US Pat. No. 10,690,285

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., T...

1. A portable electronic device comprising:a device body;
a first linking member including a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is rotatably and pivotally connected to the device body;
a supporting member pivotally connected to the second end, wherein the supporting member moves relative to the device body via the first linking member, when the first linking member rotates relative to the device body via the first end, the second end moves close to or out from the device body;
a hinge disposed at the supporting member and connected to the second end, to provide a twisting force for relative rotation between the first linking member and the supporting member; and
a second linking member including a third end and a fourth end, wherein the third end is pivotally connected to a side edge of the supporting member, the hinge is disposed adjacent to the side edge, the device body further includes a first slot, the fourth end is rotatably and slidably connected to the first slot,
wherein an orthographic projection of the second end on a bottom surface of the device body is located between an orthographic projection of the first end on the bottom surface of the device body and an orthographic projection of the fourth end on the bottom surface of the device body when the supporting member is received in the device body.

US Pat. No. 10,690,284

TRACK SYSTEM FOR IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICES

1. A track system for image capture devices comprising:a track, wherein the track comprises:
a first end;
a second end;
a top side;
a bottom side;
a left side; and,
a right side;
a carriage, wherein the carriage comprises:
a front end;
a back end; and,
a pin aperture;
at least one handle;
a first retractor, wherein the first retractor comprises:
a first reel; and,
a first cable; and,
a release mechanism, wherein the release mechanism comprises:
a trigger;
an actuator;
a pin; and;
a remote mount;
wherein the remote mount is adjustably attached to the track;
wherein the first retractor is attached to the first end;
wherein the first cable is attached to the front end;
wherein the pin aperture is configured to receive the pin;
wherein the carriage is movably attached to the top side;
wherein the carriage is configured to attach an image capturing device;
wherein the at least one handle is adjustably attached to the track; and,
wherein the trigger is adjustably attached to the track.

US Pat. No. 10,690,283

CONTROL DEVICE FOR A GIMBAL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO...

1. A gimbal for controlling an optical device comprising:a rocker configured to receive an action instruction and generate a control instruction based on the action instruction, the action instruction including a long press when a rocker handle of the rocker is deviated from a middle position, and the control instruction including a back-to-middle control instruction configured to allow the rocker handle to return to the middle position; and
a controlling assembly configured to receive the control instruction from the rocker, and generate, based on the control instruction, a performing instruction for controlling the optical device, the performing instruction including a hold performing instruction for enabling the gimbal to hold a current attitude.

US Pat. No. 10,690,282

SUPPORT STAND FOR HANDS FREE USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES WHILE USING AN EXERCISE MACHINE

1. A support stand for an electronic device comprising:a base having a first end and a second end, the first end including a bifurcation forming a first leg and a second leg;
a first clamp pivotably attached to the first leg;
a second clamp pivotably attached to the second leg;
a first post having a first end pivotably connected to the second end of the base;
a second post having a first end telescopically connected to a second end of the first post;
a platform pivotably connected to a second end of the second post;
a horizontally adjustable first arm pivotably attached to the first pole, the horizontally adjustable first arm having a first telescopic section extending away from the first pole;
a horizontally adjustable second arm pivotably attached to the first pole, the horizontally adjustable second arm having a second telescopic section extending away from the first pole;
a first adjustable fastening device located at a distal end of the first telescopic section; and
a second adjustable fastening device located at a distal end of the second telescopic section.

US Pat. No. 10,690,281

PIPELINE ROBOT CAPABLE OF STEERING ACTIVELY

CHENGDU UNEVERSITY OF TEC...

1. A pipeline robot configured to steer actively, comprising at least two driving knuckles and at least one steering knuckle, wherein every two adjacent driving knuckles are connected by the steering knuckle; a front end cover is fixed on a front end surface of the driving knuckle at the most front end of the pipeline robot; a sensor for detecting path distribution conditions of pipelines in a pipeline network is mounted in a center of the front end cover; a rear end cover is fixed on a rear end surface of the driving knuckle at a rearmost end of the pipeline robot; a universal spherical hinge for connecting other pipeline detection equipment is arranged in a center of the rear end cover;each of the at least two driving knuckles comprises a main frame, driving mechanisms and telescopic mechanisms, wherein the driving mechanisms are mounted on a side wall of the main frame at uniform intervals; the telescopic mechanisms are mounted in the main frame, and is configured to cause contraction of the driving mechanisms into the main frame; and
the steering knuckle is configured to drive a front driving knuckle connected thereto to steer, wherein a screw frame is fixed in the main frame in an axial direction of the main frame; the side wall of the main frame is provided with a plurality of concave receiving grooves at the uniform intervals; a first bearing pedestal and a second bearing pedestal are symmetrically arranged on a first sides and a second side of a receiving groove from a top to a bottom in sequence; a connecting plate is arranged on an upper end surface and a lower end surface of the main frame respectively; the driving mechanisms are mounted inside the plurality of concave receiving grooves; the telescopic mechanisms are mounted on the screw frame and are connected with the driving mechanisms in a transmission manner.

US Pat. No. 10,690,280

HIGH EFFICIENCY AIR HEATER

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. An air supply line comprising:a tube comprising:
an inlet having a first diameter of no more than 0.25 inches;
an outlet having a second diameter of no more than 0.25 inches; and
a central portion having a third diameter of at least one inch, wherein the central portion connects the inlet and the outlet;
a network of fins located within the tube;
a first polyimide layer wrapped around the tube, adhered to the tube by a pressure sensitive adhesive; and
a heater wrapped around the first polyimide layer.

US Pat. No. 10,690,279

VALVE CONNECTOR

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A valve connector comprising:a body including
an outlet port in which a valve is at least partially receivable to receive compressed gas discharged from the outlet port, the outlet port defining a longitudinal axis,
at least one aperture extending between an exterior surface of the body and the outlet port, and
a contact portion that is defined on the exterior surface of the body opposite the outlet port and is intersected by the longitudinal axis;
a sleeve arranged about the exterior surface of the body, the sleeve movable relative to the body between a clamping position and a release position;
a biasing member applying a biasing force against the sleeve towards the clamping position; and
a clamping mechanism including at least one clamping member arranged at least partially within the aperture,
wherein when the valve is received in the outlet port, the clamping member is inwardly displaceable into the outlet port in response to the biasing force biasing the sleeve toward the clamping position, such that the clamping member engages the valve, and
wherein in response to a first force applied against the contact portion in the direction of the outlet port and a second force applied against the sleeve in a direction opposite the biasing force to overcome the biasing force and move the sleeve toward the release position, the clamping member is separable from the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,690,278

COUPLING ASSEMBLY WITH VIBRATION LOCK

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A coupling assembly, comprising:a first member;
a second member, the second member including a second member flange;
a release sleeve movably connected to the first member;
a retainer sleeve, and
a spring, the spring configured to apply a spring force to the retainer sleeve;
wherein the spring force biases the retainer sleeve into a positive engagement with the second member flange; and a portion of a body of the second member is disposed within a portion of a body of the first member, and the second member flange extends radially from the body of the second member radially beyond the body of the first member; and wherein the release sleeve includes an outer flange disposed at an end of the release sleeve adjacent the retainer sleeve, the outer flange configured to at least one of cooperate and engage the retainer sleeve to selectively control engagement between the retainer sleeve and the second member flange.

US Pat. No. 10,690,277

RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SMART INSPECTION ASSURANCE CAP

Oetiker NY, Inc., Lancas...

1. A radio frequency identification (RFID) smart inspection assurance cap operatively arranged to communicate whether a tubular connector is fully seated in a fluid connector, comprising:a body comprising:
a through-bore;
radially outward facing surface; and,
an inner surface; and,
a RFID circuit comprising:
a RFID chip;
a first circuit lead connected to said RFID chip; and,
a second circuit lead connected to said RFID chip, said first circuit lead and said second circuit lead electrically disconnected from one another, deactivating said RFID chip;
wherein:
said RFID smart inspection assurance cap is operatively arranged to connect to said fluid connector;
said first circuit lead is arranged to contact said fluid connector;
said second circuit lead is arranged to contact said fluid connector; and,
said RFID circuit is completed when said first circuit lead and said second circuit lead simultaneously contact said fluid connector.

US Pat. No. 10,690,276

FLEXIBLE PIPE JOINT

TRINITY BAY EQUIPMENT HOL...

1. A method of securing a flexible pipe to a further flexible pipe in an end-to-end configuration, comprising:urging an end of a first flexible pipe into an annulus region between a first end of an elongate tubular element and a first jacket member;
urging an end of a second flexible pipe into a further annular region between a second end of the elongate tubular element and a second jacket member; and
providing a vent path from an annular region of the first flexible pipe to a corresponding annular region of the second flexible pipe via a vent passage extending at least partially across a raised central region of the elongate tubular element by locating a ring member over a portion of the raised central region of the tubular element wherein a slot is formed in an outer surface of the raised central region and/or an inner surface of the ring member such that said vent path comprises said slot.

US Pat. No. 10,690,275

CONNECTION TIP FOR A FLEXIBLE LINE, AND ASSOCIATED FLEXIBLE LINE AND MOUNTING METHOD

TECHNIP FRANCE, (FR)

1. A connection end-fitting for a flexible fluid transport line; the flexible line comprising a pressure sheath, an interlocked pressure vault arranged outwardly relative to the pressure sheath and at least one traction armor layer arranged outwardly relative to the interlocked pressure vault, the armor layer comprising a plurality of armor elements; the end-fitting comprising:an end region of the interlocked pressure vault,
at least one end segment of each armor element,
an end vault and a cover fastened on the end vault, the end vault and the cover defining a chamber between them for receiving each end segment of the armor elements,
a front crimping flange of the pressure sheath attached on the end vault and arranged outwardly relative to the end region of the interlocked pressure vault, and
a locking system configured to lock the interlocked pressure vault relative to the end vault;
wherein the locking system comprises a curved holding assembly radially mounted between the end region of the interlocked pressure vault and the front crimping flange.

US Pat. No. 10,690,273

SPLIT NUT ARRANGEMENT

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A split nut arrangement, comprising:a first nut half having a first inner surface opposite a first outer surface and a first opening end opposite a first closing end, wherein the first inner surface comprises a first inner mating groove defining a first groove on the first inner surface extending from the first opening end to the first closing end, and the first outer surface comprises a first outer mating groove defining a second groove on the first outer surface extending from the first opening end to the first closing end; and
a second nut half coupled to the first nut half and having a second inner surface opposite a second outer surface and a second opening end opposite a second closing end, wherein the second inner surface comprises a second inner mating groove defining a third groove on the second inner surface extending from the second opening end to the second closing end, and the second outer surface comprises a second outer mating groove defining a fourth groove on the second outer surface and extending from the second opening end to the second closing end,
wherein the first nut half is coupled to the second nut half by interlocking the first outer mating groove with the second inner mating groove and the first inner mating groove with the second outer mating groove,
wherein the first outer mating groove is configured to slide axially into the second inner mating groove and the first inner mating groove is configured to slide axially into the second outer mating groove, and
wherein the first outer mating groove comprises a first detent defining a third protrusion on the first outer mating groove disposed at the first opening end, and wherein the first detent is configured to engage a first recess of the second inner mating groove.

US Pat. No. 10,690,272

ADAPTER FOR SEALING BOOT FOR ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECTIONS

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. An adapter for a sealing boot, comprising:an annular body having a radially-outward exterior surface;
at least one helical thread extending radially inwardly to define a threaded interior surface and defining a plurality of roots and crests,
wherein the crests extend radially inwardly a distance A from the roots;
and a blocking section that extends axially across the plurality of roots and crests,
the blocking section extending radially inwardly at least the distance A from the roots at junctions with the crests,
and extending radially inwardly a distance B from the roots in areas between the roots and crests,
wherein the distance A is the same as the distance B,
wherein the blocking section is a first blocking section,
and further comprising a second blocking section that extends axially across the plurality of roots and crests,
the second blocking section extending radially inwardly at least the distance A from the roots at junctions with the crests,
and extending radially inwardly a distance B from the roots in areas between the roots and crests,
the second blocking section being circumferentially separated from the first blocking section,
in combination with a bulkhead connector having a threaded stem, the adapter being threaded onto an external thread of the threaded stem to form a seal between the adapter and the threaded stem.

US Pat. No. 10,690,271

TRANSFER HOSE, IN PARTICULAR FOR USE AT HIGH TEMPERATURES

ContiTech Schlauch GmbH, ...

1. A multi-layer mantle hose comprising:at least one inner layer; and,
a mantle layer,
wherein the at least one inner layer consists of FKM,
wherein the mantle layer comprises at least 20% by weight polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyoxadiazole (POD), polyphenylene (PPP), polyphenylene oxide (PPO), polyphenylene ether (PPE), polybenzoxazole (PBO), carbon fibers (CF), metal fibers (MF), or a mixture thereof, as a mixed braid,
wherein the mantle layer further comprises a rigid reinforcing element, and
wherein the mantle layer is the outermost layer.

US Pat. No. 10,690,270

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF PIPES

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A method for generating a pipe assembly, comprising:positioning a ring of material with respect to an extrusion head;
coupling the ring of material to a lowering mechanism;
extruding material on top of the ring of material to form a pipe wall on the ring of material; and
iteratively:
1) lowering the ring of material and the pipe wall a predetermined distance; and
2) extruding the material on the pipe wall to extend the pipe wall until the pipe wall is a desired length, the pipe wall generated as a cellular structure characterizable in terms of a void-to-material ratio that differs along a longitudinal length of the pipe wall, the void-to-material ratio at a bottom portion of the pipe wall greater than the void-to-material ratio at a top portion of the pipe wall such that a structural integrity of the top portion of the pipe wall is greater than a structural integrity of the bottom portion of the pipe wall.

US Pat. No. 10,690,269

MANIFOLD SYSTEM

Haldex Brake Products Cor...

1. A manifold system, comprising:a manifold body having a longitudinal axis, a length greater than a width and a height of said manifold body, a top surface with a first groove extending along the entire length of said manifold body, a bottom surface with a second groove extending along the entire length of said manifold body, a first side surface, a second side surface, a first end and a second end;
at least one mounting hole extending through one of the first side surface or a the second side surface of said manifold body and through one of the first groove or the second groove such that said at least one mounting hole extends substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the manifold body;
a plurality of connection fittings including at least one connection fitting solely located on each of the first and second side surfaces and the top surface of said manifold body;
at least one internal passage way within said manifold body fluidly connecting at least two of said plurality of connection fittings;
at least one fastening element removably engaged within said at least one mounting hole; and
a module panel attachable to a mounting surface of a vehicle, said module panel having a slot including a first edge and second edge;
wherein said manifold body slideably engages into the slot along the longitudinal axis such that the first edge engages into the first groove along the length of said manifold body and the second edge simultaneously engages into the second groove along the length of said manifold body, and the at least one fastening element detachably fastens said manifold body to said module panel; and
wherein no connection fittings are positioned on the first or second ends or the bottom surface of the manifold body.

US Pat. No. 10,690,268

SUPPORT AND GUIDING APPARATUS FOR FEEDER LINES FOR EXCAVATION DEVICES

SOILMEC S.P.A., Cesena (...

1. Support and guiding apparatus for feeder lines comprising a feed pipe for an excavation device, said support and guiding apparatus comprising a support branch and a plurality of transverse connection elements or crosspieces adapted for guiding said feed pipe and connected to said support branch, where said support branch comprises:a ring chain comprising a first series of rings and a second series of rings linked to one another in an alternate manner, defining a longitudinal axis (X) when said ring chain is placed in a deployed configuration;
a plurality of spacer elements, each of said spacer elements being coupled to a respective ring of said first series of rings so that said each of said spacer elements cannot slide with respect to said respective ring of said first series of rings, said each of said spacer elements having a first seat that houses said respective ring of said first series of rings by orienting said respective ring of said first series of rings in a substantially stable manner on a first lying plane, said each of said spacer elements having a second seat and a third seat opposite each other that partially house respective rings of said second series of rings linked to said respective ring of said first series of rings housed in said first seat by orienting said respective rings of said second series of rings on a second lying plane transverse to said first lying plane, said each of said spacer elements being arranged to prevent a longitudinal sliding between said respective ring of said first series of rings and said respective rings of said second series of rings, and to allow a rotation of said respective rings of said second series of rings only on said second lying plane around a rotation axis, said rotation axis being perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of said ring chain and perpendicular to said second lying plane.

US Pat. No. 10,690,267

ADJUSTABLE HOLDING ASSEMBLY

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A mounting assembly for restricting movement of an electrical harness of a gas turbine engine, comprising:a base;
a first channel formed in the base and extending between a first surface and a second surface of the base;
a second channel formed in the base and extending between the first surface and a third surface of the base, the second surface and the third surface being distinct; and
at least one connector receivable within the first channel and the second channel, wherein at least a portion of the at least one connector operable to retain and conform to the shape of an electrical harness to the base, a first end of the at least one connector being fastened to the base within the first channel by a first fastener and a second end of the at least one connector being fastened to the base within the second channel by a second fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,690,266

SUSPENSION DEVICE

JIANGMEN EUROFIX METAL AN...

1. A suspension device, comprising:an upper connecting member having a first upper jointing portion and a second upper jointing portion; and
a lower bearing member connected with the upper connecting member and comprising a first lower jointing portion and a second lower jointing portion, wherein a connection between the upper connecting member and the lower bearing member is achieved through junctions between the first upper jointing portion and the first lower jointing portion and between the second upper jointing portion and the second lower jointing portion;
wherein the first upper jointing portion is provided with a first opening, the first opening is substantially symmetrical and has an upper part and a lower part, the upper part of the first opening is elongated and has a substantially rectangular shape, the lower part of the first opening is wider and shorter compared to the upper part of the first opening, and the lower part of the first opening has a substantially triangular shape with two opposite sides converging toward the upper part of the first opening;
wherein the first lower jointing portion is substantially T-shaped and has a head part and a root part, the first lower jointing portion is configured to allow the root part to rotate freely in the lower part of the first opening, and the head part has a length greater than a maximum width of the lower part of the first opening but less than an overall length of the first opening;
wherein the second upper jointing portion is provided with a second opening and a third opening, and the second opening and the third opening are elongated;
wherein the second lower jointing portion is provided with a first side plate and a second side plate, and the first side plate and the second side plate are configured to be inserted into the second opening and the third opening, respectively; and
wherein the second upper jointing portion is further provided with a first groove extending downwardly from the second opening and a second groove extending downwardly from the third opening, the first groove and the second groove face the first upper jointing portion and are partially disposed on a bent distal tail end of the second upper jointing portion, and the first groove and the second groove are configured for guiding the first side plate to slide into the second opening and guiding the second side plate to slide into the third opening, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,690,265

FAIRING AND METHOD

Equinor Energy AS, Stava...

1. A method for the mounting, storage and deployment of a plurality of fairing devices for the reduction of vortex-induced vibrations or motions and minimization of drag about a plurality of substantially cylindrical elements capable of being immersed in a fluid medium,comprising the following steps:
a) creating a plurality of joint sections prepared for storage by mounting said fairing devices around respective cylindrical elements of the plurality of cylindrical elements, wherein said fairing devices each include fin-like portions which are held in close proximity around the respective cylindrical element;
b) connecting said plurality of joint sections together in a string for deployment into said fluid medium;
c) actuating said fairing devices, by bringing said fin-like portions out from said close proximity around the respective cylindrical element; and
d) immersing said string comprising said plurality of connected joint sections into said fluid medium.

US Pat. No. 10,690,264

SPOOL FOR FUEL CIRCUIT VALVE OF AN AIRCRAFT ENGINE

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. A spool for a valve of an aircraft engine fuel circuit extending along a longitudinal axis, the spool comprising:a narrowed intermediate portion extending between first and second cylindrical end portions, the first cylindrical end portion being separated from the narrowed intermediate portion by a shoulder having a surface arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis overall, the narrowed intermediate portion including, as an extension of the shoulder, a cylindrical section,
wherein the shoulder is provided with a step which is a protuberance protruding with respect to said shoulder as an extension of a cylindrical surface of the first cylindrical end portion and which, when fuel flows along the first cylindrical end portion in a direction of the narrowed intermediate portion and of the second cylindrical end portion, ensures generation of a fuel jet on the cylindrical section of the narrowed intermediate portion, a recirculation of fuel forming in a recirculation zone adjoining said shoulder, and
wherein the shoulder comprises a groove which extends radially from the cylindrical surface of the first cylindrical end portion, in a direction of the longitudinal axis, and from which extends the step, so as to accelerate the recirculation of the fuel in the recirculation zone.

US Pat. No. 10,690,263

VALVE TRIM APPARATUS HAVING MULTIPLE FLUID FLOW CONTROL MEMBERS

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. A valve trim apparatus for use with fluid valves, the valve trim apparatus comprising:a primary valve seat to be positioned in a fluid flow passageway defined by a valve body between an inlet and an outlet of the valve body;
a first flow control member having a cavity and a first seating surface, the first flow control member movable relative to the primary valve seat between a closed position and an open position, the first seating surface to engage the primary valve seat to provide shut-off control and restrict fluid flow through the primary valve seat when the first flow control member is in the closed position, and the first seating surface to move away from the primary valve seat to allow fluid flow through the primary valve seat when the first flow control member is in the open position;
a secondary valve seat positioned within the cavity of the first flow control member;
a second flow control member positioned within the cavity of the first flow control member, the second flow control member being slidably coupled relative to the first flow control member, the second flow control member being movable between at least one of a first position, an intermediate position and a second position, the second flow control member to engage the secondary valve seat to prevent fluid flow through the passageway when the second flow control member is in the first position and the intermediate position, the second flow control member to move relative to the secondary valve seat between the intermediate position and the second position to throttle fluid through the passageway;
a stem coupled to the second flow control member, the stem is to couple the second flow control member to an actuator that is to move the second flow control member between the at least the first position, the intermediate position and the second position, the first flow control member to move between the closed position and the open position together with the second flow control member along at least a first portion of a stroke length of the actuator when the second flow control member moves between the first position and the intermediate position, the second flow control member to prevent fluid flow between the inlet and the outlet of the passageway when the first flow control member is in the open position and the second flow control member is between the first position and the intermediate position.

US Pat. No. 10,690,262

WATER HAMMER-PROOF AIR VALVE AND WATER HAMMER-PROOF EXHAUST METHOD FOR IN-USE PIPELINE

ZHUZHOU SOUTHERN VALVE CO...

1. A water hammer-proof air valve, comprising a valve body and a bonnet,the valve body fixedly connected with the bonnet,
a valve opening, for being communicated with a pipeline provided on the valve body,
an intake and exhaust device disposed in an inner cavity of the valve body, for discharging a gas retained in the pipeline to an outside as the pipeline is filled with water and closing a valve after the pipeline is filled with water, the intake and exhaust device comprises: a casing fixedly connected to the bonnet and/or the valve body, a floating ball located in an inner cavity of the casing, and a sliding mass capping the floating ball and capable of sliding up and down along an inner wall of the casing to open or close the valve,
a bonnet opening provided on the bonnet,
an output end of the intake and exhaust device penetrating the bonnet opening and communicated with an exhaust throttling device, for limiting an exhaust amount of gas of the intake and exhaust device, wherein the exhaust throttling device comprises a throttle tube,
an output end of the exhaust throttling device communicated with outside air, and
an exhaust device, for discharging the gas separated out from the pipeline to the outside through the exhaust throttling device after the intake and exhaust device closes the valve, disposed in the intake and exhaust device, wherein the exhaust device comprises an aperture,
wherein a sealing ring is located between the bonnet and the valve body, and the sealing ring seals against all of the valve body, the bonnet, the casing and the sliding mass.

US Pat. No. 10,690,261

MULTI-PRESSURE RATED VALVE ASSEMBLY

Rosemount Inc., Shakopee...

1. A multi-seat bonnet for a valve assembly configured for use with both a high pressure manifold and a low pressure manifold, the multi-seat bonnet comprising: a locking mechanism configured to secure the multi-seat bonnet to the valve assembly; a first sealing surface, located at an end of the multi-seat bonnet and around a bonnet opening, configured to engage a high pressure seat of the high pressure manifold to form a high pressure bonnet seal when the multi-seat bonnet engages with the high pressure manifold; a second sealing surface configured to engage a low pressure seat of the low pressure manifold to form a low pressure bonnet seal when the multi-seat bonnet engages with the low pressure manifold; wherein the high pressure bonnet seal includes a higher pressure rating than the low pressure bonnet seal; and wherein the multi-seat bonnet engages with either the high pressure manifold or the low pressure manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,690,260

ADAPTER FOR BOTTOM OUTLET VALVE

Trinity Rail Group, LLC, ...

1. An adapter assembly for a bottom outlet valve of a railroad car comprising:a coupler configured to couple to a stem of the bottom outlet valve of the railroad car, the coupler extending along a longitudinal axis of the railroad car when the coupler is coupled to the stem, the coupler configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis to open the bottom outlet valve when the coupler is coupled to the stem; and
a primary gear coupled to the coupler, the primary gear configured to couple to a handle assembly extending from either side of the railroad car, the handle assembly configured to turn the primary gear to rotate the coupler about the longitudinal axis to open the bottom outlet valve.

US Pat. No. 10,690,259

MANUALLY ACTUATED VALVE WITH OVER-TRAVEL FEATURE

Swagelok Company, Solon,...

1. A manually actuated valve assembly comprising:a valve body defining a flow passage and carrying a valve seat;
a valve member assembled with the valve body to seal against the valve seat in a closed position and to permit fluid flow past the valve seat in an open position;
an actuator housing assembled with the valve body;
an actuator stem having an upper stem portion coupled with a lower stem portion by a coupling, the upper stem portion including an upper threaded end threadably assembled with the actuator housing, the upper stem portion being threadably adjustable with respect to the actuator housing for axial movement of the actuator stem between an actuator stem first position that corresponds to said open position and an actuator stem second position that corresponds to said closed position;
an actuator drive member coupled to said upper stem portion and rotatable between a first drive member position and a second drive member position to move said actuator stem between said actuator stem first position and said actuator stem second position;
a biasing spring disposed in the actuator housing, wherein the biasing spring engages the lower stem portion of the actuator stem to bias the lower stem portion toward the valve seat;
wherein said actuator drive member is rotatable between a first stop position corresponding to a fully open valve position, and a second stop position corresponding to a fully closed valve position, wherein the coupling between the upper stem portion and the lower stem portion is configured to provide an over-travel condition between said actuator drive member and said actuator stem configured to provide a closed valve condition at a predetermined rotational position of the actuator drive member that is offset from the second stop position;
wherein when the actuator drive member is in the predetermined rotational position, a first closing force is applied to the lower stem portion exclusively by the biasing spring, and when the actuator drive member is in the second stop position, a second closing force is applied to the lower stem portion by the upper stem portion; and
wherein the upper stem portion comprises a lower end portion have a diameter smaller than a diameter of the upper threaded end, the lower end portion extending through an opening in a spring bearing portion of the actuator housing and through the biasing spring, with the biasing spring having a diameter smaller than the diameter of the upper threaded end.

US Pat. No. 10,690,258

SYSTEM AND USE METHOD FOR VALVE CONTROLLED BY SOUND

CRAB RAFT, INC., Woolley...

1. What is claimed is a system for control of compressed gas and liquid flow using sound comprising:an electrical power source;
an electrically controlled valve operative to control flow of compressed gas by opening or closing upon receiving an electrical control signal;
said electrically controlled valve comprising one or more sensors operative to convey sensor data as electrical sensor-data signals;
said one or more sensors operative to convey location and depth of said electrically controlled valve;
a sound-to-electric signal transducer operative to convert electrical signals into analogous electrical signals;
an electric-to-sound signal transducer operative to convert electrical signals into analogous sound signals;
a remote electric-to-sound signal transducer, deployed on a vessel, operative to convert said electrical signals into said analogous sound signals;
a remote sound-to-electric signal transducer, deployed on said vessel, operative to convert said sound signals into said analogous electrical signals;
a microcontrolled processing unit operative to receive encoded control signals originating from said remote electric-to-sound transducer, to decode said encoded control signals, and generate control response signals for conveyance to said electrically controlled valve; and
said microcontrolled processing unit operative to receive said sensor signals from said electrically controlled valve, to process and convey said sensor signals to said electric-to-sound transducer for conveyance to said remote sound-to-electric transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,690,257

OPERATING FLUID RESERVOIR HAVING AN INTEGRATED VENTING AND/OR AIR ADMISSION VALVE

11. A method for producing an operating fluid reservoir, comprising:injection moulding or deep drawing a first reservoir shell having an integrated hollow valve housing including a valve housing wall, which defines a valve housing interior and surrounds a vent opening in the first reservoir shell;
introducing a valve body into the valve housing via an introduction opening in the valve housing;
latching a holding device comprising at least one latching projection connected to the valve body and extending radially from the valve body into at least one latching opening projecting radially through the valve housing wall in a process involving elastic deformation of at least one of the valve housing, the valve body and the latching projection; and
connecting the first reservoir shell to a second reservoir shell to form the operating fluid reservoir;
wherein the valve housing and the valve body are components of a venting and/or an air admission valve;
wherein the valve housing is located in an interior of the operating fluid reservoir;
wherein the valve housing interior in fluid communication with a vent line via the vent opening;
wherein the valve housing interior is in fluid communication with the interior of the operating fluid reservoir via at least one ventilation opening;
wherein the valve body is arranged in the valve housing interior;
wherein, in an installed position of the operating fluid reservoir, the valve body is at a distance from the vent opening when an operating fluid level within the operating fluid reservoir is below a shutoff level, with the result that the valve body is in an open position and the valve housing interior and the vent line are in fluid communication;
wherein, in the installed position of the operating fluid reservoir, the valve body is subject to a lift from the operating fluid in the valve housing interior such that the valve body is in a closed position and closes the vent opening when an operating fluid level within the operating fluid reservoir is above the shutoff level, with a result that the valve housing interior and the vent line are not in fluid communication via the vent opening;
wherein the valve housing wall is formed integrally with an operating fluid reservoir wall, wherein the valve housing wall is formed integrally with the operating fluid reservoir wall such that the valve housing wall defining the valve housing interior and the operating fluid reservoir wall are formed as one monolithic piece, whereby a fusion bond of the valve housing wall and the operating fluid reservoir wall to one another is non-existent;
wherein the vent opening is embodied as a through opening through the operating fluid reservoir wall;
wherein the valve body is introducible into the valve housing interior via the introduction opening in the valve housing;
wherein the valve body is held movably in the valve housing by the holding device; and
wherein the at least one latching projection is latchable into the at least one latching opening upon the elastic deformation of at least one of the valve housing, the valve body and the latching projection; and
the valve body having an overall length, wherein the overall length of the valve body is completely contained within the valve housing interior when the valve body is in either of the open position and the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,690,256

UNIT FOR THE REGULATION OR CONTROL OF A FLUID PRESSURE

1. A pressure regulation unit for the regulation or control of a fluid pressure, comprising:a pressure regulator housing having
at least one of a first housing section and a second housing section; a fluid inlet port; a fluid discharge port;
a switching film connected to at least one of the housing sections and adapted to switch at pressure differentials of 1 to 250 mbar relative to an ambient pressure acting on the switching film;
wherein the switching film is adapted for regulation, release or blocking of a flow of the fluid between the inlet port and the fluid discharge port;
wherein the switching film is made out of a polymer material having fluorine and carbon,
wherein the first housing section has a first chamber, the first housing section having a hole through which the first chamber opens to an exterior of the first housing section, the hole having a hole cross-section, the hole having an outer circumference;
wherein the second housing section has a second chamber; wherein the first housing section and the second housing section each have a circumferential mating surface situated radially to the outside and radially surrounding the outer circumference of the hole;
wherein the hole cross-section is closed off by the switching film;
wherein the switching film is fixedly and fluid-tightly connected to the circumferential mating surface of both housing sections and closing off the hole cross-section;
wherein at least one circumferential groove of the first housing section and the second housing section are each radially delimited on a radial inside by a circumferential edge projection projecting outwardly to contact and support the switching film when there are axial movements of the switching film transverse to the hole cross-section;
wherein the circumferential edge projections project axially outward towards each other to supportively contact against opposite sides of the switching film;
wherein the switching film includes a joining region situated radially to the outside of the switching film, and further comprising:
a foam material arranged on opposite sides of the switching film and integrally and interlockingly connecting the joining region to both housing sections.

US Pat. No. 10,690,255

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRE-PROGRAMMED SELF-POWER MICROFLUIDIC CIRCUITS

1. A device comprising:a trigger valve, the trigger valve coupling between a first microfluidic channel and a second microfluidic channel and retaining a first fluid within the first microfluidic channel after the trigger valve until a second fluid fills the second microfluidic channel, the trigger valve having a first trigger channel having a first predetermined width, a first predetermined depth and coupled to the first microfluidic channel, having an axis orientated at a first predetermined angle relative to the sidewall of the first microfluidic channel, and a first end coupled to the first microfluidic channel, the trigger valve further having a second trigger channel having second predetermined width less than that of the first predetermined width and a second predetermined depth less than that of the first predetermined depth, the second trigger channel disposed between a second distal end of the first trigger channel and a sidewall of the second microfluidic channel and having an axis orientated at a second predetermined angle relative to an axis of the second microfluidic channel;
a capillary pump coupled to the second microfluidic channel causing the second fluid to trigger the trigger valve linking the first and second microfluidic channels and reversing the flow of the first fluid within the first microfluidic channel such that the first fluid within the first microfluidic channel after the trigger valve now flows back to the trigger valve and into the second microfluidic channel.

US Pat. No. 10,690,253

MULTI-STAGE, MULTI-PATH ROTARY DISC

Control Components, Inc.,...

1. A control valve comprising:a valve body having a main valve passageway;
a flow control element positioned within the main valve passageway, the flow control element having a first stage passageway and a second stage passageway; and
a rotatable control element positioned in the main valve passageway adjacent the flow control element, the rotatable control element having a first stage opening and a second stage opening, the rotatable control element being transitional relative to the flow control element between a closed position, a first position, and a second position;
in the closed position, all openings in the rotatable control element are out of alignment with all passageways in the flow control element, such that the rotatable control element blocks fluid flow through the flow control element;
in the first position, the first stage opening is at least partially aligned with the first stage passageway and the second stage opening is out of alignment with the second stage passageway, such that the rotatable control element allows fluid flow through the first stage passageway and blocks the second stage passageway to prevent fluid flow therethrough; and
in the second position, the first stage opening is aligned with the first stage passageway and the second stage opening is at least partially aligned with the second stage passageway, such that the rotatable control element allows fluid flow through both the first stage passageway and the second stage passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,690,252

BUTTERFLY VALVE

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A butterfly valve, comprising:a body assembly, the body assembly including a body, a disc rotationally disposed inside an opening of the body, a cog interlocked with the body, and a stem passing through the disc and the body, and
a locking cap including an outer surface with a protrusion extending therefrom,
wherein the cog and the locking cap comprise complementary splines engageable relative to each other;
wherein the locking cap engages the cog to prevent rotation of the disc and the stem relative to the body, and
wherein during engagement of the locking cap and the cog, the protrusion of the locking cap is indicative of a position of the butterfly valve.

US Pat. No. 10,690,251

LABYRINTH SEAL SYSTEM AND AN ASSOCIATED METHOD THEREOF

General Electric Company,...

21. A method of manufacturing a labyrinth seal system comprising a stationary component and a rotatable component, wherein one of the stationary component or the rotatable component comprises teeth, the method comprising:manufacturing an abradable component using an additive manufacturing technique; and
coupling the abradable component to a surface of the other of the stationary component or the rotatable component and disposed facing the teeth,
wherein the abradable component comprises a plurality of honeycomb cells disposed adjacent to each other along an axial direction and a circumferential direction of the abradable component, wherein each honeycomb cell comprises a plurality of radial sidewalls disposed about a cavity and extending radially inward away from the surface to a distal end at a clearance between the stationary component and the rotatable component, wherein each radial sidewall comprises a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is radially between the surface and the second portion, wherein the second portion of each radial sidewall defines a continuous curve, and wherein each cavity is defined by at least one respective pair of mutually opposite radial sidewalls of the plurality of radial sidewalls such that each cavity is curved along each mutually opposite radial sidewall of the respective pair of mutually opposite radial sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,690,250

SEAL AND SEAL ASSEMBLY

CARL FREUDENBERG KG, Wei...

1. A seal with at least one sealing lip for sealing a gap between a machine component and a housing, the seal comprising:at least one sealing lip;
a main body comprising a resilient material, the main body being electrically conductive and comprising a majority of the seal; and
a jacket at least partially covering an outer side of the main body, the jacket comprising a relatively thin layer of an electrically insulating material,
wherein the jacket is located at least in each region of the main body configured to contact the machine component and the housing such that the main body is configured not to contact the housing or the machine component.

US Pat. No. 10,690,249

ACTIVE SURFACE FOR A PACKING SEAL INTENDED FOR A SHAFT SEALING SYSTEM

AREVA NP, Courbevoie (FR...

1. A hydrostatic packing seal for a system for sealing a shaft of primary motor-driven pump units of nuclear reactors, the hydrostatic packing seal comprising:a rotary active surface attached to the shaft and a floating active surface, wherein the floating active surface is configured to move axially to follow axial displacements of the shaft, and wherein the rotary active surface and the floating active surface face each other and are separated by a water film,
wherein said rotary active surface or said floating active surface has at least one surface structured by an array of asperities to prevent the deposition of iron oxide fouling said at least one surface of said rotary active surface or said floating active surface, each asperity having lateral dimensions between 10 nm and 5 ?m, a height between 10 nm and 5 ?m, and a distance between two consecutive asperities being between 10 nm and 5 ?m, said asperities being holes or pillars.

US Pat. No. 10,690,248

INJECTION MOLDED SEAL RINGS AND METHODS FOR MAKING THEM

1. An injection molded seal ring comprising a circular ring body extending between a first end and a second end engageable with the first end, the circular ring body comprisingan inner circumferential face;
an outer circumferential face opposing the inner circumferential face having a first lateral edge and an opposed second lateral edge;
a first lateral face extending between the inner circumferential face and the opposing outer circumferential face;
a second lateral face opposing the first lateral face, disposed between the inner circumferential face and the opposing outer circumferential face;
a recess formed in the outer circumferential face, the recess not extending to both the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge of the outer circumferential face; and
an injection molding gate vestige disposed in the recess, the injection molding gate vestige not extending beyond the outer circumferential face.

US Pat. No. 10,690,247

GALLERYLESS SHORT COMPRESSION INSULATED STEEL PISTON

Tenneco Inc., Lake Fores...

1. A piston, comprising:a body formed of steel,
said body including an upper crown presenting a combustion surface for exposure to a combustion chamber,
said upper crown presenting an undercrown surface disposed opposite said combustion surface,
said undercrown surface being openly exposed as viewed from an underside of the piston and not bounded by a cooling gallery
said body including a ring belt depending from said combustion surface,
said body including pin bosses depending from said ring belt and presenting a pin bore for receiving a wrist pin,
said body including ribs disposed along said undercrown surface,
said body including a ratio of compression height to outer diameter (CH/D) ranging from 34.8% to 42.0%,
said compression height being equal to a distance between a pin bore axis of said pin bore and said combustion surface,
said outer diameter being the largest outer diameter of said body,
a low heat transfer coating disposed on said combustion surface, and
said low heat transfer coating having a thermal conductivity of about 0.20 to 0.80 W/m·K.

US Pat. No. 10,690,246

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. An automatic transmission, comprising:a brake including a hub member coupled to a transmission case;
a drum member coupled to a given rotary member;
a plurality of friction plates disposed between the hub member and the drum member; and
a piston configured to engage the plurality of friction plates, and a hydraulic chamber for engagement disposed radially inward of the hub member and to which hydraulic fluid for biasing the piston in an engaging direction;
wherein the piston includes a pressing part configured to press the friction plates, a hydraulic chamber for engagement forming part forming the hydraulic chamber for engagement, and a coupling part coupling the pressing part to the hydraulic chamber for engagement and extending radially,
wherein the hub member includes a plurality of spline parts with which the friction plates are spline-engaged in circumferential directions,
wherein a plurality of notches formed by cutting the coupling part of the piston so as to be spaced apart from each other in the circumferential directions, and
wherein end parts of the spline parts of the hub member in axial directions enter into the notches of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,690,245

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION FOR A VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for controlling a continuously variable transmission in a vehicle propulsion system, the method comprising:measuring a speed ratio of the continuously variable transmission;
determining whether the measured speed ratio is drifting away from a commanded speed ratio; and
adjusting the commanded speed ratio to a value that is different than a desired speed ratio if the measured speed ratio is drifting away from the commanded speed ratio, wherein determining whether the measured speed ratio is drifting away from a commanded speed ratio comprises one of:
a) determining whether a difference between a measured speed ratio and a commanded speed ratio exceeds a predetermined threshold;
b) determining whether a pulley pressure is limited or an error between a commanded pulley pressure and a measured pulley pressure exceeds a predetermined threshold; and
c) determining whether input torque of the continuously variable transmission is higher than a commanded torque capacity by a predetermined amount or the engine torque is at a maximum.

US Pat. No. 10,690,244

HYDROSTATIC TRANSMISSION WITH OVERSPEED PROTECTION FACILITY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic transmission for a traction drive of a mobile working machine, comprising:a primary unit including a driveshaft coupled to an internal combustion engine of the traction drive;
a secondary unit coupled to an output of the traction drive;
two working lines of a closed circuit, each one of the two working lines configured to fluidically connect the primary unit and the secondary unit; and
an electrical control unit configured to control an adjustable pivot angle or an adjustable swept volume of the primary unit during a braking operation of the hydrostatic transmission, the electrical control unit configured to automatically initiate the braking operation in response to detecting both of the following:
an actual rotational speed of the internal combustion engine or a derived rotational speed derived from the actual rotational speed reaching or overshooting a first activation threshold; and
at least one further actual value or at least one derived further actual value derived from the at least one further actual value reaching or overshooting at least one further activation threshold,
wherein the first activation threshold is greater than a setpoint rotational speed of the internal combustion engine or a derived setpoint rotational speed value derived from the setpoint rotational speed by a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,690,243

RANGE SWITCHING DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND SWITCHING METHOD THEREFOR

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A range switching device comprising:a detent mechanism that presses a roller against a groove by using a spring, moves the roller between grooves, and determines a position range of an automatic transmission;
an actuator configured to change the position range of the automatic transmission by driving the detent mechanism; and
a control unit that is configured to rotate the actuator to drive the detent mechanism in a direction to move the roller, and to rotate the actuator in a direction reverse to the driving direction to stop the roller,
wherein the control unit is configured to rotate the actuator to stop the roller by calculating a first braking force corresponding to a proportional-integral (PI) control related to shifting responsiveness and a second braking force corresponding to a force with which the spring presses the roller to a bottom position in a groove, and
the actuator is rotated based on a third braking force which is a sum of the first braking force and the second braking force, and
when the control unit causes braking of the actuator by rotating the actuator to stop the roller, the control unit:
calculates a driving speed of the detent mechanism based on an amount of change of an output shaft angle of the actuator,
estimates a speed of the roller attained when the roller reaches a target bottom position in a case in which the actuator is rotated based on a maximum braking force at the output shaft angle, and
rotates the actuator based on the maximum braking force when the estimated speed satisfies a condition.

US Pat. No. 10,690,242

ABNORMALITY DETERMINATION DEVICE AND ABNORMALITY DETERMINATION METHOD OF LOCK UP CLUTCH

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An abnormality determination device of a lock up clutch, the abnormality determination device comprising:a controller configured to set the lock up clutch in a torque converter at an engaged state or a disengaged state, the torque converter being provided in an automatic transmission of a vehicle, the engaged state including permitting linkage between a rotating member on input side and a rotating member on output side in the torque converter, and the disengaged state including interrupting the linkage between the rotating member on the input side and the rotating member on the output side; and
a determining unit configured to determine presence or absence of an abnormality in the lock up clutch, the abnormality corresponding to a situation that the lock up clutch is stuck in the engaged state,
the determining unit being configured to determine,
on a condition that deceleration of the vehicle on travel with the lock up clutch in the engaged state causes a control signal to be outputted from the controller, the control signal causing the lock up clutch to make a transition to the disengaged state,
the presence or the absence of the abnormality in the lock up clutch, on a basis of a determination result as to whether or not a difference in number of rotations is equal to or larger than a first threshold, the first threshold varying with a rate of deceleration of the vehicle, the difference in the number of rotations being a difference between number of engine rotations and number of turbine rotations, the number of engine rotations being number of rotations of an engine that transmits rotation to the rotating member on the input side, and the number of turbine rotations being number of rotations of the rotating member on the output side.

US Pat. No. 10,690,241

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TRANSMISSION OF VEHICLE AND VEHICLE SYSTEM

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A transmission control apparatus of a vehicle, comprising:a speed prediction device configured to predict speeds for each gear stage from a current position of the vehicle to a position of a speed camera based on a driving state of the vehicle when it is informed that the speed camera exists on a road ahead of the vehicle while an operation of an accelerator pedal is in an OFF state; and
a controller configured to determine a transmission gear stage based on the predicted speeds for each gear stage and to perform a transmission control operation of the vehicle based on the determined transmission gear stage.

US Pat. No. 10,690,240

REAL-TIME TRACKING AND FILTERING OF ESTIMATED DRIVELINE RATIOS

PACCAR INC, Bellevue, WA...

1. A vehicle computer system comprising:at least one processing unit; and
one or more computer-readable media having stored therein a driveline ratio data store for a vehicle and computer-executable instructions, wherein the driveline ratio data store comprises a mapping of transmission gears and respective driveline ratios for the vehicle, and wherein the computer-executable instructions are configured to cause the vehicle computer system to:
obtain a current engine speed for the vehicle;
obtain a current vehicle speed for the vehicle;
calculate a current driveline ratio for the vehicle based on the current engine speed and the current vehicle speed;
determine whether a driveline of the vehicle is engaged;
if the driveline of the vehicle is engaged, perform an update of the mapping of transmission gears and respective driveline ratios for the vehicle based at least in part on the current driveline ratio; and
cause the vehicle computer system to use the updated mapping to select a gear.

US Pat. No. 10,690,239

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

7. A device of controlling a vehicle having:a driving source; and
an automatic transmission having a torque converter provided downstream of the driving source in a power transmission path and having a lockup clutch, and an engaging element provided downstream of the torque converter in the power transmission path, the device comprising:
a control unit adapted to:
engage the engaging element in a state where the lockup clutch is engaged if an accelerator opening becomes not smaller than a predetermined opening during neutral running control in which the automatic transmission is brought into a power shut-off state during running of the vehicle;
engage, if a predetermined neutral running control cancellation condition is met, the engaging element in a state where the lockup clutch is disengaged; and
execute rotation synchronization when the engaging element is engaged from a state where the neutral running control is executed, wherein the control unit determines the rotation synchronization when the engaging element is engaged in a state where the lockup clutch is disengaged and the rotation synchronization when the engaging element is engaged in a state where the lockup clutch is engaged with different threshold values.

US Pat. No. 10,690,238

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING VEHICULAR VARIATOR

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A vehicular variator control device for controlling a variator of a vehicle, the variator being arranged between a running drive source and drive wheels to continuously vary a transmission ratio,the control device comprising a shift control unit configured to control an actual transmission ratio of the variator to a target transmission ratio,
the shift control unit comprising:
a desired transmission ratio setting portion configured to set a desired transmission ratio of the variator according to at least one of a driver's operating action and a running state of the vehicle; and
a target transmission ratio setting portion configured to set the target transmission ratio so as to change the actual transmission ratio to the desired transmission ratio at a given shift speed,
wherein the shift control unit further comprises an instantaneous interruption recovery control portion configured to, upon a power reset from an instantaneous interruption during running, set the target transmission ratio and the desired transmission ratio to a lowest transmission ratio value by initialization and perform recovery control to recover the actual transmission ratio of the variator to a transmission ratio value for shifting to normal control, and
wherein the instantaneous interruption recovery control portion is further configured to, upon the power reset from the instantaneous interruption during the running, set a change speed of the target transmission ratio from the lowest transmission ratio value to the desired target transmission ratio to be higher than that under the normal control before a time at which the desired transmission ratio deviates from the lowest target transmission ratio value.

US Pat. No. 10,690,237

VEHICLE PARKING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of controlling a system for neutral range parking of a vehicle, the method comprising:turning off power of the vehicle based on operation of a start button when a shift range of a vehicle transmission is a P-range;
determining whether a brake pedal is operated after the power is turned off; and
when the brake pedal is determined to be operated after the power is turned off, operating an automatic lever solenoid valve of the transmission to allow the transmission to shift from the P-range to another shift range by releasing engagement between the automatic lever solenoid valve and an engaging lever;
determining whether a time elapsed after the power is turned off exceeds a predetermined reference time; and
when the time elapsed after the power is turned off is determined to exceed the predetermined reference time, maintaining a power-off state so as not to perform gear-shifting anymore.

US Pat. No. 10,690,236

COLUMN-MOUNTED ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION SHIFTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A column-mounted shifter for a transmission comprising:a housing adapted to mount on a steering column;
a shaft supported for rotation within the housing;
first gear teeth circumscribing and fixed to the shaft;
second gear teeth circumscribing and fixed to the shaft, wherein the first and second gear teeth are axially spaced from each other;
a lever including a proximal end operably coupled to the shaft, a distal end, and an elongate body extending radially, relative to the shaft, from the proximal end to the distal end, the lever being pivotal about the shaft between a series of positions corresponding to a series of modes of the transmission, wherein rotation of the lever causes rotation of the shaft within the housing;
a detent ring circumscribing and fixed to the shaft, the detent ring including an outer circumferential surface defining detent grooves;
a detent applicator radially outboard of the detent ring and including a roller engaging with the detent grooves;
a resilient member connected between the detent applicator and the housing and configured to permit radial displace of the roller relative to the shaft;
a sensor including a first gear meshing with the first gear teeth and configured to sense rotation of the first gear and output a signal indicative of the position of the lever; and
an actuator arrangement connectable with the shaft and configured to rotate the lever from one of the positions to another of the positions, the actuator arrangement including:
an actuator,
a gear train that has a worm gear fixed to a driveshaft of the actuator,
a second gear driveably connected to the worm gear and configured to mesh with the second gear teeth fixed to the shaft in one or more positions of the actuator arrangement
a third actuator,
a second shaft supporting the second gear, wherein the second gear is slidable on the second shaft, and
an arm connected to the third actuator and engageable with the second gear, wherein the third actuator is configured to slide the second gear on the second shaft, via the arm, to engage and disengage the second gear with the second gear teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,690,235

FASTENING DEVICE, SELECTOR LEVEL HOUSING, FORCE TRANSMISSION ELEMENT, SWITCHING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FASTENING A SWITCHING DEVICE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. An attachment device for a gearshift lever device comprising:an aperture for receiving the gearshift lever device;
a bearing surface section that at least partially encompasses the aperture, for bearing on a bearing element;
a sealant receiver disposed in the bearing surface section; and
a mount for supporting a section of a force transmitting device connecting in a shift-effecting manner the gearshift lever device to a motor vehicle transmission device;
wherein the mount is disposed on a side of the bearing surface section facing away from the sealant receiver;
wherein the sealant receiver at least partially overlaps, in terms of its cross section, a support region delimited by the mount;
wherein the mount is formed by at least two mount sections spaced apart from one another in the direction of the action of force for the force transmitting device; and
wherein at least one collar, which comprises or forms a part of the bearing surface section having the sealant receiver on one side of the collar, and supports at least one of the mount sections on a side of the collar facing away therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,690,234

ELECTRIC VEHICLE POWERTRAIN

Proterra Inc., Burlingam...

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a powertrain including:
an axle having a first drive wheel and a second drive wheel;
a first motor and a first gearbox operatively coupled to the first drive wheel; and
a second motor and a second gearbox operatively coupled to the second drive wheel;
a radiator including coolant; and
an oil manifold including first and second oil inlets, first and second oil outlets, first and second coolant inlets, and at least one coolant outlet,
wherein the oil manifold is fluidly connected to the first and second gearboxes, the first and second motors, and to the radiator.

US Pat. No. 10,690,233

BYPASS CONTROL FOR U-FLOW TRANSMISSION OIL COOLERS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

8. A transmission oil cooler, comprising:a housing defining a first flow path and a second flow path being parallel and adjacent to one another, wherein the first and the second flow paths include a plurality of flow ducts for directing fluid along the first and second flow paths, and wherein the first flow path begins at a front side of the housing and ends at a rear side of the housing, and the second flow path begins at the rear side and ends at the front side;
a deflecting region on the rear side and fluidly connected between the first and second flow paths, wherein the deflecting region receives fluid from the first flow path and directs fluid into the second flow path for cooling;
an inlet tank and an outlet tank arranged on the front side of the housing, and fluidly connected to the first and second flow paths, respectively, the inlet tank being adapted to supply fluid to the first flow path and the outlet tank being adapted to discharge fluid cooled from the second flow path, wherein the inlet tank and the outlet tank are adjacent and fluidly separated by a baffle, the baffle defining a bypass channel for bypassing fluid directly from the inlet tank to the outlet tank; and
a thermostat disposed within the bypass channel and configured to selectively bypass fluid through the bypass channel in response to a temperature difference between the inlet tank and the outlet tank relative to a predefined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,690,232

MACHINE AND GEARBOX SYSTEM AND COOLING THEREFOR

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A system, comprising:a machine having an external surface;
a cooling airflow generator constructed to generate a cooling airflow when rotated;
a flow guide structure to guide the cooling airflow and discharge the cooling airflow over the external surface and cool the machine using the cooling airflow, wherein at least a portion of the flow guide structure is spaced apart from the machine and disposed radially outward of the external surface so the cooling airflow is guided between the machine and the flow guide structure; and
a flow inducer mounted to the flow guide structure so that the flow inducer is radially spaced outwardly of the flow guide structure, wherein the flow inducer includes an inlet to admit additional cooling airflow from an environment in which the machine is located and into a space between the flow guide structure and the flow inducer, and the flow inducer includes an outlet in which the additional cooling airflow exits the space and is entrained into the cooling airflow discharged from the flow guide structure to form a combined cooling airflow that is directed across the external surface of the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,690,231

EPICYCLIC GEARTRAIN

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC, London ...

1. A debris collection arrangement for an epicyclic geartrain, the epicyclic geartrain comprising a sun gear; a plurality of planet gears, the plurality of planet gears supported by a planet torque ring; and a ring gear, the planet gears meshingly surround the sun gear, and the ring gear meshingly surrounds the planet gears, wherein at least one of the sun gear, and the plurality of planet gears, is provided with a plurality of permanent magnet portions, and a debris collection element, the plurality of magnet portions is arranged as a circumferential array, the debris collection element extends along a side face of the corresponding gear, and the debris collection element is slidably positioned against the side face, such that rotation of the gear causes the debris collection element to remove any ferromagnetic debris particles that are magnetically attached to the side face.

US Pat. No. 10,690,230

TRANSMISSION, AND RUNNING VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A TRANSMISSION

FRANCE REDUCTEURS, Les H...

1. A transmission comprising:a shaft made as a single piece or as at least two shaft sections on a common axis;
a drive toothed wheel mounted to rotate freely on said shaft; and
either a clutch mechanism arranged between the shaft and the drive toothed wheel when the shaft is made as a single piece, or else two clutch mechanisms arranged one between one section of the shaft and the drive toothed wheel, and the other between the other section of the shaft and the drive toothed wheel,
wherein the clutch mechanism or each clutch mechanism is activated by driving the drive toothed wheel in rotation in a first forward rotary drive direction, and is deactivatable by driving the shaft or the shaft section with which it co-operates in rotation in the forward direction when the speed of rotation of the shaft or of said shaft section is greater than the speed of rotation of the drive toothed wheel,
wherein the shaft or each shaft section in the deactivated state of the corresponding clutch mechanism is free to rotate in either direction of rotation,
the clutch mechanism or each clutch mechanism having;
a clutch plate mounted to rotate freely on the associated shaft or shaft section and to which the rotary motion of the drive toothed wheel is suitable for being transmitted; and
a part carried by and constrained to rotate with the associated shaft or shaft section; and
a brake of said clutch plate acting continuously on the angular speed of said plate;
wherein the brake of the, or of at least one of the, clutch plates is threaded on the shaft or on the shaft section carrying said plate,
wherein the brake of the clutch plate, or of at least one of the clutch plates comprises two spring blades extending along the shaft or the shaft section carrying said clutch plate, and a connection zone for connecting said spring blades together, said connection zone arranged at or in the vicinity of one of the ends of the spring blades, being provided with a through orifice to enable said brake to be threaded on the shaft or the shaft section carrying said clutch plate.

US Pat. No. 10,690,229

METHOD FOR ATTACHING GEAR DRIVING PART, AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, Sh...

1. A method for attaching a gear driving part in which a first gear provided on a front side of a fixation-side member of a gear driving part in a rotatable manner is meshed with a second gear in which a portion of the tooth is exposed from an opening part of a gear case while being phase-aligned with the second gear, and then the fixation-side member is fixed in the gear case, the method comprising:a first step of inserting a positioning bolt into a positioning hole of the first gear from a front side and screwing the positioning bolt into a screw hole of the fixation-side member to regulate a phase of the first gear with respect to the fixation-side member; and
a second step of inserting a portion of the bolt protruding to a front side of the first gear into a hole of the gear case and meshing the first gear with the second gear while positioning the fixation-side member in a predetermined phase position of the gear case.

US Pat. No. 10,690,228

ISOLATOR WITH DOUBLE ACTING SPRING SYSTEM WITH REDUCED NOISE

LITENS AUTOMOTIVE PARTNER...

1. An isolator, comprising:a spring having a first spring end and a second spring end;
a shaft adapter that is mountable to a crankshaft for rotation about an axis, wherein the shaft adapter has a first adapter drive surface that is engageable with the first spring end and a second adapter drive surface that is angularly spaced from the first adapter drive surface by an adapter drive surface spacing and that is engageable with the second spring end; and
a pulley that is engageable with an endless drive member and that is rotatable relative to the shaft adapter, wherein the pulley has a first pulley drive surface that is engageable with the first spring end and a second pulley drive surface that is angularly spaced from the first pulley drive surface by a pulley drive surface spacing and that is engageable with the second spring end, a friction member that is fixedly connected to one of the pulley and the shaft adapter and is frictionally engageable with the other of the pulley and the shaft adapter,
wherein torque is transferrable from the shaft adapter to the spring through the first spring end, and from the spring to the pulley through the second spring end,
wherein torque is transferrable from the pulley to the spring through the first spring end, and from the spring to the shaft adapter through the second spring end,
wherein one of the adapter and pulley drive surface spacings is larger than the other of the adapter and pulley drive surface spacings,
wherein, when transitioning from torque transfer from the shaft adapter to the pulley to torque transfer from the pulley to the shaft adapter, the second adapter drive surface engages the second spring end at a different time than the first adapter drive surface disengages from the first spring end, and the second pulley drive surface disengages from the second spring end at a different time than the first pulley drive surface engages the first spring end,
and wherein when transitioning from torque transfer from the pulley to the shaft adapter to torque transfer from the shaft adapter to the pulley the first adapter drive surface engages the first spring end at a different time than the second adapter drive surface disengages from the second spring end, and the first pulley drive surface disengages from the first spring end at a different time than the second pulley drive surface engages the second spring end.

US Pat. No. 10,690,227

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING TAILORED METALLIC GLASS-BASED STRAIN WAVE GEARS AND STRAIN WAVE GEAR COMPONENTS

California Institute of T...

1. A method of fabricating a flexspline of a strain wave gear comprising:providing a mold of the flexspline;
forming a MG-based composition into a flexspline using a forming technique comprising:
depositing an MG-based composition into the mold;
heating the MG-based composition to a temperature greater than the glass transition temperature of the MG-based composition,
forming and compressing the MG-based composition within the mold while the temperature of the MG-based composition within a first region is greater than its respective glass transition temperature of the MG-based composition such that the MG-based composition conforms to the shape of the mold,
quenching the MG-based composition sufficiently rapidly to maintain at least some amorphous structure in the MG-composition,
removing the MG-based composition from the mold, and
wherein the forming of the MG-based composition results in a formed flexspline comprising a MG-based material; and
wherein the formed flexspline is characterized by: at least a portion having a thickness of greater than approximately 1 mm and a major diameter of less than approximately 4 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,690,226

VEHICLE DRIVETRAIN SYSTEM

1. A vehicle drivetrain assembly that is disposed within a tractor trailer wherein the drivetrain assembly is configured to provide improved fuel economy for the tractor trailer at highway cruising speeds comprising:a frame;
a combustible motor, said combustible motor operably coupled to said frame;
a transmission, said transmission being operably coupled to said combustible motor, said transmission having a plurality of gears or speeds, said transmission having a final gear or speed, wherein said final gear or speed within said transmission ranges from 0.47 to 1 to 0.49 to 1;
a rear end differential, said rear end differential operably coupled to said transmission via a drive shaft, said rear end differential having a gear disposed therein, wherein said gear disposed within said rear end differential ranges from 3.08 to 1 to 3.90 to 1 said rear end differential operably coupled with at least one drive wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,690,225

TRANSAXLE

KANZAKI KOKYUKOKI MFG.CO....

1. A transaxle comprising:a first input shaft;
a second input shaft extended coaxially to the first input shaft;
an output shaft drivingly connected to the second input shaft;
a torque limiter interposed between the first input shaft and the second input shaft; and
a housing incorporating the first and second input shafts, the output shaft and the torque limiter,
wherein the torque limiter includes first and second sleeves,
wherein the first sleeve is connected to the first input shaft unrotatably relative to the first input shaft,
wherein the second sleeve is connected to the second input shaft unrotatably relative to the second input shaft, and
wherein the torque limiter is configured such that the first and second sleeves are layered in a radial direction of the first and second input shafts and contact and press each other with a radial surface pressure therebetween to limit a torque transmitted between the first and second sleeves to a limiting value.

US Pat. No. 10,690,224

TENSIONING PULLEY ARRANGEMENT FOR A BELT DRIVE AND BELT DRIVE HAVING THE TENSIONING PULLEY ARRANGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A tensioning pulley arrangement for a belt drive, comprising:a first tensioning pulley rotatable about a first axis, the first tensioning pulley interacting with a first strand of a belt of the belt drive to tension the first strand; and
a second tensioning pulley rotatable about a second axis, the second tensioning pulley interacting with a second strand of the belt to tension the second strand;
where the first and second axes are parallel to one another and can be moved at a constant or variable distance from one another along path contours, which extend parallel to a plane perpendicular to the first and second axes;
where the first and second tensioning pulleys are placed against the belt with a spring force and a spring preloading relative to one another by a first spring device, and the first and second axes are arranged at a distance from one another in an initial position;
where the tensioning pulley arrangement has an intensifying device for increasing the spring force; and
where the intensifying device includes: a tensioning device,
which tensions the first spring device to an increasing extent, in the event of a movement of a central point of the distance from its rest position, with increasing movement of the central point, where the first spring device has a first spring and a second spring, arranged in series, and the tensioning device includes a crank, where the first spring and the second spring are coupled in each case by one of their ends to one of the first and second axes and are coupled to the crank by crank-facing ends, and the crank is configured to move in the event of a movement of the central point out of its rest position, tensioning the first spring and the second spring.

US Pat. No. 10,690,223

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train apparatus of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, the planetary gear train apparatus comprising:an input shaft receiving torque of an engine;
an output shaft outputting torque and disposed in parallel with the input shaft;
a compound planetary gear set having first, second, third, and fourth rotation elements and disposed at a radial external side of the input shaft;
a simple planetary gear set having fifth, sixth, and seventh rotation elements and disposed at a radial external side of the output shaft;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the first rotation element and selectively connectable to the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the second rotation element and selectively connectable to the input shaft and a transmission housing;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the third rotation element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the fourth rotation element and selectively connectable to the transmission housing;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the fifth rotation element and fixedly connected to the output shaft;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the sixth rotation element;
a seventh shaft fixedly connected to the seventh rotation element and operably connected to the third shaft; and
an eighth shaft selectively connectable to the input shaft and operably connected to the sixth shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,690,222

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A power transmission apparatus for a vehicle, the power transmission apparatus comprising:a first input shaft selectively connectable to an engine output shaft for receiving an input torque through a first clutch;
a second input shaft formed as a hollow shaft, mounted coaxial with and external to a first portion of the first input shaft without rotational interference with the first input shaft, and selectively connectable to the engine output shaft through a second clutch;
a torque mediating shaft mounted coaxial with and external to a second portion of the first input shaft without rotational interference with the first input shaft;
a first intermediate shaft mounted in parallel with the first input shaft;
a compound shifting section including a first planetary gear set and a second planetary gear set,
wherein the first planetary gear set is mounted on the first input shaft and has a first sun gear fixedly connected to the torque mediating shaft, a first planet carrier fixedly connected to the second input shaft, and a first ring gear integrally formed with an intermediate output gear, and
wherein the second planetary gear set is mounted on the first intermediate shaft and has a second sun gear fixedly connected to the first intermediate shaft, a second ring gear selectively connectable to a transmission housing through a first brake, and a second planet carrier for outputting a torque;
a fixed shifting section engaged with the compound shifting section and receiving a torque from the compound shifting section through the first input shaft and the torque mediating shaft and outputting a modified torque to the second sun gear of the compound shifting section; and
an output shaft mounted in parallel with the first input shaft and on a same axis of the first intermediate shaft, and outputting a torque received from the first ring gear and the second planet carrier of the compound shifting section to a differential.

US Pat. No. 10,690,221

CYLINDRICAL TRANSMISSION

SHENZHEN HUAQING TRANSMIS...

1. A cylindrical transmission, comprising a housing, an input shaft, and an output shaft, wherein, the housing comprises several circular discs with outside lips provided thereon, the input shaft and the output shaft are provided on center lines of the several circular discs, several driving gears are provided on the input shaft, a rotary disc is provided on the output shaft, and the rotary disc is provided with internal teeth of rotary disc; several gear shafts are provided between two adjacent circular discs, the gear shafts are provided on the periphery of the driving gears between the two adjacent circular discs, and several gears are provided on each of the gear shaft; the gears are adjacent to the rotary disc, and one of the several gears is disengaged from or engaged with the internal teeth of rotary disc; all the circular discs are connected with each other via the outside lips,wherein the several circular discs include a H-disc, a fixed disc, and a rear end cover of transmission; the fixed disc has a fixed disc side opening; the gear shafts include a transmission gear shaft, and the gear shafts include a transmission gear upper wheel and a transmission gear bottom wheel; the several driving gears are fixed to the input shaft between the H-disc and the fixed disc, and an internal flat surface of fixed disc is arranged below the internal teeth of rotary disc; one side of the H-disc is connected to the fixed disc and the rear end cover of transmission; a bearing and an oil seal are provided at the center of the H-disc; two bearings are provided at the center of the fixed disc; one end of the input shaft extends into the bearings at the center of the fixed disc, and the other end of the input shaft extends through the bearing and oil seal at the enter of an H-disc; several corresponding bearing sockets are provided on the internal flat surface of H-disc and the internal flat surface of fixed disc and bearings are provided in the bearing sockets, both ends of the transmission gear shaft are inserted into the bearings in the bearing sockets respectively; the transmission gear upper wheel is fixed to the transmission gear shaft, and the transmission gear bottom wheel is cup jointed with the transmission gear shaft via splines; the several driving gears are engaged with the transmission gear upper wheels respectively; a compression spring is provided below the transmission bottom wheel; the transmission gear bottom wheel is adjacent to the internal teeth of rotary disc, with clearance between them; the transmission gear bottom wheel is disengaged from or engaged with the internal teeth of rotary disc; the rear end cover of transmission is arranged at the outer side of the rotary disc,
wherein several self-retaining electromagnets, electromagnet bases, and electromagnet connectors are provided on the internal flat surface of the H-disc; the self-retaining electromagnets are fixed to the electromagnet bases; an electromagnet push-pull rod is provided in each self-retaining electromagnets the electromagnet push-pull rod extends through an oil seal on the electromagnet base and is connected to the electromagnet connector; a shaft hole and an ejector pin are provided in the transmission gear shaft; a copper washer, a circlip for shaft, and steel balls are provided on the top end of the ejector pin and the lower end of the ejector pin extends into the shaft hole; a bayonet is provided on the bottom side of the electromagnet connector, and the bayonet is inserted at the bottom side of the copper washer; a cross flat hole is provided in the transmission sear shaft; and the transmission gear bottom wheel, transmission gear shaft and ejector pin are connected together in the cross flat hole by dovetail screws.

US Pat. No. 10,690,220

ABSORBER SYSTEM

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A mass damper system kit that damps excitations for a plurality of orders, comprising:at least one damper mass having a damper mass guide track;
a damper mass support having at least one support guide track and configured to receive the at least one damper mass;
a plurality of coupling elements each configured to operatively connect the damper mass support and the at least one damper mass so that each coupling element is movable in the at least one support guide track and in the damper mass guide track between a central position in which each coupling element is free from deflection in circumferential direction of the at least one support guide track and the damper mass guide track and a deflection position in which a deflection has taken place in circumferential direction out of the central position,
wherein a composite comprising the at least one support guide track, the damper mass guide track, and a respective coupling element, the respective coupling element is configured for an order depending on a number of cylinders of a respective exciting drive,
wherein the at least one support guide track and the damper mass guide track are tailored with respect to their geometric configuration for excitations of a virtual order between a first order with which are associated excitations of a first drive with a first number of cylinders and a second order with which are associated excitations of a second drive with a second number of cylinders,
wherein a diameter of each coupling element is dimensioned based on the first order or the second order such that the diameter of the rolling elements is greater in the first drive with a larger number of cylinders than the second drive with a smaller number of cylinders,
wherein the first drive generates excitations of a higher order than the second drive with second number of cylinders,
wherein the at least one support guide track and the damper mass guide track are configured with respect to their geometric arrangement in accordance with the virtual order that lies in a middle between the first order and the second order to damp excitations for the first order and the second order.

US Pat. No. 10,690,219

REDUCED NOISE FLEXPLATE

MAGNA POWERTRAIN, INC., ...

1. A flexplate assembly comprising;a central plate having a general disc shape disposed about and extending radially from an axis, said central plate having a first radial width,
a ring gear annularly secured about said central plate and presenting an outer circumference defining a plurality of ring teeth extending therefrom, and
at least one noise plate disposed adjacent to said central plate and extending circumferentially about said axis for reducing vibrations and noise from said flexplate assembly,
wherein said noise plate has a second radial width being at least one half of said first radial width of said central plate, wherein said central plate defines a plurality of slots, and wherein said ring gear defines a plurality of apertures in axial alignment with said slots.

US Pat. No. 10,690,218

TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPING ASSEMBLY FOR A DRIVE TRAIN OF A VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A torsional vibration damping arrangement for a drivetrain of a vehicle, comprising:a rotational mass arrangement rotatable around a rotational axis A;
a damping arrangement arranged outside of the rotational mass arrangement and operatively connected to the rotational mass arrangement and fixed with respect to rotation relative to the rotational axis A; the rotational mass arrangement comprising a primary inertia element rotatable around the rotational axis A and a secondary inertia element rotatable relative to the primary inertia element and further comprising a displacer unit, operatively connected to the primary inertia element on one side thereof and to the secondary inertia element on another side thereof, wherein the displacer unit comprising a working chamber, and wherein a volume V1 of the working chamber is changed through a relative rotation of the primary inertia element with respect to the secondary inertia element out of a neutral position;
the damping arrangement further comprising a slave cylinder with a working chamber having a volume V2, the working chamber of the slave cylinder operatively connected to the working chamber of the displacer unit; the damping arrangement comprising a stiffness arrangement and a damper mass, and wherein the slave cylinder of the damping arrangement is operatively connected to the damper mass by the stiffness arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,690,217

MAGNETICALLY DYNAMIC DAMPING ASSEMBLY

BEIJINGWEST INDUSTRIES CO...

1. A magnetically dynamic damping assembly comprising;a damping unit including a housing wall extending between a base portion and a top portion bounding a main chamber therein,
a partition including a diaphragm of elastic material disposed in said damping unit impermeably dividing said main chamber into sub-chambers,
said diaphragm including at least one magnetically actuated element,
said partition further including a fixed magnetic source for creating a magnetic field adjacent to said at least one magnetically actuated element,
a source of electrical current including an energized condition wherein said source of electrical current provides current to said partition creating a magnetic field regulating said at least one magnetically actuated element of said diaphragm relative to said fixed magnetic source and a non-energized condition wherein said source of electric current does not provide current and said diaphragm is unrestricted to flex as a result of pressure changing in one of said sub-chambers,
said partition includes a magnetic guide surrounding said fixed magnetic source defining a gap exposing said fixed magnetic source to said magnetically actuated element and guiding said magnetic field towards said gap,
said damping unit contains magnetorheological fluid and includes flow paths and a solenoid adjacent to said flow paths changing the viscosity of said magnetorheological fluid entering said flow paths.

US Pat. No. 10,690,216

CONTROL ARRANGEMENT FOR A FREQUENCY-DEPENDENT DAMPING VALVE DEVICE OF A VIBRATION DAMPER AND METHOD FOR PLASTIC DEFORMATION OF THE POT FLOOR OF THE CONTROL ARRANGEMENT

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A method for plastic deformation of a pot base of a control pot of a control arrangement, comprising:fixing the control arrangement between a first component part of a fixing device and a second component part of the fixing device, wherein the control arrangement is arranged between the first component part and the second component part as a constructional unit comprising at least:
the control pot having a cylindrical pot wall and a disk-shaped pot base arranged adjacent to the cylindrical pot wall; and
a control piston; and
a guide bush arranged radially centered in the control pot adjoining the pot base,
wherein the control piston encloses the guide bush in circumferential direction;
clamping the control arrangement by introduction of a fixing force, wherein the guide bush and the control pot are arranged coaxial to one another with respect to a longitudinal axis of the control arrangement, and an end portion of the guide bush comes into axial contact with the pot base;
plastic deformation of the pot base of the control pot toward the guide bush by a deformation tool, wherein a contact portion of the deformation tool comes in contact with the pot base and executes a defined path parallel to the longitudinal axis of the control arrangement in direction of the guide bush and introduces into the pot base a defined force directed toward the guide bush so that the pot base is plastically deformed, wherein the guide bush axially supports the pot base at a side remote of the deformation tool and serves as an abutment for the deformation tool,
wherein the plastic deformation of the pot base of the control pot toward the guide bush fastens the pot base to the guide bush on an outer circumferential surface of the guide bush.

US Pat. No. 10,690,215

DAMPER WITH ELECTRO-MAGNETIC ACTUATOR

Tenneco Automotive Operat...

1. A damper system for a vehicle, comprising:an outer tube extending along a longitudinal axis between a closed end and a rod side end;
a piston rod extending along the longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end, the piston rod extending through the rod side end in the outer tube such that the proximal end of the piston rod is disposed within the outer tube and the distal end of the piston rod is outside the outer tube;
a piston assembly slidably fitted in the outer tube for movement along the longitudinal axis;
a magnetic rotor fixed to and extending annularly about the outer tube at a location longitudinally adjacent to the rod side end of the outer tube; and
a stator assembly coupled to the piston rod adjacent to a distal end, the stator assembly including a stator carrier coupled to the piston rod, a plurality of coils that are supported on the stator carrier and extend annularly about the magnetic rotor, and at least one glide bearing that is disposed radially between the plurality of coils and the magnetic rotor, wherein the at least one glide bearing moves longitudinally with the stator assembly and is arranged in a sliding fit with the magnetic rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,690,214

SHIELD FOR VEHICLE SHOCK ABSORBER

Daystar Products Internat...

1. An apparatus comprising:a shell having an inner surface having a shape defining a cylinder having a diameter (D) and an axis, the shell having a length that is at least three times larger than the diameter (D);
a cap secured at one end of the shell and defining an aperture for receiving a piston shaft of a shock absorber;
a guide extending along the inner surface parallel to the axis, the guide being a slot; and
a slider sized to slidably insert within the slot and permit sliding relative to the slot along the axis;
wherein the shell and cap are formed of an impact resistant material including at least one of resin and plastic; and
wherein:
the guide comprises an opening extending along the slot, the opening being smaller than the slot; and
the slider comprises a post having a head secured thereto, the head being wider than the post, the post being sized to slidably insert within the opening and the head being sized to slidably insert within the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,690,213

SEAL ARRANGEMENT WITH DAMPING ELEMENT

TRELLEBORG SEALING SOLUTI...

1. A seal arrangement comprising:a first machine element and a second machine element, which are arranged spaced apart, forming a sealing gap, wherein the first and second machine elements are movable in translation relative to one another along a movement axis;
a seal element having a sealing lip, wherein at least a section of the seal element is arranged in a holding groove in the first machine element and which serves to seal off a low-pressure region from a high-pressure region of the seal arrangement, the seal element is composed of polytetrafluoroethylene or of fluoropolymer;
a rubber-elastically deformable preloading element which is arranged in the holding groove and which serves to preload the seal element with the sealing lip thereof against a sealing surface of the second machine element; and
at least one elastically deformable damping member for axial support of the seal element, wherein at least a section of the at least one elastically deformable damping member is arranged between a groove flank, arranged on the low-pressure region, of the holding groove and the seal element in the axial direction, the damping member is composed of an elastomer that can be deformed with a constant volume;
wherein a free space is formed between the damping member and the sealing surface of the second machine part, said free space being delimited in a radial direction by the sealing surface of the second machine element and an inner wall, facing the sealing surface, of the damping member;
wherein the damping member is compressed in an axial direction of the movement axis by the seal element when the high-pressure region is subjected to pressure and can be deformed freely into the free space;
wherein the damping member partially covers the sealing gap in the axial direction in the pressurized state of the high-pressure region of the seal arrangement; and
wherein the damping member is composed of a material having a lower elasticity modulus than the elasticity modulus of the material of the seal element.

US Pat. No. 10,690,212

GUIDE/DAMPING UNIT AND PISTON HOUSING UNIT

SUSPA GMBH, Altdorf (DE)...

1. A guide/damping unit for guiding and damping a piston rod in a piston housing unit, the guide/damping unit comprising:a guide element;
at least one damping element, the damping element being arranged in a damping element recess of the guide element; and
at least one grease pocket, the grease pocket being an indentation in an inner surface of the damping element recess, the grease pocket being arranged in a half-shell of the guide element, wherein an axial length of the grease pocket with respect to a longitudinal axis of the guide element is less than an axial length of the damping element recess with respect to the longitudinal axis of the guide element.

US Pat. No. 10,690,211

SHOCK ABSORBER WITH IMPROVED PISTON ARCHITECTURE

KONI B.V., Oud-Beijerlan...

1. A shock absorber (10), comprising:a cylinder (12) having a cylinder wall (12.1); and
a piston (11) sealing against the cylinder wall and dividing the cylinder in first and second cylinder chambers (10.1, 10.2), the piston being movable within the cylinder in a piston movement direction along the cylinder wall and along a longitudinal direction of the piston and the cylinder in inward and outward directions (Mi, Mo) upon inward and outward movement, respectively, of the piston inside the cylinder, a first side (11.1) of the piston being associated with the first cylinder chamber (10.1) and a second side (11.2) of the piston being associated with the second cylinder chamber (10.2),
wherein the piston comprises
a first main channel (101, 301) and a first main non-return valve (111) associated with the first main channel such that the first main channel and the first main non-return valve allow and damp a first main fluid flow (F10) from the second side (11.2) to the first side (11.1) of the piston;
a second main channel (202, 302) and a second main non-return valve (212) associated with the second main channel such that the second main channel and second main non-return valve allow and damp a second main fluid flow (F20) from the first side (11.1) to the second side (11.2) of the piston;
a ring-shaped connecting member (300) comprising a first part (301) of the first main channel and a first part (302) of the second main channel;
a first central member (100) comprising a second part (101) of the first main channel and received in the connecting member (300) at a first side of the connecting member, which is transverse to the longitudinal direction of the piston and associated with the first side (11.1) of the piston such that the first and second parts (301, 101) of the first main channel in the connecting member and the first central member are in line;
a second central member (200) comprising a second part (202) of the second main channel and received in the connecting member (300) at a second side of the connecting member, which is transverse to the longitudinal direction of the piston and associated with the second side (11.2) of the piston such that the first and second parts (302, 202) of the second main channel in the connecting member and the second central member are in line;
a first central member channel (105) provided in a side surface of the first central member (100), which side surface is transverse to the longitudinal direction of the piston and associated with the second side (11.2) of the piston (11), the first central member channel being in fluid communication with the second side (11.2) of the piston;
a second central member channel (205) provided in a side surface of the second central member (200), which side surface is transverse to the longitudinal direction of the piston and associated with the first side (11.1) of the piston (11), the second central member channel being in fluid communication with the first side (11.1) of the piston; and
an auxiliary valve configured and arranged between the first and second central member channels (105, 205) to influence an auxiliary fluid flow through the first and second central member channels between the first and second sides (11.1, 11.2) of the piston (11).

US Pat. No. 10,690,210

MOUNT ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle body defining a compartment;
a powertrain received in the compartment; and
a mount assembly for securing the powertrain to the vehicle body, the mount assembly including a housing having:
an upper mounting portion of the housing, the upper mounting portion including a body having a first end including a flange positioned adjacent and coupled to the powertrain and a second end having one or more terminal edges,
a lower mounting portion of the housing, the lower mounting portion including a body having a first end including a flange positioned adjacent and coupled to the vehicle body and a second end having one or more terminal edges, and
one or more coupling elements cooperating with the one or more terminal edges of the second end of the upper mounting portion and the second end of the lower mounting portion,
wherein the one or more coupling elements cooperate with the upper mounting portion and lower mounting portion to define an interior region of the housing sized to receive and at least partially enclose a dampening arrangement disposed between the upper mounting portion and lower mounting portion;
wherein the dampening arrangement includes:
one or more biasing layers cooperating with the upper mounting portion and lower mounting portion,
one or more relatively high viscoelastic layers disposed adjacent and cooperating with the one or more biasing layers, and
one or more relatively low viscoelastic layers disposed adjacent and cooperating with the one or more relatively high viscoelastic layers, wherein the one or more relatively low viscoelastic layers are formed to receive and at least partially enclose the one or more relatively high viscoelastic layers,
wherein the one or more biasing layers, one or more relatively high viscoelastic layers and one or more relatively low viscoelastic layers are configured to dissipate axial forces on the mount assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,690,209

PRESS-ON COMPOSITE BUMPER TO COMPOSITE PISTON

ContiTech Luftfedersystem...

1. An air spring comprising a composite bumper, a composite piston, a flexible bellow and an upper end cap member, wherein the composite piston has a first end which includes a plurality of rigid portions and a plurality of adjacently positioned cantilever snap joints for receiving and securing the composite bumper, and wherein the composite bumper includes an inner wall for securely engaging the plurality of rigid portions and the plurality of cantilever snap joints;wherein the first end of composite piston further comprises a piston housing surface upon which an outer surface of the composite bumper nests against;
wherein the flexible bellow is sealingly attached to the composite piston and the upper end cap member;
wherein the flexible bellow, the upper end cap member, and the composite piston together form a fluid tight chamber; and,
wherein the composite bumper is contained within the fluid tight chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,690,208

COMPOSITE BEAD PLATE AND AN AIR SPRING USING THE SAME

Stemco Products, Inc., C...

1. An air spring comprising:a piston;
a top plate;
a retaining ring; and
a flexible member affixed to the piston and the top plate,
wherein the piston, the top plate and the flexible member define a pressurizable chamber,
wherein the retaining ring affixes an upper portion of the flexible member to the top plate and holds the flexible member in air-tight contact with the top plate,
wherein the flexible member has a side external to the pressurizable chamber and a side internal to the pressurizable chamber,
wherein the top plate is affixed to the side of the flexible member that is internal to the pressurizable chamber,
wherein the upper portion of the flexible member that is affixed to the top plate is closer to the piston than the retaining ring is to the piston,
wherein the top plate forms, by itself, a retaining ring groove,
wherein the top plate is monolithic, and
wherein the retaining ring is adapted to fit at least partially within the retaining ring groove.

US Pat. No. 10,690,206

BRAKE DEVICE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A brake device for braking a wheel by pinching brake discs rotatable together with the wheel, the brake device comprising:a brake main body supported by a vehicle body or a truck;
a pair of link arms each having a first end portion, a second end portion and a support portion between the first end portion and the second end portion, the support portion being pivotably supported by the brake main body;
an actuator actuated by supply and discharge of a working fluid, the actuator being configured to press brake linings against the brake discs by causing the pair of link arms to pivot, the brake linings being supported by the second end portions of the pair of link arms so as to face opposite surfaces of the brake discs, the brake linings being configured to impart frictional forces by coming into sliding contact with the brake discs;
a coupling member coupling the first end portions of the pair of link arms to each other, the coupling member being extendable and contractable; and
an adjuster configured to cause the coupling member to extend so that positions of the brake linings relative to the brake discs are adjusted to be constant, wherein
the adjuster includes:
an extension mechanism having a non-rotatable first member and a rotatable second member, the extension mechanism being configured to cause the coupling member to extend along with rotation of the second member relative to the first member, the first member being provided with a first screw portion, the second member being provided with a second screw portion threadedly engaged with the first screw portion;
a torque transmission portion mounted on an outer circumference of the second member, the torque transmission portion being configured to transmit a rotation torque to the second member only in the extending direction of the coupling member;
a contact portion provided in a housing portion formed in the coupling member so as to house the second member, the contact portion being in contact with one end portion of the second member; and
a pressing member configured to press the second member in an axial direction toward the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 10,690,205

DRUM BRAKE DEVICE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

AUTOKINETICS, INC., Troy...

5. A drum brake device, comprising:at least one brake shoe including a friction lining and a support structure that moves with the friction lining during a brake application, the support structure including a window having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion of the window being wider than the second portion; and
a shoe mount including a portion that is configured to be received through and removable from the first portion of the window when the support structure is in a first position relative to the shoe mount, the portion of the shoe mount engages the support structure adjacent the second portion of the window in a manner that resists movement of the brake shoe in two dimensions and allows selective movement of the brake shoe in a third dimension for allowing the friction lining to selectively engage the braking surface when the support structure is in a second position relative to the shoe mount, wherein the support structure is not removable from the shoe mount while the support structure is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,690,204

BRAKE CALIPER AND METHOD OF MAKING BRAKE CALIPER

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A brake caliper apparatus, comprising:a caliper portion configured to be supported by a vehicle;
a piston seal disposed in an annular cavity of the caliper portion;
a piston disposed in a cylindrical recess in said caliper portion and having a cylindrical outer surface in sealing contact with the piston seal, said piston being movable within said cylindrical recess along an axial direction;
a heat shield disposed at an axial end of the piston; and
a sealing boot having a first end attached to the heat shield at an attachment portion of the heat shield, a second end engaged to the caliper portion at an engagement portion of the caliper portion, and a bellows-shaped portion having a plurality of walls arranged along the axial direction between the first end and the second end, the piston seal and the engagement portion being on a common plane perpendicular to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,690,203

BRAKE DISC

ALCON COMPONENTS LIMITED,...

1. A ventilated brake disc comprising a disc body having a first disc plate, a second disc plate, the disc plates having radially inner and outer edges, and a vane structure between the first and second disc plates, the vane structure separating the first and second disc plates to allow passage of fluid therebetween, the vane structure defining a plurality of vanes, the vanes connecting the first and second disc plates, each vane having two circumferentially facing sides, each vane being continuously swept to extend unbroken in a radial and circumferential direction along a centerline from a first tip positioned proximate to the radially inner edges of the disc plates to a second tip positioned proximate to the radially outer edges of the disc plates such that no other vane is arranged between the first tip and the radially inner edges along the centerline and no other vane is arranged between the second tip and the radially outer edges along the centerline, each vane defining a plurality of protrusions on each of the two circumferentially facing sides with adjacent protrusions being separated by a land, the land having a flat profile or a curved profile with a curvature less than a curvature of the adjacent protrusions, wherein at least two adjacent vanes have sets of protrusions on respective circumferentially facing sides arranged toward one another, and at least some of the protrusions of the sets of protrusions face lands on the adjacent vane.

US Pat. No. 10,690,202

PAD, ASSEMBLY, CLAMP AND METHOD FOR BRAKE DISC

Freni Brembo S.p.A., Cur...

1. A pad for a brake caliper for a disc brake of a vehicle comprising a caliper body and a brake disc, adapted to abut against a braking band of the brake disc,wherein said disc brake defining an axial direction, either coinciding with or parallel to the rotation axis of the brake disc, a radial direction, orthogonal to the axial direction, and a tangential or circumferential direction, orthogonal to both the axial direction and the radial direction;
wherein said pad comprises at least one plate and one friction material supported by said plate;
wherein said plate has prevalent extension along the radial and tangential directions;
wherein said plate comprises a radially inner edge and a radially outer edge;
wherein said plate comprises a first side and a second side, arranged at opposite tangential ends of the plate;
wherein said plate further comprises at least a first side ear, which extends from said first side at least in tangential direction, and at least a second side ear, which extends from said second side at least in tangential direction;
and wherein said first side ear is provided with at least a first slot, and wherein said second side ear is provided with at least a second slot, so that said plate comprises at least two slots;
wherein said at least two slots are adapted to accommodate with clearance corresponding associable pins mounted to the caliper body;
wherein said at least first slot defines a first slot profile on the plate and said at least second slot defines a second slot profile on the plate,
wherein each of said first slot profile and said second slot profile forms a closed path; and
wherein said slot profiles have a different shape, preventing said plate from being symmetric or specular,
wherein said first slot profile is symmetric with respect to two symmetry axes;
wherein said second slot profile has a non-symmetric or non-specular shape;
wherein said first slot profile comprises four first slot sides having four first slot rectilinear portions and four first slot arcs,
wherein said four first slot arcs comprise a first slot radially inner and tangentially inner arc, a first slot radially outer and tangentially outer arc, a first slot radially inner and tangentially outer arc, and a first slot radially outer and tangentially inner arc,
wherein the curvature radius of said first slot radially inner and tangentially inner arc, and said first slot radially outer and tangentially outer arc are substantially of the same length and equal to a first curvature radius,
wherein the curvature radius of saki first slot radially inner and tangentially outer arc, and said first slot radially outer and tangentially inner arc are substantially of the same length and equal to a second curvature radius, and
said first curvature radius is smaller than said second curvature radius;
and wherein said second slot profile comprises at least five second slot sides,
wherein said at least five second slot sides are joined by second slot curved or arc portions,
wherein said second slot curved or arc portions comprise at least a second slot radially outer arc,
wherein said second slot radially outer arc comprises at least a tangentially inner side portion and a tangentially outer side portion,
and wherein said tangentially inner side portion comprises a radially inner arc portion and a radially outer side portion, so that said second slot radially outer arc comprises a tangentially inner and radially inner arc portion, a tangentially inner and radially outer side portion, and a tangentially outer side portion,
wherein said tangentially outer side portion comprises a tangentially outer and radially outer arc portion,
wherein said tangentially inner and radially outer side portion and said tangentially outer and radially outer arc portion join at a joining point.

US Pat. No. 10,690,200

MANUALLY-ACTUATED BRAKE SYSTEM USING MAGNETORHEOLOGICAL FLUID CLUTCH APPARATUS

EXONETIK INC., Sherbrook...

1. A braking control apparatus comprising:at least one torque source;
at least one magnetorheological (MR) fluid clutch apparatus having an input coupled to the at least one torque source to receive torque from the torque source, the MR fluid clutch apparatus controllable to transmit a variable amount of torque via an output thereof;
a modulation interface coupling the output of the at least one MR fluid clutch apparatus to a braking power transmission of a brake system;
at least one sensor for providing information indicative of a braking state of the load; and
a processing unit for receiving the information indicative of the braking state of the load and for outputting a signal to control the at least one MR fluid clutch apparatus in exerting a desired force on the braking power transmission to assist in braking the load
wherein the braking power transmission is a hydraulic conduit network, and wherein the modulation interface has a plurality of cylinders each with a piston coupled to the output of a respective one of the MR fluid clutch apparatus, each said cylinder configured to be coupled to a respective output hydraulic conduit of a respective brake device.

US Pat. No. 10,690,199

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. An automatic transmission comprising a transmission case and a brake, the brake including:an inner stationary member coupled to the transmission case;
an outer rotary member coupled to a given rotary member;
a plurality of friction plates disposed between the inner stationary member and the outer rotary member;
a piston configured to cause the plurality of friction plates to be engaged; and
a hydraulic chamber for engagement, disposed radially inward of the inner stationary member, and to which hydraulic fluid is supplied, the hydraulic fluid biasing the piston in an engaging direction to cause the plurality of friction plates to be engaged with each other,
wherein the automatic transmission further comprises an oil channel forming member forming a supply oil channel for engagement through which the hydraulic fluid is supplied to the hydraulic chamber for engagement,
wherein the piston includes:
a pressing part located radially outward in the piston and configured to press the friction plates;
a first hydraulic chamber forming part for engagement, located radially inward in the piston and forming the hydraulic chamber for engagement; and
a first coupling part located at a radially intermediate part and extending radially so as to couple the pressing part to the first hydraulic chamber forming part for engagement,
wherein the oil channel forming member includes:
a bonding part located at a radially intermediate part and coupled to one side of the inner stationary member in axial directions;
a second hydraulic chamber forming part for engagement located radially inward in the oil channel forming member, disposed at one side of the piston in axial directions, and forming the hydraulic chamber for engagement; and
a second coupling part located at a radially intermediate part in the oil channel forming member and extending radially so as to couple the bonding part to the second hydraulic chamber forming part for engagement,
wherein the bonding part and the second coupling part of the oil channel forming member are disposed in a cutoff part formed in the first coupling part of the piston, the cutoff part being shaped corresponding to the bonding part and the second coupling part of the oil channel forming member, and
wherein the bonding part and the second coupling part of the oil channel forming member are disposed so as to overlap with the first coupling part of the piston in circumferential directions.

US Pat. No. 10,690,198

ELECTRIC MOTOR TORQUE LIMITING CLUTCH

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An electric motor, comprising:a housing;
a stator mounted to the housing;
a rotor rotatably supported relative to the stator;
a drive member connected to the rotor by a torque limiting clutch, wherein the torque limiting clutch includes a ball ramp mechanism, wherein the ball ramp mechanism includes a pair of ramp plates having a ramp surface disposed on opposite sides of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,690,197

OUTBOARD-MOTOR AUTOMATIC DISENGAGING CLUTCH SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An outboard-motor automatic disengaging clutch system, for use with an outboard motor having an engine, drive shaft, gear box, clutch-dog shift rod, and a gear-shift control connected to a transfer pivot, the outboard-motor automatic disengaging clutch comprising:(i) a disengaging-engaging clutch adapted to disengage and engage the transfer of power from the drive shaft to the gear box using electric power;
(ii) a control switch adapted to sense the position of the transfer pivot and to provide or withhold electric power from said disengaging-engaging clutch based on the position of the transfer pivot; and
(iii) a battery adapted to provide electric power to said disengaging-engaging clutch through said control switch;
where, in use, said control switch, upon sensing the position of the gear-shift control connected to the transfer pivot, causes engagement of said disengaging-engaging clutch when the position of the gear-shift control and transfer pivot correspond to the forward or reverse gear, and causes disengagement of the disengaging-engaging clutch when the position of the gear-shift control and transfer pivot correspond to a neutral position; and
where, in use, the disengagement of said disengaging-engaging clutch in the neutral position removes force upon the gear box through the drive shaft, thereby allowing smoother action of the clutch-dog shift rod upon the gear box.

US Pat. No. 10,690,196

SHAFT DECOUPLER FOR ELECTRIC GENERATOR

GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC, ...

1. An electric generator for starting an engine, comprising:a housing;
a rotatable shaft journaled within the housing;
a rotor mounted onto the rotatable shaft;
a stator mounted within the housing;
an output shaft that is operably coupled with the rotor;
an input shaft configured to be operably coupled to and rotate with the engine; and
a backdrive decoupler, comprising:
a coupler housing operably coupled to the output shaft and defining a cavity therein;
a carrier located within the cavity and operably coupled with the input shaft;
a member located within the cavity, radially outward from the carrier, movable between a first position and a second position and where the member includes a catch;
a strike movable between an engaged position and a decoupled position, where the engaged position is where the strike is engaged with the carrier and the member and the decoupled position is where the strike is no longer engaged with the carrier, wherein driving torque is transmitted from the input shaft to the output shaft through the carrier, strike, and the member; and
an actuator configured to move the member from the first position to the second position, wherein the actuator moves the member to the second position when a command signal is transmitted, and causes the strike to move to the decoupled position uncoupling torque transfer between the output shaft and the input shaft to define a decoupled position where the input shaft is disengaged from the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,690,195

THRUST BEARING ASSEMBLY ATTACHMENT

1. A transmission assembly comprising:a transmission plate having a plurality of circumferentially arranged access holes;
a first thrust bearing having a plurality of axially extending connectors; and
a second thrust bearing having a plurality of receivers;
wherein the connectors pass through the access holes to engage the receivers,
wherein the first thrust bearing and the second thrust bearing are mounted on opposite axial sides of a portion of the transmission plate.

US Pat. No. 10,690,194

CLUTCH ASSEMBLY, KIT, AND METHOD

1. A method of modifying a clutch assembly comprising a drum and a stock apply plate and stock friction and driving plates installed in an interior cavity of the drum, the drum having a rim at an entrance to the interior cavity, the method comprising providing threads on a cylindrical surface of the drum at the rim of the drum, providing threads on a cylindrical surface of the pressure plate that are complementary to the threads of the drum, and threading the pressure plate onto the rim of the drum with the threads of the drum and the threads of the pressure plate to mate the cylindrical surfaces of the drum and the pressure plate, secure the pressure plate to the drum, and enclose the interior cavity of the drum,wherein the pressure plate has an internal recessed surface that defines an axial extension externally of the interior cavity of the drum to create additional axial space beyond the rim of the drum, the method further comprising installing additional friction and driving plates within the additional axial space beyond the rim of the drum.

US Pat. No. 10,690,193

FLEXIBLE COUPLINGS WITH FREE SPIN MODE PREVENTION

ATR Sales, Inc., Santa A...

1. A flexible coupling apparatus comprising:a first hub for attachment to a first shaft and having an inner face;
a flexible insert component comprising an annular body having a plurality of circumferentially-spaced exterior lobes extending from an outer face thereof and a plurality of circumferentially-spaced interior lobes extending from an inner surface thereof, said insert component further having first and second faces disposed a selected axial width apart;
a second hub for attachment to a second shaft and having a cylindrical segment with a circular outer perimeter located adjacent an exterior lobe receiving portion, the exterior lobe receiving portion being shaped and dimensioned to engage the interior lobes of said insert component, the exterior lobe receiving portion comprising a plurality of circumferentially spaced wings terminating in a plurality of teeth, each tooth projecting a selected distance beyond the circular outer perimeter of said cylindrical segment; and
a retainer component adapted to removably attach to said first hub and having a central opening including an interior lobe receiving portion shaped and dimensioned to slidably receive and engage the exterior lobes of said insert component through a first side of said retainer component configured to abut said first hub, the retainer component further having an annular lip disposed at a second side thereof, axially-offset from the interior lobe receiving portion-with a plurality of circumferentially-spaced radially arrayed openings formed therein, each radially arrayed opening having oppositely disposed sidewalls and being sized and positioned such that when the retainer component and the second hub are assembled together, one of the plurality of teeth of said second hub axially extends within each of said radially arrayed openings spaced apart from the respective sidewalls of the respective opening; and
the central opening in said retainer component sized such that said second hub is passable therethrough to a position wherein said plurality of teeth of said second hub engage said interior lobes of said insert component and said interior lobe receiving portion of said retainer component engage said exterior lobes.

US Pat. No. 10,690,192

PROPELLER SHAFT AND YOKE STRUCTURE OF UNIVERSAL JOINT USED FOR THE PROPELLER SHAFT

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A propeller shaft comprising:a shaft part;
a first yoke having a fixing portion, a connecting portion that is formed integrally with the fixing portion, a first yoke portion and a first concave portion, wherein
the first yoke is connected, through the connecting portion, to one end of the shaft part in a direction of a rotation axis of the shaft part,
the first yoke portion is provided at the fixing portion such that the first yoke portion protrudes from the fixing portion in a direction away from the one end of the shaft part along, the direction of the rotation axis of the shaft part,
the first concave portion is provided at an end portion of the fixing portion so as to accommodate thereon an outer circumferential surface of a fastening tool that fastens a securing member, separate from the connecting portion in the direction of the rotation axis of the shaft part, and has a concave shape that opens toward a radial direction outer side of the rotation axis of the shaft part, and
the connecting portion is provided apart from the first concave portion in the direction of the rotation axis of the shaft part, and an outside diameter of the connecting portion is greater than an outside diameter of the shaft part in a radial direction of the rotation axis of the shaft part;
a second yoke having a flange and a second yoke portion, wherein
the flange is provided so as to face the first yoke portion in the direction of the rotation axis of the shaft part, the flange also has a bolt insertion hole into which the securing member is inserted, and is connected to a second shaft part of a vehicle side by the securing member, and
the second yoke portion is provided at the flange such that the second yoke portion protrudes from the flange toward the one end of the shaft part, in the direction of the rotation axis of a shaft part; and
a cruciform shaft coupling the first yoke portion with the second yoke portion.

US Pat. No. 10,690,191

ELASTIC SHAFT COUPLING

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. An elastic shaft coupling comprising:a pair of metal hubs formed in a substantially same shape and assembled to each other in a state where phases are shifted at a predetermined angle in a circumferential direction; and
an elastic body interposed between the pair of hubs,
wherein the elastic body includes:
a connection portion disposed around a center axis of the elastic shaft coupling; and
a plurality of rotation transmission portions provided for the connection portion along the circumferential direction, and each extending in a substantially bar shape from the connection portion along the center axis, and
the pair of hubs each include:
a hub main body portion configured to engage with a rotation shaft; and
a plurality of protrusion portions extending from the hub main body portion along the center axis between the rotation transmission portions, and configured to come into contact with an outer circumferential portion of each of the rotation transmission portions,
wherein each of the rotation transmission portions is an elastic member in a substantially columnar shape, and
a contact portion of each of the protrusion portions which comes into contact with each of the rotation transmission portions is formed in an arc shape in order to minimize an influence of a thickness of the connection portion on an entire length of the elastic shaft coupling,
part of each of the hub main body portions is formed in an arc shape and is in contact with the outer circumferential portion of each of the rotation transmission portions.

US Pat. No. 10,690,190

TORQUE TRANSFER COUPLER WITH ANTI-SLIP FEATURE FOR ROLLER BLIND DRIVE MECHANISM

ZMC Metal Coating Inc., ...

1. A torque transfer coupler for a roller blind, the roller blind having a roller tube with a generally hollow interior capable of receiving an end of an electric motor therein, the electric motor imparting rotational movement to the roller tube, the torque transfer coupler comprising:a generally circular, flexibly resilient, disc releasably secured to an end of the motor, said disc having a rest position and a deflected position, an exterior diameter of said disc larger when in said rest position than when in said deflected position, when in said rest position the exterior diameter of said disc larger than a cross sectional area of the hollow interior of the roller tube such that insertion of said disc into the roller tube causes said disc to be moved to said deflected position wherein an exterior edge of said disc engages an interior surface of the roller tube to assist in the transmission of rotational torque from the motor to the roller tube and to resist the withdrawal of the electric motor from the hollow interior of the roller tube.

US Pat. No. 10,690,189

STEERING GEAR BEARING ARRANGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A bearing arrangement, for supporting an endless screw of a steering gear on a gear housing of the steering gear, comprising:a radial bearing, said radial bearing having an inner bearing ring, an outer bearing ring connected to the endless screw, and a roller member located between and contacting the inner bearing ring and outer bearing ring;
a resilient retention element connecting the radial bearing to the gear housing, the retention element disposed in a groove in an outer face of the outer bearing ring, the retention element fixed in the groove in the outer face of the outer bearing ring in an axially non-movable manner with respect to a longitudinal center axis of the radial bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,690,188

FLEXIBLE CAGE FOR ROLLING BEARING

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A wheel hub group for motor vehicles, comprising a hub and a rolling bearing comprising:a radially outer ring provided with respective radially outer raceways;
a radially inner ring provided with respective radially internal raceways; and
two rows of rolling bodies positioned between the corresponding internal and external raceways, the group being characterized in that the two rows of rolling bodies are held in position by corresponding flexible cages,
wherein each flexible cage comprises:
a substantially circular rib; and
a plurality of fingers extending from a side of the rib and having a base portion, the rib and the plurality of fingers having partially spherical concave surfaces defining together a plurality of partially spherical cavities, each partially spherical cavity of a size and shape to retain a respective rolling body,
wherein the substantially circular rib includes substantially straight portions, each substantially circular rib is steadily connected to a base portion of a respective finger of the plurality of fingers, substantially oblique portions and protrusion portions, and
wherein the flexible cage has a diameter (?) of a circumference (C) circumscribing the flexible cage and the flexible cage is configured to reduce diameter (?) when an external force is applied to at least one finger of the plurality of fingers, and
wherein the flexible cage is configured so that a circumferentially external force applied to the plurality of fingers of the rib reduces the diameter (?) of the circumference (C) circumscribing the cage to a value lower than a minimum diameter (DK) of the radially outer ring.

US Pat. No. 10,690,187

ENVELOPING LAYER-COATED SLIDE BEARING AND DRIVE MODULE

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. An enveloping layer-coated slide bearing comprising:a slide bearing having a bearing surface formed in a cylindrical shape; and
an enveloping layer composed of a thermoplastic elastomer formed on, and in direct contact with, an outer circumferential surface of the slide bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,690,186

SLIDING BEARING ELEMENT

Miba Gleitlager Austria G...

1. Sliding bearing element (1) comprising a supporting layer (2) and a sliding layer (3), the sliding layer (3) being made of silver or silver having a maximum content of other metals of 5% by weight, selected from a group consisting of Cu, Sb, Mo, Co, and the sliding layer (3) has a microstructure with grains (6, 7) and has a sliding layer thickness (12),wherein the microstructure across the sliding layer thickness (12) changes from a globular habitus of the grains (7) in the region of a second surface (9) of the sliding layer (3) closer to the supporting layer (2) to a habitus in an at least approximately columnar form, a longitudinal extension (10) of the grains (7) being arranged in a region of a first surface (8) of the sliding layer (3) farther away from the supporting layer (2); and
wherein a component to be mounted slides on the sliding layer.

US Pat. No. 10,690,185

PISTON COOLING CRANKSHAFT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A crankshaft comprising:a plurality of journals;
a plurality of crank pins; and
a plurality of crank webs connecting select ones of the plurality of journals with select ones of the plurality of crank pins, one or more of the plurality of crank webs including at least one radially outwardly exposed surface having a plurality of cooling features formed thereon, wherein the plurality of cooling features is defined by a plurality of grooves formed in the at least one radially outwardly exposed surface.

US Pat. No. 10,690,184

AXIAL MAGNETIC BEARING HAVING A PROTECTIVE DEVICE

GREE GREEN REFRIGERATION ...

1. An axial magnetic bearing, comprising:a bearing body, comprising a stator and a rotor; and
a protective device, comprising:
a first assembly, fixedly mounted relative to the stator; and
a second assembly, fixedly mounted relative to the rotor,
wherein, one of the first assembly and the second assembly comprises a first stopping portion, and the other of the first assembly and the second assembly comprises a second stopping portion and a third stopping portion, a part of the first stopping portion is axially located between the second stopping portion and the third stopping portion, and a protection gap of the protective device is smaller than a working gap of the bearing body, and
wherein the working gap comprises an axial gap between the stator and the rotor and the protection gap comprises an axial gap between the first assembly and the second assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,690,183

MOTION GUIDE DEVICE

THK CO., LTD, Tokyo (JP)...

1. A motion guide device comprising:a track member formed with a rolling member rolling surface in a longitudinal direction;
a moving member that has a loaded rolling member rolling surface opposing the rolling member rolling surface of the track member, a rolling member return passage that extends parallel to a direction in which the rolling member rolling surface extends, and a turnabout passage that connects the loaded rolling member rolling surface and the rolling member return passage together; and
a plurality of rolling members that roll through an endless circulation passage formed by a loaded rolling member rolling passage made of the rolling member rolling surface and the loaded rolling member rolling surface, the rolling member return passage, and the pair of turnabout passages, wherein
the track member has a recess formed in the longitudinal direction,
the moving member has a holding protrusion that corresponds to the recess formed in the track member,
when force is applied in a direction that would cause relative separation of the moving member and the track member, the holding protrusion holds onto the recess such that the moving member and the track member are unable to be separated,
a gap is formed between the recess and the holding protrusion,
the gap is of a dimension such that reciprocating movement of the moving member relative to the track member is carried out when external load in a direction that would cause relative separation of the moving member and the track member is not being applied,
wherein the gap is of a dimension such that the gap is maintained within a range where the rolling members do not fall from the rolling member rolling surface, and reciprocating movement of the moving member relative to the track member is carried out, even in cases in which a change in contact points between the rolling members and the rolling member rolling surface and the loaded rolling member rolling surface arises due to the application of external load in a direction that would cause relative separation of the moving member and the track member, and
wherein the gap is configured such that the gap becomes zero and the holding protrusion and the recess takes external load at least immediately prior to the adoption of a state in which there will be a change in the contact points between the rolling members and the rolling member rolling surface and the loaded rolling member rolling surface and the rolling members are to fall from the rolling member rolling surface.

US Pat. No. 10,690,182

ROLLER BEARING FOR SUPPORTING RADIAL DEFORMATION OF THE ROLLER BEARING, AND ROTATIVE ASSEMBLY COMPRISING SUCH ROLLER BEARING

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A roller bearing comprising:a rotatable first ring, and
a non-rotatable second ring that are arranged concentrically about a first rotation axis running in an axial direction, the rotatable first ring being configured to rotate with respect to the non-rotatable second ring around the first rotation axis, the rotatable first ring having a circumferential groove opening in a radial direction towards the non-rotatable second ring into which is arranged a protruding element of the rotatable second ring extending towards the rotatable first ring, wherein
between the protruding element and the circumferential groove there being arranged at least one radial roller bearing having a row of radial cylindrical rollers, and at least two axial roller bearings each having a row of axial cylindrical rollers spaced apart in the axial direction respectively on opposite radial faces of the protruding element, wherein
the roller bearing comprises a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart cam followers rotatably secured to the rotatable first ring.

US Pat. No. 10,690,181

ANGULAR CONTACT ROLLER BEARING AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE ASSEMBLY THEREOF

9. A method for assembling an angular contact roller bearing comprising:in a first step, placing an outer bearing ring onto a horizontal assembly plane with a convex sickle-shaped auxiliary ramp, said outer bearing ring having an outer raceway, which is arranged on an inner shell surface of said outer bearing ring so as to be inclined with respect to a bearing axis of rotation (AL), said outer bearing ring having an outer rim which delimits said outer raceway at its greatest diameter, in such a way that said outer bearing ring bears with its rim against an outer diameter side of the auxiliary ramp
in a second step, arranging an inner bearing ring eccentrically with respect to the outer bearing ring, said inner bearing ring having an inner raceway, which is arranged on an outer shell surface of said inner bearing ring so as to be inclined with respect to the bearing axis of rotation, said inner bearing ring having an inner rim which delimits said inner raceway at its smallest diameter, such that, at one side, the auxiliary ramp is arranged between the bearing rings and, at the other side, offset 180° with respect to the center of the auxiliary ramp, the bearing rings bear against one another
in a third step, filling a sickle-shaped free space formed between the outer bearing ring and the inner bearing ring with roller-type rolling bodies in the form of tapered rollers such that relatively large face sides of said roller-type rolling bodies lie on an oblique side of the auxiliary ramp.

US Pat. No. 10,690,180

BALL BEARING AND MAIN SHAFT DEVICE FOR MACHINE TOOL

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A ball bearing comprising:an inner ring with an inner ring raceway groove on an outer circumferential surface;
an outer ring with an outer ring raceway groove on an inner circumferential surface;
a plurality of balls which are arranged in a rollable manner between the inner ring raceway groove and the outer ring raceway groove; and
a retainer with a plurality of pockets for retaining the plurality of respective balls, wherein:
the outer ring includes a plurality of radial holes which penetrate from the outer circumferential surface of the outer ring to the inner circumferential surface of the outer ring in the radial direction to supply lubricating oil, such that the ball bearing is lubricated by the lubricating oil;
when inner diameter side opening portions of the plurality of radial holes are projected on an outer circumferential surface of the retainer along extension lines of central lines of the radial holes, at least parts of the projected inner diameter side opening portions are positioned, in the circumferential surface area of the pockets, within an area of two circles formed by connecting each of axial end portions of respective pockets of the retainer in a rotational axial direction of the ball bearing; and
when the central line of any one radial hole among the plurality of radial holes coincides with a circumferential phase of a center of the ball, any other radial hole is formed such that when the inner diameter side opening portion of the radial hole is projected on the outer circumferential surface of the retainer along the extension line of the central line of the radial hole, at least parts of the projected inner diameter side opening portion overlap with an inner circumferential surface of the pockets when viewed from a radial direction of the ball bearing, and the central line of the other radial hole is separated from the circumferential phase of the center of the ball.

US Pat. No. 10,690,179

THRUST BEARING ALIGNMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

15. A stationary thrust bearing for use in a wellbore, the stationary thrust bearing comprising:an interlocking component including a first end coupled to the stationary thrust bearing and a second end positionable in a recessed portion of a housing of a bottom hole assembly for (i) preventing the stationary thrust bearing from rotating about a central axis of the stationary thrust bearing and (ii) allowing the stationary thrust bearing to rotate about one or more axes perpendicular to the central axis to align a face of the stationary thrust bearing with another face of another thrust bearing, wherein the interlocking component is a sphere.

US Pat. No. 10,690,178

FASTENING UNIT AND MODULES

1. A fastening unit for securing a first module relative to a second module, the fastening unit comprising a first component part for assembly with the second module and a second component part for assembly with the first module,wherein the second component part with the first component part is rotatable about a predefined angle relative to the first component part; and first and second subcomponents within the range of the predefined angle are engageable to each other in a plurality of discrete positions,
wherein the first component part comprises a stop and the second component part comprises a guide groove, with the stop movable within the guide groove to provide rotation of the second component part relative to the first component part about the predefined angle, and
wherein one of the first and second component parts includes a locking groove and the other of the first and second component parts includes a locking pin insertable into the locking groove so as to lock the second component part in one of the plurality of discrete positions.

US Pat. No. 10,690,177

CONNECTING ROD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION MACHINE WITH VARIABLE COMPRESSION

ECO Holding 1 GmbH, Mark...

1. A connecting rod for a variable compression internal combustion engine, the connecting rod comprising: a crank bearing eye for connecting the connecting rod with a crankshaft of the variable compression internal combustion engine; a connecting rod bearing eye for connecting the connecting rod with a cylinder piston of the variable compression internal combustion engine; an eccentrical element adjustment arrangement for adjusting an effective connecting rod length, wherein the eccentrical element adjustment arrangement includes an eccentrical element that cooperates with an eccentrical element lever and that is connected torque proof with the eccentrical element lever, wherein a wrist pin of the cylinder piston is receivable in the eccentrical element, wherein the eccentrical element adjustment arrangement includes two cylinders with a respective piston that is supported in a cylinder bore and connected with a respective support rod, wherein the eccentrical element lever includes one or plural eccentrical element lever segments and is pivotally connected with the support rod, wherein the connecting rod bearing eye and the eccentrical element include first circumferential portions with first face contours and second circumferential portions with second face contours, wherein the first circumferential portions extend about half of a circumference of the eccentrical element at the most, wherein the eccentrical element lever envelops the eccentrical element exclusively in the first circumferential portions of the eccentrical element and does not envelop the eccentrical element in-the second circumferential portions of the eccentrical element.

US Pat. No. 10,690,176

SYSTEM FOR PISTON COOLING

Ford Global Technologies,...

6. A system, comprising:an engine including a cylinder;
a piston reciprocating within the cylinder;
a connecting rod coupling the piston to a crankshaft;
a first end of the connecting rod including a first bore coupled to a crank pin of the crankshaft via a connecting rod bearing;
a second end of the connecting rod including a second bore coupled to the piston via a wrist pin;
a beam of the connecting rod spanning a distance from the first end of the connecting rod to the second end of the connecting rod, the beam comprising a web section bordered by a first flange and a second flange, wherein each of the first flange and the second flange is hollow;
an internal groove formed on a portion of an inside circumference of the first bore, the internal groove adapted to receive oil only from an oil hole on the connecting rod bearing;
a first internal conduit within the first flange fluidically coupling the internal groove with a first external nozzle, the first external nozzle arranged at the second end of the connecting rod; and
a second internal conduit within the second flange fluidically coupling the internal groove with a second external nozzle, the second external nozzle arranged at the second end of the connecting rod away from the first external nozzle,
where the first internal conduit and the second internal conduit each span a length of the connecting rod from the internal groove toward the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,690,175

PRESSURE BALANCING DEVICE AND SUCKER USING THE SAME

Dongguan Yojet Industrial...

1. A pressure balancing device, comprisinga housing,
a deformation medium accommodated in the housing and capable of deforming under compression, and
a sealing member movably connected with the housing and capable of deforming under pressure, wherein
an airtight cavity is formed between the housing and the sealing member, the deformation medium is accommodated in the cavity, and a bottom end of the sealing member protrudes out of the housing and is used for abutting against an external structure; and when part of the deformation medium is compressed by the sealing member, the deformation medium deforms so that a part, not compressed, of the deformation medium compresses a corresponding part of the sealing member to make the sealing member protrude outwards.

US Pat. No. 10,690,174

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRELOADING A BEARING AND ALIGNING A LOCK NUT

TEMPER AXLE PRODUCTS CORP...

1. A lock nut system comprising:a nut threadably engageable to a shaft;
a locking assembly configured to be secured to the nut to inhibit rotational movement of the nut relative to the shaft when the locking assembly is secured to the nut and the nut threadably engages the shaft; and
a tamper indicating member secured to the locking assembly such that a separation of said tamper indicating member from the locking assembly provides an indication of tampering to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,690,173

STRUCTURE OF SCREW

1. A screw, comprising a screw cap and a shank extending downward from the screw cap, the shank having an outside circumferential surface on which a thread is formed, the shank having a lower end forming a tip section, the screw cap being extended downward to form a conic section, the shank located below the screw cap comprising a neck section that is free of thread, the screw being provided with a reverse prevention mechanism arranged on the thread, the thread being an umbrella-shaped thread, the reverse prevention mechanism being constructed to comprise at least one step structure arranged in a direction of the umbrella-shaped thread,wherein the thread at the tip section has regular thread configuration, a portion from a lower end of the umbrella-shaped thread to a top section being thread having regular thread configuration, the thread having an outside diameter that is equal to or slightly greater than an outside diameter of the reverse prevention mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,690,172

EMBEDDED CONNECTION SOCKET AND ASSEMBLY CASING

Wistron Corporation, New...

1. An embedded connection socket, for joining a first object and a second object, the embedded connection socket being disposed on the first object and comprising:a base portion comprising an accommodating recess and a fixing portion, the accommodating recess being a blind hole having an opening toward an opening direction, the fixing portion being made of thermoplastic material and protrusively extending in the opening direction from the opening; and
an insertion part disposed in the accommodating recess, the insertion part comprising a blocked surface, a positioning structure, an engagement structure, a circumference surface, and a joining structure, the accommodating recess supporting the insertion part through the positioning structure, the blocked surface being located at the opening and being toward the opening direction, the positioning structure being located in the accommodating recess, the fixing portion covering and abutting against at least a portion of the blocked surface, the engagement structure being exposed through the opening, the joining structure being formed on the circumference surface and being adjacent to the blocked surface, the joining structure being located in the accommodating recess and joined to the accommodating recess, wherein the insertion part has an extension direction and comprises a positioning portion, and a portion of the accommodating recess corresponding to the positioning portion slidably fits with the positioning portion in the extension direction, so that the insertion part is fixed in the accommodating recess in a direction perpendicular to the extension direction.

US Pat. No. 10,690,171

NUT ELEMENT INSTALLATION TOOL AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING A NUT PLATE ASSEMBLY

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A nut element installation tool for installing a nut element in a nut plate basket using a retaining clip in an interior of a closed structure, the nut element installation tool comprising:a holder for the nut element and the retaining clip, the holder including an upper plate, a lower plate, a pin extending between the upper plate and the lower plate, and a shuttle movable between the upper plate and the lower plate between an extended position and a released position;
the upper plate having an upper plate bore extending between a first surface and a second surface of the upper plate;
the lower plate having a lower plate bore extending between a first surface and a second surface of the lower plate;
the pin coupled to the upper plate and coupled to the lower plate to fix the upper plate relative to the lower plate, the shuttle being slidably coupled to the pin and being movable along the pin between the lower plate and the upper plate as the shuttle moves between the extended position and the released position;
the shuttle having a shuttle bore extending between a first surface and a second surface of the shuttle, the shuttle having a pocket at the first surface configured to receive the nut element and the retaining clip, wherein the shuttle includes side walls at the pocket configured to hold the retaining clip in a compressed state in the pocket when the shuttle is in the extended position until the shuttle is moved to the released position, wherein the side walls are configured to release from the retaining clip when the shuttle is moved to the released position to allow the retaining clip to move to an expanded state in the nut plate basket to retain the nut element in the nut plate basket; and
a shaft coupled to the holder, the shaft passing through the lower plate bore into the shuttle bore to releasably couple to the shuttle, the shaft being configured to hold the shuttle in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,690,170

FASTENER SYSTEM COMPRISING AN EXTERNALLY THREADED BOLT AND AN INTERNALLY THREADED NUT FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF CROSS-THREADING OF THE MATING THREADS DURING ASSEMBLY

1. A system comprising:a shank of a bolt, having an external thread formed to engage a pre-threaded internal thread in a nut member, wherein the external thread of the shank and the internal thread of the nut member have a same thread pitch and a same thread helix angle;
a lead entry point on the bolt, having a threaded entry point, wherein the threaded entry point has an entry point thread pitch higher in magnitude than the thread pitch of the shank and wherein the threaded entry point has an entry point helix angle higher in magnitude than the thread helix angle, of the shank of the bolt, wherein the entry point thread has a pitch that lies within the range of 1.4 to 1.6 times greater than the pitch of the bolt threads along the shank; and
wherein an outside diameter of the lead entry point being approximately below a minor thread diameter of the nut member.

US Pat. No. 10,690,169

CONNECTING APPARATUS AND BOLT ASSEMBLY

WINBO-DONGJIAN AUTOMOTIVE...

1. A connecting apparatus, comprising:a first connector, defining a first through-hole;
a second connector, defining a second through-hole;
a stopping member, defining a stopping hole;
an L-shaped bolt, comprising a screw and an elbow connecting to the screw, wherein the elbow has a stopping surface extending along a lengthwise direction of the elbow; and
a nut, fitted about the screw;
wherein the L-shaped bolt is extended through the first through-hole, the stopping hole and the second through-hole successively and matches with the nut to connect the first connector and the second connector together, when the nut is rotated into the screw, the stopping surface and an inner wall of the stopping hole cooperate with each other to prevent the L-shaped bolt from rotating along an axis of the screw; wherein the stopping member comprises a connecting part and a positioning part arranged on the connecting part, the connecting part defines the stopping hole, the positioning part matches with at least one of the first connector and the second connector to prevent the stopping member from rotating when the nut is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,690,168

THREE-POINT FASTENER

MACLEAN-FOGG COMPANY, Mu...

1. A fastener comprising:a threaded portion; and
a bearing portion, wherein the bearing portion comprises:
exactly three bearing surfaces designed to receive torque from a tool and transmit torque to the threaded portion, wherein each bearing surface includes two adjacent sides with an edge disposed therebetween, the two adjacent sides forming an angle of approximately 120 degrees therebetween; and
three non-bearing surfaces, wherein each of the three non-bearing surfaces has a convex curve;
wherein each non-bearing surface is disposed between a respective two of the exactly three bearing surfaces, and
wherein for each of the exactly three bearing surfaces, each side of the two adjacent sides is substantially planar and directly extends from an associated edge disposed between the two adjacent sides to one of the convex curves without forming any corners.

US Pat. No. 10,690,167

ATTACHMENT FITTED ON A SINGLE SIDE

LISI AEROSPACE, Paris (F...

1. Fastener to attach structural components that have aligned perforations with a nominal diameter (D), and that have a nominal thickness that varies between a minimum thickness and a maximum thickness, with the fastener comprising a minimum grip plane (Gmin) and a maximum grip plane (Gmax), anda screw comprising an enlarged head at one end and a threaded portion at an opposite end;
a sleeve comprising an enlarged head capable of accommodating the head of the screw and intended to come into contact with the first side of the structural components, a cylindrical tubular body capable of accommodating the cylindrical shaft of the screw with clearance and a tapped portion that engages the threaded portion of the screw, where the tapped portion is adjacent to an internally smooth portion of the body of the sleeve said smooth portion having a nominal thickness (E), a non-deformable area (A) adjacent to the head of the sleeve and a deformable area (B) adjacent to the non-deformable area (A);
the deformable area (B) of the sleeve has reduced resistance compared to that of the non-deformable area (A), in order to facilitate the radial deformation of the deformable portion into a bulb designed to come into contact with one side of the structural components opposite the first side;
characterized in that the deformable area (B) extends across a length (L) that is greater than a minimum length (Lmin) and less than a maximum length (Lmax), where the minimum and maximum lengths (Lmin, Lmax) are defined by the following relationships:
Lmin=D/2+2E+(Gmax?Gmin),  {1}
Lmax=(E/0.092)  {2}
where the start of the deformable area (B) is at most placed in the minimum grip plane (Gmin) of the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,690,166

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR APPLYING A CORROSION-RESISTANT COATING TO FASTENERS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A corrosion-resistant coated fastener comprising:a shank portion formed from a wire coated with a cathodic protection metal coating layer, the cathodic protection metal coating layer of the wire has first thickness and the wire coated with the cathodic protection metal coating layer has a first bending yield strength, and wherein the shank portion has a cathodic protection metal coating layer having the first thickness; and
a head portion formed from the wire and integrally connected to the shank portion, such that an area of the head portion has a cathodic protection metal coating layer having a second thickness less than the first thickness, and the area of the head portion also has a sprayed-on second metal coating layer, such that the shank portion and the head portion has a second bending yield strength that is the same as the first bending yield strength.

US Pat. No. 10,690,165

TOGGLE FIXING

1. A toggle fixing for fixing to an insertion hole, having a crosspiece which has a screw hole for screwing in a screw transversely with respect to the crosspiece, having a strip for handling the toggle fixing, which strip is pivotally arranged on the crosspiece laterally of the screw hole of the crosspiece, and having a sleeve which is displaceably arranged on the strip and which has a through-hole which is in alignment with the screw hole of the crosspiece when the strip projects from the crosspiece axially parallel to the screw hole of the crosspiece, wherein the through-hole of the sleeve is a screw hole for screwing through a screw that is arranged to be screwed into the screw hole of the crosspiece and sized to be received in the through-hole, wherein the through-hole is formed to prevent the screw from being received in the through-hole without rotational movement of the screw.

US Pat. No. 10,690,164

FASTENERS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR WOOD CONSTRUCTION

Door County Rustic, LLC, ...

1. A method for fastening a first wooden member to a second wooden member, the method comprising the steps of:securing, with a first fastener and a second fastener, a tenon to the first wooden member such that the tenon extends away from the first wooden member, wherein the tenon has a first hole in which the first fastener is received, a second hole in which the second fastener is received, and a third hole;
positioning the tenon into a cavity defined in a first side of the second wooden member such that the first wooden member is adjacent to the first side of the second wooden member;
positioning a third fastener through the second wooden member such that the third fastener extends into the cavity; and
receiving the third fastener in the third hole of the tenon to thereby fasten the first wooden member to the second wooden member.

US Pat. No. 10,690,163

FASTENER

Glabete GmbH, Ebersbach ...

1. A fastener with a main body (2),external surfaces of said main body being sealed up so as to be diffusion proof, with the exception of a fastening side (3) of the main body that serves to effect fastening to an object,
characterized in that the main body (2) has a discrete arrangement of reservoirs (6) opening out to the fastening side (3),
wherein a filler (7, 7a, 7b) with a hydrophilic material and/or moisture is exclusively available in the reservoirs,
and wherein an aerobic adhesive is provided that is exclusively applied as an adhesive layer to the fastening side (3),
wherein curing of the aerobic adhesive is brought about by the filler (7, 7a, 7b),
and wherein there is not just a metering of the supply of filler based on quantity,
but also metering based on time because of limited cross-sections and a limited number of reservoirs,
so the hardening process can uniformly take place throughout the overall volume of the adhesive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,690,162

RELEASABLE CLIP FOR A KNOCK-DOWN STRUCTURE

Clip-Lok International Li...

1. A releasable clip, suitable for securing two panels of a knock-down structure to one another, wherein each of the panels has an engagement slot, the releasable clip including:two legs extending away from one another,
the legs being connected at one end, with each of the legs having an opposite free end that terminates in a panel engagement formation;
wherein the clip includes a disengagement member that is pivotably connected to at least one of the legs, the disengagement member being pivotably displaceable relative to at least one of the legs between a rest position in which it does not interfere with the engagement formation provided on the leg, and a release position in which the disengagement member is arranged to be able to exert a release force on the engagement formation of the leg;
wherein the disengagement member includes a handle section and an actuating section, with the actuating section located at least partially inside the engagement formation so as to be able in use to exert the release force on the engagement formation; and
wherein each of the engagement formations has a protruding jaw extending inwardly from the free end of each of the legs and each of the jaws is adapted to engage the engagement slot within one of the two panels.

US Pat. No. 10,690,161

RIVETING STRUCTURE AND RIVETING METHOD

LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUAN...

1. A riveting structure comprising:a first metal element comprising a first upper surface, a pressure-receiving portion and a recess portion, wherein the recess portion is recessed from the first upper surface, and the pressure-receiving portion is protruded from a surface of the recess portion; and
a second metal element comprising a second lower surface and a protrusion portion and having a through hole, wherein the protrusion portion is protruded from the second lower surface and correspondingly disposed in the recess portion, and the through hole penetrates the second metal element corresponding to a central part of the protrusion portion;
wherein the pressure-receiving portion is correspondingly received in the through hole and is adapted to be pressed and deformed to be riveted to a sidewall of the through hole of the second metal element, and no through hole is formed in the first metal element at a position corresponding to the through hole of the second metal element.

US Pat. No. 10,690,160

METHODS OF ALIGNING A FIRST BODY AND A SECOND BODY OF A STRUCTURE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of aligning a first body and a second body of a structure, the first body comprising a first-body first surface, a first-body second surface, opposite the first-body first surface, and first openings, extending, inclusively, between the first-body first surface and the first-body second surface, the second body comprising a second-body first surface, a second-body second surface, opposite the second-body first surface, and second openings extending, inclusively, between the second-body first surface and the second-body second surface, the method comprising sequential steps of:(a) preparing for use indexing pins, each comprising:
a central axis;
a threaded portion, extending along the central axis;
a stem, extending along the central axis;
a cylindrical surface, extending along the central axis between the threaded portion and the stem and having a diameter that is greater than a major diameter of the threaded portion;
a tapered surface, having a frustoconical shape and extending between the threaded portion and the cylindrical surface, wherein a largest diameter of the tapered surface is equal to the diameter of the cylindrical surface and a smallest diameter of the tapered surface is equal to or greater than the major diameter of the threaded portion; and
a flange, located between the stem and the cylindrical surface, and
wherein at least a portion of the flange is larger than a diameter of any one of the first openings;
(b) orienting the second body so that each one of the second openings extends vertically and the second-body first surface is upwardly facing;
(c) orienting the first body so that each one of the first openings extends vertically and the first-body second surface faces the second-body first surface;
(d) aligning each one of the first openings of the first body with a corresponding one of the second openings of the second body so that, in plan view, a circumferentially closed contour, formed by a first wall of each one of the first openings of the first body and a second wall of a corresponding one of the second openings of the second body is large enough to receive the threaded portion of any one of the indexing pins with a clearance fit;
(e) moving the first body and the second body toward each other until the first-body second surface contacts the second-body first surface;
(f) inserting each one of the indexing pins into a corresponding one of the first openings of the first body with a clearance fit until a portion of the cylindrical surface of each one of the indexing pins is located in a corresponding one of the first openings of the first body and at least a portion of the tapered surface of each one of the indexing pins is inserted into a corresponding one of the second openings of the second body; and
(g) applying a downward force on each one of the indexing pins that has a magnitude sufficient to cause the portion of the cylindrical surface of each one of the indexing pins to be inserted into the corresponding one of the second openings of the second body and the threaded portion of each one of the indexing pins to extend past the second-body second surface, while allowing the first body and the second body to move relative to each other in a direction, perpendicular to the central axis of each one of the indexing pins.

US Pat. No. 10,690,159

FASTENING SYSTEM WITH A WASHER HAVING AN ENLARGED BORE FACING A COMPOSITE PANEL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A fastening system comprising:a fastener having a shaft extending through a hole in a composite panel;
a single primary unitarily formed washer concentrically positioned on the shaft between a head of the fastener and the composite panel and in direct contact with the head of the fastener and the composite panel, wherein the primary washer comprises an enlarged bore facing the composite panel, wherein the enlarged bore is one of a chamfered bore or a countersunk bore;
a second washer having no contact with the primary washer is concentrically positioned on the shaft between the collar and a second composite panel, wherein the second washer comprises an enlarged bore facing the second composite panel, wherein the enlarged bore of the second washer is one of a chamfered bore or a countersunk bore; and
a collar securing the fastener relative to the composite panel.

US Pat. No. 10,690,158

TECHNOLOGIES FOR INTERLOCKING STRUCTURES

Watchfire Signs, LLC, Da...

1. A device comprising:a first outdoor signage cabinet;
a first bracketing unit comprising a first C-shaped portion, a first bridge portion, and a first U-shaped portion, wherein the first C-shaped portion hosts a first carrier and a first bolt such that the first C-shaped portion is fastened to a plate thereby, wherein the first bridge portion spans between the first C-shaped portion and the first U-shaped portion, wherein the first U-shaped portion is defined via a first leg portion, a first base portion, and a second leg portion, wherein the first leg portion comprises a first projection distal to the first base portion and extending toward the second leg portion, wherein the first bracketing unit resides within the first outdoor signage cabinet;
a second outdoor signage cabinet; and
a second bracketing unit comprising a second C-shaped portion, a second bridge portion, and a second U-shaped portion, wherein the second C-shaped portion hosts a second carrier and a second bolt such that the second C-shaped portion is fastened to the plate thereby, wherein the first bridge portion contacts the second bridge portion, wherein the second bridge portion spans between the second C-shaped portion and the second U-shaped portion, wherein the second U-shaped portion is defined via a third leg portion, a second base portion, and a fourth leg portion, wherein the second bracketing unit resides within a second outdoor signage cabinet, wherein the second base portion comprises a second projection extending toward the first base portion such that the first projection contacts the second projection between the first leg portion and the second leg portion, wherein the first bracketing unit and the second bracketing unit reside between the first outdoor signage cabinet and the second outdoor signage cabinet, wherein the first outdoor signage cabinet, the first bracketing unit, the second outdoor signage cabinet, and the second bracketing unit are separate and distinct from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,690,157

FLOOR ELEMENT FOR FORMING A FLOOR COVERING, A FLOOR COVERING AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A FLOOR ELEMENT

Daltile Corporation, Dal...

1. A floor element for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor element comprises:a board; and
a decorative layer above the board,
wherein the board comprises edges provided with coupling elements adapted to cooperate with coupling elements of an adjacent similar floor element in said floor covering,
wherein the coupling elements comprise at least one male part and at least one female part,
wherein the male part is positioned along a first edge of the board and protrudes outwardly beyond an upper edge of the first edge of the board,
wherein the female part is positioned along a second edge of the board and extends inwardly beyond an upper edge of the second edge of the board to thereby form a recess for receiving at least part of the male part,
wherein the recess comprises an inlet opening having a vertical breadth,
wherein the board has a thickness in a range of from 3.2 mm to 6 mm,
wherein a ratio between the vertical breadth of the inlet opening and the thickness of the board is more than 0.4,
wherein the decorative layer comprises a ceramic tile, and
wherein the decorative layer is mounted on the board in such a way that two floor elements in a coupled condition have an intermediate distance between the edges of adjacent decorative layers.

US Pat. No. 10,690,156

PRECISION POWER MOVEMENT LOCKING DEVICE

APIS COR ENGINEERING, LLC...

1. A locking device, comprising:a housing,
a rod, said rod being inserted into said housing, said rod sliding relative to said housing,
an oil chamber, said oil chamber containing a hydraulic oil, said oil chamber being connected to a hydraulic port for adjusting an oil pressure within said oil chamber, and
a cylindrical membrane, said membrane being located along an inner portion of the housing between said oil chamber and said rod, wherein in an original position of said membrane a space exists between said membrane and said rod such that said rod moves freely with respect to said membrane and said housing, said membrane being deformable when said oil pressure is increased, said membrane making a flush and continuous contact with the rod when said membrane is deformed thus causing a fixation of said rod in a desired position, said membrane returning to the original position when said oil pressure is decreased,
wherein the membrane has a minimum thickness, said minimum thickness being determined by the formula, S min?((C*F)/(?*D*?0.2)), wherein C is a coefficient between 1.5 and 1.8, F is a shearing force, ?0.2is a yield stress, and D is a rod diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,690,155

ACTUATOR

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An actuator comprising:a base to which first and second fluid couplings are fixed;
a rotation member rotatably supported by the base; and
McKibben-type first and second artificial muscles wound around the rotation member, wherein
the first and second artificial muscles are arranged in an antagonistic manner, and one ends of the first and second artificial muscles are fixed to the rotation member, and the other ends of the first and second artificial muscles are respectively connected to the first and second fluid couplings,
the rotation member has a groove configured to receive the first artificial muscle, and
the actuator further comprises:
a cover attached to the rotation member, the cover cooperating with the rotation member to form a space for storing the first artificial muscle; and
a case for storing the cover, a part of the rotation member, and at least a part of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,690,154

PIEZOHYDRAULIC ACTUATOR

1. A piezohydraulic actuator system, comprising:a first chamber defined by a drive bellows filled with a hydraulic fluid and movable by a piezo actuator;
a second chamber defined by a hydraulic cylinder filled with the hydraulic fluid, which defines a first output;
a third chamber defined by an output bellows filled with the hydraulic fluid, which defines a second output; and
a fourth chamber filled with the hydraulic fluid, which defines a hydraulic fluid reservoir;
wherein the drive bellows defining the first chamber and filled with the hydraulic fluid and is hydraulically connected via a first check valve to the second chamber;
a hydraulic piston arranged in the hydraulic cylinder and coupled mechanically to the output bellows defining the third chamber;
wherein the drive bellows defining the first chamber is hydraulically connected via a second check valve to the fourth chamber defining the hydraulic fluid reservoir;
wherein the hydraulic fluid reservoir is hydraulically connected via a third check valve to the output bellows defining the third chamber, and the hydraulic cylinder defining the second chamber is hydraulically connected via a fourth check valve to the output bellows defining the third chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,690,153

HYDRAULIC MANIFOLD CONTROL ASSEMBLY

Stella Maris, LLC, Lafay...

1. A hydraulic manifold control assembly comprising:a frame, wherein said frame defines an outer perimeter;
a processing unit;
a control panel, comprising a push button and an indicator, wherein said control panel is in communication with said processing unit;
a solenoid rack module comprising a solenoid, a valve, and a compressed air line, wherein said solenoid rack module is in communication with said processing unit, wherein said solenoid is operable to open or close said valve in response to receiving a signal, and wherein opening and closing of said valve controls a flow of compressed air in said compressed air line;
a first integrated manifold assembly comprising: a first manifold, wherein said first manifold is operable to receive hydraulic fluid under a first pressure; and a first regulator attached to said first manifold, wherein said first regulator attached to said first manifold is operable to regulate a first available internal pressure of said hydraulic fluid within said first manifold;
a flow control valve, wherein said flow control valve is mounted to said first manifold, wherein said flow control valve is connected to said processing unit, and wherein said flow control valve is operable to receive and redirect said hydraulic fluid from said manifold to a location exterior to said hydraulic manifold control assembly;
a valve assembly rack, wherein said flow control valve is mounted to said valve assembly rack and wherein said valve assembly rack is configured to allow for access to said flow control valve from a front side of said frame; and,
a removeable function plate, wherein said removeable function plate is attached to said valve assembly rack on said front side of said frame, and wherein said removeable function plate is operable to be removed from said valve assembly rack without first removing said flow control valve;
wherein one or more of said control panel, said processing unit, said solenoid rack module, said first integrated manifold assembly, said flow control valve, said valve assembly rack, and said removeable function plate are mounted to said frame.

US Pat. No. 10,690,152

FLUID EXPANSION TANK

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. An expansion tank for use with a drive device having a housing forming a sump containing hydraulic fluid, the expansion tank comprising:a tank body disposed in the sump and defining an internal expansion volume;
a fluid inlet tube disposed on the tank body and having a first, upper end open to the sump and a second, lower end open to the internal expansion volume; and
a check valve disposed at the second, lower end of the fluid inlet tube to control fluid flow between the sump and the internal expansion volume, wherein fluid enters the internal expansion volume from the sump when the pressure in the sump exceeds the pressure in the internal expansion volume by a first predetermined amount, and fluid exits the internal expansion volume to the sump when the pressure in the internal expansion volume exceeds the pressure in the sump by a second predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 10,690,151

DEVICE FOR RECOVERING HYDRAULIC ENERGY BY CONNECTING TWO DIFFERENTIAL CYLINDERS

LIEBHERR-MINING EQUIPMENT...

1. A device for recovering hydraulic energy in a machine comprising:a first differential cylinder-piston assembly having a differential cylinder with a separate rod side and a base side, the base side of the first differential cylinder-piston assembly coupled to a first brake valve, wherein a shut-off valve is positioned between the base side of the first differential cylinder-piston assembly and the first brake valve;
a second differential cylinder-piston assembly having a differential cylinder with a separate rod side and a base side, the base side of the second differential cylinder-piston assembly coupled to a second brake valve, where the second brake valve is different than the first brake valve; and
one hydraulic accumulator that is hydraulically connected to at least one of the first and second differential cylinder-piston assemblies;
wherein the first and second differential cylinder-piston assemblies are mechanically coupled to one another;
wherein a potential energy of at least one of the first and second differential cylinder-piston assemblies is at least partially stored in the hydraulic accumulator; and
wherein at least one of the first and second differential cylinder-piston assemblies retracts under a compressive load,
wherein the potential energy of only the first differential cylinder-piston assembly is stored in the hydraulic accumulator.

US Pat. No. 10,690,150

PUMP DEVICE

NIPPON OIL PUMP CO., LTD....

1. A pump device, comprising:a first pump having an inlet for a working fluid; and
a second pump that has a rotary shaft concentric with a rotary shaft of the first pump, and is provided below the inlet of the first pump,
wherein a centrifugal filter that separates foreign matters from the working fluid is provided in a region that is above the second pump and below the inlet of the first pump,
wherein the centrifugal filter is arranged so that its inner diameter on a second pump side becomes large and its inner diameter on a first pump side becomes small, and said centrifugal filter is provided at a position where the working fluid discharged from the second pump directly flows into the centrifugal filter,
wherein a cleaning liquid suction pipe of the first pump is extended towards the second pump along a center axis of the centrifugal filter, the cleaning liquid suction pipe communicates with the inlet of the first pump, a clean working fluid flows in the cleaning liquid suction pipe, and an outlet for a fluid containing foreign matters is provided at a substantially end portion of said centrifugal filter on the first pump side, and
wherein a guide member is extended in the cleaning liquid suction pipe of the first pump along a direction of a center axis of the cleaning liquid suction pipe, the guide member having a first portion that is spirally extended and a second portion being linearly extended straightly in a region being closer to the first pump than the first portion, and
wherein a bore diameter of the cleaning liquid suction pipe is set to at least 95% to at most 105% of a bore diameter of the inlet of the first pump so as to achieve a balance between the filtration rate and the discharge flow rate of the first pump.

US Pat. No. 10,690,149

TURBINE ENGINE PART WITH NON-AXISYMMETRIC SURFACE

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. A turbine engine part or set of parts comprising:first and second obstacles each having a leading edge and a trailing edge; and
a platform from which the obstacles extend,
one of the first and the second obstacle being a blade and the other being a bifurcation having a trailing edge downstream of the leading edge of said blade, the bifurcation having on a pressure side thereof or a suction side thereof facing said blade a maximum curvature point downstream of the trailing edge of said blade,
wherein the platform has, between the pressure side of the first obstacle and the suction side of the second obstacle a nonaxisymmetric surface defining at least one fin with a substantially triangular cross-section, each fin being associated with a leading position and a trailing position on the surface, between which the fin extends, such that:
said leading position is upstream of each of the leading edges, and
said trailing position extends axially up to said maximum curvature point of the bifurcation.

US Pat. No. 10,690,148

DIFFUSER RESTRICTION RING

Carrier Corporation, Pal...

1. A centrifugal compressor (20) comprising:a housing (26);
an impeller (34) having an axial inlet (70) and a radial outlet (72);
a diffuser (82); and
a control ring (90) mounted for shifting between an inserted position and a retracted position, wherein the control ring comprises:
means (150, 160, 162, 166) for absorbing pulsations.

US Pat. No. 10,690,147

COMPRESSOR WITH SEGMENTED INNER SHROUD FOR AN AXIAL TURBINE ENGINE

SAFRAN AERO BOOSTERS SA, ...

1. An assembly for an axial turbine engine, said assembly comprising:an outer shroud and an inner shroud that are coaxial, the inner shroud comprising segments and circumferential clearances between the segments thereof;
an annular row of stator vanes connecting the inner shroud to the outer shroud;
a reduction ratio drive intended to be coupled to a fan; and
a cooling circuit for the reduction ratio drive, which cooling circuit is configured to heat up the outer shroud during the operation of the axial turbine engine such as to circumferentially reduce the circumferential clearances between the segments.

US Pat. No. 10,690,146

TURBOFAN NACELLE ASSEMBLY WITH FLOW DISRUPTOR

1. A turbofan engine, comprising:a nacelle assembly extending along an axis to a fan and having an interior surface extending annularly about the axis and configured for directing airflow to the fan in use, the airflow having an anticipated boundary layer height spaced a distance away from the interior surface; and
a flow disruptor positioned on the interior surface upstream of the fan, the flow disruptor being disposed on the interior surface and extending towards the axis a height greater than the distance of the anticipated boundary layer height, —the flow disruptor disposed only within a partial circumferential distance on the interior surface and configured to generate circumferential asymmetry in the airflow entering the fan downstream of the flow disruptor to mitigate fan flutter, the partial circumferential distance being less than a total circumference of the interior surface at any axial point upstream of the fan.

US Pat. No. 10,690,145

TURBO HOUSING

Air-Tec Innovations, LLC,...

1. A turbo compressor housing comprising:a main compressor housing body having a top end and an opposite bottom end with an opening extending vertically therethrough, the opening defining an air intake inlet at the top end;
an outside portion at the top end and positioned around the opening of the main compressor housing body;
wherein the outside portion is configured to adapt the turbo compressor housing to interchangeably connect with one of (1) a hose and (2) a V-band connection and flange such that in a first configuration the hose is connected to the outside portion and in a second configuration the V-band connection secures the flange to the outside portion;
wherein the outside portion comprises an air inlet outer lip, a receiving portion, and a lower lip, the receiving portion between the air inlet outer lip and the lower lip, and an outer ring portion beneath the lower lip.

US Pat. No. 10,690,144

COMPRESSOR HOUSINGS AND FABRICATION METHODS

GARRETT TRANSPORTATION I ...

1. A compressor housing comprising:a first volute structure including an impeller opening;
an inlet structure including an inlet opening;
a second volute structure joined to the first volute structure about its periphery and including an interior opening radially circumscribing at least a first portion of the inlet structure; and
a core volute structure circumscribing at least a second portion of the inlet structure, wherein:
the core volute structure is contoured to define at least a portion of a volute;
the core volute structure is joined to the second volute structure at a first interface between the core volute structure and the second volute structure about the interior opening of the second volute structure; and
the core volute structure is joined to the inlet structure at a second interface between the core volute structure and the inlet structure.

US Pat. No. 10,690,143

VANE, FAN BLADE AND FAN INCLUDING THE SAME

COOLER MASTER CO., LTD., ...

1. A fan blade, comprising:a hub; and
a plurality of vanes, connected to the hub, each of the plurality of vanes comprising:
a main body, having an inflow surface and an outflow surface; and
a guide plate, disposed on the outflow surface of the main body, wherein when the fan blade rotates, an airflow occurs and flows into a side of the fan blade via the inflow surface, and the guide plate guides part of the airflow to flow out of another side of the fan blade in a first direction and a second direction so as to cool an electronic component disposed adjacent to the another side of the fan blade;
wherein the main body has a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge opposite to each other, the first lateral edge is configured to be connected to the hub, the guide plate extends from the second lateral edge toward the first lateral edge, and the guide plate and the first lateral edge are separate from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,690,142

BLADE OF CROSS-FLOW FAN

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A blade of a cross-flow fan comprising:a leading-edge portion arranged on an inner-peripheral side of the cross-flow fan, the leading-edge portion being formed in an arc shape;
a trailing-edge portion arranged on an outer-peripheral side of the cross-flow fan, the trailing-edge portion being formed in an arc shape; and
a base portion formed between the leading-edge portion and the trailing-edge portion, the base portion having
a pressure surface configured and arranged to generate positive pressure, and
a suction surface configured and arranged to generate negative pressure,
the leading-edge portion and the trailing-edge portion being formed such that a radius of the leading-edge portion is greater than a radius of the trailing-edge portion, and
the base portion being configured such that
a maximum thickness of the base portion is disposed at a position of maximum thickness that is closer to the leading-edge portion than to the trailing-edge portion so as to be disposed within a range of 5-45% of the chord length from an inner-peripheral end,
a first thickness is disposed at the midpoint on a blade chord,
a second thickness is disposed at a position set apart from an outer-peripheral end of the blade chord by 5% of the chord length,
a value obtained by dividing the first thickness by the maximum thickness is greater than a value obtained by dividing the second thickness by the first thickness, and
a ratio of the value obtained by dividing the second thickness by the first thickness with respect to the value obtained by dividing the first thickness by the maximum thickness is in a range of 0.64 to 0.80.

US Pat. No. 10,690,141

SEAL STRUCTURE AND SUPERCHARGER PROVIDED WITH THE SEAL STRUCTURE

1. A seal structure for a supercharger including a rotary shaft, an impeller disposed on an end portion of the rotary shaft, and a bearing housing which accommodates a bearing for rotatably supporting the rotary shaft, the seal structure being provided to seal clearance between an outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft and an inner peripheral surface of the bearing housing, and comprising:a first seal groove of an annular shape, formed on the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft and between the impeller and the bearing with respect to an axial direction of the rotary shaft;
a second seal groove of an annular shape, formed on the outer peripheral surface of the rotary shaft and between the impeller and the bearing with respect to the axial direction of the rotary shaft, and disposed between the first seal groove and the impeller;
a first seal ring to be mounted to the first seal groove; and
a second seal ring to be mounted to the second seal groove,
wherein the first seal ring includes, in a state in which the first seal ring is mounted to the first seal groove,
a first-seal body portion mounted to the first seal groove, and
a first-seal protruding portion protruding from the first-seal body portion toward the second seal ring mounted to the second seal groove, and being configured to be in contact with the second seal ring contacting a bearing-side wall surface of the second seal groove, in a state in which the first-seal body portion is in contact with a bearing-side wall surface of the first seal groove.

US Pat. No. 10,690,140

COMPRESSOR

MAN Energy Solutions SE, ...

2. A compressor comprising:a compressor housing;
a compressor rotor arranged in the compressor housing comprising:
a shaft formed as one-piece shaft; and
moving blades forming multiple compressor stages arranged on the shaft;
a magnetic bearing mounted as a split bearing on the shaft and arranged between two of the multiple compressor stages;
a safety bearing mounted as a split bearing on the shaft and arranged between two of the multiple compressor stages; and
a common bearing housing in which the magnetic bearing and the safety bearing are received,
wherein the common bearing housing in sections delimits a flow path between the two compressor stages between which the magnetic bearing and the safety bearing are arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,690,139

MULTI-STAGE PUMP WITH ENHANCED THRUST BALANCING FEATURES

ITT MANUFACTURING ENTERPR...

1. A first stage and second stage pump combination, comprising:a first stage and a second stage, each stage having an impeller arranged on a rotor of a pump, each impeller having a hub-side and an eye-side, and each impeller configured to pump a liquid through the pump that applies an axial thrust load caused by a pressure difference in an axial direction from the hub-side to the eye-side of each impeller; and
a first and second stage pump casing, each casing configured to form a casing enclosure to contain components of the first stage and the second stage, including each impeller, and also configured with one or more first and second stage pump casing openings formed therein and passing thru the first and second stage pump casing to leak at least some liquid being pumped to the outside of the casing enclosure to reduce substantially the axial thrust load caused by the pressure difference in the axial direction from the hub-side to the eye-side of each impeller, wherein the one or more first and second stage pump casing openings are configured as elongated pump casing openings extending along a longitudinal axis of the first and second stage pump casing.

US Pat. No. 10,690,138

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, MOTOR CONTROL METHOD, AND BLOWER APPARATUS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A motor control device which controls a motor for driving a blower unit to supply an air flow at a constant target flow rate under variable flow conditions, comprising:a motor output calculating section configured to calculate a motor output from a motor speed and a motor torque;
a target motor output calculating section configured to calculate a target motor output which is defined by a first function involving the target air flow and the motor speed, wherein the first function involves a cubic of the motor speed multiplied by a polynomial in which each term of the polynomial includes a variable that is a division of the target air flow by the motor speed, and each term of the polynomial includes a coefficient empirically determined in advance under a single motor speed condition; and
an operation command generating section configured to generate an operation command for directing either a target speed or a target torque of the motor such that the calculated motor output will approach the target motor output, wherein the operation command is defined by a second function involving either the motor speed or motor torque modified by a degree of deviation of the calculated motor output from the target motor output;
wherein the target motor output calculating section is configured to repeatedly calculate the target motor output from the motor speed and the motor torque, and the operation command generating section is configured to repeatedly generate the operation command using the target motor output calculated by the target motor output calculating section to progressively bring the air flow supplied by the blower unit close to the target air flow.

US Pat. No. 10,690,137

VENTILATION FAN

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. A ventilation fan assembly, comprising:a fan comprising:
a base supporting a driving device,
a scroll casing having an air inlet,
an air outlet,
a top portion,
a bottom portion corresponding to the top portion, and
a slope surface connecting the top portion and an edge of the air outlet, wherein the top portion and the bottom portion together define a channel height, a ratio of the channel height to a height of the air outlet ranges from 1.1 to 2, and the channel height ranges from 110 mm to 200 mm, and
an impeller disposed in the scroll casing, wherein the driving device drives the impeller to rotate; and
a housing for accommodating the fan and having an opening corresponding to the air outlet of the scroll casing, wherein an air outlet duct is disposed on the side of the housing and communicated with the air outlet of the scroll casing, and a baffle is disposed inside the air outlet duct;
wherein the air inlet has a circular edge, the circular edge has a first point, a second point and a third point, the first point is closer to the opening than the third point, the second point is between the first point and the third point along the circular edge, and the slope surface is connected to the top portion beside the second point of the circular edge.

US Pat. No. 10,690,136

SUPERCHARGED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH COMPRESSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A supercharged internal combustion engine comprising:an intake system for supply of a charge-air flow,
an exhaust-gas discharge system for discharge of exhaust gas,
at least one compressor arranged in the intake system, the compressor comprising
at least one impeller mounted in a compressor housing on a rotatable shaft, and a bearing housing for accommodation and mounting of the rotatable shaft of the at least one compressor,
the rotatable shaft of the at least one compressor equipped with a ventilation system which comprises a duct extending from an opening in the intake system upstream of the at least one compressor to at least one outlet,
the at least one outlet branches off from the duct and exhausts intake gas drawn from the intake system into an air space contacting the compressor housing and the bearing housing, and
a shut-off element positioned within the duct within the rotatable shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,690,135

VACUUM PUMP WITH COOLING APPARATUS

1. A vacuum pump with a cooling apparatus, comprising:a pump housing having an inlet for receiving gas and an outlet for discharging gas;
a pair of rotors supported at both ends in the pump housing and having shafts, said pair of rotors being configured to generate vacuum pressure by rotating in mesh with each other;
a motor connected to one of the shafts of the rotors to drive the rotors;
gears for cooperation between the rotors;
a first temperature sensor disposed at a gas inlet side of the pump housing to detect temperature of gas;
a second temperature sensor disposed in a main oil line of an oil supply unit to detect temperature of oil;
a third temperature sensor disposed around the pump housing to detect environmental temperature; and
a micro processor variably controlling temperature of oil on a basis of temperature values input from the first temperature sensor, the second temperature sensor, and the third temperature sensor,
wherein rotor holes are formed in parallel along axial lines of the rotors, oil supply pipes are disposed in the rotor holes, oil is supplied into the oil supply pipes from the oil supply unit, and the oil cools the rotors while flowing through the rotor holes.

US Pat. No. 10,690,134

DRIVE DEVICE

NIDEC CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A drive device comprising:a rotor including a motor shaft disposed along a center axis extending in one direction;
a stator radially opposed to the rotor with a gap interposed between the stator and the rotor;
a housing including an accommodation portion to store oil and accommodate the rotor and the stator;
a pump driven through a motor shaft; and
a valve provided in the housing; wherein the pump includes:
a pump room in the housing;
a suction port through which the oil is to be sucked into the pump room; and
a discharge port through which the oil is to be discharged from the pump room;
the housing includes:
a first oil passage connected to the discharge port; and
a branch oil passage that is connected to the first oil passage and is open to an inside of the accommodation portion on an upper side in a vertical direction of the stator;
the motor shaft includes:
a second oil passage that is provided in the motor shaft and connected to the first oil passage; and
a first through-hole connecting the second oil passage and an outer circumferential surface of the motor shaft; and
the valve is provided in the branch oil passage and switched between a closed state in which a flow of the oil in the branch oil passage is blocked and an open state in which the flow of the oil in the branch oil passage is permitted.

US Pat. No. 10,690,133

GEAR PUMP AND METHOD FOR REALISING IT

CASAPPA S.P.A., Collecch...

4. A method for realising a gear pump, comprising steps of:i) realising a first body (8) which at least partly identifies a housing seating (3) of a pair of gears (2) able to interact with a fluid crossing the pump (1);
ii) inserting a shim (4) internally of said housing seating (3);
iii) inserting the pair of gears (2) internally of said housing seating (3), said shim (4) preventing contact between at least one of said gears (2) and the first body (8);
characterised in that the step of realising the first body (8) which at least partly identifies the housing seating (3) comprises a step of realising an arched portion of a delivery conduit (6) which develops from said housing seating (3) with an inlet mouth (60) which:
faces said housing seating (3);
has a minimum distance that is not nil from a rest plane (30) of the shim (4), said rest plane (30) contributing to delimiting said housing seating (3);
the step of realising said delivery conduit (6) that develops from the housing seating (3) includes realising a blind channel (600) which develops from said inlet mouth (60) up to an end (62) opposite said inlet mouth (60);
realizing, using a machine tool, an outlet (61) of the delivery conduit (6) from the first body (8);
said outlet (61) of the delivery conduit (6) intercepting said delivery conduit (6) at the end (62) opposite the inlet mouth; a theoretical direction of outlet imposed by the outlet (61) being substantially parallel to the rotation axis of said gears (2).

US Pat. No. 10,690,132

LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY PUMP HAVING DIVERSION CONDUIT FOR AIR EVACUATION

SPARK HOLLAND B.V., Emme...

1. A high or ultra high performance liquid chromatography pump comprising:a pump head bounding a pump chamber;
a plunger passage opening into the pump chamber;
a plunger rod extending in an axial direction into said pump chamber through the plunger passage, the plunger rod being reciprocally movable in said axial direction into said pump chamber and back;
a plunger seal sealing off the plunger passage around the plunger rod against fluidic leakage from the pump chamber;
an outlet channel extending through the pump head from the pump chamber to an outlet port; and
an inlet channel extending through the pump head from an inlet port to the pump chamber;
wherein the inlet channel has a diversion conduit portion extending axially towards an inlet end of the pump chamber, and wherein said diversion conduit portion opens into the pump chamber in a direction oriented into an annular cavity of the plunger seal.

US Pat. No. 10,690,131

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MINIMIZING VIBRATION IN A MULTI-PUMP ARRANGEMENT

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. A method of minimizing vibration in an operating multi-pump system of multiplex pumps, the method comprising:determining a vibration-related lower bound of pressure variation for the multi-pump system through at least one of running the multi-pump system for a brief initial period of time and running a simulation of the multi-pump system;
after determining the vibration-related lower bound of pressure variation, operating each multiplex pump of the multi-pump system;
recording vibration-related information during operation of the multi-pump system;
introducing a series of differing perturbations to the multi-pump system through a pump subset of the multi-pump system to generate new vibration-related information; and
upon attaining approximately the vibration-related lower bound of pressure variation while operating the multi-pump system at a given perturbation of the series of differing perturbations discontinuing further introduction of perturbations to the multi-pump system to enable continued operation of the multi-pump system at approximately the vibration-related lower bound of pressure variation.

US Pat. No. 10,690,130

AIR COMPRESSOR

MAX CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An air compression device comprising:a tank that stores a compressed air;
an air compressor that generates the compressed air to be stored in the tank;
a motor that drives the air compressor;
a current generating circuit that generates a driving current of the motor;
a controller that drives the motor by controlling the current generating circuit;
a boosting circuit temperature sensor that detects a temperature of a boosting circuit of the current generating circuit; and
a motor driver temperature sensor that detects a temperature of an inverter circuit of the current generating circuit,
wherein the controller sets a motor limit current value of the driving current of the motor to a first predetermined current value when the motor driver temperature sensor detects that the temperature of the inverter circuit of the current generating circuit is higher than or equal to a first predetermined temperature,
wherein after the controller sets the motor limit current value of the driving current of the motor, the controller reduces a load of the motor when the motor driver temperature sensor detects that the temperature of the inverter circuit of the current generating circuit is higher than a second predetermined temperature, wherein the second predetermined temperature is higher than the first predetermined temperature, and
wherein after the controller sets the motor limit current value of the driving current of the motor, the controller reduces the load of the motor when the boosting circuit temperature sensor detects that the temperature of the boosting circuit of the current generating circuit is higher than a third predetermined temperature, wherein the third predetermined temperature is higher than the first predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,690,129

METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR VARIABLE ROTATIONAL SPEED CONTROL OF A DISPLACEMENT PUMP UNIT AND DISPLACEMENT PUMP ARRANGEMENT

KSB Aktiengesellschaft, ...

1. A method for the variable rotational speed control of a displacement pump unit for delivering a fluid, the displacement pump unit including a displacement pump, a drive including an electric drive motor having a stator and a frequency converter, and a control device, comprising the acts of:determining, using the control device, at least one state value of the drive based on drive motor electrical parameters, wherein the at least one state value includes the position of the drive motor and one or both of rotational speed and torque of the drive motor, the drive motor being a sensorless synchronous reluctance motor having a rotor with flux barriers;
determining, using the control device, from the at least one state value of the drive a value of a parameter of the displacement pump; and
controlling, using the control device, the drive motor using the value of the parameter to control the displacement pump to reach a predetermined pump operation set point value,
wherein
the drive motor electrical parameters of the sensorless synchronous reluctance motor are obtained by the control device without drive motor rotational speed or position sensors, and
the control device is configured to determine when the predetermined set point value is reached based on a relationship between a change in the position of the drive motor and an amount of change of the parameter per unit of position change.

US Pat. No. 10,690,128

PERISTALTIC PUMPS

1. A peristaltic pump comprising:a drivable rotor having at least one pressing member;
a cylindrical stator in which the rotor is rotatable;
flexible tubing having an inlet side and an outlet side, the flexible tubing extending circumferentially around the stator against an inner wall;
a radially deformable ring positioned between the rotor and the circumferentially extending flexible tubing, the ring being deformable by the at least one pressing member upon rotation of the rotor to compress the flexible tubing against the inner wall of the cylindrical stator to thereby convey liquid along the flexible tubing;
wherein the radially deformable ring includes a ring anchor;
wherein the inlet side and the outlet side of the flexible tubing are arranged side-by-side so that the flexible tubing extends in a substantially radial direction outwardly away from the cylindrical stator, and
the ring anchor projects radially outwardly from the radially deformable ring and is located between, and gripped by, the inlet side and the outlet side of the flexible tubing whereby a gripping force is applied directly to the ring anchor by opposing surfaces of the inlet side and the outlet side of the flexible tubing to prevent rotation of the radially deformable ring during rotation of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,690,127

HANDHELD OPHTHALMIC PROBE WITH PERISTALTIC PUMP AND ASSOCIATED DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Alcon Inc., Fribourg (CH...

1. An ophthalmic surgical system comprising:a handheld probe comprising:
a housing sized and shaped for grasping by a user;
a tip extending from the housing and being sized to penetrate and treat an eye of a patient, the tip including an aspiration lumen arranged to carry material away from the eye; and
a peristaltic pump disposed within the housing, the peristaltic pump comprising:
a deformable conduit comprising a conduit lumen extending therethrough, the conduit lumen in fluid communication with the aspiration lumen;
a roller in contact with the deformable conduit and comprising an outer peripheral surface forming a majority of an outer surface area of the roller, the roller engaged with the deformable conduit to cause the deformable conduit to deform; and
a roller driver in contact with the outer peripheral surface of the roller, the roller movable along the deformable conduit in response to movement of the roller driver to cause movement of the material within the conduit lumen therealong;
wherein the peristaltic pump comprises a plurality of rollers arranged in a circular configuration, and wherein the plurality of rollers are in contact with the deformable conduit and disposed between the deformable conduit and the roller driver;
wherein the roller driver comprises a groove sized and shaped to accommodate the plurality of rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,690,126

DUAL ENGINE-COMPRESSOR SYSTEM

KISS-Engineering Inc., N...

1. A dual engine-compressor system, comprising:a crankcase enclosing a crankshaft;
a first engine cylinder housing disposed on a first side of the crankcase and defining a first engine bore;
a first combustion piston reciprocatingly disposed in the first engine bore and defining alternating combustion chambers within the first engine bore on opposite sides of the first combustion piston;
a first compressor cylinder housing disposed on an opposite second side of the crankcase and defining a first compressor bore;
a first compressor piston reciprocatingly disposed in the first compressor bore and defining alternating compressor chambers within the first compressor bore on opposite sides of the first compressor piston;
a first combustion rod connecting the first combustion piston to a first scotch yoke on the crankshaft and a first compressor rod connecting the first compressor piston to the first scotch yoke, wherein the first combustion rod and the first compressor rod are oriented in a generally linear relationship;
wherein the alternating compressor chambers in the first compressor bore comprise a low-pressure chamber and a high-pressure chamber, said low pressure chamber having a first diameter and said high-pressure chamber having a second diameter smaller than the first diameter; and
wherein the first compressor piston has a cylindrical body and a cylindrical cap, the cylindrical body having a diameter equal to the second diameter of the high-pressure chamber and the cylindrical cap having a diameter equal to the first diameter of the low-pressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,690,125

DISPLACEMENT CONTROL VALVE

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A displacement control valve that controls a flow rate or pressure in a working control chamber according to a degree of opening of a valve unit, comprising:a valve body including a first valve chest that communicates with first communicating passages for passing fluid at control pressure, a second valve chest that has a second valve seat surface for a valve hole communicating with the first valve chest and communicates with second communicating passages for passing fluid at discharge pressure, and a third valve chest that communicates with third communicating passages for passing fluid at suction pressure and has a third valve seat surface;
a valve element disposed in the valve body and having an intermediate communicating passage communicating with the first valve chest and the third communicating passages, the valve element having a second valve section that separates from and comes into contact with the second valve seat surface to open and close the valve hole communicating with the first valve chest and the second valve chest, a third valve section that opens and closes opposite to, and in conjunction with, the second valve section and separates from and comes into contact with the third valve seat surface to open and close communication between the intermediate communicating passage and the third communicating passages, and a first valve section that is disposed in the first valve chest and opens and closes in the same direction as, and in conjunction with, the second valve section;
a pressure-sensitive element that is disposed in the first valve chest and extends and contracts in response to suction pressure, the pressure-sensitive element having, at an extending and contracting free end thereof, a valve seat that separates from and comes into contact with the first valve section to open and close communication between the first valve chest and the intermediate communicating passage;
an auxiliary communicating passage provided in the first valve section in the first valve chest or in the valve seat for the first valve section, for enabling communication between an interior of the first valve chest and the intermediate communicating passage; and
a solenoid unit mounted to the valve body for actuating the valve element in a travel direction to open and close the valve sections of the valve element according to a current, wherein
an opening area between the third valve section and the third valve seat surface in a control area to control the flow rate or pressure in the working control chamber is set smaller than an area of the auxiliary communicating passage, and
a maximum opening area between the third valve section and the third valve seat surface with the second valve section in a closed state is set equal to or substantially equal to the area of the auxiliary communicating passage.

US Pat. No. 10,690,124

AXIAL PISTON HYDRAULIC PUMP

Hydro Leduc, Azerailles ...

1. A hydraulic pump comprising:a casing in which a first aperture and a second aperture are arranged, one of the first and second apertures being an intake aperture and the other being a delivery aperture,
a shaft mounted rotatably in the casing,
a swash plate fixed to the casing,
a barrel in sliding connection with the shaft and driven in rotation by the shaft around an axis, with piston housings being formed in the barrel,
at least three pistons, each sliding in one of the piston housings, the pistons projecting from a front face of the barrel and bearing against the swash plate,
a port plate bearing against the rear face of the barrel, the port plate having a first port connected to the first aperture and a second port connected to the second aperture,
a housing being formed in the barrel, the shaft being engaged in the housing and projecting from the front face of the barrel, the housing and the shaft defining between them a balancing chamber, the balancing chamber being connected to the delivery aperture through the casing in such a way that a fluid in the balancing chamber exerts a compressive force on the barrel which tends to press the barrel against the port plate,
wherein a balancing conduit is formed in the barrel, the balancing conduit connecting the balancing chamber to the rear face of the barrel, the port plate having a balancing aperture connected to the delivery aperture through the casing, the balancing aperture adjoining the balancing conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,690,123

COOPERATIVE SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY TORQUE TUBES FOR CONTINUOUS-ACTION TURNING MOTOR

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A motor, comprising:a plurality of cooperatively connected torque tubes each comprising a shape memory alloy (SMA), wherein:
the cooperatively connected torque tubes generate a continuous torque output when the torque tubes, sequentially change shape in response to heat, and
the shape memory alloy comprises a composition and the torque tubes have dimensions such that the torque tubes output at least 200 inch pounds of torque in response to the SMA changing temperature of 300 degrees Celsius.

US Pat. No. 10,690,122

METHOD OF OSMOTIC ENERGY HARVESTING USING RESPONSIVE COMPOUNDS AND MOLECULES

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A method of harvesting energy, comprising the steps of:a. producing an osmotic pressure gradient in an osmotic pressure chamber using a thermally responsive solution, wherein the thermally responsive solution separates into an ionic liquid-rich phase and a water-rich phase at a critical solution temperature,
b. heating or cooling the thermally responsive solution to promote phase separation of the thermally responsive solution into said ionic liquid-rich phase and said water-rich phase,
c. directing the thermally responsive solution to a separator which separates the thermally responsive solution into said ionic liquid-rich phase and said water-rich phase,
d. heating or cooling one or more of the ionic liquid-rich phase and the water-rich phase, wherein the heating or cooling is performed in steps b and c using one or more heat sources and/or one or more cold sinks,
e. using the ionic liquid-rich phase as a draw solution,
f. using a feed solution comprising water, wherein the water is the water-rich phase derived from the thermally responsive solution, and
g. harvesting the energy created by the osmotic pressure gradient using pressure retarded osmosis, reverse electrodialysis, or capacitive mixing, wherein the energy is generated using a turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,690,121

INTEGRATED CASCADING CYCLE SOLAR THERMAL PLANTS

University of South Flori...

1. A solar thermal power system comprising:multiple thermodynamic systems that operate different types of thermodynamic cycles at different temperature ranges; and
multiple solar thermal plants that provide thermal energy to the thermodynamic systems, wherein the solar thermal plants are of different types and operate at different temperature ranges, the solar thermal plants being connected in series such that they each operate using the same solar collector fluid that is sequentially cycled through each plant in series.

US Pat. No. 10,690,120

CLEANING APPARATUSES

1. A cleaning apparatus suitable for cleaning a horizontally convex metal tower, comprising:a fluid directing channel configured to receive pressurized fluid from a fluid source;
two sets of sliders or wheels positioned to contact and vertically traverse the horizontally convex metal tower, wherein the two sets of sliders or wheels comprises a first set of sliders or wheels and a second set of sliders or wheels, wherein the first set of sliders or wheels comprises a first upper wheel or a first upper slider and a first lower wheel or a first lower slider, and wherein the second set of sliders or wheels comprises a second upper wheel or a second upper slider and a second lower wheel or a second lower slider;
multiple standoffs which separates the fluid directing channel spatially from the two sets of sliders or wheels;
sprayer nozzles fluidly coupled to the fluid directing channel, the sprayer nozzles directed toward or beyond the two sets of sliders or wheels;
a brush to clean or contact the horizontally convex metal tower when the two sets of sliders or wheels are in contact with the horizontally convex metal tower;
an agitator vibrationally associated with the brush to cause the brush to vibrate when cleaning the horizontally convex metal tower; and
a pair of magnets positioned on the apparatus that are horizontally separated from one another such that the pair of magnets are individually located closer to an end of the brush than they are to one another, wherein the magnets are configured to interact magnetically to pull the cleaning apparatus toward the horizontally curved metal tower but not close enough to touch the horizontally curved metal tower when the two sets of sliders or wheels are in contact with the horizontally curved metal tower, wherein when the cleaning apparatus is vertically moving along the length of a tower while performing cleaning, a first magnet of the pair of magnets is positioned vertically between the first upper wheel or the first upper slider and the first lower wheel or the first lower slider, and wherein when the cleaning apparatus is vertically moving along the length of a tower while performing cleaning, a second magnet of the pair of magnets is vertically positioned between the second upper wheel or the second upper slider and the second lower wheel or the second lower slider.

US Pat. No. 10,690,119

OFFSHORE WIND TURBINE

Windbuoyy AG, Berlin (DE...

1. An apparatus for generating electricity, comprising:a generating sub-assembly;
a support structure for supporting said generating sub-assembly; and
a support mechanism for securing the generating sub-assembly to said support structure;wherein:said generating sub-assembly has a wind-responsive turbine and an electrical generator;
said support structure includes a buoyancy portion for submersion in water and a mast portion extending from said buoyancy portion to extend the generating sub-assembly above a water line;
said support structure is buoyant and free to roll when floating in water;
said support mechanism is hinged by a hinge mechanism and a centre of gravity of the generating sub-assembly is below a position of said hinge mechanism during electricity generation, so as to allow the generating sub-assembly to rotate around a horizontal axis to maintain an operational angle during the rolling of said support structure; and
said mast portion comprises: an elbow; a first section below said elbow inclined at a first angle away from said turbine; and a second section above said elbow inclined at a second angle towards said turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,690,118

DRIVING FAN DEVICE

1. A driving fan device comprising:a center;
a transmission device located at the center of the driving fan device and having
a center; and
a transmission seat disposed at the center of the transmission device and having
an outer surface; and
multiple blade assemblies mounted radially on the outer surface of the transmission seat at equi-angular intervals, and each one of the blade assemblies having
a fixing portion mounted radially on the outer surface of the transmission seat and having
a side surface;
a pivotal end disposed on the fixing portion away from the outer surface; and
a groove caved inwardly on the side surface of the fixing portion adjacent to the pivotal end and having
an inner surface; and
a tilting portion pivotally connected to the fixing portion and having
two ends;
a rotating part disposed at one of the two ends of the tilting portion, being pivotally connected to the pivotal end of the fixing portion, and having
an abutting surface corresponding to the inner surface of the groove; and
a forced part connected to the rotating part and having
a counter-streamwise side facing the abutting surface of another one of the blade assemblies and having
 a side surface; and
 multiple ribs protruding separately on the side surface of the counter-streamwise side, and each one of the multiple ribs extending along a direction parallel to the counter-streamwise side.

US Pat. No. 10,690,117

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A WIND TURBINE AND RELATED SYSTEM

1. A method of controlling a wind turbine comprising a tower and a rotor provided on top of the tower, the rotor comprising one or more wind turbine blades including a first wind turbine blade that rotates about a rotor axis, the method comprising the steps of:collecting first data indicative of a dynamic condition of the first wind turbine blade and the rotor from a sensor system associated with the wind turbine, the first data comprising rotor data and first deflection data, the rotor data being indicative of azimuth position and rotational velocity of the rotor in a rotor plane perpendicular to the rotor axis, and the first deflection data being indicative of position, speed and acceleration of one or more parts of the first wind turbine blade;
calculating at least one of a most probable radial-averaged wind speed or an expected worst-case radial-averaged wind speed for the wind turbine;
calculating an expected tower clearance distance at a predicted time of tower passage for the first wind turbine blade based on at least the acceleration of said one or more parts of the first wind turbine blade in a direction perpendicular to the rotor plane and the at least one of a most probable radial-averaged wind speed or an expected worst-case radial-averaged wind speed for the wind turbine;
evaluating a collision risk criterion based on the expected tower clearance distance by comparing the expected tower clearance distance to at least one of a first threshold value and a second threshold value; and
performing measures to prevent tower collision based on the collision risk criterion.

US Pat. No. 10,690,116

MULTI-ROTOR TURBINE ARRANGED FOR COORDINATED ROTATIONAL SPEEDS

1. A wind turbine system comprising:a plurality of wind turbine modules mounted to a support structure including a tower, each of the plurality of wind turbine modules including a rotor, wherein, in use, each rotor has an associated rotational imbalance; and
a control system comprising a processor, the control system configured to:
determine, for each rotor, a respective imbalance vector corresponding to the associated rotational imbalance; and
based on a comparison of the respective imbalance vectors, coordinate the rotational speeds of the rotors to attenuate oscillations of the support structure caused by the rotational imbalances associated with the rotors.

US Pat. No. 10,690,115

SLIDING COMPONENT AND WEAR DETECTION SYSTEM USING THE SAME

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A sliding component comprising:a first sliding part which is non-conductive and which has a sliding surface;
a second sliding part on the side opposite to the sliding surface of the first sliding part; and
a conductive member positioned between the first sliding part and the second sliding part;
wherein a material of the second sliding part is different from a material of the first sliding part, the material of the second sliding part having a hardness higher than a hardness of the material of the first sliding part.

US Pat. No. 10,690,114

BLADELESS WIND TURBINE

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A bladeless wind power generator, comprising:a sealed hydraulic system having an input cylinder, an output cylinder, and a conduit extending between the input cylinder and the output cylinder;
an input piston constrained to reciprocate in and sealing the input cylinder, the input piston having an input shaft extending therefrom out of the input cylinder;
an output piston constrained to reciprocate in and sealing the output cylinder, the output piston having an output shaft extending therefrom out of the output cylinder;
hydraulic fluid disposed between the input piston and the output piston;
a wind collector attached to the input shaft, the wind collector having a relief valve switchable between a closed position in which full wind pressure is exerted against the input shaft and an open position in which at least some of the wind pressure is bled to outside atmosphere; and
a sensor control system connected to the valve for switching the relief valve between the open and closed positions in response to sensor signals relating to position of at least one of the pistons to maintain reciprocation of the pistons;
wherein wind pressure against the wind collector is converted to mechanical power by reciprocation of the output shaft of the output piston;
wherein said wind collector comprises a frustoconical wind disk having a base;
wherein the base of said frustoconical wind disk has an open window defined therein, said valve comprising a gate linearly slidable between a position completely covering and closing the open window, defining the closed position of said valve, and a position leaving the open window at least partial uncovered for passage of wind therethrough, defining the open position of said valve.

US Pat. No. 10,690,113

WIND TURBINE BLADES AND RELATED METHODS OF MANUFACTURING

1. A wind turbine blade comprising a load carrying structure made of a fibre-reinforced polymer material, wherein the load carrying structure comprises a plurality of stacked fibre mats in a thickness of the load carrying structure,wherein a plurality of said stacked fibre mats are made of hybrid material comprising both carbon fibres and glass fibres and having a carbon fibre ratio, which is defined as a volume of the carbon fibres divided by a total volume of the glass fibres and carbon fibres, wherein
at least a number of said stacked fibre mats have different carbon fibre ratios such that the carbon fibre ratio of fibre material varies through the thickness of the load carrying structure.

US Pat. No. 10,690,112

FLUID TURBINE ROTOR BLADE WITH WINGLET DESIGN

1. A rotor blade for a fluid turbine comprising:an upwind direction; and
a downwind direction; and
a root region; and
a tip region; and
a body extending from said root region to said tip region; and
said body further comprising an airfoil cross section, said airfoil cross section comprising:
a leading edge; and
a trailing edge; and
a lift surface; and
a pressure surface; and
said tip region comprising a first winglet and a second winglet; and
said first winglet extending arcuately away from said lift surface in said downwind direction; and
said leading edge transitioning along said first winglet toward said trailing edge; and
said second winglet extending arcuately away from said pressure surface in said upwind direction; and
said leading edge transitioning along said second winglet toward said trailing edge.

US Pat. No. 10,690,111

WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADE

General Electric Company,...

1. A rotor blade, comprising:a shell defining an interior cavity and comprising exterior surfaces defining a pressure side, a suction side, a leading edge, and a trailing edge each extending between a tip and a root, the shell defining a span and a chord;
a spar cap coupled the shell;
a shear web positioned in the interior cavity and coupled to the shell; and
an end cap coupled to the spar cap and an end of the shear web, the end cap including an end cap wall positioned between the end of the shear web and the spar cap,
wherein the shear web comprises a lattice structure including a first wall, a second wall extending outwardly from the first wall and coupled to the end cap, and a third wall extending outwardly from the first wall and coupled to the end cap, and
wherein the first wall, the second wall, the third wall, and the first end cap collectively define a cavity filled with a foam.

US Pat. No. 10,690,110

STRUCTURE WITH RIGID PROJECTIONS ADAPTED TO TRAVERSE A FLUID ENVIRONMENT

1. A structure adapted to traverse a fluid environment, the structure comprising:an elongate body having a root, a wingtip, a leading edge and a trailing edge; and
a plurality of rigid projections each extending from a respective position along the trailing edge generally along the same plane as a front surface of the body wherein the projections include a first and a second set of projections extending from the trailing edge, each projection of the plurality of projections having a length, andwherein the projections of the first set and the second set of projections are discrete projections that alternate with one another extending along the trailing edge;wherein the lengths of adjacent projections extending from the trailing edge differ from one another; andwherein the lengths of adjacent projections of the first set and the second set differ from one another at half a wavelength distance of a target sound frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,690,109

DISTRIBUTION DEVICE FOR A HYDRAULIC MACHINE AND A HYDRAULIC MACHINE FITTED WITH SUCH A DEVICE

POCLAIN HYDRAULICS INDUST...

1. A distribution device for a hydraulic machine comprising a distributor having a central axis extending therethrough and presenting distribution ducts opening out into a radial distribution face, and a distributor-counterpart, wherein each of the distributor and distributor-counterpart is an element and wherein one element is engaged in the other of said elements, in such a manner that said elements present respective opposite axially-extending faces between which first and second main enclosures are provided, the device comprising first and second cylinder-capacity selection slides arranged one after the other in a bore of one of the elements constituted by the distributor and by the distributor-counterpart, which bore is connected to the main enclosures and to at least some of the distribution ducts, said slides being configured to adopt at least three distinct configurations establishing different connections between main ducts and the distribution ducts via the main enclosures, thus defining at least three distinct operating capacities associated with the at least three distinct configurations.

US Pat. No. 10,690,108

METHOD FOR REGULATING THE SURFACE TEMPERATURE OF A GLOW PLUG

BorgWarner Ludwigsburg Gm...

1. A method for regulating the surface temperature of a glow plug, comprising:continuously measuring electrical resistance of the glow plug;
using the continuously measured resistance and a resistance temperature characteristic to regulate the surface temperature of the glow plug to a target temperature or a target resistance corresponding to the target temperature; and
adjusting the resistance temperature characteristic as a function of the present motor operating state, wherein the present motor operating state is determined by a glow plug control device monitoring the power or voltage that is required to maintain the resistance associated with a given target temperature according to the resistance temperature characteristic used.

US Pat. No. 10,690,107

COMPOSITE SPARK AND LIQUID PILOT IGNITER FOR DUAL FUEL ENGINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. An igniter for a dual fuel engine comprising:an igniter body defining a longitudinal axis extending between a first igniter body end and a second igniter body end including a nozzle, and the igniter body further having formed therein a fuel inlet, and a nozzle supply passage extending between the fuel inlet and the nozzle;
the nozzle having a plurality of spray orifices formed therein, and an outlet check movable between an open position at which the plurality of spray orifices are in fluid communication with the nozzle supply passage, and a closed position;
the plurality of spray orifices defining a plurality of spray axes advancing radially outward and axially outward from the nozzle; and
a plurality of spark electrodes mounted to the second igniter body end and forming a plurality of spark gaps that are offset from the plurality of spray axes.