US Pat. No. 10,480,878

DETACHABLE BOX MAGAZINE WITH FOLLOWER RETRACTION MEMBER

1. A detachable box magazine comprising:a housing having a base;
a follower;
a biasing element biasing said follower away from said base;
a spool member;
a retraction member operatively connected to said follower and to said spool member;
a winding member having a spool-engaged position wherein said winding member is operatively engaged with said spool member and rotation of said winding member causes said retraction member to wind on said spool member and pull said follower toward said base, said spool-engaged position being achieved upon sufficient rotation of said winding member in a winding direction, and said winding member having a release position wherein said winding member is disengaged from said spool member, said winding member being moved from said spool-engaged position to said release position upon sufficient rotation of said winding member in an unwinding direction opposite said winding direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,877

DETACHABLE BOX MAGAZINE WITH FOLLOWER RETRACTION MEMBER

1. A detachable box magazine comprising:a housing having a base;
a follower;
a biasing element biasing said follower away from said base;
a spool member;
a retraction member operatively connected to said follower and to said spool member;
a winding member selectively engaged with said spool member, and, when engaged with said spool member, manipulated to rotate said spool member in a winding direction to wind said retraction member about said spool member and pull the follower toward said base against said biasing element.

US Pat. No. 10,480,876

ADJUSTABLE GAS BLOCK FOR AN INDIRECT GAS OPERATED FIREARM

LWRC International LLC, ...

1. An adjustable gas block for an indirect gas operated firearm, wherein the adjustable gas block comprises:a nozzle comprising a forward end, middle portion and back end, and wherein said nozzle comprises a plurality of ports spaced about a middle portion of the nozzle, and wherein each of said plurality of ports can be selectively placed into communication with a barrel gas port of said firearm;
a gas block housing having a barrel receiving channel, and a cylindrical bore with a port, wherein said cylindrical bore receives said gas nozzle, and wherein said gas block housing comprises a groove formed therein to receive a rotatable knob, said groove running transverse to an axis of a barrel of said firearm and between a forward end of said cylindrical bore and a generally planar, rearwardly facing portion of said gas block housing; and
a rotatable knob that receives and rotates the nozzle within said cylindrical bore, and said knob is removably retained by a spring loaded detent and ball, and said spring and detent work in conjunction with a series of notches present on said knob to prevent unintentional rotation of said knob, and said spring provides a force to said ball which interacts with said notches.

US Pat. No. 10,480,875

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CLEANING HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

BLUE BOX AIR, LLC, Garde...

1. A method for cleaning a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system of a building, comprising:applying a cleaning foam at low pressure into a plurality of spaces between or within one or more heat-transfer coils of a heat exchange system of the HVAC system, the heat exchange system having a front side for air intake during operation of the HVAC system and a back side through which air exits during the operation of the HVAC system, wherein the cleaning foam is applied to the front side of the heat exchange system, wherein the cleaning foam comprises water, air, surfactant, enzymes, and least one of chlorine dioxide, halide salt, hypochlorite salt, organic solvent, quaternary ammonium compound, acid, base, or chelating agent;
causing or allowing the cleaning foam to pass through the plurality of spaces;
the cleaning foam breaking down and removing dirt or debris from surfaces adjacent to the plurality of spaces, including killing and/or removing at least one of bacteria, viruses, fungi, or biofilm from the surfaces, the enzymes assisting in breaking down biofilm if present; and
the cleaning foam carrying away the removed dirt or debris from the plurality of spaces and exiting the back side of the heat exchange system with the removed debris.

US Pat. No. 10,480,874

PRO-BOXER FLEXIBLE LANCE POSITIONER APPARATUS

STONEAGE, INC., Durango,...

1. A flexible lance drive positioning apparatus adapted to be fastened directly to a heat exchanger tube sheet adjacent a selected number of tubes to be cleaned, the apparatus comprising:a flat base plate having a first portion and a second portion extending at an angle from the first portion, the first and second portions forming an inner center corner therebetween, the flat base plate having an outer center corner between the first portion and the second portion spaced from the inner center corner, a first outer end corner and a second outer end corner;
a support post adjacent each of the outer end corner, the outer center corner and the inner center corner each fastened at one end to the base plate;
a top plate fastened to an opposite end of each support post; and
an extensible scissor arm assembly between the base plate and the too plate having a first arm and a second arm each pivotally fastened via one of a first and second shoulder sleeve to the inner center corner support post, wherein the extensible scissor arm assembly is operable to position a lance drive mechanism carried by wrist joint members at a distal end of the scissor arm assembly at precise X and Y coordinates adjacent the heat exchanger tube sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,480,872

TURBULATORS IN ENHANCED TUBES

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A heat exchange tube comprising:inner surface features on an inner surface of the heat exchange tube including a rib structure that is rifled and includes two or more helices that cross over each other; and
a turbulator that extends in a longitudinal direction inside the heat exchange tube,
at least a portion of the turbulator is positioned on the inner surface features,
the inner surface features and the turbulator have a relative structure and arrangement to synergistically improve a heat transfer coefficient relative to a heat exchange tube without both the inner surface features and the turbulator, and in an operation condition where the working fluid flow is in an intermediate regime, and
the intermediate regime is defined as including Reynolds numbers including lower than a transition point before a turbulent flow regime, including the transition point, and including a relatively smaller portion of the turbulent flow regime,
wherein a ratio of turbulator pitch P1 to a tube inner diameter Dt, P1/Dt, is from 1 to 2.5, and
a ratio of a turbulator diameter Dw to the tube inner diameter Dt, Dw/Dt, is from 0.04 to 0.1.

US Pat. No. 10,480,871

HEAT EXCHANGER FLANGE PLATE WITH SUPERCOOLING FUNCTION

MODINE MANUFACTURING COMP...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchanger core configured as a stack of plates, alternating ducts for a flow of refrigerant and a flow of a liquid coolant defined between adjacent ones of the plates;
a flange plate joined to a lowermost plate of the stack of plates, the flange plate comprising an upper plate facing the heat exchanger core to which the lowermost plate of the stack of plates is joined, and a lower plate facing away from the heat exchanger core, wherein a connection region is defined as that portion of the upper plate where the lowermost plate of the stack of plates is joined to the upper plate; and
a supercooling passage for the flow of refrigerant arranged within the flange plate and bounded by at least one of the upper and lower plates of the flange plate, the supercooling passage extending directly below the heat exchanger core to allow for the transfer of heat between refrigerant passing through the supercooling passage and liquid coolant passing through that duct of the heat exchanger core bounded by said lowermost plate of the stack of plates, wherein the flange plate further comprises: a first refrigerant inlet, arranged in the upper plate within the connection region; a first refrigerant outlet arranged outside of the connection region; a fluid transfer line extending between the first refrigerant inlet and the first refrigerant outlet; a second refrigerant inlet arranged outside of the connection region and fluidly connected to the supercooling passage; and a second refrigerant outlet arranged outside of the connection region and fluidly connected to the supercooling passage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,870

HEAT EXCHANGER

KYUNGDONG NAVIEN CO., LTD...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchange portion (200) in which a heating water flow path through which heating water flows, a hot water flow path through which hot water flows, and a combustion gas flow path through which a combustion gas combusted in a burner (100) flows are alternately formed to be adjacent to each other in a space between a plurality of plates,
wherein the heat exchange portion (200) is configured with a heating sensible heat portion (200A) configured to surround an outer side of a combustion chamber (C), configured with an area at one side of a plate, and configured to heat the heating water using sensible heat of the combustion gas generated by the combustion in the burner (100); a heating latent heat portion (200B) configured with a partial area at the other side of the plate and configured to heat the heating water using latent heat of water vapor contained in the combustion gas which underwent heat exchange in the heating sensible heat portion (200A); and a hot water latent heat portion (200C) configured with the remaining area of the other side of the plate and configured to heat direct water using latent heat of water vapor contained in the combustion gas passing through the heating latent heat portion (200B).

US Pat. No. 10,480,868

TUBE ASSEMBLY

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method of operating a fuel system of a gas turbine engine comprising the steps of:flowing a first fluid through a first flowpath defined by a first tube;
exposing a second tube surrounding and spaced radially outward from the first tube to a first thermal gradient; and
breaking a first sacrificial support structure located between the first and second tubes via thermal stress induced by the first thermal gradient.

US Pat. No. 10,480,866

HEAT PIPE WITH NON-UNIFORM CROSS-SECTION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A heat pipe comprising:a tube having an internal surface, an external surface, and a length running from a first end to a second end;
a first planar flange located proximal to the first end relative to the second end, wherein a central axis for the tube is positioned between a plane of a first surface of the first planar flange and a plane of a second surface of the first planar flange, wherein the first surface and the second surface of the first planar flange extend from the external surface;
a second planar flange located proximal to the second end relative to the first end, wherein the central axis is positioned between a plane of a third surface of the second planar flange and a plane of a fourth surface of the second planar flange, wherein the third surface and the fourth surface of the second planar flange extend from the external surface, and wherein the second planar flange is out of plane with the first planar flange; and
protrusions continuously extending along the internal surface in a direction of the length of the tube, wherein at least one of a spacing, a size, or a shape of the protrusions changes continuously along the length between the first end of the tube and the second end of the tube, wherein the tube and the protrusions are monolithic.

US Pat. No. 10,480,865

INTERMITTENT THERMOSYPHON

J R Thermal LLC, Austin,...

1. A thermosyphon, comprising:a condenser having a first condenser orifice through which vapor enters the condenser;
the condenser further having a second condenser orifice through which liquid leaves the condenser;
an evaporator having a first evaporator orifice through which vapor exits the evaporator;
the evaporator further having a second evaporator orifice located below the second condenser orifice through which liquid enters the evaporator, wherein the first evaporator orifice and the second evaporator orifice pass through a planar top interior surface of the evaporator, and the first condenser orifice and the second condenser orifice pass through a planar bottom interior surface of the condenser,
a plurality of evaporator fins positioned within the evaporator so that each of the evaporator fins extends from the planar bottom interior surface of the evaporator to the planar top interior surface of the evaporator, wherein the plurality of evaporator fins create flow channels to direct movement of fluid within the evaporator from the second evaporator orifice towards the first evaporator orifice, and wherein a notch removing only an upper portion of one or more of the plurality of evaporator fins positioned proximal to the second evaporator orifice allows liquid entering the evaporator unobstructed access to the flow channels,
and further having a plurality of condenser fins positioned within the condenser so that each of the condenser fins extends from the planar bottom interior surface of the condenser to a planar top interior surface of the condenser, wherein the plurality of condenser fins create flow channels to direct movement of fluid within the condenser from the first condenser orifice towards the second condenser orifice;
a vapor tube fluidly coupling the first evaporator orifice to the first condenser orifice; and
a liquid tube fluidly coupling the second condenser orifice to the second evaporator orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,480,864

RECOVERY AND RE-USE OF WASTE ENERGY IN INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system comprising:a hydrocracking plant of a crude oil refining facility, the hydrocracking plant comprising feed furnaces, a first stage reaction section comprising a fixed-bed reactor vessel, a second reaction stage comprising another fixed-bed reactor vessel, and a fractionator column, wherein the hydrocracking plant is configured to perform at least one crude oil refining process and to flow a hydrocracking plant stream comprising at least one of a first stage reaction section feed stream to a first stage cold high pressure separator, a diesel product stream, a kerosene product stream, a second reaction stage feed stream to a second cold high pressure separator, a product stripper overheads stream, a kerosene pumparound stream;
an oil refining plant of the crude oil refining facility, the oil refining plant being different from the hydrocracking plant, the oil refining plant comprising at least one of a sulfur recovery plant comprising an amine regenerator distillation column, a sour water stripper plant comprising a sour-water stripper distillation column, a gas separation plant comprising a de-ethanizer distillation column and a propane-butane splitter distillation column and through which a gas separation plant stream comprising at least one of C2 to C4 flows in the gas separation plant, a naphtha hydro-treating plant comprising a naphtha splitter distillation column, an amine regeneration plant separation section comprising an acid gas absorber vessel and an acid gas regenerator vessel, wherein an acid gas regenerator bottoms stream comprising a weak amine salt flows through the amine regeneration plant;
a flow control system connected to the hydrocracking plant and the oil refining plant, the flow control system comprising one or more flow pumps, one or more flow pipes, and one or more valves, wherein the flow control system is configured to:
flow the hydrocracking plant stream from the hydrocracking plant to a heat exchanger, and
flow a stream from the oil refining plant to the heat exchanger; and
the heat exchanger configured to transfer a portion of heat flowed through the hydrocracking plant stream to the stream from the oil refining plant.

US Pat. No. 10,480,862

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USE IN WELDING PIPE SEGMENTS OF A PIPELINE

CRC-Evans Pipeline Intern...

1. A pipe cooling system, comprising:a frame configured to reside within at least one pipe of a plurality of welded pipes that are secured together via a weld joint;
a plurality of rollers configured to rotatably support the frame;
a drive motor that drives the plurality of rollers to move the frame within the at least one pipe;
a brake system that secures the frame from movement at a desired location within the at least one pipe;
one or more battery cells carried by the frame, the one or more battery cells configured to power the drive motor and the brake system;
a cooler carried by the frame, the cooler comprising a blower configured to blow a cooling gas within the at least one pipe and in a direction towards the weld joint to facilitate cooling of the welded pipes; and
one or more processors operatively connected with the drive motor, the brake system and the cooler, the one or more processors operating the cooler to reduce the temperature of the welded pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,480,860

CONVEYOR FURNACE

1. A conveyor furnace comprising:a muffle having an inlet opening and an outlet opening;
a first heating device for heating a volume delimited by the muffle;
a closed conveyor belt manufactured at least partially from metal, the conveyor belt including a first section extending through the muffle such that, during the operation of the conveyor furnace, a workpiece to be annealed is arranged to be conveyed in through the inlet opening and out through the outlet opening of the muffle, and a second section extending outside of the muffle, wherein, during the operation of the conveyor furnace, the first section of the conveyor belt is arranged to be moved in a first direction, while, at the same time, the second section of the conveyor belt is arranged to be moved in a second direction opposite from the first direction;
a second heating device arranged so that during the operation of the conveyor furnace, the second heating device heats the second section of the conveyor belt under an atmosphere in which oxidation occurs outside of the muffle, wherein the first heating device and the second heating device are mutually separate and mutually independent heating devices; and
a first lock chamber before the inlet opening and a second lock chamber after the outlet opening, relative to the first direction in which the first section of the conveyor belt is moved, wherein the first lock chamber and the second lock chamber are each flushed with gaseous hydrogen,wherein the first heating device heats the first section of the conveyor belt while the first section of the conveyor belt travels in the first direction and the second heating device heats the second section of the conveyor belt while the second section of the conveyor belt travels in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,859

CARRIER-TYPE HEAT-TREATMENT APPARATUS

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC SINTERE...

1. A carrier heat-treatment apparatus including a furnace main body that includes heaters and a mesh belt that transports an object to be heat-treated into the furnace main body, comprising:a gas pipe arranged inside the furnace main body, the gas pipe being configured to inject a gas into the furnace main body,
wherein a low-temperature zone and a high-temperature zone are provided inside the furnace main body with the gas, the low-temperature zone being provided on an entrance side of the furnace main body, the high-temperature zone being provided on an exit side of the furnace main body and having a temperature higher than the low-temperature zone,
wherein the heaters are aligned in a transportation direction of the object to be heat-treated,
wherein a heat insulator is arranged in a gap that is selected from gaps between the heaters aligned in the transportation direction and that is located in the vicinity of the gas pipe, and
wherein the gas from the gas pipe does not provide heat insulation within any of the gaps between the heaters aligned in the transportation direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,858

HYDRAULIC-BINDER ROTARY-FURNACE OPERATION

1. A method of limiting a thickness of rings formed in a rotary furnace for the production of a hydraulic binder and/or limiting speed of rings formed in a rotary furnace for the production of a hydraulic binder, comprising the steps of:providing a furnace having a substantially cylindrical shape with a longitudinal axis which is inclined, an upper end, a lower end and a substantially cylindrical wall, the length of the furnace being at least 9 times the diameter of the furnace, the furnace comprising a burner assembly at its lower end;
rotating the furnace around the longitudinal axis;
feeding a material to be pyroprocessed to the furnace at its upper end, the material to be pyroprocessed thereby traveling downwards through the furnace under the effect of gravity and being pyroprocessed in the furnace by heat generated by combustion of a main fuel in the furnace and leaving the furnace at its lower end as pyroprocessed hydraulic binder material;
transferring the pyroprocessed material from the furnace to an air-cooled material cooler, to produce cooled pyroprocessed hydraulic binder material and heated air;
injecting the main fuel and primary combustion oxidizer into the furnace with the burner assembly so as to generate partial combustion of the main fuel with the primary combustion oxidizer, feeding the heated air from the material cooler to the furnace at its lower end as secondary oxidizer so as to substantially complete combustion of the main fuel, directing a flame generated by combustion of the main fuel with the primary oxidizer and the secondary oxidizer substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the furnace;
evacuating flue gas from the upper end of the furnace; and
varying a longitudinal temperature profile within the furnace during furnace operation by injecting, into the furnace, at least one fluid other than the main fuel, the primary oxidizer and the secondary oxidizer, said at least one fluid being selected from the group consisting of oxygen, air, CO2, recycled flue gas, and mixtures thereof, wherein variation of the longitudinal temperature profile is achieved by continuously or discontinuously varying at least one injection parameter of the injection of the at least one fluid other than the main fuel, the primary oxidizer and the secondary oxidizer that is injected into the furnace so as to limit a thickness of rings formed in the rotary furnace and/or a speed of ring formation in the rotary furnace.

US Pat. No. 10,480,855

HEATED SHELF FOR A FREEZE-DRYING SYSTEM HAVING A LEADING FOLDED EDGE THAT DOES NOT CATCH ON FOOD BEING REMOVED FROM THE SYSTEM

1. A freeze-drying system comprising:a vented cart configured for operation in a pressure controlled chamber of the freeze-drying system; and
a plurality of heated shelves disposed in the vented cart, at least one heated shelf of the plurality of heated shelves including:
a planar sheet formed from a thermally conductive material, and folded so as to form a top portion configured to conduct heat to a tray when the tray is resting on the top portion of the planar sheet, and a bottom portion disposed opposite the top portion;
a heating element secured between the top portion and the bottom portion, the heating element having a surface disposed in thermally conductive contact with the top portion; and
wherein the plurality of heated shelves is configured for control by a temperature controller of the freeze-drying system.

US Pat. No. 10,480,854

LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH GREENHOUSE GAS REMOVAL

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A liquefied natural gas production system using liquid nitrogen as a primary refrigerant, the system comprising:a natural gas stream from a supply of natural gas;
a liquefied nitrogen stream from a supply of liquefied nitrogen;
at least one heat exchanger that exchanges heat between the liquefied nitrogen stream and the natural gas stream to at least partially vaporize the liquefied nitrogen stream and at least partially condense the natural gas stream; and
a greenhouse gas removal unit comprising a distillation column having a heat pump condenser and reboiler system, the greenhouse gas removal unit configured to remove greenhouse gas from the at least partially vaporized nitrogen stream, wherein the heat pump condenser and reboiler system further comprises
a compressor that increases a pressure and condensing temperature of an overhead stream of the distillation column,
a heat pump heat exchanger to cross-exchange the overhead stream of the distillation column and a bottom stream of the distillation column to affect both an overhead condenser duty and a bottom reboiler duty of the distillation column,
a pressure reduction device, connected to an output of the heat pump heat exchanger, and configured to reduce a pressure of the distillation column overhead stream after the distillation column overhead stream has passed through the heat pump heat exchanger, and
a separator, connected to an output of the pressure reduction device, and configured to produce a first separator overhead stream, wherein the first separator overhead stream is gaseous nitrogen that exits the greenhouse gas removal unit having greenhouse gases removed therefrom;
at least one expander service that reduces the pressure of the at least partially vaporized nitrogen stream; and
a controller that adjusts an inlet temperature of a first of the at least one expander service to affect an overhead condenser duty and a bottom reboiler duty of the distillation column.

US Pat. No. 10,480,853

METHOD FOR THE CRYOGENIC SEPARATION OF AIR AND AIR SEPARATION PLANT

LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

18. A method for cryogenic separation of air in an air separation plant having a main air compressor, a main heat exchanger, and a distillation column system, said distillation column having a low-pressure column and a high-pressure column, said method comprising:operating said low-pressure column at a first pressure level and operating said high-pressure column at a second pressure level,
compressing a feed air stream, which comprises all of the feed air that is to be fed to the air separation plant, in the main air compressor to a third pressure level which is at least 2 bar above the second pressure level, to form a compressed feed air stream,
cooling a first fraction of the compressed feed air stream in the main heat exchanger, expanding the cooled first fraction from the third pressure level in a first expansion turbine, and cooling the expanded first fraction in the main heat exchanger before introducing at least in part the first fraction into the distillation column system,
cooling a second fraction of the compressed feed air stream in the main heat exchanger, expanding the second fraction from the third pressure level in a second expansion turbine, and introducing at least in part the expanded second fraction into the distillation column system,
further compressing a third fraction of the compressed feed air stream to a fourth pressure level, cooling the further compressed third fraction in the main heat exchanger, expanding the cooled third fraction from the fourth pressure level, and introducing at least in part expanded third fraction into the distillation column system,
wherein
the further compressing of the third fraction to the fourth pressure level is performed by successive compression in a further compressor, a first turbine booster, and a second turbine booster, and
the expanding of the third fraction is performed in a dense fluid expander wherein the third fraction is fed into the dense fluid expander in the liquid state and at the fourth pressure level, and
the third fraction is fed to the first turbine booster at a temperature level of 0 to 50° C.

US Pat. No. 10,480,852

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIQUEFACTION OF NATURAL GAS

DRESSER-RAND COMPANY, Ol...

1. A method for producing liquefied natural gas, comprising:fluidly coupling a source of natural gas to an inlet of a heat exchanger;
feeding natural gas from the source of natural gas through the inlet of the heat exchanger;
compressing a first portion of a single mixed refrigerant in a first compressor;
compressing a second portion of the single mixed refrigerant in the first compressor;
combining the first portion of the single mixed refrigerant with the second portion of the single mixed refrigerant in the first compressor to produce the single mixed refrigerant;
cooling the single mixed refrigerant in a first cooler to produce a first liquid phase and a gaseous phase;
separating the first liquid phase from the gaseous phase in a first liquid separator;
compressing the gaseous phase in a second compressor;
cooling the compressed gaseous phase in a second cooler to produce a second liquid phase and the second portion of the single mixed refrigerant;
separating the second liquid phase from the second portion of the single mixed refrigerant in a second liquid separator;
pressurizing the first liquid phase in a pump fluidly coupled with the first liquid separator;
combining the first liquid phase from the pump with the second liquid phase from the second liquid separator to produce the first portion of the single mixed refrigerant;
feeding the first portion of the single mixed refrigerant and the second portion of the single mixed refrigerant to the heat exchanger to cool at least a portion of the natural gas fed to the heat exchanger from the source of natural gas to produce the liquefied natural gas;
fluidly coupling a storage tank to an outlet of the heat exchanger; and
feeding the liquefied natural gas into the storage tank through the outlet of the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,480,851

MIXED REFRIGERANT SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method for cooling a feed fluid, comprising:separating, in a high pressure separation device at the same pressure, a high pressure mixed refrigerant stream, said stream comprising two or more C1-C5 hydrocarbons and optionally N2, to form a high pressure vapor stream and a mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream;
cooling the high pressure vapor stream in a heat exchanger to form a mixed phase stream;
separating the mixed phase stream with a cold vapor separator, to form a cold separator vapor stream and a cold separator liquid stream;
condensing the cold separator vapor stream in the heat exchanger and flashing, to form a cold temperature refrigerant stream;
subcooling at least a portion of the mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream in a first heat exchange passage in the heat exchanger to a subcooled state and temperature, where the first heat exchange passage has a first heat exchange passage length, to form a subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream;
subcooling the cold separator liquid stream in a second heat exchange passage in the heat exchanger to a subcooled state and temperature, where the second heat exchange passage has a second heat exchange passage length, prior to combination with the subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream to form a subcooled cold separator liquid stream, wherein the first heat exchange passage is separate and distinct from the second heat exchange passage and the first heat exchange passage length is greater than the second heat exchange passage length;
combining the subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream and the subcooled cold separator liquid stream while the subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream is at, or colder via expansion than, the temperature of the subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream in the subcooled state and the subcooled cold separator liquid stream is at, or colder via expansion than, the temperature of the subcooled cold separator liquid stream in the subcooled state to form a middle temperature refrigerant stream;
combining, in the heat exchanger, the middle temperature refrigerant stream with one of a cold temperature rejoined refrigerant stream and the cold temperature refrigerant stream, after the subcooled mid-boiling refrigerant liquid stream and the subcooled cold separator liquid stream are combined to form the middle temperature refrigerant stream, and warming, to form a vapor refrigerant return stream comprising the hydrocarbons and optional N2; and
thermally contacting the feed fluid in the heat exchanger, to form a cooled feed fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,480,849

COLD APPLIANCE

Aktiebolaget Electrolux, ...

1. A cold appliance comprising:a cooling module and a cabinet comprising a cold compartment, wherein the cabinet is a modular cabinet constructed from a plurality of separable cabinet panels that connect together in an assembled state to form the cabinet, including two opposite pre-foamed side wall panels, each of which connects to a pre-foamed rear wall panel, the pre-foamed rear wall panel comprising a foam material arranged between an inner sheet layer and an outer sheet layer, wherein the inner sheet layer is arranged between the cold compartment and the outer sheet layer and extends from one of the two pre-foamed side wall panels to the other of the two pre-foamed side wall panels, the cabinet further comprising a top part, a bottom part, and a door, wherein
the cooling module comprises an outlet air duct configured to deliver cooled air to the cold compartment of the cabinet, and an inlet air duct configured to receive air from the cold compartment, wherein the cold appliance further comprises a rear wall lining arranged between the cold compartment and the inner sheet layer of the pre-foamed rear wall panel, wherein the rear wall lining is separate from the inner sheet layer and comprises
a center portion that is spaced from the inner sheet layer, wherein the center portion protrudes outward in a direction away from the inner sheet layer to form a center space between the center portion of the rear wall lining and the inner sheet layer of the pre-foamed rear wall panel, wherein the rear wall lining further comprises
edge portions, a first one of which is arranged on a first side of the center portion adjacent to one of the two pre-foamed side wall panels and a second one of which is arranged on a second side of the center portion adjacent to the other of the two pre-foamed side wall panels, wherein a maximum distance between the center portion and the inner sheet layer is greater than a minimum distance between each of the first and second edge portions and the inner sheet layer such that the center portion and the center space are centered horizontally between the two opposed pre-foamed side wall panels and the first and second edge portions.

US Pat. No. 10,480,848

ENCLOSURE ASSEMBLY WITH SLIDING LOCK

Leer, Inc., New Lisbon, ...

1. A joint for an outer cabinet of an enclosure, the joint comprising:a first panel having a first flange extending away from the first panel;
a second panel having a first flange extending away from the second panel; and
a slide channel including a first flange interconnected to a second flange and a third flange interconnected with the second flange, the second flange interconnected to a hem, wherein the first flange and the interconnected hem and second flange define a channel structured to receive the first flange of the first panel and the first flange of the second panel to couple the first panel to the second panel, and wherein the third flange extends away from the second flange of the slide channel in a substantially perpendicular manner.

US Pat. No. 10,480,846

REFRIGERATION APPARATUS FOR CONTAINER

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A container refrigeration apparatus including a refrigerant circuit, the apparatus comprising:a non-volatile memory; and
a failure determining processor configured to
perform a failure diagnosis to successively evaluate in a predetermined sequence a plurality of evaluation items, the plurality of evaluation items including a first type which evaluates functioning of individual components of the container refrigeration apparatus and a second type which evaluates functioning of a combination of the individual components, and
store, in said non-volatile memory, data associated with progress of the failure diagnosis, wherein
the first type of evaluation items are evaluated prior to the second type of evaluation items, and
if the failure diagnosis is interrupted due to a loss of power from a power supply of the container refrigeration apparatus, the failure determining processor is configured to restart the failure diagnosis from an intermediate point of the failure diagnosis based on the stored progress data.

US Pat. No. 10,480,845

ICE-MAKING DEVICE FOR REFRIGERATOR

DONGBU DAEWOO ELECTRONICS...

1. An ice-making device for a refrigerator, the ice-making device comprising:an upper frame;
a lower frame coupled to the upper frame at a lower side thereof;
an ice tray disposed between the upper frame and the lower frame;
a water supply port formed in a rear wall of the upper frame and configured to supply water to the ice tray, the water supply port being opened in a lengthwise direction of the ice tray;
an upper sidewall protruding downward from an edge of an upper surface of the upper frame; and
a first water-blocking rib protruding from the rear wall along the lengthwise direction of the ice tray,
wherein an end of the first water-blocking rib protrudes beyond an end of the water supply port along the lengthwise direction of the ice tray.

US Pat. No. 10,480,844

DRAINING THE SUMP OF AN ICE MAKER TO PREVENT GROWTH OF HARMFUL BIOLOGICAL MATERIAL

4. A method of controlling an ice maker, the ice maker comprising (i) a refrigeration system comprising a compressor and an ice formation device, (ii) a water system for supplying water to the ice formation device, the water system comprising a water reservoir adapted to hold water to be formed into ice and a discharge valve in fluid communication with the water reservoir, (iii) an ice storage bin for storing the formed ice; and (iv) a control system comprising an ice level sensor adapted to sense whether the ice storage bin is full of ice, a water level sensor adapted to sense a water level in the water reservoir, and a controller adapted to control the operation of the refrigeration system and the water system, the method comprising:receiving, by the controller, an indication from the ice level sensor that the ice storage bin is full of ice;
causing, by the controller, the compressor to turn off;
causing, by the controller, the discharge valve to open to drain water from the water reservoir;
receiving, by the controller, an indication from the water level sensor that the water reservoir is empty; and
causing, by the controller, the discharge valve to close and based on the indication from the water level sensor that the water reservoir is empty;
wherein the water level sensor includes a pressure sensor and a fitting;
wherein the fitting comprises a base portion and a tapered portion that tapers as it extends upward from the base portion toward a top of the fitting; and
wherein the tapered portion includes a bottom tapered portion and a top tapered portion and the bottom tapered portion is more tapered than the top tapered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,841

REFRIGERATOR HAVING WATER FEED SYSTEM

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A water feed system of arefrigerator having
a refrigerating area including a refrigerating compartment,
a freezing compartment below the refrigerating compartment,
a horizontal partition separating the refrigerating compartment and the freezing compartment,
a door to open or close the refrigerating compartment,
an icemaker, and
a dispenser installed at the door,
the water feed system to feed water to the icemaker and the dispenser, the water feed system comprising:
an assembly into which a filter is insertable, the assembly including:
a filter connector to be connected to the filter inserted into the assembly,
a water tank horizontally extending, the water tank to store water filtered by the filter for feeding to the icemaker and the dispenser, and
a valve;
a first water feed line to connect an external water source and the filter connector;
a second water feed line to connect the water tank and the icemaker; and
a third water feed line to connect the water tank and the dispenser, wherein
the valve is provided at a junction of the water tank, the second water feed line and the third water feed line,
the refrigerating area includes an assembly compartment to house the assembly,
the assembly is positioned below the dispenser and the icemaker, and,
when the filter connector is connected to the filter inserted into the assembly,
the water tank is positioned above the filter, and
the water tank and the filter are arranged in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,839

REFRIGERANT COMPRESSOR

Bitzer Kuehlmaschinenbau ...

1. A method for monitoring a refrigerant compressor comprising a drive motor anda compressor unit which compresses a refrigerant entering through a suction inlet and allows it to exit through a pressure outlet, and a compressor monitoring system which is integrated into a compressor control system for the compressor, the compressor control system being part of the refrigerant compressor and determining a compressor condition by means of a first condition value that corresponds to a first saturation temperature in the suction inlet and a second condition value that corresponds to a second saturation temperature in the pressure outlet,
said method comprising the following steps:
presetting a deployment field of a deployment diagram, the deployment field incorporating the permissible compressor conditions in a compressor-specific manner, storing the preset deployment field in said compressor monitoring system of the compressor control system,
determining the compressor condition by detecting the first condition value which corresponds to the first saturation temperature in the suction inlet and the second condition value which corresponds to the second saturation temperature in the pressure outlet,
comparing the compressor condition with permissible compressor conditions lying in the stored deployment field of the deployment diagram,
initiating a process of switching-off the refrigerant compressor if the compressor condition departs from the deployment field, the compressor monitoring system cooperating directly with a motor control system of the compressor control system for the purposes of switching-off the drive motor,
determining the relative position of the determined compressor condition with reference to a deployment boundary enclosing the deployment field, and
making available the information about the relative position of the compressor condition at a control interface for a higher-level control system of a refrigerant circulation system;
wherein initiating the process of switching-off is a delayed switching-off process according to which the monitoring system determines a first time point at which the deployment boundary was overstepped, and if after a delay period the compressor condition is still outside the deployment field, the compressor monitoring system conveys a switch-off signal to the motor control system.

US Pat. No. 10,480,838

CONTROL DEVICE FOR REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS, AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit in which a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve, and an evaporator are connected by a refrigerant pipe, and
a controller configured to control an opening-degree of the expansion valve,
wherein the controller is configured to
detect a discharge temperature of refrigerant discharged from the compressor with a sensor,
output an opening-degree command for the expansion valve on a basis of a discharge-temperature deviation between the discharge temperature and a set discharge temperature, and at least two types of control parameters including a proportionality coefficient and an integral coefficient such that the discharge temperature becomes the set discharge temperature, and
calculate the proportionality coefficient and the integral coefficient corresponding to a refrigerant flow rate of refrigerant circulating through the refrigerant circuit by correcting preset reference values such that a variation range of the integral coefficient within a variation range of the refrigerant flow rate is larger than a variation range of the proportionality coefficient within the variation range of the refrigerant flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,837

REFRIGERATION APPARATUS

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A refrigeration apparatus comprising:a compressor;
a heat-source-side heat exchanger operable as an evaporator or a radiator of a refrigerant;
a usage-side heat exchanger operable as an evaporator or a radiator of the refrigerant; and
a controller programmed to perform a defrost operation,
the heat-source-side heat exchanger being disposed inside a heat source unit having
an exhaust port and an outdoor fan in an upper part, and
an intake port in a side part,
the heat-source-side heat exchanger being configured so as to suction air into an interior from the intake port and to exhaust air out to an exterior from the exhaust port,
the heat-source-side heat exchanger being disposed so as to face the intake port, and
the heat-source-side heat exchanger being divided so as to include a first heat-source-side heat exchanger and a second heat-source-side heat exchanger on a lower side of the first heat-source-side heat exchanger,
a first heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve, an opening degree of which is adjustable, being connected to a liquid side of the first heat-source-side heat exchanger such that the first heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve is located downstream of the first heat-source-side heat exchanger in a flow of the refrigerant in a case of operating as a radiator of the refrigerant,
a second heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve, an opening degree of which is adjustable, being connected to a liquid side of the second heat-source-side heat exchanger such that the second heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve is located downstream of the second heat-source-side heat exchanger in the flow of the refrigerant in a case of operating as a radiator of the refrigerant,
Cv values of the first heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve and the second heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve in a state of the opening degrees of the first heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valve and the second heat-source-side adjusting valve being fully open being determined so that the refrigerant flows readily to the first heat-source-side heat exchanger and the refrigerant does not flow readily to the second heat-source-side heat exchanger, in comparison with a heat transfer area ratio between the first heat-source-side heat exchanger and the second heat-source-side heat exchanger,
the defrost operation being performed in order
to defrost the first and second heat-source-side heat exchangers by stopping the outdoor fan and causing the first and second heat-source-side heat exchangers to operate as radiators of the refrigerant, and
to cause the usage-side heat exchanger to operate as an evaporator of the refrigerant when frost forms on the first and second heat-source-side heat exchangers operating as evaporators of the refrigerant, and
the opening degrees of the first and second heat-source-side flow rate adjusting valves being controlled in the defrost operation so as to achieve a defrost flow rate ratio at which more of the refrigerant flows to the second heat-source-side heat exchanger than during an air-cooling operation in which the first and second heat-source-side heat exchangers operate as radiators of the refrigerant and the usage-side heat exchanger operates as an evaporator of the refrigerant.

US Pat. No. 10,480,836

DEVICE FOR FILLING VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS WITH REFRIGERANT R744

1. An apparatus for filling an automobile air conditioning system with R744 refrigerant in a liquid state via a service port of the air conditioning system, the apparatus comprising:a storage tank containing the R744 refrigerant in a liquid state;
a pump fluidly connected to the storage tank at a low pressure side of the pump and fluidly connected to a first end of a refrigerant supply line at a high pressure side of the pump, wherein the refrigerant supply line carries the R744 refrigerant in the liquid state at a pressure;
a refrigerant filling station comprising:
an inlet fluidly connected to a second end of the refrigerant supply line;
a first outlet fluidly connected to a first end of a first refrigerant return line, wherein the refrigerant return line includes a second end fluidly connected to the storage tank;
a second outlet fluidly connected to an adapter;
a valve fluidly connected to the inlet and the first outlet; and
a temperature sensor operable to measure a temperature of the R744 refrigerant at the inlet;
wherein when a temperature of the R744 refrigerant measured by the temperature sensor is greater than a threshold temperature, the valve is in a first position wherein the valve opens the first outlet and fluidly connects the inlet to the first outlet such that the refrigerant supply line is fluidly connected to the first refrigerant return line; and
wherein when a temperature measured by the temperature sensor is less than a threshold temperature, the valve is in a second position wherein the valve closes the first outlet; and
wherein, in an operating position, the adapter is configured to be fluidly connected to the service port of the air conditioning system and direct the R744 refrigerant to the air conditioning system;
an adapter support comprising a connection port; and
wherein, in a storage position, the adapter is fluidly connected and sealed to the connection port of the adapter support and directs the R744 refrigerant to the adapter support.

US Pat. No. 10,480,834

REFRIGERANT COOLING AND LUBRICATION SYSTEM

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) unit for an HVAC system comprising:a compressor having a motor and a drive;
a condenser fluidly connected to the compressor;
a unit controller; and
a refrigerant cooling and lubrication assembly that comprises:
a condenser source line fluidly connected to the condenser,
a refrigerant pump line fluidly connected to the condenser source line, the condenser source line feeds into the refrigerant pump line, the refrigerant pump line is fluidly connected to at least one of the motor and the drive of the compressor,
a refrigerant pump located on the refrigerant pump line, the refrigerant pump having an inlet and an outlet fluidly connected with the refrigerant pump line, and
a flow control device disposed on the condenser source line, the flow control device disposed on the condenser source line having an open state and a closed state,
wherein the unit controller is configured to receive an input from a sensor to determine whether an appropriate pressure differential is present in the refrigerant pump line, in order to activate the flow control device disposed on the condenser source line to direct refrigerant to the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,832

THERMOACOUSTIC ENERGY CONVERTING ELEMENT PART AND THERMOACOUSTIC ENERGY CONVERTER

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A thermoacoustic energy converting element part that converts acoustic energy into thermal energy or thermal energy into acoustic energy between a fluid, through which acoustic waves travel, and a wall in contact with the fluid, the thermoacoustic energy converting element part comprising:a wall extendingly surrounding each of a plurality of through holes and configured to exchange heat with the fluid, the plurality of through holes penetrating the thermoacoustic energy converting element part to extend in a direction and serving as travelling routes of acoustic waves, wherein
the plurality of through holes includes a through hole having a hydraulic diameter of 0.4 mm or smaller,
an open area ratio of the plurality of through holes in the thermoacoustic energy converting element part is 60% or higher,
wherein the thermoacoustic energy converting element part satisfies all of the following conditions:
a thermal conductivity of the thermoacoustic energy converting element part in fluid atmosphere is 0.4 W/m/K or lower,
a heat capacity of the thermoacoustic energy converting element part at 400° C. in the fluid atmosphere is higher than 0.5 J/cc/K and equal to or lower than 3 J/cc/K, and
a thermal expansion along an extending direction of the plurality of through holes in the thermoacoustic energy converting element part under temperature from 20 to 800° C. is 6 ppm/K or lower, and
wherein the thermoacoustic energy converting element part is made of a material containing 80% or higher by mass of a component selected from cordierite, mullite, aluminum titanate, alumina, zirconia, silicon nitride, and silicon carbide.

US Pat. No. 10,480,830

SUPPORT FOR SOLAR PANELS

HS RENEWABLE ENERGY LTD.,...

1. A support for carrying a solar panel, comprising:a first bracket, having a first frame for supporting the solar panel; and
a second bracket, arranged perpendicular to the first bracket and having a second frame connected to the first bracket;
wherein the first frame comprises a first clamping portion and a loading portion, the first bracket is clipped into the first clamping portion, an end of the first clamping portion is an O-shaped tablet, the O-shaped tablet is formed in an integral style or in a clip style, the first bracket is clipped into the O-shaped tablet, another end of the first clamping portion is extended to form two first tablets, the loading portion is clipped between the two first tablets, and the loading portion is T-shaped for supporting the solar panel;
wherein the second frame comprises a second clamping portion and a third clamping portion, the second clamping portion is formed with a first fixing member and a second fixing member, the first fixing member is a U-shaped tablet and has two second tablets extended from two sides thereof, the second fixing member is formed with a first assembly, a second assembly, and a third assembly, the first assembly is a U-shaped tablet and has two third tablets extended from two sides thereof, the second assembly is a column, the third assembly is a U-shaped tablet and has two fourth tablets extended from two sides thereof, the third tablets are extended in a direction perpendicular to another direction in which the fourth tablets are extended, the third assembly is connected to the first assembly by means of the second assembly, the first fixing member is connected to the second fixing member by means of a screw the first bracket is clipped into the second clamping portion, the third clamping portion has a third fixing member, the third fixing member is detachably connected to the second fixing member by means of a screw, and the second bracket is clipped into the third clamping portion by means of the second fixing member and the third fixing member,
wherein the third fixing member is a U-shaped tablet and has two fifth tablets extended from two sides thereof, the fourth tablets are detachably connected to the fifth tablets by means of screws, and a U-shaped section of the third assembly is connected to a U-shaped section of the third fixing member mouth to mouth to from a hollow O-shaped structure so as to form the third clamping portion into which the second bracket is clipped,
wherein the third fixing member further comprises a locking portion, the locking portion has an inverted trapezoidal structure with an opening and comprises a ladder top and two ladder feet, an end of the locking portion at which the ladder top is positioned is closed and has a threaded hole, another end of the locking portion at which the ladder feet are positioned is open and wider than that at which the ladder top is positioned, the ladder feet are extended to faun two sixth tablets, and the sixth tablets are detachably connected to the fourth tablets and the fifth tablets by means of screws.

US Pat. No. 10,480,829

SOLAR PANEL SUPPORT UNIT AND SOLAR POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A solar panel support unit comprising:a first support member comprising a first support section and a first attachment section, the first support section being configured to support a first solar panel, the first attachment section being disposed at a position spaced by a first distance from the first support section in a panel thickness direction of the first solar panel, and the first attachment section having a first hole;
a second support member comprising a second support section and a second attachment section, the second support section being configured to support a second solar panel, the second attachment section being disposed at a position spaced by a second distance from the second support section in the panel thickness direction, the second distance being smaller than the first distance, the second attachment section having a second hole to be in communication with the first hole, the second attachment section being to overlap with the first attachment section; and
a third support member comprising a third support section and a third attachment section, the third support being configured to support a third solar panel, the third attachment section having a third hole to be in communication with the first hole and the second hole, and the third attachment section being to overlap the second attachment section.

US Pat. No. 10,480,826

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A MIXING VALVE OF A HEATING SYSTEM

LOCHINVAR, LLC, Lebanon,...

1. A fluid heating system comprising:a fluid supply subsystem including a fluid heating device,
a fluid output subsystem;
an intermediary fluid device coupled to the fluid supply subsystem and the fluid output subsystem, the intermediary fluid device including:
a heat exchanger,
a first input configured to receive fluid from the fluid supply subsystem,
a first output configured to output fluid to the fluid supply subsystem,
a second input configured to receive fluid from the fluid output subsystem,
a second output configured to output fluid to the fluid output subsystem;
a control device including:
a mixing valve including a first valve inlet configured to receive fluid from the first output of heat exchanger, a second valve inlet configured to receive fluid from the fluid supply subsystem, and a valve outlet, wherein the mixing valve is movable between a first position in which the valve outlet is in fluid communication with the first valve inlet, and a second position in which the valve outlet is in fluid communication with the second valve inlet, and
an electronic processor for the fluid supply subsystem, the electronic processor configured to control at least one selected from the group consisting of the fluid heating device and an amount of water input to the intermediary fluid device;
a first temperature sensor configured to output a first temperature signal corresponding to an input temperature of water at the second input of the intermediary fluid device;
a second temperature sensor configured to output a second temperature signal corresponding to an output temperature of water at the second output of the intermediary fluid device; and
a control circuit coupled to the electronic processor, the first temperature sensor, and the second temperature sensor, the control circuit configured to:
determine a multiplier based on the second temperature signal,
generate a first control signal based on the multiplier and the first temperature signal,
generate a second control signal, separate from the first control signal, based on the second temperature signal, and
send a main control signal to the electronic processor based on the first control signal and the second control signal;
wherein the electronic processor is configured to receive the main control signal, and change operation of the control device according to the main control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,480,825

AUTOMATED WATER HEATER FLUSHING AND MONITORING SYSTEM

State Farm Mutual Automob...

1. A computer-implemented method of flushing a water heater having a flush outlet in flow communication with the water heater, the method implemented using at least one processor, at least one memory, and at least one associated transceiver, the at least one processor in communication with an electronically operated valve mounted to the flush outlet and at least one sensor, the method comprising:determining, via the at least one processor, that an abnormal condition exists within the water heater, based upon a signal received from the at least one sensor;
based upon the determination that an abnormal condition exists, transmitting an open signal, via the at least one processor and the at least one associated transceiver, to the electronically operated valve to allow flushing of the water heater for a predetermined amount of time or until the abnormal condition clears based upon the received signal from the at least one sensor;
monitoring, via the at least one processor and the at least one sensor, to detect when the abnormal condition has cleared; and
based upon detecting that the abnormal condition has cleared, transmitting a close signal, via the at least one processor and the at least one associated transceiver, to the electronically operated valve to complete the flushing of the water heater.

US Pat. No. 10,480,821

WATER HEATER

Rinnai Corporation, Nago...

1. A water heater, comprising:a vessel provided with a burner having a downward combustion surface;
a fan casing accommodating a fan for supplying a mixture gas of primary combustion air and fuel gas to the burner, the fan casing being in communication with the vessel;
an annular packing connecting a first connection end surface at a downstream end of a first passage forming a downstream-side passage of the fan casing with a second connection end surface at an upstream end of a second passage forming an upstream-side passage of the vessel in an airtight state; and
a check valve disposed near the upstream end in the second passage, wherein
the check valve includes a flange portion extending outward around an entire circumference of an upstream open end thereof,
at least one of the first connection end surface and the second connection end surface includes a first step portion configured to allow the annular packing to be fitted thereinto,
the second connection end surface includes a second step portion configured to allow the flange portion of the check valve to be fitted thereinto, and
the annular packing has an outer circumferential edge larger than a periphery of the flange portion of the check valve and an inner circumferential edge smaller than the periphery of the flange portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,819

HEATING APPARATUS

Munster Simms Engineering...

1. A heating apparatus comprising:a tank, the tank having a tank inlet, a tank outlet, a heat exchanger inlet and heat exchanger outlet;
a heat exchanger located in the tank, the heat exchanger comprising a hollow body having a mouth coupled to the heat exchanger inlet and a flue outlet coupled to the heat exchanger outlet;
a burner device, the burner device having:
an air intake;
a burner head including an ignition device;
a gas injection; and
a burner body providing a fluid flow channel between said air intake and said burner head, wherein said gas injector is configured to inject combustible gas into said fluid flow channel such that said burner body supplies a mixture of combustible gas and air to the burner head in use, and wherein said burner body is located outside of said tank and said burner head, including said ignition device, is located in the mouth inside the hollow body; and
a plurality of pipes extending transversely through the body across the fluid path between the mouth and the flue outlet, the pipes being open to the interior of the tank so that in use they are filled by the contents of the tank, and the pipes defining on one side an internal body region that narrows in a direction from the mouth towards the opposite end of the body, and an internal body region on the other side that widens in a direction from the mouth towards the opposite end of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,818

IMMERSIBLE BATH UNIT AND SYSTEM

1. An immersible bath unit, comprising:a housing having a sealed interior space, which remains dry when the immersible bath unit is submerged, and a duct through the housing having intake opening and an output opening with an impeller disposed in the duct configured to drive water through the duct, and a heating element further disposed in the duct that is configured to heat water driven through the duct;
a battery disposed inside the sealed interior space which can provide power to the impeller and heating element;
an interface circuit in the sealed interior space that is configured to receive input from a user; and
a controller in the sealed interior space that is configured to control operation of the impeller and heating element in response to user input received by the interface circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,480,814

APPARATUS AND PROCESS FOR FORMING AN OVAL SHAPED HVAC DUCT

1. A process of forming an oval shaped HVAC duct in a single pass through a roller machine, the oval shaped HVAC duct having two flat sides and two rounded sides, the process comprising the steps of:forming a first section of a first flat side of the oval shaped duct;
forming a first rounded side of the oval shaped duct;
forming a second flat side of the oval shaped duct;
forming a second rounded side of the oval shaped duct;
forming a second section of the first flat side of the oval shaped duct; and,
securing the first and the second sections of the first flat side of the oval shaped duct together in a sealed connection;
wherein the HVAC duct is a straight duct with a constant cross section flow area from an inlet to an outlet, and the HVAC duct is without any radial flange.

US Pat. No. 10,480,811

SAFETY GAS VALVE RELAY DRIVING CIRCUITS

EMERSON ELECTRIC CO., St...

1. A safety gas valve relay driving circuit for an HVAC system, the circuit comprising:a gas valve relay including an output for selectively enabling and disabling a gas valve in an HVAC system according to an energization state of the gas valve relay;
a charge pump circuit coupled with the gas valve relay to control energization of the gas valve relay, the charge pump circuit including a charge pump capacitor;
a first input for receiving a first driving signal from at least one controller;
a second input for receiving a second driving signal from the at least one controller;
a low-pass filter coupled between the first input and the charge pump circuit to filter the received first driving signal; and
a high-pass filter watchdog circuit coupled between the second input and the charge pump circuit to filter the received second driving signal;
wherein the low-pass filter comprises an RC filter including a resistor coupled between the first input and a capacitor; and
wherein the low-pass filter is adapted to inhibit frequencies greater than or equal to twenty kilohertz.

US Pat. No. 10,480,809

CUSTOMIZED CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AIR CONDITIONER OPERATION MODE

GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING...

1. A control method for air conditioner operation mode customization, comprising:providing a setting interface for operation mode customization for an air conditioner in response to receiving a setting command for air conditioner operation mode customization;
receiving, via the setting interface, input to customize one or more operation parameters of the air conditioner, the one or more operation parameters including at least one of a humidity, a blowing direction, or a sleeping temperature curve;
generating and displaying a virtual key corresponding to the customized one or more operation parameters; and
in response to receiving a trigger command through the virtual key, controlling the air conditioner to operate according to the customized one or more operation parameters corresponding to the virtual key.

US Pat. No. 10,480,808

ENERGY MANAGEMENT COMPUTER SYSTEM

EnerAllies, Inc., Los Al...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving, by an energy management service unit that is configured to be coupled to a plurality of energy management devices of a plurality of sites, energy usage data of a particular site of the plurality of sites;
wherein the energy usage data includes information indicating one or more temperature setpoints of a particular energy management device of the particular site and, for each of the one or more temperature setpoints, one or more first values indicating one or more of: an amount of time elapsed for the particular site to reach each of the one or more temperature setpoints, an amount of time the particular energy management device is activated to reach each of the one or more temperature setpoints, and an amount of energy consumed by the particular energy management device to reach each of the one or more temperature setpoints;
generating, based on the energy usage data, one or more second values indicating one or more of: an average amount of time elapsed to change the temperature of the particular site by one or more degrees, an average amount of time the particular energy management device is activated to change the temperature of the particular site by one or more degrees, and an average amount of energy consumed by the particular energy management device to change the temperature of the particular site by one or more degrees;
determining that one or more of the one or more second values exceeds a specified threshold value;
in response to determining that one or more of the one or more second values exceeds the specified threshold value, generating and sending a notification to a device to control an operation of at least one of the plurality of energy management devices.

US Pat. No. 10,480,807

HVAC SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH REFRIGERANT LEAK DETECTION

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. An HVAC system for providing conditioned air to a first closed space, wherein at least a portion of the system is disposed within a second closed space, the system comprising:an HVAC unit comprising:
a return air duct,
a blower fluidly coupled to the return air duct for pulling air through the return air duct,
a conditioning compartment comprising a plurality of walls, wherein the conditioning compartment is fluidly coupled to the blower for receiving air therefrom to be treated,
a cooling unit fluidly coupled to the conditioning compartment for selectively cooling air therein, wherein the cooling unit comprises a flammable refrigerant, and
a delivery duct fluidly coupled to the conditioning compartment for discharging treated air from the conditioning compartment into the first closed space;
a flammable-component detector comprising at least one sensor, wherein the flammable-component detector is operable to produce a detection signal indicative of the level of a flammable component detected by the flammable-component detector;
a first probe fluidly coupled to the flammable-component detector and to the conditioning compartment;
a second probe fluidly coupled to the flammable-component detector and to the second closed space;
a selector, wherein each of the first probe and the second probe is selectively fluidly coupled, one at a time, by the selector to the flammable-component detector; and
a processing unit comprising at least one processor and at least one memory, the processing unit communicatively coupled to the flammable-component detector for receiving a detection signal therefrom, and wherein the at least one processor and at least one memory is operable to perform the following steps:
monitor the detection signal, and
send an alert when the detection signal is indicative of the concentration of a flammable component being at least equal to an alert threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,480,806

ENERGY REDUCING RETROFIT APPARATUS FOR A CONSTANT VOLUME HVAC SYSTEM

Transformative Wave Techn...

1. An efficiency enhancing controller (EEC) for enhancing energy efficiency in an indoor space of a building having an occupancy that is served by a single zone constant volume HVAC system, the EEC comprising:(a) a programmable logic controller adaptable for the single zone constant volume HVAC system configured to receive input signals from sensors and a thermostatic device and send control heating, cooling, and ventilation instructions or an occupancy command to:
(1) a fan assembly, including a fan motor configured to operate in a range of fan motor speeds, of the single zone constant volume HVAC system to ventilate an indoor space in a building;
(2) a heating assembly that can send heat to the indoor space; and
(3) a cooling assembly that can send cooling to the indoor space; and
(b) a variable frequency drive (VFD) that is configured to receive signals from the programmable logic controller and is configured to control a speed of the fan motor of the fan assembly;
wherein the programmable logic controller is configured to reduce the fan motor speed via the VFD when the sensors indicate that the indoor space is less than fully occupied; and
wherein the programmable logic controller further comprises fault detection for detection of a fan fault, heat/cool (temperature-based) fault, and energy consumption fault.

US Pat. No. 10,480,805

THERMOSTAT ASSEMBLY

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A thermostat assembly comprising:a back cover;
a display;
a printed circuit board; and
a front cover comprising:
one or more first alignment features for aligning the display with the front cover;
one or more second alignment features for aligning the printed circuit board with the front cover;
a first clip feature for engaging the printed circuit board and holding the printed circuit board in place;
one or more second clip features for engaging the back cover; and
wherein the front cover, the back cover, the display and the printed circuit board are secured to form the thermostat assembly using only interference connections formed between features of the front cover, the back cover, the display and/or the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,480,803

VAPOR MITIGATION SYSTEM, VAPOR MITIGATION CONTROLLER AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING, MONITORING AND MITIGATING VAPORS

Vapor Dynamics LLC, Blai...

1. A vapor management system, comprising:a monitoring service system configured to: i) communicate with at least one vapor mitigation system, ii) monitor a contaminant concentration in a region beneath a building, and iii) monitor and adjust one or more system parameters of an operational state of the at least one vapor mitigation system during a continuous operational state of the vapor mitigation system, the one or more system parameters comprising one or more of: airflow set point, vacuum set point, or blower current set point,
wherein the monitoring service system is further configured to generate a user interface, the user interface configured to display and permit adjustment of the one or more system parameters during the continuous operational state of the vapor mitigation system in a close-loop configuration to maintain i) a pressure differential between an interior area of the building and the region beneath the building and ii) a volumetric flow of soil gases from the region beneath the building so that an exhaust contaminant concentration does not exceed a predetermined exhaust contaminant concentration, by monitoring directional air flow in the at least one vapor mitigation system and dynamically limiting the directional flow of air between outside the building and the region beneath the building.

US Pat. No. 10,480,801

VARIABLE DESICCANT CONTROL ENERGY EXCHANGE SYSTEM AND METHOD

Nortek Air Solutions Cana...

1. A system for providing conditioned air to a plurality of separate and distinct zones, the system comprising:a plurality of conditioning modules, wherein each of the plurality of conditioning modules comprises:
a conditioning energy exchanger;
a desiccant mixing chamber;
a warm tap line connected to the desiccant mixing chamber; and
a cool tap line connected to the desiccant mixing chamber,
wherein the desiccant mixing chamber is configured to receive one or both of concentrated desiccant from the warm tap line and diluted desiccant from the cool tap line, and
wherein each of the plurality of conditioning modules is configured to:
circulate desiccant through a desiccant circuit to condition air,
receive one or both of the concentrated desiccant and the diluted desiccant in order to vary one or both of temperature and concentration of the desiccant circulating through the desiccant circuit, and
provide conditioned air to a respective one of the plurality of separate and distinct zones.

US Pat. No. 10,480,800

AIR CONDITIONER

GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING...

1. An air conditioner comprising:a compressor having a discharge port and a return port;
a reversing assembly comprising a first port, a second port, a third port and a fourth port, wherein the first port is communicated with one of the second port and the third port, and the fourth port is communicated with another one of the second port and the third port, the first port is connected to the discharge port and the fourth port is connected to the return port;
an outdoor heat exchanger and an indoor heat exchanger, wherein a first end of the outdoor heat exchanger is connected to the second port and a first end of the indoor heat exchanger is connected to the third port;
a heat sink assembly comprising an electrical control element and a heat dissipation subassembly for heat dissipation of the electrical control element, wherein the heat dissipation subassembly is in series connection between a second end of the indoor heat exchanger and a second end of the outdoor heat exchanger;
a one-way throttle valve comprising a first valve port and a second valve port, wherein the first valve port is connected to the second end of the outdoor heat exchanger and the second valve port is connected to the heat dissipation subassembly, in a flowing direction from the first valve port to the second valve port, the one-way throttle valve is fully turned on, and in a flowing direction from the second valve port to the first valve port, the one-way throttle valve is a throttling valve; and
a throttling element in series connection between the heat dissipation subassembly and the second end of the indoor heat exchanger;
wherein the heat dissipation subassembly comprises:
a heat dissipation pipe in series connection between the indoor heat exchanger and the outdoor heat exchanger; and
a heat dissipation casing, wherein the heat dissipation pipe is disposed to the heat dissipation casing, and the heat dissipation casing is in contact with the electrical control element for the heat dissipation of the electrical control element;
wherein the heat dissipation casing comprises:
a heat dissipation substrate in contact with the electrical control element; and
a fixed baffle disposed on the heat dissipation substrate, wherein an end surface of the heat dissipation substrate facing the fixed baffle is provided with a first groove, an end surface of the fixed baffle facing the heat dissipation substrate is provided with a second groove, the first groove and the second groove together define an accommodating space accommodating the heat dissipation pipe, and the first groove and the second groove completely encircle the heat dissipation pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,480,799

OUTDOOR UNIT

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An outdoor unit connected to an indoor unit through a refrigerant pipe, comprising:a casing;
a compressor accommodated inside the casing;
a four-way valve accommodated inside the casing and connected to an inlet and an outlet of the compressor via two pipes;
a valve mounting plate positioned in an upper part inside the casing and above the compressor;
an electrical component box provided below the valve mounting plate, the electrical component box includes a controller configured to control a rotation speed of the compressor and control the four-way valve to change a connection of the four-way valve with the compressor;
a valve mounted on the valve mounting plate, to which the refrigerant pipe is connected; and
a terminal block to which a first wiring connected on a side of the indoor unit and a second wiring connected on a side of the controller,
the valve mounting plate including
a mounting portion on which the terminal block is provided, the mounting portion bringing an upper side on which the valve is arranged and a lower side on which the controller is arranged into communication with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,480,797

DAMPER SUITABLE FOR LIQUID AEROSOL-LADEN FLOW STREAMS

OY HALTON GROUP LTD., He...

1. An exhaust system comprising:an exhaust hood having a recess constructed to capture fumes from a fume source;
a duct section coupled to the exhaust hood so as to receive captured fumes therefrom, the duct section having a cross-section and a flow direction perpendicular to said cross-section;
a flow control device having a plurality of damper blocking elements disposed in the duct section, each of the damper blocking elements having a major plane;
a fume load sensor configured to detect a fume load in the duct section;
a motor drive which positions the damper blocking elements;
a first bearing and a second bearing supporting a rotation axle of at least one of the plurality of damper blocking elements, the first bearing disposed outside the duct section and the second bearing disposed inside the duct section;
a seal surrounding at least a portion of the rotation axle that penetrates through a wall of the duct section; and
a controller coupled to the motor drive and configured to control the motor drive responsively to the fume load detected by the fume load sensor, wherein
each damper blocking element is movable in a respective range from a first position, where the duct section is substantially closed in the flow direction by the damper blocking elements, to a second position, where the duct section is substantially open in the flow direction,
the controller further being configured to detect, responsively to said fume load sensor, when the fume source is off and when the fume source is on and to substantially close the plurality of damper blocking elements when the fume source is off to prevent air from flowing through said flow control device when the fume source is off, the controller controlling the flow control devices such that it never fully closes when the fume source is on, and
each of the damper blocking elements has a rigid construction that maintains its shape.

US Pat. No. 10,480,794

COOKTOP APPLIANCE WITH A GAS BURNER ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A cooktop appliance, comprising:a top panel;
a gas burner assembly positioned at the top panel, the gas burner assembly comprising one or more burner bodies defining a first plurality of flame ports, a first fuel chamber, a second plurality of flame ports, and a second fuel chamber, the first fuel chamber being in fluid communication with the first plurality of flame ports such that gaseous fuel within the first fuel chamber is flowable through the first plurality of flame ports, the second fuel chamber being in fluid communication with the second plurality of flame ports such that gaseous fuel within the second fuel chamber is flowable through the second plurality of flame ports, the first fuel chamber being separate from the second fuel chamber within the one or more burner bodies;
a dual-outlet control valve comprising a first outlet in fluid communication with the first fuel chamber for providing a first flow of the gaseous fuel and a second outlet in fluid communication with the second fuel chamber for providing a second flow of the gaseous fuel, wherein the dual-outlet control valve is movable to a boost position where the first flow of gaseous fuel is provided to the first fuel chamber at a low flow rate and the second flow of gaseous fuel is provided to the second fuel chamber;
a forced air supply source fluidly coupled to the second fuel chamber such that the forced air supply source is operable to urge a flow of air into the second fuel chamber only when the dual-outlet control valve is in the boost position;
a fuel supply circuit comprising a supply line coupled to an inlet of the dual-outlet control valve, a first branch extending from the first outlet to a first orifice positioned for directing the first flow of gaseous fuel into the first chamber, and a second branch extending from the second outlet to a second orifice positioned for directing the second flow of gaseous fuel into the second chamber, the dual-outlet control valve being configured for regulating gaseous fuel flow to the first and second branches; and
a solenoid valve coupled to the second branch between the second outlet and the second orifice, wherein the solenoid valve is operably coupled to the forced air supply source and is configured to stop the second flow of gaseous fuel in the event of a failure of the forced air supply source.

US Pat. No. 10,480,792

FUEL STAGING IN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine system comprising:a turbine combustor, comprising:
one or more first fuel injectors coupled to a head end of the turbine combustor and configured to deliver a first portion of a fuel to a first axial position of a combustion section of the turbine combustor; and
one or more second fuel injectors coupled to the turbine combustor axially downstream of the head end, wherein the one or more second fuel injectors are configured to deliver a second portion of the fuel to a second axial position of the combustion section of the turbine combustor, the second axial position being downstream of the first axial position;
an oxidant supply system configured to provide an oxidant to the head end of the turbine combustor;
a fuel supply system configured to supply the fuel to the one or more first and second fuel injectors;
a sensor configured to measure a parameter of soot and/or ammonium in an exhaust gas from the turbine combustor; and
a controller configured to cause the one or more first fuel injectors to deliver the first portion of the fuel such that combustion of the fuel and oxidant at the first axial position is oxidant-rich, and to cause the one or more second fuel injectors to deliver the second portion of the fuel such that combustion of the fuel and oxidant within the overall combustion section of the turbine combustor is at a defined equivalence ratio between 0.95 and 1.05, wherein the second portion of the fuel corresponds to between 5% and 30% of a total amount of the fuel provided to the turbine combustor by the first portion and the second portion, and the controller is configured to adjust a ratio of the first portion to the second portion of the fuel based on the measured parameter of the soot and/or ammonium.

US Pat. No. 10,480,791

FUEL INJECTOR TO FACILITATE REDUCED NOX EMISSIONS IN A COMBUSTOR SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

16. A combustor assembly comprising:a combustion liner comprising a center longitudinal axis, a forward end and an aft end: and
an annular fuel injection nozzle, coupled adjacent to the forward end of the combustion liner, the annular fuel injection nozzle comprising:
a fuel injector housing comprising an upstream face, an opposite downstream face, and a peripheral wall extending therebetween, the fuel injector housing defined about the center longitudinal axis;
an inner oxidizer flow path, about the center longitudinal axis, having an inner swirler therein;
an intermediate oxidizer flow path radially outward of the inner oxidizer flow path, concentric with the center longitudinal axis, having an intermediate swirler therein;
an annular fuel manifold radially outward of the second oxidizer flow path, concentric with the center longitudinal axis; and
an outer oxidizer flow path radially outward of the annular fuel manifold, concentric with the center longitudinal axis, having an outer swirler therein,
wherein an oxidizer stream enters the fuel injector housing through the upstream face of the fuel injector housing,
wherein a first portion of the oxidizer stream is diverted to the inner oxidizer flow path and through a centerbody of the fuel injection nozzle via the inner swirler as an inner oxidizer flow stream,
wherein a second portion of the oxidizer stream is diverted to the Intermediate oxidizer flow path via the intermediate swirler as an intermediate oxidizer flow stream, and
wherein a third portion of the oxidizer stream is diverted to the outer oxidizer flow path via the outer swirler as an outer oxidizer flow stream, and
the annular fuel manifold comprising:
a forward portion and an aft portion including an aft face; and
a plurality of fuel injector outlets defined in the aft portion, downstream of the inner swirler and the outer swirler,
wherein the plurality of fuel injector outlets are configured to inject a fuel flow in a downstream direction along a mid-plane of the annular fuel manifold, wherein the mid-plane is defined as a radial median between an innermost and outermost radius of the annular fuel manifold,
wherein the fuel flow exiting the annular fuel manifold undergoes initial interaction with the intermediate oxidizer stream and the outer oxidizer stream, downstream of the intermediate swirler and the outer swirler, thereby providing a mixed stream,
wherein the mixed stream remains separated from the inner oxidizer stream until the mixed stream undergoes circumferential and radial mixing upon interaction with the inner oxidizer stream downstream of the inner swirler and the plurality of fuel injector outlets, and
wherein the plurality of fuel injector outlets comprises a plurality of fuel exit orifices, wherein at least one orifice of the plurality of fuel exit orifices is fitted with an injector tip, wherein the injector tip comprises an additional fuel manifold that operates over a limited power range and is selectively operable such that the additional fuel manifold is switched off during operation beyond the limited power range.

US Pat. No. 10,480,790

FLANGE BENDING SUPPORT

Delavan Inc., West Des M...

1. An injector comprising:a mounting flange;
a feed arm extending from an inner surface of the mounting flange; and
a spray nozzle extending from an end of the feed arm opposite the mounting flange, wherein the mounting flange includes at least one inlet fitting in fluid communication with one or more respective fluid passages through the feed arm, wherein the spray nozzle is in fluid communication with the one or more respective fluid passages for issuing a spray of fluid supplied from the at least one inlet fitting, and wherein the mounting flange includes:
a first mounting lug with a fastener bore therethrough that passes through the mounting flange;
a first support beam extending along an outer surface of the mounting flange from the first mounting lug to a hub of the mounting flange, wherein the first support beam includes an outer surface spaced apart from the outer surface of the mounting flange and two opposed lateral surfaces each extending from the outer surface of the first support beam toward the outer surface of the mounting flange, wherein the outer surface of the first support beam includes a contour with a blended radius that extends along a majority of the length from the first mounting lug to the hub for mitigating mechanical stresses at the first mounting lug;
a second mounting lug with a fastener bore therethrough that passes through the mounting flange;
a second support beam extending along the outer surface of the mounting flange from the second mounting lug to the hub of the mounting flange, wherein the second support beam includes an outer surface spaced apart from the outer surface of the mounting flange and two opposed lateral surfaces each extending from the outer surface of the second support beam toward the outer surface of the mounting flange, wherein the outer surface of the second support beam includes a contour with a blended radius for mitigating mechanical stresses at the second mounting lug;
an engine case mounted to the mounting flange by two fasteners fastened through the fastener bores of the first and second mounting lugs, wherein there is a pocket defined between the engine case and the inner surface of the mounting flange;
a gasket seated in the pocket sealing between the inner surface of the mounting flange and the engine case; and
an injector shroud extending through the engine case around the feed arm and captured in the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,480,788

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMBUSTOR PANEL

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A combustor panel of a combustor, comprising:a combustion facing surface comprising a metallic coating and a ceramic coating;
a cooling surface opposite the combustion facing surface; and
heat transfer pins extending from the cooling surface, wherein a grouping of the heat transfer pins comprises the metallic coating without the ceramic coating wherein the grouping of the heat transfer pins is an aft grouping, wherein the aft grouping comprises at least one row of the heat transfer pins adjacent an aft edge of the combustor panel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,786

HEATER AND GLOW PLUG INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A heater, comprising:an electrically insulating base made of at least one of a ceramic material;
a resistor buried in the electrically insulating base; and
a lead connected to the resistor;
wherein the resistor contains a first set of electrically insulating ceramic particles, and the lead contains a second set of electrically insulating ceramic particles,
wherein an average particle diameter of the first set of electrically insulating ceramic particles is smaller than an average particle diameter of the second set of electrically insulating ceramic particles, and
the first set of electrically insulating ceramic particles and the second set of electrically insulating ceramic particles are both made of the same material as at least one of the ceramic material forming the electrically insulating base.

US Pat. No. 10,480,785

TORCH HAVING A ROTATABLE SAFETY CAP

WORTHINGTON TORCH, LLC, ...

1. A torch including an ignition button having an ignition spring release member, the ignition button movable axially between an upper neutral position and a depressed ignition position, and a cap assembly, the cap assembly including:a) a torsion spring including:
i) a spring coil configured to be retained on a pivot stem of the cap assembly,
ii) an upper spring leg extending from the spring coil, including a down-turned tip, and
iii) a lower spring leg extending from the spring coil, including an up-turned tip,
b) an upper safety cap including:
i) an upper surface wall having a portal through which a torch flame can be emitted, wherein the pivot stem extends from an underside of the upper surface wall, and
ii) a post body extending from the underside of the upper surface wall and having a retaining slot extending axially within the post body, the retaining slot configured to receive and capture at least an upper portion of the up-turned tip of the lower spring leg of the torsion spring, in both a first position where the lower spring leg is adjacent the base, and a second position where the lower spring leg is moved axially away from the base and into the retaining slot, and
c) a lower base cap, wherein the upper safety cap is configured to be rotatably fixed to the lower base cap, including
i) a base having a base surface,
ii) a pair of angularly-spaced walls, including a sweep wall and a neutral wall, extending upwardly from the base and configured to retain the lower spring leg and the upper spring leg of the torsion spring, respectively,
iii) a ramp disposed angularly from the sweep wall, including an inclined surface that slopes from the base to a top surface, and that faces toward the sweep wall, and a rear blocking surface, disposed opposite the ramp surface, that extends downwardly from the top surface of ramp, and that faces away from the sweep wall,
wherein the base of the lower base cap has a through opening adjacent and radially outboard from the rear blocking surface of the ramp,
wherein the lower spring leg of the torsion spring is configured, upon manual rotation of the upper safety cap relative to the lower base cap, to sweep along the base surface, upwardly along the inclined surface of the ramp, and downwardly from the top surface to behind rear blocking surface of the ramp, and thereby compressing the torsion spring, and
wherein the ignition spring release member is disposed axially below the base of the lower base cap when the ignition button is in its depressed ignition position, and is movable upwardly through the through opening when the ignition button moves to the upper neutral position, to engage and raise the lower spring up and over the rear blocking surface to the top surface of the ramp, where the release of the manual rotation biases the lower spring leg to the sweep wall.

US Pat. No. 10,480,784

INLET SCREEN ASSEMBLY FOR ULTRA LOW NOX GAS-AIR MIXING SYSTEM

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A premix assembly for use with a furnace in an HVAC system comprising:a mixing chamber operable to mix a supply of air and a supply of gas and to provide a gas-air mix to another component in the HVAC system;
a screen assembly coupled to the mixing chamber, operable to receive the supply of air from outside of the mixing chamber, and comprising:
a screen on one end of the screen assembly operable to receive the supply of air therethrough and operable to deflect at least one type of foreign matter;
a housing operable to couple with the screen and hold it in place, and configured to receive the supply of air and direct it into the mixing chamber;
a pressure tap coupled to the housing and configured to be pneumatically coupled to another location in the HVAC system; and
a gas valve configured to direct the supply of gas into the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,480,781

REMOVAL OF CARBONACEOUS MICROBEADS

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, ...

1. A method for mitigating fouling in a once-through steam generator train comprising:obtaining foulant samples from the once-through steam generator train;
obtaining water samples from one or more locations along the once-through steam generator train;
recovering filtered solids from the water samples from the one or more locations;
characterizing at least one physical property of the foulant samples and the filtered solids;
determining locations along the once-through steam generator train that include foulant precursor based on a matching of the at least one physical property between the foulant samples and the filtered solids; and
installing an absorbent at locations that include the foulant precursor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,779

STEAM DUMP DEVICE FOR A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

General Electric Technolo...

1. A steam dump device for a nuclear power plant, configured to be installed within a bypass line leading from a boiler to a condenser comprising:an elongated header vessel comprising a means for receiving steam, the elongated header vessel extending horizontally and comprising at least a top perforated diaphragm and at least a bottom perforated diaphragm opposed thereto, said top and bottom perforated diaphragms arranged on respective top and bottom portions of the elongated header vessel, the top perforated diaphragm having a greater area than the bottom perforated diaphragm area; and
an external baffle plate assembly partially enclosing the elongated header vessel the external baffle plate assembly comprising a top plate and a bottom plate, wherein each of the top and bottom plates comprises lateral steam openings along the length of the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,778

INDUCTIVE HEATING ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An energy recovery system of an inductive heating system, comprising:a vacuum vessel;
an inductive heating coil wound around the vessel and configured to have a cooling fluid flow through the inductive heating coil;
a boiler including a heat exchanger fluidly coupled to the inductive heating coil and configured to produce a steam source;
a vacuum pump driven by the steam source and configured to draw a vacuum in the vacuum vessel; and
an oil pump driven by the steam source and fluidly coupled to an inlet of the inductive heating coil and in fluid communication with the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,480,776

FLASHLIGHT AND CAMERA ASSEMBLY FOR USE UNDER WATER

1. A flashlight and camera assembly for use under water comprising:an outer housing assembly having a front end and an opposing rear end, the outer housing assembly configured for housing a battery power source, a first light emitting device, a second light emitting device, a content capturing device and electrical circuitry for controlling said battery power source and said devices, wherein unwanted light is prevented from negatively affecting the content capturing device;
a forward-end surface at the front end of the outer housing assembly;
a circumference defined by the forward-end surface;
the first light emitting device housed by a first inner housing assembly and positioned within the circumference and configured such that light is emitted from the first light emitting device in front of the outer housing assembly;
a first transparent covering positioned in front of the first inner housing assembly;
the second light emitting device housed by a second inner housing assembly and positioned within the circumference and configured such that light is emitted from the second light emitting device in front of the outer housing assembly;
a second transparent covering positioned in front of the second inner housing assembly;
the content capturing device housed by a third inner housing assembly and positioned within the circumference and configured such that content is captured by the content capturing device;
a third transparent covering positioned in front of the third inner housing assembly; and,
wherein unwanted light is prevented from negatively affecting the content capturing device by a separate arrangement within the circumference of the first transparent covering in front of the first inner housing assembly, second transparent covering in front of the second inner housing assembly and third transparent covering in front of the third inner housing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,480,775

LIGHT EMITTING DECORATION, METHOD FOR LAYING LIGHT EMITTING DECORATION, LAYING OBJECT AND METHOD FOR FORMING LIGHT EMITTING DESIGN

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A light emitting decoration comprising:a woven fabric having a side emission optical fiber woven in a line from one end side to the other end side, and the woven fabric is visually recognized in a state where the other end side is located on the front side and the one end side is located on the back side; and
a light source that introduces light to advance in a light advancing direction from the one end side toward the other end side in the optical fiber,
wherein when a luminance of the optical fiber observed at a position substantially perpendicular to the light advancing direction is L0, a luminance of the side emission optical fiber observed from a position at an angle of 30 degrees from a line substantially perpendicular to the light advancing direction toward the other end side is L30, a luminance of the side emission optical fiber observed from a position at an angle of 60 degrees from the line substantially perpendicular to the light advancing direction toward the other end side is L60, a luminance of the side emission optical fiber observed from a position at an angle of 60 degrees from the line substantially perpendicular to the light advancing direction toward the one end side is L?60, the optical fiber satisfies L?60

US Pat. No. 10,480,774

LIGHT EMITTER WITH COMMUNICATION OR POWER CONNECTOR

McKeon Products, Inc., W...

1. A light bulb fixture comprising:a base body defining a female light bulb socket configured to receive a light bulb;
a base electrical connector disposed directly on the base body opposite the female light bulb socket;
at least one support having a first end disposed on the base body, the at least one support and extending away from the base body in a direction from the base electrical connector to the female light bulb socket and around the received light bulb to a second end; and
a receptacle body disposed on the second end of the at least one support, the receptacle body defining at least one of a power receptacle and/or a communication receptacle, the at least one of the power receptacle and/or the communication receptacle defined by the receptacle body facing away from the base body and electrically connected to the base electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,480,772

LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE MODULES

SCHREDER, Forest (BE)

1. A light-emitting diode module comprising:a printed circuit board;
a plurality of light-emitting diodes mounted on a first side of the printed circuit board;
at least two electrical connections mounted on the first side of the printed circuit board and electrically connected for supplying power to each of the plurality of light-emitting diodes;
a secondary lens array mounted over the plurality of light-emitting diodes on the printed circuit board, the secondary lens array comprising a plurality of secondary lens elements and being configured to provide a cover portion for each of the electrical connections and a sheath portion for each wire being connected to each of the electrical connections; and
a lens holder mounted over the secondary lens array, the lens holder comprising a plurality of apertures formed therein for accommodating a respective one of the secondary lens elements and being configured to compress at least one portion of the secondary lens array to form at least one gasket between the lens holder and the printed circuit board to prevent the ingress of water around the printed circuit board;
wherein the cover portions and the sheath portions are over the first side of the printed circuit board, and the sheath portions are extensions of the cover portions.

US Pat. No. 10,480,771

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF CARBON NANOTUBE COMPOSITE FOR HEAT DISSIPATION AND LED LIGHT THEREWITH

INSUNG ENPLA CO., LTD., ...

1. An LED lighting device comprising second LED substrates and a heat-dissipating frame, wherein the heat-dissipating frame comprises:a frame body formed in a polygonal column shape being open at its upper and lower ends, in which substrate contact surfaces, with which the second LED substrates respectively come into contact, are formed on outer sides of the frame body; and
auxiliary heat sinks made of a carbon nanotube-based heat-dissipating material and attachably and detachably provided on inner sides corresponding to the substrate contact surfaces of the frame body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,770

LAMP

H4X e.U., Graz (AT)

1. A lamp, comprising:a lamp housing, having an end wall and a side wall, wherein the end wall and the side wall form a housing interior;
a lighting means device arranged in the housing interior having a lighting means carrier and at least one lighting means arranged thereon;
an insulation component formed from an electrically insulating material having a main portion and an edging portion,
the main portion being arranged between the end wall and the lighting means device and the edging portion extending from the main portion, transversely thereto, in such a way that the edging portion is arranged between the lighting means device and the side wall of the lamp housing; and
a heat conduction component, which is formed from an electrically insulating material and is arranged between the lighting means device and the insulation component or between the insulation component and the end wall of the lamp housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,769

LED LAMP, OVEN, AND MICROWAVE OVEN

1. An LED lamp, comprising:a heat sink;
a light-emitting module positioned on the heat sink, the light-emitting module comprising an LED unit positioned on the heat sink, a reflection cup, and a first diffuser covering the reflection cup, the reflection cup encircling the LED unit and defining at least one first ventilation hole;
a heat-conducting support positioned on the heat sink and encircling the reflection cup, the heat-conducting support defining at least one second ventilation hole; and
a second diffuser secured to and clamped by the heat-conducting support;
the first ventilation hole and the second ventilation hole connected, such that heat in a chamber formed by the reflection cup and the first diffuser is dissipated to air outside the LED lamp via the first ventilation hole and the second ventilation hole;
wherein the heat-conducting support protrudes outwards to form at least two ear parts, and the at least two ear parts are connected to the heat sink;
the LED lamp comprises a thermal insulation element positioned on the heat sink, and the heat-conducting support is connected to the thermal insulation element, threaded fasteners run through the ear parts and the thermal insulation element sequentially to fix the heat-conducting support on the heat sink.

US Pat. No. 10,480,768

PLASTIC HEAT SINK FOR LUMINAIRES

SABIC Global Technologies...

1. A luminaire comprising:a plastic heat sink body that defines a first end, and a second end opposite the first end along a central axis,
a first driver cover that at least substantially closes the first end;
a driver configured to receive input electrical power from an electrical power source, and output electrical power;
a second driver cover attached to the heat sink body, such that the driver is contained between the first driver cover and the second driver cover; and
an LED panel including a substrate supported by the heat sink body at a location such that the first driver cover is disposed between the LED panel and the driver, and at least one LED carried by the substrate, wherein the at least one LED is in electrical communication with the driver so as to receive the output electrical power and, in response, produce illumination; and
a lens assembly supported by the heat sink body at the second end so as to at least substantially close the second end, such that at least a portion of the illumination passes through the lens assembly and out the luminaire,
wherein one of the first driver cover and the lens assembly is monolithic with the heat sink body at a respective one of the first and second ends, such that the LED panel is configured for insertion into the heat sink body at the other of the first and second ends,
wherein the lens assembly further comprises a diffuser and a bezel that is supported by the heat sink body at the second end, wherein an outer periphery of the diffuser is supported by bezel, and the diffuser is monolithic with the bezel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,767

AIR COOLED ARRAY AND SYSTEM FOR COOLING LIGHT EMITTING DIODE SYSTEMS

Air Motion Systems, Inc.,...

1. An air-cooled LED light system, comprising:a manifold, comprising a plurality of longitudinally-disposed separated segments defining a longitudinal length of the manifold;
a blower; and
an inlet conduit connected to the manifold and to the blower, wherein the blower is configured to move air through the inlet conduit to create at least one of a vacuum condition within the manifold and a pressurized condition within the manifold,
wherein the manifold includes a plurality of conduit branches disposed inside of the manifold, each branch being in communication with the inlet conduit, and
wherein at least one of the plurality of conduit branches terminates within each of the plurality of segments.

US Pat. No. 10,480,766

EXPLOSION-PROOF ENCLOSURES INCLUDING LIGHT TRANSMISSIVE PORTIONS

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A structure for housing an electrical component, the structure comprising:an explosion-proof enclosure rated for use in a hazardous location, the explosion-proof enclosure including at least one flame path, the explosion-proof enclosure also including at least a portion having a plastic construction that is light transmissive;
wherein the portion of the explosion-proof enclosure including the plastic construction that is light transmissive is provided as at least part of a sealing fitting having first and second pipe hubs and a sealant injection port.

US Pat. No. 10,480,764

CONNECTOR SYSTEM FOR LIGHTING ASSEMBLY

1. A linear LED lamp having a body with a length between spaced first and second ends and configured to be installed in an operative state on a support, the linear LED lamp comprising:a source of illumination comprising LED emitters on or within the body;
an elongate heat sink in thermal communication with the LED emitters;
a first end cap assembly at the first end of the body comprising a housing having a sidewall extending in a direction generally parallel to the length of the body and having first and second conductive power pins and a conductive grounding pin disposed within the housing, at least one of the conductive power pins adapted to provide power to the lamp and the conductive grounding pin electrically isolated from the conductive power pins and being connectable to a ground circuit, the pins each having an elongated engagement portion extending in a direction transverse to the length of the body and towards an opening defined in the sidewall without extending through the opening;
the opening sized to receive a leading end portion of a first support connector mounted on the light fixture, the leading end portion having first and second power electrical terminals and a grounding electrical terminal disposed within corresponding first, second and third elongated receptacles in communication with first, second and third openings in a leading end face thereof;
the first and second conductive power pins configured to engage a respective one of the first and second power electrical terminals via the respective first and second openings, and the conductive grounding pin configured to engage the grounding electrical terminal via the third opening, as the first end cap assembly is moved relative to the first support connector from a position fully separated from the first support connector in a path that is transverse to the length of the body into an engaged position;
wherein the first end cap assembly is configured to be coupled to the first support connector as an incident of the first end cap assembly moving into the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,480,762

LIGHTING FIXTURE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A lighting fixture, comprising:a fixture body including an elongated shape, a first end, and a second end;
a first body mount connected to the fixture body and configured to be mounted on a first lighting duct;
a second body mount connected to the fixture body and configured to be mounted on a second lighting duct;
a light source accommodated in the fixture body and configured to emit laser light;
a power supply accommodated in the fixture body and electrically connected to the light source;
a light guide including an entrance end and an exit end, the entrance end being optically connected to the light source, the light guide configured to guide the laser light from the light source to the exit end; and
a lamp attached to the fixture body and optically connected to the exit end of the light guide,
wherein the first body mount includes a mounting shaft extending from an opposite side of the fixture body than the lamp, and
the mounting shaft includes a pair of electrode plates extending perpendicular to a central axis of the mounting shaft in opposite directions from the mounting shaft, a pair of locking portions, and an operating member configured to pivot the pair of electrode plates and the locking portions about the central axis of the mounting shaft and to move the pair of electrode plates and the locking portions relative to the fixture body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,761

POT LIGHT ASSEMBLY

John-Paul Belmonte, Cald...

6. A ceiling section comprising:(a) a first ceiling joist and a second ceiling joist adjacent and parallel to the first ceiling joist; and
(b) a pot light assembly secured to the first and second ceiling joists, the pot light assembly comprising:
(i) a pot light housing for housing a pot light, the pot light housing having a top portion defining a top end and having a top wall at the top end, an opposing bottom portion defining a bottom end and having a bottom wall at the bottom end and an opening through which the pot light is receivable, and a side wall extending vertically between the top end and the bottom end, wherein the top wall, bottom wall, and side wall define an enclosed interior space accessible via the opening;
(ii) a first rail portion, a second rail portion, a third rail portion, and a fourth rail portion, the rail portions secured to the side wall and resting on upwardly facing surfaces of the first and second ceiling joists, respectively, and supporting the housing between the first and second ceiling joists with the opening of the housing facing downwardly; and
(iii) first and third fastening brackets securing the first rail portion and the third rail portion to the first ceiling joist, and second and fourth fastening brackets securing the second rail portion and the fourth rail portion to the second ceiling joist, each fastening bracket having a respective fastening plate positioned below the rail portions and having respective fastening holes through which a fastener fastens the fastening plates to the ceiling joists.

US Pat. No. 10,480,760

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE

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

1. A lighting source module comprising:a plurality of first light emitting devices having a first light emitting chip and first phosphor and emitting white light having a first color temperature;
a plurality of second light emitting devices having a second light emitting chip and second phosphor, and emitting white light having a second color temperature; and
a plurality of circuit boards having the first and second light emitting devices thereon,
wherein columns of the first light emitting devices and columns of the second light emitting devices are alternately disposed on the circuit boards,
wherein column of light emitting devices emitting white light having the same color temperature are disposed at both ends of the circuit boards,
wherein the plurality of circuit boards is disposed in a first direction,
wherein each of the plurality of circuit boards has a different length from each other in the first direction,
wherein the plurality of first light emitting devices disposed on the plurality of circuit boards are electrically connected to each other, and
wherein the plurality of second light emitting devices disposed on the plurality of circuit boards are electrically connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,480,758

LIGHTING SYSTEM

Contemporary Visions, LLC...

1. A casing configured to be selectively coupled to a light engine in a beam for generating light, the casing comprising:a first portion configured to be selectively electrically and structurally coupled to the light engine;
a second portion including a light source configured to generate light; and
an intermediate member connecting the first and second portions to each other,
wherein the second portion is pivotally coupled to the intermediate member such that the second portion is rotatable with respect to the first portion about a first axis, and
wherein the second portion is rotatably coupled to the first portion such that the second portion is rotatable with respect to the first portion about a second axis different from the first axis,
wherein the first portion of the casing includes a first part configured to be selectively coupled to the light engine, and a second part connected to the intermediate member,
wherein the first and second parts of the first portion of the casing are rotatably coupled to each other such that the second part of the first portion of the casing is rotatable about the second axis with respect to the first part of the first portion of the casing, therefore enabling the intermediate member, together with the second portion of the casing, to be rotatable about the second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,480,757

LIGHTING SYSTEM

Contemporary Visions, LLC...

1. A lighting system, comprising:a first beam including a first set of light sources and a second set of light sources configured to generate light;
a second beam configured to generate light;
a plurality of suspenders configured to suspend the first and second beams from a supporting structure; and
a plurality of connectors connecting the first beam and the second beam with the plurality of suspenders for suspending the first beam and the second beam from the supporting structure with a first connector of the plurality of connectors structurally and electrically connecting the first beam and the second beam to each other,
wherein the first beam further includes a first driving circuit electrically connected to the first set of light sources and configured to drive the first set of light sources, a first power cable electrically connected to the first driving circuit that is configured to provide electrical power to the first driving circuit, a second driving circuit electrically connected to the second set of light sources and configured to drive the second set of light sources and a second power cable electrically connected to the second driving circuit that is configured to provide electrical power to the second driving circuit with the first power cable and the second power cable being electrically connected to one or more external power sources to transmit electrical power to the first driving circuit and the second driving circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,480,755

BACK PLATE ASSEMBLY WITH VARIABLE CURVATURES AND BACKLIGHT UNIT THEREOF

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A back plate assembly with variable curvatures, comprising a flexible back plate, a connecting component, and an adjustment mechanism, wherein the adjustment mechanism comprises a connecting shaft disposed on the flexible back plate, and the connecting component is coupled to the connecting shaft and abuts the flexible back plate, and the adjustment mechanism adjusts the connecting component on the connecting shaft to modulate a clamping force of the flexible back plate received from the connecting component;wherein a middle portion of the connecting component is coupled to the connecting shaft and two ends of the connecting component abuts to abut a back side of the flexible back plate, and the adjustment mechanism adjusts a position where the middle portion of the connecting component is located on the connecting shaft;
wherein the connecting component comprises two connecting arms and a moving block, wherein the moving block is set on the connecting shaft and is movable along an axis of the connecting shaft; and each of the two connecting arms has a first end that is coupled to the moving block such that the two connecting arms define an included angle; and
wherein the connecting shaft has a proximal end that is rotatably and directly mounted to the back side of the flexible back plate and an opposite, distal end that is in threading engagement with the moving block, and the adjustment mechanism comprises a driven module connecting to the connecting shaft and powering the connecting shaft to rotate so as to cause a movement of the moving block along the axis of the connecting shaft through the threading engagement between the distal end of the connecting shaft and the moving block, wherein the driven module is arranged between the back side of the flexible back plate and the moving block, such that the flexible back plate, the driven module, and the moving block are arranged in such an order in a direction defined by the axis of the connecting shaft and the driven module and the moving block are both arranged backward of the back side of the flexible back plate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,754

ILLUMINATION DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. An illumination device comprising:a laser light source;
a cylindrical body disposed such that light emitted from the laser light source enters the cylindrical body at a first end portion side of the cylindrical body and passes through the cylindrical body;
a reflector disposed so as to reflect light passing through the cylindrical body; and
a ring assembly comprising a ring-shaped inner circumferential surface configured to reflect and propagate light from the reflector,
wherein the reflector comprises:
a first reflecting surface configured to reflect a first portion of light emitted from the laser light source such that the first portion of light is propagated from a first side of the inner circumferential surface in a circumferential direction to a second side of the inner circumferential surface in the circumferential direction, and
a second reflecting surface configured to reflect a second portion of light emitted from the laser light source such that the second portion of light is propagated from the second side of the inner circumferential surface in the circumferential direction to the first side of the inner circumferential surface in the circumferential direction, and
wherein the ring assembly further comprises a fluorescent surface adapted to emit fluorescence by light reflected and propagated at the inner circumferential surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,753

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Saturn Licensing LLC, Ne...

1. A display device comprising:a light source configured to emit blue light;
a luminescent body comprising quantum dot material provided in a cured resin and positioned to receive the blue light, and configured to convert some of the blue light into each of green light and red light;
a wavelength selective filter provided outside the cured resin and positioned on one side of the luminescent body, the wavelength selection filter position to receive the green light and the red light, and configured to transmit the blue light and to reflect the green light and the red light; and
a display panel positioned on another side of the luminescent body,
wherein the luminescent body is configured such that a portion of the blue light entering the luminescent body transmits through the luminescent body without colliding with luminescent material that comprises the quantum dot material.

US Pat. No. 10,480,749

POLYAMIDE COMPOSITION FOR REFLECTOR, REFLECTOR, LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE REFLECTOR, AND LIGHTING DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE EACH INCLUDING THE LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

KURARAY CO., LTD., Kuras...

1. A polyamide composition for a reflector, comprising:30 mass % or more of a polyamide (A) having a melting point of 280° C. or higher;
30 mass % or more of titanium oxide (B);
a light stabilizer (D);
magnesium oxide; and
a mold release agent;
wherein the polyamide composition does not comprise a reinforcing material (C),
wherein dicarboxylic acid units of the polyamide (A) comprise 70 mol. % or more terephthalic acid units,
wherein a total content of the polyamide (A) and the titanium oxide (B) is 80 mass % or more, and
wherein the polyamide (A) contains units derived from an end-capping agent and the content of the units derived from the end-capping agent is from 3.5 to 8.5 mol. % with respect to the diamine units.

US Pat. No. 10,480,748

LENS AND OPTOELECTRONIC LIGHTING DEVICE

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors...

1. A lens comprising:a base body,
wherein the base body has a light incidence face through which light can enter the base body,
the base body has a light exit face through which light which has entered the base body can emerge,
the light exit face comprises a microlens structure having a plurality of microlenses,
the light incidence face has at least two collimator segments that collimate light,
the light incidence face has a light entry region formed differently from the collimator segments,
the base body has at least two back-reflection regions respectively assigned to one of the two collimator segments to reflect back light collimated by a corresponding collimator segment in a direction of the corresponding collimator segment,
the base body is a reflection region to reflect light that has entered through the light incidence region in the direction of the microlens structure so that the reflected light can emerge from the base body through the microlens structure, and
the back-reflection regions respectively comprise one or more prism rings, concentric relative to the optical axis of the collimator segment assigned to the corresponding back-reflection region, comprising a plurality of prisms for total reflection of the collimated light.

US Pat. No. 10,480,747

REAR LAMP APPARATUS OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A rear lamp apparatus of a vehicle, comprising:a light source configured to irradiate beams;
a hologram lens configured to generate a specific image when the beams irradiated from the light source are incident thereto;
a reflector disposed to position the beams of the light source incident thereto and configured to reflect the beams irradiated from the light source to transmit the beams to the hologram lens; and
a shield disposed between the light source and the hologram lens to block the beams irradiated from the light source to prevent the beams from being be incident to the hologram lens,
wherein the light source, the shield, and the hologram lens are disposed sequentially in a linear arrangement, and the reflector is disposed above or below the linear arrangement and is formed to transmit the beams to the hologram lens when the beams irradiated from the light source are reflected, and
wherein the reflector is formed to transmit the beams at the same angle as a specific image recording angle of the hologram lens when the beams irradiated from the light source are reflected.

US Pat. No. 10,480,746

MULTI-COLORED VEHICLE REAR LAMP

Grote Industries, Inc., ...

1. A method of using a lamp for the rear of a vehicle, comprising:emitting light from a first light emitter of said lamp, said first light emitter emitting light from a first illuminated surface area of a light transmissive cover of said lamp, said first illuminated surface area being red in color;
emitting light from a second light emitter of said lamp, said second light emitter separate from said first light emitter, said second light emitting white light from a second illuminated surface area of said light transmissive cover, said second illuminated surface area being clear in color;
emitting light from a third light emitter of said lamp, said third light emitter separate from said first and said second light emitters, said third light emitter emitting red light through said clear second area;
wherein said first light emitter includes a plurality of LEDs positioned around said second light emitter and said third light emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,480,745

ARRANGED LIGHT PIPES FOR AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTING SYSTEMS

Valeo North America, Inc....

1. A lighting device for an automotive vehicle, comprising:a plurality of light sources; and
a plurality of light guides optically-coupled to the plurality of light sources and configured to guide a light emitted from the plurality of light sources along a light guiding direction, wherein each one of the plurality of light guides extends in a pre-determined direction from a corresponding one of the plurality of light sources and includes a plurality of decoupling regions separated from each other by an inter-grouping region defined by an inter-grouping distance along the light guiding direction of each one of the plurality of light guides, wherein
the plurality of light guides are arranged in contact, a second one of the plurality of light guides being stacked on a first one of the plurality of light guides,
each decoupling region of the plurality of decoupling regions of each one of the plurality of light guides is aligned with a corresponding decoupling region of the plurality of decoupling regions of an adjacent light guide of the plurality of light guides, and
when illuminated, the aligned decoupling regions produce a lit visual effect along a common axis of the plurality of light guides, inter-grouping regions therebetween being unlit.

US Pat. No. 10,480,742

OPTICAL MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. An optical module for a motor vehicle, said module having a longitudinal optical axis and comprising:a matrix array including two rows of elementary light sources each of which is configured to emit a primary elementary beam from a common emission plane that is orthogonal to the optical axis;
a projecting lens that is arranged longitudinally at a distance in front of the matrix array of elementary light sources and that is configured to project the image of the elementary light sources, the projecting lens including an object focal surface having a curvature defect; and
a field-correcting optical element interposed between the emission plane and the projecting lens, the field-correcting optical element compensating for the curvature defect in the object focal surface of the projecting lens,
wherein the optical module includes a primary optical element including a plurality of light guides of longitudinal principal axes, each light guide of the plurality of light guides corresponding to a different one of the elementary light sources of the matrix array, each light guide including an entrance face through which light rays emitted by an associated primary light source of the matrix array enter and an exit front end face through which light rays exit, which face is arranged in the emission plane, each exit face forming a secondary elementary light source of said matrix array of elementary light sources,
all of the light guides are produced in a primary optical element produced in a common block including a common exit front face for the light rays, and
the entrance face of the field-correcting optical element is arranged longitudinally a distance away from the exit face of the primary optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,480,741

LIGHTING APPARATUS AND STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A lighting device including a light source unit, an aiming mechanism capable of making an aiming adjustment on the light source unit, a front frame disposed on a front side of the light source unit, and a rear frame covering the light source unit and the aiming mechanism by being fitted with the front frame,wherein a stay for arranging the light source unit and the aiming mechanism on the front frame is provided between the light source unit and the front frame.

US Pat. No. 10,480,740

LIGHT DEVICE, ESPECIALLY A PROJECTOR SYSTEM OF A HEADLIGHT FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

VARROC LIGHTING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A light device, especially the projector system of a headlight for motor vehicles comprising a laser light source, a primary optical system with at least one diffractive optical element or with at least one reflective optical element to convert the monochromatic coherent light produced by the laser light source to a collimated beam of coherent light, a MOEMS comprising one or more micro-mirrors to route coherent light to a converter to convert the coherent light to white light, and a secondary optical system comprising at least one diffractive optical element or at least one reflective optical element to direct the white light further out of the light device and to create a light pattern on the display surface or in specific zones in front of the driver on a roadway, wherein the light device comprises a modulator situated between the laser light source and the secondary optical system along the route of a beam of light rays produced by the laser light source and advancing from this source to the secondary optical system, to influence the light characteristic of at least part of the beam, the light source further comprising an electromagnetic control system connected to the MOEMS and to the laser light source to control, through transmission of electric or electromagnetic signals, changes of the rotation angle, changes of the oscillation angle and changes of the oscillation rate and frequency of the free end of at least one of the micro-mirrors, and to control the activity of the laser light source, for controlled changing of the shape and/or position of the light pattern depending on current conditions where the vehicle finds itself during the vehicle's operation.

US Pat. No. 10,480,736

DAYLIGHTING SYSTEM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A daylighting system to be installed to a window pane, the daylighting system comprising:a light-transmitting device to be disposed over an upper part of an interior face of the window pane, and
a shading device joined to the light-transmitting device in such a manner as to be disposed over a lower part of the interior face,
wherein a first height of the light-transmitting device is smaller than a second height of the shading device, wherein
the light-transmitting device is made of a plurality of light-transmitting slats which are made of transparent material,
each of the plurality of light-transmitting slats has a first lengthwise direction,
each of the plurality of light-transmitting slats has a V-like shape when viewed in the first lengthwise direction,
a plurality of first protrusion portions having light-transmitting properties are arranged on one face of each of the plurality of light-transmitting slats, and
each of the plurality of first protrusion portions has a second lengthwise direction,
wherein the shading device is made of a plurality of shading slats which are made of opaque material.

US Pat. No. 10,480,735

MAGNETIC LEVITATION IMITATION FLAME DEVICE AND IMITATION FLAME LAMP

1. A magnetic levitation imitation flame device, comprising a mounting base, a flame member, a positioning bracket, a first magnet, and a second magnet, wherein the positioning bracket is fixed in the mounting base, the first magnet is disposed on the flame member, the flame member is disposed on the positioning bracket and protrudes outwards from the mounting base, the second magnet is fixed at a lower end of the positioning bracket, the first magnet and the second magnet are arranged up and down, and magnetic poles thereof facing each other have the same polarity so that the flame member is levitated relative to the positioning bracket under a repulsive force of the first magnet and the second magnet, the positioning bracket comprises a supporting rod, a positioning shaft, and a connection frame, the positioning shaft is formed at an upper end of the supporting rod, one end of the connection frame is connected to the supporting rod, and the other end of the connection frame is connected to an inner sidewall of the mounting base, the first magnet is provided with a positioning hole, the positioning shaft is sleeved in the positioning hole of the first magnet, an elongated hole is defined on the flame member, the positioning shaft is passed through the positioning hole to insert into the elongated hole, and the second magnet is arranged on the supporting rod.

US Pat. No. 10,480,734

LIGHT ENGINE AND METHOD OF SIMULATING A FLAME

Idea Tech LLC, Topeka, K...

1. A lighting device, comprising:a translucent outer shroud;
at least one carrier inside the translucent outer shroud; the at least one carrier having upper and lower ends and a single longitudinal axis; a lower region of the at least one carrier being relatively near the lower end; an upper region of the at least one carrier being relatively distant the lower end; a mid region of the at least one carrier being between the lower region and the upper region;
a plurality of LEDs coupled to the at least one carrier such that lower LEDs are in the lower region, mid LEDs are in the mid region, and upper LEDs are in the upper region; the lower LEDs, the mid LEDs, and the upper LEDs collectively defining the plurality of LEDs; at least two of the lower LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at distances different from one another; at least two of the mid LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at distances different from one another; at least two of the upper LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at distances different from one another; at least one of the lower LEDs and at least one of the mid LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at the same distance as one another; at least one of the lower LEDs and at least one of the upper LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at the same distance as one another; at least one of the mid LEDs and at least one of the upper LEDs being spaced perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis at the same distance as one another; and
a controller in communication with the plurality of LEDs; wherein, to simulate a flame, the controller:
actuates at least some of the lower LEDs to simulate combustion at a bottom of a flame;
actuates at least some of the mid LEDs to simulate a rise in flame height; and
actuates at least some of the upper LEDs to simulate a flickering flame tip.

US Pat. No. 10,480,732

GOBO AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A GOBO

Avid Labs, LLC, Fort Way...

1. A gobo, comprising:a substrate having:
at least one peripheral edge;
a body extending from the edge, the body having two faces and a structural ridge network on at least one of the two faces, the structural ridge network generally extending to the peripheral edge; and
an optical pattern disposed on or through the body, the structural ridge network extending on the body only to an edge of the optical pattern, the structural ridge network being integral with the substrate, the structural ridge network having a plurality of ridges that are at least one of adjacent and intersecting each other, the plurality of ridges include some ridges that intersect other ridges, wherein the structural ridge network includes surface area of the faces that are perpendicular to the face.

US Pat. No. 10,480,729

SELF-POWERED SQUEEZED-LIGHT TEMPERATURE REGULATION DEVICE

1. A self-powered squeezed-light temperature regulation device comprising:an elastic anchor sheet;
a thermostat regulator that is connected to the elastic anchor sheet;
a motion power transducer that is in electrical communication with the thermostat regulator, the motion power transducer comprising:
a flexible ionic diode that is located between a first borophene sheet and a second borophene sheet, the first borophene sheet being in electrical communication with the thermostat regulator,
a capacitor charge system that is in electrical communication with a collection wire that directs an electric charge generated by the flexible ionic diode to the capacitor charge system; and
a squeezed-light cooling unit that is located at the elastic anchor sheet and that is powered by the motion power transducer, the squeezed-light cooling unit comprising:
a microwave photon circuit that creates squeezed-light microwave photons, and
a squeezed-light cooling drum that is in photonic communication with the microwave photon circuit, wherein the squeezed-light cooling drum comprises a drum cavity and a plurality of drum holes through which the squeezed-light microwave photons leak from the drum cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,480,726

MODULAR LED LAMP SYSTEM

1. A modular LED lamp system comprising:a cover;
a driver mounted to either a first driver mount or a second driver mount, wherein the driver has a mechanical and electrical connection to either the first driver mount in a first mode or the second driver mount in a second mode;
a circuit board, wherein the circuit board has with an LED array mounted to the circuit board, wherein the circuit board includes a first driver mount;
a left electrical connector body connecting to a left end of the cover;
a right electrical connector body connecting to a right end of the cover; and
a second driver mount formed on either the left electrical connector body, or the right electrical connector body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,721

LIGHT FLUX CONTROLLING MEMBER, LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND ILLUMINATING DEVICE

ENPLAS CORPORATION, Sait...

1. A light flux controlling member configured to control a distribution of light emitted from a light-emitting element, the light flux controlling member comprising:an incidence region configured to face the light-emitting element;
a first total reflection surface disposed on a side opposite to the incidence region;
an emission surface disposed in one direction orthogonal to an optical axis of the light-emitting element;
a second total reflection surface disposed on a side opposite to the emission surface in the one direction;
a third total reflection surface disposed on a side opposite to the second total reflection surface in a direction along the optical axis; and
a connection surface connecting the first total reflection surface and the third total reflection surface, wherein
a part of the light emitted from the light-emitting element enters the light flux controlling member from the incidence region so as to be reflected by the first total reflection surface before being emitted from the emission surface, and
another part of the light emitted from the light-emitting element enters the light flux controlling member from the incidence region so as to be reflected by the second total reflection surface and the third total reflection surface in this order, and thereafter emitted from the connection surface so as to re-enter the light flux controlling member from the first total reflection surface before being emitted from the emission surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,720

ACTIVE ILLUMINATION SOURCE AND PCB COMPONENTS HAVING MOUNTINGS FOR REDUCED Z-HEIGHT AND IMPROVED THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A printed circuit board assembly comprising:a printed circuit board (PCB);
a light emitting element mounted to a top surface of a mounting substrate;
a lens mounted to the top surface of the mounting substrate and covering at least a portion of the light emitting element;
at least one electrical coupling exposed at or attached to the top surface of the mounting substrate physically connecting the top surface of the mounting substrate to a bottom surface of the PCB; wherein the at least one electrical coupling electrically connects the light emitting element to circuitry mounted to a top surface of the PCB; and
a thermal interface in direct contact with a bottom surface of the mounting substrate and one or more sides of the mounting substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,718

METHODS FOR REDUCING TRANSMIX PRODUCTION ON PETROLEUM PIPELINES

Texon LP, Houston, TX (U...

16. An automated method for reducing transmix production on a pipeline comprising:a) providing a flow of hydrocarbon in a transmission pipe comprising first and second hydrocarbon subtypes in sequence separated by transmix;
b) providing a transmix pipe in fluid communication with the transmission pipe separated from the transmission pipe by a transmix valve under the control of a central processing unit;
c) receiving a subtype sequence identification signal at the central processing unit identifying the first and second subtypes and the location of the first and second subtypes in the transmission pipe;
d) receiving physical property measurements of the flow passing through the valve at the central processing unit;
e) executing programmed logic in the central processing unit to:
i) determine the subtype flowing through the valve based on the subtype sequence identification signal;
ii) when the first subtype is flowing through the valve, accessing a dataset comprising a first cut-point for the first subtype and comparing the physical property measurements to the first cut-point of the first subtype;
iii) diverting the flow to the transmix pipe when a physical property measurement reaches the first cut-point of the first subtype;
iv) accessing a dataset comprising the first cut-point of the second subtype, comparing the physical property measurements to the first cut-point of the second subtype; and
v) resuming the flow through the transmission pipe when a physical property measurement reaches the first cut-point of the second subtype.

US Pat. No. 10,480,717

SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING CONTENTS OF GAS CYLINDERS OR COMPRESSED LIQUIFIED GAS CYLINDERS

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A cylinder content indicator device for monitoring contents of a containment vessel configured to hold a fluid in a gas/liquid state, the cylinder content indicator device comprises:a housing body configured to be affixed to a valve that is operatively coupled to the containment vessel;
a pressure gauge disposed in the housing body and capable of detecting the pressure of the contents of the containment vessel when the device is attached to a valve that is operatively coupled to the containment vessel;
a display configured for displaying the pressure of the contents of the containment vessel in analog or digital form and whether the contents of the containment vessel are a liquefied gas in a two phase state, including a liquid phase and a gaseous phase or whether the contents of the containment vessel are in a gaseous only phase; and
an electronics assembly attached to the housing body and operatively connected to the pressure gauge and the display;
wherein the electronics assembly is configured for determining whether the contents of the containment vessel are the liquefied gas in the two phase state or whether the contents of the containment vessel are in a gaseous only phase based on the pressure and temperature of the contents of the containment vessel;
wherein the electronics assembly is further configured to produce an electronic alarm to signify audibly, visibly, or both audibly and visibly when the contents of the containment vessel are in the gaseous only phase based on the pressure and temperature of the contents of the containment vessel; and
wherein the electronics assembly is still further configured to produce an electronic alarm to signify audibly, visibly, or both audibly and visibly when the contents of the containment vessel are in the gaseous only phase and the pressure of the contents of the containment vessel, as detected by the pressure gauge, falls below one or more predetermined threshold pressure values indicative of a near empty or depleted condition.

US Pat. No. 10,480,712

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING AIR IN LUBRICANT SUPPLY LINES

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A lubrication system for a hydraulically operated tool, the system comprising:a common lubricant supply manifold configured to receive a lubricant from one or more lubricant reservoirs, the common lubricant supply manifold including at least one inlet port through which the lubricant is received and at least one exit port fluidly coupled with a lubricant supply line;
a primer pump connected in fluid communication with the common lubricant supply manifold;
a main lubricant supply pump;
a spring check valve downstream of the main lubricant supply pump;
the lubricant supply line being configured to receive lubricant from the at least one exit port and supply the lubricant to the main lubricant supply pump;
the main lubricant supply pump being configured to increase the pressure of the lubricant and pump the lubricant through the spring check valve and into a fluid passageway leading to the hydraulically operated tool; and
a detune valve in fluid communication with a hydraulic pump providing pressurized hydraulic fluid for the tool and the main lubricant supply pump, the detune valve configured to be actuated by pressure in the lubricant supply line.

US Pat. No. 10,480,711

MAGNET MOUNT APPARATUS FOR A PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A mounting apparatus for an electronic communication device comprising:a holster to secure a device;a rigid magnetic frame having a front surface and a back surface, wherein the rigid magnetic frame is adjustably coupled to the holster at the front surface and further has an integrated clip system at the back surface, the integrated clip system being configured to engage with a front surface of a wearable garment, the integrated clip system comprising a top tether cutout and a bottom tether cutout with space therebetween for accommodating a lanyard strap; anda center buckle between the top tether cutout and the bottom tether cutout to further secure the lanyard strap to the mounting apparatus; anda flexible magnetic frame configured to be positioned behind a back surface of an article of clothing while magnetically being engaged with the rigid magnetic frame, and the center buckle being recessed to prevent an engagement of the lanyard strap from hindering a magnetic engagement between the rigid magnetic frame and the flexible magnetic frame.

US Pat. No. 10,480,707

ORIENTABLE SUPPORT FOR VIDEO-PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUSES

VITEC IMAGING SOLUTIONS S...

1. Orientable support (1) for video-photographic apparatus, comprising an articulation device (4) with a first (5) and a second articulation member (6) provided with respective attachment means for being attached respectively to a supporting member (2, 20) of said support (1) and to a video-photographic apparatus, or vice versa, and reciprocally movable in order to orient said video-photographic apparatus with respect to said supporting member (20), said first articulation member comprising an internally hollow shell-shaped body (5) defining a housing cavity (10) for said second articulation member (6), said second articulation member comprising a spherical ball (6) capable of sliding in said housing cavity (10), said ball (6) and said housing cavity (10) being shaped in such a way that a gap (11) is formed therebetween, said gap (11) containing a viscous fluid (V) suitable for regulating the rotations of said ball (6) in said housing cavity (10), wherein said gap (11) has a thickness comprised between 0.05 and 0.5 mm, wherein said shell-shaped body (5) further comprises a cup-shaped body (8) with a base portion (8a) facing in use towards the ground, shaped in such a way as to form a cavity (8c) that is open on the opposite side with respect to said base portion (8a) and has an internal wall (S1) that is more or less spherical and intended to house inside it said spherical ball (6), and wherein said shell-shaped body (5) further comprises a ring-shaped element (12) fixable to said cup-shaped body (8) and provided with a through opening (14) whose free edge (14a), facing in the opposite direction with respect to said cup-shaped body (8), limits by interference the ability for said video-photographic apparatus to be oriented with respect to said supporting member, and wherein said shell-shaped body (5) comprises a positioning ring (17) interposed between said cup-shaped body (8) and said ring-shaped element (12) and intended to be coupled with play to said spherical ball (6).

US Pat. No. 10,480,703

SLIDING CABLE SAFETY DEVICE FOR CONDUITS OR SIMILAR EQUIPMENTS SUBJECT TO PRESSURE AND CORRESPONDING INSTALLATION INCLUDING SUCH SAFETY DEVICE

DAVIDE GAMBA, Biella (IT...

1. An installation securing a conduit, pipeline, piping, organ, system, machine or a similar equipment subject in the operation to high pressures due to a fluid under pressure, such as air, water, oil, steam, which circulates or in general operates in said conduit or similar equipment, comprising:a first part and a second part, connected between them, of the conduit or similar equipment, under pressure, secured by the installation; and
a sliding cable safety device arranged between said first and said second part, connected between them, of the conduit or similar equipment under pressure,
wherein said safety device in turn comprises:
a flexible cable which has at least a first attachment eyelet and a second attachment eyelet formed respectively by two end portions of the flexible cable;
at least a first sleeve and a second sleeve which close the two end portions of the flexible cable so as to form, at the two ends of the safety device, said first and second attachment eyelets; and
two terminals provided at the opposite ends of the flexible cable included in the sliding cable safety device,
wherein said first attachment eyelet and second attachment eyelet are attached respectively to such two parts, connected between them, of said conduits and similar equipment subject to high pressures, so as to retain by means of the safety device said two parts, in case of rupture, burst or in general of a fault in the connection zone of said first part and said second part of the conduit or similar equipment under pressure and secured by the installation;
wherein the safety device is configured so that, when a rupture, a burst or in general a fault occurs in said connection zone, the flexible cable of the safety device is subject to slide in the two sleeves;
wherein the two terminals, provided at the two opposite ends of the flexible cable, are spaced at a certain distance from the corresponding sleeves which form the two attachment eyelets at the two ends of the safety device,
whereby, when a rupture, a breakage, a burst or in general a fault occurs in said connection zone of said two parts of the conduit or similar equipment under pressure secured by said installation, the flexible cable of the safety device slides in said first and second sleeve so as to recover and reduce said distance and consequently to push and move said terminals to stop against and cooperate into contact with said sleeves, thereby tightening the two eyelets, formed at the two ends of the safety device around said two parts, to which the same safety device is attached, of the conduit or similar equipment subject in the operation to high pressures;
and wherein at least one of said sleeves is calibrated, that is it is designed to tighten the flexible cable of the safety device with a determined calibrated tightening force,
whereby, in case of intervention of the safety device following a rupture, a breakage, a burst or in general a fault in the connection zone of said two parts under pressure, the flexible cable of the safety device is subject to a sliding, in said at least one of said sleeves, which is controlled by said determined calibrated tightening force, and consequently also the damping and the dissipation by friction, by means of the safety device of the energy and the stresses that develop and are released in such events of rupture, breakage, burst or fault, are controlled by said determined calibrated tightening force.

US Pat. No. 10,480,702

PLASTIC UNION WITH INTEGRAL LOCKING STRUCTURE

Magic Plastics, Inc., Va...

1. A plastic pipe union for attaching a male nipple extending from a device to a piping system, the male nipple comprising external threads and an outwardly facing sealing face, the plastic pipe union comprising:a tail piece comprising a cylindrical conduit having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end comprising a proximal end sealing face which mates against the outwardly facing sealing face of the male nipple, the distal end configured to attach to the piping system;
a biasing means disposed between the proximal end sealing face and the outwardly facing sealing face wherein the biasing means compresses as the proximal end sealing face seats against the outwardly facing sealing face of the male nipple;
the tail piece comprising a first outer diameter beginning at the proximal end and extending a first length toward the distal end, the tail piece further comprising a second outer diameter extending a second length to the distal end, wherein the first outer diameter is larger than the second outer diameter, and an outer circumferential shoulder is defined by a transition from the first outer diameter to the second outer diameter;
the outer circumferential shoulder having a longitudinally oriented first engagement surface facing the distal end, the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface comprising a first raised section and a first lowered section; and
a cylindrical nut member having a device end and a piping system end, the cylindrical nut member comprising internal threads configured to engage the external threads of the male nipple, wherein the cylindrical nut member comprises an opening adapted to receive the tail piece with the distal end of the tail piece extending outside of the cylindrical nut member through the piping system end, the piping system end comprising an internal circumferential shoulder having a longitudinally oriented second engagement surface in facing relation with the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface, the longitudinally oriented second engagement surface comprising a second raised section and a second lowered section.

US Pat. No. 10,480,699

PERMANENT QUICK CONNECTOR AND ASSEMBLY THEREWITH

MINIATURE PRECISION COMPO...

1. A quick connector for permanently locked, non-disconnectable receipt of a tubular male insertion member, having a radially outwardly extending annular collar located between opposite ends, therein to facilitate establishing a connection between conduits, comprising:a housing having a tubular housing wall with an inner surface and an outer surface extending along a central longitudinal axis between open opposite ends with at least one locking opening extending through said housing wall, said inner surface bounding a through bore and having a shoulder extending radially inwardly from at least a portion thereof; and
a retaining member having an annular retainer wall with inner and outer surfaces extending axially along said central longitudinal axis between open proximal and distal ends, said inner surface of said retaining member being sized for receipt about at least a portion of said outer surface of said housing wall, said retainer wall having at least one locking member cantilevered by an elongate arm fixed to said retainer wall, said elongate arm biasing said at least one locking member radially inwardly through said at least one opening to deploy said at least one locking member radially inwardly from said inner surface of said tubular wall in axially spaced relation from said shoulder by a gap sized for captured receipt of the annular collar of the tubular male insertion member, said at least one locking member being restrained against substantial axial and rotational movement within said at least one opening to prevent removal of said at least one locking member from said at least one opening; and
a sleeve overlying said at least one locking member and preventing said at least one locking member from moving radially outwardly from said at least one opening.

US Pat. No. 10,480,698

TUBE CONNECTOR

Kongsberg Automotive AS, ...

1. A tube connector (1) for attachment to a tube (7) of a pressurized fluid system, wherein the tube connector (1) comprises:a housing (3), a main sealing element (9), a gripping element (11) and a cone element (13),
the housing (3) comprising a receptacle (5) for receiving the tube (7), the receptacle (5) being delimited by an insertion end (21) for which the tube (7) can be inserted into the receptacle (5), and an abutment end (23) for delimiting a maximum insertion of the tube (7) into the housing (3),
the main sealing element (9) being provided for preventing a fluid from flowing out of a pressurized fluid system at a connection of the tube (7) and the tube connector (1),
the gripping element (11) comprising a passage (12) for receiving the tube (7), the gripping element (11) being arranged in the receptacle (5) and comprising a gripping edge (25) for engaging with an outer surface (24) of the tube (7) received in the passage (12) of the gripping element (11), wherein the gripping element contacts the main sealing element,
the cone element (13) being arranged in the receptacle (5) for delimiting a movement of the gripping element (11) towards the insertion end (21),
the tube connector (1) further comprising an integrated release element (15) arranged at least partially in the receptacle (5) and movable along a direction pointing from the insertion end (21) to the abutment end (23), the release element (15) comprising a passage (36) for the tube (7), a tubular part (31) and an environmental sealing element (35),
a release edge (37) of the tubular part (31) being adapted for engaging with the gripping element (11) and moving the gripping element (11), such that the gripping element (11) releases the tube (7) inserted into the passage (12) of the gripping element (11),
the environmental sealing element (35) providing a sealing of the receptacle (5) from an environment, and
the environmental sealing element (35) being adapted for sealing the release element (15) towards an inner surface (19) of the housing (3) and towards the outer surface (24) of the tube (7) inserted into the passage (36) of the release element (15), wherein:
the integrated release element (15) comprises a top part (33) providing an actuation surface for pushing the release element (15) towards the abutment end (23),
the top part (33) of the release element (15) forms a collar (39) extending at least partly between the cone element (13) and the inner surface (19) of the housing (3), a first protrusion (41) is formed at the top part (33) and a second protrusion (43) is formed at the cone element (13), and
the first protrusion (41) and the second protrusion (43) are adapted to engage for delimiting a maximum movement of the release edge (37) in a direction away from the abutment end (23) to a first predefined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,480,697

QUICK CONNECTOR DETECTION TOOL AND METHOD

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A tool for confirming a connection status of a fluid line to a quick-connect fluid coupling assembly, the fluid line having a shoulder portion and the fluid coupling assembly comprising a retaining clip and a body, the retaining clip having a plurality of protrusions and the body defining a plurality of slots for receiving the protrusions such that the protrusions extend through the slots to engage the shoulder portion and secure the fluid line to the fluid coupling assembly when the fluid line is properly connected to the fluid coupling assembly, the tool comprising:a hub portion defining a locating surface configured to interface with an outer portion of the fluid line;
at least one axially extending finger having a first portion that is fixedly coupled to the hub portion, the finger having a distal end situated away from the first portion of the finger;
a handle portion;
a spring portion coupled to the hub portion and to the handle portion, the spring portion configured to allow relative rotational movement between the hub portion and the handle portion; and
an indicating means;
such that, when the tool is placed with the locating surface in contact with the outer portion of the fluid line, when a sufficient biasing force is applied to the tool in an axial direction to force the distal end of the finger to contact either the shoulder portion of the fluid line or the retaining clip, and when a sufficient forcing torque is applied to the handle portion to rotate the tool by a predetermined amount about a longitudinal axis of the fluid line, the finger cooperates with the retaining clip to produce a reaction torque sufficient to deflect the spring portion and activate the indicating means when the fluid line is properly connected to the fluid coupling assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,480,696

LOCKING COLLAR QUICK UNION CONNECTION

FORUM US, INC., Houston,...

1. A locking collar quick union connection, comprising:a split ring; and
a locking collar sub assembly including a collar, a locking ring, and a locking screw,
wherein the locking ring includes outer threads that engage inner threads formed on a larger inner diameter portion of the collar, wherein the split ring includes outer threads that engage inner threads formed on a smaller inner diameter portion of the collar, wherein the locking screw is threaded into a threaded bore of the locking ring and rotationally locks the locking ring to the collar, wherein rotation of the locking screw in one direction forces the locking ring radially inward, and wherein rotation of the locking screw in an opposite direction forces the locking ring radially outward.

US Pat. No. 10,480,694

CLAMP

FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS, ...

1. A clamp for joining two connecting elements having abutting faces oriented transverse to a centre axis of the connecting elements, the clamp comprising:first and second clamp elements which are connected to each other by a pivot arrangement and are configured to be positioned around an area where the two connecting elements are joined;
a locking device for securing the connecting elements together; and
an actuating device which is configured to actuate the locking device between a locking position and a release position;
wherein in the locking position the locking device is in contact with the first clamp element and the second clamp element, and in the release position the locking device is in contact with only one of the first clamp element and the second clamp element; and
wherein in the release position the actuating device and the locking device are connected with the first and second clamp elements in a continuously linked arrangement around the connecting elements.

US Pat. No. 10,480,692

SANITARY FITTING FOR FLUID HANDLING EQUIPMENT

1. A threaded sanitary fitting for an equipment housing, comprising:a non-threaded tubular insert, which is insertable axially into a housing socket of an equipment housing, said insert having a main tubular body, which extends axially, is cylindrical and terminates at an end portion, said end portion including an annular flange which projects radially outwardly from said main tubular body so as to seat at a bottom of said housing socket when installed, said flange including a top flange face and a bottom flange face, which face axially away from each other in opposite upward and downward directions, a gasket groove provided in said bottom flange face, and a first gasket received in said groove provided in said bottom flange face, which said first gasket is positioned in said groove for axial contact with an opposing surface of said housing socket when installed, said gasket groove opening axially downwardly on an axially downward side of said bottom flange face to generate said axial contact between the bottom flange face and the opposing surface and radially inwardly on a radially inward side to allow any deformed portion of said first gasket to be squeezed radially inwardly through said radially inward side; and
an externally-threaded nut which has an annular bore surface so that said nut is slidable downwardly over said insert along said main tubular body to abut axially against said top flange face of said flange, an exterior of said nut including a threaded nut surface engageable with an opposing threaded surface of a housing socket to drive said inert axially into the housing socket and retain said insert tightly therein to axially compress said first gasket, an inner face of said nut between a driving section and a threaded nose, which defines said threaded nut surface, including a second gasket, wherein said second gasket acts against said equipment housing to prevent entry of debris into said threaded nut surface; and
a third gasket being provided between an interior surface of said nut and an outer tube surface of said main tubular body of said insert.

US Pat. No. 10,480,691

WATER PIPE

X.J. ELECTRICS (HUBEI) CO...

1. A water pipe, comprising:a pipe body;
a woven layer including bamboo charcoal fibers and polypropylene filaments, said woven layer being sleeved around the pipe body, wherein the polypropylene filaments are hollow;
a first joint assembly arranged at one end of the pipe body and secured to the pipe body; and
a second joint assembly arranged at another end of the pipe body and secured to the pipe body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,690

FIBER REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC HOSES AND METHODS FOR FORMING THE SAME

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A hose, comprising:an inner tube that forms a flow path;
an inner fiber layer formed around an outer surface of the inner tube;
an intermediate fiber layer formed around the inner fiber layer; and
an outer fiber layer formed around the intermediate fiber layer;
wherein the inner fiber layer, the intermediate fiber layer, and the outer fiber layer are formed of support thread;
wherein each of the inner fiber layer, the intermediate fiber layer, and the outer fiber layer comprises support thread under tension greater than about 10 pounds (lbs);
wherein the support thread of the inner fiber layer, the support thread of the intermediate fiber layer, and the support thread of the outer fiber layer comprises aramid fibers; and
wherein the support thread of the inner fiber layer, the support thread of the intermediate fiber layer, and the support thread of the outer fiber layer has a nominal modulus, measured according to ASTM D7269, of greater than about 400 gpd.

US Pat. No. 10,480,689

FEED THROUGH SEALS AND FITTINGS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A vessel comprising:at least one wall separating a first volume and a second volume to be sealed therefrom;
an elongated structure providing communication through the wall between the first and second volumes;
a fitting assembly including a fitting secured to the at least one wall, the at least one fitting comprising:
a solid outer body;
a pass-through bore, defined by at least one pass-through bore wall, extending longitudinally through a length of the outer body from a first end to a second end;
at least one undercut region formed into the at least one pass-through bore wall, the at least one undercut region including at least one expansion bearing surface disposed radially outward of at least one contraction bearing surface; and
a flexible filler material substantially occupying a volume of the pass-through bore and the undercut region, the flexible filler material retaining the elongated structure in the bore while sealing the first volume from the second volume.

US Pat. No. 10,480,688

HIGH STRENGTH SINGLE PIECE CABLE TIE LOCKING MECHANISM

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A cable tie comprising:a flexible elongate strap; and
a head attached to a first end of said strap, said head having a front wall, side walls and a rear wall defining an aperture, said front wall having at least one fixed tooth thereon and said rear wall having a flexural element thereon opposite said at least one fixed tooth, wherein said at least one fixed tooth and said flexural element are configured to permit a second end of said strap opposite said head to be inserted through said head aperture in a first direction and being further configured to prevent movement of said second end of said strap from said head aperture in a second direction opposite said first direction, wherein said head further comprises at least one stop projecting into said aperture that engages said flexural element to prevent said strap from disengaging from said at least one tooth on said head.

US Pat. No. 10,480,683

VALVE AND CLOSURE MEMBER

METSO FLOW CONTROL OY, V...

1. A valve having an inlet and an outlet, and a closure member which is rotatably arranged in the valve to be moved between a fully closed position and a fully open position so as to control flow of a fluid from the inlet to the outlet of the valve; said closure member comprising: a flow inlet area and a flow outlet area; the flow inlet area comprising: an initial flow inlet area having at least one initial opening which is first subjected to fluid from the inlet of the valve when the closure member is rotated from the fully closed position towards an initial open position, and a main inlet flow area having at least one main opening which is subjected to fluid from the inlet after the at least one initial opening has been subjected to fluid and the closure member is rotated further from the initial open position towards the fully open position of the closure member; the flow outlet area comprising: an initial flow outlet area which is arranged to first discharge flow to the outlet of the valve when the closure member is rotated from the fully closed position towards the initial open position, and a main outlet flow area which is arranged to discharge flow when the closure member is rotated further from the initial open position towards the fully open position; at least one main flow channel extending from the main inlet flow area to the main flow outlet area allowing flow from the inlet of the valve through the closure member to the outlet of the valve; and at least one initial flow channel, different from the at least one main flow channel, having a helical shape, located within the closure member and extending closest to an outer periphery of the closure member for guiding flow from the initial flow inlet area to the initial flow outlet area.

US Pat. No. 10,480,682

STRAINER ASSEMBLY FOR INTERNAL VALVE

EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMEN...

1. An internal valve for connection to a fluid container, the fluid container having an opening surrounded by a mounting flange, the internal valve comprising:a valve body having an upper portion having a diameter and sized to extend through the opening in the fluid container, the valve body including an inlet and an outlet;
the valve body including a flange arranged to permit the valve body to be mounted to the mounting flange of the container via flange fasteners;
a valve stem slidably disposed in the valve body;
a poppet valve including a poppet body, the poppet body operatively coupled to the valve stem by a first spring and including a poppet inlet and a poppet outlet, the poppet valve arranged to open and close the inlet of the valve body; and
a bleed valve operatively coupled to the valve stem and comprising a bleed disc movable between an open bleed position, in which the bleed disc opens the poppet inlet, and a closed bleed position, in which the bleed disc closes the poppet inlet,
wherein the diameter of the upper portion of the valve body is smaller than a diameter of the opening of the fluid container thereby forming a clearance space between the upper portion of the valve body and the opening of the fluid container,
wherein the upper portion of the valve body includes a mounting area, and including a strainer sized to surround at least a portion of the poppet valve and the bleed valve, the strainer including an extended portion sized to be positioned in the clearance space and arranged for securement to the mounting area by at least one fastener, and
wherein the valve stem extends through the poppet body, and wherein, when the bleed disc is in the open bleed position, the bleed disc is disposed outside of the poppet body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,679

SECURITY COVER FOR A VALVE BOX WITH A POSITIVELY OPERATED AUTOMATICALLY LUBRICATED LOCKING MECHANISM

1. A lockable cover for covering an open topped valve box so as to prevent access to a utility shut off valve located below said cover, said shut off valve accessible through an open top of said valve box only after said cover is removed therefrom;a locking mechanism mounted to an underside of said cover acting to prevent moving said cover off said open top of said valve box when said locking mechanism is in a locking condition, and allowing said cover to be moved off said open top of said valve box when said locking mechanism is in an unlocked condition;
said locking mechanism including a pair of locking plates extending radially away from each other and toward an inner surface of said valve box, said locking plates mounted to the underside of said cover by a locking plate support arrangement so as to allow a limited radial back and forth movement of said locking plates to be able to engage or disengage an outer end of each of said locking plates with said inner surface of said valve box to prevent removal of said cover;
said locking mechanism further including a cam mechanism operated by a security bolt having a head located atop said cover and further having a threaded shank extending down through an opening in said cover and extending further down to be threaded into a threaded bore in a cam piece forming a part of said cam mechanism, said cam piece engageable with both of said locking plates so as to move both of said locking plates radially out upon rotation of said security bolt in a first direction to raise said cam piece, and to move both of said locking plates radially inward upon rotation of said security bolt in an opposite second direction to lower said cam piece, thereby alternatively allowing locking or unlocking of said cover to prevent or allow removal of said cover from said open top of said valve box by rotation of said security bolt in said first or second directions respectively;
a jam nut installed on said security bolt below said cover preventing an upward movement of said security bolt upon rotation of said security bolt in said second direction by said cover stopping upward movement of said jam nut so that when said security bolt is rotated in said second direction said cam piece is lowered;
and, wherein a porous compressible washer is received on said security bolt, the washer is positioned above a top surface of said cam piece and below said jam nut, the washer has a lubricant absorbed therein, a portion of said is lubricant squeezed out of said porous compressible washer when said washer is squeezed between said jam nut and said cam piece, when said cam piece is raised by continued rotation of said security bolt in said first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,678

ERGONOMETRIC FAUCET HANDLE WITH CHANGEABLE SHAPE BODY

Newco Enterprises, Inc., ...

1. A handle for a beverage dispensing faucet, comprising:a base having a first surface comprising at least one cam extending in a first direction therefrom and having an aperture therethrough, and a second surface opposite the first surface and having at least one mounting element extending in a second direction opposite the first direction and having a predetermined first shape;
a generally disk shape adapter having a first surface replicating the predetermined first shape, matingly engaged with the at least one mounting element of the base to mount the adapter to the base, the adapter having a second surface having at least one mounting element extending in the second direction and defining a predetermined second shape different from the predetermined first shape; and
an annular body having an edge replicating the predetermined second shape, matingly engaged with the at least one mounting element of the second surface of the adapter to mount the annular body to the adapter extending in the second direction therefrom, and a fastener extending through and securing the annular body and the adapter to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,480,676

VALVE

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A valve comprising:a body having a passage through which a pressurized fluid flows;
a bonnet configured to cover an opening of the body; and
a valve mechanism provided inside the body and the bonnet, and configured to switch a communication state of the passage,
the valve mechanism comprising:
a valve plug;
a diaphragm in a form of a flexible sheet, a central portion of the diaphragm being held against the valve plug, and an outer marginal portion of the diaphragm being held between the body and the bonnet;
a holder configured to hold the central portion of the diaphragm between the valve plug and the holder;
a pilot hole configured to allow the passage and a pilot chamber of the bonnet to communicate with each other the pilot hole being formed adjacent the central portion of the diaphragm; and
a fastener fixing together central portions of the valve plug, the diaphragm, and the holder which are stacked together.

US Pat. No. 10,480,675

NO-BOLT SECURITY LATCHING SYSTEM

1. A system for securing a valve actuator to body of a valve assembly, the system comprising:an actuator housing having an axis, a valve end, a sealed pressure chamber, and a plurality of housing lugs spaced apart around a circumference of the actuator housing, the housing lugs defining a plurality of housing slots therebetween;
a valve stem, a portion of the valve stem being positioned within the actuator housing, and another portion of the valve stem extending from the valve end of the actuator housing and operable to be connected to a valve, the valve stem moving axially between an extended position and a retracted position;
a bonnet operable to be connected to the valve, the valve stem passing through the bonnet and limited in an axial direction by the bonnet, the bonnet having a plurality of bonnet lugs spaced apart around a circumference of the bonnet, the bonnet lugs defining a plurality of bonnet slots therebetween, wherein each of the housing lugs are sized to pass axially through a respective one of the bonnet slots and the sealed pressure chamber is maintained when the actuator housing is in a released position and, after passing through the bonnet slots, the actuator housing being rotatable to a locked position where at least a portion of one or more of the housing lugs is axially aligned with a portion of a respective bonnet lug such that the bonnet lugs prevent axial movement of the actuator housing in at least one direction; and
a securing mechanism selectively preventing relative rotation between the actuator housing and the bonnet, wherein the securing mechanism includes an electric locking mechanism comprising a solenoid, the solenoid having a cylinder that extends outwardly from a solenoid body, the solenoid positioned to prevent relative rotation between the actuator housing and the bonnet when the cylinder is extended from the solenoid body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,674

ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATOR STRUCTURE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A core structure for an electromagnetic actuator, comprising:an electrically conductive magnetic core component having a magnetic axis, an outer surface between axially opposite ends and at least one slit arranged between said axially opposite ends through the outer surface, wherein said at least one slit is arranged helically to said magnetic axis.

US Pat. No. 10,480,673

SOLENOID VALVE FOR BRAKE SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A solenoid valve for a brake system comprising:a filter member accommodated in a bore of a modulator block including an inlet path and a discharge path;
a magnet core coupled to the filter member and including a through hole longitudinally passing through the magnet core;
a sleeve coupled to an outer surface of the magnet core;
an armature installed in the sleeve;
a valve seat fixed to the through hole and including an orifice;
a plunger disposed at the through hole to open and close the orifice while vertically being moved by movement of the armature; and
a returning spring configured to press the plunger against the armature,
wherein a boss inserted into the valve seat through an opening of a lower end of the filter member and including a connecting path configured to cause the orifice to communicate with the discharge path is formed to pass through a center of the filter member, a plunger valve vertically, moved due to a pressure of supplied oil and including a vertical hole formed to pass through a center of the plunger valve is disposed below the connecting path, and a plunger valve seat having a diameter greater than that of a diameter of the connecting path is provided at a lower end of the connecting path to selectively come into contact with an outer surface of the plunger valve when the plunger valve vertically moves.

US Pat. No. 10,480,672

FLOW RATE ADJUSTING DEVICE

SURPASS INDUSTRY CO., LTD...

1. A flow rate adjusting device comprising:an ultrasonic flow metering portion configured to measure a propagation time difference between ultrasonic waves transmitted by a pair of oscillators disposed at an upstream side and a downstream side of a straight tube-shaped measurement flow channel to obtain a flow rate of a fluid, the fluid flowing from an inflow port and being circulated through the measurement flow channel;
a flow rate adjusting portion configured to adjust the flow rate of the fluid flowing out to an outflow port from the downstream side of the measurement flow channel;
a control portion configured to control the flow rate adjusting portion in such a manner that the flow rate of the fluid measured by the ultrasonic flow metering portion matches a set value preliminarily set;
a pressure measuring portion configured to measure a pressure of the fluid flowing into the upstream side of the measurement flow channel from the inflow port; and
a storage portion configured to store information that associates the flow rate of the fluid obtained from the propagation time difference measured by the ultrasonic flow metering portion, the set value, and the pressure measured by the pressure measuring portion with each other when the control portion controls the flow rate adjusting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,670

VALVE ELEMENT AND FLUID CONTROL VALVE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid control valve comprising:a valve seat member formed with a valve seat surface; and
a valve body member formed with a seating surface seated on the valve seat surface, and configured to control a flow of a fluid by separating or contacting the valve seat surface and the seating surface from or with each other, wherein
at least one of the valve seat member and the valve body member comprises:
a base body made of a metal material; and
a single resin layer that covers a bottom surface of a concave portion of the base body,
a front surface of the resin layer forms a part or a whole of the valve seat surface or the seating surface, and
a rear surface of the resin layer is directly bonded to and forms a covalent bond with the metal material of the base body, and
the resin layer is formed of a crosslinked modified fluorine-based resin.

US Pat. No. 10,480,666

BACK PRESSURE FLAP VALVE ARRANGEMENT AND THE USE THEREOF

Nederman Holding AB, Hel...

1. A back pressure flap valve arrangement comprising:a housing having an inlet opening and an outlet opening adapted for connection of the housing to a ducting;
a flap which is pivotably mounted about a shaft extending transverse a flow direction through the housing from the inlet opening to the outlet opening;
a lever connectable to the shaft and forming an angle thereto, the lever having a stop face arranged at a distance from the connection between the lever and the shaft such that the stop face is arranged to move along an arc shaped path when the flap pivots about said shaft;
a stopper having a slot having an open end and a longitudinal extension along the slot, and a first deformation zone along a first side of the slot and a second deformation zone along a second side of the slot, opposite the first side of the slot, and the slot being arranged to receive the stop face and allow the stop face to move in the slot in the longitudinal extension thereof while engaging said first and second deformation zones; and
wherein the slot, as seen along opposite sides thereof, has a symmetrical wedge shaped profile with a width which gradually narrows as seen from the opening of the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,480,665

VALVE STRUCTURE, NONLUBRICATED LINEAR COMPRESSOR, AND CRYOCOOLER

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A valved nonlubricated linear compressor, comprisinga compressor container,
a cylinder housed in the compressor container,
a movable piston accommodated in the cylinder, the movable piston partitioning the compressor container into a high-pressure chamber and a low-pressure chamber, wherein
the cylinder partitions the high-pressure chamber into a pressurization chamber formed between the movable piston and the cylinder, and a discharge chamber formed inside the cylinder,
a discharge pipe is connected to the discharge chamber, and a suction pipe is connected to the low-pressure chamber,
the movable piston comprises an intake valve for supplying gas from the low-pressure chamber to the pressurization chamber,
the cylinder comprises a discharge valve for discharging the gas from the pressurization chamber to the discharge chamber, and
at least one of the intake valve and the discharge valve is constituted by a valve structure comprising:
a fixing member;
a valve seat part including a valve hole portion positioned on a side of the valve seat part with respect to the fixing member, the valve hole portion having a valve hole either connecting the high-pressure chamber to the low-pressure chamber, or connecting the discharge chamber to the pressurization chamber, and a valve-body supporting wall part positioned on an opposite side of the valve seat part with respect to the fixing member, the valve-body supporting wall part extending laterally from the valve hole portion, wherein no valve hole is present in the valve-body supporting wall part;
an elastic valve-body member furnished with
a valve-body fulcrum portion fixed to the valve seat part with the fixing member,
a first elastic platelike section separated from the valve-body fulcrum portion by a slit and disposed paralleling the valve hole portion so as to cover the valve hole, and
a second elastic platelike section extending from the valve-body fulcrum portion opposite-ward with respect to the slit and paralleling the valve-body supporting wall part, wherein
the first and second elastic platelike sections are continuous to each other,
the first elastic platelike section is elastically deformable relative to the second elastic platelike section under pressure differential either between the high-pressure chamber and the low-pressure chamber, or between the discharge chamber and the pressurization chamber, so as to uncover the valve hole; and
a fan-shaped elastic pressing member furnished with
a pressing-member fulcrum portion fixed to the valve seat part with the fixing member, and
a pressing-member elastic platelike section extending from the pressing-member fulcrum portion opposite-ward with respect to the slit and paralleling the second elastic platelike section so as to elastically deform together with the elastic valve-body member, the fan-shaped elastic pressing member being of planar form configured so as to expose the first elastic platelike section; wherein
the pressing-member elastic platelike section and the second elastic platelike section of the elastic valve-body member are fan-shaped to match each other in plan view form.

US Pat. No. 10,480,662

STEAM VALVE AND STEAM TURBINE SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A steam valve comprising:a valve casing including: a valve chamber; an inlet flow passage opening to the valve chamber; an outlet flow passage opening to the valve chamber; and a valve seat surrounding an opening of the outlet flow passage;
a first valve body accommodated in the valve chamber, the first valve body including: a first cylindrical part having a first end vertically abuttable on the valve seat; and a first end wall part formed integrally with a second end side of the first cylindrical part;
a second valve body accommodated in the valve chamber, the second valve body including: a second cylindrical part coaxially disposed with respect to the first cylindrical part and having a first end vertically abuttable on the valve seat at an outer position than the first cylindrical part; and a second end wall part formed integrally with a second end side of the second cylindrical part;
a first valve stem capable of vertically biasing the first valve body;
a second valve stem capable of vertically biasing the second valve body;
a flow guide disposed inside the first cylindrical part, the flow guide having a projection configured to project downwardly from the first cylindrical part and the second cylindrical part when the first cylindrical part and the second cylindrical part are apart from the valve seat; and
a support which supports the flow guide,
the support extending from the valve casing or the second valve body to the flow guide through a through hole formed in the first valve body to support the flow guide such that the flow guide is tiltable with respect to the valve casing or the second valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,659

COUPLING DEVICE FOR THE ROTARY COUPLING OF A PIVOT SHAFT OF A FLAP DIAPHRAGM OF AN EXHAUST GAS FLAP WITH A DRIVE ELEMENT

1. A coupling device for a rotary coupling of a pivot shaft of a flap diaphragm of an exhaust gas flap with a drive element, the coupling device comprising at least one coupling element comprised of one piece of sheet material and comprising:a first coupling area configured for coupling to the pivot shaft, the first coupling area comprising a first coupling first end area and a first coupling second end area and a first positive-locking coupling formation between the first coupling first end area and the first coupling second end area;
a second coupling area configured for coupling to the drive element, the second coupling area comprising a second coupling first end area and a second coupling second end area and a second positive-locking coupling formation between the second coupling first end area and the second coupling second end area; and
connection areas connecting the first coupling area to the second coupling area, the connection areas comprising a first connection area provided adjacent to the first coupling first end area and adjacent to the second coupling first end area and the connection areas comprising a second connection area provided adjacent to the first coupling second end area and adjacent to the second coupling second end area, wherein one of the first coupling area and the second coupling area comprises end areas of the one piece of sheet material arranged overlapping one another and commonly providing the positive locking coupling formation of the one of the first coupling area and the second coupling area, and wherein, in a coupled state, the first coupling area and the second coupling area are prestressed in a direction towards one another or are prestressed in a direction away from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,480,657

MECHANICAL PUMP SEAL

S. E. Yandle, II, New Or...

1. A pump seal apparatus for sealing leakage around a pump shaft of a pump having a pump housing and a driver that rotates the pump shaft relative to the housing, said seal apparatus comprising:a) a seal flange that is attachable to the pump housing, the seal flange having a central flange opening for receiving the pump shaft and an annular socket surrounding the central flange opening;
b) a sleeve attachable to the pump shaft and rotating therewith;
c) an annular non-rotating seal element that seats upon the seal flange annular socket and connects to the seal flange, the non-rotating seal element providing a carbon containing sealing face;
d) an annular rotating seal assembly, the annular rotating seal assembly including an upper seal member and a lower drive member, the upper seal member being made of a first material and the lower drive member being made of a second material that is not said first material, the upper seal member and the lower drive member being removably interlocked such that movement of the lower drive member causes movement of the upper seal member, the upper seal member being in face-to-face sealing contact with the carbon containing sealing face, said rotating seal assembly having an open center and being mounted upon the sleeve at the open center, the contact defining a gas seal that prevents leakage of gas molecules, the sealing face and the upper seal member of the rotating seal assembly each having a flatness of not more than two light bands;
e) a cage below the drive member;
f) the cage having a spring assembly that biases the seal elements together;
g) one or more O-rings that are carried by the seal assembly; and
h) wherein the lower drive member is removably interlocked with the cage for rotation therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,480,656

BRIDGE TAPE WITH DIRECTED FOAM EXPANSION AND METHOD FOR SEALING HOLES IN SHEET METAL OR PLASTIC PARTS OF AUTOMOBILE BODIES

TESA SE, Norderstedt (DE...

1. A bridge tape comprising:a foamable composition comprising an expandable microballoon;
a first backing material;
a second backing material; and
an adhesive coating or a two-sided adhesive tape,wherein:the foamable composition is disposed between the first backing material and the second backing material;
the adhesive coating or the two-sided adhesive tape is disposed between the first backing material and the foamable composition; and
the first backing material and the second backing material are fixed by a thread.

US Pat. No. 10,480,654

JOINT SEAL SYSTEM HAVING INTERNAL BARRIER AND EXTERNAL WINGS

Schul International Co., ...

1. A joint seal, comprising,a first body of compressible foam, the first body of compressible foam having a first body bottom and a first body width;
a second body of compressible foam, the second body of compressible foam having a second body top and a second body width;
a barrier,
the barrier being flexible,
the barrier having a barrier width from a first distant end to a second distant end,
the barrier width greater than each of the first body width and the second body width,
the barrier contacting a first body first side and not contacting a second body first side,
the barrier including a first wing extending beyond an edge of the first body of the compressible foam,
the first wing turned up to adhere to the first body first side,
the first wing having at a first distant end a first wing upper elongate appendage and a first wing lower elongate appendage,
the first wing upper elongate appendage not contacting the first body first side
the first wing lower elongate appendage not contacting the first body first side,
the barrier contacting a first body second side and not contacting a second body second side,
the barrier including a second wing extending beyond an edge of the second body of the compressible foam,
the second wing turned up to adhere to the first body second side,
the second wing having at a second distant end a second wing upper elongate appendage and a second wing lower elongate appendage,
the second wing upper elongate appendage not contacting the first body second side,
the second wing lower elongate appendage not contacting the first body second side,
the barrier adhered to the first body of compressible foam at the first body bottom,
the barrier adhered to the second body of compressible foam at the second body top,
the barrier including a layer from at least one of a heat barrier, an infrared barrier, a water barrier, air barrier and a vapor barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,480,652

SEALING DEVICE

HAMMELMANN GMBH, Oelde (...

1. A sealing device, comprising an intermediate bushing arranged concentrically between an outer sleeve and an inner body and movable relative thereto, the intermediate bushing and the inner body defining a single annular gap therebetween, the bushing cooperating with the outer sleeve the inner body, and a plurality of seals disposed between the outer sleeve and the intermediate bushing to define a plurality of chambers which can be filled with a pressurized liquid, the annular gap simultaneously in fluid communication with all of the plurality of chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,480,650

CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A control method for a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which controls a pulley by using hydraulic pressure so as to perform shifting, the control method comprising:determining, by a controller, whether a shift by controlling the pulley is required;
determining, by the controller, whether the control of the pulley for the shift generates a pressure fluctuation which is greater than or equal to a predetermined level;
calculating, by the controller, a required hydraulic pressure varying amount for varying a hydraulic pressure to a target hydraulic pressure;
adding, by the controller, an additional hydraulic pressure to the required hydraulic pressure varying amount so as to increase the hydraulic pressure; and
decreasing, by the controller, the increased hydraulic pressure to the target hydraulic pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,480,649

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FILLING TORQUE CONVERTER WITH FLUID

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of refilling a torque converter of a vehicle comprising:via a controller: responsive to an engine-off time exceeding a threshold and a parameter indicative of departure being present, filling the torque converter with fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,480,648

LOCK-UP CLUTCH CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE, AND LOCK-UP CLUTCH CONTROL METHOD

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A vehicular lockup clutch control device for a vehicle where a torque converter is mounted between an engine and a transmission, wherein the torque converter includes a lockup clutch, the vehicular lockup clutch control device comprising:a lockup control part configured to control engagement of the lockup clutch; and
a meeting point learning control part configured to perform a learning control of obtaining a learning value based on information about a meeting point at which the lockup clutch starts torque transmission, wherein the meeting point learning control part is further configured to:
obtain a present learning detected value when the lockup clutch experiences a transition into engaged state while the vehicle is running, and calculate a present detection error based on a difference between a last learning value memorized and the present learning detected value;
calculate a present basic correction quantity based on the present detection error;
when the present detection error has the same sign as a last detection error, set a correction coefficient such that the correction coefficient increases as an absolute value of the last detection error increases;
calculate a present learning value correction quantity by multiplying the present basic correction quantity by the correction coefficient; and
calculate a present learning value by adding the present learning value correction quantity to the last learning value.

US Pat. No. 10,480,646

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A control apparatus of an automatic transmission including a plurality of planetary gear mechanisms and engaging mechanisms configured to establish a gear range by switching inputs/outputs of the plurality of planetary gear mechanisms, comprising:an oil pressure supply device configured to supply an oil pressure to operate the engaging mechanisms between an engaging state and a release state in which the engaging state is canceled; and
a gear change controller configured to control an operation state of each of the engaging mechanisms of the planetary gear mechanisms to establish one gear range of a plurality of gear ranges,
wherein the gear change controller calculates a temperature of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after a gear change,
calculates a cooling rate of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after the gear change based on the temperature and the operation state of each of the engaging mechanisms,
calculates an allowable temperature of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after the gear change based on the cooling rate of each of the engaging mechanisms, and
executes gear change control of restricting the gear change to the gear range in a case in which the temperature of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after the gear change is predicted to be not less than the allowable temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,480,644

TRANSMISSION CONTROL DEVICE

Powertrain Control Soluti...

1. An electronic automatic four-speed transmission for a vehicle, the transmission comprising:an electronic automatic four-speed transmission;
a plurality of electronic solenoids that control a flow of hydraulic fluid in the transmission, wherein the hydraulic fluid in turn actuates an operation of the transmission in both forward and reverse gears;
an electronic control panel operatively connected to at least one of the electronic solenoids;
the electronic control panel comprising a manual switch that actuates the flow of incremental, preset amounts of the hydraulic fluid;
wherein the electronic control panel is adapted to be operable and remote from a driver seat of the vehicle that has the transmission operatively mounted therein; and
wherein the incremental, preset amounts of hydraulic fluid correspond to predetermined distances of movement of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,480,643

HYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH IDLE STOP AND GO SYSTEM

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A hydraulic control system of an automatic transmission for a vehicle provided with an idle stop and go (ISG) system, the hydraulic control system configured to supply hydraulic pressure to at least one friction member of friction members operated at a gear stage where starting control is performed, the hydraulic control system comprising:a mechanical hydraulic pump driven by torque of an engine and configured to pump a fluid stored in an oil pan;
a regulator valve configured to regulate hydraulic pressure fed from the mechanical hydraulic pump to be stable;
a manual valve configured to receive the hydraulic pressure from the regulator valve through a first hydraulic line and to supply the hydraulic pressure to a second hydraulic line by manipulation of a shift lever;
a linear solenoid valve configured to control the hydraulic pressure supplied from the manual valve through the second hydraulic line and to supply the controlled hydraulic pressure to a third hydraulic line;
a first switch valve configured to selectively supply the hydraulic pressure supplied from the linear solenoid valve through the third hydraulic line to the at least one friction member through a fourth hydraulic line; and
an electric hydraulic pump driven by electric energy and configured to pump the fluid stored in the oil pan through a fifth hydraulic line and to feed the pumped fluid to a second switch valve through a sixth hydraulic line,
wherein the second switch valve is configured to supply the hydraulic pressure of the electric hydraulic pump supplied through the sixth hydraulic line to a seventh hydraulic line connected to the fourth hydraulic line, or to the second hydraulic line at an upstream side of the linear solenoid valve through an eighth hydraulic line.

US Pat. No. 10,480,642

MULTI SPEED TRANSMISSION DEVICE WITH HYDRAULICALLY ACTUATED SHIFT RODS

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A multi-speed transmission, comprising:a plurality of hydraulically actuated shift rods (7 to 11);
a plurality of piston units (2 to 6) with a plurality of piston chambers (2A to 6B), the plurality of piston units (2 to 6) configured for adjusting the plurality of hydraulically actuated shift rods (7 to 11) to change a transmission ratio of the multi-speed transmission;
a valve device (15);
a plurality of shuttle valves (2C to 6D), each of the shuttle valves (2C to 6D) having a spring assembly (2E to 6F); and
a plurality of valves (16, 17),
wherein an actuating pressure (p_B) is applicable by the valve device (15) and the shuttle valves (2C to 6D) to the piston chambers (2A to 6B) of the piston units (2 to 6), the actuating pressure being freely adjustable by the valves (16, 17), the piston chambers (2A to 6B) of the piston units (2 to 6) configured to be brought into operative connection with a low-pressure region (52) either by the shuttle valves (2C to 6D) and a prefilling valve (32, 33) or by the shuttle valves (2C to 6D), the valve device (15) and the valves (16, 17), and
wherein the spring assemblies (2E to 6F) of the shuttle valves (2C to 6D) hold the shuttle valves (2C to 6D) in an operating state that connects the piston chambers (2A to 6B) to the low-pressure region (52) by the prefilling valve (32, 33) when the actuating pressure (p_B) is less than a pressure threshold of the actuating pressure (p_B).

US Pat. No. 10,480,640

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Honda Lock Mfg. Co., Ltd....

1. A power transmission device which transmits power to an operation portion, comprising:a motor having a motor case disposed in a housing,
a worm connected to a rotating shaft of the motor, and
a worm wheel engaged with the worm and disposed at an operation portion side with respect to the worm,
wherein a biasing member is disposed at the one side with respect to engagement portions of the worm and the worm wheel; said biasing member being operable to bias one side of a worm wheel side and a worm side in a direction in which the worm and the worm wheel come in contact with each other when the motor is driven;
wherein said housing comprises a first restriction wall located on one end side in a rotating shaft direction with respect the motor case, and a second restriction wall located on the other side in the rotating shaft direction with respect to the motor case;
wherein the biasing member is located between the first restriction wall and the motor case at a position spaced away from the worm such that one end of the biasing member is in direct contact with the first restriction wall and the other end of the biasing member is in direct contact with the motor case;
wherein the biasing member is separate from the motor; and
wherein the biasing member is arranged around the rotating shaft such that a gap is formed between periphery of the rotating shaft and the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,639

VEHICLE DRIVE APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle drive apparatus, comprising:a rotating shaft extending along an axial line in a first direction;
a planetary gear mechanism including a sun gear provided around the rotating shaft, a ring gear provided around the sun gear, a planetary gear between the sun gear and the ring gear to engage with the sun gear and the ring gear, a planetary shaft extending parallel to the axial line to rotatably support the planetary gear, and a carrier configured to support the planetary shaft;
a rotor including a plate portion formed in a substantial ring shape adjacent the planetary gear and a cylindrical portion connected to an outer periphery of the plate portion to transmit a torque through the planetary gear mechanism from the rotor to the rotating shaft or from the rotating shaft to the rotor; and
an oil passage forming part configured to form an oil passage so as to lead a lubricating oil supplied from a hydraulic power source through the plate portion to the planetary gear,
wherein the oil passage forming part includes plate through holes and a shaft through hole,
the plate through holes are formed axially in the plate portion so as to penetrate the plate portion and arranged in a circumferential direction along a circle with a radius defined as a distance from the axial line to the planetary shaft, and
the shaft through hole is formed inside the planetary shaft so as to penetrate the planetary shaft from an end surface to an outer peripheral surface of the planetary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,638

DRIVE TRANSMITTER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING THE DRIVE TRANSMITTER

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units, each integrally including at least one of an image bearer, a developing roller, a charger, and a cleaning device;
an intermediate transfer body;
a drive source including an output gear and configured to apply a driving force;
a drive rotary body including
a cylindrical body with one end open and an opposite end closed,
an internal tooth part mounted on an inner circumferential surface of the drive rotary body and directly meshed with the output gear of the drive source, and
an external tooth part mounted on an outer circumferential surface of the drive rotary body;
a drive transmitting member including an external tooth part and a pulley, the external tooth part of the drive transmitting member being meshed with the external tooth part of the drive rotary body;
a first belt;
a first drive output member including a first pulley to stretch the first belt between the first pulley and the pulley of the drive transmitting member, the first drive output member being configured to be drivingly connected to a first developing roller;
a second drive output member including an external tooth part meshed with the external tooth part of the drive rotary body, and a second pulley, the second drive output member being configured to be drivingly connected to a second developing roller;
a second belt; and
a third drive output member including a third pulley to stretch the second belt between the third pulley and the second pulley of the second drive output member, the third drive output member being configured to be drivingly connected to a third developing roller,
the first belt and the second belt being disposed near the drive rotary body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,637

LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR A DRIVE DEVICE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a drive assembly that is operatively connected to an input shaft of a gearbox, wherein a gear set of the gearbox is supplied with lubricant by a primary lubricant pump, wherein the gearbox has only one output shaft, and the primary lubricant pump is coupled to and driven by the only one output shaft of the gearbox,
wherein a pressure side is connected via an overpressure valve at an intake side of the primary lubricant pump and the intake side of the primary lubricant pump is connected via a filter to a lubricant sump of the gearbox,
wherein a lubricant container at a geodetically lowest point, has an outlet, through which a direct flow connection to the lubricant sump exists, and
wherein the lubricant container has at least two overflows, which lie geodetically higher than the outlet and produces a direct flow connection to the lubricant sump.

US Pat. No. 10,480,636

ANTI-CLOG LUBRICANT DISTRIBUTION ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A fluid distribution assembly for distributing a fluid, the assembly comprising:a first inlet housing;
an outlet housing fluidly coupled to the first inlet housing; and
a second inlet housing fluidly coupled to the outlet housing, the outlet housing being fluidically connected between the first inlet housing and the second inlet housing;
the second inlet housing having a first end and a second end, the second end coupled to the outlet housing at a stagnation dam, the stagnation dam controlling direction of fluid flow through the second inlet housing in response to a change in velocity of fluid flow in the outlet housing from the first inlet housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,634

COUNTERBALANCE GEAR FOR AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine system comprising:a crankshaft gear coupled to an engine crankshaft for rotation therewith; and
a balance gear coupled to a balance shaft for rotation therewith, the balance and crankshaft gears in meshed engagement, the balance gear is formed from a plurality of layers of a first material and a plurality of layers of a second material, the first and second material layers alternating with one another to form a laminate structure;
wherein each layer of the plurality of first material layers comprises metal;
wherein each layer of the plurality of second material layers comprises plastic;
wherein two layers of the plurality of second material layers are provided as outermost layers for the balance gear; and
wherein each layer of the plurality of first material layers and the plurality of second material layers has a common outer perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,480,633

ELECTRIC ACTUATOR WITH A FAIL-SAFE MODE OF OPERATION

METSO FLOW CONTROL USA IN...

1. An electric actuator, comprising:a first driving source coupled to an output through a first pathway created by a transmission;
a second driving source coupled to the output though a second pathway created by the transmission that, upon loss of electrical power to the electric actuator, causes the output to be positioned at a fail-safe position;
a differential coupled to the first driving source and the second driving source through a third pathway created by the transmission to store energy from the first driving source in the second driving source, the differential including a carrier having three or more bevel gears arranged inside the carrier, wherein a first bevel gear of the differential is coupled to the first driving source, and a second bevel gear is coupled to the output, and a carrier gear fixed external to the carrier that is coupled to the second driving source;
a switching controller that is configured to control switching the transmission between the first pathway, the second pathway, and the third pathway;
a mechanical stop coupled to the output through the transmission; and
a brake coupled to the second driving source through the transmission, the brake being engaged to establish the first pathway through the transmission between the first driving source and the output, the brake being disengaged to establish the second pathway through the transmission between the second driving source and the output, and the mechanical stop being engaged to restrict the output from rotating beyond the fail-safe position and the brake being disengaged to establish the third pathway through the transmission between the first driving source and the second driving source.

US Pat. No. 10,480,629

BALL SCREW WITH A DUSTPROOF MEMBER

Hiwin Technologies Corp.,...

1. A ball screw with a dustproof member, comprising:a screw including an axis, a circumferential surface surrounding the axis, and an outer helical groove helically formed in the circumferential surface to surround the axis;
a nut sleeved along the axis onto the screw, and including: an inner helical groove helically defined in an inner surface of the nut to surround the axis, and an annular receiving groove formed at one end of the nut and concaved along the axis, wherein the inner helical groove and the outer helical groove form a load path for receiving a plurality of rolling balls;
the dustproof member being inserted along the axis into the annular receiving groove and sleeved onto the screw, and including an annular first dustproof portion and an arc-shaped second dustproof portion, wherein the annular first dustproof portion includes a dustproof hole for insertion of the screw, the dustproof hole has a dustproof inner surface defining an clearance relative to the circumferential surface of the screw, the arc-shaped second dustproof portion protrudes from the dustproof inner surface, and includes an arc-shaped dustproof section contacting the outer helical groove;
the clearance between the dustproof inner surface of the dustproof member and the circumferential surface of the screw is 0.05 mm to 0.3 mm, the arc-shaped dustproof section of the second dustproof portion has a radian larger than 180 degrees, the second dustproof portion includes an arc-shaped first side surface and an opposite arc-shaped second side surface, and a distance between the arc-shaped first side surface and the arc-shaped second side surface along the axis is 0.5 mm to 1 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,480,624

MULTI-STAGE TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A multi-stage transmission for a vehicle, the multi-stage transmission comprising:a first planetary gear set and a second planetary gear set each including a first rotating element, a second rotating element, and a third rotating element;
a compound planetary gear set including a first rotating element, a second rotating element, a third rotating element, and a fourth rotating element; and
eight rotation shafts connected to the rotating elements of the planetary gear sets,
wherein a first rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to the first rotating element of the first planetary gear set,
a second rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is an input shaft connected directly to the second rotating element of the first planetary gear set,
a third rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to both the third rotating element of the first planetary gear set and the first rotating element of the second planetary gear set,
a fourth rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to the first rotating element of the compound planetary gear set,
a fifth rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is an output shaft connected directly to both the third rotating element of the compound planetary gear set and the third rotating element of the second planetary gear set,
a sixth rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to the fourth rotating element of the compound planetary gear set,
a seventh rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to the second rotating element of the compound planetary gear set, and
an eighth rotation shaft of the eight rotation shafts is connected directly to the second rotating element of the second planetary gear set.

US Pat. No. 10,480,623

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR A VEHICLE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A multi-speed automatic transmission comprising:a housing;
a transmission input shaft; and
a plurality of clutches, wherein different combinations of a predetermined number of clutches of the plurality of clutches generate respective different gear ratios corresponding to respective forward or rearward speeds of the automatic transmission, the plurality of clutches including:
a first clutch comprising a multi-plate clutch portion and a selectable one way clutch portion, wherein the selectable one way clutch is engaged for selectively generating one forward speed and one rearward speed of the automatic transmission,
wherein the selectable one way clutch portion is movable between a forward torque holding mode configured to transfer torque in a first rotational direction but not in an opposite second rotational direction, and a rearward torque holding mode configured to transfer torque in the second rotational direction but not in the first rotational direction, and
wherein the selectable one way clutch portion is operated in the forward torque holding mode in nine forward speeds of the automatic transmission, the selectable one way clutch portion is operated in the rearward torque holding mode in the one rearward speed of the automatic transmission, and the multi-plate clutch portion is selectively engaged to transfer torque in three of the nine forward speeds, wherein the nine forward speeds includes the one forward speed.

US Pat. No. 10,480,622

TWO-SPEED TRANSMISSION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

NEOOTO CO., LTD., Seoul ...

1. A two-speed transmission comprising:a first sun gear;
a second sun gear;
a plurality of first planetary gears which are engaged with the first sun gear to rotate or revolve along a circumferential direction of the first sun gear;
a ring gear which includes an inner circumferential gear and an outer circumferential gear, the outer circumferential gear rotating by being engaged with an input gear which rotates by a driving device;
a plurality of second planetary gears which are engaged with the inner circumferential gear and the second sun gear to rotate or revolve along a circumferential direction of the second sun gear;
a carrier to which the first planetary gears and the second planetary gears are rotatably connected; and
a brake part which selectively fixes the first sun gear and the second sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,480,621

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, the planetary gear train comprising:an input shaft configured to receive a torque from an engine;
an output shaft configured to output a torque;
a first planetary gear set including first, second, and third rotation elements;
a second planetary gear set including fourth, fifth, and sixth rotation elements;
a third planetary gear set including seventh, eighth, and ninth rotation elements;
a fourth planetary gear set including tenth, eleventh, and twelfth rotation elements;
a fifth planetary gear set including thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth rotational elements;
a first shaft connected with the third rotation element and the input shaft;
a second shaft connected with the fourteenth rotation element and the output shaft;
a third shaft connected with the fourth rotation element and the thirteenth rotation element;
a fourth shaft connected with the ninth rotation element and the fifteenth rotation element;
a fifth shaft connected with the second rotation element, the fifth rotation element, and the eighth rotation element;
a sixth shaft connected with the seventh rotation element and the twelfth rotation element;
a seventh shaft connected with the first rotation element;
an eighth shaft connected with the sixth rotation element and the eleventh rotation element; and
a ninth shaft connected with the tenth rotation element.

US Pat. No. 10,480,620

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A power transmission apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a first input shaft fixedly connected with a power source;
a second input shaft in a form of hollow shaft coaxially disposed with the first input shaft, and configured to surround the first input shaft, the second input shaft configured to be selectively connected with the first input shaft via a first clutch;
a third input shaft in a form of a hollow shaft coaxially disposed with the second input shaft and configured to surround the second input shaft, the third input shaft configured to be selectively connected with the first input shaft via a second clutch;
a first output shaft disposed in parallel with the first input shaft;
a second output shaft arranged in series to and on a same axis with the first output shaft, and selectively connected with the first output shaft;
a first shift-stage shifting section configured to receive a torque of the third input shaft and to shift the received torque to two shifted torques, the shifted two torques being outputted to the first output shaft;
a second shift-stage shifting section configured to receive a torque of the second input shaft and to shift the received torque to one shifted torque and one reverse torque, the one shifted torque and one reverse torque being outputted to the first output shaft;
a compound shifting section configured to selectively receive an output torque from the first input shaft and the first output shaft and to shift the received output torque to a shifted output torque, the shifted output torque being outputted to a final reduction device through the second output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,619

RING GEAR, GEAR DEVICE AND MOLD FOR MANUFACTURING THE RING GEAR

Johnson Electric Internat...

1. A gear device comprising:a first planetary gear train including a first sun gear, a first planetary gear set surrounding the first sun gear, and a first carrier that is driven by revolution of the first planetary gear set about the first sun gear;
a second planetary gear train including a second sun gear, a second planetary gear set surrounding the second sun gear, and a second carrier that is driven by revolution of the second planetary gear set about the second sun gear;
a ring gear comprising a first ring gear part that comprises a first annular body and a plurality of first teeth formed on a surface of the first annular body; and a second ring gear part that comprises a second annular body and a plurality of second teeth formed on a surface of the second annular body; wherein the first ring gear part and the second ring gear part are integrally formed from powder metal, the ring gear has a density that is less than 92% of its theoretical density and in a range of 6.0 to 8.0 grams per cubic centimeter; and
a flange mounted to an end of the ring gear, wherein the flange comprises a flange body abutting the end of the ring gear, and a connecting portion extending from the flange body and being inserted into inside of the ring gear, and the connecting portion has a round circumferential surface configured to contact with tips of the teeth of the ring gear;
the first planetary gear train and the second planetary gear train disposed within the ring gear, each planetary gear of the first planetary gear set meshing with both of the first sun gear and the first teeth of the ring gear, and each planetary gear of the second planetary gear set meshing with both of the second sun gear and the second teeth of the ring gear.

US Pat. No. 10,480,618

SHACKLE GUARD WITH TETHER

Daystar Products Internat...

1. An apparatus comprising:a guard defining
an inner seat comprising an open channel shaped to receive a shackle and extend partially around the shackle; and
an outer seat positioned opposite the open channel and shaped to support a strap passing through the shackle; and
a tether fastened to the guard and defining a fastener for securing to a closure pin passing through the shackle;
wherein the fastener comprises a barb secured to a distal end of the tether and deformable sufficient to insert through an aperture in the closure pin and resist removal following insertion through the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,480,616

CRANKSHAFT DAMPER FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine assembly comprising:a crankshaft; and
a damper rotationally coupled to the crankshaft and having first and second spokes connecting a hub to an inertial weight, the inertial weight circumferentially surrounding and spaced apart from the hub, each of the spokes having an airfoil section, the first spoke oriented with a positive angle of attack and the second spoke oriented with one of a negative angle of attack and a zero angle of attack.

US Pat. No. 10,480,615

VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DESIGNING THE SAME

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A vibration damping device disposed in an oil chamber and comprising:a support member that rotates together with a rotary element, to which torque from an engine is transferred, about a center of rotation of the rotary element;
a restoring force generation member that is coupled to the support member and that is swingable along with rotation of the support member; and
an inertial mass body coupled to the support member via the restoring force generation member and swung about the center of rotation in conjunction with the restoring force generation member along with rotation of the support member, the inertial mass body has a swing center that is the same as a center of rotation of the support member, wherein
an order of the vibration damping device is larger than a sum of an excitation order of the engine and an offset value determined in consideration of an effect of oil in the oil chamber; and
a reference order, which is a convergent value of the order of the vibration damping device which operates in the oil chamber when an amplitude of vibration of input torque transferred to the rotary element becomes smaller, is higher than the excitation order.

US Pat. No. 10,480,612

DAMPING DEVICE AND VEHICLE-MOUNTED GIMBAL USING THE SAME

SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO...

1. A vehicle-mounted gimbal system, comprising:a damping device comprising:
a first damping connecting member;
a second damping connecting member opposite to and spaced apart from the first damping connecting member; and
a steel wire rope damper, two ends of the steel wire rope damper being connected with the first damping connecting member and the second damping connecting member, respectively; and
a gimbal configured to be mounted on a hanging component of a vehicle through the damping device.

US Pat. No. 10,480,610

NOISE VIBRATION ENERGY DAMPING STRUCTURE IN VEHICLE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A noise vibration energy damping structure in a vehicle, the noise vibration energy damping structure damping noise vibration energy that is generated at a power unit of the vehicle comprised of an engine and a transmission and that is to be transmitted to a cabin of the vehicle, the noise vibration energy damping structure comprising:a vibration energy path member, to which a supporting device supporting the power unit is attached, constituting a transmission path which vibrates by receiving the noise vibration energy transmitted through the supporting device, and which transmits the noise vibration energy to the cabin; and
a vibration energy damping member provided on the transmission path of the vibration energy path member, and absorbing, from the vibration energy path member, at least part of the noise vibration energy to be transmitted from the vibration energy path member to the cabin, wherein
the vibration energy damping member is disposed substantially along a transmission direction in which vibration of the vibration energy path member caused by the noise vibration energy is transmitted,
a length of the vibration energy damping member is equal to or more than a half of a wavelength of the vibration of the vibration energy path member, and
the vibration energy path member is provided with at least one attachment part attaching the vibration energy damping member to the vibration energy path member, and the at least one attachment part is disposed in a position corresponding to a position of at least one antinode of the vibration of the vibration energy path member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,609

PNEUMATIC ACTUATOR AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ACTIVE VIBRATION ISOLATION SYSTEM

Integrated Dynamics Engin...

1. A pneumatic actuator for a stationary vibration isolation system, comprising a working space with a piston that divides the working space into a first pressure chamber and a second pressure chamber, wherein the piston is spaced apart from an inner surface of the working space by a gap so that the piston is not guided by the inner surface of the working space, wherein the piston is movable only in an axial direction, and wherein the piston is guided axially by at least two leaf springs that are spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,480,608

MACHINE VIBRATION ISOLATION

GLEASON METROLOGY SYSTEMS...

1. A gear inspection and measurement machine having two main columns as an operational portion and a machine base with said machine base being configured to reduce or eliminate floor vibration into said operational portion of the machine, said machine base comprising:an upper base portion and a lower base portion, there being no direct contact between said upper base portion and said lower base portion;
said lower base portion including a top end and a bottom end,
said upper base portion comprising a projecting portion extending downward in a direction toward said lower base portion and further comprising a horizontally extending portion supporting the main columns and located above and attached to said projecting portion;
a vibration and/or shock isolating system;
said vibration and/or shock isolating system including an upper vibration and/or shock isolating sub-system located between said upper base portion and said lower base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,607

VIBRATION-DAMPING DEVICE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A liquid-tight vibration-damping device which includes:a tubular first attachment member joined to one of a vibration generating section and a vibration receiving section;
a second attachment member joined to the other of the vibration generating section and the vibration receiving section;
an elastic body configured to elastically join the first attachment member and the second attachment member;
a partition member configured to partition a liquid chamber in the first attachment member in which a liquid is sealed into a first liquid chamber and a second liquid chamber; and
a limiting passage formed in the partition member and configured to communicate the first liquid chamber and the second liquid chamber,
wherein, the limiting passage includes:
a main body passage, an entirety of the main body passage extending inside the partition member in a circumferential direction around an axial center of the vibration-damping device and defined by a first wall of the partition member which faces the first liquid chamber and a second wall thereof which faces the second liquid chamber;
a first communication section configured to communicate the main body passage and the first liquid chamber; and
a second communication section configured to communicate the main body passage and the second liquid chamber,
at least one of the first communication section and the second communication section passes through the first wall or the second wall and has openings disposed in the circumferential direction, and
the openings include a first set of openings positioned at a first position in a radial direction of the partition member, and the openings further include a second set of openings positioned at a second position in the radial direction of the partition member, and
the second position, that includes the second set of openings, being located further away in the radial direction from a center of the partition member than the first position that includes the first set of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,480,605

COMPRESSION-RESISTANT SHOCK ABSORBER PISTON SEAL

RIDE CONTROL, LLC, Farmi...

9. A shock absorber comprising:a cylinder having a first chamber and a second chamber, at least one of said first chamber and said second chamber including a fluid;
a piston having a valve body that separates said first chamber and said second chamber and being configured for reciprocal movement within said cylinder, said valve body defining at least one through-hole for enabling the fluid to move between the first and second chambers;
a floating disc and a floating retainer each being movably connected to said valve body and movable relative to each other, said floating disc and said floating retainer defining a space between said floating disc and said floating retainer, said space having a cross-sectional area; and
a compressible seal element having a non-compressed square cross-section seated in and filling said cross-sectional area of said space, said seal element being non-fixedly attached to and movable relative to said floating disc and said floating retainer, an entire first outer surface of said seal element engages an entire first inner surface of said floating disc and said floating retainer, an entire second outer surface of said seal element engages an entire second inner surface of said floating disc and said floating retainer, and a third outer surface of said seal element uniformly, slidingly engages and forms a seal with an inner wall of said cylinder during the reciprocal movement of said piston to enable continuous sliding reciprocal movement of the seal element relative to said inner wall of said cylinder while reducing wear on said seal element and increasing the life of said seal element during repeated reciprocal movement of said seal element.

US Pat. No. 10,480,604

SHOCK ABSORBER

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A base valve assembly able to be used in conjunction with a shock absorber of a type having an outer tube, an inner tube, and a piston reciprocally mounted in an interior of the inner tube, the base valve assembly regulating fluid flow between an annular outer replenishment chamber formed between the outer tube and the inner tube and an inner working chamber formed by the interior of the inner tube, the base valve assembly comprising:a base plate,
a base cage positioned on the base plate, the base cage having a first set of fluid passageways which fluidly connect the inner working chamber to the annular outer replenishment chamber upon a compression stroke of the piston, and a second set of fluid passageways which fluidly connect the annular outer replenishment chamber to the inner working chamber upon an extension stroke of the piston,
a first base valve mounted to the base cage, which first base valve opens the first set of fluid passageways during the compression stroke of the piston, and
a second base valve mounted to the base cage, which second base valve opens the second set of fluid passageways during the extension stroke of the piston,
wherein the second set of fluid passageways comprises a plurality of arcuate elongated slots formed through the base cage so that ends of the arcuate elongated slots are closely adjacent each other,
wherein the base cage has an upper end and a lower end, and forming a replenishment fluid passageway formed between the lower end of the base cage and the base plate to fluidly connect the second set of fluid passageways to the outer replenishment chamber,
wherein the second set of fluid passageways each include an outer wall and an inner wall extending downward from the upper end toward the lower end,
wherein the inner wall of the second set of fluid passageways extends downward farther than the outer wall, and is positioned to direct fluid flowing past a bottom of the outer wall upward through the second set of fluid passageways,
wherein the base plate comprises a frustoconical deflector wall aligned with the second set of fluid passageways,
wherein the frustoconical deflector wall slopes radially inwardly and upwardly toward a lower end of the inner wall and away from the annular outer replenishment chamber, and
wherein the frustoconical deflector wall is positioned proximately with respect to the lower end of the inner wall to direct fluid flowing from the annular outer replenishment chamber upward along the inner wall and toward the second set of fluid passageways.

US Pat. No. 10,480,602

DISC BRAKE, BRAKE ACTUATION MECHANISM FOR SUCH A DISC BRAKE AND METHOD FOR BRAKE ADJUSTMENT

Haldex Brake Products AB,...

1. A disc brake comprising a brake caliper, which straddles at least one brake disc, and a brake actuation mechanism comprising:an amplification mechanism for introducing a clamping force,
a thrust element for transmitting the clamping force via a brake pad onto the brake disc, in which, at the release state of the disc brake, a clearance is set between said brake pad and the brake disc,
an adjustment mechanism for compensation of wear of said brake pad and/or said brake disc during brake actuation, the adjustment mechanism being configured to act on said thrust element and comprising a first automatic brake adjuster being configured to reduce said clearance between the brake disc and the brake pad during brake actuation motion,
characterized by
a second automatic brake adjuster being configured to, during brake release motion, increase said clearance with a value, which may be smaller, equal or larger than the clearance reduction,
in which the first automatic brake adjuster and/or the second automatic brake adjuster are formed as a torque limiting clutch, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,480,600

DISC BRAKE AND SET OF BRAKE PADS

Bendix Spicer Foundation ...

1. A disc brake for a vehicle, comprising:a brake disc having a brake disc rotational axis;
a brake carrier configured to straddle the brake disc;
an application-side brake pad and a back-side brake pad with respective back plates configured to be supported directly on the brake carrier in respective brake carrier pad slots;
a brake caliper configured to straddle the brake disc while being supported on the brake carrier in a manner that enables sliding of the brake caliper relative to the brake carrier along a direction parallel to the brake disc rotational axis;
at least one pad-retaining spring coupled to the application side brake pad,
wherein
the brake carrier and at least the application side brake pad have form-fitting complementary contours configured such that the form-fitting complementary contours directly abut one another when at least the application side brake pad is in an installed position in the brake carrier to constrain the application-side brake pad against radial movement away from the brake disc rotational axis,
the at least one pad-retaining spring is configured to be supported at opposite ends directly on brake carrier horns adjacent to the application-side brake carrier pad slot and to exert a tensile force in a radially outward direction on the application-side brake pad,
the form-fitting complementary contours include opposing brake carrier projections into the application-side brake carrier pad slot and complementary recesses in opposite lateral sides of the application-side brake pad,
undercut surfaces of the contours of the brake carrier horns are configured to engage in a play-free manner undercut surfaces of projections of the pad back plate located radially inward of the brake pad recesses,
the at least one pad-retaining spring is located on an upper side of the application-side brake pad back plate,
the at least one pad-retaining spring includes a central section, arm sections adjacent to opposite ends of the central section, pressure sections adjacent to the arm sections, and intermediate sections between the central section and the adjacent arm sections, and
the central section is attached to the application-side pad back plate by at least one fastening element and the pressure sections extend laterally beyond the lateral sides of the application-side brake pad back plate a distance sufficient to be supported on the brake carrier horns.

US Pat. No. 10,480,599

DISC BRAKE AND SET OF BRAKE PADS

Bendix Spicer Foundation ...

1. A disc brake for a vehicle, comprising:a brake disc having a brake disc rotational axis;
a brake carrier configured to straddle the brake disc;
an application-side brake pad and a back-side brake pad with respective back plates configured to be supported directly on the brake carrier in respective brake carrier pad slots;
a brake caliper configured to straddle the brake disc while being supported on the brake carrier in a manner that enables sliding of the brake caliper relative to the brake carrier along a direction parallel to the brake disc rotational axis;
at least one pad-retaining spring coupled to the application side brake pad,
wherein
the brake carrier and at least the application side brake pad have form-fitting complementary contours configured such that the form-fitting complementary contours directly abut one another when at least the application side brake pad is in an installed position in the brake carrier to constrain the application-side brake pad against radial movement away from the brake disc rotational axis, and
the at least one pad-retaining spring is configured to be supported at opposite ends directly on brake carrier horns adjacent to the application-side brake carrier pad slot and to exert a tensile force in a radially outward direction on the application-side brake pad,
the form-fitting complementary contours include opposing brake carrier projections into the application-side brake carrier pad slot and complementary recesses in opposite lateral sides of the application-side brake pad,
undercut surfaces of the contours of the brake carrier horns are configured to engage in a play-free manner undercut surfaces of projections of the pad back plate located radially inward of the brake pad recesses,
the at least one pad-retaining spring includes a spring element at each of opposite lateral sides of the upper side of the application-side brake pad back plate,
the spring elements at the opposite lateral sides are located on the application-side brake pad back plate and extend over their respective adjacent brake horns,
the spring elements are located on the application-side brake pad back plate on respective spring holders of the back plate above the upper side of the back plate, and
the spring elements are held on their respective spring holders by respective retaining elements.

US Pat. No. 10,480,596

VEHICLE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle transmission device comprising a transmission including a main shaft to which rotational power from an engine is inputted via a clutch, and a countershaft to which rotational power of the main shaft is transmitted via a constant-mesh gear, a clutch operation member that is driven by an actuator and performs disengaging and engaging operations of the clutch, a clutch operation amount detecting sensor that detects an operation amount of the clutch operation member, a control device that operates the actuator, and a driving wheel to which rotational power of the countershaft is transmitted via a driving force transmitting device,wherein at least one of a main shaft rotation sensor that detects a rotational frequency of the main shaft, or a countershaft rotation sensor that detects a rotational frequency of the countershaft is provided,
a damper member elastically deformed by a driving force is provided in at least any one of the countershaft, the driving force transmitting device and the driving wheel, or among the countershaft, the driving force transmitting device and the driving wheel, and
the control device learns a clutch disengagement operation amount of the clutch operation member when the control device detects deceleration of a predetermined value or more of the rotational frequency of the main shaft or the rotational frequency of the countershaft during clutch disengagement operation.

US Pat. No. 10,480,595

CONICAL SURFACE FRICTION TYPE OVERRUNNING CLUTCH

CHONGQING DYNRUN MACHINER...

1. A conical surface friction type overrunning clutch, comprising: an inner ring, an outer ring, a first intermediate ring, a second intermediate ring, and an elastic pre-tightening member; wherein,the inner ring, the outer ring, the first intermediate ring and the second intermediate ring have a common rotation axis;
the first intermediate ring and the second intermediate ring are both located between the inner ring and the outer ring; a boss is provided on a middle portion of the inner ring, and the first intermediate ring and the second intermediate ring are respectively arranged at two sides of the boss of the inner ring; the first intermediate ring and the second intermediate ring each cooperates with the outer ring via conical surfaces, to respectively form at least one first working friction pair and at least one second working friction pair which are both axially engageable and disengageable; and a first force amplifying transmission mechanism and a second force amplifying transmission mechanism are respectively formed between the first intermediate ring and the inner ring and between the second intermediate ring and the inner ring, and the first intermediate ring and the second intermediate ring are respectively connected to the inner ring via the first force amplifying transmission mechanism and the second force amplifying transmission mechanism; and
each of the force amplifying transmission mechanisms is constituted by a structural shape directly formed on the respective intermediate ring directly engaging with a structural shape directly formed on the boss of the inner ring, and each of the structural shapes is an axial inclined wedge surface;
the elastic pre-tightening member has one end arranged on the first intermediate ring or the second intermediate ring, to allow all the working friction pairs to maintain an elastic pressing force which meets a working requirement when the working friction pairs are not working;
the first working friction pair and the second working friction pair have a common rotation axis, and two conical surfaces of each working friction pair that cooperate with each other have equal cone apex angles; for the cone apex angle of any one of the working friction pairs, the cone apex angle referred to as ? and a friction coefficient of the friction pair referred to as ?0 must satisfy a condition of 2 arctan(?0) at least one of the force amplifying transmission mechanisms is configured to convert a relative rotation arc length between the respective intermediate ring and the inner ring or the outer ring which is connected to the respective force amplifying transmission mechanism to an axial relative displacement, and in a case that the relative rotation arc length is ?, and the generated axial relative displacement is ?, and the friction coefficient of the respective force amplifying transmission mechanism is ?1, a condition of arctan(d?/d?)>arctan(?1) must be satisfied, wherein arctan( ) in the formula represents arctangent function, and d represents differential, and the condition is to ensure that self lock of the respective force amplifying transmission mechanism will not occur; and
in a case that the first working friction pair and the second working friction pair are converted to a theoretically equivalent working friction pair, a tangential external component force in a direction of self lock occurred between the inner ring and the outer ring is F1, and a normal force generated on the equivalent working friction pair by an action of the respective force amplifying transmission mechanism is F2, an equivalent friction coefficient of the equivalent working friction pair is ?, and a design condition for the overrunning clutch to realize a maximum bearing capacity is dF1/dF2??; and a design condition for the overrunning clutch to achieve overload slipping protection is dF1/dF2>?, wherein d in the formula represents differential.

US Pat. No. 10,480,594

MAGNETORHEOLOGICAL FLUID CLUTCH APPARATUS WITH CYLINDRICAL FLUID GAP

EXONETIK INC., Sherbrook...

1. A magnetorheological fluid clutch apparatus comprising:a stator adapted to be connected to a structure, the stator having at least an annular wall;
a first rotor rotatably mounted to the stator, the first rotor having at least one first shear surface;
a second rotor rotatably mounted to the stator for rotating about a common axis with the first rotor, the second rotor having at least one second shear surface opposite the at least one first shear surface, the shear surfaces separated by at least one annular space;
magnetorheological (MR) fluid in an MR fluid chamber including the at least one annular space, the MR fluid configured to generate a variable amount of torque transmission between the rotors when subjected to a magnetic field;
an inner magnetic core and an outer magnetic core with an annular cavity therebetween receiving the annular wall of the stator, the inner magnetic core and the outer magnetic core connected to at least one of the rotors to rotate therewith so as to be rotatably mounted to the stator;
outer and inner fluid gaps between the inner magnetic core and the annular wall, and between the outer magnetic core and the annular wall, the outer and inner fluid gaps filled with at least one fluid; and
at least one coil supported by the annular wall and actuatable to deliver a magnetic field through the MR fluid, the magnetic field following a path comprising the annular wall, the outer fluid gap, the outer magnetic core, the at least one first shear surface and the at least one second shear surface, the inner magnetic core and the inner fluid gap;
wherein one of the rotors is adapted to be coupled to a power input and the other of the rotors is adapted to be connected to an output whereby actuation of the at least one coil results in a variation of torque transmission between the rotors.

US Pat. No. 10,480,593

SPRAGUE CARRIER

1. A Sprague carrier for use in a front differential, the Sprague carrier comprising:a two piece armature plate comprising:
a fixed portion fixedly coupled to a bearing cage; and
a floating ring, wherein the fixed portion comprises teeth equally distributed around an outer circumference of the fixed portion, and the floating ring comprises corresponding teeth equally distributed around an inner circumference of the floating ring, wherein the fixed portion of the two piece armature plate is fixedly coupled to the bearing cage and the floating ring is moveable between an engaged position with the teeth of the floating ring engaged with the teeth of the fixed portion and a disengaged position with the teeth of the floating ring disengaged from the teeth of the fixed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,592

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CLUTCH ASSEMBLY PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

Sonnax Transmission Compa...

1. A kit for modifying an OEM clutch assembly disposed in an OEM housing, wherein the OEM clutch assembly is formed around a shaft axis and comprises an annular clutch retainer with an inner annular piston sealing surface, an outer annular piston sealing surface, the sealing surfaces aligned with the shaft axis, and a first annular clutch piston having an effective piston reaction area defined between an inner seal mating with the inner annular piston sealing surface and an outer seal mating with the outer annular piston sealing surface, the kit comprising:a sleeve with a first annular thickness, an inner annular diameter, and an outer annular diameter, wherein the inner annular diameter is configured and dimensioned to be positioned against the outer annular piston sealing surface and the outer annular diameter comprises a new outer annular piston sealing surface; and
a replacement annular clutch piston having an enlarged effective piston reaction area defined between the inner seal and an outer seal configured to mate with the new outer annular piston sealing surface on the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,480,591

COUPLING ARRANGEMENT FOR THE POWERTRAIN OF A VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A coupling arrangement (1) for the powertrain of a vehicle (1) comprising:a clutch housing (3);
a feed arrangement (75) for feed medium contained in the clutch housing (3);
an input-side clutch unit carrier (10) connected so as to be fixed with respect to rotation relative to the clutch housing (3);
a clutch mechanism (90), wherein the clutch mechanism (90) comprising input-side clutch units (20) communicating with the input-side clutch unit carrier (10), an output-side clutch unit carrier (44) connected so as to be fixed with respect to rotation relative to a driven end (54), output-side clutch units (40) communicating with the output-side clutch unit carrier (44) and a pressing device (30) through which an operative connection between the input-side clutch units (20) and the output-side clutch units (40) can be produced or cancelled;
wherein the input-side clutch unit carrier (10) is part of the feed arrangement (75), and the feed arrangement (75) further comprising a feed device (38) associated with the input-side clutch unit carrier (10) and which is connected to the input-side clutch unit carrier (10) and/or to the pressing device (30) so as to be fixed with respect to relative rotation; and
additionally comprising at least one disconnecting device (17) for disconnecting the input-side from the output-side clutch units, and wherein the feed device (38) is constructed as a centering device for the at least one disconnecting device (17).

US Pat. No. 10,480,590

DUAL-MODE TRANSMISSION MECHANISM BASED ON TWISTED STRING ACTUATION

KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE ...

1. A twisted string actuator comprising:a first actuator;
a first coupler which is rotated by the first actuator;
a shaft which is coupled to and interlocked with the first coupler;
a second coupler which is selectively interlocked with the first coupler and comprises a plurality of string receiving portions; and
a string which has one end fixed to the first coupler and the other end fixed to a moving body through the string receiving portions of the second coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,480,589

FLUID DRAINING THROUGH CLUTCH PLATES HAVING SEPARATOR FEATURES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

15. A clutch plate configuration for use in an automotive transmission, the clutch plate configuration comprising:a plurality of reaction plates, each reaction plate of the plurality of reaction plates having a plurality of teeth disposed along an outer diameter, a radial section extending radially inwardly from the outer diameter, and an inner section extending radially inwardly from the radial section, each reaction plate defining a plurality of passages within the radial section of the reaction plate;
a plurality of separator features interleaved with the plurality of reaction plates, each separator feature overlapping with at least one passage of the plurality of passages so that fluid may flow past the plurality of separator features through the plurality of passages, each separator feature being configured to bias the reaction plates apart; and
a plurality of friction plates interleaved with the plurality of reaction plates, each friction plate being disposed radially inwardly of the radial section of each reaction plate and radially inwardly of the plurality of separator features, the plurality of friction plates being spaced apart from the plurality of separator features, each friction plate having a plurality of teeth extending from an inner diameter of the friction plate.