US Pat. No. 10,250,131

LOW-NOISE HIGH EFFICIENCY BIAS GENERATION CIRCUITS AND METHOD

pSemi Corporation, San D...

1. A charge pump having a plurality of transfer control switches (“TCSwitches”) coupled to one or more transfer capacitors, such that in a first state of the TCSwitches charge is transferred from an input supply to a transfer capacitor, and in a second state of the TCSwitches charge is transferred from the transfer capacitor to an output supply, the charge pump including a charge pump clock whose output controls the switches, the charge pump clock being a ring oscillator comprising:a plurality of ring oscillator inverter stages coupled together in a ring whereby each inverter stage has an input coupled to an output of an immediately preceding inverter stage and an output coupled to an input of an immediately subsequent inverter stage;wherein:the charge pump clock output is substantially sine-like, and
a transfer control switch of the plurality of transfer control switches comprises:
a transistor coupled, by way of a first node of the transistor, to a transfer capacitor of the one or more transfer capacitors, and capacitively coupled, by way of a second node of the transistor, to the charge pump clock; and
an active biasing resistor coupled, by way of a first node of the active biasing resistor, to a biasing voltage node adapted to carry a biasing voltage, and coupled, by way of a second node of the active biasing resistor, to the second node of the transistor,
wherein more average current flows from the first node to the second node of the active biasing resistor when an average voltage of the first node is greater than an average voltage of the second node, but
current does not flow between the first node and second node of the active biasing circuit during significant portions of a cyclic waveform appearing between the first and second nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,250,130

CAPACITOR RECONFIGURATION OF A SINGLE-INPUT, MULTI-OUTPUT, SWITCHED-CAPACITOR CONVERTER

President and Fellows of ...

1. A capacitor bank, comprising:a capacitance resource comprising a cathode and an anode; and
a switching matrix comprising a first terminal, a second terminal, a third terminal;
a first switch pair comprising:
a first switch connecting the first terminal to the anode; and
a second switch connecting the second terminal to the cathode, wherein the first switch and the second switch are configured to switch between both open and both closed;
a second switch pair comprising:
a third switch connecting the second terminal to the anode; and
a fourth switch connecting the third terminal to the cathode, wherein the third switch and the fourth switch are configured to switch between both open and both closed;
a first flying inverter comprising the first switch and the third switch; and
a second flying inverter comprises the second switch and the fourth switch,
wherein the first switch pair and the second switch pair are configured to switch between:
a connection of the first terminal to the anode and the second terminal to the cathode;
and
a connection of the second terminal to the anode and the third terminal to the cathode.

US Pat. No. 10,250,129

CHARGE PUMP CIRCUIT AND INTERNAL VOLTAGE GENERATION CIRCUIT INCLUDING THE SAME

SK hynix Inc., Gyeonggi-...

1. A charge pump circuit comprising:a charge pump unit performing a charge pump operation until an output voltage reaches a target voltage; and
a multi-stage charge sharing unit comprising first to Nth capacitors coupled in parallel between the charge pump unit and a load circuit, wherein the multi-stage charge sharing unit sequentially performs first to Nth charge sharing operations between each of the first to Nth capacitors and the load circuit after the charge pump operation, wherein the first to Nth charge sharing operations are mutually and exclusively performed, and N is a natural number equal to or greater than 2.

US Pat. No. 10,250,128

TYPE III SWITCHING CONVERTER ERROR AMPLIFIER WITH FAST TRANSIENT RESPONSE BEHAVIOR

Dialog Semiconductor (UK)...

1. A transient response circuit for providing a faster transient response time of an electronic device and so that less overshoot or undershoot of an output signal of the electronic device occurs when a large load and/or line transient signal is present at an input and/or output terminal of the electronic device, the transient response circuit comprising:a control loop monitor circuit for monitoring a feedback signal applied to an input terminal of a control stage of the electronic device, and configured for determining a difference between the feedback signal and the reference voltage offset by a first and a second offset voltage and configured for generating transient detection signals indicating that detection of a large load and/or line transient signal has occurred based on the difference between the feedback signal and the reference voltage offset by a first and a second offset voltage; and
an assist circuit in communication with the transient detection circuit for receiving the transient detection signal, and configured for charging or discharging a loop filter capacitor of the control stage for regulating the output signal to decrease overshoot or undershoot upon receipt of the transient detection signal.

US Pat. No. 10,250,126

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RESONANT CONVERTER

MEANWELL (GUANGZHOU) ELEC...

1. A method applied in a feedback circuit electrically connected between a load and a resonant converter having a power switch unit, being used for controlling the resonant converter and comprising following steps:(1) using the feedback circuit to monitor a current variation of an output current and a voltage variation of an output voltage of the resonant converter;
(2) determining whether the output voltage is greater than a voltage threshold value of 200 mV as well as the current variation exceeds a first current threshold value of 10 A; if yes, proceeding to step (4); otherwise, proceeding to step (3);
(3) the feedback circuit being configured to generate a first control signal with an operating frequency based on the monitored output voltage and the monitored output current and then outputting the first control signal to the resonant converter; subsequently, proceeding back to the step (1);
(4) the feedback circuit being configured to output a second control signal to the resonant converter, so as to make the resonant converter work at an operating frequency of full load; wherein the operating frequency of full load is 100 KHz.

US Pat. No. 10,250,125

POWER SUPPLY CONTROLLER AND RELATED METHODS

SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS ...

1. A power supply controller, comprising:at least three comparators, each comparator of the at least three comparators comprising an input coupled with a supply voltage of a power supply controller;
a multiplexer coupled to the at least three comparators;
at least two latches coupled with the at least three comparators; and
a restart controller comprising an input coupled with an output of a latch of the at least two latches.

US Pat. No. 10,250,124

POWER CONVERTER FOR CONTROLLING SWITCHING ELEMENTS DURING REGENERATIVE CONTROL OF AN INVERTER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A power conversion device comprising:a smoothing capacitor connected between DC buses and smoothing DC power from a DC power supply;
an inverter circuit including series units including upper switching elements connected to a high potential side of the DC buses and lower switching elements connected to a low potential side of the DC buses, the upper switching elements being connected in series with the lower switching elements, respectively, connection points between the upper switching elements and the lower switching elements being connected to respective phase AC input/output lines, the respective series units being connected in parallel between the DC buses, the inverter circuit converting the DC power to AC power and outputting the AC power; and
a control circuit controlling power running and regeneration of the inverter circuit, wherein
during regenerative control of the inverter circuit, when a path between the DC power supply and the smoothing capacitor is in a disconnection state, the control circuit performs control while switching between first control in which all the upper switching elements are turned on and all the lower switching elements are turned off and second control in which all the lower switching element are turned on and all the upper switching elements are turned off, every predetermined switching period,
wherein
the control circuit holds a plurality of different period lengths for the switching period, and
one period length is selected from the plurality of period lengths in accordance with at least one of a current flowing through each phase AC input/output line, an ambient temperature of the upper switching elements and the lower switching elements, and a condition for cooling the upper switching elements and the lower switching elements, and is used for the switching period.

US Pat. No. 10,250,122

MULTI-PHASE CONTROL FOR PULSE WIDTH MODULATION POWER CONVERTERS

SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS ...

1. A Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) controller for controlling one or more phases, the PWM controller comprising:a phase sequencer circuit to determine a selected phase of the one or more phases;
a common ramp generation circuit to generate a common ramp signal;
one or more Current Sense plus Ramp (CSR) signal generators to respectively generate one or more phase CSR signals according to respective currents of the one or more phases;
a phase activation circuit to determine, using the common ramp signal, to turn on a PWM signal of the selected phase; and
one or more phase deactivation circuits to respectively determine, using the respective phase CSR signals, to turn off respective PWM signals of the one or more phases,
wherein the common ramp generation circuit sets a value of the common ramp signal to a predetermined reset value in response to a PWM signal of the selected phase being turned on, and decreases or increases the value of the common ramp signal at a controlled rate otherwise.

US Pat. No. 10,250,120

POWER CONVERSION DEVICES AND CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR

Northeastern University, ...

1. A power conversion device comprising:input circuitry configured to be coupled to a power source or load, the input circuitry comprising at least one switching device or diode;
an output switch bridge configured to be coupled to a load or power source, the output switch bridge comprising at least four controllable switching devices arranged in a bridge configuration to control current output; and
a link stage comprising at least one reactive component configured for alternating current (AC) operation, wherein the input circuitry, output switch bridge and link stage are operative to regulate an input and an output currents and manage power mismatch between the power source and load;
wherein the device is operative in at least three states in a switching cycle, including at least one state to charge the reactive component of the link stage from the power source, at least one state in which power is discharged from the link stage into the load, and a single state in which no power is transferred through the link stage and one or both of a link voltage remains constant and a link current is zero or remains constant.

US Pat. No. 10,250,119

FAST RESPONSE FOR CURRENT DOUBLING DC-DC CONVERTER

SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS ...

1. A current doubling DC-DC converter that comprises:a transformer having a primary and a secondary;
first and second inductors connected together at a first voltage output terminal, the first and second inductors each having a drive terminal connected to a respective terminal of the transformer secondary;
a reserve capacitor connected to a second voltage output terminal, the reserve capacitor having a charge terminal;
a primary switch array that converts an input voltage into forward voltage pulses and reverse voltage pulses on the transformer primary;
a secondary switch array that selectively couples each drive terminal to either the charge terminal or the second voltage output terminal; and
a controller that causes the secondary switch array to couple the drive terminal of the first inductor to the charge terminal during the forward voltage pulses, and to couple the drive terminal of the second inductor to the charge terminal during the reverse voltage pulses,
wherein the controller includes a pulse-width-modulated (PWM) signal generator that generates:
a first PWM signal that:
when asserted, causes the secondary switch array to couple the drive terminal of the first inductor to the charge terminal, and
when de-asserted, causes the secondary switch array to couple the drive terminal of the first inductor to the second voltage output terminal; and
a second PWM signal that:
when asserted, causes the secondary switch array to couple the drive terminal of the second inductor to the charge terminal, and
when de-asserted, causes the secondary switch array to couple the drive terminal of the second inductor to the second voltage output terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,250,118

PWM MODE BOOST SWITCHING REGULATOR WITH PROGRAMMABLE PULSE SKIP MODE

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. A power supply, comprising:a switch configured to regulate an input voltage;
a current sense transistor configured to sense current through the switch;
a switching control configured to control a switching frequency of the switch; and
a programmable pulse skip circuit coupled to the switching control, wherein the switching control is configured to alter the switching frequency based on a pulse skip control signal received from the programmable pulse skip circuit, wherein the programmable pulse skip circuit produces the pulse skip control signal based on an external control signal inputted to the programmable pulse skip circuit and the sensed current by the current sense transistor and includes a reference voltage selector configured to select one of a plurality of preselected fixed reference voltages based on the external control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,250,117

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING CONVERTER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A converter controlling apparatus including a plurality of switching devices capable of controlling a pulse width modulation (PWM), the converter controlling apparatus comprising:an efficiency determiner configured to variably change a resistance of a gate terminal, wherein a PWM signal for controlling a PWM of the plurality of switching devices is applied to a gate terminal based on an amount of current flowing through the converter, wherein the efficiency determiner comprises:
a load amount determiner configured to:
detect the amount of the current flowing through the converter;
compare the amount of the current flowing through the converter with a preset reference value; and
determine whether an amount of load of the converter is a heavy load or a light load; and
a gate resistance setting unit configured to:
when the amount of the load of the converter determined by the load amount determiner is the heavy load, increase resistance of the gate terminal; and
when the amount of the load of the converter determined by the load amount determiner is the light load, reduce the resistance of the gate terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,250,116

CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR REDUCING POWER LOSS OF LLC RESONANT CONVERTER DURING LIGHT-LOAD OR NO-LOAD OPERATION

MEANWELL (GUANGZHOU) ELEC...

1. A control circuit for use in an LLC resonant converter, wherein the LLC resonant converter at least comprises a resonator unit, a transformer unit and a power switch unit for controlling energy transmission of the resonator unit and the transformer unit; wherein the control circuit comprises:a signal detection unit, comprising:
a current transformer, being electrically connected to the resonator unit by a primary-side winding thereof, used for producing a current sampling signal;
a full wave rectifier, being electrically connected to a secondary-side winding of the current transformer for applying a rectifying process to the current sampling signal; and
a resistor, being electrically connected to the full wave rectifier, used for converting the rectified current sampling signal to a reference voltage signal; and
a controller unit, being electrically connected to the signal detection unit for receiving the reference voltage signal, so as to output at least one switch controlling signal to the power switch;
wherein a level variation of the reference voltage signal is referred by the controller unit, such that the controller unit is configured to properly regulate a duty cycle of the switch controlling signal based on a duty cycle reduction percentage as the LLC resonant converter is under a light-load or a no-load operation;
wherein the duty cycle reduction percentage is a ratio between a light-load duty cycle and a basic duty cycle within a range from 88% to 99%;
wherein the level variation of the reference voltage signal is referred by the controller unit, such that the controller unit is also able to regulate the duty cycle of the switch controlling signal based on a duty cycle increment percentage as the LLC resonant converter is under a normal load operation;
wherein the duty cycle increment percentage is a ratio between the basic duty cycle and the light-load duty cycle within a range from 102% to 112%.

US Pat. No. 10,250,115

INVERTER SWITCHING DEVICES WITH COMMON SOURCE INDUCTANCE LAYOUT TO AVOID SHOOT-THROUGH

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A phase leg comprising;an upper transistor having upper gate, collector, and emitter terminals, the upper gate and emitter terminals arranged to create an upper common source inductance;
a lower transistor having lower gate, collector, and emitter terminals, the lower gate and emitter terminals arranged to create a lower common source inductance;
an upper commutation diode coupled across the upper collector and emitter terminals and in parallel with the created upper common source inductance;
a lower diode coupled across the lower collector and emitter terminals and substantially in parallel with the created lower common source inductance; and
a power module substrate carrying a plurality of conductive layers, wherein the conductive layers define a positive rail and a negative rail arranged between first and second mounting regions, wherein the upper transistor and the lower diode are mounted to the substrate in the first mounting region, and wherein the upper transistor and the lower diode are mounted to the substrate in the first mounting region;
wherein the transistors are connected in series between positive and negative bus terminals and have an intermediate junction providing an output of the phase leg, wherein the upper diode has an anode terminal connected to the intermediate junction substantially bypassing the created upper common source inductance; and wherein the lower diode has an anode terminal connected to the negative bus terminal substantially bypassing the created lower common source inductance.

US Pat. No. 10,250,114

VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD...

1. A vibration motor, comprising:a fixed member including a housing having a receiving space and a coil received in the receiving space and assembled with the housing, the housing including an upper cover and a base having a wall opposed to the upper cover;
a vibration unit including weight, and a magnet supported by the weight;
an elastic member having one end connecting to the housing and another end connecting to the vibration unit for suspending the vibration unit in the receiving space;
a positioning guiding member including a weight guiding rail formed on the weight, a base guiding rail formed on the wall of the base, and a plurality of rolling members; wherein
a movement rail is formed cooperatively by the weight guiding rail and the base guiding rail, and the plurality of rolling members are received in the movement rail for restricting the vibration unit to move along the movement rail;
the weight guiding rail is a milled structure directly formed on the weight, including at least two first ribs extending toward the wall; the base guiding rail is a stamped structure directly formed on the base, including a main body connecting to the base, and at least two second ribs corresponding to the first ribs; the ribs of the base guiding rail is parallel with, and separated by the rolling members from, the ribs of the weight guiding rail, but the rolling members engage with the first and second ribs of the movement rail, for forming the movement rail, the main body of the base guiding rail is located between the two second ribs and keeps a distance from the base;
the weight includes a first weight and a second weight for sandwiching the magnet therebetween;
the weight guiding rail includes a first weight guiding rail formed on the first weight, the base guiding rail includes a first base guiding rail corresponding to the first weight guiding rail and a second base guiding rail corresponding to the second weight guiding rail.

US Pat. No. 10,250,113

ELECTRIC MOTOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR ELECTRIC MOTOR

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. An electric motor comprising:a rotor having a rotor yoke and a magnet; and
a stator formed by stacking, in a rotation axis direction of the rotor, a plurality of electromagnetic steel sheet layers in each of which a plurality of electromagnetic steel sheets each having two teeth is annularly arranged, wherein
a core of a coil provided in the stator is formed of the teeth stacked in the rotation axis direction,
there are two types of phases for arrangement of a plurality of the electromagnetic steel sheets in the one electromagnetic steel sheet layer,
the stator includes electromagnetic steel sheet layers having the two types of phases,
a cylindrical yoke is provided on an opposite side of the rotor with respect to the stator,
the rotor and the stator are disposed one by one at facing positions sandwiching the yoke,
a plurality of the electromagnetic steel sheets arrayed in a circumferential direction around the rotation axis of the rotor in the electromagnetic steel sheet layers included in each of the two stators is arranged apart from each other, and
a gap between the electromagnetic steel sheets arrayed in the circumferential direction around the rotation axis in one electromagnetic steel sheet layer included in one of the two stators and a gap between the electromagnetic steel sheets arrayed in the circumferential direction around the rotation axis in one electromagnetic steel sheet layer located at the same position as the one electromagnetic steel sheet layer in the rotational axis direction and included in the other stator are not positioned on one straight line orthogonal to the rotation axis of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,250,112

TRANSVERSE FLUX MACHINE

EKORAD LTD., Petach Tikv...

1. A transverse flux electrical motor or generator, comprising:a rotor shaft and a stator;
stator based phase half-windings concentric with an axis of said transverse flux electrical motor or generator;
a plurality of core sets, each core set comprised of at least two cores comprised of a plurality of core elements, said plurality of core sets being distributed on a circumference of the stator, each core forming an incomplete magnetic circuit by partially circumscribing one of said stator phase half-windings;
a plurality of magnetic excitation elements in-between of said phase half-windings, each of said plurality of magnetic excitation elements arranged to have alternate polarity relative to an adjacent magnetic excitation element thereof,
wherein, at least one portion of said core elements, which is adjacent to each of said plurality of magnetic excitation elements functions as a magnetic flux distribution switch,
wherein each of said magnetic flux distribution switches is configured such that one of said incomplete magnetic circuits is closed, continuously, periodically, and alternately upon a rotation of said rotor shaft, thereby switching a direct excitation magnetic flux to different directions periodically and alternately around each of said phase half-windings, one after another, thus enabling continuous utilization of all of said plurality of magnetic excitation elements without idle breaks,
wherein, each of said plurality of core sets utilizes a single magnetic excitation element arranged so its polarity is in a largely identical direction with the flow of flux therethrough, and
wherein, when complete, each magnetic circuit contains a single magnetic excitation element.

US Pat. No. 10,250,109

MOLDED MOTOR WITH CONDUCTIVE PLATE TO REDUCE BEARING CORROSION

FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED, ...

1. A molded motor comprising:a stator including a bottomed cylindrical case molded with a molding resin;
a rotor rotatably disposed on a radially inner side of the stator;
a bearing supporting an output side and a counter-output-side of an output rotary shaft of the rotor;
a conductive bracket including a bearing house housing the bearing and disposed on each of the output side and the counter-output side of the case; and
a metal conductive plate electrically connecting the bracket on the output side and the bracket on the counter-output side, wherein:
the conductive plate includes
a first abutting portion formed on one end, the first abutting portion comprising a front-end portion that is abutted on an outer side of a cylinder portion of the bearing house on the output side or the counter-output side, the front-end portion warping in a direction away from the case,
a second abutting portion formed on the other end and abutted on an inner side of the bracket on the output side or the counter-output side press-fitted on the case, and
a conductive sleeve connecting the first abutting portion and the second abutting portion;
the conductive plate and the case include a holding unit for holding the front-end portion of the first abutting portion in a state in which the front-end portion is bent to be raised toward obliquely upward and is abutted on the outer side of the cylinder portion of the bearing house;
the conductive plate is disposed on an outer surface of the case;
the holding unit includes a first holding portion in the conductive plate and a second holding portion in the case, the first holding portion including a hole in the conductive sleeve, the second holding portion including a protrusion that is a part of the case, the protrusion being positioned away from the bearing house;
the protrusion is inserted in the hole such that the state in which the front-end portion is abutted on the outer side of the cylinder portion of the bearing house is held; and
the first abutting portion has a width smaller than a width of the conductive sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,250,108

MOTOR DRIVING DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A motor driving device, comprising:a printed board;
a plurality of secondary voltage elements mounted on the printed board and configured to be used only with a secondary voltage;
a plurality of primary voltage elements disposed on a surface on a side opposite to a surface of the printed board on which the plurality of secondary voltage elements are mounted, and configured to be used only with a primary voltage that is higher than the secondary voltage; and
a first conductive material extending from an upper portion of the printed board to a command signal input portion of the primary voltage elements, and being configured to transmit command signals from the secondary voltage elements to the primary voltage elements,
wherein a secondary voltage region on the printed board on which the plurality of secondary voltage elements are mounted, and a primary voltage region on the printed board on which the first conductive material is arranged, are separated from each other by a predetermined insulating distance.

US Pat. No. 10,250,107

MAGNETIC-CONTROLLED GENERATOR WITH BUILT-IN CONTROLLER

Chi Hua Fitness Co., Ltd....

1. A magnetic-controlled generator with built-in controller to be applied to training machines, comprising:a shaft fixedly engaging a supporting seat of a training machine;
a transmission element to engage an end of the shaft for receiving a driving force from the training machine;
an outer rotor including a flywheel and a plurality of permanent magnets, wherein the flywheel has an outer rim and an inner rim sharing a common axis to form a first annular space, bounded by the inner rim, and a second annular space, disposed between the inner rim and the outer rim; the flywheel engages the shaft to be driven to rotate by the transmission element; and the plurality of permanent magnets are fixedly arranged within the first annular space along an inner peripheral edge of the inner rim;
an inner stator including a coil holder mounted on the shaft and an armature core assembled along an edge of the coil holder, wherein the inner stator is disposed in the first annular space and an outer edge of the armature core is arranged next to an inner edge of the plurality of permanent magnets; whereby rotation of the outer rotor produces AC currents by the inner stator and the currents are output by an output wire connected to outside of the armature core;
a pair of reluctance devices, each including a stator core having two corresponding indentation spaces to engage a magnetic coil, and an input wire connected to the magnetic coil;
an engaging element fixedly engaged with the coil holder and having the stator cores assembled thereon to position the reluctant devices in diametrically opposed relationship within the second annular space;
a magnetic ring being arranged along an inner peripheral edge of the outer rim of the flywheel and having a gap between an outer edge of the stator cores and an inner edge of the magnetic ring;
responsive to DC currents being input via the input wire of the magnetic coil, the stator cores produce a magnetic field and further create eddy reluctance with the coupled magnetic ring, forming internal reverse resistance against the flywheel;
a control circuit unit built on a side of the engaging element and connected to the output wire of the armature core, an external digital operator, and the input wire of the magnetic coil, said control circuit unit including a self-activated circuit, a AC-DC conversion circuit, a microprocessor, and a DC control circuit to convert AC currents from the armature core to DC currents to supply for the magnetic coil, said digital operator receiving a number of torque value from an operator and said microprocessor producing a controlling value for adjusting the currents input from the DC control circuit to form the reverse resistance against the flywheel; and
a software for calibration, including a plurality of current values, a plurality of torque values, a number of said current values less than a number of said torque values; said torque values divided into groups by different ranges and said groups inducted into different current values, from each group of torque values a median retrieved rendered as and said plurality of current values rendered as x, thereby a first section and a second section divided by different numbers of said current values to employ a quadratic regression equation ym=a1x2?b1x+c for calibration when the medians are inducted within the first section and to employ a linear regression equation ym=a2x?b2 for calibration when the medians are inducted within the second section, a plurality of points retrieved and checked by the equations rendered as calibration points for further torque calibration, and a communication link further connected to the microprocessor for said software saving the medians of the plurality of torque values from the training machine to the microprocessor for the control circuit unit to operate the adjusting process after calibration operation.

US Pat. No. 10,250,106

STATOR AND MOTOR PROVIDED WITH OUTER CYLINDER

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A stator of a motor, comprising:a stator core including a cylindrical back yoke and a tooth projecting radially inside from the back yoke;
a coil wound around the tooth, the coil having a coil end;
an outer cylinder which surrounds the back yoke;
a heat conducting ring located at an axially front side of the coil end, the heat conducting ring having a heat conducting part and a connecting part, the
heat conducting part has an end face that directly contacts an inner circumferential surface of the outer cylinder and directly contacts the coil end of the coil; and
the connecting part extends in the circumferential direction of the outer cylinder so as to be integrally connected to the heat conducting part, the connecting part having an outer circumferential surface directly contacting the inner circumferential surface of the outer cylinder, the connecting part having a radial direction width smaller than that of the heat conducting part.

US Pat. No. 10,250,105

ELECTRIC MACHINE

1. An electric machine, comprising:a stator comprising:
a stator body formed of adjacent plates and having an inner circumference; and,
a plurality of ribs formed by the adjacent plates and protruding radially outward from said stator body;
a plurality of windings arranged on said inner circumference of said stator body;
a rotor concentrically arranged within said stator, said rotor comprising a rotor body having an outer circumference; and,
a plurality of magnets arranged on said outer circumference of said rotor body;
wherein said stator includes a plurality of heat pipes that extend radially outward through said plurality of windings and into said plurality of ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,250,104

CIRCUIT LAYOUT FOR ELECTRIC MACHINE CONTROL ELECTRONICS

BORGWARNER INC., Auburn ...

11. An electronic package adapted for connection to a rear frame member of an electric machine, the electric machine defining a machine central axis, and the electronic package comprising:a support structure having opposite first and second axial ends spaced along a package central axis, the package central axis being coincident with the machine central axis when the electronic package is connected to the rear frame member;
a plurality of power electronics devices connected to the support structure; and
electronic control circuitry carried by the support structure, the electronic control circuitry substantially surrounded by and operatively connected to the power electronics devices, the control circuitry comprising circuit board material having opposing substantially parallel sides, wherein the control circuitry comprises first and second control circuit portions respectively disposed on separate first and second circuit board material portions,
wherein the first and second circuit board material portions substantially coextend with distinct first and second imaginary planes, respectively; and
wherein at least one of the first and second circuit board material portions is oriented with a respective side thereof substantially parallel with the package central axis;
wherein the control circuitry comprises a singular piece of flexible circuit board material having at least one integrated conductor; and
wherein the first and second circuit board material portions are separate first and second pieces of substantially rigid circuit board material, respectively, and
wherein the first and second pieces of substantially rigid circuit board material are individually mounted on the flexible circuit board material piece, and each of the first and second control circuit portions is electrically connected to an integrated conductor of the flexible circuit board material piece.

US Pat. No. 10,250,103

ELECTRICITY GENERATION WITHIN A DOWNHOLE DRILLING MOTOR

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An apparatus for generating electricity in a downhole drilling operation, the apparatus comprising:a progressing cavity motor attached to a downhole tool in a wellbore, the motor comprising:
a stator;
a rotor within the stator, wherein the rotor rotates within the stator with passage of one or more drilling fluids through a space between the progressing cavity stator and rotor; the rotor comprising a central bypass bore, the bore comprising an inlet and an outlet, wherein the inlet, the outlet and the bore define a bypass flow path for the one or more drilling fluids to flow through the rotor;
a turbine disposed within the bore;
a shaft coupled to the turbine, wherein as the one or more drilling fluids flow through the bypass flow path, the one or more drilling fluids drive the turbine to rotate the shaft; and
a generator disposed within the bore, wherein rotation of the shaft drives the generator to generate the electricity.

US Pat. No. 10,250,102

REVERSIBLE ELECTRICAL MACHINE FOR AN AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A reversible electrical machine comprising:a first electrical device having a first rotor configured to cooperate with a first stator;
a second electrical device including a second rotor configured to cooperate with a second stator;
first disengageable coupling means enabling the first and second rotors to be associated and dissociated in rotation; and
an outlet shaft;
wherein the reversible electrical machine includes second disengageable coupling means that are disengageable under a first predetermined force and that mechanically connect the second rotor to the outlet shaft, the first electrical device being a motor for transmitting mechanical power to the outlet shaft and the second electrical device being a motor-generator for operating in motor mode to transmit additional mechanical power to the outlet shaft, and in generator mode for receiving mechanical power from the outlet shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,250,101

GEAR STABILIZATION TECHNIQUES

Northeastern University, ...

1. A balanced planetary gearbox including an assembly having an input stage and an output stage, the assembly comprising:a first ground, the first ground including a first ground ring and a first ground ring roller;
a second ground, the second ground including a second ground ring and a second ground ring roller, the second ground fixedly connected to the first ground;
a sun gear sub-assembly disposed between the first ground and the second ground, the sun gear sub-assembly including a sun gear and a sun roller, the sun gear including a first plurality of sun gear teeth and a second plurality of sun gear teeth;
a plurality of planet sub-assemblies disposed to interface with and revolve around the sun gear sub-assembly and within the first ground ring and the second ground ring, each planet sub-assembly comprising at least one input planet gear and one output planet gear, each of the input gears including input gear teeth meshing with at least the first plurality of sun gear teeth or the second plurality of sun gear teeth, the at least one input planet gear including an input planet roller, the output gear coupled with at least one input planet gear, the output gear disposed in between the first plurality of sun gear teeth and the second plurality of sun gear teeth, wherein the first and second ring rollers abut their respective input gear rollers and the sun roller; and
an output ring disposed to mesh with the output planet gear of each planet sub-assembly, the output ring gear disposed in between the first ground ring and the second ground ring, such that a combination of the input planet gears from each of the plurality of planet sub-assemblies provides a structural symmetry to the planetary gearbox.

US Pat. No. 10,250,100

ENGINE STARTER SYSTEM

REMY TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C....

1. A starter comprising:a motor at least partially disposed within a frame and coupled to a pinion, the motor including:
a main field coil capable of producing a main magnetic flux field;
at least one auxiliary flux assembly comprising at least one pole shoe having an inner diametric surface and an outer diametric surface and at least one permanent magnet at least partially positioned within and exposed at an inner diametric surface of the at least one pole shoe, wherein the at least one permanent magnet supplements an excitation of the main magnetic flux field with a supplemental magnetic flux field and wherein the at least one pole shoe forms a low reluctance path for the supplemental magnetic flux field,
the at least one auxiliary flux assembly electrically disconnected from the main field coil and configured and arranged to provide the supplemental magnetic flux field at substantially the same location as the main magnetic flux field; and
an armature electromagnetically coupled with the main magnetic flux field and the supplementary magnetic flux field.

US Pat. No. 10,250,099

ELECTRIC MOTOR AND HEAT SINK APPARATUS USING THE SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electric motor comprising:a frame including a frame housing having a cylindrical shape whose one end is open;
a sleeve having a cylindrical shape and fitted in the frame housing;
a stator attached to an outer peripheral part of the frame housing; and
a rotor including a rotating shaft rotatably and pivotally supported by the sleeve, and a magnet that is disposed opposite to the stator, one end of the rotating shaft being fixed, wherein:
the rotating shaft has a columnar shape;
a first tapered part having a tapered shape whose diameter decreases toward a free end of the rotating shaft and a second tapered part having a tapered shape whose diameter increases toward the free end are formed in a center portion of the rotating shaft;
a length of the first tapered part is longer than 1.4 times of a length of the second tapered part; and
oil is provided to a gap between the rotating shaft and the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,250,098

BEARING ARRANGEMENT IN AN AXIAL DRIVE WITH DUAL STATORS AND ONE ROTOR

1. A drive device for modifying hydraulic pressure of a brake, comprising:an inner rotor motor;
a gear transmission arranged to act on a piston of a hydraulic brake pressure modifier and comprising a rotating gear transmission part that is a nut or spindle of a spindle gear, wherein the hydraulic brake pressure modifier is configured to act on the piston of the hydraulic brake pressure modifier;
a motor housing;
a stator with winding and forming a part of the inner rotor motor; and
a rotor with at least one permanent magnet, wherein the rotor is disposed radially inside the stator and forms a part of the inner rotor motor;
wherein the motor housing has a motor housing part extending essentially radially on one side of the stator,
wherein one or more bearings for the rotor and the gear transmission is/are arranged in the motor housing or on the motor housing part or on a component firmly connected to the motor housing part,
wherein the one or more bearings lie radially between the spindle and the stator of the inner rotor motor, and
wherein the one or more bearings is/are arranged on only one side in the motor housing or on the motor housing part, wherein there is no bearing on another side in the motor housing or on the motor housing part, wherein the only one side of the motor housing or motor housing part is defined by a side of a radial plane passing through the rotor, and which is oriented perpendicular to an axis of rotation of the rotating gear transmission part, so that bearing forces are at least substantially absorbed by the only one side of the motor housing or the motor housing part,
wherein the piston of the brake pressure modifier is located on the another side of the motor housing or the radial plane, having no bearings.

US Pat. No. 10,250,097

STATIC PRESSURE SEAL-EQUIPPED MOTOR

Harmonic Drive Systems In...

1. A static pressure seal-equipped motor comprising:a motor case;
an encoder cover attached to a rear end of the motor case;
a partition plate that partitions between a motor chamber formed inside the motor case, and an encoder chamber formed inside the encoder cover;
a rotating motor shaft that penetrates and extends through a case front plate part of the motor case, the partition plate, and a cover back plate part of the encoder cover;
a first static pressure seal portion that seals off a gap between the case front plate part, and a first shaft end portion of the rotating motor shaft protruding to a front from the case front plate part;
a second static pressure seal portion that seals off a gap between the cover back plate part, and a second shaft end portion of the rotating motor shaft protruding to a rear from the cover back plate part;
a partition plate communication path formed in the partition plate for communication between the motor chamber and the encoder chamber; and
an exhaust port formed in the encoder cover for communication between the encoder chamber and an exterior,
the first static pressure seal portion being provided with a first seal ring for forming a first sealing gap with an outer circumferential surface of the first shaft end portion, the first sealing gap defining a first flow path of a sealing gas supplied from the exterior so that the sealing gas diverges through the first sealing gap and flows to the motor chamber and an outside of the motor chamber, and
the second static pressure seal portion being provided with a second seal ring for forming a second sealing gap with an outer circumferential surface of the second shaft end portion, the second sealing gap defining a second flow path of the sealing gas supplied from the exterior so that the sealing gas diverges through the second gap and flows to the encoder chamber and an outside of the encoder chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,250,096

ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE HAVING STATOR WITH NEUTRAL BUS-BAR DISPOSED BETWEEN PHASE BUS-BARS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A rotary electric machine comprising:a stator, in which a coil is mounted on a stator core having an annular shape, which includes a coil end which is protruded from an end surface of the stator;
a coil terminal which is protruded; from an end portion of the coil end, in a coil end direction; and
an arc-shaped bus-bar unit which wraps a bus bar and in which a connecting portion configured to connect the coil terminal protrudes in an inner-outer diameter direction of the stator,
wherein a neutral-point bus-bar unit, which includes a neutral-point bus bar, and phase's bus-bar units, which include phase's bus bars respectively connected to the coil of each phase, are laminated and arranged in a protrusion direction of the coil terminal, in the bus-bar unit, and
the neutral-point bus-bar unit is arranged between the phase's bus-bar units.

US Pat. No. 10,250,094

WOUND STATOR OF AN ALTERNATOR AND VEHICLE ALTERNATOR

Victory Industrial Corpor...

1. A wound stator of an alternator, comprising:a stator; and
a group of wires comprising a plurality of abreast wires, wherein the group of wires are embedded in corresponding grooves of the stator sequentially and the abreast wires in the grooves are oriented in a radial direction of the stator,
wherein each of the abreast wires comprises:
a plurality of wave-shaped coils, each of the wave-shaped coils being formed of straight portions and curved portions that alternate with each other, wherein the cross section of the straight portions of each of said wires is generally in elliptical shape, and the straight portions of the group of wires are sequentially embedded in the corresponding grooves of the stator along a direction of the major length of the elliptical shape,
wherein the group of wires for a stator comprises two abreast wires and each of the two abreast wires comprises a first end and a second end, and
wherein the straight portions of the two abreast wires are, starting from the first end, sequentially embedded in a forward direction in the corresponding grooves of the stator so that each of the corresponding grooves of the stator has two layers of wires embedded in a radial direction of the stator, and are then sequentially embedded in the corresponding grooves of the stator in a reverse direction and jut out from one of the corresponding grooves with the second end so that each of the corresponding grooves has four layers of wires embedded in a radial direction of the stator.

US Pat. No. 10,250,093

STATOR FOR ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A stator for a rotary electric machine, the stator comprising:a stator core having plural slots; and
a stator coil including:
a one-side conductor segment whose first leg and second leg are inserted in first and second slots from one axial end side of the stator core;
a first other-side conductor segment whose third leg is inserted in the first slot from another axial end side of the stator core; and
a second other-side conductor segment whose fourth leg is inserted in the second slot from the other axial end side of the stator core, and
the stator coil configured to be formed such that each of tips of the first leg and the second leg and each of tips of the third leg and the fourth leg that face each other in each of the slots are joined therein and a plurality of the one-side conductor segment and a plurality of the other-side conductor segment are sequentially joined,
wherein the plural slots are formed in a radial direction of the stator core, a plurality of the first leg and a plurality of the third leg are joined in a first joint section in the first slot, a plurality of the second leg and a plurality of the fourth leg are joined in a second joint section in the second slot, and the first joint section and the second joint section that are adjacent to each other in the radial direction in each of the slots are provided at different positions in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,250,092

ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A rotary electric machine comprising an armature that comprises:an annular armature core in which slots are arranged circumferentially; and
an armature winding that is mounted to said armature core,
wherein:
said armature winding is configured by mounting to said armature core at a pitch of one slot in a circumferential direction distributed winding bodies that are each produced by winding a jointless, continuous conductor wire that is coated with insulation for a plurality of turns, said winding bodies being equal in number to a total number of said slots;
said winding bodies are configured such that a first conductor terminal of said conductor wire extends outward at a first axial end of said armature core from a radially innermost position inside said slots, and a second conductor terminal of said conductor wire extends outward at said first axial end of said armature core from a radially outermost position inside said slots; and
respective phase windings of said armature winding are configured by directly joining together said first conductor terminals and by directly joining together said second conductor terminals of said winding bodies that constitute identical phases,
wherein:
a first of said first conductor terminals that are joined together is bent after emerging from said slots so as to extend in a first circumferential direction, a second of said first conductor terminals that are joined together is bent after emerging from said slots so as to extend in a second circumferential direction, and end portions of said first conductor terminals are joined together; and
a first of said second conductor terminals that are joined together is bent after emerging from said slots so as to extend in said second circumferential direction, a second of said second conductor terminals that are joined together is bent after emerging from said slots so as to extend in said first circumferential direction, and end portions of said second conductor terminals are joined together,
wherein:
said first of said first conductor terminals is bent after emerging from said slots so as to extend in said first circumferential direction such that a radial position thereof remains aligned with said radially innermost position inside said slots, and said second of said first conductor terminals is bent after emerging from said slots so as to extend in said second circumferential direction such that a radial position thereof remains aligned with a position that is displaced by a radial width of said conductor wire radially inward from said radially innermost position inside said slots; and
said first of said second conductor terminals is bent after emerging from said slots so as to extend in said second circumferential direction such that a radial position thereof remains aligned with said radially outermost position inside said slots, and said second of said second conductor terminals is bent after emerging from said slots so as to extend in said first circumferential direction such that a radial position thereof remains aligned with a position that is displaced by a radial width of said conductor wire radially outward from said radially outermost position inside said slots.

US Pat. No. 10,250,089

ROTOR MEMBER, ROTOR AND ELECTRIC MOTOR

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A rotor member which is fixed by press-fitting to a rotary shaft part of an electric motor, the rotor member comprising:a cylindrical sleeve part having a first end at an axial-direction first side thereof, and a second end at an axial-direction second side thereof;
a plurality of magnet segments that are arranged to align in a circumferential direction at an outer side in the radial direction of the sleeve part; and
a cylindrical member that covers the plurality of the magnet segments from an outer side in the radial direction, and sandwiches the plurality of the magnet segments with the sleeve part,
wherein an inner circumferential face of the sleeve part has an inner circumferential tapered face in which the inside diameter of the sleeve part continuously increases at a fixed ratio in a direction from the first end towards the second end, and
wherein an outer circumferential face of the sleeve part has an outer circumferential tapered face in which the outside diameter of the sleeve part continuously decreases at a fixed ratio in a direction from the first end towards the second end, in an axial-direction segment of the sleeve part in which at least the inner circumferential tapered face is present,
wherein, in the rotor member in a state prior to the rotary shaft part being press fit into the sleeve part, an outer circumferential face of a plurality of the magnet segments has an outer circumferential tapered face in which an outside diameter of the rotating shaft part continuously decreases at a fixed ratio in a direction from the first end towards the second end, and a gap is formed between the outer circumferential face of the plurality of the magnet segments and the inner circumferential face of the cylindrical member, and
wherein, in the rotor member in a state after the rotary shaft part is press fit into the sleeve part, a gap is not formed between the outer circumferential face of the plurality of the magnet segments and the inner circumferential face of the cylindrical member, and the outer circumferential face of the plurality of the magnet segments and the inner circumferential face of the cylindrical member make surface contact.

US Pat. No. 10,250,087

HOMOPOLAR COMPOUND-TYPE ASYNCHRONOUS MOTOR

Francecol Technology, Sa...

1. A rotating electrical machine including at least one stator and at least one rotor having magnetic flux return parts arranged in an air gap between the rotor and the stator, the stator being formed of the following elements:at least one pair of fixed electromagnetic armatures arranged axially in an axial direction z and substantially centered on a z axis, one or the other of said fixed electromagnetic armatures receiving at least one armature coil generating a substantially alternating magnetic flux in an air gap;
a magnetic shim that connects the armatures and in which the magnetic flux circulates in the axial direction z between the armatures substantially between all the facing magnetic poles of each of the armatures in the axial direction z, the magnetic shim being placed in contact with the armatures on their annular face opposite the air gap; and
a straight or twisted annular induction coil disposed between the air gap and the magnetic shim.

US Pat. No. 10,250,086

ELECTROMAGNETIC GENERATOR TRANSFORMER

Prototus, Ltd., San Pedr...

1. An electromagnetic generating transformer, comprising:at least two flux assemblies with a first flux assembly of the at least two flux assemblies having one or more first magnetic field source and a first coil magnetically coupled with the first magnetic field source, the first magnetic field source being fixed relative to the first coil, and with a second flux assembly of the at least two flux assemblies having one or more second magnetic field source and a second coil magnetically coupled with the second magnetic field source, the second magnetic field source being fixed relative to the second coil, the first flux assembly and the second flux assembly being magnetically isolated from one another, and the first magnetic field source and the second magnetic field source having a positive pole and a negative pole and a magnetic field passing in a path between the positive pole and the negative pole;
a plurality of shunts; and
a motive source operably coupled with the shunt and configured to move the shunt through a path into primary positions a first distance away from the respective first and second flux assembly and secondary positions a second distance away from the respective first and second flux assembly, wherein a strength of the magnetic field passing between the positive pole and the negative pole varies when the shunt is moved between the primary position and the secondary position, wherein a first number and size of the shunts is coordinated with a second number and arrangement of the at least two flux assemblies to minimize or balance cogging or start up torque.

US Pat. No. 10,250,085

MAGNET MATERIAL, PERMANENT MAGNET, ROTARY ELECTRICAL MACHINE, AND VEHICLE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A magnetic material expressed by a composition formula:(R1-xYx)aMbTcAd
where R is at least one element selected from the group consisting of rare-earth elements, T is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Ti, V, Nb, Ta, Mo, and W, M is Fe or Fe and Co, A is at least one element selected from the group consisting of N, C, B, H, and P, x is a number satisfying 0.01?x?0.8, a is a number satisfying 4?a?20 atomic percent, b is a number satisfying b=100?a?c?d atomic percent, c is a number satisfying 0 the magnetic material comprising:
a main phase consisting of a ThMn12 type crystal phase,
wherein 30 atomic percent or more of the element M in the composition formula is Fe.

US Pat. No. 10,250,082

WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM CAPABLE OF CONTINUING POWER TRANSMISSION WHILE SUPPRESSING HEATUP OF FOREIGN OBJECTS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A control circuit of a wireless power transmitting apparatus in a wireless power transmission system for transmitting high-frequency power from the wireless power transmitting apparatus comprising a power transmitting antenna to a power receiving antenna,wherein the power transmitting antenna includes a first resonant circuit including a power transmitting coil, wherein the power receiving antenna includes a second resonant circuit including a power receiving coil,
wherein, when the power transmitting antenna and the power receiving antenna are electromagnetically coupled to each other, the power transmitting antenna and the power receiving antenna have an odd-mode resonance frequency corresponding to an odd-mode resonant condition, and an even-mode resonance frequency corresponding to an even-mode resonant condition, and the even-mode resonance frequency is higher than the odd-mode resonance frequency,
wherein the wireless power transmitting apparatus further comprises a power transmitting circuit configured to generate, from input power, high-frequency power at a variable frequency, and
supply the high-frequency power to the power transmitting antenna, under control of the control circuit of the wireless power transmitting apparatus, and wherein the control circuit of the wireless power transmitting apparatus sets the frequency of the high-frequency power generated by the power transmitting circuit to one of the odd-mode resonance frequency and the even-mode resonance frequency and
wherein the control circuit of the wireless power transmitting apparatus repeatedly alternates a first time interval and a second time interval, the first time interval has a first continuous operating time during which the frequency of the high-frequency power generated by the power transmitting circuit is set to the odd-mode resonance frequency, and the second time interval has a second continuous operating time during which the frequency of the high-frequency power generated by the power transmitting circuit is set to the even-mode resonance frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,250,080

DETECTOR, POWER TRANSMITTER, POWER RECEIVER, POWER FEED SYSTEM, AND DETECTION METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

11. A power transmission device, comprising:a resonance circuit including a coil; and
detection circuitry configured to:
send a signal to an external object,
receive a response to the signal,
determine whether communication with the external object is possible, based on whether the response to the signal is received,
determine, in respective ones a first case where communication with the external object is possible and in a second case where nothing is present in the vicinity of the resonance circuit, a Q-value of the resonance circuit, or a degree of variation of the Q-value of the resonance circuit, the Q-value being based on a voltage or an impedance,
determine whether a foreign object is present in a vicinity of the coil, based on the determination of the Q-value or degree of variation of the Q-value.

US Pat. No. 10,250,079

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESSLY TRANSMITTING POWER AND POWER TRANSMISSION INFORMATION

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of operating a wireless power transmission apparatus, the method comprising:receiving, from a wireless power reception apparatus, information on a battery, wherein the wireless power reception apparatus comprises a battery charging case comprising a battery charger;
determining, by the wireless power transmission apparatus, whether a battery is inserted in the battery charging case based on the received information on the battery;
transmitting a communication power and a charging power to the wireless power reception apparatus, in response to the battery being inserted in the battery charging case; and
transmitting the communication power to the wireless power reception apparatus, in response to the battery not being inserted in the battery charging case.

US Pat. No. 10,250,078

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER TO MULTIPLE RECEIVER DEVICES ACROSS A VARIABLE-SIZED AREA

1. A method for wireless power transfer, comprising:adapting a variable form factor transmitter into a first adapted form factor based on a first wireless power transfer area, wherein the variable form factor transmitter in the first adapted form factor comprises a first characteristic frequency;
transmitting, from a radio frequency (RF) power source and based at least in part on the first characteristic frequency, RF power across the first wireless power transfer area via a near electromagnetic field of the variable form factor transmitter;
further adapting, by a user and subsequent to adapting the variable form factor transmitter into the first adapted form factor, the variable form factor transmitter into a second adapted form factor based on a second wireless power transfer area, wherein the variable form factor transmitter in the second adapted form factor comprises a second characteristic frequency that is substantially the same as the first characteristic frequency; and
further transmitting, from the RF power source and based at least in part on the second characteristic frequency, the RF power across the second wireless power transfer area via the near electromagnetic field of the variable form factor transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,250,077

SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING ULTRASONIC SHORT-RANGE WIRELESS POWER AND METHOD OF CHARGING ULTRASONIC WIRELESS POWER

1. An ultrasonic short-range wireless power transmission system comprising:an ultrasonic transmission transducer configured to transmit power,
wherein the ultrasonic transmission transducer comprises:
a converter configured to convert power received from an external power source;
a controller configured to control power of a modulator and power of an amplifier;
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external reception transducer;
a sensor configured to sense ultrasonic waves transferred from an ultrasonic wave emission region;
the modulator electrically connected to the controller and configured to generate a signal for ultrasonic short-range wireless power transmission; and
the amplifier configured to amplify a modulation signal generated by the modulator and convert the modulation signal into power; and
one or more transmission modules configured to receive the power from the amplifier and convert an electrical reception signal into ultrasonic waves.

US Pat. No. 10,250,076

WIRELESS POWER TRANSMITTER

Hong Kong Applied Science...

1. A wireless power transmitter that supplies power to a load, comprising:an inverter that converts a direct current (DC) signal at an input port of the inverter to an alternating current (AC) signal at an output port of the inverter;
a first phase detector that detects a first phase of an output voltage at the output port of the inverter;
a second phase detector that detects a second phase of an output current at the output port of the inverter;
a phase difference counter that counts a phase difference between the first phase of the output voltage and the second phase of the output current;
a controller that receives the phase difference from the phase difference counter and generates a control signal that changes an output impedance of the inverter in response to changes of a varying impedance of the load that is coupled with the output port of the inverter; and
an impedance tuning circuit that receives the control signal from the controller and tunes an imaginary part of the output impedance of the inverter to zero in order to maximize a power transfer efficiency from the wireless power transmitter to the load.

US Pat. No. 10,250,075

POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTACTLESS FEEDING AND CONTACT FEEDING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power receiving apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the power receiving apparatus to perform operations comprising:
receiving power by a contact power receiving operation with use of a wired transfer path via a connecting terminal;
receiving power by a contactless power receiving operation with use of a wireless transfer path via contactless coupling with a power supply apparatus; and
determining whether or not power is receivable by the contact power receiving operation and the contactless power receiving operation to control charging of a rechargeable battery by the contact power receiving operation and the contactless power receiving operation, wherein
in a case where power is receivable by both the contactless power receiving operation and the contact power receiving operation, performing control such that the rechargeable battery is allowed to be charged with power received by the contact power receiving operation, and communication with the power supply apparatus is allowed via the contactless coupling with the power supply apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,250,074

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

ABLIC INC., Chiba (JP)

1. A power supply system comprising:a power supply device and a power reception device, the power supply system supplying power from the power supply device to the power reception device,
wherein the power supply device includes a power supply coil, and
wherein the power reception device includes:
a resonance circuit having a power reception coil fed with the power from the power supply coil;
a resonance capacitor that resonates with the power reception coil;
a switching element that changes an electrical connection state of the resonance capacitor to control a resonance state of the resonance circuit; and
a rectifying circuit that rectifies and smooths an AC output voltage generated in the resonance circuit to obtain DC power, and a load supplied with the DC power obtained from the rectifying circuit,
wherein the switching element is controlled by a resonance control circuit including a reference power supply and a comparator connected to the switching element, the comparator controlling the switching element depending upon a divided voltage from the resonance circuit and a reference voltage from the reference power supply,
such that when the resonance circuit is in the resonance state, the switching element is in an ON state and a peak voltage value of a voltage generated in the power reception coil is set higher than a prescribed voltage value, and
wherein when the resonance circuit is in a non-resonance state, the switching element is in an OFF state and the peak voltage value of the voltage generated in the power reception coil is set lower than the prescribed voltage value.

US Pat. No. 10,250,073

SYSTEM AND METHODS OF CENTRALLY MANAGING A WIRELESS POWER OUTLET FOR POWERING ELECTRICAL DEVICES

POWERMAT TECHNOLOGIES LTD...

1. A wireless power providing system configured to transfer wireless power to at least one electrical device associated with a wireless power receiver, the system comprising:at least one venue having at least one outlet that is operable to transfer power to the device via the receiver;
at least one homing-beacon, each at least one homing-beacon being coupled with one associated outlet, wherein the at least one homing-beacon is operable to provide location based services of the at least one outlet and at least one venue with which it is associated;
at least one management server operable to manage wireless power transfer from the at least one outlet to the at least one device; and
a software application installed in the device configured to communicate between the device and components selected from a group consisting of the at least one management server, the at least one homing-beacon, the at least one outlet, and any combination thereof,
wherein the at least one management server utilizes the communication between the device and the components to manage wireless power transfer of the at least one outlet of the at least one venue.

US Pat. No. 10,250,072

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM

The University of Hong Ko...

1. A wireless power transmitter comprising:at least two loops;
separate drivers, each driving a respective one of the loops and providing a respective alternating current to the respective loop, thereby to transmit wireless power for receipt by at least one wireless power receiver; and
a controller for coordinated current control of the drivers such that a magnetic field vector is generated by the respective alternating currents and is controllable to point in one or more of any direction in two-dimensional or three-dimensional space thereby transmitting wireless power in one or more predetermined directions in two-dimensional or three-dimensional space.

US Pat. No. 10,250,071

WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY COIL

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A wireless power supply coil being at least one of a power-transmission-side coil or a power-reception-side coil configured to wirelessly transmit or receive power, the wireless power supply coil comprising:a conductive wire wound annularly; and
a magnetic body arranged inside the conductive wire, wherein
the magnetic body is split along a coil-axis intersecting direction into a plurality of split magnetic bodies, the coil-axis intersecting direction intersecting a coil axis direction of the coil, the conductive wire being wound around the magnetic body,
a plurality of clearances are provided along the coil-axis intersecting direction, each clearance extending along the coil axis direction between respective split magnetic bodies, and
among the plurality of clearances, a clearance on an outer side in the coil-axis intersecting direction is smaller than a clearance at a center in the coil-axis intersecting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,250,069

ELECTRICAL POWER SUBSYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING SAME

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for controlling an electrical power subsystem, the electrical power subsystem comprising a power converter electrically coupled to a generator having a generator rotor and a generator stator, the electrical power subsystem defining a stator power path and a converter power path for providing power to the power grid, the converter power path comprising a partial power transformer, the stator power path bypassing the partial power transformer, the electrical power subsystem further comprising a low voltage distribution panel electrically coupled to the converter power path, the method comprising:determining an auxiliary voltage error value based on a measured voltage of the low voltage distribution panel;
receiving an active current command; and
calculating a switching pattern for a line-side converter of the power converter based on the auxiliary voltage error value and the active current command, wherein a current level produced by the line-side converter controls a voltage to the low voltage distribution panel.

US Pat. No. 10,250,068

SOLAR POWERED RECHARGEABLE DEVICE FOR USE WITH AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A mobile solar powered charging device for charging an electronic device using solar radiation, the mobile solar powered charging device comprising:a solar radiation collection panel, wherein the solar radiation collection panel is foldable such that when a first sector of the panel is folded, the first sector faces a second sector of the panel;
a charge controller electrically and physically coupled directly to the solar radiation collection panel, the charge controller regulating a flow of current from the solar radiation collection panel, wherein the charge controller is included with the solar radiation collection panel such that folding the solar radiation collection panel results in a movement of the charge controller and the solar radiation collection panel as a single unit;
wherein the single unit is a user carryable mobile unit for charging a portable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,250,067

METHOD FOR PERFORMING WIRELESS CHARGING CONTROL OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH AID OF RANDOM PHASE-DELAY PACKET, AND ASSOCIATED APPARATUS

MediaTek Inc., Hsin-Chu ...

1. An apparatus for wirelessly charging a plurality of electronic devices, the apparatus comprising:a power output transmitter for wirelessly transferring wireless power to the plurality of electronic devices; and
circuitry configured to:
receive wireless charging reports from respective electronic devices of the plurality of electronic devices, the wireless charging reports comprising charging status information based on wireless power received by the respective electronic devices; and
in response to receiving at least one of the wireless charging reports, triggering associated wireless charging control operation,
wherein when the circuitry detects that data collision exists between two or more of the wireless charging reports in a packet detection window, the circuitry is configured to shorten a duration of the packet detection window and receive a next wireless charging report by detecting the next wireless charging report in a subsequent packet detection window.

US Pat. No. 10,250,064

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH BATTERY HAVING CONDUCTIVE COIL FOR RECEIVING EXTERNAL POWER AND INDUCING POWER VIA A MOVABLE MEMBER OF THE DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing having a first surface and a second surface;
a display exposed through the first surface of the housing;
a conductive coil disposed inside the housing and forming a portion of the second surface of the housing;
a movable member operatively connected to at least a portion of the housing and including one or more magnets that generate a magnetic field that passes through the conductive coil;
a first charging circuit electrically connected to the conductive coil for wirelessly receiving power from an external device using the conductive coil and supplying the received power to a battery of the electronic device; and
a second charging circuit electrically connected to the conductive coil for supplying, to the battery of the electronic device, power that is induced in the conductive coil based on movement of the movable member.

US Pat. No. 10,250,063

WIRELESS CHARGING DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR WEARABLE DEVICE

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A wireless charging device, comprising:a plurality of antennas to wirelessly receive power through electromagnetic induction, the antennas located at different positions of an electronic device and oriented in different directions;
a plurality of AC/DC converters connected to respective ones of the antennas, the AC/DC converters to convert AC signals from the antennas to DC signals; and
a controller to measure intensities of the converted signals from the AC/DC converters, compare the intensities, and select one of the antennas having a greater intensity for charging a battery,
wherein the antennas are at different positions along a single curved surface of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,250,062

ENERGY HARVESTING TIMER

HTC Corporation, Taoyuan...

1. An energy harvesting timer, comprising:a wireless charging module configured to process a radio frequency existing in environment;
a wireless communication module connected to the wireless charging module, wherein the wireless charging module provides energy to the wireless communication module;
a plurality of hands selectively coupled to the wireless charging module or the wireless communication module, wherein while at least one of the hands is coupled to the wireless communication module to be a transmitting antenna to perform a wireless communication function, the other hands are still coupled to the wireless charging module to be receiving antennas to perform wireless charging function, wherein a length of the receiving antenna is substantially the length of the hand; and
a driving module electrically connected to the wireless charging module and at least one of the hands, wherein the driving module receives energy from the wireless charging module to actuate at least one of the hands.

US Pat. No. 10,250,061

SYSTEM FOR CHARGING ELECTRICALLY DRIVE VEHICLES WITH A SINGLE LINE FOR TRANSMITTING ELECTRIC CURRENT FROM A SOURCE TO A CHARGING STATION

1. A system for charging electrically driven vehicles, comprisinga source of electrical current selected from the group consisting of three-phase current and one-phase current;
first converting means for converting the electric current received from the source into a converted electric current;
a single electric current transmission line transmitting the converted electric current;
second converting means for converting the converted electric current received through the single electric current transmission line into an electric current selected from the group consisting of three-phase electric current, one phase electric current and direct current;
a plurality of charging stations connected with the second converting means for receiving from the latter at least one of the three-phase electric current, one phase electric current, and direct current, and provided with charging means for charging electrically driven vehicles with the at least one of the currents received from the second converting means.

US Pat. No. 10,250,059

CHARGING CIRCUIT FOR BATTERY-POWERED DEVICE

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A charging circuit, comprising:a power node electrically connectable to a power supply unit;
a battery node electrically connectable to a battery;
a device node electrically connected to a device load;
a reversible buck-boost converter operatively intermediate the power node and the battery node;
a first switch operatively intermediate the power node and the device node;
a second switch operatively intermediate the battery node and the device node, such that electrical current from the battery node does not flow to the device node without passing through the reversible buck-boost converter when the second switch is turned off; and
logic operatively connected to the first switch, the second switch, and the reversible buck-boost converter, the logic configured to:
based on first conditions, turn on the first switch, turn off the second switch, and operate the reversible buck-boost converter in a forward buck mode;
based on second conditions, turn on the first switch, turn off the second switch, and operate the reversible buck-boost converter in a reverse boost mode;
based on third conditions, turn on the first switch, turn off the second switch, and operate the reversible buck-boost converter in a forward boost mode;
based on fourth conditions, turn on the first switch, turn off the second switch, and operate the reversible buck-boost converter in a reverse buck mode; and
based on fifth conditions, turn off the first switch, turn on the second switch, and turn off the reversible buck-boost converter.

US Pat. No. 10,250,058

CHARGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A method of operating a charge management system for distributing power from a power source to a load, the charge management system including a power distribution bus circuit operably connected to the power source and the load, and an intermediate energy storage circuit operably connected to the power distribution bus circuit, the method comprising:(i) operably connecting the power source to the load;
(ii) charging at least one energy storage capacitor in the intermediate energy storage circuit;
(iii) determining load current demand at the load, and based upon a determination that the load demands current that meets or exceeds a predetermined level, activating a discharge switch to operably connect the at least one energy storage capacitor in the intermediate energy storage circuit to at least one power bus capacitor in the power distribution bus circuit, thereby discharging at least some energy stored in the at least one energy storage capacitor and at least some energy stored in the at least one power bus capacitor to the load;
(iv) deactivating the discharge switch to operably disconnect the at least one energy storage capacitor from the at least one power bus capacitor; and
(v) repeating steps (ii) through (iv).

US Pat. No. 10,250,055

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING STATE OF BATTERY

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A battery control apparatus comprising:a switching unit configured to charge a second battery module from a first battery module, wherein the first and the second battery modules are selected from a plurality of battery modules;
a sensor configured to sense, during the charging of the second battery module from the first battery module, state information of either one or both of the first battery module and the second battery module; and
a controller configured to:
control the switching unit and the sensor, and
estimate a status of a battery unit comprising the battery modules based on the sensed state information of either one or both of the first battery module and the second battery module.

US Pat. No. 10,250,054

ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INCREASING THE EFFICIENCY OF AN ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM

1. An energy storage system comprising:an energy store comprising a plurality of flow batteries each of which are connected to a common pair of electrolytes;
an AC/DC-voltage converter configured to be connected to a power grid;
an intermediate circuit connected to a DC-side of the AC/DC-voltage converter;
a first DC/DC-voltage converter connected to the intermediate circuit and connected to at least a first one of the flow batteries;
a second DC/DC-voltage converter connected to the intermediate circuit and connected to at least a second one of the flow batteries; and
a controller connected to the AC/DC-voltage converter, the first DC/DC-voltage converter, and the second DC/DC-voltage converter, wherein the controller is configured to:
simultaneously control a power flow direction of the first DC/DC-voltage converter and a power flow direction of the second DC/DC-voltage converter such that the power flow direction of the first DC/DC-voltage converter is in an opposite direction of the power flow direction of the second DC/DC-voltage converter, and
charge and discharge the flow batteries.

US Pat. No. 10,250,052

CHARGE RATE OPTIMIZATION FOR ENHANCED BATTERY CYCLE LIFE

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of battery charging by an apparatus, comprising:determining a level of a charge current to be used during a charging mode for charging a battery based on a user preference;
determining a number of rest periods to be used during the charging mode based on the user preference, wherein during the rest periods, the apparatus is configured to perform at least one of setting the charge current to zero or discharging the battery; and
charging the battery with the determined level of the charge current and the determined number of rest periods;
wherein, when the determined level is a low level of the charge current, the charge current has one or more charge periods with a continuous current and has one or more rest periods, and
wherein, when the determined level is a high level of the charge current, the number of the rest periods is determined to be zero.

US Pat. No. 10,250,051

ELECTRONIC DEVICE DOCKING STATION

1. An electronic device docking station comprising:a connector comprising:
a connector head having a neck, a face, a first recess configured to interface with a releasable pivot mechanism, and a pivot surface;
a connector plug extending from the face of the connector head, the plug being configured to connect to an electronic device;
a flexible cable extending from the neck the connector head;
a base comprising:
a second recess configured to interface with the releasable pivot mechanism and thereby releasably secure the connector head to the base;
a fulcrum surface configured to contact the pivot surface.

US Pat. No. 10,250,050

ELECTRIC POWER CHARGER WITH EDGE OUTLET

E-filliate, Inc., Rancho...

8. A wall charger, comprising in combination:a pair of electrically conductive prongs extending from a base wall;
a face wall spaced from said base wall;
four side walls extending between said base wall and said face wall with said side walls perpendicular to said base wall and with lateral edges between adjacent said side walls;
a power outlet located at one of said lateral edges, said power outlet configured to route power to a portable electronic device; and
wherein said power outlet is oriented extending diagonally relative to side walls adjacent to said lateral edge in which said power outlet is located.

US Pat. No. 10,250,049

CHARGING DEVICE FOR REMOVABLE INPUT MODULES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A charging device, comprising:a charging mechanism including:
a power input interface configured to receive power from an external power source; and
a power output interface configured to provide power to an input module for controlling a computing device; and
a body portion comprising an attachment portion defined on the body and shaped to receive at least a portion of the input module to form a single composite device separate from the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,250,048

CHARGING PROTECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

8. A charging protection apparatus, comprising a temperature sensor, a micro Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface, a memory configured to store instructions, and a processor coupled to the memory, wherein the processor is configured to execute the instructions to:detect whether a voltage on a positive data (D+) pin, a negative data (D?) pin, or an identity (ID) pin of the micro USB interface falls beyond a preset voltage range;
detect whether a current on a power bus (VBUS) pin of the micro USB interface is less than a preset current threshold;
obtain a temperature measured by the temperature sensor;
detect, according to the obtained temperature, whether a temperature rise of the micro USB interface is greater than a preset temperature rise threshold; and
disconnect a charging circuit of a charger when at least one of the following conditions is met:
the voltage on the D+ pin, the D? pin, or the ID pin falls beyond the preset voltage range;
the current on the VBUS pin is less than the preset current threshold; or
the temperature rise of the micro USB interface is greater than the preset temperature rise threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,250,047

BATTERY DISCONNECT UNIT

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. A battery disconnect unit comprising:a first main relay electrically connected between a first pole of a battery and an inverter;
a second main relay electrically connected between a second pole of the battery and the inverter;
a pre-charge relay connected to the second main relay in parallel;
a self-operating switch connected between the first pole of the battery and the second main relay, and configured to autonomously open a circuit providing electric power from the battery to the second main relay and to interrupt the supply of the electric power from the battery without an additional controlling circuit, when an ambient temperature reaches or exceeds a temperature threshold, or when an over-current occurs; and
a fuse disposed between the battery and the inverter, and configured to melt when the over-current occurs on a circuit inside the battery disconnect unit,
wherein the self-operating switch is configured to:
autonomously open the circuit when the fuse is not disconnected despite the over-current applied thereto; and
protect the fuse by opening the circuit before the fuse melts when the over-current less than an operating current of the fuse occurs.

US Pat. No. 10,250,046

ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE BLOCKING SYSTEM

Dialog Semiconductor, Inc...

1. An adiabatically-switched electromagnetic interference protection circuit comprising:a first charge storage element and a second charge storage element, the first and second charge storage elements being provided between an input for receiving a rectified input voltage and an output for connecting to a switching regulator;
wherein the protection circuit is selectively operable between a first mode in which the first charge storage element is coupled to the input and de-coupled from the output; a second mode in which the second charge storage element is coupled to the input and de-coupled from the output; and a third mode in which the first charge storage element and the second charge storage element are each de-coupled from both the input and the output and
a controller adapted to output a control signal to switch the protection circuit between the first mode and the second mode via the third mode; wherein the control signal is adapted to maintain the protection circuit in the third mode for a delay-time.

US Pat. No. 10,250,044

ENERGY STORAGE APPARATUS FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE ENERGY STORAGE APPARATUS

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An energy storage apparatus for an onboard power supply system of a motor vehicle, comprising:a first electrical energy store, which is characterized by a first voltage characteristic that defines a quiescent voltage of the first electrical energy store on the basis of its relative state of charge;
a second electrical energy store, which is connectable in parallel with the first electrical energy store via a controllable switching element and is characterized by a second voltage characteristic that defines a quiescent voltage of the second electrical energy store on the basis of its relative state of charge,
wherein a first voltage value range covered by the first voltage characteristic, and a second voltage value range covered by the second voltage characteristic, partially overlap;
a device for determining the state of charge of the first energy store and/or of the second energy store, the device being configured to:
determine the state of charge either by a quiescent voltage measuring device for determining the state of charge on the basis of a quiescent voltage or by a state of charge determination device for determining the state of charge by balancing a respective battery current,
open the controllable switching element when: (i) the motor vehicle is in a quiescent-state-like state, and (ii) a quality value expressing a quality of the balancing, which quality value was determined during a previous determination of the state of charge and in parallel with said state of charge, exceeds a predefined threshold value, and
activate the quiescent voltage measuring device for determining the state of charge of at least the first energy store.

US Pat. No. 10,250,043

INITIALIZER-BASED CONTROL OF A MODULE BYPASS SWITCH FOR BALANCING OF BATTERY PACK SYSTEM MODULES

Southwest Electronic Ener...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a microprocessor module configured to be coupled to a plurality of controller modules of a plurality of battery pack system modules through a bus, wherein the microprocessor is configured to perform steps comprising:
determining a first battery pack system module of the plurality of battery pack system modules is out of balance with other battery pack system modules of the plurality of battery pack system modules; and
when the first battery pack system module is determined to be out of balance, issuing commands onto the bus comprising commands for performing steps comprising:
de-activating a charge switch of the first battery pack system module to interrupt charging of a plurality of battery cells of the first battery pack system module, wherein the charge switch comprises a field effect transistor (FET) having a body diode oriented to block charge current to the plurality of battery cells;
de-activating a discharge switch of the first battery pack system module to interrupt discharging of the plurality of battery cells of the first battery pack system module, wherein the discharge switch is de-activated after de-activating the charge switch, wherein the discharge switch comprises a field effect transistor (FET) having a body diode oriented to block discharge current from the plurality of battery cells; and
activating a module bypass switch of the first battery pack system module to allow charging of a second battery pack system module of the plurality of battery pack system modules without charging of the first battery pack system module, wherein the module bypass switch is activated after de-activating the discharge switch.

US Pat. No. 10,250,042

WIND-TURBINE CONVERTER CONTROL FOR MODULAR STRING CONVERTERS

1. A wind turbine converter system arranged to convert variable-frequency electrical power produced by a variable-speed wind turbine into fixed-frequency electrical power to be fed into an electricity grid, wherein operation of the wind turbine is controlled by a wind turbine controller, the wind turbine converter system comprising:a converter comprising a first converter string and a second converter string; and;
a converter controller comprising:
a first converter string controller operated as a master controller, wherein the first converter string controller is configured to:
receive superordinate control commands from the wind turbine controller;
control conversion operation of the first converter string based on the superordinate control commands; and
generate string control commands for a slave controller based on the superordinate control commands; and
a second converter string controller operated as the slave controller, wherein the second converter string controller is configured to:
control conversion operation of the second converter string based on the string control commands.

US Pat. No. 10,250,041

POWER CONTROL SYSTEM, POWER CONTROL DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER CONTROL SYSTEM

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. A power control system comprising:a storage cell;
a power generation device that generates power while a current sensor detects forward power flow; and
a power control device including
a first power converter configured to convert AC power from a commercial power grid to DC power and supply the DC power to the storage cell during an interconnected operation, and
a supply unit configured to supply power generated by the power generation device to the storage cell during an independent operation;
an independent operation switch opened during the interconnected operation and closed during the independent operation to cause output from the first power converter to flow in a direction of the forward power flow through the current sensor; and
an interconnected operation switch that is open during the independent operation to prevent output from the commercial power grid to flow in the direction of the forward power flow through the current sensor,
wherein the first power converter is a single device and is a two-way inverter,
wherein a first input/output unit of the first power converter is connected to the storage cell, and
wherein a second input/output unit of the first power converter is connected to the commercial power grid via the interconnected operation switch and is connected to the current sensor via the independent operation switch.

US Pat. No. 10,250,040

DISTRIBUTING POWER BETWEEN DATA CENTERS

International Business Ma...

1. A data center, comprising:at least one power generator configured to generate electric power from renewable energy, wherein the data center operates using only the electric power generated from the renewable energy;
at least one device driven by the electric power generated from the renewable energy;
a storage battery configured to store the electric power generated from the renewable energy; and
a controller configured to:
determine a value B(T0) for an amount of the electric power stored in the storage battery at a time T0;
predict a value c(t) for an amount of the electric power generated from the renewable energy consumed by the at least one device over a time t between the time T0 and a time T1;
predict a value g(t) for an amount of the electric power generated from the renewable energy over the time t;
predict a value B(T1) for an amount of the electric power stored in the storage battery at the time T1 based on B(T0), c(t), and g(t); and
switch an operating mode of the device based on the predicted value B(T1).

US Pat. No. 10,250,039

ENERGY STORAGE CONTROLLER WITH BATTERY LIFE MODEL

Con Edison Battery Storag...

1. An electrical energy storage system comprising:a battery configured to store and discharge electric power to an energy grid;
a power inverter configured to use battery power setpoints to control an amount of the electric power stored or discharged from the battery, the battery power setpoints comprising at least one of frequency regulation power setpoints and ramp rate control power setpoints; and
a controller configured to use a battery life model to generate the battery power setpoints for the power inverter, the battery life model comprising one or more variables that depend on the battery power setpoints.

US Pat. No. 10,250,038

CENTRAL VOLTAGE CONTROL DEVICE AND MEASURING DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A central voltage control device in a voltage control system including a first measuring device configured to measure a voltage and electric power of a power distribution line of a high-voltage system and transmit the measured voltage and the measured electric power as measurement information, a second measuring device configured to measure the voltage of the power distribution line and transmit deviation information, which is information indicating whether the measured voltage deviates from a proper voltage range, an information amount of the deviation information being smaller than an information amount of the measurement information, and a voltage controller configured to control the voltage of the power distribution line, the central voltage control device comprising:a power-distribution estimating unit to estimate a power distribution in the power distribution line on the basis of the measurement information received from the first measuring device;
a voltage-distribution estimating unit to estimate a voltage distribution in the power distribution line on the basis of the power distribution;
a control-amount determining unit to determine a control amount of the voltage controller when there is a part where a voltage deviates from the proper voltage range in the voltage distribution; and
a correcting unit to correct the power distribution in the power distribution line on the basis of the deviation information received from the second measuring device, wherein
when the power distribution in the power distribution line is corrected by the correcting unit, the voltage-distribution estimating unit estimates the voltage distribution of the power distribution line using the corrected power distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,250,037

HARMONIC CURRENT COMPENSATOR AND AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A harmonic current compensator connected in parallel with a load to a system power supply and configured to supply a compensation current to limit a harmonic component contained in a load current to be input from the system power supply to the load, the harmonic current compensator comprising:a load current detection portion configured to detect the load current;
a compensation current detection portion configured to detect the compensation current;
a control amount computing portion configured to compute a control amount of the compensation current based on the harmonic component contained in the load current detected by the load current detection portion and the compensation current detected by the compensation current detection portion; and
a limiter configured to, when the control amount computed by the control amount computing portion exceeds a preset value, limit the control amount, wherein
the limiter is configured to limit the control amount computed by the control amount computing portion to less than or equal to the preset value,
the preset value is such a value that a value of the compensation current based on the control signal generated by the control amount limited to the preset value does not exceed an overcurrent level of the compensation current.

US Pat. No. 10,250,036

PEER-TO-PEER: AC POWER GRID COMPENSATION ARCHITECTURE

RHOMBUS ENERGY SOLUTIONS,...

1. A peer-to-peer power compensation architecture for utility power systems, comprising:a “ring-pathed” power transmission supply line, a first leg connecting a utility power source to a utility customer load, a second leg connecting the utility power source to a secondary power source, and a third leg connecting the secondary power source to the utility customer load;
an injected sinusoidal signal traveling on the first and third legs, the injected signal having a predetermined amplitude, frequency and phase characteristics, wherein at least one of the characteristics being varied as function of a voltage level and a power factor of supplied power from the respective leg; and
at least one controllable power hub having an inverter, coupled to at least the first leg and the third leg, the inverter having at least one DC or AC-based power source, wherein the injected signal's characteristics from the respective leg are evaluated to determine if the power hub's power should be introduced to the leg to compensate for an under-voltage condition.

US Pat. No. 10,250,035

HOLISTIC OPTIMIZATION OF DISTRIBUTION AUTOMATION USING SURVIVABILITY MODELING TO SUPPORT STORM HARDENING

1. A method for selecting improvements to an original distributed automation power grid to improve storm survivability, the method comprising:(a) identifying the original distributed automation power grid as a current circuit;
(b) by a processor, based on a topology and a geography of the current circuit, and further based on information describing a plurality of historical storms, determining a link set associated with one of the plurality of historical storms, and determining costs and marginal survivability benefits associated with each link set, each link set representing links that would restore connectivity of the current circuit after damage by the associated storm;
(c) based on the costs and benefits, selecting a link set from the plurality of link sets;
(d) updating the current circuit by adding the selected link set to the current circuit to define a new circuit, and updating the costs and benefits of others of the plurality of link sets;
(e) by the processor, creating a phased-recovery survivability model of the current circuit;
(f) by the processor, determining a distribution automation survivability metric for the current circuit using the phased-recovery survivability model;
(g) replacing the current circuit with the new circuit and repeating the operations (b) through (f) until the distribution automation survivability metric of the current circuit meets a target distribution automation survivability metric; and
(h) selecting link sets to be added to the current circuit as improvements to the original distributed automation power grid to improve storm survivability, wherein the information describing the plurality of historical storms comprises, for each storm, a storm radius of impact and a storm center, and wherein determining a link set associated with each storm further comprises performing the following for each storm:
mapping a representation of the current circuit into a labeled graph, wherein labels of the labeled graph represent susceptibilities of nodes as a function of the storm radius of impact and the storm center;
obtaining a disconnected graph by removing nodes of the labeled graph within the storm radius of impact around the storm center; and
determining the link set associated with the storm by determining a set of links outside the storm radius of impact around the storm center that, when added to the disconnected graph, restore connectivity.

US Pat. No. 10,250,034

DISTRIBUTED UTILITY RESOURCE PLANNING AND FORECAST

ABB SCHWEIZ AG, Baden (C...

1. A system for forecasting and managing energy usage comprising:A central server to store weather forecasts, historical weather information, historical energy usage, and by factor information in one or more databases;
A plurality of distributed forecast devices each in communication with the central server via a first network connection and an associated set of two or more of a plurality of interval meters, each one of the plurality of the interval meters is associated with a different account, via a second network connection, wherein each of the plurality of distributed forecast devices is located remote from the central server and located remote from the set of two or more of the plurality of interval meters, wherein each of the plurality of distributed forecast devices is configured to;
receive, from the central server, weather forecasts, historical weather information, historical energy usage, and loss factor information specific to an account of the associated interval meter;
receiving interval meter data from the set of two or more remote interval meters, wherein the interval meter data from each one of said remote interval meters includes an amount of energy used by the associated accounts;
determine an energy usage forecast for one or more energy resources associated with the account over a predetermined amount of time into the future based on the associated interval meter data, the weather forecasts, historical weather information, historical energy usage, and loss factor information;
transmit the energy usage forecast to the central server via the first network connection; and
wherein the central server is configured to manage the energy resources based on the energy usage forecasts.

US Pat. No. 10,250,033

TRANSIENT VOLTAGE SUPPRESSOR HAVING BUILT-IN-TEST CAPABILITY FOR SOLID STATE POWER CONTROLLERS

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A transient protection circuit configured for use in a solid state power controller (SSPC) comprising a plurality of power channels, the transient protection circuit comprising:a shared transient voltage suppressor communicatively coupled to ground; and
a shared protection line communicatively coupled to the shared transient voltage suppressor;
wherein the shared protection line is configured to be communicatively coupled to and shared by the plurality of power channels;
wherein the plurality of power channels are communicatively coupled to a shared feed line;
wherein each of the plurality of power channels is communicatively coupled to a non-shared load line;
wherein, when the shared protection line is communicatively coupled to and shared by the plurality of power channels, positive pulses above a threshold originated from the non-shared load line of any one of the plurality of power channels are dissipated through the any one of the plurality of power channels to the shared feed line;
wherein, when the shared protection line is communicatively coupled to and shared by the plurality of power channels, negative pulses above a threshold originated from the non-shared load line of any one of the plurality of power channels are dissipated through the shared protection line and the shared transient voltage suppressor.

US Pat. No. 10,250,031

MAGNETIC COIL DRIVING CIRCUIT FOR MAGNETIC CONTACTOR

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. A magnetic coil driving circuit for magnetic contactor, the magnetic coil driving circuit comprising:a semiconductor switch connected in series to a magnetic coil and configured to magnetize the magnetic coil upon turning on and demagnetize the magnetic coil upon turning off;
a pulse width modulation unit connected to the semiconductor switch and configured to output a pulse signal to the semiconductor switch as a control signal for turning on or off the semiconductor switch;
a control unit connected to the pulse width modulation unit and configured to output a control signal for changing a pulse width of the pulse signal in order to perform control to increase the amount of electric current flowing through the magnetic coil when the magnetic coil is initially magnetized and perform control to decrease the amount of electric current flowing through the magnetic coil when the magnetization of the magnetic coil is maintained; and
a temperature detection and protection unit connected to the semiconductor switch and configured to detect a temperature inside the magnetic contactor, output an output signal for turning off the semiconductor switch in a high-temperature state when the temperature exceeds an allowable temperature, and to make the semiconductor switch be controlled by the pulse signal from the pulse width modulation unit in a normal state when the temperature is within the allowable temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,250,030

POWER DISTRIBUTION UNIT WITH MODULAR CHARGING PORTS

Core Brands, LLC, Petalu...

1. A power distribution unit for providing electricity to an electronic device, comprising:a housing defining a module slot and including at least one electrical socket and a module connector positioned within the module slot;
a module including at least one connector port, the module receivable within the module slot and including a housing connector, wherein the housing connector operably connectable to the module connector when the module is inserted into the module slot; and
a cable connectable to the module connector of the housing and the housing connector of the module to connect the housing to the module.

US Pat. No. 10,250,029

DEVICE OVERVOLTAGE DETECTOR

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A semiconductor component comprising:a device; and
an overvoltage detection structure that includes a current path comprising a Zener diode connected in series with a fuse,
wherein the Zener diode is configured to conduct a current in response to an overvoltage condition at the device,
wherein the fuse is configured to break the current path of the overvoltage detection structure in response to the Zener diode conducting the current,
wherein the device and the Zener diode are formed on a same semiconductor die and each comprise a terminal, and
wherein the fuse is external to the semiconductor die and comprises a wire that is connected to the terminal of the Zener diode and electrically couples the terminal of the Zener diode to the terminal of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,250,028

ELECTRICAL SWITCH

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. An electrical switch for switching an electric current between a feed and an outgoer, wherein the electrical switch is mountable in a switchgear assembly and, as a result, an electrical connection can be made with the electrical switch by a feed and an outgoer of the switchgear assembly, the electrical switch comprising:an internal voltage tap to supply power to a switch-internal electronics system; and
a changeover switch, configured to adjust the electrical connection between the feed or the outgoer, and the internal voltage tap, wherein the changeover switch additionally includes an isolating position.

US Pat. No. 10,250,027

CIRCUIT PROTECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A Power over Ethernet (PoE) cable medium circuit protection module comprising:an over-current and/or over-voltage circuit module and/or a heat circuit protector which measures or detects heat rise of said PoE cable medium,
wherein said over-current and/or over-voltage circuit module comprises (1) a plurality of clamping diodes, fuses, and/or light-emitting diodes, and (2) a plurality of jumpers and/or a plurality of DIP switches and/or a combination of jumpers and DIP switches to set a predetermined power level for said over-current and/or over-voltage circuit module, thereby prohibiting transmission of electrical power over said PoE cable medium which exceeds said predetermined power level and/or preventing excessive heat build-up on said PoE cable medium.

US Pat. No. 10,250,026

HIGH VOLTAGE JOINT

BRUGG KABEL AG, Brugg (C...

1. A device for connecting an end of a HV cable to an HV installation, comprisinga) a pre-fabricated pipe-like unit, which comprises
b) a connection piece made out of an electrically conducting material and
c) an insulator tube which is connected to the connection piece in a fluid-tight way and
d) a fluid-filled cable connector which is a part of the pre-fabricated pipe-like unit and which is connected to the connection piece in a fluid-tight way and which can provide a connection of a metallic layer of a fluid-filled cable to the pipe-like unit if the fluid-filled cable is connected to the pipe-like unit.

US Pat. No. 10,250,025

NON-PENETRATING ANCHOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

LIGHTING PROTECTIONS SYST...

1. An apparatus for conducting a lightning strike away from a structure to be protected therefrom, the apparatus comprising:a first anchor, sized and shaped to receive a cable sized to carry electrical current received from a lightning strike;
a first pad preformed as a solid comprising an elastomeric polymer separate and distinct from materials forming exterior surfaces of the structure, the first pad adhered to the first anchor and treated to adhere to the structure non-penetratingly and as an exclusive connection between an exterior surface of the structure and the anchor, with sufficient force to support the cable; and
a first bracket sized and shaped to constrain the cable between the anchor and the first bracket in rigid mechanical contact therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,250,024

CABLE BREAKOUT SUPPORT

Tyco Electronics UK LTD, ...

1. A cable breakout support for a trunking, the cable breakout support comprising:a clip for clipping to a cable breakout of a cable bundle supported in the trunking;
a clip fitting for connecting to the clip; and
a clamp for clamping to the trunking, the clamp comprising:
at least two trunk fittings for fitting to at least two bulbous longitudinal edges of the trunking, each trunk fitting including:
a trunk socket having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, wherein the trunk socket is open ended; and
a slot formed at the first end of the trunk socket, wherein the slot is configured to receive one of the at least two bulbous longitudinal edges of the trunking;
at least two collets, each collet configured to insert into the trunk socket of a corresponding one of the at least two trunk fittings, each collet including:
a further slot, wherein the further slot is configured to align with the slot of the corresponding one of the at least two trunk fittings and engage the one of the at least two bulbous longitudinal edges of the trunking; and
a tapered portion, wherein the tapered portion becomes increasingly wider along a longitudinal axis of the collet towards an open end of the further slot, and wherein the tapered portion is configured to be compressed around the one of the at least two bulbous longitudinal edges of the trunking when the collet is fully inserted into the trunk socket of the corresponding one of the at least two trunk fittings; and
a screw thread disposed at an end of the collet and opposite the further slot; and
at least two nuts, each nut configured to screw onto a corresponding one of the at least two collets at the second end of the trunk socket of the corresponding one of the at least two trunk fittings, and each nut configured to draw the tapered portion of the corresponding one of the at least two collets into the trunk socket of the corresponding one of the at least two trunk fittings and reduce a space defined by the further slot of the corresponding one of the at least two collets around the one of the at least two bulbous longitudinal edges of the trunking, thereby enabling the corresponding one of the at least two collets to clamp onto the one of the at least two bulbous longitudinal edges of the trunking.

US Pat. No. 10,250,023

TWO-PART SNAP-TOGETHER FEEDTHROUGHS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A feedthrough, comprising:a first part comprising:
a first body configured to be disposed in a first portion of an opening in a panel;
a first lumen disposed within the first body; and
a first engagement area; and
a second part comprising:
a second body configured to be disposed in a second portion of the opening in the panel;
a second lumen disposed within the second body; and
a second engagement area configured to engage the first engagement area to hold the first part relative to the second part such that the first lumen and the second lumen are disposed generally concentrically with each other, wherein engaging the first engagement area with the second engagement area causes deformation of the first part, the second part, or both the first part and the second part.

US Pat. No. 10,250,020

ELECTRICAL BUS INTERLACED TECHNIQUE FOR A SHARED RESOURCE DISTRIBUTED ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

Rosendin Electric, Inc., ...

1. A radial bus Shared Resource Distributed electrical power Distribution System (SRDDS), comprising:one or more electrical power distribution platforms including at least a first electrical power distribution platform;
a radial power distribution bus to distribute AC electrical power to downstream electrical loads, where the one or more electrical power distribution platforms are coupled to the radial power distribution bus in an interlaced fashion via two or more fast acting electrical switching devices to supply AC electrical power to the downstream electrical loads, and where the downstream electrical loads are dual corded and are configured to nominally receive AC electrical power from two separate AC electrical power distribution platforms;
where the first electrical power distribution platform includes a first side with a first switchboard cabinet with two or more circuit breakers, where the first electrical power distribution platform, via a first circuit breaker in the first switchboard cabinet, electrically connects to a first fast acting electrical switching device that then electrically connects to a first set of the dual corded electrical loads, and where the first electrical power distribution platform, via a second circuit breaker in the first switchboard cabinet, electrically connects to a second fast acting electrical switching device that then electrically connects to a second set of the dual corded electrical loads;
where the first electrical power distribution platform includes a second side that is electrically and physically separated from the first side, where the second side of the first electrical power distribution platform includes a second switchboard cabinet with two or more circuit breakers, where the first electrical power distribution platform, via a third circuit breaker in the second switchboard cabinet, electrically connects to a third fast acting electrical switching device that then electrically connects to the first set of the dual corded electrical loads, and where the first electrical power distribution platform, via a fourth circuit breaker in the second switchboard cabinet electrically connects to a fourth fast acting electrical switching device that then electrically connects to a third set of the dual corded electrical loads.

US Pat. No. 10,250,019

MOTORIZED RACKING ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A CURRENT SENSOR AND A TORQUE SENSOR

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A racking assembly for an electrical apparatus, said electrical apparatus including a housing assembly and a number of electrical components, said housing assembly including a number of sidewalls, a pair of rails, and a contact assembly, said housing assembly sidewalls defining a substantially enclosed space, said housing assembly contact assembly coupled to one said sidewall, said number of electrical components including a movable contact assembly, said number of electrical components substantially disposed in said housing assembly enclosed space, wherein said housing assembly contact assembly and said electrical apparatus movable contact assembly are movable between a separated, first position, wherein said housing assembly contact assembly and said electrical apparatus movable contact assembly are not in electrical communication, and a coupled, second position, wherein said housing assembly contact assembly and said electrical apparatus movable contact assembly are in electrical communication, said racking assembly comprising:a drive assembly including a motor assembly;
said drive assembly disposed in the space below and between said housing assembly rails;
said motor assembly includes an electric motor including a power line and a rotating output shaft;
a carriage assembly, said carriage assembly structured to support a number of electrical components; and
wherein said motor assembly is coupled to said carriage assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,250,018

ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING SAME

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. An electrical distribution apparatus comprising:a backplane for supporting a plurality of electrical devices;
a bus bar assembly coupled to said backplane;
a frame that supports said backplane; and
at least one positioning member that facilitates positioning said backplane relative to said frame, said at least one positioning member at least partially supporting said backplane such that said backplane is positionable between a first position and a second position, wherein said backplane contacts said frame in the second position;
wherein said backplane comprises a first side edge and a second side edge, said at least one positioning member comprising a first flange and a second flange, said first flange extending from said first side edge and said second flange extending from said second side edge.

US Pat. No. 10,250,017

ADAPTER FOR CONTACTING A CIRCUIT BREAKER TO A BUSBAR SYSTEM

1. An adapter for connecting any one of a plurality of circuit breakers of different types to a busbar system, the adaptor comprising:a casing having a first mounting side to attach and electrically connect the adapter to at least one busbar of the busbar system, and a second mounting side to attach and electrically connect any one of the plurality of circuit breakers of different types to the casing; and
on the second mounting side is at least one rotary disk with several sets of threaded inserts, the rotary disk and threaded inserts thereof pivot around a rotational axis perpendicular to the mounting sides;
wherein each one of the several sets of threaded inserts is equipped for mounting the adaptor to a different one of the plurality of circuit breakers of different types, for each rotational position of the rotary disk one of the plurality of sets of threaded inserts is positioned in a mounting position for one of the plurality of circuit breakers of different types;
wherein the rotary disk is incorporated in the casing, wherein the rotary disk has inscriptions identifying the several sets of threaded inserts;
wherein the second mounting side has a viewing window through which exactly one of the inscriptions can be seen according to the position of the rotary disk; and
wherein the sets of threaded inserts, the inscriptions and the viewing window are positioned so that the inscription indicating a particular set of the several sets of threaded inserts is visible through the viewing window when the particular set of the several sets of threaded inserts is positioned in the mounting position.

US Pat. No. 10,250,016

IGNITION SYSTEM

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.,...

1. An ignition system comprising:a spark plug attached to an engine head;
a power supply section having a battery which has a ground terminal, and an ignition coil which transforms a voltage of the battery and supplies a transformed voltage to the spark plug,
the spark plug including:
a first insulator having an axial hole,
an internal electrode provided in the axial hole and having a terminal connected to the ignition coil, and
a metallic shell disposed around an outer circumference of the first insulator, the metallic shell having a ground electrode, the metallic shell being fixed to the engine head through engagement with a second insulator embedded in the engine head, the metallic shell electrically insulated from the engine head by the second insulator; and
an electrically conductive path connected to the metallic shell and the ground terminal, while being electrically insulated from the engine head.

US Pat. No. 10,250,015

SPARK PLUGS HAVING A CENTER ELECTRODE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A spark plug, comprising:a housing;
an insulator situated in the housing;
a center electrode situated in the insulator; and
a ground electrode situated on the housing;
wherein the ground electrode and the center electrode are situated with respect to each other in such a way that the ground electrode and the center electrode form a spark gap, the center electrode rests with an electrode head on a seat developed on an inner side of insulator, and the center electrode has an electrode base body and a core situated in the electrode base body, the core being made of a material that has a higher heat conductivity than a material of the electrode base body, and wherein the electrode base body has a diameter that is not greater than 1.7 mm,
wherein the center electrode has:
at least one first area, in which the electrode base body and the core respectively have a constant diameter; and
at least one second area, in which the diameter of the core is continuously reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,250,014

SPARK PLUG

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.,...

1. A spark plug, comprising:a cylindrical metal shell having a front end to which a ground electrode is joined;
an insulator formed with an axial hole and having an outer circumferential surface partially surrounded by the metal shell, the axial hole including a first hole portion and a second hole portion larger in inner diameter than the first hole portion and continuous to the first hole portion via a step portion;
a center electrode having a rear end portion disposed on the step portion of the insulator and a leg portion extending from the rear end portion toward the ground electrode in an axis direction;
a metal terminal having a front end portion disposed in the second hole portion with a space left between the front end portion of the metal terminal and the rear end portion of the center electrode;
a resistor arranged between the front end portion of the metal terminal and the rear end portion of the center electrode within the second hole portion; and
a conductive seal brought into contact with the resistor and the rear end portion of the center electrode,
wherein the conductive seal comprises a side-surface seal layer being in contact with the whole of a side surface of the rear end portion and having a thickness of 10 ?m or larger in a direction perpendicular to the axis direction; and
wherein, assuming that a projection area is defined by projecting the center electrode onto the axial hole in the direction perpendicular to the axis direction around a center axis of the spark plug, a contact surface of the resistor brought into contact with the axial hole overlaps at least a part of the projection area.

US Pat. No. 10,250,013

LASER SYSTEM INCLUDING OPTICAL AMPLIFICATION SUBSYSTEM PROVIDING AN AMPLIFIED LASER OUTPUT

CIVAN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGI...

1. A laser system comprising:a seed laser; and
an optical amplification system, receiving an output of said seed laser and providing an amplified laser output, said optical amplification system comprising:
a first plurality of optical amplifier assemblies;
an optical pathway directing an output from said seed laser to said first plurality of optical amplifier assemblies;
a coherent free-space far field combiner receiving outputs in a first plane in free space from said first plurality of optical amplifier assemblies, combining said outputs in said first plane and directing said outputs to a single mode optical fiber; and
a lens receiving outputs in a second plane in free space from said first plurality of optical amplifier assemblies, said second plane being generally orthogonal to said first plane, combining said outputs in said second plane and directing said outputs to said single mode optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,250,012

VARIABLE EMISSION AREA DESIGN FOR A VERTICAL-CAVITY SURFACE-EMITTING LASER ARRAY

Lumentum Operations LLC, ...

1. A vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) array, comprising:a plurality of uniformly spaced VCSELs,
where a size of an emission area of a first VCSEL, of the plurality of VCSELs, is different from a size of an emission area of a second VCSEL of the plurality of VCSELs,
the first VCSEL being located closer to a center of the VCSEL array than the second VCSEL,
where a difference between the size of the emission area of the first VCSEL and the size of the emission area of the second VCSEL is associated with reducing a difference in operating temperature between the first VCSEL and the second VCSEL, or reducing a difference in optical power output between the first VCSEL and the second VCSEL,
where the first VCSEL includes a plurality of oxidation trenches and at least one oxidation trench, of the plurality of oxidation trenches, is shared by the second VCSEL,
where the second VCSEL includes at least one other oxidation trench that has a size that is different than a size of the shared at least one oxidation trench,
where the size of the at least one other oxidation trench is inversely proportional to the size of the emission area of the second VCSEL, and
where a difference in size between the plurality of oxidation trenches of the first VCSEL and the second VCSEL has an opposite relationship to a difference in the size of the emission area between the first VCSEL and the second VCSEL.

US Pat. No. 10,250,011

DRIVER CIRCUITRY AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING A MULTIPURPOSE INDUCTOR

SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTI...

1. A driver circuitry, comprising:a buck convertor that includes a first switch, a second switch, and a diode for switched operation, and a comparator configured to drive the first switch and the second switch;
an inductor connected between the first switch and the second switch of the buck convertor and a load, wherein the inductor supplies a current to the load;
a third switch that short-circuits the load; and
a fourth switch, wherein
the third switch and the fourth switch are driven by a same signal.

US Pat. No. 10,250,010

CONTROL OF VCSEL-BASED OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method for controlling an optical communications system operating at a first data bandwidth, the optical communications system having a vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) transmitter and a receiver for detecting lasers from the VCSEL transmitter, the method comprising:adjusting the VCSEL transmitter of the optical communications system to operate at a second data bandwidth distinct from the first data bandwidth;
reducing a data flow rate of the receiver during operation of the optical communications system at the second data bandwidth;
determining whether a system quality metric for the receiver meets a specification requirement during operation of the optical communications system at the second data bandwidth, wherein the system quality metric comprises one of a bit error rate of the receiver, a power consumption of the receiver, or an optical modulation amplitude of the VCSEL transmitter;
in response to determining the system quality metric does not meet the specification requirement, adjusting an operational setting of the VCSEL transmitter or the receiver;
in response to determining the system quality metric meets the specification requirement, continuing operation of the optical communications system at the second data bandwidth; and
in response to receiving an override signal from a control node of the optical communications system, resuming operation of the optical communications system at the first data bandwidth.

US Pat. No. 10,250,009

FIBER LASER SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OUTPUTTING LASER BEAM

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A fiber laser system comprising:a plurality of fiber laser units including respective excitation light sources, a power of each of a plurality of laser beams outputted from the respective plurality of fiber laser units rising, then reaching a peak, and then decreasing to a steady level;
a combiner for combining the respective plurality of laser beams outputted from the plurality of fiber laser units;
a plurality of current sources provided so as to correspond to the respective plurality of fiber laser units such that the plurality of current sources supply respective driving currents to corresponding ones of the excitation light sources; and
a control section for controlling the plurality of current sources so that respective powers of laser beams outputted from at least two fiber laser units of the plurality of fiber laser units (i) reach the peak at respective different times and (ii) are combined at least in a period during which the powers are at the steady level.

US Pat. No. 10,250,006

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING WAVELENGTH-TUNABLE, ULTRA-SHORT LIGHT PULSES HAVING HIGH POWER SPECTRAL DENSITY

UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX, ...

1. A system for generating ultra-short light pulses that are wavelength-tunable in a spectral domain comprised between the ultraviolet and the infrared, said system comprising: —an injection module comprising a light source and a wavelength-tunable spectral filter, —the light source being configured to generate short light pulses, of a duration comprised between several hundreds of picoseconds and a hundred of nanoseconds, said short light pulses extending over a spectral band of emission having a spectral width of several tens of nanometres to several hundreds of nanometres, —the spectral filter having at least one spectral bandwidth defined by a central wavelength (Lambda3) and a spectral width (ALambda3) comprised between 10 pm and 10 nm, and the central wavelength (Lambda3) of said spectral bandwidth being tunable in a spectral range ([Lambdal; Lambda2]) comprised in the spectral band of emission of the light source, the spectral filter being configured to spectrally filter and to temporally shape said short light pulses, so that the injection module generates ultra-short light pulses, of a duration of the order of a picosecond, spectrally filtered and wavelength-tunable as a function of the central wavelength of said spectral bandwidth, wherein the injection module comprises a non-linear amplifying loop mirror; and—different optical amplifiers configured to amplify pulses in different wavelength ranges, said different optical amplifiers being arranged around a common pump at the exit of the injection module, said different optical amplifiers being configured to receive said spectrally filtered and wavelength- tunable ultra-short light pulses and to generate by optical amplification ultra-short amplified pulses, spectrally filtered and wavelength-tunable as a function of the central wavelength of said spectral bandwidth of the spectral filter and of the different optical amplifiers, and the non-linear amplifying loop mirror comprising another optical amplifier arranged on the optical path of the non-linear loop mirror and the spectral filter being arranged on the optical path of the non-linear loop mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,250,005

CABLE INSTALLATION AID FOR MULTI-STRAND ELECTRICAL CONDUCTORS

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A method of preparing a connection for an electrical conductor comprising the steps of:cutting an insulation layer of an electrical conductor to separate the insulation layer into a first portion and a second portion, the electrical conductor including an outer diameter and a core diameter;
moving the second portion away from the first portion, thereby exposing a segment of conductor strands of the electrical conductor;
placing a strand retainer around the electrical conductor;
placing the strand retainer onto the exposed segment of conductor strands, the strand retainer has an unstressed inner diameter that is less than the electrical conductor outer diameter;
removing the insulation second portion from the electrical conductor; and
inserting the exposed conductor strands into an electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,250,004

METHOD OF FORMING A CONNECTOR FOR AN ELECTRICAL CABLE FOR ELECTRICALLY CONNECTING TO A CAMERA OF A VEHICLE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A method of forming a connector for an electrical cable for electrically connecting to a camera of a vehicle, said method comprising:providing a cable having a plurality of electrically conductive wires, wherein each of said wires is electrically insulated from the others of said wires, and wherein said wires are within an outer sleeve of said cable;
stripping said outer sleeve of said cable and stripping electrically insulating material from ends of said wires to provide exposed ends of said electrically conductive wires;
providing a plurality of terminals each having a wire receiving end and a pin end opposite said wire receiving end;
providing a non-electrically conductive retaining element having a plurality of receiving portions and passageways separated by respective walls of said retaining element;
pressing said terminals into respective ones of said receiving portions and passageways of said retaining element, wherein walls of said retaining element electrically isolate said terminals from one another, and wherein said pin ends of said terminals pass through said passageways and protrude from said retaining element when said terminals are pressed into respective ones of said receiving portions and passageways of said retaining element;
electrically connecting the exposed ends of said electrically conductive wires at said wire receiving ends of said terminals,
wherein, when said terminals are pressed into respective ones of said receiving portions and passageways of said retaining element and the exposed ends of said electrically conductive wires are electrically connected at said wire receiving ends of said terminals, a wire-terminal-retainer construction is formed at the end of the cable; and
placing said wire-terminal-retainer construction in a molding device and molding a non-electrically conductive plastic resin to form a unitary connector end at and over said wire-terminal-retainer construction,
wherein said molded unitary connector end comprises (i) a connector portion that is at and partially around exposed portions of said pin ends of said terminals that protrude from said retaining element, (ii) an attaching structure for attaching the cable at the camera, and (iii) a sleeve portion that at least partially overlaps said outer sleeve of said cable and seals or bonds at said outer sleeve to seal the molded unitary connector end at said cable.

US Pat. No. 10,250,003

CEILING FAN KIT

Hunter Fan Company, Memp...

1. A downrod kit for a connecting a ceiling fan to a ceiling fan mount, the downrod kit comprising:a downrod including a sidewall defining an interior and extending between a first end and a second end, with mounting holes provided in the sidewall and an access opening provided in the sidewall; and
a set of electrical wires at least as long as the downrod;
wherein the access opening provides for accessing the set of electrical wires when passing through the interior of the downrod.

US Pat. No. 10,250,002

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRICAL CONNECTION BLOCK

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A manufacturing method of an electric connection block, the electric connection block including a bus bar formed from a press-formed product of a metal plate member and a resin-made housing insert molded integrally with the bus bar, and the bus bar including a flat plate-shaped main plate part and a standing terminal erected by bending a base end connected to a portion of the main plate part relative to the main plate part, the manufacturing method comprising:insert molding the housing integrally with the bus bar in a before-bending state where the standing terminal is located on the same plane as the main plate part such that the before-bent standing terminal faces into an opening formed in the housing; and
bending the base end of the standing terminal to thereby erect the standing terminal relative to the main plate part from the opening after the insert molding of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,250,001

WIRE CRIMPING DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A wire crimping device by which an insulated wire formed by covering a conductor with an insulating cover and provided with a wire tip formed by exposing the conductor by peeling off the insulating cover on a first end side, and a closed-barrel-type crimp terminal provided with a hollow crimping section which allows the crimping connection of the wire tip are connected to each other by crimping the crimping section and the wire tip to each other, the wire crimping device comprising:a crimper configured to crimp the crimping section into which the wire tip is inserted from a wire insertion opening which opens on a second end side of the crimping section in a terminal axis direction, the second end side being different from the first end side;
a guide configured to guide an end portion of the conductor to the wire insertion opening of the crimp terminal arranged at a predetermined position for enabling crimping by the crimper, an inner diameter of an opposedly-facing portion of the guide, which is opposite to the wire insertion opening corresponding to an inner diameter of the wire insertion opening; and
a carrier cutter configured to separate a plurality of crimp terminals from a carrier of a terminal connection strip, the carrier formed in a strip-shape, the terminal connection strip formed by connecting the plurality of crimp terminals to the carrier via connecting portions at predetermined intervals in a longest length direction of the carrier,
wherein the carrier cutter is configured to shear the connecting portions in a thickness direction of the carrier by sliding in the thickness direction of the carrier from a stand-by position where the carrier cutter overlaps with the wire insertion opening to a cutting position which is disposed on a side opposite to a side where the crimping section is arranged with respect to the carrier, the cutting position being a position where the carrier cutter does not overlap with the wire insertion opening, and the guide is disposed at a position in the carrier cutter, which is made to slide to the cutting position, which corresponds to the wire insertion opening, in the cutting position.

US Pat. No. 10,249,998

COMBINATION OUTLET AND POWER DISTRIBUTION UNIT INCORPORATING THE SAME

Server Technology, Inc., ...

1. A combination outlet module, comprising:a mounting board;
a plurality of outlet cores mounted to the mounting board, each outlet core having a core outer surface configured to mate within a first connector type;
wherein each outlet core includes a plurality of electrical terminals each coupled to the mounting board; and
at least one replaceable adapter sleeve mated with a corresponding one of the plurality of outlet cores, the adapter sleeve having a sleeve outer surface configured to mate within a second connector type.

US Pat. No. 10,249,997

JUMPER WITH SAFETY FUSE

1. A jumper kit comprising:a plurality of jumpers wherein each jumper comprises:
a first conducting wire and a second conducting wire, the first conducting wire and second conducting wire having a gauge and a rated current that is the same for each of said first conducting wire and second conducting wire but is different from the first conducting wire and second conducting wire of any of the other jumpers in the kit;
a fuse assembly interposed between the first and second conducting wires and connected thereto;
a connector assembly connected to each of the first and second conducting wires, the connector assembly comprising a plug section and a receptacle section, wherein the plug section includes:
a body,
a lead connector extending from a top of the body, and a plug extending from a base of the body; and
wherein the receptacle section includes:
a socket configured to receive the plug and conduct electricity to its corresponding conducting wire, thereby forming an electrical connection therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,249,996

TELEVISION COMMERCIAL SILENCER ELECTRICAL WALL OUTLET RECEPTACLE TAP

1. A television commercial silencer comprising:an electrical outlet receptacle having a first outlet and a second outlet;
a switch connected to the first outlet and second outlet;
said switch having a first position, a second position and a third position;
wherein when said switch is in the first position, the first outlet is on and the second outlet is off;
wherein when said switch is in the second position, the first outlet is off and the second outlet is off;
wherein when said switch is in the third position, the first outlet is off and the second outlet is on;
said first outlet being connected to at least one speaker connected to a television;
said second outlet being connected to an audio device; and
said audio device is connected to the television commercial silencer via an audio cable.

US Pat. No. 10,249,995

SELF-CLOSING CONTACT SLEEVE

ROSENBERGER HOCHFREQUENZT...

1. A connector, comprising:a first terminal connector comprising a slot and a raised portion; and
a second terminal connector comprising a receptacle that receives said first terminal connector, wherein
in a disengaged state of said first terminal connector and said second terminal connector, a distal end of said slot is open,
in a coaxially engaged state of said first terminal connector and said second terminal connector, in which engaged state said raised portion contacts an inner wall of a distal opening of said receptacle, said distal end of said slot is closed, and
at least a portion of said slot is angled with respect to a longitudinal axis of said first terminal connector by an angle selected from the group consisting of:
an angle between 15° and 60°,
an angle between 30° and 50°, and
an angle of essentially 45°.

US Pat. No. 10,249,992

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING HANDLE, LIGHT PIPE THEREFOR, AND ASSOCIATED LIGHT VISIBILITY ENHANCING METHOD

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A light pipe for an EV charging handle, said EV charging handle comprising a housing having a thru hole, and a light source coupled to said housing, said light pipe comprising:a body structured to be coupled to said light source in order to transmit light from said light source through the thru hole of said housing, said body comprising:
a first side portion having a first interior surface having a first surface roughness, and
a second side portion extending from said first side portion, said second side portion having a second interior surface having a second surface roughness greater than the first surface roughness in order to increase a visibility range with which the light is transmitted through the thru hole of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,249,991

LOW NOISE HIGH-SPEED DATA CONNECTORS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A high-speed data connector comprising:a metal shield;
a plurality of pins mounted inside the metal shield;
at least one resonant unit comprising:
a resonant structure fixed between the metal shield and at least one of the plurality of pins and in close proximity to the at least one of the plurality of pins;
a ground plane; and
an electrical connection between the resonant structure and the ground plane; and
a first dielectric material deposited within the metal shield, the first dielectric material fixing the plurality of pins in a specific orientation for mating with corresponding pins in a mating connector, the at least one resonant unit being embedded in the first dielectric material, the first dielectric material having a first permeability.

US Pat. No. 10,249,990

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING AN IMPROVED METAL SHELL

FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECH...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a terminal module comprising an insulative housing having a base portion and a tongue portion extending forwardly from the base portion and a plurality of conductive terminals affixed to the insulative housing, the base portion having a mounting portion at a rear end thereof, each conductive terminal having a contacting portion exposed to the tongue portion, a fixed portion affixed to the base portion, and a soldering portion extending rearward from the mounting portion; and
a shielding shell having a plurality of lateral walls and enclosing the insulative housing for forming a receiving room; wherein
the shielding shell comprises a pair of supporting legs extending upwardly and resisting against the mounting portion, wherein the shielding shell comprises a metal main shell shaped as a cylindrical shape and a sub-shell enclosing the metal shell, and the supporting legs extend rearward from the lateral walls and resist against a mounting surface of the mounting portion, wherein the supporting legs and the lateral walls are in a same plane, wherein the mounting portion comprises a pair of protruding portions extending laterally from the lateral walls, the sub-shell comprises an upper wall attached to a top wall of the metal shell and a pair of lateral portions attached to the lateral walls, and a rear end of each lateral portion resists against a front end of each protruding portion, wherein the sub-shell comprises a horizontal covering portion attached to the mounting portion and extending rearward from the upper wall and a pair of assembling legs covering the protruding portions and extending downwardly from the horizontal covering portion, wherein the top wall of the metal shell comprises a riveted joint welded together continuously, wherein the mounting portion is located at an upper surface of the base portion, and the metal shell comprises a first barrier resisting a rear surface of the mounting portion and a second barrier resisting a rear surface of the base portion and extending upwardly from a bottom surface of the metal shell, wherein the metal shell comprises a pair of resisting protrusions protruding into the receiving room, the base portion comprises a pair of resisting grooves corresponding to the resisting protrusions, and a front surface of the resisting protrusion protrudes beyond a front surface of the base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,249,987

ELECTRONIC MODULE FOR AN I/O MODULAR SYSTEM

1. An electronic module for an I/O modular system, comprising a housing, a plug-in connection for the coupling to a connection of the I/O modular system, at least one locking lever which has an actuating end arranged on the side turned away from the plug-in connection, and a locking portion, the locking lever having at least one light-conducting portion, a light source being associated with the locking lever, a light exit face being provided in the region of the actuating end of the locking lever.

US Pat. No. 10,249,985

WATERPROOF CONNECTOR

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A connector comprising:a terminal which comprises an electrical contact portion, an intermediate portion, and a conductor connecting portion, is bent at the intermediate portion to be formed to have a substantially L shape in cross section, and is connected to an end of an electric wire via the conductor connecting portion;
a connector housing comprising a connector fitting portion in which the electrical contact portion is provided and which is fitted to a counterpart connector, and a mold portion which is formed to be continuous to the connector fitting portion and is in which a predetermined range comprising the intermediate portion of the terminal and an insulating sheath of the end of the electric wire as a molding target portion is buried; and
a seal member which is disposed in the insulating sheath of the end of the electric wire as the molding target portion and is to prevent moisture from intruding the conductor connecting portion from an outside of the connector housing,
wherein the connector housing comprises a pair of first reinforcing ribs and a pair of second reinforcing ribs,
wherein the pair of first reinforcing ribs are disposed opposite to a side of the connector fitting portion to be fitted to the counterpart connector, extend along an extending direction of the mold portion, and are arranged along a direction perpendicular to the extending direction of the mold portion,
wherein the pair of first reinforcing ribs are formed such that a width between the pair of first reinforcing ribs is substantially the same as a width of the terminal, wherein the pair of second reinforcing ribs are disposed on a side of the mold portion to be continuous to the connector fitting portion, the side being a side facing the counterpart connector when the connector fitting portion is fitted to the counterpart connector, extend along the extending direction of the mold portion, and are arranged along the direction perpendicular to the extending direction of the mold portion, and
wherein height positions of tip end surfaces of the pair of second reinforcing ribs are set to be substantially the same as a high position of an outer surface of the mold portion formed in a place where the seal member is disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,249,984

GRIP FOR SECURING A POWER CORD AT A RIGHT ANGLE

1. A power cord brace assembly configured for preventing an extension cord prong from breaking in an electrical outlet, said assembly comprising:a tube being configured to be removably mounted on a power cord, said tube having a front end, a back end and an outer surface being attached to and extending between said front end and said back end, said outer surface having a slot extending therethrough into an interior of said tube, said slot extending through said front end and said back end wherein the power cord is slidably movable through said slot;
a fastener being attached to said tube, said fastener securing the power cord in said tube, said fastener being positioned on said outer surface of said tube adjacent to said slot, said fastener extending over a top of said slot and engaging said tube on an opposite end of said slot relative to said fastener and inhibiting the power cord from moving outwardly through said slot; and
a plurality of legs being attached to said tube, each of said legs being configured to be abutted against a vertical wall having an outlet therein, each of said legs having a distal end, each of said legs being configured to retain said tube in a perpendicular orientation with respect to a planar surface against which said legs are abuttable, said tube being configured to retain said power cord at a perpendicular orientation with respect to the outlet to facilitate the plug to be removed from the outlet at a right angle with respect to the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,249,983

CONNECTOR WITH INTEGRATED HEAT SINK

Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (U...

1. A connector, comprising:a cage that defines a first port and a second port, the cage configured to be supported by a circuit board, the first and second ports being vertically stacked relative to the supporting circuit board, and the first and second ports each having four walls;
a plurality of spring finger plates, each spring finger plate forming a wall of each of the first and second ports and supporting a plurality of spring fingers, the plurality of spring fingers configured to engage a module inserted into one of the first and second ports in a first direction, the spring fingers configured to translate in a second direction, in operation, when the module is inserted into one of the first and second ports, wherein each spring finger of the plurality of spring fingers is configured to individually contact the module inserted into one of the first and second ports; and
at least one heat transfer plate in thermal communication with a spring finger plate of the plurality of spring finger plates.

US Pat. No. 10,249,982

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A power supply device provided on a vehicle floor for supplying power to a slide body, comprising:a wire harness for electrically connecting a power source of the vehicle and the slide body; and
a case accommodating the wire harness, wherein
the case includes a base portion and a cover portion, and
the wire harness includes a power source side connector fittable to a mating connector on a power source side end thereof, and wherein
a connector housing accommodating the power source side connector is formed at one end of the base portion,
the power source side connector is arranged fittable to the mating connector in a direction along the vehicle floor as a fitting direction, and wherein
the connector housing has a protection portion covering the power source side connector from above, and
a raising member is placed on an upper support surface of the protection portion, the raising member is configured to be in size such that an upper surface of the cover portion and an upper surface of the raising member lie in the same plane.

US Pat. No. 10,249,981

HIGH-SPEED SIGNAL TRANSMISSION CONNECTOR WITH HIGH WATER RESISTANCE

AIMMET INDUSTRIAL CO., LT...

1. A high-speed signal transmission connector with high water resistance at least comprising:a casing and a terminal block, wherein said casing has a first through-hole for placing said terminal block therein; a first inner circumference is provided on an inner rear end of the casing and a first step-like groove is formed on a rear end of the first inner circumference for placing a second seal ring therein;
a flange is provided at an rear end of the terminal block, a front surface of the flange has a second annular recess, the second seal ring is sandwiched between the first step-like groove of the first inner circumference of the casing and the second annular recess of the flange of the terminal block to block external moisture from infiltrating into the connector from a connection location of the casing and the terminal block;
the terminal block has a second through-hole with a first insulation member and a second insulation member being provided therein, a terminal is mounted inside the first insulation member and the second insulation member to insulate the terminal from the terminal block; a second inner circumference is provided on the inner rear end of the terminal block and a second step-like groove is formed on a front end of the second inner circumference for placing a third seal ring therein, the third seal ring is sandwiched between the terminal, the second step-like groove, the first insulation member and the second insulation member to block external moisture from infiltrating into the connector from a connection location of the terminal block and the terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,249,980

DEFORMABLE TRANSLATABLE SEAT FOR REDUCING STRESS ON CERAMIC PENETRATORS

Teledyne Instruments, Inc...

1. A bulkhead penetrator assembly and stress reduction apparatus for use in subsea environments, the penetrator assembly comprising:a central element having a first end and second end and having a substantially cylindrical body comprising an enlarged central portion, the enlarged central portion being ceramic and having first and second shoulders that gradually transition down respectively to the first and second ends;
a first fixture having an opening adapted to receive the first end of the central element and a metallic seal surface comprising an annular pocket;
a second fixture having an opening adapted to receive the second end of the central element and a metallic seal surface geometrically configured to abut the second shoulder of the central element;
a deformable translatable seat disposed within the pocket of the first fixture and adjacent to the first shoulder of the central element, the deformable translatable seat comprising a deformable material geometrically configured in cooperation with adjoining surfaces of the first fixture and the first shoulder to abut the first shoulder of the central element;
wherein the annular pocket forms a recessed space in the metallic seal surface of the first fixture for receiving the deformable translatable seat; and
wherein the annular pocket in which the deformable translatable seat is disposed is relatively larger than the deformable translatable seat and is adapted to provide for a change in size of the deformable translatable seat by deformation of the deformable translatable seat, and is further adapted to provide for translation of the deformable translatable seat by movement of the deformable translatable seat within the relatively larger annular pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,249,979

WATERPROOF COMPONENT WITH WIRING STRUCTURE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A waterproof component configured to insert an electric wire into an attachment hole penetrating a wall portion to lock, the waterproof component comprising:a housing body including:
an attachment hole insertion portion configured to be inserted into the attachment hole, a mat seal accommodating chamber having a bottom wall being formed inside the attachment hole insertion portion;
an abutting portion configured to abut a first peripheral surface of the attachment hole;
a locking claw provided in an elastically deformable manner on an insertion tip side of the attachment hole insertion portion, the locking claw being configured to be locked to a second peripheral surface of the attachment hole opposite to the first peripheral surface; and
a cover locking portion provided on the insertion tip side of the attachment hole insertion portion;
a mat seal accommodated in the mat seal accommodating chamber, the mat seal having an electric wire press-fitting hole configured to receive an electric wire therein;
a mat seal cover locked to the cover locking portion, the mat seal cover interposing the mat seal between the mat seal cover and the bottom wall to hold the mat seal in the mat seal accommodating chamber; and
an elastic ring disposed on an outer periphery of the attachment hole insertion portion, the elastic ring being in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the attachment hole.

US Pat. No. 10,249,978

MODULAR CONNECTOR WITH CARRIER HAVING AN APERTURE FORMED ON CROSS MEMBER

Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (U...

1. A connector comprising:a connector module, the connector module including a housing, a plurality of terminals retained in the housing, the housing further including a boss;
a carrier, the carrier including a pair of side portions, the carrier further including cross members that connect the side portions and define an opening, an aperture formed in a cross member;
a frame, the frame configured for operatively securing the carrier, the frame having a second opening corresponding the opening formed in the carrier; and
wherein the connector module is attached to the frame, a portion of the housing extends into the openings and the boss formed on the housing engages the aperture formed in the cross member of the carrier to align the connector module to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,249,977

CONNECTOR, CONNECTOR COVER, AND WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A connector comprising:a connector housing provided with a terminal and capable of being fitted in an attachment hole formed in an attachment panel in an axial direction; and
a cover attached to the connector housing and having a first axial end and a second axial end opposite the first axial end, the cover causing a wiring material connected with the terminal to enter into the first axial end of the cover in the axial direction and causing the wiring material to be offset in a width direction and a height direction that are orthogonal to the axial direction and exit the cover at the second axial end of the cover such that the wiring material enters the cover and exits the cover in substantially the same axial direction, wherein
the cover includes a grip portion formed in such a shape that the grip portion is capable of being gripped at a position where the grip portion is exposed in an insertion hole which is formed in an opposite panel arranged to face the attachment panel in the axial direction, through which the connector housing is capable of passing, and which is located at a position deviated from the attachment hole in the width and height directions, in a state where the connector housing is fitted in the attachment hole.

US Pat. No. 10,249,976

CONNECTOR HOUSING ASSEMBLY WITH A DRESS COVER HAVING FINGER FEATURE AND RIBS

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A connector housing assembly housing a wire and terminal connector, the connector housing assembly configured to prevent detachment of a dress cover and connector housing comprising:a connector housing having a pair of first sidewalls and a bottom surface defining a first storage space, the connector housing further including a first ridge disposed on an outer surface of each of the pair of first sidewalls, wherein the first ridge has a back side, the back side extending along an axis defined by a height of the connector housing;
a dress cover having a pair of second sidewalls, a front wall, a back wall, and a top surface defining a second storage space, the dress cover further including a tab and a pair of first stabilizing ribs disposed on the inner surface of opposite second sidewalls, the tab extending from a bottom of each of the pair of second sidewalls wherein the tab includes a front edge and a back edge, wherein the back side of a respective first ridge engages the front edge of a respective tab so as to withstand the cantilevered force of a hanging wire, wherein each of the first stabilizing ribs extend into the second storage space to a free end, the free ends defining a first gap, the first gap configured to receive the wire, the first gap having a width that prevents the wire from contacting the second sidewalls so as to limit the side-to-side movement of the wire, minimizing bending of the wire.

US Pat. No. 10,249,971

CIRCUIT BOARD WITH WIRE CONDUCTIVE PADS AND METHOD FOR FIXING THE WIRE CONDUCTIVE PADS TO THE CIRCUIT BOARD

1. A circuit board with wire conductive pads being provided for insertion of a wire, and comprising:a circuit board including at least one contact point;
each of the wire conductive pads including a main body and an elastic locking piece;
wherein the main body is in the form of a hollow column made of conductive material, disposed at the contact point of the circuit board, and includes a peripheral wall defining an insertion space, the peripheral wall includes an outer surface, an opposite inner surface and two lateral surfaces connected between two ends of the outer surface and the inner surface; and
the elastic locking piece is formed on the peripheral wall and inserted into the insertion space in an inclined manner, so as to press the wire against the peripheral wall when the wire is inserted in the insertion space;
the elastic locking piece includes a force-accumulation section, a force-receiving section and a pressing section, the force-accumulation section is a reversely bent section, the force-receiving section extends towards the insertion space in an inclined manner, a turning angle of the force-receiving section is different from that of the pressing section, and the pressing section serves to press the wire against the inner surface of the peripheral wall.

US Pat. No. 10,249,970

MEMORY DEVICE WITH PLURALITY OF INTERFACE CONNECTORS

SILICON MOTION, INC., Jh...

1. A memory device, comprising:a substrate, which comprises a first edge, a second edge, a third edge and a fourth edge, wherein the first edge is parallel to the third edge, the second edge is parallel to the fourth edge, the first edge is perpendicular to the second edge, and a length of the first edge is shorter than a length of the second edge;
a first interface connector, disposed on the first edge, wherein the first interface connector comprises a plurality of first edge-board contacts, and the first edge-board contacts extend toward a first direction;
a second interface connector, disposed on the second edge, the second interface connector comprises a plurality of second edge-board contacts, and the second edge-board contacts extend toward a second direction; and
a plurality of memory chips, disposed on the substrate, wherein the second interface connector is located between the memory chips and the first interface connector in the first direction,
wherein the first interface connector is adapted to be inserted into a first interface slot, the second interface connector is adapted to be inserted into a second interface slot,
wherein the memory device is selectively connects to the first interface slot or the second interface slot.

US Pat. No. 10,249,969

CONNECTOR

Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (U...

1. A connector comprising:a housing having a mating surface and a mounting surface, the mating surface being configured to be mated to a mating connector, the mounting surface being configured to be mounted to a substrate, the housing having a recess defined therein at the mating surface, the recess defining a bottom wall, first and second side walls and first and second end walls, the housing having a protrusion which protrudes upwardly from the bottom wall of the recess, the protrusion being separated from each of the first and second side walls and each of the first and second end walls, the protrusion having first and second end portions, each of the first and second end portions having an upper surface, an end surface and first and second side surfaces;
a plurality of terminals mounted in the housing; and
first and second inner reinforcing brackets, each of the first and second inner reinforcing brackets having a body part, an end plate, first and second side plates, and first and second connecting legs, the end plate being connected to an outer end of the body part, an upper end of the first side plate being connected to a first side end of the body part, an upper end of the second side plate being connected to a second side end of the body part, the first connecting leg being connected to a lower end of the first side plate and extending to a free end thereof, the second connecting leg being connected to a lower end of the second side plate and extending to a free end thereof,
wherein the first inner reinforcing bracket is integrated with the first end portion of the housing whereby the body part of the first inner reinforcing bracket is disposed on the upper surface of the first end portion, the end plate of the first inner reinforcing bracket is disposed on the end surface of the first end portion, the first side plate of the first inner reinforcing bracket is disposed on the first side surface of the first end portion, the second side plate of the first inner reinforcing bracket is disposed on the second side surface of the first end portion, whereby surfaces of the body part, the end plate and the first and second side plates of the first inner reinforcing bracket are only exposed on a side of the mating surface of the housing, whereby the first and second connecting legs of the first inner reinforcing bracket are disposed on the bottom wall of the housing, and whereby surfaces of the first and second connecting legs of the first inner reinforcing bracket are only exposed on a side of the mounting surface of the housing and are configured to be mounted to the substrate, and
wherein the second inner reinforcing bracket is integrated with the second end portion of the housing whereby the body part of the second inner reinforcing bracket is disposed on the upper surface of the second end portion, the end plate of the second inner reinforcing bracket is disposed on the end surface of the second end portion, the first side plate of the second inner reinforcing bracket is disposed on the first side surface of the second end portion, the second side plate of the second inner reinforcing bracket is disposed on the second side surface of the second end portion, whereby surfaces of the body part, the end plate and the first and second side plates of the second inner reinforcing bracket are only exposed on the side of the mating surface of the housing, whereby the first and second connecting legs of the second inner reinforcing bracket are disposed on the bottom wall of the housing, and whereby surfaces of the first and second connecting legs of the second inner reinforcing bracket are only exposed on the side of the mounting surface of the housing and are configured to be mounted to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,249,968

PLUG-AND-SOCKET CONNECTOR

ROSENBERGER HOCHFREQUENZT...

1. A connector, comprisinga first terminal connector;
a second terminal connector; and
an intermediate component comprising an outer conductor and an inner conductor in coaxial arrangement to said outer conductor, said outer conductor comprising a first end and a second end,
exclusively one of said first end and said second end comprising a counterpart detent portion, and
each of said first terminal connector and said second terminal connector comprising a detent portion selectively engageable with said counterpart detent portion.

US Pat. No. 10,249,967

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONNECTING METHOD

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. An electronic device connected to a wire, comprising:a printed circuit board, having a hole;
a hollow tube, extended through the hole and comprising at least one concave structure, wherein the concave structure contacts the wire;
a plurality of blades, connected to the hollow tube and separated from each other, wherein a reflex angle is formed between the inner wall of the hollow tube and each of the blades, and the printed circuit board is disposed between the concave structure and the blades; and
a solder, connected to the blades and the printed circuit board, wherein the wire is inserted into the hollow tube and electrically connected to the printed circuit board, wherein half of the blades are parallel and attached to the printed circuit board, and half of the blades are inclined relative to the printed circuit board, wherein each of the inclined blades is a flat plate, and the opposite surfaces of each of the inclined blades are exposed from the solder.

US Pat. No. 10,249,966

BATTERY WIRING MODULE

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A battery wiring module comprising:wiring that is to be electrically connected to an on-board secondary battery;
a housing that is to be attached to the secondary battery and includes a wiring housing portion that houses the wiring; and
a covering for closing an opening of the wiring housing portion,
wherein information indicators that indicate operational information are provided on top and back faces of the covering,
the information indicators are formed at same positions on the top and back faces of the covering, and an information indicator on one of the top and back faces has a recessed portion to indicate operational information, and an information indicator on the other of the top and back faces has a protruding portion to indicate operational information, and
the information indicators are formed such that a contour of the recessed portion is located inside a contour of the protruding portion when seen in a plate thickness direction of the covering.

US Pat. No. 10,249,965

BUSBAR

Yazaki Corporation, Mina...

1. A busbar comprising:a plate-shaped body section configured to connect adjacent electrode terminals of a plurality of unit cells; and
a wire connection section integrally provided on and extended from the body section, and configured to connect an end portion of a wire,
wherein the body section comprises a first plate section, a second plate section, and at least one folding-back section connecting the first plate section and the second plate section;
wherein the first plate section and the second plate section are stacked mutually by folding-back the at least one folding-back section;
wherein the first plate section has an outer shape that is positioned to a busbar accommodation section of a wire routing member made of insulation resin;
wherein a maximum width dimension of the second plate section in a direction parallel to the at least one folding-back section is smaller than that of the first plate section in the direction parallel to the at least one folding-back section;
wherein the first plate section has:
a long-side edge section which serves a longer side of the first plate section, which faces the at least one folding-back section, and which extends in a direction parallel to an extending direction of the at least one folding-back section; and
a pair of short-side edge sections which serve short sides of the first plate section and which extend from both ends of the long-side edge section in a direction substantially perpendicular to an extending direction of the long-side edge section;
wherein two corner sections, each having substantially right angle, are formed by the long-side edge section and the short-side edge sections of the first plate section, respectively,
wherein the second plate section has:
a long-side edge section which serves a longer side of the second plate section, which faces the at least one folding-back section, and which extends in a direction parallel to the extending direction of the at least one folding-back section; and
a pair of short-side edge sections which serve short sides of the second plate section and which extend from both ends of the long-side edge section in a direction substantially perpendicular to an extending direction of the long-side edge section:
wherein two corner sections, each having substantially right angle, are formed by the long-side edge section and the short-side edge sections of the second plate section, respectively,
wherein when the second plate section is folded and stacked to the first plate section by the at least one folding-back section, one of the pair of short-side edge sections of the second plate section is stacked on one of the pair of short-side edge sections of the first plate section; and
wherein a deviation amount between the one of the pair of short-side edge sections of the second plate section and the one of the pair of short-side edge sections of the first plate section at a vicinity of corresponding corner sections of the first plate section and the second plate section in the extending direction of the at least one folding back section is defined as ?, a dimension of the long-side edge section of the first plate section is defined as L1, a dimension of the long-side edge section of the second plate section is defined as L2, and a following formula is satisfied:
L2=L1?2×?.

US Pat. No. 10,249,964

TERMINAL BLOCK

DINKLE ENTERPRISE CO., LT...

1. A terminal block for coupling with at least a conductive wire, the terminal block comprising:an insulation base (100), a docking chamber (101) being defined in the insulation base (100), a plurality of connecting holes (102) for coupling with the conductive wire and a plurality of through holes (103) corresponding to the respective connecting holes (102) being defined on a lateral surface of the insulation base (100), the respective through holes (103) being communicated with the docking chamber (101) and arranged adjacent to the respective corresponding connecting holes (102); and
a circuit board (200) arranged under the insulation base (100) and outside the docking chamber (101), a plurality of LEDs (210) corresponding to the respective through holes (103) being arranged on the circuit board (200), the LEDs (210) being accommodated in the docking chamber (101) and the respective LEDs (210) being able to illuminate through the respective through holes (103),
wherein an opening (104) is defined on the docking chamber (101) and the circuit board (200) is inserted into the docking chamber (101) through the opening (104).

US Pat. No. 10,249,962

WIRELESS ACCESS POINT IN PEDESTAL OR HAND HOLE

CenturyLink Intellectual ...

1. A method, comprising:providing an antenna within a signal distribution device, the signal distribution device comprising a container disposed in a ground surface, a top portion of the container being substantially level with a top portion of the ground surface, wherein the antenna is in line of sight of one or more wireless transceivers each mounted on an exterior surface of a customer premises of one or more customer premises; and
communicatively coupling the antenna to one or more of at least one conduit, at least one optical fiber, at least one conductive signal line, or at least one power line via the container.

US Pat. No. 10,249,961

TRANSMIT DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A transmit device, comprising:a logical antenna port configured to provide a broadcast component signal;
an antenna array having M number of rows and N number of columns of antenna elements, wherein each antenna element comprises a physical antenna port in one polarization;
a processor, configured to:
select Q number of columns among the N number of columns, where Q?N;
determine a phase centre location (PCL) for the logical antenna port, wherein the PCL is arranged in a point on a vertical axis (A) located in the Q number of columns; and
map the logical antenna port on the physical antenna ports of the Q number of columns based on the determined PCL;
wherein the antenna array is configured to transmit the broadcast component signal on the mapped physical antenna ports of the Q number of columns.

US Pat. No. 10,249,960

DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEM

Alcatel Lucent, Nozay (F...

1. A distributed antenna system facilitating at least one of transmitting radio frequency (RF) signals and receiving RF signals, wherein said antenna system comprises at least one corrugated elliptical waveguide having an elliptical cross-section, wherein a length of a major axis of the elliptical cross-section is different from a length of a minor axis of the elliptical cross-section, wherein said waveguide comprises a plurality of openings distributed along a longitudinal axis of the elliptical waveguide, wherein different openings are provided at different length coordinates and arranged at different angular positions with respect to the major axis of the elliptical cross-section, wherein the plurality of openings include at least one of different size openings and different shape openings.

US Pat. No. 10,249,959

PATTERNED CONDUCTIVE INK FILM ABSORBER FOR A FOLDABLE TRANSPORTABLE SHELTER

1. An improved low-cost thin-profile radio frequency energy absorber and reflector assembly, comprising: a patterned conductive ink roll film absorber component capable of radio frequency absorption and scattering of various radio energy waves of varying frequencies; a thin fluted air-core plastic extruded sheet component capable of providing structural rigidity and air space for radio energy wave control; a thin metal reflective sheet component capable of providing reflection of radio energy waves; an assembly of the above three layers of components bonded together in a way where the layered assembly can be utilized either independently or integrated into any other type of built-up panel assembly, and is capable of providing control and protection properties related to radio frequency, infrared, electromagnetic pulse, electromagnetic interference, and thermal insulation values.

US Pat. No. 10,249,955

ANTENNA STRUCTURE FOR DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEM

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. An antenna structure comprising:a ground plane;
a transmit balanced to unbalanced (BALUN) circuit comprising a first transmit connector coupled to a combined transmit port, and a second transmit connector coupled to the combined transit port;
a receive BALUN circuit comprising a first receive connector coupled to a combined receive port, and a second receive connector coupled to the combined receive port;
a transmit antenna element comprising a first transmit antenna sub-element coupled to the first transmit connector and a second transmit antenna sub-element coupled to the second transmit connector; and
a receive antenna element independent from the transmit antenna element and comprising a first receive antenna sub-element coupled to the first receive connector and a second receive antenna sub-element coupled to the second receive connector, wherein the transmit antenna element and the receive antenna element are orthogonally-polarized with respect to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,249,954

DIPOLE ANTENNA

ARCADYAN TECHNOLOGY CORPO...

1. A dipole antenna, adapted for applications using frequency with wavelength ?, comprising:a substrate, being formed as a flat rectangular with a width W of at least 2.5 mm and a length L according to the formula: L/W=?(±10%), while being made of an insulating material;
a first region, made of a conducting material and being disposed on the substrate at an offset location neighboring to a side of the substrate; and
a second region, made of a conducting material and being disposed on the substrate at an offset location neighboring to another side of the substrate that is corresponding to the first region;
wherein, an adjacent region is defined using a portion of the first region and a portion of the second region that are disposed neighboring to each other and is used for enabling a coupling effect, and the portion of the first region in the adjacent region is spaced from the portion of the second region in the adjacent region by an interval G,
wherein the longitudinal sides of the portion of the first and the second regions that are arranged parallel to the length direction of the substrate of the length L are disposed spacing from each other by an interval G, while enabling the interval G to be formed conforming to the following formula:
G?0.25W.

US Pat. No. 10,249,953

DIRECTIVE FIXED BEAM RAMP EBG ANTENNA

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

1. An antenna comprising:a substrate having first and second opposing surfaces with the first surface having a cavity provided therein, the cavity having a ramp portion, a base portion, a sidewall portion, and a back wall portion;
a ground plane disposed over selected portions of the first surface away from the cavity;
a first electromagnetic band gap (EBG) structure disposed about the base portion of the cavity, the EBG structure having a plurality of unit cells; and
a radiating element disposed above the first EBG structure.

US Pat. No. 10,249,950

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCED CONTROL INPUTS IN TUNABLE META-DEVICES

Searete LLC, Bellevue, W...

1. An antenna system, comprising:a plurality of antenna elements;
a feed to convey an electromagnetic (EM) signal;
a tunable port network coupling the feed to the plurality of antenna elements, wherein the tunable port network comprises a plurality of tunable impedance elements that each have a nonlinear response to impedance tuning,
wherein the plurality of tunable impedance elements can be numerically approximated by nonlinear impedance-tuning parameter curves with a cumulative number of selectable nonlinear coefficients; and
a plurality of control inputs to nonlinearly vary impedance values of the tunable impedance elements with nonlinear responses to impedance tuning to allow for selection of each of a plurality of distinct impedance patterns of the tunable port network,
wherein each of the plurality of distinct impedance patterns of the tunable port network corresponds to one of a plurality of distinct field patterns attainable by the antenna system, and
wherein the number of distinct field patterns attainable is a function of the number of control inputs and the cumulative number of selectable nonlinear coefficients associated with the plurality of tunable impedance elements.

US Pat. No. 10,249,949

MICROWAVE MODULATION DEVICE

INNOLUX CORPORATION, Mia...

1. A microwave modulation device, comprising:a first radiator;
a second radiator disposed on the first radiator;
a third radiator disposed on the second radiator;
a first support structure disposed between the first radiator and the second radiator; and
a modulation structure disposed between the second radiator and the third radiator,
wherein a microwave-transmission layer is located in a space defined by the first radiator, the second radiator, and the first support structure,
wherein the microwave-transmission layer is gas, substantially vacuum, liquid, or heat-insulating material.

US Pat. No. 10,249,948

PHASED ARRAY ANTENNAS FOR HIGH ALTITUDE PLATFORMS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aircraft comprising:a fuselage (230);
wings (232, 234) coupled to the fuselage;
a plurality of planar phased array antennas (106, 132, 134, 210-218, 260) coupled to a transceiver (104) and fixedly attached to the fuselage or at least one of the wings, the plurality of planar phased array antennas including a first planar phased array antenna (132, 210-218) having a first normal vector (220-228, 262, 264) and a second planar phased array antenna (134, 210-218) having a second normal vector (220-228, 262, 264), wherein the first normal vector is not parallel to the second normal vector, wherein the first planar phased array antenna (132) is configured to receive (702) a first signal corresponding to a communication link (336), and wherein the second planar phased array antenna (134) is configured to transmit (704) a second signal corresponding to the communication link; and
the transceiver, the transceiver configured to couple to a feeder link antenna (110), the feeder link antenna configured to receive (952) flight path data associated with a flight path via a communication uplink, wherein a flight controller (112) is configured to operate the aircraft based on the flight path data.

US Pat. No. 10,249,947

MULTI-MODE CONDUCTIVE LIQUID ANTENNA

The United States of Amer...

1. A multi-mode antenna comprising:a liquid that is electrically conductive;
a nonconductive, straight tube designed to contain the conductive liquid, wherein the straight tube has a top end and a bottom end;
a helical coil comprised of non-conductive tubing designed to contain the conductive liquid wherein the helical coil tubing has a top end and a bottom end; and
a pump fluidically coupled to the bottom ends of the straight tube and the helical coil, wherein the pump is configured to pump the conductive liquid between the straight tube and the helical coil, such that when the conductive liquid fills the straight tube and the helical coil tubing is drained, the multi-mode antenna functions as a monopole antenna, and such that when the conductive liquid fills the helical coil tubing and the straight tube is drained, the multi-mode antenna functions as a helical antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,249,946

ADAPTATION OF AN ANTENNA CIRCUIT FOR A NEAR-FIELD COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

STMicroelectronics (Rouss...

7. An antenna circuit, comprising:a first capacitive element and an inductive element electrically coupled to each other by a first node;
a second capacitive element having a first electrode electrically coupled to the first capacitive element and the inductive element by the first node; and
a controller including a differential amplifier having a first input, a second input, and an output, the output connected to the second input and to a second electrode of said second capacitive element, the controller being configured to detect a voltage at the first node, by the first input of the amplifier, and apply a first signal, representative of the voltage at the first node, to the second electrode of said second capacitive element,
wherein the antenna circuit is tuned for near field communications.

US Pat. No. 10,249,944

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND METHODS TO IMPROVE ANTENNA PERFORMANCE IN ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Antwave Intellectual Prop...

1. A dielectric transparent antenna, comprising: at least one layer of solid dielectric transparent substrate; at least one electric circuit with a ground connection; and at least one wave launcher located at an edge of the dielectric transparent substrate on two sides and positioned in irregular manner, wherein the wave launcher is located between the dielectric transparent substrate and the electric circuit with a separation space (h), wherein the wave launcher couples energy to the dielectric transparent substrate, the wave launcher enables the dielectric transparent substrate to radiate electromagnetic wave with a TMN0 mode-like resonant frequency; wherein the space (h) is equal or greater than 1/10 wavelength of antenna's resonant frequency and filled with air; and wherein the energy reinforces inside the dielectric transparent substrate to create the resonance frequency that is minimum to no interference in radiations in order to improve performance of the antenna as the radiation is not blocked by metals.

US Pat. No. 10,249,943

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD ASSEMBLY WITH FOAM DIELECTRIC MATERIAL

Massachusetts Institute O...

1. An assembly, comprising:a top sublaminate;
a bottom sublaminate;
a foam dielectric material disposed between the top sublaminate and the bottom sublaminate; and
a via passing through the foam dielectric material, so as to electrically connect a first signal trace on the top sublaminate to a second signal trace on the bottom sublaminate.

US Pat. No. 10,249,942

TWO-WHEELED MOTOR VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A two-wheeled motor vehicle, comprising:a main frame on which a metal structure that reflects electromagnetic waves is mounted, the metal structure including an engine unit; and
first and second antennas, disposed outside the main frame in a width direction of the vehicle, for road-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-vehicle communications, wherein
each of the first and second antennas is a linear antenna, which includes a ground plane and a linear radiation conductor, and
the first and second antennas are placed opposite to each other on two different sides of the metal structure of the main frame, the first and second antennas being so arranged that at least two thirds of the linear radiation conductor of the first antenna and at least two thirds of the linear radiation conductor of the second antenna overlap the engine unit in a side view of the vehicle, so as to form an emission pattern for the first and second antennas that has a larger transmission power in a forward/rearward direction than in the width direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,249,941

RADAR SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A radar system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a mounting bracket including a pivot rod;
a radar support bracket carried on said mounting bracket and displaceable between a deployed position and a deflected position, wherein said radar support bracket includes a first lug and a second lug rotatably received on said pivot rod;
a biasing element biasing said radar support bracket toward said deployed position; and
a radar module carried on said radar support bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,249,940

SIGNAL DISTRIBUTING/COMBINING APPARATUS IN ANTENNA APPARATUS OF MOBILE COMMUNICATION BASE STATION

KMW INC., Hwaseong-si (K...

1. A signal distributing/combining apparatus in an antenna device of a mobile communication base station, the signal distributing/combining apparatus comprising:a circuit board configured to have an upper surface formed with a signal distributing/combining conductor pattern for a high frequency signal distributing/combining operation; and
a support plate configured to have an upper mounting surface of a size corresponding to the circuit board, to mate with the circuit board so that an underside of the circuit board is in close contact with the upper mounting surface for supporting the circuit board, and to fixedly mate with the antenna device at a reflection plate on a bottom side of the support plate,
wherein the support plate is provided with a plurality of cable holders for supporting and fixating coaxial cables for signal transmission, which are connected from outside of the signal distributing/combining apparatus, the signal distributing/combining conductor pattern is formed with a plurality of signal input/output portions, and the plurality of cable holders is formed on the signal distributing/combining conductor pattern at portions corresponding to at least some of the plurality of signal input/output portions, the cable holders having a structure formed elongated longitudinally and corresponding to outer conductors of the coaxial cables in order to mount the coaxial cable by inserting the outer conductors.

US Pat. No. 10,249,939

ANTENNA DEVICES

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A communication device comprising:a first antenna device for a signal having a frequency within an operation band, the first antenna device comprising:
a ground element;
a radiating element short-circuited to the ground element;
a positive feed connected to the radiating element;
a ground feed coupled to the ground element by a capacitive element, the capacitive element is a substantially open circuit for signals having a frequency lower than the operation band and the capacitive element is a substantially short circuit for signals having a frequency within or higher than the operation band; and
a proximity sensor coupled to the ground element such that the ground element forms an electrode to allow the proximity sensor to capacitively sense whether an object is in proximity of the electrode;
a second antenna device; and
an output power controller to selectively reduce output power of a signal applied to the second antenna device in response to the object being sensed by the proximity sensor of the first antenna device.

US Pat. No. 10,249,937

ELECTRONIC DEVICE ANTENNA WITH SUPPRESSED PARASITIC RESONANCE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device, comprising:an inverted-F antenna having an inverted-F antenna resonating element arm and having a grounding clip;
a metal housing that serves as antenna ground for the inverted-F antenna;
at least one metal structure that is electrically coupled to the metal housing and that forms at least a portion of a return path coupling the inverted-F antenna resonating element arm to the antenna ground;
a fastener that presses the grounding clip against the at least one metal structure; and
an insulating structure interposed between a portion of the fastener and the grounding clip, wherein the housing comprises aluminum, has an anodized coating in a first region, and has a second region without any of the anodized coating to which the at least one metal structure is electrically coupled.

US Pat. No. 10,249,934

WIRELESSLY-COMMUNICABLE MEMORY CARD

TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATIO...

1. A memory card, comprising:a substrate;
a nonvolatile memory on the substrate;
a memory controller on the substrate and configured to control access to the nonvolatile memory;
an interface terminal for external wired connection, on the substrate;
an antenna, a region surrounded by the antenna including a first region that overlaps with the substrate and a second region that does not overlap with the substrate; and
a communication controller on the substrate, electrically connected to the antenna, and configured to wirelessly communicate with an external device through the antenna, using power generated at the antenna by an electromagnetic induction caused by the external device.

US Pat. No. 10,249,933

ANTENNA DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An antenna device for an electronic device including a first housing and a second housing rotatably coupled to the first housing about a hinge axis, the antenna device comprising:an antenna carrier mounted on an inner face of the first housing;
a radiation conductor disposed in the first housing; and
a reflection member disposed adjacent to the radiation conductor in the first housing,
wherein,
radio waves transceived by the radiation conductor are radiated via the reflection member,
the antenna carrier includes a body portion mounted on the inner face of the first housing and an extension portion protruding from a side face of the body portion, and
the radiation conductor and the refection member are mounted on the side face and the extension portion, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,249,931

ANTENNA MODULE AND WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. An antenna module comprising:a first antenna unit;
a second antenna unit, the second antenna unit and the first antenna unit being symmetrically disposed with respect to a wall interposed therebetween; and
an antenna connection unit that penetrates the wall, is fitted to a hole formed on the wall and connects the first antenna unit with the second antenna unit,
wherein the first antenna unit is connected to one end of the antenna connection unit through a first coupler, and the second antenna unit is connected to the other end of the antenna connection unit through a second coupler;
wherein the antenna connection unit comprises an antenna line, an insulating layer that surrounds the antenna line, a ground layer that surrounds the insulating layer, and a sheath that surrounds the ground layer;
wherein each of the first antenna unit and the second antenna unit includes a ground, a reflection plate disposed on the ground and an antenna disposed on the reflection plate,
wherein each of the first coupler and the second coupler includes a female section and a male section, and the female section and the male section are coupled by being engaged with each other,
wherein one of the female section and the male section in each of the first coupler and the second coupler is connected to the ground in each of the first antenna unit and the second antenna unit, respectively, and
wherein the other of the female section and the male section in each of the first coupler and the second coupler is connected to the ground layer in the antenna connection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,249,924

COMPACT VIA STRUCTURES AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A device comprising:a substrate including a layer of first dielectric material;
a sidewall structure forming a hole region that extends at least partially through the layer of first dielectric material of the substrate, the sidewall structure comprising second dielectric material;
a first via extending at least partially through the layer of first dielectric material, the first via adjacent to the sidewall structure; and
a second via extending at least partially through the layer of first dielectric material, the second via adjacent to the sidewall structure;
wherein a cross-sectional profile of the first via conforms to a sector of a first circle, wherein a cross-sectional profile of the second via conforms to a sector of a second circle offset from the first circle, and wherein a cross-sectional profile of the sidewall structure conforms to a sector of a third circle overlapping both the first circle and second circle, wherein a diameter of the first circle is equal to a diameter of the second circle and equal to a diameter of the third circle and wherein the third circle is part of the hole region formed by the sidewall structure having the second dielectric material located between the first via and second via.

US Pat. No. 10,249,923

ULTRA WIDE BAND FIXED PHASE SHIFTER BASED ON CAPACITIVE LOAD AND HAVING N PHYSICALLY SEPARATED PHASE SHIFT UNITS WITH ORTHOCOUPLERS THEREIN

NANJING MILEWEI CORP., N...

1. An ultra wide band fixed phase shifter based on capacitive loads, comprising:N physically separated phase shift units, (N?1) phase shift states being implemented by accessing respective signal input ends and respective signal output ends of different phase shift units, wherein:
each phase shift unit comprises a respective orthocoupler, respective first and second transmission lines, and respective first and second capacitive loads, wherein the corresponding orthocoupler comprises an input end, a coupling end, a direct-connection end and an isolation end, one end of the respective first transmission line serves as the signal input end of the respective phase shift unit and the other end is connected with the input end of the corresponding orthocoupler, one end of the respective second transmission line serves as the signal output end of the respective phase shift unit and the other end is connected with the isolation end of the corresponding orthocoupler;
one end of the first capacitive load is connected with the coupling end of the corresponding orthocoupler and the other end is grounded;
one end of the second capacitive load is connected with the direct-connection end of the corresponding orthocoupler and the other end is grounded,
wherein the respective orthocoupler is an ultra wide band orthocoupler cascaded by corresponding spiral inductor coupling units including two or more stages;
each stage of the two or more stages of spiral inductor coupling unit comprises two mutually coupled spiral inductors;
two adjacent stages of the two or more stages of spiral inductor coupling units are respectively connected in series with one of the two mutually coupled spiral inductors in a post-stage of the two or more stages of the spiral inductor coupling units through the two mutually coupled spiral inductors in a prior-stage of the two or more stages of the spiral inductor coupling units to implement a prior-post stage cascade;
one end of one spiral inductor cascaded in a first stage of the two or more stages of the spiral inductor coupling units in the respective orthocoupler and located outside the respective orthocoupler is the coupling end of the respective orthocoupler and one end of the other spiral inductor located outside the respective orthocoupler is the input end of the respective orthocoupler;
one end of one spiral inductor cascaded in a last stage of the two or more stages of the spiral inductor coupling units in the respective orthocoupler and located outside the respective orthocoupler is the direct-connection end of the respective orthocoupler and one end of the other spiral inductor located outside the respective orthocoupler is the isolation end of the respective orthocoupler; and
the coupling interval or microstrip band width of each spiral inductor coupling unit in the respective orthocoupler from the exterior of the respective orthocoupler to the interior of the respective orthocoupler decreases gradually.

US Pat. No. 10,249,920

BATTERY CELL ASSEMBLY

LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul (KR...

1. A battery cell assembly, comprising:a pouch battery cell having an external pouch housing and first and second electrical terminals extending from the external pouch housing; the external pouch housing having a central housing pouch portion and a peripheral lip member extending around a periphery of the central housing pouch portion; the peripheral lip member having a first peripheral lip pouch portion with a first extension pouch portion, a first arcuate-shaped pouch portion, and a first end pouch portion; the first extension pouch portion extending outwardly from the central housing pouch portion in a first direction, the first arcuate-shaped pouch portion being coupled to and between the first extension pouch portion and the first end pouch portion; and
a first tube contacting the first extension pouch portion and the first arcuate-shaped pouch portion of the peripheral lip member of the external pouch housing, the first arcuate-shaped pouch portion being wrapped around a portion of a periphery of a first tube portion of the first tube, the first end pouch portion of the peripheral lip pouch portion of the peripheral lip member having a weld interface with a top surface of the first extension pouch portion such that the first peripheral lip pouch portion extends 360 degrees to define and enclose a first interior space that is sized and shaped to receive the first tube portion of the first tube therein, and the first tube portion of the first tube being disposed within the first interior space; and
wherein the external housing is constructed of a sheet, the sheet being formed by laminating a polymer film on a metal sheet made of aluminum.

US Pat. No. 10,249,919

BATTERY CELL HAVING IMPROVED COOLING PERFORMANCE

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A battery cell configured to have a structure in whichan electrode stack, which is configured to have a structure in which positive electrodes and negative electrodes are stacked in a height direction on a basis of a ground in a state in which separators are disposed respectively between the positive electrodes and the negative electrodes, is mounted in a battery case in a sealed state,
the battery case is formed in a pipe shape having a hollow part, the battery case having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface, the hollow part extending completely through the battery case and completely through the top and bottom surfaces, and
the electrode stack is formed in a shape corresponding to the shape of the battery case,
wherein the battery cell has a positive electrode input/output terminal and a negative electrode input/output terminal protruding from opposite ends of the battery case.

US Pat. No. 10,249,918

BATTERY PACKS FOR ELECTRIC TOOLS

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A battery pack for detachably mounting to a tool main body of an electric tool for serving as a power source, the battery pack comprising:a case;
a battery device disposed within the case, the battery device including a cell holder configured to accommodate a plurality of battery cells that are dischargeable and chargeable, the cell holder including a plurality of cell accommodation portions, each one of the plurality of cell accommodation portions being contoured to an outer peripheral surface of one of the plurality of battery cells and configured to accommodate one of the plurality of battery cells;
an intervening member attaching portion recessed in at least one cell accommodation portion and contoured to a shape of the outer peripheral surface of one of the plurality of battery cells; and
an intervening member and a thermistor disposed between the cell holder and at least one of the plurality of battery cells, the thermistor including a temperature detection element and conductive wires, the intervening member and the thermistor being arranged in an order of the intervening member and the thermistor from a side of the cell holder, the thermistor being attached at a proximal end to the cell holder and having an elongated length contoured to the shape of the outer peripheral surface of one of the plurality of battery cells, the temperature detection element being disposed on a distal end of the thermistor and the conductive wires extending across the contoured elongated length of the thermistor, the proximal end of the thermistor curving away from the outer peripheral surface of the one of the plurality of battery cells and towards the cell holder, wherein:
the intervening member is entirely disposed along the contoured intervening member attaching portion, and disposed between the intervening member attaching portion and the outer peripheral surface of the battery cell accommodated in the cell accommodation portion; and
the temperature detection element has an electric resistance that changes depending on a temperature, and the temperature detection element is supported by the cell holder and the intervening member so as to elastically contact with the at least one of the plurality of battery cells.

US Pat. No. 10,249,917

POWER SOURCE DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A power source device comprising:a battery assembly comprising a plurality of battery cells which are aligned;
a bus bar module formed by linking a plurality of bus bar storing portions which store a plurality of bus bars which link and connect electrodes of the battery assembly;
a smoke exhausting duct provided on one side of the battery assembly; and
a control board provided on a portion of the smoke exhausting duct and electrically connected to a voltage detection terminal for detecting a voltage of each of the battery cells, a seat portion of the control board covering the portion of the smoke exhausting duct and defining an interior surface of the smoke exhausting duct,
wherein the portion of the smoke exhausting duct is in a flattened shape having side walls of a smaller height and a wide portion of a larger width in comparison with another portion of the smoke exhausting duct.

US Pat. No. 10,249,902

SECONDARY BATTERY TRANSFER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING RECEIPT FAILURE OF SECONDARY BATTERY

LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul (KR...

5. A secondary battery transfer apparatus comprising:a carrier including a box-shaped supporter and plate-shaped diaphragms formed on the supporter and separated from each other, and having a receipt space formed between the upper surface of the supporter and the diaphragms to receive a secondary battery;
a transfer unit transferring the carrier;
light emitting units emitting light upward via a gap between the diaphragms from the upper surface of the supporter; and
a light receiving unit located above the carrier, receiving the light emitted from the light emitting units, and outputting the quantity of the received light.

US Pat. No. 10,249,895

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING STATE OF FUEL CELL STACK

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An apparatus comprising:a stack voltage monitor (SVM) configured to
measure a voltage of each channel of a plurality of channels of a fuel cell stack, each channel of the plurality of channels including a predetermined number of unit cells, and
calculate impedances of a subset of the plurality of channels having voltages affecting diagnosis of the fuel cell stack; and
a controller configured to diagnose a state of the fuel cell stack based on the calculated impedances, wherein the SVM is configured to estimate a distribution of impedances of all the channels of the fuel cell stack based on a distribution of the calculated impedances of the subset of the plurality of channels.

US Pat. No. 10,249,894

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A fuel cell system comprising:a first fuel cell stack;
a second fuel cell stack with lower output voltage than the first fuel cell stack, a pre-switching stack configured by the first fuel cell stack or the second fuel cell stack, a step-up stack configured by the first fuel cell stack or the second fuel cell stack, a post-switching stack configured by at least the first fuel cell stack; and
an electricity control device configured to step up voltage of the step-up stack with the pre-switching stack connected to a load and then switch to a connection state where the post-switching stack is connected to the load.

US Pat. No. 10,249,893

FUEL CELL ARCHITECTURES, MONITORING SYSTEMS, AND CONTROL LOGIC FOR CHARACTERIZING FLUID FLOW IN FUEL CELL STACKS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for operating a fuel cell system of a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle including a vehicle controller, a plurality of road wheels, and a traction motor operable to drive at least one of the road wheels, the method comprising:transmitting, via the vehicle controller, a command signal to the fuel cell system to generate electricity to power the traction motor and thereby drive at least one of the road wheels;
determining, via the vehicle controller, a voltage-property correlation between voltage change of the fuel cell system and flow property change of a fluid in the fuel cell system;
determining, from the voltage-property correlation, a calibrated voltage drop corresponding to the flow property change of the fluid;
monitoring a system voltage of the fuel cell system;
detecting a voltage magnitude change in the system voltage; and
responsive to a determination that the voltage magnitude change is greater than the calibrated voltage drop, outputting a signal indicating detection of the flow property change, a signal to the fuel cell system to discontinue generating electricity, and/or a signal to close an anode valve operable to regulate transmission of anode exhaust gas from of the fuel cell system.

US Pat. No. 10,249,883

SOFC CATHODE COMPOSITIONS WITH IMPROVED RESISTANCE TO SOFC DEGRADATION

BLOOM ENERGY CORPORATION,...

1. A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), comprising:a solid oxide electrolyte comprising a zirconia-based ceramic;
an anode electrode; and
a cathode electrode comprising an electrically conductive component and an ionically conductive component, wherein the ionically conductive component comprises a zirconia-based ceramic containing scandia, 0.25-1.25 mol % ceria, and 0.25-1.25 mol % ytterbia, yttria, or a combination of ytterbia and yttria.

US Pat. No. 10,249,878

NON-AQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE SECONDARY BATTERY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery comprising:a case;
a non-aqueous electrolyte solution; and
an electrode group,
the non-aqueous electrolyte solution and the electrode group being housed in the case,
the non-aqueous electrolyte solution including an aprotic solvent and a supporting electrolyte salt,
the electrode group including a positive electrode, a negative electrode, a separator and a low spring constant film,
each of the positive electrode, the negative electrode, the separator and the low spring constant film at least partially including a porous structure,
the positive electrode, the negative electrode, the separator and the low spring constant film being impregnated with the non-aqueous electrolyte solution,
in the electrode group, the positive electrode and the negative electrode being stacked so as to face each other with the separator and the low spring constant film interposed therebetween,
the positive electrode or the negative electrode having a first spring constant that is the lowest spring constant of the positive electrode, the negative electrode and the separator,
the low spring constant film having a second spring constant, and
the second spring constant being lower than the first spring constant.

US Pat. No. 10,249,873

COMPOSITE POSITIVE ACTIVE MATERIAL, POSITIVE ELECTRODE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND LITHIUM BATTERY INCLUDING THE POSITIVE ELECTRODE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. L...

1. A composite positive active material comprising a composite represented by Formula 1:?Li2MO3.(1??)[xLi2MnO3.(1?x)LidNiaCObM?cO2]  Formula 1wherein, in Formula 1,M is Ti or Zr;
M? is Mn, V, Mg, Ga, Si, W, Mo, Fe, Cr, Cu, Zn, Ti, Al, B, or a combination thereof;
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US Pat. No. 10,249,868

SECONDARY BATTERY INCLUDING CAP PLATE INCLUDING INVERSION PLATE

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A secondary battery comprising:an electrode assembly;
a case accommodating the electrode assembly;
a cap plate sealing the case and comprising an inversion plate;
an insulation plate comprising a short-circuit hole corresponding to the inversion plate and a first air hole spaced apart from the short-circuit hole and located along a top surface of the cap plate, the insulation plate being coupled to the top surface of the cap plate; and
a terminal plate coupled to a top surface of the insulation plate and electrically coupled to the electrode assembly,
wherein the first air hole is a hole coupling from a top portion of the inversion plate to the outside of the insulation plate, and
wherein the first air hole and the short-circuit hole extend in respective directions that are different from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,249,867

PRISMATIC SECONDARY BATTERY AND ASSEMBLED BATTERY USING THE SAME

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.,...

1. A prismatic secondary battery comprising:a first flat-shaped winding electrode body in which a first positive electrode plate and a first negative electrode plate are wound with a first separator interposed therebetween;
a second flat-shaped winding electrode body in which a second positive electrode plate and a second negative electrode plate are wound with a second separator interposed therebetween;
a prismatic outer body that has an opening and that houses the first flat-shaped winding electrode body and the second flat-shaped winding electrode body;
a sealing plate that seals the opening;
a positive electrode terminal that is electrically connected to the first positive electrode plate and the second positive electrode plate and attached to the sealing plate;
a positive electrode current collector that electrically connects the first positive electrode plate and the second positive electrode plate and the positive electrode terminal;
a negative electrode terminal that is electrically connected to the first negative electrode plate and the second negative electrode plate and attached to the sealing plate; and
a negative electrode current collector that electrically connects the first negative electrode plate and the second negative electrode plate and the negative electrode terminal,
wherein the first flat-shaped winding electrode body includes a plurality of first positive electrode tab portions and a plurality of first negative electrode tab portions at one end in a direction in which a winding axis of the first flat-shaped winding electrode body extends, and
wherein the second flat-shaped winding electrode body includes a plurality of second positive electrode tab portions and a plurality of second negative electrode tab portions at one end in a direction in which a winding axis of the second flat-shaped winding electrode body extends,
the first flat-shaped winding electrode body and the second flat-shaped winding electrode body are housed in the prismatic outer body so that the winding axis of the first flat-shaped winding electrode body and the winding axis of the second flat-shaped winding electrode body are disposed in a direction substantially perpendicular to the sealing plate,
the plurality of first positive electrode tab portions and the plurality of first negative electrode tab portions are located on one end of the first flat-shaped winding electrode body closer to the sealing plate than the other end, and
the plurality of second positive electrode tab portions and the plurality of second negative electrode tab portions are located on one end of the second flat-shaped winding electrode body closer to the sealing plate than the other end,
wherein the positive electrode current collector includes a first connecting portion connected to the positive electrode terminal, and a second connecting portion welded to the plurality of first positive electrode tab portions,
the first connecting portion is spaced away from the second connecting portion in a longitudinal direction of the sealing plate, and
a distance between the sealing plate and the second connecting portion is greater than a distance between the sealing plate and the first connecting portion in the direction substantially perpendicular to the sealing plate.

US Pat. No. 10,249,865

BUS BAR MODULE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A bus bar module comprising:a plurality of bus bar cases made of a resin, each bus bar case configured to house a bus bar to connect a positive electrode of a battery cell and a negative electrode of an adjacent battery cell among battery cells arrayed such that the positive electrodes and the negative electrodes of the battery cells are arranged alternately;
a first engagement portion provided to one of the plurality of bus bar cases;
a first connecting member having flexibility and configured to connect the plurality of bus bar cases;
a plurality of insulating covers made of a resin, the insulating covers configured to cover openings of the plurality of bus bar cases and including a second engagement portion to be engaged with the first engagement portion;
a second connecting member having flexibility and configured to connect the plurality of insulating covers; and
a pair of first ribs provided to extend downward from an inner surface of each of the insulating covers located adjacent to each other while interposing the second connecting member in between, the pair of first ribs configured to be in contact respectively with inner surfaces of paired walls of the corresponding bus bar case, the walls extending in a direction of arrangement of the bus bar cases and facing each other, wherein
the insulating covers are provided with a second rib facing the second engagement portion in such a manner that the first engagement portion on the bus bar case is nipped between the second rib and the second engagement portion.

US Pat. No. 10,249,860

CARTRIDGE FRAME HAVING DOUBLE SIDEWALL STRUCTURE AND BATTERY MODULE HAVING THE SAME

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A cartridge frame which is inserted between a plurality of unit battery cells stacked, the cartridge frame comprising:an inter-cell separation plate with a planar shape inserted between adjacent unit battery cells to separate the adjacent unit battery cells; and
a sidewall part extending in a direction perpendicular to the planar surface of the inter-cell separation plate at an edge other than an edge of a direction in which an electrode terminal of the battery cell is drawn, among edges of the inter-cell separation plate,
wherein for at least a portion of the sidewall part, an inner sidewall coming into contact with a side surface of the unit battery cell is made from metal, and an outer sidewall facing the inner sidewall is made from plastic.

US Pat. No. 10,249,859

BATTERY BUILT-IN BOARD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SHINKO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIE...

1. A battery built-in board comprising:a battery component comprising a battery and an insulation part covering the battery;
an insulation layer covering the battery component; and
a wiring layer formed on an upper surface of the insulation layer,
wherein rigidity of the insulation part is lower than that of the insulation layer,
wherein the battery comprises:
a plus electrode;
a minus electrode;
a cathode connected to the plus electrode;
an anode connected to the minus electrode;
an electrolyte layer provided between the anode and cathode;
a protective layer covering the cathode, the anode, and the electrolyte layer; and
a substrate on which the plus electrode, the minus electrode, the cathode, the anode, the electrolyte layer, and the protective layer are formed,
wherein the battery component further comprises:
a first connection electrode connected to the plus electrode; and
a second connection electrode connected to the minus electrode,
wherein the insulation part is formed on the protective layer, the first connection electrode, the second connection electrode, the plus electrode, the minus electrode, the cathode, the anode, the electrolyte layer, and the protective layer are embedded in the insulation part with an upper surface of the first connection electrode and an upper surface of the second connection electrode exposed from the insulation part,
wherein a first via hole and a second via hole are formed in the insulation layer, the first via hole communicating with the upper surface of the first connection electrode, and the second via hole communicating with the upper surface of the second connection electrode, and
wherein a first via conductor is provided in the first via hole and connects the wiring layer to the first connection electrode, and a second via conductor is provided in the second via hole and connects the wiring layer to the second connection electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,249,852

SECONDARY BATTERY INCLUDING CONNECTOR COUPLED TO ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY AND CURRENT COLLECTOR

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A secondary battery comprising:a case having an internal space;
an electrode assembly inserted into the case and including a first electrode plate, a second electrode plate, and a separator between the first electrode plate and the second electrode plate;
an electrode tab electrically connected to the electrode assembly;
a cap plate sealing the case;
a current collector electrically connected to the electrode tab;
an electrode terminal electrically connected to the current collector and configured to pass through the cap plate to protrude toward the outside along an extension direction of the electrode terminal; and
a connector having an end coupled to the electrode assembly and an other end coupled to the current collector, the connector comprising a fastening portion having a protrusion shaped as a triangular pillar and extending through the current collector along the extension direction of the electrode terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,249,851

STACKED BATTERY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A stacked battery comprising:a first electrode body including
a plurality of positive electrode plates,
a plurality of negative electrode plates, and
a plurality of separators,
each of the positive electrode plates and each of negative electrode plates being alternately stacked with each of the separators interposed between each of the positive electrode plates and each of the negative electrode plates;
a second electrode body including
a plurality of positive electrode plates,
a plurality of negative electrode plates, and
a plurality of separators,
each of the positive electrode plates and each of negative electrode plates being alternately stacked with each of the separators interposed between each of the positive electrode plates and each of the negative electrode plates;
the second electrode body provided above the first electrode body,
each positive electrode plate including a positive electrode protruding portion protruding more laterally than the negative electrode plate,
each negative electrode plate including a negative electrode protruding portion protruding more laterally than the positive electrode plate;
a first current collecting case being electrically conductive, the first current collecting case including a first facing portion facing the first electrode body in a stacking direction of the first electrode body and the second electrode body;
a second current collecting case being electrically conductive, the second current collecting case housing the first electrode body, the second current collecting case being disposed between the first electrode body and the second electrode body, the second current collecting case being configured to be electrically insulated from the first current collecting case, the second current collecting case including a second facing portion facing one of the first electrode body and the second electrode body in the stacking direction; and
a third current collecting case being electrically conductive, the third current collecting case housing the second electrode body, the third current collecting case being configured to be electrically insulated from the second electrode body, the third current collecting case including a third facing portion facing the second electrode body in the stacking direction,
the first current collecting case, the second current collecting case, and the third current collecting case being stacked in this order in the stacking direction,
the first current collecting case including a first positive electrode wall portion, the first positive electrode wall portion extending from an edge portion of the first facing portion such that the first positive electrode wall portion covers a first side portion where the positive electrode protruding portion of the first electrode body is located, an inner surface of the first positive electrode wall portion being electrically connected to an edge side of the positive electrode protruding portion of the first electrode body,
the second current collecting case including a second positive electrode wall portion, the second positive electrode wall portion extending from an edge portion of the second facing portion such that the second positive electrode wall portion covers a first side portion where the positive electrode protruding portion of the second electrode body is located, an inner surface of the second positive electrode wall portion being electrically connected to an edge side of the positive electrode protruding portion of the second electrode body, the second current collecting case including a first negative electrode wall portion, the first negative electrode wall portion extending from an edge portion of the second facing portion such that the first negative electrode wall portion covers a second side portion where the negative electrode protruding portion of the first electrode body is located, an inner surface of the first negative electrode wall portion being electrically connected to an edge side of the negative electrode protruding portion of the first electrode body,
the third current collecting case including a second negative electrode wall portion, the second negative electrode wall portion extending from an edge portion of the third facing portion such that the second negative electrode wall portion covers a second side portion where the negative electrode protruding portion of the second electrode body is located, an inner surface of the second negative electrode wall portion being electrically connected to an edge side of the negative electrode protruding portion of the second electrode body.

US Pat. No. 10,249,848

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING PANEL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

JOLED INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. An organic light-emitting panel, comprising:a first electrode that is light-reflecting;
a functional layer having a single layer or multi-layer structure, located on the first electrode;
an organic light-emitting layer located on the functional layer, the organic light-emitting layer including a red organic light-emitting layer portion defining a red organic light-emitting element, a green organic light-emitting layer portion defining a green organic light-emitting element, and a blue organic light-emitting layer portion defining a blue organic light-emitting element;
a second electrode that is light-transmitting, located above the organic light-emitting layer;
a first layer located on the second electrode;
a second layer located on the first layer;
a sealing layer located on the second layer, the sealing layer composed of aluminum oxide;
a resin sealing layer located on the sealing layer; and
a substrate located on the resin sealing layer, the substrate being adhered to the sealing layer via the resin sealing layer, wherein
a refractive index of the second electrode is at least 2.0 and no greater than 2.4,
a refractive index of the first layer is at least 1.3 and no greater than 1.6,
a refractive index of the second layer is at least 1.7 and no greater than 2.1,
the refractive index of the first layer is lower than the refractive index of the second electrode, and a difference between the refractive index of the first layer and the refractive index of the second electrode is at least 0.4 and no greater than 1.1,
the refractive index of the first layer is lower than the refractive index of the second layer, and a difference between the refractive index of the first layer and the refractive index of the second layer is at least 0.1 and no greater than 0.8,
the first layer includes metal fluoride and has thickness of at least 75 nm and no greater than 120 nm,
a thickness of the functional layer is different below each of the red organic light-emitting layer portion, the green organic light-emitting layer portion, and the blue organic light-emitting layer portion, the thickness being set such that a resonator structure within each of the red organic light-emitting element, the green organic light-emitting element, and the blue organic light-emitting element is either a 1st cavity structure or a 2nd cavity structure,
a maximum thickness of the functional layer is no greater than 70 nm, and
the thickness of the first layer, the difference between the refractive index of the first layer and the refractive index of the second electrode, and the difference between the refractive index of the first layer and the refractive index of the second layer produce interference between light travelling along a first optical pathway and light travelling along a second optical pathway, the light travelling along the first optical pathway not being reflected at an interface between the second electrode and the first layer, the light travelling along the second optical pathway being reflected at the interface between the second electrode and the first layer and reflected by the first electrode.