US Pat. No. 10,768,058

MAGNETIC NANOCOMPOSITE SENSOR

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A magnetic nanocomposite device comprising:a flexible substrate;
a set of nanocomposite pillars having magnetic nanowires embedded therein in a composite material, the magnetic nanowires creating a stray field; and
a flexible magnetic sensor disposed on the substrate, the magnetic sensor configured to detect the stray field created by the magnetic nanowires, wherein
the set of nanocomposite pillars are directly located, with a first end, on a face of the magnetic sensor, and a second end, opposite the first end, of the pillars is free to move for detecting a force applied to the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,768,057

STATISTICAL TEMPERATURE SENSOR CALIBRATION APPARATUS AND METHODOLOGY

Oracle International Corp...

1. A method comprising:generating first and second digital values based respectively on first and second voltages applied to a portion of a first temperature sensor implemented on an integrated circuit (IC);
deriving a value of the second voltage based on the first and second digital values;
determining an initial value of a constant based at least partly on the value of the second voltage derived from the first and second digital values;
determining a final value of the constant based on the initial value of the constant and at least one voltage offset that is separate from the first and second voltages; and
subsequent to determining the final value, using the constant to calculate temperatures sensed by the first temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,768,056

TRIPLE POINT WATER CELL WITH STORAGE VOLUME FOR IMPROVED LONG TERM PERFORMANCE WHILE RETAINING DURABILITY AND EASE OF USE

1. A triple point of water cell with an attached storage volume facilitating water purification comprising:A) an inner tube that is closed at one end and open at the other end,
B) an outer tube that is closed at one end and attached to a transfer tube at the other end,
C) a storage volume having a central opening,
D) said inner tube is positioned inside said outer tube thereby creating a water cell volume between said inner tube and said outer tube,
E) said central opening, said inner tube, and said outer tube are substantially coaxially aligned,
F) said transfer tube that is connected between said water cell volume and said storage volume,
G) said transfer tube extends into said storage volume and serves to transfer water into said storage volume, and
H) an end of said transfer tube extends above a water liquid free surface level of said storage volume when said storage volume contains substantially all of cell body water contained in said triple point of water cell.

US Pat. No. 10,768,055

DEVICE AND METHOD OF CALIBRATING FIBER BRAGG GRATING BASED FIBER OPTIC OVERHEAT SYSTEMS

Kidde Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A system configured to monitor a plurality of zones of an aircraft, the system comprising:a line replaceable unit comprising:
first and second connectors in optical communication; and
an optical fiber extending between the first and second connectors, the optical fiber with first and second ends, wherein the first end of the optical fiber is connected to the first connector, wherein the optical fiber comprises:
a first plurality of fiber Bragg gratings disposed in the optical fiber; and
a plurality of calibration fiber Bragg gratings located in a pattern that provides information related to a calibration value of the line replaceable unit based upon a center wavelength of each of the first plurality of fiber Bragg gratings;
a first interrogator connected to the line replaceable unit at the first end of the optical fiber, wherein the first interrogator is configured to provide a first optical signal to the optical fiber and to receive a first optical response signal from the optical fiber;
a controller operatively connected to the first interrogator and configured to determine the calibration value of the line replaceable unit based on the first optical response signal;
a second optical transmitter different from the first optical transmitter, wherein the second optical transmitter is optically connected to the same optical fiber that the first optical transmitter is connected to, wherein the second optical transmitter is configured to provide a second optical signal to the optical fiber, wherein the second optical transmitter is disposed in a second interrogator different from the first interrogator, wherein the second interrogator is connected to the second end of the same optical fiber that the first interrogator is connected to, wherein the second interrogator is configured to provide the second optical signal to the optical fiber and to receive a second optical response signal from the optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,768,054

TEMPERATURE SENSING ELECTRICAL DEVICE

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A sensor assembly, comprising:an upper shell;
a lower shell configured to mate together with the upper shell, the upper and lower shells forming a cavity therebetween that extends along a length of the shells, the cavity configured to receive a wire having an insulated jacket and a conductor;
a contact member positioned within the cavity, the contact member including a base and one or more terminals extending from the base, each of the one or more terminals configured to pierce the insulated jacket and engage the conductor to establish a direct thermally conductive path to a discrete location of a main circuit; and
a sensor operatively connected with the base of the contact member, the sensor being configured for detecting a temperature of the discrete location through the direct thermally conductive path conductive path wherein the contact member includes a sensor holding portion defined by angled tabs extending from the base opposite the one or more terminals and configured for receiving and securing the sensor via a mechanical interference fit.

US Pat. No. 10,768,053

TELESCOPIC THERMOMETER

1. A thermometer system for measuring temperatures comprising:a telescopic body with a remote end that is adapted to be magnetically attached to a metallic air vent and a gripping end that is adapted to accept forces that enable positioning of the remote end near the metallic air vent;
a temperature sensing unit attached to the remote end, and adapted to collect temperature measurements at the metallic air vent; and
a display unit attached to the gripping end and communicatively connected to the temperature sensing unit, the display unit arranged to enable viewing of the temperature measurements received from the temperature sensing unit,
wherein the magnetic force of the remote end is strong enough to enable the thermometer system to remain attached to the metallic air vent event without any force being applied at the gripping end, after the remote end becomes magnetically attached to the metallic air vent
wherein the remote end comprises:
a metal probe attached to the telescopic body at the remote end having a tip; a sensor provided at the tip of the probe;
a releasable attachment controllable from the remote end, that is adapted to magnetically attach the sensing end to the vent to enable hands-free operation of the thermometer system,
wherein the remote end comprises a thumb lock for controlling the releasable attachment,
wherein a magnetic head comprises an adjustable magnetic swivel head, adapted to enable positioning of the probe relative to the telescopic body at a plurality of angles.

US Pat. No. 10,768,052

MULTIPOINT SENSOR FOR DETERMINING AN EXISTING TEMPERATURE PROFILE OF A MEDIUM, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A multipoint sensor for determining a temperature profile of a medium, which temperature profile consists of several measurement points, comprising:a tubular sheath having a closed end region;
at least two elongate temperature sensors, each elongate temperature sensor having a temperature-sensitive component;
at least two cylindrical spacers produced from a material having a high thermal conductivity,
wherein an outside diameter of each spacer substantially corresponds to an inside diameter of the sheath,
wherein the spacers are arranged one behind the other in an axially-spaced manner in the interior of the sheath,
wherein each spacer contains a recess for holding a temperature-sensitive component of an elongate temperature sensor, whereby a measurement point of the temperature profile is sensed in each case,
wherein each spacer, with the exception of the spacer located closest to the closed end region, has through-bores for feeding through the elongate temperature sensors fastened to the preceding spacer,
wherein exactly one elongate temperature sensor is fed through a through-bore so that the number of through-bores of a spacer corresponds to the number of preceding spacers; and
a filling material, which is arranged inside the sheath and between the spacers and which surrounds each of the elongate temperature sensors, wherein the filling material has a lower thermal conductivity than the material of the spacers.

US Pat. No. 10,768,051

PROCESS AND DEVICE INCLUDING A FIXED CAVITY WITH A FREE SPECTRAL RANGE FOR CHARACTERIZING AN OPTICAL SOURCE

BLUE INDUSTRY AND SCIENCE...

1. A method for characterizing an optical source, the optical source comprising a fixed cavity having a free spectral range, the method comprising:generating a first radiation by the source while exploring different states of the source, the different states of the source being distinguished by a difference of a physical parameter of the source which has an influence on the wavelength of said first radiation emitted by the source;
receiving at least a part of said first radiation by at least one sensor, said at least one sensor comprising a Fabry-Perot etalon followed by a photodiode;
measuring a signal, for each of the explored states of the source using said at least one sensor, as a function of the at least one part of said first radiation received by said at least one sensor at this explored state of the source;
determining or recording a constant (b) modulo of the free spectral range of the fixed cavity expressed in units of a first data item, which is representative of the wavelength of said first radiation; and
using the signal measured by said at least one sensor for each of the explored states of the source for calculating the first data item, which is representative of the wavelength of said first radiation, the calculation comprising, for each of the explored states of the source, selecting a value of the first data item, and eliminating values of the first data item that do not correspond to the constant (b) modulo of the free spectral range of the fixed cavity expressed in the units of the first data item.

US Pat. No. 10,768,050

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR QUANTIFYING SOLUTIONS COMPRISED OF MULTIPLE ANALYTES

Finesse Solutions, Inc., ...

1. An analyzer system for determining the identity and concentration of at least one target analyte present in a gaseous or liquid sample utilizing the Raman optical scattering effect, said analyzer system comprising:(i) a laser light source emitting light having a wavelength in the ultraviolet to near infrared spectral region which generates Raman Stokes and anti-Stokes emissions when incident on said target analyte;
(ii) a hollow core photonic band-gap (HCPBG) fiber optically connected to said light source, said HCPBG fiber including:
(a) a first inlet permitting introduction of a sample containing the target analyte into the HCPBG fiber; and
(b) a second inlet permitting introduction of at least one reference calibrant into the HCPBG fiber, said reference calibrant corresponding to an analyte in the sample;
(iii) a bi-directional pump configured to inject the at least one reference calibrant into the core of the HCPBG fiber in a first pumping direction and to inject the sample containing the target analyte into the core of the HCPBG fiber in a second pumping direction; and
(iv) a spectral analysis system optically coupled to said HCPBG fiber and configured to derive the Raman anti-Stokes spectral peaks and/or spectra of said reference calibrant to establish a baseline response and account for cross sensitivities or spectral peak overlaps in the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,768,049

HIGH-RESOLUTION TERAHERTZ WAVE CONCENTRATION MODULE, SCATTERED LIGHT DETECTION MODULE, AND HIGH-RESOLUTION INSPECTION APPARATUS USING TERAHERTZ BESSEL BEAM

KOREA RESEARCH INSTITUTE,...

1. A high resolution inspection apparatus using a terahertz Bessel beam, the high resolution inspection apparatus comprising:a terahertz wave generating unit generating a terahertz wave;
a Bessel beam forming unit forming a terahertz Bessel beam at an inspection target object using a terahertz wave incident from the terahertz wave generating unit;
a first lens changing an angle of the terahertz wave radiated, when the terahertz Bessel beam is transmitted through the inspection target object, to be smaller;
a second lens concentrating the terahertz wave passing through the first lens and toward a terahertz wave detection unit;
the terahertz wave detection unit for detecting the terahertz wave concentrated by the second lens; and
the Bessel beam forming unit is a first axicon lens having an apical angle at which a diameter of the terahertz Bessel beam is smaller than a wavelength of the terahertz wave generated by the terahertz wave generating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,768,048

METHOD OF CALIBRATING SPECTRAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRODUCING CALIBRATED SPECTRAL APPARATUS

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A method of calibrating a spectral apparatus, the method comprising:a step a) of causing the spectral apparatus to be calibrated, the spectral apparatus including: an optical system that converts light to be measured into a spectrum; and a light-receiving sensor including a plurality of sensors that outputs a plurality of signals, the plurality of sensors including sensors that outputs signals indicating respective energy amounts of a plurality of wavelength components included in the spectrum;
a step b) of acquiring, for each of the plurality of sensors, reference spectral sensitivity of the sensor;
a step c) of acquiring, for each of the plurality of sensors, an indicator indicating the reference spectral sensitivity of the sensor acquired at the step b);
a step d) of creating, for each of the plurality of sensors, a model in which a linear function of an indicator indicating a mechanical error in the spectral apparatus, expresses deviation of an indicator indicating spectral sensitivity of the sensor from the indicator indicating the reference spectral sensitivity of the sensor, acquired at the step c);
a step e) of acquiring the indicator indicating the mechanical error in the spectral apparatus, to adapt the spectral sensitivity of the sensor indicated by the indicator indicating the spectral sensitivity of the sensor, included in the model created at the step d), to the signal output by the sensor;
a step f) of acquiring, for each of the plurality of sensors, the deviation of the indicator indicating the spectral sensitivity of the sensor from the indicator indicating the reference spectral sensitivity of the sensor, with the model created at the step d) and the indicator indicating the mechanical error in the spectral apparatus, acquired at the step e); and
a step g) of acquiring, for each of the plurality of sensors, the spectral sensitivity of the sensor, with the reference spectral sensitivity of the sensor acquired at the step b) and the deviation of the indicator indicating the spectral sensitivity of the sensor from the indicator indicating the reference spectral sensitivity of the sensor, acquired at the step f).

US Pat. No. 10,768,047

SENSOR DEVICE AND METHODS OF USE

VIAVI Solutions Inc., Sa...

1. A multispectral sensor device, comprising:a sensor array comprising a plurality of channels; and
one or more processors to:
determine that a time-sensitive measurement is to be performed,
wherein the time-sensitive measurement is to be performed using data collected by one or more channels of the plurality of channels,
wherein the time-sensitive measurement is associated with a threshold frame rate, and
wherein a non-time-sensitive measurement is not associated with the threshold frame rate;
cause the data to be collected by a proper subset of channels, of the plurality of channels, based on a time sensitivity of the time-sensitive measurement,
wherein the proper subset of channels includes the one or more channels; and
determine the time-sensitive measurement based on the data.

US Pat. No. 10,768,046

SPECTROMETRY DEVICE

YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORA...

1. A spectrometry device, comprising:a first converter that processes a reception signal based on an irradiation light from a first emitter;
a second converter that processes a reception signal based on an irradiation light from a second emitter; and
a controller that controls the first emitter and the second emitter, wherein
the reception signal based on the irradiation light irradiated from the first emitter includes a first reception signal and a second reception signal that each include information that relates to an optical spectrum, and
when the controller stops the operation of the second emitter, the first converter converts the first reception signal into a first digital signal and the second converter converts the second reception signal into a second digital signal.

US Pat. No. 10,768,045

LARGE FORMAT THREE-MIRROR DISPERSIVE SPECTROMETER OPTICS

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

1. An imaging spectrometer comprising:an entrance slit having a length in a cross-scan direction
a primary mirror having a first free-form optical surface and positioned to receive optical radiation from the entrance slit and to reflect the optical radiation, the primary mirror being spaced a first distance from the entrance slit measured along a primary optical axis of the imaging spectrometer;
a secondary mirror having a second free-form optical surface and a diffraction grating formed on the second free-form optical surface, the secondary mirror positioned to receive the optical radiation from the primary mirror, and configured to disperse the optical radiation into its spectral components to produce dispersed optical radiation, and to reflect the dispersed optical radiation, the secondary mirror being spaced from the primary mirror by a second distance measured along the primary optical axis, the second distance being approximately 0.68 of the first distance; and
a tertiary mirror having a third free-form optical surface and positioned and configured to receive the dispersed optical radiation reflected from the secondary mirror and to reflect and focus the dispersed optical radiation onto an image plane coincident with the entrance slit.

US Pat. No. 10,768,044

OPTICAL SENSOR DEVICE

ams International AG, Ra...

1. An optical sensor device, comprising:a first optical sensor arrangement including at least one optical sensor structure, wherein the first optical sensor arrangement is operable to measure an incidence angle of incoming light that is approximately on a main beam axis of a light source;
a second optical sensor arrangement comprising at least one optical sensor structure having:
at least one optical sensor with a light-sensitive surface,
a metal layer structure forming an aperture above the optical sensor including at least two metal layers, one in or above a plane of the optical sensor and the other one stacked further above, and
opaque walls connecting the metal layers and optically isolating the optical sensor; and
an evaluation circuit connected to outputs of the first and the second optical sensor arrangement and operable to provide an output signal of the second optical sensor arrangement under a condition that the incidence angle measured by the first optical sensor arrangement lies within a set interval.

US Pat. No. 10,768,043

WEIGH MODULE WITH GUIDING ARRANGEMENT

Mettler-Toledo Precision ...

1. A weigh module, comprising:a load cell;
a supporting member comprising a receiving hole extending vertically and through the supporting member; and
a guiding arrangement comprising a connecting member and two parallel inner faces defined in the receiving hole, one end of the connecting member fixed to the load cell and another end of the connecting member extending into the receiving hole, the connecting member, which is in point contact with each of the inner faces, cooperating with the two inner faces whereby the supporting member can substantially move in a direction parallel with the inner faces.

US Pat. No. 10,768,042

WEIGH MODULE WITH LOAD-TRANSMITTING ARRANGEMENT

Mettler-Toledo Precision ...

1. A weigh module, comprising:a load cell;
a supporting member comprising a receiving hole that extends vertically and through the supporting member, the receiving hole comprising a first receiving space and a second receiving space that is connected to the first receiving space; and
a load transmitting arrangement, comprising:
a connecting member that connects the load cell to the supporting member, the connecting member comprising a fixed end fixed to the load cell, a limiting end that extends into the second receiving space, and a connecting part that connects the limiting end to the fixing end, the limiting end configured to prevent the supporting member from being lifted off of the connecting member in the vertical direction;
a bearing member disposed in the receiving hole and fixed to the supporting member; and
a rolling ball disposed between the bearing member and the connecting member, whereby the force in the vertical direction applied on the supporting member can be transferred to the load cell via the bearing member, rolling ball and the connecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,768,041

WEIGHING SCALE

1. A weighing scale, comprising:a scale body comprising a platform in contact with feet of a subject,
wherein the scale body is provided with a signal emitter and a signal receiver;
the signal emitter and the signal receiver are configured, when a detecting board, which is separated from the scale body and capable of moving towards or away from the platform, abuts against a top head of the subject and reflects a signal emitted from the signal emitter to the signal receiver, to measure a distance between the platform and the detecting board; the scale body further comprises a weighing mechanism, a signal processor, a wireless communication device, and a display screen; the wireless communication device is configured to interact with an external mobile device or server via a wireless network; the signal processor is configured to process data of the signal emitter, the signal receiver, and the weighing mechanism, transmit processed data to the display screen for display, and transmit the processed data to the external mobile device or server via the wireless communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,768,040

TRANSFER AND WEIGHING DEVICE

LANARKSHIRE HEALTH BOARD,...

1. An apparatus to weigh a patient comprising:a patient transfer board configured to support a patient in a supine position, wherein an upper surface of the patient transfer board has a width and a length and is configured to receive the patient in the supine position, the patient transfer board comprising a plurality of transducers provided beneath the upper surface, the plurality of transducers configured to determine a weight of the patient; and
summing means configured to provide a summed weight sensed by the plurality of transducers, wherein
the plurality of transducers comprises at least 8 transducers, and each transducer is 300 mm or less from another of the plurality of transducers;
the plurality of transducers are provided at three or more positions across the width of the patient transfer board; and
70% or more of the plurality of transducers are provided within 30% of the width closest to each side of the patient transfer board or within 10% of the length closest to each end of the patient transfer board.

US Pat. No. 10,768,039

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STOCK MANAGEMENT

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A stock management system, comprising:a mat that includes a plurality of sensors corresponding to a plurality of sensing areas, each of sensors is configured to sense an item placed on a certain sensing area;
partitions that define a plurality of lanes on the mat; and
a controller that receives sensing results of the plurality of the sensors and calculates a stock level of remained items on the mat based on the sensing results, wherein
one of the sensing areas is located in both of two lanes of the plurality of lanes, and
the controller is configured to eliminate sensing results of sensing areas located under a partition provided on the mat when calculating the stock level.

US Pat. No. 10,768,038

CONVEYOR WITH A WEIGHING SYSTEM FOR WEIGHING CARGOES AND WEIGHING METHOD THEREOF

Industrial Technology Res...

1. A conveyor with a weighing system, comprising:a conveyance unit, conveying a cargo to move and comprising a plurality of conveyance sections connected in cascade, wherein each of the plurality of conveyance sections comprises a frame, wherein the plurality of conveyance sections comprises a first conveyance section, a second conveyance section, a third conveyance section and a fourth conveyance section;
a length calculation module, arranged at one side of a front end of the conveyance unit to acquire a length of the cargo;
a weighing module, arranged at a bottom part of the conveyor and comprising a plurality of weighing units connected in cascade, wherein each of the plurality of weighing units is provided with a plurality of load cells, the plurality of weighing units at least comprises a first-level to fourth-level weighing units, and the first-level to fourth-level weighing units are stacked in sequence, wherein
the first-level weighing unit is located under the first conveyance section and comprises a plurality of first support elements arranged under a first frame of the first conveyance section to support the first frame, wherein at least one of the load cells is arranged between the first frame and each of the first support elements,
the second-level weighing unit is arranged under the first conveyance section and the second conveyance section, and comprises a plurality of second support elements respectively arranged under the first frame of the first conveyance section and a second frame of the second conveyance section, a first board is arranged between the first-level weighing unit and the second-level weighing unit, wherein at least one of the load cells is arranged between the first board and each of the second support elements,
the third-level weighing unit is arranged under the first conveyance section, the second conveyance section and the third conveyance section, and comprises a plurality of third support elements respectively arranged under the first, the second and a third frames of the first conveyance section, the second conveyance section, and the third conveyance section, a second board is arranged between the second-level weighing unit and the third-level weighing unit, wherein at least one of the load cells is arranged between the second board and each of the third support elements,
the fourth-level weighing unit is arranged under the first conveyance section, the second conveyance section, the third conveyance section, and the fourth conveyance section, and comprises a plurality of fourth support elements respectively arranged under the first, the second, the third and a fourth frames of the first conveyance section, the second conveyance section, the third conveyance section, and the fourth conveyance section, a third board is arranged between the third-level weighing unit and the fourth-level weighing unit, wherein at least one of the load cells is arranged between the third board and each of the fourth support elements; and
a controller, storing a length combined by the conveyance sections corresponding to the load cells of each of the plurality of weighing units of the weighing module, and connected to the length calculation module and the weighing module to provide, based on the length acquired by the length calculation module, a weight of the cargo measured by the weighing module.

US Pat. No. 10,768,037

OIL LEVEL SENSOR GUIDE

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A fluid tank system, comprising:a fluid container that includes a sensor opening in a fluid container wall defined by a rim;
a fluid level sensor comprising a radial flange on a proximate end of a longitudinally extending electronics stem that includes a distal end;
where the distal end of the electronics stem is inserted into the fluid container via the sensor opening and the radial flange seats on the rim that forms the sensor opening, and the distal end of the electronics stem is guided to a seat that is located coaxial with the sensor opening via a support that extends longitudinally inward to the fluid container from the fluid container wall, where the electronics stem slides along the support until the radial flange seats on the rim ensuring that the distal end of the electronic stem is longitudinally positioned adjacent to the seat;
where the support partially surrounds the sensor opening by extending around only a portion of a circumference of the sensor opening.

US Pat. No. 10,768,036

METHOD FOR DETECTING A LEVEL OF A MELT, METHOD FOR DETECTING A THICKNESS OF A CASTING POWDER, DETECTOR AND DETECTOR SYSTEM

1. A method for detecting a level of a melt contained by an oscillating mold, wherein the method comprises the steps of:a) sensing radiation interacted with the melt and generating radiation signals from the sensed radiation, such that the generated radiation signals are varied by the mold oscillation;
b) determining a radiation signal variation of the generated radiation signals;
c) determining, using an inertial sensor and/or an accelerometer, an oscillation deflection variation of the oscillating mold; and
d) determining, from the determined oscillation deflection variation and the determined radiation signal variation, the level of the melt.

US Pat. No. 10,768,035

RADAR-FILL-LEVEL MEASURING DEVICE

1. A radar fill-level measuring device for measuring a fill level of a fill substance in a container using the travel time principle, comprising:a circuit board with a sending/receiving system for sending and receiving high-frequency radar waves and an evaluation unit for determining travel time of the radar waves reflected from a surface of the fill substance, said circuit board has at least two openings, wherein said sending/receiving system has a coupling element for out- and in-coupling of radar waves, an end of said coupling element is arranged on a first side of said circuit board centrally between said at least two openings;
a hollow conductor with at least two lateral edge projections, which are embodied as a lengthening of an end of said hollow conductor parallel to the longitudinal axis of said hollow conductor, wherein lengths of said at least two lateral edge projections are greater than the thickness of said circuit board, and wherein said at least two lateral edge projections are led through said at least two openings, so that said at least two lateral edge projections extend partially out from a second side of said circuit board and
a lid, which is secured to parts of said at least two lateral edge projections, which extend out from the second side of said circuit board, such that said hollow conductor is secured to said circuit board by means of said lid.

US Pat. No. 10,768,034

MEASUREMENT SENSOR OF THE VIBRATIONAL TYPE FOR MEASURING THE DENSITY AND/OR THE MASS FLOW OF A FLOWING MEDIUM

1. A measurement sensor of the vibrational type for measuring the density and/or mass flow of a medium, the sensor comprising:a first oscillator, including:
a first measuring tube having a first measuring tube center line extending in mirror symmetry relative to a measuring tube transverse plane, the first measuring tube configured to oscillate in a first bending vibration mode in mirror symmetry relative to the first measuring tube transverse plane, wherein the first measuring tube is bent in a rest position,
wherein a first measuring tube longitudinal plane is defined in which the integral over the square of a distance between the first measuring tube center line and the first measuring tube longitudinal plane is minimal, and wherein the first measuring tube in the first bending vibration mode oscillates substantially perpendicularly to the first measuring tube longitudinal plane;
a second measuring tube having a second measuring tube center line extending in mirror symmetry relative to the measuring tube transverse plane, the second measuring tube configured to oscillate in the first bending vibration mode in mirror symmetry relative to the first measuring tube transverse plane, wherein the first measuring tube and the second measuring tube are bent in the same direction in the rest position,
wherein a second measuring tube longitudinal plane is defined in which the integral over the square of a distance between the second measuring tube center line and the second measuring tube longitudinal plane is minimal, and wherein the second measuring tube in the first bending vibration mode oscillates substantially perpendicularly to the second measuring tube longitudinal plane; and
a first resilient vibration coupler adapted to couple the first measuring tube and the second measuring tube together;
a second oscillator, including:
a third measuring tube having a third measuring tube center line extending in mirror symmetry relative to the measuring tube transverse plane, the third measuring tube configured to oscillate in the first bending vibration mode in mirror symmetry relative to the measuring tube transverse plane, wherein the third measuring tube is bent in the rest position,
wherein a third measuring tube longitudinal plane is defined in which the integral over the square of a distance between the third measuring tube center line and the third measuring tube longitudinal plane is minimal, and wherein the third measuring tube in the first bending vibration mode oscillates substantially perpendicularly to the third measuring tube longitudinal plane;
a fourth measuring tube having a fourth measuring tube center line extending in mirror symmetry relative to the measuring tube transverse plane, the fourth measuring tube configured to oscillate in the first bending vibration mode in mirror symmetry relative to the measuring tube transverse plane, wherein the third measuring tube and the fourth measuring tube are bent in the same direction in the rest position,
wherein a fourth measuring tube longitudinal plane is defined in which the integral over the square of a distance between the fourth measuring tube center line and the fourth measuring tube longitudinal plane is minimal, wherein the fourth measuring tube oscillates in the first bending vibration mode substantially perpendicularly to the fourth measuring tube longitudinal plane; and
a second resilient vibration coupler adapted to couple the third measuring tube and the fourth measuring tube together;
at least one exciter; and
at least two vibration sensors, wherein:
the measurement sensor has a measurement sensor longitudinal plane extending perpendicularly to the measuring tube transverse plane, wherein the first measuring tube center line extends in mirror symmetry relative to the third measuring tube center line with respect to the measurement sensor longitudinal plane, wherein the second measuring tube center line extends in mirror symmetry relative to the fourth measuring tube center line with respect to the measurement sensor longitudinal plane, wherein the measurement sensor longitudinal plane extends between the first measuring tube and the second measuring tube, wherein the measurement sensor longitudinal plane extends between the third measuring tube and the fourth measuring tube;
the at least one exciter is configured to excite oscillator vibrations of the first oscillator and second oscillator with respect to one another;
the measurement sensor has a first natural frequency for a vibration mode in which the first and second measuring tubes of the first oscillator oscillate approximately in phase with each other in the first bending vibration mode and in which the third and fourth measuring tubes of the second oscillator oscillate approximately in phase with each other in the first bending vibration mode;
the measurement sensor has a second natural frequency for a vibration mode in which the first and second measuring tubes of the first oscillator oscillate approximately in phase opposition and in which the third and fourth measuring tubes of the second oscillator oscillate approximately in phase opposition in the first bending vibration mode; and
the second natural frequency is greater than the first natural frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,768,033

THERMAL FLOWMETER

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A thermal flowmeter comprising:a casing arranged in a main passage;
a sub-passage that takes a measurement gas flowing through the main passage into the casing; and
a flow detection unit that measures a flow rate of the measurement gas in the sub-passage,
wherein the sub-passage includes:
a first passage portion communicating between a first inlet open to the casing and a first outlet open to the casing;
a second passage portion communicating between a second inlet open to the first passage portion and a second outlet open to the casing or the first passage portion; and
a third passage portion communicating between a third inlet open to the second passage portion and a third outlet open to the casing, and
a pressure loss generation means is provided between the third inlet and the third outlet of the third passage portion.

US Pat. No. 10,768,032

SENSOR FOR A THERMAL FLOW METER, A THERMAL FLOWMETER AND A METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SENSOR OF A THERMAL FLOW METER

1. A sensor for a thermal flow measuring device, comprising:a sensor thimble, wherein the sensor thimble has a first longitudinal axis, a lateral surface, an open first end, and a closed second end with a thimble floor, wherein the first longitudinal axis perpendicularly intersects the first end and the second end, and wherein a surface of the thimble floor facing toward the first end is flat;
at least one sensor element, wherein the sensor element is positioned in the sensor thimble at the thimble floor; and
a solder layer thermally connecting the sensor element with the thimble floor,
wherein
the sensor element being positioned relative to the surface as defined by at least one spacer, and
wherein the at least one spacer includes a cured sinter paste.

US Pat. No. 10,768,031

AIR DUCT AIRFLOW SENSOR

Johnson Controls, Inc., ...

1. An airflow sensor assembly for an air duct, the air duct having an interior wall and an exterior wall; comprising:a high pressure detection device;
a low pressure detection device, comprising:
a hollow ring configured to be disposed within the interior wall of the air duct, the hollow ring having an inner periphery portion and an outer periphery portion; and
a first plurality of apertures defined therein and spaced around the inner periphery portion of the hollow ring; and
a pressure sensor configured to be fluidly coupled to the high pressure detection device and the low pressure detection device.

US Pat. No. 10,768,030

PADDLE WHEEL FLOW METER

United Benefit Corp., Ne...

1. A paddle wheel flow meter, comprising:a base, being capable of being embedded in a fluid pipeline, and having two lugs;
a paddle wheel, disposed between the two lugs, comprising paddles, two disc wheels, two bearings and at least a magnet, wherein the disc wheels are located at two opposite sides of the paddles, the bearings are respectively disposed in the disc wheels, and the magnet is disposed in at least one of the disc wheels;
an axis, having two ends respectively fixed to the lugs through the bearings; and
a magnetic sensor, disposed in the base; and
a data processor, connecting to the magnetic sensor;
when a fluid in the fluid pipeline drives the paddle wheel rotating, the magnetic sensor generates a continuous wave signal by sensing a magnetic field change of the magnet, the data processor calculates an angular velocity of the paddle wheel according to the continuous wave signal, and determines abnormal conditions of the paddle wheel flow meter on the continuous wave signal out of a normal range.

US Pat. No. 10,768,029

MODULAR SENSOR SYSTEM HAVING A HOUSING WITH SNAP FIT FEATURES

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

1. A modular sensor system comprising:a receptacle that comprises a first inner cavity that is defined by a top wall comprising a first slot and a first side wall comprising a pair of second slots; and
a sensor housing that is configured to be removably coupled to the receptacle and disposed in the first inner cavity, the sensor housing comprising:
a second side wall that comprises a pair of curved cantilever snap fit assemblies formed therein and a locking tab extending from a top edge of the second side wall,
wherein the pair of curved cantilever snap fit assemblies are configured to engage with the pair of second slots in the receptacle and the locking tab is configured to engage with the first slot when the sensor housing is removably coupled to the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,768,028

SENSOR UNIT FOR DETERMINING A ROTOR POSITION OF AN ELECTRIC MOTOR AND ELECTRIC MOTOR, PREFERABLY FOR A CLUTCH ACTUATOR OF A CLUTCH ACTUATION SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An electric motor assembly comprising:a sensor unit for determining a rotor position of an electric motor, the sensor unit including:
at least one magnetic field sensor, which is fastened on a carrier element,
the carrier element is positioned in a sensor housing, the sensor housing having a cylindrical profile, the sensor housing being open at one side and the at least one magnetic field sensor is positioned inside of the sensor housing and in a direction of the one side of the sensor housing that is open,
the sensor housing has a step in an axial direction thereof by which the sensor housing is divided into two portions with two-cross sections having different outer diameters and the at least one magnetic field sensor is partially arranged in both of the two portions, wherein a circumferential surface of the sensor housing includes a protruding locking mechanism,
a rotor, which is directly connected to a magnet, and
a stator, at which the at least one magnetic field sensor is arranged for detecting a magnetic field extending from the magnet outside an axis of rotation of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,768,027

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING BUILDING STRUCTURES

Hilti AG, Schaan (LI)

1. A portable computer device comprising:at least one processor;
memory associated with the at least one processor;
a communication module connected to the at least one processor for receiving data wirelessly from a plurality of sensor devices; and
a program supported in the memory for monitoring properties of a building structure, the program having a plurality of instructions stored therein which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:
(a) receive data via the communication module from the plurality of sensor devices, said plurality of sensor devices being embedded in the building structure;
(b) calculate a plurality of metrics relating to the building structure based on the data received in (a);
(c) record locations on a floorplan where each of the plurality of sensor devices is positioned; and
(d) synchronize information relating to said sensor devices or the building structure with portable computer devices operated by other users.

US Pat. No. 10,768,026

OPTICAL ELEMENT

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-und...

1. An encoder apparatus for determining movement between two relatively moveable parts of an apparatus, the encoder apparatus comprising:a detector; and
at least one optical element comprising at least one series of consecutive diffraction features for diffracting electromagnetic radiation from a source into diffraction orders and which are for contributing to the production at the detector of an interference fringe varying with movement between the two parts,
wherein the diffraction features in said at least one series are shifted from a nominally regular spacing such that the spacing between the centres of adjacent diffraction features selectively varies irregularly from one pair of adjacent diffraction features to the next so that harmonics in the interference fringe at the detector are reduced compared to a like encoder apparatus with a diffraction grating having a constant spacing between diffraction features.

US Pat. No. 10,768,025

ENCODER, POSITION MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS INVOLVING AN ENCLOSING DEVICE

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. An encoder comprising:an optical component;
an enclosing device having a receiving surface, wherein the receiving surface is arranged to receive from an ambient environment a first radiation beam of diffracted radiation and a second radiation beam of diffracted radiation and arranged to receive the first and second radiation beam from a scale that diffracts radiation to produce the diffracted radiation of the first radiation beam and the diffracted radiation of the second radiation beam; and
a sensor configured to generate a position signal based on combined diffracted radiation of the first and second radiation beams,
wherein the optical component is arranged to combine the first radiation beam and the second radiation beam,
wherein the enclosing device is arranged to propagate the first radiation beam along a first path and the second radiation beam along a second path,
wherein the first path and the second path are from the receiving surface to the optical component,
wherein the first and second paths are within the enclosing device,
wherein the first path is at least partly through a first medium,
wherein the second path is at least partly through a second medium of a different chemical composition than the first medium in order to equalize a total optical path length of the second radiation beam with a total optical path length of the first radiation beam, the total optical path length of the first radiation beam and the total optical path length of the second radiation beam are the respective path lengths from at least the scale to at least the optical component, and
wherein a path length, if any, of the first path through the second medium is different from a path length of the second path through the second medium.

US Pat. No. 10,768,024

METHOD FOR MONITORING THE THERMOMECHANICAL BEHAVIOUR OF A SUBSEA PIPE FOR TRANSPORTING PRESSURISED FLUIDS

Saipem S.A., Montigny le...

1. A method of monitoring the thermomechanical behavior of an undersea pipe for transporting fluid under pressure, the undersea pipe being made by assembling together a plurality of unit pipe elements arranged end to end, the method comprising:a step of determining a mechanical signature specific to each unit pipe element, which step consists in using at least one measurement cable having at least one optical fiber sensor using at least Brillouin backscattering and positioned along the entire length of the unit pipe element to measure the deformations experienced by or simulated on said unit pipe element while it is being subjected on land to various different mechanical stresses in predetermined directions and of predetermined magnitudes, and, on the basis of the deformation measurements, in establishing a stiffness matrix associated with the mechanical signature of the unit pipe element;
a step of determining a thermal signature specific to each unit pipe element, which step consists in using at least one measurement cable provided with at least one optical fiber sensor using at least Raman backscattering and positioned along the entire length of the unit pipe element to measure temperature changes of said unit pipe element while it is being subjected on land to various different electrical heating powers, and, on the basis of these temperature measurements, in establishing a thermal transfer function associated with the thermal signature of the unit pipe element; and
a monitoring step consisting in recovering the variations in the optical signal injected into the optical fiber sensors while the pipe is in service, and on the basis of these variations in the optical signal, in determining any changes in the mechanical and thermal signatures of each unit pipe element.

US Pat. No. 10,768,023

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING THE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOUR OF A SUBSEA PIPE FOR TRANSPORTING PRESSURIZED FLUIDS

Saipem S.A., Montigny le...

1. A method of monitoring the mechanical behavior of an undersea pipe for transporting fluid under pressure, the undersea pipe being made by assembling together a plurality of unit pipe elements arranged end to end, the method comprising:a mechanical calibration step comprising using at least one measurement cable having at least one optical fiber sensor using at least Brillouin backscattering and positioned along the entire length of the unit pipe elements to measure deformations experienced by each unit pipe element while it is being subjected on land to various different mechanical stresses in predetermined directions and of predetermined magnitudes, and, on the basis of the deformation measurements, in establishing a mechanical signature of each unit pipe element; and
a monitoring step comprising consisting in using a measurement cable having at least one optical fiber sensor that makes use of Brillouin backscattering and that is helically positioned at a constant pitch (p) on each unit pipe element, with the handedness of the helical pitch alternating for two adjacent unit pipe elements, to recover variations in an optical signal injected into said optical fiber sensors while the pipe is in service, and, on the basis of such variations in the optical signal and of the mechanical signature of each unit pipe element, to determine stresses experienced by each unit pipe element.

US Pat. No. 10,768,022

OPTICAL ENCODER SYSTEM AND METHOD

Michael Naor, Rehovot (I...

1. An optical encoder, comprising:a light focusing element;
a light detector that receives light from a substrate containing position markings via the light focusing element and converts the received light into at least one electrical signal, wherein the substrate is encoded with information to provide any one of: an incremental position and an absolute position so that the optical encoder is respectively operable as any one of: an incremental encoder and an absolute encoder;
a servomechanism that adjusts a position of the light focusing element based on the at least one electrical signal;
a processor receiving the at least one electrical signal and adapted to report motion of the substrate based on the received at least one electrical signal, the motion being indicative of any one of: an incremental position of the substrate and an absolute position of the substrate;
an optical element that splits light originating at a light source into at least a central beam and two flanking beams, and wherein electrical representations of reflection of the flanking beams from the substrate are used to determine the reported motion.

US Pat. No. 10,768,021

POSITION DETECTION DEVICE AND POSITION DETECTION METHOD

YAMAHA CORPORATION, Shiz...

1. A position detection device comprising:a fixed element;
a movable element movably arranged relative to the fixed element;
a plurality of first electrodes arranged one-dimensionally on either the fixed element or the movable element in a plane along a movement direction of the movable element, the first electrodes including two or more phases to which are respectively supplied with electrical signals having mutually different phases;
a second electrode provided on the other one of the movable element or the fixed element to be at least partially opposed to the first electrodes;
a third electrode provided on the fixed element and opposing one of the first and second electrodes that is on the movable element while the movable element is in a prescribed position; and
a first detection circuit configured to detect that the movable element is in the prescribed position based on an intensity of an electrical signal that is generated in the third electrode and a phase of an electrical signal that is generated in the second electrode in accordance with the electrical signals supplied to the first electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,768,020

CAPACITIVE SENSOR

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A capacitive sensor, comprising:first and second detection capacitors;
a CV conversion circuit that includes first and second feedback capacitors and obtains a voltage based on capacitance values of the first and second feedback capacitors;
an AD converter that performs analog digital conversion on an input voltage and obtains a digital signal;
a digital control unit that receives the digital signal as an input; and
first and second digitally controlled variable capacitors having capacitance values which are controlled by the digital control unit,
wherein, in a case in which a physical quantity serving as a measurement target is not substantially zero, capacitance values of the first and second detection capacitors are changed from capacitance values in a case in which the physical quantity is substantially zero in accordance with the physical quantity as the measurement target,
change amounts of the capacitance values of the first and second detection capacitors are opposite in sign to each other and substantially equal in an absolute value to each other,
the first and second feedback capacitors accumulate charges in which the capacitance values of the first detection capacitor, the second detection capacitor, the first digitally controlled variable capacitor, and the second digitally controlled variable capacitor are reflected, and
a common mode voltage level of an input voltage of the CV conversion circuit or a common mode voltage level of an output voltage is controlled in accordance with control of the first and second digitally controlled variable capacitors.

US Pat. No. 10,768,019

ACTUATOR AND CAMERA MODULE INCLUDING SAME

Samsung Electro-Mechanics...

1. An actuator, comprising:a detection target disposed on a surface of a lens barrel; and
a position detecting unit comprising two or more sensing coils and configured to detect a displacement of the detection target in a first direction perpendicular to an optical axis,
wherein when the detection target moves in a second direction perpendicular to the optical axis, an area of overlap between each of the two or more sensing coils and the detection target is maintained constant.

US Pat. No. 10,768,018

SENSING APPARATUS HAVING SWITCH RESISTANCE COMPENSATION CIRCUIT AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. An apparatus comprising:a passive array of resistive elements;
a row selector switch configured to connect a current source to a row of resistive elements of the passive array;
a column selector switch configured to connect a column of resistive elements of the passive array to ground, wherein the row selector switch and column selector switch select a resistive element in the passive array; and
a feedback column selector switch configured to connect one or more columns of resistive elements to a voltage source, except for the column connected to ground by the column selector switch;
the voltage source configured to apply a voltage to the one or more columns of resistive elements connected to the voltage source, the voltage matching a voltage dropped over the resistive element connected in a circuit formed in part by the row selector switch and column selector switch;
and one or more of:
a row selector switch compensation circuit configured to apply a voltage across a row dummy element equal and opposite to a voltage dropped over the row selector switch;
a column selector switch compensation circuit configured to apply a voltage across a column dummy element equal and opposite to a voltage dropped over the column selector switch; or
a feedback column selector switch compensation circuit configured to apply a voltage across a feedback column dummy element equal and opposite to a voltage dropped over the feedback column selector switch.

US Pat. No. 10,768,017

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING POINTS OF INTEREST IN PIPES OR DRAIN LINES

RIDGE TOOL COMPANY, Elyr...

1. A method for identifying a point of interest in an enclosed region, the method comprising:providing a drain cleaner having an elongated flexible member, a rotatable motor output, a rotatable cable follower, a first pickup on the motor output, a first sensor affixed to a stationary component of the drain cleaner and in operable communication with the first pickup, a second pickup disposed on the cable follower, and a second sensor affixed to a stationary component of the drain cleaner and in operable communication with the second pickup;
operating the drain cleaner and axially displacing the flexible member relative to the drain cleaner such that the cable follower rotates;
measuring a first rate of rotation, wherein the first rate of rotation is determined by measuring a rate of rotation of the motor output via the first pickup and the first sensor to produce a raw data set;
processing the raw data set to produce a smoothed data set;
from the smoothed data set, calculating changes in rate of rotation per a predefined time interval to produce a calculated rotational slope value;
continuously comparing the calculated rotational slope value to a predetermined rotational slope value indicative of a point of interest;
upon the calculated rotational slope value being within a predefined range of a first predetermined rotational slope value to a second predetermined rotational slope value, issuing a location marker signal to thereby identify a point of interest in the enclosed region.

US Pat. No. 10,768,016

NODE COMMUNICATION WITH UNKNOWN NETWORK ID

Mueller International, LL...

1. A method comprising steps of:listening, at a mobile collector, for a plurality of advanced meter reading (AMR) beacons from a plurality of nodes to locate and communicate with a targeted node, each AMR beacon in the plurality of AMR beacons comprising a utility device identification (ID) and the targeted node's hailing channel pair;
receiving, by the mobile collector, an AMR beacon from the targeted node of the plurality of nodes;
determining, by the mobile collector, that the AMR beacon was received from the targeted node based on the utility device ID included in the AMR beacon;
sending a hail message from the mobile collector to the targeted node on a communication channel identified by the targeted node's hailing channel pair, the hail message beginning during a time window commencing after a predefined delay, the time window lasting 2.2 milliseconds, the predefined delay beginning at a time at which the targeted node sent the AMR beacon;
receiving, by the mobile collector, a response to the hail message from the targeted node; and
sending, by the mobile collector, a command message to the targeted node.

US Pat. No. 10,768,015

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO MANAGE AND CONTROL ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

MelRok, LLC, Reno, NV (U...

1. A method to manage and control an air handling system, the method comprising:receiving first digital data associated with electrical energy consumed by an air handling system associated with a facility, wherein the first digital data is received in accordance with a first protocol, and further wherein the first digital data is received at a first rate of at least once per minute;
receiving second digital data from a smart meter or one or more submeters associated with the facility, wherein the second digital data provides an indication of electrical energy associated with the facility, wherein the second digital data is received in accordance with a second protocol, and further wherein the second digital data is received at a second rate of at least once per minute;
receiving one or more of weather-related data, carbon footprint-related data, and grid-related data over a network, wherein the one or more of the weather-related data, the carbon footprint-related data, and the grid-related data are received in accordance with a third protocol; and
providing, based at least in part on the first digital data, the second digital data, and the one or more of the weather-related data, the carbon footprint-related data, and the grid-related data, a control signal to control the air handling system, wherein the control signal is provided at a third rate of at least once per minute.

US Pat. No. 10,768,014

ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS

METIS IP (SUZHOU) LLC, S...

1. A system, comprising:at least one storage device including a set of instructions; and
at least one processor in communication with the at least one storage device, wherein when executing the set of instructions, the at least one processor is configured to cause the system to:
obtain one or more sets of conditions associated with a heat generating device, each set of the one or more sets of conditions including an electric power value of the heat generating device; and
for each set of the one or more sets of conditions,
obtain a plurality of groups of measured data associated with an environmental parameter corresponding to a set of time points in a power-on duration of the heat generating device, wherein the plurality of groups of measured data is acquired by a first sensing device;
obtain a plurality of groups of reference data associated with the environmental parameter corresponding to the set of time points in a power-on duration of the heat generating device, wherein the plurality of groups of reference data is acquired by a second sensing device;
determine, for each group of the plurality of groups of measured data and each group of the plurality of groups of reference data reference data, a deviation of the environmental parameter associated with the first sensing device between the measured data and the reference data; and
determine a relationship between the deviation of the environmental parameter and the power-on duration of the heat generating device.

US Pat. No. 10,768,013

DRIVING ANALYSIS BASED ON MOVEMENT DATA

Allstate Insurance Compan...

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

US Pat. No. 10,768,012

TEMPORAL SOLAR CAPACITY NAVIGATION

International Business Ma...

1. A method for determining temporal solar capacity navigation routes, the method comprising:receiving, by one or more computer processors, flexible departure information, the flexible departure information including a flexible departure date with an associated date range criteria and a flexible departure time with an associated time range criteria;
receiving, by one or more computer processors, navigation criteria that includes at least a starting location, a destination, and a temporal solar capacity, wherein the starting location and the destination correspond to global positioning system (GPS) location data;
creating, by one or more computer processors, a set of temporal solar capacity navigation maps based on the received navigation criteria and a global positioning system and further corresponding to respective departure dates and respective departure times related to the received flexible departure information;
determining, by one or more computer processors, one or more suggested navigation routes corresponding to a respective temporal solar capacity navigation map of the created set of temporal solar capacity navigation maps;
determining, by one or more computer processors, a departure date and a departure time within a range of dates and times related to the flexible departure information based on the determined one or more suggested navigation routes corresponding to the respective temporal solar capacity navigation maps; and
displaying, by one or more computer processors, to a user, the determined one or more suggested navigation routes corresponding to the determined departure date and the determined departure time.

US Pat. No. 10,768,011

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR POSITIONING AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE ON A NAVIGATION MAP

Wipro Limited, Bangalore...

1. A method for positioning an autonomous vehicle on a navigation map, the method comprising:receiving, by a navigation device, the navigation map, an approximate position and an approximate orientation of the autonomous vehicle on the navigation map, and an environmental field of view (FOV) of the autonomous vehicle;
determining, by the navigation device, a first road boundary based on the navigation map and the approximate position of the autonomous vehicle, and a second road boundary based on the environmental FOV and the approximate orientation of the autonomous vehicle;
determining, by the navigation device, at least one of an angular deviation and a lateral deviation between the first road boundary and the second road boundary; and
positioning, by the navigation device, the autonomous vehicle on the navigation map by minimizing at least one the angular deviation and the lateral deviation, based on a plurality of maneuverability sequences,
wherein the autonomous vehicle is positioned based on command velocities generated for each of the plurality of maneuverability sequences, and
wherein a maneuverability sequence from the plurality of maneuverability sequences comprises a trajectory along two arms of a right angle triangle, and
wherein a first portion of the trajectory comprises a forward motion along an arm of the triangle opposite to the right angle, and a second portion of the trajectory comprises a reverse motion along an arm adjacent to the right angle of the triangle.

US Pat. No. 10,768,010

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRIP RANDOMIZATION AND GAMIFICATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A destination selection system for determining travel destinations comprising:a human-machine interface (HMI);
a positioning system in communication with the HMI;
a controller in communication with the HMI and the positioning system, the controller having a processor, and a memory, the processor executing programmatic logic stored in the memory, the programmatic logic comprising:
a first logic to display an icon on the HMI based on position data received from the positioning system; wherein the first logic further comprises
calculating a ranking for each of the plurality of destination icons;
determining if a threshold ranking value has been achieved;
displaying destination icons if the threshold ranking value has been achieved;
a second logic for sizing the icon based on at least one of the position data and one or more additional factors, and in response to at least one of the position data and one or more additional factors actively and continuously resizing the icon;
a third logic for receiving a first user input accessing the destination selection system within the HMI;
a fourth logic for presenting a destination selection management interface having at least two selectable functions including a keyword function and a randomization function; wherein the fourth logic further comprises selectively presenting a plurality of destination icons relating to the selected function and selectively highlighting the plurality of destination icons based on host vehicle user preferences;
a fifth logic for receiving a second user input to select one of the at least two functions of the destination selection management interface;
a sixth logic for presenting on the HMI information relating to the selected function;
a seventh logic for receiving a third user input to direct the destination selection system to select a destination; and
an eighth logic for presenting a status of a host vehicle as the host vehicle navigates to the selected destination,
wherein the fourth logic further comprises selectively presenting a plurality of destination icons relating to the selected function and selectively highlighting the plurality of destination icons based on host vehicle user preferences.

US Pat. No. 10,768,009

PROACTIVE RE-ROUTING OF VEHICLES USING PASSIVE MONITORING OF OCCUPANT FRUSTRATION LEVEL

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. A method implemented by one or more computing device, the method comprising:receiving, at the one or more computing devices, location data from a plurality of navigation-enabled devices;
receiving, at the one or more computing devices, sensor data from the plurality of navigation-enabled devices, the sensor data captured by sensors of the navigation-enabled devices;
detecting, at the one or more computing devices, a traffic disruption event at a particular location based at least in part on the sensor data and the location data; and
causing output of a traffic disruption event notification by at least one of the navigation-enabled devices.

US Pat. No. 10,768,008

DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING REMOTELY CAPTURED SENSOR DATA

Allstate Insurance Compan...

20. One or more non-transitory computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by a computing platform comprising at least one processor, a communication interface, and memory, cause the computing platform to:load a sample dataset comprising first sensor data captured by a first user computing device using one or more sensors built into the first user computing device during a first trip in a first vehicle;
build a labeled dataset based on the sample dataset;
receive, via the communication interface, from a second user computing device, second sensor data captured by the second user computing device using one or more sensors built into the second user computing device during a second trip in a second vehicle;
analyze the second sensor data captured by the second user computing device to identify one or more phone-handling events associated with the second user computing device during the second trip in the second vehicle;
based on analyzing the second sensor data captured by the second user computing device to identify the one or more phone-handling events associated with the second user computing device during the second trip in the second vehicle, generate event-detection data identifying the one or more phone-handling events associated with the second user computing device during the second trip in the second vehicle; and
store, in at least one database maintained by the computing platform and accessible to one or more data analysis modules associated with the computing platform, the event-detection data identifying the one or more phone-handling events associated with the second user computing device during the second trip in the second vehicle,
wherein the sample dataset comprises tracking data captured by an on-board diagnostics (OBD-II) device associated with the first vehicle during the first trip in the first vehicle, and
wherein building the labeled dataset based on the sample dataset comprises:
applying a cross-correlation function to the tracking data captured by the OBD-II device and the first sensor data captured by the first user computing device to correct for time shift;
removing first noise from an end portion of the first sensor data captured by the first user computing device;
removing second noise from accelerometer data included in the first sensor data captured by the first user computing device;
aligning at least one axis of a reference frame of the first user computing device with at least one axis of a reference frame of the vehicle; and
identifying one or more time frames in which an accelerometer reading in the accelerometer data included in the first sensor data captured by the first user computing device deviates from a corresponding reading in the tracking data captured by the OBD-II device.

US Pat. No. 10,768,007

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An image display device comprising:a display configured to display images; and
a controller, the controller configured to function as:
a processor that generates an image for display on the display;
a map provider that provides a map image indicating a position of a driver's vehicle to the processor;
an image provider that provides a display image associated with a type of a function item according to a user input; and
an acknowledgement unit that acknowledges a user input from an input unit of the display, wherein
the image provider provides the processor with a destination setting image for the user attempting to set a destination, the destination setting image including setting icons for setting the destination, and
when the acknowledgement unit acknowledges an input from the user to display the function item, the processor causes the display to display the map image and the display image associated with the user input; and, thereafter, in response to an input from the user to display the function item for setting a destination, the acknowledgement unit acknowledges the input from the user to display the second function item, and the processor causes the display to display the destination setting image including the setting icons for setting the destination as the display image and causes the display to display the map image showing the position of a driver's vehicle in a blurred manner, and, otherwise, when the acknowledgement unit acknowledges an input from the user to display the function item for displaying vehicle condition information, the processor causes the display to display the display image and display the map image showing the position of the driver's vehicle without blurring the map image.

US Pat. No. 10,768,006

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GENERATING ROUTE DATA

TOMTOM GLOBAL CONTENT B.V...

1. A method for generating route data, comprising:receiving a position data feed pertaining to a position of an image capturing device travelling along a route in a navigable network;
receiving images of the route captured using the image capturing device as the image capturing device progresses along the route so as to obtain a view of the route;
extracting scan line data from said images, said scan line data for an image comprising a linear portion of the image of a predetermined width that extends along a scan line of a predetermined shape, the linear portion of the image including a fraction of the image, the fraction being of a small number of pixels in width relative to a number of pixels in an overall width of the image;
storing said scan line data in memory together with respective positional data for the scan line, wherein said positional data is based on the position data feed; and
providing said scan line data extracted from said images and said respective positional data to one or more remote devices, said scan line data configured to be processed by said one or more remote devices to generate a realistic view of said route, said processing comprising using said respective positional data for said scan line data and other respective positional data associated with other scan line data received from one or more other image capturing devices that traveled along said route to stitch said scan line data together with said other scan line data to generate said realistic view of said route, and augmenting, by said one or more remote devices, a map database by storing in said map database said realistic view of said route.

US Pat. No. 10,768,005

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NAVIGATING A VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A system for navigating a vehicle, comprising:a management unit arranged outside the vehicle, the management unit being configured to centrally store vehicle information of the vehicle and traffic rules relevant to the vehicle;
a capture unit having an interface configured to capture the vehicle information of the vehicle including at least one vehicle identification number, the capture unit being further configured to send the captured vehicle information of the vehicle to the management unit;
a computation module configured to generate navigation information based on the stored traffic rules determined by the management unit to be relevant to the vehicle based on the captured vehicle information of the vehicle stored at the management unit; and
a navigation unit arranged in the vehicle configured to output the navigation information generated by the computation module.

US Pat. No. 10,768,004

TRAVEL ROUTING SELECTION SYSTEM AND METHODS IMPLEMENTED BASED ON CHARACTERIZATION OF HISTORICAL LATENCY DATA

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A travel route selection system comprising:a historical latency data module comprising
a first data module configured to collect historical latency data, wherein the historical latency data are associated with transmission of signals in a network for one or more vehicle applications of a vehicle, and
a characterization module configured to
obtain characteristic distributions of the historical latency data at selected locations along a plurality of travel routes,
based on the characteristic distributions, perform at least one of (i) calculating metrics along the plurality of travel routes for the vehicle, or (ii) combining the characteristic distributions to obtain an overall distribution for each of the plurality of travel routes, and
based on at least one of the metrics or the overall distributions, perform a statistical process to predict latencies of the signals along each of the plurality of travel routes; and
a travel route module configured to select one of the plurality of travel routes based on the predicted latencies of the signals.

US Pat. No. 10,768,003

VEHICLE ROUTE PLANNING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system, comprising a computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:determine a route based on at least one of (a) an amount of snow accumulation, and (b) a predicted amount of remediation material, for each of a plurality of road segments;
actuate a vehicle to follow the route;
actuate at least one of a snow plow and a material spreader on the vehicle; and
determine a snow accumulation threshold based on a predicted number of emergency vehicles on each road segment and to determine the route to include at least one road segment having an amount of snow accumulation exceeding the snow accumulation threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,768,002

ASSESSING PERSONALIZED RISK FOR A USER ON A JOURNEY

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for learning and predicting personalized risk associated with a journey for a user by a processor, comprising:analyzing contextual data gathered from a plurality of data sources relating to a journey of a user;
learning one or more risks associated with the journey according to the contextual data;
generating one or more risk models associated with the one or more risks; wherein generating the one or more risk models includes detecting an anomaly including a deviation between an expected route and an actual route taken by the user, and collecting feedback information from the user regarding the anomaly for determining the one or more risks and a cause of the one or more risks, the feedback information collected by cognitively interacting with the user via a cognitive component such that the user explains the feedback information, including a reasoning for the anomaly, to the cognitive component using natural language dialog; and
predicting one or more potential risks associated with a subsequent journey using the one or more risk models; wherein the one or more potential risks are automatically presented to the user via a computing device associated with the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,768,001

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO FACILITATE MITIGATION OF VEHICLE TRAPPING ON RAILROAD CROSSINGS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to generate location information;
sensors to generate vehicle information;
a transceiver; and
a processor and memory in communication with the transceiver, the sensors, and the GPS receiver and configured to:
determine whether the vehicle is stranded on a railroad crossing using the location information and the vehicle information;
wherein based on determining that the vehicle is stranded, the processor is further configured to:
determine a safe crossing time using the location information and the vehicle information, wherein the safe crossing time comprises a sum of a base crossing time and a crossing time safety margin;
generate a help request based on the safe crossing time; and
transmit the help request to neighboring vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,768,000

CONTENT PRESENTATION BASED ON TRAVEL PATTERNS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method of presenting content items to a user of a device having a processor, the method comprising: executing, on the processor, instructions that cause the device to:execute the following steps automatically and without user input to start the execution:
detect a current location and a current direction of the user during a current travel period;
identify a content item that is associated with a predicted destination of the user, wherein the content item is contextually related to a motivation of the current travel period; and
during the current travel period, present the content item to the user from a subset of content items that are formatted for presentation to the user according to an interaction modality of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,767,999

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETECTING A CLOSURE AND/OR OPENING OF A NAVIGABLE ELEMENT

TOMTOM TRAFFIC B.V., Ams...

1. A method of detecting the closure of a navigable element forming part of a network of navigable elements within a geographic area, the navigable elements being represented by segments of an electronic map, wherein at least some of the segments of the electronic map are each associated with data indicative of a passability parameter for the segment, the passability parameter being indicative of the likelihood of the navigable element represented by the segment being closed, said method comprising:varying a value of the passability parameter with respect to time according to a predefined function so that the likelihood of the navigable element being closed increases with respect to time;
obtaining positional data relating to the movement of a plurality of devices along the navigable elements of the navigable network with respect to time;
modifying, for each of one or more segments, the value of the passability parameter associated with a segment so that the likelihood of the navigable element represented by the segment being closed is decreased, when the positional data indicates that a device has been detected traversing the navigable element;
modifying, for each of one or more segments, the value of the passability parameter associated with a segment so that the likelihood of the navigable element represented by the segment being closed is increased, when a report is received from an external source indicative of the navigable element being closed; and
identifying a navigable element as being potentially closed when the value of the passability parameter associated with the segment representing the navigable element passes a predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,767,998

PACKAGE ON PACKAGE MEMORY INTERFACE AND CONFIGURATION WITH ERROR CODE CORRECTION

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A device comprising:processing circuitry with a first terminal and a second terminal;
error code correction (ECC) bus coupled to the first terminal of the processing circuitry;
data bus coupled to the second terminal of the processing circuitry;
an ECC physical connector having an input coupled to the ECC bus;
a multiplexer having a first input, a second input, a select input, and an output, the first input of the multiplexer coupled to the input of the ECC physical connector, and the second input of the multiplexer coupled to the data bus;
a data physical connector having an input coupled to the output of the multiplexer; and
an AND gate having an output coupled to the select input of the multiplexer.

US Pat. No. 10,767,997

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING IMMERSIVE EXTENDED REALITY EXPERIENCES ON MOVING PLATFORMS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method comprising:obtaining sensor measurements from one or more sensors on at least one of a mobile platform and a device associated with a user in the mobile platform, the sensor measurements comprising motion parameters associated with the mobile platform and the user in the mobile platform;
obtaining a mobile map of the mobile platform, the mobile map being obtained from a plurality of mobile maps maintained for a plurality of mobile platforms;
identifying features associated with the mobile map of the mobile platform and features associated with a global map of an environment outside of the mobile platform;
tracking, using the sensor measurements, a first pose of the mobile platform relative to at least one feature of the features associated with the global map of the environment outside of the mobile platform;
tracking, using the sensor measurements, a second pose of the user relative to at least one feature of the features associated with the mobile map of the mobile platform;
tracking, based on the first pose and the second pose, a third pose of the user relative to at least one of the features associated with the global map of the environment outside of the mobile platform; and
displaying content with respect to the mobile map based on tracking the third pose of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,767,996

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR REDUCING THE MAP SEARCH SPACE REQUIREMENTS IN A VISION-INERTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

1. A method for reducing map search area requirements in a navigation system, comprising:training a learning algorithm to recognize each one of a plurality of images of different landmarks on a map;
dividing an image of the map into a plurality of subsections;
deriving a set of classifications for each subsection of the plurality of subsections, wherein each classification of the set of classifications is associated with at least one landmark of the different landmarks on the map;
receiving at least one image from an imaging device onboard a vehicle in flight;
deriving a classification for the at least one image from the imaging device onboard the vehicle in flight; and
comparing the classification for the at least one image with the set of classifications for each subsection of the plurality of subsections of the map, and limiting the comparing to the subsections of the map that have a substantially similar classification to the classification of the at least one image.

US Pat. No. 10,767,995

HYPERBOLIC MODULATION OFFSET ERROR REDUCER FOR AN RFOG

Honeywell International I...

1. A hyperbolic modulation offset reducer circuit for a resonator fiber optic gyro, the hyperbolic modulation offset reducer circuit comprising:an input to receive a transmission signal from a resonator;
a first demodulation circuit configured to demodulate the received transmission signal at twice a sideband heterodyne detection modulation frequency to reject signals due to backscatter;
a slave resonance tracking loop coupled to an output of the first demodulation circuit, the slave resonance tracking loop configured to create an offset frequency signal from the transmission signal, the slave resonance tracking loop including,
a second demodulation circuit configured to demodulate the output of the first demodulation circuit at a select tracking demodulation frequency; and
a hyperbolic modulator offset control loop coupled to the output of the first demodulation circuit, the hyperbolic modulator offset control loop configured to create a subharmonic common modulation signal and a offset from the transmission signal that is coupled to a common phase module in a silicon photonics chip of the resonator fiber optic gyro, the a hyperbolic modulator offset control loop including,
a third demodulation circuit configured to demodulate the output of the demodulation circuit at a select harmonic frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,767,994

SENSOR OUTPUT CORRECTION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A sensor output correction apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
a memory storing instructions that when executed by the one or more processors causes the sensor output correction apparatus to perform processes comprising:
a detected value acquisition process which sequentially acquires a detected value of a sensor which is mounted in a vehicle and detects a given physical quantity acting on the vehicle;
a stop determination process which determines whether the vehicle is parked or moving;
a curvature determining process which determines a curvature of a travel road on which the vehicle is moving;
a zero-point determination process which determines a zero-point equivalent value that is a value corresponding to a current zero point of the sensor using the detected value of the sensor derived by the detected value acquisition process in response to the curvature, based on determination by the curvature determining process, being less than or equal to a curvature threshold value at which the travel road is considered being a straight path, the zero-point determination process sequentially determining the zero-point equivalent value based on detected values derived by the detected value acquisition process while the stop determination process is determining that the vehicle is parked; and
a correction value determination process which determines a correction value for removing an error, based on arising from a deviation of the current zero point of the sensor, from the detected value of the sensor using the zero-point equivalent value determined by the zero-point determination process,
wherein the correction value determination process performs an addition operation to weight-add a while-moving determined value and a while-parked determined value to each other using a given weight to calculate the correction value, the while-moving determined value being the zero-point equivalent value, determined using the detected values sampled as a population while the vehicle is moving on a road where the curvature derived by the curvature determining process is less than or equal to the curvature threshold value, and
wherein a weight added to the while-parked determined value in the addition operation is decreased with an increase in time elapsed since the while-parked determined value was determined, while a weight added to the while-moving determined value in the addition operation is increased with an increase in time elapsed since the while-parked determined value was determined.

US Pat. No. 10,767,993

MICRO-MECHANICAL SENSOR ELEMENT OF ANGULAR VELOCITY

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A vibrating angular velocity sensor element, comprising:a supporting body;
at least two primary masses and at least two Coriolis masses suspended to vibrate in respect of the supporting body, the primary masses and the Coriolis masses in a stationary suspended state forming a reference plane of the angular velocity sensor element; and
at least two coupling lever structures, each of the coupling lever structures being coupled to the two primary masses and to one of the two Coriolis masses,
wherein the two primary masses are suspended to the supporting body by a spring structure that enables a linear primary oscillation motion of the two primary masses in a first direction along the reference plane, and disables motion of the two primary masses in any of the other directions,
wherein each of the two coupling lever structures is configured to relay an anti-phase primary motion of the two primary masses to a linear primary oscillation motion of the one coupled Coriolis mass, which linear primary oscillation motion of the one coupled Coriolis mass occurs in a second direction along the reference plane, and
wherein the second direction is perpendicular to the first direction, whereby the anti-phase primary motion of the two primary masses is relayed to an anti-phase primary motion of the two Coriolis masses.

US Pat. No. 10,767,992

GYRO SENSOR SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A gyro sensor system comprising at least one gyro sensor unit comprising:a movable body;
a spring mechanism configured to vibrate the movable body;
a detector capable of detecting an amplitude of vibration of the movable body wherein the vibration is due to a Coriolis force acting on the movable body;
an adjuster configured to adjust a first resonance frequency of vibration of the movable body in free vibration and a second resonance frequency of vibration of the movable body wherein the vibration is due to the Coriolis force acting on the movable body, so that the first resonance frequency and the second resonance frequency coincide with each other, based on the amplitude of the vibration due to the Coriolis force detected by the detector; and
a rotation angle acquisition unit configured to acquire a rotation angle of the movable body, based on the amplitude of the vibration due to the Coriolis force detected by the detector in a state in which the first resonance frequency and the second resonance frequency are adjusted by the adjuster so that the first resonance frequency and the second resonance frequency coincide with each other,
wherein the adjuster comprises:
an adjustment signal generation circuit configured to generate an adjustment signal to coincide the first resonance frequency and the second resonance frequency with each other, based on the amplitude of the vibration due to the Coriolis force detected by the detector; and
an adjustment mechanism configured to receive the adjustment signal generated from the adjustment signal generation circuit to perform the adjustment of the movable body.

US Pat. No. 10,767,991

LASER SCANNER

TOPCON Corporation, Toky...

1. A laser scanner comprising: a distance measuring unit which has a light emitting element for emitting a distance measuring light, a distance measuring light projecting unit for projecting said distance measuring light, a light receiving unit for receiving a reflected distance measuring light and a photodetector for receiving said reflected distance measuring light and producing alight receiving signal, and which performs a distance measurement of an object to be measured based on said light receiving signal from said photodetector,an optical axis deflecting unit provided on a distance measuring optical axis and for deflecting said distance measuring optical axis, a projecting direction detecting unit for detecting a deflection angle of said distance measuring optical axis, and
a control component for controlling a deflecting operation of said optical axis deflecting unit and a distance measuring operation of said distance measuring unit,
wherein said optical axis deflecting unit comprises a pair of optical prisms capable of rotating with said distance measuring optical axis as a center and motors which individually and independently rotate said optical prisms,
and wherein said control component is configured to control a deflection by said optical axis deflecting unit by controlling rotating directions, rotating speeds, and a rotation ratio of said pair of optical prisms, scan said distance measuring light within a measurement range as set, and acquire scanning data under scanning conditions corresponding to said measurement range, and
wherein a local measurement range is set within the measurement range, said control component individually rotates said two optical prisms in predetermined deflection angle ranges, integrally rotates said two optical prisms at a predetermined angle, and performs a local scanning within said local measurement range.

US Pat. No. 10,767,990

DEVICE, METHOD, AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING SURVEY DATA, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

TOPCON CORPORATION, Itab...

1. A survey data processing system comprising a processor or circuitry configured to execute the following processing by using image data of aerial photographic images that are obtained from an aerial vehicle that is flying, the aerial vehicle mounted with an inertial navigation unit and a first GNSS location identifying unit for identifying location by using a GNSS,the processing comprising:
receiving image data of aerial photographic images obtained by photographing a vehicle from the aerial vehicle, the vehicle configured to travel on a ground and equipped with a second GNSS location identifying unit and an identification marker for distinguishing the vehicle, the second GNSS location identifying unit configured to identify location by using a GNSS;
receiving location data of the vehicle that is obtained by the second GNSS location identifying unit;
detecting the identification marker of the vehicle in the image data;
identifying the vehicle in the aerial photographic images by using the identification marker;
identifying a location of the identification marker on a basis of the location data of the vehicle and identification information obtained by identifying the vehicle;
acquiring two or more aerial photographic images from among the image data, the two or more aerial photographic images being obtained from the aerial vehicle that is flying, at different viewpoints, and containing the same area;
acquiring the identification marker from each of the acquired two or more aerial photographic images;
calculating location of the identification marker that is acquired from each of the acquired two or more aerial photographic images, by a method of intersection; and
comparing the calculated location of the identification marker with location of the identification marker that is identified by the second GNSS location identifying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,767,989

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING A LIGHT-EMITTING OBJECT AT A TRAFFIC JUNCTION FOR A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting a light-emitting object at a traffic junction for a vehicle, the method comprising:reading in a light signal which represents at least one chronologically changing light range of a light-emitting object;
determining a driving parameter of the light-emitting object using the light signal;
tracking over time, using the light signal, a movement direction light range;
detecting, using the light signal, a presence of the light-emitting object at the traffic junction and/or detecting, using the light signal, an approach of the light-emitting object to the traffic junction;andbased on the detecting of the presence of the light-emitting object at the traffic junction and/or based on the detecting of the approach of the light-emitting object to the traffic junction, providing a detection signal, using the driving parameter, which represents the presence of the light-emitting object at the traffic junction and/or the approach of the light-emitting object to the traffic junction;
wherein the detecting includes detecting, based on the movement direction and based on a digital map, the presence and/or the approach of the light-emitting object.

US Pat. No. 10,767,988

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING ACTUAL DIMENSIONAL PROPERTIES OF A MEASURED OBJECT

CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIELLE M...

1. A method for determining actual dimensional properties of a measured object having a plurality of geometric elements, the method comprising the following steps:providing a coordinate measuring machine having a measuring head for recording measurement values representing a position of at least one measurement point on the measured object;
providing demand data representing demand properties for the plurality of geometric elements of the measured object, wherein the demand properties comprise acceptable manufacturing tolerances for the geometric elements;
generating, in a computer-assisted manner, a measurement sequence including control commands that define movements of the measuring head relative to the measured object, wherein the measurement sequence defines measurement values to be recorded at defined measuring head positions relative to the measured object;
recording individual measurement values on the measured object by controlling the measuring head based on the control commands; and
determining numerical values based on the individual measurement values,
wherein:
the numerical values represent actual dimensional properties of the measured object that correspond to test features,
generating the measurement sequence includes, prior to performing the recording:
selecting defined geometric elements from the plurality of geometric elements;
based on the demand data, determining the test features relating to the defined geometric elements;
generating a first measurement sequence in a computer-assisted manner based on the test features, wherein the first measurement sequence defines first control commands;
ascertaining defined measurement uncertainty for the test features based on the first control commands;
modifying the first measurement sequence in a computer-assisted manner to generate a second measurement sequence with second control commands, wherein the second control commands at least partially differ from the first control commands; and
setting the second control commands as the control commands for performing the recording,
the modifying includes selecting the second control commands, in a computer-assisted manner, in such a way that:
for each numerical value of the numerical values, a measurement uncertainty of the numerical value is smaller by a defined absolute value than a respective one of the acceptable manufacturing tolerances and
with respect to the first control commands, the second control commands increase the defined measurement uncertainty for at least one of the test features while one of maintaining and reducing the defined measurement uncertainty for at least one other of the test features.

US Pat. No. 10,767,987

SENSOR HEAD FOR CRYSTAL OSCILLATOR TYPE OF FILM THICKNESS MONITOR

ULVAC, INC., Kanagawa (J...

1. A sensor head for a crystal oscillator type of film thickness monitor, including:a sensor head main body having disposed therein a stepping motor;
a holder having disposed therein a plurality of crystal oscillators in a same circumference at a distance from one another, the holder being adapted to be driven for rotation by the stepping motor;
provided that a direction from the sensor head main body toward the holder is defined as an upper side, a mask body mounted on the sensor head main body in a manner to cover an upper surface of the holder on which is disposed each of the crystal oscillators, the mask body also having opened therein a film-forming window facing any one of the crystal oscillators, the sensor head further comprising:
a first electrode which is provided onto a plate part that is fixed at one end thereof to a supporting base and that is elongated in a tangential direction of the holder, which is fixed to that portion of the sensor head main body which is positioned directly under the film-forming window; and second electrodes respectively in electrical conduction with each of the crystal oscillators, the second electrodes being disposed to protrude out of a lower surface of the holder such that, when the holder is rotated by the stepping motor to a phase in which any one of the crystal oscillators and the film-forming window coincide with each other in a vertical direction, the first electrode and the second electrodes, both being made of same kind of metal, come into contact with each other for electrical conduction,
wherein a sliding plate part is provided onto the plate part and is disposed for supplying, before the first electrode comes into contact with one of the second electrodes, a surface of the second electrodes with a solid lubricant by sliding the second electrodes with urging force of the plate part.

US Pat. No. 10,767,986

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTERACTING WITH USER INTERFACES

Magic Leap, Inc., Planta...

1. A method for interacting with a 3D virtual user interface, said method comprising:detecting a user swiping an arm in an arc around the user's body;
interpreting the user swiping an arm in an arc around the user's body as an instruction to generate a three-dimensional (“3D”) virtual user interface for display by an augmented reality (“AR”) display system, the 3D virtual user interface being a 3D body centric ring around the user's body;
generating data for the 3D virtual user interface;
sending the generated data to the augmented reality display system for display; and
the AR display system displaying the 3D virtual user interface to the user based on the generated data,
wherein said generating data includes creating the 3D virtual user interface in response to the instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,767,985

CONDUIT LASER ALIGNMENT ASSEMBLY

1. A conduit laser alignment assembly being configured to emit a laser beam from an existing conduit for displaying a potential route of newly installed conduit, said assembly comprising:a plurality of tubes, each of said tubes having a unique diameter with respect to each other, a respective one of said tubes being positionable on an exposed end of an existing conduit in a building that has a diameter corresponding to the diameter of said respective tube;
a laser emitter being removably coupled to said respective tube when said respective tube is positioned on the exposed end of the conduit wherein said laser emitter is configured to emit a beam of light that extends along a longitudinal axis of the existing conduit thereby facilitating the route of a new conduit to be displayed, said laser emitter having a diameter that corresponds to the diameter of a respective one of said tubes; and
an adapter disk being positionable in a respective one of said tubes that has a diameter being greater than the diameter of said laser emitter, said laser emitter being removably coupled to said adapter disk when said adapter disk is positioned on said respective tube for coupling said laser emitter to a tube that has a greater diameter than said laser emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,767,984

METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A PROJECTING APPARATUS

1. A method for assembling a 3D sensing apparatus that comprises at least two projectors, wherein the assembling of the apparatus is carried out by ensuring that a pattern formed from a combination of images projected by each of the at least two projectors, is not formed along an epi-polar line or part thereof more than once, wherein the method comprising the step of:placing the at least two projectors at initial approximate physical positions within said 3D sensing apparatus; and
placing one or more projectors' protectors on top of the at least two projectors, thereby changing the projectors initial positions and automatically positioning them accurately in their pre-defined position and orientation by using the one or more projectors' protectors.

US Pat. No. 10,767,982

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF LOCATING A CONTROL OBJECT APPENDAGE IN THREE DIMENSIONAL (3D) SPACE

Ultrahaptics IP Two Limit...

1. A system of recognizing gestures from a control object moving in three dimensional (3D) space, the system including:one or more processors coupled to a memory, the memory loaded with computer instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, implement actions including:
capturing images of a control object moving in 3D space using cameras having at least two geometrically distinct predetermined vantages;
calculating observed edges of the control object from the captured images;
fitting closed curves to the observed edges of the control object as captured in the images by selecting the closed curve from a family of similar closed curves that fit the observed edges of the control object as captured using an assumed parameter;
substituting one or more fitted parameters of a first fitted closed curve for one or more of the observed edges and the assumed parameter when fitting an adjacent second closed curve;
for a complex control object model that includes a palm and multiple fingers, applying the capturing images, calculating observed edges, fitting closed curves and substitute one or more fitted parameters actions to construct multiple fingers of control object appendages; and
fitting cross sections of a palm to observed edges of a palm as captured in the images;
repeatedly capturing, calculating, and fitting closed curves to the observed edges of the control object as the control object moves in the 3D space; and
analyzing differences in the positions of the fit closed curves to track motion of the control object while making a gesture in the 3D space; and
wherein results of the analyzing the gesture are interpreted as an instruction to some other program executing on a processor.

US Pat. No. 10,767,981

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATING DEPTH FROM PROJECTED TEXTURE USING CAMERA ARRAYS

FotoNation Limited, Galw...

1. A camera array, comprising:at least two two-dimensional arrays of cameras comprising a first two-dimensional array of cameras and a second two-dimensional array of cameras, each comprising a plurality of cameras, wherein a horizontal baseline between the at least two two-dimensional arrays of cameras is larger than a vertical baseline between cameras within each array of cameras;
an illumination system configured to illuminate a scene with a projected texture;
a processor;
memory containing an image processing pipeline application and an illumination system controller application;
wherein the illumination system controller application directs the processor to control the illumination system to illuminate a scene with a projected texture;
wherein the image processing pipeline application directs the processor to:
utilize the illumination system controller application to control the illumination system to illuminate a scene with a projected texture;
capture a set of images of the scene illuminated with the projected texture;
determining depth estimates for pixel locations in an image from a reference viewpoint using at least a subset of the set of images, wherein generating a depth estimate for a given pixel location in the image from the reference viewpoint comprises:
identifying pixels in the at least a subset of the set of images that correspond to the given pixel location in the image from the reference viewpoint based upon expected disparity at a plurality of depths along a plurality of epipolar lines aligned at different angles, wherein disparity observed along a first epipolar line corresponding to a horizontal baseline between a camera in the first two-dimensional array of cameras and a camera in the second two-dimensional array of cameras is greater than disparity observed along a second perpendicular epipolar line between at least two cameras within at least one of the two-dimensional arrays of cameras;
comparing the similarity of the corresponding pixels identified at each of the plurality of depths; and
selecting the depth from the plurality of depths at which the identified corresponding pixels have the highest degree of similarity as a depth estimate for the given pixel location in the image from the reference viewpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,767,980

METHOD OF DETERMINING DIAMETRICAL GROWTH OF REFORMER TUBES

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method for determining diametrical growth in a reformer tube comprising:providing a reformer tube having at least one machined, circumferential reference marking or groove on the inside of the reformer tube located in a region of low reformer tube creep growth;
measuring a first set of inside diameters at a time t1 along a predefined length of the reformer tube that contains the circumferential reference marking(s) as well as at least a portion of the tube that while in operation gets heated to a temperature greater than 1300° F.;
measuring a second set of inside diameters along the predefined length of the reformer tube after operating the reformer tube for an additional period of time, ?t, where t2=t1+?t;
aligning the second set of diameter measurements using the circumferential reference marking and a second available reference point to ensure that the axial locations of the entire length for the measurements from time t1 are the same as the axial locations of the entire length of the measurements from time t2, and
calculating creep strain along the length of the tube by dividing the difference in diameter measurements at times t1 and t2, by the diameter measurement at time t1, for each location along the length of the tube, thereby determining diametrical growth in a reformer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,767,979

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND OPTICAL MEASUREMENT METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An optical measurement device, comprising:a light source, which emits lights;
an optical system, which condenses reflected lights reflected by a target;
a light reception portion, which is configured in a manner that each of a plurality of pixels is capable of detecting a light reception amount, and which obtains a light reception amount distribution signal of each pixel for the reflected lights being condensed; and
a processor, which measures a distance from the optical measurement device to the target based on the light reception amount distribution signal, and
corrects an error of the measured distance which is caused by a chromatic aberration of the optical system based on a predefined characteristic value in a waveform of the light reception amount distribution signal, wherein the predefined characteristic value is a half-value width.

US Pat. No. 10,767,978

TRANSMISSION SMALL-ANGLE X-RAY SCATTERING METROLOGY SYSTEM

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A metrology system comprising:an x-ray illumination source configured to generate an amount of x-ray radiation;
an x-ray illumination optics subsystem configured to illuminate a measurement target formed on a wafer surface with an incident focused beam of the amount of x-ray radiation;
a specimen positioning system that positions the measurement target at a plurality of orientations with respect to the incident focused beam;
an x-ray detector configured to detect an intensity associated with each of a plurality of diffraction orders of an amount of radiation scattered from the measurement target in response to the incident focused beam at each orientation, wherein an optical path length between the illumination source and the detector is less than three meters; and
a computing system configured to
determine a value of a parameter of interest associated with the measurement target based on the detected intensities of the plurality of diffraction orders at the plurality of different orientations.

US Pat. No. 10,767,977

SCATTERED RADIATION DEFECT DEPTH DETECTION

Lumina Instruments Inc., ...

1. An optical scanning system, comprising:a radiating source capable of outputting a light beam;
a time varying beam reflector that is configured to reflect the light beam through a scan lens towards a transparent sample;
a focusing lens configured to be irradiated by light scattered from the transparent sample, wherein none of the light scattered from the transparent sample is blocked; and
a detector located on a first side of the transparent sample configured to be irradiated by the light scattered from the transparent sample that is focused by the focusing lens, wherein the detector outputs a signal that is proportional to an intensity of light measured by the detector, wherein the detector is the only detector in the optical scanning system that is irradiated by light scattered from the transparent sample.

US Pat. No. 10,767,976

OPTICAL DISPLACEMENT METER

KEYENCE CORPORATION, Osa...

1. An optical displacement meter using an optical cutting method, which measures a profile of a measurement object, the meter comprising:a light projecting unit that irradiates the measurement object with slit light which spreads in a first direction or spot light scanned in the first direction;
a light receiving unit that includes a plurality of pixels arranged in the first direction and a second direction intersecting with the first direction, receives reflected light from each position of the measurement object in the first direction, and outputs a light receiving amount distribution;
a peak detection unit that detects one or a plurality of peak candidate positions of light receiving amounts in the second direction for each pixel column based on a plurality of the light receiving amount distributions respectively output from a plurality of the pixel columns arranged in the first direction; and
a profile generation unit that selects a peak position to be adopted to the profile based on a relative positional relationship with a peak position of another pixel column adjacent to the pixel column from the peak candidate positions detected by the peak detection unit for each pixel column, and generates profile data indicating the profile based on the selected peak position; and further comprising:
a distance calculation unit that calculates a distance between each peak candidate position in the light receiving amount distribution corresponding to each pixel column and the peak candidate position in the light receiving amount distribution corresponding to the pixel column adjacent to the pixel column in the first direction,
wherein the profile generation unit determines the relative positional relationship based on the distance calculated by the distance calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,767,975

DATA CAPTURE SYSTEM FOR TEXTURE AND GEOMETRY ACQUISITION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A vehicle configured to be autonomously navigated, the vehicle comprising:at least one processor; and
memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory comprising computer executable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, performs a method comprising:
receiving signal data;
processing the signal data, wherein the processing comprises determining a time associated with the signal data;
synchronizing one or more sensors of the vehicle based at least on the determined time;
using the one or more sensors, acquiring environmental data from an environment; and
providing feedback associated with the acquired environmental data, wherein the feedback is used to autonomously navigate the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,767,974

WIDE RANGE OPTICAL WAVELENGTH FAST DETECTION FOR NARROWBAND SIGNAL

Rockwell Collins, Inc., ...

1. A wavelength detection system comprising:one or more wavelength detection stages configured to receive at least a portion of an input light signal, wherein each wavelength detection stage comprises:
a splitter to split a portion of the input light signal into two arms, wherein a free spectral range associated with the respective wavelength detection stage is associated with an optical path length difference between the two arms, wherein each of the one or more wavelength detection stages has a unique optical path length difference to provide a unique free spectral range;
a 90-degree optical hybrid configured to accept light from the two arms, where the 90-degree optical hybrid provides two in-phase channel outputs and two quadrature channel outputs; and
two differential detectors configured to generate an I-channel differential signal based on a difference between light from the two in-phase channel outputs and generate a Q-channel differential signal based on a difference between light from the two quadrature channel outputs, wherein a wavelength of the input light signal is linearly proportional to an arctangent of a ratio of the Q-channel and I-channel differential signals within the free spectral range of each of the one or more wavelength detection stages; and
a logic device communicatively coupled to the two differential detectors of each wavelength detection stage, wherein the logic device is configured to:
receive one or more sets of detection signals, wherein each of the one or more sets of detection signals includes an I-channel differential signal and a Q-channel differential signal from one of the one or more wavelength detection stages; and
determining a wavelength of the input light signal based on an arctangent of a ratio of the Q-channel and I-channel differential signals for each of one or more sets of detection signals.

US Pat. No. 10,767,973

DUAL-EDGE SAMPLING WITH K-CLOCK TO AVOID ALIASING IN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

Alcon Inc., Fribourg (CH...

1. An Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) data acquisition and processing circuit for use in producing an OCT image based on a swept-source OCT interference signal, the OCT data acquisition and processing circuit comprising:a k-clock configured to selectively output a k-clock signal at any of a plurality of k-clock frequencies ranging from a minimum k-clock frequency to a maximum k-clock frequency;
an anti-aliasing filter configured to filter the swept-source OCT interference signal, to produce a filtered OCT interference signal, the anti-aliasing filter having a cut-off frequency greater than one-half the minimum k-clock frequency but less than the minimum k-clock frequency; and
an analog-to-digital (A/D) converter circuit coupled to an output of the anti-aliasing filter and configured to sample the filtered OCT interference signal at twice the k-clock frequency, to produce a sampled OCT interference signal;
wherein the A/D converter circuit comprises first and second A/D converters, the first A/D converter being configured to sample the filtered OCT interference signal at the k-clock frequency, using the k-clock signal, and the second A/D converter being configured to separately sample the filtered OCT interference signal at the k-clock frequency, using a phase-shifted replica of the k-clock signal, the A/D converter circuit further comprising a multiplexer to combine the sampled outputs from the first and second A/D converters to obtain the sampled OCT interference signal.

US Pat. No. 10,767,972

MEASURING ASSEMBLIES

1. A measuring assembly for measuring one or more dimensions of a pipe that has an inner surface, and an outer surface, the measuring assembly comprising:a cylindrical housing capable of being disposed at least in part inside the pipe, the cylindrical housing having an inner housing space and a housing wall with an inner housing surface and an outer housing surface;
a first bearing disposed in the housing wall; and
a probe rotatably coupled to the housing, wherein the probe is capable of providing one or more dimensions of the pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,767,971

MEASURING TAPE WITH WEATHERPROOF SEAL

MUCKTAPE LLC, Drums, PA ...

1. A measuring tape, comprising:a. a housing assembly;
b. a tape disposed in the housing assembly, the housing assembly containing a tape port for the retraction and extension of the tape to and from an internal cavity of the housing assembly; and
c. a wipe assembly attached to the housing assembly configured to clean the tape when it retracts into the housing assembly, the wipe assembly comprising
i. an upper wipe blade positioned above the tape port engaging a top surface of the tape, and
ii. a lower wipe blade positioned below the tape port and engaging a bottom surface the tape, the upper wipe blade and the lower wipe blade defining a concavo-convex slit through which the tape passes.

US Pat. No. 10,767,970

TAPE MEASURE

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A tape measure, comprising:a housing defining an interior, an exterior and an opening;
a spool rotatable within the interior of the housing;
a tape at least partially coiled around the spool and extending through the opening of the housing, the tape being movable between an extended position and a retracted position;
a bumper supported by the housing, the bumper comprising:
a first surface engageable with an upper surface of a measuring tape;
a second surface engageable with a lower surface of the measuring tape, wherein the first bumper surface and the second bumper surface define a channel that guides the tape into and out of the housing; and
a damping member supporting the first and second surfaces and moveably coupled to the housing, wherein the damping member controls movement of the first bumper surface to engage with the upper surface of the measuring tape and of the second bumper surface to engage with the lower surface of the measuring tape.

US Pat. No. 10,767,969

FIREARM MAGAZINE DISPENSER

X-MOD Gear LLC, Phoenixv...

1. A firearm magazine dispenser comprising:a housing;
a biasing member within the housing;
wherein the housing comprises a biasing wall, a bottom wall opposite the biasing wall, an attachment wall, and an outward facing wall opposite the attachment wall, that define a storage space configured to house a stack of magazines;
wherein the biasing member is configured to exert pressure on the stack of magazines such that the stack of magazines are advanced within the housing toward the bottom wall and an exit slot on the outward facing wall;
wherein the exit slot is sized such that a single magazine from the stack of magazines can be pulled from the housing therethrough;
wherein the housing includes a fixed engagement lip integral with the housing that extends from the bottom wall towards the biasing member proximate the exit slot.

US Pat. No. 10,767,968

MISSILE PROVIDED WITH A SEPARABLE NOSE CONE COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE EJECTABLE SHELL COOPERATING WITH A SUPPORT ELEMENT

MBDA France, Le Plessis ...

1. A missile, comprising:a body having a main longitudinal axis; and
at least one separable nose cone, said separable nose cone comprising at least one ejectable shell, said ejectable shell being connected by a rear end to a support element of the missile and being defined around a secondary longitudinal axis,
wherein said support element presents a circular arc shape centred on and arranged orthogonally in relation to the main longitudinal axis, said support element being provided with an edge assembly and a crown element, each presenting a circular arc shape centred on the main longitudinal axis, said crown element being arranged coaxially inside said edge assembly so as to create, between the edge assembly and the crown element, a housing, the rear end of the ejectable shell presenting a thickness configured to be received in said housing with a transverse contact in a bottom of the housing, a first longitudinal contact with the edge assembly and a second longitudinal contact with the crown element, said edge assembly being configured to enable a pivoting of the ejectable shell in relation to the body of the missile from a mounting position, wherein the secondary longitudinal axis of the ejectable shell is substantially parallel to said main longitudinal axis, towards at least one pivoted position, wherein the secondary longitudinal axis presents a non-zero angle in relation to said main longitudinal axis, said edge assembly also being configured to:
maintain at least partially said first longitudinal contact with said rear end of the ejectable shell, while the ejectable shell has an orientation in relation to the body of the missile for which said secondary longitudinal axis has, in relation to said main longitudinal axis an angle that is smaller than a predetermined ejection angle; and
end said first longitudinal contact with said rear end of the ejectable shell as soon as said secondary longitudinal axis has, in relation to said main longitudinal axis, an angle higher than or equal to said predetermined ejection angle.

US Pat. No. 10,767,967

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A RATE OF GAS PRESSURE INCREASE IN A GUN BARREL

1. A propellant device for controlling generation of a rate of gas pressure increase for propelling a projectile from an upstream towards a downstream end of a gun barrel, said propellant device comprising:a propellant defining an outer surface area;
a deterrent applied to said outer surface area of said propellant;
a secondary primer operatively disposed relative to, and cooperating with said propellant and extending through said deterrent into surface contact with said outer surface area of said propellant, so that said surface contact between said secondary primer and said outer surface of said propellant defines a deterrent free surface area such that, when said secondary primer is activated, said deterrent free surface area of said propellant is ignited so that firstly, while said deterrent free surface area is burning and generating gas between the upstream end of the gun barrel and the projectile, the rate of gas pressure increase begins to propel the projectile towards the downstream end of the gun barrel, secondly, said deterrent free surface area of the propellant while continuing to burn, exposes a progressively increasing surface area of the propellant for burning together with an associated increased generation of gas, said increasing surface area of the propellant for burning defining a crater; and
said crater having a wall which progressively increases in surface area during said burning such that the rate of increase in gas pressure continues to progressively increase for accelerating the projectile towards the downstream end of the gun barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,767,966

CAMOUFLAGE LAMINATE WITH FIELD-ADAPTABLE VISUAL AND IR SIGNATURE MANAGEMENT

Warwick Mills, Inc., New...

1. A camouflage system suitable for protecting an asset from detection, the system comprising a camouflage cover configured to match a spectral signature of surrounding vegetation, the camouflage cover including:a plurality of boundary layers comprising a first boundary layer, and a second boundary layer below the first boundary layer;
at least one circulating channel formed between said boundary layers, said at least one circulating channel including a liquid-circulating channel formed between the first and second boundary layers through which a circulating liquid can be circulated, the liquid-circulating channel being visible through the first boundary layer; and
a first liquid distribution medium located within the liquid-circulating channel and configured to distribute the circulating liquid throughout the liquid-circulating channel by absorption, wicking, or a combination of absorption and wicking of the circulating liquid;
said liquid-circulating channel including a liquid feed in liquid communication with the first liquid distribution medium;
a bottom-most of said plurality of boundary layers being a water-permeable boundary layer configured to enable water that is circulated through a lowest of the circulating channels to evaporate from below the camouflage cover;
the camouflage cover being configured to present a visible and IR spectral signature that approximates a visible and IR spectral signature of surrounding vegetation.

US Pat. No. 10,767,965

ADAPTIVE CAMOUFLAGE DEVICE, SYSTEM, METHOD AND CAMOUFLAGE APPARATUS

BAE Systems plc, London ...

1. An adaptive camouflage device comprising:at least one non-emissive guest-host liquid crystal (GHLC) layer configured to switch between a plurality of states in response to a control signal applied by a controller;
a transparent substrate located in front of the at least one GHLC layer; and
a reflector layer located behind the at least one GHLC layer;
the adaptive camouflage device being configured to adaptively match a surrounding environment so as to conceal or disguise a protected object or individual.

US Pat. No. 10,767,964

FIREARM AND SCOPE ALIGNMENT

1. A system for leveling a firearm receiver, wherein the receiver comprises a central longitudinal axis, a cavity, an ejection window, and a magazine window, wherein the cavity extends longitudinally into a back end of the receiver and comprises a first planar datum surface that is parallel to the central longitudinal axis, wherein the ejection window extends into the cavity through an upper portion of the receiver between an ejection window front wall and an ejection window back wall, wherein the magazine window extends into the cavity through a bottom side of the receiver between a magazine window front wall and a magazine window back wall, the system comprising:a bar assembly comprising a bar and a first level, wherein the bar assembly is removably connectable to the receiver;
wherein the bar extends between a front end and an opposite back end, wherein the bar comprises a second planar datum surface that extends between the front and back ends;
wherein the first level is fixed to the bar and is level with respect to the second planar datum surface;
wherein when the bar assembly is connected to the receiver, the first and second planar datum surfaces are in direct contact, the bar front end is in front of the ejection window front wall or the magazine window front wall, and the bar back end is behind the ejection window back wall or the magazine window back wall.

US Pat. No. 10,767,963

GUN CALIBRATOR PROVIDED WITH INNER RED DOT SIGHT

1. A gun calibrator with an inner red dot sight, comprising:a straight bar,
a laser module that is displaced in the front end of the straight bar and is coaxial with the straight bar, and
a battery cabin that is displaced in the front end of the straight bar, wherein the front end of the straight bar is provided with an inner red dot sight.

US Pat. No. 10,767,961

OPTICAL SIGHT WITH A DEVICE FOR INDICATING A TURN OF A RECTIFIER AND WITH A ZERO STOP FUNCTION

Meopta-optika, s.r.o., P...

1. An optical sight with a rectifier and device for indicating a turn of the rectifier, comprising:a longitudinal body, wherein elements of the sight are mounted in the longitudinal body and operably coupled to the rectifier;
the rectifier comprising a manually rotatable control element and an indicator protruding from an upper surface of the rectifier, the indicator coupled to a mechanism configured to indicate a turn of the rectifier;
the indicator comprising a longitudinal identification protrusion having a length (L) in a direction along the upper surface of the rectifier, the longitudinal identification protrusion rotatable about an axis (OI) that is perpendicular to the length (L) and parallel to an axis (OP) of rotation of the control element, the longitudinal identification protrusion rotatable about the axis (OI) between a basic position and a turned position;
a coding device associated with the longitudinal identification protrusion and mounted on the upper surface of the rectifier above an upper surface of the longitudinal identification protrusion, wherein a rotated position of the longitudinal identification protrusion relative to the coding device provides to a user of the optical sight of turning of the rectifier; and
and a zero stop mechanism configured with the control element of the rectifier.

US Pat. No. 10,767,960

REAR SIGHT ASSEMBLY FOR A FIREARM

1. A rear sight assembly for a firearm, the rear sight assembly comprising:a sight base coupled with the firearm;
a sight blade pivotally coupled with the sight base; and
a tension member positioned between the sight base and the sight blade and configured to push the sight blade against the firearm;
wherein the tension member is a rod and wherein a first portion of the rod is disposed within the sight base and a second portion of the rod is disposed within the sight blade.

US Pat. No. 10,767,959

DEVICE AND METHOD OF RECOIL REDUCTION FOR AIR GUNS

XISICO USA, INC, Houston...

6. A recoil reduction device for air guns with a piston spring seat and a cylinder, comprising: a recoil reduction spring seat (41), a first spring (42), a second spring (43), a recoil rod (44), and an arresting pin (45); a front end of the recoil reduction device extends into a space between the piston spring seat (34) and the cylinder (3); said first spring (42) is provided in between the piston spring seat (34) and the recoil reduction spring seat (41), wherein a first end of the first spring contacts the piston spring seat (34) and a second end of the first spring contacts the recoil reduction spring seat (41); said recoil rod (44) passes through the recoil reduction spring seat (41), wherein a ring (48) is provided to the recoil rod's front end; and, a first end of said second spring (43) connects to the recoil reduction spring seat (41) and a second end of said second spring connects to the ring (48).

US Pat. No. 10,767,958

AIR GUN

CESKA ZBROJOVKA A.S., Uh...

1. An air gun with a barrel provided with a bore, the barrel comprising a horizontal barrel axis and the bore being connected to a supply channel of a compressed medium, wherein the supply channel is terminated with an annular distribution space arranged around the horizontal barrel axis, while distribution channels connected to the bore run in a star-like pattern from the annular distribution space towards the axis of the barrel, wherein the annular distribution space is located on an outer perimeter of:(i) the barrel,
(ii) an insert that bears on a rear face of the barrel, said insert comprising a central opening that continues the barrel bore and that is coaxial with the horizontal barrel axis, or
(iii) a sliding barrel lock,
wherein the bore comprises a horizontal bore axis and the distribution channels are inclined with regard to the horizontal bore axis at an angle of ?=30 to 90 degrees,
wherein the distribution channels are arranged in the insert and the distribution channels lead into the central opening.

US Pat. No. 10,767,957

COMPOUND BOW WITH SERVICING STRINGS

MCP IP, LLC, Sparta, WI ...

1. A method comprising:attaching a servicing string to a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member of a compound archery bow, wherein the servicing string retains the first rotatable member and the second rotatable member in a non-brace orientation;
removing a bowstring from the compound archery bow;
attaching a servicing cable to the first rotatable member and the second rotatable member;
detaching the servicing string from at least one of the first rotatable member or the second rotatable member; and
letting down the servicing cable.

US Pat. No. 10,767,956

ULTRA-COMPACT CROSSBOW

11. A crossbow, comprising:a frame along which a movement trajectory of an arrow substantially passes,
a first limb and a second limb connected to the frame on opposite sides from the movement trajectory, each of said limbs having two loose ends,
a first cam having a first rotation axle and a second cam having a second rotation axle, said cams rotatably arranged on a first holder and on a second holder,
respectively, said holders fixed on said frame on opposite sides from the movement trajectory,
a bowstring connecting the first cam and the second cam,
at least one first cable connecting the first cam and said two loose ends of the first limb, and
at least one second cable connecting the second cam and said two loose ends of the second limb,
wherein said two loose ends of the first limb are located between the movement trajectory and the first rotation axle, and
wherein said two loose ends of the second limb are located between the movement trajectory and the second rotation axle.

US Pat. No. 10,767,955

DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SIMULATED FIREARM TRAINING

LASER AMMO LTD., Great N...

1. A laser projection insert, comprising:a laser module wherein the laser module is a modular component, whereby the laser module can be selectively replaced to thereby emit different light wavelengths and/or light patterns without replacing the entire laser insert;
an activation cap configured to receive an optical signal from a training pistol or a simulative training firearm, and configured to control the laser module to emit light, wherein the activation cap is a modular component, whereby the activation cap can be selectively replaced to thereby transmit different pulse patterns without replacing the entire laser insert; and
a power source disposed between the activation cap and the laser module, wherein the insert is disposable in a chamber of a training firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,767,954

BARREL HARMONIZING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

1. A harmonizing assembly comprising:a cylindrical sleeve having an internal passageway extending therethrough configured to receive, and to position the cylindrical sleeve around an exterior of, a longitudinal portion of a barrel of a firearm, the cylindrical sleeve having threads around at least a portion of a longitudinal exterior of the cylindrical sleeve;
a first tuning nut which is threadedly received around, and is longitudinally repositionable along, the longitudinal exterior of the cylindrical sleeve;
a second tuning nut which is threadedly received around, and is longitudinally repositionable along, the longitudinal exterior of the cylindrical sleeve, the second tuning nut being threadedly tightenable against the first tuning nut; and
an inwardly extending radial shoulder at a forward longitudinal end of the cylindrical sleeve, the inwardly extending radial shoulder being configured to deliver an externally threaded forward end segment of the barrel through the inwardly extending radial shoulder at the forward longitudinal end of the cylindrical sleeve such that the inwardly extending radial shoulder is retained by an exterior shoulder of the barrel, wherein the externally threaded forward end segment of the barrel has a reduced outer diameter and the exterior shoulder of the barrel is located at a reward longitudinal end of the externally threaded forward end segment of the barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,767,953

AUTOMATIC VARIABLE CHOKE PUNT GUN FOR SWARM DEFENSE

1. A system, comprising:a variable choke coupled to a barrel of a shot gun;
a motor coupled to the variable choke to adjust an amount of choke constriction of the variable choke;
a control system configured to:
determine a desired size of a shot cone of shot to be fired from the shot gun,
determine a choke constriction position of the variable choke that produces the determined size of the shot cone, and
apply control signals to the motor to cause automatic adjustment of the variable choke bawd on the determined choke constriction position of the variable choke.

US Pat. No. 10,767,952

MODULAR MUZZLE DEVICE ADAPTER SYSTEM

Battlearms IP, LLC, Hend...

1. A modular muzzle device adapter system configured to be attached or coupled to a firearm barrel, comprising:an adapter, further comprising an attachment means for coupling said adapter to said firearm barrel, a bore configured to allow a projectile to pass through, and a locking pin fitted into a recess with a spring below said bore; and
a muzzle device configured to removably attach to said adapter, wherein said muzzle device further comprises at least one muzzle device port located on a top portion of said muzzle device, and a hole for said locking pin to fit within.

US Pat. No. 10,767,951

FIREARM SUPPRESSOR WITH MODULAR DESIGN

Silent Legion, LLC, Clar...

1. A firearm suppressor comprising:a hollow sleeve including an outer surface extending between an entry end and an exit end of the hollow sleeve;
a locator cap connected at the exit end of the hollow sleeve, the locator cap including a central hole and a first alignment feature;
a cylindrical body defining a longitudinal passage and a plurality of vents, the plurality of vents in fluid communication with the longitudinal passage and oriented at an angle with respect to a central axis of the longitudinal passage, the cylindrical body including a first end configured to removably attach to a barrel of a firearm and a second end positioned opposite to the first end;
a centering ring connected to the cylindrical body at the second end, the centering ring including a second alignment feature that is configured to engage the first alignment feature on the locator cap to align the cylindrical body in the sleeve such that the central longitudinal passage is aligned with the central hole of the locator cap;
a plurality of baffles received over the body and spaced apart from one another by a plurality of spacers, the plurality of baffles positioned between the plurality of vents to define a plurality of chambers between the hollow sleeve and the cylindrical body;
an expansion chamber removably connected to the first end of the cylindrical body opposite to the centering ring, the expansion chamber extending away from the first end of the cylindrical body such that when the cylindrical body is attached to the barrel of the firearm, the expansion chamber surrounds a portion of the barrel; and
an end cap removably connected to the entry end of the sleeve, the end cap contacting the expansion chamber to retain the expansion chamber and the cylindrical body in the hollow sleeve;
wherein the firearm suppressor is operable in an over-barrel configuration in which the expansion chamber is positioned around a portion of the barrel of the firearm when the cylindrical body is attached to the firearm; and the firearm suppressor is operable in a muzzle-forward configuration in which the expansion chamber is removed and the hollow sleeve is replaced with a second hollow sleeve such that the firearm suppressor does not surround a portion of the barrel of the firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,767,950

FIREARM TRIGGER MECHANISMS WITH ROTATABLE LINKAGE MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Nosler, Inc., Bend, OR (...

1. A firearm, comprising:a trigger lever rotatable about a first pivot point to transition the firearm from a first state to a second state;
a sear rotatable about a second pivot point from a first sear position to a second sear position when the firearm transitions from the first state to the second state;
a first linkage member rotatable about a third pivot point; and
a second linkage member having a first end portion s-rotatably coupled to the first linkage member at a first joint and a second end portion rotatably coupled to the sear at a second joint, wherein—
the first and second linkage members are arranged in a first linkage configuration when the firearm is in the first state and the first and second linkage members are arranged in a second linkage configuration when the firearm is in the second state, and
the trigger lever directly contacts the second linkage member such that rotation of the trigger lever about the first pivot point is configured to push the second linkage member to move the first and second linkage members from the first linkage configuration to the second linkage configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,767,949

TWO-STAGE SAFETY SELECTORS FOR FIREARMS

Safe Operator Solutions L...

1. A firearm, comprising:a frame comprising a safety selector stop tab extending from a side wall of the frame; and
a safety selector assembly installed in the frame, the safety selector assembly comprising:
a body, wherein at least a portion of the body is positioned within the frame; and
a pivoting arm that is pivotably mounted to the body of the safety selector assembly, wherein the pivoting arm is configured to selectively engage the safety selector stop tab to restrict the body of the safety selector assembly from rotating when the pivoting arm is engaged with the safety selector stop tab.

US Pat. No. 10,767,948

DUAL WAY MAGAZINE LOADER

VISTA OUTDOOR OPERATIONS ...

1. An apparatus for loading cartridges into a magazine, comprising:a body having a first end and a second end, the body comprising a body cavity with an opening proximate the second end, the body cavity configured to receive a portion of the magazine;
a cap comprising a plurality of cap wall portions defining an interior volume, the plurality of cap wall portions comprising a starboard cap wall portion and an opposing port cap wall portion;
a portion of the body being slidingly received in the interior volume defined by the cap wall portions so that the body and the cap slide relative to one another along a sliding axis;
the starboard cap wall defining a first starboard slot and a second starboard slot, the starboard cap wall including a starboard leaf spring portion disposed between the first starboard slot and the second starboard slot;
the port cap wall defining a first port slot and a second port slot, the port cap wall including a port leaf spring portion disposed between the first port slot and the second port slot;
the apparatus further including a latch member to hold the magazine in position relative to the body of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,767,947

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LOADING AMMUNITION MAGAZINES

1. A magazine ammunition loading apparatus comprising:a slide housing having a zig zag patterned ammunition holding configuration, wherein a plurality of channels are located adjacent to each other and configured to hold ammunition, wherein three of the channels have ammunition exits on a left side of the slide housing and two of the channels have ammunition exits on a right side of the slide housing;
a main housing adapted to fit and mate with the slide housing, the main housing having a plurality of ammunition openings corresponding with the plurality of channels, wherein the ammunition openings are covered by retention caps; and
a magazine holder having a groove for holding an empty magazine, the magazine holder having an indentation configured for engaging a magazine button when the magazine is slid into the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,767,946

RIFLE MAGAZINE LOADER

VISTA OUTDOOR OPERATIONS ...

1. An apparatus for loading cartridges into a magazine, comprising:a body comprising a plurality of wall portions defining a body cavity with an opening proximate an end of the body cavity, the body cavity configured to receive a portion of the magazine, the plurality of wall portions comprising a rear body wall portion, starboard body wall portion and an opposing port body wall portion, the body further including a starboard ramp supported by the starboard wall portion and a port ramp supported by the port wall portion;
a cap comprising a plurality of cap wall portions defining an interior volume, the plurality of cap wall portions comprising a starboard cap wall portion and an opposing port cap wall portion;
a portion of the body being slidingly received in the interior volume defined by the cap wall portions so that the body and the cap slide relative to one another along a sliding axis;
the starboard cap wall portion defining a first starboard slot and a second starboard slot, the starboard cap wall including a starboard leaf spring portion disposed between the first starboard slot and the second starboard slot, the starboard leaf spring portion having a fixed end and a free end, the starboard leaf spring portion comprising a starboard ramp engaging portion proximate the free end thereof, the starboard ramp engaging portion contacting the starboard ramp;
the port cap wall portion defining a first port slot and a second port slot, the port cap wall including a port leaf spring portion disposed between the first port slot and the second port slot, the port leaf spring portion having a fixed end and a free end, the port leaf spring portion comprising a port ramp engaging portion proximate the free end thereof, the port ramp engaging portion contacting the port ramp;
the apparatus further including a latch member adapted and configured to hold the magazine in position relative to the body of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,767,945

WEAPON MAGAZINE CUSHION

TechnoGel GmbH, Dudersta...

1. A weapon magazine cushion for releasably fastening to a weapon magazine having a magazine base that is directed outward at a lower grip end of a weapon in an installed position and has a substantially planar magazine-base underside, comprising:a blocklike body with a flat abutment side configured for direction toward a magazine-base underside, wherein the body has a rounded end, and wherein the body is formed from an adhesive polyurethane gel material that is elastically deformable under pressure and is enclosed by a skin apart from on the abutment side, and wherein the adhesive polyurethane gel is self adhering, and on the abutment side is fastenable and releasable from the magazine-base underside.

US Pat. No. 10,767,944

AUTO-RELEASING METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT OF DETACHABLE MAGAZINE FOR FIREARM

1. A magazine for a firearm having a magazine receiving cavity and comprising a magazine catch mechanism for locking said magazine inserted in the magazine receiving cavity in position, wherein said magazine comprises:a magazine casing having a hollow interior therein adapted for receiving one or more cartridges and a cartridge opening communicating with said hollow interior to allow feeding of the one or more cartridges in and out therethrough;
a cartridge follower housed in said hollow interior;
a resilient element housed in said hollow interior and extended between a base of said magazine casing and said cartridge follower to provide a resilient force against said cartridge follower towards said cartridge opening, thereby one or more cartridges fed in said hollow interior are guided one at a time between said cartridge follower and said cartridge opening, whereby an uppermost cartridge of one or more cartridges housed in said magazine is maintained at a position of said cartridge opening; and
an auto-releasing arrangement comprising an actuator mounted in said hollow interior of said magazine casing in such a manner that said actuator is driven to move up and down along with a movement of said cartridge follower, wherein said actuator comprises an elongated resilient element affixed to said cartridge follower and extending downwardly from said cartridge follower to a location below said cartridge follower in a gap formed between an inner wall of said magazine casing and said resilient element and a protrusion member integrally and outwardly protruded on said elongated resilient element in such a manner that when said cartridge follower is moved by said resilient element to an uppermost position and adjacent to said cartridge opening while a last cartridge of any cartridges housed in said hollow interior is chambered and loaded in the firearm and leaving said magazine having no cartridge therein, said protrusion member of said actuator is driven by said elongated resilient element to actuate the magazine catch of the firearm to unlock and release said magazine for removal from the firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,767,943

HYBRID POLYMER LOWER RECEIVERS FOR FIREARMS AND METAL THREADED INSERTS, KITS AND METHODS THEREFOR

1. A hybrid lower receiver for a firearm, comprising:(a) a polymer lower receiver body having an integral polymer receiver extension housing and a pistol grip attachment portion, the receiver extension housing extending upwardly from a rear portion of said body, the receiver extension housing configured to receive a receiver extension therethrough; and
(b) at least one metal insert permanently embedded within said receiver extension housing or said pistol grip attachment portion, said insert having an aperture defined therethrough, the aperture configured to threadingly engage said receiver extension or a pistol grip retaining screw when said receiver extension or said pistol grip retaining screw is received in said aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,767,942

HEAT EXCHANGER

1. A u-tube heat exchanger, comprising:a cooling chamber with an inlet and an outlet;
an inlet chamber with an inlet;
an outlet chamber with an outlet, the inlet chamber arranged within the outlet chamber;
a tube sheet with a plurality of circularly arranged tube sheet holes, the tube sheet separates the cooling chamber on a first side from the outlet chamber on the second side;
said u-tube heat exchanger having a central, longitudinal axis, a plurality of heat exchange u-tubes circumferentially arranged around said central, longitudinal axis, each of said u-tubes having a feed end and a discharge end, each of said plurality of heat exchange u-tubes comprising, in sequence:
a first tube extending from said feed end to a downstream end,
a u-bend, and
a second tube extending from said u-bend and terminating at said discharge end, each u-bend being entirely radially spaced from said central longitudinal axis of said heat exchanger, such that the first tube, the u-bend and the second tube of each u-tube are all radially offset on one common side of said central longitudinal axis,
a tapered tubular wall section within said first tube which tapers towards and is closer to said u-bend than said feed end, wherein an inner diameter of said feed end and an inner diameter of an upstream end of said tapered tubular wall section are the same;
a plurality of inlet tubes each having open inlet and discharge ends, each inlet tube respectively cooperating with one of said circularly arranged holes of the tube sheet and each discharge end extending into and terminating within said first tube upstream of said tapered tubular wall section, each of said plurality of inlet tubes including an outer surface layer of insulation, said outer surface layer of insulation being spaced from an inner wall surface of said first tube to define an annular flow channel, wherein said outer surface layer of insulation terminates prior to said discharge end of said inlet tube to provide a wider portion of said annular flow channel at said discharge end of said inlet tube, said discharge end cooperating with said tapered tubular wall to split and force a portion of synthesis gas emanating from said inlet tube into said wider portion of said annular flow channel, and flow in a direction opposite to said emanating synthesis gas, through said tube sheet into said outlet chamber, and a second portion of said synthesis gas that continues to flow towards the u-bend of the u-tube, through said second tube and through said tube sheet into said outlet chamber, such that synthesis gas flowing in said opposite direction through said annular flow channel and exiting said annular flow channel through said tube sheet and into said outlet chamber, and synthesis gas flowing forward through said second tube and exiting said discharge end through said tube sheet and into said outlet chamber, will be cooled by indirect heat transfer in said cooling chamber, such that the tube sheet will only come in direct contact with cooled synthesis gas passing through said annular flow channel of said inlet tube and cooled synthesis gas passing through said outlet chamber, and wherein the pressure drops and heat transfer coefficients of the synthesis gas flowing through the first and second tubes and exiting the u-tubes are equalized by reducing the diameter of the second tubes relative to the diameter of the feed end of the first tubes, such that cooled synthesis gas exiting the annular flow channel at the feed end of each of the first tubes of the plurality of u-tubes and passing through the tube sheet has a temperature equal to the cooled synthesis gas exiting the discharge end of the second tubes of the plurality of u-tubes and passing through the tube sheet, thereby avoiding a temperature gradient across the tube sheet;
an inlet tube plate arranged so that it separates the inlet chamber from the outlet chamber, wherein the inlet tube plate has a plurality of circularly arranged inlet tube plate holes, each of which is connected to said open inlet end of each of said inlet tubes;
said plurality of heat exchange u-tubes extend within the cooling medium chamber in contact with the cooling medium on a shell side of the u-tubes,
wherein the only fluid connection between the inlet chamber and the tube sheet and the inside of the u-tubes is via a fluid passage of the inlet tubes, whereby both ends of the u-tubes as well as the tube sheet are in contact with only the cooled synthesis gas on the tube side of the u-tubes and the tube sheet, and
wherein the insulation layer prevents heat transfer between synthesis gas flowing inside the inlet tubes and in the annular channel.

US Pat. No. 10,767,941

METHOD OF FORMING A SUPERHYDROPHOBIC LAYER ON A MOTOR VEHICLE HEAT EXCHANGER HOUSING AND A HEAT EXCHANGER INCORPORATING SUCH A HOUSING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of forming a superhydrophobic layer on an aluminum heat exchanger housing, comprising:preparing said aluminum heat exchanger housing for chemical vapor deposition;
placing said aluminum heat exchanger housing in a reaction chamber;
flowing a precursor gas of a mixture of (heptadecafluoro-1,1,2,2-tetrahydrodecyl) trimethoxysilane and a carrier gas into said reaction chamber; and
depositing and maintaining said superhydrophobic layer on an outer oxidized layer of said aluminum heat exchanger housing by chemical vapor deposition.

US Pat. No. 10,767,940

HEAT EXCHANGER SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. A heat exchanger system, comprisinga heat exchanger comprising a heat rejection side fluid flow path and a hydrophobic surface in thermal communication with a heat absorption side of the heat exchanger and in fluid communication with the heat rejection side flow path; and
a power source, electrodes, and a controller arranged to apply an electrical field to the hydrophobic surface,
wherein the controller is configured to apply the electric field to reduce a contact angle between condensate droplet surfaces and the hydrophobic surface and increase droplet surface energy to a second level greater than a first surface energy level for condensate droplets on the hydrophobic surface in the absence of an electric field, and to remove the electric field to increase the contact angle between the individual droplet surfaces and the hydrophobic surface and reduce droplet surface energy to a third surface energy level greater than the first surface energy level and greater than a surface energy level for a free droplet, and further wherein:
the controller is configured to apply an electrostatic charge to contaminants in the gas to promote capture of the contaminants by the droplets, or
the controller is configured to apply the electric field in response to a pressure differential between an inlet of the heat rejection side fluid flow path and an outlet of the heat rejection side fluid flow path, or
the controller is configured to apply the electric field in response to a temperature differential between a temperature of the hydrophobic surface and an ambient due point temperature higher than the hydrophobic surface temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,767,939

DISCONNECT ASSEMBLY FOR ACTIVE COOLING OF PACKAGED ELECTRONICS

International Business Ma...

1. A disconnect assembly for active cooling of packaged electronics, the assembly comprising:a solid frame comprising a slit and a first liquid coolant circuit portion leading to a frame outlet defined in an inner wall of the slit;
an insert element, insertable in the slit so as to reach a sealing position defining a shut state to seal the frame outlet; and
a cold plate, comprising a second liquid coolant circuit portion with a duct open on a side of the cold plate, wherein the cold plate is insertable in the slit so as to push the insert element for the insert element to leave the sealing position and the cold plate to reach a fluid communication position defining an open state, in which the duct is vis-à-vis the frame outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,767,938

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH A PLASTIC HEADER PLATE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An automotive heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchanger core including a header part with a plurality of heat transfer tubes and a header tank with an opening for receiving end portions of the heat transfer tubes; and
a plastic header plate secured with the header tank, the header plate including a plurality of apertures extending through the plate that enable fluid passage, each aperture including a cutout portion for receiving an end of a heat transfer tube, the cutout portion having a complimentary shape to mate with the end of the heat transfer tube, the cutout portion is a slot with an overall T-shape when viewed in side elevation and a seal in the cutout portion for individually sealing the end of each heat transfer tube with the header plate.

US Pat. No. 10,767,937

FLATTENED TUBE FINNED HEAT EXCHANGER AND FABRICATION METHOD

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. A heat exchanger for transferring heat between a first fluid and a second fluid comprising:at least a first heat exchanger slab and a second heat exchanger slab;
the first heat exchanger slab including a first manifold, a second manifold spaced from the first manifold, and a first tube bank extending between the first manifold and the second manifold and including a plurality of tube segments extending longitudinally in spaced relationship, each tube segment defining an internal flow passage for the first fluid;
the second heat exchanger slab including a first manifold, a second manifold spaced from the first manifold, and a second tube bank extending between the first manifold and the second manifold and including a plurality of tube segments extending longitudinally in spaced relationship, each tube segment defining an internal flow passage for the first fluid, said second heat exchanger slab being disposed in generally parallel alignment with said first heat exchanger slab, the first manifold of said first heat exchanger slab and the first manifold of said second heat exchanger slab juxtaposed in spaced relationship at a first side of said heat exchanger, and the second manifold of said second heat exchanger slab and the second manifold of said first heat exchanger slab at a second side of said heat exchanger; and
a plurality of folded fins disposed in a flow path of the second fluid through said heat exchanger and in operative association with the plurality of tube segments of the first tube bank and the second tube bank, each fold fin having a depth extending at least from a leading edge of the tube segments of the first tube bank to a trailing edge of the tube segments of the second tube bank;
wherein a centerline of the first manifold of said first heat exchanger slab is offset from a centerline of the first tube bank by a first non-zero offset distance and a centerline of the second manifold of said first heat exchanger slab is offset from the centerline of the first tube bank by a second non-zero offset distance, the first non-zero offset distance and the second non-zero offset distance being unequal.

US Pat. No. 10,767,936

TRANS-SEASONAL COLD-STORAGE HEAT-STORAGE SYSTEM

6. A dynamic ice-manufacturing trans-seasonal cold-storage heat-storage system, wherein: the system comprises a cooling tower (1), an ice-source heat pump (2), a cooling heat-storage pump (3), a cold-storage pump (4), an ice-source pump (5), an ice-slurry pump (6), an ice-making machine set (7), a trans-seasonal energy-storage tank (8), an exergonic pump (10), an exergonic heat exchanger (11), an air conditioning pump (12) and an air conditioning cold and heat terminal (13), wherein the ice-source heat pump (2) comprises a condenser (21) and an evaporator;the condenser (21) in the ice-source heat pump (2) communicates sequentially with the cooling heat-storage pump (3) and the cooling tower (1) via a circulation pipeline, to form a circulation loop for exhausting heat to an outdoor environment in summer cold supplying, the condenser (21) in the ice-source heat pump (2) further communicates sequentially with the cooling heat-storage pump (3) and the trans-seasonal energy-storage tank (8) via a circulation pipeline, to form a circulation loop for conducting trans-seasonal heat storage to the trans-seasonal energy-storage tank (8) in summer cold supplying, and the condenser (21) in the ice-source heat pump (2) further communicates sequentially with the air conditioning pump (12) and the air conditioning cold and heat terminal (13) via a circulation pipeline, to form a circulation loop for supplying heat to the air conditioning cold and heat terminal (13) in winter;
the evaporator in the ice-source heat pump (2) communicates sequentially with the cold-storage pump (4) and the trans-seasonal energy-storage tank (8) via a circulation pipeline, to form a circulation loop for conducting cold storage to the trans-seasonal energy-storage tank (8) in summer cold supplying, the evaporator in the ice-source heat pump (2) further communicates sequentially with the exergonic pump (10) and the exergonic heat exchanger (11) via a circulation pipeline, to form a circulation loop for releasing cold to the exergonic heat exchanger (11) in summer cold supplying, and the evaporator of the ice-source heat pump (2) further communicates sequentially with the ice-source pump (5) and the ice-making machine set (7), wherein the pipeline is filled with an antifreezing agent, to form a circulation loop for a lower-temperature heat source in winter heat supplying, and also serve as a cold source for trans-seasonal cold storage; and
the ice-making machine set (7) communicates sequentially with the ice-slurry pump (6) and the trans-seasonal energy-storage tank (8) via a circulation pipeline, to form a trans-seasonal cold storage circulation loop, the trans-seasonal energy-storage tank (8) communicates sequentially with the exergonic pump (10) and the exergonic heat exchanger (11) via a circulation pipeline, to form an exergonic circulation loop for summer cold releasing and winter heat releasing, and the exergonic heat exchanger (11) further communicates sequentially with the air conditioning pump (12) and the air conditioning cold and heat terminal (13) via a circulation pipeline, to form a circulation loop for summer cold supplying and winter heat supplying of the air conditioning cold and heat terminal (13).

US Pat. No. 10,767,935

HEAT EXCHANGER COMPRISING CONCRETE THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE ELEMENTS

EnergyNest AS, Billingst...

1. A thermal energy storage and heat exchanger comprising:a plurality of concrete thermal energy storage elements;
an insulated housing, wherein the insulated housing comprises thermal insulation in at least one of an inside, an outside, a wall, a floor and a roof of the insulated housing;
a heat transfer and storage medium;
wherein the plurality of concrete thermal energy storage elements are arranged inside the insulated housing;
wherein at least one of the plurality of concrete thermal energy storage elements comprises a pipe heat exchanger embedded in the element, the pipe heat exchangers comprising an inlet and outlet extending out from one side of the element inside the insulated housing of the thermal energy storage, the pipe heat exchanger further comprising a structure embedded in the concrete of the element reversing a direction of flow from an inlet direction to an opposite outlet direction, wherein the pipe heat exchanger, for a full distance from the inlet to the outlet extending out from one side of the element inside the insulated housing of the thermal energy storage, is fully embedded in the concrete;
wherein the heat transfer and storage medium fills a volume between the plurality of concrete thermal energy storage elements and the insulated housing in a form of a stagnant medium selected from the group consisting of thermal oil, molten salt, molten metal and phase change material;
at least one inlet to the thermal energy storage coupled to an inlet of the elements inside the insulated housing of the thermal energy storage; and
at least one outlet from the thermal energy storage coupled to an outlet of the elements
inside the insulated housing of the thermal energy storage.

US Pat. No. 10,767,934

REACTOR

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A reactor using heat exchange between a heat medium and a reaction fluid to cause a reaction of the reaction fluid to proceed, the reactor comprising:a heat exchange body including a heat medium channel through which the heat medium flows and a reaction channel through which the reaction fluid flows;
at least one structured catalyst supporting a catalyst for promoting the reaction of the reaction fluid and removably installed in the reaction channel; and
a holding member including an extending part extending in a direction conforming to an extending direction of the reaction channel and capable of engaging with the at least one structured catalyst, and regulating parts provided in the extending part to regulate a movement of the at least one structured catalyst in the extending direction of the extending part, the holding member being inserted and removed with respect to the reaction channel while holding the at least one structured catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,767,933

HEAT EXCHANGER PLATE FOR A PLATE HEAT EXCHANGER, AND A PLATE HEAT EXCHANGER

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A heat exchanger plate for a plate heat exchanger for heat exchange between at least a first fluid and a second fluid, the heat exchanger plate comprising:a heat exchanger area comprising:
a first end zone,
a central main zone adjoining the first end zone,
a second end zone adjoining the central main zone, and a corrugation of ridges and valleys, which extends on the first end zone, the central main zone and the second end zone, and
a longitudinal center axis, which extends along and through the first end zone, the central main zone and the second end zone,
wherein each ridge and valley extends along a respective continuous line, the continuous lines being at least partly curved
and forming an angle of inclination with the longitudinal center axis, and the angle of inclination at the longitudinal center axis being less steep for substantially each of the continuous lines at the first end zone than at the central main zone, wherein the heat exchanger plate comprises two portholes located on the first end zone, and two portholes located on the second end zone.

US Pat. No. 10,767,932

RECOVERY AND RE-USE OF WASTE ENERGY IN INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system implemented in a crude oil refining facility comprising a plurality of oil refining plants, each oil refining plant configured to perform at least one oil refining process, each oil refining plant comprising a plurality of interconnected oil refining sub-systems, wherein a plurality of streams at respective temperatures flow between the plurality of oil refining sub-systems, the system comprising:a hydrocracking plant stream, a low temperature shift (LTS) converter product stream and a diesel hydro-treating plant stream of a hydrocracking plant, a steam reforming hydrogen plant and a diesel hydro-treating plant, respectively, of the plurality of oil refining plants, the hydrocracking plant stream comprising at least one of a feed stream to a first reaction stage cold high pressure separator, a feed stream to a second reaction stage cold high pressure separator, a product stripper overhead stream, a diesel product stream, a kerosene pumparound stream, and a kerosene product stream;
a stream from a first oil refining plant of the plurality of oil refining plants, the first oil refining plant being different from the hydrocracking plant, the steam reforming hydrogen plant and the diesel hydro-treating plant, the first oil refining plant comprising a naphtha hydro-treating plant, a sour water stripper plant, an amine regeneration plant separation section, a sulfur recovery plant and a gas separation plant through which a gas separation plant stream comprising at least one of C2 to C4 flows; and
one or more heat exchangers configured to transfer heat from one or more of the hydrocracking plant stream, the low temperature shift (LTS) converter product stream and the diesel hydro-treating plant stream to the stream from the first oil refining plant.

US Pat. No. 10,767,931

SIDEWALL WITH BUCKSTAY FOR A METALLURGICAL FURNACE

Systems Spray-Cooled, Inc...

1. A sidewall of a metallurgical furnace, comprising:an outer wall;
a hot plate coupled in a spaced apart relation to the outer wall; and
a buckstay mechanically coupled to the outer wall and the hot plate, the buckstay comprising:
a buckstay flange and
a buckstay web extending from the buckstay flange, the buckstay web comprising:
a first end coupled to the buckstay flange; and
a second end mechanically and movably coupled to the hot plate, wherein the buckstay web is spaced from the hot plate to define a qap between the hot plate and the buckstay web sufficient to allow coolant to freely flow between the hot plate and the buckstay web.

US Pat. No. 10,767,930

CHARGING INSTALLATION OF A METALLURGICAL REACTOR

PAUL WURTH S.A., Luxembo...

1. A charging installation of a metallurgical reactor, comprising:a cooling assembly disposed for cooling a reactor side of the charging installation,
wherein the cooling assembly comprises a plurality of cooling panels,
wherein each cooling panel comprises a base plate in which at least one coolant channel is formed,
wherein the coolant channel is formed as a groove in the base plate,
wherein said groove is covered by a cover plate mounted on and elevated on top of the base plate,
wherein the coolant channel has a meandering structure and the cover plate has a meandering structure replicating the shape of the coolant channel, the meandering structure being configured to reduce the risk of a weld disposed between the cover plate and the base plate from breaking whereby the cover plate follows the movement of the coolant channel, and
wherein a plurality of eyelets are disposed on an upper side of the base plate, such that the cooling panel is configured to be removable.

US Pat. No. 10,767,929

FURNACE

Tsuyoshi Kajitani, Kyota...

1. A furnace wherein the furnace comprises the following components:a furnace wall;
a pre-heating portion comprising a lid with a material insert channel;
a melting portion and an inclined hearth below the pre-heating portion;
a first burner above the inclined hearth;
a heating portion comprising an oxide-eliminating door and a connecting passage, wherein the heating portion is configured to hold a molten material that has been melted by the first burner in the melting portion and that has flowed over the inclined hearth;
a temperature regulating portion for storing the molten material, the temperature regulating portion comprising a temperature regulating burner which emits a flame, wherein the connecting passage has an inclined or curved bottom and wherein the connecting passage allows molten material to flow from the heating portion into the temperature regulating portion;
a separator for forming the connecting passage wherein the separator comprises a lower edge that is located below a liquid surface of the molten material inside the heating portion and a liquid surface of the molten material inside the temperature regulating portion, when there is molten material in the furnace; and
an exit channel for the molten material,
wherein the temperature regulating portion is a closed system, and wherein the temperature regulating burner is configured to control the oxygen concentration in the temperature regulating portion to 0-5%.

US Pat. No. 10,767,928

DRYING APPARATUS

1. A drying apparatus, comprising:a first absorbent layer;
a waterproof layer attached to the first absorbent layer to form a drying body; and
at least three elongated handles extending radially from the drying body.

US Pat. No. 10,767,927

SYSTEMS FOR INCREASED DRYING OF SPEAKER AND SENSOR COMPONENTS THAT ARE EXPOSED TO MOISTURE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A portable electronic device, comprising:a housing having walls that define a cavity, wherein the housing is capable of carrying operational components within the cavity that include:
a processor capable of providing instructions; and
a moisture removal system in communication with the processor, the moisture removal system including:
a sensor capable of (i) detecting an amount of moisture within the cavity, and (ii) generating a moisture parameter based on the detected amount of moisture,
a magnetic coil element capable of generating a magnetic field in response to receiving the instructions from the processor,
a diaphragm that is capable of actuating in response to the magnetic field being generated by the magnetic coil element, and
an opening disposed at an external surface of the housing, wherein the opening defines a passage such that when moisture is present within the cavity, the magnetic coil element receives the instructions from the processor to generate the magnetic field that causes the diaphragm to actuate so as to remove at least some of the moisture within the cavity via the passage.

US Pat. No. 10,767,926

MIXED-FLOW GRAIN DRYER WITH CROSS-FLOW VACUUM COOL HEAT RECOVERY SYSTEM

SUKUP MANUFACTURING CO., ...

41. A method of drying grain, the steps comprising:providing a grain dryer having a pair of grain columns separated by a plenum, and having a mixed-flow heating section positioned above a tempering section positioned above a cross-flow cooling section;
passing grain vertically through the grain columns;
drying the grain using the mixed-flow heating section by blowing heated air into the plenum of the mixed-flow heating section, through a plurality of inlet ducts that connect to the plenum of the mixed-flow heating section, through the grain within the grain columns of the mixed-flow heating section, and through a plurality of exhaust ducts of the mixed-flow heating section that connect to an exterior of the grain dryer;
passing the grain through the tempering section;
cooling the grain using the cross-flow cooling section by pulling ambient air inward through a perforated exterior wall of the cross-flow cooling section, through the grain held within the grain columns of the cross-flow cooling section, through a perforated interior wall of the cross-flow cooling section and into the plenum of the cross-flow cooling section.

US Pat. No. 10,767,925

METHOD FOR DEHYDRATION AND CRITICAL POINT DRYING

SAFEMATIC GMBH, Zizers (...

1. A method for dehydration and critical point drying of a sample in a single chamber, the method comprising the steps of:a) dehydrating the sample by replacing water with an intermediate fluid,
b) replacing the intermediate fluid with a transitional fluid having a critical temperature and a critical pressure,
c) one or more of pressurising the transitional fluid to or beyond said critical pressure and heating the transitional fluid to or beyond said critical temperature, and
d) in response to gradually releasing the pressure, letting the transitional fluid gasify and escape from the sample, and
wherein one or more of:
in step a) a first ratio of the water to the intermediate fluid is measured and used to control a supply of the intermediate fluid; and
in step b), a second ratio of the intermediate fluid to the transitional fluid is measured and used to control a supply of the transitional fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,767,924

METHOD FOR FRACTIONATING A STREAM OF CRACKED GAS TO OBTAIN AN ETHYLENE-RICH CUT AND A STREAM OF FUEL, AND RELATED INSTALLATION

TECHNIP FRANCE, (FR)

1. A method for fractionating a stream of cracked gas from a hydrocarbon pyrolysis installation to obtain an ethylene-rich cut and a stream of fuel having a low C2+ hydrocarbon content, the method comprising the following steps:cooling and introducing in at least one compressor a raw cracked gas stream to form a compressed cracked gas stream;
forming a reboiling fraction from the compressed cracked gas stream;
introducing the reboiling fraction into a reboiling heat exchanger of a fractionating column;
partial condensing of the reboiling fraction in the reboiling heat exchanger;
introducing a stream foiined from the reboiling fraction into a first upstream separating drum to form an upstream stream of raw cracked gas;
upstream cooling of the upstream stream of raw cracked gas and partial condensation of the upstream stream of raw cracked gas by at least partial heat exchange with a coolant fluid circulating in a first external refrigeration cycle and separation of an upstream liquid in an upstream drum to form an intermediate stream of cracked gas pre-cooled to a first temperature below ?63° C.;
intermediate cooling of the intermediate stream of cracked gas and partial condensation of the inteiiiiediate stream of cracked gas in at least one intermediate heat exchanger and separation of an intermediate liquid in at least one intermediate separation drum to form a downstream stream of cracked gas cooled to a second temperature lower than the first temperature;
downstream cooling of the downstream stream of cracked gas and partial condensation of the downstream stream of cracked gas in a downstream heat exchanger to a third temperature lower than the second temperature;
introducing the partially condensed downstream stream of cracked gas obtained from the downstream heat exchanger in a downstream separator;
recovering, at the head of the downstream separator, a high-pressure gas stream of fuel, with a low C2+ hydrocarbon content, and recovering, at the bottom of the downstream separator, a downstream liquid, with a high C2+ hydrocarbon content;
passing the high-pressure fuel stream through the downstream exchanger and the at least one intermediate exchanger to form a reheated high-pressure fuel stream;
expansion of the reheated high-pressure fuel stream in at least a first dynamic expander to obtain a partially expanded fuel stream;
heating the partially expanded fuel stream through the downstream exchanger and the at least one intermediate exchanger;
passing the partially expanded flow of fuel from the at least one intermediate exchanger into a second dynamic expander to form an expanded stream of fuel;
reheating the expanded fuel stream from the second dynamic expander in the downstream heat exchanger and in the at least one intermediate heat exchanger;
compressing the reheated expanded fuel stream in at least one fuel compressor coupled to at least one turbo-expander of one of the first dynamic expander and the second dynamic expander to form the stream of fuel having a low C2+ hydrocarbon content,
wherein the intermediate cooling of the intermediate stream of cracked gas to the second temperature is carried out exclusively by heat exchange with the high pressure fuel stream, by heat exchange with the partially expanded fuel stream, by heat exchange with the expanded fuel stream, by heat exchange with a first fraction of the intermediate liquid recovered in the intermediate cooling step and the downstream liquid recovered in the downstream cooling step from the downstream separator, the heat exchanges being carried out in the intermediate heat exchanger, without heat exchange with an external coolant fluid circulating in a refrigeration cycle,
wherein a processing step comprises the introduction of at least said upstream liquid, and a second fraction of said intermediate liquid in a fractionating column and the production in the fractionating column of a stream with a high ethylene content intended to form the ethylene-rich cut.

US Pat. No. 10,767,923

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PURIFYING A GAS MIXTURE

1. A device for purifying a gaseous fluid mixture to produce a concentrated neon gas, starting from a mixture comprising neon, said device comprising, in a cold box housing a cryogenic purification circuit comprising, in series, at least one unit for purifying the mixture by cryogenic adsorption at a temperature between 65K and 100K, then a unit for cooling the fluid mixture to a temperature between 25 and 65 K and then a unit for cryogenic distillation of the fluid mixture to produce a concentrated liquid at the outlet of the cryogenic distillation unit, characterized in that the unit for cooling the fluid mixture to a temperature between 25 and 65 K comprises at least one cryocooler that extracts thermal power from the mixture via a heat exchanger, the at least one cryocooler comprising at least one cryocooler of the Gifford McMahon type or a pulsed gas tube or a cryocooler of the Stirling type.

US Pat. No. 10,767,922

INTEGRATED NITROGEN REMOVAL IN THE PRODUCTION OF LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS USING INTERMEDIATE FEED GAS SEPARATION

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A method for producing a nitrogen-depleted LNG product, the method comprising:(a) introducing a natural gas feed stream into the warm end of a main heat exchanger, cooling and at least partially liquefying the natural gas feed stream, and withdrawing the cooled and at least partially liquefied stream from an intermediate location of the main heat exchanger;
(b) expanding, partially vaporizing and separating the cooled and at least partially liquefied stream to form a nitrogen-enriched natural gas vapor stream and a nitrogen-depleted natural gas liquid stream;
(c) withdrawing a portion of the nitrogen-enriched natural gas vapor stream to form a stripping gas stream;
(d) separately re-introducing a remaining portion of the nitrogen-enriched natural gas vapor stream and the nitrogen-depleted natural gas liquid stream into an intermediate location of the main heat exchanger to further cool the remaining portion of the nitrogen-enriched natural gas vapor stream and the nitrogen-depleted natural gas liquid stream in parallel, the remaining portion of the nitrogen-enriched natural gas vapor stream being further cooled and at least partially liquefied to form a first at least partially liquefied nitrogen-enriched natural gas stream and the nitrogen-depleted natural gas liquid stream being further cooled to form a first LNG stream, and withdrawing the first at least partially liquefied nitrogen-enriched natural gas stream and the first LNG stream from the cold end of the main heat exchanger;
(e) expanding and partially vaporizing the first at least partially liquefied nitrogen-enriched natural gas stream and introducing the expanded and partially vaporized stream into a distillation column to separate the expanded and partially vaporized stream to form a nitrogen-rich vapor product and a second LNG stream;
(f) introducing the stripping gas stream into the bottom of the distillation column;
(g) expanding, partially vaporizing and separating the second LNG stream and expanding, partially vaporizing and separating the first LNG stream to form a nitrogen-depleted LNG product from a liquid portion of said second LNG stream and first LNG stream and a nitrogen-enriched natural gas vapor from a vapor portion of said second LNG stream and first LNG stream, wherein said separation of the second LNG stream and separation of the first LNG stream take place in one or more LNG storage tanks or phase separators;
(h) withdrawing at least a portion of the nitrogen-enriched natural gas vapor as a recycle stream;
(i) compressing the recycle stream to form a compressed recycle stream; and
(j) returning the compressed recycle stream to the main heat exchanger to be cooled and at least partially liquefied in combination with the natural gas feed stream.

US Pat. No. 10,767,921

LIQUEFIED GAS TREATMENT SYSTEM

HYUNDAI HEAVY INDUSTRIES ...

1. A liquefied gas treatment system, comprising:a boil-off gas supply line connected from a liquefied gas storage tank to a liquefied gas-consuming unit;
a boil-off gas compressor provided on the boil-off gas supply line and pressurizing boil-off gas generated from the liquefied gas storage tank;
a boil-off gas heat exchanger provided upstream of the boil-off gas compressor on the boil-off gas supply line and exchanging heat between the boil-off gas, pressurized by the boil-off gas compressor and recovered along the boil-off gas supply line branching off upstream of the liquefied gas-consuming unit, and the boil-off gas supplied from the liquefied gas storage tank;
a boil-off gas decompressor provided downstream of the boil-off gas heat exchanger on a flow of the boil-off gas, recovered along the boil-off gas supply line, and decompressing the boil-off gas pressurized by the boil-off gas compressor;
a vapor-liquid separator separating flash gas from the boil-off gas decompressed by the boil-off gas decompressor;
a vapor recovery line connected from the vapor-liquid separator to the boil-off gas heat exchanger and supplying the flash gas to the boil-off gas heat exchanger;
a flash gas recovery line extending the vapor recovery line from the boil-off gas heat exchanger to a mixer;
the mixer provided upstream of the boil-off gas heat exchanger on the boil-off gas supply line, configured to mix the boil-off gas, supplied from the liquefied gas storage tank, with the flash gas, heat-exchanged by the boil-off gas heat exchanger, and supplying mixed gases to the boil-off gas heat exchanger;
a first valve positioned between the boil-off gas heat exchanger and the mixer and configured to control flow of the flash gas supplied to the boil-off gas compressor by exhausting the flash gas to an outside of the liquefied gas treatment system;
a flash gas bypass line branching off from the vapor recovery line and connected to a position between the first valve and the boil-off gas heat exchanger; and
a second valve configured to control flow of the flash gas supplied to the position between the first valve and the boil-off gas heat exchanger through the flash gas bypass line.

US Pat. No. 10,767,920

REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:a cabinet having a storage chamber provided therein and an opening to access the storage chamber;
a drawer including a front panel and a storage bin provided at a rear of the front panel, the drawer being slidably coupled to the cabinet such the front panel opens and closes the opening of cabinet;
an inner cover that is configured to be received in the storage bin, a section of the inner cover being positioned over a rear end portion of an interior space of the storage bin when the inner cover is received in the storage bin; and
a guide provided at a rear end of the storage bin, a surface of the guide contacting the inner cover to prevent the inner cover from moving beyond the rear end of the storage bin,
wherein the guide includes:
a support base that extends rearward from an upper end of a rear surface of the storage bin; and
a guide protrusion that extends upward from a rear end of the support base.

US Pat. No. 10,767,919

METHOD FOR ENSURING RELIABLE CORE MATERIAL FILL AROUND THE PASS THROUGHS IN A VACUUM INSULATED STRUCTURE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method for adding a vacuum core material fill around an elongated umbilical in a vacuum insulated refrigerator structure, the method comprising:providing a shell having a liner and a wrapper wherein the shell forms an internal cavity;
providing an elongated umbilical having one or more elongated internal passageways extending lengthwise within the umbilical;
providing a gas permeable casing surrounding the elongated umbilical;
inserting a vacuum tube between the gas permeable casing and the elongated umbilical at a first opening;
coupling a first end of the elongated umbilical to the shell with a first fitting at the first opening;
coupling a second end of the elongated umbilical to the shell with a second fitting at a second opening;
forming a vacuum in the internal cavity of the shell through the vacuum tube while adding the vacuum core material fill; and
routing one or more utility lines through the one or more elongated internal passageways, wherein a portion of the one or more utility lines are disposed inside the umbilical and opposite ends of the one or more utility lines extend out of opposite ends of the umbilical.

US Pat. No. 10,767,918

REFRIGERATOR WITH POSITION SENSOR AND CONTROL METHOD FOR OPENING A REFRIGERATOR DOOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet defining a refrigerating compartment and a freezing compartment;
a refrigerating compartment door connected to the cabinet and configured to open and close the refrigerating compartment, the refrigerating compartment door being configured to rotatably open to a preset automatic range by a driving motor positioned within the refrigerator;
a freezing compartment door disposed vertically below the refrigerating compartment door and connected to the cabinet;
a sensing assembly disposed at the freezing compartment door; and
a detection device disposed at the refrigerating compartment door and configured to detect a presence of a user within a predetermined distance,
wherein the sensing assembly is configured to detect the user's movement in response to the detection device detecting the user's presence within the predetermined distance,
wherein the refrigerating compartment door is configured, based upon detection by the sensing assembly of the user's movement, to be opened to the preset automatic range by the driving motor,
wherein the sensing assembly comprises:
a projector configured to emit light to thereby project an optical pattern to a ground surface in front of the refrigerator, and
a first position sensing device comprising a light emitting part and a light receiving part,
wherein the projector is configured to define at least a portion of the optical pattern to be within a detection range of the first position sensing device, and
wherein both of the light emitted from the projector and light emitted from the light emitting part pass through a bottom portion of the freezing compartment door.

US Pat. No. 10,767,917

REFRIGERATOR

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet;
a door opening/closing the cabinet and having an opening that is penetrated in a front/rear direction;
a transparent panel assembly which is mounted to cover the opening and through which the inside of the refrigerator is seen; and
a lighting member provided in the door or the cabinet to brighten a rear side of the transparent panel assembly,
wherein the transparent panel assembly comprises:
a front panel defining an outer appearance of a front surface;
a rear panel defining an outer appearance of a rear surface; and
a spacer made of a metal material and disposed between the front panel and the rear panel to define a periphery of the transparent panel assembly,
wherein a heater mounting part on which a heater is mounted is disposed on the spacer, and when the heater generates heat, one side of the front panel, which comes into contact with the spacer, is heated.

US Pat. No. 10,767,916

FLUID RESERVOIR REFRIGERATION APPARATUS

The Sure Chill Company Li...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first fluid reservoir and a second fluid reservoir, the first and second fluid reservoirs defined by a weir and respective portions of a thermal transfer region, wherein the weir divides said first and second fluid reservoirs and extends from a base surface of the first and second reservoirs towards an upper wall of the first and second reservoirs while the apparatus is in an upright configuration, the first reservoir and the second fluid reservoir configured to be fully filled with a transmission liquid;
the thermal transfer region disposed between respective upper regions of the first and second fluid reservoirs, the thermal transfer region configured to enable continuous thermal transmission between the first fluid reservoir and the second fluid reservoir via the transmission liquid;
a cooling element disposed in a region associated with the transmission liquid at a highest density contained in the first fluid reservoir; and
a payload container external to the second fluid reservoir and sharing a thermally conductive sidewall with the second fluid reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,767,915

SMARTER COOLER

1. A container for maintaining temperature of contents within the container, comprising:a rectangular housing having four walls, a top cover and a bottom;
a content storage area having four walls formed within the four walls of the housing, wherein each wall of the content storage area is parallel to a corresponding wall of the four walls of the housing;
at least four ridges, wherein each ridge of the at least four ridges extends from an outer surface of at least one wall of the four walls of the content storage area to at least one wall of the four walls of the housing; and
a coolant storage area created between the four walls of the housing and the four walls of the content storage area, and
a perforated layer connected to and supporting the coolant storage area;
wherein each ridge of the at least four ridges runs from an uppermost top edge of at least one wall of the four walls of the content storage area to the perforated layer so as to maintain a set dimension between the four walls of the content storage area and the four walls of the housing, and, with contents placed in the content storage area and a coolant selected from a list of any one of ice, dry ice, and ice packs, the coolant is placed in the coolant storage area and the contents are maintained at a temperature regulated by the coolant, wherein the top cover covers the four walls of the housing, the content storage area, and the coolant storage area.

US Pat. No. 10,767,914

ICEMAKER AND FREEZER

NIDEC SERVO CORPORATION, ...

1. An icemaker that is disposable in a freezer, and, when power is supplied, that makes ice by using cold air of a freezing chamber to freeze water that has been poured into an ice-making tray and that discharges the ice, the icemaker comprising: an ice-making tray in which ice is produced; an ice-discharging mechanism that removes the ice from the ice-making tray; a driver that drives the ice-discharging mechanism and that is attached to the ice-making tray on a front side in a front-rear direction of the freezes; and a lighting unit that emits light; wherein the lighting unit emits the light toward a rear side in the front-rear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,767,913

COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING 1,1-DIFLUOROETHENE (R-1132A)

Mexichem Fluor S.A. De C....

1. An azeotropic or near-azeotropic composition comprising from about 14 to about 99% by weight of 1,1-difluoroethene (R-1132a) and from about 1 to about 86% by weight of hexafluoroethane (R-116).

US Pat. No. 10,767,912

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit configured by connecting a compressor, a flow path switching apparatus, a first heat exchanger, a decompressing apparatus, and a second heat exchanger;
a refrigerant tank circuit connected to the first and second heat exchangers in parallel with the decompressing apparatus; and
a degassing pipe having a first end and a second end, wherein
the flow path switching apparatus is configured to switch a flow of refrigerant discharged from the compressor to any of the first and second heat exchangers,
the refrigerant tank circuit comprises a refrigerant tank,
the first end of the degassing pipe is connected to the refrigerant tank, and the second end of the degassing pipe is connected to at least any of the refrigerant circuit and the refrigerant tank circuit between the refrigerant tank and the second heat exchanger,
the refrigerant tank circuit further comprises a flow rate regulation apparatus and a valve,
in a cooling mode, the flow rate regulation apparatus and the valve are fully closed,
in a refrigerant collection operation, the flow rate regulation apparatus and the valve are opened or the flow rate regulation apparatus is opened and the valve is closed, and
in a heating mode, the flow rate regulation apparatus is fully closed, and the valve is fully opened.

US Pat. No. 10,767,911

COOLING SYSTEM

Heatcraft Refrigeration P...

1. An apparatus comprising:a flash tank that stores a refrigerant and to release the refrigerant as a flash gas;
a freezer that receives the refrigerant from the flash tank such that the refrigerant from the flash tank removes heat from a space proximate the freezer when the refrigerant from the flash tank is in the freezer;
a first compressor that compresses the refrigerant from the freezer and directs the refrigerant to the flash tank before the refrigerant reaches a second compressor;
a desuperheater that removes heat from the refrigerant compressed by the first compressor before the refrigerant from the first compressor reaches the flash tank;
a heat exchanger that transfers heat from the refrigerant from a high side heat exchanger to the refrigerant released from the flash tank as the flash gas; and
the second compressor compresses the refrigerant released from the flash tank as the flash gas.

US Pat. No. 10,767,910

REFRIGERATION CYCLE EJECTOR POWER GENERATOR

1. A refrigeration cycle ejector power generator comprising: a condenser; an expansion valve; an evaporator; a compressor; an ejector valve; a first ejector; a turbine; a plurality piping or tubing; and a controller or computer, wherein,said condenser is a containment vessel with a primary entry port, a primary exit port, and a heat exchanger, radiator, or coil,
said expansion valve is a metering valve or throttle valve with an entry port and an exit port,
said evaporator is a containment vessel with a primary entry port, a primary exit port, a secondary exit port, and a heat exchanger, radiator, or coil,
said compressor is a containment vessel with a primary entry port, a primary exit port, and a pump,
said ejector valve is an actuated valve with an entry port and an exit port,
said first ejector is an ejector with a primary entry port, a high pressure chamber, a secondary entry port, a low pressure chamber, a nozzle, a mixing chamber, a diffuser, and an exit port,
said turbine is a containment vessel or sealed vessel with a fan, a fan shaft, a fan shaft seal, an entry port, and an exit port,
said fan shaft has a first end and a second end,
said controller or computer is an integrated circuit with a central processing unit and memory,
said primary exit port on said condenser is connected by said plurality of piping or tubing to said entry port on said expansion valve,
said exit port on said expansion valve is connected by said plurality of piping or tubing to said primary entry port on said evaporator,
said primary exit port on said evaporator is connected by said plurality of piping or tubing to said primary entry port on said compressor,
said secondary exit port on said evaporator is connected by said plurality of piping or tubing to said secondary entry port on said first ejector,
said primary exit port on said compressor is connected by said plurality of piping or tubing to said entry port on said ejector valve,
said exit port on said ejector valve is connected by said plurality of piping or tubing to said primary entry port on said first ejector,
said exit port on said first ejector is connected by said plurality of piping or tubing to said entry port on said turbine,
said fan on said turbine is located within said containment vessel or sealed vessel of said turbine,
said first end of said fan shaft is located within said containment vessel or sealed vessel of said turbine,
said second end of said fan shaft is located outside of said containment vessel or sealed vessel of said turbine,
said fan shaft seal is a seal or bearing attached to said fan shaft between said first end and said second end of said fan shaft,
said fan on said turbine is rigidly attached to said first end of said fan shaft,
said exit port on said turbine is connected by said plurality of piping or tubing to said primary entry port on said condenser, and
said ejector valve is connected by electrical wiring to said controller or computer.

US Pat. No. 10,767,909

THERMAL STORAGE OF CARBON DIOXIDE SYSTEM FOR POWER OUTAGE

Heatcraft Refrigeration P...

1. A system comprising:a high side heat exchanger configured to remove heat from a refrigerant;
a flash tank configured to:
store the refrigerant from the high side heat exchanger; and
discharge a flash gas;
a first load configured to use the refrigerant from the flash tank to remove heat from a first space proximate to the first load;
a second load configured to use the refrigerant from the flash tank to remove heat from a second space proximate to the second load;
a first compressor configured to compress the refrigerant from the first load; and
a second compressor configured to compress the refrigerant from the second load and the first compressor; and
a thermal storage tank configured, when the system does not have power, to:
receive the flash gas from the flash tank;
remove heat from the flash gas, thereby condensing the flash gas to a condensed liquid; and
direct the condensed liquid to the flash tank; and
wherein the thermal storage tank is further configured, when the system has power, to:
receive the refrigerant from the flash tank;
transfer heat from the thermal storage tank to the refrigerant, thereby heating the refrigerant; and
direct the heated refrigerant to the second compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,767,908

CASCADING HEAT RECOVERY USING A COOLING UNIT AS A SOURCE

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, comprising:a cooling unit configured to deliver cooling to a cooling load, the cooling unit including:
a cooling condenser in fluid communication with an evaporator, the evaporator in fluid communication with a recovery condenser, the cooling unit is configured to deliver cooling to a cooling load by way of a heat exchange relationship of the evaporator of the cooling unit with one or more of the cooling condenser and the recovery condenser, the recovery condenser configured as a heat source;
a heating unit configured to deliver heating to a heating load, the heating unit including:
an evaporator in fluid communication with a heating condenser, the heating unit configured to deliver heating to a heating load by way of a heat exchange relationship of the evaporator of the heating unit with the heating condenser;
a heat recovery circuit configured to transfer a source heat from the cooling unit to the heating unit;
a controller configured to control a heat recovery cycle of the HVAC system to use the heat recovery circuit, the controller selecting to provide heat from the cooling unit to the heating unit in the heat recovery cycle, the heat recovery circuit configured to transfer source heat from the cooling unit to the heating unit in the heat recovery cycle;
a three way valve that is fluidly connected between the recovery condenser and the evaporator of the heating unit, and
the HVAC system is configured to operate in one or more of a cooling mode, a heating mode, and the heat recovery cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,767,907

CONDENSER EVAPORATOR SYSTEM WITH A SUBCOOLER FOR REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A decentralized condenser evaporator system comprising:a plurality of condenser evaporator modules configured to fluidly couple to a centralized compressor system, each of the plurality of condenser evaporator modules comprising:
a condenser system positioned to receive a compressed gaseous refrigerant from the centralized compressor system, the condenser system configured to condense the compressed gaseous refrigerant into a liquid refrigerant;
a controlled pressure receiver positioned to receive and store the liquid refrigerant condensed by the condenser system;
a subcooler system positioned to receive the liquid refrigerant from the controlled pressure receiver, the subcooler system configured to sub-cool the liquid refrigerant exiting the controlled pressure receiver into a sub-cooled liquid refrigerant;
an evaporator system positioned to receive the sub-cooled liquid refrigerant from the subcooler system, the evaporator system configured to facilitate providing a cooling operation to a cooling zone associated with the evaporator system through evaporation of the sub-cooled liquid refrigerant flowing through the evaporator system into an evaporated gaseous refrigerant which is returned to the centralized compressor system; and
a compressor return conduit extending from the controlled pressure receiver, wherein the compressor return conduit is positioned to direct gaseous refrigerant to the centralized compressor system that accumulates within the controlled pressure receiver as a result of receiving the liquid refrigerant directly from the condenser system such that the gaseous refrigerant within the controlled pressure receiver bypasses the subcooler system and the evaporator system.

US Pat. No. 10,767,906

HOT GAS DEFROST IN A COOLING SYSTEM

Heatcraft Refrigeration P...

1. A method comprising:removing heat from a refrigerant using a high side heat exchanger;
storing the refrigerant from the high side heat exchanger using a flash tank;
during a first mode of operation:
removing heat from a first space proximate a first load using the refrigerant removing heat from a second space proximate a second load using the refrigerant;
compressing the refrigerant from the first load using a first compressor;
compressing the refrigerant from the second load using a second compressor before the refrigerant from the second load reaches the flash tank;
compressing the refrigerant from the first compressor using a third compressor before the refrigerant reaches the high side heat exchanger;
during a second mode of operation:
removing heat from the second space proximate the second load using the refrigerant;
compressing the refrigerant from the first load using the first compressor;
compressing the refrigerant from the second load using the second compressor before the refrigerant from the second load reaches the flash tank;
sending the refrigerant compressed at the first compressor to the first load, wherein the refrigerant defrosts the first load; and
compressing the refrigerant from the first load that defrosted the first load using the second compressor before the refrigerant from the first load that defrosted the first load reaches the flash tank.

US Pat. No. 10,767,905

EJECTOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An ejector applied to a vapor-compression refrigeration cycle device, the ejector comprising:an ejector body including an inflow space configured to allow a refrigerant in a liquid phase to flow thereinto, a pressure reducing space configured to reduce a pressure of the refrigerant that has flowed out of the inflow space, a suction passage communicating with a downstream side of the pressure reducing space in a refrigerant flow and allowing the refrigerant suctioned from a refrigerant suction port to flow therethrough, and a pressurizing space configured to introduce therein a jet refrigerant jetted from the pressure reducing space and a suction refrigerant drawn through the suction passage; and
a valve body at least partially disposed and displaceable inside the pressure reducing space, the valve body and the ejector body defining a refrigerant passage therebetween
wherein
the refrigerant passage includes a nozzle passage defined between an inner peripheral surface of the ejector body defining the pressure reducing space and an outer peripheral surface of the valve body, and the nozzle passage functions as a nozzle which reduces the pressure of the refrigerant and jets the refrigerant,
the valve body is coupled to an upstream actuating bar that extends toward the inflow space and is slidably supported by the ejector body,
a central axis of the upstream actuating bar and a central axis of the valve body are disposed coaxially with each other,
a plurality of throat portions formed on the inner peripheral surface of the ejector body and the outer peripheral surface of the valve body defining the nozzle passage and configured to gradually reduce the passage cross-sectional area of the nozzle passage in a downstream direction of the refrigerant flow and then turn the flow direction of the refrigerant,
a most upstream throat portion, which is one disposed on a most upstream side in the refrigerant flow among the plurality of throat portions, is formed on the valve body, and
the most upstream throat portion is formed in a shape that causes the flow direction of the refrigerant in the nozzle passage to turn toward the central axis of the valve body, and disposed in a region of the nozzle passage where the refrigerant flows at subsonic speed.

US Pat. No. 10,767,904

METHOD FOR UTILIZING THE INNER ENERGY OF AN AQUIFER FLUID IN A GEOTHERMAL PLANT

1. A method for using the inner energy of an aquifer fluid comprising geothermic thermal water mixed with dissolved gas in a closed circuit, wherein the method comprises the stepsproducing aquifer fluid from an aquifer by means of a withdrawal equipment via more than one withdrawal borehole,
separating gas by degassing the aquifer fluid in a gas separation device resulting in degassed thermal water,
using the heat energy of the degassed thermal water in at least one device/equipment for using thermal energy comprising at least one first heat exchanger, as well as
performing at least one combustion process with the separated gas in at least one combustion device, that is a gas engine, and using the inner energy of the gas by operating at least one generator, wherein a flue gas is produced by said at least one combustion device,
removing undesired substances from the flue gas by means of a first flue gas purification device comprising an amine scrubber with a downstream positioned device for decomposing ammonium carbonate by-product produced by the first flue gas purification device into amine and CO2 by heating the ammonium carbonate with heating medium that has been heated with the flue gas and recirculating the amine into the amine scrubber, and
reinjecting the CO2 and the cooled thermal water into the aquifer through more than one reinjection borehole distant from the more than one withdrawal boreholes in order to minimally disturb the aquifer,
wherein a mixing device for mixing gas with combustion air is positioned upstream of the at least one combustion device, and wherein the mixing ratio is regulated by means of a lambda sensor positioned in a stream of the flue gas,
wherein the gas-air-mixture prior to being fed into the at least one combustion device is pre-heated in a second heat exchanger, and
wherein flue gas purification is performed in a second flue gas purification device comprising a catalyst, downstream of the at least one combustion device, and
wherein reinjection of the CO2 and the cooled thermal water is performed either:
by compressing the CO2 to the supercritical state prior to reinjection and wherein the reinjection of the scCO2 and the cooled thermal water into the aquifer is performed separately down to a depth where the pressure in the aquifer is such that the CO2 remains in supercritical state, dissolving the CO2 into the simultaneously reinjected cooled thermal water and feeding the solution deeper into the aquifer, or
by compressing the CO2 and then feeding the CO2 into the cooled thermal water by a trickling scrubber, followed by reinjection of the thermal water mixed with CO2 into the aquifer, and
wherein reinjection into the aquifer is at a depth of 2000 to 2500 m for final sequestration.

US Pat. No. 10,767,903

COAXIAL GROUND HEAT EXCHANGER AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING SAID GROUND HEAT EXCHANGER IN THE GROUND

BRODER AG, Sargans (CH)

1. A coaxial ground heat exchanger mounted within a ground heat exchanger hole, comprising:a central core tube; and
an expandable jacket tube which encloses said central core tube, wherein an inner wall of said expandable jacket tube and an outer wall of said central core tube delimit an annular gap, the annular gap extending along a central axis of said coaxial ground heat exchanger and being adapted to accommodate a heat transfer medium, wherein the heat transfer medium circulates from the annular gap through a length of the central core tube or vice versa,
wherein the expandable jacket tube is formed by an expandable hose covering that will expand radially in response to an elevated internal pressure in said annular gap, the expandable hose covering encasing the central core tube in a folded state, the expandable hose covering arranged to be brought into a stable end shape by the heat transfer medium when the heat transfer medium is fed into said annular gap with overpressure,
wherein the expandable hose covering in the stable end shape encloses said central core tube along an entire circumference of the expandable hose covering, and an outer wall of said expandable hose covering adjoins an inner wall of the ground heat exchanger hole along an entire internal circumference of the ground heat exchanger hole in said stable end shape, and
wherein the expandable hose covering comprises an unfolded diameter that is selected to be larger than a diameter of the ground heat exchanger hole.

US Pat. No. 10,767,902

ELECTRIC RESISTANCE RADIANT FURNACE WITH MESH, SCREEN, OR HONEYCOMB BETWEEN PANEL EMITTERS

Thermasi LLC, St. Clair,...

11. An electric resistance radiant furnace that accepts an air flow, the electric resistance radiant furnace comprising:A blower;
multiple substantially parallel flat electric resistance panel emitters each comprising a solid ceramic body and an electric resistance wire through which electricity passes to produce heat, wherein a majority of the electric resistance wire is embedded within the solid ceramic body so to not be exposed to the air flow;
two curved layers of metallic screen located between the multiple substantially parallel flat electric resistance panel emitters, wherein the two curved layers of metallic screen each comprise a concave side facing a corresponding panel emitter; and
wherein the multiple substantially parallel flat electric resistance panel emitters are oriented substantially parallel to a direction of the air flow;
wherein the two curved layers of metallic screens are oriented substantially parallel to the direction of the air flow; and
wherein a thermostat is configured to allow for a buildup of heat proximate the multiple panel emitters by controlling the turning on of one or more panel emitters, and wherein the blower does not blow air until a predetermined amount of heat from the metallic screens is available.

US Pat. No. 10,767,901

COMBUSTION APPARATUS

RINNAI CORPORATION, Aich...

1. A combustion apparatus comprising:a burner made up of: a burner body which is supplied inside thereof with air-fuel mixture, and a combustion plate which covers an open surface of the burner body and which has an air-fuel mixture ejection part;
a combustion box which has, on a perimeter of one end, a combustion box flange part, adapted to be connected to a body flange part enclosing an open surface of the burner body, and which contains therein a heat exchanger, the combustion apparatus further comprising;
a combustion plate flange part disposed on a perimeter of the combustion plate in a manner to project outward beyond an inner rim of the body flange part and beyond an inner rim of the combustion box flange part, and also in a manner that an outer rim of the combustion plate flange part is positioned inside an outer rim of the body flange part and inside an outer rim of the combustion box flange part;
a packing having a portion interposed between the combustion plate flange part and the body flange part, and a portion interposed between the combustion box flange part and the body flange part outside the outer rim of the combustion plate flange part, such that the combustion box flange part is connected, with the packing being sandwiched therein, to the body flange part; and
a distribution plate having formed therein a multiplicity of distribution holes for introducing the air-fuel mixture toward the air-fuel mixture ejection part,
wherein the distribution plate is provided, on an outer rim thereof, with a distribution plate flange part arranged to come into direct contact with that portion of the combustion plate flange part which is positioned inside an inner rim of the packing.

US Pat. No. 10,767,900

BURNER WITH FLOW DISTRIBUTION MEMBER

Lochinvar, LLC, Lebanon,...

1. A pre-mix burner apparatus, comprising:a fuel and air mixer for pre-mixing a fuel and air mixture;
a blower located downstream of the fuel and air mixer, the blower including a blower outlet having a blower outlet cross-sectional area;
a burner having a generally cylindrical burner surface so that generally radially outward extending flames may form on the generally cylindrical burner surface, the burner having a central axis and having a generally circular burner inlet at one end of the burner, the burner inlet having an inlet diameter defining an inlet cross-sectional area greater than the blower outlet cross-sectional area;
the blower and the burner being arranged such that the blower outlet spans the central axis of the burner and is oriented to direct an inlet stream of fuel and air mixture along the central axis of the burner; and
a flow distribution member arranged to distribute flow of fuel and air mixture from the blower outlet into the burner, the flow distribution member including:
a closed axially central portion configured to block flow of the inlet stream of fuel and air mixture axially centrally into the burner; and
a plurality of vanes extending radially outward from the closed axially central portion, the vanes being configured to generate a swirling flow of fuel and air mixture about the central axis of the burner and flowing through the vanes into the burner.

US Pat. No. 10,767,899

FLUID-HEATING DEVICE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle fluid-heating device for heating fluid comprising:a heater unit configured to have a heater and a heating portion, the heating portion being formed so as to cover a surrounding of an outer surface of the heater; and
a tank configured to accommodate the heater unit, wherein the heating portion includes
an inner heat exchange surface formed on an inner surface of a through hole penetrating through an inner side of the heater, the inner heat exchange surface being configured to perform heat exchange with the fluid, and
an outer heat exchange surface formed on an outer-wall portion of an outer side of the heater, the outer heat exchange surface being configured to perform heat exchange with the fluid,
a heat transfer area of the outer-wall portion is larger than a heat transfer area of the through hole,
the outer-wall portion has outer circumferential fins, the outer circumferential fins being configured to project towards an outer circumference,
the tank has a top surface, the top surface being configured to close an opening portion for inserting the heater unit,
the outer circumferential fins are provided so as to extend substantially parallel to the top surface,
the through hole forms an inner circumferential flow channel, the inner circumferential flow channel being configured such that the fluid flows therethrough,
the outer-wall portion providing an outer circumferential flow channel, the outer circumferential flow channel being configured such that the fluid flows between the outer-wall portion and an inner wall of the tank,
the inner circumferential and the outer circumferential flow channels being configured to permit fluid to flow from the inner circumferential flow channel to the outer circumferential flow channel continuously, and
a flow channel area of the outer circumferential flow channel is larger than a flow channel area of the inner circumferential flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,767,898

PORTABLE HOT WATER SUPPLY TANK

HONG YUAN INTERNATIONAL C...

1. A portable hot water supply tank adapted to be used with a heat source, said portable hot water supply tank comprising:a water storage unit that includes a base member having
an inner surface that defines a lower water chamber, and
an outer surface that is opposite to said inner surface;
a heat exchange unit that includes a heat exchanger being connected to said base member and being movable relative to said base member between a first position, where said heat exchanger is distal from said outer surface of said base member and is adapted to be proximate to the heat source, and a second position, where said heat exchanger is proximate to said outer surface; and
a circulation unit that includes
an inlet pipe having an inlet end that is in fluid communication with said lower water chamber, and an opposite end that is connected to said heat exchanger, and
an outlet pipe having an outlet end that is in fluid communication with said lower water chamber, and an opposite end that is connected to said heat exchanger;
wherein, when said heat exchanger is at the first position, water stored in said lower water chamber is drawn into said inlet pipe via said inlet end, flows through said heat exchanger to be heated by the heat source, and eventually flows back to said lower water chamber via said outlet end of said outlet pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,767,897

WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER

GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING...

1. An air conditioner comprising:a base including a first fixation member;
a front panel including a second fixation member; and
a filter, one end of the filter being detachably connected to the first fixation member, and another end of the filter being detachably connected to the second fixation member;
wherein at least one of the base or the front panel includes a supporting member abutting against the filter to cause the filter to bend in an arc shape.

US Pat. No. 10,767,896

HVAC SYSTEM

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system comprising:a case defining an inlet, a face outlet, and a foot outlet;
an evaporator and a heater core within the case;
an air mix door movable to control airflow through the heater core;
a first air mode door including a first material and a second material that have different rates of thermal expansion to provide the first air mode door with different configurations at different temperatures, the first material and the second material are connected to a first support that is mounted within the case at the face outlet;
a second air mode door including a third material and a fourth material that have different rates of thermal expansion to provide the second air mode door with different configurations at different temperatures, the third material and the fourth material are connected to a second support that is mounted within the case at the foot outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,767,895

AIR FLOW DIRECTION REGULATION DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. An air flow direction regulation device, comprising:a plurality of fins turnably supported;
an approximately cylindrical housing arranging an operation portion for regulating a direction of the fins and a gear mechanism; and
a case disposing the housing internally,
wherein each of the fins is turnably supported as support points by an outer pivot portion on a housing inner circumferential side and an inner pivot portion on a housing center axis line side, and includes a gear portion provided near the inner pivot portion,
the gear mechanism includes a gear integrally rotating with the operation portion through a shaft and engaging the gear portion of each fin, and
the housing includes a flexible shaft support member provided on a housing center axis line, and forming a connection portion fitting into the inner pivot portion of each fin, and a through hole to which the shaft is inserted to pass through in a skewered manner.

US Pat. No. 10,767,894

AIR REGISTER

1. An air register comprising:a body having a front plate with a front surface, a rear surface, and at least one opening extending from the front surface to the rear surface;
an upper air dam having an arcuate first central portion comprising a leading edge and a trailing edge, the arcuate central portion comprising an outer surface;
a lower air dam having an arcuate second central portion a leading edge and a trailing edge, the arcuate second central portion comprising an outer surface;
an upper air deflector comprising a first forward lip, a first rear edge and a bottom surface positioned immediately adjacent and in contact with the arcuate first central portion of the upper air dam;
a lower air deflector comprising a second forward lip, a second rear edge and a top surface positioned immediately adjacent and in contact with the second central portion of the lower air dam;
an air flow control mechanism operatively connected to the upper air dam or the lower air dam to rotate both the upper air dam and the lower air dam simultaneously; and,
wherein the upper air dam and the lower air dam rotate in opposite directions upon operation of the air flow control mechanism from an open position to a closed position in which the first trailing edge and the second trailing edge are in direct contact with each other or overlap each other; and in which the first forward lip overlaps with the first rear edge and the second forward lip overlaps with the second rear edge.

US Pat. No. 10,767,893

EMBEDDED HEAT EXCHANGER WITH SUPPORT MECHANISM

1. A portable system, comprising:a first shipping bracket that operatively connects an inlet pipe of a thermal transfer unit and an outlet pipe of the thermal transfer unit to a mechanical terminal unit, duct or the thermal transfer unit;
a second shipping bracket that operatively connects the inlet pipe of the thermal transfer unit and the outlet pipe of the thermal transfer unit to the mechanical terminal unit, the duct or the thermal transfer unit; and
a control valve located between the first shipping bracket and the second shipping bracket,
wherein the first shipping bracket comprises a first opening that structurally supports the inlet pipe and a second opening that structurally supports the outlet pipe, wherein first shipping bracket and the second shipping bracket support the inlet pipe and the outlet pipe during movement and operation of the portable system, and wherein the first opening and the second opening of the first shipping bracket are associated with a rubber grommet that isolates the inlet pipe and the outlet pipe from the first shipping bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,767,892

INSULATED FLEXIBLE DUCT USING COMPRESSIBLE CORE SPACER AND METHOD OF USE

FLEXIBLE TECHNOLOGIES, IN...

1. A reflective insulating system-containing flexible duct comprising:an inner core having a defined length;
a vapor barrier surrounding the cylindrical inner core;
a compressible core spacer positioned between the inner core and vapor barrier, the compressible core spacer comprising a film material and helical support integrated with the film material, a length of the compressible core spacer longer than the defined length of the inner core, the compressible core spacer compressible in length when positioned between the inner core and vapor barrier, compression of the compressible core spacer folding film material between adjacent sections of the helical support, the film material when folded acting as a spacer to create a first air gap between an outer surface of the inner core and an inner surface of the compressible core spacer and a second air gap between the outer surface of the compressible core spacer and an inner surface of the vapor barrier; and
at least one reflective insulation system comprising a low-E surface on one or more of the outer surface of the inner core, the inner surface of the compressible spacer, the outer surface of the compressible spacer, and an inner surface of the vapor barrier, the low-E surface in combination with one of the first or second air gaps forming the at least one reflective insulation system and increasing an R value of the flexible duct.

US Pat. No. 10,767,891

AUXILIARY HEAT EXCHANGER

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A heat exchanger, comprising:an evaporator coil section disposed at least partially within a first flow structure configured to direct a first flow of air across the evaporator coil section;
a condenser coil section fluidly coupled with the evaporator coil section and disposed at least partially within a second flow structure configured to direct a second flow of air across the condenser coil section; and
an auxiliary heat exchanger fluidly coupled with the evaporator coil section, wherein the auxiliary heat exchanger is external to the first flow structure.

US Pat. No. 10,767,890

LOAD OPERATION CONTROL SYSTEM

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A load operation control system, comprising:a drive shaft which rotates a load;
a drive support which rotates the drive shaft and supports a radial load of the drive shaft in a non-contact manner, by an electromagnetic force generated by flow of a current within a predetermined current range through the drive support; and
a control section which controls an operating condition of the load based on a magnetic flux margin degree expressed by a difference between: a total magnetic flux amount including driving magnetic flux and supporting magnetic flux; and a predetermined limit of the total magnetic flux amount for the drive support, the driving magnetic flux being generated at the drive support for rotating the drive shaft and the supporting magnetic flux being generated at the drive support for supporting the radial load of the drive shaft in a predetermined operation region of the load.

US Pat. No. 10,767,889

CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED, ...

1. A central air conditioning system comprising:dampers configured to individually air-condition a plurality of spaces;
an air conditioning controller configured to instruct the dampers to perform a control operation for the individual air conditioning of the plurality of spaces;
a temperature sensor disposed in each of the plurality of spaces and configured to:
detect a temperature and calculate an amount of change in temperature gradient at sampling time intervals;
determine whether the amount of change in temperature gradient exceeds an allowable range; and
transmit the detected temperature and the temperature gradient via a wireless communication when the amount of change in temperature gradient is determined to exceed the allowable range; and
a temperature predictor, upon receiving the temperature and the temperature gradient, configured to:
predict a temperature in each of the plurality of spaces to generate temperature information depending on elapsed time that passes from the timing of the receiving of the temperature and the temperature gradient; and
transmit the temperature information to the air conditioning controller.

US Pat. No. 10,767,888

LIVING ATMOSPHERE CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A living atmosphere control system comprising;a primary living area;
a green cell containing plants consisting of Boston fern, aloe vera, areca palm, peace lily, and garden mums;
said green cell containing the ratio of plants, Boston fern:Aloe Vera:Peace Lilly:Areca palm:Neem tree:Peepal tree:Garden mums being
1 Boston Fern:0.4-0.7 Aloe Vera:0.6-0.9 Peace Lilly:0.4-0.7 Areca palm:0.4-0.7 Neem tree:0.4-0.7 Peepal tree:0.9-1.1 Garden mums;
at least one inlet configured for transporting oxygen from said green cell into said living area;
a plant wall configured to increase the contact of said air in said green cell before entering said living area;
at least one outlet configured to transport carbon dioxide from said living area to said dehumidifying coils;
at least one outlet configured to transport said air from said dehumidifying coils to said green cell;
an oxygen sink basin having a lid;
an air compressor configured to pressurize said oxygen sink basin configured to pull air from said green cell through soil of said basin lid resulting in increased oxygen production.

US Pat. No. 10,767,887

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THERMAL COMFORT CONTROL

Mitsubishi Electric Resea...

1. A thermal conditioning system for controlling a thermal comfort of an occupant of an environment in a building, comprising:a vapor compression system configured to control an air temperature in the environment;
a feedback controller configured to generate a first control signal for controlling a state of the vapor compression system to reduce an error between a set-point air temperature and a current air temperature in the environment;
a radiant system configured to control a radiant temperature in the environment; and
a feedforward controller configured to generate a second control signal as a function of the first control signal for controlling a state of the radiant system based on the state of the vapor compression system.

US Pat. No. 10,767,886

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH SATURATION DETECTION AND REMOVAL FOR SYSTEM IDENTIFICATION

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A building management system, comprising:building equipment configured to operate at an operating capacity to drive a variable state or condition of a building zone toward a setpoint, the operating capacity and the setpoint varying over time;
a sensor in the building zone configured to provide a zone measurement of the variable state or condition of the building zone;
a controller configured to:
determine whether an error for the building zone exists for a time period;
in response to a determination that the error for the building zone exists for the time period, determine whether the operating capacity is in a non-transient region for a threshold amount of the time period;
in response to a determination that the operating capacity is in the non-transient region for at least the threshold amount of the time period, indicate the time period as a saturation period; and
remove, modify, or exclude data for the saturation period from a set of system data before execution of a subsequent processing step.

US Pat. No. 10,767,885

BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM WITH AN ENERGY OPTIMIZATION BUILDER AND GENERIC DATA MODEL DESIGNER

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A building management system for generating a building model for a building and operating building equipment of the building based on the building model, wherein the building management system comprises a processing circuit configured to:receive a context, wherein the context comprises metadata defining the building model for the building;
generate a building model editor interface for viewing and editing the context, wherein the building model editor interface comprises building elements for the building model, wherein the building elements are based on the context and represent the building equipment;
receive user edits of the context via the building model editor interface, wherein the user edits comprise edits to the building elements;
generate an updated context based on the user edits of the context; and
deploy the updated context to control environmental conditions of the building with the building equipment based on the updated context.

US Pat. No. 10,767,884

METHODS SYSTEMS AND TOOLS FOR DETERMINING A WIRING CONFIGURATION FOR AN HVAC CONTROLLER

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A method of identifying a new wiring configuration for a replacement heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) controller based on a current wiring configuration of a current HVAC controller, the method comprising:receiving, by a processor, image data showing a current wiring configuration of the current HVAC controller;
receiving, by the processor, an input identifying the replacement HVAC controller that is to replace the current HVAC controller;
processing, by the processor, the image data to identify the current wiring configuration of the current HVAC controller by identifying a connection between each wire of a set of wires and a respective wire terminal of a set of wire terminals;
determining, by the processor, a new wiring configuration for the replacement HVAC controller based on the identified current wiring configuration of the current HVAC controller and the identified replacement HVAC controller that is to replace the current HVAC controller; and
outputting, by the processor, the new wiring configuration for display by a user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,767,883

SMART THERMOSTAT ORCHESTRATION

ENCYCLE CORPORATION, (CA...

1. A computer readable medium containing program instructions for managing a plurality of energy consuming electrical loads, wherein the loads can be enabled or disabled during periodic time segments, wherein a control thermostat is associated with each of the loads, and wherein execution of the program instructions by one or more processors of a computer system causes the one or more processors to carry out the steps of:(a) collecting and storing load state data for each of the plurality of energy consuming electrical loads;
(b) prioritizing each load of the plurality of loads according to their respective needs, wherein need is a metric indicative of the extent to which a desired goal associated with the load has not been met;
(c) summing the respective average power levels of each load of the plurality of loads during a preceding one or more enabled time segments to obtain an aggregate peak demand power level for the loads;
(d) enabling a selected load of the plurality of loads if its average power level will not cause the aggregate peak demand power level to exceed a target maximum aggregate peak demand power level if all loads with higher priorities are enabled; and
(e) repeating (d) for each load in the plurality of loads;
wherein need is indicative of one or more of a group consisting of whether a calling status of each of the control thermostats is calling, a time elapsed since the call state changed to calling, a difference between an ambient room temperature measured by the thermostats and a set point temperature of the thermostats, a time period for which the ambient room temperature has deviated from the set point temperature, an amount of time it would take the ambient room temperature to reach the set point temperature, and a load enabled utilization value of each load of the plurality of loads, and combinations thereof; and
wherein the desired goal is one or more of a group consisting of the calling status of the thermostats, the set point temperature of the thermostats, and a target load enabled utilization value, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,767,882

REFRIGERANT PUMP DOWN FOR AN HVAC SYSTEM

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

10. A method, comprising:detecting, by a sensor of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, a leak of refrigerant;
generating an alarm in response to the sensor detecting the refrigerant leak;
operating an indoor blower of an indoor unit of the HVAC system in response to generating the alarm;
closing an isolation valve coupled to an outdoor unit of the HVAC system in response to generating the alarm;
operating a compressor of the outdoor unit to pump down the refrigerant to a condenser of the outdoor unit in response to generating the alarm;
determining that the alarm has been deactivated;
determining that a cooling mode of the HVAC system has been initiated;
opening the isolation valve in response to determining that the cooling mode has been initiated;
determining that the cooling mode of the HVAC system has been deactivated;
determining that one or more predetermined weather conditions have been satisfied in response to determining that the cooling mode has been deactivated; and
operating the compressor to pump down the refrigerant to the condenser in response to determining that the one or more predetermined weather conditions have been satisfied.