US Pat. No. 10,337,631

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF OF A HYDRAULIC FLUID FLOW IN THE EVENT OF A LOSS IN PRESSURE

Altec Industries, Inc., ...

1. A system for providing a flow of a hydraulic fluid having a fluid pressure to a hydraulic tool, the system configured to prevent excessive loss of the hydraulic fluid when the fluid pressure decreases in the system, the system comprising:a first valve directing the flow through a source coupler to the hydraulic tool when the fluid pressure is above a first pressure threshold;
a second valve receiving the flow from a return coupler and directing the flow to a return when the fluid pressure is equal to or greater than the first pressure threshold; and
a third valve directing the flow from a pump to the return when the fluid pressure is below a second pressure threshold;
wherein the third valve directs the flow from the pump to the first valve when the fluid pressure is above the second pressure threshold,
wherein the third valve is disposed between the first valve and the second valve.

US Pat. No. 10,337,630

OIL-HYDRAULIC VALVE

S.T. S.R.L., Calderara d...

1. A pressure limiting valve, suitable for being inserted in a seat of a hydraulic circuit, the seat having walls and being arranged between a high pressure zone and a low pressure zone, said valve comprising:a valve body designed to engage sealingly with the walls of said seat and defining internally a passage for a fluid;
a closing member having a stem and a closing head connected to a first end of the stem and movably engaged with the valve body so as to move along a longitudinal direction of extension of the stem from a closed position of the passage, where the head is sealingly engaged with the valve body, into an open position of the passage and vice versa, in an opening direction and closing direction, respectively;
a sleeve, joined to said stem of the closing member at a second end thereof;
a spring arranged between the sleeve and the valve body and designed to exert a force on said closing member along said longitudinal direction in the closing direction,wherein said sleeve is irreversibly locked to said stem through a mechanical coupling which consists of a threadless mechanical connection, in a region of the sleeve located at a predefined longitudinal position of the said stem, so that the spring exerts on the closing member a force of predefined value when the closing member is in the closed position, whereby the mechanical coupling between the sleeve and the stem is threadless;a cap configured to be fitted in the seat for closing the seat, and surrounding the sleeve, wherein the sleeve is axially movable with respect to the cap,wherein the sleeve has a first end, facing the valve body, and a second end, opposite the first end and surrounded by the cap, and further includes:an annular projection extending radially with respect to the longitudinal direction and having a lateral surface facing the cap and a radial outer surface in contact with the cap, wherein the sleeve has a first diameter at the annular projection;
the region where the sleeve is irreversibly locked to the stem through the threadless mechanical connection is between the annular projection and the second end of the sleeve, wherein the sleeve has a second diameter at said region, which is smaller than the first diameter, and is threadless, wherein the sleeve consists of one single element that provides said region, said second end, and the annular projection.

US Pat. No. 10,337,629

CHECK VALVE

1. A check valve comprising:a housing having an inlet connected to an outlet and including an interior guide;
a stop disposed in the housing;
a membrane disposed in the housing and being movable and bendable to control fluid flow between the inlet and the outlet, the membrane being movable into contact with the stop and comprising a disc base having a spike protruding therefrom, the spike being movably received within the interior guide of the housing;
wherein the stop comprises an elongated extension about which the disc base of the membrane may bend along a line or a curve such that the extension lies between overlapping sections of the disc base, and wherein the extension has a length in a direction normal to the direction of fluid flow between the inlet and the outlet, the length of the extension being at least half of the diameter of the undeformed membrane; and
wherein the extension includes a strip joined to a strut, the strip facing the membrane and having a thickness less than the strut.

US Pat. No. 10,337,628

HIGH MASS FLOW CHECK VALVE ASPIRATOR

Nyloncraft Incorporated, ...

1. A check valve aspirator comprising:a venturi pipe having a converging section including a converging wall extending from a converging inlet and terminating at a converging outlet, and a diverging section including a diverging wall starting at a diverging inlet and terminating at a diverging outlet, the converging outlet in fluid communication with the diverging inlet;
a throat disposed between the converging section and the diverging section such that the converging wall is circumferentially spaced apart from the diverging wall where the converging wall terminates at the converging outlet and the diverging wall starts at the diverging inlet, wherein a diameter of the throat is greater than a diameter of the converging outlet and a diameter of the diverging inlet; and
a venturi check valve bowl in fluid communication with the throat;
wherein a ratio of the diameter of the converging outlet to the diameter of the diverging inlet is at least 0.8.

US Pat. No. 10,337,627

COMPOSITE SANDWICH PANELS FOR OILFIELD VALVE

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. An oilfield valve having a body defining a throughbore and configured for controlling flow through the throughbore, comprising:a disc connected to the body and movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein the disc has a top surface and a bottom surface and defines a perimeter, and further wherein the disc is composed of a composite material;
wherein the composite material comprises a facesheet and a core material adjacent to the facesheet; and
wherein the facesheet comprises a matrix phase and a reinforcement phase.

US Pat. No. 10,337,626

HEATING MEDIUM CHANNEL SWITCHING DEVICE, AND AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE INCLUDING THE HEATING MEDIUM CHANNEL SWITCHING DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A heating medium channel switching device, comprising:a cylindrical valve body wherein an interior is partitioned into two channels by a partition plate disposed in a longitudinal direction and two aperture portions that form a heating medium outlet and inlet are provided in a side surface corresponding to each of the channels; and
a body having a valve chamber that houses the valve body, a plurality of inlets that communicate with the aperture portions and allow a heating medium to flow into the valve body, and a plurality of outlets that communicate with the aperture portions and allow a heating medium to flow out from the valve body,
wherein
the body has as the inlets, a first inlet into which a first heating medium flows, a second inlet into which a second heating medium flows, and a common inlet into which either one of a third heating medium or fourth heating medium flows, and has as the outlets, a common outlet out of which either one of the first heating medium or the second heating medium flows, a third outlet out of which the third heating medium flows, and a fourth outlet out of which the fourth heating medium flows, and
the valve body being configured such that one of the aperture portions of one of the channels communicates with either one of the first inlet or the second inlet while the other aperture portion of the channel communicates only with the common outlet, and one of the aperture portions of the other channel communicates only with the common inlet while the other aperture portion of the channel communicates with either one of the third outlet or the fourth outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,337,625

SLIDE FLOW DISTRIBUTOR

STI S.R.L., Gorle (BG) (...

1. A slide flow distributor (100) comprising a motor (1) moving directly a spool (2) by means of a rod (8) of the motor; a charge chamber (3) of the working fluid, in central position, in fluid communication with two discharge branches (4, 5) and two delivery branches (6, 7) and characterized in that from a portion of the spool (2) proximal to the motor (1) it is provided a pneumatic servo-actuator (9) generating a force in the same direction as the axial force of the motor (1), with the result that the spool (2) is accelerated in a predetermined direction, said pneumatic servo-actuator (9) comprising a profiled body (52), a plurality of balls (50) and corresponding elastic means (51) which press said plurality of balls (50) on the side surface of the profiled body (52);and wherein said pneumatic servo-actuator (9) further comprises two main chambers, an inlet chamber (54) and a storage chamber (55) of air, said two main chambers are separated by a seal (56) positioned at a right end of the central rod (53), and said inlet chamber (54) of air contains the central rod (53) of the spool (2).

US Pat. No. 10,337,624

SPLIT GATE VALVE

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system, comprising:a valve assembly, comprising:
a valve body having a fluid passage that intersects with a valve cavity, wherein the valve cavity has four interior sides and four corner portions extending straight along an axis of the valve cavity directly from a first body side toward an opposite second body side of the valve body, and the valve body has four exterior sides extending straight along the axis directly from the first body side toward the opposite second body side of the valve body; and
a valve disposed in the valve cavity, wherein the valve is split into first and second valve sections that are biased apart from one another against opposite sides of the valve cavity, the valve comprises four sides having surfaces extending straight lengthwise along the axis and contacting the four interior sides of the valve cavity, the valve comprises four non-right-angled side portions extending straight lengthwise along the axis and facing the four corner portions of the valve cavity, and the valve comprises a valve bore extending through the first and second valve sections; and
a rolling actuator coupled to the valve, wherein the rolling actuator is configured to open or close the valve relative to the fluid passage by moving the valve along the axis and positioning the valve bore in or out of the fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,623

TAPERED NUT VALVE PLUG FASTENERS

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. An apparatus comprising:a valve plug having a first end, a second end located opposite the first end, and a bore extending from the first end to the second end;
a valve stem extending through the bore;
a first nut threadably engaged with the valve stem, the first nut including a first tapered surface; and
a second nut threadably engaged with the valve stem, the second nut including a second tapered surface, the first tapered surface engaging the bore from the first end and the second tapered surface engaging the bore from the second end to capture the valve plug between the first and second nuts and to rigidly secure the valve plug to the valve stem.

US Pat. No. 10,337,622

ECCENTRIC VALVE

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An eccentric valve comprising:a valve seat including a valve hole and a seat surface formed at an edge of the valve hole;
a valve element formed with a seal surface on an outer periphery corresponding to the seat surface;
a rotary shaft integrally provided with the valve element to rotate the valve element, and
the rotary shaft having a central axis extending in parallel to a radial direction of the valve element, the central axis of the rotary shaft being positioned eccentrically from a center of the valve hole in another radial direction of the valve hole, and the seal surface being positioned eccentrically from the central axis of the rotary shaft toward an extending direction of a central axis of the valve element,
wherein the eccentric valve further comprises:
a drive mechanism configured to generate a drive force to rotate the rotary shaft in a valve opening direction;
a drive force receiving part integrally provided with the rotary shaft and configured to receive the drive force;
a bearing placed in a position between the valve element and the drive force receiving part in a direction of the central axis of the rotary shaft to support the rotary shaft; and
a return spring configured to generate a return spring force to rotate the rotary shaft in a valve closing direction,
wherein, during non-operation of the drive mechanism, the eccentric valve generates a separating-direction urging force to cause the rotary shaft to incline about the bearing serving as a fulcrum and urge the valve element in a direction away from the valve seat, the separating-direction urging force being a force caused by the return spring force and acting in a direction perpendicular to a central axis of the bearing,
either the valve element or the valve seat is provided with a sealing member to seal between the valve element and the valve seat during non-operation of the drive mechanism,
the sealing member includes a deformable portion having a leading end that comes into contact with the valve element or the valve seat during non-operation of the drive mechanism and that is deformed when pressed by the valve element or a valve seat during operation of the drive mechanism, and
a deformation amount of the deformable portion during operation of the drive mechanism is smaller than a deformation amount of the deformable portion when plastically deformed.

US Pat. No. 10,337,621

HYDROSTATIC NON-CONTACT SEAL WITH WEIGHT REDUCTION POCKET

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A non-contact seal assembly, comprising:a plurality of seal shoes arranged about a centerline in an annular array, the seal shoes including a first seal shoe extending axially along the centerline between a first shoe end and a second shoe end;
a seal base circumscribing the annular array of the seal shoes; and
a plurality of spring elements, each of the spring elements radially between and connecting a respective one of the seal shoes with the seal base,
where the plurality of seal shoes each includes a weight reduction pocket formed in a circumferential region of the seal shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,337,620

SLIDING COMPONENT

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A sliding component comprising a pair of sliding parts that relatively slide on each other, one of the sliding parts being a stationary-side seal ring, the other of the sliding parts being a rotating-side seal ring, the seal rings each having a sliding face formed radially for sealing sealed fluid from leaking, whereinthe sliding face of at least one sliding part of the pair of sliding parts is provided with dynamic pressure generation grooves spaced in a non-communicating manner from a sealed-fluid side and a leakage side by lands of both sliding faces, and is provided with fluid introduction holes between leakage-side ends of the dynamic pressure generation grooves and the leakage side, for communicating the dynamic pressure generation grooves and the leakage side, and
each fluid introduction hole has:
a leakage-side opening open to and communicating with the leakage side in proximity to the sliding face for taking in fluid on the leakage side therethrough to the fluid introduction hole, and
a dynamic-pressure-generation-groove-side opening open to the corresponding dynamic pressure generation groove for discharging the fluid on the leakage side therethrough from the fluid introduction hole to the dynamic pressure generation groove,
wherein the dynamic-pressure-generation-groove-side opening is axially displaced from the leakage-side opening.

US Pat. No. 10,337,619

SEAL RING COMPOSITE FOR IMPROVED HYDRODYNAMIC SEAL PERFORMANCE

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A seal assembly, comprising:a stationary seal ring including a first sealing surface, the first sealing surface including first and second portions; and
a rotating mating ring including a second sealing surface;
wherein the first portion includes a first surface roughness,
the second portion includes a second surface roughness,
the second surface roughness is rougher than the first surface roughness,
the first portion is at least partially aligned with a smooth portion of the second sealing surface,
the second portion is at least partially aligned with a grooved portion of the second sealing surface,
the second portion is provided on a side of the stationary seal ring for scavenging a working fluid,
the second portion is configured to increase flow of said working fluid to the grooved portion, and
the increased flow of said working fluid is configured to provide a fluid boundary layer between the stationary seal ring and the rotating mating ring.

US Pat. No. 10,337,618

SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR A STEERING GEAR INPUT SHAFT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A seal assembly for an input shaft of a steering gear, the seal assembly comprising:a first member defining a first central passage extending along a central axis;
a second member defining a second central passage extending along the central axis, and rotatable about the central axis relative to the first member;
an outer seal disposed between the first member and the second member, and disposed in sealing engagement with the first member; and
an inner seal supported by and moveable with the second member, and operable to seal between the second member and the input shaft of the steering gear.

US Pat. No. 10,337,617

CANNED SEAL ASSEMBLY

Trelleborg Sealing Soluti...

1. A combination seal assembly, comprising:at least one can structure; wherein the at least one can structure includes a bonding portion, said at least one can structure including a seal can and a scraper can;
a primary seal built onto said seal can and having at least one seal lip, wherein the primary seal envelops part of the bonding portion of the at least one can structure and forms a tight bond with the bonding portion; and
a scraper seal built onto said scraper can and having at least one scraper lip, said at least one can structure supporting said primary seal and said scraper seal and allowing simultaneous installation of said at least one can structure, said primary seal, and said scraper seal into a hardware space, said seal can including a seal can lip and said scraper can including a scraper can lip that extends generally parallel to said seal can lip, has at least a portion surrounded by said scraper seal, and is longer than said seal can lip, said seal can being exterior to said scraper can and said seal can lip being configured to hold said seal can, said primary seal, said scraper can, and said scraper can lip together.

US Pat. No. 10,337,616

MECHANICAL SEAL ASSEMBLY

AES Engineering Ltd., Ro...

1. A mechanical seal apparatus having two axially-spaced seals, comprising:a rotary component comprising at least one rotational member for each axially-spaced seal of said two axially-spaced seals;
a stationary component comprising at least one stationary sealing member of each said axially-spaced seal of said two axially-spaced seals;
a sleeve located radially inwards between said at least one rotational member for each said axially-spaced seal of said two axially-spaced seals; and,
means for directing barrier or buffer fluid towards said sleeve between said two axially-spaced seals; and,
means for displacing the barrier or buffer fluid axially toward said two axially-spaced seals, said means for displacing the barrier or buffer fluid being located on an outer surface of said sleeve and comprising a plurality of circumferentially-spaced apart recesses, protuberances or both recesses and protuberances, wherein the recesses or protuberances are elongated, extending axially along said sleeve and extend radially by an amount that increases circumferentially from a first edge to a second edge of each of the recesses or protuberances, and wherein a circumferential extent of the recesses or protuberances is reduced at a midpoint thereof for providing a fluid cutting effect.

US Pat. No. 10,337,615

MACHINE WITH REDUCED CYLINDER FRICTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A machine having one or more cylinders, each cylinder having an inner surface configured to engage at least a portion of a circumferential surface of a piston ring of a piston, the inner surface having a plurality of recesses indented into the inner surface, each recess having a circumferential dimension, the recesses being arranged into a row that extends circumferentially around the inner surface, the recesses of the row having a circumferential spacing between an adjacent recess, and the recesses being formed in two separate regions, wherein a ratio of a dimension of each recess in a direction of travel of the piston to a dimension of a contact zone in the direction of travel of the piston is in a range of 1:5 to 3:5.

US Pat. No. 10,337,614

ROTATING PISTON FOR PUMPS

Graco Minnesota, Inc., M...

1. A piston for pumping paint by being driven by a drive mechanism of a paint spraying system to reciprocate within a cylinder of the paint spraying system along a longitudinal axis for spraying of the paint by the paint spraying system, the piston comprising:a piston head;
a piston rod connected to the piston head, the piston rod comprising:
a first end including a neck and a rod head, wherein the first end is configured to extend out of the cylinder and engage the drive mechanism; and
a second end disposed opposite the first end, wherein the piston head is connected to the second end;
a central bore extending through a portion of the piston; and
one or more side bores extending through the piston, the one or more side bores in fluid communication with the central bore, wherein the paint is forced to flow through the central bore and then out of the piston through the one or more side bores by reciprocation of the piston;
wherein the one or more side bores are shaped to redirect the paint from the central bore and expel the paint from the piston at one or more respective orientations offset from the longitudinal axis thereby imparting a moment on the piston about the longitudinal axis to cause the piston to rotate during reciprocation of the piston; and
wherein the piston head and the piston rod are joined such that the piston head and the piston rod simultaneously rotate during reciprocation of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,337,613

TRANSMISSION SHIFT TORQUE MANAGEMENT WITH FUEL ENLEANMENT

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

8. A method for controlling a vehicle comprising an automatic transmission, the method comprising:measuring, by a controller using a sensor, an operating parameter of a spark-ignition engine of the vehicle;
detecting, by the controller, a need to perform a shift of the automatic transmission based on the measured operating parameter of the engine;
in response to detecting the need to perform the shift of the automatic transmission, decreasing, by the controller, torque output of the engine by a desired amount by enleaning an air/fuel charge provided to a cylinder of the engine by decreasing an energization duration of a fuel injector of the engine that is associated with the cylinder; and
after decreasing the torque output of the engine by the desired amount, controlling, by the controller, the automatic transmission to perform the imminent shift.

US Pat. No. 10,337,612

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GEAR SHIFT ASSISTANCE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for displaying and determining a gear selection recommendation in a vehicle having a transmission operated manually, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a suitable gear for generating an engine braking force corresponding to a current deceleration setpoint value;
determining, by the controller, a duration, during which the suitable gear has to be traveled to dissipate an energy corresponding to the current deceleration setpoint value;
displaying the suitable gear as the gear selection recommendation on a display of the vehicle; and
displaying the duration during which the suitable gear has to be traveled to dissipate the energy corresponding to the current deceleration setpoint value on the display of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,337,611

VARIABLE-SPEED DRIVE DEVICE FOR POWER UNIT

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A variable-speed drive device for a power unit, used for a transmission wherein speed changes are performed by intermittent rotation of a shift drum, comprising:a shift spindle for operating the transmission for speed changes;
a master arm fixedly mounted on the shift spindle for rotary movement with the shift spindle and having an opening; and
a stopper pin extending through the opening of the master arm to regulate the amount of the rotary movement of the master arm; wherein:
the master arm is provided thereon with shock absorbing devices;
at least a part of each of the shock absorbing devices protrudes into a path of rotary movement of the stopper pin in the opening of the master arm, from each of edge portions included in a defining edge of the opening of the master arm, when viewed in the axial direction of the stopper pin, said edge portions lying on extensions of the path of the rotary movement of the stopper pin;
the master arm is so formed in a plate shape that abutment of the edge portions of the opening of the master arm with the outer surface of the stopper pin regulates the rotary movement; and
each of the shock absorbing devices is provided on one (70R) of the surfaces of the master arm with respect to the axial direction of the stopper pin; and
each of the shock absorbing devices comprises a damper body of an elastic material, and a fixing pin fixedly attaching the damper body to the master arm.

US Pat. No. 10,337,610

GEAR ACTUATOR FOR DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION

HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATE...

1. A gear actuator for a dual clutch transmission, comprising:a driving motor generating power and having a driving shaft formed with a gear part;
a pair of first and second gears gear-coupled to the gear part to simultaneously rotate in different directions from each other and spaced apart from each other;
first and second guide cams respectively connected to the first and second gears to rotate;
a first power transfer unit provided at the first gear and the first guide cam to transfer or cut off the power from the driving motor to the first guide cam according to a rotating direction of the first gear;
a second power transfer unit provided at the second gear and the second guide cam to transfer or cut off the power from the driving motor to the second guide cam according to a rotating direction of the second gear;
a first finger shaft linearly moved by rotation of the first guide cam and having a first finger performing a selection operation of an odd-numbered stage; and
a second finger shaft linearly moved by rotation of the second guide cam and having a second finger performing a selection operation of an even-numbered stage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,609

CLUTCH CONTROL IN A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for controlling a clutch of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) including a variator assembly for a motor vehicle, the method comprising:determining whether a predetermined condition is met for applying a clutch critical pressure to the clutch, the clutch critical pressure being less than a line pressure, the clutch critical pressure being a pressure at which the clutch may slip upon experiencing a predetermined minimum torque disturbance level;
if the predetermined condition is met, commanding the clutch critical pressure to be applied to the clutch;
determining whether the clutch is slipping beyond a predetermined threshold; and
if the clutch is slipping beyond the predetermined threshold, commanding a clutch slip control scheme to be applied to the clutch that is configured to bring a clutch slip of the clutch under the predetermined threshold,
wherein the step of commanding the clutch slip control scheme comprises activating a slip recovery decay timer.

US Pat. No. 10,337,608

STEERABLE TRANSAXLE

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A drive apparatus for a vehicle having a prime mover, the drive apparatus comprising:a housing forming an internal sump;
a transmission disposed in the internal sump and comprising:
a center section containing hydraulic porting;
a hydraulic pump disposed on the center section; and
a first hydraulic motor engaged to and driving a first motor shaft and a second hydraulic motor engaged to and driving a second motor shaft, wherein both hydraulic motors are disposed on the center section and in hydraulic communication with the hydraulic pump through the hydraulic porting to form a hydraulic circuit; and
a brake mechanism having a brake shaft pivotably supported in the housing, a brake arm attached to the brake shaft, and a first brake rod and a second brake rod each supported by a plurality of brake rod guides formed in the center section.

US Pat. No. 10,337,607

SELECTIVELY CONTROLLABLE FILTRATION SYSTEM OF A TRANSMISSION AND METHOD THEREOF

ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC...

1. A hydraulic system of an automatic transmission, comprising:a controller;
a pump adapted to be driven by a torque-generating mechanism, the pump having an inlet and an outlet, where the pump is configured to generate fluid flow and pressure throughout the system;
a fluid circuit fluidly coupled to the pump;
a pressure regulator disposed in the fluid circuit for regulating pressure therein, the pressure regulator fluidly coupled to the pump outlet;
a cooler circuit disposed in the fluid circuit and fluidly coupled to the pressure regulator;
a filter disposed in the fluid circuit downstream from the cooler circuit;
a bypass circuit disposed in the fluid circuit and fluidly coupled to the pressure regulator, the bypass circuit including a valve movable between an open position and a closed position; and
a solenoid disposed in the bypass circuit and electrically coupled to the controller, wherein the valve is selectively actuated by the solenoid between the open and closed positions;
wherein, in the open position, a first portion of fluid flowing from the pressure regulator flows through the bypass circuit and a second portion of the fluid flows through the cooler circuit and filter;
further wherein, in the closed position, the fluid flowing from the pressure regulator only flows through the cooler circuit and filter.

US Pat. No. 10,337,606

SHIFT CONTROL DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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

1. A shift control device for an automatic transmission, the shift control device comprising:an automatic shift mode for performing a shift operation by determining a shift stage or a gear ratio to be set based on a running condition;
a manual shift mode for performing a shift operation instructed by a manual operation of a driver;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory including a computer program,
wherein the at least one memory and the computer program are configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the shift control device at least to:
measure a following distance between an own vehicle and a front vehicle;
measure an accelerator opening of an engine;
judge whether the measured following distance is equal to or less than a predetermined set value if a downshift is instructed by a manual operation of the driver and the measured accelerator opening is fully closed;
determine a target shift stage based on the following distance if the following distance is equal to or less than the set value; and
downshift to the determined target shift stage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,605

HYDRAULIC OR PNEUMATIC ACTUATING DEVICE FOR ACTUATION OF SETTING ELEMENTS IN A MOTOR VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

FTE automotove GmbH, Ebe...

1. A hydraulic or pneumatic actuating device for the actuation of setting elements in a motor vehicle transmission, comprising at least two actuating cylinders, each cylinder having a cylinder housing and an actuating piston, which is guided in the cylinder housing to be longitudinally displaceable along a cylinder axis and which can be acted on hydraulically or pneumatically and is operatively connected with one of the setting elements, wherein the actuating cylinders are formed as a unit which can be flange-mounted on or in a transmission casing of the motor vehicle transmission, wherein a sensor for positional detection of a signal element mounted on the respective actuating piston is associated with each cylinder housing, wherein an electrical interface which is in signal connection with the sensors and by way of which the sensors for positional detection can be contacted by common communication with said electrical interface that is integrated in the unit, and wherein in addition at least one sensor for rotational speed sensing at the motor vehicle transmission and/or a terminal for such a sensor is or are integrated in the unit and similarly disposed in signal connection with the electrical interface for the common contact-making such that all the sensors for positional detection and said at least one sensor for rotational speed can be in contact through said electrical interface.

US Pat. No. 10,337,604

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE POSITION OF A GEARBOX ACTUATOR

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A position monitoring method for monitoring a position of a gearbox actuator responsible for engaging a ratio at an end of a preliminary phase of synchronization of two shafts of a gearbox by a electrical machine whose torque is controlled to bring a difference between speeds of the two shafts into a range which permits mechanical coupling of the two shafts, the position monitoring method comprising:monitoring neutral shifting of the gearbox actuator during a change of ratio, and
ensuring a convergence of a measured speed on one of the two shafts with an observed speed as a function of a value of observed inertia on the one of the two shafts relative to an expected value as a function of the gearbox actuator by using an estimate of an estimated torque of the electrical machine.

US Pat. No. 10,337,603

LUBRICATING STRUCTURE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A lubricating structure for a hybrid vehicle, the vehicle including an engine, a first motor, and a second motor as driving force sources, the lubricating structure comprising:a planetary gear mechanism including a sun gear, a ring gear, a carrier, and pinion gears, the first motor being coupled to the sun gear, an output shaft being coupled to the ring gear, and the engine being coupled to the carrier;
a brake mechanism to selectively fix the carrier by stopping rotation of the carrier;
an oil pump that is driven by a predetermined power to generate a hydraulic pressure of oil in a state in which the rotation of the carrier is stopped by the brake mechanism;
a first oil supply mechanism to feed the oil to an axis portion of each of the pinion gears by the oil pump generating the hydraulic pressure;
a third motor; and
an electronic controller, wherein
the oil pump is an electric oil pump that is driven by the third motor to generate the hydraulic pressure,
the electronic controller is configured to control a rotation state of each of the driving force sources and a rotation state of the third motor, and
when a temperature of the oil falls below a predetermined temperature, the electronic controller is configured to prohibit driving of at least one of the first motor and the second motor in response to the temperature of the oil falling below the predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,602

MULTI-STAGE PLANETARY GEAR MECHANISM FOR A WIND TURBINE, COMPRISING A SPECIAL LUBRICANT GUIDE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A multi-stage planetary transmission for a wind turbine, comprising:a transmission housing having an oil supply channel disposed therein;
an input-side first planetary stage disposed in the transmission housing;
at least one second planetary stage disposed downstream of and connected to the first planetary stage by a spline of a sun gear shaft of the first planetary stage;
a first oil conducting channel supplied by the oil supply channel and configured to supply oil to planetary gear bearings of the first planetary stage;
a second oil conducting channel supplied by the oil supply channel and disposed so as to pass through a planet carrier of the second planetary stage at least partially in an axial direction, the second oil conducting channel configured to supply oil to planetary gear bearings of the second planetary stage; and
a third oil conducting channel supplied by the oil supply channel and configured to supply oil to the spline,
wherein, in order to supply oil to the spline, the third oil conducting channel branches off, in a radial direction, from the second oil conducting channel, wherein the second conducting channel is longer than the third oil conducting channel, in order to open into the region of the spline.

US Pat. No. 10,337,601

GEAR AND METHOD OF LUBRICATING A GEAR

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. A gear, comprising:a toothed portion comprising a plurality of teeth;
an inner wall portion defining a cavity; and
a lubricant feed aperture that extends from the inner wall portion to a surface of a tooth of the plurality of teeth, wherein the lubricant feed aperture is configured to deliver lubricant from the cavity to the surface of the tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,337,600

SCALABLE IN-SITU GEAR BOX AND POWERTRAIN LUBRICANT MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An apparatus for in-situ filtering and monitoring of a fluid, comprising:a housing which is adapted for being secured directly to a source of the fluid and defines an internal filter chamber;
a filter assembly positioned at least partially in the internal filter chamber of the housing;
a monitoring module in fluid communication with the internal filter chamber of the housing and which includes a sensor which outputs a fluid condition signal indicating a condition of the fluid in the monitoring module; and
wherein the filter assembly and the lubrication monitoring module are arranged so as to create first and second flow paths for the fluid within the housing, the first flow path directing a first portion of the fluid from the source, through the filter assembly where it is conditioned and returned to the source, and the second flow path directing a second portion of the fluid that is less than the first portion from the source to the monitoring module and returned to the source.

US Pat. No. 10,337,599

SPROCKET MODULE FOR A BICYCLE AND SPROCKET ASSEMBLY COMPRISING SUCH A MODULE

CAMPAGNOLO S.R.L., Vicen...

1. Sprocket module for a bicycle, comprising:at least two sprockets, and
at least one spacer that is an annular body having planar axial faces contacting the at least two sprockets, the annular body and the planar axial faces are configured to extend circumferentially around a freewheel body of a hub for a bicycle rear wheel, and the annular body includes a plurality of fastening holes for coupling the at least one spacer with the at least two sprockets;
wherein the at least two sprockets are fixed to each other;
at least one first sprocket of the at least two sprockets comprises an engagement portion configured to engage the freewheel body of the hub for the bicycle rear wheel; and
the at least one spacer is radially separated from the freewheel body.

US Pat. No. 10,337,598

LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL

ARB CORPORATION LIMITED, ...

1. A limited slip differential for a vehicle comprising:a carrier rotatable about a first axis and configured to contain lubricant;
a pinion gear arranged within the carrier and rotatable about a second axis arranged perpendicular to the first axis;
a side gear arranged within the carrier and rotatable about the first axis, the side gear engaged with the pinion gear; and
a clutch pack arranged within the carrier and rotatable about the first axis, the clutch pack comprising a captive disk engaged with the carrier, and a floating disk arranged adjacent the captive disk and engaged with the side gear;
each of the captive disk and the floating disk having a central region, a peripheral region, and defining at least one lubrication aperture for containing a volume of the lubricant,
wherein one of the captive and the floating disk has a first face defining a first lubrication aperture proximal to the central region, and defining a second lubrication aperture spaced radially apart from the first lubrication aperture and proximal to the peripheral region, and
wherein the other disk has a second face arranged opposite the first face, the second face having two notional profiles projected thereon, the notional profiles corresponding with the first lubrication aperture and the second lubrication aperture, and the second face defining an intermediate lubrication aperture spaced radially apart from the central region between the notional profiles, and
wherein a first notional circle arranged on the second face and concentric with the central region is tangential with the intermediate lubrication aperture and intersects the first lubrication aperture notional profile, and a second notional circle arranged on the second face and concentric with the central region is tangential with the intermediate lubrication aperture and intersects the second lubrication aperture notional profile, and
wherein, in use, the carrier is at least partially filled with lubricant and the disks rotate relative to each other so that the intermediate lubrication aperture rotates past and partially overlaps the first lubrication aperture causing a volume of the lubricant contained in the first lubrication aperture to move into the intermediate lubrication aperture, and the intermediate lubrication aperture rotates past and partially overlaps the second lubrication aperture causing the volume of the lubricant contained in the intermediate lubrication aperture to move into the second lubrication aperture, thereby causing the lubricant to travel progressively from the central regions towards the peripheral regions via each of the lubrication apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,337,597

ENGINE DISCONNECTS WITH MECHANICAL DIODES FOR VEHICLE POWERTRAINS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An engine flexplate assembly for operatively coupling an engine to a hydrokinetic torque converter of a motor vehicle, the engine having an engine output shaft, and the torque converter having a torque converter (TC) housing with a pump cover, the engine flexplate assembly comprising:a disk-shaped body with opposing first and second sides and a central hub, the central hub being configured to rigidly attach on the first side thereof to the engine output shaft for common rotation therewith; and
a disconnect device positioned on the second side of the disk-shaped body and including concentric inner and outer races, the outer race being integrally formed with or rigidly attached to the disk-shaped body for common rotation therewith, and the inner race being configured to integrally form with or rigidly attach to the pump cover of the TC housing for common rotation therewith,
wherein the disconnect device is configured to operatively disconnect the engine output shaft from the pump cover of the TC housing when a torque transmitted therebetween reverses direction.

US Pat. No. 10,337,596

LOCK-UP DEVICE FOR TORQUE CONVERTER

EXEDY CORPORATION, Neyag...

1. A lock-up device for a torque converter, the lock-up device disposed between a front cover to be coupled to an engine-side member and a turbine of the torque converter, the lock-up device comprising:a clutch part to which a torque is inputted from the front cover;
an input plate coupled to the clutch part;
an outer peripheral side damper part to which the torque is transmitted from the input plate, the outer peripheral side damper part including at least two outer peripheral side springs, the at least two outer peripheral side springs disposed in a circumferential alignment, the at least two outer peripheral side springs for acting in series with each other, each of the at least two outer peripheral side springs taking a circular-arc shape in a free state thereof, wherein the at least two outer peripheral side springs are directly contacted at circumferential end surfaces thereof, and the free state is defined as a state without being assembled with the lock-up device;
an output plate coupled to the turbine, the output plate including a first output plate and a second output plate;
an inner peripheral side damper part for transmitting the torque to the output plate, the inner peripheral side damper part including at least two inner peripheral side springs, the at least two inner peripheral side springs disposed in a circumferential alignment on an inner peripheral side of the outer peripheral side damper part, the at least two inner peripheral side springs for acting in series with each other;
an intermediate member rotatable relative to the input plate and the output plate, the intermediate member for making the outer peripheral side damper part and the inner peripheral side damper part act in series with each other; and
a float member disposed axially between the first output plate and the second output plate.

US Pat. No. 10,337,595

EXTRUDED PROTRUSION LASER WELDED SEAL PLATE

1. A torque converter, comprising:an axis of rotation;
a cover arranged to receive torque;
an impeller including:
an impeller shell non-rotatably connected to the cover; and,
at least one impeller blade fixed to the impeller shell;
a turbine including a turbine shell and at least one turbine blade fixed to the turbine shell;
a hub;
a seal plate including a first surface in contact with the hub; and,
a weld fixedly connecting the hub and the seal plate, wherein a line orthogonal to the axis of rotation passes through, in sequence, the hub, the weld, the seal plate, the first surface of the seal plate, and the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,337,594

INCREMENTAL DEPLOYMENT DEVICE

1. An apparatus comprising:a first member;
a second member movably coupled to the first member such that the first member and the second member are transitionable from a first configuration to a second configuration;
one or more springs that are configured to urge the first member and the second member towards the second configuration;
a slotted track, wherein:
the slotted track is part of the first member,
the slotted track has opposing side walls that define two intermeshing sawtooth profiles, and
the slotted track includes a series of alternating deployment segments and braking segments;
a cam follower; and
a cam follower biasing device, wherein:
the cam follower biasing device is configured to bias the cam follower towards only one of the two opposing sidewalls,
the cam follower is constrained to travel within the slotted track,
the cam follower is movably connected with the second member, and
the cam follower, during relative movement between the first member and the second member from the first configuration to the second configuration, encounters the deployment segments and the braking segments in an alternating fashion,
the deployment segments and the braking segments are configured to:
cooperate with the cam follower during relative movement of the first member and the second member from the first configuration to the second configuration to limit the relative speed between the first member and the second member by permitting the relative motion between the first member and the second member to accelerate when the cam follower is in the deployment segments and by causing the relative motion between the first member and the second member to decelerate when the cam follower is in the braking segments, and
permit the first member and the second member to be transitioned from the first configuration to the second configuration subject only to the urging of the one or more springs.

US Pat. No. 10,337,593

LOWER ATTACHMENT FOR TRIMMABLE HORIZONTAL STABILISER ACTUATOR

GOODRICH ACTUATION SYSTEM...

1. A lower attachment system for a trimmable horizontal stabiliser actuator comprising:a screwshaft forming a part of or coupled to a main screw of the actuator, the screwshaft having an axial direction;
a primary ballnut disposed on the screwshaft and forming a part of a primary load path of the lower attachment system;
a lower secondary nut disposed on the screwshaft axially adjacent the primary ballnut;
an upper secondary nut disposed on the screwshaft adjacent the lower secondary nut and on the opposite side thereof to the primary ballnut; and
a secondary connection arranged for axial and rotational movement and coupled to each of the lower secondary nut and the upper secondary nut;
wherein the secondary connection is arranged to be loaded when the secondary load path is loaded and the secondary load path also includes the upper and lower secondary nuts; and
wherein the couplings between the secondary connection and the upper and lower secondary nuts are arranged such that during normal use, when the primary ballnut transmits the loading of the actuator along the primary load path, then there is no relative rotational movement of the secondary connection, the upper secondary nut and the lower secondary nut, and such that when the secondary connection is subject to an axial load resulting from load being transferred to the secondary load path, the upper secondary nut and lower secondary nut are compelled to rotate relative to one another thereby locking the threads of the secondary nuts with the screwshaft;
wherein one of the secondary nuts is coupled to the secondary connection via an anti-rotation device having a portion thereof constrained within a slot and that is held in position in the slot by a ramp;
wherein the slot is shaped such that when the portion of the anti-rotation device is able to pass the ramp then the secondary nut and the secondary connection can move rotationally relative to one another thereby locking the threads of the two nuts with the screwshaft
wherein the portion of the anti-rotation device is held against the ramp by a resilient device such that sufficient rotational force between the secondary nut and the secondary connection will cause the portion of the anti-rotation device to pass along the ramp, depressing the resilient device and passing beyond the ramp and further along the slot to achieve the relative rotational movement of the upper and lower secondary nuts.

US Pat. No. 10,337,592

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC...

1. A multiple speed transmission, comprising:an input member;
an output member;
first, second, third and fourth planetary gearsets each having first, second and third members;
a plurality of interconnecting members each connected between at least one of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets and at least another of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets;
a first torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the first member of the first planetary gearset and the first member of the second planetary gearset with a stationary member;
a second torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the first planetary gearset with the stationary member;
a third torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the second planetary gearset with the first member of the third planetary gearset and the first member of the fourth planetary gearset;
a fourth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the third planetary gearset with the first member of the third planetary gearset and the first member of the fourth planetary gearset; and
a fifth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the first planetary gearset and the third member of the fourth planetary gearset with the third member of the third planetary gearset;
wherein, the third planetary gearset comprises an idler planetary gearset;
wherein the torque transmitting mechanisms are selectively engageable in combinations of at least three to establish at least eight forward speed ratios and at least one reverse speed ratio between the input member and the output member.

US Pat. No. 10,337,591

MULTI-SPEED PLANETARY TRANSMISSION

Allison Transmission, Inc...

1. A transmission comprising:at least one stationary member;
an input member rotatable relative to the at least one stationary member;
a plurality of planetary gearsets operatively coupled to the input member, each of the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first gearset component, a second gearset component, and a third gearset component, the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first planetary gearset, a second planetary gearset, a third planetary gearset, and a fourth planetary gearset, wherein the second gearset component of the second planetary gearset is fixedly coupled to the at least one stationary member;
an output member operatively coupled to the input member through the plurality of planetary gearsets and rotatable relative to the at least one stationary member, the output member is fixedly coupled to the second gearset component of the third planetary gearset;
a first interconnector which fixedly couples the first gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the first gearset component of the second planetary gearset;
a second interconnector which fixedly couples the first gearset component of the third planetary gearset, the third gearset component of the second planetary gearset, and the first gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset together; and
a plurality of selective couplers, wherein the plurality of selective couplers includes:
a first selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the first gearset component of the third planetary gearset, the third gearset component of the second planetary gearset, and the first gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset to the at least one stationary member;
a second selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the second gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the at least one stationary member;
a third selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the third gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset;
a fourth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the third gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the third planetary gearset;
a fifth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the second gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset; and
a sixth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the third gearset component of the third planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset.

US Pat. No. 10,337,590

MULTI-SPEED PLANETARY TRANSMISSION

Allison Transmission, Inc...

1. A transmission comprising:at least one stationary member;
an input member rotatable relative to the at least one stationary member;
a plurality of planetary gearsets operatively coupled to the input member, each of the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first gearset component, a second gearset component, and a third gearset component, the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first planetary gearset, a second planetary gearset, a third planetary gearset, and a fourth planetary gearset, wherein the second gearset component of the second planetary gearset is fixedly coupled to the at least one stationary member;
an output member operatively coupled to the input member through the plurality of planetary gearsets and rotatable relative to the at least one stationary member, the output member is fixedly coupled to the third gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset;
a first interconnector which fixedly couples the third gearset component of the second planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset;
a second interconnector which fixedly couples the third gearset component of the third planetary gearset to the first gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset;
a third interconnector which fixedly couples the second gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the first gearset component of the third planetary gearset; and
a plurality of selective couplers, wherein the plurality of selective couplers includes:
a first selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the second gearset component of the first planetary gearset and the first gearset component of the third planetary gearset to the at least one stationary member;
a second selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the first gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the at least one stationary member;
a third selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the third gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset and the third gearset component of the second planetary gearset;
a fourth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the second gearset component of the third planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset and the third gearset component of the second planetary gearset;
a fifth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the second gearset component of the first planetary gearset and the first gearset component of the third planetary gearset to one of the second gearset component of the third planetary gearset and the third gearset component of the third planetary gearset; and
a sixth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the first gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the first gearset component of the second planetary gearset.

US Pat. No. 10,337,589

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A transmission for a motor vehicle comprising:an input member;
an output member;
a first planetary gear set having a first sun gear, a second sun gear, a carrier member, and a ring gear;
a second planetary gear set having a sun gear, a carrier member, and a ring gear;
a third planetary gear set having a sun gear, a carrier member, and a ring gear;
a first interconnecting member directly connected to the carrier member of the first planetary gear set and to the carrier member of the second planetary gear set;
a second interconnecting member directly connected to the ring gear of the second planetary gear set and the carrier member of the third planetary gear set; and
six torque transmitting mechanisms each selectively engageable to connect one of the sun gears, carrier members, and rings gears with another of the sun gears, carrier members, rings gears and a stationary member, and
wherein the six torque transmitting mechanisms are engaged in combinations of at least three to provide at least ten forward gear ratios and at least one reverse gear ratio between the input member and the output member.

US Pat. No. 10,337,588

TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A transmission for a vehicle, comprising:a first input shaft continuously receiving power from an engine;
a second input shaft selectively receiving power from the engine through a clutch;
a sub-shifting mechanism including a plurality of sub-shifting gear pairs having different gear ratios and engaged with the first input shaft and a first countershaft, and the first input shaft and a second countershaft so that a desired gear stage is selected by selecting a sub-shifting gear pair suitable for a driving speed using a sub-shifting clutch unit;
a main shifting mechanism including a plurality of main shifting gear pairs having different gear ratios and engaged with the second input shaft and a first output shaft, and the second input shaft and a second output shaft so that a desired gear stage is selected by selecting a main shifting gear pair suitable for a driving speed using a main shafting clutch unit;
a first one-way clutch disposed on a corresponding power transmission path so that power from the engine is transmitted only from the first counter shaft to the first output shaft;
a second one-way clutch disposed on a corresponding power transmission path so that power from the engine is transmitted only from the second countershaft to the second output shaft; and
a power transmission gear set engaged between the first output shaft and the second output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,337,587

DUAL-CLUTCH SEVEN SPEED TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENT

VOLVO CAR CORPORATION, G...

1. A dual-clutch seven speed transmission arrangement comprising:a dual-clutch gearbox comprising first and second input shafts provided with first and second input clutches, wherein the first input shaft is a hollow shaft enclosing the second input shaft, the first input shaft is provided with at least first and second gearwheels, which are arranged to host three even drive gears and one reverse gear, and the second input shaft is arranged to host four odd drive gears;
a drive machine comprising a flywheel and no electric motor; and
a transfer transmission connected to the flywheel and that meshes with the first gearwheel, which is arranged to drive a fourth drive gear of the dual-clutch gearbox, wherein the fourth drive gear is separate from the transfer transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,337,586

TENSIONING UNIT

IDEEMATIC DEUTSCHLAND GMB...

1. A tensioning unit arranged between a first pull element and a second pull element the first and second pull elements being cables, wherein the first pull element and/or the second pull element connected to a solar module, comprising:a tensioning element;
a spring element
an external transmission element being arranged outside of the spring element and the tensioning element and entirely covering both the spring element and the tensioning element; and
an internal transmission element being arranged inside the spring element and the tensioning element;
wherein the tensioning element does not abut the external transmission element;
wherein the tensioning element and the spring element are arranged in a row;
wherein a length of the tensioning element is shortened in such a manner that the tensioning element has a pretension;
wherein the pretension is configured to increase the length of the tensioning element;
wherein the direction of the length enlargement of the tensioning element is directed away from the spring element;
wherein a length of the spring element is shortened when a force caused by the first pull element is transmitted via the internal transmission element to the spring element; and
wherein the length of the spring element is shortened when a force caused by the second pull element is transmitted via the external transmission element by the spring element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,585

VIBRATION ISOLATION DEVICE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A vibration isolation device comprising:a first mounting member connected to one of a vibration generating portion and a vibration receiving portion, and a second mounting member connected to the other thereof; and
an elastic body disposed between the mounting members;
wherein, on either one of opposing surfaces that oppose each other, respectively on the first mounting member and the second mounting member, a stopper elastic body having a stopper surface which faces the other of the opposing surfaces such as to be capable of coming into contact therewith, and a hollow portion in which the stopper elastic body is disposed, are provided,
wherein the stopper elastic body is fitted into the hollow portion such that, among the surfaces of the stopper elastic body, a counter-stopper surface which faces the direction opposed to the stopper surface, is in a state of non-contact, and
wherein the counter-stopper surface faces the elastic body through the hollow portion so as to be able to come into contact with the elastic body.

US Pat. No. 10,337,584

BICYCLE FORK HAVING LOCK-OUT, BLOW-OFF, AND ADJUSTABLE BLOW-OFF THRESHOLD

Fox Factory, Inc., Brase...

1. A damper assembly, comprising:a damper cap assembly closing an upper end of a first member engaged with a second member of said damper assembly, wherein said damper cap assembly comprises:
a rebound adjustment knob;
a damper cap body having a first set of threads;
a compression piston; and
a damper shaft extending vertically downward from said damper cap assembly and supporting said damping assembly on its lower end, wherein said damping assembly is fixed for movement with said first member and comprises a central passage having positioned therein an adjust rod, said adjust rod coupled to said rebound adjustment knob, wherein a first compression chamber is defined between said adjust rod and an inner surface of said damper shaft; and
a shaft support coupling said damper cap body and said damper shaft, wherein, said shaft support having a second set of threads for mating with said first set of threads, wherein upon said mating, said compression piston being secured between said damper cap body and said shaft support, wherein said shaft support comprises:
a set of ports enabling fluid communication with at least said first compression chamber;
a shoulder axially spacing said compression piston from said cap body, said shoulder comprising:
a set of passages enabling fluid communication with at least a second compression chamber that is created, by said axially spacing, between an upper surface of said compression piston and a lower surface of said cap body; and
a transfer chamber coupling said set of ports to said set of passages, said transfer chamber enabling said fluid to flow between said first compression chamber and said second compression chamber while allowing a threaded connection between said cap body and said shaft support.

US Pat. No. 10,337,583

THROUGH-SHAFT STEERING DAMPER

MF IP Holding, LLC, West...

8. A through-shaft damper, comprising:an elongate damper body comprising a central bore defining a first chamber configured to retain damping fluid, the elongate damper body having a first aperture at a proximal end and a second aperture at a distal end;
a shaft slidingly disposed within the central bore and extending through the first aperture and second aperture;
an insert coupled to the distal end of the elongate damper body, the insert surrounding the shaft and extending from the distal end into the first chamber;
a second chamber positioned adjacent the distal end within the bore and configured to retain a gas, the second chamber partially defined by an external surface of the insert; and
a movable wall configured to move independently from the shaft and associated with the insert, the movable wall providing fluid separation between the first chamber and the second chamber, wherein the movable wall is configured to provide a volumetric change of the second chamber that is inverse to a volumetric change of the damping fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,337,582

DAMPER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DAMPER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A damper, comprising:a housing member including
an outer cylinder portion formed in a cylinder shape,
an inner cylinder portion formed inside the outer cylinder portion,
a bottom portion connecting bottoms of the outer and inner cylinder portions,
an open end portion formed at an upper end of the outer cylinder portion,
a groove portion formed on an inner periphery of the outer cylinder portion adjacent the open end portion, and
a thin wall portion of the outer cylinder portion which is thinner than a remaining portion of the outer cylinder portion, formed in a vicinity of the groove portion so that an outer surface of the outer cylinder portion is recessed inwardly between an upper outer surface and a lower outer surface forming the outer cylinder portion;
a lid member having
a movable member housed in the housing member between the inner and outer cylinder portions and including a lid step portion formed at an upper end portion of the movable member and annularly recessed from an outer surface of the movable member, and
a lid main member portion connected to the upper end portion of the movable member to cover the open end portion, and including a projection portion projecting annularly outwardly from the lid main member portion above the lid step portion and engaging the groove portion; and
an O-ring housed in the lid step portion and contacting an inner surface of the thin wall portion to seal between the housing member and the lid member,
wherein the outer surface of the outer cylinder portion is a flat surface in section cut in an axial direction of the housing member at the thin wall portion, and an inner surface of the outer cylinder portion is a flat surface in section cut in the axial direction of the housing member between the bottom portion and the groove portion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,581

ROTATIONAL INERTER AND METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for damping an actuator, comprising:an inerter, including:
a first terminal and a second terminal movable relative to one another along an inerter axis and mutually exclusively couplable to a support structure and a movable device actuated by the actuator;
a threaded shaft coupled to and movable along the inerter axis with one of the first terminal and the second terminal;
a flywheel rotatable in proportion to movement of the threaded shaft in response to axial acceleration of the first terminal relative to the second terminal during actuation of the movable device by the actuator; and
the inerter reducing actuator-load-oscillatory amplitude at resonance of the actuator and of the movable device relative to the actuator-load-oscillatory amplitude that would otherwise occur using the actuator without the inerter, such that the actuator size and weight of the actuator is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,337,580

ELASTOMERIC ELEMENT RETENTION

TransTech of South Caroli...

1. An elastomeric element for mounting a current collection device, comprising:an inner hub member;
an outer ring defining an exterior annular surface of the elastomeric element; and
an intermediate ring of elastomeric material disposed between the inner hub member and the outer ring,
wherein the outer ring comprises a plurality of segments individually connected to the intermediate ring and wherein the outer ring comprises at least one locking feature configured to be engaged to prevent rotation of the elastomeric element within a housing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,579

VIBRATION ISOLATION MOUNT FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A mount for an electric motor, the mount being formed of an elastomeric material and comprising a sleeve around which a plurality of ribs are formed, wherein the mount is disposed between the electric motor and a motor housing, wherein the ribs comprise first ribs and second ribs, and the first ribs project further from the sleeve than the second ribs, such that the first ribs deform before the second ribs when the mount absorbs radial acceleration;wherein the mount comprises one or more locking projections formed on an inner surface of the sleeve, and
wherein each first rib includes a void disposed along a length of the rib so as to make the first ribs more compliant to radial acceleration than the second ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,337,578

SUSPENSION ELEMENT FOR THE MECHANICAL ATTACHMENT OF A LOAD SUSPENDED WITHIN A MOUNT

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A suspension element configured to isolate translation and rotation vibrations in a mechanical connection of a load suspended in a support subject to said vibrations, the suspension element comprising:at least two plates, each plate having at least two mechanical interfaces with the load and the support in a complete connection, the plates forming monolithic structures with the respective mechanical interfaces, wherein the mechanical interfaces of each plate include an internal mechanical interface and an external mechanical interface, the external mechanical interfaces are circular and configured to engage the load or the support, and a fillet of each of the plates has a continuous curvature with each of the mechanical interfaces; and
at least one damping element positioned between and in fixed contact with two of the plates or between and in fixed contact with the internal and external mechanical interfaces, the at least one damping element being distributed according a cyclic symmetry,
wherein the suspension element has a rigidity that is adjustable along three orthogonal axes in accordance with a number of the plates, a distribution of the plates between the mechanical interfaces, and length, thickness, and depth dimensions of the plates.

US Pat. No. 10,337,577

BI-DIRECTIONAL NON-LINEAR SPRING

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A bi-directional nonlinear spring system, comprising:a bi-directional spring comprising:
a plurality of compliant members;
a plurality of rigid annular members alternatingly coupling the plurality of compliant members in series;
a plurality of center constraint members, configured as disks, alternatingly coupling the plurality of compliant members in series, each of the plurality of center constraint members further comprising a center portion defining, at least in part, a face of the center constraint member, wherein the face supports one of the compliant members across the diameter of the face, through the center portion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,575

BALL SCREW TYPE ELECTROMECHANICAL BRAKE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An electromechanical brake apparatus comprising:a piston which is configured to press a friction pad; and
a drive device which is configured to provide power for moving the piston,
wherein the drive device includes a nut member which is coupled to the piston and configured to transmit axial movement power to the piston, a screw which is coupled to the nut member and rotates to move the nut member in an axial direction, a plurality of balls which is configured to be inserted between the nut member and the screw and transmits rotational force of the screw to the nut member, a torsion spring having a first side which is mounted to the nut member, and a ball retainer which is mounted at a second side of the torsion spring, and
wherein the ball retainer is disposed to be adjacent to the ball at a rearmost end portion among the balls inserted between the nut member and the screw, and configured to come into contact with the ball and press the torsion spring when braking pressurization is carried out.

US Pat. No. 10,337,574

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING AN ENGAGEMENT POINT OF A HYBRID CLUTCH IN A HYBRID VEHICLE

1. A method for determining an engagement point of a hybrid clutch of a hybrid vehicle, which is operated by a hydrostatic clutch actuator, with the hybrid clutch separating an internal combustion engine from an electric traction drive or connecting them, the method of determining the engagement point comprising:operating the hybrid clutch, starting from a position of the hybrid clutch that the clutch assumes in a disengaged condition, while monitoring a torque of the electric traction drive,
when a defined increase in the torque is detected, adapting a presently given engagement point (tp) during operation of the hybrid vehicle using a start-up routine for adaptation of the presently given engagement point (tp) during operation by which a first engagement point is determined during a start-up operation of the hybrid vehicle in which the hybrid clutch approaches a previously determined engagement point and further displacing the hybrid clutch starting from said previously determined engagement point until the defined increase in torque is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,337,573

TWO-PHASE TRANSMISSION CLUTCH STAGING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:a shift element having a hydraulically actuated piston;
a valve configured to regulate a pressure of fluid supplied to the shift element in response to an electric current; and
a controller configured to adjust the current, the controller being programmed to
stage the piston by setting the current to a high value throughout a first phase and setting the current to a lower value throughout a second phase, and
adjust a duration of the first phase based on a number of times the shift element is applied since an engine start.

US Pat. No. 10,337,572

ACTUATOR FOR A DOG CLUTCH AND A METHOD FOR ITS CONTROL

BorgWarner Sweden AB, La...

1. An actuator for connecting and disconnecting a dog clutch between two coaxial shafts by means of an axially movable clutch sleeve, the actuator comprising an electric motor, wherein a motor shaft of the motor is connected to a rotatable actuator rod, which is provided at an end of the actuator rod with an eccentric pin for such cooperation with the clutch sleeve that a rotation of the actuator rod 180° or less by means of the motor from a rotational position corresponding to one axial end position of the clutch sleeve to a rotational position corresponding to the other axial end position of the clutch sleeve leads to a connection or disconnection of the dog clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,337,571

ELECTRONICALLY-CONTROLLED SELECTABLE CLUTCH WITH BACKLASH ARRANGEMENT

MAGNA POWERTRAIN INC., C...

1. A bi-directional clutch assembly comprising:an outer race presenting a plurality of inner ratchet teeth; an inner race presenting a plurality of outer ratchet teeth;
a passive one-way forward clutch including a plurality of passive struts pivotably supported by said inner race for pivoting into engaging relationships with said inner ratchet teeth during rotation of said inner race in a first direction;
a selectable one-way reverse clutch including at least one active strut supported by said outer race and selectively pivotable from an unlocked position wherein said active strut is disengaged from said outer ratchet teeth to a locked position for engaging one of said plurality of outer ratchet teeth during rotation of said inner race in a second direction opposite said first direction;
said plurality of passive struts being unevenly circumferentially spaced from one another along said inner race for staggering engagement by sequential ones of said plurality of passive struts with said inner ratchet teeth; and
said plurality of passive struts grouped into a plurality of sets of evenly circumferentially spaced passive struts with a first set of passive struts being a reference set of passive struts and each sequential set of passive struts being circumferentially indexed towards a preceding set of passive struts by a forward indexing angle to establish an indexed relationship among said plurality of passive struts.

US Pat. No. 10,337,570

TRANSAXLE INCLUDING BI-DIRECTIONAL OVERRUNNING CLUTCH

KANZAKI KOKYUKOKI MFG. CO...

1. A transaxle comprising:a transaxle casing;
a bi-directional overrunning clutch disposed in the transaxle casing, the bi-directional overrunning clutch comprising:
an input member journalled by the transaxle casing,
an output member journalled by the transaxle casing and coaxially surrounded by the input member,
wherein the input member and the output member have an annular space between an inner circumferential surface of the input member and an outer circumferential surface of the output member, and
wherein the inner circumferential surface of the input member comprises a plurality of wedge portions aligned in the circumferential direction of the input member, and includes a plurality of radially expanded portions which are diametrically larger than the wedge portions,
a cylindrical cage disposed coaxially to the input member and the output member in the annular space, the cage having first and second end portions opposite each other in the axial direction of the output member, and
a plurality of rollers carried by the cage and contacting the outer circumferential surface of the output member rotatably following rotation of the output member,
wherein the bi-directional overrunning clutch is structured so as to automatically shift between its disengagement state where the rollers are disposed at the respective radially expanded portions of the input member and are separated from the respective wedge portions, and its engagement state where the rollers contact the respective wedge portions, the shift of the bi-directional overrunning clutch depending on change of rotary speed difference between the input member and the output member;
a friction mechanism structured to apply a frictional force to the cage so as to enable the cage to rotate relative to the input member according to the rotation of the rollers following the output member; and
a clutch-off biasing mechanism structured to bias the cage in a direction to disengage the bi-directional overrunning clutch,
wherein the friction mechanism and the clutch-off biasing mechanism are distributively disposed in the transaxle casing so that the friction mechanism is disposed at the first end portion of the cage, and the clutch-off biasing mechanism is disposed at the second end portion of the cage,
wherein the clutch-off biasing mechanism comprises:
a spring interposed between the input member and the cage so as to be elastically transformable according to the rotation of the cage relative to the input member, the spring including an elastic looped portion, first and second end portions extending radially inward from the elastic looped portion and third and fourth end portions respectively extending from the first and second end portions and tangentially away from each other,
wherein the cage comprises a spring holder supporting the spring, and
wherein the spring holder is engaged to the second end portion of the cage rotatably integrated with the cage, and is formed with a pair of pressure pawls having respective ends between which a gap is defined, extending along the axial direction and supporting the third and fourth end portions of the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,337,569

SWITCHABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH

1. A switchable clutch comprising:an outer ring including a plurality of ramped surfaces;
an inner ring;
a roller cage disposed radially between the outer ring and the inner ring;
a plurality of rollers guided by the roller cage; and
a drag plate rotationally fixed to the inner ring and engageable with the roller cage to rotate the rollers relative to the outer ring.

US Pat. No. 10,337,568

VIBRATION DAMPER FOR A HYDRAULIC CLUTCH ACTUATOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vibration damper for a hydraulic clutch actuator system, comprising:a rigid housing comprising a chamber;
an inlet port and an outlet port and a channel fluidly connecting the inlet port and the outlet port, where the inlet port is fluidly connected to a first cylinder in the hydraulic clutch actuator system and the outlet port is fluidly connected to a second cylinder in the hydraulic clutch actuator system;
a propeller comprising a plurality of blades, the propeller being rotatably mounted in said chamber;
the chamber being fluidly connected with the channel in such a way that movement of a fluid through the channel causes rotation of the propeller;
a spiral torsion spring rotationally connected to the propeller and configured to dampen vibrational frequencies propagating through the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,337,567

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A driving force transmission apparatus configured to transmit a driving force of a drive source of a vehicle in a disconnectable manner, the driving force transmission apparatus comprising:a pair of rotational members arranged so as to be coaxially rotatable relative to each other;
a friction clutch arranged between the pair of rotational members and including a plurality of clutch plates; and
an apparatus case having an accommodating chamber that accommodates the friction clutch, and a storage chamber that stores lubricating oil for lubricating the friction clutch,whereinthe apparatus case includes:
a first case member having the accommodating chamber;
a second case member combined with the first case member to form the storage chamber; and
a partition wall member that partitions the accommodating chamber and the storage chamber from each other,
the apparatus case is configured so that the lubricating oil stirred up through rotation of at least one rotational member out of the pair of rotational members is introduced into the storage chamber and the lubricating oil stored in the storage chamber flows back to the accommodating chamber from a discharge port, and
the partition wall member is retained by being sandwiched between the first case member and the second case member.

US Pat. No. 10,337,566

LOW LOSS DIRECT POINT WET CLUTCH FLUID WALL SYSTEM

1. An improved multi-disc wet clutch assembly comprising:an outer clutch basket;
a plurality of friction plates contained within and operably connected to the outer clutch basket;
an inner clutch hub having an outwardly extending base portion at a proximal end and a plurality of stand-off posts extending outwardly from a distal end, the inner clutch hub rotatably disposed within the outer clutch basket, wherein the inner clutch hub includes eighteen holes extending through a wall of the inner clutch hub, the holes arranged in six series of three holes along the length of the inner clutch hub wall with each series being disposed approximately sixty degrees apart from each other and each series starting at a different position along the length of the inner clutch hub wall;
a plurality of clutch plates disposed around and operably connected to the inner clutch hub, wherein the plurality of friction plates and plurality of clutch plates are interleaved with each other;
a pressure plate disposed along the plurality of standoff posts and sandwiching the plurality of friction plates and plurality of clutch plates with the inner clutch hub base portion;
a pressure plate spring abutting the pressure plate;
a diaphragm plate disposed along the plurality of standoff posts and within a bore located at the distal end of the inner clutch hub;
a diaphragm O-ring disposed between the diaphragm plate and the inner clutch hub; and
three diaphragm springs disposed along three of the plurality of standoff posts located approximately one hundred twenty degrees apart from each other and between the diaphragm plate and the pressure plate.

US Pat. No. 10,337,565

ZERO BACKLASH PRE-DAMPER TO MAIN DAMPER ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

15. A driven damper assembly, comprising:a first main-damper cover plate comprising a notch, wherein the notch comprises a first wall and a second wall, wherein the first wall is not parallel to the second wall;
a first pre-damper cover plate comprising a tab, wherein the tab comprises a first bend and a second bend;
wherein the tab engages the notch and wherein an interference fit exists where the tab engages the notch,
wherein the tab deforms at the first bend, thereby causing the tab to exert a spring force against the notch,
wherein the first main-damper cover plate covers a plurality of torsion-damping mechanisms, and
wherein the first pre-damper cover plate covers a plurality of pre-damper torsion-damping mechanisms.

US Pat. No. 10,337,564

SEGMENTED WEDGE CLUTCH WITH STEPPED RETAINING SPRING

1. A clutch comprising:a pair of concentric races rotatable about an axis;
a disk including edges each engageable with one of the races and including opposing first and second faces extending between the edges; and
an annular resilient member including a first segment adjacent the first face, a second segment adjacent the second face, and a third segment connecting between the first and second segments.

US Pat. No. 10,337,563

WEDGE CLUTCH WITH BREAKER RING

1. A clutch comprising:a hub;
a carrier defining a circular groove;
a wedge disk defining apertures and including a first edge disposed on the hub and a second edge disposed in the groove; and
a breaker ring encircling the hub and including projections that are each received in one of the apertures, each of the projections having at least one slanted side, wherein the breaker ring is slidably connected to the hub and is configured to rotate the wedge disk relative to the hub, via engagement between the projections and the apertures, in response to the breaker ring sliding towards the wedge disk.

US Pat. No. 10,337,562

CLUTCH FOR A TRANSMISSION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A torque transmitting device for an automotive transmission, the torque transmitting device comprising:a clutch housing having a plurality of internal splines extending radially inwardly from an interior surface of the clutch housing;
a clutch hub having a plurality of external splines extending radially outwardly from an outer surface of the clutch hub;
a plurality of friction plates having a plurality of internal teeth and a first and a second surface, wherein the first and the second surface has a friction material disposed thereon and wherein at least one of the plurality of internal teeth has an aperture and wherein the plurality of internal teeth intermesh with the plurality of external splines on the outer surface of the clutch hub;
a plurality of reaction plates having a plurality of external teeth and a first and a second surface, and wherein the plurality of external teeth intermesh with the plurality of internal splines on the inner surface of the clutch housing; and
a first spacer member disposed in and extending through the aperture of a first of the plurality of friction plates, the first spacer member contacting a second spacer member disposed in and extending through an aperture of a second of the plurality of friction plates, the first and the second spacer members separating the first of the plurality of friction plates from the second of the plurality of friction plates,
wherein at least one of the plurality of external teeth of the plurality of reaction plates has an aperture, wherein the first spacer member and the second spacer member are resilient and each have a reduced cross-section portion configured to engage with the aperture, wherein the reduced cross-section portion is disposed between a first portion and a second portion, both the first and the second portions having a cross-section larger than the reduced cross-section portion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,560

SLIDING COMPONENT

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A sliding component comprising a pair of sliding parts that relatively slide on each other, one of the sliding parts being a stationary-side seal ring, the other of the sliding parts being a rotating-side seal ring, the seal rings each having a sliding face formed radially for sealing sealed fluid from leaking, whereinthe sliding face of at least one sliding part of the pair of sliding parts is provided, along an entire circumference thereof, with at least one trap groove located close to a leakage side but spaced from the leakage side by a land, for trapping leakage fluid,
a dust entry reduction means is formed between lands of the pair of sliding parts at a position closer to the leakage side than is the at least one trap groove, for reducing entry of dust from the leakage side while allowing passage of fluid, and
the lands of the pair of sliding part have, at edges of the lands, chamfered portions, respectively, wherein the dust entry reduction means is constituted by an extremely small gap zone formed by the chamfered portions facing each other in a manner reducing entry of dust from the leakage side while allowing passage of fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,337,559

BALL BEARING AND METHODS OF PRODUCTION OF BALL BEARING

1. A method of production of a pair of races for use in a ball bearing provided with the pair of races at least one rolling element being movably clamped between said pair of races, characterized in that said method of production of a ball bearing comprises a cold forging process of cold forging an arc shaped die with a radius of curvature “r” having a cross-sectional shape of a contact surface satisfying equation (2) into a race material so as to form a recessed part having a profile line satisfying equation (3):(R×d0.307/0.550)1/1.28×(1?0.05)?r?(R×d0.307/0.550)1/1.28×(1+0.05)  (2)
X2/{2R(1+0.05)} where
a radius of said rolling element is R,
in a cross-sectional view of the pair of races, an axis extending in a first direction over which said pair of races face is the Y-axis and an axis extending in a second direction perpendicular to said first direction is the X-axis, and
a depth of a recessed part formed in said races in said first direction is “d”.

US Pat. No. 10,337,558

SLIDING COMPONENT AND METHOD

MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH,...

1. A sliding component comprising:an overlay, the overlay including:
a polymeric material; and
a metal oxide;
wherein the metal oxide has a thermal conductivity of greater than 1.5 Wm?1K?1, and a Mohs hardness of between 5 and 7; and
wherein the metal oxide is dispersed throughout the overlay in the form of particles.

US Pat. No. 10,337,557

ROTODYNAMICALLY ISOLATED MAGNETIC COUPLING

Upwing Energy, LLC, Cerr...

1. A magnetic coupling assembly comprising:an inner barrel comprising an inner barrel shaft, the inner barrel shaft configured to co-rotate with the inner barrel, the inner barrel configured to be coupled to a shaft of a first rotating machine, the inner barrel shaft being separate from the shaft of the first rotating machine;
a first bearing assembly configured to support the inner barrel shaft, the first bearing assembly being separate from the first rotating machine;
an outer barrel comprising an outer barrel shaft that is separate from a shaft of a second rotating machine, the outer barrel configured to be coupled to the shaft of the second rotating machine, the second rotating machine configured to drive or be driven by the first rotating machine, the outer barrel being fluidically isolated from the inner barrel, the outer barrel configured to surround the inner barrel, the outer barrel being magnetically coupled to the inner barrel to co-rotate with the inner barrel; and
a second bearing assembly configured to support the outer barrel shaft, the second bearing assembly being separate from the second rotating machine.

US Pat. No. 10,337,556

ROLLER FOR DEFLECTING OR GUIDING A METAL STRIP, WHICH IS TO BE COATED, IN A METAL MELT BATH

THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE...

1. A roller for deflecting or guiding a metal strip to be coated in a metal melt bath, the roller comprising bearing journals that provide rotational support for the roller and are positioned coaxially with one another, wherein each of the bearing journals comprises axially-spaced annular elevations that either have or are formed from a plain-bearing coating, wherein the plain-bearing coating in an area of the axially-spaced annular elevations is radially raised relative to a circumferential surface of each of the bearing journals, wherein each of the bearing journals comprises a steel connecting portion that is substantially cylindrical or circular-disk-shaped and extends radially in a direction of the steel roller shell, and wherein at least one of the steel connecting portions comprises a passage opening at an end face of the steel roller shell, the passage being closed by a gas-permeable plug element comprised of ceramic material.

US Pat. No. 10,337,555

FOLDING AND UNFOLDING MECHANISM

SHANGHAI HINGWAH HONEYCOM...

1. A folding and unfolding mechanism, mounted between an upper panel and a lower panel which are hinged together, for folding and unfolding the upper panel and the lower panel, and for overturning for 0-180 degrees between the upper panel and the lower panel, comprising:a four-connecting-rod assembly, comprising a first connecting rod, a second connecting rod, a third connecting rod and a fourth connecting rod; wherein one end of the first connecting rod is hinged to one end of the second connecting rod, the other end of the first connecting rod is hinged to the upper panel, the other end of the second connecting rod is hinged to the lower panel, and a first hinged joint is formed at a hinged end of the first connecting rod and the second connecting rod, a middle part of the third connecting rod is hinged to the first connecting rod and the second connecting rod through the first hinged joint, the third connecting rod has a second hinged joint at one end, one end of the fourth connecting rod is hinged to the third connecting rod through the second hinged joint, the third connecting rod is provided with a third hinged joint relative to the other end of the first hinged joint;
a pushrod assembly, comprising a pushrod and a pushing portion; wherein one end of the pushrod is fixedly connected to an other side, which is relative to the third connecting rod, of the fourth connecting rod, and the other end of the pushrod is connected to the pushing portion, the pushing portion is mounted on the lower panel for driving the pushrod to move.

US Pat. No. 10,337,554

CROSSHEAD FOR A PISTON ROD

Nuovo Pignone Srl, Flore...

13. A crosshead for a piston rod, comprising:a main body, made as a single piece, said main body comprising:
a first and a second seat, said first seat configured to hold a connecting rod and said second seat configured to hold a piston rod;
a front portion and a back portion, the back portion comprising two branches connected to the front portion, each branch defining a respective hole for a pin,
wherein said first seat is located on the back portion and said second is located on the front portion; and
two shoes, each shoe connected to both branches.

US Pat. No. 10,337,553

SPRING-LOADED CABLE ATTACHEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a transmission having an outer manual lever including a lever pin;
a shifter cable; and
an attachment assembly adapted to secure the shifter cable to the lever pin, wherein the attachment assembly includes
an outer frame,
an inner frame disposed at least partially within the outer frame and adjustable in an axial direction relative to the outer frame, wherein the inner frame includes a spring extending within the inner frame, and wherein the inner frame defines a retention block including a retention wall, and
an attachment block disposed at least partially within the inner frame in engagement with the spring, wherein the attachment block includes a flexible arm that defines a protruding latch, and wherein the attachment block is axially displaceable relative to the inner frame between a disengaged configuration and an engaged configuration;
wherein the flexible arm defines a lower contact surface adapted to engage the lever pin of the outer manual lever, and wherein in the disengaged configuration, the spring biases the flexible arm into contact with the retention block such that the latch is disposed at a first side of the retention wall, and wherein in the engaged configuration, the attachment block is axially displaced in a direction of the retention block such that the latch is disposed at a second side of the retention wall opposite the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,337,552

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING WASHER AND WASHER

Taiho Kogyo Co., Ltd., T...

1. A washer, comprising:a corrugated portion including a crest portion on each of an outer peripheral surface and an inner peripheral surface and a respective valley portion continuous to each crest portion in a circumferential direction, wherein the respective crest portion has a mountain shape as viewed in a thickness direction, and the respective valley portion has a valley shape as viewed in a thickness direction, the washer configured to receive a load in an axial direction from a shaft member and to slide with respect to the shaft member, and having a flat plate shape, and having a semi-annular shape as viewed in a thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 10,337,551

THREAD REPAIR INSERT AND METHOD OF USE

GARD SPECIALISTS CO., INC...

1. A thread repair insert system, comprising:a cylindrical body extending a length from an upper end to a lower end;
the cylindrical body having a threaded exterior surface, a hollow interior and an axis of rotation that extends through the approximate center of the hollow interior;
at least one notch placed adjacent the lower end of the cylindrical body;
wherein the at least one notch extends between a forward edge and a cutting edge;
wherein the at least one notch extends between an upper edge and a lower edge;
wherein the lower edge of the at least one notch connects with the lower end of the cylindrical body;
wherein the at least one notch has an exterior surface;
wherein exterior surface of the at least one notch forms a planar surface;
wherein the exterior surface of the at least one notch is recessed with respect to the threaded exterior surface at the cutting edge;
wherein the exterior surface of the at least one notch intersects with the threaded exterior surface at the forward edge;
wherein the planar surface of the exterior surface of the at least one notch extends in parallel spaced relation to the axis of rotation of the cylindrical body;
wherein the cutting edge of the at least one notch extends a length from a lower end to an upper end
wherein the cutting edge of the at least one notch extends in a straight manner from the lower end of the cutting edge to the upper end of the cutting edge;
wherein the cutting edge of the at least one notch intersects with the threaded exterior surface at an acute angle;
wherein the lower end of the cutting edge of the at least one notch is positioned forward, in a direction of rotation upon insertion into parent material, of the upper end of the cutting edge of the at least one notch;
wherein the lower end of the cutting edge of the at least one notch connects with the lower end of the cylindrical body;
wherein the upper edge of the at least one notch extends in a straight manner from a forward end to a rearward end;
wherein the at least one notch includes a corner section;
wherein the corner section of the least one notch smoothly transitions the straight cutting edge to the straight upper edge;
wherein the corner section of the at least one notch curves in an arcuate manner form the straight cutting edge to the straight upper edge;
wherein the forward end of the upper edge of the at least one notch intersects with the threaded exterior surface of the thread repair insert;
wherein the rearward end of the straight upper edge of the at least one notch connects to a forward end of the corner section;
wherein the upper edge of the at least one notch extends in approximate perpendicular alignment to the axis of rotation of the cylindrical body;
wherein the lower end of the cylindrical body includes a tapered section;
wherein the tapered section extends from an upper end to a lower end;
wherein the upper end of the tapered section intersects with the threaded exterior surface of the cylindrical body;
wherein the upper end of the tapered section intersects with the lower end of the cylindrical body;
wherein the tapered section narrows the diameter of the cylindrical body as it extends from the upper end of the tapered section to the lower end of the tapered section;
wherein when the thread repair insert is rotated into an opening in parent material, the cutting edge of the at least one notch cuts into the parent material and forms threads in the parent material;
wherein when the thread repair insert is rotated into an opening in the parent material, the combination of: the cutting edge of the at least one notch intersecting the threaded exterior surface at an acute angle; and the lower end of the cutting edge of the at least one notch being positioned forward, in a direction of rotation, of an upper end of the cutting edge of the at least one notch; and the at least one notch connecting at a corner section that smoothly transitions the cutting edge to an upper edge of the at least one notch, and the upper edge of the at least one notch extending in approximate perpendicular alignment to the axis of rotation; and the tapered section in the lower end of the cylindrical body cooperate to pull the thread repair insert into the parent material while forming threads thereby forming a strong connection between the thread repair insert and the parent material.

US Pat. No. 10,337,549

METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A FLOATING STRUCTURE

Pultron Composites Limite...

1. A method of assembling a floating structure by bolting together a waler and at least one further component of the floating structure using at least one nut and composite material tie rod, the composite material tie rod having an elastic character accommodating shrinkage or expansion in the waler and the further component bolted together by the composite material tie rod, the method comprising the steps of:inserting a shaft of the composite material tie rod through a tie rod hole formed in the waler,
engaging the tie rod shaft with a nut by rotating the nut on the shaft of the tie rod to bear against the waler, and
over-tightening the nut to stretch the length of the tie rod to allow for later expansion or shrinkage of the waler with the nut continuing to bear against the waler during the later expansion or shrinkage of the waler.

US Pat. No. 10,337,547

OUTRIGGER CLAMP

GEM Products, Inc., Oran...

1. A clamp comprising:a body having opposing first and second ends, and a flange coupled to and extending circumferentially around the body;
a first split ring engaging the first end;
a first cap coupled to the first end and engaging the first split ring and adapted to receive a first work piece;
a second split ring engaging the second end;
a second cap coupled to the second end and engaging the second split ring and adapted to receive a second work piece; and
a guide disposed between the second cap and the flange, wherein the guide is adapted to rotate about an axis of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,337,546

INSERT ASSEMBLY FOR FINISHING GAP REGION

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An assembly comprising:a gap region formed in a corner by bending a first side and a second side of a single panel,
wherein the second side is adjacent the first side; and
an insert assembly to fill the gap region comprising:
a body unit covering the gap region not to be exposed to the outside;
an insert unit extended from the body unit and inserted in the gap region; and
a hook unit extended a preset distance from the insert unit toward the body unit, the hook unit comprising one end connected to the insert unit and the other end provided as a free end,
wherein the body unit, the insert unit, and the hook unit are integrally formed with each other as one body, and
wherein the body unit has a predetermine shape corresponding to the gap region to form flat surfaces between the body unit and each side of the panel when the insert assembly fills the gap region.

US Pat. No. 10,337,545

TOLERANCE COMPENSATING DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A tolerance compensating device, comprising:a body including a fastener receiver and a first set of tabs and a second set of tabs around said fastener receiver, said first set of tabs including a first locator feature and said second set of tabs including a second locator feature wherein (a) said first locator feature differs from said second locator feature, (b) said first set of tabs and said second set of tabs are radially arrayed around said fastener receiver and (c) said first locator feature includes a first plurality of locator shoulders and said second locator feature includes a second plurality of locator shoulders wherein said first plurality of locator shoulders are offset axially from said second plurality of locator shoulders.

US Pat. No. 10,337,544

SCREW AND SCREW CONNECTION FOR COMPONENTS MADE OF FOAMED PLASTIC

Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH, V...

1. A screw for a screw connection with a support component made of thermoplastic foam, the screw comprising:a screw head; and
a screw shaft comprising a blunt-edged thread for compacting the foam, the thread having flank angles (w) of 30°-90°; wherein:
the thread includes a plurality of flank segments, each segment of the plurality of flank segments having a different flank angle,
wherein the plurality of flank segments include a first segment comprising an outer thread area having flank angles of 30°-90°,
a second segment between a first flank and a thread root, the second segment having a tangential transition with angles of 145°-170°, and
a third segment at the thread root between the first flank and a second flank, the third segment having angles of 170°-180°.

US Pat. No. 10,337,543

SECURING A SECOND OBJECT TO A FIRST OBJECT

MULTIMATERIAL-WELDING AG,...

1. A fastening method, comprising the steps of:providing a first object;
providing an adaptor, the adaptor comprising an anchoring part and an adjustment part;
wherein the anchoring part comprises a distally facing anchoring surface and a proximally facing first control surface;
wherein the adjustment part comprises a distally facing second control surface positioned to abut against the first control surface;
wherein the anchoring part and the adjustment part define a common axis,
wherein the first control surface or the second control surface or both is/are helical with respect to the axis, whereby a relative z position of the adjustment part with respect to the anchoring part is defined by the relative orientation of the adjustment part with respect to the common axis while the second control surface abuts against the first control surface,
and wherein a shape of the anchoring part and a shape of the adjustment part are adapted to each other so that the adjustment part may be brought into contact with the anchoring part by an essentially axial movement without any twisting movement being necessary to cause the second control surface to abut against the first control surface,
determining a required orientation of the adjustment part;
determining a target z position of the adjustment part;
determining from the target z position a target relative orientation of the anchoring part and the adjustment part; and
anchoring the anchoring part with respect to the first object in a fixed orientation relative to the first object, the fixed orientation being defined by the required orientation of the adjustment part and by the target relative orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,337,542

CURTAIN RETENTION BRACKET

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A curtain retention bracket comprising:a chambered body comprising a base and first and second arms integrally formed with the base, the first arm having a first end and the second arm having a second end; and
a clasp comprising a first end pivotably coupled to the first end of the first arm of the chambered body, a second end which is releasably engageable with the second end of the second arm of the chambered body, and a strap connecting the first end of the clasp to the second end of the clasp, wherein the strap is flexible and has a bow shape in an unstressed state,
wherein the second end of the clasp comprises a first projection, the second end of the second arm of the chambered body comprises a second projection, and the clasp in a latched state is configured so that the second projection is able to override and latch behind the first projection when the strap is in a stressed state and is not able to unlatch from behind the first projection when the clasp is in the latched state and the strap is in the unstressed state;
the chambered body includes an upper wall, a lower wall, an inner wall integrally formed with the upper and lower walls, an outer wall integrally formed with the upper and lower walls, and a plurality of ribs integrally formed with the inner and outer walls;
the first end of the first arm includes a portion of the upper wall, a portion of the lower wall and a portion of the outer wall integrally formed with the portions of the upper and lower walls, the portion of the upper wall having a first opening and the portion of the lower wall having a second opening, the first and second openings being coaxial and having a same radius; and
the first end of the clasp comprises a hinge pin portion having a first end seated in the first opening and a second end seated in the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,337,541

DEVICE FOR SECURING AN ELEMENT ON A PIPE, ASSEMBLY, INSTALLATION AND IMPLEMENTATION METHOD

Financiere de Beaumont-FB...

1. Device for securing an element on a pipe, the device comprising:a compensating member made from an elastic material, and
two strands that each extend between a first end secured to the compensating member and a second free end;
wherein the compensating member is overmolded on the first ends of the strands, and wherein the first ends include recesses receiving material of the compensating member during overmolding, such that a rigid link is formed between the compensating member and the first ends of the strands, and the strands are fixed and immovable relative to the compensating member;
where the strands are able, by junction of the second ends, to form a strap provided to secure the element to the pipe; and
where the compensating member is, on the one hand, stretchable when the device is tightened around the pipe, and on the other hand, shrinkable gradually over time to keep the strap taut when the pipe shrinks.

US Pat. No. 10,337,540

ANTI-OSCILLATION APPARATUS AND TECHNIQUE FOR SECURING WIND TURBINE BLADES AGAINST OSCILLATIONS

1. A wind turbine blade oscillation preventer comprising an aperture and a sleeve and having a peripheral extent and a longitudinal extent,said preventer being configured for removable application over a wind turbine blade and configured to extend longitudinally thereover and peripherally thereabout;
said preventer having a non-aerodynamic exterior surface which exhibits a rough surface capable of disrupting smooth or laminar airflow over a substantial portion of said longitudinal and peripheral extent of said sleeve when said preventer is in place on the wind turbine blade;
and wherein said preventer further comprises a smooth interior surface extending along a substantial portion of said longitudinal extent of said sleeve and wherein said preventer comprises a resilient collar at said aperture portion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,539

DRAG REDUCTION AND ENERGY GENERATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSPORT VEHICLES

1. Apparatus for reducing drag in a transport vehicle comprising:a cover component formed to be integral with an exterior surface section of said transport vehicle;
at least one photovoltaic array formed in said cover component disposed in registration with an area of said exterior surface;
a first dielectric discharge barrier plasma actuator positioned in said cover component for providing a plasma jet over the exterior surface of said transport vehicle when actuated;
said photovoltaic array and said dielectric discharge barrier plasma actuator having terminals for being interconnected through an electrical system of said transport vehicle; and
a switching circuit and a sensor for actuating said dielectric discharge barrier plasma actuator in response to a preselected set of conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,337,538

SHOVEL

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A shovel with a plurality of hydraulic pumps, the shovel comprising:a hydraulic swing motor;
a relief valve configured to release hydraulic oil when a pressure of hydraulic oil flowing out of the hydraulic swing motor becomes equal to or higher than a predetermined relief pressure;
a hydraulic motor configured to generate an engine-assist torque in response to hydraulic oil flowing out of a suction port side of the hydraulic swing motor during swing acceleration, or in response to hydraulic oil flowing out of a discharge port side of the hydraulic swing motor during swing deceleration;
an accumulator configured to accumulate the flowing out hydraulic oil;
an open/close valve, whose open area is adjustable, configured to switch open/close of transfer from one of the suction port and the discharge port to both the hydraulic motor and the accumulator; and
a control device configured to control the open/close valve, wherein
the control device adjusts an open area of the open/close valve to cause a pressure of the flowing out hydraulic oil to be a predetermined target pressure, and causes the flowing out hydraulic oil to flow into each of the hydraulic motor and the accumulator.

US Pat. No. 10,337,537

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A HEALTH STATUS OF A TANK

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A system for determining a health status of a tank, the system comprising:a hydraulic system including the tank and at least one hydraulic actuator, the hydraulic actuator coupled in fluid communication with a fluid within the tank;
one or more sensors coupled to the tank, the one or more sensors including a temperature sensor and a pressure sensor;
at least one sensor coupled to the at least one hydraulic actuator, the at least one sensor configured to sense an amount of the fluid within the at least one hydraulic actuator;
a breather valve coupled to the tank; and
a controller controllably connected to the at least one hydraulic actuator and connected in electronic communication with an operator console display unit, the one or more sensors coupled to the tank, and the at least one sensor coupled to the at least one hydraulic actuator, the controller configured to:
receive a signal indicative of a temperature of the fluid within the tank from the temperature sensor;
receive a signal indicative of a volume of the fluid within the tank from the at least one sensor coupled to the at least one hydraulic actuator;
determine an estimated pressure of the fluid within the tank based on the signal indicative of the temperature of the fluid within the tank received from the temperature sensor and the signal indicative of the volume of the fluid within the tank received from the at least one sensor coupled to the at least one hydraulic actuator and a breather performance curve associated with the breather valve;
receive a signal indicative of a pressure of the fluid within the tank from the pressure sensor;
compare the estimated pressure with the pressure of the fluid within the tank;
determine the health status of the tank based on the comparison; and
actuate one or more of the operator console display unit and the at least one hydraulic actuator based upon the determined health status of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,337,536

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SHAPE CONTROL

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. Apparatus comprising:(a) an inflatable bladder;
(b) one or more pumps; and
(c) one or more valves;wherein(i) the inflatable bladder includes a wall and a cavity, and is configured to contain fluid in the cavity,
(ii) the wall comprises a set of three or more layers, including a first layer, a second layer and a third layer,
(iii) the first layer is stiffer than the second and third layers,
(iv) there is a first set of one or more holes in the first layer,
(v) the one or more pumps and the bladder are configured to control pressure of the fluid in the cavity, including to cause the pressure to increase and thereby to cause the bladder to undergo expansion,
(vi) the apparatus is configured in such a way that, while the bladder undergoes expansion
(A) an exterior surface of the wall changes shape to form a first protuberance, and
(B) the first protuberance in the exterior surface then changes shape by forming a first set of one or more additional protuberances, such that each additional protuberance, respectively, in the first set of additional protuberances forms where a hole in the first set of holes is located,
(vii) the second layer is stiffer than the third layer,
(viii) there is a second set of holes in the second layer, and
(ix) the apparatus is configured in such a way that, during the expansion of the bladder
(A) the first set of additional protuberances change shape by forming a second set of one or more additional protuberances, and
(B) each additional protuberance, respectively, in the second set of additional protuberances forms where a hole in the second set of holes is located.

US Pat. No. 10,337,535

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

1. A hydraulic system comprising a pressure source, an output, and a pressure booster arranged between the pressure source and the output, wherein an inactivating valve is provided for inactivating or activating said pressure booster, wherein said inactivating valve is arranged in parallel to said pressure booster, said inactivating valve opening to connect a booster input and a booster output thereby inactivating said booster and closing to disconnect the booster input and the booster output when activating said booster, wherein when said booster is inactivated by said inactivating valve, the pressure at the output corresponds to a pressure supplied by the pressure source.

US Pat. No. 10,337,534

PRESSURE MEDIUM DEVICE COMPRISING FLUIDIC CONNECTIONS WHICH ARE VARIABLE ON THE BASIS OF MOLDED SEALS

KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer...

1. A pressure medium device of a vehicle, in which pressure medium device a pressure medium flows, having a multi-layer construction which has at least two layers which make contact with one another, wherein, of at least two flow openings of in each case one flow duct for the pressure medium, both flow openings open out in a first surface of a first layer of the layers which make contact with one another, or a first flow opening opens out in the first surface and a second flow opening opens out in a second surface, which is situated opposite the first surface, of a second layer, which adjoins the first layer, of the layers which make contact with one another, comprising:at least one groove-shaped receptacle, which projects from the first surface and/or from the second surface, for at least one separating part of a molded seal arranged between the two layers, wherein the groove-shaped receptacle is, as viewed in a plane parallel to the layers, arranged between a first chamber, into which the first flow opening opens out, and a second chamber, into which the second flow opening opens out, wherein the first chamber and the second chamber are delimited at least by the first surface and by the second surface, wherein
a) the groove-like receptacle has at least one aperture for a flow connection between the first chamber and the second chamber in a plane parallel to the layers,
b) a group of molded seals for installation between the two layers is provided, wherein a first molded seal from the group of molded seals has, at least in the region of the aperture, a separating part, which is received in the groove-shaped receptacle, for separating the first chamber from the second chamber, and a second molded seal from the group of molded seals is, at least in the region of the aperture, formed without such a separating part, and
c) a flow connection between the first chamber and the second chamber is produced, or is not produced, in a manner dependent on the molded seal respectively selected from the group of molded seals and installed between the two layers.

US Pat. No. 10,337,533

CONNECTING STRUCTURE OF ELECTROMAGNETIC VALVE AND HYDRAULIC PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A connecting structure of an electromagnetic valve capable of adjusting a flow rate of a working fluid in a hydraulic pressure circuit to be accommodated into a columnar accommodation space of a hydraulic pressure circuit body including the hydraulic pressure circuit causing a working fluid of a control target to flow therethrough, and the accommodation space communicating the hydraulic pressure circuit with an outside, the connecting structure comprising:a first connecting structure body that prohibits a relative movement between the hydraulic pressure circuit body and the electromagnetic valve in an axis line direction of a center axis of the electromagnetic valve when a cylindrical or annular accommodation body of the electromagnetic valve is inserted in the axis line direction to be accommodated into the accommodation space of the hydraulic pressure circuit body and rotated about the center axis in a first direction relative to the hydraulic pressure circuit body;
a second connecting structure body that prohibits a relative movement between the hydraulic pressure circuit body and the electromagnetic valve in a plane orthogonal to the axis line direction when the accommodation body is accommodated in the accommodation space;
a third connecting structure body that prohibits a relative rotation in a second direction about the center axis between the hydraulic pressure circuit body and the electromagnetic valve when the accommodation body is accommodated in the accommodation space, and the second direction is opposite to the first direction; and
a connection body that is prohibited from moving relatively to the hydraulic pressure circuit body, wherein
the first connecting structure body includes a first target connection tool that is provided at one of the accommodation body and a wall portion constituting the accommodation space, and a first connection tool that is provided at the other thereof to lock the first target connection tool in the axis line direction when the accommodation body is accommodated in the accommodation space,
the second connecting structure body includes a second target connection tool that is provided at one of the accommodation body and the wall portion constituting the accommodation space, and a second connection tool that is provided at the other thereof and prohibits a relative movement of the second target connection tool in a plane orthogonal to the axis line direction when the accommodation body is accommodated in the accommodation space,
the third connecting structure body includes a third target connection tool that is provided at one of the connection body and the accommodation body, and a third connection tool that is provided at the other thereof and locks the third target connection tool when the accommodation body is accommodated in the accommodation space to prohibit the relative rotation in the second direction about the center axis of the electromagnetic valve with respect to the hydraulic pressure circuit body, and
the third connecting structure body is located within the connection body.

US Pat. No. 10,337,532

SPLIT SPOOL VALVE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

16. A hydraulic system, comprising:a source of pressurized fluid;
a tank;
a hydraulic actuator including a first chamber and a second chamber;
a first independent metering valve disposed between and fluidly connected to the source, the tank, and the first chamber of the hydraulic actuator;
a second independent metering valve disposed between and fluidly connected to the source, the tank, and the second chamber of the hydraulic actuator;
a selector valve disposed between and fluidly connected to the tank, the first independent metering valve, and the second independent metering valve;
a first pressure reducing valve (PRV);
a second PRV; and
a third PRV, each of the first PRV, the second PRV, and the third PRV disposed between and fluidly connected to a pilot source and the selector valve, wherein the first PRV, the second PRV, the third PRV, and the selector valve are configured to actuate the first independent metering valve and the second independent metering valve.

US Pat. No. 10,337,531

DIFFUSION PUMP TO SUPPLY HEAT FROM A CONDENSER TO A HEATING ELEMENT

1. A diffusion pump, comprisinga housing,
a boiling chamber connected to said housing,
a heating element arranged in said boiling chamber,
a nozzle arranged in said housing and connected to said boiling chamber,
a condenser arranged in said housing in an area of said nozzle, and
a cooling system configured for cooling said condenser and arranged in an area of said condenser,
wherein
said cooling system of said condenser is connected to said heating element via a heat pump such that heat from said condenser is supplied to said heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,530

PRESS ON HEAT/SPLASH AND ENGINE COOLING FAN ASSEMBLY HAVING SAME

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fan shroud assembly comprising:a fan shroud having a boss formed thereon; and
a shield having an aperture and at least one slot communicating with the aperture to allow deflection of the shield in a region adjacent the aperture, the aperture being smaller than the boss such that the aperture receives the boss with an interference fit, causing deflection of the shield, to secure the shield on the fan shroud.

US Pat. No. 10,337,529

TURBOCHARGER COMPRESSOR NOISE REDUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A compressor, comprising:a casing;
a flow passage formed by an interior surface of the casing;
a compressor wheel located in the casing downstream of the flow passage and having at least one main blade;
a resonance chamber formed within the casing, surrounding the flow passage, and fluidly coupled to the flow passage via a recirculation passage and a bleed passage; and
an aperture formed between the resonance chamber and the flow passage, and coupled to the flow passage between the recirculation passage and the bleed passage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,528

DETACHABLE FAN SYSTEMS

1. A modular fan system, comprisingan air displacing device configured to displace air from a first location to a second location, the air displacing device comprising:
a internal power source; and
a first locking component;
a first docking station configured to stand on a surface of a floor, wherein the first docking station comprises:
an electrical connector to connect to an external power source;
a port configured to transfer power from the external power source to the internal power source of the air displacing device; and
a second locking component configured to removably attach to the first locking component of the air displacing component, wherein the first docking station is configured to hold the air displacing device in first vertical position with a top of the air displacing device pointing upward; and
a second docking station configured to attach to a ceiling or wall, the third docking station comprising a third locking component configured to removably attach to the first locking component, wherein the second docking station is configured to hold the air displacing device in second vertical position with the top of the air displacing device pointing downward.

US Pat. No. 10,337,527

TURBOMACHINE BLADE, COMPRISING INTERSECTING PARTITIONS FOR CIRCULATION OF AIR IN THE DIRECTION OF THE TRAILING EDGE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A turbomachine blade, comprising:a vane comprising a leading edge and a trailing edge, the vane comprising a pressure face and a suction face spaced apart from each other and connecting the leading edge to the trailing edge; and
at least one internal cavity between the pressure face and the suction face, wherein air is intended to flow,
wherein the vane comprises intersecting transverse partition walls, each wall comprising a plate disposed in an internal intersection space located downstream of the cavity and arranged between the pressure face and the suction face, wherein each plate is parallel to a longitudinal direction of the vane so that air can flow from the cavity in the direction of the trailing edge between the intersecting partitions.

US Pat. No. 10,337,526

BLOWER

CHERVON (HK) LIMITED, Wa...

1. A blower, comprising:a fan for generating an air flow;
a motor for driving the fan to rotate about a central axis;
a battery pack for supplying power to the motor;
an air duct portion comprising an air duct extending along the central axis;
a coupling portion for coupling with the battery pack;
a connection portion for connecting the air duct portion with the coupling portion, the connecting portion comprising a cantilever, a base, a first arm on a first side between the cantilever and the base, and a second arm on a second side between the cantilever and the base, wherein the cantilever, base, first arm, and second arm are circumferentially spaced around the central axis,
wherein the fan is received in the air duct, the air duct comprises an air duct inlet and an air duct outlet which are respectively located at opposite ends of the air duct, the air duct inlet is located between the air duct outlet and the coupling portion, the connection portion defines an air intake space located between the air duct inlet and the coupling portion, and the air intake space is opened along a radial direction of the central axis with no physical structure between the cantilever and the first and second arms, or the base and the first and second arms; and
a cover covering the air duct inlet and having a plurality of holes located between the air intake space and the air duct inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,337,525

VEHICLE COOLING FAN WITH AERODYNAMIC STATOR STRUTS

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. An axial cooling fan for a vehicle, said axial cooling fan comprising:an electrically powered motor operable to rotate fan blades to move air to cool a component of the vehicle;
a stator at said motor having a plurality of struts that fixedly support said motor at the vehicle;
wherein said struts of said stator comprise leading edge surfaces that generally face air that is flowing towards said struts and past said stator;
wherein said leading edge surfaces of said struts comprise an aerodynamic design or pattern or structure established thereat;
wherein said aerodynamic design or pattern or structure established at said leading edge surfaces of said struts comprises a toothed leading edge of said struts;
wherein said struts comprise a trailing edge and sides extending between said leading edge surfaces and said trailing edges, and wherein said struts comprise grooves along at least one of said sides of said struts along which the air flows as it passes said struts; and
wherein said grooves comprise at least one of (i) a pattern across the longitudinal and lateral extension of said strut, (ii) a zigzag shape, (iii) an s-shape, (iv) a c-shape and (v) a y-shape.

US Pat. No. 10,337,524

GROUP OF BLADE ROWS

1. A blade row group arrangeable in a main flow path of a fluid-flow machine, comprising:a number N of adjacent member blade rows arranged relative to one another in both a meridional direction (m) and a circumferential direction (u), with the number N of the adjacent member blade rows being greater than or equal to 2 and (i) designating a running index with values between 1 and N, with a front member blade row with front blades (i) having a leading edge VK(i) and a trailing edge HK(i) as well as a rear member blade row with rear blades (i+1) having a leading edge VK(i+1) and a trailing edge HK(i+1) being provided,
where the blade row group has two main flow path boundaries (HB),
where the leading edge VK(i+1) of at least one blade (i+1) of the rear member blade row is provided in a vicinity of a blade (i) of the front member blade row,
where leading edges VK(i) and VK(i+1) and trailing edges HK(i) and HK(i+1) of the member blade rows of the blade row group are viewed between one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB) and a mean meridional flow line (SLM) in the main flow path center,
wherein, a plane is taken at a meridional flow line section established by the meridional direction (m) and by the circumferential coordinate (u), and when viewing the blade row group in the plane, a chord Se(i) of the front blade is defined as a tangent lying on a profile of the front blade (i) on a pressure side and a chord Se(i+1) of the rear blade is defined as a tangent lying on a profile of the rear blade (i+1) on a pressure side,
where a stagger angle of the front blade lambda(i) and a stagger angle of the rear blade lambda(i+1) are defined as angles of inclination of the respective chord relative to the meridional direction (m),
where a mean stagger angle lambdam is defined as a mean value of the stagger angles lambda(i) and lambda(i+1), in accordance with lambdam=(lambda(i)+lambda(i+1))/2,
where an auxiliary coordinate system having a first, a second and a third coordinate direction (s, q, or) is provided, with the first coordinate direction (s) facing downstream at the angle lambdam relative to the meridional direction (m), the second coordinate direction (q), perpendicular to the first coordinate direction (s), facing away from the pressure side of the front blade (i), and the third coordinate direction (or) being perpendicular to the first coordinate direction (s) and to the second coordinate direction (q),
where a degree of bulge WG of the leading edges VK(i) and VK(i+1) and the trailing edges HK(i) and HK(i+1) is defined as a greatest ascertainable distance (d) between a respective blade edge and a straight connection of blade edge points on the mean meridional flow line (SLM) and one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB) relative to a width (dor) measured perpendicular to the first coordinate direction (s) at the blade edge between the mean meridional flow line (SLM) and the one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB),
where the four blade edges VK(i), HK(i), VK(i+1) and HK(i+1) are each associated with one edge type of a plurality of edge types that are defined by a curvature of an edge contour, a number of curvature changes, and the degree of bulge,
where a qualitative equality is defined as at least two blade edges of the four blade edges VK(i), HK(i), VK(i+1), HK(i+1) being of a same edge type or after mirror inversion of one of the blade edges are of the same edge type, and
where the qualitative equality exists in an area between the mean meridional flow line (SLM) and one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB) in a view perpendicular to the first and third coordinate directions (s, or) for the at least two blade edges of the four blade edges VK(i), HK(i), VK(i+1), HK(i+1);
wherein the plurality of edge types is selected from a group of edge types consisting of:
edge type A: a substantially linear course with a very small degree of bulge of WG<0.003 is provided,
edge type B: a slightly curved course with a small degree of bulge of 0.003 edge type C: an at least partially curved course is provided, without curvature change and with a degree of bulge of WG>0.01 as well as with a section having a concave curvature in the upstream direction,
edge type D: an at least partially curved course is provided, without curvature change and with a degree of bulge of WG>0.01 as well as with a section having a convex curvature in an upstream direction,
edge type E: an at least partially curved course is provided, with a curvature change and with a degree of bulge of WG>0.01 as well as with a section having a concave curvature in the upstream direction between the curvature change point and the one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB),
edge type F: an at least partially curved course is provided, with a curvature change and with a degree of bulge of WG>0.01 as well as with a section having a convex curvature in the upstream direction between the curvature change point and the one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB),
edge type G: an at least partially curved course is provided, with two curvature changes and with a degree of bulge of WG>0.01 as well as with a section having a concave curvature in the upstream direction between the two curvature change points, and
edge type H: an at least partially curved course is provided, with two curvature changes and with a degree of bulge of WG>0.01 as well as with a section having a convex curvature in the upstream direction between the two curvature change points;
wherein the qualitative equality of the at least two blade edges of the four blade edges VK(i), HK(i), VK(i+1) and HK(i+1) is provided at blade edges having the edge type chosen from the group consisting of edge type C, edge type D, edge type E, edge type F, edge type G and edge type H.

US Pat. No. 10,337,523

AIR BLOWER

1. An air blower, comprising an outer housing and an inner shell body disposed inside said outer housing;wherein, said outer housing is formed with at least one first suction inlet and at least one second suction inlet used for sucking external air into an interior of said outer housing, a first high-pressure generation part is formed between said outer housing and said inner shell body, said first high-pressure generation part has a first fan capable of enabling said air to be formed as a first high-speed airflow, and an electric machine used for driving said first fan for operation, said first fan is connected to one end of an output shaft of said electric machine; an annular first discharge outlet allowing said first high-speed airflow to be discharged is formed between said outer housing and said inner shell body, and a first airflow passage is defined by said at least one first suction inlet, said first high-pressure generation part and said annular first discharge outlet; and
said inner shell body includes a second high-pressure generation part communicated with said at least one second suction inlet, said second high-pressure generation part has a second fan capable of enabling said air to be formed as a second high-speed airflow, and said second fan is connected to another end of said output shaft of said electric machine; a front end of said inner shell body is formed with an annular second discharge outlet allowing said second high-speed airflow to be discharged, and a second airflow passage spaced from said first airflow passage is defined by said at least one second suction inlet, said second high-pressure generation part and said second discharge outlet;
wherein said at least one first suction inlet and said at least one second suction inlet are located on a first end portion of said air blower, and said annular first discharge outlet and said annular second discharge outlet are located on a second end portion of said air blower, said first end portion and said second end portion are located on opposing ends of said air blower;
wherein said first airflow passage is located between said outer housing and said inner shell body, and said second airflow passage is located within said inner shell body;
wherein said first airflow passage and said second airflow passage extend from said first end portion of said air blower to said second end portion thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,337,522

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR

11. A centrifugal compressor comprising:a housing including, an intake port having an opening in a direction of a rotation shaft of the centrifugal compressor and an intake channel connecting to the intake port;
an impeller wheel disposed inside the housing so as to be rotatable about the rotation shaft and configured to compress intake air flowing in via the intake port;
a parallel flow generating unit disposed between the intake port and the impeller wheel and configured to rectify the intake air flowing in via the intake port to be parallel to the direction of the rotation shaft; and
a recirculation channel through which an outer circumferential section of the impeller wheel communicates with a recirculation port disposed on the intake channel at an upstream side of the impeller wheel,
wherein the parallel flow generating unit includes
a parallel flow generating part including a plurality of guide vanes arranged in a circumferential direction along an inner circumferential wall of the housing, the parallel flow generating part being configured to rectify the intake air flowing in via the intake port to be parallel to the direction of the rotation shaft by the guide vanes, and
a central intake-air flowing section which is a space surrounded by the parallel flow generating part and which has an opening in the direction of the rotation shaft so that the intake air flowing in via the intake port flows through the opening,
wherein an intake-air outflow direction from the recirculation port is oriented in a direction toward the parallel flow generating part as seen from a direction orthogonal to the direction of the rotation shaft,
wherein the central intake-air flowing section includes an annular guide portion connecting inner circumferential edges of the guide vanes in the circumferential direction,
wherein the parallel flow generating unit includes an annular casing including the recirculation port and constituting a part of the recirculation channel, the annular guide portion, the guide vanes, and a connecting portion coupled to an upstream side of the recirculation port at one end and coupled to an upstream rim of the annular guide portion at another end, and
wherein the annular casing, the annular guide portion, the guide vanes, and the connecting portion are formed integrally to a single piece.

US Pat. No. 10,337,521

FAN BLADE WITH INTEGRATED COMPOSITE FAN BLADE COVER

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A fan blade comprising:a body including a pressure side and a suction side, the pressure and suction sides being disposed between and connected to a leading edge and a trailing edge, the pressure side and suction side also being disposed between and connected to a base and a tip;
the suction side including a plurality of cavities that extend through the suction side and towards the pressure side, the plurality of cavities being surrounded by a slot that extends outwardly away from the plurality of cavities and into the body;
a cover that overlays the plurality of cavities and that includes a peripheral edge that is received in the slot and that is at least partially covered by the lip, wherein the body further includes a lip that extends inwardly towards the plurality of cavities and that at least partially defines the slot, wherein the slot includes an inner wall disposed opposite the slot from the lip and the peripheral edge of the cover that is received in the slot is at least partially covered by the lip, and wherein the plurality of cavities are separated by a wall that terminates at an outer edge, the outer edge of the wall being coplanar with the inner wall of the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,337,520

FLUID ENERGY MACHINE HAVING A TANDEM DRY GAS SEAL

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A fluid energy machine, comprising:a rotor extending along an axis,
a casing, wherein the casing separates an interior from an exterior,
at least one shaft seal for sealing a gap between the rotor and the casing,
wherein the shaft seal is designed as a tandem dry gas seal,
wherein the tandem dry gas seal comprises an inner seal and an outer seal,
wherein the outer seal has a first sealing gas feed, which opens into the gap axially between the outer seal and the inner seal,
wherein the shaft seal has a primary discharge between the inner seal and the outer seal, which discharges a primary discharge fluid from the gap,
wherein the first sealing gas feed has a first control member for controlling the flow rate of the sealing gas out of a sealing gas system,
wherein the primary discharge has a second control member for controlling the flow rate of a primary discharge fluid,
wherein the first control member and the second control member are matched to one another in such a way that a first pressure is adjusted to a first setpoint pressure by a procedure in which,
in a first step, the open position of the second control member is first of all controlled to adjust the first pressure and the first control member is closed, and,
in a second step, if the first pressure remains lower than the first setpoint pressure with the second control member closed, the first control member is opened while the second control member is closed, and the open position of the first control member is controlled to adjust the first pressure until the first pressure has been adjusted to the first setpoint pressure, and,
in a third step, if the first pressure remains higher than the first setpoint pressure with the first control member closed, the first step is initiated again.

US Pat. No. 10,337,519

METHOD, COMPRESSOR AND TURBOMACHINE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A method for operating a compressor of a turbomachine, the method comprising:slowly dropping a degree of reaction; and, with respect to a main flow direction,
quickly raising in a compressor area the degree of reaction; and
slowly reducing the raised degree of reaction again.

US Pat. No. 10,337,518

VARIABLE TURBINE GEOMETRY TURBOCHARGER VANE PACK RETAINER

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A variable turbine geometry turbocharger comprising:a bearing housing including an axially extending bore;
a rotating assembly including a shaft rotatably supported in the bore, a compressor wheel secured to one end of the shaft and a turbine wheel secured to another end of the shaft;
a turbine housing including an exhaust gas inlet, an exhaust gas outlet, a volute disposed in a fluid path between the exhaust gas inlet and the exhaust gas outlet, the turbine wheel disposed in the turbine housing between the volute and the exhaust gas outlet;
a vane pack disposed in the fluid path between the volute and the turbine wheel, the vane pack comprising vanes rotatably supported between a pair of vane rings and configured to adjustably control the flow of exhaust gas to the turbine wheel;
a retainer comprising a base portion and a plate portion extending radially from a first end of the base portion; and
wherein the base portion is secured to a surface of the bearing housing defining the axially extending bore to secure the vane pack to the bearing housing so that the vane pack is mechanically decoupled from the turbine housing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,516

MULTI-STAGE, SELF-PRIMING CENTRIFUGAL PUMP ASSEMBLY

1. A multi-stage, self-priming centrifugal pump assembly comprising:at least two pump stages which are consecutive in a main flow direction and which include a diffuser; and
a backflow channel which lies parallel to at least one pump stage and which runs out downstream of the first or a further pump stage in the main flow direction, wherein the backflow channel runs out downstream of the diffuser of the at least one pump stage, wherein the backflow channel is an annular channel surrounding at least one pump stage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,515

SPINDLE COMPRESSOR USING REFRIGERANT COOLING FOR HOUSING AND ROTOR

Steffen Klein, (DE)

1. A compression refrigeration machine comprising a refrigerant main flow circuit, refrigerant located in the refrigerant main flow circuit, and a dry-compressing spindle compressor for conveying and compressing gaseous refrigerant, the spindle compressor having a working space and being configured as a 2-shaft rotation compressor machine having a 2-tooth spindle rotor, a 3-tooth spindle rotor and a compressor housing which surrounds the spindle rotors and has an inlet space and a housing collecting space,wherein the spindle compressor is a multi-stage spindle compressor, the refrigerant main flow circuit has a partial-flow branch-off, and the compressor housing and the 2-tooth spindle rotor and the 3-tooth spindle rotor are cooled via the partial-flow branch-off with liquid refrigerant from the refrigerant main flow circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,337,514

SCROLL COMPRESSOR HAVING AN INSULATED HIGH-STRENGTH PARTITION ASSEMBLY

Emerson Climate Technolog...

1. A scroll compressor comprising:a first scroll member having a discharge port and a first spiral wrap;
a second scroll member having a second spiral wrap, the first and second spiral wraps being mutually intermeshed to define a peripheral suction zone in fluid communication with an inlet that receives low-pressure refrigerant;
a high-strength thermally insulative partition assembly comprising a metal plate and an insulating region that is disposed between the first scroll member and a discharge chamber in fluid communication with the discharge port, wherein the insulating region comprises a distinct mask component secured to the metal plate via a mechanical interlock or a mold-in feature and that has a thermal conductivity (K) of less than or equal to about 300 mW/m·K at standard temperature and pressure conditions, wherein the mask component defines a first discharge portion that defines a seat and comprises a plurality of tabs that radially compress in a first position for sliding engagement with a second discharge portion on the metal plate, wherein the second discharge portion is secured within the seat of the first discharge portion after expansion of the plurality of tabs to a second position and the high-strength thermally insulative partition assembly has a tensile strength of greater than or equal to about 35,000 psi (about 241 MPa); and
a motor for causing the second scroll member to orbit with respect to the first scroll member, whereby the first spiral wrap and the second spiral wrap create at least one enclosed space of progressively changing volume between the peripheral suction zone and the discharge port to create a high-pressure refrigerant, wherein the high-strength thermally insulative partition assembly minimizes or prevents heat transfer between the high-pressure refrigerant in the discharge chamber and the low-pressure refrigerant in the peripheral suction zone.

US Pat. No. 10,337,513

ELECTRIC-MOTOR-DRIVEN LIQUID PUMP

FTE automotive GmbH, Ebe...

1. A liquid pump that is driven by an electric motor, comprising: a housing, which has a suction connection and a pressure connection, the electric motor housed in said housing and which comprises a stator and a rotor which is received within the stator to leave an annular gap; said rotor being drivable for rotation about an axis of rotation; a conveying device, which is in drive connection with the rotor and which has a suction inlet that, via a fluid path for an unpressurized liquid, is in fluid connection with the suction connection of the housing and a pressure outlet that, via a fluid path for a pressurized liquid, is in fluid connection with the pressure connection of the housing; and an electronic power unit for driving of the electric motor; wherein the housing comprises a partition wall which extends substantially transversely to the axis of rotation and is adjacent to the rotor; and said electronic power unit being mounted on a side of said partition wall remote from the rotor; said liquid pump being characterized in that the suction inlet of the conveying device is arranged at a radial height with respect to the axis of rotation which is smaller than an inner radius of the annular gap, and the rotor has at least one passage which extends at a radial height increasing or substantially constant in direction towards the suction inlet of the conveying device with respect to the axis of rotation so that the unpressurized liquid inducted by the suction inlet of the conveying device via the suction connection of the housing is constrainedly guided in part by way of the annular gap between rotor and stator and undergoes deflection at the partition wall of the housing with cooling thereof before it passes through the passage of the rotor to the suction inlet of the conveying device, wherein the annular gap and the passage of the rotor form part of the fluid path for the unpressurized liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,337,512

GEAR PUMP WITH DUAL PRESSURE RELIEF

Carrier Corporation, Pal...

15. A method for using the pump of claim 1, the method comprising:rotating the rotor, the rotating causing a pressure increase in the interior volume; and
the pressure increase acting to shift the pressure relief element against said spring bias from the first condition to the second condition, the shift facilitating a pressure relief flow from the interior through the pressure relief port.

US Pat. No. 10,337,511

HYDRAULIC CONVEYING DEVICE AND HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A hydraulic conveying device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a pendulum slide cell pump including an inner rotor drivingly connected to an outer rotor via a plurality of pendulum slides, the pendulum slide cell pump having an intake side and a pressure side,
a hydraulic actuation device for changing an eccentricity between the inner rotor and the outer rotor the actuation device including an actuation member for adjusting the eccentricity,
a hydraulic reservoir downstream of a hydraulic medium filter,
the actuation member being prestressed via a spring device to define a maximum eccentricity,
the actuation device further including a first pressure-setting chamber and a second pressure-setting chamber for adjusting the actuation member,
wherein at least one of the first pressure-setting chamber and the second pressure-setting chamber is hydraulically connected via a control valve to the pressure side of the pendulum slide cell pump, the at least one of the first pressure-setting chamber and the second pressure-setting chamber hydraulically counteracting the spring device,
wherein the pressure side of the pendulum slide cell pump is connected downstream to the hydraulic medium filter via a first hydraulic line and the hydraulic medium filter is located between the pressure side of the pendulum slide cell pump and the hydraulic reservoir, and
the control valve is pressure-connected to the first hydraulic line upstream of the hydraulic medium filter.

US Pat. No. 10,337,510

WEAR-RESISTANT COATING FOR OIL PUMP CAVITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An oil pump, comprising:an aluminum housing that defines a cavity;
a steel rotor disposed within the cavity and configured to rotate therein such that a portion of the steel rotor contacts the aluminum housing; and
a metal coating covering at least a portion of the aluminum housing in a region that is configured to be contacted by the steel rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,509

INTERNAL GEAR PUMP

TOYOOKI KOGYO CO., LTD., ...

1. An internal gear pump that accommodates: a ring-shaped internally toothed gear provided with a plurality of internal teeth, and an externally toothed gear provided with a plurality of external teeth which internally mesh with the plurality of internal teeth of the internally toothed gear, the externally toothed gear being eccentrically disposed inside the internally toothed gear, the number of the plurality of internal teeth being one greater than the number of the plurality of external teeth,wherein, in any one of the plurality of external teeth and the plurality of internal teeth, a tooth tip section and a meshing section are formed by a curve having one continuous curvature, the curve being formed by Formulae (1) to (5) below with which a minimum curvature is at an apex of a tooth tip, and the curvature gradually increases towards a tooth bottom.
r=ro?dr·cos ?,  Formula (1):
Px=(ro?dr)+1/4dr{1?cos(2?)},  Formula (2):
Py=1/4dr{?2?+sin(2?)},  Formula (3):
Qx=Px?r·cos ?, and   Formula (4):
Qy=Py+r·sin ?,  Formula (5):
where
r is a radius of a curve,
ro is a reference diameter,
dr is a variation, where dr<0,
? is a parameter,
Px is an X coordinate of a trajectory center,
Py is a Y coordinate of the trajectory center,
Qx is an X coordinate of a point on a curve generated by the trajectory center (Px, Py), and
Qy is a Y coordinate of the point on the curve generated by the trajectory center (Px, Py).

US Pat. No. 10,337,508

FLUID-END OF A HIGH PRESSURE PUMP

GARDNER DENVER PETROLEUM ...

1. A pump comprising:a housing defining a plurality of plunger bores, a plurality of inlet bores, and a plurality of discharge bores;
a plurality of plungers each disposed within one of the plunger bores and reciprocal along one of a plurality of plunger axes; and
a first interior wall arranged to at least partially define a first of the plurality of inlet bores, the first interior wall having a contour in a cross section taken normal to the plunger axes, the first interior wall at least partially defined by the revolution of the contour about a first inlet axis that is normal to and intersects a first of the plurality of plunger axes, the contour including:
a cylindrical portion arranged parallel to the first inlet axis;
a planar portion extending in a direction perpendicular to the inlet axis and spaced a first distance from the plunger axis;
a convex bulge portion extending radially inward toward the inlet axis relative to the cylindrical portion and spaced a second distance from the plunger axis, the second distance being less than the first distance; and
a V-shaped groove portion extending from the convex bulge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,507

BYPASS UNLOADER VALVE FOR COMPRESSOR CAPACITY CONTROL

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. A reciprocating compressor having a cylinder, the reciprocating compressor comprising:a cylinder block defining the cylinder;
a cylinder head secured to the cylinder block overlying the cylinder, the cylinder head comprising a suction plenum and a discharge plenum in selective fluid communication with the cylinder; and
a bypass unloader valve assembly in operable communication with the cylinder head and responsive to control signals to rapid cycle to allow for fluid communication of a refrigerant between the discharge plenum and the suction plenum;
wherein the bypass unloader valve assembly is operable to unload the cylinder associated with the corresponding bypass unloader valve assembly;
wherein a period of the rapid cycle of the bypass unloader valve assembly is between 1 cycle/second and 1 cycle/180 seconds;
wherein the bypass unloader valve assembly has a solenoid, the control signals operating the solenoid in a pulse width modulation mode to provide for the rapid cycle;
wherein the rapid cycle is between an unloaded position in which the discharge plenum is in fluid communication with the suction plenum and a loaded position in which the bypass unloader valve assembly is disposed to substantially restrict fluid communication between the discharge plenum and the suction plenum;
wherein the rapid cycle provides the reciprocating compressor with a continuously variable capacity between the capacity achieved when the bypass unloader valve assembly is in the unloaded position and the capacity achieved by the reciprocating compressor when the bypass unloader valve assembly is in the loaded position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,506

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR METERING AND VAPORIZING FLUIDS

FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD, ...

1. A micro-fluidic device comprising a semiconductor silicon substrate attached to a fluid supply source and a PCB board, the semiconductor silicon substrate comprising two or more bubble pumps for flowing a predetermined amount of fluid from the fluid supply source to fluid contact with at least one vaporization heater electrically connected to the PCB board for vaporizing the fluid in contact with and pumped to the vaporization heater by the two or more bubble pumps, the vaporization heater being made of a thin film resistor material and being separate from the two or more bubble pumps on the semiconductor silicon substrate, a fluid supply inlet from the fluid supply source in fluid flow communication with each of the two or more bubble pumps, and a vapor outlet adjacent to ends of the two or more bubble pumps in vapor flow communication with the at least one vaporization heater to provide a metered quantity of vaporized fluid rather than liquid through the vapor outlet, wherein the two or more bubble pumps each have a fluid flow path selected from a linear path, a spiral path, a circuitous path, and a combination thereof from the fluid supply inlet to the at least one vaporization heater, and wherein the two or more bubble pumps comprise a plurality of resistor heaters that are electrically connected to the PCB board and are operative by voltage pulses to heat less than 0.5 ?m thick layer of fluid on top of the resistor heaters to a supercritical temperature without vaporizing a bulk volume of fluid in the two or more bubble pumps.

US Pat. No. 10,337,505

THERMAL ACTUATOR

Rostra Vernatherm, LLC, ...

1. A thermal actuator comprising:a cup defining a cavity and having a closed end and an open end surrounded by an axially projecting wall that terminates in an annular lip, said cup including a first radially inward projecting annular shoulder axially spaced from said open end;
a guide defining a stepped bore having a first inside diameter at an outer guide end facing away from said cup and a second inside diameter at an inner guide end facing said cup, a junction of said first and second inside diameters defining a second radially inward projecting annular shoulder, said guide having an outside surface configured to be received within said wall, said inner guide end extending to a base;
a piston received in said stepped bore, said piston having an outside diameter within 0.001 inch of said first inside diameter, said piston extending axially through said guide from a first end projecting axially away from said cup to a second end projecting into said cup;
thermally expandable material in said cavity and in contact with a piston seal radially compressed between said piston outside diameter and said second inside diameter;
a first annular wiper between said piston seal and said second radially inward projecting annular shoulder;
an annular washer between the inner guide end and said first radially inward projecting annular shoulder, said annular washer abutting said base of said inner guide end and extending radially outwardly beyond said base of said inner guide end; and
a second annular wiper between said piston seal and said annular washer,
wherein said annular lip is formed over a peripheral edge of said outer guide end, with said washer trapped between said inner guide end and said first radially inward projecting annular shoulder, said first annular wiper, piston seal and second annular wiper axially contained between said second radially inward projecting annular shoulder and an annular portion of said washer radially inward of said first radially inward projecting annular shoulder.

US Pat. No. 10,337,504

SOLAR CHIMNEY FOR POWER PRODUCTION USING FRESNEL LENS

King Fahd University of P...

1. A solar chimney, comprising:a vertical chimney allowing for heated air to move upward;
a generally horizontal heat absorbing surface located below the chimney;
a transparent cover located above the heat absorbing surface and forming an air pathway with the heat absorbing surface, the pathway extending between an air inlet located at a periphery of the cover and an entrance to the chimney;
one or more integrated turbine-generators located at the entrance to the chimney for generating electrical power;
a first Fresnel lens, located adjacent to the one or more integrated turbine-generators just before the entrance to the chimney, concentrating solar radiation to the heat absorbing surface to heat air at or just before the entrance to the chimney as the air flows from the air inlet, through the air pathway, and rises upward to actuate the one or more integrated turbine-generators;
one or more heat exchangers including a plurality of pipes in walls of the chimney to transfer heat from the heated air as the heated air is rising through the chimney to a heat transfer medium circulating in the pipes; and
an arrangement of directing vanes positioned in front of and upstream of at least one turbine of the one or more integrated turbine-generators to direct the air flow towards blades of the at least one turbine,
wherein the directing vanes each have a length and a width, wherein the length is in a range of 5 to 10 times the width.

US Pat. No. 10,337,503

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOVING OR INSTALLING A MAIN SHAFT OF A WIND TURBINE WITH RIGGING

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for removing an installed main shaft and attached main bearing assembly of a wind turbine from a bedplate in the field, wherein a rotor has been removed from an upwind end of the main shaft, a downwind end of the main shaft has been disconnected from a gearbox, and the gearbox has been removed from the bedplate, the method comprising:connecting a rigging system to the upwind end of the main shaft, the rigging system suspended from a crane;
pushing the downwind end of the main shaft partway through the bedplate, wherein the main shaft at the downwind end is supported by a bearing unit fixed in the bedplate and the main shaft at the upwind end is supported by the rigging system;
pushing the main shaft through the bedplate until a location on the main shaft corresponding to a center of gravity of the main shaft and main bearing assembly are free of an upwind end of the bedplate;
attaching a leveling leg of the rigging system to the main shaft at a location such that the center of gravity is located between the leveling leg and the rigging at the upwind end of the main shaft;
with the crane, supporting the main shaft to unload the bearing unit and slide the main shaft until the downwind end is free of the bearing unit;
with the crane fully supporting the main shaft, horizontally sliding the main shaft out from the bedplate.

US Pat. No. 10,337,502

EARLY DETECTION OF WIND TURBINE DEGRADATION USING ACOUSTICAL MONITORING

Inventus Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A method comprising:measuring sound levels of a plurality of wind turbines;
checking the sound levels of each of the plurality of wind turbines against sound levels of others of the plurality of wind turbines;
detecting that one of the plurality of wind turbines is an anomalous wind turbine based upon the checking; and
generating a corrective action alarm signal identifying the anomalous wind turbine based upon the detecting.

US Pat. No. 10,337,501

FLOATING PLATFORM FOR HARNESSING WIND ENERGY

SAITEC OFFSHORE TECHNOLOG...

1. A floating platform for harnessing wind energy, comprisinga tower with a wind turbine;
two horizontal, identical cylindrical floating elements made of reinforced or pre-stressed concrete, parallel and closed at their ends; and
bar structures linking the tower to the floating elements,wherein a flat stabilising element is joined to and situated directly beneath the floating elements, said stabilising element comprising two substantially rectangular first concrete slabs, with a ribbed structure, arranged perpendicularly to the axes of the floating elements and joined to said floating elements by means of auxiliary structures.

US Pat. No. 10,337,500

RELEASE MECHANISM

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A release mechanism comprising:a locking body mounted for reciprocating movement in a first axial direction between a locked position and a released position;
a force transmitting element coupled to the locking body for transmitting a force (F) to said locking body for moving the locking body from the locked position to the released position; and
a biasing element acting on the locking body in a direction for moving the locking body from the released position towards the locked position;
said locking body comprising a slot comprising a first slot portion extending in said first direction, and a second slot portion extending transversely from one side of said first slot portion at an end thereof; and
said slot slidably receiving an actuating element therein, said actuating element being:
movable in a second direction transverse to said first axial direction,
received in said second slot portion when the locking body is in the locked position, and
received in said first slot portion when the locking body is in the released position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,499

SELF-INSTALLING COLUMN STABILIZED OFFSHORE WIND TURBINE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF INSTALLATION

1. A self-installing offshore floating wind turbine system, comprising:a column stabilized semi-submersible platform having at least one vertically oriented buoyant ballastable column with one or more buoyant tanks or interior chambers enclosed by bulkheads including ballast control means for selectively adjusting the buoyancy thereof;
a telescoping stiffened damper plate having horizontal water entrapment surfaces movably connected with said vertically oriented column by an elongate spindle slidably and telescopically mounted within said vertical column for extensible and retractable movement relative to a lower end thereof;
a tilt and telescoping tower assembly including a first tower support frame mounted at a top end of said vertically oriented column, a lower tower section of said tower assembly hingedly connected at a lower end to said first tower support frame by laterally spaced pivot connections, a hydraulic cylinder on laterally opposed sides of said first tower support frame pinned at opposed ends between said first tower support frame and said lower tower section to pivot said tower assembly between a generally horizontal stored or transport position supported on said first tower support frame and a generally vertical operating position approximately 90° relative thereto, a second tower support frame mounted at a top end of said vertically oriented column spaced a distance from said first tower support frame for receiving and releasably engaging and supporting a bottom end of said lower section of said tower assembly when said tower assembly is pivoted to the generally vertical operating position;
an upper tower section movably mounted in said lower tower section to telescope and reciprocate relative thereto between a retracted position and an axially extended position relative thereto, and extension and retraction means operably connected between said lower tower section and said upper tower section for moving said upper section between the retracted and extended positions; and
a wind turbine coupled to a top portion of said tower upper section, and a plurality of blades coupled to said wind turbine, said wind turbine having a generally horizontal axis of rotation about which said blades rotate; wherein
the relative position and weight of said stiffened damper plate is selectively adjustable to raise or lower the center of gravity of the entire mass of said semi-submersible platform including said wind turbine and said tilt and telescoping tower assembly with respect to the center of buoyancy of said platform according to ballast and variable or fixed loads including loads imposed by said wind turbine and said tilt and telescoping tower assembly in the horizontal and the generally vertical operating positions; and
each said stiffened damper plate, in an extended position, providing water entrapment surfaces to increase hydrodynamic mass and flow damping to reduce heave, pitch and roll motions of said semi-submersible platform in an operational mode.

US Pat. No. 10,337,498

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING EQUIVALENT LOAD OF WIND TURBINE

1. A method for detecting an equivalent load of a wind turbine, comprising:detecting environment data of each wind turbine of a plurality of wind turbines in a wind farm in each detection period;
detecting a load of a calibration wind turbine in the plurality of wind turbines and calculating an equivalent load of the calibration wind turbine based on the detected load in the each detection period; and
determining an equivalent load of the each wind turbine based on the detected environment data of the each wind turbine with a load estimation model in the each detection period,
wherein the load estimation model represents a relation between the environment data and the equivalent load of the each wind turbine, and before the load estimation model is applied in the each detection period, a parameter of the load estimation model is calibrated based on the calculated equivalent load of the calibration wind turbine in a current detection period and the equivalent load of the calibration wind turbine determined with the load estimation model in a previous detection period.

US Pat. No. 10,337,497

CONTROL OF A WIND TURBINE BASED ON OPERATIONAL TRAJECTORY VALIDATION

1. A control system for a wind turbine, comprising:a main controller arranged for calculating one or more predicted operational trajectories and a plurality of predicted safe-mode control trajectories, the one or more predicted operational trajectories include a predicted control trajectory where a trajectory comprises a time series of at least one variable and the plurality of predicted safe-mode control trajectories comprises at least one reduced operational mode trajectory and at least one shut-down mode trajectory; and
a safety controller arranged for:
receiving the one or more predicted operational trajectories,
evaluating, during operation of the wind turbine and in accordance with at least one validation routine, the one or more predicted operational trajectories to determine whether or not the predicted control trajectory is valid or invalid for a future time slot,
evaluating, during the operation of the wind turbine and in accordance with the at least one validation routine, the predicted safe-mode control trajectories to determine whether or not the at least one reduced operational mode trajectory and at least one shut-down mode trajectory are valid or invalid for the future time slot,
wherein the at least one validation routine is configured to select a selected predicted safe-mode control trajectory from the at least one reduced operational mode trajectory and the at least one shut-down mode trajectory, and
wherein the control system controls the wind turbine with the predicted control trajectory if the predicted control trajectory is valid, and controls the wind turbine with the selected predicted safe-mode control trajectory if the predicted control trajectory is invalid.

US Pat. No. 10,337,496

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A WIND TURBINE DURING ADVERSE WIND CONDITIONS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for controlling a wind turbine during adverse wind conditions, the method comprising:monitoring one or more wind conditions at the wind turbine;
detecting one or more adverse wind conditions at the wind turbine;
counting a number of detected adverse wind conditions occurring during a predetermined time period;
reducing a power output of the wind turbine by a percent reduction based on the number and a type of the detected adverse wind conditions occurring during the predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,337,495

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING VORTEX-INDUCED TOWER VIBRATIONS OF A WIND TURBINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for reducing vortex-induced vibrations of a tower of a wind turbine, the wind turbine having a nacelle mounted atop the tower, the nacelle having a rotor with a rotatable hub having at least one rotor blade mounted thereto, the rotor blade having a first pitch position, the method comprising:measuring, via one or more sensors, an acceleration of the nacelle;
determining a rotor speed of the rotor;
determining a second pitch position for the rotor blade based on the acceleration of the nacelle and the rotor speed; and,
pitching the rotor blade to the second pitch position if the rotor speed is below a speed threshold and the acceleration of the nacelle is above an acceleration threshold, wherein the second pitch position disturbs vortices caused by interactions between the tower and the rotor blade as the rotor blade passes in front of the tower so as to reduce vortex-induced vibrations of the tower.

US Pat. No. 10,337,494

WIND GENERATOR WITH LIGHTWEIGHT ADJUSTABLE BLADES

1. 1. A wind generator system, comprising:a. a wind generator configured to produce electricity when rotated;
b. a hub assembly coupled to said wind generator;
c. a plurality of lightweight hybrid blades evenly spaced apart and attached to said hub assembly, each said blade includes an internal frame covered by an outer skin layer, said internal frame and said outer skin layer being configured so said blade has an airfoil profile with curved leading edge and a thin trailing edge, said outer skin also configured to act as a sail to capture wind when placed perpendicular into the wind, said internal frame includes a mast, an outer transversely aligned end plate attached at one end of said mast and an inner transversely aligned base plate attached to an end of said mast opposite said end plate, said internal frame also includes a plurality transversely aligned ribs that support said outer skin layer;
d. a first linear actuator coupled to said mast configured to fold and unfold said outer skin layer over said internal frame; and,
e. a sensor configured to monitor the wind speed or the electrical output from said generator, said sensor coupled to said linear actuator to fold or unfold said outer skin layer to change the surface areas of said blade according to the wind speed, the RPM of said generator or the electrical output detected.

US Pat. No. 10,337,493

METHOD OF ADAPTIVELY ADJUSTING LIFT AND DRAG ON AN AIRFOIL-SHAPED SAIL, SAIL, AND WIND TURBINE

DONGGUAN UNIVERSITY OF TE...

7. An airfoil-shaped sail comprising an airfoil-shaped sail body of an airfoil shape, the sail body being provided with an upper cambered surface and a lower cambered surface, wherein one or more unidirectional air jet channels each having a Y-shaped cross section are horizontally arranged inside the airfoil-shaped sail body for improving the dynamic characteristics of the airfoil-shaped sail; each Y-shaped air jet channel comprises an air inlet defined at a leading edge of the sail body, and two air outlets defined in the upper cambered surface of the sail body; a flow regulating gate responsive to wind direction and speed and capable of automatically opening and closing a cross section of the Y-shaped air jet channel is further arranged in the Y-shaped air jet channel; wherein in response to an oncoming flow with a varying direction and speed, the flow regulating gate automatically adjusts an opening extent of the gate and of the cross section, to regulate the airflow within the air jet channel and accordingly change an angle of attack to improve the airfoil-shaped sail's dynamic characteristics, thereby automatically adjusting the lift and drag on the airfoil-shaped sail as the wind speed changes, to obtain a maximum lift-to-drag ratio and an optimal resultant force facilitating airfoil-shaped sail's circular motion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,492

WIND POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

1. A wind power generation system comprising:a generator including a rotor;
a shaft connected to the rotor;
at least one leaf group including:
a movable barrel movably sleeved on the shaft;
at least one first blade connected to the movable barrel; and
at least one propeller blade connected to the movable barrel and above the first blade; and
at least one wind-guiding structure including:
a plurality of pressurized channels, the pressurized channel including an entrance or an outlet, a volume of the pressurized channel from the entrance to the outlet gradually reduced;
a first vortex chamber interconnected with the pressurized channel via the outlet;
a decompression chamber surrounded by an annular board, the decompression chamber being above and interconnected with the first vortex chamber;
wherein when the first blade is at rest, the first blade is in the first vortex chamber; wherein the shaft includes a lifting groove, and the leaf group includes a guide rod which passes through the movable barrel and is embedded in the lifting groove.

US Pat. No. 10,337,491

WIND TURBINE AND A LIGHTNING PROTECTION UNIT FOR A WIND TURBINE

Wobben Properties GmbH, ...

1. A wind turbine, comprising:a nacelle having a rotor and a non-rotating part;
a plurality of rotor blades coupled to the rotor, each of the plurality of rotor blades having a rotor blade root, at least one metallic conductor for conducting a lightning strike, and a conducting ring at the rotor blade root; and
at least one lightning protection unit having a springing plate and a rocker unit, wherein the rocker unit is fastened to the non-rotating part of the nacelle by the springing plate, wherein the at least one lightning protection unit lies on the conductive rings of the rotor blades in order to divert lightning that strikes the rotor blades, respectively, the at least one lightning protection unit having two rollers and a lightning rod, a free end of the lightning rod being separated from an outer end of the rollers by a distance that defines a spark gap.

US Pat. No. 10,337,490

STRUCTURAL COMPONENT FOR A MODULAR ROTOR BLADE

General Electric Company,...

9. A method for assembling a modular rotor blade for a wind turbine, the method comprising:providing a pre-formed blade root section and a pre-formed blade tip section of the rotor blade, the blade root section comprising a leading edge and a trailing edge;
pultruding a continuous structural component for the rotor blade of a thermoplastic material, the pultruded structural component having a root portion and a body portion, the body portion having a substantially U-shaped cross-section comprising a flatback portion and integral opposing flange portions extending from opposite ends of the flatback portion;
securing a corresponding structural component to the blade root section at the trailing edge thereof, the corresponding structural component following a contour of the trailing edge of the blade root section, the corresponding structural component extending from a root end to a tip end, the corresponding structural component terminating at the root end and the tip end;
securing the pultruded structural component to the corresponding structural component within the blade root section such that the pultruded structural component and the corresponding structural component extend in a span-wise direction, the root end of the corresponding structural component defining a maximum, first height that tapers to a lesser, second height of the pre-formed structural component; and,
mounting one or more blade segments to the flange portions of the pultruded structural component between the blade root section and the blade tip section.

US Pat. No. 10,337,489

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENERGY CONVERSION FROM A FLOW OF FLUID

SeaQurrent Holding B.V., ...

1. System (1) for energy conversion from a flow (50) of fluid comprising a fluid driven device (200), a tether (300) and a base station (400), whereby the fluid driven device (200) is coupled to the tether (300), and the tether (300) is coupled with the base station (400), wherein the fluid driven device (200) is provided with at least two adjustable vanes (240) comprising a first (255) and a second (256) vane, wherein said vanes are independently adjustable with respect to each other, whereby during use and as seen in the flow (50) of the fluid the first vane (255) and the second vane (256) occupy a position following each other, characterized in thata) each of the vanes (240) comprises a leading edge (246) and a trailing edge (247),
b) the system (1) comprises a working mode and a retraction mode, whereby
c) the vanes (240) are arranged in a row along a frame (220) whereby in the retraction mode a leading edge (246) of the first vane (255) is pointing towards a trailing edge (247) of the second vane (256) which is adjacent to the first vane (255)
d) in the working mode and as seen in the flow (50) of the fluid the second vane (256) is entirely behind the first vane (255) without laterally extending beyond the first vane (255).

US Pat. No. 10,337,488

WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER DEEP SEA MOUNTING SYSTEM

1. A wave energy converter deep sea mounting system comprises:a floatable platform;
an enclosure support axle;
a float arm;
a float;
a wave energy converter mechanism;
an electrical generator;
an enclosure;
the float arm comprises a proximal end and a distal end;
the enclosure support axle being mounted to the floatable platform, wherein the enclosure support axle is affixed in place relative to the floatable platform and does not rotate relative to the floatable platform;
the enclosure support axle traversing through the enclosure;
the enclosure being rotatably engaged with the enclosure support axle, wherein the enclosure is free to rotate about the enclosure support axle;
the wave energy converter mechanism and the electrical generator being positioned within the enclosure;
the wave energy converter mechanism comprises a stationary input pulley, at least one pulley system, and a generator output pulley, wherein each of the at least one pulley system comprises a large input pulley and a small output pulley;
the large input pulley being torsionally coupled to the small output pulley by a belt for each of the at least one pulley system;
the stationary input pulley being mounted within the enclosure, wherein the stationary input pulley is restrained from rotation relative to the enclosure;
the float being connected to the distal end of the float arm;
the proximal end of the float arm being connected to the enclosure;
the stationary input pulley being torsionally and mechanically coupled to the generator output pulley through the at least one pulley system; and
the generator output pulley being rotatably coupled to the electrical generator.

US Pat. No. 10,337,487

MULTI AXIAL TRANSLATIONAL AND ROTATIONAL MOTION TO UNIDIRECTIONAL ROTATIONAL MOTION

1. An energy harvesting device for harvesting energy of a wave, motion of the wave resulting in pitch, sway, yaw, surge, roll, and heave movement, the energy harvesting device comprising:a housing assembly;
an input shaft (S1) operably coupled to a first bevel gear via a first one way bearing transmitting rotational force in a first direction, the input shaft operably coupled to a second bevel gear via a second one way bearing transmitting rotational force in a second direction, the second direction being opposite the first direction, the input shaft being configured to move in response to movement of the wave;
a heave pitch shaft (S2) rotatably coupled to the housing assembly, the heave pitch shaft freely supporting a third bevel gear operably meshing with the first bevel gear and the second bevel gear, the heave pitch shaft freely supporting a fourth bevel gear operably meshing with the first bevel gear and the second bevel gear, the heave pitch shaft freely supporting a fifth bevel gear fixedly coupled with the fourth bevel gear for rotation therewith, the heave pitch shaft operably coupled to a sixth bevel gear via a third one way bearing;
an intermediary heave pitch roll surge shaft (S3) rotatably coupled to the housing assembly, the intermediary heave pitch roll surge shaft having a seventh bevel gear and a first spur gear fixedly coupled therewith, the seventh bevel gear operably meshing with the fifth bevel gear and the sixth bevel gear and rotating the intermediary heave pitch roll surge shaft and the first spur gear in response thereto;
a sway yaw shaft (S4) fixedly coupled to the housing assembly; and
an output shaft (S5) coaxially disposed about the sway yaw shaft, the output shaft having a second spur gear fixedly coupled thereto operably meshing with the first spur gear of the intermediary heave pitch roll surge shaft (S3), the output shaft being operably coupled to the sway yaw shaft for unidirectional rotational motion in response to multidirection input from the sway yaw shaft,
wherein multiaxial translational and rotational motion of the input shaft and the housing assembly is converted to unidirectional rotational motion of the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,337,486

DIRECT DRIVE PORTABLE HYDROELECTRIC GENERATOR AND POWER SOURCE

1. A generator device for generating an induced electrical power from the movement of a fluid stream, the generator device comprising:a circumferential casing with a central opening operable for placement in the fluid stream whereby the fluid stream passes through the central opening, the casing having an internal waterproof area for housing and fully enclosing a power storage system for storing the induced electrical power while the casing is placed in the fluid stream, whereby a user of the generator device can access and use the stored power as a power supply, and a power management system that receives, conditions and regulates the induced electrical power in coordination with the power storage system;
a stator attached in a circular configuration to the casing and electrically connected to the power storage system and power management system;
a propeller-rotor assembly located in the central opening of the casing and rotatably coupled to the casing, the propeller-rotor assembly comprising two or more propeller blades with distal ends opposite the axis of the propeller-rotor assembly and at least one magnet fixed to the distal ends of each propeller blade; and
a tether assembly for anchoring the generator device in a moving fluid stream, wherein the tether assembly is attached, at one end, to the casing and, at the opposite end, to a fixed location relative to the moving fluid stream, and wherein the tether assembly acts to position the generator device so that the rotational plane of the propeller-rotor assembly is substantially perpendicular to the directional movement of the fluid stream and the movement of fluid stream through the generator device causes the propeller-rotor assembly to rotate and, thereby, through interaction with the stator, to generate the induced electrical power; and
wherein the generator device has a weight and size that is scalable for use of the generator device.

US Pat. No. 10,337,485

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING ENGINE TORQUE THROUGH SPARK RETARD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:responsive to an estimated spark timing for a requested torque reduction being between an upper threshold and a lower threshold, adjusting a spark timing for each firing event of a plurality of firing events to bring an average spark timing over the plurality of firing events to the estimated spark timing;
incrementing a misfire counter responsive to an indication of misfire while operating with the adjusted spark timing below the lower threshold; and
not incrementing the misfire counter responsive to the indication of misfire while operating with the adjusted spark timing above the upper threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,337,484

STARTER FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A starter for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a support;
an electric motor arranged on the support for driving a pinion in rotation;
a solenoid drive arranged on the support configured to axially adjust the pinion between an active position for driving a gearwheel of an internal combustion engine, and a passive position axially offset with respect to the active position;
wherein the solenoid drive has a ferromagnetic solenoid housing coupled to the support, a ferromagnetic plunger stop arranged one of in and at the solenoid housing, a ferromagnetic plunger axially adjustable relative to the plunger stop and extending axially through a passage opening of a face side wall of the solenoid housing, and a cylindrical coil arrangement arranged in the solenoid housing and surrounding a cylindrical coil interior of the coil arrangement in a circumferential direction;
wherein the plunger stop has a cylindrical section projecting axially into the coil interior; and
wherein the cylindrical section has a face end facing towards the face side wall and includes a cylindrical chamber, the plunger protruding axially into the cylindrical chamber when the pinion is in each of the active position and the passive position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,482

STARTER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A starter comprising:a motor which has a rotation shaft;
a pinion gear which is movable in an axial direction of the rotation shaft of the motor;
a shifter which works to shift the pinion gear in the axial direction of the rotation shaft toward a front end of the rotation shaft for bringing the pinion gear into engagement with a ring gear of an internal combustion engine to rotate the pinion gear using the motor to start the internal combustion engine;
a first elastic member which is disposed between the pinion gear and the motor and configured to be compressed to permit the pinion gear to move to the motor along the rotation shaft;
a second elastic member which is disposed between the pinion gear and the first elastic member;
a holder which retains therein the first elastic member while being subjected to a given initial load and is movable in the axial direction of the rotation shaft in response to expansion or contraction of the first elastic member,
wherein the holder includes a first pressure-exerted member on which an elastic force, as produced by the first elastic member, is exerted by a first end that is one of opposed ends of the first elastic member which is closer to the pinion gear and a second pressure-exerted member on which the elastic force, as produced by the first elastic member, is exerted by a second end that is one of the opposed ends of the first elastic member which is closer to the motor;
a contacting portion which is formed by a portion of the holder and placed in contact with the second elastic member in the axial direction of the rotation shaft, the contacting portion being held from being moved to the pinion gear in response to expansion of the first elastic member, while being permitted to be moved to the motor in response to contraction of the first elastic member; and
a stopper which is placed in contact with the second pressure-exerted member and works to stop the second pressure-exerted member from being moved toward the pinion gear from an initial location where the second pressure-exerted member is not being subjected to reactive force from the ring gear, thereby holding the contacting portion from being moved to the pinion gear.

US Pat. No. 10,337,481

START CONTROLLER FOR ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A start controller for an engine, the engine including a plurality of cylinders and a crankshaft, and the engine being a cylinder-injection engine, the start controller comprising:a starter motor; and
an electronic control unit configured to
execute fuel injection and ignition in a cylinder in an expansion stroke when a restart condition is established immediately before a stop of the engine,
determine whether a reverse operation of the crankshaft has been performed after the fuel injection and the ignition in the cylinder in the expansion stroke are executed, and
operate the starter motor and execute the fuel injection and the ignition in a cylinder in a compression stroke to start the engine, when the electronic control unit determines that the reverse operation of the crankshaft has been performed.

US Pat. No. 10,337,480

HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL PUMP AND CONTROL DEVICE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A high-pressure fuel pump comprising:a rod that urges a suction valve in a valve opening direction;
a mover that drives the rod in a valve closing direction; and
a solenoid that generates a magnetic attraction force to move the mover in the valve closing direction, wherein
the rod reaches a suction valve closing position and then moves in the valve opening direction after the suction valve starts moving from the suction valve closing position in the valve opening direction, and
the mover is configured to be movable in the valve opening direction independently of the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,337,479

HOLDER FOR FASTENING A COMPONENT TO AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A holder for fastening a component to an internal combustion engine, comprising:a connection element having a locating area (a) that is configured to extend across an angle greater than 180 degrees in relation to a longitudinal axis of the component in the installed state and (b) via which the connection element rests against an outer side of the component in the installed state; and
a sleeve, an outer surface of which includes, at respective opposite sides of the sleeve, a first fastening area and a second fastening area, wherein:
each of the fastening areas is a respective groove in a curved surface of the sleeve;
a longitudinal extension of each of the grooves is parallel to a central longitudinal axis of the sleeve;
each of the grooves forms a respective flat surface;
a base part of a first arm of the connection element is connected to the sleeve at the first fastening area of the sleeve; and
a base part of a second arm of the connection element is connected to the sleeve at the second fastening area of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,337,477

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE FUEL SUPPLY METHOD

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

1. An internal combustion engine fuel supply system that separates fuel into high octane fuel with a higher octane number and low octane fuel with a lower octane number and supplies fuel to an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine fuel supply system comprising:a first fuel tank that stores fuel;
an electronic control unit operated system comprising a fuel amount sensor operable to detect a first amount of the fuel stored in the first fuel tank when an ignition switch is turned off and to detect a second amount of the fuel stored in the first fuel tank when the ignition switch is turned on immediately after the ignition switch had been turned off;
a separator device that separates fuel supplied from the first fuel tank into high octane fuel and low octane fuel the separator device including a separation membrane that separates fuel into gaseous high octane fuel and liquid low octane fuel; and
a second fuel tank that stores the separated high octane fuel; wherein the electronic control unit operated system is configured to operate the separator device by supplying fuel to be separated to the separator device when the second amount is larger than the first amount.

US Pat. No. 10,337,476

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICES

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A fuel supply device comprising:a cover including a set plate configured to cover an opening of a fuel tank;
a base including a base main body, comprised of an upper base to which a fuel pump is attached, as well as a lower base configured to abut a bottom surface of the fuel tank; and
a connecting portion including a rod member and a joint portion configured to allow the connection portion to be extendable and retractable along the rod member, where additionally a spring member is present between the joint portion and the cover, wherein the connecting portion is configured to connect the cover and the base, wherein
the base main body and the connecting portion are connected by:
a connecting shaft including a shaft portion extending from the upper base parallel to a Y-axis, perpendicular to an XZ plane, and a bulge portion comprising the terminal end of the shaft portion, with thickness of the shaft portion in an X direction increased at the bulge portion, relative to the shaft portion,
a connecting hole at the joint portion relative to the XZ plane, that includes an engagement region through which the shaft portion of the connecting shaft is allowed to pass while the bulge portion is not, and an insertion region through which the bulge portion is allowed to pass, wherein the insertion region is contiguous with the engagement region, and
a stopper piece configured to limit a movable range of the shaft portion of the connecting shaft towards the insertion region when the shaft portion is located within the engagement region,
wherein the connecting portion and the base are connected in a relatively movable manner, through insertion of the connecting shaft into, and through its engagement with, the connecting hole,
where a guide mechanism is provided wherein the guide mechanism is configured to guide at least one part of the connecting shaft or the stopper piece to move so that at least one part of the stopper piece is positioned between the bulge portion and the base,
wherein the shaft portion is configured to have a two-tiered substantially columnar shape, as seen from a top view in the XY plane, where from rightwards to leftwards in the Y direction, the thickness width in the x direction progressively decreases from one tier to the next tier, wherein the bulge portion at the end of the second tier is on the opposite side of the connecting hole in the Y direction than the first tier of the shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,475

AIR INTAKE DEVICE OF ENGINE WITH SUPERCHARGER

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. An air intake device of an engine, the engine comprising:an engine body;
an air intake passage which introduces intake air into the engine body; and
a supercharger which includes a compressor disposed in the air intake passage and supercharges the intake air,
the air intake device comprising:
a bypass passage which makes a portion of the air intake passage on an upstream side of the compressor and a portion of the air intake passage on a downstream side of the compressor communicate with each other thus bypassing the compressor; and
a bypass passage open/close valve which opens or closes the bypass passage, wherein
the air intake passage has an upstream-side pipe positioned upstream of the compressor,
the upstream-side pipe includes a first passage extending toward an upstream side from the compressor along a first direction, a bent portion bent from an upstream end of the first passage in a second direction, which differs from the first direction, and a second passage extending from an upstream end of the bent portion along the second direction,
the bypass passage is connected to a connecting portion mounted in the first passage,
the second passage has a vertically elongated cross-sectional shape where a size of the second passage in a vertical direction is larger than a size of the second passage in a width direction, and
a vibration suppressing support fin suppressing vibrations of the second passage is disposed in at least one of the bent portion of the air intake passage and the second passage of the air intake passage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,474

AIR INTAKE SYSTEM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An air intake system for a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle having a frame, a body on the frame, a first portion of the frame and the body defining a passenger cabin, a second portion of the frame and the body defining an engine compartment longitudinally rearward of the passenger cabin, a firewall separating the passenger cabin and the engine compartment, an engine attached to the frame in the engine compartment, wheels driven by the engine, and a bed located longitudinally rearward of the passenger cabin and vertically above the engine compartment, the air intake system comprising:an air intake snorkel for providing air to the engine;
a first vent in the body for directing air to the air intake snorkel;
a flexible member installed around the air intake snorkel for isolating the air intake snorkel from the engine compartment; and
a compartment floor isolating the air intake snorkel from the wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,337,473

AIR INTAKE DEVICE FOR ENGINES

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. An intake device of an engine comprising:an air cleaner that includes an air filter disposed approximately horizontally, a cleaner case forming a primary side space below the air filter and forming a secondary side space above the air filter, and an inlet duct for introducing air into the primary side space from a side and an outlet duct for discharging air to a side from the secondary side space, the inlet duct and the outlet duct being provided on the cleaner case; and
an air flow sensor fixed to the outlet duct or an outlet hose connected to the outlet duct, wherein
the cleaner case includes a first side wall on which the inlet duct is provided and a second side wall which opposedly faces the first side wall,
the air filter has a folded shape like bellows, and is held in the cleaner case such that folding edges of the air filter extend in a direction orthogonal to an arranging direction of the first side wall and the second side wall, and
the second side wall has a deflecting portion which deflects air introduced from the inlet duct into a flow directed in an obliquely upward direction, and
the deflecting portion is formed of an inclined surface inclined upwardly as being separated from the first side wall and having a top end positioned above an upper end portion of an exit-side opening of the inlet duct.

US Pat. No. 10,337,472

FILTER AND FILTER CARTRIDGE

1. A filter cartridge for a filter for filtering a fluid, the filter cartridge configured to be used downstream of a main filter cartridge in a filter, the filter cartridge comprising:a filter body of filter medium having:
an inflow surface on an inflow side of the filter body;
an outflow surface on an outflow side of the filter body;
a main flow direction extending from the inflow surface to the outflow surface;
wherein an axial direction, as used herein, is a direction from the inflow surface to the outflow surface;
wherein a radial direction, as used herein, is a direction traverse to the axial direction; and
wherein a lateral radially outer side of the filter body forms an auxiliary inflow surface, the auxiliary inflow surface extending in an axial direction between the inflow surface and the outflow surface and arranged traverse to the inflow surface;
a filter cartridge frame, having an axially extending frame wall radially surrounding radial outer sides of the filter body, and extending axially to surround the filter body from the inflow surface to the outflow surface, the filter cartridge frame comprising:
wherein a grip portion of the axially extending frame wall at the auxiliary inflow surface slopes radially outwardly away from the filter body, forming a grip depression between the auxiliary inflow surface and the filter cartridge frame;
wherein the grip depression spaces the filter cartridge frame away from the filter body to allow fluid to radially enter the auxiliary inflow surface;
a grip stay formed on the grip portion adjacent to the outflow side of the filter body;
a circumferential seal receiving groove formed on a radially outer side of the filter cartridge frame;
a seal arranged in the circumferential seal receiving groove and configured to separate a filter interior of a filter into a clean side and a raw side;
an adhesive connection connecting the filter body and the filter cartridge frame to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,337,471

FILTER AND FILTER CARTRIDGE

1. A filter cartridge for a filter for filtration of a fluid, the filter cartridge comprising:a prismatic basic shape comprising a base face and a top face arranged parallel to each other and each having a polygonal basic shape;
the prismatic basic shape further comprising a first lateral face and a second lateral face neighboring the first lateral face, wherein the first lateral face is an inflow surface and is substantially positioned perpendicular to the neighboring second lateral face;
the prismatic basic shape further comprising a third lateral face that is an outflow surface and is positioned at an angle relative to the first lateral face, wherein the angle is greater than 10° and smaller than 80° ;
a filter cartridge frame;
a seal arranged in the area of the outflow surface and configured to separate a filter interior into a clean side and a raw side; and
a spacer structure configured to determine a spacing between the filter cartridge frame and a further downstream filter cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,337,470

EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION APPARATUS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) apparatus for a turbocharged internal combustion engine, the EGR apparatus comprising:an air intake duct with a throttle valve configured to control an intake air quantity flowing through the air intake duct to a turbocharger compressor;
an exhaust gas recirculation inlet connected to the air intake duct downstream of the throttle valve; and
an EGR valve configured to control an exhaust gas quantity recirculated to the turbocharger compressor via the exhaust gas recirculation inlet;
wherein the throttle valve and the EGR valve are combined in a single valve unit in which the EGR valve and the throttle valve are separated by a separating element configured to substantially prevent exhaust gas from entering the air intake duct in a vicinity of the throttle valve;
wherein the single valve unit has a main valve body defining a passage through which exhaust gas flows to the exhaust gas recirculation inlet when a movable valve element of the EGR valve is in an open position, and the separating element is disposed between the passage of the main valve body and the throttle valve; and
wherein the separating element comprises a plate formed as a component which is inserted between the passage and the throttle valve.

US Pat. No. 10,337,469

EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATOR OF AN INTEGRAL INTAKE MANIFOLD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An engine system comprising:an exhaust manifold;
an exhaust flow, having a valve configured to release exhaust gas, connected to the exhaust manifold; and
stratified layers defining an integrated intake manifold and an exhaust gas recirculator including a tubular inlet on an exterior of the intake manifold, the inlet defining at least one branch extending into an interior of the intake manifold without a seal between the exhaust gas recirculator and manifold, and the at least one branch extending into at least one wing to form a duct containing a plurality of nozzles protruding from the duct into the interior.

US Pat. No. 10,337,468

EXHAUST GAS COOLER

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An exhaust gas cooler, comprising:a heat exchange pipe received in cooling water of an engine, and through which exhaust gas of the engine passes to exchange heat with the cooling water; and
a plate configured to mount the heat exchange pipe to the engine,
wherein the heat exchange pipe comprises:
a first pipe unit configured to communicate with an inlet hole for exhaust gas and change a flow direction of exhaust gas drawn from the inlet hole;
a second pipe unit configured to communicate with the first pipe unit and guide, in one direction, exhaust gas drawn from the first pipe unit; and
a third pipe unit configured to communicate with an exhaust gas return hole and the second pipe and change a flow direction of exhaust gas drawn from the second pipe unit to guide the exhaust gas to the return hole,
wherein a heat dissipation fin is provided in an internal passage of the second pipe unit,
wherein the first pipe unit, the second pipe unit, and the third pipe unit are received in the cooling water.

US Pat. No. 10,337,467

FULL-CLOSE ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS FOR FLOW CONTROL VALVE

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A full-close abnormality diagnosis apparatus for diagnosing abnormality in a flow control valve during full close, the flow control valve comprising:a housing including a flow passage;
a valve seat provided in the flow passage;
a valve element provided to be seatable on the valve seat;
a drive unit configured to drive the valve element to open and close with respect to the valve seat;
a valve-closing urging unit that urges the valve element in a valve closing direction by an elastic force; and
a sensor provided in the housing and configured to detect an opening degree of the valve element with respect to the valve seat,
wherein the full-close abnormality diagnosis apparatus comprises a processor programmed to diagnose foreign-matter lodging abnormality in which foreign matter is lodged between the valve seat and the valve element during full close of the valve element, and
wherein when the valve element is to be urged in the valve closing direction by only the valve-closing urging unit during full close of the valve element, if the foreign-matter lodging abnormality in the flow control valve is estimated by comparing a detection difference between a full-close detection value detected by the sensor and a predetermined reference full-close detection value with a predetermined determination value smaller than a first predetermined determination value, the processor is programmed to:
drivingly control the drive unit to urge the valve element in the valve closing direction, and
determine that the flow control valve is abnormal because of lodging of the foreign matter when the detection difference between the full-close detection value detected by the sensor during driving control of the drive unit and the predetermined reference full-close detection value is larger than the first predetermined determination value.

US Pat. No. 10,337,466

ENGINE SYSTEM OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An engine system of a vehicle comprising:an engine including a plurality of combustion chambers for generating a driving torque by burning a fuel;
an intake line in which a fresh air flowing into the combustion chambers flows;
an exhaust line in which an exhaust gas exhausted from the combustion chambers flows;
a recirculation line branched from the exhaust line and joined to the intake line;
a turbocharger including a turbine disposed at the exhaust line and rotated by the exhaust gas exhausted from the combustion chambers, and a compressor disposed at the intake line and rotated together with the turbine to and configured to compress the fresh air;
an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve disposed at a portion where the recirculation line and the intake line are connected to adjust an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) gas amount supplied to the intake line through the recirculation line; and
a remaining gas elimination apparatus for supplying a remaining gas remaining in the intake line to the recirculation line,
wherein the remaining gas elimination apparatus includes:
a remaining gas recollection line branched from the intake line and joined to the recirculation line;
a remaining gas recollection valve disposed in the remaining gas recollection line to be selectively opened;
a remaining gas recollection pump disposed in the remaining gas recollection line to pump the remaining gas in the intake line to the remaining gas recollection line; and
a controller for controlling an operation of the engine, an operation of the remaining gas recollection valve, and an operation of the remaining gas recollection pump,
wherein the controller controls the remaining gas recollection valve to be opened and the remaining gas recollection pump to be operated for a predetermined time during at least one of an after run period and before the engine is started.

US Pat. No. 10,337,465

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING HYDROGEN BY REFORMING REACTION AND WASTE HEAT

1. A hydrogen producing device adapted to be mounted at an exhaust gas port of a vehicle, comprising:an outer housing having a surrounding wall which defines therein a heating chamber that has a primary intake port and a primary outlet port, said primary intake port being in communication with the exhaust gas port to permit exhaust gas and waste heat from the exhaust gas port to flow into said heating chamber and to be discharged through said primary outlet port;
a reaction unit including an inner housing which is disposed in said heating chamber and which defines therein a reaction chamber, and a catalyst member disposed in said reaction chamber; and
a duct unit including
a fuel introducing tube which has a first fuel end disposed in said heating chamber and in spatial communication with said reaction chamber, and which extends from said first fuel end and through said surrounding wall to terminate at a second fuel end for connection with a fuel supplying unit so as to introduce fuel from the fuel supplying unit to said reaction chamber,
an air introducing tube which has an air introducing segment extending through said surrounding wall and into said heating chamber for introduction of reaction air thereinto, a winding segment extending from said air introducing segment and winding around said inner housing, and an extending segment disposed in said heating chamber and extending from said winding segment to terminate at a connecting end that is in spatial communication with said reaction chamber, and
a product discharging tube which has a first product end disposed in said heating chamber and in spatial communication with said reaction chamber, and which extends from said first product end and through said surrounding wall to terminate at a second product end.

US Pat. No. 10,337,464

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PURGING A FUEL VAPOR CANISTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine system, comprising:an ejector coupled between a fuel vapor canister fresh air port and atmosphere; and
an engine coolant degas bottle selectively coupled to an inlet of the ejector.

US Pat. No. 10,337,463

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FUEL TANK PRESSURE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:during a first condition, including a fuel tank pressure above a first threshold, fluidically coupling a fuel tank to a fuel vapor canister while restricting a fuel vapor canister vent path; and
modulating a degree of restriction of the fuel vapor canister vent path.

US Pat. No. 10,337,462

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR MANAGING FUEL VAPOR CANISTER TEMPERATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for an engine, comprising:a fuel vapor canister coupled to a fuel tank, the fuel vapor canister having adsorbent material stored therewithin;
a thermal jacket spatially sheathing the fuel vapor canister, the thermal jacket comprising a phase-change material stored therewithin, external to the fuel vapor canister;
an engine coolant passage including channels routed within the thermal jacket, the channels positioned to transfer thermal energy between engine coolant and the phase-change material; and
a vent line coupled between an air inlet of the fuel vapor canister and atmosphere, the vent line routed within the thermal jacket, external to the fuel vapor canister, and sheathed by the thermal jacket.

US Pat. No. 10,337,461

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING A WATER INJECTION INTO A COMBUSTION CHAMBER OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

5. A method for diagnosing a water injection into a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine, comprising:ascertaining a knock susceptibility of the internal combustion engine from signals of a knock sensor; and
evaluating the knock susceptibility to diagnose the water injection;
wherein in an operating range of the internal combustion engine, the knock susceptibility of the internal combustion engine is compared with a comparison value;
wherein the water injection is diagnosed as faulty if the knock susceptibility of the internal combustion engine exceeds the comparison value.

US Pat. No. 10,337,460

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ENGINE

1. A method for operating an engine, comprising:supplying air from a primary air supply unit to an intake conduit;
supplying air to the engine from the intake conduit;
increasing a supply of gaseous fuel to the engine during an increase in engine load;
selectively supplying air from a secondary air supply unit to the intake conduit; and
maintaining an air fuel ratio between a first threshold value and a second threshold value during the increase in engine load by controlling a supply of air from the secondary supply unit to the intake conduit, and
selectively supplying liquid fuel in addition to the increased supply of gaseous fuel when the air fuel ratio reaches the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,337,459

NATURAL GAS FUELED VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A natural gas fueled vehicle, comprising:a natural gas fueled Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) configured to provide motive power to the vehicle;
a pressurizable tank disposed on the vehicle, the pressurizable tank being configured to contain a natural gas;
a natural gas adsorbent disposed in the pressurized tank;
a fuel supply tube configured to convey the natural gas to the ICE;
a scroll compressor configured to receive the natural gas and to discharge a first mixture of a compressed natural gas and an oil; and
a two-stage gas and oil separator configured to receive the first mixture of the compressed natural gas and the oil from the scroll compressor, the two-stage gas and oil separator comprising a first stage gas and oil separator in fluid communication with an output of the scroll compressor to separate a first portion of the oil from the first mixture of the compressed natural gas and the oil and discharge a second mixture of the compressed natural gas and the oil to be received by a second stage gas and oil separator to separate a second portion of the oil from the second mixture of the compressed natural gas and the oil to discharge the compressed natural gas to the fuel supply tube substantially free from the oil;
a compressor bypass valve disposed downstream of the pressurizable tank, the compressor bypass valve being configured to enter a bypass mode to cause the natural gas to bypass the scroll compressor and flow through the fuel supply tube when a tank pressure of the natural gas in the pressurized tank is greater than an uncompressed cut-off pressure; and
a venturi configured to draw the first portion of the oil from the first stage gas and oil separator and the second portion of the oil from the second stage gas and oil separator into a stream of natural gas from the pressurized tank via an oil port in a throat of the venturi.

US Pat. No. 10,337,458

CARBURETOR AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE HAVING SAID CARBURETOR

1. A carburetor comprising:a housing defining a section of an intake channel having a free flow cross section;
a control drum being rotatably mounted in said housing and configured to control said free flow cross section;
said control drum having a first subsection of said section of said intake channel formed therein;
said section of said intake channel having a second subsection downstream of said first subsection and a third subsection upstream of said first subsection;
said first subsection and said third subsection conjointly defining an entry aperture via which said first subsection is connected to said third subsection when said control drum is in a rotational position;
said first subsection and said second subsection conjointly defining an exit aperture via which said first subsection is connected to said second subsection when said control drum is in said rotational position;
a fuel chamber;
said control drum being rotatable to rotational between an idle position and a completely open position wherein said idle position and said completely open position define respective end positions of said control drum beyond which said control drum cannot be further moved;
said control drum defining a rotational axis and being mounted in said housing so as to prevent a stroke movement in the direction of said rotational axis when said control drum is moved in rotation;
a fuel outlet opening into said first subsection of said section of said intake channel;
an unbranched fuel channel connecting said fuel chamber to said fuel outlet;
an electrically actuated valve for controlling the flow of fuel through said unbranched fuel channel such that the entire quantity of fuel flowing through said unbranched fuel channel to said fuel outlet is controlled by said electrically actuated valve and flows into said intake channel via said fuel outlet, wherein said free flow cross section of said fuel outlet is the same size for each position of said control drum, wherein said fuel outlet is the only fuel outlet in the carburetor opening into said intake channel;
and,
said exit aperture has a flow cross section less than the flow cross section of said entry aperture for said idle position so as to cause an underpressure at said fuel outlet to be reduced for said idle position, wherein the flow cross section of said exit aperture is the same size as the flow cross section of said entry aperture for said completely open position of said control drum.

US Pat. No. 10,337,456

INTERMEDIATE CASING HUB FOR AN AIRCRAFT TURBOJET ENGINE INCLUDING A COMPOSITE OUTLET PIPE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. Hub of intermediate casing for aircraft turbojet engine, comprising:an inner annular shroud delimiting an exterior of a core engine flow space of a core engine gas flow in the turbojet engine, and an interior of an upstream part of at least one inter-flow area, the inner annular shroud being provided with at least one primary air passage orifice,
an outer annular shroud that will firstly delimit an interior of a fan flow space of a fan gas flow in the turbojet engine, and secondly delimit an exterior of said at least one inter-flow area, the outer annular shroud being provided with at least one secondary air passage orifice,
at least one variable bleed valve, comprising at least one mobile gate capable of drawing off air circulating in the core engine flow space through said at least one primary orifice and sending air thus drawn off to said at least one inter-flow area towards at least one corresponding discharge inlet orifice of at least one outlet pipe of the hub of the intermediate case made of a composite material and shaped to allow an air passage from said at least one discharge inlet orifice to said at least one secondary orifice to send air drawn off through said at last one variable bleed valve into the fan flow space,
wherein said at least one outlet pipe is fixed to the outer annular shroud at said at least one secondary orifice, at least one gasket for sealing against air and fire being installed between said at least one outlet pipe and the outer annular shroud
and wherein said at least one outlet pipe made of a composite material comprises a draped composite wall composed of a plurality of plies impregnated with resin.

US Pat. No. 10,337,455

FAN NACELLE INLET FLOW CONTROL

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A nacelle for use with a gas turbine engine including a fan, the nacelle comprising:a nacelle inlet cowl including an inlet lip disposed at a leading edge of the nacelle inlet cowl, an inner surface extending aft from the inlet lip, and an outer surface extending aft from the inlet lip and positioned radially outward of the inner surface; and
at least one flow control passage extending through the nacelle inlet cowl, each of the at least one flow control passage including a flow control passage inlet, disposed on the inlet lip, and a flow control passage outlet;
wherein air may flow into the flow control passage inlet, through the flow control passage, and exits the flow control passage outlet, and
wherein the at least one flow control passage comprises a plurality of flow control passages and at least one of the flow control passage outlets is disposed on the inner surface and at least one of the flow control passage outlets is disposed on the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,337,454

THRUST REVERSER WITH ASYMMETRIC VANE GEOMETRY

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

7. A thrust reverser system for a turbine engine, comprising:a support structure configured to be mounted to the engine;
a transcowl mounted on the support structure and comprising a front edge, the transcowl movable between a first position, in which the front edge abuts the support structure, and a second position, in which an aperture is formed between the front edge and the support structure;
a blocking assembly mounted within the transcowl and configured to direct engine airflow to discharge through the aperture, to thereby generate reverse thrust, when the transcowl is in the second position; and
an asymmetric vane assembly disposed within the aperture and configured such that an upper portion of the asymmetric vane assembly is asymmetric with respect to a lower portion of the asymmetric vane assembly, thereby generating a desired vertical thrust component based on the reverse thrust;
wherein the upper portion and lower portion of the asymmetric vane assembly each comprises a plurality of vanes in a single row; and
wherein (i) a width W1 of the upper portion of the asymmetric vane assembly is measured from a first vane trailing edge to a first knee, (ii) a width W2 of the lower portion of the asymmetric vane assembly is measured from a second vane trailing edge to a second knee, and (iii) W1 is not equal to W2.

US Pat. No. 10,337,453

ATTACHMENT FEATURE FOR A CORE PANEL

ROHR, INC., Chula Vista,...

1. An attachment feature for a structural panel comprising:a bracket arm;
a first flange extending from the bracket arm, wherein the first flange comprises a first land and a first lead ramp adjacent to the first land; and
a top surface, wherein a height from the first land to the top surface is equal to a thickness of a top skin of a structural panel configured to be coupled to the attachment feature such that the top surface is flush with the top skin of the structural panel when the structural panel is coupled to the attachment feature,
wherein the first land separates the top surface from the lead ramp,
wherein the attachment feature is a single component and is configured to couple at least one of an exhaust nozzle or an exhaust nozzle center body to a gas turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,337,452

ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEM

Warren Engine Company, In...

1. An energy recovery system comprising:a housing containing an exhaust vent;
a first pressure vessel contained within the housing for heating a first fluid, said first pressure vessel containing said first fluid;
a second pressure vessel contained within the first pressure vessel for containing a second fluid, such that said second pressure vessel is immersed in said first pressure vessel, said second pressure vessel containing said second fluid;
a four-stroke opposed-piston engine contained within the housing, said engine containing an intake valve and an exhaust valve wherein said exhaust valve fluidically communicates with the housing exhaust vent and thermodynamically communicates with said second fluid;
at least one electric generator operatively communicating with the four-stroke opposed piston engine; and
a cooling jacket disposed about said four-stroke opposed piston engine, said cooling jacket containing a coolant, said coolant thermodynamically communicating with said first fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,337,451

PISTON FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A piston for an internal combustion engine, the piston being movable in a piston movement direction along an axial direction of a cylinder of the internal combustion engine, the piston having in the piston movement direction one side closed by a piston head and another side that is open, the piston comprising:first and second pin boss portions that are formed as a peripheral wall on the another side of the piston, the first and second pin boss portions being opposed to each other in a diametral direction of the piston with respect to an axis of the cylinder;
first and second pin holes that are respectively formed at the first and second pin boss portions, for supporting axial end portions of a piston pin to be connected to a connecting rod; and
first and second rib portions that are respectively formed on inner surfaces of the first and second pin boss portions, the first rib portion extending from a peripheral region of the first pin hole to the piston head, the second rib portion extending from a peripheral region of the second pin hole to the piston head;
wherein the piston head has first and second thinnest portions that are thinnest in thickness of the piston head,
wherein, with respect to a center axis of the first and second pin holes, the first and second thinnest portions of the piston head are respectively provided on both sides of a transverse axis that is perpendicular to the center axis of the first and second pin holes, and
wherein each of the first and second rib portions extends at the piston head in a direction along the transverse axis to overlap each of the first and second thinnest portions of the piston head.

US Pat. No. 10,337,450

GAP GEOMETRY IN A COHESIVELY JOINED COOLING-CHANNEL PISTON

KS Kolbenschmidt GmbH, N...

1. A cooling-channel piston for an internal combustion engine, having an upper part and a lower part, wherein the upper part and the lower part are connected to one another by way of a cohesive joint in a form of a weld seam and the upper part and the lower part form an annular circumferential cooling channel that is located behind a ring belt, wherein a gap geometry is provided between a lower edge of the ring belt and an upper edge of the lower part, wherein the gap geometry has at least one sliding surface that is arranged on a lower edge of the ring belt of the cooling-channel piston and/or on the corresponding upper edge of a lower part of the cooling-channel piston.

US Pat. No. 10,337,449

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH CYLINDER HEAD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine comprising a cylinder head and a cylinder:the cylinder having an outlet opening, the outlet opening being connected to an exhaust passage;
the exhaust passage having a cross section which changes in a flow direction; and
a bend in the exhaust passage having a cross section with a delimiting edge forming two limbs extending from a central portion comprising a depression.