US Pat. No. 10,191,196

BACKLIGHT UNIT FOR HOLOGRAPHIC DISPLAY APPARATUS AND HOLOGRAPHIC DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A backlight unit (BLU) comprising:a light source unit that emits illumination light;
a light guide plate that is transparent and comprises a light incidence surface, on which the illumination light emitted by the light source unit is incident, and a light emission surface through which the illumination light is emitted;
an input coupler that directs the illumination light from the light source unit into the light guide plate; and
an output coupler that is disposed on the light emission surface of the light guide plate, wherein the illumination light is emitted from the light guide plate through the output coupler,
wherein the light source unit comprises a beam deflector that controls an incidence angle of the illumination light incident onto the light guide plate,
wherein the beam deflector is selectively controlled to change a traveling direction of the illumination light onto the light guide plate based on changes in positions of pupils of an observer,
wherein the light guide plate has a flat panel shape such that the light guide plate totally internally reflects the illumination light emitted by the light source unit,
wherein the light guide plate has an upper surface and a lower surface, and
wherein the illumination light entering into the light guide plate is totally internally reflected between the upper surface and the lower surface.

US Pat. No. 10,191,187

OUTDOOR DISPLAY APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An outdoor display apparatus comprising:a display panel;
a transparent panel disposed in front of the display panel;
a light-blocking layer disposed on a front surface of the transparent panel by a sputtering process and configured to block a portion of light transmitted to the display panel;
an anti-graffiti layer disposed on a front surface of the light-blocking layer;
a light-absorbing layer disposed on a rear surface of the transparent panel and in front of the display panel and between the transparent panel and the display panel; and
an anti-fog layer disposed on a rear surface of the light-absorbing layer,
wherein the light-blocking layer is disposed between the anti-graffiti layer and the transparent panel,
wherein the light-absorbing layer comprises a polarizing film having a front surface and a rear surface, and a ?/4 film having a front surface and a rear surface, and
wherein the front surface of the polarizing film is attached to the rear surface of the transparent panel, the front surface of the ?/4 film is attached to the rear surface of the polarizing film, and the anti-fog layer is attached to the rear surface of the ?/4 film.

US Pat. No. 10,191,177

APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR METAL DETECTION INVOLVING A MOBILE TERMINAL WITH A DISPLAY

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. An apparatus comprising:at least one first signal loop configured to receive a first signal;
at least one second signal loop magnetically coupled with the at least one first signal loop configured to generate a second signal based on induction when the at least one first signal loop receives the first signal and is magnetically coupled with the at least one second signal loop; and
a signal processor configured to monitor the second signal and determine a presence of at least one metal object dependent on induction interference of the at least one metal object on the second signal when the at least one first signal loop is magnetically coupled with the at least one second signal loop.

US Pat. No. 10,191,173

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EVALUATING ANNULAR MATERIAL USING BEAMFORMING FROM ACOUSTIC ARRAYS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprising:placing a logging tool into a cased well, the logging tool coupled to an array of acoustic transmitters and an array of acoustic receivers;
insonifying, by a plurality of sets of transmitters of the array of acoustic transmitters, each set including at least two transmitters, a casing of the well with a plurality of acoustic signals at a plurality of angles relative to a normal of the casing, wherein each signal of the plurality is generated by one of the sets of the plurality, wherein the plurality of signals are varied over a suitable range of angles relative to the normal of the casing, and wherein insonifying the casing with each of the plurality of acoustic signals further comprises:
applying, by the logging tool, a predetermined time gating of the corresponding set of transmitters in order to pulse each of the transmitters of said set with a selected delay relative to a reference time; and generating an associated acoustic signal based on respective transmissions by transmitters of said set according to said time gating, wherein the sum of the respective transmissions by transmitters of said set creates the associated acoustic signal,
receiving, by a plurality of sets of receivers of the array of acoustic receivers, a plurality of response signals corresponding to the insonification with the plurality of acoustic signals;
based on the plurality of response signals, detecting and selectively exciting a plurality of Lamb modes with specific acoustic signals having specific angle relative to the normal of the casing, and
determining, by the logging tool based at least in part on the specific response signals corresponding to the insonification with the specific acoustic signals, one or more properties associated with an annulus between the casing and a formation of the cased well.

US Pat. No. 10,191,167

CORRECTING THE EFFECTS OF DEVIATION AND DISPERSION ON SONIC LOG MEASUREMENTS OF DEVIATED WELLS IN LAMINATED FORMATIONS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:a) defining, by a processor, Thomsen parameters for each log measurement depth using at least one of one or more formation constituents, one or more predetermined formation constraints, one or more predetermined formation type cut-offs and maximum Thomsen parameters for the formation;
b) correcting, by the processor, shear wave travel time (DTS) and compressional wave travel time (DTC) simultaneously for deviation and dispersion on sonic log measurements of deviated wells using the Thomsen parameters and a non-linear solver;
c) calculating, by the processor, dispersion, shear wave velocity with horizontal polarizations at 90 degrees (VSH90), shear wave velocity with horizontal polarizations at 0 degrees (VSH0), compressional wave velocity at 0 degrees (VP0), compressional wave velocity at 90 degrees (VP90), shear wave velocity at ? degrees (VSV?), and new Thomsen parameters based on the corrected sonic log measurements; and
d) plotting, by the processor, the actual log measurements and the calculated dispersion, VSH90, VSH0, VP0, VP90, VSV?, new Thomsen parameters on separate respective graphs;
e) building, by the processor, a model of the deviated well using the calculated dispersion, VSH90, VSH0, VP0, VP90, VSV?, and new Thomsen parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,191,163

METHOD FOR THE ABSOLUTE CALIBRATION OF THE LOCATION AND ORIENTATION OF LARGE-FORMAT DETECTORS USING LASER RADAR

The United States of Amer...

1. A method of mapping pixel locations of a detector array comprising:measuring a location on the detector array;
initiating a frame readout of the detector array;
measuring a location of one or more metrology targets on the detector array;
analyzing the frame readout to identify a pixel at the location on the detector array measured by the laser radar system; and
defining a location of the identified pixel with respect to the location of the one or more metrology targets.

US Pat. No. 10,191,160

STAGGERED DETECTOR ARRAY FOR LOCATING RADIOACTIVE SOURCES

1. A detector array for locating a radioactive source, comprising:at least twenty slab-shaped detectors configured to detect particles from the radioactive source, each detector being positioned parallel to an aiming plane that runs centrally from the back to the front of the detector array, wherein said at least twenty slab-shaped detectors are stacked face-to-face, wherein said at least twenty slab-shaped detectors are arranged in an alternating sequence of frontward and rearward detectors, and wherein each rearward detector is offset from one or more adjacent frontward detectors by a distance of 1 to 3 times the thickness of each of said at least twenty slab-shaped detectors, and wherein the thickness of each of said at least twenty slab-shaped detectors is 1 to 3 times the average interaction distance of the particles therein; and
a processor configured to be communicatively coupled to said at least twenty slab-shaped detectors and further configured to determine a front-versus-back position of the radioactive source by comparing a frontward detection peak associated with the frontward detectors with a rearward detection peak associated with the rearward detectors.

US Pat. No. 10,191,159

RADIATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A radiation measurement device, comprising:a radiation detector that detects radiation to thereby output a detection current signal;
a metering instrument that has: a signal converter for performing signal conversion of the detection current signal; a signal processor for processing a signal converted by the signal converter; a calculator for calculating an engineering value from a value processed by the signal processor; a selector which can operationally select a normal mode or a test mode; and a test-current generator for generating, when a DC voltage is supplied thereto from a power supply, a test current signal simulated for the detection current signal, and then inputting to the detection current signal, the test current signal to be superimposed thereon; and
a signal input line that connects the radiation detector and the metering instrument to each other, and has an input terminal placed between the radiation detector and the metering instrument, for inputting from the test-current generator;
wherein, when the test mode is operationally selected, the test current signal is superimposed on the detection current signal by the test-current generator, and then they are subjected to signal conversion by the signal converter, and when the normal mode is operationally selected, only the detection current signal is subjected to signal conversion by the signal converter; and
wherein, when the normal mode is operationally selected, the test-current generator interrupts inputting of the test current signal from the test-current generator to the input terminal, and diverts the test current signal to a potential same as a potential at the input terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,158

GNSS RECEIVER CALCULATING A NON-AMBIGUOUS DISCRIMINATOR TO RESOLVE SUBCARRIER TRACKING AMBIGUITIES

1. A receiver for tracking a GNSS positioning signal comprising a carrier modulated by a subcarrier and a spreading code, the receiver comprising:at least one tracking loop configured to calculate a first pseudo range from said GNSS positioning signal,
a first discrimination circuit configured to calculate an ambiguous discriminator value from the subcarrier and the spreading code of said GNSS positioning signal,
a calculation circuit configured to calculate a non-ambiguous value representative of a tracking error of said tracking loop,
a second discrimination circuit configured to select alternately one of said ambiguous discriminator value and said value calculated by the calculation circuit, and to generate a first non-ambiguous discriminator value, an amplitude of which is based on an amplitude of the selected value, and a sign of which is a sign of said value calculated by the calculation circuit, the first pseudo range being calculated using said first non-ambiguous discriminator.

US Pat. No. 10,191,154

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TIME-OF-FLIGHT IMAGING

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising:(a) emitting amplitude-modulated light that illuminates a scene and varying modulation frequency of the light in a sweep of modulation frequency that includes three or more modulation frequencies;
(b) applying an electrical reference signal to a set of pixels in a camera and varying frequency of the reference signal in such a way that frequency of the reference signal is equal to modulation frequency of the light at each of the modulation frequencies of the sweep; and
(c) for each respective pixel in the set of pixels
(i) outputting a vector of cross-correlations measured by the respective pixel at different modulation frequencies during the sweep, in such a way that, for each given modulation frequency in the sweep, the vector includes a measured cross-correlation of the reference signal and of a signal comprising reflected light, which reflected light is at the given modulation frequency and is incident on the respective pixel after reflecting from the scene,
(ii) performing spectral analysis of a discrete-valued signal encoded by the vector, which spectral analysis computes a dual frequency of the discrete-valued signal, and
(iii) calculating, based on the dual frequency
(A) optical path length of a path along which light travels to the respective pixel, or
(B) depth of a scene point that corresponds to the respective pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,191,152

LOW-COST LIGHTWEIGHT INTEGRATED ANTENNA FOR AIRBORNE WEATHER RADAR

Honeywell International I...

1. A weather radar system comprising an integrated radar antenna, the integrated radar antenna comprising a multi-layer circuit board comprising:a slotted array waveguide antenna, wherein the slotted array waveguide antenna comprises a substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) antenna;
radar transmitter electronics in signal communication with the slotted array waveguide antenna, wherein the radar transmit electronics, in conjunction with the slotted array waveguide antenna, are configured to output radar signals;
radar receiver electronics in signal communication with the slotted array waveguide antenna, wherein the radar receiver electronics are configured to receive from the slotted array waveguide antenna radar reflections corresponding to the outputted radar signals.

US Pat. No. 10,191,148

RADAR SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING AZIMUTH THEREIN

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A system for blocking a reflection signal from a ground surface or from an elevation angle direction, the system comprising:two or more main reception antennas configured to receive echo signals reflected from a target, and generate a main reception signal based on the received echo signals;
a single side lobe suppression antenna configured to receive a side lobe suppression reception signal reflected from the ground surface or from the elevation angle direction; and
a radar configured to
compare a magnitude of the main reception signal with a magnitude of the received side lobe suppression reception signal, and
calculate an azimuth angle of the target by using the received main reception signal when the magnitude of the main reception signal is larger than the magnitude of the side lobe suppression reception signal,
wherein the azimuth angle is calculated by using the speed of light, a measured phase difference of the received echo signals, a distance between the two or more main reception antennas, and a frequency of the main reception signal, and
wherein
each main reception antenna of the two or more main reception antennas includes a phase delay unit installed in a center of a line of the each main reception antenna, and configured to adjust, by using the phase delay unit, a first phase and a second phase of the received echo signals with reference to the center of the line of the each main reception antenna, to have the same phase, in the radar, and
the side lobe suppression antenna includes a vertical connection part installed in a center of a line of the side lobe suppression antenna, and configured to adjust, by using the vertical connection part, a first phase and a second phase of the side lobe suppression reception signal with reference to the center of the line of the side lobe suppression antenna, to have 180 degree phase difference, in the radar.

US Pat. No. 10,191,147

ULTRASOUND BASED CONFIGURATION DETECTION OF A MULTIPART ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:a first portion having an ultrasound emitter;
a second portion having an ultrasound sensor, the first portion and the second portion arranged to be movable with respect to each other thereby allowing distance between the ultrasound emitter and the ultrasound sensor to vary, wherein the first portion and the second portion are arranged to be foldable with respect to each other in a folding angle;
a measurement unit configured to measure current propagation delay of an ultrasound wave from the ultrasound emitter to the ultrasound sensor; and
a calculation unit configured to:
calculate current distance between the ultrasound emitter and the ultrasound sensor based on the measured current propagation delay of the ultrasound wave from the ultrasound emitter to the ultrasound sensor; and
determine a current folding angle based on the calculated current distance between the ultrasound emitter and the ultrasound sensor and further based on configuration information about the first portion and the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,143

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CALIBRATING AN IQ MODULATOR

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A method for calibrating an IQ modulator, the method comprising:a) setting one or more control values of the IQ modulator corresponding to a desired constellation point of a constellation diagram to generate an IQ modulating signal;
b) mixing the IQ modulating signal with a carrier signal to generate an IQ modulated transmit signal;
c) transmitting the IQ modulated transmit signal towards a predefined object at a predefined location;
d) receiving a reflection of the IQ modulated transmit signal from the predefined object;
e) mixing the received reflection of the IQ modulated transmit signal with the carrier signal to generate a down-converted receive signal;
f) comparing an amplitude and/or phase of the down-converted receive signal with the desired constellation point of the constellation diagram; and
g) adjusting the one or more control values of the IQ modulator until a deviation between the amplitude and/or phase of the down-converted receive signal and the desired constellation point falls below a predefined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,191,133

MR IMAGING USING MULTI-ECHO SEGMENTED K-SPACE ACQUISITION

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V, ...

1. A method of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of an object placed in an examination volume of a MR device, the method comprising the steps of:subjecting the object to a number of shots of a multi-echo imaging sequence, a train of echo signals being generated by each shot,
acquiring the echo signals, wherein each echo signal represents a k-space profile, wherein k-space is divided into a central k-space part and one or more peripheral k-space parts, wherein the central k-space part is sampled by a single shot of the multi-echo imaging sequence, and wherein the peripheral k-space parts are sampled by one or more further shots of the multi-echo sequence,
wherein sampling of the peripheral k-space parts starts at a position in k-space where the sampling of the central k-space part starts and/or the sampling of the peripheral k-space parts ends at a position in k-space where the sampling of the central k-space part ends,
wherein the k-space profiles acquired from adjacent positions in k-space have adjacent or identical echo index numbers, the echo index number indicating the position of each echo signal within the train of echo signals generated by each shot of the multi-echo imaging sequence, and
reconstructing a MR image from the k-space profiles.

US Pat. No. 10,191,132

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MULTI-SLICE IMAGING OF T2-RELAXATION TIME

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MED...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method comprising:performing a first image acquisition module of a pulse sequence to acquire a first MR data from slices disposed at different locations in a region of interest (ROI) of an object, by applying, to each of the slices, a slice-selective magnetization preparation module and an imaging module, the slice-selective magnetization preparation module being executed with a first T2 preparation time having a first time echo;
performing a second image acquisition module of the pulse sequence, to acquire a second MR data from the slices disposed at the different locations of the ROI, by applying, to each of the slices, the slice-selective magnetization preparation module and the imaging module, the slice-selective magnetization preparation module being executed with a second T2 preparation time having a second time echo different from the first time echo;
generating a T2 map based on the first MR data and the second MR data; and
displaying the T2 map as a viewable medical image of the ROI.

US Pat. No. 10,191,129

OPERATING A MAGNETIC RESONANCE TOMOGRAPH

1. A method for operating a magnetic resonance tomograph having at least one receiving antenna, at least one converter device for analog/digital conversion, and a programmable computing device, the method comprising:generating, by the at least one converter device, digital measured values, the generating comprising digitizing an analog reception signal from the at least one receiving antenna, at least one analog signal derived from the analog reception signal, or a combination thereof;
adding, by a time-coding device, an item of time information that describes a recording time of the digital measured values to each of the digital measured values or to groups of digital measured values comprising a plurality of the digital measured values in order to generate a time-coded data stream; and
further processing, by the programmable computing device, the time-coded data stream.

US Pat. No. 10,191,128

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LOOPS-OVER-LOOPS MRI COILS

Life Services, LLC, Minn...

1. An apparatus for receiving radio-frequency (RF) signals suitable for magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) from radio-frequency (RF) antenna loops that are overlapped and/or concentric, in order to receive signal and improve signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the received signal, the apparatus comprising:a substrate having a first major surface and a second major surface;
a plurality of pairs of RF antenna loops affixed to the substrate including:
a first pair of RF antenna loops,
a second pair of RF antenna loops, and
a third pair of RF antenna loops,
wherein each pair of RF antenna loops in the plurality of pairs of RF antenna loops includes a first RF antenna loop and a second RF antenna loop located such that a center point of the first antenna loop and a center point of the second antenna loop are both located on a single line perpendicular to a plane of the first RF antenna loop,
wherein the first pair of RF antenna loops and the second pair of RF antenna loops are partially overlapped with one another,
wherein the first pair of RF antenna loops and the third pair of RF antenna loops are partially overlapped with one another, and
wherein the second pair of RF antenna loops and the third pair of RF antenna loops are partially overlapped with one another;
a first plurality of pairs of RF receiver units affixed to the substrate including:
a first pair of RF receiver units connected to receive signals from the first pair of RF antenna loops,
a second pair of RF receiver units connected to receive signals from the second pair of RF antenna loops, and
a third pair of RF receiver units connected to receive signals from the third pair of RF antenna loops,
wherein each one of the first plurality of pairs of RF receiver units includes:
a first RF receiver unit operatively connected to the first RF antenna loop of the corresponding pair of RF antenna loops, and
a second RF receiver unit operatively connected to the second RF antenna loop of the corresponding pair of RF antenna loops; and
a first plurality of electronics units mounted on the substrate, wherein the first plurality of electronics units includes:
a first electronics unit connected to receive and add signals from the first pair of RF receiver units,
a second electronics unit connected to receive and add signals from the second pair of RF receiver units, and
a third electronics unit connected to receive and add signals from the third pair of RF receiver units, andwherein each one of the first plurality of electronics units adds the signals from the corresponding pair of RF receiver units in order to generate a decoded output signal that has improved SNR to form a first plurality of output signals;and
electronics operatively coupled to receive the first plurality of output signals from the first plurality of electronics units and configured to process the first plurality of output signals to generate MRI image slices of a patient being imaged.

US Pat. No. 10,191,125

SENSOR UNIT HAVING MAGNETIC SENSORS RESPECTIVELY INCLUDING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTPUT TERMINALS, AND MAGNETIC COLLECTOR MODULE INCLUDING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A sensor unit comprising:a plurality of magnetic sensors, each of which includes:
a magnetic sensing element, which senses a magnetic field;
an encapsulating portion, which encapsulates the magnetic sensing element;
a primary terminal group, which includes a plurality of terminals that project from a primary terminal forming part of the encapsulating portion, wherein the primary terminal forming part is one side of the encapsulating portion; and
a secondary terminal group, which includes a plurality of terminals that project from a secondary terminal forming part of the encapsulating portion, wherein the secondary terminal forming part is an opposite side of the encapsulating portion, which is opposite from the primary terminal forming part of the encapsulating portion about a center line centered between the primary terminal forming part and the secondary terminal forming part; and
a circuit board that has a common surface, to which the plurality of magnetic sensors is mounted, wherein:
among the plurality of magnetic sensors, two adjacent magnetic sensors, which are oriented in a common direction and arranged side by side such that the two adjacent magnetic sensors are placed one after another in a perpendicular direction, which is perpendicular to the center line of each of the two adjacent magnetic sensors and is parallel to a plane of the common surface of the circuit board, and the secondary terminal group of one of the two adjacent magnetic sensors is directly opposed to the primary terminal group of another one of the two adjacent magnetic sensors in the perpendicular direction;
the plurality of terminals of the primary terminal group of each of the plurality of magnetic sensors includes a primary output terminal configured to output an output signal generated based on a measurement value of the magnetic sensing element of the respective magnetic sensor;
the plurality of terminals of the secondary terminal group of each of the plurality of magnetic sensors includes a secondary output terminal configured to output the output signal such that both the primary and secondary output terminals output the output signal of that respective magnetic sensor; and
the primary output terminal and the secondary output terminal are placed asymmetrically to each other with respect to the center line centered between the primary terminal forming part and the secondary terminal forming part in each of the plurality of magnetic sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,191,122

PARAMETER IDENTIFICATION CIRCUIT, METHOD AND POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM APPLYING THE SAME

Silergy Semiconductor Tec...

1. A parameter identification circuit for a digital power converter having an inductor and a capacitor, the parameter identification circuit comprising:a) an inductor parameter circuit configured to receive an inductor current of said inductor, a capacitor voltage of said capacitor, a duty cycle in a start-up stage, and a predetermined inductor current, wherein said inductor parameter circuit is configured to obtain an inductor parameter according to an integrated value of said capacitor voltage, an integrated value of said duty cycle in said start-up stage, and said predetermined inductor current, when said inductor current rises to a level of said predetermined inductor current;
b) a capacitor parameter circuit configured to receive said inductor current, said capacitor voltage, and a predetermined capacitor voltage, wherein said capacitor parameter circuit is configured to obtain a capacitor parameter according to an integrated value of said inductor current and said predetermined capacitor voltage when said capacitor voltage rises to a level of said predetermined capacitor voltage; and
c) wherein said inductor parameter circuit is configured to obtain a product value by multiplying said integrated value of said duty cycle in said start-up stage by an input voltage, and to obtain a difference value by subtracting said integrated value of said capacitor voltage from said product value, wherein said inductor parameter is obtained by dividing said difference value by said predetermined inductor current.

US Pat. No. 10,191,121

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VOLTAGE REGULATOR SELF-BURN-IN TEST

QUANTA COMPUTER INC., Ta...

1. A computer-implemented method for enabling a self-burn-in test of a power supply device (PSD) that comprises a modulation controller and a plurality of power stages, comprising:sending a first signal to switch a specific power stage of the plurality of power stages to an On state;
sending at least one second signal to switch other power stage(s) of the plurality of power stages to a Tri-state, wherein the other power stage(s) functions as a load during a time period that the specific power stage is in the On state; and
collecting output voltage, output current and temperature data from the specific power stage.

US Pat. No. 10,191,120

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING DEFECT OF ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEM

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. An apparatus for detecting a defect of an electric power system, the apparatus comprising:a first state signal output mechanism configured to output a first state signal corresponding to a magnetic force generated at a periphery of a line;
a second state signal output mechanism configured to output a second state signal based on a magnitude of a line current and an increase ratio thereof;
a defect determination mechanism configured to determine whether the electric power system is defective based on the first state signal and the second state signal; and
an optical signal conversion mechanism disposed between the first state signal output mechanism and the defect determination mechanism and configured to convert the first state signal into an optical signal when the first state signal is output from the first state signal output mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,191,119

INSPECTING APPARATUS AND INSPECTING METHOD FOR NONCONTACT POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. An inspecting apparatus for a noncontact power transfer system that includes:a transmitting device including:
a first electrode and a second electrode, and
an alternating-current voltage generating circuit configured to apply an alternating-current voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode; and
a receiving device including:
a third electrode and a fourth electrode,
a receiving circuit configured to convert an alternating-current voltage generated between the third electrode and the fourth electrode to a direct-current voltage, and
a load circuit connected to the receiving circuit,
wherein the noncontact power transfer system is configured to transfer electric power from the transmitting device to the receiving device by a first coupling capacitance formed between the first electrode and the third electrode and a second coupling capacitance formed between the second electrode and the fourth electrode,
the inspecting apparatus comprising:
a coupling capacitance varying unit configured to vary at least one of the first coupling capacitance and the second coupling capacitance when the receiving device is positioned on the transmitting device; and
a monitoring circuit configured to monitor at least one of the alternating-current voltage generated between the third electrode and the fourth electrode of the receiving device, the direct-current voltage or a load current supplied to the load circuit, the alternating-current voltage generated between the first electrode and the second electrode of the transmitting device, and an input voltage or an input current of the alternating-current voltage generating circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,191,116

BATTERY TEST SYSTEM FOR PREDICTING BATTERY TEST RESULTS

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A battery testing system, comprising:a battery test computer comprising a tangible, non-transitory computer-readable medium storing a battery test management system implemented as one or more sets of instructions, wherein the battery test management system comprises a prediction module, a validation module, and a training module, and wherein the battery test computer comprises processing circuitry configured to execute the one or more sets of instructions;
a user interface communicatively coupled to the processing circuitry and configured to provide outputs to a user;
wherein the prediction module is configured predict a result of a standardized battery test conducted on a battery undergoing testing using less than all data required for the standardized battery test conducted on the battery undergoing testing to be completed, and to output, via the user interface, the predicted result and a confidence level associated with the predicted result;
wherein the validation module is configured to determine a validity of the predicted result using final test results from the standardized battery test conducted on the battery, and to output, via the user interface, a representation of the validity;
wherein the training module is configured to update training data using the validity generated by the validation module to update the prediction module;
wherein the prediction module comprises a battery test support vector machine (SVM) constructed using training data obtained from a plurality of battery samples, and the battery test SVM is a binary classification model configured to classify the battery undergoing testing into a pass category or a fail category based on a first feature and a second feature generated from battery test data obtained during the standardized battery test, and wherein the prediction module is configured to output, via the user interface, a plurality of predicted results of the standardized battery test for the battery at time intervals occurring before a full duration of the standardized battery test; and
wherein the standardized battery test simulates the normal operating conditions that would be experienced by the battery undergoing testing over an average lifetime of the particular type of the battery undergoing testing.

US Pat. No. 10,191,114

SYSTEM FOR ANALYSIS OF PARTIAL DISCHARGE DEFECTS OF GAS INSULATED SWITCHGEAR

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. A system for analysis of partial discharge defects of a gas insulated switchgear, comprising:a detecting sensor configured to sense a signal generated from the gas insulated switchgear;
one or more neighboring sensors arranged close to the detecting sensor, and configured to sense a signal generated from the periphery of the detecting sensor;
a controller configured to determine whether the signal sensed by the detecting sensor is a partial discharge signal or not, configured to calculate a partial discharge charge amount and the number of times of partial discharges based on a detection signal sensed by the neighboring sensor when the partial discharge signal is sensed; and
a display unit configured to display partial discharge signal information based on the partial discharge signal or detection signal information based on the detection signal, under control of the controller,
wherein if it is determined that the signal sensed by the detecting sensor is the partial discharge signal,
the controller controls the display unit to display the partial discharge signal information based on the partial discharge signal and the detection signal information based on the detection signal when the partial discharge charge amount and the number of times of partial discharges are more than reference values, and
the controller controls the display unit to display only the partial discharge signal information based on the partial discharge signal when the partial discharge charge amount and the number of times of partial discharges are less than the reference values.

US Pat. No. 10,191,105

METHOD FOR MAKING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING THRESHOLD VOLTAGE MEASUREMENT CIRCUITRY

ATOMERA INCORPORATED, Lo...

1. A method for making a semiconductor device comprising:forming active circuitry on a substrate and comprising a plurality of differential transistor pairs; and
forming threshold voltage test circuitry on the substrate and comprising
a pair of differential test transistors replicating the differential transistor pairs within the active circuitry, each test transistor having a respective input and output, and
at least one gain stage configured to amplify a difference between the outputs of the differential test transistors for measuring a threshold voltage thereof;
wherein the plurality of differential transistor pairs and the pair of differential test transistors each comprises spaced apart source and drain regions, a channel region extending between the source and drain regions, and a gate overlying the channel region;
wherein each of the channel regions comprises a superlattice, the superlattice comprising a plurality of stacked groups of layers with each group of layers comprising a plurality of stacked base semiconductor monolayers defining a base semiconductor portion and at least one non-semiconductor monolayer thereon constrained within a crystal lattice of adjacent base semiconductor portions.

US Pat. No. 10,191,104

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INSPECTION DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INSPECTION METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A system for inspecting a semiconductor device serving as a device under test, the system comprising:a light source configured to generate light to be irradiated to the semiconductor device;
a tester configured to apply a test signal to the semiconductor device;
a light detector configured to detect the light reflected by the semiconductor device and output a detection signal;
a first analyzer configured to measure first phase information;
a second analyzer configured to measure second phase information;
a time base signal generator electrically coupled to the first analyzer and the second analyzer and configured to generate a time base signal and input the time base signal to the first analyzer and the second analyzer; and
a computer electrically coupled to the first analyzer and the second analyzer and configured to determine phase information at a predetermined frequency based on the first phase information and the second phase information,
wherein the detection signal is input to at least one of the first analyzer and the second analyzer.

US Pat. No. 10,191,098

ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT DEVICE

1. An electronic measurement device, comprising:a signal generation unit, which is configured to generate a signal that is applied to an input node of a device under test;
a controlling unit which is configured to control the signal generation unit in that the generated signal is at least adjustable in its signal frequency;
a sweeping unit, which obtains a predefined start frequency value, a predefined stop frequency value, and a predefined step-width value to adjust a signal frequency of the generated signal that is applied to the input node of the device under test; and
at least a receiving unit, wherein the receiving unit retrieves a signal from an output node of the device under test in time domain and has a broadband input bandwidth,
wherein a high impedance probe is applied to an input node of the receiving unit,
wherein the electronic measurement device is configured to perform a normalization procedure prior to a comparing step in order to avoid the influence of one or more internal errors of the electronic measuring device, and
wherein the normalization procedure comprises the following steps:
shorting of an appropriate signal probe that is connected to the receiving unit for retrieving the signal from the output node of the device under test;
stepwise adjusting a signal value of the generated signal;
measuring the retrieved signal with the shorted probe; and
storing a measured value for each adjusted signal value.

US Pat. No. 10,191,097

SQUARE-WAVE-BASED IMPEDANCE ANALYSIS

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. An impedance analyzer to analyze the impedance of a device under test (DUT) over a range of frequencies, the impedance analyzer comprising:a microcontroller to generate a first square wave signal at a first frequency;
parallel signal transmission paths between the microcontroller and the DUT, each parallel path to transmit one of the first square wave signal or a square wave signal based on the first square wave signal, the parallel paths comprising:
a first path comprising a first anti-aliasing filter for filtering the first square wave signal to remove frequencies higher than a first filter frequency, the first path to deliver the first square wave signal to the DUT; and
a second path comprising a clock synthesizer integrated circuit (IC), separate from the microcontroller, to generate a second square wave signal, based on the first square wave signal, at a second frequency, the second path further comprising a second anti-aliasing filter for filtering the second square wave signal to remove second frequencies higher than a second filter frequency, the second filter frequency being higher than the first filter frequency; and
a path selection switch controllable by the microcontroller to select one of the parallel paths.

US Pat. No. 10,191,092

TIME DOMAIN MEASURING METHOD WITH CALIBRATION IN THE FREQUENCY RANGE

1. A method for determining an electric voltage u(t) and/or an electric current i(t) of a RF signal on an electric cable in a calibration plane that compensates for distortions based on input signal reflections, said method comprising:electrically connecting a time domain measuring device to a device under test, said time domain measuring device having measuring inputs which distort parameters to be measured as a result of input signal reflections;
connecting the device under test electrically with the calibration plane;
electrically connecting a directional coupler to the time domain measuring device;
decoupling a first component v3(t) of a first RF signal which, starting out from a signal input, runs in the direction of the calibration plane through the directional coupler feeding said first component into the time domain measuring device at a first measuring input and measured there;
decoupling a second component v4(t) of a second RF signal which, starting out from the calibration plane, runs in the direction of the signal input through the directional coupler;
feeding said second component into the time domain measuring device at a second measuring input and measured there;
transforming the signal components v3(t), v4(t), by a first mathematical operation, into the frequency domain as wave quantities V3(f) and V4;
determining absolute wave quantities a2 and b2 in the frequency domain in the calibration plane from the wave quantities V3(f) and V4(f) using calibration parameters (e00,r, e01,r, e10,r, e11,r);
converting absolute wave quantities a2 and b2, by a second mathematical operation, into the electric voltage u(t) and/or the electric current i(t) of the RF signal in the time domain in the calibration plane;
wherein the calibration parameters link the wave quantities V3(f) and V4(f) mathematically with the absolute wave quantities a2 and b2 in the calibration plane,
wherein the first measuring input of the time domain measuring device has a reflection coefficient ?3?0 and/or the second measuring input of the time domain measuring device has a reflection coefficient ?4?0,
determining the calibration parameters (e00,r, e01,r, e10,r, e11,r are determined, with the aid of a calibration device, in relation to the frequency f and in relation to a reflection coefficient of at least one of the measuring inputs of the time domain measuring device; and
determining the wave quantities a2 and b2 in the measuring step from the wave quantities V3(f) and V4(f) using the calibration parameters (e00,r(?3, ?4), e01,r(?3, ?4), e10,r(?3, ?4), e11,r(?3, ?4));
connecting the signal input of the directional coupler during the calibration step with a first measuring port S1;
connecting the first measuring output of the directional coupler with a second measuring port S3;
connecting the second measuring output of the directional coupler with a third measuring port S4 of the calibration device; and
connecting one or more measuring standards with known reflection coefficients to a signal output of the directional coupler connected with the calibration plane S2;
wherein the calibration parameters (e00,r, e01,r, e10,r, e11,r) link the wave quantity b3 running in at the second measuring port S3 and the wave quantity b4 running in at the third measuring port S4 with the wave quantities b2, a2 running in and out in the calibration plane (14, S2) as follows:
wherein the scattering parameters Sxy (x=1-4, y=1-4) of the scattering matrix S of the four-port with the ports S1, S2, S3, S4, in particular of the directional coupler together with input cables, are determined with the aid of the calibration apparatus, wherein the calibration parameters e00,r, e01,r, e10,r, e11,r in relation to the reflection coefficients of the time domain measuring device ?3 ?4 are determined from the scattering parameters Sxy, wherein the calibration parameters are determined from the scattering parameters as follows:wherein the scattering parameters Sxy are determined through measurement of the values b1/a1, b3/a3, b4/a4, b3/a1 or b1/a3, b4/a1 or b1/a4, b4/a3 or b3/a4 at the measuring ports S1, S3, S4 of the calibration device, wherein in each case preferably the measuring standards Match (M), Open (O), Short (S) with the known reflection coefficients ?M, ?O, ?S are connected as devices under test in the calibration plane S2, where a1, a3, a4 are wave quantities running in at the respective measuring ports S1, S3, S4 and b1, b3, b4 are wave quantities running out at the respective measuring ports S1, S3, S4, and wherein the scattering parameters Sxy are determined by means of the following equations:where:?DUT is the known reflection coefficient of the calibration standard used during the measurement:
are the bx/ay measurable at the measuring ports S1, S3, S4; and
where ?O, ?S, ?M are known reflection coefficients of the calibration standards Open (O), Short (S) and Match (M), and are the bx/ay measurable at the measuring ports with connected calibration standard K.

US Pat. No. 10,191,091

CIRCUIT BOARD WITH IMPLANTED OPTICAL CURRENT SENSOR

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A circuit board with a conductor path having a recess which is arranged along the conductor path such that the conductor path is interrupted, an implant with a left, right, lower and upper edge being arranged in the recess, the circuit board comprising:a conductor arranged in the implant which, with the implant inserted, closes the conductor path separated by the recess, the implant having a first optical layer and a second optical layer and the conductor being arranged between the first and the second optical layers, and the first and the second optical layer each having at least one light-conducting structure with a first end and a second end;
a light-conductor arranged in a right edge region of the implant in which respective second ends of the light-conducting structures are located such that light fed in at the first end of the light-conducting structure of the first optical layer is deflected to the second end of the light-conducting structure of the second optical layer and such that a beam path of the light encompasses the conductor;
an optical transmitter; and
an optical receiver with evaluator;
wherein the optical transmitter and optical receiver form a fiber optic current sensor for current measurement of a current flowing through the conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,191,090

POWER TRANSFORMERS USING OPTICAL CURRENT SENSORS

ALSTOM TECHNOLOGY LTD, B...

1. A method for monitoring a connection condition of a standby power transformer, comprising:measuring a current flowing through a high voltage side of the standby power transformer using at least one optical current sensor disposed proximate to a current flow path of the high voltage side;
using a comb filter to filter the current;
determining, by using a detection logic, whether the filtered current is less than a predetermined threshold value; and
generating, by using the detection logic, an alarm indication that the high voltage side of the standby power transformer is unconnected to a power supply when the filtered current is determined to be less than the predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,191,089

CURRENT SENSING ASSEMBLY EMPLOYING MAGNETIC SENSORS

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A current sensing assembly comprising:a conductor having a first curled portion and a second curled portion, the first curled portion being arranged such that current flowing in a first direction through the conductor flows through the first curled portion in a clockwise direction and the second curled portion being arranged such that current flowing in the first direction through the conductor flows through the second curled portion in a counter-clockwise direction; and
a sensor assembly including a first magnetic sensor disposed in the first curled portion and a second magnetic sensor disposed in the second curled portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,088

INTERCONNECT SENSOR PLATFORM WITH ENERGY HARVESTING

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a housing;
a plurality of power and signal line conductors passing through the housing;
an energy harvesting device, a power controller device and a DC power source provided in the housing, the energy harvesting device inductively coupled to at least one of the plurality of power and signal line conductors, the at least one of the plurality of power and signal line conductors through the energy harvesting device providing energy to the power controller device and the DC power source;
the power controller device having instructions programmed thereon or implemented in the integrated circuit for controlling a flow of power between the energy harvesting device, the DC power source, and a microcontroller;
at least one sensor device in electrical communication with the microcontroller, the at least one sensor device provided in the housing and arranged to detect at least one parameter within the housing and communicate at least one parameter to the microcontroller; and
an output communication channel provided in the housing for communicating data from the microcontroller associated with at least one sensor device.

US Pat. No. 10,191,086

POWER DETECTION CIRCUIT

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an inverter coupled to a first power supply, wherein the inverter is configured to generate a signal dependent upon a second power supply; and
a latch configured to:
store a first value dependent upon a first voltage level of the second power supply and a first value of the signal; and
store a second value dependent upon a second voltage level of the second power supply and a second value of the signal, wherein the second value of the signal is different from the first value of the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,083

MAGNETIC SHIELDED PROBE CARD

1. A method of forming an integrated circuit die, comprising:providing a semiconductor wafer that includes more than one of said integrated circuit die;
testing said semiconductor wafer that includes said more than one of said integrated circuit die using a probe card; and
singulating the wafer to form said integrated circuit die;
said probe card comprising:
a mechanical support fixture having an inner aperture with a plurality of probes secured to said fixture that include probe tips that extend into said inner aperture for contacting probe pads on die of a wafer to be probed, and
at least one magnetic shield comprising a magnetic material that at least substantially surrounds a projected volume over an area that encloses said probe tips of said probes,
wherein said magnetic material has a relative magnetic permeability between 800 and 5,000.

US Pat. No. 10,191,082

CARBON NANOTUBE PROBES AND STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF MEASUREMENT

1. A scanning probe system comprising:a rigid probe subassembly configured for translation;
a tip end nanotube subassembly wherein the tip end nanotube subassembly
is mounted directly to the rigid probe subassembly without an intervening cantilever,
is configured for vibration, and
comprises a multi-wall nanotube having multiple coaxial nanotube walls of different diameters wherein at least one of the walls can slide relative to the other to provide a configuration having a stepped diameter, and wherein each of the walls has a resonant frequency different from a resonant frequency of each other of the walls; and
a motion producing means acting on all or some portions of the nanotube subassembly to induce vibration in the nanotube subassembly in a direction transverse to an axis of the multi-wall nanotube, wherein the motion producing means is operable to induce the vibration at different frequencies including the resonant frequencies of different ones of the walls.

US Pat. No. 10,191,077

DIRECTIONAL DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE DETECTOR

1. A device for detecting a directional differential pressure between two spaces, comprising:an elongated conduit arranged to be coupled with a wall separating the two spaces, the conduit having openings at opposite ends that permit fluid flow between the two spaces through the conduit, wherein the conduit comprises a first portion and a second portion operatively engaged with one another to provide length adjustability of the conduit; and
at least one movable element disposed within the conduit adapted to be moved from one region of the conduit toward an opposing region in response to the differential pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,191,076

AIRFLOW SENSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Board of Trustees of the ...

1. An airflow sensing system, comprising:a first cantilever having a first beam, wherein a bluff body is formed at an end of the first beam for generating aerodynamic forces in response to an airflow;
a second cantilever having a second beam, wherein a second bluff body is formed at an end of the second beam for generating aerodynamic forces in response to the airflow;
a first piezoelectric element positioned on the first cantilever and configured to provide a first electrical signal indicative of a vibration of the first cantilever;
a second piezoelectric element positioned on the second cantilever and configured to provide a second electrical signal indicative of a vibration of the second cantilever;
a control element coupled to the first and second piezoelectric elements and configured to receive the first and second electrical signals, the control element further configured to determine, based on the first and second electrical signals, a velocity of an airflow causing each of the first and second cantilevers to vibrate;
an output device configured to provide an output based on the velocity; and
a shield positioned adjacent to the first cantilever for shielding the first beam from the airflow.

US Pat. No. 10,191,075

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETECT DIRECTION AND VELOCITY OF MOVEMENT OF EQUIPMENT BY USING SINGLE SENSOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An apparatus to detect a direction or a velocity of movement of equipment, the apparatus comprising:a sensor; and
a processor unit configured to:
measure an area of a region of the equipment overlapping a specific region of the sensor as the equipment moves adjacent to the sensor, using the sensor,
determine a voltage value corresponding to the measured area of the region of the equipment,
determine whether one of a first interrupt and a second interrupt occurs, the first interrupt occurring when the determined voltage value reaches a threshold value and the second interrupt occurring when a preset amount of time passes from a time when the sensor starts operating, and
determine a direction or a velocity of the movement of the equipment by using voltage information at times when the first interrupt or the second interrupt occurs and voltage information at a predetermined time before the times when the first interrupt or the second interrupt occurs,
wherein the processor comprises a second calculator to calculate the velocity of the movement of the equipment when the second interrupt occurs, and
wherein the second calculator calculates the velocity of the movement of the equipment by using a combination of a voltage value at a predetermined time before a time when the second interrupt occurs, a voltage value at a time when the second interrupt occurs, the predetermined time, a difference between a maximum value and a minimum value of the converted voltage value, and a length of the equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,191,073

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING AT LEAST ONE SAMPLE

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

1. An apparatus for processing at least one sample, the apparatus comprising:a processing chamber;
a first input for inputting at least a first vessel into the processing chamber;
a second input for inputting at least a second vessel into the processing chamber, wherein the second input is different from the first input;
a rotor, wherein the rotor is formed as a segment of a cylinder, the rotor comprising at least a first compartment located at a first angular position along the rotor cylinder for receiving the first vessel from the first input and a second compartment located at a second angular position along the rotor cylinder for receiving the second vessel from the second input;
a gripping device adapted to at least grip the first vessel and to transport the first vessel from the first input to the first compartment of the rotor; and
a pipetting device adapted to at least pipette a sample from the first vessel and/or the second vessel, wherein the rotor is rotatable at least between a first processing position, at which the first vessel is transportable to the first compartment of the rotor by the gripping device, a second processing position, at which the second vessel is loadable into the second compartment of the rotor from the second input, and a third processing position, at which the sample of the first vessel and/or the second vessel is aspiratable by the pipetting device.

US Pat. No. 10,191,072

REAGENT AND SAMPLE HANDLING DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC TESTING SYSTEM

Abbott Laboratories, Abb...

1. An apparatus comprising:a loading platform of a diagnostic analyzer, the loading platform having a slot to receive a carrier;
a sensor to detect a presence of the carrier in the slot, the sensor including:
an arm pivotably coupled to the loading platform, the arm extending at least partially into the slot, the arm pivoted when the carrier is disposed in the slot and engages the arm; and
an optical detector to detect a position of the arm and determine a presence or absence of the carrier based on the position of the arm; and
a status indicator that provides a first display when the carrier is not present in the slot and provides a second display when the sensor detects the carrier in the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,191,061

MICROWAVE-ASSISTED HEADSPACE LIQUID-PHASE MICROEXTRACTION OF AN ANALYTE

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method for extracting an analyte in a sample comprising:microwave-heating and agitating the sample and a solution in a microwave extraction assembly comprising:
a microwave extraction vial with a bottom portion and a headspace portion and
a porous membrane bag located in the headspace portion of the microwave extraction vial, said porous membrane bag encapsulating a liquid-phase extraction medium, wherein the sample and solution are disposed in the bottom portion, the porous membrane bag does not contact the sample and the solution, the porous membrane bag and the headspace portion are also subjected to the microwave-heating, and the microwave-heating and agitating produces a vapor in the headspace portion; and
extracting the analyte from the vapor to produce a vapor extract within the liquid-phase extraction medium.

US Pat. No. 10,191,060

FUNCTIONALIZED CHROMOPHORIC POLYMER DOTS AND BIOCONJUGATES THEREOF

University of Washington,...

1. A functionalized chromophoric polymer dot (Pdot) comprising:a core and a cap, wherein said core comprises a chromophoric polymer, and said cap comprises a functionalization agent bearing one or more reactive functional groups, with the proviso that less than 100% of the cap is an organo silicate and the proviso that said cap does not encapsulate said core.

US Pat. No. 10,191,054

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE FOR FULL BLOOD COUNT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A microfluidic device for performing a full blood count from a whole blood sample from a finger-prick, the full blood count including measurements of white blood cell differential count, platelet count, red blood cell counts and hemoglobin, the microfluidic device comprising:a first inlet for providing the whole blood sample;
a second inlet for providing a first lysis agent to count white blood cells, the second inlet being located downstream from the first inlet and being connected to a first junction;
a third inlet for providing a quench solution, the third inlet being located downstream from the second inlet and being connected to a second junction;
a first pair of channels connected to and split from the first inlet and meeting at the first junction,
a second pair of channels connected to and split from the third inlet and meeting at the second junction;
a first snake mixing stage configured to mix the first lysis agent and the whole blood sample, the first snake mixing stage being located between the second and third inlets;
a second snake mixing stage configured to mix the quench solution and the mixture of the first lysis agent and the whole blood sample mixed at the first snake mixing stage, the second snake mixing stage being serially connected to the first snake mixing stage and located downstream from the first snake mixing stage and the third inlet, wherein an input of the first snake mixing stage is connected to the first junction, to the second inlet and to the first pair of channels, and wherein an output of the first snake mixing stage is connected to the second junction, to an input of the second snake mixing stage, and to the second pair of channels for providing the quench solution to the input of the second snake mixing stage from the second pair of channels split from the third inlet and meeting at the second junction; and
a channel for providing a second lysis agent to measure the hemoglobin, the channel including a fourth inlet located downstream from the first inlet for providing the second lysis agent into the channel to measure the hemoglobin.

US Pat. No. 10,191,053

METHODS FOR MEASURING AND REPORTING VASCULARITY IN A TISSUE SAMPLE

Flagship Biosciences, Inc...

1. A method for measuring and reporting vascularity in a biological tissue sample, comprising:acquiring at least one digital image of a stained tissue section, wherein the stained tissue section is stained in such a manner to allow identification of at least one vessel object and at least one tissue object;
detecting within the at least one digital image at least one vessel object, wherein the vessel object is selected from the group consisting of fully formed vessels and vessel fragments;
detecting at least one tissue object within the digital image;
calculating a vessel proximity score based on the detected vessel object and tissue object; and
digitally omitting from the vessel proximity score any detected vessels having a diameter or vessel area greater than a maximum vessel size.

US Pat. No. 10,191,044

FLUSHABLE TEST STRIP

1. A diagnostic test strip comprising:a length and a width, wherein the length is greater than the width;
a substrate layer, wherein the substrate layer comprises a material that is water-soluble or water-dispersible;
a first hydrophobic coating; and
a plurality of reaction pads wherein each of the plurality of reaction pads comprises a reagent that participates in a chemical reaction in the presence of an analyte, wherein each of the plurality of reaction pads comprise a liquid absorbent material, and wherein the first hydrophobic coating is between the first side of the substrate layer and the plurality of reaction pads,
wherein a vertical cross-section of the reaction pads comprises at least two sides that are slanted relative to a vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,191,042

CORE-SHELL NANOPARTICLES WITH MULTIPLE CORES AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THEM

The Research Foundation f...

1. Core-shell nanoparticles, each core-shell nanoparticle comprising:a shell containing a gold-silver mixture;
a plurality of discrete, nonconcentric, cores containing an iron-cobalt mixture, each core being within and surrounded by said shell; and
a ligand cap over said shell.

US Pat. No. 10,191,041

DETECTION OF ANALYTES USING METAL NANOPARTICLE PROBES AND DYNAMIC LIGHT SCATTERING

University of Central Flo...

1. An assay method for the detection of an analyte, said method comprising:providing a plurality of probes, said probes comprising metal nanoparticles;
contacting a sample solution suspected of including at least one analyte with said plurality of probes to form an assay solution, wherein in a presence of said analyte, a portion of said probes in said assay solution become aggregated nanoparticles;
directing light toward said assay solution; and
obtaining dynamic light scattering (DLS) data from said assay solution using dynamic light scattering, wherein said DLS data indicates a change in average particle size and/or a change in particle size distribution when said analyte is present in said solution; and
quantifying a concentration of the analyte based on the DLS data.

US Pat. No. 10,191,031

SYSTEM AND METHODS ESTIMATION OF MECHANICAL PROPERTIES AND SIZE OF LIGHT-SCATTERING PARTICLES IN MATERIALS

The General Hospital Corp...

21. A method for determining a viscoelastic modulus of a sample with the use of an optical system, the method comprising:acquiring, with an optical detector, optical data representing time evolution of a speckle associated with light-scattering particles of the sample irradiated with light from a light source;
determining an average size of said light-scattering particles based on an angle-dependent pattern of a diffuse remittance profile (DRP) derived from acquired optical data;
calculating, with a programmable processor, a value of mean square displacement (MSD) of the light-scattering particles and a mechanical property of the sample from the acquired optical data, said MSD being a function of said size; and
estimating, with the programmable processor and from said angle-dependent pattern, an experimentally-determined value of a ratio of a first normalized irradiance to a second normalized irradiance, the first and second normalized irradiances being defined by said angle-dependent pattern at first and second values of an angle, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,191,029

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO EXTEND THE CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION OF AN INVERSION OF THE HODGKIN-HUXLEY GATING MODEL

1. A method to quantify a steady state functions of voltage of a gating variable of a Hodgkin Huxley formalism of a cell comprising the steps of:providing an electrophysiology apparatus configured to provide a voltage difference across a cell membrane of a cell and to measure a current through said cell membrane and a computer configured to run one or more processes including an inversion process of a set of underlying ordinary differential equations of a Hodgkin-Huxley model wherein said inversion process is defined by the equation:
where va ,vb:are time interval of application of the conditioning voltage of a C-step voltage clamp stimulation, i: indexes the gating variables of an Hodgkin-Huxley formalism, yc(i)(v): ith gating variable, i ? [0,1], evaluated at the end of the conditioning pulse of voltage uC and time interval of its application either va or vb, sC(i),sH(i) steady state function of voltage of each gating variable evaluated at the conditioning (uC), and holding s(uH) voltages respectively, of a C-Step voltage clamp stimulation protocol;applying said voltage difference across said cell membrane according to each protocol, and in any order:
a H-step voltage clamp stimulation protocol, and
a C-step voltage clamp stimulation protocol comprising:
applying a fixed holding voltage uH, followed by applying successive conditioning pulses at a plurality of stepped conditioning voltages uC and time intervals of application, va and vb, of the conditioning voltage, following each step of said steps of conditioning pulses, applying a test voltage uT during which test voltage a test current is measured, and wherein said plurality of stepped conditioning voltage uC are higher voltage than said fixed holding voltage uH,
identifying a voltage range RC of said stepped conditioning voltage uC where the channel exhibits measurable and independent currents during the test pulse, with changes of conditioning voltage uc and time intervals va, vb;
For a first time interval of application of said conditioning voltage va, estimating a first yC(i)(va) based on said inversion process, and changing said conditioning voltage and repeating said step of applying until the voltage range RC is found, where measured currents during the test pulse are measurable and independent from one another when the conditioning voltage and its time interval of application are changed;
for a second time interval of application of uC, vb, repeating said step of estimating to estimate a second different yC(i)(vb);
calculating a voltage dependence of the steady state functions sC(i) by solving for the zeros of said objective function, using first yC(i)(va) and second yC(i)(vb);
generating a data set as a solution of said set of underlying ordinary differential equations, said data set comprising a set of said voltage difference, and a measured current from said H-step voltage clamp stimulation protocol and said C-step voltage clamp stimulation protocol; and
estimating by said inversion process a set of gating parameters comprising a steady state as a function of voltage based on said data set to quantify said steady state function of voltage of a gating variable an Hodgkin Huxley formalism channel availability of said cell.

US Pat. No. 10,191,026

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SUGAR CONTENT DETECTOR

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A fruit and vegetable sugar content detector, comprising:a measurement electrode unit comprising two measurement electrodes capable of being inserted into a to-be-detected fruit or vegetable, one end of one of the two measurement electrodes being connected to one end of the other one of the two measurement electrodes;
a resistance detection circuit connected to the measurement electrode unit and configured to detect a resistance between the two measurement electrodes;
a processor connected to the resistance detection circuit and configured to determine, in accordance with the detected resistance between the two measurement electrodes, a sugar content of the to-be-detected fruit or vegetable, and generate sugar content indication information, a storage connected to the processor and configured to store therein a correspondence between the resistance and the sugar content, wherein the processor is configured to inquire the correspondence stored in the storage in accordance with the detected resistance between the measurement electrodes, and determine the sugar content of the to-be-detected fruit or vegetable, wherein the measurement electrodes are each of a cylindrical shape, and a cross section of each measurement electrode has a diameter within a range from 5 ?m to 15 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,191,023

GAS-MEASURING DEVICE

1. A sensor unit for detecting a gas, the sensor unit comprising:a measuring channel;
a gas inlet for introducing environmental gas into the measuring channel;
a gas outlet for removing the environmental gas from the measuring channel;
a shut off valve operatively connected to one of the gas inlet and the gas outlet and configured to close the measuring channel at said one of the gas inlet and the gas outlet;
a pump unit operatively connected to another of the gas inlet and the gas outlet and configured to evacuate environmental gas from the measuring channel by generating a vacuum therein and to close the measuring channel at said other of the gas inlet and the gas outlet, whereby with the shut off valve and the pump unit closing the gas inlet and the gas outlet, the measuring channel is pressure-tight with respect to environmental gas;
a gas sensor operatively connected to the measuring channel for detecting the gas in the environmental gas; and
a heating unit for heating the gas sensor, wherein the sensor unit is configured to be operated in a measuring mode and in a regeneration mode, wherein the measuring channel is evacuated and the gas sensor is heated in the regeneration mode; and
a control unit controlling an operation state of each of the shut off valve, the pump unit and the heating unit and switching over from the regeneration mode to the measuring mode including deactivating the pump unit and the heating element and opening the gas inlet and the gas outlet and switching over from the measuring mode to the regeneration mode including closing the gas inlet and the gas outlet and activating the pump unit and the heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,191,021

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A TEMPERATURE OF A TRANSISTOR

1. A method for estimating junction temperature or die temperature of a transistor of an inverter system, the method comprising:measuring, by a detector, turn-off change in voltage with respect to change in time between a collector and emitter of a transistor in a phase of an inverter;
measuring, by the detector, peak voltage of the transistor between the collector and the emitter, where the measuring of peak voltage of the transistor between the collector and the emitter is triggered by a drop in a voltage applied to a base or a gate of the transistor in an active state; and where upon the triggering the peak voltage of a transient spike in a collector voltage of the transistor is measured via a series of cascaded multimode diodes and a resistive voltage divider;
determining, by an electronic data processor, intermediate parameters of turn-off current, the turn-on current and on-state voltage drop based on the turn-off voltage change and the peak voltage;
determining, by the data processor, the power loss or energy loss for one switching cycle of the transistor based on the turn-off current, the turn-on current and on-state voltage drop between the collector and emitter of the transistor; and
estimating, by the data processor, an associated average junction or die temperature for the transistor over the switching cycle based on the determined energy loss, observed inverter system temperature and thermal characteristic of the inverter system, where an inverter system temperature sensor measures a coolant temperature in a coolant system for cooling the inverter or a housing temperature of an inverter housing.

US Pat. No. 10,191,019

VACUUM-ASSISTED IN-NEEDLE CAPPLICARY ADSORPTION TRAP WITH MULTIWALLED POLYANILINE/CARBON NANOTUBE NANOCOMPOSITE SORBENT

1. A vacuum-assisted in-needle capillary adsorption trap (VA-INACT) system comprising:a first needle including a first end and a second end and a side aperture positioned between the first end and the second end, and the side aperture being configured to provide access to an interior space of the needle;
a second needle placed adjacent to the first needle and including a first end and a second end;
a sorbent coated between the second end and the side aperture within the interior space of the first needle and configured to entrap an analyte attached to a sample placed within a sample vial;
a vacuum flask including a first opening and a second opening and configured to house the sample vial;
a first cover configured to cover an opening of the sample vial;
a second cover configured to cover the first opening of vacuum flask and including three apertures, a first of the three apertures configured to receive the first needle within an interior space of the extraction vial, a second of the three apertures configured to receive the second needle within the interior space of the extraction vial, and a third of the three apertures configured to receive a wire for opening the first cover of the sample vial;
a peristaltic pump including an inlet and an outlet respectively coupled to the second ends of the first and second needles and configured to circulate the extracted analyte though the first needle and the second needle to improve analyte adsorption on the sorbent inside the first needle; and
a vacuum device configured to evacuate the interior space of the vacuum flask and improve the efficiency of the extracting the analyte, wherein:
the vacuum device includes a valve, a vacuum trap and a vacuum pump,
the vacuum flask is coupled to the vacuum trap via a connection tube,
the connection tube connect the vacuum trap to the second opening of the vacuum flask,
the vacuum pump is in communication with the vacuum trap and the vacuum flask and is configured to provide a vacuum within the interior space of the vacuum flask, and
the valve configured to operate between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the closed position the valve disables the communication between the vacuum pump and the vacuum flask and in the open position the valve enables the communication between the vacuum pump and the vacuum flask.

US Pat. No. 10,191,018

DUAL ONLINE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH...

1. A dual online liquid chromatography device comprising:a first pump for injecting a first solvent or a mixed solution containing the first solvent and a second solvent;
a second pump for injecting the first solvent or the mixed solution containing the first solvent and the second solvent;
a sample intake valve connected to the first pump and a sample injector for injecting a sample;
a column selection valve connected to the second pump and the sample intake valve; and
a dual column valve having one side connected to the column selection valve and the other side connected to a first column and a second column, and comprising a plurality of ports, wherein the dual column valve further comprises:
a first column port connected to the first column;
a solid phase extraction column selection port and a solid phase extraction column channel port constituting opposite ends of a first solid phase extraction column (SPE1);
a solid phase extraction column inlet port connected to one side of the column selection valve and selectively connected to the solid phase extraction column selection port or the solid phase extraction column channel port;
a first outlet port adjacent to the solid phase extraction column channel port;
a second outlet port adjacent to the first outlet port;
a second solid phase extraction column selection port and a second solid phase extraction column channel port constituting opposite ends of a second solid phase extraction column (SPE2);
a second solid phase extraction column inlet port connected to the other side of the column selection valve and selectively connected to the second solid phase extraction column selection port and the second solid phase extraction column channel port; and
a second column port connected to the second column.

US Pat. No. 10,191,017

DYNAMIC CHARACTERISTIC CALCULATION APPARATUS AND ITS METHOD FOR MACHINE TOOL

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. An apparatus calculating a dynamic characteristic of a machine tool that executes an interrupted machining of a workpiece by moving a rotational tool having one or plural tool tips relative to the workpiece comprising:a vibration detector configured to detect a vibration property of said rotational tool mounted on the machine tool when said rotational tool is excited to vibrate by a target member prior to the interrupted machining of the workpiece; and
a processor configured to:
calculate a natural frequency of said rotational tool mounted on the machine tool on a basis of said detected vibration property,
replace a pre-excitation natural frequency stored in a memory with said calculated natural frequency, said pre-excitation frequency being determined based on constructional information of said machine tool before said rotation tool is excited to vibrate by the target member, and
generate a command for said machine tool to change a rotational velocity of said rotational tool in said interrupted machining based upon said calculated natural frequency, wherein
said machine tool includes a driving device configured to move said rotational tool relative to said workpiece; and
said rotational tool is excited to vibrate, prior to the interrupted machining of the workpiece, by contacting said rotational tool with said target member mounted on said machine tool without use of man power by driving said driving device without said rotational tool being rotated, or
said rotational tool is excited to vibrate prior to the interrupted machining of the workpiece by contacting said rotational tool with said target member by driving said driving device while said rotational tool is rotated in a counter rotational direction against a rotational direction of the tool when machining.

US Pat. No. 10,191,011

RUGGEDIZED APPARATUS FOR ANALYSIS OF NUCLEIC ACID AND PROTEINS

NetBio, Inc., Waltham, M...

1. An apparatus for processing a sample of biomolecular analyte, the apparatus comprising:a holder for supporting a test module, said test module comprising a transparent plate comprising one or more channels, at least one channel in fluid communication with the sample;
an electrophoresis device connected to the holder and for providing energy to the test module;
a light source for emitting a light beam that excites fluorescence in the sample of biomolecular analyte;
a light detector; and
a plurality of optical devices rigidly mounted to a base plate, the base plate being supported by a frame including at least one damping device to reduce the transmission of vibrations generated below the frame to base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,191,006

HUMIDITY SENSOR

ABLIC INC., (JP)

1. A humidity sensor, comprising:a semiconductor substrate;
an insulating film formed on a surface of the semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of first electrodes and a plurality of second electrodes, both formed on the insulating film and arranged so that each of the plurality of first electrodes is adjacent to one of the plurality of second electrodes in each of four directions of up, down, right, and left when viewed in plan view, while each of the plurality of second electrodes is adjacent to one of the plurality of first electrodes in each of four directions of up, down, right, and left when viewed in plan view, except in a perimeter of the arrangement;
a first metal wiring completely embedded in the insulating film and electrically connecting, through a via, one of the plurality of first electrodes to another one of the plurality of first electrodes;
a second metal wiring completely embedded in the insulating film and electrically connecting, through a via, one of the plurality of second electrodes to another one of the plurality of second electrodes; and
a humidity sensitive film formed on the plurality of first electrodes and the plurality of second electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,191,004

MICROCANTILEVER BASED SELECTIVE VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND (VOC) SENSORS AND METHODS

University of South Carol...

1. A system for identifying a volatile organic compound; the system comprising:a fluid flow path configured for carrying a volatile organic compound;
a power source configured for supplying a driving voltage; and
a triangular microcantilever held in electrical communication with the power source, the microcantilever comprising a first arm extending from a base, a second arm extending from the base, and a tip at a junction of the first arm and the second arm, the first arm having a cross section that decreases in size with a first regular taper, the first regular taper beginning at the base and extending to the tip, the second arm having a cross section that decreases in size with a second regular taper, the second regular taper beginning at the base and extending to the tip, the tip being in the fluid flow path, wherein upon contact between the microcantilever and the volatile organic compound in conjunction with application of the driving voltage to the microcantilever, the first arm exhibits a first electrical resistance, the second arm exhibits a second electrical resistance, and the tip exhibits a third electrical resistance, the third electrical resistance differing from the first and second electrical resistances.

US Pat. No. 10,191,003

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR A MOISTURE DETECTOR

Helvetia Wireless LLC, S...

1. A sensor for detecting a spread of a liquid, the sensor comprising:a substrate;
a first conductor, the first conductor having a first sheet resistance;
a second conductor, the second conductor having a second sheet resistance; and
a processing circuit; wherein:
a magnitude of the first sheet resistance is greater than a magnitude of the second sheet resistance;
a portion of the first conductor is positioned a first distance away from a portion of the second conductor;
a first portion of the liquid is positioned relative to a first end portion of the first conductor in accordance with a first voltage applied between the first end portion of the first conductor and a first end portion of the second conductor;
a second portion of the liquid is positioned relative to a second end portion of the first conductor in accordance with a second voltage applied between the second end portion of the first conductor and the first end portion of the second conductor;
the first portion of the liquid is positioned a second distance away from the second portion of the liquid along the first conductor;
the second distance relates to the spread of the liquid with respect to the first conductor;
the processing circuit determines a third distance from the first end portion of the first conductor to the first portion of the liquid in accordance with the first voltage;
the processing circuit determines a fourth distance from the second end portion of the first conductor to the second portion of the liquid in accordance with the second voltage; and
the processing circuit relates a position of at least one of the third distance from the first end portion of the first conductor and the fourth distance from the second end portion of the first conductor to a position on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,191,001

CONVEYOR-BELT SYSTEM FOR MEASURING CONDITIONS THAT VARY THE RESONANT FREQUENCY OF A RESONANT CIRCUIT

Laitram, L.L.C., Harahan...

1. A conveyor belt comprising:an endless belt body;
a plurality of resonant circuits disposed at sensor positions in the endless belt body, each of the resonant circuits including:
an inductor; and
a capacitor connected to the inductor to form the resonant circuit with a resonant frequency determined by the inductance of the inductor and the capacitance of the capacitor;
a plurality of capacitor plates, wherein each of the resonant circuits is connected to one or more capacitor plates to capacitively couple the resonant circuit through one or more stationary capacitor plates external to the conveyor belt;
wherein at least one of the inductance of the inductor and the capacitance of the capacitor is varied by a varying condition affecting the conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,190,999

NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE AND SATURATION WELL LOGS FOR DETERMINING FREE WATER LEVEL AND RESERVOIR TYPE

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

5. A method for determining characteristics of a hydrocarbon reservoir, the method comprising:conducting, using a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) logging tool, a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) logging operation of a targeted reservoir section of a wellbore extending into a hydrocarbon reservoir to generate a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) log of the targeted reservoir section;
conducting, using a resistivity logging tool, a resistivity logging of the targeted reservoir section to generate an uninvaded water saturation (Sw) log of the targeted reservoir section;
determining, by a control unit, for each of a plurality of depths in the targeted reservoir section, a T2 cutoff point for the depth based on values of the NMR log and the uninvaded water saturation (Sw) log for the depth;
identifying, by the control unit, a subset of the T2 cutoff points that exhibit a hyperbolic trend;
determining, by the control unit, a theoretical cutoff curve corresponding to the subset of the T2 cutoff points;
determining, by the control unit, a free water level (FWL) of the reservoir based on the theoretical cutoff curve; and
determining, by the control unit, a rock type of the reservoir based on the theoretical cutoff curve.

US Pat. No. 10,190,997

X-RAY DEVICE, METHOD, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR STRUCTURE, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH PROGRAM IS RECORDED

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. An X-ray device comprising:an irradiator configured to irradiate an X-ray to a measuring object;
a detector configured to detect transmission X-ray transmitted through the measuring object; and
a controller connected to the irradiator and the detector, and configured to:
generate first information, based on an image reconstructed from a result of detecting the transmission X-ray, the first information including information of an area in which an absorption coefficient of X-ray detected falls within a first range and information of an area in which an absorption coefficient of X-ray detected falls within a second range that is different from the first range;
acquire ratio information indicating a ratio between a first substance and a second substance included in the measuring object;
based on the ratio information and the first information, generate second information including information of an area which corresponds to the first substance and in which an absorption coefficient of X-ray falls within a third range obtained by merging the first range and the second range, so that a frequency distribution of signal intensity representing the absorption coefficient within the first range and the absorption coefficient within the second range is reconstructed to a frequency distribution of signal intensity representing the absorption coefficient within the third range; and
generate a modified image in which an area corresponding to the first substance is determined based on the second information.

US Pat. No. 10,190,996

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING ROTARY TABLE

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. A method for controlling a rotary table for rotating an object disposed on the rotary table, the method comprising:intermittently rotating the rotary table by a minute angle;
shifting the rotary table in a two-dimensional direction orthogonal to a rotation axis of the rotary table; and
performing, using a processor, control of a shift position of the rotary table in the two-dimensional direction in synchronization with rotation of the rotary table, wherein rotation is made possible about a virtual rotation center that is set at an arbitrary position on the rotary table, the performing the control comprising:
setting coordinates (a, b) of a position as a rotation center of the rotary table represented by a=L cos ? and b=L sin ?;
moving the rotation center to a new position (a?, b?) with rotation of ??;
shifting “a” by L cos(?+??)?L cos ?;
shifting “b” is shifted by L sin(?+??)?L sin ?, in order to bring the new position (a?, b?) back to the original position (a, b); and
correcting rotation eccentricity owing to eccentricity of the rotary table;
producing an eccentricity correction table in advance;
calculating a destination of the center of the rotary table;
interpolating an eccentric amount in the eccentricity correction table to calculate an eccentric amount r? of a rotation angle ?;
thereafter calculating a correction amount from the eccentric amount;
correcting the destination of the center of the rotary table is corrected on the eccentricity;
calculating a center C?? of the rotary table after the correction; and
shifting the center of the rotary table to the center C??, while the rotary table is rotated by a rotation angle ?.

US Pat. No. 10,190,994

APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR INSPECTION OF AT LEAST SIDE FACES OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus for inspecting at least side faces of a semiconductor device comprising:a camera, defining an imaging beam path;
a mirror block, having a first mirror, a second mirror, a third mirror, and a fourth mirror, the mirrors being arranged such that they surround a free space in the form of a rectangle, and the opposing first mirror and third mirror are fixedly mounted and the opposing second mirror and fourth mirror are movably mounted; and
a tilted mirror, for directing an image of at least the side faces semiconductor device from the mirror block to the camera.

US Pat. No. 10,190,992

STRUCTURE STATUS DETERMINATION DEVICE, STATUS DETERMINATION SYSTEM, AND STATUS DETERMINATION METHOD

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A status determination device comprising:a displacement calculation circuit that, from time-series images of a structure surface before and after loading application, calculates a two-dimensional spatial distribution of a displacement of the time-series images;
a correction amount calculation circuit that calculates a correction amount based on a moving amount of the structure surface in a normal direction due to the loading application, from the two-dimensional spatial distribution of the displacement of the time-series images;
a displacement correction circuit that extracts a two-dimensional spatial distribution of a displacement of the structure surface, by subtracting the correction amount from the two-dimensional spatial distribution of the displacement of the time-series images; and
an abnormality determination circuit that identifies a defect of the structure, based on comparison between the two-dimensional spatial distribution of the displacement of the structure surface and a prepared spatial distribution of a displacement having been prepared in advance.

US Pat. No. 10,190,989

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSPECTING APPEARANCE OF OBJECT USING IMAGES PICKED UP UNDER DIFFERENT LIGHT QUANTITIES

DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED, ...

1. An apparatus for inspecting an appearance of an object, comprising:a lighting unit radiating light to an object being inspected, the lighting unit being capable of selectively adjusting a quantity of the light to a first light quantity and a second light quantity, the second light quantity being different from the first light quantity;
a camera optically imaging the object, the camera being fixed positionally; and
a control unit configured to
control the lighting unit and the camera so as to provide a first image picked up by the camera in a state where the light is selected to be of the first light quantity and is radiated to the object and a second image picked up by the camera in a state where the light is selected to be of the second light quantity and is radiated to the same object, each of the first and second images being composed of pixels having pixel values;
calculate differences, pixel by pixel, between the pixel values of the first image and the pixel values of the second image; and
determine whether the object has a non-defective appearance or a defective appearance based on a comparison between the calculated differences of the pixel values and reference pixel values which are set, pixel by pixel, as a reference for the determination,
wherein the reference pixel values are set as difference pixel values between pixel values of a third image and pixel values of a fourth image, the third image being picked up by the camera in a state where the light is selected to be of the first light quantity and is radiated to a reference object which serves as a reference to the object being inspected, the fourth image being picked up by the camera in a state where the light is selected to be of the second light quantity and is radiated to the reference object.

US Pat. No. 10,190,986

SPATIALLY RESOLVED LIGAND-RECEPTOR BINDING ASSAYS

Abbott Laboratories, Abb...

1. A method for determining the concentration of an analyte in a sample comprising the steps of:(a) combining in a reaction mixture (i) a sample suspected of containing an analyte, (ii) a first receptor attached to a microparticle that binds to the analyte, and (iii) a fluorescently labeled second receptor that binds to the analyte, and allowing formation of a complex comprising the microparticle attached to the first receptor, the analyte, and the fluorescently labeled second receptor;
(b) acquiring a white light image of the reaction mixture in order to determine the location of the microparticle in the reaction of step (a) and a fluorescence image of the reaction mixture in order to determine the location of the fluorescently labeled second receptor in the reaction of step (a);
(c) selecting at least one region of interest from the images acquired in step
(b), wherein the at least one region of interest is a region from which light signals emanate from the complex formed in step (a);
(d) selecting pixels in the at least one region of interest for analysis;
(e) calculating and recording the average and variance of the counts per pixel for the pixels selected in step (d), wherein the counts per pixel is the number of photons counted per pixel per unit of time;
(f) omitting pixels that have counts greater or less than a specified variance;
(g) calculating average counts per pixel of the remaining pixels; and
(h) determining the concentration of the analyte from the data in step (g).

US Pat. No. 10,190,985

SPECTROMETRY DEVICE AND SPECTROMETRY METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A spectroscopic measurement apparatus for measuring luminous efficiency of a measurement object which outputs up-conversion light by input of excitation light, the apparatus comprising:a light source configured to output the excitation light with a wavelength of 980 nm;
an integrator including an internal space in which the measurement object is disposed, a light input portion configured to input the excitation light from the light source to the internal space, and a light output portion configured to output light from the internal space to the outside;
a filter unit having a transmission spectrum in which an attenuation rate for the excitation light is larger than an attenuation rate for the up-conversion light, and configured to attenuate the light output from the light output portion in accordance with the transmission spectrum;
a spectroscopic detector configured to disperse the light attenuated and output by the filter unit, and acquire spectroscopic spectrum data; and
an analysis unit configured to analyze the luminous efficiency of the measurement object on the basis of transmission spectrum data of the transmission spectrum of the filter unit and the spectroscopic spectrum data.

US Pat. No. 10,190,958

PROBE PERMEAMETRY ON UNCONSOLIDATED FORMATIONS

New England Research, Inc...

1. A method for measuring permeability of a formation using a probe permeameter, comprising:confining a sample of the formation in a container;
covering the formation sample with a screen having a plurality of perforations therein, the screen being configured to conform to irregularities in a surface of the formation sample;
applying the probe permeameter to at least one selected perforation in the screen, wherein the screen distributes a load from the probe permeameter sufficiently so as not to deform the sample and thereby provides a fluid tight seal between probe tip and the formation sample;
and measuring permeability of the formation at the at least one selected perforation.

US Pat. No. 10,190,956

TRUE DENSITY MEASUREMENT DEVICE

MicrotracBEL Corp., Osak...

1. A true density measurement device for measuring a true density of an object to be measured with a gas phase substitution method, the true density measurement device comprising:a sample chamber that houses the object to be measured, and is pressurized by introducing an inert gas into the sample chamber;
an expansion chamber into which the inert gas having been introduced into the sample chamber is released;
a capacity changing member that can be housed in the expansion chamber; and
a notifying section that recommends use of the capacity changing member based on a relationship between a previously obtained capacity of the expansion chamber and a measurement error, wherein;
the expansion chamber is opened and closed by a lid which can be attached or detached under normal usage conditions, and has a variable capacity that is changed by inserting or removing the capacity changing member.

US Pat. No. 10,190,952

GUEST-COMPOUND-ENVELOPING POLYMER-METAL-COMPLEX CRYSTAL, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, METHOD FOR PREPARING CRYSTAL STRUCTURE ANALYSIS SAMPLE, AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING MOLECULAR STRUCTURE OF ORGANIC COMPOUND

JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOL...

1. A polymer-metal complex crystal including a compound (A) as a guest compound, the polymer-metal complex crystal consisting of:a polymer-metal complex represented by [[M(X)2]3(L)2]n (wherein M is a metal ion, X is a monovalent anion, L is a tridentate ligand represented by a formula (1),
wherein Ar is a substituted or unsubstituted trivalent aromatic group, X1 to X3 are independently a divalent organic group, or a single bond that directly bonds Ar and Y1, Y2, or Y3, and Y1 to Y3 are independently a monovalent organic group having a coordinating moiety, and n is an arbitrary natural number), wherein the polymer-metal complex has a three-dimensional network structure that is formed by the metal ion and the ligand that is coordinated to the metal ion, and the polymer-metal complex comprising pores and optionally voids, said pores being identical to each other such that they are three-dimensionally arranged in the three-dimensional network structure in an ordered manner; anda compound (A) selected from the group consisting of an aliphatic hydrocarbon, an alicyclic hydrocarbon, an ether, an ester, an aromatic hydrocarbon selected from the group consisting of benzene, toluene, xylene, mesitylene and naphthalene, anthracene, and phenanthrene, a halogenated hydrocarbon, and a nitrile, the compound (A) being included in the pores as a guest compound.

US Pat. No. 10,190,943

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR INSPECTING ROLLING ELEMENTS BY MEANS OF ULTRASOUND

ThyssenKrupp Rothe Erde G...

1. A method for inspection of rolling elements by means of ultrasound comprising:individually taking the rolling elements to an ultrasound measuring device, wherein the rolling elements are of spherical shape;
arranging the individual rolling elements in a center between two drive rollers of the ultrasound measuring device;
moving the individual rolling elements in the ultrasound measuring device and subjecting the individual rolling elements to an ultrasound measurement,
wherein in the moving step, the drive rollers are turned with a same speed and in a same direction about a common axis of rotation, such that the individual rolling elements placed thereupon are also turned about an axis arranged parallel to the common axis of rotation of the drive rollers, and such that a circumferential line of the individual in rolling elements is moved past a stationary ultrasound head,
wherein after a complete rotation, an opposite running drive of the drive rollers produces a rotation of the individual rolling elements about a vertical axis, and
wherein during another synchronous rotation of the drive rollers, a different circumferential line in a manner of a circle of longitude is moved past an assigned measuring device; and
classifying the individual rolling elements, depending on a result of the ultrasound measurement the individual rolling elements, as defective or nondefective.

US Pat. No. 10,190,928

FLEXIBLE SENSOR FOR MEASURING FLEX OR TORQUE

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A sensor comprising:a printed circuit board (PCB) comprising a slot extending from an outer edge of the PCB to an inner portion of the PCB, the slot defining a first inner-slot surface and a second inner-slot surface facing, across the slot, the first inner-slot surface, the first and second inner-slot surfaces being separated by a gap when the PCB is in an unflexed state, the slot being configured to permit the PCB to flex so as to vary a relative position of the first inner-slot surface with respect to the second inner-slot surface;
a capacitive structure on the PCB comprising:
a first electrode on a portion of the first inner-slot surface of the PCB; and
a second electrode on a portion of the second inner-slot surface of PCB, the second electrode aligned with the first electrode across the slot; and
mechanical coupling sites arranged on the PCB such that mechanical variations in a structure to which the sensor is attached cause the PCB to flex and vary a relative position of the first electrode with respect to the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,190,927

TACTILE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING TOUCH FEELING

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A tactile sensor, comprisinga sensor part that is formed in a substrate, wherein
the sensor part includes:
a frame that includes a side part of the substrate;
a contact that is disposed in parallel to the substrate so that a tip of the contact projects from a side face of the substrate;
a suspension that supports the contact to the frame; and
a displacement detector that detects displacement of the contact.

US Pat. No. 10,190,920

ENVIRONMENT SENSOR FOR ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT

Music Nomad LLC, Sonoma,...

1. A sensor device for an acoustic instrument having a sound hole, comprising:an assembly, comprising:
a body comprising a top, a bottom, and at least one sidewall extending between the top and bottom, wherein the top, the bottom, and the least one sidewall define an internal cavity, and the sidewall includes at least one opening; and
a support member coupled to the top of the body to form an assembly, the support member including a planar surface and a display arranged within the planar surface; and
a sensor contained within the assembly;
wherein the support member forms a right angle relative to the top of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,190,916

SYSTEM FOR TRUE THERMAL-LIGHT APPLICATIONS

U.S. Department of Energy...

1. A system for type-2 ghost imaging of an object located in a turbulent air section or obstructed by a turbulent air section, the system comprising:a true thermal light source emitting light, the light travelling in a first optical path;
a beamsplitter optically connected to the true thermal light source, the beamsplitter configured to split the first optical path into a second and third optical path of substantially equal lengths;
a surface optically connected to either the second or third optical path, the object optically connected to the remaining optical path;
a narrowband spectral filter; and
at least one detector optically connected to both the second and third optical path, the at least one detector having a predetermined spatial resolution and a predetermined temporal resolution,
wherein the object is located on one side of the turbulent air section and the at least one detector is located on another side of the turbulent air section.

US Pat. No. 10,190,911

TARGETING SYSTEM FOR COLOR MEASUREMENT DEVICE

X-Rite, Inc., Grand Rapi...

1. A targeting system for a spectrophotometer for a targeting a sample plane, comprising:a plurality of fiber channels, comprising:
at least one measurement channel; and
at least one illumination channel;
a slit assembly comprising:
a translucent layer disposed adjacent the plurality of fiber channels,
reflective portion disposed adjacent the translucent layer; and
a slit;
wherein each fiber channel comprises a first end, the first end offset from the reflective portion of the slit assembly to allow light transfer from one fiber channel to an adjacent at least one measurement channel;
a first light source in optical communication with a second end of the at least one illumination channel; and
a second light source;
wherein the sample plane is in optical communication with a second end of the at least one measurement channel;
wherein during a targeting mode light is transmitted from the first light source, through the at least one illumination channel, reflected off the slit assembly, transmitted through the measurement channel, and onto the sample plane; and
wherein during a measurement mode, the sample plane is illuminated by the second light source in a same location as during the targeting mode, such that light reflected off the sample plane travels through the at least one measurement channel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,894

TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONTROLLING DEGRADATION OF SENSING CIRCUITS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A sensor mote for performing a sensor function, the sensor mote comprising:a housing, wherein at least a portion of the housing is biodegradable;
at least one sensor located in the housing to produce sensor data indicative of a sensed stimulus;
a controller located in the housing to receive the sensor data and control operations of the sensor mote,
wherein the controller is to detect a trigger event and initiate degradation of the portion of the housing in response to detection of the trigger event; and
a communication subsystem to transmit a trigger signal to an another sensor mote in response to detection of the trigger event.

US Pat. No. 10,190,891

OPTICAL ENCODER FOR DETECTING ROTATIONAL AND AXIAL MOVEMENT

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An optical encoder for an electronic device, the optical encoder comprising:an elongated shaft;
a crown attached to a first end of the elongated shaft;
a set of surface forms disposed on the shaft, the set of surface forms created as a byproduct of forming the shaft;
an optical sensor comprising a light emitter configured to emit light towards the set of surface forms;
a plurality of photodiodes arranged in an array and configured to receive diffusively reflected light from the set of surface forms; and
a processor operably connected to the plurality of photodiodes;
wherein:
a rotational movement of the elongated shaft changes the diffusely reflected light;
a translational movement of the elongated shaft changes the diffusely reflected light;
changes in the diffusely reflected light produce changes in an output of the plurality of photodiodes;
the processor is configured to analyze changes in the output of the plurality of photodiodes and determine a direction of rotation of the elongated shaft when the elongated shaft is rotated;
the processor is configured to analyze changes in the output of the plurality of photodiodes and determine a direction of translation of the elongated shaft when the elongated shaft is translated; and
the processor is configured to analyze changes in the output of the plurality of photodiodes and determine the direction of rotation and the direction of translation when the elongated shaft is rotated and translated.

US Pat. No. 10,190,890

CAPACITANCE-TO-VOLTAGE CONVERSION CIRCUIT

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A capacitance-to-voltage conversion circuit comprising:a variable capacitance element having a capacitance value that depends on a physical quantity applied to the variable capacitance element;
an integration circuit that outputs a voltage by integrating electric charges generated by the variable capacitance element;
a first sample and hold circuit that samples and holds the voltage output from the integration circuit; and
a second sample and hold circuit that simultaneously samples and holds the voltage in synchronism with the first sample and hold circuit during at least an initial sampling period of the first sample and hold circuit,
wherein the second sample and hold circuit further samples the voltage at a rear-end period in a subsequent sampling period of the first sample and hold circuit after the initial sampling period.

US Pat. No. 10,190,888

SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENTS WITH LINEAR POSITION ASSEMBLY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical stapling instrument, comprising:an elongate body having a proximal end and a distal end, the elongate body including a longitudinally translatable central shaft;
a cartridge assembly coupled to the distal end of the elongate body and defining a longitudinal axis, the cartridge assembly including a staple cartridge;
an anvil assembly selectively connectable to a distal end of the central shaft; and
a linear position assembly including:
a pair of opposing magnets mounted to the central shaft, wherein each magnet generates a magnetic field, the pair of opposing magnets each having a north pole and a south pole and being oriented such that the north poles of the pair of opposing magnets are adjacent one another or the south poles of the pair of opposing magnets are adjacent one another; and
a plurality of sensors fixed within the cartridge assembly and configured to sense a change in the magnetic fields upon a longitudinal movement of the pair of opposing magnets in response to an actuation of the central shaft to determine a linear position of the anvil assembly along the longitudinal axis relative to the staple cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,190,887

MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, INFORMATION PROVISION METHOD, INFORMATION PROVISION CODE, AND INFORMATION PROVISION SYSTEM

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A mobile electronic device comprising:a storage configured to store a plurality of items of information including a first item of information and a second item of information;
a display configured to display the first item of information and the second item of information; and
a controller configured to
cause the display to display a screen,
in response to that a movement state of the mobile electronic device is determined to be a first movement state,
cause the display to maintain displaying the screen and to start displaying an item based on the first item of information in accordance with the first movement state among the plurality of items of information at a first position on the screen, and
in response to that a movement state of the mobile electronic device is determined to be a second movement state,
cause the display to maintain displaying the screen and to start displaying, instead of the item based on the first item of information, an item based on the second item of information in accordance with the second movement state among the plurality of items of information at the first position on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,190,885

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING SERVICE USING A SENSOR AND IMAGE RECOGNITION IN A PORTABLE TERMINAL

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a camera;
a display;
a storage storing instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to at least:
obtain real-time images from the camera,
identify an object within the obtained real-time images,
display an augmented reality (AR) graphical object related to the identified object on the display while obtaining the real-time images,
based on an input corresponding to a capture event, generate a first image by combining the AR graphical object and one of the obtained real-time images only while displaying the AR graphical object on the display,
store the generated first image in the storage, and
display the generated first image stored in the storage on the display in response to executing an application related to the generated first image including the AR graphical object.

US Pat. No. 10,190,882

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO FACILITATE HAVING ADEQUATE VEHICLE POWER

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A method, comprising:determining an estimated remaining power capacity of a vehicle source of electric power that will remain after travelling along an identified route to an identified destination for each of a plurality of driving modes including a current driving mode;
determining whether any of the estimated remaining power capacities will be sufficient for travelling from the identified destination to at least one known location where increasing the power capacity of the vehicle source of electric power is possible; and
providing an indication of at least one recommendation regarding the remaining power capacity of the vehicle source of electric power prior to reaching the identified destination when the estimated remaining power capacity for the current driving mode will not be sufficient for travelling from the identified destination to the at least one known location, the at least one recommendation including an indication prompting a driver to use one of the plurality of drive modes different from the current driving mode that results in an estimated remaining power capacity that is sufficient for travelling from the identified destination to the at least one known location.

US Pat. No. 10,190,880

ELECTRONIC TIMEPIECE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An electronic timepiece comprising:a first indicating hand;
a second indicating hand;
a receiver that receives position identification information for identifying a current position;
a magnetic sensor; and
a controller that determines a direction to a destination based on the position identification information received by the receiver, an output from the magnetic sensor, and destination information representing a position of the destination and determines a distance to the destination based on the position identification information and the destination information,
wherein the first indicating hand indicates the direction to the destination, and the second indicating hand displays the distance to the destination.

US Pat. No. 10,190,879

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING GROUND POSITION CHANGES

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A system for detecting localized ground position changes with an overall area, comprising:a plurality of lighting units each fixed to the ground and mounted within the overall area, wherein each lighting unit comprises a movement detection and/or positioning system and a transmitter for transmitting movement and/or positioning information to a remote central processing unit; and
the central processing unit for receiving the movement and/or positioning information from the plurality of fixed lighting units and adapted to process the received positioning information to identify local ground position changes;
wherein the central processing unit is adapted to identify a local around position change based on position and/or movement information from a plurality of lighting units in close proximity to each other having correlated ground position changes, and optionally wherein the correlated position changes correspond to position changes in the same direction or towards or away from a common point.

US Pat. No. 10,190,878

UNIVERSAL LIQUID ANGLE INDICATOR

1. A liquid angle indicator, consisting of the base with a graduated glass tube attached to it, which contains liquid and an indicator, i.e. an air bubble, differing by having an open loop semicircular glass tube, its ends are attached to the rectangular plate (base). (FIG. 1).

US Pat. No. 10,190,874

METROLOGY OF MULTIPLE PATTERNING PROCESSES

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A method comprising:providing a first amount of illumination light to a first plurality of measurement sites on a semiconductor wafer, wherein each of the first plurality of measurement sites includes at least one multiple patterned metrology target characterized by at least one parameter of interest generated by at least two patterning steps of a multiple patterning process, wherein a pitch of the at least one multiple patterned target fabricated by the multiple patterning process is a multiple of a pitch of a mask of a lithography system employed as part of the multiple patterning process, wherein the at least one parameter of interest is indicative of a geometric error that results from the multiple patterning process, wherein at least one of the multiple patterned metrology targets located at one or more of the first plurality of measurement sites is different from at least one of another of the multiple patterned metrology targets;
detecting an amount of light from each of the first plurality of measurement sites in response to the first amount of illumination light provided to each of the first plurality of measurement sites on the semiconductor wafer, the detected amount of light comprising a first amount of optical measurement data;
receiving the first amount of optical measurement data associated with the measurements of the first plurality of measurement sites on the semiconductor wafer;
determining a value of the at least one parameter of interest associated with each of the first plurality of measurement sites based on the first amount of measurement data and a signal response metrology (SRM) model, wherein the SRM model is an input-output model measurement model that directly relates the received optical measurement data to a value of the at least one parameter of interest; and
storing the value of the at least one parameter of interest in a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,190,872

PHOTODETECTION DEVICE INCLUDING INTERFERENCE ELEMENT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A photodetection device, comprising:an image sensor that includes first pixels and second pixels;
an interference element that includes incident regions; and
illumination that emits light in a first wavelength band and light in a second wavelength band different from the first wavelength band, wherein
the interference element:
causes first interference of part of the light in the first wavelength band incident on two incident regions that are included in the incident regions and that are adjacent to each other, and guides resultant light of the first interference to any of the first pixels and guides another part of the light in the first wavelength band incident on the two incident regions to any of the second pixels, and
causes second interference of part of the light in the second wavelength band incident on the two incident regions, and guides resultant light of the second interference to any of the first pixels and guides another part of the light in the second wavelength band incident on the two incident regions to any of the second pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,190,869

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing device, comprising:a processor configured to:
collect information indicating a plurality of visual target positions from a plurality of viewpoints, wherein the plurality of viewpoints are in a space;
evaluate a plurality of positions in the space based on density of the plurality of visual target positions;
control an image sensor to obtain image data, wherein the image sensor obtains the image data based on an imaging operation on an inside of the space;
acquire the image data from the image sensor;
edit the image data based on the evaluated plurality of positions in the space; and
generate, based on the edited image data, free-viewpoint image data to provide a free viewpoint image.

US Pat. No. 10,190,868

METROLOGY SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT EMPLOYING AUTOMATIC TRANSITIONING BETWEEN UTILIZING A LIBRARY AND UTILIZING REGRESSION FOR MEASUREMENT PROCESSING

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

9. A metrology system, comprising:(1) a computer subsystem for:
operating the metrology system in a first mode to perform measurement processing utilizing a library, including:
(a) collecting, by the metrology system, signals from a fabricated semiconductor device by:
a light source of the metrology system directing light towards one or more areas of the fabricated semiconductor device, and
a detector of the metrology system receiving light reflected from the one or more areas of the fabricated semiconductor device, generating the signals responsive to the received light, and outputting the signals to a computer subsystem, and
(b) processing the signals utilizing the library to obtain measurements for the fabricated semiconductor device;
while operating the metrology system in the first mode, determining that a first predetermined condition has been met, including that a quality of a measurement is below a predefined threshold quality; and
in response to determining that the first predetermined condition has been met, automatically transitioning the metrology system from operating in the first mode to operating in a second mode to perform the measurement processing in association with the measurement, utilizing regression, the transitioning being performed by:
automatically selecting, by the metrology system, fixed parameters that are to be added as floating parameters for the measurement processing utilizing the regression, and
adding the selected fixed parameters as the floating parameters for the measurement processing utilizing the regression; and
(2) a dedicated regression processing cluster of the metrology system or the computer subsystem for:
operating the metrology system in the second mode to perform the measurement processing in association with the measurement, utilizing the regression, including:
performing the regression in association with the measurement utilizing the floating parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,190,866

FABRY-PEROT CAVITY, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, INTERFEROMETER AND MEASURING METHOD FOR WAVELENGTH OF LIGHT

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A Fabry-Perot cavity, comprising:two parallel substrates and a liquid crystal layer between the two parallel substrates, and a sealed cavity is defined between the two substrates;
wherein the two substrates comprise a first substrate and a second substrate, light operably enters through the first substrate and runs out from the second substrate via the liquid crystal layer, and a deflection angle of the liquid crystal layer is operably changed by applying various voltage between the two substrates,
wherein each substrate comprises a transparent substrate and a metal layer provided on the transparent substrate; the metal layers of the two substrates are disposed facing with each other; at least one end of the transparent substrate of the first substrate is not covered by the metal layer so as to define a transparent incidence opening.

US Pat. No. 10,190,865

VERIFYING END EFFECTOR FLATNESS USING ELECTRICAL CONTINUITY

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A system for measuring flatness of an end effector in a semiconductor processing tool, the system comprising:an end effector that is at least partially electrically conductive and is configured to move in a z-direction, an x-direction, and a y-direction, wherein the z-direction is in the vertical direction, the x-direction is orthogonal to the y-direction, and the x-direction and the y-direction are perpendicular to the z-direction;
a probe;
an electrical continuity detector configured to detect electrical continuity between the probe and the end effector when the probe and the end effector are in electrically conductive contact; and
a controller configured to:move the end effector in the z-direction to cause electrically conductive contact between the end effector and the probe.

US Pat. No. 10,190,863

METHOD FOR MEASURING THE THICKNESS OF A LAYER OF RUBBER-LIKE MATERIAL

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A method for measuring a thickness of a layer of rubber-like material that includes a free face in contact with air and a face joined to an adjacent reinforcement made of elements electrically insulated from one another, each of the elements containing at least one hysteretic material having a magnetic permeability greater than a magnetic permeability of air, the method comprising steps of:causing a sensitive element, which emits an alternating magnetic field, to be moved towards the layer of rubber-like material;
measuring hysteretic losses in the adjacent reinforcement, the hysteretic losses being measured at terminals of the sensitive element; and
evaluating a thickness of the layer of rubber-like material based on the hysteretic losses.

US Pat. No. 10,190,862

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HIGH PRECISION CABLE LENGTH MEASUREMENT IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Marvell World Trade Ltd.,...

1. A method for cable length measurement in a communication system, the method comprising:transmitting, at a transmitter, a plurality of data symbols at a first data rate via a wired data communication link;
in response to the transmitting, receiving, at a receiver, a reflection signal from the wired data communication link;
obtaining, at a signal sampler, a phase shift number of shifting sampling phases for sampling the received reflection signal;
sampling, at the sampler, the received reflection signal based on the phase shift number of shifting sampling phases to generate reflection samples, each reflection sample corresponding to a sampled value of the received reflection signal shifted by a sampling phase from the phase shift number of shifting sampling phases;
combining the reflection samples with different sampling phases to generate a phase shift number of reflection samples corresponding to a second data rate higher than the first data rate;
for each data symbol of the plurality of data symbols, generating a phase shift number of data symbols with different shifted phases corresponding to the phase shift number of shifting sampling phases, and
for each respective data symbol of the phase shift number of data symbols, subtracting the respective data symbol from a respective reflection sample of the phase shift number of reflection samples, respectively, to obtain a plurality of reflection response samples at the second data rate;
determining, at a cable length calculation unit, a delay parameter indicative of a transmission time for a signal to transmit from the transmitter to an end of the wired data communication link based on values of the plurality of reflection response samples of reflection response samples; and
generating, at the cable length calculation unit, an estimate of a length of the data communication link based at least in part on the determined delay parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,190,855

BULLET COLLECTING BOX CAPABLE OF STACKING AND INSTALLING, AND BULLET COLLECTING SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING OCCURRENCE OF LEAD FUME IN INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE USING THE BULLET COLLECTING BOX

1. A bullet collecting system comprising:a gun firing position which fires bullets from a gun using a bullet in an indoor shooting range;
a target which is spaced apart by a first distance from the gun firing position;
a bullet collecting unit which is located in a rear side of the target and which collects bullets that are fired by the gun and flying, an internal space of which is filled with rubber powder filling materials having a particle size of 0.1-3 mm;
air suction ducts which are installed in at least two places on a bottom surface of the indoor shooting range between the gun firing position and the bullet collecting unit and which suck gunpowder smokes and dusts including lead fume generated when firing bullets from the gun; and
an induction blower which is connected with the air suction ducts, and which can discharge gunpowder smokes and dusts, including the lead fume, outside the indoor shooting range by moving air within the air suction ducts,
wherein the bullet collecting unit includes:
a beaten zone structure frame which is fabricated so as to occupy a three dimensional space by combining metal material-made square pipes in a lattice shape, in which a first inclined installation pipes located on the front is installed to be inclined at an angle of 45-90° with respect to the bottom surface of the indoor shooting range;
a pipe protective pad for protecting square pipes without damage when the bullets collide with the square pipes, by wrapping the square pipes forming the beaten zone structure frame;
a second inclined installation pipe which is installed in a lower side of the first inclined installation pipes so as to be inclined at an angle of 20-80° with respect to the bottom surface of the indoor shooting range;
a fire protection plate which is installed to be inclined with respect to the bottom surface by mounting to the second inclined installation pipe;
a front rubber plate which covers the front portion of the beaten zone structure frame and which is supported by the first inclined installation pipes;
a bullet collecting space which is formed by a space between the front rubber plate and the fire protection plate; and
a rubber powder filling material filled in the bullet collecting space,
whereby the bullet collecting system prevents occurrence of lead fume in the indoor shooting range.

US Pat. No. 10,190,853

TEXTILE MADE FROM CHAINS AND PROCESS FOR ITS MANUFACTURE

1. A method for making a textile from a first and second pre-existing chain segments, said chain segments comprised of at least one chain link, said method comprising the steps of:placing the first and second chain segments of on a substrate, said substrate being substantially planar;
stitching the first and second chain segments together on the substrate using at least one thread where the at least one thread passes through the substrate and through a first link in the first of the chain segment and through a second link in the second chain segment;
and removing the substrate from the stitched chain segments without disturbing the threads.

US Pat. No. 10,190,851

WINDAGE MECHANISM

1. A sight comprising:a frame having an opening formed therein;
a boss, wherein a portion of the boss is positioned within the opening and selectively held by the frame;
a knob rotatably attached to a first end of the boss;
a sight pin mount having a stem, the stem located within a bore formed in the boss;
a sight pin attached to the sight pin mount and engaged with the boss and the knob; and
wherein movement of the boss within the frame moves the sight pin laterally; and
wherein the knob is in threaded engagement with the stem such that when the knob is rotated in a first direction the sight pin moves in first lateral direction; and when the knob is rotated in a second direction the sight pin moves in second lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,850

SNIPER DASHBOARD

1. A sniper dashboard comprising:a support arm including a clamping member configured to be removably mounted to a rail interface system of a firearm, the support arm comprising a raised mounting surface having two v-shaped grooves formed thereon, the two v-shaped grooves being disposed orthogonally, and a threaded bore defined at an intersection of the two v-shaped grooves;
a mounting block comprising a v-shaped protrusion shaped to selectively fit within either of the two v-shaped grooves and an unthreaded bore defined by the mounting block such that the unthreaded bore aligns with the threaded bore of the support arm when the v-shaped protrusion fits within either of the two v-shaped grooves;
a mounting screw configured to threadedly engage the threaded bore;
a compression spring disposed about a shaft of the mounting screw and between a head of the mounting screw and the mounting block;
a display panel rotatably mounted to the support arm; and
an attachment mechanism for removably attaching a ballistics data card or calculator to the display panel,
wherein the compression spring maintains engagement of the v-shaped protrusion with one of the two v-shaped grooves and upon a rotating force being applied to the mounting block, the compression spring yields to allow rotation of the v-shaped protrusion between the other of the two v-shaped grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,190,847

RECOIL SPRING GUIDE MOUNTED TARGET MARKER

Crosman Corporation, Blo...

1. An electronic device for use with a firearm, comprising:a circuit board having a first end and a second end;
a laser module having an outer surface;
a lead joined between the first end of the circuit board and the laser module to position the outer surface of the laser module in a longitudinal relation to the second end; and,
a first portion of a firearm component having an exterior surface and an interior with a first opening shaped to receive the laser module outer surface and a second opening longitudinally separated from the first opening;
wherein the first opening and the interior of the first portion of the firearm component are configured to allow the second end of the circuit board to be inserted through the first opening into the interior with the interior being shaped to interact with the outer surface of the laser module to position the second end at a predetermined longitudinal relation with respect to the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,190,845

PIN PUSHER FOR FIREARMS

1. A pin pusher for firearms, comprising:a finger ring having a resilient generally annular body adapted to encompass and resiliently compress about a periphery of at least one human phalange;
a pin punch affixed on a first end with, supported by, and protruding from said finger ring, said pin punch adapted to contact and transfer force to a removable firearm pin and thereby move said removable firearm pin relative to a firearm; and
a mirror adjacent to a junction between said finger ring and said pin punch.

US Pat. No. 10,190,843

PROJECTILE MAGAZINE AND SIMULATED WEAPON HAVING SAME

1. A magazine for projectiles in a simulated weapon, the magazine comprising:a housing defining an internal chamber, the housing further including a gas inlet situated at an inlet portion of the internal chamber and an outlet situated at an outlet portion of the internal chamber, the internal chamber of the housing shaped to accommodate a series of projectiles; and
a restraining element positioned at the outlet portion of the internal chamber, the restraining element configured to restrain a leading projectile of the series of projectiles against pressure from pressurized gas applied to the gas inlet, the restraining element configured to release the leading projectile as pressure across the leading projectile rises;
a bypass passage for gas to flow past the leading projectile when the leading projectile is restrained by the restraining element.

US Pat. No. 10,190,840

FIREARM SUPPORT

1. A support for attachment to a firearm having a lower rail, the support comprising:a body member having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front, a rear, a first side, and a second side;
a pair of parallel rails extending across the top surface from the rear to the front to form a channel configured to receive and hold the lower rail;
a pair of first extensions extending from the front and terminating in a pair of forward-facing surfaces, wherein the pair of first extensions are symmetrical about a plane defined by a set of points equidistant from the first outer wall and the second outer wall;
a two-pronged claw extending from the bottom surface proximate the front, each prong of the claw terminating in a bottom edge, wherein the bottom edges and the forward-facing surfaces form a plane;
a second extension extending from the bottom surface proximate the rear and terminating in a rounded lip;
wherein the pair of first extensions and the two-pronged claw form a substantially concave surface configured to receive curved surfaces, and
wherein the two-pronged claw and second extension form a substantially concave surface configured to receive curved surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,190,837

ADJUSTABLE GUN LOCK

1. An adjustable gun lock for a gun with a trigger, wherein the trigger comprises a first side and a second side, comprising:a mounting device, comprising;
a rail adaptor,
a first side and a second side,
a first trigger guard, engaged with the first side of the rail adaptor, comprised of an extendable fan linkage, wherein the extendable fan linkage is comprised of a plurality of interconnected links that block the first side of the trigger in a fan-like manner when extended,
a second trigger guard, engaged with the second side of the rail adaptor, comprised of an extendable fan linkage, wherein the extendable fan linkage is comprised of a plurality of interconnected links that block the second side of the trigger in a fan-like manner when extended,
a first locking mechanism, further comprising;
at least one locking pin, wherein the locking pin, when in a locked position, engages the fan linkage of the first trigger guard and prevents the extendable fan linkage of the first trigger guard from extending,
an actuator, wherein the actuator moves the at least one locking pin into an unlocked position,
a second locking mechanism, further comprising;
at least one locking pin, wherein the locking pin, when in a locked position, engages the fan linkage of the second trigger guard and prevents the extendable fan linkage of the second trigger guard from extending,
an actuator, wherein the actuator moves the at least one locking pin into an unlocked position,
at least one locking electronic device, wherein the locking electronic device is engaged with the actuator of the first locking mechanism and the actuator of the second locking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,190,833

MECHANICALLY CONFORMABLE MICRO-HEAT EXCHANGERS AND METHODS FOR USE IN THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF TARGET COMPONENTS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A mechanically conformable micro-heat exchanger, for use in managing temperature of a subject component, comprising:a heat-transfer fluid including nanoparticles, the heat-transfer fluid being surface functionalized to, in operation, cool or heat a subject component in a predetermined manner;
a physically flexible substrate configured to change shape easily by manual manipulation; and
a physically flexible fluid tube being connected to the substrate and also configured to change shape easily by manual manipulation;
wherein:
the nanoparticles of the heat-transfer fluid have more particle dispersion, or are more isolated, than nanoparticles of the heat-transfer fluid if not surface functionalized;
the mechanically conformable micro-heat exchanger can be changed manually from an initial shape to a first shape to conform to a first-subject-component shape of the subject component;
the fluid tube comprises a fluid-tube opening and a fluid-tube exit, and a heat-transfer tube section positioned between the fluid-tube opening and the fluid-tube exit;
the fluid tube is configured to receive the heat-transfer fluid via the fluid-tube opening and channel the heat-transfer fluid, from the fluid-tube opening, through the heat-transfer tube section, and to the fluid-tube exit; and
the heat-transfer fluid is configured to cool or heat the subject component when, in operation of the mechanically conformable micro-heat exchanger, the heat-transfer fluid is channeled through the heat-transfer tube section.

US Pat. No. 10,190,830

THERMAL MODULE ASSEMBLING STRUCTURE

ASIA VITAL COMPONENTS CO....

1. A thermal module assembling structure comprising:a base seat formed with a channel and at least one hole, the channel being recessed and formed on one side of the base seat and having an inner lateral wall dislodged by the at least one hole towards a centerline of the channel, the inner lateral wall ending at the one side in at least one projecting claw section, and the inner lateral wall further having at least one protrusion section between the at least one projecting claw section and the at least one hole in the lateral direction of the channel, the at least one hole being recessed and formed on the one side of the base seat in adjacency to the channel and corresponding to the at least one protrusion section and the at least one projecting claw section formed on the lateral inner wall of the channel; and
a heat pipe, one end of the heat pipe being received in the channel, the heat pipe having at least one insertion recess dislodged by the at least one protrusion section and formed on an outer side of the one end of the heat pipe, the at least one protrusion section being integrally fitted and inserted in the at least one insertion recess such that one side of the one end of the heat pipe is received in and attached to the channel and such that an other side is flush with the one side of the base seat.

US Pat. No. 10,190,825

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING TEMPERATURE OF A METAL MELT IN AN ELECTRIC ARC FURNACE

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A method for determining a tapping time for a metal melt in an electric arc furnace (EAF), wherein at least one electrode is provided for melting the metal melt until it reaches a target tapping temperature, wherein the EAF further comprises a slag and smoke layer on a surface of the metal melt, wherein an electromagnetic stirrer is provided for stirring the metal melt, the method comprising:a) supplying a power to the electrode in order to melt a scrap to the metal melt,
b) stirring the metal melt in the EAF using the electromagnetic stirrer,
c) arranging a lance unit dedicatedly configured to include an inert gas,
d) blowing away the slag and smoke from the surface of the metal melt using the inert gas from the dedicatedly arranged lance unit,
e) non-contactingly measuring a temperature of the metal melt,
f) receiving the measured temperature,
g) calculating a temperature profile based on the measured temperature using a temperature control unit,
h) estimating a tapping temperature at a first time point based on the calculated temperature profile using the temperature control unit, and
i) determining the tapping time based on the estimated tapping temperature at the first time point, the target tapping temperature, and the power supplied to the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,190,820

METHOD FOR DRYING WET PARTICULATE MATTER, WHEREIN THE DRIED PARTICULATE MATTER IS A WHITE MINERAL HAVING A BRIGHTNESS RY OF AT LEAST 65% THAT FORMS PARTICULATE MATTER THROUGH DRYING IN DIRECT SUPERHEATED STEAM DRYER

Omya International AG, O...

1. A method for drying wet particulate matter, wherein the dried particulate matter is a white mineral having a brightness Ry of at least 65% measured according to DIN 53163, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing at least one feed stream of wet particulate matter;
b) providing a recirculation circuit comprising at least one drying chamber, at least one circulation fan, and at least one heat exchanger, wherein the at least one drying chamber comprises a mixing system and mixed particulate matter, at least one inlet for the feed stream of wet particulate matter, at least one inlet for superheated steam, and at least one outlet for exhaust steam, wherein the recirculation circuit includes no fines/steam separator between the at least one outlet of the at least one drying chamber for exhaust steam, the at least one inlet of the at least one drying chamber for the feed stream of wet particulate matter, and the at least one inlet of the at least one drying chamber for superheated steam that is configured to separate particulate matter from the exhaust steam traveling along the recirculation circuit;
c) feeding, either continuously or discontinuously, the at least one feed stream of wet particulate matter into the mixed particulate matter in the at least one drying chamber via the at least one inlet for the feed stream;
d) feeding superheated steam into the at least one drying chamber via the at least one inlet for superheated steam;
e) directly contacting the mixed particulate matter with superheated steam within the at least one drying chamber to dry the mixed particulate matter and exhausting said steam via the at least one outlet for exhaust steam without separating from the exhaust steam any carried particulate matter;
f) feeding the exhaust steam carrying particulate matter from the step (e), without separating from the exhaust steam any carried particulate matter, into the at least one heat exchanger, in which the exhaust steam carrying particulate matter is reheated to provide superheated steam, wherein the exhaust steam carrying particulate matter passes the at least one circulation fan before or after the at least one heat exchanger, and feeding said superheated steam back into the at least one drying chamber via the at least one inlet for superheated steam;
g) splitting an excess steam from at least one position within the recirculation circuit;
h) feeding the excess steam into at least one mechanical compressor, wherein the excess steam is compressed to raise its saturated temperature, using said compressed excess steam as a source of heat in the at least one heat exchanger, and discharging the excess steam as a liquid condensate; and
i) discharging, either continuously or discontinuously, the dried particulate matter as at least one product stream via at least one outlet to obtain the dried particulate matter.

US Pat. No. 10,190,819

ARGON CONDENSATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method of condensing argon reflux within an air separation unit having an argon column, a lower pressure column and a higher pressure column, said method comprising the steps of:extracting a crude argon feed stream from the lower pressure column;
distilling the crude argon feed stream in the argon column to produce an argon-rich vapor column overhead;
directing at least a portion of the argon-rich vapor column overhead to a plurality of once-through heat exchangers;
condensing the argon-rich vapor streams within condensation passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers such that argon-rich vapor streams composed of argon-rich vapor column overhead are condensed within condensation passages of the once-through heat exchangers to produce an argon-rich liquid product stream and argon-rich liquid reflux stream
returning the argon-rich liquid reflux stream to the argon column as reflux;
introducing one or more streams of crude liquid oxygen column bottoms from the higher pressure column into vaporization passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers to partially vaporize the crude liquid oxygen streams through indirect heat exchange with the argon-rich vapor streams to produce partially vaporized crude liquid oxygen streams
introducing the partially vaporized crude liquid oxygen streams into the lower pressure column;
sensing liquid flow rates of the crude liquid oxygen streams directed from the bottom of the higher pressure column to the vaporization passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers;
controlling the flow rates of the crude liquid oxygen streams to the plurality of once-through heat exchangers in response to the sensed liquid flow rates and the level of the crude liquid oxygen bottoms in the higher pressure column; and
controlling a feed stream flow rate of the crude argon feed stream in response to an air flow rate into the air separation unit and by controlling the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux by:
(i) decreasing the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux stream when the feed stream flow rate is above a feed stream set point to thereby cause the argon-rich liquid reflux to back up into the condensation passages of the once-through heat exchanger causing an increase in pressure of the argon-rich vapor stream and within the argon column; and
(ii) increasing the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux stream when the feed stream flow rate is below a feed stream set point to thereby cause a decrease in the pressure of the argon-rich vapor stream and within the argon column.

US Pat. No. 10,190,817

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a refrigerator main body including a cooling space; and
a carbonated water production assembly provided in the refrigerator main body,
wherein
the carbonated water production assembly includes:
a production module, and
a carbon dioxide supply module connected to the production module to supply carbon dioxide, and
the production module includes:
an installation body to which a carbonated water container is attachable to and detachable from, and
an installation sensor which senses when the carbonated water container is attached to the installation body such that a carbonated water production capable state is established in which carbonated water is produceable in the carbonated water container.

US Pat. No. 10,190,816

DOOR FOR REFRIGERATOR AND REFRIGERATOR

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A door for a refrigerator, the door comprising:a door housing defining a front surface of the door;
a thermal insulation material disposed in said door housing, wherein said thermal insulation material is combined with said door housing;
a concave portion recessed backwards from said front surface of the door, wherein one end of said concave portion has a ramp extending forwards; and
a detachable member isolated from said thermal insulation material and connected to said door housing, at least one part of said ramp is formed by said detachable member, said at least one part of said ramp being inclined relative to said front surface of the door.

US Pat. No. 10,190,815

DOMESTIC REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A domestic refrigeration appliance, comprising:a heat-insulated inner container delimiting a coolable interior for storing foodstuffs;
a refrigeration device for cooling said coolable interior;
a door leaf for opening and closing said coolable interior;
hinges mounting said door leaf along an axis in an articulated manner relative to said inner container, at least one of said hinges being a self-closing hinge acting on said door leaf up to a first opening angle of said door leaf for automatically closing said door leaf; and
an opening aid device including an actuator, a tappet being movable at least indirectly back and forth by said actuator between a first position and a second position, a sensor for identifying pushing on and pulling on said door leaf, and an electronic control device being activated by said sensor and being configured to operate said actuator:
to enable said door leaf to be closed if said tappet is in said first position,
to move said tappet from said first position to said second position to push open said closed door leaf through a second opening angle being smaller than said first opening angle by using said tappet,
to move said tappet automatically into said first position immediately or with a time delay after reaching said second position,
to automatically move said tappet immediately from said first position into said second position upon pulling on said closed door leaf, and
to automatically move said tappet from said first position into said second position with a time delay after said sensor identifies a pushing on said closed door leaf, in order to prevent said opening aid device from pushing said door leaf open during said pushing on said closed door leaf.

US Pat. No. 10,190,813

REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet including a refrigerating compartment and a freezing compartment provided at a lower section of the refrigerating compartment;
a refrigerating compartment door configured to selectively open or close the refrigerating compartment;
a freezing compartment door configured to selectively open or close the freezing compartment;
a partition wall provided between the refrigerating compartment and the freezing compartment;
an insulation material provided within the partition wall;
a compartment recessed from a top surface of the partition wall, wherein the compartment extends a predetermined length in a first direction, the first direction extending from a front of the refrigerator toward a rear of the refrigerator;
a compartment lid provided above the compartment and configured to selectively open or close the compartment;
a receiving portion formed in the insulation material;
a heater mounted on the receiving portion, wherein the heater extends a predetermined length in the first direction such that the heater is provided underneath a majority of the compartment;
a refrigerator temperature sensor detecting a temperature of the refrigerating compartment or the freezing compartment of the refrigerator; and
a control unit adjusting an operation factor or output of the heater on the basis of a temperature value detected by the refrigerator temperature sensor, wherein the insulation material includes:
a first insulation part provided between an upper portion of the heater and a bottom of the compartment; and
a second insulation part provided between a lower portion of the heater and a bottom of the partition wall.

US Pat. No. 10,190,812

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING THE POSSIBILITY OF VEHICLE HEAT EXCHANGER FREEZING

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A vehicle system, comprising:an evaporator including evaporator fins;
a compressor in fluidic communication with the evaporator;
a condenser in fluidic communication with the evaporator and the compressor;
grille shutters; and
a controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory for:
adjusting a temperature threshold in response to a grille shutter position of the grille shutters,
in response to a temperature of the evaporator fins being within a predetermined temperature of the temperature threshold and a rate of change of the temperature of the evaporator fins exceeding a threshold rate of change, performing an action to reduce a possibility of evaporator fin freezing; and
adjusting the temperature threshold in response to ambient temperature, where the adjustment based on the grille shutter position is a larger adjustment than the adjustment in response to the ambient temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,190,811

POSITIVE AIR PRESSURE ICE MAKING AND DISPENSING SYSTEM

1. A method for making ice in an ice maker having an ice producing subsystem and an ice storage device including a door, comprising:(a) receiving water from a water supply;
(b) creating ice, in the ice producing subsystem, using the received water;
(c) creating and maintaining, using a fan, a positive air pressure environment within the ice making machine, the positive air pressure environment within the ice making machine being an environment having an air pressure greater than an air pressure of ambient air outside the ice making machine;
(d) activating the fan, when a measured air pressure within the ice producing subsystem is below a predetermined air pressure, to maintain the positive air pressure environment within the ice making machine;
(e) providing an air shield between the ice producing subsystem and the ice storage device, the air shield having an open position and a closed position, the air shield being biased to the closed position, the air shield being in the closed position when the air pressure in the ice producing subsystem is equal to the air pressure in the ice storage device;
(f) maintaining, when the air shield is in the closed position, a positive air pressure environment within the ice producing subsystem, the positive air pressure environment within the ice producing subsystem being an environment having an air pressure greater than the air pressure of the ambient air outside the ice making machine;
(g) transferring the created ice from the ice producing subsystem to the ice storage device when the air shield is in the open position; and
(h) transitioning, when an air pressure in the ice producing subsystem is greater than an air pressure in the ice storage device is caused by the door of the ice storage device transitioning to an opened position, the air shield from the closed position to the open position to enable air flow from the ice producing subsystem to the ice storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,190,810

MINIATURIZED MOTOR ASSEMBLY

20. A motor assembly comprising:a motor comprising a rotatable shaft;
a gear train assembly coupled to the rotatable shaft of the motor and comprising an output shaft, the gear train assembly comprising:
a plurality of gears that are rotatably connected to each other and each gear is arranged at an angle relative to each other so that, at a view looking towards the plurality of gears in an axial direction of gear rotation, a line connecting a center of each gear is curved, thereby reducing a width of the motor assembly as opposed to the plurality of gears all being aligned in a straight line, wherein an output stage gear that includes the output shaft is positioned in front of the motor in the axial direction of rotation, thereby reducing a height of the motor assembly as opposed to the output stage gear not being positioned in front of the motor; and
a control board connected to the motor to control the motor to power the gear train assembly, thereby rotating the output shaft into a plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 10,190,808

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM WITH PURGE AND ACID FILTER

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A centrifugal chiller system, comprising:a compressor;
a condenser;
an expansion device;
an evaporator;
the compressor, the condenser, the expansion device, and the evaporator are fluidly connected to form a refrigeration circuit;
a purge fluidly connected to the condenser to receive a chiller refrigerant flowing through the centrifugal chiller system from the condenser, the purge configured to remove one or more non-condensable gases from the chiller refrigerant, the chiller refrigerant being a low pressure refrigerant that operates at less than atmospheric pressure; and
an acid filter operatively connected to the purge, the acid filter configured to remove one or more acids from the chiller refrigerant,
wherein the acid filter is disposed within the purge, or is located fluidly between the condenser and the purge.

US Pat. No. 10,190,802

SOLAR HEATING APPARATUS

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A solar heating apparatus, comprising:at least one optical element;
a drive assembly configured for selectively moving the at least one optical element along multiple axes of rotation, the drive assembly having an elevation shaft and an azimuth rotation shaft;
a support frame positioned in communicating relation with the drive assembly, the support frame having:
a main shaft having a first extension member, a second extension member, an a pin extending between the first extension member and the second extension member;
a wheel positioned on the pin;
at least one branch holder rotatably attached to the main shaft, the at least one optical element being mounted on the at least one branch holder; and
at least one belt drive configured for rotating the at least one branch holder, the at least one belt drive being rotated by the elevation shaft; and
an azimuth motion circular plate, the main shaft of the support frame being mounted on the azimuth motion circular plate for rotation therewith;
an azimuth tracking motor driving rotation of the azimuth rotation shaft;
a rotation motion gear mounted on the azimuth rotation shaft;
a rotation motion worm gear driven by the rotation motion motor, the worm gear driving the rotation motion gear to rotate the azimuth rotation shaft; and
an attachment member having one end pivotally connected to the elevation shaft and an opposing end pivotally connected to the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,801

SOLAR HEATING APPARATUS

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A solar heating apparatus, comprising:a pair of longitudinally spaced apart brackets;
a pair of two-axis bearings respectively mounted on the pair of longitudinally spaced apart brackets;
a longitudinally extending shaft secured to, and extending between, the pair of two-axis bearings, the longitudinally extending shaft being selectively rotatable about a longitudinal axis;
a pair of laterally extending shafts respectively secured to the pair of two-axis bearings, each of the laterally extending shafts being selectively rotatable about a lateral axis, wherein each of the laterally extending shafts has first and second portions positioned symmetrically about a corresponding one of the two-axis bearings;
at least one reflector mount secured to each of the laterally extending shafts, wherein each of the at least one reflector mount is selectively rotatable with respect to the corresponding one of the laterally extending shafts;
at least one optical reflector mounted on the at least one reflector mount of each of the laterally extending shafts;
a pair of rotating members respectively secured to the pair of laterally extending shafts;
a plurality of continuous belts; each belt mounted on, and extending between, the pair of rotating members to selective drive simultaneous rotation of the pair of laterally extending shafts about their respective later axes;
each belt driving the successive belt through connection at a respective laterally extending shaft
at least one secondary laterally extending shaft secured to the longitudinally extending shaft, the at least one secondary laterally extending shaft being positioned between the pair of two-axis bearings and selectively rotatable about the lateral axis, wherein the at least one secondary laterally extending shaft has first and second portions positioned symmetrically about the longitudinally extending shaft;
at least one secondary reflector mount secured to the at least one secondary laterally extending shaft, wherein the at least one secondary reflector mount is selectively rotatable with respect to the at least one secondary laterally extending shaft;
at least one secondary optical reflector mounted on the at least one secondary reflector mount; and
at least one secondary rotating member secured to the at least one laterally extending shaft for engagement with the continuous belt.

US Pat. No. 10,190,800

HEATABLE FLUID BAG

1. A heatable fluid bag, comprising a bag body, a liquid inlet and a power access port being formed in the bag body, an extractable liquid inlet plunger being installed in the liquid inlet, and the power access port being electrically connected with an electrical heating component installed in the bag body, wherein the electrical heating component comprises a metal ceramic heating sheet, the metal ceramic heating sheet is encapsulated in a metal protection shell composed of an upper sheet and a lower sheet, a connection base is connected onto the upper sheet, a PVC protection shell is installed in the connection base, the PVC protection shell and the connection base are axially positioned through a threaded sleeve, an upper end of the threaded sleeve is positioned on the PVC protection shell through an annular boss on the PVC protection shell, and a lower end thereof is rotationally installed on a threaded section of the connection base; a power connector installation shell is installed in the PVC protection shell, a temperature control switch is installed in the power connector installation shell, a copper flat-core power input socket is installed in the power connector installation shell, and a rotary upper cover is installed on the power input socket; and a wire of the metal ceramic heating sheet penetrates through the metal protection shell and the connection base thereon, then penetrates through the PVC protection shell to enter the power connector installation shell, then is electrically connected with the temperature control switch and a thermal fuse, and then is electrically connected with the power input socket, and a power plug can be inserted into the power input socket by rotating the rotary upper cover to expose the power input socket.

US Pat. No. 10,190,799

HVAC DAMPER SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

1. A forced air damper actuator assembly for applying a rotational bias force to a shaft of a damper blade that is disposed within an air duct in order to control a crack pressure of the air duct, the forced air damper actuator assembly comprising:a damper actuator configured to apply a rotational bias force to a shaft of a damper blade;
an actuator housing for housing the damper actuator;
a bias force adjuster positioned at least partially within the actuator housing that is adjustable from outside of the actuator housing, the bias force adjuster usable by a user to manually adjust a bias force setting along a range of bias force settings, the bias force setting sets the rotational bias force that is applied by the damper actuator to the shaft;
a pressure level indicator positioned at least partially within the actuator housing and visible from outside of the actuator housing to provide an indication of the current bias force setting; and
a standoff for spacing the bias force adjuster from the air duct by a distance that facilitates an application of insulation around the air duct while leaving the bias force adjuster exposed and available for manual adjustment by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,190,797

METHOD OF FORMING A REFLECTIVE LAMINATE INSULATING ASSEMBLY

1. A method comprising:(a) moving a plurality of sidewalls of a reflective laminate insulating assembly from a first transport configuration, wherein a majority of a base and a majority of each of the plurality of sidewalls are parallel to an installation configuration, wherein each of the plurality of sidewalls is inclined relative to the base; wherein the reflective laminate insulating assembly includes a base, a first sidewall extending from the base and a second sidewall extending from the base, at least one of the first sidewall and the second sidewall terminating at a free edge and a portion of the first sidewall is affixed to a portion of the second sidewall, independent of the base; and
(b) disposing the reflective laminate insulating assembly in the installation configuration adjacent a portion of an HVAC duct component.

US Pat. No. 10,190,793

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH ELECTRICAL ENERGY STORAGE OPTIMIZATION BASED ON STATISTICAL ESTIMATES OF IBDR EVENT PROBABILITIES

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A building management system comprising:building equipment configured to consume electrical energy and generate thermal energy for use in satisfying a thermal energy load of a building;
thermal energy storage configured to store at least a portion of the thermal energy generated by the building equipment and to discharge the stored thermal energy;
electrical energy storage configured to store electrical energy purchased from a utility and to discharge the stored electrical energy; and
a controller configured to determine, for each time step within a time horizon, an optimal amount of electrical energy to allocate to an incentive-based demand response (IBDR) program by optimizing a value function that accounts for revenue predicted to result from participating in the IBDR program based on statistical estimates of IBDR event probabilities;
wherein the controller is configured to estimate the IBDR event probabilities based on a history of past IBDR events, each of the past IBDR events comprising an invitation to participate in the IBDR program in exchange for a monetary incentive.

US Pat. No. 10,190,789

CENTRAL PLANT WITH COORDINATED HVAC EQUIPMENT STAGING ACROSS MULTIPLE SUBPLANTS

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A controller for a central plant that includes at least a first subplant and a second subplant configured to serve a thermal energy load of a building, the controller comprising:a communications interface configured to communicate with the first subplant and the second subplant; and
a processing circuit communicably coupled to the communications interface and comprising a processor and memory, the memory comprising:
an equipment staging detector configured to detect a staging event for equipment of the second subplant and to determine when the staging event occurs;
a subplant staging evaluator configured to use input from the equipment staging detector to determine whether a predetermined time period has elapsed since the staging event for the equipment of the second subplant has occurred;
a subplant staging preventer configured to prevent the first subplant from staging equipment of the first subplant in response to a determination that the predetermined time period has not elapsed since the staging event for the equipment of the second subplant has occurred;
a central plant optimizer configured to perform an optimization process to determine a desired set of the equipment of the first subplant for use in serving the thermal energy load; and
a desired equipment drop detector configured to determine whether the desired set of the equipment of the first subplant has dropped to zero;
wherein the subplant staging preventer is configured to allow the first subplant to stage the equipment of the first subplant in response to a determination that the desired set of the equipment of the first subplant has dropped to zero.

US Pat. No. 10,190,788

MULTI-MODE AUTO CHANGEOVER SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

1. A thermostat comprising:a cool mode and heat mode mechanism having a connection for controlling a building heating and cooling system for affecting a temperature of a space;
a temperature setpoint mechanism, having cool and heat setpoints that are adjustable, connected to the cool mode and heat mode mechanism; and
an auto changeover connected to the temperature setpoint mechanism; and
wherein:
the auto changeover is configured to switch the thermostat from one mode to another mode according to the temperature of the space for a set amount of time relative to the cool and heat setpoints and hystereses above and below the cool and heat setpoints, respectively;
the auto changeover is configured to occur at each of the cool setpoint is less than the heat setpoint, the cool and heat setpoints are the same, and the cool setpoint is greater than the heat setpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,190,776

FUEL INJECTOR SYSTEM

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

14. A fuel injector system having:a fuel feed arm which, in use, extends inwardly from an outer casing of combustion equipment of a gas turbine engine to a flame tube of the combustion equipment, the fuel feed arm ending in an injection nozzle which penetrates a head of the flame tube to deliver fuel into the flame tube;
a swirler which, in use, is arranged coaxially with the injection nozzle at the head of the flame tube, the swirler having one or more air swirler circuits which produce respective flows of swirling air around the fuel delivered by the nozzle; and
a seal ring which seals the injection nozzle to the swirler, the injection nozzle being removably inserted into the seal ring for sealing engagement therewith,
wherein the seal ring has a flange portion, and the swirler has a pair of spaced retention grooves at a front face thereof, opposite edges of the flange portion slidingly locating in the grooves such that the flange portion sealingly engages to the front face,
wherein the swirler has a spring mechanism which retains the flange portion in the grooves,
wherein the grooves are formed by respective lipped rails at the front face of the swirler, the lipped rails being attached to the swirler, the grooves defined between the respective lipped rails and the front face of the swirler, and
wherein the lipped rails are substantially parallel to a radial direction of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,754

OPTICAL ATTACHMENT FEATURES FOR LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE-BASED LIGHTING SYSTEM

COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPA...

1. A light-emitting diode (LED) lighting system, comprising:an enclosure comprising an enclosure wall forming a cavity and an enclosure collar having a first profile, wherein the first profile of the enclosure collar and the enclosure wall have a recess disposed therebetween;
a trim comprising a trim collar that directly abuts to the enclosure collar, wherein the trim collar has a second profile;
a reflector comprising an outer surface, an inner surface comprising a reflective material, and a reflector collar having a first optical attachment mechanism; and
a diffuser comprising a diffuser collar, wherein the diffuser collar comprises a second optical attachment mechanism and a third optical attachment mechanism, wherein the second optical attachment mechanism couples to the first optical attachment mechanism, wherein the third optical attachment mechanism comprises a protrusion, and wherein the protrusion is disposed within the recess formed by the enclosure wall, the first profile of the enclosure collar, and the second profile of the trim collar when the enclosure collar is mechanically coupled to the trim collar.

US Pat. No. 10,190,747

OPTIC FOR PROVIDING BIASED ILLUMINATION

COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPA...

1. A system comprising:an optic comprising:
a front and a rear;
a cavity that comprises:
an opening disposed at the rear;
a bottom; and
a sidewall that extends between the opening and the bottom and that circumscribes an axis, the cavity configured to receive light emitted by at least one light emitting diode disposed adjacent the opening;
a convex refractive surface disposed at the bottom of the cavity and configured for condensing a first portion of the received light that transmits in the cavity along the axis; and
a surface that circumscribes the cavity and is configured for totally internally reflecting a second portion of the received light that passes through the sidewall of the cavity, the surface comprising:
a first surface region extending circumferentially partially about the cavity and extending between the front and the rear; and
a second surface region extending circumferentially partially about the cavity and extending between the front and the rear,
wherein the first surface region and the second surface region meet one another at two circumferential positions with two discontinuities,
wherein the front comprises a second surface positioned for passing the first portion of the received light that is condensed and the second portion of the received light that is totally internally reflected,
wherein as compared to the second surface region, the first surface region is radially closer to the axis at the front of the optic, and
wherein as compared to the first surface region, the second surface region is radially closer to the axis at the rear of the optic.

US Pat. No. 10,190,740

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT AND VEHICLE FRONT LAMP USING THE LIGHT SOURCE UNIT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A light source unit comprising:a light source module;
a heat sink including a light source arrangement portion on which the light source module is arranged and a plurality of heat dissipation fins that are plate-shaped and arranged in a first direction such that main surfaces thereof face each other;
a drive circuit for controlling driving of the light source module; and
a circuit cover configured to cover the drive circuit,
wherein the light source arrangement portion is provided on an anterior surface side of the heat sink,
the plurality of heat dissipation fins are provided on a posterior surface side of the heat sink, and
the circuit cover is attached to the heat sink such that at least two ventilation holes are present in a spatial region framed by a part of the heat sink that is on the posterior surface side and the circuit cover.

US Pat. No. 10,190,709

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF COUPLING PIPES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A coupling system, comprising:a coupling sleeve having opposing upper and lower ends, an intermediate portion disposed between the upper and lower ends, and a plurality of axially extending slots defined in each of the upper and lower ends, wherein the upper end is configured to receive a proximal end of a first pipe and is flared radially outwardly at a first angle relative to the intermediate portion, and wherein the lower end is configured to receive a proximal end of a second pipe and is flared radially outwardly at a second angle relative to the intermediate portion;
an upper sliding ring disposed about the coupling sleeve and axially movable in a first direction from a first position to a second position distally located from the proximal end of the first pipe, in response to which the upper end is forced radially inward into gripping engagement with an outer surface of the first pipe, wherein the upper sliding ring has an inner surface tapered at an angle substantially corresponding to the first angle of the upper end;
a lower sliding ring disposed about the coupling sleeve and axially movable in a second direction opposite the first direction and away from the upper sliding ring, from a first position to a second position distally located from the proximal end of the second pipe, in response to which the lower end is forced radially inward into gripping engagement with an outer surface of the second pipe, wherein the lower sliding ring has an inner surface tapered at an angle substantially corresponding to the second angle of the lower end; and
wherein the proximal end of the first pipe is tapered or frustoconical in shape, wherein the proximal end of the second pipe is tapered or frustoconical in shape, and wherein the coupling sleeve exhibits an outer diameter that is substantially equal to or less than an outer diameter of the first pipe and an outer diameter of the second pipe when the upper end is in the gripping engagement with the outer surface of first pipe and the lower end is in the gripping engagement with the outer surface of the second pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,190,664

TRANSMISSION DRIVE UNIT OF A SEAT ADJUSTING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A transmission drive unit (1) of a seat adjusting device comprising:an electrical drive motor (2),
a spindle drive (3) comprising a spindle (30) which is configured to be driven by the drive
motor (2) and a nut (31) which is connected to a first seat component,
a housing (4), wherein the housing (4) is produced from a plastic material, the housing (4) including a first interface (5) configured to be attached to a second seat component, wherein the first interface (5) includes a through-hole extending through the plastic housing (4) and configured to receive a hinge pin, and the housing (4) further includes a first bearing surface (7) bearing the spindle (30) of the spindle drive (3), and
a metallic reinforcing element (13) arranged on an outer face of the housing (4) and extending partially around the first interface (5).

US Pat. No. 10,190,661

TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A transmission for vehicles comprising:a first input shaft and a second input shaft configured to selectively receive power of a drive source via a first clutch and a second clutch;
a first output shaft and a second output shaft arranged parallel to the first input shaft and the second input shaft;
a shift device including a plurality of gear pairs tooth-engaged With the first input shaft and the second input shaft and with the first output shaft and the second output shaft, the gear pairs having different gear ratios, one gear pair conforming to a running speed being selected by a synchronizer to shift and output the power of the drive source; and
a reverse idler gear provided at a reverse idler shaft, the reverse idler gear being tooth-engaged with an input gear provided at the first input shaft or the second input shaft and tooth-engaged with an output gear provided at the first output shaft or the second output shaft, the reverse idler gear being selected by a reverse synchronizer to transmit power provided from the input gear to the output gear,
wherein the gear-pairs for formation of a first stage, a third stage, and a seventh stage are tooth-engaged with the first input shaft and the first output shaft;
wherein the gear pairs for formation of a fifth stage and a ninth stage are tooth-engaged with the first input shaft and the second output shaft;
wherein the gear-pairs for formation of a second stage, a fourth stage, and an eighth stage are tooth-engaged with the second input shaft and the first output shaft;
wherein the gear pairs for formation of a sixth stage and a tenth stage are tooth-engaged with the second input shaft and the second output shaft;
wherein the gear pair for formation of the seventh stage and the gear pair for formation of the ninth stage share a first input gear; and
wherein the gear pair for formation of the eighth stage and the gear pair for formation of the tenth stage share a second input gear.

US Pat. No. 10,190,656

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR BALANCING A WHEEL BY APPLICATION OF A HOT-MELT ADHESIVE BALANCING MASS

1. Balancing weight material for manufacturing of balancing weights, the balancing weight material comprising:a hot melt adhesive configured as a strand in a solid state prior to application of the hot melt adhesive to a rim, where
the hot melt adhesive comprises a filler of a high-density mass material,
the high-density mass material further comprises milled or ground stainless steel particles with particle sizes with d50 values between 20 ?m and 150 ?m,
the high-density mass material further has a volume fraction of between 35% and 75% relative to the balancing weight material,
the balancing weight material has a first melting temperature at which a surface of the balancing weight material will become adhesive, and
the balancing weight material is configured to be applied directly to the rim via a surface of the balancing weight material that has become adhesive to attach the balancing weight material to the rim.

US Pat. No. 10,190,655

TOOL FOR BALANCING A TURBINE ENGINE MODULE

SNECMA, Paris (FR)

1. Tooling for balancing a turbine engine module in a balancing machine, said module having at least one stator housing and a rotor having a shaft with a longitudinal axis A and at least one blade stage which is connected to a longitudinal end portion of said shaft and which is surrounded by said stator housing, wherein said tooling has at least:a balancing frame, having bearings designed to receive and to guide the shaft and the blade stage of the rotor, the position of at least one of said bearings being adjustable relative to said frame;
first and second attaching means designed to be attached to said stator housing;
third and fourth attaching means provided on said frame, to attach said first and second means, respectively, to said frame, the position of at least one of said third and fourth means being adjustable relative to said frame;
transporting means for transporting the frame;
supporting means for supporting the frame, provided on said frame and designed to cooperate equally well with the balancing machine and with the transporting means for transporting the frame, in order to support said frame in said transporting means for transport and in said balancing machine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,643

SYNCHRONIZER FOR RADIALLY APPLIED DOG CLUTCH FOR A VEHICLE

1. A radially applied dog clutch for a vehicle transmission, the clutch comprising:a driving member configured to rotate about an axis and including a cavity extending radially from the axis;
a driving tooth slidably movable within the cavity extending radially from the axis;
a driven member coaxially surrounding the driving member and including a radially inward extending driven tooth;
a synchronizer coaxially positioned between the driving member and the driven member; and
an actuator coaxially positioned within the driving member and movable along the axis to selectively engage the driving tooth sequentially with the synchronizer and the driven tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,190,636

COVER FOR A BEARING HOUSING AND A SUPPORT ASSEMBLY FOR ROTATING SHAFT ASSOCIATED

1. A cover for a bearing housing mounted on machinery for the food processing industry, comprising:a bottom wall,
an annular lateral wall that extends transversely to the bottom wall, and
a coupling portion towards the bearing housing obtained integrally on an end of the lateral wall opposite to the bottom wall; wherein
the cover is made in one piece of a polymeric material;
the coupling portion is designed to couple with the bearing housing laterally on the outside of the bearing housing;
the coupling portion is provided on the side opposite to the bottom wall with an annular sealing lip that extends frontally and overhangingly from a frontal rim of the coupling portion and which is made of the same polymeric material as the cover and is obtained integrally in one piece with the coupling portion;
the annular sealing lip is constrained to the frontal rim of the coupling portion so that the is elastically deformable in a radial direction from the inside outwards, wherein
the annular sealing lip is constrained to the frontal rim of the coupling portion by a root portion having a reduced radial thickness, is delimited radially on the inside by a substantially cylindrical lateral surface, while it is delimited radially on the outside by an oblique or curved lateral surface-shaped so that the sealing lip has a maximum radial thickness thereof near a free end thereof and a minimum radial thickness thereof at the root portion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,606

ACTUATOR FLEXIBLE MEMBER WITH REACTION FEATURE

Firestone Industrial Prod...

1. An actuator, comprising:a stiff base member defining a bottom of said actuator;
a flexible member connected to said stiff base member and having a sidewall and a contact surface on top of said flexible member, said flexible member and said stiff base member defining a fluid chamber therebetween, said sidewall having a first end connected to said stiff base member and a second end, said second end and said contact surface defining a transition area therebetween, said flexible member being configured to expand when said fluid chamber is filled with fluid;
a reaction feature placed on said transition area that is configured to govern movement of said sidewall; and
wherein said flexible member has a recess formed between said reaction feature and said contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,605

NACELLE FOR AN AIRCRAFT TURBOJET ENGINE PROVIDED WITH A HYDRAULIC ROTO-LINEAR ACTUATOR OF A THRUST REVERSER AND OF A VARIABLE-SECTION NOZZLE

1. A nacelle for an aircraft turbojet engine comprising:a thrust reverser including a cowl displaceable between a deployed position which opens a passage in the nacelle for diverting air flow, and a stowed position which closes the passage;
a fixed structure relative to said cowl; and
a variable-section secondary nozzle comprising a plurality of panels or flaps movable in rotation;
a plurality of hydraulic actuators operable to sequentially actuate said cowl and said panels or flaps, each hydraulic actuator comprising a body mounted on said fixed structure, and a rod mounted in said body, and linked to said cowl and said panels or flaps via a movement transmission device, wherein the movement transmission device transmits movement of said hydraulic actuator to said panels or flaps; and
at least one actuation system for powering said hydraulic actuators, the at least one actuation system comprising a hydraulic control device connected to said hydraulic actuators and adapted to control displacement of the rods of the hydraulic actuators,
wherein said hydraulic actuators each comprise a displacement device which alternately displaces the rod in translation relative to said body to cause translation of the thrust reverser cowl or in rotation relative to said body to cause rotation of said panels or flaps of the variable-section secondary nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,190,597

VACUUM PUMP AND ROTOR THEREOF

Edwards Japan Limited, C...

1. A vacuum pump, comprising:a circular member;
a drive means for driving the circular member rotatably on a center thereof;
a cylindrical member joined to an outer circumference of the circular member;
a stator member surrounding an outer circumference of the cylindrical member; and
a thread groove pump flow path formed between the cylindrical member and the stator member,
the vacuum pump exhausting gas through the thread groove pump flow path by rotating the circular member and the cylindrical member, wherein
the cylindrical member is made of a material having at least a feature of lower thermal expansivity or lower creep rate than that of a material of the circular member, and
a gap of a first region provided between a joint portion of the cylindrical member and a crest of a thread groove formed on an inner surface of the stator member is set to be larger than a gap of a second region provided between a non-joint portion of the cylindrical member and a crest of the thread groove formed on the inner surface of the stator member around the entire outer circumference of the cylindrical member by an amount to accommodate thermal expansion of the circular member or an amount of expansion by creep of the circular member.

US Pat. No. 10,190,591

AUTOMATIC BLOWER CONTROL

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A blower unit controller for a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system including a blower unit having a blower and a blower motor, comprising:an input configured to receive motor operating parameters;
an output configured to provide a motor speed control signal to an inverter, wherein the inverter is in electrical communication with a blower motor and configured to provide a motor drive signal to the blower motor;
a memory configured to store a mathematical model of airflow produced by the blower, wherein the mathematical model is determined as a function of said motor operating parameters;
a processor configured to produce said motor speed control signal based on said mathematical model; and
wherein the mathematical model is configured to calculate an airflow rate as a function of at least one of frequency, voltage, and power of the motor drive signal as reported by the inverter and includes a static pressure term determined from the airflow.

US Pat. No. 10,190,587

MOTOR-DRIVEN COMPRESSOR

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A motor-driven compressor comprising:an electric motor including a rotor;
a housing including a suction port that draws in a fluid;
a compression unit driven by the electric motor, wherein the compression unit compresses an intake fluid, which is the fluid drawn in from the suction port, and discharges a compressed fluid, which is the compressed intake fluid;
a drive circuit that drives the electric motor; and
a controller that controls the drive circuit to control rotation of the rotor, wherein
the compression unit includes
a fixed scroll fixed to the housing,
a movable scroll engaged with the fixed scroll and configured to orbit the fixed scroll, and
a compression chamber defined by the fixed scroll and the movable scroll,
when the rotor rotates in a predetermined forward direction, the movable scroll orbits in the forward direction, and the compression unit thereby compresses the intake fluid drawn into the compression chamber,
the motor-driven compressor further comprises an injection port that draws an intermediate pressure fluid into the compression chamber, wherein the intermediate pressure fluid has a pressure that is higher than the intake fluid and lower than the compressed fluid,
the controller includes
a deceleration controller that performs a deceleration control, which decelerates the rotor, during a first period in response to the rotor being rotating in a direction opposite to the forward direction, and
a continuation controller that performs a continuation control, which continues the rotation of the rotor, during a second period that is longer than the first period after the deceleration control is performed, and
a fluctuation difference of a rotational frequency of the rotor during the continuation control is less than a deceleration rotational frequency difference, which is a difference between a rotational frequency of the rotor when the deceleration control is started and a rotational frequency of the rotor when the deceleration control is terminated.

US Pat. No. 10,190,576

ROLLER BEARING, RETAINER SEGMENT, SPACER AND MAIN SHAFT SUPPORT STRUCTURE OF WIND-POWER GENERATOR

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A roller bearing comprising:an outer ring;
an inner ring;
a plurality of rollers arranged between said outer ring and said inner ring; and
a plurality of retainer segments having a plurality of column parts extending in a direction along a shaft so as to form a pocket for holding said roller, and a connection part extending in a circumferential direction so as to connect the plurality of column parts, and continuously lined with each other in the circumferential direction between said outer ring and said inner ring, in which a corner of a circumferential end face of each retainer segment is chamfered; and
a spacer arranged between a circumferentially arranged first retainer segment and last retainer segment, the spacer having a circumferential spacer end face, the circumferential spacer end face having a chamfered part at a corner thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,542

CANISTER CLOSE VALVE DEVICE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A canister close valve device configured to open or close a passage mounted between a canister, for collecting evaporation gas evaporated from a fuel tank and an atmosphere, the canister close valve device comprising:a plunger configured to selectively move up or down through magnetization with a core inside a valve housing when a solenoid is activated;
a rod configured to perform a rectilinear reciprocating movement toward or away from the passage according to upward and downward movement of the plunger; and
a diaphragm valve body inserted into the plunger and connected to the valve housing, the diaphragm valve body being configured to be deformed by the upward and downward movement of the plunger and to generate a force for impeding the upward and downward movement of the plunger utilizing a pressure difference generated between the plunger and the valve housing.

US Pat. No. 10,190,535

HYPEREUTECTIC ALUMINUM-SILICON-BASED ALLOY HAVING SUPERIOR ELASTICITY AND WEAR RESISTANCE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An aluminum alloy comprising:an amount of 14 to 21% by weight of silicon (Si);
an amount of about 1 to 5% by weight of nickel (Ni);
an amount of about 4 to 5% by weight of titanium (Ti);
an amount of about 0.7 to 1% by weight of boron (B); and
aluminum (Al) constituting remaining balance of the aluminum alloy,
all the % by weight based on the total weight of the aluminum alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,190,532

AIR INTAKE STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE ENGINE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An air intake structure for a vehicle engine, the air intake structure comprising:a variable flap rotatably provided in an intake air passage so as to control a cross-sectional area of intake air flow;
a port plate provided downstream of the variable flap, and generating displacement in cooperation with the variable flap;
a driving unit configured to supply a driving force for generating displacement of both the variable flap and the port plate; and
a controller configured to determine a rotation angle of the variable flap in accordance with an operating range of an engine, and configured to control the driving unit so as to control the rotation angle of the variable flap,
wherein a rear end of the port plate facing a combustion chamber is configured to maintain a direct contact with an inner wall of the intake air passage while sliding in a longitudinal direction of the intake air passage in response to a variation in a rotation angle of the variable flap,
wherein a front end of the port plate coupled to the variable flap is configured to generate a rotational displacement relative to a downstream rear end of the variable flap, and
wherein a slide channel is formed in a bottom section of the inner wall of the intake air passage in the longitudinal direction of the intake air passage, and the rear end of the port plate is provided with a protrusion at opposite sides thereof for being engaged with the slide channel such that the protrusion slides along the slide channel in the longitudinal direction of the intake air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,190,530

POWER UNIT

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

2. A power unit comprising:an internal combustion engine body including a crankcase, a cylinder body, and a cylinder head sequentially stacked and fastened together to be integral with each other;
a cam shaft holder fastened and fixed to the cylinder head to rotatably support a cam shaft of a valve operating mechanism of the engine;
a cylinder head cover covering the cylinder head and the cam shaft holder; wherein:
fastening members are provided to penetrate the cylinder head cover and the cam shaft holder to fasten the cylinder head cover and the cam shaft holder to the cylinder head;
pressing surfaces are formed on an inner surface of the cylinder head cover, the pressing surfaces abutting against the cam shaft holder to press the cam shaft holder to the cylinder head;
wherein the cylinder head cover is formed with fastening bolt boss portions through which the fastening members are inserted, and the pressing surfaces are formed by boss seats formed on the fastening bolt boss portions; and
wherein the cylinder head cover has reinforcing ribs connecting the fastening bolt boss portions to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,190,524

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE HAVING TWO FUEL INJECTORS PER CYLINDER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A method for controlling a two-stroke internal combustion engine, the engine having at least one combustion chamber, at least one direct fuel injector for injecting fuel directly in the at least one combustion chamber, and at least one port fuel injector for injecting fuel upstream of the at least one combustion chamber, the method comprising:determining a first fuel quantity to be supplied to the at least one combustion chamber;
determining a ratio of the first fuel quantity to be injected by the at least one direct fuel injector;
determining a ratio of the first fuel quantity to be injected by the at least one port fuel injector;
injecting a second fuel quantity in the at least one combustion chamber using the at least one direct fuel injector;
injecting a third fuel quantity upstream of the at least one combustion chamber using the at least one port fuel injector,
a sum of the second and third fuel quantities being initially greater than the first fuel quantity; and
decreasing at least one of the second and third fuel quantities over time such that the sum of the second and third fuel quantities equals at least the first fuel quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,190,511

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

SCANIA CV AB, (SE)

1. A method for running a vehicle having a combustion engine, a starter motor and a driveshaft to which the engine is selectively connected to deliver driving force to the driveshaft for propulsion of the vehicle when the vehicle is in motion, the method comprising:determining that the vehicle is approaching a downgrade within a period of time or within a specified distance;
in response to the determination that the vehicle is approaching a downgrade, determining, based on look ahead data obtained for the vehicle, a look ahead data-based freewheel period of time, the look ahead data-based freewheel period of time being at least a period during which the vehicle is on the downgrade;
determining whether the look ahead data-based freewheel period of time is at least as long as a predetermined first period of time such that an amount of fuel reduction when the engine is switched off for the entirety of the first period of time is at least a first predetermined amount of fuel consumed when the engine is started by the starter motor; and
only when the determination is made that the look ahead data-based freewheel period of time is at least as long as the predetermined first period of time, disconnecting the engine from the driveshaft for the entirety of the look ahead data-based freewheel period, and switching off the engine for the entirety of the look ahead data-based freewheel period.

US Pat. No. 10,190,502

BRAZING COMPONENTS AND TECHNIQUES

Delavan Inc., West Des M...

1. A method of joining comprising:applying braze to a braze reservoir in a first component;
engaging a second component to the first component, wherein a joint location is defined between the first and second components, wherein a wicking structure provides flow communication from the braze reservoir to the joint location wherein the wicking structure extends radially through the first component;
heating the braze;
flowing the braze from the reservoir through the wicking structure to the joint location; and
joining the first and second components together.

US Pat. No. 10,190,499

AXIAL TENSION SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE CASE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a convex case section comprising:
an upstream case portion adjacent a forward edge of the convex case section, wherein the upstream case portion has a first radius relative to a centerline axis of the gas turbine engine at the forward edge;
a downstream case portion adjacent a rearward edge of the convex case section, wherein the downstream case portion has a second radius relative to the centerline axis at the rearward edge;
an intermediate case portion between the upstream case portion and the downstream case portion and having a third radius relative to the centerline axis that is larger than the first radius and the second radius; and
a tension rod extending from the upstream case portion to the downstream case portion, wherein an entirety of the tension rod is disposed radially inward of the intermediate case portion relative to the centerline axis, and wherein a first end of the tension rod is connected to a first bracket mounted to the upstream case portion, and where a second end of the tension rod is connected to a second bracket mounted to the downstream case portion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,492

DUAL CRANKSHAFT, OPPOSED-PISTON ENGINES WITH VARIABLE CRANK PHASING

ACHATES POWER, INC., San...

1. An opposed-piston, internal combustion engine comprising:one or more cylinders, each cylinder including exhaust and intake ports near respective outer ends of the cylinder, wherein the cylinders are juxtaposed and oriented with exhaust and intake ports mutually aligned;
a pair of crankshafts rotatably mounted near respective exhaust and intake ends of the cylinders;
a pair of pistons disposed in each cylinder for opening and closing the ports of the cylinder by opposed sliding movement in the bore of the cylinder;
all of the pistons opening and closing the exhaust ports being coupled by connecting rods to the crankshaft mounted near the exhaust ends of the cylinders, and all of the pistons opening and closing the intake ports being coupled by connecting rods to the crankshaft mounted near the intake ends of the cylinders;
a gear train coupling the crankshafts to an output drive; and,
a crank phasing mechanism operatively coupled to a crankshaft and to the gear train for changing a crank angle of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,490

ENERGY STORAGE AND CONVERSION IN FREE-PISTON COMBUSTION ENGINES

EtaGen, Inc., Menlo Park...

1. A free-piston combustion engine system, comprising:a cylinder comprising a combustion section;
at least one tree-piston assembly in contact with the combustion section;
at least one gas spring in contact with the at least one free-piston assembly, wherein the at least one gas spring is configured to store energy from the at least one free-piston assembly during an expansion stroke of a piston cycle;
at least one linear electromagnetic machine for directly converting between kinetic energy of the at least one free-piston assembly and electrical energy; and
processing circuitry configured for:
causing the at least one gas spring to store at least a sufficient amount of energy from the at least one free-piston assembly during the expansion stroke to perform a subsequent stroke of the piston cycle thereby avoiding net electrical energy input over the subsequent stroke of the piston cycle by controlling at least a position of the at least one free-piston assembly, and
causing the linear electromagnetic machine to convert at least some of the energy stored in the at least one gas spring into electrical energy during the subsequent stroke of the piston cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,190,471

EXHAUST-GAS AFTER-TREATMENT DEVICE

MAN Energy Solutions SE, ...

1. An exhaust gas after-treatment device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a housing through which exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine flows;
exhaust gas purification chambers having substantially parallel walls arranged in the housing and configured to accommodate at least one of catalytic converters and particulate filters; and
muffler chambers having substantially parallel walls arranged in the housing, each having a defined depth in a flow direction and configured to muffle, wherein each gas purification chamber is bounded by a respective muffler chamber at each gas purification chamber's input and output in the flow direction;
wherein the exhaust gas purification chambers and the muffler chambers are arranged in series spatially, and
wherein the exhaust gas purification chambers and the muffler chambers are arranged parallel to one another with respect to flow,
wherein respective end faces of each muffler chamber and each gas purification chamber are arranged in parallel, so that a standing wave can form.

US Pat. No. 10,190,468

SENSOR ELEMENT AND EXHAUST GAS SENSOR HAVING A SENSOR ELEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor element comprising:a sensor arrangement; and
a heating arrangement configured to heat the sensor arrangement, and including an electrically conductive heating structure that is at least partially electrically insulated from the sensor arrangement by electrical insulation having an electrically insulating material, wherein:
the electrically insulating material has gas-tight sintered particles; and
the gas-tight sintered particles include forsterite particles, spinel particles, or a mixture of forsterite particles and spinel particles.

US Pat. No. 10,190,459

INJECTION DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An injection device (1), comprising:a pressure-controlled and outward-opening injection valve (2) which includes an axially displaceable valve piston (6) which penetrates through a throughflow opening (7) in a valve body (5) and has a valve tip (9) at one end,
a valve seat (8) assigned to the throughflow opening (7), and
at least one spring element (11) which urges the valve piston (6) having the valve tip (9) against the valve seat (8) in order to close the throughflow opening (7),
wherein the throughflow opening in the valve body continually tapers in a direction toward the valve seat,
wherein the valve tip (9) is axially displaceable in a flow chamber (15) which is formed between the valve body (5) and a perforated injection plate (14) which has a plurality of injection openings (19), and
wherein the valve tip (9) has, on a side opposed to the valve seat (8), an axial stop (18) interacting with the perforated injection plate (14), characterized in that the axial stop (18) is formed by an axial projection (17) on a flat underside (16) of the valve tip (9) that is assigned to the perforated injection plate (14).

US Pat. No. 10,190,446

VALVE TRAIN ASSEMBLY

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A valve train assembly, the valve train assembly comprising:a valve bridge assembly, the valve bridge assembly comprising:
a valve bridge;
a first cavity formed towards a first end portion of the valve bridge; and
a hydraulic lash adjuster (HLA) disposed within the first cavity, the HLA being configured to engage a first valve stem;
the valve train assembly further comprising:
a pivotally mounted first rocker arm configured to engage the valve bridge and to pivot in response to a rotating first cam to cause a first valve lift event in an engine cycle, wherein the first rocker arm comprises:
a rocker arm cavity formed within an end portion thereof; and
a control capsule disposed within the rocker arm cavity, wherein the control capsule is configurable in an ON configuration and an OFF configuration, wherein, in the ON configuration, the pivoting of the first rocker arm is configured to cause the first valve lift event and, in the OFF configuration, the control capsule is configured to prevent the pivoting of the first rocker arm from causing the first valve lift event.

US Pat. No. 10,190,432

BRUSH SEAL ASSEMBLY

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A brush seal assembly, comprising:a diaphragm that includes a brush insertion groove;
a brush configured to have a first end disposed in the brush insertion groove of the diaphragm and a second end protruding toward a rotor;
a ring shaped support plate disposed adjacent to the brush, the ring shaped support plate being used to support a side of the brush, and the ring shaped support plate including a first portion disposed in the brush insertion groove of the diaphragm and a second portion extending out of the brush insertion groove; and
a first back plate configured to support a side of the ring shaped support plate and disposed in the brush insertion groove of the diaphragm, the first back plate including a portion extending out of the brush insertion groove that is in contact with the second portion of the ring shaped support plate,
wherein the ring shaped support plate includes:
a first support strip portion facing to the brush, and the first support strip portion including a material having an elastic restoring force, and
a second support strip portion facing to the first back plate, and the second support strip portion including a different type of material other than the material having the elastic restoring force.

US Pat. No. 10,190,430

TURBINE ENGINE, SUCH AS A TURBOJET OR A TURBOPROP ENGINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A turbomachine comprising:an annular combustion chamber defined by an inner shell and an outer shell;
a turbine distributor arranged downstream of the annular combustion chamber;
a downstream end of the outer shell or of the inner shell of the annular combustion chamber comprising a first radial rim arranged opposite a second radial rim of an upstream end of the turbine distributor, the first radial rim being an integral part of the annular combustion chamber and the second radial rim being an integral part of the turbine distributor, each of the first radial rim and the second radial rim including a proximal end and a distal end, the first radial rim and the second radial rim extending in a radial direction from the proximal end to the distal end; and
a sealing mechanism comprising a sealing strip extending between the first radial rim and the second radial rim to provide a seal between the annular combustion chamber and the turbine distributor;
a positioning lug; and
a cover extending circumferentially and axially, to cover at least partially the first radial rim of the annular combustion chamber and the second radial rim of the turbine distributor and the sealing strip,
wherein the sealing strip extends axially and circumferentially between the first radial rim and the second radial rim and bears against the distal end of the first radial rim and the distal end of the second radial rim,
wherein one end of the positioning lug engages a notch of the sealing strip to immobilize the sealing strip in a circumferential direction of the sealing strip and in an axial direction of the turbomachine, and
wherein the cover is fastened using the positioning lug, the positioning lug defined as a screw or a rivet.

US Pat. No. 10,190,429

INTERSHAFT SEAL WITH ASYMMETRIC SEALING RING AND CENTRIFUGAL RETAINING PLATES

Stein Seal Company, Kulp...

1. A seal assembly for use between an inner shaft and an outer shaft within a turbine engine comprising:(a) a sealing ring including a plurality of asymmetric ring segments, each said asymmetric ring segment further includes:
(i) a vertical flange; and
(ii) a pair of horizontal flanges which extend from said vertical flange in a non-symmetric arrangement, at least one slot disposed along each said horizontal flange;
(b) a pair of centrifugal retaining plates, said sealing ring interposed between said centrifugal retaining plates, each said centrifugal retaining plate includes a plurality of tabs extending therefrom, each said tab engaged by one said slot;
(c) a pair of end rings, said sealing ring and said centrifugal retaining plates interposed between said end rings, each said centrifugal retaining plate directly interposed between one said horizontal flange and one said end ring, said vertical flange extends from between said end rings in the direction of said outer shaft, a non-contact seal formed between an outer sealing surface along said vertical flange and an inner sealing surface along said outer shaft; and
(d) an inner ring, said sealing ring disposed about said inner ring, said inner ring includes a plurality of ridges that engages said asymmetric ring segments so as to prevent rotation of said asymmetric ring segments with respect to said inner shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,427

TURBINE NOZZLE BOX

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A turbine nozzle box, comprising:an annular outer ring plate operable to be disposed in a turbine such that an outer peripheral surface thereof is adjacent to an inner peripheral surface of an inner casing of the turbine;
an annular nozzle unit disposed adjacent to an inner peripheral surface of the annular outer ring plate; and
an annular inner ring plate disposed such that an outer peripheral surface thereof is adjacent to an inner peripheral surface of the nozzle unit,
wherein the nozzle unit includes a plurality of segment blocks circumferentially installed at an arc angle,
wherein each of the plurality of segment blocks includes:
a nozzle frame configured to close a gap between the annular outer ring plate and the annular inner ring plate on a front surface of the nozzle box,
a nozzle located at an inner portion of the nozzle frame while extending toward the outlet end of the nozzle box,
extension parts extending outward from the nozzle, the extension parts being engaged with the annular outer ring plate and the annular inner ring plate,
a plurality of nozzles including extension parts that are engaged with the annular outer ring plate and the annular inner ring plate, and
an introduction portion disposed between the extension parts and a discharge portion,
wherein the plurality of segment blocks is disposed at an inlet end of a first-stage nozzle unit and the plurality of segment blocks is disposed between the plurality of nozzles, and
wherein an outlet end of the first-stage nozzle unit is open.

US Pat. No. 10,190,424

3D THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE PULTRUSION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ebert Composites Corporat...

1. A 3D thermoplastic pultrusion system, comprising:at least a first set, second set, and third set of 3D thermoplastic forming machines,
the first set including a plurality of motion control CNC rotational motors and CNC actuators operatively coupled to the motion control CNC rotational motors, a flexible heated band connected to the CNC actuators to preform and heat a prepreg thermoplastic composite material, and bearings that the motion control CNC rotational motors pivot the actuators about and hold the actuators in position;
the second set located downstream of the first set and including a plurality of motion control CNC rotational motors and CNC actuators operatively coupled to the motion control CNC rotational motors, a flexible heated band connected to the CNC actuators to form and heat the prepreg thermoplastic composite material from the first set, and bearings that the motion control CNC rotational motors pivot the actuators about and hold the actuators in position;
the third set located downstream of the second set and including a plurality of motion control CNC rotational motors and CNC actuators operatively coupled to the motion control CNC rotational motors, a flexible chilled band connected to the CNC actuators to form the heated prepreg thermoplastic composite material from the second set into the thermoplastic composite pultrusion, and bearings that the motion control CNC rotational motors pivot the actuators about and hold the actuators in position;
a CNC control system controlling at least the first set, the second set, and the third set of 3D thermoplastic forming machines to form the prepreg thermoplastic composite material, the CNC control system including a 3D thermoplastic pultrusion system computer system having a computer readable medium configured to store executable programmed modules; a processor communicatively coupled with the computer readable medium configured to execute programmed modules stored therein; one or more computer programmed module elements is stored in the computer readable medium and configured to be executed by the processor, wherein the one or more computer programmed module elements is configured to perform the following for the prepreg thermoplastic composite material:
preform and heat the prepreg thermoplastic composite material with the first set of 3D thermoplastic forming machines;
form and heat the prepreg thermoplastic composite material from the first set with the second set of 3D thermoplastic forming machines;
form the heated prepreg thermoplastic composite material from the second set into the thermoplastic composite pultrusion with the flexible chilled band of the third set of 3D thermoplastic forming machines.

US Pat. No. 10,190,422

ROTATION ENHANCED TURBINE BLADE COOLING

Solar Turbines Incorporat...

1. A turbine blade for a gas turbine engine, comprising:an outer, peripheral wall extending along a suction side and a pressure side of the blade from a leading edge to a trailing edge of the blade and from a root end to a tip end of the blade;
a substantially vertical bifurcating internal wall extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge of the blade in between the suction side and the pressure side of the blade;
a plurality of pressure side cooling fluid passages defined between the peripheral wall on the pressure side of the blade and the bifurcating internal wall and extending at least part way from the root end to the tip end of the blade;
a plurality of suction side cooling fluid passages defined between the peripheral wall on the suction side of the blade and the bifurcating internal wall and extending at least part way from the tip end to the root end of the blade; and
at least one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages being configured to receive fresh cooling fluid from a cooling fluid inlet opening at the root end of the blade and direct the cooling fluid radially upwardly toward the tip end of the blade, wherein the tip end of the at least one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages is fluidly connected across a top side of the bifurcating internal wall to at least one of the plurality of suction side cooling fluid passages such that cooling fluid passes up through the at least one pressure side cooling fluid passages from the root end to the tip end of the blade, across the top of the bifurcating internal wall, and down through the at least one suction side cooling passage from the tip end to the root end of the blade,
wherein only a first one of the at least one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages is configured to receive cooling fluid from the cooling fluid inlet opening at the root end of the blade, the first one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages being fluidly connected across the top side of the bifurcating internal wall to two of the suction side cooling fluid passages,
wherein one of the two suction side cooling fluid passages is configured to direct cooling fluid from the first one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages downwardly along the suction side of the blade and is fluidly connected across the bottom side of the bifurcating internal wall to a second one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages adjacent a leading edge cooling fluid passage extending vertically along at least a portion of the leading edge of the blade; and
wherein one or more impingement holes are provided through an internal wall extending between the pressure side and the suction side of the blade and separating the second one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages and the leading edge cooling fluid passage, the one or more impingement holes configured for directing cooling fluid flowing upwardly through the second one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages into the leading edge cooling fluid passage, and a showerhead arrangement of film cooling holes being provided through the outer peripheral wall along the leading edge and configured for directing cooling fluid from the leading edge cooling fluid passage to the outer surface of the outer peripheral wall along the leading edge of the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,190,416

BLADE CASCADE FOR TURBO MACHINE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A blade cascade for a turbomachine comprising:a plurality of identical blade groups situated next to each other in a circumferential direction, each blade group including:
a first individual blade having a first vane containing a first blade profile and a first side wall and the first side wall further including a first radial inner side wall,
a second individual blade differing from the first individual blade and having a second vane containing a second blade profile and a second side wall, the second side wall having a different contouring than the first side wall, the second side wall further including a second radial inner side wall that circumferentially adjoins to the first radial inner side wall, the first radial inner side wall and the second radial inner side wall, respectively, having radial depressions defined therein, and
a circumferential working fluid flow channel of each blade group that is at least partially defined by the circumferentially adjoined first and second radial inner side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,190,408

SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR DRILLING

APS Technology, Inc., Wa...

1. A method for monitoring a drilling operation of a drilling system, the drilling system having a drill string having a top end located at a surface of an earthen formation, the drill string configured to form a borehole in the earthen formation during the drilling operation, the method comprising the steps of:transmitting an electromagnetic signal via an electromagnetic telemetry tool located at a downhole end of the drill sting while the electromagnetic telemetry tool is in the borehole;
receiving the electromagnetic signal transmitted by the electromagnetic telemetry tool via a first pair of antennas positioned on the surface of the earthen formation, the first pair of antennas being spaced apart from the top end of the drill string, wherein the electromagnetic signal received by the first pair of antennas has a first signal characteristic at the surface;
receiving the same electromagnetic signal transmitted by the electromagnetic telemetry tool via a second pair of antennas each of which are different from each of the first pair of antennas, the second pair of antennas being positioned on the surface at a different location at a distance further away than that of the first pair of antennas with respect to the top end of the drill string, wherein the electromagnetic signal received by the second pair of antennas has a second signal characteristic at the surface at the different location;
receiving via a receiver assembly a first surface signal transmitted from the first pair of antennas and a second surface signal transmitted from the second pair of antennas, wherein the first surface signal has the first signal characteristic and the second surface signal has the second signal characteristic;
identifying via a computer processor if a) the first signal characteristic of the first surface signal received by the first electromagnetic antenna pair or b) the second signal characteristic received by the second electromagnetic antenna pair has a preferred signal characteristic; and
decoding the first surface signal or the second surface signal transmitted by the respective first pair of antennas and the second pair of antennas with the preferred signal characteristic, wherein the first signal characteristic and the second signal characteristic include a strength of the electromagnetic signal received by the antenna pairs respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,190,387

METHOD OF SEALING A WELL

STATOIL PETROLEUM AS, St...

1. A method of sealing a well comprising:creating one or more openings in a tubing installed in a wellbore, in a location for a well seal;
using a wireline to locate a stinger in said location;
setting the stinger in said location by hanging the stinger from said tubing; and
forming a seal in the well in said location, by injecting sealant through said stinger such that the sealant flows upwardly around the stinger,
wherein the stinger is extendable and telescopic,
wherein the stinger comprises a valve across an end which is lowermost when the stinger is extended, and
wherein a plurality of telescopic sections are held in a compacted configuration by a mechanism configured to release when a pre-determined pressure is applied, thus causing the telescopic sections to extend.

US Pat. No. 10,190,375

CONNECTION DEVICE FOR CONNECTING A SECONDARY CIRCUIT TO A DRILLING ELEMENT FOR THE CIRCULATION OF DRILLING FLUIDS IN AN OIL WELL

DRILLMEC S.P.A., Gariga ...

1. A connection device for connecting a secondary circuit for circulation of drilling fluids to a drilling element comprising an axial hole and a radial bore in communication with said axial hole; a safety valve assembly associated with said radial bore, the safety valve assembly comprises a valve body and at least one obstructor for taking at least two operating configurations;said connection device comprises:
a central body comprising:
a first connection portion for effecting a sealed connection to said secondary circuit;
a second connection portion for effecting a sealed connection to said radial bore;
an intake duct, interposed between said connection portions, for conducting said drilling fluids;
a clamping system, for connecting the connection device to the drilling element;
only one opening device for selectively opening and closing, at least partially, the radial bore by acting upon the valve assembly;
only one coupling device for connecting said opening device to said valve assembly;
wherein:
said opening device is adapted to selectively open and close, at least partially, said radial bore by acting upon a first obstructor of the valve assembly through at least one rotary movement;
said coupling device is for coupling to a clamping element comprised in the first obstructor, so that said the at least one rotary movement of said opening device is transferred to said first obstructor in order to selectively open and close, at least partially, said radial bore in a secure manner.

US Pat. No. 10,190,372

ENERGY TRANSMISSION EFFICIENT DRILL STRING COUPLING

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A drill string for percussive drilling comprising:a first elongate drill string member having a main section and a male end;
a second elongate drill string member having a main section and a female end;
an outside diameter of the female end being greater than an outside diameter of the main section of the second drill member and an outside diameter of the male end being approximately equal to an outside diameter of the main section of the first drill string member; and
the male and female ends having respective threads to enable the male end to be secured inside the female end such that the male and female ends overlap axially by an axial length, the axial length of overlap of the male and female ends defining a coupling region, wherein the axial length of the coupling region is less than the outside diameter of the female end, the male end including a non-threaded shank positioned within the coupling region axially intermediate the main section, wherein a region at the male end includes the threads and an axial length of the non-threaded shank is substantially equal to an axial length of the region over which the threads extend along the male end, a combined axial length of the threaded region and the non-threaded shank of the male end being less than the outside diameter of the female end.

US Pat. No. 10,190,370

COMPOSITE WELLBORE SEAL SYSTEM WITH SENSING AND SELF-HEALING CAPABILITIES

STC.UNM, Albuquerque, NM...

1. A wellbore seal system comprising: a casing, a fiber reinforced polymer layer, and layer of polymer cement;said layers bonded together and configured to create a low permeable and ductile seal at discrete locations of the wellbore or along the wellbore;
said polymer layer is chemically bonded to said casing and inhibits the formation of a microannulus at said casing; and
said polymer layer is an aramid fiber reinforced polymer or is a glass reinforced polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,369

BIT INCORPORATING DUCTILE INSERTS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A fixed-cutter drill bit comprising:a metal-matrix composite body having at least one metal-matrix composite blade; a bit blank disposed within the metal-matrix composite body;
a plurality of cutters disposed on the at least one metal-matrix composite blade; and a ductile insert partially disposed within the metal-matrix composite body and having an exposed surface,
wherein the ductile insert has a greater ductility than the metal-matrix composite body;wherein the exposed surface of the ductile insert is positioned at or proximate to at least one high-stress portion of the fixed-cutter drill bit that experiences a high tensile stress during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,190,367

SPLINE INSERT FOR A DOWNHOLE TOOL

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

5. A method, comprising:removing a first spline insert from within a recess in a body of a downhole tool having at least two expandable members configured to expand radially between retracted and expanded positions, the first spline insert including first and second wings circumferentially offset from one another with respect to a longitudinal axis of the downhole tool, the first spline insert including a first spline on the first wing engaged with a first one of the at least two expandable members a second spline on the second wing engaged with a second one of the at least two expandable members; and
inserting a second spline insert at least partially into the recess in the body, the second spline insert including at least one spline configured to engage the first one of the at least two expandable members.

US Pat. No. 10,190,363

MULTILAYER FILM WITH ELECTRICALLY SWITCHABLE OPTICAL PROPERTIES

Cardinal IG Company, Ede...

1. A multilayer film with electrically switchable optical properties, comprising, arranged sheet-wise in order, at least:a first carrier film,
a first electrically conductive layer,
an active layer comprising liquid crystals,
a second electrically conductive layer, and
a second carrier film,whereinan edge region of the first carrier film is joined to an edge region of the second carrier film to form an insulated edge region,
the multilayer film includes a first circumferential separating line forming a first non-electrically conductive region bounded on one side by the first electrically conductive layer and on an opposite side by the insulated edge region,
the multilayer film includes a second circumferential separating line forming a second non-electrically conductive region bounded on one side by the second electrically conductive layer and on an opposite side by the insulated edge region, and
the first circumferential separating line is separated from the second circumferential separating line by the active layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,359

DOUBLE GLAZING HAVING IMPROVED SEALING

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. An insulating glazing unit, comprising:a first pane and a second pane,
a spacer between the first pane and the second pane, the spacer comprising a glazing interior surface, an external surface, and two pane contact surfaces,
a glazing interior bordered by inner faces of the first pane and of the second pane and a glazing interior surface of the spacer,
an external interpane space adjacent the first pane, the second pane, and the external surface,
a primary sealant fixed between one pane contact surface and the first pane as well as between the other pane contact surface and the second pane,
a secondary sealant in the external interpane space, fixed between the first pane and the second pane adjacent the external surface, and
a tertiary sealant in the external interpane space, fixed between the first pane and the second pane adjacent the secondary sealant,
wherein the penetration index of the primary sealant is between 45 and 100 and the penetration index of the secondary sealant is between 20 and 40, with the penetration index being referred to ISO 2137-DIN 5180 and measured at a temperature of 60° C.

US Pat. No. 10,190,358

VEHICLE SAFE AND AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle safe authentication system, comprising:a vehicle safe;
a vehicle camera; and
a control unit programmed to receive an indication of unauthorized access, from a body controller and in response to a predefined number of attempts to access the safe being exceeded, at the vehicle safe and further programmed to activate the vehicle camera in response to the indication, wherein activation of the camera includes capturing at least one image.