US Pat. No. 10,113,979

SYSTEMS, PROBES, AND METHODS FOR DIELECTRIC TESTING OF WINE IN BOTTLE

THE TRUSTEES OF DARTMOUTH...

1. A probe for radio-wave interrogation of wine in a bottle, comprising:an inner conductor;
an outer conductor coaxial with the inner conductor, the outer conductor being spaced apart from the inner conductor by a dielectric material; and
a concave open end configured to interface with a convex exterior surface of the bottle during said radio-wave interrogation, the concave open end including an end face of the inner conductor and an end face of the outer conductor, curvature of the concave open end matching curvature of the convex exterior surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,978

METHOD FOR MEASURING SOLID-LIQUID INTERFACIAL ELECTRIC FIELD

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, R...

1. A method for measuring an interfacial electric field intensity, comprising:providing a surface having a reactive carbocyclic aromatic linking group covalently attached thereon;
providing a voltage sensitive chromophore precursor including a p-substituted dialkylamino aryl group that is conjugatively linked to a terminal N-containing heterocyclic aromatic group;
reacting the voltage sensitive chromophore precursor with the reactive carbocyclic aromatic linking group that is covalently attached to the surface to form a monolayer of a voltage sensitive chromophore that is covalently bound to the surface;
irradiating the monolayer of the covalently bound voltage sensitive chromophore with actinic radiation while it is in contact with a liquid and measuring a first fluorescence emission spectrum;
providing a voltage sensitive chromophore solution of the voltage sensitive chromophore dissolved in a sample of the liquid;
irradiating the voltage sensitive chromophore solution with actinic radiation and measuring a second fluorescence emission spectrum; and
comparing the first and second fluorescence emission spectra to determine an interfacial electric field intensity, wherein comparing the first and second fluorescence emission spectra includes performing a mathematical analysis to determine at least one parameter characterizing a difference between the first and second fluorescence emission spectra, and wherein the interfacial electric field intensity is determined responsive to the determined at least one parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,113,975

APPEARANCE INSPECTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OBJECT HAVING LINE PATTERN

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An appearance inspection device for inspecting an appearance of an inspection object, said appearance inspection device comprising:an image storing part which stores
a first image obtained by capturing a reference object corresponding to the inspection object, and
a second image obtained by capturing the inspection object;
a teaching part which
based on an input by an operator, teaches, on the first image, a portion to be inspected of the inspection object as a reference inspection line,
defines a reference inspection region associated with a single reference inspection point on the reference inspection line,
determines an inspection factor inspected within the reference inspection region, and
determines a judgment condition for judging as to whether a result of inspection based on the inspection factor passes or fails;
a teaching factor storing part which stores
a position and a shape of the reference inspection line,
a position of the single reference inspection point,
an inspection point distance,
a position and a size of the reference inspection region,
the inspection factor, and
the judgment condition; and
an inspecting part which
overlaps the reference inspection line on the second image as an actual inspection line,
generates a plurality of discrete inspection points, distinct from the single reference inspection point, on the actual inspection line, by
determining a number of the inspection points to be generated by dividing a total length of the actual inspection line by the inspection point distance stored in the teaching factor storing part, and
arranging the determined number of the inspection points on the actual inspection line at the inspection point distance from each other,
generates a plurality of inspection regions, distinct from the reference inspection region, in relation to the plurality of discrete inspection points, wherein
each inspection point among the plurality of discrete inspection points corresponds to an inspection region among the plurality of inspection regions so that a positional relationship between the corresponding inspection point and inspection region is the same as a positional relationship between the single reference inspection point and the reference inspection region, and
the same positional relationship between the single reference inspection point and the reference inspection region is used to generate the plurality of inspection regions,
inspects each inspection region among the plurality of generated inspection regions based on the inspection factor,
judges as to whether each inspection point among the plurality of discrete inspection points passes or fails based on the judgment condition and a result of inspection of the corresponding inspection region among the plurality of generated inspection regions, and
comprehensively judges as to whether the inspection object passes or fails based on a result of judgment of each inspection point among the plurality of discrete inspection points,
wherein the teaching part defines the reference inspection region associated with said single reference inspection point on the reference inspection line before the inspecting part overlaps the reference inspection line on the second image as the actual inspection line.

US Pat. No. 10,113,971

TEST APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

12. A test apparatus configured to test a sample in a reactor, the test apparatus comprising:at least one light emitter configured to emit light to chambers included in the reactor, each of the chambers being configured to include a portion of the sample;
a light receiver comprising light receiving elements configured to receive light passed through the chambers, while moving in a direction from a side of the reactor to another side of the reactor;
a motor configured to move the light receiver in the direction from the side of the reactor to the other side of the reactor; and
a processor configured to:
generate a map comprising coordinates respectively of the chambers, based on light receiving positions at which the light receiver receives the light passed through the chambers, the light receiving positions being along the direction from the side of the reactor to the other side of the reactor, and further based on intensities of the light received respectively at the light receiving positions, the coordinates comprising respectively pixel numbers of the light receiving elements and the receiving positions;
determine a coordinate of a chamber among the chambers, the coordinate comprising a pixel number of one of the light receiving elements and a light receiving position of the light receiver, at which the one of the light receiving elements receives a largest intensity of the light passed through the chambers, the light receiving position being along the direction from the side of the reactor to the other side of the reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,113,968

SPECIFIC DETECTION AND QUANTIFICATION OF CARDIOLIPIN AND ISOLATED MITOCHONDRIA BY POSITIVELY CHARGED AIE FLUOROGENS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY ...

1. A one-step method of detecting and quantifying cardiolipin in a sample using a positively charged aggregation induced emission (AIE) luminogen comprising:introducing the AIE luminogen to a solution containing the sample; and
measuring fluorescence intensity of the solution, wherein
the AIE luminogen binds to cardiolipin in vesicles and comprises a structure having a formula of

US Pat. No. 10,113,964

OPTICAL DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF COMPENSATING DETECTION ERROR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An optical detection apparatus for scanning detection chambers of a specimen cartridge, the apparatus comprising:a light source unit comprising light sources, which emit light rays to the detection chambers, the light sources comprising:
main wavelength light sources for measuring samples disposed in the detection chambers, the main wavelength light sources emitting the light rays of first wavelength bands being sensitive to an optical response of the samples, and
a sub-wavelength light source for correcting a measuring error of the main wavelength light sources, the sub-wavelength light source emitting the light rays of a second wavelength band being different from the first wavelength bands and being insensitive to the optical response of the samples, wherein the main wavelength light sources and the sub-wavelength light source are arranged next to one another along a scan line on which the detection chambers are aligned to be scanned;
a limiting, unit having an aperture which limits luminous flux of the light rays emitted from the main wavelength light sources and the sub-wavelength light source to a certain detection chamber among the detection chambers;
an optical detector which detects the light rays of the first wavelength bands having been emitted by the main wavelength light sources and passed through the aperture and the certain detection chamber and outputs first measuring signals indicative of characteristics of a certain sample disposed in the certain detection chamber, and additionally detects the light rays of the second wavelength band having been emitted by the sub-wavelength light source and passed through the aperture and the certain detection chamber and outputs a second measuring signal indicative of at least one among foreign bodies and bubbles in the certain sample that cause the measuring error in the first measuring signals; and
a controller which receives, from the optical detector, the first measuring signals and the second measuring signal, corrects the measuring error in the first measuring signals based on a difference between each of the first measuring signals and the second measuring signal, respectively, and outputs corrected first measuring signals for the certain sample, the measuring error having been removed from the corrected first measuring signals based on the second measuring signal.

US Pat. No. 10,113,963

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES FOR ONLINE MONITORING OF A CHEMICAL CONCENTRATION IN A FLOW OF A DEGASSED IONIC LIQUID

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., San...

1. An integrated system for monitoring a chemical concentration in an ionic liquid, comprising:a. an online FTIR instrument with an ATR window having a flow of a degassed ionic liquid to the ATR window;
b. a sample conditioning station comprising a flash drum, placed upstream from the ATR window, that removes light hydrocarbons from the ionic liquid and produces the degassed ionic liquid that is analyzed by the online FTIR instrument; and
c. a solvent flushing system that intermittently flows a solvent and a purging gas across the ATR window during periods when the flow of the degassed ionic liquid is not passed over the ATR window.

US Pat. No. 10,113,956

REMOTE GAS LEAKAGE DETECTION SYSTEMS USING MID-INFRARED LASER

Aurora Innovative Technol...

1. A system for remotely detecting gas leakage from a pipe comprising:a first light source to emit a first outgoing light beam having a first wavelength in a mid-infrared (IR) range, the first outgoing light beam traversing an area between the system and the pipe towards a region of the pipe and having a first spot size; and
a first light detector to detect a first incoming light beam having the first wavelength, the first incoming light beam being the first outgoing light beam reflected off of an outer surface of the region,
a controller to execute a set of instructions configured to cause the system to:
calculate an absorption rate by comparing an intensity of the first incoming light beam to an intensity of the first outgoing beam,
responsive to determining the absorption rate above an absorption threshold, determine that the region has a leakage, and
responsive to determining that the region has a leakage, regulate the first light source to emit a second outgoing light beam having the first wavelength and a second spot size less than the first spot size, the second outgoing light beam traversing the area towards the region of the pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,113,954

GAS SENSOR BY LIGHT ABSORPTION

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An absorption spectroscopy device, comprising:a light cavity vessel, whose inner wall is at least partially light reflective, and wherein said inner wall of the light cavity vessel is at least partially coated with light a reflective layer, the light cavity vessel being a gas tight vessel that is sealed so that during operation no gas can enter or exit the cavity vessel;
a photo-detector; and
a light source,
wherein said light source is capable of emitting light radiation which passes through said light cavity vessel, wherein said light cavity vessel is capable of reflecting the emitted radiation and wherein said photo-detector is capable of detecting at least a portion of the emitted light,
and wherein said light reflective layer is a distributed Bragg reflector.

US Pat. No. 10,113,951

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR INSPECTING A PART

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for shielding light generated by a laser during non-destructive inspection of an object, the apparatus comprising:a light shield at least partially enveloping the laser and defining a first opening through which light generated by the laser passes from the laser to the object, wherein the light shield is opaque and comprises:
at least one first biasing mechanism;
a first portion that defines the first opening;
a second portion, spaced apart from the first portion, defining a second opening;
at least one second biasing mechanism; and
a spine coupling together the first portion and the second portion;
at least one first light seal coupled to the light shield about the first opening of the light shield, wherein the at least one first light seal is resiliently flexible and opaque; and
at least one second light seal coupled to the second portion of the light shield about the second opening;
wherein:
the object comprises a first surface, a second surface opposing the first surface, and an edge at a convergence of the first surface and the second surface;
the at least one first biasing mechanism is configured to urge resilient deformation of the at least one first light seal against the first surface of the object;
the at least one second biasing mechanism is configured to urge resilient deformation of the at least one second light seal against the second surface of the object; and
when the at least one first light seal is resiliently deformed against the first surface of the object and the at least one second light seal is resiliently deformed against the second surface of the object, light generated by the laser is constrained within a light containment space defined between the light shield, the at least one first light seal, the at least one second light seal, and the object.

US Pat. No. 10,113,946

ROCK WETTABILITY DETERMINATIONS

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, ...

1. A method of assessing wettability of a reservoir rock, comprising:a) obtaining a first sample of a reservoir rock from a reservoir and cleaning said first sample;
b) saturating said first sample with a mineral oil or alkane and performing a first imbibition experiment;
c) plotting a first oil recovery plot against dimensionless time or square root of time;
d) obtaining a second sample of said reservoir rock that contains oil and water in a natural state and performing a second imbibition experiment;
e) plotting a second oil recovery plot against dimensionless time or square root of time;
f) obtaining a third sample of said reservoir rock and cleaning said third sample;
g) saturating said third sample with the crude oil of said reservoir and performing a third imbibition experiment;
h) plotting a third oil recovery plot against dimensionless time or square root of time;
i) adjusting said first, second and third oil recovery plots to a y intercept of zero; and
j) estimating the slopes of the adjusted first (m1), second (m2) and third (m3) oil recovery plots;
k) calculating a wettability index using:
wettability index=mx/(mvsww+mow)
 where mx is the slope of the imbibition curve from the core sample of interest m1, m2, or m3, mvsww is the slope of the imbibition curve of a Very Strongly Water-Wet (VSWW) core sample and mow is the slope of the imbibition curve of an oil-wet (ow) core sample.

US Pat. No. 10,113,942

METHOD OF SUPPRESSING BACKGROUND RISE IN COLOR REAGENT SOLUTION, COLOR REAGENT SOLUTION, REAGENT KIT, AND MEASURING APPARATUS

ARKRAY, Inc., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A color reagent solution, comprisingan oxidative color reagent of:
or a salt thereof,wherein:the color reagent solution is at a pH of lower than 2.0 and is capable of measuring a component of a sample where the component is a marker of a degree of oxidative stress of the sample; and
the degree of oxidative stress of the sample is reflected by a degree of coloration of the color reagent solution.

US Pat. No. 10,113,940

COUPLING DEVICE, PARTICULARLY FOR COUPLING DAMPING APPARATUS ON A TEST FRAME OF A TEST ARRANGEMENT AND TEST ARRANGEMENT WITH THE COUPLING DEVICE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A coupling device for coupling a damping apparatus to a test frame in a test arrangement for testing the damping apparatus, the coupling device comprising:an adjustment device having a coupling interface for coupling with the damping apparatus; and
a receiving device for coupling with the test frame and configured to receive the adjustment device;
wherein the coupling interface is variably configurable relative to the receiving device;
wherein the coupling interface is displaceable by the adjustment device in at least two rotational degrees of freedom and defines a coupling point arranged in fixed manner independently of the displacement of the adjustment device in the at least two rotational degrees of freedom.

US Pat. No. 10,113,939

TEST ARRANGEMENT FOR TESTING DAMPER DEVICES FOR DAMPING A FLAP THAT IS PIVOTABLE ABOUT A REAL PIVOT AXIS AND METHOD FOR TESTING THE DAMPER DEVICES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

16. A test arrangement for testing damper devices for damping a flap that is pivotable about a flap pivot axis comprising:a test stand with a pivot axis configured to simulate the flap pivot axis;
a test frame configured as a function model of the flap;
a connecting device for pivotably connecting the test frame to the test stand about the pivot axis;
a damper device operably coupled between the test stand and the test frame for dampened pivoting of the test frame about the pivot axis, wherein the test frame comprises at least two rails that extend away from the pivot axis;
a coupling device disposed on the test frame and configured to connect the damper device to the rail;
a first mass compensation device constrained outside the rails at a first distance from the pivot axis; and
a second mass compensation device with at least one weight component arranged between the rails by way of a holder, the weight component shiftably mounted on the rails between the pivot axis and the first mass compensation device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,937

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING HOOK WEAR IN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A system for monitoring a gap size of a gap between a seal holder and an adjacent disk in a compressor section of a gas turbine wherein the compressor section includes a hook section, comprising:an imaging device that generates at least one image of the gap, wherein a calibration image of the gap is generated when the gas turbine is in a cold state to provide a calibration gap size and an operational image of the gap is generated when the gas turbine is in operation to provide an operational gap size and wherein wear is detected in the hook section when the operational gap size is less than the calibration gap size;
an enclosure that houses the imaging device wherein the enclosure includes an attachment portion; and
an access port formed in the compressor section to provide a view of the gap for the imaging device, wherein the attachment portion is attached to the access port.

US Pat. No. 10,113,936

CLOSED-LOOP ENGINE TESTING SYSTEM

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A system for testing an engine, comprising:a dynamometer coupled to the engine and controlled with a control signal; and
a control that derives the control signal from an operation parameter of the engine by
measuring a hydraulic fluid pressure of a propeller control,
comparing the hydraulic fluid pressure with a past hydraulic fluid pressure and a requested hydraulic fluid pressure, and
deriving the control signal from the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,113,935

DISTRIBUTED MULTI-CHANNEL COHERENT OPTICAL FIBER SENSING SYSTEM

NEC Corporation, (JP)

9. A duo-functionality sensor system for a fiber optic medium, comprising:a spatial mode converter configured to convert an input signal into a plurality of spatial modes;
a polarization multiplexer configured to polarization multiplex the input signal and a spatial mode multiplexer configured to spatial mode multiplex the input signal;
at least one spatial filter for configuring a forward propagating signal for transmission over the fiber optic medium; and
at least one additional spatial filter for performing distributed fault sensing on the input signal based on a backscatter of the input signal;
wherein the at least one spatial filter and the at least one additional spatial filter are further configured to apply, using the at least one spatial filter in a forward direction and the at least one additional spatial filter in a backward direction within the fiber optic medium, the plurality of spatial modes within the fiber optic medium to transmit the input signal and perform distributed fault sensing on the input signal.

US Pat. No. 10,113,934

INTEGRATED PHOTONIC-MIRROR TEST CIRCUIT

Oracle International Corp...

1. An integrated circuit, comprising a reflectivity test circuit, wherein the reflectivity test circuit includes:a first mirror;
a first photodetector that, during operation, measures a first optical power;
a first optical waveguide having a first end optically coupled to the first mirror and a second end optically coupled to the first photodetector;
a first optical coupler;
a first optical port that, during operation, selectively receives first input optical power;
a second optical port that, during operation, selectively receives second input optical power;
a second optical waveguide optically coupled to the first optical waveguide by the first optical coupler, wherein a first end of the second optical waveguide is optically coupled to the first optical port and a second end of the second optical waveguide is optically coupled to the second optical port;
a second optical coupler;
a second mirror;
a second photodetector that, during operation, measures a second optical power;
a third optical waveguide optically coupled to the second optical waveguide by the second optical coupler, wherein a first end of the third optical waveguide is optically coupled to the second mirror and a second end of the third optical waveguide is optically coupled to the second photodetector; and
control logic electrically coupled to the first photodetector and the second photodetector, wherein, during operation, the control logic determines a reflectivity of the first mirror based on a first ratio of the first optical power and the second optical power when the first input optical power is received on the first optical port.

US Pat. No. 10,113,929

USE OF WHEEL SLIP TO HELP IDENTIFY SOFT SPOTS

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A system for identifying and mapping soft spots traversed by a vehicle, the vehicle including a first wheel and a second wheel, the first and second wheels disposed on opposite sides of the vehicle, the system comprising:a first slip sensor for detecting a rotational speed of the first wheel and generating first wheel rotational speed data, the first slip sensor linked to a mapping system for transmitting the first wheel rotational speed data to the mapping system;
a GPS sensor for detecting and generating GPS data, the GPS sensor linked to the mapping system for transmitting the GPS data to the mapping system; and
the mapping system configured to identify a location of a first wheel slip based on the first wheel rotational speed data and the GPS data to provide location information for the soft spot;
wherein the location information is utilized by the mapping system to direct repair of the soft spot.

US Pat. No. 10,113,928

PRESSURE SENSOR AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. A pressure sensor comprising:a substrate having a cavity therein, wherein the cavity extends from a top surface toward a bottom surface of the substrate;
a partition wall disposed in the substrate to surround the cavity, wherein the partition wall has an inner sidewall exposed by the cavity;
a substrate insulation layer disposed on the top surface of the substrate to cover the cavity;
a sensing unit disposed on the substrate insulation layer, wherein, when viewed in a plan view, at least a portion of the sensing unit overlaps the cavity; and
an encapsulation layer disposed on the substrate insulation layer to cover the sensing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,113,926

CERAMIC SENSOR MODULE INCLUDING DIAPHRAGM AND CYLINDRICAL PORTION INTEGRATED WITH THE DIAPHRAGM

NAGANO KEIKI CO., LTD., ...

1. A ceramic sensor module comprising:a diaphragm having a displacement portion capable of being displaced depending on a pressure of a target fluid to be introduced, the diaphragm having a top flat surface; and
a cylindrical portion integrated with the diaphragm, wherein
the displacement portion is disposed at a center of the diaphragm,
the cylindrical portion is disposed at an outer periphery of the diaphragm, the outer periphery surrounding the center of the diaphragm,
the top flat surface is opposite to a surface of the diaphragm where the target fluid comes into contact and the top flat surface comprises a planar central part and a planar outer circumferential portion surrounding the planar central part and connected to the planar central part, the planar central part being provided with a detection portion, wherein the planar central part is coplanar with the planar outer circumferential portion, and the planar central part is in direct contact with the planar outer circumferential portion;
an electronic component is disposed on the top flat surface, and
the electronic component comprises: a component body disposed away from the planar central part; and a lead frame having a base end and a tip end, the base end being connected to the component body, the tip end being directly bonded to the planar outer circumferential portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,925

MULTISTAGE SENSING DEVICE

NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVER...

1. A multistage sensing device comprising:a substrate;
a deformable unit having a first body disposed on said substrate, and a second body disposed on said first body and opposite to said substrate; and
a sensor unit including a first sensor element and a second sensor element that are disposed in said deformable unit, said first sensor element being disposed between said second sensor element and said substrate,
wherein said second sensor element is operable to measure deformation of said second body when an external force is applied to said deformable unit, and said first sensor element is operable to measure deformation of said first body when said first body is deformed by the deformation of said second body, and
wherein said first body is formed with a first space, and said second body is formed with a second space.

US Pat. No. 10,113,924

PLASMONIC NANOPARTICLE-BASED COLORIMETRIC STRESS MEMORY SENSOR

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

8. A method of forming a plasmonic nanoparticle-based colorimetric stress memory sensor, the method comprising:preparing bis(p-sulfonatophenyl)-phenylphosphine (BSPP) capped plasmonic nanoparticles;
assembling the BSPP capped plasmonic nanoparticles into a chain suspension;
mixing polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and the chain suspension into a homogenous mixture and drop casting the homogenous mixture onto a substrate; and
placing the mixture and substrate in a vacuum desiccator to allow evaporation of solvent from the mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,113,923

FORCE DETECTION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A force detection device comprising:a substrate that includes a power supply wire, a reference wire, a first output wire, a second output wire and a plurality of mesa gauges disposed on a main surface of the substrate; and
a force transmission block that is connected to the substrate, wherein:
the plurality of mesa gauges include a first mesa gauge, a second mesa gauge, a third mesa gauge, and a fourth mesa gauge;
the first mesa gauge and the second mesa gauge are connected in series with each other between the power supply wire and the reference wire, the first mesa gauge is connected to a power supply wire side, and the second mesa gauge is connected to a reference wire side;
the third mesa gauge and the fourth mesa gauge are connected in series with each other between the power wire and the reference wire, the third mesa gauge is connected to the power supply wire side, and the fourth mesa gauge is connected to the reference wire side;
a pair of the first mesa gauge and the second mesa gauge and a pair of the third mesa gauge and the fourth mesa gauge are connected in parallel to each other between the power supply wire and the reference wire;
the first output wire is connected between the first mesa gauge and the second mesa gauge;
the second output wire is connected between the third mesa gauge and the fourth mesa gauge;
each of the first mesa gauge, the second mesa gauge, the third mesa gauge, and the fourth mesa gauge extends along a first direction; and
a contact area of the force transmission block with respect to a first pair of the first mesa gauge and the fourth mesa gauge is different from a contact area of the force transmission block with respect to a second pair of the second mesa gauge and the third mesa gauge.

US Pat. No. 10,113,922

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND TRIPLE-AXIAL FORCE MEASUREMENT SENSOR THEREOF

Chung-Yuan Christian Univ...

1. A triple-axial force measurement sensor, comprising:a first sensing unit, comprising:
a first electrode, comprising:
an electrode main body;
a plurality of first extension columns, connected to the electrode main body;
a plurality of second extension columns, connected to the electrode main body;
a plurality of first electrode columns, connected to the plurality of first extension columns, wherein a plurality of first containing spaces are formed between any two neighboring first electrode columns, and formed between any one first electrode column and an adjacent electrode main body; and
a plurality of second electrode columns, connected to the plurality of second extension columns, wherein a plurality of second containing spaces are formed between any two neighboring second electrode columns, and formed between any one second electrode column and an adjacent electrode main body; and
a plurality of second electrodes, each second electrode comprising:
a third extension column; and
a plurality of third electrode columns, connected to the third extension column, wherein the plurality of third electrode columns are respectively located in each first containing space; and
a plurality of third electrodes, each third electrode comprising:
a fourth extension column;
a plurality of fourth electrode columns, connected to the fourth extension column, wherein the plurality of fourth electrode columns are respectively located in each second containing space; and
a second sensing unit, located under the first sensing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,113,921

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING MECHANICAL STRESS OF MACHINERY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system comprising:a magnetostriction-based drive coil configured to generate a magnetic field in a target material of industrial machinery using a drive signal;
a magnetostriction-based sensing coil configured to measure a change in magnetic permeability of the target material of the industrial machinery as a sensed signal; and
noise reduction circuitry configured to:
receive the drive signal;
receive the sensed signal; and
at least partially remove noise in the sensed signal that corresponds to the drive signal to generate an output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,113,920

THERMOCHROMIC EFFICIENCY INDICATOR

Chromatic Technologies, I...

1. A method of using a thermochromic indicator, comprising:monitoring a temperature within an interior space of a building with said thermochromic indicator comprising:
a substrate; and
a first indicium coupled to said substrate, said first indicium comprising a first thermochromic compound capable of undergoing a reversible first thermochromic compound color change upon exposure to a first temperature which is predetermined to indicate that a temperature affector which affects said temperature does not produce a desired effect;
wherein said desired effect is the maintenance of said interior space above said first temperature;
wherein said first thermochromic compound color change is retained even upon discontinuation of exposure to said first temperature to effectively record exposure to said first temperature;
wherein said first thermochromic compound color change indicates said temperature affector did not produce said desired effect;
subsequent to monitoring said temperature, capturing an image of said thermochromic indicator with a camera coupled to an electronic device;
executing one or more non-transitory computer-readable application programs to (i) determine whether said first thermochromic compound underwent said first thermochromic compound color change, (ii) determine whether said temperature affector produced said desired effect, and (iii) provide one or more options directed toward improving said temperature affector when said temperature affector does not produce said desired effect.

US Pat. No. 10,113,918

ARRANGEMENT OF A SENSOR FOR MEASURING THE TEMPERATURE OF A MEDIUM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A sensor arrangement for measuring a temperature of a medium in a motor vehicle, the arrangement comprising:a sensor having a sensor body and two connecting wires, including a first connecting wire and a second connecting wire;
said first connecting wire and a majority of said sensor body being disposed in direct contact with the medium and said second connecting wire being completely insulated from the medium.

US Pat. No. 10,113,916

TEMPERATURE SENSING APPARATUS FOR HEAT EXCHANGER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A temperature sensing apparatus for a heat exchanger, comprising:a sensor bracket provided at an outer circumferential surface of a refrigerant pipe of the heat exchanger; and
a temperature sensor provided inside of the sensor bracket, and configured to be in contact with the outer circumferential surface of the refrigerant pipe when the sensor bracket is installed at the refrigerant pipe to sense a surface temperature of the refrigerant pipe, and wherein the sensor bracket includes:
a bracket body configured to completely enclose the temperature sensor and partially surround the outer circumferential surface of the refrigerant pipe,
a groove or a recess formed at an inner bottom surface of the bracket body to accommodate the temperature sensor, and
at least one pipe holder protruding from the bracket body and configured to latch onto the outer circumferential surface of the refrigerant pipe, wherein the bracket body includes at least one drain hole penetrating the bracket body from the inner bottom surface to an outer bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,913

SYSTEMS FOR COLLECTING THERMAL MEASUREMENTS OF THE FACE

Facense Ltd., Kiryat Tiv...

1. A system configured to take thermal measurements indicative of a physiological response, comprising:a frame configured to be worn on a user's head;
first, second, third, and fourth thermal cameras, which are physically coupled to the frame; wherein the frame is configured to hold the first, second, third, and fourth thermal cameras less than 15 cm away from the user's face;
the first and third thermal cameras are located to the right of the vertical symmetry axis that divides the face; the second and fourth thermal cameras are located to the left of the vertical symmetry axis; and the third and fourth thermal cameras are located at least 1 cm below the first and second thermal cameras, respectively;
the first thermal camera is configured to take thermal measurements of a first region of interest (THROI1), wherein ROI1 covers a portion of the right side of the user's forehead;
the second thermal camera is configured to take thermal measurements of a second ROI (THROI2), wherein ROI2 covers a portion of the left side of the forehead;
the third thermal camera is configured to take thermal measurements of a third ROI (THROI3), wherein ROI3 covers a portion of the right side of the user's upper lip; and
the fourth thermal camera is configured to take thermal measurements of a fourth ROI (THROI4), wherein ROI4 covers a portion of the left side of the user's upper lip.

US Pat. No. 10,113,909

OPTICAL FILTER DEVICE, OPTICAL MODULE, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An optical filter device, comprising:an interference filter which includes a first substrate, a second substrate facing the first substrate and having a movable section that approaches and withdraws from the first substrate, a first reflective film provided on the first substrate, and a second reflective film provided on the movable section of the second substrate and facing the first reflective film;
a base section to which the interference filter is fixed; and
a fixing member which fixes at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate to the base section via at least one fixing position that is located at one surface side along a substrate thickness direction of the one of the first substrate and the second substrate,
wherein the fixing member has an elastic modulus of less than or equal to a first threshold at which the fixing member elastically deforms due to a stress that corresponds to a rotation of the interference filter that centers on the fixing position such that a first order resonance frequency of the interference filter in which the fixing position of the fixing member is used as a fixed end is less than or equal to half a value of a first order resonance frequency of the movable section.

US Pat. No. 10,113,908

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPTICAL AXIS ALIGNMENT MONITOR AND FEEDBACK CONTROL FOR A SPECTROMETER

The United States of Amer...

1. A monitoring and control system for a spectrometer, comprising:a single axis, wavelength-specific linear array detector column embedded in a two-dimensional (2-D) spectrometer detector array;
at least one optical alignment beacon positioned and directed along a central optical axis of an input aperture of an optical system;
wherein said beacon outputs illumination directed along a receiver optical path;
a fast steering mirror (FSM) provided in series with said optical axis of said beacon and an incoming ground scene radiance from said input aperture;
wherein said FSM alters optical pointing directions of radiance sources including said incoming ground scene radiance and said beacon illumination, in two axes including tip and tilt axes;
a turning mirror which reflects said radiance sources to focusing optics and a field stop slit of a field stop assembly;
wherein exiting radiance from said field-stop assembly is spectrally partitioned and directed orthogonal to a spatial cross-track image axis and focused onto said 2-D spectrometer detector array; and
wherein changes in tip and tilt optical axis motions are registered and parametrized to derive a feedback control signal from a feedback control system, for said FSM to provide corrective motions to image jitter and to restore focal plane image stability.

US Pat. No. 10,113,906

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MEASURING LIGHT

BlueLight Analytics, Inc....

1. A device comprising:a) a light diffusing element comprising:
an element comprising a top portion, a bottom portion, and a side portion, wherein said top portion comprises a screen, said bottom portion comprises an inner surface that is substantially hemispherical, and said side portion comprises an inner surface that is substantially cylindrical, and wherein said side portion is connected to said top portion and said bottom portion; and
an outlet port in said side portion, wherein said outlet port is substantially parallel to said top portion and is adjacent to said bottom portion, and wherein said outlet port is configured to receive a light conducting conduit,
wherein said light diffusing element prevents light from penetrating through said side portion or said bottom portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,905

RANDOM LIGHT COLLECTOR DEVICE

ADVA Optical Networking S...

1. A random light collector device comprising(a) a reflecting cavity configured to enclose a random light source that randomly transmits photons in essentially the whole solid angle of 4? steradian, the reflecting cavity having an inner wall adapted to reflect the photons in such a way that at least a portion of once or multiply reflected photons is directed to an output port of the reflecting cavity and
(b) a guiding means for directing the reflected photons and photons which are directly emitted to the output port and to a photodetector,
(c) wherein the guiding means is a hollow tube having an inner wall adapted to reflect the photons, and
(d) wherein a first end of the hollow tube is connected to or positioned adjacent to the output port of the reflecting cavity and wherein the photodetector is provided within the hollow tube or directly at or sufficiently close to a second end thereof in such a way that a sensitive area of the photodetector covers the whole cross-section of the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,113,904

OPTICAL SENSOR

SICK ENGINEERING GMBH, O...

1. An optical sensor comprising:a light transmitter for transmitting transmitted light beams into a measured zone;
a light receiver for receiving received light beams from the measured zone;
an evaluation unit for determining a property of the measured zone using the received light beams received by the light receiver;
at least one mirror unit for scattering the transmitted light beams and/or the received light beams, with the at least one mirror unit comprising a plurality of micromirror elements having an at least regionally reflective surface and comprising an electrode arrangement electrically connected to the micromirror elements; and
a control device that is configured to adjust the at least one mirror unit between at least two different functional states by controlling the electrode arrangement,
wherein the at least one mirror unit further comprises an at least substantially transparent substrate at which the micromirror elements are arranged; and wherein the control device is configured to temporarily set the at least one mirror unit into a transmission state in which the micromirror elements are in an open position and light radiation incident onto the at least one mirror unit moves past the micromirror elements through the transparent substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,902

DETECTION OF SEISMIC SIGNALS USING FIBER OPTIC DISTRIBUTED SENSORS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A seismic event detection system in a well, comprising:a first fiber optic cable disposed in a borehole extending from an earth surface into a formation, the first fiber optic cable configured to react along its length to incident seismic signals originating: inside the borehole and propagating through the formation and the borehole or outside the borehole and propagating through the formation;
an optical source to launch optical pulses into the first fiber optic cable while the seismic signals are incident on the first fiber optic cable; and
a data acquisition system coupled to the first fiber optic cable to detect coherent Rayleigh noise (CRN) generated in response to the optical pulses to determine characteristics of the well based on the detected CRN.

US Pat. No. 10,113,900

FIELD DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE PROTOCOL SUPPORT

ROSEMOUNT TANK RADAR AB, ...

1. A level gauging system, the gauging system comprising:a radar level gauge for determining a filling level of a product in a tank;
a host system connectable to the radar level gauge to receive measurement data from the radar level gauge; and
a portable configuration tool, which is external to the radar level gauge and connectable to the radar level gauge for configuring tank specific parameters;
said radar level gauge including:
transceiver circuitry configured to transmit an electromagnetic transmit signal and receive an electromagnetic return signal reflected from a surface of the product;
a signal propagation device arranged to guide said transmit signal towards said surface, and to guide said return signal to said transceiver circuitry;
processing circuitry configured to determine said filling level based on a relationship between the electromagnetic transmit signal and the electromagnetic return signal;
a physical communication interface allowing bi-directional communication of data structured according to either a first digital communication protocol or a second digital communication protocol;
first communication circuitry for communicating measurement data from the radar level gauge using said first digital communication protocol when said communication interface is connected to the host system;
second communication circuitry for enabling configuration of the radar level gauge using said second digital communication protocol when said communication interface is conductively connected to the configuration tool;
protocol identification circuitry connected to said communication interface for intercepting data received by said communication interface from at least one of said host system and said portable configuration tool connected to said physical communication interface, and configured to parse intercepted data to determine if said intercepted data is structured according to said first digital communication protocol or according to said second digital communication protocol; and
control circuitry for directing the intercepted data to said first communication circuitry when said intercepted data is structured according to said first digital communication protocol and to said second communication circuitry when said intercepted data is structured according to said second digital communication protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,113,894

GAS FLOW CHARACTERIZATION IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of characterizing gas flow within a housing of a machine, comprising:positioning one or more gas flow sensors in the housing wherein the one or more gas flow sensors are integral with a build plate;
introducing a gas flow into the housing;
using the one or more gas flow sensors to generate two or more gas flow measurements at spaced-apart locations within the housing; and
recording the two or more measurements to create a gas flow map.

US Pat. No. 10,113,893

METHOD OF, AND APPARATUS FOR, MONITORING THE AVAILABLE RESOURCES OF A GAS CYLINDER

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A method of determining the predicted usage of gas from a gas cylinder assembly comprising a gas cylinder and a valve and regulator assembly, the method using a sensor assembly comprising a gas sensor and comprising the steps of:a) determining, using the gas sensor, the mass of gas in the gas cylinder at a time t;
b) determining, at time t, the average measured flow rate of gas from the gas cylinder; and
c) determining, at time t, the time remaining until the quantity of gas in the gas cylinder reaches a predetermined level, the time remaining being determined from the mass of gas in the gas cylinder at time t, the average measured flow rate of gas from the gas cylinder as determined at time t, and a predetermined scaling factor selected in dependence upon the proportion of gas remaining in the gas cylinder at time t;
wherein the gas sensor comprises a piezoelectric oscillator immersed in the gas within the gas cylinder, and the sensor assembly comprises a drive circuit for driving the piezoelectric oscillator, and step a) comprises:
d) driving, by means of the drive circuit, the piezoelectric oscillator such that the piezoelectric oscillator resonates at a resonant frequency; and
e) measuring the resonant frequency of the piezoelectric oscillator at time t; and
f) determining, from the resonant frequency, the mass of the gas within the gas cylinder at time t.

US Pat. No. 10,113,891

FLOW RATE MEASUREMENT DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A flow rate measurement device, comprising:a measurement channel;
a pair of hole portions each being in communication with the measurement channel;
a pair of ultrasonic transceivers disposed across the pair of hole portions from the measurement channel;
a propagation time measurer which measures a propagation time between the pair of ultrasonic transceivers;
a flow rate calculator which calculates a flow rate based on a flow velocity determined from the propagation time measured by the propagation time measurer; and
a turbulence reduction component disposed between the pair of hole portions and the measurement channel and having a pair of opening portions at positions corresponding to the pair of hole portions, wherein
the pair of opening portions of the turbulence reduction component each have frame pieces which are substantially identical in width.

US Pat. No. 10,113,889

QUALITY ASSURANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NAVIGATION-ASSISTED PROCEDURES

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A calibration system for a tracking system, comprising:a channel block having a plurality of channels formed therein, the plurality of channels being configured to correspond to locations where treatment devices are inserted for treatment of a patient, the channels being dimensioned to restrict motion of the treatment devices; and
the tracking system configured to monitor a position of at least one treatment device inserted in at least one of the channels of the plurality of channels, the tracking system being configured to generate tracking data for the at least one treatment device as the treatment devices move through the plurality of channels for comparison from within a corresponding channel with an expected position based on the true positional data for the at least one treatment device from within the corresponding channel, the expected path data include one or more of a particular grid position a stepper setting, arbitrarily set data, and data from a surgical plan.

US Pat. No. 10,113,888

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME AND POSITION DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus comprising:a first position detector (a) being an optical position detector used with an optical scale provided with multiple periodic patterns whose periods are mutually different and (b) configured to receive lights from the multiple periodic patterns when moving relatively to the optical scale with a movement of a movable member to generate multiple first detection signals respectively changing at periods corresponding to the periods of the multiple periodic patterns;
a second position detector being a non-optical position detector and configured to generate a second detection signal changing with the movement of the moveable member; and
a calculator configured to (a) produce a first position signal by using the multiple first detection signals, (b) produce a second position signal whose resolution is different from that of the first position signal, by using the second detection signal, and (c) perform a calculation for combining the first position signal with the second position signal to produce a signal showing an absolute position of the movable member,
wherein the first position signal has multiple folded-back portions; and
the resolution of the second position signal is a resolution capable of specifying one of the multiple folded-back portions.

US Pat. No. 10,113,885

METHOD AND ROTATIONAL ANGLE SENSOR FOR MEASURING AN ANGULAR POSITION OF A ROTATABLE SIGNAL-INDUCING UNIT

1. A method for measuring an angular position of a rotatable signal-inducing unit, including:a signal-inducing unit, which has a center electrode disposed in a signal-inducing unit plane and a rotary electrode disposed in the signal-inducing unit plane, the rotary electrode being conductively connected to the center electrode and laterally offset therefrom;
a sensor unit electrically isolated from the signal-inducing unit and having a first sensor electrode disposed in a sensor plane and at least one second sensor electrode disposed in the sensor plane, the sensor electrodes being arranged in a circle around a ground electrode disposed in the sensor plane, the signal-inducing unit plane and the sensor plane being oriented substantially parallel to one another,
wherein the signal-inducing unit is supported so as to be rotatable about the center electrode, the rotary electrode is movable along a circular path in the region of the sensor electrodes, and the center electrode is aligned with the ground electrode,
wherein the ground electrode is configured to influence a capacitance of the center electrode, and
wherein the rotary electrode is configured to influence a capacitance of at least one of the sensor electrodes according to the angular position of the signal-inducing unit,
the method comprising the following steps:
disconnecting the ground electrode from a ground potential;
determining a first reference capacitance value representative of an instantaneous capacitance of the first sensor electrode and at least one second reference capacitance value representative of an instantaneous capacitance of the second sensor electrode;
connecting the ground electrode to the ground potential;
determining a first capacitance value representative of an instantaneous capacitance of the first sensor electrode and at least one second capacitance value representative of an instantaneous capacitance of the second sensor electrode; and
calculating an angle value representative of the angular position of the signal-inducing unit using the reference capacitance values and the capacitance values.

US Pat. No. 10,113,884

DIVERSITY IN MAGNETIC SENSORS

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A magnetic angle sensor, comprising:a first Wheatstone bridge circuit having a plurality of first magnetoresistive elements; and
a second Wheatstone bridge circuit having a plurality of second magnetoresistive elements,
wherein:
the plurality of second magnetoresistive elements have diversity with respect to the plurality of first magnetoresistive elements,
a width of meander stripes of the plurality of second magnetoresistive elements is less than a width of meander stripes of the plurality of first magnetoresistive elements, and
a ratio of an output signal of the second Wheatstone bridge circuit to an output signal of the first Wheatstone bridge circuit indicates a magnetic field strength.

US Pat. No. 10,113,881

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING AN ELECTRONIC APPOINTMENT SCHEDULER FOR A VEHICLE

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A method for providing an electronic appointment scheduler for a vehicle, the method comprising:acquiring, from a mobile user device, appointments with associated time data and geographical positions, the appointments being transferred from the mobile user device to a control unit of an in-vehicle system;
acquiring a residual energy amount available for powering the vehicle;
acquiring data on a geographical road network, including geographical positions of energy supply facilities suitable for the vehicle;
generating, in the control unit, a route plan and an energy replenishment plan with consideration of the time data and geographical positions associated with the appointments and with consideration of an available residual energy amount and an energy consumption by the vehicle on a potential travel route;
calculating appointment-associated supplemental time periods associated with the appointments, which are derived based on the route plan and the energy replenishment plan;
generating and outputting an appointment schedule with the appointments and the appointment-associated supplemental time periods associated with the appointments; and
displaying the appointment schedule on a touchscreen display, the touchscreen display configured to operate in a first operating mode in which an appointment sequence of individual appointments in the appointment schedule is shown in a graphical list and a second operating mode in which the individual appointments and appointment-associated supplemental time periods are shown together, and in the second operating mode free time periods are listed in the schedule along with the individual appointments and the appointment-associated supplemental time periods,
wherein in the second operating mode the schedule is displayed and a manipulatable icon is displayed over the schedule, the manipulatable icon visually representing the individual appointments and the appointment-associated supplemental time periods,
wherein when an appointment sequence is changed, then effects on other parts of the appointment schedule are analyzed,
wherein when the time data associated with an appointment is changed, then effects on other parts of the appointment schedule are analyzed,
wherein when an appointment-associated supplementary time period is changed, then effects on other parts of the appointment schedule are analyzed, and
wherein in the second operating mode, the individual appointments are manipulated by performing a touch gesture to the manipulatable icon, the touch gesture comprising at least one of dragging, spreading or pinching the manipulatable icon; wherein the appointment scheduler is switched at least between two operating modes via an operating action, wherein, in a first operating mode, the appointments and the supplementary time periods caused by the route plan and/or energy replenishment plan are shown and the time data associated with an appointment and/or a supplementary time period are shifted in time by an operating action, and wherein, in a second operating mode, the supplementary time periods are faded out and the appointment sequence is changed by an operating action; and
wherein, if in consideration of all limiting conditions based on which the appointment schedule is generated, a time conflict between appointments and supplementary periods is detected, a warning message is output and optionally a list of suggestions for eliminating the time conflict is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,113,880

CUSTOM PRINTING OF A TRAVEL ROUTE

FACEBOOK, INC., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:receiving, from a user device, a request for directions from an origin to a destination;
determining, using at least one processor, a route from the origin to the destination, wherein the route comprises driving directions for navigating from the origin to the destination;
providing, for display together on the user device:
a route map illustrating a graphical representation of the driving directions for the route; and
a narrative portion comprising a list of actions for instructing a user through the driving directions for the route;
detecting, using the at least one processor, a selection of a particular listed action from the displayed list of actions within the narrative portion; and
in response to the detected selection of the particular listed action, providing, for display together with the narrative portion, a detailed map that illustrates the particular listed action in detail.

US Pat. No. 10,113,878

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SHARED TRANSPORT

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A network computer system comprising:one or more processors;
a set of memory resources to store a set of instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
receive, over one or more networks, a plurality of transport-related requests from a plurality of computing devices of requesters, each transport-related request specifying a set of parameters, including a pickup location and a drop-off location;
select a service provider to provide a transport pool for a set of transport-related requests from the plurality of transport-related requests by:
determining a number of service providers that satisfy criteria for providing the transport pool for each transport-related request of the set of transport-related requests, the criteria including (i) a distance proximity for each service provider of the number of service providers relative to the pickup locations of the set of transport-related requests, based on current location information provided by geo-aware components of a computing device of each service provider, and (ii) an availability state of each service provider of the number of service providers;
determining, based at least in part on the number of service providers, a range of trip completion times for the set of transport-related requests to be fulfilled by the transport pool;
determining an alternative trip completion time for a singular transport without transport pooling, based on the set of parameters;
determining a first constraint that sets a limit for the range of trip completion times, based on the alternative trip completion time; and
determining that the selected service provider from the number of service providers satisfies the first constraint.

US Pat. No. 10,113,874

DETECTION DEVICE, SENSOR, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND MOVING OBJECT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A detection device comprising:a drive circuit that receives a feedback signal from a vibrator and drives the vibrator;
a detection circuit that performs detection based on a signal from the vibrator and outputs detection data; and
a digital signal processing unit that performs digital filtering for the detection data from the detection circuit, the digital signal processing unit including a band elimination filtering circuit,
the band elimination filtering circuit comprising:
a multiplier;
a multiplication result register connected to the multiplier and configured to store multiplication result data of the multiplier;
an adder;
a first addition result register and a second addition result register connected to the adder and configured to store selectively addition result data of the adder;
a fifth selector connected to the multiplier and the adder and configured to select any one of the multiplication result data of the multiplier and the addition result data of the adder, and output;
an output register connected to the fifth selector and configured to store the output data of the fifth selector;
a first selector connected to an input and to the output register and configured to select any one of input data and the data of the output register, and output to the multiplier;
a second selector connected to a storage unit and configured to select any one of a plurality of filter coefficients stored in the storage unit, and output to the multiplier;
a third selector connected to the input and the multiplication result register and configured to select any one of the input data and data stored in the multiplication result register, and output to the adder; and
a fourth selector connected to the input, the first addition result register, and the second addition result register and configured to select any one of the input data and data stored in the first addition result register and the second addition result register, and output to the adder;
wherein the digital signal processing unit performs band elimination filtering, by way of the band elimination filtering unit, for attenuating a component of a detuning frequency ?f=|fd?fs| corresponding to a difference between a drive side resonance frequency fd and a detection side resonance frequency fs of the vibrator for the detection data.

US Pat. No. 10,113,870

MACHINE VISION SYSTEM FOR FORMING A DIGITAL REPRESENTATION OF A LOW INFORMATION CONTENT SCENE

Cognex Corporation, Nati...

1. A machine vision system, including:a) an image sensor configured to capture an image signal and process the image signal to output a binary measurement signal, the image signal indicative of light energy collected from a scene, the image sensor comprising
i) a pixel array of light sensitive pixels and dark pixels arranged by rows and columns, the pixel array comprising
A) an array of pixel output control busses in one-to-one correspondence with the rows of the pixel array, each of the pixel output control busses configured and arranged to provide a pixel output control signal to pixels on a respective row of the pixel array, and
B) an array of pixel column circuits in one-to-one correspondence with the columns of the pixel array, each pixel column circuit comprising
I) a pixel output bus configured and arranged to sum pixel output signals, and
II) a linear array of pixels, coupled in one-to one correspondence with the array of pixel control busses, the linear array of pixels comprising
 (a) a linear array of light sensitive pixels to receive a portion of the image signal, wherein each light sensitive pixel comprises
 (i) a respective light sensitive sensor that is responsive to light energy received by the light sensitive pixel,
 (ii) a respective transconductor that is coupled with the light sensitive sensor and configured to form a respective pixel output signal based on the light energy, and
 (iii) a respective output select circuit, coupled with a corresponding pixel output control bus of the array of pixel output control busses, to control coupling of the transconductor to the pixel output bus through which the light sensitive pixel provides the light energy-based pixel output signal to the pixel output bus,
 (b) a linear array of dark pixels, wherein each dark pixel lacks a light sensitive sensor and comprises
 (i) a respective transconductor that is responsive to an electrical reference signal received by the dark pixel and configured to form a respective pixel output signal based on the electrical reference signal, and
 (ii) a respective output select circuit, coupled with corresponding pixel output control bus of the array of pixel output control busses, to control coupling of the transconductor to the pixel output bus through which the dark pixel provides the electrical reference signal-based pixel output signal to the pixel output bus,
ii) a sampling pattern generator coupled with the pixel array, the sampling pattern generator configured to provide a sequence of the pixel output control signals to the array of pixel output control busses and also configured to provide the electrical reference signal to the dark pixels, wherein
A) each element of the sequence of the pixel output control signals corresponds to a row of a sampling pattern matrix, which is predetermined to form, through selective summing of the light energy-based and electrical reference signal-based pixel output signals on the pixel output busses of the array of pixel column circuits, an array of measurement coefficients in one-to-one correspondence with columns of the pixel array, each measurement coefficient of the array of measurement coefficients comprising information of the image signal represented in a non-canonical basis,
B) provision of the elements of the sequence to the array of pixel output control busses causes a measurement signal to be formed on the pixel output busses of the array of pixel column circuits, the measurement signal comprising a respective array of measurement coefficients for each row of the sampling pattern matrix, and
C) provision of the electrical reference signal to the dark pixels of the pixel array controls a contribution of the dark pixels to the measurement signal,
iii) a digitizer, coupled with the pixel output busses of the array of pixel column circuits, for binarizing the measurement signal to form a binary measurement signal; and
b) a digital processor, coupled with the image sensor to receive the binary measurement signal, the digital processor configured with
i) information regarding the sampling pattern matrix and the contribution of the dark pixels to the measurement signal,
ii) instructions for accessing, from the binary measurement signal, a column binary measurement vector corresponding to a particular column of the pixel array, and
iii) instructions for forming a digital pixel value corresponding to a light sensitive pixel of the particular column, the digital pixel value comprising information of the image signal as captured, by
A) finding a column signal vector that has a binary measurement space representation that is substantially correlated with the column binary measurement vector, and
B) processing the column signal vector, together with the contribution of the dark pixels to the measurement signal, to form the digital pixel value.

US Pat. No. 10,113,869

DEVICE FOR IDENTIFYING CHANGE IN VERTICAL DIRECTION BY USING AIR PRESSURE MEASUREMENT VALUE

Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kai...

11. A floor map display device comprising:an air pressure-type vertical direction movement identifying device including:
an air pressure sensor configured to output an air pressure signal;
a vertical direction speed signal output unit configured to input the air pressure signal, and to output a first signal indicating a speed in a vertical direction of the air pressure sensor;
a vertical direction movement distance signal output unit configured to input the first signal, and to output a second signal indicating a continuous movement distance in the vertical direction of the air pressure sensor; and
a vertical direction movement signal output unit configured to input the first signal and the second signal, and to output a third signal indicating that the air pressure sensor moves in the vertical direction; and
a floor map display unit configured to display a floor map of a floor where a user is located, based on the third signal,
wherein the third signal indicates that moving equipment used to move the air pressure sensor is an escalator or stairs.

US Pat. No. 10,113,868

MULTIPLE SYNCHRONIZED OPTICAL SOURCES FOR TIME-OF-FLIGHT RANGE FINDING SYSTEMS

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A phase-based time-of-flight (TOF) system including a primary output source adapted to emit first energy Sout having a modulation frequency ? and a phase ?, and a time of flight sensor which detects incoming signal Sin, which is at least a fraction of emitted said first energy that is reflected-back by a target object a distance Z away, and is adapted to determine said distance Z from a shift in said phase ? in Sin, said TOF system comprising:at least one auxiliary wireless optical emitting (WOE) unit that includes at least one optical sensor for receiving a portion of Sout and is adapted to output second energy Sout-n at a frequency and phase derived from the received portion of Sout;
wherein said first energy and second optical energy are adapted to be received by said time of flight sensor in replicated modulation frequency and phase as optical energy Sout emitted by said TOF system when reflected by said target object.

US Pat. No. 10,113,867

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL RECONSTRUCTION OF A SCENE BY IMAGE ANALYSIS

AREVA NP, Courbevoie (FR...

1. A device for the three-dimensional reconstruction of a scene by image analysis, comprising:an image acquisition device configured to capture images of the scene;
an analysis device configured to calculate a three-dimensional reconstruction of the scene from at least one image of the scene taken by the image acquisition device; and
a projection device configured to project a first light pattern and a second light pattern, which are complementary, on the examined scene, the first light pattern and the second light pattern being projected along separate projection axes forming a non-zero angle between the projection axes, so as to be superimposed while forming a uniform image with homogenous intensity in a projection plane, the analysis device being programmed to calculate a three-dimensional reconstruction from a measurement of the variation in the homogeneity of light intensity in each image of the scene.

US Pat. No. 10,113,866

PORTABLE AXLE ALIGNMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. Apparatus for aligning an axle of a vehicle which comprises,A laser emitter that emits a laser beam substantially perpendicular to the axis of a wheel when said laser emitter is held against said wheel's outer flange wherein said wheel is mounted substantially coaxial with said axle,
A plurality of laser targets detachably mounted to said vehicle's steer wheels,
A plurality of elongate measurement scales mounted to said laser targets protruding away from said vehicle and substantially coaxial to said steer wheels when said laser targets are detachably mounted to said steer wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,113,865

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHECKING THE MUTUAL POSITION OF COMPONENTS OF A WORKPIECE AND EQUIPMENT USING SUCH SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A checking system for checking a mutual position of a second component of a workpiece relative to a first component of the workpiece, the first component being configured to receive at least a portion of the second component and apt to define an axis, comprising:a reference system apt to define a reference plane and a main axis perpendicular to the reference plane, and the first component of the workpiece being located so that the axis of the first component is aligned with the main axis;
a detection system adapted to define at least a first checking area and a second checking area spaced apart from each other, and detect, at said at least first and second checking areas, quantities indicative of the mutual position of the second component of the workpiece relative to the first component of the workpiece; and
a processing unit connected to the detection system and adapted to receive and process said quantities in order to find out, in real time, information about said mutual position;
wherein the detection system comprises at least a first detection device adapted to define the first checking area, and a second detection device adapted to define the second checking area, said at least first and second detection devices being intended to operate at the same time, each on the respective checking area, and cooperate with one of the second component of the workpiece and a specific component of the checking system, said specific component being adapted to be coupled to the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,113,862

STRAIN SENSOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR STRAIN SENSOR

CMIWS CO., LTD., Kyoto (...

1. A strain sensor comprising:a base;
a plurality of supports provided in a state of protruding from the base and around which an optical fiber is wound;
one or a plurality of the optical fibers provided in a state of having parts directed to different directions each other between the supports as viewed from an opposite direction to the base; and
fixing materials to fix the optical fiber to the supports in a state in which tension is applied to the parts between the supports,
wherein the base comprises a plurality of island-shaped members on which each of the supports is provided respectively, and a connection to separably connect the island-shaped members.

US Pat. No. 10,113,859

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Screen Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. An imaging apparatus for tomographically imaging an imaging object carried in a carrier having an optically transparent wall surface, the imaging apparatus comprising:a light source which emits low-coherence light to be split into illumination light and reference light, the illumination light being incident on the imaging object via an object optical system and reflected by the imaging object, reflected light from the imaging object passing through the object optical system;
an imaging unit which detects interference light generated by an interference of the reflected light and the reference light, and outputs an interference signal corresponding to the interference light; and
a signal processor which obtains a reflected light intensity distribution of the imaging object along an incident direction of the illumination light based on the interference signal, wherein
the object optical system includes an objective lens and a light regulator,
the objective lens is arranged to face the wall surface, converges the illumination light to the imaging object via the wall surface and collects the reflected light from the imaging object emitted via the wall surface,
the light regulator is arranged on an optical path of the illumination light on a side opposite to the imaging object across the objective lens and has a light regulating surface formed with a transmission pattern in which a high transmission part for transmitting the illumination light at a relatively high transmittance and a low transmission part having a lower transmittance to the illumination light than the high transmission part are regularly arranged,
the transmission pattern is rotationally symmetric with respect to an optical axis of the objective lens and a point located at a position point-symmetric with an arbitrary point in the high transmission part with respect to a point where the optical axis of the objective lens intersects with the light regulating surface is included in the low transmission part, and
the light regulating surface is arranged at a focus position of the objective lens.

US Pat. No. 10,113,856

LINE-FIELD IMAGING SYSTEMS AND METHODS INCORPORATING PLANAR WAVEGUIDES

CARL ZEISS MEDITEC, INC.,...

1. An interferometric imaging system for imaging a light scattering object comprising:a light source for generating a beam of radiation;
a beam divider for separating the beam into reference and sample arms, wherein the sample arm contains the light scattering object to be imaged;
one or more lenses arranged to create and project a line of light from said beam of radiation to the light scattering object to be imaged;
a linear detector array arranged to receive light scattered from the object and light from the reference arm and generate signals in response thereto;
a processor for generating an image in response to signals generated by the detector; and
a planar waveguide positioned such that the line of light on the light scattering object is imaged to said planar waveguide in at least one dimension, said planar waveguide for reducing transverse modes in said one dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,113,855

SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE THICKNESS OF A LAYER OF RUBBER FOR A TIRE

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A system for determining a thickness of a layer of rubber material of a tire, in which the layer of rubber material includes a joined face and a free face, the joined face being joined to an adjacent reinforcement made with at least one material having a magnetic permeability greater than a magnetic permeability of air, and the free face being in contact with air, the system comprising:a sensor configured to measure a distance D1 between the joined face and a portion of the sensor, wherein the sensor includes: a static magnetic-field source, and a sensitive element whose output signal is a function of a level of a local magnetic field, the sensitive element being positioned so that a magnetic-field strength measured by the sensitive element varies when the distance D1 decreases,
wherein the distance D1 is used to determine the thickness of the layer of rubber material, and
wherein (a) the static magnetic-field source includes a first magnetic-field source and a second magnetic-field source with identical poles facing each other on opposite sides of the sensitive element, or (b) the static magnetic-field source includes a ring-shaped magnetic-field source surrounding the sensitive element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,854

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING WALL ABRASION OF SOLID FILLER FEEDING WELL

CHINA UNIVERSITY OF MININ...

1. A device for detecting wall abrasion of a solid-filling feeding well, comprising a well wall abrasion detector, a horizontal displacement meter, a vertical displacement monitor, and a limit guide rod, wherein, one end of the limit guide rod is connected to the well wall abrasion detector, a signal output terminal of the well wall abrasion detector is connected to a signal input terminal of the horizontal displacement meter, and another end of the limit guide rod passes through the vertical displacement monitor for slidable setting, wherein: the well wall abrasion detector comprises several sets of detection arms, and each set of detection arms comprises a resistance strain displacement sensor, a signal amplifier, an electromagnet, a power supply, a displacement transfer rod, a fine-tuning nut, and a damage detection head, the resistance strain displacement sensor, power supply, and signal amplifier are fixed in each set of detection arms, respectively, the electromagnet is fixed on the resistance strain displacement sensor, one end of the displacement transfer rod is disposed at a position corresponding to the electromagnet, the other end of the displacement transfer rod is fixed to the damage detection head via the fine-tuning nut, the displacement transfer rod can extend and retract elastically along an axial direction, the power supply supplies power to the electromagnet, the signal output terminal of the resistance strain displacement sensor is connected to the signal input terminal of the signal amplifier, and the signal output terminal of the signal amplifier is connected to the signal input terminal of the horizontal displacement meter.

US Pat. No. 10,113,853

METHODS FOR POSITIONING RECHARGEABLE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SENSORS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of aligning tire pressure monitoring sensors on a vehicle, the method comprising:positioning front wheels on first and second dynamometers;
rotating a first one of the front wheels until a corresponding first one of the tire pressure monitoring sensors is positioned so that a secondary coil of the first one of the tire pressure monitoring sensors is parallel to the ground;
rotating a second one of the front wheels until a corresponding second one of the tire pressure monitoring sensors is positioned so that the secondary coil of the second one of the tire pressure monitoring sensors is parallel to the ground;
positioning rear wheels on the first and second dynamometers; and
aligning, with the first and second dynamometers, the tire pressure monitoring sensors of the rear wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,113,849

WHEELED DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE

TOP MEASURE INSTRUMENT CO...

1. A wheeled distance measuring device comprising:a longitudinal pole having a lower portion;
a housing attached to the lower portion of the longitudinal pole and having a fork extending from the housing;
a counter mounted in the housing and having a spindle having an end extending out of the housing and a gear mounted on the end of the spindle;
a wheel mounted rotatably on the fork of the housing and having an axle and a spur gear mounted on a free end of the axle;
a gear coupling mechanism mounted on the fork and having
a stem mounted rotatably on the fork, formed as a single piece, and having two ends;
an upper spur gear and a lower spur gear mounted respectively on the two ends of the stem, and the lower spur gear engaged with the spur gear on the axle of the wheel;
a transmission assembly mounted on the housing between the gear on the spindle of the counter and the upper spur gear and having multiple gear elements, wherein one of the gear elements is engaged with the gear on the spindle of the counter, another one of the gear elements is engaged with the upper spur gear, and all of the gear elements of the transmission assembly are spur gears.

US Pat. No. 10,113,848

BLAST MITIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A blast mitigation device, comprising a first inner bag configured to house an explosive; and a second outer bag wherein the first inner bag is housed freely in the second bag;structural connections between the first and the second bags are absent, the first bag comprising a first flexible tubular body made of textile material, provided with at least one first openable mouth at one end of said first flexible tubular body,the second bag comprising a second flexible tubular body made of textile material, provided with at least one second openable mouth at one end of said second flexible tubular body,each of said first and second mouths being closable by a respective zip fastener and wherein at least the second bag comprises one or more closure belts arranged transversely with respect to said openable mouth, such that in an assembled and use condition an end portion of the body of the corresponding bag is wound on itself, forming a roll, said zip fastener being wound inside said roll, said roll being kept in position by said at least one closure belt.

US Pat. No. 10,113,842

UTILIZATION OF SPHEROIDIZED TUNGSTEN IN SHAPED CHARGE SYSTEMS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A shaped charge, comprising:a casing comprising spheroidized metal powder;
a liner disposed within an opening of the casing; and
an explosive disposed between the casing and the liner,
wherein the liner is formed by pressing graphite and a metal powder blend that comprises a spheroidized metal powder into a conical shape.

US Pat. No. 10,113,841

MODULAR SHOOTING TARGET

INTERACTIVE TACTICAL TRAI...

1. A modular shooting target for shooting practice comprising:at least a first target component and a second target component;
at least one trigger release element that is a frangible hub element, the at least one frangible hub element positioned within one of the first target component and the second target component; and
at least one connector element having a first end and a second end, the first end connected to the at least one frangible hub element in a fixed manner and the second end fixed to a secondary attachment point, the secondary attachment point located on one of the first target component and the second target component,
wherein the at least first target component is biased under tension to the at least one second target component by the at least one connector element such that when the at least one frangible hub element is fractured the at least first target component is no longer biased under tension to the at least one second target component thereby collapsing the modular shooting target.

US Pat. No. 10,113,838

METHOD FOR WRAPPING OF CERAMIC TILES FOR ARMOR APPLICATIONS, A WRAPPED CERAMIC TILE FOR ARMOR APPLICATIONS AND AN ARMOR SYSTEM CONSTRUCTED WITH A WRAPPED CERAMIC TILE FOR ARMOR APPLICATIONS

VERCO MATERIALS, LLC, At...

1. A method of making an armor component, the method comprising:providing a tile having an obverse face, tile edge, and a reverse face;
wrapping the ceramic tile with a plurality of wrappers impregnated with a curable polymer to obtain a wrapped tile; and
forcing the curable polymer into microscopic surface cavities of the obverse face, tile edge, and the reverse face of the ceramic tile by isostatic pressing the wrapped tile to integrate the wrappers and the tile while curing the polymer,
wherein the tile includes rounded corners, and the plurality of wrappers include at least a first wrapper and at least a second wrapper, each wrapper having a central portion and a plurality of leaves of varying lengths surrounding and extending from the central portion, at least some of the leaves being shorter than other leaves;
placing the central portion of the first wrapper over the first side of the tile with the shorter leaves of the first wrapper being closer to the rounded corners of the tile;
folding the leaves of the first wrapper over to the second side of the tile;
placing the central portion of the second wrapper over the second side of the tile with the shorter leaves of the second wrapper being closer to the rounded corners of the tile; and
folding the leaves of the second wrapper over to the first side of the tile and the central portion of the first wrapper.

US Pat. No. 10,113,837

NON-CONTACT OPTICAL CONNECTIONS FOR FIREARM ACCESSORIES

N2 Imaging Systems, LLC, ...

1. A firearm accessory arrangement comprising:a firearm accessory including a transmit non-contact optical connection associated with a transmitter optical sub-assembly (TOSA) and a receive non-contact optical connection associated with a receiver optical sub-assembly (ROSA), wherein the ROSA and TOSA are both housed together in a single housing,
wherein the TOSA includes a light emitting element within the housing, a collimating lens in the housing, and a TOSA window in the housing, wherein the light emitting element, the collimating lens, and the TOSA window are configured so light can pass from the light emitting element, through the collimating lens, and out the TOSA window, and
wherein the ROSA includes a light detecting element within the housing, a focusing lens within the housing, and a ROSA window in the housing, wherein the light detecting element, the focusing lens, and the ROSA window are aligned so light can pass in through the ROSA window, through the focusing lens, and into the light detecting element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,835

FIREARM AND AN ALIGNMENT AID

1. A firearm, comprising:a barrel, wherein said barrel terminates at a muzzle and defines a longitudinal axis that extends from said muzzle coincident with an aim point of said firearm;
a front sight above said barrel, wherein said front sight comprises a front sight indicator;
a rear sight above said barrel and further from said muzzle than said front sight, wherein said rear sight comprises a rear sight indicator;
wherein when a user extends said firearm toward a target and below a line of sight between the user and the target,
said front sight indicator is visible to the user when said aim point of said firearm is above the target, and said front sight indicator is not visible to the user when said aim point of said firearm is at or below the target, and
said rear sight indicator is visible to the user when said aim point of said firearm is below the target, and said rear sight indicator is not visible to the user when said aim point of said firearm is at or above the target.

US Pat. No. 10,113,833

APPARATUS FOR SECURING A HOLSTER

8. A holster holder for clip-mounted holsters, the holder comprising:opposing mounting lips spaced apart from each other along a mounting plane, each mounting lip having at least one mounting hole normal to the mounting plane;
a landing extending between the opposing mounting lips;
the landing having a first beveled edge on a first side of the landing;
the landing having a second beveled edge on a second side of the landing that is situated opposite to the first side;
the beveled edges configured to facilitate easy engagement of a clip of the holster with the landing;
a plurality of offset components connecting the mounting lips to the landing, the offsets positioning the landing at a distance from the mounting plane;
a holster sensor being integrally attached to the landing;
the holster sensor configured to detect the clip engaged with the landing and to detect absence of the clip after engagement;
an alarm being electrically connected to the holster sensor;
the alarm triggered by the sensor detecting removal of the clip after engagement; and
the mounting lips, the offsets, and the landing capturing the clip of the holster when the mounting lips are affixed to a mounting surface via fasteners through the mounting holes.

US Pat. No. 10,113,831

GUN STOCK WITH INTERCHANGEABLE CHEEK REST

BENELLI ARMI, S.P.A., Pe...

1. A gun stock comprising:a main body; and
a cheek rest removably coupled to said main body,
wherein:
said cheek rest includes a supporting structure and a cheek pad;
said supporting structure includes a leaf spring having a first end and a second end;
said supporting structure is formed with a seat and an abutment member spaced from one another;
said first end of said leaf spring is removably inserted in said seat;
said second end of said leaf spring abuts against said abutment member; and
said cheek pad rests on said leaf spring.

US Pat. No. 10,113,826

FIREARM SUPPRESSOR

NG2 Defense, LLC, Americ...

1. A firearm suppressor comprising:an elongated core comprising at least one series of ports extending radially from a bore to an exterior surface of the core, where the at least one series of ports is disposed linearly along a longitudinal axis of the core, and where the elongated core comprises at least one trough formed in the exterior surface of the core;
a baffle sleeve disposed around the core, the baffle sleeve having a plurality of uninterrupted fluid pathways extending longitudinally along the exterior surface of the baffle sleeve and formed by interdigitated baffle ridges; and an outer tube disposed around the baffle sleeve; and
wherein the baffle sleeve further comprises a plurality of port openings that fluidly couple an interior surface of the baffle sleeve with an exterior surface of the baffle sleeve, and where at least one of the plurality of port openings is positioned such that the at least one of the plurality of port openings is aligned with at least one port of the at least one series of ports.

US Pat. No. 10,113,824

COMPOSITE PROJECTILE BARREL

1. A composite projectile barrel comprising:an inner barrel section having a bore extending through the length of the inner barrel section; and
a composite outer barrel section coaxially aligned with the inner barrel section, the composite outer barrel section comprising:
at least two layers of a carbon fiber prepreg; and
at least one layer of a non-woven nanofiber web membrane disposed between adjacent layers of carbon fiber prepreg;
wherein the interior surface of the composite outer barrel section is in direct contact with the exterior surface of the inner barrel section.

US Pat. No. 10,113,819

FIREARM RECEIVER WITH FORWARD ASSIST AND BOLT CATCH RELEASE

WIPH, LLC, SL George, UT...

1. A receiver for a firearm comprising:a bolt carrier comprising a notch formed in a surface of the bolt carrier;
a first forward assist comprising: a body section and a thumb pad;
a second forward assist comprising: a body section, a thumb pad, and a tooth that engages the bolt carrier notch;
a linkage connecting the first forward assist mechanism with the second forward assist mechanism the linkage comprising: a first rotatable link connected with the first forward assist mechanism, and a second rotatable link connected with the second forward assist mechanism, the first rotatable link being further connected with the second rotatable link.

US Pat. No. 10,113,816

AIR-CONDITIONING INDOOR UNIT WITH AXIAL FANS AND HEAT EXCHANGER PARTITION

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning apparatus comprising:a casing having an air inlet and an air outlet, the casing having an air passage therein;
a heat exchanger and a plurality of air-sending fans which are arranged in the air passage in the casing, a lowermost surface of the plurality of air-sending fans defining an outlet plane, wherein
the plurality of air-sending fans are placed upstream of the heat exchanger,
each of the plurality of air-sending fans is an axial flow fan or a mixed flow fan, a rotation axis of the axial flow fans or the mixed flow fans extending toward the heat exchanger,
at least one partition is disposed between adjacent ones of the plurality of the air-sending fans,
the at least one partition is positioned at least in a region between the heat exchanger and the outlet plane of the plurality of air-sending fans,
the at least one partition dividing, between the adjacent ones of the plurality of air-sending fans, the air passage through which air blown by the plurality of air-sending fans to the heat exchanger passes, and
the at least one partition is arranged such that the at least one partition is not in contact with the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,113,811

TUBE FOR HEAT EXCHANGER

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon-S...

1. An elongate tube for a heat exchanger, the tube comprising:a first end and a second end for connection to, respectively, a first header and a second header of the heat exchanger;
an outer wall encompassing an internal volume, the internal volume providing at least two channels for carrying a heat exchange fluid a length of the tube between the first header and the second header; and
at least one seam in the outer wall extending the length of the tube, the at least one seam including a pair of opposed flanges, the flanges extending into the internal volume to divide the internal volume into the at least two channels, the outer wall joined together along the at least one seam, wherein the tube has proximate the first end a first end region and proximate the second end a second end region, and between the first end region and the second end region an intermediate region, the tube being flattened along substantially all of the length such that the flanges divide the internal volume into at least two flattened lobes, each of the at least two lobes including one of the at least two channels and each of the at least two lobes extending laterally away from the flanges relative to the length of the tube, and the at least two lobes flatter in the intermediate region than the at least two lobes in at least one of the first end region and the second end region, wherein each of the at least two lobes includes a proximal portion formed proximate the flanges and a distal portion formed laterally outwardly of the proximal portion with respect to the flanges, wherein each of the at least two lobes is substantially flat and a lower section of the at least two lobes is substantially parallel to an upper section of the at least two lobes in the proximal portion, and wherein the flanges have a bending portion contacting a portion of the outer wall opposite the at least one seam, wherein a width of the distal portion of each of the at least two lobes in the first end region is greater than a width of the distal portion of each of the at least two lobes in the intermediate region and wherein a width of the distal portion of each of the at least two lobes in the first end region is greater than a width of the proximal portion of each of the at least two lobes in the first end region.

US Pat. No. 10,113,810

THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE APPARATUS

Climate Change Technologi...

1. A thermal energy storage apparatus, including:a block of a heat-absorbing material, the block being a single mass of compressed material in the form of machinable sintered graphite and having a plurality of holes machined therein; and
a plurality of heat storage elements, the heat storage elements including a phase change material stored in a containment vessel;
wherein each heat storage element is in thermal contact with the block of heat-absorbing material, each storage element being received in a respective hole machined in the block, and wherein the holes are evenly spaced with predetermined intervals therebetween wherein the containment vessel storing the phase change material includes a substantially cylindrical sidewall, a first end and a second end, wherein the sidewall has a thickness which increases along the length of the sidewall from the first end to the second end, such that, on undergoing a phase change, the phase change material preferentially expands in the direction of the first end.

US Pat. No. 10,113,807

INDIRECT-TYPE AIR COOLER

Modine Manufacturing Comp...

1. An indirect-type air cooler comprising:a brazed stack of plates arranged in plate pairs with air fins disposed between the plate pairs, the plate pairs enclosing a liquid space for a liquid coolant;
a housing into which the brazed stack of plates is disposed, having an air inlet and an air outlet, wherein air passing through the housing from the air inlet to the air outlet passes over the air fins to exchange heat with the liquid coolant flowing through the liquid space;
a venting element extending through an opening of the housing such that a first end of the venting element is disposed exterior to the housing, a second end opposite the first end being fluidly connected to the liquid space;
an inlet space portion of the liquid space, formed by a first plurality of openings in the plate pairs;
an outlet space portion of the liquid space, formed by a second plurality of openings in the plate pairs;
a plurality of liquid flow passages extending between and fluidly connecting the inlet space portion and the outlet space portion of the liquid space, each one of said liquid flow passages being arranged within one of the plate pairs, the plurality of liquid flow passages and the inlet and outlet space portions together defining the liquid space;
a first connector piece extending through the housing and fluidly coupled to the inlet space portion;
a second connector piece extending through the housing and fluidly coupled to the outlet space portion; and
a third connector piece extending through the housing, wherein the third connector piece is part of the venting element and is arranged at the first end of the venting element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,805

SYSTEMS FOR RECOVERY AND RE-USE OF WASTE ENERGY IN HYDROCRACKING-BASED CONFIGURATION FOR INTEGRATED CRUDE OIL REFINING AND AROMATICS COMPLEX

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of oil refining plants in a crude oil refining facility, each oil refining plant configured to perform at least one oil refining process, wherein a plurality of streams at respective temperatures flow between the plurality of oil refining plants;
a flow control system configured to:
flow a first plurality of streams from a first subset of the plurality of oil refining plants to a plurality of heat exchangers, wherein the first subset comprises a naphtha hydrotreating plant, a gas separation plant, an amine regeneration plant, a sulfur recovery plant, a sour water stripper plant, and an aromatics plant which comprises an aromatics plant xylene products separation unit and an aromatics complex benzene extraction unit, wherein the plurality of first streams comprises a sulfur recovery plant amine regeneration unit stripper bottom stream in the sulfur recovery plant, a raffinate splitter bottoms stream in the aromatics complex benzene extraction unit, an acid gas regenerator bottoms stream in the amine regeneration plant, a sour water stripper bottoms stream in the sour water stripper plant, a benzene column bottoms stream in the aromatics complex benzene extraction unit, a C3/C4 stripper bottom stream in the gas separation plant, and a de-ethanizer bottoms stream in the gas separation plant, and
flow a second plurality of streams from a second subset of the plurality of oil refining plants to the plurality of heat exchangers; and
the plurality of heat exchangers configured to transfer heat from the first plurality of streams to the second plurality of streams, wherein the second subset comprises a hydrogen plant, a diesel hydrotreating plant, and hydrocracking plant, wherein the second plurality of streams comprises a kerosene pumparound stream in the hydrocracking plant, a kerosene product stream in the diesel hydrotreating plant, a diesel stripper overheads stream in the diesel hydrotreating plant, a stripper bottom product stream in the diesel hydrotreating plant, a diesel stripper bottoms stream in the diesel hydrotreating plant, and a low temperature shift converter steam in the hydrogen plant.

US Pat. No. 10,113,803

ROUND HEAT EXCHANGER

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

11. A heat exchanger for transferring thermal energy between a fuel and an oil, the heat exchanger comprising:a longitudinal axis; and
a plurality of plates positioned adjacent each other along the longitudinal axis such that the plurality of plates defines a cylinder, the plurality of plates including:
a first axial end plate defining an oil inlet and a fuel outlet,
a second axial end plate defining a fuel inlet and an oil outlet,
a first fuel laminate defining only one cavity through which the fuel flows radially inward, the only one cavity defined by the first fuel laminate being a first fuel cavity that is in fluid communication with and downstream from the fuel inlet such that at least some of the fuel flows into the first fuel cavity,
a first oil laminate adjacent the first fuel laminate and defining only one cavity through which the oil flows radially inward, the only one cavity defined by the first oil laminate being a first oil cavity that is in fluid communication with and downstream from the oil inlet such that at least some of the oil flows into the first oil cavity,
a fuel annulus plate separate from the first axial end plate comprising a first annulus cavity extending therethrough that is in fluid communication with the fuel inlet and the first fuel cavity such that the first fuel cavity is downstream from the first annulus cavity and the first annulus cavity is downstream from the fuel inlet, wherein the fuel flows in a single axial direction from the first axial end plate to the second axial end plate, and
an oil annulus plate separate from the second axial end plate comprising a second annulus cavity extending therethrough that is in fluid communication with the oil inlet and the first oil cavity such that the first oil cavity is downstream from the second annulus cavity and the second annulus cavity is downstream from the oil inlet, wherein the oil flows in a single axial direction from the second axial end plate to the first axial end plate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,797

ENERGY RECOVERY IN A FREEZE-DRYING SYSTEM

SP Industries, Inc., Doy...

1. A freeze-drying system comprising:a freeze dryer chamber having one or more shelves disposed therein;
a refrigeration system comprising a refrigerant condenser;
a heat exchanger;
a first fluid line that passes through the refrigerant condenser and the heat exchanger defining a first fluid flow path therebetween, wherein the first fluid line is arranged to thermally couple the refrigerant condenser to the heat exchanger; and
a second fluid line, separate from the first fluid line, that passes through the one or more shelves and the heat exchanger and is adapted to alternate between a second fluid flow path and a third fluid flow path, wherein the second fluid flow path is defined through the one or more shelves and the heat exchanger, wherein the third fluid flow path is defined through the one or more shelves, and wherein the second fluid line is arranged to thermally couple the one or more shelves to the heat exchanger to facilitate transfer of refrigerant condenser-produced heat to the one or more shelves when the second fluid line defines the second fluid flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,113,795

DRYER CONVEYOR BELT TRACKING SYSTEM

1. A dryer comprising:a dryer housing having an input opening to a drying chamber and an output opening from the drying chamber;
a drive roller mounted to the dryer housing for rotational motion about an axis;
an idler roller mounted to the dryer housing and spaced from the drive roller;
an annular groove on one of the drive roller or the idler roller spaced inwardly from a lateral edge of the drive roller or the idler roller; and
at least one belt extending through the drying chamber entrained about the drive roller and the idler roller for reciprocal translational movement between a first position proximate the input opening outside the dryer chamber to a second position proximate the output opening outside the drying chamber in response to rotation of the drive roller, the belt having a protuberance extending above a surface of the belt and extending along a portion of a length of the belt and positioned in the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,113,794

METHOD FOR DRYING A MATERIAL

Mars, Incorporated, McLe...

1. A method of drying a food, comprising the steps of:transporting an extruded food comprising a flavor into a housing having a heated gaseous atmosphere therein,
wherein the gaseous atmosphere comprises a superheated steam having a varied density in a vertical direction and a varied temperature in the vertical direction,
drying the extruded food in the heated gaseous atmosphere to form a dried food and a flavor containing steam,
transporting the dried food out of the housing,
condensing a portion of the flavor containing steam to form a flavor containing liquid,
extracting the flavor from the flavor containing liquid; and
introducing the flavor into a packing container during a packing process.

US Pat. No. 10,113,787

DOOR TRAY FOR A DOMESTIC REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE WITH A SPECIFIC BASE BODY AND A SEPARATE ADD-ON PART AS WELL AS A DOMESTIC REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A door tray for a domestic refrigeration appliance, the door tray comprising:a base body for holding stored goods, said base body defining a forward direction, and said base body including a rear wall, an upper bracket oriented in said forward direction and facing away from said rear wall and a lower bracket disposed at a distance from said upper bracket, oriented in said forward direction and facing away from said rear wall;
at least one of said upper bracket or said lower bracket having a U-shaped extent defined by a center arm with a longitudinal extent in a longitudinal direction of said rear wall and by a respective bracket segment at each end of said center arm, each directed toward said rear wall; and
an add-on part being separate from said base body, said add-on part being fastened to at least one of said upper bracket or said lower bracket of said base body.

US Pat. No. 10,113,786

METHOD OF MANAGING THE OPERATION OF A REFRIGERATED TRUCK FOR TRANSPORTING HEAT-SENSITIVE PRODUCTS BY MODIFYING THE REFRIGERATION POWER

1. A method for managing the operation of a refrigerated truck for transporting heat-sensitive products, of the indirect injection type, where the truck includesat least one chamber for storing the products,
a reserve of cryogenic fluid,
a heat exchanger,
a fan,
at least one temperature sensor,
the heat exchanger disposed inside said at least one chamber, cryogenic fluid flowing through said heat exchanger system, and
a circuit for pressurization of said reserve, said circuit comprising a line with an upstream portion that is connected to a liquid phase of said cryogenic fluid stored in said reserve and a downstream portion that is connected to gas phase of said cryogenic fluid stored in said reserve, said line including a heater, a valve (EV Rp), and a backpressure regulator (Rp),
said method comprising the steps of:
using said fan to bring air inside said at least one chamber into contact with cold walls of said heat exchanger system,
determining, with said at least one temperature sensor, a temperature (Tiniet air) of air coming into contact with said cold walls on account of said use of said fan;
regulating an internal temperature (Tint) of said at least one chamber to a setpoint value (Tsetpoint) by:
determining, in real time a value ?T equal to the difference between the temperature (Tinlet air) of air coming into contact with said cold walls on account of said use of said fan and the setpoint value (Tsetpoint), and activating said pressurization circuit by opening said valve so as to vaporize some of the liquid phase of said cryogenic fluid inside said heater if ?T is greater than a top setpoint value (?Tsetpoint H), the vaporization of said liquid phase causing an increase in a pressure of a gas phase in said reserve.

US Pat. No. 10,113,785

ICE MAKING MACHINE AND ICE CUBE EVAPORATOR

Hoshizaki America, Inc., ...

17. The evaporator of claim 1, wherein each of the front and rear plates defines a top edge and a bottom edge, each of the top edge and the bottom edge of each of the front and rear plates defining a plurality of notches, each notch of the plurality of notches defined in a one of the plurality of fins.

US Pat. No. 10,113,774

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROL OF FLUID TEMPERATURE AND FLOW

Forced Physics, LLC, Irv...

1. A system for cooling comprising:a micro channel comprising a specular wall portion, an inflow opening, and an outflow opening; and
a gas comprising a constituent particle, the gas being induced to flow through the micro channel through operation of a pressure differential between a first pressure and a second pressure, the first pressure of the gas proximal to the inflow opening being atmospheric pressure;
wherein the second pressure of the gas proximal to the outflow opening is less than the first pressure;
wherein the micro channel is configured to accommodate a flow of the gas from the inflow opening to the outflow opening in a first direction substantially perpendicular to a cross section of the micro channel;
wherein the inflow opening has a first cross section area and the outflow opening has a second cross section area substantially different from the first cross section area;
wherein the first cross section area has a value in a first range of about 0.01×10?12 m2 to 500×10?12 m2;
wherein the second cross section area has a value in a second range of about 0.1×10?12 m2 to 50,000×10?12 m2; and
wherein the specular wall portion and the constituent particle are configured such that a velocity component of the constituent particle parallel to the specular wall portion before a collision between the constituent particle and the specular wall portion has approximately the same value after the collision and further configured such that energy transfer between the specular wall portion and the constituent particle associated with the cooling of the specular wall portion occurs through an increase in a velocity component of the constituent particle perpendicular to the specular wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,772

GROUND CIRCUIT IN A LOW-ENERGY SYSTEM

1. A method for recovering energy in a ground circuit in a low-energy system, the ground circuit comprising a connection pipe (3), collection pipe system (2) and a return pipeline (4) for circulating a transfer fluid and for recovering energy, a flow of the transfer fluid being provided in the ground circuit for transferring the energy to a place where it is used, the method comprising the steps of:forming the collection pipe system (2) from a hollow profile (6) by coiling the hollow profile into at least one coil, the coil forming a coiled double-walled pipe having a substantially uniform cross section and the hollow profile (6) surrounding at least one flow space (11) formed in the collection pipe system by individual coils of the double-walled pipe touching;
conveying the transfer fluid along the hollow profile from the connection pipe (3) from a first end of the coiled pipe to a second end of the coiled pipe, a second end of the hollow profile being connected to the return pipeline (4) in order to control the flow of the transfer fluid further to a place where it is used;
arranging an outer surface of the collection pipe system (2) to be in contact with a surrounding source material containing thermal energy such that the thermal energy is transferred to the transfer fluid circulating in the coiled double-walled pipe substantially throughout the outer surface of the collection pipe system;
forming at least one additional coiled pipe of a different cross section than the coiled double-walled pipe;
arranging the coiled pipes in a nested and substantially concentric manner such that the coiled pipes form between them separate flow spaces (11), the innermost pipe cavity forming a flow space, the flow spaces extending throughout a length of the collection pipe system;
arranging both an outer surface and an inner surface of each hollow profile (6) of each coiled pipe to be in contact with the surrounding, energy-containing source material by conveying the flow of the energy-containing source material through the flow spaces (11) of the collection pipe system (2), and
distributing the flow of the transfer fluid into the flow spaces (11) by conveying the transfer fluid into a head pipe (22) interconnecting the flow spaces.

US Pat. No. 10,113,770

WARM AIR HEATER

RINNAI CORPORATION, Nago...

1. A warm air heater comprising:a burner which is disposed in a combustion chamber;
a fuel supply unit which supplies fuel gas to the burner;
an air supply passage which communicates the combustion chamber with outdoors;
a combustion fan which is disposed in the air supply passage, and supplies air in the outdoors to the combustion chamber through the air supply passage as combustion air;
an orifice which is provided in the air supply passage;
a differential pressure detection unit which detects differential pressure between front and rear of the orifice in the air supply passage;
a combustion control unit which rotates the combustion fan based on target combustion quantity of the burner, and causes the fuel supply unit to supply the fuel gas to allow the burner to burn;
an abnormality detection unit which detects presence and absence of an abnormality of the air supply passage based on the differential pressure detected by the differential pressure detection unit; and
a correction unit which, based on the differential pressure detected by the differential pressure detection unit, obtains an air density ratio which is a ratio of a mass flow rate of the combustion air with respect to a reference mass flow rate of combustion air in a reference state, and based on the air density ratio, obtains a first correction value for correcting a rotation speed of the combustion fan from a reference rotation speed of the reference state such that the rotation speed of the combustion fan increases as the ratio decreases; and
wherein
the correction unit, based on the air density ratio, obtains a second correction value for correcting a supply quantity of the fuel gas supplied by the fuel supply unit from a reference supply quantity of the reference state, such that the supply quantity of the fuel gas increases as the air density ratio decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,113,767

AIR HANDLING UNIT

Berg Companies, Inc., Sp...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a plurality of panels, wherein individual panels of the plurality of panels include:
a top surface and a bottom surface;
a first end having a sidewall and a flange disposed over at least a portion of the top surface, wherein the sidewall and the flange of the first end extend a width of the panel;
a second end;
a first side having a sidewall and a flange disposed over at least a portion of the top surface, wherein the sidewall and the flange of the first side extend a length of the panel;
a second side having a sidewall and a flange disposed over at least a portion of the top surface, wherein the sidewall and the flange of the second side extend less than the length of the panel, and
wherein the plurality of panels are alternatingly stacked and rotated 180 degrees relative to one another such that the first end of a first plurality of panels align with the second end of a second plurality of panels and the first side of the first plurality of panels align with the second side of the second plurality of panels, and wherein the flanges of the first end, the first side, and the second side of the first plurality of panels couple to the bottom surface of the panels of the second plurality of panels, and wherein the flanges of the first end, the first side, and the second side of the second plurality of panels couple to the bottom surface of the panels of the first plurality of panels.

US Pat. No. 10,113,766

AIR-CONDITIONING MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning management device configured to manage power consumption amounts of one or a plurality of air-conditioning apparatuses performing air-conditioning in a plurality of air-conditioned areas, the air-conditioning management device comprising:a power consumption obtaining unit configured to obtain an overall power consumption amount of the one or plurality of air-conditioning apparatuses in their entirety in one day and individual power consumption amounts of the respective plurality of air-conditioned areas;
an overall excess coefficient calculation unit configured to calculate an overall excess coefficient from the overall power consumption amount in one day obtained by the power consumption obtaining unit and an overall target value set on a monthly basis, the overall excess coefficient indicating a degree of excess from the overall target value on the monthly basis;
an individual excess coefficient calculation unit configured to calculate individual excess coefficients from the individual power consumption amounts in one day obtained by the power consumption obtaining unit and individual target values set on a monthly basis, the individual excess coefficients each indicating a degree of excess from the individual target value on the monthly basis;
an excess determination unit configured to determine whether or not the overall excess coefficient calculated in the overall excess coefficient calculation unit is larger than a set threshold value;
an energy saving control setting unit configured to set energy saving control conditions for the respective plurality of air-conditioned areas to provide increased energy saving effects in descending order of the individual excess coefficients calculated in the individual excess coefficient calculation unit when the overall excess coefficient is determined, in the excess determination unit, to be larger than the set threshold value; and
an operation control unit configured to perform energy saving operation of the air-conditioning apparatuses based on the energy saving control conditions set in the energy saving control setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,113,761

HYBRID VENTILATOR

CSR Building Products Lim...

1. A wind- or motor-driven ventilator having a rotational axis, comprising:a ventilator stator that is able to be mounted to a structure,
a ventilator rotor that is mounted to rotate with respect to the ventilator stator on the rotational axis when the ventilator rotor is caused to rotate by the wind, the ventilator rotor having one or more wind-drivable elements that are arranged so as to be substantially and directly exposed to the wind around a circumference of the rotor when in use,
a clutchless external rotor motor having an axis that is co-linear with the ventilator rotational axis, the external rotor motor comprising:
an external rotor that is mounted with respect to the ventilator rotor to be at least partially within the ventilator, and
a stator that is mounted with respect to the ventilator stator,
such that, when the motor is activated, the external rotor is caused to rotate, which causes the ventilator rotor to rotate with respect to the ventilator stator.

US Pat. No. 10,113,760

VENTILATION SYSTEM FOR CONTOURED ROOFS

1. A contoured roof ventilation system, comprising:a support structure;
a vent opening through the support structure located along a ridge of the roof;
a contoured roofing material located on the support structure defining a plurality of crests and valleys;
a first vent strip made of a vent material located on a first side of the vent opening along the ridge, and having a first surface complementary to the crests and valleys of the contoured roofing material in an installed position, and a plurality of longitudinally extending slots that extend parallel to the ridge to define at least three spaced apart first vent material ribbons of the vent material, and a second surface;
a second vent strip made of the vent material located generally parallel to the first vent strip on an opposite side of the roof ridge and having a first surface complementary to the crests and valleys of the contoured roofing material in an installed position, and a plurality of longitudinally extending slots that extend parallel to the ridge to define at least three spaced apart second vent material ribbons of the vent material, and a second surface;
at least one water barrier positioned above the second surfaces of the first and second vent strips and extending toward the ridge; and
cap pieces having a lower surface that contacts the second surfaces of the first and second strips or the water barrier located on the first and second strips.

US Pat. No. 10,113,758

EVAPORATIVE COOLER

1. An evaporative cooling system comprising:an enclosure having a first portion that is alternately expandable and contractible;
a water reservoir contained within the enclosure;
an air inlet that enables air to flow from an exterior of the enclosure to an interior of the enclosure;
an air outlet that enables air to flow from the interior of the enclosure to the exterior of the enclosure;
one or more evaporative media positioned within the first portion of the enclosure;
a water distribution subsystem positioned within the enclosure, wherein the water distribution subsystem delivers water from the water reservoir to the one or more evaporative media; and
a fan coupled to the enclosure, wherein when the fan is operated, the fan causes air to flow into the enclosure through the air inlet, through the one or more evaporative media and out of the enclosure through the air outlet, wherein air flowing through the one or more evaporative media is cooled by evaporation of water from the one or more evaporative media;
wherein when the first portion of the enclosure is contracted, the enclosure occupies a first volume, and when the first portion of the enclosure is expanded, the enclosure occupies a second volume that is greater than the first volume.

US Pat. No. 10,113,753

DISCHARGING UNIT AND AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT HAVING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. Air conditioning equipment comprising:a main body comprising a housing that includes a heat exchanger and a blowing fan, and an inlet and an outlet formed in an outer surface of the housing, wherein air flows into the inlet, and the air exchanged with heat is discharged through the outlet; and
a discharging part comprising an end detachably combined with the outlet, wherein the discharging part comprises a plurality of discharging units configured to adjust a discharging velocity and discharging direction of the discharged air and to be connected to one another so as to be made into a module, wherein the discharging units comprise:
main ducts configured to be connected to the main body and comprising outer surfaces in which openings are formed; and
diffusers configured to be combined with the outer surfaces of the main ducts so as to rotate on the outer surfaces of the main ducts, wherein the diffusers are configured to rotate in one direction or a reverse direction to adjust opened degrees of the openings.

US Pat. No. 10,113,748

GRIDDLE AND GAS BURNER RANGE HAVING A HEAT BARRIER

BSH Home Appliances Corpo...

1. A griddle and gas burner range, comprising:a griddle comprising an electric heating element, and a griddle plate that is disposed over the electric heating element;
at least one open top gas burner disposed adjacent to the griddle; and
a heat barrier installed between the griddle and the at least one open top gas burner, so as to block the escape of heat from the griddle and into an area of the at least one open top gas burner during operation of the griddle,
wherein the heat barrier comprises an elongated plate disposed in a fire box of the griddle and which extends upward in a height direction to a height above an edge of the fire box,
wherein the heat barrier has a mounting flange on at least one end thereof, and
wherein the mounting flange extends substantially perpendicular from the elongated plate and also extends upward in the height direction.

US Pat. No. 10,113,747

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROL OF COMBUSTION DYNAMICS IN COMBUSTION SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:a gas turbine engine, comprising;
a first combustor comprising a first liner circumscribing a first primary combustion zone and a first secondary combustion zone downstream of the first primary combustion zone and a first fuel injector disposed along the first liner and configured to inject a fuel, via a first fuel outlet, through the first liner into the first secondary combustion zone of the first combustor, the first fuel injector being located at a first distance from a first outlet of the first combustor;
a second combustor comprising a second liner circumscribing a second primary combustion zone and a second secondary combustion zone downstream of the second primary combustion zone and a second fuel injector disposed along the second liner and configured to inject the fuel, via a second fuel outlet, through the second liner into the second secondary combustion zone of the second combustor, the second fuel injector being located at a second distance from a second outlet of the second combustor;
a first fuel conduit extending axially along a first outer surface of the first liner and supplying the fuel to the first fuel injector;
a first pre-orifice installed inside the first fuel conduit, such that a first volume of the first fuel conduit is defined between the first pre-orifice and the first fuel outlet;
a second fuel conduit extending axially along a second outer surface of the second liner and supplying the fuel to the second fuel injector; and
a second pre-orifice installed inside the second fuel conduit, such that to a second volume of the second fuel conduit is defined between the second pre-orifice and the second fuel outlet, wherein the first volume and the second volume are different from one another; and
wherein the first distance is equal to the second distance;
wherein the first pre-orifice comprises a first geometry, and the second pre-orifice comprises a second geometry, wherein one or more first geometric differences between the first geometry of the first pre-orifice and the second geometry of the second pre-orifice reduce coherence between the first combustor and the second combustor or alter a phase between the first combustor and the second combustor; and
wherein the one or more first geometric differences between the first geometry of the first pre-orifice and the second geometry of the second pre-orifice comprises one or more of a number of orifices and an arrangement of a plurality of orifices.

US Pat. No. 10,113,745

FLOW SLEEVE DEFLECTOR FOR USE IN GAS TURBINE COMBUSTOR

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLA...

1. A gas turbine combustion system comprising:a combustion liner having a center axis and a first diameter;
a flow sleeve extending coaxial with the combustion liner having a second diameter, the second diameter greater than the first diameter thereby forming a first flow annulus therebetween, the flow sleeve having a plurality of rows of circumferentially spaced cooling apertures, wherein the cooling apertures are through-holes located in an outermost cylindrical wall of the flow sleeve; and,
one or more flow deflectors secured to an inner surface of the outermost cylindrical wall of the flow sleeve and extending radially inward from the outermost cylindrical wall of the flow sleeve forming an axially elongated flow channel, the one or more flow deflectors having two sidewalls connected by a forward wall, each sidewall having a radially inward edge and a radially outward edge adjacent a radially inner wall of the flow sleeve, a first distance separates inner surfaces of the radially inward edges and a second distance separates inner surfaces of the radially outward edges, each sidewall flaring towards an adjacent flow deflector such that the first distance is greater than the second distance, wherein the two sidewalls are directly connected to, and extend radially inward from, the inner surface of the outermost cylindrical wall of the flow sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,113,744

CERAMIC HEATER-TYPE GLOW PLUG

Bosch Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A ceramic heater-type glow plug comprising:a ceramic heater;
a metallic outer cylinder, one end side of which holds the ceramic heater and an other end side of which is inserted in and fixed to an inner hole of a housing,
one electrode of the ceramic heater on an outer circumferential surface of the ceramic heater and an other electrode at a rear end of the ceramic heater;
a first large-diameter lead section that is connected to the other electrode and has electrical conductivity;
a second large-diameter lead section that is connected to a rear end of the first large-diameter lead section and is made of an electrically conductive material that differs from the first large-diameter lead section;
an elastic member with electrical conductivity that is connected to a rear end of the second large-diameter lead section by welding; and
an external connection terminal that is connected to a rear end of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,113,743

MOTOR-DRIVEN CHIMNEY DRAFT SYSTEM

1. A motor-driven chimney draft system comprising:a flue gas inlet for receiving a flow of flue gases,
a flue gas outlet for discharging the flow of flue gases,
a flue gas compartment delimited by a flue gas compartment wall, the flue gas compartment being in fluid communication with the flue gas inlet and with the flue gas outlet,
a motor compartment delimited by a motor compartment wall, the motor compartment housing a motor having a motor shaft extending through the motor compartment wall and through the flue gas compartment wall, the motor shaft carrying an impeller situated in the flue gas compartment for driving the received flow of flue gases in a flow direction from the flue gas inlet to the flue gas outlet,
wherein the flue gas compartment wall and the motor compartment wall are arranged at a distance from and facing each other so as to define an air space oriented vertically therebetween and closed downwardly, the air space having a plurality of openings along a periphery of the air space at two opposite vertical sides and in an upward direction, allowing ambient air to flow through the air space from thermally induced natural convection, wherein the air space is separated from the flue gas compartment by the flue gas compartment wall,
such that the motor shaft, and thereby the motor, is cooled by the air flow through the air space both during operation of the motor and when the motor is inactive.

US Pat. No. 10,113,742

EVAPORATOR BURNER

Webasto SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. An evaporator burner for a mobile heating device, said burner comprising:a combustion chamber;
a fuel supply line supplying a liquid supplied fuel for the combustion chamber; and
an evaporator evaporating the supplied fuel, wherein the evaporator has a carrier body including a non-porous material and which has a fuel preparation surface which faces toward the combustion chamber and which comes into contact with the liquid fuel, wherein a surface structuring with a multiplicity of depressions and elevations is formed into the fuel preparation surface and/or into a rear side, which is averted from said fuel preparation surface, of the carrier body.

US Pat. No. 10,113,740

FLUIDIZED BED COMBUSTION OF CARBONACEOUS FUELS

GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE,...

1. A method of combusting a carbonaceous fuel, said method comprising:introducing the carbonaceous fuel and an oxygen-containing gas into a staged fluidized bed reactor wherein the carbonaceous fuel comprises a solid selected from the group consisting of coal, petroleum coke, biomass and combinations thereof and wherein the carbonaceous fuel and the oxygen-containing gas are eluted through a fluidized bed comprising an inert material, dolomite or a combination thereof;
wherein the oxygen-containing gas comprises a mixture of oxygen, recycled CO2 and steam having sufficient oxygen added to the recycled CO2 and steam that the mixture in each stage contains 7-20 mole % oxygen, and
wherein the carbonaceous fuel and the oxygen-containing gas are introduced into the fluidized bed at a location in sufficiently close proximity to each other to avoid producing a reducing atmosphere at the location;
combusting the carbonaceous fuel and with at least a portion of the oxygen-containing to produce at least CO2 and steam; and
recycling to the fluidized bed reactor at least a portion of the produced CO2 and steam as a portion of the oxygen-containing gas such that the total quantity of oxygen supplied to the reactor is greater than 20% but the quantity of oxygen supplied in each stage is no more than 20%.

US Pat. No. 10,113,736

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:a wheel including a phosphor wheel, the phosphor wheel being configured to be excited by incident light from a solid light source and to emit visible light having a wavelength band longer than a wavelength of the incident light from the solid light source;
an airflow-sending section sending cooling airflow to the wheel; and
a housing holding the wheel, the housing including an inlet and an outlet formed not to face a light path of the incident light from the light source section to the light outputting section, and a space as a flow path of cooling airflow for cooling down the light outputting section, the cooling airflow being drawn into the inlet and exhausted from the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,113,735

MODULAR LED LIGHTING DEVICE WITH DIFFERENT INTERCHANGEABLE LED HEADS

1. A modular, high-intensity LED light assembly with a series of light options, comprising:a body with electronics contained within the body, the body being sealed against moisture and including power means for powering the light assembly,
a series of separate, different LED heads, each with a heat sink to dissipate heat from LEDs in the LED head, and each being connectable individually and interchangeably against said body such that the LEDs of the LED head are driven by the power means and electronics in the body, the LED heads including at least:
(a) a first air cooled LED head with spaced heat sink elements positioned to withdraw heat from the LEDs to be dispersed into ambient air surrounding the LED head, for a highest LED output in air,
(b) a second air cooled LED head with spaced heat sink elements positioned to withdraw heat from the LEDs by purely passive air cooling such that the head is dispersed into ambient air surrounding the LED head for a lower LED output in air, lower than the LED output of the first air cooled LED head, and
the electronics in the body including means for recognizing which LED head has been secured to the body, and for supplying a level of power appropriate for driving the LEDs of the attached LED head.

US Pat. No. 10,113,734

LIGHT SOURCE FOR A SORTING APPARATUS

Key Technology, Inc., Wa...

1. A light source for a sorting apparatus, comprising:an illuminator having a multiplicity of modules which are operably coupled together and which further mount a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) in a predetermined spatial pattern, and wherein the respective modules of the illuminator have control electronics which are operably coupled with, and respond to a command sent by a computer network, and wherein the computer network, acting in combination with the control electronics, parametrically controls a temporal, spatial and spectral energizing and de-energizing of the respective modules, and individual LEDs so as to emit a luminous emission having predetermined characteristics;
a light diffuser member located in spaced relation relative the illuminator and which passes and substantially renders the luminous emission substantially uniform;
and wherein the respective multiplicity of modules are operably coupled together to form a linear LED illuminator, and wherein the linear LED illuminator has integrated optics which are individually, and operably associated with at least some of the respective LEDs;
an optical projection lens which receives the luminous emission of the energized linear LED illuminator, and forms a discrete luminous beam, and wherein the light diffuser member is located between the linear LED illuminator, and the optical projection lens;
a cooling assembly which is oriented in heat dissipating relation relative to the energized linear LED illuminator, and wherein the cooling assembly, and the linear LED illuminator are dimensioned to be received within an internal cavity of an enclosure, and which is at least partially translucent, and which further passes the discrete luminous beam, and wherein the internal cavity of the enclosure has a cross-sectional dimension of at least about 3.75 inches;
and wherein the respective LEDs forming the linear LED illuminator comprise LEDs which, when energized, emit multiple wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation which may be visible or invisible;
and wherein the linear, LED illuminator can be selectively controlled by the computer network to selectively energize and de-energize the respective LEDs forming the linear LED illuminator in a predetermined manner so as to provide control over an emission time, and a duration of the energizing of the respective LEDs; and/or a selected luminous emission for the respective LEDs; and/or a substantially simultaneous pulsed illumination of predetermined LEDs; and/or a coordinated, sequential energizing of selected LEDs so as to provide a sequential, predetermined, and discrete luminous beam for the linear LED illuminator;
and wherein the linear LED illuminator, when energized, generates a predetermined, uniform illumination which has a working distance of less than about 1.5 meters;
and wherein the linear LED illuminator has a predetermined length dimension, and wherein the linear LED illuminator, when energized, produces a discrete luminous beam which has a major projection axis and which further has a length dimension of about 1 to about 1.5 times the length dimension of the linear LED illuminator;
and wherein the discrete luminous beam which is generated by the energized linear LED illuminator has a beam width which, when measured along the minor projection axis, is less than about 100 mm; and
wherein the discrete luminous beam has a peak luminous intensity, when measured along the major projection axis, and wherein a non-uniform light output of the energized linear LED illuminator is less than about 20% of the peak luminous intensity of the discrete luminous beam when measured along the major projection axis.

US Pat. No. 10,113,731

REMOTE CONTROLLER AND REMOTE CONTROL DISPLAY SYSTEM

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A remote controller, comprising an operating surface for operation, wherein the remote controller is configured to:acquire, by an image signal acquisition unit, an image of the operating surface of the remote controller;
determine a position of a user's finger on the operating surface of the remote controller according to the image acquired by the image signal acquisition unit, to obtain finger position information; and
send the obtained finger position information to a display terminal,
wherein the remote controller is further configured to obtain an entire-finger image and a button image from the image of the operating surface of the remote controller acquired by the image signal acquisition unit, remove the button image from the image of the operating surface of the remote controller, and obtain position information of a finger end, as the finger position information, by analyzing gray scale of the remaining entire-finger image.

US Pat. No. 10,113,728

JUNCTION BOX FOR MULTIPLE LED DRIVERS

Elemental LED, Inc., Ren...

1. A junction box, comprising:a horizontal base having
an open central portion open at two opposed sides, and
two opposite end portions, each end portion having a four-walled compartment arising from the horizontal base, the four-walled compartments being at least substantially identical and spaced from one another by the open central portion, each of the four-walled compartments including
three vertical outer sidewalls, each of the three vertical outer sidewalls being aligned with an edge of the horizontal base and defining a portion of a sidewall of the junction box, and each of the three vertical outer sidewalls having at least one frangible portion that is adapted to be broken away to form an opening, and
a vertical inner sidewall separating the four-walled compartment from the open central portion of the base;
at least two mounting positions, each of the at least two mounting positions including or being associated with mounting structure secured, or adapted to be secured, to the open central portion of the base to secure a driver;
at least two cut-outs in each of the vertical inner sidewalls, the at least two cut-outs corresponding in number and position to the at least two mounting positions, and the at least two cut-outs in the respective vertical inner sidewalls being aligned with one another across a length of the open central portion of the base, each of the at least two cut-outs beginning at a top edge of one of the vertical inner sidewalls and extending downwardly; and
a U-shaped cover having
an upper face with a size and shape matching a size and shape of a lower face of the horizontal base, and
two depending side portions, the two depending side portions being sized and adapted to create a contiguous sidewall between the two four-walled compartments, such that when installed, the cover forms a closed enclosure with the base.

US Pat. No. 10,113,725

LIGHTING FIXTURE

Energy Bank Incorporated,...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:a driver housing assembly housing a driver;
a heat sink having a first end and a second end and a lighting source attached thereto;
a first mounting bracket; and
a second mounting bracket;
whereby the first end of the heat sink is coupled to the driver housing assembly through the first mounting bracket and the second end of the heat sink is coupled to the driver housing through the second mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,113,724

STRUCTURAL BEAM AND LIGHT FIXTURE FOR A WALKABLE CLEAN ROOM CEILING

AES Clean Technology, Inc...

1. A walkable structural beam and light fixture for a walkable ceiling of a clean room, the walkable ceiling having a ceiling top side and a ceiling bottom side, the walkable structural beam and light fixture comprising:(a) an elongated channel, said elongated channel defining a channel first end and a channel second end, said elongated channel having a configuration for support of said elongated channel from said channel first end and said channel second end, said elongated channel being configured to be substantially flush with both the ceiling top side and the ceiling bottom side when said elongated channel is installed in the walkable ceiling, said elongated channel being walkable when said elongated channel is installed in the walkable ceiling;
(b) a lamp, said lamp being disposed within said elongated channel, said elongated channel having a channel top side and a channel bottom side, said lamp being configured to project a light through said channel bottom side when said elongated channel is installed in the walkable ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,113,721

LED LAMP

1. A light emitting diode (LED) lamp, comprisinga metallic platform having an elongated end-to-end indentation on a top major side, and two top-open grooves opposing each other in parallel along the indentation's top rims;
a LED module;
two positioning elements connecting the LED module's two ends, respectively, and plugged into the platform, where each positioning element comprises a connector portion for connecting an end of the LED module, two elastic arms extended downward from the positioning element's two ends, respectively, and a upwardly curved band whose two ends are connected to the two ends of the connector portion, respectively; each elastic arm has a wedge at a bottom end for plugging into a groove of the platform;
wherein, to assemble the LED lamp, the two ends of the LED module are plugged into the connector portions of the positioning elements; the positioning elements, together with the LED module, are joined to the platform by embedding the wedges into the grooves; to disassemble, pulling the bands of the positioning elements expands the wedges outward and, as such, the wedges release their locking to the grooves; then the positioning elements, together with the LED module, are detached from the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,113,720

ILLUMINATION MODULE HOLDING DEVICE

1. An illumination module holding device comprising:a first housing part that has latching means and that can be fastened to a base surface by fastening means,
the first housing part having a positioning window into which an illumination module is inserted, without being held on the first housing part; and
a second housing part that has counterpart latching means, which are set up to produce a latching connection with the latching means of the first housing part,
the second housing part having at least two electrical connection sockets, each of which is associated with an electrical contact part arranged on the second housing part, each electrical contact part having a spring tongue that is elastically movable in a direction toward the positioning window and away from the positioning window and that is set up, if the two housing parts have been connected and if the illumination module has been inserted in the positioning window, to press with a compressive force against an associated electrical contact surface of the illumination module.

US Pat. No. 10,113,716

LED LUMINAIRE WITH MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR LED CIRCUIT BOARD

ABL IP Holding LLC, Atla...

1. A luminaire comprising:a reflector having two opposing ends and a channel-receiving portion, the channel-receiving portion extending between the two opposing ends and comprising reflector clips in the channel-receiving portion;
a channel comprising opposing side edges each having a length, the channel further comprising clip apertures and side channel tabs, wherein the side channel tabs extend a distance along the length of the opposing side edges of the channel and extend upwardly from the channel, the channel mounted on the reflector such that the reflector clips are engaged with the channel through the clip apertures;
a first printed circuit board (PCB) mounted on the channel by positioning opposing side edges of the first PCB under the side channel tabs, the opposing side edges of the first PCB each having a length and notches extending a distance along the length of the opposing side edges of the first PCB, wherein the distance of one of the notches on the first PCB is at least as great as the distance of one of the side channel tabs on the channel such that the notches on the first PCB can receive the side channel tabs;
a second PCB, wherein the channel further comprises center tabs and end tabs, the center tabs between the end tabs, wherein the first PCB is mounted on the channel between a one of the end tabs and a one of the center tabs, wherein the second PCB is mounted on the channel between a second of the end tabs and a second of the center tabs, and wherein the center tabs define a wire pathway between the center tabs, and wherein the wire pathway is dimensioned to accommodate at least one wire of the luminaire; and
a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) provided on the first PCB.

US Pat. No. 10,113,715

SHEVLE SYSTEM AND LABEL LED STRIP LAMP THEREFOR

Self Electronics Co., Ltd...

1. A shelve system and a label LED strip lamp therefor, comprising:the shelve system comprising at least one carrier element, each of at least one carrier element comprising a body, and a clamping assembly disposed on the body and configured for assembling the label LED strip lamp;
the clamping assembly comprising a clamping slot disposed on the body, and a catch plate provided on the clamping slot;
the clamping slot comprising a first wall, and a second wall spaced from the first wall, in a cross section taken along an extending direction of the clamping slot, a free end of the first wall being connected to the body, a free end of the second wall being connected to the catch plate, and in the cross section perpendicular to the extending direction of the clamping slot an angle between the second wall and the catch plate being an acute angle;
the label LED strip lamp comprising a snap assembly for engagement with the catch plate, a lamp tube provided on the snap assembly, in the cross section perpendicular to the extending direction of the clamping slot;
the snap assembly comprising a connecting edge, a set of clamping tooth disposed on one side of the connecting edge, and a wavy-shaped engaging edge spaced apart from the clamping tooth, a maximum distance between the engaging edge and the clamping tooth being equal to a thickness of the catch plate, the clamping tooth being inserted into the clamping slot in the cross section perpendicular to the extending direction of the clamping slot;
the lamp tube comprising a non-transparent edge, an upper light transmitting edge connecting the non-transparent edge with the catch plate, and a lower light transmitting edge connecting the non-transparent edge with the catch plate, the upper light transmitting edge being spaced apart from the lower light transmitting edge, and the non-transparent edge having a larger width than the catch plate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,709

ELONGATE MULTIPARTITE LENS ARRANGEMENT AND LUMINAIRE COMPRISING SUCH A LENS ARRANGEMENT

ZUMTOBEL LIGHTING GMBH, ...

1. An elongate multipartite lens arrangement for luminaires (L) for influencing light emitted by an illuminant comprising:a first elongate optical element comprising a first longitudinal axis (L2) and at least one second elongate optical element comprising a second longitudinal axis (L3), which second elongate optical element is disposed downstream of the first optical element in a light-guiding direction and provided separately from the first optical element,
wherein at least the first optical element has at least one defined light-entrance region, provided along the first longitudinal axis (L2), for introducing light of the illuminant into the lens arrangement
wherein the second optical element, for the purposes of guiding light of the lens arrangement, optically interacts with the first optical element in order to continue the light guidance of the first optical element,
wherein the light-entrance region is embodied as a recess for receiving the illuminants, and
wherein the first optical element has a grid or lattice forming the light-entrance regions, and at least one illuminant is assignable to each light-entrance region.

US Pat. No. 10,113,707

ILLUMINATION DEVICE FOR VISUALLY SUPPRESSING A GAP BETWEEN TWO ADJACENT REFLECTIVE SURFACES

CAE INC., Saint-Laurent ...

1. A reflective display comprising:at least two reflective surfaces defining a gap therebetween;
a strip of light propagating material, the strip of light propagating material defining a front surface, two side surfaces and a back surface, the side surfaces being adapted for positioning between the two reflective surfaces and the front surface;
a plurality of lighting units positioned along the back surface of the strip of light propagating material for propagating light in the strip of light propagating material, whereby light propagated in the light propagating material visually suppresses the gap between the two reflective surfaces; and
a plurality of light detectors, the light detectors being positioned along the strip of light propagating material, each light detector collecting light projected on the reflective surfaces in an area surrounding the light detector and generating corresponding lighting data.

US Pat. No. 10,113,706

LASER LIGHTING DEVICE

1. A lighting device for vehicles, comprising:a laser light source;
an upstream light conducting device for generating a predetermined lighting function, said light conducting device including
a reflector positioned at an angle to the laser light source for deflecting light from the laser light source towards a main radiation direction, a focusing lens for focusing the light of the laser light source in the direction of the reflector, and a light guide for conducting light to generate a further light function, wherein the laser light source and the reflector are arranged in the main radiation direction behind the light guide, such that the light emitted by said laser light source passes through the light guide; and wherein the reflector is formed elongated and narrow, wherein it has a width of less than 6 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,113,704

HEADLIGHT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH LOW CONSTRUCTION DEPTH

Automotive Lighting Reutl...

1. A headlight of a motor vehicle comprising: a light source arrangement and a plurality of first projection optics, of which each has a first pair that is made by a first image mask and a first respective projection lens, which is illuminated by the light source arrangement through the one respective image mask and which has a respective first object-sided focal length (f1), and in which the image mask of each first pair is positioned within an object-sided focal area of the first projection lens of the respective first pair and whereby one part of the first image mask that is illuminated by the light source arrangement features a form of at least one first portion of an overall light distribution of the headlight, and whereby the first projection lenses are arranged within a first projection lens plane and are illuminated by the light source arrangement from same directions, wherein the first object-sided focal lengths (f1) are identical for the first projection lenses and that the headlight includes a plurality of second projection optics, of which each has a second pair that is made by a second image mask and a second respective projection lens, which is illuminated by the light source arrangement through the one respective second image mask and which has a respective second object-sided focal length (f2), which is greater than the first focal length (f1), and in which the image mask of each second pair is positioned within an object-sided focal area of the second projection lens of the respective second pair and whereby one part of the second image mask that is illuminated by the light source arrangement features a form of an inner, central portion of the overall light distribution of the headlight, and whereby the second projection lenses are arranged within a second projection lens plane and are illuminated by the light source arrangement from same directions.

US Pat. No. 10,113,703

VEHICLE HEADLAMP FOR FORMING SPOT AND DIFFUSION LIGHT DISTRIBUTION PATTERNS

ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD.,...

1. A vehicle headlamp comprising:a semiconductor light source;
a reflector; and
a lens,
wherein the semiconductor light source has a light-emitting surface,
the reflector has a reflection surface to reflect light from the light-emitting surface to the lens's side, and
the lens radiates to a front side of a vehicle, the light reflected by means of the reflection surface, as a predetermined light distribution pattern, and
wherein the semiconductor light source comprises a first semiconductor light source and a second semiconductor light source,
the reflection surface comprises a first reflection surface which corresponds to the first semiconductor light source, and a second reflection surface which corresponds to the second semiconductor light source,
the lens comprises a first lens which corresponds to the first semiconductor light source and the first reflection surface, and a second lens which corresponds to the second semiconductor light source and the second reflection surface, and
the first semiconductor light source, the first reflection surface, and the first lens are arranged to form a spot light distribution pattern and the second semiconductor light source, the second reflection surface, and the second lens are arranged to form a diffusion light distribution pattern so that the spot light distribution pattern and the diffusion light distribution pattern are combined to form the predetermined light distribution pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,113,701

WORKING LIGHT

Xiamen PVTECH Co., Ltd., ...

1. A working light, comprising: a frame and a plurality of LED modules located in the frame, wherein two supporting plates at two ends of the frame are respectively combined with two ratchets, two ends of the LED modules are combined with ratchet plates, the ratchets are respectively assembled to the ratchet plates to control a rotation angle of the LED modules, wherein each of the ratchets is combined with a spring and a pinball, and the pinball is elastically abutted in the corresponding ratchet plate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,695

LIQUID NITROGEN COOLING SENSOR DEVICE CONTAINER AND LIQUID NITROGEN COOLING SENSOR DEVICE

JAPAN OIL, GAS AND METALS...

1. A liquid nitrogen cooling nitrogen sensor device container comprising:a liquid nitrogen containing insulating container which contains liquid nitrogen;
a sensor fixing member which has a distal end portion to which a sensor operating at a temperature of the liquid nitrogen is attached; and
a fixing buffer member configured to be compressed to fix the sensor fixing member to the liquid nitrogen containing insulating container, wherein
the fixing buffer member absorbs vibration of the sensor fixing member caused by external factors or by bubbles generated as the liquid nitrogen evaporates, and
wherein the fixing buffer member is configured to be selectively detached and attached to the nitrogen containing insulating container.

US Pat. No. 10,113,692

VERTICAL FORE GRIP WITH BIPOD

Grip Pod Systems Internat...

1. A vertical grip, comprising:an elongated handle having a top and a bottom with an opening;
a bipod having legs with a retracted position where the legs are sandwiched together inside the bottom opening of the handle, the legs having an expanded position with the legs extended beyond the bottom opening of the handle;
a linearly moving catch for holding the legs in the retracted position inside the handle; and
a linear release switch adjacent to the handle for releasing the linearly moving catch to cause the legs to move from the retracted position to the expanded position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,688

MAGNETIC MOUNTING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Suzhou Uni-Solution Impor...

1. A magnetic mounting apparatus, comprising:a base structure comprising a steel ball;
a magnet having a peripheral exterior sidewall, a first face and a second face, the steel ball being secured to the first face of the magnet solely by magnetic attraction;
a friction collar having:
an internal shoulder that engages the first face of the magnet,
a skirt section that extends in a first direction from the shoulder along the peripheral exterior sidewall of the magnet and terminates in a contact edge co-planar with the second face of the magnet, and
a bowl section that extends in a second direction from the shoulder and surrounds a portion of the steel ball, when the steel ball is secured to the first face of the magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,113,684

BRACKET FOR NOTEBOOK COMPUTER OR TABLET COMPUTER

SHENZHEN XGEAR TECHNOLOGY...

1. A bracket for a notebook computer or a tablet computer, comprising:a first support rod comprising a guide rail;
a second support rod comprising another guide rail;
a third support rod defining a first groove; and
a fourth support rod defining a second groove;
wherein a front end of the first support rod is rotatably connected to the third support rod;
wherein a front end of the second support rod is rotatably connected to the fourth support rod;
wherein the third support rod is rotatably connected to a fifth support rod, one end of the fifth support rod is rotatably connected to the first groove of the third support rod, and the other end of the fifth support rod is rotatably connected to the guide rail of the first support rod;
wherein the fourth support rod is rotatably connected to a sixth support rod, one end of the sixth support rod is rotatably connected to the second groove of the fourth support rod, and the other end of the sixth support rod is rotatably connected to the guide rail of the second support rod;
wherein a first stopper clip is defined on the first support rod, or on the third support rod, or on a connecting shaft between the first support rod and the third support rod;
wherein a second stopper clip is defined on the second support rod, or on the fourth support rod, or on a connecting shaft between the second support rod and the fourth support rod;
wherein a first synchronization rod is connected between the first support rod and the second support rod, a second synchronization rod is connected between the first support rod and the second support rod;
wherein two ends of the first synchronization rod are rotatably connected to the first support rod and the second support rod, respectively;
wherein two ends of the second synchronization rod are rotatably connected to the first support rod and the second support rod, respectively; and
wherein the first synchronization rod and the second synchronization rod are rotatably coupled to each other, the intersection between the first synchronization rod and the second synchronization rod is in the middle of the first synchronization rod and is also in the middle of the second synchronization rod.

US Pat. No. 10,113,682

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THERMALLY INSULATING A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT

ARIANEGROUP SAS, Paris (...

1. A method of thermally insulating a piece of equipment, the method comprising:a) supplying at least one block of thermal insulation presenting a shape complementary to an outside face of a portion of said equipment;
b) making a first hole in said block of insulation presenting a first end opening out facing the outside face of said equipment and a second end opening out away from the outside face of said equipment;
c) placing said block of thermal insulation in a deformable cover made of a gastight material such that a wall of said first hole is covered by said gastight cover while leaving the first end and the second end of said first hole open, and the cover defines, at the second end, a first opening that communicates with the first hole and a second opening that communicates with the space situated between the insulating block and the cover;
d) fastening the block of insulation covered in the cover against the outside face of said portion of equipment by gastight and deformable connection means so that a space defined between the block of insulation and said portion of equipment presents a closed outline;
e) connecting the first opening and the second opening to suction means;
f) activating said suction means whereby an inside of the cover is partially evacuated and the cover is pressed against the block of insulation and against said portion of equipment; and
g) closing the first opening and the second opening of the cover in gastight manner.

US Pat. No. 10,113,679

FLUID LINER WEAR INDICATOR FOR SUCTION MANIFOLD OF RECIPROCATING PUMP ASSEMBLY

S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC....

1. A manifold through which a fluid is adapted to flow, the manifold comprising:an elongated member at least partially defining a fluid chamber through which the fluid is adapted to flow, a longitudinal axis, and an interior surface, the elongated member comprising: one or more inlets via which the fluid flows into the fluid chamber; and one or more outlets via which the fluid flows out of the fluid chamber;
a fluid liner disposed within the fluid chamber and adapted to dynamically respond to pressure fluctuations within the fluid chamber as the fluid flows therethrough, the fluid liner being subject to at least one of wear and erosion due to the flow of the fluid therethrough and the dynamic response of the fluid liner to the pressure fluctuations; and
a wear indicator positioned radially between the interior surface of the elongated member and the longitudinal axis, the wear indicator comprising a wear groove formed in the fluid liner and devoid of any component of the manifold;
wherein the wear indicator is adapted to indicate the degree to which the fluid liner has been subjected to the at least one of wear and erosion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,677

CONNECTING ENDPIECE OF A FLEXIBLE PIPE WITH A SPACING MEMBER, ASSOCIATED FLEXIBLE PIPE AND METHOD

TECHNIP FRANCE, (FR)

1. A connection endpiece of a flexible pipe for conveying a fluid, the flexible pipe comprising at least one tubular sheath and at least one layer of tensile armors positioned externally with respect to the tubular sheath, the armor layer comprising a plurality of wire-shaped armor elements, the endpiece including:at least one end segment of each armor element,
an end vault and a cover attached on the end vault, the end vault and the cover delimiting between them a chamber for receiving the at least one end segment;
a material for filling the receiving chamber, in which the at least one end segment is embedded;
at least one spacing member positioned so as to internally bear upon the end segments of the armor elements of at least one armor layer, the at least one spacing member defining, on at least one end segment of an armor element of said armor layer, contact areas axially spaced apart along said end segment, the contact areas delimiting between them intermediate contact spaces between the filling material and the at least one end segment; and
the endpiece includes at least one external collar radially surrounding the end segments of the outmost armor layer, the external collar preventing contact between the cover and the end segments of the outmost armor layer.

US Pat. No. 10,113,673

REINFORCEMENT ELEMENT FOR AN UNBONDED FLEXIBLE PIPE

1. An elongate reinforcement element for reinforcing an unbonded flexible pipe, the reinforcement element comprises a plurality of elongate armor strips and an elongate support element comprising an elongate body, a channel defined by the elongate body, and an opening through a side of the elongate body that extends longitudinally along a side of the channel, wherein the plurality of elongate armor strips are arranged to be superimposed in the channel of the elongate support element, and wherein the plurality of superimposed elongate armor strips are displaceable in relation to each other upon bending of the elongate reinforcement element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,665

LOW HYSTERESIS DIAPHRAGM FOR A VALVE

VistadelTek, LLC, Yorba ...

1. A valve housing for use with a valve seat, the valve housing comprising:a valve housing body;
a valve diaphragm integral with the valve housing body, the valve diaphragm having a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, one of the first surface and the second surface having a plastically deformed concentric strain hardened region having a concave shape; and
a control element attached to the valve diaphragm, the control element having a control surface offset from the first surface of the valve diaphragm, the control surface being configured to selectively engage the valve seat;
wherein the plastically deformed concentric strain hardened region biases the control surface one of towards and away from the valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,113,659

FRICTION-WELDED PIPE REPAIR

Forge Tech, Inc., Kemah,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a curved structure having an exterior surface, having an interior surface and having a defect;
a gasket positioned over the defect in the curved structure, the gasket having a length, a width and a thickness;
a rigid patch positioned over the gasket, the rigid patch having a length, a width and a thickness, the length of the rigid patch being greater than the length of the gasket, the width of the rigid patch being greater than the width of the gasket; and
a plurality of studs and nuts positioned near an outer perimeter of the rigid patch, the plurality of studs being friction welded to the exterior surface of the curved structure.

US Pat. No. 10,113,658

PRESSURE LIMITING VALVE FOR A CRYOSTAT CONTAINING A CRYOGEN AND A SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNET

Siemens Healthcare Limite...

1. A pressure limiting valve for a cryostat that contains a cryogen and a superconducting magnet, said cryostat having a vent tube with a vent tube opening, said pressure limiting valve comprising:a quench valve comprising a single valve plate seated in a valve seat that surrounds said vent tube opening, and a first spring arrangement comprising a spring that produces a spring bias that urges said single vent plate against said valve seat so as to allow a cryogen gas, produced upon occurrence of a quench, to escape through said vent opening when a cracking pressure of said cryogen gas exceeds said spring bias produced by said spring of said first spring arrangement;
a cracking-pressure-raising assembly temporarily fitted over said quench valve;
said cracking-pressure-raising assembly comprising a main body that is non-destructively removably attached, by manually removable fastener elements, to said quench valve or to said cryostat; and
said cracking-pressure-raising assembly comprising a second spring arrangement, comprised of a plurality of spring elements that together produce a further spring bias applied to said single valve plate in addition to said spring bias produced by said spring of said first spring arrangement, with said main body forming a counter bearing for said plurality of spring elements of said second spring arrangement, so as to temporarily raise the cracking pressure needed to allow said cryogen gas to escape through said vent opening as long as the cracking-pressure-raising assembly is fitted over said quench valve.

US Pat. No. 10,113,657

MULTIPLE VALVE REFRIGERANT LEAK PROTECTION DEVICE

PRESCOTT, INC., Twin Fal...

1. A multiple valve refrigerant leakage protection device comprising:(a) a ball valve section having an interior portion and exterior portion, including a ball valve housing and a rotatable handle located on said ball valve exterior portion, and a ball valve and a refrigerant flow-through channel located within said ball valve interior portion; and
(b) a Schrader valve section having an interior portion and an exterior portion, including a Schrader valve fitting and a spring-loaded pin located on said Schrader valve exterior portion, and an air chuck and a refrigerant flow-through channel located within said Schrader valve interior portion;
wherein said Schrader valve section further includes a threaded male pipe connection, and further wherein said ball valve section further includes a female threaded connection coupler, an adapter, a gasket having a pin depression section and flow through orifices, whereby said Schrader valve section threaded male pipe connection mates with said ball valve section female threaded connection coupler, and thereby integrating said ball valve section and said Schrader valve section into a single unit;
wherein said ball valve section and said Schrader valve section are integrated into a single combined unit, and when in use as a single combined unit prevent leakage of refrigerant during refrigerant drainage and fill operations.

US Pat. No. 10,113,655

ROTARY DISTRIBUTOR

GIMA S.p.A., Zola Predos...

1. A rotary distributor for distributing a pressurised fluid to a plurality of movable user devices, comprising:a first element associated with a fixed frame and comprising a through hole to which is connected a source of pressurised fluid;
a selector having a plurality of openings connected to corresponding ducts for the passage of fluid connected to the corresponding movable user devices, the selector being connected integrally to the movable user devices and movable in rotation relative to the fixed frame;
a manifold with a first surface positioned in front of the first element and with a second surface positioned in front of the selector; the manifold being associated with the first element, and having an opening for connection and passage of fluid between the first element and the selector; the opening having a dimensional extension which is able to simultaneously touch a predetermined number of openings of the selector in movement to allow the passage of fluid from the source of pressurised fluid towards the openings of the selector in movement; the manifold being shaped in such a way that the pressurised fluid fed through the through hole exerts on the manifold a total force directed towards the selector.

US Pat. No. 10,113,654

WATER DIVERTER ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHING APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwashing appliance, comprising:a tub defining a wash chamber, the tub including a top wall, a bottom wall and sidewalls extending between the top and bottom walls;
a first spray-arm assembly housed within the wash chamber;
a second spray-arm assembly housed within the wash chamber;
a pump configured to deliver fluid into the wash chamber;
a machinery compartment disposed below the bottom wall of the tub; and
a diverter assembly in fluid communication with the pump, the diverter assembly including:
a diverter head having a body portion and first and second outlets, the body portion and the first and second outlets forming a single unitary component, the first outlet being configured to be directly coupled to the first spray-arm assembly, the second outlet being configured to be directly coupled to a conduit in fluid communication with the second spray-arm assembly; and
a valve housing configured to be coupled to the diverter head, the valve housing defining an inlet in fluid communication with the pump and at least partially housing a diverter valve configured to divert the fluid received via the inlet to either the first outlet or the second outlet,
wherein the diverter assembly is mounted directly to the bottom wall of the tub, and
wherein the diverter head further comprises at least one mounting tab projecting outwardly from the body portion for mounting the diverter assembly to the bottom wall of the tub, the at least one mounting tab abutting against an outer surface of the bottom wall when the diverter head is inserted at least partially through an opening defined through the bottom wall, the outer surface of the bottom wall facing the machinery compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,113,650

DUAL SEAT VALVE

Engip, LLC, Conroe, TX (...

1. A dual seat valve assembly comprising:a) a housing having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet,
b) a first valve seat and an axially movable plunger having a first valve surface located within the housing together forming a first valve,
c) a second valve seat concentric with the first valve seat and an axially movable second valve surface adapted to engage the second valve seat thereby together forming a second valve, and
d) a rupture disc quick disconnect assembly attached to the housing, and having first and second quick disconnect couplings that are connectable to first and second fittings on the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,649

MAGNETIC SEAL DEVICE AND FISHING REEL INCLUDING THE SEAL DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

1. A magnetic seal device comprising:a magnetic sleeve having a cylindrical body and fitting on an outer peripheral surface of a rotatable shaft,
a ring shaped magnet being arranged radially outwardly from an outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve with a gap, and forming a magnetic circuit between the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve and the ring shaped magnet, and
a magnetic fluid being maintained at the gap,
wherein the magnetic sleeve includes
a groove arranged circumferentially around the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve, and
a flange extending radially outwardly from and circumferentially around the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve, wherein the flange has a diameter that is larger than a diameter of the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve, and
a ring shaped absorbing member that is arranged to face the groove or the flange, wherein the absorbing member is configured to absorb the magnetic fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,113,648

SLIDING COMPONENT

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A sliding component comprising a stationary sliding member and a rotary sliding member Forming a pair of sealing faces, and a mechanism to generate dynamic pressure resulting from-relative sliding of the pair of sealing faces, wherein one sealing face of the pair of sealing faces is provided with multiple lands along a circumferential direction for generating dynamic pressure facing a high-pressure fluid side and a seal area facing a low-pressure fluid side,wherein each land and the seal area are positioned away from each other in a radial direction and areas of the sealing face other than the lands and the seal area are formed lower than the lands and the seal area to constitute fluid communication paths open to the high-pressure fluid side,
wherein the fluid communication paths are constituted by (i) multiple radial fluid communication paths which extend in straight paths in the radial direction and which form contours of the lands, and (ii) a circumferential fluid communication path which is formed between the seal area and the lands and which is connected to each of the radial fluid communication paths,
wherein at least one spiral groove is provided in surfaces in both the radial fluid communication paths and the circumferential fluid communication path for discharging fluid, and
wherein the at least one spiral groove is inclined with respect to the radial direction, at least one of the plurality of grooves includes at least a a first end abutting onto a first end of one of adjoining two lands and a second end abutting onto a second end of the adjoining two lands, and the at least one of the grooves has a first end abutting onto any one of the lands and a second end abutting onto the seal area.

US Pat. No. 10,113,645

SEALING SYSTEM FOR TANK ROTARY SHAFT

Rio Tinto Alcan Internati...

1. A seal arrangement for sealing a rotary shaft and a shaft opening defined in a wall of a tank configured for containing a flowable material, comprising a primary seal mounted with the rotary shaft in an extractable cartridge to provide sealing around the rotary shaft, the seal arrangement further comprising a secondary seal operational for closing the shaft opening when removing the primary seal for maintenance or replacement, characterized in that the extractable cartridge is removably insertable in sealing engagement within a housing projecting outwardly from the tank around the shaft opening, and in that the secondary seal comprises an isolation valve mounted to the housing outside of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,113,643

COMPRESSION PISTON RING FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A compression ring for an engine piston comprising:an upper face and a lower face;
an inner face positioned between the upper and lower faces along an inner diameter of the ring, wherein the upper face, the lower face, and the inner face cooperate with an annular groove in the piston; and
an outer face positioned between the upper and lower faces along an outer diameter of the ring for cooperation with a bore in a cylinder, the outer face formed by a smooth continuous curve along an axial direction of the ring, the curve having first and second convex surfaces connected by a concave surface;
wherein a first radius of the first convex surface is equal to a second radius of the second convex surface; and
wherein the concave surface has a third radius, the third radius being less than half of the first radius.

US Pat. No. 10,113,636

POWER ACTUATOR WITH INTEGRAL DECOUPLING MECHANISM

INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC, Tr...

1. A method for manually controlling a system comprising:activating a manual engagement device;
engaging a manual control to couple a first lever and a movable component;
disengaging an automatic control coupling the first lever and the movable component, wherein the automatic control further comprises: a sensor for detecting a position of the first lever; a motor responsive to a signal from the sensor; and a coupling mechanism for transmitting rotation of the motor to the movable component; and
moving the movable component by moving the first lever.

US Pat. No. 10,113,635

DEVICE REDUCING DRAG LOSS IN AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A drag torque reduction device for an automatic transmission, comprising:a plurality of multi-disk shift elements;
a hydrodynamic torque converter;
a converter clutch; and
a hydraulic controller with a radiator, the hydraulic controller operable to control the plurality of multi-disk shift elements, the hydrodynamic torque converter and the converter clutch, the hydraulic controller comprising a parallel connection of a pressure relief valve, a constant aperture and a temperature-dependent, switchable aperture that is positioned upstream of the radiator relative to a flow of fluid to the radiator, the pressure relief valve configured to open against a spring force above a pressure threshold, the constant aperture configured to permit a minimum flow through the parallel connection to the radiator, the temperature-dependent, switchable aperture configured to open above a temperature threshold, the parallel connection providing a minimum lubrication and cooling at low temperatures below the temperature threshold and low system pressures below the pressure threshold by closing the temperature-dependent, switchable aperture at temperatures below the temperature threshold and closing the pressure relief valve at pressures below the pressure threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,113,634

DEVICE INCLUDING ONE FIRST AND AT LEAST ONE SECOND BEARING

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A device comprising:a first bearing,
a second bearing,
a first bearing-attachment element holding a first bearing and configured to exert a first force on an outer ring of first bearing,
a second bearing-attachment element holding the second bearing and configured to exert a second force on an outer ring of the second bearing,
a convex annular surface region on a circumferential portion of the outer ring of the second bearing,
and
a formation in the first bearing attachment element, the formation including a stepped cross-section having a convex annular underside surface that contacts and extends above the convex annular surface region of the outer ring of the second bearing and abuts the second bearing-attachment element at a first surface region and a second surface region, and
the formation is configured to exert a third force on the outer ring of the second bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,633

GEARBOX PLANET SQUEEZE FILM DAMPER

General Electric Company,...

1. A planet gearbox for connection to a carrier of an epicyclic gearing arrangement that has only a single input and a single output and that includes a ring gear surrounding planet gears and a sun gear, the planet gearbox comprising:a support pin is configured to be fixed to the carrier, the support pin includes a hollow body that is defined by a cylindrical outer surface that is radially equidistant from a virtual central axis that extends in an axial direction, the support pin is further defined by an inner surface disposed opposite the cylindrical outer surface;
an inner ring is non-rotatably connected to the support pin and defines an inner surface opposed to the outer surface of the support pin, the inner ring defining an outer surface that defines at least one track, said at least one track defined in the outer surface being configured to receive and rotatably guide therein a plurality of cylindrical rollers; wherein the inner ring is defined by a forward end and an aft end that is spaced axially apart from the forward end, the squeeze film damper includes a forward grove defined in the forward end of the inner ring and extending circumferentially with respect to the virtual central axis; an outer ring defines;
an inner cylindrical surface that is disposed facing toward the at least one track, the outer ring defining an outer cylindrical surface that defines a gear tooth surface that is disposed facing toward the ring gear and that is configured to mesh with both the sun gear and the ring gear;
the respective plurality of cylindrical rollers rotatably disposed within said at least one track of the inner ring, and each of the plurality of cylindrical rollers rotatably contacting the inner cylindrical surface of the outer ring; and
a squeeze film damper disposed between the outer surface of the support pin and the inner surface of the inner ring.

US Pat. No. 10,113,632

BICYCLE SPROCKET WHEEL UNIT AND MOUNTING UNIT FOR COOPERATING WITH SPROCKET WHEELS

1. A mounting unit comprising:an integral ring-shaped plate which is made by way of pressing, the mounting unit including a hub connection hole defined in a center thereof, and comprising a first disk, a second disk and a third disk, the first, second and third disks sharing a center of the hub connection hole, an outer periphery of the second disk connected to the inner periphery of the third disk, an inner periphery of the second disk connected to the outer periphery of the first disk, the inner periphery of the second disk being shorter than the outer periphery of the second disk, the second disk being a cone-shaped face and protruding from a front face of the mounting unit, a first fixing portion formed on a front face of the third disk, a second fixing portion formed on a rear face of the third disk, the third disk having multiple fixing apertures defined therethrough which are evenly spaced apart from each other, the second disk having multiple third fixing portions formed on the outer periphery thereof, and the second disk having multiple fourth fixing portions formed on the inner periphery thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,113,628

AXLE ASSEMBLY HAVING A CLUTCH COLLAR ACTUATOR MECHANISM

ArvinMeritor Technology, ...

1. An axle assembly comprising:a differential carrier;
a cover disposed on the differential carrier;
an input shaft that extends through the cover and is rotatable about an axis;
an interaxle differential unit disposed on the input shaft;
a clutch collar moveably disposed on the input shaft;
a piston housing that is disposed in the differential carrier on the cover, wherein the piston housing has a first piston bore that receives a first piston and a second piston bore that receives a second piston;
a yoke that connects the first piston and the second piston to the clutch collar; and
a first yoke slide and a second yoke slide that are disposed on the cover and extend through the piston housing to the yoke, wherein the yoke slides along the first yoke slide and the second yoke slide, and the clutch collar moves to an extended position to lock the interaxle differential unit when pressurized fluid is provided to the first piston bore and the second piston bore to actuate the first piston and the second piston.

US Pat. No. 10,113,624

TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER AND LOCK-UP CLUTCH FOR HYDROKINETIC TORQUE-COUPLING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

Valeo Embrayages, Amiens...

1. A hydrokinetic torque-coupling device for coupling a driving shaft and a driven shaft together, comprising:a casing rotatable about a rotational axis and having a locking surface;
a torque converter including an impeller wheel rotatable about the rotational axis and a turbine wheel disposed in the casing coaxially with the rotational axis, the turbine wheel disposed axially opposite to the impeller wheel and hydro-dynamically rotationally drivable by the impeller wheel;
a lock-up clutch including a locking piston axially moveable along the rotational axis to and from the locking surface of the casing, the locking piston having an engagement surface configured to selectively frictionally engage the locking surface of the casing to position the hydrokinetic torque-coupling device into and out of a lockup mode in which the locking piston is mechanically frictionally locked to the casing so as to be non-rotatable relative to the casing; and
a torsional vibration damper comprising
a torque input member including a radially oriented first retainer plate and at least one supporting member mounted thereto; and
a unitary radially elastic output member pivotable relative to and elastically coupled to the torque input member;
the radially elastic output member including an annular output hub coaxial with the rotational axis and rotatable relative the torque input member, and at least one curved elastic leaf integral with the output hub and configured to elastically and radially engage the at least one supporting member and to elastically bend in the radial direction upon rotation of the first retainer plate with respect to the radially elastic output member;
the at least one curved elastic leaf having a proximal end non-moveably connected to the output hub, a free distal end and a curved raceway portion disposed between the proximal and free distal ends of the at least one elastic leaf for bearing the at least one supporting member;
the annular output hub of the radially elastic output member being configured for directly and non-rotatably engaging the driven shaft; and
the locking piston of the lock-up clutch non-rotatably connected to the torque input member of the torsional vibration damper.

US Pat. No. 10,113,623

ORBITUAL CRANKSHAFT WITH EXTENDED CONSTANT VOLUME COMBUSTION CYCLE

1. An internal combustion engine comprising: a crankcase; a rotating crankshaft held by the crankcase and having at least two main journals in the crankcase; an orbiting body having an orbiting body axis and being rotatably affixed to the rotating crankshaft and offset from a central longitudinal axis of the crankshaft; at least one orbiting rod journal on the orbiting body and offset from the orbiting body axis, the at least one orbiting rod journal being rotatably affixed by a connecting rod to a piston within a cylinder; and at least two meshed gears in a 1:1 ratio linking the orbiting body to the crankcase such that rotation of the crankshaft causes orbiting of the at least one orbiting rod journal around the orbiting body axis and orbiting of the orbiting body around the central longitudinal axis of the crankshaft, wherein the orbiting of the at least one orbiting rod journal around the orbiting body axis combined with the orbiting of the orbiting body around the main journal, results in a period of substantially constant volume of a combustion chamber through the rotation of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,621

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BALL SCREW AND BALL SCREW

NSK Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a ball screw, the method comprising:a seal fixing step of fixing a ring shaped seal to an attachment portion disposed in an end portion of a nut of the ball screw in an axis direction using a screw having a head; and
a concave portion forming step of forming a concave portion extending in a radial direction from an outer circumferential surface of the ring shaped seal,
wherein the attachment portion has an inner circumferential surface having a diameter larger than a diameter of an inner circumferential surface on which a spiral groove of the nut is formed,
a through hole is formed in the attachment portion, the through hole penetrating the attachment portion in the radial direction from an outer circumferential surface of the attachment portion to the inner circumferential surface of the attachment portion and having a bearing face for bearing the head of the screw,
the through hole includes a large-diameter portion on an outer circumference side, a small-diameter portion on an inner circumference side, and a conical portion communicating between the large-diameter portion and the small-diameter portion,
a diameter of the large-diameter portion is larger than a diameter of the head of the screw,
a diameter of the small-diameter portion is larger than an outer diameter of a male screw portion of the screw,
an inclined surface of the conical portion serves as the bearing face for bearing the head,
the concave portion forming step includes:
disposing the ring shaped seal in the attachment portion;
using a drill having a bit portion at a tip of a shank portion of the drill and an inclined surface formed in a boundary portion between the shank portion and the bit portion, the inclined surface corresponding the inclined surface of the through hole, a diameter of the bit portion being smaller than a diameter of the shank portion, the diameter of the shank portion being larger than the diameter of the small-diameter portion of the through hole and smaller than the diameter of the large-diameter portion; and
forming the concave portion in the ring shaped seal by inserting the drill into the through hole until a position where the inclined surface of the shank portion comes in contact with the inclined surface of the through hole, and
the seal fixing step includes matching positions of the attachment hole and the through hole with each other, and passing the screw through the through hole to engage the screw with the attachment hole to exert an outward-directed force in the radial direction on the ring shaped seal because of a force of the head pressing the bearing face to fix the ring shaped seal to the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,113,620

BALL RETURNING CIRCULATOR OF BALL SCREW

PMI PRECISION MOTION INDU...

1. A ball returning circulator of a ball screw having a nut, a screw and a plurality of balls, the ball returning circulator comprising:at least one ball access port, each of the at least one ball access port at one end of the circulator for releasing balls to come into or out from the circulator; and
at least one curved section having at least one opening distanced from the ball access port and at least one cover plate for closing the at least one opening;
wherein the ball returning circulator comprises two circulation tubes, each of the circulation tubes has one said ball access port, a connecting section, one said curved section and a ball engaging section, each said curved section having the opening is between the connecting section and the ball engaging section, and the connecting section of the circulation tube has at least one positioning wing frame on at least one side thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,113,619

LOCKING DEVICE AND LOCKING METHOD FOR THE TOOL HOLDER OF A DRILLING SYSTEM

1. A locking device (1) for locking a tool to a tool holder (3) of a rotary drilling rig, the locking device comprising a sleeve (10), a locking pin (9), a movement system, and a control system (2), the sleeve (10) and the locking pin (9) being configured such that the sleeve (10) engages around the locking pin (9) with positive locking such that the locking pin (9) can rotate in the sleeve (10) about a longitudinal axis of the locking pin (9) and can be displaced laterally parallel to the longitudinal axis, the locking pin (9) comprising at least one radially outwardly extending guide pin (12) which is guided in a slide in the sleeve (10), and the movement system having at least one electric motor (4) and at least one shaft, wherein the at least one shaft effects a relative rotation of sleeve (10) and locking pin (9) by force of the at least one electric motor (4), the locking device (1) further comprising a position monitoring system designed to monitor a position of the locking pin (9), the position monitoring system comprising at least one sensor or at least one pair of sensors (13) for measuring a position of the guide pin (12), and the position monitoring system being designed such that the position of the locking pin (9) is determined indirectly by measuring the position of the guide pin (12) via the at least one sensor or at least one pair of sensors (13).

US Pat. No. 10,113,618

COMPOUND PLANETARY FRICTION DRIVE

Technische Universiteit D...

1. A compound planetary friction drive comprising a first sun wheel, wherein said first sun wheel engages planetary wheels, which planetary wheels are arranged with a first part having a first radius and a second part having a second radius, wherein the second radius differs from the first radius and a transition region is provided between the first part and the second part, and wherein at least one ring annulus is provided that is driven by the planetary wheels, wherein the first sun wheel is in frictional engagement with the first part of the planetary wheels, said first part of the planetary wheels is in frictional engagement with a first ring annulus and a second ring annulus is in frictional engagement with the second part of the planetary wheels, and wherein the planetary wheels are both hollow and compressible uninterruptedly along their entire length spanning the first part, the transition region and the second part.

US Pat. No. 10,113,615

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:an input;
an output;
a first simple planetary gear set having a first sun gear, a first ring gear, and a first planet carrier;
a second simple planetary gear set having a second sun gear fixedly coupled to the first ring gear, a second ring gear, and a second planet carrier fixedly coupled to the input;
a third simple planetary gear set having a third sun gear coupled to the second ring gear, a third ring gear, and a third planet carrier;
a fourth simple planetary gear set having a fourth sun gear coupled to the third ring gear, a fourth ring gear fixedly coupled to the first planet carrier, and a fourth planet carrier fixedly coupled to the output;
a first brake configured to selectively hold the first sun gear against rotation;
a second brake configured to selectively hold the second sun gear against rotation; and
a first clutch configured to selectively couple the input to the fourth sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,113,608

MOVABLE AXIAL ELEMENT FOR A ROTARY TOOL DAMPENING SYSTEM

SECO-E.P.B.(SOCIETE PAR A...

1. A movable axial element for a damping system, the axial element comprising:a rectilinear absorbent mass positionable in a housing;
a plurality of annular grooves arranged on a periphery of the absorbent mass, each of the grooves housing an elastic element, each of the elastic elements being arranged to bear against an internal wall of the housing, each of the plurality of grooves including a base formed by a shoulder of the absorbent mass, the grooves having variable widths along a portion of the shoulder of the absorbent mass, wherein an edge formed by a structure bearing an annular lip is mounted in a sliding manner on at least one part of the shoulder along at least one axis of the movable axial element to form an adjusting device integrated into the movable axial element to enable the control of a prestressing exerted by the annular lip on at least one of the elastic elements mounted on the periphery of the absorbent mass, the prestressing being generated without rotation of the annular lip relative to elastic element; and
at least one movable edge formed by a sliding washer separating two juxtaposed grooves, the sliding washer having internal dimensions corresponding to dimensions of the shoulder of the portion of absorbent mass.

US Pat. No. 10,113,602

LOAD CONTROLLING BOLTED FLANGE DEFORMABLE SPACERS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A deformable spacer for absorbing energy for a flange bolt, the deformable spacer comprising:a hollow cylindrical body having a first body end, a second body end, a body outer surface having a body outer diameter, a body inner surface having a body inner diameter and a body longitudinal axis;
a plurality of elongated slots extending through the hollow cylindrical body from the body inner surface to the body outer surface, wherein the plurality of elongated slots are circumferentially spaced about the hollow cylindrical body;
a first flange disposed at the first body end and having a first flange outer diameter that is greater than the body outer diameter; and
a second flange disposed at the second body end and having a second flange outer diameter that is greater than the body outer diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,113,601

ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric brake device comprising:an electric motor;
a brake rotor;
a friction pad configured to come into contact with the brake rotor to generate a braking force;
a transmission mechanism configured to convert a rotary motion of the electric motor into a motion with which the friction pad generates the braking force;
a braking force command section configured to generate a command value of a target braking force by using an operation amount of a brake operation portion;
a braking force estimation section configured to obtain an estimated value of a braking force that presses the friction pad against the brake rotor;
a motor rotation angle detector configured to detect a rotation angle of the electric motor; and
a controller configured to control the electric motor according to the command value and the estimated value of the braking force,
wherein the controller is provided with a pad wear amount estimation section configured to estimate a wear amount of the friction pad,
wherein the pad wear amount estimation section estimates the wear amount of the friction pad at a present time by comparing a correlation between the motor rotation angle detected by the motor rotation angle detector and the braking force obtained by the braking force estimation section with a defined correlation between a motor rotation angle and a braking force when the friction pad is unworn, and
wherein the pad wear amount estimation section includes
a linearity determination section configured to determine a strength of linearity of the correlation between the braking force and the motor rotation angle from a change in a rate of change of one of the braking force and the motor rotation angle with respect to a rate of change of the other of the braking force and the motor rotation angle; and
a wear amount estimation section configured to estimate the wear amount of the friction pad from the braking force or the motor rotation angle at which the strength of linearity of the correlation that is determined by the linearity determination section is greater than or equal to a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,113,600

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING A LAYER ONTO A SURFACE OF A SOLID SUBSTRATE AND PRODUCTS FORMED THEREBY

ATS MER, LLC, Tucson, AZ...

1. A method for forming a vehicular brake rotor comprising a friction surface layer bonded to a surface of a solid metal substrate, the method comprising the steps of:(A) providing a solid metal substrate;
(B) employing a scanning plasma torch to direct a high temperature are plasma stream onto a surface of the substrate; said plasma stream comprising a metal selected from the group consisting of aluminum, cobalt, copper, iron, nickel, titanium, vanadium and zinc, or a metal alloy comprising two or more metallic elements, selected from the group consisting of aluminum, cobalt, copper, iron, nickel, titanium, vanadium, zinc, chromium, magnesium, manganese, niobium and silicon, a ceramic material in powder form selected from the group consisting of a metal carbide, a metal nitride, a metal silicide and an intermetallic composition, and an ionizable gas, said substrate forming an electrode and completing an electrical circuit with said plasma arc and a torch power supply, said plasma having sufficient energy to ionize the gas so as to heat and melt an area on a surface of the substrate; and
(C) causing a reaction between a melted metal in the area of the substrate and a metal or metal alloy in the plasma steam whereby to form a composite surface area incorporating the ceramic material in powder form on the substrate without any intervening layer; and
(D) moving the scanning plasma touch and repeating steps (B) and (C) to form a surface layer across a surface of the metal substrate, whereupon the ceramic material in powder form is directly bonded to the surface of the metallic substrate whereby to increase friction and enhance wear resistance of the surface of the metal substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,596

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power transmission device that transmits a rotational driving force outputted from a driving source to a target device to be driven, the power transmission device comprising:a driving rotor rotated by the rotational driving force;
a driven rotor rotated with a rotary shaft of the target device;
an electromagnet that generates an electromagnetic force connecting the driven rotor and the driving rotor; and
a buffer member that dampens a shock caused when the driven rotor and the driving rotor are connected to each other, wherein:
the drive rotor has
an armature connected to the driving rotor by the electromagnetic force, and
a plate that applies a load to the armature in an axial direction of the rotary shaft,
the armature has a driven-side through hole passing through the armature in an axial direction of the rotary shaft;
the plate has a plate-side through hole passing through the plate in the axial direction of the rotary shaft; and
the buffer member has an overlapping portion disposed overlapping with the driven-side through hole when viewed in the axial direction of the rotary shaft in a state where the overlapping portion extends over an entire region of the plate-side through hole and covers the plate-side through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,113,595

CONCENTRIC V-GROOVE COUPLING

Ker-Train Holdings Ltd., ...

1. A coupling comprising:at least two inter-connected torque couplings, each comprising:
a pair of clutch end members, each said end member including a set of concentric V-grooves disposed on a respective face thereof;
a clutch centre member disposed between the respective clutch end members, the centre member being axially movable between the respective end members and including a pair of opposing surfaces, one of the opposing surfaces including a plurality of concentric V-grooves configured to mesh with the set of V-grooves of one of the respective end members, another of the opposing surfaces including a plurality of concentric V-grooves configured to mesh with the set of V-grooves of another of the respective end members; and
an actuator coupled to one of the end members and being configured to simultaneously couple the end members to the centre member by engaging the V-grooves of both of the respective end members with the V-grooves of the centre member,
wherein the centre member of one of the torque couplings comprises one of the opposing surfaces of the one torque coupling, another of the opposing surfaces of the one torque coupling and one of the end members of another of the torque couplings.

US Pat. No. 10,113,593

ENCODER WITH OIL GAS PREVENTION STRUCTURE

HIWIN MIKROSYSTEM CORP., ...

1. An encoder with oil gas prevention structure, comprising:a base, comprising a body and a through hole configured on the body;
a shaft, disposed within the though hole, and comprising a first section, a second section, and a shoulder wherein the shoulder is configured between the first section and the second section, and corresponding to the first section;
a bearing, holding the shaft and disposed within the through hole, and comprising an inner ring and an outer ring wherein the inner ring is set against the first section, and the outer ring is set against a circumference of the through hole;
a cover, holding the shaft and adjacent to the bearing, and comprising a sheet, a circular groove and a plurality of indentations wherein the circular groove is configured on one side of the sheet, and the circular groove is configured on the sheet and corresponds with the bearing; and
an encoding device, holding the shaft and the shaft is inserted through the cover, and comprising a code disc rotatably disposed on the shaft wherein the cover is located between the bearing and the code disc.

US Pat. No. 10,113,592

ROLLER BEARING MODULE, A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROLLER BEARING MODULE, AND A METHOD FOR FORMING A VEHICLE HUB ASSEMBLY

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A roller bearing module for a vehicle hub module, the roller bearing module comprising:an outboard roller bearing;
an inboard roller bearing;
a spacer coupling the outboard roller bearing to the inboard roller bearing, the spacer arranged in an axial direction between the outboard roller bearing and the inboard roller bearing, the spacer having a first distal end and a second distal end, the second distal end is connected to an inner ring of the outboard roller bearing and the first distal end is axially aligned with, adjacent to, free-floating relative to, and not permanently affixed to an inner ring of the inboard roller bearing;
a first sealing structure arranged at an outwards facing side of the outboard roller bearing, and
a second sealing structure arranged at an inwards facing side of the inboard roller bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,591

MAGNETIC FLUID SEALING STRUCTURE FOR HIGH-SPEED ROTATION

RAILWAY TECHNICAL RESEARC...

1. A magnetic fluid sealing structure for high-speed rotation for sealing a gap between a shaft member and a housing member disposed around the shaft member, which are rotatable, comprising:magnetic force generating means which is fixed to the housing member and generates a magnetic force;
magnetic pole members disposed on both sides in an axial direction of the magnetic force generating means; and
a magnetic fluid which is magnetically held between the magnetic pole members and the shaft member by the magnetic force of the magnetic force generating means and seals the gap therebetween,
wherein the shaft member has a plurality of different material layers concentrically laminated in a radial direction,
an outermost diameter layer of the shaft member, which holds the magnetic fluid, is made of a magnetic material,
the shaft member has a three-layer structure including the outermost diameter layer, an innermost diameter layer made of a good thermal conductive material having a higher thermal conductivity than that of the outermost diameter layer, and an intermediate layer provided between the innermost diameter layer and the outermost diameter layer,
the intermediate layer is made of a good thermal conductive material having a higher thermal conductivity than that of the outermost diameter layer, and
the innermost diameter layer is made of a high strength material having a higher strength than that of the intermediate layer.

US Pat. No. 10,113,584

ROLLER FINGER FOLLOWER HAVING A BEARING SLEEVE FOR A FLOATING AXLE

1. A roller finger follower, comprising:a housing including a pair of sidewalls connected by a transverse wall, the pair of sidewalls including a first sidewall including a first hole and a second sidewall including a second hole; and
a roller assembly including:
a roller positioned between the pair of sidewalls;
an axle extending through the first hole, the second hole, and the roller rotatably mounted on the axle; and
a first bearing sleeve positioned in the first hole and a second bearing sleeve positioned in the second hole,
wherein ends of the axle are respectively positioned in and rotatable relative to the first bearing sleeve and the second bearing sleeve such that the axle is rotatable relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,583

ROLLING BEARING AND ANTI-ROTATION MECHANISM FOR TURBOCHARGER

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A rolling bearing for a turbocharger, the rolling bearing comprising:an outer ring that has a cylindrical shape and that has an outer ring raceway surface at one end side and an outer ring raceway surface at another end side, the outer ring raceway surfaces being separately formed on an inner peripheral surface in an axial direction;
a first inner ring that has a first inner ring raceway surface facing the outer ring raceway surface at the one end side;
a second inner ring that has a second inner ring raceway surface facing the outer ring raceway surface at the another end side;
a first retainer that holds a plurality of rolling elements disposed between the outer ring raceway surface at the one end side and the first inner ring raceway surface; and
a second retainer that holds a plurality of rolling elements disposed between the outer ring raceway surface at the another end side and the second inner ring raceway surface, wherein an outer peripheral surface at one end of the outer ring has a first plane extending in the axial direction, and a groove is formed from the first plane along a radial direction perpendicular to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,113,575

CONNECTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING TWO PARTS

Franz Baur, Oberstaufen ...

1. A connecting device for connecting two parts, comprising:a first connecting element which is arrangeable on a first part and a second connecting element which is arrangeable on a second part,
wherein at least one of the first connecting element and the second connecting element comprises one or more non-self-cutting retaining projections, each of which has a curved supporting surface that is in the form of an arc of a circle in longitudinal section,
wherein the one or more retaining projections are introducible into a groove having a curved undercut surface and is in the form of an arc of a circle in longitudinal section,
wherein the one or more retaining projections are configured to engage in the groove,
wherein the first connecting element and the second connecting element are configured to provide a connection plane between the two parts to be connected when the first connecting element is engaged with the second connecting element;
wherein the connecting device forms a guidance device configured for guiding the two parts relative to each other, wherein the first connecting element comprises a guidance groove and wherein the second connecting element comprises a guidance element, wherein the guidance element is linearly displaceable along the guidance groove,
wherein the guidance groove comprises a camming guide for the guidance of the guidance element along a predetermined guide path, wherein the guide path is at varying spacings from the connection plane;
wherein the guide path has two maximum regions having an at least local maximum spacing from the connection plane.

US Pat. No. 10,113,574

WORKBENCH PANEL HOLDER CLAMP FIXTURE AND SYSTEM

1. A clamp fixture for affixing panels to a workbench, said clamp fixture comprising:a lower fixture portion that adjustably mates with an upper fixture portion and a lower end portion, wherein said upper fixture portion further comprises an upper end portion;
a biasing member connecting said upper end portion with said lower fixture portion, wherein said biasing member comprises a spring;
a lower clamp disposed on said lower end portion, wherein said lower clamp is operable to engage a bottom area of a workbench;
a first middle clamp and a second middle clamp disposed on said upper fixture portion, wherein said first middle clamp is operable to engage a top area of a workbench; and
an upper clamp disposed on said upper end portion;
wherein said lower clamp and said first middle clamp are adjustably separable relative to each other via said lower fixture portion to affix said clamp fixture to a workbench, and wherein said second middle clamp and said upper clamp are configured to hold a panel there between, wherein said upper end portion is separate from said upper fixture portion whereby said upper clamp and said second middle clamp are adjustably separable relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,113,573

SEQUENCING LOCKING MECHANISM FOR TELESCOGING STRUCTURES

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A passive locking mechanism for a telescoping structure, comprising:a stud fixed to a first panel section;
a lower pawl coupled to a second panel section;
an upper pawl coupled to the second panel section, the upper pawl operable to engage the lower pawl; and
a lock wedge coupled to a third panel section, the lock wedge being operable to engage the upper and lower pawls,
wherein, in a retracted position of the telescoping structure, the lower pawl is engaged with the lock wedge, such that the second panel section is locked in place relative to the third panel section, and
wherein the first panel section is free to move relative to the second panel section.

US Pat. No. 10,113,572

DEVICE HAVING TWO PARTS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A device comprising:a first part that comprises a first fastening tool (FT1) and a first receptor (R1); and
a second part that comprises a second receptor (R2) for engaging with the first fastening tool (FT1), and a movable latch (L) for engaging with the first receptor (R1),
wherein said first and second parts are arranged for being connected together by a single act of engaging the first fastening tool (FT1) with the second receptor (R2) to establish a first connection between the first and second parts, and to make the movable latch (L) engage with the first receptor (R1) to establish a second connection between the first and second parts, the second connection being spaced apart from the first connection, wherein both said first and second connections are completed in response to operating only said first fastening tool (FT1), wherein the first fastening tool (FT1) includes a bolt (B) locked by a clip ring (CR) in its construction to prevent the bolt (B) from becoming loose from the first fastening tool (FT1), wherein the first fastening tool (FT1) further includes a spring (S1), wherein the bolt (B) is spring-loaded via the spring (S1) and the clip ring (CR) so that the bolt (B) has no interference when the first part is positioned on top of the second part, and wherein the second receptor (R2) includes a nut (N), and further wherein the bolt (B) can be fastened to the nut (N) after the bolt (B) is pushed against the spring-loading of the spring (S1).

US Pat. No. 10,113,571

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR JOINING PANELS

1. A cabinet comprising:a plurality of cabinet panels coupled together to form a cabinet, at least two adjoining panels of said plurality of cabinet panels joined together by a rail lock and cleat tab joining structure comprising:
a flange strip extending from an adjoining side edge of each of said at least two adjoining panels, said flange strip comprising a plurality of cleat tabs along an edge of said flange strip, and
a rail lock having a plurality of taper locks, said rail lock comprising about a right angle bend along a rail lock center longitudinal axis, each cleat tab of a first panel of said at least two adjoining panels substantially aligned with each cleat tab of a second panel of said at least two adjoining panels to form a pair of aligned cleat tabs, said pair of aligned cleat tabs captured together by an interference fit with tapered edges of each corresponding taper lock to form a seam joining said first panel to said second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,113,570

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN-SITU STATE MONITORING OF A HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

Mera AS, Haugesund (NO)

1. A monitoring system for in-situ monitoring of a state of a hydraulic oil system, the monitoring system comprising:a hydraulic oil inlet configured to couple to the hydraulic oil system;
a hydraulic oil outlet configured to couple to the hydraulic oil system;
a hydraulic circuit disposed between the hydraulic oil inlet and the hydraulic oil outlet, such that, during operational use of the hydraulic oil system, hydraulic oil of the hydraulic oil system flows from the hydraulic oil system via the hydraulic oil inlet to the monitoring system, and then through the hydraulic circuit of the monitoring system and then back to the hydraulic oil system via the hydraulic oil outlet;
at least one sensor unit disposed in the hydraulic circuit, wherein the at least one sensor unit is configured for measuring at least one property of the hydraulic oil within the hydraulic circuit in operational use of the monitoring system, and
a processor unit configured to read out at least one output of the at least one sensor unit and to determine a condition of the hydraulic oil running through the hydraulic circuit, wherein the processor unit is further configured to determine a representative of a state of the hydraulic oil system based upon the condition of the hydraulic oil and further configured to couple to a display device for displaying the representative.

US Pat. No. 10,113,568

RAM AIR TURBINE HYDRAULIC RELEASE MECHANISM

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A ram air turbine actuator release device to release a ram air turbine actuator, the ram air turbine actuator release device comprising:a lock bolt releasably engaged to the ram air turbine actuator;
a toggle comprising a toggle roller to engage the lock bolt, and a toggle pivot to couple the toggle to the ram air turbine actuator;
a hydraulic toggle actuator, comprising:
a housing;
a piston defining a first surface of a first hydraulic chamber and a second hydraulic chamber within the housing;
a solenoid valve disposed immediately adjacent to the housing and the first hydraulic chamber and in fluid communication with the first hydraulic chamber to define a second surface of the first hydraulic chamber, which is opposite the first surface of the first hydraulic chamber; and
a plunger coupled to the piston, wherein a pressure differential between the first hydraulic chamber and the second hydraulic chamber causes the piston to translate within the housing to thereby displace the plunger such that the plunger rotates the toggle to disengage the toggle roller from the lock bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,113,561

SECONDARY FLOW BAFFLE FOR TURBOMACHINERY

1. A stage of a fan for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a rotor blade;
a stator vane disposed aft of the rotor blade; and
a baffle extending radially inward from the stator vane, the baffle defining a secondary airflow path from a higher pressure zone aft of the stator vane to a lower pressure zone forward of the stator vane,
wherein the secondary airflow path is disposed between a forward surface of an inner case structure and an aft surface of the baffle, between a forward surface of the baffle and an aft surface of a disk, and forward of a forward surface of the disk, and
wherein the baffle has at least one of a curve or slant defining a cavity configured to direct airflow around the baffle and to disk cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,113,559

GAS TURBINE ENGINE IMPACT LINER

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An impact liner for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a base sheet;
a perforated sheet spaced a distance from the base sheet;
a plurality of stanchions extending from the base sheet; and
a plurality of supports, each of the supports being operatively connected to one of the plurality of stanchions at a first end of the support, each support extending from a stanchion and coupled to the perforated sheet at a second end of the support opposite the first end, each support including a chamber formed therein interactive with the perforated sheet to act as a Helmholtz resonator.

US Pat. No. 10,113,552

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR COMPRESSOR HEALTH

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A computer-implemented method for onboard monitoring of health of a gas compressor, the method comprising:generating, onboard the gas compressor, a virtual performance model of the gas compressor in a first state;
receiving, onboard the gas compressor, data corresponding to sensed operating conditions of the gas compressor from one or more sensors;
determining, onboard the gas compressor, based on frequency domain analysis, whether the gas compressor is leaking by comparing output signals of the virtual performance model of the gas compressor in the first state to the data corresponding to sensed operating conditions of the gas compressor;
outputting, from the gas compressor, health information corresponding to the health of the gas compressor, the health information including a leak indication regarding whether the gas compressor is leaking based on the determining whether the gas compressor is leaking based on frequency domain analysis;
generating, onboard the gas compressor, a virtual structure model of the gas compressor; and
determining a remaining useful life of the gas compressor based on outputs of the virtual structure model, the data corresponding to sensed operating conditions of the gas compressor, and saved historical health data of the gas compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,113,549

MONITORING AN ELECTRIC SUBMERSIBLE PUMP FOR FAILURES

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for monitoring an electric submersible pump, comprising:acquiring a baseline signature for the electric submersible pump in a first environment while the electric submersible pump is confirmed to be healthy;
acquiring a downhole signature for the electric submersible pump in a downhole environment while the electric submersible pump is confirmed to be healthy;
applying an operator to the baseline signature and the downhole signature that results in a downhole noise component;
acquiring a vibration signature for the electric submersible pump in the downhole environment while the electric submersible pump is in an operating mode;
removing the downhole noise component from the vibration signature to produce an isolated electric submersible pump signature; and
determining a health status of the electric submersible pump based on the isolated electric submersible pump signature.

US Pat. No. 10,113,546

PUMP FOR AN ENGINE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A pump for an engine, comprising:a drive gear rigidly mounted on a rotatable drive shaft;
an idle gear mounted on a shaft and being engaged with the drive gear;
a suction chamber and a discharge chamber;
a piston at least partly received within a relief chamber, the piston having first and second passageways provided therein, wherein the second passageway is closer to a face of the piston than the first passageway; and
a fluid passageway connecting the discharge chamber and the relief chamber,
wherein the piston is movable within the relief chamber according to a pressure in the relief chamber, and
wherein the first and second passageways form fluid paths between the suction chamber and the discharge chamber at a first and second pressure in the relief chamber, respectively, the first pressure being less than the second pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,113,545

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SCREW PUMP WITHOUT UNDERCUT AND/OR SCREW PUMP WHICH CAN HAVE LUBRICATION CHANNELS ON AT LEAST ONE OF THE DRIVE SCREW AND RUNNING SCREWS

SKF Lubrication Systems G...

1. A method for manufacturing a screw pump for transporting a fluid, the method comprising the steps of:providing a drive spindle having a drive spindle profile,
providing a running spindle,
rolling a running spindle profile into the running spindle such that the running spindle profile is formed without undercut,
simultaneously with the rolling of the running spindle profile into the running spindle also forming a lubricant groove in the running spindle, and
wherein the running spindle engages with its running spindle profile at least partially in the drive spindle profile of the drive spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,540

LINEAR COMPRESSOR

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A linear compressor, comprising:a cylinder defining a chamber;
a piston slidably received within the chamber of the cylinder;
a driving coil;
an inner back iron positioned in the driving coil, the inner back iron having an outer surface;
a magnet mounted to the inner back iron at the outer surface of the inner back iron such that the magnet faces the driving coil;
a flex mount positioned within the inner back iron and coupled to the inner back iron;
a coupling extending between the flex mount and the piston;
a compliant bellows coupled to the flex mount and the piston; and
a muffler mounted to the flex mount within the inner back iron, one end of the compliant bellows mounted to the muffler within the inner back iron.

US Pat. No. 10,113,538

IMPULSE PUMP

The United States of Amer...

1. A pump for generating impulse energy in the form of a water jet, said pump comprising:a base plate positioned perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of said pump, said base plate including an inner surface, an outer surface, a central aperture collinear to the longitudinal axis and at least one aperture at a radial distance from the central aperture;
a first bearing positioned within the central aperture;
a pusher shaft collinear with the longitudinal axis, said pusher shaft having a plurality of axial sections of ascending diameter adjacent to each other and extending away from the inner surface of said base plate, a smallest diameter section centered within and engaging said first bearing, a second section of increased diameter compared to said first section, a third section of increased diameter compared to said second section, a fourth section of increased diameter compared to said third section, a fifth section of increased diameter compared to said fourth section, a sixth section of increased diameter compared to said fifth section and a seventh section of increased diameter compared to said sixth section;
an idler rotor press-fit to encompass said second section with a plane of said rotor perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, said idler rotor having uniformly spaced markings around a circumference;
a sensor attached to the inner surface of said base plate and in proximity to said idler rotor, said sensor capable of detecting and reading the uniformly spaced markings of said idler rotor;
a first brake caliper including a hydraulic cylinder, said first brake caliper attached to said base plate and bracketing said idler rotor such that when said first brake caliper is actuated, a restraining force is applied by said hydraulic cylinder to said idler rotor and onto said pusher shaft;
a second bearing encompassing said third section;
a flywheel radially affixed to said second bearing;
a positioning plate positioned at an axial location coincident with said sixth section such that rotational motion is capable between said pusher shaft and said positioning plate;
a third bearing positioned within the radially distanced aperture of said base plate;
a drive motor having an attached drive shaft with said motor spaced apart from the outer surface of said base plate and with said drive shaft rotationally positioned within and extending through said third bearing;
a motor drive gear attached coaxially to an end of said drive shaft opposite to the attachment of said drive shaft to said motor, wherein said drive gear is capable of rotating at a predetermined speed;
a flywheel rim gear parallel to and mechanically affixed to said flywheel on a face of said flywheel facing said base plate wherein a rotational speed is capable of being transmitted from said motor drive gear and said flywheel rim gear onto said flywheel;
a ring gear mechanically attached to said flywheel and positioned collinear with the longitudinal axis at a position coincident with said fourth axial section, said ring gear annularly shaped with teeth on an inner rim;
a sun gear positioned collinear with the longitudinal axis and at a same position along the longitudinal axis as said ring gear, with teeth on an outer rim, and secured to said pusher shaft on said fourth axial section;
a plurality of planetary gears distributed circumferentially in an annular space between said sun gear and said ring gear at a same position along the longitudinal axis as said ring gear and said sun gear, each of said planetary gears having a diameter equal to a difference in radii of said ring gear and said sun gear, with teeth on an outer rim to simultaneously mate with said ring gear and said sun gear, and each of said planetary gears having a central aperture;
a fourth bearing surrounding said fifth axial section;
a disk shaped planetary gear carrier affixed to said fourth bearing, said planetary gear carrier having a central aperture, and multiple attachment points distributed circumferentially at a radial offset equal to an average radius of an outer diameter of said sun gear and an inner radius of said ring gear;
a plurality of planetary gear shafts with each of said planetary gear shafts rigidly attached perpendicular to a surface of said planetary gear carrier at each of said multiple attachment points with each of said planetary gear shafts supporting each of said planetary gears;
a plurality of planetary gear bearings, each of said planetary gear bearings positioned in each of said central apertures of said planetary gears to allow rotation of said planetary gears about said planetary gear shafts;
a tubular gear box housing coaxial with the longitudinal axis, said tubular gear box housing attached to said base plate on one end and said positioning plate on another end and enclosing said flywheel, said idler rotor, said sensor, said first brake caliper, said motor drive gear, said flywheel rim gear, said ring gear, said sun gear, said planetary gears, said planetary gear bearing, said planetary gear carrier and said planetary gear shafts;
a second brake caliper with hydraulic cylinder within said tubular gear box housing, said second brake caliper attached to said positioning plate and bracketing said planetary gear carrier such that when said second brake caliper is actuated, said hydraulic cylinder is capable of applying a restraining force to said planetary gear carrier and when said second brake caliper is inactivated, said hydraulic cylinder removes the restraining force thereby allowing said planetary gear carrier and said flywheel to rotate;
a thrust bearing positioned coaxially to the longitudinal axis at a position along the longitudinal axis coincident and secured to said seventh section of said pusher shaft wherein said thrust bearing is capable of allowing said pusher shaft to rotate under axial loads while dampening longitudinal loads toward said positioning plate;
a tubular cam assembly housing, said tubular cam assembly housing coaxial with the longitudinal axis and attached at a first end to said positioning plate on a side of said positioning plate opposite to said tubular gear box housing;
a cam assembly within said tubular cam assembly housing, with said cam assembly attached to said pusher shaft at an end opposite to an end of said pusher shaft at said first bearing with said cam assembly having a contoured cam race-way on a second end;
a cam follower arm extending laterally from the longitudinal axis to an offset radial location, said cam follower arm having a cam roller in rotational contact with said cam race-way at the offset radial location;
a plunger positioned coaxially with the longitudinal axis, said plunger having a square cross-section portion attached to said cam follower arm and a cylindrical portion extending away from said square cross-section portion along the longitudinal axis;
a head block positioned coaxially with the longitudinal axis and encompassing said head plunger, said head block have a central bore divided into three sections; a shallow circular bore at a flanged end of said head block, a square section of a smaller cross sectional area than said first circular bored section extending axially from an end of said first circular bored section to a second axial location, and a second circular section extending from an end of said square section to an unflanged end of said head block wherein said second circular section is a reservoir for said pump;
a plurality of sleeve bearings positioned between a surface of said square section of said head block and said plunger;
a compression spring positioned coaxially with the longitudinal axis between said shallow circular bore at the flanged end of said head block and said cam follower arm wherein contact between said plunger and said cam follower arm is maintained by said compression spring; and
a circular plate positioned at an unflanged end of said head block with an aperture at a center of said circular plate to form a nozzle;
wherein said drive motor is capable of accelerating the flywheel to a predetermined speed as said pusher shaft is held stationary such that energy is stored in said flywheel as rotational kinetic energy and the rotational kinetic energy is applied as an accelerating torque from said flywheel to said pusher shaft when said flywheel decelerates;
wherein rotating said pusher shaft in a first direction results in movement along the longitudinal axis for rolling said cam way wherein the fluid is drawn into said reservoir by movement of said plunger to said base plate;
wherein rotating said pusher shaft in a second direction results in movement along the longitudinal axis for rolling said cam way wherein the fluid forced from said reservoir and said nozzle by movement of said plunger away from said base plate.