US Pat. No. 10,336,486

MACHINE CORE OF A PACKING MACHINE

Hangzhou Youngsun Intelli...

1. A machine core of a packing machine, comprising a packing strap ironing adhering and strap cutting mechanism, an ironing adhering sliding board mechanism, and a control mechanism, wherein the machine core is further provided with a strap feeding and returning and strap tightening device, the strap feeding and returning and strap tightening device comprises a drive roller, a first driven roller, and a second driven roller; according to an entry direction of a packing strap, the first driven roller is located down-stream from the second driven roller; the first driven roller and the second driven roller are respectively arranged eccentrically; the first driven roller and the drive roller are always in contact with one another and cooperate for feeding and returning the strap; the second driven roller is a movable roller, and is controlled by the control mechanism to move to a first matching state with the drive roller and to move out of the first matching state with the drive roller; the first matching state is the state in which the second driven roller and the drive roller are in contact with and cooperating with one another for tightening the strap;wherein the control mechanism comprises a machine core spindle and a spindle motor, the machine core spindle is provided with a plurality of cams for controlling the ironing adhering and strap cutting mechanism and the ironing adhering sliding board mechanism, and a strap tightening cam for controlling the second driven roller to move, and the spindle motor drives the machine core spindle to rotate by means of a decelerating mechanism;
wherein the strap tightening cam controls the second driven roller by means of a swing system having a reset spring and a regulating spring;
wherein the swing system comprises a first swing arm which is provided with a roller matching with the strap tightening cam; the first swing arm is connected with a pull rod by means of a lower cardan connector, the pull rod is sleeved with the regulating spring regulated by an upper nut of the pull rod, the pull rod acts on an upper cardan connector by means of the regulating spring, the upper cardan connector is connected with a second swing arm, the reset spring is connected to the second swing arm, a fixed-distance structure is provided between the lower cardan connector and the upper cardan connector, and an eccentric shaft of the second driven roller is driven by the second swing arm to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,336,485

BINDING MACHINE FOR GARDENING

MAX CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A binding machine for gardening comprising:a binding machine main body;
a magazine that is attached to the binding machine main body and loaded with a tape; and
a clincher arm that is rotatably attached to the binding machine main body and is configured to draw the tape out of the magazine and bind an object to be bound which is wound by the tape, the clincher arm including a lock plate, a tape catch, and a tape plate, the lock plate being rotatable and urged by a coil spring, the tape catch being rotatable and urged toward the tape plate by a torsion spring, and the tape plate facing the tape catch, wherein
the magazine includes
a housing in which the tape is loaded,
a boss that is provided at a center of the housing and that is configured to support a reel around which the tape is wound, the boss being a cylindrical body having a smaller diameter than an inner diameter of the reel, and including a notch portion formed in a wall portion,
a shaft internal to the boss, and
an abutting member defining a lever that is pivotably attached to the boss by the shaft at a proximate end, defining a leading edge portion at a distal end that abuts against an inner peripheral surface of the reel, and defining an inclined surface inclined from a top surface toward a bottom surface opposite the top surface at an inclination angle in a range of 30-60 degrees, and
wherein
the abutting member includes a hook-shaped engaging portion projecting from the bottom surface,
the housing includes an engagement hole, and
the engaging portion sliding in the engagement hole defines the movable range of the abutting member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,484

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HELICALLY WRAPPING ARTICLES

OAKBRIDGE INVESTMENTS LIM...

7. A packaging apparatus comprising:a wrapping material applicator for helically wrapping articles;
an inlet conveyor for transporting unwrapped articles to the applicator;
an outlet conveyor for transporting wrapped articles away from the applicator, wherein the outlet conveyor comprises
a first conveyor, and
a second conveyor adjacent to and downstream of the first conveyor; anda controller arranged to selectively vary the linear velocity of the second conveyor relative to the linear velocity of the first conveyor so as to separate, or increase the separation of, collations of one or more articles on the outlet conveyor;wherein the packaging apparatus comprises a cutting member arranged to cut wrapping material extending between the spaced collations of articles, as gaps between the collations pass the cutting member, so as to disconnect the spaced collations of articles.

US Pat. No. 10,336,483

APPARATUS AND METHOD TO FORM A CUSHIONED PACKAGE HAVING AN INNER BAG WITHIN AN OUTER BAG

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A packaging device for creating a package for a product, the package including an inner bag surrounded by an outer bag that operates as an air cushion for protecting the product in the inner bag, the packaging device comprising:a hopper for storing the product and for selectively releasing predetermined amounts of the product from the hopper;
a filling tube having a body, a first end coupled to the hopper and a second end opposite the first end for dispensing the product into the inner bag after releasing of the product from the hopper;
a first guide for positioning a first multi-layer material about the body of the filling tube, and in response to being processed by the packaging device, the first multi-layer material forming the inner bag for containing the product;
a second guide for positioning a second multi-layer material about the filling tube, and in response to being processed by the packaging device, the second multi-layer material forming the outer bag;
an edge sealer for creating a first seam for joining opposing sides of at least one of the first multi-layer material or the second multi-layer material for forming at least one tube of material with the first seam;
an air dispenser for injecting air and for creating air pressure within the outer bag without pressurizing the inner bag;
sealing jaws located proximate to the second end of the filling tube, the sealing jaws for sealing the inner bag and the outer bag together with a second seam for maintaining the air pressure within the outer bag and for securing the product within the inner bag; and
a cutting blade for separating the package from the first and second multi-layer materials.

US Pat. No. 10,336,482

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESERVING AND CAPPING TUBES

GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLO...

1. A system for preserving and capping tubes, comprising:a compressed air reservoir for storing compressed air;
a preservative reservoir containing a supply of a preservative;
a nozzle in fluid communication with the compressed air reservoir and the preservative reservoir for injecting the preservative into the interior of a tube; and
a capping device configured to insert a cap onto the end of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,336,481

DISPLAY PACK

MID-ATLANTIC PACKAGING SP...

18. A display section of a display pack, comprising:a bottom panel for forming at least a portion of a display section bottom;
at least one pair of inner side wall panels for forming at least portions of side walls of the display section, said at least one pair of inner side wall panels disposed on opposite sides of said display section;
a back panel forming at least a portion of a display section back wall, wherein said bottom panel, said at least one pair of side wall panels, and said back panel are formed as an integral unit from a first unitary sheet of material;
a front panel forming at least a portion of a display section front wall and defining at least an edge of a display opening; and
a pair of outer side wall panels for forming at least a portion of the display section side walls, each outer side wall panel of said pair of outer side wall panels being integrally attached to and extending from opposite side edges of the front panel to form outer side walls, each of the outer side wall panels being adhered to an outer face of a respective one inner side wall panel of said at least one pair of inner side wall panels, wherein said front panel and said pair of outer side wall panels are formed as an integral unit from a second unitary sheet of material.

US Pat. No. 10,336,480

AIR-GUIDED TAPE-AND-REEL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Nexperia B.V., Nijmegen ...

8. A method for processing circuit components using a tape-and-reel system, the method comprising:feeding carrier tape from a first carrier tape reel holding unloaded carrier tape into a circuit component loading system;
loading each of a plurality of circuit components into a plurality of respective pockets of the carrier tape to form a loaded carrier tape;
feeding a cover tape through an air-guided cover tape feeder, the air-guided cover tape feeder comprising:
a vertical channel over which the cover tape travels, wherein the cover tape is fed horizontally across the top of the upper end of the vertical channel, and
a pressurized fluid interface positioned over the upper end of vertical channel, wherein the carrier tape is fed across the upper end of the vertical channel, wherein the pressurized fluid interface is configured to inject externally pressurized fluid through the pressurized fluid interface perpendicular to a major surface of the cover tape being fed horizontally across the upper end of the vertical channel and into the vertical channel over which the cover tape horizontally travels to apply pressure via the pressurized fluid on the major surface of the cover tape to hold tension on a slack of the cover tape, the slack being a loop of cover tape in excess of the amount of cover tape needed by an alignment tool;
feeding the loaded carrier tape and the cover tape to the alignment tool;
aligning the cover tape with the loaded carrier tape and adhering the cover tape to the loaded carrier tape to secure the circuit components into the loaded carrier tape; and
reeling the loaded carrier tape onto a second carrier tape reel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,479

METHOD FOR PACKAGING A PLURALITY OF CONTAINERS FOR SUBSTANCES FOR MEDICAL, PHARMACEUTICAL OR COSMETIC APPLICATIONS, AND PACKAGING STRUCTURE

SCHOTT AG, Mainz (DE)

1. A package, comprising:a packaging structure; and
a plurality of containers for substances for medical, pharmaceutical or cosmetic applications, wherein the plurality of containers are in the packaging structure, and wherein the containers have a cylindrical side wall and a bottom or a lower edge extending perpendicularly to the side wall,
the packing structure comprising:
a box-shaped upper part; and
a flat or lower part comprising a flat bottom,
side walls between the upper part and the lower part,
wherein the plurality of containers are directly on the flat bottom of the lower part and are perpendicular to the flat bottom,
wherein the upper part is at the upper ends of the plurality of containers or on a box-shaped intermediate part, which is placed at the upper ends of the plurality of containers, wherein
the positions of the plurality of containers on the flat bottom of the lower part are fixed by the side walls that protrude perpendicularly from at least one of the bottom of the lower part and the upper part, and
wherein the lower part comprises a plastic sheet and two clamping webs extending along two opposite longitudinal sides of the flat bottom, and wherein each clamping web is formed by folding a respective longitudinal edge of the plastic sheet so that the plurality of containers together with the upper part placed on the upper ends of the plurality of containers or on the intermediate part can be displaced from a flat surface onto the bottom of the lower part,
wherein the package further comprises:
a sleeve or resealable bag made of a plastic material, wherein the packaging structure and the plurality of containers are in the sleeve or resealable bag; and
a latch, wherein the lower part and the upper part are detachably connected to each other with the latch.

US Pat. No. 10,336,478

VISCOUS-MATERIAL FILLING METHOD

KAGA WORKS CO., LTD., Na...

1. A method for transferring a viscous material from a container into a dispensing syringe to fill the dispensing syringe, the dispensing syringe having a main body portion, a first open end and a second open end, the first open end comprising a discharge port smaller in inner diameter than the main body portion,the syringe further including a plug configured to permit gas flow in only one direction, the plug being inserted into the syringe such that the plug divides a chamber within the syringe into a first sub-chamber in communication with the discharge port and a second sub-chamber in communication with the second open end of the syringe;
the method comprising:
inserting a rod into the syringe from the second open end of the syringe such that the rod engages the plug;
applying a force to the plug via the rod in a direction of the first open end; and
with the force being applied to the plug, extruding the viscous material from the container and through the discharge port into the first sub-chamber of the syringe.

US Pat. No. 10,336,477

SYRINGE PACKAGING SYSTEM FOR HOSPITAL PHARMACIES

1. A system for semi-automated filling of syringes with medicines from containers, said syringes being of various sizes and types all having a barrel, an annular flange encircling said barrel, a plunger slideably engaged in said barrel, and a flange at distal end of said plunger, and said plurality of containers of medicines being of various sizes and types, the system comprising:a programmable controller including software for controlling said system;
a container of medicine having an annular body and an aperture into said body for accepting a syringe nozzle;
a filling station, comprising:
a syringe loading station for loading of a syringe,
a container loading station for manual loading said container, said container loading station including a gripper for gripping said container; and
a plurality of arms for manipulating said syringe when in said filling position, said plurality of arms including at least a first arm and second arm both terminating in a forked end for engaging the syringe, each arm being independently servo-controlled and articulating along an axis, said first arm and said second arm being adapted to withdraw the plunger of said syringe to fill said syringe with medicine;
wherein said second arm terminates in one or more right-angle plates each having a transverse curvilinear notch defining said forked-end terminus.

US Pat. No. 10,336,476

METHOD FOR MONITORING A FILLED CONTAINER AND MONITORING SYSTEM FOR FILLED CONTAINERS

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A method for monitoring a filled container which is conveyed on a conveyor, comprising:taking up the container by a carriage,
creating a spacing between the container and the conveyor, so that the entire weight of the container is retained by the carriage in a weighing region,
weighing the retained container in the weighing region using a load cell comprised by the carriage, wherein the carriage is controlled such that it takes up the container and guides it along the conveyor while measuring the weight of the filled container,
the carriage being driven by a linear motor.

US Pat. No. 10,336,475

FLEXIBLE PROPULSION SYSTEM

1. An apparatus comprising:a propulsion system for use on a spacecraft including:
at least one chemical thruster operable with a liquid propellant;
at least one electric thruster operable with a high atomic weight inert gas; and
a first quantity ‘n’ of identically sized pressurant tanks; wherein:
the propulsion system results from assembling a plurality of subassemblies, such that a first selectable number ‘e’ of the first quantity of identically sized pressurant tanks are manifolded together with the at least one electric thruster and loaded with the high atomic weight inert gas such that the at least one electric thruster is provided with the high atomic weight inert gas, and a second selectable number ‘c’ of the first quantity of identically sized pressurant tanks are manifolded together with the at least one chemical thruster and loaded with helium or other low atomic weight pressurant;
‘e’ is an integer;
c=n?e; and
‘e’ is less than ‘n’ and greater than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,336,474

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DEFLECTION OF SPACE DEBRIS

1. A method for deflecting space debris comprising steps of:launching a thruster by means of a sounding rocket at a target altitude close to that of the one or more debris to be deflected, wherein the thruster comprises a combustion chamber and a nozzle, and the thruster is fixed to the tip of the sounding rocket with the nozzle pointing towards a launch direction of the sounding rocket;
generating, by the thruster, a combustion within the combustion chamber causing a downward thrust on the sounding rocket; and
emitting, from the nozzle of the thruster, a product of the combustion to generate a gas cloud above the sounding rocket and along a trajectory of the one or more debris.

US Pat. No. 10,336,473

BRAKE TEMPERATURE PREDICTION AND COOLING TIME FUNCTIONALITY

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. An aircraft comprising:a torque sensor configured to measure torque reacted by a brake during a braking event;
a wear sensor configured to measure a wear state of the brake;
an environmental sensor configured to measure at least one ambient condition of an environment of the brake; and
a brake cooling prediction apparatus configured to predict a brake cooling period following a braking event involving the brake, when measured values of a temperature of the brake are not available at least in respect of a time period including the braking event and a time of predicting the brake cooling period, the brake cooling prediction apparatus comprising:
a non-transitory memory storing information relating to a thermal behavior of the brake; and
a controller configured to:
receive a torque measurement from the torque sensor;
receive a wear measurement from the wear sensor;
receive an ambient condition measurement from the environmental sensor; and
predict a cooling period required for the brake to reach a predetermined temperature following the braking event, based on the received torque measurement, the received wear measurement, the received ambient condition measurement, and the stored information relating to the thermal behavior of the brake.

US Pat. No. 10,336,472

MOTOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor system for an aircraft; and
a controller that monitors a first group of motor parameters and a second group of external bias parameters in sensor data generated by the sensor system in which the first group of motor parameters is for an environment affected by operation of a motor in the aircraft and the second group of external bias parameters modifies an effect of the first group of motor parameters in identifying a health of the motor; identifies the health of the motor based on the first group of motor parameters, the second group of external bias parameters, confidence factors for sensors in the sensor system, a phase of operation of the motor, and a phase of flight of the aircraft; and controls operation of the motor based on the health of the motor identified.

US Pat. No. 10,336,471

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DESIGNING AN AIRCRAFT

DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA AG, C...

1. A method for designing an aircraft, the method comprising:a. defining an initial catalog of requirements for at least one aircraft design, the catalog of requirements comprising requirements relating to one or more of a minimum payload, a minimum range, take off and landing requirements, a minimum cruising altitude, a minimum cruising speed and maximum values for one or more of a wing span, a fuselage length and a surface pressure per wheel of a landing gear for the at least one aircraft design;
b. carrying out an optimization of the at least one aircraft design based on the catalog of requirements in terms of anticipated operating costs;
c. simulating a predefined total flight network with the at least one aircraft design and determining a total flight network efficiency;
d. checking whether the determined total flight network efficiency constitutes an optimum; and
e. adapting the catalog of requirements and performing an iteration starting from step (b) upon a determination that the determined total flight network efficiency does not constitute the optimum.

US Pat. No. 10,336,470

POD LAUNCH AND LANDING SYSTEM FOR VERTICAL TAKE-OFF AND LANDING (VTOL)UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES (UAVS)

AEROVIRONMENT, INC., Sim...

1. A method comprising:translating a rotatable UAV landing surface up above one or more data regions disposed on a surface proximate the rotatable UAV landing surface, wherein each of the one or more data regions has an electrically conductive surface, and wherein a UAV is resting on the rotatable UAV landing surface, the UAV comprising one or more electrically conductive data contact points;
rotating the rotatable UAV landing surface to align the one or more electrically conductive data contact points of the UAV with the at least one of the one or more data regions; and
translating the rotatable UAV landing surface to lower the UAV to make contact between the one or more electrically conductive data contact points of the UAV and the at least one of the one or more data regions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,469

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE MOVEMENT VIA ENVIRONMENTAL INTERACTIONS

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A system for movement control, the system comprising:a porous surface comprising a plurality of pores;
an air propulsion device that generates an airflow that is output through the plurality of pores in the porous surface, wherein the airflow provides lift to an unmanned vehicle, wherein at least a vector component of the lift is perpendicular to the porous surface and pushes the unmanned vehicle away from the porous surface; and
an airflow regulation mechanism that is actuated to move between a first position and a second position, wherein the airflow regulation mechanism allows the airflow to pass through a first pore of the plurality of pores in an initial direction when the airflow regulation mechanism is in the first position, and wherein the airflow regulation mechanism redirects the airflow in a different direction through the first pore of the plurality of pores when the actuated airflow regulation mechanism is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,467

AIRCRAFT TURBULENCE DETECTION

Safe Flight Instrument Co...

1. An aircraft warning method comprising:receiving the aircraft's vertical speed;
receiving, from a motion sensor integrated with the aircraft, at least one of the aircraft's vertical acceleration rate and a rate of change of a parameter indicative of the aircraft's movement about an aircraft axis;
calculating a safe landing value based on the aircraft's vertical speed and at least one of the aircraft's vertical acceleration rate and the rate of change of the parameter;
comparing the safe landing value to a threshold value, wherein the threshold value varies with a height of the aircraft above touchdown; and
providing an aircraft warning when the safe landing value fails to meet the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,466

SYSTEM FOR EMULATING NAVIGATION SIGNALS

Garmin International, Inc...

1. A navigation system for emulating navigation signals for an aircraft, said navigation system comprising:a global-positioning system receiver configured to determine a geographic position of the aircraft;
a memory configured to store position data for at least one waypoint;
an emulation system configured to compare the geographic position of the aircraft with the position data of the waypoint and a navigation course to generate a composite navigation signal indicative of a cross track deviation between the aircraft and the navigation course; and
a wireless transmitter coupled with the emulation system, the wireless transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit the composite navigation signal to a course direction indicator having an integral converter unit for decoding the composite navigation signal into a control signal that drives an indicator needle of the course direction indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,336,464

AIRCRAFT PROPULSION ASSEMBLY WITH FIRE EXTINGUISHING SYSTEM

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An extinguishing system for extinguishing a fire which may break out in an engine and/or a nacelle surrounding the engine of an aircraft propulsion assembly, the extinguishing system comprising:a pipe in fluid communication with a cavity in the engine and/or a cavity in the nacelle;
an extinguishing agent supply configured to provide an extinguishing agent to the pipe; and
an air supply configured to provide ventilation air to the pipe, the ventilation air having a non-zero percentage of oxygen,
wherein the extinguishing system is configured to selectively discharge the extinguishing agent from the pipe into the cavity/cavities to extinguish a fire, wherein the extinguishing system is configured to discharge the ventilation air from the pipe into the cavity/cavities to ventilate the cavity/cavities, and wherein the air supply includes an electric ventilator fan designed to output the ventilation air at an air flow rate of between 1 and 500 g/s, said ventilator fan being configured to operate when the engine is not running.

US Pat. No. 10,336,463

AIRCRAFT STALL WARNING/PROTECTION WITH TIME-VARYING MAXIMUM ANGLE OF ATTACK SETTINGS FOR ICING CONDITIONS

1. For use in an aircraft including a deicer operative to deice in response to detected icing, a stall warning and/or protection system comprising:at least a first sensor configured to detect icing;
at least a second sensor configured to detect at least one parameter indicative of angle of attack; and
a computer, operatively coupled to the first sensor and second sensor, the computer being configured to apply a function dependent on the time at which the first sensor detects icing, the function adapting a maximum angle of attack parameter to track rate of deicing,
wherein the function is a time varying function, and the rate of deicing, to which the time varying function adapts the maximum angle of attack parameter, is defined at least in part by a stored deicing model that at least in part models deicing effect of the deicer.

US Pat. No. 10,336,462

VEHICLE NAVIGATION METHODS, SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS

Vu Systems, LLC, Morrisv...

1. A method for creating a video image, comprising:receiving a video image from each of a plurality of video image sensors, wherein at least one of the plurality of video image sensors is mounted to a vehicle;
combining the plurality of video images according to an algorithm to produce an output video image; and
adjusting the algorithm based on at least one of:
a height of the vehicle above ground or water;
a depth of the vehicle below water;
a geographic location of the vehicle;
an absolute or relative quality or characteristic of at least one of the plurality of video sensors;
an absolute or relative quality or characteristic or at least one of the video images; and
a speed, heading, or attitude of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,461

AIRCRAFT ENGINE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD FOR DRIVING THE FAN WITH THE LOW PRESSURE SHAFT DURING TAXI OPERATIONS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An aircraft engine of an aircraft comprising:a core gas turbine engine including a compressor, a combustor and a high pressure turbine connected to the compressor by a high pressure shaft, wherein the core gas turbine engine is responsive to one or more thrust levers during flight;
a fan assembly coupled to the core gas turbine engine; and
an electric taxi system coupled to the fan assembly, the electric taxi system comprising an energy storage device and a motor responsive to energy provided by the energy storage device, wherein the motor is coupled to the fan assembly and is configured to drive the fan assembly during a taxi operation, wherein the motor is also configured to operate as a generator during the taxi operation such that rotation of the fan assembly while the aircraft is taxiing recharges the energy storage device,
wherein the electric taxi system is responsive to a control actuated by a pilot to place the aircraft into a taxi mode of operation, wherein the electric taxi system further comprises a controller configured to cause the motor to drive the fan assembly and wherein the controller is responsive to the one or more thrust levers that are utilized both: (i) to drive the aircraft engine during flight and (ii) to operate the electric taxi system during the taxi operation without causing the high pressure shaft to be driven, and
wherein the controller is configured to interpret input from the one or more thrust levers differently depending upon whether the aircraft is in flight or in the taxi mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,336,460

ACOUSTIC PANEL FOR AIRCRAFT NACELLE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE ACOUSTIC PANEL

Airbus Operations S.A.S.,...

1. A method of manufacturing an acoustic panel for an aircraft nacelle, comprising,applying a facesheet to the surface of a mold;
fixing a first surface of a cellular layer configured to trap noise to the facesheet;
fixing a backplate to a second surface of the cellular layer which is the opposite surface to the first surface;
wherein the step of applying a facesheet to the surface of a mold includes applying a layer of preimpregnated woven material containing weft yarns spaced apart from one another and warp yarns spaced apart from one another, so as to form openings between the yarns, the weft yarns having a mutual spacing of between 0.3 mm and 1.5 mm, and the warp yarns having a mutual spacing of between 0.3 mm and 1.5 mm,
making the facesheet, including:
weaving a layer so that the weft yarns of the weave are spaced apart from one another, and so that the warp yarns of the weave are spaced apart from one another, so as to form a layer of woven material; and
preimpregnating the woven material so as to form a layer of preimpregnated woven material;
wherein each fixing step comprises applying a polymerizable adhesive, and
wherein the step of fixing a backplate to the cellular layer is followed by polymerizing the facesheet and the polymerizable adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,336,459

CLAMPED SPLINES FOR AIRCRAFT ENGINE MOUNT ASSEMBLIES

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. An engine mount assembly for coupling an engine to an airframe, the engine mount assembly comprising:a torsion bar coupled between the engine and the airframe, the torsion bar including an external spline; and
a bell crank including a clamp forming an internal spline;
wherein the internal spline of the bell crank is adapted to mate with the external spline of the torsion bar to secure the bell crank to the torsion bar such that the bell crank rotates with the torsion bar responsive to movements of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,336,458

AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A MOUNTING STRUT BUILT INTO THE NACELLE AND ARRANGED AT THE REAR SECTION OF THE FUSELAGE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS (S.A.S....

1. An assembly for an aircraft having a fuselage, the assembly comprising:a rear section of the aircraft;
an engine;
a nacelle;
a mounting strut for mounting the engine on the rear section; and
a mounting for mounting the engine on a rigid structure of the mounting strut,
wherein the mounting comprises two engine mounts to react axial thrust forces generated by the engine,
wherein the rigid structure comprises a first portion, partially enveloping the engine, and an external skin, which forms part of an external aerodynamic surface of the nacelle,
wherein the two engine mounts that react the axial thrust forces are arranged diametrically opposite each other and are attached to the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,336,457

SEAT RAIL COVER FOR COVERING A SEAT RAIL IN A VEHICLE FLOOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SEAT RAIL COVER

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A seat rail cover for covering a seat rail in a floor of a vehicle, wherein the seat rail cover comprises:a retaining section, which is configured to be introduced at least partially into a part of the seat rail; and
a cover section, which is configured, when the retaining section is introduced into the seat rail, to cover the seat rail,
wherein at least the cover section of the seat rail cover is formed in one piece by a 3D printing method, and
wherein at least one of a geometry of at least a visible part of the cover section in the installed state of the seat rail cover, a surface texture of at least the visible part of the cover section in the installed state of the seat rail cover, a color composition of at least the visible part of the cover section in the installed state of the seat rail cover, and a color pattern of at least the visible part of the cover section in the installed state of the seat rail cover is matched to at least one of a surface and a floor covering of a floor element next to the seat rail to which the seat rail cover is connectable, and,
wherein the cover section and retaining section are made from different materials.

US Pat. No. 10,336,456

FOLDABLE SEAT BENCH

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. An aircraft foldable seat bench comprising:a seat comprising a seat area and a backrest;
a carrier arrangement comprising:
a carrier element carrying the seat;
a front leg formed in one piece and pivotably connected to the carrier element at a first end and is pivotably mounted on an aircraft floor at an opposite end; and
a foldable rear leg comprising a first leg portion that is pivotably connected to the carrier element at a first end of the first leg portion, and a second leg portion that is pivotably connected at a first end of the second leg portion to a second end of the first leg portion,
wherein the rear leg is pivotably mounted on the aircraft floor by a second end of the second leg portion;
a first locking mechanism which, in a locking state, is adapted to lock the backrest of the seat in both a deployed position and a stowed position of the backrest; and
a second locking mechanism which, in a locking state, is adapted to lock the rear leg of the carrier arrangement in both an unfolded position and a folded position,
wherein the backrest is movable relative to the carrier element between the deployed position in which the backrest extends at an angle of approximately 70° to 110° relative to the seat area and the stowed position in which the backrest extends at an angle of approximately 0° to 20° relative to the seat area,
wherein the rear leg is moved from the unfolded position to the folded position by pivoting the second leg portion and the front leg in opposite directions, and
wherein the carrier element is at a first distance from the aircraft floor in the unfolded position, and the carrier element is at a second distance from the aircraft floor in the folded position, the second distance from the aircraft floor being smaller than the first distance from the aircraft floor.

US Pat. No. 10,336,455

DEPLOYABLE CLEARANCE PANEL SYSTEM, METHOD, AND ASSEMBLY FOR A MONUMENT WITHIN AN INTERNAL CABIN OF AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A monument configured to be positioned within an internal cabin of a vehicle, the monument comprising:a deployable portion, wherein the deployable portion is configured to move due to inertia of the deployable portion without being contacted from a non-deployed state into a deployed state in a direction that is away from a passenger seat that is aft of the monument when an acceleration of the monument meets or exceeds a predetermined threshold,
wherein the deployable portion comprises a deployable clearance panel within a monument wall assembly, wherein the clearance panel is configured to move from the non-deployed state into the deployed state in the direction that is away from the passenger seat that is aft of the monument due to the inertia of the deployable portion without being contacted when the acceleration of the monument meets or exceeds the predetermined threshold,
wherein the clearance panel comprises a first portion that is configured to pivotally secure to the monument wall assembly, and a second portion that is configured to couple to the monument wall assembly by at least one mechanism, and wherein the at least one mechanism is configured to allow relative motion upon acceleration of the monument that meets or exceeds the predetermined threshold due to the inertia of deployable portion without the monument being contacted.

US Pat. No. 10,336,454

PIVOT BIN BUCKET WITH SLOT FOR RECEIVING PIVOT AXLE

1. A bucket for use with an aircraft storage bin, the bucket comprising:a bottom and first and second opposing side walls extending upwardly from the bottom, wherein the first and second side walls each include a top edge, wherein the first side wall includes a first bracket that is received in a first recess defined in the top edge of the first side wall, wherein the first bracket includes an upper surface, an inner wall and an outer wall, wherein the inner wall has a closed top, wherein a first slot extends downwardly from the upper surface and is defined in the outer wall, wherein the first bracket includes a first opening defined transversely through the inner and outer walls, wherein the second side wall includes a second bracket that is received in a second recess defined in the top edge of the second side wall, wherein the second bracket includes an upper surface, an inner wall and an outer wall, wherein the inner wall has a closed top, wherein a second slot extends downwardly from the upper surface and is defined in the outer wall, wherein the second bracket includes a second opening defined transversely through the inner and outer walls, wherein the first slot is configured to receive a first pivot axle therein, and wherein the second slot is configured to receive a second pivot axle therein.

US Pat. No. 10,336,453

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PAYLOAD MANAGEMENT FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A payload management system for an unmanned aircraft system providing an unmanned aircraft to carry payload comprising at least one payload segment on a mission, the payload management system comprising:(a) a carrier for payload carried by the unmanned aircraft; (b) a containment system to contain the payload; wherein the containment system comprises an inflatable pod attachable to and removable from the carrier by insertion of a head portion of the inflatable pod into a receptacle in the carrier and inflation of the inflatable pod to expand the head portion to prevent removal of the inflatable pod from the receptacle until the inflatable pod is at least partially deflated; and wherein the inflatable pod of the containment system is attachable to the exterior to of the unmanned aircraft and aerodynamic characteristics of a body of the pod outside of the receptacle and exterior to the unmanned aircraft are adjustable by selective inflation and deflation of the pod.

US Pat. No. 10,336,452

DRONE WITH NO EXTERNAL PROPELLER BLADES

1. A drone, comprising:a main housing unit, wherein the main housing unit comprises:
an upper shell;
a lower shell; and
an internal platform that connects the top shell to the bottom shell;
a plurality of conduits extending radially outward from the main housing unit;
a plurality of turbines located within the main housing unit, wherein each turbine faces radially outward and aligns with a corresponding conduit;
a plurality of arms extending outwardly from the main housing unit, wherein each arm is attached to the main housing unit by mating to a corresponding conduit;
a plurality of nozzles, wherein each nozzle is connected to a corresponding arm and comprises:
a cylindrical ring, wherein the cylindrical ring comprises an upper passage and an outer channel that extends along an inner circumference of the nozzle;
wherein the upper passage comprises an uppermost volume of space inside the nozzle directly adjacent to the outer channel, and wherein airflow may enter the upper passage through a junction and exit out of the outer channel; and
an open and closed portion of the upper passage.

US Pat. No. 10,336,451

COUPLING ASSEMBLY FOR A REMOVABLE PROPELLER

1. A propeller coupling assembly comprising:a propeller locking mechanism, the propeller locking mechanism comprising:
a shaft, the shaft coupled to a rotor;
a plate, the plate including an opening to receive the shaft;
a spring, the spring encircling the shaft, wherein the spring is coupled to the shaft at a first end and the spring is coupled to the plate at a second end; and
one or more pins, the pins extending from the shaft; and
a propeller hub structured to couple to the propeller locking mechanism, the propeller hub having:
an aperture formed by a first opening at a first end of the propeller hub, a second opening at a second end of the propeller hub, and an internal surface of the propeller hub connecting the first opening to the second opening;
one or more grooves, each groove formed on the internal surface of the propeller hub, wherein each groove includes a first opening at the first end of the propeller hub and a second opening at the second end of the propeller hub; and
one or more slots, each slot formed on the first end of the propeller hub.

US Pat. No. 10,336,450

ENHANCED NET PITCHING MOMENT MULTI-WING VTOL COMPACT PERSONAL AIRCRAFT

1. An aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing comprising:a fuselage;
a multi-wing assembly comprising:
a plurality of groups of wings wherein:
each group of wings comprises a plurality of parallel wings, wherein the wings are stacked and statically connected with a plurality of struts,
the plurality of groups of wings are arranged symmetrically about a point within the fuselage in a plane normal to the chords of the wings,
the wings of one group are parallel to the wings of any other group,
the plurality of groups of wings are statically connected with a plurality of struts,
the plane is bounded by the spans of the first wing of the first group of wings and the last wing of the last group of wings, and
a shape of the plane is square.

US Pat. No. 10,336,449

ENGINE INSTALLATION OF VERTICAL TAKE-OFF AND LANDING (VTOL) AIRCRAFT

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) rotor blown wing (RBW) aircraft, comprising:a fuselage;
RBWs extending outwardly from opposite sides of the fuselage;
nacelles supportively disposed on the RBWs; and
reversely oriented, axial flow engines disposed in each of the nacelles to generate mechanical energy for driving lift and thrust generating prop-rotor rotations, wherein each of the reversely oriented, axial flow engines includes:
an inlet disposed proximate to a trailing edge of the corresponding one of the wings;
one or more inlet ducts disposed to direct inlet air flowing along the corresponding one of the wings in a rearward direction toward the inlet,
an outlet disposed proximate to a leading edge of the corresponding one of the wings, and
one or more outlet ducts disposed to direct engine exhaust from the outlet along the corresponding one of the wings in the rearward direction, the orientation of the one of more outlet ducts being adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,336,448

TILTWING MULTICOPTER WITH FOLDABLE AND NON-FOLDABLE PROPELLERS

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. An aircraft, comprising:a fuselage which includes a windshield and a top;
a starboard-side non-foldable outer propeller;
a port-side non-foldable outer propeller;
a starboard-side foldable inner propeller;
a port-side foldable inner propeller; and
a tiltwing, wherein:
the tiltwing is a single common wing to which the starboard-side non-foldable outer propeller, the port-side non-foldable outer propeller, the starboard-side foldable inner propeller, and the port-side foldable inner propeller are coupled to;
the starboard-side non-foldable outer propeller, the port-side non-foldable outer propeller, the starboard-side foldable inner propeller, and the port-side foldable inner propeller rotate at least some of the time when the tiltwing is in a vertical takeoff and landing position;
the starboard-side foldable inner propeller and the port-side foldable inner propeller are stowed at least some of the time when the tiltwing is in a forward flight position;
the tiltwing is coupled to the fuselage above and aft of the windshield and the tiltwing rotates about an axis of rotation, when rotating between the vertical takeoff and landing position and the forward flight position, that is higher than the aircraft's center of mass; and
the tiltwing includes a cutout such that the tiltwing aligns with the top of the fuselage when the tiltwing is in the forward flight position, including by having a first portion of a vertical stabilizer that is attached to the tiltwing and a second portion of the vertical stabilizer that is attached to the top of the fuselage align when the tiltwing is in the forward flight position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,447

FOLDING PROPROTOR GIMBAL LOCK AND BLADE LOCK MECHANISM

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. A gimbal lock mechanism for a rotor hub, the gimbal lock mechanism comprising:a cam member having a cuff lock lobe and a gimbal lock lobe, the cam member rotatable relative to a housing;
a rotor blade having a root end portion;
a first pin located on the root end portion of the rotor blade; and
an aperture located in the cuff lock lobe;
wherein the cam member is configured so that rotation can cause the cuff lock lobe to become adjacent to the root end portion of the rotor blade and at the same time causes the gimbal lock lobe to become adjacent to a gimbal and inhibit gimbaling of the gimbal.

US Pat. No. 10,336,446

DIRECTIONAL STIFFNESS BEARING SLEEVE ASSEMBLY FOR ROTOR SYSTEMS

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A bearing sleeve assembly comprising:a rigid inner element having a non-circular cross-section including a cylindrical inner diameter bore and an outer surface that is non-cylindrical;
a rigid outer element spaced radially outwardly from the rigid inner element, the rigid outer element comprising a cylindrical member with a uniform cross-section that forms a ring with an inner-diameter surface and an outer-diameter surface, the outer element's inner-diameter surface and the non-cylindrical outer surface of the inner element defining a non-uniform annulus therebetween; and
an elastomeric core disposed between the rigid inner element and the rigid outer element within the non-uniform annulus, the elastomeric core having a first thickness at a first location and a second thickness at a second location, the first thickness being greater than the second thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,336,445

HIGH FLAPPING YOKE HUB ASSEMBLY USING A CYLINDRICAL ELASTOMERIC ATTACHMENT TO AVOID HOLES

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. An apparatus comprising:an assembly comprising a first and a second rotor yoke, each comprising:
two longitudinal side portions interconnected by and spanning between two outboard portions at each longitudinal end of the rotor yoke to form an elongated loop about an axis of rotation of the rotor yoke, wherein a center portion of each longitudinal side portion comprises a solid cylindrical or solid oval build-up of material that is integral with the yoke and that accommodates a yoke hub clamp, wherein the two longitudinal side portions are free of apertures passing through the two longitudinal side portions;
a first lower and a first upper clamp assembly that are contoured to the solid cylindrical or oval build-up of material and that transfers torque from a mast to the first rotor yoke, wherein one or more first fasteners between the first lower and first upper clamps eliminate movement of the first rotor yoke along a lateral axis of the first lower and first upper clamp assembly; and
a second lower and a second upper clamp assembly that are contoured to the solid cylindrical or oval build-up of material and that transfers torque from a mast to the second rotor yoke, wherein one or more second fasteners between the second lower and second upper clamp eliminate movement of the second rotor yoke along a lateral axis of the second lower and second upper clamp assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,336,444

COMPOSITE STIFFENED RIGID PROPELLER SHAPED MAIN ROTOR HUB

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A rotor, comprising:a blade retention cuff configured to receive a rotor blade;
a yoke coupled to the blade retention cuff;
an inboard bearing located in the interior of the yoke configured to restrain centrifugal force while enabling the yoke to pitch through an entire operating range; and
a rigid propeller hub configured to enclose at least a portion of the blade retention cuff and at least a portion of the yoke, the rigid propeller hub includes a hub arm having a generally circular cross-section that extends along a portion of the blade retention cuff.

US Pat. No. 10,336,443

RETRACTABLE AND DEPLOYABLE FLIGHT ROTOR SYSTEM

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. An apparatus comprising:a shaft comprising a spiral spline along a length of the shaft;
a rotor comprising a blade extending from the rotor and a tubular hole extending into the rotor, the tubular hole comprising a spiral groove configured to mate with the spiral spline on the shaft, wherein relative rotation between the spiral spline and the spiral groove causes the rotor to linearly move along the shaft; and
a cam surface comprising a recession, wherein the blade nesting in the recession constrains rotation of the rotor about the shaft and allows linear movement of the rotor along the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,336,441

DRONE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A drone, comprising:a plurality of propellers configured for creating a lift;
a power driving unit configured for providing a rotation power to each of the plurality of propellers;
a ground sensing unit configured for measuring a distance to a first region of the ground and a shape of the first region;
a controller configured for controlling the power driving unit to differentiate rotation ratios of the plurality of propellers based on the measured distance and shape in response to an input for landing at the first region; and
a variable leg provided to a bottom end of the drone, the variable leg configured to come into a contact with the ground on making the landing and maintain level according to a distance to the ground by withdrawing or inserting the variable leg,
wherein the variable leg comprises:
a first shaft;
a second shaft coupled with a bottom end of the first shaft to be withdrawn or inserted; and
a spring provided between the first shaft and the second shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,336,439

STEALTH DESIGN WITH MULTI-FACETED DIHEDRAL PLANFORM AND INSUFFLATION MECHANISM

1. A stealth craft including a multi-faceted dihedral planform extending in a direction from a front to a rear of the stealth craft, the planform comprising:a first set of facets followed by a second set of facets along the direction of the planform, each of the facets from the first and second sets being a substantially flat surface, each of the facets from the first and second sets being separated from adjacent facets by sharp straight edges,
insufflation slots configured for blowing a fluid, the insufflation slots extending in a direction transverse to the direction of the planform,
wherein the first and second sets of facets have an angle of incline that is ascending and descending, respectively, with respect to the direction of the planform, and
wherein the insufflation slots are provided in selected facets of the first and second sets of facets to insufflate the fluid to form a cushion along the multi-faceted dihedral planform for improving aerodynamics and stability.

US Pat. No. 10,336,438

ROTORCRAFT FLY-BY-WIRE CONTROL LAWS

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. A method of operating a rotorcraft comprising:receiving on a first control signal path a first command signal to change a first flight characteristic of the rotorcraft;
receiving on a second control signal path a second command signal;
feeding forward the first command signal to the second control signal path;
generating from the first command signal a first actuator control signal;
receiving the first actuator control signal at an actuator and using the actuator to drive a flight control device in order to change a first operating characteristic of the rotorcraft;
generating from the first command signal and the second command signal a second actuator control signal; and
receiving the second actuator control signal at a second actuator and using the second actuator to drive a flight control device in order change a second operating characteristic of the rotorcraft, wherein the change in the second operating characteristic of the rotorcraft at least partly offsets a coupled response to the change in the first operating characteristic of the rotorcraft.

US Pat. No. 10,336,437

METHOD TO MEASURE AIRCRAFT HIGH-LIFT SYSTEM BRAKE RESPONSE TIME

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A method for testing a component in a high lift system of an aircraft, the high lift system comprising a central power drive unit for moving high lift surfaces arranged at a wing through providing rotational power by means of a transmission shaft to a plurality of drive stations operably coupled with the high lift surfaces; which power drive unit is operatively coupled to a controller and comprises at least one electric motor coupled with a selectively activated brake; the method comprising:actuating the at least one electric motor for a predetermined period of time with all brakes in the system deactivated;
acquiring a sensor output of a sensor coupled with the controller during the actuating of the motor and determining a motion of at least one of the motor and the high lift surfaces based on the acquired sensor output;
activating a selected brake under test:
measuring an elapsed time until the selected brake has arrested the motion of at least one of the motor and the high lift surfaces;
determining if the that the elapsed time is less than a predetermined threshold value; and
generating a brake failure signal for the selected brake if the elapsed time exceeds the predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,436

TORQUE AND THRUST CONTROL OF A PROPELLER

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method for controlling a propeller of an aircraft, comprising:receiving, with a processor, one or more signals indicative of commanded collective pitch of the propeller associated with a desired torque;
receiving, with the processor, one or more sensed signals from at least one sensor mounted to the aircraft, one or more sensed signals being indicative of propeller axial speed, propeller rotational speed, and air density;
estimating, with the processor, a propeller torque and propeller thrust from one or more of the propeller axial speed, the propeller rotational speed, and the air density;
determining, with the processor, information indicative of an error value between a desired torque and a measured torque in the propeller;
determining, with the processor, information indicative of a corrected pitch command in response to the determining of the error value;
combining, with the processor, the corrected pitch command with the propeller rotational speed into an adjustment solution, the propeller rotational speed being governed by a full authority engine controller;
providing, with the processor, the propeller with the adjustment solution, wherein providing the propeller with the adjustment solution includes changing an attitude of one or more propeller blades of the propeller while maintaining a constant rotational speed of the propeller;
receiving, with the processor, a subsequent error value between the desired torque and the measured torque in response to the providing of the adjustment solution.

US Pat. No. 10,336,435

EROSION RESISTANT BLADE AND BLADE COATING

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An airfoil blade having a coating disposed on a leading edge thereof, the coating comprising a polyurethane, a polysiloxane, and a linking agent that promotes a connection between the polyurethane and the polysiloxane; wherein the polyurethane and the polysiloxane are in separate layers with the linking agent disposed between the polyurethane layer and the polysiloxane layer.

US Pat. No. 10,336,434

SINGLE-SHAFT AERIAL VEHICLE

GOERTEK TECHNOLOGY CO., L...

1. A single-shaft aerial vehicle, comprising a propeller and an aerial vehicle body, wherein the aerial vehicle body has a streamlined shape, a drive motor is provided in the aerial vehicle body, the drive motor is configured to drive the propeller to rotate and provide the aerial vehicle body with an ascending power, whereinthe single-shaft aerial vehicle further comprises a wing drive unit constituting part of the aerial vehicle body;
a ring-shaped wing extending out of the wing drive unit is provided at a central position of the wing drive unit, and the ring-shaped wing is movable horizontally under the drive of the wing drive unit;
when drag areas of the ring-shaped wing extending out of an outer circumference of the wing drive unit are the same in all directions, the single-shaft aerial vehicle maintains its current flying posture; and
when the ring-shaped wing moves toward a certain direction to increase the drag area extending out of the wing drive unit in the certain direction, and contracts into the wing drive unit in an opposite direction to reduce the drag area in the opposite direction, the single-shaft aerial vehicle changes its current flying posture.

US Pat. No. 10,336,433

FUSED POROGEN PROCESS FOR ACOUSTIC SEPTA FABRICATION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for forming porous membranes within a multicellular frame for manufacturing a multicellular structure for acoustic damping in an aircraft, the method comprising:templating the multicellular frame with a fused porogen network so as to create a multicellular frame-porogen assembly;
applying a polymer into the fused porogen network of the multicellular frame-porogen assembly; and
removing the fused porogen network from the multicellular frame-porogen assembly resulting in polymeric septum membranes within the multicellular frame, and wherein the polymeric septum membranes are porous membranes having a thickness of about 1.0 mm to about 5.0 mm and wherein the porous membranes comprise a substantially continuous matrix having pores with a size less than about 15% of the thickness of the polymeric septum membranes.

US Pat. No. 10,336,432

LIGHTER THAN AIR BALLOON SYSTEMS AND METHODS

World View Enterprises In...

1. A lighter-than-air (LTA) high altitude balloon system comprising:a zero-pressure balloon (ZPB) configured to receive therein a first mass of LTA gas to provide a first upward lifting force to the balloon system;
a super-pressure balloon (SPB) configured to couple with the ZPB, the SPB comprising an interior volume configured to receive therein a second mass of LTA gas to provide a second upward lifting force to the balloon system; and
the SPB comprising a first valve configured to be opened and closed, wherein the first valve when opened allows for release of at least a portion of the second mass of LTA gas from the SPB through the first valve to a surrounding atmosphere to decrease the second upward lifting force, and the first valve when closed does not allow for release of the second mass of LTA gas from the SPB through the first valve to the surrounding atmosphere,
wherein the interior volume of the SPB is further configured, after release of the at least a portion of the second mass of LTA gas from the SPB, to receive therein a variable amount of ambient air from the surrounding atmosphere to provide a variable downward force to the balloon system.

US Pat. No. 10,336,431

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor that generates a thrust while using an internal combustion engine as a power source, the outboard motor comprising:a plurality of electric actuators;
a power-source voltage detector that detects a power-source voltage in the outboard motor;
a controller configured or programmed to include an event occurrence detector that determines that a voltage variation event has occurred only when both a power-source voltage detected by the power-source voltage detector becomes lower than a predetermined threshold value and the plurality of electric actuators are simultaneously driven; and
an event information recorder that records event information including a number of occurrences of the voltage variation event.

US Pat. No. 10,336,430

POD PROPULSION UNIT OF A SHIP

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A pod propulsion unit of a ship, wherein the pod propulsion unit comprisesa pod housing arranged at least partly below a hull of the ship,
an electric propeller motor within a motor gondola of the pod housing for rotating at least one propeller, wherein the electric propeller motor having a rotor, a stator, an annular gap between the rotor and the stator, and gas channels extending through the rotor,
a closed cooling gas circuit, wherein the annular gap between the rotor and the stator and the gas channels extending through the rotor forms a part of the closed cooling gas circuit, and
a fan for circulating gas in the closed cooling gas circuit,
wherein the pod housing comprises a strut section between the hull of the ship and the motor gondola, and
wherein the stator of the electric propeller motor being fitted in a tubular section of the motor gondola of the pod housing of the pod propulsion unit,
wherein:
the closed cooling gas circuit comprising a feeding duct and a return duct for conducting gas between the pod housing and the hull of the ship,
the electrical propeller motor having a first motor end face and an opposite second motor end face,
the feeding duct extending between the return duct and the first motor end face of the electrical propeller motor, and
the return duct extending between the feeding duct and the opposite second motor end face of the electrical propeller motor,
the tubular section of the motor gondola having a circumferential outer surface that forms a part of the outer surface of the pod housing,
the stator of the electric propeller motor being cooled to water surrounding at least a circumferential section of the circumferential outer surface of the tubular section of the motor gondola through the wall of the tubular section of the motor gondola, and
a gas-liquid heat exchanger arranged in the closed cooling gas circuit between the feeding duct and the return duct for exchanging thermal energy between gas flowing in the closed cooling gas circuit and liquid circulating in at least one cooling liquid circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,429

COWLING FOR OUTBOARD MOTORS HAVING AN AIR INTAKE SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES WATER MANAGEMENT

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A cowling for an outboard motor, the cowling extending from top to bottom in a vertical direction, from port side to starboard side in a lateral direction that is perpendicular to the vertical direction, and from forward side to aftward side in an axial direction that is perpendicular to the vertical direction and perpendicular to the lateral direction, the cowling comprising:port and starboard intake ports that direct flow of intake air into the cowling, the port and starboard intake ports extending downwardly along the aftward side of the cowling and facing outwardly in the lateral direction; and
a duct system located in the cowling, the duct system being configured to receive and convey intake air from the port and starboard intake ports to an intake conduit for the outboard motor;
wherein the duct system comprises port and starboard intake troughs that extend alongside the port and starboard intake ports and redirect the intake air from a generally lateral flow into the port and starboard intake ports to a generally vertically downward flow and then to a generally forward flow towards the intake conduit;
wherein the duct system further comprises port and starboard baffles that extend alongside the port and starboard intake ports and direct flow of water into port and starboard channels located alongside the port and starboard baffles, respectively, wherein the port and starboard channels drain the water by gravity from the outboard motor; and
wherein the port and starboard baffles each comprises an elongated baffle body that has a laterally outer side located proximate to an interior surface of the cowling and an inner side having a raised curved upper surface, wherein the respective port and starboard channels are located laterally between the raised curved upper surface and the interior surface of the cowling.

US Pat. No. 10,336,428

MARINE PROPULSION DEVICES HAVING COOLING WATER SPRAYERS FOR COOLING AN EXHAUST MANIFOLD

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A marine propulsion device comprising an internal combustion engine, an axially elongated exhaust manifold that conveys exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine, and a cooling water sprayer that is configured to spray a flow of cooling water radially outwardly toward an inner diameter of the exhaust manifold and perpendicularly relative to the axially elongated exhaust manifold, wherein the cooling water sprayer comprises an elongated sprayer body that perpendicularly extends into the exhaust manifold and conveys the flow of cooling water radially into the exhaust manifold and a nozzle that sprays the flow of cooling water perpendicularly and radially back outwardly onto the inner diameter in a fan-shaped pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,336,427

SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF OPERATING WATERCRAFT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A watercraft operating system to operate a watercraft including an outboard motor, the watercraft operating system comprising:a remote control that outputs a remote control signal to operate the outboard motor;
a joystick that outputs a joystick signal to operate the outboard motor; and
a controller configured or programmed to receive the remote control signal from the remote control and the joystick signal from the joystick, the controller being further configured or programmed to:
control shifting between forward movement and rearward movement by the outboard motor in response to operation of the remote control and the joystick;
execute first shift shock correction control when shifting between forward movement and rearward movement by the outboard motor in response to operation of the remote control; and
execute second shift shock correction control, different from the first shift shock correction control, when shifting between forward movement and rearward movement by the outboard motor in response to operation of the joystick.

US Pat. No. 10,336,426

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:an outboard motor body including an engine;
a power source;
a trim-tilt device including a first electric motor electrically connected to the power source, the trim-tilt device tilting the outboard motor body in an up-and-down direction;
a steering device including a second electric motor electrically connected to the power source, the steering device turning the outboard motor body in a right-and-left direction;
a fuel pump electrically connected to the power source, the fuel pump supplying a fuel to the engine; and
a controller configured or programmed to limit an inrush current into the first electric motor using a pulse width modulation control for a predetermined period of time from a starting time point of an input current into the first electric motor; wherein
the controller is configured or programmed to perform the pulse width modulation control such that a peak of the input current becomes less than a predetermined value when the trim-tilt device and the steering device are simultaneously driven.

US Pat. No. 10,336,425

VARIABLE RATE OF TURN FOR A TROLLING MOTOR

NAVICO HOLDING AS, Egers...

1. A system comprising:a trolling motor assembly comprising a propulsion motor and a steering actuator, wherein the steering actuator is variable speed and configured to rotate directional alignment of the propulsion motor at a rate of turn in response to an electrical signal;
a navigation control device comprising a user input assembly, wherein the user input assembly is configured to detect user activity related to controlling navigation of the trolling motor assembly, wherein the user input assembly of the navigation control device includes a lever; and
a processor, the processor configured to:
determine a desired rate of turn for the directional alignment of the propulsion motor based on an angle of deflection of the lever corresponding to user activity detected by the user input assembly;
generate a steering input signal, the steering input signal being an electrical signal indicating the desired rate of turn; and
direct the steering actuator, via the steering input signal, to rotate the directional alignment of the propulsion motor at the desired rate of turn.

US Pat. No. 10,336,424

TROLLING MOTOR WITH A TRANSDUCER ARRAY

NAVICO HOLDING AS, Egers...

1. A device comprising:a motor;
a propeller coupled to the motor;
a shaft configured to couple the motor to a watercraft, wherein the shaft is configured to rotate relative to the watercraft, wherein the shaft defines an internal passage; and
a housing that encapsulates the motor, wherein the housing comprises at least one transducer array, wherein the at least one transducer array comprises a phased array configured to transmit one or more sonar beams into an underwater environment, wherein the housing further comprises an orientation sensor configured to measure an orientation of the at least one transducer array relative to the watercraft; and
at least one electrical cable that leads from the transducer array through the internal passage of the shaft to enable electrical signals to be transmitted between the transducer array and a computing device, wherein the electrical cable is contained within the internal passage of the shaft so as to protect the electrical cable while still enabling rotation of the shaft and housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,423

TOP DOWN FURLING SYSTEM AND METHOD

NROB, LLC, Arlington, VA...

1. Apparatus for furling and unfurling a sail, comprising:(a) a housing having an upper end containing an opening for connection with an upper end of a sailboat mast and a lower end including a swivel rotatable relative to said upper end and containing an opening for connection with an upper corner of a sail;
(b) a motor arranged within said housing; and
(c) a clutch arranged within said housing and connected with said motor, whereby when said housing upper and lower ends are connected to a top of a mast and sail, respectively, said motor rotates said swivel in a first direction to furl the sail, and when said clutch is released, said swivel is free to rotate in a second direction opposite said first direction to unfurl the sail.

US Pat. No. 10,336,422

PEDAL-DRIVEN BOAT AND FISHING PLATFORM

1. A boat, comprising:a deck supported by one or more deck floats, and
a paddle wheel cockpit comprising a seat proximal to a pedal-driven paddle wheel adapted to engage water and propel the boat;
wherein the deck and the paddle wheel cockpit are joined by at least one cockpit hinge that allows the paddle wheel cockpit to fold over the deck;
the boat further comprising at least one ballast tank, the ballast tank comprising:
an enclosed volume for holding water, the enclosed volume having an upper portion and a lower portion;
an input port for adding water at the upper portion;
an outlet port for draining water from the lower portion; and
at least one brace for attaching the ballast tank to the boat.

US Pat. No. 10,336,421

PROPELLER AND RELATIVE METHOD FOR FINE ADJUSTING THE FLUID DYNAMIC PITCH OF THE PROPELLER BLADES

MAX PROP S.R.L., Milan (...

1. A propeller comprising:at least one propeller cylindrical casing,
a hub, adapted to be coupled to an engine, and mounted inside said propeller cylindrical casing,
at least one blade rotatable pivoted to said propeller cylindrical casing,
said hub being rotatable with respect to said propeller cylindrical casing, or vice versa, for an at least one non-zero angular interval (?) for the adjustment of the fluid-dynamic pitch of said at least one blade,
said hub comprising at least one contact surface movable between at least one direct or indirect disengagement position, and at least one direct or indirect engagement position with an at least one relative limit stop abutment of said at least one non-zero angular interval (?), and
said limit stop abutment comprising at least one region of at least one movable element arranged in an at least one seat of said propeller cylindrical casing for the modification of the position of said limit stop abutment of said at least one non-zero interval (?),
wherein said at least one movable element is at least partially threaded and installed in said at least one seat comprising at least one threaded portion the region of the movable element acting as at least one limit stop abutment of said at least one angular interval (?) comprises at least the end of said at least one movable element, the rotation with the consequent axial displacement of said threaded movable element in said at least one threaded seat modifying the position of said limit stop abutment of said at least one non-zero angular interval (?),
said hub further comprising adjustment means for adjusting the position of said at least one movable element, in one or more discrete intervals, for modifying the position of said at least one limit stop abutment of said at least one non-zero angular interval (?),
wherein said adjustment means of the position in one or more discrete intervals of said at least one movable element comprises two or more grooves provided on at least part of the surface of said at least one movable element spaced from each other by one or more angular intervals (?) for the definition of said one or more discrete intervals of position adjustment of said at least one movable element,
wherein said adjustment means further comprises at least one block element engaging at least partially with said at least one groove of said movable element and at least partially with a seat of said propeller cylindrical casing,
wherein the two or more grooves spaced from each other by one or more angular intervals (?) provides a division of the rotation and of the axial displacement of the movable element, with a correspondent subdivision of the obtained fluid dynamic pitch values as a function of the movable element displacement, the rotation of the movable element of one or more intervals (?) with the arrangement of a predetermined groove in correspondence with the block element provides a predetermined modification of the fluid-dynamic pitch.

US Pat. No. 10,336,420

SINGLE-JOINT UNDERWATER ROBOT FISH

BOYA GONGDAO (BEIJING) RO...

1. A single-jointed underwater robot fish, comprising:a casing having an outer contour of a bionic fish shape, wherein one end is a front casing, wherein the other end is a bionic fishtail structure, and wherein the front casing and the bionic fishtail structure are connected by an upper casing and a lower casing;
a main board cabin, wherein a front end of the main board cabin is fitted to the inner side of the front casing, wherein a lens group for collecting images, an eccentric anti-shake mechanism for preventing side shake, a main PCB for controlling the motion trajectory and posture, are set in the main board cabin, and wherein the lens group is connected to the eccentric anti-shake mechanism;
a motion control cabin connected to the rear of the main board cabin, wherein a triaxial linkage device for achieving balance adjustment of the pitch posture and left-right postures and a transmission device are set in the motion control cabin, wherein an output of the transmission device is connected to the bionic fishtail structure, and wherein an input of the transmission device is connected with the output of the triaxial linkage device; and
a battery cabin located below the motion control cabin, wherein a lower end of the battery cabin is fixed to the inside of the lower casing, wherein the battery cabin provides a power supply for the main board cabin and the motion control cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,336,419

SHOCK ABSORBING HUB ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF MAKING SHOCK ABSORBING HUB ASSEMBLIES FOR MARINE PROPULSION DEVICES

BRUNSWICK CORPORATION, M...

1. A shock absorbing hub assembly for a marine propulsion device having a propeller shaft and a propeller hub, the shock absorbing hub assembly comprising:an adapter component having an inner bore that mates with a splined outer surface of the propeller shaft, the adapter component having a body comprising opposite first and second end portions, wherein the first end portion has an outer diameter with a plurality of axially extending engagement surfaces for engaging stop surfaces on an inner diameter of the propeller hub, and wherein the second end portion has an outer diameter with a continuously smooth surface such that the second end portion has a circular cross-section; and
an elastic hub component over-molded onto only the continuously smooth surface of the outer diameter of the second end portion of the body, the elastic hub component having a plurality of planar outer engagement surfaces that abut a plurality of corresponding inner engagement surfaces on an inner bore of the propeller hub;
wherein upon initial rotation of the propeller shaft, the elastic hub component deflects so as to allow the adapter component to rotationally travel with respect to the propeller hub such that said initial rotation of the propeller shaft does not cause corresponding rotation of the propeller hub;
wherein upon further rotation of the propeller shaft, the plurality of axially extending engagement surfaces on the adapter component engages with the stop surfaces on the inner diameter of the propeller hub such that said further rotation of the propeller shaft causes corresponding rotation of the propeller hub; and
wherein the elastic hub component has a spring rate that is small enough to reduce rattle of a clutch associated with the marine propulsion device and yet large enough to isolate shift clunk of a transmission associated with the marine propulsion device.

US Pat. No. 10,336,418

SHOCK ABSORBER FOR PROPELLER UNIT, PROPELLER UNIT, AND VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A propeller unit for connection to a propeller shaft of a vessel propulsion apparatus, the propeller unit comprising:an inner hub that includes a rib provided on an inner peripheral surface of the inner hub;
an outer hub that is disposed and connected to the inner hub coaxially with the inner hub and that includes a plurality of blades provided on an outer peripheral surface of the outer hub;
a bushing for connection to the propeller shaft and that includes a rib provided on an outer peripheral surface of the bushing; and
a shock absorber to be driven by the propeller shaft and that includes a damper made of an elastic material, the damper being disposed between the outer peripheral surface of the bushing of the propeller unit and the inner peripheral surface of the inner hub of the propeller unit, the damper including:
a first portion facing the rib of the bushing in a circumferential direction of the bushing;
a second portion facing the rib of the inner hub in the circumferential direction; and
a connector by which the first portion and the second portion are connected to each other; wherein
neither the rib of the inner hub nor the rib of the bushing is located between the first portion of the damper and the second portion of the damper;
a deformation-absorbing space is defined between the first portion and the second portion in a state in which the damper has not been elastically deformed by relative rotation between the bushing and the inner hub;
the deformation-absorbing space is deformable such that the first portion and the second portion approach each other in a state in which the damper has been elastically deformed by relative rotation between the bushing and the inner hub;
the inner hub includes a flange that is disposed at a rear end of the inner hub, extends inwardly in the radial direction, and restricts a movement of the bushing in an axial direction of the inner hub by contact between the flange and the bushing; and
the first portion is cylindrical and the second portion is cylindrical.

US Pat. No. 10,336,417

REMOTELY OPERATED VEHICLE CONTROL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

Oceaneering International...

1. A remotely operated vehicle control communication system, comprising:a. a signal transmission pathway configured for use subsea at a first data transmission speed and at a second data transmission speed, either separately or concurrently;
b. a system controller;
c. a first data communication module, comprising:
i. a first housing;
ii. a first data connector configured to operatively couple with the signal transmission pathway, the first data connector comprising a first set of connections operative at the first data transmission speed and a second set of connections operative at the second data transmission speed;
iii. a first signal protocol transceiver disposed at least partially within the first housing and operatively in communication with the first data connector and the system controller, the first signal protocol transceiver configured to use a first data protocol at the first data transmission speed over the signal transmission pathway;
iv. a second signal protocol transceiver disposed at least partially within the first housing and operatively in communication with the first data connector and the system controller, the second signal protocol transceiver configured to use a second data protocol at the second data transmission speed faster than the first data transmission speed over the signal transmission pathway; and
d. a remotely operated vehicle module, comprising:
i. a second housing configured to be disposed at least partially within a remotely operated vehicle, the second housing further configured for use subsea;
ii. a second data connector configured to operatively couple with the signal transmission pathway, the second data connector comprising a third set of connections operative at the first data transmission speed and a fourth set of connections operative at the second data transmission speed;
iii. a third signal protocol transceiver disposed at least partially within the second housing and operatively in communication with the second data connector, the signal transmission pathway, and the first signal protocol transceiver, the third signal protocol transceiver configured to use the first data protocol at the first data transmission speed over the signal transmission pathway, the third signal protocol transceiver further configured to operatively interface with a first device subsea; and
iv. a fourth signal protocol transceiver disposed at least partially within the second housing operatively in communication with the second data connector, the signal transmission pathway, and the second signal protocol transceiver, the fourth signal protocol transceiver configured to use the second data protocol at the second data transmission speed over the signal transmission pathway, the fourth signal protocol transceiver further configured to operatively interface with a second device subsea.

US Pat. No. 10,336,416

SURFBOARD ACCESSORY FOR SURFBOARD RETENTION AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

1. A surfboard accessory comprising:a hybrid surfboard leash tourniquet;
wherein said hybrid surfboard leash tourniquet comprises
a surfboard leash cuff band;
a surfboard leash cuff band fastener carried on said surfboard leash cuff band for closing the cuff band in a loop around an ankle of a surfer;
a surfboard leash cord attachment or interface configured to releaseably or permanently attach a surfboard leash cord to said surfboard leash cuff band; and
a tourniquet strap tensioner; and
wherein said tourniquet strap tensioner is carried on said surfboard leash cuff band in addition to said surfboard leash cuff band fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,336,415

WATERCRAFT LIFT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Autolift, LLC, Walker, M...

1. A watercraft lift system for placement in a body of water, comprising:a cradle assembly including longitudinally-extending first and second cradle rails, the cradle rails oriented substantially parallel to one another; and
at least one side guide longitudinally-extending in a direction substantially parallel to the first and second cradle rails and connected to the cradle assembly such that the first cradle rail and the at least one side guide move together,
wherein both the first cradle rail and the at least one side guide are movable in a lateral direction, which is generally parallel to a surface of the body of water and generally perpendicular to the direction of their longitudinal extensions, between a watercraft-receiving position and a watercraft-received position when a watercraft is positioned within the watercraft lift system's confines.

US Pat. No. 10,336,414

OPEN/NON-CLOSED, BUOYANT HULL COLLAR ASSEMBLIES

ARMOR INDUSTRIES, LLC, D...

1. An open/non-closed hull collar assembly, comprising:a hull collar structure that includes:
a gunwale;
an outboard boundary that extends in an outward lateral direction from a lower hull portion and that extends in a longitudinal direction from the lower hull portion such that at least a portion of the hull collar structure is at least partially included in a freeboard portion of a boat hull; and
an inboard boundary that extends from the gunwale a portion of a distance to a deck such that the hull collar structure is at least partially open or non-closed to an inner hull volume; and
a foam module that is comprised of a non-expansive, closed cell foam, the foam module being shaped for disposition within the hull collar structure.

US Pat. No. 10,336,413

KITE CONTROL BAR WITH INTEGRATED LINE ADJUSTMENT MEANS

OCEAN RODEO SPORTS INC., ...

1. A kite control bar comprising:a control bar body having a line guide along an exterior surface of the control bar with a fixed pawl towards one end;
a reel pivotally mounted towards the one end of the control bar body, the reel having a shaft with a knob on the shaft to enable manual rotation of the reel, the reel having a ratchet gear, the reel being pivotally movable from an engaged position in which the ratchet gear of the reel is engaged with the pawl on the control bar body thereby preventing rotation of the reel and a disengaged position in which the ratchet gear of the reel is disengaged from the pawl on the control bar body thereby allowing rotation of the reel;
and at least one control line passing along the line guide of the control bar body and engaged with the reel, the reel being biased into the engaged position, the reel being moved from the engaged position to the disengaged position by pushing the knob away from a center of the control bar body.

US Pat. No. 10,336,412

ADJUSTABLE AREA KITE OR WING

1. A kite wing to power movement of a person, comprising:a frame comprising a leading edge support and a plurality of struts extending rearward from the leading edge support;
a flexible main canopy comprising a leading edge attached to the leading edge support of the frame and a trailing edge; and
at least one flexible kite sizing section adjustably attached to the flexible main canopy, wherein the at least one flexible kite sizing section is adjustable to change an area of the kite, including an area of at least a first wing tip section of the kite by adjusting a position of the trailing edge from a first position to a second position wherein a contour of the trailing edge at the second position generally parallels a contour of the trailing edge at the first position such that a normal distance between points on the contour of the trailing edge at the first position and the contour of the trailing edge at the second position vary by less than 20% from an average normal distance.

US Pat. No. 10,336,410

MARINE VESSEL WITH MOVING CONTROL UNIT

1. A water vessel comprising:the water vessel comprising a forward region and an aft region;
a control unit movably affixed to the vessel;
wherein the control unit is movable between the aft region and the forward region;
a securing system selectively securing the control unit to the hull;
a plurality of parallel longitudinally aligned channels extending from the forward region to the aft region;
a clamp rail mounted in each channel; and
the upper surface of the clamp rail is substantially even with the upper surface channel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,409

STORAGE ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A storage assembly for a vehicle, the storage assembly comprising:an outer compartment defined by an outer peripheral wall and an outer compartment lid when in a closed position, the outer compartment lid operatively connected to the outer peripheral wall and being moveable between an open position providing access to an interior of the outer compartment and the closed position blocking access to the interior of the outer compartment; and
an inner compartment integrally formed within the outer compartment and enclosed thereby, the inner compartment being defined by an inner peripheral wall and an inner compartment lid when in a closed position, the inner compartment lid being operatively connected to the inner peripheral wall and being moveable between an open position providing access to an interior of the inner compartment and the closed position blocking access to the interior of the inner compartment, and a sealing assembly for sealing the interior of the inner compartment when the inner compartment lid is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,408

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR LOCKING ROPE WINCH

1. A method for locking a rope winch, characterised in that a locking bolt (6) is inserted when a rope drum (1) of the rope winch is stopped;first, said inserting is performed through one of two holes (5) in a first lug (4);
then said inserting is performed through one of multiple arched cuttings (3) on a wheel (2) of the rope drum (1) of the rope winch; and
finally said inserting is performed through one of two holes (5) in a second lug (4), then the locking bolt (6) is secured in position with a nut (7).

US Pat. No. 10,336,407

POOL FLOTATION TETHER ASSEMBLY

1. A pool floatation tether assembly, comprising:a foam float having a lower layer and an upper layer, the lower layer and the upper layer being formed from a celled foam material, the foam density of the lower layer being different from the foam density of the upper layer, the float is configured so that a top surface of the lower layer remains above the surface of a body of liquid water, the lower layer extends beneath and outward around a periphery of the upper layer;
an anchor having a fastener, the fastener releasably secures the anchor to a wall in a pool; and
a tether formed from a rigid member being coupled between the foam float and the anchor, the tether passing through the anchor under interference fit so as to create a binding force that minimizes movement of the foam float in the liquid water, the tether coupled to the lower layer outside the periphery of the upper layer; and
a cut-out configured to act as a receptacle for an object, the cut-out configured to be cylindrical in shape and pass through the upper layer, the cut-out is bounded by a portion of the lower layer, the upper layer being thicker than the lower layer, the thickness of the lower layer within the cut-out being the same as the thickness of the lower layer extending around the periphery of the upper layer.

US Pat. No. 10,336,406

TENSION HELD COVER

Dowco, Inc., Manitowoc, ...

1. A covering for a boat with a walk through windshield, the covering comprising:a fabric sized to cover at least a portion of the boat;
a securing means coupled to the fabric and configured to be attached to the vehicle for securing the fabric to the boat; and
a tensioning means coupled to the fabric, the tensioning means further comprising a tightening mechanism, the tightening mechanism located on an underside of the fabric for creating a generally taut fabric;
wherein, when the fabric is taut, the fabric forms generally inclined surfaces with low points where the fabric is secured to the boat and at least one high point at the walk through windshield such that water will run off the fabric and at least one side of the boat.

US Pat. No. 10,336,405

REMOVABLE COVER

1. A marine cover for reducing line abrasion against support structures comprising a material with a gripper portion attached to an outward surface defined by a cover body formed from nylon, the gripper portion defining a coefficient of friction of at least 3.0 N while either wet or dry, and a pair of straps connected to the cover body, wherein the straps may be selectively tightened by at least one tensioning member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,404

METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A FLOATING WIND TURBINE PLATFORM

University of Maine Syste...

1. A method of assembling a floating wind turbine platform comprising:assembling a keystone from pre-formed concrete sections of the keystone, the keystone defining a hollow central cavity;
assembling a plurality of buoyant bottom beams from pre-formed concrete sections of the bottom beams, a proximal end of each bottom beam attached to the keystone and extending radially outward of the keystone, the keystone and the plurality of bottom beams defining a base assembly, wherein each buoyant bottom beam includes a plurality of walls defining a ballast chamber therein, and wherein longitudinal axes of each of the plurality of bottom beams are coplanar;
post-tensioning the keystone to each bottom beam along a longitudinal axis of each bottom beam;
assembling a center column upwardly and perpendicularly on the base assembly from pre-formed sections of the center column;
assembling outer columns upwardly and perpendicularly on a distal end of each bottom beam of the base assembly from pre-formed sections of the outer columns;
longitudinally post-tensioning the center column and the outer columns to the base assembly;
assembling a tower on the center column from pre-formed sections of the tower; and
assembling a wind turbine on the tower, thereby defining the floating wind turbine platform.

US Pat. No. 10,336,403

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FUEL SAVINGS AND SAFE OPERATION OF MARINE STRUCTURE

CYTRONIQ CO., LTD., (KR)...

1. A method for monitoring or controlling an operation of a marine structure, the method comprising:(1) measuring, by one or more inertial measurement units, 6-dof motion data of a marine structure indicative of an internal or external force applied to the marine structure in an actual voyage of the marine structure, and storing, by a computer, measured 6-dof motion data obtained from said one or more inertial measurement units in a database, wherein said one or more inertial measurement units includes at least one of a gyroscope or a fiber bragg grating;
(2) accumulating, by the computer, data about a response of the marine structure according to the internal or external force, generating by the computer, a look-up table based on the accumulated data, and storing, by the computer, the look-up table in the database;
(3) generating, by the computer, a response of the marine structure to the internal or external force applied to the marine structure based on a comparison of the measured data of the internal or external force applied to the marine structure obtained in the step (1) with the accumulated data about the internal or external force applied to the marine structure obtained in the step (2); and
(4) controlling, by the computer, a posture or reaction of the marine structure in real time according to the response of the marine structure to the internal or external force applied to the marine structure.

US Pat. No. 10,336,401

BICYCLE CRANK ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle crank assembly comprising:a crank arm including a crank-axle-mounting portion;
a sprocket including a sprocket body and a plurality of sprocket teeth provided on an outer periphery of the sprocket body;
a crank axle; and
a fixing member including a base portion, a projection and a first thread, wherein
the projection extends radially outwardly from an outer periphery of the base portion with respect to a rotational center axis of the bicycle crank assembly,
the projection is configured to prevent the sprocket from moving relative to the crank axle in an axial direction parallel to the rotational center axis,
the fixing member includes a contact part provided on an inner periphery of the base portion, and
the contact part is configured to contact the crank axle in a state where the first thread of the fixing member is engaged with a second thread provided on the crank arm.

US Pat. No. 10,336,400

BICYCLE TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle transmission control apparatus comprising:a controller configured to change a gear ratio of a transmission based on at least one of a seat height of a bicycle seat relative to a bicycle frame and a change of the seat height relative to the bicycle frame, or configured to adjust a shift table for shifting the transmission based on at least one of the seat height relative to the bicycle frame and the change of the seat height relative to the bicycle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,336,399

STEERING ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTORCYCLE HAVING A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Radial Engine Innovations...

1. A motorcycle comprising:a motorcycle frame;
at least two ground-engaging wheels operatively connected to the motorcycle frame; wherein the at least two ground-engaging wheels are a hubless configuration;
a steering assembly comprising:
handlebars;
an upper steering stem;
a lower steering stem; and
a lever assembly intermediate the upper steering stem and the lower steering stem;
wherein the steering assembly is operably connected to a front ground-engaging wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,398

REAR SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR A BICYCLE

CMH Plus Holdings Ltd., ...

1. A bicycle suspension system for attaching a rear wheel with a rear wheel axle defining a rear wheel axis of rotation, to a front triangle, being a component of a bicycle, equipped with the suspension system, having a bottom bracket defining a bottom bracket axis of rotation, the bicycle having a right side being on the right hand side when the bicycle is viewed from the rear, the bicycle suspension system comprising:a rear triangle to which the rear wheel axle is mounted;
a first link:
pivotally connected to a front triangle at a first link front triangle pivot defining a first link front triangle pivot axis; and
pivotally connected to the rear triangle at a first link rear triangle pivot defining a first link rear triangle pivot axis;
a second link:
pivotally connected to the front triangle at a second link front triangle pivot defining a second link front triangle pivot axis; and
pivotally connected to the rear triangle at a second link rear triangle pivot defining a second link rear triangle pivot axis; and
a shock absorber device directly or indirectly interconnected between two of the front triangle, rear triangle, first link and second link, for resiliently impeding relative movement of the suspension system from an unloaded at-rest position;wherein:the suspension system has a travel being a range of movement of the rear wheel axle from the unloaded at-rest position to a full compression position;
the rear triangle defines an instant centre; and
with a bicycle equipped with the suspension system, resting on a horizontal surface, with the suspension system at 20% to 35% of travel from the unloaded at-rest position:
the first link front triangle pivot axis and the second link front triangle pivot axis are no higher than a horizontal line passing through the instant centre; and
a front triangle pivot line passing through the first link front triangle pivot axis and the second link front triangle pivot axis is substantially horizontal.

US Pat. No. 10,336,397

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC MOTORCYCLE FRAME

1. A motorcycle frame comprising:a frame member having an enclosed chamber;
an adjustable mechanism situated within the enclosed chamber;
an actuator coupled to the adjustable mechanism and operable to actuate the adjustable mechanism within the enclosed chamber so as to stiffen the frame member;
and
a controller coupled to the actuator and operable to control the actuator, wherein the controller is configurable to determine a condition during operation of the motorcycle frame and to dynamically adjust stiffness of the frame member in response to the condition; and
wherein the adjustable mechanism comprises a hydraulic chamber mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,336,396

BICYCLE HANDLE

ERGON INTERNATIONAL GMBH,...

1. A bicycle handle comprising:an inner sleeve,
a handle element surrounding the inner sleeve, and
a clamping element which surrounds the inner sleeve in a clamping region,
wherein the clamping element is at least partly surrounded by a protective sleeve that is connected to the inner sleeve, and
wherein, between the inner sleeve and the protective sleeve, a slit is formed that is open to the outer side of the bicycle handle and serves to receive the clamping element.

US Pat. No. 10,336,395

FOLDABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

SHENZHEN CITY BOWMI INTEL...

1. A foldable electric vehicle, comprising a main beam (1), a cross beam (3), a bracket (4), a forward/backward movable saddle (5), and a pin (7) disposed at a junction between a lower end of the bracket (4) and the main beam (1) and connecting the bracket (4) to the main beam (1), a supporting post (8) disposed at the lower end of the bracket (4), the bracket (4) and the supporting post (8) rotating about the pin (7), an angle formed between the supporting post (8) and the bracket (4) that is less than 180°, and a towing wheel (9) disposed at a lower end of the supporting post (8) and connected to the supporting post (8).

US Pat. No. 10,336,394

FOLDABLE TRICYCLE

Radio Flyer Inc., Chicag...

1. A tricycle comprising:a front frame assembly having a main frame tube, a front fork, a front wheel rotatably connected to the front fork, a seat connected to the main frame tube, and a handlebar assembly coupled to the fork to allow for steering of the tricycle, wherein the front fork and front wheel support a forward portion of the front frame assembly;
a rear frame assembly connected to the main frame tube adjacent a rear portion of the front frame assembly to support the rear portion of the front frame assembly, the rear frame assembly having two wheels; and,
a restraint hoop connected to the seat and extending toward the front fork, the restraint hoop having a first hoop arm and a second hoop arm, the restraint hoop further having a tray extending from the first hoop arm to the second hoop arm, the tray having a first end and a second end, the first end of the tray being removably connected to the first hoop arm, the second end of the tray having a pivot member to allow the first end of the tray to pivot away from the first hoop arm when the first end is disconnected from the first hoop arm to allow for insertion and removal of a child from the seat, wherein the restraint hoop has a first end connected to the seat and a second end connected to the seat, and wherein the restraint hoop further has a connection member removably connected to one of the handle bar assembly and the front frame assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,336,393

ELECTRIC BICYCLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An electric bicycle comprising:a motor;
a controller;
a heart rate monitor programmed to communicate a heart rate signal representing a heart rate of an occupant to the controller; and
the controller being programmed to receive a destination distance of the electric bicycle relative to a predetermined destination;
the controller being programmed to provide instruction to increase power to the motor during a final stretch of a journey to the predetermined destination based at least on the heart rate signal and the destination distance.

US Pat. No. 10,336,392

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HANGZHOU CHIC INTELLIGENT...

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a top cover comprising a first top cover and a second top cover disposed symmetrically and rotatable relative to each other;
a bottom cover fixed to the top cover, the bottom cover comprising a first bottom cover and a second bottom cover disposed symmetrically and rotatable relative to each other;
an inner cover fixed between the top cover and the bottom cover, the inner cover comprising a first inner cover and a second inner cover disposed symmetrically and rotatable relative to each other;
a rotating mechanism fixed between the first inner cover and the second inner cover;
two wheels rotatably fixed at two sides of the inner cover, respectively;
two hub motors fixed in the two wheels, respectively;
a plurality of sensors disposed between the bottom cover and the inner cover;
a power supply fixed between the first bottom cover and the first inner cover; and
a controller fixed between the second bottom cover and the second inner cover, wherein the controller is electrically connected with the plurality of sensors, the power supply, and the hub motors, the power supply and the controller are disposed at a side of the inner cover, the side is adjacent to the bottom cover, and the controller controls the hub motors to drive the corresponding wheels to rotate according to sensing signals transmitted by the sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,336,391

STEERING SYSTEM OF SMALL MOBILITY

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A steering system of a small mobility, applied to one of a front wheel portion and a rear wheel portion connected to a body of the small mobility, comprising:a main link member connected to the body through a plurality of main link arms to move left and right casters in the forward and backward directions due to link movement of the main link arms when the body center of gravity is moved to the left and right directions; and
a sub link member connected to the caster through a hub shaft when connected to the main link member through a plurality of sub link arms and configured to change a steering angle of the left and right casters moved by the main link member through link movement of the respective sub link arm.

US Pat. No. 10,336,390

TWO-WHEELER STANDING VEHICLE

1. A two-wheeler vehicle comprising:a steerable front wheel having a front wheel diameter df of at least 16? or 400 mm, the front wheel defining a front rotation plane when neutrally steered, for advancing in straight line, and defining a front wheel ground contact point;
a fixed back wheel having a back wheel diameter db smaller than or equal to the front wheel diameter, the back wheel defining a back rotation plane coincident with the front rotation plane and defining a back wheel ground contact point, a distance between the back wheel ground contact point and the front wheel contact point being smaller than or equal to (12? or 300 mm+?df·db);
a steering mechanism, defining a steering axis intersecting ground at a steering axis ground contact point, wherein a trail distance between the steering axis ground contact point and the front wheel ground contact point is between 5% and 10% of the front wheel diameter, the steering mechanism comprising:
a fork engaging the front wheel at a front wheel center thereof;
a yoke; and
a handlebar mechanically linked to the fork through the yoke for steering the front wheel; and
a frame, interconnecting the yoke and the back wheel at a back wheel center thereof, comprising:
a standing mechanism providing at least one footboard, below the back wheel center, extending from the frame laterally.

US Pat. No. 10,336,389

WINDSCREEN WIPER ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

1. Windscreen assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a windscreen panel group comprising a windscreen panel and a support structure to support the windscreen panel; and
a wiper group comprising a wiper, a drive motor group to operate the wiper, a tank for a liquid, and a pump operationally connected to the tank;
wherein said wiper group is supported by the windscreen panel group and said windscreen group is configured to be removably coupled to a frame of said vehicle; and
wherein said windscreen assembly can be mounted and dismounted as an integral unit to and from the vehicle by mounting and dismounting said support structure to and from the vehicle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,336,388

FOLDABLE FENDER FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A fender for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first fender section and a second fender section; and
two pin-shaped connection elements,
wherein
the second fender section is rotatably connected to the first fender section so as to be able to rotate at least between an operational position and an open position,
the rotatable connection between the second fender section and the first fender section is provided by the two pin-shaped connection elements, and
the second fender section overlaps a support portion of the first fender section extending away from a rotation axis between the two pin-shaped connection elements toward the second fender section.

US Pat. No. 10,336,387

PASSENGER SEAT FOR A VEHICLE

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A vehicle comprising:a frame;
a passenger presence sensor mounted to the frame;
a seat assembly being removably connected to the frame and comprising:
a driver seat disposed on the frame;
a passenger seat disposed on the frame rearward of the driver seat, at least the passenger seat being selectively disposed on the frame; and
a rigid passenger presence responsive member (PPRM) being etained irn the passenger seat and movable with respect to the frame between at least a first position and a second. position responsive to a weight of a passenger seated on the passenger seat,
the PPRM being coupled to the passenger presence sensor in at least one of the first and second positions, the passenger presence sensor being thereby configured to detect a presence of the passenger.

US Pat. No. 10,336,386

SADDLE DEVICE

1. A saddle device comprising:a first seat unit having a track portion that extends in a front-rear direction, a front mounting portion that is disposed in front of said track portion, and a rear mounting end portion that is located opposite to said front mounting portion in the front-rear direction, and that is located behind said track portion;
a second seat unit mounted to and disposed behind said first seat unit, and movable on said first seat unit in the front-rear direction;
a saddle unit mounted to said second seat unit, and having a front end portion unit and a top surface unit; and
an elongate backrest removably mounted to said seat unit, and having two long sides, and two short sides that are connected between said long sides,
wherein, when said backrest is mounted to said front mounting portion of said seat unit, said short sides are spaced apart from each other in the front-rear direction, and at least one of said short sides is located in front of said front end portion unit of said saddle unit, and when said backrest is mounted to said rear mounting end portion of said seat unit, said long sides are spaced apart from each other in a top-bottom direction which is perpendicular to the front-rear direction, and at least one of said long sides is located above said top surface unit of said saddle unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,385

PROXIMITY-BASED BICYCLE ALARM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An alarm system comprising:a touch sensor electrically connected to a vehicle frame coated with an electrically conductive material, wherein the touch sensor is configured to output an alarm signal based on a proximity of a person to the vehicle frame;
a communication module configured to receive signals from a remote device; and
a controller programmed to selectively enable and disable the touch sensor in response to signals received from the remote device.

US Pat. No. 10,336,384

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE AND FOR OPERATING A MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method by a vehicle, comprising:the vehicle driving between a plurality of manufacturing stations within a vehicle manufacturing facility;
receiving, by a computer of the vehicle, via an interface, and from an external system of the manufacturing facility, an identification of one of a plurality of parking positions of a parking facility;
subsequent to the driving between the plurality of manufacturing stations, the computer of the vehicle autonomously driving from one of the plurality of manufacturing stations to the identified one of the plurality of parking positions; and
the vehicle recording and storing vehicle data regarding how the vehicle operated during the driving to the identified one of the plurality of parking positions, the stored data being inspectable to determine whether the vehicle's autonomous driving functionality has been correctly implemented by the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,383

COMPONENT FOR A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vehicle component, comprising:a vehicle body component, wherein
the vehicle body component has at least one test portion arranged in a predetermined region of the vehicle body component,
the at least one test portion is connected integrally to the vehicle body component via at least one connecting element extending in a first direction between the at least one test portion and the vehicle body component, and
the at least one connecting element is configured as a predetermined breaking point having substantially equal dimensions in directions orthogonal to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,382

TRACK VEHICLE WITH FLUIDLY DAMPED IDLER RECOIL SYSTEM

CNH Industrial America LL...

11. An idler system for a track vehicle, comprising:an idler wheel;
a tensioner coupled to said idler wheel;
a recoiler coupled to said tensioner; and
a fluid damper mechanically coupled to said tensioner and said recoiler, said fluid damper comprising:
a fluid chamber having a first port and a second port;
a piston coupled to at least one of said tensioner and said recoiler within said fluid chamber, said piston splitting said fluid chamber into a first sub-chamber fluidly coupled to said first port and a second sub-chamber fluidly coupled to said second port; and
a restriction circuit fluidly connected to said first port and said second port and configured to form a closed fluid circuit, said restriction circuit configured to permit a substantially unrestricted fluid flow through said closed fluid circuit from the first port toward the second port when said piston moves in a first direction and a restricted fluid flow through said closed fluid circuit when said piston moves in a second direction opposite to said first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,381

TOE CONTROL FOR ADJUSTABLE AXLE

GVM, Inc., Biglerville, ...

1. A method of regulating the operation of a vehicle axle system, the vehicle axle system including at least one adjustable axle having at least one axle cylinder and a steering assembly including at least one steering cylinder connected thereto, an axle management system including a microcontroller having a microprocessor, a memory, and a sensor, the method comprising:receiving, by the axle management system, at least one desired axle position, based on a crop row spacing;
receiving, by the axle management system, at least one measured axle position, from at least one sensor;
determining, by the axle management system, if the measured axle position is within a predetermined tolerance threshold of the desired axle position;
regulating, by the axle management system, the position of the at least one adjustable axle, based on the at least one desired axle position;
wherein regulating the position of the at least one adjustable axle causes adjustment of the position of the at least one adjustable axle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,380

ROCKER BOGIE

Tokyo Metropolitan Indust...

5. A rocker bogie, comprising:a first base including a first wheel, a second wheel, and a third wheel each of which is configured to be in contact with a first flat surface;
a second base including a fourth wheel which is configured to be in contact with the first flat surface;
a rotary shaft connecting the first base and the second base to each other such that the second base is rotatable with respect to the first base; and
a structure placed on the second base, wherein
the rotary shaft is parallel to a first straight line which connects a rotation center of the first wheel and a rotation center of the second wheel to each other and is disposed between a rotation center of the third wheel and the first straight line in a forward-rearward direction,
the fourth wheel is disposed at an opposite position to the third wheel across the first straight line, and
when viewed in a right-left direction, a ratio of a distance from a support shaft of the third wheel to the rotary shaft in the forward-rearward direction to a distance from the first straight line to the rotary shaft in the forward-rearward direction is 2:1, and
a center of gravity of the entire rocker bogie including the structure is positioned immediately above the first straight line,
in the case where, when viewed in the right-left direction, a distance in the forward-rearward direction from a projected point of the center of the gravity on the first flat surface to a projected line of the rotary shaft on the first flat surface is defined as “c”, and a distance in the forward-rearward direction from the support shaft of the fourth wheel to the projected point of the center of the gravity on the first flat surface is defined as “d2”,
c:d2=1:3 is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,336,379

VEHICLE REAR SUSPENSION SYSTEM

NIKOLA MOTOR COMPANY LLC,...

1. A rear suspension system for a vehicle, the rear suspension system comprising:a knuckle for supporting a rear wheel of the vehicle, the knuckle defining an opening that extends laterally through the knuckle;
two suspension devices configured to be connected to the vehicle and an upper portion of the knuckle, such that each suspension device is oriented along an upright axis when the rear suspension system is mounted on the vehicle; and
a control arm having a first portion configured to he connected to the vehicle and a second portion configured to extend between the axes of the suspension devices and directly into the opening of the knuckle when the rear suspension system is mounted on the vehicle, wherein the second portion of the control arm is connectable to a laterally facing outboard face of the knuckle when the rear suspension system is mounted on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,378

ADJUSTABLE TAILGATE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a bed having first and second side panels;
a tailgate rotatably secured to the bed along a horizontal axis and having a plurality of extruded sections that are arranged in a longitudinally extending chain, each section extending laterally between the first and second side panels and adjacent sections of the plurality of extruded sections being secured to each other via hinges that rotate about axes that are substantially parallel to the horizontal axis, wherein the adjacent sections are configured to rotate about the hinges between longitudinally aligned positions to substantially perpendicular positions relative to each other; and
a first set of latching mechanisms configured to secure adjacent sections in the longitudinally aligned positions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,377

WORK VEHICLE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a vehicle body frame;
a prime mover part located on a front part or a rear part of the vehicle body frame;
a bonnet configured to open and close by swinging, and covering the prime mover part; and
an assist unit configured to assist an operation to open the bonnet,
wherein
the bonnet is an integrated member in which: an end cover located on one end part of the vehicle body frame in a front-rear direction, and covering one end part of the prime mover part in the front-rear direction; left and right side covers covering lateral side parts of the prime mover part; and an upper cover covering an upper part of the prime mover part are integrally joined, and is configured to open and close by swinging about a pivot shaft that is located on one end part of the vehicle body frame in the left-right direction and is orientated in a left-right direction,
a lateral end portion of the vehicle body frame is provided with a first linkage part with which the assist unit is linked,
a lateral end portion of a lower end part of the bonnet is provided with a second linkage part with which the assist unit is linked, the lateral end portion of the bonnet being located closer to the end cover than the first linkage part is, and
the assist unit is provided with an expansion/contraction mechanism biased so as to expand, and is located laterally outside the prime mover part and spans the first linkage part and the second linkage part,
wherein the assist unit is provided with: a guide member that is located on a portion of the vehicle body frame that is located closer to the end cover than the first linkage part is; and a linkage member that spans the guide member and the second linkage part.

US Pat. No. 10,336,376

FRONT VEHICLE-BODY STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A front vehicle-body structure of a vehicle, comprising:a front frame extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction and having a rectangular closed cross-section, the front frame comprising a first plate and a second plate which are spaced apart, in a vehicle width direction, from each other and respectively extend in a vertical direction;
an apron reinforcement extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction and arranged above and on an outward side, in the vehicle width direction, of the front frame;
a suspension housing connecting the front frame and the apron reinforcement, to which a suspension component is attached; and
a reinforcing member arranged in the rectangular closed cross-section of the front frame and joined to the front frame,
wherein said suspension housing comprises an open cross-section extending in the vehicle width direction and interconnecting said front frame and said apron reinforcement,
said open cross-section of the suspension housing includes a high-rigidity portion extending in the vehicle width direction,
a lower end portion of said high-rigidity portion is directly connected to one of said first and second plates of the front frame on an outside of the rectangular closed cross-section of the front frame,
said suspension housing further comprises a lower-end connection portion which is directly connected to the other of said first and second plates of the front frame on the outside of the rectangular closed cross-section of the front frame, the lower-end connection portion being provided to be spaced apart, in the vehicle width direction, from said lower end portion of the high-rigidity portion,
an end portion, on the side of said front frame, of said open cross-section faces an upper face of said front frame having a gap, and
said reinforcing member is joined to each inner face of said rectangular closed cross-section of the front frame at or near a position which is continuous to an end portion, on the side of said front frame, of said high-rigidity portion.

US Pat. No. 10,336,375

PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A pillar structure comprising:a pillar inner panel extending in an up-down direction of a vehicle at a side part of the vehicle; and
an outer reinforcement including a flange portion located at a more vehicle-outward position than the pillar inner panel in a vehicle-width direction, an outer portion located at a more vehicle-outward position than the flange portion, and a coupling portion coupling the flange portion to the outer portion, the flange portion being welded to the pillar inner panel, the outer portion having a thicknesses that varies in the up-down direction of the vehicle, the outer reinforcement forming a closed cross section with the pillar inner panel, wherein
between a thick-plate region where a thickness of the outer portion is more than a predetermined thickness and the flange portion, the outer reinforcement has a plate-thickness gradual change region where a thickness of the outer reinforcement gradually changes in a front-rear direction of the vehicle such that a thickness of the flange portion becomes equal to or less than a thickness of the thick-plate region.

US Pat. No. 10,336,374

VEHICLE REAR PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle rear portion structure comprising:a rocker that is disposed at a vehicle transverse direction outer side of a floor portion of a vehicle body, and that extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction as seen from a vehicle vertical direction;
a rear side member that has a front portion, which is disposed at a vehicle transverse direction inner side of the rocker and is disposed at a position overlapping the rocker as seen from a vehicle transverse direction, and a rear portion, which extends from the front portion toward a vehicle rear side and extends in the vehicle longitudinal direction as seen from the vehicle vertical direction; and
a closed cross-section structural portion that is structured to include a portion of the rocker and a portion of the front portion, that is interposed between the rocker and the front portion, that extends in the vehicle longitudinal direction, and that has a closed cross-sectional shape seen from the vehicle longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,373

LATERAL ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEM

Thunder Power New Energy ...

1. A lateral energy absorption system, comprising:a first carbon structure, comprising:
a first plurality of carbon tubes, wherein
the first plurality of carbon tubes comprise a first end with a first width and a second end with a second width, the first width being greater than the second with,
the first plurality of carbon tubes defines a first taper between the second end and the first end such that between the first and second ends the carbon first structure tapers at an acute angle, wherein the first taper of the carbon tubes facilitates crumpling of the first plurality of carbon tubes during an impact, and
the first plurality of carbon tubes include a first carbon tube having hexagonal shape, a second carbon tube having a circular shape, and a third carbon tube having a rectangular shape;
a first plurality of carbon flanges configured to connect the carbon tubes together, wherein the first plurality of flanges have varying lengths; and
a second plurality of cross supporting members coupling to and extending between the first plurality of carbon tubes in a direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the first plurality of flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,336,372

VEHICLE FRAME AND VEHICLE HAVING SAME

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A frame assembly for a vehicle comprising:a main frame assembly defining a passenger compartment, and including,
a pair of side frame members extending upwardly along a vertical direction of the vehicle, and
a cross frame member extending in the transverse direction from one of the side frame members to a different one of the side frame members; and
a front frame assembly including,
a pair of front frame members, and
a pair of intermediate frame members spaced apart from each other in the transverse direction of the vehicle, each of the intermediate frame members is connected to and extends from a respective one of the front frame members, each of the intermediate frame members is also connected to the cross member, and each of the pair of intermediate frame members includes a bend such that each of the intermediate frame members buckles in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle if a load or kinetic energy applied to each of the intermediate frame members in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle exceeds a predetermined threshold;
wherein the bend of each of the intermediate frame members is oriented to be convex toward a traveling surface on which the vehicle travels.

US Pat. No. 10,336,371

IMPACT ABSORBING MEMBER

1. An impact absorbing member absorbing an impact load applied in an axial direction comprising:a main body comprised of metal sheet and having a polygonal shape in a cross-section vertical to the axial direction; and
a center sheet comprised of metal sheet and provided in a hollow part inside the main body along the axial direction,
wherein the polygonal shape of the main body includes a pair of long sides facing each other,
the center sheet is joined to each of the long sides of the polygonal shape of the main body, and
a sheet thickness of the center sheet is greater than a sheet thickness of the main body,
wherein in the pair of the long sides, a width W1 (mm) of the long side satisfies the following formula (2):
W1/t1?20  (2).

US Pat. No. 10,336,370

AUTONOMOUS ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE FRAME STRUCTURE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A frame structure for an autonomous all-terrain vehicle comprising:left and right laterally spaced upper main frame members extending in a longitudinal direction of the frame structure, each of the left and right upper main frame members being horizontally disposed and having an upper mounting surface;
left and right laterally spaced lower main frame members extended in the longitudinal direction, each of the left and right lower main frame members having a forward portion and a rearward portion each inclined upwards and mounted to the respective left and right upper main frame members and a central portion extended in a lateral direction of the frame structure outward of the respective left and right upper main frame members;
left and right first sub-frame members disposed bridgingly between and mounted to the forward and rearward portions of the respective left and right lower main frame members, the left and right first sub-frame members are laterally aligned with the respective left and right upper main frame members in a top view of the frame structure, and wherein the left and right first sub-frame members separate a component space defined by the frame structure into an upper component space and a lower component space; and
left and right upper forward suspension sub-frame members mounted to the forward inclined portions of the respective left and right lower main frame members;
a front grille located longitudinally forward of the left and right laterally spaced upper main frame members;
a component mounting bracket mounted to a forward end portion of each left and right upper main frame member, the component mounting bracket mounted to the left and right upper forward suspension sub-frame members; and
a component attached to at least one of the left and right laterally spaced upper main frame members and disposed in a space between the left and right laterally spaced upper main frame members and the front grille.

US Pat. No. 10,336,369

VEHICLE FRONT BODY STRUCTURE

ArcelorMittal, Luxembour...

1. A front body structure of a vehicle, the front body structure comprising:an upper longitudinal beam, the upper longitudinal beam comprising an attachment portion, including an attachment area;
a lower beam;
a reinforcement for reinforcing a wheel casing of the vehicle, the reinforcement extending in a longitudinal direction parallel to the upper longitudinal beam, on a lateral outer side of the upper longitudinal beam and above the upper longitudinal beam;
a link joining the reinforcement to the upper longitudinal beam,
wherein the link protrudes from a front end of the reinforcement and extends forwards and downwards from the reinforcement to the upper longitudinal beam,
the link is attached to the attachment portion of the upper longitudinal beam; and
a connector attached to the attachment area of the upper longitudinal beam, the connector joining the upper longitudinal beam to the lower beam, the connector extending between an upper end attached to the first attachment area of the upper longitudinal beam and a lower end attached to the lower beam.

US Pat. No. 10,336,368

REAR CARRIAGE STEERING MECHANISM AND METHOD

1. A method of adjusting a steering mechanism of a front axle of a rear carriage of a multi-part wheeled articulated vehicle, comprising the steps of:providing a multi-part wheeled articulated vehicle having a front carriage and at least one rear carriage articulately joined with the front carriage, the at least one rear carriage having at least a front axle and a rear axle, each having wheels, at least the wheels of the front axle of the at least one rear carriage being steerable, the front carriage including at least one steerable axle having wheels;
providing a steering mechanism for the front axle of the at least one rear carriage, the steering mechanism operable to adjust a steering deflection angle of the wheels of the front axle of the rear carriage;
adjusting the steering mechanism to adjust the steering deflection angle of the wheels of the front axle of the at least one rear carriage when the vehicle drives around a bend such that the respective rear carriage follows the front carriage, the adjusting step comprising adjusting the steering mechanism to a setting corresponding to a target value of the steering deflection angle of the wheels of the front axle of the at least one rear carriage;
calculating the target value of the steering deflection angle of the wheels of the front axle of the at least one rear carriage based on a steering deflection angle of the wheels of the at least one steerable axle of the front carriage; and
modifying the steering deflection angle of the wheels of the front axle of the at least one rear carriage when the vehicle drives around a bend such that forces or moments and resulting displacements, torsions, or tensions acting on the front or rear carriages are minimized.

US Pat. No. 10,336,367

SUSPENSION MEMBER FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A knuckle for a vehicle, the knuckle comprising:a first carbon-fiber composite material including continuous fibers, an orientation of the continuous fibers being oriented in one direction; and
a second carbon-fiber composite material including discontinuous fibers, an orientation of the discontinuous fibers being oriented in random directions,
the knuckle integrally configured by the first carbon-fiber composite material and the second carbon-fiber composite material,
the first carbon-fiber composite material being embedded in at least two different portions of the second carbon-fiber composite material such that the orientation of the continuous fibers in the at least two different portions are different from each other, wherein
the knuckle is assembled to the vehicle such that the knuckle rotatably supports a steered wheel of the vehicle,
the knuckle includes:
a body part provided with a circular hole in which a hub bearing is installed, the circular hole disposed at a center portion of the body part, and
a neck part integrally extending upward from the body part, an upper end of the neck part being coupled to another suspension member,
and
the first carbon-fiber composite material is provided to the neck part and the body part such that
i)the orientation of the continuous fibers of the first carbon-fiber composite material provided to the body part is a vertical direction in a state in which the knuckle is assembled to the vehicle, and
ii) the orientation of the continuous fibers of the first carbon-fiber composite material provided to the neck part is a direction orthogonal To the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,366

DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving support apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a steering device configured to steer steerable wheels, and
a control unit configured to:
execute a running control in which a steered angle of the steerable wheels is changed by controlling the steering device so that a running state of the vehicle with respect to a running road conforms to a target running state;
calculate a deviation between an index value of a target running state of the vehicle and an index value of an actual running state;
calculate, based on the deviation of the index values, a target change amount of the steered angle of the steerable wheels, and
control the steering device so that a change amount of the steered angle of the steerable wheels conforms to the target change amount, wherein
the control unit is configured to limit a magnitude of a time change rate of the steered angle of the steerable wheels that is changed by the running control when one of the magnitude of the deviation of the index values and the magnitude of the target change amount of the steered angle exceeds an associated reference value after a steering operation of a driver is ended.

US Pat. No. 10,336,365

ELECTROMECHANICAL POWER STEERING SYSTEM

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. An electromechanical power steering system for a motor vehicle comprising:an electric motor having a stator that is fitted with at least two electrical winding sets, the electric motor having a rotor that is fitted with permanent magnets, wherein the electric motor assists with steering by exerting a steering movement, which is introduced into an input means by a driver, on the motor vehicle;
a main control unit that comprises a basic controller and that determines a motor current prespecification, which is configured to be output to the at least two electrical winding sets, from a prespecified steering value based on the steering movement that is introduced by the driver;
a power control unit that provides and feeds the motor current prespecification, which the main control unit determines, to the at least two electrical winding sets;
a driver control system for each of the at least two electrical winding sets, wherein the driver control systems and the basic controller of the main control unit each include a microcontroller and are combined to form an assembly; and
a power driver for each of the at least two electrical winding sets, wherein each power driver is connected to one of the driver control systems, wherein at least two of the power drivers are disposed in the power control unit and are configured as half-bridges with power semiconductor switches,
wherein the microcontrollers of the basic controller and the driver control systems form a redundant system with respect to a failure of at least one of the microcontrollers.

US Pat. No. 10,336,364

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A vehicle control device, comprising:an engine;
an engine control mechanism configured to control torque generated by the engine; and
a processor configured to execute:
a vehicle attitude controlling module to control attitude of a vehicle by controlling the engine control mechanism to reduce the torque so as to decelerate the vehicle, when a condition that the vehicle is traveling and a steering angle related value that is related to a steering angle of a steering device increases is satisfied; and
a torque reduction amount setting module to set the reduction amount of the torque to be larger as a combustion frequency of the engine per unit time decreases,
wherein the vehicle attitude controlling module controls the engine control mechanism to reduce the torque based on the set reduction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,336,363

DISABLING CONTROLLED VELOCITY RETURN BASED ON TORQUE GRADIENT AND DESIRED VELOCITY ERROR

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A power steering system comprising:a gain module that generates an estimated driver torque; and
a blending module for determining a blend value, the blend value is based at least in part on a derivative of the estimated driver torque, the blend value determined based on a multiplication of a torque scale factor, a torque gradient scale factor calculated from the derivative of the estimated driver torque, and a velocity error scale factor, and the blend value is applied to a return torque of a handwheel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,362

ABSORPTION STRAP ASSEMBLY

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. An energy absorption strap assembly comprising:an energy absorption strap operatively coupled to an upper jacket of a steering column assembly and positioned along an inner surface of a lower jacket of the steering column assembly, the energy absorption strap having a base extending along a longitudinal direction of the energy absorption strap;
a rocker plate having a pivot region seated on the base of the energy absorption strap, the rocker plate extending in a longitudinal direction of the steering column assembly and having a first row of rocker teeth disposed on a first side of the rocker plate and a second row of rocker teeth disposed on a second side of the rocker plate; and
a clamp assembly for fixing a telescoping position of the steering column assembly, the clamp assembly having a clamp jaw including a first row of clamp jaw teeth and a second row of clamp jaw teeth, wherein movement of the clamp jaw provides a meshed engagement of the first row of rocker teeth with the first row of clamp jaw teeth or meshed engagement of the second row of rocker teeth with the second row of clamp jaw teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,336,361

VEHICLE ACCESSORY CONTROL CIRCUIT

Joyson Safety Systems Acq...

1. A vehicle accessory control circuit, comprising:a processor electrically connected to a power source and a memory, the processor executing computer readable instructions stored on the memory to configure the accessory control circuit and an accessory control output;
at least one capacitive touch assembly coupled to a steering mechanism of the vehicle, the capacitive touch assembly comprising:
a polymer layer;
an electrically conductive conduit at least partially encased within the polymer layer and connected at opposite ends to the power source and the processor such that said conduit transmits a capacitance input data signal to the processor to adjust the accessory control output.

US Pat. No. 10,336,360

MOUNTING AND LATCHING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SECURING CARTS

Cannon Equipment LLC, Ca...

1. A mounting and latching arrangement for locking and unlocking a cart relative to a support surface, the cart having at least a base frame and a pair of opposed side members mounted on the base frame, the mounting and latching arrangement comprising:an elongated horizontal mounting channel having opposed ends provided with mounting bracket assemblies adapted to be attached to the support surface, and latch housing assemblies, each latch housing assembly having a latch housing bracket and a latch assembly including a latch element configured for selective engagement with and disengagement from one of the side members of the cart, and a release arrangement operatively connected to each latch housing bracket,
wherein movement of the cart towards the horizontal mounting channel and between the latch housing assemblies causes locking engagement between the latch elements and the side members of the cart to secure the cart relative to the horizontal mounting channel, and actuation of the release arrangement on the latch housing brackets enables unlocking disengagement of the side members of the cart from the latch elements to free the cart from the horizontal mounting channel;
wherein each latch housing bracket is fixed against a front face of the horizontal mounting channel and located adjacent one of the mounting bracket assemblies;
wherein each latch assembly includes a latch element housing which slideably holds the latch element and a guide member fixed thereto against a mounting bracket joined to the front face of the horizontal mounting channel; and
wherein a spring is positioned between an inner end of the latch element and an inner end of the latch element housing, and is normally biased to force a beveled end of the latch element out of the latch housing bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,336,359

LOW PROFILE TABLE BASE SYSTEM

1. A table base system, comprising:a platform extending from a first end to a second end;
a first braking apparatus connected to the platform at the first end, the braking apparatus having:
a body forming an inner area;
a mechanical cam disposed within the inner are, the mechanical cam extending from a first cam end to a second cam end, the first cam end is pivotally attached to the body;
a spring configured to aid in retaining the braking apparatus in a locked position;
an arm pivotally attached to the spring and disposed within the inner area;
a foot secured to the arm, the foot is configured to extend at a position outside the inner area; and
a lever configured to move the mechanical cam;
wherein the lever is accessible from a top of the platform; and
wherein the braking apparatus is engaged via pressure applied to the lever.

US Pat. No. 10,336,358

SHOPPING CART BAGGING STATION AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. A shopping cart bagging station comprising:a support bar comprising:
a first support bar slot extending into the support bar from a support bar bottom edge;
a first rod positioned inside the first support bar slot and coupled to the support bar at a first rod first end;
a second support bar slot extending into the support bar from the support bar bottom edge;
a second rod positioned inside the second support bar slot and coupled to the support bar at a second rod first end; and
a third support bar slot extending into the support bar from a support bar top edge;
a bag holder hook removeably coupled to the support bar;
a first and a second cart coupling hook removeably and rotatably coupled to the support bar; and
a first and a second handle holder arm removeably and rotatably coupled to the support bar.

US Pat. No. 10,336,357

TRANSPORT CART FOR TRANSPORTING OBJECTS OR ANIMAL CARCASSES

17. Method for transporting objects or animal carcasses via a transport cart that comprisesa framework,
at least one axle with one wheel each on both sides, in each instance,
a handlebar and/or at least one handle,
a loading trough having a width, a bottom, a front end, and a sidewall running in the longitudinal direction of the transport cart, the front end having a region that is disposed on a side of the loading trough that faces away from the handlebar and/or the at least one handle,
a seating surface and/or a standing surface for an operator,
an operating console directly connected to the at least one handle and/or to the handlebar, the operating console comprising at least one operating switch, the operating console being disposed adjacent the seating surface and and/or the standing surface such that the operator can operate the at least one operating switch while sitting or standing on the surface, and
a first loading and/or unloading apparatus having a rectangular cross-section in a longitudinal direction of the transport cart, the first loading and/or unloading apparatus being in the region of the loading trough that faces away from the handlebar and/or the at least one handle, the first loading and/or unloading apparatus forming a part of the bottom of the loading trough and being rotatable forwards and backwards, the first loading and/or unloading apparatus being disposed at the front end of the loading trough, the at least one handle and/or handlebar being directly connected to the sidewall of the loading trough,
the method comprising:
driving the transport cart up to the object to be transported or the animal carcass to be transported,
rotating the first loading and/or unloading apparatus of the transport cart such that the object or the animal carcass is automatically conveyed into the loading trough, and
subsequently starting a transport process by moving the transport cart.

US Pat. No. 10,336,356

WHEELED SHIPPING CART WITH STACKABLE TRAYS

Globe Composite Solutions...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a cart frame;
a plurality of stackable trays supported by said cart frame, each stackable tray comprising:
a tray frame comprising opposed end members, a plurality of longitudinal perimeter members disposed between the opposed end members, and a plurality of upright members nesting with upright members of an adjacent tray; and
a support structure disposed between the opposed end members, the support structure comprising an arcuate upper support surface corresponding to a curved bottom surface of an article to be supported by the support structure, the support structure further comprising a plurality of longitudinal support members each forming an upper surface, the longitudinal support members disposed between the opposed end members in an arced arrangement such that the upper surfaces of the longitudinal support members are in contact with and support an underside of the arcuate upper support surface that supports the curved bottom surface of the article, wherein at least one of the longitudinal support members is positioned above other longitudinal support members to define the arced arrangement; and
a plurality of pins each received through the upright members of the plurality of stackable trays to retain the stackable trays in a stacked configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,336,355

STABLY BALANCED WHEELBARROW

1. A wheelbarrow, comprising:a frame supporting a carriage thereon, at least one wheel member mounted between said frame using a wheel securing unit, said frame having lateral portions, said lateral portions each having a bottom end, said wheel securing unit includes, a first and second flange bearing located on either side of an axle, said first and second flange bearing include a cavity, said axle has two opposite distal ends each inserted into a corresponding cavity, said axle inserted through said at least one wheel member and secured to said frame using said first and second flange bearings, said bottom ends include a mounting opening, spacers having a first spacer end and a second spacer end, said first spacer end passed through distal ends of said first and second flange members, said second spacer end passed through said mounting opening and attached to said frame, thereby also connecting said first and second flange, said axle and said at least one wheel member to said frame.

US Pat. No. 10,336,354

LOCATING TRAIN EVENTS ON A RAILWAY NETWORK

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A method of locating train events on a railway network, the method comprising the steps of:providing a reference point database which specifies locations of a plurality of reference points on the railway network, the reference point database further specifying a respective reference point type of each said reference point;
providing a relationship database which relates each of a plurality of different train events to at least one of said reference point types, for each combination of a train event and a related reference point type, the relationship database specifying a distance threshold criterion for each said reference point type relative to a location of an associated train event, and a reference point adjustment vector which specifies a distance from a reference point in a given direction on the railway network;
receiving an event report for a train operated on the railway network, the event report identifying one of said plurality of train events and imputing a location of said one train event on the railway network;
comparing the event report with the reference points in the reference point database and the train events in the relationship database by identifying a reference point on the railway network which is of a reference point type related in the relationship database to the train event of the event report, and which has a location on the railway network relative to the imputed location which satisfies the respective distance threshold criterion; and
specifying the location of the train event of the event report to be the location of the identified reference point adjusted by a reference point adjustment vector which is stored in the relationship database and which is associated with the identified reference point,
wherein the reference point adjustment vector specifies a given distance along the railway network based on a railway network impairment signal received from the railway network.

US Pat. No. 10,336,353

WORKER PROTECTION SYSTEM

METROM RAIL, LLC, Crysta...

1. A system for worker protection, the system comprises:a wayside detection unit, configured for placement on or near path of a vehicle, the wayside detection unit comprising:
a housing for enclosing components of the wayside detection unit;
a support structure for holding and supporting the wayside detection unit when placed on or near the path;
a power supply for powering components of the wayside detection unit;
one or more sensory components, for detecting, monitoring, and/or tracking vehicles;
a communication component, comprising one or more antennas, configured for transmitting and/or receiving wireless signals; and
one or more circuits operable to:
process signals and data, and
perform one or more applications or functions relating to operations of the wayside detection unit;
wherein the wayside detection unit is configured to communicate signals and/or messages to one or more companion alert devices while providing monitoring and tracking services in a work site.

US Pat. No. 10,336,351

SYSTEM METHOD, AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE CODE FOR DISTRIBUTING AND MANAGING DATA FOR USE BY A PLURALITY OF SUBSYSTEMS ON A LOCOMOTIVE

GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC, ...

1. A locomotive communication system comprising:a data manager unit configured to be disposed onboard a locomotive and to manage communication from a control system of the locomotive to a plurality of applications, the control system including one or more sensors of the locomotive;
a private interface configured to communicably couple the data manager unit to the control system of the locomotive, the private interface configured to limit communication with the control system via a connection protocol, wherein the connection protocol is configured to prevent direct communication between the control system and an application that does not use the connection protocol; and
an open interface configured to communicably couple the data manager unit and the plurality of applications,
wherein the data manager unit is configured to receive data from the one or more sensors via the private interface and the data manager unit is configured to send the data from the one or more sensors to at least one of the applications via the open interface.

US Pat. No. 10,336,350

AXLE OF WHEEL SETS AND RESPECTIVE METHOD FOR THE ULTRASOUND INSPECTION

LUCCHINI RS S.P.A., Love...

1. An axle (100) of railway wheel set extending along a longitudinal axis (X) between two ends (101, 102), the ends (101, 102) each having a journal (107), configured to support a railway wheel and a respective bearing (105) so as to form a wheel set, wherein each end (101, 102) comprises a blind main hole (103), coaxial with the axle (100) and dimensioned to accommodate an ultrasonic probe (200), wherein each blind main hole (103) has a depth within a longitudinal extent of the journal (107) and is dimensioned to receive the ultrasonic probe (200) for inspection of the axle (100) ahead of the probe.

US Pat. No. 10,336,349

RAILROAD CAR TRUCK WITH WARP RESTRAINTS

Standard Car Truck Compan...

1. A railroad car truck comprising:a first side frame;
a second side frame;
a bolster;
a plurality of first warp restraints positioned at a first end portion of the bolster and the first side frame wherein each of the first warp restraints includes: (a) a first bearing race fixedly connected to the bolster, (b) a second bearing race fixedly connected to the first side frame, and (c) a roller positioned in a channel formed between the first bearing race and the second bearing race, wherein the roller has an axis movable with respect to both the first bearing race and the second bearing race; and
a plurality of second warp restraints positioned at a second end portion of the bolster and the second side frame, wherein each of the second warp restraints includes: (a) a first bearing race fixedly connected to the bolster, (b) a second bearing race fixedly connected to the second side frame, and (c) a roller positioned in a channel formed between the first bearing race and the second bearing race, wherein the roller has an axis movable with respect to both the first bearing race and the second bearing race.

US Pat. No. 10,336,348

BRACKET

Perpetuum Ltd., Southamp...

1. A bracket for mounting external equipment to the underside of rolling stock, the bracket comprising first and second plates, a first set of apertures formed in at least one of the first and second plates for attachment of external equipment to the bracket and a second set of apertures formed in at least one of the first and second plates for attachment of the bracket to the underside of rolling stock, or to a component or system adapted to be mounted to the underside of rolling stock and the bracket further comprising at least one joining member disposed between the first and second plates; wherein the joining member(s) are joined to the first plate by a plurality of joints and joined to the second plate by a plurality of joints, wherein the joining member or at least one of the joining members is substantially planar, or includes at least one substantially planar portion.

US Pat. No. 10,336,347

RAILROAD WELL CAR WITH OPEN TRUSS SIDES

JAC OPERATIONS, INC., Ch...

1. A railroad double stack container well car comprising:a plurality of spaced trucks;
at least one railcar body supported on a pair of the trucks, each body comprising a pair of spaced end structures, each end structure supported on one truck, and a well structure extending between the end structures, wherein the well structure comprises
(i) a pair of top chord members extending between the end structures;
(ii) a pair of side sills extending between the end structures;
(iii) a pair of end chords extending between the side sills, one at each end of the well structure;
(iv) four corner container support members, each secured to one end chord and one side sill at four corners of the well structure and each having a lower planar load supporting structure, wherein each support member is a casting and each lower planar load supporting structure extending inwardly beyond the associated end chord and side sill; and
(v) a plurality of side truss members extending between one side sill and one top chord on each side.

US Pat. No. 10,336,346

CABLE TROLLEY HAVING EVACUATION AID

1. A cable trolley adapted to transport a user and allow evacuation of the user at an elevation from a ground level, said cable trolley comprising:(a) a connecting member having a first end and a second end;
(b) a carrier configured for accommodating the user, said carrier comprising an opening configured for access by said user and said connecting member is configured to connect said carrier at said first end of said connecting member to a transport structure at said second end of said connecting member;
(c) an elongated member having a first end and a second end, wherein said elongated member is configured to be attached to said connecting member at said first end of said elongated member; and
(d) a cable having a first end and a second end, wherein said first end of said cable is configured to be attached to said second end of said elongated member and said second end of said cable is configured to substantially reach the ground level.

US Pat. No. 10,336,345

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM WITH RESTRAINING HANDOVER OF DRIVING MODE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A vehicle control device comprising:an action plan generating unit that generates an action plan of a vehicle to a destination such that the vehicle travels along a route to the destination;
an automated driving controller that carries out a first driving mode in which at least one of acceleration-and-deceleration and steering of the vehicle is automatically controlled in accordance with the action plan generated by the action plan generating unit;
an operation device that receives an operation performed by an occupant of the vehicle;
a handover controller that instructs the automated driving controller to perform shifting to a second driving mode when the occupant of the vehicle performs an operation on the operation device to instruct one of or both of acceleration-and-deceleration and steering of the vehicle while the automated driving controller is carrying out the first driving mode, the second driving mode being a mode in which a degree of automated driving is lower than in the first driving mode;
a restraint controller that generates an estimated path of the vehicle to be taken caused by the operation performed by the occupant of the vehicle to instruct one of or both of acceleration-and-deceleration and steering of the vehicle and restrains the handover controller from instructing shifting from the first driving mode to the second driving mode if the generated estimated path contradicts the action plan generated by the action plan generating unit; and
a path generating unit that generates an expected target path of the vehicle on the basis of a traveling mode determined by the action plan generating unit,
wherein the restraint controller determines whether the generated estimated path contradicts the action plan generated by the action plan generating unit by using the expected target path generated by the path generating unit and the generated estimated path,
wherein the path generating unit generates the expected target path by sampling target locations expected to be reached by the vehicle at respective time points at a predetermined interval, and
wherein the restraint controller:
calculates, for each of the time points at the predetermined interval, a deviation between the target location determined by the path generating unit for the time point and an estimated location for the time point estimated on the basis of the operation performed by the occupant of the vehicle to instruct one of or both of acceleration-and-deceleration and steering of the vehicle, and
determines whether the estimated path contradicts the action plan by comparing a value based on the calculated deviation with a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,336,344

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control apparatus applied to a vehicle comprising;abnormality determination means for determining whether or not a driver of said vehicle is in an abnormal state where said driver loses an ability to drive said vehicle;
driving operation invalidation means for invalidating a driving state change request which is based on an operation of a driving operation element operated by said driver for a purpose of changing a driving state of said vehicle after an abnormality determination point in time at which said driver has been determined to be in said abnormal state; and
specific operation determination means for determining whether or not a specific driving operation has occurred after said abnormality determination point in time, said specific driving operation being an operation that a state of said driving operation element changes, within a predetermined threshold time, from an operating state in which said driving operation element is regarded as being operated to a non-operating state in which said driving operation element is regarded as not being operated and thereafter again changes to said operating state,
wherein said driving operation invalidation means is configured to cancel invalidating said driving state change request and thereby to allow said driver to change said driving state of said vehicle when said specific driving operation is determined to have occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,336,343

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROXIMATE EVENT CAPTURE

United Services Automobil...

1. A method for collecting and managing sensor data in response to occurrence of an event, the method comprising executing instructions using a processor, the instructions for:collecting first data from a first sensor associated with a vehicle;
collecting second data from a second sensor associated with the vehicle;
determining, based on at least a portion of the first data and the second data, that an event involving the vehicle may occur;
associating the first data and the second data with a first event associated with the vehicle; and
stitching two or more two dimensional images together into one or more three dimensional images describing the event involving the vehicle, wherein the two or more two dimensional images are included in at least one of the first data and the second data, and wherein the one or more three dimensional images comprise a reconstruction of the event involving the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,342

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER OF A TRIP OR AN EVENT OF A VEHICLE FOR A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for processing at least one parameter of a trip of a vehicle or of an event occurring during the trip of the vehicle, the method comprising:reading in a driving parameter signal which represents at least the parameter of one: (i) of the trip of the vehicle, or (ii) of an event occurring during the trip of the vehicle;
mapping the driving parameter signal by using a linear representation to obtain mapped driving parameter coefficients;
providing the mapped driving parameter coefficients, wherein the parameter represents at least one of: (i) a number of braking actions over deceleration intensity, and (ii) a braking time;
further reading in another driving parameter signal which represents at least one additional parameter one of: (i) of a trip of the vehicle, or (ii) of an event occurring during the trip of the vehicle;
further mapping of the additional driving parameter signal by using at least one additional linear representation to obtain additional mapped driving parameter coefficients;
further providing the additional mapped driving parameter coefficients; and
combining the mapped driving parameter coefficients and the additional mapped driving parameter coefficients to form a driving parameter set;
wherein in the combining, the mapped driving parameter coefficients and the additional mapped driving parameter coefficients are added up to form the driving parameter set, and
wherein the driving parameter set is retrievable via a retrieval interface and reflects an empirical distribution function of the events via the property attributes.

US Pat. No. 10,336,341

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control system comprising:an automated driving controller configured to perform automated driving in which at least one out of speed control or steering control of a vehicle is performed automatically in a driving mode selected from a plurality of driving modes which require different degrees of automated driving; and
a vehicle-side communication section configured to communicate with a server which stores and manages information associated with a vehicle occupant, the information including a proficiency level of the vehicle occupant for driving, the proficiency level being determined based on a driving history which includes a cumulative amount of time that the automated driving of the vehicle was performed or a number of times the automated driving of the vehicle was performed in a state in which the vehicle occupant was seated in a driving seat, wherein
the automated driving controller is configured to control the automated driving based on the information associated with the vehicle occupant received from a server-side communication section of the server through the vehicle-side communication section, and
the vehicle control system further comprises a mode controller configured to select the automated driving mode to be executed by the automated driving controller from a preset range of selectable modes and to expand the range of selectable modes more the higher the proficiency level received from the server-side communication section through the vehicle-side communication section.

US Pat. No. 10,336,340

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ALTERING AT LEAST ONE DRIVING PARAMETER OF A VEHICLE DURING TRAVEL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for altering at least one driving parameter of a vehicle during travel, the method comprising:reading in, via an interface to a read-in device, a traffic-sign signal, the traffic-sign signal representing an altered traffic zone, indicated by a traffic sign, at a position;
reading in, via the interface to the read-in device, a map signal that represents a traffic zone, indicated by a map, at the position;
comparing, via a comparator, the traffic-sign signal to the map signal;
providing, via a processor, an alteration signal for altering at least the driving parameter, if a predetermined relationship exists between the traffic-sign signal and the map signal, the driving parameter including at least one of an engine power output, a transmission control, a chassis control, and an economy (ECO) mode; and
altering, based on the alteration signal, the driving parameter, including the at least one of an engine power output, a transmission control, a chassis control, and an economy (ECO) mode.

US Pat. No. 10,336,339

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A POWERTRAIN

1. A method for controlling a powertrain, comprising an internal combustion engine connected to a double clutch transmission having a first and a second partial transmission with at least one shiftable transmission stage, wherein a first friction clutch is arranged between the internal combustion engine and the first partial transmission, and a second friction clutch is arranged between the internal combustion engine and the second partial transmission, the method comprising:transmitting an engine torque of the internal combustion engine by the first or second friction clutches to the first or second partial transmissions to provide a drivetrain torque at an output of the double clutch transmission; and
monitoring the powertrain for an occurrence of juddering oscillations, wherein in response to juddering oscillations being detected a regeneration process of one of the first and second friction clutches is triggered, wherein a friction lining is removed in the regeneration process, and wherein in response to low ambient temperature of the powertrain, an increased slipping rotational speed is generated at the second friction clutch during the regeneration process.

US Pat. No. 10,336,338

WORK VEHICLE

KCM Corporation, Hyogo (...

1. A work vehicle that includes:a working device having a work tool and a lift arm;
wheels;
an engine as a driving source;
a torque converter for transmitting power of the engine to the wheels through working fluid;
a lock-up clutch capable of switching an input member and an output member of the torque converter between an engagement state and a non-engagement state;
a power supply unit for supplying electric power to a control device; and
an indicating device for directing activation of the power supply unit and starting of the engine,
comprising: a hydraulic source;
a control valve that controls a flow of hydraulic oil discharged from the hydraulic source, and switches the lock-up clutch to either state of the engagement state or the non-engagement state; and
an engine starting device for starting the engine when the starting of the engine is directed by the indicating device,
wherein the control device has:
a low-temperature state determination unit that when the activation of the power supply unit is directed by the indicating device and the power supply unit is activated, determines whether a temperature state of the working fluid of the torque converter is a low-temperature state; and
a clutch control unit that when it is determined by the low-temperature state determination unit that the temperature state of the working fluid is not the low-temperature state, controls the control valve in order to switch the lock-up clutch to the non-engagement state, and that when it is determined by the low-temperature state determination unit that the temperature state of the working fluid is the low-temperature state, controls the control valve in order to switch the lock-up clutch to the engagement state.

US Pat. No. 10,336,337

VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle drive system comprising:a first drive device configured to drive a first drive wheel, which is either a front wheel or a rear wheel of a vehicle;
a second drive device configured to drive a second drive wheel, which is the other of the front wheel or the rear wheel of the vehicle; and
a control device configured to control the first drive device and the second drive device to control a drive state of the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel,
wherein the control device comprises
a slip acquisition unit configured to detect that an excessive slip, which is slipping of the first drive wheel or the second drive wheel by a predetermined amount or more, is occurring,
an addition slip point calculating unit configured to calculate addition slip points in a time-discrete manner, based on the slip acquisition unit having acquired that the excessive slip has occurred,
a cumulative slip point calculating unit configured to accumulate the addition slip points and calculate a cumulative slip point over time,
a drive state switching unit configured to realize an in part-wheel drive state where the vehicle is driven by only one of the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel in a case where the cumulative slip point is smaller than a predetermined drive state switching threshold value, and to realize an all-wheel drive state where the vehicle is driven by both the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel in a case where the cumulative slip point is equal to or greater than the drive state switching threshold value, and
a cumulative slip point resetting unit configured to reset the cumulative slip point to a value smaller than the drive state switching threshold value, in a state where the drive state of the vehicle has been switched to the all-wheel drive state by the drive state switching unit, and a lateral acceleration correlation value having correlation to lateral acceleration of the vehicle reaches a lateral acceleration threshold value or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,336,336

VEHICULAR CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular control apparatus comprising:at least one electronic control unit including a processor, programmed to:
recognize a first preceding vehicle running in front of a vehicle in a driving lane in which the vehicle is running,
calculate a first target acceleration of the vehicle based on a recognition result of the recognized first preceding vehicle,
recognize a second preceding vehicle running in front of the vehicle in a lane located adjacent to the driving lane,
calculate a second target acceleration of the vehicle based on a recognition result of the recognized second preceding vehicle,
acquire lane change information indicating a direction in which the vehicle carries out a lane change,
select the smaller of the first target acceleration and the second target acceleration as a target acceleration of the vehicle in a lane change period at a time when the second preceding vehicle exists in an adjacent lane, the adjacent lane being located adjacent to the driving lane in the direction indicated by the lane change information as viewed from the driving lane, wherein the lane change period is a period from departure of the vehicle from a running position in the driving lane to arrival of the vehicle in a running position in the adjacent lane, and
control a speed of the vehicle in the lane change period by using the selected target acceleration; and
at least one actuator configured to control the speed of the vehicle by receiving a signal from the at least one electronic control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,335

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF AUTOMATIC APPLICATION OF ELECTRONIC PARK BRAKE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a transmission mechanical park system;
an electronic park brake; and
at least one controller programmed to in response to (i) a speed difference of a measured speed and an expected speed of a downstream component of the vehicle that transmits torque downstream of the transmission mechanical park system exceeding a calibratable threshold and (ii) an ignition state of OFF, apply the electronic park brake to restrain movement of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,334

REGENERATIVE BRAKING DOWNSHIFT CONTROL USING PREDICTIVE INFORMATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:an engine selectively coupled to a motor and a transmission; and
a controller configured to, in response to actuation of a brake pedal, command the transmission to downshift during a regenerative braking event based on a regenerative braking downshift torque determined from a predicted brake pedal input rate, wherein the regenerative braking downshift torque is further determined from a transmission shift time that is based on an amount of time between execution of a transmission downshift and a change in a torque ratio resulting from downshifting the transmission during the regenerative braking event.

US Pat. No. 10,336,333

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING AN ENGINE STOP AND START FOR A ROLLING VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:an engine;
a transmission coupled to the engine and including a torque converter having a torque converter clutch, an electric pump, a mechanical pump, an accumulator positioned downstream of the electric pump and the mechanical pump, and a valve positioned at an outlet side of the accumulator;
a controller including executable instructions stored in a non-transitory memory for selectively stroking a transmission gear clutch without fully closing the transmission gear clutch in response to a request to improve vehicle drivability at expense of vehicle energy consumption, and to not stroke the transmission gear clutch in response to a request to improve vehicle energy consumption at expense of vehicle drivability, the transmission gear clutch stroked or not stroked while the engine is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,336,332

CONTROLLER FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A controller for a vehicle,the vehicle including
an engine,
a transmission configured to shift gears through a shift operation by a driver, and
a clutch configured to connect and disconnect a power transmission route between the engine and the transmission by switching between a connected state and a disconnected state,
the controller comprising
an electronic control unit configured to:
execute coasting control for blocking the power transmission route between the engine and the transmission by placing the clutch in the disconnected state when a specified condition is established during traveling of the vehicle; and
control the transmission so as to prohibit a shift operation to a particular gear when the coasting of the vehicle is continued with the clutch remaining in the disconnected state after permitting the transmission to be switched to neutral by the driver during the coasting control.

US Pat. No. 10,336,331

HYDRAULIC CONTROL UNIT EMBEDDED ACCUMULATOR CIRCUIT

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for a start/stop powertrain system of a vehicle including an engine and a transmission, the control system comprising:a hydraulic control unit (HCU) having a set of electrically-actuated valves configured to open/close to accumulate pressurized hydraulic fluid in a hydraulic apply circuit of a first clutch of the transmission;
a hydraulic fluid pump mechanically driven by the engine and configured to provide the pressurized hydraulic fluid to the HCU; and
a controller configured to:
in response to receipt of an engine shut-off request as part of a stop/start functionality of the powertrain system, control the HCU and the engine to remain running for a predetermined period of time such that the pressurized hydraulic fluid accumulates in the hydraulic apply circuit of the first clutch to a desired hydraulic fluid pressure,
shut-off the engine upon accumulating the desired hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic apply circuit of the first clutch, and
upon restarting the engine in response to an engine restart request, control the set of electrically-actuated valves of the HCU to provide the pressurized hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic apply circuit of the first clutch to a hydraulic apply circuit for a second clutch of the transmission to provide the required hydraulic pressure to rapidly apply the second clutch and shift the transmission into drive in an absence of the transmission having a discrete hydraulic fluid accumulator and an electrically-driven hydraulic fluid pump.

US Pat. No. 10,336,330

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH START-STOP LOGIC IN RESPONSE TO VEHICLE MASS AND ROUTE GRADE

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. A method comprising:operating a vehicle including an internal combustion engine and a controller configured to conditionally stop and re-start the internal combustion engine;
determining a vehicle mass and a route grade associated with a nominal control stop of the internal combustion engine in response to a stop event for the vehicle; and
disabling the nominal control stop of the engine and operating the internal combustion engine during the stop event in response to the vehicle mass and the route grade indicating a vehicle roll back condition exists, wherein the route grade is determined in response to an input from an external source over a datalink that is indicative of the route grade, and from an estimate based on a torque output of the engine and the vehicle mass.

US Pat. No. 10,336,329

SADDLED VEHICLE

Kabushiki Kaisha F.C.C., ...

1. A saddled vehicle configured to be driven by a driver sitting on a saddle seat of the vehicle while steering the vehicle with a handlebar comprising:a handlebar comprising first and second ends, a grasping grip provided on the first end and configured to be grasped by a driver, and a throttle grip provided in the second end and configured for an accelerator operation;
first and second brake operation means for performing braking operations of a front wheel and a rear wheel, each having a different braking operation target;
a cruise controller configured to perform automatic travel control of the vehicle by controlling the travel of the vehicle to a control degree; and
a cruise control adjustment means for controlling the control degree wherein the cruise control adjustment means changes the control degree in accordance with operation conditions of the first brake operation means and the second brake operation means.

US Pat. No. 10,336,328

CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A cruise control system, comprising:a road model transmission unit configured to analyze map information of a driving route and output a slope model of three consecutive forward sections;
a vehicle speed controller configured to set a control target vehicle speed using slopes of the three consecutive forward sections and section distances received from the road model transmission unit; and
a speed-following controller configured to receive a request for acceleration or deceleration and gear-shifting from the vehicle speed controller and maintain the set control target vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,336,327

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING INFORMATION BETWEEN MULTIPLE OBJECTS MOVING AT HIGH RATES OF SPEED

1. A system of roadway network transponders (RNTs) comprising:a plurality of activation RNTs positioned within a roadway, where each activation RNT contains electronic data for controlling the maximum attainable speed of an automobile on the roadway; and
a plurality of deactivation RNTs positioned within the roadway and following the activation RNTs when moving in a direction of vehicle travel, where each deactivation RNT contains electronic data for releasing an automobile from speed controls which control the maximum attainable speed of an automobile on the roadway.

US Pat. No. 10,336,326

LANE DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising:receiving an image from a front-facing vehicle camera;
applying, using one or more processors, a geometric transformation to the image to create a birds-eye view of the image;
analyzing, using the one or more processors, the birds-eye view of the image using a neural network to obtain a lane position associated with the birds-eye view of the image, the neural network being previously trained using side-mounted and downward-facing vehicle camera images to determine a lane position associated with the side-mounted and downward-facing vehicle camera images; and
in response to the lane position associated with the birds-eye view of the image, performing, using the one or more processors, at least one of braking, steering, accelerating, and generating a driver notification.

US Pat. No. 10,336,325

USING WHEEL ORIENTATION TO DETERMINE FUTURE HEADING

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

8. A system of determining a future heading of an object, the system comprising one or more processors configured to:receive sensor data including information identifying an object in a vehicle's environment and sensor data points corresponding to the object;
identify an area corresponding to an expected location of a wheel of the object based on the sensor data;
estimate an orientation of the wheel based on the sensor data points having locations that are outside of a bounding box including the data points corresponding to the object and within the area; and
determine the future heading of the object based on the estimation.

US Pat. No. 10,336,324

CALCULATION OF THE TIME TO COLLISION FOR A VEHICLE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A method for an egovehicle for determining a first collision time with a preceding vehicle comprising:establishing a distance from the preceding vehicle;
establishing a relative speed of the preceding vehicle with respect to the egovehicle;
establishing a deceleration of the preceding vehicle;
assuming a duration of the deceleration of the preceding vehicle such that the assumed duration of the deceleration is less than a period of time for which the deceleration of the preceding vehicle would need to continue in order to cause the preceding vehicle to come to a halt;
determining the first collision time with the preceding vehicle from the relative speed, the distance, the deceleration and the assumed duration of the deceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,336,323

PREDICTIVE HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE USING EYE GAZE TECHNOLOGY, BLIND SPOT INDICATORS AND DRIVER EXPERIENCE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A method of providing an alert in a vehicle comprising:detecting a location of at least one lane marker, a location of an adjacent vehicle, and a location of the vehicle relative to the at least one lane marker based on a proximity sensor;
determining an eye gaze vector based on an eye gaze detector;
determining, using a processor, a metric of driver awareness of the vehicle location with respect to the location of the at least one lane marker using the eye gaze vector;
gathering, using the eye gaze vector determined from the eye gaze detector, driver experience information based on an amount of time a driver has spent driving in a current weather condition and whether the driver looks for an upcoming turn rather than focusing on another vehicle;
determining, using the processor, a risk based on the relative location of the vehicle and the at least one lane marker; and
activating the alert, using the processor, the alert based on the risk, the driver experience level, whether the driver is looking at the upcoming turn rather than the other vehicle, and the metric of the driver awareness of the vehicle location with respect to the location of the at least one lane marker.

US Pat. No. 10,336,322

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR SAFE OPERATION OF UNDERSIZE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES ON PUBLIC ROADS

1. A method of avoiding accidents comprising:(a) operating a driverless first vehicle on public roads with the vehicle comprising:
an elevated visibility structure with a visible marker controlled by a data processing device with a first sensor to detect the presence of a second vehicle and a second sensor to measure the speed of the base vehicle,
a support structure of low aerodynamic resistance connecting the vehicle chassis and the elevated visibility structure with the elevated visibility structure substantially raised above the vehicle chassis,
a data processing device with a sensor to detect a second vehicle,
(b) running a program on the data processing device to determine the presence of a second vehicle, and
(c) modifying the visibility of the marker as a function of the determination of the presence of a second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,321

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CONTROL ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A computer-implemented method for operating an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, comprising:determining, by one or more processors, an identity of a vehicle operator;
receiving, at one or more processors, a vehicle operator profile associated with the vehicle operator;
receiving, at one or more processors, operating data regarding one or more autonomous operation features operating the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, wherein the operating data includes data from one or more sensors disposed within the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle regarding a current operating environment of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle;
determining, by one or more processors, one or more autonomous operation risk levels associated with operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle by the one or more autonomous operation features based upon the received operating data, wherein the one or more autonomous operation risk levels indicate current risk for control of one or more aspects of vehicle operation within the current operating environment by the one or more autonomous operation features;
determining, by one or more processors, one or more operator risk levels associated with operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle by the vehicle operator based upon the received operating data, wherein the one or more operator risk levels indicate current risk for control of the one or more aspects of vehicle operation within the current operating environment by the vehicle operator;
determining, by one or more processors, to disengage at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features based upon a comparison of (i) the determined one or more autonomous operation risk levels and (ii) the determined one or more operator risk levels; and
presenting, by one or more processors, an alert to the vehicle operator regarding disengagement of the at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features.

US Pat. No. 10,336,320

MONITORING OF COMMUNICATION FOR VEHICLE REMOTE PARK-ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an autonomy unit for remote parking;
a communication module; and
a controller to:
send a counter signal to and receive a return signal from a mobile device via the communication module;
determine a time period between sending of the counter signal and receipt of the return signal; and
prevent the autonomy unit from causing vehicle movement responsive to determining the time period is greater than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,336,319

METHOD, DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PARKING A SELF-BALANCING VEHICLE

Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Sof...

1. A method for parking a self-balancing vehicle, comprising:determining whether there is a target parking spot for parking the self-balancing vehicle when the self-balancing vehicle needs to be parked; and
when there is a target parking spot for parking the self-balancing vehicle, controlling the self-balancing vehicle to park at the target parking spot,
wherein determining whether there is the target parking spot for parking the self-balancing vehicle comprises:
controlling a body motor of the self-balancing vehicle to drive the self-balancing vehicle to move within a preset area at a preset speed;
controlling the self-balancing vehicle in a preset speed increase manner such that the speed of the self-balancing vehicle is increased to a preset speed threshold if the self-balancing vehicle detects an obstacle during movement within the preset area;
determining whether the self-balancing vehicle is able to go over the obstacle when it moves at the preset speed threshold; and
determining the obstacle as the target parking spot for parking the self-balancing vehicle when it is determined that the self-balancing vehicle is not able to go over the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,318

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLE PARK ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle parking assist system comprising:a processor configured to:
communicate with a parking automation system external to a vehicle, the parking automation system having at least one sensor configured to provide a measured distance value from a detected object to the vehicle, wherein the at least one sensor comprises a camera; and
responsive to the measured distance value, control a brake system of the vehicle to stop the vehicle based on the measured distance value being less than a first predefined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,336,317

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE LIFT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method comprising:obtaining one or more parameter values for a vehicle during operation of the vehicle, the vehicle having a plurality of front wheels, a plurality of rear wheels, a front axle coupled to the plurality of front wheels, and a rear axle coupled to the plurality of rear wheels;
determining, using the one or more parameter values, a ride height and an acceleration of ride height for the vehicle; and
applying, via instructions provided via a processor:
a ramped up front downforce, a ramped down rear downforce, or both, when the acceleration of the ride height is greater than a first predetermined threshold; and
braking torque to the rear axle of the vehicle for a non-zero amount of time that is less than one second when the ride height is greater than a second predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,336,316

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A CLUTCH DURING A REGENERATIVE BRAKING EVENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a controller programmed to,
in response to a decreasing drive wheel torque command during a regenerative braking event, adjust a closed-state torque capacity of a torque converter bypass clutch, disposed between an electric machine and a drive wheel, based on the torque command and in proportion to negative values of the torque command, wherein the drive wheel torque command is filtered by an anti-jerk torque control algorithm, and
in response to an unfiltered drive wheel torque command becoming negative while the filtered drive wheel torque command remains positive during a first period, decrease the torque capacity of the bypass clutch to a minimum closed-state value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,315

TORQUE MODULATION IN A HYBRID VEHICLE DOWNSHIFT DURING REGENERATIVE BRAKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for reducing shift shock in a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain system including an engine and a step ratio automatic transmission for delivering an output torque, the method comprising:transferring a first input torque from the engine to the transmission;
effecting a downshift of the transmission during regenerative braking which tends to cause variations in the output torque; and
modulating the first input torque during the downshift to counteract the variations and maintain the output torque substantially constant to reduce the shift shock.

US Pat. No. 10,336,314

HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A low-voltage hybrid powertrain system for a vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine (engine), a torque converter, a low-voltage electric machine, a transmission and a controller;
wherein the engine includes a starting device;
wherein the torque converter is disposed between the engine and the input member of the transmission;
wherein the engine is selectively coupled via an engine disconnect clutch to an input member of the transmission, wherein the low-voltage electric machine is rotatably coupled to the input member of the transmission;
wherein the transmission includes an output member coupled to a driveline of the vehicle; and
wherein the controller is operatively connected to the engine, the torque converter, and the low-voltage electric machine, the controller including an instruction set executable to:
operate the powertrain system in an electric vehicle (EV) mode with the engine in an OFF state and with the engine disconnect clutch in a deactivated state,
monitor an output torque request,
determine when the output torque request indicates a command for vehicle acceleration; and then:
control the low-voltage electric machine to generate torque that is transferred to the input member of the transmission in response to the output torque request, and simultaneously crank and start the engine via the starting device;
operate the engine in a speed control mode to activate the engine disconnect clutch;
determine that the engine disconnect clutch is activated; and
control the engine and the low-voltage electric machine to generate torque in response to the output torque request when the engine disconnect clutch is activated.

US Pat. No. 10,336,313

VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle, comprising:an engine;
a motor configured to acquire a driving force of the vehicle from electrical energy;
a catalytic converter including catalyst for purifying exhaust gas discharged from the engine;
a sensor disposed between the engine and the catalytic converter, and configured to output an electrical signal in response to sensing gas; and
a controller configured to:
start the motor and stop the engine, and
restart the engine based on the electrical signal output from the sensor when a mileage of the vehicle exceeds a predetermined distance,
wherein the mileage of the vehicle includes a total sum of distances that the vehicle has traveled after a specific time,
wherein the specific time includes a time when the vehicle starts being driven or when the mileage of the vehicle is reset,
wherein the engine starts operating based on an operation of the controller, discharges the exhaust gas, and transfers the exhaust gas to the catalytic converter, and the combustion gas generated in the catalytic converter is emitted to the outside by the exhaust gas,
wherein when the motor operates, the engine stops, and when the engine operates, the motor stops,
wherein when the electrical signal output from the sensor is equal to or less than a first threshold value, and the mileage of the vehicle is less than a second threshold value, the controller is configured to transfer a driving signal to the engine to start the engine, and
wherein when the electrical signal output from the sensor is greater than the first threshold value, or when the mileage of the vehicle is greater than the second threshold value, after the engine starts operating, the controller is further configured to stop the engine after the engine restarts operating when the electrical signal output from the sensor is greater than the first threshold value or when the mileage of the vehicle is greater than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,312

VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEM COMPRISING AN ELECTRICAL POWER COLLECTOR

1. A vehicle propulsion system comprising a combustion engine, an exhaust aftertreatment system connected to the combustion engine, an electrical traction machine adapted for propulsion of a hybrid electric vehicle, and an electrical power collector adapted to intermittently collect electrical power from an external power supply track during driving of the vehicle, wherein the vehicle propulsion system comprisesa heating system that is arranged to heat at least one component of at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine,
a vehicle relative position determining means that is arranged to determine vehicle position in relation to power supply track, and
a control unit being arranged to control operation of the heating system based on the determined vehicle relative position,
wherein the electrical power collector is arranged for supplying the heating system with electrical power when collecting electrical power from the external power supply track, and operation of the combustion engine is configured for being stopped during at least part of the time when collecting electrical power from the external power supply track during driving of the vehicle,
the control unit is arranged to, upon having stopped operation of the combustion engine and while collecting electrical power from the external supply track during driving of the vehicle,
estimate a time period until reaching the end of the power supply track, compare this estimated time period with an estimated time period necessary to heat the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine to a predetermined target temperature, wherein a present temperature of the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust after treatment system or the combustion engine is taken into account to estimate the time period necessary to heat the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine,
determine a starting point of a heating of the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine and a power level of the heating system necessary to reach the predetermined target temperature when reaching the end of the power supply track; and
operate the heating system so as to reach the predetermined target temperature when reaching the end of the power supply track.

US Pat. No. 10,336,311

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SPEED OF A WORK VEHICLE DURING DOWNHILL OPERATION

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method for controlling the speed of a work vehicle during downhill operation, the method comprising:controlling, with a computing device, an operation of at least one of an engine or a transmission of a work vehicle so as to maintain the work vehicle operating at a requested speed;
identifying, with the computing device, an operating condition of the work vehicle that provides an indication that the work vehicle is traveling downhill;
determining, with the computing device, whether at least one pre-condition for downshifting the transmission from a current gear ratio to a downshift gear ratio is satisfied when the operating condition indicates that the work vehicle is currently traveling downhill, the at least one pre-condition including a first pre-condition requiring that the requested speed be less than or equal to an estimated speed for the work vehicle following the downshift;
when it is determined that the at least one pre-condition is satisfied, controlling, with the computing device, the operation of the transmission such that the transmission is downshifted from the current gear ratio to the downshift gear ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,336,310

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STARTING ENGINE OF MILD HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for starting an engine of a mild hybrid electric vehicle, comprising:operating a mild hybrid starter & generator (MHSG) to perform an engine cranking operation when a starting condition of the engine is satisfied;
calculating an aging factor of the engine when a speed of the engine reaches a target RPM;
calculating a moving average value of the aging factor;
determining whether the moving average value of the aging factor is between a first reference value and a second reference value; and
increasing cranking torque of the MHSG when the moving average value of the aging factor is between the first reference value and the second reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,309

HEALTH MONITORING FOR A LINE REPLACEABLE UNIT (LRU)

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

11. A system for determining a health status of a line replaceable unit (LRU) having a coil, comprising:a brake temperature sensor (BTS) configured to detect a brake temperature of a brake;
an auxiliary temperature sensor separate from the BTS and configured to detect an ambient temperature;
a power source configured to apply a direct current (DC) voltage to the coil of the LRU; and
a brake control unit (BCU) configured to:
receive the brake temperature and the ambient temperature,
receive a detected current corresponding to an amount of current flowing through the coil,
determine a calculated resistance of the coil based on the detected current and the DC voltage,
determine a compensated resistance of the coil based on the calculated resistance of the coil and at least one of the brake temperature or the ambient temperature, and
determine the health status of the LRU by comparing the compensated resistance of the coil to a nominal resistance of the coil.

US Pat. No. 10,336,308

BRAKE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., ...

1. A brake device comprising:a master cylinder containing hydraulic fluid;
a master piston connected to a brake pedal and movable in the master cylinder along an axis, wherein the master piston comprises a piston head and a rod that connects the piston head and the brake pedal, wherein the piston head is configured to move from a first position and a second position along the axis for generating a hydraulic power for braking;
an annular ring arranged in the master cylinder and between the first position and the second position, the annular ring comprising a through-hole and an inner wall surrounding the through-hole, the annular ring being elastically deformable;
wherein, in response to an input on the brake pedal, the piston head is configured to move from the first position to the second position across the annular ring,
wherein the piston head is sized to contact the inner wall when passing through the annular ring such that the annular ring deforms elastically and provides a reaction force against movement of the piston head whereas the piston head does not contact the annular ring at the first and second positions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,307

ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED PNEUMATIC (ECP) OVERLAY CONTROL VALVE

NEW YORK AIR BRAKE, LLC, ...

1. An electronically controlled pneumatic overlay for a pneumatic control valve having a brake cylinder pressure outlet, comprising:a relay valve having a first port coupled to a source of reservoir pressure, a second port for providing a brake cylinder pressure output, and an exhaust, wherein the relay valve is movable between a first position where the second port is connected to the exhaust, a second position where the first port, the second port, and the exhaust are isolated from each other, and a third position where the first port is connected to the second port so that the source of reservoir pressure provides the brake cylinder pressure output;
a pilot valve coupled to the relay valve for receiving the brake cylinder pressure output from the second port of the relay valve, wherein the pilot valve is moveable to selectively couple the brake cylinder pressure output to the brake cylinder pressure outlet of the pneumatic control valve;
a solenoid valve that is moveable in response to an electrical signal to selectively connect a source of brake pipe pressure to the pilot valve; and
an apply/release circuit comprising a pair of solenoid valves coupled to a relay pilot of the relay valve to selectively move the relay valve between the first, second, and third positions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,306

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC PARKING BRAKE OF RAIL VEHICLE

New York Air Brake, LLC, ...

1. A system for controlling an automatic parking brake, comprising:a control valve having an inlet for coupling to a source of brake pipe pressure, an outlet for coupling to a control inlet of the automatic parking brake, and a pilot directly coupled to the source of brake pipe pressure, wherein the control valve is moveable between a first position where the inlet is in communication with the outlet and a second position where the inlet and the outlet are isolated from each other in response to a predetermined amount of brake pipe pressure at the pilot; and
a check valve having a cracking pressure and coupled to the source of brake pipe pressure and the automatic parking brake control inlet, wherein the check valve is in parallel with the control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,336,305

ASPIRATORS FOR PRODUCING VACUUM USING THE VENTURI EFFECT

Dayco IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A Venturi device for producing vacuum from fluids in an engine system comprising:a body defining a Venturi gap separating apart an outlet end of a converging motive section and an inlet end of a diverging discharge section by a lineal distance, wherein the converging motive section defines an inner passageway that tapers as a hyperbolic function from a circular-shaped motive inlet to an elliptical- or polygonal-shaped motive outlet and the diverging discharge section gradually, continuously tapers toward the Venturi gap; and
a suction port in fluid communication with the Venturi gap;
wherein the diverging discharge section defines an elliptical- or polygonal-shaped discharge inlet;
wherein the hyperbolic function provides flow lines at the motive outlet end being parallel to one another.