US Pat. No. 10,190,481

MINIMUM POWER CONSUMPTION FOR COOL DOWN DIAGNOSTIC BASED ON CYLINDER DEACTIVATION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A diagnostic system for an engine of a vehicle, comprising:a temperature determination module that receives an indication of whether one or more cylinders within the engine are deactivated, that sets a first temperature threshold based on a first predetermined temperature when the indication indicates that zero cylinders of the engine are deactivated, and that sets the first temperature threshold based on a second predetermined temperature when the indication indicates that one or more of the cylinders of the engine are deactivated, wherein the first predetermined temperature is greater than the second predetermined temperature;
a comparison module that selectively determines whether a temperature of engine coolant is less than the first temperature threshold;
a fault indication module that diagnoses a fault in response to the comparison module determining that the temperature of the engine coolant is less than the first temperature threshold; and
a remedial action module that selectively adjusts at least one engine operating parameter to increase the temperature of the engine coolant in response to the fault indication module diagnosing the fault.

US Pat. No. 10,190,480

ENGINE COVER PLATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for engine cooling, comprising:a cover plate for a coolant passage, the cover plate comprising a depression, coupled to a side of a cylinder block, and positioned adjacent to a water jacket of a cylinder, the cover plate including a coolant outlet port displaced away from a coolant inlet port, and a plurality of oil ports, where at least one of the oil ports is located in the cover plate and fluidly coupled to one or more piston oil injectors, the depression of the cover plate extending into a coolant cavity within the side of the cylinder block, a surface of the depression which contacts a coolant being sloped in an arc in a lateral plane with upward concavity, where the lateral plane is parallel to a y-z plane defined by a y-axis and a z-axis, the z-axis in the direction of gravity, and where the coolant inlet port is located in a higher portion of the coolant cavity than the coolant outlet port with respect to gravity, the coolant outlet port displaced away from the coolant inlet port both in a direction of the y-axis and the z-axis; and
the coolant cavity, covered by the cover plate, within the coolant passage and coupled to a fluid pump and the water jacket.

US Pat. No. 10,190,479

COOLING SYSTEM WITH A COOLANT PUMP FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for operating a cooling system of an engine of a vehicle, with a heater for the vehicle and a coolant pump for the engine, the method comprising:starting the engine;
operating the engine for a time period immediately following the start of the engine;
operating, during the time period, the cooling system in a first mode where the coolant pump circulates coolant through the cooling system and is on;
reading, after the time period, a temperature sensor to determine a temperature;
evaluating, by a controller, whether a heater request is present;
switching the cooling system from the first mode into one of a number of predetermined operating modes as a function of the heater request and the temperature, wherein the predetermined operating modes comprise a first warming-up operating mode, a second warming-up operating mode, and a heater operating mode;
evaluating, by the controller, the temperature to determine whether a first warming-up condition is fulfilled in which the temperature is below a first limit value;
when the first warming-up condition is fulfilled, operating by the controller, the cooling system in the first warming-up operating mode in which the coolant pump is off and in which a radiator line containing a radiator and a bypass line that bypasses the radiator are both completely closed by a control valve;
when operating in the first warming-up operating mode, evaluating, by the controller, whether a second warming-up condition is fulfilled;
when the second warming-up condition is fulfilled, operating, by the controller, the coolant system in the second warming-up operating mode in which the coolant pump is operated pulsed, and the control valve closes the radiator line and opens the bypass line;
when operating in the second warming-up operating mode, evaluating, by the controller, whether a third warming-up condition is fulfilled in which a heater request is present; and
when the third warming-up condition is fulfilled, operating, by the controller, the cooling system in the heater operating mode with the coolant pump continuously operated at a rotational sped that is constant, and where the control valve closes the radiator line and modulates the bypass line as a function of the temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,190,478

CONTROLLING A COOLING SYSTEM FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE USING FEEDBACK LINEARIZATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling a cooling system for an internal combustion engine using feedback linearization, the method comprising:receiving, by a processing device, desired temperature targets;
receiving, by the processing device, temperature feedbacks;
calculating, by the processing device, a desired temperature derivative for each of the desired temperature targets;
calculating, by the processing device, desired coolant flows from the desired temperature derivative for each of the desired temperature targets using feedback linearization;
calculating, by the processing device, actuator commands from the desired coolant flows using an inverted hydraulic model; and
implementing, by the processing device, the actuator commands in actuators in the cooling system.

US Pat. No. 10,190,477

SPLIT COOLING SYSTEM OF INTERNAL COMBUSION ENGINE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A split cooling system of an internal combustion engine, comprising:a water pump configured to circulate cooling water;
a cylinder head and a cylinder block configured to be supplied with the cooling water from the water pump;
an integrated flow control valve configured to include an inlet provided to be supplied with the cooling water of the cylinder head and a plurality of valves that are configured to be opened or closed to distribute the cooling water introduced through the inlet to an oil heat exchanger, a heater core, and a radiator; and
a split cooler configured to be mounted at the cylinder block to provide a split cooling channel in the cylinder block and the cylinder header,
wherein the split cooler is inserted into a water jacket of the cylinder block and includes:
a base configured to enclose an outside surface of a cylinder along a shape of the cylinder, wherein the base divides a channel within the water jacket into an inside channel and an outside channel, wherein the inside channel facing the outside surface of the cylinder is at an inside of the base and the outside channel facing the water jacket is at an outside of the base wherein the inside channel is disposed inward the base and the outside channel is disposed outward the base in a radial direction of the cylinder, and wherein an upper side of the base in the cylinder block continuously fluid-communicates with the outside channel;
a coupling groove formed to be indented into an inside surface of the base, wherein the inside surface of the base faces the outside surface of the cylinder; and
a sealing member configured to be filled in the coupling groove wherein the sealing member selectively cuts off the inside channel according to a temperature of the cooling water, the sealing member being expanded when the temperature of the cooling water supplied into the water jacket is equal to or higher than a preset temperature to cut off the inside channel between the base and the cylinder, to increase a flow resistance of the cooling water and reduce a heat transfer rate, and
wherein when the inside channel is cut off by the sealing member, a portion of the cooling water flows to the outside channel and surround a full length of the base from a bottom to a top.

US Pat. No. 10,190,474

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:flowing exhaust gas through an exhaust passage while not flowing exhaust gas through a bypass passage, a recirculating passage, and an EGR passage with a three-way valve in a fully closed position and a bypass valve in a more open position;
flowing exhaust gas through the exhaust passage and through the recirculating passage into the EGR passage, while not flowing exhaust gas through the bypass passage with a bypass portion of the three-way valve being closed and the three-way valve in the more open position; and
flowing exhaust gas through the exhaust passage and through a heat exchanger of the bypass passage into the EGR passage, while not flowing exhaust gas through the recirculating passage with a recirculating portion of the three-way valve being closed and the bypass valve in a more closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,473

SUPPORT UNIT FOR SUPPORTING AN EXHAUST SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

1. A support element for a support unit for supporting an exhaust system of a vehicle, the support element comprising at least one support element made of light metal die-cast material, wherein the at least one support element has at least one predetermined breaking point range defined by a cross-sectional contraction having a rotationally symmetrical concave shape, wherein the at least one predetermined breaking point range of the at least one support element is further defined by a configuration comprising a recess or an opening traversing the support element or any combination of a recess and an opening traversing the support element.

US Pat. No. 10,190,472

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SENSING PARTICULATE MATTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:a tube with a plurality of gas intake apertures on an upstream surface, the tube having a horseshoe shape with a rounded notch on a downstream surface and a plurality of gas exit apertures positioned along a length of the rounded notch; and
a particulate matter sensor positioned inside the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,190,471

EXHAUST-GAS AFTER-TREATMENT DEVICE

MAN Energy Solutions SE, ...

1. An exhaust gas after-treatment device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a housing through which exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine flows;
exhaust gas purification chambers having substantially parallel walls arranged in the housing and configured to accommodate at least one of catalytic converters and particulate filters; and
muffler chambers having substantially parallel walls arranged in the housing, each having a defined depth in a flow direction and configured to muffle, wherein each gas purification chamber is bounded by a respective muffler chamber at each gas purification chamber's input and output in the flow direction;
wherein the exhaust gas purification chambers and the muffler chambers are arranged in series spatially, and
wherein the exhaust gas purification chambers and the muffler chambers are arranged parallel to one another with respect to flow,
wherein respective end faces of each muffler chamber and each gas purification chamber are arranged in parallel, so that a standing wave can form.

US Pat. No. 10,190,470

CATALYTIC DEVICE DETECTION SYSTEM

1. In an engine having an exhaust gas system which flows exhaust gasses through an aftertreatment device, a method for detecting the aftertreatment device, the method comprising the following steps:(a) sensing an inlet temperature of the exhaust gas at an inlet of the aftertreatment device;
(b) sensing an outlet temperature of the exhaust gas at an outlet of the aftertreatment device;
(c) filtering the inlet temperature;
(d) calculating an inlet temperature difference between the filtered and unfiltered inlet temperatures;
(e) comparing the inlet temperature difference to a first threshold;
(f) detecting that the inlet temperature difference is greater than a predetermined threshold, and in response to the detection of an occurrence of the inlet temperature difference being greater than the predetermined threshold, calculating an outlet temperature difference between a modeled outlet temperature and the sensed outlet temperature, the modeled outlet temperature representing a simulated temperature of the exhaust gas at the outlet of the aftertreatment device;
(g) comparing an absolute value of the outlet temperature difference to a second threshold; and
(h) detecting that the absolute value of the outlet temperature difference is greater than the second threshold, in response to the detection of the outlet temperature difference being greater than the second threshold, sending a signal to an operator of the engine indicating that the aftertreatment device is missing.

US Pat. No. 10,190,469

FAILURE DETECTION DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A failure detection device of an internal combustion engine, comprising:a catalyst provided in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders;
an upstream-side air-fuel ratio detector detecting an air-fuel ratio on an upstream side of the catalyst;
a downstream-side air-fuel ratio detector detecting an air-fuel ratio on a downstream side of the catalyst; and
a processor and a non-transitory computer readable media that stores a program that causes the processor to:
execute air-fuel ratio feedback control so as to match the air-fuel ratio on the upstream side of the catalyst, detected by the upstream-side air-fuel ratio detector, with stoichiometry;
determine, as a deterioration determination unit, a deterioration of the catalyst based on the air-fuel ratio on the upstream side of the catalyst detected by the upstream-side air-fuel ratio detector and the air-fuel ratio on the downstream side of the catalyst detected by the downstream-side air-fuel ratio detector;
determine, as a first air-fuel ratio variation determination unit, whether or not there is an air-fuel ratio variation among the cylinders of the internal combustion engine on the basis of distortion in waveform of the air-fuel ratio on the upstream side of the catalyst detected by the upstream-side air-fuel ratio detector;
determine, as a second air-fuel ratio variation determination unit, whether or not there is an air-fuel ratio variation among the cylinders on the basis that the air-fuel ratio on the downstream side of the catalyst, detected by the downstream-side air-fuel ratio detector, remains on a lean side;
as a determination mode switching unit, execute, by the first air-fuel ratio variation determination unit, a determination process concurrently with determination of deterioration of the catalyst by the deterioration determination unit, and if it is determined by the determination process that there is an air-fuel ratio variation among the cylinders, execute, by the second air-fuel ratio variation determination unit, a determination process in priority to determination of deterioration of the catalyst,
the failure detection device further comprising:
a counter counting time, for which the air-fuel ratio on the downstream side of the catalyst remains on the lean side, with either high sensitivity or low sensitivity, wherein
the determination mode switching unit switches the counter to the low sensitivity if it is determined by the first air-fuel ratio variation determination unit that there is no air-fuel ratio variation, and switches the counter to the high sensitivity if it is determined by the first air-fuel ratio variation determination unit that there is an air-fuel ratio variation, and
the second air-fuel ratio variation determination unit determines that there is an air-fuel ratio variation among the cylinders when a value of the counter exceeds a predetermined value,
wherein the program further causes the processor to,
while the determination process by the first air-fuel ratio variation determination unit is being executed, correct a median value of the output of the upstream-side air-fuel ratio detector on the basis of the value of the counter switched to the low sensitivity.

US Pat. No. 10,190,468

SENSOR ELEMENT AND EXHAUST GAS SENSOR HAVING A SENSOR ELEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor element comprising:a sensor arrangement; and
a heating arrangement configured to heat the sensor arrangement, and including an electrically conductive heating structure that is at least partially electrically insulated from the sensor arrangement by electrical insulation having an electrically insulating material, wherein:
the electrically insulating material has gas-tight sintered particles; and
the gas-tight sintered particles include forsterite particles, spinel particles, or a mixture of forsterite particles and spinel particles.

US Pat. No. 10,190,467

EXHAUST TURBOSONIC GENERATOR FOR VEHICLES

1. A turbosonic generator for generating electricity for a vehicle, comprising:a turbosonic generator housing sized and shaped in the form of a vehicle muffler;
a driveshaft;
a ventilated tube mounted over the driveshaft and within the turbosonic generator housing, extending along an entire length of the turbosonic generator housing, the ventilated tube comprising first and second ends, the first end formed through a first end partition of the turbosonic generator housing and comprising an inlet for receiving exhaust gasses from a vehicle engine, and the second end comprises an end wall for preventing the exhaust gasses from escaping through the second end, the ventilated tube further comprising exhaust orifices for allowing the exhaust gasses to escape the ventilated tube;
means, coupled to a second end of the driveshaft, for producing electricity as the exhaust gasses cause the driveshaft to rotate; and
an interior partition inside the turbosonic generator housing forming at least two resonant chambers therein;
wherein the orifices of the ventilated tube in a first of the at least two resonant chambers are a first size and the orifices of the ventilated tube in a second of the at least two resonant chambers are a second size different in size than the first size.

US Pat. No. 10,190,466

PRESSURE DIFFERENTIATED EXHAUST AFTERTREATMENT DEVICE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. An exhaust gas aftertreatment device for purification of exhaust gas emissions, the exhaust gas aftertreatment device for arrangement in an exhaust gas passage subsequently of an internal combustion engine, and for enclosure by an encapsulating portion of the exhaust gas passage, the exhaust gas aftertreatment device comprising:a first catalytic substrate and a second catalytic substrate, the first catalytic substrate for arrangement upstream of the second catalytic substrate, the first and second catalytic substrates for arrangement such that a respective catalytic substrate covers a majority of a respective flow cross sectional area of the exhaust gas passage, and the first and second catalytic substrates for arrangement to extend a respective length in a flow direction of the exhaust gas passage;
a reductant injecting device; and
a pipe for arrangement in the flow direction of the first catalytic substrate such that the pipe provides a passage through the first catalytic substrate, the pipe comprising an obstructing portion for arrangement such that the obstructing portion covers a cross sectional area of the pipe such that a difference in back pressure is obtainable between the pipe and the first catalytic substrate, the pipe further comprising circumferential perforations along at least a portion of a length of the pipe, wherein the perforations enable exhaust gas to flow into or out of the pipe through the perforations, and wherein the first catalytic substrate for arrangement to extend along the pipe such that the first catalytic substrate is located radially outwards of the circumferential perforations of the pipe so that the perforations enable exhaust gasses to pass through a lateral surface of the pipe and, depending on the pressure difference between the exhaust gas in the pipe and the exhaust gas in the first catalytic substrate, enable exhaust gas to pass the lateral surface either from the first catalytic substrate into the pipe or from the pipe into the first catalytic substrate;
wherein the reductant injecting device is configured to extend through the encapsulating portion and into the pipe, such that reductant is injectable within the pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,190,464

EXHAUST AFTERTREATMENT DEVICE FOR AFTERTREATMENT OF EXHAUST OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. An exhaust aftertreatment device for aftertreatment of exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine, comprisingan SCR catalyst for selective catalytic reduction;
a feeding apparatus for adding a reductant at an entry point upstream of the SCR catalyst to the exhaust gas; and
a mixing apparatus having a longitudinal center axis and arranged in a flow direction of the exhaust gas between the entry point and the SCR catalyst, said mixing apparatus including a mixing element and a catalyst element, with the catalyst element having in the flow direction of the exhaust gas a cross sectional area which is smaller than a cross sectional area of the mixing element,
wherein the catalyst element is secured directly onto the mixing element,
wherein the mixing element includes mixing vanes having inner sides and outer sides and extending outwards in a radial direction in relation to the longitudinal center axis, said mixing vanes secured on their respective inner sides in the radial direction directly onto the catalyst element or the catalyst element is arranged and secured in a mount in the mixing element connected to the respective inner sides of the mixing vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,190,463

EXHAUST SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A VEHICLE

1. An exhaust system for an internal combustion engine of a vehicle, the exhaust system comprising:an exhaust gas-carrying duct;
a reactant injection device injecting reactant into exhaust gas flowing in the exhaust gas-carrying duct;
a mixer device for supporting a mixing of reactant injected by the reactant injection device with exhaust gas flowing in the exhaust gas-carrying duct, the mixer device being disposed downstream of the reactant injection device; and
a reactant heating device which extends in the exhaust gas-carrying duct downstream of the reactant injection device and upstream of the mixer device, the reactant heating device being positioned such that exhaust gas, flowing in said duct and reactant injected by the reactant injection device flow around the reactant heating device, the reactant heating device comprising at least one heating element comprised of a heat conductor element, which is heated by electrical energization and around which exhaust gas and reactant flow, wherein the heat conductor element is wound in a meandering pattern and has a band-shape configuration with a band surface provided by two broad sides of the band-shaped conductor element facing away from one another and being essentially parallel to an exhaust gas flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,462

PUMP FOR A SECONDARY AIR SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A method for operating a secondary air system for an internal combustion engine, the method comprising:measuring an actual pressure with a pressure sensor arranged downstream of a pump of the secondary air system;
acquiring a dynamic pressure based at least in part on the measured actual pressure, the dynamic pressure characteristic of changes in the measured actual pressure caused by dynamic operation of the internal combustion engine;
acquiring a basic pressure based at least in part on external peripheral conditions for operation of the secondary air system, wherein the external peripheral conditions include at least one condition selected from the group consisting of: an electrical supply voltage for the pump, an ambient temperature outside the engine, and an ambient pressure outside the engine;
calculating a model pressure based at least in part on the acquired basic pressure and the acquired dynamic pressure;
determining a capacity of the pump based at least in part on a ratio between the calculated model pressure and the measured actual pressure; and
adjusting operation of the secondary air system based on the determined capacity of the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,190,461

EXHAUST GAS CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

6. A control method for an internal combustion engine,the internal combustion engine including an exhaust gas control system,
the exhaust gas control system including a first selective reduction NOx catalyst provided in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine, a first addition valve provided in the exhaust passage on an upstream side of the first selective reduction NOx catalyst in an exhaust gas flow direction, a second addition valve provided in the exhaust passage on a downstream side of the first selective reduction NOx catalyst in the exhaust gas flow direction, and an electronic control unit configured to control addition of an additive from the first addition valve and addition of the additive from the second addition valve,
the first selective reduction NOx catalyst being configured to selectively reduce NOx in the exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine with a reducing agent, and
the reducing agent being ammonia,
the first addition valve being configured to add the additive toward an end surface on the upstream side of the first selective reduction NOx catalyst, and
the second addition valve being configured to add the additive toward an end surface on the downstream side of the first selective reduction NOx catalyst, and
the additive being one of the ammonia and a precursor of the ammonia,
the control method comprising:
determining, by the electronic control unit, whether or not an exhaust gas flow rate is equal to or lower than a predetermined flow rate; and
adding the additive onto the first selective reduction NOx catalyst from both of the first addition valve and the second addition valve, as a result of the electronic control unit determining that the flow rate of the exhaust gas flowing in the exhaust passage is less than the predetermined flow rate when the electronic control unit allows the ammonia to be adsorbed onto the first selective reduction NOx catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,190,460

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RELEASE OF REACTANT INTO THE EXHAUST GAS STREAM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

1. A device for releasing reactant into an exhaust gas stream of an internal combustion engine, the device comprising:a reactant injection unit;
a reactant delivery unit for delivering reactant from a reactant reservoir to the reactant injection unit, wherein the reactant injection unit is configured to switch, as a function of a reactant pressure generated by the reactant delivery unit, between an open state for releasing reactant and a locked state for preventing a release of reactant; and
a heating unit for heating reactant delivered by the reactant delivery unit to the reactant injection unit, wherein the reactant delivery unit comprises:
a first reactant pump operatively connected to the reactant injection unit, the first reactant pump being configured to generate a reactant pressure lying above a switching pressure and being configured to deliver reactant to the reactant injection unit at said reactant pressure lying above a switching pressure for switching the reactant injection unit from the locked state into the open state and the first reactant pump; and
a second reactant pump operatively connected to the reactant injection unit, the second reactant pump being configured to generate a reactant base pressure of reactant delivered to the injection unit and in the area of the heating unit, which reactant base pressure is at a pressure level below the switching pressure and above a vapor pressure of the reactant in an area of the heating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,459

INJECTION DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An injection device (1), comprising:a pressure-controlled and outward-opening injection valve (2) which includes an axially displaceable valve piston (6) which penetrates through a throughflow opening (7) in a valve body (5) and has a valve tip (9) at one end,
a valve seat (8) assigned to the throughflow opening (7), and
at least one spring element (11) which urges the valve piston (6) having the valve tip (9) against the valve seat (8) in order to close the throughflow opening (7),
wherein the throughflow opening in the valve body continually tapers in a direction toward the valve seat,
wherein the valve tip (9) is axially displaceable in a flow chamber (15) which is formed between the valve body (5) and a perforated injection plate (14) which has a plurality of injection openings (19), and
wherein the valve tip (9) has, on a side opposed to the valve seat (8), an axial stop (18) interacting with the perforated injection plate (14), characterized in that the axial stop (18) is formed by an axial projection (17) on a flat underside (16) of the valve tip (9) that is assigned to the perforated injection plate (14).

US Pat. No. 10,190,458

STORAGE TANK FOR AQUEOUS UREA SOLUTION IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A storage container in a motor vehicle to receive an aqueous urea solution for catalytic exhaust gas denitrification comprising:a container body that encloses a storage volume for the urea solution, a filler pipe for filling the storage volume and a vent for venting the storage volume during filling, wherein the filler pipe has, at a remote end, a filler head, the filler head forms an orifice connector, the orifice connector has an orifice for receiving a dispensing nozzle, the filler head of the storage container has no venting opening in the region of the orifice and wherein venting of the storage container is provided via a venting opening provided in a ceiling of the storage container, wherein the orifice connector has an external thread for receiving a matching union thread of a filling bottle for filling according to the gas displacement method, and for receiving a closure lid, in that the orifice connector has at least one of a closure lid seal and a closure lid sealing face that cooperates with a matching sealing face of the closure lid, and in that the orifice connector comprises at least one secondary air opening which, when a filling bottle is connected, bridges a seal seat which is at least one of provided with and located on the filling bottle, and which forms a secondary air path from the atmosphere into the filling bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,190,457

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION APPARATUS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An exhaust gas purification apparatus for an internal combustion engine comprising:a first catalyst in a form of a three-way catalyst that is arranged in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine, and has an oxygen storage capacity;
a second catalyst in the form of a three-way catalyst that is arranged in said exhaust passage at a downstream side of said first catalyst, and has an oxygen storage capacity; and
a controller configured to make a target air fuel ratio of said internal combustion engine vary;
wherein said controller configured to carry out lean control and rich control in an alternate manner, said lean control setting a reference lean air fuel ratio, which is an air fuel ratio set as a target mean value of the target air fuel ratio at the time of making the target air fuel ratio of said internal combustion engine vary and which is an air fuel ratio leaner than a stoichiometric air fuel ratio, said lean control making the target air fuel ratio of said internal combustion engine vary between a first lean air fuel ratio, which is an air fuel ratio leaner than said reference lean air fuel ratio, and a first rich air fuel ratio, which is an air fuel ratio richer than the stoichiometric air fuel ratio, and said rich control setting a reference rich air fuel ratio, which is an air fuel ratio set as a target mean value of the target air fuel ratio at the time of making the target air fuel ratio of said internal combustion engine vary and which is an air fuel ratio richer than the stoichiometric air fuel ratio, said rich control making the target air fuel ratio of said internal combustion engine vary between a second lean air fuel ratio, which is an air fuel ratio leaner than the stoichiometric air fuel ratio, and a second rich air fuel ratio, which is an air fuel ratio richer than the reference rich air fuel ratio; and
when making said target air fuel ratio vary in the case of carrying out said lean control, said controller configured to make makes a period per one time in which said target air fuel ratio becomes said first lean air fuel ratio longer than a period per one time in which said target air fuel ratio becomes said first rich air fuel ratio, and make a deviation of said first lean air fuel ratio from said reference lean air fuel ratio smaller than a deviation of said first rich air fuel ratio from said reference lean air fuel ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,190,456

OIL REMOVAL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An oil removal apparatus that is capable of removing oil particles contained in blow-by gas flowing through a blow-by gas passage of an internal combustion engine, comprising:a bipolar electrode having an anode and a cathode that extend in a flow direction of said blow-by gas;
a filter formed from an insulator and disposed between said anode and said cathode of said bipolar electrode, wherein in said filter dielectric polarization occurs when a voltage is applied to said bipolar electrode and said filter traps the oil particles;
a case housing said bipolar electrode and said filter; and
a voltage applicator configured to supply a voltage to said bipolar electrode,
wherein, when said oil removal apparatus is installed in a static vehicle, said bipolar electrode and said filter are stacked in said case so as to be arranged in a horizontal direction, and said oil removal apparatus is constructed so that said blow-by gas flows in the horizontal direction along said bipolar electrode, and a space through which said blow-by gas flows is formed between a lower inner wall surface of said case, and said bipolar electrode and filter.

US Pat. No. 10,190,455

VENTURI DEVICES RESISTANT TO ICE FORMATION FOR PRODUCING VACUUM FROM CRANKCASE GASES

Dayco IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A device for producing vacuum using the Venturi effect comprising:a housing defining a Venturi gap, a motive passageway converging toward the Venturi gap and in fluid communication therewith, a discharge passageway diverging away from the Venturi gap and in fluid communication therewith, a suction passageway in fluid communication with the Venturi gap, and a suction chamber housing the Venturi gap and into which a spout defining a discharge entrance or defining a motive exit protrudes a distance;
wherein the spout is disposed spaced apart from all sidewalls of the suction chamber for suction flow around the entirety of an exterior surface of the spout, wherein the exterior surface of the spout is generally frustoconical and converges inward within the suction chamber;
wherein the suction passageway has an interior surface with a surface topography that renders the interior surface hydrophobic and has an oleophobic coating applied to the interior surface while maintaining the surface topography.

US Pat. No. 10,190,454

MOTORCYCLE SUPERCHARGER

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A motorcycle supercharger adapted to be driven by a power of an engine and to pressurize intake aft for the engine, the motorcycle supercharger comprising:a rotary shaft body provided with a supercharger rotating body for pressurizing the intake aft, adjacent an air intake duct at one end of the rotary shaft body;
a transmission rotating body which is provided on the rotary shaft body for transmitting the power to the rotary shaft body, adjacent the other end of the rotary shaft body;
a supercharger casing to accommodate therein a second sprocket, the rotary shaft body, and the transmission rotating body;
a housing to enclose the supercharger rotating body;
a suction port formed in the housing adjacent the air intake duct in an axial direction of the rotary shaft body, and
a mounting member by which the transmission rotating body is removably fitted to the rotary shaft body, wherein
the supercharger casing is formed with an access opening that enables access from the axial direction of the rotary shaft body to the transmission rotating body, the access opening being formed in the supercharger casing on an opposite side of the supercharger rotating body relative to the transmission rotating body with respect to the axial direction of the rotary shaft body,
the access opening has an outside diameter larger than that of the mounting member so as to enable the mounting member to pass therethrough,
the power of the engine being transmitted to the transmission rotating body through an endless stripe-shaped transmitting member,
the endless stripe-shaped transmitting member is entrained around a first sprocket of the engine and the second sprocket, and
a supercharger drive shaft which is connected to the first sprocket and is supported by a transmission covering.

US Pat. No. 10,190,453

VALVE FOR VEHICLE TRANSMISSION OIL COOLER BYPASS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A valve for a vehicle in which the valve is connected with a transmission and is provided between an oil cooler for cooling transmission oil by heat-exchanging with outside air and the transmission, the valve comprising:a housing including a first inflow hole, a second inflow hole, a first exhaust hole, and a second exhaust hole, wherein the first inflow hole and the second exhaust hole are formed at a first lateral side of the housing and are configured to fluidly-communicate with the transmission, and wherein the first exhaust hole and the second inflow hole are formed at a second lateral side of the housing and are configured to fluidly-communicate with the oil cooler;
an inner body wherein an upper end portion of the inner body is fixedly mounted at an upper end portion of the housing and a lower end portion of the inner body is inserted in the housing, and wherein at least one opening hole is formed on an exterior circumference of the inner body and a fixing groove is formed on the upper end portion of the inner body;
a fixing rod of which an upper end is fixed to the fixing groove of the inner body;
a movable member of which a first end portion is slidably engaged to the lower end portion of the fixing rod to upwardly or downwardly move along the fixing rod according to a temperature of the transmission oil being flowed in the inside of the housing;
a relief member including a penetration hole formed at a center of the relief member, wherein the lower end portion of the movable member is selectively movable therein and the relief member is slidably mounted in the lower end portion of the inner body;
a first elastic member interposed between the movable member and the relief member; and
a second elastic member interposed between the inner body and the relief member,
wherein the inner body is formed at a position spaced apart from the fixing groove at a lower portion thereof, and further includes a fixing portion in which a valve hole is formed corresponding to the movable member, and
wherein the inner body comprises:
a first opening hole formed at an upper portion of the inner body between the fixing groove and the fixing portion;
a second opening hole respectively formed at a lower portion of the fixing portion and a lower portion of the inner body at a position spaced apart from the first opening hole; and
a third opening hole formed at the lower end portion of the inner body at a position spaced apart from the second opening hole.

US Pat. No. 10,190,452

ENGINE LUBRICATION STRUCTURE AND MOTORCYCLE

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. An engine lubrication structure which supplies oil from an oil pump to individual components of an engine in which a balancer shaft is disposed parallel with a crank shaft in a crank case, wherein:the engine comprises a turbocharger which compresses intake air using exhaust gas of the engine;
a main gallery which supplies oil to a bearing of the crank shaft via a first oil passage and supplies oil to a bearing of the balancer shaft via a second oil passage, and a sub-gallery which supplies the oil flowing past the bearing of the balancer shaft and supplied to the sub-gallery via a third oil passage connecting the bearing of the balancer shaft and the sub-gallery to individual components of the engine via a fourth oil passage shaft are provided in the crank case; and
a fifth oil passage which supplies oil to the turbocharger is connected to the sub-gallery.

US Pat. No. 10,190,451

COMPRESSION-RELEASE ENGINE BRAKE SYSTEM FOR LOST MOTION ROCKER ARM ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

Pacbrake Company, Blaine...

1. A compression-release brake system for effectuating a compression-release engine braking operation in connection with an internal combustion engine comprising an engine cylinder that is associated with a four-stroke piston cycle comprising a compression stroke and an expansion stroke and is provided with at least one intake valve, at least one exhaust valve, and at least one exhaust valve return spring exerting a closing force on the exhaust valve to urge the exhaust valve into a seated state, the compression-release brake system comprising:a lost motion exhaust rocker assembly comprising a rocker arm;
an actuation piston comprising an actuation piston body slidably received by a first pocket of the rocker arm, the first pocket defining a piston cavity in the rocker arm, movable between a piston retracted position and a piston extended position, the actuation piston configured to be operatively associated with an exhaust valve to permit unseating of the exhaust valve from the seated state, the first pocket having an actuation piston port configured to supply pressurized fluid to move the actuation piston between the retracted position and the extended position; and
a reset device, received by a substantially cylindrical second pocket reset bore of the rocker arm, the reset device operatively associated with the first pocket through at least one connecting conduit, and comprising a reset check valve configured to move between a closed position and an open position to provide regulation of a fluid flow to and from the piston cavity, the reset device further comprising a reset pressure control spring for applying a biasing force to the reset check valve to urge the reset check valve toward the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,450

CAMSHAFT DEACTIVATION SYSTEM FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

4. A camshaft drive system for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a camshaft including a plurality of cam lobes thereon;
a planetary gear system including a first component drivingly connected to said camshaft;
a motor drivingly connected to a second component of the planetary gear system; and
an input device driven by the internal combustion engine and drivingly connected to a third component of the planetary gear system; and
a controller for controlling operation of the motor for selectively driving the second component at a same speed as the third component and for selectively preventing rotation of the first component of the planetary gear system for preventing rotation of the camshaft
wherein the third component of the planetary gear system is a sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,190,448

CAMSHAFT ADJUSTER

1. A vane cell hydraulic camshaft adjuster comprising:a rotor and a stator rotatable relative to one another about a rotation axis of the camshaft adjuster;
a cover having through fastening holes for accommodating fastening elements, the cover being alternatively fixable to the front side of the stator via the fastening elements in an outlet adjuster mode and in an inlet adjuster mode, the cover including a radially extending side surface facing axially toward the stator in the outlet adjuster mode and the radially extending side surface facing axially away from the stator in the inlet adjuster mode, the cover having a locking hole; and
a locking pin accommodated in the rotor and displaceable in the axial direction being introducible into the locking hole in order to lock the rotor with respect to the stator, a position of the locking pin in the rotor being pivoted about the rotation axis by an angle ?? in relation to one of the fastening elements when the camshaft adjuster is in the outlet adjuster mode, the position of the locking pin in the rotor being pivoted about the rotation axis by an angle a? in relation to a fastening element when the camshaft adjuster in the inlet adjuster mode, and the position of the locking hole in the cover being pivoted about the rotation axis by an angle a in relation to the position of one of the fastening holes,
the rotor and the stator being coordinated with one another in such a way that the angles ?, ??, and ?? are equal in magnitude and pivot directions of the angles ?? and ?? are oppositely directed.

US Pat. No. 10,190,446

VALVE TRAIN ASSEMBLY

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A valve train assembly, the valve train assembly comprising:a valve bridge assembly, the valve bridge assembly comprising:
a valve bridge;
a first cavity formed towards a first end portion of the valve bridge; and
a hydraulic lash adjuster (HLA) disposed within the first cavity, the HLA being configured to engage a first valve stem;
the valve train assembly further comprising:
a pivotally mounted first rocker arm configured to engage the valve bridge and to pivot in response to a rotating first cam to cause a first valve lift event in an engine cycle, wherein the first rocker arm comprises:
a rocker arm cavity formed within an end portion thereof; and
a control capsule disposed within the rocker arm cavity, wherein the control capsule is configurable in an ON configuration and an OFF configuration, wherein, in the ON configuration, the pivoting of the first rocker arm is configured to cause the first valve lift event and, in the OFF configuration, the control capsule is configured to prevent the pivoting of the first rocker arm from causing the first valve lift event.

US Pat. No. 10,190,445

SWITCHABLE ROLLER FINGER FOLLOWER WITH INTEGRATED LEAKAGE PATH FOR DE-AERATION

1. A switchable roller finger follower, comprising:an inner lever;
an outer lever pivotably mounted to the inner lever by a pivot axle,
an end block on one of the inner lever or the outer lever, the end block comprising a bore, an opening into the bore on one side of the bore and an oil passage connected to the bore on another side of the bore; and
a coupling device, comprising:
a coupling pin configured to move between a locked position in which the inner lever and the outer lever are connected together for movement in at least one direction and an unlocked position in which the inner lever is movable relative to the outer lever in the at least one direction, pressure from a hydraulic fluid from the oil passage moves the coupling pin into one of the locked or the unlocked position; and
a spring configured to bias the coupling pin in the other of the locked position or the unlocked position;
a de-aeration flow path is formed between the oil passage and the opening for allowing air to move out of the oil passage, past the coupling pin, and exit through the opening, and
the de-aeration flow path is open when the coupling pin is in one of the locked position or the unlocked position and blocked when the coupling pin is in the other of the locked position or the unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,444

CAM FOLLOWER ROLLER DEVICE WITH WASHER

1. A cam follower roller device comprising:a tappet body extending along an axis,
an insert mounted in the tappet body,
a pin mounted at least on the insert, and
a roller mounted on the pin, and
a retaining washer mounted into a bore of the tappet body to axially retain the insert inside the tappet body, the tappet body having retention means configured to cooperate with the retaining washer to axially retain the retaining washer relative to the tappet body, the retaining washer axially interposed between the insert and the retention means,
wherein the retaining washer is a pre-stressing washer adapted to exert an axial force on the insert, and
wherein the retaining washer is a wavy washer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,443

STEAM ACCUMULATOR COMPRISING A LATENT HEAT ACCUMULATOR AND A STEAM THERMOCOMPRESSOR

1. A method of temporarily decoupling steam generation and production of electrical power in a thermal power plant system, the system including:a steam generator;
at least one thermocompressor, said at least one thermocompressor including:
a drive side connected to said steam generator;
a suction side; and,
an outlet;
a first heat storage device;
a three-way valve coupled between said at least one thermocompressor and said first heat storage device;
at least one turbine having an inlet and an outlet wherein said inlet is connected to said steam generator; and,
a first process steam line having a first end connected to said outlet of said at least one turbine, a second end directed to at least one steam consumer, a first intermediate connection with said at least one thermocompressor, and a second intermediate connection with said three-way valve;
the method comprising;
discharging heat from said first heat storage device through said three-way valve to said suction side of said at least one thermocompressor;
receiving high pressure steam from said steam generator into said drive side of said at least one thermocompressor; and,
expelling said heat from said outlet of said at least one thermocompressor through said first process steam line to said at least one steam consumer;
wherein the method is operated when a steam pressure from said outlet of said at least one turbine to said steam process line is low; and,
when demand for electrical power generation is low.

US Pat. No. 10,190,442

GAS TURBINE IN SITU INFLATABLE BLADDERS FOR ON-WING REPAIR

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of repairing a surface of a component within a gas turbine engine, comprising:installing a first bladder within the gas turbine engine;
installing a second bladder within the gas turbine engine;
inflating the first bladder and the second bladder with an inflating fluid to form a first circumferential seal and a second circumferential seal to define an isolated area within the gas turbine engine;
coating all surfaces within the isolated area with a masking layer;
removing at least a portion of the masking layer to expose a working area; and
forming a coating on the working area.

US Pat. No. 10,190,441

TRIPLE FLANGE ARRANGEMENT FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A flange arrangement for a gas turbine engine comprising:a forward flange of a forward bearing support;
an aft flange of an aft bearing support;
a case flange between said forward flange and said aft flange; and
a first axial extension and a second axial extension from said forward flange which define surfaces that interference fit with a respective axial case flange surface of said case flange and an axial surface of said aft flange.

US Pat. No. 10,190,440

EMERGENCY SHUT-DOWN DETECTION SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a fan;
an IP compressor arranged aft of the fan:
an HP compressor arranged aft of the IP compressor;
a combustor arranged aft of the HP compressor;
an HP turbine arranged aft of the combustor and coupled to said HP compressor by an HP spool;
a bearing assembly comprising a bearing mounted on the HP Spool, the bearing assembly supporting an inner housing, an outer housing and a spring bar assembly arranged between the inner housing and the outer housing, the spring bar assembly having a plurality of circumferentially disposed spring bars configured to flex, the outer housing having a protrusion;
at least one electrical speed sensor arranged fore of said HP compressor and near the protrusion, the at least one electrical speed sensor operable to provide a compressor speed signal, said at least one speed sensor including an electrical continuity circuit operable to generate a continuity signal for the electrical speed sensor;
a controller having a number of inputs for receiving at least one measured engine parameter and a number of outputs for transmitting control signals for controlling engine operation variables, said controller including an input for receiving the speed signal and the continuity signal;
wherein when the HP spool fractures, the HP compressor generates a forward axial force to fracture the spring bars causing the protrusion to sever the at least one speed probe resulting in a simultaneous termination of the compressor speed signal and continuity signal.

US Pat. No. 10,190,439

FRANGIBLE MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SAME

1. A frangible mounting arrangement comprising:a thrust bearing for carrying axial loads,
a bearing support; and
a plurality of frangible bolts connecting respective mounting flanges of the thrust bearing and the bearing support, the mounting flange of the thrust bearing extending from an outer race of the thrust bearing, the plurality of frangible bolts extending axially and being disposed on a circle and including a first pair of adjacent frangible bolts and a second pair of adjacent frangible bolts, the circle free of bolts between frangible bolts of the first pair of adjacent frangible bolts and free of bolts between frangible bolts of the second pair of adjacent frangible bolts, a distance (d1) on the circle between the frangible bolts of the first pair of adjacent frangible bolts being greater than a distance (d2) on the circle between the frangible bolts of the second pair of adjacent frangible bolts, the plurality of frangible bolts being configured to break when subjected to a same breaking load above a predetermined value, the breaking load resulting from at least one of a bending moment and a shear load on the mounting flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,190,438

TURBINE ENGINE AND CONTROL METHOD

SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES...

1. A regulation method for regulating at least one turbine engine that comprises:a compressor;
a combustion chamber downstream from the compressor;
first and second turbines downstream from the combustion chamber;
a first rotary shaft constrained to rotate at least with said compressor and said first turbine;
a second rotary shaft constrained to rotate with the second turbine, the second rotary shaft being free to rotate relative to the first rotary shaft; and
a regulator for controlling a fuel feed to the combustion chamber;
wherein said regulator cuts off the fuel feed to the combustion chamber if a speed of rotation of said second rotary shaft exceeds a maximum threshold that varies as a function of at least one indicative physical parameter associated with mechanical power being extracted from a combustion gas by the second turbine, and
wherein said maximum threshold for the speed of rotation of the second rotary shaft is reduced when said indicative physical parameter exceeds a higher threshold and when said indicative physical parameter passes below a lower threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,190,437

TEST BENCH FOR AN AIRCRAFT TURBOJET ENGINE, WITH SHUTTERS

Safran Aero Boosters S.A....

1. A test bench for a turbojet engine, said test bench comprising:an inlet;
an outlet;
a passage allowing a circulation of air between the inlet and the outlet, the passage structured and operable to receive a turbojet engine for testing;
the passage comprises at least one tight movable shutter comprising an inflatable element, the at least one tight movable shutter is structured and operable to cut off the circulation of air between the inlet and the outlet and to suffocate a fire occurring in the passage at the turbojet engine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,436

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR TURBINE, A TURBOCHARGER, A COMPRESSOR, OR A PUMP

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing;
a first shaft rotatably mounted within said housing;
a second shaft rotatably mounted within said housing, said first shaft positioned interior of said second shaft;
a first set of blades affixed to said first shaft;
a second set of blades affixed to said second shaft, said first set of blades positioned adjacent to said second set of blades, said first shaft and said first set of blades being rotatable in a direction opposite to said second shaft and said second set of blades;
a first bearing set bearing against said first shaft;
a second bearing set bearing against said second shaft; and
a bearing support positioned in said housing, said bearing support supporting said first and second bearing sets.

US Pat. No. 10,190,435

TURBINE SHROUD WITH ABRADABLE LAYER HAVING RIDGES WITH HOLES

16. A method for enhancing operational service life of a turbine engine, comprising:providing a turbine engine, having:
a turbine housing including a turbine casing interior circumference;
a rotor having blades rotatively mounted in the turbine housing along a turbine blade rotational axis, distal tips forming a blade tip circumferential swept path in a blade rotation direction and axially with respect to the turbine casing interior circumference, each turbine blade of the blades having a leading edge and a trailing edge, oriented at a trailing edge angle relative to turbine blade rotational axis; and
a ring segment component having:
a curved support surface coupled to the turbine casing inner circumference outwardly circumscribing the distal tips and the turbine blade rotational axis, the curved support surface having an upstream axial end and a downstream axial end, and a support surface curvature radius defined by a support surface central axis that is parallel to the turbine blade rotational axis;
an abradable substrate coupled to the curved support surface, having a substrate surface with a plan form pattern of grooves and vertically projecting ridges facing the support surface central axis, the grooves and vertically projecting ridges originating and terminating axially between the curved support surface axial ends and defining a forward and an aft segment portion;
the forward segment portion originating nearer the upstream axial end, and defining a forward zone;
the aft segment portion originating at an adjoining forward segment termination and terminating nearer the downstream axial end, and defining an aft zone;
forming a pattern of holes having varying widths or depths in the ridges, the holes having cross sectional profiles and depths, for selectively varying at least one of porosity or abradability of the ridges along axial lengths the ridges, wherein the pattern of holes comprise a progressively increasingly width or depth from a first axial end of the ridges to an opposed second axial end of the ridges;
the pattern of holes providing higher hot working gas erosion resistance in the forward zone than in the aft zone; and
providing greater porosity and abradability in the aft zone than in the forward zone.

US Pat. No. 10,190,432

BRUSH SEAL ASSEMBLY

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A brush seal assembly, comprising:a diaphragm that includes a brush insertion groove;
a brush configured to have a first end disposed in the brush insertion groove of the diaphragm and a second end protruding toward a rotor;
a ring shaped support plate disposed adjacent to the brush, the ring shaped support plate being used to support a side of the brush, and the ring shaped support plate including a first portion disposed in the brush insertion groove of the diaphragm and a second portion extending out of the brush insertion groove; and
a first back plate configured to support a side of the ring shaped support plate and disposed in the brush insertion groove of the diaphragm, the first back plate including a portion extending out of the brush insertion groove that is in contact with the second portion of the ring shaped support plate,
wherein the ring shaped support plate includes:
a first support strip portion facing to the brush, and the first support strip portion including a material having an elastic restoring force, and
a second support strip portion facing to the first back plate, and the second support strip portion including a different type of material other than the material having the elastic restoring force.

US Pat. No. 10,190,431

SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR ROTARY MACHINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A seal assembly for a rotary machine, the seal assembly comprising:a plurality of seal segments disposed circumferentially intermediate to a stationary housing and a rotor, and a ring, wherein the rotor comprises a stepped section comprising a first portion of the rotor with a decreased radius for a predefined length, and wherein each of the plurality of seal segments comprises:
a stator interface element;
a portion of the ring movably supported into the stator interface element; and
a shoe plate movably supported by the stator interface element, wherein the shoe plate comprises:
one or more labyrinth teeth, wherein the first portion of the rotor with the decreased radius faces and is radially opposite the one or more labyrinth teeth;
a load-bearing surface radially offset from the one or more labyrinth teeth;
one or more supply ports formed in the shoe plate for facilitating supply of high pressure fluid toward the rotor; and
a radially extending portion that extends toward the stator interface element, wherein the radially extending portion is in contact with the portion of the ring,
wherein the shoe plate is arranged such that the load-bearing surface faces and is radially opposite to at least a second portion of the rotor having an increased radius compared to the stepped section.

US Pat. No. 10,190,430

TURBINE ENGINE, SUCH AS A TURBOJET OR A TURBOPROP ENGINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A turbomachine comprising:an annular combustion chamber defined by an inner shell and an outer shell;
a turbine distributor arranged downstream of the annular combustion chamber;
a downstream end of the outer shell or of the inner shell of the annular combustion chamber comprising a first radial rim arranged opposite a second radial rim of an upstream end of the turbine distributor, the first radial rim being an integral part of the annular combustion chamber and the second radial rim being an integral part of the turbine distributor, each of the first radial rim and the second radial rim including a proximal end and a distal end, the first radial rim and the second radial rim extending in a radial direction from the proximal end to the distal end; and
a sealing mechanism comprising a sealing strip extending between the first radial rim and the second radial rim to provide a seal between the annular combustion chamber and the turbine distributor;
a positioning lug; and
a cover extending circumferentially and axially, to cover at least partially the first radial rim of the annular combustion chamber and the second radial rim of the turbine distributor and the sealing strip,
wherein the sealing strip extends axially and circumferentially between the first radial rim and the second radial rim and bears against the distal end of the first radial rim and the distal end of the second radial rim,
wherein one end of the positioning lug engages a notch of the sealing strip to immobilize the sealing strip in a circumferential direction of the sealing strip and in an axial direction of the turbomachine, and
wherein the cover is fastened using the positioning lug, the positioning lug defined as a screw or a rivet.

US Pat. No. 10,190,429

INTERSHAFT SEAL WITH ASYMMETRIC SEALING RING AND CENTRIFUGAL RETAINING PLATES

Stein Seal Company, Kulp...

1. A seal assembly for use between an inner shaft and an outer shaft within a turbine engine comprising:(a) a sealing ring including a plurality of asymmetric ring segments, each said asymmetric ring segment further includes:
(i) a vertical flange; and
(ii) a pair of horizontal flanges which extend from said vertical flange in a non-symmetric arrangement, at least one slot disposed along each said horizontal flange;
(b) a pair of centrifugal retaining plates, said sealing ring interposed between said centrifugal retaining plates, each said centrifugal retaining plate includes a plurality of tabs extending therefrom, each said tab engaged by one said slot;
(c) a pair of end rings, said sealing ring and said centrifugal retaining plates interposed between said end rings, each said centrifugal retaining plate directly interposed between one said horizontal flange and one said end ring, said vertical flange extends from between said end rings in the direction of said outer shaft, a non-contact seal formed between an outer sealing surface along said vertical flange and an inner sealing surface along said outer shaft; and
(d) an inner ring, said sealing ring disposed about said inner ring, said inner ring includes a plurality of ridges that engages said asymmetric ring segments so as to prevent rotation of said asymmetric ring segments with respect to said inner shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,428

UNIVERSAL SEAL

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A seal for a gas turbine engine comprising:a top;
a bottom;
a left side;
a right side;
a back;
a front, wherein said back is parallel to said front and said left side is parallel to said right side such that a non-square shape is formed by the intersection of the back, the left side, the front and the right side, and said top includes a first vane mating surface and said bottom includes a second vane mating surface, and said top of said seal includes a first honeycomb sealing surface for engaging a first knife edge and the bottom of said seal includes a second honeycomb sealing surface for engaging a second knife edge seal;
a first chamfer defined between said top and said front; and
a second chamfer defined between said front and said bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,190,427

TURBINE NOZZLE BOX

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A turbine nozzle box, comprising:an annular outer ring plate operable to be disposed in a turbine such that an outer peripheral surface thereof is adjacent to an inner peripheral surface of an inner casing of the turbine;
an annular nozzle unit disposed adjacent to an inner peripheral surface of the annular outer ring plate; and
an annular inner ring plate disposed such that an outer peripheral surface thereof is adjacent to an inner peripheral surface of the nozzle unit,
wherein the nozzle unit includes a plurality of segment blocks circumferentially installed at an arc angle,
wherein each of the plurality of segment blocks includes:
a nozzle frame configured to close a gap between the annular outer ring plate and the annular inner ring plate on a front surface of the nozzle box,
a nozzle located at an inner portion of the nozzle frame while extending toward the outlet end of the nozzle box,
extension parts extending outward from the nozzle, the extension parts being engaged with the annular outer ring plate and the annular inner ring plate,
a plurality of nozzles including extension parts that are engaged with the annular outer ring plate and the annular inner ring plate, and
an introduction portion disposed between the extension parts and a discharge portion,
wherein the plurality of segment blocks is disposed at an inlet end of a first-stage nozzle unit and the plurality of segment blocks is disposed between the plurality of nozzles, and
wherein an outlet end of the first-stage nozzle unit is open.

US Pat. No. 10,190,426

STATOR SECTOR FOR A TURBINE ENGINE, AND A METHOD OF FABRICATING IT

SAFRAN CERAMICS, Le Hail...

3. A sector for a turbine stator, the sector comprising:a plurality of vanes of composite material comprising fiber reinforcement densified by a matrix, each vane having an airfoil extending between a first end and a second end,
a first platform and a second platform, the first and second platforms being in the form of circular arcs of composite material comprising fiber reinforcement densified by a matrix, the first platform having openings in which the first ends of the vanes are engaged, and the second platform having openings in which the second ends of the vanes are engaged, each opening of the first platform having a continuous and surrounding edge, wherein each continuous edge is in continuous contact with at least a portion of the corresponding first end of a corresponding vane, and wherein the first platform further has hooked portions configured and arranged to support and hold axially in position a sealing system for rotor discs, formed by a portion of non-interlinked weave between two successive layers of warp yarns over two respective zones separated by an interlinked weave zone, and by folding the non-interlinked portions to form the hooked portions;
wherein the openings in the first platform present dimensions that are greater than the dimensions of the first ends of the vanes engaged in said openings so as to leave clearance between the first ends of each of the vanes and the openings, and
wherein each vane first end engaged in said opening presents dimensions smaller than the dimensions of the airfoil so as to define a shoulder extending all around said first end, the shoulder presenting dimensions greater than the dimensions of the openings of the first platform and being in contact with the surface of the first platform, and wherein the first and second platform and the vane first and second ends are configured and arranged to be connected in a mortise and tenon arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,190,425

FLOW SPLITTING FIRST VANE SUPPORT FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:an engine static structure having a fluid port;
a turbine vane supported relative to the engine static structure and including a cooling passage;
a flow splitter provided between the engine static structure and the turbine vane, the flow splitter configured to divide a flow upstream from the flow splitter into a first fluid flow provided to the fluid port and a second fluid flow provided to the cooling passage; and
a locating feature between the flow splitter and the engine static structure configured to circumferentially affix the flow splitter to the engine static structure, wherein the engine static structure includes one of a fork and a tab, and the flow splitter includes the other of the fork and the tab, the tab received in the fork and comprising the locating feature.

US Pat. No. 10,190,424

3D THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE PULTRUSION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ebert Composites Corporat...

1. A 3D thermoplastic pultrusion system, comprising:at least a first set, second set, and third set of 3D thermoplastic forming machines,
the first set including a plurality of motion control CNC rotational motors and CNC actuators operatively coupled to the motion control CNC rotational motors, a flexible heated band connected to the CNC actuators to preform and heat a prepreg thermoplastic composite material, and bearings that the motion control CNC rotational motors pivot the actuators about and hold the actuators in position;
the second set located downstream of the first set and including a plurality of motion control CNC rotational motors and CNC actuators operatively coupled to the motion control CNC rotational motors, a flexible heated band connected to the CNC actuators to form and heat the prepreg thermoplastic composite material from the first set, and bearings that the motion control CNC rotational motors pivot the actuators about and hold the actuators in position;
the third set located downstream of the second set and including a plurality of motion control CNC rotational motors and CNC actuators operatively coupled to the motion control CNC rotational motors, a flexible chilled band connected to the CNC actuators to form the heated prepreg thermoplastic composite material from the second set into the thermoplastic composite pultrusion, and bearings that the motion control CNC rotational motors pivot the actuators about and hold the actuators in position;
a CNC control system controlling at least the first set, the second set, and the third set of 3D thermoplastic forming machines to form the prepreg thermoplastic composite material, the CNC control system including a 3D thermoplastic pultrusion system computer system having a computer readable medium configured to store executable programmed modules; a processor communicatively coupled with the computer readable medium configured to execute programmed modules stored therein; one or more computer programmed module elements is stored in the computer readable medium and configured to be executed by the processor, wherein the one or more computer programmed module elements is configured to perform the following for the prepreg thermoplastic composite material:
preform and heat the prepreg thermoplastic composite material with the first set of 3D thermoplastic forming machines;
form and heat the prepreg thermoplastic composite material from the first set with the second set of 3D thermoplastic forming machines;
form the heated prepreg thermoplastic composite material from the second set into the thermoplastic composite pultrusion with the flexible chilled band of the third set of 3D thermoplastic forming machines.

US Pat. No. 10,190,423

SHROUDED BLADE FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

1. A turbine blade for a gas turbine engine, the blade comprising:a platform;
a blade root extending radially inwardly from the platform;
an airfoil portion extending radially outwardly from the platform, the airfoil portion defining a pressure side and a suction side of the turbine blade; and
a shroud provided at a tip of the airfoil portion opposite to the blade root, the shroud including:
a body having a radially outer face opposite to the airfoil portion;
upstream and downstream fins extending outwardly from the outer face, the fins being generally parallel to each other, each of the fins having an end disposed toward the pressure side and another end disposed toward the suction side;
two ribs extending outwardly from the outer face, the ribs extending from and connecting the upstream fin to the downstream fin at locations other than the ends of the upstream and downstream fins, the ribs extending from the upstream fin to the downstream fin without intersecting each other, the ribs converging toward the downstream fin at an angle of between about 10 and about 45 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,190,422

ROTATION ENHANCED TURBINE BLADE COOLING

Solar Turbines Incorporat...

1. A turbine blade for a gas turbine engine, comprising:an outer, peripheral wall extending along a suction side and a pressure side of the blade from a leading edge to a trailing edge of the blade and from a root end to a tip end of the blade;
a substantially vertical bifurcating internal wall extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge of the blade in between the suction side and the pressure side of the blade;
a plurality of pressure side cooling fluid passages defined between the peripheral wall on the pressure side of the blade and the bifurcating internal wall and extending at least part way from the root end to the tip end of the blade;
a plurality of suction side cooling fluid passages defined between the peripheral wall on the suction side of the blade and the bifurcating internal wall and extending at least part way from the tip end to the root end of the blade; and
at least one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages being configured to receive fresh cooling fluid from a cooling fluid inlet opening at the root end of the blade and direct the cooling fluid radially upwardly toward the tip end of the blade, wherein the tip end of the at least one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages is fluidly connected across a top side of the bifurcating internal wall to at least one of the plurality of suction side cooling fluid passages such that cooling fluid passes up through the at least one pressure side cooling fluid passages from the root end to the tip end of the blade, across the top of the bifurcating internal wall, and down through the at least one suction side cooling passage from the tip end to the root end of the blade,
wherein only a first one of the at least one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages is configured to receive cooling fluid from the cooling fluid inlet opening at the root end of the blade, the first one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages being fluidly connected across the top side of the bifurcating internal wall to two of the suction side cooling fluid passages,
wherein one of the two suction side cooling fluid passages is configured to direct cooling fluid from the first one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages downwardly along the suction side of the blade and is fluidly connected across the bottom side of the bifurcating internal wall to a second one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages adjacent a leading edge cooling fluid passage extending vertically along at least a portion of the leading edge of the blade; and
wherein one or more impingement holes are provided through an internal wall extending between the pressure side and the suction side of the blade and separating the second one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages and the leading edge cooling fluid passage, the one or more impingement holes configured for directing cooling fluid flowing upwardly through the second one of the pressure side cooling fluid passages into the leading edge cooling fluid passage, and a showerhead arrangement of film cooling holes being provided through the outer peripheral wall along the leading edge and configured for directing cooling fluid from the leading edge cooling fluid passage to the outer surface of the outer peripheral wall along the leading edge of the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,190,421

TURBINE BUCKET HAVING TIP SHROUD FILLET, TIP SHROUD CROSS-DRILLED APERTURES AND PROFILE

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbine bucket comprising:an airfoil having: a suction side; a pressure side opposing the suction side; a leading edge spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a trailing edge opposing the leading edge and spanning between the pressure side and the suction side;
a base connected with a first end of the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge; and
a tip shroud connected with a second end of the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge, the tip shroud including a tip shroud fillet connecting the airfoil and the tip shroud and having a non-uniform thickness across an axial length of the airfoil across an axial length of the airfoil,
wherein the tip shroud fillet has a non-uniform thickness across an axial chord length of the airfoil as defined by: a first section having a first thickness and a second section having a second, greater thickness, wherein the second section spans between approximately 20 percent of the axial chord length of the airfoil and approximately 50 percent of the axial chord length of the airfoil, wherein at least one of the suction side or the pressure side of the airfoil includes a nominal profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z set forth in TABLE I, wherein the Z coordinate values are non-dimensional values of from 0 to 1 convertible to Z distances by multiplying the values by an airfoil height expressed in units of distance, and wherein X and Y values connected by smooth continuing arcs define airfoil profile sections at each distance Z along the airfoil, the profile sections at the Z distances being joined smoothly with one another to form the airfoil profile, the X, Y, and Z distances being scalable as a function of the same constant or number to provide a scaled up or scaled down airfoil, wherein the Cartesian coordinate values have an origin at a root of the leading edge of the airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,190,420

FLARED CROSSOVERS FOR AIRFOILS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An airfoil, comprising:an airfoil section extending in a spanwise direction from a platform section, said airfoil section extending in a circumferential direction between a pressure side and a suction side, said airfoil section extending in an axial direction between a leading edge and a trailing edge, and said airfoil section having an external wall and an internal wall, said internal wall defining a reference plane extending in said spanwise direction along a surface of said internal wall;
a first cavity and a second cavity separated by said internal wall;
a plurality of crossover passages within said internal wall and connecting said first cavity to said second cavity, each of said plurality of crossover passages defining a passage axis, said plurality of crossover passages distributed in said spanwise direction and arranged such that said passage axis of each of said plurality of crossover passages intersects a surface of said second cavity, said second cavity being an impingement cooling cavity, and wherein said second cavity is bounded by said external wall; and
wherein said passage axis of each of said plurality of crossover passages is arranged at a radial angle relative to a localized region of said reference plane such that said radial angle of at least three of said plurality of crossover passages differs in said spanwise direction, said localized region defined at an intersection of said passage axis and said reference plane, and said radial angle defined such that a component of said passage axis extends in said spanwise direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,419

METHOD FOR THE NEW PRODUCTION OF THROUGH HOLES IN A LAYER SYSTEM

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for production of a component, the method comprising:producing a substrate by casting;
producing a plurality of spaced through holes arranged in a hole pattern across a thickness of the substrate, each of the plurality of spaced through holes having a constant cross section over an entire thickness of the substrate;
scanning the hole pattern of the plurality of spaced through holes in a first scan with a scanning device to obtain a scanned hole pattern;
saving the scanned hole pattern of the first scan;
coating the substrate, and at least partially the plurality of spaced through holes, with a metallic material to obtain an inner metallic layer after the first scan;
removing from the plurality of spaced through holes the metallic material;
coating the inner metallic layer with an outer ceramic layer to obtain a coated outer ceramic layer after removing from the plurality of spaced holes the metallic material;
scanning and saving another hole pattern of holes on a surface of the substrate in a second scan after coating the inner metallic layer with the outer ceramic layer to obtain another scanned hole pattern;
by comparing the scanned hole pattern and the another scanned hole pattern, at least identifying the plurality of spaced through holes and determining orientations and positions of the plurality of spaced through holes; and
forming diffusers into the coated outer ceramic layer and the inner metallic layer, each diffuser being associated with a respective one of the plurality of spaced through holes.

US Pat. No. 10,190,417

TURBINE BUCKET HAVING NON-AXISYMMETRIC ENDWALL CONTOUR AND PROFILE

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbine bucket comprising:an airfoil having: a suction side; a pressure side opposing the suction side; a leading edge spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a trailing edge opposing the leading edge and spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and
a base connected with a first end of the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge, the base including a non-axisymmetric endwall contour proximate a junction between the base and the airfoil,
wherein the non-axisymmetric endwall contour includes a thickened area having an approximately zero percent to approximately 10 percent pitch as measured from the suction side of the airfoil and a passage trough having a depression with an apex at approximately 15-20 percent of a chord length of the suction side of the airfoil,
wherein the thickened area has an apex at approximately 65 percent to approximately 85 percent of an axial chord length of the endwall.

US Pat. No. 10,190,416

BLADE CASCADE FOR TURBO MACHINE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A blade cascade for a turbomachine comprising:a plurality of identical blade groups situated next to each other in a circumferential direction, each blade group including:
a first individual blade having a first vane containing a first blade profile and a first side wall and the first side wall further including a first radial inner side wall,
a second individual blade differing from the first individual blade and having a second vane containing a second blade profile and a second side wall, the second side wall having a different contouring than the first side wall, the second side wall further including a second radial inner side wall that circumferentially adjoins to the first radial inner side wall, the first radial inner side wall and the second radial inner side wall, respectively, having radial depressions defined therein, and
a circumferential working fluid flow channel of each blade group that is at least partially defined by the circumferentially adjoined first and second radial inner side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,190,415

TURBOCHARGER WITH A RADIAL-AXIAL TURBINE WHEEL

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. An exhaust-gas turbocharger, comprising:a shaft having an axis of rotation;
a turbine housing;
a radial-axial turbine wheel disposed in said turbine housing and connected rotationally conjointly to said shaft, said radial-axial turbine wheel having a rear wall; and
a bearing housing adjacent said turbine housing and having a side wall facing toward said turbine housing,
said side wall of said bearing housing having a first sub-portion, a second sub-portion, and a flank;
said first sub-portion running obliquely with respect to the axis of rotation of said shaft, said first sub-portion for guiding exhaust gasses toward said radial-axial turbine wheel;
said second sub-portion running in a radial direction with respect to the axis of rotation of said shaft and parallel to said rear wall of said radial-axial turbine wheel;
said first and second sub-portions being connected to one another via an exhaust-gas flow separation edge of said bearing housing;
said exhaust-gas flow separation edge including a corner connected to said second sub-portion via said flank, said corner having a corner angle enclosed by said first sub-portion and said flank; and
said flank extending away from said first sub-portion in a direction towards said shaft;
wherein a curved transition region is formed between said second sub-portion and said flank; and
wherein said rear wall of said turbine wheel has, in an upper end region thereof, a corner formed at a first spacing distance from said corner of said exhaust-gas flow separation edge in a radially inward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,414

ROUND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

1. A round internal combustion engine (10) comprising:a stationary toroidal combustion chamber (44);
a first (24A) and a second (24B) shaft member, each for connecting thereof to at least one piston (26A1, 26A2, 26B1, 26B2), disposed within said stationary toroidal combustion chamber (44); and
a positioning mechanism (60), for changing angular positioning and velocity between said first (24A) and second (24B) shaft members, for increasing and decreasing a distance between said pistons (26A1, 26A2, 26B1, 26B2) of said shaft members (24A, 24B), said positioning mechanism (60) comprising:
a) at least one rotatable wheel (28i, 28ii, 28iii) disposed eccentrically (58) within said first shaft member (24A); and
b) at least one rotatable connecting-rod (56i, 56ii, 56iii) disposed between said first (24A) and second (24B) shaft members, for directly connecting an eccentric anchor (36A) of said at least one rotatable wheel (28i, 28ii, 28iii) to an eccentric anchor (36B) of said second shaft member (24B),
thereby stresses between said first (24A) and second (24B) shaft members, applied by said changing of the angular positioning and of the angular velocity between said first (24A) and second (24B) shaft members, are absorbed by said at least one rotatable connecting-rod (56i, 56ii, 56iii) rather than by gear meshing.

US Pat. No. 10,190,412

DETERMINING SUBTERRANEAN-FORMATION RESISTIVITY USING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC TELEMETRY SYSTEM

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:receiving, from a downhole transceiver positioned on a well tool in a wellbore and by a computing device, a signal indicating a load impedance across an electrically insulating segment of the downhole transceiver;
determining, by the computing device, a conductivity associated with a portion of the wellbore based on the load impedance and a plurality of values, wherein the plurality of values comprises a longitudinal length of at least a portion of the well tool, a skin depth of a subterranean formation through which the wellbore is formed, an outer diameter of the electrically insulating segment of the downhole transceiver, a frequency at which the downhole transceiver operates, a magnetic permeability of the subterranean formation, and a relative permeability of the subterranean formation;
determining, by the computing device, a resistivity associated with the portion of the wellbore by inversing the conductivity; and
determining, by the computing device, a corrected resistivity by modifying the resistivity associated with the portion of the wellbore using a correction factor.

US Pat. No. 10,190,411

DOWNHOLE FLUID CHARACTERIZATION METHODS AND SYSTEMS USING MULTI-ELECTRODE CONFIGURATIONS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:placing a tubular base structure having a multi-electrode configuration disposed thereon in at least a portion of a well bore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation, the multi-electrode configuration comprising at least first and second electrodes with a dielectric layer between the tubular base structure and the electrodes, wherein the first electrode is positioned at a first height radially from an outer surface of the tubular base structure and at least another of the electrodes is positioned at a second height radially from an outer surface of the tubular base structure that is greater than or less than the first height, wherein the tubular base structure comprises a casing;
collecting electromagnetic measurements using the multi-electrode configuration; and
processing the electromagnetic measurements to obtain a characterization of at least one fluid in an annulus between the tubular base structure and an inner wall of the well bore.

US Pat. No. 10,190,410

METHODS OF ACOUSTICALLY COMMUNICATING AND WELLS THAT UTILIZE THE METHODS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of conserving power in an acoustic wireless network including a plurality of nodes, the method comprising:repeatedly and sequentially cycling a given node of the plurality of nodes for a plurality of cycles by:(i) entering, for a low-power state duration, a low-power state in which the given node is inactive; and(ii) transitioning, for a listening state duration, to a listening state in which a receiver of the given node listens for a received acoustic tone from a tone transmission medium, wherein the low-power state duration is greater than the listening state duration;transmitting, during the cycling, and via the tone transmission medium, a transmitted acoustic tone for a tone transmission duration, wherein the tone transmission duration is greater than the low-power state duration of the given node;receiving, during the listening state of a given cycle of the plurality of cycles and with the receiver of the given node, the received acoustic tone from the tone transmission medium, wherein the receiving is subsequent to the transmitting; andresponsive to the receiving, interrupting the cycling by transitioning the given node to an active state for at least a threshold active state duration.

US Pat. No. 10,190,409

WELL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method usable with a well, the method comprising:deploying tools in the well;
communicating, using a non-optical telemetry network, data between the tools and a concentrator;
communicating, using an optical telemetry network, the data between the concentrator and an Earth surface system using wave division multiplexing (WDM) channel-based communication; and
processing, via the Earth surface system, the data for at least one of imaging or determining seismic characteristics of a geologic structure surveyed via the well.

US Pat. No. 10,190,408

SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR DRILLING

APS Technology, Inc., Wa...

1. A method for monitoring a drilling operation of a drilling system, the drilling system having a drill string having a top end located at a surface of an earthen formation, the drill string configured to form a borehole in the earthen formation during the drilling operation, the method comprising the steps of:transmitting an electromagnetic signal via an electromagnetic telemetry tool located at a downhole end of the drill sting while the electromagnetic telemetry tool is in the borehole;
receiving the electromagnetic signal transmitted by the electromagnetic telemetry tool via a first pair of antennas positioned on the surface of the earthen formation, the first pair of antennas being spaced apart from the top end of the drill string, wherein the electromagnetic signal received by the first pair of antennas has a first signal characteristic at the surface;
receiving the same electromagnetic signal transmitted by the electromagnetic telemetry tool via a second pair of antennas each of which are different from each of the first pair of antennas, the second pair of antennas being positioned on the surface at a different location at a distance further away than that of the first pair of antennas with respect to the top end of the drill string, wherein the electromagnetic signal received by the second pair of antennas has a second signal characteristic at the surface at the different location;
receiving via a receiver assembly a first surface signal transmitted from the first pair of antennas and a second surface signal transmitted from the second pair of antennas, wherein the first surface signal has the first signal characteristic and the second surface signal has the second signal characteristic;
identifying via a computer processor if a) the first signal characteristic of the first surface signal received by the first electromagnetic antenna pair or b) the second signal characteristic received by the second electromagnetic antenna pair has a preferred signal characteristic; and
decoding the first surface signal or the second surface signal transmitted by the respective first pair of antennas and the second pair of antennas with the preferred signal characteristic, wherein the first signal characteristic and the second signal characteristic include a strength of the electromagnetic signal received by the antenna pairs respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,190,407

METHODS FOR EVALUATING INFLOW AND OUTFLOW IN A SUBTERRAEAN WELLBORE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for identifying an inflow event in a subterranean wellbore while drilling, the method comprising:(a) rotating a drill bit in a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation, the drill bit being deployed in a drill string including a plurality of axially spaced along string pressure sensors, said rotating operative to drill the wellbore and enable the inflow event in which formation fluids flow into the wellbore when the formation has a higher pore pressure than a drilling fluid pressure at a depth in the wellbore;
(b) using the plurality of axially spaced along string pressure sensors to make a corresponding plurality of axially spaced annular pressure measurements while drilling in (a);
(c) processing the plurality of axially spaced annular pressure measurements to compute a plurality of corresponding measured annular interval circulating densities and measured annular interval static densities;
(d) monitoring the computed measured annular interval circulating densities and the measured annular interval static densities while drilling in (a);
(e) evaluating a decrease in at least one of the measured annular interval circulating densities and the measured annular interval static densities and an increase in a differential flow rate as an indicator of the inflow event; and
(f) processing at least one of the measured annular interval static densities and the differential flow rate to compute a density of an inflow constituent.

US Pat. No. 10,190,406

FORMATION FRACTURING POTENTIAL USING SURROUNDING PORE PRESSURES

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method for conducting a selected earth reservoir physical process, the method comprising:receiving a stress field of a reservoir that includes a pore pressure field for a rock volume;
selecting a search radius extending from a grid cell of interest;
substituting a pore pressure from a plurality of surrounding grid cells within the selected radius for the pore pressure of the grid cell of interest and determining if a critical stress state exists for each of the substituted pore pressures;
determining a shortest distance to a grid cell in the plurality of surrounding grid cells having a pore pressure that yields a critical stress state when substituted in the grid cell of interest; and
at least one of changing an injection pressure of an injected fluid and changing a temperature of an injected fluid in an enhanced production process with enhanced production process apparatus based on the determined shortest distance such that a risk of fracturing rock is reduced;
wherein the receiving, selecting, substituting and determining are performed using a processor.

US Pat. No. 10,190,405

BOREHOLE ARRAY FOR RANGING AND CROSSWELL TELEMETRY

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method that comprises:emitting electromagnetic beacons by at least some of a plurality of electromagnetic reference nodes distributed along one or more reference wells and wired to a surface controller;
storing, by said at least some of the plurality of electromagnetic reference nodes, position information comprising at least one type of data consisting of distance and direction of a bottomhole assembly in another well wherein each of the plurality of electromagnetic reference nodes includes a data queue responsive to being polled, and wherein the bottomhole assembly is configured to determine the position information relative to an emitted beacon from one of the plurality of reference nodes, to open a communication channel with said one of the plurality of reference nodes, and to provide the position information to a corresponding data queue;
polling said at least some of the plurality of electromagnetic reference nodes distributed along the one or more reference wells;
conveying the position information stored by said at least some of the plurality of electromagnetic reference nodes to the surface controller in response to said polling; and
steering the bottomhole assembly in the other well based at least in part on triangulating a position of the bottomhole assembly relative to two or more of the plurality of electromagnetic reference nodes using respective emitted beacons from the two or more of the plurality of electromagnetic reference nodes and the position information obtained from said polling.

US Pat. No. 10,190,404

HIGH QUALITY VISUALIZATION IN A CORROSION INSPECTION TOOL FOR MULTIPLE PIPES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method, comprising:conveying a pipe inspection tool including one or more sensors into a wellbore having at least one pipe;
transmitting an excitation signal from a transmitter antenna of the pipe inspection tool and measuring a plurality of response signals derived from the excitation signal with the one or more sensors;
processing the plurality of response signals and thereby obtaining a plurality of measured responses;
generating a map of the at least one pipe based on the plurality of measured responses, wherein the map is divided into a plurality of pipe ranges extending along an axial length of the at least one pipe and each pipe range corresponds to a percentage of metal loss in the at least one pipe;
assigning a photorealistic image to each pipe range based on the percentage of metal loss;
generating a first two-dimensional image or a first three-dimensional image using the map, where the first two-dimensional image or the first three-dimensional image is constructed as a combination of multiple photorealistic images; and
graphically visualizing the first two-dimensional image or the first three-dimensional image by mapping each of multiple sections of the pipe along an axis indicative of a range of a pipe characteristic sorted according to a parameter value of the photorealistic image, wherein the parameter value corresponds to an electromagnetic or a geometric property of the pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,190,403

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREDICTING AND VISUALIZING DRILLING EVENTS

LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORA...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computer system, data indicative of a location of a first wellbore being drilled through a formation;
identifying, by the computer system, one or more offset wells within a scanned area of the formation in proximity to the location of the first wellbore as it is being drilled through the formation, based on the received data;
reading, by the computer system, data regarding a plurality of drilling events that had previously occurred with respect to the one or more offset wells identified within the scanned area as the first wellbore is being drilled, the read data including a distance of each identified offset well from the location of the first wellbore and a depth at which each drilling event occurred with respect to that offset well;
generating, by the computer system, a value indicative of a probability of occurrence of at least one drilling event in the plurality of drilling events for a planned path of the first wellbore to be drilled through the formation, based on the data regarding the plurality of drilling events;
adjusting the planned path of the first wellbore so as to reduce the probability of occurrence of the at least one drilling event, based on the generated value; and
drilling the first wellbore along the adjusted path through the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,190,401

METHOD FOR THE STIMULATION OF THE NEAR-WELLBORE RESERVOIR OF A HORIZONTAL WELLBORE

1. A method for stimulation of a near-wellbore reservoir of a wellbore surrounded by a formation in a subterranean hydrocarbon reservoir, the wellbore having a horizontal section including a heel section and a toe section, the method comprising:providing a non-cemented perforated liner in the horizontal section to thereby form a substantially annular space between the non-cemented perforated liner and the formation, wherein a perforation pattern of the non-cemented perforated liner is configured such that a total perforation hole area per unit length of the liner varies over the length of the liner from the heel to the toe;
arranging one or more external packers externally on the non-cemented perforated liner to thereby divide the substantially annular space between the non-cemented perforated liner and the formation into at least two zones isolated from each other,
arranging an internal pipe and one or more internal packers corresponding to the one or more external packers inside the non-cemented perforated liner to thereby provide selective access to the at least two zones;
sealing a substantially annular space between the internal pipe and the non-cemented perforated liner;
for each of the at least two zones, arranging a valve on the internal pipe to facilitate access between the inside of the internal pipe and the corresponding zone through said substantially annular space between the internal pipe and the non-cemented perforated liner; and
pumping reactive fluid simultaneously through the internal pipe and into at least two adjacent zones of the substantially annular space between the non-cemented perforated liner and the formation to thereby stimulate the near-wellbore,
wherein configuring the perforation pattern so that the total perforation hole area per unit length of the liner varies over the length of the liner from the heel to the toe reduces pressure differences between said at least two adjacent zones that would otherwise occur during stimulation of the near-wellbore of the substantially annular space between the non-cemented perforated liner and the formation, wherein reduction of the pressure differences between said at least two adjacent zones reduces formation of worm holes in the formation between the at least two adjacent zones.

US Pat. No. 10,190,399

TRAVELING VALVE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD THEREFOR

1. A traveling valve assembly for use in a pumping apparatus comprising:an elongated body adapted to be coupled to a southern end of a pump plunger, the elongated body having a northern end and a southern end, wherein the elongated body comprises:
a cage;
a helical insert positioned within the cage, wherein the helical insert comprises:
a ring shaped base;
a plurality of ribs extending upwardly from the base, the ribs defining a plurality of channels therebetween;
a cradle coupled to the ribs; and
a port formed through a northern end of the cradle;
a helical ported stem coupled to a southern end of the cage;
a seat plug slidably coupled about a portion of the helical ported stem; and
a friction chamber coupled to the seat plug;
a first ball valve positioned at the northern end of the elongated body; and
a second ball valve positioned at the southern end of the elongated body;
wherein the helical ported stem comprises:
a top portion comprising:
a plurality of angled channels formed therein; and
a plurality of openings into an interior of the top portion of the helical ported stem, wherein one opening is positioned at a top portion of each channel;
a middle portion having a smaller diameter than the top portion comprising:
a plurality of helical flutes cut therein, wherein the helical flutes are continuous with the channels of the top portion of the helical ported stem; and
a bottom portion having a smaller diameter than the middle portion;
wherein the seat plug is slidably coupled about the middle portion of the helical ported stem;
wherein the second ball valve comprises:
an anchored ball having a passage formed therethrough;
an anchor assembly comprising:
a shaft adapted to be inserted through the passage of the anchored ball and inserted into the bottom portion of the traveling valve assembly and coupled thereto; and
a bolt coupled to a southern portion of the shaft to secure the anchored ball to the shaft;
a seat positioned above the anchored ball and below a southern end of the seat plug.

US Pat. No. 10,190,398

DETONATOR STRUCTURE AND SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A system for perforating, comprising:a perforating gun having a shaped charge;
a detonator cord coupled to the shaped charge; and
a detonator system coupled to the detonator cord to initiate detonation of the detonator cord for ultimate detonation of the shaped charge, the detonator system comprising:
a circuit board lying generally along a plane and having electronics;
a first explosive component engaged with the electronics and extending from the circuit board, wherein the first explosive component has a first longitudinal axis; and
a second explosive component having a second longitudinal axis, the second explosive component being engaged with the first explosive component such that the second longitudinal axis being approximately perpendicular to the first longitudinal axis, the electronics being controlled to initiate explosion of the first explosive component which, in turn, initiates explosion of the second explosive component to cause detonation of the detonating cord and the shaped charge.

US Pat. No. 10,190,397

CLOSURE DEVICE FOR A SURGE PRESSURE REDUCTION TOOL

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A method of closing a tool in a wellbore, comprising:releasing a closure device into the wellbore, wherein the closure device includes a first fin, a second fin, and an enlarged outer portion disposed between the first fin and the second fin;
supplying fluid behind the closure device to move the closure device;
landing the closure device in a seat of the tool, wherein the enlarged outer portion is engaged with the tool;
moving a port sleeve coupled to the seat to close the tool; and
decoupling the port sleeve from the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,190,396

TAR MAT FORMATION PREDICTION IN LATE-CHARGE RESERVOIRS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprising:obtaining data associated with at least one of a subterranean hydrocarbon reservoir, fluid contained within the reservoir, fluid obtained from the reservoir, and/or a combination thereof, wherein:
the fluid is obtained from the reservoir via operation of a downhole tool disposed in a wellbore that extends beneath a wellsite into the reservoir; and
obtaining the data is via operation of at least one of the downhole tool, surface equipment disposed at the wellsite and communicable with the downhole tool, remote equipment disposed remote from the wellsite, and/or a combination thereof; and
via operation of at least one of the downhole tool, the surface equipment, the remote equipment, and/or a combination thereof, identifying at least one condition indicating that a density inversion exists in the fluid contained in the reservoir; and
determining a likelihood of a tar mat zone exists in the reservoir based on the identified density inversion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,395

FLOODING ANALYSIS TOOL AND METHOD THEREOF

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

1. A method of determining a value of injected fluid for a flood operation on a hydrocarbon reservoir, the method comprising:for a first injection well of the hydrocarbon reservoir:
receiving injection rate data for the first injection well and production rate data for at least one production well communicating with the injection well;
running capacitance resistance modeling using the received data to generate an interwell connectivity for each injection well and production well pair;
determining a value of injected fluid for each injection well and production well pair using the generated interwell connectivity for the well pair and an oil-cut value for the production well of the pair, wherein the value of injected fluid for each injection well and production well pair represents an amount of hydrocarbon production for the pair; and
aggregating the generated values of injected fluid per pair in which the first injection well is part of the pair to determine a value of injected fluid for the first injection well that represents an amount of hydrocarbon production from all corresponding production wells; and
generating a value of injected fluid for at least one other injection well;
ranking the first injection well and the at least one other injection well based on the values of injected fluid of the injection well and the least one other injection well; and
adjusting a target injection rate for one or more injection wells based on the ranking and injecting fluid into the one or more injection wells based on the adjusted target injection rate.

US Pat. No. 10,190,394

ENERGY HARVESTING FROM A DOWNHOLE JAR

Halliburton Energy Servic...

3. A system for generating electrical energy in a downhole environment, the system comprising:a conveyance;
a jar comprising a movable member and a stationary member, the movable member being movable relative to the stationary member by a control system;
a magnet coupled to the stationary member; and
a conductive coil coupled to the movable member; wherein the magnet moves relative to the coil to generate electrical energy in response to movement of the movable member relative to the stationary member; and
an energy storage subsystem coupled to the movable member and electrically coupled to the conductive coil.

US Pat. No. 10,190,390

PRESSURE ACTUATED PORTED SUB FOR SUBTERRANEAN CEMENT COMPLETIONS

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. An apparatus for cementing and fracturing subterranean locations in a borehole, comprising:a housing having at least one selectively open lateral wall port;
at least one sleeve assembly selectively covering said lateral port, said sleeve assembly having an always open passage therethrough for passage of a material therethrough and into an annular space between said housing and the borehole, said sleeve assembly configured to receive a net force from pressure applied from an uphole location to said housing with said wall port closed, said sleeve assembly comprising a biased index mechanism to allow reciprocal sleeve movement for predetermined cycles of pressure application and removal while maintaining said wall port in a closed position, said sleeve assembly moving to open said port after completion of said predetermined cycles for communication to a formation through said open wall port, said biased index mechanism comprising at least one biasing device acting against a j-slot mechanism for said sleeve assembly such that movement of said j-slot mechanism allows a different movement of said sleeve assembly to open said wall port and disable said biasing device source from subsequent movement of said sleeve assembly in at least one direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,389

HIGH PRESSURE INTERVENTIONLESS BOREHOLE TOOL SETTING FORCE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. An actuation assembly for an actuation piston operated borehole tool operable in a borehole, comprising:an actuation chamber containing a pressurized fluid during delivery into the borehole, said pressurized fluid selectively isolated from the actuation piston by a valve further comprising a valve member, said valve member responsive to hydrostatic pressure selectively reaching said valve member from removal of a barrier communicating pressure in an annulus about said actuation chamber to said valve member, whereupon movement of said valve member communicates said previously isolated pressurized fluid to said actuation piston to operate the borehole tool; and
said valve member comprises connected spaced apart pistons of unequal surface area defining a pilot chamber therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,190,388

DIVERTER FLUID DIVERTER FLUID

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method comprising:introducing into a wellbore from an Earth's surface of a well site a water based diverter fluid, the diverter fluid having a continuous aqueous phase and an oxygen functionalized carbon-containing particulate dispersed in the aqueous phase;
reducing the oxygen functionalized carbon-containing particulate;
forming, with the reduced oxygen functionalized carbon-containing particulate, a filter cake on a formation face; and
returning the reduced oxygen functionalized carbon-containing particulate to the surface of the well site dispersed in hydrocarbons produced from the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,190,387

METHOD OF SEALING A WELL

STATOIL PETROLEUM AS, St...

1. A method of sealing a well comprising:creating one or more openings in a tubing installed in a wellbore, in a location for a well seal;
using a wireline to locate a stinger in said location;
setting the stinger in said location by hanging the stinger from said tubing; and
forming a seal in the well in said location, by injecting sealant through said stinger such that the sealant flows upwardly around the stinger,
wherein the stinger is extendable and telescopic,
wherein the stinger comprises a valve across an end which is lowermost when the stinger is extended, and
wherein a plurality of telescopic sections are held in a compacted configuration by a mechanism configured to release when a pre-determined pressure is applied, thus causing the telescopic sections to extend.

US Pat. No. 10,190,385

DOWNHOLE TOOLS COMPRISING SEALING ELEMENTS COMPOSED OF ELASTOMER AND ANHYDROUS ACID PARTICLES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

10. A method comprising:installing a downhole tool in a wellbore, the downhole tool comprising a body and at least one sealing element composed of an elastomer and anhydrous acid particles, wherein the anhydrous acid particles react with an aqueous fluid in a wellbore environment to form an acid selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic acid, a polycarboxylic acid, an amino carboxylic acid, an amino polycarboxylic acid, an organic acid, and any combination thereof, wherein at least a portion of the sealing element hydrolytically degrades in the wellbore environment;
fluidly sealing two sections of the wellbore with the sealing element of the downhole tool, the sealing element capable of holding a differential pressure;
performing a downhole operation;
exposing at least a portion of the anhydrous acid particles to an aqueous fluid in the wellbore environment, thereby hydrating the exposed anhydrous acid particles and forming an acid; and
hydrolytically degrading at least a portion of the sealing element in the wellbore environment, wherein the hydrolytic degradation is accelerated by exposure to the acid in the wellbore environment, and wherein the hydrolytic degradation causes the sealing element to no longer hold the differential pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,190,384

DRILLING STRIPPING ELEMENT

Weatherford Technology Ho...

10. A method of forming a stripping element assembly, the method comprising:obtaining a non-elastomeric retention portion configured for coupling the stripping element assembly to a rotary flow control diverter;
obtaining a stiffening member formed of a first material,
wherein the stiffening member comprises:
a top opposite a bottom;
a wall arranged between the top and the bottom; and
one or more apertures and/or slits arranged in the wall, wherein when at least a portion of a pipe of a drill is slideably displaced through the deformable member, the second material of the deformable member is displaceable by the portion of the pipe of the drill through the one or more apertures and/or slits of the stiffening member; and
overmolding onto the retention portion and onto the stiffening member, a deformable member formed of a second material.

US Pat. No. 10,190,383

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLUID INJECTION

Cameron International Cor...

1. A fluid injection system for reducing a chemical degradation of a polymer during injection of the polymer into a well, comprising:a choke valve comprising at least one inlet;
a water injection line extending between a water supply and the choke valve, wherein the water injection line is configured to flow water from the water supply into a first inlet of the at least one inlet of the choke valve;
a polymer injection line extending from a polymer supply toward the choke valve, wherein the polymer injection line is configured to flow the polymer in a substantially non-inverted state from the polymer supply toward the choke valve, and the choke valve is configured to receive the water and the polymer and to facilitate inversion of the polymer as the water and the polymer flow through the choke valve; and
a controller configured to control a flow of the water from the water supply into the first inlet, to control a flow of the polymer from the polymer supply toward the choke valve, and to control an actuator to adjust a position of a movable component of the choke valve to adjust a size of a throttling orifice of the choke valve to facilitate inversion of the polymer by at least approximately five percent as the water and the polymer flow through the choke valve.

US Pat. No. 10,190,382

BOP BOOSTER PISTON ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

1. A booster piston assembly for use with a BOP, said BOP comprising a central body, on one side of said BOP said BOP comprises a shear member and an operating piston to move said shear member between an open and closed position, an operating piston shaft, a bonnet comprising two bonnet end caps, said two bonnet end caps containing hydraulics to open said bonnet for access to an interior of said central body, said operating piston being mounted between said two bonnet end caps within an operating piston chamber, said operating piston chamber comprising an operating piston chamber outer wall, said booster piston assembly comprising:a booster piston housing, said booster piston housing comprising a booster housing extension and a booster cylinder wall that encircles a booster piston chamber, said booster piston housing further comprising a booster flange adapted to be mounted to said operating piston chamber outer wall, said booster flange, said booster housing extension, and said booster cylinder wall being monolithically formed together, said booster housing extension being positioned between said booster flange and said booster cylinder wall; and
a booster piston mounted for reciprocal movement inside said booster piston chamber, said booster piston comprising a diameter at least as large or greater than a diameter of said operating piston, said booster piston and said operating piston being connected to move simultaneously the same distance in the same direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,380

METHOD FOR MONITORING A SEALING ELEMENT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for monitoring a sealing element of a blowout preventer, comprising:providing a fluid to a chamber disposed within a blowout preventer to actuate a piston disposed within the chamber, wherein the actuation of the piston causes a change of an inner diameter of a sealing element, wherein the piston surrounds at least a portion of the wellbore;
measuring one or more parameters of the fluid via a sensor;
receiving data relating to the one or more parameters of the fluid from the sensor;
determining a stiffness of the sealing element utilizing the data relating to the one or more parameters of the fluid; and
determining an amount of degradation of the sealing element by comparing the determined stiffness of the sealing element to at least one historical element profile.

US Pat. No. 10,190,378

DRILLING HEAD WITH NON-ROTATING ANNULAR SEAL ASSEMBLY

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A drilling head for use with a subterranean well, the drilling head comprising:an outer housing; and
an annular seal assembly releasably secured in the outer housing, the annular seal assembly including:
at least one annular seal, and
an actuator that pressurizes a lubricant for delivery to an interior of the annular seal, wherein the actuator is positioned in the annular seal assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,190,377

MUD SENSING HOLE FINDER

1. A method comprising:running a mud sensing hole finder into a borehole, wherein the mud sensing hole finder is capable of attachment to a wireline logging tool-string, wherein the mud sensing hole finder comprises:
a front steering wheel assembly,
a rear wheel assembly,
a sensor package,
a corrosion package,
a tapered spring joint, and
a ported housing;
diverting, with the ported housing, mud flow passed the sensor package and the corrosion package while the mud sensing hole finder is moving in a borehole;
pulling the mud sensing hole finder from the borehole; and
reversing a direction of the mud flow through the ported housing.

US Pat. No. 10,190,375

CONNECTION DEVICE FOR CONNECTING A SECONDARY CIRCUIT TO A DRILLING ELEMENT FOR THE CIRCULATION OF DRILLING FLUIDS IN AN OIL WELL

DRILLMEC S.P.A., Gariga ...

1. A connection device for connecting a secondary circuit for circulation of drilling fluids to a drilling element comprising an axial hole and a radial bore in communication with said axial hole; a safety valve assembly associated with said radial bore, the safety valve assembly comprises a valve body and at least one obstructor for taking at least two operating configurations;said connection device comprises:
a central body comprising:
a first connection portion for effecting a sealed connection to said secondary circuit;
a second connection portion for effecting a sealed connection to said radial bore;
an intake duct, interposed between said connection portions, for conducting said drilling fluids;
a clamping system, for connecting the connection device to the drilling element;
only one opening device for selectively opening and closing, at least partially, the radial bore by acting upon the valve assembly;
only one coupling device for connecting said opening device to said valve assembly;
wherein:
said opening device is adapted to selectively open and close, at least partially, said radial bore by acting upon a first obstructor of the valve assembly through at least one rotary movement;
said coupling device is for coupling to a clamping element comprised in the first obstructor, so that said the at least one rotary movement of said opening device is transferred to said first obstructor in order to selectively open and close, at least partially, said radial bore in a secure manner.

US Pat. No. 10,190,372

ENERGY TRANSMISSION EFFICIENT DRILL STRING COUPLING

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A drill string for percussive drilling comprising:a first elongate drill string member having a main section and a male end;
a second elongate drill string member having a main section and a female end;
an outside diameter of the female end being greater than an outside diameter of the main section of the second drill member and an outside diameter of the male end being approximately equal to an outside diameter of the main section of the first drill string member; and
the male and female ends having respective threads to enable the male end to be secured inside the female end such that the male and female ends overlap axially by an axial length, the axial length of overlap of the male and female ends defining a coupling region, wherein the axial length of the coupling region is less than the outside diameter of the female end, the male end including a non-threaded shank positioned within the coupling region axially intermediate the main section, wherein a region at the male end includes the threads and an axial length of the non-threaded shank is substantially equal to an axial length of the region over which the threads extend along the male end, a combined axial length of the threaded region and the non-threaded shank of the male end being less than the outside diameter of the female end.

US Pat. No. 10,190,369

BIT INCORPORATING DUCTILE INSERTS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A fixed-cutter drill bit comprising:a metal-matrix composite body having at least one metal-matrix composite blade; a bit blank disposed within the metal-matrix composite body;
a plurality of cutters disposed on the at least one metal-matrix composite blade; and a ductile insert partially disposed within the metal-matrix composite body and having an exposed surface,
wherein the ductile insert has a greater ductility than the metal-matrix composite body;wherein the exposed surface of the ductile insert is positioned at or proximate to at least one high-stress portion of the fixed-cutter drill bit that experiences a high tensile stress during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,190,368

UNDERREAMER FOR INCREASING A WELLBORE DIAMETER

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

8. A downhole tool, comprising:a body defining an axial bore;
a control unit within the axial bore and the body, the control unit including:
a sensor adapted to receive a wireless signal;
a control electronic system coupled to the sensor and adapted to process the signal;
an electromagnetic activation system coupled to the control electronic system and adapted to move in response to the control electronic system processing the signal; and
a valve within the axial bore and coupled to the electromagnetic activation system, the valve having a first configuration obstructing fluid flow through the valve and a second configuration allowing fluid flow through the valve; and
a flow tube coupled to the valve and adapted to have fluid flow therethrough when the valve is in the second configuration, the fluid flowing along a radially inward path from the axial bore, through the valve, and into the flow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,190,367

SPLINE INSERT FOR A DOWNHOLE TOOL

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

5. A method, comprising:removing a first spline insert from within a recess in a body of a downhole tool having at least two expandable members configured to expand radially between retracted and expanded positions, the first spline insert including first and second wings circumferentially offset from one another with respect to a longitudinal axis of the downhole tool, the first spline insert including a first spline on the first wing engaged with a first one of the at least two expandable members a second spline on the second wing engaged with a second one of the at least two expandable members; and
inserting a second spline insert at least partially into the recess in the body, the second spline insert including at least one spline configured to engage the first one of the at least two expandable members.

US Pat. No. 10,190,366

HYBRID DRILL BITS HAVING INCREASED DRILLING EFFICIENCY

Baker Hughes Incorporated...

1. An earth-boring drill bit comprising:a bit body configured at its upper extent for connection to a drill string, the bit body having a central axis and a bit face comprising a cone region, a nose region, a shoulder region, and a radially outermost gage region;
at least one primary fixed blade extending downward from the bit body in the axial direction, the at least one primary fixed blade having a leading edge and a trailing edge and extending radially along the bit face;
a plurality of fixed-blade cutting elements arranged on the leading edge of the at least one primary fixed blade;
at least one secondary fixed blade extending downward from the bit body in the axial direction and having a leading edge and a trailing edge, the at least one secondary fixed blade extending radially outward along the bit face from proximate the bit axis through the cone region in substantial radial alignment with the at least one primary fixed blade; and
at least one rolling cutter mounted for rotation between the at least one primary fixed blade and the at least one secondary fixed blade.

US Pat. No. 10,190,364

HORIZONTAL BLIND AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING HORIZONTAL BLIND

TACHIKAWA CORPORATION, T...

1. A horizontal blind comprising:a head box;
a plurality of ladder cords suspended from the head box, each of the ladder cords having first and second warp threads and a weft provided between the two warp threads at each of a plurality of rungs of the ladder cords;
a plurality of slats each supported by the weft at each respective rung of the ladder cords; and
a plurality of lifting and lowering cords suspended from the head box, wherein each of the plurality of slats is configured to be turned by operating a ladder cord of the plurality of ladder cords and capable of being lifted or lowered by lifting or lowering the plurality of lifting and lowering cords,
wherein the weft at each rung of the ladder cords is formed of first and second weft threads, only one intersecting portion is formed by the first and second weft threads, wherein the slat is inserted into a space which is formed between the first and second weft threads, at a location between the intersecting portion and the first warp thread, and at least one of the lifting and lowering cords is inserted into a space which is formed between the first and second weft threads at a location between the intersecting portion and the second warp thread,
wherein the first weft thread is located above the second weft thread on the first warp thread, and the second weft thread is located above the first weft thread on the second warp thread.

US Pat. No. 10,190,363

MULTILAYER FILM WITH ELECTRICALLY SWITCHABLE OPTICAL PROPERTIES

Cardinal IG Company, Ede...

1. A multilayer film with electrically switchable optical properties, comprising, arranged sheet-wise in order, at least:a first carrier film,
a first electrically conductive layer,
an active layer comprising liquid crystals,
a second electrically conductive layer, and
a second carrier film,whereinan edge region of the first carrier film is joined to an edge region of the second carrier film to form an insulated edge region,
the multilayer film includes a first circumferential separating line forming a first non-electrically conductive region bounded on one side by the first electrically conductive layer and on an opposite side by the insulated edge region,
the multilayer film includes a second circumferential separating line forming a second non-electrically conductive region bounded on one side by the second electrically conductive layer and on an opposite side by the insulated edge region, and
the first circumferential separating line is separated from the second circumferential separating line by the active layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,362

SECTIONAL DOOR WITH PIVOTABLE GUIDE ROLLERS

SEUSTER KG, Luedenscheid...

1. A door havinga. a door leaf comprising a plurality of slats which extend horizontally with their longitudinal axes approximately perpendicular to a direction of an opening movement;
b. a guide arrangement for guiding the opening movement of the door leaf, said guide arrangement comprising
i. guide rails arranged spirally, relative to a spiral axis parallel to the longitudinal axes of the slats, in layers in planes extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axes of the slats, and
ii. guide elements (42) on lateral edges of a leading slat (40) in the direction of opening movement, said guide elements being introducible into radially outermost layers of said guide rails
iii. wherein the guide elements (42) at the lateral edges of the leading slat (40) are fastened to the leading slat (40) via pivoting levers (50) and mounted to said leading slat pivotably relative to a pivot axis extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the slat (40), and wherein the leading slat is pivotable between a position of rest between said spiral layers and a sealing position when the door leaf is in a closed position;
c. a sealing strip (60) being arranged on the leading slat (40) and, movable between an open position when the leading slat is in the position of rest, and a sealing strip sealing position resting against a stationary sealing device located adjacent at least one of said lateral edges when the leading slat is in the sealing position, wherein said sealing strip is movable by pivoting of the leading slat (40) about the pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,190,361

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A FLOW OF AIR THROUGH A DOOR

1. A method of controlling air flow through a door comprising the steps of:providing a frame for a hollow core door;
providing an inside skin and an outside skin for the hollow core door;
providing openings in the inside and outside skins, which openings have inner peripheries of a first length;
securing the inside skin and the outside skin to the frame;
providing a center panel having an inside side and an outside side and an outer periphery, which outer periphery has a length greater than the first length of the inner peripheries of the openings in the inside and outside skins;
providing notches in the outer periphery of the center panel;
securing the center panel to the frame, whereby the air flow through the door flows through the opening in the inside skin, along the inside of the center panel, through the notches in the center panel, along outside of the center panel, and outwardly through the opening in the outside skin in an non-linear manner;
providing means for sensing information through the air flow through the door; and
providing means for controlling the air flow through the notches in the center panel in response to the sensed information to prevent the build up of pressure in a room in which the door is installed.

US Pat. No. 10,190,360

HOLLOW CORE DOOR WITH PERIMETER AIR FLOW AND MULTIPLE DAMPER PANELS

1. A hollow core door for preventing the build up of pressure in a closed room comprising in combination:a door frame including a pair of stiles and a pair of rails secured together;
an inside skin secured to the door frame having an inwardly extending rim secured to the stiles and rails;
an opening in the inside skin having an inner periphery of a first length;
an outside skin secured to the door frame and having an inwardly extending rim secured to the stiles and rails;
an opening in the outside skin having an inner periphery of a second length;
a center panel disposed between the inside and outside skins and secured to the inwardly extending rims of the inside and outside skins, and the center panel has an outer perimeter that is greater in length than the first and second lengths of the inner peripheries of the openings in the inside and outside skins, whereby air flows non-linearly from the room through the opening in the inside skin, along the center panel to the outer perimeter of the center panel, about the outer perimeter of the center panel, along the center panel from the outer perimeter, and outwardly through the opening in the outside skin.

US Pat. No. 10,190,359

DOUBLE GLAZING HAVING IMPROVED SEALING

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. An insulating glazing unit, comprising:a first pane and a second pane,
a spacer between the first pane and the second pane, the spacer comprising a glazing interior surface, an external surface, and two pane contact surfaces,
a glazing interior bordered by inner faces of the first pane and of the second pane and a glazing interior surface of the spacer,
an external interpane space adjacent the first pane, the second pane, and the external surface,
a primary sealant fixed between one pane contact surface and the first pane as well as between the other pane contact surface and the second pane,
a secondary sealant in the external interpane space, fixed between the first pane and the second pane adjacent the external surface, and
a tertiary sealant in the external interpane space, fixed between the first pane and the second pane adjacent the secondary sealant,
wherein the penetration index of the primary sealant is between 45 and 100 and the penetration index of the secondary sealant is between 20 and 40, with the penetration index being referred to ISO 2137-DIN 5180 and measured at a temperature of 60° C.

US Pat. No. 10,190,358

VEHICLE SAFE AND AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle safe authentication system, comprising:a vehicle safe;
a vehicle camera; and
a control unit programmed to receive an indication of unauthorized access, from a body controller and in response to a predefined number of attempts to access the safe being exceeded, at the vehicle safe and further programmed to activate the vehicle camera in response to the indication, wherein activation of the camera includes capturing at least one image.

US Pat. No. 10,190,357

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING VEHICLE DOOR RELATED ACCIDENTS

1. A vehicle door safety apparatus comprising:a door safety mechanism;
a processor connected to said door safety mechanism and configured to: receive data about the vehicle's external environment collected by a plurality of sensors or cameras integrated into the vehicle;
identify an object in the vehicle's external environment that represents a potential contact hazard when a door of said vehicle is opened;
identify using one or more sensors when the occupant of said vehicle demonstrates an intent to open the door of said vehicle; and
in response to identifying said intent, activate said door safety mechanism in order to prevent an accident involving door of said vehicle and said object.

US Pat. No. 10,190,356

POWER DOOR OPENING AND CLOSING DEVICE

MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPOR...

1. A power door opening and closing device comprising:an actuator comprising a motor for assisting an operating force to open and close a door supported by a vehicle body, and a control for driving the motor of the actuator to open and close the door,
wherein a built-in sensor comprising a magnetic ring, rotating according to opening and closing motions of the door, is disposed in the actuator, and an angular velocity sensor is disposed at a distal end of the door for detecting a motion of the distal end of the door; and
wherein when the motor of the actuator is at rest and the control determines that the door is in an intermediate position between a fully-closed position and a fully-open position, when the angular velocity sensor detects the motion of the distal end of the door in an opening direction or a closing direction, or when the built-in sensor in the actuator detects the rotation of the magnetic ring before the angular velocity sensor detects the motion of the door, the control determines that the door is being manually operated, and the control drives the motor of the actuator to open and/or close the door based on the determination of the manual operation of the door.

US Pat. No. 10,190,355

WINDOW LIFTER

1. A window regulator for a windowpane of a motor vehicle and which is framed by a window frame, the window regulator comprising:at least one guide rail having a linear guide section;
a lower guide element configured as a lever element to which the windowpane is fastened, the lower guide element being configured to be guided substantially linearly in the linear guide section in an upward and downward direction, the first lower guide element having a guide shaft to operatively connect the lower guide element to the at least one guide rail, a linkage shaft spaced apart from and parallel to the guide shaft, and a lower windowpane-fastening shaft arranged parallel to and spaced apart from the guide shaft and the linkage shaft to rotatably connect the lower guide element to the windowpane, wherein the guide shaft and the linkage shaft are arranged at a first end of the lower guide element and the lower windowpane-fastening shaft is arranged at a second end of the lower guide element;
an upper guide element having an upper windowpane-fastening shaft to rotatably connect the upper guide element to the windowpane, the upper guide element being configured to be guided substantially linearly in the linear guide section; and
a drive mechanism rotatably connected to the lower guide element via the linkage shaft such that during a forced stop of linear movement of the guide shaft, and a further drive via the drive mechanism, the lower guide element performs a pivoting movement about the linkage shaft so that the linkage shaft is pivoted upwardly and inwardly, and an end of the lower guide element and the windowpane executes a movement perpendicular to the linear guide section so that the windowpane is pressed outwardly against a circumferential seal on the window frame.

US Pat. No. 10,190,352

WINDOW REGULATOR

HI-LEX CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A window regulator comprising:a guide rail,
a carrier plate,
a raising-side cable, and
a lowering-side cable,
wherein the carrier plate includes:
a raising-side end holder which houses an end of the raising-side cable, and
a lowering-side end holder which houses an end of the lowering-side cable, and
wherein:
the raising-side end holder is provided such that the raising-side cable is positioned outside the guide rail,
the lowering-side end holder is provided such that the lowering-side cable is positioned on or above the guide rail,
the carrier plate is configured to move up and down along an edge of the guide rail when the carrier plate moves up and down, and
the guide rail has a curved shape such that the lowering-side cable is in contact with the guide rail when the carrier plate is positioned at least near an upper end with respect to the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,190,351

MULTIPLE DOOR CLOSER INSTALLATION SYSTEM

1. A jig system for the installation of one or two door closers, the jig system comprising:a) a longitudinal body section (150) having six sides and a first end and a second end, with the first end and the second end each comprising a U shaped assembly (120) with each U shaped assembly comprising a set of two U shaped protrusions (130) defining a U shaped void (140) and an inner arch area (142);
b) a handle (155) having six sides including a bottom side centrally disposed upon to an upper horizontal side of the longitudinal body section;
c) a first cross member (160) attached to the first end of the longitudinal body section and a second cross member attached to the second end of the longitudinal body section;
d) the first and second cross members each having a first and second end, with each first and second end defining a threaded leveling screw void (161) and each threaded leveling screw void mated to a comporting leveling screw (170) the jig system further comprising a laser mount system (400), with the laser mounting system comprising:
a) a Z bar laser mount (420) comprising a lower horizontal member (422) defining a lower void (421);
b) with the lower horizontal member attached to a S shaped transition member (423);
c) with the S shaped transition member attached to an upper horizontal member (424);
d) with the upper horizontal member defining an upper void (425).

US Pat. No. 10,190,350

RETRACTING DEVICE

SUGATSUNE KOGYO CO., LTD....

1. A retracting device, comprising:a base;
a moving body which can catch a trigger and relatively move from a stop position to a retracted position with respect to the base; and
a tension coil spring for relatively moving the moving body which has caught the trigger from the stop position to the retracted position with respect to the base to apply force for assisting a closing operation or an opening operation to a door or a furniture component,
wherein the tension coil spring is an initially-tensioned spring in which adjacent turns of the tension coil are closely contacted and which has initial tension in a direction in which the adjacent turns are closely contacted as the adjacent turns are pushed against each other when it is in a natural length; and
wherein a difference of a restoring force of the tension coil spring between the retracted position and the stop position is decreased.

US Pat. No. 10,190,349

PET DOOR LOCKING HINGE DEVICE

1. A pet door locking hinge device comprising:a pet door having an end and being adapted to be hingedly coupled to a room door; and
a hinge assembly fastened to the pet door and adapted to be fastened to the room door, wherein the hinge assembly includes a shaft, an elongated first plate connected to the shaft, and an elongated second plate pivotally connected to the shaft, wherein the first plate has fastening holes spaced along and disposed therethrough for fastening to the room door and also has openings spaced apart and disposed therethrough, wherein each said opening has an end edge with a female portion attached thereto and extending inwardly of the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,190,348

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A REFUELING REQUEST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:applying a current having a voltage greater than a threshold voltage to an electrorheological fluid in a locking mechanism of a refueling door; and
decreasing the voltage of the current to less than the threshold voltage to gradually open the refueling door in response to a fuel tank pressure being greater than a threshold pressure upon receiving a refueling request.

US Pat. No. 10,190,347

HINGE PROTECTOR

1. A hinge protector for a hinge having a pair of hinge plates and a knuckle, the hinge protector comprising:an inner cylinder portion;
an outer cylinder portion;
a pivot located at a pivot end of the hinge protector, the pivot rotatably coupling the inner cylinder portion to the outer cylinder portion; and
the inner cylinder portion and the outer cylinder portion defining an opening for receiving the knuckle of the hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,190,346

LINK ASSEMBLY FOR SYNCHRONIZING A CABINET TOE KICK PLATE WITH A DOOR OF THE CABINET

1. A link assembly connecting a first member to a second member, the link assembly comprising:a first tube having a first end, a second end, a first axis, an inside surface and an inside diameter, the first end of the first tube having a centerpoint, the second end of the first tube having a centerpoint, the first axis defined by a line passing through both the centerpoint of the first end of the first tube and the centerpoint of the second end of the first tube, the inside diameter of the first tube defined by a length of a shortest line originating at a first point on the inside surface of the first tube intersecting the first axis perpendicularly and terminating at a second point on the inside surface of the first tube, the first end of the first tube configured to join rotatably to the first member about a second axis, the first axis and the second axis are disposed in a generally perpendicular relationship;
a second tube having a first end, a second end, an axis, an inside surface and an inside diameter, the first end of the second tube having a centerpoint, the second end of the second tube having a centerpoint, the axis of the second tube defined by a line passing through both the centerpoint of the first end of the second tube and the centerpoint of the second end of the second tube, the inside diameter of the second tube defined by a length of a shortest line originating at a first point on the inside surface of the second tube intersecting the axis of the second tube perpendicularly and terminating at a second point on the inside surface of the second tube, the second tube configured to fit slidably within the first tube; and
a first shaft having a first end, a second end, an axis, an outside surface and an outside diameter, the first end of the first shaft having a centerpoint, the second end of the first shaft having a center-point, the axis of the first shaft defined by a line passing through both the centerpoint of the first end of the first shaft and the centerpoint of the second end of the first shaft, the first shaft outside diameter defined by a length of a longest line originating at a point on the outside surface of the first shaft intersecting the axis of the first shaft perpendicularly and terminating at a second point on the outside surface of the first shaft, the first shaft configured to fit slidably within the second tube.

US Pat. No. 10,190,345

SUCTION CUP CHILD RESTRAINT LOCK FOR SLIDING DOORS/WINDOWS

1. An apparatus comprising:a rigid handle having a first end, a second end and a midpoint between the first and second end;
a first rod attached to the first end, the first rod being disposed along a first axis fixed with respect to the rigid handle, the first rod having a bottom rod end and a top rod end;
a second rod attached to the second end, the second rod being disposed along a second axis fixed with respect to the rigid handle, the second rod having a bottom rod end and a top rod end;
a first suction cup operatively attached to the bottom rod end of the first rod, the first suction cup having a center and having an outermost periphery disposed in a first plane, a first contact face of the first suction cup disposed within the outermost periphery of the first suction cup, the first axis extending through the center of the first suction cup so that the first axis is always perpendicular to the first plane; and
a second suction cup operatively attached to the bottom rod end of the second rod, the second suction cup having a center and an outermost periphery of the second suction cup being disposed in a second plane, a second contact face of the second suction cup disposed within the outermost periphery of the second suction cup, the second contact face always facing in the same direction as the first contact face, the second axis extending through the center of the second suction cup so that the second axis is always perpendicular to the second plane;
wherein a first distance between a closest part of the first end of the rigid handle to the largest outermost periphery of the first suction cup is substantially the same as a second distance between a closest part of the second end of the rigid handle to the largest outermost periphery of the second suction cup;
wherein the first and second planes are always parallel to and spaced apart from each other;
wherein the first and second planes of the suction cups are never aligned;
wherein the first axis and the second axis extend through the handle;
wherein the first axis and the second axis are always spaced apart and parallel to each other;
wherein the first axis and the second axis lie in a third plane that extends through the handle;
wherein the first plane and the second plane are both located entirely on the same side of the midpoint of the handle, the first plane and second plane being spaced from the handle; and
wherein the handle is symmetrical on each side of the third plane.

US Pat. No. 10,190,344

MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR

Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus...

1. A handleless motor vehicle lateral door, with a door panel, furthermore with a locking component linked to a motor vehicle chassis to immobilize the door panel in pre-determined angular positions with respect to the motor vehicle chassis, and with at least an actuator working on the door panel, which causes at least a gap opening of the door panel in respect of the motor vehicle chassis, wherein the actuator is connected to the locking component and directly drives it for adjustment of the door panel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,343

HOUSING PROTRUSION

1. A window lock comprising a housing and a handle, the housing defining a protrusion extending vertically from an exterior surface of the housing and configured to rotatably restrain the handle, the protrusion defining a pair of beveled top edges, wherein a distance from an attachment point of the handle to the housing and a middle of the protrusion is considered as L1, wherein a distance from an exterior edge of the housing to the middle of the protrusion is considered as L2, and wherein L1 is greater than L2, and wherein the handle vertically displaces from a first plane of rotation to a second plane of rotation to vertically clear the protrusion before returning to the first plane of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,190,341

DOOR OUTSIDE HANDLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A door outside handle apparatus comprising:a first base to which a handle lever connected with a first side of a handle grip is coupled;
a second base which is coupled with a hinge portion mounted at a second side of the handle grip and separately formed from the first base, and is pivotally movable toward an inside of a door with respect to the first base when a crash occurs; and
a connection member pivotally connecting the first base and the second base together and facilitating pivotal movement of the second base with respect to the first base when the crash occurs,
wherein a first side of the first base is coupled with the first side of the handle grip, a first side of the second base is coupled with the hinge portion, and the connection member pivotally connects a second side of the first base and a second side of the second base, such that the second base is separated from the hinge portion mounted at the second side of the handle grip when the second base pivots with respect to the second side of the first base when the crash occurs.

US Pat. No. 10,190,339

SECUREMENT DEVICE FOR USE IN VEHICLES

Hornady Manufacturing Com...

1. A securement device for removable mounting in a vehicle, the device including:a mounting device including a rigid mounting plate, said plate having a through aperture extending between opposite sides thereof, said mounting device further including a selectively inflatable pillow mounted on the plate and a pump connected in flow communication with the pillow through a tube and operable to effect at least partial inflation of the pillow, and a valve operable associated with at least one of the pillow, tube and pump and operable to selectively release pressurized fluid from the pillow;
an attachment device secured to the plate and being selectively rotatable relative to the plate and fixable in a selected rotated position relative to the plate, said attachment device including first and second rims with a portion of at least one of the rims extending into the aperture with the first rim having a first flange portion positioned on a first side of said plate and the second rim having a second flange portion positioned on a second side of said plate, said attachment device including means adapted to mount a firearm retainer to the securement device; and
a tether secured to at least one of the mounting device and the attachment device and operable to secure the mounting device to a portion of a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,190,338

ELECTROMECHANICAL LOCK ASSEMBLY

Mul-T-Lock Technologies L...

1. A lock assembly comprising:a first member and a second member comprising one or more complimentary shaped protrusions and recesses that mate with one another; and
a locking assembly housed in said first member, said locking assembly comprising an electromechanical actuator with a shaft and a locking element arranged to move along said shaft between a locked position and an unlocked position, said locking element being formed with a recess;
a latch member; and
a locking bolt formed with a notch, wherein in the locked position, said locking bolt passes through both said first and second first members (12, 14) and said latch member is received in said notch but is not received in the recess of the locking element so that said locking element prevents movement of said latch member and said locking bolt, and in the unlocked position, said latch member is received in said recess of the locking element, thereby permitting movement of said locking bolt, and wherein said first member and said locking bolt are formed with a hasp through-hole and a bolt through-hole, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,190,337

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF ELECTRONIC AND MECHANICAL DUAL COMBINATION LOCKS

NANJING EASTHOUSE ELECTRI...

1. An electronic and mechanical dual combination lock, comprising:a lock base having a mechanical combination lock positioned inside of the lock base;
a spin dial for the mechanical combination lock;
a spin dial cover having an electronic combination lock positioned inside the spin dial cover, wherein the electronic combination lock comprises a battery configured to power the electronic combination lock, and an electronic keypad on the spin dial cover having a plurality of numerical keys configured to allow the user to enter one or more predetermined multiple digit combination codes for locking or unlocking the electronic combination lock; and
a spin dial release conversion mechanism having a spin dial release positioned on the top of the lock base, and configured to switch the electronic and mechanical dual combination lock between the electronic combination lock and the mechanical combination lock independently, wherein when the spin dial release is placed in a first position, the electronic and mechanical dual combination lock is engaged through a first control output connector and a second control output connector to the battery and an electronic circuit board of the electronic combination lock and disengaged to the mechanical combination lock, and when the spin dial release is placed in a second position, the electronic and mechanical dual combination lock is engaged to the mechanical combination lock and disengaged from the battery and the electronic circuit board of the electronic combination lock through the first control output connector and the second control output connector.

US Pat. No. 10,190,336

MAGNETICALLY ACTIVATED DOOR-LOCK DEVICE

BITRON S.P.A., Turin (IT...

1. A door-lock device for a household appliance, said door-lock device comprising:a mechanical unit, provided with a movable member capable of assuming a releasing position in which the movable member allows for opening of a door, and a locking position, for retaining said door in a closed position, and
a control unit for connection with control logic of said household appliance, the control unit comprising a locking pin capable of assuming at least one position in which the locking pin is disengaged from said movable member, and an extracted position, in which said locking pin is capable of engaging with said movable member when the movable member is in said locking position, said movable member being capable to pass from said locking position to said releasing position when said locking pin is disengaged from said movable member,
wherein said control unit further comprises:
an electromagnet having a solenoid that is electrically powered to change a polarity of said solenoid, said electromagnet being provided with an air gap,
a switching assembly comprising a magnet, said switching assembly being arranged in said air gap, and being capable of assuming a first and a second position, according to the polarity of a magnetic field in said air gap, generated by said solenoid, said switching assembly comprises a container, laterally provided with a relief,
said switching assembly further comprising a container, laterally provided with a relief, and said locking pin has a guide, substantially “S”-shaped, in which said relief of said container is slidingly inserted such that rotation of said switching assembly between its first and second positions causes a translation of said locking pin between the at least one position in which the locking pin is disengaged from the movable member and the extracted position, and
an activation switch for controlling a power supply load, wherein said locking pin is kinematically constrained to said switching assembly, such that when said switching assembly is in said first position, said locking pin is disengaged from said movable member of said mechanical unit, and when said switching assembly is in said second position, said locking pin is in said extracted position, causing a closure of said activation switch.

US Pat. No. 10,190,335

METHODS FOR PREVENTING UNWANTED ACCESS TO A LOCKED ENCLOSURE

Lock II, LLC, Nicholasvi...

1. A method of moving a lock bolt between a locked position and an unlocked position, the lock bolt coupled to a lever arm moveable between engageable and disengageable positions, the lever arm operatively coupled to a sliding member, comprising:driving a worm gear with a motor in a first direction, thereby rotating a face gear from a locking position to an unlocking position;
biasing a blocker member with a biasing member in a biasing direction, the biasing direction being the direction of rotation of the face gear, the biasing member interacting with the face gear and the blocker member;
preventing the rotation of the blocker member between a first position and a second position by a selective engagement between the blocker member and the sliding member, wherein the lever arm is in the disengaged and engageable positions when the sliding member engages the blocker member in the first and second positions, respectively;
releasing the selective engagement by an upward movement of the sliding member, thereby rotating the blocker member in the biasing direction to the second position, the upward movement caused by the lever arm interacting with a rotary element as the rotary element is rotated by a user; and
causing an engagement between the lever arm and the rotary element and downwardly moving the sliding member, thereby reengaging the selective engagement, wherein further rotation of the rotary element after the engagement moves the lock bolt into the unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,334

ADJUSTABLE LENGTH CABLE

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an inner conduit having an inner aperture;
an outer conduit having an outer aperture sized to accommodate telescopic displacement of at least a portion of the inner conduit within at least a portion of the outer aperture;
a core wire extending through the inner aperture and at least a portion of the outer aperture, a first end of the core wire extending from a first end of the outer conduit, a second end of the core wire extending from a second end of the inner conduit, one of the first and second ends of the core wire coupled to a first connector; and
a conduit locking device structured to selectively secure an axial position of the inner conduit relative to the outer conduit; and
wherein the conduit locking device is configured and positioned for secure attachment of a portion of the conduit locking device to a portion of the inner conduit that extends outside of the outer conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,333

RESILIENTLY MOUNTED STRIKE PLATE OF AN ELECTROMAGNETIC DOOR LOCK

Hanchett Entry Systems, I...

1. An electromagnetic lock having a strike plate that is resiliently mountable to a door, said lock comprising:a. an energizable electromagnet mountable to a door frame;
b. said strike plate includes a first through bore and an outer surface facing said energizable electromagnet, wherein said strike plate includes a cavity concentric with said first through bore; and
c. a strike plate mounting bolt assembly for resiliently mounting said strike plate to said door, said strike plate mounting bolt assembly comprising:
i. a bolt configured to be received in a second through bore in said door;
ii. a post connected to said bolt, wherein said post includes a head end and a shaft end, wherein said head end is oriented proximate said outer surface of said strike plate when said strike plate is mounted to said door; and
iii. a resilient member received between said head end of said post and said strike plate proximate the outer surface of said strike plate, wherein said resilient member is received in said cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,190,332

VEHICLE MOUNTED T-POST REMOVER

1. A vehicle mounted T-post remover, comprising:a housing having at least one sidewall, an upper end, and an open lower end, wherein at least one sidewall has an interior surface and an exterior surface;
a ratcheting latch system having a release lever disposed on the exterior surface of at least one sidewall, wherein the ratcheting latch system is adapted to engage a protrusion of a T-post when the post is positioned within an interior of the housing;
wherein the release lever is adapted to disengage the ratcheting latch system from the protrusion of the T-post when the release lever is actuated;
a curved member extending perpendicularly away from a center of a bar disposed at the upper end, wherein the bar is rotationally affixed to the sidewall;
wherein the curved member is adapted to removably secure the housing to a construction vehicle the release lever engages the sidewall in a first position and disengages the sidewall in a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,331

MODULAR RAILING SYSTEMS WITH CELLULAR PVC PANELS

1. A modular fencing system comprising:one or more upright vertical post members;
hollow bodied upper and lower horizontal guardrails with a longitudinal panel-receiving channel having an opening with a width sized for receiving an edge of a panel insert;
one or more panel inserts comprising:
a solid sheet of cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with four panel edges, a front surface, and a back surface;
the four panel edges comprising planar upper and lower edges the same width or smaller than the width of the panel-receiving channels;
the front surface or the back surface having partial or complete voids in or through the panel insert, which collectively account for less than about 50% of the front surface or the back surface measured by surface area;
a planar border disposed around a perimeter of each of the front surface and the back surface, wherein in an area between one of the panel edges and one of the voids the planar border is disposed in a single plane; and
wherein, upon installation in the guardrails and upon receiving a load normal to a panel insert at its center sufficient to displace the panel 1 inch or greater, the panel exhibits recovery from displacement of 95% or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,190,327

REINFORCING BAR BINDING MACHINE

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

1. A reinforcing bar binding machine i) which includes a binding machine main body, ii) which feeds a wire which is wound around a wire reel rotatably supported on the binding machine main body, iii) which winds the wire around reinforcing bars, and iv) which binds the reinforcing bars, the reinforcing bar binding machine comprising:a feed motor that feeds the wire which is wound around the wire reel, wherein the wire reel is rotated in accordance with feeding the wire by the feed motor;
a curl forming part that curls the wire fed by the feed motor, along a periphery of the reinforcing bars;
a twisting mechanism that binds the reinforcing bars by twisting the wire curled by the curl forming part;
a twist motor that drives the twisting mechanism; and
a brake actuating unit that is actuated by the twist motor and that stops a rotation of the wire reel by engaging with the wire reel,
wherein the twist motor starts a normal rotation when the wire is fed by a predetermined amount by the feed motor, the twisting mechanism twists the wire to complete the binding after the twisting mechanism is advanced to a predetermined position by the normal rotation of the twist motor,
the twist motor starts a reverse rotation after completing the binding, and the twisting mechanism is retracted to a stand-by position by the reverse rotation of the twist motor,
the brake actuating unit stops the rotation of the wire reel by engaging with the wire reel, i) when the twist motor starts the normal rotation and when the twisting mechanism starts to be advanced, or ii) after the twist motor starts the normal rotation and after the twisting mechanism starts to be advanced, and
the brake actuating unit releases an engagement with respect to the wire reel before the twist motor starts the reverse rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,190,326

SCAFFOLD WITH SCAFFOLD HOLDER RECEPTABLE AND USE OF AN APERTURE IN A SCAFFOLD POLE

PERI GMBH, Weissenhorn (...

1. A scaffold in the form of a facade scaffold, the scaffold comprising:an inner pole;
an outer pole; and
a transom between the inner pole and the outer pole;
wherein in a hollow pole portion the inner pole comprises a first receiving through-aperture configured for a coupling for the attachment of a scaffold holder;
wherein a maximum distance between the first receiving through-aperture and a top side of the transom is no more than 300 mm;
wherein the first receiving through-aperture either:
a) is arranged below the top side of the transom, or
b) is above the top side of the transom as a first elongated hole; and
wherein the scaffold includes the scaffold holder;
wherein the scaffold includes the coupling for the attachment of the scaffold holder and a fixing element for fastening the coupling on the pole portion;
wherein the fixing element is held captively on the coupling;
wherein the coupling is fastened on the inner pole by the fixing element engaging in the first receiving through-aperture; and
wherein the scaffold holder is fastened on the inner pole by means of the coupling, wherein the scaffold holder is engaged around and held in a clamped manner by the coupling, wherein in a first position the fixing element is insertable into the first receiving through-aperture, and in a second position the fixing element engages behind a wall of the hollow pole portion on two oppositely situated sides of the first receiving through-aperture, wherein the coupling includes a basic body, and wherein the fixing element is arranged non-rotatably on the basic body, wherein the fixing element is a projection with a neck and two holding portions which are located opposite one another with reference to the neck and project laterally beyond the neck, wherein a blocking element is arranged on the hollow pole portion of the inner pole, and wherein the blocking element and the basic body holds the fixing element in the second position, wherein the blocking element is the transom or a transom receptacle which is arranged on the hollow pole portion of the inner pole, or in the form of a rosette or a rosette part, wherein the basic body and the blocking element are positioned in a manner on the hollow pole portion of the inner pole that in transferring the fixing element from the second position into the first position, an elastic resistance between the blocking element and the basic body has to be overcome.

US Pat. No. 10,190,325

CARGO FLOOR BRACE TOOL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A brace tool comprising:a rigid frame, the frame having a top and a bottom on an opposite side of the frame from the top;
a shaft secured to the top of the frame, the shaft having an exterior surface;
a first suction cup and a second suction cup secured to the bottom of the frame;
a platform having a top brace surface and an opposite bottom surface, the top brace surface having a length dimension and a width dimension, and the top brace surface being configured to be engaged against by a person using the brace tool with the person supporting themselves on the top brace surface when the first suction cup and the second suction cup are secured to a separate surface;
a first support block secured to the bottom surface of the platform, the first support block having surfaces that engage around the exterior surface of the shaft and thereby mount the platform to the shaft with the length dimension of the top brace surface extending along the shaft, engagement of the surfaces of the first support block around the exterior surface of the shaft being adjustable between the surfaces of the first support block engaging loosely against the exterior surface of the shaft enabling the platform to be adjustably positioned relative to the frame by moving the platform around the shaft, and the surfaces of the first support block being firmly secured around the exterior surface of the shaft whereby the platform is firmly secured at a desired orientation relative to the frame;
a second support block secured to the bottom surface of the platform, the second support block having surfaces that engage around the exterior surface of the shaft and thereby mount the platform to the shaft with the length dimension of the top brace surface extending along the shaft, engagement of the surfaces of the second support block around the exterior surface of the shaft being adjustable between the surfaces of the second support block engaging loosely against the exterior surface of the shaft enabling the platform to be adjustably positioned relative to the frame by moving the platform around the shaft, and the surfaces of the second support block being firmly secured around the exterior surface of the shaft whereby the platform is firmly secured at a desired orientation relative to the frame; and,
the frame being one of two frames having same constructions, the two frames being mounted to the platform at opposite ends of the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,190,324

MEMBRANE

1. A membrane for use with a planar surface, the membrane comprising a base layer defining:a notional network of lines that cross each other to form a series of rectangles;
centrally of each rectangle, a dome having a convex surface presenting away from the base layer;
a lip peripherally surrounding each dome and being defined by: an annular concave surface presenting away from the base layer and immediately surrounding the dome; a top surface peripherally surrounding the concave surface; and a tubular surface extending from the base layer to the top surface, the tubular surface having: (i) portions that are orientated generally parallel to the sides of the rectangle in which said each dome is situated and generally perpendicular to the base layer; and (ii) adjacent each corner of the rectangle in which said each dome is situated, a portion that is angled relative to the base layer, thereby to define overhanging corners of a ridge
a plurality of protuberances, the protuberances being disposed in spaced relation to one another and to the ridges and each having: a top surface generally aligned with the surfaces of the lips; a sidewall extending from the base layer to the top surface, the sidewall having, for each of the lips immediately adjacent to such protuberance, a concave portion presenting towards such lip; and four corners defined by the junctions of the concave portions of the sidewall; and
wherein each ridge is defined in the base layer, each ridge connecting, in respect of a pair of adjacent protuberances, the immediately adjacent corners.

US Pat. No. 10,190,323

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel comprising:a substrate;
a top layer located above the substrate; and
a backing layer located below the substrate;
wherein the substrate includes a closed cell foamed PVC board having a density of more than 650 kilograms per cubic meter;
wherein the substrate has a thickness of 2 to 10 millimeters;
wherein the substrate forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel;
wherein the top layer includes a back layer, a printed synthetic film located above the back layer, a transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer located above the printed synthetic film and a lacquer layer located above the transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer;
wherein the back layer includes PVC with plasticizers and fillers;
wherein the transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer includes PVC;
wherein the transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer has a thickness of 1 millimeter or less;
wherein the top layer has a thickness of 0.5 to 3 millimeters;
wherein the floor panel has a thickness of 0.5 to 15 millimeters;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular and oblong and includes a pair of long edges and a pair of short edges;
wherein the floor panel includes first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts are arranged for horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective long edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a tongue and a groove;
wherein the tongue and the groove are substantially responsible for the vertical locking;
wherein the tongue and the groove include locking parts substantially responsible for the horizontal locking;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts are substantially realized in the substrate;
wherein the second mechanical coupling parts comprise a male coupling part and a female coupling part arranged for horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a downward movement along the respective short edges;
wherein the downward movement is automatically created by the turning movement along the respective long edges;
wherein the second mechanical coupling parts are substantially realized in the substrate; and
wherein the floor panel has a length of more than 110 centimeters.

US Pat. No. 10,190,322

INTERLOCKING ARCH TILE

1. A tile, comprising a solid rigid body having a generally flat, substantially planar upper surface, a thickness substantially less than upper surface linear dimensions, and an underside surface with a set of concavities forming a M×N matrix of vaults bounded and interconnected by archways forming paths running in two directions interconnecting the vaults where M and N are integers greater than or equal to two, the concavities also defining archways at edges of the tile body for providing paths between the tile body and any adjacent tiles, each archway characterized by a rise dimension that is less than a span dimension, the matrix of vaults defining a set of pendentives at each vault corner whose load-bearing bases are all coplanar with one another, edges of the tile body having corresponding alternating laterally projecting extensions and indentations for forming mortise-and-tenon joints between adjacent tiles.

US Pat. No. 10,190,320

EXTERIOR CLADDING SYSTEM

1. An exterior cladding system, comprising:a set of panels comprising a first panel and a second panel, each panel in the set of panels comprising:
a face;
an upper flange extending from an upper edge of the face and defining a receiver;
a hang tab extending from the upper flange substantially parallel to the face, offset from the face by a first depth, and defining a fastener bore;
a lower flange extending from a lower edge of the face;
a lock tab extending from the lower flange opposite the upper flange by a first height and offset from the face by a second depth less than the first depth; and
a striker extending from the lower flange opposite the upper flange by a second height less than the first height;
wherein the first panel is configured to hang from a first fastener passing through the fastener bore in the first panel and into an adjacent wall structure; and
wherein the second panel is configured to hang from a second fastener passing through the fastener bore in the second panel and into the adjacent wall structure with the lock tab of the second panel passing through and constrained by the receiver of the first panel and with the striker of the second panel contacting the upper flange of the first panel to set a gap between the upper edge of the first panel and the lower edge of the second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,319

DEBRIS COLLECTOR FOR ROOF GUTTER SYSTEMS

1. An apparatus for catching debris comprising:a collection assembly, the collection assembly including a screen section and a grab rail, the collection assembly configured to move between a first position and a second position; and
a mounting assembly configured to attach to a gutter, the mounting assembly including a hinge defined by a tee section and a hinge section, the hinge pivotally connecting the mounting assembly to the collection assembly,
wherein the collection assembly includes a tee receiver guide configured to slidably receive the tee section of the hinge,
wherein, when the grab rail is actuated, the collection assembly is moved between the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,318

GUTTER AND BRACKET ASSEMBLY

1. A gutter bracket assembly comprising:(a) a gutter bracket comprising:
(i) a back portin;
(ii) an intermediate portion extending substantially horizontally and frontwardly from the back portion;
(iii) a first flange extending outwardly from the intermediate portion; and
(iv) a second flange extending outwardly from an outer edge of the intermediate portion;
wherein between the first and second flange is a rearward, down-sloping channel; and
(b) a gutter constructed from a single piece of material comprising:
(i) a back coupled with the back portion of the gutter bracket;
(ii) a bottom extending frontwardly from the back; and
(iii) a front extending upwardly from the bottom, wherein the front comprises a first protrusion and a second protrusion, which form a first and a second cavity;
wherein between the first and second protrusion the gutter forms a rearward, down-sloping tab; and
wherein the first flange of the gutter bracket engages the second cavity of the gutter; wherein the second flange of the gutter bracket engages the first cavity of the gutter; and wherein the tab fits into the channel,
wherein the first flange is closer to the back portion than the second flange
wherein the first flange comprises a lip extending toward the back portion of the gutter bracket, and wherein the second protrusion comprises an overhang configured to wrap around the lip.

US Pat. No. 10,190,317

FASCIA GUTTER SYSTEM AND COVERINGS USING THE SAME

1. An apparatus comprising:a fascia gutter, the fascia gutter comprises:
a front member;
a bottom member;
a rear member;
a ledge comprising a linear section, wherein the linear section extends towards the front member;
a protrusion;
a panel;
a ledge fastener; and
a protrusion fastener;
wherein the bottom member joins the front member to the rear member; the front member, the bottom member, and the rear member defines a receiving space; the ledge is coupled to the rear member; an opening is defined by the ledge and the protrusion; the panel is in contact with the ledge and not in contact with the front member; a gap is defined by the panel and the protrusion; the protrusion fastener is coupled to the protrusion and the panel; and the ledge fastener is coupled to the ledge and the panel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,316

ONE-PIECE AND TWO-PIECE SHINGLE REPAIR PATCH

1. A non-metal asphalt shingle patch used for repairing a damaged portion of a damaged asphalt shingle where the damaged shingle is located immediately below an existing shingle, the shingle patch comprising:a single, unitary base member having top and bottom surfaces, opposed side portions and opposed end portions, the base member being sized and shaped to have straight extending opposed side portions, straight extending opposed end portion, and to overlay the damaged portion of the damaged asphalt shingle;
a notched portion formed within said single, unitary base member located at one end portion of said base member, said notched portion being sized and shaped to be inserted under the existing shingle such that at least a portion of the existing shingle will rest on top of the notched portion;
a sealant covering said notched portion for attaching the notched portion to the existing shingle and a sealant covering the bottom surface of said base member for attaching the base member directly to the damaged portion of the damaged asphalt shingle;
separate color granules attached to at least a portion of the top surface of the base member; and
a release tape overlaying the sealant covering the notched portion and the bottom surface of the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,190,315

REBAR CONSTRUCTION AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

15. A rebar construction and transportation system comprising:a plurality of rebar members, each of said rebar members having an outer surface, said outer surface corresponding to each of said rebar members being threaded, each of said rebar members having a first end;
a jig having a plurality of grooves, each of said rebar members being positioned in an associated one of said grooves such that each of said rebar members is retained in a selected pattern, said jig comprising:
a frame having a pair of first members extending between each of a pair of second members, said second members being spaced apart from each other such that said frame has a rectangular shape, said frame having a first surface, a second surface and a peripheral edge extending therebetween, said peripheral edge having an outwardly facing side, each of said grooves corresponding to said frame extending inwardly on said outwardly facing side, said grooves corresponding to said frame being spaced apart from each other and being distributed around said frame, said plurality of grooves corresponding to said frame including a set of corner grooves and a set of member grooves, each of said rebar members being positioned in an associated one of said grooves of said frame having said outer surface of each of said rebar members abutting said associated groove,
a plurality of first plates, each of said first plates having a primary surface and an exterior edge, said exterior edge having a first side, each of said first plates including one of said grooves, said groove corresponding to each of said first plates extending inwardly on said first side on an associated one of said first plates, said primary surface of each of said first plates being positioned to abut said first surface of corresponding to an associated one of said first members and an associated one of said second members, said groove corresponding to each of said first plates being aligned with an associated one of said member grooves such that said rebar members corresponding to said member grooves is retained in said frame, and
a plurality of second plates, each of said second plates having a principle surface, each of said second plates having a pair of wings, said wings corresponding to each of said second plates being spaced apart from each other to define said groove corresponding to each of said second plates, said principle surface of each of said second plates being positioned to abut said first surface of said frame, said groove corresponding to each of said second plates being aligned with an associated one of said corner grooves such that said rebar members corresponding to said corner grooves is retained in said frame,
a plurality of first fasteners, each of said fasteners extending through an associated one of said first plates and engaging said frame such that each of said first plates is removably retained on said frame, and
a plurality of second fasteners, each of said second fasteners extending through an associated one of said second plates and engaging said frame such that each of said second plates is removably retained on said frame;
a plurality of first couplers, each of said first couplers being removably coupled to an associated one of said rebar members, each of said first couplers being configured to be selectively coupled to a crane thereby facilitating said rebar members to be transported when said rebar members are positioned in said jig, each of said first couplers comprising:
a cup having a first end, a second end and an outer wall extending therebetween, said first end being open, said cup being substantially hollow, said second end having an opening extending into said cup, said outer wall having an exterior surface and an inner surface, said inner surface being threaded, said exterior surface having a plurality of intersecting sides wherein said exterior surface is configured to be engaged by a wrench, said inner surface threadably engaging said outer surface of an associated one of said rebar members having said first end of said associated rebar member being positioned in said cup,
a lifting unit being slidably coupled to said cup, said lifting unit being configured to be coupled to the crane, said lifting unit comprising:
a shaft having a first end and a second end, said shaft extending through said opening in said cup having said second end of said shaft being exposed,
a ring being coupled to said second end, said ring being configured to be coupled to the crane, and
a disk having a first surface, said first surface of said disk being coupled to said first end of said shaft, said disk being movably positioned within said cup, said disk abutting said second end of said cup such that said shaft supports a weight of said rebar members when the crane lifts said lifting unit;
a plurality of second couplers, each of said second couplers being selectively positioned in an open position and a closed position, each of said second couplers being positioned around an associated one of said rebar members when said second couplers is positioned in said closed position, each of said second couplers being positioned at a selected point on said associated rebar members, each of said second couplers engaging said jig such said jig is retained at said selected point on said rebar members, each of said second couplers comprising:
a nut being threaded such that said nut threadably engages said outer surface of said associated rebar member, said nut having an outermost surface, said outermost surface having a plurality of intersecting sides, said nut having a cut extending therethrough to define a first half of said nut and a second half of said nut,
a pair of arms, each of said arms being hingedly coupled together to define a hinge point and a free end of each of said arms, each of said arms being curved between said hinge point and said free end having said free end corresponding to each of said arms being spaced apart from each other, each of said arms having an inwardly facing surface and an outwardly facing surface, said inwardly facing surface having a plurality of intersecting sides, said pair of arms including a first arm and a second arm, said outermost surface of said first half of said nut being positioned at abut said inwardly facing surface of said first arm, said outermost surface of said second half of said nut being positioned to abut said inwardly facing surface of said second arm, said free end of said second arm having a slot extending toward said hinge point,
a rod extending through said free end of said first arm, said rod having a distal end with respect to said first arm,
a stop being coupled around said rod, said stop being spaced from said distal end of said rod, said slot in said second arm receiving said rod having said stop abutting said outwardly facing surface of said second arm, and
a lever being hingedly coupled to said rod wherein said lever is configured to be manipulated, said lever frictionally engaging said outwardly facing surface of said first arm, said lever being urged into a closing position having said stop being urged toward said first arm such that said nut is compressed around said associated rebar member, said lever being urged into an opening position having said stop being urged away from said first arm such that said nut is released from said associated rebar.

US Pat. No. 10,190,312

SOUND ABSORBING MATERIAL, A METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF THE SAME AND DEVICE FOR CUTTING APERTURES IN THE SOUND ABSORBING MATERIAL

1. A sound absorbing material suitable for use in rooms inside buildings for absorbing sound, said sound absorbing material comprising:a continuous substantially translucent polymeric film (11) arranged with a fastening device (15), said film having smooth surfaces, with a thickness (t) of about 0.1-0.3 mm and provided with numerous discontinuous laser cut microslits (12) with a degree of perforation of from 0.3-10%, said microslits (12) exhibiting a length (L) of about 10-20 mm and a width (d) of about 0.05 to 0.15 mm, microslit arranged in a substantially parallel pattern, wherein the mutual distance (b) between substantially parallel adjacent slits is about 4-8 mm and the distance (s) between the short ends of adjacent slits (12) is about 10-20 mm wherein the film (11) is attached to a curved frame and tensioned to form an uneven curved film surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,311

DEVICES AND METHODS TO SEAL GAPS BETWEEN ADJACENT STRUCTURAL PANELS

1. A method for sealing a gap between adjacent structural panels comprising:(a) providing a preformed elastomeric tubular seal profile;
(b) introducing the tubular seal profile into a nip space defined between an opposed pair of compression rollers mounted for counter-rotation relative to one another about respective horizontal rotational axes;
(c) causing the tubular seal profile to be moved through the nip space to thereby cause the opposed pair of compression rollers to counter-rotate relative to one another about the horizontal respective rotational axes to thereby responsively compress the tubular seal profile therebetween and form a downstream compressed profile portion and an upstream uncompressed profile portion;
(d) inserting the compressed profile portion into a gap defined between adjacent structural panels; and
(e) causing the compressed profile portion to expand thereby sealing the gap between the adjacent structural panels.

US Pat. No. 10,190,309

SLAB CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING MULTI-STORY BUILDINGS USING PRE-MANUFACTURED STRUCTURES

Innovative Building Techn...

1. A method of constructing a multi-story building, the method comprising:installing a load-bearing structural frame around a perimeter of a foundation;
in response to the installation of the load-bearing structural frame, hoisting and positioning a plurality of slabs to different elevations from a base level of the load-bearing structural frame, wherein each slab of the plurality of slabs is configured to span a complete story of the multi-story building, and wherein hoisting and positioning comprises:
forming and pouring the plurality of slabs, at the base level, to attach to the load-bearing structural frame at each building level, wherein a lower slab between successive slabs of the plurality of slabs is configured to be a formwork for an upper slab;
prior to hoisting each of the lower slabs, loading each of the lower slabs with one or more pre-manufactured non-weight bearing walls, and, optionally, one or more exterior window walls, one or more interior components, or one or more exterior components;
hoisting and positioning the upper slab at a top of the multi-story building, wherein the upper slab positioned at the top of the multi-story building corresponds to a roof slab;
hoisting and positioning other slabs of the plurality of slabs at each successive level of the multi-story building, in a downward sequential manner, wherein hoisting and positioning the other slabs in the downward sequential manner corresponds to hoisting and positioning the other slabs successively beneath the roof slab of the multi-story building, until the construction of the multi-story building is complete; and
attaching the one or more pre-manufactured non-weight bearing walls between hoisted slabs, wherein the one or more pre-manufactured non-weight bearing walls include an interior surface and an exterior surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,308

ROOF TRUSS ASSEMBLY

1. Structure for coverage, comprising:at least one upper (1.1) and lower (1.2) stringer (1);
a plurality of cross-members (12);
a plurality of diagonals (11); and
a plurality of connecting plates (6a, 6b),
wherein a union of stringers (1) and diagonals (11) form beams (2), and a union of stringers (1), cross-members (12) and diagonals (11) form structures (3), each stringer (1) comprising:
a ‘W’ shaped body symmetrical about a central vertical axis comprising two ‘U’ shaped bodies connected by a connection segment (113), wherein each “U” shaped body comprises a pair of spaced apart parallel segments (102, 106, 107, 111), a bottom segment (104, 109) perpendicular to the parallel segments (102, 106, 107, 111), a first angled segment (103, 110) extending between a one of the pair of parallel segments (102, 111) and the bottom segment (104, 109), a second angled segment (105, 108) extending between an other of the pair of parallel segments (106,107) and the bottom segment (104, 109), and a lateral segment (101, 112) extending inwardly into the “U” from a one of the pair of parallel segments (102, 111);
a plurality of holes (5, 7, R) and
a plurality of pairs of opposing fins (9),wherein the fins (9) extend perpendicularly from the connection segment (113),
wherein at least one of the plurality of holes (5, 7, R) is arranged in each of the first angled segment (103, 110), the second angled segment (105, 108), the bottom segment (104, 109), and the connection segment (113), wherein:
in the connection segment (113) are arranged pairs of said opposing fins (9) and at least six connection segment holes (5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e and 5f) arranged longitudinally along the connection segment, wherein at least three of the connection segment holes (5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e and 5f) are located in the connection segment (113) adjacent each side of a pair of fins (9),
in the bottom segment (104 and 109) are arranged four bottom segment holes (7a, 7b, 7c and 7d),
in the second angled segment (105 and 108) are arranged second angled segment holes in rectangular shape (R), a first pair of said bottom segment holes (7a and 7b) being separated by a second angled segment hole (R) from a second pair of said bottom segment holes (7c and 7d); and
in the first angled segment (103 and 110), are arranged twelve first angled segment holes (7e, 7f, 7g 7h,5g, 5h, 5i, 5j, 5l, 5m, 5n and 5o);
wherein, four of the connection segment holes (5a, 5b, 5e and 5f) and eight of the first angled segment holes (5g, 5h, 5i, 5j, 5l, 5m, 5n and 5o) are used to attach at least a portion of the connecting plates (6a, 6b) to the at least one stringer (1), wherein connecting plate holes (10a, 10b, 10c, 10d, 10e, 10f, 10g, 10h) are arranged in order to promote connection by a fastener between the at least one stringer (1) and connecting plates (6a, 6b),
wherein, the connecting plates (6a, 6b) are configured to be arranged on the at least one stringer (1) for connecting an end of said at least one stringer (1) to an end of a second stringer (1), wherein said connecting plates (6a, 6b) comprise:
a ‘U’ shape body with pair of spaced apart parallel connecting plate side segments (601, 603) and a connecting plate bottom segment (602) extending between the connecting plate side segments (601, 603); and
the plurality of connecting plate holes (10a, 10b, 10c, 10d, 10e, 10f, 10g, 10h) in the connecting plate bottom segment (602), said connecting plate holes (10a, 10b, 10c, 10d, 10e, 10f, 10g, 10h) being arranged in a longitudinal direction, wherein a spacing of said connecting plate holes (10a, 10b, 10c, 10d, 10e, 10f, 10g, 10h) is a function of a spacing of the four of the connection segment holes (5a, 5b, 5e and 5f) and a spacing of the eight of the first angled segment holes (5g, 5h, 5i, 5j, 5l, 5m, 5n and 5o) in the at least one stringer (1).

US Pat. No. 10,190,307

BASEMENT SEWER DRAIN RECOVERY AND DISCHARGE DEVICE

1. A device for insertion into the sewer drain line of a home for preventing the flow of fluids from entering the home, the device comprising:a cylindrical cap having a cap top and a cap bottom, threads extending from the cap bottom;
an air post, the air post extending through the cap from the top of the cap through the bottom of the cap, the air post having an air clamp, the air clamp allowing vertical adjustment and retention of the air post relative to the cap;
a first post extending through the cap from the top of the cap through the bottom of the cap, the first post having a first post top and a first post bottom, a first handle, the first handle affixed to the first post top, a first sensor, the first sensor affixed to the first post bottom, the first post having a first clamp, the first clamp allowing vertical adjustment and retention of the first post relative to the cap;
a second post extending through the cap from the top of the cap through the bottom of the cap, the second post having a second post top and a second post bottom, a second handle affixed to the second post top, a second sensor affixed to the second post bottom, the second post having a second clamp, the second clamp allowing vertical adjustment and retention of the second post relative to the cap;
the air post having an air post top and an air post bottom, an air inlet located near the air post top, an air gauge located near the top, an elbow affixed near the air post bottom, an inflator attached to the elbow, a clamp affixing the inflator to the elbow;
an air hose, one end of the air hose affixed to the air inlet, an opposite end of the air hose affixed to a first compressor;
a first sensor signal attached to the first sensor for providing communication to a first controller, the first controller attached to an outlet, a first power cord for receiving power from the first controller and outlet, the first power cord transmitting said power to said first compressor, the first compressor providing compressed air to the air post via the air hose; and
a second sensor signal attached to the second sensor for providing communication to a second controller on a battery, a second power cord for receiving power from the battery, the second power cord transmitting said power to a second compressor, the second compressor providing compressed air to the air post via the air hose.

US Pat. No. 10,190,306

ANTI-OSCILLATION VALVE

Jay R. Smith Manufacturin...

1. A trap primer for maintaining water levels in a drain trap in a building having a building water supply line, the trap primer comprising:a supply line connection configured for coupling to the building water supply line;
an anti-oscillation valve comprising:
a body having a water supply bore provided therethrough, the bore including portions defining an inlet and an outlet, the inlet being coupled to the supply line connection;
a first bore shoulder formed in the bore;
a filter screen retained engaged on the first bore shoulder;
a second bore shoulder formed in the bore;
an anti-oscillation valve disc freely resting on the second bore shoulder, the anti-oscillation valve disc having a valve disc orifice defined therethrough and communicating the inlet with the outlet; and
the anti-oscillation valve disc being retained between the first bore shoulder and the second bore shoulder; and
a chamber coupled to the outlet of the anti-oscillation valve;
a valve located in the chamber, the valve being moveable between a first position preventing water flow to the drain trap and a second position permitting water to flow to the drain trap.

US Pat. No. 10,190,304

LIQUID-CONTACT ACTIVATED MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

1. A system, comprising:a first sensor operable to determine that a stream of liquid in contact therewith meets or exceeds a first threshold and emit a first signal, wherein the first sensor is associated with a device configured to be disposed in a human waste receptacle;
a second sensor associated with the device and operable to determine that the stream of liquid in contact therewith meets or exceeds a second threshold and emit a second signal;
a circuit electrically coupled with the first and second sensors, wherein the circuit is operable to:
generate a first electrical pulse in response to receiving the first signal; and
generate a second electrical pulse in response to receiving the second signal; and
a user interface configured to:
receive the first and second electrical pulses; and
inform a user of a number of times the stream of liquid in contact with the first and second sensors respectively exceeded the first and second thresholds over a particular time period.

US Pat. No. 10,190,303

KINETIC TRAPWAY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet having an outlet trapway that is movable during a flushing cycle, the toilet comprising:a toilet bowl having an opening adjacent its lower end;
a conduit linked to the opening so as to be able to swivel between a first upwardly directed position which forms a trap for the toilet, and a second less upwardly directed position which can be reached during the flushing cycle to facilitate evacuation of the toilet bowl; and
an actuator that moves the conduit between the first and second positions during the flushing cycle in response to a condition of a water supply for the toilet;
wherein the water supply comprises a water tank, and the condition of the water supply is a level of water in the water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,190,302

SANITARY CLEANSING DEVICE

TOTO LTD., Fukuoka (JP)

1. A sanitary cleansing device for spraying cleansing water to an ano-genital region of a human body seated on a toilet seat to cleanse the ano-genital region, comprising:a nozzle assembly provided with a spray port through which the cleansing water is sprayed obliquely upward from a back side to a front side of the seated human body;
a motor configured to drive the nozzle assembly such that a water splash point of the cleansing water sprayed from the spray port moves on the human body in at least two directions including a front-to-back direction and a right-to-left direction;
an operation device operated by a user to start spraying of the cleansing water from the spray port; and
a control unit configured to actuate, based on operation of the operation device, the motor to execute a massage cleansing mode,
wherein the massage cleansing mode is a cleansing mode for repeating a predetermined massage cleansing cycle in which a turning movement pattern and a first movement pattern are alternately repeated,
wherein in the turning movement pattern, the water splash point of the cleansing water sprayed from the spray port is turned around a periphery of an ano-genital region position of the seated human body,
wherein the first movement pattern includes a front-to-back movement pattern or a vibration spot movement pattern wherein each repeated first movement pattern is selected from the group consisting of a front-to-back movement pattern, a vibration spot movement pattern, and combinations thereof,
wherein in the front-to-back movement pattern, the water splash point is moved through the ano-genital region position in the substantially front-to-back direction of the human body, and
wherein in the vibration spot movement pattern, the water splash point is reciprocated in the front-to-back direction of the human body in a stroke shorter than that of the front-to-back movement pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,190,301

TOILET OVERFLOW PREVENTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Limit, Inc., Irvine, CA ...

1. A toilet overflow prevention system for use with a toilet, comprising:a sensor capable of detecting a parameter indicative of a water level of the toilet during a flush cycle, said sensor comprising a transducer with capacitive elements, said sensor generating a first signal indicative of a water level during a normal flush;
a calibrator capable of establishing a first threshold associated with the first signal indicative of the water level during the normal flush, and establishing a second threshold offset from the first threshold; and
a determiner capable of receiving a second signal from said sensor, determining that an impeded flush condition has occurred based on a comparison of the received second signal and the second threshold, and in response to the determination that the impeding flush condition has occurred, generating a control signal to initiate stoppage of a flow of water within the toilet.

US Pat. No. 10,190,300

TWO-WAY ADJUSTABLE TOILET FLAPPER VALVE AND ASSEMBLY

Lavelle Industries, Inc.,...

1. A flapper for use with a toilet flush valve, the flush valve comprising a main flush valve orifice and seat, the flapper comprising:a flapper top, the flapper top comprising:
a captive portion, the captive portion comprising:
a first groove; and
a polarizing tab defined within the first groove; and
a peripheral flange extending inwardly about a periphery of the flapper top;
a cone, the cone comprising:
a top and a bottom;
a polarizing recess disposed within a rearward portion of an upper cone edge, wherein the polarizing recess receives the polarizing tab of the flapper top such that the cone is non-rotatable and stationary relative to the flapper top;
a front aperture disposed at an upper cone wall; and
a bottom aperture disposed in the bottom of the cone, wherein:
the bottom aperture has an internal radius and an external radius; and
the bottom aperture is disposed at a location offset from the center of the bottom of the cone and at a rearward facing portion of the bottom of the cone, such that the bottom aperture is disposed opposite the front aperture;
a vent band disposed toward the top of the cone, wherein:
the vent band is attached to the top of the cone such that the vent band is rotatable relative to the cone and to the flapper top; and
the vent band includes a plurality of support ribs extending radially outwardly therefrom; and
a snap-fit cup-like adjuster coupled to the bottom of the cone at a flanged finger extending downwardly from the cone wall such that the adjuster is rotatable relative to the cone and to the flapper top via at least one integrally-formed tactile member extending downwardly from a bottom surface of the adjuster, wherein:
the snap-fit cup-like adjuster further comprises a plurality of variably sized apertures defined in a bottom portion of the adjuster; and
each aperture of the plurality of apertures has an internal radius and an external radius.

US Pat. No. 10,190,296

PLUMBING APPARATUS

1. A drainage apparatus for a washing vessel, the drainage apparatus comprising:a hollow body having a body inlet adapted to be connected to an outlet of the washing vessel and a body outlet adapted to be connected to a soil stack;
a barrier located between the body inlet and the body outlet, the barrier comprising a vertically oriented barrier pipe housed within a vertical portion of the body, wherein an annular bypass is defined between the barrier pipe and the vertical portion of the body, and wherein the barrier pipe is movable between a fill position in which a lower end of the barrier pipe provides an annular seal such that the barrier pipe prevents fluid flow from the body inlet to the body outlet and a drainage position in which the barrier pipe permits fluid flow from the body inlet to the body outlet; and
wherein, when in use, when the barrier pipe is arranged in the fill position, the annular bypass is arranged relative to the vertical portion of the body to receive fluid being prevented from flowing through the body while the washing vessel is being filled, and when an overflow condition is reached, water within the annular bypass is permitted to flow over an upper edge of the barrier pipe through an open-sided mechanism, into and through the barrier pipe, to prevent over flow of the washing vessel during filling;
wherein, when the barrier pipe is raised from the body outlet, free-flowing water is permitted from the washing vessel through the inlet to the outlet; and
wherein the barrier pipe is actuable between the drainage position and the fill position by an actuator and an actuator mechanism, wherein the actuating mechanism comprises a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion defines an external helical profile and the second portion defines a complementary internal profile, wherein rotation of the actuator causes engaging rotation of the first and second portion which moves the barrier pipe between the fill position and the draining position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,294

SELF-ALIGNING LIFT KNOB FOR PLUMBING FIXTURE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A plumbing fixture, comprising:a spout, the spout comprising:
a body, with a collar on a top surface of the body, and a hole extending through the collar and defining an internal surface of the collar; and
a first camming surface formed on the internal surface; and
a lift knob, the lift knob comprising:
a head, the head comprising a front side, a top side, and a bottom side;
a shaft, the shaft axially movable within the hole and having a first end and a second end, the first end coupled to the bottom side of the head, the second end disposed within the spout; and
a second camming surface formed on the bottom side of the head, the second camming surface having a geometrically complementary surface to the first camming surface;
the shaft having a first position wherein the second camming surface is spaced from the first camming surface, such that when the shaft moves axially downward toward a second position, the movement causes the head of the lift knob to engage the collar and the second camming surface engages and aligns with the first camming surface to rotate the front side of the head into an aligned position with respect to the collar.

US Pat. No. 10,190,293

VACUUM-ASSISTED IRRIGATION SYSTEM

1. A system for extracting water from a well, comprising:a casing seal positioned over the well creating an air-tight seal between the well and the atmosphere, the casing seal comprising an opening fluidly coupled to an interior of the well;
a water tank fluidly coupled to the well, the water tank comprising a lower water reservoir portion, an upper discharge separator portion and an opening for discharging air from the water tank to the atmosphere;
a compressor, fluidly coupled to the opening in the casing seal via a vacuum line, and fluidly coupled to the water tank, the compressor configured to reduce the air pressure within the well by extracting air from the well such that higher pressure groundwater is drawn into the well, the compressor further configured to conduct the air extracted from the well into the upper discharge separator portion of the water tank;
a pump within the well below the well casing operable to pump groundwater out of the well into a conduit fluidly coupled to both the water tank and one or more irrigation devices, the conduit comprising a valve actuatable between a first position wherein groundwater is directed into the one or more irrigation devices and a second position wherein groundwater is directed into the water tank; and
a heat exchanger fluidly coupled to the compressor and to the lower water reservoir portion of the water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,190,292

RAINWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM

1. A system comprising:a pliable waterproof material;
a collector pocket on the pliable waterproof material with an opening to receive at least one of a liquid and a solid that melts into a liquid;
a storage container separable into a first part and a second part with at least one of the first part and the second part further comprising a handle retractable within the at least one of the first part and the second part to provide the at least one of the first part and the second part to function as a cooking apparatus; and
a plug that extends from the collector pocket and opens further downward to which at least one of the first part and the second part of the storage container is secured to a backside of the pliable material to collect the liquid,
wherein the pliable material is positioned to create a gravity feed drainage so that at least the liquid and the solid that melts into the liquid travels downward with respect to gravity to the collector pocket located on at least one of a top surface and formed between a top surface and a bottom surface of the pliable material and, when formed between a separation of the top surface and the bottom surface of the pliable material, the collector pocket having the opening between the top surface and the bottom surface into which the at least liquid and solid travel to hold the at least liquid and solid that melts into the liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,190,291

MODULAR SIDEBAR PROTECTING WEAR MEMBER AND SYSTEM

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A sidebar protecting wear member, comprising:a module having a length extending in a length direction from a first end to a second end, and a width extending in a width direction from a first side to a second side, the length being greater than the width;
a generally planar surface on the module and a plurality of sidebar engaging abutments protruding from the generally planar surface;
an attachment tab on the module at only one of the first and second sides of the module and extending in a direction generally perpendicular to the generally planar surface;
a first projecting element extending in the length direction from the first end of the module and extending from the first side of the module across a portion of the width of the module; and
a second projecting element extending in the length direction from the second end of the module and extending from the second side of the module across a portion of the width of the module.

US Pat. No. 10,190,289

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING WEAR OF A GROUND-ENGAGING TOOL

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

12. A method for monitoring wear of a ground-engaging tool associated with a machine in relation to productivity of the machine, the ground-engaging tool defining an inner cavity and a first wall, the method comprising:receiving a first characteristic signal associated with the first wall from a first sensor, the first sensor operatively associated with the first wall;
receiving one or more productivity metrics associated with a productivity or an efficiency of the machine from a performance monitoring system, the performance monitoring system operatively associated with the machine, and the productivity metrics being determined by the performance monitoring system based on a machine efficiency characteristic sensed by a performance monitoring system sensor;
determining a first dimension of the ground-engaging tool based on the first characteristic signal;
determining a first wear metric of the ground-engaging tool based on the first dimension; and
correlating the first wear metric and the one or more productivity metrics to determine a relationship between wear on the ground-engaging tool and efficiency losses in the operation of the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,288

EXCAVATION MEASUREMENT WITH LIGHT CURTAIN

1. An excavation measurement system, comprising:a sensor to be mounted on excavation equipment to establish a light curtain in an excavation area, the light curtain to measure a parameter of the excavation area; and
an interface to communicate the measure of the parameter of the excavation area,
in one position of the excavation equipment, the light curtain to measure a lateral profile of the excavation area and a longitudinal profile of the excavation area, and
the interface including a display device to substantially simultaneously display a first image comprising the lateral profile of the excavation area and a second image comprising the longitudinal profile of the excavation area,
the sensor comprising a first sensor to establish a first light curtain to measure the lateral profile of the excavation area and a second sensor to establish a second light curtain to measure the longitudinal profile of the excavation area.

US Pat. No. 10,190,287

INDUSTRIAL MACHINE COMPONENT DETECTION AND PERFORMANCE CONTROL

Joy Global Surface Mining...

1. A method of controlling operation of an industrial machine, the method comprising:receiving a signal from each of a plurality of identification tags, the signal received from each of the plurality of identification tags being specific to a respective one of a plurality of components installed in the industrial machine;
identifying, using a processor, the plurality of components that is installed in the industrial machine based on the signal received from each of the plurality of identification tags;
comparing, using the processor, the identified plurality of components that is installed in the industrial machine to a predetermined list of components that is expected to be installed in the industrial machine; and
modifying a setting of at least one operating parameter when the identified plurality of components that is installed in the industrial machine matches the predetermined list of components that is expected to be installed in the industrial machine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,286

DEBRIS DEFLECTION APPARATUS FOR OPERATORS STATION CLEANOUT

1. A debris deflection apparatus for a work vehicle, the work vehicle comprising a mainframe and an operator's station coupled to the mainframe, the operator's station defining a floor having a debris catch area, the debris deflection apparatus comprising:a deflector positioned to receive debris from the debris catch area and communicate the debris to an opening defined by the work vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,190,285

EXCAVATING APPARATUS, EXCAVATION BLADE PLATE AND EXCAVATING METHOD

KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACH...

1. An excavating apparatus for forming a continuous trench below a ground surface, comprising:an apparatus body disposed on the ground surface;
a support member suspended from the apparatus body and disposed below the ground surface;
an endless-shaped chain supported by the support member in such a manner as to be movable on an outer periphery of the support member in a given circulating movement plane in a given circulating movement direction;
a plurality of excavation blade plates fixed to an outer peripheral surface of the chain at intervals along the circulating movement direction of the chain, each of the excavation blade plates including: a plate body extending longer than the chain in a width direction of the chain orthogonal to each of the circulating movement plane of the chain and the circulating movement direction of the chain, and having an obverse surface and a reverse surface; and a plurality of excavation blades arranged on the obverse surface of the plate body at least at opposite ends thereof in the width direction, in opposed relation to a ground below the ground surface, the excavation blade plates being circulatingly movable integrally together with the chain to thereby excavate the ground;
a plurality of fastening members fastening the chain and the excavation blade plates together in a direction parallel to the circulating movement plane and orthogonal to the width direction, in such a manner that the outer peripheral surface of the chain and the reverse surface of the plate body come into press contact with each other;
a chain drive section which circulatingly moves the chain in the circulating movement direction; and
a support member drive section which moves the support member along a given forward movement direction,
wherein
the chain includes:
a pair of strip members each formed in an endless shape and disposed with a distance therebetween in the width direction, each of the pair of strip members having the outer peripheral surface; and
a coupling member coupling the pair of strip members together in such a manner as to enable the distance between the pair of strip members to be kept constant, and
each of the excavation blade plates includes an inward-side protruding portion formed to protrude from the reverse surface of the plate body and inserted into a space between the pair of strip members, the inward-side protruding portion having a pair of outer side surfaces each being in surface contact with a respective one of inner side surfaces of the pair of strip members extending in the circulating movement direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,284

BOOM FOR A WORKING MACHINE WITH A PARTITION INSIDE THE BOOM

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A boom for a working machine, the boom comprising a boom main body formed by connecting upper parts of a left and right pair of sidewall parts to each other through a top wall part, and connecting lower parts of the left and right side wall parts to each other through a bottom wall part, the boom being provided with a partition inside the boom main body and in a longitudinal middle of the boom main body, whereinin the partition, a hose hole inserted with a hydraulic hose arranged inside the boom main body is formed,
the partition comprises: a lower plate part welded to the bottom wall part; and a vertical plate part that is raised from the lower plate part and welded to the sidewall parts, and
the hose hole is formed from the vertical plate part to the lower plate part via a first bending part between the vertical plate part and the lower plate part and penetrates through the vertical plate part, the first bending part, and the lower plate part, and
an end of the hose hole on a bottom wall part side is located, in a side view of the hose hole, on a side closer to the bottom wall part than a bending start line of the first bending part on a top wall part side.

US Pat. No. 10,190,282

PILE DRIVING ASSEMBLY AND A FOLLOWER

IHC HOLLAND IE B.V., Sli...

10. A follower for transmitting hammering energy from an anvil of a pile driver to a tubular pile to be inserted into a bottom, comprising: a tubular transmission portion removably coupled to the tubular pile, the tubular transmission portion including an anvil contact surface configured to receive hammering energy from the anvils and a soil remover configured to remove sediment inside the pile, wherein the tubular transmission portion supports the weight of the soil remover from above and the soil remover is displaceable with respect to the transmission portion in at least a longitudinal direction thereof, and wherein soil remover is located below the anvil contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,270

SLEWING ASSEMBLY FOR A COLD PLANER

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A slewing assembly for providing a rotational movement of a loading conveyor pivotally supported on a cold planer, the slewing assembly comprising:a frame-side structure extending from a frame towards the loading conveyor;
a conveyor-side structure extending from the loading conveyor towards the frame-side structure;
a shaft pin disposed about a vertical axis, and pivotally connecting the frame-side structure and the conveyor-side structure;
one or more frame bearings disposed about the shaft pin between the frame-side structure and the conveyor-side structure;
an actuator arrangement connected to the shaft pin and configured to generate a controlled bi-directional rotational movement of the shaft pin; and
a spline arrangement formed on the shaft pin and configured to transfer the controlled bi-directional rotational movement of the shaft pin as a controlled bi-directional rotational movement of the conveyor-side structure, wherein the controlled bi-directional rotational movement of the conveyor-side structure provides the rotational movement of the loading conveyor, about the vertical axis, with respect to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,190,268

CONCRETE SCREEDING SYSTEM WITH BOOM MOUNTED SCREED HEAD

SOMERO ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A concrete screeding device for screeding uncured concrete placed at a support surface, said concrete screeding device comprising:a screed head comprising a grade setting device and a vibrating member;
an extendable and retractable boom, wherein a base end of said boom is attached at a base structure and said screed head is supportable at a distal end of said boom; and
wherein said boom is extendable so as to position said screed head at a distance of at least 20 feet from the base structure, and wherein the screed head is movable between its extended location and the base structure to screed the concrete placed at the support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,252

DRY-CLEANING SOLVENT FILTER APPARATUS FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY REUSE AND METHOD OF OPERATING THEREOF

1. A dry-cleaning solvent filter apparatus configured to deodorize, detoxify, and reclaim a contaminated dry-cleaning solvent, the dry-cleaning solvent filter apparatus comprising:an intake pipe connecting a dry-cleaning machine and a dry-cleaning solvent reserve tank of the dry-cleaning solvent filter apparatus;
the dry-cleaning solvent reserve tank operatively connected to the dry-cleaning machine via the intake pipe, wherein the intake pipe brings a contaminated dry-cleaning solvent from the dry-cleaning machine into the dry-cleaning solvent reserve tank prior to filtration;
a multi-level filtration container comprising a first-stage filter chamber with a first set of drilled micro holes on a first solid surface, a second-stage filter chamber with a second set of drilled micro holes on a second solid surface, and a gap separating the first-stage filter chamber and the second-stage filter chamber, wherein the first set and the second set of drilled micro holes hold up a multi-metallic and multi-chemical clay filtration agent from escaping downward while allowing a downward movement of a cleaned solvent;
the multi-metallic and multi-chemical clay filtration agent removably deposited on top of the first set of drilled micro holes on the first solid surface in the first-stage filter chamber, and also removably deposited on top of the second set of drilled micro holes on the second solid surface in the second-stage filter chamber, wherein the multi-metallic and multi-chemical clay filtration agent deposited in each chamber is physically separated by the gap between the first-stage filter chamber and the second-stage filter chamber;
a reserve tank-to-filtration container pipe that connects the dry-cleaning solvent reserve tank and the multi-level filtration container to mobilize the contaminated dry-cleaning solvent from the dry-cleaning reserve tank to a top portion of the multi-level filtration container; and
an outtake pipe connecting a treated solvent outlet of the multi-level filtration container to a fresh dry-cleaning solvent reserve tank inside the dry-cleaning machine, wherein the outtake pipe carries a deodorized and decontaminated dry-cleaning solvent that has been treated by the multi-level filtration container.

US Pat. No. 10,190,249

APPLIANCE CONTROL UNIT WITH ARRANGED CONTROL SWITCHES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A household appliance for treating at least one item according to a cycle of operation and configured to receive power from a power source having an AC voltage line and a neutral line, the household appliance comprising:a treating chamber for receiving the item; and
a central control unit to control independent electrical loads associated with the cycle of operation;
wherein the central control unit of the household appliance comprises a first plurality of parallel controlled master switches in the AC voltage line and a second plurality of parallel controlled slave switches in the neutral line thereby defining a number of independent loads equal to the number of the first plurality multiplied by the number of the second plurality.

US Pat. No. 10,190,244

FORMING BELT FOR SHAPED NONWOVEN

1. A forming belt for use in making a nonwoven substrate, the forming belt comprising:a first surface defining a plane of the first surface and an axis parallel to a longitudinal direction corresponding to a machine direction when in use; and
at least three discrete belt patterns ordered in sequential relationship with respect to the longitudinal direction, each of the plurality of discrete belt patterns comprising:
a discrete belt pattern overall area;
a first forming zone having a first pattern of three-dimensional raised elements extending outwardly from the plane of the first surface; and
a second forming zone having a second pattern of three-dimensional raised elements extending outwardly from the plane of the first surface;
wherein the first forming zone has a first air permeability value;
wherein the second forming zone has a second air permeability value;
wherein the first air permeability value is different from the second air permeability value;
wherein the first pattern of three-dimensional raised elements on a first discrete belt pattern is different from both the first pattern of three-dimensional raised elements on a second discrete belt pattern and the first pattern of three-dimensional raised elements on a third discrete belt pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,190,240

WOVEN PREFORM, COMPOSITE, AND METHOD OF MAKING THEREOF

Albany Engineered Composi...

1. A method of forming a three dimensional woven preform, the method comprising the steps of:weaving a warp steered fabric having weft fibers and warp fibers that is curved in an X-Y plane; and
laying one or more layers of said warp steered fabric to form a predetermined shape,
wherein a first portion of the warp steered fabric including warp fibers which are elongatable fibers or discontinuous tows: a second portion of the warp steered fabric including warp fibers which are not stretch broken carbon fibers, and a third portion of the warp steered fabric including fibers which are elongatable fibers or discontinuous tows;
forming the steered fabric to cause the elongatable fibers or discontinuous tows in the first portion to elongate in a circumferential direction of the X-Y plane to form a joggle of a body portion of the perform, and causing the third portion of the steered fabric to curve and form an upstanding leg in Z direction, the body portion of the preform comprising the first portion and the second portion of the warp steered fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,190,235

WAFER SUPPORTING STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A device comprising:a wafer boat comprising at least a first column, a second column, a third column, and a fourth column fixed to a top plate and a bottom plate of the wafer boat, wherein a first lateral distance between the first column and second column, a second lateral distance between the second column and the third column, and a third lateral distance between the third column and the fourth column are equal; and
a supporting structure configured to support a wafer in the wafer boat, wherein:
the supporting structure is formed of silicon having an oxygen content level equal to or less than 1 parts-per-million-atomic (ppma) and the supporting structure is of a diameter greater than 300 mm, and wherein the supporting structure comprises a first portion having a first inner radius, a second portion having a second inner radius and a third portion having a third inner radius, and wherein:
the first portion is separated from the third portion by a first gap of the supporting structure,
the second portion joins the first portion to the third portion opposite the first gap,
the first inner radius is equal to the third inner radius, and
the second inner radius is greater than the first inner radius; and
wherein the wafer is of a wafer diameter equal to or greater than 300 mm, wherein the wafer is in direct contact with the supporting structure.

US Pat. No. 10,190,224

ANTI-EXPLOSION GAS GENERATOR FOR HEALTH USE

1. An anti-explosion gas generator for health use, comprising:an electrolysis device for electrolyzing water to produce a gas mixture comprising hydrogen for being transferred in a sealed tube and inhaled by a user, the electrolysis device comprising two electrodes and the electrodes having interchangeable polarity;
a power supply electrically connected to the electrolysis device, adapted for supplying power to the electrolysis device;
a humidifier coupled to the electrolysis device for receiving the gas mixture comprising hydrogen to produce a filtered gas;
an atomized/volatile gas mixing tank coupled to the humidifier for receiving the filtered gas, wherein the atomized/volatile gas mixing tank generates water vapor which is mixed with the filtered gas to produce a health gas, wherein the atomized/volatile gas mixing tank further comprises an oscillator for atomizing or vaporizing a liquid to produce the water vapor, and selectively outputs either the filtered gas or the health gas by turning on/off the oscillator; and
a flow controller coupled to the electrolysis device, adapted for controlling a flow rate of the gas mixture comprising hydrogen, wherein during electrolysis the flow rate is adjustable and greater than 0.1 L/min;
wherein the humidifier further comprises a pressure sensor and a release valve electrically connected to the pressure sensor, the pressure sensor adapted for detecting whether the pressure of the filtered gas excesses a dangerous level, the pressure sensor would open the release valve to reduce the pressure of the filtered gas when the pressure excesses the dangerous level.

US Pat. No. 10,190,222

CORROSION INHIBITORS

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

9. A method for inhibiting corrosion of a metal surface in contact with an aqueous system, the method comprising adding to the aqueous system a compound of formula (I),
wherein each of X and Y is the same or different, and is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C16 alkyl, aryl, C2-C16 alkenyl, C2-C16 alkynyl, heteroaryl, C3-C8 cycloalkyl, benzyl, alkylheteroaryl, halogen, halosubstituted alkyl, amino, aminoalkyl, cyano, alkoxy, hydroxyl, thiol, alkylthio, carbonyl, nitro, phosphoryl, phosphonyl, and sulfonyl;
each of R1 and R2 is the same or different, and is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, deuterium, C1-C16 alkyl, aryl, C2-C16 alkenyl, C2-C16 alkynyl, heteroaryl, C3-C8 cycloalkyl, benzyl, alkylheteroaryl, halogen, hydroxyl, and carbonyl;
m is 1, 2, 3, or 4; and
n is 1, 2, or 3;
or a salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,211

HIGH CONDUCTIVITY GRAPHANE-METAL AND GRAPHENE-METAL COMPOSITE AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

1. A method for manufacturing a graphene-metal composite comprising:depositing graphene onto a porous metal foam substrate;
3D printing thermal elastomers or metal into voids in the porous metal foam substrate surface;
growing carbon nanotube ropes throughout the porous metal foam substrate using a catalyst material and a heated carbon-rich gas flowing over the porous metal foam substrate, wherein the carbon nanotube ropes occupy voids within the porous metal foam substrate; and
compressing the porous metal foam substrate with graphene applied to form a graphene-metal composite, the carbon nanotube ropes leaving a thermal and electrical pathway through the porous metal foam substrate after the compressing.

US Pat. No. 10,190,192

METHOD OF RECOVERING ACID AND PLATINUM GROUP METAL FROM LEACHING SOLUTION OF SPENT CATALYST

KOREA INSTITUTE OF GEOSCI...

1. A method of recovering acid and a platinum group metal from a leaching solution of a spent catalyst, the method comprising:filtering a leaching solution, in which a spent catalyst is leached, providing the filtered leaching solution into a concentration chamber, and heating the filtered leaching solution to recover acid included in the leaching solution;
providing a concentrated solution of the leaching solution into a substitution chamber after recovering the acid, and adding a metal having a higher ionization tendency than a platinum group metal for a substitution reaction; and
cleaning a solid, which is separated by solid-liquid separation after the substitution reaction, with acid and recovering the solid,
wherein the metal added when the substitution reaction is performed includes at least one selected from the group consisting of iron, aluminum and zinc.

US Pat. No. 10,190,189

SCANDIUM RECOVERY PROCESS

SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO....

1. A method of recovering scandium, comprising:a washing step of washing a mixture containing scandium hydroxide, scandium oxide and/or scandium carbonate and manganese hydroxide, manganese oxide and/or manganese carbonate; and
a dissolution step of dissolving a post-washing sediment containing a scandium compound obtained after washing in the washing step in an acid to leach the scandium in the post-washing sediment into the acid solution, and thereby obtaining a scandium solution and a dissolution residue,
wherein the washing step comprises a step of washing the mixture with water until the pH of a post-washing liquid obtained after washing in the washing step becomes 6 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,190,184

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PROFILE AND A MANUFACTURING SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING A PROFILE

THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE...

1. A method for producing a profile, comprising the following method steps:providing a workpiece,
shaping the workpiece,
joining the workpiece,
coating the workpiece,
heating the workpiece, and
at least partially hardening the workpiece,
wherein the coating method step is carried out temporally after the joining method step and temporally before the heating method step and the coated workpiece is hardened in a shaping manner in a hardening tool.

US Pat. No. 10,190,150

DETERMINING ANALYTE CONCENTRATION FROM VARIANT CONCENTRATION DISTRIBUTION IN MEASURABLE SPECIES

ASCENSIA DIABETES CARE HO...

1. An electrochemical method for determining an analyte concentration in a sample, comprising:receiving a sample including a biological fluid at a sample reservoir, the sample reservoir having a reagent layer including an enzyme disposed in the sample reservoir and a pair of electrodes partially or completely disposed in the sample reservoir such that the sample contacts both the enzyme and the pair of electrodes responsive to being received at the sample reservoir, the contact between the sample and the enzyme causing a reaction between the enzyme and an analyte in the sample such that the analyte begins to undergo a redox conversion to electrochemically form a measurable species from the reaction between the enzyme and the analyte, the electrochemical forming of the measurable species resulting from a transfer of electrons from or to the analyte during the redox conversion of the analyte;
applying, by a signal generator, an electrical input signal having an excitation and a relaxation to the sample via the pair of electrodes after an incubation period, the incubation period being less than a reference period, wherein at the end of the reference period (i) all of the analyte has undergone the redox conversion to the measureable species and (ii) the measurable species has a constant concentration distribution, and wherein at the end of the incubation period (i) a portion but not all of the analyte has undergone the redox conversion to the measurable species and (ii) the measurable species has a variant concentration distribution, the reference period being based on a height of the sample reservoir, a volume of the sample reservoir, a thickness of the reagent layer, or any combination thereof, the incubation period beginning when the sample is received at the reservoir, the applying of the electrical input signal producing an electrical output signal that is based on the analyte concentration of the sample;
measuring, by a processor, the electrical output signal; and
determining, by the processor, the analyte concentration of the sample as a function that includes the measured electrical output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,190,120

ZN-DPA COMPLEX COMPOUNDS AND SIRNA DELIVERY SYSTEMS CONTAINING THE SAME

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...

1. A dipicolylamine-based compound represented by the following Formula 1:
wherein R represents a saturated or unsaturated linear aliphatic hydrocarbon group having 5 to 15 carbon atoms; an aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 16 carbon atoms; or a monocyclic or fused cyclic aliphatic heterocyclic group including 1 to 5 heteroatoms selected from the group of a nitrogen atom (N), a sulfur atom (S) and an oxygen atom (O), wherein the aliphatic heterocyclic group optionally includes an oxo (?O) group, and
m represents an integer from 1 to 10, and n represents an integer from 0 to 10.

US Pat. No. 10,190,090

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FORMING STABLE PARTICLES FROM SUSPENDED SOLIDS PRODUCED BY ETHANOL FERMENTATION

WATER SOLUTIONS, INC., S...

1. A method for forming stable particles from suspended solids produced by ethanol fermentation, the method comprising:providing a liquid fraction from ethanol fermentation, the liquid fraction comprising one or more of solids and suspended solids, wherein the liquid comprises thin stillage;
adjusting a pH of the liquid fraction to a pH in the range from 3.5 to 7;
adding a potassium metabisulfite reducing agent to the pH adjusted liquid fraction;
adding a high molecular weight anionic polymer to form stable particles of one or more of solids and suspended solids, wherein the high molecular weight anionic polymer comprises a molecular weight of about 15 million Da or more; and
free draining to separate the stable particles from a liquid portion.