US Pat. No. 10,167,735

BEARING HOUSING OIL SPRAY GROOVE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

14. A product comprising:a housing, wherein the housing includes a cylindrical support wall that defines a bearing bore, and an oil gallery system defined within the housing, wherein the oil gallery system includes a channel defined within the housing disposed offset and parallel to the bearing bore, a first oil port and a second oil port defined within the housing each extending from the channel to the bearing bore;
at least one bearing disposed within the bearing bore;
a shaft extending through the at least one bearing constructed and arranged to rotate around an axis;
a turbine wheel connected to a first end of the shaft; and
wherein the support wall includes a groove defined within a surface of the support wall, wherein the groove includes a first end open to the second oil port and a second end open to a chamber defined within the housing between the support wall and the turbine wheel, and wherein a depth of the groove is reduced toward and at the second end creating a point.

US Pat. No. 10,167,734

BUFFER AIRFLOW TO BEARING COMPARTMENT

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A seal support and duct assembly of a gas turbine engine comprising:a seal support housing that is disposed about a central longitudinal axis of the gas turbine engine and surrounds a bearing compartment that contains a bearing;
a duct housing attached to the seal support housing;
an outer annular cavity;
at least one inlet, each of the at least one inlet comprising an opening in the outer annular cavity that supplies the outer annular cavity with cooling buffer air;
an inner annular cavity disposed radially inward of the outer annular cavity;
a first plurality of outlets that provide the cooling buffer air from the outer annular cavity to the inner annular cavity; and
a second plurality of outlets that provide the cooling buffer air from the inner annular cavity to the bearing compartment;
wherein the inner annular cavity and the second plurality of outlets are each defined by the duct housing and the seal support housing.

US Pat. No. 10,167,733

TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENT WITH VIBRATION DAMPING

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

16. A vibration resistant fan guide vane comprising:a body; and
a MAXMET composite within the body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,732

PASSIVE OVERSPEED CONTROLLED TURBO PUMP ASSEMBLY

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A turbine pump assembly, comprising:a turbine having a peak efficiency at a first speed;
a centrifugal pump;
a passive electrical speed control system; and
the first speed is lower than a second speed at which the centrifugal pump is operating at a peak power requirement.

US Pat. No. 10,167,728

SEAL MEMBER, TURBINE, AND GAS TURBINE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A seal member capable of being installed at a vane row constituted of a plurality of vanes disposed side by side in a circumferential direction of an axis of a turbine,wherein,
the plurality of vanes comprises:
a vane main body extending in a radial direction of the axis;
an outer shroud installed at an outer end section of the vane main body in the radial direction of the axis;
an inner shroud installed at an inner end section of the vane main body in the radial direction of the axis to form a main flow path of a combustion gas between the outer shroud and the inner shroud; and
a retainer protruding inward in the radial direction of the axis from an inner surface of the inner shroud in the radial direction of the axis,
a space which stores air in a pressurized state, for generating the combustion gas, formed in the radial direction of the axis of the inner shroud and upstream of the retainer in a direction along the axis in a direction of the combustion gas in the turbine,
the inner shrouds in the vanes which are adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction of the axis are adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction of the axis via a first gap,
the vane main bodies in the vanes which are adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction of the axis are adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction of the axis via a second gap,
the retainers of the vanes which are adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction of the axis are adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction of the axis via a third gap,
the seal member bridges between the retainers and closes the third gap, a first end of the seal member being positioned upstream in a direction along the axis in a direction of the combustion gas in the turbine and a second end of the seal member is positioned downstream in the direction along the axis in the direction of the combustion gas in the turbine,
further comprises:
a longitudinal seal plate that forms a plate shape extending from an end section inside of the retainer in the radial direction of the axis to a halfway position outside in the radial direction of the axis;
a diagonal seal plate having one end in contact with an end section outside of the longitudinal seal plate in the radial direction of the axis and forming a plate shape inclined and extending from the inside toward the outside in the radial direction of the axis as it moves downstream, and
the diagonal seal plate extends from a downstream surface of the end section outside of the longitudinal seal plate toward the downstream in the direction along the axis so that the diagonal seal plate gradually goes apart from the end section outside of the longitudinal seal plate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,727

GAS TURBINE ENGINE BLADE CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for manufacturing a gas turbine engine blade containment system, comprising:providing a cylindrical casing being made of a first material; and
depositing a second material onto the casing that coaxially surrounds the casing to form a ring, at least a portion of the ring metallurgically bonded to the casing and a gap positioned between the casing and the ring, wherein a sheet metal core is positioned between the casing and the ring and a rib is connected to at least some portion of the sheet metal core and extending through the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,167,726

COMPONENT CORE WITH SHAPED EDGES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A gas turbine engine component, comprising:an airfoil section extending from a platform;
a cooling passage located in at least one of said airfoil section and said platform, said cooling passage including a first wall and an opposed second wall bounding said cooling passage, said first wall having a plurality of first surface features and said second wall having a plurality of second surface features;
wherein said plurality of first surface features and said plurality of second surface features are arranged such that a width of said cooling passage varies along a length of said cooling passage, said plurality of first surface features having a first profile, and said plurality of second surface features having a second, different profile;
wherein said plurality of first surface features are spaced apart from said plurality of second surface features;
wherein said plurality of second surface features includes three surface features each having an elongated profile that protrudes from said second wall into said cooling passage; and
wherein said plurality of first surface features includes a waveform surface, said waveform surface is curved, and said plurality of first surface features are arranged to define a sinusoidal geometry changing in frequency and amplitude along the length of the cooling passage.

US Pat. No. 10,167,725

ENGINE COMPONENT FOR A TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. An engine component for a turbine engine, the turbine engine generating a fluid stream, comprising:a particle separator having an inlet receiving the fluid stream, a scavenge outlet emitting a particle-laden stream, and a separator outlet emitting a reduced-particle stream;
a particle collector in fluid communication with the scavenge outlet and comprising a substrate configured to retain at least some of the particles from the particle-laden stream; and
a bypass passage fluidly coupled to the particle-laden stream and defining a fluid bypass around the substrate downstream of the scavenge outlet;
wherein at least a portion of the particle-laden stream contacts the substrate which retains at least some of the particles, and as the substrate fills with particles, the particle-laden stream can bypass the substrate via the bypass passage.

US Pat. No. 10,167,724

TURBINE BLADE PLATFORM UNDERCUT WITH DECREASING RADII CURVE

Chromalloy Gas Turbine LL...

1. A turbine blade comprising a platform, an airfoil extending outwardly from the platform, the airfoil having a leading edge and a trailing edge, and an undercut formed on an underside of the platform and spaced away from the airfoil, the undercut being on an end of the platform adjacent the trailing edge of the airfoil, the undercut connecting an underside surface of the platform to a base of the blade, the undercut having a curved portion extending from the underside surface of the platform to the base of the blade, wherein the curved portion has a radius of curvature which decreases continuously at each point of the curved portion with increasing distance from the underside surface of the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,167,723

THERMALLY ISOLATED TURBINE SECTION FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a compressor section;
a combustor fluidly connected to the compressor section by a primary flow path, wherein the primary flow path is defined by an inner diameter flow path wall and an outer diameter flow path wall;
a turbine section fluidly connected to the combustor by the primary flow path, wherein the turbine section includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion having at least two turbine stages, each stage in the at least two turbine stages including a rotor, and the primary flow path through the first portion having a high pressure relative to a pressure of the primary flow path through the second portion during standard engine operations;
a cooling plenum radially inward of the primary flow path, wherein the cooling plenum is defined by a forward wall, a shaft, an aft wall, and the inner diameter flow path wall, and wherein air in the cooling plenum is substantially thermally isolated from air in the primary flow path;
a first rotor of the at least two turbine stages and a second rotor of the at least two turbine stages, the first rotor and the second rotor each extending radially into the cooling plenum, the first rotor comprising a first root portion and a first flange extending from the first root portion, the second rotor comprising a second root portion and a second flange extending from the second root portion, the first root portion positioned forward of the second root portion, the first flange, and the second flange including a second substantially radially aligned hole configured to allow fluid to pass through the second flange, wherein a portion of the second flange is positioned radially inward of the first rotor, and wherein a radial plane extends through the second substantially radially aligned hole and the first root portion of the first rotor, the radial plane being perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the gas turbine engine;
a fore seal disposed between a radially inward end of said forward wall and the first rotor, wherein the fore seal is an axial non-contact seal;
an aft seal disposed between said aft wall and the second rotor, wherein said aft seal prevents fluid flow into said cooling plenum; and
a tangential on board injection system fluidly connected to the cooling plenum and configured to provide cooling air to a radially outward portion of a forward face of the first rotor such that cooling air provided by the tangential on board injection system to the cooling plenum flows from the radially outward portion of the forward face of the first rotor to a radially inward portion of the forward face of the first rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,167,722

DISK OUTER RIM SEAL

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A turbine section for a gas turbine engine, the turbine section comprising:a rotor comprising:
a rim defining an outer diameter surface;
a slot through the rim across the outer diameter surface;
a blade comprising:
an airfoil;
a platform surrounding a base of the airfoil;
a shank extending from the platform opposite the airfoil;
a root extending from the shank for connecting to the slot;
a nub extending from the shank beneath the platform; and
a rim seal disposed between the outer diameter surface and the nub, the rim seal comprising:
an elongate body extending axially across a majority of the outer diameter surface, the elongate body comprising:
a leading edge;
a trailing edge;
a pressure side; and
a suction side.

US Pat. No. 10,167,720

MILLING TOOL HOLDER

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A milling drum comprising:a head having a cylindrical outer surface;
a plurality of tool mounting blocks arranged into spiraling rows on the cylindrical outer surface of the head;
a plurality of tool holders, each of the plurality of tool holders including:
a cylindrical body defining a first end received within a mounting block bore of one of the plurality of tool mounting blocks, and the cylindrical body defining, a second end, the second end configured to receive a cutting bit;
a flange located between the first end and the second end with respect to an axial direction;
a first bore with a first opening defined by the second end, the first bore extending along the axial direction towards the first end;
a frustoconical portion located between the flange and the first end with respect to the axial direction; and
a polygonal portion with a cross section that is a finitely-sided polygon located between the flange and the first end with respect to the axial direction;
wherein the frustoconical portion is configured to form a taper fit with the mounting block bore of the one of the plurality of mounting blocks; and
wherein the polygonal portion is configured to form a press fit with the mounting block bore of the one of the plurality of mounting blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,167,719

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR EVALUATION OF ROCK PERMEABILITY, POROSITY, AND FLUID COMPOSITION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

16. A system comprising:a fluid processing unit that removes one or more rock samples from a drilling fluid that has been circulated in a well bore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation; and
a rock sample analysis system configured to pass a cleaning fluid through one of the rock samples at a flow rate and a differential pressure so that the cleaning fluid extracts at least a portion of one or more naturally occurring formation fluids from the rock sample in an effluent comprising the cleaning fluid and the portion of the one or more naturally occurring formation fluids, the rock sample analysis system comprising equipment configured to allow a calculation to be analytically performed by performing an extrapolation using a weighting factor equal to an inverse of a mass fraction of the cleaning fluid to determine a viscosity of the effluent, a density of the effluent, a mass of the effluent, and obtain one or more rock sample analysis measurements selected from the group consisting of: the flow rate of the cleaning fluid, the differential pressure of the cleaning fluid, one or more properties of the cleaning fluid, and wherein the one or more naturally occurring formation fluids comprise one or more fluids that reside in a subterranean formation from which the rock sample was taken.

US Pat. No. 10,167,718

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING DOWNHOLE DRILLING PARAMETERS USING AN OPTO-ANALYTICAL DEVICE

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A downhole drilling system comprising:a downhole drilling tool configured to engage a formation to form a wellbore, the downhole drilling tool including:
one or more channels formed in a bit body, the one or more channels configured to direct electromagnetic radiation; and
an opto-analytical device integrated with the downhole drilling tool, the opto-analytical device configured to:
receive electromagnetic radiation directed to the opto-analytical device through the one or more channels; and
detect a drilling characteristic based on an intensity of the received electromagnetic radiation,
wherein the one or more channels are configured to direct the electromagnetic radiation through a surface of the bit body facing the formation and are formed in at least one of:
a blade disposed outwardly from exterior portions of the bit body; and
one ore more cutting elements disposed outwardly from exterior portions of the bit body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,717

TELEMETRY FOR WIRELESS ELECTRO-ACOUSTICAL TRANSMISSION OF DATA ALONG A WELLBORE

Exxonmobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of transmitting data in a wellbore, comprising:running a tubular body into the wellbore, the wellbore penetrating into a subsurface formation and the tubular body being comprised of pipe joints;
placing at least one sensor along the wellbore at a depth of the subsurface formation;
attaching a sensor communications node to a wall of the tubular body proximate the depth of the subsurface formation, the sensor communications node being in communication with the at least one sensor and configured to receive signals from the at least one sensor, the signals representing a subsurface condition;
providing a topside communications node proximate a surface of the wellbore; and
attaching a plurality of intermediate communications nodes to a wall of the tubular body in spaced-apart relation, the intermediate communications nodes configured to transmit acoustic waves from the sensor communications node to the topside communications node in node-to-node arrangement;
wherein each of the intermediate communications nodes comprises:
a sealed housing;
an independent power source residing within the housing; an electro-acoustic transducer and associated transceiver also residing within the housing designed to:
generate a first set of tones from a first electro-acoustic transceiver, each tone being associated with a defined frequency, and each tone being associated with a logical alphabet value;
review the first set of tones to determine if two consecutive tones have the same logical alphabet value;
if two consecutive tones do have the same logical alphabet value, modifying the first set of tones to provide that no two same tones are sent consecutively, thereby generating a modified first set of tones;
transmit the modified first set of tones from the first electro-acoustic transceiver;receive the modified first set of tones from the first electro-acoustic transceiver at a second electro-acoustic transceiver as a message packet; reviewing the modified first set of tones; and deconstructing the modified first set of tones back to its original first set of tones; andat least one clamp for radially attaching the communications node onto an outer surface of the tubular body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,716

METHODS OF ACOUSTICALLY COMMUNICATING AND WELLS THAT UTILIZE THE METHODS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of communicating in an acoustic wireless network that is spectrum-constrained and includes a plurality of nodes spaced-apart along a length of a tone transmission medium, the method comprising:encoding an encoded character with an encoding node of the plurality of nodes, wherein the encoding includes:
(i) selecting, based upon the encoded character and from a first predetermined lookup table, a first frequency for a first transmitted acoustic tone;
(ii) transmitting the first transmitted acoustic tone, at the first frequency, via the tone transmission medium;
(iii) selecting, based upon the encoded character and from a second predetermined lookup table, a second frequency for a second transmitted acoustic tone, wherein the second frequency is different from the first frequency; and
(iv) transmitting the second transmitted acoustic tone, at the second frequency, via the tone transmission medium; and
decoding a decoded character with a decoding node of the plurality of nodes, wherein the decoding includes:
(i) responsive to the transmitting the first transmitted acoustic tone, receiving a first received acoustic tone from the tone transmission medium;
(ii) calculating a first frequency distribution for the first received acoustic tone;
(iii) determining, from the first frequency distribution and the first predetermined lookup table, a first decoded character distribution for the decoded character;
(iv) responsive to the transmitting the second transmitted acoustic tone, receiving a second received acoustic tone from the tone transmission medium;
(v) calculating a second frequency distribution for the second received acoustic tone;
(vi) determining, from the second frequency distribution and the second predetermined lookup table, a second decoded character distribution for the decoded character; and
(vii) identifying the decoded character based, at least in part, on the first decoded character distribution and the second decoded character distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,167,715

BUILDUP AND ENCAPSULATION OF ANTENNA SECTION OF DOWNHOLE TOOL

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An antenna assembly, comprising:a bobbin positionable about a collar of a tool string;
an outer sleeve positioned about an outer surface of at least a portion of the tool string, the outer sleeve having an inner diameter greater than an outer diameter of the collar to define an annular space between the collar and the outer sleeve;
an antenna positioned on an outer surface of the bobbin in the annular space;
an outer adhesive layer covering the antenna and at least a portion of the bobbin in the annular space, wherein an inner surface of the outer adhesive layer is in direct contact with at least one sidewall of the bobbin; and
a protective layer positioned in the annular space and interposed between the outer sleeve and the outer adhesive layer, wherein the outer adhesive layer fills a space defined radially between the bobbin and the protective layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,714

PIEZORESISTIVE CEMENT NANOCOMPOSITES

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method comprising:pumping a cement composition comprising one or more conductive fillers into an annular region of a wellbore created between a casing and a surface of the wellbore wherein the one or more conductive fillers is functionalized carbon nanotubes;
allowing the cement composition to cure;
emplacing a tool for measuring at least one electromagnetic property into the wellbore; and
measuring at least one of the cemented casing and the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,167,713

OPTIMIZED GEOSTEERING USING REAL-TIME GEOLOGICAL MODELS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method for optimized geosteering using real time geological models, which comprises:a) creating a parameter matrix, which comprises a formation property for each pair of TVD coordinates from a geological model and MD coordinates from a predefined well trajectory;
b) initializing the parameter matrix by initializing a value for each parameter entry in the parameter matrix;
c) updating the initialized parameter matrix by replacing the TVD coordinates and the MD coordinates for each parameter entry in the parameter matrix with the TVD coordinates and the MD coordinates for an actual well trajectory;
d) compiling a DTBB array and one or more other LWD arrays using corresponding measurements at the MD coordinates of the actual well trajectory;
e) calculating a value for each parameter entry in the updated parameter matrix, which is a sum of a geology array, the DTBB array and the one or more other LWD arrays that are each multiplied by one of (i) respectively assigned weights when the TVD coordinates and the MD coordinates for each parameter entry in the updated parameter matrix are not located within stratigraphic boundaries of the DTBB array and the one or more other LWD arrays; and (ii) respectively calculated weights when the TVD coordinates and the MD coordinates for each parameter entry in the updated parameter matrix are located within the stratigraphic boundaries of the DTBB array and the one or more other LWD arrays;
f) updating the geological model in real time during drilling operations by using a computer processor to replace each initialized value for each parameter entry in the updated parameter matrix with the respective calculated value;
g) adjusting the actual well trajectory during drilling operations based on the updated geological model; and
h) repeating steps c)-g) until the drilling operations have reached a reservoir and the actual well trajectory is optimized.

US Pat. No. 10,167,711

PRESSURE ACTIVATED COMPLETION TOOLS AND METHODS OF USE

INTERRA ENERGY SERVICES L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,709

SUBSURFACE MULTIPLE ANTENNA RADIATION TECHNOLOGY (SMART)

TurboShale, Inc., Midval...

1. A method comprising:configuring an antenna system comprising a radio frequency heating antenna attached to a coaxial cable and a first radar antenna array attached to the coaxial cable at a distal end of the radio frequency heating antenna, wherein the radio frequency heating antenna is electrically coupled to a radio frequency generator via the coaxial cable:
inserting the antenna system comprising the radio frequency heating antenna and the first radar antenna array into a subterranean borehole;
guiding the antenna system to a desired location in the subterranean borehole using the first radar antenna array; and
heating, by the radio frequency heating antenna, an area around the desired location in the subterranean borehole using the radio frequency heating antenna to form a heated organic material;
imaging a thermal effect of heating on the heated organic material; and
adjusting at least one of a heating pattern, a heating temperature, and a heating rate of the radio frequency heating antenna by changing at least one of an output power and a frequency of the radio frequency generator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,708

AUTOMATIC Y-TOOL

GE Energy Oilfield Techno...

11. A Y-tool for use with a pumping system that includes an electric submersible pump and bypass tubing, the Y-tool comprising:an upper master valve bore;
a lower master valve bore;
a master valve contained within the upper master valve bore and the lower master valve bore, wherein the master valve comprises:
a fixed flow sleeve;
a sliding flow sleeve; and
a floating check valve assembly;
a discharge bore;
a slave valve bore;
a slave valve assembly within the slave valve bore, wherein the slave valve comprises a rotary ball valve;
a production passage connected between the upper master valve bore and the discharge bore; and
a linkage assembly connected between the sliding flow sleeve and the rotary ball valve.

US Pat. No. 10,167,707

ROD STRING ROTATION DURING WELL PUMPING OPERATIONS

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A well pumping system, comprising:an actuator that reciprocates a rod string; and
a rod rotator including at least one helical profile and at least a first engagement device,
wherein the rod string rotates in response to longitudinal displacement of the rod string while the first engagement device is engaged with the helical profile.

US Pat. No. 10,167,706

OIL/GAS PRODUCTION APPARATUS

CALTEC PRODUCTION SOLUTIO...

1. An oil and gas production apparatus for boosting pressure of flowing fluids produced from oil and gas wells, the apparatus comprising:a low pressure (LP) inlet line for receiving a LP fluid,
a plurality of jet pumps, each jet pump including a LP inlet port connected to the LP inlet line to receive the LP fluid, a high pressure (HP) inlet port for receiving a HP liquid and a medium pressure (MP) outlet port for MP multiphase fluid,
a fluid separator device for separating the MP multiphase fluid into a gas phase and a liquid phase, the fluid separator device comprising an inlet connected to receive the MP multiphase fluid from the MP outlet ports of the jet pumps, a gas outlet for the separated gas phase and a liquid outlet for the separated liquid phase, a liquid return line connected to the liquid outlet and to the HP inlet ports of the jet pumps for returning at least some of the separated liquid phase to the HP inlet ports of the jet pumps,
a mechanical pump connected into the liquid return line for boosting the pressure of the separated liquid phase to a high pressure and delivering the resulting HP liquid to the HP inlet ports of the jet pumps,
a flow control system for controlling flow of fluids through the respective jet pumps, and
a by-pass line connected to the MP outlet ports of the jet pumps and to a fluid outlet for delivering MP fluid from the MP outlet ports of the jet pumps to the fluid outlet without passing through the fluid separator device.

US Pat. No. 10,167,705

METHOD OF GAS LIFT IN WELLS EXPERIENCING HYDROSTATIC LOADING

1773915 Alberta Ltd., Co...

1. A method of gas lift, comprising:securing a valve seat in a fixed position relative to a tubing string in a gas well experiencing hydrostatic loading, the valve seat having a gas flow channel that connects a hydrocarbon producing formation and a production path of the tubing string;
providing a valve closure that is movable between a closed position engaged with the valve seat to close the gas flow channel and an open position spaced from the valve seat permitting a flow of gas through the gas flow channel, the closure being biased by magnetic attraction to a normally closed position magnetically engaged with the valve seat, such that gas is only able to flow through the gas flow channel when a gas pressure differential between the hydrocarbon producing formation and the production path of the tubing string is sufficient to move the closure to the open position by overcoming the magnetic attraction that maintains the closure in the closed position, the valve seat remaining in the fixed position relative to the tubing string when the valve closure is in both the closed position and the open position;
preventing flow from the hydrocarbon producing formation to the production path of the tubing string when the valve closure is in the closed position; and
permitting flow from the hydrocarbon producing formation to the production path of the tubing string when the valve closure is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,704

RESERVOIR PRESSURE PREDICTION AND METHODS OF EXECUTION

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A method of predicting reservoir pore pressure and adjusting a drilling operation based on the predicted reservoir pore pressure, comprising:a) determining mudstone pressure in mudstone bounding the reservoir;
b) determining the mudstone permeability;
c) establishing a structural model for reservoir structure;
d) using the parameters of step a), b), and c) to determine a depth where reservoir pressure equals mudstone pressure;
e) extrapolating results of step d) in order to predict reservoir pore pressure; and
f) adjusting the drilling operation based on the reservoir pore pressure by at least adjusting a drilling fluid density, adjusting a drilling trajectory, or optimizing a number of casing strings in a borehole.

US Pat. No. 10,167,703

OPTIMAL WELL PLACEMENT UNDER CONSTRAINTS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving information associated with a plurality of constraints for well placement in a reservoir field;
for each of the plurality of constraints, converting information associated with the constraint into a binary matrix;
determining an overall constraint matrix by multiplying corresponding elements from the binary matrices associated with the plurality of constraints, wherein the overall constraint matrix includes only zeros and ones;
determining feasible regions for well placement based on the overall constraint matrix;
determining optimal well locations within the feasible regions; and
outputting the optimal well locations.

US Pat. No. 10,167,702

ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A system for generating electrical power for down hole electrical devices of a drill string, comprising:an input shaft coupled to an impeller of a mud turbine, the input shaft configured to be rotationally driven by fluid flow in association with the impeller;
an output shaft to be rotationally driven by the input shaft;
a coupling that couples the input shaft to the output shaft, the coupling configured to transmit a predefined torque before slipping; and
an electrical generator coupled with the output shaft, wherein the electrical generator is to be electrically connected to a primary electrical load and a secondary electrical load, the secondary electrical load including a variable load that varies based on an output of the electrical generator to maintain a minimum load on the electrical generator such that a torque transmitted by the coupling can be maintained approximately at the predefined torque after the coupling slips.

US Pat. No. 10,167,701

STANDING INJECTION VALVE WITH HYDRAULICALLY DAMPENED VALVE CLOSURE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An injection valve assembly for use in a well, comprising:a standing tube casing having an injection valve chamber and a compression spring chamber;
a valve seat and a valve head located in the injection valve chamber, the valve seat being for mechanically coupling with the valve head, and the valve head being moveable perpendicular relative to the valve seat to reversibly decouple from the valve seat, wherein the valve head includes a valve head nose and a valve head aperture region that has a plurality of elongate valve head apertures having a first width proximate to the valve head nose and a second width distal from the valve head nose, wherein the second width is narrower than the first width and wherein the width of the aperture has a linear taper from the first width to the second width;
an intermediary valve mandrel located in part within the compression spring chamber and mechanically coupled to the valve head, and housing a dampening system assembly and a flow restrictor assembly;
a valve stem mechanically coupled to the intermediary valve mandrel, the valve stem being located in and extending through the compression spring chamber; and
a compression spring coiled around the valve stem for applying a force to push the valve head to couple with the valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,167,700

VALVE OPERABLE IN RESPONSE TO ENGAGEMENT OF DIFFERENT ENGAGEMENT MEMBERS

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A valve assembly for use in a subterranean well, the valve assembly comprising:a valve that controls flow through a passage extending longitudinally through the valve assembly; and
an engagement device including at least first and second engagement members,
wherein the valve closes in response to:
displacement of the valve assembly in a first longitudinal direction,
engagement between the first engagement member and a first internal profile of an outer tubular string, and
continued displacement of the valve relative to the first engagement member in the first longitudinal direction, and
wherein the valve opens in response to:
displacement of the valve assembly in a second longitudinal direction,
engagement between the second engagement member and the first or a second internal profile, and
continued displacement of the valve relative to the second engagement member in the second longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,699

EXPANDABLE DEVICE FOR FORMING A CEMENT PLUG

PERIGON AS, Randaberg (N...

1. A cementing device for establishing a bottom in a well bore for formation of a cement plug in the well bore, where the cementing device is adapted for transport into the well bore through a transport pipe, the cementing device comprising:a tool body having a front end and a rear end,
at least one bottom element, the at least one bottom element being foldable into a transport position and expandable into an expanded position,
at least one propulsion device for propulsion of the cementing device by a fluid through the transport pipe,
wherein the propulsion device comprises at least one propulsive element extending radially and substantially covering a cross-sectional area of the transport pipe,
wherein the at least one propulsion device is detachably attached to the front end of the tool body and/or the rear end of the tool body such that the cementing device can be used with propulsion devices adapted for transport pipes having different inner diameters, and
wherein the tool body comprises a plurality of flexible ribs to which the at least one bottom element is attached, the ribs being attached to a fastening element that is moveable along a core element of the tool body, the tool body further comprising a locking mechanism that is capable of locking the fastening element in said transport position and releasing the fastening element for expansion of the at least one bottom element.

US Pat. No. 10,167,697

DIAMETER-EXPANDABLE ANNULAR DEGRADABLE SEAL MEMBER FOR DOWNHOLE TOOL, PLUG FOR WELL DRILLING, AND METHOD FOR WELL DRILLING

KUREHA CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A degradable seal member for downhole tools, the member being a diameter-expandable annular seal member,the diameter-expandable annular seal member comprising:
three annular members distributed along an axial direction, wherein:
the annular members being formed from a degradable polymer material having durometer hardness in a range from type A (A60) to type D (D80),
of the three annular members, a center annular member and two end annular members of the annular members being adjacent along the axial direction, and
a length of the center annular member in the axial direction being 30 to 70% of a length of the diameter-expandable annular seal member in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,696

TEST PACKER AND METHOD FOR USE

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A method for displacing fluid within a tubular, the method comprising:running a downhole tool into the tubular, the downhole tool including an axial throughbore, a first fluid bypass, a second fluid bypass and a sealing element;
displacing a first fluid in an annulus defined between the downhole tool and an inner wall of the tubular through the first fluid bypass while the sealing element is not in sealing engagement with the inner wall of the tubular;
engaging the inner wall of the tubular with the sealing element, thereby sealing the annulus between the downhole tool and the inner wall of the tubular; and
displacing the first fluid in the annulus between the downhole tool and the inner wall of the tubular around the sealing element through the second fluid bypass while the sealing element is in sealing engagement with the inner wall of the tubular, wherein the first fluid is permitted to flow through the second fluid bypass in a first direction, but the first fluid is prevented from flowing through the second fluid bypass in a second direction opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,695

BLOWOUT PREVENTER INCLUDING SHEAR BODY

Cameron International Cor...

1. A blowout preventer (“BOP”), comprising:a housing comprising:
a vertical bore extending through the housing and defined about a vertical bore axis; and
a cavity intersecting the vertical bore and defined about a cavity axis, wherein the cavity is cylindrical about the cavity axis, and the cavity axis is perpendicular to the vertical bore axis;
a shear body comprising a semi-cylindrical shape and rotatable about the cavity axis of the housing to shear an object located within the vertical bore; and
a seal body configured to move along the cavity axis within the cavity and into the vertical bore to form a seal about the vertical bore within the housing, wherein the seal body is configured to move relative to the shear body and into the vertical bore to form the seal while the shear body is positioned at least partially within the vertical bore.

US Pat. No. 10,167,694

PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE, AND INSTALLATION AND RETRIEVAL OF COMPONENTS THEREOF

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A method of conveying a releasable assembly between latched and unlatched configurations with an outer housing, the method comprising:connecting the releasable assembly to a running tool, the releasable assembly being thereby conveyed with the running tool;
disconnecting the releasable assembly from the running tool; and
at least one of the connecting and the disconnecting comprising actuating an iris mechanism of the releasable assembly between extended and retracted configurations.

US Pat. No. 10,167,693

HANGER SEALING SYSTEM

Cameron International Cor...

16. A hanger sealing system, comprising:a first annular seal having a tapered radially-inner surface; and
a hanger having a tapered radially-outer surface configured to contact the tapered radially-inner surface of the first annular seal to facilitate driving the first annular seal radially outward to seal an annular space between the hanger and a housing of a wellhead, wherein the tapered radially-outer surface includes an upstream end having a first diameter and a downstream end having a second diameter greater than the first diameter, a lower outer surface of the hanger extends axially from the downstream end of the tapered radially-outer surface of the hanger, and the second diameter is the largest diameter of the hanger downstream of the first annular seal to reduce debris buildup on the hanger.

US Pat. No. 10,167,692

WELL CASING SECURITY DEVICE

WELL SAFE, LLC, Kearneys...

1. A well casing security device, comprising:a locking support ring, said locking support ring including a ring body having an opening, a top surface, and a bottom surface;
a cover for rotational attachment to said locking support ring and said well casing, said cover including a top and a sidewall with an inner surface;
a plurality of braces extending from said top surface of said ring body;
a slot in each of said plurality of braces; and
locking means for securing said cover to said locking support ring.

US Pat. No. 10,167,691

DOWNHOLE TOOLS HAVING CONTROLLED DISINTEGRATION

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A downhole article comprising:a matrix; and
a multilayered unit embedded in the matrix, the multilayered unit including:
a core comprising an energetic material and an activator;
a support layer disposed on the core; and
a protective layer disposed on the support layer,
wherein the support layer comprises a first material and the protective layer comprises a second material, the first material and the second material each independently comprises a polymeric material, a metallic material, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing, provided that the first material is different from the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,167,690

CUTTER ASSEMBLY FOR CUTTING A TUBULAR

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A rotatable blade for cutting a tubular, comprising:a blade body extendable from a retracted position;
a cutting portion on the blade body having:
a trailing cutting structure configured to engage the tubular,
an intermediate cutting structure configured to engage the tubular while the trailing cutting structure engages the tubular,
a leading cutting structure configured to engage an exposed wall thickness of the tubular; and
a wearable coating configured to cushion an impact between the blade and the tubular; and
an integral stabilizer disposed on at least a portion of an outer surface of the blade body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,689

DRILL CUTTINGS CIRCULAR SEPARATOR

M-I L.L.C., Houston, TX ...

11. A method comprising:providing a drilling rig;
installing at least one circular vibratory screen separator onto the drilling rig, the at least one circular vibratory screen separator comprising:
a base;
a separator housing movably connected with the base, the separator housing including a top having an inlet chute, a bottom having a liquid discharge chute, a cylindrical sidewall defining an axial centerline and having a discharge spout, and at least one screen mounted within the separator housing;
a first circular force generator (CFG) disposed upon the top of the separator housing, the first CFG arranged in an annular ring adjacent the inlet chute;
a second CFG disposed upon the bottom of the separator housing, the second CFG arranged in an annular ring adjacent the discharge chute; and,
wherein each of the first CFG and the second CFG produces a rotating force vector, wherein the rotating force vector includes a magnitude, a phase, and a frequency, and wherein the first CFG and the second CFG create at least one vibration profile of the at least one screen mounted within the separator housing;
producing a drilling fluid laden with drill cuttings from a wellbore;
introducing the drilling fluid laden with drill cuttings into the inlet chute of the at least one circular vibratory screen separator, and separating the drill cuttings from the drilling fluid;
measuring an operating function, comprising the at least one vibration profile of the at least one screen, via at least one sensor; and,
operably controlling and changing, via a controller, the rotating force vector based on the measured operating function wherein the magnitude, the phase and the frequency are independently controllable by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,167,688

METHOD OF DISCONNECTING A DRILL STRING AT A DRILL RIG

SANDVIK INTELLECTIAL PROP...

1. A method of disconnecting an end rod from a drill string coupled together by a threaded connection, the method comprising:initially rotating the end rod relative to a remaining drill string in a disengagement direction of the threaded connection to partially disconnect the end rod from the drill string;
moving a gripper unit into engagement with the partially disconnected end rod, the gripper unit having a frame and a sled suspended at the frame via at least one runner, the sled and the at least one runner being aligned parallel to a longitudinal axis of the rod, the sled being arranged to slide axially relative to the frame along the at least one runner, the sled having rod engagers aligned parallel to a longitudinal axis of the rod to engage and hold the end rod;
moving the rod engagers to engage and hold the partially disconnected end rod;
axially biasing the sled at the frame via at least one bias component arranged to move parallel with the longitudinal axis to provide resistance to axially forward or rearward movement of the sled relative to the frame along the at least one runner and parallel to the rod;
further rotating the end rod in the disengagement direction via the rod engagers to further decouple the end rod from the drill string;
monitoring a relative axial position of the sled at the frame using at least one sensor to determine a decoupling of the threaded connection and a decoupling of the rod from the drill string; and
moving the frame axially rearwardly away from the drill string whilst the sled is substantially stationary and in engagement with the end rod to bias the frame against the sled prior to the step of further rotating the end rod; and following the step of further rotating the end rod moving the frame axially rearward from the drill string whilst monitoring the axial position of the sled at the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,167,686

CONTINUOUS WELL STRING INJECTOR USING MULTI-PISTON CYLINDER BLOCKS FOR APPLICATION OF SKATE PRESSURE

Celtic Machining Ltd., R...

1. An apparatus for injecting or withdrawing a continuous string into and from a wellbore, the apparatus comprising:a frame;
a pair of endless drive conveyors positioned on different respective sides of a pathway in which a length of the continuous string is receivable, each endless drive conveyor comprising an endless chain and a plurality of gripper dies coupled to the endless chain, each gripping die having a gripping face that faces outwardly from the endless chain and is shaped to engage a periphery of the continuous string and a base surface that faces inwardly from the endless chain, the endless chains entrained about respective set of sprockets that are rotatably mounted on the framework for driven movement around respective closed-loop paths on the different sides of the pathway such that the gripper dies of each endless chain are conveyed in a same direction along the pathway at the respective side thereof during a portion of the respective closed-loop path;
a pair of skates respectively residing on the different respective sides of the pathway with the closed-loop path of each endless chain closing around a respective one of the skates; and
a pair of cylinder blocks respectively residing within the closed loop paths of the endless chains, each cylinder block featuring a plurality of blind bores having open ends facing toward the one of the skates located within the closed-loop path of the same endless chain, and closed ends lying opposite to said open ends;
a respective piston disposed within each bore and slidable back and forth in an axial direction of the bore;
a respective connection between each piston and the one of the skates located within the closed-loop path of the same endless chain, whereby back forth displacement of the pistons within each cylinder block causes back and forth displacement of the one of the skates located within the closed-loop path of the same endless chain, thereby moving the skate toward and away from the cylinder block; and
hydraulic extension ports opening into the bores of each cylinder block between the pistons and the closed ends of the bores for extension of said skate away from the cylinder block under pressurized introduction of hydraulic fluid into the bores through said hydraulic extension ports.

US Pat. No. 10,167,684

HIGH PRESSURE MULTIBORE JUNCTION ASSEMBLY

Halliburton Energy Servic...

19. A method for completion of a lateral wellbore, comprising:drilling a main wellbore;
drilling the lateral wellbore;
lowering a multibore junction assembly into the main wellbore to a depth at which a pressure in the main wellbore is about or greater than 6,000 PSI, the multibore junction assembly comprising a body threadably connected to each of a tubular main leg and a tubular lateral leg, wherein the main leg has a first diameter and the lateral leg has a second diameter;
securing the main leg within the main wellbore;
positioning the lateral leg through the lateral wellbore;
entering the main leg or the lateral leg with a tool;
completing the lateral wellbore by re-entering the tool through the lateral leg into the lateral wellbore, the completion of the lateral wellbore being performed at the pressure of about or greater than 6,000 PSI;
and
stabilizing the main leg relative to the lateral leg with a stabilizer as the multibore junction assembly is lowered into the main wellbore, wherein the stabilizer is adapted to be coupled to the tubular main leg or the tubular lateral leg, wherein the stabilizer entirely surrounds one of the first diameter or the second diameter and partially surrounds the other one of the first diameter or the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,167,682

COUPLING MOUNTED SPIN-THROUGH ROD CENTRALIZER

HARRIER TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A drive rod string centralizer to position a connection between a first rod string and a second rod string within a production tubing, the drive rod string centralizer comprising:a stator, said stator being comprised of a cylindrical body having a longitudinal length, said cylindrical body having an external diameter less than the internal diameter of said production tubing, and having a smooth central bore and several, equal length vanes extending radially from said cylindrical body, the radial extent of said vanes being less than the internal diameter of said production tubing;
a cylindrical coupling, said cylindrical coupling having a central bore along its longitudinal length, said central bore being equipped with female threads on the interior surface, a first length of the outer cylindrical surface of said coupling having an external diameter less than then the internal diameter of the central bore of said stator, said first length being greater than the length of said stator, and a second length of the outer cylindrical surface having an external diameter greater than the internal diameter of said central bore of said stator,
a thin circular disc, said thin circular disc having an outer diameter greater than the inner diameter of said central bore of said stator, and having a central bore;
wherein said central bore of said circular disc has an inner diameter greater than the outer diameter of threads of threaded pins on said ends of each of said first rod string and said second rod string;
wherein said first length of said coupling is inserted into said stator central bore;
wherein said first rod string and said second rod string are aligned axially with one another and with said coupling and stator, said circular disc being disposed between a shoulder of said first rod string or said second rod string and the end of said first length of said coupling;
wherein said rods are rotated in such a manner as to cause said threaded pins to thread into said coupling until said coupling and circular disc are firmly held between said shoulders.

US Pat. No. 10,167,681

CONNECTOR SYSTEM

Cameron International Cor...

11. A system, comprising:a mineral extraction system, comprising:
a first tubular component;
a second tubular component comprising an annular groove; and
a connector system configured to couple the first tubular component to the second tubular component, comprising:
a sleeve configured to couple to the first tubular component, wherein the sleeve comprises a coupling feature;
a lock ring configured to be disposed in the annular groove of the second tubular component radially between the second tubular component and the sleeve, wherein the lock ring comprises a first tapered surface, and the lock ring is configured to move along a first path of movement in an outward radial direction and radially engage the coupling feature on the sleeve; and
a support ring configured to be disposed in the annular groove of the second tubular component adjacent the lock ring and radially between the second tubular component and the sleeve, wherein the sleeve is configured to be disposed about both the lock ring and the support ring, wherein the support ring comprises a second tapered surface, wherein the support ring is configured to move along a second path of movement in an axial direction, engage the second tapered surface against the first tapered surface, and drive the lock ring along the first path of movement in the outward radial direction into engagement with the coupling feature of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,167,680

MULTI-LEAD QUICK CONNECT THREADED CONNECTION

Hunting Energy Services, ...

1. A threaded connection for connecting a removable downhole tool assembly to a drill string, the threaded connection comprising:a downhole end portion configured to interface with the removable downhole tool assembly;
an up-hole end portion opposed to the downhole end portion, the up-hole end portion being configured to interface with the drill string as part of a torque-less coupling, the up-hole end portion including:
a female end member with a non-threaded, first circumferential surface having a first median inner diameter and a non-threaded, second circumferential surface having a second median inner diameter that is larger than the first diameter;
a threaded tapered section that extends between the first and second non-threaded, circumferential surfaces, the threaded tapered section including threads thereon;
wherein the downhole end portion includes a male end member with a with a non-threaded, first circumferential surface having a first median outer diameter and a non-threaded, second circumferential surface having a second median outer diameter that is larger than the first diameter;
a threaded tapered section that extends between the first and second non-threaded, circumferential surfaces, the threaded tapered section including threads thereon;
wherein at least selected ones of the non-threaded, first and second circumferential surfaces on the male and female end members are slightly tapered;
wherein the threads on the threaded tapered sections of the male and female end members make up a multi-lead thread form;
wherein the male end member comprises an adapter body which includes a first connection structure provided at a first end of the adapter body, wherein the adapter body has a second end defining a second, male connection structure, wherein the second, male connection structure defines a tapered threaded section having major and minor outer diameters and wherein the adapter body defines an intermediate region between the first connection structure and the second male connection structures, and wherein a plurality of drive flats are provided at the intermediate region;
wherein the female end member has a plurality of drive flats which are alignable with the drive flats provided on the intermediate region between the first and second connection structures of the adapter body; and
wherein the multi-lead thread form on the male end member provided at the second end of the adapter body is designed to threadedly engage the mating multi-lead thread form provided in the female end member and wherein the multi-lead thread forms are timed such that when the connection is threaded together and the drive flats on the adapter body contact the drive flats on the starter rod, the flats do not match up so that there is a miss-match of the drive flats.

US Pat. No. 10,167,679

COUPLING, DOWNHOLE DEVICE, ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

RUBBERATKINS LIMITED, Ab...

16. A method of coupling a downhole device to at least one other downhole device, comprising:providing a body comprising a female portion configured to couple the device to a male portion of another downhole device, wherein the female portion of the downhole device is configured to permit a retainer to move from a smaller configuration to a larger configuration, in which larger configuration relative axial separation of the downhole device and said other downhole device is resisted or prevented, wherein the female portion of the downhole device comprises a tapered entrance and a recess, the recess of the female portion of the downhole device being configured to permit the retainer to move from the smaller configuration to the larger configuration, and wherein the recess of the female portion of the downhole device comprises a tapered first side surface, the angle of the tapered first side surface being greater than the angle of taper of the tapered entrance,
wherein the body comprises or defines a core of any one of a downhole cement dart and plug; and
engaging the device with at least one other device at the surface to form a string to be run downhole.

US Pat. No. 10,167,678

PULL TUBE STRESS JOINT FOR OFFSHORE PLATFORM

TECHNIP FRANCE, Courbevo...

1. A system for supporting a catenary riser coupled to an offshore platform, comprising:a pull tube having an outer diameter surface and an inner diameter surface, the inner diameter surface being sized to allow the riser to pass therethrough;
the pull tube having a lower end disposed downward from the offshore platform and at an upper portion distal from the lower end disposed toward the offshore platform; and
the pull tube further having one or more segments welded together to establish one or more welded connections with the pull tube extending longitudinally on both sides of the welded connections;
a pull tube guide coupled to the offshore platform and coupled to the outer diameter surface of the pull tube between the lower end and the upper portion;
a first pull tube stress joint sleeve disposed around a length of the pull tube at a first welded connection and longitudinally extending on both sides of the first welded connection, the sleeve having an outer diameter surface and an inner diameter surface, the sleeve inner diameter surface being larger than the pull tube outer diameter surface to form an annular gap between the two surfaces, the pull tube stress joint sleeve comprising a plurality of sleeve portions configured to be sealingly coupled together along a longitudinal side of the sleeve portions to form the pull tube stress joint sleeve around the pull tube and further comprising stoppers disposed in the annular gap independent of the riser between the sleeve inner diameter surface and the pull tube outer diameter surface; and
a first quantity of fill material coupled between the sleeve inner diameter surface and the pull tube outer diameter surface to fill a cross section of the annular gap.

US Pat. No. 10,167,677

FLOTATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

William von Eberstein, M...

1. An apparatus for reducing a load force applied to a platform by a tubular string during inner string cementing operations comprising:a flotation module having a top end, a bottom end, an outer surface, and an internal core made of a buoyant material, the internal core forming an inner bore wall for accommodating the tubular string, the flotation module including:
a first section having a C-shaped interior profile and including a base portion interconnecting a first leg portion having an end face and a second leg portion having an end face;
a second section having a C-shaped interior profile and including a base portion interconnecting a first leg portion having an end face and a second leg portion having an end face;
an interlocking means configured to slidably engage the first and second sections into an operative arrangement about the tubular string by detachably interlocking the end faces of the first and second leg portions of the first section to the end faces of the first and second leg portions of the second section;
wherein the interlocking means includes:
a first projection extending from the end face of the first leg portion of the first section, the first projection having a contoured profile with a smaller diameter proximal section and a larger diameter distal section;
a first recess positioned within the end face of the first leg portion of the second section, the first recess shaped to slidably receive the contoured profile of the first projection and provide an interlocking dovetail joint between the first and second sections; and
wherein the outer surface of the flotation module includes one or more grooves extending from the bottom end to the top end, the one or more grooves each providing a pathway for passage of a circulation fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,676

METHOD AND RELATIVE SYSTEM FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF MALFUNCTIONINGS OF THE DRILL BIT DURING THE DRILLING OF HYDROCARBON WELLS

GEOLOG S.R.L., San Giuli...

1. A method for the identification of malfunctioning of the drill bit during the drilling of hydrocarbon wells with the following steps:measurement of the drilling depth, obtaining a first time series of the values assumed by said drilling depth, said first time series being stored in a computer;
measurement of the rate of penetration of the auger during drilling, obtaining a second time series of the values assumed by said rate of penetration, said second time series being stored in a computer;
extraction of the drilling mud;
degassing of said drilling mud;wherein the method further comprises the following steps:measurement of the concentration in the drilling mud of at least one gas species belonging to the group of the alkenes, obtaining of at least one third time series of the values assumed of said concentration of said at least one gas species, said at least third time series being stored in a computer;
for each sample of said second time series, comparison of the value of the rate of penetration corresponding to said sample, with a first threshold value, said step of comparison being carried out by the processor of a computer;
if the value of said rate of penetration, at a time sample, is below said first threshold value, performing of the following operations:
calculation of a mean value of said rate of penetration, over a time interval, said interval beginning at said time sample and said interval and comprising a sufficient number of time samples for covering an interval of drilling length greater than or equal to a second threshold value, said operation of calculating the mean value being performed by a processor of a computer;
comparison of said mean value with said first threshold value, said operation of comparison being performed by a processor of a computer;
for each sample of said third time series comprised in said time interval, comparison of the value of concentration of said at least one gas species with a third threshold value, said operation of comparison being performed by a processor of a computer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,674

METHODS OF FABRICATING POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND BY FUNCTIONALIZING DIAMOND NANOPARTICLES, GREEN BODIES INCLUDING FUNCTIONALIZED DIAMOND NANOPARTICLES, AND METHODS OF FORMING POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND CUTTING ELEMENTS

BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED...

1. A method of fabricating polycrystalline diamond, comprising:functionalizing surfaces of diamond nanoparticles with fluorine;
combining the functionalized diamond nanoparticles with a polymer to form a mixture;
forming the mixture comprising the functionalized diamond nanoparticles and the polymer into a sheet, the sheet comprising the functionalized diamond nanoparticles dispersed within the polymer; and
subjecting the sheet comprising the functionalized diamond nanoparticles dispersed within the polymer to high pressure and high temperature (HPHT) conditions to form inter-granular bonds between the diamond nanoparticles, wherein carbon atoms of the polymer bond with one or more of the diamond nanoparticles to promote formation of the inter-granular bonds between the diamond nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 10,167,671

POWER SUPPLY FOR A TOP DRIVE

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A top drive system comprising:a top drive;
a tool unit having a power consumer; and
a non-hydraulic power supply having a wireless power coupling from the top drive to the tool unit having:
a wireless power coupling interface member comprising a first ferrite segment and a first coil; and
a wireless power coupling shaft member comprising a second ferrite segment and a second coil, wherein first and second ferrite segments are configured to align with one another, thereby aligning an induced magnetic field between the first and second coils;
wherein:
the power consumer is configured to receive power from the non-hydraulic power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,167,670

MOVABLE LADDER PLATFORM SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A movable ladder platform device, comprising:first and second arm members capable of being coupled to respective first and second longitudinal leg members of a ladder, with the first and second leg members together defining an A-shaped side configuration for the ladder;
at least one platform having a tray spanning between, and extending out transverse from the A-shaped side configuration of, the first and second leg members of the ladder; and
an adjustment mechanism operably connected to the first and second arm members and the at least one platform, whereby the at least one platform is selectively movable along a length of the first and second arm members via the adjustment mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,167,669

LADDER SHELF SYSTEM

1. A carrying instrument comprising:a paint can retainer having:
a work surface;
a first surface;
a second surface; wherein the first surface and second surface integrate with the work surface such that they are on opposite sides of the work surface;
a bottom surface integral with the work surface along a bottom edge of the work surface; wherein the bottom surface is integral with a first edge of the first surface and the bottom surface is integral with a second edge of the second surface;
such that a paint can space is formed between the first surface, the second surface, the work surface and the bottom surface; and wherein the work surface, bottom surface, first surface and the second surface partially enclose the paint can space;
a ladder holder attached thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,167,668

WORK LADDER USED AS WORKING PLATFORM

Ningbo Xingfu Tools Co., ...

1. A working ladder capable of serving as a working platform, comprising:a ladder frame body which can be expanded and folded, having a front portion and a top; and
a step assembly which is disposed on the ladder frame body and able to be folded;
wherein,
the step assembly comprises at least two steps, each step having a front end and a rear end, arranged one above another at intervals, and a rear shaft for the rear end of each step to rest on;
a bottommost step is a bottom step, and a step located above the bottom step is an upper step;
the rear shaft comprises a bottom rear shaft for the rear end of the bottom step, an upper rear shaft for the rear end of the upper step;
two movable auxiliary support rods capable of swinging up and down are disposed in the front portion of the ladder frame body, the front end of the bottom step is rotatably disposed between the two auxiliary support rods, and an auxiliary shaft for the rear end of the bottom step to rest on is horizontally disposed on the top of the ladder frame body;
when the auxiliary support rods are in a downward position, the rear end of the bottom step rests on the lowermost bottom rear shaft;
when the auxiliary support rods are in a upwardly position, the bottom step moves upwardly to the top of the ladder frame body, and meanwhile the rear end of the bottom step rests on the auxiliary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,167,667

METHOD FOR PREVENTING FALSE POSITIVE OCCUPANCY SENSOR DETECTIONS CAUSED BY MOTION

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A system for management of a response to motion detection and a window treatment system, the system comprising:at least one occupancy sensor, said at least one occupancy sensor detecting motion within an area;
the window treatment system having a controller for adapting a window treatment state being at least one of a position or an orientation of the window treatment system; and
a processor in communication with a memory, the memory including code which when accessed by the processor causes the processor to:
determine a schedule including times for adapting the window treatment state, wherein an adaptation interval time between sequential times in the schedule is greater than a time-out time of the at least one occupancy sensor,
determine a window treatment state for a corresponding time in the schedule,
receive an occupancy signal from the at least one occupancy sensor to use in determining occupancy within the area, and
adapt the window treatment state to the determined window treatment state only if the occupancy signal indicates that the area is occupied.

US Pat. No. 10,167,666

FENESTRATION MEMBER SEALING SYSTEM

WESTHAMPTON ARCHITECTURAL...

1. A system for automatically sealing a fenestration member to an adjacent surface, the fenestration member having a moveable latch configured to engage a frame surrounding the fenestration member, the system comprising:a gear rotatably mounted to the fenestration member;
a latch control member connected to the gear by a mechanical linkage, the mechanical linkage being pivotably connected to the gear, the latch control member and mechanical linkage being disposed proximate to a first edge of the fenestration member, wherein the latch control member is configured to rotate from a first position to disengage the movable latch from the frame to a second position to engage the movable latch with the frame, wherein rotation of the latch control member causes the mechanical linkage to transmit force to cause rotation of the gear;
a rack engaged with the gear and mounted to a first bar, the first bar being configured to translate in a first direction parallel to a second edge of the fenestration member in response to rotation of the gear, the second edge being perpendicular to the first edge;
a first triangular member mounted on the first bar to translate with the first bar in the first direction;
a second bar extending parallel to the second edge of the fenestration member and moveable in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a second triangular member mounted on the second bar in a position engageable with the first triangular member, wherein in response to movement of the first bar in the first direction, engagement of the first triangular member with the second triangular member causes movement of the second bar in the second direction; and
a gasket mounted to move with the second bar, wherein the gasket is configured to seal the second edge of the fenestration member to the adjacent surface when the latch control member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,665

SPACER FOR INSULATING GLAZING UNITS, COMPRISING EXTRUDED PROFILED SEAL

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. An insulating glazing unit, comprising:a first pane;
a second pane;
a spacer, the spacer being a circumferential spacer surrounding the first pane and the second pane, the spacer comprising
i) a polymeric main body that comprises a first pane contact surface and a second pane contact surface;
ii) a glazing interior surface;
iii) an outer surface; and
iv) an extruded profiled seal on the outer surface,
wherein the extruded profiled seal and the polymeric main body are coextruded,
wherein the extruded profiled seal protrudes laterally beyond the pane contact surfaces of the polymeric main body and makes contact with first pane and second pane, and
wherein the extruded profiled seal has a penetration index between 20 and 40;
a glazing interior adjacent the glazing interior surface of the spacer; and
an external interpane space adjacent the outer surface of the spacer,
wherein:
the first pane contacts the first pane contact surface of the spacer,
the second pane contacts the second pane contact surface of the spacer,
a sealant is fixed between at least one of the first pane contact surface and the first pane and the second pane contact surface and the second pane, and
the sealant has a penetration index between 45 to 100.

US Pat. No. 10,167,663

WINDOWS ACCESSING MORE SKY

1. A structure installed in an outer wall of a building and configured to provide a weight-bearing enclosure beyond the outer wall of the building comprising:a window frame secured and positioned in a wall opening;
a first member movable about a connection,
wherein the first member defines a left side panel, a top side panel, and a right side panel, wherein a lower portion of the left side panel and the right side panel are movably connected to said window frame by a mechanism; and
a sash member permanently secured to the left side panel, the top side panel, and the right side panel of the first member,
wherein the left side panel, the top side panel, and the right side panel of the first member form a weatherproof seal with the sash member and the frame,
the mechanism allowing movement of the structure between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein the movable first member is configured to at least partially support a user in an instance in which the structure is in an extended position, characterized in that the structure has one or more openable panes on at least one surface exposed to the exterior.

US Pat. No. 10,167,662

FRAME ASSEMBLY FOR A DOORWAY

Wombat Timbers Pty Ltd, ...

1. A kit of disassembled door frame parts that assemble to form a slidably adjustable frame assembly for sizing to fit different sized doorway openings, comprising:a header jamb consisting of, as a single piece, a top surface that is flat and continuous, a bottom surface that is longitudinally continuous, and one or two header jamb rebates extending a length of the header jamb, the top surface of the header jamb being adapted for fixedly mounting to the substantially horizontal side of the doorway, the one or two header jamb rebates located on the bottom surface across the length of the header jamb, the bottom surface defining a header soffit extending the length of the header jamb; and
two upright jambs each consisting of, as a single piece, an outer surface and a top end, the outer surface of each of the upright jambs being adapted for fixedly mounting to one of the two substantially vertical sides of the doorway, the header jamb and the upright jambs being substantially the same in profile and construction and constructed of continuous lengths, wherein each of the upright jambs has an inner surface, a bottom end, and one or two upright rebates in the inner surface extending from the top end to the bottom end, the one or two upright rebates corresponding to the one or two header jamb rebates and having generally the same cross section,
wherein the header jamb and the two upright jambs are adapted to be provided as a single jamb with the one or two rebates as required, the top end of each of the upright jambs having a slot for slidably receiving spaced apart portions of the header soffit such that in an assembled condition the header soffit engages in the slots and the upright rebates and the header jamb rebate form a continuous door recess engageable with a door when in a closed position, and wherein in an assembled condition the upright jambs are movable relative to each other over the header soffit to adjust the width of the doorway.

US Pat. No. 10,167,659

STRUCTURE CONFIGURED TO RAISE AND LOWER VEHICLE GLASS DOOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A structure configured to raise and lower vehicle glass door, the structure comprising:a door glass that is provided at a vehicle side door and that closes or opens a window opening of the vehicle side door as a result of being raised or lowered;
a raising-and-lowering guide tab that is provided at the vehicle side door, that is disposed at a vehicle width direction inner side of a glass end section at one vehicle front-rear direction side of the door glass, and that extends along a vehicle up-down direction;
a slider that includes a slide groove section open at the one vehicle front-rear direction side and into which the raising-and-lowering guide tab is inserted, that is fixed to an inner surface at the vehicle width direction inner side of the glass end section, and that is raised and lowered along the raising-and-lowering guide tab; and
restricting sections that are respectively provided at an upper end portion and a lower end portion in a vehicle up-down direction of the slider, that project out from an inner side groove wall face at a vehicle width direction inner side of the slide groove section toward a vehicle width direction outer side, and that face the raising-and-lowering guide tab in a vehicle width direction further toward a vehicle width direction outer side than the inner side groove wall face at an intermediate portion in the vehicle up-down direction of the slider.

US Pat. No. 10,167,656

RETRACTABLE HANDLE SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A retractable handle system for a vehicle, comprising:an electric actuator disposed inside a door panel;
a driving member configured to be rotated in forward and reverse directions by receiving rotational force of the electric actuator;
a driving arm provided to be rotated in the forward and reverse directions by the rotation of the driving member and blocked by the driving member from being rotated in a state in which an operation of the electric actuator is stopped so as to maintain a stored state and a pop-up state of a handle; and
the handle which is supported by and coupled to the driving arm and configured to be moved by the forward and reverse rotations of the driving arm so as to be placed in the stored state in which the handle is retracted into the door panel in order to lock a door, or in the pop-up state in which the handle protrudes toward an outside of the door panel in order to enable an operation of opening the door,
wherein the electric actuator, the driving member, the driving arm, and the handle are disposed in a housing that is fixedly mounted inside the door panel, and as a guide device that allows the handle to be guided in the housing along an operation trajectory, a protrusion, which protrudes from the handle, and a guide groove, which is formed in the housing to allow the protrusion to be inserted into and guided by the guide groove, are provided.

US Pat. No. 10,167,655

LOCK BYPASS DETECTION

International Business Ma...

1. A lock comprising:a plug, the plug having a keyway and a first plurality of shafts;
an outer casing, the outer casing having a plug hole disposed in a center portion of the outer casing, the plug hole shaped to accept the plug into the outer casing, the outer casing further including a second plurality of shafts;
a plurality of springs disposed within the second plurality of shafts, each of the second plurality of shafts having a single spring;
a plurality of driver pins connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of springs, wherein at least one of the plurality of driver pins is an enhanced security pin, the enhanced security pin having a top portion and a bottom portion comprised of a non-conductive material and a center portion comprised of an electrically conductive material, wherein the enhanced security pin is a spool security pin wherein the top portion and the bottom portion are of equal size and the center portion has a diameter smaller than the diameter of the top portion and the bottom portion;
a plurality of key pins connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of driver pins;
a first wire disposed within the enhanced security pin;
a second wire disposed within the plug; and
an alert component connected to the first wire and the second wire such that when the center portion contacts a portion of either the plug or the outer casing an electrical circuit is completed between the first wire, the second wire and the alert component causing the alert component to generate an alert signal.

US Pat. No. 10,167,654

DOORKNOB INDICATING SYSTEM

1. A doorknob indicating system for visually indicating a status of a room, the doorknob indicating system comprising:an interior doorknob disposed on an interior side of a door;
an exterior doorknob disposed on an exterior side of the door;
an LED on an escutcheon of said exterior doorknob;
a user interface on an escutcheon of said interior doorknob;
an electrically operated lock;
a first source of electrical power;
a first wireless transceiver;
a first controller, said LED, said user interface, said electrically operated lock, said source of electrical power, and said first wireless transceiver operatively connected to said first controller;
an exhaust fan having a motor;
a second source of electrical power;
a second wireless transceiver;
a second controller, said motor, said second source of electrical power, and said second wireless transceiver operatively connected to said second controller;
said first controller programmed to illuminate said LED for a determined time intervals based upon an input received by said user interface; and
said first controller operating to send a wireless signal via said first wireless transceiver to said second controller via said second wireless transceiver to turn said motor on at the start of said time interval and then again to turn the fan motor off when the time interval expires,
said first controller further operating to in response to the input received by said user interface place said electrically operated lock in a locked state during said time interval and in an unlocked state when said time interval expires.

US Pat. No. 10,167,653

FENCE PANEL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A fence panel comprising:a plurality of sub-panel assemblies positioned in a linear arrangement, each sub-panel assembly including a plurality of fence boards coupled together side-by-side in series by a plurality of sub-panel rails oriented transverse to the fence boards and positioned against an exterior side of the fence boards, the sub-panel rails extending between opposing lateral ends of each sub-panel assembly; and
a plurality of panel rails each having a length that corresponds to an overall width of the fence panel, and each panel rail including an elongate cavity within which respective sub-panel rails of the sub-panel assemblies are insertably received.

US Pat. No. 10,167,652

VERTICAL SEISMIC ISOLATION APPARATUS

THK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A vertical seismic isolation device, comprising:a fixed frame;
a movable frame, which allows a device subjected to seismic isolation to be placed thereon, and is arranged on the fixed frame;
a support guide mechanism which allows only vertical movement of the movable frame with respect to the fixed frame; and
a restoration member which is configured to urge the movable frame so as to maintain a constant distance between the movable frame and the fixed frame,
the support guide mechanism including:
a track rail which is provided on the fixed frame;
a moving block, which is assembled to the track rail through intermediation of a large number of rolling elements, and is configured to bear a load which acts in a direction other than a longitudinal direction of the track rail;
a support leg, which has one end rotatably coupled to the moving block and another end rotatably coupled to the movable frame, and is configured to convert the vertical movement of the movable frame into a motion of the moving block along a longitudinal direction of the track rail; and
an auxiliary leg, which has a length set to one-half of a length of the support leg, and has one end rotatably coupled to the support leg at an intermediate position in a longitudinal direction of the support leg and another end rotatably coupled to the fixed frame.

US Pat. No. 10,167,651

POOL WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

1. A portable water filtration system for a pool, comprising:a portable pump configured to pull a volume of water from the pool;
a hose in communication with the pump and configured to receive and transport the volume of water being moved; and
a rigid portable container in communication with the hose and configured to receive the water being moved, the water being discharged from the pump through the hose and into the portable container, the portable container having an inlet for coupling of the hose, the water passing through the inlet and exiting through an outlet opposite the inlet, the container including:
an internal filter configured to capture algae from the volume of water, the internal filter located adjacent the inlet, the internal filter is compressed within the portable container and contains a plurality of layers with different density; and
a plurality of holes defining the outlet and passing through the container such that the volume of water moving through the hose passes through the filter and out through the plurality of holes;
wherein the volume of water is comprised wholly of water from the pool and is recycled through the pump and the container.

US Pat. No. 10,167,650

CONCURRENT OPERATION OF MULTIPLE ROBOTIC POOL CLEANERS

Aquatron Robotic Technolo...

1. A robotic pool cleaner comprising:a housing;
a propulsion mechanism configured to propel the robotic pool cleaner along an interior surface of a pool;
a suction mechanism for drawing liquid from the pool into the housing;
a transceiver configured to receive a first signal that is indicative of a relative location of another robotic pool cleaner and configured to transmit a second signal that is receivable by a transceiver of the other robotic pool cleaner; and
a controller that is configured to control the propulsion mechanism in accordance with the indicated location of the other robotic pool cleaner,
wherein the transceiver comprises at least one wire loop antenna, and wherein said at least one wire loop antenna comprises two wire loop antennas on different sides of the robotic pool cleaner, and wherein each of the two wire loop antennas is configured to generate an electromagnetic field whose polarity is opposite the electromagnetic field that is generated by the other wire loop antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,167,649

AUTOMATIC RELIEF VALVE SYSTEM WITH WATER LEVEL SENSING FOR A FIBERGLASS SWIMMING POOL BODY

Thursday Pools, Fortvill...

1. A swimming pool assembly, comprising:a swimming pool body defining a top edge and an oppositely disposed bottom portion connected by at least one wall;
a fluidic access port positioned through the bottom portion;
a first conduit portion fluidically connected to the fluidic access port and extending away from the swimming pool body;
a first fluidic valve connected in fluidic communication with the first conduit portion for passing water through the first conduit portion and through the fluidic access port;
a second conduit portion connected in fluidic communication with the first conduit portion and extending toward the top edge, wherein the second conduit portion is permeable to ground water;
an actuator positioned in the second conduit portion and operationally connected to the first fluidic valve;
a first water level sensor positioned to measure a ground water level;
a second water level sensor positioned to measure a pool water level;
a microprocessor operationally connected to the first and second water level sensors and to the actuator;
wherein when the ground water level exceeds the pool water level by a first predetermined amount, the microprocessor sends a signal to the actuator to open the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,167,648

POOL SKIMMER

1. An automated pool skimmer apparatus for removing surface debris from a pool filled with water, comprising:a generally rectangular housing having an open top end, a bottom wall, opposed first and second end walls, and opposed first and second longitudinal side walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall, a narrow horizontal four sided support flange forming a narrow inward facing support lip on the interior of said housing and defining an upper portion and a lower portion of said housing;
a water inlet channel at an upper end of said first end wall of said housing having a bottom end wall and laterally opposed side walls extending outwardly from said first end wall;
a debris-collection net having a four sided peripheral flange at a top end and a bag portion depending therefrom formed of mesh netting material removably supported on said inward facing support lip;
at least one 12 volt DC submersible pump mounted in said housing at a bottom end thereof beneath said debris-collection net adapted to receive operating power from a 120 volt AC to 12 volt DC power converter;
a discharge nozzle assembly connected in fluid communication with a discharge port of said submersible pump, said discharge nozzle assembly having a tubular portion with an elbow fitting extending outwardly and downward along an exterior of said second longitudinal side wall of said housing, and a second elbow fitting slidably and rotatably connected with a lower end of said first elbow fitting and extending downwardly and outwardly therefrom;
manual nozzle adjustment means connected with said second elbow fitting operable to rotate to selectively adjust the angular direction of water discharged by said pump to create a circulating current pattern within the pool water that will effectively circulate floating debris therein toward said water inlet channel;
float members formed of buoyant material mounted on the exterior of said first end wall and each of said first and second longitudinal side walls, respectively, adjacent to upper ends thereof; and
a generally rectangular weir plate hingedly mounted in said water inlet channel at an outer end of said channel bottom wall to extend between said laterally opposed side walls of said inlet channel, a rectangular slot therethrough, and a float member extending across the upper portion thereof above said slot such that said weir plate assumes a generally upright position due to said float member when said at least one pump is not operating; and
in operation, when said at least one pump is operating, water is drawn into said water inlet channel and said weir plate assumes an angularly inward position toward the interior of said housing due to the flow of water entering the interior of the housing, and in said angular position, a major portion of incoming water will pass through said slot and cause a shallower flow of the incoming water to pass over the top of the weir with increased speed and increase tension on the water surface to draw in floating debris faster.

US Pat. No. 10,167,647

MODULAR STRUCTURE FOR EXTENSION OVER A POOL

1. A structure for extending over a pool, the structure comprising:a first section secured to a second section at at least two locations,
wherein each of the first section and the second section includes two longitudinal members joined by a set of transversally-disposed lateral members,
wherein each of the first section and the second section further includes a set of transparent members disposed in a longitudinal direction overtop the set of transversally-disposed lateral members, and
wherein the set of transparent members form a continuous platform secured by a set of stops disposed at each end of the two longitudinal members.

US Pat. No. 10,167,645

BUILDING, IN PARTICULAR A HOSPITAL

1. A building, comprising a skeletal structure with a plurality of floors, wherein individual modules including one or more rooms are inserted into said skeletal structure, wherein each of the modules is inserted on a guide rail that is attached to the skeleton structure, wherein each of the modules has a bottom with a groove for engaging the guide rail, the groove having a triangular cross-sectional shape, wherein at least one height adjustment element is arranged at the bottom of each of the modules, which bears upon the skeletal structure in the inserted state of the module, wherein each of the modules comprises connections for water, electricity and wastewater, and wherein each of the modules has its own air inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,167,644

MODULAR PORTABLE SOUND ISOLATION ENCLOSURE

1. A mobile modular sound isolation enclosure having a swing opening door, wherein the sound isolation enclosure is collapsible into a carry bag and shippable by a regular postal carrier, the sound isolation enclosure comprising:a modular frame structure comprising structural members that are assemblable in different configurations so as to form frames of different shapes and/or sizes;
a door frame module, including a swing opening door frame;
a plurality of modular soundproofing panels comprising flexible composite layered sound blocking material and sound absorbent sheet material,
wherein at least one of the plurality of modular soundproofing panels includes the swing opening door,
wherein each of the plurality of modular sound proofing panels comprise attachers operable to connect adjacent sound proofing panels consecutively to one another to form a continuous wall of the sound isolation enclosure, and
wherein at least some of the plurality of modular soundproofing panels comprise hook brackets attached thereto, which are structured and arranged to engage with the modular frame structure so that the modular soundproofing panels hang from the modular frame structure.

US Pat. No. 10,167,643

PROTECTO UNIT FOR A SLIDING DOOR FRAME

1. A protector unit adapted to protect a sliding door frame having a sill plate and a sill riser and wherein the sill plate has a plurality of roller tracks comprising: a sill plate cover having an upper surface and a lower surface and a sill riser cover, a first connection element positioned on said upper surface of said sill plate cover and a second connection element positioned on said sill riser cover such that when the first connection element is mated with the second connection element a rigid unitary protector unit is formed to protect the sliding door frame, wherein the sill riser cover is an inverted U-shaped flexible member having a first leg and a second leg, said first connection element positioned on said sill plate cover is a groove defined by a pair of walls extending upwardly from the upper surface thereof and said second connection element of the sill riser cover is the first leg of the sill riser cover wherein the first leg slides into the groove on the sill plate cover, and wherein the sill plate cover has a plurality of channel members extending from the lower surface thereof for stabilizing the protector unit when placed on the sill plate and wherein said plurality of channel members correspond to said plurality of roller tracks on the sill plate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,642

DUAL PLATFORM FOR A COMPOSITE POWER POLE

1. A dual platform for a composite power pole comprising:a central pole;
said central pole having a fixed secured lower step and a fixed secured upper step that are secured to said central pole at a fixed distance between said fixed secured lower step and said fixed secured upper step;
a stud extending horizontally through said central pole located midway and between said fixed secured lower step and said fixed secured upper step;
said stud having vertical holes on each end, said stud extending through said central pole whereby said holes are accessible from each side of said central pole;
a securing strap that extends to said holes on each side of said stud wherein said strap is configured to extend around said composite power pole to secure said dual platform thereon;
said central pole extends above said fixed secured upper step and includes at least one upper hole;
said fixed secured upper step and said fixed secured lower step slope downward from said central pole to an outer edge of said upper step and said fixed secured lower step whereby said steps are higher near said central pole and said fixed secured upper step and said fixed secured lower step are fixed at an angle from being perpendicular to said central pole;
at least one of said fixed secured upper step or said fixed secured lower step has a supporting rib extending from said central pole and around said at least one step, and
said supporting rib extends from one vertical side of said central pole to an opposing vertical side of said central pole.

US Pat. No. 10,167,640

CHANGEOVER COVER WITH PLUG CONNECTION

Weitzer Holding GmbH, We...

1. A substrate installation unit for installing with other substrate installation units, for covering a substrate, wherein the substrate installation unit comprises:a substrate-side attachment structure, which is designed for attaching to the substrate; and
a plug connection structure facing away from the substrate, for releasably plug connecting with a formation of a snap-in plug connection, with a correspondingly designed plug connection structure of a surface installation unit;
wherein the plug connection structure comprises a number of plug connection elements which protrude in a raised manner relative to the substrate-side attachment structure;
wherein the substrate installation unit comprises at least one of the following features:
the plug connection elements comprise positioning nubs, which are configured for engaging, enabling a compensating movement, in corresponding guide ring structures of the plug connection structure of the corresponding surface installation unit; or
the plug connection structure is designed as a two-dimensional periodically repeating grid of plug connection unit cells and the grid is formed by a two-dimensional, alternating sequence of the plug connection unit cells, which extend alternately in a first direction of orientation, and in a second direction of orientation that is orthogonal to the first direction of orientation; and
wherein the plug connection elements comprise a snap-in body for forming a snap-in plug connection with corresponding leaf spring structures of the plug connection structure of the corresponding surface installation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,167,638

MIXED STUCCO BLOCK

Mehran Salehi, Isfahan (...

1. A stucco block, comprising:a body of stucco plaster comprising a combination of white plaster and water;
a first panel, wherein a first side of the first panel is adjacent to a first side of the body, wherein the first panel does not fully cover the body of stucco plaster, wherein a second side of the first panel faces an inside area of a building, wherein the second side of the first panel is opposite the first side of the first panel;
a second panel, wherein a first side of the second panel is adjacent to a second side of the body, wherein the second panel does not fully cover the body of stucco plaster, wherein a second side of the second panel faces an outside area of the building, wherein the second side of the second panel is opposite the first side of the second panel;
a first female gap corresponding to a first area between the first panel and the second panel on a third side of the stucco block, wherein the first female gap connects the stucco block to a male projection of a second stucco block;
a second female gap corresponding to a second area between the first panel and the second panel on a fourth side of the stucco block, wherein the second female gap connects the stucco block to a male projection of a third stucco block;
a first male projection comprising a first part of the body of stucco plaster on a fifth side of the stucco block, wherein the fifth side of the stucco block is opposite the third side of the stucco block, wherein the first male projection connects the stucco block to a female gap of a fourth stucco block;
a second male projection comprising a second part of the body of stucco plaster on a sixth side of the stucco block, wherein the sixth side of the stucco block is opposite the fourth side of the stucco block, wherein the second male projection connects the stucco block to a female gap of a fifth stucco block;
a plurality of metal supports, wherein each metal support of the plurality of metal supports have at least one of a V shape or a U shape, wherein the plurality of metal supports are parallel to each other, wherein the plurality of metal supports are coupled to the second side of the first panel;
a metal net sheet, coupled to the plurality of metal supports;
a plurality of screw bits, wherein the plurality of screw bits fasten the plurality of metal supports to the first panel, wherein the plurality of screw bits fasten the metal net sheet to the plurality of metal supports;
a plurality of fixtures, coupled to the body of stucco plaster, wherein each fixture of the plurality of fixtures comprises a hole, wherein the plurality of screw bits fasten the metal supports to the first panel using the plurality of fixtures, wherein the plurality of screw bits fasten the metal net sheet to the plurality of metal supports using the plurality of fixtures; and
cement mortar between the metal net sheet and the first panel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,637

METHOD OF USING A SELF ADHERING ROOFING MEMBRANE

Firestone Building Produc...

1. A method for affixing a roofing membrane to a roof substrate, said method comprising:a) providing a roofing membrane product having two primary exterior surfaces, said roofing membrane product comprising
1) a single-ply roofing membrane, and
2) directly contacting at least a portion of one primary exterior surface of said single-ply roofing membrane, a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive that is free of curing additives, said adhesive layer having a thickness of no more than 0.015 inches,
said single-ply roofing membrane constituting one of said two primary exterior surfaces of said roofing membrane product; and
b) applying said roofing membrane product to said roof surface so that said layer of pressure sensitive adhesive is in direct contact with said roof surface,
thereby affixing said roofing membrane to said roof surface.

US Pat. No. 10,167,636

METHOD OF DESIGNING A CORRUGATED SHEET AND CORREGATED SHEET OBTAINED

ONDULINE, Levallois-Perr...

1. A method of designing a bitumen-impregnated natural-fiber corrugated roofing (1) sheet, where said sheet has a uniform pattern of mutually parallel alternating corrugations borne by a mid-plane (4), and said alternating corrugations are defined, in the vertical and cross section of the sheet, as rounded crests (2) each separated from the next one by a rounded trough (3), the crests and troughs being connected by alternately inclined portions (5, 5?), the crests (2) being above the mid-plane (4) and the troughs (3) below the mid-plane (4), the inclined portions (5, 5?) cutting the mid-plane (4) at the middle thereof by having a part above the mid-plane and a part below the mid-plane, the transverse spacing between two successive crests (2) being equal to the transverse spacing between two successive troughs (3) and defining the pitch P of the corrugations, the sheet (1) having a thickness E of material substantially constant over its extent, the sheet having a height H defined as being twice a first distance between the mid-pane (4) and the external surface of a crest (2) or twice a second distance between the mid-plane (4) and the external surface of a trough (3), said first and second distances being identical,said method comprising the steps of:
determining the height H, thickness E and pitch P values by solving an inequation:
Fi

where Fi=25 mm and Fs=35 mm, Fi and Fs being limits of the inequation; and
calculating at least one parameter selected from inertia per sheet width unit and volume per sheet width unit,
said calculation of the parameter of inertia per sheet width unit being a function of the height H, the thickness E, the pitch P and the radii R1 and R2 of the crests and troughs of the corrugations,
said calculation of the parameter of volume per sheet width unit being a function of the height H, the thickness E, the pitch P and the radii R1 and R2 of the crests and troughs of the corrugations, and
the height H, thickness E and pitch P values being determined by solving the inequation for a determined value of the parameter of inertia per sheet width unit and/or a determined value of the parameter of volume per sheet width unit,
said determined value being either a constant of respectively inertia per width unit or volume per sheet width unit defined a priori, or at least one value respectively higher than a threshold of inertia per width unit or lower than a threshold of volume per sheet width unit determined a priori.

US Pat. No. 10,167,635

NONWOVEN CEMENTITIOUS COMPOSITE FOR IN-SITU HYDRATION

CORTEX COMPOSITES, INC., ...

1. A cementitious composite material for in-situ hydration, the cementitious composite material comprising:a mesh layer having a first side and a second side and including a plurality of fibers arranged in a nonwoven configuration, the plurality of fibers cooperatively defining a plurality of spaces permitting migration of particles throughout and into the mesh layer;
a cementitious material disposed within the mesh layer, wherein the cementitious material includes a plurality of cementitious particles migrating throughout and into the plurality of spaces of the mesh layer;
a water-impermeable sealing layer disposed along the first side of the mesh layer and coupled to the plurality of fibers; and
a containment layer disposed along the second side of the mesh layer and preventing the plurality of cementitious particles from migrating out of the mesh layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,634

TRUSS SECTION CONNECTION APPARATUS

CHRISTIE LITES ENTERPRISE...

1. A truss section assembly, comprising:a truss section;
a first fastener comprising:
a threaded end for receiving a second fastener,
a shaft,
and a locking end comprising at least one protrusion extending radially from the shaft, wherein the shaft is disposed between the threaded end and the locking end;
at least one connection segment attached to an end of the truss section for connection to a corresponding connection segment on a second truss section, each of the at least one connection segments comprising:
a body having an opening dimensioned to receive the shaft and the locking end of the first fastener for joining said at least one connection segment with the corresponding connection segment of the second truss section,
wherein the opening of the at least one connection segment is dimensioned to receive therethrough the shaft and the locking end of the first fastener when the at least one protrusion is aligned with the opening, and wherein when the at least one protrusion is not aligned with the opening the locking end is prevented from passing through, whereby when the shaft of the first fastener is disposed through the opening of the at least one connection segment and disposed through an opening of the corresponding connection segment of the second truss, the locking end is secured in a locked position by engagement of the locking end with a securing means on the at least one connection segment, such that when the second fastener is tightened onto the threaded end of the first fastener, the first fastener is prevented from both rotational and axial movement.

US Pat. No. 10,167,632

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING A SET OR A STAGE

Emagispace, Inc., Larksp...

1. A panel support member, comprising:a hollow metal body having a top side, a first planar sidewall in a first plane, a second planar sidewall in a second plane, a bottom side, a first panel support wall having a respective exterior planar surface in a third plane and a respective interior planar surface in a fourth plane, and a second panel support wall having a respective exterior planar surface in a fifth plane and a respective interior planar surface in a sixth plane, where the first planar sidewall extends from a first end of the first panel support wall to a first end of the second panel support wall, and the second planar sidewall extends from a second end of the first panel support wall to a second end of the second panel support wall;
wherein exterior planar surface of the first panel support wall and the exterior planar surface of the second panel support wall are configured to have respective panels affixed thereto and have openings configured to receive screws to affix the respective panels;
a first plurality of hollow connection members having respective interior surfaces, positioned at the top side of the body, the first plurality of hollow connection members having a truncated pyramidal frustum shape;
wherein the bottom side of the panel support member is open, exposing the respective interior surfaces of the first plurality of hollow connection members having the truncated pyramidal frustum shape.

US Pat. No. 10,167,631

THERMAL INSULATION PANEL

Interbran Systems AG, Eg...

1. A composite thermal insulation system, comprising a thermal insulation panel and an insulation plaster system, wherein on a surface to be insulated the thermal insulation panel is first arranged and then the insulation plaster system is subsequently arranged,wherein the composite thermal insulation system has a thickness from 4 to 12 cm, and a thermal conductivity in a range of from 0.017 to 0.040 W/(mK),
wherein the thermal insulation panel contains at least one aerogel and is open to diffusion along its main insulation direction, the aerogel is arranged as loose bulk material in the thermal insulation panel and the thermal insulation panel has a thickness from 1 to 8 cm, and
wherein the insulation plaster system has a thickness from 1 to 5 cm, the insulation plaster system has an insulation plaster layer containing aerogel and at least one further insulation plaster layer which contains no aerogel, the insulation plaster layer containing an aerogel has a layer thickness in the range from 1.5 to 3 cm, the further insulation plaster layer containing no aerogel has a layer thickness in the range from 0.2 to 1.5 cm, and the aerogel insulation plaster layer containing an aerogel has a lime-based binding agent and a cement-based binding agent.

US Pat. No. 10,167,630

FOAM WALL STRUCTURES AND METHODS FOR THE MANUFACTURE THEREOF

COVESTRO LLC, Pittsburgh...

1. A wall structure comprising:a frame comprising:
a first member;
a second member spaced apart from the first member; and
nominally 2×4 or nominally 2×6 connecting members extending between the first member and the second member, wherein the first member, the second member, and the connecting members each comprise a front surface and a rear surface that form a front frame surface and a rear frame surface;
a first foam panel attached to the front frame surface, wherein:
(i) the first foam panel overlies the front frame surface, and
(ii) the first foam panel, the first member, the second member, and the connecting members define a cavity within the frame;
a second foam panel, having a thickness of no more than 2 inches, disposed within the cavity and having a front surface that is in contact with a rear surface of the first foam panel and a rear surface facing away from the first foam panel; and
a foam layer located within the cavity, wherein the foam layer adheres to the first foam panel and the second foam panel, the foam layer covers a portion of the rear surface of the second foam panel, and at least 10% of the surface area of the rear surface of the second foam panel is not covered by the foam layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,629

INSULATED REINFORCED FOAM SHEATHING, REINFORCED ELASTOMERIC VAPOR PERMEABLE AIR BARRIER FOAM PANEL AND METHOD OF MAKING AND USING SAME

1. A product comprising:a first foam panel having an edge, a first primary surface and an opposite second primary surface;
a first layer of reinforcing material substantially covering and adhered to the first primary surface of the first foam panel;
a second foam panel having an edge, a first primary surface and an opposite second primary surface, wherein the first and second foam panels are disposed such that their edges are adjacent each other and define a joint therebetween;
a second layer of reinforcing material substantially covering and adhered to the first primary surface of the second foam panel;
a first elongate metal strip having a body member and a projection extending outwardly from the body portion, the metal strip being disposed such that at least a portion of the projection is disposed in the joint between the first and second foam panels and at least a portion of the body member covers a portion of the first layer of reinforcing material on the first foam panel and a portion of the second layer of reinforcing material on the second foam panel; and
wherein the first and second, layers of reinforcing material are attached to the first foam insulating panel with a vapor permeable air barrier material having a vapor transmission rate of at least 1 perm and an air permeance of less than 0.004 cfm/sq. ft. under a pressure differential of 0.3 inches of water.

US Pat. No. 10,167,628

SURFACE COATING INCORPORATING PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL

Eastman Chemical Company,...

1. A modified surface coating or paint comprising:a. from about 10 to about 99 weight % of a base coating; and
b. from about 1 to about 90 weight % of a stable emulsion comprising:
i. water;
ii. a phase change material (PCM) comprising octadecane; and
iii. a modified cyclodextrin having at least one functional moiety capable of forming a stable emulsion with the PCM in said fluid medium and said base coating formulation; wherein the at least one functional moiety is an ester group;
wherein the amount of component (i) is from about 0.10 to about 0.8, the amount of component (ii) is from about 0.1 to about 0.8, and the amount of component (iii) is from about 0.03 to about 0.50, wherein the amounts are weight ratios based on the total weight of the emulsion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,626

MASONRY SUPPORT APPARATUS

THERMO BAR LTD., Langley...

1. A masonry support apparatus comprising:(a) an elongated longitudinally extending support member having a horizontal section for supporting masonry material, and a vertical section extending generally perpendicularly from the horizontal section;
(b) at least two insulation bracket assemblies, wherein each insulation bracket assembly comprises a pair of longitudinally spaced lateral members extending rearwardly from the vertical section of the elongated support member, and at least one longitudinal member extending longitudinally from at least one of the lateral members, such that the insulation bracket assembly defines a receptacle for matingly receiving an insulation block, and wherein a pair of adjacent insulation bracket assemblies are longitudinally spaced apart by a distance corresponding to the insulation block; and
(c) at least one concrete anchor extending rearwardly from the at least one longitudinal member of the at least one insulation bracket assembly;
wherein the support member, insulation bracket assembly and concrete anchor are permanently joined together to form a unitary structure.

US Pat. No. 10,167,625

FOUNDATION ANCHOR SYSTEM AND ANCHOR INSTALLATION METHOD USING THE SAME

1. A positioning member for setting and aligning a sill plate anchor component in a foundation wall of a building structure, said positioning member comprising:a body portion having a first end, a second end, and a bottom surface, said second end of said body portion being disposed opposite to said first end of said body portion;
a first downwardly extending tab portion disposed at said first end of said body portion and a second downwardly extending tab portion disposed at said second end of said body portion, each of said first and second downwardly extending tab portions extending to a location lower than said bottom surface of said body portion, said first and second downwardly extending tab portions configured to overlap opposite sides of a foundation wall when said positioning member is positioned thereon; and
an anchor component engagement portion, said anchor component engagement portion being disposed between said first downwardly extending tab portion and said second downwardly extending tab portion, said anchor component engagement portion configured to removably engage an end of a sill plate anchor having a sill plate anchor body portion or an end of a sill plate anchor bolt, said anchor component engagement portion comprising a generally cylindrical boss, said generally cylindrical boss configured to be inserted into an interior bore of said sill plate anchor body portion, and said body portion of said positioning member further comprising notched areas disposed on opposite sides of said generally cylindrical boss, said notched areas being recessed with respect to said bottom surface of said body portion, each of said notched areas configured to receive a circular wall portion of said sill plate anchor body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,621

THRESHOLD TRENCH DRAIN

Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co., M...

1. A threshold drain for connecting to a drain system and collecting an incoming flow of water from a predetermined direction across a threshold at an installation site, the threshold drain comprising:a catch pan having pan sidewalls, pan end walls, a pan bottom wall and a pan open top, the catch pan having a width defined between the pan sidewalls, a length defined between the pan end walls and a depth defined between the pan bottom wall and the pan open top of not more than two inches, the pan bottom wall including portions defining a pan outlet;
a flange pipe coupled to the pan outlet and extending away from the catch pan, the flange pipe defining a central axis and being configured to couple the threshold drain to the drain system; and
a grate received within the catch pan and including transverse webs and longitudinal webs, the transverse webs extending parallel to one another along the width of the catch pan and being spaced above the pan bottom wall, the longitudinal webs extending parallel to one another along the length of the catch pan and being supported by the transverse webs above the pan bottom wall in a fixed orientation, the longitudinal webs being planar and having an upper terminal end disposed toward the pan open top and a lower terminal end disposed toward the pan bottom wall, the fixed orientation of the longitudinal webs being an inclined orientation with the upper terminal ends of the longitudinal webs located toward one of the pan side walls and the lower terminal ends of the longitudinal webs located toward the other of the pan side walls, whereby the inclined orientation orients the upper terminal ends is in a direction toward the incoming flow of water from the predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,620

EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL ABOVE GRATE BASED INLET FILTER SYSTEM

MKB COMPANY, Groveport, ...

1. An above grate based inlet filter system for erosion and sediment control comprising a natural fiber filter mat configured to extend beyond the perimeter of the grate, a securing mechanism configured to securing the filter mat around the perimeter of the grate, wherein the natural fiber filter mat is coir fiber and wherein the coir fiber filter mat is formed of vertically aligned coir fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,167,619

URINAL WITH SEPARATE WATER SUPPLYING AND WATER SPRAYING DEVICES

TOTO, Ltd., Kitakyushi-s...

1. A urinal apparatus comprising:a water supplying device configured to supply water to a back surface of a bowl section of a urinal for removing urine attached to the back surface of the bowl section of the urinal including a portion of the back surface in an upper part of the bowl section of the urinal configured to face a user; and
a water sprinkling device configured to sprinkle water droplets downward from the upper part of the bowl section through a space between the upper part of the bowl section and a lower part of the bowl section, each of the water droplets having a diameter of 10 micrometers or more and 1200 micrometers or less,
wherein the bowl section includes a front surface in the lower part of the bowl section and the back surface, the back surface including a portion in the lower part of the bowl section and the portion in the upper part of the bowl section, the front surface opposing the portion of the back surface in the lower part of the bowl section and the lower part including a region of the bowl section that includes an imaginary plane intersecting a lip section and the back surface.

US Pat. No. 10,167,617

MODULAR TOILET SYSTEM AND COMPONENTS

1. A modular toilet system comprising:a toilet shell, the toilet shell comprising a toilet shell opening and a first sealing surface;
a hydraulic core, the hydraulic core comprising a hydraulic core bowl and a siphon system,
wherein the hydraulic core bowl comprises a hydraulic core bowl opening and a second sealing surface;
wherein the second sealing surface is configured to mate with the first sealing surface to form a water tight seal between the hydraulic core bowl and the toilet shell; and wherein the second sealing surface extends around a circumference of the hydraulic core bowl opening.

US Pat. No. 10,167,616

METHOD OF COUPLING A PIT EXTENSION TO A PIT LINER OF A PIT VAULT

Mueller International, LL...

1. A method of coupling a pit extension to a pit liner of a pit vault comprising:aligning an extension bottom end of the pit extension with a liner top end of the pit liner in an end-to-end facing relationship, the pit liner defining a liner inner surface and a liner outer surface;
bringing a leg of the pit extension into engagement with the pit liner proximate to the liner top end, wherein bringing the leg of the pit extension into engagement with the pit liner comprises engaging a tooth defined on the leg with the liner outer surface;
plastically deforming the tooth; and
attaching the leg to the pit liner.

US Pat. No. 10,167,614

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING HYDRAULIC COMPONENTS OF A WORK VEHICLE BASED ON STORED ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC SETTINGS

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling the operation of at least one hydraulic component of a work vehicle, the work vehicle including a hydrostatic drive unit configured to rotationally drive associated wheels of the work vehicle and one or more hydraulic cylinders configured to adjust a position or at least on of a loader arm or an implement of the work vehicle, the method comprising:storing, with a computing device, a plurality of first electro-hydraulic settings for the hydrostatic drive unit and the one or more hydraulic cylinders of the work vehicle, each of the plurality of first electro-hydraulic settings including a combination of both a unique individual electro-hydraulic setting for the hydrostatic drive unit and a unique individual electro-hydraulic setting for the one or more hydraulic cylinders;
receiving, with the computing device, a first input associated with selecting a desired individual electro-hydraulic setting for the hydrostatic drive unit from one of the plurality of first electro-hydraulic settings;
receiving, with the computing device, a second input associated with selecting a desired individual electro-hydraulic setting for the one or more hydraulic cylinders from a different one of the plurality of first electro-hydraulic settings;
storing, with the computing device, a combination of the desired individual electro-hydraulic setting for the hydrostatic drive unit and the desired individual electro-hydraulic setting for the one or more hydraulic cylinders as a second electro-hydraulic setting;
receiving, with the computing device, a third input associated with an operator's selection of the second hydraulic setting;
actively controlling, with the computing device, the operation of the hydrostatic drive unit and the one or more cylinders in accordance with the desired individual electro-hydraulic settings associated with the second electro-hydraulic setting.

US Pat. No. 10,167,613

HYDRAULIC DRIVE SYSTEM OF CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A hydraulic drive system of a construction machine, comprising:a pump that supplies hydraulic oil to a boom cylinder and a turning hydraulic motor;
a regenerative hydraulic motor that is coupled to the pump and to which the hydraulic oil discharged from the boom cylinder at a time of boom lowering and/or the hydraulic oil discharged from the turning hydraulic motor at a time of turning deceleration is/are led;
an engine that drives the pump;
an alternator mounted to the engine and operable to rotate an output shaft of the engine when electric power is supplied to the alternator;
an electrical storage device connected to the alternator;
a power converter interposed between the alternator and the electrical storage device, the power converter being switched between a servo-on state in which electric power transmission between the alternator and the electrical storage device is enabled and a servo-off state in which electric power transmission between the alternator and the electrical storage device is disabled; and
a controller that switches the power converter to either the servo-on state or the servo-off state and that controls, when switching the power converter to the servo-on state, the power converter either in a charging mode of adjusting electric power transmitted from the alternator to the electrical storage device or in a discharging mode of adjusting electric power transmitted from the electrical storage device to the alternator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,611

HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR DRIVE SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A hydraulic excavator drive system comprising:a cylinder that drives a moving part that is an arm or a bucket;
a control valve connected to the cylinder by a head-side supply/discharge line and a rod-side supply/discharge line;
a hydraulic pump that supplies hydraulic oil to the cylinder via the control valve;
a load detector that detects a pressure of the hydraulic oil discharged from the hydraulic pump or a pressure of the hydraulic oil supplied to the cylinder through the head-side supply/discharge line;
a bypass line that branches off from the rod-side supply/discharge line and connects to a tank;
a restrictor that blocks and opens the bypass line;
a controller that controls the restrictor such that, when the hydraulic oil is supplied to the cylinder through the head-side supply/discharge line, the restrictor blocks the bypass line if the pressure detected by the load detector is lower than a predetermined value, and opens the bypass line if the pressure detected by the load detector is higher than or equal to the predetermined value; and
a position detector that detects a position of the moving part, wherein
the controller:
controls the restrictor such that the restrictor blocks or opens the bypass line in accordance with the pressure detected by the load detector if the controller determines, based on a detection result from the position detector, that a center of gravity of the moving part is distant from an operator cab than a vertical line that passes through a swinging center of the moving part; and
controls the restrictor such that the restrictor opens the bypass line regardless of the pressure detected by the load detector if the controller determines, based on the detection result from the position detector, that the center of gravity of the moving part is closer to the operator cab than the vertical line that passes through the swinging center of the moving part.

US Pat. No. 10,167,609

CAROUSELING ARTICULATED DREDGE AND BARGE

1. A dredging system comprising:a vessel comprising:
a hull including a bottom, bow portion, stern portion, port side and starboard side;
a deck supported by the hull;
a pump system mounted within the hull;
a drag arm pivotably coupled to the pump system, the drag arm configured to dredge an underwater surface;
a void defined by contiguous watertight walls or bulkheads joined to and extending upward from the bottom of the hull, the contiguous watertight walls or bulkheads being:
vertically extensive of a perimeter of an aperture in the bottom of the hull, outboard, astern, and forward the aperture, or
a combination thereof;
a port control mechanism located on a port portion of the deck, the port control mechanism including a first wire coupled to the drag arm, the first wire extending through the void when dredging; and
a starboard control mechanism located on a starboard portion of the deck, the starboard control mechanism including a second wire coupled to the drag arm, the second wire extending through the void when dredging
wherein the aperture and the void are dimensioned to accommodate pivoting of the drag arm from a raised position to a lowered position, the lowered position being an active dredging position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,608

APPARATUS FOR BI-DIRECTIONAL LOAD TESTING OF DRIVEN PILES AND INJECTION PILES, AND METHOD THEREOF

WILL N WELL PROPERTY SDN ...

1. An apparatus for carrying out bi-directional load testing of open ended driven piles and injection piles utilizing a hydraulic jack comprising:i) a first cylindrical shaped hollow body having an open upper end, an open lower end and an opening on its side wall for receiving a hydraulic connection, the first hollow body having a means for securing a hydraulic jack comprising:
a first hub member having an upward apex and a base for attaching the top of a hydraulic jack,
a plurality of fin members each having an outer edge which is parallel to the axis of the first hollow body, a top edge which is parallel to the upper end of the first hollow body and having a length corresponding to the inner radius of the first hollow body, an inner edge corresponding to the apex of the first hub member, a bottom edge which is parallel to the base of the first hub member, wherein in assembled form, the plurality of fin members are attached to the inner wall of the first hollow body, extend radially from the inner wall of the first hollow body and converge at the axis of the first hollow body,
ii) a second cylindrical shaped hollow body having an open upper end and an open lower end, the second hollow body further comprising:
a second hub member having a downward apex and a base for attaching the base of a hydraulic jack,
a plurality of fin members each having an outer edge which is parallel to the axis of the second hollow body, a bottom edge which is parallel to the lower end of the second hollow body and having a length corresponding to the inner radius of the second hollow body, an inner edge corresponding to the apex of the second hub member, and a top edge which is parallel to the upper end of the second hollow body, wherein in assembled form, the plurality of fin members are attached to the inner wall of the second hollow body, extend radially from the inner wall of the second hollow body and converge at the axis of the second hollow body,
wherein the inner and outer diameters of the first hollow body and the second hollow body respectively correspond to one another, and
iii) a third cylindrical shaped hollow body having an open upper end and an open lower end, the third hollow body having an outer diameter corresponding to the inner diameter of the first hollow body and the second hollow body, and capable of being axially received by both the first hollow body and the second hollow body,
wherein in assembled state, the upper end of the second hollow body abuts against the lower end of the first hollow body, the third hollow body is received by both the first and second hollow bodies, and the lower end of the third hollow body abuts the top edge of the plurality of fin members of the second hollow body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,607

DRAINAGE SYSTEM WITH CONTIGUOUS VOID

1. A drainage system for engaging and removing accumulating drainage water, the drainage system comprising:a sump pump liner with a main body with an inner volume defined at least in part by at least one sidewall and a bottom;
a sump pump disposed within the inner volume of the main body of the sump pump liner;
at least one contiguous void with an inner volume in fluidic communication with the inner volume of the sump pump liner wherein the at least one contiguous void comprises a contiguous void compartment disposed distal to the bottom of the main body of the sump pump liner whereby, when the sump pump liner is disposed in an upright orientation with the at least one sidewall disposed generally vertically in a volume of surrounding matter, the contiguous void compartment will be disposed below the inner volume of the main body of the sump pump liner and deeper into the volume of surrounding matter, wherein the bottom of the main body of the sump pump liner comprises a boundary between the inner volume of the main body of the sump pump liner and the contiguous void compartment, wherein the contiguous void compartment is bounded distally by a void bottom partition, and wherein the void bottom partition is retained in spaced relation from the bottom of the main body of the sump pump liner by a plurality of legs; and
a plurality of liner-void apertures disposed in the bottom of the main body of the sump pump liner.

US Pat. No. 10,167,605

SECURING DEVICE

Gripple Limited, (GB)

1. A securing device for securing an article, the securing device comprising:a main shaft portion having proximal and distal opposite ends;
a securing portion on the main shaft portion at the distal end of thereof;
an engaging portion at the proximal end of the main shaft portion, the engaging portion comprising a substantially circular member for engaging the article; and
a mounting member for mounting the securing device on a driving arrangement to drive the securing device, the mounting member extending inwardly of the substantially circular member and being in the form of a connecting member connecting the engaging portion to the main shaft portion;
wherein the securing portion is a substantially helical elongate portion defining an unoccupied a central space;
and wherein the engaging portion is substantially planar, and the main shaft portion extends transverse to the plane of the engaging portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,604

ROPE-SUSPENDED LEADER MAST

1. A rope-suspended leader mast comprising:(a) a lower part for accommodating a material to be pile-driven;
(b) an upper part for accommodating a diesel pile driver having a fuel feed, the upper part comprising a lattice framework;
(c) at least one securing rope; and
(d) a fuel feed interrupter for interrupting the fuel feed, the fuel feed interrupter being configured such that tensioning of the at least one securing rope causes the fuel feed interrupter to interrupt the fuel feed;
wherein the fuel feed interrupter comprises a movable lever that interacts with an interrupter module introduceable into the fuel feed of the diesel pile driver and that is connected with the at least one securing rope in such a manner that a position of the lever is changeable by tensioning the at least one securing rope, thereby bringing about activation of the interrupter module to interrupt the fuel feed of the diesel pile driver;
wherein the fuel feed interrupter is connected to the upper part and is disposed above the upper part; and
wherein the at least one securing rope is above the upper part and is connected to the fuel feed interrupter above the upper part.

US Pat. No. 10,167,603

SKIMMING AND SEPARATION DEVICE

Surfcleaner AB, Vaxholm ...

1. A skimming and separation device comprisingan outer casing defining a closed container,
a floater configured to create the skimming function of the device, the floater is attached at a lower side to an essentially vertically arranged bellow allowing the floater to control flow into a substantially circum volume that is allowing flow in a downward direction into inflow tubes having inlets opening to the substantially circum volume and extending into the container, the inflow tubes allowing debris and floating pollutions to enter below the, in the container, accumulated debris and floating pollutions,
a discharge tube adapted to be connected to a storage equipment,
a power device having a propeller controlled by a control unit, wherein said power device is configured to be controlled such that various kinds of flows and pressures may be generated to control an in-flow and an out-flow of the device,
wherein the skimming and separation device further comprises one of a valve or a discharge pump arranged in communication with the discharge tube, the valve or discharge pump is adapted to create a one way valve function such that the valve or the discharge pump prevents reverse flow through the discharge tube into the container and allows flow out from the container through the discharge tube, and such that active pressure gradients generated either by the power device or by suction in a discharge zone upstream of the discharge tube are acting onto the collected floating pollutions;
wherein each of the inflow tubes includes an angled tube part at a lower end of the inflow tubes within the container, the angled tube parts configured to direct the liquid flow of the inflow tubes into the container in an essentially outward horizontal direction inside the container, such that the direction of the liquid flow is in an oblique or tangential direction in relation to a vertical wall of the container, the angled tube parts configured such that a combined flow from each of the inflow tubes together generates a rotational movement of water and pollutants inside the skimming and separation device; and
wherein said device further comprises an insert configured to be arranged at a central portion of the container, the insert having an essentially cylindrical shape having a circular cross-section and having an upper part having a larger external periphery than a lower part of the insert, enabling the pollutants to diverge and restricting formation of water canals through the accumulated pollutants.

US Pat. No. 10,167,601

GENERATOR FOR CONVERTING TIDAL FLUCTUATION TO ELECTRICAL ENERGY

GLOBAL TIDAL ENERGY SYSTE...

1. A generator for converting tidal fluctuation to electrical energy comprising:at least one first weight floatable in water;
a first energy transfer mechanism comprising at least one driver gear;
a first coupling rod connecting the at least one first weight to the at least one driver gear of the first energy transfer mechanism;
a slotted gear rotatable by the at least one driver gear;
a pulley gear comprising a pulley, wherein the pulley gear is interlocked with the slotted gear;
a cable wrapped around the pulley of the pulley gear;
a second weight attached to the cable; and
a rotor coupled to the pulley gear, wherein
the first coupling rod rotates the at least one driver gear when the first weight rises or lowers while floating on a body of water,
the at least one driver gear rotates the slotted gear,
the slotted gear rotates the pulley gear so that the cable raises the second weight,
the slotted gear disengages from the pulley gear when the second weight reaches a maximum height, and
the second weight falls, whereby the pulley rotates the rotor to generate electrical energy.

US Pat. No. 10,167,600

PARTICLE REMOVING ARRANGEMENT FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

1. A particle removing arrangement adapted to remove particles from the upper contact surface of an electric rail comprised in an electric highway by the use of an airflow, where the particle removing arrangement is arranged in front of a current collector of a vehicle, where the particle removing arrangement comprises an inlet opening for inlet of air and an outlet opening for outlet of air, wherein the inlet opening is directed in a forward direction and the outlet opening is directed in a sideway to rearward direction in relation to the driving direction of the vehicle, and where the particle removing arrangement creates a particle removing airflow from a forward movement of the vehicle, wherein the particle removing arrangement has a first low, active position where the particle removing arrangement is positioned adjacent the upper contact surface of the electric rail and a second idle position where the particle removing arrangement is positioned above the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,599

PLOW BLADE WEAR MEMBER

Lakin General Corporation...

1. A plow blade wear member attachable to a rear attachment plate that is attached to a plow blade of a plow blade assembly, said plow blade wear member comprising:an elongated curved body formed from a tire and having:
a top edge,
a bottom edge,
a right side edge,
a left side edge,
a front concave surface, and
a rear convex surface, and
being flexible enough to bend backward against its natural curvature a distance toward the rear attachment plate when the elongated curved body is attached to the rear attachment plate such that when the elongated curved body engages a first discontinuity protruding from a travel surface at a force level above a designated force level, the backward bending of the elongated curved body said distance toward the rear attachment plate reduces a gap between the elongated curved body and the rear attachment plate,
said elongated curved body defining a series of attachment openings that enable the elongated curved body to be removably attached to the rear attachment plate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,598

SNOW PLOW BLADE

1. A replaceable blade adapted to be mounted to a lower edge of a moldboard, the blade comprising:an elongate, substantially rigid bar possessing a substantially rectangular cross-section taken in a plane perpendicular to the direction of elongation, said bar possessing a top surface, a bottom surface, a back surface, a front surface, a first end surface, and a second end surface, wherein the back surface and the front surface of said bar are each substantially planar and co-parallel, each of said surfaces combining to define an outer peripheral surface;
an elastomeric material substantially completely encasing said bar, said elastomeric material possessing an interior peripheral surface in intimate contact with substantially the complete outer peripheral surface of said bar, and said elastomeric material possessing an outer peripheral surface substantially completely surrounding said bar;
an elongate, substantially rigid cover plate possessing a substantially rectangular cross-section taken in a plane perpendicular to the direction of elongation, said plate possessing a top surface, a bottom surface, a back surface, a front surface, a first end surface, and a second end surface, wherein the back surface and the front surface of said plate are each substantially planar and co-parallel, wherein the back surface of said plate is substantially co-parallel with the front surface of said bar, wherein the top surface, the bottom surface, the first end surface, and the second end surface of said plate together create a first plate peripheral profile, wherein the back surface of said plate is disposed against the outer peripheral surface of said elastomeric material surrounding said bar in the region of the front surface of said bar, wherein the outer peripheral surface of said elastomeric material possesses a recessed area possessing a configuration matching the first plate peripheral profile, and wherein said plate is conformingly and intimately received within the recessed area of said elastomeric material;
a plurality of aperture means each extending coextensively through said bar, said elastomeric material, and said plate for permitting an associated connector to extend therethrough by which said blade may be selectively mounted to the lower edge of a moldboard.

US Pat. No. 10,167,597

SNOW TILLER FOR PREPARING SKI SLOPES

PRINOTH S.P.A, Vipiteno ...

1. A snow tiller configured to be drawn in a travelling direction along a ski slope to prepare the ski slope, the snow tiller comprising:a plurality of supporting structures, wherein two of the supporting structures are coupled to each other by at least one articulated coupling configured to enable relative movement between the two supporting structures;
a plurality of shafts, wherein two of the shafts are respectively housed in and supported by the two supporting structures, the two shafts configured to be rotated about respective rotation axes crosswise to the travelling direction, wherein each shaft includes a flange extending partly between the two supporting structures;
a plurality of tools fitted to the two shafts; and
a blade fixed directly along a face of one of the two flanges of one of the two shafts, said blade defining two further tools fixed to and extending in opposite directions from one of the two flanges of one of the two shafts, said two further tools each being located between the two supporting structures.

US Pat. No. 10,167,596

PIVOTABLE LAMP SUPPORT STRUCTURE

AMERICAN LOUVER COMPANY, ...

1. A pivoting support system, comprising:a support element;
a bore, a counterbore, and a boss formed in the support element;
a device; and
a bolt rotatably connecting the device to the support element in a selective one of a main position and a pivoted position,
wherein the bolt is disposed at least partially within the bore, the bore, counterbore and boss enabling the bolt to be selectively positioned, within the bore, along a bore axis and along an axis other than the bore axis.

US Pat. No. 10,167,591

LAUNDRY HAMPER WITH ROTATING HANDLE AND GRIP

1. A laundry hamper, adapted to contain articles of clothing in transit; the laundry hamper comprising:a basin, further comprising:
a bottom side, smoothly joined to a first side, a second side, a third side and a fourth side;
a rounded upper lip is smoothly joined to the first side, the second side, the third side and the fourth side;
a first handle connection point, attached to the rounded upper lip, proximate the first side;
a second handle connection point, attached to the upper lip, proximate the third side;
a handle, further comprising:
a first handle rotation attachment point, rotationally attached to the first handle connection point;
a first handle riser portion, joined to the first handle rotation attachment point and a first handle rounded portion;
a handle crossing portion, joined to the first handle rounded portion and a second handle rounded portion;
a second handle riser portion, joined to the handle crossing portion and a second handle rotation attachment point; wherein the second handle rotation attachment point is rotationally coupled to the second handle rotation attachment point;
a handle grip, joined to the handle crossing portion and further comprising:
a generally cylindrical portion, joined to a first end conical portion and a second end conical portion; and
an inner concave portion and an outer concave portion, formed within the generally cylindrical portion; wherein the inner concave portion extends a depth measured from a line drawn between the first end conical portion and the second end conical portion to a point on the inner concave portion which is most proximate a central axis of the generally cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,589

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RINSING CYCLE OF WASHING MACHINE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for controlling a rinsing cycle of a washing machine including an outer tub, an inner tub rotated on a vertical axis in the outer tub, a circulating nozzle that sprays the water discharged from the outer tub and supplied through a circulating hose into the inner tub, and a direct water nozzle that sprays water supplied from an external water source into the inner tub, the method comprising:a primary rinsing by supplying water into the inner tub until a water level in the outer tub becomes a preset circulating water level, wherein some of the water is supplied through a drawer in the washing machine that holds fabric softener, and a remaining amount of water is supplied by spraying the water supplied from the external water source through the direct water nozzle via a direct water supply hose;
a secondary rinsing by spraying water into the inner tub through the circulating nozzle; and
a third rinsing by spraying the water into the inner tub through the direct water nozzle while draining the outer tub,
wherein, during the primary rinsing, the water is sprayed through the direct water nozzle after supplying the water through the drawer,
wherein the primary rinsing includes:
rotating the inner tub at a first rotation speed;
accelerating a rotation speed of the inner tub from the first rotation speed to a second rotation speed such that the laundry attaches to an inner surface of the inner tub; and
reducing the inner tub to the first rotation speed after operating the inner tub at the second rotation speed for a preset time,
wherein the water is supplied through the drawer while the miner tub is rotated at the first rotation speed, and the water is sprayed through the direct water nozzle when the inner tub is rotated at the second rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 10,167,588

WASHING MACHINE AND WASHING WATER SUPPLY DEVICE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A washing machine comprising:a main body having a first washing space and an opening through which to receive laundry into the first washing space; and
an auxiliary washing unit seatable on the main body at a seating position while being coupled to the washing machine, the auxiliary washing unit including
a bottom part having no opening formed therein, and
a side part inclined from the bottom part,
so that the bottom part and the side part form a second washing space which faces upward and is accessible through the opening in the main body when the auxiliary washing unit is seated on the main body at the seating position while being coupled to the washing machine, wherein
the auxiliary washing unit includes a drain formed as a recession in an upper end of the side part so that the drain thereby forms an upper edge of the auxiliary washing unit,
the drain thereby being operable to discharge water contained in the second washing space into the first washing space by moving the auxiliary washing unit from the seating position while being coupled to the washing machine.

US Pat. No. 10,167,587

METHOD AND MACHINE FOR TREATING TEXTILE FABRICS WITH AN ADJUSTABLE AIR FLOW

BIANCALANI S.R.L., Prato...

1. A machine for treating a textile fabric with air, the machine comprising:a tunnel for pneumatically transporting the, textile fabric, the tunnel comprising openings;
impact grilles facing the openings of the tunnel;
a means for injecting the air into the tunnel above and/or below the textile fabric and the means for injecting the air comprising at least one diverting valve located substantially half way along the tunnel and the means for injecting the air having two channels which are oriented to direct air flow entering the tunnel in one direction or the other another direction, the at least one diverting valve comprising an adjustable baffle adapted to shut off access to each of the two channels wholly and configured to partly shut one of the two baffles and simultaneously partly shut another of the two baffles, thereby dividing the air flow into two unequal components with a flow from the one channel, directed towards one end of the tunnel, being larger and a flow from the other channel, directed in an opposite direction towards another end of the tunnel, being smaller.

US Pat. No. 10,167,585

METHOD FOR SELECTIVE DISPLAY OF YARN IN A TUFTED FABRIC WITH DOUBLE END YARN DRIVES

Tuftco Corporation, Chat...

1. A method of operating a tufting machine of the type having front and rear rows of gauge spaced needles disposed transversely across the width of the machine wherein a narrower composite gauge is defined when the front row of needles is laterally offset to the rear row of needles, a pattern yarn feed control for supplying yarns to the needles, a needle bar shifter for shifting for the transverse rows of needles, composite gauge spaced loopers operable to seize yarns from the front needles, a control system for providing pattern information to the pattern yarn feed control mechanism and the needle bar shifter comprising the steps of:threading the front and rear transverse rows of needles with a plurality of different yarns forming a repeat;
feeding a backing fabric with a first face surface and an opposite back surface through the tufting machine and reciprocating the front and rear transverse rows of needles to cause the plurality of yarns to penetrate the face surface of the backing fabric;
seizing yarns penetrating the face surface of the backing fabric with composite gauge spaced loopers;
laterally shifting the front and rear transverse rows of needles;
controlling the feeding of yarns to the transverse rows of needles in accordance with the pattern information and in accordance with a pattern offset to form relatively high tufts of yarns to be displayed and relatively low tufts of yarns to be hidden.

US Pat. No. 10,167,584

SEWING MACHINE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A sewing machine comprising:a sewing portion configured to sew a pattern on a sewing object;
a processor; and
a memory storing non-transitory computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform the processes of:
acquiring reference data representing a relative positional relationship between a sewing position and a plurality of arrangement positions, the sewing position being a position of the pattern sewn on the sewing object by the sewing portion, the arrangement position being a position of a plurality of decorative components arranged on the sewing object; and
displaying, on the basis of the acquired reference data, a mark that indicates the arrangement position corresponding to the sewing position,
wherein the plurality of the decorative components are arranged in the plurality of the arrangement positions in a state in which positions between the plurality of the decorative components are determined on the basis of a plurality of hole portions formed in a holding body, and wherein the reference data represents relative positional relationships between the sewing position and formation positions of the plurality of hole portions formed in the holding body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,583

HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE MADE OF A NON-WOVEN MADE OF RECYCLED CARBON FIBERS

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

9. A sandwich structure comprising a honeycomb structure comprising carbon-fiber non-woven and unidirectional fibers wherein a ratio by mass of carbon-fiber non-woven to unidirectional fibers is greater than 10:1.

US Pat. No. 10,167,582

BRAIDED FILAMENT WITH PARTICULARIZED STRAND COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING AND USING SAME

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A braided suture, comprising at least two strands braided with one another to form the suture, at least one of the strands including a plurality of fibers twisted together to form the at least one strand, wherein more than one of the plurality of fibers of the at least one strand are ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and at least one fiber of the plurality of fibers of the at least one strand is polyester, and wherein the at least one strand has a greater number of UHMWPE fibers than polyester fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,167,580

EASILY UNRAVELED TEXTILE ARTICLE

1. A multifunctional device comprising:a textile article;
a hardware device, wherein the hardware device is threaded through an open loop at a leading edge of the textile article; and
a stopper knot or a tie down device secured to a loose end of the textile article, the stopper knot or the tie down device configured to, in cooperation with the hardware device, impede the textile article from unraveling by impeding the open loop from unstitching, and thereby, finishing the textile article such that the textile article is usable for a first purpose, and
wherein the textile article is configured to unravel, to be used for a second purpose, by unthreading the hardware device from the open loop and pulling only on the loose end.

US Pat. No. 10,167,575

NANOFIBER MANUFACTURING METHOD AND NANOFIBER MANUFACTURING DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A nanofiber manufacturing method comprising:supplying a solution in which a polymer is dissolved in a solvent from a distal end of a nozzle;
applying a voltage between the solution and a collector; and
spraying fibers from the solution to the collector,
wherein a blocking member is disposed so as to be movable between an insertion position, where the blocking member is inserted between the nozzle and the collector such that the fibers are received, and a retreat position, where the blocking member retreats from the insertion position such that the fibers are sprayed from the nozzle to the collector, and
a voltage is applied between the nozzle and the blocking member in a state where the blocking member is positioned at the insertion position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,574

POROUS SURFACE FOR BIOMEDICAL DEVICES

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A biomedical device, comprising:a support structure, the support structure comprising:
a substrate; and
one or more layers on the substrate, the support structure being transmissive to at least one wavelength of radiation;
a microarray formation layer formed over the support structure, wherein the microarray formation layer is a silicon nitride layer, and the microarray formation layer has one or more wells formed therein, each of the one or more wells having a bottom surface;
a porous silicon-containing layer formed on the bottom surface of the one or more wells, the porous silicon-containing layer having an exposed surface; and
a biological probe positioned in connection with the exposed surface of the porous silicon-containing layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,573

METHOD OF PRODUCING SIC SINGLE CRYSTAL

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A method of producing a SiC single crystal, comprising:disposing a SiC seed crystal at a bottom part inside a graphite crucible;
causing a solution containing Si, C and R to be present in the graphite crucible, the R being at least one selected from the group consisting of La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Sc and Y;
cooling the solution so as to form a temperature gradient zone where temperature continuously falls from a top to a bottom of the solution downwardly and cause the SiC single crystal to grow on the seed crystal; and
adding powdery or granular Si or Si and SiC raw material which corresponds to variations in a composition of the solution to the solution from above the graphite crucible so as to keep the solution within a certain range of the composition while keeping the growth of the SiC single crystal,
wherein the powdery or granular Si or Si and SiC raw material is added at the top of the solution having a higher temperature than the bottom of the solution, and
an amount of the powdery or granular Si or Si and SiC raw material added to the solution is so controlled that a weight ratio [WR/(WSi+WR)] of the R to a sum of the weight WSi of Si and the weight WR of the R in the solution during growth of the SiC single crystal is within a range of 0.55 to 0.75.

US Pat. No. 10,167,572

LARGE AREA DEPOSITION OF GRAPHENE VIA HETERO-EPITAXIAL GROWTH, AND PRODUCTS INCLUDING THE SAME

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A method of making a graphene thin film, the method comprising:providing a back support substrate;
disposing a catalyst thin film, directly or indirectly, on the back support substrate;
introducing a hydrocarbon inclusive gas proximate to the catalyst thin film;
heating the back support substrate to cause the hydrocarbon inclusive gas to at least partially separate the carbon in the hydrocarbon inclusive gas and promote graphene growth in and/or on the catalyst thin film; and
actively cooling the back support substrate to promote crystallization of graphene, directly or indirectly, on an outermost surface of the catalyst thin film, in making the graphene thin film, said active cooling being performed in connection with an inert gas and in accordance with a cooling temperature profile that, as a whole, is non-constant, non-uniform, and non-linear in speed, and cools the back substrate from 900 degrees C. to 700 degrees C.

US Pat. No. 10,167,568

SEPARATION OF ALPHA EMITTING SPECIES FROM PLATING BATHS

International Business Ma...

1. A plating method comprising:creating a circuit between an unpurified plating anode and a plating cathode immersed within a plating bath, wherein the unpurified plating anode comprises a metal and an alpha emitting material, and wherein the plating cathode comprises a semiconductor wafer;
dissolving the metal and the of alpha emitting material into the plating bath; and
selectively plating the metal upon the semiconductor wafer to reduce an alpha particle emissivity of the metal to less than 2?/cm2/1000 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,167,567

HIGH RESISTANCE VIRTUAL ANODE FOR ELECTROPLATING CELL

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A high resistance virtual anode for an electroplating cell, comprising:a first layer comprising a plurality of first holes through the first layer; and
a second layer over the first layer and comprising a plurality of second holes through the second layer, wherein:
the first layer comprises a rotatable central portion and a rotatable peripheral portion surrounding the rotatable central portion,
a first portion of the first holes are through the rotatable central portion of the first layer, and
a second portion of the first holes are through the rotatable peripheral portion of the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,566

SUBSTRATE FOR LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE FOR LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A substrate for a light emitting device in which an insulating reflecting layer that reflects light from a light emitting element is provided on a front surface of a base including aluminum, whereina rear surface of the base is covered with an aluminum anodic oxide film,
an electrode pattern which is electrically connected to an electrode of the light emitting element is provided under the reflecting layer,
a terminal portion of the electrode pattern is exposed on a front surface of the reflecting layer,
a side surface of the base is covered with the aluminum anodic oxide film, the aluminum anodic film is made of anodic oxide-treated material, and
the reflecting layer is a thin film layer which substantially covers an entirety of the electrode pattern except for the terminal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,564

APPARATUS AND METHODS OF MAINTAINING TRIVALENT CHROMIUM BATH PLATING EFFICIENCY

Coventya, Inc., Brooklyn...

1. A method for maintaining trivalent chromium plating bath efficiency, the method comprising:providing an aqueous electroplating bath that includes trivalent chromium ions and a sulfur compound;
electroplating a cathode workpiece provided in the electroplating bath to produce a darkened or black trivalent chromium electroplate on the cathode workpiece; and
continuously treating the electroplating bath during electroplating the cathode workpiece with ultraviolet (UV) radiation effective to inhibit a reduction in plating efficiency of the bath over time, wherein the treating step does not include administration of a chemical oxidant to the electroplating bath and does not oxidize the trivalent chromium to hexavalent chromium.

US Pat. No. 10,167,562

PEROVSKITE OXIDE CATALYST FOR OXYGEN EVOLUTION REACTIONS

OSAKA PREFECTURE UNIVERSI...

1. A catalyst composition comprising:a catalyst comprising an A-site ordered perovskite oxides. represented by the chemical formula (1): AA'3B4O12, wherein A represents at least one metallic element selected from the group consisting of Na, K, Ca, Sr, Ba, Ag, Pb, Bi, Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu, A? represents at least one transition metal element selected from the group consisting of Cu, Mn, Fe, Co and Pd, and forms a covalent bond, and B represents at least one metallic element selected from the group consisting of Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ru, Rh, Re, 1r, Pt, Al, Ga, Ge, Sn and Sb; and
a carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,167,561

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING HYDROGEN HAVING REVERSIBLE ELECTRODES

John Christopher Burtch, ...

1. An apparatus for producing hydrogen from salt water by electrolysis, the apparatus comprising:at least one pair of electrodes, wherein the pair of electrodes comprises a first zinc plated electrode and a second zinc plated electrode spaced apart from the first zinc plated electrode;
a controller for supplying direct electrical current across the first and second electrodes such that the first and second electrodes are oppositely charged; and
a tank containing an electrolytic solution including salt water and a mild acid;
wherein the first and second electrodes are immersed in the electrolytic solution.

US Pat. No. 10,167,559

NEGATIVE PATTERNING APPROACH FOR ULTRA-NARROW GAP DEVICES

International Business Ma...

1. A method for manufacturing a gap device, comprising:forming a template structure on a substrate;
depositing an active material layer on the substrate and on the template structure, wherein the active material layer covers at least top and side surfaces of the template structure;
planarizing the active material layer;
depositing a cover layer on the active material layer and the template structure after the planarization;
forming one or more openings through the cover layer which provide access to the template structure; and
selectively removing the template structure with respect to the active material layer and the substrate to create a gap in the active material layer corresponding to the width of the template structure;
wherein the selective removal of the template structure is performed through the one or more openings;
wherein the gap is embedded within the active material layer, and at least a portion of the gap is overlapped by the cover layer; and
wherein the cover layer closes off at least part of an open top region of the gap while the gap remains unfilled.

US Pat. No. 10,167,558

PHASE SHIFTED GAS DELIVERY FOR HIGH THROUGHPUT AND COST EFFECTIVENESS ASSOCIATED WITH ATOMIC LAYER ETCHING AND ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION

International Business Ma...

1. A method for optimizing atomic layer etching (ALE) and atomic layer deposition (ALD), the method comprising:charging a first wafer chamber with a first gas from a first storage tank for a first cycle run;
determining whether the first cycle run has completed;
responsive to the first cycle run completing, transferring the first gas from the first wafer chamber to a second wafer chamber and charging the first wafer chamber with a second gas from a second storage tank for a second cycle run;
determining whether the second cycle run has completed;
responsive to the second cycle run completing, transferring the first gas from the second wafer chamber to the first storage tank and routing the second gas from the first wafer chamber to the second wafer chamber for a third cycle run;
determining whether the third cycle run has completed; and
responsive to the third cycle run completing, transferring the second gas from the second wafer chamber to the second storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,167,557

GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, REACTOR INCLUDING THE SYSTEM, AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

ASM IP Holding B.V., Alm...

1. A gas distribution system comprising:a flange;
an opening within the flange to receive a substrate;
a plurality of first gas expansion ports formed within the flange;
a plurality of second gas expansion ports formed within the flange;
a plurality of first gas channels formed within the flange, wherein each of the plurality of first gas channels terminates at one of the first gas expansion ports;
a plurality of second gas channels formed within the flange, wherein each of the plurality of second gas channels terminates at one of the second gas expansion ports;
a plurality of first gas lines coupled to the one or more first gas channels and to a first gas source comprising a first gas;
a plurality of first gas valves coupled to the plurality of first gas lines and the and the one or more first gas channels;
a plurality of second gas lines coupled to the one or more second gas channels and to a second gas source comprising a second gas;
a plurality of second gas valves coupled to the plurality of second gas lines and the and the one or more second gas channels;
a plurality of first conduits; and
a plurality of second conduits,
wherein each first conduit is in fluid communication between one of the first gas expansion ports and a reaction chamber,
wherein each second conduit is in fluid communication between one of the second gas expansion ports and the reaction chamber,
wherein a flowrate of the first gas to each of the first gas expansion ports is independently adjusted using one of the plurality of first gas valves prior to the first gas entering the flange,
wherein a flowrate of the second gas to each of the second gas expansion ports is independently adjusted using one of the plurality of second gas valves prior to the second gas entering the flange,
wherein a plurality of first gas lines and a plurality of second gas lines are coupled to a top surface of the flange,
wherein the first gas and the second gas are not the same gas, and
wherein the first gas and second gas mix within the reaction chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,167,556

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DEPOSITING A COATING ON A SUBSTRATE AT ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. A method of depositing a coating on a substrate at atmospheric pressure, the method comprising:generating microwaves by a microwave source;
flowing a gas over an antenna coupled to the microwave source and disposed within a chamber having an open end to generate a microwave plasma jet at atmospheric pressure, wherein a discharge tube surrounds the antenna and defines a pathway for gas flow over the antenna;
immersing a target material within the microwave plasma jet, the immersing comprising providing a continuous feed of the target material through a hollow core of the antenna;
removing atoms from the target material, the atoms being transported from the target material to a substrate by the microwave plasma jet, the substrate being positioned outside the open end of the chamber; and
forming a coating on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,555

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FABRICATING FIBERS AND MICROSTRUCTURES FROM DISPARATE MOLAR MASS PRECURSORS

Dynetics, Inc., Huntsvil...

22. A method of fabricating fibers, comprising:a. introducing a low molar mass precursor species into a reaction vessel,
b. introducing a high molar mass precursor species into said reaction vessel, said high molar mass precursor species having a molar mass at least 1.5 times greater than the low molar mass precursor species,
c. creating (i) a reaction zone within the reaction vessel and (ii) a thermal diffusion region at or near the reaction zone, wherein at least one of the thermal diffusion region and reaction zone is at least partially created by a primary heating means, and the thermal diffusion region at least partially separates the low molar mass precursor species from the high molar mass precursor species and concentrates the low molar mass precursor at the reaction zone,
d. decomposing the low molar mass precursor species concentrated at the reaction zone in the reaction zone, to deposit as a solid fiber in the reaction zone, said solid fiber having a first end at said reaction zone and a second end, wherein either the second end is drawn away from the reaction zone or the reaction zone is moved away from the second end, and
e. modulating the reaction zone or flow of low molecular mass precursor to the reaction zone to alter the fiber characteristics of the solid fiber being grown in the reaction zone.

US Pat. No. 10,167,553

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A UNIFORM FLOW OF GAS

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An outer distribution ring comprisinga round body having a top, bottom, inner diameter with an inner diameter face and an outer diameter with an outer diameter face;
a plenum formed in the top of the round body, the plenum having an outer peripheral face and an inner peripheral face defining a width and having a volume in a range of about 100 mL to about 900 mL; and
a plurality of openings in the inner peripheral face of the plenum forming a plurality of trenches connecting the plenum with the inner diameter face, the plurality of trenches substantially equally spaced about the inner peripheral face, the plurality of trenches extending from a top of the inner diameter face to a bottom of the inner diameter face, and the trenches having a combined volume in a range of about 20 mL to about 240 mL,
wherein a ratio of the combined volume of the trenches to the volume of the plenum is in the range of about 10% to about 30%.

US Pat. No. 10,167,550

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

Aurora Flight Sciences Co...

1. A multi-functional composite structure comprising:a composite structure configured to pass structural loads, the composite structure having a plurality of structural composite fiber layers, each of the structural composite fiber layers comprising a matrix material;
a connector configured to interface with one or more electrical devices;
a composite conductor assembly electrically coupled with said connector, the composite conductor assembly having a moisture barrier resin adhesive and one or more carbon nanotube (CNT) conductors disposed between two or more insulating layers, wherein each of the two or more insulating layers comprising fiberglass,
wherein a first portion of the composite conductor assembly is embedded between a first set of two non-adjacent layers of said plurality of structural composite fiber layers,
wherein the first portion is substantially parallel to the first set of two non-adjacent layers,
wherein the two or more insulating layers electrically isolate the one or more CNT conductors from said plurality of structural composite fiber layers, and
wherein a second portion of the composite conductor assembly egresses from the multi-functional composite structure by traversing at least one of the plurality of structural composite fiber layers while maintaining electrical isolation between the composite conductor assembly's one or more CNT conductors and the plurality of structural composite fiber layers.

US Pat. No. 10,167,549

HEAT-RESISTANT COMPOSITE MATERIAL PRODUCTION METHOD AND PRODUCTION DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, Koto-ku...

1. A method of producing a heat-resistant composite material using chemical vapor deposition or chemical vapor infiltration, the method comprising:accommodating a base material in a reaction furnace; and
causing precursor gas, additive gas, and carrier gas to flow in the reaction furnace to deposit silicon carbide on the base material for film formation,
wherein
the precursor gas comprises tetramethylsilane, and
the additive gas comprises hydrogen chloride,
wherein a mole ratio ? of tetramethylsilane to hydrogen chloride satisfies 1

US Pat. No. 10,167,548

CONTINUOUS SYSTEM

Singulus Technologies AG,...

1. A continuous system comprising:at least one carrier system comprising at least two connecting elements;
a plurality of transport systems arranged one after the other in the transport direction (z-direction) in a transport plane (x-z-plane), wherein the transport systems each have a cylindrical cam being axially parallel with respect to the transport direction, wherein the cylindrical cams have a central region having a first diameter d1 and at least a second diameter d2 at the ends of the cylindrical cams, wherein d2 at least one drive unit for driving the cylindrical cams.

US Pat. No. 10,167,547

GADOLINIUM SPUTTERING TARGET AND PRODUCTION METHOD OF SAID TARGET

1. An assembly comprising a gadolinium target plate and a titanium backing plate bonded to the gadolinium target plate, the gadolinium target plate being defined by an exposed sputtering face and an opposing non-sputtering face and having a diameter of at least 450 mm, and the titanium backing plate being defined by a face which is in contact with and bonded to the non-sputtering face of the gadolinium target plate and an opposed face which forms an exposed rear face of said assembly, wherein the gadolinium target plate has a purity of 99.9% or higher and the titanium backing plate has a purity of 99.99% or higher, the non-sputtering face of the gadolinium target plate and the face of the titanium backing plate in contact with the non-sputtering face of the gadolinium target plate are bonded to each other by solid-phase diffusion bonding to provide a bonding interface.

US Pat. No. 10,167,546

SWELLABLE FILM FORMING COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY EMPLOYING SAME

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of forming a predetermined metalized pattern on a substrate, comprising:casting and curing a polymerizable precursor into a first side of the substrate so as to form a water swellable acrylic layer on the substrate, the water swellable acrylic layer having thick portions and thin portions such that the thin portions correspond to the predetermined pattern;
etching the water swellable acrylic layer so that the thin portions are removed and substrate is partially exposed;
metalizing the first side so as to deposit metal onto the exposed portions of the substrate and onto the thick portions of the water swellable acrylic layer; and
exposing the water swellable acrylic layer to only hot water, releasing the water swellable acrylic layer and its over-coat of metal from the substrate and leaving the substrate with the predetermined metalized pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,167,543

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL FIBER PREFORM

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical fiber preform, the method comprising the steps of:(a) premixing a source-material-containing gas with an oxygen gas in a premixing chamber so as to obtain a premixed source material gas, the source-material-containing gas containing organosilicon which is in a gaseous or atomized state; and
(b) producing SiO2 soot by (i) supplying, to a burner, the premixed source material gas and a combustion gas and (ii) reacting the organosilicon in a flame,
in the step (a), the oxygen gas being supplied to the premixing chamber via a first tube that is different from a second tube via which the combustion gas is supplied and the oxygen gas being heated in the first tube to a temperature greater than or equal to a liquefaction temperature of the organosilicon, which liquefaction temperature is dependent on an amount of the organosilicon contained in the premixed source material gas,
wherein the method further comprises (c) heating the oxygen gas to a first temperature in the first tube independently from the source-material-containing gas, the first temperature being different from a temperature of the source-material-containing gas, and varying the first temperature in accordance with the amount of the organosilicon contained in the premixed source material gas.

US Pat. No. 10,167,541

ALLOYED HOT-DIP GALVANIZED STEEL SHEET AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

1. An alloyed hot-dip galvanized steel sheet comprising a base steel sheet,wherein the base steel sheet contains, in mass %,
C: more than or equal to 0.05% and less than or equal to 0.50%,
Si: more than or equal to 0.2% and less than or equal to 3.0%,
Mn: more than or equal to 0.5% and less than or equal to 5.0%,
Al: more than or equal to 0.001 and less than or equal to 1.0%,
P: less than or equal to 0.1%,
S: less than or equal to 0.01%,
N: less than or equal to 0.01%, and
the balance including Fe and inevitable impurities,
wherein the alloyed hot-dip galvanized steel sheet is provided with an alloyed hot-dip galvanized layer on a surface of the base steel sheet, the alloyed hot-dip galvanized layer containing, in mass %, Fe: more than or equal to 5% and less than or equal to 15%, and the balance including Zn and inevitable impurities, and having a thickness of more than or equal to 3?m and less than or equal to 30 ?m, and
wherein the alloyed hot-dip galvanized steel sheet comprises an A layer immediately under the surface of the base steel sheet, the A layer being formed in the base steel sheet and having a thickness of more than or equal to 2 ?m and less than or equal to 20 ?m from the surface of the base steel sheet,
the A layer containing more than or equal to 50 vol % of a ferrite structure based on a volume of the A layer and the balance including inevitable structures, and containing, based on a mass of the A layer, more than or equal to 90 mass % of unoxidized Fe, less than or equal to 10 mass % of a total of contents of oxides of Fe, Si, Mn, P, S, and Al, and less than 0.05 mass % of C.

US Pat. No. 10,167,540

CONTINUOUS OLIGOCRYSTALLINE SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY WIRE PRODUCED BY MELT SPINNING

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A shape memory alloy wire comprising:an alloy composition comprising CuAlMnNi and excluding grain refiner elements, said alloy composition including 20 at %-28 at % Al, 2 at %-4 at % Ni, 3 at %-5 at % Mn with Cu as a remaining balance of the alloy composition;
said alloy composition being disposed as an elongated wire of at least about 1.5 meters in length, having a wire diameter of less than about 150 microns; and
at least about 50 vol % of said alloy composition along said wire length having an oligocrystalline microstructure as-disposed in the wire and without thermal treatment of the wire.

US Pat. No. 10,167,539

HOT-ROLLED STEEL SHEET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A hot-rolled steel sheet comprising, as a chemical composition, by mass %,C: 0.01% to 0.4%,
Si: 0.001% to 2.5%,
Mn: 0.001% to 4.0%,
Al: 0.001% to 2.0%,
P: limited to 0.15% or less,
S: limited to 0.03% or less,
N: limited to 0.01% or less,
O: limited to 0.01% or less, and
a balance comprising Fe and unavoidable impurities, wherein:
an average pole density of an orientation group of {100}<011>to {223}<110>, which is a pole density represented by an arithmetic average of pole densities of each crystal orientation {100}<011>, {116}<110>, {114}<110>, {112}<110>, and {223}<110>, is 1.0 to 5.0, and a pole density of a crystal orientation {332}<113>is 1.0 to 4.0 in a thickness central portion, which is a thickness range of ? to ? based on a surface of the steel sheet;
the steel sheet includes, as a metallographic structure, plural grains, and includes, by area %, 30% to 99% in total of a ferrite and a bainite, and 1% to 70% of a martensite; and
an area fraction of the martensite is defined as fM in unit of area %, an average size of the martensite is defined as dia in unit of ?m, an average distance between the martensite is defined as dis in unit of ?m, and a tensile strength of the steel sheet is defined as TS in unit of MPa, and a following Expression 1 and a following Expression 2 are satisfied:
dia?13 ?m  (Expression 1)
TS/fM×dis/dia?500  (Expression 2).

US Pat. No. 10,167,537

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a first electronic component including a first electrode;
solder on the first electrode, the solder includes
an InSn-containing phase, and
an Ag-In intermetallic compound dispersed in the InSn-containing phase,
wherein the Ag-In intermetallic compound has a structure in which Cu is dissolved in AqIn2.

US Pat. No. 10,167,536

TUNGSTEN ALLOY, TUNGSTEN ALLOY PART, DISCHARGE LAMP, TRANSMITTING TUBE, AND MAGNETRON

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A method for producing a tungsten alloy for a discharge lamp, a transmitting tube or a magnetron, the method comprising:mixing a HfC powder comprising primary particles having an average particle diameter of 15 ?m or less and a tungsten powder having an average particle diameter of 0.5 to 10 ?m to obtain a raw powder;
molding the raw powder to obtain a molded body;
sintering the molded body to obtain a sintered body; and
performing at least one process selected from the group consisting of forging, rolling, wiredrawing, cutting, and polishing, after the sintering step;
wherein a processing ratio [(A?B)/A]×100 of the at least one process is within a range of 30 to 90%, wherein A is a sectional area of the sintered body before the at least one process and B is a sectional area of the sintered body after the at least one process.

US Pat. No. 10,167,534

FRESH WATER DEGRADABLE DOWNHOLE TOOLS COMPRISING MAGNESIUM AND ALUMINUM ALLOYS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A downhole tool comprising:at least one component of the downhole tool made of a doped alloy that at least partially degrades by micro-galvanic corrosion in the presence of fresh water, the fresh water having a salinity of less than about 1000 ppm,
wherein the doped alloy is selected from the group consisting of:
a doped magnesium alloy comprising a dopant selected from the group consisting of a nickel dopant in the range of about 2% to about 6%, a copper dopant in the range of about 6% to about 12%, an iron dopant in the range of about 2% to about 6%, and any combination thereof;
a doped magnesium alloy selected from the group consisting of a doped WE magnesium alloy, a doped AZ magnesium alloy, a doped ZK magnesium alloy, a doped AM magnesium alloy, and any combination thereof; and
a doped aluminum alloy comprising greater than about 50% by weight of aluminum and a dopant selected from the group consisting of a copper dopant in the range of about 8% to about 15%, a gallium dopant in the range of about 0.2% to about 4%, a nickel dopant in the range of about 1% to about 7%, an iron dopant in the range of about 2% to about 7%, and any combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,167,532

METHOD FOR ISOLATING RARE EARTHS AND/OR ADJACENT METAL ELEMENT(S) CONTAINED IN THE MAGNETIC PHASE OF PERMANENT MAGNETS

1. A process for isolating rare earth metals and ancillary metal element(s) distinct from rare earth metals present in a magnetic phase of magnets or derived products, comprising:(i) having a material forming said magnetic phase available in the form of a demagnetized powder, with a mean particle size of less than or equal to 700 ?m, devoid of contamination with nonconstituent particles of said magnetic phase;
(ii) dissolving said powder from stage (i) in an acid medium comprising a first quantity of acid and supplemented with at least one oxidizing agent capable of adjusting the ancillary metal element(s) to an oxidation state compatible with their consecutive precipitation in stage (iii), in the presence of hydroxide ions, at a pH strictly of less than 7, to form a first solution;
(iii) precipitating the ancillary metal element(s) in the hydroxide state to form a metal hydroxide precipitate by adding at least one hydroxylated base to the first solution obtained on conclusion of stage (ii), under pH conditions such that the rare earth metals are in a dissolved form;
(iv) isolating the metal hydroxide precipitate formed on conclusion of stage (iii), and optionally recovering it, leaving a second solution that is depleted in, and optionally devoid of, ancillary metal element(s);
(v) precipitating the rare earth metals in an oxalate state from the second solution obtained on conclusion of stage (iv) by adding a second quantity of acid comprising an oxalic acid to said second solution; and
(vi) recovering said rare earth metals in a form of a precipitate of rare earth metal oxalate,
wherein the process does not include an oxidation heat treatment step.

US Pat. No. 10,167,531

PROCESSING OF LITHIUM CONTAINING MATERIAL

Reed Advanced Materials P...

1. A process for treatment of a lithium containing material, the process comprising the steps of:(i) passing a lithium containing material to a leach step comprising a first leach stage and a second leach stage in which said lithium containing material is leached with hydrochloric acid to produce a pregnant leach solution;
(ii) passing said pregnant leach solution to a thickening step comprising a first thickening stage coupled subsequent to the first leach stage and a second thickening stage coupled subsequent to the second leach stage and subsequently pyrohydrolysing an overflow from said first thickening stage and an overflow from said second thickening stage, thereby converting any chlorides of aluminum and iron into insoluble oxides, removing same, and recovering residual hydrochloric acid that is utilized in the leach step (i), wherein an underflow from the first thickening stage coupled subsequent to the first leach stage is passed to the second leach stage and the second thickening stage coupled subsequent to the second leach stage, and wherein an underflow from the second thickening stage coupled subsequent to the second leach stage is passed to waste;
(iii) passing said pregnant leach solution from step (ii) to a series of impurity removal steps thereby providing a substantially purified lithium chloride solution;
(iv) passing the purified lithium chloride solution of step (iii) to an electrolysis step in which lithium chloride and added water are consumed thereby producing a lithium hydroxide solution, chlorine, and hydrogen;
(v) combining chlorine and hydrogen produced in the electrolysis step (iv) to produce hydrochloric acid that is utilized in the leach step (i); and
(vi) carbonating the lithium hydroxide solution produced in step (iv) by passing compressed carbon dioxide there through, thereby producing a lithium carbonate precipitate, or
b) wherein the lithium hydroxide solution produced in step (iv) is thickened by evaporation of water to provide lithium hydroxide monohydrate crystals, or
c) a portion of the lithium hydroxide solution is carbonated to produce a lithium carbonate precipitate, and another portion is thickened by evaporation of water to provide lithium hydroxide monohydrate crystals;
wherein the lithium containing material is an alpha-spodumene ore or ore concentrate and the process further comprises a first step in which that alpha-spodumene ore or ore concentrate is calcined to produce beta-spodumene.

US Pat. No. 10,167,530

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HOT PRESS FORMED PART, AND HOT PRESS FORMED PART

JFE Steel Corporation, T...

1. A method of manufacturing a hot press formed part by hot pressing a coated steel sheet that is obtained by forming a Zn-based coating layer on a surface of a steel sheet, the method comprising:heating the coated steel sheet to a temperature range of 750° C. or more and 1000° C. or less;
cooling a surface of the coated steel sheet; and
hot press forming the coated steel sheet under a condition that a surface temperature of the coated steel sheet is 400° C. or less and an average temperature of the coated steel sheet is 500° C. or more.

US Pat. No. 10,167,529

HARDFACING PROCESS AND PARTS PRODUCED THEREBY

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A hardfaced component that is subject to wear, comprising:a boron steel body that includes SAE 51B27 steel; and
a clad layer, greater than about 1 mm thick (0.04 in), metallurgically bonded on a surface of the steel body using an arc welding process, wherein a lowest hardness of the steel body in an interfacial region that is about six times the thickness of the clad layer is within about 15% of a hardness of the body below the interfacial region.

US Pat. No. 10,167,528

COMPOSITION DESIGN AND PROCESSING METHODS OF HIGH STRENGTH, HIGH DUCTILITY, AND HIGH CORROSION RESISTANCE FEMNA1C ALLOYS

APOGEAN METAL CO., LTD., ...

1. A wrought alloy consisting essentially of, by weight, 23 to 34 percent manganese (Mn), 6 to 12 percent aluminum (Al), 1.58 to 2.2 percent carbon (C), and balance essentially iron (Fe);wherein said alloy is solution heat-treated at 980° C. to 1200° C. followed by quenching to room-temperature water or ice water, and
wherein the as-quenched microstructure of said alloy is composed of a single austenite matrix and nano-size (Fe,Mn)3AlCx carbides (??-carbides); said ??-carbides are formed within the austenite matrix during quenching via a spinodal decomposition.

US Pat. No. 10,167,515

MOLECULAR ANALYSIS USING A MAGNETIC SIFTER AND NANOWELL SYSTEM

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for identification of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), the method comprising:magnetically labeling the CTCs in a blood sample with cancer cell markers conjugated to magnetic nanoparticles;
separating the magnetically labeled CTCs by passing the blood sample through a magnetic sifter during application of an external magnetic field;
collecting the separated magnetically labeled CTCs to produce enriched CTCs;
loading the enriched CTCs into a microfluidic single-cell molecular assay comprising an array of 25,600 or more nanowells, where each of the nanowells is adapted to contain at most a single one of the CTCs;
performing multiple simultaneous multiple-color multiplexed gene expression analysis of the CTCs using the microfluidic single-cell molecular assay and multiple fluorescent gene markers;
imaging the array of nanowells using fluorescence signal acquisition from individual nanowells, producing images of the array of nanowells;
analyzing the images using a signal processor to identify CTCs based on the concurrent expression of two or more genes.

US Pat. No. 10,167,514

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING PROPORTIONS OF DISTINCT CELL SUBSETS

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for identifying at least one of a plurality of cell populations in a sample, said method producing a significance value for said identification and comprising:a) providing a sample comprising said plurality of cell populations;
b) processing said sample to generate a feature profile from said sample, wherein said feature profile comprises a gene expression profile, protein-protein interaction profile, protein phosphorylation profile, cellular electrical activity profile, chromatin modification profile, chromosome binding profile, enzymatic activity profile, metabolite profile, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra, electromagnetic radiation absorbance or emission spectra, circular dichroism spectra, Raman spectra, mass spectra, or chromatograms, or a combination thereof;
c) processing said feature profile, using a deconvolution module, to identify said at least one of said plurality of cell populations in said sample; and
d) processing said feature profile, using a significance value module, to produce said significance value for said identification.

US Pat. No. 10,167,505

INTEGRATED SEQUENCING APPARATUSES AND METHODS OF USE

ILLUMINA, INC., San Dieg...

1. A method of sequencing a nucleic acid molecule, the method comprising the steps of:(a) providing a droplet manipulation apparatus for performing droplet operations, the droplet manipulation apparatus comprising a substrate surface comprising an array of dynamic pads, wherein a droplet dispensed onto the substrate surface moves along a desired path defined by the dynamic pads, and wherein at least one of the pads comprises a hydrophilic patch;
(b) transporting a droplet comprising one or more nucleic acid molecules to be sequenced to the hydrophilic patch;
(c) immobilizing the one or more nucleic acid molecules;
(d) sequencing the one or more nucleic acid molecules.

US Pat. No. 10,167,499

LUMINOPHORE-LABELED MOLECULES COUPLED WITH PARTICLES FOR MICROARRAY-BASED ASSAYS

CAPITALBIO TECHNOLOOGY CO...

1. A method of labeling a plurality of target molecules with a luminophore for detecting the target molecules using a microarray, the method comprising:a) coupling each target molecule of a plurality of target molecules to a particle to form a target-particle complex, wherein each target molecule comprises a modification moiety and the particle comprises a plurality of functional moieties, wherein each target molecule is coupled to the particle via interaction between the modification moiety and the functional moiety, and wherein each target molecule comprises a target portion and a portion capable of specific binding to a probe molecule immobilized on the microarray, wherein the microarray comprises a plurality of immobilized probe molecules; and
b) providing a luminophore on the target-particle complex, thereby directly or indirectly labeling the plurality of target molecules with the luminophore,
wherein the providing step comprises:
introducing the luminophore into or onto the particle to label the particle, and incubating the luminophore-labeled particle with the plurality of target molecules, whereby the plurality of target molecules are coupled to the particle,
wherein the target molecule comprises a first polynucleotide, and the probe molecule comprises a second polynucleotide that is complementary to the first polynucleotide.

US Pat. No. 10,167,498

GRADIENT ELUTION MOVING BOUNDARY ELECTROPHORESIS FOR USE WITH COMPLEX SAMPLES AND DETECTION OF TOXINS

1. A method of indirectly detecting the presence of toxins in a complex sample using electrophoretic separations, the method comprising:introducing a run buffer into a separation channel having an inlet end;
introducing the complex sample into a sample reservoir in fluid contact with the separation channel, wherein the complex sample was subject to no sample preparation or was subject to sample preparation selected from the group consisting of dilution, suspension, filtration, and combinations thereof;
reacting the complex sample with a signaling enzyme in a reaction medium containing a substrate for the signaling enzyme, wherein the signaling enzyme converts the substrate to a product;
separating the substrate and the product by:
applying an electric potential across the separation channel to achieve electrophoretic migration of the substrate and the product, and
varying with respect to time the bulk flow of the run buffer through the separation channel to achieve selective introduction of the substrate and the product into the inlet end of the separation channel and differential migration of the substrate and the product therethrough such that the substrate and the product are sequentially detected and quantified; and
determining a rate of conversion of the substrate to the product, wherein a change in the rate of conversion is indicative of the presence of toxins.

US Pat. No. 10,167,497

STABLE NAD/NADH DERIVATIVES

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A method for detecting an analyte in a fluid sample comprising the steps of(a) providing a test element, the test element carrying an enzyme and a compound of the general formula (I?);

in which
A=adenine or an analogue thereof,
T=in each case independently denotes O, S,
U=in each case independently denotes OH, SH, BH3?, BCNH2?,
V=in each case independently denotes OH or a phosphate group,
W=COOR, CON(R)2, COR, CSN(R)2 in which R in each case independently denotes H or C1-C2-alkyl,
X1, X2=in each case independently denote O, or NH,
Y=NH, S, O, CH2
Z=a saturated or unsaturated carbocyclic or heterocyclic five-membered ring of the general formula (II)

in which a single or double bond can be present between R5? and R5?,
R4=in each case independently denotes H, F, Cl, and CH3,
R5=CR42,
if a single bond is present between R5? and R5?, then
R5?=O, S, NH, NC1-C2-alkyl, CR42, CHOH, CHOCH3,
R5?=CR42, CHOH, CHOCH3
if a double bond is present between R5? and R5?,
then R5?=R5?=CR4,
R6, R6?=in each case independently denote CH, CCH3
provided that if R5=CH2, T=O, U=in each case OH, V=OH, W=CONH2, X1, X2?O and
Y=O, then R5? and R5? are not simultaneously CHOH,or a salt or optionally a reduced from thereof; and(b) analyzing an enzymatic reaction involving the analyte and correlating a change in the compound or the enzyme to a quantity of the analyte.

US Pat. No. 10,167,481

PLANT REGULATORY ELEMENTS AND USES THEREOF

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

6. A transgenic plant cell comprising a heterologous DNA molecule comprising a sequence selected from the group consisting of:a) a sequence with at least 98 percent sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 1, wherein the sequence has promoter activity;
b) a sequence comprising SEQ ID NO: 1; and
c) a fragment of SEQ ID NO: 1 comprising SEQ ID NO: 2, wherein the fragment has promoter activity;
wherein said sequence is operably linked to a heterologous transcribable polynucleotide molecule.

US Pat. No. 10,167,480

STRONG ACTIVATION DOMAIN

Mendel Biotechnology, Inc...

11. A method for increasing expression of a target polynucleotide sequence, the method comprising:(a) generating a nucleic acid construct encoding a chimeric polypeptide consisting of a transactivation domain covalently linked to a heterologous transcription regulatory polypeptide, wherein said transactivation domain consists of SEQ ID NO: 37 or a sequence having at least 25% identity thereto and comprising SEQ ID NO:55, and, wherein said transcription regulatory polypeptide comprises a DNA binding domain; and
(b) introducing the nucleic acid construct into a host cell.

US Pat. No. 10,167,476

5?-TRIPHOSPHATE OLIGORIBONUCLEOTIDES

1. A synthetic oligoribonucleotide at least 41 nucleotides in length that can form a hairpin structure comprising at least 17 base pairs, the synthetic oligonucleotide further comprising a triphosphate group at a 5? end of the oligoribonucleotide wherein the synthetic oligoribonucleotide comprises SEQ ID NO: 10.

US Pat. No. 10,167,445

CELL CULTURE MONITORING SYSTEM WITH LOW POWER CONSUMPTION

1. A method for reducing power consumption and wirelessly monitoring biological cell culture medium in a dynamic environment of a biological culture incubator/shaker, comprising:utilizing a container to hold a liquid biological culture medium in which biological cells are incubated, and at least a part of the container's wall is optically transparent;
positioning a light emission source relative to the transparent wall of said container and irradiating light through the wall of said container and interacting with said biological culture medium;
positioning and aiming at least one photodetector to detect light from the interacting section of the incident light with the biological culture medium;
positioning at least one temperature sensor close to said light emission source and said photodetector;
providing temperature compensation means for improving measurement accuracy without a temperature control of said light emission source and said photodetector, said temperature compensation means includes steps for controlling the driving current of the light emission source, and then pre-measuring, pre-calculating and pre-storing superimposed temperature coefficients of the controlled light emission source and the photodetector, and then correcting the measurable property values of the biological cell culture medium based on measured temperature of the light emission source and the photodetector and measured turbidity of the cell culture medium;
providing processing means for amplifying electrical signal from the photodetector, and for processing the signal and presenting properties of the biological cell culture medium.

US Pat. No. 10,167,444

BIOREACTOR AND METHOD OF FORMING COMPLEX THREE-DIMENSIONAL TISSUE CONSTRUCTS

The Regents of The Univer...

1. A bioreactor for forming a complex three-dimensional tissue construct, comprising:a first substrate for culturing a first cell source;
a second substrate for culturing a second cell source, wherein the first substrate and the second substrate comprise two walls of a culture chamber; and
at least one translation mechanism in the culture chamber that at least partially extends between the first substrate and the second substrate so that a first tissue construct of the first cell source cultured on the first substrate or a second tissue construct of the second cell source cultured on the second substrate can be translated via the translation mechanism to form the complex three-dimensional tissue construct having the second tissue construct of the second cell source cultured with the first tissue construct of the first cell source.

US Pat. No. 10,167,443

WET CLEAN PROCESS FOR REMOVING CXHYFZ ETCH RESIDUE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. An etch chemistry for removing hydrocarbon etch residues comprising an aqueous solution including cerium ammonium nitrate (Ce(NH4)2(NO3)6)(CAN) and NH4OH, the cerium ammonium nitrate (Ce(NH4)2(NO3)6)(CAN) being present in the aqueous lanthanoid solution in a concentration ranging from 100 g/L to 500 g/L, wherein the etch chemistry removes the hydrocarbon etch residues without removing metal from metal gate electrodes that are adjacent to the hydrocarbon etch residues.

US Pat. No. 10,167,441

LAUNDRY SCENT ADDITIVE

1. A composition comprising a plurality of pastilles, wherein said pastilles comprise:polyethylene glycol; and
free perfume;
wherein each of said pastilles has a mass from about 0.95 mg to about 2 g; and
wherein said pastilles have a shape selected from the group consisting of hemispherical and compressed hemispherical.

US Pat. No. 10,167,437

SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCTION OF HIGH-CARBON BIOGENIC REAGENTS

Carbon Technology Holding...

1. A high-carbon biogenic reagent production system, the system comprising:(a) a material feed system configured to introduce a carbon-containing feedstock;
(b) an optional dryer, disposed in operable communication with the material feed system, configured to remove moisture contained within a carbon-containing feedstock;
(c) a multiple-zone reactor, disposed in operable communication with the material feed system or the option dryer, wherein the multiple-zone reactor comprises at least one pyrolysis zone disposed in operable communication with a spatially separated cooling zone, and wherein the multiple-zone reactor comprises an outlet to remove condensable vapors and non-condensable gases from solids;
(d) a cooler, disposed in operable communication with the multiple-zone reactor; and
(e) a carbon recovery unit, disposed in operable communication with the cooler.

US Pat. No. 10,167,436

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR PROCESSING HUMAN WASTE INTO FUEL

Sanivation LLC, Wilmingt...

1. A method for making fuel briquettes using feces to bind the fuel briquettes, the method comprising:heat treating the feces to inactivate pathogens resident therein and to cause cellulose material in the feces to undergo a bond transition;
mixing the treated feces and water to create a homogenous binder; and
forming briquettes from a mixture comprising the binder and non-carbonized and/or carbonized biomass material, wherein the treated feces acts to bind the mixture such that the mixture may be formed into briquettes.

US Pat. No. 10,167,434

INTEGRATED HYDROCRACKING PROCESS

SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CO...

1. An integrated hydrocracking process for production of olefinic and aromatic petrochemicals from a hydrocarbon feedstock comprising crude oil, the process comprising:treating the hydrocarbon feedstock comprising crude oil and a residual liquid product in a first hydrocracking zone in the presence of hydrogen under effective conditions producing a first effluent having an increased hydrogen content;
separating the first effluent into a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) comprising stream and a liquid phase stream;
separating said LPG comprising stream into one or more streams chosen from a stream comprising hydrogen, a stream comprising methane, a steam comprising ethane, a stream comprising butanes, a stream comprising propane, a stream comprising C1-minus, a stream comprising C3-minus, a stream comprising C1-C2, a stream comprising C3-C4, a stream comprising C2-C3, a stream comprising C1-C3, a stream comprising C1-C4, a stream comprising C2-C4, a stream comprising C2-minus and a stream comprising C4-minus;
further processing said one or more streams in a steam cracker unit and at least one unit chosen from the group of a butanes dehydrogenation unit, a propane dehydrogenation unit, a combined propane-butanes dehydrogenation unit, and a combination of units thereof to produce mixed product stream(s);
feeding the mixed product stream(s) from said steam cracker unit and said at least one unit, chosen from the group of said butanes dehydrogenation unit, said propane dehydrogenation unit, said combined propane-butanes dehydrogenation unit, and said combination of units thereof, to a second separation section;
thermally cracking at least a portion of the liquid phase stream in a resid hydrocracking zone to produce slurry intermediate product; and
separating the mixed product stream(s).

US Pat. No. 10,167,433

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING DIESEL FROM A HYDROCARBON STREAM

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for producing diesel from a hydrocarbon stream comprising:hydrocracking a hydrocarbon feed stream over hydrocracking catalyst in the presence of hydrogen to provide a hydrocracked effluent stream;
separating said hydrocracked effluent stream into a hydrocarbonaceous vaporous hydrocracked stream and a liquid hydrocracked stream;
hydrotreating said hydrocarbonaceous vaporous hydrocracked stream over hydrotreating catalyst in the presence of hydrogen, all provided in the vaporous hydrocracked stream, to provide a hydrotreated effluent stream;
separating said hydrotreated effluent stream into a vaporous hydrotreated stream and a liquid hydrotreated stream; and
stripping said liquid hydrotreated stream to provide a product stream comprising ultra low sulfur diesel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,432

PROCESSES TO MAKE ALKYLATE GASOLINE BY SULFUR-CONTAMINATED IONIC LIQUID CATALYZED ALKYLATION

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

1. A process for making an alkylate gasoline blending component, comprising:a. providing an olefin feed comprising a sulfur contaminant;
b. drying the olefin feed comprising the sulfur contaminant with a promoted alumina-based selective adsorbent that is customized to provide adsorption for polar organic compounds to produce a dried olefin feed comprising from 100 to 1000 wppm of a sulfur contaminant comprising mercaptans, alkyl sulfides including methyl tert-butyl sulfide, and alkyl disulfides, wherein methyl tert-butyl sulfide is formed during treatment with the selective adsorbent;
c. feeding the dried olefin feed to a chloroaluminate ionic liquid catalyst, wherein a level of the sulfur contaminant accumulates in the chloroaluminate ionic liquid catalyst to make a sulfur-contaminated ionic liquid catalyst comprising 300 to 20,000 wppm of sulfur; and
d. alkylating the dried olefin feed with an isoparaffin using the sulfur-contaminated ionic liquid catalyst to produce an alkylate gasoline blending component, wherein the alkylate gasoline blending component has a final boiling point below 221° C. (430° F.).

US Pat. No. 10,167,431

PINNED FURNACE TUBES

NOVA Chemicals (Internati...

1. A tube for use in the radiant section of a furnace for cracking hydrocarbons to produce olefins having on its exterior surface a series of pins in one or more linear arrays parallel to and substantially the length of the longitudinal axis of the tube, said pins having:i) a maximum height from about 12% to about 50% of tube outer diameter of the tube;
ii) a contact surface with the tube, having an area from about 0.1% to about 10% of the tube external cross section area;
iii) length to diameter ratio from about 4:1 to about 3:1; and
iv) an arrangement into a linear array of different heights to provide a profile to the array;
wherein the distance between consecutive pins with a given linear array is from about 1 to about 5 times the maximum cross section of the pin.

US Pat. No. 10,167,430

CATALYTIC HYDROTHERMAL LIQUEFACTION FOR BIO-OIL PRODUCTION

Battelle Memorial Institu...

1. A method for producing oil, comprising:hydrothermally liquefying a lignocellulosic feedstock comprising (i) 5-30 wt % of a lignocellulosic biomass and (ii) water to produce a composition comprising a crude oil, an aqueous fraction, and inorganic solids;
separating the inorganic solids from the crude oil and the aqueous fraction to provide a process stream comprising the crude oil and the aqueous fraction;
contacting the process stream comprising the crude oil and the aqueous fraction with a sulfided-ruthenium catalyst, in the absence of added hydrogen, at an operating temperature and pressure effective to reduce an oxygen content of the crude oil, reduce a nitrogen content of the crude oil, reduce a total acid number of the crude oil, increase a H:C mole ratio of the crude oil, reduce a density of the crude oil, reduce a moisture content of the crude oil, reduce viscosity of the crude oil, or any combination thereof, thereby producing an upgraded oil and an upgraded aqueous fraction, wherein the sulfided-ruthenium catalyst comprises Ru, S, and a support, and has a Ru:S weight ratio within a range of from 10:1 to 25:1 prior to contact with the process stream; and
subsequently separating the upgraded oil and the upgraded aqueous fraction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,429

CONVERSION OF SOLID BIOMASS INTO A LIQUID HYDROCARBON MATERIALS

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A process for producing liquid hydrocarbon products from a solid biomass feedstock comprising:a) providing, in a hydropyrolysis reactor vessel, a hydropyrolysis catalyst composition that comprises one or more active metals selected from cobalt, molybdenum, nickel, tungsten, ruthenium, platinum, palladium, iridium and iron on an oxide support, wherein the one or more active metals are present in an oxidic state, and wherein the term ‘oxidic state’ means that 95% or more of the one or more active metals are present in an oxidation state greater than zero as oxides;
b) contacting the solid biomass feedstock with the hydropyrolysis catalyst composition and molecular hydrogen in the hydropyrolysis reactor vessel at a temperature in the range of from 350 to 600° C. and a pressure in the range of from 0.50 to 7.50 MPa, to produce a product stream comprising partially deoxygenated hydropyrolysis product, H2O, H2, CO2, CO, C1-C3 gases, char and catalyst fines;
c) removing the char and catalyst fines from the product stream;
d) hydroconverting the partially deoxygenated hydropyrolysis product in a hydroconversion reactor vessel in the presence of one or more hydroconversion catalyst and of the H2O, CO2, CO, H2, and C1-C3 gas generated in step a), to produce a vapour phase product comprising substantially fully deoxygenated hydrocarbon product, H2O, CO, CO2, hydrogen and C1-C3 gases.

US Pat. No. 10,167,428

METHODS FOR BIOMASS TORREFACTION WITH CARBON DIOXIDE CAPTURE

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSI...

1. A torrefaction process for biomass, the process comprising:preheating raw biomass in a dryer, thereby generating preheated raw biomass;
torrefying the preheated raw biomass in a torrefaction reactor, wherein the torrefaction reactor is configured to receive a heated carbon dioxide (CO2) stream;
providing volatiles from the torrefaction reactor to a combustor;
providing torrefied biomass from the torrefaction reactor to a first heat exchanger, the first heat exchanger configured to receive recycled carbon dioxide (CO2);
cooling the torrefied biomass in the first heat exchanger, including contacting the torrefied biomass with the recycled carbon dioxide (CO2), thereby heating the recycled carbon dioxide (CO2);
combusting the volatiles in the combustor, thereby generating a combustion outlet steam including carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O);
providing the combustion outlet stream to a second heat exchanger;
providing the recycled carbon dioxide (CO2) from the first heat exchanger to the second heat exchanger;
in the second heat exchanger, heating the recycled carbon dioxide (CO2) with the combustion outlet stream, thereby generating the heated carbon dioxide (CO2) stream and a reduced temperature combustion outlet stream;
providing the reduced temperature combustion outlet stream to the dryer;
providing a dryer gas outlet stream to a condenser, the dryer gas outlet stream including carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor;
cooling the dryer gas outlet stream in the condenser, thereby generating a condensed water stream and a cooled CO2 stream; and
providing a portion of the cooled CO2 stream as the recycled carbon dioxide (CO2) to the first heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,167,427

FLAME-RETARDANT VANILLIN-DERIVED CROSS-LINKERS

International Business Ma...

1. A flame-retardant vanillin-derived cross-linker with a formula of:
wherein M is a flame-retardant substituent;
wherein FR is a phosphorus-based moiety; and
wherein R is a substituent selected from a group consisting of an allyl substituent, an epoxide substituent, a propylene carbonate substituent, and a thioether substituent.

US Pat. No. 10,167,426

REACTIVE PERPENDICULAR ALIGNED ORGANOSILICON MATERIAL AND MANUFACTURE METHOD OF LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOE...

1. A manufacture method of a liquid crystal display panel, comprising following steps:step 1, providing a CF substrate, a TFT substrate, and a liquid crystal mixture;
wherein a first electrode is disposed on a surface of a side of the CF substrate, a second electrode is disposed on a surface of a side of the TFT substrate;
the liquid crystal mixture comprising liquid crystal molecules, reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon materials, and reactive monomers, wherein a general structural formula of the reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon material is A-R, A is —SiCl3; R represents a linear chained or a branched chained alkyl group with 5˜20 C atoms, a CH2 group in the alkyl group is substituted by a phenyl group, a naphthenic base, —CONH—, —COO—, —O—CO—, —S—, —CO— or —CH?CH—, or a F atom or a Cl atom substitutes for a H atom in the alkyl group;
dropping the liquid crystal mixture on a surface of a side of the TFT substrate whereon the second electrode disposed by a liquid crystal dropping process, gluing frame adhesive on margins of a surface of a side of the CF substrate whereon the first electrode disposed, pasting the CF substrate and the TFT substrate in vacuum;
meanwhile, a CI atom in the reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon material and —OH on a surface of the substrate forming a hydrogen bond, leading to array perpendicularly on the substrate, in order to make liquid crystal molecules be perpendicular to the CF substrate and the TFT substrate;
step 2, UV radiating for solidification and heating for solidification of the frame adhesive, in the process of heating for solidification of the frame adhesive, —Si—Cl in the reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon material and —OH on surfaces of the CF substrate and the TFT substrate reacting, removing HCl to form a —Si—O— bond, which can anchor the reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon material on surfaces of the CF substrate and the TFT substrate by means of a —Si—O— bond;
step 3, applying voltage to two sides of the liquid crystal mixture by the first electrode and the second electrode, redirecting liquid crystal molecules;
step 4, applying voltage to two sides of the liquid crystal mixture and simultaneously radiating UV light on the liquid crystal mixture to polymerize the reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon materials and the reactive monomers on surfaces of the CF substrate and the TFT substrate, in order to anchor liquid crystal molecules;
step 5, removing voltage from the two sides of the liquid crystal mixture, making liquid crystal molecules to engender a pre—tilt angle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,421

PHENOL-ALKOXYLATE CO-SOLVENT SURFACTANT COMPOSITION

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A method of converting an unrefined petroleum acid into a surfactant, the method comprising:(i) contacting a petroleum material with an aqueous composition comprising water, an anionic surfactant, an alkali agent, and a co-solvent having the formula
whereinR1 is independently hydrogen or unsubstituted C1-C4 alkyl;
R2 is independently hydrogen or unsubstituted C1-C2 alkyl; and
n is an integer from 1 to 30, thereby forming an emulsion in contact with the petroleum material;
wherein the co-solvent is present in an amount of from 0.25% to 3% by weight, based on the weight of the aqueous composition, wherein the aqueous composition has a salinity of at least 5,000 ppm and a pH of from 9.5 to 12, and wherein the anionic surfactant consists essentially of one or more anionic surfactants that are not alcohol phosphate surfactants or phosphate alkyl ester surfactants, and
(ii) allowing the unrefined petroleum acid within an unrefined petroleum material to enter into the emulsion, thereby converting the unrefined petroleum acid into the surfactant.