US Pat. No. 10,429,216

CONTROL CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR QUALIFYING A FAULT FOR A SYNCHRONOUS MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control circuit for qualifying a fault for a synchronous machine, comprising:a rotor position angle range determination device which is designed to determine at least one rotor position angle range covered by a rotor of the synchronous machine;
a diagnostic signal determination device which is designed to determine at least one diagnostic signal value of a diagnostic signal which indicates a fault, wherein the diagnostic signal determination device is designed to continually determine the diagnostic signal value while the rotor covers the at least one rotor position angle range;
a comparison device which is designed to determine whether a predetermined diagnostic threshold is exceeded by the at least one determined diagnostic signal value or a derived diagnostic signal value derived from the at least one diagnostic signal value;
a qualification device which is designed to qualify the fault, which is indicated by the diagnostic signal, on the basis of the at least one covered rotor position angle range and the exceeding of the predetermined diagnostic threshold by the diagnostic signal value or the derived diagnostic signal value; and
an integration device configured to calculate an integral over a covered rotor position angle within the at least one rotor position angle range with one as the integrand as long as the continually determined diagnostic signal value exceeds the predetermined diagnostic threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,429,215

LED BEAM DISPLAY FOR INTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A vehicle instrument cluster comprising:a non-glossy reflective surface having a viewing area; and
a plurality of light emitting lasers, each laser emitting visible light onto the viewing area of the non-glossy surface, in a corresponding predetermined direction across the non-glossy surface;
wherein each laser is configured to selectively project a light beam pattern onto the viewing area of the non-glossy surface so as to be visible on the viewing area, and
wherein the shape of the light beam pattern projected onto the viewing area of the non-glossy surface by the light emitting diodes is a portion of a number.

US Pat. No. 10,429,214

MODULAR ELONGATED WALL-MOUNTED SENSOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

Newtonoid Technologies, L...

1. A sensor-mounting device for use with a mounting structure having a hole, the device comprising:a tubular body extending between a front end and terminating at a rear end, and a through hole defined within the tubular body, the tubular body being sized to pass through the mounting structure hole;
a front flange extending from the tubular body front end, an outside perimeter of the front flange being larger than a perimeter of the tubular body for positioning at a front face of the mounting structure;
a rear flange extending from the tubular body rear end, an outside perimeter of the rear flange being smaller than the outside perimeter of the front flange and larger than the perimeter of the tubular body for positioning at a back face of the mounting structure; and
a sensor-attachment structure located at an inside perimeter of the front flange.

US Pat. No. 10,429,213

MONITORING INSTRUMENT AND EASILY REPLACEABLE SENSOR

United Electric Controls ...

1. A sensor comprising:a housing;
at least one alignment protrusion positioned to align with at least one alignment notch extending into a lower edge of an exterior housing of a sensor attachment member of a monitoring instrument, the lower edge of the exterior housing having a circular shape, such that the at least one alignment protrusion enters the at least one alignment notch when the sensor is installed into the sensor attachment member through the lower edge of the exterior housing of the sensor attachment member, wherein a portion of the housing is accommodated within the exterior housing of the sensor attachment member when the sensor is installed in the sensor attachment member; and
a beveled guide configured to align a first connector of the sensor attachment member with a second connector of the sensor when the sensor is inserted into the sensor attachment member,
wherein the portion of the housing has a circumferential groove to engage with a toroidal spring of the sensor attachment member.

US Pat. No. 10,429,212

POSITION SENSOR DETECTING A MECHANICAL PULSE CONDUCTED BY A WAVEGUIDE FORMED OF MAGNETOSTRICTIVE MATERIAL

SICK ATECH GMBH, Witten ...

1. A position sensor comprisinga waveguide of magnetostrictive material which extends along a measurement path and which is configured for conducting mechanical pulses triggered by magnetostriction;
a transducer arranged at a first end of the waveguide, the transducer being configured to couple a current pulse into the waveguide and to detect a mechanical pulse conducted by the waveguide in the direction of the transducer; and
a damping element of an elastomer material arranged at a second end of the waveguide, the damping element being configured to damp a mechanical pulse propagating in the direction of the second end,wherein the hardness of the elastomer material increases as the distance from the transducer increases,wherein the elastomer material is formed directly at the waveguide with the aid of a casting process; and wherein the elastomer material is a material comprising at least two components whose mixing ratio determines the hardness of the elastomer material.

US Pat. No. 10,429,211

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR LINEAR ACTUATOR WITH PISTON ASSEMBLY HAVING AN INTEGRATED CONTROLLER AND ENCODER

Systems, Machines, Automa...

1. A piston assembly apparatus, comprising:a piston shaft;
an encoder sensor assembly coupled to the piston shaft;
a direct current coil coupled to the piston shaft; and
a controller coupled to the piston shaft and electrically connected to the encoder sensor assembly and the direct current coil wherein the controller outputs direct current to the direct current coil in order to generate a magnetic field wherein the controller, the encoder sensor assembly, and the direct current coil move together with a change in position of the piston assembly apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,429,210

BIREFRINGENCE DEFORMATION SENSING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROLLER TO INSTRUCT THE FUNCTION OF A TRANSMITTER AND A RECEIVER

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A deformation sensing apparatus comprising:a propagation channel that is deformable;
a transmitter coupled to a first end of the propagation channel;
a receiver coupled to a second end of the propagation channel; and
a controller configured to instruct the transmitter to transmit a signal, instruct the receiver to capture one or more measurements of the transmitted signal, and determine a bend in the propagation channel based on the one or more measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,429,209

POSITION DETERMINING UNIT

TDK-Micronas GmbH, Freib...

1. A position determining unit comprising:a current measuring unit;
a plurality of sensor units arranged at predetermined intervals on positions along a path; and
a transducer being movable along the path, the transducer having a first end and a length extending from the first end in parallel to the path, the transducer being formed of a ferromagnetic material,
wherein each sensor unit comprises a carrier, a first supply voltage connection, a second supply voltage connection, a measuring unit with a switching output, and a bias magnet,
wherein the measuring unit has at least one magnetic field sensor to provide a sensor signal as a function of a measuring signal of the at least one magnetic field sensor, the measuring unit being arranged with a lower side on a top side of the carrier,
wherein the bias magnet has a first pole and a second pole,
wherein the switching output is switched into an On-state or an Off-state as a function of the sensor signal exceeding or falling below a threshold value,
wherein the first supply voltage connection of each sensor unit is connected to a supply voltage, when each sensor unit is switched on by the switching output, the supply voltage flows to the sensor unit switched on,
wherein a first sensor unit is arranged at a beginning of the path,
wherein a last sensor unit is arranged at one end of the path opposite the beginning of the path,
wherein the second supply voltage connection of the first sensor unit is connected to a reference potential, and the first sensor unit has a power consumption,
wherein the second supply voltage connection of each further sensor is connected to the switching output of a preceding sensor unit, and the respective further sensor unit is switched on or off via the switching output of the preceding sensor unit, and the respective further sensor unit has a power consumption in the switched-on state,
wherein the current measuring unit is arranged before the first supply voltage connection of the first sensor unit or before the second supply voltage connection of the first sensor unit,
wherein the power consumption of all switched-on sensor units contribute to an aggregate current measured via the current measuring unit, and
wherein the aggregate current is a multiple of the power consumption of all switched-on sensor units and is proportional to a position of the first end of the transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,208

POSITION SENSOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A FILTERED POSITION SIGNAL

ams AG, Unterpremstaette...

1. A position sensor device, comprising:a first Hall element,
a second Hall element,
a signal evaluation circuit operable to provide a digital position signal, wherein the signal evaluation circuit comprises:
a position calculation unit,
a first analog-to-digital converter (ADC) coupled between the first Hall element and a first input of the position calculation unit,
a second ADC coupled between the second Hall element and a second input of the position calculation circuit, and
wherein an output of the position calculation unit is connected to an output of the signal evaluation circuit, and
a processing unit comprising a loop filter, wherein the loop filter comprises:
a subtracting unit having a first input coupled to an input of the loop filter,
an integrator,
a proportional element, and
an adder,
wherein the input of the loop filter is coupled via an input of the processing unit to the output of the signal evaluation circuit,
wherein a signal output of the loop filter is coupled to an output of the processing unit,
wherein an output of the subtracting unit is coupled via the integrator to a first input of the adder,
wherein the output of the subtracting unit is coupled via the proportional element to a second input of the adder, and
wherein an output of the adder is coupled to the signal output of the loop filter,
wherein the loop filter is configured such that the digital position signal is provided to the input of the loop filter and the loop filter provides a filtered position signal at the signal output of the loop filter, and
wherein the processing unit is operable to adaptively control a filter parameter of the loop filter during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,207

PITCH ANGULAR VELOCITY CORRECTION VALUE CALCULATION DEVICE, ATTITUDE ANGLE CALCULATION DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING PITCH ANGULAR VELOCITY CORRECTION VALUE

JVC KENWOOD Corporation, ...

1. A pitch angular velocity correction value calculation device comprising:a speed sensor that detects a speed of an object;
a triaxial acceleration sensor that detects an acceleration of the object;
a triaxial gyro sensor that detects at least a pitch angular velocity of the object;
a storage device that stores computer executable instructions and an offset correction value of the pitch angular velocity; and
a processor that executes the computer executable instructions to perform operations, comprising:
calculating a tilt angle ? of the object based on the detected speed and the detected acceleration with an equation

wherein G is gravitational acceleration, A1 is a differential value of the speed in a direction of an inclined road surface R detected by the speed sensor and A2 is the acceleration in the direction of the inclined road surface R detected by the triaxial acceleration sensor;
storing the calculated tilt angle of the object in the storage device;
determining a pitch angle ? of the object based on the pitch angular velocity and the offset correction value of the pitch angular velocity with an equation
q1=n1 sin ?/2
q2=n2 sin ?/2
q3=n3 sin ?/2
q4=cos ?/2
q12+q22+q32+q42=|q2|+q42=1  (3)
?1=2(q1q4+q2q3?q3q2?q4q1)
?2=2(q2q4+q3q1?q1q3?q4q2)
?3=2(q3q4+q1q3?q2q1?q4q3)  (9)


wherein q1, q2, q3, and q4 are quaternions, n1, n2, and n3 are unit vectors, ? is an pitch angular velocity, and q is a time differential of q in an object coordinate system;
modifying the offset correction value of the pitch angular velocity ? based on the current pitch angle ? calculated using the current correction value of the pitch angular velocity, the current tilt angle ? calculated, the previous pitch angle ? calculated in the past and stored in the storage device using the current correction value of the pitch angular velocity, and the previous tilt angle ? calculated at a time of calculating the previous correction value of the pitch angular velocity ? such that with respect to a difference between the calculated pitch angle ? and the calculated corresponding tilt angle ?, a correction value of the pitch angular velocity ? is modified so that an amount of a difference value between the current difference and the past difference becomes zero; and
correcting the pitch angle based on the detected pitch angular velocity and the modified offset correction value of the pitch angular velocity and to output the corrected pitch angle.

US Pat. No. 10,429,206

COUNTING DEVICE AND PEDOMETER DEVICE

NUVOTON TECHNOLOGY CORPOR...

1. A counting device, comprising:a piezoelectric sensor, configured to generate a voltage signal when being pressed;
a rectifier, electrically coupled to the piezoelectric sensor and configured to receive the voltage signal and rectify the voltage signal to a trigger signal;
a non-volatile counter, electrically coupled to the rectifier and configured to receive the trigger signal, and comprising a plurality of non-volatile D flip-flops which are configured to count according to the trigger signal and store count data, wherein each non-volatile D flip-flop is configured to store the count data and retains a logic state of the count data without consuming power;
a processing module, electrically coupled to the non-volatile counter and configured to read the count data and calculate the count data to generate a counting value; and
a wireless communication module, electrically coupled to the processing module, wherein the processing module transmits the counting value to an external device through the wireless communication module;
wherein the counting device is powered with electrical energy of the voltage signal generated by the piezoelectric sensor; and
the plurality of non-volatile D flip-flops comprise:
a first non-volatile D flip-flop, comprising a first clock terminal, a first input terminal, a first output terminal, a first inverting output terminal and a first non-volatile memory element, wherein the first clock terminal is electrically coupled to the rectifier, and the first inverting output terminal is electrically coupled to the first input terminal; and
a second non-volatile D flip-flop, comprising a second clock terminal, a second input terminal, a second output terminal, a second inverting output terminal and a second non-volatile memory element, wherein the second clock terminal is electrically coupled to the first inverting output terminal, and the second inverting output terminal is electrically coupled to the second input terminal;
wherein the first clock terminal receives the trigger signal, a first logic signal outputted from the first inverting output terminal is transmitted to the first input terminal and the second clock terminal, so that a first logic state of the first output terminal is changed correspondingly, and the first non-volatile memory element stores the first logic state;
wherein the operation of the second non-volatile D flip-flop is determined according to the first logic signal outputted from the first inverting output terminal, and when the first logic signal is changed from a low logic level to a high logic level, the second inverting output terminal outputs a second logic signal which is then transmitted to the second input terminal, so that a second logic state of the second output terminal is changed and the second non-volatile memory element stores the second logic state.

US Pat. No. 10,429,205

WEARABLE DEVICE ASSEMBLY HAVING ATHLETIC FUNCTIONALITY

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:receiving, from a first computing device, athletic performance data indicating a first athletic activity performed by a user, wherein the first athletic activity corresponds to the user traversing a known distance;
determining a distance traversed by the user as measured by at least a first sensor of the first computing device to provide a measured distance;
receiving, by a second computing device, user input selection indicating an adjustment to the measured distance;
determining, by the second computing device, a calibration value based on the adjustment to the measured distance; and
instructing the first computing device to record athletic performance data measured by the first sensor in accordance with the determined calibration value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,204

GPS FEATURES AND FUNCTIONALITY IN AN ATHLETIC WATCH SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A system for monitoring an athletic performance, comprising:an input system for receiving:
a first type of input data indicative of a movement distance of an athlete during an athletic performance over at least a first portion of a route; and
a second type of input data indicative of the movement distance of the athlete during the same athletic performance over at least the first portion of the route, wherein the first type of input data is generated by a first sensor system that is independent from a second sensor system that generates the second type of input data; and
a processing system programmed and adapted for:
determining whether the first type of input data or the second type of input data is likely more accurate for the first portion of the route;
determining at least one of overall movement distance during the athletic performance, movement distance over the first portion of the route, overall pace during the athletic performance, or pace over the first portion of the route using the type of input data determined to be more accurate over the first portion of the route;
determining if the type of input data determined to be more accurate over the first portion of the route indicates that the athlete reached a message trigger location only as a result of an athletic performance based on an accelerometer sensor indicating a threshold movement within a predetermined speed range; and
delivering a message payload at the message trigger location if the type of input data determined to be more accurate over the first portion of the route indicates that the athlete reached the message trigger location only as a result of an athletic performance.

US Pat. No. 10,429,203

DRIVING ANALYSIS BASED ON MOVEMENT DATA

Allstate Insurance Compan...

1. A computing device, comprising:one or more hardware memory units; and
one or more processors;
wherein the computing device is configured to access and employ the memory units and processors to:
automatically initiate a movement data analysis software application to operate as a background application on the computing device, the movement data analysis software application being configured to continuously receive movement data collected by one or more movement sensors of the computing device, the one or more movement sensors of the computing device being configured to detect and collect movement data of the computing device when the computing device is moved;
analyze the received movement data for a window of time sampled at a predetermined sampling rate to determine a binary output, the binary output including one of: the received movement data for the window of time corresponds to movement of the computing device in an automobile during a first driving trip or the received movement data for the window of time corresponds to movement of the computing device not in an automobile and during a non-driving trip;
responsive to determining that said received movement data for the window of time corresponds to movement of the computing device in an automobile during the first driving trip:
store and output data corresponding to the first driving trip;
activate at least one additional movement sensor, the at least one additional movement sensor being a vehicle-based sensor different from the one or more movement sensors of the computing device; and
initiate a communication session with a vehicle-based computer system in communication with the vehicle-based sensor and different from the computing device to obtain additional data from the at least one additional movement sensor; and
responsive to determining that said received movement data for the window of time does not correspond to movement of the computing device in an automobile during the first driving trip receive additional movement data collected by one or more movement sensors of the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,202

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GENERATING ROUTES USING ELECTRONIC MAP DATA

TOMTOM NAVIGATION B.V., ...

1. A method of generating a route through a navigable network in a geographic area, the navigable network being represented by an electronic map comprising a plurality of segments representing navigable elements of the navigable network, the plurality of segments being connected by nodes, and each segment having a traversal direction associated therewith, the method comprising using at least one processor, wherein the processor performs the steps of:receiving location data identifying a location represented by the electronic map;
defining an area represented by the electronic map based on the received location data;
determining at least some of the outgoing segments from the defined area;
determining, for each of the determined outgoing segments from the defined area, a first optimum cost route from an origin to the respective outgoing segment using a route planning algorithm, each first optimum cost route having an associated cost;
selecting at least one of the first optimum cost routes based on the associated cost;
determining a second optimum cost route to a destination, the second optimum cost route to the destination being determined from the outgoing segment from the area that is included in the at least one selected first optimum cost route; and
providing, to a user, at least one of:
data indicative of the generated route, the providing comprising displaying a set of road segments in a map display on a display device with a subset of the set of road segments that are included in the generated route being highlighted or otherwise identified; and
navigation instructions for guiding the user along at least a portion of the generated route as the user proceeds along the generated route,
wherein the generated route from the origin to the destination comprises the selected first optimum cost route and the second optimum cost route.

US Pat. No. 10,429,201

COLLECTIVE VEHICLE TRAFFIC ROUTING

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method for providing directions, the method comprising:receiving, by one or more computing devices, a request for turn-by-turn directions;
determining, by the one or more computing devices, at least one route associated with the turn-by-turn directions, wherein the at least one route is associated with a plurality of route segments;
estimating, by the one or more computing devices, a travel time for the route, wherein the travel time is based on vehicle data associated with a lane of at least one route segment, wherein the vehicle data comprises an estimated speed associated with the lane based, at least in part, on an estimated number of vehicles traveling on the lane;
generating, by the one or more computing devices, the turn-by-turn directions based on the travel time for the route, wherein the turn-by-turn directions include instructions indicating a fastest lane of travel along the route; and
transmitting, by the one or more computing devices to a first client device, the turn-by-turn directions.

US Pat. No. 10,429,200

DETERMINING ADJUSTED TRIP DURATION USING ROUTE FEATURES

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:storing information about geofence cells that subdivide a geographical region, each geofence cell being stored with an indication of traffic-control features located within the geofence cell;
receiving a route from an origin to a destination, the route passing through the geographical region;
receiving an estimated trip duration corresponding to the route;
selecting, from the geofence cells that subdivide the geographical region, a set of geofence cells through which the route passes;
determining, using the stored information about geofence cells that subdivide the geographical region, a set of traffic-control features that are located within the selected set of geofence cells through which the route passes;
predicting an adjusted trip duration by applying a machine learned model to the determined set of traffic-control features and the estimated trip duration; and
transmitting the adjusted trip duration to a user device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,199

VEHICLE ROUTE SELECTION BASED ON ENERGY USAGE

Verizon Patent and Licens...

1. A method for providing dynamically adjustable routing of a powered vehicle, the method comprising:by a computer system comprising computer hardware and a communication device,
generating feasible routes;
analyzing the feasible routes based on an energy use;
identifying a preferred route based on the analysis;
determining navigation instructions based on the preferred route to navigate the powered vehicle along a transportation route connecting a plurality of stops via a network of streets in a geographic region;
outputting the navigation instructions for presentation to a user of the powered vehicle;
calculating a new set of feasible routes at each stop during the course of travel of the powered vehicle along the transportation route, the new set of feasible routes based on new information received by the communication device, the new information affecting energy use of the powered vehicle during the course of travel of the powered vehicle along the transportation route;
determining whether there is a new preferred route by calculating and ranking the energy use of each new set of the feasible routes; and
outputting new navigation instructions on the determination that there is the new preferred route, the new navigation instructions based on the new preferred route, the new navigation instructions being output for presentation to the user of the powered vehicle during the course of travel of the powered vehicle along the transportation route.

US Pat. No. 10,429,198

INTELLIGENT FUEL PROMPT DEVICE AND METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An intelligent fuel prompt device for a vehicle, comprising:a sensor configured to obtain fuel consumption information of a vehicle;
a GPS receiver configured to obtain position information of the vehicle;
a processor configured to obtain reachable range information of the vehicle according to the position information and fuel consumption information of the vehicle;
a prompt module configured to prompt with respect to the reachable range information of the vehicle;
a gas station information receiver configured to obtain position information of gas stations;
wherein the processor is further configured to determine whether the vehicle is able to reach a nearest gas station based on the position information of the gas stations and the reachable range information of the vehicle;
wherein the prompt module is further configured to prompt a user in response to the vehicle not being able to reach the nearest gas station;
wherein the processor is configured to:
obtain a driving distance ?d of the vehicle in a preset period of time, fuel consumption information ?g in said preset period of time, and a road-related coefficient j of the current road section, and calculate a current specific fuel consumption from equation 1:
h=?g/?d/j  equation 1;
obtain the reachable range information of the vehicle according to said specific fuel consumption, said position information of the vehicle and said road-related coefficient using equation 2:
h*?i=n1di*ji=g  equation 2;
wherein, h is the current specific fuel consumption, g is a total amount of the remaining fuel, dj is a distance that the vehicle can travel on each section of the road, wherein the road is divided into i sections according to the road-related coefficient, 1?i?n and is an integer, n?1 and is an integer, jj is the road-related coefficient of each section of the road.

US Pat. No. 10,429,197

TERRAIN ANALYSIS FOR AUTOMATIC ROUTE DETERMINATION

Palantir Technologies Inc...

1. A system comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the system to perform:
obtaining location information for a location, the location information including terrain information for the location;
determining a set of restricted regions within the location based on the location information, the set of restricted regions comprising respective boundaries of the restricted regions;
determining one or more distances between the respective boundaries of at least two restricted regions of the set of restricted regions;
comparing the one or more distances with a distance threshold;
determining a topological skeleton of the location based on a straight skeleton analysis of the set of restricted regions within the location;
determining a set of paths within the location based on the topological skeleton of the location and the comparison of the one or more distances with the distance threshold; and
providing an interface through which information describing the set of paths within the location is accessible.

US Pat. No. 10,429,196

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CART NAVIGATION

InvenSense, Inc., San Jo...

1. A method for cart navigation, the method comprising:a) obtaining motion sensor data from a portable device having a sensor assembly, wherein the portable device is conveyed by a cart, wherein the cart is an apparatus propelled by on foot motion of a user, and wherein: i) the method is operable when the portable device is tethered to the cart and when the portable device is untethered to the cart; and ii) the method is operable when mobility of the portable device is constrained within the cart and when mobility of the portable device is unconstrained within the cart;
b) determining the portable device is in a cart motion mode;
c) determining the cart is moving;
d) determining an effective motion frequency for the portable device;
e) reconstructing motion sensor data;
f) calculating heading misalignment angle;
g) detecting steps taken by the user;
h) performing dead reckoning for the cart based at least in part on the calculated heading misalignment angle and the detected steps; and
i) providing a navigation solution for the cart based at least in part on the dead reckoning.

US Pat. No. 10,429,195

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR GENERATION OF A ROUTE USING TIME AND SPACE

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

1. A mapping system comprising:a memory comprising map data, wherein map data comprises a network of road segments and nodes between road segments; and
processing circuitry configured to:
receive an indication of an origin and a destination;
determine potential routes from the origin to the destination, wherein each route comprises a sequence of nodes with road segments in between;
determine, for each sequence of nodes, an anticipated time at which point each node in the sequence would be reached by a vehicle traveling along the respective route;
determine, for each sequence of nodes, the availability of each node in the sequence at the anticipated time each node in the sequence would be reached;
establish a recommended route between the origin and the destination according to the availability of each of the nodes in the sequence at the time each node in the sequence would be reached; and
provide an instruction to follow the established recommended route.

US Pat. No. 10,429,194

HIGH DEFINITION MAP UPDATES WITH VEHICLE DATA LOAD BALANCING

DeepMap Inc., Palo Alto,...

1. A method of a server comprising:sending, by an online system to a plurality of autonomous vehicles, a high definition map for a geographical region, wherein each of the plurality of autonomous vehicles requested the high definition map for a geographical region for driving on a route through the geographical region;
determining for each of the plurality of autonomous vehicles, an upload rate based on a frequency at which the autonomous vehicle uploads data collected via one or more sensors of the autonomous vehicle to the online system, the upload rate comprising a rate of data uploaded per time period;
ranking the plurality of autonomous vehicles based on an upload rate of each of the plurality of autonomous vehicles to balance burden of uploading data collected via the sensors across the autonomous vehicles, wherein autonomous vehicles with lower upload rates are ranked higher than autonomous vehicles with higher upload rates;
identifying autonomous vehicles of the plurality of autonomous vehicles with routes passing through a particular location about which the online system is requesting an upload of data from autonomous vehicle sensors;
selecting an identified autonomous vehicle based on the ranking;
sending to the selected autonomous vehicle a request for additional data about the particular location, wherein the additional data is based on sensor data captured by the selected autonomous vehicle;
receiving, from the selected autonomous vehicle, additional data about the particular location;
updating the high definition map for the geographical region using the additional data received from the selected autonomous vehicle; and
sending, to one or more autonomous vehicles driving on a route including the particular location, the updated high definition map.

US Pat. No. 10,429,193

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING HIGH PRECISION MAP

BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECH...

1. A method for generating a high precision map, the method comprising:acquiring three-dimensional (3D) laser point cloud data for generating the high precision map and information related to a grid map for generating the high precision map, the 3D laser point cloud data comprising at least one piece of 3D laser point data containing a 3D coordinate and a reflection value, the grid map being formed of grid images arranged in M rows and N columns, each of the grid images having an equivalent size, both M and N being positive integers, the information related to the grid map comprising:
a row number and a column number of the grid map;
a unit pixel length of the grid map indicating a physical length represented by one pixel in the grid map; and
a horizontal pixel number and a vertical pixel number of each of the grid images in the grid map;
determining, according to the 3D coordinate of the 3D laser point data and the information related to the grid map, position information of each piece of the 3D laser point data of the 3D laser point cloud data in the grid map, the position information comprising:
a row value and a column value of a grid image, where the 3D laser point data is located, in the grid map; and
a coordinate of the 3D laser point data in the grid map;
rendering each pixel point in each of the grid images in the grid map, by using the reflection value of 3D laser point data of the 3D laser point cloud data having an equivalent coordinate in the grid map as the coordinate of the pixel point, in order to generate each of grid images in the grid map;
identifying, by using a machine learning algorithm, road information of each of the grid images in the grid map, the road information comprising at least one of road shape information, road slope information, road curvature information, road direction information, lane width information, crash barrier information, road border information, lane marking information, and guiding line information;
clustering, by using a machine learning algorithm in combination with position relations among each of the grid images in the grid map, the road information of each of the grid images in the grid map, in order to obtain the road information of the grid map, comprising
setting at least one different unit pixel length for the grid map to generate the grid map with the at least one different unit pixel length; and
clustering, by using the machine learning algorithm in combination with the position relations among each of the grid images in the grid map with the at least one different unit pixel length, the road information of each of the grid images in the grid map with the at least one different unit pixel length, in order to obtain the road information of the grid map and coordinate data in the road information; and
loading the road information of the grid map into the grid map to generate the high precision map.

US Pat. No. 10,429,192

GENERATING TRAIL NETWORK MAPS

Strava, Inc., San Franci...

1. A system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled with the processor, wherein the memory is configured to provide the processor with instructions which when executed cause the processor to:
receive a plurality of GPS recorded activities associated with a geographic area;
determine a plurality of tiles associated with the geographic area;
determine respective activity types and respective equipment types of one or more GPS recorded activities that intersect a tile of the plurality of tiles, wherein to determine the respective activity types and the equipment types for the one or more GPS recorded activities that intersect the tile of the plurality of tiles includes:
for each of at least a subset of the plurality of tiles, determining cycling activity data that intersects that tile;
for each tile of the at least subset of the plurality of tiles, determining a portion of the cycling activity data that intersects that tile that is associated with mountain bike frames; and
for each tile of the at least a subset of the plurality of tiles, determining whether that tile is associated with a trail network based in part on the portion of the cycling activity data that intersects that tile that is associated with mountain bike frames;
determine a trail network region within the geographic area based in part on the respective activity types and the respective equipment types of the one or more GPS recorded activities that intersect the tile of the plurality of tiles;
identify a subset of the plurality of GPS recorded activities that is associated with the trail network region; and
generate a trail network map corresponding to the trail network region based in part on the subset of the plurality of GPS recorded activities.

US Pat. No. 10,429,191

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED DATA INTEGRATION IN AUGMENTED REALITY ARCHITECTURES

Amadeus S.A.S., Biot (FR...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing instructions that are executable by an augmented reality computing system that includes one or more processors to cause the augmented reality computing system to perform a method for providing personalized navigation data, the method comprising:obtaining information associated with an individual's location in a building complex and a destination location within the building complex;
obtaining building information associated with the building complex, wherein the building information includes one or more obstacles in the building complex;
determining a navigation path from the individual's location to the destination location based on the building information, wherein the navigation path is adjusted for object avoidance based on the one or more obstacles; and
providing data representative of the navigation path for display on an augmented reality device, wherein a visual representation of the data is overlaid by the augmented reality device in front of an individual's field of view.

US Pat. No. 10,429,190

VEHICLE LOCALIZATION BASED ON WIRELESS LOCAL AREA NETWORK NODES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method to determine a current location of a vehicle comprising:in response to losing reception of GPS signals:
scanning for wireless network nodes via a wireless network controller;
when first locations of the wireless network nodes are stored in memory, determining, with a processor, the current location of the vehicle based on a particle filtering technique and received signal strength measurements from the wireless network nodes; and
when using the particle filtering technique, assigning weights to particles based on the first locations of the wireless network nodes and the received signal strength measurements from the wireless network nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,429,189

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF DATA CLASSIFICATION FOR ROUTES IN A DIGITIZED MAP

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method for tracking the route trajectory of a traveling object comprising:obtaining positioning data from a positioning device carried on each of a respective at least one traveling object traveling on a plurality of routes;
mapping the positioning data into a plurality of points on a digital map, the digital map including a stored route trajectory along at least two of the plurality of routes, the at least two plurality of routes having different route directions, each point of the plurality of points having a traveling direction indicated by the positioning data;
identifying points of the plurality of points on the digital map that are unmatched to the stored route trajectory along the at least two of the plurality of routes, the unmatched points being points separated from the routes by distances exceeding a first threshold distance, points located between the routes but inconsistent with the route directions, and points located on one of the routes but have directions inconsistent with the respective route directions;
obtaining candidate transition points from the plurality of unmatched points on the digital map;
aggregating the plurality of candidate transition points by applying a clustering algorithm;
selecting a first cluster of points and a plurality of second clusters of points from the aggregated clusters of points;
determining a confidence level of whether the first cluster of points are transition points indicating a transition between the at least two plurality of routes;
classifying the first cluster of points based on the confidence level; wherein
in response to the confidence level being below a threshold confidence, classifying the first cluster of points as a plurality of traveling points having a first direction; and
in response to the confidence level being above the threshold confidence, classifying the first cluster of points as the transition points; and
automatically adjusting the stored route trajectory based on the classification of the first cluster of points.

US Pat. No. 10,429,188

WAREHOUSE MAPPING TOOLS

CROWN EQUIPMENT CORPORATI...

28. A warehouse mapping tool comprising a complementary remote computer configured to communicate with a mapping vehicle, wherein:the complementary remote computer comprises a mapping interface and a mapping engine;
the mapping interface comprises
a waypoint display window comprising a graphical representation of at least a portion of a warehouse environment,
an error metric indicator, and
a validation portal that is configured to transfer “accept” and “reject” commands from a user to the mapping engine; and
the complementary remote computer is configured to
access waypoint data comprising location and heading coordinates of a set of mapping waypoints,
present graphical representations of the set of mapping waypoints at discrete locations in the representation of the warehouse environment in the waypoint display window of the mapping interface,
access mobile mapping data comprising location and heading coordinates representing an elapsed travel path segment associated with the mapping vehicle in relation to the warehouse environment,
present the elapsed travel path segment in the waypoint display window of the mapping interface,
access error metric data representing a comparison of the mobile mapping data and the waypoint data,
present a graphical representation of the error metric data at the error metric indicator of the mapping interface, and
indicate a validation state of the elapsed travel path segment in the waypoint display window in response to the transfer of the “accept” and “reject” commands.

US Pat. No. 10,429,187

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPTICAL POWER CONTROL

Honeywell International I...

1. A system, comprising:a first beam splitter optically coupled to a first port of an optical resonator coil;
a second beam splitter optically coupled to a second port of the optical resonator coil;
a third beam splitter optically coupled to the first beam splitter;
a fourth beam splitter optically coupled to the second beam splitter;
a first power control port coupled by free space optics to the third beam splitter;
a second power control port coupled by free space optics to the fourth beam splitter;
wherein the first beam splitter is configured to received a first optical signal from a coherent light source system;
wherein the second beam splitter is configured to receive a second optical signal from the coherent light source system;
wherein the power level of the first optical signal depends upon the power level of an optical signal incident upon the second power control port; and
wherein the power level of the second optical signal depends upon a power level of an optical signal incident upon the first power control port.

US Pat. No. 10,429,186

MICROELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICE WITH MOTION LIMITERS

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A microelectromechanical device, comprising:a first structural layer;
a movable mass suspended for a primary out-of-plane motion relative to the first structural layer;
a cantilever motion limiter structure etched into the movable mass; and
a first stopper element on the first structural layer, disposed opposite to the cantilever motion limiter structure in the direction of the out-of-plane motion,
wherein the cantilever motion limiter structure includes an elongate element,
wherein one end of the elongate element is coupled to the movable mass with a torsion element providing an in-plane torsion spring, and the other end is free, and
wherein the elongate element extends between two inner side walls of the movable mass.

US Pat. No. 10,429,184

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING SYSTEM INCLUDING AN UNDERWATER SENSOR ASSEMBLY

Aridea LLC, Charleston, ...

1. An underwater sensor assembly, comprising:a frame configured to sit on a bottom of a body of water; and
at least one first sensor connected to the frame, wherein the at least one first sensor is configured to measure at least one parameter related to the body of water,
wherein the frame comprises a plurality of legs and a mount, wherein the plurality of legs extend from the mount and are configured to allow water to flow between the plurality of legs, and
wherein at least one leg of the plurality of legs comprises a circular base at a first end, and wherein the at least one leg is connected to the mount at a second end opposite the first end.

US Pat. No. 10,429,183

NON-CONTACT COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE USING HYBRID CYCLIC BINARY CODE STRUCTURED LIGHT

1. A non-contact coordinate measurement machine, comprising:an optical assembly comprising a structured light projector, at least one optical sensor, and a controller, wherein:
the structured light projector comprises:
a light source; and
a code drum comprising a plurality of hybrid cyclic binary code (HCBC) patterns, the plurality of HCBC patterns including a plurality of weighted numbering system multiple period patterns and a plurality of unweighted numbering system common period patterns; and
an optical imaging projector lens;
the controller is configured to cause the light source to project incident light onto the code drum as the code drum rotates about an axis;
the code drum and optical imaging projector lens are configured to produce structured light from the incident light thereon, the structured light to be incident on a surface of an object being measured;
the at least one optical sensor is to measure reflected structured light from the surface of the object being measured and to produce a plurality of measurement signals, the plurality of measurement signals being related to positional coordinates of at least one point on the surface of an object being measured;
the code drum comprises a shell, the shell having an inner surface and an outer surface; and
said plurality of HCBC patterns are disposed on or within at least one of said inner surface and said outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,429,182

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING UNDESIRABLE ROTATION OF MEDICAL MARKERS

Brainlab AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A method comprising:acquiring, by a tracking device, a first position of a marker device, wherein the marker device includes a plurality of markers and a mount, and wherein the plurality of markers are attached via a rigid connection to the mount and the mount is attached to an object;
using, by a computer operably associated with the tracking device, the first position of the marker device to generate a first marker device position dataset that represents a position of the marker device before a movement of the marker device;
acquiring, after the movement of the marker device, and by the tracking device, a second position of the marker device;
using, by the computer, the second position of the marker device to generate a second marker device position dataset that represents the position of the marker device after the movement of the marker device;
calculating, by the computer, a marker device displacement dataset from the first and the second marker device position datasets, the marker device displacement dataset representing a displacement of the marker device;
calculating, by the computer, at least one axis of rotation of the displacement of the marker device from the marker device displacement dataset, the calculated at least one axis of rotation including a position of the at least one axis of rotation;
determining, by the computer, whether the marker device is rotated about the mount due to a rotation of at least part of the mount relative to the object based on the position of the at least one axis of rotation relative to the marker device, the marker device being determined to have rotated about the mount in a condition that a distance between the position of the at least one axis of rotation and a point defined relative to the marker device is below a predetermined maximum distance threshold, the predetermined maximum distance threshold being based on an at least one physical parameter of the marker device; and
outputting a warning to an associated user in a condition that the computer has determined that the marker device has rotated about the mount, the warning alerting the associated user that the marker device has rotated about the mount.

US Pat. No. 10,429,181

MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN OBJECT

VEGA GRIESHABER KG, Wolf...

1. A radar apparatus for determining a topology of an object on an object guidance device, a volume of the object, or a mass of the object, comprising:an array antenna including a transmitter and at least two receivers;
control circuitry;
a measuring instrument interface; and
a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium on which a program code is stored,
wherein the transmitter and the at least two receivers are positioned on a line in a lateral direction across a width of the object guiding device, which is designed to guide the object in a longitudinal direction of the object guidance device,
wherein the program code, when executed by the control circuitry, causes the control circuitry to be configured to:
transmit a transmit signal from the transmitter,
to receive, from the at least two receivers of the array antenna, receive signals which are produced by the transmit signal,
use the receive signals from the at least two receivers of the array antenna to analyse the structure of the object along a linear region in the lateral direction across the width of the object guidance device using digital beamforming, such that a topology of a surface of the object along the line in the lateral direction of the object guidance device is determined by the at least two receivers,
determine a topology of the object, a volume of the object, or a mass of the object, and
output the topology, the volume, or the mass.

US Pat. No. 10,429,180

VERSINE TROLLEY-TYPE EQUIPMENT FOR INSPECTING TRACK IRREGULARITY

KOREA RAILROAD RESEARCH I...

1. A versine trolley-type equipment for inspecting track irregularity, which is capable of simultaneously measuring a height difference and direction misalignment of left and right rails, comprising:versine left and right measurement frames (110a and 110b) on which front and rear trolley wheels (120a to 120d) are mounted, and hung on the left and right rails to move along the left and right rails for a versine inspection;
first and second vertical measurement wheels (130a and 130b) installed at outer side surfaces of the versine left and right measurement frames (110a and 110b) so as to be able to detect a height difference of each of the left and right rails;
first and second height difference sensors (140a and 140b) respectively engaged with the first and second vertical measurement wheels (130a and 130b) to detect the height difference of each of the left and right rails;
first and second direction misalignment sensors (150a and 150b) respectively installed at inner side surfaces of the versine left and right measurement frames (110a and 110b) to detect a direction misalignment of each of the left and right rails;
horizontal measurement wheels (210a and 210b) respectively connected to the first and second direction misalignment sensors (150a and 150b) and interposed at inner lower portions between the versine left and right measurement frames (110a and 110b) so as to allow the first and second direction misalignment sensors (150a and 150b) to detect the direction misalignment; and
a horizontal connection frame (200) interposed between the versine left and right measurement frames (110a and 110b) and configured to connect the versine left measurement frame (110a) to the right measurement frame (110b).

US Pat. No. 10,429,179

STYLUS HOLDER

CARL ZEISS 3D AUTOMATION ...

1. A stylus holder for a stylus, the stylus including a measuring machine adapter, a shaft, and a sensing end, the stylus holder comprising:a body which is configured to receive the stylus and has a movable securing element thereon, wherein the body has a base plate configured to receive the measuring machine adapter, and wherein the securing element has abutment surfaces which are movable relative to a plane of the base plate into a securing position resting on the measuring machine adapter provided in the body, and interaction areas for at least one of: (i) releasing the securing position of the abutment surfaces resting on the measuring machine adapter via the interaction areas, and (ii) ensuring the securing position by means of a hood or a carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,429,178

CORRECTING AND/OR PREVENTING ERRORS DURING THE MEASUREMENT OF COORDINATES OF A WORK PIECE

Carl Zeiss Industrielle M...

17. A method of operating a configuration, the method comprising the steps of:using an arm of a coordinate measuring machine or of a machine tool, the arm having a first part and a second part, the first part and the second part being regions of the arm which are situated at different axial positions in a direction of a longitudinal axis of the arm and which have mobility relative to each other due to at least one of mechanical bending, thermal expansion or thermal contraction of the arm, the arm continuously extending between the first part and the second part;
using an elongate element, in addition to said arm, said elongate element extending in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the arm, the elongate element having a first axial end to which the elongate element extends in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the arm and having a second axial end, at which the elongate element is connected to the first part and which is situated opposite to the first axial end with respect to the direction of the longitudinal axis, such that the first axial end moves relative to the second part when the first part and the second part move relative to each other;
using a plurality of sensors, each of the sensors being fixed to the elongate element or to the second part;
using an evaluation device for evaluating measurement signals of the plurality of sensors;
using at least one measurement body, being fixed to the elongate element or to the second part, the measurement body being assigned to the plurality of sensors, wherein in case that the measurement body is fixed to the elongate element, the sensors are used while being fixed to the second part, and wherein in case that the measurement body is fixed to the second part, the sensors are used while being fixed to the elongate element, such that each of the plurality of sensors produces a measurement signal corresponding to a position of the measurement body and thereby corresponding to a relative position of the first part and the second part; and
using the plurality of sensors and the measurement body such that the plurality of sensors measure the relative position of the first part and the second part such that the evaluation device determines at least one of the relative position of the first part and the second part or a relative orientation of the first part and the second part, namely with respect to at least three degrees of freedom, the three degrees of freedom being a first and a second linear degree of freedom in two different directions extending perpendicularly to a longitudinal direction of the arm and a third linear degree of freedom in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,429,177

BLOCKED SENSOR DETECTION AND NOTIFICATION

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method performed by a data processing apparatus, the method comprising:receiving, at a signal receiver of a computing device, a signal from a motion sensor disposed at a location in an environment;
determining, by the computing device, that the motion sensor is producing anomalous output based on
checking, by a model checker of the computing device, the signal from the motion sensor against a slow temporal model for the motion sensor, wherein the slow temporal model for the motion sensor is one of a statistical, probabilistic, or machine learning based model for the signals from the motion sensor based on signals previously received from the motion sensor over a period of time, wherein the checking the signal from the motion sensor against the slow temporal model for the motion sensor further comprises:
receiving, by the model checker of the computing device, the slow temporal model for the motion sensor from a storage device,
determining, by the model checker of the computing device, that the signal from the motion sensor is inconsistent over a threshold period of time with a signal that the slow temporal model indicates is expected from the motion sensor in the situation in which the signal from the motion sensor was generated, and
generating, by the model checker of the computing device, an indication that the motion sensor is producing anomalous output based on the determining that the signal from the motion sensor is inconsistent with the signal that the slow temporal model indicates is expected from the motion sensor in the situation in which the signal from the motion sensor was generated;
and in response to the indication that the motion sensor is producing anomalous output,
degrading, by the computing device, a confidence level in the motion sensor when signals from the motion sensor are used by the computing device to determine a status of the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,429,176

PIPELINE DEEP CRACK DETECTION

General Electric Company,...

1. A pipeline inspection system, comprising:a pipeline pig, comprising:
a plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements situated in an array, wherein each of the plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements is configured to emit an ultrasonic signal into a wall of a pipeline and to receive echoes of the ultrasonic signal from the pipeline wall; and
a controller configured to:
select a first subset of the plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements from which to emit first ultrasonic signals into the wall of the pipeline as the pipeline pig passes through the pipeline;
analyze the echoes of the first ultrasonic signals received by the plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements to detect a feature in the pipeline wall; and
select a second subset of the plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements to emit second ultrasonic signals into the wall of the pipeline as the pipeline pig passes through the pipeline when the feature is detected in the pipeline wall;
wherein the controller is configured to adjust a number of ultrasonic transducer elements in the second subset of the plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements if the depth of the feature cannot be determined based at least in part on the echoes of the second ultrasonic signals emitted by the second subset of ultrasonic transducer elements.

US Pat. No. 10,429,175

FREQUENCY-BASED DETECTION OF CHEMICAL EXPANSION DYNAMICS IN THIN FILMS

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method of characterizing a device, the method comprising:applying a time-varying stimulus to the device, the time-varying stimulus causing a time-varying change in gas content of the device, the time-varying stimulus including an alternating bias voltage; and
measuring, with a probe in contact with a surface of the device, a time-varying deformation of the device caused by the time-varying change in gas content of the device, the time-varying deformation based on chemical expansion or a deflection of the surface of the device induced by the time-varying change in gas content of the device, the measuring including sensing displacement of the probe in response to the time-varying deformation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,174

SINGLE WAVELENGTH REFLECTION FOR LEADFRAME BRIGHTNESS MEASUREMENT

Texas Instruments Incorpo...

1. A method of manufacturing a packaged device, the method comprising:irradiating light having a single predetermined wavelength on a predetermined area on a surface of a leadframe to determine whether a brightness ratio of the predetermined area is higher than a predetermined minimum brightness ratio threshold;
mounting a semiconductor chip on the leadframe responsive to a determination that the brightness ratio of the predetermined area is higher than the threshold;
electrically connecting pads on the semiconductor chip with pads on the leadframe;
applying a molding compound on the semiconductor chip and the leadframe and curing the molding compound; and
singulating each of a plurality of the leadframes of a leadframe sheet to manufacture a plurality of packaged devices.

US Pat. No. 10,429,173

DETERMINING MOVING PROPERTIES OF A TARGET IN AN EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT SOURCE

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. An apparatus comprising:a diagnostic system configured to diagnostically interact with a current target moving toward a target space prior to the current target entering the target space, the target space being within a chamber and positioned to receive a plurality of radiation pulses, each radiation pulse capable of interacting with a target in the target space to cause at least part of that target to be converted into plasma that emits light;
a diagnostic detection module configured to detect light that is produced from an interaction between the diagnostic system and the current target prior to the current target entering the target space and after an immediately preceding target has interacted with a prior radiation pulse in the target space, wherein the diagnostic detection module includes two or more detection apparatuses; and
a control system in communication with the diagnostic detection module and configured to:
receive output from the diagnostic detection module;
analyze the received output; and
determine one or more moving properties of the current target based on the analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,429,172

DEFECT DETECTION METHOD AND DEFECT DETECTION DEVICE

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A defect detection method, comprising:a) a collective displacement measurement process including: performing stroboscopic illumination on an entire surface of an object to be examined within an examination area of the object while inducing a first elastic wave across the entire examination area on the object; and controlling a phase of the elastic wave and a timing of the stroboscopic illumination to collectively measure a displacement in a back-and-forth direction of each point within the examination area in at least three mutually different phases of the elastic wave;
b) a defect location identification process including: identifying a location of a defect on a surface of the examination area, based on the displacement in the back-and-forth direction of each point within the examination area in the at least three different phases; and
c) a depth direction information acquisition process including: injecting a second elastic wave into a region inside of the object at the location from a limited area on the surface including the location of the defect on the surface; and determining a location and/or size in the depth direction of the defect, based on a response wave of the second elastic wave.

US Pat. No. 10,429,171

LASER MULTIBEAM DIFFERENTIAL INTERFEROMETRIC SENSOR AND METHODS FOR VIBRATION IMAGING

THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISS...

1. A sensor for a vibration imaging system, the sensor comprising:a transmitter configured to project an array of laser beams onto a surface of an object such that neighboring beams in the array of laser beams are frequency shifted relative to each other;
an interferometer configured to mix radiations reflected from neighboring points on the surface of the object such that the radiations from neighboring points interfere with one another, wherein the interferometer is configured to mix only radiations from beams that are reflected from the surface of the object;
a photodetector array configured to produce output signals representative of the interfering beams;
a demodulator configured to demodulate the output signals; and
a computing device comprising a processor communicatively coupled to a memory device, the computing device configured to calculate a deformation profile for the object based on the demodulated output signals.

US Pat. No. 10,429,169

PHYSICAL PARAMETER ESTIMATING METHOD THAT DETERMINES A MATCHED ORDER OF AN INTENSITY DISTRIBUTION SIGNAL ACCORDING TO CALCULATED MAGNITUDE SPECTRUMS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Beijing Institute of Tech...

1. A physical parameter estimating method, comprising:reading a Newton's rings fringe pattern obtained by performing an interferometric measurement on a unit to be measured, the interferometric measurement including irradiating the unit to be measured with light;
calculating a magnitude spectrum of an intensity distribution signal of at least one first-direction pixel set in the Newton's rings fringe pattern under each fractional Fourier transform (FRFT) order in a searching range of FRFT orders, the first-direction pixel set including a line of pixels in a first direction, the first direction being one of a row direction and a column direction of the Newton's rings fringe pattern;
determining a matched order of the intensity distribution signal according to the calculated magnitude spectrums; and
estimating a physical parameter involved in the interferometric measurement according to at least the matched order.

US Pat. No. 10,429,168

EMBEDDED CAP PROBE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for installing a probe assembly in a case of a gas turbine engine, comprising;installing a first portion of the probe assembly within a bore of a first section of the case; and
installing a second portion of the probe assembly within a second section of the case, the second section of the case being an inset located on an inner diameter surface of the case, wherein the second portion comprises an outer ceramic pad, a sensor, and an inner ceramic pad, the sensor being located between opposing surfaces of the outer ceramic pad and the inner ceramic pad, and wherein the sensor is a capacitance sensor that monitors a distance D between tips of blades within a blade array and the capacitance sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,167

COORDINATE CORRECTION METHOD AND COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. A coordinate correction method of a first coordinate measuring machine, the first coordinate measuring machine including: a first measuring probe having a first stylus with a first measurement tip to be brought into contact with an object to be measured, and a probe body for movably supporting the first stylus and providing a first probe output according to a displacement of the first measurement tip; a first drive mechanism for moving the first measuring probe relative to the object to be measured; and a first processing device for computing shape coordinates of the object to be measured on a basis of the first probe output and a first moving amount of the first measuring probe by the first drive mechanism,the coordinate correction method comprising,
a former correction process, including:
setting a second measuring probe in a second drive mechanism of a second coordinate measuring machine, the second coordinate measuring machine including the second drive mechanism for relatively moving the second measuring probe including the probe body for movably supporting a second stylus with a second measurement tip, and a second processing device for obtaining, on a basis of a second probe output according to a displacement of the second measurement tip and a second moving amount of the second measuring probe by the second drive mechanism, a former correction matrix for correcting the second probe output with respect to the second moving amount;
restraining a translational displacement of the second measurement tip;
acquiring the second moving amount and the second probe output when the second measuring probe is moved by the second drive mechanism; and
generating the former correction matrix including second linear correction elements and second non-linear correction elements for respectively correcting linear coordinate components and non-linear coordinate components of the second probe output with the second moving amount and the second probe output acquired in each of measurement points in a quantity larger than or equal to a sum of a number of the second linear correction elements and a number of the second non-linear correction elements, and
a latter correction process, including:
setting the first measuring probe in the first drive mechanism;
restraining a translational displacement of the first measurement tip;
acquiring the first moving amount and the first probe output when the first measuring probe is moved by the first drive mechanism;
generating an intermediate correction matrix including first linear correction elements for correcting linear coordinate components of the first probe output with the first moving amount and the first probe output; and
correcting the first probe output with a latter correction matrix generated on a basis of the intermediate correction matrix and the former correction matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,429,166

COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE AND COORDINATE CORRECTION METHOD

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. A coordinate measuring machine comprising:a measuring probe that movably supports a stylus having a measurement tip to be brought into contact with an object to be measured, and that provides a probe output according to a displacement of the measurement tip;
a driver that moves the measuring probe relative to the object to be measured;
a processor that computes shape coordinates of the object to be measured on a basis of the probe output and a moving amount of the measuring probe by the driver; and
a restrainer that restrains a translational displacement of the measurement tip, wherein:
the processor comprises, as a configuration when the processor executes instructions stored in a memory:
a coordinate acquisition processor that acquires the moving amount and the probe output of the measuring probe when the measuring probe is moved by the driver in a state where the measurement tip is restrained by the restrainer;
a matrix generator that generates a correction matrix including linear correction elements and non-linear correction elements for respectively correcting linear coordinate components and non-linear coordinate components of the probe output with respect to the moving amount of the measuring probe on a basis of an output of the coordinate acquisition processor; and
a probe output corrector that corrects the probe output with the correction matrix, and
the coordinate acquisition processor acquires the moving amount and the probe output of the measuring probe in each of measurement points in a quantity larger than or equal to a sum of a number of the linear correction elements and a number of the non-linear correction elements.

US Pat. No. 10,429,165

TARED CALIPER

1. A tared caliper to measure an object comprising:a measuring bar with a fixed jaw;
a moving frame with a moving jaw, the moving frame slides through the measuring bar;
a measuring indicator located on the moving frame;
an accurate feed mechanism attached to the moving frame;
a measurement effort device located between the moving frame and the accurate feed mechanism;
wherein the measurement effort device includes:
a body connected to the moving frame;
a flexible member located inside the body;
a rod inside the body, the rod having a first end pressed to the flexible member, a second end connected to the accurate feed mechanism, a scale, and a force indicator, the rod presses the flexible member;
the flexible member is a replaced non-fixed compression spring with an effort from 0.5 . . . 3 N to 25 . . . 60 N;
the force indicator includes a marked window and a force scale;
wherein the flexible member moves sequentially and axially with the scale of the rod;
wherein the accurate feed mechanism pushes sequentially and axially the flexible member through the force indicator;
wherein the object is pressed by the fixed jaw and the moving jaw by the measurement effort device when the accurate feed mechanism moves.

US Pat. No. 10,429,164

TAPE MEASURE STRUCTURE

TOP LONG INDUSTRIAL CO., ...

1. A tape measure structure, comprising:at least one housing assembly;
at least one rotation disk, movably configured inside said housing assembly;
at least one tape body, movably put around said rotation disk, one end thereof selectively passed out of said housing assembly;
at least one access opening, configured on said housing assembly and allowing said tape body to be passed out thereof;
at least one operation portion, configured on one side of said housing assembly adjacent to said access opening;
at least one combination portion, configured inside said housing assembly and positioned on one side of said operation portion;
at least one flexible control element, coupled to said combination portion and adapted to shield a part of said tape body exposed out of said operation portion, and deformable to touch and stop said tape body after pressed down; and
at least one buffer, configured on one side of said flexible control element adjacent to said access opening.

US Pat. No. 10,429,163

RULER ASSEMBLY WITH MULTIPLE SCALES

1. A ruler assembly with multiple scales comprising:a ruler being an oblong plate with a top surface and a bottom surface and four lateral sides between the top surface and the bottom surface; at least two lateral sides of the top and bottom surfaces being formed with scales; and
an oblong hole penetrated through the ruler; at least one side of the oblong hole being formed with scales.

US Pat. No. 10,429,161

PERFORATION GUN COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS

1. A perforation gun system comprising:a gun carrier;
a first connector comprising a coupler for providing energetic coupling between a detonator and a detonation cord, and at least one directional locking fin for locking the first connector within the gun carrier; and
at least one second connector positioned in the gun carrier spaced apart from the first connector, wherein the second connector is configured for terminating the detonation cord in the perforation gun system,
wherein at least one of the first and second connectors receive electrical connections therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,429,160

FIRE-RETARDING ARTILLERY SHELL

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An artillery shell comprising:a fore-body, a mid-body, and an aft-body defined by an external surface and having a shell thickness, wherein the shell thickness increases from a first thickness at the fore-body to a second thickness at the mid-body and further increases to a third thickness at the aft-body;
a cavity disposed within the external surface;
a fire-retarding material disposed within the cavity; and
a trigger configured to release the fire-retarding material.

US Pat. No. 10,429,159

DEPLOYABLE AIRFOIL AIRBORNE BODY AND METHOD OF SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION AND ROTATION TO DEPLOY

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A deployable airfoil airborne body, comprising:an airborne body; and
first and second rigid airfoil sections stowed end-to-end along the airborne body, which have first and second interior edges of equal lengths, abutting ends connected at the first and second interior edges by a floating pivot, a distant end of the first rigid airfoil section coupled to a fixed pivot on the airborne body, and a distant end of the second rigid airfoil section having a translation point, said first and second rigid air foil sections configured to rotate in opposite directions to move the translation point axially along the airborne body to abut the fixed pivot driving the floating pivot radially away from the airborne body to join the first and second interior edges in a deployed position transverse to the airborne body to form a rigid airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,429,158

FOLDING WING FOR A MISSILE AND A MISSILE HAVING AT LEAST ONE FOLDING WING ARRANGED THEREON

MBDA DEUTSCHLAND GMBH, S...

1. A folding wing for a missile, comprising:a wing root connected to or integrated with a fuselage of the missile, the wing root comprising a resting surface;
an upper wing part foldably supported at the wing root around a swiveling axis of a hinge, the hinge comprising a first hinge bushing integrated into the upper wing part, a second hinge bushing integrated into the wing root, and an axle element;
the first hinge bushing comprising:
a gliding side surface;
a first base having a first axle borehole to receive the axle element, a first side from which the upper wing part extends, and a second side opposite the first side;
a first protrusion extending from the second side of the first base; and
a second protrusion extending from the second side of the first base, wherein the second protrusion extends further away from the first base in comparison to the first protrusion;
the second hinge bushing comprising:
a second base having an upper resting surface and a side end surface;
a flange extending from the upper resting surface of the second base; and
a second axle borehole arranged in the flange to receive the axle element;
a first pre-stressed force element coupled with the wing root and the upper wing part to urge the upper wing part into a working unfolded position relative to the wing root through introducing a torque; and
a second pre-stressed force element configured to axially urge the first hinge bushing and the second hinge bushing onto each other in an axial direction of the hinge;
wherein, when the folding wing is in a folded state, the gliding side surface of the first hinge bushing touches the side end surface of the second hinge bushing, and the first hinge bushing does not touch the flange of the second hinge bushing; and
wherein, when the folding wing is in the working unfolded position, the first hinge bushing touches the flange of the second hinge bushing, an end surface of the first protrusion of the first hinge bushing rests on the upper resting surface of the second hinge bushing to prevent swiveling back of the upper wing part, and an end surface of the second protrusion of the first hinge bushing rests on the resting surface of the wing root to prevent over-swiveling of the upper wing part beyond the working unfolded position.

US Pat. No. 10,429,157

LIGHTED NOCK

NOCKOUT OUTDOORS LLC, La...

14. A lighted nock kit, comprising:a package;
an LED/battery assembly, comprising an LED portion mechanically coupled to a battery portion, wherein displacing the LED portion toward the battery portion from an off state activates the LED portion and displacing the LED portion in an on state away from the battery portion deactivates the LED portion;
a first nock sleeve for insertion into the hollow shaft, the first nock sleeve including a shoulder portion that engages with a rear end of the hollow shaft, a distal portion extending from the shoulder portion into the hollow shaft, a hollow center opening having an inner diameter extending from the shoulder portion into the distal portion, wherein the distal portion has a first outer diameter;
a second nock sleeve for insertion into the hollow shaft, the second nock sleeve including a shoulder portion that engages with a rear end of the hollow shaft, a distal portion extending from the shoulder portion into the hollow shaft, a hollow center opening having an inner diameter extending from the shoulder portion into the distal portion, wherein the distal portion has a second outer diameter that is different than the first outer diameter of the first nock sleeve;
a nock comprising a head configured to engage with a bowstring and a shank with a recess defined therein, wherein the LED/battery assembly is located at least partially within the recess and the LED portion is secured to the nock; and
a housing offset from the nock and including an interior aperture defined therein, wherein the LED/battery assembly is located at least partially within the interior aperture and the battery portion is secured to the housing,
wherein the housing is releasably coupled within the center opening of the nock sleeve and resists longitudinal translation of the battery relative to the nock sleeve,
wherein the neck translates longitudinally with respect to the nock sleeve between an activated configuration that activates the LED portion and a deactivated configuration that deactivates the LED portion without removing the LED/battery assembly from the nock sleeve, and
wherein each of the LED/battery assembly, first nock sleeve, second nock sleeve, nock, and housing are disposed inside of the package.

US Pat. No. 10,429,156

SUBSONIC POLYMERIC AMMUNITION CARTRIDGE

TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS...

1. A subsonic ammunition cartridge comprising:a primer insert comprising
a top surface opposite a bottom surface,
a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface,
a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface,
a primer flash aperture positioned in the primer recess to extend through the bottom surface, and
a flash aperture groove positioned in the primer recess around the primer flash aperture;
a polymer mid-body that extends from a projectile end over the substantially cylindrical coupling element and into the primer flash aperture and into the flash aperture groove to form a flash hole;
a substantially cylindrical open-ended polymeric bullet-end connected to the projectile end and extending to a shoulder and terminating at a forward end opening; and
a propellant chamber formed between the forward end opening and the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,429,154

ENERGY WEAPON HAVING A FAST START TURBINE FOR A HIGH POWER GENERATOR

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A weapon system platform comprising:a high-energy beam unit configured to discharge high-energy beams,
a gas turbine engine configured to provide power for the high-energy beam unit, the gas turbine engine including a first shaft coupled to a compressor and a high pressure turbine rotor, a second shaft concentric with and independently rotatable relative to the first shaft and coupled to a low pressure turbine rotor, a starter adapted to rotate the first shaft, and a combustor adapted to combine air received from the compressor with fuel and to burn the fuel to supply high pressure gasses toward the high pressure turbine rotor and low pressure turbine rotor to rotate the first and second shafts,
a generator coupled to the second shaft of the gas turbine engine and adapted to generate electricity when driven by the gas turbine engine,
an energy storage unit coupled to the generator and configured to store the electricity generated by the generator, and
a generator control system configured to selectively operate the starter and to selectively deliver fuel to the combustor such that the first shaft is continuously rotated by at least one of the starter and high pressure gasses from the combustor and the second shaft is selectively rotated by high pressure gasses from the combustor,
wherein fuel is selectively delivered to the combustor when a power demand signal of the high-energy beam unit is received by the generator control system, and
wherein fuel is selectively cut from the combustor when no power demand signal of the high-energy beam unit is received by the generator control system while the first shaft continues to be rotated by the starter in order to maintain a rapid-start mode of the weapon system platform.

US Pat. No. 10,429,153

PERSONAL DEFENSE DEVICE

1. A personal defense device for being used during an attack comprising:a defense component having a defense member and an aerosol directing system, the aerosol directing system having an aerosol passageway configured to activate the defense member,
an alarm component having an alarm member and an alarm directing system, the alarm directing system having a signal passageway,
an actuator button configured to activate the defense member and the alarm member,
an activating riser, and
a housing,
wherein the aerosol passageway engages the defense member, wherein the aerosol passageway engages the activating riser, wherein the activating riser directly touches the signal passageway, wherein the housing is configured to receive the defense component and the alarm component, wherein the defense component is configured to emit a self-defense aerosol, and wherein the alarm component is configured to emit an alarm signal.

US Pat. No. 10,429,152

FIBER REINFORCED PLASTIC DOOR WITH POLYCARBONATE BALLISTIC CORE AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

AADG, INC., Milan, TN (U...

1. A structural panel which may be used as a door comprising:a shell having spaced first and second FRP exterior panels and separate frame members adjacent edges of the panels;
at least one polymeric sheet between the first and second exterior panels, the at least one polymeric sheet being made of a thermoplastic material and having a plurality of openings through a thickness thereof, the openings being spaced apart by wall portions of the polymeric sheet; and
at least one blast- or ballistic-resistant core layer adjacent and in contact with the at least one polymeric sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,429,151

RECAPTURE OF REMOTELY-TRACKED COMMAND GUIDED VEHICLE INTO THE TRACKER'S FIELD-OF-VIEW

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

16. A remotely tracked command guided missile system, comprising:a missile including a motor and a plurality of actuators configured to maneuver the missile in first and second mutually orthogonal directions in a projectile coordinate system; and
a missile launcher comprising,
a platform for launching the missile,
a sight for placement of cross-hairs on a target;
a sensor having a tracker field of view (FOV) that includes the cross-hairs;
a communication link between the missile launcher and the missile;
a guidance computer including
a signal processor coupled to the sensor and configured to set a track valid flag if the missile is detected in the FOV and to generate a measured missile position in the FOV,
a first summing node configured to form a difference of the measured missile position and a desired missile position in the FOV as an error signal,
a controller configured to generate a new nominal actuator command based on the error signal if the track valid flag is true and hold a last valid nominal actuator command to place the missile on a straight-line path from a last known position of the missile towards the desired missile position in the FOV if the track valid flag is false;
a recapture module implemented by the signal processor configured to generate a delta actuator command including an orthogonal component orthogonal to the straight-line path as a next sample of a time-based alternating signal; and
a second summing node configured to sum the nominal actuator command and the delta actuator command to form a total actuator command; and
a transmitter configured to transmit the total actuator command from the missile launcher over the communication link to the missile in flight to the control surface actuator to control the plurality of actuators to command guide the missile to maneuver in the first and second orthogonal directions back and forth across the straight-line path to increase an area of missile motion relative to the tracker's FOV until the signal processor determines that the missile re-enters the tracker's FOV and valid track is re-established setting the track valid flag to true or track is lost setting the track valid flag to false.

US Pat. No. 10,429,150

COMPACT OPTICAL SIGHT

KRUGER OPTICAL, INC., Po...

16. An optical assembly, comprising:a) a frame, including a spacer defining an aperture;
b) a first prism, seated on said spacer;
c) a second prism, seated on said spacer and separated from said first prism by said spacer; and
d) a negative lens seated in said aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,429,149

SMALL ARMS STABILIZATION SYSTEM

MAJR Mechatronics LLC, S...

1. A self-stabilizing small arm comprising:a. a barrel assembly rigidly connected to a stock assembly;
b. a stock plate connected to the stock assembly;
c. a stabilization assembly controlling the relative position of the stock plate and stock assembly, the stabilization assembly including:
i. at least one movement sensor;
ii. at least one actuator; and
iii. a controller using signals from the movement sensor to operate the actuator in order to compensate for unintended movement of the small arm; and
d. a receiver positioned behind a trigger of the small arm.

US Pat. No. 10,429,148

FIREARM CLEANING MAT

Revo Brand Group, LLC, P...

1. A gun cleaning mat comprising:a flat, padded mat; and
a storage tray attached to the mat comprising a magnet embedded within the storage tray,wherein the magnet is configured to retain metal pieces of the gun being cleaned due to magnetic attraction of the metal pieces to the magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,429,146

FIREARM SUPPRESSION DEVICE

ASCENDANCE INTERNATIONAL,...

1. A firearm suppression device comprising:a baffle system comprising a plurality of interconnected baffles and a pathway therethrough, the pathway extending from a proximal end of the baffle system to a distal end of the baffle system;
the baffles having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end of a first baffle configured to affix to the proximal end of a more distally located second baffle; and
the baffle system having apertures extending radially from the pathway to an outer surface of the baffle system;
an outer housing having a substantially hollow form disposed around the baffle system;
an inner surface of the outer housing radially offset from the outer surface of the baffle system;
the outer housing comprising apertures extending from an inner surface of the outer housing to an outer surface of the outer housing,
a sleeve disposed around the baffle system, between the baffle system and the outer housing;
the sleeve having an inner surface offset from the outer surface of the baffle system, and the sleeve having an outer surface offset from the inner surface of the outer housing; and
the sleeve having a sealed proximal end, a sealed body extending from the proximal end to a distal end, and an opening at the distal end of the sleeve,
wherein the firearm suppression device is affixed to the distal end of a firearm and gasses associated with the operation of the firearm expand into the baffle system, expand through the apertures in the baffle system, through the open distal end of the sleeve, and through the apertures of the outer housing to an exterior of the outer housing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,145

FIREARM AND A METHOD FOR LOADING A FIREARM

1. A firearm having a selectively movable slide which includes a pair of side surfaces and a top surface having a first edge which terminates into a first of said pair of said side surfaces and a second edge which terminates into a second of said pair of side surfaces, and wherein said firearm further having at least one serration of a first shape which is deployed upon a portion of one of said pair of side surfaces; and at least one serration of a second shape deployed upon one of said edges of said top surface above said at least one serration of said first shape.

US Pat. No. 10,429,144

AUTOMATIC SUBMACHINE GUN FOR EXPLOITING RECOIL COMPRISING TWO OPPOSING LEVERS FOR THE HAMMER, ONE ASSOCIATED WITH SINGLE-SHOT FIRING MODE AND THE OTHER WITH BURST FIRING MODE

Far League S.R.L., Milan...

1. An automatic submachine gun for exploiting recoil, comprising:a stock (2);
a fixed barrel (4);
a grip (3) provided with an extractable butt (20);
a bolt (6) configured to slide in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the barrel (4), inside the stock (2), to lock a breech of the barrel (4);
a device for recovering recoil kinetic energy of the bolt (6);
a hammer (22) configured to swing in opposition to, and through action of, a spring actuator element (23), the hammer configured to swing between a cocked position and an uncocked position;
a trigger assembly for the hammer (22) comprising: in turn a swinging trigger (21) pivoted on the stock (2) and operatively connected to a sear lever (26); a first opposing lever (28) of the hammer (22) for single shot fire actuatable by the sear lever (26); and a second opposing lever (29) of the hammer (22) for continuous burst fire actuatable by the sear lever (26);
a manual fire mode selector (34) connected to a rotating shaft (35) having a cam (36) configured to interact with said first opposing lever (28) of the hammer for single shot fire and with said second opposing lever (29) of the hammer for burst fire;
an extractable magazine (8) for loading cartridge ammunition into a cartridge chamber (210) of the barrel (4); and
a firing pin (37) actuatable by the hammer (22) and configured to slide in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the barrel (4) in a seat provided in the bolt (6);
where the hammer (22) is configured and disposed to interact with the bolt (6) to absorb a significant fraction of the recoil kinetic energy of the bolt (6) for attainment of the cocked position;
where the hammer (22) has a point of impact (201) with the bolt (6), where a centre of mass (G) of the hammer (22) is positioned below the point of impact (201) of the hammer (22) with the bolt (6), and where, upon interaction of the hammer (22) with the bolt (6), a length of movement of the centre of mass (G) of the hammer (22) is amplified relative to a length of movement of the bolt (6); and
where the gun is blowback operated, and where the breech of the barrel is not locked mechanically at time of firing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,143

FIRE CONTROL INSERT FOR FIREARM

1. A firearm with removable firing control housing insert, the firearm comprising:a longitudinal axis;
a frame including a pair of right and left sidewalls, a rear wall extending transversely between the sidewalls, an open top, and an axially elongated cavity accessible through the open top;
an axially elongated firing control housing insert including a front end, a rear end, and pair lateral sidewalls extending between the ends;
the insert detachably mounted in the cavity and configured for holding firing mechanism components, the insert being removable from the cavity through the open top of the frame;
an elongated locking slot formed in a rear wall of the insert engaging a forwardly projecting locking protrusion formed in the rear wall of the frame, the locking slot and protrusion operable to retain a rear end of the insert in the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,429,142

QUICK LOADER ASSEMBLY

1. A quick loader assembly being configured to load ammunition into a breech loading rifle, said assembly comprising:a rifle having a breech loader, said breech loader having an open end;
a tube having a plurality of bullets being slidably positionable therein for loading said rifle, said tube being insertable into said open end of said breech loader thereby facilitating said bullets to be slid into said breech loader said tube having a first end, a second end and an outer surface extending therebetween, said first end insertably receiving said bullets, said second end being substantially closed thereby inhibiting said bullets from passing therethrough, said outer surface having a stripe extending around an entire circumference of said tube, said stripe being spaced from said first end; and
a first cap being slidably positionable on said tube to close said tube thereby retaining said bullets within said tube, said first cap having a first wall and an outer wall extending from said first wall, said outer wall having a distal edge relative to said first wall, said distal edge aligning with said stripe when said first end of said tube is inserted into said first cap.

US Pat. No. 10,429,141

COOLING TOWER FILL STRUCTURES

1. A splash bar for use in a cooling tower, comprising:a bottom portion having first and second edges and configured to be supported by horizontal hanger support members of a splash bar hanger grid along a width between the first and second edges;
a top portion having first and second edges and being arranged substantially parallel with the bottom portion;
a first side portion extending from the first edge of the bottom portion to the first edge of the top portion;
a second side portion extending from the second edge of the bottom portion to the second edge of the top portion;
wherein the first and second edges of the top portion are closer to one another than the first and second edges of the bottom portion; and
a plurality of openings formed through each of the bottom portion, the top portion, the first side portion and the second side portion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,140

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SUPPLYING AN INERT GAS IN A BEVERAGE FILLING PLANT

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A method for supplying an inert gas in a beverage filling plant, comprising:feeding an inert gas at a first pressure from an inert gas source to a pressure reducer;
reducing the first pressure of the inert gas to a second pressure in the pressure reducer;
providing the inert gas at the second pressure from the pressure reducer to a heat exchanger;
feeding process heat from the beverage filling plant to the heat exchanger;
after feeding the process heat to the heat exchanger, heating the inert gas at the second pressure from the pressure reducer in the heat exchanger; and
supplying the heated inert gas at the second pressure, while the heated inert gas at the second pressure is heated, directly to the beverage filling plant.

US Pat. No. 10,429,138

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO GENERATE OSCILLATING FLUID FLOWS IN HEAT EXCHANGERS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A fluid flow apparatus comprising:a repeating pattern of fins arranged in rows, wherein fins of each row are separated from one another by channels, the fins having respective sub-channels extending therethrough to facilitate oscillation of fluid moving through the channels, wherein each of the sub-channels defines a sub-channel inlet and a sub-channel outlet of a respective fin of the pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,429,136

OUTBOARD MARINE PROPULSION SYSTEM WITH CLOSED LOOP LOWER UNIT HEAT EXCHANGER

Global Packaging Systems,...

1. A lower unit heat exchanger for an outboard marine propulsion system comprising:a housing comprising an upper half and a lower half;
a cooling coil disposed within the housing;
upper cooling slots through the upper half of the housing for providing a flow of marine operating water through the cooling coil;
lower cooling slots through the lower half of the housing for providing a flow of marine operating water through the cooling coil;
an opening in the upper half of the housing configured to receive a lower unit of the outboard marine propulsion system;
an opening in the lower half of the housing configured to receive a lower unit of the outboard marine propulsion system; and
a mounting tab mechanically coupled to the housing for attaching the housing to the lower unit of the outboard marine propulsion system.

US Pat. No. 10,429,135

RECOVERY AND RE-USE OF WASTE ENERGY IN INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system comprising a crude oil refining facility comprising:a flow control system comprising flow pumps, flow pipes, and valves;
an amine regeneration plant comprising an acid gas absorber column, an acid gas regenerator column, and an acid gas regenerator bottoms stream comprising a weak amine salt;
an aromatics complex comprising an aromatics complex benzene extraction unit comprising a benzene distillation column and a benzene column bottoms stream, a raffinate column bottom stream, and a naphtha splitter column bottom stream, the aromatics complex comprising at least one of benzene, toluene, or xylene;
a sour water stripper plant comprising a sour water stripper column and a stripper bottom stream;
a sulfur recovery plant comprising an amine regenerator distillation column and an amine regenerator bottoms stream;
a gas separation plant comprising a de-ethanizer distillation column, a C3/C4 splitter distillation column, a C3/C4 splitter column bottom stream, and a de-ethanizer column bottoms stream;
the aromatics complex comprising an aromatics plant xylene products separation unit comprising an extract column, a raffinate column, a raffinate column overheads stream, and an extract column overheads stream;
a hydrocracking plant comprising feed furnaces, a first stage reaction reactor vessel, a second stage reaction reactor vessel, a first stage reaction cold high pressure separator comprising a separator vessel, a second stage reaction cold high pressure separator comprising another separator vessel, a product stripper stream, a diesel product stream, a kerosene product cooling stream from a main fractionator column, and a kerosene pumparound stream;
a diesel hydro-treating plant comprising a diesel stripper column and a diesel stripper bottom stream;
a first heat exchanger configured to heat the acid gas regenerator bottoms stream in the amine regeneration plant using a branch of the raffinate column overheads stream in the aromatics plant xylene products separation unit; and
a second heat exchanger configured to heat a branch of the stripper bottom stream in the sour water stripper plant using the diesel stripper bottom stream in the diesel hydro-treating plant.

US Pat. No. 10,429,134

HEAT EXCHANGER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, HEAT EXCHANGE MODULE, HEAT EXCHANGE DEVICE, AND HEAT SOURCE UNIT

Danfoss Micro Channel Hea...

1. A heat exchanger for a heat exchange device on an air-cooled water chiller unit or a commercial rooftop machine, the heat exchanger comprising:a main body part;
a bending part having a trapezoidal cross section, the bending part and the main body part being connected to each other and substantially perpendicular;
at least one heat exchange tube extending between the main body part and the bending part,
wherein a top edge of the bending part and a top edge of the main body part of the heat exchanger are at substantially the same height level.

US Pat. No. 10,429,133

HEAT EXCHANGER ELEMENT WITH THERMAL EXPANSION FEATURE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

11. A method of manufacturing a combination heat exchanger, the method comprising the steps of:providing a plurality of components of the combination heat exchanger, the plurality of components including a first end tank, a second end tank, a third end tank, a fourth end tank, a plurality of first heat exchanger tubes, a plurality of second heat exchanger tubes, and a first coupling including a first attachment portion, a second attachment portion, and a thermal expansion portion extending between the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion;
locating the plurality of the components relative to each other, the locating including locating the first plurality of the first heat exchanger tubes to extend in a first direction between the first end tank and the second end tank, locating the plurality of the second heat exchanger tubes to extend in the first direction between the third end tank and the fourth end tank, locating the first end tank, the second end tank, the third end tank, and the fourth end tank to extend longitudinally in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction with the first end tank and the third end tank aligned longitudinally in the second direction and the second end tank and the fourth end tank aligned longitudinally in the second direction, locating the first attachment portion adjacent the first end tank, and locating the second attachment portion adjacent the third end tank, wherein the plurality of first heat exchanger tubes and the plurality of second heat exchangers are located to be arranged co-planar on a plane defined by the first direction and the second direction; and
coupling the plurality of the components to each other in a single manufacturing process following the locating step, the coupling of the plurality of the components including coupling the plurality of the first heat exchanger tubes to each of the first end tank and the second end tank, coupling the plurality of the second heat exchanger tubes to each of the third end tank and the fourth end tank, coupling the first attachment portion to the first end tank, and coupling the second attachment portion to the third end tank;
wherein following the coupling step the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion are spaced from each other in the second direction while the thermal expansion portion is arcuate in shape and curves around an axis extending in a third direction arranged perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction as the thermal expansion portion extends from the first attachment portion to the second attachment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,132

STACKED PLATE HEAT EXCHANGER WITH TOP AND BOTTOM MANIFOLDS

Dana Canada Corporation, ...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:(a) a core having a height, a length, and a top and a bottom between which the height is defined, wherein said core comprises at least one core section having a top, a bottom and a length, and wherein each said core section comprises:
(i) a plate stack comprising a plurality of core plates, wherein the plate stack has a top and a bottom, and wherein each of the core plates comprises a generally flat plate having a plurality of spaced apart, raised openings provided along its length, and a flat area surrounding said plurality of raised openings, wherein the raised openings of adjacent core plates in said plate stack are sealed together to define a plurality of tubular structures extending between the top and the bottom of the plate stack;
(ii) a top plate sealed to the top of the plate stack, the top plate having one or more openings communicating with the plurality of tubular structures; and
(iii) a bottom plate sealed to the bottom of the plate stack, the bottom plate having one or more openings communicating with the plurality of tubular structures;
(b) a top manifold provided on and sealed to the top of the core, wherein the top manifold comprises:
(i) at least one top manifold tank section having an interior defining a top manifold tank space, wherein the top manifold tank space of each said top manifold tank section is in flow communication with at least one of the tubular structures of one of the at least one core section; and
(ii) a top manifold end plate provided on the top manifold tank section and at least partly sealing the top manifold tank space, wherein the top manifold end plate extends throughout the length of the core at the top thereof; and
(c) a bottom manifold provided on and sealed to the bottom of the core, wherein the bottom manifold comprises:
(i) at least one bottom manifold tank section having an interior defining a bottom manifold tank space, wherein the bottom manifold tank space of each said at least one bottom manifold tank section is in flow communication with at least one of the tubular structures of one of the at least one core section; and
(ii) a bottom manifold end plate provided on each said at least one bottom manifold tank section and at least partly sealing the bottom manifold tank space, wherein the bottom manifold end plate extends throughout the length of the core at the bottom thereof;
wherein each of the manifold tank sections comprises first and second stamped plates, wherein the first and second stamped plates each comprise a flat peripheral edge portion with a flat bottom sealing surface and a central raised portion with a flat top sealing surface, and wherein the flat top sealing surface surrounds at least one opening provided in the central raised portion;
wherein the flat top sealing surfaces of the first and second stamped plates are sealingly joined together to form said manifold tank section; and
wherein one of the flat bottom sealing surfaces is sealingly joined to a flat surface of one of the manifold end plates.

US Pat. No. 10,429,130

REFRACTORY KILN CAR RESISTANT TO HIGH TEMPERATURE SHOCK AND CREEP

1. A refractory kiln car comprising a refractory composition that includes, based on the dry weight of the refractory composition:about 55% to about 95% by weight chamotte;
about 10% to about 30% by weight mullite;
about 5% to about 25% by weight fused silica; and
about 2% to about 25% by weight colloidal silica particles having a mean particle diameter of about 1 to about 100 nanometers;
wherein the kiln car comprises a plurality of spaced apart support beams and a table that includes a plurality of flat slabs positioned side-by-side and end-to-end on the support beams, wherein the support beams and flat slabs are formed from the refractory composition.

US Pat. No. 10,429,128

HEAT-TREATMENT OF WATER-ABSORBING POLYMERIC PARTICLES IN A FLUIDIZED BED AT A FAST HEAT-UP RATE

Evonik Degussa GmbH, Ess...

1. A method for heat-treating water-absorbing polymeric particles at a temperature Tp1 equal to or above 150° C., wherein said water-absorbing polymeric particles comprise a residual amount of water being between 0.3 to 7 wt.-%, based on the composition, as determined by the EDANA standard test method WSP 203.3(10) when subjected to the heat treatment, the particles are heated in a fluidization chamber of a fluidized bed dryer from an initial particle temperature T0 equal to or below 50° C. to said temperature Tp1 at a heat-up rate of at least 10° C. per minute to effect surface crosslinking of said water-absorbing polymeric particles.

US Pat. No. 10,429,126

TOUCH SENSOR ASSEMBLY

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A touch sensor assembly comprising:a sensor printed circuit board (PCB) having a conductive material forming a printed circuit on a top surface of an insulating substrate;
a sensor support having a hole having a circular shape, the hole passing through the conductive layer and the insulating substrate of the sensor PCB;
a touch sensor including a circular metal plate provided at an upper side of the conductive layer to cover the sensor support, and a ceramic disc provided at a top surface of the metal plate and having a diameter less than that of the sensor support;
a conductive foil covering the conductive layer and the touch sensor; and
elastic members installed at a bottom surface of the sensor PCB corresponding to an outer side of the sensor support.

US Pat. No. 10,429,125

INSULATION STRUCTURE FOR AN APPLIANCE HAVING A UNIFORMLY MIXED MULTI-COMPONENT INSULATION MATERIAL, AND A METHOD FOR EVEN DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIAL COMBINATIONS THEREIN

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of forming a thermal insulating structure for a refrigerating appliance, the method comprising steps of:forming an insulating member, wherein the insulating member includes an interior surface that defines an interior insulating cavity;
forming a plurality of hollow insulating spheres;
forming a fill material, wherein the fill material is at least partially defined by a nano/micro-sized particulate material;
disposing the hollow insulating spheres and the nano/micro-sized particulate material within the interior insulating cavity; and
dispersing the nano/micro-sized particulate material throughout a secondary insulating volume defined within the interior insulating cavity and within an interstitial space defined between the plurality of hollow insulating spheres, wherein the nano/micro-sized particulate material and the hollow insulating spheres at least partially define a substantially uniform insulating material, wherein the step of dispersing the nano/micro-sized particulate material throughout the secondary insulating volume is performed by contemporaneously injecting an insulating gas carrier and the nano/micro-sized particulate material into the interior insulating cavity, and wherein the insulating gas carrier contains at least a portion of the nano/micro-sized particulate material in a suspended state therein and deposits the nano/micro-sized particulate material in a precipitated state throughout the secondary insulating volume, and wherein the insulating gas carrier is an insulating gas having thermal properties different than thermal properties of air, and wherein the precipitated state of the nano/micro-sized particulate material is at least partially produced by the hollow insulating spheres and by structures defined within the interior surface of the insulating member.

US Pat. No. 10,429,124

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a main body having a storage chamber therein;
a door having an upper door and a lower door provided below the upper door and configured to open or close the storage chamber; and
a speaker assembly disposed in a recess in a bottom of the upper door in such a way to face an upper surface of the lower door, and configured to output sound to an outside of the refrigerator,
wherein the speaker assembly comprises:
a base unit configured to be a portion of an outer cabinet of the door and comprising a base portion forming the bottom of the upper door by extending from a lower front portion of the recess to a lower rear portion of the recess, and a unit installing portion recessed from the base portion and forming an installing space;
a speaker disposed in the installing space and inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to the base portion; and
a speaker resting unit configured to cover the installing space to prevent exposure of the speaker, and
wherein the recess is covered from the outside of the refrigerator by the speaker assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,429,123

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE AND DOOR ASSEMBLY HAVING AN INTERIOR PANEL

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerator appliance comprising:a cabinet defining a food storage chamber; and
a door rotatably attached to the cabinet, the door being movable between an open position permitting access to the food storage chamber and a closed position restricting access to the food storage chamber, the door comprising
a molded support body extending across an opening of the cabinet in the closed position and along an interface perimeter of the door,
an interior panel attached to the molded support body, the interior panel comprising an inner surface and a plurality of tabs extending towards the interface perimeter, the inner surface extending across the interface perimeter between the molded support body and the food storage chamber, and
a gasket positioned on the plurality of tabs along the interface perimeter,
wherein the molded support body defines a fastener aperture to receive a screw fastener,
wherein the molded support body comprises a bossing extending in a transverse direction about the fastener aperture,
wherein at least one tab of the plurality of tabs defines a bounding aperture through which the bossing extends, and
wherein a predetermined radial clearance is defined between the bossing and the bounding aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,429,122

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCED OFF-CYCLE DEFROST

Kysor Warren EPTA US Corp...

1. A refrigeration system, comprising:a first circulation fan electrically coupled in a non-switchable manner to a power source via a first load wire;
a relay electrically coupled to the first circulation fan via a second load wire and to the power source, the relay comprising a lead that is electrically coupled to a controller;
responsive to the refrigeration system operating in a cooling cycle, the controller positions the relay in an open position such that the relay interrupts electrical voltage from the relay to the first circulation fan via the second load wire such that electrical voltage is provided to the first circulation fan via the first load wire causing the first circulation fan to operate in a low-speed mode;
responsive to the refrigeration system operating in a defrost cycle, the controller positions the relay in a closed position, such that the relay supplies electrical voltage to the first circulation fan via the second load wire such that electrical voltage is provided to the first circulation fan via the first load wire and the second load wire causing the first circulation fan to operate in a high-speed mode; and
wherein operation of the first circulation fan in the high-speed mode reduces a length of a time period where an increased discharge air temperature exists relative to operation of the first circulation fan in low-speed mode.

US Pat. No. 10,429,121

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a body comprising an inner casing and an outer casing;
a storage compartment provided in the body and having a front opening;
a first door and a second door each pivotably coupled with the body and configured to open and close the front opening of the storage compartment;
a pivoting bar pivotably coupled with the first door;
a guide device coupled with the inner casing of the body to induce the pivoting bar to pivot;
a heat transfer pipe through which a refrigerant is movable to cause the heat transfer pipe to have a higher temperature than the guide device, the heat transfer pipe between the inner casing and the outer casing and extending along a front edge of the storage compartment; and
a heat transfer member being formed of a material having a higher thermal conductivity than the inner casing and comprising
a first connection portion between the inner casing and the outer casing, and in contact with the heat transfer pipe, and
a second connection portion in contact with the guide device and disposed between the inner casing and the guide device
to transfer heat from the heat transfer pipe to the guide device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,119

REFRIGERATED COMPARTMENT AIR DISTRIBUTION ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

13. A refrigeration appliance, comprising:a wrapper forming an exterior of the refrigeration appliance;
a liner disposed in a spaced apart configuration from the wrapper, the liner defining a refrigeration compartment;
a door configured to provide access to and seal the refrigeration compartment;
a seal disposed around a periphery of the door, the periphery including an upper edge;
a fan; and,
at least one air-deflection surface extending inwardly from the seal toward a back wall of the liner and configured to redirect airflow from the fan, wherein the fan is positioned to direct airflow at the air-deflection surface and into the refrigeration compartment from the back wall of the liner, the fan further being positioned at an angle allowing the airflow to be directed into contact with a top wall of the refrigeration compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,429,118

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a refrigerating compartment including a refrigerating section formed on an upper side thereof and an alternate temperature section formed on a lower side thereof;
a cold air flow path formed on a rear side of the refrigerating compartment;
a compressor that compresses a refrigerant to yield a compressed refrigerant, the compressor compressing at a normal speed during a normal operation of supplying cold air to the refrigerating compartment;
a condenser that condenses the compressed refrigerant to yield a condensed refrigerant;
an evaporator that is provided in the cold air flow path and evaporates the condensed refrigerant to generate the cold air;
a cover disposed between the cold air flow path and the refrigerating compartment and forming at least one flow passage that guides the cold air generated by the evaporator to flow around the refrigerating compartment section and the alternate temperature section;
a refrigerating compartment circulation fan disposed in at least a portion of the at least one flow passage for allowing the generated cold air to flow between the cold air flow path and the alternate temperature section; and
a processor to control the refrigerating compartment circulation fan to circulate the cold air generated by the evaporator,
wherein the processor controls the refrigerating compartment circulation fan to turn on to cool the refrigerating compartment in the normal operation, and to turn off the refrigerating compartment circulation in response to the processor determining that a difference between an actual temperature of the refrigerating section and a target temperature of the alternate temperature section reaches a threshold temperature so that the cold air of the cold air flow path is introduced into the alternate temperature section by natural convection to cool the alternate temperature section, and
wherein the processor further controls the compressor to compress the refrigerant at higher pressure than at the normal operation by increasing a rotational speed of the compressor in response to the processor determining that the refrigerating compartment circulation fan is turned off to cause the evaporator to be further activated to generate the cold air in order to maximize the introduction of the cold air of the cold air flow path to the alternate temperature section by the natural convection.

US Pat. No. 10,429,117

MODULARLY-WHEELED COOLER

1. A modularly-wheeled cooler comprising:a receptacle;
a lid;
a front axle;
a rear axle;
a plurality of wheel-attachment features;
a first plurality of peg-attachment features;
the receptacle comprising a bottom base, an opening and a lateral wall;
the plurality of wheel-attachment features being positioned within the receptacle;
the plurality of wheel-attachment features being integrated into the bottom base;
the lid being mounted onto the lateral wall adjacent to the opening;
the front axle, the rear axle, and the plurality of peg-attachment features being positioned external to the receptacle and the lid;
the front axle and the rear axle being externally mounted to the bottom base;
the front axle and the rear axle being positioned offset from each other across the bottom base;
the first plurality of peg-attachment features being integrated into the lid;
the plurality of wheel-attachment features being a plurality of wheel-gripping indentations;
the plurality of wheel-gripping indentations traversing into the bottom base;
the plurality of wheel-gripping indentations being positioned offset from each other;
the bottom base comprising an upper surface;
the upper surface being oriented towards to the opening;
the plurality of wheel-gripping indentations being formed on the upper surface;
a pair of front wheels;
a pair of rear wheels;
the plurality of wheel-gripping indentations being configured to store the pair of front wheels and the pair of rear wheels; and
the pair of front wheels and the pair of rear wheels each being a pneumatic wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,429,116

PORTABLE COOLER WITH ACCESSORY ATTACHMENT RAILS

1. A portable cooler apparatus comprising:a box portion having an exterior surface and an interior surface;
the interior surface of the box portion defining a food receptacle;
a lid operable between an open position and a closed position;
a first accessory mounting rail on the exterior surface of the box portion; and
a mounting assembly for attaching an accessory to the first accessory mounting rail;
wherein said mounting assembly comprises a clamp operable between a first position and a second position;
wherein said clamp is configured and dimensioned to securely clamp onto said first accessory mounting rail when operated to the second position;
wherein the clamp comprises a first lever and a second lever, wherein the first lever and the second lever are pivotally mounted together in a scissor-like configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,429,115

REFRIGERATOR

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:a storage compartment;
a door for opening and closing said storage compartment;
an ice-making machine disposed in said storage compartment and for producing an ice cube;
an ice storage compartment disposed in said storage compartment or on said door, said ice storage compartment is disposed below said ice-making machine, so as to accommodate the ice cube produced in said ice-making machine, said ice storage compartment having a discharge port, and the ice cube is discharged from said discharge port;
a movable blocking member disposed in said ice storage compartment;
at least one ice-crushing cutter disposed in said ice storage compartment, wherein said movable blocking member and said at least one ice-crushing cutter are both disposed above said discharge port;
a distributor disposed on said door and used to distribute the ice cube from said ice storage compartment to an outside; and
said ice storage compartment further having an opening and closing mechanism for opening or closing said discharge port, said movable blocking member is at least partially disposed as said opening and closing mechanism and when said movable blocking member is at least partially disposed as said opening and closing mechanism, said movable blocking member has three operational states:
said movable blocking member completely opens said discharge port, and said ice storage compartment discharges the ice cube;
said movable blocking member does not completely open or close said discharge port, and said storage compartment discharges crushed ice; and
said movable blocking member completely closes said discharge port blocking access to components of said ice-crushing cutter from beneath said movable blocking member, and said ice storage compartment discharges neither the ice cube nor the crushed ice.

US Pat. No. 10,429,114

ICE-MAKING MACHINE AND HEAT EXCHANGER THEREFOR

Sunwell Engineering Compa...

1. An ice-making machine, comprising:a housing having an inlet to receive a fluid from which ice is to be made and an outlet to permit the egress of ice from said housing;
a heat exchanger having a generally cylindrical, tubular body forming part of said housing, the tubular body defining at least one heat exchange surface, the heat exchanger comprising at least one refrigerant circuit disposed about the outer surface of the tubular body, the at least one refrigerant circuit defined by a plurality of axially extending members disposed about and brazed to the outer surface of the tubular body, each axially extending member having an arcuate shape and comprising a plurality of refrigerant passages extending the entire length thereof;
at least one blade in contact with the at least one heat exchange surface and movable about an axis to move across the at least one heat exchange surface and remove cooled fluid therefrom; and
a drive to move the at least one blade across the at least one heat exchange surface.

US Pat. No. 10,429,113

HEAT PUMP APPARATUS, AND AIR CONDITIONER, HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER, AND REFRIGERATOR INCLUDING THE HEAT PUMP APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A heat pump apparatus comprising:a compressor compressing a refrigerant;
a motor driving the compressor;
an inverter including a bridge circuit equal in number to a phase of the motor, the bridge circuit including plural pairs of switching elements formed of wide bandgap semiconductors, the switching elements being connected in series, the plural pairs of switching elements being connected in parallel, the inverter applying to the motor a high-frequency voltage of a frequency at which the motor does not rotate; and
an inverter control unit controlling the inverter,
wherein during a compressing-operation mode causing the compressor to compress a refrigerant, the inverter control unit causes the inverter to generate an AC voltage of a frequency at which the motor rotates, and during a heating-operation mode heating the compressor, the inverter control unit causes the inverter to generate the high-frequency voltage,
wherein in the heating-operation mode, the inverter control unit controls at least one pair of switching elements among the plural pairs of switching elements,
wherein the inverter control unit switches the pair of switching elements to be switching-controlled in accordance with a set sequence within a bridge circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,112

CONTROL METHOD FOR REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A control method for a refrigerator, comprising:driving a refrigerator compartment compressor that is configured to cool a refrigerator compartment;
determining whether a temperature in the refrigerator compartment is less than or equal to a first temperature;
driving, in response to the temperature in the refrigerator compartment being less than or equal to the first temperature, a freezer compartment compressor that is configured to cool a freezer compartment when the refrigerator compressor is driven;
stopping the refrigerator compartment compressor when the freezer compartment compressor is driven;
maintaining, after stopping the refrigerator compartment compressor, operation of the freezer compartment compressor;
in response to completion of operation of the freezer compartment compressor, restarting the refrigerator compartment compressor at a driving frequency to cool the refrigerator compartment to a second temperature; and
in response to restarting the refrigerator compartment compressor, varying the driving frequency of the refrigerator compartment compressor to correspond to a reduced capacity that is less than a full capacity of the refrigerator compartment compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,111

INTEGRATED SUCTION HEADER ASSEMBLY

Heatcraft Refrigeration P...

1. A refrigeration system, comprising:an evaporator assembly;
a suction header assembly comprising a reservoir and coupled to an outlet of the evaporator assembly, wherein the suction header assembly is configured to reduce the potential for slugging due to low superheat and to provide energy savings due to liquid sub-cooling;
a suction header heat exchanger disposed throughout a length of the reservoir of the suction header assembly and within the reservoir of the suction header assembly, wherein the suction header heat exchanger is configured to sub-cool a flow of refrigerant passing through the suction header heat exchanger with a counter flow of at least one evaporator flow from the evaporator assembly flowing through the reservoir, so as to reduce any superheat required by a load;
a hot gas diversion assembly comprising a diversion heat exchanger line extending downstream of one or more compressors, along the suction header assembly, and upstream of a condenser assembly;
a temperature sensor disposed within the reservoir of the suction header assembly and electrically coupled to at least one valve, the at least one valve controlling passage of refrigerant into the hot gas diversion assembly in response to temperature measured by the sensor; and
a liquid header configured to receive a direct refrigerant flow from the suction header heat exchanger, wherein the liquid header is functionally coupled between an inlet of the evaporator assembly and an outlet of the suction header heat exchanger, the liquid header configured to divide a received liquid into a plurality of flows.

US Pat. No. 10,429,110

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING REFRIGERANT

Bosch Automotive Service ...

9. A method of operating an air conditioning service system to determine a quantity of refrigerant recovered from a refrigeration system comprising:obtaining, with a controller, a first pressure signal from a pressure transducer corresponding to a first pressure at a first location in a plurality of conduits and chambers defining a total refrigerant receiving volume of the air conditioning service system;
operating, using the controller, a compressor to recover the refrigerant from the refrigeration system after the first pressure is sensed by the pressure transducer;
obtaining, with the controller, a second pressure signal from the pressure transducer corresponding to a second pressure at the first location after operating the compressor; and
determining, with the controller, an amount of refrigerant recovered from the refrigeration system based on the first pressure signal and the second pressure signal.

US Pat. No. 10,429,109

REFRIGERANT CIRCUIT AND AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A refrigerant circuit comprising:a plurality of gas/liquid separators configured to separate two-phase gas-liquid refrigerant into refrigerant vapor and refrigerant liquid in a first mode of operation and configured to allow the two-phase gas-liquid refrigerant to flow out of the respective gas/liquid separator without being separated in a second mode of operation, each gas/liquid separator includes an inflow channel configured to receive the two-phase gas-liquid refrigerant;
a plurality of channel switching valves, each channel switching valve is connected to a respective upstream side of gas/liquid separators and configured to switch delivery of the two-phase gas-liquid refrigerant between said inflow channels for the two-phase gas-liquid refrigerant by opening and closing;
an evaporating heat exchanger comprising at least one heat exchanger configured to accept inflow of the refrigerant liquid or the two-phase gas-liquid refrigerant from the plurality of gas/liquid separators;
a header installed on an upstream side of each of the at least one evaporating heat exchanger perpendicularly or at angles to the evaporating heat exchanger;
wherein each of the plurality of gas/liquid separators further comprises a liquid-side outlet pipe connecting the respective gas/liquid separators to the header, the liquid-side outlet pipes allowing passage of the refrigerant liquid or the two-phase gas-liquid refrigerant from the gas/liquid separators to the header;
a compressor installed on a downstream side of the evaporating heat exchanger; and
a plurality of bypass routes, each bypass route is connected to a respective one of the gas/liquid separators and configured to allow passage of the refrigerant vapor,
wherein the refrigerant vapor passing through the plurality of bypass routes and refrigerant vapor exiting the evaporating heat exchanger merge at a first meeting point between the evaporating heat exchanger and the compressor, and
wherein the pressure of the refrigerant flowing into the gas-liquid separator is closer to the pressure of the refrigerant sucked by the compressor than the pressure of the refrigerant discharged by the compressor, and the pressure of the refrigerant at an inlet of the header is the same as the pressure of the refrigerant at an outlet of the gas/liquid separators.

US Pat. No. 10,429,108

METHOD OF MAINTAINING THE FLOW RATE OF A REFRIGERANT WHILE MAINTAINING SUPERHEAT

DunAn Microstaq, Inc., A...

1. A method of maintaining a fluid flow rate in a heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC-R) system while maintaining superheat in the HVAC-R system at a desired level comprising:continuously measuring an operating fluid temperature of the HVAC-R system;
continuously calculating HVAC-R system superheat at a pre-determined rate;
determining if the calculated HVAC-R system superheat is stable;
measuring and recording an operating fluid pressure of the HVAC-R system each time the calculated HVAC-R system superheat is stable;
recording an average operating fluid pressure each subsequent time the superheat is stable;
calculating an output PWM according to the equation:
Output PWM=(Flow Rate Component)+(Superheat Component); and
reducing fluid flow through a metering valve in the HVAC-R system when an actual PWM of the HVAC-R system is greater than the calculated output PWM of the HVAC-R system by adjusting a PWM signal to a microvalve in the metering valve, and increasing fluid flow through the metering valve in the HVAC-R system when the actual PWM of the HVAC-R system is less than the calculated output PWM of the HVAC-R system by adjusting the PWM signal to the microvalve in the metering valve;
wherein the Flow Rate Component is the result of regulating around a target operating fluid pressure by performing the steps of: (1) determining an average operating fluid pressure, (2) calculating a fluid pressure within an evaporator, and (3) comparing the average operating fluid pressure to the fluid pressure within the evaporator, such that if the average operating fluid pressure is greater than the fluid pressure within the evaporator, then fluid flow through an expansion device is increased, and if the average operating fluid pressure is less than the fluid pressure within the evaporator, then fluid flow through the expansion device reduced, and
wherein the Superheat Component is the result of regulating around a target superheat by performing the steps of: (1) calculating the system superheat of the HVAC-R, (2) and comparing the calculated system superheat to a target superheat, such that if the calculated system superheat is greater than the target superheat by a pre-determined amount, then fluid flow through the expansion device is increased, and if the calculated system superheat is less than the target superheat by a pre-determined amount, then fluid flow through the expansion device is reduced as shown.

US Pat. No. 10,429,107

SIMPLIFIED RECUPERATING ELECTRIC ECS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. An environmental control system (ECS), comprising:an air cycle machine (ACM);
a condenser downstream of the ACM;
a reheater between the condenser and the ACM;
a primary heat exchanger upstream of the reheater;
a mixer downstream of the condenser, downstream of the primary heat exchanger, downstream of an environment to be conditioned, and upstream of the environment to be conditioned;
a recirculating heat exchanger downstream of the environment to be conditioned and downstream of the primary heat exchanger, wherein the recirculating heat exchanger receives outside air discharged from the primary heat exchanger;
a first regulated flow path from the condenser and to, via only a first valve, outside air that is not conditioned;
a second regulated flow path from the environment to be conditioned to, via only a second valve, the reheater;
a third regulated flow path from the primary heat exchanger and to, via only a third valve, the reheater; and
a fourth regulated flow path from the primary heat exchanger and to, via only a fourth valve, the mixer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,106

ASYMMETRIC EVAPORATOR

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. A falling film evaporator for a heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system comprising:an evaporator housing;
a plurality of evaporator tubes disposed in the evaporator housing and arranged into one or more tube bundles, through which a volume of thermal energy transfer medium is flowed;
a plurality of tube sheets supportive of the plurality of evaporator tubes;
a first wall member and a second wall member extending vertically at opposite lateral sides of the plurality of evaporator tubes, the first wall member and the second wall member defining an inner vapor passage therebetween, defining a first outer vapor passage between the first wall member and the evaporator housing, and defining a second outer vapor passage between the second wall member and the evaporator housing; and
a vapor outlet disposed at an evaporator housing wall to direct vapor refrigerant from the evaporator housing;
wherein a first gap between a first wall member lower edge and a tube sheet base of the plurality of tube sheets is greater than a second gap between a second wall member lower edge and the tube sheet base of the plurality of tube sheets; and
wherein the second gap is disposed nearer to the vapor outlet than the first gap, biasing the flow of vapor refrigerant from the plurality of evaporator tubes toward a lateral side of the evaporator opposite the vapor outlet, thereby decreasing an amount of entrained liquid refrigerant in the flow of vapor refrigerant reaching the vapor outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,429,105

HEATING AND COOLING DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHOD

1. A heat pump, comprising:a compressor configured to compress a refrigerant;
a hot-side heat exchanger operably connected to the compressor and configured to receive the compressed refrigerant therefrom, the hot-side heat exchanger comprising a first plurality of blades aligned radially outward from an axis of rotation of the hot-side heat exchanger;
a valve that is connected to the hot-side heat exchanger and that receives the compressed refrigerant therefrom; and
a cold-side heat exchanger operably connected to the valve and configured to receive the refrigerant therefrom, the cold-side heat exchanger comprising a second plurality of blades aligned radially outward from the axis of rotation, the cold-side heat exchanger being separate from the hot-side heat exchanger, wherein the hot-side heat exchanger is located concentrically within the cold-side heat exchanger such that the second plurality of blades are arranged concentrically around the first plurality of blades, and the hot-side heat exchanger and the cold-side heat exchanger rotate about the axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,104

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTRICITY GENERATION USING ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION INCLUDING THERMAL TRANSFER BETWEEN VORTEX FLUX GENERATOR AND REFRIGERATOR COMPARTMENT

Silicon Turbine Systems, ...

1. A vortex flux refrigerator comprising:a vortex flux generator comprising:
a magnetic circuit configured to produce a magnetic field,
a vortex material, disposed within the magnetic field and configured to form and subsequently dissipate a vortex, wherein upon formation of the vortex, a magnetic field density surrounding the vortex is urged to decrease, and wherein upon subsequent dissipation of the vortex, the urging to decrease ceases and the magnetic field density increases prior to a reformation of the vortex, wherein the decrease of the magnetic field density and the increase of the magnetic field density correspond to a modulation of the magnetic field, and
an inductor disposed in a vicinity of the vortex such that the modulation of the magnetic field induces an electrical current in the inductor; and
a refrigerated compartment operatively coupled to the vortex flux generator, the refrigerated compartment comprising a heat transfer loop including a heat conduction media and a heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,429,103

REFRIGERATIVE SYSTEM INCLUDING A REFRIGERATIVE CONDENSER/COOLER

1. A refrigerative device comprising:an absorber section to contain a saturated strong solution;
a pump connected to an outlet of the absorber section to receive saturated strong solution therefrom;
a regenerator section connected to an outlet of the pump to receive a flow of pressurized saturated strong solution therefrom;
an expansion device connected to an outlet of the regenerator section to receive a flow of subcooled strong solution therefrom;
an evaporator section connected to an outlet of the expansion device to receive the subcooled strong solution therefrom, the evaporator section connected to the absorber section to return strong solution thereto; and
a condenser section connected to the evaporator section configured to receive a refrigerant evaporated from the subcooled strong solution in the evaporator, the condenser section connected to the absorber section to return liquid refrigerant thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,429,102

TWO PHASE LOOP DISTRIBUTED HVACANDR SYSTEM

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. An HVAC&R system comprising:a first pumping device configured to circulate a first medium, the first medium includes a first two-phase fluid;
a plurality of secondary HVAC&R units, wherein at least one of the plurality of secondary HVAC&R units is operably coupled to the first pumping device, wherein at least one of the plurality of secondary HVAC&R units is configured to operate in a heating mode and a cooling mode;
a primary HVAC&R unit operably coupled to at least one of the plurality of secondary HVAC&R units and the first pumping device;
a controller; and
at least one sensing device;
wherein the first pumping device, a portion of each of the plurality of secondary HVAC&R units, and a portion of the primary HVAC&R unit form a primary fluid loop
wherein the at least one sensing device is disposed on at least the first primary loop, wherein the at least one sensing device is configured to monitor the pressure and temperature of at least the first medium in the first primary loop, wherein the controller is configured to prevent cavitation in the first pumping device by varying the operation of at least the first primary HVAC&R unit and the first pumping device to maintain the subcooling of the first medium at an inlet of the first pumping device using the monitored pressure and temperature;
wherein each of the plurality of secondary HVAC&R units includes a secondary compressor and a first secondary heat exchanger operably coupled to the secondary compressor, wherein the secondary compressor is configured to circulate a second medium, the second medium includes a second two-phase fluid;
wherein a portion of the primary fluid loop is operably coupled to the first secondary heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,429,101

MODULAR TWO PHASE LOOP DISTRIBUTED HVACANDR SYSTEM

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. An HVAC&R system comprising:a first pumping device configured to circulate a first volume of a first medium, the first medium includes a first two-phase fluid;
a second pumping device configured to circulate a second volume of the first medium;
a first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units, wherein at least one of the first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units is operably coupled to the first pumping device, and wherein at least one of the first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units is configured to operate in a heating mode and a cooling mode;
a second plurality of secondary HVAC&R units, wherein at least one of the second plurality of secondary HVAC&R units is operably coupled to the second pumping device;
a first primary HVAC&R unit operably coupled to at least one of the first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units and the first pumping device;
a second primary HVAC&R unit operably coupled to at least one of the second plurality of secondary HVAC&R units and the second pumping device;
a controller, and
at least one sensing device;
wherein the first pumping device, a portion of each of the first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units, and a portion of the first primary HVAC&R unit form a first primary fluid loop, and the second pumping device, a portion of each of the second plurality of secondary HVAC&R units, and a portion of the second primary HVAC&R unit form a second primary fluid loop;
wherein the at least one sensing device is disposed on at least the first primary fluid loop, wherein the at least one sensing device is configured to monitor the pressure and temperature of at least the first medium in the primary loop, wherein the controller is configured to prevent cavitation in the first pumping device by varying the operation of at least the first HVAC&R unit and the first pumping device to maintain the subcooling of the first medium at an inlet of the first pumping device using the monitored pressure and temperature;
wherein each of the first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units and the second plurality of secondary HVAC&R units includes a secondary compressor and a first secondary heat exchanger operably coupled to the secondary compressor, wherein the secondary compressor is configured to circulate a second medium, the second medium includes a second two-phase fluid; and
wherein a portion of the first primary fluid loop is operably coupled to the first secondary heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,429,100

CLAMPING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING A SOLAR MODULE

Solibro Hi-Tech GmbH, Bi...

1. A clamping device for a solar module, the clamping device comprising:a receiving portion for receiving an edge portion of the solar module, said receiving portion having at least a first side wall portion and an additional side wall portion together forming a receiving region;
said additional side wall portion being bendable about a bending axis, and the bending axis being orientated parallel with a longitudinal axis of the clamping device;
said receiving portion being constructed integrally in one piece;
at least one spacer element disposed on said additional side wall portion and configured for ensuring a minimum spacing between said additional side wall portion and a carrier structure, said spacer element being constructed by said additional side wall portion; and
said receiving portion having a modulus of elasticity greater than a modulus of elasticity of rubber.

US Pat. No. 10,429,099

ELECTRIC HEATING DEVICE AND PTC HEATING ELEMENT FOR SUCH

1. An electric heating device comprising:several PTC heating elements arranged in a circulation chamber,
a heating element casing which fits as a structural unit at least one PTC element and contact plates that energize said PTC element and that form contact strips for an electrical plug connection,
a partition wall which separates said circulation chamber from a connection chamber in which said contact strips of said PTC heating element penetrating said partition wall are exposed and are electrically connected, and
a plug connection which is formed between said partition wall and said PTC heating element and via which said PTC heating element is held in at least one of a frictionally engaged manner and a positive fit manner on said partition wall in the direction of insertion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,098

TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER

LMK THERMOSAFE LIMITED, ...

1. A method of programming a temperature controller for a heater for heating the contents of a container in a hazardous area, the method comprising the steps of:writing identification data and parameter data to a memory of a portable token in an area remote from the hazardous area;
transporting said portable token to a position in proximity to the temperature controller in the hazardous area;
transmitting, by means of a near field communication method, the identification data and parameter data stored in the memory of the portable token to a receiver in the temperature controller;
comparing the identification data received by the temperature controller with identification data stored in a memory of the temperature controller;
if said comparison of identification data is positive, updating parameter data stored in the memory of the temperature controller with the parameter data received by the receiver; and
if said comparison is negative, not updating the parameter data stored in the memory of the temperature controller with the parameter data received by the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,429,097

EXPANSION TANK WALL MOUNT BRACKET APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE

1. An expansion tank wall mount bracket apparatus for selectively mounting an expansion tank, the apparatus comprising:a wall mount bracket having opposite wall mount bracket left and right side walls extending from a wall mount bracket body and defining therebetween a wall mount bracket inside width, the wall mount bracket being further formed having a wall mount bracket lower end wall and having at least one pair of opposing left and right slots formed in the respective wall mount bracket left and right side walls, the wall mount bracket further comprising opposite outwardly-facing wall mount bracket left and right side wall recesses;
an L bracket having opposite L bracket left and right side walls extending from an L bracket body and defining thereacross an L bracket outside width that is less than the wall mount bracket inside width, the L bracket being further formed having an L bracket lower end wall, the L bracket further comprising opposite outwardly-facing L bracket left and right side wall recesses substantially conforming to the wall mount bracket left and right side wall recesses;
and
an at least one adjustable strap configured for selectively passing through the at least one pair of opposing left and right slots to selectively retain the expansion tank against the wall mount bracket left and right side walls, wherein:
in a first operational mode of the apparatus the L bracket is selectively assembled substantially perpendicular to the wall mount bracket as by positioning the L bracket body partially against the wall mount bracket lower end wall, whereby the expansion tank is supported on the L bracket in cooperation with the at least one adjustable strap retaining the expansion tank against the wall mount bracket, and further whereby the wall mount bracket left and right side wall recesses provide clearance for a weld seam formed on the expansion tank;
in a second operational mode of the apparatus the L bracket is selectively assembled substantially parallel to the wall mount bracket as by nesting the L bracket within the wall mount bracket with the L bracket lower end wall against the wall mount bracket lower end wall and the L bracket left and right side walls substantially adjacent to the respective wall mount bracket left and right side walls, whereby the expansion tank is supported on the wall mount bracket in cooperation with the at least one adjustable strap retaining the expansion tank against one or more of the wall mount bracket and the L bracket, and further whereby the L bracket left and right side wall recesses cooperate with the wall mount bracket left and right side wall recesses to provide clearance for the weld seam formed on the expansion tank; and
in a third operational mode of the apparatus the wall mount bracket and the L bracket are unassembled and separately employed in conjunction with multiple adjustable straps, whereby multiple expansion tanks are supported, one on the wall mount bracket and one on the L bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,429,096

COMBINED HEATER AND ACCUMULATOR ASSEMBLIES

Laird Technologies, Inc.,...

1. An assembly comprising:an enclosure including a first portion, a second portion, and a divider between the first and second portions;
an inlet through which a coolant may enter an interior of the second portion;
an outlet through which the coolant may exit the interior of the second portion;
a heat source operable for supplying heat for heating the coolant within the interior of the second portion;
a baffle having one or more bleed holes, wherein the baffle is positioned generally between the divider and the second portion of the enclosure, the baffle configured to be operable for at least reducing application of pressure on the divider from the coolant flowing within the interior of the second portion;
the divider is flexible, movable, and/or deformable in a direction away from the first portion towards the second portion for causing the coolant within the interior of the second portion to exit the interior of the second portion via the outlet; and
whereby the assembly is configured to allow pressurizing of an interior of the first portion to thereby cause the divider to flex, move, and/or deform in the direction away from the first portion towards the second portion for causing coolant to exit the interior of the second portion via the outlet; and
whereby the one or more bleed holes are configured to enable pressure changes due to flexing, moving, and/or deforming of the divider to be transmitted throughout the second portion while the baffle at least inhibits the divider from being directly affected by the flow of coolant through the second portion; and
wherein:
the assembly includes first and second ports and a symmetric design such that either the first port and the second port are usable as the inlet or the outlet; and/or
the baffle comprises a plate having the one or more bleed holes, the plate configured to resist deforming due to force or pressure exerted by flowing coolant within the second portion and to resist the force or pressure caused by the flexing, moving, and/or deforming of the divider, whereby the plate is operable for at least reducing application of pressure on the divider from the coolant flowing within the interior of the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,095

SCHMITTY COMPRESSOR

1. A survival unit comprising: at least one combustion housing defining a combustion chamber therein and further defining an exhale port providing a source of air into said combustion chamber and then an exhaust port providing an exit path for exhaust gasses; a heat exchanger at least partially supported in said combustion chamber and configured to heat water therethrough; an igniter operatively attached to said at least one combustion housing and disposed in communication with said combustion chamber; an exhale valve arranged adjacent to said exhale port of said at least one combustion housing and configured to meter air and fuel into said combustion chamber; a fuel injector operatively attached to said at least one combustion housing via a pipe segment and configured to direct fuel into said combustion chamber for use in combustion; an annular compression housing defining a compression chamber, said compression housing being separate from said combustion housing and spaced radially from said combustion chamber housing and said compression chamber being disposed in fluid communication with said combustion chamber is across and under such; an annular oscillation plate disposed in said compression chamber of said compression housing and supported for reciprocal movement in said compression chamber between first and second positions wherein movement of said oscillation plate between said positions compresses air directed toward said combustion chamber across said exhale port; and said oscillation plate comprising an inner hoop segment, an outer hoop segment forming concentric cylindrical side panels interlocked with said inner hoop segment and said out hoop segment.

US Pat. No. 10,429,094

WINDOW MOUNTED ROOM AIR CONDITIONER INSULATION AND INSTALLATION DEVICE

1. An adjustable air-conditioner window mount comprising:a first longitudinal member, a second longitudinal member opposite said first longitudinal member, a third longitudinal member and a fourth longitudinal member opposite said third longitudinal member, said first, said second, said third and said fourth longitudinal members forming an enclosure and having an opening extending therethrough, each said first, said second, said third and said fourth longitudinal members having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end, said enclosure being bordered by a respective interior surface of each of said first, said second, said third and said fourth longitudinal members;
each said first, said second, said third and said fourth longitudinal members having at least a first expandable gasket located between a respective said first longitudinal end and said second longitudinal end, each said expandable gasket having an aperture extending therethrough;
each said expandable gasket having a sliding guide extending through a respective said aperture;
a protruding strip extending from a portion of a surface of said first longitudinal member that is opposite said interior surface of said first longitudinal member; and
an expandable damper configured to be placed within said enclosure and having a first longitudinal end configured to abut said interior surface of said first longitudinal member and a second longitudinal end configured to abut said interior surface of said second longitudinal member, said expandable damper having an expandable gasket between said first longitudinal end and said second longitudinal end.

US Pat. No. 10,429,093

AIR TREATMENT SYSTEM

QINGDAO HAIER AIR CONDITI...

1. An air handling system, characterized by comprising a top cover, a base and at least one air handling device provided between the top cover and the base,wherein the top cover and the adjacent air handling device, the base and the adjacent air handling device, and the adjacent air handling devices are all connected to each other by means of magnetic attraction,
wherein at least one guide groove is provided on the bottom surface of the top cover and the bottom surface of the air handling device, respectively; at least one guide protrusion is provided on the top surface of the base and the top surface of the air handling device, respectively; and the guide groove and the guide protrusion which are provided on the adjacent two surfaces positionally correspond to each other such that the guide protrusion is inserted into the guide groove,
wherein an electrically conductive sheet is provided in the guide groove, and the guide protrusion is an electric conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,092

ASYNCHRONOUS REPORTING SYSTEM

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) reporting system comprising:a gateway device comprising interconnected components including:
a master clock;
a random access memory;
a non-volatile programmable memory having stored therein one or more of:
a customized bootloader,
a gateway application software image;
a radio frequency tool kit image;
non-volatile application run data; and
factory provided data;
a processor connected to the master clock, the random access memory, and the non-volatile programmable memory; and
a PHY chip connected to the processor,
wherein the gateway device is in communication with one or more pieces of HVAC equipment via radio frequency (RF) communication links,
wherein the gateway device is in communication with an external network,
wherein the gateway device is in two-way synchronous communication with a router,
wherein the gateway device is configured and adapted to provide asynchronous communication to the router,
wherein the router is in communication with an Internet cloud through a broadband connection,
wherein the one or more pieces of HVAC equipment communicate with the gateway device in data sessions within a round robin sequence of data sessions, and
wherein communication between the gateway device and the router occurs within a data session within the round robin sequence of data sessions.

US Pat. No. 10,429,091

HVAC CONTROLLER WITH CHECKOUT UTILITY

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A zone control panel for controlling a zoned HVAC system that includes two or more zones, an HVAC unit for delivering conditioned air to the two or more zones, two or more zone dampers for controlling delivery of conditioned air to the two or more zones, and a thermostat in each of the two or more zones, the zone control panel comprising:a first set of two or more wiring terminals, each of the first set of two or more wiring terminals providing a connection point for a corresponding wire from a first thermostat in a first one of the two or more zones;
a second set of two or more wiring terminals, separate from the first set of two or more wiring terminals, each of the second set of two or more wiring terminals providing a connection point for a corresponding wire from a second thermostat in a second one of the two or more zones;
a third set of two or more wiring terminals for receiving an electrical signal from discharge air temperature sensor that is indicative of a discharge air temperature of the HVAC unit;
a fourth set of two or more wiring terminals for receiving an electrical signal from an outdoor air temperature sensor that is indicative of an outdoor air temperature;
an output for providing control signals to the HVAC unit and to each of the two or more zone dampers;
a display;
a controller operatively coupled to the first set of two or more wiring terminals, the second set of two or more wiring terminals, the third set of two or more wiring terminals, the fourth set of two or more wiring terminals, the output and the display, the controller configured to receive calls from the first thermostat and calls from the second thermostat, and in response, provide control signals to the HVAC unit and to the two or more zone dampers via the output; and
the controller further configured to selectively display on the display the discharge air temperature and the outdoor air temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,429,090

CLOSED-LOOP AIR-TO-WATER AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

1. A closed-loop air-to-water air conditioning system for providing heating and cooling to a building, the air conditioning system comprising:a condenser assembly operably configured to create a non-ambient temperature inside a condenser refrigerant line;
a fluid climatization assembly thermally coupled to the condenser assembly, the fluid climatization assembly including:
a climatized-fluid storage tank;
a to-recycled-climatized-fluid storage tank fluidically coupled to the climatized-fluid storage tank by a crossover tube configured to allow a fluid to pass from the climatized-fluid storage tank to the to-be-recycled-climatized-fluid storage tank;
a first thermal fluid line thermally coupling the climatized-fluid storage tank and the to-be-recycled-climatized-fluid storage tank to the condenser refrigerant line, wherein the first thermal fluid line is configured to distribute the fluid from the to-be-recycled-climatized-fluid storage tank to a thermal coupling with the condenser refrigerant line to thereby chill the fluid in the first thermal fluid line and return to the climatized-fluid storage tank; and
a second thermal fluid line fluidically coupled to the climatized-fluid storage tank; and
an air handler assembly thermally coupled to the second thermal fluid line of the fluid climatization assembly, the air handler assembly having a fan and an air chamber that, together, are operable to move ambient air from within the building across the second thermal fluid line of the fluid climatization assembly to transform the ambient air within the building to climatized air and distribute the climatized air to at least a portion of the building;
wherein the second thermal fluid line is routed from the climatized-fluid storage tank, through the air handler assembly, and returns to the to-be-recycled-climatized-fluid storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,429,089

OUTDOOR UNIT FOR AIR CONDITIONER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An outdoor device of an air conditioner, the outdoor device comprising:a barrier that partitions an inside of the outdoor device into a heat exchange chamber and a machine room, the barrier including a first wall, a second wall, and a central wall disposed between the first wall and the second wall, wherein adjacent sections of the central wall and the second wall are recessed toward the heat exchange chamber, and a section of the first wall is recessed toward the heat exchange chamber;
one or more blower fan disposed in the heat exchange chamber to allow heat exchange chamber-side air to forcibly flow;
an outdoor heat exchanger disposed in the heat exchange chamber, wherein the outdoor heat exchanger performs heat-exchange with air flowing due to the blower fan;
a control box disposed in the machine room to control an operation of the outdoor device; and
a base plate installed at a surface of the barrier facing the machine room,
wherein the first wall of the barrier extends to bend from one side end of the central wall, and the second wall of the barrier extends to bend from the other side end of the center wall;
wherein the barrier further includes:
a barrier discharge formed to be recessed in the first wall of the barrier, the barrier discharge forming a barrier discharge hole that guides air to be discharged from the heat exchange chamber; and
a barrier inflow formed to be recessed in the second wall of the barrier, the barrier inflow forming a barrier inflow hole that guides air into the heat exchange chamber,
wherein the base plate includes:
a central surface coupled at the central wall of the barrier;
a left surface extending from one end of the central surface to face the first wall of the barrier and be spaced apart from the first wall; and
a right surface extending from another end of the central surface to face the second wall of the barrier and be spaced apart from the second wall,
wherein:
the control box is coupled to the central surface of the base plate,
air introduced by the barrier inflow hole flows into the machine room through a base inflow hole formed on the right surface of the base plate, and
air flowing into the machine room flows into the barrier discharge hole through a base discharge hole formed on the left surface of the base plate and positioned closer to the blower fan than the right surface.

US Pat. No. 10,429,088

AIR-CONDITIONING-APPARATUS INDOOR UNIT

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning-apparatus indoor unit comprising:a body which is box-shaped, the body including a body top board having a substantially rectangular shape, a body side board connected to all sides of the body top board, and a body open face provided opposite to the body top board and having an opening;
an air-sending fan provided inside the body;
a heat exchanger provided inside the body in such a manner as to surround the air-sending fan;
a sloping guide; and
a drain pan provided inside the body and below the heat exchanger, and including a drain reservoir that stores condensed water generated by the heat exchanger,
wherein the body further includes
a plurality of body air outlets provided on a periphery of the body open face and configured to blow out air to an outside of the body, the air having been taken in from the opening of the body open face and having flowed through the heat exchanger,
wherein the plurality of body air outlets are each formed by
a body-air-outlet outer side wall provided along the body side board;
a body-air-outlet inner side wall provided by opposing the body-air-outlet outer side wall, and
body-air-outlet end walls connecting the body-air-outlet outer side wall and the body-air-outlet inner side wall,
wherein one of the body-air-outlet end walls stands between the drain reservoir and one of the plurality of body air outlets, and
wherein the sloping guide is provided on at least one of the body-air-outlet end walls and has a sloping-guide upper surface, and
wherein the sloping-guide upper surface projects toward a central part of the body air outlet as the sloping-guide upper surface extends closer to the body open face from the body top board and is continuous with the body-air-outlet inner side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,429,087

INDOOR UNIT FOR AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An indoor unit for an air-conditioning apparatus, the indoor unit comprising:a box-shaped casing having an air inlet in a top surface of the casing and an air outlet in a bottom surface of the casing;
an air-sending device disposed in the casing, the air-sending device being configured to suck in indoor air through the air inlet and blow conditioned air through the air outlet;
a heat exchanger disposed in the casing, the heat exchanger being configured to cause the indoor air to exchange heat with refrigerant to supply the conditioned air;
a vertical deflector; a first auxiliary vertical deflector; and a second auxiliary vertical deflector each rotatably arranged in the air outlet and configured to change an air flow direction in a vertical direction,
the second auxiliary vertical deflector including a support and a guide, the support being rotatably supported at an end, the guide being disposed at an other end of the support and protruding perpendicular to the support in side view,
during a cooling operation, the first auxiliary vertical deflector being positioned on a side of a front surface of the casing, a downstream end of the first auxiliary vertical deflector being positioned below the bottom surface of the casing, the second auxiliary vertical deflector being positioned below the first auxiliary vertical deflector, an upstream end of the second auxiliary vertical deflector being positioned above the vertical deflector,
during the cooling operation, the guide of the second auxiliary vertical deflector being positioned below the first auxiliary vertical deflector, an upstream end of the guide being positioned above the vertical deflector.

US Pat. No. 10,429,086

HEAT-PUMP EQUIPMENT

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. Heat-pump equipment comprising:a heat-pump apparatus of a variable operation capacity type including a compressor, a heat exchanger, an expansion valve, and an evaporator that are connected sequentially;
a heat medium circuit connected with the heat-pump apparatus via the heat exchanger;
a tank configured to store water in which heat is exchanged with the heat medium circuit;
a room heater connected with the heat medium circuit and configured to reject heat; and
a controller configured to control a rotation speed of the compressor, wherein
the controller is further configured to:
in response to receipt of a request for simultaneous hot water supply and room heating operation in which the water in the tank is heated and also the room heater is used,
when a temperature difference between a sensed outdoor air temperature and a sensed indoor temperature reaches a predetermined threshold, control the rotation speed of the compressor to a maximum rotation speed during a hot water supply time, and
when the temperature difference does not reach the predetermined threshold, set the hot water supply time to have an initial stage and a final stage, control the rotation speed of the compressor during the initial stage of the hot water supply time to the maximum rotation speed, and then control the rotation speed of the compressor during the final stage of the hot water supply time to a high-efficiency rotation speed,
wherein the high-efficiency rotation speed is the rotation speed of the compressor which is lower than the maximum rotation speed and is same as the rotation speed of the compressor when a request for hot water supply operation is made when the room heater is not in use.

US Pat. No. 10,429,085

METHOD OF OPERATION OF THE INSTALLATION OF SANITARY HOT WATER AND INSTALLATION OF SANITARY HOT WATER

1. An installation of sanitary hot water that has a water heating device, a water flow forcing device in a hot water circulation circuit, a control switch that reacts to a flow of liquid installed on a cold water branch that feeds the water heating device and a temperature sensor characterized in that the control switch is installed, said switch comprising an element in the form of a small turbine that is activated under the influence of water flow, coupled by the temperature sensor with a control system, which is connected with the water flow forcing device set in a hot water circulation branch and the temperature sensor is installed in the hot water circulation branch between the water flow forcing device and a water collection branch of the hot water circulation circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,084

HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER

A. O. SMITH CORPORATION, ...

1. A water heater comprising:a water tank for storing water to be heated, the water tank including a thermosiphon inlet port and a pump inlet port;
a thermosiphon tube in the water tank and having a first end in a bottom portion of the water tank communicating with the thermosiphon inlet port such that all water flowing through the thermosiphon inlet port flows into the thermosiphon tube and a second end in a top portion of the water tank;
a heat pump system including an evaporator, a compressor, an expansion device, and a condenser tube for moving a refrigerant through a refrigerant cycle, at least a portion of the condenser tube being surrounded by the thermosiphon tube to define a water flow channel between the thermosiphon tube and the condenser tube, the water flow channel having a first end at the first end of the thermosiphon tube and a second end at the second end of the thermosiphon tube, the condenser tube being at an elevated temperature compared to water temperature in the water flow channel due to the refrigerant cycle; and
a water pump configured to draw water from the water tank through the pump inlet port and generate forced water flow through the thermosiphon inlet port such that the entire forced water flow flows through the water flow channel to heat the water in the water flow channel and deliver the heated water into the top portion of the water tank through the second end of the thermosiphon tube.

US Pat. No. 10,429,083

MULTI-TYPE AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEM

Qingdao Hisense Hitachi A...

1. A multi-type air conditioner system, comprising: an outdoor machine, an indoor machine connected with the outdoor machine through a first refrigerant pipe, and a controller connected respectively with the outdoor machine and the indoor machine through a shielded signal line, the multi-type air conditioner system further comprising:a set of underfloor-heating pipes connected with the outdoor machine through a second refrigerant pipe; and
wherein the controller is configured to transmit a refrigeration operation signal to the outdoor machine through the shielded signal line when the multi-type air conditioner system is operated in cooling mode so that refrigerant flows into the indoor machine, and the controller is configured to transmit a heating operation signal to the outdoor machine through the shielded signal line when the multi-type air conditioner system is operated in heating mode so that refrigerant at high temperature and high pressure gas state flows into at least the set of underfloor-heating pipes;
wherein the outdoor machine comprises an outdoor machine control board unit, a refrigerant flow direction control unit, a refrigerant control unit, a valve controller, an over-pressure protection unit and a filter protection unit, wherein:
the outdoor machine control board unit is configured to transmit a refrigerant flow direction control signal to the refrigerant flow direction control unit upon reception of the heating operation signal or the refrigeration operation signal transmitted by the controller and to transmit a refrigerant control signal to the refrigerant control unit according to received indoor temperature and user-preset temperature transmitted by the controller;
the refrigerant flow direction control unit is configured to open the second refrigerant pipe connected with the set of underfloor-heating pipes so that the refrigerant flows into the set of underfloor-heating pipes or to open the first refrigerant pipe connected with the indoor machine so that the refrigerant flows into the indoor machine, upon reception of the refrigerant flow direction control signal transmitted by the outdoor machine control board unit;
the refrigerant control unit is configured to control modality of the refrigerant and to control the flow of the refrigerant upon reception of the refrigerant control signal transmitted by the outdoor machine control board;
the valve controller is configured to control valves in the outdoor machine through an outdoor machine control board;
the over-pressure protection unit is configured to detect the pressure of the refrigerant in refrigerant pipes and to stop a compressor from operating when the pressure exceeds a threshold; and
the filter protection unit is configured to filter out impurities in the refrigerant and to return lubricating oil separated from the refrigerant to the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,082

HEATING COOKING DEVICE AND HEATING COOKING METHOD USING SUPERHEATED VAPOR

1. A heating cooking device configured to perform heating by use of superheated vapor, comprising:a casing accommodating a heating furnace allowing a heating target to be located therein;
a water storage tank accommodated in the casing, the water storage tank configured to store a liquid;
a hot vapor generation device connected with the water storage tank via a communication pipe, the hot vapor generation device configured to heat the liquid supplied from the water storage tank to generate hot vapor;
a superheated vapor generation device connected with the hot vapor generation device, the superheated vapor generation device configured to heat the hot vapor generated by the hot vapor generation device to generate superheated vapor;
the superheated vapor generation device is located in a bottom region of an interior of the heating furnace;
a fan configured to pull the superheated vapor and introduce the superheated vapor generated by the superheated vapor generation device into the heating furnace;
an introduction pipe having an end connected with the fan and another end connected with a top part of the heating furnace; and
a superheated vapor discharge portion connected with the introduction pipe, the superheated vapor discharge portion configured to discharge the superheated vapor into an interior of the heating furnace;
wherein
the hot vapor generation device includes,
a first electric heater configured to heat the liquid; and
a first housing accommodating the first electric heater and configured to hold the liquid;
the first housing and the water storage tank are connected with each other via the communication pipe to match a water level of the liquid in the first housing and a water level of the liquid in the water storage tank with each other;
the superheated vapor generation device includes,
at least one second electric heater configured to heat the hot vapor; and
at least one second housing accommodating the at least one second electric heater;
at least a part of the at least one second electric heater and at least a part of the at least one second housing are located in the interior of the heating furnace; and
the hot vapor generation device and the superheated vapor generation device are accommodated in the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,081

COOKING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cooking apparatus comprising:a frame having a cooking chamber;
a burner cover provided in the frame to form a combustion chamber;
a burner provided within the combustion chamber;
a fan provided at an outside of the burner cover in the frame; and
a fan cover configured to cover the fan and the burner cover,
wherein the frame includes an air introduction hole through which air from outside the frame is introduced into the frame,
wherein the burner cover covers the air introduction hole, the burner cover having a plurality of air introduction openings through which the air passed through the air introduction hole is introduced into the combustion chamber,
wherein the burner cover includes a first cover and a second cover,
wherein the first cover covers a front of the burner,
wherein the second cover covers a rear of the burner, and the second cover includes an air introduction guide in which the plurality of the air introduction openings are formed.

US Pat. No. 10,429,080

ELECTRIC STOVETOP HEATER UNIT WITH INTEGRATED TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Zoppas Industries de Mexi...

1. An apparatus comprising:a heater comprising a heating element having a region that does not contain a surface heating portion of the heating element, the heating element operatively connected between a first terminal in electrical contact with a second terminal to conduct a current through the heating element, the first and second terminals configured to connect across a power supply configured to provide the current for the heating element;
a medallion positioned in the region;
a thermostat coupled with the medallion and the heating element to form an integrated unit that is removable from a power source, the thermostat positioned in the region at approximately a center of the heater; and
an urging element providing an upward force to cause the thermostat to make physical contact with an object, the urging element comprising:
an urging surface abutting a bottom surface of the medallion and providing an upward force to the thermostat; and
a deformable surface operatively connected to the urging surface and that mechanically deforms to cause an upward force in response to a downward force applied from the object to the thermostat, the deformable surface comprising at least one planar section, the upward force applied through the deformable surface being a restorative force,
wherein the heater further comprises:
a first conductor connected between the first terminal and a first end of the heating element, the first conductor configured to conduct the current between the first terminal and the first end of the heating element;
a second conductor connected between the thermostat and a second end of the heating element, the second conductor configured to conduct the current between the second end of the heating element and a first end of the thermostat; and
a third conductor connected between a second end of the thermostat and the second terminal, the third conductor configured to conduct the current between the second end of the thermostat and the second terminal,
wherein the connection between the second end and the second conductor is positioned at a location along the heater that is most radially distant from the center of the heater and is positioned radially outwardly from the connection between the first end and the first conductor;
wherein the thermostat is operatively connected in series between the first terminal and the second terminal, thereby allowing the current to flow through the thermostat, the thermostat comprising:
a contact surface disposed to make physical contact with an object placed on the surface heating portion; and
a switch disposed between the first and the second ends of the thermostat and configured to react when the contact surface experiences a temperature equal to or greater than a temperature limit, the reacting comprising preventing the current from conducting through the heating element, the current conducting through the switch when the temperature is not equal to or greater than the temperature limit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,079

ELECTRIC STOVETOP HEATER UNIT WITH INTEGRATED TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Zoppas Industries de Mexi...

1. An apparatus comprising:a heater comprising a heating element having a region that does not contain a surface heating portion of the heating element;
a thermostat coupled with the heating element to form an integrated unit that is removable from a power source, the thermostat being positioned in the region, a first portion of the heating element coupled to a first end of the thermostat, a second portion of the heating element extending across the surface heating portion and coupled to a second end of the thermostat, the thermostat comprising:
a contact surface disposed to make physical contact with an object placed on the surface heating portion, the contact surface defining the point of temperature measurement for the thermostat; and
a switch configured to prevent a current from conducting through the heating element when the contact surface experiences a temperature equal to or greater than a temperature limit; and
an urging element providing an upward force to cause the contact surface to make physical contact with the object, the urging element comprising:
an urging surface abutting a bottom surface of the thermostat and providing the upward force to the thermostat; and
a deformable surface operatively connected to the urging surface and that mechanically deforms to cause the upward force in response to a downward force applied from the object to the thermostat, the deformable surface comprising a plurality of planar sections each connected at an angle, the upward force applied through the deformable surface being a restorative force to urge the deformable surface to restore the angles between the plurality of planar sections.

US Pat. No. 10,429,078

DOOR FOR APPARATUS TO COOK AND/OR HEAT FOOD AND CORRESPONDING PRODUCTION METHOD

1. A door for an apparatus to cook and/or heat food, wherein the door comprises a perimeter frame and two panels, said two panels including an internal panel and an external panel, said two panels located distanced and facing each other and delimited externally by said perimeter frame, so as to form a closed chamber, at least said internal panel being co-molded with the perimeter frame to form a hermetic perimeter seal between the internal panel and the perimeter frame configured to prevent penetration of steam between the internal panel and the perimeter frame into the closed chamber, wherein said internal panel is made of a material that is more resistant to heat than a material of the external panel, and wherein the closed chamber is hermetically sealed on both an internal side and an external side.

US Pat. No. 10,429,077

DOMESTIC OVEN HAVING A DOOR WITH TWO DOOR WINGS

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A domestic oven comprising a heatable oven cavity having a frontal opening having opposite sides, and a door for closing said frontal opening, wherein the door comprises a first door wing and a second door wing, wherein each door wing comprises a first vertical edge that is mounted pivotally about a vertical axis respectively on one of the opposite sides of said frontal opening to a structure of the domestic oven for a movement between a closed position and an open position of the door, wherein in said closed position of the door the door wings form a vertical gap between adjacent second vertical edges of either door wing, wherein at least one elastic sealing is arranged on at least one of said second vertical edges of said first door wing or of said second door wing in order to seal said vertical gap against escape of heat or steam from said oven cavity when the door in the closed position, wherein at least one thermal shield arranged at the second vertical edge of at least one of said door wings covers said at least one elastic sealing in the closed state of said door to shield said at least one elastic sealing from cooking heat from the heatable oven cavity in use and in said closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,429,076

GAS BURNER ASSEMBLY FOR A COOKTOP OF AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A gas burner assembly for a cooktop of an appliance, the gas burner assembly comprising:a burner base defining a circumferential direction, an axial direction, and a radial direction, the burner base comprising:
an inner sidewall defining a plurality of primary flame ports spaced apart from one another along the circumferential direction, the inner sidewall further defining a simmer flame port;
an outer sidewall spaced apart from the inner sidewall along the radial direction such that a fuel chamber is positioned therebetween;
an end wall defining a first inlet port and a second inlet port;
a first wall extending between the inner sidewall and the end wall along the radial direction; and
a second wall spaced apart from the first wall along the circumferential direction, the second wall extending between the inner sidewall and the end wall along the radial direction,
wherein the end wall, the first wall, and the second wall define, at least in part, a stability chamber that extends radially outward from the simmer flame port, and
wherein the first inlet port and the second inlet port each extend between the fuel chamber and the stability chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,429,075

COOKTOP APPLIANCE AND METHODS OF OPERATION

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A cooktop appliance comprising:a panel comprising a top surface and a bottom surface;
a first burner assembly comprising a first burner extending at least partially above the top surface of the panel;
a second burner assembly spaced apart from the first burner assembly on the panel, the second burner assembly comprising a second burner extending at least partially above the top surface of the panel;
a first control valve in fluid communication with the first burner assembly to selectively direct a flow of gas thereto;
a second control valve in fluid communication with the second burner assembly to selectively direct a flow of gas thereto; and
a controller operably coupled to the first control valve and the second control valve, the controller including a single burner mode and a multi-burner mode, the single burner mode comprising independently positioning the first control valve and the second control valve, the multi-burner mode comprising cooperatively positioning the first control valve and the second control valve,
wherein cooperatively positioning the first control valve and the second control valve comprises
positioning the first control valve based on a directed heat output at the first burner, and
positioning the second control valve based on a directed heat output at the second burner that is equal to the directed heat output at the first burner.

US Pat. No. 10,429,074

DUAL FUEL HEATING ASSEMBLY WITH SELECTOR SWITCH

1. A dual fuel heating assembly for use with either a first fuel or a second fuel different from the first, the heating assembly comprising:an inlet housing comprising:
a first pressure regulator configured to regulate a flow of fuel within a first predetermined pressure range;
a second pressure regulator configured to regulate a flow of fluid within a second predetermined pressure range different from the first predetermined pressure range;
a first housing outlet downstream of the first and second pressure regulators; and
a second housing outlet downstream of the first and second pressure regulators;
a first orifice;
a second orifice;
wherein each of the first and second orifices are configured for the combustion of regulated fuel received from the first housing outlet;
a burner and a pilot light comprising a first pilot orifice, a second pilot orifice, and a thermocouple; the burner and pilot light being in fluid communication with the first housing outlet;
a selector switch comprising:
a selector switch inlet configured to receive a flow of regulated fuel;
a first selector switch outlet fluidly coupled to the first orifice;
a second selector switch outlet fluidly coupled to the second orifice;
a selector switch valve member and a corresponding selector switch valve seat; and
a diaphragm, wherein the second housing outlet is fluidly coupled to the diaphragm such that a portion of regulated fuel flow acts on a backside of the diaphragm and wherein a pressure of the regulated fuel acting on the backside of the diaphragm determines whether the selector switch valve member is engaged with or disengaged from the selector switch valve seat, thereby determining whether regulated fuel entering the selector switch inlet is directed to one or both of the first orifice and the second orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,429,073

COMBUSTOR CAP MODULE AND RETENTION SYSTEM THEREFOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A retention system for a combustor cap face assembly, the retention system comprising:a support plate, the support plate having a radially inner panel and a first fuel nozzle opening defined within the inner panel for supporting a first fuel nozzle therethrough;
a retaining ring at least partially encircling an upstream end of a cylindrical coupling member, the cylindrical coupling member having a downstream end fixedly attached to a center fuel nozzle opening defined in a cooling plate of the combustor cap face assembly, the cylindrical coupling member extending from the cooling plate to upstream of the support plate; and
a spring plate encircling the retaining ring and engaging the coupling member, the spring plate being secured to the support plate at multiple locations.

US Pat. No. 10,429,072

REGENERATIVE BURNER FOR NON-SYMMETRICAL COMBUSTION

Bloom Engineering Company...

1. A burner for non-symmetrical combustion, comprising:a burner housing enclosing a burner plenum;
a fuel conduit extending longitudinally within the housing and positioned coaxial with an axis spaced from a central axis of the burner, with the fuel conduit defining a fuel exit opening;
an air conduit extending into the housing, with the air conduit defining an air opening on an opposite side of the burner central axis from the fuel exit opening; and
a baffle positioned at least partially around the fuel conduit and defining the air conduit,
wherein the baffle further defines a cavity that surrounds a portion of the fuel conduit and extends beyond the fuel exit opening,
wherein at least a portion of a sidewall of the baffle defining the cavity converges from the axis of the fuel conduit, and
wherein in the area in which the cavity surrounds the portion of the fuel conduit, an outer surface of the fuel conduit and the sidewall of the baffle immediately and directly define an annular opening extending from the burner plenum into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,429,071

FUEL INJECTOR

Rolls-Royce plc, (GB)

1. A staged fuel injector comprisinga pilot inner air swirler arranged along a centre axis of the injector, a pilot fuel swirler arranged radially outboard of the pilot inner air swirler, a main inner air swirler arranged radially outboard of the pilot fuel swirler and a main fuel swirler arranged radially outboard of the pilot fuel swirler;
a fuel tube arranged in fluid communication with the pilot fuel swirler and the main fuel swirler for delivering fuel to the pilot fuel swirler and the main fuel swirler and
a heat protective casing enclosing the fuel tube, the pilot fuel swirler and the main fuel swirler,
wherein the pilot inner air swirler has an axially and circumferentially extending pilot air swirler surface that faces radially outward, the pilot fuel swirler has an axially and circumferentially extending pilot fuel swirler surface that faces radially inward and is spaced apart radially from the pilot air swirler surface to define a first basin radially between the pilot air swirler surface and the pilot fuel swirler surface, and an axial and circumferentially extending first layer of braze is located in the first basin and contacts the pilot air swirler surface and the pilot fuel swirler surface, and
wherein the main inner air swirler has an axially and circumferentially extending main air swirler surface that faces radially outward, the main fuel swirler has an axially and circumferentially extending main fuel swirler surface that faces radially inward and is spaced apart radially from the main air swirler surface to define a second basin radially between the main air swirler surface and the main fuel swirler surface, and an axial and circumferentially extending second layer of braze is located in the second basin and contacts the main air swirler surface and the main fuel swirler surface.

US Pat. No. 10,429,070

COMBUSTOR ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine defining a circumferential direction, the combustor assembly comprising:a combustor dome and a combustion chamber liner formed integrally of a ceramic matrix composite material, the combustor dome defining a plurality of openings for receiving a plurality of fuel-air injector hardware assemblies;
wherein the combustion chamber liner and the combustor dome define in part a combustion chamber extending from a forward end to an aft end, wherein the combustion chamber liner extends continuously from the forward end of the combustion chamber to the aft end of the combustion chamber,
wherein the combustor dome comprises a transition portion and a forward wall, wherein the transition portion extends seamlessly from the forward wall of the combustor dome to the combustion chamber liner and defines an angle greater than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees relative to the forward wall;
wherein the transition portion defines a flat extending away from the forward wall of the combustor dome and wherein the combustor dome defines a radius of curvature between the transition portion and the forward wall, wherein the forward wall defines a length, and wherein the radius of curvature is between about 2 percent and about 20 percent of the length of the forward wall.

US Pat. No. 10,429,069

WALL OF A STRUCTURAL COMPONENT, IN PARTICULAR OF GAS TURBINE COMBUSTION CHAMBER WALL, TO BE COOLED BY MEANS OF COOLING AIR

1. A wall of a structural component to be cooled, comprising:a first side with a tubular extension projecting outward from the first side, wherein the tubular extension has an inflow area, and
a thermally loaded second side with an outflow area, wherein the thermally loaded second side is opposite the first side;
at least one cooling aft channel arranged so as to be inclined at an angle to the wall, and extending from the inflow area to the outflow area through the tubular extension, wherein the cooling air channel penetrates from the first side to the thermally loaded second side to supply a cooling aft from the inflow area to the outflow area; and
a rib connecting the tubular extension to the first side, wherein the tubular extension is supported by the rib with respect to a surface of the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,429,068

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STARTING AN INTERMITTENT FLAME-POWERED PILOT COMBUSTION SYSTEM

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A method of igniting a pilot flame of a gas-powered appliance having a flame powered intermittent pilot ignition system, the method comprising:using power from a first power source to ignite the pilot flame of the gas-powered appliance in a first ignition following installation of the gas-powered appliance; and
using power from a second power source and not the first power source to ignite the pilot flame of the gas-powered appliance after the first ignition.

US Pat. No. 10,429,067

DYNAMIC MULTI-LEGS EJECTOR FOR USE IN EMERGENCY FLARE GAS RECOVERY SYSTEM

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A method of handling a flow of flare gas comprising:a. obtaining a flowrate of the flow of flare gas;
b. directing the flow of the flare gas to a piping circuit comprising a plurality of ejector legs piped in parallel;
c. comparing the flowrate of the flow of flare gas with flow capacities of the ejector legs;
d. identifying a particular one or ones of the ejector legs having a cumulative capacity to adequately handle the flow of the flare gas;
e. directing a flow of a motive gas to the piping circuit to motive gas inlets of ejectors in the particular one or ones of the ejector legs and maintaining a pressure of the motive gas at the motive gas inlet at a substantially constant value; and
f. directing the flow of flare gas to suction inlets of the ejectors in the particular one or ones of the ejector legs).

US Pat. No. 10,429,066

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THERMAL EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION

1. An apparatus for thermal exhaust gas purification, comprising:a thermal reactor connected to a raw gas supply line for supplying a raw gas to the thermal reactor and comprising a combustion chamber for thermally purifying the supplied raw gas; and
an energy recovery means connected to said combustion chamber of said thermal reactor via an outlet line for supplying a purified gas resulting from the thermal purification process in said combustion chamber to said energy recovery means,
wherein said energy recovery means comprises:
a first heat exchanger for cooling down the purified gas to a first temperature level and transmitting an enthalpy released thereby to a heat exchange medium; and
at least one condensation heat exchanger arranged downstream of said first heat exchanger for further cooling down the purified gas to a second temperature level lower than the first temperature level such that condensable substances contained in the purified gas condense and enthalpies released thereby are transmitted to a heat exchange medium and/or the raw gas upstream of said thermal reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,064

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE FLOW DIRECTION, FLOW RATE AND TEMPERATURE OF SOLIDS

GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLO...

1. An apparatus for controlling flow of a material, comprising:a first control subassembly having a first inlet to receive a respective first flow of solids from a first source;
and a second control subassembly having a second inlet to receive a second flow of solids from a second source;
and
a first seal mechanism fluidly coupled to the first inlet, the first seal mechanism having a first fluidizing bed configured to receive the the first flow of solids from the first inlet;
a second seal mechanism fluidly coupled to the second inlet, the second seal mechanism having a second fluidizing bed configured to receive the second flow of solids from the second inlet;
a first discharge passageway and a second discharge passageway fluidly coupled to the first fluidizing bed; and a bypass pathway fluidly coupled to the first discharge passageway; and a heat exchange pathway fluidly coupled to the second discharge passageway, the heat exchange pathway having at least one heat exchanger associated therewith for controlling a temperature of the material;
a third discharge passageway and a fourth discharge passageway fluidly coupled to the second fluidizing bed;
wherein the first, second, third, and fourth passageways are fluidly coupled with a common outlet;
wherein the first fluidizing bed includes a first transport zone associated with the first discharge passageway and a second transport zone associated with the second discharge passageway, the first and second transport zones being configured to receive a first transport gas from a transport gas source;
wherein the second fluidizing bed includes a third transport zone associated with the third discharge passageway and a fourth transport zone associated with the fourth discharge passageway, the third and fourth transport zones being configured to receive a second transport gas from a transport gas source; and
wherein the first transport gas is controllable to selectively divert a flow of the material into the first discharge passageway and the second discharge passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,429,063

SMART ALGORITHM TO DETERMINE “STEAM BOILER WATER CONDITION”

Fluid Handling LLC, Mort...

1. A boiler controller for determining a boiler water condition comprising:a signal processor configured to
receive signaling containing information about sets of N consecutive probe data samples related to a boiler water condition;
determine stable average signaling containing information about a stable average by averaging a set of N consecutive probe data samples in the signaling received;
determine present stable average signaling containing information about a present stable average by averaging a present set of N consecutive probe data samples in the signaling received; and
determine corresponding signaling containing information about the boiler water condition, based upon whether the present stable average is within an allowable limit and a comparison of the present stable average signaling and the stable average signaling.

US Pat. No. 10,429,062

HIGH TEMPERATURE SUB-CRITICAL BOILER WITH STEAM COOLED UPPER FURNACE

1. A boiler, comprising:a lower furnace having water-cooled membrane walls;
an upper furnace having steam-cooled membrane walls and located above the lower furnace, wherein flue gas passes from the lower furnace to the upper furnace, and wherein the steam-cooled membrane walls of the upper furnace include a front wall, a rear wall, and side walls;
a convection pass downstream of the upper furnace, the convection pass having steam-cooled convection pass membrane walls and extending downwards, wherein the steam-cooled convection pass membrane walls of the upper furnace include a front wall, a rear wall, and side walls;
wherein the upper furnace and the convection pass share a common steam-cooled membrane wall, the common steam-cooled membrane wall being both the rear wall of the upper furnace and the front wall of the convection pass;
a baffle wall that divides the convection pass into a front convection pass and a rear convection pass;
a primary superheater in the rear convection pass;
a secondary superheater disposed inside the upper furnace;
a steam separator having a fluid inlet and a dry steam outlet;
a water-cooled circuit connected to the fluid inlet of the steam separator to deliver wet steam to the steam separator, the water-cooled circuit including the water-cooled membrane walls of the lower furnace; and
a steam-cooled circuit connected to the dry steam outlet of the steam separator to receive dry steam from the dry steam outlet, the steam-cooled circuit running sequentially from the dry steam outlet through the rear wall of the convection pass, the side walls of the convection pass, the baffle wall, through the primary superheater, through the upper furnace front wall and the common steam-cooled membrane wall, then through the upper furnace side walls, and through the secondary superheater.

US Pat. No. 10,429,060

CEILING FAN MOTOR

Sunonwealth Electric Mach...

1. A ceiling fan motor comprising:a stator comprising an iron core and a shaft, wherein the iron core forms an assembly opening at a central portion thereof;
a rotor rotatably coupled with an outer periphery of the shaft, wherein the rotor has an inner periphery delimiting a hollow volume, wherein the shaft is mounted at a center of the hollow volume, and wherein the iron core is received in the hollow volume and is located radially between the inner periphery of the rotor and the shaft; and
a light-emitting module at least partially arranged in the hollow volume and between the iron core and the shaft along a radial direction perpendicular to the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,429,059

COOLING FAN

PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD, ...

1. A cooling fan, comprising:a fan base;
an impeller part comprising a rotating shaft and plural blades, wherein the plural blades are arranged around the rotating shaft, and the impeller part is rotated with the rotating shaft;
an illumination circuit board comprising a hollow portion, wherein the rotating shaft is penetrated through the hollow portion;
a driving part comprising a shaft seat, a driving circuit board and plural coils, wherein the driving circuit board is disposed on the fan base, the plural coils are arranged between the driving circuit board and the illumination circuit board and arranged around the shaft seat, and the rotating shaft is inserted into the shaft seat, wherein when the an electric current flows through the plural coils, the rotating shaft is rotated;
at least one light-emitting element disposed on the illumination circuit board, wherein when the electric current flows through the at least one light-emitting element, the at least one light-emitting element emits plural light beams; and
a projection plate, which is arranged in a travelling path of at least one light beam of the plural light beams and has a pattern, wherein after the at least one light beam passes through the pattern of the projection plate, the at least one light beam is projected to surroundings.

US Pat. No. 10,429,058

HIGH VISIBILITY TOOL HANDLE WITH ACTIVE ILLUMINATION

GLOCORE TOOLS, LLC, Reyn...

1. A tool comprising:a straight, cylindrical, light transmissive shaft;
a fire ax head affixed to a first end of the shaft;
a hand grip portion affixed to a second end of the shaft;
a light source located along the shaft such that the light therefrom illuminates the interior of the shaft; and
an on/off switch, in communication with the light source, arranged in the hand grip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,057

LIGHT-UP BEARD

Elegant Headwear Co., Inc...

1. A light-up facial covering which simulates the appearance of a beard, comprising:a facial covering member that is configured and dimensioned to overlie at least a portion of a lower half of a face of a wearer, said facial covering member comprising an outer layer having an interior side and an exterior side, said exterior side having faux hairs attached thereto dimensioned to simulate the appearance of a beard, and a plurality of spaced-apart openings extending from said interior side to said exterior side;
means for securing said facial covering member to a wearer's head comprising a pair of lateral flaps connected to said facial covering member,
a plurality of electrically powered lights, each of said electrically powered lights being affixed to said facial covering member extending from said interior side through one of said openings to said exterior side so that it is visible, when lit, through said faux hairs on said outer layer of said facial covering member; and
means for electrically powering said plurality of lights affixed to said facial covering member.

US Pat. No. 10,429,056

VENTILATION AND HUMIDITY-CONDITIONING UNIT AND APPARATUS

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A ventilation and humidity-conditioning unit comprising:a structure mounted on a housing including a space inside the housing that is separated from an outside thereof, the structure including a ventilation hole providing ventilation between an inside of the housing and the outside of the housing;
a humidity-conditioning member provided midway in the ventilation hole of the structure, the humidity-conditioning member absorbing water vapor; and
a ventilation member provided to the structure, the ventilation member being closer to the outside of the housing than the humidity-conditioning member is, the ventilation member being permeable to a gas, the ventilation member preventing a liquid and a solid from entering the inside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,055

LIGHTING MODULE AND LIGHTING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A lighting module comprising:a heat dissipating plate including a plurality of heat dissipating fins disposed thereunder;
a light emitting module including a printed circuit board disposed on the heat dissipating plate and a plurality of light emitting devices disposed on the printed circuit board;
a lens cover having lens parts on the light emitting devices and provided on the printed circuit board; and
a waterproof frame disposed between the heat dissipating plate and the lens cover,
wherein the waterproof frame includes a first waterproof projection projecting toward a lower surface of the lens cover and a second waterproof projection projecting toward an upper surface of the heat dissipating plate,
wherein the waterproof frame has an open region,
wherein the heat dissipating plate includes a first groove on an upper portion thereof,
wherein the first groove has a cable hole, into which a cable is inserted, and includes a waterproof cap disposed in the first groove,
wherein the waterproof cap includes a vertical opening and a guide groove in an uppermost surface of the waterproof cap, the guide groove extending parallel to the uppermost surface, the guide groove extending radially outward from a center of the waterproof cap and in a transverse direction to the vertical opening, and
wherein the cable is bent to extend along the guide groove.

US Pat. No. 10,429,054

LIGHT BULB, A LIGHT BULB HOLDER, AND A COMBINATION OF A LIGHT BULB AND A LIGHT BULB HOLDER

1. A light bulb holder comprising:a coupling element defining a longitudinally extending central axis and being releasably engageable with a complementary coupling element of a light bulb for coupling the light bulb to the light bulb holder, the coupling element of the light bulb holder being configured to engage the coupling element of the light bulb for transferring heat from the light bulb to the light bulb holder through the coupling element of the light bulb holder,
a heat sink in heat conducting engagement with the coupling element of the light bulb holder for sinking and dissipating heat transferred from the light bulb, and at least one electrically conductive contact element adjacent the coupling element of the light bulb holder,
the at least one contact element being configured to electrically contact a corresponding electrically conductive contact element of the light bulb,
wherein
the heat sink comprises a heat exchanger comprising:
an elongated body member, and
a plurality of heat exchange fins extending outwardly from the body member,
the coupling element is formed in the body member, and
the heat exchange fins extend in a generally longitudinal direction along the body member substantially parallel to the central axis and radially therefrom spaced apart circumferentially around the body member.

US Pat. No. 10,429,053

LED LIGHT SOURCE

EPISTAR CORPORATION, Hsi...

1. A light source, comprising:a socket connection capable of connecting to a source of electricity;
a base connected to the socket connection;
a plurality of LED units;
a mount having a first top surface and a side surface;
a mounting structure disposed on the first top surface, comprising a width smaller than that of the mount, a second top surface, and a plurality of mounting surfaces connected to the second top surface, wherein the plurality of LED units is disposed on the plurality of mounting surfaces; and
a solid heat conductive material directly contacting the plurality of LED units, the mounting structure, and the side surface of the mount, and being substantially translucent or transparent such that light emitted from the plurality of LED units is able to pass through the solid heat conductive material,
wherein at least one of the plurality of mounting surfaces is not parallel to the first top surface,
wherein the second top surface is substantially parallel to the first top surface, the second top surface is devoid of the plurality of LED units,
wherein the mounting structure has a virtual central axis, the plurality of LED units surrounds the virtual central axis in a 360 degree orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,052

LED LIGHTING FIXTURE

Feit Electric Company, In...

1. A light emitting diode (LED) lighting fixture comprising:a lighting fixture body, the lighting fixture body comprising one or more metal parts configured to act as heat sinks; and
at least one LED module;
wherein:
each LED module comprises:
a raised base;
one or more LEDs;
an optical assembly consisting of only:
a lens,
a light spreader disk, and
a bulb,
wherein:
 the lens is securely fixed directly to the light spreader disk and positioned between the light spreader disk and the one or more LEDs, such that at least a portion of the light emitted by the one or more LEDs is directly incident upon the light spreader disk and the bulb is an envelope of the LED module, and
 the optical assembly is removably mounted to the raised base, such that the optical assembly is independently selectively replaceable with another optical assembly; and
a board, said one or more LEDs being operatively and fixedly mounted to said board and said board being mounted to a top surface of said raised base, wherein the mounting of the board having said one or more LEDs operatively mounted thereto on the top surface of said raised base places said one or more LEDs in a raised position within the LED module such that the optical assembly is removably mounted directly over and separate from said one or more LEDs;
said optical assembly is configured to give the LED module an appearance that emulates the appearance of an incandescent bulb; and
said one or more LEDs are further operatively and fixedly mounted into the lighting fixture body such that:
the one or more LEDs are hard-wired into the lighting fixture; and
the one or more LEDs are operatively and fixedly mounted into thermally conductive communication with at least one heat sink, said board providing at least a portion of a thermally conductive and electrically isolated path for said thermally conductive communication.

US Pat. No. 10,429,051

LIFI COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

1. A communication system, comprising:a light source to generate light and a light connector fitting a fluorescent tube or a light connector fitting an incandescent bulb, wherein the connector provides data communication and operation of the light source, the connector coupled to a wired circuit for communicating with a database for parameters and environmental conditions for predetermined positions or zones of a structure for individual periods of time and dates, wherein the light source is in thermal contact with a cooling surface;
a broadband light receiver control electronics to demodulate a received light signal from the broadband optical data transmission network; and
a wired network transceiver coupled to the light transmitter/receiver to receive and transmit data between the optical data transmission network and a wired circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,050

LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS HAVING DIFFERENT PACKAGING DENSITIES

Citizen Electronics Co., ...

1. A light-emitting apparatus comprising:a packaging substrate having a packaging area;
a first electrical conduction pattern and a second electrical conduction pattern arranged along the periphery of the packaging area;
a first element group having a plurality of light-emitting elements;
a second element group having a plurality of light-emitting elements;
a third element group having a plurality of light-emitting elements;
a sealing resin that seals at least the first element group, the second element group and the third element group, and
a lens on the packaging substrate, wherein
the first element group, the second element group and the third element group are connected in parallel between the first electrical conduction pattern and the second electrical conduction pattern,
the packaging area includes a first packaging area including central portion of the packaging area and a second packaging area surrounding about the first packaging area,
the first element group includes a first portion arranged in the first packaging area, a second portion arranged in the second packaging area, and a third portion arranged in second packaging area, the plurality of light-emitting elements in the first portion, the second portion and the third portion are series-connected to each other,
the second element group includes a fourth portion connected with the first electrical conduction pattern in the second packaging area, a fifth portion connected with the second electrical conduction pattern in second packaging area, and a sixth portion connected in zigzags between the fourth portion and the fifth portion, the plurality of light-emitting elements in the fourth portion, the fifth portion and the sixth portion are series-connected to each other,
the third element group includes a seventh portion connected with the first electrical conduction pattern in the second packaging area, an eighth portion connected with the second electrical conduction pattern in second packaging area, and a ninth portion connected in zigzags between the seventh portion and the eighth portion, the plurality of light-emitting elements in the seventh portion, the eighth portion and the eighth portion are series-connected to each other,
the packaging interval of the plurality of light-emitting elements in the first portion is shorter than the packaging intervals of plurality of light-emitting elements in the second portion, third portion, the fourth portion, the fifth portion, the sixth portion, the seventh portion, the eighth portion and the ninth portion,
the optical axis of the lens substantially coincides with the center of the packaging area,
the packaging interval of the plurality of light-emitting elements in the first packaging area is narrower than 0.25 times the length of one side of the light-emitting elements,
the packaging interval of the plurality of light-emitting elements in the second packaging area is wider than 0.25 times the length of one side of the light-emitting elements, and
the packaging interval of the plurality of light-emitting elements in the first packaging area is equal or wider than 5 ?m and equal or narrower than 50 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,429,049

LED TUBE APPARATUS HAVING A NOVEL HEAT DISSIPATION STRUCTURE

XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. L...

1. AN LED tube apparatus, comprising:a first cap;
two first metal pins riveted on a first top surface the first cap for inserting into a corresponding first socket end of a light tube bracket, at least one of the first metal pins clutching a first end of a leading wire;
a second cap;
two second metal pins riveted on a second top surface of the second cap for inserting into a corresponding second socket end of the light tube bracket;
a tube body with two opposite ends respectively fixed to the first cap and the second cap for providing an elongated containing space; and
an LED module stored in the elongated containing space for emitting light through a surface of the tube body, the LED module having a driver circuit with an external end connected to a second end of the leading wire, the driver circuit containing an electronic ballast for converting an external power source to a high frequency electric current;
wherein the leading wire has a protective portion connected to the first metal pin connecting to the leading wire, when a heat is applied on the first metal pin, the heat is transmitted to the protective portion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,048

LED SOCKET FOR RECEIVING A COB-LED AND BASE FOR SUCH LED SOCKET

TE Connectivity Nederland...

1. An LED socket, comprising:an LED package having an LED mounted on an LED printed circuit board;
a contact having a receiving section adapted to be connected to a terminal end of an electrical cable and a contact lug having a T-shaped contact section; and
a base defining a receptacle for receiving the LED printed circuit board, the receptacle is open to an opening in the base adapted to expose the LED at a front face of the base, the base holds the contact and the T-shaped contact section is exposed in the receptacle and electrically contacts a pad of the LED printed circuit board, the contact is adapted to be inserted into a radial slot of the base in a radial direction and is moved in a second direction extending perpendicular to the radial direction within the radial slot.

US Pat. No. 10,429,047

MODULAR LUMINAIRE ASSEMBLIES

SCHREDER, Brussels (BE)

1. A modular luminaire assembly comprising:a luminaire module comprising an interface formed at an end thereof, said interface having a surface, said interface being configured for engaging with a complementary interface having a surface, so that the respective surfaces define a shaped portion; and
a module connector for connecting said complementary interfaces, said module connector having a surface shaped to be complementary to the shaped portion formed by said surfaces of the engaged complementary interfaces;
wherein the module connector is configured to apply pressure in a first direction when the module connector is tightened against the surfaces of the engaged complementary interfaces; and
wherein the surface of the module connector is configured to convert the pressure applied in the first direction to a clamping pressure in a second direction, the second direction being substantially perpendicular to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,429,046

LIGHTING DEVICE

CURRENT LIGHTING SOLUTION...

1. A lighting device, comprising:a housing with one or more first housing spaces and one or more second housing spaces therein;
one or more first lighting modules arranged inside the one or more first housing spaces respectively; and
one or more first auxiliary functional modules arranged inside the one or more second housing spaces respectively, wherein one or more of the first auxiliary functional modules comprise a communication module, a sensor module or a camera module;
wherein each of the one or more first lighting modules and the one or more first auxiliary functional modules are configured as modules of the same size and configured to be able to be mounted in the respective housing space in the same mounting manner.

US Pat. No. 10,429,045

LED TRACK LIGHTING

1. A lighting-emitting module comprising:a printed circuit board;
a light-emitting diode coupled to the printed circuit board;
a bottom side cover plate fitted over the light-emitting diode;
a connection side cover plate coupled to the bottom side cover plate, the connection side cover plate having two apertures;
two electrical connectors extending at least partially through the two apertures and movable with respect to the connection side cover plate and the printed circuit board; and
two springs, each spring disposed between one of the electrical connectors and the printed circuit board and operable to bias the electrical connectors away from the printed circuit hoard, each spring electrically connected to the light-emitting diode.

US Pat. No. 10,429,044

LIGHTING FIXTURE MOUNTING SYSTEMS

Feit Electric Company, In...

1. A mounting system for mounting a lighting fixture, the mounting system comprising a mounting frame comprising:a plate portion configured to be secured to a mounting surface;
one or more mounting tabs disposed on the plate portion and configured to secure the lighting fixture to the mounting plate and extending outwardly in a first direction from a plane defined by the plate portion; and
one or more indexing tabs extending outwardly from the plane defined by the plate portion, the one or more indexing tabs extending outwardly in the first direction from the plane defined by the plate portion by a larger distance than the one or more mounting tabs.

US Pat. No. 10,429,043

STAND FOR ELONGATED LIGHTING APPARATUS

Feit Electric Company, In...

1. A portable support stand for supporting an elongated luminaire, the portable support stand comprising:a base portion configured to be positioned on a horizontal support surface; and
a hollow luminaire holster offset at an acute angle relative to the base portion, having a circumference, and being detachably coupled to the base portion, at least a portion of the hollow luminaire holster being configured to receive the elongate luminaire within the circumference of the hollow luminaire holster and to support the elongated luminaire in a fixed orientation relative to the support surface,
wherein:
the base portion comprises a hole extending there-through,
when coupled relative to one another, at least a portion of the hollow luminaire holster extends through the hole in the base portion,
the hollow luminaire holster comprises a holster body, one or more support flanges, a first open panel, and a second open panel that collectively define the circumference of the hollow luminaire holster, the first open panel defining a first opening, the second open panel defining a second opening;
the one or more support flanges extend beyond a first end of the holster body in an axial direction of the holster, the first end of the holster body being opposite a second end of the holster body positioned adjacent the base portion;
the holster body has a primary axis extending between the first end and the second end of the holster body;
the second opening is sized differently than the first opening, positioned circumferentially opposite the first opening, and positioned at least partially axially opposite the first opening; and
the second opening and the first opening both extend from the second end of the holster body.

US Pat. No. 10,429,042

TWIST AND LOCK MOUNTING BRACKET

Feit Electric Company, In...

10. A mounting assembly comprising:a mounting bracket comprising:
a circular twist and lock receiver element comprising:
(i) a planar portion having a first outer periphery and a central opening both lying in a first plane; and
(ii) an angled portion integral to the planar portion and extending outwardly from the first outer periphery to a second outer periphery, the second outer periphery being larger than and in a different plane than that of the first outer periphery;
at least two twist and lock tab receivers that define at least two notches extending in the first plane from the first outer periphery to the central opening; and
at least two S-shaped standoffs extending, in part, in the second plane and outwardly from the second outer periphery; and
a biasing bracket comprising:
a central bracket portion having a central opening and at least two legs extending therefrom, two of the at least two legs being configured to engage the at least two S-shaped standoffs of the mounting bracket;
at least two width adjusting members operatively connected to the central bracket portion, the width adjusting members being selectively slidable between at least two configurations having at least two different diameters; and
at least two first resilient members each attached to a respective one of the at least two width adjusting members, biased to an extended position, and configured to engage an interior surface of a can light having one of the at least two different diameters.

US Pat. No. 10,429,041

CEILING LIGHT RETROFIT KIT HAVING A LIGHT PANEL AND TWO PROFILES TO SURROUND PREEXISTING BASE OF A LIGHT FIXTURE

POWER CONCEPTS, LLC, And...

1. A combination for illuminating the interior of a building, comprising:a fixture having a base attached to a building ceiling, the fixture having a first tombstone and a second tombstone, wherein the first and second tombstones are adapted to receive between them a linear fluorescent light tube, and wherein the base includes a first longitudinal side and an opposite second longitudinal side;
a retrofit kit connected to the base, the retrofit kit including a light panel, a first profile and a second profile, the light panel including a first side facing the fixture and an opposite second side, wherein the light panel, the first profile, and the second profile extend longitudinally from the first tombstone to the second tombstone and parallel one-to-another;
the fixture, including the first and second tombstones, residing above the light panel and residing between the first profile and the second profile;
a light emitting diode disposed on the second side of the light panel; and
wiring in electrical communication with the light emitting diode.

US Pat. No. 10,429,040

INTERCHANGEABLE ADAPTER FOR CHANGING LED LIGHT BULBS

GR Ventures L.L.C., Nort...

1. A head piece for an adapter for changing a light bulb, comprising:a base plate, said base plate having opposite first and second sides, said base plate defining a platform at said first side;
a primary gripping member extending from said platform of said first side of said base plate away from said second side, said primary gripping member being positioned with respect to said platform to engage the light bulb, said primary gripping member is a suction cup having an open face facing away from said platform for gripping the light bulb, said suction cup including an attachment member for coupling to said platform, said attachment member including an extension extending from a bottom of said suction cup and received in an opening of said platform, and said extension including a flanged end for catching on said platform;
a secondary gripping member extending from said platform of said first side of said base plate away from said second side, said primary gripping member extending further away from said platform than does said secondary gripping member, said secondary gripping member surrounding said primary gripping member and being configured to grip the light bulb; and
an engagement member extending from said second side of said base plate away from said first side for engaging a holder of the adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,429,039

MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR MAGNETIC INSTALLATION OF VARYING FINISHING SECTIONS

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A mounting system comprising:an upper collar;
a first lower collar that is configured to magnetically couple a rimmed finishing section to a recessed luminaire; and
a second lower collar that is configured to magnetically couple a rimless finishing section to the recessed luminaire,
wherein the first lower collar is removably coupled to the upper collar when the rimmed finishing section is to be coupled to the recessed luminaire, and
wherein the second lower collar is removably coupled to the upper collar when the rimless finishing section is to be coupled to the recessed luminaire.

US Pat. No. 10,429,037

OPTICAL DEVICE INCLUDING SWITCHABLE DIFFUSER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An optical device, comprising:an electrically switchable diffuser capable of having at least a first state and a second state;
at least one light deflecting element disposed proximate the electrically switchable diffuser, the light deflecting element including a central portion, and the central portion including air; and
a light source disposed proximate to the electrically switchable diffuser and opposite the light deflecting element;
wherein the light source, in a powered state, is configured to produce an input light cone having a central optical axis and having an angular width of not more than 40 degrees;
wherein at least a portion of the light from the light source is incident on the light deflecting element when the electrically switchable diffuser is in the second state but not the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,429,036

THIN FLAT PANEL LED LUMINAIRE

KUNSHAN CHENGTAI ELECTRIC...

1. A thin LED flat luminaire, comprising:a LED bar having at least one light emitting diode disposed thereon;
a transformer provided between a power source and the at least one light emitting diode to reduce a voltage from the power source to a voltage required to operate the at least one light emitting diode;
an optical stack having an edge that abuts the LED bar, including, from top to bottom,
a flat baseboard,
a flat reflection panel for receiving light from the LED bar,
a flat acrylic panel having a top surface and a bottom surface, the top surface facing the flat reflection panel, the top surface having a mask pattern printed thereon, the mask pattern for filtering light transmitted from the flat reflection panel into the flat acrylic panel for providing a uniform transmission of the light from the acrylic panel across the bottom surface of the flat acrylic panel, and
a flat diffusion panel configured to receive the light from the bottom surface of the flat acrylic panel and emit the light into a space to be illuminated.

US Pat. No. 10,429,035

OPTICAL DEVICE FOR MODIFYING LIGHT DISTRIBUTION

Ledil Oy, Salo (FI)

1. An optical devices for modifying a light distribution pattern of a light source radiating first light beams to a first geometric quarter-space and second light beams to a second geometric quarter-space, the first and second geometric quarter-spaces being defined by mutually perpendicular first and second geometric planes so that the first geometric plane constitutes a boundary between the first and second geometric quarter-spaces, the optical device comprising:a lens-section for acting as a lens for modifying a light distribution pattern of the first light beams, and
a reflector surface for reflecting at least a part of the second light beams from the second geometric quarter-space to the first geometric quarter-space so that arrival angles of the at least part of the second light beams with respect to geometric normal lines of the reflector surface are greater than a critical angle of total reflection when the at least part of the second light beams arrive, from inside transparent material of the optical device, at the reflector surface,wherein the reflector surface is shaped so that each geometric section curve between the reflector surface and a geometric plane parallel with the second geometric plane is wedge-shaped and has an apex pointing towards the first geometric quarter-space, and wherein the reflector surface includes one or more areas where projections of the arrival angles on a geometric projection plane perpendicular to the first and second geometric planes are less than the critical angle, wherein each of the projections of the arrival angles is an angle between a projection of a corresponding one of the second light beams and a projection of a corresponding one of the geometric normal lines of the reflector surface on the geometric projection plane.

US Pat. No. 10,429,034

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE WITH LIGHT GUIDE FOR TWO WAY ILLUMINATION

Quarkstar LLC, Las Vegas...

1. A light-emitting device, comprising:a base substrate having a base surface;
one or more light-emitting elements (LEEs) configured to emit light, the LEEs being disposed on the base surface;
a scattering element having a first surface spaced apart from the LEEs and positioned to receive light from the LEEs, the scattering element comprising scattering centers arranged to scatter light from the LEEs;
an extractor element having an exit surface, the extractor element being transparent and in contact with the scattering element, there being an optical interface between the scattering element and the extractor element at the place of contact, the optical interface being opposite the first surface of the scattering element, the extractor element being arranged to receive light from the scattering element through the optical interface, wherein
a medium adjacent to the first surface of the scattering element has a refractive index n0, and
the scattering element has a first refractive index n1, where n0 a reflector element adjacent the extractor element, the reflector element having first and second surfaces extending away from the exit surface, the reflector element being arranged to reflect a first portion of light from the extractor element.

US Pat. No. 10,429,033

QUANTUM DOT, RESIN, QUANTUM DOT SHEET AND BACK LIGHT UNIT USING THE SAME

HEESUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A quantum dot sheet comprising quantum dots, light scattering agents, and a resin,wherein the resin includes repeated units represented by the following Chemical Formula 1

in Chemical Formula 1, Ar is an aryl group of C6-C30, and B is a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group of C2-C5.

US Pat. No. 10,429,032

REFRIGERATOR INCLUDING LIGHTING DEVICE WITH COVER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet comprising an outer case that defines an outer appearance of the refrigerator and an inner case that defines a storage space of the refrigerator, the inner case defining a case opening;
a lighting device located at the inner case and configured to illuminate light through the case opening, the lighting device comprising:
a lighting case that is located at the inner case, the lighting case defining a cavity recessed outward of the case opening and located at a position corresponding to the case opening,
a light-emitting unit that is located in the cavity, that faces an inner surface of the cavity, and that is configured to emit light toward the inner surface of the cavity,
a cover that is configured to couple to the lighting case, that is configured to cover at least a portion of the case opening, and that is configured to allow transmission of light reflected from the inner surface of the cavity toward the storage space through the cover, and
a reflection portion that is located at the cover and that is configured to, based on reception of light emitted toward the case opening, direct light toward the inner surface of the cavity,
wherein at least a portion of the inner case extends toward the case opening and is configured to cover the light-emitting unit from the storage space of the refrigerator.

US Pat. No. 10,429,031

LINEAR LED MODULE AND BACKLIGHT UNIT INCLUDING THE SAME

LUMENS CO., LTD., Yongin...

1. A backlight unit comprising:a rear case arranged in rear of a display panel;
a reflective sheet positioned in the rear of the display panel in the rear case; and
a linear light emitting diode (LED) module comprising an LED bar and a linear reflector and arranged along one side edge of the reflective sheet,
wherein the linear reflector comprises a mounting portion on which the LED bar is mounted along a lengthwise direction and a composite reflective portion integrated with the mounting portion and adapted to primarily reflect light emitted from the LED bar toward the reflective sheet,
wherein a cross-section of the composite reflective portion comprises a curved reflective surface adjacent to the mounting portion and a straight reflective surface extending away from a boundary with the mounting portion,
wherein the reflective sheet is adapted to secondarily reflect the light primarily reflected from the composite reflective portion toward the display panel,
wherein the LED bar comprises a plurality of LEDs arrayed on a substrate in a lengthwise direction of the substrate, each of the LEDs having an optical axis,
wherein the composite reflective portion is configured to intersect the optical axis,
wherein the mounting portion comprises a mounting surface on which the LED bar is mounted,
wherein the mounting surface is divided into an inner surface and an outer surface by a line drawn perpendicular to the mounting surface from the boundary between the curved reflective surface and the straight reflective surface, such that the inner surface is between a first end adjacent to the curved surface and the line and the outer surface is between the line and a second end opposite to the first end,
wherein the LEDs lies in the inner surface,
wherein the reflective sheet comprises one or more light attenuating areas formed around its one side edge adjacent to the linear LED module to increase the amount of light absorbed and reduce the amount of light reflected, and
wherein a number of holes or black dot patterns are formed in the light attenuating areas.

US Pat. No. 10,429,030

HYBRID LENS SYSTEM INCORPORATING TOTAL INTERNAL REFLECTION LENS AND DIFFUSER

LedEngin, Inc., San Jose...

1. A lens system, comprising:an optical body member, having an upper end, a lower end opposite the upper end, and an outer surface, the optical body member being substantially symmetric with respect to an optical axis, the lower end of the optical body member including a cavity for accommodating a light source, the outer surface being shaped to provide total internal reflection (TIR) for light from the light source; and
a diffuser, having a curved shell and a circular rim, the diffuser being configured for being disposed over the light source and configured to fit inside the cavity at the lower end of the optical body member;
wherein light from the light source is mixed by the diffuser and collimated by the optical body member to form a spot light.

US Pat. No. 10,429,029

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. An organic light emitting display device comprising:a board assembly including organic light emission elements arranged on a substrate, and a sealing member on the substrate to seal the organic light emission elements;
a plastic cover including an ultra violet light blocker on the board assembly; and
an adhesive layer between the board assembly and the plastic cover, disposed on the sealing member, and attaching the plastic cover to an upper surface of the sealing member, and formed from an adhesive composition which includes 50˜95 parts by weight of an acryl-based copolymer resin, 4.7˜44 parts by weight of an acryl monomer, 0.1˜2 parts by weight of a cross linking monomer, 0.1˜2 parts by weight of a visible light initiator, and 0.1˜2 parts by weight of an additive; and a dam formed from the same material as the adhesive layer, wherein the dam is directly adjacent to and is along edges of the adhesive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,028

SOFT BOX WITH SMOOTH ROD FOLDING STRUCTURE

HYUNDAE PHOTONICS CO., LT...

1. In a soft box with a plurality of rods (2) arranged radially with respect to a speed ring (1) and a strobe mounted in the center, a soft box with a smooth rod folding structure, comprising:brackets (10) mounted on the edge of the speed ring (1) at uniform intervals so as to couple the rods (2);
a lever (20) mounted by a first hinge part on the upper end of each of the brackets (10);
a link (30) connected to the lever (20) by a second hinge part(H2), which is provided to the lever (20) so as to be located at the rear end side of the bracket (10) at the same height as the first hinge part (H1) when the lever (20) is fully lifted to the upper part of the bracket (10) and moved to the side surface of the bracket (10) when the lever (20) is moved reversely;
a rod support (40) provided by a third hinge part (H3) at the lower end of the bracket (10) such that the rod (2) is inserted thereinto and having a fourth hinge part (H4) so as to be connected to the link (30) such that, when the lever (20) is operated, the force of the lever (20) is transmitted to the rod support (40) through the link (30) and the rod support (40) rotates with respect to the third hinge part (H3).