US Pat. No. 10,711,956

THERMALLY STABLE FLEXIBLE LIGHTING DEVICE

LUMILEDS LLC, San Jose, ...

1. A lighting device, comprising:at least one LED element for emitting light into an emission direction; and
a bendable light guide arranged to guide light emitted from the at least one LED element;
wherein the bendable light guide comprises at least a first portion and a second portion,
wherein the first portion is formed of an elastic, light transmitting light guide material covering at least the emission direction of the at least one LED element,
wherein the second portion is formed of an elastic, light transmitting light guide material, the second portion being arranged spaced from the first portion in the emission direction by a separation space,
wherein the first portion and the second portion of the light guide are connected by a deformable spring structure,
wherein the deformable spring structure comprises at least one folded wall portion, and
wherein the at least one folded wall portion includes at least a first fold in a first folding direction and a second fold in a second, opposite folding direction, such that there is an open space between the first folding direction and the second folding direction to allow a distance between the first and second light guide portions to vary.

US Pat. No. 10,711,955

RUBBERIZED LIGHT HOUSING AND ADAPTOR

8. A light housing, comprising:an elongated body having a generally tubular shape with an open first end and a closed second end, wherein the first end is configured to receive and retain a light bulb proximate to the first end;
a sealing port in the second end, wherein the sealing port is configured to hermetically seal against electrical wires passed into an interior of the elongated body;
a plurality of ribs uniformly spaced around a perimeter of the first end of the elongated body; and
an adaptor ring having a plurality of larger ribs uniformly spaced around a perimeter thereof, wherein the adaptor ring is configured for concentric engagement with the plurality of ribs on the first end of the elongated body.

US Pat. No. 10,711,953

DUAL POWER FLASHLIGHT

SMARTECH, INC., Savage, ...

1. A flashlight, comprising:a light assembly at a first end of the flashlight, the light assembly including an LED light generating module;
a power assembly including a power management module body member which houses a charging input port, a USB output port, a LED power indicator, or a power indicator button, a selectively movable sleeve covers the charging input port, the USB output port, the LED power indicator, or the power indicator button when they are not in use, wherein the sleeve moves relative to the power management module body member in linear and rotational directions;
a central body member between the light assembly and the power assembly; and
wherein movement of the sleeve is controlled via L-shaped grooves formed along an inner surface of the sleeve and mating track balls formed along an outer surface of the power management module body member of the power assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,711,952

MULTIFUNCTIONAL LIGHT, DATA DEVICE, OR COMBINATION AND SYSTEMS

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A device, comprising:an excitation source; and
a material including halide perovskite nanocrystals,
wherein the excitation source emits a first light energy,
wherein the material absorbs the first light energy from the excitation source and emits a second light energy at a wavelength in the visible range, and
wherein the first light energy and the second light energy are at different wavelengths.

US Pat. No. 10,711,950

LIGHT BULB BASE AND LIGHT BULB THEREOF

XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. L...

1. A light bulb, comprising:a light bulb base, comprising:
a cylinder-shaped insulating component, having a jack at its first side;
a cylinder-shaped base connector, having a circumferential interior bore extending there through, and the circumferential interior bore is configured to accommodate the cylinder-shaped insulating component at a first side of the cylinder-shaped base connector;
a metal thimble, configured to insert into the jack at its first side via the circumferential interior bore, such that the metal thimble rivets the cylinder-shaped base connector to the cylinder-shaped insulating component; and
a heat-dissipating component, having a first side coupled to a second side of the cylinder-shaped insulating component, the heat-dissipating component comprises a first opening at its second side and comprises a cavity chamber disposed inside the first opening;
an illuminating plate, disposed at the first opening of the heat-dissipating component;
a lampshade, coupled to the second side of the heat-dissipating component and configured to cover the illuminating plate; and
a driving circuit board, disposed within the cavity chamber, electrically coupled to the illuminating plate, and electrically coupled to the metal thimble via the jack, wherein the heat-dissipating component further comprises an inward partially-circumferential prosection at its second side;
wherein the lampshade further comprises a second opening and a circumferential ring projection that surrounds the second opening, and further comprises a groove disposed on the circumferential ring projection; and
wherein the groove is configured to detachably engage with the inward partial-circumferentially projection for engaging the lampshade with the heat-dissipating component.

US Pat. No. 10,711,943

DIAPHRAGM SEAL INJECTOR

Graco Minnesota Inc., Mi...

1. A lubricant injector comprising:a housing including a body and a metering cylinder extending from the body, the metering cylinder extending along an axis;
an inlet cylinder attached to the body of the housing, wherein the inlet cylinder defines a pressure chamber;
a lubricant chamber disposed within the body and connected to the pressure chamber;
a metering chamber connected to the lubricant chamber;
a firing mechanism disposed within the inlet cylinder and extending into the lubricant chamber, wherein the firing mechanism is movable between a first position, where the metering chamber is fluidly isolated from the pressure chamber, and a second position, where the metering chamber is fluidly connected to the pressure chamber;
a metering portion secured to the housing, the metering portion comprising:
a diaphragm disposed within the metering cylinder and forming a static seal about the metering chamber; and
a retaining member having a first end and a second end, wherein the second end is attached to the metering cylinder, and wherein the retaining member secures the diaphragm within the metering cylinder;
a pin at least partially disposed within the retaining member and configured to shift along the axis; and
a lock nut connected to the pin and disposed within the retaining member, wherein the lock nut is connected to the pin such that the lock nut slides axially with the pin, and wherein the lock nut interfaces with the retaining member to prevent rotation of the lock nut about the axis;
wherein a central portion of the diaphragm is configured to flex to expand the metering chamber in response to a flow of lubricant to the metering chamber when the firing mechanism is in the second position; and
wherein a circumference of the diaphragm forms the static seal between the metering chamber and the retaining member.

US Pat. No. 10,711,942

L-CHANNEL LOCK FASTENERS AND FASTENING SYSTEM

Lockdowel, Inc., Fremont...

1. A fastening device comprising:at least two sides, wherein a first side and a second side are connected at an angle of at least fifteen degrees; and
a first fastener connected to an outer surface of the first side and a second fastener connected to an outer surface of the second side, each fastener having a body with a first side surface opposing a parallel second side surface;
each fastener comprising a recessed channel formed longitudinally into the first side surface and into the second side surface so as to form a step that extends from each of the first side surface and the second side surface, each step having a guide ramp at a first end of the recessed channel and at a second end of the recessed channel providing an initial slope to each step.

US Pat. No. 10,711,941

DOVETAIL SLIDING MOUNT WITH MOVABLE CLAMP BAR

United States of America ...

1. A sliding mount comprising:a base having a female dovetail groove therein, wherein the female dovetail groove has an open end and a closed end;
a mounting cassette having a male dovetail feature configured to slidably interface with the base by insertion through the open end;
a clamp bar having proximal and distal ends, wherein the proximal end is movably connected to the base such that when the clamp bar is in an open configuration, the clamp bar is sufficiently moved away from the open end to allow the mounting cassette to move in and out of the female dovetail groove; and
a clasp having a first half disposed on the base and a second half disposed on the distal end of the clamp bar such that when the clamp bar is in a closed configuration, the clamp bar spans the open end and the first half is clasped to the second half so as to bias the mounting cassette against the closed end.

US Pat. No. 10,711,940

STUD-TO-STUD MOUNTING BRACKET FOR ELECTRICAL OR COMMUNICATION DEVICE

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A mounting bracket for a junction box comprising:a face plate having opposite upper and lower edge margins, opposite left and right edge margins, and a central opening, the face plate having a planar front surface extending between the left and right edge margins and the upper and lower edge margins;
an upper channel extending upwardly from the upper edge margin; and
a lower channel extending downwardly from the lower edge margin, each of the upper and lower channels including an enlarged end portion at one end thereof, each enlarged end portion having a width greater than a width of a remainder of the respective channel,
wherein the enlarged end portion and the remainder of each of the upper and lower channels extends from the planar front surface.

US Pat. No. 10,711,939

DECOMPRESSION HEAT-INSULATING PIPE STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A decompression heat-insulating pipe structure comprising:an outer tube that includes a first flange and a second flange, the first flange extending radially inward from an axially one end of the outer tube, and the second flange extending radially outward from the axially other end of the outer tube;
an inner tube that includes a third flange and a fourth flange, the third flange extending radially inward from an axially one end of the inner tube and being opposed to the first flange at an axially inward position of the first flange, and the fourth flange extending radially outward from the axially other end of the inner tube and being opposed to the second flange at an axially outward position of the second flange; and
an elastic seal member disposed between ends of the inner tube and the outer tube to seal a space between the inner tube and the outer tube so that the space is decompressed, the elastic seal member includes a first elastic seal member and a second elastic seal member, the first elastic seal member being disposed between and in direct contact with each of the first flange and the third flange, and the second elastic seal member being disposed between and in direct contact with each of the second flange and the fourth flange.

US Pat. No. 10,711,938

CLAMP FOR REPAIR OF PIPE COUPLINGS

COX ENGINEERING COMPANY, ...

1. A method for repairing a pipe coupling between a first pipe section and a second pipe section, comprising:positioning a first clamp unit on one side of the pipe coupling, the first clamp unit comprising:
a first end, the first end comprising:
a first flange; and
a first flange hole extending through the first flange;
a second end, the second end comprising;
a second flange; and
a second flange hole extending through the second flange;
a first body portion extending between the first end and the second end; and
a first window extending from an inner surface to an outer surface of the first body portion between the first flange and the second flange of the first clamp unit, the first window having a first width extending in a circumferential direction of the first body portion and a second width perpendicular to, and less than, the first width for receiving and for exposing a first flange of the pipe coupling;
positioning a second clamp unit on an opposite side of the pipe coupling, the second clamp unit comprising:
a first end, the first end comprising:
a third flange; and
a third flange hole extending through the third flange;
a second end, the second end comprising;
a fourth flange; and
a fourth flange hole extending through the fourth flange, and
aligned with the second flange hole of the first clamp unit;
a second body portion extending between the first end and the second end; and
a second window extending from an inner surface to an outer surface of the second body portion between the third flange and the fourth flange of the second clamp unit, the second window having a first width extending in a circumferential direction of the second body portion and a second width perpendicular to, and less than, the first width for exposing a second flange of the pipe coupling;
aligning the first flange hole of the first clamp unit and the third flange hole of the second clamp unit;
aligning the second flange hole of the first clamp unit and the fourth flange hole of the second clamp unit; and
extending a coupling through at least one of the aligned first and third flange holes or the aligned second and fourth flange holes such that the first and second clamp units tighten around the pipe coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,711,937

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A FLUID PRESSURE REDUCTION DEVICE

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. A fluid pressure reduction device for use in a fluid flow control device, the fluid pressure reduction device comprising:a unitary body having an inner wall and an outer wall spaced radially outward of the inner wall;
a plurality of first flow paths defined between the inner wall and the outer wall of the body, each of the first flow paths comprising an inlet section, an outlet section, and a curved intermediate section between the inlet and outlet sections, wherein the inlet section of each of the first flow paths is oriented along a respective first inlet axis, and wherein the first inlet axes are arranged along a first plane; and
a plurality of second flow paths defined between the inner wall and the outer wall of the body, each of the second flow paths comprising an inlet section, an outlet section, and a curved intermediate section between the inlet and outlet sections, wherein the inlet section of each of the second flow paths is oriented along a respective second inlet axis, and wherein the second inlet axes are arranged along a second plane that is parallel to but spaced from the first plane,
wherein the curved intermediate section of each of the first and second flow paths comprises a pair of loops, and wherein each of the loops has a first portion that extends outward and upward from the respective inlet section, and a second portion that is connected to the first portion and extends inward and upward into the respective outlet section.

US Pat. No. 10,711,936

WEIGHT ASSEMBLY FOR A FAUCET

Globe Union Industries Co...

1. A weight assembly being fixed on a hose of a faucet and comprising:a tubular retainer including a first segment, a second segment, a fitting orifice defined between the first segment and the second segment, an opening formed on a side of the fitting orifice and communicating with the fitting orifice so that the hose is fitted with the fitting orifice via the opening, an engagement portion arranged on an inner wall of the fitting orifice relative to the second segment so as to engage with the hose and to avoid a movement of the hose in the fitting orifice, and a forced portion formed on an outer wall of the tubular retainer relative to the second segment;
a counterweight including a third segment, a fourth segment, a through orifice defined between the third segment and the fourth segment so that the counterweight is fitted onto the hose by way of the through orifice, and a press portion formed on an inner wall of the through orifice relative to the fourth segment, such that after the tubular retainer is fitted on the hose, the fourth segment of the counterweight moves toward the first segment of the tubular retainer so that the press portion presses the forced portion of the tubular retainer after the tubular retainer is accommodated into the through orifice, and the forced portion retracts inward to actuate the engagement portion to engage with the hose.

US Pat. No. 10,711,935

METHOD FOR MANAGING THE HEATING OF FLUIDS FLOWING THROUGH A NETWORK OF SUBMARINE PIPELINES

Saipem S.A., Montigny le...

1. A method of managing the heating of fluids flowing in an undersea pipe network providing a connection between a surface installation and at least one undersea production well, wherein the undersea pipe network comprises two main pipes connected together at the sea bottom and each connected to the surface installation so as to form at least one fluid circulation loop; a plurality of secondary pipes connecting production wells to the two secondary pipes; and two connection pipes connecting together the two main pipes downstream from the fluid heater stations, the method comprises:releasably connecting at least one fluid heater station to an undersea pipe by a bypass pipe connected to the undersea pipe, to selectively direct the fluids flowing in the undersea pipe through the bypass pipe and towards the fluid heater station for heating the so-directed fluids, and for returning the so-heated fluids to the undersea pipe, and controlling the operation of said fluid heater station as a function of a mode of operation of the pipe network;
connecting each main pipe to at least one fluid heater station downstream from the secondary pipes, and activating the fluid heater stations in a stage of normal operation of the pipe network to maintain the fluids at all points of the network at a temperature higher than a predetermined temperature threshold; and
in a preservation stage of the undersea pipe network:
closing the secondary pipes and the main pipes between the two connection pipes while opening the connection pipes, and activating the heater stations to maintain the fluids at all points in an upstream fluid circulation loop at a temperature higher than a predetermined temperature threshold; and
injecting a processed fluid into the main pipes of a downstream fluid circulation loop to purge the fluids it contains.

US Pat. No. 10,711,934

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PIPE, PIPE AND CONNECTION FITTING ASSEMBLY

STELIA AEROSPACE, Rochef...

1. A method for manufacturing a pipe comprising:providing a second mechanical quick connection member;
wherein the second mechanical quick connection member has a second angular coding mechanism defining a second reference frame having an X-Y-Z axis;
wherein the second angular coding mechanism and the first angular coding mechanism cooperated to prohibit relative rotation along the X-axes of both the first reference frame and the second reference frame when the first mechanical quick connection member interlocks with the second mechanical quick connection member at a first predetermined reference angular position;
providing a bending machine comprising a third coding mechanism defining a third reference frame having an X-Y-Z axis, the third coding mechanism being adapted to cooperate with the second angular coding mechanism of the second mechanical quick connection member at a second predetermined reference angular position to prohibit relative rotation along the X-axes of both the third reference frame and the second reference frame;
fastening the second mechanical quick connection member to an end opening of a rectilinear hollow tubular body comprising two fluidly connected end openings;
positioning the rectilinear hollow tubular body in said bending machine so that the second angular coding mechanism cooperates with the third coding mechanism to prevent relative rotation along the X-axes of both the second reference frame of said rectilinear hollow tubular body and the third reference frame of said bending machine; and
bending the rectilinear hollow tubular body as a function of said angular reference position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,933

CONNECTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CHAMFERED TUBE

PARKER HANNIFIN MANUFACTU...

1. A coupling device for a tube having an end portion provided with an outer chamfer, the device comprising a tubular body provided internally with an annular sealing element and with an attachment member for retaining the end portion of the tube in leak-tight manner in the body, wherein the device includes at least one retractable abutment arranged so as to oppose insertion into the body of a tube end portion that is not chamfered and so that the chamfer of the tube end portion that is chamfered forms a cam for causing the abutment to retract while the tube is being inserted into the body, the device including a tubular disconnection pusher that is coaxial with the annular sealing element, that defines a through section for the tube end portion, and that is movable between a first position in which it allows the attachment member to perform retention, and a second position in which it prevents the attachment member from performing retention, the pusher having a first end remote from the attachment member and arranged to be capable of moving the pusher from its first position to its second position, and the abutment being part of the pusher.

US Pat. No. 10,711,932

PLUG-IN-CONNECTION BETWEEN A CONNECTING PART AND A PLUG-IN-PART

1. A plug-in connection between a connecting part and a plug-in part which are configured to be plugged into one another in an axial direction of the plug-in connection, the plug-in connection comprising:a sealing groove disposed between the connecting part and the plug-in part;
a sealing ring disposed between the connecting part and the plug-in part in the sealing groove, the sealing ring supported in the sealing groove by the connecting part and by the plug-in part, respectively, in a radial direction of the plug-in connection and exerting a sealing pressure in the radial direction;
the sealing ring comprising an omega-shaped cross section comprising a rounded body portion with an open side and further comprising supporting legs connected to opposed ends of the rounded body portion at the open side of the rounded body portion;
the open side of the rounded body portion facing outwardly in the radial direction;
the plug-in connection further comprising:
an opening formed in a circumferential wall of the of the connecting part;
a retention ring axially positioned next to an open front face of the sealing groove and axially supporting the sealing ring in the sealing groove, the retention ring having
a radially outwardly projecting nose formed on and projecting radially outwardly away from an outer circumference of the retention ring, the radially outwardly projecting nose protruding into and engaging into the opening formed in a circumferential wall of the of the connecting part, holding the retention ring axially in position on the connecting part.

US Pat. No. 10,711,931

COUPLING

Colder Products Company, ...

1. A male fluid coupling, comprising:an insert member defining a bore and a longitudinal axis, the insert member having a front end portion and a termination end portion on opposing ends of the insert member;
a first seal coupled to the front end portion of the insert member and configured to seal against a female fluid coupling when the male fluid coupling is coupled with the female fluid coupling; and
a valve positioned within the bore, the valve being biased by a spring to a closed position in which a valve seal coupled to a rear end portion of the valve prevents fluid from flowing through the bore, the valve seal seated against an internal shoulder of the insert member while the valve is in the closed position, the valve seal and the internal shoulder being separated while the valve is in an open position in which fluid can flow through the bore, wherein the valve seal is accessible from the termination end portion of the body, and wherein the valve is retained within the bore of the insert member because the valve seal seats against the internal shoulder,
wherein the insert member also defines a latch groove configured to receive a latch of the female fluid coupling when the male fluid coupling is coupled with the female fluid coupling, the latch groove extending fully around a circumference of the insert member and having a bottom surface and opposing first and second wall surfaces, the bottom surface of the latch groove: (i) extending longitudinally at a first acute angle relative to the longitudinal axis, (ii) extending at a second acute angle relative to the first wall surface, and (iii) extending at an obtuse angle relative to the second wall surface.

US Pat. No. 10,711,930

RELEASABLE CONNECTION ASSEMBLY

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. A male bayonet connector for connecting sections of tubing, the male bayonet connector comprising:a first shaft including a first distal end portion comprising:
a first sealing surface configured to engage a female receiving member to create a fluid-tight seal;
a first annular channel proximal to the first sealing surface;
a first proximal portion proximal to the first annular channel;
at least one rib extending at least partially along a longitudinal axis of the first proximal portion and extending radially from the first proximal portion;
a first lumen being defined between the first sealing surface and the first proximal portion; and
a grip extending radially from the first shaft to define a flange around the first shaft, the flange having an outer dimension along a direction that is angularly offset from the longitudinal axis and that is greater than outer dimensions of both the first sealing surface and the first proximal portion along the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,929

PIPE ELEMENT COUPLER AND COUPLING METHOD THEREOF

Shanghai Vision Mechanica...

1. A pipe element coupler for coupling two pipe elements each having a groove and a groove circumference at a bottom of the groove, wherein the pipe element coupler comprises:a plurality of coupling members, wherein each of said coupling members comprises two engaging keys at two coupling end portions thereof, wherein each of said engaging keys has an engaging surface having varying radiuses of curvature;
a gasket disposed in said coupling members; and
a fastening element mounted on said coupling members, wherein said pipe element coupler is adapted for being preassembled on the two pipe elements to align said engaging keys with the corresponding grooves, wherein when said fastening element is operated to fasten said coupling members together, each of said engaging surfaces is deformed to change said varying radiuses of curvature, so as to substantially match a radius of curvature of the groove circumference;
wherein said plurality of coupling members comprises a first coupling member, a second coupling member, and a third coupling member, wherein said pipe element coupler further comprises a first pivotally connecting element pivotally connecting said first coupling member and said second coupling member, and a second pivotally connecting element pivotally connecting said third coupling member and said second coupling member, wherein said fastening element is mounted with said first coupling member and said third coupling member;
wherein each of said engaging surfaces of said first coupling member and said third coupling member defines a logarithmic spiral curve, wherein said engaging surface of said second coupling member defines an ellipse curve.

US Pat. No. 10,711,928

HOSE CONNECTION

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A hose connection, comprising:a tubular body including a first end and a second end;
a shrink sleeve arranged around the first end of the tubular body configured to clamp a hose end on the first end of the tubular body between the first end of the tubular body and the shrink sleeve;
an adhesive layer arranged on an outer surface of the first end of the tubular body, the adhesive layer at least enveloping the first end in a tangential direction of the tubular body; and
parallel annular ridges, arranged on the outer surface of the first end of the tubular body,
wherein the outer surface of the first end and the parallel ridges together form curved undulations.

US Pat. No. 10,711,926

SEALING ASSEMBLY WITH RETENTION SLEEVE FOR FLUID CONDUIT CONNECTOR

CNN Industrial America LL...

1. A sealing assembly, comprising:a connector body extending between a first axial surface and a second axial surface spaced apart from the first axial surface along an axial direction, the connector body defining a groove extending axially from the first axial surface toward the second axial surface, the groove including a first groove portion and a second groove portion, the first groove portion being at least partially defined by a first intermediate surface of the connector body, the first groove portion defining a first depth extending axially from the first axial surface of the connector body to the first intermediate surface of the connector body, the second groove portion being at least partially defined by a second intermediate surface of the connector body, the second groove portion defining a second depth extending axially from the first axial surface of the connector body to the second intermediate surface of the connector body, the second depth being greater than the first depth;
a gasket positioned in the first groove portion; and
a retention sleeve positioned in the second groove portion, the retention sleeve being configured to retain the gasket within the first groove portion,
wherein the gasket comprises an O-ring seal having a circular cross-section in a plane extending parallel to the axial direction, and
wherein the first groove portion is at least partially defined by a first groove portion side surface of the connector body and a dovetail portion extending radially from the first groove portion side surface, the retention sleeve comprising an outer side surface extending axially between first and second axial ends of the retention sleeve, the outer side surface of the retention sleeve being in contact with the gasket, a distance between the dovetail portion of the connector body and the outer side surface of the retention sleeve being greater than a diameter of the circular cross-section of the O-ring seal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,925

HIGH PRESSURE PIPE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUCH PIPE

Pipelife Nederland B.V., ...

1. A high-pressure pipe, comprising an inner liner, an outer coating layer and a reinforcement layer positioned between the inner liner and the outer coating layer, said reinforcement layer comprising a first helically wound strip and a second helically wound strip wound with an opposite winding angle to the first helically wound strip, each strip comprising a matrix and a single row of fibers embedded in the matrix, said fibers comprising twisted high-strength carbon filaments, wherein the filaments of said fibers are sized filaments obtained by subjecting the filaments to a sizing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,711,923

SEALING GLAND

Lake Products Limited, A...

1. A sealing gland for sealing between an elongate member and a surface through which the member extends, the gland comprising:a sealing body having an inner membrane for sealing about the elongate member and an outer peripheral region for sealing against the surface, the inner membrane having one or more guides on a side of the membrane arranged to locate adjacent the surface to be sealed in use, hereinafter the underside, and wherein each guide represents a known elongate member option and facilitates the formation of an aperture through the membrane for suitably receiving the associated elongate member option therethrough in use,
wherein the outer peripheral region of the sealing body comprises one or more lip seals extending from the underside of the sealing body,
wherein the outer peripheral region comprises one or more fastener apertures, and
wherein said fastener apertures are located between said lip seals.

US Pat. No. 10,711,922

WALL FEED-THROUGH ELEMENT FOR A FLUID LINE AND WALL FEED-THROUGH

NORMA GERMANY GMBH, Main...

1. A wall feed-through for a fluid line, comprising:a wall feed-through element comprising:
a housing having a feed-through region running in an axial direction with at least one attachment geometry and a stop,
wherein the feed-through region is structured with a bearing section,
wherein the at least one attachment geometry, on a side of the bearing section facing away from the stop includes at least one shaping protruding radially over the bearing section with a back wall facing the stop and at least one radially springable projection that is offset in a circumferential direction with respect to the at least one shaping and extends toward the stop in an axial direction further than the back wall; a seal; and
a wall having a pass-through opening with an inner contour matched to the at least one shaping,
wherein the seal is positionable between the stop and the wall,
wherein at least a part of the feed-through region is to be fed through the wall, and
wherein the inner contour, at least partially, includes at least one recess extending radially outward and structured to correspond to an arrangement and shape of the at least one shaping.

US Pat. No. 10,711,921

REUSABLE HOSE BUNDLING SLEEVE

Bradley D Barger, Montic...

15. A reusable hose bundling sleeve system, comprising:a plurality of reusable hose bundling sleeves;
each reusable hose bundling sleeve of the plurality of hose bundling sleeves having an elongated section of material having a front surface and an opposite reverse surface and a first edge opposite a second edge;
a first lip formed on the front surface by folding over the first edge and a second lip on the reverse surface formed by folding over the second edge;
a strip of loops attached on the front surface and the first edge, wherein the strip of loops have an identifiable portion that is configured to visibly distinguish each reusable hose bundling sleeve from each other reusable hose bundling sleeve of the plurality of hose bundling sleeves, such that each reusable hose bundling sleeve of the plurality of reusable hose bundling sleeves can be associated with the identifiable portion; and
a strip of hooks attached to the reverse surface and the second edge.

US Pat. No. 10,711,920

CLAMPING DEVICE AND AN ASSOCIATED METHOD THEREOF

General Electric Company,...

1. A clamping device for clamping a conduit in a position, comprising:a sheet metal comprising a plurality of first segments and at least one second segment,
wherein each of the plurality of first segments and the at least one second segment comprise a conduit-facing end and an outwardly-extending end,
wherein the conduit-facing ends are joined to each other along a lateral axis of the sheet metal and configured to wrap around the conduit in opposite directions,
wherein the outwardly-extending ends of the plurality of first segments extend in an opposite direction to the outwardly-extending end of the at least one second segment, and
wherein each of the outwardly-extending ends has an angled portion at a respective bend angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the sheet metal, towards a respective conduit-facing end of a respective one of the plurality of first segments or the at least one second segment;
a plurality of wedge-washers, wherein at least one wedge-washer is disposed on each of the plurality of first segments and the at least one second segment, wherein each of the at least one wedge-washer comprises an angled sidewall inclined along and in contact with the angled portion of a respective outwardly-extending end of each of the plurality of first segments and the at least one second segment; and
a plurality of fastening members with at least one fastening member disposed on each of the plurality of wedge-washers for applying pressure on the respective wedge-washer along radial and longitudinal axes of the sheet metal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,919

REPAIRING OR COATING SUBSEA PIPELINES

Subsea 7 Limited, Sutton...

1. A wrap tape cassette for a subsea pipeline repair or coating machine, the cassette comprising:a wrap tape;
a drum for carrying the wrap tape wound on the drum; and
a housing surrounding the drum as a watertight enclosure and defining an exit opening for the wrap tape to be dispensed from the drum onto a subsea pipeline during a repair or coating operation, wherein a leading edge of the wrap tape is attached to an anchor element that is arranged for attachment to the subsea pipeline being repaired or coated and the anchor element also serves as a watertight closure arranged to close the exit opening;
wherein the drum is mounted to the housing for rotational movement relative to the housing to dispense the wrap tape through the exit opening on being unwound from the drum; and
wherein the drum is mounted to the housing for longitudinal movement relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,711,917

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VALVE POSITION STATE ESTIMATION

INFOSENSE, INC., Charlot...

1. A method for valve position state estimation within a conduit or conduit network, comprising:acoustically coupling a plurality of acoustic sensors to a fluid disposed within the conduit or conduit network, wherein one of the plurality of acoustic sensors is disposed upstream of a valve under test and one of the plurality of acoustic sensors is disposed downstream of the valve under test;
transmitting a structured acoustic signal from a transmitting acoustic sensor to a receiving acoustic sensor, wherein the structured acoustic signal passes through the valve under test between the transmitting acoustic sensor and the receiving acoustic sensor;
at the transmitting acoustic sensor, receiving a reflected structured acoustic signal after the structured acoustic signal is reflected from the valve under test; and
using a two-port analysis, characterizing a flow state of the valve under test based on the structured acoustic signal received at the receiving acoustic sensor and the reflected structured acoustic signal received at the transmitting acoustic sensor, wherein the flow state of the valve under test is characterized using a pattern recognition technique employing an exemplar extracted feature set providing a representational model of a feature set not specific to the valve under test that can be used in a classification process, and wherein the flow state of the valve under test is characterized using one of impulse response and a transmission sound pressure level at multiple frequency bands.

US Pat. No. 10,711,916

AIRCRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM INCLUDING VALVE BUILT-IN-TEST WITHOUT POSITION FEEDBACK

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. An aircraft environmental control system (ECS) comprising:a first valve that is adjustable between a plurality of first positions to open or shut-off a bleed air flow that flows from an inlet of the first valve to an outlet of the first valve;
a second valve including an inlet of the second valve in fluid communication with the outlet of the first valve, the second valve adjustable between a plurality of second positions to throttle the bleed air that flows from the inlet of the second valve to an outlet of the second valve;
a valve position sensor coupled to the second valve and configured to output a position signal indicative of a measured position among the plurality of second positions; and
an electronic hardware controller in signal communication with the valve position sensor, the controller configured to determine a primary effective area of the second valve based on the measured position, and to diagnose operation of the first valve based on the primary effective area.

US Pat. No. 10,711,915

PILOT ACTUATED CONTROL PILOT FOR OPERATING VALVE

MAC Valves, Inc., Wixom,...

1. A pulse valve assembly comprising:a main valve including a main valve body, a main valve bore extending within said main valve body, and a main valve spool slidingly disposed in said main valve bore for movement between a closed position and an open position;
said main valve body including an inlet port, an outlet port, and a pilot inlet passage, each disposed in fluid communication with said main valve bore;
said main valve body having at least one pressure chamber at one end of said main valve bore and at least one pilot outlet passage disposed in fluid communication with said at least one pressure chamber;
said main valve spool including a main valve member configured to block fluid flow between said inlet port and said outlet port when said main valve spool is in said closed position and permit fluid flow from said inlet port to said outlet port when said main valve spool is in said open position;
a first pilot valve including a first pilot valve body, a first pilot valve bore extending within said first pilot valve body, and a poppet slidingly disposed in said first pilot valve bore for movement between at least two axially spaced positions;
a second pilot valve including a second pilot valve body connected to said main valve body, a second pilot valve bore extending within said second pilot valve body, and a pilot valve spool slidingly disposed in said second pilot valve bore for movement between a first position and a second position;
said second pilot valve body including at least one end chamber at one end of said second pilot valve bore, a second pilot inlet disposed in fluid communication with said pilot inlet passage, and at least one outlet port disposed in fluid communication with said at least one pilot outlet passage;
said first pilot valve connected to said second pilot valve such that said first pilot valve drives movement of said pilot valve spool of said second pilot valve between said first and second positions; and
said pilot valve spool of said second pilot valve including at least one valve member configured to open and close at least one fluid flow path extending from said second pilot inlet to said at least one pilot outlet passage when said pilot valve spool moves back and forth between said first and second positions.

US Pat. No. 10,711,913

METHOD FOR ACTIVATING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC VALVE

1. A method for activating an electromagnetic valve, the electromagnetic valve including a valve seat and a valve body; the valve body being in a closed position in a first position (A) and in an open position in a second position (B); the electromagnetic valve further including an electric drive coil for an electromechanical driving of the valve body between the first position (A) and the second position (B); an electric control device connected to the drive coil of the electromagnetic valve, wherein the control device as a function of a setting variable (S) energizes the drive coil with a signal sequence of operating pulses in order to move the valve body between the first position (A) and the second position (B); the control device as a function of the setting variable (S) being configured to determine at least one predetermined signal amplitude for the operating pulses of the signal sequence, a predetermined signal duration for the operating pulses of the signal sequence, and a predetermined frequency for the operating pulses of the signal sequence; the method comprising the step of:supplying an initial signal sequence including a start pulse and operating pulses to electromechanically drive the valve body for a first activation of the electromagnetic valve, wherein said start pulse is formed with at least one of a signal amplitude superelevated above the predetermined signal amplitude of the operating pulse, a signal duration extended beyond the predetermined signal duration of the operating pulse, and a frequency increased over a predetermined frequency of the operating pulses of the signal sequence, wherein the superelevated amplitude of the start pulse is 30% to 80% greater than the predetermined signal amplitude of the operating pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,711,912

SOLENOID VALVE DRIVE CONTROL DEVICE AND SOLENOID VALVE COMPRISING SOLENOID VALVE DRIVE CONTROL DEVICE

SAGINOMIYA SEISAKUSHO, IN...

1. A solenoid valve drive control device, in whicha plunger is moved by applying an electric current to a solenoid,
a valve element installed in the plunger is moved, attached to, and separated from a valve seat,
the valve element enters into a state of an open valve by separating from the valve seat and attaching to an attracting member when the electric current is applied, and
the valve element abuts the valve seat and enters into a state of a closed valve when the electric current is not applied,
the solenoid valve drive control device comprising,
a switching device that provides and interrupts the application of the electric current to the solenoid,
a zero cross timing generation device, that controls the application of the electric current to the solenoid by the switching device, so that the application of the electric current to the solenoid is started at first zero cross timing in a power supply period, and
an electric current sensing device that detects a value of the electric current that flows to the solenoid,
an attaching operation mode in which, when the value of the electric current that flows to the solenoid detected by the electric current sensing device reaches a predetermined circuit protection electric current value Ic (?A), which is a predetermined electric current value for attaching the plunger, after the application of the electric current to the solenoid is started by the switching device, the plunger is attached by applying a constant electric current which is set to the predetermined electric current value for attaching the plunger,
a stabilization mode that, after the attaching operation mode, repeats, plural times, an ON-OFF cycle, in which the application of the electric current to the solenoid is interrupted by the switching means when the value of the electric current that flows to the solenoid detected by the electric current sensing device reaches the circuit protection electric current value Ic (?A), after the application of the electric current to the solenoid is started at the zero cross timing by the switching device by controlling the zero cross timing generation device,
an interruption mode in which after the stabilization mode, the application of the electric current to the solenoid is interrupted by the switching means by controlling of the zero cross timing generation device when the value of the electric current that flows to the solenoid detected by the electric current sensing device reaches a predetermined electric current value Ia (?A), after the application of the electric current to the solenoid is started by the switching device at the zero cross timing, and
a hold mode in which, after the interruption mode, a holding power is generated by discharging an energy accumulated in the solenoid through a snubber circuit until a following zero cross timing, and the value of the electric current that flows to the solenoid is set to reach a predetermined holding electric current value Ib (?A) or more.

US Pat. No. 10,711,911

PRESSURE DISTRIBUTOR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A pressure distributor for a motor vehicle, in particular for pneumatic actuators in seats, comprising:a pressure generator and a plurality of pneumatic actuators configured to be connectable to the pressure distributor, wherein each actuator is assigned at least one electrically controllable valve, which by way of a respective outlet, in a controlled manner, transmits to the actuator assigned to the at least one electrically controllable valve a pressure that is generated by the pressure generator, wherein a plurality of the at least one electrically controllable valve, in operation of the pressure distributor, is provided with compressed air from the pressure generator by way of a common supply air line via a respective inlet,
wherein the common supply air line, as a separate component, is connected to the plurality of the at least one electrically controllable valve by way of a releasable connection,
wherein the plurality of the at least one electrically controllable valve are solenoid valves comprising an air chamber on which an outlet, an inlet that opens into a port, and at least one further air connector are provided, the outlet, inlet and further air connector being switchable by way of a plurality of switching positions of the solenoid valve with interconnection of the air chamber, wherein the solenoid valve comprises a magnet coil, a yoke composed of soft magnetic material that is disposed on the magnet coil, and an armature composed of soft magnetic material that is movable relative to the yoke, wherein
the magnet coil, the yoke, and the armature are disposed within the air chamber;
the armature in relation to the yoke is disposed in such a manner that the armature, when the magnet coil is energized, by magnetic force generated on account thereof rotates counter to a restoring force about a single rotation axis until the magnetic force corresponds to the restoring force, wherein size of at least one overlap region between the yoke and the armature changes during rotation of the armature, and an air gap is configured between the yoke and the armature in the at least one overlap region, wherein spacing that is formed by the air gap between the yoke and the armature in direction of the rotation of the armature remains substantially constant.

US Pat. No. 10,711,910

SOLENOID VALVE WITH INTEGRAL PRESSURE RELIEF ARRANGEMENT

ROTEX Automation Limited,...

1. A solenoid valve (100) for fluid flow control and pressure relief, said solenoid valve comprising a solenoid assembly (104) and a dual valve assembly (102), the solenoid assembly (104) comprising:a C-Core (90) having a passing hole (93) at a far end (91) and at a near end (92);
an armature (107) having a fixation means (118) on an outer surface (147) at an outer end (109) of the armature (107), and a room (119) at an inner end (117) of the armature (107);
a plunger (120) with a reduced diameter zone (128), an inner flange (127), an outer flange (126), a first room (124), a second room (125), a plurality of longitudinal recesses (129), a transversal hole (131), a neck (122) and a mating end (121), having a plunger-spring (106), and a sealing seat (309) with a constraining surface (316) and a sealing surface (317);
a solenoid coil (103); and
a guide (112) having an inner tubular wall (141), an outer tubular wall (142), a flange (143) near an external end (146) of the outer tubular wall (142), a groove (145) on the outer side and a spring rest (144) on the inner side towards the external end (146);
wherein the solenoid assembly is configured such that on energizing the solenoid coil, the plunger is linearly lifted up to configure the solenoid valve from a normally closed position to an open position;the dual valve assembly (102) operatively coupled to the solenoid assembly and comprising:a valve body (300) with one or more inlet ports (301), an outlet port (303), an upper seat (315), and an outlet seat (314); an upper stopper ring (113); and
a flow arrangement (200) disposed on an inside of the valve body (300);
wherein the flow arrangement (200) comprises:
a primary moving assembly (240) comprising a primary mover (230) slidably configured within a bore of the valve body (300) such that in the normally closed position of the solenoid valve, a lower end of the primary mover (230) closes the outlet port (303) of the valve body (300), wherein outer profile of the primary mover (230) is configured to provide an annular channel (306) between the flow arrangement (200) and the valve body (300) towards a lower end of the flow arrangement (200), the annular channel configured such that when the primary mover (230) slides upward lifting the lower end of the primary mover (230) off the outlet port (303) of the valve body (300), the channel (306) gets fluidically connected to the outlet port (303) of the valve body (300), andwherein the primary mover (230) comprises a first bore (209) that provides fluidic connectivity between the annular channel (306) and a chamber (305) above the flow arrangement (200); anda secondary moving assembly (213) comprising a sliding member (215) slidably housed within a tubular cavity (212) of the primary mover (230) such that in the normally closed position of the solenoid valve, an upper end of the sliding member (215) projects out of the primary mover, and a sealing seat (309) fitted at lower end of the plunger (120) rests against the upper end of the sliding member (215) to close an inflow orifice (201) of a second bore (203) of the sliding member (215), said second bore (203) of the sliding member (215) being in fluidic communication with the outlet port (303) of the valve body (300) through the tubular cavity (212) of the primary mover (230), and wherein the sliding member (215) is biased by a pressure-relief spring (211) towards the upper end of the primary mover (230);wherein when the solenoid coil (103) is energized the plunger (120) is lifted resulting in opening of the inflow orifice (201) for fluid flow from the inlet port (301) to the outlet port (303) through the channel (306), the first bore (209), the chamber (305), second bore (203) of the sliding member (215), and the tubular cavity (212) of the valve body (300), and as fluid pressure the chamber (305) reduces as a result of passage of fluid through the second bore (203) of the sliding member (215) and the tubular cavity (212) of the valve body (300), higher pressure on the lower side of the sliding mover (230) results in the flow arrangement (200) moving up resulting the lower end of the primary mover (230) moving away from the outlet port (303) to establish direct fluidic connectivity between the inlet port (301) and the outlet port (303) through the channel (306) for faster flow of the fluid; andwherein in event of excessive fluid pressure at the inlet port (301), above a pre-defined limit, when the solenoid valve is in normally closed position, the fluid pressure from the inlet port (301) reaches the chamber (305) through the channel (306) and the first bore (209) and the fluid pressure on the upper side of the sliding member (215) overcomes the biasing force of the pressure-relief spring (211) to move the sliding member (215) to open the inflow orifice (201) to allow the fluid to move from the inlet port (301) to the outlet port (303) through the channel (306), the first bore (209), the chamber (305), second bore (203) of the sliding member (215), and the tubular cavity (212) of the valve body (300) to relive the excessive fluid pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,909

TARGET OPENING DEGREE ESTIMATOR AND PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT VACUUM VALVE

Shimadzu Corporation, Ky...

1. A target opening degree estimator comprising a controller configured to estimate a target opening degree estimation value as an opening degree of a valve element of a pressure adjustment vacuum valve when a pressure of a vacuum chamber connected to the pressure adjustment vacuum valve reaches a pressure adjustment target pressure based on a correlation between the opening degree of the valve element and the pressure of the vacuum chamber, a current opening degree, and a current pressure,wherein
the correlation is a correlation showing a pressure response characteristic in association with an opening degree change, and
the correlation is an amount represented by an expression of |(?P/??)|/P where the pressure of the vacuum chamber is P, a change in the pressure of the vacuum chamber is ?P, and a change in the opening degree of the valve element is ??.

US Pat. No. 10,711,908

MOTOR VEHICLE QUICK COUPLING, AND FLUID CIRCUIT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A fluid circuit in a motor vehicle, comprising:a first fluid-guiding component, wherein the first fluid-guiding component is a rigid subassembly and is not a line or a hose and is connected to the motor vehicle in a mechanically secure manner and wherein the first fluid-guiding component is a radiator of the motor vehicle;
a second fluid-guiding component, wherein the second fluid-guiding component is a line or a hose;
a component of the motor vehicle, wherein the second fluid-guiding component is connected to the component of the motor vehicle;
a quick coupling, wherein the quick coupling includes:
a coupling body in which a fluid line through which a fluid is flowable is present;
a first fluid interface that is connected directly to the first fluid-guiding component;
a second fluid interface that is connected to the second fluid-guiding component, wherein the second fluid interface is connected in terms of flow via the fluid line to the first fluid interface, wherein an outer side of the second fluid interface has ribs, and wherein an end of the second fluid-guiding component is fitted over the ribs; and
a valve which is disposed in the coupling body between the first fluid interface and the second fluid interface, wherein the valve includes a valve closure element which extends into the fluid line.

US Pat. No. 10,711,907

LINE REPLACEABLE CONTROL VALVE POSITIONER/CONTROLLER SYSTEM

BLACK DIAMOND ENGINEERING...

1. A control valve positioner mounting device configured to enable rapid exchange of a control valve positioner in a control valve system, the device comprising:a mounting portion including a base plate configured to receive a control valve positioner; and
a manifold attached to the base plate and including
a first set of connection points configured to engage with corresponding ports of the valve positioner when the valve positioner is attached to the mounting portion, and
a second set of connection points configured to connect to at least an air supply and a pneumatic actuator,
the manifold thereby enabling the control valve positioner to be pneumatically connected to the air supply and the pneumatic actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,711,906

VALVE AND FUEL CELL SYSTEM

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A valve comprising:a valve housing including an inlet port and an outlet port;
a diaphragm including a center portion, a peripheral edge portion located outside of the center portion, and a connecting portion connecting the center portion and the peripheral edge portion, the peripheral edge portion being located on the valve housing and defining a valve chamber together with the valve housing, and the center portion and the connecting portion being displaced due to pressure of a fluid in the valve chamber;
a pressure receiving plate that is located on the center portion of the diaphragm;
a valve body that is arranged in the inlet port and is deformed in response to displacement of the diaphragm to block or release inflow of the fluid into the valve chamber through the inlet port;
a pusher located on a portion of the center portion of the diaphragm that opposes the valve body; and
a cap configured to hold the peripheral edge portion of the diaphragm between the cap and the valve housing with a space being located between the cap and the pressure receiving plate, no solid structure is located in the space between the cap and the pressure receiving plate, and the cap including a hole in a center area of the cap; wherein
the inlet port communicates with the valve chamber when the pusher pushes down a portion of the valve body in the inlet port; and
the connecting portion of the diaphragm has a wave shape extending from a side of the peripheral edge portion toward a side of the center portion such that the connecting portion first projects toward the valve body, and next projects toward the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,711,905

VALVE FOR PRESSURIZED ENVIRONMENTS

SCHRADER, Pontarlier (FR...

1. A valve subjected to pressurized environments of the type including a tubular body and a valve stem received with the tubular body, the valve stem shiftable along the axis of the tubular body, the head whereof is provided or not with a sealing lining adapted for cooperating, in a sealed manner, with a corresponding seat of the valve body, said stem acting depending on a predetermined pressure, against a coiled spring housed in a chamber of circular cross-section, coaxial with the tubular body and disposed between a bearing zone situated at a first end of the chamber and the stem, to return the latter toward the seat, with a predetermined force, wherein the return spring comprises:a return spring first end comprising a return spring first end first turn with a diameter similar to a diameter of the chamber at the first end of the chamber, said first return spring first end first turn being arranged so as to bear on the bearing zone, and
a return spring second end including a return spring second end first turn, the return spring second end first turn being smaller than the return spring first end first turn, the return spring second end first turn connected with the shank or the head of the stem, the return spring second end further including a return spring second end large turn for centering and radial stabilization in said chamber, the return spring second end large turn being coaxial with the return spring second end first turn and having a diameter similar to a second diameter of the chamber at a second end of the chamber opposite to the first end of the chamber,
wherein the return spring first end comprises a return spring first end second end turn coaxial with the return spring first end first turn, said return spring first end second end turn connecting with the shank or the head of the stem, the return spring first end second end turn being smaller than the return spring first end first turn.

US Pat. No. 10,711,904

CHECK VALVES

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A check valve comprising:a valve housing defining at least one valve opening; and
at least one flapper pivotably mounted for rotation relative to the valve housing between an open position in which it permits fluid flow through the respective valve opening and a closed position in which it prevents fluid flow through the valve opening;
the valve housing comprising a hinge body, the hinge body comprising a hinge groove extending in a straight line in a longitudinal direction therethrough from a first end to a second end, the hinge groove having, in a plane transverse to the longitudinal direction, an arcuate profile; and
the at least one flapper comprising a hinge tongue formed along a proximal edge thereof, the hinge tongue extending in a straight line in a longitudinal direction along the proximal edge of the flapper from a first end to a second end, the hinge tongue having, in a plane transverse to the longitudinal direction, an arcuate profile which is complementary to that of the hinge groove,
the hinge tongue being received within the hinge groove and rotatable therein to allow the flapper to rotate between its open position and its closed position,
the hinge tongue having a thickness (T) which is smaller than a width (W) of the hinge groove such that the hinge tongue is received with a sliding fit within the hinge groove.

US Pat. No. 10,711,903

TRANSFER VALVES

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A transfer valve, comprising:a spool comprising a first circumferential flow channel at a first axial position of the spool and a second circumferential flow channel at a second axial position of the spool, wherein the first circumferential flow channel and the second circumferential flow channel have different circumferential positions and are defined only partially circumferentially; and
a sleeve disposed over the spool, the sleeve including at least three windows defined through the sleeve at an axial position of the sleeve, each window having a different circumferential position on the sleeve,
wherein the spool is configured to translate within the sleeve between a first position and a second position,
wherein the first circumferential flow channel of the spool is configured to fluidly connect a first plurality of the at least three windows in the first position, and the second circumferential flow channel is configured to connect a second plurality of the at least three windows in the second position, wherein the first plurality of windows is different by at least one window from the second plurality of windows such that a first window will be closed and a second window will be opened, wherein the first plurality of the at least three windows includes a first window and a second window, wherein the second plurality includes the second window and a third window.

US Pat. No. 10,711,901

MAGNETIC SELF-CENTERING VALVE

1. A magnetic valve, comprising:an axially polarized valve body comprising a bore;
an axially polarized gate moveable relative to the bore, the gate dimensioned to cover the bore when the magnetic valve is in a closed state and expose the bore when the magnetic valve is in an open state; and
a linkage coupled to the gate and configured to cause initial movement of the gate relative to the valve body in response to a force applied to the linkage at least when the magnetic value is actuated from the closed state to the open state;
wherein the valve body and the gate are configured to magnetically self align along their central axes and the gate is movable relative to the bore in response to one or both of a natural magnetic repulsive force that pushes the gate away from the valve body after the initial movement of the gate when the magnetic valve is actuated from the closed state to the open state and a natural magnetic restoring force that pulls that gate toward the valve body so as to cover the bore when the magnetic valve is actuated from the open state to the closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,711,900

ROTARY MACHINE WITH SEAL DEVICE

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A rotary machine, comprising:at least one stationary member;
at least one rotational member configured to be relatively rotatable with respect to the at least one stationary member;
a seal device capable of restricting a flow of a fluid in a clearance between the at least one stationary member and the at least one rotational member; and
a swirl-component imparting device capable of imparting a swirl component to the fluid, wherein the seal device comprises:
a honeycomb seal mounted to the at least one stationary member;
a first non-contact type seal protruding from the at least one rotational member toward the honeycomb seal and facing a lower surface of the honeycomb seal via a first gap;
a second non-contact type seal protruding from the at least one stationary member toward the at least one rotational member, facing the at least one rotational member via a second gap, and being positioned on one side of the honeycomb seal in a flow direction of the fluid; and
a contact type seal protruding from the at least one stationary member toward the at least one rotational member and being disposed downstream of the honeycomb seal and the second non-contact type seal in the flow direction of the fluid,
wherein the clearance between the at least one rotational member and the at least one stationary member includes an axial-directional clearance extending along a rotational shaft of the rotational member and a cavity extending in a radial direction of the rotational shaft of the rotational member and being disposed upstream of the axial-directional clearance in the flow direction of the fluid,
wherein the cavity has an opening which opens into a main flow passage extending in an axial direction of the rotational shaft and being capable of letting the fluid having the swirl component imparted by the swirl-component imparting device flow through,
wherein one of the at least one stationary member or the at least one rotational member includes a first wall extending in the radial direction of the rotational shaft and a protruding portion extending in the axial direction of the rotational shaft from the first wall and defining a width of the opening, so that the width of the opening is smaller than a width of the cavity, and
wherein a step is provided between the second non-contact type seal and the contact type seal on an outer peripheral surface of the at least one rotational member.

US Pat. No. 10,711,899

SEAL DEVICE

NOK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A seal device that seals so as to prevent sealing fluid on an inner-machine side from leaking to an outer-machine side between a housing and a rotating shaft inserted into a shaft hole provided on the housing, in which a seal lip attached to an inner periphery of the shaft hole of the housing is configured to come in sliding contact with a seal flange attached to an outer periphery of the rotating shaft, and a thread groove, which exerts a fluid pumping action when the rotating shaft is rotating, is provided on the seal flange so as to intersect with a lip end of the seal lip,wherein cross-sectional area of the thread groove in a sliding area in the seal flange that the seal lip comes in sliding contact with is formed to be smaller than that in an inner peripheral side area located on an inner peripheral side and cross-sectional area of the thread groove in the inner peripheral side is formed to be larger than that in the sliding area.

US Pat. No. 10,711,898

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR PRODUCING A BRAIDED DUAL-SIDED COMPRESSION PACKING SEAL AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

A.W. CHESTERTON COMPANY, ...

1. A method for producing a braided dual-sided compression packing seal, the method comprising:providing at least a first material and a second material to a plurality of carriers following at least four material paths, the material paths comprising:
a first material path that is triangular in shape,
a second material path and a third material path that are square in shape, and
a fourth material path that is triangular in shape; and
interlocking the first material with the second material along the at least four material paths to form the compression packing seal in a manner so that the first material and the second material are disposed relative to each other such that, in cross-section, the compression packing seal has an asymmetrical configuration relative to a first axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,711,897

GASKET

ISHIKAWA GASKET CO., LTD....

1. A gasket comprising three layers of an upper layer, an intermediate layer, and a lower layer laminating together from up to down, and including penetration holes penetrating the three layers and seal beads formed in the upper layer and the lower layer to surround the penetration holes in a ring shape and arranged symmetrical with respect to the intermediate layer in a vertical direction,wherein the intermediate layer is formed of at least two plate materials and includes a fold-back portion, a surface pressure adjustment portion, and a bead contact portion sequentially provided outward in a radial direction from a peripheral edge of a penetration hole thereof,
the fold-back portion is formed in such a manner that a peripheral edge of one plate material in the plate materials is folded back to enclose an end portion on a side of the penetration hole of another plate material and a thickness of the fold-back portion is thicker than that of the bead contact portion,
all plate materials forming the surface pressure adjustment portion are bent, an upper step is formed by protruding an upper surface of the fold-back portion upward in relation to an upper surface of the bead contact portion, a lower step is formed by protruding a lower surface of the fold-back portion downward in relation to a lower surface of the bead contact portion, and the upper step is set to be different from the lower step, and
one of the upper step and the lower step where the peripheral edge of the one plate material folded back does not exist is set 1.5 times or more and 1.9 times or less relative to another of the upper step and the lower step.

US Pat. No. 10,711,896

PISTON FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A piston for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a piston skirt extending in a piston longitudinal direction and defined in the piston longitudinal direction by a piston head;
wherein the piston skirt includes a boxed interior space defined by two box walls and two substantially opposing skirt walls;
wherein a boss having a through-opening is arranged on each of the two box walls, wherein the two through-openings are oriented so that they align with one another;
wherein the two box walls each includes a boss portion oriented perpendicularly to the boss, and at least one intermediate portion extending between the respective boss portion and one of the skirt walls;
wherein the at least one intermediate portion merges via a bend into the associated boss portion;
wherein a radial extent of the boss portion is greater than a diameter of the through-opening and at least 50% of a diameter of the piston; and
wherein the radial extent of the boss portion is greater than a diameter of a combustion chamber recess of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,711,895

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus for a vehicle transmission that includes (i) a shaft, (ii) a plurality of transmission gears which are disposed on the shaft, (iii) a switching mechanism which is disposed to be adjacent to one of the transmission gears in an axial direction of the shaft and which is to be switched between a connecting state in which the one of the transmission gears is rotatable integrally with the shaft and a disconnecting state in which the one of the transmission gears is rotatable relative to the shaft, (iv) a shift fork which is configured to move the switching mechanism in the axial direction and (v) a shift barrel that is to be rotated to position the shift fork in a position that is dependent on a rotation angle of the shift barrel, in the axial direction,wherein the switching mechanism includes (iii-1) first and second rings which are disposed on the shaft so as to be arranged in the axial direction and which are unrotatable relative to the shaft and movable relative to the shaft in the axial direction and (iii-2) an elastic member which is disposed between the first and second rings in the axial direction and connects the first and second rings, and
wherein said control apparatus comprises a failure determining portion configured to determine that a failure occurs in the vehicle transmission, when a reaction-force-related value related to a reaction force that acts on the shift barrel during rotation of the shift barrel is deviated from a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,711,894

VEHICLE AND ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle equipped with a power receiving device that is configured to receive electric power contactlessly from a power feeding device that is located outside the vehicle, the vehicle comprising:a power receiving part configured to receive electric power contactlessly from a power feeding part of the power feeding device;
a communication part configured to communicate with the power feeding device;
an operating part configured to allow a driver to select a parking lock state where rotation of an axle is locked or a non-parking lock state where the parking lock state is cancelled;
a parking lock device configured to be mechanically switchable between the parking lock state and the non-parking lock state; and
a controller configured to control the parking lock device according to an electric signal that is output from the operating part,
wherein, while the power receiving part is receiving electric power with the parking lock device being in the parking lock state, the controller
sends a first command that commands stop of power feeding to the power receiving device to the power feeding device via the communication part when the non-parking lock state is selected by the operating part, and
controls the parking lock device so that the parking lock device is switched from the parking lock state to the non-parking lock state after electric power that is being transmitted from the power feeding device to the power receiving device has decreased to a predetermined value or lower.

US Pat. No. 10,711,893

BRAKE FOR UNINTENDED NEUTRAL MODE IN TRANSFER CASE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A product comprising:an output shaft, wherein the output shaft includes a radial flange having a plurality of teeth;
a range shifter operatively connected to the output shaft, wherein the range shifter is constructed and arranged to selectively shift a vehicle between a low range mode, a high range mode, and a neutral mode;
a mode shifter operatively connected to the output shaft, wherein the mode shifter is constructed and arranged to shift the vehicle between a four-wheel drive mode and a two-wheel drive mode;
a dual drive gear operatively attached to the output shaft and interposed between the range shifter and the mode shifter, wherein the dual drive gear is constructed and arranged so that rotation of the dual drive gear drives the range shifter and the mode shifter;
at least one plunger radially displaced around the output shaft; and
wherein the dual drive gear is constructed and arranged to actuate the at least one plunger during a range shift so that the at least one plunger engages a slot between the plurality of teeth on the radial flange to prevent rotation of the output shaft, wherein the dual drive gear includes a radial cam surface, wherein the at least one plunger comprises a first sleeve and a second sleeve that is coaxial with the first sleeve, the first sleeve being cylindrical and having a top surface and a body having a first end and a second end, the first end having a first radial lip extending outward from an outer diameter of the first sleeve, and the second end having a radial lip which extending outward from an inner diameter of the first sleeve, the second sleeve constructed and arranged to fit within the inner diameter of the first sleeve, the second sleeve including a body having a first surface, a second surface, and a second radial lip extending therebetween, the second radial lip constructed and arranged to sit on the first radial lip on the second end of the first sleeve, the second surface of the second sleeve having a diameter which is less than the diameter of the first surface of the second sleeve, a cam follower spring surrounding a portion of the first sleeve and sitting against the first radial lip on the first end of the first sleeve, the cam follower spring constructed and arranged to ensure that the at least one plunger follows the radial cam surface during a range shift, the radial cam surface being eccentric to the output shaft so that when a range shift is initiated, the cam follower spring compresses causing the at least one plunger to engage the output shaft by entering into a slot between the teeth on the radial flange of the output shaft grounding the output shaft to a shift support to prevent rotation of the output shaft and therefore rolling of the vehicle during a range shift, the at least one plunger including a blocking spring interposed within the first end of the first sleeve so that the second sleeve is spring-loaded against the first sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,711,892

GEARBOX FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A gearbox for a motor vehicle including a plurality of forward gear ratios and a reverse gear ratio, the gearbox further including:a control device configured for controlling the selection and the engagement of said forward gear ratios and of said reverse gear ratio; and
a plurality of engagement devices that can be controlled by means of said control device for engaging the forward gear ratios or reverse gear ratio of the gearbox that are operatively associated to said devices,
wherein the gearbox includes a locking device, which is electrically controlled and configured for preventing actuation of the engagement device associated to a predetermined forward gear ratio, said locking device being configured for being actuated above a threshold speed of a motor vehicle on which said gearbox is installed,
wherein said predetermined forward gear ratio includes a first gear ratio,
wherein said locking device includes at least one actuator configured for displacing a pin between an extracted position and a retracted position,
wherein said control device includes a case fixed to a casing of said gearbox and a control shaft rotatably mounted and axially movable within said case,
said control shaft comprising a first radial engagement finger and a second radial engagement finger for controlling corresponding devices for engagement of the forward gear ratios and of the reverse gear ratio, and
said locking device comprising a bushing connected in rotation to said control shaft and axially movable with respect thereto, said bushing being countered in the axial movement of the control shaft by an elastic element, said at least one actuator of said locking device including at least one electromagnetic actuator fixed to said case.

US Pat. No. 10,711,890

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE DRIVE-FORCE TRANSMITTING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control apparatus for a drive-force transmitting apparatus that is to be provided in a vehicle having a drive force source and drive wheels,wherein the drive-force transmitting apparatus includes:
an input rotary member to which a drive force is to be transmitted from the drive force source;
an output rotary member from which the drive force is to be outputted to the drive wheels;
a continuously-variable transmission mechanism configured to provide a continuously-variable gear ratio that is variable within a given range; and
a gear mechanism configured to provide at least a gear ratio that is higher than the continuously-variable gear ratio provided by the continuously-variable transmission mechanism,
wherein the drive-force transmitting apparatus defines a plurality of drive-force transmitting paths that are provided in parallel with each other between the input rotary member and the output rotary member such that the drive force is to be transmitted from the input rotary member to the output rotary member through an established one of the drive-force transmitting paths,
wherein the plurality of drive-force transmitting paths include a first drive-force transmitting path, through which the drive force is to be transmitted by the gear mechanism when the first drive-force transmitting path is established,
wherein the plurality of drive-force transmitting paths include a second drive-force transmitting path, through which the drive force is to be transmitted by the continuously-variable transmission mechanism when the second drive-force transmitting path is established,
wherein the drive-force transmitting apparatus is configured to establish a selected state that is one of (i) a first state in which the first drive-force transmitting path is established and (ii) a second state in which the second drive-force transmitting path is established, such that the selected state is switched from the first state to the second state when a state-switch-requiring shift-up action is executed in the drive-force transmitting apparatus,
wherein said control apparatus comprises a shift-up-action permitted gear-ratio setting portion configured to set a shift-up-action permitted gear ratio that is a value or a range of the continuously-variable gear ratio of the continuously-variable transmission mechanism, which makes the state-switch-requiring shift-up action permitted to be executed, such that the state-switch-requiring shift-up action requiring the selected state to be switched from the first state to the second state is permitted to be executed when the continuously-variable gear ratio of the continuously-variable transmission mechanism corresponds to said shift-up-action permitted gear ratio,
wherein said shift-up-action permitted gear-ratio setting portion is configured, when a running speed of the vehicle is not higher than a given value, to set a predetermined high gear ratio value as said shift-up-action permitted gear ratio, and
wherein said shift-up-action permitted gear-ratio setting portion is configured, when the running speed of the vehicle is higher than said given value, to set, as said shift-up-action permitted gear ratio, a predetermined gear ratio range ranging from said predetermined high gear ratio value to a predetermined low gear ratio value that is lower than said predetermined high gear ratio value.

US Pat. No. 10,711,889

METHOD OF OPERATING A VEHICLE AND A VEHICLE

8. A method of operating a vehicle,the vehicle comprising:
an engine;
an engine coolant temperature sensor sensing an engine coolant temperature;
a throttle operator being operable by a driver of the vehicle;
a throttle valve regulating airflow to the engine, a throttle valve position of the throttle valve being based at least in part on a throttle operator position of the throttle operator;
a continuously variable transmission (CVT) operatively connected to the engine, the CVT including a driving pulley, a driven pulley, and a belt operatively connecting the driving pulley to the driven pulley;
at least one ground engaging member operatively connected to the driven pulley and comprising at least one of: a wheel and a track;
a piston operatively connected to the driving pulley for applying a piston force to the driving pulley when actuated and thereby changing an effective diameter of the driving pulley; and
a control unit for controlling actuation of the piston and the piston force, the method comprising:
determining at least one of the throttle operator position and the throttle valve position;
determining the engine coolant temperature;
detecting a parking/drive away condition indicative of one of a parking operation and a drive-away operation of the vehicle;
responsive to the detection of the parking/drive away condition, actuating the piston and controlling the piston force based on the at least one of the throttle operator position and the throttle valve position; and
controlling the piston force based on the engine coolant temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,711,888

ELECTROMECHANICALLY ACTUATED CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THEREOF

1. An electromechanically actuated continuously variable transmission (CVT) for a vehicle comprising:a secondary pulley that is drivably connectable to a propulsion system of the vehicle;
a primary pulley that is adapted to drive the secondary pulley with a drive belt that rides on the secondary pulley and the primary pulley, the primary pulley being drivably connectable to an engine of the vehicle, the primary pulley comprising:
a primary shaft;
a fixed sheave fixedly mounted on the primary shaft and having a fixed tapered shape portion;
a mobile sheave movably mounted on the primary shaft and having a mobile tapered shape portion, the mobile sheave being mounted on the primary shaft such that the fixed tapered shape portion and the mobile tapered shape portion form a riding path for the drive belt and being axially movable with respect to the primary shaft such as to vary an effective diameter of the primary pulley by increasing or decreasing an axial space between the mobile sheave and the fixed sheave;
a cam system rotatably connected to the mobile sheave and adapted to provide an axial movement to the mobile sheave in order to increase or decrease the axial space between the mobile sheave and the fixed sheave; and
an actuation device having a drive motor and an electronic controller adapted to receive sensor input from an engine speed sensor, a throttle position sensor and a mobile sheave position sensor, said drive motor being connected to the cam system and adapted to actuate the cam system with a torque movement, according to a revolution speed of the engine, a throttle position and an actual position of the mobile sheave.

US Pat. No. 10,711,887

TRANSAXLE AND VEHICLE WITH IT

Kanzaki Kokyukoki Mfg. Co...

4. A transaxle comprising:a transaxle casing;
an axle supported by the transaxle casing;
a hydrostatic transmission disposed in the transaxle casing, wherein the hydrostatic transmission includes a hydraulic pump and a hydraulic motor fluidly connected to each other, wherein the hydraulic pump includes a movable swash plate having a trunnion shaft;
a connecting member disposed outside of the transaxle casing, wherein the connecting member is pivotally supported on the trunnion shaft projected outward from the transaxle casing so that a rotary axis of the trunnion shaft serves as a rotary axis of the connecting member;
a biasing member disposed so as to be rotatable about the axis of the trunnion shaft, wherein the biasing member includes a base portion formed with a shaft hole through which the trunnion shaft can be inserted, and a first arm portion and a second arm portion which are elastically deformable with respect to the base portion and project outward from the base portion in mutually different phase directions in a circumferential direction of the shaft hole; and
a pin positioned between the first arm portion and the second arm portion of the biasing member,
wherein the connecting member is linked to a control lever via a link member,
wherein the control lever is configured to be rotatable between a neutral position, a first position rotated in the first direction from the neutral position, and a second position rotated from the neutral position in the second direction, the connecting member being rotated in accordance with the rotation of the control lever so that a rotational position of the trunnion shaft can be changed via the connecting member,
wherein the pin is configured such that when the biasing member rotates in the first direction, the second arm portion contacts the pin, and when the biasing member rotates in the second direction, the first arm portion contacts the pin,
wherein the connecting member and the biasing member are disposed adjacent to each other in an axial direction of the trunnion shaft,
wherein the connecting member has a pressing portion projecting from the connecting member toward the biasing member the pressing portion disposed between the first arm portion and the second arm portion,
wherein when the connecting member rotates in the first direction, the pressing portion presses the first arm portion in the first direction and presses the second arm portion against the pin, and the biasing member biases the connecting member in the second direction, and
wherein when the connecting member rotates in the second direction, the pressing portion presses the second arm portion in the second direction and presses the first arm portion against the pin, and the biasing member biases the connecting member in the first direction, and
wherein when the connecting member is in the neutral position, the first arm portion of the biasing member and the pin do not contact each other, and the second arm portion of the biasing member and the pin contact each other.

US Pat. No. 10,711,886

VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH TRANSMISSION

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle equipped with a transmission, the vehicle comprising:a transmission which changes rotational driving power of a traveling driving power source;
a shift operation member configured to be operated by a rider;
a manual shift driving force transmission mechanism which transmits an operation force generated by the rider's operation of the shift operation member, to the transmission, as a shift driving force for a shift operation of the transmission;
a transmission actuator which generates a driving force; and
an automatic shift driving force transmission mechanism which transmits the driving force generated by the transmission actuator to the manual shift driving force transmission mechanism, as the shift driving force,
wherein the automatic shift driving force transmission mechanism includes a one-direction transmission section which prevents transmission of an operation of the manual shift driving force transmission mechanism to the transmission actuator, the operation of the manual shift driving force transmission mechanism being caused by the rider's operation of the shift operation member, the one-direction transmission section being configured to transmit the driving force generated by the transmission actuator to the manual shift driving force transmission mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,711,885

COUPLING AND ELECTROMECHANICAL CONTROL ASSEMBLY AND ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM FOR USE THEREIN

Means Industries, Inc., ...

1. An electromechanical system for controlling the operating mode of a selectable clutch assembly, the system comprising:a control member mounted for controlled rotation about a first axis; and
an actuator and transmission assembly including a rotary output shaft and a set of interconnected transmission elements including a cam coupled to the output shaft to rotate therewith and a reciprocating member having a first end which rides in or on the cam to cause the reciprocating member to reciprocate upon rotation of the output shaft and a second end coupled to the control member for selective, small-displacement, control member angular rotation about the first axis between different angular positions which correspond to different operating modes of the clutch assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,711,884

CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE OF CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A control method of a continuously variable transmission, comprising:supplying oil pressure to a secondary pulley oil chamber by a source pressure oil pump; and
controlling a flow of oil into and from a primary pulley oil chamber by an electric oil pump arranged in an oil passage between the primary pulley oil chamber and the secondary pulley oil chamber,
wherein, after start-up of the source pressure oil pump, an operation of the electric oil pump is restricted until the oil is filled in the oil passage on the secondary pulley oil chamber side of the electric oil pump, and
wherein the operation of the electric oil pump is permitted when rotation speed of the electric oil pump reaches a predetermined rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 10,711,883

CONSOLE ASSEMBLY WITH STOWABLE TRANSMISSION SHIFTER AND FOLDING ARMREST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A console assembly, comprising;a base;
a transmission shifter carried on said base, said transmission shifter being displaceable between a plurality of transmission mode defining positions and a storage position; and
an armrest carried on said base, said armrest being displaceable between a home position and a deployed position, wherein said armrest includes a first section connected to said base and a second section connected by a first pivot feature to said first section, and wherein said second section overlies said first section when in said home position and overlies said transmission shifter when said transmission shifter is in said storage position and said armrest is in said deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,882

OPERATING SHIFT APPARATUS FOR MANUAL TRANSMISSION

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An operating shift apparatus for a manual transmission, comprising:an operating lever having an upper end at which a handle is disposed and a lower end extending toward a lever box;
a shift lever, an upper end of which is integrally combined with the lower end of the operating lever, having a shift joint disposed at a lower end of the shift lever, wherein a shift cable is connected to the shift joint;
a connecting lever, an upper end of which is rotatably connected with the shift lever, having a cylinder joint of a cylindrical shape which is downwardly protruded and disposed at a lower end of the connecting lever;
a select lever having a select groove, into which the cylinder joint is accommodated, disposed at an upper end thereof, a select joint which is disposed at a front end of the select lever, the select joint to which a select cable is connected, a return protrusion which is downwardly protruded and disposed at a lower end of the select lever, and a guide groove which is respectively disposed at both ends of the select lever, wherein the lever box has a guide rail which is engaged with the guide groove of the select lever and fixed to a vehicle body; and
a return spring provided to the lever box and contacting the return protrusion so as to return the select lever to an original position of the return protrusion,
wherein the select lever is configured to move in a forward and rear direction of the vehicle body as the cylinder joint is slid along the select groove and a motion of the select lever is guided as the guide groove is slid along the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,711,881

SELECTOR LEVER RESET DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE GEARBOX, AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING SUCH A SELECTOR LEVER RESET DEVICE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A selector lever resetting device for a vehicle transmission, the selector lever resetting device comprising:a selector lever configured to select a gear position of the vehicle transmission;
a lever guide device, the lever guide device having a first sliding element and a locking slide,
where the first sliding element is adjustable along a first sliding axis and has a latching contour,
where the selector lever is coupled to the first sliding element and configured to be moved along the first sliding axis between a latching position, and an operating position,
where the locking slide is adjustable along a second sliding axis to move at least between a locking position and a release position,
where the locking slide includes a locking element, the locking element being engaged with the latching contour when the selector lever is in the operating position and the locking slide is in the locking position, and the locking element being released from the latching contour when the locking slide is in the release position, and
where the locking slide includes a block element that is separate from the locking element, the block element extending in a direction parallel to the first sliding axis along a top surface of the locking slide, wherein the block element is positioned to prevent movement of the selector lever along the first sliding axis when the locking slide is in a blocking position; and
a gear shifting gate with a first recess associated with the operating position and a second recess associated with the latching position,
wherein the first recess has a depth greater than the second recess, and
wherein the first recess and the second recess are connected by an inclined exchange lane.

US Pat. No. 10,711,880

PLANET-CARRIER FOR AN EPICYCLIC GEARING AND EPICYCLIC GEARING PROVIDED WITH SUCH A PLANET CARRIER

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

1. A planet-carrier for an epicyclic gearing, the planet-carrier comprising:a ring having a first axis and comprising a plurality of plate sectors and a plurality of connection sectors, alternating with one another about the first axis;
a connection structure coupled in an angularly fixed manner to the connection sectors and adapted to be connected, in use, in an angularly fixed manner to a rotating member or to a static structure;
a plurality of pins, which are fixed with respect to the plate sectors and protrude in opposite directions from the plate sectors along respective second axes, parallel and eccentric with respect to the first axis; each pin having two outer surfaces coaxial along the respective second axis, adapted to support respective planet gears of the gearing and symmetrical to each other with respect to a symmetry plane orthogonal to the first axis;
wherein at least one of the plate sectors is asymmetrical with respect to the symmetry plane.

US Pat. No. 10,711,879

RING GEAR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RING GEAR

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

1. A ring gear that, together with a sun gear and a pinion gear that is disposed radially outward of the sun gear and meshes with the sun gear, forms a planetary gear unit, the ring gear comprising:a body,
internal teeth that are configured to mesh with the pinion gear and that are formed in at least a part of an inner peripheral surface of the body, and
external teeth that have a lower hardness than the internal teeth and that are formed in at least a part of an outer peripheral surface of the body,
wherein a surface nitrogen concentration in the internal teeth is higher than that in at least tooth surfaces of the external teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,711,877

PASSIVE LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE GEARBOX DURING WIND MILLING

General Electric Company,...

1. A gearbox assembly for a gas turbine engine used in an aircraft, the gearbox assembly comprising:a gearbox housing;
a gear train assembly housed within the gearbox housing, the gear train assembly comprising, at least, a ring gear;
a lubricant in the gearbox housing for lubricating the gear train assembly;
a first scavenge port formed in the gearbox housing, the first scavenge port changeable between an open position and a closed position, the first scavenge port remaining in the open position during normal operation of the gas turbine engine to allow the lubricant to drain from the gearbox housing,
wherein, upon occurrence of a loss of lubricant pressure, the first scavenge port is changed to the closed position to trap at least a portion of the lubricant in the gearbox housing, the trapped lubricant providing passive lubrication to the gear train assembly during the loss of lubricant pressure, the gearbox housing comprising a predetermined volume under the ring gear that creates a pool of the lubricant during the loss of lubricant pressure that contacts at least a portion of a gear tooth of the ring gear; and
a bypass scavenge port formed in the gearbox housing above the pool of lubricant.

US Pat. No. 10,711,876

REINFORCEMENT SEALING TUBES FOR STABILIZING A HOUSING IN AN AUTOMOBILE TRANSMISSION

SAPTFC HOLDING, LLC, Pem...

1. An automatic transmission alignment assembly comprising:an automobile transmission case having a plurality of transmission case alignment holes;
a housing having a plurality of oil feed holes; and
a plurality of reinforcement tubes configured to be secured between the oil feed holes in the housing and corresponding alignment holes in a transmission case thereby joining the housing to the transmission case and providing a hydraulic circuit between a valve body and the housing, each reinforcement tube comprising:
a first portion having a first diameter and having a first interior recess; and
a second portion having a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter, and a second interior recess, the first and second portions separated by a shoulder.

US Pat. No. 10,711,875

BICYCLE CHAIN RINGS

WICK WERKS, LLC, Ogden, ...

1. A bicycle chain ring for engaging a chain link of a bicycle chain, the bicycle chain ring comprising:an inner edge fully circumscribing both an opening and an axis of rotation;
an inner surface extending between the inner edge and an outer edge where a plurality of chain ring teeth emanate; and
a plurality of ramps disposed about the inner surface, wherein at least one of the plurality of ramps includes a lifting surface for initiating lift of a bicycle chain without assistance from the plurality of chain ring teeth;
wherein the lifting surface extends radially along the inner surface toward the outer edge, the at least one ramp having a first end proximate the inner edge and a second end proximate the outer edge; and
wherein the second end of the at least one lifting surface terminates before reaching the bottom of a trough positioned between two or more of the plurality of chain ring teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,711,874

TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR A PROPULSION SYSTEM

Perkins Engines Company L...

1. A transmission system for a propulsion system, the propulsion system comprising at least one power unit, a power transfer system and at least one propulsion element, the transmission system comprising:a summation transmission configured to receive power from the at least one power unit and/or power transfer system;
a propulsion output transmission comprising a first propulsion output shaft and configured to receive power from the summation transmission and direct the power to the at least one propulsion element; and
a power transfer transmission operably connected to the summation transmission and configured to transfer power between the summation transmission and the power transfer system;
wherein the power transfer transmission comprises a first power transfer shaft and a power transfer coupler configured to selectively operably connect the first power transfer shaft to the first propulsion output shaft such that power is transferred directly from the power transfer system to the propulsion output transmission, and
wherein the propulsion output transmission further comprises a first propulsion output gear mounted to the first propulsion output shaft between the power transfer coupler and the summation transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,711,873

HYDRODYNAMIC SIDE PLATE FOR TORQUE CONVERTER STATOR

1. A hydrodynamic side plate for a stator in a torque converter, the hydrodynamic side plate comprising:a first radial surface;
a second radial surface opposite the first radial surface;
a first axial restriction surface configured to be on the first radial surface opposite an inner race of a stator assembly;
a second axial restriction surface configured to be on the first radial surface opposite locking components of the stator assembly; and
a plurality of hydrodynamic pads in the second radial surface separated by a plurality of corresponding radial grooves,
wherein the first axial restriction surface is configured to restrict axial movement of the inner race of the stator assembly,
wherein the second axial restriction surface is configured to restrict axial movement of the locking components of the stator assembly,
wherein the second radial surface comprises at least two anti-rotation tabs configured to prevent relative motion with the stator assembly, and
wherein the first radial surface comprises one or more empty pockets opposite the plurality of hydrodynamic pads.

US Pat. No. 10,711,872

FAIL-SAFE SELECTIVFE SELF-LOCKING ACTUATOR

United States of America ...

1. A self-locking actuator system comprising:a rotatable threaded shaft having a first threaded portion and a second threaded portion;
a ball nut threadingly engaged with the first threaded portion;
a split nut spaced apart from the ball nut, the split nut engageable with the second threaded portion;
an electric motor operable for rotating the threaded shaft and position the ball nut in a desired location with respect to the shaft; and
an actuator coupled to the split nut operable for selectively lockingly engaging the split nut with the second threaded portion to prevent rotation of the threaded shaft after the ball nut is located at the desired position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,871

AXIALLY COMPACT LINEAR ACTUATOR DRIVE ARRANGEMENT

1. A linear actuator drive arrangement comprising:a drive screw including a drive screw threading on an outer periphery thereof, a first axial end of the drive screw being configured to support a load;
a motor including a stator and a rotor arranged radially within the stator, the rotor including:
a rotor housing;
a first ring nut and a second ring nut, the first and second ring nuts are each fixed to a radially inner surface of the rotor housing and include ring nut grooves on an inner periphery thereof;
a plurality of planetary screws arranged radially between the drive screw and the first ring nut and the second ring nut,
each planetary screw of the plurality of planetary screws includes: (1) axial ends having planetary screw grooves configured to engage the ring nut grooves of the first ring nut and the second ring nut, and (2) a medial portion including a planetary screw threading configured to engage the drive screw threading to axially drive the drive screw;
a bearing assembly arranged radially inside a first axial end of the rotor housing, the bearing assembly axially supporting the rotor housing; and
an encoder ring fixed to a radially outer surface of the rotor housing at the first axial end of the rotor housing, the encoder ring is concentric with the bearing assembly, and the encoder ring radially surrounds the bearing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,711,870

LINEAR-TO-ROTARY ACTUATOR

1. A linear-to-rotary actuator, comprising:a housing including an elongated main tube having opposing ends and an elongated linear motion tube having opposing ends, the linear motion tube intersecting the main tube orthogonally between the opposing ends of the main tube;
a linear actuator having a cylinder disposed in one of the ends of the linear motion tube and a piston selectively extendable and retractable within the linear motion tube;
a cylindrical slider attached to the piston of the linear actuator, the slider being slidable in the linear motion tube between the opposing ends of the linear motion tube;
first and second linear-to-rotary adaptors disposed in the main tube on opposite sides of the slider, respectively, each of the adaptors being a disk having a first face having at least one arcuate track defined therein and an opposing face having an output flange attached thereto, each of the output flanges having a coupler extending therefrom;
at least one pair of coaxially mounted rollers extending from opposite sides of the slider, at least one of the rollers engaging one of the tracks so that linear motion of the slider is converted to rotary motion of at least one of the linear-to-rotary adaptors;
a base rotor having a fitting selectively attached to the coupler of the first linear-to-rotary adaptor, the base rotor being mounted at one of the ends of the main tube and adapted for attachment of a first load thereto; and
a second rotor having a fitting selectively attached to the coupler of the second linear-to-rotary adaptor, the second rotor being mounted at the end of the main tube and adapted for attachment of a second load thereto;
wherein the linear-to-rotary actuator may be configured to rotate the first and second loads through the same angle and the linear-to-rotary actuator may be configured to rotate the first and second loads through a defined angular displacement;
wherein said second rotor comprises a saddle rotor having an outer wall, a medial wall, and an intermediate wall connecting the outer wall and the medial wall, the saddle rotor defining a U-shape, the medial wall having an annulus defined therein dimensioned and configured for rotation around the main tube, the saddle rotor having a plurality of roller bearings lining the annulus to smooth rotation around the main tube.

US Pat. No. 10,711,869

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Fallbrook Intellectual Pr...

1. A continuously variable transmission for integrating within a frame of a bicycle, comprising:a planetary gear set comprising a planet carrier coupled to a set of planet gears, the planet carrier configured to receive a torque input from a set of cranks and a sun gear, wherein rotation of the planet gears drives the sun gear; and
a variator, comprising
a plurality of tiltable traction planets arranged about a crankshaft of the bicycle, each tiltable traction planet positioned between an input ring and an output ring, the input ring being coupled to the sun gear, and
a cage having an input cage and an output cage, wherein each of the input cage and the output cage comprises a plurality of slots, and wherein the plurality of slots of the input cage are angularly offset relative to the plurality of slots of the output cage.

US Pat. No. 10,711,868

MULTI-SPEED PLANETARY TRANSMISSION

Allison Transmission, Inc...

1. A transmission comprising:at least one stationary member;
an input member;
a plurality of planetary gearsets operatively coupled to the input member, each planetary gearset of the plurality of planetary gearsets including a sun gear, a plurality of planet gears operatively coupled to the sun gear, a planet carrier operatively coupled to the plurality of planet gears, and a ring gear operatively coupled to the plurality of planet gears, the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first planetary gearset, a second planetary gearset, a third planetary gearset, and a fourth planetary gearset;
a plurality of selective couplers operatively coupled to the plurality of planetary gearsets, each of the plurality of selective couplers having an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration, the plurality of selective couplers including a first number of clutches and a second number of brakes; and
an output member operatively coupled to the input member through the plurality of planetary gearsets, the output member and the input member are both fixedly coupled to a first one of the first planetary gearset, the second planetary gearset, the third planetary gearset, and the fourth planetary gearset, the input member is fixedly coupled to the plurality of planetary gearsets through a first sun gear of the plurality of planetary gearsets and through a second sun gear of the plurality of planetary gearsets, and the output member is fixedly coupled to a second one of the plurality of planetary gearsets.

US Pat. No. 10,711,867

TRANSMISSION ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Sigma Powertrain, Inc., ...

1. A transmission assembly comprising:a transmission housing;
a first gearset including first, second and third rotating elements disposed within said transmission housing;
a second gearset including fourth, fifth and sixth rotating elements disposed within said transmission housing adjacent said first gearset;
an output shaft connected to said third rotating element of said first gearset and said fifth rotating element of said second gearset;
a first input shaft connected to said fourth rotating element of said second gearset;
a first controllable clutch connected to said first rotating element of said first gearset;
a second input shaft connected to said first controllable clutch such that said first controllable clutch selectively couples said second input shaft to said first rotating element of said first gearset;
a second controllable clutch selectively coupling said second input shaft with said output shaft through said third rotating element of said first gearset and said fifth rotating element of said second gearset;
a first controllable brake selectively coupling said first rotating element to said transmission housing; and
a second controllable brake selectively coupling said second rotating element of said first gearset and said sixth rotating element of said second gearset to said transmission housing, such that said first and second controllable clutches and said first and second controllable brakes control the torque of said output shaft as a function of forces driving said first and second input shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,711,865

SPEED REDUCING DEVICE FOR CARRIAGE AND DRIVING DEVICE FOR CARRIAGE

NABTESCO CORPORATION, To...

1. A speed reducing device for a carriage, comprising:a base fixed to a carriage body;
a carrier fixed to the base;
a case to which a wheel is detachably attached;
a reducer supported by the carrier, the reducer decelerating power input thereto and transmitting the power to the case to rotate the case; and
a flange fixed to the base or the carriage body and separately provided from the carrier, the flange supporting a brake unit that is for braking the power input to the reducer,
wherein the flange is provided such that the flange is not connected to the case.

US Pat. No. 10,711,864

BELT OR BELT SEGMENT

ContiTech Transportbandsy...

1. A belt or belt segment defining a longitudinal direction (X), the belt or the belt segment comprising:a plurality of strength members which run in the longitudinal direction (X) and are disposed so as to be mutually parallel;
a connection element forming a first belt end of the belt or the belt segment and configured to be connected to a further connection element at a second belt end of the belt or to an end of a further belt segment or the connection element being configured to interconnect said first belt end and said second belt end of the belt or the belt segment;
a clamping body;
said plurality of strength members including at least one strength member end connected to said clamping body in a force-fitting manner;
a body receptacle having a rectangular clearance formed within the connection element and configured to receive the clamping body;
a leadthrough in the longitudinal direction formed within the connection element and adjacent the body receptacle, the leadthrough having a first widening facing away from crenelated protrusions of the connection element and a second widening facing toward the crenelated protrusions of the connection element, wherein the crenelated protrusions at the first belt end.

US Pat. No. 10,711,863

TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER

1. A torsional vibration damper, comprising:a hub part configured to be attached to a shaft;
an inertia ring which at least partially encloses a radially outer region of the hub part; and
a sealing device configured to prevent escape of a fluid provided in a fluid-filled gap between the hub part and the inertia ring, the sealing device including a first ring connected to the hub part, a second ring connected to the inertia ring, and an elastomer ring connected sealingly on a first side to the first ring and on a second side to the second ring,
wherein
the first and second rings are made of metal,
the first and second rings do not overlap radially, and
the elastomer ring is connected sealingly and extends obliquely to axial and radial surfaces of each of the first and second rings relative to a rotation axis of the torsional vibration damper.

US Pat. No. 10,711,862

DAMPER DEVICE

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

1. A damper device comprising:an input;
an intermediate element;
an output;
a first elastic body disposed between the input and the intermediate element;
a second elastic body disposed between the intermediate element and the output to act in series with the first elastic body;
a third elastic body configured to act in parallel with at least one of the first and second elastic bodies;
an elastic body support provided to the intermediate element to support both end portions of the third elastic body at least when torque is not transferred between the input and the output; and
an elastic body abutment provided to one of the input and the output, the elastic body abutment not abutting against an end portion of the third elastic body at least when torque is not transferred between the input and the output, but abutting against one of the end portions of the third elastic body as a relative torsional angle between the one of the input and the output and the intermediate element is increased when torque is transferred between the input and the output.

US Pat. No. 10,711,861

CONTROLLABLE OLEO-PNEUMATIC DAMPER USING MAGNETORHEOLOGICAL FLUID

The United States of Amer...

1. An oleo-pneumatic damper using magnetorheological fluid, the damper having a controllable load-stroke profile, the damper comprising:a hollow cylindrical housing having a first circular end and a second circular end;
a hollow cylindrical piston disposed within and concentric to the hollow cylindrical housing, the hollow cylindrical piston having a first piston end, a second piston end, and a piston inner surface, the second piston end being closed such that fluids may be contained within the piston;
an annular electromagnetic orifice disposed at the first piston end, the electromagnetic orifice concentric to the hollow cylindrical housing, the electromagnetic orifice formed by an orifice casing and an annular electromagnet that are concentric to each other, the annular electromagnet having exterior facing sides and an inner bore and being made from wound conductive wire, the orifice casing completely surrounding the exterior facing sides of the annular electromagnet and having circular lumen that form a bore that is flush with the inner bore, the orifice casing being made from a material with high magnetic permeability and a high magnetic flux density saturation point;
a bulkhead disposed within the hollow cylindrical piston, the bulkhead having a bulkhead outer diameter and a sealing system that forms a dynamic seal with the piston inner surface such that a sliding barrier is formed in the hollow cylindrical piston, magnetorheological fluid disposed between the bulk head and the first circular end of the hollow cylindrical piston;
a chemically inert charging gas, disposed within the hollow cylindrical piston between the closed second piston end and the bulkhead, the dynamic seal forms the sliding barrier in the piston to separate the magnetorheological fluid from the charging gas;
a cylindrical metering pin disposed within the housing and the piston, the metering pin being concentric to the housing and attached to the first circular end of the housing, the metering pin being surrounded by magnetorheological fluid, the metering pin being made from a material with high magnetic permeability and a high magnetic flux density saturation point, the metering pin extending through the inner bore of the annular electromagnet such that the flow of the magnetorheological fluid is channeled between the metering pin and the electromagnetic orifice when magnetorheological fluid is pushed by the hollow cylindrical piston, the metering pin allows a magnetic circuit to be completed between the metering pin and the orifice casing when electrical power is applied to the annular electromagnet such that magnetic field lines from the electromagnet become locally oriented perpendicular to flow direction of the magnetorheological fluid; and,
a controller, that includes sensors, that allows for passive, semi-active, or active control of the load-stroke profile for the damper by adjusting damping characteristics of the damper.

US Pat. No. 10,711,860

FLUIDIC DAMPER

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A fluidic damper comprising:a cylinder in which a working fluid is sealed;
a piston slidably provided in the cylinder to partition the interior of the cylinder into a first chamber and a second chamber; and
a piston rod connected to the piston and having one end extending to the outside of the cylinder,
wherein the piston includes a first piston body and a second piston body coupled to each other at a coupling surface,
damping force generating mechanisms are disposed on the second chamber side of the first piston body and the first chamber side of the second piston body,
the first piston body includes a first passage which has a first opening that opens to the first chamber in the coupling surface with the second piston body and extends in an axial direction, and a second passage which has a second opening on the coupling surface with the second piston body, extends in the axial direction and has a third opening that opens to the second chamber,
the second piston body is coupled to the first piston body to prevent direct communication of the first chamber with the second opening,
the second opening has an inner opening portion that opens further inward in a radial direction than the first opening, the inner opening portion communicating with a third passage formed in the second piston body, and
a first annular passage is formed further inward in the radial direction than the first opening of the first piston body and at a position communicating with the second opening,
the first passage has a first axial surface and the second passage has a second axial surface,
the second axial surface is located further inward in the radial direction than a position of the first axial surface,
the third passage is formed in plurality in the second piston body at positions further inward in the radial direction than a position corresponding to the first axial surface,
the first opening opens radially to an outer circumferential surface of the first piston body, thereby the first passage is always in communication with the first chamber irrespective of a relative positional relationship between the first piston body and the second piston body,
the first passage and the third passages are configured not to communicate with each other,
the third passages are provided at a position in the radial direction corresponding to that of the first annular passage, thereby the third passages are always in communication with the second passage, and
the first axial surface of the first passage and the second axial surface of the second passage are configured to each include a portion that is parallel to a central axis of the first piston body, and that is a substantial length of the overall length of the first passage and the second passage.

US Pat. No. 10,711,859

VIBRATION ABSORBER HAVING A ROTATING MASS

1. A vibration absorber which can be matched variably to an interfering frequency and which can be employed in a wind turbine or an installation, a building and machine having similar vibration properties, the vibration absorber comprising:a running gear (1),
an absorber main mass (1.1),
a running device comprising at least one correspondingly shaped running rail (4), which is attached to a retention construction (3), where the absorber main mass is mounted on the running gear,
the running device is substantially curved in a concave manner and circular, at least in its central region, and the running gear (1) and the absorber main mass (1.1) being movable or displaceable out of a central position or a vertex position on the running device via wheels or rollers (1.2)(1.3)(1.7)(70.1)(70.2)(70.3) in accordance with the vibration forces initiating movements and effective in the direction of the running device,
wherein the running gear (1) and the absorber main mass (1.1) (30.6) has at least one driven, disc-shaped, rotationally symmetrical rotation mass component (1.5)(1.6)(30.7)(30.8) having an axis of rotation perpendicular to a plane of the circular track of the running device, which moves together with the absorber main mass, and the direction of rotation substantially corresponds to a respective direction of the moved running gear along the running device, where the at least one rotation mass component has a variable rotating mass (1.6) which corresponds to 1%-30% of the absorber main mass, depending on a diameter of the rotating mass.

US Pat. No. 10,711,858

ADJUSTER ASSEMBLY

Meritor Heavy Vehicle Bra...

1. A brake caliper assembly comprising:a brake caliper having a housing; and
a manual rewind apparatus for manually resetting a position of a brake pad relative to a brake disc when replacement thereof is required, the manual rewind apparatus including:
a rewind tool engaging component;
an adjuster shaft extending from the rewind tool engaging component, the rewind tool engaging component and the adjuster shaft defining a transmission path to a brake pad engaging portion of a disc brake;
a cover that substantially surrounds a portion of the adjuster shaft and mounts the manual rewind apparatus to the housing; and
a cap mounted to the cover and configured to cover an outermost end of the rewind tool engaging component;
wherein the transmission path comprises a clutch mechanism configured to slip at a predetermined torque; and
wherein the manual rewind apparatus is provided as a single assembly that is fittable and removable from the housing of the brake caliper.

US Pat. No. 10,711,857

BICYCLE DISC BRAKE ROTOR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle disc brake rotor comprising:a main body made of a metallic material and including an outer portion, an inner portion and a cooling facilitation part, the outer portion having oppositely facing braking surfaces; and
a heat release layer formed on a surface of the main body such that the heat release layer at least partially overlies the cooling facilitation part, the heat release layer including a non -metallic material selected from the group consisting of alumite, a phenolic resin, an epoxy resin, an unsaturated polyester resin, a vinyl ester resin, a diallyl phthalate resin, and a polyimide resin.

US Pat. No. 10,711,856

BRAKE CALIPER TOOL

1. A disc brake piston retractor tool for retracting at least one piston into at least one cylinder bore a caliper assembly provided with a set of brake pads to be serviced, the tool comprising:a handle,
a ratcheting mechanism carried by said handle;
a first and a second pressure plate operable in response to said ratcheting mechanism,
a coupler threadedly carried through said ratcheting mechanism, said coupler mating at least one of said first pressure plate and said second pressure plate and axially carrying at least one of said first pressure plate and said second pressure plate toward and away from the other of said first pressure plate and said second pressure plate,
a stud carried by said first and second plates, said stud carrying a bushing coupled to at least one of said first and second plates;
said first plate comprising a first flat portion, a second portion depending inwardly from said first flat portion, and a third portion substantially parallel to said first flat portion;
said second plate comprising a first flat portion, a second portion depending inwardly from said first flat portion, and a third portion substantially parallel to said first flat portion;
wherein said inwardly depending portions may be carried toward one another until said plates are in contact with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,711,855

CONTROL DEVICE FOR SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for a selectable one-way clutch, the selectable one-way clutch comprising:a pocket plate including a plurality of housing recesses on one surface thereof;
engagement members housed in the respective housing recesses;
elastic members disposed between bottoms of the respective housing recesses and the engagement members and configured to bias the engagement members;
a notch plate configured to rotate relative to the pocket plate and including a plurality of engagement recesses on a surface that faces the one surface of the pocket plate; and
a selector plate disposed between the pocket plate and the notch plate, having a plurality of openings that penetrates the selector plate in a thickness direction, and configured to rotate coaxially with a rotation axis of the notch plate to change over between a first state and a second state, the first state allowing the engagement members to pass through the respective openings and to stand up from a side close to the pocket plate toward a side close to the notch plate, the second state allowing the housing recesses to house the respective engagement members,
wherein the control device for the selectable one-way clutch comprises a motion detection unit configured to detect a motion of the selector plate, and
when the motion detection unit detects an unintended motion of the selector plate,
the control device causes the pocket plate and the notch plate to rotate differentially at a rotation speed equal to or less than a predetermined absolute value, and
the control device controls the selectable one-way clutch to fall into a state of ratchet where the engagement members and the engagement recesses do not engage with each other by differential rotation of the pocket plate and the notch plate in a positive direction, or into a state of overrun where the engagement members and the engagement recesses do not engage with each other by differential rotation of the pocket plate and the notch plate in a negative direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,854

CLUTCH DEVICE AND MOTOR UNIT USING SAID CLUTCH DEVICE

Adamant Namiki Precision ...

1. A clutch device comprising:an input disc rotatably and axially movably supported on an outer peripheral portion of an output shaft;
an output disc fixed to the outer peripheral portion of the output shaft; and
a biasing member configured to press the input disc against the output disc, wherein
the input disc is separated from the output disc against biasing force of the biasing member by a rotation load applied to the output shaft,
an output-disc-side surface of the input disc and an input-disc-side surface of the output disc are provided with tooth portions, the tooth portions overlapping with each other and being disengageable in an axial direction,
each tooth portion is configured such that a recessed portion and a raised portion formed continuously in a radial direction are alternately arranged in a circumferential direction,
each of the recessed portion and the raised portion is formed in such a curved shape that the each of the recessed portion and the raised portion is maintained at an identical height while a circumferential width thereof continuously expands in a radial outward direction, and
a bottom of the recessed portion is provided with a small recessed portion having a smaller circumferential width than that of the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,853

OVERRUNNING COUPLING AND CONTROL ASSEMBLY, COUPLING ASSEMBLY AND LOCKING MEMBER FOR USE THEREIN HAVING IMPROVED DYNAMICS WITH REGARDS TO LOCKING MEMBER LAYDOWN SPEED

Means Industries, Inc., ...

1. A locking member for controllably transmitting torque between first and second coupling members of a coupling assembly, the first coupling member including a coupling face having a pocket which is at least partially defined by a pocket surface, the pocket being sized and shaped to receive and nominally retain the locking member, the locking member laying down in the pocket during an overrunning condition of the assembly at a laydown angular velocity of the first coupling member about a rotational axis of the assembly, the locking member comprising:a front side surface and a rear side surface which slidably contact the pocket surface during locking member laydown;
a member-engaging first end surface;
a member-engaging second end surface;
an elongated main body portion between the end surfaces; and
at least one projecting pivot which extends laterally from the main body portion for enabling pivotal motion of the locking member during locking member laydown, the end surfaces of the locking member being movable between engaged and disengaged positions with respect to the coupling members during the pivotal motion whereby one-way torque transfer may occur between the coupling members and wherein the front side surface has a first draft with a non-zero, first draft angle and the rear side surface has a second draft with a non-zero, second draft angle different than the first draft angle to improve locking member dynamics with regards to locking member laydown speed and to minimize laydown speed variation caused by a variable frictional coefficient between the pocket surface and the front and rear side surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,711,852

LOCKING CLUTCH SYSTEMS

General Electric Company,...

1. A clutch assembly comprising:an inner hub rotatable about a hub axis, the inner hub comprising a cam surface comprising a peak and a bottom;
an outer hub concentric with and disposed radially outward of the inner hub, the inner hub rotatable about the hub axis with respect to the outer hub;
a roller bearing interposed between the inner and outer hub, the roller bearing coupled to the inner hub at a predetermined position relative to the peak; and
a control collar configured to move the roller bearing between a locked position and an unlocked position, wherein:
in the locked position, the roller bearing is proximate the peak, wherein rotation of the inner hub relative to the outer hub is inhibited in a locked direction but uninhibited in an unlocked direction,
in the unlocked position, the roller bearing is disposed a greater distance from the peak relative to the locked position, wherein rotation of the inner hub relative to the outer hub is not inhibited in the locked direction or the unlocked direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,851

CLUTCH UNIT

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A clutch unit, comprising:a lever-side clutch part, which is provided on an input side, and is configured to control transmission and interruption of a rotational torque input through a lever operation; and
a brake-side clutch part, which is provided on an output side, and is configured to transmit the rotational torque from the lever-side clutch part to the output side, and interrupt a rotational torque reversely input from the output side,
wherein the brake-side clutch part comprises:
a stationary member which is constrained in rotation;
an output member configured to output the rotation;
an input member, which is arranged between the stationary member and the output member, and is configured to receive the rotational torque input from the lever-side clutch part;
an engaging element configured to control the interruption of the rotational torque reversely input from the output member and the transmission of the rotational torque input from the input member through engagement and disengagement between the stationary member and the output member;
a cam mechanism; and
a plurality of cylindrical rollers arranged in wedge gaps formed between the stationary member and the output member,
wherein the stationary member comprises a gear member mounted thereto, which meshes with the output member during the interruption of the rotational torque and is released from the meshing state with the output member during the transmission of the rotational torque,
wherein the cam mechanism is configured to engage the plurality of cylindrical rollers with the wedge gaps between the stationary member and the output member immediately after the gear member is released from the meshing state with the output member, and then disengage the plurality of cylindrical rollers from the wedge gaps when the gear member is completely disengaged from the output member.

US Pat. No. 10,711,850

FREEWHEEL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUCH A FREEWHEEL

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A freewheel (2) comprising an inner ring (30), an outer ring (28), a clamping gap (32) between the inner ring (30) and the outer ring (28), a side wall (40) for lateral limitation of the clamping gap (32) and at least one clamping element (34) in the clamping gap (32) which is biased by means of a spring element (66), wherein the spring element (66) is supported or supportable on one side on the at least one clamping element (34) and on another side on a support projection (70), characterized in that the support projection (70) is formed by a supporting tongue (74) bent out of the side wall (40) and projecting into the clamping gap (32).

US Pat. No. 10,711,849

SLIDE FLANGE

GKN Automotive Ltd., Bir...

1. A slide flange for use with a rotary body having a clutch rotatable about an axis and a pair of proximity sensors apart from each other in a circumferential direction, comprising:an inner ring portion fitting on the rotary body and movable in a direction along the axis from a first position where the clutch gets connected to a second position where the clutch gets disconnected;
an outer ring portion unitarily elongated from the inner ring portion and so disposed as to face the pair of proximity sensors at least at the second position;
a plurality of notches formed on the outer ring portion at even intervals in the circumferential direction; and
a coupling portion elongated from the outer ring portion toward the rotary body, the coupling portion being so coupled with the clutch as to rotate the outer ring portion along with the clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,711,848

ELECTROSTATIC CLUTCH AND TRANSMISSIONS

SRI International, Menlo...

1. A device for controlling transmission of torque, comprising:a first stage;
a second stage;
an electrolaminate clutch comprising a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the electrolaminate clutch is coupled to the first stage, and wherein the second portion of the electrolaminate clutch is loosely coupled to the second stage via a support member that can move relative to the second stage within a certain range such that the first and second portions of the electrolaminate clutch can align together; and
an electrical circuit electrically connected to the first and second portions of the electrolaminate clutch, wherein (i) when the electrical circuit applies a voltage between the two portions, the two portions are electrostatically clamped together such that torque is transmitted between the first and second stages and (ii) when the electrical circuit does not apply the voltage, torque is not transmitted between the first and second stages.

US Pat. No. 10,711,847

CLUTCH GROUP FOR POWER TAKE-OFF

OMSI TRANSMISSIONI S.p.A....

1. A clutch group for power take-off for industrial vehicles comprising:a clutch shaft extending along an axis;
an input gear operatively connected to the clutch shaft;
a plurality of clutch discs comprising at least one clutch disc and at least one gear disc connected respectively to the clutch shaft and to the input gear adapted to engage each other by friction;
a bell supported by the clutch shaft around the bell and suitable to house said plurality of clutch discs;
a pneumatic controller operable by pressurised fluid and housed in the bell disposed around the axis comprising:
i) a main piston housed in a main thrust chamber;
ii) an auxiliary piston housed in an auxiliary thrust chamber;
wherein the main piston and the auxiliary piston are controllable in movement along the axis to control mutual engagement between the plurality of clutch discs.

US Pat. No. 10,711,846

HYDRAULIC COUPLING

BorgWarner Sweden AB, La...

1. A hydraulic coupling for a system distributing torque between a left wheel and a right wheel or a front axle and a rear axle of a vehicle, the hydraulic coupling comprises a hydraulic pump, a disc package and a coupling piston acting thereon, said coupling piston being actuated by a hydraulic pressure generated by the hydraulic pump in order to distribute torque from an input to an output of the hydraulic coupling, wherein the coupling piston is configured to be mechanically locked by an integrated locking arrangement, when the coupling piston is actuated to act on the disc package, such that the hydraulic coupling remains engaged when the hydraulic pressure is completely removed whereby the input is connected to the output of the hydraulic coupling without hydraulic pressure acting on the coupling piston, and wherein unlocking of the hydraulic coupling is provided by again actuating the coupling piston.

US Pat. No. 10,711,845

CLUTCH DEVICE FOR A HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM

14. A clutch device, comprising:a first and second input side and a first and second output side that can be rotated about a common axis;
a first clutch located between the first input side and first output side;
a second clutch located between the second input side and the second output side;
a third clutch located between the first input side and the second input side; and
a centrifugal pendulum is directly connected to the second input side.

US Pat. No. 10,711,844

ASSEMBLY OF SHAFT AND YOKE

YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. An assembly of a shaft and a yoke, the assembly comprising:a shaft; and
a yoke fixed to a front end of the shaft and constituting a part of a coupling,
the front end of the shaft constituting a large-diameter portion, said large-diameter portion having a diameter that is larger than a diameter of an adjacent portion,
the yoke including a yoke main body portion, a thin portion, and two arm portions, the yoke main body portion being substantially cylindrical in shape and being plugged on the large-diameter portion of the front end of the shaft, the thin portion extending from the yoke main body portion along the shaft and being thinner than the yoke main body portion, the two arm portions facing each other and extending along an axial line from the yoke main body portion in a direction away from the shaft,
the yoke main body portion including a yoke general-diameter portion and a step portion, the yoke general-diameter portion having an inner diameter substantially equal to an outer diameter of the large-diameter portion, the step portion extending from an end portion of the yoke general-diameter portion toward the axial line and having an inner diameter that is smaller than the outer diameter of the large-diameter portion,
the step portion abutting a front end of the large-diameter portion,
the thin portion including reduced-radius portions at which a diameter of the thin portion across the axial line is smaller than the outer diameter of at least the large-diameter portion,
wherein the outer diameter of the large-diameter portion is greater than a gap between the two arm portions.

US Pat. No. 10,711,843

MODULAR BEARING ASSEMBLY

1. A modular bearing system comprising:a bearing housing supporting a bearing for rotation therein, the housing including opposing sides each defining an open channel; and
a bracket defining an opening sized to receive the housing and a pair of tabs, wherein the bracket receives the housing therethrough with the tabs disposed in the open channels to secure the bracket to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,711,841

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 to the inner circumferential surface 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 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 other radial hole is projected on the outer circumferential surface of the retainer along the extension line of the central line of the radial hole, the projected inner diameter side opening portion is separated from the ball and the inner circumferential surface of the pocket when viewed from a radial direction of the ball bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,711,840

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING WHEEL BEARING APPARATUS

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A method of manufacturing a bearing device for a wheel comprising an inner ring that is fixed to a hub wheel by a caulking portion formed by plastically deforming an end portion of the hub wheel in a radially outward direction,the method comprising performing grinding to form a raceway groove in the inner ring while the inner ring is rotated by rotation of a backing plate, which is driven to rotate about an axis thereof, under a state in which the backing plate is pressed on a large end surface of the inner ring,
wherein a pressing position of the backing plate on the large end surface of the inner ring is radially inwardly apart from a radially-outer-side chamfered portion of the large end surface of the inner ring by a distance of 0.5 mm or more, and
wherein the pressing position of the backing plate on the large end surface of the inner ring is radially outwardly apart from a radially-inner-side chamfered portion of the large end surface of the inner ring by a distance of 0.5 mm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,711,839

CIRCUMFERENTIAL SEAL WITH BIFURCATED FLOW ALONG MULTI-AXIS STEPPED GROOVES

Stein Seal Company, Kulp...

1. A circumferential seal assembly with bifurcated flow comprising:(a) an annular seal housing disposed between a pair of compartments;
(b) a rotatable runner;
(c) a pair of annular seal rings disposed within said annular seal housing and disposed about said rotatable runner; and
(d) a plurality of groove structures disposed along an outer annular surface of said rotatable runner, each said groove structure includes at least two grooves intersecting a feed groove, one said annular seal ring disposed about one of said grooves and another said annular seal ring disposed about another one of said grooves, each said groove structure separates a source flow communicated into said feed groove so that a portion of said source flow enters each said groove to form a longitudinal flow therein,
each said groove includes at least two adjoining steps whereby each said step is defined by a base wall, said base walls arranged along said groove to decrease depthwise in direction opposite to rotation of said rotatable runner, two adjoining said base walls disposed about a base shoulder, each said base shoulder locally redirects said longitudinal flow to form an outward radial flow in direction of one said annular seal ring,
said base walls bounded by and intersecting a pair of side walls, each said side wall includes at least one side shoulder which narrows said groove widthwise and locally redirects said longitudinal flow away from said side wall to form a lateral flow in direction of another said side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,711,837

SLIDING ASSEMBLY

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. An assembly comprising:an inner component;
an outer component;
a tolerance ring disposed between the inner component and the outer component, the tolerance ring comprising an annular band and a plurality of projections projecting radially from the annular band; and
a low friction layer provided radially inside or radially outside the annular band so as to enable sliding movement in an axial direction between the inner component and the outer component, wherein at least one of the inner component or outer component is profiled to transmit a radial load between the inner component and the outer component to appreciably prevent collapse of the projections, wherein the tolerance ring further comprises a substrate and the low friction layer is disposed on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,711,836

BEARING ASSEMBLY FOR SUPPORTING A SCREW-COMPRESSOR ROTOR AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A SCREW COMPRESSOR

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A bearing assembly for supporting a screw-compressor rotor comprises:a shaft having a center of mass,
at least one angular contact ball bearing mounted on the shaft, and
at least one cylindrical roller bearing mounted on the shaft,
wherein a spacing from the at least one angular contact ball bearing to the center of mass is shorter than a spacing from the at least one cylindrical roller bearing to the center of mass,
wherein the at least one angular contact ball bearing is disposed such that it transmits a force, which acts on an inner ring of the at least one angular contact ball bearing in an axial direction toward the center of mass of the shaft, through an outer ring of the at least one angular contact ball bearing onto a housing of the bearing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,711,835

TILTING PAD BEARING ASSEMBLIES; BEARING APPARATUSES AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION,...

1. A system, comprising:a shaft; and
a bearing apparatus including:
a first bearing assembly including:
a first support ring defining a first hole that receives the shaft; and
one or more bearing elements extending circumferentially about an axis, the one or more bearing elements including a bearing surface, the one or more bearing element secured to the first support ring; and
a second bearing assembly including:
a second support ring defining a second hole that receives the shaft; and
a plurality of tilting pads distributed circumferentially about the axis, each of the plurality of tilting pads tilted and/or tiltably secured relative to the second support ring, the plurality of tilting pads including:
one or more first tilting pads, each of the one or more first tilting pads including a first superhard bearing surface having a first material, the first material including a superhard material; and
one or more second titling pads that are distinct from the one or more first tilting pads, each of the one or more second tilting pads including a second bearing surface comprising a second material that is different than the first material; andwherein the shaft is secured to the first support ring or the second support ring.

US Pat. No. 10,711,834

VEHICLE THRUST BEARING

OILES CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A vehicle thrust bearing comprising: an upper case that is attached to a body of a vehicle having a suspension; anda lower case that is arranged under the upper case to be rotatable with respect to the upper case, wherein
the upper case includes
an upper case base having an outer circumferential cylindrical portion, and
a mounting portion that is integrally formed with the outer circumferential cylindrical portion and is located outward of the outer circumferential cylindrical portion, and
the upper case is attached to the body of the vehicle via the mounting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,833

HARD BEARING ATTACHMENT AND ALIGNMENT SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND TECHNIQUES

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A mechanical bearing comprising:a hard bearing element, the hard bearing element having a first coefficient of thermal expansion;
a support element affixed to the hard bearing element, at least one of the hard bearing element or the support element including a textured bonding surface, the support element having a second coefficient of thermal expansion different from the first coefficient of thermal expansion; and
a joining element between the hard bearing element and the support element and fixing the hard bearing element to the support element, the joining element being more flexible than the hard bearing element and the support element, wherein the textured bonding surface takes up shrinkage in the joining element due to a thermal expansion mismatch between the hard bearing element and the support element.

US Pat. No. 10,711,832

FLEXURAL PIVOT

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A flexural pivot, comprising:three flexure support members, each flexure support member having a plurality of flexure openings, and a plurality of wells, each well in fluid communication with a respective one of the plurality of flexure openings; and
a plurality of flexures rotatably coupling the three flexure support members to one another, respectively, the plurality of flexures each having first and second flexible blades arranged in a cross configuration,
wherein the first and second flexible blades of the plurality of flexures are disposed in a respective one of the plurality of flexure openings and extend into respective wells of the flexure support members, the wells comprising arcuate openings oriented to extend along respective ends of the flexible blades, such that at least a portion of opposing surfaces of the first and second flexible blades of the plurality of flexures within the wells, and a surface of the wells define a volume of space on each side of the opposing surfaces of the first and second flexible blades, the volumes of space being in fluid communication with the flexure openings, respectively, and
wherein a flowable coupling material deposited in the volumes of space is deposited on the exposed portion of the opposing surfaces of the first and second flexible blades within the wells, and extends into the flexure openings to join the first and second flexible blades to the flexure support members at outer ends of the flexure openings.

US Pat. No. 10,711,831

FLEXURAL PIVOT

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A flexural pivot, comprising:three flexure support members, each flexure support member having a plurality of flexure openings defined at least partially by a cantilevered extension portion; and
at least one flexure operable to rotatably couple the plurality of flexure support members to one another, the at least one flexure comprising first and second flexible blades arranged in a cross configuration,
wherein the first and second flexible blades are disposed in the flexure openings of the flexure support members, and the cantilevered extension portions, at least in part, couple the first and second flexible blades to the flexure support members,
wherein ends of the flexible blades are welded to the cantilevered extension portions at outer side surfaces of the flexure support members such that the welds are contained by the flexure support members and do not extend to inner side surfaces of the flexure support members opposite the outer side surfaces,
wherein a first flexure support member and a second flexure support member are configured to be rotatable relative to one another about a first axis, and the second flexure support member and a third flexure support member are configured to be rotatable relative to one another about a second axis, and
wherein the first and second axes are perpendicular to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,711,830

SOCKET ASSEMBLY

Federal-Mogul Motorparts ...

1. A socket assembly, comprising:a housing with an inner wall which surrounds an open bore that extends along a central axis;
a stud including a shank portion and a ball portion, said ball portion having an upper hemisphere and a lower hemisphere formed as a single piece, and said ball portion being received in said open bore of the housing and projecting out of said open bore through an open end in said housing;
a bearing disposed in said inner bore of said housing and interposed between said inner wall and said stud;
said bearing having a bearing piece which is in surface-to-surface contact with said stud and a preload piece which is elastically compressed to impart a biasing force on said bearing piece and to preload said bearing piece against said ball portion of said stud;
said preload piece being in overmolded engagement with said bearing piece to securely couple said preload and bearing pieces together;
said bearing piece being made of a first material that has a first modulus of elasticity and said preload piece being made of a second material that has a second modulus of elasticity which is lower than said first modulus of elasticity; and
wherein said bearing piece and said preload piece of said bearing are fused together such that a bonding area which joins said bearing and preload pieces contains both said first material and said second material mixed together.

US Pat. No. 10,711,829

SLEEVE JOINT, IN PARTICULAR FOR A VEHICLE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A sleeve joint comprising:an outer sleeve which accommodates a ball socket, made of a plastic material, for an inner ball joint body and secures the inner ball joint body in an axial direction, and
the ball socket extending radially as far as an inside wall of the outer sleeve so that the ball socket is supported directly by the outer sleeve; and
the ball socket extends axially over the outer sleeve and has a holding groove for a sealing bellows.

US Pat. No. 10,711,828

TRANSMISSION SHAFT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

BD Invent SA, Heure-le-R...

1. A method for producing a transmission shaft (1) comprising a composite body (2) and a coupling part (3) at one end of the body (2), said coupling part (3) being hollow and having splines (4) on the inner surface thereof, the base (6) of the splines (4) delimiting the perimeter of a circle of diameter D2 and the head (5) of the splines (4) delimiting the perimeter of a circle of diameter D1, characterized in that said method comprises the following successive steps:providing a mandrel (10) having an expandable portion (12) and a non-expandable portion (11),
producing the body (2) by winding pre-impregnated fiber filaments about the mandrel (10),
positioning the coupling part (3) about the body (2) on the expandable portion (12) of the mandrel (10),
expanding the expandable portion (12) of the mandrel (10) in order to fill the base (6) of the splines (4) with the pre-impregnated fibers of the body (2),
curing the body (2) provided with the coupling part (3),
removing the mandrel (10),
wherein the transmission shaft (1) has a coupling part (3) at each of the ends of same, and wherein the mandrel (10) comprises the non-expandable portion (11) bookended at each end by the expandable portion (12).

US Pat. No. 10,711,827

BICYCLE END CAP

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle end cap having a first end and a second end that is opposite to the first end for attaching to a bicycle line shape member, the bicycle end cap comprising:a tubular portion that is arranged at the first end and defining a receiving space that is dimensioned to axially receive the line shape member from the first end, the tubular portion includes a cylindrical outer stake connecting the first and second ends; and
an attachment structure configured to attach a pulling member having a cable portion and a head portion that has larger diameter than the cable portion, the attachment structure configured to position the head portion relative to the tubular portion as the cable portion is pulled toward the second end, the attachment structure including a positioning portion arranged at the receiving space, and a through hole arranged at the second end only and not on the cylindrical outer surface of the tubular portion, the cable portion passing through the through hole as the head portion is disposed at the positioning portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,826

CABLE ASSEMBLY FOR USE WITH A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cable assembly comprising:a sheath;
a cable guided in said sheath;
a retention element connected to said sheath, said retention element having a cylindrical body portion having a cavity and a resiliently deformable side portion having an inner face and an outer face, an opening in said side portion extending between said inner face and said outer face, said cable extending through said opening; and
a stop element connected to said cable and movable between a first position in said cavity, nearest to said inner face, and a second position out of said cavity, nearest said outer face, by a pulling force exerted on said cable.

US Pat. No. 10,711,825

FASTENER APPARATUS WITH SELF-LEVELING HEAD

Dream Weaver, LLC

1. A free-moving, self-leveling-head bolt fastener assembly for securing a workpiece, the fastener assembly comprising, in combination:a) an enlarged ball head portion comprising a preformed and predetermined flat top surface height, a flat top surface tool fitting, an outer surface, a base portion, a peripheral edge, and a shank connected to the enlarged ball head base portion, the shank comprising a screw threads and a tip;
b) an outer washer portion comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, a cup portion within the top and bottom surfaces sized to receive the enlarged ball head, and a rounded peripheral edge, and defining a recess beneath the washer bottom surface communicating with the enlarged ball head, and wherein the washer top surface and bottom surface are substantially flat and parallel one to the other and orthogonal to a central vertical axis through the assembled fastener;whereby the cup portion allows the threaded shank portion to be at an angle while providing access to the tool fitting; andwhereby the recess allows the shank to rotate within the outer washer portion and self-level a bolt head.

US Pat. No. 10,711,824

LOCKING NUT AND WASHER

1. A locking nut and washer for use with a threaded bolt, where the locking nut has a tool engaging portion, a threaded aperture, and a washer engaging portion in the form of a collar; andthe washer has a locking nut engaging portion in the form of a channel of size and dimension that may securely receive the collar and an aperture, the locking nut engaging portion further having a bonded elastomer attached thereto, the bonded elastomer acting to seal the washer against a surface;
where, the collar passes through an opening in the channel in order to be received therein, the opening in the channel being able to be closed off by a first retaining means and thereby securely retain the collar within the channel, and where, when so securely retained, the threaded aperture and the aperture align to be at least substantially concentric so as to receive the threaded bolt, and where, when torque is applied to the tool engaging portion, an axial force is applied by the collar to a portion of the channel, the axial force thereby causing the washer to move along the threaded bolt in the same direction as the locking nut, the washer capable of disengagement from the locking nut when not in receipt of the threaded bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,711,823

SPRING WASHER FOR TURBO CHARGER

DongAh Manufacturing Corp...

1. A ring-shaped spring washer installed in a bypass valve of a turbocharger, comprising:an inner periphery which has a stopper part bent and fixed to a lower surface thereof so as to be overlapped therewith;
an inclination bent section which is integrally formed with the inner periphery by extending therefrom with being inclined downward; and
an outer periphery which has a line contact part integrally formed with the inclination bent section by extending downward therefrom so as to be in line contact with and supported by a support of the spring washer,
wherein the stopper part is fixed to the lower surface of the inner periphery in such a way that a piece of the same material as the inner periphery is laminated in the same area and is welded thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,711,822

NUT INTEGRATED WITH BRACKET AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of manufacturing a nut integrated with a bracket, the method comprising:a pre-drawing step of forming a reference hole and a processing cross section in a plate material supplied between a punch and a die, forming a beading portion by processing the processing cross section through multiple steps, and piercing a center of the beading portion to form a through hole;
a forging step of forming a pipe portion having a tube shape by gradually widening the through hole in the beading portion and decreasing an inner diameter and an outer diameter of the pipe portion from the processing cross section to a tip of the beading portion, and then processing an outer circumferential surface of the pipe portion so as to form the tube shape through multiple steps so that a thickness is increased from the tip of the pipe portion to the processing cross section, subsequent to the pre-drawing step;
a precision forging step of precisely correcting dimensions of the inner diameter and the outer diameter of the pipe portion formed in the tube shape, and forming a protruding end from the tip of the pipe portion, subsequent to the forging step; and
a post-processing step of cutting the processing cross section to a final product shape, forming bent ends at both end portions of the cut processing cross section, and forming a threaded tap on an inner circumferential surface of the pipe portion, subsequent to the precision forging step,
wherein the precision forging step includes:
an upsetting step of precisely correcting the dimensions of the inner diameter and the outer diameter of the pipe portion by compressing the pipe portion, which is formed in the tube shape, in a longitudinal direction through multiple steps, subsequent to the forging step;
a cam upsetting step of forming an increased thickness portion, which protrudes at an outer circumference of the tip of the pipe portion, and further forming the protruding end which protrudes in a longitudinal direction from a tip surface of the increased thickness portion, by compressing the inner and outer circumferential surfaces and a tip portion of the pipe portion, which have the corrected dimensions, to predetermined shapes, subsequent to the upsetting step; and
a cam rest burring step of removing residual burrs on the pipe portion by compressing the inner and outer circumferential surfaces and the tip portion of the pipe portion, which has the increased thickness portion and the protruding end, to predetermined shapes, subsequent to the cam upsetting step.

US Pat. No. 10,711,821

MODULAR LOCKING PIN

MITEE-BITE PRODUCTS LLC, ...

1. A locking pin, comprising:an elongate body having an interior channel extending through the elongate body;
a plurality of bores radially extending from the interior channel through an outer surface of the elongate body;
a locking ball captively received in each of the plurality of radial bores; and
a first drive ball and a second drive ball carried within the interior channel, the first drive ball disposed above the plurality of bores and the second drive ball disposed below the plurality of bores, the first drive ball and the second drive ball configured to be selectively urged against the locking ball so that the locking ball may protrude from the outer surface of the elongate body.

US Pat. No. 10,711,820

COMPOSITE SCREW

SHEHKAI PRECISION CO., LT...

1. A composite screw, comprising:a screw body having a tapping end portion that comprises a circular bottom surface, a peripheral surface and a main thread, said circular bottom surface having a circle center, said peripheral surface extending upwardly from a circumference of said circular bottom surface, said main thread formed around said peripheral surface;
at least one reception recess indented upwardly from said circular bottom surface and inwardly from said peripheral surface and having a height from said circular bottom surface as high as said tapping end portion; and
at least one composite unit comprising:
a weld material filled in said at least one reception recess and secured to said screw body, and
a rigid body of high stiffness material disposed in said at least one reception recess and fixed to said weld material, said rigid body and said weld material cooperatively and entirely filling said at least one reception recess, said rigid body having an outer surface and an auxiliary thread, said outer surface being exposed from said at least one reception recess, said main thread having a discontinuation where said at least one reception recess opens at said peripheral surface, said auxiliary thread being formed on said outer surface and connected to said main thread to fill said discontinuation,
wherein said at least one reception recess has two opposite bounding walls meeting said circular bottom surface and said peripheral surface, said opposite bounding walls confronting with each other and convergingly extending to said peripheral surface from an inside of said screw body.

US Pat. No. 10,711,819

PIN

THREE SMITH GROUP LIMITED...

1. A pin comprisinga tool engagement portion and a resiliently deformable cover arranged over the tool engagement portion, wherein:
the resiliently deformable cover is operable to deform from a first raised position to a second lowered position to allow for the engagement of the tool engagement portion with a tool,
the resiliently deformable cover in the first position comprises a ridge of resiliently deformable material,
the ridge is a thickest portion of a top wall of the cover relative to other portions of the top wall of the cover radially outside the ridge; and
the ridge extending at least partially around substantially the periphery of the tool engagement portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,818

ONE-TIME ONLY SNAP CONNECTION SYSTEM MOUNTING TWO PARTS AND A SENSOR MOUNTING SYSTEM USING THE SNAP CONNECTION SYSTEM

1. An enforced one-time snap connection system, comprising:an elongated first component including
a circumferentially extending groove formed into an exterior surface of the elongated first component;
a second component including
an annular mounting adapter having an internal bore;
an annular retainer secured on an end of the second component at the internal bore, the annular retainer including
an axially extending annular portion having a radially inwardly projecting annular locking rib, or
axially extending legs having radially inwardly projecting locking tabs;
wherein the radially inwardly projecting annular locking rib or the radially inwardly projecting locking tabs are lockably received into the circumferentially extending groove during installation of the first component into the second component;
wherein the annular locking rib or locking tabs and/or the circumferentially extending groove are critically damaged or destroyed if the first component is removed from the second component, thereby preventing re-assembly and re-locking of the components together again such that the snap connection system is an enforced one-time snap connection system.

US Pat. No. 10,711,817

ROD FOR USE IN RACK AND HOLDING DEVICE FOR USE IN COOPERATION WITH RACK

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. Electronic equipment for a data center or storage system, comprising:an electronic hardware rack having a set of walls, a bottom surface, and a generally rectangular holding device, the set of walls defining an interior space therebetween, the holding device being disposed at a fixed position within the interior space and including a nut having trapezoidal threading;
a machine unit that mounts to the electronic hardware rack within the interior space; and
a rod assembly including a bolt at a first end of the rod assembly, a handle portion at a second end of the rod assembly that is opposite the first end, and an elongated mid-section that extends between the bolt portion and the handle portion, the bolt having trapezoidal threading, wherein the rod assembly extends through the machine unit and the bolt is received within the holding device to secure the machine unit to the electronic hardware rack with the machine unit residing within the interior space and enhance shock resistance performance; wherein the bolt having the trapezoidal threading engages with the nut having the trapezoidal threading in response to rotation of the handle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,816

MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM FOR BUILDING PANELS

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A set of panels comprising a first and a second panel, a panel edge of the second panel being insertable into a core groove of the first panel to obtain a mechanical connection between the first and the second panel, the panel edge being insertable into the core groove by an linear relative displacement of the first and second panel when the first and second panel are arranged perpendicularly to each other,said panel edge comprising a separate and flexible tongue and said core groove comprising a tongue groove,
wherein the separate and flexible tongue is insertable into the tongue groove for connecting said panels to each other in a first direction, which is perpendicular to a main plane of the first panel,
wherein the panel edge of the second panel is configured to cooperate with the core groove of the first panel for connecting said panels to each other in a second direction, which is perpendicular to a main plane of the second panel,
wherein a longitudinal direction of the separate and flexible tongue extends parallel with said panel edge and/or core groove, and
wherein the separate and flexible tongue is arranged in an insertion groove, said separate and flexible tongue being displaceable inwardly towards a bottom of the insertion groove and outwardly into the tongue groove during a locking of the first and second panel,
wherein a corner of the core groove, where the core groove meets a surface of the first panel, is beveled or rounded off and is configured to form an engagement portion of the core groove that engages with said separate and flexible tongue during locking of the first and second panel for displacing the separate and flexible tongue inwardly towards the bottom of the insertion groove.

US Pat. No. 10,711,815

INDEXING PINS, INDEXING CLAMPS, AND 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 that comprises, 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 first body so that each one of the first openings extends vertically and the first-body first surface is upwardly facing;
(c) inserting each one of the indexing pins into a corresponding one of the first openings of the first body with a clearance fit so that a portion of the cylindrical surface of each one of the indexing pins is located in a corresponding one of the first openings and a portion of the cylindrical surface of each one of the indexing pins extends past the first-body second surface;
(d) orienting the second body so that each one of the second openings extends vertically and the second-body first surface faces the first-body second surface;
(e) aligning each one of the second openings of the second body with a corresponding one of the indexing pins, extending past the first-body second surface, so that, in plan view, the threaded portion of each one of the indexing pins is surrounded by and is spaced away from a second wall of a corresponding one of the second openings of the second body;
(f) moving the first body and the second body toward each other a first distance, until the threaded portion of each one of the indexing pins, extending past the first-body second surface, is inserted into a corresponding one of the second openings of the second body;
(g) moving the first body and the second body toward each other a second distance, until 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, 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; andapplying a downward force to each one of the indexing pins that has a magnitude sufficient to cause at least the portion of the tapered surface of each one of the indexing pins to be inserted into the corresponding one of the second openings of the second body once the first body and the second body are moved toward each other the second distance; and(h) moving the first body and the second body toward each other a third distance, until a portion of the cylindrical surface of each one of the indexing pins is inserted into a corresponding one of the second openings of the second body, while:allowing the first body and the second body to move relative to each other in the direction, perpendicular to the central axis of each one of the indexing pins; andapplying a downward force to 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 once the first body and the second body are moved toward each other the third distance; and(i) moving the first body and the second body toward each other a fourth distance, until the first-body second surface contacts the second-body first surface and the threaded portion of each one of the indexing pins extends past the second-body second surface, while applying the downward force to each one of the indexing pins that has a magnitude sufficient to cause the threaded portion of each one of the indexing pins to extend past the second-body second surface once the first body and the second body are moved toward each other the fourth distance.

US Pat. No. 10,711,814

TAPERED LEAD-IN FOR INTERFERENCE FIT FASTENERS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for fastening a first structure having a first hole and a second structure having a second hole, the first and second holes having a same diameter, comprising:placing the first and second structures together with the first and second holes aligned;
inserting a mating portion of a fastener into the first hole until an edge of the first hole in the first structure is in contact with and surrounds a tapered lead-in section of the fastener that tapers gradually toward the mating portion and has a taper angle equal to or less than 20 degrees, the fastener further comprising a head and a circular cylindrical shank connecting the head to the tapered lead-in section, the shank having a diameter greater than the diameter of the first and second holes;
forcing the fastener further into the aligned holes of the first and second structures to cause the shank to contact the edge of the first hole, push through the first hole, and then push through the second hole until the mating portion of the fastener projects beyond the second structure; and
coupling a mating part to the mating portion of the fastener,
wherein the fastener further comprises a radiused lead-in section that meets the tapered lead-in section, curves abruptly toward the mating portion and has a second profile that is a circular arc having a radius.

US Pat. No. 10,711,813

ATTACHMENT DEVICE PROVIDING DOUBLE ENGAGEMENT FOR HIGH RETENTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An attachment device, comprising:a snap tab fastener including a base, a resilient snap tab depending from said base, and a four-way locator depending from said base, said four-way locator including a first tunable rib, said resilient snap tab including a first locking shoulder on a first face of said resilient snap tab and a second locking shoulder on a second opposite face of said resilient snap tab, said first locking shoulder being opposed to and offset from horizontal and vertical alignment with said second locking shoulder;
a snap tab housing including a third locking shoulder and a fourth locking shoulder wherein said first locking shoulder engages said third locking shoulder and said second locking shoulder engages said fourth locking shoulder when said snap tab fastener is secured to said snap tab housing, said snap tab housing also including a second tunable rib, wherein said snap tab housing includes a first wall and a resilient second wall, said third locking shoulder is carried on said first wall and said fourth locking shoulder is carried on said resilient second wall, and wherein said snap tab housing includes a first receiver defined between said first wall and said resilient second wall, said resilient snap tab being received and held in said first receiver when said snap tab fastener is secured to said snap tab housing; and
a ramp carried on said first wall, said ramp facilitating bending of said resilient snap tab as said resilient snap tab is secured in said first receiver of said snap tab housing, wherein the second tunable rib on said snap tab housing is adjacent said ramp and in said first receiver, said second tunable rib including two sections with said ramp being provided between said two sections.

US Pat. No. 10,711,812

HOLDER FOR MOBILE PHONES

1. A mobile device holder, comprising a clamping arm, a lower supporting arm and a link mechanism, the link mechanism linking the clamping arm and the lower support arm in a rotatable manner, wherein the mobile device holder further comprises a lock mechanism, which acts on the link mechanism and causes the link mechanism to enable one-way linkage and wherein the link mechanism is provided as a link gear, the lock mechanism is provided as a snap projection which is fixed relative to a gear shaft of the link gear, and the snap projection and the link gear are in snap-fit connection of one-way rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,711,811

PNEUMATIC SERVOVALVE ASSEMBLY

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. A servovalve assembly comprising:a pair of opposed nozzles spaced apart by a first gap (G); and
a control element (16) positioned in the first gap (G) between the pair of opposed nozzles;
wherein:
each nozzle has an outlet opening;
the control element has a central control portion and two resiliently deformable end portions at opposite ends of the central control portion;
the central control portion is perpendicular to a central axis (C) of each nozzle outlet opening; and
the control element is configured such that the two resiliently deformable end portions elastically deform when the control element is placed under tension by a force applied parallel to the central control portion, so as to move the central control portion in a direction parallel to the central axis (C) of each nozzle outlet opening;
wherein the central control portion has a higher stiffness than the resiliently deformable end portions.

US Pat. No. 10,711,810

CLOSED LOOP AND/OR OPEN LOOP CONTROL METHOD FOR AN ELECTROPNEUMATIC FIELD DEVICE

SAMSON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT...

1. A closed loop control method for an electropneumatic field device including a pneumatic actuating drive configured to operate a control member, an electropneumatic converter configured to generate a pneumatic manipulating variable signal for the pneumatic actuating drive, and open loop and/or closed loop control electronics, the method comprising:receiving, by the open loop and/or closed loop control electronics, an electronic target value input of a command variable corresponding to a target value of a control center;
generating, by the open loop and/or closed loop control electronics, an electronic output for a manipulating variable to pilot the electropneumatic converter; and
in a predetermined operating condition of the field device, determining the manipulating variable by a closed loop control algorithm based on the command variable and on another controlled variable different from an actual control member position measurement value, wherein the predetermined operating condition is an emergency closed loop control operating condition.

US Pat. No. 10,711,809

AIRCRAFT HYDRAULIC SYSTEM WITH A DUAL SPOOL VALVE AND METHODS OF USE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A valve to direct hydraulic fluid to a hydraulic actuator in an aircraft, the valve comprising:a first port to receive hydraulic fluid from a supply line;
a second port to discharge hydraulic fluid to a return line;
first and second valve sections each comprising a manifold, a first line fluidly connected to the first port, a second line fluidly connected to the second port, and a third line fluidly connected to the actuator and with the manifold of the first valve section being spaced away from the manifold of the second valve section;
a first spool positioned in the first manifold and a second spool positioned in the second manifold, each of the first and second spools movable to prevent the flow of hydraulic fluid when aligned with one of the first and second lines;
each of the first and second spools independently positionable within the respective first and second manifolds between a first position aligned with just one of the first and second lines, and a second position aligned with just the other of the first and second lines, and with the first and second spools spaced away from the third lines in each of the first and second positions to allow hydraulic fluid to flow into and out of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,711,808

BAR-END TYPE BICYCLE HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bar-end bicycle hydraulic operating device comprising:a base member configured to be mounted on a radially outermost surface of a handlebar, the base member having an abutment configured to contact a free axial end of the handlebar; and
a hydraulic unit provided on the base member, the hydraulic unit including a hydraulic cylinder having a cylinder bore, a piston movably disposed in the cylinder bore and a reservoir fluidly communicating with the cylinder bore,
the reservoir including a reservoir tank and a diaphragm disposed in the reservoir tank, the diaphragm defining an air chamber and a fluid chamber in the reservoir tank, the fluid chamber being in fluid communication with the cylinder, the reservoir being integrally formed with the hydraulic cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,711,807

GAS LIFT PUMP APPARATUS WITH ULTRASONIC ENERGY GENERATOR AND METHOD

COLDHARBOUR MARINE LIMITE...

1. A system, comprising:a ballast tank for a marine vessel, the ballast tank containing a liquid; and
a gas lift pump apparatus comprising:
a hollow tube member mounted in a substantially upright orientation within the ballast tank and at least partially submerged within the liquid in the ballast tank, wherein the hollow tube member comprises a liquid inlet and a liquid outlet arranged such that the liquid in the ballast tank can flow upwardly through the hollow tube member and thereby circulate within the ballast tank, wherein the liquid in the ballast tank recirculates within the ballast tank from the liquid outlet of the hollow tube member to the liquid inlet of the hollow tube member;
a fluid delivery device within the hollow tube member, the fluid delivery device comprising a resonance chamber; and
a conduit extending from the fluid delivery device to a gas supply external to the ballast tank, wherein the resonance chamber generates ultrasonic energy therein by a flow of gas via the conduit through the resonance chamber, wherein the fluid delivery device launches the ultrasonic energy into the liquid in the hollow tube member, wherein the ultrasonic energy kills aquatic nuisance species (ANS) present in the liquid;
wherein the flow of gas through the resonance chamber causes pumping of the liquid upwardly through the hollow tube member and recirculation of the liquid within the ballast tank.

US Pat. No. 10,711,806

NOZZLE MODULE FOR AN ENERGY CONVERTER

1. A nozzle module (1) for an energy converter, comprising a first nozzle (2) for the introduction of a motive fluid into a mixing chamber (3) and comprising an introduction opening (4) for the introduction of a suction fluid into the mixing chamber (3), the mixing chamber (3) having a geometry for merging the motive fluid and the suction fluid in the mixing chamber (3) in a flow-intensifying manner, wherein a vapor pressure of the motive fluid upstream of the first nozzle (2) is lower than a vapor pressure of the suction fluid upstream of the introduction opening (4), and a gas pressure in the mixing chamber (3) in a region (6) downstream of the first nozzle (2) is lower than a gas pressure in the mixing chamber (3) in a region (7) downstream of the introduction opening (4), wherein the motive fluid is water and the suction fluid is water,wherein the nozzle module (1) comprises a reservoir (8) adapted for storing the suction fluid, wherein the mixing chamber (3) is connected to the reservoir (8) by way of a gap opening (9) of adjustable form, the introduction opening (4) being formed by the gap opening (9).

US Pat. No. 10,711,805

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR VARIABLE FLOW RATE FUEL EJECTION

University Of Delaware, ...

1. A variable flow rate ejector comprising:a primary nozzle defining an opening, the primary nozzle connected to a first inlet chamber to receive a first fluid and transmit a flow of the first fluid through the primary nozzle opening;
a needle disposed within the primary nozzle opening and having a tapered portion, the needle sized to create a gap between the tapered portion of the needle and the primary nozzle opening;
a motor coupled to axially move the needle in order to vary a size of the gap between the tapered portion of the needle and the primary nozzle opening;
a magnetic coupling structure attaching the needle to the motor, wherein the magnetic coupling structure lacks any structure blocking a radial movement of the needle;
a first stop portion delimiting the axial movement of the needle by the motor in a direction of retraction of the needle from the primary nozzle opening; and
a first impact-absorbing element coupled to the needle or to the stop portion, the first impact-absorbing element positioned to contact the first stop portion or the needle, respectively, when the needle is fully retracted from the primary nozzle opening by the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,711,804

AIR PURIFIER

QINGDAO RANDALL AERODYNAM...

1. An air purifier comprising:a fan mounted for rotation on a shaft, the shaft has a shaft-axis, the fan is substantially surrounded by a fan housing, and the fan is an axial fan
a motor to rotate the fan on the shaft for causing air to flow;
a filter supported downstream of the fan, the filter is substantially surrounded by a filter housing; and
a diffuser supported between the fan housing and the filter, the diffuser has a filter end and a fan housing end, the ends are connected by a wall, the filter end is substantially polygonal or substantially circular in shape and the fan housing end is substantially circular in shape, and the wall tapers inwardly relative to the shaft-axis from the filter end to the fan housing end.

US Pat. No. 10,711,803

PACKAGED COMPRESSOR

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Hyogo ...

1. A packaged compressor comprising inside a package:a base having a flat surface;
a compressor main body placed on the base for compressing air;
a cooling fan;
a fan cover attached to the cooling fan and opened to a suction side and to an upward direction being a delivery side of the cooling fan;
an exhaust duct provided above a delivery side opening of the fan cover and extending to an exhaust port in a perpendicular direction to the flat surface of the base and
an air-cooled heat exchanger arranged to be inclined with respect to the perpendicular direction between the cooling fan and the exhaust port inside the exhaust duct so that the cooling fan cannot be directly viewed from the exhaust port and configured to exchange heat between air compressed by the compressor main body and air delivered by the cooling fan.

US Pat. No. 10,711,802

PUMP MONITORING

Weir Minerals Australia L...

1. A pump system comprising:a pump comprising:
a pump casing defining a pump chamber;
an inlet for receipt of flowable material into the chamber;
an outlet for discharge of flowable material from the chamber;
an impeller disposed within the pump chamber to accelerate flowable material within the pump chamber; and
a transition region extending between an inner peripheral surface of the pump chamber and an inner peripheral surface of the outlet, the transition region configured in use to divert flowable material, accelerated by the impeller, to the outlet; and
a vibration sensor mounted to the pump casing and arranged in use to detect isolated vibration of the transition region along an axis that extends relative to a rotational axis of the pump; and
a processor configured to:
receive the isolated vibration data, indicative of vibration at the transition region, from the vibration sensor; and
process the isolated vibration data to determine, based on vibration at the transition region, a wear or performance condition of the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,711,801

LIFT OUT DISCONNECT

AK Industries, Inc., Ply...

1. An adjustable disconnect and rail system adapted to affix to a basin having a floor and a sidewall, said system adapted to removably connect a submersible pump to a discharge pipe extending through said sidewall, said system comprising:a first rail being an elongate member, a second rail being parallel to said first rail, said first and second rails adapted to be fixed with respect to said basin;
a receiver body slidably affixable to said first and second rails having a first and second ear portion and a coupling portion affixed therebetween, said first ear portion receiving said first rail and said second ear portion receiving said second rail, each said ear portion having a set screw for impinging and affixing said receiver body to said rails;
said coupling portion having a coupling mating surface located between a first guide adjacent said first ear portion and a second guide adjacent said second ear portion, said coupling mating surface having a hole extending therethrough, each said guide having an offsetting portion extending from said coupling mating surface, said offsetting portion extending upwardly into a clamping guide portion having a corresponding clamping ramped surface facing and obliquely angled with respect to said coupling mating surface, said clamping ramped surface of said first guide being aligned with said clamping ramped surface of said second guide, each said clamping guide portion having an alignment surface extending into a centering surface located on said offsetting portion, said alignment surface of said first guide obliquely angled with respect to said alignment surface of said second guide;
an outlet body having an outlet fluid aperture extending therethrough, said outlet body having an outlet sealing surface, said outlet body having first and second side surface, said first side surface parallel to said second side surface and spaced therefrom, said outlet body having a first tab extending outwardly from said first side surface and a second tab extending outwardly from said second side surface, each said tabs having a biasing surface parallel to said outlet sealing surface, said outlet sealing surface having an annular groove and a seal retained therein;
when said outlet body is coupled to said receiver body, said clamping ramped surface of first guide urges said first tab toward said coupling mating surface and said clamping ramped surface of said second guide urges said second tab toward said coupling mating surface, said outlet sealing surface faces and overlays said coupling mating surface; and
an upper guide plate affixed to said outlet body, said guide plate having arcuate portions, each said arcuate portion having a guide arm portion with an opening larger than a diameter of each said rail.

US Pat. No. 10,711,800

TURBO COMPRESSOR SUPPORTED ONLY BY ITS INLET AND OUTLET FLANGES

Howden Turbo GmbH, Frank...

1. An arrangement comprising a piston engine (PE), and comprising:an exhaust gas line (EGL) for exhaust gas (EG);
a recirculation line (RL) conducting a portion of said exhaust gas (EG) into an inlet of said piston engine (PE);
wherein a radial turbo compressor (TCO) is provided in said recirculation line (RL), wherein the radial turbo compressor (TCO) comprises:
an impeller (IP);
a casing (CS);
wherein said impeller (IP) is rotatable about an axis (X), wherein said casing (CS) comprises an inlet (IL) upstream said impeller (IP), said inlet (IL) comprising an inlet flange (IF) to be mounted to a process gas pipe (PGP);
said casing (CS) comprising an outlet (OL) downstream of said impeller (IP) comprising an outlet flange (OF);
wherein said casing (CS) comprises an outlet volute (VL) extending about said axis (X) downstream of said impeller (IP) and upstream of said outlet (OL);
wherein said radial turbo compressor (TCO) comprises a drive unit (DRU) driving said impeller (IP) and being mounted to said casing (CS), wherein, when in use, said casing (CS) is exclusively supported by said inlet flange (IF) and said outlet flange (OF);
wherein said casing (CS) comprises a drive unit flange (DRF), wherein said drive unit (DRU) comprises a fixation flange (FF), wherein said drive unit flange (DRF) and said fixation flange (FF) are fixedly connected to each other by fixation elements (FE); and
wherein said drive unit (DRU) is exclusively supported by said fixation flange (FF), wherein said casing (CS) comprises ribs (RB) in order to increase a bending stiffness of said casing (CS), said ribs (RB) distributed along a circumference of said casing extending axially at least partly between said drive unit flange (DRF) and said inlet flange (IF) and extending in radial direction along a rib's (RB) height.

US Pat. No. 10,711,798

VARIABLE TURBOMACHINE VANE CASCADE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A variable vane cascade for a turbomachine, the variable vane cascade comprising:at least one first vane having at least one first distance from at least one circumferentially adjacent first vane;
at least one second vane having at least one second distance from at least one circumferentially adjacent second vane smaller than the first distance; and
an actuator for adjusting the first and second vane from a first position where at least one vane airfoil cross section of the first vane and a vane airfoil cross section of the second vane each have a first stagger angle, into a second position where these airfoil cross sections have second stagger angles, the second stagger angle of the first vane being dissimilar to the second stagger angle of the second vane.

US Pat. No. 10,711,797

INLET PRE-SWIRL GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine defining an axial direction and a radial direction, the gas turbine engine comprising:a turbomachine;
a fan rotatable by the turbomachine, the fan comprising a plurality of fan blades, each of the plurality of fan blades defining a fan blade span along the radial direction;
an outer nacelle surrounding the plurality of fan blades; and
a plurality of part-span inlet guide vanes attached to the outer nacelle at a location forward of the plurality of fan blades along the axial direction, each of the plurality of inlet guide vanes defining an IGV span along the radial direction, the IGV span being at least about five percent of the fan blade span and up to about fifty-five percent of the fan blade span;
wherein each part-span inlet guide vane defines a leading edge, a trailing edge, an inner end, and an outer end along the radial direction, wherein each part span inlet guide vane defines a first swirl angle at the trailing edge proximate the inner end and a second swirl angle at the trailing edge proximate the outer end, and wherein the second swirl angle is greater than the first swirl angle.

US Pat. No. 10,711,795

COVER ASSEMBLY, BLOWER ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

REGAL BELOIT AMERICA, INC...

1. A water heater assembly having an exhaust opening on the exterior surface of the water heater with the exhaust opening having a center axis that defines mutually perpendicular axial and radial directions relative to the water heater and advances exhaust gases from the water heater to an exterior environment, the assembly comprising:a water heater having a tank, the water heater comprising a side wall and a tank cap located above the side wall, the side wall and the tank cap together defining an exterior surface of an upper portion of the water heater, said tank cap having a recess surface formed in the exterior surface thereof and configured to extend inwardly toward the water heater in the axial direction of the exhaust opening, wherein said recess surface is below the exterior surface of the tank cap, wherein said recess surface extends only partially along said exterior surface of the tank cap, and wherein said exterior surface comprises the uppermost surface of said tank cap;
a member defining a first surface thereof and connected to said exterior surface of said tank cap to form a cover plenum between the recess surface of said tank cap and the first surface of said member, wherein said cover plenum is below the exterior surface of the tank cap, said member defining an output opening of said member that communicates with the cover plenum; and
a blower connected to the member, the blower including:
a motor;
a fan connected to the motor for rotation of the fan with rotation of the motor; and
a blower housing having an interior containing the fan, the motor being supported by the blower housing, the blower housing having an output opening having a center axis that defines mutually perpendicular axial and radial directions and that communicates the blower housing interior with the exterior environment, the blower housing further having an input opening that communicates the blower housing interior with the member output opening, wherein said blower input opening is axially aligned with and spaced axially above said member output opening, wherein the blower housing, the member and the tank cap are configured to provide an exhaust gas flow path from the exhaust opening of the heater through the cover plenum, through the blower housing interior and out the output opening.

US Pat. No. 10,711,794

AIRFOIL WITH GEOMETRICALLY SEGMENTED COATING SECTION HAVING MECHANICAL SECONDARY BONDING FEATURE

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. An airfoil comprising:an airfoil body having a geometrically segmented coating section, the geometrically segmented coating section including
a wall having an outer side, the outer side including an array of cells, and
a coating disposed in the array of cells, wherein the array of cells includes secondary mechanical bonding features securing the coating to the wall, the secondary mechanical bonding features including multiple ribs in each of the cells of the array of cell, wherein the multiple ribs in each of the cells of the array of cells are unidirectionally oriented.

US Pat. No. 10,711,793

FLUID PUMP

DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LI...

1. A fluid pump comprising:a fluid pump inlet which introduces fluid into said fluid pump;
a fluid pump outlet which discharges fluid from said fluid pump;
a motor having an armature and a stator such that said stator surrounds said armature, wherein one of said armature and said stator includes a plurality of windings which when energized with electricity cause said armature to rotate about an axis;
a pump section, said pump section having a pumping element coupled to said armature such that rotation of said armature in a first rotational direction about said axis rotates said pumping element such that said pumping element pumps fluid from said fluid pump inlet to a pump section outlet of said pump section; and
a fluid passage within said fluid pump which provides fluid communication from said pump section outlet to said fluid pump outlet such that said fluid passage is located radially between said armature and said stator;
wherein said armature extends axially from a first axial end to a second axial end such that a surface of said armature at said first axial end faces toward said pump section and includes a plurality of recesses extending thereinto;
wherein an intersection of each of said plurality of recesses and said surface is a closed figure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,792

AUXILIARY TURBOMACHINERY SHAFT SUPPORT SYSTEM AND TURBOMACHINERY COMPRISING SAID SYSTEM

THERMODYN SAS, Le Creuso...

15. An auxiliary turbomachinery shaft-support system comprising:a first assembly configured to axially support the shaft and comprising a rotating disc and a stator, the rotating disc comprising a disc sliding surface and a part configured to be torsionally coupled to the shaft, and the stator comprising at least one pad comprising a pad body defining a pad contact surface configured to cooperate with a stator contact surface when they touch each other:
an elastic component coupled to the at least one pad to urge the at least one pad in the direction of the disc sliding surface; and
an intermediate element interposed between the pad contact surface and the stator contact surface, the intermediate element being made of a material with a higher thermal conductivity than the pad body.

US Pat. No. 10,711,791

DUAL MODE TURBOFAN ENGINE

United States as represen...

1. A dual mode turbofan engine system, the engine system comprising:a jet engine portion having a compressor, a turbine disposed aft of the compressor, and a shaft coupled to the compressor and the turbine, wherein the jet engine portion is configured to produce an exhaust;
an auxiliary turbine having a plurality of auxiliary turbine blades, wherein the auxiliary turbine is disposed aft of the turbine and decoupled from the shaft;
a diverter disposed between the turbine and the auxiliary turbine, wherein the diverter is configured to selectively direct the exhaust to an inner flow path bypassing the plurality of auxiliary turbine blades or to an outer flow path engaging the plurality of turbine blades; and
a plurality of propeller blades hingedly connected to the auxiliary turbine;
wherein the diverter is an adjustable frustoconical structure, and the diverter includes a plurality of overlapping plates.

US Pat. No. 10,711,790

SERIAL AXIAL FLOW FAN

NIDEC CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A serial axial flow fan comprising:a first axial flow fan;
a second axial flow fan connected in series with the first axial flow fan; and
a current plate in which a plurality of hollow cells, which are partitioned by a lattice-shaped partition wall and penetrate in an axial direction, are uniformly two-dimensionally arranged at an outer edge; wherein
the first axial flow fan includes:
a first impeller including a first blade rotatable about a vertically extending center axis;
a first motor that drives the first impeller to rotate the first blade;
a first housing including a first tubular unit having an axially extending tubular shape, the first impeller and the first motor being accommodated in the first tubular unit; and
a first lead wire extending from the first motor,
the second axial flow fan includes:
a second impeller including a second blade rotatable about the center axis;
a second motor that drives the second impeller to rotate the second blade;
a second housing including a second tubular unit having an axially extending tubular shape, the second impeller and the second motor being accommodated in the second tubular unit; and
a second lead wire extending from the second motor;
an axially lower end portion of the first housing and the axially upper end portion of the second housing are directly coupled to each other;
the current plate is provided at a coupling unit of the first housing and the second housing;
an axially lower end portion of the first tubular unit is axially opposed to an axially upper end portion of the second tubular unit with the current plate interposed therebetween;
a recess recessed in an opposite direction to the coupling unit in the axial direction is provided on an axial end surface of at least one of the axially lower end surface of the first tubular unit and the axially upper end surface of the second tubular unit;
at least one of the first lead wire and the second lead wire is accommodated in the recess; and
at least a portion of the recess overlaps a portion of the current plate in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,788

INTEGRATED SUMP PUMP CONTROLLER WITH STATUS NOTIFICATIONS

1. A back-up pump system comprising:a primary AC pump and a secondary DC pump, the primary AC pump having a primary switch for operating at least one of the pumps, the primary switch being a solid state switch, and the secondary DC pump having a secondary switch for operating at least one of the pumps;
a back-up battery for powering the secondary DC pump when regular power conditions are interrupted;
a primary controller electrically connected to and configured to operate both the primary AC pump and the secondary DC pump;
a secondary controller, discrete from the primary controller, and electrically connected to at least one of the pumps to operate the at least one of the pumps when the primary controller malfunctions or fails; and
a connector for connecting the primary AC pump to the secondary DC pump so that the pumps may be moved or placed together as an assembly,
wherein the connector is a coupling that has a first interface for aligning with a first AC pump outlet and a second interface for aligning with a second DC pump outlet so that the pumps may be connected to one another and moved or placed together as an assembly;
wherein the first interface is connected to the first AC pump outlet via a first fastener and the second interface is connected to the second DC pump outlet via a second fastener; and
wherein the first AC pump outlet and second DC pump outlet each have internal female pipe threading (FPT) and the first fastener and second fastener are threaded sleeves each having male pipe threading (MPT) on one end that mates with the FPT of the first AC pump outlet and second DC pump outlet, the fasteners further each having a flange portion that engages respective portions of the coupling to secure the coupling to the pumps and the pumps to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,711,787

PUMPING FACILITIES AND CONTROL SYSTEMS

1. A pumping facilities system comprising:a first portable pump facility comprising:
a first centrifugal pump having a first intake conduit and a first discharge conduit; and
a first engine configured to power the first centrifugal pump;
a second portable pump facility connected in series to the first portable pump facility via a connecting conduit, the second portable pump facility comprising:
a second centrifugal pump having a second intake conduit connected in series to the first discharge conduit via the connecting conduit, the second intake conduit having an input pressure sensor, and a second output conduit; and
a second engine configured to power the second pump;
a third portable pump facility having a third intake conduit connected in series to the second output conduit of the second portable pump facility via a second connecting conduit; and
a controller having a processor operatively connected to the second portable pump facility to automatically adjust a speed of the second engine upon detection of an inefficient activity event of the second pump, the controller including a pre-set discharge pressure setting, the controller configured to automatically reduce an engine speed of the second engine while maintaining the pre-set discharge pressure setting when there is an increase in pressure detected at the second intake conduit, the controller configured to automatically substantially equalize a fluid pressure measured within the connecting conduit between the first portable pump facility and the second portable pump facility with a fluid pressure measured within the second connecting conduit between the second portable pump facility and the third portable pump facility.

US Pat. No. 10,711,786

EMBEDDED ROTARY MICRO PUMP, ITS METHOD OF INTEGRATION AND MOTION CONTROL

Citroqene, Inc, San Jose...

1. A micro rotary pumping system for pumping a fluid though the use of an external rotating magnetic field, comprisinga micro channel for directing the fluid;
a chamber located adjacent to said micro channel in fluid communication with said micro channel;
an annular disk located in said chamber;
said annular disk being rotationally stabilized within said chamber by the fluid between said annular disk and said chamber; and
a magnetic material affixed to said annular disk and magnetically coupled to the external rotating magnetic field for rotating said annular disk to create a shear in the fluid in said micro channel for pumping the fluid thereby.

US Pat. No. 10,711,785

OIL FLOODED COMPRESSOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ingersoll-Rand Industrial...

1. A method comprising:measuring a discharge pressure of compressed working fluid discharged from a compressor;
determining a dew point temperature of the compressed working fluid discharged from the compressor;
controlling a discharge temperature of the compressed working fluid discharged from the compressor;
controlling an inlet temperature of a lubricant entering the compressor; and
wherein controlling the discharge temperature of the compressed working fluid includes:
transferring heat from lubricant discharged from the compressor to working fluid in a heat exchanger prior to entering the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,711,784

AIR COMPRESSOR WITH DRAIN PIPE ARRANGEMENT

Hitachi Industrial Equipm...

1. An air compressor comprising:a compressor body that compresses air;
a compressed air flow path through which the compressed air from the compressor body flows;
a heat exchanger provided on the compressed air flow path to cool the compressed air from the compressor body;
a drain separator which branches from the compressed air flow path and separates the compressed air and condensation cooled in the heat exchanger;
a drain pipe which connects to the drain separator and though which the condensation flows;
a strainer provided in the drain pipe to remove foreign substances mixed in the drain;
an on-off valve provided on a downstream side of the strainer in the drain pipe, wherein
the on-off valve is opened when power is turned on and closed when power is turned off,
a pressure sensor provided on an upstream side of the strainer and downstream side of the drain separator in the drain pipe to detect a pressure in the drain pipe,
a discharge defect is determined when a pressure detection value detected in the pressure sensor, while the on-off valve is open, does not become lower than a pressure detection value, while the on-off valve is closed, and
control is performed such that a count of open signals outputted within a defined time is compared with a count of drops of pressure detection values detected by the pressure sensor, and the discharge defect is determined when the count of drops of pressure detection values is smaller than the count of outputted open signals.

US Pat. No. 10,711,783

SCROLL COMPRESSOR WITH COATED SLIDING SURFACE

LIEBHERR-AEROSPACE TOULOU...

1. Compression device comprising at least:two interleaved scrolls (3, 5) each formed from an alloy with a density less than 5000 kg/m3, the two interleaved scrolls including a fixed scroll (3), which is fixed, and an orbiting scroll (5), which moves eccentrically without rotating,
anti-rotation means made of the alloy and configured to allow anti-rotation of said orbiting scroll (5), and
a flat thrust bearing (7) configured to axially retain the orbiting scroll (5),
wherein a surface of the orbiting scroll (5) configured to come into contact with the flat thrust bearing is covered with a first thick coating, with a thickness between 40 and 200 ?m, with a hardness greater than 1100 HV and mostly comprised of an oxide derived from the alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,711,782

SCROLL COMPRESSOR WITH WRAP CONTOUR MODIFICATION

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

15. A scroll compressor, comprising:a casing having an inner space in which oil is stored;
a drive motor provided in the inner space of the casing;
a rotational shaft coupled to the drive motor;
a frame provided below the drive motor;
a first scroll disposed beneath the frame and provided with a first wrap formed on one side thereof, a hearing hole formed through a central portion thereof such that the rotational shaft is inserted therethrough, and a discharge pod formed around the bearing hole; and
a second scroll engaged with the first wrap, having the rotational shaft eccentrically coupled thereto in a manner of overlapping the second wrap in a radial direction, the second scroll forming a compression chamber together with the first scroll while performing an orbiting motion with respect to the first scroll, wherein at least one of an end surface of the first wrap protruding downward toward the second scroll or an end surface of the second wrap protruding upward toward the second scroll is formed to have a plurality of inclined surfaces so that a height of the wrap gradually decreases toward the central portion, and wherein a second inclined surface adjacent to the discharge port among the plurality of inclined surfaces is formed to have an inclination angle larger than an inclination angle of a first inclined surface farther from the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,711,781

VANE PUMP DEVICE

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

6. A vane pump device comprising:multiple vanes;
a rotor that includes vane grooves which are recessed from an outer circumferential surface of the rotor such that the vanes are supported in such a way as to be capable of moving in a radial direction of rotation, and which form center side spaces accommodating a working fluid on a rotation center side, and that rotates due to a rotating force received from a rotation shaft;
a cam ring that includes an inner circumferential surface facing the outer circumferential surface of the rotor, and surrounds the rotor;
one cover member that is disposed on one end portion side of the cam ring in a direction of a rotation axis to cover a first opening of the cam ring; and
another cover member that is disposed on the other end portion side of the cam ring in the direction of the rotation axis to cover a second opening of the cam ring,
wherein a first groove, which supplies the working fluid to the center side spaces at a low pressure, and a second groove and a first through-hole, which supply the working fluid to the center side spaces at a high pressure and which are not connected to each other, are provided in a cam ring side end surface of the one cover member along a rotation direction of the rotor,
wherein a third groove and a second through-hole, which supply the working fluid to the center side spaces at a low pressure at a position facing the first groove and which are not connected to each other, and a fourth groove, which supplies the working fluid to the center side spaces at a high pressure at a position facing the second groove and the first through-hole, are provided in a cam ring side end surface of the other cover member along the rotation direction of the rotor,
wherein an opening area of the first groove in the cam ring side end surface of the one cover member is equal to that of the third groove and the second through-hole in the cam ring side end surface of the other cover member and
wherein an opening area of the second groove and the first through-hole in the cam ring side end surface of the one cover member is equal to that of the fourth groove in the cam ring side end surface of the other cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,711,780

HYDRAULIC MACHINE

1. A hydraulic machine having a first part and a second part movable relative to said first part, one of said first part and said second part having a first land resting against the other one of said second part and said first part during operation, having a predetermined first height (H1), and being arranged between a high pressure area and a low pressure area, wherein a second land having a predetermined second height (H2) smaller than said first height (H1) is located adjacent to said first land, wherein said second part has a first surface with a first pressure area and a second surface with a second pressure area, wherein said first pressure area is greater than said second pressure area, wherein when hydraulic pressure is fluidly connected with said first surface and said second surface, the hydraulic pressure presses said second part towards said first part, and wherein said second land is positioned on a low pressure side of said first land.

US Pat. No. 10,711,779

PLUNGER PUMP

IWAKI CO., LTD., Tokyo (...

1. A plunger pump comprising:a cylinder having inside a cylinder chamber;
a plunger disposed in the cylinder so as to be relatively movable forward and backward to the cylinder chamber so that an outer circumferential face of the plunger is in slide contact with an inner circumferential face of the cylinder, and having a cut face on an outer periphery of a distal end of the plunger; and
a suction port and a discharge port provided to the cylinder to communicate with the cylinder chamber,
the plunger pump transferring fluid by reciprocating the plunger in an axial direction while rotating the plunger relative to the cylinder chamber to let the suction port and the discharge port alternately communicate with the cylinder chamber,
the cylinder including a cylinder section having the cylinder chamber and a spacer section having a sliding portion that is in slide contact with a portion of the plunger closer to a proximal end of the plunger than a portion of the plunger advancing and retracting into the cylinder chamber,
the cylinder section being made of a material having first hardness,
the spacer section being made of a resin material having second hardness softer than the first hardness,
a length in the axial direction from a proximal end of the sliding portion of the spacer section to a distal end of the spacer section being larger than a maximum stroke length of reciprocation of the plunger,
a proximal end of the spacer section being disposed between the proximal end and the distal end of the plunger, and
the cylinder section has a first connection surface at a longitudinal end of the cylinder section and the spacer section has a second connection surface at a longitudinal end of the spacer section opposing the longitudinal end of the cylinder section, the first connection surface and the second connection surface being joined together in the axial direction,
wherein a maximum of the length in the axial direction from the proximal end of the sliding portion of the spacer section to the distal end of the spacer section is smaller than a length in the axial direction from the proximal end of the sliding portion of the spacer section to a boundary step of the cut face on the outer circumferential face of the plunger in a fully retracted position so that the position of the boundary step of the cut face on the outer circumferential face of the plunger in the fully retracted position is always located inside the cylinder section.

US Pat. No. 10,711,778

FRAC PUMP VALVE ASSEMBLY

ST9 GAS AND OIL, LLC, Th...

1. A valve assembly, comprising:an annular valve body having a first hardness and formed of an upper surface, a bottom surface spaced apart from the upper surface, a lower contact surface extending from the bottom surface and angled towards the upper surface, and an outer peripheral edge formed between the upper surface and the lower contact surface;
an annular seal disposed on at least a portion of the peripheral edge;
at least one cavity formed in the annular valve body along the angled lower contact surface; and
a supplemental material insert disposed in each cavity formed in the lower contact surface, the supplemental material insert having a second hardness that is greater than the first hardness.

US Pat. No. 10,711,777

SUCTION ACOUSTIC FILTER FOR COMPRESSOR

Embraco Industria De Comp...

1. Suction acoustic filter for reciprocating compressor, the suction acoustic filter comprising:at least a first inlet way and a second inlet way, at least one outlet way and at least one main chamber disposed between the two first and second inlet ways and the outlet way;
wherein the main chamber comprises an acoustic attenuation volume which is common to the two first and second inlet ways and to the at least one outlet way;
characterized by comprising:
at least one automatic valve cooperatively disposed to the first inlet way of the suction acoustic filter;
at least one one-way valve cooperatively disposed to the second inlet way of the suction acoustic filter; and
wherein said automatic valve and said one-way valve are actuated in a selectively alternated manner, in which an opening of the one-way valve defines a closure of the automatic valve, and in which a closure of the one-way valve defines an opening of the automatic valve.

US Pat. No. 10,711,775

COMPACT PUMP AND DIAPHRAGM ASSEMBLY USED THEREIN

MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A diaphragm assembly used in a compact pump, comprising:a plurality of diaphragm units which form a plurality of pump chambers, respectively, around a motor rotation axis;
a plurality of intake valve elements which are formed at centers of bottom portions of the plurality of diaphragm units by cutting away parts of the bottom portions, respectively;
a plurality of flanges which project in a direction perpendicular to the motor rotation axis from top ends of the plurality of diaphragm units, respectively;
a plurality of tubular exhaust valve elements which project in an opposite direction to the diaphragm units from the plurality of flanges and are thereby connected to the plurality of diaphragm units, respectively; and
a rib which is disposed at a center portion, extends toward an exhaust hole of the compact pump from the plurality of flanges, and connects center-side outer wall surfaces of the plurality of tubular exhaust valve elements.

US Pat. No. 10,711,774

MEMBRANE PUMP, IN PARTICULAR FOR USE IN THE EXHAUST GAS SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE COMPRISING A MEMBRANE PUMP

1. A membrane pump for use in an exhaust gas tract of a combustion engine, comprising a pressure housing, the internal volume of which is subdivided by a one or more resiliently deformable membranes into an exhaust-side sub-volume into which exhaust is permitted to pass and a fresh gas-side sub-volume through which a gas flows, wherein a biasing force is applied to the one or more membranes in such a way that in a pressure-free state the exhaust-side sub-volume has a minimum volume in relation to a deformability of the one or more membranes, and wherein a leaf spring is provided as a restoring spring for applying the biasing force to the one or more membranes.

US Pat. No. 10,711,773

LINEAR COMPRESSOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A linear compressor, comprising: a cylinder having a compression space for a refrigerant, the cylinder including a cylinder nozzle through which the refrigerant is introduced; and a piston provided in the cylinder and lifted by the refrigerant supplied through the cylinder nozzle, wherein the piston includes: a piston body that reciprocates within the cylinder in an axial direction, the piston body having a hollow cylindrical shape; a suction valve provided at a front portion of the piston body; a piston flange that extends from a rear portion of the piston body in a radial direction; a first piston groove defined in an outer circumferential surface of the piston body, and through which the refrigerant supplied from the cylinder nozzle flows, and a second piston groove defined in the outer circumferential surface of the piston body and spaced apart from the first piston groove, wherein the second piston groove is configured to guide the refrigerant such that a portion of the refrigerant supplied from the cylinder nozzle is discharged to an outside of the cylinder and is prevented from flowing into an inside of the piston body through the second piston groove, wherein the first piston groove and the second piston groove are configured to have an annular shape, wherein the first piston groove is spaced a first distance forward from a central line in the axial direction of the piston body, and the second piston groove is spaced a second distance rearward from the central line, wherein the second distance is greater than the first distance, and wherein the cylinder nozzle includes a first nozzle, and a second nozzle spaced apart rearward from the first nozzle in the axial direction, and the first piston groove moves between the first nozzle and the second nozzle while the piston reciprocates between a bottom dead center (BDC) and a top dead center (TDC) in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,772

AIR COMPRESSOR

YOOSUNG ENTERPRISE CO., L...

1. An air compressor comprising:a crankcase (10) attached to and installed at an engine and comprising a cover (11) formed at a rear end thereof and a crank chamber (12) formed therein;
a pump chamber (20) extending in a direction perpendicular to the crankcase (10) and comprising an outlet (21) that discharges compressed air;
a driving shaft (30) mounted in the crank chamber (12) and comprising a driving gear (31) receiving power from the engine and axially coupled with a fore-end of the driving shaft that is exposed forward from the crankcase (10);
a crankshaft tube (40) axially coupled with the driving shaft (30) and comprising an eccentric part (41) axially coupled with a shafting (22b) of a connecting rod (22a) of a pump piston (22) mounted in the pump chamber (20) and which is formed on an outer circumferential surface of the crankshaft tube;
a clutch (60) installed between the driving shaft (30) and a rear end of the crankshaft tube (40) to disconnect when a pressure of compressed air received from the pump chamber (20) and stored in an air tank (T) becomes a setting value or more so that a driving force of the driving shaft (30) is not transferred to the crankshaft tube (40) and to connect when the pressure becomes less than the setting value so that the driving force is transferred to the crankshaft tube (40), wherein the clutch (60) comprises:
a clutch wheel (61) coupled with a spline part (S) formed on an outer circumferential surface of a rear end of the driving shaft (30) and comprising an inner spline (61-1) engaged with the spline part (S) and formed on an inner circumferential surface and an outer spline (61-2) formed on an outer circumferential surface of the clutch wheel (61);
a fixed clutch plate (62) comprising an inside spline (62-2) formed on an inner circumferential surface of a shaft tube (62-1) and installed to be axially coupled and engaged with a rear side of an outside spline part (42) formed on an outer circumferential surface of the rear end of the crankshaft tube (40) and a fixed piece (62-3) that extends from a rear end of the inside spline (62-2);
a cylindrical clutch housing (63) comprising an inner spline (63-1) formed on an inner circumferential surface of an arbor hole of a fore-end of the cylinder clutch housing (63) and axially coupled and engaged with an anterolateral part of the outside spline part (42) of the crankshaft tube (40), and an inner circumferential spline (63-2) formed on an inside thereof;
a plurality of ring plate springs (64) mounted to be interposed in a space between the fixed piece (62-3) of the fixed clutch plate (62) and a rear surface of the clutch housing (63) in proportion to a length of the shaft tube (62-1);
a movable clutch ring plate (65) mounted and installed on the inside of a rear end of the clutch housing (63) and having an internal diameter greater than a diameter of the clutch wheel (61) and an external diameter identical to an internal diameter of the clutch housing (63);
a plurality of frictional ring plates (66) mounted to be alternately interposed in spaces formed between the fixed clutch plate (62) and the movable clutch ring plate (65), the clutch wheel (61), and the clutch housing (63), and comprising a linked spline (66a) engaged with the outer spline (61-2) of the clutch wheel (61) and formed at an inner circumferential surface of the arbor hole; and
a plurality of steel ring plates (67) each with an internal diameter comprising an electrically-driven spline (67a) engaged with the inner circumferential spline (63-2) of the clutch housing (63); and
an air cylinder (100) provided in the crank chamber (12), positioned in front of the clutch (60), and operating to stop an operation of connecting the driving force of the clutch (60) when the pressure of the compressed air stored in the air tank (T) becomes the setting value or more and a part of the pressure flows thereinto,
wherein the air cylinder (100) comprises:
a hollow cylinder (110) comprising an inlet (111) receiving a part of compressed air discharged from the air tank (T) and installed at a position in front of the clutch (60) in the crank chamber (12) to be exposed outward between the pump chamber (20) and the cover (11) and axially coupled with and installed at a rear side of the crankshaft tube (40);
a piston (120) mounted in the hollow cylinder (110) and axially coupled with and installed at the crankshaft tube (40) to move forward and backward; and
an interval former (130), installed between the hollow cylinder (110) and the piston (120), configured to provide a distance between the hollow cylinder (110) and the piston (120), the interval former (130) including
a proximity sensor (131) installed on either an inner wall of the hollow cylinder (110) or an inner wall of the piston (120) to detect a movement of the piston (120) and transfer a signal when the piston (120) reaches a predetermined distance from the hollow cylinder (110), and
a control valve (132) installed at an entrance of the inlet (111) of the hollow cylinder (110) and configured to cut off the compressed air that flows into the inlet (111) in response to detection of the signal of the proximity sensor (131) with respect to the piston (120) reaching the predetermined distance, wherein
the inlet (111) of the hollow cylinder (110) includes a large diameter part (111a) that receives compressed air; and
a small diameter part (111b) that extends from the large diameter part (111a) and is bent in a direction to face the piston (120) to guide the compressed air supplied to the large diameter part (111a) to a space between the hollow cylinder (110) and the piston (120), and wherein
the piston (120) of the air cylinder (100) and the operation of the air cylinder (100) is stopped and the clutch housing (63) is pushed toward the hollow cylinder (110) by the ring plate springs (64), wherein
a connection state between the driving shaft (30) and the crankshaft tube (40) is continuously maintained by cutting off the flow of compressed air, and wherein
the plurality of frictional ring plates (66) are prevented from being worn by a determined thickness by cutting off the compressed air that flows into the inlet (111).

US Pat. No. 10,711,771

ELECTROHYDRAULIC PROPORTIONAL PRESSURE CONTROL FOR OPEN CIRCUIT PUMP

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A pump control assembly for controlling a variable displacement hydraulic pump, the pump control assembly comprising:a valve block defining a spool bore having a central bore axis, the valve block also defining a pump output port, a pump displacement control port, and a tank port;
a spool mounted within the spool bore, the spool having a first end and an opposite second end, the spool being movable within the spool bore along the central bore axis between a first position where the tank port is in fluid communication with the pump displacement control port and a second position in which the pump output port is in fluid communication with the pump displacement control port, the spool moving in a first direction along the central bore axis when moving from the first position toward the second position, and the spool moving in a second direction along the central bore axis when moving from the second position toward the first position, the first and second directions being opposite from one another;
a first chamber positioned at the first end of the spool, the first chamber being in fluid communication with the pump output port so as to be configured to receive a pump output pressure from the variable displacement pump when the pump control assembly is installed on the variable displacement pump, wherein when the pump output pressure is applied to the first chamber, the pump output pressure applies a pump output pressure force to the spool in the first direction;
a second chamber positioned at the second end of the spool;
a piston positioned within the second chamber so as to divide the second chamber into a first section and a second section, the first section being positioned between the piston and the second end of the spool, the piston being movable within the second chamber along the central bore axis;
a first spring positioned within the first section of the second chamber for transferring a piston force in the second direction from the piston to the spool;
a second spring positioned within the second section of the second chamber for applying a pre-load force to the piston for biasing the piston in the second direction;
a proportional pressure reducing valve mounted within the valve block, the proportional pressure reducing valve being operable in a first state where the tank port is in fluid communication with the second section of the second chamber and a second state where the pump output port is in fluid communication with the second section of the second chamber, the proportional pressure reducing valve being configured to convert the pump output pressure into a reduced pressure that is provided at the second section of the second chamber, wherein the reduced pressure at the second section of the second chamber acts on the piston to apply a reduced pressure force to the piston in the second direction, and the magnitude of the reduced pressure output from the proportional pressure reducing valve being directly proportional to a current provided to a solenoid of the proportional pressure reducing valve; and
a stop structure having a positive stop that stops movement of the piston in the second direction along the central bore axis at a stop position that defines a maximum threshold for the piston force transferred by the first spring in the second direction from the piston to the spool, the stop position being adjustable along the central bore axis to adjust the maximum threshold of the piston force.

US Pat. No. 10,711,770

SEMICONDUCTOR MICRO-HOLLOW CATHODE DISCHARGE DEVICE FOR PLASMA JET GENERATION

Thr Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A thruster device comprising: a first electrode layer having a plurality of holes extending through the first electrode layer; a dielectric layer having a first surface that is disposed on the first electrode layer, wherein the plurality of holes extend through the dielectric layer; a semi-conductor layer disposed on a second surface of the dielectric layer opposite the first surface, wherein the semi-conductor layer is exposed to the plurality of holes, wherein the semi-conductor layer comprises a plurality of strips of semi-conductor, and each strip of the plurality of strips of semi-conductor spans across a respective hole of the plurality of holes; and a second electrode layer disposed on the semi-conductor layer opposite the dielectric layer, wherein an applied voltage across the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer causes a plurality of plasma plumes to be expelled toward the first electrode layer and out of the plurality of holes.

US Pat. No. 10,711,769

ACTUATOR DEVICE BASED ON AN ELECTROACTIVE POLYMER

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An actuator device comprising:an active matrix array comprising a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns,
wherein each intersection of one of the plurality of rows and one of the plurality of columns comprises at least one electroactive polymer actuator,
wherein each electroactive polymer actuator comprises a switching circuit,
wherein each of the switching circuits comprises a drive transistor, a first capacitor and a second capacitor,
wherein the drive transistor comprises a gate, a source and a drain,
wherein the drive transistor is arranged to drive a current through the electroactive polymer actuator, and
wherein the first capacitor and the second capacitor are connected in series between the gate and the source,
a data input to each of the switching circuit, wherein the data input is electrically connected to a junction,
wherein the junction is an electrical connection between the first capacitor and the second capacitor, and
wherein the second capacitor is arranged to charge to a voltage derived from a drive voltage for the electroactive polymer actuator and
a voltage derived from a drive transistor threshold voltage stored on the first capacitor; and
an isolation switch electrically connected between all of the electroactive polymer actuators of a row and a reference terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,768

TOWER BOTTOM COOLING DEVICE FOR WIND POWER GENERATOR UNIT, AND CONTROL METHOD

1. A tower bottom cooling device for a wind turbine, comprising a tower and a heat sink, the heat sink being configured to cool a heat generating component arranged at a bottom of the tower, wherein a main air duct is provided inside the tower, and the heat sink is disposed inside the main air duct; a first fan is arranged in the main air duct, and is configured to drive air in the main air duct to flow to cool the heat sink; and the main air duct and an external environment of the tower together form an open cycle; andthe tower is provided with an air inlet and an air outlet, and taking the heat sink as a boundary, a passageway from the air inlet to the heat sink form an air inlet section of the main air duct, and a passageway from the heat sink to the air outlet form an air outlet section of the main air duct; and the tower is provided with a tower door and a layering platform corresponding to the tower door, and the air inlet is arranged in a side wall of a lower space below the layering platform;
the main air duct is provided with a bypass air duct; a second fan is provided in the bypass air duct, an air duct switching device is provided at an air inlet of the bypass air duct, and an air outlet of the bypass air duct opens to the upper space above the layering platform; and
wherein, the air duct switching device has a first operating state, a second operating state and a third operating state;
in the first operating state, the bypass air duct is in communication with the air inlet section of the main air duct and is closed with respect to the air outlet section of the main air duct;
in the second operating state, the bypass air duct is in communication with the air outlet section of the main air duct and is closed with respect to the air inlet section of the main air duct; and
in the third operating state, the bypass air duct is closed with respect to both the air inlet section and the air outlet section of the main air duct.

US Pat. No. 10,711,767

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF A WIND ENERGY INSTALLATION FROM A GROUP OF WIND ENERGY INSTALLATIONS

Senvion GmbH, Hamburg (D...

1. A method for the maintenance of a first wind energy installation (15) from a group of wind energy installations (14, 15) comprising the following steps:a. identifying a future maintenance time period (26) in which a boost power of the group of wind energy installations (14, 15) is greater than a prescribed threshold value, wherein the boost power results from a wind speed (23) predicted for the future maintenance time period (26), said wind speed being greater than a rated wind speed (24);
b. reducing the power of the first wind energy installation (15) after the start of the maintenance time period and drawing a boost power from a plurality of wind energy installations (14) from the group of wind energy installations (14, 15);
c. carrying out a maintenance process at the first wind energy installation (15).

US Pat. No. 10,711,766

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMAL OPERATION OF WIND FARMS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method comprising:receiving a plurality of operational parameters corresponding to a plurality of wind turbines;
obtaining a plurality of source sound power values corresponding to sound power values generated by the plurality of wind turbines at the plurality of wind turbines;
obtaining a plurality of receptor sound pressure measurements corresponding to a plurality of receptor locations in a far-field location at least one kilometer away from the plurality of wind turbines;
estimating a physics-based attenuation model based on the plurality of source sound power values and the receptor sound pressure value, wherein the attenuation model comprises a plurality of attenuation coefficients;
determining, via the attenuation model, a plurality of receptor sound pressure estimates based on the plurality of source sound power values;
determining at least one difference value between the plurality of receptor sound pressure measurements and the plurality of receptor sound pressure estimates;
re-estimating the plurality of attenuation coefficients based on the plurality of difference values when at least one of the plurality of difference values exceeds a predetermined threshold;
determining at least one turbine set-point corresponding to at least one wind turbine among the plurality of wind turbines based on the plurality of attenuation coefficients and the plurality of turbine operational parameters; and
modifying a power output value of the at least one wind turbine by modifying at least one of the plurality of operational parameters and the at least one turbine set-point of the at least one wind turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,711,765

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A WIND TURBINE

Nordex Christian, Hambur...

1. A method for controlling a wind turbine that has a generator that is controlled via a converter in a boost operation, in which an electrical power that is fed into an electrical transmission network is increased by a generative deceleration of the generator, the method comprising:using a control to determine a set point value for a generator torque (N*) depending on an actual value of a rotational speed (nmeas);
applying the determined set point value for the generator torque (N*) to a generator via a limiter with a predefinable upper and lower limit (Nup, Nlow);
determining the set point value for the generator torque (N*boost) in boost operation that leads to an increased fed-in electrical power (Pinc) in response to a boost signal (flagboost); and
limiting a temporal change of the set point value for the generator torque (dN*/dt) in a recovery operation in response to a recovery signal (flagrec),
wherein a maximum permissible temporal change of the set point value of the generator torque (dN*/dt) is determined depending on an actual value of the power (Pmeas) that is fed in when the recovery signal occurs and on an actual value of the rotational speed (nmeas) with the recovery signal (flagreco) set.

US Pat. No. 10,711,764

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR WIND TURBINE HAVING MULTIPLE ROTORS ARRANGED TO CONTROL SUPPORT ARM ORIENTATION

1. A wind turbine system comprising a first pair of wind turbines mounted to a support structure by a first support arm arrangement, and a second pair of wind turbines mounted to the support structure by a second support arm arrangement;wherein the first and second support arm arrangements are mounted to the support structure at a respective yaw unit so as to yaw about a major axis of the support structure;
further including a control system that is configured to control a yaw angle of each of the first and second support arm arrangements, wherein the control system is configured to identify a presence of a predetermined shutdown condition and, in response, the control system configures the yaw angles of the first support arm arrangement and the second support arm arrangement to a predetermined safe state,
wherein when in the predetermined safe state the first support arm arrangement is nonparallel to a wind direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,763

WIND-TURBINE ROTOR BLADE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A WIND-TURBINE ROTOR BLADE

Wobben Properties GmbH, ...

1. A wind-turbine rotor blade comprising:an inner rotor blade portion having a first end and a second end, wherein a plurality of fastening units are coupled to the first end for fastening the wind-turbine rotor blade to a hub of a wind turbine, wherein the second end has a flange coupled to further portions of the wind-turbine rotor blade, wherein the inner rotor blade portion is produced from polymer concrete; and
a plurality of resin-impregnated fiber-composite laid scrims or rovings wound around the inner rotor blade portion, wherein the inner rotor blade portion serves as a winding mandrel,
wherein the inner rotor blade portion includes at least one spar cap, wherein the fiber-composite laid scrims or rovings are wound around the at least one spar cap.

US Pat. No. 10,711,762

WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS

JMCC Wing, LLC, Wilmingt...

1. A wind energy system, comprising:a support structure;
a hub assembly rotatable in relation to the support structure about an axis of the hub assembly;
a wing structure coupled to the hub assembly and defining an outer periphery, the wing structure rotatable in relation to the support structure and comprising:
a plurality of full-length wings extending between the hub assembly and the outer periphery; and
a plurality of segmental wings that are radially shorter than the full-length wings, individual ones of the segmental wings interspersed between adjacent pairs of the full-length wings;
a cylindrical annular rim extending around the outer periphery of the wing structure;
a first set of radial members extending from the hub assembly to the cylindrical annular rim; and
a second set of radial members extending from the hub assembly to the cylindrical annular rim, the second set of radial members being spaced apart from the first set of radial members along the axis of the hub assembly to define a space in which the wing structure is positioned.

US Pat. No. 10,711,761

HYDROKINETIC POWER SOURCE

1. A system, comprising:a body having at least two surfaces, the body configured to be located at least partially below a surface of a body of water moving in a first direction; and
a mechanical system connected to the body;
wherein:
the mechanical system is configured to allow the movement of the body of water in the first direction to move the body back and forth in a plane parallel to the surface of the body of water in a second direction and a third direction;
the second and the third directions are substantially perpendicular to the first direction;
the mechanical system is configured to translate the movement of the body to a rotor of an electrical generator;
an angle of the body is substantially parallel to a flow of the body of water in the first direction as the body reaches a first end point or a second end point of a traverse between the second direction and the third direction;
the angle of the body relative to the flow of the body of water in the first direction varies as the body traverses between the second direction and the third direction;
the angle of the body relative to the flow of the body of water in the first direction increases as the body moves from the first endpoint to a midpoint of the traverse between the second direction and the third direction;
the angle of the body relative to the flow of the body of water in the first direction decreases as the body moves from the midpoint to the second endpoint of the traverse between the second direction and the third direction; and
the angle of the body relative to the flow of the body of water in the first direction is greater than 0 degrees as the body traverses between the second direction and the third direction to generate lift;
wherein the body further comprises a control pin extending from a side surface of the body;
wherein the mechanical system further comprises a tie arm including a first control point and a second control point; and
wherein the control pin is configured to swing between the first control point and the second control point of the tie arm as the body traverses between the second direction and the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,760

WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER

AWS Ocean Energy Limited,...

1. A wave operated assembly configured to be submerged or located in a body of water, the wave operated assembly comprising:a wave actuated member;
a second portion; and
a piston assembly or pressure chamber coupled between the wave actuated member and the second portion;
wherein:
the wave actuated member and the second portion each define part of a first chamber or volume comprising or configured to receive a fluid comprising a gas;
the wave actuated member is movable relative to the second portion;
the piston assembly or pressure chamber is configured to apply a first force on the wave actuated member that works in opposition to a second force on the wave actuated member, the second force being due to the fluid in the first chamber or volume;
the piston assembly or pressure chamber is at least partially or wholly provided within the wave actuated member; and
an outer diameter of the piston assembly or pressure chamber comprises a continuously varying outer diameter.