US Pat. No. 10,167,724

TURBINE BLADE PLATFORM UNDERCUT WITH DECREASING RADII CURVE

Chromalloy Gas Turbine LL...

1. A turbine blade comprising a platform, an airfoil extending outwardly from the platform, the airfoil having a leading edge and a trailing edge, and an undercut formed on an underside of the platform and spaced away from the airfoil, the undercut being on an end of the platform adjacent the trailing edge of the airfoil, the undercut connecting an underside surface of the platform to a base of the blade, the undercut having a curved portion extending from the underside surface of the platform to the base of the blade, wherein the curved portion has a radius of curvature which decreases continuously at each point of the curved portion with increasing distance from the underside surface of the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,167,723

THERMALLY ISOLATED TURBINE SECTION FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a compressor section;
a combustor fluidly connected to the compressor section by a primary flow path, wherein the primary flow path is defined by an inner diameter flow path wall and an outer diameter flow path wall;
a turbine section fluidly connected to the combustor by the primary flow path, wherein the turbine section includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion having at least two turbine stages, each stage in the at least two turbine stages including a rotor, and the primary flow path through the first portion having a high pressure relative to a pressure of the primary flow path through the second portion during standard engine operations;
a cooling plenum radially inward of the primary flow path, wherein the cooling plenum is defined by a forward wall, a shaft, an aft wall, and the inner diameter flow path wall, and wherein air in the cooling plenum is substantially thermally isolated from air in the primary flow path;
a first rotor of the at least two turbine stages and a second rotor of the at least two turbine stages, the first rotor and the second rotor each extending radially into the cooling plenum, the first rotor comprising a first root portion and a first flange extending from the first root portion, the second rotor comprising a second root portion and a second flange extending from the second root portion, the first root portion positioned forward of the second root portion, the first flange, and the second flange including a second substantially radially aligned hole configured to allow fluid to pass through the second flange, wherein a portion of the second flange is positioned radially inward of the first rotor, and wherein a radial plane extends through the second substantially radially aligned hole and the first root portion of the first rotor, the radial plane being perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the gas turbine engine;
a fore seal disposed between a radially inward end of said forward wall and the first rotor, wherein the fore seal is an axial non-contact seal;
an aft seal disposed between said aft wall and the second rotor, wherein said aft seal prevents fluid flow into said cooling plenum; and
a tangential on board injection system fluidly connected to the cooling plenum and configured to provide cooling air to a radially outward portion of a forward face of the first rotor such that cooling air provided by the tangential on board injection system to the cooling plenum flows from the radially outward portion of the forward face of the first rotor to a radially inward portion of the forward face of the first rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,167,722

DISK OUTER RIM SEAL

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A turbine section for a gas turbine engine, the turbine section comprising:a rotor comprising:
a rim defining an outer diameter surface;
a slot through the rim across the outer diameter surface;
a blade comprising:
an airfoil;
a platform surrounding a base of the airfoil;
a shank extending from the platform opposite the airfoil;
a root extending from the shank for connecting to the slot;
a nub extending from the shank beneath the platform; and
a rim seal disposed between the outer diameter surface and the nub, the rim seal comprising:
an elongate body extending axially across a majority of the outer diameter surface, the elongate body comprising:
a leading edge;
a trailing edge;
a pressure side; and
a suction side.

US Pat. No. 10,167,721

MILLING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MILLING MACHINE

Wirtgen GmbH, (DE)

8. A method of operating a milling machine having a plurality of milling tools, the milling machine operated with different machine parameter settings and with different milling drums depending on the milling task to be carried out, the method comprising:detecting via a camera at least one characteristic feature of an installed milling drum, wherein the at least one characteristic feature is selected from a group comprising one or more of: a number of milling tools; an arrangement of milling tools; and an orientation of at least one of the plurality of milling tools;
ascertaining one or more of a value to be set and a setting range for at least one machine parameter, based on the at least one characteristic feature of the milling drum; and
controlling operation of the milling machine based at least in part on the at least one machine parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,167,720

MILLING TOOL HOLDER

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A milling drum comprising:a head having a cylindrical outer surface;
a plurality of tool mounting blocks arranged into spiraling rows on the cylindrical outer surface of the head;
a plurality of tool holders, each of the plurality of tool holders including:
a cylindrical body defining a first end received within a mounting block bore of one of the plurality of tool mounting blocks, and the cylindrical body defining, a second end, the second end configured to receive a cutting bit;
a flange located between the first end and the second end with respect to an axial direction;
a first bore with a first opening defined by the second end, the first bore extending along the axial direction towards the first end;
a frustoconical portion located between the flange and the first end with respect to the axial direction; and
a polygonal portion with a cross section that is a finitely-sided polygon located between the flange and the first end with respect to the axial direction;
wherein the frustoconical portion is configured to form a taper fit with the mounting block bore of the one of the plurality of mounting blocks; and
wherein the polygonal portion is configured to form a press fit with the mounting block bore of the one of the plurality of mounting blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,167,719

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR EVALUATION OF ROCK PERMEABILITY, POROSITY, AND FLUID COMPOSITION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

16. A system comprising:a fluid processing unit that removes one or more rock samples from a drilling fluid that has been circulated in a well bore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation; and
a rock sample analysis system configured to pass a cleaning fluid through one of the rock samples at a flow rate and a differential pressure so that the cleaning fluid extracts at least a portion of one or more naturally occurring formation fluids from the rock sample in an effluent comprising the cleaning fluid and the portion of the one or more naturally occurring formation fluids, the rock sample analysis system comprising equipment configured to allow a calculation to be analytically performed by performing an extrapolation using a weighting factor equal to an inverse of a mass fraction of the cleaning fluid to determine a viscosity of the effluent, a density of the effluent, a mass of the effluent, and obtain one or more rock sample analysis measurements selected from the group consisting of: the flow rate of the cleaning fluid, the differential pressure of the cleaning fluid, one or more properties of the cleaning fluid, and wherein the one or more naturally occurring formation fluids comprise one or more fluids that reside in a subterranean formation from which the rock sample was taken.

US Pat. No. 10,167,718

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING DOWNHOLE DRILLING PARAMETERS USING AN OPTO-ANALYTICAL DEVICE

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A downhole drilling system comprising:a downhole drilling tool configured to engage a formation to form a wellbore, the downhole drilling tool including:
one or more channels formed in a bit body, the one or more channels configured to direct electromagnetic radiation; and
an opto-analytical device integrated with the downhole drilling tool, the opto-analytical device configured to:
receive electromagnetic radiation directed to the opto-analytical device through the one or more channels; and
detect a drilling characteristic based on an intensity of the received electromagnetic radiation,
wherein the one or more channels are configured to direct the electromagnetic radiation through a surface of the bit body facing the formation and are formed in at least one of:
a blade disposed outwardly from exterior portions of the bit body; and
one ore more cutting elements disposed outwardly from exterior portions of the bit body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,717

TELEMETRY FOR WIRELESS ELECTRO-ACOUSTICAL TRANSMISSION OF DATA ALONG A WELLBORE

Exxonmobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of transmitting data in a wellbore, comprising:running a tubular body into the wellbore, the wellbore penetrating into a subsurface formation and the tubular body being comprised of pipe joints;
placing at least one sensor along the wellbore at a depth of the subsurface formation;
attaching a sensor communications node to a wall of the tubular body proximate the depth of the subsurface formation, the sensor communications node being in communication with the at least one sensor and configured to receive signals from the at least one sensor, the signals representing a subsurface condition;
providing a topside communications node proximate a surface of the wellbore; and
attaching a plurality of intermediate communications nodes to a wall of the tubular body in spaced-apart relation, the intermediate communications nodes configured to transmit acoustic waves from the sensor communications node to the topside communications node in node-to-node arrangement;
wherein each of the intermediate communications nodes comprises:
a sealed housing;
an independent power source residing within the housing; an electro-acoustic transducer and associated transceiver also residing within the housing designed to:
generate a first set of tones from a first electro-acoustic transceiver, each tone being associated with a defined frequency, and each tone being associated with a logical alphabet value;
review the first set of tones to determine if two consecutive tones have the same logical alphabet value;
if two consecutive tones do have the same logical alphabet value, modifying the first set of tones to provide that no two same tones are sent consecutively, thereby generating a modified first set of tones;
transmit the modified first set of tones from the first electro-acoustic transceiver;receive the modified first set of tones from the first electro-acoustic transceiver at a second electro-acoustic transceiver as a message packet; reviewing the modified first set of tones; and deconstructing the modified first set of tones back to its original first set of tones; andat least one clamp for radially attaching the communications node onto an outer surface of the tubular body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,716

METHODS OF ACOUSTICALLY COMMUNICATING AND WELLS THAT UTILIZE THE METHODS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of communicating in an acoustic wireless network that is spectrum-constrained and includes a plurality of nodes spaced-apart along a length of a tone transmission medium, the method comprising:encoding an encoded character with an encoding node of the plurality of nodes, wherein the encoding includes:
(i) selecting, based upon the encoded character and from a first predetermined lookup table, a first frequency for a first transmitted acoustic tone;
(ii) transmitting the first transmitted acoustic tone, at the first frequency, via the tone transmission medium;
(iii) selecting, based upon the encoded character and from a second predetermined lookup table, a second frequency for a second transmitted acoustic tone, wherein the second frequency is different from the first frequency; and
(iv) transmitting the second transmitted acoustic tone, at the second frequency, via the tone transmission medium; and
decoding a decoded character with a decoding node of the plurality of nodes, wherein the decoding includes:
(i) responsive to the transmitting the first transmitted acoustic tone, receiving a first received acoustic tone from the tone transmission medium;
(ii) calculating a first frequency distribution for the first received acoustic tone;
(iii) determining, from the first frequency distribution and the first predetermined lookup table, a first decoded character distribution for the decoded character;
(iv) responsive to the transmitting the second transmitted acoustic tone, receiving a second received acoustic tone from the tone transmission medium;
(v) calculating a second frequency distribution for the second received acoustic tone;
(vi) determining, from the second frequency distribution and the second predetermined lookup table, a second decoded character distribution for the decoded character; and
(vii) identifying the decoded character based, at least in part, on the first decoded character distribution and the second decoded character distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,167,715

BUILDUP AND ENCAPSULATION OF ANTENNA SECTION OF DOWNHOLE TOOL

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An antenna assembly, comprising:a bobbin positionable about a collar of a tool string;
an outer sleeve positioned about an outer surface of at least a portion of the tool string, the outer sleeve having an inner diameter greater than an outer diameter of the collar to define an annular space between the collar and the outer sleeve;
an antenna positioned on an outer surface of the bobbin in the annular space;
an outer adhesive layer covering the antenna and at least a portion of the bobbin in the annular space, wherein an inner surface of the outer adhesive layer is in direct contact with at least one sidewall of the bobbin; and
a protective layer positioned in the annular space and interposed between the outer sleeve and the outer adhesive layer, wherein the outer adhesive layer fills a space defined radially between the bobbin and the protective layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,714

PIEZORESISTIVE CEMENT NANOCOMPOSITES

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method comprising:pumping a cement composition comprising one or more conductive fillers into an annular region of a wellbore created between a casing and a surface of the wellbore wherein the one or more conductive fillers is functionalized carbon nanotubes;
allowing the cement composition to cure;
emplacing a tool for measuring at least one electromagnetic property into the wellbore; and
measuring at least one of the cemented casing and the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,167,713

OPTIMIZED GEOSTEERING USING REAL-TIME GEOLOGICAL MODELS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method for optimized geosteering using real time geological models, which comprises:a) creating a parameter matrix, which comprises a formation property for each pair of TVD coordinates from a geological model and MD coordinates from a predefined well trajectory;
b) initializing the parameter matrix by initializing a value for each parameter entry in the parameter matrix;
c) updating the initialized parameter matrix by replacing the TVD coordinates and the MD coordinates for each parameter entry in the parameter matrix with the TVD coordinates and the MD coordinates for an actual well trajectory;
d) compiling a DTBB array and one or more other LWD arrays using corresponding measurements at the MD coordinates of the actual well trajectory;
e) calculating a value for each parameter entry in the updated parameter matrix, which is a sum of a geology array, the DTBB array and the one or more other LWD arrays that are each multiplied by one of (i) respectively assigned weights when the TVD coordinates and the MD coordinates for each parameter entry in the updated parameter matrix are not located within stratigraphic boundaries of the DTBB array and the one or more other LWD arrays; and (ii) respectively calculated weights when the TVD coordinates and the MD coordinates for each parameter entry in the updated parameter matrix are located within the stratigraphic boundaries of the DTBB array and the one or more other LWD arrays;
f) updating the geological model in real time during drilling operations by using a computer processor to replace each initialized value for each parameter entry in the updated parameter matrix with the respective calculated value;
g) adjusting the actual well trajectory during drilling operations based on the updated geological model; and
h) repeating steps c)-g) until the drilling operations have reached a reservoir and the actual well trajectory is optimized.

US Pat. No. 10,167,711

PRESSURE ACTIVATED COMPLETION TOOLS AND METHODS OF USE

INTERRA ENERGY SERVICES L...

1. A hydraulic fracturing apparatus for perforating a subterranean formation, the apparatus comprising:(i) a tubular body configured to be in fluid communication with a downhole completion string having an upstream and a downstream, the tubular body having at least one burst port configured to receive a burst plug wherein the burst plug is configured to burst at a threshold pressure;
(ii) a movable inner sleeve within the tubular body that can slide inside of the tubular body from a first position to a second position when exposed to hydraulic pressure;
(iii) a fluid compartment positioned between the movable inner sleeve and the tubular body, the fluid compartment configured to receive a compartment fluid and operable for fluid communication of the compartment fluid from inside the fluid compartment to outside the burst port, the communication of the compartment fluid to outside the burst port being prevented by the burst plug when disposed in the burst port and the compartment fluid being able to pass to outside the burst port when the burst plug is not disposed in the burst port; and
(iv) at least one flow-port operable for fluid communication of pressurized fluid from inside the tubular body to outside the tubular body, the communication of the pressurized fluid from inside the tubular body to outside the tubular body being prevented by the movable inner sleeve when the movable inner sleeve is in the first position and the pressurized fluid being able to pass through the at least one flow-port to outside the tubular body when the movable inner sleeve is in the second position,
wherein in operation:
the burst plug that is disposed within the at least one burst port bursts in response to hydraulic pressure equal to or greater than the threshold pressure that is transferred from the pressurized fluid down the downhole completion string to the movable inner sleeve through the compartment fluid that is received by the fluid compartment to the burst plug; and
upon the bursting of the burst plug, the compartment fluid passes to outside the burst port and the movable inner sleeve slides from the first position to the second position such that the pressurized fluid can pass through the opened at least one flow-port.

US Pat. No. 10,167,709

SUBSURFACE MULTIPLE ANTENNA RADIATION TECHNOLOGY (SMART)

TurboShale, Inc., Midval...

1. A method comprising:configuring an antenna system comprising a radio frequency heating antenna attached to a coaxial cable and a first radar antenna array attached to the coaxial cable at a distal end of the radio frequency heating antenna, wherein the radio frequency heating antenna is electrically coupled to a radio frequency generator via the coaxial cable:
inserting the antenna system comprising the radio frequency heating antenna and the first radar antenna array into a subterranean borehole;
guiding the antenna system to a desired location in the subterranean borehole using the first radar antenna array; and
heating, by the radio frequency heating antenna, an area around the desired location in the subterranean borehole using the radio frequency heating antenna to form a heated organic material;
imaging a thermal effect of heating on the heated organic material; and
adjusting at least one of a heating pattern, a heating temperature, and a heating rate of the radio frequency heating antenna by changing at least one of an output power and a frequency of the radio frequency generator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,708

AUTOMATIC Y-TOOL

GE Energy Oilfield Techno...

11. A Y-tool for use with a pumping system that includes an electric submersible pump and bypass tubing, the Y-tool comprising:an upper master valve bore;
a lower master valve bore;
a master valve contained within the upper master valve bore and the lower master valve bore, wherein the master valve comprises:
a fixed flow sleeve;
a sliding flow sleeve; and
a floating check valve assembly;
a discharge bore;
a slave valve bore;
a slave valve assembly within the slave valve bore, wherein the slave valve comprises a rotary ball valve;
a production passage connected between the upper master valve bore and the discharge bore; and
a linkage assembly connected between the sliding flow sleeve and the rotary ball valve.

US Pat. No. 10,167,707

ROD STRING ROTATION DURING WELL PUMPING OPERATIONS

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A well pumping system, comprising:an actuator that reciprocates a rod string; and
a rod rotator including at least one helical profile and at least a first engagement device,
wherein the rod string rotates in response to longitudinal displacement of the rod string while the first engagement device is engaged with the helical profile.

US Pat. No. 10,167,706

OIL/GAS PRODUCTION APPARATUS

CALTEC PRODUCTION SOLUTIO...

1. An oil and gas production apparatus for boosting pressure of flowing fluids produced from oil and gas wells, the apparatus comprising:a low pressure (LP) inlet line for receiving a LP fluid,
a plurality of jet pumps, each jet pump including a LP inlet port connected to the LP inlet line to receive the LP fluid, a high pressure (HP) inlet port for receiving a HP liquid and a medium pressure (MP) outlet port for MP multiphase fluid,
a fluid separator device for separating the MP multiphase fluid into a gas phase and a liquid phase, the fluid separator device comprising an inlet connected to receive the MP multiphase fluid from the MP outlet ports of the jet pumps, a gas outlet for the separated gas phase and a liquid outlet for the separated liquid phase, a liquid return line connected to the liquid outlet and to the HP inlet ports of the jet pumps for returning at least some of the separated liquid phase to the HP inlet ports of the jet pumps,
a mechanical pump connected into the liquid return line for boosting the pressure of the separated liquid phase to a high pressure and delivering the resulting HP liquid to the HP inlet ports of the jet pumps,
a flow control system for controlling flow of fluids through the respective jet pumps, and
a by-pass line connected to the MP outlet ports of the jet pumps and to a fluid outlet for delivering MP fluid from the MP outlet ports of the jet pumps to the fluid outlet without passing through the fluid separator device.

US Pat. No. 10,167,705

METHOD OF GAS LIFT IN WELLS EXPERIENCING HYDROSTATIC LOADING

1773915 Alberta Ltd., Co...

1. A method of gas lift, comprising:securing a valve seat in a fixed position relative to a tubing string in a gas well experiencing hydrostatic loading, the valve seat having a gas flow channel that connects a hydrocarbon producing formation and a production path of the tubing string;
providing a valve closure that is movable between a closed position engaged with the valve seat to close the gas flow channel and an open position spaced from the valve seat permitting a flow of gas through the gas flow channel, the closure being biased by magnetic attraction to a normally closed position magnetically engaged with the valve seat, such that gas is only able to flow through the gas flow channel when a gas pressure differential between the hydrocarbon producing formation and the production path of the tubing string is sufficient to move the closure to the open position by overcoming the magnetic attraction that maintains the closure in the closed position, the valve seat remaining in the fixed position relative to the tubing string when the valve closure is in both the closed position and the open position;
preventing flow from the hydrocarbon producing formation to the production path of the tubing string when the valve closure is in the closed position; and
permitting flow from the hydrocarbon producing formation to the production path of the tubing string when the valve closure is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,704

RESERVOIR PRESSURE PREDICTION AND METHODS OF EXECUTION

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A method of predicting reservoir pore pressure and adjusting a drilling operation based on the predicted reservoir pore pressure, comprising:a) determining mudstone pressure in mudstone bounding the reservoir;
b) determining the mudstone permeability;
c) establishing a structural model for reservoir structure;
d) using the parameters of step a), b), and c) to determine a depth where reservoir pressure equals mudstone pressure;
e) extrapolating results of step d) in order to predict reservoir pore pressure; and
f) adjusting the drilling operation based on the reservoir pore pressure by at least adjusting a drilling fluid density, adjusting a drilling trajectory, or optimizing a number of casing strings in a borehole.

US Pat. No. 10,167,703

OPTIMAL WELL PLACEMENT UNDER CONSTRAINTS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving information associated with a plurality of constraints for well placement in a reservoir field;
for each of the plurality of constraints, converting information associated with the constraint into a binary matrix;
determining an overall constraint matrix by multiplying corresponding elements from the binary matrices associated with the plurality of constraints, wherein the overall constraint matrix includes only zeros and ones;
determining feasible regions for well placement based on the overall constraint matrix;
determining optimal well locations within the feasible regions; and
outputting the optimal well locations.

US Pat. No. 10,167,702

ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A system for generating electrical power for down hole electrical devices of a drill string, comprising:an input shaft coupled to an impeller of a mud turbine, the input shaft configured to be rotationally driven by fluid flow in association with the impeller;
an output shaft to be rotationally driven by the input shaft;
a coupling that couples the input shaft to the output shaft, the coupling configured to transmit a predefined torque before slipping; and
an electrical generator coupled with the output shaft, wherein the electrical generator is to be electrically connected to a primary electrical load and a secondary electrical load, the secondary electrical load including a variable load that varies based on an output of the electrical generator to maintain a minimum load on the electrical generator such that a torque transmitted by the coupling can be maintained approximately at the predefined torque after the coupling slips.

US Pat. No. 10,167,701

STANDING INJECTION VALVE WITH HYDRAULICALLY DAMPENED VALVE CLOSURE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An injection valve assembly for use in a well, comprising:a standing tube casing having an injection valve chamber and a compression spring chamber;
a valve seat and a valve head located in the injection valve chamber, the valve seat being for mechanically coupling with the valve head, and the valve head being moveable perpendicular relative to the valve seat to reversibly decouple from the valve seat, wherein the valve head includes a valve head nose and a valve head aperture region that has a plurality of elongate valve head apertures having a first width proximate to the valve head nose and a second width distal from the valve head nose, wherein the second width is narrower than the first width and wherein the width of the aperture has a linear taper from the first width to the second width;
an intermediary valve mandrel located in part within the compression spring chamber and mechanically coupled to the valve head, and housing a dampening system assembly and a flow restrictor assembly;
a valve stem mechanically coupled to the intermediary valve mandrel, the valve stem being located in and extending through the compression spring chamber; and
a compression spring coiled around the valve stem for applying a force to push the valve head to couple with the valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,167,700

VALVE OPERABLE IN RESPONSE TO ENGAGEMENT OF DIFFERENT ENGAGEMENT MEMBERS

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A valve assembly for use in a subterranean well, the valve assembly comprising:a valve that controls flow through a passage extending longitudinally through the valve assembly; and
an engagement device including at least first and second engagement members,
wherein the valve closes in response to:
displacement of the valve assembly in a first longitudinal direction,
engagement between the first engagement member and a first internal profile of an outer tubular string, and
continued displacement of the valve relative to the first engagement member in the first longitudinal direction, and
wherein the valve opens in response to:
displacement of the valve assembly in a second longitudinal direction,
engagement between the second engagement member and the first or a second internal profile, and
continued displacement of the valve relative to the second engagement member in the second longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,699

EXPANDABLE DEVICE FOR FORMING A CEMENT PLUG

PERIGON AS, Randaberg (N...

1. A cementing device for establishing a bottom in a well bore for formation of a cement plug in the well bore, where the cementing device is adapted for transport into the well bore through a transport pipe, the cementing device comprising:a tool body having a front end and a rear end,
at least one bottom element, the at least one bottom element being foldable into a transport position and expandable into an expanded position,
at least one propulsion device for propulsion of the cementing device by a fluid through the transport pipe,
wherein the propulsion device comprises at least one propulsive element extending radially and substantially covering a cross-sectional area of the transport pipe,
wherein the at least one propulsion device is detachably attached to the front end of the tool body and/or the rear end of the tool body such that the cementing device can be used with propulsion devices adapted for transport pipes having different inner diameters, and
wherein the tool body comprises a plurality of flexible ribs to which the at least one bottom element is attached, the ribs being attached to a fastening element that is moveable along a core element of the tool body, the tool body further comprising a locking mechanism that is capable of locking the fastening element in said transport position and releasing the fastening element for expansion of the at least one bottom element.

US Pat. No. 10,167,698

CONFIGURABLE BRIDGE PLUG APPARATUS AND METHOD

GEODYNAMICS, INC., Mills...

1. A configurable composite bridge plug for use as a downhole tool in a wellbore casing, said plug comprising:(a) a body configured with a cylindrical hollow inner mandrel, an upper threaded end and a lower threaded end; said upper threaded end configured with inner threads disposed on an inner surface of said body;
(b) a release ring configured with outer threads disposed on an outer surface of said release ring; said outer threads configured to be threaded into said inner threads;
(c) an upper restriction element configured to plug an upper end of said hollow inner mandrel;
(d) a lower restriction element configured to plug a lower end of said hollow inner mandrel;
(e) a stand-off pin configured to restrain said lower restriction element in place;
(f) a ball seat configured to be inserted in a cavity in said upper threaded end proximal to said upper restriction element, the release ring retaining the ball seat within the cavity;
(g) a cage retainer configured to be mechanically coupled to said ball seat; and
(h) a ball configured to seat in said ball seat;
wherein
said configurable bridge plug is configured to be transformed to a frac plug by removing said upper restriction element and said lower restriction element.

US Pat. No. 10,167,697

DIAMETER-EXPANDABLE ANNULAR DEGRADABLE SEAL MEMBER FOR DOWNHOLE TOOL, PLUG FOR WELL DRILLING, AND METHOD FOR WELL DRILLING

KUREHA CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A degradable seal member for downhole tools, the member being a diameter-expandable annular seal member,the diameter-expandable annular seal member comprising:
three annular members distributed along an axial direction, wherein:
the annular members being formed from a degradable polymer material having durometer hardness in a range from type A (A60) to type D (D80),
of the three annular members, a center annular member and two end annular members of the annular members being adjacent along the axial direction, and
a length of the center annular member in the axial direction being 30 to 70% of a length of the diameter-expandable annular seal member in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,696

TEST PACKER AND METHOD FOR USE

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A method for displacing fluid within a tubular, the method comprising:running a downhole tool into the tubular, the downhole tool including an axial throughbore, a first fluid bypass, a second fluid bypass and a sealing element;
displacing a first fluid in an annulus defined between the downhole tool and an inner wall of the tubular through the first fluid bypass while the sealing element is not in sealing engagement with the inner wall of the tubular;
engaging the inner wall of the tubular with the sealing element, thereby sealing the annulus between the downhole tool and the inner wall of the tubular; and
displacing the first fluid in the annulus between the downhole tool and the inner wall of the tubular around the sealing element through the second fluid bypass while the sealing element is in sealing engagement with the inner wall of the tubular, wherein the first fluid is permitted to flow through the second fluid bypass in a first direction, but the first fluid is prevented from flowing through the second fluid bypass in a second direction opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,695

BLOWOUT PREVENTER INCLUDING SHEAR BODY

Cameron International Cor...

1. A blowout preventer (“BOP”), comprising:a housing comprising:
a vertical bore extending through the housing and defined about a vertical bore axis; and
a cavity intersecting the vertical bore and defined about a cavity axis, wherein the cavity is cylindrical about the cavity axis, and the cavity axis is perpendicular to the vertical bore axis;
a shear body comprising a semi-cylindrical shape and rotatable about the cavity axis of the housing to shear an object located within the vertical bore; and
a seal body configured to move along the cavity axis within the cavity and into the vertical bore to form a seal about the vertical bore within the housing, wherein the seal body is configured to move relative to the shear body and into the vertical bore to form the seal while the shear body is positioned at least partially within the vertical bore.

US Pat. No. 10,167,694

PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE, AND INSTALLATION AND RETRIEVAL OF COMPONENTS THEREOF

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A method of conveying a releasable assembly between latched and unlatched configurations with an outer housing, the method comprising:connecting the releasable assembly to a running tool, the releasable assembly being thereby conveyed with the running tool;
disconnecting the releasable assembly from the running tool; and
at least one of the connecting and the disconnecting comprising actuating an iris mechanism of the releasable assembly between extended and retracted configurations.

US Pat. No. 10,167,693

HANGER SEALING SYSTEM

Cameron International Cor...

16. A hanger sealing system, comprising:a first annular seal having a tapered radially-inner surface; and
a hanger having a tapered radially-outer surface configured to contact the tapered radially-inner surface of the first annular seal to facilitate driving the first annular seal radially outward to seal an annular space between the hanger and a housing of a wellhead, wherein the tapered radially-outer surface includes an upstream end having a first diameter and a downstream end having a second diameter greater than the first diameter, a lower outer surface of the hanger extends axially from the downstream end of the tapered radially-outer surface of the hanger, and the second diameter is the largest diameter of the hanger downstream of the first annular seal to reduce debris buildup on the hanger.

US Pat. No. 10,167,692

WELL CASING SECURITY DEVICE

WELL SAFE, LLC, Kearneys...

1. A well casing security device, comprising:a locking support ring, said locking support ring including a ring body having an opening, a top surface, and a bottom surface;
a cover for rotational attachment to said locking support ring and said well casing, said cover including a top and a sidewall with an inner surface;
a plurality of braces extending from said top surface of said ring body;
a slot in each of said plurality of braces; and
locking means for securing said cover to said locking support ring.

US Pat. No. 10,167,691

DOWNHOLE TOOLS HAVING CONTROLLED DISINTEGRATION

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A downhole article comprising:a matrix; and
a multilayered unit embedded in the matrix, the multilayered unit including:
a core comprising an energetic material and an activator;
a support layer disposed on the core; and
a protective layer disposed on the support layer,
wherein the support layer comprises a first material and the protective layer comprises a second material, the first material and the second material each independently comprises a polymeric material, a metallic material, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing, provided that the first material is different from the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,167,690

CUTTER ASSEMBLY FOR CUTTING A TUBULAR

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A rotatable blade for cutting a tubular, comprising:a blade body extendable from a retracted position;
a cutting portion on the blade body having:
a trailing cutting structure configured to engage the tubular,
an intermediate cutting structure configured to engage the tubular while the trailing cutting structure engages the tubular,
a leading cutting structure configured to engage an exposed wall thickness of the tubular; and
a wearable coating configured to cushion an impact between the blade and the tubular; and
an integral stabilizer disposed on at least a portion of an outer surface of the blade body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,689

DRILL CUTTINGS CIRCULAR SEPARATOR

M-I L.L.C., Houston, TX ...

11. A method comprising:providing a drilling rig;
installing at least one circular vibratory screen separator onto the drilling rig, the at least one circular vibratory screen separator comprising:
a base;
a separator housing movably connected with the base, the separator housing including a top having an inlet chute, a bottom having a liquid discharge chute, a cylindrical sidewall defining an axial centerline and having a discharge spout, and at least one screen mounted within the separator housing;
a first circular force generator (CFG) disposed upon the top of the separator housing, the first CFG arranged in an annular ring adjacent the inlet chute;
a second CFG disposed upon the bottom of the separator housing, the second CFG arranged in an annular ring adjacent the discharge chute; and,
wherein each of the first CFG and the second CFG produces a rotating force vector, wherein the rotating force vector includes a magnitude, a phase, and a frequency, and wherein the first CFG and the second CFG create at least one vibration profile of the at least one screen mounted within the separator housing;
producing a drilling fluid laden with drill cuttings from a wellbore;
introducing the drilling fluid laden with drill cuttings into the inlet chute of the at least one circular vibratory screen separator, and separating the drill cuttings from the drilling fluid;
measuring an operating function, comprising the at least one vibration profile of the at least one screen, via at least one sensor; and,
operably controlling and changing, via a controller, the rotating force vector based on the measured operating function wherein the magnitude, the phase and the frequency are independently controllable by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,167,688

METHOD OF DISCONNECTING A DRILL STRING AT A DRILL RIG

SANDVIK INTELLECTIAL PROP...

1. A method of disconnecting an end rod from a drill string coupled together by a threaded connection, the method comprising:initially rotating the end rod relative to a remaining drill string in a disengagement direction of the threaded connection to partially disconnect the end rod from the drill string;
moving a gripper unit into engagement with the partially disconnected end rod, the gripper unit having a frame and a sled suspended at the frame via at least one runner, the sled and the at least one runner being aligned parallel to a longitudinal axis of the rod, the sled being arranged to slide axially relative to the frame along the at least one runner, the sled having rod engagers aligned parallel to a longitudinal axis of the rod to engage and hold the end rod;
moving the rod engagers to engage and hold the partially disconnected end rod;
axially biasing the sled at the frame via at least one bias component arranged to move parallel with the longitudinal axis to provide resistance to axially forward or rearward movement of the sled relative to the frame along the at least one runner and parallel to the rod;
further rotating the end rod in the disengagement direction via the rod engagers to further decouple the end rod from the drill string;
monitoring a relative axial position of the sled at the frame using at least one sensor to determine a decoupling of the threaded connection and a decoupling of the rod from the drill string; and
moving the frame axially rearwardly away from the drill string whilst the sled is substantially stationary and in engagement with the end rod to bias the frame against the sled prior to the step of further rotating the end rod; and following the step of further rotating the end rod moving the frame axially rearward from the drill string whilst monitoring the axial position of the sled at the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,167,687

MAGAZINE FOR DRILLING RODS

BAUER Deep Drilling GmbH,...

1. A drill rod magazine for vertical storage of drill rod elements, comprising:a base frame, on which at least one support means is arranged,
wherein the at least one support means has two substantially horizontally directed retaining arms which, by formation of a receiving area, are parallel to and spaced apart from each other,
wherein the receiving area is designed for receiving the drill rod elements in a row next to each other and the drill rod elements are retained in a vertical position between the two retaining arms,
wherein along at least one retaining arm a clamping rod is supported in a movable manner which is in operative connection with a tensioning means that exerts a tensioning force onto the drill rod elements for retaining the drill rod elements in a clamping manner in the receiving area,
wherein
several support means are provided,
several retaining arms are arranged in a fork-like manner next to each other,
by means of at least two pivot levers the clamping rod is supported in a pivotable manner with respect to the retaining arms, and
the pivot levers are acted upon by tension springs which press the clamping rods into a clamping position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,686

CONTINUOUS WELL STRING INJECTOR USING MULTI-PISTON CYLINDER BLOCKS FOR APPLICATION OF SKATE PRESSURE

Celtic Machining Ltd., R...

1. An apparatus for injecting or withdrawing a continuous string into and from a wellbore, the apparatus comprising:a frame;
a pair of endless drive conveyors positioned on different respective sides of a pathway in which a length of the continuous string is receivable, each endless drive conveyor comprising an endless chain and a plurality of gripper dies coupled to the endless chain, each gripping die having a gripping face that faces outwardly from the endless chain and is shaped to engage a periphery of the continuous string and a base surface that faces inwardly from the endless chain, the endless chains entrained about respective set of sprockets that are rotatably mounted on the framework for driven movement around respective closed-loop paths on the different sides of the pathway such that the gripper dies of each endless chain are conveyed in a same direction along the pathway at the respective side thereof during a portion of the respective closed-loop path;
a pair of skates respectively residing on the different respective sides of the pathway with the closed-loop path of each endless chain closing around a respective one of the skates; and
a pair of cylinder blocks respectively residing within the closed loop paths of the endless chains, each cylinder block featuring a plurality of blind bores having open ends facing toward the one of the skates located within the closed-loop path of the same endless chain, and closed ends lying opposite to said open ends;
a respective piston disposed within each bore and slidable back and forth in an axial direction of the bore;
a respective connection between each piston and the one of the skates located within the closed-loop path of the same endless chain, whereby back forth displacement of the pistons within each cylinder block causes back and forth displacement of the one of the skates located within the closed-loop path of the same endless chain, thereby moving the skate toward and away from the cylinder block; and
hydraulic extension ports opening into the bores of each cylinder block between the pistons and the closed ends of the bores for extension of said skate away from the cylinder block under pressurized introduction of hydraulic fluid into the bores through said hydraulic extension ports.

US Pat. No. 10,167,685

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR EARTH-WORKING

BAUER Maschinen GmbH, Sc...

1. A machine comprising a mast, along which a top drive can be moved vertically by means of an adjusting device, through which top drive a telescopic kelly bar is displaceably guided, which has at least one outer kelly bar which is designed to come to lie on the top drive, and one inner kelly bar which comprises a rope suspension for a rope, through which the inner kelly bar can be moved vertically by means of a main rope winch,wherein
an automatic control device is provided, which is designed to automatically control the adjusting device for the top drive and/or the main rope winch for the kelly bar in such a way that the inner kelly bar can be moved relative to the top drive in some areas in a rapid travel mode at a first speed and in some areas in a conservative travel mode, in which the speed is reduced with respect to the first speed of the rapid travel mode,
the automatic control device provides movement according to the rapid travel mode or the conservative travel mode before or after a drilling operation, and
the movement in the conservative travel mode is realized at a transition, at which the inner kelly bar is moved inside the outer kelly bar,
wherein
the outer kelly bar has a first locking element,
the inner kelly bar has a second locking element, and
in the conservative travel mode, the first locking element is configured to move past the second locking element without locking being provided.

US Pat. No. 10,167,684

HIGH PRESSURE MULTIBORE JUNCTION ASSEMBLY

Halliburton Energy Servic...

19. A method for completion of a lateral wellbore, comprising:drilling a main wellbore;
drilling the lateral wellbore;
lowering a multibore junction assembly into the main wellbore to a depth at which a pressure in the main wellbore is about or greater than 6,000 PSI, the multibore junction assembly comprising a body threadably connected to each of a tubular main leg and a tubular lateral leg, wherein the main leg has a first diameter and the lateral leg has a second diameter;
securing the main leg within the main wellbore;
positioning the lateral leg through the lateral wellbore;
entering the main leg or the lateral leg with a tool;
completing the lateral wellbore by re-entering the tool through the lateral leg into the lateral wellbore, the completion of the lateral wellbore being performed at the pressure of about or greater than 6,000 PSI;
and
stabilizing the main leg relative to the lateral leg with a stabilizer as the multibore junction assembly is lowered into the main wellbore, wherein the stabilizer is adapted to be coupled to the tubular main leg or the tubular lateral leg, wherein the stabilizer entirely surrounds one of the first diameter or the second diameter and partially surrounds the other one of the first diameter or the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,167,683

CENTRALIZER FOR DOWNHOLE PROBES

Evolution Engineering Inc...

1. A centralizer for use in subsurface drilling, the centralizer comprising:an elongated tubular member having a wall formed to provide a cross-section that provides first outwardly-convex lobes, the first lobes arranged to contact a bore wall of a bore in a section of drill string at a plurality of spots spaced apart around a circumference of the bore wall; and
a plurality of inwardly-projecting portions, each of the plurality of inwardly-projecting portions arranged to support a probe in a centralized relationship to the bore wall;
wherein the first lobes are arranged to define a first plurality of fluid channels between the centralizer and the bore wall and the inwardly projecting portions are arranged to define a second plurality of fluid channels between the centralizer and the probe which is centralized by the centralizer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,682

COUPLING MOUNTED SPIN-THROUGH ROD CENTRALIZER

HARRIER TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A drive rod string centralizer to position a connection between a first rod string and a second rod string within a production tubing, the drive rod string centralizer comprising:a stator, said stator being comprised of a cylindrical body having a longitudinal length, said cylindrical body having an external diameter less than the internal diameter of said production tubing, and having a smooth central bore and several, equal length vanes extending radially from said cylindrical body, the radial extent of said vanes being less than the internal diameter of said production tubing;
a cylindrical coupling, said cylindrical coupling having a central bore along its longitudinal length, said central bore being equipped with female threads on the interior surface, a first length of the outer cylindrical surface of said coupling having an external diameter less than then the internal diameter of the central bore of said stator, said first length being greater than the length of said stator, and a second length of the outer cylindrical surface having an external diameter greater than the internal diameter of said central bore of said stator,
a thin circular disc, said thin circular disc having an outer diameter greater than the inner diameter of said central bore of said stator, and having a central bore;
wherein said central bore of said circular disc has an inner diameter greater than the outer diameter of threads of threaded pins on said ends of each of said first rod string and said second rod string;
wherein said first length of said coupling is inserted into said stator central bore;
wherein said first rod string and said second rod string are aligned axially with one another and with said coupling and stator, said circular disc being disposed between a shoulder of said first rod string or said second rod string and the end of said first length of said coupling;
wherein said rods are rotated in such a manner as to cause said threaded pins to thread into said coupling until said coupling and circular disc are firmly held between said shoulders.

US Pat. No. 10,167,681

CONNECTOR SYSTEM

Cameron International Cor...

11. A system, comprising:a mineral extraction system, comprising:
a first tubular component;
a second tubular component comprising an annular groove; and
a connector system configured to couple the first tubular component to the second tubular component, comprising:
a sleeve configured to couple to the first tubular component, wherein the sleeve comprises a coupling feature;
a lock ring configured to be disposed in the annular groove of the second tubular component radially between the second tubular component and the sleeve, wherein the lock ring comprises a first tapered surface, and the lock ring is configured to move along a first path of movement in an outward radial direction and radially engage the coupling feature on the sleeve; and
a support ring configured to be disposed in the annular groove of the second tubular component adjacent the lock ring and radially between the second tubular component and the sleeve, wherein the sleeve is configured to be disposed about both the lock ring and the support ring, wherein the support ring comprises a second tapered surface, wherein the support ring is configured to move along a second path of movement in an axial direction, engage the second tapered surface against the first tapered surface, and drive the lock ring along the first path of movement in the outward radial direction into engagement with the coupling feature of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,167,680

MULTI-LEAD QUICK CONNECT THREADED CONNECTION

Hunting Energy Services, ...

1. A threaded connection for connecting a removable downhole tool assembly to a drill string, the threaded connection comprising:a downhole end portion configured to interface with the removable downhole tool assembly;
an up-hole end portion opposed to the downhole end portion, the up-hole end portion being configured to interface with the drill string as part of a torque-less coupling, the up-hole end portion including:
a female end member with a non-threaded, first circumferential surface having a first median inner diameter and a non-threaded, second circumferential surface having a second median inner diameter that is larger than the first diameter;
a threaded tapered section that extends between the first and second non-threaded, circumferential surfaces, the threaded tapered section including threads thereon;
wherein the downhole end portion includes a male end member with a with a non-threaded, first circumferential surface having a first median outer diameter and a non-threaded, second circumferential surface having a second median outer diameter that is larger than the first diameter;
a threaded tapered section that extends between the first and second non-threaded, circumferential surfaces, the threaded tapered section including threads thereon;
wherein at least selected ones of the non-threaded, first and second circumferential surfaces on the male and female end members are slightly tapered;
wherein the threads on the threaded tapered sections of the male and female end members make up a multi-lead thread form;
wherein the male end member comprises an adapter body which includes a first connection structure provided at a first end of the adapter body, wherein the adapter body has a second end defining a second, male connection structure, wherein the second, male connection structure defines a tapered threaded section having major and minor outer diameters and wherein the adapter body defines an intermediate region between the first connection structure and the second male connection structures, and wherein a plurality of drive flats are provided at the intermediate region;
wherein the female end member has a plurality of drive flats which are alignable with the drive flats provided on the intermediate region between the first and second connection structures of the adapter body; and
wherein the multi-lead thread form on the male end member provided at the second end of the adapter body is designed to threadedly engage the mating multi-lead thread form provided in the female end member and wherein the multi-lead thread forms are timed such that when the connection is threaded together and the drive flats on the adapter body contact the drive flats on the starter rod, the flats do not match up so that there is a miss-match of the drive flats.

US Pat. No. 10,167,679

COUPLING, DOWNHOLE DEVICE, ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

RUBBERATKINS LIMITED, Ab...

16. A method of coupling a downhole device to at least one other downhole device, comprising:providing a body comprising a female portion configured to couple the device to a male portion of another downhole device, wherein the female portion of the downhole device is configured to permit a retainer to move from a smaller configuration to a larger configuration, in which larger configuration relative axial separation of the downhole device and said other downhole device is resisted or prevented, wherein the female portion of the downhole device comprises a tapered entrance and a recess, the recess of the female portion of the downhole device being configured to permit the retainer to move from the smaller configuration to the larger configuration, and wherein the recess of the female portion of the downhole device comprises a tapered first side surface, the angle of the tapered first side surface being greater than the angle of taper of the tapered entrance,
wherein the body comprises or defines a core of any one of a downhole cement dart and plug; and
engaging the device with at least one other device at the surface to form a string to be run downhole.

US Pat. No. 10,167,678

PULL TUBE STRESS JOINT FOR OFFSHORE PLATFORM

TECHNIP FRANCE, Courbevo...

1. A system for supporting a catenary riser coupled to an offshore platform, comprising:a pull tube having an outer diameter surface and an inner diameter surface, the inner diameter surface being sized to allow the riser to pass therethrough;
the pull tube having a lower end disposed downward from the offshore platform and at an upper portion distal from the lower end disposed toward the offshore platform; and
the pull tube further having one or more segments welded together to establish one or more welded connections with the pull tube extending longitudinally on both sides of the welded connections;
a pull tube guide coupled to the offshore platform and coupled to the outer diameter surface of the pull tube between the lower end and the upper portion;
a first pull tube stress joint sleeve disposed around a length of the pull tube at a first welded connection and longitudinally extending on both sides of the first welded connection, the sleeve having an outer diameter surface and an inner diameter surface, the sleeve inner diameter surface being larger than the pull tube outer diameter surface to form an annular gap between the two surfaces, the pull tube stress joint sleeve comprising a plurality of sleeve portions configured to be sealingly coupled together along a longitudinal side of the sleeve portions to form the pull tube stress joint sleeve around the pull tube and further comprising stoppers disposed in the annular gap independent of the riser between the sleeve inner diameter surface and the pull tube outer diameter surface; and
a first quantity of fill material coupled between the sleeve inner diameter surface and the pull tube outer diameter surface to fill a cross section of the annular gap.

US Pat. No. 10,167,677

FLOTATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

William von Eberstein, M...

1. An apparatus for reducing a load force applied to a platform by a tubular string during inner string cementing operations comprising:a flotation module having a top end, a bottom end, an outer surface, and an internal core made of a buoyant material, the internal core forming an inner bore wall for accommodating the tubular string, the flotation module including:
a first section having a C-shaped interior profile and including a base portion interconnecting a first leg portion having an end face and a second leg portion having an end face;
a second section having a C-shaped interior profile and including a base portion interconnecting a first leg portion having an end face and a second leg portion having an end face;
an interlocking means configured to slidably engage the first and second sections into an operative arrangement about the tubular string by detachably interlocking the end faces of the first and second leg portions of the first section to the end faces of the first and second leg portions of the second section;
wherein the interlocking means includes:
a first projection extending from the end face of the first leg portion of the first section, the first projection having a contoured profile with a smaller diameter proximal section and a larger diameter distal section;
a first recess positioned within the end face of the first leg portion of the second section, the first recess shaped to slidably receive the contoured profile of the first projection and provide an interlocking dovetail joint between the first and second sections; and
wherein the outer surface of the flotation module includes one or more grooves extending from the bottom end to the top end, the one or more grooves each providing a pathway for passage of a circulation fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,676

METHOD AND RELATIVE SYSTEM FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF MALFUNCTIONINGS OF THE DRILL BIT DURING THE DRILLING OF HYDROCARBON WELLS

GEOLOG S.R.L., San Giuli...

1. A method for the identification of malfunctioning of the drill bit during the drilling of hydrocarbon wells with the following steps:measurement of the drilling depth, obtaining a first time series of the values assumed by said drilling depth, said first time series being stored in a computer;
measurement of the rate of penetration of the auger during drilling, obtaining a second time series of the values assumed by said rate of penetration, said second time series being stored in a computer;
extraction of the drilling mud;
degassing of said drilling mud;wherein the method further comprises the following steps:measurement of the concentration in the drilling mud of at least one gas species belonging to the group of the alkenes, obtaining of at least one third time series of the values assumed of said concentration of said at least one gas species, said at least third time series being stored in a computer;
for each sample of said second time series, comparison of the value of the rate of penetration corresponding to said sample, with a first threshold value, said step of comparison being carried out by the processor of a computer;
if the value of said rate of penetration, at a time sample, is below said first threshold value, performing of the following operations:
calculation of a mean value of said rate of penetration, over a time interval, said interval beginning at said time sample and said interval and comprising a sufficient number of time samples for covering an interval of drilling length greater than or equal to a second threshold value, said operation of calculating the mean value being performed by a processor of a computer;
comparison of said mean value with said first threshold value, said operation of comparison being performed by a processor of a computer;
for each sample of said third time series comprised in said time interval, comparison of the value of concentration of said at least one gas species with a third threshold value, said operation of comparison being performed by a processor of a computer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,675

POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND CUTTING ELEMENTS HAVING LEAD OR LEAD ALLOY ADDITIONS

Diamond Innovations, Inc....

1. A cutting element, comprising:a substrate comprising a metal carbide; and
a polycrystalline diamond body bonded to the substrate, the polycrystalline diamond body comprising a plurality of diamond grains bonded to adjacent diamond grains by diamond-to-diamond bonds and a plurality of interstitial regions positioned between adjacent diamond grains,
wherein at least a portion of the plurality of interstitial regions comprise lead or lead alloy wherein lead is present in an amount of at least about 90 wt. % of the lead alloy,
wherein the lead or lead alloy comprises of 0.1 vol. % to about 5.0 vol. % of the diamond body, and
wherein at least a portion of the plurality of interstitial regions comprise lead or lead alloy that coat portions of the adjacent diamond grains such that the lead or lead alloy reduces contact between the diamond and a catalyst material.

US Pat. No. 10,167,674

METHODS OF FABRICATING POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND BY FUNCTIONALIZING DIAMOND NANOPARTICLES, GREEN BODIES INCLUDING FUNCTIONALIZED DIAMOND NANOPARTICLES, AND METHODS OF FORMING POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND CUTTING ELEMENTS

BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED...

1. A method of fabricating polycrystalline diamond, comprising:functionalizing surfaces of diamond nanoparticles with fluorine;
combining the functionalized diamond nanoparticles with a polymer to form a mixture;
forming the mixture comprising the functionalized diamond nanoparticles and the polymer into a sheet, the sheet comprising the functionalized diamond nanoparticles dispersed within the polymer; and
subjecting the sheet comprising the functionalized diamond nanoparticles dispersed within the polymer to high pressure and high temperature (HPHT) conditions to form inter-granular bonds between the diamond nanoparticles, wherein carbon atoms of the polymer bond with one or more of the diamond nanoparticles to promote formation of the inter-granular bonds between the diamond nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 10,167,673

EARTH-BORING TOOLS AND METHODS OF FORMING TOOLS INCLUDING HARD PARTICLES IN A BINDER

Baker Hughes Incorporated...

15. A method of forming an earth-boring tool, comprising:forming a binder material comprising a eutectic or near-eutectic composition; and
combining hard particles with the binder material to form a body of an earth-boring tool, the hard particles comprising at least one material selected from the group consisting of a transition metal nitride, a transition metal boride, and a transition metal silicide.

US Pat. No. 10,167,672

STEERABLE HYDRAULIC JETTING NOZZLE, AND GUIDANCE SYSTEM FOR DOWNHOLE BORING DEVICE

COILED TUBING SPECIALTIES...

1. A hydraulic jetting nozzle, comprising:a tubular stator body forming a bore along a longitudinal axis of the nozzle;
a tubular rotor body residing within the bore of the stator body, and also forming a bore along the longitudinal axis of the nozzle;
one or more bearings residing between the stator body and the surrounding rotor body to accommodate relative rotational movement between the rotor body and the stator body;
electro-magnetic coils designed to induce the relative rotational movement between the rotor body and the stator body in response to electrical current;
a proximal end configured to sealingly connect to a distal end of a jetting hose, and to receive a jetting fluid, wherein the jetting hose comprises electrical wires delivering current to the jetting nozzle during operation; and
a discharge slot at a distal end of the rotor body configured to deliver the high pressure jetting fluid at a designated spray angle for erosional excavation of a rock matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,167,671

POWER SUPPLY FOR A TOP DRIVE

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A top drive system comprising:a top drive;
a tool unit having a power consumer; and
a non-hydraulic power supply having a wireless power coupling from the top drive to the tool unit having:
a wireless power coupling interface member comprising a first ferrite segment and a first coil; and
a wireless power coupling shaft member comprising a second ferrite segment and a second coil, wherein first and second ferrite segments are configured to align with one another, thereby aligning an induced magnetic field between the first and second coils;
wherein:
the power consumer is configured to receive power from the non-hydraulic power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,167,670

MOVABLE LADDER PLATFORM SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A movable ladder platform device, comprising:first and second arm members capable of being coupled to respective first and second longitudinal leg members of a ladder, with the first and second leg members together defining an A-shaped side configuration for the ladder;
at least one platform having a tray spanning between, and extending out transverse from the A-shaped side configuration of, the first and second leg members of the ladder; and
an adjustment mechanism operably connected to the first and second arm members and the at least one platform, whereby the at least one platform is selectively movable along a length of the first and second arm members via the adjustment mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,167,669

LADDER SHELF SYSTEM

1. A carrying instrument comprising:a paint can retainer having:
a work surface;
a first surface;
a second surface; wherein the first surface and second surface integrate with the work surface such that they are on opposite sides of the work surface;
a bottom surface integral with the work surface along a bottom edge of the work surface; wherein the bottom surface is integral with a first edge of the first surface and the bottom surface is integral with a second edge of the second surface;
such that a paint can space is formed between the first surface, the second surface, the work surface and the bottom surface; and wherein the work surface, bottom surface, first surface and the second surface partially enclose the paint can space;
a ladder holder attached thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,167,668

WORK LADDER USED AS WORKING PLATFORM

Ningbo Xingfu Tools Co., ...

1. A working ladder capable of serving as a working platform, comprising:a ladder frame body which can be expanded and folded, having a front portion and a top; and
a step assembly which is disposed on the ladder frame body and able to be folded;
wherein,
the step assembly comprises at least two steps, each step having a front end and a rear end, arranged one above another at intervals, and a rear shaft for the rear end of each step to rest on;
a bottommost step is a bottom step, and a step located above the bottom step is an upper step;
the rear shaft comprises a bottom rear shaft for the rear end of the bottom step, an upper rear shaft for the rear end of the upper step;
two movable auxiliary support rods capable of swinging up and down are disposed in the front portion of the ladder frame body, the front end of the bottom step is rotatably disposed between the two auxiliary support rods, and an auxiliary shaft for the rear end of the bottom step to rest on is horizontally disposed on the top of the ladder frame body;
when the auxiliary support rods are in a downward position, the rear end of the bottom step rests on the lowermost bottom rear shaft;
when the auxiliary support rods are in a upwardly position, the bottom step moves upwardly to the top of the ladder frame body, and meanwhile the rear end of the bottom step rests on the auxiliary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,167,667

METHOD FOR PREVENTING FALSE POSITIVE OCCUPANCY SENSOR DETECTIONS CAUSED BY MOTION

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A system for management of a response to motion detection and a window treatment system, the system comprising:at least one occupancy sensor, said at least one occupancy sensor detecting motion within an area;
the window treatment system having a controller for adapting a window treatment state being at least one of a position or an orientation of the window treatment system; and
a processor in communication with a memory, the memory including code which when accessed by the processor causes the processor to:
determine a schedule including times for adapting the window treatment state, wherein an adaptation interval time between sequential times in the schedule is greater than a time-out time of the at least one occupancy sensor,
determine a window treatment state for a corresponding time in the schedule,
receive an occupancy signal from the at least one occupancy sensor to use in determining occupancy within the area, and
adapt the window treatment state to the determined window treatment state only if the occupancy signal indicates that the area is occupied.

US Pat. No. 10,167,666

FENESTRATION MEMBER SEALING SYSTEM

WESTHAMPTON ARCHITECTURAL...

1. A system for automatically sealing a fenestration member to an adjacent surface, the fenestration member having a moveable latch configured to engage a frame surrounding the fenestration member, the system comprising:a gear rotatably mounted to the fenestration member;
a latch control member connected to the gear by a mechanical linkage, the mechanical linkage being pivotably connected to the gear, the latch control member and mechanical linkage being disposed proximate to a first edge of the fenestration member, wherein the latch control member is configured to rotate from a first position to disengage the movable latch from the frame to a second position to engage the movable latch with the frame, wherein rotation of the latch control member causes the mechanical linkage to transmit force to cause rotation of the gear;
a rack engaged with the gear and mounted to a first bar, the first bar being configured to translate in a first direction parallel to a second edge of the fenestration member in response to rotation of the gear, the second edge being perpendicular to the first edge;
a first triangular member mounted on the first bar to translate with the first bar in the first direction;
a second bar extending parallel to the second edge of the fenestration member and moveable in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a second triangular member mounted on the second bar in a position engageable with the first triangular member, wherein in response to movement of the first bar in the first direction, engagement of the first triangular member with the second triangular member causes movement of the second bar in the second direction; and
a gasket mounted to move with the second bar, wherein the gasket is configured to seal the second edge of the fenestration member to the adjacent surface when the latch control member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,665

SPACER FOR INSULATING GLAZING UNITS, COMPRISING EXTRUDED PROFILED SEAL

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. An insulating glazing unit, comprising:a first pane;
a second pane;
a spacer, the spacer being a circumferential spacer surrounding the first pane and the second pane, the spacer comprising
i) a polymeric main body that comprises a first pane contact surface and a second pane contact surface;
ii) a glazing interior surface;
iii) an outer surface; and
iv) an extruded profiled seal on the outer surface,
wherein the extruded profiled seal and the polymeric main body are coextruded,
wherein the extruded profiled seal protrudes laterally beyond the pane contact surfaces of the polymeric main body and makes contact with first pane and second pane, and
wherein the extruded profiled seal has a penetration index between 20 and 40;
a glazing interior adjacent the glazing interior surface of the spacer; and
an external interpane space adjacent the outer surface of the spacer,
wherein:
the first pane contacts the first pane contact surface of the spacer,
the second pane contacts the second pane contact surface of the spacer,
a sealant is fixed between at least one of the first pane contact surface and the first pane and the second pane contact surface and the second pane, and
the sealant has a penetration index between 45 to 100.

US Pat. No. 10,167,664

WINDOW ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A method of manufacturing a window assembly for a vehicle, said method comprising:providing a fixed frame configured to mount to the vehicle, said fixed frame comprising a pair of opposite side frame members, an upper frame member and a lower frame member;
overmolding an elastomeric seal along a channel portion of each of said side frame members;
providing a fixed window panel;
providing a movable window panel movable relative to said fixed window panel and said fixed frame between an opened position and a closed position;
receiving a side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel in said elastomeric seal along said channel portion of a respective one of said side frame members, wherein said elastomeric seal receives and seals against said side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel; and
wherein overmolding said elastomeric seal comprises overmolding said elastomeric seal to form a sealing channel for receiving and sealing against (i) said side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel and (ii) an end region of said lower frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,663

WINDOWS ACCESSING MORE SKY

1. A structure installed in an outer wall of a building and configured to provide a weight-bearing enclosure beyond the outer wall of the building comprising:a window frame secured and positioned in a wall opening;
a first member movable about a connection,
wherein the first member defines a left side panel, a top side panel, and a right side panel, wherein a lower portion of the left side panel and the right side panel are movably connected to said window frame by a mechanism; and
a sash member permanently secured to the left side panel, the top side panel, and the right side panel of the first member,
wherein the left side panel, the top side panel, and the right side panel of the first member form a weatherproof seal with the sash member and the frame,
the mechanism allowing movement of the structure between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein the movable first member is configured to at least partially support a user in an instance in which the structure is in an extended position, characterized in that the structure has one or more openable panes on at least one surface exposed to the exterior.

US Pat. No. 10,167,662

FRAME ASSEMBLY FOR A DOORWAY

Wombat Timbers Pty Ltd, ...

1. A kit of disassembled door frame parts that assemble to form a slidably adjustable frame assembly for sizing to fit different sized doorway openings, comprising:a header jamb consisting of, as a single piece, a top surface that is flat and continuous, a bottom surface that is longitudinally continuous, and one or two header jamb rebates extending a length of the header jamb, the top surface of the header jamb being adapted for fixedly mounting to the substantially horizontal side of the doorway, the one or two header jamb rebates located on the bottom surface across the length of the header jamb, the bottom surface defining a header soffit extending the length of the header jamb; and
two upright jambs each consisting of, as a single piece, an outer surface and a top end, the outer surface of each of the upright jambs being adapted for fixedly mounting to one of the two substantially vertical sides of the doorway, the header jamb and the upright jambs being substantially the same in profile and construction and constructed of continuous lengths, wherein each of the upright jambs has an inner surface, a bottom end, and one or two upright rebates in the inner surface extending from the top end to the bottom end, the one or two upright rebates corresponding to the one or two header jamb rebates and having generally the same cross section,
wherein the header jamb and the two upright jambs are adapted to be provided as a single jamb with the one or two rebates as required, the top end of each of the upright jambs having a slot for slidably receiving spaced apart portions of the header soffit such that in an assembled condition the header soffit engages in the slots and the upright rebates and the header jamb rebate form a continuous door recess engageable with a door when in a closed position, and wherein in an assembled condition the upright jambs are movable relative to each other over the header soffit to adjust the width of the doorway.

US Pat. No. 10,167,661

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING GARAGE DOOR OPENER OPERATIONS

TTI (MACAO COMMERCIAL OFF...

6. A garage door opener comprising:a housing;
a motor within the housing and configured to drive a garage door;
a condition sensor configured to sense conditions in a space associated with the garage door opener;
an actuatable component;
a memory storing instructions;
an electronic processor communicatively coupled to the memory and operable to retrieve and execute the instructions, a clock, the actuatable component, and the condition sensor, wherein the electronic processor is configured to:
detect a condition in the space associated with the garage door opener based on an output of the condition sensor;
determine a time associated with the condition detected in the space associated with the garage door opener;
select a responsive action based on the condition detected in the space associated with the garage door opener and the associated time; and
control the actuatable component to perform the selected responsive action.

US Pat. No. 10,167,660

MULTI-AXIS HINGES AND CONTAINERS INCLUDING THE SAME

BUCKHORN, INC., Milford,...

1. A container comprising:an access panel that defines a doorway that forms a recess extending from an upper perimeter of the container towards a base of the container;
a door configured to selectively close and open relative to the doorway;
a multi-axis hinge comprising a fixed access body in rotational engagement with an articulating body around a hinge rotational axis, wherein the fixed axis body is in rotational engagement with the access panel around a fixed axis of rotation, and wherein the multi-axis hinge comprises a door engagement member that is in rotational and sliding engagement with a sliding engagement member of the door around a sliding rotational axis to transition the door between a first state and a second state; and
wherein in the first state the door is secured to the access panel to mitigate rotation of the door around the fixed axis of rotation, and in the second state the door is unsecured from the access panel and is permitted to (i) translate with respect to the sliding rotational axis and (ii) rotate around the fixed axis of rotation, the hinge rotational axis, the sliding rotational axis, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,167,659

STRUCTURE CONFIGURED TO RAISE AND LOWER VEHICLE GLASS DOOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A structure configured to raise and lower vehicle glass door, the structure comprising:a door glass that is provided at a vehicle side door and that closes or opens a window opening of the vehicle side door as a result of being raised or lowered;
a raising-and-lowering guide tab that is provided at the vehicle side door, that is disposed at a vehicle width direction inner side of a glass end section at one vehicle front-rear direction side of the door glass, and that extends along a vehicle up-down direction;
a slider that includes a slide groove section open at the one vehicle front-rear direction side and into which the raising-and-lowering guide tab is inserted, that is fixed to an inner surface at the vehicle width direction inner side of the glass end section, and that is raised and lowered along the raising-and-lowering guide tab; and
restricting sections that are respectively provided at an upper end portion and a lower end portion in a vehicle up-down direction of the slider, that project out from an inner side groove wall face at a vehicle width direction inner side of the slide groove section toward a vehicle width direction outer side, and that face the raising-and-lowering guide tab in a vehicle width direction further toward a vehicle width direction outer side than the inner side groove wall face at an intermediate portion in the vehicle up-down direction of the slider.

US Pat. No. 10,167,658

SIDE-LOAD HUNG WINDOW ASSEMBLY WITH SASH GUIDES

Caldwell Manufacturing Co...

1. A sash guide assembly for a hung window having a window sash, a window jamb, and a window balance assembly, the sash guide assembly comprising:a spacer comprising:
a cover portion having a horizontal upper wall, wherein a bottom surface of the horizontal upper wall contacts a top surface of an upper rail of the window sash in an installed configuration;
a first vertical side wall and a second vertical sidewall, each of the first vertical side wall and the second vertical side wall extending vertically from the horizontal upper wall and disposed generally perpendicular to the horizontal upper wall, the first vertical side wall being substantially parallel to the second vertical side wall;
a lower wall extending between the first vertical side wall and the second vertical side wall;
a latch member extending from the bottom surface of the horizontal upper wall, the latch member comprising a projection portion disposed at a lower end of the latch member, the projection portion having a first ramped surface and a second ramped surface adjacent to the first ramped surface; and
a recess defined by the horizontal upper wall, an inner surface of the first vertical side wall, and an inner surface of the second vertical side wall;
a receiver comprising:
a base portion;
an upper portion;
a front wall extending between the base portion and the upper portion, the front wall having an inner surface comprising a third ramped surface, a fourth ramped surface adjacent to the third ramped surface, and a fifth ramped surface adjacent to the fourth ramped surface, wherein the fifth ramped surface engages the second ramped surface of the spacer, the fifth ramped surface being substantially parallel to the second ramped surface in the installed configuration;
a third vertical side wall and a fourth vertical side wall extending between the base portion and the upper portion, the third vertical side wall being substantially parallel to the fourth vertical side wall;
a channel defined by the inner surface of the front wall, an inner surface of the third vertical side wall, and an inner surface of the fourth vertical side wall; and
an aperture extending between the inner surface of the front wall and an outer surface of the front wall; and
a fastener engaging the aperture of the receiver and a side rail of the window sash,
wherein the sash guide assembly is movable with the window sash with respect to the window jamb in the installed configuration, and wherein the recess of the spacer provides clearance for the sash guide assembly to pass over an uncurled end portion of a curl spring of the window balance assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,167,657

HINGE ASSEMBLY FOR AN INSULATED DOOR

Component Hardware Group,...

1. A hinge assembly for a door mounted on a cabinet comprisinga housing having a first wall for vertical deposition against the cabinet and a base projecting from one end of said first wall;
a first electrical contact means mounted within said base of said housing for connection to a source of electrical power in the cabinet;
a post member having a second wall for vertical disposition against the door and a depending tubular portion rotatably disposed in said base of said housing for rotation of said post member relative to said housing; and
a second electrical contact means disposed in said depending tubular portion in electrical contact with said first contact means for connection to an electrical appliance in the door.

US Pat. No. 10,167,656

RETRACTABLE HANDLE SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A retractable handle system for a vehicle, comprising:an electric actuator disposed inside a door panel;
a driving member configured to be rotated in forward and reverse directions by receiving rotational force of the electric actuator;
a driving arm provided to be rotated in the forward and reverse directions by the rotation of the driving member and blocked by the driving member from being rotated in a state in which an operation of the electric actuator is stopped so as to maintain a stored state and a pop-up state of a handle; and
the handle which is supported by and coupled to the driving arm and configured to be moved by the forward and reverse rotations of the driving arm so as to be placed in the stored state in which the handle is retracted into the door panel in order to lock a door, or in the pop-up state in which the handle protrudes toward an outside of the door panel in order to enable an operation of opening the door,
wherein the electric actuator, the driving member, the driving arm, and the handle are disposed in a housing that is fixedly mounted inside the door panel, and as a guide device that allows the handle to be guided in the housing along an operation trajectory, a protrusion, which protrudes from the handle, and a guide groove, which is formed in the housing to allow the protrusion to be inserted into and guided by the guide groove, are provided.

US Pat. No. 10,167,655

LOCK BYPASS DETECTION

International Business Ma...

1. A lock comprising:a plug, the plug having a keyway and a first plurality of shafts;
an outer casing, the outer casing having a plug hole disposed in a center portion of the outer casing, the plug hole shaped to accept the plug into the outer casing, the outer casing further including a second plurality of shafts;
a plurality of springs disposed within the second plurality of shafts, each of the second plurality of shafts having a single spring;
a plurality of driver pins connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of springs, wherein at least one of the plurality of driver pins is an enhanced security pin, the enhanced security pin having a top portion and a bottom portion comprised of a non-conductive material and a center portion comprised of an electrically conductive material, wherein the enhanced security pin is a spool security pin wherein the top portion and the bottom portion are of equal size and the center portion has a diameter smaller than the diameter of the top portion and the bottom portion;
a plurality of key pins connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of driver pins;
a first wire disposed within the enhanced security pin;
a second wire disposed within the plug; and
an alert component connected to the first wire and the second wire such that when the center portion contacts a portion of either the plug or the outer casing an electrical circuit is completed between the first wire, the second wire and the alert component causing the alert component to generate an alert signal.

US Pat. No. 10,167,654

DOORKNOB INDICATING SYSTEM

1. A doorknob indicating system for visually indicating a status of a room, the doorknob indicating system comprising:an interior doorknob disposed on an interior side of a door;
an exterior doorknob disposed on an exterior side of the door;
an LED on an escutcheon of said exterior doorknob;
a user interface on an escutcheon of said interior doorknob;
an electrically operated lock;
a first source of electrical power;
a first wireless transceiver;
a first controller, said LED, said user interface, said electrically operated lock, said source of electrical power, and said first wireless transceiver operatively connected to said first controller;
an exhaust fan having a motor;
a second source of electrical power;
a second wireless transceiver;
a second controller, said motor, said second source of electrical power, and said second wireless transceiver operatively connected to said second controller;
said first controller programmed to illuminate said LED for a determined time intervals based upon an input received by said user interface; and
said first controller operating to send a wireless signal via said first wireless transceiver to said second controller via said second wireless transceiver to turn said motor on at the start of said time interval and then again to turn the fan motor off when the time interval expires,
said first controller further operating to in response to the input received by said user interface place said electrically operated lock in a locked state during said time interval and in an unlocked state when said time interval expires.

US Pat. No. 10,167,653

FENCE PANEL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A fence panel comprising:a plurality of sub-panel assemblies positioned in a linear arrangement, each sub-panel assembly including a plurality of fence boards coupled together side-by-side in series by a plurality of sub-panel rails oriented transverse to the fence boards and positioned against an exterior side of the fence boards, the sub-panel rails extending between opposing lateral ends of each sub-panel assembly; and
a plurality of panel rails each having a length that corresponds to an overall width of the fence panel, and each panel rail including an elongate cavity within which respective sub-panel rails of the sub-panel assemblies are insertably received.

US Pat. No. 10,167,652

VERTICAL SEISMIC ISOLATION APPARATUS

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

1. A vertical seismic isolation device, comprising:a fixed frame;
a movable frame, which allows a device subjected to seismic isolation to be placed thereon, and is arranged on the fixed frame;
a support guide mechanism which allows only vertical movement of the movable frame with respect to the fixed frame; and
a restoration member which is configured to urge the movable frame so as to maintain a constant distance between the movable frame and the fixed frame,
the support guide mechanism including:
a track rail which is provided on the fixed frame;
a moving block, which is assembled to the track rail through intermediation of a large number of rolling elements, and is configured to bear a load which acts in a direction other than a longitudinal direction of the track rail;
a support leg, which has one end rotatably coupled to the moving block and another end rotatably coupled to the movable frame, and is configured to convert the vertical movement of the movable frame into a motion of the moving block along a longitudinal direction of the track rail; and
an auxiliary leg, which has a length set to one-half of a length of the support leg, and has one end rotatably coupled to the support leg at an intermediate position in a longitudinal direction of the support leg and another end rotatably coupled to the fixed frame.

US Pat. No. 10,167,651

POOL WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

1. A portable water filtration system for a pool, comprising:a portable pump configured to pull a volume of water from the pool;
a hose in communication with the pump and configured to receive and transport the volume of water being moved; and
a rigid portable container in communication with the hose and configured to receive the water being moved, the water being discharged from the pump through the hose and into the portable container, the portable container having an inlet for coupling of the hose, the water passing through the inlet and exiting through an outlet opposite the inlet, the container including:
an internal filter configured to capture algae from the volume of water, the internal filter located adjacent the inlet, the internal filter is compressed within the portable container and contains a plurality of layers with different density; and
a plurality of holes defining the outlet and passing through the container such that the volume of water moving through the hose passes through the filter and out through the plurality of holes;
wherein the volume of water is comprised wholly of water from the pool and is recycled through the pump and the container.

US Pat. No. 10,167,650

CONCURRENT OPERATION OF MULTIPLE ROBOTIC POOL CLEANERS

Aquatron Robotic Technolo...

1. A robotic pool cleaner comprising:a housing;
a propulsion mechanism configured to propel the robotic pool cleaner along an interior surface of a pool;
a suction mechanism for drawing liquid from the pool into the housing;
a transceiver configured to receive a first signal that is indicative of a relative location of another robotic pool cleaner and configured to transmit a second signal that is receivable by a transceiver of the other robotic pool cleaner; and
a controller that is configured to control the propulsion mechanism in accordance with the indicated location of the other robotic pool cleaner,
wherein the transceiver comprises at least one wire loop antenna, and wherein said at least one wire loop antenna comprises two wire loop antennas on different sides of the robotic pool cleaner, and wherein each of the two wire loop antennas is configured to generate an electromagnetic field whose polarity is opposite the electromagnetic field that is generated by the other wire loop antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,167,649

AUTOMATIC RELIEF VALVE SYSTEM WITH WATER LEVEL SENSING FOR A FIBERGLASS SWIMMING POOL BODY

Thursday Pools, Fortvill...

1. A swimming pool assembly, comprising:a swimming pool body defining a top edge and an oppositely disposed bottom portion connected by at least one wall;
a fluidic access port positioned through the bottom portion;
a first conduit portion fluidically connected to the fluidic access port and extending away from the swimming pool body;
a first fluidic valve connected in fluidic communication with the first conduit portion for passing water through the first conduit portion and through the fluidic access port;
a second conduit portion connected in fluidic communication with the first conduit portion and extending toward the top edge, wherein the second conduit portion is permeable to ground water;
an actuator positioned in the second conduit portion and operationally connected to the first fluidic valve;
a first water level sensor positioned to measure a ground water level;
a second water level sensor positioned to measure a pool water level;
a microprocessor operationally connected to the first and second water level sensors and to the actuator;
wherein when the ground water level exceeds the pool water level by a first predetermined amount, the microprocessor sends a signal to the actuator to open the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,167,648

POOL SKIMMER

1. An automated pool skimmer apparatus for removing surface debris from a pool filled with water, comprising:a generally rectangular housing having an open top end, a bottom wall, opposed first and second end walls, and opposed first and second longitudinal side walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall, a narrow horizontal four sided support flange forming a narrow inward facing support lip on the interior of said housing and defining an upper portion and a lower portion of said housing;
a water inlet channel at an upper end of said first end wall of said housing having a bottom end wall and laterally opposed side walls extending outwardly from said first end wall;
a debris-collection net having a four sided peripheral flange at a top end and a bag portion depending therefrom formed of mesh netting material removably supported on said inward facing support lip;
at least one 12 volt DC submersible pump mounted in said housing at a bottom end thereof beneath said debris-collection net adapted to receive operating power from a 120 volt AC to 12 volt DC power converter;
a discharge nozzle assembly connected in fluid communication with a discharge port of said submersible pump, said discharge nozzle assembly having a tubular portion with an elbow fitting extending outwardly and downward along an exterior of said second longitudinal side wall of said housing, and a second elbow fitting slidably and rotatably connected with a lower end of said first elbow fitting and extending downwardly and outwardly therefrom;
manual nozzle adjustment means connected with said second elbow fitting operable to rotate to selectively adjust the angular direction of water discharged by said pump to create a circulating current pattern within the pool water that will effectively circulate floating debris therein toward said water inlet channel;
float members formed of buoyant material mounted on the exterior of said first end wall and each of said first and second longitudinal side walls, respectively, adjacent to upper ends thereof; and
a generally rectangular weir plate hingedly mounted in said water inlet channel at an outer end of said channel bottom wall to extend between said laterally opposed side walls of said inlet channel, a rectangular slot therethrough, and a float member extending across the upper portion thereof above said slot such that said weir plate assumes a generally upright position due to said float member when said at least one pump is not operating; and
in operation, when said at least one pump is operating, water is drawn into said water inlet channel and said weir plate assumes an angularly inward position toward the interior of said housing due to the flow of water entering the interior of the housing, and in said angular position, a major portion of incoming water will pass through said slot and cause a shallower flow of the incoming water to pass over the top of the weir with increased speed and increase tension on the water surface to draw in floating debris faster.

US Pat. No. 10,167,647

MODULAR STRUCTURE FOR EXTENSION OVER A POOL

1. A structure for extending over a pool, the structure comprising:a first section secured to a second section at at least two locations,
wherein each of the first section and the second section includes two longitudinal members joined by a set of transversally-disposed lateral members,
wherein each of the first section and the second section further includes a set of transparent members disposed in a longitudinal direction overtop the set of transversally-disposed lateral members, and
wherein the set of transparent members form a continuous platform secured by a set of stops disposed at each end of the two longitudinal members.

US Pat. No. 10,167,646

POOL, METHOD OF FABRICATING A POOL, AND A POOL PANEL JUNCTION

Trojan Leisure Products, ...

1. A pool comprising:an internal surface of a first panel having a first radius;
an internal surface of a second panel having a second radius;
an internal surface of a third panel having a third radius, different from the second radius; and
a junction comprising at least one elongated structural member adapted to operatively engage the first panel and the second panel at a first elevation, and wherein the internal surface of the first panel transitions to the internal surface of the third panel at a second elevation, less than the first elevation.

US Pat. No. 10,167,645

BUILDING, IN PARTICULAR A HOSPITAL

1. A building, comprising a skeletal structure with a plurality of floors, wherein individual modules including one or more rooms are inserted into said skeletal structure, wherein each of the modules is inserted on a guide rail that is attached to the skeleton structure, wherein each of the modules has a bottom with a groove for engaging the guide rail, the groove having a triangular cross-sectional shape, wherein at least one height adjustment element is arranged at the bottom of each of the modules, which bears upon the skeletal structure in the inserted state of the module, wherein each of the modules comprises connections for water, electricity and wastewater, and wherein each of the modules has its own air inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,167,644

MODULAR PORTABLE SOUND ISOLATION ENCLOSURE

1. A mobile modular sound isolation enclosure having a swing opening door, wherein the sound isolation enclosure is collapsible into a carry bag and shippable by a regular postal carrier, the sound isolation enclosure comprising:a modular frame structure comprising structural members that are assemblable in different configurations so as to form frames of different shapes and/or sizes;
a door frame module, including a swing opening door frame;
a plurality of modular soundproofing panels comprising flexible composite layered sound blocking material and sound absorbent sheet material,
wherein at least one of the plurality of modular soundproofing panels includes the swing opening door,
wherein each of the plurality of modular sound proofing panels comprise attachers operable to connect adjacent sound proofing panels consecutively to one another to form a continuous wall of the sound isolation enclosure, and
wherein at least some of the plurality of modular soundproofing panels comprise hook brackets attached thereto, which are structured and arranged to engage with the modular frame structure so that the modular soundproofing panels hang from the modular frame structure.

US Pat. No. 10,167,643

PROTECTO UNIT FOR A SLIDING DOOR FRAME

1. A protector unit adapted to protect a sliding door frame having a sill plate and a sill riser and wherein the sill plate has a plurality of roller tracks comprising: a sill plate cover having an upper surface and a lower surface and a sill riser cover, a first connection element positioned on said upper surface of said sill plate cover and a second connection element positioned on said sill riser cover such that when the first connection element is mated with the second connection element a rigid unitary protector unit is formed to protect the sliding door frame, wherein the sill riser cover is an inverted U-shaped flexible member having a first leg and a second leg, said first connection element positioned on said sill plate cover is a groove defined by a pair of walls extending upwardly from the upper surface thereof and said second connection element of the sill riser cover is the first leg of the sill riser cover wherein the first leg slides into the groove on the sill plate cover, and wherein the sill plate cover has a plurality of channel members extending from the lower surface thereof for stabilizing the protector unit when placed on the sill plate and wherein said plurality of channel members correspond to said plurality of roller tracks on the sill plate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,642

DUAL PLATFORM FOR A COMPOSITE POWER POLE

1. A dual platform for a composite power pole comprising:a central pole;
said central pole having a fixed secured lower step and a fixed secured upper step that are secured to said central pole at a fixed distance between said fixed secured lower step and said fixed secured upper step;
a stud extending horizontally through said central pole located midway and between said fixed secured lower step and said fixed secured upper step;
said stud having vertical holes on each end, said stud extending through said central pole whereby said holes are accessible from each side of said central pole;
a securing strap that extends to said holes on each side of said stud wherein said strap is configured to extend around said composite power pole to secure said dual platform thereon;
said central pole extends above said fixed secured upper step and includes at least one upper hole;
said fixed secured upper step and said fixed secured lower step slope downward from said central pole to an outer edge of said upper step and said fixed secured lower step whereby said steps are higher near said central pole and said fixed secured upper step and said fixed secured lower step are fixed at an angle from being perpendicular to said central pole;
at least one of said fixed secured upper step or said fixed secured lower step has a supporting rib extending from said central pole and around said at least one step, and
said supporting rib extends from one vertical side of said central pole to an opposing vertical side of said central pole.

US Pat. No. 10,167,641

AIR CONTROL TRIGGER FOR INTEGRATED HANDHELD TEXTURE SPRAYER

Graco Minnesota, Inc., M...

1. A handheld sprayer comprising:a housing through which an air flow passage extends;
a compressed air source configured to generate an airflow within the air flow passage;
a spray tip positioned to receive airflow from the air flow passage;
a hopper connected to the housing and configured to discharge a fluid into the air flow passage
a first valve that modulates air flow within the air flow passage;
a bleed line extending between an outlet of the compressed air source and the hopper;
a trigger mounted to the housing;
a second valve that is positioned in the bleed line and connected to the trigger, and that modulates bleed airflow to the hopper from the compressed air source;
wherein actuation of the trigger controls discharge of the fluid from the hopper into the air flow passage, controls the first valve to change the airflow within the air flow passage, and controls the second valve to change the bleed airflow within the bleed line;
wherein actuation of the trigger increases both the discharge of the fluid from the hopper into the air flow passage and the bleed airflow from the compressed air source to the hopper.

US Pat. No. 10,167,640

CHANGEOVER COVER WITH PLUG CONNECTION

Weitzer Holding GmbH, We...

1. A substrate installation unit for installing with other substrate installation units, for covering a substrate, wherein the substrate installation unit comprises:a substrate-side attachment structure, which is designed for attaching to the substrate; and
a plug connection structure facing away from the substrate, for releasably plug connecting with a formation of a snap-in plug connection, with a correspondingly designed plug connection structure of a surface installation unit;
wherein the plug connection structure comprises a number of plug connection elements which protrude in a raised manner relative to the substrate-side attachment structure;
wherein the substrate installation unit comprises at least one of the following features:
the plug connection elements comprise positioning nubs, which are configured for engaging, enabling a compensating movement, in corresponding guide ring structures of the plug connection structure of the corresponding surface installation unit; or
the plug connection structure is designed as a two-dimensional periodically repeating grid of plug connection unit cells and the grid is formed by a two-dimensional, alternating sequence of the plug connection unit cells, which extend alternately in a first direction of orientation, and in a second direction of orientation that is orthogonal to the first direction of orientation; and
wherein the plug connection elements comprise a snap-in body for forming a snap-in plug connection with corresponding leaf spring structures of the plug connection structure of the corresponding surface installation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,167,639

FLUSH FACE WALL TILE

Ludowici Roof Tile, Inc.,...

1. A flush face wall tile assembly comprising at least two wall tiles, wherein each wall tile of the wall assembly comprises:a front surface comprising
a front face wall;
a rear surface comprising a rear wall;
a top surface;
a bottom surface; and
opposing side surfaces;
wherein each wall tile comprises a tapered profile such that a thickness of the wall tile between the front face wall and the rear wall increases from a bottom portion of the front face wall to an upper portion of the front face wall;
wherein the rear wall of each wall tile is positionable adjacent to a wall surface such that the front face wall is aligned substantially parallel to the wall surface;
wherein each wall tile is ceramic;
wherein the at least two wall tiles are positioned adjacent to each other to align the front face walls of each wall tile along a plane coplanar with each other such that a gap is formed and maintained between the front face walls of each wall tile.

US Pat. No. 10,167,638

MIXED STUCCO BLOCK

Mehran Salehi, Isfahan (...

1. A stucco block, comprising:a body of stucco plaster comprising a combination of white plaster and water;
a first panel, wherein a first side of the first panel is adjacent to a first side of the body, wherein the first panel does not fully cover the body of stucco plaster, wherein a second side of the first panel faces an inside area of a building, wherein the second side of the first panel is opposite the first side of the first panel;
a second panel, wherein a first side of the second panel is adjacent to a second side of the body, wherein the second panel does not fully cover the body of stucco plaster, wherein a second side of the second panel faces an outside area of the building, wherein the second side of the second panel is opposite the first side of the second panel;
a first female gap corresponding to a first area between the first panel and the second panel on a third side of the stucco block, wherein the first female gap connects the stucco block to a male projection of a second stucco block;
a second female gap corresponding to a second area between the first panel and the second panel on a fourth side of the stucco block, wherein the second female gap connects the stucco block to a male projection of a third stucco block;
a first male projection comprising a first part of the body of stucco plaster on a fifth side of the stucco block, wherein the fifth side of the stucco block is opposite the third side of the stucco block, wherein the first male projection connects the stucco block to a female gap of a fourth stucco block;
a second male projection comprising a second part of the body of stucco plaster on a sixth side of the stucco block, wherein the sixth side of the stucco block is opposite the fourth side of the stucco block, wherein the second male projection connects the stucco block to a female gap of a fifth stucco block;
a plurality of metal supports, wherein each metal support of the plurality of metal supports have at least one of a V shape or a U shape, wherein the plurality of metal supports are parallel to each other, wherein the plurality of metal supports are coupled to the second side of the first panel;
a metal net sheet, coupled to the plurality of metal supports;
a plurality of screw bits, wherein the plurality of screw bits fasten the plurality of metal supports to the first panel, wherein the plurality of screw bits fasten the metal net sheet to the plurality of metal supports;
a plurality of fixtures, coupled to the body of stucco plaster, wherein each fixture of the plurality of fixtures comprises a hole, wherein the plurality of screw bits fasten the metal supports to the first panel using the plurality of fixtures, wherein the plurality of screw bits fasten the metal net sheet to the plurality of metal supports using the plurality of fixtures; and
cement mortar between the metal net sheet and the first panel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,637

METHOD OF USING A SELF ADHERING ROOFING MEMBRANE

Firestone Building Produc...

1. A method for affixing a roofing membrane to a roof substrate, said method comprising:a) providing a roofing membrane product having two primary exterior surfaces, said roofing membrane product comprising
1) a single-ply roofing membrane, and
2) directly contacting at least a portion of one primary exterior surface of said single-ply roofing membrane, a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive that is free of curing additives, said adhesive layer having a thickness of no more than 0.015 inches,
said single-ply roofing membrane constituting one of said two primary exterior surfaces of said roofing membrane product; and
b) applying said roofing membrane product to said roof surface so that said layer of pressure sensitive adhesive is in direct contact with said roof surface,
thereby affixing said roofing membrane to said roof surface.

US Pat. No. 10,167,636

METHOD OF DESIGNING A CORRUGATED SHEET AND CORREGATED SHEET OBTAINED

ONDULINE, Levallois-Perr...

1. A method of designing a bitumen-impregnated natural-fiber corrugated roofing (1) sheet, where said sheet has a uniform pattern of mutually parallel alternating corrugations borne by a mid-plane (4), and said alternating corrugations are defined, in the vertical and cross section of the sheet, as rounded crests (2) each separated from the next one by a rounded trough (3), the crests and troughs being connected by alternately inclined portions (5, 5?), the crests (2) being above the mid-plane (4) and the troughs (3) below the mid-plane (4), the inclined portions (5, 5?) cutting the mid-plane (4) at the middle thereof by having a part above the mid-plane and a part below the mid-plane, the transverse spacing between two successive crests (2) being equal to the transverse spacing between two successive troughs (3) and defining the pitch P of the corrugations, the sheet (1) having a thickness E of material substantially constant over its extent, the sheet having a height H defined as being twice a first distance between the mid-pane (4) and the external surface of a crest (2) or twice a second distance between the mid-plane (4) and the external surface of a trough (3), said first and second distances being identical,said method comprising the steps of:
determining the height H, thickness E and pitch P values by solving an inequation:
Fi

where Fi=25 mm and Fs=35 mm, Fi and Fs being limits of the inequation; and
calculating at least one parameter selected from inertia per sheet width unit and volume per sheet width unit,
said calculation of the parameter of inertia per sheet width unit being a function of the height H, the thickness E, the pitch P and the radii R1 and R2 of the crests and troughs of the corrugations,
said calculation of the parameter of volume per sheet width unit being a function of the height H, the thickness E, the pitch P and the radii R1 and R2 of the crests and troughs of the corrugations, and
the height H, thickness E and pitch P values being determined by solving the inequation for a determined value of the parameter of inertia per sheet width unit and/or a determined value of the parameter of volume per sheet width unit,
said determined value being either a constant of respectively inertia per width unit or volume per sheet width unit defined a priori, or at least one value respectively higher than a threshold of inertia per width unit or lower than a threshold of volume per sheet width unit determined a priori.

US Pat. No. 10,167,635

NONWOVEN CEMENTITIOUS COMPOSITE FOR IN-SITU HYDRATION

CORTEX COMPOSITES, INC., ...

1. A cementitious composite material for in-situ hydration, the cementitious composite material comprising:a mesh layer having a first side and a second side and including a plurality of fibers arranged in a nonwoven configuration, the plurality of fibers cooperatively defining a plurality of spaces permitting migration of particles throughout and into the mesh layer;
a cementitious material disposed within the mesh layer, wherein the cementitious material includes a plurality of cementitious particles migrating throughout and into the plurality of spaces of the mesh layer;
a water-impermeable sealing layer disposed along the first side of the mesh layer and coupled to the plurality of fibers; and
a containment layer disposed along the second side of the mesh layer and preventing the plurality of cementitious particles from migrating out of the mesh layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,634

TRUSS SECTION CONNECTION APPARATUS

CHRISTIE LITES ENTERPRISE...

1. A truss section assembly, comprising:a truss section;
a first fastener comprising:
a threaded end for receiving a second fastener,
a shaft,
and a locking end comprising at least one protrusion extending radially from the shaft, wherein the shaft is disposed between the threaded end and the locking end;
at least one connection segment attached to an end of the truss section for connection to a corresponding connection segment on a second truss section, each of the at least one connection segments comprising:
a body having an opening dimensioned to receive the shaft and the locking end of the first fastener for joining said at least one connection segment with the corresponding connection segment of the second truss section,
wherein the opening of the at least one connection segment is dimensioned to receive therethrough the shaft and the locking end of the first fastener when the at least one protrusion is aligned with the opening, and wherein when the at least one protrusion is not aligned with the opening the locking end is prevented from passing through, whereby when the shaft of the first fastener is disposed through the opening of the at least one connection segment and disposed through an opening of the corresponding connection segment of the second truss, the locking end is secured in a locked position by engagement of the locking end with a securing means on the at least one connection segment, such that when the second fastener is tightened onto the threaded end of the first fastener, the first fastener is prevented from both rotational and axial movement.

US Pat. No. 10,167,633

TIE SYSTEM FOR INSULATED CONCRETE PANELS

IconX, LLC, Kansas City,...

1. A method of making an insulated concrete panel, said method comprising:(a) creating a plurality of substantially cylindrical tie openings that each extend through an insulation layer from a first surface of said insulation layer to an opposite second surface of said insulation layer;
(b) pouring a first layer of concrete;
(c) placing said insulation layer on said first layer of concrete, such that said first surface of said insulation layer is in contact with said first layer of concrete;
(d) inserting a wall tie into a plurality of said tie openings, with each of such wall ties comprising first and second end sections opposing a central section, wherein after said pouring of step (b) and said inserting of step (d), said first end section of each of said wall ties is at least partially embedded within said first layer of concrete; and
(e) pouring a second layer of concrete over said second surface of said insulation layer, wherein after said pouring of step (e), said second end portion of said wall tie is at least partially embedded within said second layer of concrete.

US Pat. No. 10,167,632

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING A SET OR A STAGE

Emagispace, Inc., Larksp...

1. A panel support member, comprising:a hollow metal body having a top side, a first planar sidewall in a first plane, a second planar sidewall in a second plane, a bottom side, a first panel support wall having a respective exterior planar surface in a third plane and a respective interior planar surface in a fourth plane, and a second panel support wall having a respective exterior planar surface in a fifth plane and a respective interior planar surface in a sixth plane, where the first planar sidewall extends from a first end of the first panel support wall to a first end of the second panel support wall, and the second planar sidewall extends from a second end of the first panel support wall to a second end of the second panel support wall;
wherein exterior planar surface of the first panel support wall and the exterior planar surface of the second panel support wall are configured to have respective panels affixed thereto and have openings configured to receive screws to affix the respective panels;
a first plurality of hollow connection members having respective interior surfaces, positioned at the top side of the body, the first plurality of hollow connection members having a truncated pyramidal frustum shape;
wherein the bottom side of the panel support member is open, exposing the respective interior surfaces of the first plurality of hollow connection members having the truncated pyramidal frustum shape.

US Pat. No. 10,167,631

THERMAL INSULATION PANEL

Interbran Systems AG, Eg...

1. A composite thermal insulation system, comprising a thermal insulation panel and an insulation plaster system, wherein on a surface to be insulated the thermal insulation panel is first arranged and then the insulation plaster system is subsequently arranged,wherein the composite thermal insulation system has a thickness from 4 to 12 cm, and a thermal conductivity in a range of from 0.017 to 0.040 W/(mK),
wherein the thermal insulation panel contains at least one aerogel and is open to diffusion along its main insulation direction, the aerogel is arranged as loose bulk material in the thermal insulation panel and the thermal insulation panel has a thickness from 1 to 8 cm, and
wherein the insulation plaster system has a thickness from 1 to 5 cm, the insulation plaster system has an insulation plaster layer containing aerogel and at least one further insulation plaster layer which contains no aerogel, the insulation plaster layer containing an aerogel has a layer thickness in the range from 1.5 to 3 cm, the further insulation plaster layer containing no aerogel has a layer thickness in the range from 0.2 to 1.5 cm, and the aerogel insulation plaster layer containing an aerogel has a lime-based binding agent and a cement-based binding agent.

US Pat. No. 10,167,630

FOAM WALL STRUCTURES AND METHODS FOR THE MANUFACTURE THEREOF

COVESTRO LLC, Pittsburgh...

1. A wall structure comprising:a frame comprising:
a first member;
a second member spaced apart from the first member; and
nominally 2×4 or nominally 2×6 connecting members extending between the first member and the second member, wherein the first member, the second member, and the connecting members each comprise a front surface and a rear surface that form a front frame surface and a rear frame surface;
a first foam panel attached to the front frame surface, wherein:
(i) the first foam panel overlies the front frame surface, and
(ii) the first foam panel, the first member, the second member, and the connecting members define a cavity within the frame;
a second foam panel, having a thickness of no more than 2 inches, disposed within the cavity and having a front surface that is in contact with a rear surface of the first foam panel and a rear surface facing away from the first foam panel; and
a foam layer located within the cavity, wherein the foam layer adheres to the first foam panel and the second foam panel, the foam layer covers a portion of the rear surface of the second foam panel, and at least 10% of the surface area of the rear surface of the second foam panel is not covered by the foam layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,629

INSULATED REINFORCED FOAM SHEATHING, REINFORCED ELASTOMERIC VAPOR PERMEABLE AIR BARRIER FOAM PANEL AND METHOD OF MAKING AND USING SAME

1. A product comprising:a first foam panel having an edge, a first primary surface and an opposite second primary surface;
a first layer of reinforcing material substantially covering and adhered to the first primary surface of the first foam panel;
a second foam panel having an edge, a first primary surface and an opposite second primary surface, wherein the first and second foam panels are disposed such that their edges are adjacent each other and define a joint therebetween;
a second layer of reinforcing material substantially covering and adhered to the first primary surface of the second foam panel;
a first elongate metal strip having a body member and a projection extending outwardly from the body portion, the metal strip being disposed such that at least a portion of the projection is disposed in the joint between the first and second foam panels and at least a portion of the body member covers a portion of the first layer of reinforcing material on the first foam panel and a portion of the second layer of reinforcing material on the second foam panel; and
wherein the first and second, layers of reinforcing material are attached to the first foam insulating panel with a vapor permeable air barrier material having a vapor transmission rate of at least 1 perm and an air permeance of less than 0.004 cfm/sq. ft. under a pressure differential of 0.3 inches of water.

US Pat. No. 10,167,628

SURFACE COATING INCORPORATING PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL

Eastman Chemical Company,...

1. A modified surface coating or paint comprising:a. from about 10 to about 99 weight % of a base coating; and
b. from about 1 to about 90 weight % of a stable emulsion comprising:
i. water;
ii. a phase change material (PCM) comprising octadecane; and
iii. a modified cyclodextrin having at least one functional moiety capable of forming a stable emulsion with the PCM in said fluid medium and said base coating formulation; wherein the at least one functional moiety is an ester group;
wherein the amount of component (i) is from about 0.10 to about 0.8, the amount of component (ii) is from about 0.1 to about 0.8, and the amount of component (iii) is from about 0.03 to about 0.50, wherein the amounts are weight ratios based on the total weight of the emulsion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,626

MASONRY SUPPORT APPARATUS

THERMO BAR LTD., Langley...

1. A masonry support apparatus comprising:(a) an elongated longitudinally extending support member having a horizontal section for supporting masonry material, and a vertical section extending generally perpendicularly from the horizontal section;
(b) at least two insulation bracket assemblies, wherein each insulation bracket assembly comprises a pair of longitudinally spaced lateral members extending rearwardly from the vertical section of the elongated support member, and at least one longitudinal member extending longitudinally from at least one of the lateral members, such that the insulation bracket assembly defines a receptacle for matingly receiving an insulation block, and wherein a pair of adjacent insulation bracket assemblies are longitudinally spaced apart by a distance corresponding to the insulation block; and
(c) at least one concrete anchor extending rearwardly from the at least one longitudinal member of the at least one insulation bracket assembly;
wherein the support member, insulation bracket assembly and concrete anchor are permanently joined together to form a unitary structure.

US Pat. No. 10,167,625

FOUNDATION ANCHOR SYSTEM AND ANCHOR INSTALLATION METHOD USING THE SAME

1. A positioning member for setting and aligning a sill plate anchor component in a foundation wall of a building structure, said positioning member comprising:a body portion having a first end, a second end, and a bottom surface, said second end of said body portion being disposed opposite to said first end of said body portion;
a first downwardly extending tab portion disposed at said first end of said body portion and a second downwardly extending tab portion disposed at said second end of said body portion, each of said first and second downwardly extending tab portions extending to a location lower than said bottom surface of said body portion, said first and second downwardly extending tab portions configured to overlap opposite sides of a foundation wall when said positioning member is positioned thereon; and
an anchor component engagement portion, said anchor component engagement portion being disposed between said first downwardly extending tab portion and said second downwardly extending tab portion, said anchor component engagement portion configured to removably engage an end of a sill plate anchor having a sill plate anchor body portion or an end of a sill plate anchor bolt, said anchor component engagement portion comprising a generally cylindrical boss, said generally cylindrical boss configured to be inserted into an interior bore of said sill plate anchor body portion, and said body portion of said positioning member further comprising notched areas disposed on opposite sides of said generally cylindrical boss, said notched areas being recessed with respect to said bottom surface of said body portion, each of said notched areas configured to receive a circular wall portion of said sill plate anchor body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,623

PREFABRICATED REINFORCED CONCRETE-FILLED STEEL PIPE SLEEVE JOINT

Qingdao University of Tec...

1. A prefabricated reinforced concrete-filled steel pipe sleeve joint, comprising: high-strength outsourcing steel pipes, reinforcement restraining plates, high-tensile reinforcements, transformation separation sleeves and an ordinary outsourcing steel pipe, wherein:two transformation separation sleeves are respectively located at an upper end and a lower end of the ordinary outsourcing steel pipe; one of the transformation separation sleeves, which is located at the upper end of the ordinary outsourcing steel pipe, is connected with one of the high-strength outsourcing steel pipes; the other transformation separation sleeve, which is located at the lower end of the ordinary outsourcing steel pipe, is connected with the other high-strength outsourcing steel pipe; the high-tensile reinforcements penetrate through the ordinary outsourcing steel pipe; upper ends and lower ends of the high-tensile reinforcements are respectively extended to interiors of the high-strength outsourcing steel pipes; the high-tensile reinforcements are connected with the transformation separation sleeves; the upper ends and the lower ends of the high-tensile reinforcements are respectively connected with the reinforcement restraining plates;
an outer stiffening ring is welded to an exterior of the ordinary outsourcing steel pipe and is connected with a steel beam by means of welding or bolting.

US Pat. No. 10,167,622

DRAIN ASSEMBLY WITH ADJUSTABLE SPHERICAL FRAME

Zurn Industries, LLC, Mi...

1. A floor drain assembly comprising:a collar;
a shank coupled to the collar and moveable relative to the collar, the shank including a spherically shaped shank surface;
a frame including a lower frame surface shaped to engage the shank surface and an upper frame surface;
an insert coupled to the shank and moveable relative to the shank, the insert including a spherically shaped insert surface engaged with the upper frame surface such that the frame is captured between the insert and the shank;
a strainer coupled to the frame;
a protective cover coupled to the strainer; and
a sleeve surrounding the collar, the shank, the frame, the insert, the strainer, and the protective cover.

US Pat. No. 10,167,621

THRESHOLD TRENCH DRAIN

Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co., M...

1. A threshold drain for connecting to a drain system and collecting an incoming flow of water from a predetermined direction across a threshold at an installation site, the threshold drain comprising:a catch pan having pan sidewalls, pan end walls, a pan bottom wall and a pan open top, the catch pan having a width defined between the pan sidewalls, a length defined between the pan end walls and a depth defined between the pan bottom wall and the pan open top of not more than two inches, the pan bottom wall including portions defining a pan outlet;
a flange pipe coupled to the pan outlet and extending away from the catch pan, the flange pipe defining a central axis and being configured to couple the threshold drain to the drain system; and
a grate received within the catch pan and including transverse webs and longitudinal webs, the transverse webs extending parallel to one another along the width of the catch pan and being spaced above the pan bottom wall, the longitudinal webs extending parallel to one another along the length of the catch pan and being supported by the transverse webs above the pan bottom wall in a fixed orientation, the longitudinal webs being planar and having an upper terminal end disposed toward the pan open top and a lower terminal end disposed toward the pan bottom wall, the fixed orientation of the longitudinal webs being an inclined orientation with the upper terminal ends of the longitudinal webs located toward one of the pan side walls and the lower terminal ends of the longitudinal webs located toward the other of the pan side walls, whereby the inclined orientation orients the upper terminal ends is in a direction toward the incoming flow of water from the predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,620

EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL ABOVE GRATE BASED INLET FILTER SYSTEM

MKB COMPANY, Groveport, ...

1. An above grate based inlet filter system for erosion and sediment control comprising a natural fiber filter mat configured to extend beyond the perimeter of the grate, a securing mechanism configured to securing the filter mat around the perimeter of the grate, wherein the natural fiber filter mat is coir fiber and wherein the coir fiber filter mat is formed of vertically aligned coir fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,167,619

URINAL WITH SEPARATE WATER SUPPLYING AND WATER SPRAYING DEVICES

TOTO, Ltd., Kitakyushi-s...

1. A urinal apparatus comprising:a water supplying device configured to supply water to a back surface of a bowl section of a urinal for removing urine attached to the back surface of the bowl section of the urinal including a portion of the back surface in an upper part of the bowl section of the urinal configured to face a user; and
a water sprinkling device configured to sprinkle water droplets downward from the upper part of the bowl section through a space between the upper part of the bowl section and a lower part of the bowl section, each of the water droplets having a diameter of 10 micrometers or more and 1200 micrometers or less,
wherein the bowl section includes a front surface in the lower part of the bowl section and the back surface, the back surface including a portion in the lower part of the bowl section and the portion in the upper part of the bowl section, the front surface opposing the portion of the back surface in the lower part of the bowl section and the lower part including a region of the bowl section that includes an imaginary plane intersecting a lip section and the back surface.

US Pat. No. 10,167,618

FLUSH TOILET

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushi-sh...

1. A flush toilet for cleaning a toilet main body and discharging waste by using flush water supplied from a flush water source, comprising:a bowl portion including a bowl shaped waste-receiving surface and a rim portion formed on a top edge of the waste-receiving surface;
a discharge path configured to discharge the waste, an inlet of the discharge path being connected to a bottom of the bowl portion;
a spouting portion configured to spout the flush water to the bowl portion and form a circulating flow of the flush water;
a water conduit configured to supply the flush water to the spouting portion; and
a water supply apparatus for supplying the flush water to the water conduit;
wherein the bowl portion contains a front region in which a plumb portion does not project inwardly toward a rear of the bowl, the front region including a first arc-shaped surface having a curvature R1 in a horizontal direction of a top portion of the waste-receiving surface and a second arc-shaped surface having a curvature R2 in a vertical direction formed by a lower side of the inner circumferential surface of the rim portion and the waste-receiving surface, and the ratio of the curvature R1 to the curvature R2 is in a range of 1:3 to 3:1.

US Pat. No. 10,167,617

MODULAR TOILET SYSTEM AND COMPONENTS

1. A modular toilet system comprising:a toilet shell, the toilet shell comprising a toilet shell opening and a first sealing surface;
a hydraulic core, the hydraulic core comprising a hydraulic core bowl and a siphon system,
wherein the hydraulic core bowl comprises a hydraulic core bowl opening and a second sealing surface;
wherein the second sealing surface is configured to mate with the first sealing surface to form a water tight seal between the hydraulic core bowl and the toilet shell; and wherein the second sealing surface extends around a circumference of the hydraulic core bowl opening.

US Pat. No. 10,167,616

METHOD OF COUPLING A PIT EXTENSION TO A PIT LINER OF A PIT VAULT

Mueller International, LL...

1. A method of coupling a pit extension to a pit liner of a pit vault comprising:aligning an extension bottom end of the pit extension with a liner top end of the pit liner in an end-to-end facing relationship, the pit liner defining a liner inner surface and a liner outer surface;
bringing a leg of the pit extension into engagement with the pit liner proximate to the liner top end, wherein bringing the leg of the pit extension into engagement with the pit liner comprises engaging a tooth defined on the leg with the liner outer surface;
plastically deforming the tooth; and
attaching the leg to the pit liner.

US Pat. No. 10,167,615

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY USING THE SAME

DOOSAN INFRACORE CO., LTD...

1. A control system for construction machinery, comprising:first and second hydraulic pumps connected to an engine;
a swing control valve and a first boom control valve installed in a first center bypass line connected to the first hydraulic pump and connected parallel with each other to the first hydraulic pump by a parallel line, the swing control valve configured to control a drive of a swing motor, the first boom control valve configured to control a drive of a boom cylinder;
a second boom control valve installed in a second center bypass line connected to the second hydraulic pump, the second boom control valve configured to control the drive of the boom cylinder;
a shutoff valve installed in a control line through which a boom raising pilot signal pressure for raising a boom of the boom cylinder is supplied to the first boom control valve and configured to selectively open and close the control line; and
a control unit configured to electronically control the shutoff valve according to a manipulation signal in the construction machinery, wherein the control unit closes the shutoff valve such that the first boom control valve is shifted to a neutral position when a swing operation priority mode is selected, wherein the control unit comprises
a selection switch for selecting the swing operation priority mode, and
a controller configured to receive the manipulation signal in the construction machinery and a selection signal from the selection switch and apply a current to the shutoff valve.

US Pat. No. 10,167,614

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING HYDRAULIC COMPONENTS OF A WORK VEHICLE BASED ON STORED ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC SETTINGS

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling the operation of at least one hydraulic component of a work vehicle, the work vehicle including a hydrostatic drive unit configured to rotationally drive associated wheels of the work vehicle and one or more hydraulic cylinders configured to adjust a position or at least on of a loader arm or an implement of the work vehicle, the method comprising:storing, with a computing device, a plurality of first electro-hydraulic settings for the hydrostatic drive unit and the one or more hydraulic cylinders of the work vehicle, each of the plurality of first electro-hydraulic settings including a combination of both a unique individual electro-hydraulic setting for the hydrostatic drive unit and a unique individual electro-hydraulic setting for the one or more hydraulic cylinders;
receiving, with the computing device, a first input associated with selecting a desired individual electro-hydraulic setting for the hydrostatic drive unit from one of the plurality of first electro-hydraulic settings;
receiving, with the computing device, a second input associated with selecting a desired individual electro-hydraulic setting for the one or more hydraulic cylinders from a different one of the plurality of first electro-hydraulic settings;
storing, with the computing device, a combination of the desired individual electro-hydraulic setting for the hydrostatic drive unit and the desired individual electro-hydraulic setting for the one or more hydraulic cylinders as a second electro-hydraulic setting;
receiving, with the computing device, a third input associated with an operator's selection of the second hydraulic setting;
actively controlling, with the computing device, the operation of the hydrostatic drive unit and the one or more cylinders in accordance with the desired individual electro-hydraulic settings associated with the second electro-hydraulic setting.

US Pat. No. 10,167,613

HYDRAULIC DRIVE SYSTEM OF CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A hydraulic drive system of a construction machine, comprising:a pump that supplies hydraulic oil to a boom cylinder and a turning hydraulic motor;
a regenerative hydraulic motor that is coupled to the pump and to which the hydraulic oil discharged from the boom cylinder at a time of boom lowering and/or the hydraulic oil discharged from the turning hydraulic motor at a time of turning deceleration is/are led;
an engine that drives the pump;
an alternator mounted to the engine and operable to rotate an output shaft of the engine when electric power is supplied to the alternator;
an electrical storage device connected to the alternator;
a power converter interposed between the alternator and the electrical storage device, the power converter being switched between a servo-on state in which electric power transmission between the alternator and the electrical storage device is enabled and a servo-off state in which electric power transmission between the alternator and the electrical storage device is disabled; and
a controller that switches the power converter to either the servo-on state or the servo-off state and that controls, when switching the power converter to the servo-on state, the power converter either in a charging mode of adjusting electric power transmitted from the alternator to the electrical storage device or in a discharging mode of adjusting electric power transmitted from the electrical storage device to the alternator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,612

COUNTERWEIGHT DEVICE FOR ARRANGING ACCUMULATORS INSIDE THE COUNTERWEIGHT OF A WORKING MACHINE

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. A counterweight device in a working machine, the working machine including:a plurality of fluid pressure actuators;
a machine body driven by a first actuator of the plurality of fluid pressure actuators;
a working device mounted at a first end side of the machine body and operatively coupled to a second actuator of the plurality of fluid pressure actuators; and
a counterweight disposed on a second end side of the machine body, the second end side of the machine body being disposed opposite the first end side of the machine body,
the counterweight device comprising:
a temporary placement support structure disposed inside a recess portion of the counterweight; and
a plurality of accumulators disposed within the temporary placement support structure and fluidly coupled to the plurality of fluid pressure actuators for transfer of fluid power therebetween, the temporary placement support structure and the plurality of accumulators being mounted to the machine body independent of whether the counterweight is mounted to the machine body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,611

HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR DRIVE SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A hydraulic excavator drive system comprising:a cylinder that drives a moving part that is an arm or a bucket;
a control valve connected to the cylinder by a head-side supply/discharge line and a rod-side supply/discharge line;
a hydraulic pump that supplies hydraulic oil to the cylinder via the control valve;
a load detector that detects a pressure of the hydraulic oil discharged from the hydraulic pump or a pressure of the hydraulic oil supplied to the cylinder through the head-side supply/discharge line;
a bypass line that branches off from the rod-side supply/discharge line and connects to a tank;
a restrictor that blocks and opens the bypass line;
a controller that controls the restrictor such that, when the hydraulic oil is supplied to the cylinder through the head-side supply/discharge line, the restrictor blocks the bypass line if the pressure detected by the load detector is lower than a predetermined value, and opens the bypass line if the pressure detected by the load detector is higher than or equal to the predetermined value; and
a position detector that detects a position of the moving part, wherein
the controller:
controls the restrictor such that the restrictor blocks or opens the bypass line in accordance with the pressure detected by the load detector if the controller determines, based on a detection result from the position detector, that a center of gravity of the moving part is distant from an operator cab than a vertical line that passes through a swinging center of the moving part; and
controls the restrictor such that the restrictor opens the bypass line regardless of the pressure detected by the load detector if the controller determines, based on the detection result from the position detector, that the center of gravity of the moving part is closer to the operator cab than the vertical line that passes through the swinging center of the moving part.

US Pat. No. 10,167,610

CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A construction machine comprising:an undercarriage;
an upperstructure that is turnably provided on the undercarriage;
an engine room that is provided on the upperstructure;
a reducing agent tank that is disposed in a radiator space adjacent to the engine room, and stores a reducing agent;
an engine, a cooling fan that rotates by driving of the engine, an injector that injects the reducing agent to exhaust gas exhausted from the engine, and a reducing agent hose that connects the injector and the reducing agent tank, which are provided in the engine room; and
a heat exchanger that is disposed between the reducing agent tank and the cooling fan, performs heat exchange by cooling air generated by rotation of the cooling fan to cool the engine, the construction machine comprising
a bracket for placing the heat exchanger, the bracket being composed of a strength member having a substantially U-shaped cross-section opened downward, having a first side plate section facing a side of the radiator space on which the reducing agent tank is disposed, a second side plate section facing inside of the engine room, and a top plate section connecting the first side plate section and the second side plate section, wherein
a first cutout section for allowing the reducing agent hose to be inserted, and a second cutout section for allowing the reducing agent hose to be inserted are provided in the first side plate section and the second side plate section, respectively, and
a portion of the reducing agent hose passes through the first cutout section and the second cutout section to be wired in an internal space of the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,167,609

CAROUSELING ARTICULATED DREDGE AND BARGE

1. A dredging system comprising:a vessel comprising:
a hull including a bottom, bow portion, stern portion, port side and starboard side;
a deck supported by the hull;
a pump system mounted within the hull;
a drag arm pivotably coupled to the pump system, the drag arm configured to dredge an underwater surface;
a void defined by contiguous watertight walls or bulkheads joined to and extending upward from the bottom of the hull, the contiguous watertight walls or bulkheads being:
vertically extensive of a perimeter of an aperture in the bottom of the hull, outboard, astern, and forward the aperture, or
a combination thereof;
a port control mechanism located on a port portion of the deck, the port control mechanism including a first wire coupled to the drag arm, the first wire extending through the void when dredging; and
a starboard control mechanism located on a starboard portion of the deck, the starboard control mechanism including a second wire coupled to the drag arm, the second wire extending through the void when dredging
wherein the aperture and the void are dimensioned to accommodate pivoting of the drag arm from a raised position to a lowered position, the lowered position being an active dredging position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,608

APPARATUS FOR BI-DIRECTIONAL LOAD TESTING OF DRIVEN PILES AND INJECTION PILES, AND METHOD THEREOF

WILL N WELL PROPERTY SDN ...

1. An apparatus for carrying out bi-directional load testing of open ended driven piles and injection piles utilizing a hydraulic jack comprising:i) a first cylindrical shaped hollow body having an open upper end, an open lower end and an opening on its side wall for receiving a hydraulic connection, the first hollow body having a means for securing a hydraulic jack comprising:
a first hub member having an upward apex and a base for attaching the top of a hydraulic jack,
a plurality of fin members each having an outer edge which is parallel to the axis of the first hollow body, a top edge which is parallel to the upper end of the first hollow body and having a length corresponding to the inner radius of the first hollow body, an inner edge corresponding to the apex of the first hub member, a bottom edge which is parallel to the base of the first hub member, wherein in assembled form, the plurality of fin members are attached to the inner wall of the first hollow body, extend radially from the inner wall of the first hollow body and converge at the axis of the first hollow body,
ii) a second cylindrical shaped hollow body having an open upper end and an open lower end, the second hollow body further comprising:
a second hub member having a downward apex and a base for attaching the base of a hydraulic jack,
a plurality of fin members each having an outer edge which is parallel to the axis of the second hollow body, a bottom edge which is parallel to the lower end of the second hollow body and having a length corresponding to the inner radius of the second hollow body, an inner edge corresponding to the apex of the second hub member, and a top edge which is parallel to the upper end of the second hollow body, wherein in assembled form, the plurality of fin members are attached to the inner wall of the second hollow body, extend radially from the inner wall of the second hollow body and converge at the axis of the second hollow body,
wherein the inner and outer diameters of the first hollow body and the second hollow body respectively correspond to one another, and
iii) a third cylindrical shaped hollow body having an open upper end and an open lower end, the third hollow body having an outer diameter corresponding to the inner diameter of the first hollow body and the second hollow body, and capable of being axially received by both the first hollow body and the second hollow body,
wherein in assembled state, the upper end of the second hollow body abuts against the lower end of the first hollow body, the third hollow body is received by both the first and second hollow bodies, and the lower end of the third hollow body abuts the top edge of the plurality of fin members of the second hollow body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,607

DRAINAGE SYSTEM WITH CONTIGUOUS VOID

1. A drainage system for engaging and removing accumulating drainage water, the drainage system comprising:a sump pump liner with a main body with an inner volume defined at least in part by at least one sidewall and a bottom;
a sump pump disposed within the inner volume of the main body of the sump pump liner;
at least one contiguous void with an inner volume in fluidic communication with the inner volume of the sump pump liner wherein the at least one contiguous void comprises a contiguous void compartment disposed distal to the bottom of the main body of the sump pump liner whereby, when the sump pump liner is disposed in an upright orientation with the at least one sidewall disposed generally vertically in a volume of surrounding matter, the contiguous void compartment will be disposed below the inner volume of the main body of the sump pump liner and deeper into the volume of surrounding matter, wherein the bottom of the main body of the sump pump liner comprises a boundary between the inner volume of the main body of the sump pump liner and the contiguous void compartment, wherein the contiguous void compartment is bounded distally by a void bottom partition, and wherein the void bottom partition is retained in spaced relation from the bottom of the main body of the sump pump liner by a plurality of legs; and
a plurality of liner-void apertures disposed in the bottom of the main body of the sump pump liner.

US Pat. No. 10,167,606

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STABILISING A DIKE

J.F. Karsten Beheer B.V.,...

1. A ground anchor assembly for stabilizing a dike, comprisinga ground anchor, a counter member and an elongate tensile member, connecting the ground anchor and the counter member,
wherein said tensile member is provided between the ground anchor and the counter member with one or more pressure distributing members centered around the tensile member and arranged to prevent earth flow in a direction perpendicular to a length direction of the tensile member, wherein the one or more pressure distributing members comprise three solid blades extending from the tensile member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,605

SECURING DEVICE

Gripple Limited, (GB)

1. A securing device for securing an article, the securing device comprising:a main shaft portion having proximal and distal opposite ends;
a securing portion on the main shaft portion at the distal end of thereof;
an engaging portion at the proximal end of the main shaft portion, the engaging portion comprising a substantially circular member for engaging the article; and
a mounting member for mounting the securing device on a driving arrangement to drive the securing device, the mounting member extending inwardly of the substantially circular member and being in the form of a connecting member connecting the engaging portion to the main shaft portion;
wherein the securing portion is a substantially helical elongate portion defining an unoccupied a central space;
and wherein the engaging portion is substantially planar, and the main shaft portion extends transverse to the plane of the engaging portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,604

ROPE-SUSPENDED LEADER MAST

1. A rope-suspended leader mast comprising:(a) a lower part for accommodating a material to be pile-driven;
(b) an upper part for accommodating a diesel pile driver having a fuel feed, the upper part comprising a lattice framework;
(c) at least one securing rope; and
(d) a fuel feed interrupter for interrupting the fuel feed, the fuel feed interrupter being configured such that tensioning of the at least one securing rope causes the fuel feed interrupter to interrupt the fuel feed;
wherein the fuel feed interrupter comprises a movable lever that interacts with an interrupter module introduceable into the fuel feed of the diesel pile driver and that is connected with the at least one securing rope in such a manner that a position of the lever is changeable by tensioning the at least one securing rope, thereby bringing about activation of the interrupter module to interrupt the fuel feed of the diesel pile driver;
wherein the fuel feed interrupter is connected to the upper part and is disposed above the upper part; and
wherein the at least one securing rope is above the upper part and is connected to the fuel feed interrupter above the upper part.

US Pat. No. 10,167,603

SKIMMING AND SEPARATION DEVICE

Surfcleaner AB, Vaxholm ...

1. A skimming and separation device comprisingan outer casing defining a closed container,
a floater configured to create the skimming function of the device, the floater is attached at a lower side to an essentially vertically arranged bellow allowing the floater to control flow into a substantially circum volume that is allowing flow in a downward direction into inflow tubes having inlets opening to the substantially circum volume and extending into the container, the inflow tubes allowing debris and floating pollutions to enter below the, in the container, accumulated debris and floating pollutions,
a discharge tube adapted to be connected to a storage equipment,
a power device having a propeller controlled by a control unit, wherein said power device is configured to be controlled such that various kinds of flows and pressures may be generated to control an in-flow and an out-flow of the device,
wherein the skimming and separation device further comprises one of a valve or a discharge pump arranged in communication with the discharge tube, the valve or discharge pump is adapted to create a one way valve function such that the valve or the discharge pump prevents reverse flow through the discharge tube into the container and allows flow out from the container through the discharge tube, and such that active pressure gradients generated either by the power device or by suction in a discharge zone upstream of the discharge tube are acting onto the collected floating pollutions;
wherein each of the inflow tubes includes an angled tube part at a lower end of the inflow tubes within the container, the angled tube parts configured to direct the liquid flow of the inflow tubes into the container in an essentially outward horizontal direction inside the container, such that the direction of the liquid flow is in an oblique or tangential direction in relation to a vertical wall of the container, the angled tube parts configured such that a combined flow from each of the inflow tubes together generates a rotational movement of water and pollutants inside the skimming and separation device; and
wherein said device further comprises an insert configured to be arranged at a central portion of the container, the insert having an essentially cylindrical shape having a circular cross-section and having an upper part having a larger external periphery than a lower part of the insert, enabling the pollutants to diverge and restricting formation of water canals through the accumulated pollutants.

US Pat. No. 10,167,602

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IN-SITU CLEAN UP OF BURNABLE MATERIALS

Worcester Polytechnic Ins...

1. A method for burning a burnable material comprising:placing on top of a burnable material a first side of a porous matrix, wherein a plurality of heat conducting members are disposed only at the periphery of the porous matrix and extend from a second side opposite to the first side of the porous matrix, wherein the porous matrix is made of a thermally conductive material;
allowing the porous matrix to become at least partially submerged in the burnable material; and
igniting the burnable material to cause the burnable material to burn, wherein the plurality of heat conducting members act to reflux heat from burning of the burnable material back to unburned burnable material to cause nucleate boiling of the unburned burnable material.

US Pat. No. 10,167,601

GENERATOR FOR CONVERTING TIDAL FLUCTUATION TO ELECTRICAL ENERGY

GLOBAL TIDAL ENERGY SYSTE...

1. A generator for converting tidal fluctuation to electrical energy comprising:at least one first weight floatable in water;
a first energy transfer mechanism comprising at least one driver gear;
a first coupling rod connecting the at least one first weight to the at least one driver gear of the first energy transfer mechanism;
a slotted gear rotatable by the at least one driver gear;
a pulley gear comprising a pulley, wherein the pulley gear is interlocked with the slotted gear;
a cable wrapped around the pulley of the pulley gear;
a second weight attached to the cable; and
a rotor coupled to the pulley gear, wherein
the first coupling rod rotates the at least one driver gear when the first weight rises or lowers while floating on a body of water,
the at least one driver gear rotates the slotted gear,
the slotted gear rotates the pulley gear so that the cable raises the second weight,
the slotted gear disengages from the pulley gear when the second weight reaches a maximum height, and
the second weight falls, whereby the pulley rotates the rotor to generate electrical energy.

US Pat. No. 10,167,600

PARTICLE REMOVING ARRANGEMENT FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

1. A particle removing arrangement adapted to remove particles from the upper contact surface of an electric rail comprised in an electric highway by the use of an airflow, where the particle removing arrangement is arranged in front of a current collector of a vehicle, where the particle removing arrangement comprises an inlet opening for inlet of air and an outlet opening for outlet of air, wherein the inlet opening is directed in a forward direction and the outlet opening is directed in a sideway to rearward direction in relation to the driving direction of the vehicle, and where the particle removing arrangement creates a particle removing airflow from a forward movement of the vehicle, wherein the particle removing arrangement has a first low, active position where the particle removing arrangement is positioned adjacent the upper contact surface of the electric rail and a second idle position where the particle removing arrangement is positioned above the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,599

PLOW BLADE WEAR MEMBER

Lakin General Corporation...

1. A plow blade wear member attachable to a rear attachment plate that is attached to a plow blade of a plow blade assembly, said plow blade wear member comprising:an elongated curved body formed from a tire and having:
a top edge,
a bottom edge,
a right side edge,
a left side edge,
a front concave surface, and
a rear convex surface, and
being flexible enough to bend backward against its natural curvature a distance toward the rear attachment plate when the elongated curved body is attached to the rear attachment plate such that when the elongated curved body engages a first discontinuity protruding from a travel surface at a force level above a designated force level, the backward bending of the elongated curved body said distance toward the rear attachment plate reduces a gap between the elongated curved body and the rear attachment plate,
said elongated curved body defining a series of attachment openings that enable the elongated curved body to be removably attached to the rear attachment plate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,598

SNOW PLOW BLADE

1. A replaceable blade adapted to be mounted to a lower edge of a moldboard, the blade comprising:an elongate, substantially rigid bar possessing a substantially rectangular cross-section taken in a plane perpendicular to the direction of elongation, said bar possessing a top surface, a bottom surface, a back surface, a front surface, a first end surface, and a second end surface, wherein the back surface and the front surface of said bar are each substantially planar and co-parallel, each of said surfaces combining to define an outer peripheral surface;
an elastomeric material substantially completely encasing said bar, said elastomeric material possessing an interior peripheral surface in intimate contact with substantially the complete outer peripheral surface of said bar, and said elastomeric material possessing an outer peripheral surface substantially completely surrounding said bar;
an elongate, substantially rigid cover plate possessing a substantially rectangular cross-section taken in a plane perpendicular to the direction of elongation, said plate possessing a top surface, a bottom surface, a back surface, a front surface, a first end surface, and a second end surface, wherein the back surface and the front surface of said plate are each substantially planar and co-parallel, wherein the back surface of said plate is substantially co-parallel with the front surface of said bar, wherein the top surface, the bottom surface, the first end surface, and the second end surface of said plate together create a first plate peripheral profile, wherein the back surface of said plate is disposed against the outer peripheral surface of said elastomeric material surrounding said bar in the region of the front surface of said bar, wherein the outer peripheral surface of said elastomeric material possesses a recessed area possessing a configuration matching the first plate peripheral profile, and wherein said plate is conformingly and intimately received within the recessed area of said elastomeric material;
a plurality of aperture means each extending coextensively through said bar, said elastomeric material, and said plate for permitting an associated connector to extend therethrough by which said blade may be selectively mounted to the lower edge of a moldboard.

US Pat. No. 10,167,597

SNOW TILLER FOR PREPARING SKI SLOPES

PRINOTH S.P.A, Vipiteno ...

1. A snow tiller configured to be drawn in a travelling direction along a ski slope to prepare the ski slope, the snow tiller comprising:a plurality of supporting structures, wherein two of the supporting structures are coupled to each other by at least one articulated coupling configured to enable relative movement between the two supporting structures;
a plurality of shafts, wherein two of the shafts are respectively housed in and supported by the two supporting structures, the two shafts configured to be rotated about respective rotation axes crosswise to the travelling direction, wherein each shaft includes a flange extending partly between the two supporting structures;
a plurality of tools fitted to the two shafts; and
a blade fixed directly along a face of one of the two flanges of one of the two shafts, said blade defining two further tools fixed to and extending in opposite directions from one of the two flanges of one of the two shafts, said two further tools each being located between the two supporting structures.

US Pat. No. 10,167,596

PIVOTABLE LAMP SUPPORT STRUCTURE

AMERICAN LOUVER COMPANY, ...

1. A pivoting support system, comprising:a support element;
a bore, a counterbore, and a boss formed in the support element;
a device; and
a bolt rotatably connecting the device to the support element in a selective one of a main position and a pivoted position,
wherein the bolt is disposed at least partially within the bore, the bore, counterbore and boss enabling the bolt to be selectively positioned, within the bore, along a bore axis and along an axis other than the bore axis.

US Pat. No. 10,167,591

LAUNDRY HAMPER WITH ROTATING HANDLE AND GRIP

1. A laundry hamper, adapted to contain articles of clothing in transit; the laundry hamper comprising:a basin, further comprising:
a bottom side, smoothly joined to a first side, a second side, a third side and a fourth side;
a rounded upper lip is smoothly joined to the first side, the second side, the third side and the fourth side;
a first handle connection point, attached to the rounded upper lip, proximate the first side;
a second handle connection point, attached to the upper lip, proximate the third side;
a handle, further comprising:
a first handle rotation attachment point, rotationally attached to the first handle connection point;
a first handle riser portion, joined to the first handle rotation attachment point and a first handle rounded portion;
a handle crossing portion, joined to the first handle rounded portion and a second handle rounded portion;
a second handle riser portion, joined to the handle crossing portion and a second handle rotation attachment point; wherein the second handle rotation attachment point is rotationally coupled to the second handle rotation attachment point;
a handle grip, joined to the handle crossing portion and further comprising:
a generally cylindrical portion, joined to a first end conical portion and a second end conical portion; and
an inner concave portion and an outer concave portion, formed within the generally cylindrical portion; wherein the inner concave portion extends a depth measured from a line drawn between the first end conical portion and the second end conical portion to a point on the inner concave portion which is most proximate a central axis of the generally cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,589

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RINSING CYCLE OF WASHING MACHINE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for controlling a rinsing cycle of a washing machine including an outer tub, an inner tub rotated on a vertical axis in the outer tub, a circulating nozzle that sprays the water discharged from the outer tub and supplied through a circulating hose into the inner tub, and a direct water nozzle that sprays water supplied from an external water source into the inner tub, the method comprising:a primary rinsing by supplying water into the inner tub until a water level in the outer tub becomes a preset circulating water level, wherein some of the water is supplied through a drawer in the washing machine that holds fabric softener, and a remaining amount of water is supplied by spraying the water supplied from the external water source through the direct water nozzle via a direct water supply hose;
a secondary rinsing by spraying water into the inner tub through the circulating nozzle; and
a third rinsing by spraying the water into the inner tub through the direct water nozzle while draining the outer tub,
wherein, during the primary rinsing, the water is sprayed through the direct water nozzle after supplying the water through the drawer,
wherein the primary rinsing includes:
rotating the inner tub at a first rotation speed;
accelerating a rotation speed of the inner tub from the first rotation speed to a second rotation speed such that the laundry attaches to an inner surface of the inner tub; and
reducing the inner tub to the first rotation speed after operating the inner tub at the second rotation speed for a preset time,
wherein the water is supplied through the drawer while the miner tub is rotated at the first rotation speed, and the water is sprayed through the direct water nozzle when the inner tub is rotated at the second rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 10,167,588

WASHING MACHINE AND WASHING WATER SUPPLY DEVICE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A washing machine comprising:a main body having a first washing space and an opening through which to receive laundry into the first washing space; and
an auxiliary washing unit seatable on the main body at a seating position while being coupled to the washing machine, the auxiliary washing unit including
a bottom part having no opening formed therein, and
a side part inclined from the bottom part,
so that the bottom part and the side part form a second washing space which faces upward and is accessible through the opening in the main body when the auxiliary washing unit is seated on the main body at the seating position while being coupled to the washing machine, wherein
the auxiliary washing unit includes a drain formed as a recession in an upper end of the side part so that the drain thereby forms an upper edge of the auxiliary washing unit,
the drain thereby being operable to discharge water contained in the second washing space into the first washing space by moving the auxiliary washing unit from the seating position while being coupled to the washing machine.

US Pat. No. 10,167,587

METHOD AND MACHINE FOR TREATING TEXTILE FABRICS WITH AN ADJUSTABLE AIR FLOW

BIANCALANI S.R.L., Prato...

1. A machine for treating a textile fabric with air, the machine comprising:a tunnel for pneumatically transporting the, textile fabric, the tunnel comprising openings;
impact grilles facing the openings of the tunnel;
a means for injecting the air into the tunnel above and/or below the textile fabric and the means for injecting the air comprising at least one diverting valve located substantially half way along the tunnel and the means for injecting the air having two channels which are oriented to direct air flow entering the tunnel in one direction or the other another direction, the at least one diverting valve comprising an adjustable baffle adapted to shut off access to each of the two channels wholly and configured to partly shut one of the two baffles and simultaneously partly shut another of the two baffles, thereby dividing the air flow into two unequal components with a flow from the one channel, directed towards one end of the tunnel, being larger and a flow from the other channel, directed in an opposite direction towards another end of the tunnel, being smaller.

US Pat. No. 10,167,586

PRODUCTION PROCESS OF ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY DENIM FABRIC AND PRODUCTION LINE THEREOF

Tat Fung Textile Company ...

1. A production line of a denim fabric, comprising:a spinning unit having a spinning frame, a winding machine and a false twisting device, wherein the false twisting device is located between a front roller outlet and a yarn guide hook of the spinning frame and is for excessive pre-torsion of yarn slivers in an axial direction and generating twists which are the same in quantity but different in twisting direction on the yarn slivers;
a dyeing unit configured to perform adsorption of glucose-containing sulfur dyestuff on yarns with the twists in padding liquor of 60-90° C. and then perform color fixation;
a loom unit configured to perform a process of weaving to produce a fabric; and
a liquid ammonia finishing unit consisting of a fabric mercerizing device, an ammonia removal device, an ammonia recycling device and a controller, wherein the fabric mercerizing device is configured to enable fibers of the fabric to swell to achieve a mercerizing effect under certain temperature and tension and under dipping and action of ammonia; the ammonia removal device is configured to evaporate residual ammonia in the fabric; the ammonia recycling device is configured to collect evaporated ammonia and feed the evaporated ammonia back to the fabric mercerizing device for continuous use after the evaporated ammonia is cooled down and compressed; the controller is configured to control various parameters of the ammonia recycling device.

US Pat. No. 10,167,585

METHOD FOR SELECTIVE DISPLAY OF YARN IN A TUFTED FABRIC WITH DOUBLE END YARN DRIVES

Tuftco Corporation, Chat...

1. A method of operating a tufting machine of the type having front and rear rows of gauge spaced needles disposed transversely across the width of the machine wherein a narrower composite gauge is defined when the front row of needles is laterally offset to the rear row of needles, a pattern yarn feed control for supplying yarns to the needles, a needle bar shifter for shifting for the transverse rows of needles, composite gauge spaced loopers operable to seize yarns from the front needles, a control system for providing pattern information to the pattern yarn feed control mechanism and the needle bar shifter comprising the steps of:threading the front and rear transverse rows of needles with a plurality of different yarns forming a repeat;
feeding a backing fabric with a first face surface and an opposite back surface through the tufting machine and reciprocating the front and rear transverse rows of needles to cause the plurality of yarns to penetrate the face surface of the backing fabric;
seizing yarns penetrating the face surface of the backing fabric with composite gauge spaced loopers;
laterally shifting the front and rear transverse rows of needles;
controlling the feeding of yarns to the transverse rows of needles in accordance with the pattern information and in accordance with a pattern offset to form relatively high tufts of yarns to be displayed and relatively low tufts of yarns to be hidden.

US Pat. No. 10,167,584

SEWING MACHINE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A sewing machine comprising:a sewing portion configured to sew a pattern on a sewing object;
a processor; and
a memory storing non-transitory computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform the processes of:
acquiring reference data representing a relative positional relationship between a sewing position and a plurality of arrangement positions, the sewing position being a position of the pattern sewn on the sewing object by the sewing portion, the arrangement position being a position of a plurality of decorative components arranged on the sewing object; and
displaying, on the basis of the acquired reference data, a mark that indicates the arrangement position corresponding to the sewing position,
wherein the plurality of the decorative components are arranged in the plurality of the arrangement positions in a state in which positions between the plurality of the decorative components are determined on the basis of a plurality of hole portions formed in a holding body, and wherein the reference data represents relative positional relationships between the sewing position and formation positions of the plurality of hole portions formed in the holding body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,583

HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE MADE OF A NON-WOVEN MADE OF RECYCLED CARBON FIBERS

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

9. A sandwich structure comprising a honeycomb structure comprising carbon-fiber non-woven and unidirectional fibers wherein a ratio by mass of carbon-fiber non-woven to unidirectional fibers is greater than 10:1.

US Pat. No. 10,167,582

BRAIDED FILAMENT WITH PARTICULARIZED STRAND COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING AND USING SAME

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A braided suture, comprising at least two strands braided with one another to form the suture, at least one of the strands including a plurality of fibers twisted together to form the at least one strand, wherein more than one of the plurality of fibers of the at least one strand are ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and at least one fiber of the plurality of fibers of the at least one strand is polyester, and wherein the at least one strand has a greater number of UHMWPE fibers than polyester fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,167,581

BRAIDED TEXTILE SLEEVE WITH SELF-SUSTAINING EXPANDED AND CONTRACTED STATES AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION THEREOF

Federal-Mogul Powertrain ...

1. A protective textile sleeve, comprising:a braided, tubular wall extending lengthwise along a central longitudinal axis between opposite ends; and
said wall having a first state with a decreased length, extending from one of said opposite ends to the other of said opposite ends, increased cross-sectional area, as viewed in cross-section taken generally transversely to said central longitudinal axis, and a second state with an increased length, extending from one of said opposite ends to the other of said opposite ends, decreased cross-sectional area, as viewed in cross-section taken generally transversely to said central longitudinal axis, and further including braided, heat-set yarns imparting a bias on said wall, said bias causing said wall to remain in each of said first and second states absent some externally applied force.

US Pat. No. 10,167,580

EASILY UNRAVELED TEXTILE ARTICLE

1. A multifunctional device comprising:a textile article;
a hardware device, wherein the hardware device is threaded through an open loop at a leading edge of the textile article; and
a stopper knot or a tie down device secured to a loose end of the textile article, the stopper knot or the tie down device configured to, in cooperation with the hardware device, impede the textile article from unraveling by impeding the open loop from unstitching, and thereby, finishing the textile article such that the textile article is usable for a first purpose, and
wherein the textile article is configured to unravel, to be used for a second purpose, by unthreading the hardware device from the open loop and pulling only on the loose end.

US Pat. No. 10,167,579

FLEECE FABRIC AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Sanko Tekstil Isletmeleri...

1. A fabric having a first side and a second side, the fabric comprising weft yarns and warp yarns woven together in pattern, wherein at least some of the weft, or warp, yarns float over a plurality of warp yarns, or weft yarns, and below a plurality of warp yarns, or weft yarns, to provide weft, or warp, over portions on said first side and weft, or warp under portions on said second side,whereby at least one of said under portions and said over portions of the yarns form loops, wherein at least some of said yarns that form said loops are conjugate yarns comprising a plurality of filaments splittable into sub-filaments, and said loops of said conjugate yarns extend for a length of at least three adjacent warp, or weft, yarns,
wherein said under portions form said loops and said over portions define connection portions and said loops extend past a first number of yarns and the connection portions extend past a second number of yarns, the first number being at least 3 times the second number and less than 24 times the second number.

US Pat. No. 10,167,578

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING TENSION IN WARPING

COLUMBIA INSURANCE COMPAN...

1. A warping system in proximity to a yarn creel that supplies yarn thereto, the warping system comprising:a beam for winding yarn thereon;
a warper configured to support and rotate the beam as yarn is wound onto the beam;
a warper top attached to the warper and positioned vertically above the warper;
a roller that is vertically above and vertically spaced from the warper top, the warper, and the beam, wherein the roller receives yarn directly from the yarn creel and redirects the yarn towards the beam;
an expansion comb positioned between the roller and the warper along a vertical axis, wherein the expansion comb is mounted to the warper top,
wherein at least a portion of the yarn extends between the roller and the beam and contacts the expansion comb while remaining substantially within a yarn plane, wherein the yarn plane is oriented at a substantially constant angle relative to a horizontal surface on which the warper is positioned, and
wherein the warper is further configured to articulate the beam relative to the roller to maintain the substantially constant angle between the yarn plane and the horizontal surface as the wound yarn on the outer diameter of the beam increases.

US Pat. No. 10,167,577

CHANNEL PLATE ADAPTER AND OPEN-END SPINNING DEVICE WITH A CHANNEL PLATE ADAPTER

Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG...

1. A channel plate adapter for use in a cover of a rotor housing of an open-end spinning device, wherein a rotor is rotatably arranged in the rotor housing, the channel plate adapter comprising:an output fiber channel that conveys fibers to the rotor, the output fiber channel having an inlet side where fibers enter and an outlet side from which the fibers exit towards the rotor;
the output fiber channel further comprising a bend between the inlet side and the outlet side, the bend splitting the output fiber channel into a first section formed between the inlet side and the bend, and a second section formed between the bend and the outlet side; and
wherein the bend changes direction of the second section relative to the first section such that the second section is angled relative to the first section towards the rotor in a direction counter to rotation of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,167,575

NANOFIBER MANUFACTURING METHOD AND NANOFIBER MANUFACTURING DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A nanofiber manufacturing method comprising:supplying a solution in which a polymer is dissolved in a solvent from a distal end of a nozzle;
applying a voltage between the solution and a collector; and
spraying fibers from the solution to the collector,
wherein a blocking member is disposed so as to be movable between an insertion position, where the blocking member is inserted between the nozzle and the collector such that the fibers are received, and a retreat position, where the blocking member retreats from the insertion position such that the fibers are sprayed from the nozzle to the collector, and
a voltage is applied between the nozzle and the blocking member in a state where the blocking member is positioned at the insertion position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,574

POROUS SURFACE FOR BIOMEDICAL DEVICES

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A biomedical device, comprising:a support structure, the support structure comprising:
a substrate; and
one or more layers on the substrate, the support structure being transmissive to at least one wavelength of radiation;
a microarray formation layer formed over the support structure, wherein the microarray formation layer is a silicon nitride layer, and the microarray formation layer has one or more wells formed therein, each of the one or more wells having a bottom surface;
a porous silicon-containing layer formed on the bottom surface of the one or more wells, the porous silicon-containing layer having an exposed surface; and
a biological probe positioned in connection with the exposed surface of the porous silicon-containing layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,573

METHOD OF PRODUCING SIC SINGLE CRYSTAL

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A method of producing a SiC single crystal, comprising:disposing a SiC seed crystal at a bottom part inside a graphite crucible;
causing a solution containing Si, C and R to be present in the graphite crucible, the R being at least one selected from the group consisting of La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Sc and Y;
cooling the solution so as to form a temperature gradient zone where temperature continuously falls from a top to a bottom of the solution downwardly and cause the SiC single crystal to grow on the seed crystal; and
adding powdery or granular Si or Si and SiC raw material which corresponds to variations in a composition of the solution to the solution from above the graphite crucible so as to keep the solution within a certain range of the composition while keeping the growth of the SiC single crystal,
wherein the powdery or granular Si or Si and SiC raw material is added at the top of the solution having a higher temperature than the bottom of the solution, and
an amount of the powdery or granular Si or Si and SiC raw material added to the solution is so controlled that a weight ratio [WR/(WSi+WR)] of the R to a sum of the weight WSi of Si and the weight WR of the R in the solution during growth of the SiC single crystal is within a range of 0.55 to 0.75.

US Pat. No. 10,167,572

LARGE AREA DEPOSITION OF GRAPHENE VIA HETERO-EPITAXIAL GROWTH, AND PRODUCTS INCLUDING THE SAME

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A method of making a graphene thin film, the method comprising:providing a back support substrate;
disposing a catalyst thin film, directly or indirectly, on the back support substrate;
introducing a hydrocarbon inclusive gas proximate to the catalyst thin film;
heating the back support substrate to cause the hydrocarbon inclusive gas to at least partially separate the carbon in the hydrocarbon inclusive gas and promote graphene growth in and/or on the catalyst thin film; and
actively cooling the back support substrate to promote crystallization of graphene, directly or indirectly, on an outermost surface of the catalyst thin film, in making the graphene thin film, said active cooling being performed in connection with an inert gas and in accordance with a cooling temperature profile that, as a whole, is non-constant, non-uniform, and non-linear in speed, and cools the back substrate from 900 degrees C. to 700 degrees C.

US Pat. No. 10,167,571

WAFER CARRIER HAVING PROVISIONS FOR IMPROVING HEATING UNIFORMITY IN CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION SYSTEMS

Veeco Instruments Inc., ...

1. A wafer carrier assembly for use in a system for growing epitaxial layers on one or more wafers by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), the wafer carrier assembly comprising:a wafer carrier body formed symmetrically about a central axis, and including a generally planar top surface that is situated perpendicularly to the central axis;
at least one wafer retention pocket recessed in the wafer carrier body from the top surface, each of the at least one wafer retention pockets including a floor surface extending in a direction generally parallel to the generally planar top surface and a peripheral wall surface extending from the floor surface to the top surface in a direction generally perpendicular to the floor surface, the peripheral wall surface circumscribing the floor surface and defining a periphery of that wafer retention pocket, the wafer retention pocket being adapted to retain a wafer within the periphery when subjected to rotation about the central axis; and
the wafer retention pocket having a generally flat peripheral wall portion and a rounded wall portion to accommodate a wafer having at least one flat edge, wherein a portion of the floor surface adjacent to the generally flat peripheral wall portion has a raised portion that is less recessed from the top surface than portions of the floor surface adjacent to the rounded wall portion of the wafer retention pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,167,569

HEXAGONAL DIAMOND BULK SINTERED BODY AND ITS MANUFACTURING METHOD

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A method of manufacturing a bulk sintered body of pure single-phase hexagonal diamond, wherein highly oriented and highly crystallized graphite having a mosaic spread of 5° or less kept at a temperature ranging from 1000 to 1500° C. and at a pressure of at least 21 GPa for a time period ranging from 1 to 60 min.

US Pat. No. 10,167,568

SEPARATION OF ALPHA EMITTING SPECIES FROM PLATING BATHS

International Business Ma...

1. A plating method comprising:creating a circuit between an unpurified plating anode and a plating cathode immersed within a plating bath, wherein the unpurified plating anode comprises a metal and an alpha emitting material, and wherein the plating cathode comprises a semiconductor wafer;
dissolving the metal and the of alpha emitting material into the plating bath; and
selectively plating the metal upon the semiconductor wafer to reduce an alpha particle emissivity of the metal to less than 2?/cm2/1000 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,167,567

HIGH RESISTANCE VIRTUAL ANODE FOR ELECTROPLATING CELL

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A high resistance virtual anode for an electroplating cell, comprising:a first layer comprising a plurality of first holes through the first layer; and
a second layer over the first layer and comprising a plurality of second holes through the second layer, wherein:
the first layer comprises a rotatable central portion and a rotatable peripheral portion surrounding the rotatable central portion,
a first portion of the first holes are through the rotatable central portion of the first layer, and
a second portion of the first holes are through the rotatable peripheral portion of the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,566

SUBSTRATE FOR LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE FOR LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A substrate for a light emitting device in which an insulating reflecting layer that reflects light from a light emitting element is provided on a front surface of a base including aluminum, whereina rear surface of the base is covered with an aluminum anodic oxide film,
an electrode pattern which is electrically connected to an electrode of the light emitting element is provided under the reflecting layer,
a terminal portion of the electrode pattern is exposed on a front surface of the reflecting layer,
a side surface of the base is covered with the aluminum anodic oxide film, the aluminum anodic film is made of anodic oxide-treated material, and
the reflecting layer is a thin film layer which substantially covers an entirety of the electrode pattern except for the terminal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,565

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ELECTROPLATING IN CYLINDRICAL GEOMETRY

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE, P...

1. A method for plating a thin layer on a flexible substrate, by electrochemistry, comprising:providing, in an electrolytic bath, a first closed cylinder inside a second hollow cylinder, the electrolytic bath being filled with an electrolytic solution, the electrolytic solution being comprised in a volume delimited between the first cylinder and the second cylinder,
applying the flexible substrate on one surface among an outer surface of the first cylinder and an inner surface of the second cylinder, said flexible substrate forming a first electrode,
providing, in said electrolytic bath, at least one second electrode, and
applying a potential difference between the first electrode and the second electrode to electroplate the thin layer on the flexible substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,564

APPARATUS AND METHODS OF MAINTAINING TRIVALENT CHROMIUM BATH PLATING EFFICIENCY

Coventya, Inc., Brooklyn...

1. A method for maintaining trivalent chromium plating bath efficiency, the method comprising:providing an aqueous electroplating bath that includes trivalent chromium ions and a sulfur compound;
electroplating a cathode workpiece provided in the electroplating bath to produce a darkened or black trivalent chromium electroplate on the cathode workpiece; and
continuously treating the electroplating bath during electroplating the cathode workpiece with ultraviolet (UV) radiation effective to inhibit a reduction in plating efficiency of the bath over time, wherein the treating step does not include administration of a chemical oxidant to the electroplating bath and does not oxidize the trivalent chromium to hexavalent chromium.

US Pat. No. 10,167,563

STABILITY CONTROL OF A HYDROGEN GENERATING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Marine Power Products Inc...

1. A device for maintaining a performance of an electric-catalytic-hydrolysis system comprising:a. a reactor core comprising a basic solution maintained within the reactor core,
wherein the basic solution contains a hydrogen generating catalyst, wherein the hydrogen generating catalyst contains an aluminum complex, a copper complex, and a silver complex, and wherein the basic solution is maintained at a pH value below 9.5;
b. a controller to control a reaction condition such that a hydrogen generation reaction is optimized;
c. an oxidizer reactor; and
d. a light providing device in the oxidizer reactor configured to perform photolysis to regenerate the silver complex.

US Pat. No. 10,167,562

PEROVSKITE OXIDE CATALYST FOR OXYGEN EVOLUTION REACTIONS

OSAKA PREFECTURE UNIVERSI...

1. A catalyst composition comprising:a catalyst comprising an A-site ordered perovskite oxides. represented by the chemical formula (1): AA'3B4O12, wherein A represents at least one metallic element selected from the group consisting of Na, K, Ca, Sr, Ba, Ag, Pb, Bi, Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu, A? represents at least one transition metal element selected from the group consisting of Cu, Mn, Fe, Co and Pd, and forms a covalent bond, and B represents at least one metallic element selected from the group consisting of Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ru, Rh, Re, 1r, Pt, Al, Ga, Ge, Sn and Sb; and
a carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,167,561

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING HYDROGEN HAVING REVERSIBLE ELECTRODES

John Christopher Burtch, ...

1. An apparatus for producing hydrogen from salt water by electrolysis, the apparatus comprising:at least one pair of electrodes, wherein the pair of electrodes comprises a first zinc plated electrode and a second zinc plated electrode spaced apart from the first zinc plated electrode;
a controller for supplying direct electrical current across the first and second electrodes such that the first and second electrodes are oppositely charged; and
a tank containing an electrolytic solution including salt water and a mild acid;
wherein the first and second electrodes are immersed in the electrolytic solution.

US Pat. No. 10,167,560

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STRUCTURAL COLORATION OF METALLIC SURFACES

THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF...

1. A method of producing an iridescent metallic surface, the method comprising:defining on the metallic surface a plurality of distinct regions of the same or different shapes and sizes,
wherein a number of distinct regions corresponds to a number of colors desired for the iridescent metallic surface to display;
creating with a cutting tool on a first distinct region of the metallic surface at least one series of periodic features perpendicular to a desired cutting direction,
wherein the at least one series of periodic features are parallel or substantially parallel,
wherein the cutting tool is vibrated at a distinct frequency while simultaneously displaced along the desired cutting direction across the metallic surface, and
wherein a rate of the displacement of the cutting tool is different from the distinct frequency of the vibration of the cutting tool; and
repeating the treatment of the first distinct region of the metallic surface in each additional region of the metallic surface,
wherein the distinct frequency of the vibration of the cutting tool is held constant while the rate of the displacement of the cutting tool varies from each distinct region to each other distinct region of the metallic surface, or
wherein the rate of the displacement of the cutting tool is held constant while the distinct frequency of the vibration of the cutting tool varies from each distinct region to each other distinct region of the metallic surface.

US Pat. No. 10,167,559

NEGATIVE PATTERNING APPROACH FOR ULTRA-NARROW GAP DEVICES

International Business Ma...

1. A method for manufacturing a gap device, comprising:forming a template structure on a substrate;
depositing an active material layer on the substrate and on the template structure, wherein the active material layer covers at least top and side surfaces of the template structure;
planarizing the active material layer;
depositing a cover layer on the active material layer and the template structure after the planarization;
forming one or more openings through the cover layer which provide access to the template structure; and
selectively removing the template structure with respect to the active material layer and the substrate to create a gap in the active material layer corresponding to the width of the template structure;
wherein the selective removal of the template structure is performed through the one or more openings;
wherein the gap is embedded within the active material layer, and at least a portion of the gap is overlapped by the cover layer; and
wherein the cover layer closes off at least part of an open top region of the gap while the gap remains unfilled.

US Pat. No. 10,167,558

PHASE SHIFTED GAS DELIVERY FOR HIGH THROUGHPUT AND COST EFFECTIVENESS ASSOCIATED WITH ATOMIC LAYER ETCHING AND ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION

International Business Ma...

1. A method for optimizing atomic layer etching (ALE) and atomic layer deposition (ALD), the method comprising:charging a first wafer chamber with a first gas from a first storage tank for a first cycle run;
determining whether the first cycle run has completed;
responsive to the first cycle run completing, transferring the first gas from the first wafer chamber to a second wafer chamber and charging the first wafer chamber with a second gas from a second storage tank for a second cycle run;
determining whether the second cycle run has completed;
responsive to the second cycle run completing, transferring the first gas from the second wafer chamber to the first storage tank and routing the second gas from the first wafer chamber to the second wafer chamber for a third cycle run;
determining whether the third cycle run has completed; and
responsive to the third cycle run completing, transferring the second gas from the second wafer chamber to the second storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,167,557

GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, REACTOR INCLUDING THE SYSTEM, AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

ASM IP Holding B.V., Alm...

1. A gas distribution system comprising:a flange;
an opening within the flange to receive a substrate;
a plurality of first gas expansion ports formed within the flange;
a plurality of second gas expansion ports formed within the flange;
a plurality of first gas channels formed within the flange, wherein each of the plurality of first gas channels terminates at one of the first gas expansion ports;
a plurality of second gas channels formed within the flange, wherein each of the plurality of second gas channels terminates at one of the second gas expansion ports;
a plurality of first gas lines coupled to the one or more first gas channels and to a first gas source comprising a first gas;
a plurality of first gas valves coupled to the plurality of first gas lines and the and the one or more first gas channels;
a plurality of second gas lines coupled to the one or more second gas channels and to a second gas source comprising a second gas;
a plurality of second gas valves coupled to the plurality of second gas lines and the and the one or more second gas channels;
a plurality of first conduits; and
a plurality of second conduits,
wherein each first conduit is in fluid communication between one of the first gas expansion ports and a reaction chamber,
wherein each second conduit is in fluid communication between one of the second gas expansion ports and the reaction chamber,
wherein a flowrate of the first gas to each of the first gas expansion ports is independently adjusted using one of the plurality of first gas valves prior to the first gas entering the flange,
wherein a flowrate of the second gas to each of the second gas expansion ports is independently adjusted using one of the plurality of second gas valves prior to the second gas entering the flange,
wherein a plurality of first gas lines and a plurality of second gas lines are coupled to a top surface of the flange,
wherein the first gas and the second gas are not the same gas, and
wherein the first gas and second gas mix within the reaction chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,167,556

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DEPOSITING A COATING ON A SUBSTRATE AT ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. A method of depositing a coating on a substrate at atmospheric pressure, the method comprising:generating microwaves by a microwave source;
flowing a gas over an antenna coupled to the microwave source and disposed within a chamber having an open end to generate a microwave plasma jet at atmospheric pressure, wherein a discharge tube surrounds the antenna and defines a pathway for gas flow over the antenna;
immersing a target material within the microwave plasma jet, the immersing comprising providing a continuous feed of the target material through a hollow core of the antenna;
removing atoms from the target material, the atoms being transported from the target material to a substrate by the microwave plasma jet, the substrate being positioned outside the open end of the chamber; and
forming a coating on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,555

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FABRICATING FIBERS AND MICROSTRUCTURES FROM DISPARATE MOLAR MASS PRECURSORS

Dynetics, Inc., Huntsvil...

22. A method of fabricating fibers, comprising:a. introducing a low molar mass precursor species into a reaction vessel,
b. introducing a high molar mass precursor species into said reaction vessel, said high molar mass precursor species having a molar mass at least 1.5 times greater than the low molar mass precursor species,
c. creating (i) a reaction zone within the reaction vessel and (ii) a thermal diffusion region at or near the reaction zone, wherein at least one of the thermal diffusion region and reaction zone is at least partially created by a primary heating means, and the thermal diffusion region at least partially separates the low molar mass precursor species from the high molar mass precursor species and concentrates the low molar mass precursor at the reaction zone,
d. decomposing the low molar mass precursor species concentrated at the reaction zone in the reaction zone, to deposit as a solid fiber in the reaction zone, said solid fiber having a first end at said reaction zone and a second end, wherein either the second end is drawn away from the reaction zone or the reaction zone is moved away from the second end, and
e. modulating the reaction zone or flow of low molecular mass precursor to the reaction zone to alter the fiber characteristics of the solid fiber being grown in the reaction zone.

US Pat. No. 10,167,554

WAFER PROCESSING WITH CARRIER EXTENSION

Veeco Instruments Inc., ...

1. A reactor comprising:(a) a chamber having a wall structure defining an interior surface, and a wafer carrier having a top surface disposed in the chamber, the wafer carrier defining an outwardly-facing edge surface facing away from an upstream-to-downstream axis;
(b) a spindle disposed within the chamber and rotatable about the upstream-to-downstream axis, the spindle being adapted to support the wafer carrier for rotation about the axis so that the top surface of the wafer carrier faces in an upstream direction at a carrier location;
(c) a ring mounted within the chamber, the ring having a top surface facing in the upstream direction, the ring defining an inwardly-facing edge surface facing towards the upstream-to-downstream axis, the ring being constructed and arranged so that when the reactor is in an operative condition, the ring closely surrounds the wafer carrier supported on the spindle and the top surface of the ring is substantially coplanar with the top surface of the wafer carrier;
(d) an inner gap formed between the ring and the wafer carrier at the inwardly and outwardly facing edge surfaces, respectively, such that the ring and the wafer carrier are spaced apart from one another by the inner gap when the reactor is in the operative condition, the inner gap being a substantially gas-tight interface configured to permit a small amount of gas therethrough, the inner gap being about 2 mm wide or less, such that the small amount of the gas being less than about five percent (5%) of a total volume of gas passing over the top surface of the wafer carrier; and
(e) a gas inlet element communicating with the chamber upstream of the carrier location and a gas exhaust communicating with the chamber downstream of the carrier location, the ring having a peripheral surface facing outwardly away from the upstream-to-downstream axis, the ring being arranged so that, when the reactor is in the operative condition, there is an outer gap between the peripheral surface of the ring and the interior surface of the chamber, the outer gap configured to permit a remainder of the gas therethrough that passes over the top surface of the ring and does not pass through the inner gap.

US Pat. No. 10,167,553

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A UNIFORM FLOW OF GAS

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An outer distribution ring comprisinga round body having a top, bottom, inner diameter with an inner diameter face and an outer diameter with an outer diameter face;
a plenum formed in the top of the round body, the plenum having an outer peripheral face and an inner peripheral face defining a width and having a volume in a range of about 100 mL to about 900 mL; and
a plurality of openings in the inner peripheral face of the plenum forming a plurality of trenches connecting the plenum with the inner diameter face, the plurality of trenches substantially equally spaced about the inner peripheral face, the plurality of trenches extending from a top of the inner diameter face to a bottom of the inner diameter face, and the trenches having a combined volume in a range of about 20 mL to about 240 mL,
wherein a ratio of the combined volume of the trenches to the volume of the plenum is in the range of about 10% to about 30%.

US Pat. No. 10,167,551

APPARATUS, METHOD AND REACTION CHAMBER

BENEQ OY, Espoo (FI)

1. A reaction chamber for receiving one or more substrates to be processed by subjecting at least part of the substrates to successive surface reactions of at least a first precursor and a second precursor, the reaction chamber being configured to be a detachable reaction chamber and comprising:a chamber body forming a reaction space inside the reaction chamber;
a loading door provided to the chamber body for loading and unloading the one or more substrates into and from the reaction chamber;
precursor connections attached to the reaction chamber for providing a fluid connection between the reaction space of the reaction chamber and precursor system connections of a precursor system by supplying and discharging the at least first and second precursor to and from the reaction space of the reaction chamber, the precursor connections are arranged to be connected to the precursor system connections of the precursor system;
couplings provided to the precursor connections for connecting the reaction chamber in fluid connection with the precursor system; and
gas valves for closing the precursor connections in a gastight manner, wherein:
the precursor connections are provided with the gas valves arranged to hermetically seal the precursor connections and the reaction space inside the reaction chamber when the precursor connections are detached from the precursor system connections and the reaction chamber is detached from the precursor system;
the loading door comprises one or more sealing elements arranged to seal the loading door and the reaction space inside the reaction chamber hermetically in a closed position of the loading door when the reaction chamber is in the detached state, and
the precursor connections being attached to the reaction chamber and the gas valves being attached to the precursor connections when the precursor connections are detached from the precursor system connections and the reaction chamber is detached from the precursor system,
the gas valves remain coupled to the reaction chamber through the precursor connections when the reaction chamber is detached from the precursor system.

US Pat. No. 10,167,550

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

Aurora Flight Sciences Co...

1. A multi-functional composite structure comprising:a composite structure configured to pass structural loads, the composite structure having a plurality of structural composite fiber layers, each of the structural composite fiber layers comprising a matrix material;
a connector configured to interface with one or more electrical devices;
a composite conductor assembly electrically coupled with said connector, the composite conductor assembly having a moisture barrier resin adhesive and one or more carbon nanotube (CNT) conductors disposed between two or more insulating layers, wherein each of the two or more insulating layers comprising fiberglass,
wherein a first portion of the composite conductor assembly is embedded between a first set of two non-adjacent layers of said plurality of structural composite fiber layers,
wherein the first portion is substantially parallel to the first set of two non-adjacent layers,
wherein the two or more insulating layers electrically isolate the one or more CNT conductors from said plurality of structural composite fiber layers, and
wherein a second portion of the composite conductor assembly egresses from the multi-functional composite structure by traversing at least one of the plurality of structural composite fiber layers while maintaining electrical isolation between the composite conductor assembly's one or more CNT conductors and the plurality of structural composite fiber layers.

US Pat. No. 10,167,549

HEAT-RESISTANT COMPOSITE MATERIAL PRODUCTION METHOD AND PRODUCTION DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, Koto-ku...

1. A method of producing a heat-resistant composite material using chemical vapor deposition or chemical vapor infiltration, the method comprising:accommodating a base material in a reaction furnace; and
causing precursor gas, additive gas, and carrier gas to flow in the reaction furnace to deposit silicon carbide on the base material for film formation,
wherein
the precursor gas comprises tetramethylsilane, and
the additive gas comprises hydrogen chloride,
wherein a mole ratio ? of tetramethylsilane to hydrogen chloride satisfies 1

US Pat. No. 10,167,548

CONTINUOUS SYSTEM

Singulus Technologies AG,...

1. A continuous system comprising:at least one carrier system comprising at least two connecting elements;
a plurality of transport systems arranged one after the other in the transport direction (z-direction) in a transport plane (x-z-plane), wherein the transport systems each have a cylindrical cam being axially parallel with respect to the transport direction, wherein the cylindrical cams have a central region having a first diameter d1 and at least a second diameter d2 at the ends of the cylindrical cams, wherein d2 at least one drive unit for driving the cylindrical cams.

US Pat. No. 10,167,547

GADOLINIUM SPUTTERING TARGET AND PRODUCTION METHOD OF SAID TARGET

1. An assembly comprising a gadolinium target plate and a titanium backing plate bonded to the gadolinium target plate, the gadolinium target plate being defined by an exposed sputtering face and an opposing non-sputtering face and having a diameter of at least 450 mm, and the titanium backing plate being defined by a face which is in contact with and bonded to the non-sputtering face of the gadolinium target plate and an opposed face which forms an exposed rear face of said assembly, wherein the gadolinium target plate has a purity of 99.9% or higher and the titanium backing plate has a purity of 99.99% or higher, the non-sputtering face of the gadolinium target plate and the face of the titanium backing plate in contact with the non-sputtering face of the gadolinium target plate are bonded to each other by solid-phase diffusion bonding to provide a bonding interface.

US Pat. No. 10,167,546

SWELLABLE FILM FORMING COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY EMPLOYING SAME

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of forming a predetermined metalized pattern on a substrate, comprising:casting and curing a polymerizable precursor into a first side of the substrate so as to form a water swellable acrylic layer on the substrate, the water swellable acrylic layer having thick portions and thin portions such that the thin portions correspond to the predetermined pattern;
etching the water swellable acrylic layer so that the thin portions are removed and substrate is partially exposed;
metalizing the first side so as to deposit metal onto the exposed portions of the substrate and onto the thick portions of the water swellable acrylic layer; and
exposing the water swellable acrylic layer to only hot water, releasing the water swellable acrylic layer and its over-coat of metal from the substrate and leaving the substrate with the predetermined metalized pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,167,545

INDIUM TIN OXIDE THIN FILMS WITH BOTH NEAR-INFRARED TRANSPARENCY AND EXCELLENT RESISTIVITY

Nanoco Technologies Ltd.,...

1. A method for a sputter deposition of an indium tin oxide film comprising:providing an indium tin oxide target comprising In2O3 and SnO2 in a ratio of about 90:10 by weight;
providing argon alone as a sputter gas at a pressure of about 3.5 millitorr; and
sputtering the indium tin oxide target on a substrate at a radio frequency power density of about 1.0 W/cm2 to obtain an indium tin oxide film having a transmission greater than 75% from 700 nm to 1500 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,167,544

VAPOR DEPOSITION MASK, VAPOR DEPOSITION MASK PREPARATION BODY, METHOD FOR PRODUCING VAPOR DEPOSITION MASK, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ORGANIC SEMICONDUCTOR ELEMENT

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A method for producing an organic semiconductor element, comprisinga step of forming a vapor deposition pattern on a vapor deposition target by using a frame-equipped vapor deposition mask in which a vapor deposition mask is fixed to a frame, wherein
the vapor deposition mask fixed to the frame in the step of forming the vapor deposition pattern includes: a metal mask in which a slit is provided; and a resin mask in which openings corresponding to a pattern to be produced by vapor deposition are provided at a position of overlapping with the slit, the metal mask and the resin mask being stacked, wherein the resin mask has a first surface arranged to face the vapor deposition target and an opposed second surface, and the metal mask covers at least a portion of the second surface of the resin mask, and the metal mask has a general region in which the slit is provided and a thick region larger in thickness than the general region.

US Pat. No. 10,167,543

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL FIBER PREFORM

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical fiber preform, the method comprising the steps of:(a) premixing a source-material-containing gas with an oxygen gas in a premixing chamber so as to obtain a premixed source material gas, the source-material-containing gas containing organosilicon which is in a gaseous or atomized state; and
(b) producing SiO2 soot by (i) supplying, to a burner, the premixed source material gas and a combustion gas and (ii) reacting the organosilicon in a flame,
in the step (a), the oxygen gas being supplied to the premixing chamber via a first tube that is different from a second tube via which the combustion gas is supplied and the oxygen gas being heated in the first tube to a temperature greater than or equal to a liquefaction temperature of the organosilicon, which liquefaction temperature is dependent on an amount of the organosilicon contained in the premixed source material gas,
wherein the method further comprises (c) heating the oxygen gas to a first temperature in the first tube independently from the source-material-containing gas, the first temperature being different from a temperature of the source-material-containing gas, and varying the first temperature in accordance with the amount of the organosilicon contained in the premixed source material gas.

US Pat. No. 10,167,542

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HOT-DIP ZN ALLOY-PLATED STEEL SHEET

NISSHIN STEEL CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for producing a hot-dip Zn alloy-plated steel sheet, comprising:forming a hot-dip Zn alloy plating layer on a surface of a substrate steel sheet by immersing the substrate steel sheet in a hot-dip Zn alloy plating bath containing Al and Mg; and
contacting a surface of the hot-dip Zn alloy plating layer with an aqueous solution obtained by dissolving, in water, at least one compound selected from the group consisting of vanadium acetylacetonate, vanadium oxysulfate, and vanadium pentoxide, to cool the substrate steel sheet and the hot-dip Zn alloy plating layer whose temperatures have been increased through formation of the hot-dip Zn alloy plating layer,
wherein the aqueous solution contains a polyatomic ion in a concentration of 0.01 g/L or more in terms of atom of V,
wherein a surface temperature of the hot-dip Zn alloy plating layer is 100° C. or above and equal to or less than a solidifying point of the plating layer when the surface of the hot-dip Zn alloy plating layer is contacted with the aqueous solution.

US Pat. No. 10,167,541

ALLOYED HOT-DIP GALVANIZED STEEL SHEET AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

1. An alloyed hot-dip galvanized steel sheet comprising a base steel sheet,wherein the base steel sheet contains, in mass %,
C: more than or equal to 0.05% and less than or equal to 0.50%,
Si: more than or equal to 0.2% and less than or equal to 3.0%,
Mn: more than or equal to 0.5% and less than or equal to 5.0%,
Al: more than or equal to 0.001 and less than or equal to 1.0%,
P: less than or equal to 0.1%,
S: less than or equal to 0.01%,
N: less than or equal to 0.01%, and
the balance including Fe and inevitable impurities,
wherein the alloyed hot-dip galvanized steel sheet is provided with an alloyed hot-dip galvanized layer on a surface of the base steel sheet, the alloyed hot-dip galvanized layer containing, in mass %, Fe: more than or equal to 5% and less than or equal to 15%, and the balance including Zn and inevitable impurities, and having a thickness of more than or equal to 3?m and less than or equal to 30 ?m, and
wherein the alloyed hot-dip galvanized steel sheet comprises an A layer immediately under the surface of the base steel sheet, the A layer being formed in the base steel sheet and having a thickness of more than or equal to 2 ?m and less than or equal to 20 ?m from the surface of the base steel sheet,
the A layer containing more than or equal to 50 vol % of a ferrite structure based on a volume of the A layer and the balance including inevitable structures, and containing, based on a mass of the A layer, more than or equal to 90 mass % of unoxidized Fe, less than or equal to 10 mass % of a total of contents of oxides of Fe, Si, Mn, P, S, and Al, and less than 0.05 mass % of C.

US Pat. No. 10,167,540

CONTINUOUS OLIGOCRYSTALLINE SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY WIRE PRODUCED BY MELT SPINNING

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A shape memory alloy wire comprising:an alloy composition comprising CuAlMnNi and excluding grain refiner elements, said alloy composition including 20 at %-28 at % Al, 2 at %-4 at % Ni, 3 at %-5 at % Mn with Cu as a remaining balance of the alloy composition;
said alloy composition being disposed as an elongated wire of at least about 1.5 meters in length, having a wire diameter of less than about 150 microns; and
at least about 50 vol % of said alloy composition along said wire length having an oligocrystalline microstructure as-disposed in the wire and without thermal treatment of the wire.

US Pat. No. 10,167,539

HOT-ROLLED STEEL SHEET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A hot-rolled steel sheet comprising, as a chemical composition, by mass %,C: 0.01% to 0.4%,
Si: 0.001% to 2.5%,
Mn: 0.001% to 4.0%,
Al: 0.001% to 2.0%,
P: limited to 0.15% or less,
S: limited to 0.03% or less,
N: limited to 0.01% or less,
O: limited to 0.01% or less, and
a balance comprising Fe and unavoidable impurities, wherein:
an average pole density of an orientation group of {100}<011>to {223}<110>, which is a pole density represented by an arithmetic average of pole densities of each crystal orientation {100}<011>, {116}<110>, {114}<110>, {112}<110>, and {223}<110>, is 1.0 to 5.0, and a pole density of a crystal orientation {332}<113>is 1.0 to 4.0 in a thickness central portion, which is a thickness range of ? to ? based on a surface of the steel sheet;
the steel sheet includes, as a metallographic structure, plural grains, and includes, by area %, 30% to 99% in total of a ferrite and a bainite, and 1% to 70% of a martensite; and
an area fraction of the martensite is defined as fM in unit of area %, an average size of the martensite is defined as dia in unit of ?m, an average distance between the martensite is defined as dis in unit of ?m, and a tensile strength of the steel sheet is defined as TS in unit of MPa, and a following Expression 1 and a following Expression 2 are satisfied:
dia?13 ?m  (Expression 1)
TS/fM×dis/dia?500  (Expression 2).

US Pat. No. 10,167,537

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a first electronic component including a first electrode;
solder on the first electrode, the solder includes
an InSn-containing phase, and
an Ag-In intermetallic compound dispersed in the InSn-containing phase,
wherein the Ag-In intermetallic compound has a structure in which Cu is dissolved in AqIn2.