US Pat. No. 10,711,572

TUBING ASSEMBLY FOR HYDRAULIC SHIFTING OF SLEEVE WITHOUT TOOL MOVEMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A completion string comprising:an outer surface and an inner surface, a completion string opening extending between the outer surface and the inner surface, the inner surface defining an inner region of the completion string and having a recess in the inner surface that is sized to receive a sleeve that is moveable between an open position and a closed position, the inner region being sized to receive a work string at a position at which an outer surface of the work string cooperates with the sleeve and the inner surface of the completion string to define a first chamber on a side of the sleeve, the first chamber being hydraulically sealed by a plurality of seals, the work string defining a first fluid passageway positioned between an inner surface and the outer surface of the work string to provide fluid communication with the first chamber, and
wherein the outer surface of the work string cooperates with the sleeve and the inner surface of the completion string to define a second chamber on an opposite side of the sleeve, the second chamber being hydraulically sealed by a second plurality of seals and wherein the work string defines a second fluid passageway to provide fluid communication with the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,711,571

INJECTION DEVICE

TCO AS, Bergen (NO)

1. An injection device, comprising:a housing comprising an inlet and an outlet;
an outlet sleeve mounted within the housing and comprising at least one radial flow port therethrough for permitting fluid communication between the inlet and the outlet;
a flow sleeve mounted over the outlet sleeve and arranged to move between a first position in which the at least one radial flow port is at least partially closed and a second position in which the at least one radial flow port is opened;
a flow sleeve actuator operable by a biasing arrangement biasing the flow sleeve to the first position and inlet pressure at the inlet of the housing to permit the flow sleeve to be selectively moved between the first and second positions to vary flow through the at least one radial flow port between the inlet and the outlet; and
wherein the biasing arrangement operates to permit the flow sleeve to move towards the first position in which the at least one radial flow port is at least partially closed such that the injection device is normally closed, and an increase in inlet pressure acts to operate the actuator to permit the flow sleeve to move towards the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,570

VALVE WITH PUMP ROTOR PASSAGE FOR USE IN DOWNHOLE PRODUCTION STRINGS

1. Equipment situated to produce oil from a downhole location comprising:an oil well with a casing and a production string inserted in the casing;
a rotatable rod passing through the production string and a valve;
a pump between an oil reservoir and the production string;
the pump operated by the rotatable rod;
a bobbin slidable along the rotatable rod for blocking a flow through the valve; and,
a production string operation wherein the rotatable rod is passed through the valve such that a pump rotor connected to the rotatable rod is removed from the pump, enters the valve at one end, and leaves the valve at an opposite end.

US Pat. No. 10,711,569

DOWNHOLE FLUID FLOW CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING A TEMPORARY CONFIGURATION

Floway, Inc., Plano, TX ...

1. A downhole fluid flow control system comprising:a fluid control module having an upstream side and a downstream side, the fluid control module including a main fluid pathway in parallel with a secondary fluid pathway each extending between the upstream and downstream sides;
a valve element disposed within the fluid control module, the valve element operable between an open position wherein fluid flow through the main fluid pathway is allowed and a closed position wherein fluid flow through the main fluid pathway is prevented;
a viscosity discriminator disposed within the fluid control module, the viscosity discriminator having a viscosity sensitive channel that forms at least a portion of the secondary fluid pathway;
a differential pressure switch operable to shift the valve element between the open and closed positions, the differential pressure switch including a first pressure signal from the upstream side, a second pressure signal from the downstream side and a third pressure signal from the secondary fluid pathway, the first and second pressure signals biasing the valve element toward the open position, the third pressure signal biasing the valve element toward the closed position; and
a dissolvable prop member configured to maintain the valve element in the open position, the dissolvable prop member operable to be dissolved by a dissolution solvent downhole to allow the valve element to operate between the open and closed positions;
wherein, a magnitude of the third pressure signal is dependent upon the viscosity of a fluid flowing through the secondary fluid pathway; and
wherein, the differential pressure switch is operated responsive to changes in the viscosity of the fluid, thereby controlling fluid flow through the main fluid pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,711,568

VALVE WITH SHUTTLE FOR USE IN FLOW MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

1. A method of protecting a pump comprising the steps of:lifting fluid from a hydrocarbon reservoir with the pump;
providing a valve downstream of the pump, the valve including a shuttle and a valve body;
providing a shuttle through hole, the through hole including a shuttle chamber interconnecting a first shuttle port and a shuttle passage, the shuttle passage leading to a second shuttle port;
inserting a spherical closure in the shuttle chamber, the spherical closure free to move within the chamber under the influence of a fluid flow passing through the chamber;
movably inserting the shuttle in a valve body chamber and a positioning a spring between the shuttle and a valve body fixture;
controlling operation of a spill port with a shuttle nose that incorporates the second shuttle port, the spring tending to close the spill port; and,
closing the spill port when a) flow carries the spherical closure toward the second shuttle port but does not block the second shuttle port and b) the spring gets longer;
wherein the pump is protected by opening the spill port when a) flow carries the spherical closure to block the first shuttle port and b) the spring gets shorter.

US Pat. No. 10,711,567

FRAC PUMP SEAT ASSEMBLY

ST9 GAS AND OIL, LLC, Th...

1. A valve seat assembly, comprising:a seat body having a central channel extending between an upper surface and a lower surface, the central channel having a tapered surface adjacent the upper surface, the seat body having an outer surface with an upper outer surface portion adjacent the upper surface of the seat body having a first diameter and a lower outer surface portion having a second diameter adjacent the lower surface of the seat body, the second diameter smaller than the first diameter, the seat body further having a notch formed in the outer surface adjacent the lower surface of the seat body at the intersection of the lower outer surface portion and the lower surface of the seat body; and
a wiper seal disposed in the notch about the lower outer surface portion and adjacent the lower surface of the seat body, the wiper seal having a base with a lip protruding from the base and a groove formed in the base adjacent the lip, wherein the seal has a seal diameter at the lip that is larger than the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,711,566

WELLBORE CEMENTING SYSTEM

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A system comprising:a casing to line at least part of a wellbore;
a pipe to introduce cement slurry containing capsules into the wellbore, the capsules comprising an accelerator, the accelerator to react with the cement slurry to affect a thickening time of the cement slurry; and
a substructure occupying a terminal end of the pipe, the substructure having an output to the wellbore, the output comprising shearing pins, the substructure being arranged to receive the cement slurry from the pipe and to pass the cement slurry through the shearing pins to the wellbore, the substructure being configured to rotate while the cement slurry exits the pipe, where rotation of the substructure causes the shearing pins to rotate and thereby to break at least some of the capsules in the cement slurry.

US Pat. No. 10,711,565

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMEDIATING A MICROANNULUS IN A WELLBORE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method comprising:conveying a downhole tool into a cased wellbore to a location of interest, wherein the location of interest includes one or more perforations in a casing and a microannulus, wherein the downhole tool comprises a heat generation device and a fill material removal device;
activating the heat generation device to melt a fill material at the location of interest such that the fill material flows through the one or more perforations into one or more voids in or around cement disposed between the casing and the cased wellbore, wherein the one or more voids comprises the microannulus;
deactivating the heat generation device to facilitate solidification of the fill material in the one or more voids and sealing of the microannulus, and solidification of a portion of excess fill material within the casing at the location of interest; and
activating the fill material removal device to remove the portion of excess fill material by re-melting the portion of excess fill material with the heat generation device.

US Pat. No. 10,711,564

USE OF DEGRADABLE METAL ALLOY WASTE PARTICULATES IN WELL TREATMENT FLUIDS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of treating a well, comprising:providing a well treatment fluid, said well treatment fluid including:
a base fluid; and
a plurality of degradable metal alloy milling waste particulates, wherein said degradable metal alloy milling waste particles are provided by milling a degradable metal alloy work piece to obtain a wellbore component and said degradable metal alloy milling waste particles;
introducing said well treatment fluid into said well and allowing said well treatment fluid to treat the well; and
allowing said degradable metal alloy milling waste particulates to degrade.

US Pat. No. 10,711,563

DOWNHOLE TOOL HAVING A MANDREL WITH A RELIEF POINT

The WellBoss Company, LLC...

1. A downhole tool for use in a wellbore, the downhole tool comprising:a mandrel, the mandrel further comprising:
a distal end; a proximate end; and an outer surface,
wherein the outer surface comprises a first outer diameter at the distal end, a second outer diameter at the proximate end, an angled linear transition surface therebetween, wherein the outer surface of the proximate end comprises a tapered surface, wherein the proximate end comprises at least three protrusions, wherein an inner bore extends entirely through the mandrel from the proximate end to the distal end, wherein a ball seat is located in the inner bore, wherein a relief point is formed in the proximate end, and wherein the distal end comprises a set of threads;
a first metal slip disposed around the mandrel proximate to the distal end, the first metal slip having a slip face configured with a set of mating holes, and the first metal slip further comprising:
a circular one-piece metal slip body having a plurality of longitudinal holes disposed therein; and
an outer surface comprising columns of serrated teeth;
a second metal slip disposed around the mandrel proximate to the proximate end, the second metal slip having a second slip face configured with a second slip set of mating holes;
a bearing plate disposed around the mandrel, and having set of bearing plate stabilizer pins engaged with the second slip set of mating holes, and further comprising an angled inner plate surface engaged with the angled linear transition surface;
a first cone disposed around the mandrel, and proximate to the first metal slip;
a second cone disposed around the mandrel, and proximate to the second metal slip;
a sealing element disposed around the mandrel, and between the first cone and the second cone; and
a lower sleeve engaged with the set of threads, and disposed proximate to the first metal slip,
wherein the second outer diameter is greater than the first outer diameter, wherein the relief point comprises a groove formed circumferentially, wherein the lower sleeve comprises a set of stabilizer pins configured to engage the set of mating holes, and wherein an at least one of the plurality of longitudinal holes does not extend all the way longitudinally or radially through the slip body, and are disposed along an inner surface of the slip body.

US Pat. No. 10,711,562

ANNULAR BARRIER WITH EXPANSION UNIT

Welltec Oilfield Solution...

1. An annular barrier to be expanded in an annulus between a well tubular structure and a wall of a borehole downhole for providing zone isolation between a first zone having a first pressure and a second zone, the annular barrier comprising:a tubular metal part for mounting as part of the well tubular structure, the tubular metal part having a first expansion opening, an axial extension and 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 the wall of the borehole, each end of the expandable sleeve being connected with the tubular metal part, and
an annular space between the inner face of the expandable sleeve and the tubular metal part, the annular space having a space pressure,
wherein fluid inside the tubular metal part has a tubular pressure, and
wherein the annular barrier comprises an expansion unit having a first inlet in fluid communication with the first expansion opening, a second inlet in fluid communication with the first zone and an outlet in fluid communication with the annular space, and the expansion unit comprising an element movable at least between a first position and a second position, in the first position the first expansion opening being in bilateral fluid communication with the outlet to equalize pressure in the tubular metal part with the space pressure when the tubular pressure is higher than the first pressure, and in the second position the outlet being in bilateral fluid communication with the first zone via the second inlet to equalize the first pressure in the first zone with the space pressure when the first pressure is higher than the tubular pressure, wherein the tubular metal part comprises at least one second expansion opening being fluidly connected with the first inlet, and wherein the space pressure is equalized with the greater momentary pressure of the first pressure and the tubular pressure at a first time, even if the space pressure at a second time later than the first time is less than the greater momentary pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,561

EXTRUSION LIMITING RING FOR WELLBORE ISOLATION DEVICES

Halliburton Energy Sevice...

10. A method, comprising:conveying a wellbore isolation device to a location within a wellbore, the wellbore isolation device including:
an elongate mandrel;
a sealing element carried by the elongate mandrel;
a slip wedge positioned about the elongate mandrel axially adjacent the sealing element;
a set of slip segments circumferentially disposed about the elongate mandrel and at least a portion of the slip wedge; and
an extrusion limiting ring disposed about the sealing element and having an annular body that provides a first axial end, a second axial end, and a scarf cut extending at least partially between the first and second axial ends;
actuating the wellbore isolation device and thereby radially expanding the sealing element to seal the wellbore at the location, wherein radially expanding the sealing element moves the extrusion limiting ring from a contracted state disposed about the sealing element to an expanded state, where the extrusion limiting ring is disposed about an outer radial surface of the slip wedge; and
preventing with the extrusion limiting ring a material of the sealing element from extruding axially across the outer radial surface and into axial gaps formed between angularly adjacent slip segments of the set of slip segments;
wherein the extrusion limiting ring is movable between a contracted state, where the extrusion limiting ring is disposed about the sealing element, and an expanded state, where the extrusion limiting ring is disposed about the outer radial surface of the slip wedge;
wherein the scarf cut provides opposing angled surfaces coupled together in the contracted state with a frangible bond.

US Pat. No. 10,711,560

WELLBORE PLUG SEALING ASSEMBLY

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A downhole tool sealing mechanism, comprising:a tubular body with a first end and a second end, allowing fluid communication along the longitudinal axis of the tubular body from the first end to the second end;
a sleeve extending from the first end of the body shaped to seat a ball, the sleeve having radially deformable walls; and
wherein the sleeve is shaped such that seating the ball substantially blocks the fluid communication through the tubular body when the ball is seated, and such that an outer surface of the ball directly contacts and urges an inner surface of the sleeve deforming the walls radially outward during the seating.

US Pat. No. 10,711,559

DOWNHOLE EXPANDABLE METAL TUBULAR

Welltec Oilfield Solution...

1. A downhole expandable metal tubular having an axial extension, to be expanded in a well downhole to abut an inner face of a casing or a borehole, comprising:a first section of a metal material having a first outer diameter,
two circumferential projections of said metal material having a second outer diameter which is larger than the first outer diameter, and
a second section of said metal material arranged between the two projections, each projection having an inclined face tapering from the second outer diameter towards the second section,
wherein the first section, the projections and the second section form a one piece construction of said metal material, and
wherein the second section has a third outer diameter which is smaller than the first outer diameter in an unexpanded condition, and a sealing element is arranged between the projections opposite the second section so that during expansion, the second section bulges more radially outwards than the first section, forcing the sealing element radially outwards in an expanded condition.

US Pat. No. 10,711,558

PRESSURE CONTAINMENT DEVICE

MANAGED PRESSURE OPERATIO...

1. A pressure containment device for containing pressure in an annulus around a tubular body, the pressure containment device comprising:a housing comprising,
a housing axis,
a passage extending generally parallel to the housing axis, the passage comprising an upper end,
a returns outlet port,
an injection port, and
an overflow outlet port,
wherein,
each of the returns outlet port, the injection port, and the overflow outlet port extend through the housing from an exterior of the housing into the passage, and
the tubular body passes through the housing so that a portion of the tubular body extends along the passage in the housing; and
a seal assembly comprising a seal arranged in the housing to surround and enter into a sealing engagement with the tubular body extending along the passage via a sealing face,
wherein,
the injection port is arranged between the returns outlet port and a first end of the seal,
the upper end of the passage is configured for connection to a bell nipple or to a section of a riser pipe and, in use, a fluid flow is directed to the overflow outlet port by exposure to a pressure provided by a fluid in the bell nipple or by a fluid in the section of the riser pipe, and
the overflow outlet port is arranged adjacent to a second end of the seal, the second end of the seal being arranged opposite to the first end of the seal, so that the overflow outlet port is separated from the injection port by the seal, and the overflow outlet port is in fluid communication with the fluid in the bell nipple or with the fluid in the section of the riser pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,711,557

LUBRICATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

THE JLAR GROUP, LTD, New...

1. A method, comprising: connecting a wireline to a downhole tool; connecting a lubricator to a wellhead at the top or head of an oil and gas wellbore, the lubricator defining an internal passage extending along a curvilinear path; and conveying, through the internal passage of the lubricator and along the curvilinear path, the downhole tool in combination with the wireline connected to the downhole tool; wherein the lubricator includes a downwardly concave section extending along a first curvilinear axis, the downwardly concave section defining a first portion of the internal passage, and the first curvilinear axis at least partially forming or defining the curvilinear path along which the internal passage extends; wherein conveying, through the internal passage of the lubricator and along the curvilinear path, the downhole tool and the wireline connected to the downhole tool includes generally aligning the downhole tool with the first curvilinear axis; and wherein generally aligning the downhole tool with the first curvilinear axis comprises pivoting a first portion of the downhole tool relative to a second portion of the downhole tool.

US Pat. No. 10,711,556

FRACTURING TREES WITH HORIZONTALLY OFFSET CONNECTIONS

Cameron International Cor...

16. A method comprising:receiving a fracturing fluid into a fracturing tree through multiple piping connections, wherein the fracturing tree is coupled to a wellhead;
combining, after the fracturing fluid has flowed through the multiple piping connections, the fracturing fluid received through individual piping connections of the multiple piping connections at a location that is horizontally offset from the wellhead rather than being directly above the wellhead; and
routing the combined fracturing fluid into the wellhead from the location at which the fracturing fluid is combined.

US Pat. No. 10,711,555

WELLBORE CONTROL DEVICE

1. A wellbore control device comprising:a housing defining a throughbore, the throughbore being configured to receive a tubular;
a first gate comprising a first hole and a seal groove;
a second gate comprising a second hole and a seal groove; and
seals with a single seal being arranged in each of the seal grooves,
wherein,
the first gate and the second gate are supported by the housing and are configured to perform a movement which is transverse to the throughbore between an open position and a closed position,
the movement of the first gate and the second gate from the open position to the closed position splits the throughbore into an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion and the lower portion being completely separate from each other,
in the open position, the first hole and the second hole are aligned substantially co-axially with the throughbore,
in the closed position, a part of at least one of the first hole and the second hole remains aligned with the throughbore,
the seals are non-metallic,
the seals are arranged to provide a substantially fluid-tight seal between the housing and the first gate and the second gate and between the first gate and the second gate when each of the first gate and the second gate are in the closed position
the housing comprises housing seal grooves,
the seal grooves are arranged to extend longitudinally along respective sides of the first gate and of the second gate, and
the seals are arranged as side seals in the seal grooves and are received in the housing seal grooves so as to provide a substantially fluid-tight seal between the first gate, the second gate and the housing when the first gate and the second gate are in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,554

TUBING HANGER SETTING CONFIRMATION SYSTEM

VETCO GRAY INC., Houston...

1. A subsea wellhead assembly, comprising:a running tool adapted to be secured to a running string being lowered from a surface platform;
a wellhead member releasably coupled to the running tool for landing within a subsea wellhead;
at least one positive indicator assembly disposed within the wellhead member, the indicator assembly having an indicator stem that is adapted to move relative to the wellhead member when a specified function in the wellhead member occurs; and
a communication line connected to the running tool and adapted to extend alongside the running string to the platform, wherein an indication of movement of the indicator assembly is transmitted through the communication line to the platform;
wherein when the specified function comprises landing the wellhead member in the subsea wellhead, the indicator stem moves from an extended position to a retracted position when contacting a landing shoulder in the subsea wellhead; and
when the specified function comprises moving an actuation sleeve of the wellhead member to a set position, the indicator stem moves form an extended position to a retracted position when contacted by the actuation sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,711,553

DESTRUCTIBLE CASING SEGMENTATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USE

1. A casing segmentation device, comprising:a body having a forward end, an aft end, a plug seat, and an internal passage, wherein the plug seat is configured to receive a mating plug, and which plug seat is disposed between the forward end and the aft end, and wherein the internal passage extends between the forward end and the aft end and through the plug seat; and
a fracture mechanism including an amount of energetic material and a trigger mechanism, which trigger mechanism is configured to selectively cause a detonation of the amount of energetic material;
wherein the body includes at least one void and the energetic material is disposed within the at least one void.

US Pat. No. 10,711,552

TUBULAR CUTTING ASSEMBLIES

1. A method of cutting a downhole tubular string, comprising:providing a downhole cutting assembly that comprises:
a landing mandrel;
a motor disposed below the landing mandrel;
a housing rotatably coupled to the motor; and
a blade pivotably coupled to the housing, the blade having a portion capable of being abutted against the downhole tubular string;
positioning a landing seat in a wellbore, wherein the landing seat is disposed on the downhole tubular string;
deploying the downhole cutting assembly in the downhole tubular string after the landing seat is positioned in the wellbore;
coupling the landing mandrel to the landing seat positioned in the wellbore;
pumping fluid into the downhole tubular string at an actuation flow rate;
pushing a piston against a portion of the blade;
abutting a cutting end of the blade against an inner surface of the downhole tubular string; and
rotating the blade around a central axis of the downhole tubular string.

US Pat. No. 10,711,551

MILLING DOWNHOLE TUBULARS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

6. A method comprising:centering a downhole-type milling tool onto a downhole tubular with a tapered mill positioned on a downhole end of the downhole-type milling tool;
milling the downhole tubular located in a wellbore with a downhole-type milling tool; and
receiving pieces of the milled tubular with a junk basket positioned uphole of a set of milling blades within the downhole-type milling tool, the pieces being retained within the downhole-type milling tool, wherein the junk basket comprises:
a plurality of spring-loaded fingers extending from an inner surface of a washover pipe to retain milled tubular pieces from moving in a downhole direction, the plurality of spring-loaded fingers hingably attached to the inner surface of the washover pipe;
a central support shoulder mounted to the central shaft positioned to limit a downhole motion of the spring-loaded fingers; and
a screen uphole of the plurality of spring-loaded fingers to allow fluid passage and to prevent particles greater than a specified size from passing through the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,711,550

ENERGY-SAVING AND ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY PARAFFIN AND SCALE CONTROL ULTRA-STRONG VISCOSITY REDUCTION DEVICE

Shandong Qunfeng Petroleu...

1. An energy-saving environment-friendly paraffin-control scale- preventing ultra-strong viscosity reduction device, comprising a hydrocyclone, a first-stage jet ultrasonic signal generator, a second-stage jet ultrasonic oscillator and an ultrasonic cavitation cavity which are butted in sequence; the hydrocyclone serving as an inlet end, an outer end of the ultrasonic cavitation cavity serving as an outlet, wherein a section of oscillation cavity is additionally provided behind the jet ultrasonic oscillator and before the ultrasonic cavitation cavity, a tail part of the oscillation cavity is provided with a third-stage jet ultrasonic oscillator, and the ultrasonic cavitation cavity is then connected behind the third-stage jet ultrasonic oscillator, wherein each of the first-stage jet ultrasonic signal generator, the second-stage jet ultrasonic oscillator and the third-stage jet ultrasonic oscillator comprises a pipe barrel, a jet device base being mounted in a front section of the pipe barrel, a jet nozzle being embedded in the jet device base, a jet opening of the jet nozzle being in a rectangular flat shape, a gas flow channel being formed in the jet nozzle at one side or two sides of the jet opening, a one-way valve being mounted in the gas flow channel, the one-way valve being mounted to have a flow direction opposite to a flowing direction of pumped oil; a leaf spring being suspended at a rear section of the jet device base, and the leaf spring being arranged to be right opposite to the jet opening of the jet nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,711,549

LOCKING MANDREL AND RUNNING TOOL COMBINATION

1. A locking mandrel and running tool combination for setting equipment in wellbore tubing comprising:(a) running tool;
(b) a locking mandrel releasably attached to said running tool, said locking mandrel having a tubular housing with an interior central core, an inward interior housing surface and an outward exterior housing surface;
(c) a keyway positioned on said tubular housing, said keyway creating an opening extending from said outward exterior housing surface into said central core of said tubular housing;
(d) a locking key positioned at said keyway, said locking key biased inward from said outward exterior housing surface;
(e) a tubular translatable expander mandrel positioned within said tubular housing, said tubular expander mandrel translatably engagable with said locking key, said expander mandrel having an exterior radial shoulder, an interior annular collet finger detent, a plurality of ball recesses and a bearing ball in each said ball recess of said plurality of ball recesses;
(f) an expander mandrel receiver having an outwardly extending radial shoulder section with an annular interior ball detent, said expander mandrel receiver attached into said housing of said locking mandrel; and
(g) a translatable collet having a plurality of collet fingers with an outward extending collet finger shoulder inserted into said translatable expander mandrel through said expander mandrel receiver whereby upward translation of said translatable collet forces said bearing balls from said ball recess of said expander mandrel into said annular ball detent of said expander mandrel receiver thereby allowing said translatable collet to travel upward within said translatable expander mandrel to outwardly expand each said collet finger to engage said collet finger shoulders with said interior annular collet finger detent of said translatable expander mandrel and engage said radial shoulder of said translatable expander mandrel with said locking keys and push said locking keys outward through said keyways.

US Pat. No. 10,711,548

TRAVERSING ACROSS A WASH-OUT ZONE IN A WELLBORE

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A wellbore tool system comprising:a wellbore tractor configured to be positioned in a wellbore comprising a cased section, a first uncased section downhole of the cased section, and a second uncased section downhole of the first uncased section, the wellbore tractor configured to self-propel through the wellbore; and
an anchoring system connected to the wellbore tractor, when the wellbore tractor is in the cased section, the anchoring system configured to:
extend from a distal end of the wellbore tractor and the cased section through the first uncased section into the second uncased section;
secure an anchor in the second uncased section; and
guide the wellbore tractor from the cased section past the first uncased section and into the second uncased section;
wherein the anchoring system comprises:
an extension tool coupled to the anchor, the extension tool configured to extend the anchor when activated; and
the anchor coupled to the extension tool, the anchor configured to attach to a wall in the second uncased section, wherein the anchor is coupled to the extension tool by a rod configured to cross a wash-out zone in a wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,711,547

PARAMETER MONITORING AND CONTROL FOR AN ELECTRIC DRIVEN HYDRAULIC FRACKING SYSTEM

1. An electric driven hydraulic fracking system that positions a single variable frequency drive (VFD), a single shaft electric motor, and a single hydraulic pump mounted on a single pump trailer to pump a fracking media into a well to execute a fracking operation to extract a fluid from the well, comprising:a pump configuration that includes the single VFD, the single shaft electric motor, and the single hydraulic pump mounted on the single pump trailer, wherein:
the single VFD is configured to convert the electric power at the power generation voltage level distributed from a power distribution trailer to a VFD voltage level and drive the single shaft electric motor that is positioned on the single pump trailer with the single VFD at the VFD voltage level to control the operation of the single shaft electric motor and the single hydraulic pump, wherein the VFD voltage level is a voltage level that is required to drive the single shaft electric motor, and
a controller associated with the single VFD and mounted on the single pump trailer is configured to:
monitor a plurality of operation parameters associated with an operation of the electric driven hydraulic fracking system as each component of the electric driven hydraulic fracking system operates to determine whether at least one operation parameter deviates beyond at least one corresponding operation parameter threshold, wherein each of the operation parameters provides an indicator as to an operation status of a corresponding component of the electric driven hydraulic fracking system, and
initiate at least one corrected action when each operation parameter deviates beyond the at least one corresponding operation threshold, wherein initiating the at least one corrected action when each operation parameter deviates beyond the at least one corresponding operation threshold maintains the operation of the electric driven hydraulic fracking system.

US Pat. No. 10,711,546

METHODS FOR OPERATING WELLBORE DRILLING EQUIPMENT BASED ON WELLBORE CONDITIONS

NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, L...

1. A method, comprising:acquiring annular pressure data from a wellbore, wherein the annular pressure data is acquired over a time interval and at least a portion of the annular pressure data is acquired during a pumps-off period;
identifying at least first and second values from the annular pressure data;
comparing the variation between first and second values to a first threshold, wherein the first threshold follows a trend over a plurality of different drill pipe connections of variations of annular pressure data, wherein the trend is a function of length of uncased wellbore; and
increasing at least one of drill string hoisting speed, and drill string hoisting acceleration based on the comparison with the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,711,545

SHALE SHAKER WITH STAIR-STEPPED ARRANGEMENTS OF SCREENS AND METHODS OF USING SAME, AND METHODS OF RETROFITTING SHALE SHAKERS

Elgin Separation Solution...

1. A shale shaker comprising:a base;
a basket supported by the base;
a vibrator interconnected with the basket; and,
first and second shaker screen assemblies releasably mounted to the basket by a deck frame, the deck frame including a discharge shield and a channel, the discharge shield forming at least a portion of the channel, with the first shaker screen assembly having a first discharge end, with the second shaker screen assembly having a receiving end with a seal abutted thereto, with the discharge shield located between an end of the first discharge end of the first shaker screen assembly and an end of the receiving end of the second shaker screen assembly, with the second shaker screen assembly positioned such that the seal is positioned below the first shaker screen assembly and the discharge shield and within the channel, and positioned so that discharge from the first shaker screen assembly will not discharge onto the seal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,544

GRAPHENE OXIDE COATED MEMBRANES TO INCREASE THE DENSITY OF WATER BASE FLUIDS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of servicing a wellbore extending from a surface of the earth and penetrating a subterranean formation, comprising:recovering an aqueous-based drilling fluid from the wellbore;
removing water from the aqueous-based drilling fluid by contacting the aqueous-based drilling fluid with a porous substrate coated with a hydrophilic and oleophobic coating, whereby the water is removed from the aqueous-based drilling fluid via passage through the porous substrate, and whereby a water concentration and a volume of the aqueous-based drilling fluid are reduced and a density of the aqueous-based drilling fluid is increased; and
adding a weighting material to the aqueous-based drilling fluid after the removing of the water therefrom, and
further comprising a mud pit containing the aqueous-based drilling fluid, and maintaining a target volume of the aqueous-based drilling fluid in the mud pit by controlling an amount of the water removed by the contacting of the aqueous-based drilling fluid with the porous substrate and an amount of the weighting material added to the aqueous-based drilling fluid after the removing of the water therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,711,543

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONNECTING TUBULARS

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A method for making up a tubular joint, comprising:rotating a first tubular relative to a second tubular at a first speed to engage the first and second tubulars;
measuring a torque between the first and second tubulars while rotating; and
starting an automatic speed reduction operation to reduce rotating from the first speed to zero upon detection of a trigger condition, wherein starting an automatic speed reduction operation comprises:
calculating a set point of a relative rotational speed between the first and second tubulars using the measured torque; and
using the calculated set point with a controller to control the relative rotational speed between the first and second tubulars.

US Pat. No. 10,711,542

CIRCUMFERENTIAL DISPLACEMENT SUCKER ROD TONG

Automated Rig Technologie...

1. A sucker rod tong assembly for tightening a sucker rod to a sucker rod connector, the assembly comprising: a linear drive mechanism adapted to tighten the sucker rod to the sucker rod connector from a hand-tight shouldered position to a circumferential displacement from the hand-tight shouldered position whereby the sucker rod is tightened to the sucker rod connector, wherein the linear drive mechanism is operatively connected to a rotating pinion gear assembly configured to rotate a sucker rod tong to tighten the sucker rod to the sucker rod connector when the linear drive mechanism is operated.

US Pat. No. 10,711,541

PORTABLE BUCKING FRAME

Pro Torque Connection Tec...

6. A bucking frame comprising:a base to support said frame on a surface;
a back-up jaw unit mounted on said base, said jaw unit horizontally adjustable in relation to said base to position a tubular thereon; and
an adapter plate mounted on a front end of said base, said plate adaptable to receive and mount multiple power tongs whereby said plate is positioned between said back-up jaws and said tongs.

US Pat. No. 10,711,540

CATWALK AND CRANE SYSTEM

CAMERON INTERNATIONAL COR...

1. A catwalk and crane system for transporting equipment of a well system, comprising:a substructure;
a directing frame pivotally coupled to the substructure;
a pipe transporter configured to transport a tubular along the directing frame;
a first actuator coupled to the directing frame and configured to rotate the directing frame relative to the substructure; and
a crane coupled to the directing frame, wherein the crane is extendable from a first end of the directing frame, wherein in an extended position the crane is at a higher elevation than that of the pipe transporter.

US Pat. No. 10,711,539

MODULAR DRILLING RIG HAVING PIPE LIFTING CAPABILITY AND VENTILATION THEREIN

13. A drilling system for use at a wellhead, the drilling system comprising:a plurality of modules each containing a rig component, said plurality of modules being connected or interconnected together so as to form a drilling rig, each of said plurality of modules having a size adapted to be lifted by a forklift or a front end loader; and
a pipe handling system positioned adjacent to one end of said plurality of modules, said pipe handling system comprising:
a base having a plurality of sections telescopically connected together so as to be movable between a retracted position and an extended position; and
a plurality of supports extending upwardly from said base, each of said plurality of supports having a pipe-receiving cradle at an end opposite said base.

US Pat. No. 10,711,538

SLIDE CARTRIDGE

The Charles Machine Works...

8. A machine comprising:a carriage comprising:
a carriage frame;
a first slide mounted on the carriage frame, the slide comprising at least one downwardly-facing wall, and further comprising a wear member disposed on the downwardly-facing wall; and
a roller mounted on the carriage frame;
a machine frame comprising:
a rail having opposed first and second ends, the downwardly-facing wall being positioned directly above the rail;
a spindle supported on the carriage and configured to impart rotational force to a drill string; and
a means for translating the carriage relative to the machine frame;
in which the carriage is supported on the machine frame by the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,711,536

SELECTIVE STIMULATION OF RESERVOIR TARGETS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system for use in a wellbore through a formation containing hydrocarbons, comprising:a coiled tubing;
a distributed sensor array disposed within and integral with the coiled tubing, the distributed sensor array configured to measure hydrocarbon production parameters along the distributed sensor array;
a selective fracturing apparatus coupled to the coiled tubing, the selective fracturing apparatus to fracture selected areas of the formation; and
a controller, coupled to the distributed sensor array, operable to identify the selected areas for fracturing and control operation of the selective fracturing apparatus based on the measured hydrocarbon production parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,711,535

DOWNHOLE APPARATUS AND METHOD

PARADIGM DRILLING SERVICE...

29. A method comprising:providing a bearing, the bearing comprising:
an annular body configured for location on and around a mandrel or tubular body;
an upset portion extending radially outwards from the body, wherein the body and the upset portion define a channel for receiving fluid flow for lubricating the bearing; and
a rotational lock arrangement for preventing rotation of the bearing relative to the mandrel or tubular body; and
locating said bearing on a mandrel or tubular body, the rotational lock arrangement preventing rotation of the bearing relative to the mandrel or tubular body;
locating a collar or sleeve on the bearing to form a downhole apparatus,
wherein the collar or sleeve is rotatably mountable with the tubular body of said downhole apparatus via the bearing, the collar or sleeve configured to engage a bore wall or bore-lining tubular wall to support and/or offset the mandrel or tubular body of said downhole apparatus from said bore wall or bore-lining tubular wall,
wherein the bearing is interposed between said collar or sleeve and said mandrel or tubular body, such that a bearing surface is formed between the radially extending upset portion of the bearing and an inner bore surface of the collar or sleeve, the bearing facilitating relative rotation between the mandrel or tubular body of said downhole apparatus and said collar or sleeve and reduce or mitigate frictional losses between the rotating tubular body and the bore wall or bore-lining wall.

US Pat. No. 10,711,534

STABILIZER FOR A STEERABLE DRILLING SYSTEM

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A stabilizer for a steerable drilling system, the stabilizer having a first helical passageway and a second helical passageway at an outer surface of the stabilizer,the first and second helical passageways extending from a first end of the stabilizer to a second end of the stabilizer,
the first helical passageway being oriented in one of a clockwise and an anticlockwise direction along the stabilizer from the first end to the second end and the second helical passageway being oriented in the other of the clockwise and anticlockwise directions along the stabilizer from the first end to the second end,
the first and second helical passageways intersecting one another,
the stabilizer having a number of blades between the first helical passageway and the second helical passageway,
the first helical passageway having a first cross-sectional area between adjacent blades, the second helical passageway having a second cross-sectional area between adjacent blades, the first cross-sectional area being larger than the second cross-sectional area.

US Pat. No. 10,711,533

THREADED PIPE JOINT

JFE Steel Corporation, T...

1. A threaded pipe joint comprising:a pin having a male thread that is a male tapered thread at one end of a pipe; and
a box having a female thread that is a female tapered thread threadedly engaged with the male thread at the other end of the pipe,
the threaded pipe joint being of an integral type that directly connects pipes with the pin and the box, the threaded pipe joint having a radial seal structure in which the pin and the box are in metal-to-metal contact with each other in the radial direction to seal fluid, the threaded pipe joint further comprising:
an intermediate shoulder formed in the middle of the thread row of the female and male tapered threads,
wherein, under a condition where the female and male threads of the intermediate shoulder are threadedly engaged with each other, the load-flank-side thread gap L1G of a first thread row that is the thread row on the radially inner side and the load-flank-side thread gap L2G of a second thread row that is the thread row on the radially outer side, with the intermediate shoulder interposed between the first thread row and the second thread row, always satisfy the relationship L1G wherein the female and male thread pitch of the first thread row and the second thread row are set to a standard thread pitch p,
wherein the load-flank-side thread gap L1Gm of the thread portion of the first thread row closest to the intermediate shoulder and the load-flank-side thread gap L2G1 of the thread portion of the second thread row closest to the intermediate shoulder are set such that L1Gm wherein the female thread pitch from the radially innermost first thread portion to at least a third thread portion of the first thread row is set to a long pitch pl that satisfies the following expression (1) instead of the standard thread pitch p:
p where p is the standard thread pitch,
pl is the long pitch,
Fw is the axial width of the thread valley of the female thread,
Mw is the axial width of the thread mountain of the male thread, and
d1 is the female thread length of the first thread row.

US Pat. No. 10,711,532

PROTECTION OF DOWNHOLE COMPONENTS FROM SHOCK AND VIBRATION

STAG ENERGY SOLUTIONS INC...

1. A device for mitigating shock and vibration in downhole tools, the device comprising:a body including a cavity;
an insert having a first part located within the cavity and a second part located outside the cavity, the insert being spaced apart from the internal surface of the body to define a gap therebetween; and
an elastomer disposed within the gap such that the elastomer surrounds and bonded to the outer surface of the first part of the insert and the internal surface walls of the body defining the cavity, the elastomer being configured to inhibit direct metal-to-metal contact between the body and the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,711,531

DOUBLE WALL PIPE CONNECTION SYSTEM

Halliburton Energy Servic...

8. A method of installing a double wall pipe connection system in a wellbore comprising:positioning a first torque transmission tool and a second torque transmission tool on a screen table such that the first and second torque transmission tools are vertically aligned on the screen table;
lowering a first production tubing section through the first and second torque transmission tools, the first production tubing section including:
a first base pipe;
a first screen joint surrounding the first base pipe; and
a box adaptor having a first end and a second end, the first end of the box adaptor coupled to the first base pipe;
engaging the box adaptor with the first torque transmission tool;
lowering a second production tubing section through the second torque transmission tool, the second production tubing section including:
a second base pipe;
a second screen joint surrounding the second base pipe; and
a pin adaptor having a first end and a second end, the first end of the pin adaptor coupled to the second base pipe;
engaging the second production tubing section with the second torque transmission tool;
coupling the second end of the box adaptor and the second end of the pin adaptor;
disengaging the first and second production tubing sections from the first and second torque transmission tools; and
lowering the first and second production tubing sections into a wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,711,530

CONTACT MODULE FOR COMMUNICATING WITH A DOWNHOLE DEVICE

Basin Drilling Tools LP, ...

1. A downhole tool, comprising:a spear point assembly comprising an axis, an end shaft having a distal end configured to be coupled to a downhole device, a central shaft extending axially from the end shaft, a latch rod threadingly coupled to a proximal end of the central shafts;
electrical contacts and insulators located on an exterior of the central shaft, such that the central shaft extends through the electrical contacts and insulators and into the latch rod, the electrical contacts are configured to be electrically coupled to the downhole device, and electrically coupled with a surface connector in a slidable axial direction,
each of the end shaft, electrical contacts, insulators, and latch rod comprise axial faces, and physical contact between the electrical contacts, insulators, end shaft and latch rod consists of contact between the respective axial faces thereof;
seal apertures located only in the axial faces of the end shaft, electrical contacts and latch rod, such that the insulators are free of seal apertures;
o-ring seals positioned exclusively in the seal apertures in the axial faces of the electrical contacts, end shaft and latch rod; and
the latch rod comprises a spear tip nose at a distal end thereof configured to stab into a female receptacle in a overshot tool to carry an entire weight of the spear point assembly and the downhole device at the spear tip nose to be retrieved from a well, such that an entire tensile load connection and capacity of the spear point assembly consists of the spear tip nose.

US Pat. No. 10,711,529

CUTTING TOOL

EPIROC DRILLING TOOLS AKT...

1. A cutting tool comprising a tip, a body and a shank for attaching the cutting tool to a tool holder,the body having an outer body surface, a body shank end arranged towards the shank and a body tip end arranged towards the tip,
the tip having an outer tip surface, a tip peak and a tip base, the tip base being attached to the body tip end of the body,
characterized in that the body tip end comprises a recess for retaining at least a part of the tip within the recess, and that the cutting tool comprises a plurality of grooves extending substantially continuously over both the outer tip surface and the outer body surface, each groove having a predetermined extension aligned with a longitudinal direction of the cutting tool, wherein a body groove portion of each of the plurality of grooves extends on the outer body surface over part of a body length, the body groove portion extending over a major part of the body length, which major part is less than the full body length.

US Pat. No. 10,711,528

DIAMOND CUTTING ELEMENTS FOR DRILL BITS SEEDED WITH HCP CRYSTALLINE MATERIAL

Ulterra Drilling Technolo...

1. A method of fabricating a sintered polycrystalline diamond structure for an earth boring drill bit, comprising:mixing grains of hexagonal close packed (HCP) seed material with grains of diamond grit mix to form a mixture;
forming a compact for sintering, the compact containing diamond grit mix throughout, at least a portion of the compact containing the mixture of HCP seed material and diamond grit mix;
sintering the compact in the presence of a catalyst to thereby form a diamond structure comprising an integral mass of sintered polycrystalline diamond (PCD) exhibiting diamond-to-diamond bonding, the catalyst occupying voids therein, the compact being at least partially interspersed with the HCP seed material, and
leaching the catalyst from the diamond structure to a predetermined depth using an acid;
wherein the predetermined depth is greater than 500 microns; and
wherein the sizes of the grains of polycrystalline diamond in the mixture are less than 30 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,711,527

DRILL BIT AND METHOD FOR CASING WHILE DRILLING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

16. A method drilling a borehole in a formation, the method comprising:inserting a nested drill bit assembly downhole, the drill bit assembly including:
an outer drill bit having an opening; and
a first inner drill bit nested within the opening of the outer drill bit, the first inner drill bit releasably coupled to the outer drill bit, operable to extend beyond a bottom portion of the outer drill bit upon release from the outer drill bit, and retrievable upon release through an upper portion of the outer drill bit; then
rotating the nested drill bit assembly to drill the borehole at a first diameter;
decoupling the first inner drill bit from the outer drill bit; and then
rotating the first inner drill bit to extend the borehole at a second diameter that is smaller than the first diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,711,526

METHODS FOR FORMING OR SERVICING A WELLBORE, AND METHODS OF COATING SURFACES OF TOOLS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. A method of utilizing a wellbore tool in a subterranean formation, the method comprising:disposing a wellbore tool in a borehole, the wellbore tool comprising a first body and a second body;
translating the first body relative to the second body while exposing at least one surface of at least one of the first and second bodies to a lubricant comprising an organometallic compound, the exposing comprising:
injecting, into an internal passage of the wellbore tool, the lubricant comprising the organometallic compound at a first concentration to provide the lubricant of the first concentration to the at least one surface; and
thereafter, injecting, into the internal passage of the wellbore tool, the lubricant comprising the organometallic compound at a second concentration different than the first concentration to provide the lubricant of the second concentration to the at least one surface; and
forming a protective coating over a surface of at least one body selected from the group consisting of the first body and the second body after the wellbore tool is disposed in the borehole, the protective coating comprising a metal originating from the organometallic compound.

US Pat. No. 10,711,525

HEAVY EQUIPMENT CONCRETE CORE DRILL BIT STABILIZER

8. A method of stabilizing a round drill bit while the round drill bit is coring a hole in asphalt or concrete comprising the step of:applying a low-friction polymer layer of a frame member to an outer surface of the round drill bit, wherein the frame member is formed so that the round drill nests within the frame member, wherein the low-friction polymer layer engages the outer surface of the round drill bit slowing rotation of the round drill bit.

US Pat. No. 10,711,523

AUTOMATED DRILLING/SERVICE RIG APPARATUS

PROSTAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGI...

16. A method for drilling or servicing a well, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing a rig apparatus, the apparatus comprising:
i) a substructure comprising a frame,
ii) a derrick mast comprising a lower mast section pivotally attached to the frame and an upper mast section pivotally attached to the lower mast section, the derrick mast configured to move from a lowered substantially horizontal position relative to the frame, wherein the upper mast section is folded against the lower mast section, to a raised substantially vertical position relative to the frame, wherein the upper mast section is pivoted relative to the lower mast section until the upper and lower mast sections are substantially axially aligned to form the derrick mast,
iii) a rack assembly disposed in the derrick mast, the rack assembly including a rack having an upper end and a lower end, the rack being hung by the upper end from an upper end of the derrick mast and the rack being free to flex and move within the derrick mast;
iv) a carriage assembly configured to travel up and down the derrick mast along the rack assembly, the carriage assembly further configured to receive a tool, and
v) a hydraulic drive assembly configured to provide hydraulic power for the apparatus;
b) moving the apparatus to a position adjacent to the well;
c) raising the derrick mast to the substantially vertical position;
d) placing the tool on the carriage assembly;
e) operating the carriage assembly to engage and ride along the rack assembly, while the rack self-aligns, flexes and moves while passing through the carriage assembly; and
f) drilling or servicing the well.

US Pat. No. 10,711,522

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF CREATING PRESSURE PULSES FOR PULSE TELEMETRY FOR MWD TOOLS USING A DIRECT DRIVE HYDRAULIC RAM

STANDARD DIRECTIONAL SERV...

1. A method of moving a poppet of a pulser system within a measuring while drilling (MWD) tool during drilling operations, the method comprising:activating, by a motor controller, an electric motor with a stator submerged in hydraulic fluid, and thereby turning a motor shaft;
turning a threaded shaft by rotation of the motor shaft, the threaded shaft submerged in the hydraulic fluid;
translating a ball screw nut along the threaded shaft responsive to turning the threaded shaft, the ball screw nut telescoped over the threaded shaft, the ball screw nut rigidly coupled to a linear positioner, and the ball screw nut and the linear positioner submerged in the hydraulic fluid;
translating a piston rod within a cylinder housing by the linear positioner responsive to translating the ball screw nut; and thereby
moving the poppet of the pulser system, the poppet coupled to the piston rod, and the movement of the poppet relative to a valve seat; and thereby
creating pressure pulses within a drill string during the drilling operations;
wherein activating the electric motor further comprises activating by the motor controller disposed within an electrical drive assembly, the electrical drive assembly fluidly sealed from the hydraulic fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,711,521

DUAL ROD DIRECTIONAL DRILLING SYSTEM

Vermeer Manufacturing Com...

8. A sub saver for a drilling machine, the sub saver comprising:an outer rod member connectable at a first end to an outer rod drive shaft of a gearbox;
an inner rod member connectable at a first end to an inner rod drive shaft of the gearbox, the inner rod member positioned within the outer rod member;
an inner rod adapter connected to the inner rod member via a sub saver coupling; and
a spring positioned between the inner rod member and the inner rod adapter, wherein the spring allows relative movement between the inner rod adapter and the inner rod member, and wherein the spring biases the inner rod adapter to a first position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,520

DUAL ROD DIRECTIONAL DRILLING SYSTEM

Vermeer Manufacturing Com...

1. A drill head configured for directional drilling, the drill head comprising:an uphole portion comprising:
a main casing with a main casing axis and an inner diameter;
a substantially solid drive shaft having a downhole end that includes drive features that are torque transmitting and radial load bearing, the drive shaft having a drive shaft axis and an outer diameter, wherein the drive shaft axis is parallel with the main casing axis; and
a drive shaft fluid flow passage between the inner diameter of the main casing and the outer diameter of the drive shaft;
a downhole portion comprising:
an end casing connected to the main casing, the end casing having an end casing axis that is not parallel to the main casing axis; and
a drill bit shaft having a drill bit shaft axis and an inner fluid flow cavity, the drill bit shaft having an uphole end that includes drive features that are torque transmitting and radial load bearing, wherein the drill bit shaft axis is not parallel with the drive shaft axis; and
a coupling engaged with, and positioned between, the drill bit shaft and the drive shaft, the coupling having drive features that are torque transmitting and radial load bearing, the drive features of the coupling being sized and shaped to mate with the drive features of both the drive shaft and the drill bit shaft, the coupling having a coupling fluid flow passage including a radial fluid flow passage communicating with the drive shaft fluid flow passage, and an axial fluid flow passage communicating between the drive features of the coupling, wherein fluid flows from the drive shaft fluid flow passage, through the radial fluid flow passage, and between the drive features of both the drive shaft and the coupling via the axial fluid flow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,711,519

FOLDING LADDER WITH BRACE-LOCKING APPARATUS

Blue Moon Designs, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus for securing a folding ladder, comprising:the folding ladder defining by a support unit having opposed rails and a stepped unit having opposed rails;
a brace extending between the support unit and the stepped unit, the brace defined by a first arm pivotally attached at an outer end thereof to a rail of the opposed rails of the support unit, and a second arm pivotally attached at an outer end thereof to a rail of the opposed rails of the stepped unit, and the first and second arms interconnected at respective inner ends thereof and the second arm defining a surface;
a lock member having a locking surface, the lock member directly pivotally attached to a selected one rail of the opposed rails of the steeped unit or to a selected one rail of the opposed rails to the support unit, the lock member attached to the selected rail above the pivotal attachment of the outer end of the arm of the brace that is attached to the selected one rail, the lock member movable between a first position in which the locking surface is oriented adjacent to the surface of the arm of the brace that is attached to the selected rail so that that the lock member prevents movement of the arm of the brace that is attached to the selected rail, and a second position in which the arm of the brace that is attached to the selected rail is pivotable about the attachment of the arm of the brace that is attached to the selected rail.

US Pat. No. 10,711,518

SELF-CENTERING END CAPS FOR ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURE COVERINGS

HUNTER DOUGLAS, INC., Pe...

1. An end cap for an architectural structure covering, the architectural structure covering having a head rail, a bottom rail and a covering extending between the head rail and the bottom rail, the end cap comprising:an outer surface;
an inner surface;
a side surface disposed between the outer and inner surfaces;
an upper portion;
a lower portion; and
a self-centering feature including a flange extending upwardly from the upper portion of the end cap and inwardly away from the outer surface of the end cap, the flange being configured to contact the head rail of the architectural structure covering during retraction of the covering to horizontally center the bottom rail within the head rail.

US Pat. No. 10,711,517

LIFTING DEVICE OF CORDLESS COVERING

NIEN MADE ENTERPRISE CO.,...

1. A lifting device for a cordless covering, wherein the cordless covering comprises a headrail, a bottom rail, and a covering material between the headrail and the bottom rail; comprising:a cord reel, which has a spiral groove provided thereon, and comprises a cone section, wherein a diameter of the cone section decreases from a large diameter end thereof to a small diameter end thereof; the cord reel is pivotally mounted on the headrail to be rotated in a first direction or in a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a car, which is movably received in the headrail to be moved toward or away from the cord reel;
a driving module received in the headrail to drive the cord reel to rotate in the first direction;
a connecting cord which comprises opposite ends connected to the car and the cord reel, wherein the connecting cord is reeled in the cord reel along the spiral groove when the cord reel rotates in the first direction; the connecting cord is reeled out from the cord reel when the cord reel rotates in the second direction; and
a lifting cord running around the car and extending out of the headrail, wherein the lifting cord comprises an end fastened to the bottom rail; the car moves away from the cord reel to drive the cord reel to rotate in the second direction while the bottom rail is moved away from the headrail;
wherein the end of the connecting cord connected to the cord reel is connected to the large diameter end of the cone section; and
when the car is located at a position nearest to the cord reel, a segment of the connecting cord between the cord reel and the car is substantially parallel to a moving direction of the car.

US Pat. No. 10,711,516

DOOR AND PACKAGE RECEIVING ASSEMBLY COMBINATION

1. A package pass-through assembly for an entryway, the assembly comprising:a door having a front side and a back side, the door having an opening extending therein extending through the front and back sides, the opening having an upper edge, a lower edge, a first side edge and a second side edge;
a covering being attached to the door to close the opening, the covering including:
a lower panel being pivotally coupled to the door adjacent to the lower edge, the lower panel being positionable in a vertical position covering the opening or in an angled position exposing the opening, the lower panel being angled to form a chute for sliding packages down the lower panel and through the opening when the lower panel is in the angled position;
a closing panel being slidably attached to the door and being downwardly movable to a closed position covering the opening or upwardly movable to an open position exposing the opening; and
a linkage being attached to the closing panel and the lower panel, the linkage lowering the closing panel to the closed position as the lower panel is moved to the angled position and lifting the closing panel to the open position as the lower panel is moved to the vertical position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,515

COCKPIT CANOPY CUTTING GAS GENERATOR

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A pyrotechnic egress system, comprising:a case defining an opening;
a gas generator disposed within the case, the gas generator configured to generate a gas flame in response to being ignited; and
an ignition line disposed at the opening and configured to ignite the gas generator;
wherein the case directs the gas flame through the opening for deflagrating a window.

US Pat. No. 10,711,514

MALE AND FEMALE GASKET COUPLING FOR A WINDOW FRAME

MATREX WINDOW SYSTEM INC....

1. A coupling system comprising:a male gasket comprising:
a proximal male end; and
a distal male end comprising a seal portion and a head portion; and
a female gasket comprising:
a proximal female end; and
a distal female end comprising a first cavity into which the head portion is received, thereby providing a seal, wherein:
when the male and female gaskets move toward each other, the distal female end collapses on itself and engages the seal portion of the male gasket, thereby maintaining the seal, and
when the male and female gaskets move away from each other, at least one rib disposed on an outer surface of the head portion engages an inner surface of the distal female end, thereby maintaining the seal, and wherein:
the proximal male end operatively couples with a first window frame jamb, wherein the first window frame jamb comprises a first extrusion extending outwardly from an outer surface of the first window frame jamb, wherein the first extrusion defines a second cavity into which the proximal male end is received, and wherein at least one rib disposed on an outer surface of the proximal male end engages at least one ridge disposed on an inner surface of the second cavity, and
the proximal female end operatively couples with a second window frame jamb, wherein the second window frame jamb comprises a second extrusion extending outwardly from an outer surface of the second window frame jamb, wherein the second extrusion comprises a third cavity into which the proximal female end is received, and wherein at least one rib disposed on an outer surface of the proximal female end engages at least one ridge disposed on an inner surface of the third cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,711,513

DOOR PANEL AND A STILE THEREOF

NAN YA PLASTICS CORPORATI...

1. A door panel comprising:a body comprising front and rear door skins sandwiching, at least partially, a first stile and a second stile separate from the first stile;
the first and second stiles together being configured to delimit an interior of the door panel configured to receive an injection of filing material,
wherein at least one of the first and second stiles comprises a hollow structure with a partitioned hollow interior that extends along substantially an entire length of the body and providing mechanical strength to the body and providing a foundation for installing door fittings,
wherein adjacent the hollow structure is a portion to be varnished integrally formed therewith as one piece,
wherein the front and the rear door skins engage respective outer surfaces of the stiles through an engagement between cooperating sets of male and female members,
wherein the male members are arrayed over and extend from the front and rear skins and each of the male members engages with a cooperating corresponding one of the female members,
wherein each female member is provided on outer surfaces of the stile and at the portion to be varnished, and the female member is in the form of a groove defined between two walls of one of the stiles, the groove is configured such that upon insertion of one of the male members in the groove of a corresponding one of the female members, at least one of the two walls defining the groove presses against the male member in the groove to form a fluid tight engagement; and
the at least one of the two walls extends along an axis inclined at an angle with respect to a direction of insertion of the male members such that a top portion of the at least one of the two side walls defining a respective female member closer to an outer side of the stile presses against a corresponding male member but a remaining portion of the at least one of the two side walls defining the respective female member is free of contact with the corresponding male member;
the portion to be varnished includes an internal void isolated from the hollow interior of the hollow structure so as to reduce overall thickness of the portion to be varnished.

US Pat. No. 10,711,511

METHODS OF FORMING A LEADING END ASSEMBLY FOR A MOVABLE PARTITION

Won-Door Corporation, Sa...

1. A method of forming a leading end assembly for a movable partition, comprising:coupling a leading member to a frame member;
coupling two opposing side members to the frame member;
coupling a first extension member of two opposing extension members to a first side member of the two opposing side members;
coupling a second extension member of the two opposing extension members to a second side member of the two opposing side members;
forming a coupling portion of the first extension member of the two opposing extension members for coupling with a first plurality of hingedly coupled panels of the movable partition such that the entirety of the first extension member and the entirety of the first plurality of hingedly coupled panels is positioned and configured to be suspended from an overhead track at a location directly behind the leading member in a direction along an intended direction of travel of the leading end assembly along the overhead track; and
forming a coupling portion of the second extension member of the two opposing extension members for coupling with a second plurality of hingedly coupled panels of the movable partition such that the entirety of the second extension member and the entirety of the second plurality of hingedly coupled panels is positioned and configured to be suspended from the overhead track at the location directly behind the leading member in the direction along the intended direction of travel of the leading end assembly along the overhead track.

US Pat. No. 10,711,510

FIXATION DEVICE ESPECIALLY FOR GLASS FOLDING DEVICES

Solarlux GmbH, Melle (DE...

1. A fixation device for limiting a gap between a narrow side of a first construction component and a corresponding side of a second construction component relative to which the first construction component is movable, the fixation device comprising:a first fitting part configured to be attached to the narrow side of the first construction component;
a second fitting part configured to be attached to the corresponding side of the second construction component;
wherein at least the first fitting part comprises a first fixation projection comprising a first end and an opposed second end, wherein the first end is pivotably supported at a fixation axis that is fixed relative to the first construction component and wherein the first fixation projection is pretensioned by a pretensioning force such that the second end, facing away from the fixation axis, is pivoted away from the first construction component, and the first fixation projection is positioned at an opening angle of less than 90° relative to the narrow side of the first construction component in an open position of the first and second construction parts;
wherein the second fitting part comprises a guiding surface and a holding element;
wherein the first fixation projection and the guiding surface are configured to interact with each other such that, when the first and second construction parts are moved toward each other, the second end of the first fixation projection glides along the guiding surface toward the holding element and is forced against the pretensioning force toward the narrow side of the first construction component so that the opening angle decreases, wherein the second end of the first fixation projection catches in the holding element.

US Pat. No. 10,711,509

DOUBLE SLIDING-PLUG DOOR SYSTEM

1. A double sliding-plug door system, comprising a fixed frame, a sliding-plug rail arranged in the fixed frame, a cross beam, a driving mechanism arranged in the cross beam for driving a side door to reciprocate, and a linkage mechanism matched with the driving mechanism for pulling another side door to reciprocate; and, further comprising a guide locking piece arranged in the cross beam, and a limiting mechanism; wherein, the driving mechanism comprises a screw rod and a nut assembly driven by a motor; the nut assembly comprises a transmission frame, a nut sleeved in the screw rod, and a follow-up member fixed in the nut; the nut is mounted in the transmission frame, and the transmission frame is connected with an active sleeve assembly; the screw rod drives the nut assembly to reciprocate axially along the screw rod; during forward rotation of the screw rod, when the follow-up member is contacted with the guide locking piece, the follow-up member moves to the limiting mechanism under the guiding of an upper surface of the guide locking piece and is blocked by the limiting mechanism, then the follow-up member rotates with the screw rod to enter a space between a side plane of the guide locking piece and the limiting mechanism and is locked; and when the screw rod rotates reversely, the follow-up member reversely rotates with the screw rod to disengage from the limitation of the guide locking piece and is unlocked, and then moves axially along the screw rod.

US Pat. No. 10,711,508

WINDOW ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A vehicular window assembly, said vehicular window assembly comprising:a frame configured to fixedly mount to a vehicle, said frame comprising a pair of opposite side frame members, an upper frame member and a lower frame member;
a fixed window panel disposed at a lower portion of said side frame members and at said lower frame member;
a movable window panel movably disposed at said side frame members and movable relative to said fixed window panel and said frame between an opened position and a closed position;
wherein each of said side frame members includes a lower channel for receiving a respective side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel and a respective end region of said lower frame member;
an elastomeric seal overmolded along and in said lower channel of each of said side frame members;
wherein said elastomeric seal comprises a sealing channel that receives and seals against (i) the respective side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel and (ii) the respective end region of said lower frame member; and
wherein a lower end portion of said sealing channel of said elastomeric seal that receives the respective end region of said lower frame member has a greater width dimension than the width dimension of the portion of said sealing channel that receives the respective side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel.

US Pat. No. 10,711,507

INTELLIGENT CHAIR STRUCTURE

1. An intelligent chair structure comprising:a function chair including a base arranged on a bottom of the function chair and having three accommodation chambers separately defined in the base, and the three accommodation chambers are respectively comprised a first accommodation chamber, a second accommodation chamber, and a third accommodation chamber, wherein each accommodation chamber has a side holder arranged on a peripheral side thereof, and the side holder has a slot defined on a predetermined position thereof and corresponding to each accommodation chamber, wherein each accommodation chamber has a rotatable lid rotatably connected on a top thereof, and the function chair further includes a power switch arranged on a preferred position thereof; wherein each accommodation chamber has a refrigerator, a heat insulation apparatus, and a room temperature apparatus which are housed in each accommodation chamber so as to obtain refrigeration, heat insulation, and normal temperature individually, wherein each of the refrigerator, the heat insulation apparatus, and the room temperature apparatus has a heat dissipation, wherein the function chair includes a radiating cover corresponding to the heat dissipation;
a central control unit mounted in the function chair and supplied power from a power source controlled by the power switch, wherein the central control unit is interconnected with an internet and includes an application (APP) built in the central control unit so that a mobile device is controlled remotely;
three electronic locks individually accommodated in bottoms of three rotatable lids of the three accommodation chambers, wherein each of the three electronic locks includes a movable locking knob fixed therein and corresponding to the slot of the side holder of each accommodation chamber, and each electronic lock includes a controlling module interconnected with the central control unit so as to be controlled by the APP of the central control unit, such that each electronic lock has the APP stored therein by way of the mobile device of the internet so as to be remotely controlled, and the movable locking knob movably enters into or separates from the slot, thus opening/closing the rotatable lid of each accommodation chamber; and
a monitoring module arranged on a predetermined position of the function chair, and the monitoring module including a video device interconnected with the central control unit and controlled by the APP of the central control unit, wherein the monitoring module is remotely controlled by the APP of the mobile device via the internet so that the monitoring module sends images to the mobile device or the video device takes pictures or records visual images in a scene.

US Pat. No. 10,711,506

CHARGE PORT ASSEMBLY WITH MOTORIZED IRIS DOOR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

12. A charge port assembly for an electrified vehicle, comprising:a port;
an iris door movable to expose the port; and
a motorized actuating assembly configured to move the iris door between a closed position in which the port is concealed and an open position in which the port is exposed,
wherein the motorized actuating assembly includes a control module configured to command the iris door to the open position in response to a predefined prompt from an authorized user.

US Pat. No. 10,711,505

AUTOMATED WINDOW MECHANISM WITH CALIBRATION FUNCTION

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. An automated window mechanism comprising:an electrically powered actuator configured to move a window between a closed position and an open position;
a power source, providing power to the actuator;
a current sensor, configured to sense the current between the power source and the actuator when the actuator is moving the window;
a processor configured to determine, from information provided by the current sensor, a first endpoint when the window is in the closed position and a second endpoint when the window is in the open position for the window;
a controller configured to store the first and second endpoints, and thereafter use the endpoints to control the actuator to stop in either the first or the second endpoint when desired by a user;
a non-volatile memory for storing data, the data comprising stored settings and calendar data, wherein the stored settings comprise factory preset data; a performance sensor that provides performance data, wherein the performance sensor senses at least one of electrical performance and mechanical performance of the actuator; and the processor further configured to: determine a first set of operating parameters associated with the actuator based on the performance data and at least one of the factory data and first remote data from a remote sensor; determine a control command for operating the actuator based on the first set of operating parameters; determine a second set of operating parameters associated with the actuator based on the performance data and at least one of the factory data and second remote data from the remote sensor; determine that a difference between the second set of operating parameters and the first set of operating parameters exceeds a threshold; modify the control command based on the determined difference; and
transmit the modified control command to the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,711,504

POWER DOOR PRESENTER WITH LATCHING FEATURE

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., New...

1. A power door presenter system for a motor vehicle having a vehicle door moveable relative to a vehicle body between a closed position, a presented position, and a fully-open position, the system comprising:a presenter assembly mounted to one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door, the presenter assembly including an extensible member moveable between a retracted position and an extended position, and a motor driven mechanism operable for powered movement of the extensible member, wherein powered movement of the extensible member between its retracted and extended position results in corresponding movement of the vehicle door between the closed position and the presented position;
a primary latch assembly mounted to the vehicle door and operable to releasably hold a primary striker mounted to the vehicle body when the vehicle door is located in the closed position, wherein the primary latch assembly is operable to release the primary striker prior to powered movement of the extensible member causing movement of the vehicle door from the closed position to the presented position; and
an auxiliary latch assembly operably mounted to one of the extensible member and the other one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door and having a latch mechanism and a latch release mechanism, and an auxiliary striker engageable with the latch mechanism and operably mounted to the other one of the extensible member and the other one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door for preventing movement of the vehicle door from the presented position to the fully-open position when the latch mechanism is engaged with the auxiliary striker,
wherein the latch release mechanism is actuatable for releasing the latch mechanism from the auxiliary striker so as to permit subsequent manual movement of the vehicle door by a user from the presented position to the fully-open position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,503

DOOR PRESENTER, CINCH AND EDGE GUARD ACTUATOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle door system comprising:a closer operable to move a door to a closed position, the closer including a closer gear;
a presenter operable to move the door to an initial open position, the presenter including a presenter gear;
an edge protector movable between a stowed position and a deployed position, the edge protector including a protector gear;
an actuator mounted within the door and including a linear drive gear movable between a retracted position and an extended position along a linear axis, wherein the closer gear, the presenter gear and protector gear are engageable with the linear drive gear and the linear drive gear engages the presenter gear when operating the presenter when moved toward the extended position and the linear drive gear engages the closer gear when operating the closer when moved toward the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,502

WIRE TYPE WINDOW REGULATOR

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A wire window regulator fixed to a door panel of a vehicle, comprising:a guide rail that guides a slider base to freely move up and down, a window glass being fixed to the slider base;
a wire driving mechanism that moves up and down the slider base along the guide rail via a drive wire; and
a wire guide member disposed on at least one of an upper end and a lower end of the guide rail, the wire guide member changing a routing direction of the drive wire wound around the wire guide member, wherein:
the wire guide member includes a guide rail insertion portion, the wire guide member supporting a fixing member,
the guide rail is inserted into the guide rail insertion portion, the fixing member being inserted through the guide rail,
the fixing member fixes the guide rail and the wire guide member to the door panel of the vehicle,
wherein when the fixing member fixes the guide rail and the wire guide member to the door panel of the vehicle, the fixing member, the guide rail and the door panel come into contact with each other in the stated order along a fixing direction of the fixing member, and
wherein the guide rail defines a slit having an open end opening to at least one of the upper end and the lower end of the guide rail, and the fixing member is inserted into the slit.

US Pat. No. 10,711,501

ACTIVE ANTI-FLUTTER SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An active anti-flutter system for a motor vehicle, comprising:an electromagnet on a first component;
a ferromagnetic target fixed to a second component; and
a controller configured to energize said electromagnet to generate a magnetic flux that attracts said ferromagnetic target toward said electromagnet thereby reducing vibration of one of said first component and said second component.

US Pat. No. 10,711,500

PERMANENT MAGNET DAMPING AND GENERATED LIGHT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for damping and generating light, the method comprising:actuating, a permanent magnet (PM) damper connected to a panel, by opening the panel,
wherein the PM damper comprises a conductive coil and at least one permanent magnet, and the actuating of the PM damper causes the conductive coil and the at least one permanent magnet to move relative to each other;
damping, by the actuating of the PM damper, a speed of the opening of the panel;
generating, by the actuating of the PM damper, electrical power by converting kinetic energy from the actuating of the PM damper into the electrical power, during the opening of the panel;
storing the electrical power; and
powering lighting by using the electrical power.

US Pat. No. 10,711,499

SOFT CLOSING DAMPER FITTING FOR A SLIDING DOOR AND ASSOCIATED MOUNTING METHOD

1. A soft closing damper fitting, comprising:a soft closing damper fastenable to an internal door leaf of a multi-leaf sliding door and which is able to be used for right-hand or left-hand closing by laterally reversed fastening to the internal door leaf;
wherein the soft closing damper fitting, as a mounting aid for fastening the soft closing damper to the internal door leaf, comprises a Z-shaped profiled sheet with a central leg, a first outer leg, and a second outer leg angled in each case by 90° in opposing directions; and
wherein for fastening the soft closing damper for right-hand closing the central leg comprises first fastening holes and a first marking for a first fastening position on the internal door leaf and for fastening the soft closing damper for left-hand closing the central leg comprises second fastening holes and a second marking for a second fastening position on the internal door leaf;
wherein the first marking is spaced apart from the second marking by a distance A in the longitudinal direction of the Z-shaped profiled sheet and wherein each of the first fastening holes have corresponding second fastening holes, wherein the first fastening holes are spaced apart from the corresponding second fastening holes by the distance A in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,498

DOOR CLOSER

Kason Industries, Inc., ...

1. A door closer for use with a refrigerator door coupled to a door jamb, the door closer comprising,a tubular housing;
a mount coupling said housing to the door jamb;
a spring shaft rotatably mounted to said housing;
a torque arm coupled to said shaft and rotatably coupled to said housing;
a clutch assembly coupling said spring shaft to said housing, said clutch assembly including a first clutch disc and a second clutch disc rotationally and releasably engaging said first clutch disc, said first clutch disc and said second clutch disc being mounted within said housing for relative rotational movement therein, and wherein said second clutch disc is rotationally fixed to said spring shaft, and
a spring mounted about said spring shaft, said spring having a first end coupled to said torque arm and a second end coupled to said clutch assembly,
whereby rotational movement of the spring shaft is limited by the engagement of the clutch assembly to allow select slippage between the first clutch disc and the second clutch disc to prevent over tensioning of the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,711,497

SLIDING PANEL WHEEL ASSEMBLY

MAMMOTH INDUSTRIES PTY LT...

1. A wheel assembly comprising:(i) an elongate housing configured to engage with and support a sliding panel element, the housing comprising first and second inclined support surfaces that are inclined in the same direction and in spaced relation to each other along the elongate housing,
(ii) an elongate carriage at least partially located inside the housing,
(iii) a first support member supporting a first wheel subassembly within the elongate carriage and configured to rest on the first inclined support surface,
(iv) a second support member supporting a second wheel subassembly within the elongate carriage and configured to rest on the second inclined support surface,
wherein the first and second support members are movable along the first and second inclined surfaces respectively so as to raise and lower the elongate housing with respect to the elongate carriage,
and wherein the first and second support members are positionable along the first and second inclined surfaces respectively so as to allow a long axis of the elongate carriage to form an angle with the long axis of the elongate housing such that wheels of the first and second subassemblies are independently vertically adjustable with reference to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,711,496

REFRIGERATOR

QINGDAO HAIER JOINT STOCK...

1. A refrigerator, comprising a refrigerator body and a door body configured to open and close the refrigerator body, wherein the refrigerator body comprises a fixed hinge and a movable hinge; a first end of the fixed hinge is secured to the refrigerator body, and a second end of the fixed hinge protrudes outwards and stretches out of the refrigerator body and is provided with a guide shaft, facing the door body, in a protruding manner; a guide groove configured to match the guide shaft is formed in the door body and comprises a first groove; the first groove has a first position and a second position and obliquely extends inwards from the first position to the second position in a width direction and a thickness direction of the refrigerator; a first end of the movable hinge is pivotally connected to the refrigerator body by a first rotating shaft and a first rotating groove, and a second end of the movable hinge protrudes outwards and stretches out of the refrigerator body and is pivotally connected to the door body by a second rotating shaft and a second rotating groove; andthe guide shaft is located in the first position of the first groove when the door body is in an initial closed state; the door body rotates by taking the second rotating shaft as a rotation axis of the door body when opened; and meanwhile, the second rotating shaft rotates by taking the first rotating shaft as a rotation axis of the second rotating shaft, the door body moves outwards by a certain distance in the width direction of the refrigerator, and the guide shaft slides in the guide groove from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,495

LATCH FOR AN ANIMAL HOUSE

HEBE STUDIO LIMITED, Oxf...

1. A latch for an animal house, the latch comprising;a body;
a first arm extending from the body; and
a second arm extending from the body;
wherein the first arm and the second arm are each independently able to flex with respect to the body, the first arm and the second arm each extending along a longitudinal axis of the latch from a fixed end proximate to the body to a free end distal to the body,
wherein the first arm and the second arm each define (i) an outer side and (ii) an inner side that is positioned between the outer side and the longitudinal axis;
wherein a wall is provided on the first and/or second arm toward the free end thereof and on the inner side thereof, the wall dividing the first and second arms, and
wherein the latch comprises a restoring resilient bias, the restoring resilient bias being configured to restore the latch to a rest condition in which the first and second arms are substantially aligned with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,711,494

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR

ADAC Plastics, Inc., Gra...

1. A handle assembly for a vehicle door, comprising:a body defining an opening dimensioned to at least partially receive therein a hand of a user, the opening communicating with a chamber defined in the body anterior of the opening;
at least one pivot arm pivotally mounted on to the body for pivotal movement of the at least one pivot arm relative to the body;
a closure for the opening, the closure pivotally connected directly to the at least one pivot arm for pivotal movement of the closure relative to the at least one pivot arm, the closure selectively moveable via pivotal movement of the at least one pivot arm relative to the body between a first position, in which the closure occupies the opening, and a second position, in which the closure is moved into the chamber so that the hand of the user may be at least partially received through the opening; and
a motor operatively coupled to the at least one pivot arm for pivotally moving the at least one pivot arm relative to the body to effect-selective movement of the closure between the first and second positions thereof;
wherein, in movement from the first position to the second position of the closure, the at least one pivot arm pivotally moves relative to the body in a first direction and the closure pivotally moves relative to the at least one pivot arm in a second direction which is opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,493

TOUCH SENSOR UNIT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

MITSUBA Corporation, Gun...

1. A touch sensor unit used to detect contact of a blocking, comprising: a hollow insulating component, which deforms elastically due to a stress of an external force; a plurality of electrodes, which are arranged inside the insulating component and contact with each other due to an elastic deformation of the insulating component; and a sensor bracket made of a resin, which holds the insulating component and is attached to an attachment object, wherein the insulating component comprises: an electrode holder, which holds the plurality of electrodes; and a bracket fixture, which is fixed to the sensor bracket, wherein the insulating component and the sensor bracket is an integrally molded article, and a hardness of the sensor bracket is set to be higher than a hardness of the insulating component, wherein the electrode holder is disposed away from the sensor bracket by the bracket fixture; further comprising: a protruding section, being integrally arranged on a side along a width direction of a bracket body of the sensor bracket, wherein the protruding section protrudes toward a side where a sensor is disposed, and the sensor comprises the insulating component and the plurality of electrodes, a height of the protruding section is set to be smaller than a protruding height of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,711,492

VEHICULAR LATCH WITH DOUBLE PAWL ARRANGEMENT

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., New...

1. A vehicle latch, comprising:a ratchet movable between a striker release position whereat the ratchet is positioned to receive a striker and a striker capture position whereat the ratchet is positioned to retain the striker, the ratchet being biased towards its striker release position;
a primary pawl movable between a ratchet checking position whereat the primary pawl is positioned to keep the ratchet in its striker capture position and a ratchet release position whereat the primary pawl permits movement of the ratchet out of its striker capture position, the primary pawl being biased towards its ratchet checking position;
an auxiliary ratchet operatively connected to the primary pawl, the auxiliary ratchet being movable between an enabling position whereat the primary pawl is enabled to move to its ratchet checking position and a disabling position whereat the auxiliary ratchet positions the primary pawl in its ratchet release position;
a secondary pawl movable between an auxiliary ratchet holding position whereat the secondary pawl is positioned to hold the auxiliary ratchet in its enabling position and an auxiliary ratchet release position whereat the secondary pawl is positioned to permit movement of the auxiliary ratchet to its disabling position, the secondary pawl being biased towards its auxiliary ratchet holding position;
a drive mechanism operable in a first operative direction to open the latch by causing the secondary pawl to move to its auxiliary ratchet release position which permits the auxiliary ratchet to move to its disabling position such that the primary pawl is moved to its ratchet release position and the ratchet is permitted to move to its striker release position, the drive mechanism operable in a second operative direction to reset the latch by causing the auxiliary ratchet to move to its enabling position and causing the secondary pawl to move to its auxiliary ratchet holding position; and
a controller for controlling operation of the drive mechanism, the controller causing the drive mechanism to operate in the second operative direction to reset the latch in response to the ratchet being located in its striker release position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,491

PORTABLE LOCK MOUNTING ASSEMBLIES

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A transportation device accessory for coupling a locking apparatus to a transportation device, the transportation device accessory comprising:a collar configured for mounting to the locking apparatus;
a connection member removably engageable to said collar, wherein said connection member defines a circumferentially-open cavity in which the collar is seated such that said connection member does not circumferentially surround said collar;
a mounting member coupled to the connection member, wherein the mounting member comprises a through-hole; and
a fastener extending through the connection member and into the through-hole;
wherein said connection member is rotatable relative to said mounting member about a rotational axis extending through said connection member and said mounting member to change a positional orientation of said connection member relative to said mounting member;
wherein said connection member includes a first surface and said mounting member includes a second surface facing said first surface, wherein one of said first and second surfaces includes a plurality of posts extending therefrom, and wherein the other of said first and second surfaces includes a plurality of openings for receiving corresponding ones of said posts to lock said connection member in said positional orientation;
wherein said posts and said openings are formed adjacent outer peripheries of said first and second surfaces;
wherein said connection member includes a first radially outward surface that extends directly from said first surface in a first longitudinal direction defined by the rotational axis;
wherein said first radially outward surface includes an indicator symbol extending in said first longitudinal direction; and
wherein said mounting member includes one or more indicia with which the indicator symbol is selectively aligned to indicate said positional orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,711,490

ONE-SIDE ROTATING ARC LOCK

SHENZHEN GLOSHINE TECHNOL...

1. A one-side rotating arc lock, wherein the one-side rotating arc lock comprises an adjusting assembly arranged on a first shell and a strainer arranged on a second shell, the adjusting assembly comprises an arc adjuster rotatably connected with the first shell, and a first knob for adjusting the rotation angle of the arc adjuster, the arc adjuster is provided with multiple protrusions in the circumferential direction, which are used for adjusting the angle between the first shell and the second shell, grooves are provided on the protrusions, the strainer comprises an adjusting rod that cooperates with the groove for locking the first shell and the second shell; the strainer further comprises a fixing seat fixedly connected with the second shell and a handle screwed with the fixing seat; an end of the adjusting rod is provided with a chuck, and another end of the adjusting rod is provided with a second knob;when locking, press the second knob so that the chuck passes through the groove, and the second knob is rotated, so that the chuck and the groove are alternately arranged to lock the arc adjuster, then rotate the handle so that the handle moves outward relative to the fixing seat until the handle is against the second knob to tighten the adjusting rod and lock the arc adjuster; when unlocking, rotate the handle in the opposite direction, so that the handle moves inward relative to the fixing seat until the handle is separated from the second knob to release the adjusting rod, then rotates the second knob so that the chuck is disposed parallel to the groove, and the second knob moves outwards so that the chuck is released from the groove to unlock the arc adjuster.

US Pat. No. 10,711,489

ELECTROMECHANICAL MULTI-DIRECTIONAL LOCK

Digilock Asia Ltd., Kowl...

1. A convertible, multi-directional lock for a door, cabinet, panel, or drawer in a cabinet, locker, furniture, or other storage device, the lock comprising:a main housing;
a circuit board disposed within the main housing;
a microprocessor disposed on the circuit board;
a plurality of receivers disposed on the circuit board and in communication with the microprocessor;
a lock housing mountable to the main housing, wherein the lock housing is selectively mountable to the main housing in at least two orientations;
a locking element disposed in the lock housing and configured to translate between a locked position and an unlocked position;
an actuator disposed in the lock housing and configured to translate the locking element;
a connector carried by the lock housing and in electrical communication with the actuator;
wherein when the lock housing is mounted to the main housing in any of the at least two orientations, the connector engages one of the receivers, such that the microprocessor can signal the actuator to translate the locking element.

US Pat. No. 10,711,488

ELECTRIC DOOR LOCK CONTROLLER AND MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A monitoring and control system for an electric door lock, the system comprising:a processor controlling operation of the electronic door lock;
a memory in communication with the processor, the memory having stored thereon location-based rules data;
a graphical interface in communication with the processor, the graphical interface visually displaying information relating to operation of the electronic door lock;
a user interface in communication with the processor, the user interface adapted to receive data from a user device;
a wireless access device reader in communication with the processor, the wireless access device reader adapted to detect the presence of a wireless access device and transmit data indicative thereof to the processor;
a speaker in communication with the processor, the processor causing the speaker to generate audible alarms in at least some situations, the audible alarms comprising spoken word alarms in at least one language;
wherein the processor controls the electronic door lock at least in part based on a selected subset of the location-based rules data, the subset of location-based rules data being automatically selected by the processor at least in part based on data indicative of a geographic location of the electronic door lock;
wherein the spoken word alarms increase in frequency and/or in sound pitch over time to portray increased urgency; and
wherein the spoken word alarm comprises a countdown toward zero, and wherein the spoken word alarm increases in frequency and/or in sound pitch as the countdown approaches zero to portray increased urgency.

US Pat. No. 10,711,487

AIRCRAFT WITH A PLURALITY OF AIRCRAFT DOORS

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. A vehicle door comprising:a door structure;
at least one lock lever moveably mounted to the door structure;
a counterpart mounted to the door structure and engageable with the at least one lock lever in an engaged state for locking the vehicle door of an associated vehicle, and
a real-time monitoring device configured for generating a real-time representation of the at least one lock lever and the counterpart, the real-time representation being suitable for determining whether the at least one lock lever is in the engaged state;
wherein the real-time monitoring device comprises an image formation device attached to the door structure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,486

LOCK CLUTCHES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THEREOF

1. A clutch assembly for a lock system, comprising,a driver assembly, comprising a driver (1), a driver shaft (9) as a single piece; and a coupler (3), wherein the driver (1), the coupler (3) and the driver shaft (9) are configured to rotate concentrically together;
a follower (2), wherein the coupler (3) are configured to move along the central axis of the driver shaft (9) to engage or disengage the follower (2), and wherein the driver shaft (9) does not extend through the follower (2), and wherein follower (2) and is configured to rotate concentrically together with the driver assembly when engaged with the coupler (3) and wherein the follower (2) is configured to stay disconnected from the driver assembly when disengaged from the coupler (3), and
a power source (8), wherein the power source (8) is operably connected to the coupler (3) and is configured to move the coupler (3) along the central axis of the driver shaft (9) causing the coupler to disengage from or engage with the follower (2), wherein the power source (8) is operably connected to an actuating arm (4), wherein the actuating arm (4) is operably connected to the coupler (3), wherein the power source (8) is configured to move the actuating arm (4), which causes the coupler (3) to move along the central axis of the driver shaft (9) disengaging from or engaging with the follower (2), and wherein the power source (8) comprises a rotation shaft (7), wherein the actuating arm (4) having a first end comprising a spring (6) and a second end comprising a hook (5), and wherein the rotation shaft (7) is operably connected to the actuating arm (4) by wounding the spring (6) onto to the rotation shaft (7) and is configured to rotate with the actuating arm (4).

US Pat. No. 10,711,485

DOOR LOCK

ZHONGSHAN HUIBAO LOCK MAN...

1. A lock, comprising:an outer doorknob comprising an escutcheon plate having a locking slot;
an inner baffle plate comprising a through hole;
an inner baffle plate cover;
a cylindrical tube, the cylindrical tube comprising a tube sidewall and a through hole, and the tube sidewall comprising a positioning slot having a spiral guide slot and a circumferential positioning slot;
a transmission frame, the transmission frame comprising a through hole;
an inner doorknob; the inner doorknob comprising a shell, the shell comprising a bottom plate having a head guide hole, and a housing part having an inner chamber and extending from the bottom plate; and
a safety mechanism, the safety mechanism comprising a brake rod, a rod casing having a cylinder and a sleeve portion extending from the cylinder, a locking lug, a drive member, a spring, and the positioning slot of the cylindrical tube; the cylinder of the rod casing comprising a pin hole; and the drive member comprising a head, a main body having two end walls and a cylindrical sidewall extending between the two end walls, a positioning bolt, and a pin body;wherein:the inner baffle plate is fixedly disposed within the inner baffle plate cover;
the inner baffle plate cover is adapted to be fixedly coupled to the escutcheon plate of the outer doorknob;
the cylindrical tube extends through the through hole of the inner baffle plate, and the through hole of the cylindrical tube and the through hole of inner baffle plate are coaxially disposed around a central axis;
the transmission frame is fixedly disposed at one end of the cylindrical tube, and the housing part of the inner doorknob is fixedly disposed at the other end of the cylindrical tube;
the through hole of the cylindrical tube is connected to the through hole of the transmission frame;
the inner baffle plate is disposed between and abuts against the transmission frame and the housing part of the inner doorknob;
the inner doorknob, the cylindrical tube, and the transmission frame are rotatable with respect to the inner baffle plate around the central axis;
the positioning bolt of the drive member is disposed at the cylindrical sidewall of the main body, and the head and the pin body of the drive member extend axially from two end walls of the main body, respectively; and
the head guide hole of the inner doorknob is connected to the inner chamber of the inner doorknob;
the cylindrical tube is disposed in the inner chamber of the inner doorknob;
the spiral guide slot of the cylindrical tube extends axially and perpendicularly with respect to the central axis;
the circumferential positioning slot of the cylindrical tube is disposed at one end of the spiral guide slot of the cylindrical tube and extends perpendicularly with respect to the central axis;
the main body and the pin body of the drive member are disposed in the through hole of the cylindrical tube; and the main body of the drive member is movable in the through hole of the cylindrical tube along the central axis and rotatable with respect to the cylindrical tube around the central axis;
the head of the drive member is disposed in the inner chamber of the inner doorknob and extends through the head guide hole of the inner doorknob; and the head of the drive member is movable in the inner chamber and the head guide hole of the inner doorknob along the central axis;
the positioning bolt of the drive member is disposed in and movable along the spiral guide slot of the cylindrical tube;
the spring is sleeved on the head of the drive member; and one end of the spring is connected to the main body of the drive member, and the other end of the spring is connected to the bottom plate of the inner doorknob;
the rod casing is disposed in the through hole of the cylindrical tube, and the pin body of the drive member is disposed in the pin hole of the rod casing;
one end of the brake rod extends through the through hole of the transmission frame and disposed in the through hole of the cylindrical tube, and the sleeve portion of the rod casing is sleeved on the one end of the brake rod; and the locking lug is disposed on the other end of the brake rod;
the rod casing together with the brake rod and the locking lug is movable in the through hole of the cylindrical tube along the central axis and rotatable with respect to the cylindrical tube around the central axis; and
the locking lug is adapted to be disposed in the locking slot of the outer doorknob.

US Pat. No. 10,711,484

AIR HANDLING UNIT AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

16. An air handling unit for use with a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the air handling unit comprising:an air input portion configured to receive conditioned air;
an air output portion configured to direct the conditioned air to an interior space of a structure, wherein the air output portion comprises at least one outlet configured to direct the conditioned air at a selected direction into the interior space, wherein the outlet further comprises:
a mechanism, and
a drum coupled to the mechanism and defining a vent wherein the drum is selectively pivotable to the selected direction; and
a routing portion configured to couple the air input portion to the air output portion in fluid communication, wherein the routing portion further comprises a contouring structure configured to interface with the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,483

COLLAPSIBLE CHANGING TENT ASSEMBLY

1. A collapsible changing tent assembly, comprising:a first circular ring;
a second circular ring having a smaller diameter than the first circular ring;
a plurality of supporting rods of a flexible construction having a first end perpendicularly connected to the first circular ring and a second end perpendicularly connected to the second ring;
wherein the flexible construction of the supporting rods allows for the collapsible changing tent assembly to be folded flat such that the first and second circular rings occupy the same plane when the collapsible changing tent assembly is in a collapsed configuration;
a covering fabric material attached to the first circular ring and the second circular ring wherein channels within the flexible fabric material allow the supporting rods to pass through and define an interior volume between the circular rings;
a plurality of fasteners attached to the fabric material around the first circular ring;
wherein the plurality of fasteners is configured to secure the assembly in a collapsed position, the collapsed position defined by the first and second circular rings occupying the same plane;
an opening disposed on the fabric material wherein a pair of overlapping flaps affixed to the opening are configured to selectively move between an open position and a closed position, whereas an open position allows a user to selectively access the interior.

US Pat. No. 10,711,482

PORTABLE HUNTING BLIND

1. A portable hunting blind comprising:semi-rigid side material having a height and a length, said side material adapted to be supported in an upright orientation upon a surface underneath by a plurality of rod supports, and said side material sized and adapted to be positionable to form a closed shape upon said surface, said closed shape for concealing a hunter within an interior space surrounded by said side material;
a top edge of said side material formed to include troughs of varying depth and shape to provide an improved camouflage characteristic for said top edge of said side material, said troughs adapted to provide support for resting the barrel of a gun; and
a plurality of anchor receptacles through which tent stakes may be used to secure a bottom edge of said side material.

US Pat. No. 10,711,481

REMOVABLE SUNSHADE BASE AND SUNSHADE

ZHEJIANG YOTRIO GROUP CO....

1. A removable sunshade base comprising:a sunshade base body, having a bottom, the bottom having a sliding groove and first sliding wheels; and
a pull rod, a first end of the pull rod having a second sliding wheel, wherein the pull rod is movably connected with the sliding groove of the sunshade base body such that the pull rod is capable of being accommodated in the sliding groove or pulled out from the sliding groove; and when the pull rod is pulled out from the sliding groove, both the first sliding wheels and the second sliding wheel contact one supporting plane to move the sunshade base body;
wherein the bottom of the sunshade base body has two first protruding platforms, the two first protruding platforms are disposed apart, when the pull rod is accommodated in the sliding groove, the two first protruding platforms and the first sliding wheels support the sunshade base body.

US Pat. No. 10,711,480

SELF-ANCHORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Sandeezy LLC, South Padr...

1. A method for anchoring a device to a medium, said device including a first hollow tube, said method comprising:positioning a proximal end of said first hollow tube in close proximity to said medium;
injecting a liquid through said proximal end of said first hollow tube into an area of said medium, said liquid contained within said first hollow tube, said injection occurring upon an operation of a plunger internal to said first hollow tube, said plunger operation directed toward said medium; and
causing said internal plunger to move in a first direction away from said medium, wherein said causing said internal plunger to move creates at least a partial vacuum within said first hollow tube, and wherein a portion of said medium of said area is drawn into said first hollow tube through said proximal end.

US Pat. No. 10,711,479

AIRFOIL AS WIND MITIGATION SYSTEM FOR SECURING BUILDING ROOFTOPS EXPOSED TO ELEVATED WINDS

1. A wind mitigation system comprising:at least one upright airfoil post having a length extending upward from a peripheral edge of a roof of a building and having a cross-sectional shape of an airfoil;
wherein the airfoil post has a blunt leading edge facing away from a center of a roof and a pointed trailing edge facing toward the center of the roof;
wherein the leading edge and the trailing edge both extend the entire length of the upright airfoil post; and,
wherein the leading edge and the trailing edge are both aligned parallel to a vertical axis of the upright airfoil post.

US Pat. No. 10,711,478

SELF ADJUSTING FLOATING ENVIRONMENT (SAFE) SYSTEM FOR EARTHQUAKE AND FLOOD PROTECTION

ARX FAX LABS, INC., Sara...

1. A foundation system for a structure, comprising:a containment vessel configured to hold a buffer medium, the containment vessel placed on a ground; and
a construction platform formed above the containment vessel wherein the construction platform including a structure is configured to float on the buffer medium;
a vertical motion isolation system including a cavity filled with gas; and
wherein the construction platform is positioned relative to sides of the containment vessel such that during an earthquake the containment vessel can move from side to side while the construction platform floats above it allowing seismic forces transferred from the ground to the construction platform to be minimized and wherein vertically displaced buffer medium that is pushed upwards due to vertical displacement of the containment vessel during the earthquake enters the cavity and compresses the gas such that vertical force transferred from the vertically displaced buffer medium to the construction platform is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,711,477

DUCTILE PREFABRICATED SHEAR PANEL

Simpson Stong-Tie Company...

1. A shearwall for use in constructions, the shearwall comprising:a central panel comprising first and second surfaces;
a plurality of side plates configured to be connected to the central panel at lower corners of the first and second surfaces, the side plates further configured to be coupled to a support surface on which the shearwall is mounted;
wherein the central panel comprises a fuse, the fuse being a reduced area section of the central panel between the first and second surfaces, the shearwall configured to yield at the fuse.

US Pat. No. 10,711,476

MODULAR UTILITIES UNIT STRUCTURE

Future Proof, LLC, Lake ...

1. A structure for modular utilities units, which comprises:a frame including columns, beams extending between the columns, opposite sides, opposite ends and a frame top;
multiple bays formed in the frame, each said bay being open at a respective frame end opening or side opening or both;
a utilities unit placement subassembly mounted on said frame and configured for inserting utilities units into and retracting utilities units from said bays through the frame end openings and side openings, said placement subassembly including:
1) a rotating crane mounted on top of said structure, said rotating crane including a base rotatable on a vertical axis and a boom extending horizontally from said base, said rotating crane including a cable connected to said boom and mounting a hook connected to said cable and configured for engaging a respective utilities unit, said rotating crane configured for raising and lowering said respective utilities unit along a respective frame end and extending said respective utilities unit lengthwise into and out of a respective bay end opening;
2) a gantry crane mounted on top of and adjacent to a side of said structure, said gantry crane including a pair of cable hoists mounted in spaced relation on top of the structure and configured for raising and lowering said respective utilities unit; and
3) a pair of arms configured for extending laterally from a side of said structure and retracting into the side of said structure, said arms configured for supporting said respective utilities unit, placing said respective utilities unit laterally in a bay in a storage position and extending said respective utilities unit laterally from the bay to a raise-lower position alongside the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,475

SWIMMING POOL CLEANER WITH PLEATED MEDIUM FILTER

1. A filter holder for holding an open ended filter having an open proximal end and a distal end in an operative position on a swimming pool cleaner having a pipe stub for receiving an open end of the open ended filter, the filter holder comprising:a cap for covering the distal end of the open ended filter;
a coupler configured to cooperate with and engage the pipe stub of the swimming pool cleaner; and
a spanning connector configured to span and connect the cap and the coupler outside the open ended filter, wherein the spanning connector comprises a plurality of brackets abutting the pipe stub when the filter holder is installed on the pip stub, and a spanning member engaging each one of the brackets when the filter holder is installed on the pipe stub.

US Pat. No. 10,711,474

POOL PUMPING APPARATUS

1. A pool pumping apparatus for maintaining a constant level of water in a swimming pool, said pool pumping apparatus, comprising:a conduit having a lower end defining an inlet that is open and an upper end defining an outlet that is open, said conduit defining an interior area through which water is channeled between said inlet and said outlet;
a pump in fluid communication with said inlet of said conduit, said pump having a motor configured to transfer water from said inlet to said outlet when energized; and
a float assembly having a housing positioned proximate the conduit that defines an interior space and having a float member positioned in said interior space, said float assembly including a cord extending from said float member operable for setting said float member at a selected level;
wherein said float member is electrically connected to said pump and configured to energize said pump when said float member is above said selected level.

US Pat. No. 10,711,473

ARENA APPARATUS AND METHODS OF USING AND CONSTRUCTING SAME

KOKO SPORTS MANAGEMENT, L...

2. An arena apparatus for staging a sport comprising:at least one wall, a bottom end of the at least one wall located proximal to a perimeter of a floor area, the at least one wall extending upwardly and outwardly from a vertical plane of the perimeter at an angle of greater than or equal to fifteen degrees and less than sixty degrees; and
at least one second covering for covering a gap in or between the at least one first covering, the at least one second covering, the at least one floor area, the at least one wall, and combinations thereof,
wherein the second covering includes two second covering walls angled at a same angle as an adjacent one of the at least one wall, the two second covering walls intersecting along respective distal, vertical edges of the two second covering walls.

US Pat. No. 10,711,472

PASS-THROUGH HEAD ASSEMBLY FOR A GRID SHORING SYSTEM

Bond Formwork Systems, LL...

1. A platform support comprising:a first pass-through head assembly comprising:
a first central shaft extending between a first top end plate and a first bottom end plate, each of the first top end plate and the first bottom end plate defining an aperture that aligns with an interior cavity of the first central shaft,
a first plurality of support bars extending from an exterior surface of the first central shaft and a surface of the first bottom end plate, each support bar of the first plurality of support bars extending along a portion of an axial length of the first central shaft,
a first seat circumferentially disposed about the first central shaft and configured to support at least a first beam, the first seat defining an aperture sized to allow the first seat to pass over the first central shaft and the first plurality of support bars, and
a first seat support plate circumferentially disposed about the first central shaft between the first seat and the first bottom end plate, and defining an aperture sized to allow the first seat support plate to pass over the first central shaft and the first plurality of support bars, the first seat support plate configured to rest on the first plurality support bars in a first position and pass over the first plurality of support bars in a second position;
an adjustable shaft assembly supported by the first top end plate and extending into the interior cavity of the first central shaft; and a prop coupled to the first bottom end plate axially opposite the first central shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,711,471

SUPPORT DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING BEAMS OF FORMWORK FOR FLOOR SLABS

FARESIN FORMWORK S.P.A., ...

1. A support device for supporting beams of formwork for floor slabs, which comprises an upright, the end of which can be fixed to a supporting prop that rests on the ground; a supporting head for at least one supporting beam of floor slab formwork, wherein the at least one supporting beam has a first end opposed to a second end along the length of the at least one supporting beam, which is arranged to be coupled slideably along said upright; andmeans for reversibly locking said supporting head on a preset position defined along said upright,
said supporting head in turn comprising:
two plates which are arranged mirror-symmetrically, are laterally adjacent to opposite sides of said upright and are suitable to laterally delimit a region for accommodating the first end of said at least one supporting beam,
at least two recesses, for guiding insertion and for containment for a resting portion of the at least one supporting beam, each one of which is provided on a respective one of said plates,
wherein each one of said at least two recesses has a substantially flat bottom with a breadth such as to define a variable resting point for said at least one supporting beam along said bottom as a function of the inclination of said at least one supporting beam, wherein said upright comprises a central axis, wherein said bottom is delimited, on the side for association with the respective said at least one supporting beam, by a vertical shoulder that is substantially parallel with said central axis of said upright.

US Pat. No. 10,711,470

CLIMBING FORMWORK AND METHOD FOR ERECTION OF A CONCRETE STRUCTURE

DOKA GMBH, Amstetten (AT...

1. A climbing formwork for erection of a concrete structure by successively casting a plurality of casting segments, the climbing formwork comprising:at least a first form element with an outer surface for delimiting a cavity to receive concrete for forming an uppermost casting segment, the first form element having an upper end and a lower end,
a first support structure to support the first form element,
a first tilt sensor for measuring a tilt of the first form element,
a first measuring unit for measuring a horizontal distance between the outer surface at the lower end of the first form element and an outer surface at an upper end of a previous casting segment, the outer surface at the upper end of the previous casting segment facing the outer surface of the first form element and
a processing unit communicating with the first tilt sensor and the first measuring unit, the processing unit being arranged for calculating a target tilt of the first form element using the measurement of the horizontal distance between the lower end of the outer surface of the first form element and the upper end of the outer surface of the previous casting segment, the processing unit further being arranged for determining a deviation between an actual tilt and the target tilt of the first form element.

US Pat. No. 10,711,469

INTERLOCKING AND SHOCK ATTENUATING TILING SYSTEMS

COMBITILE PTY LTD, Long ...

1. A shock attenuating ground covering including:a plurality of interconnected shock attenuating tiles each said tile comprising a plate having an upper side for bearing a load and a plurality of shock absorbing modules integrally formed with and depending from an underside of the plate, wherein each of the shock absorbing modules comprises a plurality of resilient membranes depending downward from the underside of the plate, the plurality of resilient membranes of each shock absorbing module comprises remote ends such that respective remote ends are joined together; and
a cover supported by an upper surface of the interconnected shock attenuating tiles, the cover having a first repeating array of spaced apart first tiles interconnected by first bridge portions wherein the first tiles and the first bridge portions define first spaces therebetween extending entirely through the first repeating array of the first tiles; anda second repeating array of spaced apart second tiles interconnected by second bridge portions wherein the second tiles and the second bridge portions define second spaces therebetween extending entirely through the second repeating array of the second tiles;wherein the second tiles are received in the first spaces and the first tiles are received in the second spaces such that top and bottom surfaces of the first and second tiles form top and bottom surfaces of the cover; andwherein the first tiles and the second tiles are of the same thickness;
whereby the ground covering presents a weight bearing surface for traffic thereon and the interconnected shock attenuating tiles provide cushioning thereunder.

US Pat. No. 10,711,468

PANEL AND PANEL ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF SUCH PANELS

KAINDL FLOORING GMBH, Wa...

1. A rectangular panel, having a substrate facing surface, for lining a substrate, comprising:a base element, having a long edge and a short edge, comprising a decorative design on a visible surface opposite the substrate facing surface; and
the decorative design depicting a plurality of strips shaped as parallelograms having long sides extending obliquely to a longitudinal direction of the base element and short sides forming a portion of the long edge of the base element,
wherein at least two of the plurality of strips have strip widths different from one another, and
wherein at least two adjacent strips of the plurality of strips extend into the short edge of the base element and are separated in part by a visible joint that extends toward the short edge of the base element and terminates in a transition region before the short edge.

US Pat. No. 10,711,467

LINKABLE TILES FOR COVERING A SURFACE

1. A device for covering a surface, comprising:a piece first, second, third and fourth sides, wherein the first and second sides are disposed opposite of each other, and the third and fourth sides are disposed opposite of each other and are disposed between the first and second sides;
a first set of magnets coupled to the first side;
a second set of magnets coupled to the second side; and
wherein the first set of magnets is configured to magnetically couple with a set of magnets of an adjacent tile having a third set of magnets;
a first routed edge disposed on the first side and having a first slot with first and second opposing inner edges, such that a width of an inner surface of the first slot is greater than a width of an opening of the first slot at the first side;
a second routed edge disposed on the second side and having a second slot with third and fourth opposing inner edges, such that a width of an inner surface of the second slot is greater than a width of an opening of the second slot in the second side;
a first insert sized and diminished to be slidably received within the first slot, wherein the first set of magnets are embedded in the first insert; and
second insert sized and dimensioned to be slidably received within the second slot, wherein the second set of magnets are embedded in the second insert.

US Pat. No. 10,711,466

PANEL WITH POSITIVE LOCKING

1. Two panels, each having a body, opposite panel edges, and at least one pair of complementary locking structures at opposite panel edges, wherein the at least one pair of the locking structures comprises a receiving hook and an arresting hook, wherein the arresting hook of one panel fits into the receiving hook of the other panel;wherein the arresting hook has an arresting contour and the receiving hook has a positively locking contour;
wherein the arresting contour and the positively locking contour are compressible and consist of a material having a Brinell hardness in a range of 30-90 N/mm2 and a modulus of elasticity in a range between 3000 and 7000 N/mm2 so the arresting contour and positively locking contour have compressibility involving elastic deformation to produce a positive locking connection between the arresting contour and positively locking contour upon insertion of the arresting contour into the positively locking contour;
wherein the positively locking contour comprises a comb-like configuration of ribs and groove-shaped gaps.

US Pat. No. 10,711,465

FASTENING DEVICE AND SYSTEM OF FASTENING PANELS TO A STRUCTURE

1. A fastening device for releaseably connecting a panel to a support structure, the panel comprising at least one locking track for receiving a portion of the fastening device, the fastening device comprising:a latch portion for connecting the fastening device to the panel;
a base portion for connecting the fastening device to the support structure;
a piston guide extending from the base portion;
a push latch piston movably arranged relative to the piston guide between a first retracted position and a second, extended position, the latch portion being arranged on the push latch piston;
a resilient member arranged to bias the push latch piston towards the extended position; wherein a guide track is formed in a surface of the push latch piston or in a facing surface of the piston guide,
wherein at least one guide pin is formed on the other one of the surface of the push latch piston or the facing surface of the piston guide, the guide track being configured to receive the guide pin, wherein the guide track has two opposed ledges, wherein the guide track is formed in sections forming an angle to each other, wherein arrests for the guide pin are formed at intersections of the sections, and wherein,
when no external force is applied to the fastening device, the at least one guide pin is biased into contact with one of the arrests at a first one of the ledges by the resilient member, such that the push latch piston is in the extended position relative to the piston guide, in an initial rest position,
when the piston guide is moved relative to the push latch piston towards the retracted position against the bias of the resilient member, the guide pin interacting with the guide track rotates the latch portion relative to the initial rest position to an intermediary position, and
when the piston guide is subsequently moved back relative to the push latch piston and towards the extended position by the bias of the resilient member, the guide pin interacting with the guide track rotates the latch portion from the intermediary position to 90° relative to the initial rest position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,464

WATER DIVERTING AND FILTERING DEVICE FOR RAIN GUTTERS

1. A gutter guard system for keeping leaves and other debris out of a roof gutter while allowing water to pass into the gutter, the gutter guard system comprising:a filter media, the filter media for keeping leaves and debris from passing into a gutter to which the system is attached, the filter media further allowing water to pass into the gutter;
the filter media further comprising a plurality of elevated horizontal rows having a plurality of leading edges, the leading edges being configured with high points declining to low points, the elevated horizontal rows with leading edges rising a vertical distance above adjacent flat portions of the filter media, the elevated horizontal rows extending between a left side and a right side of the filter media, wherein any selected elevated horizontal row is staggered relative to adjacent elevated horizontal rows located above or below the selected elevated horizontal row;
wherein the leading edges provide water-diverting obstacles, the leading edges being oriented to stand against a flow of water over the filter media, each leading edge diverting water down each leading edge from the high point to the low point along each leading edge.

US Pat. No. 10,711,463

ROOF DRAIN COVER

Roofguard Manufacturing, ...

1. A cover for a drain, the cover comprising:a dome having a sidewall with a lower portion, wherein the sidewall defines a central axis and forms a plurality of first openings extending through the sidewall, and wherein at least a portion of the lower portion is located a perpendicular distance R1 from the central axis; and
a skirt coupled with the lower portion of the sidewall and having an outer edge, wherein at least a portion of the skirt flares outward from the lower portion toward the outer edge in a first direction that is generally away from the central axis and generally away from the dome, wherein the first direction forms an angle A with a portion of the central axis that extends below the skirt, wherein the skirt forms a plurality of second openings extending through the skirt, and wherein at least a portion of the outer edge of the skirt is located a perpendicular distance R2 from the central axis, and
wherein the angle A is greater than ninety degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,711,462

FRICTION FIT COMPOSITE COLUMN

1. A composite assembly adapted for use in a building structure, the composite assembly comprising:a lower assembly comprising a connection bracket comprising:
a bottom plate having first, second, third, and fourth edges; and
first and second connection blades secured to the bottom plate and extending away from the bottom plate, the first and second connection blades extending between the first and second edges and positioned interior of the third and fourth edges; and
an upper assembly comprising:
a first elongated layer comprising a first elongated member and a second elongated layer comprising a second elongated member, wherein the first and second elongated members are secured to each other along respective lengthwise faces of the first and second elongated members;
a first dual sided connector arranged between the first elongated member and the second elongated member such that the first dual sided connector simultaneously engages the first elongated member and the second elongated member and the first dual sided connector comprises:
a unitary base plate having a first surface and a second surface;
first and second tooth pairs extending outwardly from the first surface of the base plate, the first and second tooth pairs each comprising a first tooth and a second tooth, the first tooth and the second tooth each having an axis perpendicular to the first surface of the base plate, the first tooth being twisted about the axis of the first tooth and the second tooth being twisted about the axis of the second tooth; and
third and fourth tooth pairs extending outwardly from the second surface of the base plate, the third and fourth tooth pairs each comprising a third tooth and a fourth tooth, the third tooth and the fourth tooth each having an axis perpendicular to the second surface of the base plate, the third tooth being twisted about the axis of the third tooth and the fourth tooth being twisted about the axis of the fourth tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,711,461

CEILING SYSTEMS

AWI Licensing LLC, Wilmi...

1. A ceiling panel comprising:a panel body comprising a top surface, a bottom surface that terminates at a first panel edge, the first panel edge being planar and extending between the top and bottom surfaces of the panel body, the bottom surface of the panel body being planar and having a first surface area; and
a facing sheet coupled to the panel body, the facing sheet comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, the bottom surface of the facing sheet having a second surface area;
an adhesive region that bonds a portion of the bottom surface of the panel body to the bottom surface of the facing sheet, the adhesive region having a third surface area;
wherein the third surface area is less than the first surface area.

US Pat. No. 10,711,460

TILE AND SUPPORT STRUCTURE

MBRICO, LLC, Bettendorf,...

1. A tile and support structure comprising:(a.) a rectangular tile having a height, a width, and a thickness, said rectangular tile comprising:
(i.) a first rectangular face, wherein said first rectangular face is configured to be generally facing upward during use;
(ii.) a second rectangular face, wherein said second rectangular face is opposite said first rectangular face, wherein said first and second rectangular faces are separated by said thickness of said rectangular tile, and wherein a surface area of said first and second rectangular faces is defined by said height and said width of said rectangular tile;
(iii.) a first, second, third, and fourth edge defining a periphery of said rectangular tile, wherein said first and third edges are parallel with respect to one another and perpendicular with respect to said second and third edges;
(iv.) a groove formed in said first, a second groove formed in said third edge; and,
(v.) a protrusion formed on said second edge, wherein said protrusion is configured to abut a second tile such that said first rectangular face of said tile is spaced apart from said a rectangular face of said second tile by a predetermined amount;
(b.) a support structure comprising:
(i.) a base having a first flange and a second flange, wherein said first and second flanges are opposed to one another, wherein said first and second flanges are each formed with a trough therein, and wherein each said trough is formed with a plurality of apertures formed therein along a length of each said trough;
(ii.) a spine engaged with said base, wherein said spine extends upward from a center of said base, and wherein said spine is generally perpendicular with respect to said base;
(iii.) a first rail extending from a terminal end of said spine, wherein said first rail is generally perpendicular with respect to said spine;
(iv.) a second rail extending from said terminal end of said spine, wherein said second rail is generally perpendicular with respect to said spine, wherein said support structure is generally symmetrical about a plane perpendicularly oriented with respect to said first and second rails, and wherein said first and second rails are configured to engage said groove so as to secure a position said rectangular tile with respect to said support structure in a dimension parallel with respect to said thickness of said rectangular tile and simultaneously allow said rectangular tile to move with respect to said support structure in a dimension parallel to said length of said rectangular tile.

US Pat. No. 10,711,459

INTERIOR PANEL AND INTERIOR PANEL STRUCTURE

AGC INC., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. An interior panel configured to be suspended and supported movably along a railway laid on a ceiling portion of a building, the interior panel comprising:an upper panel member;
a lower panel member disposed below the upper panel member; and
a frame comprising at least an upper frame member configured to be attached movably along the railway and a lower frame member holding a lower edge portion of the upper panel member and to hold an upper edge portion of the lower panel member,
wherein the lower panel member is held with the lower frame to thereby be suspended and supported,
wherein the lower panel member has a left edge portion not held by a left frame member and a right edge portion not held by a right frame member, and
wherein a thickness of the frame is substantially greater than a thickness of the upper panel member and a thickness of the lower panel member.

US Pat. No. 10,711,458

WALL CONSTRUCTION PANEL AND WALL CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM FOR EXHIBITION CONSTRUCTION

Syma Intercontinental AG,...

1. A wall construction panel (1) for the setting up of walls for an exhibition stand construction, the wall construction panel (1) comprising four frame elements (2, 3, 4), each of which having a groove and that are connected to form a rectangular frame with a peripheral frame groove pointing to the frame inside, wherein the frame groove is formed by the grooves of the frame elements (2, 3, 4) and a panel (5) is inserted into the frame groove, wherein two of the four frame elements (2, 3, 4) are configured as frame elements (2, 3) extending in a vertical direction (Y), one of which is configured as a pillar element (2) and the other one as an edge element (3), wherein the two others of the four frame elements (2, 3, 4) are configured as framework elements (4) extending in a horizontal direction (X), wherein each of the framework elements (4) bears with a horizontal end on the pillar element (2), wherein the edge element (3) is placed with a first horizontal section (31) between the framework elements (4) and projects with a second horizontal section (32) horizontally over the framework elements (4),wherein the edge element (3) is formed by a one-piece metal or plastic element and has a cross-section configured with a U-shape perpendicularly to the vertical direction (Y),
the U-shape is open towards the frame inside and is formed by two side walls (30) that are spaced from each other throughout the first horizontal section (31) and that are connected with each other exclusively in the second horizontal section (32),
the edge element (3) has in the second horizontal section (32) a maximal width in a transverse direction (Z), that is perpendicular to the horizontal direction and perpendicular to the vertical direction, that is less than a width of the groove of the pillar element (2) in the transverse direction (Z), and
the pillar element (2) has at least one receiving groove that is configured to receive the second horizontal section (32) of the edge element (3) of a further wall construction panel (1).

US Pat. No. 10,711,457

STRUCTURAL ELEMENT FOR SECURING GLASS PARTITIONS

1. A structural element to secure a glass partition, the structural element comprising:a) a metal support having a horizontal section and a vertical section forming an L-shape, the horizontal section of the metal support is adapted to be placed directly against a floor, the glass partition is adapted to rest on the horizontal section of the metal support, the metal support including:
a vertical rib located at an outer end of the horizontal section of the metal support;
a rectangular groove at the outer end of the horizontal section of the metal support and that is located adjacent to the vertical rib;
a V-shaped groove located at the outer end of the horizontal section of the metal support and opposite to the vertical rib;
a T-shaped groove located at an outer end of the vertical section of the metal support;
a rubber gasket having a T-shaped section to be inserted into the T-shaped groove of the vertical section of the metal support, the rubber gasket adapted to separate the glass partition from the vertical section of the metal support;
an elastic strip located on the horizontal section of the metal support;
b) a closing metal plate including:
a first end including an L-shaped protrusion and a V-shaped rib, the L-shaped protrusion having a short section that operatively connects to the vertical rib of the horizontal section of the metal support and a long section that engages the rectangular groove of the horizontal section of the metal support, the short section being shorter than the long section, the V-shaped rib operatively connects to the V-shaped groove of the horizontal section of the metal support;
c) a T-shaped elastic member including a vertical section and a horizontal section, the vertical section of the T-shaped elastic member including parallel walls crossed by a plurality of inclined ribs connecting the parallel walls; and
wherein the T-shaped elastic member is placed on a second end of the closing metal plate and is adapted to separate the glass partition from the closing metal plate.

US Pat. No. 10,711,455

EXPANSION JOINTS

Underwood Companies Holdi...

1. In a tiled floor an expansion joint applied under tiles adjacent the joint, the joint having a first strip extending on one side of the joint and a second strip extending on the other side of the joint, an upper surface plate of the first strip being adapted to extend across the joint, and being disposed to move across the joint, the strips being mutually aligned for relative movement while maintaining the upper surface of the first strip in a predetermined plane relative to the second strip, the first and second strips comprise extrusions having mutually aligned male and female co-operating parts, the female part carrying the upper surface plate and comprises a channel extending along the first strip the joint including one or more seals between the strips, a lower one of said seals being held by one of said strips and being in freely slidabale sealing engagement with the other strip for developing a gap to be filled along the upper surface plate and a filler strip being insertable into the gap and being retained therein by the strips.

US Pat. No. 10,711,454

CAP FOR ANCHOR OF POST-TENSION ANCHORAGE SYSTEM

1. A system for inhibiting fluid intrusion into a post-tensioned concrete member comprising:a concrete member;
a tensioning end anchor embedded in the concrete member and having an interior channel therethrough, the tensioning end anchor including a front extension and being positioned within the concrete member such that the front extension is generally positioned at an edge of the concrete member;
a tendon embedded in the concrete member and threaded through the interior channel of the tensioning end anchor such that a tensioning end portion of the tendon extends from the tensioning end anchor; and
a removable cap, the removable cap including a cap body, the cap body having an inner bore therethrough, the inner bore adapted to allow the tendon to pass through the cap body, the removable cap adapted to receive the tensioning end portion of the tendon through the inner bore and to abut and cover the end of the front extension of the tensioning end anchor so as to inhibit the intrusion of fluid into the interior channel while allowing the tensioning end portion of the tendon to pass through the cap body.

US Pat. No. 10,711,453

BUILDING PANEL WITH A WEATHER BARRIER

Georgia-Pacific Panel Pro...

1. A sheathing panel, comprising:a barrier overlay secured to a panel, the barrier overlay comprising a base paper and a water-resistant coating arranged on a surface of the base paper such that the water-resistant coating does not substantially impregnate or penetrate the base paper; and
an anti-skid coating arranged on the water-resistant coating on the barrier overlay, the anti-skid coating being substantially smooth, comprising a polymer, substantially invisible to a naked eye, and covering about 1 to about 10% of a surface area of the base paper of the barrier overlay;
wherein the sheathing panel is bulk water resistant and has at least one of the following properties: a water vapor transmission rate of at least 7.0 grams per square meter per 24 hours (grams/m2/24 hours) as determined by ASTM E96-15 procedure A at 73° F. and 50% relative humidity (RH), a water vapor permeance of at least 1.3 perms as determined by ASTM E96-15 procedure A at 73° F. and 50% relative humidity (RH), or an air infiltration rate of less than 0.2 liters per second per square meter (L/s-m2) at 75 pascals (Pa) as determined by ASTM E2357-11.

US Pat. No. 10,711,452

ACTUATABLE MODULAR STRUCTURES

1. An actuatable modular structure comprising linear elements held in assembly with an intermodular connector and an intramodular connector, said intramodular connector interfacing with at least two linear elements along their lengths, said at least two linear elements passing completely through said intramodular connector, and said intermodular connector interfacing with termini of at least two linear elements, each linear element interfacing with two intramodular connectors and with two intermodular connectors, at least one of said linear elements, intramodular connector or intermodular connector functioning as an actuator for shaping the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,451

RACK CONSTRUCTION ASSEMBLY

1. A rack construction assembly for arranging a plurality of members into a rack for storing objects, said assembly comprising:a plurality of bracket units, each of said bracket units having a plurality of channels therein wherein each of said channels corresponding to each of said bracket units is configured to insertably receive dimensional lumber thereby facilitating the dimensional lumber to form a rack for storing objects, each of said channels corresponding to each of said bracket units being oriented at right angles with respect to each other wherein the dimensional lumber corresponding to each of said channels defines an X axis, a Y axis and a Z axis of the rack, each of said bracket units comprising
a first sleeve having a first end, a second end and an outer wall extending therebetween, each of said first end and said second end being open to define a first channel extending through said first sleeve, said outer wall having a top side,
a second sleeve having a first end, a second end and an outer wall extending therebetween, each of said first end and said second end of said second sleeve being open to define a second channel extending through said second sleeve, said outer wall of said second sleeve has a first lateral side and a back side,
a third sleeve having a first end, a second end and an outer wall extending therebetween, each of said first end and said second end of said third sleeve being open to define a third channel extending through said third sleeve, said outer wall of said third sleeve having a front side, and
wherein said outer wall of each of said first sleeve and said third sleeve has a respective pair of end faces, one of said end faces of said outer wall of said first sleeve being coplanar with an associated one of said end faces of said outer wall of said third sleeve and said first end of said second sleeve, a second one of said end faces of said first sleeve being coplanar with an associated second one of said end faces of said third sleeve and said second end of said second sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,711,450

SELF-SUPPORTING AND LOAD BEARING STRUCTURAL JOINT

1. A structural joint system comprising:a first structural member comprising of at least two stacked beams each having
a length in an axial direction,
a height in a direction transverse to the axial direction,
a width in a direction transverse to the axial direction and normal to the height,
a hollow cross sectional profile and;
a first mating section at one end of the length, the first mating section having a first axial protrusion, forming an intermediate surface along the entire edge of the structural member, comprising several surfaces,
a first surface extending in the height direction,
a second surface extending from the first surface,
a third surface extending from the second surface and extending in the height direction,
wherein each adjoining surface incorporates a radius with an axis of rotation about the width axis, and extending in an axial direction;
a second structural member comprising of at least two stacked beams each having
a length in an axial direction,
a height in a direction transverse to the axial direction,
a width in a direction transverse to the axial direction and normal to the height,
a hollow cross sectional profile and
a second mating section at one end of the length, the second mating section having a second axial protrusion,
wherein the second mating section compliments the first mating section;
wherein the second member includes one or more holes in a first side of the member, configured for alignment to accommodate at least one fastener;
a first splice plate secured to a first side of the first structural member proximate the first mating section and configured for removable attachment to a first side of the second structural member proximate the second mating section;
wherein the first splice plate includes one or more holes configured for alignment to accommodate one or more fasteners,
a first fastener retainer attached to a first side of the second structural member and configured to receive one or more fasteners to secure the first splice plate to the second member; and
a first fastener or plurality of fasteners configured to removably attach the first splice plate to the second structural member.

US Pat. No. 10,711,449

SYSTEM FOR WALL TO WALL CONNECTION FOR PRECAST SHEAR WALLS AND METHOD THEREOF

1. A method of casting precast walls that are connectable to each other, comprising:preparing one or more layers of a plurality of horizontal and vertical reinforcement bars;
fixing a plurality of hollow tubes to the one or more layers of the plurality of horizontal and vertical reinforcement bars at predefined locations by fasteners, the plurality of hollow tubes further being provided with openings at predetermined locations;
providing grout tubes at the openings for grouting the plurality of hollow tubes; and
pouring concrete to create a precast wall.

US Pat. No. 10,711,448

STORM WATER DELAY DEVICE

1. A device comprising a coherent man-made vitreous fibre substrate (MMVF substrate) and at least one first conduit and at least one second conduit, each conduit having first and second open ends, wherein the MMVF substrate comprises man-made vitreous fibres bonded with a cured binder composition, wherein the first open end of the first conduit and the first open end of the second conduit are each independently in fluid communication with the MMVF substrate, wherein the first conduit is at a greater height than the second conduit, wherein at least a portion of the MMVF substrate is disposed between the first and second conduits, wherein two or more outer surfaces of the MMVF substrate is adapted for direct contact with the ground so that water held in the MMVF substrate passes through the two or more outer surfaces and thereby dissipates directly into the ground, wherein the first open end of each of the first and second conduits is at least partially embedded in the MMVF substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,711,447

ADJUSTABLE FLOOR DRAIN AND METHOD OF INSTALLATION

ZURN INDUSTRIES, LLC, Mi...

1. A drain assembly comprising:a shroud having a threaded radially inward facing surface;
a shank having a lip on an upper edge, a cylindrical radially inward facing surface defining a central axis, and a threaded radially outward facing surface configured to threadably engage the threaded radially inward facing surface of the shroud;
a frame having a top surface and an angled bottom surface in which the angled bottom surface is angled relative to the central axis;
a shim having an angled top surface angled relative to the central axis;
a clamp configured to clamp the shim between the lip of the shank and the angled bottom surface of the frame; and
wherein a rotational orientation of the angled top surface of the shim relative to the shank and a rotational orientation of the angled bottom surface of the frame relative to the shank are independently adjustable, thereby allowing for the top surface of the frame to be both angularly and rotationally adjusted relative to the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,711,446

TRENCHLESSLY INSTALLED SUBTERRANEAN COLLECTOR DRAIN FOR SURFACE AND SUBSURFACE WATER

TRENCHLESS GROUNDWATER MO...

1. A method for installing a collection and drainage pipe system configured to drain surface fluids and subsurface fluids to a designated reception location, comprising:identifying a target collection area and the designated reception location;
installing a drain pipe at the target collection area without excavating by introduction of the drain pipe through horizontal directional drilling, wherein the drain pipe extends from the target collection area to the designated reception location;
detecting an underground location of the installed drain pipe;
determining where to create one or more drawdown points based on the detected underground location of the installed drain pipe, surface fluids and subsurface fluids;
creating a borehole for accessing the installed drain pipe at the one or more drawdown points; and
connecting a lower end of a collection pipe to the installed drain pipe with a pipe attachment, the collection pipe extending upward from the installed drain pipe through the borehole and having an upper end with an opening terminating at the surface for venting to atmosphere; for drawing subsurface fluids and surface fluids from the target collection area into the collection pipe and the installed drain pipe for draining at the designated reception location for controlling elevation of a localized water table at the target collection area.

US Pat. No. 10,711,445

SUCTION DEVICE FOR A WASTEWATER TANK

HUGO VOGELSANG MASCHINENB...

1. A sanitation system for a vehicle with a wastewater collection tank, the wastewater collection tank further comprising:a floor and a sidewall enclosing an interior of the wastewater collection tank;
an inlet connection; and
an outlet device, wherein the outlet device further comprises an outlet opening with a connection coupling for connecting a suction-extraction device, and a suction-extraction channel extending from the outlet opening in the direction of gravity down to an intake opening within the wastewater collection tank;
wherein one or more intake openings are formed by apertures of which a through-passage cross section is delimited by the floor of the wastewater-collection tank and by an intake-opening periphery, wherein the intake-opening periphery is connected to a moveable negative-pressure surface and is retained in a first, lowered position by means of prestressing, and whereby:
the intake opening in the first position, in which a first negative suction pressure in the suction-extraction channel acts on the negative-pressure surface, is arranged at a first distance from the tank floor; and
the intake opening in a second position, in which a second negative suction pressure in the suction-extraction channel acts on the negative-pressure surface, said second negative suction pressure being higher than the first negative suction pressure, is arranged at a second distance from the tank floor, said second distance being greater than the first distance, in that the second negative suction pressure acting on the negative-pressure surface subjects the intake-opening periphery to a lifting force that acts counter to the prestressing and raises the intake-opening periphery to cause the through-passage cross section to be increased.

US Pat. No. 10,711,444

TOILET INLET CONFIGURATION

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

16. A method of flushing a toilet comprising:providing a pedestal having an inlet chamber comprising:
an inlet portion comprising an upstream end defining an upstream inner diameter, and a downstream end defining a downstream inner diameter less than the upstream inner diameter;
an elbow extending downstream from the inlet portion, the elbow defining an elbow diameter substantially the same as the downstream inner diameter;
a leg extending downstream from the elbow; and
a splitter portion extending downstream from the leg, wherein the splitter portion divides water flow between a rim of the pedestal and a bowl of the pedestal; and
providing a stream of water from a water source, through a valve outlet, to the downstream end of the inlet portion;
wherein the stream forms a water column having a substantially constant diameter extending between valve outlet and the downstream end of the inlet portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,443

ORGANIC WASTE SEPARATOR FOR UNDER A SINK

Anvy Technologies Inc., ...

1. A waste separator and collector system for use under a sink, the waste separator comprising: a transverse pipe, the transverse pipe including a proximal end, a distal end, a sidewall therebetween, a solid waste outlet at the distal end and a magnetic flange on the exterior surface of the sidewall, the transverse pipe defining a transverse bore, the transverse bore housing a noncutting motor-driven urging mechanism having a moving surface urging solid waste toward the distal end and a cylindrical filter between the non-cutting motor-driven urging mechanism and the transverse pipe sidewall; a sink wastewater inlet in a vicinity of the proximal end, the sink wastewater inlet normal to the transverse bore and in fluid communication with the transverse bore; a normally-closed solenoid valve, the normally-closed solenoid valve in a vicinity of the distal end of the transverse pipe; a lower vessel, the lower vessel including a waste water outlet, the lower vessel defining an interior, the interior in fluid communication with the transverse bore proximate the proximal end; and a microprocessor, the microprocessor in electronic communication with the normally-closed solenoid valve, and the collector comprising: a front; a back; the back defining an aperture; a movable seal which can cover the aperture; sides; a top, the top including a lid; and a bottom, to define an interior, at least the distal end of the transverse pipe extending into the interior through the aperture and movable seal such that the magnetic flange abuts the back of the collector surrounding the aperture and magnetically, releasably seals the transverse pipe to the back.

US Pat. No. 10,711,442

COMPOSITE FAUCET BODY AND INTERNAL WATERWAY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet comprising:a continuous internal waterway defined by a maximum temperature, the continuous internal waterway comprising:
a first body chamber;
a second body chamber configured to receive water from a water source;
a valve seat coupled to the first body chamber and the second body chamber; and
a waterway in fluid communication with the valve seat; and
a one-piece body defined by a processing temperature less than the maximum temperature, the one-piece body encapsulating the continuous internal waterway;
wherein the faucet is operational to receive the water from the water source and to provide the water to the waterway;
wherein the one-piece body is isolated from the water by the continuous internal waterway during operation of the faucet;
wherein the valve seat is in fluid communication with the second body chamber; and
wherein the first body chamber is attached to the valve seat, the second body chamber is attached to the valve seat separate from the first body chamber, and the waterway is attached to the valve seat separate from the first body chamber and the second body chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,711,441

ADJUSTABLE UNDERGROUND UTILITY BOXES WITH SHORTENING PREVENTION SLEEVES

1. A method of preventing shortening of an adjustable underground utility box, comprising:adjusting the length of a stem portion of a utility box to adjust the distance between top and bottom portions of the utility box that each define a width greater than a maximum width of the stem portion such that when the bottom portion is positioned underground at an underground structure the top portion is positioned at a top surface of the ground; and
coupling a substantially rigid sleeve of a fixed non-adjustable length to the stem portion by at least partially surrounding the stem portion with the sleeve such that the sleeve extends fully between and engages surfaces of the top and bottom portions of the utility box to prevent the stem portion from shortening the distance between the top and bottom portions.

US Pat. No. 10,711,440

AUTOMATIC FIRE HYDRANT WATER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Hale Products, Inc., Col...

1. An automatic fire hydrant water supplying system automatically providing hydrant supply water from a discharge port of a hydrant to a pumper fire truck,the pumper fire truck comprising:
a fire-truck water pump;
a master intake valve having a master-intake-valve input port and a master-intake-valve discharge port, the master-intake-valve discharge port in fluid communication with the fire-truck water pump;
a water-supply fire hose having a water-supply fire-hose input end and a water-supply fire-hose discharge end, the water-supply fire-hose discharge end in fluid communication with the master-intake-valve input port;
a fire-truck water-pump control system operatively coupled to the master intake valve; and
a pressure sensor in fluid communication with the water-supply fire hose upstream of the master-intake-valve input port and operatively coupled to the fire-truck water-pump control system,
the automatic fire hydrant water supplying system comprising:
a hydrant valve assembly having a remotely-controllable hydrant discharge valve having a hydrant-discharge-valve input port connectable to the discharge port of the hydrant and a hydrant-discharge-valve discharge port connectable to the water-supply fire-hose input end, the remotely-controllable hydrant discharge valve operatively coupled to and controlled by the fire-truck water-pump control system; and
a remotely-controllable air bleed valve having an air-bleed-valve input port and an air-bleed-valve discharge port, the air-bleed-valve input port in fluid communication with the master-intake-valve input port and the fire-hose discharge port, the remotely-controllable air bleed valve operatively coupled to and controlled by the fire-truck water-pump control system,
wherein the fire-truck water-pump control system determines whether a pressurized volume in the fire hose upstream of the master-intake-valve input port is air or water based on a difference in density between air and water as sensed by the pressure sensor and if the pressurized volume is air causes the air to be vented to atmosphere through the air-bleed-valve discharge port before opening the master-intake-valve input port.

US Pat. No. 10,711,439

FLUSHING DEVICE FOR A SANITARY DEVICE AND TOILET OR URINAL FLUSH

1. A flushing device for a sanitary device, in particular a toilet flush or an urinal flush,with a cold water supply line,
with a hot water supply line,
with a valve arrangement for admitting the water flowing in through the cold water supply line and the hot water supply line, and
with a water drain for draining the water admitted through the cold water supply line and the hot water supply line,
wherein at least one temperature sensor is provided for measuring the water temperature in the cold water supply line and/or the hot water supply line and for generating at least one temperature signal,
wherein a controller for actuating the valve arrangement generates a control signal as a function of the temperature signal and
wherein the valve arrangement drains water through the water drain depending on the control signal,
characterized in that the controller transmits the control signal to a cistern valve arrangement, and in that the cistern water drain triggered by the cistern valve arrangement actuates the valve arrangement, such that the controller is capable of activating the valve arrangement both directly and indirectly.

US Pat. No. 10,711,438

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FOR WORKING MACHINE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A hydraulic system for a working machine, comprising:a hydraulic pump to output an operation fluid;
a hydraulic apparatus to be activated by the operation fluid;
an operating member to operate the hydraulic apparatus;
an operation valve to determine a pressure of the operation fluid in accordance with operation of the operating member, the operation fluid being supplied to the hydraulic apparatus;
a first fluid tube connecting the hydraulic pump to the operation valve;
a first working valve disposed on the first fluid tube, the first working valve being configured to change an opening aperture of the first working valve;
a first outputting fluid tube connected to a section of the first fluid tube between the operation valve and the first working valve; and
a second working valve disposed on the first outputting fluid tube, the second working valve being configured to change an opening aperture of the second working valve,
wherein the first working valve is a valve having a supplying position and a blocking position and being configured to be switched between the supplying position and the blocking position,
the supplying position to supply the operation fluid to the operation valve,
the blocking position to block the supplying of the operation fluid to the operation valve,
and wherein the second working valve is a variable relief valve.

US Pat. No. 10,711,437

CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A construction machine comprising:a pilot pump constituting a pilot hydraulic source together with a tank;
a pressure reducing valve type pilot valve connected to a pilot delivery line of the pilot pump and reducing a pressure of a pilot pressure oil supplied from the pilot delivery line and outputting a pilot pressure to a directional control valve on a main line side; and
a gate lock valve provided between the pilot pump and the pressure reducing valve type pilot valve and switching the pressure in the pilot delivery line to either one of a high pressure state by a delivery pressure of the pilot pump or a low pressure state connected to the tank in accordance with an operation of a gate lock lever, characterized in that:
the pilot delivery line includes:
a throttle disposed between the pilot pump and the gate lock valve and limiting a flowrate of the pilot pressure oil delivered from the pilot pump;
a check valve disposed between the gate lock valve and the pressure reducing valve type pilot valve and allowing a flow of the pilot pressure oil from the pilot pump toward the pressure reducing valve type pilot valve and shutting down the flow in an opposite direction;
a bypass line having one end side connected to the pilot delivery line between the pilot pump and the throttle and the other end side connected to the pilot delivery line between the check valve and the pressure reducing valve type pilot valve so as to bypass the throttle, the gate lock valve, and the check valve;
a lock switching valve provided in the bypass line and normally shutting down a flow of the pilot pressure oil from the pilot pump into the bypass line and allowing the flow of the pilot pressure oil through the bypass line when a pressure generated in the pilot delivery line exceeds a predetermined pressure between the gate lock valve and the check valve.

US Pat. No. 10,711,436

WORK MACHINE OPERATION ASSISTANCE DEVICE

HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACH...

1. A work machine operation assistance device, which is installed in a work machine having a working device driven by an actuator and an operating device to operate the actuator, to assist an operator in operating the operating device, comprising:a controller configured to generate a drive signal to control the actuator based on a manipulation variable of the operating device detected by a sensor and a manipulation gain indicating a relationship between manipulation of the operating device and a drive speed of the actuator; and
a display monitor coupled to the controller,
wherein the controller is further configured to:
calculate an integration time representing a time period over which the operating device is manipulated,
calculate a manipulated-variable frequency of the operating device on the basis of the detected manipulated variable and the calculated integration time,
compute an updated manipulation gain based on a difference between the calculated manipulated-variable frequency and a predetermined criterion value,
display the updated manipulation gain on the display monitor, and
upon receiving a predetermined user input, overwrite the manipulation gain with the updated manipulation gain.

US Pat. No. 10,711,435

FRAME ASSEMBLY FOR MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A frame assembly for a machine, the frame assembly comprising:a main frame including a first pair of rails and a second pair of rails laterally spaced from the first pair of rails, each of the first pair of rails and the second pair of rails having a first rail and a second rail vertically spaced from the first rail; and
a one-piece, load-bearing crossmember having a first flange, a second flange, and a central portion between the first flange and the second flange,
wherein the first flange is directly connected to both the first rail and the second rail of the first pair of rails, and the second flange is directly connected to both the first rail and the second rail of the second pair of rails,
wherein the first flange includes a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end and the second end being directly attached to the first rail and the second rail of the first pair of rails, respectively, the first and second ends of the first flange respectively forming upper-most and lower-most surfaces of the first flange,
wherein the second flange includes a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end and the second end being directly attached to the first rail and the second rail of the second pair of rails, respectively, the first and second ends of the second flange respectively forming upper-most and lower-most surfaces of the second flange,
wherein the first flange is welded to the first rail and the second rail of the first pair of rails, and the second flange is welded to the first rail and the second rail of the second pair of rails,
wherein the central portion of the one-piece, load-bearing crossmember extends inward and downward from the first and second flanges,
wherein the one-piece, load-bearing crossmember has a maximum height less than a vertical spacing between the first and second rails of the first pair of rails and a vertical spacing between the first and second rails of the second pair of rails, such that no part of the one-piece, load-bearing crossmember extends in a vertical spacing direction past any of the first rails and the second rails of the first and second pairs of rails, and
wherein the first flange and the second flange each have a uniform height at all times between the upper-most and lower-most surfaces thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,711,434

BALANCED SEDIMENT THROUGHPUT RESERVOIR DREDGING

9. A method of operating a dredging system on a reservoir having a dam and being located on a flowing body of water, the method comprising:providing the dredge system, the dredge system comprising, a dredge,
an upstream instrument subsystem located upstream of a reservoir on one or more inflow streams of the flowing body of water including an upstream flow meter and an upstream turbidimeter,
a downstream instrument subsystem located downstream of a reservoir on one or more outlet streams of the flowing body of water including a downstream flow meter and a downstream turbidimeter, and
a dredge operating control system operatively coupled to the upstream instrument subsystem and the downstream instrument subsystem;
collecting upstream flow rate data for one or more inflow streams into the reservoir;
collecting upstream solid concentration data for the water in the one or more inflow streams;
collecting downstream flow rate data for one or more outlet streams from the reservoir;
collecting downstream solid concentration data for the water in the one or more outflow streams;
determining an upstream solids flow rate of the one or more inflow streams into the reservoir;
determining a downstream solids flow rate of the one or more output streams from the reservoir; and
adjusting a dredging rate of the dredge to match the downstream solids flow rate with the upstream solids flow rate over a predetermined interval of time.

US Pat. No. 10,711,433

TRENCH CUTTING MACHINE

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

1. A shroud assembly for a trench cutting machine, the shroud assembly being arranged to guide debris discharged from a circular blade of the trench cutting machine; the shroud assembly comprising:a shroud comprising a first and second opposed and spaced apart side walls joined along their rear, upper and front portions, the shroud having an open bottom portion and an at least partially open lower front portion, and being configured to receive a portion of the circular blade within said shroud; and
a movable front section arranged at the front portion of the shroud and having a ground contacting member disposed at a lower end of the movable front section, the movable front section being arranged to move relative to the shroud to cover a lower front portion of the circular blade exposed by the at least partially open lower front portion of the shroud and block debris from being thrown forward by the circular blade as the circular blade descends into the surface to be cut;
wherein the front portion of the shroud is configured to move to increasingly overlap with the movable front section in response to maintained contact between the ground contacting member and the surface as a distance between the surface and the shroud decreases due to the circular blade descending into the surface to be cut.

US Pat. No. 10,711,432

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A TRENCH IN A SEA FLOOR

Soil Machine Dynamics Lim...

1. An apparatus for forming a trench and/or inserting material into a trench in a sea floor, the apparatus comprising:a body;
at least one sea floor engaging device mounted to the body for engaging the sea floor and supporting the body;
at least one material displacing device for displacing material on the sea floor as a result of movement of the apparatus along the sea floor, wherein at least one said material displacing device comprises a plurality of first material displacement members mounted to the body, and a plurality of second material displacement members mounted to the first material displacement members in a first mode of the material displacing device such that a lateral width of the apparatus in said first mode of the material displacing device is larger than the lateral width of the apparatus in a second mode of the material displacing device; and
at least one trench cutting device supported by the body for cutting a trench in the sea floor;
wherein at least one said material displacing device comprises a plurality of tines adapted to displace material on the sea floor, forwards of at least one said sea floor engaging device, laterally outwards of the apparatus, while at least one said trench cutting device is cutting a trench in the sea floor.

US Pat. No. 10,711,430

CONTROL UNIT IN WORKING MACHINE FOR IDENTIFYING HUMAN OPERATION OF IMPLEMENT

CPAC SYSTEMS AB, Gothenb...

1. A control unit for a working machine, the working machine comprising an implement and a main body, the implement being movable relative to the main body, the working machine further comprising a control entity adapted to be activated upon receipt of an action initiating signal, wherein the control unit is adapted to:identify that a human operator of the working machine actively operates the implement relative to the main body towards a reference surface until the implement contacts the reference surface, thereby identifying a human operator input signal; and
upon identification of the operator input signal, issue the action initiating signal to the control entity,
wherein the working machine comprises a contact detecting arrangement for determining that the implement contacts the reference surface, the control unit being adapted to receive a contact signal from the contact detecting arrangement indicative of that the implement contacts the reference surface,
wherein the contact detecting arrangement comprises a force determining means adapted to determine a force applied to the implement, the control unit being adapted to:
determine a contact force value indicative of a contact force between the reference surface and the implement using the force determining means; and
determine that the implement contacts the reference surface for a contact force value being within a predetermined contact force value range.

US Pat. No. 10,711,429

INDICATION SYSTEM FOR A QUICK COUPLER ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. An indication system for a coupler assembly, the indication system comprising:a coupler element including a first plate defining a first aperture therethrough;
a hydraulic assembly mounted on the coupler element, the hydraulic assembly including a hydraulic cylinder and a first piston pin disposed at least partly within the hydraulic cylinder, the hydraulic cylinder being configured to translate the first piston pin along a longitudinal axis of the first piston pin, the longitudinal axis of the first piston pin being coaxial with the first aperture of the first plate,
an extended position of the first piston pin relative to the hydraulic cylinder locating the first piston pin within the first aperture, and
a retracted position of the first piston pin relative to the hydraulic cylinder locating the first piston pin away from and out of engagement with the first aperture;
a sensing element affixed to the coupler element, the sensing element being located proximate to the first piston pin and located between the hydraulic cylinder and the first plate along the longitudinal axis, the sensing element being configured to generate a first signal in response to the first piston pin being located in the extended position, and generate a second signal in response to the first piston pin being located in the retracted position, the first signal being different from the second signal; and
an indicator assembly coupled to the sensing element, the indicator assembly being configured to:
receive the first signal and the second signal; and
determine whether the first piston pin is in the extended position based on at least one of the first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,428

SUPPORTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING JACKING FORCE THEREOF

CHINA CONSTRUCTION STEEL ...

1. A lightweight multifunctional supporting device, comprising a supporting frame and a jacking device, wherein the jacking device comprises screw rods and jacking seats, the screw rods are provided vertically and fixed on the supporting frame, each of the jacking seats is provided with a vertical threaded hole and provided with a lateral rotation rod, and the screw rods are in threaded connection with the threaded holes, wherein the supporting frame comprises at least one standard supporting frame, the standard supporting frame comprises at least four standard main upright rods distributed at four corners of the standard supporting frame, at least two standard lateral rods, a plurality of standard inclined rods, and first connecting elements with the first connecting elements fixed at two ends of the standard main upright rods, the standard main upright rods are provided vertically, the standard lateral rods are provided horizontally, and two ends of each of the standard lateral rods are each fixedly connected to two adjacent standard main upright rods, wherein one end of each of the standard inclined rods is fixed on a top of one standard main upright rod, and the other end of the standard inclined rod is fixed on a bottom of another standard main upright rod adjacent to the one standard main upright rod, and two standard main upright rods that are adjacent to each other up and down are removably connected through one of the first connecting elements.

US Pat. No. 10,711,427

CAVITY-TYPE LOAD BOX

HANGZHOU OUGAN TECHNOLOGY...

1. A cavity-type load box, comprising an oil cavity unit, wherein the oil cavity unit comprises a sealing plate (2) and two flat plates (1) with edges wrapped in the sealing plate, the sealing plate has a U-shaped section, the oil cavity unit is provided with an oil injection structure, and liquid oil injected from the oil injection structures flows into the oil cavity unit,wherein the oil injection structure comprises an upper cover plate (4) and oil holes (3), and the oil holes are formed in the upper cover plate and a top flat plate and are communicated with the oil cavity unit, and
wherein the cavity-type load box is provided with a plurality of said oil cavity units, a transition block (6) is arranged between every two adjacent said oil cavity units, every two adjacent said oil cavity units are connected through the corresponding transition block, the transition blocks and the oil cavity units are provided with oil holes through which the oil cavity units are communicated with one another, and the liquid oil injected from the oil injection structure reaches oil cavities of the oil cavity units.

US Pat. No. 10,711,426

BLOWER CONTROL SYSTEM

BTECH Inc., Rockaway, NJ...

1. A controller for a sub slab exhaust system,said controller comprising an input device adapted to receive one or more input signals from one or more pressure sensors each adapted to measure a pressure drop at a location below a sub slab of a first building relative to a pressure above said sub slab; an output device adapted to produce an output signal to control a speed of a blower adapted to exhaust air below said sub slab; a microprocessor programmed to perform calculations based on said one or more input signals to control said output signal; and a permanent memory comprising computer readable instructions to cause said microprocessor to carry out at least the steps of:
i) at the beginning of a first control cycle period, measure said one or more pressure drops indicated by said one or more input signals from said one or more pressure sensors;
ii) determine the ratio of each of said measured pressure drops to a desired pressure drops for each of said pressure sensors;
iii) determine the minimum of said pressure drop ratios and either:
1) output by said output device, an output signal adapted to increase said blower speed by a first fractional increase if said minimum of said pressure drop ratios is between a first amount and 1 wherein said first amount is less than 1;
2) output by said output device, an output signal adapted to increase said blower speed by a second fractional increase if said minimum of said pressure drop ratios is less than said first amount; or
3) output by said output device, an output signal adapted to decrease said blower speed by a first fractional decrease if said minimum of said pressure drop ratios is greater than or equal to 1; and
iv) execute steps i), ii) and iii) at the beginning of a second control cycle period.

US Pat. No. 10,711,425

WALL BLOCKS HAVING ONE OR MORE MULTI-FACETED FACES OR SIDE WALLS, WALL BLOCK SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF CONSTRUCTING A WALL

KEYSTONE RETAINING WALL S...

1. A wall block comprising:a block body having a top surface opposed to a bottom surface, a first side surface opposed to a second side surface, and a front face opposed to a rear face, the block body having a height as measured from the top surface to the bottom surface, the front face, rear face and side surfaces having an outermost surface, at least one of the front and rear faces having at least first and second geometric indentations recessed into the block body from the outermost surface, the first geometric indentation separating a first vertically planar portion of the outermost surface from a second vertically planar portion of the outermost surface, and the second geometric indentation separating the second vertically planar portion of the outermost surface from a third vertically planar portion, the first geometric indentation having at least first and second faceted surfaces, the first faceted surface having a planar contour and the second faceted surface having a non-planar contour, the first and second faceted surfaces each narrowing along the height of the block from the top surface towards the bottom surface, the first and second faceted surfaces each extending outward along the height of the block from the top surface towards the bottom surface, and the second geometric indentation having at least first and second faceted surfaces, the first and second faceted surfaces each narrowing along the height of the block from the top surface towards the bottom surface, the first and second faceted surfaces each extending outward along the height of the block from the top surface towards the bottom surface,
wherein the first vertically planar portion of the outermost surface forms a first edge with the first faceted surface of the first geometric indentation that is straight and the second vertically planar portion of the outermost surface forms a second edge with the second faceted surface of the first geometric indentation that is curvilinear.

US Pat. No. 10,711,424

FOUNDATION ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FOUNDATION ELEMENT

BAUER Spezialtiefbau GmbH...

1. A foundation element in the ground, which is formed of a hardenable mass, wherein, prior to hardening, at least one heat exchanger element is inserted into the foundation element, the foundation element comprising:a defined transition region towards the surrounding ground, the transition region being formed of a mixture of a hardening suspension and crushed ground material of the surrounding ground, the crushed ground material being produced when a borehole in the ground for the foundation element is produced, wherein
the foundation element has a cross-sectional shape corresponding to a shape of the borehole or a shape of a cut slit,
the transition region is provided within the cross-sectional shape,
at least one metal reinforcing element is disposed within a center region of the foundation element, the at least one metal reinforcing element being in contact with the at least one heat exchanger,
a material consistency of the foundation element varies over the cross-sectional shape,
the transition region consists of at least 30% of crushed ground material, and
the transition region amounts to at least 10% of a wall thickness of the foundation element.

US Pat. No. 10,711,423

STRUCTURAL STEEL INNER SUPPORT SYSTEM IN FOUNDATION PIT

Dongtong Geotechnical Sci...

1. A structural steel inner support system in a foundation pit, comprising:a purlin assembly, wherein the purlin assembly comprises an upper purlin and a lower purlin arranged at an inner side of an enclosing pile of the foundation pit, wherein the enclosing pile is vertically disposed;
a plurality of vertical force-guiding connecting members connecting the upper purlin to the lower purlin; wherein each of the vertical force-guiding connecting members comprises a support member, an upper force-guiding connecting beam and a lower force-guiding connecting beam connected with the upper force-guiding connecting beam by the support member; one end of the upper force-guiding connecting beam is connected to the support member and the other end extends obliquely upward to a direction of the upper purlin and is connected to the upper purlin; one end of the lower force-guiding connecting beam is connected to the support member and the other end extends obliquely downward to a direction of the lower purlin and is connected to the lower purlin; the support member, the upper force-guiding connecting beam and the lower force-guiding connecting beam jointly forms a triangular support structure; and
a structural steel inner support beam and a prestress-pressing member in the foundation pit; wherein one end of the structural steel inner support beam abuts against a support component of the prestress-pressing member;
the prestress-pressing member comprises two mutually openable support parts; wherein one support part abuts on the support member of each of the vertical force-guiding connecting members; and the other support part is connected to an end portion of the structural steel inner support beam through bolts.

US Pat. No. 10,711,422

PILE DRIVING VEHICLE

NORDWIND S.R.L., Bosco C...

18. A method for driving a plurality of piles into a soil using a vehicle (1) comprising a first driving apparatus (21) and a second driving apparatus (22), wherein each driving apparatus (21, 22) comprises a first member (31) that is constrained to a chassis (11) of the vehicle (1), a second member (32) that is movable relative to the first member (31) along a driving line (200) between a first position at a distance from the soil and a second position near to the soil, and an actuating device (33) for moving the second member (32) relative to the first member (31), the actuating device (33) being a hydraulic piston or a jack,wherein each pile is composed of a plurality of pieces that are driven in one after another until the desired overall length and depth are reached,
the method comprising the steps of:
a) positioning the vehicle (1) at a region of soil into which a first pile (91) and a second pile (92) must be driven;
b) bringing the second member (32) of the first driving apparatus (21) into the first position;
c) placing a piece (93) of the first pile (91) in the first driving apparatus (21) and driving in the piece (93) of the first pile (91) by the first driving apparatus (21), the actuating device (33) pushing the second member (32) towards the second position and the second member (32) applying a pressing force on the piece (93) of the first pile (91), whilst the second member (32) of the second driving apparatus (22) is brought into the first position;
d) placing a piece (93) of the second pile (92) in the second driving apparatus (22) and driving in the piece (93) of the second pile (92) by the second driving apparatus (22), the actuating device (33) pushing the second member (32) towards the second position and the second member (32) applying a pressing force on the piece (93) of the second pile (92), whilst the second member (32) of the first driving apparatus (21) is returned to the first position;
e) repeating steps c) and d) with subsequent pieces (93) of the first pile (91) and of the second pile (92), whereby the first pile (91) and the second pile (92) are driven in a substantially simultaneous way by alternating driving of the pieces (93) of the first pile (91) with driving of the pieces (93) of the second pile (92), until driving in of the first pile (91) and of the second pile (92) is complete;
f) moving the vehicle (1) to a different position and repeating said steps to drive in a third pile and a fourth pile.

US Pat. No. 10,711,421

FLAP GATE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS FOR COUPLING TO A WALL

1. A flap gate comprising:a first door coupled with a first hinge;
a second door coupled with a second hinge, wherein the first door and the second door together form a continuous concave surface,
wherein the first hinge and the second hinge couple with an interior wall of a cylindrical structure,
wherein, when in a closed position, the first door and the second door rest against the interior wall to cover an opening thereof, and wherein the continuous concave surface has a radius of curvature configured to be substantially similar to a radius of curvature of the interior wall of the cylindrical structure thereby enabling the first door and the second door, when in the closed position, to couple with the interior wall, wherein the doors and the hinges are circumscribed by the interior wall of the cylindrical structure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,420

EROSION CONTROL AND WATER FLOW CONTROL

Royal Canary, LLC, Fount...

1. A bio-friendly water flow control system, the system comprising:a portable structure adapted to contain organic waste material and configured for deployment outdoors to guide water flow to limit erosion, the portable structure comprising:
a sheath configured to contain waste material within an interior of the sheath and to allow a flow of water into the interior of the sheath;
a first waste material comprising processed palm frond particles, each of the processed palm frond particles having a length of less than three inches, wherein the processed palm frond particles are disposed in the interior of the sheath and configured to absorb a weight of water at least 50% greater than a dry weight of the portable structure;
a second waste material comprising processed palm frond particles having a diameter of less than 1 inch, wherein the second waste material is disposed in the interior of the sheath and configured to absorb a weight of water at least 100% greater than a dry weight of the second waste material, wherein the dry weight of second waste material is a weight where the second waste material has a moisture content of less than 15% by weight; and
an absorptive core comprising:
a jacket configured to allow the flow of water therethrough, the jacket comprising a jacket interior; and
the second waste material disposed in the interior of the jacket;
wherein the portable structure has an outer surface and a major axis in an elongate fill configuration, the outer surface disposed circumferentially around the major axis of the portable structure, wherein the absorptive core is generally coaxial with the major axis of the portable structure, and wherein the portable structure is configured to direct a course of water flow along the outer surface of the portable structure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,419

BOARDWALK AND SIDEWALK SYSTEM WITH DUAL USE AS FLOOD CONTROL BARRIER

1. A walkway for use along a shoreline of a body of water, the walkway comprising:a foundation base at least partially embedded in ground adjacent to the body of water;
first and second supports, at least the first support being connected to the foundation base;
a plank having a surface for use by pedestrians to travel along the shoreline, the plank having a first end rotatably connected to the first support and having a second end supported on the second support, the surface being exposed for use by the pedestrians when the plank is in a first position where the second end is supported by the second support, the plank having a length between the first and second supports; and
a lifting mechanism operatively connected to the plank to rotate the plank from the first position to a second position where the length of the plank is oriented in a first direction to impede a rising height of the body of water;
wherein the plank is rotatably supported on the first support such that a force of the rising height of the body of water on the plank acts to bias the plank toward the second position; and
the plank includes a pressure relief member configured such that water pressure above a threshold value acting on the pressure relief member causes the pressure relief member into a position to allow a portion of the rising water to pass through the plank when the plank is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,418

SNOW THROWER WITH ELECTRONIC CONTROLS

1. A snow thrower comprising:a body;
a chute rotatable relative to the body about an axis, wherein the chute is configured to discharge snow from the snow thrower;
a chute motor for rotating the chute; and
a chute position user interface;
wherein the chute motor is electrically controlled to rotate the chute in response to a first input duration to the chute position user interface, and wherein the chute motor is electrically controlled to rotate the chute in response to a second input duration to the chute position user interface;
wherein the chute motor ceases operation after the first input duration, and wherein the chute motor continues operation after the second input duration.

US Pat. No. 10,711,417

PORTABLE ANIMAL WASTE COLLECTION AND STORAGE APPARATUS

1. A portable animal waste collection and storage container, comprising:a main body defining an inner space therein, an upper mouth of the main body defining convex side edges, the main body having bag retainers located below the upper mouth on both front and rear walls thereof, the bag retainers adapted to secure upper edges of a disposable bag so as to suspend a main portion of a bag within the inner space;
a control handle arranged to pivot forward and rearward about a horizontal axis extending laterally through the main body; and
an arcuate upper lid having a concave lower contour which matches the convex side edges such that the upper lid may slide smoothly over the upper mouth, the upper lid having a pair of cam pins extending laterally outward therefrom into inwardly-facing channels formed in the control handle so that pivoting movement of the control handle causes commensurate sliding movement of the upper lid over the upper mouth, and wherein
pivoting movement of the control handle displaces the upper lid between open and closed positions over the upper mouth of the main body, and wherein the upper lid is spaced from a rear edge of the upper mouth when in the fully open position to facilitate removal and replacement of a disposable bag within the container held by the bag retainers.

US Pat. No. 10,711,416

ROADWAY SWEEPER WITH MULTIPLE SWEEPING MODES

Schwarze Industries, Inc....

1. A sweeper vehicle for moving in a direction of travel to remove debris from a roadway surface being swept, comprising:at least a first and a second side-broom mounted to the vehicle, each side-broom movable between a retracted position and an extended position, each of the side-brooms having a motor for rotating its respective side-broom in a direction of rotation to sweep at least a portion of the debris on the surface being swept into an area between the first and second side-brooms;
a first suction-inlet at or adjacent a first side of the vehicle and a second suction-inlet at or adjacent a second side of the vehicle, each suction-inlet connected through a respective air-flow valve to a debris hopper, each air-flow valve operable between a substantially open position and a substantially closed position;
a fan for creating an air flow through the debris hopper and at least one of the suction-inlets when the valve associated with the at least one suction-inlet is in its substantially open position;
a primary material-transfer broom having a respective motor for rotating the primary material-transfer broom about an axis of rotation;
a first secondary material-transfer broom having a respective motor for rotating the first secondary material-transfer broom about an axis of rotation in a first direction of rotation for transferring at least a portion of the debris in a direction for pickup by the first suction-inlet as the sweeper vehicle moves in the direction of travel;
a second secondary material-transfer broom having a respective motor for rotating the second secondary material-transfer broom about an axis of rotation in a second direction of rotation for transferring at least a portion of the debris in a direction for pickup by the second suction-inlet as the sweeper vehicle moves in the direction of travel;
the primary material-transfer broom rotatable in a selected one of a first direction of rotation to transfer at least a portion of the debris to the first secondary material-transfer broom and a second direction of rotation to transfer at least a portion of the debris to the second secondary material-transfer broom.

US Pat. No. 10,711,415

HIGHWAY CRASH BARREL

1. A safety crash barrel, comprising:a lower barrel half providing with an open interior; and
an upper barrel half sitting atop a lower barrel half, said lower barrel half and said upper barrel half are joined together by a twist lock fitting, said upper barrel half and said lower barrel half utilizing tapered sides that facilitate stacking when empty
wherein an upper portion of said lower barrel half is provided with a male flange which interlocks with said upper barrel half;
wherein three male locking tabs are provided on said upper surface of said male flange to facilitate interlocking;
wherein said three male locking tabs are arranged at one-hundred-twenty degrees from each other;
wherein each said male locking tab includes a male open slot and a male locking arm.

US Pat. No. 10,711,414

EARTH WORKING MACHINE HAVING A CONVEYING DEVICE QUICKLY DISTANCEABLE FROM THE MILLING UNIT, AND METHOD THEREFOR

Wirtgen GmbH, (DE)

1. An earth working machine, comprising:a machine frame;
a milling unit carried on the machine frame and including a milling tool and a milling tool housing configured to shield the milling tool with respect to an external environment of the earth working machine; and
a receiving conveyor configured to convey earth material, removed by the milling tool, away from the milling unit;
the receiving conveyor, both in an operationally ready operating state and in a non-operationally-ready installation state, being mounted on the earth working machine movably relative to the machine frame;
such that in the operating state of the receiving conveyor, a portion of the receiving conveyor located closer to the milling tool is coupled by a first motion coupling with a part of the milling tool housing movable relative to the machine frame, the receiving conveyor and the part of the milling tool housing being movable together;
such that in order to establish the installation state, the first motion coupling is disengageable, and the portion of the receiving conveyor located closer to the milling tool is swingably suspendable on the machine frame;
wherein the receiving conveyor, in addition to swingable suspension on the machine frame, is couplable by a second motion coupling, different from the first motion coupling, to a component arrangement of the earth working machine which is drivable to move relative to the machine frame, in such a way that a driven motion of the component arrangement, from an initial position into a final position different from the initial position, brings about a displacement of the swingably suspended receiving conveyor away from the milling unit.

US Pat. No. 10,711,413

METHOD FOR THE HIGH SPEED INDENTATION OF A RECYCLABLE HEAT EXCHANGER IN A LAND-BASED INFRASTRUCTURE

EUROVIA, Rueil Malmaison...

1. A method for manufacturing a road surfacing comprising on the surface the pipes of a heat exchanger device, comprising the following steps:a) spreading at a temperature below 160° C. asphalt mix to form an integration layer, wherein,
the asphalt mix comprises a granular fraction and a hydrocarbon-based binder,
the asphalt mix has a workability from 50 N to less than 400 N and,
the workability is measured according to the 98-258-1 Standard of 2013 with a Nynas workability meter at the working temperature of the asphalt mix;
b) depositing the pipes on said integration layer, wherein,
the pipes are made of polymer,
the pipes have a crushing strength greater than 3000 N per linear metre of pipe at 100° C.,
the pipes have a thermal expansion less than 200·10?6 K?1 at 20° C. in such a way as to enable the indentation of the pipes in the integration layer even in the absence of cooling means or pressure application means;
c) indenting the deposited pipes into said integration layer by compacting said asphalt mix during the workability period of said asphalt mix to form an integration layer comprising the pipes of a heat exchanger device; and
d) applying a surface layer there above for the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,711,412

PAVER LOCKING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A paver edge restraint system for reducing shifting of paver units making up a paved surface, the paver edge restraint system, comprising:at least one peripheral edging member;
at least one edging securement member configured to hold the at least one peripheral edging member to an underlying surface;
at least one paver retention strap that extends underneath a plurality of the paver units constituting a portion of the paved surface; and
at least one clamping unit engaged with the at least one peripheral edging member, the at least one clamping unit configured to secure and tighten the at least one strap to maintain joint integrity of the plurality of paver units installed above and adjacent to the at least one strap.

US Pat. No. 10,711,411

ELECTRO-ACTIVE VITREOUS ENAMEL COATED DOWEL BAR

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid dowel bar having a protective coating covering the entirety of the dowel bar, the method comprising:drilling a first bole at a first end of an axis of the solid dowel bar;
drilling a second hole at a second end of the axis of the solid dowel bar;
holding said solid dowel bar with at least one pin inserted into said first hole or said second hole, and
applying a protective coating covering the entirety of the dowel bar.

US Pat. No. 10,711,410

STRUCTURAL JOINT

HENGELHOEF CONCRETE JOINT...

1. An expansion joint for bridging an expansion gap between two parts of concrete slabs used in floor construction, the expansion joint comprising at least one anchoring dowel to anchor the expansion joint in the concrete slabs;wherein said at least one anchoring dowel bridges an upper portion and a lower portion of the expansion joint, at least one said anchoring dowel longitudinally extending over the full length of the expansion joint and meandering over the upper portion and the lower portion of said expansion joint, wherein said at least one anchoring dowel is a continuous bridging dowel directly connected at regular intervals at connection points to the upper portion and the lower portion of the expansion joint; and wherein said at least one anchoring dowel has a V-shaped cross sectional front view and a V-shaped top view, created by a bend in the at least one anchoring dowel midway along the height of the at least one anchoring dowel.

US Pat. No. 10,711,409

TRESTLE MAT CONSTRUCTION PANEL CONFIGURED FOR USE WITH BUILDING EQUIPMENT AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURE AND/OR USE THEREOF

1. A construction panel, comprising:a core body of the panel comprising a first major surface and a second major surface, the first and second major surfaces being spaced apart and generally parallel to each other, the core body defining a plurality of voids therein;
a first plurality of anchors disposed on the first major surface and extending generally outwardly from the core body;
a second plurality of anchors disposed on the second major surface and extending generally outwardly from the core body;
a first strengthening layer secured to the first major surface of the core body with the first plurality of anchors embedded therein; and
a second strengthening layer secured to the second major surface of the core body with the second plurality of anchors embedded therein, wherein the first major surface of the core body is formed by a first plurality of sub-plates each having an L-shape with a base section and a flange section which extends generally perpendicularly to the base section, the first plurality of sub-plates being positioned generally side-by-side with an overlap between the base section of adjacent sub-plates to form the first major surface, the first plurality of anchors being formed by the flange section of at least some of the first plurality of sub-plates.

US Pat. No. 10,711,408

LANE CONSTRUCTION SAFETY SYSTEM

1. A safety system for use along a longitudinal edge of an existing lane of a roadway, said safety system comprising:a plurality of pre-formed ramp sections, said each of the plurality of pre-formed ramp sections comprising:
an upright wall configured to be positioned against the longitudinal edge of the existing lane;
a top horizontal surface extending laterally outward from the upright wall to an outer edge, wherein said top horizontal surface is positionable adjacent and substantially parallel to a surface of the existing lane when said upright wall is positioned against the longitudinal edge of the existing lane, wherein said top horizontal surface includes an overhang portion that extends laterally inward beyond said upright wall, and wherein said overhang portion is positionable atop and against the surface of the existing lane when said upright wall is positioned against the longitudinal edge of the existing lane;
a ramp surface sloped downward and laterally outward from said outer edge of said top horizontal surface to a terminal edge; and
at least one support member extending vertically from a first end to a second end, wherein said first end is coupleable to said top horizontal surface and said second end is configured to couple against a ground surface underneath said top horizontal surface when said upright wall is positioned against the longitudinal edge of the existing lane, and wherein a height of said at least one support member is adjustable to accommodate a height of the longitudinal edge.

US Pat. No. 10,711,407

ENGINEERED MATERIAL ARRESTOR SYSTEM

The Port Authority of New...

1. An aircraft arrestor system comprising:an arresting medium comprising smooth and rounded expanded glass particles which are loose and unbroken and have an outer surface devoid of angular corners, wherein the particles have a controlled size range of about 0.04 inches to about 0.75 inches, an average diameter in the range of about 0.4 inches to about 0.5 inches, and at least about 75% of the particles have a minimum size which is not less than about ¼ of the size of the largest particles; and
a plurality of adjacent containment cells for containing the arresting medium, each containment cell having side walls and a removable lid, wherein the containment cells are frangible and structurally configured to fail during an overrun event, and wherein one or more side walls of selected containment cells contain openings to reduce presented vertical wall area and to increase frangibility and flow of the arresting medium between cells during the overrun event.

US Pat. No. 10,711,406

KEYWAY TIE

voestalpine Nortrak Inc.,...

1. A railway tie having an upper surface to support a rail crossing a longitudinal axis of said tie, said rail being supported on an upper surface of a rail plate, comprising:at least one keyway in said railway tie upper surface;
wherein a protrusion on a lower surface of said rail plate is accommodated within said keyway, and interaction between said protrusion and said keyway restrains said rail and said rail plate from moving along said longitudinal axis and transverse said longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,711,405

FIBERGLASS GUARD RAIL

ASSET INTEGRITY MANAGEMEN...

1. A guardrail, comprising:a longitudinal body made from one or more plastics, the body having at least two void spaces formed through the body from a first end of the body to a second end of the body, and
a structural member disposed within any one of the void spaces, the structural member being metallic, wherein the void spaces are isolated from one another by the body and at least one of the void spaces is rectangular cuboid in shape, and wherein the structural member has a length substantially the same as the length of the longitudinal body.

US Pat. No. 10,711,404

PULP MOLDING APPARATUS AND MOLDS FOR USE THEREIN

1. A pair of metal mold halves suitable for pulp molding by compression and heating, comprising:a first metal mold half for application of a pulp slurry, said first metal mold half having a metal surface and comprising an elastomeric material spray coated or cast on the metal surface; and
a second conforming metal mold half.

US Pat. No. 10,711,402

SANITARY TISSUE PRODUCTS

1. A creped sanitary tissue product comprising a plurality of pulp fibers, wherein the creped sanitary tissue product comprises a surface softening agent, but is void of other surface chemistries and is void of permanent wet strength, wherein the creped sanitary tissue product exhibits a GM Tear Value as measured according to the Tear Strength Test Method and a GM Tensile Value as measured according to the Dry Tensile Test Method such that the creped sanitary tissue product falls above a line having the following equation: y=0.0122x+18.05 graphed on a plot of GM Tear Value (y-axis) to GM Tensile Value (x-axis).

US Pat. No. 10,711,401

HIGH EFFICIENCY WET STRENGTH RESINS FROM NEW CROSS-LINKERS

ECOLAB USA INC., St. Pau...

1. A strengthening resin comprising two polyamidoamines that are crosslinked with a bridging moiety, wherein the two polyamidoamines that are crosslinked with the bridging moiety have azetidinium ions and amide residues, and a ratio of the azetidinium ions to the amide residues is at least 0.7 to 1, wherein the azetidinium ions are formed by reacting an epihalohydrin and the two polyamidoamines that are crosslinked with the bridging moiety, and wherein the bridging moiety is derived from a functionally symmetric cross-linker that is selected from the group consisting of:wherein R4 is (CH2)t, wherein t is 1, 2, or 3;wherein x is from 1 to about 100;wherein y is from 1 to about 100;wherein x?+y? is from 1 to about 100;wherein z is from 1 to about 100;wherein a q/p ratio is from about 10 to about 1000;a copolymer of an acrylate monomer, a methacrylate monomer, an alkene monomer, or a diene monomer, with an azetidinium-functionalized monomer selected from the group consisting of:
and a combination thereof, wherein the fraction of azetidinium-functionalized monomer to the acrylate monomer, the methacrylate monomer, the alkene monomer, or the diene monomer in the copolymer is from about 0.1% to about 12%; anda combination thereof, wherein the strengthening resin contains less than 15,000 ppm of 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol.

US Pat. No. 10,711,398

LOW SLIP SPLICE

DSM IP ASSETS B.V., Heer...

1. A rope system comprising a splice structure, wherein the splice structure comprises:an intact portion comprising at least 8 intact strands, and
a disassembled portion comprising at least 4 loose strands, wherein
the intact portion is a braid of at least 4 S-oriented intact strands and at least 4 Z-oriented intact strands, wherein the braid comprises X-tucks of intact strands which comprise at least one of the S-oriented intact strands and at least one of the Z-oriented intact strands, respectively, and wherein
at least one of the loose strands of the disassembled portion passes under and over intact strands of the intact portion such that the at least one loose strand passes at least once under and at least once over at least one first X-tuck and at least one second X-tuck of intact strands, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,711,397

YARN MATERIAL WITH A WHITE CENTER

Revolaze, LLC, Westlake,...

1. A method of dyeing yarn, comprising the steps of:scouring only an outside perimeter area of at least one fiber of yarn, prior to dyeing the yarn, without scouring the core of the yarn; and
subsequent to said scouring of only the perimeter area, dyeing the yarn whose outer perimeter has been scoured.

US Pat. No. 10,711,396

ANTI-BLISTERING AGENT FOR TUFTED SURFACE COVERINGS

Polytex Sportbelage Produ...

1. A method of manufacturing a tufted surface covering, the method comprises:incorporating tuft fibers into a backing to form the tufted surface covering, wherein the tufted surface covering comprises an underside and a pile surface;
coating the underside with a colloidal latex coating, wherein the colloidal latex coating has an exposed surface;
wetting the exposed surface with an anti-blistering agent; and
heating at least the underside to cure the colloidal latex coating into a solid latex coating.

US Pat. No. 10,711,395

TEXTURED FIBROUS STRUCTURES

1. A pre-moistened textured co-formed fibrous structure comprising a co-form layer comprising a plurality of filaments and fibers commingled together and a scrim layer, wherein the co-formed fibrous structure comprises a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, wherein the first surface comprises a plurality of deformations comprising protrusions such that the first surface exhibits an average absolute surface height value (Sa) of greater than 250 ?m as measured according to the Surface Height Test Method and wherein the second surface comprises at least one depression that is registered with at least one of the protrusions of the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,711,393

SELF-SEALING AND SELF-DECONTAMINATING MATERIALS, METHODS OF MAKING, AND METHODS OF USE

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. An article of manufacture comprising:at least one base layer comprising a plurality of overlapping strands;
at least one polymer coating layer at least partially covering at least some portions of at least some strands of at least a portion of the at least one base layer, the at least one polymer coating layer configured and arranged to swell by at least partially absorbing at least one target substance, wherein the at least one polymer coating layer comprises a poly-N-alkyl-N-phenylacrylamide polymer with a monomer sub-unit of:
wherein the alkyl group has between 1 and 18 carbon atoms; anda plurality of voids distributed between at least some of the overlapping strands, wherein upon swelling by the at least one target substance, at least some of the voids reversibly reduce in size, partially close, or completely seal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,391

CLOTHES STEAMER FOR AN AIRCRAFT CABIN

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp...

1. A clothes steamer for an aircraft cabin, the clothes steamer comprising:a case having a closable door, the case and closable door defining a clothes holding cavity;
a steam generator fluidly coupled to the clothes holding cavity, the steam generator configured to produce steam and to direct the steam into the clothes holding cavity;
a humidity sensor configured to provide a humidity signal indicative of the humidity within the clothes holding cavity;
a temperature sensor configured to produce a temperature signal indicative of the temperature within the clothes holding cavity;
a pressure sensor configured to provide a pressure signal indicative of an atmospheric pressure within the aircraft cabin;
a controller electrically coupled to the steam generator, the humidity sensor, the temperature sensor, and the pressure sensor, the controller configured to produce a steamer control signal,
wherein said steam generator is configured to receive the steamer control signal and to produce an amount of steam based on the steamer control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,390

APPLIANCE VENTILATION ASSEMBLY

1. An appliance ventilation assembly, comprising:an inlet pipe in fluid communication with an outlet pipe, the outlet pipe including a back plate and a rear end;
a front plate and an insert, each including an opening configured to partially receive the inlet pipe;
wherein the front plate and the insert are entirely planar in shape;
the front plate configured to affix to the back plate via a fastener through apertures disposed through the front plate, insert and back plate, wherein the insert is disposed between the front plate and the back plate; and
a press fit adapted between the inlet pipe and the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,711,389

DOOR HINGE OF A LAUNDRY TREATING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A laundry treating apparatus, comprising:a body having a laundry introduction opening of a circular shape;
a door configured to open or close the laundry introduction opening and having a display and a circular shape eccentric from the laundry introduction opening; and
a hinge mounted to the body and configured to rotatably connect the door to the body, wherein the door is rotatably connected to the hinge at connection points asymmetric to each other based on a horizontal center line of the door
wherein a center of the hinge is upward-biased based on a horizontal center line of the laundry introduction opening,
wherein the hinge and the door are rotatably connected to each other at a connection device, and wherein the connection device includes an upper connection part and a lower connection part formed to be asymmetric to each other based on the horizontal center line of the door, and
wherein a distance from the horizontal center line of the door to the upper connection part is longer than a distance from the horizontal center line of the door to the lower connection part,
wherein the hinge includes a base member coupled to the body and a connection member having a first connection part connected to the base member, and a second connection art to which the door is rotatably connected,
wherein the base member includes a first protrusion and a second protrusion protruding from the base member and rotatably connected to the first connection part, and
wherein the first protrusion is provided above the horizontal center line of the door and the second protrusion is provided below the horizontal center line of the door, and the first protrusion and the second protrusion are asymmetric to each other based on the horizontal center line of the door.

US Pat. No. 10,711,388

SUPPORT FOR HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE, AND HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE

QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MAC...

1. A support arrangement for a household appliance, comprising:at least two supports, each support including:
a hydraulic plate;
a sheath, fixedly connected with the hydraulic plate;
a regulating element, arranged in the sheath and axially movable relative to the sheath for leveling, the regulating element configured to be driven by a hydraulic medium; and
an accommodation chamber formed by the hydraulic plate, the sheath and the regulating element for containing the hydraulic medium, wherein
the at least two supports for fluidically communicate with each other for allowing the hydraulic medium to flow between the supports,
the hydraulic plate is provided with a one-way flow stop mechanism configured to conduct the hydraulic medium in one direction,
the hydraulic plate is provided with a liquid flow passage for allowing the hydraulic medium to flow therein,
the one-way flow stop mechanism includes a one-way valve plate and a baffle plate installed on the hydraulic plate,
the one-way valve plate is arranged at the hydraulic plate to cooperate with an inlet of the liquid flow passage for controlling the hydraulic medium to flow out in one direction or flow into the accommodation chamber in one direction, and
the baffle plate is located on one side of the one-way valve plate in an opening direction and blocks excessive deformation of the one-way valve plate.