US Pat. No. 10,458,251

AIRFOIL COOLING USING NON-LINE OF SIGHT HOLES

General Electric Company,...

1. An airfoil for a gas turbine engine, the airfoil comprising:a first portion defining an inner surface of the airfoil, the first portion formed from a first plurality of plies of a ceramic matrix composite material; and
a second portion defining an outer surface of the airfoil, the second portion formed from a second plurality of plies of a ceramic matrix composite material,
wherein the first portion and the second portion define a non-line of sight cooling aperture extending from the inner surface to the outer surface of the airfoil,
wherein the first portion defines a first aperture and the second portion defines a second aperture, the first aperture and the second aperture forming the cooling aperture, and
wherein the first aperture has a first minimum cross-sectional area and the second aperture has a second minimum cross-sectional area, the first minimum cross-sectional area being smaller than the second minimum cross-sectional area.

US Pat. No. 10,458,250

BUILD-UP STRATEGY FOR A CROWN BASE OF A TURBINE BLADE, AND TURBINE BLADE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for material deposition onto a surface, in which a free-standing wall or a top-open cavity is created, wherein either a first complete weld layer is created on the surface by means of welding tracks, wherein all the welding tracks are applied parallel to a longitudinal line, wherein the longitudinal line being oriented longitudinally to the surface, and then after a further complete weld layer is created on the surface, wherein for the further complete weld layer all the welding tracks extend parallel to a transverse line, wherein the transverse line extends parallel to the longitudinal line, at an angle of 80° to 100°, or a first complete weld layer is created on the surface by means of welding tracks, wherein all the welding tracks are applied parallel to a transverse line, wherein the transverse line is oriented transversely to a longitudinal line of the surface, and then after the further complete weld layer is created on the surface, wherein for the further complete weld layer all the welding tracks extend parallel to a longitudinal line, wherein the longitudinal line extends transversely to the transverse line, at an angle of 80° to 100°, and wherein the longitudinal line is preferably oriented longitudinally to the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,249

BONDED MULTI-PIECE GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENT

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An airfoil component comprising:a first segment including a first piece of a mount and a first piece of an airfoil, the first segment formed of a first ceramic-based material;
a second segment including a second piece of the mount and a second piece of the airfoil, the second segment formed of a second ceramic-based material, the first and second segments being bonded together along a bond joint such that the first and second pieces of the mount are bonded to each other and the first and second pieces of the airfoil are bonded to each other; and
a third segment including at least one of a third piece of the mount and a third piece of the airfoil, the third segment being bonded with at least one of the first segment and the second segment along another bond joint.

US Pat. No. 10,458,248

BLADE CHANNEL, BLADE CASCADE AND TURBOMACHINE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A blade channel of a turbomachine comprising:in a circumferential direction of the turbomachine, a pressure side of an airfoil and an opposite suction side of an adjacent airfoil,
two opposing side walls,
the blade channel having an extent in the axial direction of the turbomachine delimited by leading edges and by trailing edges of the airfoil and the adjacent airfoil,
at least one of the side walls being provided with localized contours, at least two of the localized contours being formed as elevations and at least two further of the localized contours as depressions;
a saddle surface being formed between the localized contours so that, in one revolution, the saddle surface alternately merges into one of the elevations and one of the depressions; wherein the elevations are configured relative to each other in the circumferential direction, and the depressions are configured relative to each other in the axial direction and wherein a leading depression of the depressions is configured close to the suction side, and a trailing depression of the depressions is configured on the pressure side, the saddle surface being in an intersecting region of the localized contours.

US Pat. No. 10,458,247

STATOR OF AN AIRCRAFT TURBINE ENGINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A stator of an aircraft turbine engine, comprising an annular row of fixed vanes having leading edges and trailing edges and an annular row of arms having leading edges and trailing edges, the stator having an axis of revolution, wherein:the trailing edges of the fixed vanes are positioned substantially in a first plane that is transverse to said axis of revolution and is positioned downstream of a second plane that is transverse to said axis of revolution and passes substantially through the leading edges of the arms, and
the leading edges of the fixed vanes are positioned substantially in a third plane that is transverse to said axis of revolution and is positioned upstream of the second plane,
and wherein the stator further comprises an annular row of variable-pitch vanes that is positioned directly downstream of the annular row of arms, the annular row of variable-pitch vanes comprising first variable-pitch vanes that are positioned substantially along an extension of a chord of the arms, and second variable-pitch vanes that are each positioned between a corresponding two of the first variable-pitch vanes, the first variable-pitch vanes having different aerodynamic profiles than the second variable-pitch vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,458,246

OPTIMIZED AERODYNAMIC PROFILE FOR A TURBINE VANE, IN PARTICULAR FOR A NOZZLE OF THE FIFTH STAGE OF A TURBINE

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. An aerodynamic profile for a turbine vane, the aerodynamic profile defining the turbine vane when cold and in a non-coated state, the aerodynamic profile being substantially identical to a nominal profile determined by Cartesian coordinates X,Y,Zadim given in Table 1, in which the coordinate Zadim is a quotient D/H, where D is a distance of a point under consideration from a reference X,Y plane situated at a base of the nominal profile, and H is a height of said profile measured from said reference plane out to an end of the turbine vane, the measurements D and H being taken radially relative to an axial direction of a turbine, while the coordinate X is measured in the axial direction of the turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,458,245

OPTIMIZED AERODYNAMIC PROFILE FOR A TURBINE BLADE, IN PARTICULAR FOR A ROTARY WHEEL OF THE THIRD STAGE OF A TURBINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An aerodynamic profile for a turbine blade mounted to a hub in a casing of a turbine, the aerodynamic profile defining the turbine blade when cold and in a non-coated state, the aerodynamic profile being substantially identical to a nominal profile determined by Cartesian coordinates X,Y,Zadim given in Table 1, in which the coordinate Zadim is a quotient D/H, where D is a distance of a point under consideration from a first reference X,Y plane situated at a base of a nominal profile, and H is a height of said nominal profile measured from said first reference plane that is an intersection of a stacking axis of the turbine blade and an axisymmetric surface of the hub, out to a second reference plane that is an intersection of said stacking axis with an axisymmetric surface of the casing, the measurements D and H being taken radially relative to an axial direction of the turbine, while the coordinate X is measured in the axial direction of the turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,458,244

TUNED RETENTION RING FOR ROTOR DISK

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A rotor disk assembly comprising:a rotor disk; and
a retention ring coupled to the rotor disk, wherein dimensions of the retention ring vary circumferentially such that the retention ring is tuned to adjust a predicted modal frequency response of the rotor disk.

US Pat. No. 10,458,243

ROTOR DISK BOSS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for designing a rotor disk assembly, the method comprising:determining a probable point of contact on a first rotor disk in response to an inter-disk device failure, wherein:
the first rotor disk comprises a web that is disposed between a rim and a bore;
the bore abuts the web at a web foot that is a radially inwardmost portion of the web;
the rotor disk assembly further comprises a second rotor disk operatively coupled to the first rotor disk;
the inter-disk device is disposed on the second rotor disk and extends axially toward the first rotor disk; and
the inter-disk device comprises a spacer arm that is a portion of the inter-disk device that extends farthest axially from the second rotor disk; and
redesigning the first rotor disk to include a boss at the probable point of contact.

US Pat. No. 10,458,242

ROTOR DISC WITH PASSAGES

1. A rotor disc for a gas turbine engine, the rotor disc comprising an annular disc body configured to support a circumferential array of blades, the disc body having a plurality of passages defined therethrough forming coils within the disc body, the passages coiled around a central axis of the disc body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,241

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POSITIONING MASKING PLUGS ON A COMPONENT

General Electric Company,...

1. A tool for positioning a removable masking plug within a surface feature on a component, said tool comprising:a body extending from a first end to an opposite second end and defining a longitudinal axis between said first end and said second end, said second end configured to couple to an attachment tool, wherein at least a portion of said body is coated with an electrically-conducted coating, and wherein said second end comprising electrodes configured to selectively apply an electrical current to said body, via the electrically-conductive coating; and
a channel defined in said first end, said channel sized to receive at least a portion of the removable masking plug therein such that rotational motion of said tool about the longitudinal axis is transferred to the masking plug,
wherein said tool is operable to releasably secure the masking plug to said first end during positioning and removal of the masking plug; and
wherein a selective application of electrical current to said body by said electrodes is operable to weld the removable masking plug within the surface feature of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,458,240

HYBRID ELASTOMER/METAL ON METAL MOTOR

Roper Pump Company, Comm...

1. A stator for a hydraulic motor having an elongated and helically-lobed rotor rotatably disposed therein, said stator comprising:a cylindrical stator housing;
a first section within said cylindrical stator housing comprising a generally tubular configuration having elastically deformable elastomeric material defining a first helically convoluted chamber section; and
a second section adjacent said first helically convoluted chamber section and fixed within said cylindrical stator housing, said second section comprising:
a rigid section comprising a second helically convoluted chamber section matching said first helically convoluted chamber section, wherein the rigid section includes a saw tooth surface that creates a tortuous path for fluid flow between confronting surfaces of the rotor and the saw tooth surface, wherein said first and second helically convoluted chambers are rotationally aligned in a continuous helical relationship to form a helically convoluted chamber for supporting the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,239

OIL PUMP HAVING PLURALITY OF OUTER ROTOR PIECES

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An oil pump comprising:a rotatable inner rotor including a vane-housing unit that houses a plurality of vanes such that the plurality of vanes is slidable in a radial direction;
a rotatable annular outer rotor including a plurality of vane-connecting parts connected with tip ends of the plurality of vanes located radially outward;
a first volume-changing part, which is provided between the rotatable inner rotor and the rotatable annular outer rotor, a first volume of which is changed in response to eccentricity of the rotatable inner rotor with respect to the rotatable annular outer rotor, thereby providing a pumping function; and
a second volume-changing part, which is provided in the rotatable annular outer rotor, a second volume of which is changed by a change in a distance between the plurality of vane-connecting parts adjacent to each other in a circumferential direction in response to the eccentricity of the rotatable inner rotor with respect to the rotatable annular outer rotor, thereby providing a pumping function, wherein
the rotatable annular outer rotor includes a plurality of outer rotor pieces annularly connected to each other,
each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces includes a first engaging part provided in a first end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in an axial direction and a second engaging part provided in a second end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in the axial direction and being engageable with the first engaging part of an adjacent one of the plurality of outer rotor pieces,
the plurality of outer rotor pieces is circumferentially arranged in a state where the first engaging part and the second engaging part of the plurality of outer rotor pieces being adjacent to each other engage with each other such that a distance therebetween in the circumferential direction is variable,
the first engaging part is provided in the first end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in the axial direction to extend in an arcuate manner,
the second engaging part is provided in the second end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in the axial direction to extend in the arcuate manner,
the first engaging part and the second engaging part engage with each other such that the same are slidable in the circumferential direction with respect to each other in an engaging state,
the first engaging part is formed by one of a convex part and a concave part provided in the first end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in the axial direction to extend in the arcuate manner, and
the second engaging part is formed by the other of the convex part and the concave part provided in the second end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in the axial direction to extend in the arcuate manner and being engageable with the first engaging part of the adjacent one of the plurality of outer rotor pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,458,238

ROTARY PISTON ENGINE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A ROTARY PISTON ENGINE

Fuelsave GmbH, Walldorf ...

1. A rotary engine comprising:a housing defining an inner room,
two rotary pistons arranged in the inner room,
an inlet opening for letting a fluid into the inner room, and
an outlet opening for the fluid defined at the inner room at a side opposite to the inlet opening,
wherein each rotary piston comprises at least two sealing strips and at least two recesses at its outer circumference,
wherein the sealing strips are sized to sealingly contact a housing inner surface in a radial direction,
wherein the sealing strips are comprised of a deformable material,
wherein each of the sealing strips comprises a fluid contact surface facing inflowing fluid when the respective rotary piston is at a rotation angle position at which said sealing strip contacts the housing inner surface,
wherein the shapes of the recesses and the sealing strips are sealingly engaged with the sealing strips of each one of the rotary pistons with the recesses of the respective other rotary piston, and
wherein the fluid contact surface of each sealing strip has a concave shape.

US Pat. No. 10,458,237

SEALING SLEEVE FOR GEARED SHAFT OF GEARMOTOR ASSEMBLY

Nidec Motor Corporation, ...

1. A motor comprising:a shaft rotatable about an axis;
an engaged component engaged by the shaft;
a sleeve fixed to the shaft to rotate therewith; and
a seal at least partly circumscribing the shaft,
said shaft including an engagement region presenting a substantially variable outer shaft surface that at least in part engages the engaged component,
said sleeve including a first section that at least partly circumscribes and engages the engagement region of the shaft,
said first section of the sleeve presenting an outer seal-engaging surface,
said seal at least partly circumscribing the engagement region of the shaft and the first section of the sleeve to sealingly engage the seal-engaging surface of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,458,236

ROADWAY CONDUIT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Electricwaze LLC, Wilmin...

1. A zero emissions vehicle roadway conduit system, comprising:at least one roadway conduit section that comprises:
a floor portion that comprises a roadway surface configured to receive one or more traveling vehicles,
a ceiling portion, and
at least one sidewall portion coupled to the floor portion and the ceiling portion such that the floor, ceiling, and at least one sidewall portions define a roadway conduit volume through which the one or more traveling vehicles traverse the at least one roadway conduit section, the at least one roadway conduit section comprising at least two fixedly connected preformed segments;
at least one roadway conduit ingress coupled to a first location of the at least one roadway conduit section, the at least one roadway conduit ingress comprising at least one internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle barrier configured to prevent exhaust emitting vehicles of the one or more traveling vehicles from entering the at least one roadway conduit based on each of the exhaust emitting vehicles having an internal combustion engine, the ICE vehicle barrier comprising a sign or signal that describes a prohibition against entry into the at least one roadway ingress by the exhaust emitting vehicles exclusive of zero emissions vehicles of the one or more traveling vehicles; and
at least one roadway conduit egress coupled to a second location of the at least one roadway conduit section.

US Pat. No. 10,458,235

SYSTEM FOR RECOVERING MINERALS FROM THE SEABED

Deep Reach Technology, In...

1. A system for recovering desired materials from the seabed comprising:a surface vessel;
an excavator on the seabed adapted to generate an ore slurry containing a desired material from the seabed;
a lift system connected to the excavator and the surface vessel, the lift system adapted to convey the ore slurry from the from the excavator to a lift system output on the surface vessel;
a feed preparation circuit on the surface vessel and connected to the lift system output, the feed preparation circuit adapted to process the ore slurry to produce a prepared ore slurry consisting essentially of seawater and solid particles within a desired size range;
a leaching circuit on the surface vessel and connected to the feed preparation circuit, the leaching circuit adapted to dissolve the desired material from the ore slurry using a lixiviant to produce a pregnant leach slurry;
a recovery circuit on the surface vessel and connected to the leaching circuit, the recovery circuit adapted to recover the desired material from the pregnant leach slurry using an ion exchange resin to produce a loaded resin and a leach waste material;
a residue treatment circuit on the surface vessel and connected to the recovery circuit, the residue treatment circuit adapted to neutralize the leach waste material;
a resin stripping circuit on the surface vessel and connected to the recovery circuit, the resin stripping circuit adapted to adapted to strip the desired materials from the loaded resin using an eluant to produce a pregnant eluant and a stripped resin;
a precipitation circuit on the surface vessel and connected to the resin stripping circuit; the precipitation circuit adapted to precipitate the desired material from the pregnant eluant using a precipitant to produce the desired material and a barren eluant.

US Pat. No. 10,458,234

MINERAL WINNING PICK, HOLDER, AND COMBINATION

ESCO GROUP LLC, Portland...

1. A pick comprising:a head including a tip for engaging the ground and a body having a mounting end including a bearing surface to set against a corresponding surface on a holder;
a shank extending from the mounting end of the head in a first direction for receipt in an opening of the holder, the shank and the body being one piece; and
a plurality of recessed removal features spaced from each other in the first direction, each said removal feature including a removal surface with a notch beneath each removal surface that can be engaged by a tool to apply a force to remove the pick from the holder, wherein at least one of the removal surfaces is in the head between the bearing surface and the tip and at least one of the removal features is positioned on the pick as to be received in the opening of the holder when the shank is received in the opening and each notch extends to a depth less than half a thickness of the shank.

US Pat. No. 10,458,233

SENSORS FOR IN-SITU FORMATION FLUID ANALYSIS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A downhole tool, comprising:a tube comprising an inner bore that receives a gas phase of a sample of fluid from a subterranean formation;
a vibration source at least partially coupled to the tube;
a vibration receiver at least partially coupled to the tube;
a controller coupled to the vibration source and the vibration receiver;
a second tube comprising an inner bore that receives a liquid phase of the sample of fluid from the subterranean formation; and
a liquid-gas separator in fluid communication with the inner bore of the tube and the inner bore of the second tube.

US Pat. No. 10,458,232

FORMATION FLUID SAMPLE CONTAINER APPARATUS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a downhole tool having a body including an opening and a cavity extending into the body from the opening; and
a sample container comprising:
an elongated container for holding a formation fluid sample, wherein the elongated container comprises an annular wall defining a chamber configured to receive fluids; and
a sheath coupled to at least a portion of an outer surface of the annular wall of the elongated container such that the sheath abuts the portion of the outer surface along a length of the annular wall and at least partially surrounds the elongated container, wherein the sample container is fixed in the cavity and the sheath is configured to increase the mechanical integrity of the elongated container in a downhole environment.

US Pat. No. 10,458,231

ESTIMATING IN SITU STRESS FROM ACOUSTIC EMISSION SOURCE PARAMETERS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of determining at least one in situ stress parameter for an earth formation, the method comprising:receiving acoustic emission data for acoustic emissions originating in the formation;
performing a moment tensor analysis of the data, thereby yielding acoustic emission source parameters;
determining at least one acoustic emission source parameter angle having a highest number of associated acoustic emission events; and
calculating the in situ stress parameter, based on the acoustic emission source parameter angle.

US Pat. No. 10,458,230

FORMATION RESISTIVITY MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for operating a downhole device, comprising:measuring, by an array resistivity tool disposed downhole, resistivity in a geological formation to generate radial resistivity data;
correcting the radial resistivity data for borehole effects to provide borehole-corrected apparent resistivity data for a non-invaded formation;
inverting the radial resistivity data or the borehole-corrected apparent resistivity data to provide non-invaded true resistivity values for the non-invaded formation;
inverting the radial resistivity data to provide invaded true resistivity values for an invaded formation; and
determining true resistivity values for the geological formation associated with the radial resistivity data as a weighted combination of the non-invaded true resistivity values and the invaded true resistivity values.

US Pat. No. 10,458,229

DOWNHOLE COMMUNICATIONS USING VARIABLE LENGTH DATA PACKETS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A system that is positionable in a wellbore, the system comprising:a transceiver that is positionable external to a casing string and programmable to vary how many data packets are to be wirelessly transmitted by the transceiver for communicating an amount of data about an environment in the wellbore, wherein the transceiver comprises:
a processing device; and
a memory device in which instructions executable by the processing device are stored for causing the processing device to:
receive a control signal from a computing device that is remote from the transceiver;
select, based on the control signal, a transmission mode from among at least three different transmission modes comprising a low data mode, a medium data mode, and a high data mode;
select, based on the control signal, a data transmission rate from among a plurality of data transmission rates, wherein the data transmission rate is selected separately from the transmission mode; and
wirelessly transmit the data packets to another transceiver in accordance with the selected transmission mode and the selected data transmission rate.

US Pat. No. 10,458,228

LOW FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTED ACOUSTIC SENSING

ConocoPhillips Company, ...

1. A method for improving hydrocarbon production, where the method comprises:a) installing one or more fiber optic cables along a wellbore in a hydrocarbon formation;
b) installing one or more interrogators on at least one fiber optic cable;
c) interrogating at least one fiber optic cable with an interrogation signal;
d) obtaining one or more distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) datasets from the interrogator;
e) converting one or more DAS datasets from the interrogator into a continuous record;
f) transforming the continuous record with a low-pass filter to 1-50 milliHz while down sampling into a transformed well signal;
g) interpreting the transformed well signal; and
h) using the interpreted well signal to improve hydrocarbon production from said hydrocarbon formation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,227

WELL COMPLETION WITH SINGLE WIRE GUIDANCE SYSTEM

APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES ASSO...

1. A system comprising:a current source;
a ground terminal, the ground terminal electrically connected to the current source, the ground terminal grounded at the surface of the Earth;
a reference wellbore comprising an intermediate casing, the intermediate casing extending from the surface of the Earth to a horizontal section of the reference wellbore, the intermediate casing further including an intermediate casing electrical discontinuity, the intermediate casing being electrically conductive between the intermediate casing electrical discontinuity and a bottom hole end of the intermediate casing;
a reference conductor, the reference conductor electrically connected to the current source, the reference conductor inserted into the reference wellbore;
a tubular, the tubular including a tubular string electrical discontinuity, the tubular inserted into the reference wellbore through the intermediate casing, the tubular having a tubular bottom hole end, and the tubular being electrically conductive between the tubular string electrical discontinuity and the tubular bottom hole end;
a first electrical connection between the tubular and the reference conductor between the tubular string electrical discontinuity and the tubular bottom hole end;
a second electrical connection between the tubular and the reference wellbore between the tubular string electrical discontinuity and the tubular bottom hole end, whereby current flowing through the reference conductor, the tubular, and the reference wellbore produces a reference magnetic field; and
magnetic sensors positioned to sense the reference magnetic field; and
at least one guided wellbore that is steered in response to the sensed reference magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,458,226

SHOCK AND VIBRATION DAMPER SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

14. A method, comprising:positioning a vibration sensitive component in a mechanical chassis;
mounting the mechanical chassis in a housing via a damper system;
providing the damper system with a vibration damper, a transverse shock damper, and an axial shock damper;
coupling the vibration damper to axial ends of the mechanical chassis to provide instantaneous transverse and axial shock damping with low-pass filter functionality while also providing attitude control with respect to the mechanical chassis;
using the transverse shock damper at a position radially between the mechanical chassis and the housing to suppress ringing effects;
independently using the axial shock damper to provide additional axial shock damping; and
coupling the housing into a drill string.

US Pat. No. 10,458,225

MITIGATING FLUID POUND EFFECTS UNDER INCOMPLETE PUMP FILLAGE CONDITIONS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving position data characterizing a position of a plunger over time, the plunger forming part of a rod lift pump system, the position measured by a first sensor, the plunger being configured to travel between a first position and a second position within a barrel within a well, and a distance between the first position and the second position defining a stroke length;
receiving load data characterizing a load on a rod over time, the load measured by a second sensor, the rod coupled to the plunger;
receiving velocity data characterizing a velocity of the plunger while the rod lift pump system is operating under a condition of complete pump fillage, wherein a portion of the barrel between the first position and the second position is filled with liquid prior to a downstroke of the plunger;
correlating, using at least the received load data and position data, the load on the rod and the position of the plunger; and
displaying, on a graphical interface display space, a visualization of the velocity data simultaneously with a visualization of the correlated load and position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,224

MONITORING OF EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATED WITH A BOREHOLE/CONDUIT

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

27. A method of monitoring one or more items of equipment associated with a borehole or other conduit, the method comprising:outputting sensor information indicative of vibrations at one or more sensor locations, the one or more sensor locations being associated with the one or more items of equipment and/or fluid flow within the borehole or other conduit; and
processing the sensor information to:
generating a frequency spectrum by summing the sensor information indicative vibrations at the one or more sensor locations over a monitoring time period;
determine a characteristic of the operation of the one or more items of equipment and/or the fluid flow within the borehole or other conduit,
identify one or more changes in the characteristic indicative of a status or imminent event based on comparing the frequency spectrum with noe or more historic frequency spectra summed over a time period and thereby determining the status or the imminent event in relation to the one or more items of equipment, and
output control information to control the operation of the one or more items of equipment responsive to the identified one or more changes.

US Pat. No. 10,458,222

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MULTIPHASE HYDROCARBON PUMP HAVING AN AUGER COUPLING

BCRT TECHNOLOGY, Houston...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first rotary machine operable for transformation of energy between rotary mechanical energy and fluid kinetic energy, the rotary machine comprising:
a drive shaft;
a tubular housing defining a fluid input and a fluid output and a rotor operating region;
a rotor mounted within the rotor operating region for rotation about a rotor axis of rotation through the drive shaft, the rotor comprising a first rotor end and a second rotor end, the axis of rotation extending between the first rotor end and the second rotor end, the rotor operating region being positioned between the fluid input and the fluid output; and a plurality of rotor elements for the rotor, the plurality of rotor elements being axially spaced from each other along the rotor, the plurality of rotor elements comprising a plurality of surfaces oriented on the rotor so as to be concentric to the rotor axis of rotation, the plurality of rotor elements axially spaced a distance RD between the rotor elements, defining therebetween a plurality of radial flow paths each having a path width PW defined by the distance RD between the rotor elements, the plurality of rotor elements defining a plurality of centrally positioned apertures that collectively define an unrestricted interior opening that surrounds the drive shaft and connects to the plurality of radial flow paths to permit radially outwardly fluid flow through the plurality of radial flow paths, the unrestricted interior opening receiving fluid flow from the fluid input to provide the radially outwardly fluid flow through the plurality of radial flow paths;
a solids port through which the solids are removed from the fluid;
wherein the drive shaft further comprises a variable distance element, a computer program further comprising:
instructions to adjust the variable distance element from a first distance value RD1 for the space between the rotor elements to a distance value RD2 for the space between the rotor elements based on a density FD of the fluid wherein the space is inversely proportional to the FD.

US Pat. No. 10,458,221

PRESSURE ACTIVATED COMPLETION TOOLS AND METHODS OF USE

INTERRA ENERGY SERVICES L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,220

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING SUBTERRANEAN HYDROCARBON EXTRACTION UTILIZING ELECTROCHEMICAL REACTIONS WITH METALS

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ...

1. A method to facilitate extraction of subterranean hydrocarbons from a geologic structure, the method comprising:injecting a first fluid composition comprising a base metal and proppant particles into a first wellbore that extends into the geologic structure, the base metal particles having a first density and the proppant particles having a second density, wherein a ratio of the second density to the first density is equal to or less than 5;
wherein corrosion of the base metal in the wellbore results in electrochemical oxidation of the base metal and electrochemical reduction of a reducible species that generates a gaseous product in sufficient quantities to increase the subterranean pressure in at least a portion of the wellbore and thereby induce fractures within the geologic structure; and
at least some of the induced fractures are kept open by the proppant particles thereby facilitating egress of hydrocarbons from the geologic structure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,219

DOWNHOLE STIMULATION SYSTEM

Welltec Oilfield Solution...

1. A downhole stimulation system for stimulating production of fluid from a well having a top, comprising:a well tubular structure arranged in a borehole in a formation and having an inside and an inner diameter,
a first annular barrier and a second annular barrier for isolating a production zone, the first annular barrier being arranged closest to the top of the well, each annular barrier comprising:
a tubular metal part for mounting as part of the well tubular structure, the tubular metal part having an outer face,
an expandable sleeve surrounding the tubular metal part and having an inner face facing the tubular metal part and an outer face facing a wall of the borehole, each end of the expandable sleeve being connected with the tubular metal part,
an annular space between the inner face of the expandable sleeve and the tubular metal part, and
an aperture arranged in the tubular metal part for letting fluid into the space, the aperture having a predetermined aperture size,
a sliding sleeve having at least one profile and being arranged between two annular barriers and having a closed position and an open position in which an opening in the well tubular structure provides fluid communication between the inside of the well tubular structure and the production zone, the profile of the sliding sleeve being positioned at a first distance from the aperture of the annular space, the opening having a predetermined opening size,
a downhole tool for bringing the sliding sleeve from the closed position to the open position, comprising:
a tool body, and
an inflatable device adapted to be inflated in the well tubular structure to divide the well tubular structure into a first part and a second part, and
at least one key engaging the profile so that when the inflatable device has been inflated and the first part of the well tubular structure has been pressurised, the tool is moved downstream and the key drags in the profile, forcing the sliding sleeve from the closed position to the open position, the inflatable device being arranged downstream of the aperture of the second annular barrier so that the annular space of the second annular barrier is in fluid communication with the first part of the well tubular structure when the inflatable device is inflated to equalize the pressure between the production zone and the annular space of the second annular barrier,
wherein the downhole stimulation system further comprises a pump adapted to provide pressurised fluid down the well tubular structure and into the opening in order to fracture the formation and stimulate the well, the pressurised fluid being supplied with proppants and the proppants having a size which is smaller than that of the opening and larger than each one of the apertures to allow the proppants to enter the opening and to prevent the proppants from entering the aperture of each said annular barrier, and
wherein the downhole stimulation system further comprises a displacement means for displacing the proppants downwards in the well, out through the opening and into the fracture.

US Pat. No. 10,458,218

METHOD OF MODELLING HYDROCARBON PRODUCTION FROM FRACTURED UNCONVENTIONAL FORMATIONS

1. A method of modeling hydrocarbon flow from an unconventional reservoir which has been subjected to multi-stage hydraulic fracturing using relative reservoir data sampled in respect of the reservoir, said method comprising:a. selecting a production reservoir block, being a primary hydrocarbon producing region within the reservoir, using the relative reservoir data;
b. calculating the reservoir dimensions of length, width and height of the production reservoir block;
c. identifying a fracture location and a plurality of fracture properties of each hydraulic fracture within the production reservoir block;
d. using a portion of the relative reservoir data corresponding to the production reservoir block and the fracture location within the production reservoir block, subdividing the production reservoir block into a plurality of closed production regions each containing at least one hydraulic fracture therein;
e. calculating a region dimensions of length, width, and height for each closed production region;
f. subdividing each closed production region into a plurality of flow sub-systems based upon the fracture locations within the region and the relative reservoir data in respect of the closed production region, each flow sub-system representative of a relatively homogeneous production zone within the closed production region;
g. in respect of at least one selected point in time:
i. assigning at least one reservoir property sampled at the selected point in time to each flow sub-system;
ii. calculating a sub-system hydrocarbon flow for each flow sub-system using the at least one reservoir property assigned thereto along with the portion of the relative reservoir data corresponding to the flow subsystem, each calculated sub-system hydrocarbon flow being a couplable formulaic result which can be coupled to other calculated sub-system hydrocarbon flows for other sub-systems within the same closed production region;
iii. calculating a region hydrocarbon flow for each closed production region by coupling the calculated sub-system hydrocarbon flows for each of the flow sub-systems within said closed production region, each calculated region hydrocarbon flow being a couplable formulaic result which can be coupled to other calculated region hydrocarbon flows for other closed production regions within the reservoir production block; and
iv. calculating the reservoir hydrocarbon flow for the reservoir by coupling the region hydrocarbon flows for each of the plurality of closed production regions.

US Pat. No. 10,458,217

REAL-TIME ENGINEERING ANALYSIS BASED SYSTEM CONTROL

ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTION...

1. A system control apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing machine readable instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to:
access a plurality of procedures to control an operation of a system to prevent at least one of an occurrence of a fault in the system or a reduction of an output of the system, wherein the plurality of procedures are determined based on an application of hypothetical parameter values to at least one engineering analysis model associated with the system;
learn, based on an application of the plurality of procedures to the system, a highest ranked procedure from the plurality of procedures to control the operation of the system to prevent the at least one of the occurrence of the fault in the system or the reduction of the output of the system;
access real-time data associated with the system;
determine, based on the real-time data associated with the system, parameter values associated with an operation of the system by:
determining whether a parameter value of the parameter values is available from the real-time data at a specified time value;
in response to a determination that the parameter value is not available at the specified time value, determining, based on an analysis of the real-time date for a specified time duration, whether the parameter value of the parameter values becomes available;
in response to a determination within the specified time duration that the parameter value of the parameter values becomes available, retrieving the parameter value of the parameter values from the real-time data; and
in response to a determination within the specified time duration that the parameter value of the parameter values does not become available, assigning a previous parameter value from the real-time data to the parameter value of the parameter values; and
control, based on an analysis of the real-time data associated with the system and an analysis of the parameter values, the operation of the system by applying the highest ranked procedure to prevent the at least one of the occurrence of the fault in the system or the reduction of the output of the system.

US Pat. No. 10,458,216

WATER HEATING APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUS HEATED WATER FLOW AND METHOD FOR USE IN HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

Heat On-The-Fly, LLC, Ho...

1. A method of heating fluid for use in fracturing a formation producing at least one of oil and gas, comprising the steps of:a) providing a heating apparatus for heating fluid to a temperature of at least about 40 degrees F. (4.4 degrees C.);
b) transmitting a stream of cool or cold fluid to a mixer, the cool or cold fluid stream being at a temperature of less than a predetermined target temperature;
c) the mixer having a first inlet that receives cool or cold fluid from the stream of step “b” and a first outlet that enables discharge of a substantially continuous stream of fluid;
d) the mixer having a second inlet that enables heated fluid to enter the mixer;
e) adding heated fluid from the heating apparatus of step “a” to the mixer via the second inlet;
f) wherein the volume of fluid of step “b” is much greater than the volume of fluid of step “e”;
g) wherein fluid exiting the first outlet of the mixer is transmitted into a formation producing at least one of oil and gas and includes a proppant when transmitted into the formation; and
h) wherein fluid flows substantially continuously from the first inlet to the first outlet during the fracturing process, and
wherein the fluid exiting the first outlet of the mixer flows at a rate of at least 20 barrels per minute into the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,215

PRODUCING HYDROCARBONS FROM A FORMATION

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of producing hydrocarbons from a formation, the method comprising:(a) drilling a wellbore in the formation, wherein the wellbore is approximately horizontal, receiving data obtained while drilling the wellbore, and analyzing the data obtained while drilling the wellbore to plan the location of two or more fractures formed by different types of fracturing methods;
(b) forming the two or more fractures in the formation from the wellbore;
(c) receiving fracture performance data about the two or more fractures;
(d) analyzing the fracture performance data;
(e) selecting one of the two or more fractures for production, and selecting another of the two or more fractures for injection or closing off based on the analysis of the fracture performance data;
(f) completing the wellbore such that injection into the one or more fractures selected for injection and production from the one or more fractures selected for production occurs simultaneously;
wherein completing the wellbore such that injection into the one or more fractures selected for injection and production from the one or more fractures selected for production occurs simultaneously comprises injecting differing flow rates into the two or more fractures selected for injection.

US Pat. No. 10,458,214

OIL PUMPING APPARATUS WITHOUT A SPEED REDUCER

1. An oil pumping apparatus comprising:a connector connected to a device;
a top platform supported on a frame for operation and maintenance of the oil pumping apparatus;
a roller disposed on the top platform and having a first axle, the roller being rotatable about the first axle and being connected to a first wheel coaxially, wherein the first wheel has a first diameter;
a motor disposed on the top platform and having a second axle, the motor being rotatable about the second axle and having a second wheel, wherein the second wheel has a second diameter, and the first diameter of the first wheel is at least five times of the second diameter of the second wheel;
a driven belt covering the first wheel and the second wheel and being a heavy-duty timing belt to enable synchronous drives to operate the roller, wherein the roller is driven by the motor through the driven belt and the first wheel;
a load belt moveable over the roller, one end of the load belt having one end connected to the connector, and the other end of the load belting being connected to a balance box to balance the weight of the device; and
a control system for the apparatus,
wherein when the motor rotates in a clockwise direction, the motor drives the roller rotate in the clockwise direction through the driven belt and the device moves down vertically; and
wherein when the motor rotates in an anticlockwise direction, the motor drives the roller rotate in the anticlockwise direction and the device moves up vertically.

US Pat. No. 10,458,213

POSITIONING DEVICE FOR SHAPED CHARGES IN A PERFORATING GUN MODULE

1. A positioning device, comprising:a shaped charge holder comprising a plurality of shaped charge receptacles and a lumen extending along a central axis of the shaped charge holder, wherein the shaped charge receptacles extend radially from the central axis of the shaped charge holder and are in a first single axial plane, and each of the receptacles is configured for receiving one of the shaped charges;
a wireless push-in detonator is disposed in the lumen adjacent each of the shaped charge receptacles;
a plurality of retention mechanisms that fasten the shaped charges to the shaped charge holder; and
a plurality of shaped charge positioning blocks that guide the placement of the shaped charges,
wherein the retention mechanisms and the shaped charge positioning blocks outwardly extend from the shaped charge holder adjacent each of the shaped charge receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,458,212

CONSISTENT ENTRY HOLE SHAPED CHARGE

Hunting Titan, Inc., Pam...

1. A method for perforating a formation comprising:placing a perforating gun downhole at a predetermined location of a cased hole having an inner surface, placing a plurality of shaped charges in a plurality of orientations about the perforating gun;
detonating a plurality of shaped charges in a plurality of directions, with a plurality of fluid gaps, wherein at least two fluid gaps are different lengths; and
simultaneously perforating consistent diameter holes in the plurality of directions in the cased hole at the plurality of fluid gaps, wherein the perforations at the at least two different fluid gaps are consistent with respect to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,458,211

SCREEN FILTER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD THEREFOR

1. A screen filter assembly for use with a pump system comprising:a plunger, wherein the plunger comprises:
a top portion;
a body;
a center channel formed through the top portion and through the body; and
a plurality of apertures extending through the body into the center channel; and
a screen housed within the body of the plunger, wherein a plurality of veins are formed on an interior surface of the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,458,210

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF RIB SUPPORT FOR SCREEN/FILTER CARTRIDGE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A screen assembly comprising:a first sleeve including a radially inwardly facing surface and a radially outwardly facing surface;
a second sleeve including a radially inwardly facing surface and and a radially outwardly facing surface;
a plurality of ribs extending between the first and second sleeves, each of the plurality of ribs being joined to one of the radially inwardly facing and radially outwardly facing surfaces of the first sleeve and one of the radially inwardly facing and radially outwardly facing surfaces of the second sleeve; and
a screen cartridge extending between and coupled to the first and second sleeves, the screen cartridge being formed from multiple diffusion bonded layers and including a substantially continuous outer surface and a substantially continuous inner surface that abuts and is decoupled from the plurality of ribs, wherein the screen cartridge includes a first screen layer defined by a first perforated tube that abuts the plurality of ribs and a second screen layer defined by a second perforated tube that extends about and is bonded to the first screen layer, the first perforated tube including a first plurality of openings having a first dimension and the second perforated tube including a second plurality of openings having a second dimension that is greater than the first dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,458,209

METHOD TO GRAVEL PACK USING A FLUID THAT CONVERTS TO IN-SITU PROPPANT

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for completing a wellbore extending through a subterranean formation, comprising:installing a sandface completion assembly comprising a mechanism through which fluid flows in the wellbore, the mechanism having a shearing device selected from a choke, nozzle, or a static mixer;
pumping a solids-free fluid comprising chemical precursors into an annulus formed between the subterranean formation and the sandface completion assembly;
flowing the solids-free fluid through the mechanism;
initiating, with the shearing device of the mechanism, a chemical reaction between the chemical precursors to form a plurality of solid particles in the annulus;
controlling particle size of the plurality of formed solid particles with the shearing device of the mechanism; and
forming a pack in the annulus with the plurality of formed solid particles that filters sand and allows formation fluid to flow therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,458,208

METHOD OF DEVELOPING HYDROCARBONS IN A SEDIMENTARY BASIN, BY MEANS OF BASIN SIMULATION

IFP Energies nouvelles, ...

1. A method of developing a sedimentary basin comprising hydrocarbons, using a basin simulator for reconstructing, for a succession of time steps, geological and geochemical processes affecting the basin from a geological time t to a current time, from measurements of properties relative to the basin, comprising:A. constructing a gridded representation representative of the basin at the current time from the measurements;
B. from the gridded representation at the current time, constructing a gridded representation of the basin for each of other time steps through reconstruction of architecture of the basin for the other time steps;
C. using the simulator and the gridded representations of the basin for the time steps, to carry out at least the following for each of the time steps, from the geological time t to the current time, and for each cell of the gridded representation by:
i. determining at least one amount of biogenic gas produced in each cell at each time step;
ii. determining at least one amount of biogenic gas dissolved in water present in each cell at each time step, and determining therefrom an amount of free biogenic gas in each cell at the time step;
iii. accounting for at least advective transport produced by velocity of water flowing in the basin of the biogenic gas dissolved in the water in each cell at the time step; and
D. selecting at least one zones of the basin corresponding to cells of the gridded representation of the basin at the current time comprising hydrocarbons; and
developing the basin as a function of the selected at least one zone by performing at least one of exploration drilling in the at least one zone having a best potential production of the hydrocarbons for determining correctness of any previously estimated potential production and to acquire new data and drilling for recovering the hydrocarbons in the selected at least one zone; and wherein
an amount of biogenic gas dissolved in the water is determined for each time step and in each of the gridded representations obtained for each time steps by:
a) calculating a total amount of biogenic gas in each cell for each time step by adding an amount of biogenic gas produced at each time step and an amount of biogenic gas present in the cell at a previous time step;
b) determining a maximum amount of biogenic gas solubilizable in water in each cell at each time step; and
c) determining an amount of biogenic gas dissolved in each cell for each time step by selecting a minimum value between the total amount of biogenic gas and a maximum amount of solubilizable biogenic gas.

US Pat. No. 10,458,207

REDUCED-PHYSICS, DATA-DRIVEN SECONDARY RECOVERY OPTIMIZATION

QRI GROUP, LLC, Houston,...

1. A method, implemented at a computer system that includes at least one processor, for modeling and controlling physical material flow relationships between injector wells and producer wells in a reservoir to improve performance of the reservoir, the method comprising:receiving, from one or more hardware-based sensors distributed in one or more locations within the reservoir, sensor data indicating a material flow rate currently present at each sensor location;
calculating pressure distribution within the reservoir using a stationary pressure algorithm to identify variations of pressure at the one or more locations within the reservoir using the received sensor data;
applying the calculated pressure distribution as an input to a tracer algorithm for at least one injector well and for at least one producer well to identify tracer flow values for materials flowing from a seed point in the injector well to the producer well, the tracer flow values providing an indication of material flow volume attributable to the seed point;
combining the identified tracer flow values to generate one or more well allocation factors representing relationships in material flow through inter-well connections between the injector well and the producer well, the well allocation factors providing a material flow strength measurement;
determining a current material flow efficiency level of each inter-well connection using a fractional flow model that incorporates as input the determined material flow strength measurement, the fractional flow model specifying the fraction of material flow in the producer well that originated from the injector well and traveled through a specified inter-well connection;
providing the determined current material flow efficiency levels of the inter-well connections to an injection and/or production controller, which regulates material flow through the injector well and/or the producer well according to the determined current material flow efficiency levels; and
controlling material flow through the injector well based on the determined current material flow efficiency levels of the inter-well connections to thereby improve performance of the reservoir,
wherein if the determined current efficiency is above a determined efficiency measurement, controlling material flow through the injector well comprises increasing an amount of flow material injected through the injector well, and
wherein if the determined current efficiency is below the determined efficiency measurement, controlling material flow through the injector well comprises decreasing the amount of flow material injected through the injector well.

US Pat. No. 10,458,206

CHOKE SYSTEM FOR WELLHEAD ASSEMBLY HAVING A TURBINE GENERATOR

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A wellhead assembly for producing fluid from a wellbore comprising:a production tree having production piping that selectively contains a flow of the fluid; and
a choke assembly comprising,
a braking system comprising a caliper system having a pad that selectively and directly engages a shaft with a force that retards rotation of the shaft, and
a turbine member disposed in a path of the flow of fluid and coupled with the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,458,205

REMOVABLE HAND GUARD FOR DRILLING RIG HAND TONGS

KATCH KAN HOLDINGS LTD., ...

1. A hand guard for attaching to a drilling rig hand tong handle, the tong handle comprising top and bottom supports each having front and rear portions and a tong grip therebetween, the hand guard comprising:a) a body capable of attaching to the tong handle, the body having a connecting portion configured to connect to the tong handle and a protecting portion configured to provide a barrier to guard against objects impacting the tong grip;
b) the body comprising an L-shaped portion connected at one end to the protecting portion and having top and bottom tabs extending from the L-shaped portion and spaced from the protecting portion, the L-shaped portion capable of being inserted between the top support and the bottom support to position the protecting portion on the front side of the top and bottom supports and the top and bottom tabs on the rear side of the top and bottom support;
c) the top tab extending from the L-shaped portion of the body in a first direction towards the top support and the bottom tab extending from the L-shaped portion of the body in a second direction towards the bottom support; and
d) means for securing the body to the tong handle, thereby guarding the tong handle.

US Pat. No. 10,458,204

DOWNHOLE TOOL

Churchill Drilling Tools ...

23. A method of cleaning or treating downhole tubing, the method comprising the steps of:supplying a fluid to a downhole tool from a surface location; and
directing a jet of the fluid from the tool at a wall of the downhole tubing;
wherein the jet of fluid is radially directed and circumferentially continuous, further including the step of producing the jet of fluid using a tool run into the tubing on a tubular support member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,203

PRESSURE CYCLE ACTUATED INJECTION VALVE

1. An injection valve for use in completing an oil and or gas well comprising;a) a housing,
b) an axially movable piston located in a chamber provided in the housing,
c) an upper indexing sleeve having a plurality of groove segments on an outer surface of the indexing sleeve,
d) an upper flow tube axially movable within the housing,
e) a power spring compressed by downhole movement of the upper flow tube,
f) a lower indexing sleeve having a plurality of groove segments on an outer surface of the lower indexing sleeve,
g) a first valve including a flapper element and a valve seat at a downhole portion of the housing, and
h) a variable orifice insert positioned within the housing and including a second valve having a second valve body and second valve seat, the second valve being biased to a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,202

ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC SYSTEM WITH A SINGLE CONTROL LINE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

10. A method comprising:flowing a hydraulic fluid through a single hydraulic control line;
directing a flow of the hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic control line into a fluid line;
regulating the flow of the hydraulic fluid through the fluid line with a flow controller;
communicating a selected flow of the hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic control line to a piezoelectric device to actuate the flow controller;
generating electric power by converting hydraulic fluid power exerted by the selected flow of the hydraulic fluid to electric power; and
storing the electric power in a storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,458,201

DOWNHOLE ASSEMBLY FOR SELECTIVELY SEALING OFF A WELLBORE

Magnum Oil Tools Internat...

1. A downhole tool for temporarily isolating zones in a well, comprising:a first subassembly and a second subassembly engaged with each other, a lower end of the second subassembly being located within the first subassembly, the engaged first subassembly and second subassembly having inner walls that define a bore through the tool;
a sealing member located within the bore of the engaged first subassembly and the second subassembly, the sealing member comprising a disc and a base:
the disc having an outer face and an inner face, the outer face having a convex configuration and the inner face having a concave configuration and being separated from each other by at least one distance, the sealing member comprised to resist greater downward pressure against the outer face of the disc before the downward pressure breaks the disc than the sealing member resists upward pressure against the inner face of the disc before the upward pressure breaks the disc, the outer face having a lower circular edge where the outer face's convex configuration ends, the circular edge being the disc's lower end, and having a diameter between opposing sides of the outer face's circular edge, and the disc being frangible; and
the base depending downward from the disc, the base being a cylinder having a cylindrical outer surface and a cylindrical inner surface, the inner surface and the outer surface having a distance therebetween, an upper end proximal the disc and a lower end distal from the disc, the diameter of the outer surface of the base being the same as the diameter between opposing sides of the outer face's circular edge, so the outer surface of the base is a perpendicular projection of the outer face's circular edge from the outer surface's upper end to the outer surface's lower end, the inner surface defining a bore through the base;
wherein the upper and lower ends of the outer surface of the base have equal diameters, the lower end of the base not having an expanded footing;
wherein the distance between the inner surface and the outer surface of the base is less than the height of the inner face of the disc from the apex of the disc's inner face to the lower end of the disc;
wherein the disc and the base are composed of the same material and are an integral unit;
the first subassembly has an inner shoulder and the lower end of the base is supported by the first subassembly's inner shoulder;
a first seal located about the base, distal from the disc, the first seal being a circular seal sized and configured to be compressed against the base to form a fluid-tight barrier with the base when the sealing member is mounted in the downhole tool;
a second seal located around the sealing member, the second seal being a circular seal sized and configured to be positioned between the sealing member and the second subassembly and compressed to form a fluid tight barrier with the second subassembly when the sealing member is mounted in the downhole tool;
a third seal located between the first subassembly and the second subassembly and compressed between the first subassembly and the second subassembly to form a fluid tight barrier between the first subassembly and the second subassembly;
the sealing member sized and configured to form a fluid-tight barrier in the bore of the tool, and
the sealing member configured and comprised so breaking the frangible disc opens the bore of the tool to fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,458,200

FRAC PLUG SYSTEM HAVING BOTTOM SUB GEOMETRY FOR IMPROVED FLOW BACK, MILLING AND/OR SETTING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A frac plug for plugging a wellbore, the frac plug having an internal passage extending therethrough, the frac plug comprising:a bottom sub positioned at a bottom end of the frac plug, the bottom sub defining a portion of the internal passage, the bottom sub having a plurality of raised edges extending in an axial direction and spaced circumferentially about the internal passage, wherein each of the plurality of raised edges is configured to rotationally lock the frac plug to a subsequent frac plug positioned below the frac plug in the wellbore,
wherein the raised edges are configured to receive a frac ball without substantially preventing fluid flow through the internal passage.

US Pat. No. 10,458,199

SEALING AN UNDESIRABLE FORMATION ZONE IN THE WALL OF A WELLBORE

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method comprising:initiating an explosion in a first container carrying an explosive, the first container positioned inside a well formed in a formation, the explosion expanding gas in the first container, wherein an expansion of hot gas flows toward a second container fluidically connected to the first container, the second container carrying formation plugging fluid configured to prevent fluid flow through the formation; and
using the expansion of hot gas:
flowing the formation plugging fluid out of the second container into a balloon attached to an outer surface of the second container,
inflating the balloon, wherein at least a portion of the formation plugging fluid is entrapped between an inner wall of the portion of the well and the balloon, and
sealing the portion of the well by melting the inflated balloon.

US Pat. No. 10,458,198

TEST DART SYSTEM AND METHOD

10. A system for isolating regions of a wellbore, the system comprising:a unidirectional valve positioned in the wellbore, the unidirectional valve permitting a fluid flow in a downstream direction into the wellbore and restricting the fluid flow in an upstream direction out of the wellbore;
a test dart non-rotationally coupled to the unidirectional valve via a gravitational force acting on the test dart, the test dart arranged upstream of the unidirectional valve and positioned to block the fluid flow in the downstream direction toward the unidirectional valve; and
a removal tool, the removal tool non-rotationally coupling to the test dart and positioned to remove the test dart in a non-controlled wellbore environment via a linear force.

US Pat. No. 10,458,196

DOWNHOLE CASING PULLING TOOL

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A downhole casing pulling tool, comprising:a tubular housing having a bore therethrough;
a packer assembly configured to isolate an annulus between a casing and the tool;
a slip assembly configured to engage the casing;
an actuator configured to actuate at least one of the packer assembly and the slip assembly, and
a piston assembly disposed in the bore of the tubular housing, the piston assembly including:
a piston having a piston bore;
a first wall and a second wall axially spaced in the piston bore;
one or more first flow paths formed through the first wall; and
one or more second flow paths formed through the second wall;
wherein the piston assembly is configured to:
operate the actuator; and
modify a fluid pressure in the bore of the tubular housing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,195

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR LOCATING AND SHIFTING A DOWNHOLE FLOW CONTROL MEMBER

NCS Multistage Inc., Cal...

1. A downhole tool comprising:a locator including:
a wellbore coupler for becoming releasably retained relative to a locate profile; and
a wellbore coupler release opposer configured for opposing release of the wellbore coupler from the retention relative to the locate profile;
wherein the wellbore coupler and the wellbore coupler release opposer are co-operatively configured such that, while the opposing of the release of the wellbore coupler from the retention relative to the locate profile is being effected by the wellbore coupler release opposer, relative displacement between the wellbore coupler release opposer and the wellbore coupler is effectible, with effect that the opposing is defeated;
and
a displacement impeder for impeding the relative displacement between the wellbore coupler release opposer and the wellbore coupler;
wherein the wellbore coupler release opposer and the displacement impeder are relatively positionable such that:
while:
the wellbore coupler release opposer and the displacement impeder are co-operatively disposed in a first orientation;
the wellbore coupler is releasably retained relative to the locate profile;
release of the wellbore coupler from retention relative to the locate profile is being opposed by the wellbore coupler release opposer;
relative displacement between the wellbore coupler release opposer and the wellbore coupler is being effected while the release is being opposed by the wellbore coupler release opposer;
the relative displacement between the wellbore coupler release opposer and the wellbore coupler, while the release is being opposed by the wellbore coupler release opposer, is impeded by the displacement impeder;
and while:
the wellbore coupler release opposer and the displacement impeder are co-operatively disposed in a second orientation;
the wellbore coupler is releasably retained relative to the locate profile; and
release of the wellbore coupler from retention relative to the locate profile is being opposed by the wellbore coupler release opposer;
relative displacement between the wellbore coupler release opposer and the wellbore coupler, is being effected while the release is being opposed by the wellbore coupler release opposer;
impeding of the relative displacement between the wellbore coupler release opposer and the wellbore coupler, by the displacement impeder, while the release is being opposed by the wellbore coupler release opposer, is prevented or substantially prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,458,194

MANDREL SUPPORTED FLEXIBLE SUPPORT RING ASSEMBLY

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. An assembly for supporting or positioning a mandrel with respect to a surrounding surface defining a borehole, comprising:at least one base comprising an opening for the mandrel;
at least one tapered segment extending from said base further comprising a plurality of slots defining fingers therebetween, said fingers having stiffened ends spaced from said base;
said fingers flexing independently of each other relative to said base to conform to a shape of the surrounding surface while exerting a force against the surrounding surface;
a tubular sealing element support which radially surrounds the at least one tapered segment, the tubular sealing element support presenting a plurality of alternating external peaks and valleys and a corresponding plurality of alternating internal valleys and peaks; and
wherein the tubular sealing element support is urged into contact with the surrounding surface as the ends of the fingers are urged into the internal valleys.

US Pat. No. 10,458,193

DEVICE FOR SUSPENDING A TUBULAR FROM A FLOATING VESSEL

MHWIRTH AS, Kristiansand...

1. A device for suspending a tubular from a floating vessel, the device comprising:a first element configured to carry the tubular;
a second element configured to be supported by the floating vessel; and
at least one compression element which forms a connection between the first element and the second element,
wherein,
the at least one compression element is configured to be pre-tensioned in an end stroke position so that, when the at least one compression element is subjected to a force from the tubular which is below a pre-defined threshold force, the connection formed by the at least one compression element between the first element and the second element is always a rigid connection, and
when the at least one compression element is subject to a force from the tubular which is higher than the pre-defined threshold force, the connection formed by the at least one compression element between the first element and the second element is a compressible connection.

US Pat. No. 10,458,192

DRILLING MACHINE

SOILMEC S.P.A., Cesena (...

1. A drilling machine comprising:a string of telescopic rods provided with an excavation tool;
a winch comprising a drum associated with a motor arranged to actuate in rotation said drum;
a flexible pulling element connected, on the one hand, to said drum and on the other hand, to said string of telescopic rods, said flexible pulling element being able to be unwound or wound on said drum in order to move said string of telescopic rods;
a manual control element of said winch that can assume at least a first position, a second position and a third position; and
a control system of said motor associated with said manual control element, said control system being configured for controlling said motor, in a first operating mode, so as to unwind said flexible pulling element from said drum in order to lower said string of telescopic rods when said manual control element is in said first position, to wind said flexible pulling element on said drum in order to raise said string of telescopic rods when said manual control element is in said second position, to stop said drum when said manual control element is in said third position;
said drilling machine further comprising a first manual selector associated with said control system and adapted to select at least a second operating mode, and in that said control system is configured for controlling said motor, in said second operating mode, so as to wind said flexible pulling element on said drum in order to tension said flexible pulling element without raising said string of telescopic rods when said manual control element assumes said third position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,191

CARBON FIBER BASED TUBING ENCAPSULATED CABLE

Trican Well Service, Ltd....

1. A fiber encapsulated cable for pipeline use comprising:a pipeline having a central passageway,
an optical conductor,
a carbon fiber sheath wrapped around the optical conductor;
wherein, the carbon fiber sheath is resin impregnated;
further wherein the carbon fiber sheath and the optical conductor are installed in the pipeline central passageway; and
a remote monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,190

PDC CUTTER WITH DEPRESSED FEATURE

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

11. A cutting element, comprising:a substrate;
a table coupled to the substrate at an interface, a table thickness being measured between the interface and a working surface opposite the interface and defined by a perimeter; and
at least one torque transmittable depression formed in the working surface of the table and extending a depth into the table,
wherein the at least one torque transmittable depression has a cross-sectional profile that is constant along its depth.

US Pat. No. 10,458,189

EARTH-BORING TOOLS UTILIZING SELECTIVE PLACEMENT OF POLISHED AND NON-POLISHED CUTTING ELEMENTS, AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. An earth-boring tool, comprising:a body having a longitudinal axis;
blades extending longitudinally and generally radially from the body;
at least one polished superabrasive cutting element located on at least one blade in each of at least two regions selected from a nose region, a shoulder region, a flank region, a gage region, and a cone region of a face of the earth-boring tool; and
at least one non-polished superabrasive cutting element located on the at least one blade in the cone region of the face of the earth-boring tool.

US Pat. No. 10,458,188

CUTTING ELEMENT ASSEMBLIES COMPRISING ROTATABLE CUTTING ELEMENTS, EARTH-BORING TOOLS INCLUDING SUCH CUTTING ELEMENT ASSEMBLIES, AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

16. A method of drilling a subterranean formation, comprising:applying weight-on-bit to an earth-boring tool disposed within a wellbore substantially along a longitudinal axis thereof and rotating the earth-boring tool;
engaging a formation with a plurality of rotatable cutting elements located on blades of the earth-boring tool, wherein the plurality of rotatable cutting elements are rotatably secured within pockets of the blades with pins extending through a through hole of each of the plurality of rotatable cutting elements, each of the pins being coupled on opposing ends thereof to a support structure located within a respective pocket of the blades; and
absorbing compressive forces imposed on the plurality of rotatable cutting elements with the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,187

SEAL ASSEMBLIES FOR EARTH-BORING TOOLS, EARTH-BORING TOOLS SO EQUIPPED, AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. An earth-boring tool, comprising:a body;
a rotating member disposed over a protrusion from the body and configured to rotate relative to the body;
a bearing assembly disposed within a cavity of the rotating member, the bearing assembly comprising:
an annular-shaped inner bearing race member coupled with the protrusion;
an annular-shaped outer bearing race member coupled with the rotating member; and
at least one roller disposed between the inner bearing race member and the outer bearing race member, the at least one roller contacting each of the inner bearing race member and the outer bearing race member;
a bearing retainer affixed within the cavity of the rotating member and configured to retain the bearing assembly within the cavity of the rotating member; and
a seal assembly comprising:
an annular sealing element rotationally coupled with the bearing retainer and defining a first sealing surface;
a second sealing surface defined by the inner bearing race member; and
an energizing element disposed between the bearing retainer and the annular sealing element and creating a sealing engagement between the first sealing surface of the annular sealing element and the second sealing surface of the inner bearing race member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,186

SACRIFICIAL SPACER FOR WELL TOOL INNER SEAL

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A drill bit, comprising:an outer seal interposed radially between a cone and a journal of the drill bit and sealingly engaged with the journal and cone, to not permit communication of well fluid across the outer seal;
an inner seal positioned in a groove formed on either the cone or the journal not sealingly in contact with the journal and cone, and not exposed to well fluid: and
a circumferential spacer positioned radially between the inner seal and a surface of either the cone or the journal radially opposite the groove, the circumferential spacer including a material that radially spaces apart the inner seal from the surface, wherein there is a greater coefficient of friction between the circumferential spacer and the inner seal than between the circumferential spacer and the surface, such that there is relative sliding motion between the circumferential spacer and the surface, but not relative sliding motion between the inner seal and the groove or between the inner seal and the circumferential spacer, such that the inner seal and outer seal perform their sealing functions in series time-wise, at substantially different time intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,458,185

MUD MOTORS WITH THRUST BEARING WITH ENHANCED TORQUE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

10. A method of assembling an apparatus for use in a wellbore, the method comprising:providing a unitary inner race member having a plurality of races around an outer surface thereof;
placing a first set of balls in a first inner race of the plurality of inner races;
enclosing the first inner race with the first set of balls placed therein with a first outer race member to secure the first set of balls in the first inner race, the first outer race member being made of at least two outer race pieces;
placing a first support member adjacent to the first outer race member;
placing a second set of balls in a second inner race in the plurality of inner races;
enclosing the second inner race with the second set of balls placed therein with a second outer race member to secure the second set of balls in the second inner race, the second outer race member being made of at least two outer race pieces, wherein the first support member is adjacent to the second inner race; and
placing a second support member adjacent to the second outer race member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,184

GROUND PROCESSING TOOL AND A METHOD FOR CREATING A BOREHOLE IN THE GROUND

BAUER Maschinen GmbH, Sc...

1. A ground processing tool having a central shaft including a conducting channel built therein, the ground processing tool having at least one mixing blade attached to the central shaft and extending radially outward,wherein
the at least one mixing blade comprises an inner cavity,
the inner cavity communicates with the conducting channel in the central shaft,
an outside of the mixing blade comprises at least one opening to the inner cavity,
a removal apparatus is arranged on a lower side of the ground processing tool and is configured for removing ground material,
a ring shaped circumferential wall is mounted on the central shaft and encircles a mixing area in which the at least one mixing blade is arranged, and
a conveyor configured to convey the removed ground material is arranged between the removal apparatus and the at least one mixing blade.

US Pat. No. 10,458,183

STEPLADDER HAVING A LADDER TOP WITH CONDUIT HOLDER SLOT AND METHOD

Werner Co., Greenville, ...

1. A method for cutting a tube comprising the steps of:placing the tube onto a conduit holder slot on a ladder top of a stepladder, the top having a surface having a front side and a rear side and a right side and a left side and a length, the conduit holder slot for holding tubing, pipe or conduit, the conduit holder slot extending along the length of the surface and in the surface's right side and left side, the conduit holder slot having sides in contact with each other and which form a cross section in the ladder top which is V-shaped and non-symmetrical; and
cutting the tube, pipe, or conduit while the tube, pipe, or conduit is disposed in the conduit holder slot where the conduit holder slot allows a wedging force to be created by the conduit holder slot in response to a cutting or sawing force applied to the tube, pipe, or conduit, wherein the conduit holder slot has a first side with a flat portion, and wherein the conduit holder slot has a second side with a flat portion, the second side has a shallower lead-in angle relative to the surface and relative to the first side which has a steeper angle than the lead-in angle relative to the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,182

LOAD TRANSFER STATIONS

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A fire apparatus comprising:a chassis;
a plurality of axles coupled to the chassis;
a turntable rotatably coupled to the chassis; and
an aerial ladder assembly pivotably coupled the turntable, the aerial ladder assembly comprising:
a first ladder section extending longitudinally;
a second ladder section extending longitudinally;
a first support slidably coupling the second ladder section to the first ladder section such that the first ladder section supports the second ladder section; and
a second support pivotably coupled to the first ladder section;
wherein the support facilitates longitudinal movement of the second ladder section relative to the first ladder section between an extended position and a retracted position, and wherein the support is pivotably coupled to the first ladder section; and
wherein at least one of:
the second support is positioned rearward of the first support, and the second support is configured to slidably engage the second ladder section when the second ladder section is in the extended position; or
the aerial ladder assembly further comprises a third support coupled to the first ladder section, the first support is configured to limit both upward vertical movement and downward vertical movement of the second ladder section relative to the first ladder section, the second support is configured to limit upward vertical movement of the second ladder section relative to the first ladder section, and the third support is configured to limit downward vertical movement of the second ladder section relative to the first ladder section.

US Pat. No. 10,458,181

BARRIER

A-FAX LIMITED, Elland, W...

1. An impact barrier comprising:a first support;
a second support;
a first arm moveable about the first support to rotate about a substantially horizontal pivot axis;
a second arm moveable about the second support to rotate about a substantially horizontal pivot axis;
a coupling mounted to the first arm and arranged to slide relative to and along the first arm and the second arm, wherein:
the first and second supports are spaced across an opening, and the impact barrier is arranged between an open position and a closed position, such that in the closed position, the first and second arms are arranged in combination to traverse the opening; and
when in the closed position, the coupling is arranged to slide along and relative to the first and second arms, by a distance of at least 25% of a length of one of the first arm and the second arm, from a first position in which the coupling is mounted on only the first arm to a second position in which the coupling is mounted on both the first and second arms; and
a projection provided on the second arm, the projection arranged to abut the coupling to impede movement of the coupling along the second arm beyond the second position when the impact barrier is arranged in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,180

FENCE GATE ASSEMBLY, FENCE GATE KIT, SYSTEM AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

BARRETTE OUTDOOR LIVING, ...

1. A fence gate assembly comprising:an upright comprising a first wall, a second wall opposite to the first wall, a third wall extending between the first and second wall, and a fourth wall spaced from the third wall and extending between the first wall and the second wall, wherein the first wall, the second wall, the third wall and the fourth wall provide a longitudinal opening;
an insert received by the longitudinal opening of the upright and coupled to the upright via an adhesive, the insert comprising:
a rear wall abutting the second wall of the upright in the coupled state of the insert;
a pair of side walls extending from the rear wall, wherein the rear wall and the pair of side walls at least partly enclose a cavity; and
a support portion extending from the rear wall and disposed between the pair of side walls; and
a rail at least partially within the cavity of the insert, the rail comprising a channel to receive the support portion therein.

US Pat. No. 10,458,177

METAL DOOR

OUTDOOR SPACES, INC., Om...

1. A metal door, comprising:a vertically disposed hinge stile having an upper end, a lower end, an inner side, an outer end, a front side and a rear side;
a vertically disposed lock stile having an upper end, a lower end, an inner end, an outer end, a front side and a rear side;
a top rail extending between said upper ends of said hinge stile and said lock stile with said top rail having a first end, a second end, an upper end, a lower end, a front side and a rear side;
a bottom rail extending between said lower ends of said hinge stile and said lock stile with said bottom rail having a first end, a second end, an upper end, a lower end, a front side and a rear side;
each of said hinge and lock stiles comprising:
(a) a vertically disposed first aluminum extrusion having:
(1) a front wall with first and second ends;
(2) a first end wall, having first and second ends, extending transversely rearwardly from said first end of said front wall;
(3) a second end wall, having first and second ends, extending transversely rearwardly from said second end of said front wall;
(4) a rear wall, having first and second ends, extending between said second end of said first end wall and said second end of said second end wall;
(5) said front wall, said first end wall, said second end wall and said rear wall defining a generally triangular-shaped second cavity;
(6) said first cavity having foam insulation therein;
(7) an elongated first channel at said second end of said first end wall;
(8) an elongated second channel adjacent said second end of said rear wall;
(b) a vertically disposed second aluminum extrusion having:
(1) a rear wall with first and second ends;
(2) a first end wall, having first and second ends, extending transversely forwardly from said first end of said rear wall thereof;
(3) a second end wall, having first and second ends, extending transversely forwardly from said second end of said rear wall;
(4) a front wall, having first and second ends, extending between said second end of said first end wall and said second end of said second end wall thereof;
(5) said rear wall, said first end wall, said second end wall and said front wall defining a generally triangular-shaped second cavity;
(6) said first cavity having foam insulation therein;
(7) an elongated first channel at said second end of said first end wall;
(8) an elongated second channel adjacent said second end of said front wall;
said second aluminum extrusion being positioned with respect to said first aluminum extrusion so as to be spaced rearwardly therefrom with said second channel of said second aluminum extrusion being aligned with said first channel of said first aluminum extrusion and so that said first channel of said second aluminum extrusion is aligned with said second channel of said first aluminum extrusion and so that said front wall of said second aluminum extrusion is spaced from said rear wall of said first aluminum extrusion and is parallel thereto;
an elongated first connector having first and second ends;
said first end of said first connector being received in said first channel of said first aluminum extrusion with said second end of said first connector being received in said second channel of said second aluminum extrusion;
an elongated second connector having first and second ends;
said first end of said second connector being received in said second channel of said first aluminum extrusion with said second end of said second connector being received in said first channel of said second aluminum extrusion;
said first and second connectors being comprised of a non-metallic and non-thermally conductive material whereby a thermal break is provided between said first and second aluminum extrusions;
an elongated first steel skin secured to said first aluminum extrusion so as to embrace said first end wall, said front wall and said second end wall thereof;
an elongated second steel skin secured to said second aluminum extrusion so as to embrace said first end wall, said rear wall and said second end wall thereof;
said first and second steel skins being spaced apart so as to create a thermal break therebetween;
said bottom rail being of identical construction to said hinge stile and said lock stile except for the length thereof which is less than the length of said hinge stile and said lock stile; and
said top rail having a thermal break created therein between said front side and said rear side thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,458,176

VACUUM INSULATED GLASS (VIG) WINDOW UNIT WITH GETTER STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

GUARDIAN GLASS, LLC., Au...

1. A vacuum insulated glass (VIG) window unit comprising:first and second substantially parallel substrates comprising glass,
a plurality of spacers and a seal provided between the first and second substrates,
a space, defined at least by the seal, located between the first and second substrates and being at a pressure less than atmospheric pressure,
a first getter recess defined in the first substrate for receiving an originally positioned getter,
a getter structure on the second substrate, located substantially opposite the first getter recess in the first substrate, said getter structure on the second substrate configured to increase getter material surface area provided on the second substrate after getter activation,
wherein the getter structure on the second substrate comprises a second getter recess defined in the second substrate that is at least partially opposite the first getter recess,
wherein a pump-out aperture is defined in one of the first and second glass substrates, and wherein neither the first getter recess nor the second getter recess is provided in the pump-out aperture, and wherein neither the first getter recess nor the second getter recess is provided opposite the pump-out aperture; and
wherein after getter activation material from the getter is provided on both the first and second substrates, but does not extend entirely across the space between the first and second substrates.

US Pat. No. 10,458,175

DEVICE FOR CLOSING AN OPENING IN A BUILDING

1. A device for closing a building opening, comprising:a frame which can be fastened to an inner surface of the building opening, the frame having a construction profile which has a U-shaped cross-section so as to define a profile cavity in its longitudinal direction that has an open hinge side limited by two inner side surfaces of the construction profile, wherein the frame includes a profile wall that projects into the profile cavity from each of the two inner side surfaces;
(i) a fitting part via which a flat closure element for closing the building opening is pivotally fastened to the frame, and (ii) a clamping part are fastened to the profile walls by sandwiching the profile walls between the fitting part and the clamping part, and
the fitting part and the clamping part are detachably fastened so as to be movable in the longitudinal direction along the profile cavity after detaching,
characterized in that,
the clamping part fits, at each of the profile walls, into a groove, the groove extending in the longitudinal direction of the construction profile and an opening of the groove extending parallel to an opening of the open hinge side, wherein, at a contact region between the clamping part and the groove, a width of the groove decreases from the opening of the groove toward a groove base thereof,
each of the profile walls defines a corner portion in which the fitting part is held so as to bear against the respective profile wall in each of the corner portions and be prevented from being displaced in a lateral direction, and
the clamping part fits into the groove at each of the profile walls so as to bear against two flanks of the respective groove such that, when sandwiching the profile walls between the fitting part and the clamping part, a relative movement of the profile walls with respect to one another in both an approaching and opposite direction is blocked by a play-free form lock.

US Pat. No. 10,458,174

DOOR CLOSING SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A door closing system for a vehicle, the door closing system comprising:a sensor system;
an autonomous driving system;
wherein the sensor system is configured to, by a processor, determine if a door of the vehicle is open and to determine if a surrounding of the vehicle is free of obstacles in a predetermined range; and
wherein the autonomous driving system is configured to, by a processor, cause the vehicle to move when the door of the vehicle is open and when the predetermined range of the surrounding of the vehicle is free of obstacles, such that the door is closed as a result of the movement of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,458,173

REAR DOOR OPEN/CLOSE SWITCH

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A rear door open/close switch for being installed in a rear door of a vehicle to open or close the rear door, comprising:an arm that comprises an operating portion to be pressed when opening or closing the door and rotationally moves about a rotational axis from an initial position to a switching position when the operating portion is pressed;
a switching portion that outputs a signal to open or lock the rear door when the arm is rotationally moved to the switching position;
a spring member for pressing the arm in a rotational movement direction from the switching position toward the initial position; and
a housing that houses the arm, the switching portion and the spring member and comprises an operating-portion cover allowing the operating portion to be pressed from the outside,
wherein the arm is arranged such that the rotational axis thereof is located nearer to a vehicle front side than the operating portion,
wherein the spring member comprises a rod-shaped or plate-shaped elastic member and is arranged such that one end portion thereof is locked to the housing, and
wherein when the arm is rotationally moved from the initial position to the switching position, another end portion of the spring member receives a force from a portion of the arm located nearer to the vehicle front side than the rotational axis and the spring member is elastically deformed by the force and thereby presses the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,458,172

TELESCOPING DOOR OPENER

1. A door opener operable to move a door between an open and closed position, said door opener comprising:a. two or more cables configured to be connected to the door;
b. an opener unit comprising:
i. a receptacle having fluid therein;
ii. a telescoping section comprising two or more telescoping portions positioned at least partially within the receptacle;
iii. a fluid pump having an inlet/outlet port being connected to the telescoping section via a connection port; and
iv. a plurality of unit pulleys attached to either side of an uppermost telescoping portion of the telescoping section and to either side of the receptacle having the cables each wrapped around and between said unit pulleys on opposite sides; and
c. a positioning system whereby the cables are configured to be positioned along a path between the door and the opener; and
whereby the door is moved towards an open position when the fluid pump pumps the fluid from the receptacle to the telescoping section and the telescoping portions extend; and
whereby the door is moved towards a closed position when the fluid pump is not in operation and fluid flows from the telescoping section to the receptacle and the telescoping portions collapse.

US Pat. No. 10,458,171

ANTI-PINCH LOGIC FOR DOOR OPENING ACTUATOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle door system, comprising:a vehicle structure including adjacent front and rear door openings;
a front door having an edge comprising a front edge portion and a rear edge portion, wherein the front edge portion is rotatably mounted to the vehicle structure to close off the front door opening when the front door is in a closed position, the front door including a rear edge portion that is opposite the front edge portion;
a front anti-pinch sensor that is configured to detect a hand positioned adjacent the front door opening alone, adjacent the edge of the front door alone, or adjacent the front door opening and the edge of the front door taken together;
a front electrically-powered door actuator that moves the front door, wherein the electrically-powered door actuator can be actuated to partially open the front door by shifting the front door from a closed position to a partially open position to form a gap between the rear edge portion of the front door and the vehicle structure such that a user can grasp the rear edge portion and pull the front door to a fully open position, and wherein the front electrically-powered door actuator can be actuated to shift the front door from the fully open position towards the closed position;
a rear door rotatably mounted to the vehicle structure to close off the rear door opening when the rear door is closed;
a rear anti-pinch sensor;
a rear electrically-powered door actuator that can be actuated to move the rear door to an open position;
a controller configured to: 1) cause the front electrically-powered door actuator to generate a force tending to prevent the front door from closing if the anti-pinch sensor detects a hand; and 2) actuate the electrically-powered door actuator to shift the door from the fully open position towards the closed position; and wherein the controller is configured to cause the rear electrically-powered door actuator to generate a force tending to prevent closing of the rear door if the front anti-pinch sensor detects a hand.

US Pat. No. 10,458,170

ANTI-FALL SAFETY SYSTEM FOR WINGS, DOORS, MAIN DOORS, UP-AND-OVER DOORS, WINDOWS, VASISTAS WINDOWS

SERRAMETAL S.R.L., Morte...

1. An anti-fall safety system comprising:a first component of an opening and closing system;
a second component of the opening and closing system, the anti-fall safety system adapted to prevent detachment of said first component with respect to said second component, said first component being joined to said second component by a reciprocal retainer such that said first component is movable with respect to said second component, said first component being movable between a first position in which said first component closes an access or space and a second position in which said first component at least partially opens the access or space;
at least one partially flexible elongated member having at least one engagement element positioned at one end of said at least one partially flexible elongated member, said at least one engagement element engageable at at least one engagement point with one of said first component or said second component, wherein the engagement of said at least one engagement element of said at least one partially flexible elongated member prevents a displacement or detachment beyond a predetermined maximum limit of said first component with respect to said second component in an event of a failure, a breaking or a detachment of said reciprocal retainer, said at least one engagement element having an elastic member that is adapted to dampen energy resulting from a detachment between said first component and said second component;
a first fixing element engaging said at least one engagement element, said first fixing element adapted to be applied to the at least one engagement point, said elastic member being housed within a housing of said first fixing element, said at least one partially flexible elongated member being a cable that extends into said housing through a first hole, said cable crossing said housing and passing through said elastic member and exits said housing through a second hole, said second hole formed on a closing element of said housing, said at least one engagement element engaging said closing element so as to prevent extraction of said cable with respect to said housing, said at least one engagement element adapted to engage said closing element of said housing, said closing element being slidable within said housing, said closing element being slidable in a first direction so as to cause a compression of said elastic member and in a second direction opposite to the first direction so as to release compression of said elastic element.

US Pat. No. 10,458,169

DAMPER DEVICE

PIOLAX, INC., Yokohama-S...

1. A damper device provided between a fixed body having an opening portion and an openable and closable body mounted on the opening portion of the fixed body so as to be opened and closed and configured to apply a braking force to the openable and closable body when the openable and closable body is opened and closed relative to the opening portion, the damper device having:an elastic resin member mounted on a projecting portion provided on the openable and closable body; and a receiving recess portion provided on the fixed body to receive the elastic resin member movably,
wherein the elastic resin member includes:
a base portion having a fitting portion in which the projecting portion fits;
a pair of arm portions extending from an outer circumference of the base portion and capable of deforming elastically;
a bridge portion coupling together distal end portions of the pair of arm portions directly or via the base portion and configured to deform elastically as the pair of arm portions deforms elastically; and
a stopper configured to be brought into abutment with the receiving recess portion to restrict the openable and closable body from opening when the openable and closable body opens,
wherein the base portion, the pair of arm portions, the bridge portion and the stopper are formed integrally, and
wherein the receiving recess portion includes: an introducing portion configured to come into abutment with the pair of arm portions to bend the pair of arm portions diametrically towards each other; and a restricting portion configured to come into abutment with the stopper to restrict the openable and closable body from opening, the introducing portion and the restricting portion so functioning when the openable and closable body opens to cause the elastic resin member to move.

US Pat. No. 10,458,168

FURNITURE HINGE

JULIUS BLUM GMBH, Hoechs...

1. A furniture hinge comprising:a first hinge portion to be fixed to a furniture carcass;
a second hinge portion having a hinge cup to be fixed to a movably-mounted furniture part;
a hinge axis connecting the first hinge portion and the second hinge portion;
a bearing portion inserted into the hinge cup, the bearing portion including a cavity;
a spring device configured to move the furniture hinge from a predetermined angular position into a fully closed position and/or into a fully open position, wherein a first end region of the spring device is supported on the bearing portion when the bearing portion is inserted into the hinge cup, the cavity being configured to accommodate the spring device;
a convex control curve configured to interact from the predetermined angular position towards the fully closed position and/or fully open position via the spring device; and
a pressure portion having a counter contour configured to be pressed against the convex control curve by the spring device, wherein the counter contour has a concave section complementary to the convex control curve.

US Pat. No. 10,458,167

APPLIANCE HINGE COUNTERBALANCE ASSEMBLY WITH SNUBBER

Mansfield Engineered Comp...

1. A counterbalance assembly for an appliance hinge, said counterbalance assembly comprising:a base including first and second spaced-apart side walls and a transverse face wall, said base including: (i) a channel located between the first and second side walls; (ii) first and second elongated slots located respectively in the first and second side walls and aligned with each other;
a rotating cam supported on the base, said cam including: (i) a camshaft that extends between the side walls and that is adapted for rotation about an axis of rotation, said camshaft comprising a first end supported by said first side wall and a second end supported by said second side wall; and (ii) a lobe that projects from the camshaft, said lobe located in the channel between the first and second side walls of the base;
a biasing coil spring comprising an inner end engaged with the transverse face wall of the base and an outer end spaced outwardly away from the base, said outer end of said spring located outside said channel;
a spring rod that extends through an opening in said transverse face wall such that an inner end of the spring rod is located in the channel and an outer end of the spring rod is spaced from the transverse face wall, said spring rod extending coaxially through the biasing coil spring, and said outer end of said spring rod operatively coupled to an outer end of the spring and said inner end of said spring rod operatively coupled to the lobe of the cam by a lever such that said spring biases said spring rod to an extended position where said outer end is spaced a maximum distance from the transverse face wall;
a damper assembly comprising: (i) a damper base connected to said channel; (ii) said lever that operatively couples said inner end of said spring rod to the lobe of the cam, said lever comprising a first portion pivotally connected to said inner end of said spring rod by a pivot fastener, said lever including a tab that extends therefrom outside said channel and said lever further including a second portion pivotally connected to said lobe of said cam; and, (iii) a piston assembly connected to said damper base and comprising a piston which is moved between a first position and a second position by said tab of said lever contacting said piston, said piston assembly comprising a piston spring that biases said piston toward its first position;
said pivot fastener that pivotally connects said lever to said spring rod comprising opposite first and second ends that are respectively slidably engaged with the first and second slots so that the pivot fastener and lever are slidably engaged with the base and adapted for reciprocal linear sliding movement relative to the base;
wherein rotational movement of the cam in a first angular direction relative to said base causes rotational movement of the lobe in said first angular direction and causes inward linear sliding movement of the lever and pivot fastener in a first direction such that said tab of said lever engages said piston and urges said piston inwardly from its first position toward its second position whereby said piston assembly damps movement of said cam in said first angular direction; and rotational movement of the cam in a second angular direction opposite the first angular direction causes rotational movement of the lobe in said second angular direction and causes outward linear sliding movement of the lever and pivot fastener in a second direction away from said piston to allow outward sliding movement of said piston in response to said piston spring biasing said piston toward its first position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,166

PLUG DOOR DEVICE

NABTESCO CORPORATION, To...

1. A plug door device, comprising:a drive source;
a plug operation portion configured to move, based on a drive force of the drive source, a door installed at a doorway of a vehicle in a width direction of the vehicle;
a front-back operation portion configured to move, based on the drive force of the drive source, the door in a front-back direction of the vehicle;
a movement suppressing portion configured to suppress movement of the door in the front-back direction, wherein the movement suppressing portion includes:
a guide rail mounted to the vehicle; and
a shaft member mounted to the door and configured to move along the guide rail, wherein the guide rail includes a first portion extending in the width direction and configured to suppress movement of the shaft member in the front-back direction;
a planetary gear mechanism configured to:
distribute the drive force of the drive source to the plug operation portion in a case where movement of the door in the front-back direction is suppressed by the movement suppressing portion, and
distribute the drive force of the drive source to the front-back operation portion in a case where movement of the door in the front-back direction is not suppressed by the movement suppressing portion;
a fixed base fixed to the vehicle and including the guide rail; and
a slide base movable in the width direction with respect to the fixed base by the plug operation portion, the slide base having the drive source, the front-back operation portion, and the planetary gear mechanism mounted thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,458,165

ADJUSTABLE DOOR HINGE ASSEMBLY

1. A door hinge assembly 1 comprising:a first part having a first leaf and a first knuckle, the first knuckle formed with the first leaf and having a passage defined axially therethrough, a first inner threaded portion defined in the passage of the first knuckle, a slit defined between the first knuckle and the first leaf, an index area formed on the first leaf and located corresponding to the slit, the first leaf having multiple holes defined therethrough;
a second part having a second leaf and a second knuckle, the second knuckle formed with the second leaf and having a passage defined axially therethrough, a second inner threaded portion defined in the passage of the second knuckle, the second leaf having multiple apertures and a threaded hole respectively defined therethrough;
a pin pivotably extending through the first knuckle and fixedly extending through the second knuckle, the pin being pivotable relative to the first knuckle, and fixed to the second knuckle;
a first adjustment member having a first threaded section and a driving portion, the first threaded section threadedly connected to the first inner threaded portion in the first knuckle, the driving portion defined in a lower end of the first adjustment member and adapted to be driven by a tool, a head protruded from a top of the first adjustment member and in contact with a lower end of the pin;
a bottom piece having a second threaded section and a driving flange, the second threaded section threadedly connected to the first inner threaded portion in the first knuckle to prevent the first adjustment member from dropping from the first knuckle, the driving flange of the bottom piece adapted to be driven by a tool, a through hole defined axially through the bottom piece and adapted to accept a tool to extend through the through hole to reach the driving portion of the first adjustment member;
a sleeve including a top end, a slot defined axially through a wall of the sleeve, a length of the sleeve being longer than a sum of a length of the second knuckle and a length of the index portion;
a cover unit having a base and a cover which is connected to the base, the base having a room defined therein, a chamber defined in the base and the second leaf inserted into the base and received in the chamber, the chamber communicating with the room, multiple first holes and multiple second holes respectively defined in the base, multiple rods extending the apertures of the second leaf and connected to the first holes, the cover including an elongate hole located corresponding to the chamber, multiple positioning holes defined through the cover located corresponding to the second holes, and an adjustment hole defined through the cover located corresponding to the room, multiple bolts extending through the positioning holes of the cover and connected to the second holes;
a second adjustment member having outer threads defined in an outer surface thereof, a driving portion formed in one end of the second adjustment member and adapted to be driven by a tool, the second adjustment member threadedly extending through the threaded hole of the second leaf and contacts an inner bottom of the room of the base;
a top piece having outer threads defined in an outer surface thereof, a driving portion formed in one end of the top piece and adapted to be driven by a tool, the outer threads of the top piece threadedly connected to the second inner threaded portion of the second knuckle to position the sleeve between a top of the second knuckle and the top piece, a lower end of the sleeve inserted into the slit of the first part and located corresponding to the index area, when the first adjustment member is rotated, the second part is moved relative to the first part to adjust axial distance of the door hinge assembly, a gap between a lower end of the second knuckle and a top of the first knuckle is covered by the sleeve, when the second adjustment member is rotated, the second leaf is moved to adjust the door hinge assembly back and forth.

US Pat. No. 10,458,164

DOOR HINGE ASSEMBLY FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction each mutually perpendicular to one another, the appliance comprising:a housing;
a door rotatable through a swing arc;
a hinge assembly rotatably coupling the door with the housing, the hinge assembly comprising:
a hinge bracket coupled with the housing, the hinge bracket comprising:
an attachment plate coupling the hinge bracket with the housing;
a pin plate extending in a plane perpendicular to the vertical direction;
a pivot pin extending from the pin plate along the vertical direction, the pivot pin defining a hinge axis; and
an extension portion extending between the attachment plate and the pin plate, the extension portion having a ramped surface;
wherein the ramped surface slopes downward along the vertical direction from the attachment plate to the pin plate; and
a cam plate coupled or integral with the door, the cam plate having a cam projection projecting therefrom, wherein the cam projection engages the ramped surface as the door is rotated through at least a portion of the swing arc of the door such that the door is moved along the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,163

HINGE BRACE FOR PAINTING DOORS

1. A hinge brace comprising an elbow having two arms, each arm having a knuckle, a hinge pin hole formed in said knuckle, a recessed edge, and a tab extending from each recessed edge, wherein each tab further comprises a distal tab edge extending from said recessed edge and said tab is angled such that each distal tab edge braces against a door hinge when a pin from said door hinge is inserted through said hinge pin hole of said knuckle.

US Pat. No. 10,458,162

LATCHING DEVICE

1. A latching device for attachment to a door closer, said latching device comprising:a shaft having a first end and a second end;
wherein said first end of said shaft has a hook;
wherein said shaft and said hook are integral and in one piece;
wherein said door closer has an articulating arm;
wherein said hook curves around said articulating arm of said door closer;
wherein said second end of said shaft has a length of threading;
an end cap fixed to said second end of said shaft proximate said threading;
an exterior pressure plate having a first side and a second side encircling said shaft;
wherein said first end of said exterior pressure plate is capable of making contact with a posterior end of said door plate and preventing said articulating arm of said door closer from expanding;
a rear fastener secured to said shaft proximate said second side of said exterior pressure plate;
a front fastener secured to said shaft proximate said first side of said exterior pressure plate; and
wherein said front fastener and said rear fastener hold said exterior pressure plate in a fixed location along said shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,458,161

INSIDE HANDLE SUPPORT MEMBER FOR VEHICLE DOOR

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An inside handle support member for a vehicle door, comprising:a base member that is a frame having an opened vehicle interior side end portion, wherein the base member is detachably mounted to a trim constituting a vehicle interior side surface of the vehicle door through an aperture formed in the trim, and rotatably supports an inside handle configured to operate a lock device provided in the vehicle door; and
a bezel that is a frame detachably mounted to a peripheral edge of the vehicle interior side end portion of the base member,
wherein the bezel includes:
an engagement hole; and
an engagement hole forming portion that defines a vehicle exterior side edge of the engagement hole,
wherein the base member includes:
an engagement claw that protrudes on an outer peripheral surface of the base member and maintains a mounted state of the bezel in relation to the base member when the engagement claw is engaged with the engagement hole; and
a guide protrusion having a guide surface that protrudes on the outer peripheral surface separately from the engagement claw, and to be positioned at a vehicle exterior side of the engagement hole forming portion when the engagement claw is engaged with the engagement hole, a distance of the guide surface from the outer peripheral surface in a protruding direction being gradually increased from the vehicle exterior side toward the vehicle interior side, the guide protrusion prevents the bezel from being separated from the base member when the bezel is mounted to the base member, and the guide protrusion prevents the engagement hole forming portion from contacting with a peripheral edge of the aperture of the trim when the bezel and the base member that are integrated with each other are inserted into the aperture of the trim, and
wherein the engagement hole forming portion is positioned at the outer peripheral surface side with respect to a virtual extension line extending from the vehicle exterior side toward the vehicle interior side along the guide surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,160

SMALL-SIZED CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A small-sized construction machine comprising:a self-propelled lower traveling structure;
an upper revolving structure that is rotatably mounted on said lower traveling structure; and
a working mechanism that is provided on the front part side of said upper revolving structure, wherein
said upper revolving structure includes:
a revolving frame forming a support structural body,
a counterweight provided on a rear side of said revolving frame,
an engine located on the front side of said counterweight and mounted on said revolving frame,
a cab provided on said revolving frame so as to cover said engine from above and on one side in a left-right direction of which an openable/closable door is provided, and
a fuel tank that has a fuel filling port and a cap that closes said fuel filling port and stores fuel to be supplied to said engine, wherein
a fuel filling opening that is located on the side behind said door and surrounds said fuel filling port of said fuel tank and a lid member that caps said fuel filling opening to be openable/closable are provided on an outer surface of one side in the left-right direction on which said door of said cab is provided, characterized in that:
a cap holder that is attached to the inner surface side of said lid member in a state of facing an inner surface of said lid member with an interval in order to hold said cap removed from said fuel tank and a lock that locks said lid member from the outside in a state where said lid member closes said fuel filling opening are provided on said lid member,
said lock has a lock lever that is composed of a long member a base end of which is rotatably attached to said lid member and a leading end of which is allowed to enter the gap between said lid member and said cap holder and that rotationally moves between a locking position where said lid member maintains a state of closing said fuel filling opening and an unlocking position where said lid member allows opening of said fuel filling opening.

US Pat. No. 10,458,159

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body front structure comprising:a bumper beam provided in a front portion of a vehicle body;
a hood lock member provided on a rear side and an upper side of the bumper beam; and
a hood lock provided on an upper side of the hood lock member and configured to engage with a hood so that the hood can be opened/closed;
wherein the hood lock member is made of a resin,
a hood lock bracket made of a metal is attached to the hood lock member,
the hood lock is attached to the hood lock bracket, and
the hood lock bracket and the bumper beam are connected by a connecting member,
wherein the hood lock bracket comprises a lock attachment portion to which the hood lock is attached, a joint portion located on a front side of the lock attachment portion, and a front extending portion extending frontward from the lock attachment portion and connected to the joint portion, and
the connecting member is connected to the joint portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,158

VEHICLE DOOR LOCK APPARATUS

ANSEI CORPORATION, Obu (...

1. A vehicle door lock apparatus comprising:a housing fixed to a door, the door being openable and closable with respect to a vehicle frame, and the housing having an entry opening into which a striker fixed to the vehicle frame can enter;
a fork provided in the housing, the fork being pivotably displaceable to a latched position from an unlatched position and vice versa, the fork retaining the striker in the entry opening at the latched position, and allowing the striker to separate from the entry opening at the unlatched position;
a pawl provided in the housing, the pawl being configured to pivot so as to fix or release the fork;
a first lever provided in the housing, the first lever being pivotably displaceable in response to an opening operation being performed on a door handle, the opening operation causing the first lever to act on the pawl such that the pawl releases the fork;
a second lever provided in the housing, the second lever being displaceable to a locking position, where the second lever retains the first lever in a locked position where the first lever is unable to act on the pawl, and the second lever being displaceable to an unlocking position where the second lever does not retain the first lever in the locked position, wherein, in the unlocking position, the second lever enables displacement of the fork located in the latched position to the unlatched position and, in the locking position, the second lever disables displacement of the fork located in the latched position to the unlatched position;
a third lever provided in the housing, the third lever being configured to pivotably displace the second lever from the locking position to the unlocking position response to an unlocking operation being performed on a lock operator and the third lever being configured to displace the second lever from the unlocking position to the locking position in response to a locking operation being performed on the lock operator;
a fourth lever provided in the housing, the fourth lever being linked with the fork such that the fourth lever is displaceable to an unblocking position when the fork displaces to the latched position and the fourth lever is displaceable to a blocking position when the fork displaces to the unlatched position, wherein in the unblocking position, the fourth lever is spaced apart from the second lever, and, in the blocking position, the fourth lever contacts the second lever located in the unlocking position and blocks the second lever from being displaced to the locking position; and
a fifth lever provided in the housing and linked with the fourth lever, the fifth lever being configured to detect whether the fork is located in the latched position or the unlatched position via engagement or disengagement of the fifth lever with a switch, to turn ON and turn OFF the switch.

US Pat. No. 10,458,157

VEHICLE DOOR LOCK DEVICE

MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPOR...

1. A vehicle door lock device comprising:a connecting portion to which a connector for connection to an external device is connected;
a casing;
a latch mechanism that is arranged at a rear end portion of the casing in a vehicle front-rear direction and includes a latch and a ratchet;
a locking and unlocking mechanism arranged in the casing, the locking and unlocking mechanism including:
a lever lock that switches between transmitting or not transmitting a door opening operation to the latch mechanism according to a rotational position; and
a motor that drives the lever lock;
a first switch that detects a rotational position of the lever lock;
a second switch that detects a rotational position of the latch; and
a connecting unit that electrically connects the connecting portion to the motor, the first switch and the second switch, wherein
the connecting portion is arranged at a front portion in the vehicle front-rear direction on an outer surface of the casing,
the motor and the first switch are arranged at a front portion in the vehicle front-rear direction in the casing, and
the connecting unit includes:
a first connecting unit that is arranged at a front portion in the vehicle front-rear direction in the casing and connects the connecting portion to the motor and the first switch; and
a second connecting unit that is arranged at a rear portion in the vehicle front-rear direction in the casing and connects between the first connecting unit and the second switch.

US Pat. No. 10,458,156

RETURN MECHANISM FOR DOUBLE PULL DOOR LATCH

INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC, Tr...

1. A latch for a vehicle door, comprising:a final lever coupled to rotate about a pivot;
a position wheel rotationally coupled to the pivot, the position wheel having a first notch and a second notch, the position wheel being rotatable in a first direction;
a release lever coupled to the position wheel to rotate about the pivot, the release lever being configured to be coupled with a door handle of the vehicle door;
a cam member coupled to the position wheel, the cam member having a cam surface;
a drive lever arranged to engage the first notch and the second notch, the drive lever being pivotally coupled to the release lever; and
a biasing member arranged to apply a force on the cam surface to move the position wheel in the first direction when the drive lever is moved into the second notch, wherein the release lever is configured to move the position wheel from the first position to the second position based on the door handle being pulled a first time and wherein the position wheel is configured to rotate the final lever to a released position based on the door handle being pulled a second time after being pulled the first time.

US Pat. No. 10,458,154

RESTRAINT CONDITION DETECTION AND NOTIFICATION SYSTEM, DEVICES, AND METHODS

Carl Caprino, Lakewood, ...

1. A system for restraint condition detection and notification comprising:a restraining device, configured to contain or be associated with a sensing element that selectively senses a condition of the restraining device,
a communication component that selectively communicates a sensed condition of the restraining device, and
an activation/deactivation component that selectively powers at least one of the restraining device, the sensing element, and the communication component, wherein the sensing element detects an interaction with a connecting element between a matching pair of limb restraints that indicates a sensed value above a threshold and that indication is at least one of vibration from a cutting action, excess torsion from a twisting action, and distance greater than a preset level.

US Pat. No. 10,458,153

PADLOCK

RYNAN TECHNOLOGIES PTE. L...

1. A padlock comprising:a shackle comprising a heel end pivotally attached to a padlock body for rotation about a first axis perpendicular to a plane and a toe end opposite said heel end and moveable in said plane between a first position wherein said toe end is away from said body, and a second position wherein said toe end is received within a detent in said body;
a detent mechanism comprising a stop defining a hollow for receiving said toe end and an actuator for moving said hollow in a direction parallel to said axis between a locked position wherein said toe end is received within said hollow securing said toe end within said detent and an unlocked position wherein said toe end is no longer received within said hollow;
an electronic circuit comprising at least one user input for controlling said actuator such that said hollow is moved between said locked position and said unlocked position; and
a battery for powering said electronic circuit and said actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,458,152

GATE ASSEMBLY EMPLOYING A DUAL ACTUATOR LATCHING MECHANISM

PROOFED, INC., Lafayette...

1. A safety gate assembly, comprising:a pivoting gate element including a secured end and an open end, pivoting at the secured end between an open and a closed position;
a pivoting lever disposed at the open end of the gate including a first end and second end;
two or more pawls disposed adjacent the pivoting lever, the pawls include a pivot end and a free end and pivot away from and toward each other capturing the pivoting lever between the pawls at the free end to latch the pivoting gate in the closed position;
a piston driven locking block disposed adjacent the pawls at the pivot end;
a driving mechanism in mechanical communication with the block driving the block back and forth and into a locking position when the block is driven between the pawls at the pivot end;
a remote actuator in wireless communication with the driving mechanism, signaling the driving mechanism to shift the block away from the pivot ends of the pawls allowing the pawls to pivot away from each other at the pawl free ends releasing the pivoting lever from between the pawls to unlatch the gate to the open position;
a manual actuator leg disposed adjacent the second end of the lever; and
a manual release handle coupled to the actuator leg, an upward force of the handle elevates the second end of the lever releasing the first end of the lever from between the pawls to unlatch the gate to the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,151

METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY CONTROLLING A PLURALITY OF DOOR LOCKS UNDER EMERGENCY

1. A method for simultaneously controlling a plurality of door locks under emergency, comprising:connecting the plurality of door locks with a control device, with the control device obtaining control authority of each of the plurality of door locks;
physically and removably connecting an unlocking device with the control device, with the control device identifying the unlocking device, wherein the control device actuates and sets all of the plurality of door locks to a locking state when the unlocking device is identified as being incorrect, and wherein each of all of the plurality of door locks obtains unlocking authority when the unlocking device is identified as being correct;
simultaneously setting all of the plurality of door locks connected to the control device into the locking state when the unlocking device is physically removed from the control device, and the control device enters a first priority emergency state, wherein all of the plurality of door locks lose the unlocking authority and are incapable of being unlocked independently;
sending a first-class report to a police system after all of the plurality of door locks have lost the unlocking authority;
physically reconnecting the unlocking device with the control device, with the control device re-identifying the unlocking device, wherein all of the plurality of door locks remain in the locking state and lose the unlocking authority when the unlocking device is re-identified by the control device as being incorrect;
logging in a backstage with a computer or a smart mobile device with a preset account and a password to connect with the control device when the unlocking device is re-identified by the control device as being correct;
selectively lifting or not lifting the first priority emergency state after logging in the backstage, wherein all of the plurality of door locks set in the locking state remain in losing the unlocking authority when the first priority emergency state is not lifted, and wherein all of the plurality of door locks set in the locking state restore the unlocking authority and a locking authority and are capable of being operated independently when the first priority emergency state is lifted while the unlocking device is re-identified by the control device as being correct;
selectively setting or not setting a second priority emergency state after logging in the backstage while the unlocking device is physically connected to the control device, wherein all of the plurality of door locks retain respective unlocking authority when the second priority emergency state is not set, and wherein all of the plurality of door locks are set to the locking state and lose the unlocking authority when the second priority emergency state is set;
sending a second-level report to the police system when the second priority emergency state is set and all of the plurality of the door locks are set to the locking state;
selectively lifting or not lifting the second priority emergency state after logging in the backstage while the unlocking device is connected to the control device, wherein all of the plurality of door locks restore the unlocking authority when the second priority emergency state is lifted, and wherein all of the plurality of door locks lose the unlocking authority when the second priority emergency state is not lifted.

US Pat. No. 10,458,150

KEY AND ASSOCIATED LOCK

EVVA Sicherheitstechnolog...

1. A key (1) for locking a lock, comprisinga. at least one first surface (2) and at least one second surface (2?),
b. with a plurality of sensing positions (4) provided along a longitudinal extent of the key (1),
c. at which plurality of sensing positions on the first surface (2) at least one first code (3) is provided for reading in the lock and at least one second code (3?) is provided on the second surface (2?) for reading in the lock,
wherein the at least one first code (3) of the first surface (2) differs, at least at one sensing position, (4) from the at least one second code (3?) at the same sensing position (4),
wherein the at least one first and second codes (3, 3?) are configured, at least at a first sensing position of the plurality of sensing positions (4), so that to lock the lock, the codes at said at least a first sensing position must be read on both surfaces (2, 2?),
wherein, at at least a second sensing position (4) of the plurality of sensing positions, the at least one first code (3) of the first surface (2) is identical to the at least one second code (3?) on the second surface (2?), so that to lock the lock, the codes (3, 3?) at the at least a second sensing position only have to be read on one surface (2, 2?) of the key.

US Pat. No. 10,458,149

LOCK APPARATUS

1. A lock apparatus for selectively securing and un-securing a first article to a second article, said lock apparatus comprising;(a) a first element including a primary end portion and an opposing secondary end portion with a longitudinal axis spanning therebetween, said first element having a first element rotational engagement about said longitudinal axis that is adapted to attach to the first article;
(b) an extension beam including a first end portion and an opposing second end portion with a lengthwise axis spanning therebetween, said extension beam having an extension beam rotational engagement about said lengthwise axis that is adapted to attach to the first article, wherein said lengthwise axis and said longitudinal axis are coincident to one another, wherein said extension beam second end portion has a structure to selectively rotationally engage and disengage said first element secondary end portion, wherein said structure is constructed of a male portion that is received in a female portion that includes a means for urging said male and female portions apart from one another to operationally cause a default bias toward said extension beam second end portion and said first element secondary end portion not being rotationally engaged, wherein manual effort is required to overcome said default bias to rotationally engage said extension beam second end portion and said first element secondary end portion; and
(c) a means to selectively engage and disengage the second article that is driven from said extension beam, wherein operationally said extension beam selectively rotationally engages said first element and said extension beam selectively engages and disengages the first article to the second article, thus resulting in said extension beam always being able to selectively engage and disengage the first article to the second article and said first element only having an ability to selectively engage and disengage the first article to the second article when said first element and said extension beam are said selectively rotationally engaged to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,458,148

METHOD TO PREVENT DRY ROT DAMAGE TO A WOOD FENCE

1. A method for preventing dry rot damage to a fence, the fence comprising a plurality of posts disposed vertically into a ground surface, a horizontal support plank coupled to each pair of adjacent posts in the plurality of posts, a plurality of pickets disposed on the horizontal support plank and a pair of horizontal rails disposed on the horizontal support plank and configured to support the plurality pickets in an upright position, the method comprising:providing a first spacer apparatus, the spacer apparatus comprising:
a plate comprising a top surface, a bottom surface opposite the top surface, a front edge, a rear edge opposite the front edge, and a pair of side edges connecting the front and rear edges; and
a pair of end tabs coupled to the plate, each end tab in the pair of end tabs coupled to one of the pair of side edges of the plate and oriented generally perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the plate, each end tab comprising a first width that is less than a second width of the plate along each side edge;
disposing the first spacer apparatus on the horizontal support plank so that the plate and pair of end tabs conform to contours of the horizontal support plank;
disposing the plurality of pickets and pair of horizontal rails on the first spacer apparatus to create a gap between both the horizontal rails and plurality of pickets and the horizontal support plank; and
removing the pair of end tabs from the first spacer apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,458,147

SNAP LOCKING COUPLING SYSTEM FOR PIECES OR COUPLING MEMBERS

1. A snap coupling system between a tubular male coupling member and a tubular female coupling member, the tubular male coupling member and the tubular female coupling member each having a quadrangular shaped cross-section, comprising:the tubular male coupling member having:
a first end, a second end, an inferior wall, a superior wall and opposed lateral walls;
a quadrangular opening cut in a middle portion of the inferior wall;
a first groove and a second groove parallel to each other cut in each lateral wall respectively along two opposite sides of the quadrangular opening, each of the first groove and the second groove extending from an edge of the inferior wall toward the superior wall; and
a retention tab transversely cut in each lateral wall locating between the first groove and the second groove and extending from the superior wall toward the inferior wall, wherein each retention tab is outwardly lifted in an angle with respect to a surface of a lateral wall and has a retention edge;
the tubular female coupling member having:
a first end, a second end, an inferior wall, a superior wall and opposed lateral walls;
a quadrangular opening cut in a middle portion of the superior wall; and
a first groove and a second groove parallel to each other transversely cut in each lateral wall along two opposite sides of the quadrangular opening of the tubular female coupling member respectively, each of the first groove and the second groove extending from an edge of the superior wall toward the inferior wall;
wherein the quadrangular opening of the tubular female coupling member corresponds to the quadrangular opening of the tubular male coupling member so that each lateral wall at the quadrangular opening of the tubular male coupling member enters the quadrangular opening of the tubular female coupling member; and
wherein the first groove and the second groove of the tubular female coupling member corresponds to the first groove and the second groove of the tubular male coupling member respectively, allowing each retention tab of the tubular male coupling member to momentarily flex inwardly with respect to a surface of the surrounding wall of the male coupling member in order to tightly pass through the quadrangular opening of the tubular female coupling member such that when the retention tab recovers its position inside the cross-section of the tubular female coupling member, its retention edge is locked at an inner surface of the superior wall of the tubular female coupling member thus coupling the tubular male coupling member and the tubular female coupling member in a cross-shaped fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,146

WIRE BARRIER

Mid-American Gunite, Inc....

1. A barrier comprising:a support panel comprising a first face, a second face, a first brace, and a second brace;
wherein the support panel is a single continuous panel such that:
the first and second faces are integral to the continuous panel,
the first and second braces are integral to the continuous panel; and
the first brace is intermediate the second face and the second brace;
the second brace terminates in a second panel end;
wherein the support panel is deployable to a freestanding condition defining:
a first bend intermediate the first face and the second face,
a second bend intermediate the second face and the first brace, and
a third bend intermediate the first brace and the second brace;
wherein in the freestanding condition the second panel end is operatively connected to the second face intermediate the first and second bends;
wherein in a packed condition the first and second braces are folded between the first and second faces;
wherein in the packed condition, the second panel end is disconnected from the second face; and
wherein the support panel is deployable to the freestanding condition from the packed condition.

US Pat. No. 10,458,145

LIGHTED SHELTER FRAME CONNECTOR

The Associates Group, LLC...

22. A frame joint for connecting a plurality of elongate frame members adapted to support a flexible shelter skin, said frame joint comprising:a first housing having an interior and a plurality of frame connectors, a first frame connector of said plurality of frame connectors being adapted to releasably connect a first elongate frame member of said plurality of elongate frame members to said first housing and hold the first elongate frame member in a fixed position relative to said first housing, and a second frame connector of said plurality of elongate frame connectors being adapted to releasably connect a second elongate frame member of said plurality of elongate frame members to said first housing and hold the second elongate frame member in a fixed position relative to said first housing;
a battery adapted for storing an electrical charge mounted in the interior of the first housing;
a light emitting element mounted on the first housing and connected to the battery for emitting light to illuminate an interior of a shelter, said light emitting element being positioned on the first housing to direct light toward the interior of the shelter when the joint is connected to said first and second elongate frame members of said plurality of elongate frame members and the plurality of elongate frame members are supporting said flexible shelter skin; and
a switch operatively connected to the electrical source and the light emitting element for selectively energizing the light emitting element.

US Pat. No. 10,458,144

SOLAR GRAVESTONE DISPLAY

1. A gravesite marker comprising:a memorial structure and an epitaph device;
wherein the memorial structure contains the epitaph device;
wherein the memorial structure houses a reliquary;
wherein the epitaph device is an electric circuit;
wherein the gravesite marker is a funerary structure;
wherein the gravesite marker contains the reliquary;
wherein the reliquary stores one or more relics;
wherein the reliquary displays the one or more relics;
wherein the epitaph device detects a person's presence at the gravesite marker;
wherein the epitaph device illuminates the one or more relics contained within the reliquary;
wherein the epitaph device initiates an audible presentation;
wherein the epitaph device extinguishes the illumination of the reliquary after a predetermined period;
wherein the epitaph device terminates the audible presentation after the predetermined period;
wherein the audible presentation is selected from the group consisting of an encomium and music;
wherein the memorial structure comprises a pedestal and a headstone;
wherein the pedestal is a prism-shaped structure;
wherein the headstone is a hollow prism-shaped structure;
wherein the headstone rests on the pedestal such that the pedestal and the headstone forms a composite prism;
wherein the pedestal forms a platform that raises the headstone above a ground;
wherein the headstone is the structure of the memorial structure that contains the epitaph device;
wherein the headstone further comprises the reliquary, a transparent barrier, and a door;
wherein the headstone contains the reliquary;
wherein the transparent barrier and the door attach to the reliquary;
wherein the reliquary is a chamber formed within the headstone;
wherein the reliquary contains the one or more relics for display;
wherein the reliquary further comprises a reliquary cavity;
wherein the reliquary cavity is a negative space formed within the headstone;
wherein the reliquary cavity is a prism-shaped structure;
wherein the interior of the reliquary is visible from the exterior of the headstone;
wherein the transparent barrier is a window formed through the headstone such that the reliquary is viewable from an exterior of the headstone;
wherein the transparent barrier forms a gas impermeable barrier between the exterior of the headstone and the reliquary;
wherein the door is a barrier that encloses the reliquary cavity;
wherein the door controls access into the reliquary cavity;
wherein the door further comprises a lock;
wherein the lock is a mechanical device used to secure the door in a closed position;
wherein the epitaph device comprises a power circuit, a master switch, a timing device, and a reliquary circuit;
wherein the power circuit, the master switch, the timing device, and the reliquary circuit are electrically interconnected;
wherein the power circuit is an electrical sub-circuit of the epitaph device;
wherein the master switch is a maintained switch;
wherein the master switch is further defined with a first lead and a second lead;
wherein the timing device is an electrical sub-circuit of the epitaph device;
wherein the reliquary circuit is an electrical sub-circuit of the epitaph device;
wherein the power circuit provides the electrical power required to operate the epitaph device;
wherein the master switch controls the flow of electricity from the power circuit into the balance of the epitaph device;
wherein the functions of the timing device are to: a) detect the presence of a visitor to the site; b) initiate the operation of the reliquary circuit; and, c) to discontinue the operation of the reliquary circuit after the predetermined period;
wherein the functions of the reliquary circuit are to: a) illuminate the one or more relics contained within the reliquary; b) initiate an audible presentation;
wherein the power circuit comprises a rechargeable battery, a photovoltaic cell, and a diode;
wherein the rechargeable battery, the photovoltaic cell, and the diode are electrically interconnected;
wherein the rechargeable battery is further defined with a first positive terminal and a first negative terminal;
wherein the photovoltaic cell is further defined with a second positive terminal and a second negative terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,458,143

POST SLEEVE ASSEMBLY

1. A post sleeve assembly, comprising:a body having a central longitudinal axis, a first end portion at a first end of the body along the longitudinal axis, a second end portion at a second end of the body opposite the first end along the longitudinal axis, a first aperture at the first end portion, and a second aperture at the second end portion;
a cavity extending through the body along the longitudinal axis from the first aperture to the second aperture such that the cavity is exposed to an external environment of the body through the first aperture and through the second aperture, the cavity bounded by an interior wall of the body, the interior wall including a plurality of standoff elements, each standoff element having a respective innermost surface; and
a plurality of stops, each of the stops adjacent to a respective one of the standoff elements, each of the stops extending from the interior wall toward the longitudinal axis without extending toward the longitudinal axis beyond the innermost surface of the respective adjacent standoff element, each of the stops having a bearing surface that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,458,142

ANTI-LOOSENING ENDCAP FOR UTILITY CROSSARM

Wedax Corporation, Suzho...

1. An anti-loosening endcap for a utility crossarm comprising:an endcap body inserted into the crossarm;wherein a channel perpendicular to an inner wall of the crossarm is disposed inside the endcap body, one end of the channel is open, a pointed head pin is slidably disposed in the channel, the pointed head pin, operable to pierce the inner wall of the crossarm, faces the inner wall of the crossarm, the endcap is further provided with an axial through passage, the passage and the channel intersect at a tail portion of the pointed head pin, and a corresponding pin is provided for the passage.

US Pat. No. 10,458,141

TORNADO SHELTER

Simpson Strong-Tie Compan...

1. A protective enclosure, comprising:a. a front wall having a left edge and a right edge;
b. a left end wall having a front edge and a back edge, the left end wall being attached to the front wall at a left, front edge of the enclosure;
c. a right end wall having a front edge and a back edge, the right end wall being attached to the front wall at a right, front edge of the enclosure;
d. a back wall having a left edge and a right edge, the back wall being attached to the left end wall at a left, back edge of the enclosure, and the back wall being attached to the right end wall at a right, back edge of the enclosure;
e. a roof having front, back and left and right boundary edges, the roof being attached to the front wall at the front boundary edge, the roof being attached to the back wall at the back boundary edge, the roof being attached to the left end wall at the left boundary edge, and the roof being attached to the right end wall at the right boundary edge;
f. a base for the enclosure with the front, back, left end and right end walls being attached to the base;
g. an opening in the enclosure large enough for a human to enter and exit the enclosure, the opening being able to be covered; wherein
h. the front, back, and left end and right end walls have a plurality of panels, each panel having a top end, a bottom end, and left and right side edges, the top end, bottom end and left and right side edges of each panel defining a diaphragm, the panels having side flanges attached to the left and right side edges of the panels, wherein each panel is connected to at least one adjacent panel by at least one fastener received by the panel and the adjacent panel through adjacent side flanges; and
i. each panel is formed with a corrugation in the diaphragm, and the diaphragm has a first front planar section adjacent the left side edge of the panel, and the diaphragm has a second front planar section adjacent the right side edge of the panel; and
j. at the left, front edge of the enclosure, the panel at the left edge of the front wall is attached directly to the panel at the front edge of the left end wall, with the side flange at the left side edge of the panel at the left edge of the front wall registering and overlapping with the second front planar section of the diaphragm of the panel at the front edge of the left end wall, and with the first front planar section of the diaphragm of the panel at the left edge of the front wall registering and overlapping with the right side flange of the panel at the front edge of the left end wall.

US Pat. No. 10,458,140

MODULAR PROCESSING FACILITY

Fluor Technologies Corpor...

1. A processing facility comprising:a first process block configured to carry out a first process;
a second process block configured to carry out a second process;
wherein the first process block comprises a first module fluidly coupled to a second module, the first module being abutted against the second module at a side-to-side edge interface;
wherein the second process block comprises a third module fluidly coupled to a fourth module, the third module being abutted against the second module at an end-to-end edge interface; and
wherein the second module is fluidly coupled to the third module via a first fluid line disposed entirely within an envelope of the second module and the third module and that is not run through an interconnecting piperack.

US Pat. No. 10,458,139

POOL CLEANING ROBOT HAVING A FILTERING UNIT AND A SENSOR

MAYTRONICS LTD., Kibbutz...

1. A pool cleaning robot, comprising:a filtering unit for filtering fluid that passes through the filtering unit;
a calorimetric sensor for sensing a cleanliness related parameter of the filtering unit while the pool cleaning robot is submerged in the fluid; and
a controller that is configured to at least assist in determining, based on the cleanliness related parameter of the filtering unit, a cleanliness of the filtering unit;
wherein at least one of the following is true:
(i) the pool cleaning robot comprises a turbulence generator that is arranged to introduce turbulences that contacts the calorimetric sensor;
(ii) the pool cleaning robot comprises flow limiters that are arranged to limit a flow of side flows over the calorimetric sensor;
(iii) the calorimetric sensor consists essentially of a single thermal resistor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,138

UNDERWATER PLATFORM INSTALLATION IN AN EXISTING SWIMMING POOL

SHAREQUIP, INC., Marco I...

1. An underwater platform installation in an existing swimming pool, comprising:two existing anchor sockets in a deck or a patio surrounding the existing swimming pool, wherein the two existing anchor sockets are configured to secure two tubular existing ladder rails of an existing pool ladder, having two or more ladder treads, the two tubular existing ladder rails separated by a first distance to accommodate a width of the two or more ladder treads;
two tubular platform rails which fit into and are securable by the two existing anchor sockets, wherein each of the two platform rails comprises an upper socket end, which conjugately engages one of the two anchor sockets, a lower terminal end, and a vertical support section between the upper socket end and the lower terminal end; and
a platform structure, supporting a flat underwater platform, wherein the platform structure is horizontally secured between the two platform rails at a submerged platform position, wherein the two platform rails are positionable between a first position defined by the first distance and a second position to accommodate a platform width, the platform width greater than the width of the two or more ladder treads, wherein the two platform rails are rotated outward from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,137

POOL SKIMMER OPENING CLOSURE DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A device that selectively closes an inlet opening in a face frame of a throat in a pool skimmer, the throat having an outlet opening in a wall of the pool skimmer, the throat being in a water flow communication with a chamber, the chamber accessible through a removable lid, said device comprising:a body positioned to close the inlet opening during use of said device;
a support member sized and shaped to be positioned, during use of said device, in a contact with an interior surface of the chamber and adjacent the outlet opening of the throat; and
an elastic member being in a first connection with said support member and in a second connection with said body, said elastic member further being stretched during said use of said device to bias said body into a sealing contact with the face frame and to bias said support member into said contact with the interior surface of the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,458,136

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING WAVES SUITABLE FOR SURFING USING WAVE-FORMING CAISSONS WITH FLOATING WAVE ATTENUATOR

1. A wave generator for a wave pool comprising:a caisson associated with a body of water within said wave pool, wherein a column of water within said caisson communicates with said body of water;
a fan, blower or pump mechanism which introduces air into and out of said caisson and has the effect of causing said column of water to move up and down within said caisson;
a floating attenuator positioned on top of said column of water, wherein said attenuator is adapted to remain substantially in contact with the surface of said column of water as it moves up and down within said caisson; and
a substantially vertically oriented post positioned inside said caisson which is extended through a hole in said attenuator, wherein the movable association between said hole and said post helps to keep said attenuator in a substantially horizontal orientation as it travels up and down within said caisson.

US Pat. No. 10,458,135

SUBMERGIBLE PUBLIC SANITARY DEVICE HAVING AT LEAST ONE CLOSABLE WALK-IN POSITION

URILIFT BEHEER B.V., Bee...

10. A public sanitary device, comprising a housing with one or more walk-in positions, each with a receptacle for human excrement and/or urine, wherein the housing comprises:a first housing part intended for placing underground,
a second housing part received movably in the first housing part, and
a third housing part received movably in the second housing part,
wherein the sanitary device comprises a drive for moving the second and third housing parts between an underground rest position and an above-ground position of use, characterized in that at least one of the walk-in positions is provided with a door for closing the walk-in position and that the door comprises a first and a second door segment, which door segments are movable in longitudinal direction relative to each other, wherein the second housing part comprises the first door segment and wherein the third housing part comprises the second door segment, wherein the housing comprises two or more walk-in positions, wherein at least one of the walk-in positions is provided with the door and at least one of the walk-in positions is not provided with the door, wherein the door is movable in the position of use in transverse direction of the housing between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the open position the door is received at least partially in the housing, wherein the second door segment is mounted on to a rail extending along an inner surface of the third housing part and wherein the first door segment is mounted on to a rail extending over the bottom of the second housing part.

US Pat. No. 10,458,134

STRUCTURAL REPAIR AND REMOTE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

EMECOLE METRO, LLC, Rome...

1. A system for being affixed to a portion of a construction structure that has sustained a fracture comprising:a repair strap having opposing first and second ends, the repair strap being securable to the structure to span at least a portion of the fracture with the first end of the repair strap being securable to a first portion of the structure adjacent one side of the fracture and the second end of the repair strap being securable to a second portion of the structure adjacent a second side of the fracture opposite the first side;
a sensor carried on the repair strap, the sensor configured to detect physical deformation in at least one of the repair strap or the structure, the deformation being occasioned by at least one of tension across the repair strap, strain across the repair strap, enlargement of the fracture, separation of the first and second sides of the fracture, strain of a conductor of the sensor brought on by vibration of the repair strap or vibration of the structure, stretching of the repair strap in a direction between the opposing first and second ends and displacement of the repair strap relative the structure, an electrical signal being generated in response to said detection;
a plurality of deformable leads coupled to the sensor, the plurality of leads including a first lead extendable along the first end of the repair strap adjacent the first portion of the structure and a second lead extendable along the second portion of the repair strap adjacent the second portion of the structure, the plurality of leads being deformable by physical deformation of at least one of the repair strap or the structure, the electrical signal being generated in response to deformation of one of the plurality of leads;
a communication interface electrically coupled to the sensor, the electrical signal generated by the sensor being receivable by the communication interface, the communication interface configured to transmit signals to a remote electronic device via a public or private communication network.

US Pat. No. 10,458,133

PERIMETER WARNING SYSTEM

1. A perimeter warning system for use to warn persons, in construction and repair situations, of the proximity of an edge of a surface on which the person is present and from which he could fall, comprising:a flag line;
a plurality of stanchions;
a plurality of stand bases at least equal in number to the plurality of stanchions, each stand base having a stanchion insertion point, comprising a sleeve into which the stanchion is berthed, to hold at least one stanchion in a generally upright position when assembled together, and each stand base having means to be secured, including a generally solid flat surface having at least one dedicated opening therein on each stand base, to a base which has means, including at least one pillar, sized to fit within the at least one dedicated opening of each stand base, to secure the stand bases thereto when the stand bases are not in use and stacked thereon and on each other;
each stand base being capable of placement near the edge of a surface across which edge there is danger;
wherein the plurality of stand bases and plurality of stanchions are assembled together to form a means to hold the flag line so as to create a visible line of flags to warn of the proximity of the edge of the surface, when warning is needed;
wherein each stand bases comprises a surface which defines an opening into which the stanchion insertion point of another of the plurality of stand bases can be inserted when the stand base and the another stand base are stacked together and at least one other opening;
wherein the plurality of stand bases are stored together, and when so stored securely transportable generally and between a ground position and an elevated position, by stacking them on the base by the stanchion insertion point and the means to be secured of the stand bases, when not in use or when being transported; and,
wherein the base of the perimeter warning system comprises a storage and transportation element, the storage and transportation element comprising a surface onto which the plurality of stand bases can be stacked, one atop another, for storage and transportation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,132

STRING GROOVE MASONRY CLAMP

1. A string groove masonry clamp apparatus for clamping a string, comprising:a clamp body;
the clamp body including a first clamp side;
the clamp body including a second clamp side pivotally connected to the first clamp side;
a string positioning guide connected to the first clamp side;
the string positioning guide including a guide body including an inner end contact face and an inner side contact face, the inner side contact face including a front edge face positioned distally beyond the second clamp side, and the inner end contact face defining a block top string groove.

US Pat. No. 10,458,131

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING HIGH ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE FOR AERIAL WORK PLATFORM COMPONENTS

TIME MANUFACTURING COMPAN...

1. A method for providing high electrical resistance for an upper control assembly of an aerial lift, the upper control assembly comprising control handles coupled to a control panel that comprises a valve assembly and fluid lines directing hydraulic fluid into and out of a plurality of control valves incorporated within the valve assembly, the method comprising:interposing an isolation member between, i) the fluid lines and ii) a set of fluid conduits that extend from the upper control assembly towards a fluid tank disposed on a lower portion of the hydraulic aerial lift that is electrically connected to ground; and
coupling the isolation member to the upper control assembly, wherein the isolation member comprises a manifold, a first set of fittings and a second set of fittings;
wherein the manifold is constructed of material that: i) conducts no more than 400 microamperes at 40 kV AC and no more than 56 microamperes at 56 kV DC, and ii) has a plurality of through-holes configured to allow and withstand hydraulic fluid or pneumatic gas to flow through the isolation member into and out of the fluid lines and conduits at: a) a rate of 6 gpm, b) pressure between 3000 psi and 6000 psi, and c) a temperature between ?40 F and 200 F;
wherein the manifold includes a first face and a second face such that each of the plurality of through-holes extends from the first face to the second face so as to allow the hydraulic fluid or pneumatic gas to flow through the isolation member;
wherein the first set of fittings is coupled to the first face of the manifold and to the fluid lines in the upper control assembly, wherein each one of the first set of fittings is configured to direct flow of the hydraulic fluid from one of the fluid lines into the isolation member or to direct flow of the hydraulic fluid from the isolation member into one other of the fluid lines;
wherein the second set of fittings is coupled to the second face of the manifold and to the fluid conduits, wherein each one of the second set of fittings is configured to direct flow of the hydraulic fluid from one of the fluid conduits into the isolation member or to direct flow of the hydraulic fluid from the isolation member into one other of the fluid conduits
wherein the first and second sets of fittings, the fluid lines, the valve assembly, and the fluid conduits are substantially electrically conductive, and the isolation member substantially isolates the first set of fittings, the fluid lines, and the upper control assembly from the second set of fittings, the fluid conduits, and the lower portion of the hydraulic aerial lift, wherein the upper control assembly is electrically isolated from all electrically connected sources disposed at the lower portion of the hydraulic aerial lift that are electrically connected to the ground; and
wherein the material is selected from the group consisting of a plastic, ceramic and glass material.

US Pat. No. 10,458,130

DEMOUNTABLE WALL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelop...

1. A demountable wall system comprising:a frame component defining a front channel; and
a leveling base within the front channel and comprising a support surface, wherein the leveling base is vertically positionable within the front channel through at least one adjustment mechanism such that a vertical position of the support surface within the front channel is controlled, and wherein the frame component is configured to support a panel within the front channel and on the leveling base.

US Pat. No. 10,458,129

DRYWALL BANJO TOOLS FOR APPLYING JOINT TYPE

THE ADVANCE EQUIPMENT MAN...

1. A tool for applying joint tape to drywall, the tool comprising:a base configured to couple to a drywall banjo that dispenses the joint tape;
an arm including a proximal end and a distal end opposite the proximal end, the proximal end rotatably coupled to the base to enable the arm to rotate between an extended position and a retracted position, the arm rotatably coupled to the base about a first axis;
a corner wheel rotatably coupled to the distal end of the arm to enable the corner wheel to apply the joint tape along a corner drywall joint when the arm is in the extended position; and
side wheels rotatably coupled to the base to enable the side wheels to apply the joint tape along a flat drywall joint when the arm is in the retracted position, the side wheels rotatably coupled to the base about a second axis that is parallel to and offset from the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,458,128

LOOSEFILL INSULATION BLOWING MACHINE WITH A DISTRIBUTION AIRSTREAM HAVING A VARIABLE FLOW RATE

Owens Corning Intellecuta...

1. A machine for distributing loosefill insulation material from a package of compressed loosefill insulation material, the machine comprising:a chute having an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end configured to receive compressed loosefill insulation material;
a lower unit having:
a shredding chamber configured to receive the compressed loosefill insulation material from the outlet end of the chute, the shredding chamber including a plurality of shredders and at least one agitator configured to shred, pick apart and condition the loosefill insulation material thereby forming conditioned loosefill insulation material, the at least one agitator having an actual rotational speed;
a discharge mechanism mounted to receive the conditioned loosefill insulation material exiting the shredding chamber, the discharge mechanism configured to distribute the conditioned loosefill insulation material into a distribution airstream;
a blower configured to provide the distribution airstream flowing through the discharge mechanism, the blower driven by a blower motor;
an airflow sensor positioned upstream from the blower motor and configured to measure an actual airflow into the blower motor;
a control panel configured to direct operating characteristics of the machine and further configured to compare an actual insulation mass flow rate using the measured actual airflow and the actual rotational speed of the agitator to a theoretical insulation mass flow rate for a selected mode;
wherein a flow rate of the distribution airstream is varied by control of the rotational speed of the blower motor as directed by the control panel thereby varying the density, coverage and thermal insulative value of the distributed loosefill insulation material until such point that the theoretical insulation mass flow rate and the actual insulation mass flow rate agree.

US Pat. No. 10,458,127

WINDOW BRACING DEVICE

1. A window bracing device, said window bracing device configured to be used with a window having a glass pane, said window having been fitted into a window opening formed into a wall of a structure, wherein said window bracing device comprisesa bracing arm, said bracing arm being an elongate, rigid member having a first end, a second end, a length, and a midpoint located approximately midway between the first end and the second end;
a first foot located proximate to the first end of the bracing arm, said first foot configured to engage with the wall of the structure;
a second foot located proximate to the second end of the bracing arm, said second foot configured to engage with the wall of the structure, with the second foot being located on a same side of the bracing arm as the first foot;
a window engagement member, said window engagement member configured to directly engage with the glass pane of the window, such that the window engagement member is placed in direct contact with the glass pane of the window and removably secured thereto; and
an attachment component, said attachment component configured to attach the window engagement member to the bracing arm, with the attachment component attached to the bracing arm proximate to the midpoint of the bracing arm and the attachment component attached to the window engagement member such that the window engagement member is located on the same side of the bracing arm as the first foot and the second foot;
whereby the window engagement member of the window bracing device is placed onto the glass pane of the window and secured thereto, the first foot of the window bracing device is aligned with a portion of the wall of the structure, and the second foot of the window bracing device is aligned with a different portion of the wall of the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,126

FLOOR COVERING

TOLI CORPORATION, Itami-...

1. A floor covering comprising:a floor covering main body and a surface layer provided on the floor covering main body,
wherein the surface layer comprises a thermoplastic resin and a plasticizer component in an amount of from 20 to 50 parts by mass based on 100 parts by mass of the thermoplastic resin,
wherein the plasticizer component comprises a mixture of diethylene glycol dibenzoate and dipropylene glycol dibenzoate in an amount of from 30 to 40% by mass, di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate in an amount of from 50 to 60% by mass, and dioctyl adipate in an amount of 10 to 20% by mass, and each of said recited amounts is relative to the total mass of the plasticizer component.

US Pat. No. 10,458,125

MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM FOR FLOOR PANELS

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A method for making a mechanical locking system between an edge of a first panel and an edge of a second panel, the first panel and the second panel each containing a wood based core, the locking system being formed at least partly in the wood based core and comprising protrusions formed in the wood based core, the wood based core of the first panel including a strip extending outwardly from the edge of the first panel, and a locking element extending from the strip in a vertical direction, wherein a vertically uppermost surface of the locking element is located vertically higher than a vertically uppermost surface of the strip, the method comprising:forming the protrusions at least partly by embossing within the vertically uppermost surface of the strip of the first panel, wherein the embossing comprises pressing a tool directly against the vertically uppermost surface of the strip.

US Pat. No. 10,458,123

SIDING PANEL AND ASSEMBLY

Progressive Foam Technolo...

1. A composite siding panel, comprising:a backing member having a front face, a rear face opposite the front face thereof, and longitudinally extending first and second side edges;
a siding member having a front face, a rear face opposite the front face thereof, and longitudinally-extending first and second side edges, and a cutout on the second side edge proximate a top end of the siding member; and
an adhesive coating that joins the rear face of the siding member to the front face of the backing member, wherein the adhesive coating runs substantially from the first side edge of the backing member to the second side edge of the backing member; and
wherein the first side edge of the siding member extends outwardly beyond the first side edge of the backing member to create an overhang, and the second side edge of the siding member is aligned with the second side edge of the backing member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,122

PAPERBEAD FOR PROTECTING DRYWALL CORNERS

Bailey Metal Products Lim...

1. An improved paperbead for use in protecting exposed drywall surface having a non-planar surface contour in an edge region adjacent drywall edges of the drywall surface, the paperbead comprising an elongated core having an inner and an outer surface, an elongated paper strip having an inner surface and an outer surface, a thickness of between 6 and 7 mils, a weight of between 110 and 125 grams/square meter (gsm) and a porosity of 30 to 130 Gurley sec., the inner surface of the paper strip being roughened and being bonded to the outer surface of the core, the paper strip being of a width greater than the width of the core such that at least one edge of the paper strip extends laterally beyond the edge of the core to form a wing on at least one edge of the paperbead, the outer portion of the thickness of the paper strip being impregnated with a strengthening compound in an amount of between 3.5% and 13% of the total weight of the paper strip.

US Pat. No. 10,458,121

GUTTER GUARD BARRIER

GutterGlove, Inc., Rosev...

1. A gutter debris preclusion system for attachment to a gutter and roof, comprising:a gutter debris preclusion device wider than a width of a prospective gutter, having a roof side and gutter side, the roof side extending beyond a roof side edge of the prospective gutter and being configured for attachment to a prospective roof, the gutter side having a contact portion running along a length of the device comprising;
a solid, non-porous lip whose bottom surface is substantially flax; and
a drip leg joined to the lip, the drip leg extending downward into the prospective gutter,
wherein the lip and drip leg and are proximal to a lip of the prospective gutter,
wherein the device spans an open face of the protective gutter and extends at least one of onto or over the prospective gutter lip, wherein the lip is parallel to a top surface of the prospective gutter lip and covers an entirety of the prospective gutter lip when placed thereupon; and
a double-sided adhesive tape pre-attached to an entire length of the contact portion and, upon application of the device, a bottom surface of the adhesive tape is attached to the prospective gutter lip,
wherein the adhesive tape secures the contact portion of the gutter debris preclusion device to the prospective gutter lip and forms a seal therebetween, and prevents galvanic corrosion between the gutter preclusion device and the prospective gutter.

US Pat. No. 10,458,120

METAL ROOFING SYSTEM WITH HOOK-ENDED ROOFING SHEETS AND MATING HOLD-DOWNS

Xiuming Zhang, Winnipeg ...

1. A roofing system comprising:a plurality of roofing sheets each having an outer perimeter composed of four perimeter edges, including a fastening edge and a hooking edge that lie opposite one another, and two side edges that lie opposite one another and span between to the hooking and fastening edges, wherein the sheet is bent under itself at the hooking edge to form a hooking portion reaching back toward the fastening edge; and
a plurality of hold-downs defined separately of the roofing sheets and configured for later securement thereto only during fastening of said hold-downs onto a roof, each hold-down having a fastening end, an opposing hooking end, a hold-down dimension measured therebetween, and a plurality fastening apertures penetrating through the hold-down at locations distributed along an outer edge of the hold-down that denotes the fastening end thereof, said plurality of fastening apertures including some fastening apertures situated nearer to said outer edge of the hold down than others of said fastening apertures, said hold-down dimension being lesser than a sheet dimension measured between the fastening and hooking edges of each roofing sheet;
wherein:
with a sole exception of the hooking edge at which the sheet is bent under itself, each roofing sheet is of entirely flat planar form, thus being flat and planar at both of the two side edges and at the fastening edge; and
each hold-down is of entirely flat and planar form.

US Pat. No. 10,458,119

ROOFING SHINGLES

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A shingle comprising:a substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface;
a polymer foam applied to the substrate;
an asphalt layer covering at least a portion of the top surface; and
a layer of granules adhered to the asphalt layer;
wherein the polymer foam covers at least a portion of the bottom surface;
wherein the polymer foam is at least one of a polyolefin foam, a polyurethane foam, a polystyrene foam, a polyisocyanurate foam, or an acrylic foam; and
wherein the polymer foam covers at least a portion of the top surface and at least partially impregnates the top surface, and wherein the asphalt layer covers the polymer foam on the top surface and at least partially impregnates the top surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,118

FIBER RING REINFORCEMENT STRUCTURES

Hattar Tanin, LLC, Novat...

1. A reinforced building structure, comprising:a lattice comprising a first inter-locking assembly and a second inter-locking assembly,
wherein the first inter-locking assembly comprises a first plurality of ring shaped fibers,
wherein the second inter-locking assembly comprises a second plurality of ring shaped fibers, and
wherein a first ring of the first plurality of ring shaped fibers is folded over a second ring of the second plurality of ring shaped fibers; and
a building agent encasing the lattice.

US Pat. No. 10,458,117

MICROENCAPSULATION OF MATERIALS USING CENOSPHERES

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A composition, comprising: a perforated cenosphere and a core material, wherein the core material is encapsulated inside the perforated cenosphere, wherein the core material comprises a phase change material, wherein the phase change material is 20% or more by weight of the composition, and wherein the phase change material is paraffin wax.

US Pat. No. 10,458,116

BUILDING ELEMENT MADE OF A FIBROUS MATERIAL AND BUILDING CONSTRUCTION UTILIZING SAME

1. A building element comprising:a block made of a fibrous material; and
forming elements disposed on the surfaces of the block including:
a pair of frames interconnected by at least one transverse brace to form a single structure,
a forming mesh disposed between the fibrous material block and the frames on top of the at least one transverse brace,
outer and inner walls which are fastened from an outer side of the frames, and
membranes disposed between the walls and the frames;
wherein an outer contour of the frames comprises curvilinear interlockable elements.

US Pat. No. 10,458,115

DISPLAY SYSTEM

Atomic Design, Inc., Lit...

1. A display system, comprising:a display support structure supported and extending upward from a floor;
a plurality of modular display panels positioned adjacent to each other and extending from the display support structure, each modular panel having:
a panel body with a front surface displayed outward from the display support structure; and
a plurality of fastener receiving passageways extending through the panel body; and
a plurality of modular display panel connectors unsupported by and not in contact with the display support structure and connecting the plurality of modular display panels from a rear planar surface side of the plurality of modular display panels, each modular panel connector having:
a connector plate with a front planar surface positioned along the rear planar surface side of the plurality of modular display panels; and
a plurality of fastener receiving through holes extending through the connector plate and corresponding to the plurality of fastener receiving passageways of the adjacently positioned modular display panels.

US Pat. No. 10,458,114

MODULAR BUILDING STRUCTURE

EMMEALLAENNE S.R.L., Rom...

1. A modular building structure having a complex frame, obtained by assembling a plurality of module frames, and comprising walls and floors implemented by cladding panels,wherein the module frames have a substantially parallelepiped-like shape and are identified by longitudinal, vertical and transversal beams which join at respective angles,
comprising a plurality of connecting knots joining adjacent module frames at said angles, and provided to connect the module frames either to a flat basement or to a roof structure,
wherein each connecting knot has a box-like structure with a hollow parallelepipedal inner core having six walls facing two by two and identifying planes orthogonal to each other, each wall having an opening so that the openings form together three orthogonal channels intersecting at the inner core, and wherein, at each opening, the knot comprises corresponding supporting plates, each lying on the respective plane, and extending beyond the planes identified by at least one or more walls, thereby defining a respective corner or side rest.

US Pat. No. 10,458,113

BUILDING ASSEMBLY STRUCTURE

LEOPLE, Inc., Nonsan-si,...

1. A building assembly structure comprising:a coupling block fixed on the ground or to a frame so as to fix and extend the frame, wherein the coupling block comprises:
a body having a first through-hole passing through upper and lower portions thereof;
a connection member coupled to a lower portion of the first through-hole, and having a second through-hole formed therein, wherein the connection member has a cut portion formed on an outer peripheral surface thereof;
a fixing plate coupled to the connection member so as to be located on the lower portion of the body, and having a fixing protrusion protruding from a side thereof;
a vibration-proof pad coupled to the upper portion of the body in order to absorb load and shocks applied from above;
a bracket installed so as to be vertically movable along the outer peripheral surface of the connection member, and protruding to an upper portion of the vibration-proof pad;
a shock absorption plate coupled to an upper end of the bracket, and located on the upper portion of the vibration-proof pad; and
a buffer member inserted into the cut portion so as to absorb shocks when the bracket moves vertically.

US Pat. No. 10,458,112

BACKWATER VALVE WITH CONTROL LINKAGE

1. A backwater valve, comprising:a hollow valve body having an inlet and an outlet that define a flow path;
a valve member pivotally movable about a pivot axis between an open position in which the valve member is away from the inlet and a closed position in which the valve member directly engages and covers the inlet to prevent fluid flow through the inlet, the pivot axis being disposed above the inlet;
a movable pressure member positioned in the hollow valve body that moves along a track adjacent to the valve member, the track extending below the pivot axis and in a linear, vertical direction that is perpendicular to the flow path, the movable pressure member moving linearly along the track between a release position above the valve member to permit pivotal movement of the valve member, and a locking position in which the pressure member intersects the flow path of the hollow valve body and is immediately adjacent to the valve member to secure the valve member in the closed position; and
a manual external locking activator accessible from outside of the hollow valve body that moves the pressure member between the release position and the locking position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,111

SHOWER PAN DRAINAGE STABILITY APPARATUS

1. A shower drain connector support system comprising:vertical guide terminating at an upper end by a radial installation flange and forming a concave lower end, said radial installation flange adapted to be rigidly affixed between a shower drain pan and a floor;
a collar sleeve depending from said concave lower end adapted to receive a drainage pipe in a contained manner; and
said collar sleeve extending upward within the concave lower end and having a first inner diameter larger than a second outer diameter of a drain pipe being contained; and
said concave lower end adapted such as to allow motor to be filled between a space formed between a concave lower end inner wall and said collar sleeve outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,458,110

DRIVE-OVER TILE INTAKE GUARD

1. A drive-over tile intake guard configured to protect an inlet into a longitudinally extensive drain tile pipe, comprising:a drain tile inlet coupler configured for earth insertion adjacent to said drain tile pipe inlet; and
a plurality of inlet guard rods, each one of said plurality of inlet guard rods terminating at a first end affixed with and protruding interiorly from said drain tile inlet coupler and terminating at a second end distal to said first end, and having a downward sloping portion between said first end and said second end;
said downward sloping portion of each one of said plurality of inlet guard rods configured to displace said second end relatively more interior within a drain tile inlet; and
said downward sloping portion of each one of said plurality of inlet guard rods additionally angularly offset from extending toward a longitudinal center line within said drain tile inlet coupler;
each one of said plurality of inlet guard rod downward sloping portions having an offset angle relative to a radial axis of a like direction and magnitude.

US Pat. No. 10,458,109

WATERLESS URINAL AND METHOD THEREFOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A waterless urinal for a vehicle, the waterless urinal comprising:a fluid bowl having a drain; and
a waterless urinal cartridge removably disposed within the drain, the waterless urinal cartridge including
a housing having
at least one wall,
a waste reservoir disposed within the housing, the waste reservoir being defined by the at least one wall and being configured to hold a predetermined volume of urine, and
a drainage aperture defined by the at least one wall and being configured so that an amount of urine exceeding the predetermined volume of urine flows through the drainage aperture to exit the housing, and
a cover coupled to the housing and forming part of a surface contour of the fluid bowl, the cover including
a sealing fluid reservoir having walls that are separate and distinct from the at least one wall of the housing that defines the waste reservoir and the drainage aperture, the walls of the sealing fluid reservoir form a containment perimeter with an open bottom so as to contain a sealing fluid floating on top of the predetermined volume of urine, and
a plurality of fluid passages for directing urine from the fluid bowl to the sealing fluid reservoir, the sealing fluid reservoir being in communication with an internal cavity of the housing,
wherein the waste reservoir includes at least one fluid flow control feature configured to restrain urine movement within the waste reservoir in response to a change in vehicle dynamics.

US Pat. No. 10,458,108

DUAL-BOWL TOILET

7. A method of conserving water use in a toilet, comprising:joining a second bowl rotatable and operable by a user-operable mechanism, to a first bowl having an upper rim, and a connected passage exiting the first bowl, allowing water to stand in the first bowl to the height of the entry of the sewer line, the first bowl connected via one or more internal passages to a water tank having a user-operable valve enabled to provide, when opened, water in the tank into the first bowl, flushing contents in the first bowl into the passage, and one or more remotely-operable spray openings on and through an inner surface of the first bowl, directed generally upward;
operating the user-operable mechanism, rotating the second bowl from a resting, upright position, to an inverted position facing downward into the first bowl, causing contents in the second bowl to drop into the first bowl;
operating the spray openings with the second bowl inverted, cleaning the second bowl;
returning the second bowl to the resting, upright position by operating the user-operable mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,458,107

DROP-ACTUATED FLUSH MECHANISM FOR A TOILET

1. A drop-actuated flush mechanism for a toilet comprises:a cistern;
a lax hose;
a filling inlet;
a flush initiation mechanism;
a drop-and-retraction mechanism;
an external water supply line;
a fill valve;
a float-actuated trigger;
said cistern comprises a receiving opening and a drainage opening;
said lax hose comprises a first open end, a second open end, and a bight;
said filling inlet being integrated into said cistern, adjacent to said receiving opening;
said drainage opening being in fluid communication with said first open end;
said flush initiation mechanism being operatively coupled to said drop-and-retraction mechanism, wherein said flush initiation mechanism is used to actuate said drop-and-retraction mechanism;
said drop-and-retraction mechanism being operatively coupled to said bight, wherein said drop-and-retraction mechanism is used to lower said bight in order to flush said cistern and is then used to raise bight in order to refill said cistern;
said external water supply line being in fluid communication with said filling inlet through said fill valve;
said float-actuated trigger being in fluid communication with said cistern, adjacent to said drainage opening; and
said float-actuated trigger being operatively coupled to said fill valve, wherein said float-actuated trigger is used to open said fill valve while said cistern is refilling with new water and is used to close said fill valve after said cistern is refilled with said new water.

US Pat. No. 10,458,106

WATERLESS TRAP

ZURN INDUSTRIES, LLC, Mi...

1. A waterless trap comprising:a housing having an outer peripheral wall, the outer peripheral wall having a radially inward facing wall, the housing further having a central post and a plurality of blades extending from the outer peripheral wall to the central post in which the plurality of blades are integrally formed with the central post and the outer peripheral wall;
a seal member having a stem received on the central post of the housing and a skirt extending radially outward and downwardly from the stem in which the skirt contacts the radially inward facing wall of the housing to form a seal therebetween; and
a cap configured to receive a portion of the central post, the cap being a separate component from the housing;
wherein the central post has a central air passage defined by an aperture extending through the central post from a top surface of the central post to a lower extent of the central post and wherein the cap is positioned to inhibit liquid flow from a volume of the housing above the seal member to a volume of the housing below the seal member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,105

MAGNETIC SINK INSERT

1. A magnetic sink insert, comprising:a first ring including an upper portion and a lower portion, the first ring including an outer wall and an interior wall defining an opening;
wherein the interior wall is a continuously smooth surface;
wherein the interior wall defines an uninterrupted open space through which material is able to flow;
wherein an inner diameter of the upper portion is equal to an inner diameter of the lower portion;
wherein an outer diameter of the upper portion is greater than an outer diameter of the lower portion;
wherein the first ring includes a magnetic material;
wherein the lower portion is configured to removably engage a sink drain.

US Pat. No. 10,458,104

HIGH FLOW DRAIN CONTROL

1. A lockable plug device for sanitary ware, the lockable plug device comprises:a closure member operable to sealingly engage with an outlet or drain of a sanitary ware product; and
a closure mechanism, wherein the closure mechanism is linked to the closure member and is operable to displace the closure member relative to the outlet to open and close the outlet; and wherein the closure mechanism comprises a lock feature, which is operable to lock the closure member in an open position;
wherein the closure mechanism comprises a primary lever and a secondary lever, each comprising an upper end and a lower end;
wherein the upper end of the primary lever engages with the upper end of the secondary lever to control movement of the closure member via the lower end of the secondary lever,
wherein the lower end of the primary lever provides a load point, which is operable to rotate the primary lever about a pivot point thereby creating displacement of the upper end of the primary lever and consequential displacement of the upper end of the secondary lever wherein the primary and secondary levers are operable to move to a locked open position, wherein the upper ends of the primary and secondary levers are configured to resist rotational displacement caused by a closing force generated by water flowing through the outlet or the drain
wherein the upper end of the secondary lever comprises a slot and the upper end of the primary lever comprises a pin, wherein the pin engages with the slot such that upon rotation of the primary lever relative to the secondary lever the pin is displaced translationally along the slot to an extremity of the slot, wherein rotation of the secondary lever relative to the primary lever displaces the closure member to a locked open position when the pin reaches an extremity of the slot; and
the upper end of the secondary lever comprise a recess adjacent to the slot, wherein the recess is shallower than the slot, such that a step is defined to one side of the slot, wherein the step acts as a guide for the upper end of the primary lever to adopt a position associated with the closure member being fully open and an edge of the recess acts as a guide for the upper end of the primary lever in the event that a load, which is greater than the load generated by water flowing through the outlet or the drain, is applied to the closure member whilst in the locked open position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,103

FAUCET ASSEMBLY

Guangzhou Seagull Kitchen...

1. A faucet assembly, comprising:a water supply pipeline, which comprises a water outlet pipeline section and a water inlet pipeline section connected to each other, wherein the water inlet pipeline section contains a throat section with a cross sectional diameter smaller than that of the rest of the water inlet pipeline section;
a shell, which is made of hard materials and wrapped around the throat section, so as to define a space that contains air around the throat section, while the throat section has an opening to the space;
a flexible membrane wrapping layer, which is made of elastic materials and is hermetically sealed on an inner side of the shell, so that the space that contains air has an elastic, retractable and sealed boundary;
a heater, which is connected in series to the water inlet pipeline section and is positioned upstream of the shell along the water outlet direction, to heat the water that is about to flow into the throat section;
another water inlet pipeline section, which is also connected to the water outlet pipeline section, such that water coming from the water inlet pipeline section and water coming from the another water inlet pipeline section both flow into the water outlet pipeline section, wherein the another water inlet pipeline section also contains an another throat section with a cross sectional diameter smaller than that of the rest of the another water inlet pipeline section;
another shell, which is made of hard materials and wrapped around the another throat section, so as to define an another space that contains air around the another throat section, while the another throat section has an opening to the another space; and
another flexible membrane wrapping layer, which is made of elastic materials and is hermetically sealed on the inner side of the another shell, so that the another space that contains air has an elastic, retractable and sealed boundary,
wherein the another water inlet pipeline section does not have a heater.

US Pat. No. 10,458,102

MULTI-FUNCTION DEVICE CAPABLE OF TEMPORARILY STOPPING WATER OUTPUT

RUNNER (XIAMEN) CORP., J...

1. A multi-function device capable of temporarily stopping water output, comprising:a water output device, having a water input end and a water output end, the water output device is provided with a plurality of water channels inside, to connect to the water input end and the water output end; and
a switching mechanism, disposed in the water output device, to drive water flow to flow or stop, to realize water switching, the switching mechanism is located in the water channels nearing the water input end,
wherein the water output device comprises a shell, that includes:
a motor sleeve piece, fixed in the shell;
a motor main body, disposed at one side of the motor sleeve piece;
a tight seal cover, disposed at one other side of the motor sleeve piece; and
a driving rod, used to drive a press key to realize pressing;
a water separation plate and a tight seal pad are each disposed between the motor sleeve piece and the tight seal cover, a spring is disposed between the water separation plate and the tight seal cover, one end of the press key is disposed in the motor main body, while the other end is disposed protruding out of the motor main body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,101

EDGE WEAR PROTECTOR SYSTEM

Makuri Technology Pte. Lt...

1. An edge wear protector system adapted to be attached to a bucket of earth moving equipment, the bucket comprising a base plate and a side plate connected to the base plate, the edge wear protector system comprising:a first member attachable to the base plate, the first member comprising an attaching side adapted to connect to the base plate when the first member is attached to the base plate, a proximal side and a distal side opposite the proximal side, wherein the first member comprises a plug channel adapted to receive a plug weld therein and the plug channel of the first member extends linearly across the attaching side of the first member and spaced parallelly from the proximal side of the first member, wherein the first member comprises an opening adapted to provide access to the plug channel of the first member for welding of the plug weld of the first member;
a second member attachable to the side plate, the second member comprising an attaching side adapted to connect to the side plate when the second member is attached to the side plate, and a connecting side at an end of the second member, wherein the connecting side is adapted to be connected to the attaching side of the first member, wherein the second member comprises a plug channel adapted to receive a plug weld therein and the plug channel of the second member extends linearly along the intersection of the attaching side of the second member and the connecting side of the second member; and
wherein the first member is connectable to the second member and the plug channel of the first member is connected to the plug channel of the second member, wherein, the plug weld, when welded to the plug channel of the second member is adapted to secure the second member to the first member and both the first member and the second member to the bucket.

US Pat. No. 10,458,100

ADAPTER SYSTEM FOR ATTACHING COMPONENTS TO DIFFERENTLY SIZED BASE EDGES

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A shim for use with a wear member, the shim comprising:a flat body that defines:
a first aperture that includes a closed end and an open end, wherein the first aperture is defined by at least three surfaces including two side surfaces and at least one surface that defines the closed end and that further defines a surface normal that points toward the open end;
a second aperture that includes a closed end and an open end, wherein the second aperture is defined by at least three surfaces including two side surfaces and at least one surface that defines the closed end and that further defines a surface normal that points toward the open end;
wherein the surface normal of the first aperture forms an angle with the surface normal of the second aperture that is greater than zero degrees;
wherein the body includes a spine portion that is disposed between the apertures and wherein the spine defines a sweep axis for the body of the shim and wherein the spine changes direction along the sweep axis that also changes direction; and
wherein the body defines a third aperture that is similarly configured as the first aperture and a fourth aperture that is similarly configured as the second aperture wherein the first aperture is disposed on the same side of the spine as the third aperture and the second aperture is disposed on the same side of the spine as the fourth aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,458,099

AUTO RECOGNITION OF AT LEAST ONE STANDOFF TARGET TO DETERMINE POSITION INFORMATION FOR A MOBILE MACHINE

Caterpillar Trimble Contr...

1. A system comprising:a mobile earth moving machine, comprising:
a working implement configured to contour soil,
a position determination system, wherein the position determination system is configured to determine a geographic location of the mobile machine based on received satellite navigation signals; and
one or more standoff targets, placed in or near an area where the position determining system produces geographic location determination of reduced accuracy as a result of insufficient satellite navigation signal quality,
wherein the mobile earth moving machine further comprises:
a sensor configured to automatically sense a standoff target signal from one or more of the standoff targets,
a processor, configured to, in response to the position determining system receiving satellite navigation signals of insufficient quality, determine location information for the one or more standoff targets, wherein the processor is further configured to determine a distance and a direction between the mobile machine and each of the one or more standoff targets, wherein the processor is further configured to determine a position for the mobile machine, wherein the position for the mobile machine is determined based on:
a) the location information for each of the one or more standoff targets, and
b) the distance between the mobile machine and each of the one or more standoff targets in conjunction with the direction between the mobile machine and each of the one or more standoff targets, and
an earthmoving implement configured to contour soil, wherein the processor is further configured to determine a position of the earthmoving implement according to the position of the mobile machine as determined based on either the satellite navigation signals or the location information and the distance between the mobile machine and each of the one or more standoff targets.

US Pat. No. 10,458,098

CONSTRUCTION MACHINE HAVING A MONITORING DEVICE

1. A construction machine having an undercarriage, at least one functional component, a chassis on which a cab for at least one driver's position is arranged, and having monitoring cameras which are mounted on the construction machine and are connected to at least one monitor which is arranged in the cab, in order to permit visual monitoring of operations to a side or rear of the construction machine, wherein at least three monitoring cameras are provided which each have wide-angle lenses with camera ranges, and wherein the camera ranges produce image fields for monitoring the outdoor areas around the construction machine, and which are determined in terms of their mounting position and their photographing direction wherein a first monitoring camera is a rear-mounted camera for monitoring a rear side of the construction machine, a camera range of the first monitoring camera has a photographing direction inclined with respect to an installation plane (X) of the construction machine, a second monitoring camera is a side camera for monitoring a left-hand side of the construction machine, and a third monitoring camera is for monitoring a right-hand side of the construction machine, the mounting position of which is located on an upper left-hand corner region or right-hand corner region of a front side of the construction machine, and wherein the camera ranges of the second and the third monitoring camera each have a photographing direction, being the camera's primary axis, pointing downwards in an angular range ±5° with respect to a vertical (Y) of the installation plane (X) of the construction machine, and the second monitoring camera and the third monitoring camera are mounted at different height levels with respect to the installation plane (X) of the construction machine, whereby their image fields are different with respect to their spatial extension, and the image fields of the at least three monitoring cameras are combinable by means of image processing to form one composite image, the composite image comprising a plurality of sections of overlapping portions of two of the image fields which are bounded by seam lines, wherein the image fields of the second and third monitoring camera overlap with each other in a direction of the front side of the construction machine and both overlap with the image field of the first monitoring camera, respectively, wherein the second monitoring and the third monitoring cameras create image fields as side cameras for monitoring the left-hand side and the right-hand side which are bounded by a seam line in front of the construction machine in a direction aligned with a driver's direct field of vision such that there are no blind spots in the direction aligned with the driver's direct field of vision, and wherein the second monitoring camera and the third monitoring camera have wide angle lenses with image angles of at least 135° vertically and at least 135° horizontally.

US Pat. No. 10,458,097

HYBRID WORK MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A hybrid work machine, including:an engine;
an electric motor connected to the engine in such a manner that a torque can be transmitted to the engine;
an electric storage device configured to supply electric power to the electric motor;
a monitoring device configured to monitor a state of the electric storage device and to acquire electric storage device information;
a hydraulic pump driven by power of the engine and power of the electric motor; and
a pump regulator configured to regulate a delivery flow rate of the hydraulic pump, wherein the hybrid work machine comprises:
an increasing rate computing section configured to compute an allowable increasing rate in response to the electric storage device information for pump absorption power that is absorption power of the hydraulic pump;
a limited power computing section configured to compute limited pump power that is a limited value of the pump absorption power on the basis of the allowable increasing rate; and
a pump control section configured to output a command signal to the pump regulator in response to the limited pump power and to control the delivery flow rate of the hydraulic pump.

US Pat. No. 10,458,096

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ALIGNING A FRONT LOADER IMPLEMENT

1. A system comprising:a carrier vehicle including two front loader arms;
an implement mount coupled to the carrier vehicle comprising a first mark, wherein the first mark is positioned on the implement mount between the two front loader arms; and
an implement detachably coupled to the implement mount comprising a second mark,
wherein the first mark and the second mark are both visually recognizable from the carrier vehicle between the two front loader arms when the implement is coupled to the implement mount,
wherein the second mark is positioned on the implement at a location that aligns with the first mark in a forward direction relative to the carrier vehicle when the implement is in position for coupling with the implement mount, and
wherein the first mark is positioned on the implement mount at a location that is aimed at the second mark from the perspective of the carrier vehicle when the carrier vehicle is aligned with the implement in the forward direction while the carrier vehicle moves towards the implement in the forward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,095

CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN EXCAVATOR AND EXCAVATOR COMPRISING A CONTROL UNIT IMPLEMENTING SUCH A CONTROL METHOD

VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPM...

1. A control method, for controlling an excavator, the control method including a step of:providing an excavator including at least:
several movable members, each movable member being configured to move at least a part of the excavator,
at least one actuating set comprising at least two actuators, the at least two actuators including at least one electric actuator, each actuator being configured to actuate at least one of the movable members,
at least one static brake movable between: i) a locking position where the at least one static brake locks the at least one electric actuator, and ii) an unlocking position where the at least one static brake unlocks the at least one electric actuator,
a command device configured to receive commands from an operator and to generate command signals based on the commands,
a control unit configured to receive the command signals and to control the actuators and the at least one static brake based on the command signals,
the control method further including at least:
a reception step wherein the control unit receives a command signal,
an actuation check step wherein the control unit checks whether the command signal requires the control unit to actuate at least one actuator belonging to the at least one actuating set, and
an unlocking step, after the command signal requires the control unit to actuate an actuator belonging to the at least one actuating set, wherein the control unit controls the at least one static brake so that the at least one static brake moves towards its unlocking position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,094

VERSATILE CONNECTOR FOR EXCAVATOR TOOLS

1. A mounting system for attaching implements on a boom, the mounting system comprising:a. a universal rectangular mounting plate comprising:
i. first and second upright attachment portions with openings defined therein constructed and arranged to be selectively secured to the boom;
ii. a first elongate coupling flange disposed on a first side of the mounting plate; and
iii. a second elongate coupling flange disposed on an opposite side of the mounting plate;
b. a first rectangular attachment plate coupled to an excavator bucket for securement of the excavator bucket to the universal planar mounting plate, the first attachment plate comprising first attachment plate receiving segments disposed in parallel so as to accommodate passage of the universal rectangular coupling flanges and at least one opening for receiving a pin; and
c. a second rectangular attachment plate directly physically integrated into a second implement for securement of the second implement to the universal planar mounting plate, the second attachment plate comprising second attachment plate receiving segments disposed in parallel so as to accommodate passage of the planar mounting plate coupling flanges, a hollow housing disposed opposite the mounting plate, the hollow housing defined by a plurality of walls and at least one opening for receiving a pin,
wherein the second implement is selected from a group consisting of a grapple and a blade.

US Pat. No. 10,458,093

ON-SITE MANHOLE CASTING SYSTEM

1. An on-site manhole casting system comprising a top component, a main barrel component, and a base component, each component consisting of:a. a ribbed plastic outer barrel;
b. a ribbed plastic inner barrel;
c. a plurality of plastic tie strips used to connect the said outer and inner barrels;
d. a coupling mechanism consisting of a plastic outer coupling ring and a plastic inner coupling ring, both said coupling rings welded to the coupling ends of the top component, main barrel component and base component which connects the top, main barrel and base components; and
e. a concrete mixture that is poured into the space between the coupled outer and inner barrels, where the poured concrete is allowed to set, and the filled manhole casting system is then completely buried.

US Pat. No. 10,458,092

MODULAR RETAINING WALL SYSTEM AND FAçADE

Horacio Correia, Terrebo...

1. A retaining wall system comprising:at least one rear supporting block comprising top and bottom surfaces and a peripheral surface therebetween defining receiving slots on at least a portion thereof, each receiving slot being defined by a backing wall and interfacing side walls, the side walls defining an inner slot section that is wider than an outer slot section defining inner shoulders between the inner and outer slot sections;
at least one façade block comprising front and rear surfaces, top and bottom ends, and lateral sides, the top and bottom ends;
at least one connector comprising:a rear portion for being fitted into the receiving slot of the rear supporting block;a front portion for being connected to the top or bottom end of the façade block; anda longitudinal body interposed between the front and rear portions,wherein the front portion defines a tab element including apertures for receiving a pin member for being pinned to the façade block thereby connecting the connector to the façade block, the rear portion comprising a first section interposed between a second section thereof and the front portion, the second section being wider than the first section, the first and second sections comprising respective vertical flaps, the second section providing for being fitted within the inner slot section with the flaps thereof engaging the side walls and the shoulders, the first section providing for being fitted within the outer wall slot section with the flaps thereof engaging the side walls,
wherein the connector provides for connecting the façade block to the rear supporting block.

US Pat. No. 10,458,091

PILE DRIVING MACHINE

IHC HOLLAND IE B.V., Sli...

1. A pile measuring system suitable for determining one or more parameters of a pile during pile driving of the pile, said pile drivable into ground by a pile driver, said pile driver comprising a hammer and a sleeve, said hammer and said sleeve placed at a top of the pile, said pile measuring system comprising:at least one positioning sensor, wherein the at least one positioning sensor is attached or attachable to a location on the sleeve and configured to measure position coordinates of the respective location on the sleeve during pile driving of the pile; and
a parameter calculator configured to determine the one or more parameters of the pile from the position coordinates measured by the at least one positioning sensor during pile driving of the pile.

US Pat. No. 10,458,090

SOIL DISPLACEMENT PILES

HUBBELL POWER SYSTEMS, IN...

1. A soil displacement assembly forming a portion of a pile that is intended to be driven into soil and remain in the soil to support a structural load, the soil displacement assembly comprising:an upper helical plate having a central opening defining an inner edge portion, and an outer edge portion;
a lower helical plate having a central opening defining an inner edge portion, and an outer edge portion, the lower helical plate being independent of the upper helical plate and spaced a predefined distance from the upper helical plate along a longitudinal axis of the soil displacement assembly such that the upper and lower helical plates do not overlap; and
at least one curved soil displacement plate having a first edge portion attached to the upper helical plate and a second edge portion attached to the lower helical plate such that a convex surface of the at least one curved soil displacement plate forming a soil contacting surface extends from the inner edge portions of the upper helical plate and the lower helical plate to the outer edge portions of the upper helical plate and the lower helical plate, and is oriented to contact soil when the soil displacement assembly is driven into the soil to displace the soil from the inner edge portions of the upper helical plate and the lower helical plate toward the outer edge portions of the upper helical plate and the lower helical plate so as to create a cavity in the soil.

US Pat. No. 10,458,089

HELICAL PILE WITH CUTTING TIP

HUBBELL INCORPORATED, Sh...

1. A lead for a helical pile, the lead comprising:a shaft having an end portion and a head portion, wherein the head portion is configured to connect to a helical pile extension or a pile drive system, and wherein the end portion includes a short end on a first side of the shaft and a long end on a second side of the shaft that is opposite the first side such that a bottom surface of the shaft is sloped from the short end to the long end;
at least one load bearing helical plate attached at the end portion of the shaft; and
a cutting tip including:
a mounting portion secured to an exterior of the long end of the end portion of the shaft; anda body portion extending from the mounting portion and below the bottom surface of the shaft, the body portion having a cutting bit and a cutting body area adjacent the cutting bit, the cutting body area having a front portion adjacent the cutting bit and a rear portion spaced from the front portion by a pair of side walls, wherein the pair of side walls are tapered from the front portion to the rear portion such that a cross-sectional thickness between the sidewalls at the front portion is greater than a cross-sectional thickness between the sidewalls at the rear portion, the cutting bit having a front surface and a bottom surface, the bottom surface of the cutting bit extending below the front portion of the cutting body area and being tapered from the front surface of the cutting bit to the front portion of the cutting body area.

US Pat. No. 10,458,088

SOIL ADAPTIVE SMART CAISSON

1. A foundation piling with self-expanding footing that counteracts soil erosion, comprising:a vertical foundation member partially or fully embedded in earth, having an upper end, a lower end and a vertical surface, and capable of supporting a portion of building structure;
a first foundation member through-hole having a first through-hole upper opening and a first through-hole lower opening, said first foundation member through-hole extending vertically through the vertical foundation member upper end, through the vertical foundation member, and through the vertical foundation member lower end;
a first puncture-resistant foundation footing balloon member having a first balloon exterior surface, a first balloon interior and a first balloon upper surface adjacent the vertical foundation member lower end,
said first balloon exterior surface being encased in an expansible foundation mesh body having a foundation mesh body volume,
said first balloon exterior surface being adjacent earthen material capable of recession,
said first puncture-resistant foundation footing balloon member having a foundation footing balloon member maximum volume,
said foundation footing balloon member having a first neck opening in said balloon upper surface,
said first neck opening being operatively mated to said first foundation member through-hole lower opening so as to provide an open path via said first foundation member through-hole and via said first neck opening into said first balloon interior,
said first puncture-resistant foundation footing balloon member being partially or fully deflated after installation of the vertical foundation in earth is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,458,087

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEWATERING SEDIMENT PONDS

AECOM Technical Services,...

1. A method for dewatering sediment in a sediment pond comprising:installing a plurality of co-planar drains within the sediment in an existing sediment pond, wherein each of the co-planar drains is installed after all sediment has been added to the sediment pond;
applying vacuum pressure to the plurality of co-planar drains, thereby drawing water from the sediment through the plurality of co-planar drains.

US Pat. No. 10,458,086

FLOATING FLAP GATE

HITACHI ZOSEN CORPORATION...

1. A floating flap gate comprising:a gate leaf configured to be raised by buoyancy effect;
a bottom fitting mounted to a proximal end portion of the gate leaf and having a convex circular arc-shaped surface across a width direction of the gate leaf; and
a plate member having a concave circular arc-shaped surface and a flat surface adjacent to and continuously formed with the concave circular arc-shaped surface;
wherein the concave circular arc-shaped surface is mated with the convex circular arc-shaped surface of the bottom fitting when the gate leaf is in a lowered state,
wherein when the gate leaf is raised the convex circular arc-shaped surface of the bottom fitting is apart from the concave circular arc-shaped surface and in contact with the flat surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,085

AUTOMATIC WATER CONTROL SYSTEM FOR OPEN DITCH DRAINAGE

Custom Water Management S...

1. A control system for controlling moisture conditions in a field adjacent a drainage ditch comprising:a drainage control apparatus configured to be disposed in the drainage ditch and including:
(1) a weir having a drainage opening;
(2) a gate moveably mounted adjacent the drainage opening for opening and closing the drainage opening;
(3) an actuator for moving the gate between open and closed positions;
(4) a controller operatively connected to the actuator for controlling the actuator and the movement of the gate;
(5) the controller including inputs for receiving signals representative of the water table level in the field and signals representative of the water level in the ditch; and
(6) wherein the controller is configured to control the actuator and the movement of the gate based on the signals representative of the water table level in the field or the signals representative of the water level in the drainage ditch.

US Pat. No. 10,458,084

WATER BARRIER FOOT ELEMENT, A WATER BARRIER SHIELD SUPPORT ELEMENT, A WATER BARRIER SHIELD SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A WATER BARRIER FOOT ELEMENT

Inero AB, Mansarp (SE)

1. A water barrier shield foot element for supporting a protective module of a water barrier shield configured to be positioned between a body of water and an area of land to be protected, wherein the water barrier foot element is configured to be arranged against a ground surface and extends in a longitudinal direction, wherein the foot element comprises a base element, a front end, a rear end and a first and a second longitudinal side portion, wherein the front end is configured to be arranged in a direction towards the protective module, characterized in that the base element at one of either the rear end or the front end of the foot element is wider than the other so that the base element has a trapezoidal shape, wherein the base element extends in a first plane and the first and second longitudinal side portions protrude downwardly towards the ground surface from said first plane and wherein the first and second longitudinal side portions comprise gripping structure, wherein the gripping structure are arranged to, when in use, provide friction against the ground surface in order to withstand shearing forces from the body of water.

US Pat. No. 10,458,083

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A RISING FLOODWALL SYSTEM

RSA PROTECTIVE TECHNOLOGI...

1. A retractable floodwall system comprising:an underground housing unit enclosing a floodwall panel and an actuation mechanism that is connected with the floodwall panel;
an access panel that engages the underground housing unit at a top surface of the underground housing unit, the access panel being capable of supporting vehicles passing over the underground housing unit; and
a plumbing system connected with the housing unit and adapted to deliver or remove a fluid from the housing unit, the plumbing system comprising a sparge pipe arranged within the underground housing unit;
wherein, in a stowed position, the underground housing unit, the floodwall panel, and the actuation mechanism are not above a grade level, and
wherein the floodwall panel is configured to be raised by the actuation mechanism along a plurality of vertical guides.

US Pat. No. 10,458,082

TRUCK SNOW-MELTING SYSTEM

1. A truck snow-melting system comprising:a left diverting valve, a right diverting valve, a left transport pipe, a right transport pipe, a left exhaust outlet, a right exhaust outlet, a control circuit, and an operator control;
wherein the truck snow-melting system is adapted for use with an exhaust system of a truck;
wherein specifically, the truck snow-melting system diverts exhaust gases from the exhaust system of the truck to one or more drive wheels of the truck;
wherein the left diverting valve and the right diverting valve are three port solenoid valves;
wherein the left diverting valve and the right diverting valve divert the flow of the exhaust gases from the exhaust system of the truck to the left transport pipe and the right transport pipe, respectively, when the truck snow-melting system is in use;
wherein the left diverting valve and the right diverting valve are both coupled to the exhaust system of the truck;
wherein an input port of the left diverting valve and the input port of the right diverting valve receive the exhaust gases from the exhaust system;
wherein a first output port of the left diverting valve and the first output port of the right diverting valve are coupled to an exhaust pipe of the truck;
wherein a second output port of the left diverting valve is coupled to the left transport pipe;
wherein the second output port of the right diverting valve is coupled to the right transport pipe;
wherein with the left diverting valve and the right diverting valve in a ‘normal operation’ position, the left diverting valve and the right diverting valve direct the flow of the exhaust gases to the exhaust pipe of the truck;
wherein with the left diverting valve in a ‘snow melting’ position, the left diverting valve diverts the flow of the exhaust gases from the exhaust system to the left transport pipe;
wherein with the right diverting valve in the ‘snow melting’ position, the right diverting valve diverts the flow of the exhaust gases from the exhaust system to the right transport pipe;
wherein the left transport pipe is coupled to the left exhaust outlet;
wherein the right transport pipe is coupled to the right exhaust outlet;
wherein the left transport pipe transports the exhaust gases from the left diverting valve to the left exhaust outlet;
wherein the right transport pipe transports the exhaust gases from the right diverting valve to the right exhaust outlet;
wherein one or more pipe hangers in conjunction with one or more band clamps couple the left transport pipe and the right transport pipe to a framework of the truck;
wherein the one or more pipe hangers couple to the framework of the truck;
wherein the one or more band clamps encircle an individual transport pipe selected from the left transport pipe and the right transport pipe;
wherein the one or more band clamps slip over a hook of the one or more pipe hangers to suspend the individual transport pipe from the one or more pipe hangers;
wherein the individual transport pipe runs horizontally under the framework of the truck from a muffler to the one or more drive wheels;
wherein the individual transport pipe comprises a flexible portion and a rigid portion;
wherein the rigid portion of the individual transport pipe comprises an elbow that changes the direction of the individual transport pipe from being horizontally oriented to being vertically oriented;
wherein the rigid portion is coupled to the framework of the truck such that a vertical section of transport pipe is positioned in front of the one or more drive wheels;
wherein the flexible portion of the individual transport pipe comprises a bendable pipe coupling the muffler to the rigid portion of the individual transport pipe;
wherein each of the individual transport pipes are adjustable in both horizontal and vertical directions;
wherein the rigid portion of the individual transport pipe comprises one or more adjustment points where the length of the rigid portion is changed by sliding a first pipe into or out of a second pipe;
wherein the first pipe has a smaller outside diameter than the inside diameter of the second pipe;
wherein the first pipe comprises a plurality of adjustment holes arranged in a straight line;
wherein the second pipe comprises a spring-loaded pin which is captive to the second pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,458,081

WORK ATTACHMENT FOR MOTOR GRADER

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A work attachment for a motor grader comprising:a moldboard defining a plurality of first apertures; and
a trip edge assembly removably coupled to the moldboard, the trip edge assembly comprising:
a trip edge structure including:
a first plate having a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion,
a second plate that extends from a first side of the first plate at the second end portion of the first plate, and
a third plate that extends from a fourth end of the second plate opposite a third end of the second plate from which the second plate extends from the first side of the first plate;
a pivoting mechanism configured to pivot the third plate of the trip edge assembly in a first direction with respect to the moldboard and the second plate when the trip edge assembly encounters an object in a drive path of the motor grader; and
a mounting structure welded to the first plate, the mounting structure defining a plurality of second apertures,
wherein the plurality of second apertures are aligned with the plurality of first apertures to receive mechanical fasteners to removably couple the trip edge assembly with the moldboard.

US Pat. No. 10,458,080

GANGWAY HAVING POSITION LOCKING ASSEMBLY

Safe Rack LLC, Andrews, ...

1. A gangway comprising:a fixed platform;
a support structure connected to the fixed platform in a manner that allows the support structure to rotate with respect to the fixed platform; and
a releasable position locking assembly that inhibits rotation of said support structure in a raising direction, said releasable locking assembly including a closed-loop fluid arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,458,079

BRIDGING SYSTEM

Bright Structures Limited...

1. A bridging system comprising a bridge and a trolley, the bridge comprising a bridge deck having at least two pre-formed bridge sections in the form of ladders, each ladder having structural rigidity provided by at least two box section stringers connected together by at least one rung, and a connector for releasably connecting the at least two ladders together, the trolley including a set of wheels with a track width configured such that in use with the trolley located on the bridge deck, at least one wheel contacts one stringer and at least one other wheel contacts another stringer, the system further including guides for maintaining the at least one wheel in contact with the one stringer and for maintaining the at least one other wheel in contact with one of the other at least two stringers such that the trolley and bridge deck remain in contact while moving relative to, or with, one another for the launching of the bridge deck over a space to be bridged, the trolley being configured to carry goods and/or personnel over, and along, the bridge deck after the bridge has been positioned over the space to be bridged.

US Pat. No. 10,458,078

ROAD MILLING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING THE MILLING DEPTH

Wirtgen GmbH, (DE)

1. A method for measuring the milling depth of a road milling machine, the machine being operative to mill a ground surface with a milling roller lowered to a milling depth to create a milling track, the machine including at least one side plate located to at least one side of the milling roller to engage an untreated ground surface, and the machine including a stripping plate operative to be lowered onto the milling track generated by the milling roller, the method comprising:measuring the milling depth of the milling track, the measuring including detecting a measurement value of a ground engaging sensor engaging the milling track; and
correcting the measured milling depth in dependence on an offset distance between the ground engaging sensor engaging the milling track and a rotational axis of the milling roller, when the machine frame does not extend parallel to the untreated ground surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,077

VIBRATORY PLATE COMPACTOR WITH GRADING MEANS

1. A compactor for compacting soil, and having a vibratory plate and an upper mass connected to the vibratory plate and configured to provide vibrational movement of the vibratory plate relative to the upper mass, and having an operator handle for use in the directional control of the compactor, the improvement comprising:a grading blade mounted to the compactor; and
an adjustment means for upward and downward adjustment of the grading blade;
wherein the grading blade is mounted to the upper mass via a mounting assembly comprising:
two double-spar assemblies, one double-spar assembly on one side of the upper mass and the other double-spar assembly on an opposed side of the upper mass, each double-spar assembly comprising:
an upper spar pivotally connected to the upper mass at an upper spar mass pivot and pivotally connected to the grading blade at an upper spar blade pivot; and
a lower spar pivotally connected to the upper mass at a lower spar mass pivot and pivotally connected to the grading blade at an upper spar blade pivot,
wherein each upper spar mass pivot, upper spar blade pivot, lower spar mass pivot and upper spar blade pivot, has a pivot axis and the pivot axes of one double-spar assembly are aligned with the pivot axes of the other double-spar assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,458,076

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A ROAD PAVER

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A control system for a road paver, the control system comprising:a camera system configured to generate image data of an environment of the road paver, and
a controller electronically connected to the camera system, and configured to:
receive the image data from the camera system; and
apply an object recognition process on the received image data to:
identify an edge line serving as a reference line for a mat to be laid by the road paver;
determine a three dimensional position of the identified edge line;
modify a paving width of the road paver to lay the mat bound by the reference line by automatically retracting or extending a screed assembly of the road paver based on the determined position of the identified edge line, and
automatically steer the road paver based on the determined position of the identified edge line, wherein the controller is configured to simultaneously steer the road paver and modify the paving width,
wherein the simultaneous steering of the road paver and modifying of the paver width includes adjusting a screed width of a screed assembly of the road paver simultaneously with the steering of the road paver based on the determined position of the identified edge line such that the road paver maintains a position centered between edges of the mat to be laid.

US Pat. No. 10,458,075

BASE FOR TURF SYSTEM WITH VERTICAL SUPPORT EXTENSIONS AT PANEL EDGES

Brock USA, LLC, Boulder,...

1. A turf underlayment layer for supporting an artificial turf assembly, the turf underlayment layer comprising a plurality of panels assembled together, each panel including a top side, a bottom side, and edges extending substantially vertically from the top side to the bottom side, the edges having one or more drainage projections spacing abutting panel edges apart to form a drainage path therebetween, the drainage projections being compressible to absorb relative movement of abutting panels, at least one of the panel edges including at least one vertical support extension having an upper surface that is coplanar with the top side of the panel and defines a deviation between linear segments of the drainage path between adjacent panels, the upper surface configured to support the artificial turf assembly overlying the turf underlayment layer, and the panel edges having one or more complementary indentations corresponding to vertical support extensions of the adjacent panels wherein the vertical support extensions are received in the corresponding indentations and permit relative panel movement parallel to and perpendicular to the drainage paths.

US Pat. No. 10,458,074

ACCESS MAT COMPRISING SINGLE UNITARY PULTRUDED BODY

1. An access mat comprising:a single unitary body having a generally planar upper wall, a bottom wall and two side walls joining side edges of the upper wall and the bottom wall;
the upper wall forming an upper horizontal surface arranged to receive materials to be supported and the bottom wall arranged to rest on the ground;
the single unitary body including the upper wall, bottom wall and side walls being formed by pultrusion from composite material comprising longitudinally continuous fibers and a set resin so as to define an elongated tubular body of constant cross section enclosing a hollow interior of the single unitary body;
the single unitary body being free of filler material such that the hollow interior thereof is empty of filler material;
the single unitary body including a plurality of parallel reinforcing ribs extending along a length of the single unitary body and bridging the hollow interior in a direction across the thickness of the single unitary body so as to resist compression of the single unitary body in the direction of the thickness of the single unitary body, said ribs being integrally formed with the single unitary body by pultrusion from composite material comprising longitudinally continuous fibers and a set resin;
the bottom wall having a plurality of recessed channels therein where the recessed channels have a depth from the bottom surface greater than the thickness of the bottom wall, the recessed channels being arranged longitudinally of the single unitary body at spaced positions across the width of the single unitary body spaced from the side walls;
and a plurality of elongate connector members each shaped to fit into a respective one of the recessed channels with a bottom surface of the connector member coplanar with the bottom surface and a top surface of the connector member in engagement with a raised surface of the respective recessed channel;
the elongate connector members being arranged for connection of an end of the single unitary body to an adjacent end of another single unitary body by bridging from said single unitary body to the adjacent single unitary body;
the elongate connector members being formed by pultrusion from composite material comprising longitudinally continuous fibers and a set resin so as to define an elongated tubular body of constant cross section enclosing a hollow interior of the respective connector member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,073

SUSPENDED LAYERED ENERGY ABSORBING MATERIAL FOR VEHICLE ARRESTING SYSTEMS

Engineered Arresting Syst...

1. A vehicle arresting system layered structure, comprising:at least one suspended upper portion of crushable energy absorbing material having a thickness and a first strength; and
at least one lower base portion comprising a crushable energy absorbing material having a thickness and a second, lower strength than the material having a first strength such that the lower base portion is more easily crushable than the upper portion; and
a weather-protective coating, film, shell, or combination thereof covering at least part of the upper portion of the vehicle arresting system layered structure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,072

METHOD FOR RENEWAL OF A TRACK

1. A method for renewal of a track, the method comprising the following steps:a) pivotably mounting a crane jib on a gantry crane having a first end supported on a track by vertically adjustable supporting devices, picking up a plurality of old track panels by using the crane jib projecting over the track from a train end of an on-track work train, and placing the old track panels on the work train, to create a renewal gap delimited by a gap beginning and a gap end and to expose ballast;
b) after the renewal gap has reached a desired maximum length, using the crane jib to introduce new ballast pre-deposited on the work train into the gap end of the renewal gap and grading the ballast;
c) placing a new track panel pre-deposited on the work train upon the graded ballast at the gap end by using the crane jib; and
d) moving the work train on the new track panel in a direction towards the renewal gap, and then repeating the introduction of ballast and the subsequent placement of a new track panel according to steps b) and c) until reaching the gap beginning.

US Pat. No. 10,458,071

METHOD OF INSTALLING INTERFACE PAD ON CONCRETE TIES

voestalpine Nortrak Inc.,...

1. A method of manufacturing a concrete tie having an embedded interface pad, comprising the steps of:providing at least one interface pad comprising a tubular body having opposed first and second ends separated by a sidewall and a contact pad on said second end;
providing a template comprising at least one opening;
placing said interface pad into said opening such that said second end abuts said template and said contact pad fits within said opening;
placing said template and said interface pad in a concrete tie form;
casting said concrete tie around said template and said interface pad such that said contact pad protrudes from said tie; and
removing said template from said tie once said concrete has hardened.