US Pat. No. 10,365,389

MEMS-BASED TRANSDUCERS ON A DOWNHOLE TOOL

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system, comprising:a downhole tool;
a plurality of microelectromechanical (MEM) transmitters disposed proximate an outer surface of the downhole tool for outputting one or more acoustic or ultrasonic signals toward a wellbore; and
a plurality of MEM receivers disposed proximate the outer surface of the downhole tool for receiving a portion of the one or more acoustic or ultrasonic signals reflected back from the wellbore;
wherein the plurality of MEM transmitters, the plurality of MEM receivers, or both are disposed in arrays, wherein the arrays are either:
circular arrays, each circular array being positioned at a different circumferential location around the downhole tool, wherein each circular array comprises a plurality of MEM transmitters and/or MEM receivers that are: spaced from each other circumferentially around a center point of the circular array; and each located equidistant from the center point of the circular array; or
rectangular arrays, each rectangular array being positioned at a different circumferential location around the downhole tool, wherein a space in a circumferential direction about the downhole tool between adjacent rectangular arrays is greater than a space in a circumferential direction between adjacent MEM transmitters and/or MEM receivers located in any one of the rectangular arrays.

US Pat. No. 10,365,388

P/S WAVE MEASUREMENT AND COMPENSATION

STATOIL PETROLEUM AS, St...

1. A method for use in surveying a subsurface region beneath a body of water by detecting S waves propagating through the subsurface region, the method comprising:deploying a sensor system onto the seabed, the sensor system comprising a first sensor system in mechanical contact with the seabed and a second sensor configuration attached to the first sensor configuration and floating in the water just above the seabed;
using the first sensor configuration to detect mixed S and P waves on or in the subsurface region;
using the second sensor configuration to detect P waves in the water;
applying scaling and/or conditioning to the detected P waves; and
using the scaled and/or conditioned P waves to compensate the detected mixed S and P waves, and thereby attenuate the effects of P waves in the mixed S and P waves.

US Pat. No. 10,365,386

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SALT SURFACE UPDATING VIA WAVEFIELD REDATUMING

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

1. A computer-implemented method for subsalt seismic imaging, comprising:a. receiving, at a computer processor, a seismic dataset representative of a subsurface volume of interest including a salt body and at least one initial subsurface model;
b. redatuming, via the computer processor, a source wavefield and a receiver wavefield to a surface of the salt body to create a redatumed source wavefield and a redatumed receiver wavefield;
c. cross-correlating, via the computer processor, the redatumed source wavefield and the redatumed receiver wavefield to produce a time cross-correlation window for each point on the surface of the salt body;
d. analyzing, via the computer processor, time differences in the time cross-correlation window to determine errors in location of the surface of the salt body;
e. updating, via the computer processor, the surface of the salt body to generate updated subsurface model; and
f. using the updated subsurface model for subsalt seismic imaging.

US Pat. No. 10,365,385

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SPARSE DETECTOR

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...

1. An apparatus comprisinga sparse detector, the sparse detector comprising:
an array of scintillator crystals generating scintillation in response to radiation, at least a portion of the scintillator crystals being spaced apart according to at least one sparsity rule; and
an array of photodetector elements configured to generate an electrical signal in response to the scintillation,
wherein at least a portion of the array of photodetectors are coupled to the array of scintillator crystals, and
a processor configured to:
obtain imaging data from the sparse detector;
generate a plurality of virtual scintillator units according to the at least one sparsity rule related to the sparse detector;
calculate efficiencies of the virtual scintillator units;
calculate an efficiency of a line of response based on the efficiencies of the virtual scintillator units; and
generate, based on the efficiency of the line of response and the imaging data, an image.

US Pat. No. 10,365,384

RAY DETECTOR

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A ray detector, comprising:a ray conversion layer for converting a ray incident on the ray detector into visible light;
a photoelectric conversion layer for receiving the visible light and converting the visible light into a charge signal;
a pixel array having a plurality of pixels for detecting the charge signal; and
a substrate below the photoelectric conversion layer, at least for directly or indirectly carrying the photoelectric conversion layer, wherein the photoelectric conversion layer is made from a two-dimensional semiconductor material,
wherein each pixel in the pixel array includes a pixel switch, a pixel electrode and a common electrode, wherein both the common electrode and the pixel electrode contact the photoelectric conversion layer and are located on a same side of the photoelectric conversion layer.

US Pat. No. 10,365,382

IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND IMAGE ACQUISITION METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. An image acquisition apparatus comprising:a fiber optic member including a plurality of optical fibers arrayed two-dimensionally, and transmitting an optical image, being input from an input end face constituted by one end faces of the plurality of optical fibers, to an output end face constituted by the other end faces of the plurality of optical fibers;
an imaging device including a plurality of pixels arrayed two-dimensionally, being optically coupled to the output end face of the fiber optic member, imaging the optical image output from the output end face, and outputting an acquired image; and
an image processing device performing flat field correction, for correcting a fixed pattern noise due to the fiber optic member and the imaging device, for the image output from the imaging device, wherein
the image processing device sets a first switching point of the flat field correction on the basis of a noise peak point in a variation in a fixed pattern noise intensity with respect to a variation in an output intensity in the pixel included in the image to be corrected, and
with respect to the flat field correction on each of the plurality of pixels in the image, performs the flat field correction by a predetermined correction pattern in a case where the output intensity from an object pixel is lower than a first switching intensity at the first switching point, and does not perform the flat field correction in a case where the output intensity from the object pixel is higher than the first switching intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,365,377

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MOBILITY MODE STATE DETECTION

Marvell International Ltd...

1. An apparatus for detecting mobility mode state of a wireless mobile device, the apparatus comprising:a receiver configured to receive satellite navigation data from a satellite navigation system;
a memory configured to include a location determination algorithm, a mobility mode state detection algorithm, and one or more first-in, first-out (FIFO) queues; and
a processor configured to:
acquire the satellite navigation data, and store the satellite navigation data in the one or more FIFO queues;
estimate position data of the wireless mobile device by executing the location determination algorithm stored in the memory, and store the position data of the wireless mobile device in the one or more FIFO queues, wherein the position data includes position information, velocity, and time associated with the position data; and
detect a mobility mode state in which the wireless mobile device is in by executing the mobility state detection algorithm stored in the memory, based on the velocity acquired from the estimated position data and previous mobility mode state data and store the mobility mode state of the wireless mobile device in the one or more FIFO queues.

US Pat. No. 10,365,370

WEAR TOLERANT HYDRAULIC / PNEUMATIC PISTON POSITION SENSING USING OPTICAL SENSORS

1. An optical apparatus for measuring absolute mechanical displacement of actuators, joints, or other mechanical apparatus that contain mechanical parts that move with respect to each other, comprising:a) an (230) image sensor capturing (001) images directed at the (208) surface of a (200) moving part of said mechanical apparatus under observation that moves with respect to said (230) image sensor capturing (001) images, such that said (230) image sensor capturing (001) images is mounted onto another part of said mechanical apparatus,
b) (014) points that contrast with adjacent surroundings from said (001) images,
c) a plurality of (210) calibration positions, such that at each said (210) calibration position, there is an arrangement of known calibration points that contrast with adjacent surroundings on said (208) surface, and
d) detected (026) alignment of said (200) moving part with said (230) image sensor capturing (001) images at said (210) calibration position by matching said (014) points that contrast with adjacent surroundings with said known calibration points that contrast with adjacent surroundings, such that the absolute displacement of said (200) moving part with respect to said (230) image sensor capturing (001) images is known absolute displacement,
whereby said absolute displacement of said (200) moving part with respect to said (230) image sensor capturing (001) images is corrected at said (210) calibration positions, and whereby said (210) calibration positions do not require markings on said (208) surface of said (200) moving part of said mechanical apparatus under observation.

US Pat. No. 10,365,342

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A CHANGE OVER TIME IN A BIOMARKER IN A REGION TO BE EXAMINED

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

1. A method for determining a change over time in a biomarker in a region to be examined of a patient from magnetic resonance data, comprising:extracting a first item of information from a first magnetic resonance data of the region, the first magnetic resonance data being obtained from excitation of a first magnetic resonance signal in the region using a first magnetic resonance measuring sequence for detecting at least one property of the biomarker in the region, the first item of information relating to the at least one property;
producing a first biomarker value from the first item of information;
storing the first biomarker value in association with patient information;
extracting a second item of information from a second magnetic resonance data of the region, the second magnetic resonance data being obtained from excitation of a second magnetic resonance signal in the region using a second magnetic resonance measuring sequence for detecting the at least one property of the biomarker in the region in a follow-up examination, the second item of information relating to the at least one property;
producing a second biomarker value from the second item of information;
storing the second biomarker value in association with the patient information;
determining a change between the first and the second biomarker values; and
storing or outputting the change between the first and the second biomarker values,
wherein the biomarker includes at least one of,
a correlation between individual areas of a brain of the patient,
a perfusion behavior in the brain, and
a morphology of an area of the brain, with the at least one property being a size of an area of the brain.

US Pat. No. 10,365,317

SEMICONDUCTOR ELEMENT TEST APPARATUS AND SEMICONDUCTOR ELEMENT TEST METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A semiconductor element test apparatus comprising:a first switch having a switching element;
a coil;
a second switch, wherein the first switch, the coil, and the second switch are connected in series to a power source;
a semiconductor element provided as a test object, wherein the semiconductor element is disposed to configure a loop path along with the coil and the second switch when the switching element of the first switch is switched off, the semiconductor element has a diode element, and a cathode electrode of the diode element is connected to a positive electrode of the power source;
a first rectifying element; and
a second rectifying element connected to the first rectifying element in series, the second rectifying element having a rectification direction opposite to a rectification direction of the first rectifying element,
wherein the first rectifying element and the second rectifying element configure, along with the coil, another loop path which is different from the loop path including the semiconductor element.

US Pat. No. 10,365,314

ELECTRICAL SIGNATURE FAULT DETECTION

Juniper Networks, Inc., ...

1. A system for communication, the system comprising:a first card comprising:
a pluggable interface; and
a processor configured to:
generate, from an electrical function, an electrical signal; and
transmit, at the pluggable interface, the electrical signal;
a second card comprising:
a pluggable interface configured to receive, from the first card, the electrical signal, wherein the received electrical signal is different than the electrical signal transmitted by the first card;
a receiving (Rx) serializer/deserializer (SerDes) configured to convert the received electrical signal into a received digital electrical signal; and
a backplane comprising:
a first receiving interface configured to receive the pluggable interface of the first card;
a second receiving interface configured to receive the pluggable interface of the second card; and
a trace configured to electronically couple the first receiving interface and the second receiving interface,
wherein one or more processors are configured to:
determine an electrical signature of the received electrical signal from the received digital electrical signal when the received electrical signal is received by the second card; and
determine, based on the electrical signature, a position of a fault between the first card and the second card,
wherein the fault causes the received electrical signal to be different than the electrical signal transmitted by the first card.

US Pat. No. 10,365,312

METHOD FOR DETECTION OF SHORT CIRCUITS WITHIN AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting a short circuit within an energy store, the method comprising:registering a current (Ic), detected by a current sensor, which flows through the energy store,
registering, on a capacitor (C) connected to the energy store via a parallel connected diode and switch, a first voltage (Un-1) which is made available by the energy store at a first time (tn-1),
registering a second voltage (Un) which is made available by the energy store at a second time (tn) following the first time (tn-1),
comparing the second voltage (Un) to the first voltage (Un-1) registered on the capacitor (C),
determining whether the energy store is in a state of charge, a discharge state or in an open-circuit state, on the basis of the registered first current (Ic),
executing a first, second or third detection step on the basis of the determined state of charge, wherein
in the first detection step, which is executed when the energy store is in the open-circuit state, the short circuit is detected as being present if the second voltage (Un) is lower than the first voltage (Un-1) minus a first constant (?1),
in the second detection step, which is executed when the energy store is in the state of charge, the short circuit is detected as being present if the second voltage (Un) is lower than the first voltage (Un-1), and
in the third detection step, which is executed when the energy store is in the discharge state, the short circuit is detected as being present if the second voltage (Un) is lower than the first voltage (Un-1) minus a differential voltage (?U)); and
when the short circuit is detected, a central controller switches off a battery system which includes the energy store;
wherein the short circuit is detected when a very low spatially limited electrically conductive connection occurs between a cathode and an anode of the energy store, and the short circuit is detected quickly enough to prevent thermal runaway or damage to the energy store; and
wherein the switch is open in the charge state and closed in the discharge state.

US Pat. No. 10,365,301

OSCILLOSCOPE ACQUISITION SYSTEM

1. An oscilloscope acquisition system, comprising:a trigger unit that is configured to receive an input signal and to generate an output signal;
a frequency determination unit that is configured to receive said output signal and to determine the frequency of said output signal; and
a time determination unit that is configured to determine a dynamic auto-trigger time, said time determination unit being configured to derive said dynamic auto-trigger time from the frequency of said output signal, wherein said dynamic auto-trigger time is determined to be equal to or longer than the inverse of the frequency of said output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,365,300

TRIGGER ON FINAL OCCURRENCE

Tektronix, Inc., Beavert...

1. A test and measurement instrument comprising:an input circuit configured for receiving one or more input signals;
an analog-to-digital converter configured for converting an input signal of the one or more input signals to a digital signal;
an acquisition memory structured to store the digital signal; and
a trigger subsystem having one or more event decoders operative responsive to one or more features of the one or more input signals or the digital signal to detect that a series of events occurred, and structured to generate a trigger signal in response to detecting that a final event in the series of events occurred,
wherein the series of events is a series of recurring events, and a total number of recurring events in the series of events is unknown to the trigger subsystem prior to the detection of the occurrence of the final event in the series of events.

US Pat. No. 10,365,241

SENSING SYSTEM FOR A HUMIDITY SENSOR

Veris Industries, LLC, T...

1. A method for sensing humidity comprising providing a humidity sensing system and further comprising:(a) providing a humidity sensitive material;
(b) providing a sensing circuit associated with said humidity sensitive material causing the sensing circuit to estimate the humidity based upon said humidity sensitive material;
(c) providing a heating element associated with said humidity sensitive material;
(d) providing a first temperature sensor associated with said humidity sensing system capable of sensing the temperature proximate said humidity sensitive material and providing a second temperature sensor associated with said humidity sensing system capable of sensing an ambient temperature an environment relative to said humidity sensitive material;
(e) providing a temperature circuit, causing the temperature circuit to temporarily increase the temperature proximate said humidity sensitive material, causing the sensing circuit to take a first estimate of the humidity based upon said humidity sensor, causing the temperature circuit to maintain the increased temperature proximate said humidity sensitive material if the first estimate of the humidity is not sufficiently low, causing the sensing circuit to take a second estimate of the humidity based upon said humidity sensor, causing the temperature circuit to discontinue the increased temperature proximate said humidity sensitive material and thereafter causing said sensing circuit to estimate said humidity when temperature proximate said humidity sensitive material is sufficiently close to an ambient temperature based upon said sensing by said first temperature sensor proximate said humidity sensitive material and said second temperature sensor in said environment relative to said humidity sensitive material.

US Pat. No. 10,365,230

SCATTEROMETRY OVERLAY BASED ON REFLECTION PEAK LOCATIONS

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A method comprising:measuring, with a metrology tool, at a pupil plane of an optical system of the metrology tool a reflection signal from a plurality of zeroth-order spots corresponding with a plurality of zeroth order intensity peaks scattered from a plurality of target cells;
fitting, with one or more processors communicatively coupled to the optical system of the metrology tool, a function to approximate a spatial distribution of an intensity across the plurality of zeroth-order spots measured at the pupil plane;
determining, with the one or more processors communicatively coupled to the optical system of the metrology tool, a plurality of intensity peak positions of the function;
calculating a weight function based on the approximated spatial distribution of the intensity across the plurality of zeroth-order spots measured at the pupil plane; and
calibrating the metrology tool based on the calculated weight function; and
calculating, with the one or more processors communicatively coupled to the optical system of the metrology tool, an overlay of a target based on a portion of one or more measurements of the reflection signal from the plurality of zeroth-order spots corresponding with the plurality of spots.

US Pat. No. 10,365,221

RAMAN SPECTRUM PLANE IMAGING DEVICE

Institute of Materials, C...

1. A Raman spectrum plane imaging device, comprising:a laser generation apparatus,
a light filtering apparatus, and
a planar array detector,
wherein laser light beams emitted by the laser generation apparatus irradiate on a preset region of a surface of a sample in a planar illuminating manner, and
wherein Raman scattered light, generated by the sample under excitation of the laser light beams and incident on the light filtering apparatus, selectively passes through the light filtering apparatus and is then imaged on the planar array detector, to be received by the planar array detector, wherein an output wavelength of the laser generation apparatus is adjustable,
wherein the Raman spectrum plane imaging device further comprises a dichroscope, wherein the laser light beams emitted by the laser generation apparatus are incident on the dichroscope and reflected by the dichroscope, and then irradiate on the preset region of the surface of the sample, and the Raman scattered light, which is generated by the sample under the excitation of the laser light beams, is incident on the dichroscope, transmitted through the dichroscope, and then incident on the light filtering apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,365,203

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED WHOLE BLOOD SAMPLE ANALYSES FROM MICROSCOPY IMAGES

Abbott Point of Care, Inc...

1. An apparatus for identifying types of white blood cells within a fluid sample of undiluted whole blood quiescently residing within a chamber, comprising:an objective lens;
a sample illuminator having an epi-fluorescence light source and a transmission light source;
an image dissector configured to detect light from the epi-fluorescence light source and from the transmission light source, and produce signals representative of such detected light; and
a programmable analyzer in communication with the sample illuminator, the image dissector, and with stored executable instructions, which instructions when executed cause the analyzer to:
control the sample illuminator and the image dissector to produce at least one epi-fluorescence light image and at least one transmission light image of the fluid sample quiescently residing within the chamber using the signals from the image dissector representative of the detected light;
identify white blood cells (WBCs) within the images; and
identify a type of each identified WBC within the images using one or more predetermined quantitatively determinable features, wherein each of said predetermined quantitatively determinable features is defined by one or more quantitative values, and each quantitative value is determinable from the at least one epi-fluorescence light image and the at least one transmission light image of the fluid sample.

US Pat. No. 10,365,197

OPTICAL PARTICLE SENSOR AND SENSING METHOD

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An optical particle sensor, comprising:an optical sensor which generates a sensor signal, wherein the sensor signal or an analysis of the sensor signal is controllable by applying a threshold setting, wherein the threshold setting dictates a particle size detection range captured by the sensor signal; and
a controller adapted to:
apply at least first and second different threshold settings and receive corresponding first and second optical sensor readings;
process the first and second optical sensor readings to determine therefrom a parameter which is dependent on a type of pollution event and thereby identify the pollution event; and
use a particle size profile which relates to the identified pollution event to determine from at least one of the first and second optical sensor readings a mass of all particles below a first particle size.

US Pat. No. 10,365,185

VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM BRACKET POCKET DIMENSIONAL VERIFIER TOOLS AND METHODS OF USE

1. A bracket pocket dimensional verifier tool for dimensional verification of a first lower control arm bracket pocket of a vehicle frame of a vehicle suspension system, the tool comprising:a first end exterior sub-assembly for insertion through a first cam slot of the first lower control arm bracket pocket and adjustable to lock to a first bracket wall defining the first cam slot wherein the first end exterior sub-assembly comprises a first slot registration device, a first interior slot registration device, a first exterior registration device, a first interior lock nut, and a first exterior lock nut;
a second end exterior sub-assembly configured for insertion through a second cam slot of the first lower control arm bracket pocket and adjustable to lock to a second bracket wall defining the second cam slot; and
an intermediate sub-assembly disposed between the first and second end exterior sub-assemblies and attachable to the first and second end exterior sub-assemblies via a shaft, the intermediate sub-assembly comprising an extension rod receiving feature defining at least one extension rod receiving aperture;
wherein the first end exterior sub-assembly, the second end exterior sub-assembly, and the intermediate sub-assembly lock against the first and second bracket walls to define a horizontal center axis and are adjustable to determine a center point along an intersecting vertical center axis between the first and second cam slots of the first lower control arm bracket pocket that is alignable with the at least one extension rod receiving aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,365,162

LASER WAVELENGTH DETECTORS

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A laser wavelength detector, comprising:first and second sensors with a common field of view;
a first external baffle disposed between the first sensor and the field of view and defining a first axis;
a second external baffle disposed between the second sensor and the field of view and defining a second axis, the second axis parallel with the first axis;
a filter optically coupling the second sensor to the field of view through the second external baffle, wherein the filter has at least two monochromatic attenuation coefficients such that a wavelength of laser illumination incident on the detector can be identified based upon a ratio of intensity measurements from the first sensor and the second sensor,
wherein the first sensor is unfiltered and receives unfiltered laser illumination through the first external baffle, and
wherein the filter has a negative attenuation coefficient to more heavily attenuate wavelengths of laser illumination in a visible wavelengths than infrared wavelengths received through the second external baffle.

US Pat. No. 10,365,159

SPECTROMETER SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR COMPENSATING FOR TIME PERIODIC PERTURBATIONS OF AN INTERFEROGRAM GENERATED BY THE SPECTROMETER SYSTEM

1. A spectrometer system comprising:a scanning interferometer;
a drive system mechanically coupled to a movable reflector element of the scanning interferometer, the drive system configured to induce reciprocation of the movable reflector element at a plurality of different speeds;
a detector configured to sample interferograms formed by the scanning interferometer at the plurality of different speeds to generate a plurality of sampled interferograms; and
a data processor configured to acquire the plurality of sampled interferograms and perform a Fourier transform operation on each sampled interferogram of the plurality of sampled interferograms to generate a plurality of intensity spectra associated with the plurality of sampled interferograms, each intensity spectrum of the plurality of intensity spectra associated with a separate sampled interferogram of the plurality of sample interferograms
the data processor further configured to perform a comparison of the plurality of intensity spectra associated with the plurality of sample interferograms.

US Pat. No. 10,365,145

HOUSING FOR A HIGH-FREQUENCY CHIP

VEGA GRIESHABER KG, Wolf...

1. A housing for a high-frequency chip in a radar device for level measurement, the housing comprising:a high-frequency chip having a high-frequency terminal and a supply terminal;
a plurality of horizontal metal layers;
a plurality of vertical metal connecting lines; and
an external supply terminal configured to connect the high-frequency chip to a circuit board of the radar device for level measurement,
wherein the high-frequency chip is attached to one of the horizontal metal layers in an electrically conductive manner,
wherein the high-frequency chip is embedded in a polymer compound, which is located between the horizontal metal layers,
wherein the supply terminal of the high-frequency chip is connected to the external supply terminal via at least one of the horizontal metal layers and via at least one of the vertical metal connecting lines, and
wherein the high-frequency terminal of the high-frequency chip is connected to an antenna configured to decouple and receive radar waves, via at least one of the horizontal metal layers and/or via at least one of the vertical metal connections and without the use of bonding wires.

US Pat. No. 10,365,135

FLEXIBLE MAGNETIC-BASED FLOW METER AND METHOD FOR MAKING A FLEXIBLE FLOW METER

1. A flow rate measurement device, comprising:three separable chambers including:
a basal chamber with an inlet and an outlet, incorporated with a main sensitive component along a flow path of a fluid that enter from the inlet and exit from the outlet of the basal chamber;
a mid-chamber comprises a magnetic sensor, placed over the main sensitive component configured to sense the magnetization value from said main sensitive component, and
a top chamber comprises a processor and a display unit, configured to process, convert and display the magnetization value.

US Pat. No. 10,365,130

HIGH LIGHT EFFICIENCY POINTER ILLUMINATION

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A pointer for an instrument cluster assembly of a motor vehicle, the pointer comprising:a pointer arm formed of a light conducting material, the pointer arm having a proximal end and a distal end and configured to rotate around an axis; and
a light distributor disposed at the proximal end of the pointer arm, the light distributor formed of light conducting material, the light distributor having a light receiving side and a light reflecting surface, the light distributor configured to receive rays from a light source through the light receiving side, the light reflecting surface configured to reflect at least a portion of the rays into the pointer arm, the light receiving side having an inner portion and an outer portion, the inner portion being disposed a first distance from the distal end of the pointer arm and the outer portion being disposed a second distance from the distal end of the pointer arm, the second distance being greater than the first distance, the light receiving side inner portion comprising at least three substantially circular, concentric and identically-angled surfaces disposed on the inner portion, the at least three circular, concentric and substantially identically-angled surfaces each being inclined at an angle relative to the axis that is between about thirty degrees and about sixty degrees, the at least three substantially circular, concentric and identically-angled surfaces being configured to refract a portion of the rays toward the light reflecting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,118

NAVIGATION INTERWORKING APPARATUS FOR MOBILE TERMINAL AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR MOBILE DEVICE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A navigation interworking apparatus for a mobile terminal which is connected to a navigation server through a first communication network and connected to a vehicle terminal through a second communication network, the apparatus comprising a first processor that is configured to:set a point of departure and a destination;
transmit the set point of departure and the set destination to the navigation server;
receive a first driving route corresponding to the point of departure and the destination which are transmitted from the navigation server;
output the first driving route through the mobile terminal;
receive a second driving route corresponding to the point of departure and the destination from the vehicle terminal;
compare the first driving route and the second driving route;
end outputting of the first driving route in response to a comparison result where the first driving route and the second driving route coincide with each other;
check a remaining data amount left on a mobile device subscription plan when the first driving route is different from the second driving route; and
end outputting of the first driving route through the mobile terminal in response to a result of checking the remaining data amount,
wherein when the remaining data amount is smaller than a predetermined threshold value as the result of checking the remaining data amount, the first processor ends the outputting of the first driving route and transmits the first driving route to the vehicle terminal to output the first driving route through the vehicle terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,365,113

TRANSPORT COMMUNICATION PAIRING

OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LL...

1. A method, comprising:determining, by at least one wireless device, at least one characteristic of at least one user based on at least one of at least one user search history and at least one user preference selection; and
determining, by the at least one wireless device, at least one probable route of at least one transport based on said at least one characteristic and at least one of at least one route history based on geographic data supplied by a global positioning system device and at least one input destination.

US Pat. No. 10,365,107

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING POLARIZATION-RELATED BIAS ERRORS IN RFOGS

Honeywell International I...

1. A resonating fiber optic gyroscope system, the system comprising:a fiber optic resonator;
one or more laser sources, wherein light from the one or more laser sources launches a first optical beam into the fiber optic resonator and a second optical beam into the fiber optic resonator in a direction opposite to the first optical beam;
an electro-optically tunable device in the resonator path configured to modulate the phase difference between polarization components in the first optical beam and polarization components in the second optical beam as the first optical beam and the second optical beam propagate within the fiber optic resonator;
at least one photodetector, wherein the polarization components of at least one of first optical beam and the second optical beam are incident on the at least one photodetector, wherein the at least one photodetector provides an electrical signal; and
at least one processing unit configured to receive the electrical signal and calculate a rotation rate for the resonating fiber optic gyroscope and provide a drive signal for the electro-optically tunable device;
wherein the drive signal is a wave having a direct current component, wherein the direct current component is adjusted such that the average phase difference between polarization components of the first optical beam and the average phase difference between polarization components of the second optical beam are stabilized.

US Pat. No. 10,365,079

IGNITER AND IGNITION DEVICE FOR DOWNHOLE SETTING TOOL POWER CHARGE

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. A downhole setting tool comprising:a first housing;
a second housing connected to the first housing, the second housing including a chamber;
a power charge positioned within the chamber;
an igniter connected to a portion of the power charge, the igniter positioned within the second housing;
an ignition device connected to the igniter, the ignition device configured to actuate upon receipt of an electrical signal and the ignition device being positioned within the second housing; and
a piston configured to move upon detonation of the power charge to cause the downhole setting tool to be set within a wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,365,078

GROUND APPARATUS FOR BULKHEAD ASSEMBLY

1. A ground apparatus configured to provide an electrical connection for a ground wire, comprising:a plate comprising a grounding body, the grounding body comprising an aperture formed in a central portion of the grounding body, and a slot extending between a perimeter of the grounding body and the aperture; and
a contact arm integrally formed with and extending from the grounding body, a free end of the ground wire being coupled to the contact arm, wherein
the ground apparatus is removably positioned on a bulkhead assembly to provide an electrical ground connection between the ground wire and a perforating gun assembly,
the plate pivots about its own axis when the ground apparatus is secured to the bulkhead assembly, and
the contact arm and the ground wire pivots in response to the plate's pivot.

US Pat. No. 10,365,053

APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS FOR CLEANING HVAC SYSTEMS

1. An apparatus configurable for cleaning a condenser on an HVAC system, said apparatus comprising a plurality of pipes, said plurality of pipes being assembled in a manner that the apparatus is ideally suited to deliver water and/or a cleaning liquid to the condenser at a pressure sufficient to clean the condenser, the plurality of pipes having an inlet that allows water to transverse the interior of said plurality of pipes and at least one sprayer, said at least one sprayer positioned so as to deliver the water and/or the cleaning liquid to every part of the condenser without moving the apparatus, wherein the inlet comprises a container configured to be removable and reattachable and to hold a cleaning liquid that can be mixed with water entering the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,365,046

SERVER THERMAL MANAGEMENT WITH HEAT PIPES

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus having thermal management features, comprising:a first heat sink directly coupled to a first computing node disposed at a first end of a circuit board of a server;
a second heat sink directly coupled to a second computing node disposed at a second end of the circuit board opposite the first end; and
a third heat sink directly coupled to a third computing node disposed in between the first computing node and the second computing node,
a fourth heat sink directly coupled to a fourth computing node disposed in between the first computing node and the second computing node;
a fifth heat sink directly coupled to a fifth computing node disposed in between the first computing node and the second computing node; and
a sixth heat sink directly coupled to a sixth computing node disposed in between the fourth computing node and the fifth computing node;
a first heat pipe directly coupled to the first heat sink and the second heat sink, wherein the first heat pipe originates at the first heat sink, bypasses the third heat sink, the fourth heat sink, the fifth heat sink and the sixth heat sink, and terminates at the second heat sink to distribute a thermal load between the first heat sink and the second heat sink; and
a second heat pipe directly coupled to the fourth heat sink and the fifth heat sink, wherein the second heat pipe originates at the fourth heat sink, bypasses the third heat sink and the sixth heat sink and terminates at the fifth heat sink to distribute a thermal load between the fourth heat sink and the fifth heat sink;
wherein the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth computing nodes are disposed in a single row, the first heat pipe is disposed adjacent to a first side of the row, and the second heat pipe is disposed adjacent to a second side of the row, wherein the second side is opposite to the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,365,038

PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF DILUTE ETHYLENE

Lummus Technology Inc., ...

1. A process for producing a dilute ethylene stream, the process comprising:cooling and partially condensing a feedstock comprising hydrogen, methane, ethane, ethylene, and C3+ hydrocarbons;
separating the cooled and partially condensed feedstock into a vapor feed stream and a liquid feed stream, wherein the liquid feed stream comprises a portion of the ethylene contained in the feedstock;
separating the vapor feed stream in a deethanizer to recover an overhead stream and a bottoms product stream comprising the C3+ hydrocarbons;
separating the liquid feed stream into a first vapor fraction and a first liquid fraction;
cooling and partially condensing the overhead stream via indirect heat exchange with a refrigerant comprising at least a portion of the first liquid fraction; separating the first liquid fraction, after the indirect heat exchange, into a second vapor fraction and a second liquid fraction; compressing the first vapor fraction and the second vapor fraction to form a compressed refrigerant stream; and cooling the compressed refrigerant stream via indirect heat exchange with the second liquid fraction and feeding the second liquid fraction to the deethanizer.

US Pat. No. 10,365,035

DOMESTIC REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE WITH AN ELECTRICAL PART ON A FRONT WALL ON A BEARING RIB AS WELL AS METHOD FOR PRODUCING A DOMESTIC REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A domestic refrigeration appliance, comprising:a housing;
an inner container disposed in said housing, said inner container having walls including side walls, said walls delimiting a receiving chamber for food;
a bearing rib formed on one of said side walls of said inner container for supporting a separating plate, said bearing rib having a front face; and
an electrical part disposed on said front face of said bearing rib, extending through a passage in said front face of said bearing rib and projecting into said receiving chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,365,034

REFRIGERATOR AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a storage compartment formed in a cabinet of the refrigerator by a fixed insulation wall, the storage compartment provided with an access opening;
a door rotatably coupled to the cabinet and arranged to open and close the access opening of the storage compartment; and
a camera module installed inside a space that is configured to be isolated in a state in which the door closes the access opening of the storage compartment, the camera module comprising:
a camera lens;
a transparent window; and
a heater arranged to heat the transparent window,
wherein:
the transparent window has a rectangular shape,
the heater has a rectangular shape,
the heater is arranged to make direct surface-contact with the transparent window and is configured to transfer heat directly to the transparent window by conduction,
the heater is disposed at an opposite side of an exposed surface of the transparent window that is exposed to an outside of the camera module, and
the heater is configured to heat the transparent window regardless of whether the door is opened or closed.

US Pat. No. 10,365,030

3D VACUUM PANEL AND A FOLDING APPROACH TO CREATE THE 3D VACUUM PANEL FROM A 2D VACUUM PANEL OF NON-UNIFORM THICKNESS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional vacuum insulation panel from a flat panel of non-uniform thickness, the method comprising steps of:providing an outer film;
providing a flat main wall on the outer film;
providing a top wall on the outer film adjacent to and at an outer edge of the main wall;
providing a bottom wall on the outer film adjacent to the main wall and opposite to the top wall;
providing a left wall on the outer film and adjacent to and at the outer edge of the main wall;
providing a right wall on the outer film and adjacent to the main wall and opposite to the left wall, wherein at least one of the top, bottom, left and right walls is thicker than the main wall;
providing an inner film on top of the main wall and each of the top, bottom, left and right walls, wherein the inner film is longer than the outer film;
sealing the inner and outer films; and
folding the top, bottom, left and right walls onto the main wall to produce a vacuum insulated panel of non-uniform thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,365,016

SOLAR-POWERED MOBILE LOADING DOCK

1. A mobile loading dock comprising:a frame including (a) two opposing side rails, and (b) support beams, the support beams having a first end and a second end, the first end secured to one of the opposing side rails and the second end secured to the second opposing side rail;
a solar panel mounted to the frame, the solar panel being connected to a battery and a hydraulic pump to provide power for movement of the loading dock; and
a planar ramp member having a lower end and an upper end, the upper end including an upper edge having a lip, the lip being able to be activated between an extended/engaged position to contact a truck bed and a retracted/disengaged position when powered and the lip being powered by the solar panel, the hydraulic pump and the battery; and an upper ramp portion adjacent the upper edge and being substantially parallel to the ground and having an open-grate section to facilitate drainage of water through the open-grate section to the ground below, the planar ramp member being able to be moved between an upward and downward position,
wherein power for the outdoor mobile loading dock is provided by the solar panel and vehicle mobility and traction on the planar ramp member are improved by the open-grate section.

US Pat. No. 10,364,990

COOKING APPLIANCE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:a cabinet defining an exterior surface of the cooking appliance;
a cavity frame that is provided in the cabinet and that defines a cooking space, wherein a portion of an inner surface of the cavity frame is a module location part;
a heater module that includes a heater having an encapsulation part and that includes a housing configured to receive the heater, the housing being provided inside the cavity frame at an upper part of the cabinet; and
a module bracket configured to fix the heater module to an outside of the cavity frame,
wherein the housing defines a through hole configured to allow the encapsulation part to extend from inside the housing to outside the housing,
wherein the cavity frame defines a through hole configured to allow the encapsulation part to extend from inside the cavity frame to outside the cavity frame, and
wherein the housing is located at the module location part of the cavity frame.

US Pat. No. 10,364,989

RANGE HOOD, STOVE AND COOKER INTEGRATED CONTROL SYSTEM

GUANGDONG MACRO GAS APPLI...

1. A range hood, stove and cooker integrated control system, comprising a range hood, a stove and a cooker, wherein the rang hood comprises a range hood controller and a motor connected with the range hood controller; the stove comprises a stove controller and a gas ratio valve connected with the stove controller; a cooker controller and a control button connected with the cooker controller are disposed on a cooker handle; and the cooker controller is in communication with the range hood controller and the stove controller via a wireless signal transceiver; the cooker comprises a pot and a turner; and the control button is disposed on a pot handle and/or a turner handle; a temperature sensor is disposed at the bottom of the pot and connected with the cooker controller.

US Pat. No. 10,364,988

FUEL NOZZLE

1. A method for delivering fuel from a fuel nozzle of a combustor of a gas turbine engine, the method comprising:directing a core air flow through a primary air passage of the fuel nozzle, the primary air passage extending centrally within the fuel nozzle and terminating at an exit located at a downstream end of the fuel nozzle;
directing fuel from a fuel source through a flow splitter to provide at least two concentric fuel flows, the flow splitter disposed downstream of the exit of the primary air passage;
filming the at least two concentric fuel flows on concentrically arranged and radially inwardly facing filming surfaces disposed downstream of the flow splitter; and
atomizing the at least two concentric fuel flows into the core air flow exiting the primary air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,364,965

SYSTEM AND FASTENER FOR COUPLING A LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE TO A COMPOSITE PANEL ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A fastener for coupling a light-emitting device to a composite panel assembly, comprising:a fastener head including an anchor portion and a retainer portion; and
a plug extending from the anchor portion of the fastener head, wherein the plug comprises an axial retention structure configured to axially retain the plug in a bore of a composite panel assembly,
wherein the retainer portion extends as a cantilever structure from the anchor portion, and
wherein the retainer portion is configured to press a light-emitting device toward a light-transmission channel of the composite panel assembly when the plug is axially inserted in the bore of the composite panel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,364,964

LIGHTING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A lighting apparatus, comprising:a first light source module;
a second light source module surrounding the first light source module;
a casing which holds the first light source module and the second light source module; and
a pivot which causes the first light source module to pivot relative to the casing, and causes the first light source module to pivot relative to the second light source module, wherein
a half beam angle of the first light source module is smaller than a half beam angle of the second light source module, and
a correlated color temperature of light from the first light source module is higher than a correlated color temperature of light from the second light source module.

US Pat. No. 10,364,860

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DAMPENING DYNAMIC LOADING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A dampening system comprising:a non-ferrous metal body attached to a second body;
a flexible porous material; and
a stack of magnets attached to a third body, wherein the stack of magnets is movably disposed within or around the non-ferrous metal body, wherein the flexible porous material is disposed between the stack of magnets and the non-ferrous metal body, and wherein adjacent magnets are arranged in an opposed polar relationship, whereby relative movement of said second and third bodies is damped.

US Pat. No. 10,364,857

DISC BRAKE APPARATUS

AKEBONO BRAKE INDUSTRY CO...

1. A disc brake apparatus in which a piston arranged within a cylinder formed in a caliper body presses brake pads on receiving a pressing force from an operating spring, the disc brake apparatus comprising:a support part formed in a part of the caliper body;
a reaction force receiver projected from a side of the piston and opposed to the support part;
a cam part which is interposed between the support part and the reaction force receiver, and is capable of spreading a distance between the support part and the reaction force receiver to thereby release the pressing force on receiving a rotation force; and
a rotation force input part connected to the cam part,
wherein a rotating axis of the cam part perpendicular to an axial direction of the piston, and
wherein an actuator that inputs an operating force into the rotation force input part is provided on a side surface of the caliper body located on an opposite side to an arranged position of the operating spring.

US Pat. No. 10,364,840

FAILURE DETECTION DEVICE FOR SPINDLE HEAD OF MACHINE TOOL INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF SENSORS

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A failure detection device for detecting an abnormality of a spindle head of a machine tool, comprising:a first sensor that detects generation of a predetermined first gas in the spindle head;
a second sensor that detects a change in a state of the spindle head that is different from the generation of the first gas; and
a controller that determines whether a bearing arranged in the spindle head is abnormal or not, wherein
the controller is configured to determine occurrence of the abnormality in the bearing and a cause of the abnormality based on a change in an output value of the first sensor over time and a change in an output value of the second sensor over time,
the bearing is a spindle bearing that supports a spindle,
the spindle bearing has a cage made of phenol resin and a lubricant disposed in the spindle bearing,
the first sensor is a gas sensor or an odor sensor that detects formaldehyde,
the second sensor is one of a vibration sensor that detects vibration of the spindle head or a sensor that detects an elastic wave generated in the spindle head, and
the controller determines that the spindle bearing is abnormal due to deterioration of the lubricant if the output value of the second sensor increases after the output value of the first sensor increases.

US Pat. No. 10,364,771

CONTROL SYSTEM OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system of an internal combustion engine comprising:a fuel injector arranged in a combustion chamber and injecting a fuel comprised of gasoline,
a spark plug arranged in the combustion chamber and igniting the fuel injected from the fuel injector, and
an electronic control unit configured to:
control an action of injection of the fuel from the fuel injector and an action of ignition by the spark plug, wherein a main injection of the fuel injected from the fuel injector into the combustion chamber is caused to be auto-ignited,
control the fuel injector such that a first auxiliary injection and a second auxiliary injection successively occur during a compression stroke after said main injection and before auto-ignition of the fuel injected during said main injection occurs, and
control an injection timing of said first auxiliary injection, an ignition timing of the spark plug, and an injection timing of said second auxiliary injection so that the fuel injected during said first auxiliary injection is made to burn by flame propagation combustion by the action of ignition by the spark plug, the fuel injected during said second auxiliary injection is made to be injected in a flame propagation combustion region, and the fuel injected during said second auxiliary injection is made to burn by diffusive combustion before the auto-ignition of the main fuel occurs,
wherein the injection timing of said first auxiliary injection and the injection timing of said second auxiliary injection are varied depending on a torque generated by the engine,
wherein when said main injection, said first auxiliary injection, and said second auxiliary injection are successively performed, an injection amount of said second auxiliary injection is increased and the injection timing of said second auxiliary injection, the injection timing of said first auxiliary injection, and the ignition timing are advanced as the torque generated by the engine becomes higher, and
wherein when the torque generated by the engine further increases after the injection amount of said second auxiliary injection is increased and reaches a predetermined limit amount, an injection amount of said first auxiliary injection is increased and the injection timing of said first auxiliary injection is advanced.

US Pat. No. 10,364,768

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ARRANGEMENT FOR USING WASTE HEAT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating an arrangement for using waste heat (10) of an internal combustion engine (1), wherein the internal combustion engine (1) has an exhaust gas channel (2), and the arrangement for using waste heat (10) has a circuit (11) conducting a working medium, wherein a pump (20), at least one evaporator (30, 40), an expansion machine (50) and a condenser (60) are arranged in a direction of flow of the working medium in the circuit (11), wherein the at least one evaporator (30, 40) is also arranged in the exhaust gas channel (2), and wherein, in the at least one evaporator (30, 40), an exhaust gas output by the internal combustion engine is used as a heat source, and the working medium is thereby evaporated in the at least one evaporator (30, 40), the method comprising determining a leakage of the working medium within the at least one evaporator (30, 40) into the exhaust gas channel (2) from a measured physical value, characterized in that the leakage is determined by measuring a mass flow of the exhaust gas in the exhaust gas channel (2) downstream of the at least one evaporator (30, 40), and comparing said mass flow with a calculated mass flow.

US Pat. No. 10,364,762

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INFERRING FUEL VAPOR CANISTER LOADING RATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:monitoring a fuel dispense rate of fuel into a fuel tank positioned in a fuel system of a vehicle during a refueling event;
monitoring pressure in a vapor recovery line configured to circulate and/or hold a percentage of refueling vapors during the refueling event;
indicating a restriction in the vapor recovery line based on an expected pressure in the vapor recovery line differing by a threshold amount from monitored pressure during the refueling event, where the expected pressure is based on the fuel dispense rate; and
adjusting entry conditions for conducting a test for a presence or absence of undesired evaporative emissions on the fuel system and an evaporative emissions system of the vehicle responsive to the restriction in the vapor recovery line being indicated.

US Pat. No. 10,364,730

SENSOR

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...

1. A particulate matter sensor for exhaust gas comprising:a filter member having a plurality of cells which are defined by a porous partition wall;
at least a pair of electrode members which are disposed to face each other with some of the plurality of cells sandwiched therebetween to form a condenser;
a heater member configured to heat the some of the plurality of cells to burn and remove particulate matter accumulated in some of the plurality of cells;
an electrostatic capacity detection circuit configured to detect an electrostatic capacity between the pair of electrode members; and
an estimation unit configured to estimate an amount of the particulate matter contained in the exhaust gas based on the electrostatic capacity between the pair of electrode members detected by the electrostatic capacity detection circuit,
wherein the filter member is a filter layer in which the plurality of cells are disposed in parallel in one direction,
wherein the pair of electrode members are first and second planar electrode plates which are disposed to face each other with the filter layer sandwiched therebetween, and
wherein the heater member is a planar heater substrate which is configured to be energized to be heated, and the planar heat substrate is interposed either between the first planar electrode plate and the filter layer or between the second planar electrode plate and the filter layer along a flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,364,724

DEVICE AND METHOD COMPRISING DOUBLE REDUCING DEVICES AND A CATALYTICALLY COATED PARTICLE FILTER FOR TREATMENT OF AN EXHAUST STREAM

1. An exhaust treatment system, arranged for treatment of an exhaust stream, which results from a combustion in a combustion engine, said system comprising:a first oxidation catalyst, arranged to oxidize compounds comprising one or several of nitrogen, carbon and hydrogen in said exhaust stream;
a first dosage device, arranged downstream of said oxidation catalyst, and arranged to supply a first additive in said exhaust stream;
a first reduction catalyst device, arranged downstream of said first dosage device, and arranged for reduction of nitrogen oxides NOx in said exhaust stream with the use of said first additive, wherein said first reduction catalyst device comprises a first slip-catalyst (SC1), which is arranged primarily for reduction of nitrogen oxides NOx, and secondarily for oxidation of additive in said exhaust stream;
a particulate filter, at least partly comprising a catalytically oxidizing coating, which is arranged downstream of said first reduction catalyst device, and is arranged to catch and to oxidize soot particles, and to oxidize one or several of nitrogen oxide NO and incompletely oxidized carbon compounds in said exhaust stream;
a second dosage device, arranged downstream of said particulate filter, and arranged to supply a second additive in said exhaust stream; and
a second reduction catalyst device, arranged downstream of said second dosage device, and arranged for reduction of nitrogen oxides NOx in said exhaust stream, through the use of at least one of said first and said second additives.

US Pat. No. 10,364,723

METHOD FOR DEPOLLUTING EXHAUST GAS, NOTABLY FROM INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINES, IN PARTICULAR FOR MOTOR VEHICLES, AND PLANT USING SAME

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A method for removing pollutants from exhaust gas circulating in an exhaust line of an internal combustion engine, the line comprising an ammonia-sensitive catalyst providing selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gas in the exhaust line and an injector for injecting a reductant into the exhaust line for treating the pollutants upon passage of the exhaust gas through the catalyst providing SCR of nitrogen oxides comprising:decomposing the reductant into hydrogen gas and ammonia gas phase;
storing the hydrogen gas in a hydrogen gas tank and the ammonia gas phase in an ammonia gas tank;
injecting the hydrogen gas from the hydrogen gas tank into the exhaust line in contact with a hydrogen sensitive SCR NOx reduction catalyst for treating pollutants in the exhaust gas for an exhaust gas temperature below 150° C.;
injecting the ammonia gas from the ammonia gas tank into the exhaust line in contact with an ammonia SCR catalyst to provide NOx reduction for treating the pollutants in the exhaust line for exhaust gas temperatures between 150° C. and 180° C.; and
injecting the reductant into the exhaust line in contact with the ammonia SCR catalyst to provide NOx reduction for treating exhaust gas at temperatures above 180° C.

US Pat. No. 10,364,721

LAYER PACKET CONTACTING FOR ELECTRICALLY HEATABLE HONEYCOMB BODY

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. An electrically conductive connection between at least two electrically conductive stacks of at least partially structured, metal foils which form a plurality of channels through which a fluid may flow, the electrically conductive connection comprising:at least one electrically conductive rod element which passes through the at least two stacks;
a spacer element arranged on the at least one electrically conductive rod element and between the at least two stacks, such that the at least two stacks are arranged at a distance from one another by the spacer element; and
at least one clamping element;
wherein the at least two stacks, the rod element and the spacer element are clamped by at least one clamping element.

US Pat. No. 10,364,719

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION SYSTEM, AND NOX PURIFICATION CAPACITY RESTORATION METHOD

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...

1. An exhaust gas purification system comprising:a NOx storage-reduction catalyst that is provided on an exhaust passageway of an internal combustion engine to reduce and purify a nitrogen compound in exhaust gas; and
a control unit configured to:
estimate a degree of deterioration of the NOx storage-reduction catalyst;
execute a regeneration process in which the exhaust gas is enriched so as to restore a NOx storage capacity of the NOx storage-reduction catalyst;
set a target interval from an end of the regeneration process to a start of a subsequent regeneration process;
correct the target interval based on the estimated degree of deterioration; and
prohibit an end of a NOx regeneration control until an elapsing time counted from a start of the NOx regeneration control reaches a required minimum time that is longer than a time during which a control operation by an air system or a MAF (mass air flow) tracking control is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,718

ON-BOARD CO2 CAPTURE AND STORAGE WITH METAL ORGANIC FRAMEWORK

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A method of capturing and storing CO2 on a vehicle, comprising:contacting an vehicle exhaust gas with a first metal organic framework (MOF) composition, sufficient to separate CO2 from the exhaust gas;
contacting the separated CO2 with a second MOF composition, sufficient to store the CO2; and
wherein the first MOF composition comprises one or more SIFSIX-n-M MOFs and wherein M is a metal and n is 2 or 3.

US Pat. No. 10,364,717

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INCREASING PARTICULATE MATTER DEPOSITION IN AN EXHAUST PARTICULATE MATTER SENSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:regenerating an exhaust particulate filter responsive to a voltage difference between electrodes of a first planar interdigitated electrode pair, the first electrode pair positioned parallel to a second planar element, the second planar element held at a voltage that is biased with relation to a voltage of at least one of the electrodes of the first pair, wherein a first major surface of the first planar pair and a second major surface of the second planar element face one another such that a center of the first major surface is aligned with a center of the second major surface, wherein the second planar element includes one of a second planar interdigitated electrode pair and a conducting plate, and holding the second planar element at a voltage that is biased includes applying a current to hold the second planar element at a voltage that is more positive than a positive voltage of a first electrode of the first pair or more negative than a negative voltage of a second electrode of the second pair.

US Pat. No. 10,364,715

SLIP-TYPE ACTIVE NOISE CONTROL MUFFLER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A slip-type active noise control muffler reducing exhaust noise of a vehicle, the muffler comprising:at least two guides connected to an inner wall of a housing accommodating exhaust gas in the muffler and formed in a pipe shape in a longitudinal direction of the muffler; and
baffles positioned in a plane shape partitioning the interior of the housing and including an electromagnet on the plane shape to control an interval of the baffles through a movement signal by current applied to the electromagnet according to frequency determined from the exhaust gas,
wherein the interval of the baffles is controlled to produce a wavelength in an opposite direction with the frequency and an amplitude of a pressure wave and the exhaust noise is reduced by controlling a number of wavelengths depending on the frequency,
wherein the at least two guides are installed to penetrate a circumference of the baffles to provide a path of movement of the baffle,
wherein the frequency is determined by considering transmission loss (TL) from a cross-sectional area of the housing, and
wherein the transmission loss (TL) is determined by considering a wave number.

US Pat. No. 10,364,710

ENGINE VALVE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An engine valve for opening and closing an intake port or an exhaust port of a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine, the engine valve including a shaft part and an umbrella part formed at one end of the shaft part,wherein at least a portion of the engine valve that extends from the umbrella part to a position on the shaft part in a longitudinal direction thereof comprises:
a valve body made of steel or nickel alloy, wherein the valve body includes a shaft body forming the shaft part and an umbrella body forming the umbrella part;
a core member made of copper or copper alloy and provided inside the valve body, wherein the core member includes a shaft core provided in the shaft body, an umbrella core provided in the umbrella body, and a neck formed between the shaft core and the umbrella core,
wherein
the valve body further includes an expansion expanded on an inner wall of the valve body between the shaft body and the umbrella body along the neck of the core member, and
an outer diameter of the core member is larger than an inner diameter of the expansion of the valve body on both sides of the neck in an axial direction of the engine valve when the outer diameter of the core member and the inner diameter of the expansion of the valve body are measured at same axial points in the axial direction of the engine valve.

US Pat. No. 10,364,709

VARIABLE VALVE MECHANISM, ENGINE, AND AUTOMATIC TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A variable valve mechanism which changes an opening/closing timing of an intake valve or an exhaust valve in response to an engine rotation speed, the variable valve mechanism comprising:a cam sprocket which rotates in response to a rotation of a crank shaft;
a cam shaft which is integrated with any one of intake side and exhaust side cams and is provided to be rotatable relatively to the cam sprocket; and
a link member that engages with the cam sprocket and the cam shaft and transmits a rotation from the cam sprocket to the cam shaft, wherein
the link member is supported by the cam sprocket to be swingable and swings in response to a change in rotation speed of the cam sprocket to rotate the cam shaft relatively to the cam sprocket,
the link member includes:
a swing shaft which is fixed to the cam sprocket;
a weight portion which is disposed to be separated from the swing shaft; and
an engagement portion which engages with an engagement pin provided in the cam shaft and transmits a rotation of the cam sprocket to the cam shaft;
the link member is supported by the cam sprocket to be swingable; and
the weight portion moves outward in a radial direction of the cam sprocket and the engagement portion moves to move the engagement pin in accordance with the rotation of the cam sprocket so that the cam shaft rotates relatively to the cam sprocket;
the engagement portion is formed as a groove having an inner wall surface, and
the groove is provided with a first holding position which receives the engagement pin while the link member does not swing to a predetermined position or more and a second holding position which receives the engagement pin while the link member swings to a predetermined position or more,
a first stopper portion is provided in the inner wall surface disposed at a farther side from the swing shaft in a vicinity of the first holding position, and
the first stopper portion protrudes toward the inner wall surface facing the first stopper portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,708

RANKINE CYCLE APPARATUS, COMBINED HEAT AND POWER SYSTEM, AND RANKINE CYCLE APPARATUS OPERATION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A Rankine cycle apparatus comprising:a pump that pressurizes a working fluid;
an evaporator that heats the working fluid pressurized by the pump;
a positive-displacement expander that converts expansion energy of the working fluid heated in the evaporator into rotary power;
a condenser that cools the working fluid discharged from the positive-displacement expander; and
an internal heat exchanger that allows heat exchange to take place between the working fluid discharged from the positive-displacement expander and the working fluid discharged from the pump, wherein
the Rankine cycle apparatus is configured such that:
a temperature of the working fluid at an inlet of the positive-displacement expander is set so that a temperature of the working fluid at an outlet of the positive-displacement expander is higher than the saturation temperature on a high-pressure side of the cycle, and
the working fluid changes from a liquid phase to a gas-liquid two phase inside the internal heat exchanger after being discharged from the pump before being heated in the evaporator, and
the working fluid is a single organic working fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,364,707

RETENTION ASSEMBLY FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A retention assembly for a component of a gas turbine engine, comprising:a flange attached to a support structure of the gas turbine engine;
a retention ring received in a groove defined by the flange; and
an attachment bracket comprising the component, a first segment of the attachment bracket axially disposed between the flange and a first portion of the support structure, a second segment of the attachment bracket radially disposed between the flange and a second portion of the support structure,
wherein the flange axially loads the attachment bracket into the support structure, and
wherein the retention ring radially loads the attachment bracket into the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,706

METER PLATE FOR BLADE OUTER AIR SEAL

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A system, comprising:a ceramic blade outer air seal (BOAS), wherein the BOAS includes a base, a fore surface, an aft surface, and a trough between the base, the fore surface, and the aft surface;
a meter plate, a portion of the meter plate provided radially outward of a radially outermost surface of the BOAS, wherein the meter plate has a flow restriction surface radially outward of the trough, the flow restriction surface including a plurality of orifices; and
a flow distributor extending radially inward from the flow restriction surface into the trough, wherein the flow distributor is a bathtub including a fore surface, an aft surface, a first circumferential side surface between the fore surface and the aft surface, a second circumferential side surface between the fore surface and the aft surface, and a base surface, the bathtub having a contour substantially corresponding to a contour of the trough such that each of the fore, aft, first circumferential side, second circumferential side, and base surfaces are at least partially arranged in the trough, and wherein each of the fore, aft, first circumferential side, second circumferential side, and base surfaces includes orifices.

US Pat. No. 10,364,705

STRUT ASSEMBLY FOR BEARING COMPARTMENT

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A strut assembly for a bearing compartment of a gas turbine engine, the strut assembly comprising:an inner case disposed within the bearing compartment, the inner case having a first axis, the first axis being a first radially central axis;
an outer case defining an exterior of the bearing compartment, the outer case having a second axis, the second axis being a radially central axis that is co-axial with the first axis, wherein the inner and outer cases define a flowpath therebetween; and
a first plurality of struts configured to maintain concentric positioning between the inner case and outer case, wherein each strut of the first plurality of struts extends between and is connected to the inner case and outer case, wherein the first plurality of struts is resiliently deformable between the outer case and inner case whereby a change in size in one of the outer case and inner case is radially isolated from the other of the outer case and inner case.

US Pat. No. 10,364,703

ANNULAR ELEMENT OF A TURBOMACHINE CASING

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An annular element for a turbomachine casing, the annular element having at least: an inside face, defining a flow passage for a working fluid of the turbomachine; an outside face; anda damper comprising a plurality of resilient coil turns, each resilient coil turn fitting in tension around and against a surface of revolution of the outside face, in such a manner as to exert pressure on said surface of revolution and between adjacent coil turns of the plurality of resilient coil turns, each of the plurality of resilient coil turns touching at least one adjacent resilient coil turn.

US Pat. No. 10,364,701

CMAS BARRIER COATING FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE HAVING A REACTIVE MATERIAL THAT REACTS WITH A LAYER OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANT COMPOSITIONS AND METHOD OF APPLYING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A coated component of a gas turbine engine, comprising: a substrate defining a surface; a thermal barrier coating on the surface of the substrate; a layer of environmental contaminant compositions on the thermal barrier coating in response to an initial exposure of the component to high operating temperatures of the gas turbine engine; and a chemical barrier coating on the layer of environmental contaminant compositions, wherein the chemical barrier coating includes a reactive material that reacts with the layer of environmental contaminant compositions in response to a secondary exposure of the component to high operating temperatures of the gas turbine engine to form a protective layer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,700

METHOD FOR FORMING A COMPOSITE PART OF A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

1. A method for forming a composite part of a gas turbine engine, comprising:assembling the composite part of at least a first composite material and a second composite material, the second composite material disposed to overlay a portion of the first composite material to define an outer surface of the composite part, the second composite material selected to be curable at a cure temperature generated by heat from operation of the engine in a vicinity of the engine in which the composite part is installed, the first composite material selected to have an operating temperature limit less than the cure temperature of the second composite material;
placing the composite part within the engine so that, in use, the second composite material defining the outer surface of the composite part is cured by exposure to the heat generated from operation of the engine, the second composite material thermally shielding the first composite material from the heat generated from operation of the engine; and
operating the engine to cure the second composite material.

US Pat. No. 10,364,698

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF NON-INTRUSIVE THRUST MEASUREMENT

ROLLS-ROYCE NORTH AMERICA...

1. A non-intrusive thrust measurement system comprising:a boundary defining a passage along an axis adapted to contain a fluid flowing from upstream to downstream;
an acoustic transmitter at said boundary;
a receiver suite at said boundary and adapted to receive a transmission from the transmitter;
a processor in communication with the transmitter and receiver suite adapted to determine a parameter from a characteristic of the transmission at the receiver suite and adapted to determine a thrust parameter from the parameter;
wherein the receiver suite comprises:
a first acoustic receiver at said boundary and adapted to receive a transmission from the acoustic transmitter;
a second acoustic receiver at said boundary and adapted to receive the transmission from the at least one acoustic transmitter;
wherein the characteristic determined by the processor is the time of arrival of the transmission at the first receiver and second receiver;
wherein the first and second acoustic receivers and the acoustic transmitter define a plane substantially parallel to the axis and wherein the second acoustic receiver is downstream from the first acoustic receiver and the first acoustic receiver is downstream from the acoustic transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,364,697

ACTUATING MECHANISM AND GEAR DRIVEN ADJUSTMENT RING FOR A VARIABLE GEOMETRY TURBOCHARGER

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A gear driven adjustment ring actuator mechanism (100) for a variable turbine geometry turbocharger (1), comprising an adjustment ring (150) including a rack gear (140) and a vane arm (136) attached to a vane (30) configured to vary the geometry of a turbine (2) of the turbocharger (1), wherein the gear driven adjustment ring actuator mechanism (100) is configured to control rotational movement of the vane (30) wherein the adjustment ring (150) includes a first set of gear teeth (346, 446) disposed in alignment with an inner diameter of the adjustment ring (350, 450), further including a pinion gear 160 having pinion teeth (162) and wherein the rack gear (140) includes rack gear teeth (142) that engage with the pinion teeth (162), wherein the adjustment ring (350, 450) further includes a second set of gear teeth (342, 442), disposed in radial alignment with an outer diameter of the adjustment ring (350, 450) so that the pinion teeth engages the rack teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,364,696

MECHANISM AND METHOD FOR RAPID RESPONSE CLEARANCE CONTROL

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A clearance control assembly for providing clearance control between a blade outer air seal and an airfoil tip of a gas turbine engine, the clearance control assembly comprising:an outer case comprising a connection member extending from a radially inner surface of the outer case;
a first blade outer air seal carrier positioned radially inward of the outer case;
a blade outer air seal positioned radially inward of and mounted to the first blade outer air seal carrier;
an actuator;
a load-applying member positioned radially inward of the outer case and configured to be acted upon by the actuator during operation of the actuator; and
a lever connected to the connection member of the outer case at a fulcrum, the lever comprising a first end operably in contact with the load-applying member and a second end operably in contact with the first blade outer air seal carrier, the first and second ends separated by the fulcrum.

US Pat. No. 10,364,695

RING SEAL FOR BLADE OUTER AIR SEAL GAS TURBINE ENGINE RAPID RESPONSE CLEARANCE CONTROL SYSTEM

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An active clearance control system for a gas turbine engine comprising:a full-hoop thermal control ring, wherein an aperture extends radially through the full-hoop thermal control ring;
a multiple of air seal segments movably mounted to said full-hoop thermal control ring;
a ring seal engageable with said multiple of air seal segments; and
a plurality of linkages, each of said plurality of linkages connected to a respective one of said multiple of air seal segments, each of said plurality of linkages configured to move back and forth along a respective radially extending centerline to thereby radially move said respective one of said multiple of air seal segments.

US Pat. No. 10,364,694

TURBOMACHINE BLADE CLEARANCE CONTROL SYSTEM

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A turbomachine blade clearance system, comprising:an actuator including an anchor portion for fixation to an interior surface of a turbomachine housing and an actuating portion for actuating movement relative to the anchor portion, wherein the actuating portion of the actuator includes bellows having a magneto-rheological fluid disposed therein and the bellows is configured to elongate under influence of a magnetic field to the magneto-rheological fluid; and
a turbomachine blade seal operatively connected to the actuating portion of the actuator and configured to move relative to the turbomachine housing to adjust a distance from a turbomachine blade of a turbomachine to maintain a predetermined gap clearance between the blade seal and the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,364,693

TURBINE BLADE TRACK ASSEMBLY

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A blade track for a gas turbine engine, the blade track comprising:a segment portion comprising ceramic matrix composite materials, the segment portion arranged about an axial axis of a gas turbine engine to define a portion of a gas flow path of the gas turbine engine, and
an attachment portion comprising ceramic matrix composite materials, the attachment portion extending radially outward from the segment portion, the attachment portion having a dovetail shaped cross section when viewed in a circumferential direction relative to the axial axis, and
wherein the ceramic matrix composite materials included in the segment portion and the attachment portion include a preform core and a first reinforcement wrap arranged around the preform core to form the segment portion and the attachment portion, the preform core includes a radially-facing inner surface, a radially-facing outer surface spaced apart from and opposite the radially-facing inner surface, and an axially-facing surface that extends between and interconnects the radially-facing inner surface and the radially-facing outer surface, and the axially-facing surface includes an arcuate transition surface that extends radially outward from the radially-facing inner surface and an inclined surface that extends radially outward away from the transition surface at an angle relative to the radially-facing inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,364,692

EXPANSION MACHINE HAVING A SHAFT SEALING RING AND A VALVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An expansion machine (20) having an output shaft (24) and a shaft sealing ring (25) which interacts with the output shaft, wherein the expansion machine (20) has an inflow region (21) and an outflow region (22), wherein the expansion machine is configured such that compressed working medium flows into the inflow region (21) and expanded working medium flows out of the outflow region (22), and wherein the shaft sealing ring (25) separates a valve space (11) filled with working medium from an ambient space (40), characterized in that a valve (10) is arranged in the expansion machine (20) and the pressure in the valve space (11) is controlled by the valve (10).

US Pat. No. 10,364,691

TURBOMACHINE COMPRISING A VENTILATION SYSTEM

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. A turbomachine subassembly comprising:a radially inner shell and a radially outer shell which radially delimit, between the radially inner shell and the radially outer shell, an annular gas flow path,
a chamber delimited at least partly by the radially inner shell,
at least one radial arm that extends radially between the radially inner shell and the radially outer shell, wherein the at least one radial arm delimits an internal isolated volume of the annular flow path, which isolated volume is connected to an inner volume of said chamber, and wherein a segment of at least one conduit extends radially in said isolated volume, and
a ventilation air supply source connected to supply ventilation air to said isolated volume delimited by said at least one radial arm, whereby ventilation air may be supplied to the chamber delimited at least partly by the inner shell through the isolated volume delimited by said at least one radial arm,
wherein a radial outer end of the at least one radial arm supports a first connection box that closes off the radial outer end of the at least one radial arm,
wherein a connection of the segment of the at least one conduit connects the segment to a remainder of the at least one conduit,
wherein the isolated volume of the at least one radial arm communicates with the ventilation air supply source, and
wherein the first connection box comprises an external cylindrical wall that fits inside an internal cylindrical wall of the radial outer end of the at least one radial arm.

US Pat. No. 10,364,690

STATOR VANE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD THEREFOR

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A stator vane assembly comprising:a plurality of distinct vane segments each respectively including a first platform, a second platform and at least one vane airfoil connected at opposed ends thereof to the first platform and the second platform, the first platforms meeting at distinct first joints with each other and the second platforms meeting at distinct second joints with each other such that the plurality of vane segments form an annular structure, wherein at least the distinct first joints run parallel to a line that is tangent to a leading edge fillet and a trailing edge fillet on a pressure side of the at least one vane airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,364,689

EXPANSION TURBINE AND TURBOCHARGER

1. An expansion turbine for recovering power from energy of a working fluid, comprising;a turbine housing including a scroll section for taking in the working fluid;
a plurality of variable nozzles disposed inside the turbine housing at intervals in a circumferential direction of the expansion turbine, each of the variable nozzles being configured to be rotatable about a rotation shaft so as to change an area of a flow path of the working fluid flowing from the scroll section; and
a turbine wheel disposed rotatably inside the turbine housing, the turbine wheel including a plurality of turbine blades disposed downstream of the variable nozzles,
wherein the turbine housing includes an outer shell defining a profile of the turbine housing, a nozzle plate, and a nozzle mount disposed so as to face the nozzle plate,
wherein the nozzle plate has a first wall surface including a shroud section which faces tips of the turbine blades, and the nozzle mount has a second wall surface which faces the first wall surface across the flow path of the working fluid,
wherein a blade height of the variable nozzles at an outlet side is greater than a blade height of the turbine blades at an inlet side,
wherein the shroud section has a protruding portion protruding toward the second wall surface so as to reduce a height of the flow path of the working fluid toward downstream, at a downstream side of an outlet of the variable nozzles and an upstream side of an inlet of the turbine blades,
wherein the second wall surface of the nozzle mount is formed in a flat shape from the outlet of the variable nozzles to an upstream side of an inlet of the variable nozzles,
wherein a protruding amount of the protruding portion is set so that a tip end of the protruding portion does not protrude toward the second wall surface past the tips of the turbine blades at the inlet,
wherein the expansion turbine comprises a radial turbine configured such that the working fluid flows into the inlet of the turbine blades along a radial direction of the expansion turbine, and
wherein, where an origin is an axial position of roots of the turbine blades at the inlet and Xt is an axial length between the tips of the turbine blades at the inlet of the turbine blades and the origin and Xp is an axial length between the tip end of the protruding portion and the origin, where Xt and Xp satisfies a relationship 0

US Pat. No. 10,364,688

MINIDISK BALANCE FLANGE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A minidisk for a rotor system, comprising:a body having an annular shape and an axial surface; and
a balance flange extending axially from the axial surface, the balance flange defining a plurality of hole arrays, each hole array in the plurality of hole arrays comprising:
a first hole having a first width, the first hole configured to receive a balance weight, and
a second hole having a second width being greater than the first width and a third hole having the same width as the second width, the second hole and the third hole disposed immediately adjacent to the first hole;
a fourth hole having a fourth width, the fourth hole disposed immediately adjacent to the second hole and opposite to the first hole, wherein the fourth width is the same as the first width; and
a fifth hole having a fifth width, the fifth hole disposed immediately adjacent to the third hole and opposite to the first hole, wherein the fifth width is the same as the first width,
wherein a first circumferential distance between immediately adjacent hole arrays is greater than a second circumferential distance between the first hole and the second hole.

US Pat. No. 10,364,686

TIAL BLADE WITH SURFACE MODIFICATION

MTU AERO ENGINES AG, Mun...

1. A component for a turbomachine, wherein the component comprises at least one region made of an intermetallic material which is formed from an intermetallic compound or comprises an intermetallic phase as largest constituent, on which region a plate is arranged, and wherein the intermetallic material has been compacted and/or modified in microstructure by microplasticization at least partially at a surface or interface in a region close to the surface or interface where the plate is arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,364,683

GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENT COOLING PASSAGE TURBULATOR

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine component comprising:opposing walls providing an interior cooling passage, one of the walls has a turbulator with a hook provided as a cross-section of the turbulator that is enclosed within the walls, wherein the hook includes a first portion extending from a surface of the one wall, and a second portion extends from the first portion longitudinally within the interior cooling passage to a terminal end providing an overhang that is unattached with respect to the surface, wherein the interior flow passage is configured to provide a flow direction, and the second portion faces away from the flow direction, and wherein the first and second portions and the surface provide a pocket, the pocket configured to provide a cavitation zone.

US Pat. No. 10,364,681

TURBINE BLADE

1. An airfoil for a gas turbine engine, the airfoil comprising:an outer surface bounding an interior and defining a pressure side and a suction side extending axially between a leading edge and a trailing edge and extending radially between a root and a tip;
a structural rib spanning the interior and extending between the pressure side and the suction side of the outer surface to define a first direction of extension;
multiple internal walls located near and extending along the outer surface in a second direction of extension, with the internal walls each at least partially defining a near wall cooling passage adjacent the outer surface; and
multiple thermal stress reduction structures provided between the structural rib and the internal walls at a position adjacent a junction of the first and second directions of extension such that the structural rib is separated from the internal wall on both sides of the structural rib at the pressure side and both sides of the structural rib at the suction side.

US Pat. No. 10,364,680

GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENT HAVING PLATFORM TRENCH

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A component for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a platform that axially extends between a leading edge and a trailing edge and circumferentially extends between a first mate face and a second mate face;
a trench disposed on at least one of said first mate face and said second mate face;
a plurality of cooling holes axially disposed within said trench; and
a cavity disposed at least partially inside an airfoil that extends from said platform, said plurality of cooling holes being configured to directly receive fluid from a radially extending portion of said cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,364,679

GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPRESSOR ROTOR VAPORIZATION COOLING

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method of cooling a gas turbine engine rotor assembly, the gas turbine engine rotor assembly comprising a rotor having a disc, the method comprising the steps of:rotating the rotor with a phase change material contained within a cavity in the rotor;
changing a phase of the phase change material at a radially outer chamber of the cavity to cool a radially outer portion of the rotor; and
returning the changed phase of the phase change material to a radially inner chamber of the cavity via a passageway having an axial width that is less than an axial width of either of the inner and outer chambers,
wherein the radially outer chamber, the radially inner chamber, and the passageway are each defined within the disc of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,364,678

THERMAL SHIELDING IN A GAS TURBINE

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A turbine blade having a body enclosing a labyrinth of internal channels for the circulation of coolant received through an inlet formed in a terminal portion of a blade root, the labyrinth comprising;the inlet arranged on an axially upstream face of the terminal portion leading to a duct;
a first passage intersecting the duct at a first passage intersection and extending through the body towards a tip of the turbine blade, a proximal end of the first passage being arranged, in use, to capture incoming coolant flow;
a second passage intersecting the duct at a second passage intersection at a position downstream of the first passage intersection, the first passage intersection and the second passage intersection having different cross-sectional areas whereby to create a pressure drop along the duct;
in use, a clearance space between an external wall surface of the duct and a bucket groove of a disc hub in which the turbine blade is carried, the clearance space creating a leakage path for air directed to the inlet;
the duct and/or the passage intersections configured to create a pressure drop in the duct in the direction from the inlet to the second passage intersection; and
one or more duct vents provided in a wall of the terminal portion at a position downstream of a downstream edge of the first passage intersection, the one or more duct vents having a total cross-sectional area greater than a cross sectional-area of the clearance space at an end of the clearance space adjacent to the inlet and the one or more duct vents are arranged to balance the pressure of coolant in the duct with the pressure of coolant in the leakage path thereby reducing the mass flow of coolant entering the leakage path in a region of the clearance space extending between the one or more duct vents and one end of the duct.

US Pat. No. 10,364,677

TURBINE ENGINE HYBRID ROTOR

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A turbine engine rotor component comprising:a Ti-based first member (6) circumscribing an axis (500) and having either a circumferential array of integrally-formed airfoils (62) or a circumferential array of blade retention features; and
a TiBw particulate-reinforced second member (90) circumscribing the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,364,676

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING LONGWALL MINE ROOF STABILITY

Joy Global Underground Mi...

1. A longwall mining system comprising:a plurality of powered roof supports, each powered roof support including a controllable hydraulic piston configured to apply an adjustable support pressure on a mine roof;
a shearer configured to move across a mine face as the plurality of powered roof supports are arranged in a series along the mine face; and
an electronic control unit configured to
receive data from each powered roof support of the plurality of powered roof supports indicative of fluid pressure within each respective controllable hydraulic piston, and
monitor a condition of the mine roof based on changes in the received data over a period of time,
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to monitor the condition of the mine roof based on changes in the received data over a period of time by generating a graphical pressure map, the graphical pressure map including
a plurality of parallel display lines each providing an indication of fluid pressure within a different one of the controllable hydraulic pistons of the plurality of powered roof supports over the period of time, and
a shearer position line indicative of a position of the shearer relative to the plurality of powered roof supports over the period of time overlaid onto the plurality of parallel display lines.

US Pat. No. 10,364,675

CUTTING APPARATUS

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

13. A cutting apparatus suitable for creating tunnels or subterranean roadways and the like comprising:a main frame having generally upward, downward and side facing regions;
a powered sled movably mounted at the main frame and configured to slide in a forward cutting direction of the apparatus relative to the main frame;
a first and second arm each pivotally mounted to the sled by respective pivot arm axes aligned in a direction extending transverse and perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the main frame to allow each arm to pivot independently of one another in an upward and downward direction relative to the upward and downward facing region of the main frame;
at least one first and second arm actuator arranged to actuate independent pivoting movement of the first and second arms relative to one another and the main frame;
a rotatable cutting head mounted at each of the first and second arms and configured to be moved in the upward and downward direction and advanced in the forward cutting direction, each cutting head being rotatable about a head axis orientated to extend substantially transverse to respective pivot arm axes, wherein each cutting head includes an annular cutting edge or layered cutting edges arranged to provide an undercutting mode of operation; and
a plurality of roller cutters independently rotatably mounted at each rotatable cutting head.

US Pat. No. 10,364,549

HYBRID CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A hybrid construction machine comprising:a vehicle body that is provided with a revolving structure;
a working mechanism that is provided on said revolving structure;
an engine that is provided on said vehicle body;
a motor-generator that is connected mechanically to said engine;
an electricity storage device that is connected electrically to said motor-generator;
a hydraulic pump that is connected mechanically to said engine;
a plurality of actuators that drive said vehicle body or said working mechanism, and include a boom cylinder and a revolving hydraulic motor that are driven by pressurized oil from said hydraulic pump;
a revolving electric motor that is provided on said vehicle body and connected electrically to said motor-generator and said electricity storage device to revolve said revolving structure by compound torque with said revolving hydraulic motor;
an actuator operation device that drives said plurality of actuators in accordance with an operating amount; and
a controller that controls output of said motor-generator and has a low speed mode for reducing movement speeds of said plurality of actuators in response to conditions of said motor-generator and said electricity storage device and a normal mode in which a reduction in the movement speeds of said plurality of actuators is released characterized in that:
said controller is configured to reduce output of said boom cylinder and said revolving hydraulic motor in such a manner as to hold a ratio of output of revolving movement and output of boom-raising movement to the same value of a ratio in said normal mode at the time of performing a compound movement that includes said revolving movement and said boom-raising movement of said working mechanism in said low speed mode, and is configured to control output of said revolving electric motor, and
said controller increases a reduced value of the output of said motor-generator to be larger than a reduced value of the output of said revolving electric motor when said compound movement is performed in said low speed mode and said revolving electric motor and said motor-generator simultaneously perform powering operations.

US Pat. No. 10,364,525

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE LINT FILTER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of removing lint from drying air in a laundry treating appliance having a treating chamber for holding clothes for treatment according to a cycle of operation, a treating chemistry dispenser having a housing with a port fluidly coupled to the treating chamber, a lint filter comprising a bath tub located within the treating chemistry dispenser, the lint filter defined by a portion of the housing and a retaining wall and fluidly coupled with the port, and an air supply having an inlet and outlet fluidly coupled to the treating chamber, the method comprising:a laundry treating phase comprising supplying treating chemistry from the treating chemistry dispenser to the treating chamber and leaving a portion of the treating chemistry within the bath tub to form a bath of treating chemistry;
a laundry drying phase comprising:
supplying air to the treating chamber through the inlet;
exhausting the supplied air from the treating chamber; and
directing the exhausted air to the lint filter within the treating chemistry dispenser to flow over the bath of treating chemistry to remove lint contained within the exhausted air.

US Pat. No. 10,364,500

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR FORMING ARTICLES HAVING SILVER METAL

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, R...

1. A non-aqueous precursor composition consisting essentially of:(a) a silver complex comprising one or more reducible silver ions complexed with an ?-oxy carboxylate and a primary alkylamine compound,
the silver complex being represented by the following formula (I):
wherein L represents the ?-oxy carboxylate; P represents the primary alkylamine; a is 1 or 2; b is 1 or 2; and c is 1, 2, 3, or 4, provided that when a is 1, b is 1, and when a is 2, b is 2;(b) a hydroxy-free, nitrile-containing aprotic solvent having a boiling point at atmospheric pressure of at least 100° C. and less than 500° C.; and
(c) a polymer that is either (1) a hydroxy-containing cellulosic polymer or (ii) a non-cellulosic acrylic polymer having a halo- or hydroxy-containing side chain, which polymer is present in an amount of at least 0.25 weight % and up to and including 15 weight %, based on the total weight of reducible silver ions in the silver complex.

US Pat. No. 10,364,476

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A PRESS-QUENCHED PART

ThyssenKrupp AG, Essen (...

1. A method for producing a press-quenched part having a rim hole with a collar formed at a periphery of the rim hole, the method comprising:providing a part to be press-quenched, having a rim hole with a collar formed at the periphery of the rim hole;
inserting a temperature-controlled die into the rim hole of the part;
controlling the temperature of the temperature-controlled die such that the temperature of the part in a region of the collar is held above a martensite start temperature of a material from which the part is made;
press-quenching the part either during or after said inserting and controlling steps.

US Pat. No. 10,364,402

LUBRICATING COMPOSITION CONTAINING AN OXYALKYLATED AROMATIC POLYOL COMPOUND

The Lubrizol Corporation,...

1. A lubricating composition comprising an oil of lubricating viscosity and 0.01 wt % to 10 wt % of an oxyalkylated aromatic polyol compound represented by the formula:
wherein
R1 is —(CH2CHR5—O—)mR6,
R2 is hydrogen, a hydrocarbyl group, or —(C?O)R4,
n is 1 or 2,
R3 is a hydrocarbyl group, or —(C?O)R4, or —(CH2CHR5—O—)mR6,
x is 1 to 2,
R4 is a hydrocarbyl group,
R5 is hydrogen or a hydrocarbyl group containing 1 to 4 carbon atoms,
R6 is hydrogen or a hydrocarbyl group, or —(C?O)R7,
R7 is a hydrocarbyl group, and
m=1 to 20.

US Pat. No. 10,364,356

DEVICE FOR REGULATING THE PASSAGE OF ENERGY

Merck Patent GmbH, Darms...

1. Compound of the formula (I):
where:
X is equal to S or Se;
Z1 is, independently of one another, a single bond, —CR3?CR3— or —C?C—; or two, three, four or five groups combined with one another, selected from the groups —CR3?CR3— and —C?C—;
Z2 is, independently of one another, a single bond, O, S, C(R3)2, —CR3?CR3— or —C?C—; or two, three, four or five groups combined with one another, selected from the groups O, S, C(R3)2, —CR3?CR3— and —C?C—;
Ar1 is, independently of one another, an aryl or heteroaryl group having 5 to 30 aromatic ring atoms, which may be substituted by one or more radicals R4;
R1 is, independently of one another, H, D, F, CN, N(R5)2, or an alkyl, alkoxy or thioalkoxy group having 1 to 20 C atoms, which may be substituted by one or more radicals R5, where one or more CH2 groups in the alkyl, alkoxy or thioalkoxy groups may be replaced by —R5C?CR5—, —C?C—, C?O, C?S, —C(?O)O—, —OC(?O)—, Si(R5)2, NR5, —O— or —S—;
R3, R4 are, independently of one another, H, D, F, Cl, CN, or an alkyl, alkoxy or thioalkoxy group having 1 to 10 C atoms, which may be substituted by one or more radicals R5, where one or more CH2 groups in the alkyl, alkoxy or thioalkoxy groups may be replaced by —R5C?CR5—, —C?C—, C?O, C?S, —C(?O)O—, —OC(?O)—, Si(R5)2, NR5, —O— or —S—;
R5 is, independently of one another, H, D, F, Cl, CN, N(R6)2, an alkyl, alkoxy or thioalkoxy group having 1 to 10 C atoms or an alkenyl or alkynyl group having 2 to 20 C atoms, where the above-mentioned groups may each be substituted by one or more radicals R6 and where one or more CH2 groups in the above-mentioned groups may be replaced by —R6C?CR6—, —C?C—, C?O, C?S, —C(?O)O—, —O(C?O)—, Si(R6)2, NR6, —O— or —S—, or an aryl or heteroaryl group having 5 to 30 aromatic ring atoms, which may in each case be substituted by one or more radicals R6;
R6 is, independently of one another, H, F or an aliphatic organic radical having 1 to 20 C atoms, in which one or more H atoms may be replaced by F, or an aryl or heteroaryl group having 5 to 20 C atoms, in which one or more H atoms may be replaced by F; and
i is, independently of one another, equal to 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.

US Pat. No. 10,364,335

RUBBER COMPOSITION CONTAINING A HIGHLY SATURATED DIENE ELASTOMER

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A rubber composition based on a reinforcing filler and on an elastomeric matrix comprising a diene elastomer, wherein the diene elastomer comprises, distributed randomly within the elastomer,units of the following categories A, B, C, D and E, or
units of these same categories A, B, C, D and E comprising, for at least one of the categories B, C, D and E, a mixture of at least two different units of the same category which differ from one another through the nature of their side groups Ri:
whereR1, R2, R3 and R4, which are identical or different, denote a hydrogen atom, a methyl radical or a phenyl radical which is substituted or unsubstituted in the ortho, meta or para position by a methyl radical,
R5 denotes a hydrogen atom or a methyl radical,
R6 denotes a methyl radical or a phenyl radical which is substituted or unsubstituted in the ortho, meta or para position by a methyl radical,
m, n, o, p and q are numbers ranging from 0 to 100; and wherein the elastomer has the following properties:
m/p?1.75
m?50
n+o?10
o+p?15.

US Pat. No. 10,364,327

POLYORGANOSILOXANE AND COPOLYCARBONATE PREPARED BY USING THE SAME

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

1. A polyorganosiloxane represented by Chemical Formula 2:B-A-B  [Chemical Formula 2]
wherein, in Chemical Formula 2,
A is a divalent functional group containing C6-20 arylene,
B is

each of R1 is independently hydrogen; C1-15 alkyl unsubstituted or substituted with oxiranyl, oxiranyl-substituted C1-10 alkoxy, or C6-20 aryl; halogen; C1-10 alkoxy; allyl; C1-10 haloalkyl; or C6-20 aryl,
R2 is C1-15 alkyl substituted with one to three fluoro,
each of R3 is independently hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, halogen, hydroxy, C1-6 alkoxy, or C6-20 aryl,
X is —CO—, or —CO—(C6-10 arylene)-CO—,
Y is C1-10 alkylene,
Z is a bond, or —COO—,
n is an integer of 1 to 2000, and
m is an integer of 1 to 2,000.

US Pat. No. 10,364,314

COMPOUND, RESIN, MATERIAL FOR FORMING UNDERLAYER FILM FOR LITHOGRAPHY, COMPOSITION FOR FORMING UNDERLAYER FILM FOR LITHOGRAPHY, UNDERLAYER FILM FOR LITHOGRAPHY, RESIST PATTERN FORMING METHOD, CIRCUIT PATTERN FORMING METHOD, AND PURIFICATION METHOD

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical C...

1. A compound represented by the following formula (1):in formula (1), each X independently represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or an uncrosslinked state, each R1 is independently selected from the group consisting of a halogen group, a cyano group, a nitro group, an amino group, a hydroxyl group, a thiol group, a heterocyclic group, an alkyl group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, an alkenyl group having 2 to 30 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 40 carbon atoms, and combinations thereof, in which the alkyl group, the alkenyl group and the aryl group optionally include an ether bond, a ketone bond or an ester bond, each R2 independently represents an alkyl group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 40 carbon atoms, an alkenyl group having 2 to 30 carbon atoms, a thiol group or a hydroxyl group, each m is independently an integer of 0 to 7, in which at least one m is an integer of 0 to 6, each p is independently 0 or 1, q is an integer of 0 to 2, and n is 1 or 2, wherein when n is 1, X is an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom.

US Pat. No. 10,364,299

DERIVATIVES OBTAINED FROM HYALURONIC ACID AND CARNOSINE

Sebastiano Sciuto, Padar...

1. A compound having formula (1)conjugate of carnosine dipeptide having formula (2)with hyaluronic acid, wherein the conjugation is effected by the formation of an amide bond between the NH2 group of carnosine, preferably protected at the carboxyl group, and one or more carboxylic groups of hyaluronic acid, preferably of an active derivative of hyaluronic acid, even more preferably a COX ester having formula (3)

US Pat. No. 10,364,266

COMPOUNDS

GlaxoSmithKline Intellect...

1. A compound of Formula (VI):
wherein:
X51 is S;
X52 is S;
R51 is OH and R52 is NH2 or R51 is NH2 and R52 is H;
R53 is OH and R54 is NH2 or R53 is NH2 and R54 is H;
R55 is selected from: F and OH;
R56 is F;
R58 and R59 are independently selected from: H, CH2OC(O)R57, CH2OCO2R57, CH2CH2SC(O)R57, and CH2CH2SSCH2R57;
where R57 is selected from: aryl, heteroaryl, heterocycloalkyl, cycloalkyl, C1-20alkyl and C1-20alkyl substituted with one to 5 substituents independently selected from: aryl, cycloalkyl, hydroxy and F;
provided at least one of R58 and R59 is not H, and provided that none of R58 and R59 is —CH2OC(O)C(CH3)3,or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,364,223

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic compound, which is represented by the general formula (1):in the general formula (1), R1 and R2 are each independently selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group having 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an aryl group, an aralkyl group, and a heteroaryl group, and the alkyl group, the aryl group, the aralkyl group, and the heteroaryl group may each have a substituent; R3 and R4 are each independently selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group having 1 or more and 10 or less carbon atoms, and an alkoxy group having 1 or more and 10 or less carbon atoms; and A1? and A2? each independently represent a monovalent anion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,176

GLASS PRECURSOR GEL AND METHODS TO TREAT WITH MICROWAVE ENERGY

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of producing molten glass, the method comprising:obtaining a glass precursor gel comprising a homogeneously chemically mixed bulk amorphous oxide-based matrix that contains one or more synthesis byproducts, the bulk amorphous oxide-based matrix having an inorganic network of primary constituent oxides comprising 30 mol % to 90 mol % silica and one or more of the following: (A) 0.1 mol % to 25 mol % of one or more alkali oxides in sum total, (B) 0.1 mol % to 25 mol % of one or more alkaline earth oxides in sum total, (C) 1 mol % to 20 mol % boric oxide, (D) 5 mol % to 80 mol % lead oxide, or (E) 0.1 mol % to 10 mol % aluminum oxide, and wherein the lass precursor gel does not include sand and radioactive material;
exposing the glass precursor gel to microwave radiation so that the glass precursor gel heats by way of the microwave radiation; and
melting the glass precursor gel into the molten glass with the microwave radiation by way of the one or more synthesis byproducts.

US Pat. No. 10,364,175

METHODS FOR PRODUCING SHAPED GLASS ARTICLES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A method for producing a shaped glass article, the method comprising:heating at least a portion of a mold-facing surface of a glass article to a forming temperature, the glass article coated with a multi-layer removable coating comprising an inner layer in contact with the glass article and an outer layer disposed over the inner layer, the inner layer comprising a first glass having a viscosity from about 104 P to about 107.5 P at the forming temperature, the outer layer comprising a second glass having a viscosity from about 107.8 P to about 1014 P at the forming temperature;
shaping the glass article in a mold, wherein the mold is in direct contact with the outer layer during shaping; and
removing the multi-layer coating from the glass article.

US Pat. No. 10,364,174

GLASS FURNACE REGENERATORS FORMED OF ONE-PIECE LOAD-BEARING WALL BLOCKS

FOSBEL, INC., Brook Park...

1. A glass furnace regenerator comprising:opposed pairs of side and end walls, wherein
at least one of the side and end walls of the regenerator comprises an interlocking plurality of refractory blocks each having a dimension of about 25.59 inches (650 mm) or greater and a weight of more than about 50 pounds (22.68 kilograms), and wherein
the refractory blocks are self-supporting and load-bearing one-piece pre-cast structures of a refractory material, wherein the refractory blocks have an air permeability of between about 5×10?15 to about 5×10?14, and wherein
the refractory blocks comprise longitudinally adjacent integral interior and exterior block regions adjacent an interior and exterior of the regenerator, the interior and exterior block regions being formed of dissimilar precast refractory material having respective thermal conductivity properties that differ by at least about 10% so as to establish a gradient of thermal insulation properties from the interior block region to the exterior block region.

US Pat. No. 10,364,170

ELECTROMAGNETIC FLUID TREATMENT APPARATUS

1. An electromagnetic fluid treatment assembly comprising:a fluid pipe oriented about a centerline axis; and
an electromagnetic fluid treatment apparatus disposed about the fluid pipe and oriented about the centerline axis, the electromagnetic fluid treatment apparatus comprising:
a first rod spacer, comprising a fluid pipe aperture configured to receive the fluid pipe and at least one rod aperture disposed radially outward of the fluid pipe aperture;
a second rod spacer, comprising a fluid pipe aperture configured to receive the fluid pipe and at least one rod aperture disposed radially outward of the fluid pipe aperture, the rod aperture of the first rod spacer and the rod aperture of the second rod spacer being circumferentially aligned about a centerline axis; and
at least one conductive rod, comprising a first attachment portion and a second attachment portion, wherein the first attachment portion is disposed in the rod aperture of the first rod spacer, the second attachment portion is disposed in the rod aperture of the second rod spacer, and the conductive rod extends between the first rod spacer and the second rod spacer;
wherein the conductive rod comprises:
a wire coil, disposed at least partially around a circumference of a core and at least partially between the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion; and
a non-conductive layer, disposed between the core and the wire coil and at least partially between the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion;
wherein the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion comprise an exposed core.

US Pat. No. 10,364,126

SERVICING SYSTEM FOR AN ELEVATOR INSTALLATION

INVENTIO AG, Hergiswil (...

1. A method for servicing at least one component of an elevator installation comprising the steps of:providing the at least one component with a mark, the mark containing data including identification information of the at least one component;
reading the mark with a reading device to obtain the data contained in the mark, wherein the reading device is separate from the at least one component, and wherein a storage of ambient conditions of the at least one component to be serviced is initiated by reading in the mark or a secondary mark;
listing by the reading device at least one working step required for servicing the at least one component, wherein the at least one working step is determined based on the data obtained from the mark;
servicing the at least one component by performing the at least one working step; and
inputting a confirmation into the reading device to confirm that the at least one component has been serviced.

US Pat. No. 10,364,115

SHEET STICKING APPARATUS AND STICKING METHOD

LINTEC CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A sheet sticking apparatus comprising:a feeder configured to feed an adhesive sheet;
a folding unit configured to fold the fed adhesive sheet; and
an attaching unit configured to press the folded adhesive sheet onto an adherend to stick the adhesive sheet to the adherend, wherein:
the adhesive sheet includes (i) a first sheet and (ii) a second sheet having a feeding-direction leading end temporarily attached to a feeding-direction rear end of the first sheet, and
the folding unit includes a deflecting section configured to deflect the second sheet into a reverse V-shape and release the feeding-direction leading end of the second sheet from the feeding-direction rear end of the first sheet wherein a surface of the feeding-direction leading end of the second sheet facing the first sheet is exposed by the deflecting section and the adhesive sheet is folded.

US Pat. No. 10,364,098

ROBOTIC PICKING SYSTEM DEVICE AND METHOD

OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED,...

10. The cleaning container in combination with the storage system according to claim 1, in which the absorbent means comprises:absorbent material for absorbing liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,364,074

BEVERAGE CONTAINER FINGER RING

1. A beverage container finger ring comprises:a bottle cap;
a bottle carrying ring;
a tab;
a flexible connector;
the tab being adjacently connected to the bottle carrying ring;
the bottle carrying ring being adjacently connected to a lateral wall of the bottle cap by the flexible connector;
the bottle cap comprises a top portion and a bottom rim;
the lateral wall being perimetrically connected around the bottom rim; and
the top portion being perimetrically connected around the lateral wall, opposite of the bottom rim.

US Pat. No. 10,364,073

DISPENSER

BORMIOLI PHARMA S.P.A., ...

1. A dispenser (1) for dispensing a liquid or viscous product, comprising a dispensing valve (2), in turn, comprising:product sealing/releasing means (21), which in a first configuration prevents outflow of the product from the dispenser and in a second configuration enables outflow of the product from the dispenser;
elastic return means (22) for returning the sealing means (21) to the first configuration from the second configuration; the elastic return means (22) and at least part of the product sealing/releasing means (21) being integrated in a body (20);
a casing (24) that encases at least one part of said body (20);
a dispenser channel (23) for dispensing the product that extends between said body (20) and said casing (24); the elastic return means (22) comprising an annular concavity (220) positioned at one end of said dispenser channel (23);
the dispenser (1) comprising:
a reservoir (3) that is in fluid communication with said valve (2);
at least one opening (221) for passage of the product from said reservoir (3) to said dispenser channel (23); said opening (221) being open at all times so that it cannot be blocked by a component of the dispenser (1);
the body (20) comprising:
a base (201) that defines anchorage to remaining parts of the dispenser (1);
one end (202) that is opposite said base (201);
a shank (203) that extends between the base (201) and said opposite end (202); the shank (203) having a cavity (204) in fluid communication with the reservoir (3);
wherein the opening (221) comprises a groove (91) afforded in the casing (24).

US Pat. No. 10,364,067

INTERCONNECTABLE INDIVIDUAL PACKAGE

1. A package comprising:a base surrounded by lateral surfaces, and a plug connection for connecting the package to an adjacent package, the plug connection comprising:
at least two lower profile ribs that are arranged on a first lateral surface of the package;
at least two upper profile ribs arranged on the first lateral surface of the package, each of the upper profile ribs being vertically spaced apart from a respective one of the lower profile ribs, each of the upper profile ribs also being offset in a longitudinal direction from the respective one of the lower profile ribs, each of the upper profile ribs cooperating with the respective one of the lower profile ribs to define a guide groove; and
at least two connectors that are arranged on a second lateral surface of the package, each of the connectors cooperating with a respective guide groove on the adjacent package to form a detachable plug connection,
wherein each of the connectors define a connector profile configured to engage the guide groove in a form-fitting manner when the connector from one package slides within the guide-groove of another package in the longitudinal direction, and
wherein each of the guide grooves are arranged on the first lateral surface to define a guide-free free space therebetween in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,065

LOGISTICS SYSTEM, AN ADAPTOR PALLET AND A LOAD CARRIER

1. A logistics system comprising:at least one wheeled load carrier,
an adaptor pallet for receiving a plurality of such load carriers and for transporting the plurality of such load carriers in a transporting position, the adaptor pallet configured to receive the plurality of wheeled load carriers in a rolling fashion and comprising a detent, which has:
a deployed configuration, in which the detent is configured to prevent lateral movement of the at least one load carrier and configured to prevent rolling movement of the at least one wheeled load carrier, and a released configuration, in which the detent is configured to allow lateral movement of the at least one load carrier, and
a locking interface comprising:
a first counterpart fixed to the adaptor pallet, and
a second counterpart provided to the at least one load carrier,
wherein the first and second counterpart of the locking interface have been configured to engage each other, when the at least one load carrier is in the transporting position on the adaptor pallet so as to prevent rotation movement of the at least one load carrier in respect to the adaptor pallet and wherein
the adaptor pallet comprises a plurality of parallel tracks for receiving the wheels of the plurality of wheeled load carriers, and
the first and second counterpart forming the locking interface exhibit inter-engaging male and female shapes, which male shape is configured to extend in a direction parallel to an extending direction of the tracks of the adaptor pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,364,063

PLASTIC PALLET WITH SUPPORT BLOCKS HAVING UPPER AND LOWER TOWERS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

CHEP Technology Pty Limit...

1. A pallet comprising:a top deck;
a bottom deck; and
a plurality of spaced apart support blocks coupled between said top and bottom decks and forming a gap therebetween for receiving a lifting member, each support block comprising
a mid-section having spaced apart upper and lower surfaces,
an upper tower extending from the upper surface of said mid-section, and with the upper surface having a stepped upper tower projection opening adjacent to and outwards from the upper tower so as to form a support block upper stepped interface, and
a lower tower extending from the lower surface, and with the lower surface having a stepped lower tower projection opening adjacent to and outwards from the lower tower so as to form a support block lower stepped interface.

US Pat. No. 10,364,061

RECLOSABLE CONTAINER

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A reclosable container comprising a bottom panel, a front panel, two side panels, a rear panel, a top panel and a tear off-flap, wherein:a lid is defined by the front panel and the two side panels, the two side panels having a division line extending downwardly sloping from the rear panel in the side panels and horizontally in at least a part of the front panel,
the lid comprising the top panel and the sections of the front panel and side panels above the division line, the lid being moveable by rotation along a folding line in the rear panel between a closing position, where the lid closes the container, and a position where an open end of the container is not covered by the lid;
the front panel further comprises an inner front part extending above the division line in the front panel without being attached to the front panel above the division line;
each side panel further comprises an inner side part extending above the division line in the side panel without being attached to the side panel above the division line, and an upper margin of each of the inner side parts extending downwardly sloping towards the rear panel;
the inner front part comprises a flap extending downwardly from an upper margin of the inner front part and abutting an inner surface of the section of the front panel above the division line when the lid is in the position where the lid closes the container;
the tear-off flap is connected with the flap along a scoring line and glued or welded to an inside of the part of the lid provided by the section above the division line of the front panel.

US Pat. No. 10,364,060

FLAT-FOLDING BOX COVERS

1. A flat-folding box cover for primary containers of tissues and other sheet materials comprising:a) a cutout having a cross shape with a top panel and four side panels wherein the top panel and each side panel has an interior surface and an exterior surface;
b) an aperture in the top panel;
c) a flap extending from one side edge of each side panel with no two flaps adjacent to one another;
d) one or more magnets of one polarity secured on each side panel near the side edge without a flap; and
e) one or more magnets of opposite polarity secured to each flap;
whereby, when the side panels are folded at ninety degrees to the top panel, and the flaps are folded at ninety degrees to the side panels, the magnets on the flaps align and engage with the magnets in the side panels to form an assembled box cover that can, if desired, be unfolded to a flat state.

US Pat. No. 10,364,059

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MAGNETISING A PACKAGE MATERIAL, AND PACKAGING MATERIAL MAGNETISED WITH SAID METHOD

1. A magnetising device in a web processing machine for magnetising a magnetisable area of a web of packaging material, said magnetising device comprising:a first magnetic component having a north pole and a south pole, and
a second magnetic component having a north pole and a south pole,
wherein poles of a first and same polarity are arranged adjacent in an opposed relationship, and
wherein poles of a second and same polarity are arranged remote from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,364,057

PET WATER CONTAINER AND BOWL

1. A pet water container and bowl, comprising:a container defining an interior volume for storing liquid, wherein the container comprises an upper end and a lower end;
wherein the upper end comprises a body and an opening, wherein the opening is adapted to receive liquid therethrough;
the lower end having a first end and a closed second end, wherein threading is disposed around the lower end of the container between the first end and second end;
wherein the lower end comprises a smaller width than a width of the body;
a bowl removably securable to the threading of the lower end of the container;
wherein the bowl comprises a plurality of tabs disposed around an exterior of an upper end thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,364,053

VIAL PREPARATION METHOD AND SYSTEM

Hospira Australia Pty Ltd...

1. A preparation method, comprising:housing a plurality of vials in a temperature-controlled environment, wherein the temperature-controlled environment is a lyophilization apparatus environment, wherein the plurality of vials each have a volume of a liquid substance therein and each defines an unfilled volume therein, each vial of the plurality of vials having a stopper partially inserted into an opening of each vial so that gas can transfer between the unfilled volume and an external volume, each said stopper comprising a disc-shaped top and one or more downward projections from said disc-shaped top forming one or more apertures by the partial insertion, the one or more apertures allowing for said gas transfer between the unfilled volume and the external volume;
at a temperature set-point greater than freezing, applying a vacuum to the environment to reduce pressure in the environment and in the unfilled volume of each vial to a first pressure level between 10 mbar and 500 mbar;
venting an insert gas into the environment to raise the pressure in the environment and in the unfilled volume of each vial to a second pressure level;
allowing the vials to rest in the environment at the second pressure level for a predetermined period;
repeating the applying, venting an allowing at least once; and
fully inserting the stopper into each opening to seal each vial after the repeating;
wherein the substance in each vial after the inserting is still a liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,364,051

EFFICIENT STATIONKEEPING STRATEGY FOR THE THREE APOGEE (TAP) ORBIT

1. A method of maintaining at least one satellite in an operational orbit having a nominal orbital period, the method comprising:executing a stationkeeping strategy that controls parameters of the operational orbit such that, for a constellation of two satellites disposed in the operational orbit, separated by one half the nominal orbital period, the constellation provides substantially continuous coverage of a polar region, wherein:
the nominal orbital period is sixteen hours, and the operational orbit has (i) an inclination of greater than 60°; (ii) a nominal eccentricity of at least 0.4; (iii) an initial argument of perigee (ARGP) of 90°+/?4° or 270°+/?4°; (iv) an operational orbit apogee altitude in the range of 35,000 km to 50,000 km; and (v) an operational orbit perigee altitude in a range of 7000 to 15000 km; and
the stationkeeping strategy includes:
establishing an initial Right Ascension of Ascending Node (RAAN) of the operational orbit such that naturally caused orbital drift results in a mid-life RAAN of 0 degrees; and
controlling the ARGP, only indirectly, by performing, with a propulsion subsystem of the spacecraft, orbit maintenance maneuvers only to directly control one or both of the operational orbit apogee altitude and the operational orbit perigee altitude within a respective required range.

US Pat. No. 10,364,050

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HEALTH ASSESSMENT OF AIRCRAFT STRUCTURE

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of health monitoring and assessment of an aircraft structure comprising:collecting data from a plurality of sensors associated with a plurality of components distributed throughout a plurality of discrete zones of the aircraft, at least one of the plurality of components being associated with each of the plurality of discrete aircraft zones, the plurality of sensors assessing a physical condition of the plurality of components;
communicating the collected data to a health assessment module;
calculating one or more component structural condition indicators of each component of the plurality of components based on the collected data;
compiling component structural condition indicators by component;
calculating a component structural health indicator for each component based on one or more component structural condition indicators;
compiling component structural health indicators by each of the plurality of discrete aircraft zones;
calculating a zone structural health indicator based on the component structural health indicators of components residing in the particular discrete aircraft zone;
calculating an aircraft level health indicator based on the zone structural health indicators; and
recommending one or more maintenance actions based on the component structural condition indicators.

US Pat. No. 10,364,049

SUPPORTING MAINTENANCE OF AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for supporting maintenance of an aircraft, comprising:a plurality of database importers configured to import a plurality of datasets from a respective plurality of data sources to a database with a composite dataset including data of the plurality of datasets, wherein the composite dataset includes at least aircraft identifier information that describes the aircraft, aircraft utilization information that indicates an in-service state of the aircraft, and data from task cards that describe maintenance tasks performed on the aircraft, an aircraft illustrated parts catalog (AIPC) that describes aircraft parts of the aircraft, and a maintenance planning document (MPD) that describes maintenance intervals for the aircraft;
a database-management system (DBMS) configured to manage the database with the composite dataset; and
a client application coupled to the DBMS and configured to receive a user request for a demand for replacement aircraft parts for maintenance during an in-service lifecycle of the aircraft, the client application being configured to interpret the user request to produce a query executable by the DBMS to retrieve data of the composite dataset from the database including at least the aircraft identifier information, the aircraft utilization information, and data from the task cards, the AIPC and the MPD, the client application also being configured to predict and thereby produce a prediction of the demand based on the data retrieved from the composite dataset, the prediction including a schedule of maintenance events over the in-service lifecycle of the aircraft in which numbers of aircraft parts of the aircraft are replaced with corresponding numbers of replacement aircraft parts,
wherein the client application is configured to produce a graphical user interface through which the client application is configured to receive the user request, and through which the client application is configured to display a report including at least the prediction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,048

AIRCRAFT ENGINE CLEANING SYSTEM

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A cleaning system comprisingan aircraft including an airframe, a gas turbine engine coupled to the airframe, and a starter air supply internal to the aircraft and coupled to the airframe, the gas turbine engine including a compressor, and the starter air supply sized to constantly dry motor the gas turbine engine by providing compressed air to the gas turbine engine to cause the compressor included in the gas turbine engine to rotate without the gas turbine engine burning fuel for a predetermined starting cycle, and
a mobile supply unit movable relative to the aircraft, the mobile supply unit including a cleaning agent supply configured to store cleaning agent and provide the cleaning agent to the gas turbine engine, a cleaning air supply, a first hose coupled to the cleaning agent supply and the gas turbine engine to conduct the cleaning agent from the cleaning agent supply to the gas turbine engine to clean components internal to the gas turbine engine, and a second hose coupled to the cleaning air supply and the gas turbine engine to conduct compressed air free of cleaning agent from the cleaning air supply to the gas turbine engine to dry motor the gas turbine engine,
wherein the cleaning air supply is sized to provide enough compressed air free of cleaning agent through the second hose to the gas turbine engine to constantly dry motor the gas turbine engine to cause the compressor included in the gas turbine engine to rotate without the gas turbine engine burning fuel for a predetermined cleaning cycle to draw the cleaning agent through the gas turbine engine, the cleaning cycle being longer than the starting cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,364,046

AIRFRAME PRODUCTION

BAE Systems plc, London ...

1. A method of producing a first part of an aircraft airframe, the first part of the airframe being for attachment to a second part of an aircraft airframe, the method comprising:providing an initial structure, the initial structure being part of the first part of the aircraft airframe to be produced;
providing a reference structure representative of the second part of the airframe;
positioning the initial structure with respect to the reference structure such that the position and orientation of the initial structure relative to the reference structure is the same as the position and orientation relative to the second part of the airframe that the initial structure would have if the first part of the aircraft airframe was attached to the second part of the airframe;
specifying a surface, the surface being a desired inner mould line for the first part of the aircraft airframe;
applying, to an outer surface of the initial structure, one or more layers of material; and
after the one or more layers of material have been applied to the initial structure, machining, using a cutting device, the layers of material such that the position and orientation of the outer surface of the layers of material with respect to the reference structure is the same as the position and orientation with respect to the second part of the airframe that the specified surface would have if the first part of the aircraft airframe was attached to the second part of the airframe;
measuring a plurality of points on a surface of the reference structure; and
using the measurements of the surface of the reference structure, determining a datum; and
the step of machining comprises controlling the cutting device with respect to the datum.

US Pat. No. 10,364,045

ENGINEERED MATERIAL ARRESTING SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR FORMING SAME

1. A vehicle arresting system comprising:a base layer comprising a crushable aggregate having average aggregate sizes between 1 and 3 inches; and
a cover layer comprising a cementitious material having an oven-dry density of 100 lb/ft3 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,364,044

COMBINED INFORMATION FOR OBJECT DETECTION AND AVOIDANCE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”), comprising:a frame;
a plurality of propulsion mechanisms to aerially lift and navigate the UAV;
an imaging component, including:
a first camera coupled to the frame and having a first orientation, wherein the first camera is configured to form a first image data of a scene using visible light;
a second camera coupled to the frame and having the first orientation, wherein the second camera is configured to form a second image data of the scene using visible light; and
a sensor coupled to the frame and having the first orientation, wherein the sensor is configured to form a sensor data representative of the scene; and
a processing component, configured to at least:
receive the first image data, the second image data, and the sensor data; and
process the first image data, the second image data, and the sensor data to produce a combined information representative of the scene.

US Pat. No. 10,364,042

MULTISPECTRAL SENSOR FUSION SYSTEM FOR PLATFORM STATE ESTIMATION

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method for state estimation of a surface of a platform at sea, comprising:generating, using an electronic control system on board an aircraft, an electronic predicted initial dynamic state signal indicating a predicted initial dynamic state of the platform, the predicted initial dynamic state of the platform being based on a platform motion model that predicts motion of the platform;
generating, using an electronic landing platform state module of the aircraft, a plurality of independent spectral signals using an output from a plurality of respective spectral sensors and a plurality of platform models for predicting an appearance and structural shape of the platform, the plurality of spectral sensors being located on board the aircraft and configured to perform measurements for a respective spectral modality, and each of the plurality of platform models corresponds to a respective spectral modality of the plurality of spectral sensors, each spectral signal indicating a respective monitored state of the platform according to the spectral modality of a respective spectral sensor;
converting each independent spectral signal into a common neutral data form;
fusing together, using an electronic state estimator unit, the converted independent spectral signals to generate a fused multi-spectral monitored state of the platform;
applying the fused multi-spectral monitored state of the platform to the predicted initial dynamic state; and
outputting an electronic corrected dynamic state signal indicative of a corrected dynamic state of the platform so that the aircraft may use the corrected dynamic state of the platform to land on the surface of the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,364,041

TWIN CENTRIFUGAL SINGLE SPOOL ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An auxiliary power unit, comprising:a twin centrifugal compressor comprising:
a forward centrifugal compressor having a first aft end and a first forward end;
an aft centrifugal compressor disposed aft of the forward centrifugal compressor, the aft centrifugal compressor having a second aft end and a second forward end;
a first airflow path at an input of the twin centrifugal compressor;
a second airflow path defined by the forward centrifugal compressor, wherein the second airflow path is directed forward from the first aft end toward the first forward end;
a third airflow path defined by the aft centrifugal compressor, wherein the third airflow path is directed aft from the second forward end toward the second aft end;
a manifold disposed aft of the forward centrifugal compressor and the aft centrifugal compressor, the manifold defining a fourth airflow path, wherein the fourth airflow path is comprised of a mix of the second airflow path and the third airflow path, and wherein the fourth airflow path is co-axial with the second airflow path and the third airflow path; and
a combustor comprising an annular reverse flow combustor, wherein the fourth airflow path is further defined by the annular reverse flow combustor.

US Pat. No. 10,364,040

AIR SEPARATION SYSTEM FOR FUEL STABILIZATION

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A system for generating inert gas comprising:a source of pressurized air for generating a pressurized air flow;
an air separation module located downstream from and in fluid communication with said source of pressurized air, said air separation module including at least one permeable membrane operable to separate said pressurized air into an oxygen-enriched air and an inert gas-enriched air, said oxygen-enriched air being separate from said inert gas-enriched air;
a backpressure regulator for continuously maintaining an operational pressure within the air separation module;
a fuel tank containing a fuel, the fuel tank being arranged downstream from said air separation module; and
a conduit for delivering said inert gas-enriched air from said air separation module to said fuel tank, a portion of said conduit being immersed within said fuel of said fuel tank such that said inert gas-enriched air delivered to said fuel tank interacts directly with said fuel to remove dissolved oxygen from said fuel.

US Pat. No. 10,364,038

PROPULSION UNIT FOR AN AIRCRAFT

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A propulsion unit for an aircraft, the propulsion unit comprising:a turbine having a longitudinal axis;
a gas generator configured to drive the turbine;
at least one propeller of which the axis is offset with respect to the longitudinal axis of the turbine;
a first radial shaft element extending along a radial axis and driven by the turbine;
a second radial shaft element extending along the radial axis and driving the propeller; and
a transmission configured to transmit power between the turbine and the propeller, wherein the transmission connects the first radial shaft element to the second radial shaft element and comprising in series only two constant velocity joints connected by a slide connection.

US Pat. No. 10,364,037

OPTIONALLY HYBRID POWER SYSTEM

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A propulsion system comprising:one or more propulsors coupled to a mechanical shaft;
an engine configured to drive the mechanical shaft;
a removable electric machine that, when installed into the propulsion system and coupled to the mechanical shaft, is configured to simultaneously drive the mechanical shaft in conjunction with the engine or extract power from the engine; and
a control unit configured to:
in response to determining that the removable electric machine is coupled to the mechanical shaft, control the engine and the removable electric machine to drive the mechanical shaft; and
in response to determining that the removable electric machine is decoupled from the mechanical shaft and removed from the propulsion system, control only the engine to drive the mechanical shaft, wherein removing the electric machine from the propulsion system reduces a weight of the propulsion system.

US Pat. No. 10,364,036

MULTICOPTER WITH BOOM-MOUNTED ROTORS

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. An aircraft, comprising:a fuselage;
a port side wing coupled to the fuselage;
a starboard side wing coupled to the fuselage;
wherein each of said wings has mounted thereto two or more booms, each boom having a forward end extending forward of a corresponding wing to which the boom is mounted and an after end extending aft of said corresponding wing to which the boom is mounted;
a first plurality of lift rotors, each rotor in said first plurality being mounted on the forward end of a corresponding one of said booms; and
a second plurality of lift rotors, each rotor in said second plurality being mounted on the after end of the corresponding one of said booms;
wherein each rotor in said first plurality and each rotor in said second plurality produces an amount of vertical thrust independent of levels of vertical thrust produced by the other rotors;
wherein a first subset of said booms each is mounted to said port side wing or said starboard side wing at a non-zero angle relative to a substantially vertical axis of the aircraft such that the boom is tilted inboard towards the fuselage; and
wherein a second subset of said booms each is mounted to said port side wing or said starboard side wing at a non-zero angle relative to the substantially vertical axis of the aircraft such that the boom is tilted outboard away from the fuselage.

US Pat. No. 10,364,029

DRONE FOR AGRICULTURE

1. A drone for agriculture comprises: a frame with a slender beam structure in a middle, a front base structure at front end of the beam structure, and a rear base structure at rear end of the beam structure, a cluster of at least three motors with propellers on each of the front and rear base structures of the frame, a tubing element with an array of dispensing elements being suspended below the beam structure of the frame retractably with wires, a distance sensor for detecting a height of the drone, a power source, an antenna for sending and receiving communication signals, and a container.

US Pat. No. 10,364,028

FLIGHT SYSTEM FOR HUMANS

1. A flight system for humans comprising:a) a first arm module configured to be attached to a user's right arm;
b) a second arm module configured to be attached to said user's left arm;
c) a torso portion, configured to be attached to said user's torso;
d) a first leg module configured to be attached to said user's right leg; and
e) a second leg module configured to be attached to said user's left leg;
f) wherein said arm modules, torso portion and leg modules each are comprised of:
i) a plurality of fan motors secured to a frame;
ii) a plurality of batteries in electrical communication with said plurality of fan motors;
iii) a plurality of speed controllers in electrical communication with said plurality of fan motors; and
iv) a plurality of regulators in electrical communication with said plurality of speed controllers.

US Pat. No. 10,364,025

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE CHARGING STATION MANAGEMENT

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of managing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) charging, comprising:charging an onboard battery of the UAV while docked at a docking terminal of a charging station;
receiving a message from the charging station with an instruction to undock from the docking terminal; and
undocking from the docking terminal before charging of the onboard battery is complete in response to receiving the message from the charging station with the instruction to undock.

US Pat. No. 10,364,019

AIRCRAFT FLAP MECHANISM

1. A flap assembly comprising:a flap containing two halves;
an actuating mechanism entirely contained within the flap, the actuating mechanism containing two motors, each motor located on one of the respective halves of the flap, the motors are interconnected so that either one of the two motors is configured to activate the flap should one of the motors fail to operate, the motors being aligned parallel to one another and to a leading edge of the flap, the actuating device including two shafts, each shaft driven by a respective one of the motors, and extending through a respective side of the flap and is equipped with a pinion at its end, and the actuating mechanism including a carriage attached to each respective side of the flap, each carriage equipped with four rollers;
a respective track bracket located on each side of the flap and attached to wing structure, the pinion and rollers of the actuating mechanism engaging the track bracket to allow movement of the flap with regards to the wing structure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,016

COMPONENT BONDING METHOD AND STRUCTURE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A method of bonding two components at a joint interface using a UV-curable substance, comprising:embedding a UV radiation emitting device in the joint interface together with said substance, wherein the UV radiation emitting device comprises a plurality of spaced UV radiation elements, forming the plurality of UV radiation emitting elements in a grid having spaces between the UV radiation emitting elements, and
activating said UV radiation emitting device by supplying power wirelessly by induction to said UV radiation emitting device incorporated in the joint interface to generate UV radiation by the UV radiation emitting device and cure the substance with the UV radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,010

MARINE PROPULSION UNIT

Global Packaging Systems,...

1. A marine propulsion transfer unit comprising:driveshaft housing for extending the driveline of an existing outboard motor;
a marine propulsion transfer unit driveline comprising an adapter for axially coupling to a horizontal output shaft of an existing outboard motor driveline, a
misalignment coupling, and an output shaft adapted to receive a propeller;
the marine propulsion transfer unit driveline being retained by the driveshaft housing; and
at least one attachment to connect the driveshaft housing to the existing outboard motor and extend the existing outboard motor driveline.

US Pat. No. 10,364,008

WATERCRAFT IMMOBILIZING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

1. A watercraft immobilizing apparatus deployable from a marine vessel, comprising:a plurality of spaced apart lines extendable from and towable by the vessel in water surrounding the vessel, the lines being arranged to stream at least one of at and below the surface of the water about at least one assailable face of the vessel when towed so as to become entangled in and to foul a propulsion system of an approaching watercraft, the lines being stowable on or in a side portion of a hull of the vessel, and constructed to break free of the vessel upon becoming entangled in the propulsion system;
at least one floated boom; and
at least one paravane,
wherein the at least one floated boom, the lines, and the at least one paravane are stowed adjacent to or below the surface of the water.

US Pat. No. 10,364,007

RELEASABLE FORWARD SECTION OF AN UNDERWATER VEHICLE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An underwater vehicle comprising:a first section detachably coupled to a second section, wherein the second section is positioned forward of the first section;
a lock having a locked position and an unlocked position, wherein, in the locked position, the lock couples the first section and the second section together, and wherein, in the unlocked position, the second section is capable of decoupling from the first section; and
a drag fin associated with the second section, wherein the drag fin creates a drag force which causes the second section to pivot away from the first section when the underwater vehicle is traveling through a fluid medium.

US Pat. No. 10,364,006

MODIFIED CO2 CYCLE FOR LONG ENDURANCE UNMANNED UNDERWATER VEHICLES AND RESULTANT CHIRP ACOUSTIC CAPABILITY

1. A carbon dioxide cycle power generation system, the system comprising:a first carbon dioxide storage configured to store a first portion of carbon dioxide;
a second carbon dioxide storage configured to store a second portion of the carbon dioxide; and
a carbon dioxide transfer connection configured to selectively direct a flow of at least part of the carbon dioxide through a turbine;
wherein the carbon dioxide cycle power generation system is configured to cycle between different underwater depths and control the carbon dioxide transfer connection in order to employ one or both of water pressure and water temperature in creating the flow of the at least part of the carbon dioxide through the turbine; and
wherein each of the first and second carbon dioxide storages comprises:
a variable volume hydraulic cylinder including a movable piston; and
an inlet/outlet control valve configured to selectively allow water into or out of a portion of the variable volume hydraulic cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,364,004

EXPANDABLE FLOATING NET RESCUE TOOL

1. A device for rescuing persons or objects immersed in water, comprising:a net of inflatable bodies, in a compressed state configured to be inflated by a user;
at least one rigid elongated element, connected with the net of inflatable bodies; and
a handle or grip, connected with the at least one rigid elongated element.

US Pat. No. 10,364,002

WATER LOCK TO PREVENT WATER INGRESS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An element comprising:an electrical component;
an optical medium,
wherein the optical medium comprises medium material, wherein the medium material comprises a silicone,
wherein the silicone is transmissive for at less one of UV radiation and visible radiation,
wherein the electrical component is embedded in the optical medium;
an electrical connector,
wherein the electrical connector is external to the optical medium,
wherein the electrical connector is arranged to functionally couple to the electrical component,
wherein the electrical connector is embedded in the optical medium over at least part of its length; and
a water barrier, the water barrier comprising a silicon adhesive,
wherein the silicon adhesive is at least partly embedded in the optical medium,
wherein the silicone adhesive is configured to enclose at least part of the electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,364,001

STRUCTURAL SPACING COMPONENT WITH COMPRESSION AND TENSION CHARACTERISTICS

1. A tubular spacing component having a longitudinal axis and configured to be at least partially inflated, the tubular spacing component including a tubular restrictive layer, the tubular restrictive layer including a braided structure with at least a first set of tows and at least a second set of tows intertwined along the longitudinal axis by at least a first angle with respect to each other when the tubular spacing component is in a first configuration, and at least a subset of the first set of tows and at least a subset of the second set tows being reoriented by at least a second angle with respect to each other along the longitudinal axis when the tubular spacing component is in a second configuration, the tubular spacing component comprising:a first length along the longitudinal axis, at least one cross section having a diameter at a point along the first length, the diameter having a second length less than the first length; and
the tubular restrictive layer having an annular cross section along the longitudinal axis, and being further configured to reorient the subset of first set of tows and the subset of second set of tows of the braided structure into the second configuration upon the tubular spacing component being at least partially inflated and receiving at least one of a compression force, a tension forces or a transverse force, wherein the second configuration positions the first length to be greater than the second length.

US Pat. No. 10,364,000

LIGHTED STANCHION BASE FOR A MARINE VESSEL

1. A method for providing lighting to a boat surface comprising:providing a stanchion base fastenable to the boat surface, the stanchion base having a base with a periphery and at least one base fastener opening, the base fastener openings corresponding with at least one boat surface opening and at least one fastener disposable through the at least one base fastener opening and the at least one boat surface opening;
providing a transparent disk having a thickness, an outer circumferential edge corresponding to the base periphery and at least one transparent disk opening corresponding to the boat surface openings sufficient to allow a portion of the fastener to pass therethrough, the transparent disk sufficient to bear the weight of the stanchion base;
providing an LED light source in the transparent disk;
placing the disk on the boat surface in a location where the stanchion base is to be mounted with the disk fastener openings aligned with the boat surface openings;
connecting a power source to the LED light source;
placing the stanchion base on the transparent disk with the stanchion base fastener openings aligned with the disk fastener openings;
inserting the at least one fastener through the stanchion base openings, disk openings and boat surface openings;
tightening the at least one fastener to secure the stanchion base and disk to the boat surface wherein the transparent disk bears the weight of the stanchion base; and
upon providing power to the light source, light travels from the light source to the circumferential edge of the transparent disk, illuminating the area adjacent the stanchion base.

US Pat. No. 10,363,999

ACTIVE ROLL STABILISATION SYSTEM FOR DAMPING A SHIP'S MOTION

Quantum Controls B.V., N...

1. A system for actively damping a ship's motion, comprising at leastone first rotatable stabilisation element extending from the ship's hull, below the water line, on a side of the ship,
sensor means for sensing the ship's motion and delivering control signals on the basis thereof,
driving means for rotatably driving the stabilisation element on the basis of the control signals being delivered for the purpose of damping the ship's motion being sensed, as well as
moving means for moving the stabilisation element relative to the ship on the basis of the control signals being delivered, wherein
the moving means are configured to impart a precession motion to the at least one rotatable stabilisation element in dependence on the ship's sailing speed and the control signals being delivered by the sensor means.

US Pat. No. 10,363,997

PONTOON BOAT HAVING AN OCCUPANCY COMPARTMENT

Brunswick Corporation, M...

13. A pontoon boat having at least three pontoon tubes, including a starboard pontoon tube, a port pontoon tube, and a center pontoon tube, the pontoon boat comprising:an occupancy compartment configured to contain at least one occupant that extends into the center pontoon tube, occupancy compartment comprising:
an upper portion extending vertically above a platform of the pontoon boat, the upper portion including a ceiling;
a lower portion extending vertically below the platform and into the center pontoon tube of the pontoon boat, the lower portion including a floor surface;
a metal cavity supporting the occupancy compartment within the center pontoon tube, wherein the metal cavity is positioned within a hollow of the pontoon tube to create a sealed cavity surrounding at least some of the lower portion;
a liner that fits within the metal cavity to form the lower portion and the upper portion of the occupancy compartment; and
an entrance in the upper portion that permits an occupant to enter and exit the occupancy compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,363,992

ELECTRIC BICYCLE COMPONENT

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. An electric bicycle component comprising:a wireless communication device configured to wirelessly communicate with an additional bicycle component;
a rechargeable power supply device configured to supply electrical power to the wireless communication device;
a movable member configured to be actuated by the electrical power supplied from the rechargeable power supply device;
a component body configured to be mounted to a bicycle body, the component body having an internal space that entirely houses the rechargeable power supply device, the component body having a charging port via which the rechargeable power supply device is to be charged when the rechargeable power device is housed in the internal space, the charging port including a hole provided on an outer peripheral surface of the component body when the electric bicycle component is in an assembled state; and
a cover member covering the charging port, wherein
the movable member is supported by the component body, and
the charging port is disposed closer to the internal space than the wireless communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,990

HEEL OR BALL OF FOOT ENGAGING BICYCLE PEDAL

1. A bicycle pedal, comprising:two pedal blocks that are each comprised of:
a top surface;
a top midsection;
a bottom surface;
a bottom midsection;
two semi-circular bearing pockets;
a bolt pocket formed on the bottom midsection;
two first side walls and two second side walls, wherein the first side walls are shorter than the second side walls;
a heel triangle, shaped as a right triangle, comprising an opposite side, a hypotenuse side, and an adjacent side; said adjacent side connects the heel triangle to the top midsection;
a means of reducing the weight of each pedal block;
a means of joining said two pedal blocks together via their bottom surfaces, thereby creating two circular bearing pockets via the connection of the semi-circular bearing pockets, so that said second side walls are evenly matched, so that said heel triangles are positioned in an opposite direction to each other;
a spacer, which is tubular in shape and hollow inside, located between the two joined pedal blocks;
two ball bearings located between the two joined pedal blocks and located in the two circular bearing pockets;
the two semi-circular bearing pockets of each of the two pedal blocks are positioned on the bottom midsection of the respective two pedal blocks;
wherein when the two pedal blocks are brought together the bolts pockets in each of the two pedal blocks face each other and form a bolt hole running parallel to the opposite side of each heel triangle;
wherein said bolt hole passed through the two side second side walls of each of the two pedal blocks; and
a means of pivotally mounting said joined pedal blocks to a crank arm of a bicycle such that when a rider engages the bicycle pedal a rotational energy is transferred to a wheel of the bicycle thereby enabling said bicycle to roll along a surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,986

ELECTRICAL BICYCLE OPERATING SYSTEM

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. An electrical bicycle operating system comprising:a first switch configured to generate a first signal;
a second switch configured to generate a second signal; and
a controller configured to generate a third signal different from the first signal and the second signal in response to a concurrent operation of the first switch and the second switch, the controller being configured to generate a fourth signal different from the third signal in response to a release of the first switch in a state where the second switch is operated continuously after the concurrent operation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,981

HEAT-REFLECTING AND WARMING SEAT COVER

1. A seat cover, comprising:a body having a lip extending from a perimeter of an exterior side of the body, thereby forming an open lower end, wherein the open lower end is configured to receive a seat therein;
wherein the exterior side comprises a reflective material configured to reflect heat;
a heating element attached to an interior side of the seat cover, wherein the heating element is configured to increase a temperature of the exterior side and comprises a heating strip that extends between a front end and a rear end of the body;
wherein the lip is adjustable for maintaining the seat cover in a secured configuration over the seat;
a fastener disposed on the lip, the fastener configured to removably secure the seat cover to the seat; and
a battery-operated casing attached to an internal power source.

US Pat. No. 10,363,979

GROUP OF MOTOR VEHICLES

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A group of motor vehicles, comprising:at least two front-end modules with different spacings of engine mounts;
at least two passenger cell modules with different spacings of front seats, wherein
the at least two front-end modules and the at least two passenger cell modules are combinable such that at least two groups of motor vehicles of different vehicle classes are producable, each group having at least one of said modules constructed as a common component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,977

HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE SPARE TIRE CARRIERS HAVING CHEBYSHEV LINKAGES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a spare tire carrier to be coupled to a vehicle, the spare tire carrier including a Chebyshev linkage, the Chebyshev linkage including:
a post having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the post, the post to be coupled to the vehicle;
a first link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the first link;
a second link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the second link; and
a third link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the third link, the third link including an output shaft to carry a spare tire of the vehicle, the output shaft being movable between a raised position and a lowered position relative to an underlying ground surface on which the vehicle is positioned;
wherein the first end of the first link is rotatably coupled to the first end of the post, the second end of the first link is rotatably coupled to the first end of the third link, the first end of the second link is rotatably coupled to the second end of the post, and the second end of the second link is rotatably coupled to the second end of the third link.

US Pat. No. 10,363,976

VEHICLE AERODYNAMIC APPARATUS

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A vehicle comprising:a first lateral vehicle underbody diffuser disposed on a first side of the vehicle; and
a second lateral vehicle underbody diffuser disposed on a second side of the vehicle;
the first and second lateral diffusers being movable from a retracted position to at least a first deployed position, wherein said first and second lateral vehicle underbody diffusers are each configured to be displaced downwardly into a wheel wake behind a respective rear wheel of the vehicle as they move from said retracted position to said deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,973

VEHICLE FRAMEWORK STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle framework structure comprising:a tunnel disposed in a central part of a floor panel of a vehicle in a vehicle width direction so as to extend in a vehicle front-rear direction;
a pair of rockers disposed on respective outer sides of the floor panel in the vehicle width direction so as to extend in the vehicle front-rear direction;
a floor cross structure connected to a rear end of the tunnel and disposed along the vehicle width direction; and
a floor frame disposed between one of the rockers and the tunnel along the vehicle front-rear direction, a front end of the floor frame in the vehicle front-rear direction being connected to a front side structure provided in a vehicle front part so as to be disposed between the one of the rockers and the tunnel in the vehicle width direction and to extend along the vehicle front-rear direction, and a rear end of the floor frame in the vehicle front-rear direction being connected to the one of the rockers and the floor cross structure,
a rear side structure disposed on an outer side of a vehicle rear part in the vehicle width direction, the rear side structure extending in the vehicle front-rear direction, wherein a front part of the rear side structure in the vehicle front-rear direction and a rear part of the floor frame in the vehicle front-rear direction are placed at a same position in the vehicle width direction,
the floor frame and the rear side structure is connected to the one of the rockers, the floor frame and the rear side structure are connected to each other, and the floor cross structure is connected to this connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,972

VEHICLE REINFORCING MEMBER AND VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle reinforcing member for a vehicle body of a vehicle, the vehicle reinforcing member comprising:a cylinder;
a first piston that sections an inside of the cylinder into a gas chamber and a main liquid chamber and is movable in an axial direction in the cylinder;
a second piston that sections the main liquid chamber into a first sub-liquid chamber and a second sub-liquid chamber and is movable in the axial direction in the cylinder;
a piston rod coupled to the second piston and extending to an outside of the cylinder through the second sub-liquid chamber; and
an adjuster that adjusts a moving load through the second piston in the main liquid chamber; wherein
gas is sealed in the gas chamber, and liquid is sealed in the first and second sub-liquid chambers;
the piston rod is coupled to a first one of two locations on the vehicle body;
the cylinder is coupled to a second one of the two locations on the vehicle body;
at least one of the second piston and the piston rod includes a communication path that connects the first sub-liquid chamber to the second sub-liquid chamber;
the adjuster adjusts the moving load by adjusting a moving amount of liquid in the communication path;
the adjuster adjusts the moving amount of the liquid in the communication path by changing a cross sectional area through which the liquid passes in the communication path;
the adjuster includes:
a moving member including an insertion portion that is insertable into the communication path; and
a driver that moves the moving member;
the driver changes the cross sectional area through which the liquid passes in the communication path by moving the moving member to change a relative positional relationship between the communication path and the insertion portion;
the second piston includes a through hole extending in the axial direction;
the piston rod includes:
a rod inserted into the through hole of the second piston; and
a cap nut;
a movement path of the rod extends in the axial direction, and a communication opening connects the movement path to the second sub-liquid chamber;
a first end of the rod projects into the first sub-liquid chamber;
the cap nut is attached to the first end of the rod;
a communication hole in the cap nut connects the first sub-liquid chamber to the movement path of the rod;
the moving member includes an adjusting rod movably inserted into the movement path of the rod;
a tip end of the adjusting rod is positioned inside of the cap nut as the insertion portion;
the communication path includes the communication hole of the cap nut, a clearance between an inner surface of the rod and an outer surface of the adjusting rod, and a communication opening of the rod;
the driver changes a positional relationship between the communication hole of the cap nut and the insertion portion by moving the adjusting rod relative to the rod;
the movement path of the rod and the adjusting rod respectively have circular or substantially circular cross-sections; and
the driver includes:
a first screw thread on an outer surface of the adjusting rod;
a second screw thread on an inner surface of the rod and that engages with the first screw thread; and
a rotator that rotates the adjusting rod and moves the adjusting rod in the movement path of the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,363,971

ADAPTABLE RETAINER

Ford Global Technologies,...

7. An attachment assembly, comprising:a retainer, comprising
a base;
a body extending from the base; and
an engagement platform coupled to the body by a hinge feature;
a first substrate coupled to the base of the retainer;
a fastener coupled to the engagement platform of the retainer; and
a second substrate coupled to the fastener, wherein the hinge feature comprises a living hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,363,970

VEHICLE PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle pillar structure, comprising:a pillar outer panel that extends with a length direction substantially in a vehicle vertical direction and that configures a first part of a vehicle pillar, the vehicle pillar including a first column extending substantially along the vehicle vertical direction and a second column disposed at a predetermined spacing from the first column and extending substantially along the vehicle vertical direction;
a pillar inner panel that configures a second part of the vehicle pillar, that extends with a length direction in the substantially vehicle vertical direction, and that is provided facing the pillar outer panel; and
a weld portion at which an end in a short direction of one of the pillar outer panel or the pillar inner panel is abutted against a flat face provided at the other of the pillar outer panel or the pillar inner panel, and welded to the flat face.

US Pat. No. 10,363,969

VEHICLE UNDERSTRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle understructure comprising:a rocker molding that is disposed at a lower part of a vehicle, the rocker molding extending in a forward-rearward direction of the vehicle; and
a liner that is attached to at least one end part of the rocker molding in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle, wherein:
the rocker molding includes a side wall part and an extending part which is plate-shaped;
the side wall part extends in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle in a range from a wheel housing on a front side of the vehicle to a wheel housing on a rear side of the vehicle;
the extending part extends toward a vehicle width center position in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle from one end part of the side wall part in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle, which is the one end part of the rocker molding;
the liner is attached to the extending part so as to cover a portion of an outer surface of the extending part on a vehicle width center side in the vehicle width direction;
the outer surface is a surface far from a forward-rearward center position of the vehicle out of two surfaces of the extending part in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle;
the outer surface of the extending part includes a first protruding strip part and a second protruding strip part that protrude toward a side far from the forward-rearward center position of the vehicle;
the first protruding strip part extends along an edge of the extending part on the side far from the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction;
the second protruding strip part is located between on an edge of the liner on the side far from the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction and the first protruding strip part; and
the edge of the liner on the side far from the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction and an edge of the second protruding strip part of the extending part on a side near the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction extends in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,968

ROCKER ASSEMBLY FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A rocker assembly comprising:an outer rocker panel defining a slot;
an inner rocker panel attached to the outer rocker panel;
an insert including an upper tube and a lower tube disposed between the outer rocker panel and the inner rocker panel, the upper and lower tubes extending between a front end and a rear end of the rocker assembly; and
a track assembled between the upper and lower tubes, wherein the slot provides access to the track.

US Pat. No. 10,363,967

FRONT SIDE MEMBER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A front side member of a vehicle having a front side member body disposed at right and left sides along a width direction of the vehicle while being formed to extend along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and having a closed cross-sectionally formed inside,wherein the closed cross-sectionally formed inside is divided by at least one rib, and wherein at least two flow paths that are not communicated with each other are formed,
wherein a coolant pipe communicating with a flow path among at least two flow paths is connected to the front side member body, and
wherein a flange is integrally or monolithically provided in a front portion of the coolant pipe and an assemble bolt is inserted to the front side member body, and the flange of the coolant pipe is inserted to the assemble bolt to be assembled to a nut.

US Pat. No. 10,363,966

VEHICLE SIDE STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle side structure comprising:a pillar inner member provided so as to extend toward an upper portion of a vehicle in a vehicle up-down direction; and
a pillar outer member placed opposite to an outer side of the pillar inner member the pillar outer member including
an outer wall portion having a plate shape, opposed to the pillar inner member and provided so as to extend toward the upper portion of the vehicle in the vehicle up-down direction,
a front side wall portion provided so as to extend inwardly in a vehicle width direction from an edge of the outer wall portion on a vehicle front side,
a rear side wall portion provided so as to extend inwardly in the vehicle width direction from an edge of the outer wall portion on a vehicle rear side,
a front flange portion provided so as to extend forward in a vehicle front-rear direction from an inner edge of the front side wall portion in the vehicle width direction and configured such that an inner surface of the front flange portion in the vehicle width direction is fixed to the pillar inner member, and
a rear flange portion provided so as to extend rearward in the vehicle front-rear direction from an inner edge of the rear side wall portion in the vehicle width direction and configured such that an inner surface of the rear flange portion in the vehicle width direction is fixed to the pillar inner member,
a hem portion in which the front side wall portion extends arcuately so as to be placed closer to a front side in the vehicle front-rear direction as it goes toward a lower side of the vehicle, and the rear side wall portion extends arcuately so as to be placed closer to a rear side in the vehicle front-rear direction as it goes toward the lower side, the hem portion being provided in a part of the pillar outer member on the lower side in the vehicle up-down direction,
the pillar outer member includes at least one of
a front reinforcing portion configured to reinforce a boundary between the outer wall portion and the front side wall portion, or
a rear reinforcing portion configured to reinforce a boundary between the outer wall portion and the rear side wall portion, wherein:
at least one of a condition (i) or a condition (ii) is satisfied
(i) a yield strength of the boundary between the outer wall portion and the front side wall portion with respect to a lateral load applied to the outer wall portion at a right angle from outside in the vehicle width direction is higher than a yield strength of the front side wall portion with respect to the lateral load,
(ii) a yield strength of the boundary between the outer wall portion and the rear side wall portion with respect to the lateral load is higher than a yield strength of the rear side wall portion with respect to the lateral load, and wherein:
at least one of a condition (iii) or a condition (iv) is satisfied,
(iii) the front side wall portion includes a bending region bending between the inner edge and an outer edge of the front side wall portion in the vehicle width direction, the bending region of the front side wall portion having a front outer portion placed on an outer side in the vehicle width direction relative to a first edge line of the bending region of the front side wall portion, a front inner portion placed on an inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to the first edge line, the first edge line is provided in the hem portion and the first edge line is provided between a center in the vehicle width direction and the inner edge of the front side wall portion,
(iv) the rear side wall portion includes a bending region bending between the inner edge and an outer edge of the rear side wall portion in the vehicle width direction, the bending region of the rear side wall portion having a rear outer portion placed on the outer side in the vehicle width direction relative to a second edge line of the bending region of the rear side wall portion, a rear inner portion placed on the inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to the second edge line, the second edge line is provided in the hem portion and the second edge line is provided between the center in the vehicle width direction and the inner edge of the rear side wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,965

MOTOR VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH A POWERTRAIN UNIT AND A SAFETY DEVICE FOR MOVING THE POWERTRAIN UNIT SIDEWAYS DURING AN IMPACT

FCA Italy S.p.A., Turin ...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:a front engine compartment;
a powertrain unit housed in said engine compartment;
at least one pair of side-members arranged along respective sides of the engine compartment and substantially parallel to an advancing longitudinal axis of the motor vehicle;
at least one of said side-members comprising:
an intermediate portion comprising a lateral wall having a hole, and
a front terminal portion;
the motor vehicle further comprising at least one safety device configured so as to move said powertrain unit sideways during an impact, towards the opposite side to that which is subject to said impact, and comprising a beam having:
a first axial end fixed with respect to said terminal portion and horizontally spaced from said terminal portion laterally towards the outside of said engine compartment, and
a second axial end fixed to said intermediate portion by fixing elements; wherein said safety device further comprises a pin, which is fixed with respect to said second axial end, is a component distinct from said fixing elements, and projects with respect to said second axial end through said hole and towards said powertrain unit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,962

SPINDLE SYSTEM FOR WHEEL ALIGNMENT CORRECTION

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. An apparatus for inducing a desired angular orientation of an axis of revolution of a tire mounted to an axle and accommodating change in position of brake components resulting from use of said apparatus, said apparatus comprising:a sleeve which includes an inner surface and an outer surface, an inboard end and an outboard end, said inner surface of said sleeve aligned with a surface of revolution about a first axis, said outer surface of said sleeve aligned with a surface of revolution about a second axis, said second axis positioned at a predetermined angle compared to said first axis, said outboard end possesses an at least one depression positioned on and extending radially inward past said outer surface, said sleeve possessing an at least one protrusion extending radially inward from said inner surface;
a washer which includes an outboard surface, an inboard surface, an inner surface forming an aperture, said aperture extending from said outboard surface to said inboard surface, said washer includes at least one protrusion protruding radially inward from said inner surface for engaging said at least one depression of said sleeve;
an axle spindle possessing an outer surface of revolution about a third axis, at least one depression extending radially inward past said axle spindle outer surface of revolution;
wherein when said sleeve is positioned upon said axle spindle, said sleeve protrusion engages said at least one depression of said axle spindle, preventing rotation of said sleeve about said third axis of said spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,959

METHOD FOR ASSISTING A MANEUVERING PROCESS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND PARKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:during an assisted parking maneuver (APM) in which a stored plurality of values define a maneuvering trajectory followed by a vehicle during the APM, and in response to occurrence of a stuck condition, processing by a controller the values in reverse order to exit the stuck condition by returning the vehicle to a position on the maneuvering trajectory encountered prior to the stuck condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,956

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A steering control apparatus that controls an assistance torque outputted by a steering assistance motor based on a steering torque applied by a driver, the steering control apparatus comprising:a basic assistance torque calculating unit that calculates, using a processor, a basic assistance torque; and
a return control unit that calculates, using the processor, a return control amount for providing assistance such that a steering wheel returns to a neutral position, as a correction torque to be added to the basic assistance torque, wherein
the return control unit includes
a driver steering correcting unit that calculates, using the processor, a correction amount outputted in relation to any calculation quantity in a calculation process for the return control amount, based on the steering torque and steering wheel position-related information, such that the return control amount is maintained or increased in response to the steering torque being applied in a returning direction towards the neutral position of the steering wheel, and the return control amount is reduced in response to the steering torque of which an absolute value is equal to or greater than a predetermined critical value being applied in a turning direction away from the neutral position of the steering wheel, the steering wheel position-related information being information of which a value at which the steering wheel is at the neutral position is zero and the value is positive or negative based on a steering wheel position in relation to the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,955

CONTROL DEVICE FOR A STEERING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control device for a steering system in a vehicle with electromotive servo assistance, the control device comprising:a body that includes at least two chambers and a predefined filling level, the at least two chambers sealed off from each other in a watertight fashion at least up to the predefined filling level; and
at least two sets of electronic components configured to actuate a servo motor, wherein:
each set is distributed over the at least two chambers; and
the electronic components in each set form a respective control device element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,954

HOUSING ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNAT...

1. A housing assembly comprising:a housing having an open end;
a plurality of magnets located at an inner surface of the housing, each of the plurality of magnets having a radial thickness that is greater in a circumferential middle than at either circumferential end;
a magnet holder supporting the magnets, wherein the magnet holder has a plurality of arranged pillars, which are non-magnetic and spaced from each other, and extend in an axial direction of the housing, opposite circumferential ends of each of the magnets respectively directly abut against adjacent pillars; and
a cover mounted in the magnet holder for fixing the magnets,
wherein the cover is in the form of a sheet metal roll before being assembled, having an outer radius greater than a first distance between a radially inner surface of the magnet and an axis of the housing, but smaller than a second distance between a radially innermost portion of the pillar of the magnet holder and the axis of the housing; the cover is resiliently deformed when assembled to the magnet holder and magnets, and forms a plurality of first deformed portions respectively abutting against the radially inner surfaces of the magnets to resiliently urge the magnets towards the inner surface of the housing, and a plurality of second deformed portions protruding outwardly between the magnets and abutting against the radially innermost portions of the pillars.

US Pat. No. 10,363,952

ORDER FULFILLMENT CART HAVING NESTING CAPABILITY

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. An order fulfillment cart comprising:a first frame portion, the first frame portion including a first plurality of support members configured to support a first plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart;
a second frame portion positioned a distance from the first frame portion, the second frame portion including a second plurality of support members configured to support a second plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart;
a third frame portion positioned between the first frame portion and the second frame portion, wherein the third frame portion includes a third plurality of support members on a first side facing the first plurality of support members, configured to support the first plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart, and a fourth plurality of support members on an opposing second side facing the second plurality of support members, configured to support the second plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart; and
a connector having a first end that is attached to the first frame portion on a top surface of the first frame portion so that the first end of the connector overlaps a portion of a top frame member of the first frame portion, and a second end that is attached to the second frame portion on a top surface of the second frame portion so that the second end of the connector overlaps a portion of a top frame member of the second frame portion, such that the connector spans diagonally across a length of the order fulfillment cart above the top surfaces of the first frame portion and the second frame portion, wherein a first nesting area is formed between the first frame portion and the third frame portion and a second nesting area is formed between the second frame portion and the third frame portion;
wherein, when the order fulfillment cart is in a nesting position with a neighboring order fulfillment cart, the connector abuts a connector of the neighboring order fulfillment cart and frame components of the neighboring order fulfillment cart pass under the connector and reside within the first nesting area and the second nesting area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,948

TRAIN CONTROL DEVICE, TRAIN CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A train control method that is executed by a train control device mounted on a train, the train control method comprising:detecting acceleration of the train along a rotation radius direction, when the train is turning and passing a curved section of a rail line with a cant; and
setting a passing speed of the train passing through the curved section so that the state of the train is placed in a balanced cant, based on a direction of the detected acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,947

STORAGE WAGON FOR BULK MATERIAL

1. A storage wagon for bulk material comprising:a loading container having a loading end and a transfer end the loading container is mobile on on-track undercarriages
a bottom conveyor belt extending the longitudinal direction of the wagon the bottom conveyor belt having a loading end and a transfer end,
a transfer conveyor belt for passing on the stored bulk material in a conveying direction,
the transfer conveyor belt adjoining transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt and projecting beyond a front end of the wagon, and
an auxiliary conveyor belt arranged at an upper end of the loading container and extending in the longitudinal direction of the wagon,
a deflector plate arranged above the transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt and underneath a discharge end of the auxiliary conveyor belt extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal direction of the wagon,
a pivot axis disposed above the transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt;
the deflector plate is designed to be pivotable about the pivot axis relative to the loading container the deflector plate extending back towards the loading end of the bottom conveyor belt, the deflector plate for changing a deflection angle a enclosed with a conveying plane of the bottom conveyor belt wherein the bottom conveyor belt is configured for a reversal of its conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,946

HYBRID PNEUMATIC REGENERATIVE SYSTEM FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES

Harris Corporation, Melb...

1. A pneumatic regenerative system for a railway vehicle, the railway vehicle including a locomotive with a main drive mechanism, and the railway vehicle including plurality of axles that rotate when the railway vehicle is propelled along a railway, the system comprising:a plurality of pneumatic drive mechanisms, each pneumatic drive mechanism mechanically coupled to one of the plurality of axles of the railway vehicle, one of the plurality of pneumatic drive mechanisms being coupled to a one of the plurality of axles of the railway vehicle which is not mechanically driven by the main drive mechanism of the locomotive, each pneumatic drive mechanism comprising:
an accumulator that is operable to receive and store pressurized air; and
a pneumatic device operably coupled to one of the plurality of axles and the accumulator, the device operable in a first configuration, where the device is driven by rotation of the one of the plurality of axles during a braking operation of the railway vehicle to generate and store pressurized air in the accumulator, and a second configuration, where the pneumatic device receives pressurized air from the accumulator to drive rotation of the one of the plurality of axles during an acceleration operation of the railway vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,945

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A USER SITUATION AWARENESS MODIFICATION OF A USER OF A VEHICLE, AND A USER SITUATION AWARENESS MODIFICATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An apparatus configured to control a user situation awareness modification of a user of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:an input module configured to repeatedly receive a first event detection signal comprising information related to a detected event outside a vehicle and to repeatedly receive a first user detection signal comprising information related to a reaction or a missing reaction of a user to the detected event outside the vehicle; and
a processing module configured to determine a user situation awareness level based on the information related to the detected event outside the vehicle and the information related to the reaction of the user to the detected event, and to generate a control signal configured to control a user situation awareness modification module based on the determined user situation awareness level,
wherein the processing module is configured to determine a desired time-till-takeover based on the detected event outside the vehicle,
wherein the processing module is configured to generate the control signal to trigger the user situation awareness modification module if the determined user situation awareness level indicates that a predicted time-till-takeover is larger than the desired time-till-takeover.

US Pat. No. 10,363,944

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING PEDESTRIAN COLLISION RISKS AND DETERMINING DRIVER WARNING LEVELS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

10. A system for pedestrian warning in a vehicle, the system comprising:a traffic controller external to the vehicle; and
a vehicle controller receiving pedestrian information from the traffic controller external to the vehicle, the vehicle controller configured to generate a pedestrian detection warning based on evaluating the pedestrian information, the generation of the pedestrian detection warning comprising:
constructing a pedestrian zone based on pedestrian information that is received from the traffic controller external to the vehicle;
computing a vehicle trajectory that predicts a path for the vehicle;
determining a minimal distance between the pedestrian zone and the vehicle trajectory;
predicting a time to collision by computing a time for the vehicle to reach a location corresponding to the minimal distance along the vehicle trajectory; and
in response to the time to collision being below a threshold, generating a warning for an operator of the vehicle,
wherein the vehicle controller is further configured to compute a time-decay risk as:
where Ref_Safe_Distance is a predetermined parameter and CV is a time decayed confidence-value indicative of a pedestrian being present in the pedestrian zone, and wherein the vehicle controller predicts the time to collision in response to the time-decay risk being greater than a risk threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,943

CROSS-TRAFFIC ASSISTANCE AND CONTROL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A lane crossing assistance system for a vehicle, the system comprising:at least one object sensor;
a cross traffic guidance indicator; and
an electronic controller configured to
automatically detect a multiple lane intersection where a first crossing lane and a second crossing lane both intersect with a current lane occupied by a host vehicle, wherein vehicles operating in the first crossing lane are expected to move in a first direction and vehicles operating in the second crossing lane are expected to move in a second direction opposite the first direction;
determine, based at least in part on sensor data received from the at least one object sensor mounted on the host vehicle, whether a crossing vehicle is present in the first crossing lane and moving towards an intersection of the first crossing lane and the current lane occupied by the host vehicle;
calculate, based at least in part on the sensor data, a first lane crossing vehicle arrival time indicative of an amount of time until the crossing vehicle in the first crossing lane will reach the intersection;
calculate a first lane crossing time indicative of an amount of time required for the host vehicle to move through the intersection across the first crossing lane;
determine, based at least in part on sensor data received from the at least one object sensor, whether a crossing vehicle is present in the second crossing lane and moving towards the multiple lane intersection;
calculated, based at least in part on the sensor data, a second lane crossing vehicle arrival time indicative of an amount of time until the crossing vehicle in the second crossing lane with reach the intersection;
calculate a second lane crossing time indicative of an amount of time required for the host vehicle to move through the intersection across the second crossing lane;
transmit an activation signal to the cross traffic guidance indicator in response to determining both that a crossing vehicle is present in the first crossing lane and that the first lane crossing time is greater than the first lane crossing vehicle arrival time; and
transmit the activation signal to the cross traffic guidance indicator in response to determining both that a crossing vehicle is present in the second crossing lane and that the second lane crossing time is greater than the second lane crossing vehicle arrival time,
wherein the cross traffic guidance indicator is configured to produce, in response to receiving the activation signal, an indication perceivable by a driver of the host vehicle that the intersection cannot be crossed by the host vehicle under current conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,940

VEHICLE POSITION ATTITUDE-ANGLE ESTIMATION DEVICE AND VEHICLE POSITION ATTITUDE-ANGLE ESTIMATION METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle position attitude-angle estimation device which sets an existent distribution range to a predetermined range by using a particle filter and disperses particles, which represent predicted positions and candidate attitude angles of a vehicle, within the existent distribution range to estimate a position and attitude angle of a vehicle from an image capturing surroundings of the vehicle by a camera mounted on the vehicle which has front wheels and rear wheels, advances in a front-rear direction and corners in a vehicle width direction, comprising:a vehicle-speed detection unit configured to detect a speed of the vehicle; and
a particle-existent-distribution-range setting unit configured to widen the existent distribution range in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle when the speed of the vehicle detected by the vehicle-speed detection unit exceeds a speed threshold,
wherein the speed of the vehicle exceeding the speed threshold gives a sideslip angle to wheels of the vehicle producing a motion on the vehicle in the vehicle width direction, and the particle-existent-distribution-range setting unit widens the existent distribution range in the vehicle width direction is in response to the sideslip angle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,939

VEHICLE REFERENCE VELOCITY ESTIMATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. An apparatus for estimating confidence in a vehicle reference velocity, the apparatus comprising:a controller comprising an electronic processor having an electrical input for receiving at least one vehicle operating parameter;
an electronic memory device electrically coupled to the electronic processor and having instructions stored therein;
wherein the electronic processor is configured to access the memory device and execute the instructions stored therein such that it is operable to:
monitor the at least one vehicle operating parameter;
determine a rate of change of the at least one vehicle operating parameter; and
calculate a confidence value representing the confidence in the vehicle reference velocity, the confidence value being calculated in dependence on the determined rate of change of the at least one vehicle operating parameter; and
output the confidence value to a vehicle dynamics controller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,936

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A vehicle control method comprising:measuring, by a sensor, a first vehicle speed;
calculating a relative vehicle speed of an image captured by a camera with respect to a vehicle;
calculating an error rate of the measured first vehicle speed and the calculated relative vehicle speed; and
correcting a vehicle speed of the vehicle by calculating a second vehicle speed based on the error rate of the measured first vehicle speed and the calculated relative vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,935

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE HAVING A MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of vehicle operation comprising:providing a manual transmission having an idling position, a clutch, and a service brake activated by a brake pedal;
depressing the brake pedal and activating the service brake to bring the vehicle to a stationary state;
stopping engine operation when the vehicle reaches the stationary state, the idling position of the manual transmission is engaged, and the clutch is engaged;
starting engine operation after releasing the brake pedal; and,
generating a brake pressure for a predefined time period starting when releasing the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,933

SMART DRIVER PRESENCE STRATEGY FOR POLICE AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES TO INCREASE AUTO-STOP ENGINE AVAILABILITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle, comprising:responsive to an engine being auto-stopped and a signal indicating a driver exiting the vehicle, securing traction wheels against rotation, modifying a convenience feature power consumption from a first state to a decreased second state, and maintaining the engine in an auto-stopped condition; and
responsive to a signal indicating the driver returning to the vehicle, returning the convenience feature power consumption to the first state.