a shell defining an air exhausting port and an air returning port therein;
a compression mechanism disposed within the shell, and comprising:
a piston;
a cylinder assembly having at least one cylinder, each of the at least one cylinder being provided with said piston therein and having a sliding vane chamber, the sliding vane chamber being provided with an oil supply hole;
a main bearing disposed on a first end surface of the cylinder assembly;
a supplementary bearing disposed on a second end surface of the cylinder assembly; and
a sliding vane defining a front end abutting against a peripheral wall of the piston and a trailing end,
wherein the trailing end of the sliding vane stretches into or out of the sliding vane chamber when the sliding vane moves reciprocatingly, such that an interior volume of the sliding vane chamber changes between a maximum volume V2 and a minimum volume V1;
an oil separator configured to separate oil including lubricating oil and gas from a refrigerant discharged from the at least one cylinder; and
an oil pool configured to collect the lubricating oil separated by the oil separator, and communicating with the oil supply hole via an oil supply path for the sliding vane, wherein a ratio of the minimum volume V1 to the maximum volume V2 satisfies a following relationship: 35%?V1/V2?85%.

US Pat. No. 10,458,409

COMPRESSOR HAVING A SLEEVE GUIDE ASSEMBLY

Emerson Climate Technolog...

12. A compressor comprising:a shell;
a bearing housing fixed within the shell, the bearing housing including a central body and a plurality of arms extending radially outward from the central body, each of the plurality of the arms having a first aperture;
a non-orbiting scroll including a plurality of second apertures;
an orbiting scroll supported on the bearing housing and meshingly engaged with the non-orbiting scroll;
a plurality of bushings each having a third aperture, each of the plurality of second apertures in the non-orbiting scroll receiving at least two of the plurality of bushings; and
a plurality of fasteners rotatably securing the non-orbiting scroll relative to the bearing housing, each of the plurality of fasteners extending through the third apertures of the plurality of corresponding bushings and are received in a corresponding one of the first apertures in the bearing housing,
wherein an axial end of a first one of the at least two of the plurality of bushings inside each of the plurality of second apertures abuts an axial end of a second one of the at least two of the plurality of bushings inside each of the plurality of second apertures such that the first one of the at least two of the plurality of bushings is stacked upon the second one of the at least two of the plurality of bushings.

US Pat. No. 10,458,408

ROTARY COMPRESSOR HAVING COMMUNICATION PATH HOLE OVERLAP WITH DISCHARGE CHAMBER CONCAVE PORTION

FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED, ...

1. A rotary compressor, comprising:a sealed vertically-placed cylindrical compressor housing in which a discharge pipe for discharging refrigerant is provided in an upper portion thereof and an upper inlet pipe and a lower inlet pipe for sucking refrigerant are provided in a side surface lower portion thereof; an accumulator which is fixed to a side portion of the compressor housing and is connected to the upper inlet pipe and the lower inlet pipe; a motor which is disposed in the compressor housing; and a compressing unit which is disposed in a lower side of the motor in the compressor housing, is driven by the motor to suck and compress refrigerant from the accumulator via the upper inlet pipe and the lower inlet pipe, and discharges the compressed refrigerant from the discharge pipe,
wherein the compressing unit includes
an annular upper cylinder and an annular lower cylinder,
an upper end plate which closes an upper side of the upper cylinder and a lower end plate which closes a lower side of the lower cylinder,
a intermediate partition plate which is disposed between the upper cylinder and the lower cylinder and closes a lower side of the upper cylinder and an upper side of the lower cylinder,
a rotation shaft which is supported by a main bearing unit provided on the upper end plate and a sub-bearing unit provided on the lower end plate and which is rotated by the motor,
an upper eccentric portion and a lower eccentric portion which are provided to the rotation shaft with a phase difference of 180° with respect to each other,
an upper piston which is fitted in the upper eccentric portion and revolves along an inner circumferential surface of the upper cylinder to form an upper cylinder chamber in the upper cylinder,
a lower piston which is fitted in the lower eccentric portion and revolves along an inner circumferential surface of the lower cylinder to form a lower cylinder chamber in the lower cylinder,
an upper vane which protrudes from an upper vane groove provided in the upper cylinder into the upper cylinder chamber and abuts on the upper piston to divide the upper cylinder chamber into an upper inlet chamber and an upper compression chamber,
a lower vane which protrudes from a lower vane groove provided in the lower cylinder into the lower cylinder chamber and abuts on the lower piston to divide the lower cylinder chamber into a lower inlet chamber and a lower compression chamber,
an upper end plate cover which covers the upper end plate, forms an upper end plate cover chamber between the upper end plate and the upper end plate cover, and includes an upper end plate cover discharge hole for communicating the upper end plate cover chamber and an inside portion of the compressor housing with each other,
a lower end plate cover which covers the lower end plate and forms a lower end plate cover chamber between the lower end plate and the lower end plate cover,
an upper discharge hole which is provided in the upper end plate and communicates the upper compression chamber and the upper end plate cover chamber with each other,
a lower discharge hole which is provided in the lower end plate and communicates the lower compression chamber and the lower end plate cover chamber with each other, and
a refrigerant path hole which passes through the lower end plate, the lower cylinder, the intermediate partition plate, the upper end plate and the upper cylinder and communicates the lower end plate cover chamber and the upper end plate cover chamber with each other, and
the rotary compressor, further comprising:
an upper discharge valve accommodation concave portion which is provided in the upper end plate and extends in a groove shape from a position of the upper discharge hole;
a lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion which is provided in the lower end plate and extends in a groove shape from a position of the lower discharge hole;
a reed valve type upper discharge valve of which a rear end portion is fixed by an upper rivet in the upper discharge valve accommodation concave portion and a front portion opens and closes the upper discharge hole and an upper discharge valve cap of which a rear end portion is overlapped with the upper discharge valve and is fixed in the upper discharge valve accommodation concave portion by the upper rivet and a front portion is warped to regulate opening degree of the upper discharge valve; and
a reed valve type lower discharge valve of which a rear end portion is fixed by a lower rivet in the lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion and a front portion opens and closes the lower discharge hole and a lower discharge valve cap of which a rear end portion is overlapped with the lower discharge valve and is fixed in the lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion by the lower rivet, a front portion is warped to regulate opening degree of the lower discharge valve, and is accommodated in the lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion,
wherein the lower end plate cover is formed in a flat plate shape,
wherein a lower discharge chamber concave portion is formed in the lower end plate so as to overlap the lower discharge hole side of the lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion, and the lower discharge chamber concave portion is formed in a fan-like range between a diametrical line which passes through a center of the sub-bearing unit and a midpoint of a line segment which connects a center of the lower discharge hole and a center of the lower rivet to each other and a diametrical line which is opened by a pitch angle 90° in a direction of the lower discharge hole about a center of the sub-bearing unit,
wherein at least a portion of the refrigerant path hole overlaps with the lower discharge chamber concave portion and is disposed at a position communicating with the lower discharge chamber concave portion, and
wherein the lower end plate cover chamber is configured by the lower discharge chamber concave portion and the lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,407

SCROLL COMPRESSOR WITH DIFFERENT CHAMFERED CORNERS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A scroll compressor, comprising:a fixed scroll including a first base plate portion and a first spiral blade provided to stand on one surface of the first base plate portion;
an orbiting scroll including a second base plate portion and a second spiral blade provided to stand on a surface of the second base plate portion opposite to the fixed scroll, and is configured to perform an orbiting motion with respect to the fixed scroll, the first spiral blade and the second spiral blade being in mesh with each other to form a compression chamber;
a first chamfered portion formed at each of both corner portions of a distal end portion of the first spiral blade;
a second chamfered portion formed at each of both corner portions of a distal end portion of the second spiral blade;
a third chamfered portion formed on each of both sides of a bottom portion of the first spiral blade, the third chamfered portion having a same shape as a shape of the second chamfered portion; and
a fourth chamfered portion formed on each of both sides of a bottom portion of the second spiral blade, the fourth chamfered portion having a same shape as a shape of the first chamfered portion,
a chamfer dimension of the first chamfered portion and a chamfer dimension of the second chamfered portion being different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,458,406

SEAL ARRANGEMENT FOR A SWITCHABLE VANE CELL PUMP OF CARTRIDGE DESIGN

MAGNA POWERTRAIN BAD HOMB...

11. A vane cell pump of cartridge design which is configured such that it can be switched into multiple flows, comprising:a side plate disposed about an axis and having an outer circumference, and defining a first fluid connection for receiving a first fluid flow of the vane cell pump, a second fluid connection spaced from the first fluid connection for receiving a second fluid flow of the vane cell pump, and a shaft leadthrough spaced from the first and second fluid connections for receiving a drive shaft;
a first seal disposed about the outer circumference of the side plate of the vane cell pump;
a projection extending axially from the side plate and disposed about the shaft leadthrough;
a second seal extending about the projection and fixed in place about the shaft leadthrough by the projection and sealing the shaft leadthrough; and
a third seal positioned about and sealing the second fluid connection relative to the first fluid connection, wherein the third seal does not surround the second seal and the shaft leadthrough.

US Pat. No. 10,458,405

SYSTEMS AND METHODS UTILIZING A GROOVELESS FLUID END FOR HIGH PRESSURE PUMPING

Strom, Inc., Houston, TX...

1. A system for a pressure pumping structure, the system comprising:a spring retainer with a stem;
a keeper being configured to stabilize a cylinder head, the keeper including a body with a planar rear face positioned on a first face of the keeper and a projection positioned on a second face of the keeper, the planar rear face being configured to be positioned adjacent to the cylinder head, and the projection extending in a direction perpendicular to the body of the keeper is being configured to be inserted into the stem, wherein a first axis of rotation associated with the keeper is not coaxial with a second axis of rotation associated with the cylinder head, the keeper being positioned between the stem and the cylinder head, the first face of the keeper and the second face of the keeper being positions on opposite sides of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,458,404

COMPRESSOR SENSOR MODULE

Emerson Climate Technolog...

1. A sensor module for a compressor having an electric motor connected to a power supply, the sensor module comprising:a first input connected to a first voltage sensor that generates a voltage signal corresponding to a voltage of said power supply;
a second input connected to a first current sensor that generates a current signal corresponding to a current of said power supply; and
a processor connected to said first and second inputs that monitors said first and second inputs and that, based on voltage measurements from said first input and current measurements from said second input, detects an unexpected variation of electric power from said power supply;
wherein said processor is disposed within an electrical enclosure of said compressor, said electrical enclosure being configured to house electrical terminals for connecting said power supply to said electric motor,
wherein said power supply includes first, second, and third phases, wherein said voltage signal generated by said first voltage sensor corresponds to said first phase, and wherein said current signal generated by said first current sensor corresponds to said first phase, said sensor module further comprising:
a third input connected to a second voltage sensor that generates a voltage signal corresponding to a voltage of said second phase; and
a fourth input connected to a third voltage sensor that generates a voltage signal corresponding to a voltage of said third phase;
wherein said processor is connected to said third and fourth inputs and detects said unexpected variation of electric power from said power supply based on voltage measurements received from said third and fourth inputs,
wherein said unexpected variation of electric power includes a phase-loss condition, and
wherein said processor compares voltage measurements received from said first, third, and fourth inputs and determines that said phase-loss condition exists when voltage measurements from said first input are less than a predetermined percentage of an average of voltage measurements from said third and fourth inputs.

US Pat. No. 10,458,403

SERVO PUMP CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A servo pump control system for a physical model including an electric motor and a hydraulic pump connected to a load and actuated by the electric motor, the system comprising: a pressure sensor installed at an output of the hydraulic pump and detecting an output pressure of the hydraulic pump; a pressure controller for commissioning a plurality of parameters including: a PID controller receiving the output pressure of the hydraulic pump and generating a first parameter; and a torque controller receiving a second parameter and a third parameter; the pressure controller configured to receive a first control signal, the first control signal including a pressure command signal set by a user; and directly or indirectly provide a second control signal to the electric motor to control the electric motor, the second control signal including a torque control signal generated by the torque controller; and the pressure controller further configured to automatically commission the plurality of parameters without any manual adjustment, based at least in part on an elastic modulus of the physical model calculated as a ratio of a first derivative of the output pressure of the hydraulic pump to a rotation speed of the electric motor, the the plurality of parameters being automatically commissioned by: receiving the output pressure of the hydraulic pump and generating the first parameter as an output of the PID controller calculating the second parameter by dividing the output of the PID controller by the elastic modulus; obtaining the third parameter by multiplying the output pressure of the hydraulic pump by a ratio of a torque command received by the physical model to the output pressure of the pump; and generating the torque control signal based at least in part on the second parameter and the third parameter received by torque controller.

US Pat. No. 10,458,402

MICRO WATER PUMP CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING FLOW PRECISELY

XIAMEN CONJOIN ELECTRONIC...

1. A micro water pump for controlling flow, comprising an upper cover, a valve seat, a water capsule seat, a base casing, a water capsule, a crank lever, a drive shaft, an eccentric wheel, a motor, a photoelectric switch, and an output circuit board;the motor and the photoelectric switch being installed on the base casing, the motor comprising a motor shaft, the motor shaft being inserted into the base casing and directly connected with the eccentric wheel in the base casing, the motor shaft and the eccentric wheel constituting a transmission member, the transmission member being radially provided with a photoelectric shelter corresponding to the photoelectric switch, the photoelectric shelter cooperating with the photoelectric switch for detecting a revolution of the motor, the photoelectric switch being electrically connected with the output circuit board, the output circuit board being electrically connected with an external motor controller and transmitting information of the revolution of the motor to the exterior motor controller;
the eccentric wheel being formed with an oblique eccentric hole, one end of the drive shaft being obliquely inserted in the eccentric hole, another end of the eccentric wheel being connected with the crank lever, an upper end of the crank lever being provided with at least two supports extending outward, the crank lever swinging to bring the supports to compress and swing repeatedly;
the water capsule seat being sealedly installed on the base casing, the water capsule seat being formed with at least two installation holes corresponding to the supports, each installation hole being sealedly installed with the water capsule, an upper portion of the water capsule being open, a lower portion of the water capsule being installed on a corresponding one of the supports, the supports bringing the water capsule to compress and swing repeatedly;
the valve seat being sealedly installed on the water capsule seat, the valve seat being formed with an inlet hole and an outlet hole corresponding to the water capsule, the inlet hole and the outlet hole being provided with one-way valves which are opened in different directions;
the upper cover being sealedly installed on the valve seat, the upper cover being formed with a water outlet and a water inlet, the water inlet communicating with the inlet hole, the water outlet communicating with the outlet hole,
wherein an upper surface of the valve seat is formed with an outer annular inlet passage and an inner annular outlet passage, the outer annular inlet passage and the inner annular outlet passage are separated from each other, the inlet hole is disposed in the outer annular inlet passage, and the outlet hole is disposed in the inner annular outlet passage;
wherein the one-way valve used for the outlet hole is a diaphragm unit, the diaphragm unit comprises a central post and at least two diaphragms extending outward and radially, the inner annular outlet passage is formed with a central hole for insertion of the central post, the outlet hole is disposed around the central hole, and each diaphragm corresponds to the outlet hole; and
wherein the diaphragm unit is formed with a positioning rib disposed between the diaphragms, the inner annular outlet passage is formed with a pair of stop boards corresponding to the positioning rib, the positioning rib is located between the pair of stop boards, an outer end of the positioning rib is formed with a positioning protrusion, the inner annular outlet passage is formed with a positioning hole corresponding to the positioning protrusion, the positioning protrusion is inserted in the positioning hole, the stop boards and the positioning hole are adapted to limit movement of the positioning rib, and the diaphragm unit is formed with a recess at a junction of each diaphragm and the central post.

US Pat. No. 10,458,401

HOUSING FOR A MOTOR OR COMPRESSOR

KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer...

1. A housing for a motor or compressor, comprising:an elongate crank chamber, which has two end surfaces, for accommodating a crankshaft; and
at least one cylinder chamber for accommodating a piston, wherein
the crank chamber has, in a first end surface, an opening through which the crankshaft is insertable into said crank chamber,
an inner diameter of the crank chamber narrows monotonously from the first end surface to the second end surface,
the housing is cast in one piece, and
the crank chamber tapers in the shape of a cone or frustum from the first end surface to the second end surface such that a shell of the cone or frustum is inclined with respect to its axis of symmetry by an angle of between 0.5 and 10 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,458,400

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF AUTOMATIC PUMP OPERATION

ROM Acquisition Corporati...

1. A system for automatically setting up a truck-mounted pump driven by an engine for pumping operation, comprising:a transmission control having a visual indicator and coupled to a transmission of the truck;
a pump control having a visual indicator and coupled to the pump;
a plurality of visual indicators each associated with a particular vehicular control lever configured to set at least one of the pump, transmission, and brakes;
a master system control switch operable to receive operator input; and
a main controller in data communication with the transmission control, the pump control, and the master system control switch, the main controller receiving an input from the master system control switch to initiate a pump setup operation, and automatically transmitting alert signals to the visual indicators of the transmission control, and pump control, to provide visual guidance to an operator in the proper sequence of steps to prepare the vehicle for proper pumping operation by turning on/off the visual indicators in a proper sequence of pump setup operations, the main controller is operable to determine a set of vehicular conditions including the truck is stopped, its transmission is in neutral, and the emergency brake is on, prior to initiating pump setup operation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,399

PRECISION FUEL ADDITIVE SYSTEM

1. A liquid additive dosing device comprising:a. a liquid additive tank comprising a fill tube, one or a plurality of baffle plates, an outlet port, and a relief tube, said relief tube further comprising an inlet end and an outlet end, said outlet end of said relief tube being located above said outlet port and inside said additive tank,
b. an electrically controlled cam driven dosing pump,
c. an electronic input device containing a timing circuit for starting and stopping said dosing pump,
d. and a liquid additive filter assembly upstream of said dosing pump, whereby said input device starts or stops said dosing pump based on an entering volume of liquid fuel to be diluted to said input device to deliver a corresponding volume of a liquid additive to a fuel tank of a vehicle, or liquid fueled generator.

US Pat. No. 10,458,398

METHOD OF SETTING ZERO POINT OF BI-DIRECTIONAL LINEAR PUMP FOR ACTIVE SUSPENSION APPARATUS

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A method of determining whether a bi-directional linear pump for an active suspension apparatus supplying fluid to an actuator connected to a coil spring coupled to a wheel of a vehicle is normal or abnormal, comprising steps of:controlling at least one of a first valve disposed between the actuator and the pump and a second valve disposed between the pump and a fluid reservoir by means of an electronic control unit (ECU);
moving a piston disposed inside the pump to a first side of the piston to move the piston up to a MAX Stroke position of the first side;
wherein the step of moving the piston to the first side includes steps of:
periodically applying a preset electric power to a motor for a predetermined time period to gradationally move the piston in a direction of the first side;
detecting a position of the motor, which has been rotated for the predetermined time period; and
determining whether or not the piston is arrived at the MAX Stroke position of the first side based on the position of the motor,
wherein the step of determining whether or not the piston is arrived at the MAX Stroke position includes:
detecting a first position of the motor, which rotated for a current time period, and a second position thereof, which rotated for a previous time period, to compare a difference between the first position and the second position with a preset value A; and
determining that a rotation of the motor stops when the difference between the first position and the second position is less than the preset value A;
moving the piston to a second side of the piston to move the piston up to a MIN Stroke position;
wherein the step of moving the piston to the second side includes steps of:
periodically applying a preset electric power to a motor for a predetermined time period to gradationally move the piston in a direction of the second side;
detecting a position of the motor, which has been rotated for the predetermined time period; and
determining whether or not the piston is arrived at the MIN Stroke position of the second side based on the position of the motor,
wherein the step of determining whether or not the piston is arrived at the MIN Stroke position includes:
detecting a third position of the motor, which rotated for a current time period, and a fourth position thereof, which rotated for a previous time period, to compare a difference between the third position and the fourth position with a preset value C; and
determining that a rotation of the motor stops when the difference between the third position and the fourth position is less than the preset value C;
comparing an approximate MIN Stroke position of the second side, which is calculated based on a length of a chamber accommodating the piston with reference to the MAX Stroke position, with the MIN Stroke position thereof; and
determining whether or not the pump is normal based on the comparison result.

US Pat. No. 10,458,397

LOOP LINKED SMART MORPHING ACTUATOR

1. A loop linked smart morphing actuator comprising:a first area morphed in a first pattern according to an external signal; and
a second area morphed in a second pattern according to the external signal,
wherein
the first area comprises a first unit cell morphed in a first direction,
the first unit cell is configured in a loop type knit structure including a first wire and a second wire, the second area comprises a second unit cell morphed in a second direction, and the second unit cell is configured in a loop type knit structure including a third wire and a fourth wire, and
the second direction is opposite to the first direction, and the second pattern is a pattern which has a symmetrical relationship with the first pattern and is provided opposite to the first pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,458,396

DE-ICING SYSTEM FOR A WIND TURBINE BLADE

1. A wind turbine blade (10) having a blade de-icing system, the wind turbine blade comprising a root end (16) and a tip end (14), a leading edge (18) and a trailing edge (20), the blade having an outboard portion provided towards said tip (14) end and an inboard portion provided towards said root end (16), the wind turbine blade (10) further comprising a blade shell structure forming an outer surface of the wind turbine blade (10), the blade de-icing system arranged to convey a heated fluid to provide heat to portions of the wind turbine blade, wherein the blade de-icing system comprises:an insulated outflow channel (70) flowing from said root (16) end to a location adjacent said tip (14) end;
a heating channel (72) in the outboard portion of the blade, the heating channel flowing from said location adjacent said tip end (14) along the leading edge (18) of the blade in the outboard portion of blade, wherein said heating channel (72) comprises:
an insulated wall arranged to define a leading edge cavity between said insulated wall and an internal surface of said blade shell structure at the leading edge of the wind turbine blade in said outboard portion; and
flexible seal members arranged between respective upper and lower sides of said insulated wall and respective adjacent portions of the internal surface of said blade shell structure,
wherein said insulated wall is supported by an internal shear web of said wind turbine blade, and
wherein said flexible seal members are non-load carrying members and act to isolate forces associated with said insulated wall from the internal surface of said blade shell structure at said heating channel; and
an insulated return channel (78) in the inboard portion of the blade, the insulated return channel (78) extending from the root end side of the heating channel to the root end of the blade,
wherein said de-icing system is arranged to convey heated fluid from said root end (16) through said outflow channel (70) to said tip end (14), from said tip end (14) through said heating channel (72) to said insulated return channel (78), and from said insulated return channel (78) to said root end (16), said de-icing system configured to heat the leading edge (18) of the blade in said outboard portion of the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,458,395

WIND TURBINE COUPLING TO MITIGATE TORQUE REVERSALS

PT TECH, LLC, Wadsworth,...

1. A method of providing torsional damping in a wind turbine drive system for a generator to reduce the magnitude and rapidity of torque reversals, and mitigate the resulting damaging impact loads on wind turbine drive system components, comprising:detecting a wind turbine drive system torque reversal exceeding a first preset threshold;
dissipating torsional wind-up energy in the wind turbine drive system while maintaining said reverse torque at said first preset threshold;
detecting a positive torque exceeding a second preset threshold;
returning the wind turbine drive system to forward operation; wherein detecting a wind turbine drive system torque reversal and dissipating torsional wind-up energy are achieved automatically by frictional slipping and
wherein an angle of torsional displacement of said wind turbine drive system is sufficient to cause said frictional slipping to effectively reduce the magnitude of reverse torque and slow a rate of torque reversal magnitude increase, and wherein said generator operates at speeds greater than 1000 rpm and said angle of torsional displacement exceeds 10 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,458,394

TURBINE WITH FLOW DIVERTER AND FLOW DIVERTER FOR TURBINES

MEDITERRANEAN DESIGN NETW...

1. A turbine (1) with flow diverter (2) for a flow of operating fluid, comprising:a support frame (25) adapted to be anchored to a fixed or movable structure;
an impeller (3) rotatably mounted about a rotation axis (R) to said support frame (25) and having a front inlet section for receiving the flow and a plurality of blades (4, 4?, 4?, . . .) adapted to move continuously upon the rotation produced by the flow between a pushing position and an advancing position in correspondence of said front inlet section;
a main flow diverter (2) adapted to be anchored to said support frame (25) and having a peripheral wall (7) adapted to at least partially blind said front section with respect to the flow;
an auxiliary diverter (13) extending from a first section (14) facing one or more blades (4?) of said plurality in said advancing position to a second section (15) facing different one or more blades (4) of said plurality in said pushing position;characterized in that said auxiliary diverter (13) comprises a plurality of curvilinear conduits (16) in reciprocal side by side position along a radial direction, each of said conduits (16) having a first opened end (16?) facing the one or more blades (4?) of said plurality in the advancing position and a second opened end (16?, 16??) placed in correspondence of a conveying duct (8).

US Pat. No. 10,458,393

WIND-POWERED RECHARGING FOR A WEIGHT-SHIFTING COAXIAL HELICOPTER

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. An unmanned helicopter comprising:a propulsion system comprising:
a first rotor assembly comprising a first motor coupled to a first rotor, the first rotor comprising a plurality of first fixed-pitch blades; and
a second rotor assembly comprising a second motor coupled to a second rotor, the second rotor comprising a plurality of second fixed-pitch blades, wherein:
the second rotor is coaxial to the first rotor; and
the second motor is in stacked assembly with the first motor;
a fuselage comprising:
a power source; and
a controller; and
a gimbal assembly coupling the fuselage to the propulsion system, the gimbal assembly comprising:
a first gimbal motor configured to control pitch of the unmanned helicopter; and
a second gimbal motor being in stacked assembly with the first gimbal motor, the second gimbal motor being configured to control roll of the unmanned helicopter;
wherein the controller is communicably coupled to the first and second gimbal motors and is configured to provide instructions to at least one of the first or second gimbal motors in order to orient the plurality of first fixed-pitch blades and second fixed-pitch blades into a position that permits wind to rotate the first fixed-pitch blades and second fixed-pitch blades and thereby charge the power source.

US Pat. No. 10,458,392

WIND POWER PLANT HAVING FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT

SENVION GmbH, Hamburg (D...

1. A method for controlling a wind turbine which is connected to an electrical grid comprising measuring a grid frequency present in the grid and regulating the power output of the wind turbine based on the measured grid frequency, wherein regulating the power output comprises:detecting a change in the measured grid frequency over time,
determining a rate of change of the measured grid frequency,
determining whether the measurement of grid frequency is erroneous by comparing the rate of change of the measured grid frequency with a rate of change limit value that is based on a range of grid frequency rates of change that is associated with confidence in grid frequency measurements,
in response to determining that the measurement of grid frequency is erroneous based on the rate of change of the measured grid frequency exceeding the rate of change limit value, regulating the power output using a modified frequency value, wherein the modified frequency value has a lower rate of change in comparison with the measured grid frequency and is calculated using an increase value or an increase function, and
in response to determining that the measurement of grid frequency is not erroneous based on the rate of change of the measured grid frequency not exceeding the rate of change limit value, regulate the power output using the measured grid frequency unmodified.

US Pat. No. 10,458,391

SINGLE-FRAME IMPELLER OF WIND TURBINE GENERATOR SET

Zhang, Xiaoxin, Zhangjia...

1. A single-frame impeller of a wind turbine generator set, the single-frame impeller comprising:a generator with a main shaft horizontally arranged;
a wind wheel frame;
blades;
a supporting base;
oblique supporting rods; and
a blade adjusting device, wherein: the blade adjusting device comprises a blade adjusting chamber (5), a motor (22) and an adjusting mechanism; the blade adjusting chamber (5) is of a horizontal cylinder, a rear end of the blade adjusting chamber (5) is fixedly connected with a front portion of the supporting base (6), and the blade adjusting chamber (5) and the supporting base (6) are assembled at a front end of a generator main shaft; the supporting base (6) and the wind wheel frame (1) are connected with each other through the oblique supporting rods (4), the blade adjusting chamber (5) is disposed at a center of the wind wheel frame (1), and the oblique supporting rods (4) are uniformly distributed around the supporting base (6); the motor (22) and the adjusting mechanism are assembled inside the blade adjusting chamber (5), and the adjusting mechanism is connected to the motor and is powered by the motor; the blades (2) are fixedly installed on blade shafts (9) of the blades (2), an outer side end of each blade shaft (9) is assembled on the wind wheel frame (1), an inner side end of each blade shaft (9) stretches into a cylindrical side wall of the blade adjusting chamber (5), the blade shafts (9) are matched with the cylindrical side wall of the blade adjusting chamber (5); the blades (2) are uniformly distributed around the blade adjusting chamber; and
the adjusting mechanism for adjusting an angle of each blade comprises a push-pull transmission mechanism, an adjusting frame (19), rotating arms (20) and connecting rods (21); the push-pull transmission mechanism comprises a swinging arm (16), a positioning shaft (15), a main drive arm (17) and a push-pull rod (18); the adjusting frame (19) is assembled onto the side wall of the blade adjusting chamber; the rotating arms (20) are vertically fixed on end portions of the blade shafts (9) disposed in the blade adjusting chamber, a second end of each rotating arm (20) is hinged with a respective connecting rod (21), and a second end of each connecting rod (21) is hinged with the adjusting frame (19); fixed seats (14) are correspondingly arranged on inner walls of a front end plate and a rear end plate of the blade adjusting chamber (5), the positioning shaft (15) vertically penetrates through a middle portion of the adjusting frame (19), and ends of the positioning shaft (15) are installed on the respective fixed seats (14); one end of the swinging arm (16) is vertically fixed at a middle portion of the positioning shaft (15), the other end of the swinging arm (16) is hinged with the main drive arm (17), and the main drive arm (17) is connected with the motor; and two ends of the push-pull rod (18) are respectively hinged onto a middle portion of the swinging arm (16) and the adjusting frame (19).

US Pat. No. 10,458,390

METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY MAKING A HELICAL TYPE CURVED SHAPED TURBINE BLADE

1. A method for continuously making a curved shaped turbine blade from a sheet metal blank having an inner vertical edge, an outer edge generally parallel to said inner edge, and a top edge perpendicular to and joining said inner and outer edges, said inner vertical edge including a plurality of apertures in spatial relation positioned adjacent thereto, the method comprising the steps of:calculating an amount of stretch needed per unit length thereof for forming a curved outer edge on said sheet metal blank;
mounting said sheet metal blank on a metal forming press with said apertures in indexing position thereon;
digitally feeding the sheet metal blank over a first metal form to produce detents and indents starting a predetermined perpendicular distance from said inner edge on said sheet metal blank in said first metal form for providing the needed stretch from said starting distance to said outer edge of said sheet metal blank;
bending said stretched sheet metal blank over a second metal form to flatten the stretched indents and detents; and
cutting said stretched sheet metal blank to a predetermined length to form a bottom edge thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,458,389

PROFILE WEDGE FOR ATTACHMENT OF AN AEROSHELL EXTENDER PIECE

1. A wind turbine blade assembly comprising a wind turbine blade having a tip end and a root end, and a leading edge and a trailing edge with a chord length extending therebetween,wherein the wind turbine blade assembly further comprises an aeroshell extender piece comprising:
a body for attachment to a trailing edge side of a profile of a wind turbine blade, the body having a first end for attachment to the trailing edge side of the profile, and a second trailing edge end to form an extended airfoil trailing edge profile for a portion of the profile of the wind turbine blade,
wherein the aeroshell extender piece is attached to the wind turbine blade at least partly using at least one profile wedge, the at least one profile wedge having an inner attachment surface and an outer attachment surface, the inner attachment surface being attached to a surface of the wind turbine blade and being contoured to mate therewith, and the outer attachment surface being attached to the aeroshell extender, the outer attachment surface having a larger surface area than a surface area of the inner attachment surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,388

WIND TURBINE BLADE, WIND TURBINE ROTOR, WIND TURBINE POWER GENERATING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MOUNTING VORTEX GENERATOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A wind turbine blade, comprising:a blade body; and
a vortex generator mounted to a surface of the blade body,
wherein the vortex generator includes a plurality of fin sets, each fin set including a plurality of fins disposed so as to protrude from the surface of the blade body at different positions from one another in a blade spanwise direction, and
wherein the plurality of fin sets is positioned so that, in a planar development view of the surface of the blade body, an angle ? formed by a center axis of a blade root of the blade body with a line connecting two of the fin sets which are adjacent in the blade spanwise direction increases toward the blade root, at least in a part of a region of the blade body between a position of the blade root and a maximum chord-length position of the blade body in the blade spanwise direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,387

HYDROSTATIC AXIAL PISTON MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic axial piston machine, comprising: a circular distributor plate with a high-pressure kidney-shaped aperture and a low-pressure kidney-shaped aperture; and a cylinder drum tensioned against the distributor plate, wherein a diametrical transverse axis extends through a circumferential midpoint of the low-pressure kidney-shaped aperture and bisects the low-pressure kidney-shaped aperture, wherein a diametrical center axis extends perpendicular to the transverse axis, wherein the high-pressure kidney-shaped aperture is located entirely in a quarter-circle-shaped first quadrant and a quarter-circle-shaped second quadrant of the distributor plate, the first and second quadrants each defined by the transverse axis and the center axis, wherein a hydrostatic main relief field that extends into both quadrants is arranged on the distributor plate adjacent to the high-pressure kidney-shaped aperture, wherein the distributor plate has a relief surface on an outer circumference of the main relief field, the relief surface having a center point arranged in the first quadrant, and wherein the relief surface extends to a radial outside edge of the distributor plate, and wherein the relief surface is radially spaced apart from the main relief field.

US Pat. No. 10,458,386

MODULAR HYDROKINETIC TURBINE

Power Development Interna...

1. An apparatus comprising:a pre-fabricated, floating, scalable, modular hydrokinetic vertical axis cross-flow turbine comprising floating devices and vertically oriented blades in power optimized arrays comprising counter-rotating pairs.

US Pat. No. 10,458,385

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TIDAL ENERGY CONVERSION AND ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION USING A ROTATABLE DRAG PANEL

Big Moon Power, Inc., Sa...

1. A tidal energy conversion assembly comprising:a displacement vessel for lateral travel in the direction of tidal flow;
a drag panel mounted to the displacement vessel for capturing drag forces caused by tidal action occurring in a generally lateral direction, wherein the drag panel is pivotable about a horizontal axis from an active configuration for maximizing the capture of drag forces acting on the drag panel, to a retracted configuration for minimizing the capture of drag forces acting on the drag panel;
a control mechanism operatively coupled to the drag panel to pivot the drag panel;
a directional converter coupled to a generator, wherein said directional converter and said generator are positioned at a stationary location; and
an anchor cable having a first end, a second end, and a length in between the first end and the second end, wherein the first end of the anchor cable is connected to the directional converter and the second end of the anchor cable is connected to the displacement vessel;
wherein, as a result of its connection to said anchor cable, said directional converter activates said generator to generate electricity when the displacement vessel travels laterally relative to said stationary location as a result of drag forces captured by said drag panel from the tidal flow.

US Pat. No. 10,458,384

PUMPED-STORAGE POWER GENERATION CONTROL DEVICE AND PUMPED-STORAGE POWER GENERATION CONTROL METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A pumped-storage power generation control device comprising:a first measuring unit that measures a pumping input or an electrical quantity corresponding to the pumping input of a pumped-storage power generation facility in a pumping operation;
a second measuring unit that measures a power output or an electrical quantity corresponding to the power output of a pumped-storage power generation facility in a power generating operation;
a control section that controls at least one of the pumping input of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the pumping operation and the power output of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the power generating operation such that a value, which is obtained by a predetermined calculation using the measurement value measured by the first measuring unit and the measurement value measured by the second measuring unit, becomes a set target value; and
wherein the control section controls at least one of the pumping input of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the pumping operation and the power output of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the power generating operation such that an addition, a difference, or a ratio between the power output of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the power generating operation and the pumping input of the pumped-storage power generation facility in the pumping operation becomes a set target value.

US Pat. No. 10,458,383

DRIVE SYSTEM FOR AN ENGINE ARRANGEMENT

1. A drive system for an engine arrangement, the drive system comprising a gear reduction mechanism having at least three separate and rotatable junction elements, the rotation speeds of the junction elements being interdependent but not having a fixed ratio the ones relative to the others, and wherein, in the mounted position, among the junction elements:a first junction element is connected to an engine crankshaft;
a second junction element is connected to an accessory pulley which is drivingly connected to an electric machine and at least one accessory;
a third junction element;
a free wheel which is connected to a non-rotating part of the engine arrangement in the mounted position, and in that the third junction element is configured to be coupled to the free wheel in a first operating phase of the drive system,
wherein, in the first operating phase, the free wheel is configured such that when the third junction element exerts torque on the free wheel in one direction, the free wheel is in an engaged state and stops the rotation of the third junction element, and when the third junction element exerts torque on the free wheel in the opposite direction, the free wheel is in a free state and allows rotation of the third junction element, and wherein the third junction element is further configured to be coupled to the accessory pulley, in a second operating phase.