US Pat. No. 10,989,634

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EXTRACTING ANALYTES FROM A SAMPLE

ANKOM TECHNOLOGY CORPORAT...

1. A system configured for extracting an analyte from a sample, the system comprising:a reaction chamber comprising a reaction vessel, the reaction vessel comprising:
a reaction vessel column configured for receiving the sample and a reaction solution,
a mixer located at a bottom end of the reaction vessel configured for mixing the sample with the reaction solution,
a reaction vessel filter located at the bottom end of the reaction vessel configured for retaining insoluble components from a reaction mixture of the sample and the reaction solution and passing soluble components from the reaction mixture, and
a reaction vessel drain located at the bottom end of the reaction vessel and below the reaction vessel filter configured for draining the soluble components from the reaction mixture, including a dissolved analyte, from the reaction vessel;
a purification chamber located below the reaction chamber comprising a purification vessel, the purification vessel comprising:
a purification vessel column configured for receiving the soluble components from the reaction mixture, including the dissolved analyte, from the reaction vessel drain,
a selective sorbent disposed in the purification vessel configured for retaining contaminants from the soluble components from the reaction mixture and passing a purified analyte, and
a purification vessel drain located at a bottom end of the purification vessel and below the selective sorbent configured for draining the purified analyte from the purification vessel;
an evaporation chamber located below the purification chamber comprising an evaporation container, the evaporation container configured for receiving the purified analyte from the purification vessel drain; and
a heater configured for heating the evaporation chamber and evaporating a solvent from the purified analyte.

US Pat. No. 10,989,633

METHOD OF DILUTING A METRED QUANTITY OF A TEST FLUID FOR ANALYSIS

EPONA BIOTECH LTD, Balli...

1. A method of diluting a metred quantity of a test fluid for analysis, the method comprising:i) contacting a collection tip coupled to a housing with a sample of the test fluid to collect the metred quantity of test fluid into a collection port within the housing, the collection tip in fluid communication with the collection port, the collection port having two spaced members having opposing hydrophilic surfaces forming an open-sided configuration that defines a volume between them corresponding to the metred quantity of test fluid to be collected;
ii) inserting the housing into an opening of a liquid container to form a seal fit between said opening and said housing; and
iii) agitating the container such that a metred quantity of test fluid is extracted from the collection port into liquid within the liquid container.

US Pat. No. 10,989,631

SAMPLING DEVICE FOR TAKING BEVERAGE SAMPLES FROM A BEVERAGE LINE CONTAINING A CARBONATED BEVERAGE UNDER PRESSURE

QFood GmbH, Gundelfingen...

1. A sampling device for taking beverage samples from a beverage line containing a carbonated beverage under pressure, wherein the sampling device hasa connector for the beverage line,
a pump having a drive, which pump has a pump chamber that is delimited by walls, which can be moved toward and away from one another, by means of the drive, for expanding and compressing the pump chamber,
a discharging opening for the beverage sample,
a line system having adjustable valves, which system is connected with the connector for the beverage line, the pump chamber, and the discharging opening, and
a control device,
wherein an outlet opening for waste is connected with the line system, and that the line system is configured in such a manner
I) that in a first valve configuration, the pump chamber is connected with the connector for the beverage line, and separated from the outlet opening and the discharging opening,
II) that in a second valve configuration, the pump chamber is separated from the connector for the beverage line, the outlet opening, and the discharging opening,
III) that in a third valve configuration, the pump chamber is connected with the outlet opening, and separated from the connector for the beverage line and the discharging opening,
IV) that in a fourth valve configuration, the pump chamber is connected with the discharging opening, and separated from the connector for the beverage line and the outlet opening,
and that the control device is configured to control the pump and the valves, in such a manner
i) that in the first valve configuration, a beverage sample, the volume of which is less than the maximal volume of the pump chamber, can be introduced from the connector for the beverage line into the pump chamber,
ii) that afterward, the second valve configuration is set, and the pump chamber is expanded in such a manner that a partial vacuum occurs in the pump chamber, to remove gas from the beverage sample, wherein a first partial volume is the removed gas and is situated in an upper part of the pump chamber and a second partial volume is the beverage sample and is situated in a lower part of the pump chamber,
iii) that afterward, the third valve configuration is set, and the pump chamber is compressed in such a manner that the first partial volume situated in the upper part of the pump chamber is displaced toward the outlet opening, and the second partial volume situated in the lower part of the pump chamber remains in the pump chamber, and
iv) that afterward, the fourth valve configuration is set, and the pump chamber is compressed further so as to displace the beverage sample situated in it toward the discharging opening.

US Pat. No. 10,989,630

SAMPLING APPARATUS

Advanced Sampling Process...

1. An apparatus for obtaining samples from a process, the apparatus comprising a sample chamber comprising at least one inlet and at least one outlet, a dam positioned in the chamber between the at least one inlet and the at least one outlet, and a gate moveable within the chamber between a first position and a second position to eject a first sample from the chamber via the at least one outlet and simultaneously draw a second sample into the chamber via the at least one inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,989,629

METHOD OF EVALUATING TIRE GROUND CONTACT PROPERTY

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A method of evaluating a tire ground contact property, the method comprising:mounting a tire on one surface of a flat plate;
placing a predetermined load on the tire or placing the tire in a no-load state;
irradiating the tire with a terahertz wave having a frequency of 0.1 THz to 10 THz from another surface side of the flat plate or from inside the flat plate, a wavelength of the terahertz wave being greater than a roughness average length in at least a portion of the one surface of the flat plate and/or greater than a roughness average height in at least a portion of the one surface of the flat plate;
detecting a reflected terahertz wave from the tire; and
evaluating a ground contact property of the tire on the basis of a detection result.

US Pat. No. 10,989,628

METHOD AND LINE FOR CHECKING TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A., Mil...

1. A method for checking a tyre for vehicle wheels, said tyre being associated with a model, the method comprising:a) obtaining the model associated with said tyre, the model being associated with a setting for positioning a set of image acquisition devices;
b) acquiring preliminary images of said tyre;
c) obtaining, from said acquired preliminary images, at least one adjustment value representative of at least one geometric characteristic of the tyre;
d) calculating a deviation between said at least one adjustment value and a respective reference value, associated with said model;
e) adjusting the setting associated with the model of the tyre based on the calculated deviation; and
(f) inspecting said tyre to look for possible production defects by acquiring images of at least part of the surface of the tyre,
wherein inspecting said tyre includes using the set of image acquisition devices set according to the setting thus adjusted for acquiring the images of at least part of the surface of the tyre.

US Pat. No. 10,989,627

CONTROLLER WHICH DETERMINES A MISFIRE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A controller for an internal combustion engine that controls the internal combustion engine which is provided with a plurality of detected parts provided at a plurality of preliminarily set crankshaft angles in a rotation member which rotates synchronizing with a crankshaft, and an angle sensor which is fixed to a nonrotation member and detects the detected parts, the controller for the internal combustion engine comprising at least one processor configured to implement:an angle information detector that detects the crankshaft angle based on an output signal of the angle sensor, and detects a detection period of the crankshaft angle at every detection of the crankshaft angle;
a reference period calculator that calculates, as a reference detection period, the detection period detected within a reference angle interval which is a preliminarily set crankshaft angle interval including a top dead center of a compression stroke, based on the detected crankshaft angle and the detection period;
a period deviation calculator that calculates a period deviation which is a deviation between the reference detection period and the each detection period;
a former period deviation integrator that calculates a former period deviation integration value by integrating the period deviation in a former angle interval which is a preliminarily set crankshaft angle interval within a range of an intake stroke and the compression stroke before the top dead center;
a later period deviation integrator that calculates a later period deviation integration value by integrating the period deviation in a later angle interval which is a preliminarily set crankshaft angle interval within a range of a combustion stroke and an exhaust stroke after the top dead center; and
a misfire determiner that determines presence or absence of misfire in the combustion stroke after the top dead center based on the former period deviation integration value and the later period deviation integration value.

US Pat. No. 10,989,625

VEHICLE HEADLIGHT MEASUREMENT SYSTEM INSTRUMENTATION STRUCTURE

NEXION S.P.A., Correggio...

1. A headlight measurement system instrumentation structure for a vehicle, comprising:a support structure;
a vehicle calibration assistance structure, which is mounted on the support structure and includes a headlight aiming device, configured to facilitate alignment or calibration of a headlight of the vehicle, the vehicle being positioned within a service area;
a processing system configured to receive, from the headlight aiming device, data correlated with a light beam emitted by the headlight and to provide, through an interface, an informative indication relating to an operating condition of the headlight;
a communication port which is connectable to an electronic control unit of the vehicle,wherein the processing system is further configured to:retrieve, from the electronic control unit of the vehicle, input data including information relating to faults or informative indications regarding the state of the vehicle;
process the input data and generate drive signals;
send the drive signals to the electronic control unit of the vehicle to control the headlight of the vehicle through the electronic control unit of the vehicle,wherein the headlight measurement system instrumentation structure further comprises:a positioning target element, having a surface provided with a predetermined graphical feature, the positioning target element being supported by the support structure and oriented in a forward direction towards the service area;
a positioning device, configured for aiding a relative positioning between the vehicle, positioned in the service area, and the vehicle calibration assistance structure;wherein the processing system is operatively coupled to the positioning device to receive data therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,989,624

VEHICLE HEADLIGHT MEASUREMENT SYSTEM INSTRUMENTATION STRUCTURE

NEXION S.P.A., Correggio...

1. A vehicle headlight measurement system instrumentation structure, comprising:a base unit;
a support structure connected to the base unit;
a vehicle calibration assistance structure, which is carried by the support structure and includes a headlight aiming device, configured to facilitate alignment or calibration of a headlight of the vehicle, the vehicle being positioned within a service area;
a positioning target element, having a surface provided with a predetermined graphical feature, the positioning target element being supported by the support structure and oriented in a forward direction towards the service area;
a positioning device, configured for aiding a relative positioning between the vehicle, positioned in the service area, and the vehicle calibration assistance structure;
a processing system,wherein the processing system is operatively coupled to the positioning device to receive data therefrom and includes a processor configured with instructions to evaluate data received from the positioning device to determine measurements including at least a spatial relationship between the vehicle calibration assistance structure and the vehicle, wherein the positioning device is spaced from the support structure, is operatively located at a distance from the support structure and includes an optical device, oriented in a lateral direction substantially transversal to the forward direction, to view graphical features of the vehicle, and a matching camera, oriented in a backward direction opposite to the forward direction to view the positioning target element.

US Pat. No. 10,989,623

LEAKING TANK TESTING DEVICE

1. A leaking tank testing device, comprising:a main body;
a tubing system disposed within at least a portion of the main body to receive contents therein from a tank container;
a selector rotatably disposed on an outer surface of the main body to select a vacuum testing mode in a first position, and a pressure testing mode in a second position;
a vacuum monitor disposed on at least a portion of the main body to display a gradient in pressure between the contents in the tubing system and an external pressure outside of the main body in response to the selector being moved to the vacuum testing mode; and
a seal disposed on at least a portion of the main body to cover at least a portion of the tubing system in response to the selector being moved to the pressure testing mode.

US Pat. No. 10,989,622

LEAK TEST MACHINE FOR CYLINDER HEAD, ENGINE BLOCK, OR A SIMILAR WORKPIECE

ELWEMA AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, ...

1. A leak testing machine for tightness testing of a workpiece with at least one internal chamber to be tested, comprising:at least one sealing plate with a sealing arrangement for a connection region of the workpiece;
a machine frame with at least one workpiece holding device for the workpiece; and
an adjusting device with at least one first drive for bringing together the workpiece and the sealing plate into a test position, in which the workpiece lies with the connection region tight against the sealing arrangement of the sealing plate;
a changeover device for sealing plate changeover, the changeover device comprising a holding arrangement and an associated second drive for sealing plate changeover, wherein the holding arrangement comprises a common supporting member, which is mounted swivelably adjustable on the machine frame, and at least two holders, each holding one sealing plate respectively on the machine frame, the at least two holders being provided on the common supporting member, wherein the associated second drive is capable of actuating the holding arrangement for sealing plate changeover by swiveling the common supporting member comprising the two holders; wherein
a rotary device is provided on the machine frame, the rotary device having the at least one workpiece holding device as well as an associated third drive, which is capable of actuating the rotary device for bringing the workpiece at least out of a loading position for loading and unloading the leak testing machine into either a home position upstream of the test position or the test position, and vice versa.

US Pat. No. 10,989,620

GAS TURBOMACHINE LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of detecting a leak in a fuel system of a turbomachine having at least one combustor including a combustion chamber, the method comprising:pressurizing a fuel line immediately upstream of the combustion chamber with a non-flammable fluid to a pressure substantially equal to an operational fuel pressure of the turbomachine;
optically monitoring an exterior of the fuel line to determine a presence of the non-flammable fluid at the exterior of the fuel line, the presence of the non-flammable fluid on the exterior of the fuel line indicating a leak; and
delivering the non-flammable fluid to the combustion chamber of the combustor, whereby a drain coupled to the combustor is opened while the non-flammable fluid is being delivered to the combustion chamber, and wherein an exit flow rate of the non-flammable fluid exiting the combustion chamber via the drain is greater than a delivery flow rate of the non-flammable fluid being delivered to the combustion chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,989,619

WATER SENSORS WITH MULTI-VALUE OUTPUTS AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

TRANSFORM SR BRANDS LLC, ...

1. A water sensor, comprising:a housing comprising an external surface with a first conductive surface and a second conductive surface separated from the first conductive surface;
a water sensing circuit enclosed within the housing, the water sensing circuit configured to:
couple a reference signal to the first conductive surface;
develop, via the reference signal applied to the first conductive surface, an input signal at the second conductive surface that is indicative of a level of wetness along the external surface of the housing between the first conductive surface and the second conductive surface; and
vary a duty cycle of a wetness level signal, such that the duty cycle:
increases as the level of wetness along the external surface of the housing between the first conductive surface and the second conductive surface of the housing increases; and
decreases as the level of wetness along the external surface of the housing between the first conductive surface and the second conductive surface of the housing decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,989,618

INDUSTRIAL GAS DETECTION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:identifying, using a first sensor at a first geographic location, a first gas level of a gas at the first geographic location at a first time;
determining that the first gas level of the gas is above a first threshold;
in response to determining that the first gas level of the gas is above the first threshold, identifying, using a second sensor at a second geographic location, a second gas level of the gas at the second geographic location at a second time, wherein the first geographic and second geographic locations are different;
determining that the second gas level of the gas is above a second threshold;
in response to determining that the second gas level of the gas is above the second threshold, calculating a difference between the second time and the first time;
based on the difference between the second time and the first time, determining that one of the first geographic location and the second geographic location is a source of the gas; and
providing an alert based on determining the location of the source of the gas.

US Pat. No. 10,989,617

DYNAMIC TORQUE AND/OR FORCE CALIBRATION DEVICE

ETA SA Manufacture Horlog...

1. A torque or force calibration device for a unit intended to measure or to apply a torque or a force respectively, said device comprising:a first part, a second part, and at least one flexible element linking the first part to the second part, the second part being mounted to be mobile in rotation or in translation relative to the fixed first part, the device comprising an abutment that limits the displacement of the second part and thereby sets the maximum torque or the maximum force of the calibration device,
wherein the first part and the second part are each formed by a planar base topped by an upright onto which is fixed an end of the flexible element, the first part and the second part being disposed head to tail with the base of the first part forming the support of the device and the base of the second part forming the portion to which the torque or the force is applied during the calibration of the unit.

US Pat. No. 10,989,616

DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING MEASUREMENTS ON A SEABED

GRAVITUDE AS, Bergen (NO...

1. A device for performing measurements on a seabed, comprising:a chamber containing a sensor and a fluid at a constant temperature;
an insulating layer around the chamber; and
an internal temperature stabilising device, wherein the fluid has an ambient pressure, the device comprises an inlet for ambient pressure, and the internal temperature stabilising device comprises a circulating device.

US Pat. No. 10,989,615

NON-DESTRUCTIVE MONITORING METHOD FOR INTERNAL PRESSURE INTENSITY OF PIPELINE

DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECH...

1. A non-destructive monitoring method for internal pressure intensity of a pipeline, comprising:establishing an equation relationship by the fact that a variation of an internal diameter of the pipeline is the same as that measured by fiber bragg grating (FBG) sensors to obtain a relationship between the internal pressure intensity of the pipeline and strain values measured by the FBG sensors;
obtaining the internal pressure intensity of the pipeline by measuring the strain values of the FBG sensors installed on the pipeline to conduct non-destructive monitoring on the internal pressure intensity of the pipeline,
wherein a stress state of any point of the pipeline is:
hoop stress:
axial stress:and radial stress: ?3=?P,wherein P is the internal pressure intensity of the pipeline, d is an outside diameter of the pipeline, and ? is a wall thickness of the pipeline,
wherein an increment ?d of the internal diameter of the pipeline is:

wherein E is the Young's modulus of a pipeline material, and ? is the Poisson's ratio;
obtaining a relationship between the increment of the internal diameter of the pipeline and the internal pressure intensity of the pipeline as defined in formula (2) by substituting ?1 and ?2 into formula (1):

measuring the strain values of the FBG sensors to realize the increment of the internal diameter of the pipeline, wherein sensor clamps and an outer wall of the pipeline are in close fitting, and the FBG sensors are installed on the sensor clamps so that the increment of the internal diameter of the pipeline is the same as the variation measured by the FBG sensors, wherein the variation measured by the FBG sensors is defined in formula (3):
?d=?·L  (3)
wherein ? is the strain value measured by the FBG sensors, and L is a calibration distance of the FBG sensors;
obtaining the relationship between the internal pressure intensity of the pipeline and the strain value measured by the FBG sensors as defined in formula (4) by combining formula (2) and formula (3) to eliminate ?d:

obtaining the internal pressure intensity of the pipeline by monitoring the strain values measured by the FBG sensors; and
installing the FBG sensors, comprising:
pasting two sensor clamps symmetrically on a surface of the pipeline with epoxy resin glue, wherein a diameter of an arc of a contact surface of the sensor clamps and the pipeline is the same as the outside diameter of the pipeline;
forming a groove respectively in both ends of the sensor clamps;
installing the both ends of the FBG sensors respectively on groove ends of the two sensor clamps, wherein the both ends of the FBG sensors are in the same level;
installing the FBG sensor respectively on upper and lower ends of the sensor clamps, wherein a spacing between the groove ends of the two sensor clamps is the calibration distance of the FBG sensors; and
installing sensor clamp cover plates on the groove ends of the sensor clamps and tightening with screws, wherein the FBG sensors are fixed on the sensor clamps.

US Pat. No. 10,989,614

TORQUE SENSOR AND ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A torque sensor comprising:a bearing that is provided with an inner ring and an outer ring that are supported so as to be relatively movable only in the direction of rotation about a predetermined axis;
a connecting member that is provided with fixing sections that are respectively fixed to the inner ring and the outer ring and a strain generation section that connects between the fixing sections, the connecting member being separated from the bearing; and
a strain sensor that is disposed on the connecting member so as to be capable of detecting a strain at least in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,989,612

SENSOR WITH A PLURALITY OF ACQUISITION DEVICES THAT MEASURE FORCE USING IMPEDANCE

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVES...

1. A roadway sensing system, comprising:a roadway having a free top surface;
a plurality of acquisition devices embedded in material forming the roadway so that each one of the acquisition devices is disposed under the free top surface and spaced apart from one another with the material disposed between each one of the acquisition devices, and
an impedance-determining device electrically connected to each one of the acquisition devices; wherein,
each one of the acquisition devices is an elongated tape that includes:
a top bonding layer formed from a flexible plastic material;
a bottom bonding layer underneath the top bonding layer, the bottom bonding layer is formed from a flexible plastic material; and
a transducer;
for each one of the acquisition devices, the transducer comprises:
a piezoresistive layer between the top bonding layer and the bottom bonding layer, the piezoresistive layer comprising a piezoresistive material; and
at least two electrodes disposed on and secured to the piezoresistive layer, the at least two elongated electrodes are spaced apart from each other a uniform distance.

US Pat. No. 10,989,610

ADJUSTABLE SPRING LOADED ADAPTER FOR TEMPERATURE SENSOR

Rosemount Inc., Shakopee...

1. A temperature sensing assembly comprising:a temperature sensor having a cylindrical sidewall;
an adjustable clamping mechanism encircling the cylindrical sidewall of the temperature sensor, the adjustable clamping mechanism including,
a tube sized to receive the temperature sensor having the cylindrical sidewall,
a nut configured to threadably engage the tube,
a stepped ferrule contacting the nut,
a tapered ferrule contacting the stepped ferrule, the tapered ferrule being configured to apply a clamping force to the cylindrical sidewall of the temperature sensor to fix the cylindrical sidewall to the adjustable clamping mechanism;
an adapter disposed about the tube of the adjustable clamping mechanism, the adapter having an externally threaded region;
a compression mechanism disposed about the adjustable clamping mechanism and configured to generate a biasing force between the adapter and the adjustable clamping mechanism;
a thermowell having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end being configured to attach to the externally threaded region of the adapter, and the distal end being configured to receive an end of the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,989,609

THERMISTOR FILM AND METHOD OF DEPOSITING THE SAME

FLOSFIA INC., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A thermistor film used in a thermistor element, wherein the thermistor film is an epitaxial film including a spinel-type crystal structure.

US Pat. No. 10,989,608

TEMPERATURE SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A temperature sensor comprising:a housing;
a connector disposed in a base end side of the housing;
a cover attached to a tip end side of the housing;
a temperature sensing part disposed in a tip end portion in the cover, detecting temperature;
a pair of lead wires having conductivity, connected to the temperature sensing part and a terminal of the connector;
a guide tube having insulation properties, formed to have a larger inner diameter than an outer diameter of each lead wire, the guide tube having a gap between each lead wire and the guide tube to cover each lead wire;
a filler that directly or indirectly touches the temperature sensing part and a tip end of the guide tube, a tip end region inside the cover being filled with the filler; and
a space formed within the cover extending from the tip end region inside the cover being filled with the filler to a housing side of the cover in a longitudinal direction of the temperature sensor; wherein
the temperature sensing part and a tip end of the paid of lead wires are covered by a sealing glass; and
the sealing glass is covered by a protective film.

US Pat. No. 10,989,607

THERMOCOUPLE

FURUYA METAL CO., LTD., ...

1. A thermocouple comprising two wires and a clamping member, wherein the clamping member clamps the two wires such that distal end portions of the two wires are in contact with each other in parallel to provide a temperature measuring junction portion,wherein the two wires have diameters d1 and d2, respectively, d1?d2, a length of the temperature measuring junction portion in a longitudinal direction of the two wires is L, a maximum width of the temperature measuring junction portion in a parallel direction of the two wires is D, and a maximum width in a direction orthogonal to the parallel direction in a cross section of the temperature measuring junction portion is E, the following equations (1) to (3) are satisfied:
0.5×(d1+d2)?L?5×(d1+d2)  Equation (1)
1×(d1+d2) 1.4×d1

US Pat. No. 10,989,606

GAS IMPERMEABLE TEMPERATURE SENSOR PROTECTION SYSTEM

DAILY THERMETRICS CORPORA...

1. A temperature sensing assembly, comprising:a thermowell comprising:
a first gas impermeable barrier element defining a first chamber, wherein the first gas impermeable barrier element is constructed at least partially from monocrystalline sapphire glass; and
a second gas impermeable barrier element defining a second chamber;
a temperature sensor at least partially disposed within the first chamber; and
at least one electrically conductive element connected to the temperature sensor;
wherein the at least one electrically conductive element is connected to the temperature sensor in the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,989,605

STREAK CAMERA CALIBRATION

1. An optical system, comprising:insertion optics for combining fiducial light with a received optical signal, the fiducial light having at least one predetermined attribute;
a streak tube; and
a processor operable to correct environmental degradation of the streak tube based on the at least one predetermined attribute of the fiducial light.

US Pat. No. 10,989,603

INFRARED SENSOR CHIP, AND INFRARED SENSOR EMPLOYING SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An infrared sensor chip, comprising:a supporting substrate having a cavity;
at least one bridge section extending directly above the cavity and having at least one end supported by the supporting substrate and an other end, and
a thermopile wiring formed in the at least one bridge section, the thermopile wiring including hot junctions and cold junctions, the hot junctions being connected to the cold junctions, the hot junctions being provided in the at least one bridge section, the cold junctions being provided directly above the supporting substrate,
the at least one bridge section being provided with: at least one breakage detection wiring for detecting breakage of the at least one bridge section; and at least one heater wiring, the at least one breakage detection wiring being wired along the thermopile wiring, the at least one heater wiring being wired such that part of the at least one heater wiring is in an area between the other end of the at least one bridge section and the hot junctions.

US Pat. No. 10,989,602

RECESSED CARBON NANOTUBE ARTICLE AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME

GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED ...

1. A recessed carbon nanotube article comprising:a base;
a substrate disposed on the base;
a plurality of wells disposed in the substrate and bounded by the base and a substrate wall; and
a carbon nanotube element disposed in individual wells and that consists of a plurality of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes such that a longitudinal length of the vertically aligned carbon nanotubes is less than a depth of the well in which the carbon nanotube element is disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,989,601

BEAM FOCUSING AND REFLECTIVE OPTICS

J.A. WOOLLAM CO., INC., ...

1. A method of focusing a beam of electromagnetic radiation onto a sample (SAM) utilizing reflective optics, while reducing the effects thereof on a specific polarization state of an input beam (IB), comprising the steps of:a) providing a system for providing a focused beam (FB) of electromagnetic radiation onto a location on a sample (SAM), said system being a reflective optics system (RFO) sequentially comprising first (M1), second (M2), third (M3) and fourth (M4) mirrors, each of said four mirrors (M1) (M2) (M3 (M4) providing reflective surfaces, with sail third (M3) and fourth (M4) mirrors providing convex and concave reflective surfaces, respectively;
such that in use an input beam (IB) of electromagnetic radiation having a specific polarization state is directed toward said first (M1) mirror and reflects from said reflective surface thereof, such that a first plane of incidence (P1) is formed between said incident beam (IB) and said beam which is reflected from said reflective surface of said first (M1) mirror;
and such that said beam reflected from the reflective surface of said first (M1) mirror is directed toward said second mirror (M2) and reflects from said reflective surface thereof toward said convex third (M3) mirror, from which it reflects at an off-center location thereon toward said concave fourth (M4) mirror, wherefrom it is reflected by the reflective surface thereof toward said sample (SAM) as a focused (FB) outgoing beam (OB); said beam reflected from the reflective surface of said convex third (M3) mirror and that reflected from said reflective surface of said concave fourth (M4) mirror forming a second plane of incidence (P2), said first (P1) and second (P2) planes of incidence being other than orthogonal to one another;
the locus (LOC) of the beam from said source (S) being other than co-parallel with the locus (LOC?) which approaches and reflects from the reflective surface of said convex third (M3) mirror;
the effect of said four reflections from said reflective surfaces of said four (M1) (112) (M3) (M4) mirrors being to reduce the effects of all said reflections on the specific polarization state of said input beam, and to direct said output beam (OB) and provide it as a focused beam (FB) onto said sample (SAM) at the point it impinges thereupon;
b) providing a sample (SAM);
c) causing an input beam (IB) of electromagnetic radiation having a specific polarization state to be directed toward said first (M1) mirror along an intended locus (LOC);
such that said output beam (OB) which reflects from the fourth (M4) mirror impinges onto said sample (SAM) as a focused beam (OB) along a locus (LOC?) which is characterized by a selection from the group consisting of:
it is closer to being co-parallel with said identified locus (LOC) than when planes (P1) and (P2) are orthogonal to one another;
and
it is substantially co-parallel with said intended locus (LOC).

US Pat. No. 10,989,600

AUTOMATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO FILL BACKGROUND AND INTERSTITIAL SPACE IN A VISUAL OBJECT LAYOUT

Laurent Francois Martin, ...

1. A method for filling interstitial space in a visual object layout, the method comprising:detecting, by a color management module, available interstitial space in the layout;
determining, by the color management module, at least one color present in at least one image present in the layout;
determining, by the color management module, locations of each determined color in the layout;
determining, by the color management module, a relative ratio of each determined color, wherein the relative ratio is based on relative importance of each color to the overall layout;
determining, by the color management module, at least one drop point for at least one color;
dropping, by the color management module, the determined color at the respective drop points at a maximum intensity; and
blending, by the color management module, at least one dropped color in a gradient fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,989,598

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIGHT OPTIMIZATION

SHENZHEN UNIVERSITY, She...

1. A method implemented on a computing device having at least on processor and at least one computer-readable storage medium for providing artificial lighting under a working condition, the method comprising:determining based on an ambient environment, a destined chromaticity of a destined light;
selecting one or more component lights, each component light having a component chromaticity;
determining a proportion for each component light; and
combining the one or more component lights according to the one or more proportions of the one or more component lights, thereby synthesizing the destined light.

US Pat. No. 10,989,597

DIVIDED-APERTURE INFRA-RED SPECTRAL IMAGING SYSTEM FOR CHEMICAL DETECTION

REBELLION PHOTONICS, INC....

1. An infrared (IR) imaging system for imaging a scene, the imaging system comprising:an optical system including an optical focal plane array (FPA) unit, the optical system configured to receive IR radiation from the scene along at least two optical channels defined by components of the optical system to form respective images on the FPA array unit, said at least two optical channels being spatially and spectrally different from one another; and
a data-processing system configured to:
obtain a difference between a plurality of images from respective optical channels to form a temporal difference reference;
obtain a difference between
(a) the temporal difference reference, and
(b) a difference between a plurality of images obtained from respective optical channels at a later time,
thereby obtaining a temporal difference image.

US Pat. No. 10,989,596

SUBJECT IDENTIFICATION DEVICE AND SUBJECT IDENTIFICATION METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A subject identification device comprising:a light source configured to generate illumination light including components at a plurality of wavelength bands, each of the components having a characteristic in accordance with a respective one of settings;
an image sensor configured to generate an image signal by capturing light from a subject under the illumination light having the illumination characteristic; and
a processor comprising hardware, the processor being configured to:
define an illumination characteristic of the illumination light;
analyze the image signal to acquire spectral information of the subject; and
cross check the spectral information of the subject with subject identification information in order to identify the subject,
wherein when the subject is not identified, the processor is configured to define another illumination characteristic that causes spectral information of potentials for the subject to be identified, and subsequently each of the image sensor and the processor performs a process;
the subject identification information is divided into a plurality of layered groups, each of the layered groups including a greater amount of information in a lower layer, and
the processor is configured to use the subject identification information in the lower layer rather than the subject identification information that the processor used for previous cross check when repeatedly performing a cross check based on the subject identification information.

US Pat. No. 10,989,595

HYBRID SPECTRAL IMAGER

QCELL PC, Crete (GR)

1. A hybrid spectral imager apparatus comprising:an imaging head arrangement (IHA) comprising:
optical imaging means for collecting and focusing an image of a target scene or object along an imaging path;
multiband filtering optics (MBFO) means comprising:
beam divider means for generating at least two replica images of the target image;
tunable multiband filtering (TMF) means interposed into the imaging path and effecting a tunable multi-bandpass filtering in said images replicas;
a mosaic filter array (MFA) sensor arrangement comprising at least one MFA-focal plane array (FPA) sensor onto which said multiband filtered image replicas are focused, comprising focal plane array means masked, in a pixelized manner, with at least three wide-band primary color-type filters, with each primary color-type response separating and capturing one single-band image component from said multiband-filtered image replicas;
a control and processing unit (CPU) coupled to the imaging head arrangement, executing program instructions for: calibrating image acquisition processes; controlling and synchronizing the acquisition/capturing of the image replicas by the MFA sensor arrangement at given tuning step of the TMF and for a plurality of said tuning steps; spectrally purifying the MFA sensor arrangement responses to compensate band cross-talking between the MFA and the TMF;display means for displaying on a user interface means at least the acquired single-band images;wherein the CPU is configured to reconstruct and display, on said display means, a set of at least three different single-band images per MFA-FPA sensor employed;wherein the CPU is configured to tune the TMF for selecting the center wavelengths of the sets of different single-band images for video snapshot spectral imaging at desired spectral bands and/or capturing a certain number of sets of different single-band images at a given tuning step and a plurality of sets in a multistep procedure lasting until collecting a full hyperspectral cube data-set set comprising at least 30 single band images, within the FPA sensor's spectral sensitivity range.

US Pat. No. 10,989,593

MULTI-ANGLE COLORIMETER THAT SUPPRESSES THE INFLUENCE OF AN INCLINATION OF A REFERENCE ANGLE ON A COLORIMETRIC RESULT

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A multi-angle colorimeter comprising:a first illuminator configured to illuminate light toward a measurement target position at a certain angle;
a second illuminator configured to illuminate light symmetrically to illumination by the first illuminator with respect to a reference axis passing through the measurement target position;
a first light receiver that is disposed facing the measurement target position and is configured to receive light that is illuminated by the first illuminator and reflected at the measurement target position at the certain angle;
a second light receiver that is disposed facing the measurement target position and is configured to receive light that is illuminated by the first illuminator and reflected at the measurement target position at an angle different from a light receiving angle of the first light receiver;
a third light receiver that is disposed facing the measurement target position and is configured to receive light that is illuminated by the second illuminator and reflected at the measurement target position at an angle symmetric to a light receiving angle of the first light receiver with respect to a reference axis passing through the measurement target position;
a fourth light receiver that is disposed facing the measurement target position and receives light that is illuminated by the second illuminator and reflected at the measurement target position at an angle symmetrical to a light receiving angle of the second light receiver with respect to a reference axis passing through the measurement target position;
one light receiving sensor configured to output a signal in accordance with light received by each light receiver;
a plurality of light guiding members configured to guide the light received by each light receiver to the one light receiving sensor;
a switch configured to switch the light from the plurality of light guiding members to the light receiving sensor subsequently in an order of light reception by the first light receiver, the light reception by the third light receiver, the light reception by the second light receiver, and the light reception by the fourth light receiver; and
a calculator configured to calculate a measurement result based on a signal in accordance with light received by the first light receiver and a signal in accordance with light received by the third light receiver, and to calculate a measurement result based on a signal in accordance with light received by the second light receiver and a signal in accordance with light received by the fourth light receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,989,591

METHODS AND ARRANGEMENTS TO ENHANCE OPTICAL SIGNALS WITHIN ABERRATED OR SCATTERING SAMPLES

University of Maryland, C...

1. An optical system comprising:an illumination optical assembly configured to focus interrogating optical radiation to a focal point on or in a sample, the focused interrogating optical radiation propagating to the focal point along a first optical axis;
a first detection optical assembly configured to direct optical radiation emanating from the focal point to a first detector, the emanating optical radiation propagating from the focal point along a second optical axis;
a second detection optical assembly configured to direct optical radiation emanating from the focal point to a second detector, the second detection optical assembly being coupled to the illumination optical system in an epi-detection configuration;
a wavefront shaping device comprising an electro-optic device or phase-changing element disposed in an optical path of the interrogating optical radiation or in an optical path of the emanating optical radiation; and
a controller comprising a processor and computer-readable storage medium storing computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to set a configuration of the wavefront shaping device to correct for aberration,
wherein the first optical axis is at a non-zero angle with respect to the second optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,989,590

INTEGRATED BOUND-MODE SPECTRAL/ANGULAR SENSORS

UNM RAINFOREST INNOVATION...

1. A 2-D sensor array, comprising:a plurality of pixels including at least a first pixel and a second pixel, wherein each of the first and second pixels comprise:
a slab waveguide portion,
a single mode waveguide portion,
an adiabatic taper portion for funneling incident light from the slab waveguide portion into the single mode waveguide portion, and
a plurality of resonant add-drop filters formed substantially adjacent to the single mode waveguide portion,
wherein the slab waveguide comprises:
a confinement layer disposed between a first cladding layer and a second cladding layer, wherein the first cladding and the second cladding each have a refractive index that is lower than a refractive index of the confinement layer, and
a grating disposed in the first cladding layer for coupling incident light into the slab waveguide.

US Pat. No. 10,989,588

SENSOR DEVICE

TLV CO., LTD., Hyogo (JP...

1. A sensor device comprising:a holder having an insertion hole;
a probe having a proximal end to be inserted in the insertion hole and having a portion to be inserted in the insertion hole, a diameter of the portion of the probe to be inserted in the insertion hole being smaller than a hole diameter of the insertion hole;
a piezoelectric element housed in the holder and configured to be brought into contact with the proximal end of the probe directly or indirectly, a vibration of the probe acting on the piezoelectric element; and
a prevention member disposed in the insertion hole and holding the probe to prevent the probe from contacting the holder, the probe being configured such that a tip of the probe is pushed against a measurement object to detect a vibration of the measurement object, wherein
the prevention member is an annular elastic member disposed between the probe and the insertion hole and configured to be brought into contact with an outer peripheral surface of the probe and an inner peripheral surface of the insertion hole,
the insertion hole includes a holding part provided with the prevention member and includes a small diameter part continuous to an outer side of the holding part and having a hole diameter smaller than a diameter of the holding part,
the sensor device includes a lid having a cylindrical shape whose inner diameter is larger than a diameter of the portion of the probe to be inserted in the insertion hole, the lid is configured to be inserted in the holding part of the insertion hole from an inner side and to prevent detachment of the prevention member from the insertion hole, and
the prevention member is configured to prevent the probe from contacting the lid.

US Pat. No. 10,989,587

DISTRIBUTED FIBRE SENSING SYSTEM AND VIBRATION DETECTION AND POSITIONING METHOD THEREFOR

SHANGHAI JIAOTONG UNIVERS...

1. A distributed fibre sensing system comprising:a signal generating module including (i) a signal generator configured to output a swept radio frequency pulse sequence and a single-frequency sinusoidal wave signal, (ii) a first radio frequency signal amplifier configured to amplify the swept radio frequency pulse sequence, and (iii) a second radio frequency signal amplifier configured to amplify the single-frequency sinusoidal wave signal;
an optical frequency comb generating module connected to the second radio frequency signal amplifier to receive the amplified single-frequency sinusoidal wave signal;
a frequency sweeping and pulse generating module connected to the first radio frequency signal amplifier to receive the amplified swept radio frequency pulse sequence;
a light source module connected to the optical frequency comb generating module;
an optical circulator;
a sensing fibre;
an interference module connected to the optical circulator;
a photoelectric conversion module connected to the interference module; and
a detection and position module connected to the photoelectric conversion module, wherein:
an ultra-narrow-linewidth laser generated by the light source module is split into a detection light path and a reference light path which are then output to the optical frequency comb generating module and the interference module, respectively;
the optical frequency comb generating module inputs an optical frequency comb signal to the frequency sweeping and pulse generating module, and the frequency sweeping and pulse generating module outputs an amplified swept-frequency optical probe pulse string which is then input into the sensing fibre through the optical circulator;
a Rayleigh backscattering light generated by the sensing fibre is input to the interference module through the optical circulator and mixed with a reference light at the interference module to generate a mixed optical signal, and the mixed optical signal is input into the photoelectric conversion module;
the photoelectric conversion module converts the mixed optical signal into an electric signal, and inputs the electric signal to the detection and position module for detection and positioning of a vibration point.

US Pat. No. 10,989,586

LABORATORY BALANCE WITH A MOTORIZED SLIDING TOP WALL OF THE DRAFT SHIELD

Mettler-Toledo GmbH, Gre...

1. A laboratory balance, comprising:a base body;
a weighing chamber with a floor and a rear wall;
a draft shield with a front wall, a top wall, a first side wall and a second side wall that is parallel to the first side wall, such that weighing chamber floor and rear wall, together with the draft shield, enclose the weighing chamber; and
a drive unit, operatively connected to the top wall to actuate opening and closing movements of the top wall,
wherein the weighing chamber rear wall comprises:
a base module connected to the base body; and
a top module connected to the top wall, with at least a portion of the top module
configured as a compartment in which the drive unit is arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,989,585

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MEASURE MASS IN LOW GRAVITY ENVIRONMENTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A low-gravity mass-measuring apparatus comprising:a coupler to couple a coupling portion to an object, the coupling portion including a first inertial measurement unit (IMU);
a force device to provide a force to release a dock from the coupling portion and cause a movement of the dock relative to the coupling portion, the dock releasably couplable to the coupling portion and including a second IMU, the force device including a solenoid to move a magnet of the coupling portion away from the dock; and
a processor to calculate a mass of the object based on movement data from the first and second IMUs and the force.

US Pat. No. 10,989,584

METHOD FOR MEASURING FILL LEVEL OF A FILL SUBSTANCE LOCATED IN A CONTAINER BY MEANS OF TERAHERTZ PULSES

1. A fill-level measuring device, comprising:a pulse production unit embodied to produce pulses of electromagnetic radiation having a frequency in the range from 300 GHz to 3 THz, wherein the pulse production unit is configured to periodically produce the pulses at a repetition frequency;
a first waveguide having a signal input via which the pulses are coupled from the pulse production unit into the first waveguide;
a wave transmission unit adjoining the signal input;
an antenna unit adjoining the wave transmission unit, wherein the antenna unit is embodied to transmit the pulses into a container and to receive the pulses reflected on a surface of a fill substance in the container after a travel time dependent on a fill level;
a signal output circuit arranged on the wave transmission unit and embodied to produce an electrical control signal based on the reflected pulses; and
a control/evaluation unit configured to control the pulse production unit and to determine the fill level.

US Pat. No. 10,989,583

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A LEVEL OF A FLUID

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for determining a fluid level in a fluid reservoir, comprising:receiving output of a fluid level sensor having only two discrete output levels to a controller;
receiving vehicle acceleration data to the controller; and
adjusting an indication of a fluid level of a fluid reservoir in response to a count of state changes of the fluid level sensor and a count of expected state changes of the fluid level sensor, wherein the count of state changes of fluid level sensor is based on the output of the fluid level sensor, and the count of expected state changes of the fluid level sensor is based on the vehicle acceleration data.

US Pat. No. 10,989,582

METHOD FOR DETERMINING AND DISPLAYING REMAINING FILLING OR DRAINING TIME

VEGA GRIESHABER KG, Wolf...

1. A method for determining a remaining filling or draining time of a container, comprising the following steps:1. determining a current fill level,
2. calculating an expected remaining filling or draining time from the determined fill level and a rate of change, wherein the rate of change is determined by a FMCW-Doppler radar using a single sensor and a single control signal, and
3. issuing the expected remaining filling or draining time value, and in addition to the remaining filling or draining time value, also calculating a variance of the issued time value,wherein the determination of the rate of change is accomplished by recalling saved fill level measurements from the value table, the value table includes fill level measurements or values deducted from a previous filling or draining process and the rate of change is determined by an interpolation of the change of the fill level and from the temporal deduction said interpolation of the change of the fill level.

US Pat. No. 10,989,581

SENSOR FOR A THERMAL, FLOW MEASURING DEVICE HAVING SENSOR ELEMENT SPACING PROTRUSIONS

1. A sensor for a thermal, flow measuring device, comprising:a sensor cup having a first longitudinal axis, a lateral surface, an open first end, and a closed second end with a cup floor, wherein the first longitudinal axis intersects the first end and the second end perpendicularly, and wherein a floor surface of the cup floor facing in the direction of the first end is essentially flat;
a sensor element arranged in the sensor cup in a region of the cup floor; and
a solder layer adapted to connect the sensor element thermally with the cup floor,
wherein a first protrusion and a second protrusion extend from the floor surface, wherein the first protrusion is a linear protrusion and the second protrusion is a point protrusion or a linear protrusion, wherein the two protrusions are adapted to position the sensor element in a defined manner relative to the floor surface, and wherein the sensor element is in direct contact with the two protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,989,580

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FEEDING DOSES OF FLUIDISABLE MATERIALS

NORSK HYDRO ASA, Oslo (N...

1. An apparatus for feeding doses of fluidisable materials comprising one inlet pipe (1?, 8?), one lower outlet pipe (2?, 2?) and a housing (6?, 6?), and a fluidising element (5?, 5?) for controlling outflow of materials through the outlet pipe (2?, 2?), and further comprising a control volume constituted by a chamber (3?, 3?) between the inlet pipe (1?, 8?) and the outlet pipe (2?, 2?), and a fluidising element (4?, 4?) for controlling inflow of materials into the chamber (3?, 3?),wherein a diverter (7?, 7??) is arranged between the inlet pipe (1?, 8?) and the outlet pipe (2?, 2?) defining said chamber (3?, 3?) between said inlet pipe (1?, 8?), diverter (7?, 7??), the housing (6?, 6?) and the fluidising element (5?, 5?), and that the diverter (7?, 7?), the inlet pipe (1?, 8?), the outlet pipe (2?, 2?) and the fluidising element (5?, 5?) for controlling outflow of materials through the outlet pipe (2?, 2?) are coaxially arranged in the housing (6?, 6?).

US Pat. No. 10,989,579

THERMAL DETECTION SENSOR

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A thermal detection sensor comprising:an insulating supporting film,
a heating resistor element made of a metal provided on the supporting film, the heating resistor having a top surface and a bottom surface, the bottom surface opposite the top surface, and
a flattened film formed so as to cover the heating resistor element and made of SOG for flattening the step between the supporting film and the heating resistor element on the top surface, the top surface configured on the side of a fluid to be detected, wherein
based on a heat transfer amount from the heating resistor element to the fluid to be detected by heat exchange between the fluid to be detected and the heating resistor element via the flattened film, the thermal type detection sensor is configured to detect a flow state of the fluid to be detected, and wherein
a barrier film for blocking physical contact between the heating resistor element and the flattened film is provided between the heating resistor element and the flattened film, and the barrier film is configured to suppress a variation in electric resistance of the heating resistor element which would otherwise occur due to a silicidation of the heating resistor element.

US Pat. No. 10,989,577

ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER

1. An ultrasonic transducer for use in ultrasonic, flow measuring devices for measuring flow velocity or volume flow of media in a pipeline, comprising:a piezotransducer embodied to produce and/or to detect ultrasonic signals; and
an acoustic transformer acoustically coupled with the piezotransducer, the acoustic transformer having:
a transformer body having at least one hollow space within the transformer body and formed by the transformer body; and
a membrane between the at least one hollow space and an exterior of the acoustic transformer,
wherein the membrane is embodied such that the center portion oscillates freely, and
wherein the acoustic transformer is embodied to transmit ultrasonic signals bidirectionally via the membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,989,576

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OBTAINING MICRO-NANO LEVEL FRACTURE MODEL AND EVALUATING PLUGGING PERFORMANCE OF DRILLING FLUID

Southwest Petroleum Unive...

1. A method for obtaining an evaluation model, the method comprising:applying a confining pressure to a holding device where a preset fracture model is located, wherein a displacement differential pressure of two ends of the holding device is a preset displacement differential pressure;
measuring a flow of standard measuring fluid flowing through the preset fracture model under different confining pressures, wherein the different confining pressures gradually increase according to a first preset rule; and
controlling to stop increasing the confining pressure when the flow of the standard measuring fluid flowing through the preset fracture model reaches a preset flow so as to compress the preset fracture model into the evaluation model at a micro-nano level.

US Pat. No. 10,989,575

MULTIFUNCTIONAL PRESSURE, DISPLACEMENT AND TEMPERATURE GRADIENT SENSOR

King Abdulaziz University...

1. A multifunctional pressure, displacement, and temperature gradient sensor, comprising:a hollow body comprised of one or more side walls, wherein said hollow body has a first and a second end;
a fixed electrode fixed on the first end of the hollow body;
a moveable electrode at the second end of the hollow body slideable longitudinally in the hollow body toward the fixed electrode, wherein the fixed electrode, the moveable electrode, and the hollow body define a volume of variable size within said hollow body between said fixed electrode and said moveable electrode;
first and second thermocouples respectively connected to the fixed electrode at the first end of the hollow body and the moveable electrode at the second end of the hollow body; and
a compressible powder comprised of one or more of carbon nanotubes and graphene filling the volume of variable size within said hollow body between said fixed electrode and said moveable electrode,
wherein the sensor provides a measurement of pressure, longitudinal compressive displacement, and temperature gradient.

US Pat. No. 10,989,574

METHOD FOR IN-SITU CALIBRATION OF AN ANALOG MEASUREMENT TRANSMISSION PATH AND CORRESPONDING APPARATUS

1. A method for in-situ calibration of an analog measurement transmission path coupled with the determining and/or monitoring of a process variable of a medium, the method comprising:providing a sensor in communication with a control unit, the sensor including an evaluation unit and at least one component sensitive to a process variable, the sensor embodied to determine and/or monitor the process variable using the at least one component, wherein analog electrical signals are transmitted via a measurement transmission path from the evaluation unit to the control unit, and wherein the sensor is configured to operate in a measuring mode and in a calibration mode;
operating the sensor in the measuring mode, which includes transducing measured values of the at least one component of the sensor into an analog electrical measurement signal representing the process variable using the evaluation unit;
switching the sensor to the calibration mode, which includes:
outputting for a set time period using the evaluation unit at least one analog electrical calibration signal that is unequivocally recognizable as simulated and is recognized and registered by the control unit; and
calibrating the measurement transmission path, wherein the control unit determines a deviation between the analog electrical measurement signal and the registered analog electrical calibration signal;
when in the calibration mode, outputting a preset pattern of analog electrical signals from a defined value range using the evaluation unit to indicate the sensor is operating in the calibration mode; and
detecting when the sensor is being operated in the calibration mode using the control unit based on the preset pattern of analog electrical signals, wherein:
analog electrical measurement signals output in the measuring mode are from a useful range;
the useful range is parameterized such that the useful range corresponds to a range between an anticipated minimum value and an anticipated maximum value of the process variable;
the useful range is a real portion of the range between the minimum analog electrical signal and the maximum analog electrical signal; and
the defined value range for indicating the sensor is operating in the calibration mode does not overlap the useful range.

US Pat. No. 10,989,573

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CORRECTING ANGLE SENSOR

PEGATRON CORPORATION, Ta...

1. A method for correcting an angle sensor, applied to a step motor comprising the angle sensor, wherein the angle sensor rotates with the step motor, and the method comprising:rotating the step motor by a preset angle to a first position;
reading a first voltage of the angle sensor when the angle sensor is rotated to the first position;
determining whether the first voltage deviates from a preset voltage curve;
if yes, recording a first offset of the first voltage relative to the preset voltage curve; and
compensating for a sensing angle of the angle sensor according to the first offset.

US Pat. No. 10,989,572

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CHECKING THE PLAUSIBILITY OF AN EXCITATION SIGNAL FOR A ROTARY ENCODER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control apparatus for checking the plausibility of an excitation signal (51) for a resolver, the control apparatus configured to:receive the excitation signal (51) from a rotary encoder (2) coupled to the resolver;
supply an input signal (52) based on the excitation signal (51) of which the plausibility is to be checked;
determine an estimated amplitude value (53) for an amplitude of the excitation signal (51) based on the supplied input signal (52);
determine an estimated phase angle value (54) for a phase angle of the excitation signal (51) based on the supplied input signal (52);
generate a diagnosis signal (55) based at least on the determined estimated amplitude value (53) and the determined estimated phase angle value (54); and
check the plausibility of the excitation signal (51) based on the diagnosis signal (55) depending on a predetermined value range for the diagnosis signal (55),wherein a drive of the resolver is shut off in response to the diagnosis signal (55) failing to fall within the predetermined value range.

US Pat. No. 10,989,571

SENSOR PACKAGE

SENSIRION AG, Stafa (CH)...

1. A sensor package, comprisinga sensor chip comprising a sensitive element exposed to an environment of the sensor package,
a unit having a top surface, a bottom surface, and side faces connecting the top surface of the unit with the bottom surface of the unit, wherein the unit consists of either the sensor chip or both the sensor chip and a die pad supporting the sensor chip,
contact pads for electrically contacting the sensor package, wherein each of the contact pads has a top surface and a bottom surface,
electrical connections between the sensor chip and the contact pads, and
a molding compound at least partially enclosing the sensor chip and the contact pads,
wherein,
the unit is arranged in the sensor package with respect to the contact pads such that the top surface of the unit does not protrude from a level defined by a top surface (ts) of the contact pads (2), and the bottom surface of the unit does not protrude from a level defined by a bottom surface (bs) of the contact pads (2), whereby an extension of the unit, as measured along a direction z, is limited by the levels defined by the top surface of the contact pads and the bottom surface of the contact pads, the direction z being orthogonal to each of the top surface and the bottom surface of each of the unit and the contact pads,
and wherein,
each of the contact pads is exposed from both the bottom surface of the contact pads and the top surface of the contact pads, so as to be accessible from an outside of the sensor package.

US Pat. No. 10,989,570

CONNECTION APPARATUS FOR THE MECHANICAL CONNECTING OF AN ELECTRONICS HOUSING AND A MEASURING TRANSDUCER HOUSING

1. A connection apparatus for mechanical connecting of a protective housing for an electronics and a measuring transducer housing, including at least one sensor element, the connection apparatus comprising:a tubular connecting nozzle, said connecting nozzle including a lumen surrounded by a metal nozzle wall; and
a tubular cable duct including a lumen surrounded by a duct wall and extending from a first duct end to a second duct end remote therefrom for guiding electrical connecting lines, wherein:
said nozzle wall, or the connecting nozzle formed therewith, includes a first opening and a second opening remote therefrom;
said cable duct and connecting nozzle are so arranged:
that said cable duct is partially located in the lumen of said connecting nozzle and partially accommodated both by said first opening of the nozzle wall of said connecting nozzle and said second opening of the nozzle wall of said connecting nozzle; and
that between an inner surface of said nozzle wall facing the lumen and an outer surface of said duct wall facing the lumen a cavity is formed;
said cable duct and said connecting nozzle are so connected, by material bonding or adhesively, that said cavity is closed gas tightly, in such a manner that the cavity is hermetically sealed against an atmosphere surrounding said connecting nozzle;
said tubular connecting nozzle and the cable duct are adapted to hold a gas in said cavity, said cavity containing a fluid;
wherein said cavity is filled with a gas showing a specific thermal conductivity of less than 0.1 W/(m-K).

US Pat. No. 10,989,568

POSITION DETECTION DEVICE AND POSITION DETECTION METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

20. A position detection method comprising:calculating a first interpolation angle from a first signal detected from a first track provided on a moving body and having a scale of predetermined cycles;
calculating a second interpolation angle from a second signal detected from a second track provided on the moving body and having a scale of cycles less than the predetermined cycles;
calculating a position of the moving body on a basis of the first interpolation angle and the second interpolation angle;
correcting the first interpolation angle and the second interpolation angle on a basis of the position of the moving body; and
calculating a position of the moving body on a basis of the corrected first interpolation angle and second interpolation angle.

US Pat. No. 10,989,567

POSITION MEASUREMENT ENCODER AND METHOD OF OPERATION

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-und...

1. A method of operating a position encoder apparatus comprising a scale having features defining position information, a readhead for reading the scale, and a processing device, the method comprising:extrapolating an extrapolated coarse position of the readhead relative to the scale from at least one previously determined absolute position and associated time information, the extrapolated coarse position being calculated to a first resolution, by the processing device;
obtaining a current reading of the scale by the readhead;
calculating a fine position part calculated from the current reading of the scale, the fine position part comprising information about the relative position of the readhead and the scale at a second resolution which is finer than the first resolution, by the processing device; and
then combining the extrapolated coarse position and the fine position part to obtain a position at the second resolution by the processing device.

US Pat. No. 10,989,566

MAGNETIC SENSOR SYSTEM FOR MEASURING LINEAR POSITION

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A magnetic sensor system, comprising:a first magnetic sensor having a first sensor element, a second sensor element, and a third sensor element for measuring a magnetic field,
wherein the first sensor element, the second sensor element, and the third sensor element are aligned linearly along a direction of movement,
wherein a first pair of differential signals, output by the first magnetic sensor, indicates a position of the first magnetic sensor, along the direction of movement, relative to a single magnetic pole pair,
wherein the first pair of differential signals are phase shifted by substantially ninety degrees, and
wherein the position of the first magnetic sensor is calculated based on a first angle of the first pair of differential signals; and
a second magnetic sensor having a fourth sensor element, a fifth sensor element, and a sixth sensor element for measuring the magnetic field,
wherein the fourth sensor element, the fifth sensor element, and the sixth sensor element are aligned linearly along the direction of movement,
wherein a position of the second magnetic sensor relative to a single magnetic pole pair is calculated based on a second angle of a second pair of differential signals output by the second magnetic sensor, and
wherein in a combination of values of the first pair of differential signals and the second pair of differential signals indicate a position of the magnetic sensor system across multiple pole pairs.

US Pat. No. 10,989,565

TIMEPIECE MOVEMENT COMPRISING A DEVICE FOR DETECTING AN ANGULAR POSITION OF A WHEEL

ETA SA Manufacture Horlog...

1. A timepiece movement comprising:an analogue display, comprising a rotary indicator and a wheel secured in rotation to said rotary indicator, said wheel comprising a roller including a location element,
a device for detecting at least one angular position of the location element, comprising a plate fixed relative to the roller, extending substantially parallel to the roller, and on which are arranged a first electrode, a second electrode and a common electrode positioned between the first electrode and the second electrode, the electrodes being planar and being arranged in such a way that, in an angular position of the wheel, the location element is located above at least a portion of each electrode, the first electrode and the second electrode having the form of two segments of a ring centred on the intersection between the axis of the wheel and the plate,
wherein the common electrode comprises two branches, a first branch extending radially facing a lateral edge of the first electrode, a second branch extending radially facing a lateral edge of the second electrode, and a central portion linking the two branches, radially extending relative to a circle which would be centred on the intersection between the axis of the wheel and the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,989,564

TRANSFER EQUIPMENT FOR A VACUUM CHAMBER

DMT Corporation, Pyeongt...

7. A transfer equipment, installed in a vacuum chamber (10) having a housing (11), for transferring a bed (90) inside the vacuum chamber (10) in a first-axis direction and in a second-axis direction different from the first-axis direction, the transfer equipment comprising:a first-axis linear coil (24) provided outside the housing (11) of the vacuum chamber (10);
a first-axis slider (60) installed inside the vacuum chamber (10) and slidingly movable in the first-axis direction;
a first-axis linear permanent magnet (63) arranged in the first-axis direction, installed to the first-axis slider (60), facing the first-axis linear coil (24), and slidingly movable in the first-axis direction along with the first-axis slider (60); and
a first cable provided outside the vacuum chamber (10) and connected to the first-axis linear coil (24),
wherein a coil receiving groove (611) is provided inside the first-axis slider (60) and is isolated from an inner space of the vacuum chamber,
wherein a second-axis linear coil (71) is provided in the coil receiving groove (611),
wherein a second-axis slider (80) is provided in the vacuum chamber (10), installed at the first-axis slider (60), and slidingly moves in the second-axis direction,
wherein a second-axis linear permanent magnet (81) is installed between the second-axis slider (80) and the second-axis linear coil (71), is arranged in the second-axis direction, and slidingly moves together with the second-axis slider (80).

US Pat. No. 10,989,563

AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION OF RATE GYROSCOPE SENSITIVITY

CLOUDNAV INC., San Jose,...

1. A method for automatic calibration in a device, comprising:receiving a first plurality of measurements from a gyroscope and a second plurality of measurements from at least another sensor including at least one accelerometer;
generating an orientation estimate of the device and a plurality of orientation corrections based on the first and second plurality of measurements;
generating an estimate of a sensitivity of the gyroscope based on the orientation estimate, the plurality of orientation corrections and the first plurality of measurements;
determining a measurement duration, from a start time and an end time, for a sensitivity measurement;
constructing the sensitivity measurement by summing the first plurality of measurements over the measurement duration;
constructing a sensitivity measurement error by summing the plurality of orientation corrections over the measurement duration;
updating the estimate of the sensitivity based on the sensitivity measurement and the sensitivity measurement error; and
calibrating at least the gyroscope based on the estimate of the sensitivity.

US Pat. No. 10,989,562

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ANNOTATING MAPS TO IMPROVE SENSOR CALIBRATION

Toyota Research Institute...

1. A calibration system for improving calibration of an onboard sensor of a vehicle, comprising:one or more processors;
a memory communicably coupled to the one or more processors and storing:
a calibration module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to, in response to acquiring sensor data from a surrounding environment of the vehicle using the onboard sensor, analyze the sensor data to determine calibration parameters for the onboard sensor; and
an annotation module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to identify a suitability parameter that characterizes how well the surrounding environment provides for determining the calibration parameters,
wherein the annotation module includes instructions to generate annotations within a map that specify at least the suitability parameter for a location associated with the sensor data, wherein the annotations specify which locations in the map are suitable for calibrating different types of sensors of the vehicle including the onboard sensor according to the suitability parameter, and
wherein the calibration module includes instructions to re-route the vehicle that is operating autonomously to travel along a calibration route that is a new route and calibrate the onboard sensor when a calibration state of the onboard sensor does not satisfy a calibration threshold, wherein the calibration module includes instructions to re-route the vehicle by causing the vehicle to deviate from a current route to follow the calibration route that includes a calibration area that is along and part of the calibration route when in route to a final destination that is common to the current route and the calibration route, and
wherein the calibration module includes instructions to re-route including instructions to request permission to re-route the vehicle from a passenger riding in the vehicle and to disengage autonomous operation of the vehicle when the passenger denies the permission to re-route.

US Pat. No. 10,989,561

METHOD FOR MAPPING DATA RELATING TO ROAD CONDITIONS

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A method for mapping data relating to a condition on a road, the method comprising the following steps:a step of recording, in a database, information, determined by a vehicle travelling on a road, relating to a weather condition on the road;
a step of recording a GPS position of the vehicle corresponding to the recorded information relating to the weather condition on the road; and
a step of displaying, on a map showing a route followed by the vehicle, the weather condition as a function of the GPS position,
wherein the determination by the vehicle of the information relating to a weather condition on the road comprises the following steps:
(1) a step wherein a measurement of an acoustic signal produced by the tires of the vehicle travelling over a surface of the road is recorded during a given time frame,
(2) a step wherein a spectral power density of the acoustic signal is determined over a given frequency interval,
(3) a step wherein the frequency interval is segmented into a plurality of frequency bands with previously determined widths, and with each frequency band is associated a data value representative of a measured mean acoustic power within the frequency band, wherein the plurality of representative data values that were obtained from a measurement form variables of a vector associated with the measurement, and
(4) a step wherein a condition of the road and of the tires is determined in accordance with the vector associated with the measurement, by means of a discriminating analysis of the vector based on a learning database formed from a set of vectors associated with measurements previously carried out and recorded, according to steps (1) through (3), under known driving conditions according to parameters each representing a given condition of the road and of the tires,
wherein the representative data values forming the variables of the vector associated with a measurement are obtained by determining a ratio between the measured mean acoustic power within a frequency band and a measured total acoustic power over the entirety of the frequency interval.

US Pat. No. 10,989,558

ROUTE GUIDANCE METHOD AND ROUTE GUIDANCE DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A route guidance method of guiding a vehicle such that the vehicle travels along a set route from a departure point to a destination of the vehicle, the set route being set based on map information, the method performed with a processor and comprising:on the set route, when a travelling road at a present position of the vehicle has a first plurality of lanes, a next road following a nearest branch point from the present position has a second plurality of lanes that includes at least a subset of the first plurality of lanes, an end point of a traffic congestion is upstream of the nearest branch point, the traffic congestion is in all lanes of the first plurality of lanes and the second plurality of lanes, and the set route takes the vehicle past the nearest branch point,
finding a branch-merge point, after the nearest branch point on the set route, at which a lane for reaching the destination out of the second plurality of lanes is an only lane that remains on the set route at the branch-merge point;
determining whether a start point of the traffic congestion is downstream of the branch-merge point, wherein the start point is a first position of a leading vehicle in the traffic congestion and the end point is a second position of a last vehicle in the traffic congestion;
determining a route including a target lane to guide the vehicle to before the vehicle reaches the end point of the traffic congestion,
wherein the target lane is determined based on whether the start point of the traffic congestion is downstream of the branch-merge point, and
wherein the target lane is one of
a non-passing lane of the second plurality of lanes, or
the lane of the second plurality of lanes for reaching the destination; and
providing the route to a controller of the vehicle, wherein the vehicle is autonomously controlled along the route by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,989,557

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE TRANSMISSION OF DATA FROM A VEHICLE TO COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

PSA AUTOMOBILES SA, Pois...

1. A method of monitoring the transmission by broadcast waves of data of a vehicle to communication equipment, wherein the method comprises a first step, in which in said vehicle a reference route used most frequently in a chosen duration is determined, and at least one definition of said reference route is then transmitted by broadcast waves from said vehicle to said communication equipment, and a second step in which, in said vehicle, each definition of a new route taken by the the vehicle is compared to said definition of the reference route, and in the case of a difference, said definition of the new route with predefined data of said vehicle recorded during this new route is transmitted from said vehicle by broadcast waves to said communication equipment, while in the case of identity a first piece of information representative of the fact that said reference route has been used once again is transmitted by broadcast waves, from said vehicle to said communication equipment, and said predefined data of said vehicle recorded during said reference route used once again, are deleted in said vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,989,556

TRAFFIC RISK A AVOIDANCE FOR A ROUTE SELECTION SYSTEM

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A computer-implemented method, carried out by one or more processors of a device for monitoring or controlling vehicle operation, the method comprising:calculating, by the one or more processors, a number of expected collisions in an area over a time period based upon historical traffic data corresponding to one or more comparable areas near the area;
calculating, by the one or more processors, a risk index for the area, wherein the risk index is a comparison result between the number of expected collisions and a number of observed collisions in the area over the time period;
determining, by the one or more processors, one or more travel routes for a vehicle based upon the calculated risk index; and
displaying, by the one or more processors, a notification depicting the one or more travel routes to facilitate routing of the vehicle that avoids traversing the area, wherein the device comprises at least one of a mobile device, an on-board computer, or a navigator.

US Pat. No. 10,989,555

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED SEMANTIC MAP GENERATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method comprising:generating, via a processing system with at least one processing device, a probabilistic road model based on road elements associated with geometric data corresponding to a geographic region;
generating, via the processing system, a probabilistic traffic model for the road model;
computing, via the processing system, a statistical inference result based on the road model and the traffic model; and
generating, via the processing system, an estimate of a semantic road model based on the statistical inference result.

US Pat. No. 10,989,554

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EMOTION NAVIGATION ROUTING

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

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling navigation, comprising:generating, by a first controller, an emotion data of a first user illustrating emotion of the first user based on information received from a sensor;
determining, by the first controller, whether it is necessary for the first user to take a rest break based on the emotion data of the first user;
transmitting the emotion data of the first user to a second controller configured to control a navigation of a second user, wherein the first user and the second user are members of a same group and each member of the same group have a same navigation destination;
generating, by the second controller, a second emotion data of the second user illustrating emotion of the second user based on information received from a second sensor;
determining, by the second controller, whether it is necessary for the second user to take a rest break based on the second emotion data of the second user; and
upon determining the emotion data of the first user illustrates a drowsy condition or upon determining it is necessary for the first user to take the rest break, changing, by the second controller, a destination of the second user to take a rest break, determining, by the second controller, an alternative navigation route based on the changed destination, and modifying, by the second controller, the navigation of the second user according to the alternative navigation route, thereby also modifying navigation of one or more members of the same group according to the alternative navigation route.

US Pat. No. 10,989,553

METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR DETERMINING LIKELIHOOD OF A ROUTE

HERE GLOBAL B.V., Eindho...

1. An apparatus to facilitate navigation assistance comprising at least one processor and at least one non-transitory memory including computer program code instructions, the computer program code instructions configured to, when executed, cause the apparatus to at least:determine from probe data a location and direction of travel within a road network;
determine a first road segment corresponding to the determined location and direction;
determine a first set of available road segments at an end of the first road segment corresponding to the determined location in the direction of the determined direction of travel, wherein each available road segment of the first set has a first end proximate the end of the first road segment and a second end, between which the respective road segment extends;
calculate one or more first probabilities for one or more available road segments of the first set of available road segments at the end of the first road segment, wherein the calculated one or more first probabilities for the one or more available road segments of the first set reflects a respective likelihood of a user selecting a respective one of the one or more available road segment of the first set upon reaching the end of the first road segment and wherein the one or more first probabilities for the one or more available road segments of the first set are established based, at least in part, on a functional class of the respective available road segment;
determine a second set of available road segments, wherein the second set of available road segments comprises road segments extending from at least one of the second ends of the first set of available road segments;
calculate one or more second probabilities for one or more available road segments of the second set of available road segments at the second ends of the first set of available road segments, wherein the calculated one or more second probabilities for the one or more available road segment of the second set reflects a respective likelihood of the user selecting the respective one of the one or more available road segment of the second set;
receive data related to road segments having a respective probability satisfying a predetermined threshold; and
providing navigational assistance to one of the user and a vehicle based on the received data, in order to direct driving of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,989,552

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADAPTIVE CONTENT FILTERING

XEVO INC., Bellevue, WA ...

1. A head unit of a vehicle, comprising:a display device that is configured to display content;
a memory that is configured to store computer instructions and information specific to the vehicle; and
one or more processors that are configured to execute the computer instructions to:
receive, while the vehicle is in a first geographic area, a first plurality of separate content instances corresponding to the first geographic area without a previous transmission of a request for the first plurality of separate content instances, wherein each separate content instance includes content to display via the display device and corresponding target vehicle information;
obtain, from the memory, the information specific to the vehicle;
select a first content instance from the plurality of separate content instances based on a comparison between the information specific to the vehicle and the target vehicle information of each of the first plurality of separate content instances;
display the content associated with the first content instance on the display device;
receive a second plurality of separate content instances as a result of the vehicle being located in a second geographic area different from the first geographic area;
select a second content instance from the second plurality of separate content instances based on a comparison between the information specific to the vehicle and the target vehicle information of each of the second plurality of separate content instances; and
display the content associated with the second content instance on the display device subsequent to discontinuing display of the content associated with the first content instance.

US Pat. No. 10,989,551

REDUCING HVAC LOADS FOR RIDESHARE VEHICLES

GM Cruise Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A method to reduce power draw in an autonomous vehicle, the method comprising:receiving a level of sunlight based on an amount of light captured by one or more sensors;
mapping the level of sunlight to a geographical area to generate a map of shaded areas; and
based on a temperature within the autonomous vehicle being outside a temperature range, routing the autonomous vehicle based on the map of shaded areas to bring the autonomous vehicle within the temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,989,550

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANAGING DRIVING ROUTE AND DRIVING CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A driving control method of a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), the method comprising:receiving, by a global positioning system (GPS) receiver of the HEV, a current location information of the HEV, and transferring the received current location information to a navigation system;
determining, by the navigation system and a first controller of the HEV, whether an exhaust gas restricted area is present on a driving route of the HEV based on the received current location information, destination information and GPS information of the HEV;
a first determination of determining, by a second controller of the HEV, whether it is possible for the HEV to travel through the entire exhaust gas restricted area under a first-mode of driving in which only an electric motor of the HEV drives the HEV while the HEV is traveling on the driving route through the exhaust gas restricted area;
calculating, by the second controller of the HEV, a charging route where charging of a battery of the HEV is performed in a second-mode of driving in which an engine of the HEV drives the HEV when it is not possible for the HEV to travel through the entire exhaust gas restricted area under the first-mode of driving;
a second determination of determining, by the second controller of the HEV, whether it is possible for the HEV to travel through the entire exhaust gas restricted area under the first-mode of driving while the HEV travels on the calculated charging route;
controlling, by the second controller of the HEV, the HEV to travel on the calculated charging route in the second-mode of driving, and switching to the first-mode of driving when the HEV enters the exhaust gas restricted area;
performing, by the second controller of the HEV, the first-mode of driving from a time of entering the exhaust gas restricted area until a time of exiting the exhaust gas restricted area after traveling the calculated charging route when the driving through the entire exhaust gas restricted area under the first-mode of driving is possible; and
calculating, by the second controller of the HEV, a bypass route based on determination that traveling the entire exhaust gas restricted area under the first-mode of driving is not possible even after traveling the charging route,
wherein at least one of the first determination or the second determination comprises:
calculating a first energy required for the first-mode of driving to travel through the entire exhaust gas restricted area; and
comparing the calculated first energy with a second energy corresponding to a currently available state-of-charge (SoC) of a battery of the HEV, and
wherein calculating the charging route comprises:
determining at least one charging route candidate between the received current location and a beginning point of the exhaust gas restricted area on the driving route of the HEV;
calculating a third energy corresponding to an expected charging amount of the battery for the at least one charging route candidate; and
selecting the charging route from among the at least one charging route candidate based on the first energy, the second energy, the third energy, and optimal-efficiency power of a powertrain of the HEV.

US Pat. No. 10,989,549

ROUTE RECOMMENDATION IN MAP SERVICE

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:identifying, by a processor, a plurality of intermediate points for traveling from an origin to a destination based on a plurality of user inputs received from a plurality of mobile devices, at least one intermediate point having been intentionally input by a user via an “add stop” function;
determining, by the processor, a plurality of recommended routes from the origin to the destination via the plurality of intermediate points;
storing, in a computer memory, each recommended route along with the intermediate point used to determine the recommended route and an associated tag, wherein the associated tag includes a corresponding origin, destination and context used in determining the recommended route;
associating, by the processor, stored recommended routes having a same tag into groups of recommended routes;
ranking, by the processor, the recommended routes within each group of recommended routes based on a plurality of factors;
receiving a search request for a route from a first location to a second location, the search request having associated context; and
in response to receiving the search request for a route from the first location to a second location:
determining, by the processor, a group of recommended routes from the stored groups of recommended routes wherein the first location is within a first predetermined distance from the corresponding origin, the second location is within a second predetermined distance from the corresponding destination, and the associated context matches the context of the tag of the determined group; and
recommending, by the processor the one or more routes of the determined group by displaying, via graphical user interface (GUI) using a map service, the one or more recommended routes of the determined group according to ranking.

US Pat. No. 10,989,548

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL

BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TEC...

1. A system configured to determine estimated time of arrival, comprising:at least one computer-readable storage medium storing a set of instructions for managing supply of services, map information, and a plurality of historical orders; and
at least one processor in communication with the at least one storage medium, wherein when executing the set of instructions, the at least one processor is directed to:
receive a service request including a departure location and a destination from a terminal device via a network;
determine a route based on the map information, the departure location and the destination;
determine a first feature associated with the route, the first feature including at least one of: an order feature, a map feature, a driver feature, or a traffic feature;
determine a transfer learning model by:
obtaining the plurality of historical orders from the storage medium;
for each of the plurality of historical orders,
determining a first historical route associated with the each of the plurality of historical orders based on the map information, the first historical route being a planned route of the each of the plurality of historical orders;
determining a first historical feature associated with the first historical route;
determining a second historical route associated with the each of the plurality of historical orders, the second historical route being an actual route of the each of the plurality of historical orders, the first historical route and the second historical route of at least one historical order being different;
determining a second historical feature associated with the second historical route; and
training the transfer learning model based on the first historical feature and the second historical feature;
input the first feature into the transfer learning model that has been trained;
determine a second feature based on an output of the transfer learning model, the second feature being an estimated actual feature relating to an estimated actual route;
determine a machine learning model;
input the second feature into the machine learning model;
determine an estimated time of arrival based on an output of the machine learning model; and
transmit the estimated time of arrival to the terminal device in response to the service request via the network.

US Pat. No. 10,989,547

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE RIDE SERVICE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by one or more computers coupled to at least one memory, a request for a ride from a user device;
responding to the request by navigating an autonomous vehicle to a pick-up location;
executing, upon arriving at the pick-up location, an automatic identification procedure comprising:
prompting a user associated with the user device to make a gesture;
scanning one or more areas around the autonomous vehicle for detecting the gesture;
identifying, upon detecting the gesture, an object that is one of attached to, located upon, carried by, or worn by the user; and
verifying an association between the object and the user, wherein verifying the association between the object and the user comprises:
transmitting a query to the user, the query comprising a request to verify that the object is one of attached to, located upon, or worn by the user; and
confirming a validity of a response provided by the user; and
parking, upon verifying the association, the autonomous vehicle at one of a first location or a second location, the one of the first location or the second location accessible by the user for entering the autonomous vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,989,546

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING VEHICLE NAVIGATION SIMULATION ENVIRONMENT

Beijing DiDi Infinity Tec...

1. A method for providing vehicle navigation simulation environment, comprising: training a model based on historical trips taken by historical passenger groups to determine a policy that maximizes a cumulative reward for a time period, wherein the trained policy determines a real action for a real vehicle in a real environment, and wherein the training the model further comprises: providing one or more states of a simulation environment to a simulated agent, wherein: the simulated agent comprises a simulated vehicle, and the states comprise a first current time and a first current location of the simulated vehicle; obtaining an action by the simulated vehicle when the simulated vehicle has reached a milestone, wherein: the action is selected from: waiting at the first current location of the simulated vehicle, picking up a passenger group A at an origin of passenger group A's transportation, and dropping off a passenger group B at a destination of passenger group B's transportation, the passenger groups A and B each comprise one or more passengers, and the milestone is an origin or a destination of any passenger group's transportation; determining a reward to the simulated vehicle for the action;updating the one or more states based on the action to obtain one or more updated states for providing to the simulated vehicle, wherein the updated states comprise a second current time and a second current location of the simulated vehicle; and
wherein: if the action is waiting at the current location of the simulated vehicle, the second current time is a current time corresponding to the first current time plus a time segment, and the second current location is the same as the first current location; and if the action is picking up the passenger group A at the origin of the passenger group A's transportation, the second current time is a current time corresponding to picking up the passenger group A and the second current location is the origin of the passenger group A's transportation; and if the action is dropping off the passenger group B at the destination of the passenger group B's transportation, the second current time is a current time corresponding to dropping off the passenger group B and the second current location is the destination of the passenger group B's transportation.

US Pat. No. 10,989,545

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR MAP DATA AGNOSTIC ROUTE FINGERPRINTS

HERE GLOBAL B.V., Eindho...

1. An apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and computer program code configured to, with the processor, cause the apparatus to at least:provide an indication of a route request between an origin and one or more points-of-interest;
identify a starting road segment corresponding to the origin;
identify a point-of-interest road segment corresponding to each of the one or more points-of-interest;
receive one or more intermediate points for a route between the starting road segment and each of the one or more point-of-interest road segments;
identify one or more intermediate segments corresponding to the one or more intermediate points;
generate at least one route between the starting road segment and a corresponding one of the one or more point-of-interest road segments and including the one or more intermediate segments, wherein the route comprises a plurality of route fragments, each route fragment extending between a starting road segment and an intermediate segment of the one or more intermediate segments, between intermediate segments of the one or more intermediate segments, or between an intermediate segment of the one or more intermediate segments and the respective point-of-interest road segment;
generate a fingerprint for each route fragment of the at least one route;
receive, in response to the route request, a server-provided fingerprint for each route fragment;
compare the generated fingerprints for each route fragment with the server-provided fingerprints for each route fragment; and
in response to the generated fingerprints for each route fragment corresponding with the server-provided fingerprints for each route fragment, providing navigational assistance for traveling along the route.

US Pat. No. 10,989,544

UTILIZING ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS TO EVALUATE ROUTES BASED ON GENERATED ROUTE TILES

LYFT, INC., San Francisc...

1. A system comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the system to:
identify a set of training GPS locations and a set of training map-matched locations for a training route;
analyze the set of training GPS locations and the set of training map-matched locations utilizing an artificial neural network to generate predicted-route-accuracy metrics;
train the artificial neural network to select between GPS locations and map-matched locations by comparing the predicted-route-accuracy metrics to ground-truth-route-accuracy metrics; and
modify a digital map by utilizing the trained artificial neural network to analyze GPS locations for a route travelled by a client device and map-matched locations of the digital map.

US Pat. No. 10,989,543

CONTROLLER

Intercept IP Ltd, Hudder...

1. A controller for managing data demand to and from a vehicle, wherein the controller is configured to:obtain streams of local data from one or more vehicle sensors, said local data providing local information of a current condition of the vehicle;
determine one or more potential future conditions of the asset vehicle based on the current condition of the vehicle and on changes in the local data;
determine a bandwidth requirement to obtain streams of remote data from one or more remote data sources, each stream being potentially relevant to the one or more potential future conditions of the vehicle;
compare the bandwidth requirement to an available bandwidth; and
determine a priority order for obtaining the streams of remote data if the available bandwidth is below the bandwidth requirement and is further configured to:
assign a critical time value to each potential future condition that defines the time by which the potential future condition requires refreshed remote data.

US Pat. No. 10,989,542

ALIGNING MEASURED SIGNAL DATA WITH SLAM LOCALIZATION DATA AND USES THEREOF

Kaarta, Inc., Pittsburgh...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a map of a 3D geometry of an environment;
receiving a plurality of sensor readings from a device within the environment wherein each of the sensor readings corresponds to at least one non-spatial attribute of a location within the environment; and
matching the plurality of received sensor readings to a representative corresponding location in the map to produce a resulting map of 3D aspects of the environment, the map comprising at least on non-spatial attribute value for each non-spatial attribute at the corresponding location within the environment,
wherein the matching comprises utilizing a plurality of lower resolution sensor readings to determine an approximate sensor location and utilizing a plurality of higher resolution sensor readings to determine a determined sensor location.

US Pat. No. 10,989,541

TRAVEL ROUTE GENERATION DEVICE AND TRAVEL ROUTE GENERATION METHOD

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A travel route generation device comprising:a position sensor to detect a position of a reference point on a work vehicle, the work vehicle being to travel in a work field;
a point input interface via which a starting vehicle position is input, by a user, such that the reference point is positioned at the starting vehicle position when a contour point on an outermost contour of the work vehicle is substantially on a starting point when viewed in a vertical direction, via which an end vehicle position is input such that the reference point is positioned at the end vehicle position when the contour point is substantially on an end point when viewed in the vertical direction, and via which intermediate vehicle positions are input such that the reference point is positioned at the intermediate vehicle positions when the contour point is substantially on the intermediate points when viewed in the vertical direction, the starting point, the end point, and the intermediate points defining a shape of a target work region in which the work vehicle is to work in the work field; and
circuitry configured to
calculate positions of the starting point, the end point, and the intermediate points from the start vehicle position, the end vehicle position, and the intermediate vehicle positions, respectively, based on a distance from the contour point to the reference point,
define the shape of the target work region by calculating a line connecting the starting point, the intermediate points, and the end point, the line defining the shape of the target work region, and
generate a travel route along which the work vehicle is to travel in the target work region.

US Pat. No. 10,989,540

BINOCULAR VISION LOCALIZATION METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM

GOERTEK INC., Shandong (...

1. A binocular vision localization method, comprising:calculating first pose change information according to two frames of images collected by a binocular camera unit at two consecutive moments;
calculating second pose change information according to inertial parameters collected by an inertial measurement unit on the binocular camera unit between the two consecutive moments;
extracting feature points that are matched in the two frames of images from the two frames of images respectively, and calculating a reprojection error of each of the feature points;
acquiring third pose change information for localization through an optimization calculation using a general graph optimization algorithm that takes the first pose change information and the feature points that are matched in the two frames of images as nodes of the general graph optimization algorithm, and a difference between the first pose change information and the second pose change information and the reprojection error of each of the feature points as edges of the general graph optimization algorithm; and
building an environment map according to position information of the feature points that are matched in the two frames of images obtained by the general graph optimization algorithm.

US Pat. No. 10,989,539

ALIGNMENT OF ELECTRICAL DEVICES USING INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNITS

BAE Systems Information a...

1. An alignment system comprising:a frame;
a first electrical device including a first gyroscope carried by the frame;
a second electrical device including a second gyroscope carried by the frame and spaced apart from the first gyroscope;
a low-pass filter coupled to one of the first gyroscope and the second gyroscope to filter and remove frequencies above a filter threshold;
an estimator coupled with the first gyroscope and the second gyroscope; and
an integrator coupled with estimator and the low-pass filter to integrate an alignment error state result into a direction cosine matrix that pre-rotates measurements from the first gyroscope into a coordinate frame.

US Pat. No. 10,989,538

IMU DATA OFFSET COMPENSATION FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

UATC, LLC, San Francisco...

1. A sensor data processing system for an autonomous vehicle, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing an instruction set that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the sensor data processing system to:
receive inertial measurement unit (IMU) data from one or more IMUs of the autonomous vehicle;
based at least in part on the IMU data, identify an IMU data offset from a deficient IMU of the one or more IMUs;
determine whether the IMU data offset from the deficient IMU is within a set of plausibility thresholds;
in response to determining that the IMU data offset from the deficient IMU is within the set of plausibility thresholds, generate an offset compensation transform to compensate for the IMU data offset from the deficient IMU; and
dynamically execute the offset compensation transform on the IMU data from the deficient IMU to dynamically compensate for the IMU data offset.

US Pat. No. 10,989,537

SONAR SENSOR FUSION AND MODEL BASED VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FLIR Belgium BVBA, Meer ...

11. A method comprising:receiving ranging sensor data from a plurality of ranging sensor systems associated with a mobile structure, wherein three or more of the ranging sensor systems are configured to sense at least a portion of an underwater environment and provide corresponding ranging sensor data associated with the portion of the underwater environment;
generating a point cloud database based, at least in part, on the ranging sensor data from the three or more ranging sensor systems; and
generating an integrated model of the underwater environment by combining the ranging sensor data from the three or more ranging sensor systems based, at least in part, on the point cloud database;
wherein the three or more ranging sensor systems comprise at least a first sonar system and a second sonar system, and at least one non-sonar-based ranging sensor system; and
the first sonar system is configured to operate across a first range of distances from the mobile structure, and a second sonar system is configured to operate across a second range of distances from the mobile structure, the second range of distances being different from the first range of distances.

US Pat. No. 10,989,536

NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE, NAVIGATION METHOD THEREOF, USER TERMINAL AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of providing information to a navigation device in a vehicle, comprising:receiving, by a mobile device, information of a current position of the navigation device from the navigation device, the mobile device connecting to the navigation device via wireless communication; and
transmitting, by the mobile device to the navigation device, additional information received from an external server based on the information of the current position,
wherein the navigation device displays a first object for indicating the information of the current position on a navigation map displayed on the navigation device and, in response to the first object on the navigation map being selected, displays a second object, on the navigation map, for providing the additional information.

US Pat. No. 10,989,535

CALIBRATION CIRCUIT TO MITIGATE FIBER-OPTIC GYROSCOPE (FOG) BIAS ERROR

NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS ...

1. A fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG) system comprising:an optical fiber coil comprising an optical fiber wound around a spool of a FOG in a first orientation and a second orientation opposite the first orientation, the optical fiber comprising a first input and a second input;
an optical beam controller comprising an optical switch configured to provide a first optical beam to the first input and a second optical beam to the second input during a first switching state and to provide the first optical beam to the second input and the second optical beam to the first input during a second switching state; and
a controller configured to mitigate bias error in a determination of rotation of the FOG based on comparing the first and second optical beams being provided from the second and first inputs, respectively, during the first switching state and comparing the first and second optical beams being provided from the first and second inputs, respectively, during the second switching state.

US Pat. No. 10,989,534

GYROSTABILISERS

VEEM Ltd, Canning Vale (...

1. A gyrostabiliser including a vacuum chamber assembly comprising:a flywheel enclosed within a vacuum chamber formed by a housing; a flywheel shaft fixed to or integral with the flywheel and located relative to the housing by upper and lower spin bearings which permit rotation of the flywheel about a spin axis,
wherein the vacuum chamber assembly further comprises:
an upper spin bearing chamber and an upper shaft seal around the flywheel shaft, the upper spin bearing chamber accommodating the upper spin bearing, and being separated from the vacuum chamber by the upper shaft seal,
a lower spin bearing chamber and a lower shaft seal around the flywheel shaft, the lower spin bearing chamber accommodating the lower spin bearing and being separated from the vacuum chamber by the lower shaft seal, and
an oil circuit comprising a plurality of outlets and drains and a supply oil pump to supply lubricating oil to the upper spin bearing and the lower spin bearing, wherein the upper spin bearing chamber and the lower spin bearing chamber are maintained at a higher pressure than the vacuum chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,989,531

METHOD OF SETTING-UP A RANGE-BASED TRACKING SYSTEM UTILIZING A TRACKING COORDINATE SYSTEM

Commonwealth Scientific a...

1. A method of setting-up a range-based tracking system utilizing a tracking coordinate system, the range-based tracking system making use of a plurality of spaced apart stationary nodes for tracking objects within a tracking environment, the method including the steps of:(a) transmitting signals between the plurality of spaced apart stationary nodes to obtain range information from the range-based tracking system, the range information being indicative of ranges between at least a subset of pairs of the plurality of spaced apart stationary nodes, wherein the plurality of spaced apart stationary nodes includes at least one reference node and at least one feature node;
(b) using the range information to perform anchorless localization to determine coordinates for all of the plurality of spaced apart stationary nodes in a node coordinate system;
(c) obtaining spatial information related to the at least one feature node, the spatial information being indicative of an absolute location of one or more features or locations within the tracking environment; and
(d) determining the location of all of the plurality of spaced apart stationary nodes in the tracking coordinate system, wherein some or all of the coordinates of the plurality of spaced apart stationary nodes are used for tracking in the range-based tracking system;
wherein the tracking coordinate system is determined using the spatial information for the at least one feature node or the tracking coordinate system is derived from the node coordinate system by applying a transformation to the node coordinate system based on the spatial information; and
further including the step of:
changing the role of the at least one feature node to become a further reference node prior to performing tracking;
wherein tracking is performed using mobile nodes and the mobile nodes and the plurality of spaced apart stationary nodes utilize the same hardware.

US Pat. No. 10,989,528

HIGH SPEED BEAM COMPONENT-RESOLVED PROFILE AND POSITION SENSITIVE DETECTOR

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. An apparatus comprising:a beam splitter configured to split a beam ensemble from an optical system into a first beam portion and a second beam portion;
a camera configured to capture an image profile of the first beam portion;
a position sensitive detector (PSD) configured to detect a position of the second beam portion; and
a controller coupled to the PSD and the camera, the controller configured to:
receive the image profile of the first beam portion and the position of the second beam portion; and
determine that the beam ensemble is correctly aligned based on the image profile of the first beam portion aligning with the position of the second beam portion.

US Pat. No. 10,989,527

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, POSITION DETECTION METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection method comprising steps of:detecting moire caused by overlap between a first diffraction grating including a plurality of patterns arrayed and a second diffraction grating including a plurality of patterns arrayed; and
obtaining a relative position of the first diffraction grating and the second diffraction grating based on the moire,
wherein a pitch of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating is constant and a pitch of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating is constant,
wherein the pitch of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating and the pitch of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating are different from each other, and
wherein a width of the pattern at an end portion of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating is smaller than widths of remaining patterns of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating, or
wherein the width of the pattern at the end portion of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating is smaller than the widths of the remaining patterns of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating and a width of the pattern at an end portion of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating is smaller than widths of remaining patterns of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating.

US Pat. No. 10,989,526

DEVICE FOR THE ACQUISITION AND RECONSTRUCTION OF OBJECTS BY VISUAL INSPECTION

1. Device (1) for the acquisition and reconstruction of objects (O) by visual inspection, comprising:a plurality of image sensors (2) adapted for image acquisition;
a computational equipment (3) for reconstruction of volumes from images captured by the plurality of sensors (2) wherein the sensors (2) are spatially distributed in positions of a sphere (E) having a lower part according to the direction of gravity (g), with their optical axis oriented towards the inside of the sphere;
at least one access (A) disposed in the lower part of the sphere (E) for the input/output of an object (O) to be inspected;
at least one holder (S) for the object to be inspected, movable in a longitudinal direction X-X?, located under the access (A) of the lower part of the sphere (E), with the longitudinal direction X-X?oriented towards said access (A);
impulsion means (4) for moving the at least one holder (S);
a control unit (5) in communication with the impulsion means (4) adapted to establish the movement of the at least one holder (S) according to at least the following launching steps:
upward acceleration of the at least one holder (S) for accelerating an object (O) to be inspected laying on the holder (S),
deceleration of the ascent of the at least one holder (S) until reaching zero speed for separation between the object (O) and the holder (S),
and, according to at least the following reception steps:
downward acceleration of the at least one holder (S) for the reception during the fall of the object (O),
deceleration of the descent of the holder (S) to reach zero speed; and,
wherein the control unit (5) is in communication with the computer equipment (3) and is adapted to establish at least one activation of the image capture of the object (O) at a time instant between the instant (t3) of the end of the ascent deceleration of the at least one holder (S) and the instant (t5) of start of the descent acceleration of the at least one holder (S).

US Pat. No. 10,989,525

LASER GUIDED SCANNING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SCANNING OF SYMMETRICAL AND UNSYMMETRICAL OBJECTS

Guangdong Kang Yun Techno...

1. A laser guided scanning system for scanning of a plurality of objects, comprising:a laser light configured to switch from a first color to a second color to indicate an exact position to a user for taking a plurality of shots comprising at least one image of an object;
one or more cameras configured to capture the plurality of shots one by one based on an indication from the laser light; and
a processor configured to:
define a laser center co-ordinate for the object from a first shot of the plurality of shots, wherein the exact position for taking the subsequent shot without disturbing the laser center co-ordinate for the object based on an indication from the laser light; and
stitch and process the plurality of shots to generate at least one 3D model comprising a scanned image of the object;
wherein the one or more cameras takes the plurality of shots of the object one by one based on the laser center co-ordinate and a relative width of a first shot of the plurality of shots, and the processor is further configured to define a new position co-ordinate for the user based on the laser center co-ordinate and the relative width of the first shot.

US Pat. No. 10,989,524

ASYMMETRIC OPTICAL INTERFERENCE MEASUREMENT METHOD AND APPARATUS

HUAIYIN NORMAL UNIVERSITY...

1. An asymmetric optical interferometry method, comprising the following steps of:splitting an incident light source into a first beam and a second beam via a beam splitter, the first beam passing through a first imaging lens and projecting on a surface of an object to be tested, and the second beam passing through a second imaging lens and projecting on a surface of a reference mirror, wherein the first imaging lens has a focus distance longer than that of the second imaging lens, and a projection area projected by the first beam on the surface of the object to be tested is larger than that of a projection area projected by the second beam on the surface of the reference mirror, wherein the surface of the object to be tested has an area larger than that of the surface of the reference mirror;
the surface of the object to be tested and the surface of the reference mirror reflecting the first beam and the second beam, respectively, the first beam passing through the first imaging lens and a third imaging lens and forming a first image, the second beam passing through the second image lens and the third imaging lens and forming a second image, the first image and the second image coincide on a back focal plane of the third imaging lens and forming an interference image being captured by a photoelectric sensor, a magnification of a first optical system composed of the first and the third imaging lens is smaller than that of a second optical system composed of the second and the third imaging lens;
inputting the interference image into a computer to obtain a signal of the interference image;
analyzing the signal of the interference image to obtain a three-dimensional shape of the surface of the object to be tested by using the phase-shifting algorithms; and
forming a plurality of interference images on the photoelectric sensor, by simultaneously adjusting a distance between the second imaging lens and the beam splitter, while maintaining a distance between the second imaging lens and the reference mirror unchanged, so as to alter an optical path difference between an optical path on the side of the reference mirror and an optical path on the side of the object to be tested;
wherein, a collimating lens, a right angle steering mirror and a 180-degree retroreflecting mirror are inserted between the second imaging lens and the reference mirror; a distance between the right angle steering mirror and the 180-degree retroreflecting mirror is adjusted to compensate for the optical path difference between the optical path on the side of the reference mirror and the optical path on the side of the object to be tested, the optical path difference between two paths results from the different magnification of the first optical system composed of the first and the third imaging lens and the second optical system composed of the second and the third imaging lens.

US Pat. No. 10,989,523

SUB-SURFACE PATTERNING FOR DIFFRACTION-BASED STRAIN MEASUREMENT AND DAMAGE DETECTION IN STRUCTURES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A multi-layer structural component comprising:a first outer layer;
a second outer layer; and
a first patterned layer disposed between the first outer layer and the second outer layer and having a first geometric pattern of grooves on a first surface of the first patterned layer, the first geometric pattern of grooves having a first set of grooves each having a first groove width, wherein strain on the multi-layer structural component caused by exposure to an environmental condition can cause changes to the first geometric pattern wherein the first groove width increases or decreases for at least a portion of the first set of grooves, wherein a first projected beam of electromagnetic (EM) energy having a first wavelength corresponding to the first groove width is diffracted when the first projected beam of EM energy hits the first set of grooves and creates a first diffracted beam of diffracted EM energy having a first diffracted wavelength, wherein changes in the first groove width due to the strain on the multi-layer structural component cause changes in the first diffracted wavelength that correspond to the strain on the multi-layer structural component, and wherein at least one of the first outer layer and the second outer layer is fabricated from an outer layer material that is transparent with respect to the first projected beam of EM energy and the first diffracted beam of diffracted EM energy.

US Pat. No. 10,989,522

GLASS PRODUCT STRESS EVALUATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A glass product stress evaluation system comprising:a background light source configured to selectively transmit light of different wavelengths, the background light source further configured to illuminate a glass product;
an imaging device mounted in proximity to the glass product and configured to develop digitally encoded representations of internal annealing stresses formed within the glass product, the imaging device further configured to convert the digitally encoded internal stress representations into digital signals;
a plurality of optical devices positioned between the glass product and the imaging device and configured to provide a converging view of the glass product;
a plurality of filters mounted in proximity to the plurality of optical devices and configured to selectively transmit light of different wavelengths to the optical devices, thereby transforming detected imaged stresses in the glass product into visible colors; and
a processing unit configured to receive the digital images from the imaging device and is further configured to convert the digital images into visible images;
wherein the digital images can be classified into annealing grades.

US Pat. No. 10,989,521

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DISTANCE ESTIMATION USING MULTIPLE IMAGE SENSORS

Brain Corporation, San D...

1. A system for instructing a robot to execute a physical task, comprising:at least one processor; and
a non-transitory computer readable media having computer executable instructions stored therein, which, when executed by the at least processor configure the at least one processor to,
receive a plurality of images associated with a plurality of spatially separated cameras, at least a portion of the plurality of images depicting an object,
determine, from the at least the portion of the plurality of images, a pattern of movement associated with the object based on disparity information derived from two or more of the plurality of images, the pattern of movement within the plurality of images is partitioned into a plurality of clusters wherein a largest area cluster is associated with a prevailing motion and is removed from the frame to obtain residual motion distribution associated with the object, the prevailing motion corresponding to apparent motion caused by at least one of a moving background or motions of the robot,
generate, based on the pattern of movement, a command signal configured to instruct the robot to execute a physical action, and
send the command signal to the robot,
wherein the non-transitory computer readable media comprises an artificial neural network configured to, receive as input the plurality of images and the pattern of movement associated with the object to produce the command signal.

US Pat. No. 10,989,517

VIBRATION SENSING SYSTEM WITH WAVELENGTH ENCODING

CONTINUSE BIOMETRICS LTD....

1. A system for use in inspection of a sample, the system comprising:an illumination unit configured to provide coherent illumination comprising a plurality of at least two wavelengths and direct said coherent illumination onto an inspection region of a sample; and
a collection unit comprising at least one detector array and configured for collecting light returning from said inspection region and generate data indicative of speckle patterns in said plurality of at least two wavelengths at a predetermined sampling rate and generating a plurality of sequences of speckle patterns corresponding with said plurality of at least two wavelengths such that each sequence is formed by image data indicative of spackle patterns associated with a common wavelength range;
wherein said illumination unit is configured for directing light components of said at least two wavelengths toward corresponding two or more segments of said inspection region, and wherein said data indicative of speckle patterns corresponding with said two or more segments.

US Pat. No. 10,989,515

INDUCTIVE POSITION MEASURING DEVICE

DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN G...

1. An inductive position-measuring device, comprising:a scanning element; and
a graduation element rotatable about an axis relative to the scanning element;
wherein the scanning element includes: at least one exciter lead; a first receiver track including at least one receiver line that extends according to a first periodic pattern having a first period along a first direction; and a second receiver track including at least one receiver line;
wherein the graduation element includes a graduation track that extends in a circumferential direction in relation to the axis and has a graduation period along the circumferential direction; and
wherein the at least one exciter lead is adapted to generate an electromagnetic field, the graduation track is adapted to modulate the electromagnetic field, and the position-measuring device is adapted to detect an angular position of the graduation element relative to the scanning element with the aid of the receiver line of the first receiver track based on the modulated electromagnetic field and to detect a lateral position of the graduation element in the first direction relative to the scanning element with the aid of the receiver line of the second receiver track based on the modulated electromagnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,989,514

ELASTOMERIC SLEEVE FOR TAPE MEASURE

1. A sleeve for use in combination with a tape measure having a length of tape, a tape measure control and a clip, the sleeve comprising:an elastomeric main body surrounding a cavity, the main body being sized and configured for snug fit engagement of the tape measure within the cavity formed by the main body;
a plurality of openings formed on the main body, each of the plurality of openings extending through a width of the main body;
a first one of the plurality of openings being sized and configured for surrounding a tape opening of the tape measure, such that the tape may be selectively extended and retracted through the first one of the plurality of openings;
a second one of the plurality of openings being sized and configured for surrounding a tape measure control of the tape measure, such that the tape measure control may be selectively actuated through the second one of the plurality of openings;
a third one of the plurality of openings being sized and configured for surrounding a clip of the tape measure, such that the clip may be selectively operated through the third one of the plurality of openings;
a metallic plate sized for receipt in a compartment on an inner facing surface of a side of the main body opposite the third one of the plurality of openings, the metallic plate being structured and disposed for magnetically securing a magnet element of a writing instrument on an outer facing surface of the main body;
a pocket formed on the main body, the pocket being sized and configured for receipt of the writing instrument; and
wherein the tape measure may be selectively removed from and inserted into the cavity of the main body through the third one of the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,989,513

MEASURING TAPE WITH INCREASED CUPPING

APEX BRANDS, INC., Apex,...

1. A method of producing a measuring tape device, the method comprising:providing a cupped blade with substantially uniform cupping over a longitudinal length of the cupped blade;
applying a stress relief operation to a selected portion of only a convex side of the cupped blade to increase curvature of the cupped blade in the selected portion of the cupped blade; and
operably coupling the cupped blade to a reel assembly and providing the cupped blade and reel assembly within a housing to define the measuring tape device.

US Pat. No. 10,989,512

MEASURING TAPE WITH IMPROVED STANDOUT

APEX BRANDS, INC., Apex,...

1. A blade for a measuring tape device, the blade comprising:a first end configured to extend from a housing of the measuring tape device through an aperture;
a second end configured to be wound on a reel assembly within the housing; and
a first cupped portion having a first amount of cupping over a selected portion of a longitudinal length of the blade,
wherein the first cupped portion is defined by a curved portion extending from an apex of the curved portion toward lateral edges of the blade, and wings extending from each of the lateral edges toward the curved portion on each side of the apex, and
wherein the curved portion includes a first radius proximate to the apex of the curved portion, and a second radius at a point spaced apart from the apex on both sides of the apex, the second radius being different than the first radius,
wherein the first cupped portion is spaced apart from the first end and the second end of the blade to extend over a critical region of the blade at which maximum standout is expected to occur,
wherein a second amount of cupping provided at a second cupped portion of the blade outside of the first cupped portion,
wherein lengths of the wings in the first cupped portion is smaller than a length of wings in the second cupped portion.

US Pat. No. 10,989,511

APPARATUS FOR USE IN RENDERING SAFE UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE

G.D.O. Inc., Elk River, ...

1. A tool package containing a plurality of tools suitable for cutting a plug out of the casing of an unexploded military ordnance, item having a radius of curvature, and recovering at least a portion of material found therein, which tool package is comprised of:a) a frame comprising an inverted U shaped structure having two vertical support members, each having a top end and a bottom end, wherein each vertical support member, at its top end is secured to opposite sides of a cross-beam, and wherein each vertical member is secured at its bottom end, at about 180° apart, to a cylindrical base section having a circular base plate, which circular base plate contains an annular through-hole located between the perimeter of said circular base plate and the center of said circular base plate, which annular through-hole is of sufficient size to allow each tool of said tool package to be inserted downward through said through-hole so that each tool will be capable of performing its designed function with respect to the unexploded ordnance item;
b) a holding device having substantially the same radius of curvature as the targeted unexploded military ordnance item, which holding device is capable of holding said targeted ordnance item in place during accessing and washout of material within said ordnance item;
c) a waterjet cleaning assembly secured to the outside of said frame at the location of said cylindrical base suitable for cleaning the surface of said ordnance prior to accessing by a waterjet cutting tool;
d) a turntable suspended at its center by a spindle, which spindle at its opposite end of the turntable is secured to said cross member, and which spindle defines the axis of rotation of said turntable;
e) a servo motor located on said cross-member and functionally connected to said spindle for providing rotational movement to said spindle and in turn to said turntable;
f) a plurality of tools secured to said turntable in a circular array around the axis of rotation, which tools include: i) a high pressure abrasive waterjet cutting head capable of providing sufficient waterjet pressure to cut out a plug of casing of a targeted military ordnance item and exposing the material inside; ii) a rod-like plug removal tool having properties at its tip to be able to remove said plug of casing; and iii) a tubular tool capable of delivering a liquid, under pressure, to washout and recover material from the interior of a military ordnance item.

US Pat. No. 10,989,510

PRIMER HOUSING FOR FIREARMS AND OTHER MUNITIONS

SPECTRE ENTERPRISES, INC....

1. A firearm cartridge, comprising:a casing having a sidewall, a front end, and a back end, the back end defining a primer pocket therein, the primer pocket having a side surface;
a primer, comprising:
a disk having a first surface, a second surface, and an edge defined between the first surface and second surface, the edge having a pressure-resisting configuration, the second surface of the disk having an ignitable material thereon;
a retention piece having an open end, a closed end, and a side wall extending therebetween, the open end being dimensioned and configured to substantially match the second face of the disk, the closed end having a larger cross sectional area than the open end, a portion of the side wall having a pressure-resisting configuration, the retention piece defining a recess within the open end, the retention piece further defining a central axis extending between the open end and the closed end, the retention piece defining a plurality of channels extending from the recess to the closed end, the channels being angled from parallel to the central axis; and
the side surface of the primer pocket having a shape that substantially matches the pressure-resisting configuration of the disk and the pressure-resisting configuration of the retention piece;
whereby movement of the retention ring and disk caused by pressure inside the casing is resisted by interaction of the side surface of the primer pocket with the pressure-resisting configurations of the disk and retention piece.

US Pat. No. 10,989,509

PRIMER ADAPTER ASSEMBLY

COMBINED SYSTEMS, INC., ...

1. A primer adapter for a fuse configured to be received in a device, the adapter comprising:a body having a cylindrical exterior sidewall adapted to be closely received in a chamber defined by the fuse and having a chamber diameter;
the body defining a central passage including a cylindrical aft portion having an aft diameter adapted to closely receive a primer having a primer diameter greater than or equal to the aft diameter of the central passage;
the body having an aft surface;
a malleable skirt extending aft of the aft surface and defining an installation aperture, the skirt having an interior diameter greater than the aft diameter, the malleable skirt being operable to deform inward to form an opening having a diameter less than the primer diameter, such that a primer in the cylindrical aft portion of the central passage is retained;
the central passage including a flared portion between the cylindrical aft portion and the skirt to facilitate insertion of a primer into the cylindrical aft portion; and
the flared portion having a tapered frusto-conical interior surface free of steps.

US Pat. No. 10,989,507

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MATCHING OGIVE TWIST AND BARREL TWIST

1. A firearm firing system comprising:a rifle barrel having a twist; and
a bullet comprising an ogive wherein grooves are formed on the entire length of the ogive between the nose and the shoulder in a turn radius that substantially matches the twist in the rifle barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,989,506

DART

1. A dart comprising:a shaft having
a body made of flexible materials; and
a connecting element disposed at one of two ends of the body and having
a connecting section disposed at one of two ends of the connecting element away from the body; and
multiple insertion slits disposed at spaced intervals and communicating with one another, each one of the multiple insertion slits formed in the connecting element along an axial direction of the connecting element, and each one of the multiple insertion slits having
two ends, one of the two ends being an open end, the open end being away from the body;
a barrel disposed at one of two ends of the shaft adjacent to the body;
a tip disposed at one of two ends of the barrel away from the shaft;
a flight having
multiple wings disposed at spaced intervals, and each one of the multiple wings inserted into a respective one of the multiple insertion slits of the connecting element of the shaft; and
a receiving groove formed through the multiple wings; and
a cap detachably and rotatably mounted in the receiving groove of the flight, mounted to the connecting section of the connecting element, and blocking the open end of each one of the multiple insertion slits.

US Pat. No. 10,989,505

PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR CARTRIDGE AMMUNITION

Rheinmetall Waffe Munitio...

1. A propulsion of a cartridge-type ammunition, comprising:a propellant casing; and
a high-pressure chamber, the high-pressure chamber comprising:
a propellant powder;
a primer in a bottom region;
at least one overflow bore;
a cap;
a membrane; and
a body,
wherein the membrane is embedded in the body and secured by the cap, and
wherein the membrane covers a second gap formed by an outer diameter of the cap and an inner diameter of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,989,504

COMPETITIVE SHOOTING TARGET ASSEMBLY

1. A shooting target assembly comprising:a frame having a curved edge, wherein a plurality of catch mechanisms are positioned along the curved edge;
a first target arm comprising:
a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first target arm is connected to a first target that is positioned above the curved edge, wherein the second end of the first target arm is pivotally connected to a rear portion of the frame at a first pivot point,
a first portion configured to extend along at least a portion of the rear portion of the frame,
a second portion attached to the first portion, wherein the second portion is configured to extend along at least a second portion of the rear portion of the frame,
a third portion attached to the second portion, wherein the second portion is angled relative to the second portion and is configured to extend over the curved edge, and
a fourth portion attached to the third portion, wherein the fourth portion is angled relative to the third portion and is configured to extend above the curved edge, wherein the first target is connected to the fourth portion; and
a second target arm comprising a first end and a second end, wherein:
the first end of the second target arm is connected to a second target that is positioned above the curved edge, and
the second end of the second target arm is pivotally connected to the rear portion of the frame at a second pivot point,
wherein each of the plurality of catch mechanisms is configured to engage the first target arm or the second target arm.

US Pat. No. 10,989,503

WIRELESSLY CONDUCTED ELECTRONIC WEAPON

Digital Ally, Inc., Lene...

1. A projectile configured for use with a controller of a wireless electroshock weapon, comprising:an adhering segment comprising at least two probes for attaching to at least one of a subject's clothes and skin and administering a shock to the subject;
an antenna for wireless two-way communication between the projectile and the controller;
a circuit board having a power extraction circuit for generating power from a shock energy for administering the shock;
at least one processing element in communication with the antenna;
one or more non-transitory computer-readable media storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processing element perform a method of delivering a shock to the subject via the at least two probes, the method comprising the steps of:
receiving a signal from a controller via the antenna, wherein the signal comprises shock information;
sending shock energy to the subject based at least in part on the shock information; and
activating at least one of an audible alert and a visual alert based on the shock information.

US Pat. No. 10,989,502

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR A CONDUCTED ELECTRICAL WEAPON

Axon Enterprise, Inc., S...

1. A conducted electrical weapon (“CEW”) for providing a current through target tissue of a target to impede locomotion of the target, the CEW comprising:a processing circuit;
a signal generator for providing the current at a pulse rate;
at least two electrodes to provide the current through the target tissue to impede locomotion of the target, wherein after launch of the at least two electrodes toward the target, the processing circuit is configured to:
set the pulse rate to one of a first pulse rate and a second pulse rate;
cooperate with the signal generator to detect a number of electrode pairs of the at least two electrodes available to deliver the current through the target tissue; and
adjust the pulse rate in accordance with the number of electrode pairs of the at least two electrodes available to deliver the current through the target tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,989,501

REACTIVE ARMOUR

RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE S...

1. A flexible protection element for reactive protection against shaped charge warheads and kinetic energy projectiles, the flexible protection element comprising a formable doughy mixture of a powder dispersed within a matrix of plastic explosive and a binder, wherein said doughy mixture contains 23 to 33 wt % of said plastic explosive, 64 to 74 wt % of said powder, and 2 to 4 wt % of said binder.

US Pat. No. 10,989,500

VEHICLE ASSEMBLY VEHICLE COVER AND LIGHTING ASSEMBLY DISPOSED OVER A LIGHT OF THE VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE LIGHTING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle assembly, comprising:a camouflaging cover configured to be placed over an exterior surface of a vehicle to conceal at least a portion of the vehicle; and
a camouflaging lighting assembly integrated with the camouflaging cover, the camouflaging lighting assembly disposed over a light of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,989,499

COMPACT SIGHT ACCESSORY MECHANISM

1. A sight magnifier assembly configured to be releasably secured to a rail feature of a firearm, the sight magnifier assembly being configured to be used with a sight assembly, the sight magnifier assembly comprising:a base configured to be releasably secured to the rail feature of the firearm, the base including a first end support and a second end support configured to be releasably secured to the rail feature of the firearm;
a housing rotatably coupled to the base, the housing being configured to support sight optics, the housing including a body portion, a sight magnifier portion configured to house sight optics, and a support arm that extends from the body portion to connect the sight magnifier housing to the base; and
a mechanism configured to enable of the rotation the housing with respect to the base between a use position in which the sight optics is configured to be used with the sight assembly and a stored position in which the sight optics is moved so that the housing and the sight magnifier assembly is nearly completely obscured from the operator by the sight assembly, the mechanism including
a rotation shaft configured to enable the rotation of the support arm with respect to the base of the sight magnifier assembly, the rotation shaft extending through an elongate bore formed in the support arm, with ends of the rotation shaft being mounted within respective openings formed in the first end support and the second end support of the base, and
a detent assembly configured to maintain the housing in the use position and in the stored position and to enable the movement of the housing between the use position and the stored position, the detent assembly including a first detent housed by the first support arm and a second detent housed by the second support arm, and a first feature and a second feature associated with the first end support and a third feature and a fourth feature associated with the second end support, the first feature and the third feature being located to position the housing in the use position when the first detent and the second detent are received by the first feature and the third feature, respectively, and the second feature and the fourth feature being located to position the housing in the stored position when the first detent and the second detent are received by the second feature and the fourth feature, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,989,497

MULTI-MISSION MUNITION ADAPTER

Science Applications Inte...

1. A multi-mission munition adapter, comprising:a main body;
a first missile launcher attachment fitting on a left side of the main body;
a second missile launcher attachment fitting on a right side of the main body;
at least one pair of hangers on a bottom side of the main body and configured to receive a munitions ejector; and
a smart weapons interface connector, on the bottom side of the main body, configured to be connected to the munitions ejector via a cable.

US Pat. No. 10,989,495

FIREARM HARNESS SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method comprising:attaching a flexible harness member to a human body, said flexible harness member having a first fastening element operatively connected thereto;
possessing a firearm including a stock and a barrel with a muzzle, and having a second fastening element operatively connected thereto, said second fastening element being engageable with the first fastening element;
supporting the stock of the firearm on a surface;
positioning the firearm in a first position such that the muzzle is elevated relative to the stock; and
engaging the first fastening element with the second fastening element such that the firearm is supported and retained in the first position only by the fastening elements and the surface;
wherein the first and second fastening elements are configured such that they automatically disengage from each other during movement of the firearm from its first position to a second position in which the stock abuts the shoulder of the human and the firearm is generally horizontal.

US Pat. No. 10,989,494

FIREARM HANDGUARD SYSTEM

Bootleg Inc., Kuna, ID (...

1. A hand guard attachment system comprising: a barrel nut configured to be attached to a firearm; the barrel nut comprising a cylindrical outer surface; the barrel nut having a female threaded inner surface configured to engage male threads of an upper receiver of the firearm; a hand guard having a cylindrical inner surface configured to longitudinally and rotatably engage the cylindrical outer surface of the barrel nut; the hand guard having a longitudinally extending gap defined by a first circumferential side of the cylindrical inner surface of the hand guard and a second circumferential side of the cylindrical inner surface of the hand guard a clamping system comprising a cam lever rotatable from a first position to a second position about a cam pin; a tension screw extending from the cam pin, through the first circumferential side of the gap to the second circumferential side of the gap; the cam lever having an eccentric surface relative to the cam pin, the eccentric surface in contact with the first circumferential side of the gap; and wherein rotation of the cam lever relative to the hand guard about the cam pin tensions the tension screw, pressing the second circumferential side of the gap towards the first circumferential side of the gap, pressing the cylindrical inner surface of the hand guard against the cylindrical outer surface of the barrel nut.

US Pat. No. 10,989,492

ARCHERY CAM SHAFT WITH INTEGRATED CABLE TRACK

ARCHERY INNOVATORS, LLC, ...

1. A cam assembly for a projectile launching device comprising:a pivoting shaft includes a cam mating surface, at least one cable track, a first end and a second end, said first end extends from one end of said cam mating surface, said second end extends from an opposing end of said cam mating surface, said at least one cable track is formed as a recessed area in at least one of first and second ends; and
a cam includes a string groove, at least one cable post and a pivoting shaft mating surface, said string groove is formed around a perimeter of cam, said at least one cable post is formed on at least one side of said cam, said pivoting shaft mating surface is size to receive said cam mating surface.

US Pat. No. 10,989,491

ARCHERY BOW WITH WIDE RATIO LIMB

MCP IP, LLC, Sparta, WI ...

1. An archery bow comprising:a frame;
a first limb assembly comprising at least one limb segment, each limb segment of the first limb assembly arranged to support a first rotatable member, the first rotatable member arranged to rotate about a rotation axis, each limb segment comprising a flat tension surface oriented parallel to the rotation axis, the first rotatable member comprising a cam;
a second limb assembly supporting a second rotatable member;
a bowstring extending between the first rotatable member and the second rotatable member;
a power cable in communication with the cam;
the first limb assembly having a length, each limb segment comprising a segment width, a sum of each segment width of the first limb assembly comprising a total segment width, wherein the total segment width is at least 26% of the length.

US Pat. No. 10,989,490

FIREARM AND METHODS FOR OPERATION AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

DK Precision Outdoor, LLC...

1. A firearm comprising:a safety mechanism including:
an actuatable lever including a first side interacting with a lever interface in a trigger to inhibit actuation of the trigger in a safe configuration; and
a safety button including a detent mating with a second side of the actuatable lever;
where the actuatable lever is pivotable about a fulcrum in front of the trigger; and
where actuation of the trigger causes firearm discharge.

US Pat. No. 10,989,489

BOLT RELEASE MECHANISM FOR FIREARM

1. A firearm with bolt release mechanism comprising:a longitudinal axis;
a receiver defining a longitudinally-extending cavity;
a barrel supported by the receiver;
a bolt slideably mounted in the receiver for reciprocating axial movement between a forward closed breech position in battery with the barrel and a rearward open breech position;
a recoil spring biasing the bolt forward towards the closed breech position;
a manually actuated bolt release pivotably movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position;
the bolt release including a rear locking portion configured to selectively (1) engage a locking recess formed on the bolt for holding the bolt in the open breech position when the bolt release is in the engaged position, and (2) to disengage the locking recess for releasing the bolt from the open breech position when the bolt release is in the disengaged position;
wherein the bolt release further includes an externally accessible front operating portion configured for a user to pivotably move the bolt release from the disengaged position to the engaged position;
wherein the front operating portion of the bolt release protrudes forwardly from a trigger housing of the firearm proximate to a trigger guard and the rear locking portion extends longitudinally rearwards from the front operation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,989,488

SAFETY DEVICE FOR FIREARMS AND SAFETY METHOD FOR FIREARMS

1. A safety device for firearms, which is arranged in a firearm, wherein the firearm comprises:a first safety that can be actuated by the user of the firearm, configured to be arranged in at least two positions: at least one first firing position and one first locking position;
a trigger that can be actuated by the user of the firearm configured to be released when the first safety is in the at least first firing position;
a hammer configured to be released when the trigger is actuated or kept actuated and the first safety is in the at least first firing position; and
a second safety that can be arranged in at least two positions, a second locking position and a second firing position, the second safety comprises a cam and a locking bolt, wherein:
in the second firing position the locking bolt is pressed against the cam and the cam is interlocked with the trigger, such that actuation of trigger releases the hammer; and
in the second locking position the locking bolt is not pressed against the cam and the cam is not interlocked with the trigger, such that the hammer is locked by the trigger or the cam regardless of the position of the first safety.

US Pat. No. 10,989,485

HEAT EXCHANGER TUBE, AND CORRESPONDING HEAT EXCHANGER PRODUCTION METHOD

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

13. A method for obtaining a heat exchanger tube, wherein the method comprises:locally thinning a metal strip by pressing or rolling so as to define first portions of a thickness and second portions of a greater thickness,
bending the metal strip in a region of at least one second portion, and
forming a join in a region of at least two second portions of the metal strip so as to form a tube that has parallel first and second canals created by the bending of the metal strip, the first and second canals separated by bent ends of the metal strip, wherein the bent ends bend down from a top wall of the tube such that the bent ends of the metal strip bend perpendicular to a bottom wall of the tube and are parallel to each other, and edges of the bent ends of the metal strip face the bottom wall of the tube, and wherein the bent ends of the metal strip and a section of the bottom wall of the tube which the bent ends face are of a greater thickness than a thickness of the top wall and a portion of the bottom wall, and the greater thickness of the bent ends through the bends and to the edges of the bent ends is of uniform thickness; and
the tube having a thickness at a rounded leading edge of the tube and a rounded trailing edge of the tube, which are respectively outside walls of the first and second canals, and the thickness of the outside walls is greater than the thickness of the top wall and a portion of the bottom wall.

US Pat. No. 10,989,483

THERMOSIPHON WITH MULTIPORT TUBE AND FLOW ARRANGEMENT

Aavid Thermalloy, LLC, L...

18. A thermosiphon cooling device including:an evaporator section arranged to receive heat and evaporate a liquid; and
a condenser section arranged to transfer heat from evaporated liquid to a surrounding environment to condense the evaporated liquid;
the device comprising at least one flat multiport tube structure having a first section defining one or more flow channels, and a web that extends laterally away from the first section in a plane of the flat multiport tube structure, the web having a thickness in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the flat multiport tube structure that is less than a thickness of the first section defining one or more flow channels,
wherein the first section defines a plurality of condensing channels, and the evaporator section includes a multiport tube structure that defines a plurality of evaporation channels, the device further comprising a vapor supply path and a liquid return path fluidly coupling the plurality of condensing channels and the plurality of evaporation channels.

US Pat. No. 10,989,482

HEAT EXCHANGING PLATE AND HEAT EXCHANGER

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A plate for heat exchange between a first medium and a second medium, the plate including a main plane of extension and a main longitudinal direction and comprising:a first heat transfer surface, extending in parallel to said main plane and arranged to be in contact with the first medium, generally flowing along the first heat transfer surface in a first flow direction; and
a second heat transfer surface, extending in parallel to said main plane and arranged to be in contact with the second medium, generally flowing along the second heat transfer surface in a second flow direction,
wherein the first heat transfer surface comprises a first medium inlet region, a first medium transfer region and a first medium outlet region, the first medium outlet region comprising a first medium outlet port,
wherein the second heat transfer surface comprises a second medium inlet region, a second medium transfer region and a second medium outlet region, the second medium inlet region overlapping, in the main longitudinal direction, with the first medium outlet region and comprising a second medium inlet port,
wherein the first medium outlet region comprises at least one protruding ridge extending from an edge of the first heat transfer surface opposite to the first medium outlet port, and extending toward the first medium outlet port along a direction having at least a component perpendicular to said main longitudinal direction, and
wherein said at least one protruding ridge forms a barrier system for the first medium and defines a channel along which the first medium is forced to travel in said main plane, from the first medium transfer region to the first medium outlet port, the channel running first towards, then around and thereafter away from the second medium inlet port, so that all of the first medium travelling from the first medium transfer region up to and out from the first medium outlet port is forced to travel around the second medium inlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,989,480

COUNTER-FLOW HEAT EXCHANGER WITH HELICAL PASSAGES

General Electric Company,...

1. A counter-flow heat exchanger defining a centerline, the counter-flow heat exchanger comprising:a first fluid path comprising in fluid communication a first supply tube, a first transition area, a first array of first passageways, a first converging area and a first discharge tube;
a second fluid path comprising in fluid communication a second supply tube, a second transition area, a second array of second passageways, a second converging area and a second discharge tube;
wherein the first array of the first passageways is arranged in a first helical path around the centerline relative to a radial direction from the centerline;
wherein the second array of the second passageways is arranged in a second helical path around the centerline relative to the radial direction from the centerline; and
wherein the first transition area and the first converging area are arranged at opposite ends of the first helical path at opposite ends of the heat exchanger, the second transition area and the second converging area are arranged at opposite ends of the second helical path at opposite ends of the heat exchanger, the first transition area and the second converging area are arranged at a same one end of the heat exchanger, and the second transition area and the first converging area are arranged at a same another end of the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,989,479

INTEGRATED LIQUID AIR COOLED CONDENSER AND LOW TEMPERATURE RADIATOR

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An integrated heat exchanger assembly comprising:a first header tank;
a second header tank;
a first heat exchanger core extending between the first header tank and the second header tank, the first heat exchanger core in fluid communication with a liquid coolant and a refrigerant;
a second heat exchanger core extending between the first header tank and the second header tank, the second heat exchanger core in fluid communication with a first portion of a flow of air and the refrigerant; and
a third heat exchanger core extending between the first header tank and the second header tank, the third heat exchanger core in fluid communication with a second portion of the flow of the air and the liquid coolant.

US Pat. No. 10,989,478

DEVICE FOR COOLING AN ENERGY STORAGE UNIT, AND ASSOCIATED ASSEMBLY

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A device for cooling an electrical energy storage unit, the device comprising:at least one tube exchanger; and
at least one plate exchanger,
the at least one tube exchanger and the at least one plate exchanger being in fluid communication such as to form a circuit for circulation of a cooling fluid,
wherein the at least one plate exchanger and the at least one tube exchanger have a complementary connection interface that directly connects the at least one plate exchanger and the at least one tube exchanger to each other,
wherein the at least one plate exchanger comprises at least one pair of plates forming channels for circulation of the cooling fluid, and
wherein the channels formed by the at least one pair of plates have a “U” profile or an “S” profile.

US Pat. No. 10,989,476

CLINKER COOLER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A CLINKER COOLER

ALITE GmbH

1. A conveyor grate configured to convey bulk material in a conveying direction, the conveyor grate comprising:at least two conveying means, and
at least one motor configured to advance the at least two conveying means at the same time in the conveying direction and to retract the at least two conveying means,wherein a first of the at least two conveying means is selectively coupled via a first clutch to the at least one motor and a second of the at least two conveying means is selectively coupled via a second clutch to the same at least one motor,wherein establishing of a respective selective coupling between the at least one motor and either the first or the second of the at least two conveying means includes closing a respective clutch of the first and second clutches, and releasing of said respective selective coupling includes opening the respective clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,989,475

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO PREHEAT FERROMAGNETIC SCRAP

Valery Shver, Alpharetta...

1. A system for preheating ferromagnetic scrap comprising:a preheating unit configured to hold ferromagnetic scrap and to receive hot gases, the preheating unit comprising:
a scrap conveyor configured to transport ferromagnetic scrap; and
a magnet conveyor including a plurality of electrical magnets, each of the plurality of electrical magnets being configured to hold a respective raised quantity of ferromagnetic scrap at a height above the ferromagnetic scrap on the scrap conveyor such that at least some of the hot gases can pass below the respective raised quantity of ferromagnetic scrap,
wherein the magnet conveyor is configured to move along a revolving path that includes:
a scrap-transport section that is collinearly aligned with the scrap conveyer, wherein the magnet conveyor is configured to move through the scrap-transport section of the revolving path in a shared direction with the scrap conveyor;
a diverging section in which the magnet conveyor is configured to move in a direction that diverges from the shared direction;
a converging section in which the magnet conveyor is configured to move in a direction that converges with the shared direction; and
a return section positioned between the diverging section and the converging section; and
an electrical control system configured to operate the scrap conveyor and the magnet conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,989,474

INTEGRATED FLICKER CONTROL FOR ARC FURNACE

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A control device for an arc furnace, the control device comprising:a flicker module for determining a flicker value in a grid supplying the arc furnace;
an arc furnace control module for controlling the arc furnace based on the flicker value;
wherein the arc furnace control module and the flicker module are integrated into one structural component;
wherein the flicker module is adapted for providing at least one of a short-term flicker value and a long-term flicker value to the arc furnace control module, the short-term flicker value being based on voltage measurements in the grid in an interval of 10 min, the long-term flicker value being based on voltage measurements in the grid in an interval of 2 h;
wherein the flicker module is adapted for providing an instantaneous flicker value to the arc furnace control module, the instantaneous flicker value being based on voltage measurements in the grid in an interval of less than 10 s;
wherein the arc furnace control module is adapted for controlling an arc voltage and/or an arc current of the arc furnace based on the instantaneous flicker value and at least one of the short-term flicker value and the long-term flicker value and is adapted for controlling a converter for generating the arc current for the arc furnace.

US Pat. No. 10,989,473

METALLURGICAL VESSEL LINING WITH ENCLOSED METAL LAYER

Vesuvius U S A Corporatio...

1. A lining structure for a refractory vessel, comprising a) a nonperforated first layer comprising a refractory material and having a first layer first major surface and a first layer second major surface disposed opposite to the first layer first major surface, and b) a second layer having a second layer first major surface and a second layer second major surface disposed opposite to the second layer first major surface;wherein the first layer second major surface is in communication with the second layer first major surface; and
c) a nonperforated third layer comprising a refractory material and having a third layer first major surface in communication with the second layer second major surface, wherein the second layer comprises a metal component having a major surface in communication with the first layer second major surface and a major surface in communication with the third layer first major surface, and comprises refractory support structures passing through the metal component from the first layer to the third layer,
wherein the metal component in the second layer contains passages extending between the second layer first major surface to the second layer second major surface accommodating the support structures,
wherein the sum of the cross-sectional areas of support structures passing through the metal component has a value from and including 0.1% to and including 10% of the area of the second layer first major surface, and
wherein the metal component of the second layer comprises a material selected from the group consisting of steel, aluminum, alloys and combinations of any thereof;
wherein the material is provided in the form of foil, sheets, panels, slurry, or compressed powder; and
wherein the first layer is a working layer.

US Pat. No. 10,989,471

MULTIPLE PASS, PARALLEL FLOW DOWNCOMER TRAY FOR A MASS TRANSFER COLUMN

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer tray for a mass transfer column comprising:an annular tray having a tray surface;
a plurality of mass transfer decks on the tray surface of the annular tray, each of the mass transfer decks having a plurality of apertures through the tray surface, and wherein each mass transfer deck being disposed adjacent to at least two other mass transfer decks and configured to provide contact between an ascending vapor passing through the apertures and a traversing liquid on the tray surface; and
a plurality of downcomers configured for collecting and discharging the liquid from the mass transfer decks, including one or more central downcomers disposed proximate a central axis of the annular tray and two or more peripheral downcomers disposed proximate the periphery of the annular tray and spaced apart from the central axis,
one or more ramp-like peripheral channels and one or more peripheral liquid receiving pans disposed on the tray surface, the ramp-like peripheral channels configured to direct descending liquid received by the one or more ramp-like peripheral channels to the one or more peripheral liquid receiving pans;
a ramp-like central channel and a central liquid receiving pan disposed on the tray surface, the ramp-like central channel configured to direct descending liquid received by the ramp-like central channel to the central liquid receiving pans;
one or more bubble forming structures disposed on the tray surface between the liquid receiving pans and plurality of mass transfer decks; and
one or more perforated plates disposed in a downcomer clearance proximate the bubble forming structures; and
wherein the one or more perforated plates are configured to provide uniform distribution of the liquid from the liquid receiving pans to the mass transfer areas and avoid formation of the vortex type flow arrangement on the mass transfer decks and the resulting vapor maldistribution.

US Pat. No. 10,989,470

PROCESS INTEGRATION FOR NATURAL GAS LIQUID RECOVERY

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A natural gas liquid recovery system comprising:a cold box comprising a plate-fin heat exchanger comprising a plurality of compartments, the cold box configured to transfer heat from a plurality of hot process streams in the natural gas liquid recovery system to a plurality of cold process streams in the natural gas liquid recovery system, the plurality of hot process streams comprising:
a feed gas;
a first chill down liquid from a first chill down separator of the natural gas liquid recovery system;
a dehydrated first chill down vapor from one or more feed gas dehydrators of the natural gas liquid recovery system;
a second chill down liquid from a second chill down separator of the natural gas liquid recovery system;
a second chill down vapor from the second chill down separator; and
a high pressure residue gas from a third chill down separator of the natural gas liquid recovery system, and the plurality of cold process streams comprising:
an overhead low pressure residue gas from a de-methanizer column of the natural gas liquid recovery system;
a de-methanizer reboiler feed from the de-methanizer column;
a first side draw from the de-methanizer column;
a second side draw from the de-methanizer column;
a third side draw from the de-methanizer column; and
a de-methanizer bottoms from the de-methanizer column; and
a refrigeration system configured to receive heat through the cold box, the refrigeration system comprising:
a primary refrigerant comprising a first mixture of hydrocarbons;
a low pressure (LP) refrigerant separator in fluid communication with the cold box, the LP refrigerant separator configured to receive a first portion of the primary refrigerant and configured to separate phases of the first portion of the primary refrigerant into a LP primary refrigerant liquid phase and a LP primary refrigerant vapor phase, the LP refrigerant separator configured to provide at least a portion of the LP primary refrigerant liquid phase to the cold box;
a high pressure (HP) refrigerant separator in fluid communication with the cold box, the HP refrigerant separator configured to receive a second portion of the primary refrigerant and configured to separate phases of the second portion of the primary refrigerant into a HP primary refrigerant liquid phase and a HP primary refrigerant vapor phase, the HP refrigerant separator configured to provide at least a portion of the HP primary refrigerant liquid phase to the cold box; and
a subcooler in fluid communication with the cold box, the subcooler configured to transfer heat between the first portion of the primary refrigerant and the LP primary refrigerant vapor phase, wherein the cold box is configured to, upstream of the LP refrigerant separator, receive the first portion of the primary refrigerant from the subcooler.

US Pat. No. 10,989,469

HEAVY HYDROCARBON REMOVAL FROM LEAN GAS TO LNG LIQUEFACTION

Fluor Technologies Corpor...

1. A method of processing a feed gas stream, the method comprising:contacting, in an acid gas removal unit configured for removal of acid gases from the feed gas stream, the feed gas stream with an acid gas removal solvent, wherein the feed gas stream comprises C1 hydrocarbons, C2 hydrocarbons, C3 hydrocarbons, C4 hydrocarbons, C5+ hydrocarbons, and acid gas components;
removing at least a portion of the acid gas components from the feed gas stream based on the contacting with the acid gas removal solvent to form a first treated gas stream;
contacting, in a physical solvent unit configured for removal of C3+ hydrocarbons from the first treated gas stream, the first treated gas stream with a physical solvent and then with water, wherein the first treated gas stream comprises the C1 hydrocarbons, the C2 hydrocarbons, the C3 hydrocarbons, the C4 hydrocarbons, and the C5+ hydrocarbons;
removing at least a portion of the C3+ hydrocarbons from the first treated gas stream based on the contacting with the physical solvent and then with water to form a second treated gas stream; and
liquefying at least a portion of the second treated gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,989,466

PORTABLE COOLER WITH ACTIVE TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Ember Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A portable cooler container with active temperature control, comprising:a container body having a chamber configured to receive and hold one or more medicine containers, the chamber defined by a base and an inner peripheral wall of the container body, the container body further comprising an outer peripheral wall and an intermediate peripheral wall interposed between the outer peripheral wall and the inner peripheral wall, the intermediate peripheral wall spaced apart from the inner peripheral wall to define a gap therebetween that is under vacuum;
a lid removably coupleable to the container body to access the chamber; and
a temperature control system comprising
one or more thermoelectric elements in thermal communication with at least a portion of the chamber via a first heat sink having a first portion in thermal communication with the one or more thermoelectric elements and disposed outside the intermediate peripheral wall, a second portion in thermal communication with the inner peripheral wall and disposed inside the intermediate peripheral wall and within the gap, and a bridge portion that interconnects the first portion and the second portion of the first heat sink and extends over and across the intermediate peripheral wall,
one or more power storage elements, and
circuitry configured to control the one or more thermoelectric elements to heat or cool at least a portion of the chamber to a predetermined temperature or temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,989,465

REMOVABLE TEMPERATURE SENSITIVE CORE

1. A beverage storage container comprising:a removable core containing a viscous temperature sensitive fluid;
a containing vessel base configured to hold the temperature sensitive core;
a containing vessel body configured to hold a beverage,
wherein the containing vessel base is configured to hold the temperature sensitive core in thermal connection with the containing vessel body; and
a thermoplastic insulator configured to prevent rapid transfer of temperature between the removable core and the containing vessel base.

US Pat. No. 10,989,463

REFRIGERATOR CONTROLLING FRESHNESS ON BASIS OF CONTEXT AWARENESS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, SERVER, PORTABLE DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FRESHNESS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A refrigerator for controlling operations for freshness of contents based on assessed conditions, comprising:one or more partitioned storage spaces, any one or more of the storage spaces being operated based on a setup operating condition information that is preset;
one or more freshness sensors configured to sense conditions outside the storage spaces or inside the storage spaces;
a communication device configured to transmit sensed condition information from the freshness sensors to a server or an external device, and to receive operation instruction information from the server or the external device; and
a controller configured to control the freshness sensors and the communication device and configured to perform a freshness control operation according to the operation instruction information,
wherein the operation instruction information includes instructions to control the refrigerator in a different manner from the setup operating condition information set for any one or more of the storage spaces,
wherein the controller is configured to:
generate condition based operating condition information based on the conditions sensed by the freshness sensors;
perform the freshness control operation based on the condition based operating condition information,
wherein the condition based operating condition information is operating condition information that is different from the setup operating condition information that is set for any one or more of the storage spaces.

US Pat. No. 10,989,459

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE AND ICE DISPENSER DEFINING A LIQUID OUTLET

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerator appliance comprising:a cabinet;
an ice maker attached to the cabinet;
a dispenser recess defined on the refrigerator appliance in selective communication with the ice maker; and
a dispenser conduit disposed within the dispenser recess, the dispenser conduit comprising a chute wall defining
an ice passage permitting ice therethrough,
a fluid inlet positioned radially outward from the ice passage in fluid communication with a fluid source selectively supplying a fluid flow thereto,
a manifold channel extending within the chute wall about at least a portion of the ice passage, the manifold channel being in downstream fluid communication with the fluid inlet,
a plurality of discrete first fluid outlets defined through the chute wall in downstream fluid communication with the manifold channel, the plurality of discrete first fluid outlets being circumferentially spaced apart along the manifold channel,
a second fluid inlet positioned radially outward from the ice passage in fluid parallel to the first fluid inlet, and
a second fluid outlet in downstream fluid communication with the second fluid inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,989,456

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMMON MANIFOLD CHARGE COMPENSATOR

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (“HVAC”) system comprising:an evaporator;
a compressor fluidly coupled to the evaporator via a suction line;
a condenser fluidly coupled to the compressor via a discharge line, the condenser comprising a first pass and a second pass;
a common manifold fluidly coupling the first pass and the second pass;
wherein the common manifold comprises an upper section and a lower section that are disjointed; and
a charge compensator fluidly coupled to the common manifold via an upper connection line and a lower connection line.

US Pat. No. 10,989,455

INTEGRATED HYBRID THERMOSTATIC EXPANSION VALVE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING UNIFORM COOLING OF HEAT GENERATING DEVICES

Mainstream Engineering Co...

1. A valve assembly for supplying a refrigerant flowrate to at least one cold plate in a vapor compression system, comprising:a housing having a bifurcated passageway having a first flow path and a second flow path, an intermediate passage, a first orifice between the intermediate passage and the second flow path of the bifurcated passageway, a first annular volume oriented with the first flow path in the bifurcated passageway, and a second annular volume oriented with the intermediate passage;
an expansion valve in the housing and positioned within the first annular volume and second annular volume;
an electrically-actuated valve in the housing and positioned between the second flow path of the bifurcated passageway and the intermediate passage; and
wherein the first orifice and the electrically-actuated valve are sized such that the refrigerant flowrate through the intermediate passage is 1.5 to 3 times more than the flowrate through the first flow path in the bifurcated passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,989,454

EXPANSION VALVE AND VAPOUR COMPRESSION SYSTEM

1. An expansion valve comprising a valve element, a valve seat as well as a biasing member, that exerts a force on the valve element towards a closed valve position, wherein the valve seat is arranged in a first fluid passage of the expansion valve, and wherein the expansion valve further comprises a shape memory alloy actuator that exerts a force on the valve element towards an open valve position when the shape memory alloy actuator is heated by an electric current, wherein, the shape memory alloy actuator is arranged in a second fluid passage of the expansion valve, wherein the shape memory alloy actuator is arranged to be in thermal contact with a fluid in the second fluid passage, such that the shape memory alloy actuator also actuates the valve element towards a closed valve position when the shape memory alloy actuator is cooled by a fluid in the second fluid passage, and wherein the shape memory alloy actuator is shaped such that the shape memory alloy actuator enters the valve element, changes direction 180°, and exits the valve element.

US Pat. No. 10,989,453

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH IMPROVED HEAT REMOVING EFFICIENCY

AURAS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD...

1. A heat exchanger, comprising:a heat-absorbing part comprising a vapor chamber and a return chamber;
at least two vapor conduits, wherein a first end of each vapor conduit is connected with the vapor chamber of the heat-absorbing part;
a return conduit, wherein a first end of the return conduit is connected with the return chamber of the heat-absorbing part; and
a condensing part comprising:
a vapor-inputting chamber connected with a second end of each vapor conduit;
a liquid-outputting chamber, wherein the liquid-outputting chamber and the vapor-inputting chamber are horizontally arranged side by side, and the liquid-outputting chamber is connected with a second end of the return conduit;
a partition plate arranged between the vapor-inputting chamber and the liquid-outputting chamber, wherein the vapor-inputting chamber and the liquid-outputting chamber are separated from each other by the partition plate;
a communication chamber located over the vapor-inputting chamber and the liquid-outputting chamber;
a first condenser tube group comprising plural first condenser tubes, wherein the plural first condenser tubes are connected between the vapor-inputting chamber and the communication chamber; and
a second condenser tube group, wherein the second condenser tube group and the first condenser tube group are arranged side by side, the second condenser tube group comprises plural second condenser tubes, and the plural second condenser tubes are connected between the communication chamber and the liquid-outputting chamber,
wherein the communication chamber is separated from the vapor-inputting chamber by the first condenser tube group.

US Pat. No. 10,989,452

CHANNELED CONDENSER BALLAST

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. A condenser for a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration system, comprising:a condenser shell;
a refrigerant inlet disposed at the condenser shell;
a condenser drain disposed at the condenser shell;
a condenser tube bundle disposed in the condenser shell such that a refrigerant flow entering the condenser via the refrigerant inlet passes over the condenser tube bundle before exiting the condenser at the condenser drain; and
two or more condenser ballast volumes disposed in the condenser shell between the tube bundle and the condenser drain, the two or more condenser ballast volumes spaced apart to define a channel therebetween, a condenser ballast volume of the two or more condenser ballast volumes having a horizontal top surface;
wherein the two or more condenser ballast volumes are rectangular cuboids.

US Pat. No. 10,989,450

SOLID-STATE OPTICAL REFRIGERATOR FOR CRYOGENIC COOLING OF PAYLOADS

Triad National Security, ...

19. A method of cryogenically cooling a payload, the method comprising:providing a laser cooling crystal comprising a first material and a dopant material;
bonding a thermal link to the laser cooling crystal, the thermal link comprising a second material and having a first kink;
housing the laser cooling crystal and the thermal link in a vacuum chamber; and
exciting the laser cooling crystal with laser light of a first wavelength,
wherein the thermal link is thermally linked to the payload and transfers heat conductively from the payload to the laser cooling crystal, and
wherein the vacuum chamber and thermal link have a combination of shape and coating such that the laser light and fluorescence light reflected off a wall of the vacuum chamber and the laser light and fluorescence light propagating within the thermal link are not incident on the payload, the vacuum chamber comprising an indent configured to receive the laser light and the fluorescence light that emerges from the thermal link at the first kink.

US Pat. No. 10,989,448

SUBLIMATOR HAVING A POROUS PLATE WITH INTEGRAL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY HEAT TRANSFER SURFACES

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A method of making a sublimator comprising the steps of:providing a porous plate having a first surface comprising a low pressure side and a second surface comprising a high pressure side such that refrigerant is configured to move through the porous plate from the high pressure side to the low pressure side, and wherein the second surface defines a primary heat transfer surface; and
integrally forming a plurality of secondary heat transfer surfaces on the primary heat transfer surface to facilitate flow and evenly distribute a refrigerant across the high pressure side of the porous plate, wherein the plurality of secondary heat transfer surfaces comprise a plurality of discrete protrusions extending outwardly from the primary heat transfer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,989,445

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR REFRIGERATION

ARESCO Technologies, LLC,...

1. An industrial refrigeration system constructed to provide refrigeration to multiple locations at the same time, the industrial refrigeration system comprises:(a) a compressor arrangement constructed to provide compressed gaseous refrigerant for multiple and separate arrangements of condenser, receiver, and evaporator, wherein the compressor arrangement comprises multiple compressors;
(b) a gaseous refrigerant feed line for conveying the compressed gaseous refrigerant from the compressor arrangement to the multiple and separate arrangements of condenser, receiver, and evaporator;
(c) a gaseous refrigerant return line for conveying gaseous refrigerant from the multiple and separate arrangements of condenser, receiver, and evaporator to the compressor arrangement;
(d) each of the multiple and separate arrangements of condenser, receiver, and evaporator comprises:
(i) a condenser constructed to condense the compressed gaseous refrigerant to a liquid refrigerant;
(ii) a receiver for holding the liquid refrigerant;
(iii) an evaporator for evaporating the liquid refrigerant to the gaseous refrigerant;
(iv) a first liquid refrigerant feed line for conveying the liquid refrigerant from the condenser to the receiver; and
(v) a second liquid refrigerant line for conveying the liquid refrigerant from the receiver to the evaporator; and
(e) wherein the industrial refrigeration system is constructed so that the multiple and separate arrangements of condenser, receiver, and evaporator provide refrigeration to the multiple locations during operation of the industrial refrigeration system.

US Pat. No. 10,989,444

SOLAR TRACKING ARRANGEMENT FOR CONTROLLING PARABOLIC TROUGH SOLAR COLLECTORS, AND A THERMAL SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM

1. A solar tracking arrangement for enabling a plurality of parallel arranged Parabolic Trough solar Collectors, PTCs, to be directed towards the travelling sun, the solar tracking arrangement being connectable to the PTCs and comprises:a drive element,
a transmission element, and
a plurality of conversion elements,the transmission element being connected with the drive element and to each of the plurality of conversion elements, the transmission element being configured to convey an operating movement caused by the drive element to the plurality of conversion elements, and each of the conversion elements being configured to convert the conveyed operating movement into a pivoting movement of a respective one of the plurality of PTCs about a focus line, such that each of the pivoting movements directs the optical axis of symmetry of the respective PTC towards the travelling sun,wherein one or more of the conversion elements is adjustably fixated to the transmission element in a direction along the transmission element to enable individual angular position adjustment of the respective one of the plurality of PTC's, and wherein each of the conversion elements is configured to cooperate with a circular circumference of a corresponding conversion element of the respective PTC.

US Pat. No. 10,989,441

HIGH EFFICIENCY FLUID HEATING SYSTEM EXHAUST MANIFOLD

FULTON GROUP N.A., INC., ...

1. A fluid heating system comprising:a pressure vessel shell comprising a vessel inlet configured to receive production fluid;
a heat exchanger (Hx) disposed in the pressure vessel shell and configured to receive thermal transfer fluid, the heat exchanger comprising an Hx inlet and an Hx outlet, wherein the Hx inlet is connected to the vessel inlet;
an exhaust manifold disposed within the pressure vessel shell, configured to receive the thermal transfer fluid from the heat exchanger, the exhaust manifold comprising a manifold inlet and a manifold outlet, wherein the manifold inlet of the exhaust manifold is fluidically connected to the Hx outlet, wherein the manifold outlet is outside of the pressure vessel shell, and wherein the exhaust manifold penetrates the pressure vessel shell;
the heat exchanger and the exhaust manifold configured to efficiently transfer heat from the thermal transfer fluid to the production fluid; and
wherein the shape of the exhaust manifold disposed within the pressure vessel shell is configured to (i) direct at least a portion of the thermal transfer fluid flow impinging on an inner surface of the manifold to turn, causing the flow to promote the efficient heat transfer from the thermal transfer fluid to the production fluid, and (ii) to avoid regions of low-velocity flow in the exhaust manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,989,440

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning apparatus, comprising:a housing having an air inlet and an air outlet;
a fan disposed in the housing; and
a bell mouth through which a fluid flowing from the air inlet to the air outlet passes in association with rotation of the fan,
the bell mouth including a curved part having a curved sectional shape in a fluid flow direction and a vibration-damping element disposed on at least one of a front surface and a rear surface of the curved part,
the vibration-damping element being disposed at a position corresponding to a node of vibration of the bell mouth,
the vibration-damping element including a vibration-damping element formed as a rib having a rounded tip having an angle of 100 degrees or more.

US Pat. No. 10,989,439

DAMPER ASSEMBLY

Air Distribution Technolo...

1. A damper for controlling an air flow, comprising:a housing defining a passageway configured to receive the air flow;
a ring comprising a first flat surface extending between an outside dimension of the ring and an inside dimension of the ring, wherein the outside dimension is configured to fit within the passageway;
a first outer holder coupled to the first flat surface and pivotably coupled to the housing to enable the ring to pivot about an axis bisecting the passageway;
a second outer holder coupled to the first flat surface and pivotably coupled to the housing;
a disc comprising a second flat surface extending across a diameter of the disc;
a first inner holder coupled to the second flat surface and pivotably coupled to the first outer holder to position the disc within the inside dimension of the ring and enable the disc to pivot about the axis;
a second inner holder coupled to the second flat surface and pivotably coupled to the second outer holder; and
an actuator coupled to the first outer holder and the first inner holder and configured to actuate the first outer holder and the first inner holder to separately pivot the ring and the disc about the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,989,438

INDOOR UNIT FOR USE IN AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS AND AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An indoor unit of an air-conditioning apparatus, comprising:a main body provided with an opening port; and
a rectangular decorative panel attached to the main body to cover the opening port, the decorative panel including a rectangular suction grille provided to face the opening port of the main body, the suction grille having one side rotatably supported on one side of the decorative panel, and being detachably attached to the decorative panel,
the one side of the suction grille and the one side of the decorative panel being secured to each other by a plurality of fall prevention strings each extending between the suction grille and the decorative panel,
the decorative panel being provided with two panel claw portions to which respective portions of the plurality of fall prevention strings are to be hooked,
the suction grille is provided with two grille claw portions to which respective end portions of the plurality of fall prevention strings are to be hooked,
the two panel claw portions and the two grille claw portions being arranged such that a distance W1 between the two panel claw portions is greater than a distance W2 between the two grille claw portions,
the two panel claw portions are arranged in a longitudinal direction of the decorative panel, and the two grille claw portions are arranged in a longitudinal direction of the suction grille, and
the distance W1 between the two panel claw portions and the distance W2 between the two grille claw portions are determined such that tension forces X by the fall prevention strings which act in the longitudinal direction of the suction grille are equivalent to tension forces Z by the fall prevention strings which act in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,989,437

INSECT BARRIERS FOR INLETS AND VENTS

1. A kit, comprising:one or more barrier devices to prevent insects from entering a closed combustion flow path system within a gas furnace system located within an interior of a building via a vent including a pipe extending exterior to the building, an exterior extending end of the pipe including an opening in fluid connection with the closed combustion flow path system, each of the one or more barrier devices comprising:
a. a body comprising a housing, the housing comprising a forward end section to form a mating, friction fit either with (i) the exterior extending end of the pipe at one end of the forward end section or with (ii) an adapter which forms a friction fit with the exterior extending end of the pipe, the forward end section being connected to an intermediate section which increases in cross-sectional area along its length at another end of the forward end section, a rearward end section attached to the intermediate section opposite the forward end section and having an opening therein which has an area greater than an area of the opening of the pipe, the rearward end section further comprising a plurality of passages extending radially through the housing through which liquid can pass via gravity flow to exit the housing, a number of the plurality of passages being positioned at different positions around the rearward end section of the housing so that the rearward end section of the housing can be rotated about an axis thereof over a range of positions, at least one of the plurality of passages is generally aligned to provide gravity flow therethrough when the axis of the rearward end section is oriented generally horizontally, and
b. a mesh barrier attached to the housing at a position forward of a rearward end of the body to form a barrier between the opening in the rearward end section and an outside environment, the mesh barrier comprising a plurality of openings no greater than ¼ inch wide through which fluid can pass, but insects of a predetermined range of size cannot pass, the mesh barrier having an effective open area at least 100% of an open area of the opening of the pipe so that there is no substantial flow restriction between an environment outside the barrier device and the closed combustion flow path system.

US Pat. No. 10,989,433

AIR CONDITIONER

HITACHI-JOHNSON CONTROLS ...

1. An air conditioner comprising:an outdoor heat exchanger;
an outdoor fan for blowing air to the outdoor heat exchanger;
an outdoor fan motor that drives the outdoor fan;
an outdoor fan inverter that drives the outdoor fan motor; and
a controller, connected to the fan inverter, that generates a rotation-speed command voltage for controlling a rotation number of the outdoor fan motor to be constant,
wherein an actual rotation number of the outdoor fan is subject to feedback to the fan inverter and the fan inverter transmits the actual rotation number to the controller,
wherein the controller compares the actual rotation number to a target rotation number of the outdoor fan and adjusts the rotation-speed command voltage by increasing or decreasing the rotation-speed command voltage based on the comparison of the actual rotation number and the target rotation number,
wherein the adjusted rotation-speed command voltage is output from the controller to the fan inverter and the fan inverter converts the adjusted rotation-speed command voltage and a DC voltage into AC voltage and the inverter outputs the AC voltage to the outdoor fan, and
wherein the controller, upon determining the adjusted rotation-speed command voltage is greater than a predetermined threshold, starts a defrost operation of the outdoor heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,989,432

PREDICTIVE REFRIGERATION CYCLE

Hitachi-Johnson Controls ...

1. A refrigeration cycle for an air conditioning system including an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, the refrigeration cycle comprising:a controller controlling a compressor and an outdoor fan of the air conditioning system so as to minimize a total electric power consumption of the air conditioning system by a capacity prediction part of the controller predicting a capacity demand in an air conditioning space; and
an inverter controlling the outdoor fan in a rotation rate predicted from the capacity demand in the air conditioning space, the capacity demand in the air conditioning space depending on an operation mode and temperature sensor values sent from the indoor unit;
wherein the controller predicts the capacity demand in the air conditioning space and controls the rotation rate of the outdoor fan based on a prediction of the capacity demand in the air conditioning space;
wherein the rotation rate of the outdoor fan is determined using a ratio comprising historical values of the capacity demand predicted and the total electric power consumption.

US Pat. No. 10,989,427

HVAC SYSTEM INCLUDING SMART DIAGNOSTIC CAPABILITES

Trane International Inc.,...

1. A system configured for remote diagnostic analysis of a heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) system, the system comprising:a thermostat in operable communication with at least one peripheral component of the HVAC system, wherein the thermostat is configured to receive information relating to the at least one peripheral component and to forward the information to a server; and
the server configured to:
analyze the information;
based on the information, determine that the at least one peripheral component exhibits a fault condition; and
perform a fault classification procedure that classifies the fault condition based on a determination of whether a remedy to the fault condition is likely without a service technician,
wherein the fault classification procedure includes sending a control signal to the thermostat to perform a diagnostic test of the at least one peripheral component, and when a result of the diagnostic test indicates that the fault condition is determined to be unlikely to be remedied without the service technician, transmitting a notification signal to the service technician,
wherein the server performs a system lockout of the HVAC system when it is determined that there is a likelihood that continued operation of the faulty at least one peripheral component can cause damage to at least one other peripheral component of the HVAC system.

US Pat. No. 10,989,426

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing device comprising:a determination unit configured to determine, on a basis of a comparison of first type information representing an affected condition type of environmental condition affected by an electronic apparatus that affects at least one of a plurality of environmental conditions and second type information representing a measurement condition type of environmental condition measured by a measurement apparatus that measures at least one of the plurality of environmental conditions, whether the electronic apparatus is to be set as an apparatus that uses a measurement result from the measurement apparatus as an operation input,
wherein the determination unit is implemented via at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,989,425

HUMIDIFICATION DEVICE AND HUMIDIFICATION METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A humidification device, comprising:a button, configured to adjust a spraying amount for humidifying an air from a humidification module in response to a user operation when using a first correspondence to control the spraying amount; wherein the first correspondence is a default correspondence between a moisture content of a user skin and the spraying amount;
an update module, configured to update the spraying amount in the first correspondence to the spraying amount determined in response to the user operation; wherein the spraying amount determined in response to the user operation corresponds to an initial moisture content of the user skin, which forms a second correspondence; the initial moisture content of the user skin is determined by a processing module based on an initial image of the user skin acquired by an image acquisition module;
the image acquisition module, configured to acquire an image of the user skin periodically;
the processing module, configured to determine a current moisture content of the user skin based on a latest image and determine a spraying amount for humidifying the air based on the current moisture content of the user skin in a period; the current moisture content of the user skin and the spraying amount form a third correspondence; and
a humidification module, configured to humidify the air based on the spraying amount;
the processing module comprises:
a storage unit, configured to store a correspondence between different moisture contents of the user skin and spraying amounts, the correspondence comprises the first correspondence, the second correspondence and the third correspondence; and
a processing unit, configured to determine the spraying amount for humidifying the air from the humidification module based on the determined moisture content of the user skin and the correspondence;
the button, further configured to adjust the spraying amount for humidifying the air from the humidification module in response to a user operation;
the update module, further configured to update the spraying amount corresponding to the current moisture content of the user skin in the third correspondence to the spraying amount determined in response to the user operation, which forms a fourth correspondence;
wherein the humidification device further comprises:
a self-adaptive adjustment module, configured to increase the spraying amount in the fourth correspondence in the case that the current moisture content of the user skin redetermined by the processing module in a next period is smaller than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,989,424

ATOMIZATION HUMIDIFIER

SHENZHEN QIANHAI PATUOXUN...

1. An atomization humidifier, comprising a main body and an atomizing chamber arranged in the main body; wherein the atomizing chamber comprises an atomizing generator, an atomizing air channel is arranged on the atomizing generator; a flow guide plate is obliquely arranged on a top end of the atomizing air channel;wherein a water inlet is arranged on an upper end of the atomizing air channel; an opening of the water inlet is upward; a lower end of the atomizing air channel is an air guide tube with hollow vacancies.

US Pat. No. 10,989,423

STEAM HUMIDIFIER

1. A steam generating humidifier apparatus (1), comprising a water container (2) with a water inlet (11) and at least one steam outlet (10) and at least two elongated electrodes (3, 4) arranged vertically within the container, said electrodes each having an upper electrode end (3?, 4?) and a lower electrode end (3?, 4?), characterized in that at least one of the electrodes has an outer surface extending upward from the lower electrode end, and is provided at its lower electrode end with an end piece (15) made of an electrically non-conducting material which end piece is connected to the lower electrode end, and has a cap-like shape covering the lower end of the electrode and a part of the outer surface of the electrode extending upward from the lower end.

US Pat. No. 10,989,422

EFFICIENT AIR PROCESSING SYSTEM WITH HEAT PIPE

1. An air processing system comprising:an intake air path;
an exhaust airflow path;
a vertical heat pipe having,
an evaporator section positioned to extract heat from air flowing through said exhaust air path, and
a condenser section positioned to supply heat to air flowing through said intake air path;
a fresh air dehumidification air path that introduces fresh air into said exhaust air path at a location upstream of said evaporator section of said heat pipe to mix with exhaust air;
a wrap-around air path located downstream of said evaporator section for selectively introducing mixed fresh air and exhaust air that has passed through said evaporator section into said intake air path at a location upstream of said condenser section of said heat pipe; and
a cooling element positioned to receive mixed fresh air and exhaust air from said wrap-around air path so as to cool such mixed air prior to it passing through said condenser section of said heat pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,989,421

SYSTEM AND APPROACH FOR WATER HEATER COMFORT AND EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A method for controlling a water heater system, the method comprising:controlling a heater control device in accordance with a temperature setpoint and a control program, the heater control device configured to actuate a heater at a water storage tank, wherein a setpoint above a predetermined threshold of the temperature setpoint can result in a temperature of water in the water storage tank greater than a temperature indicated by the temperature setpoint due to temperature stratification of fluid in the water storage tank; and
limiting a return of the water in the water storage tank to the temperature setpoint during excess demand cycles to reduce the temperature of the water in the water storage tank increased by temperature stratification.

US Pat. No. 10,989,420

DIGITAL FLUID HEATING SYSTEM

WTS LLC, St. Paul, MN (U...

1. A digital fluid heating system, comprising:a solar collection system configured for focusing sunlight on a focal axis;
an elongated flow element arranged and configured for transporting fluid along the solar collection system at the focal axis;
an onboard computer having computer-implemented instructions stored thereon for performing an optimization method; and
a flow-control assembly comprising a valve controlled by the onboard computer to control flow of the fluid in the elongated flow element at a maximized flowrate, wherein, the optimization method comprises:
receiving a target pathogen reduction;
identifying a plurality of relationships between time and temperature that provide the target pathogen reduction;
calculating a flow rate of treated fluid for each of the plurality of relationships;
selecting one of the plurality of relationships that provides the maximized flowrate; and
operating the flow-control assembly at the maximized flowrate.

US Pat. No. 10,989,419

HYDRONIC FLOOR HEATING SYSTEMS WITH FEATURES

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A hydronic floor heating system with floor heating elements, the system comprising:a programmable thermostat controller comprising a display;
a first sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of an external temperature, wherein the first sensor is wired to the programmable thermostat with a cable in combination with a hardware filtration;
a second sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of an ambient temperature; and
a processor connected to the first and second temperature sensors,
wherein the processor is configured to present, via the display, a program schedule which allows a user to select one option when setting a low floor temperature limit, and
wherein the programmable thermostat includes software that contains a pseudo-random function which has a temperature reading interval of one or more seconds in a spread interval at random times.

US Pat. No. 10,989,415

ENTERTAINMENT APPARATUS

BBQGUYS MANUFACTURING, LL...

1. An entertainment apparatus comprising: a. A piece of furniture comprising at least three of the following: a fire feature, a water feature, a light system and a music system; b. Wherein the furniture comprises a base and at least one side wall, said side wall comprising a top end and a bottom end, wherein the side wall is connected to the base on the bottom end and extends upwards from the base to the top end, thereby defining a container with an opening opposite the base, wherein said container is substantially sealed to hold at least some water; c. Wherein the fire feature comprises at least one burner operatively connected to a fuel source and an igniter operationally located to be able to ignite the burner; d. Wherein the water feature comprises a pump with an input and an output, a water conduit, and at least one outlet, wherein said pump input is in fluid communication with the contents on the inside of the container and said outlet is in fluid communication with the pump output via said water conduit, and wherein said at least one outlet is positioned to emit water moved through it by said pump back into the container; e. Wherein the light system comprises at least one light; f. Wherein the music system comprises at least one speaker capable of playing music; and further comprising a support structure with two ends that extends upwards from a first end from a position at or near the center of the base within the container to the second end, wherein a platform is attached to the support structure on the second end, wherein the burner is located on top of the platform, and wherein the burner is operatively connected to the fuel source via a conduit that is run at least partially through the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,989,414

FIRE PIT AND METHOD OF USE

Pyramid Firepits LLC, Po...

1. A pyramid fire pit comprising:a first trapezoidal side plate having a first hook and a first slot defined in opposing upper corners;
a second trapezoidal side plate having a second hook and a second slot defined in opposing upper corners; and
a third trapezoidal side plate having a third hook and a third slot defined in opposing upper corners,the first hook locked into the second slot, the second hook locked into the third slot, and the third hook locked into the first slot whereby the three side plates define therebetween an inverted triangular pyramid-shaped cavity;wherein each side plate has an upper edge extending between its opposing upper corners, a lower edge shorter than the upper edge, a first intermediate edge forming approximately right angles with the upper and lower edges, and a second intermediate edge forming an acute angle with the upper edge and an obtuse angle with the lower edge.

US Pat. No. 10,989,413

AXIAL RETENTION ASSEMBLY FOR COMBUSTOR COMPONENTS OF A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. An axial retention assembly for combustor components of a gas turbine engine, the axial retention assembly comprising:a combustor defining an axial centerline extending between a forward end of the combustor and an aft end of the combustor, the combustor further defining a radial direction extending orthogonally outward from the axial centerline, the combustor including a liner and a casing, the casing including a flange spaced apart from the liner along the axial centerline;
a mounting plate including a first end removably coupled to the flange and a second end positioned inward from the casing in the radial direction;
a clamp removably coupled to the liner, the clamp comprising a clamp frame including a first wall and a second wall spaced apart from the first wall in the radial direction, a clamp plate positioned between the first wall and the second wall, and a clamp rod threadingly engaging the first wall and the clamp plate such that rotation of the clamp rod relative to the first wall moves the clamp plate between the first wall and the second wall in the radial direction; and
a tie rod coupled to the second end of the mounting plate and the clamp to reduce relative movement between the liner and the casing along the axial centerline.

US Pat. No. 10,989,411

HEAT EXCHANGER FOR TURBO MACHINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A turbo machine, the turbo machine comprising:an outer casing extended along an axial direction;
a prediffuser defining an inlet passage into a combustion section of the turbo machine;
an inner casing extended from the prediffuser, wherein a diffuser cavity is defined between the outer casing and the inner casing;
a first plenum wall extended outward along a radial direction from the prediffuser;
a second plenum wall extended outward along the radial direction from the prediffuser, wherein the second plenum wall is separated along the axial direction from the first plenum wall, and wherein a plenum is defined between the first plenum wall and the second plenum wall;
a fuel injector assembly downstream of the prediffuser, and comprising a body defining an outer surface and an inner surface; and
a heat exchanger at least partially disposed within the body, wherein the heat exchanger comprises a plurality of passages fluidly segregated from one another by a plurality of walls in concentric arrangement, the heat exchanger comprising a first conduit in fluid communication with the diffuser cavity, and wherein the first conduit is in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of passages, and a second conduit in fluid communication with the at least one of the plurality of passages and the plenum, and further wherein a flow of working fluid is admitted from the diffuser cavity through the heat exchanger to the plenum via the first conduit, the at least one of the plurality of passages and the second conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,989,410

ANNULAR FREE-VORTEX COMBUSTOR

DYC Turbines, LLC, San D...

12. An annular combustor, comprising:an injector annulus with a plurality of holes defined therein;
a plurality of injectors, one of the plurality of injectors inserted into each of the plurality of holes in the injector annulus;
an annular prechamber located downstream of the injector annulus, the annular prechamber being defined between an inner liner and an outer liner;
an annular main chamber located downstream of the annular prechamber, the annular main chamber being defined between the inner liner and the outer liner;
a first air inlet ring coupled between an inner surface of the injector annulus and an outer surface of a portion of the inner liner at the annular prechamber;
a second air inlet ring coupled between an outer surface of the injector annulus and an inner surface of a portion of the outer liner at the annular prechamber;
a third air inlet ring coupled between an inner surface of the inner liner at the annular prechamber and an outer surface of a portion of the inner liner at the annular main chamber; and
a fourth air inlet ring coupled between an outer surface of the outer liner at the annular prechamber and an inner surface of a portion of the outer liner at the annular main chamber wherein:
the first and third air inlet rings each have a plurality of deflectors that direct respective flows of air passing therethrough to swirl in a first rotational direction; and
the second and fourth air inlet rings have a plurality of deflectors that direct respective flows of air passing therethrough to swirl in a second rotation direction opposite to the first rotational direction of the first and third air inlet rings.

US Pat. No. 10,989,409

COMBUSTOR HEAT SHIELD

1. A method of forming a flow guiding channel between a dome heat shield adapted to be mounted to a dome of a gas turbine engine combustor and a front heat shield adapted to be mounted to a shell of the gas turbine engine combustor adjacent to the dome heat shield, the gas turbine engine combustor having an axis, the method comprising: positioning the front heat shield so that an upstream end portion thereof axially overlaps an adjacent peripheral surface of the dome heat shield, the adjacent peripheral surface including a periphery rail extending rearwardly from a back face of the dome heat shield opposite to a front gas-path face thereof and being radially spaced from the upstream end portion of the front heat shield to form therewith the flow guiding channel in a region of the combustor upstream of the front gas-path face of the dome heat shield, the periphery rail extending in continuity to a lip extending from the front gas-path face, the relative positioning of the front heat shield and the dome heat shield being selected so that a length (L) of the flow guiding channel be equal to or greater than a height (h) of the flow guiding channel, the method further comprising defining at least one hole through the periphery rail of the dome heat shield at a root of the lip, the at least one hole being angled so as to have a radially outer component and an axial forward component in a direction away from the dome, the at least one hole having an outlet fluidly connected to the flow guiding channel.

US Pat. No. 10,989,408

ADDITIVE INTEGRAL COMBUSTOR EXPANSION SPRING

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A component for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a diffuser ring;
a combustor; and
a spring element connecting the diffuser ring to the combustor,
wherein the diffuser ring, the spring element and the combustor comprise a single, monolithic component,
wherein the spring element includes a radially inner surface and a radially outer surface,
wherein at least one of the radially inner surface and the radially outer surface defines an undulating surface that extends along a spring element length, wherein the spring element length extends between a forward end of the spring element and an aft end of the spring element, and
wherein an aft end of the diffuser ring ends at the forward end of the spring element and the aft end of the spring element ends at a forward end of a radially outer wall of the combustor.

US Pat. No. 10,989,407

FLARE GAS ASSEMBLY

1. A flare gas assembly comprising:an air pipe having an upper open end;
a first conduit in surrounding relationship to said air pipe and having a first conduit upper end, a first annulus being formed between said air pipe and said first conduit, said first annulus being connected to a source of a first flare gas;
a second conduit in surrounding relationship to said first conduit and having a second conduit upper end, a second annulus being formed between said first and second conduits, said second annulus being connected to a source of a second flare gas;
a third conduit in surrounding relationship to said second conduit and having a third conduit upper end, a third annulus being formed between said second and third conduits, said third annulus being connected to a source of a third flare gas, said third conduit upper end extending above said upper ends of said air pipe, said first conduit and said second conduit; and
an air source connected to said air pipe to provide air to said air pipe at a desired flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,989,404

SUBMERSIBLE LIGHT

LED-LINEAR GMBH, Duisbur...

1. A submersible light comprising:an elongated tubular inner housing extending along an axis;
an LED strip carrying a plurality of light-emitting diodes fitted into and extending axially inside the inner housing;
an elongated tubular outer housing longer than the inner housing and into which the tubular inner housing fits coaxially leaving end spaces in the outer housing at axially opposite outer ends of the inner and outer housings; and
respective bodies of cured potting compound sealing the end spaces at the outer ends of the inner housing.

US Pat. No. 10,989,403

ELONGATED MODULAR HEATSINK WITH COUPLED LIGHT SOURCE LUMINAIRE

1. A heatsink system, comprising:a single substantially solid core detachable linear heatsink having at least one exterior flat surface;
a power management module;
a controller;
a sensing device;
a microswitch;
a light source driver;
a plurality of heat dissipating fins; and
a plurality of lensed light sources coupled to the at least one exterior flat surface;
wherein the plurality of the heat dissipating fins and the core of the linear heatsink are a unitary body with the heat dissipating fins extending outwardly from the core,
wherein a length of a first maximum dimension of the core and at least one fin is greater than a second maximum dimension of the core taken perpendicularly to at least one exterior flat surface that retains a light source;
wherein at least one of the power management module, the controller, the sensing device, and the light source driver are electromechanically coupled to the heatsink core, and at least one of the plurality of lensed light sources is coupled to the at least one exterior flat surface and is controlled by the processor to emit ultraviolet (UV) light.

US Pat. No. 10,989,400

MODULAR SMART QUICK CONNECT DEVICE FOR ELECTRICAL FIXTURES

1. A device for connecting an electrical fixture to an electrical socket of the type including a socket body having an internal cavity which contains one or more electrically conductive and concentric ring-shaped contact terminals which are electrically connected to an electrical power supply wiring, the device includinga plug rigidly fixed to the fixture and insertable into the socket, the plug having one or more male connectors electrically connected to the fixture and mateable with the one or more contact terminals within the socket to establish a circuit between the electrical fixture and the electrical power wiring; and
a spindle assembly carried on the combination of the plug and the socket for releasably coupling the plug and socket, the device comprising:
a hub surrounding the plug; and
a plurality of sensor modules releasably connectable to a periphery of the hub, the sensor modules each including an electronic device operative to receive or transmit electronic data;
wherein the hub includes a central electronics board positioned within the hub, each of a plurality of the sensor modules electrically connectable to the central electronics board when the respective sensor module is connected to the periphery of the hub;
wherein the hub is circular, and each of the plurality of sensor modules includes a circuit board having an arcuate shape corresponding to a radius of the hub; and
wherein each of the plurality of sensor modules is releasably connectable to the hub using at least one of magnet, hook and loop fastener, sliding dovetail connection, interference fit, snap connection, one or more screws, adhesive, or a mechanical connection formed by an electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,989,399

ELECTROLUMINESCENT LIGHTING DEVICE HAVING TOUCH SENSOR

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. An electroluminescent lighting device, comprising:a substrate including an emission area and a non-emission area surrounding the emission area;
an emission element on a first surface of the substrate in the emission area;
a first pad and a second pad on the first surface of the substrate in the non-emission area;
a touch layer on a second surface of the substrate opposite the first surface; and
a cover plate attached on a surface of the touch layer opposite the second surface of the substrate.